May 2007


My first sock for my Sockapalooza pal is done. I kitchener’d the toe while watching the last few laps of the Coca-Cola 600 (talk about a let-down!). Between the kids being home from school for a four-day weekend, dh having yesterday off & me having to work yesterday I just haven’t had the time to sit down and blog much.

Here is sock #1:

Excuse my homemade sock blocker. It leaves a lot to be desired lol.

Close up of the cables:

I’m almost finished with the All Season Shell. All that is left is to finish shaping the neckline, sew the front & back together and weave in the ends. Still working on the felted bag. I’m getting bored with both of these projects, so I just need to hurry up & finish them so I can get started on something a little more exciting! I want to make a few pairs of baby booties, but I’m not allowing myself to do so until I finish these two things that have been on the needles for FAR too long!

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This has been a busy week! Dh is still getting into a rhythm with his new job. My youngest son turned 9 on Wednesday, so the beginning of the week was filled with making his birthday cake, wrapping presents, buying groceries, taking cupcakes & juice up to his class, cleaning the house, blah blah blah. The end of the week, I am working. Thursday through Saturday. Yuck.

I have been working away at my sockapalooza socks. Last time I posted, on Monday, I had gotten 1.5 repeats into the pattern (this was after frogging that no less than 2 times). Monday night I got 2 repeats into the pattern and found a mistake I had made. I tried tinking back but got lost in undoing the cables (I am a pro at this now lol). I ended up ripping out the whole thing. Not just that once, but two more times.

I am now convinced that the L&V yarn does indeed hold up quite well to frogging lol. It is just WONDERFUL to work with. I am in love with this yarn. I need to get a second job to pay for my habit now.

Back to the progress. Since Wednesday I have been plugging away at it. I am now past the leg, turned the heel and am working my way down the foot. The pattern is intended for dpns, but I really do prefer working with one circ. With dpns, I am constantly getting ladders, no matter how I tighten, turn, twist, whatever…they still appear. With circs, I do not get them. I did have to switch to dpns to do the heel flap. (and nearly got a ladder on the bottom of the heel in the process!) I promptly switched back to my one circ as soon as I had picked up all the gusset stitches. It’s fitting right in with Project Spectrum’s April/May colors Green, Yellow, Pink too.

It wouldn’t be a blog post by me without progress pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is a closeup of the cable pattern:

And the sock on my foot. Lucky me, my partner has nearly the same size foot as I do ๐Ÿ™‚

And a closeup of the heel. I really like the way this turned out. Even though I had to use dpns to do it lol:

I predict that sock #1 will be done before the weekend is out. There’s lot of knit friendly activities planned for this weekend (around working, of course). Saturday night we are going to the drive in. I will knit on the sock before the sun goes down, then switch to something simplier for knitting in the dark (no lit needles for me). Sunday night is the Coca-Cola 600 so I will be knitting furiously while watching my favorite drivers. I have the entire Monday off and the weather will be perfect for sitting in my backyard knitting while the kids play themselves silly.

I’m also still working on the All Season Shell. I finally got more yarn to finish it up. It’s hard to go back to it while working on the Sockapalooza socks because they are so fun and the A/S/S ๐Ÿ˜† is so boring with it’s k2p2 over & over. I also have my felted bag to finish, got more yarn for that too.

Oh! A really good book, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, about a boy growing up in Afghanistan pre-Russia/Taliban invasion, who escapes to America but still can’t escape his past. Very good book. I finished it in 3 days, only reading at bedtime and staying up WAAAY too late to do so.

Now if only there were more hours in the day…..

Got my grades for the semester. Three B’s and one A. I will take it!! I feel kind of bad because the three that I got B’s in, I really did not apply myself as much as I know I could have. With two of them it was hard because I found out mid-semester that I did not even need them. It’s really hard to get motivated to get an A in a class you don’t even need and are paying for for nothing. Blah.

I have three months of FREEDOM until it starts all over again. Do you know how much knitting I can get done in three months ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Grrr. I had a whole long post written and WordPress ate it!

Anyway, I finished my Project of the Month shawl. It’s nearly impossible to get a decent picture of it. Here it is folded in half and draped over the back of a chair. This is 1/4 of the actual length:

The obligatory closeup:

I started my sockapalooza 4 socks. I’m using Lime & Violet’s “Seller of Stardust”. It’s superwash and sooo soft! It was a little splitty at first and doesn’t frog well, but now that I’ve got it started, it’s beautiful. Although, it’s not nearly as stripey looking in person as it looks in this picture:

This is 1 1/2 repeats into the Cider Moon “Saucy” pattern. I’m liking it a lot so far ๐Ÿ™‚
What do you think?

I finally snagged dd long enough to snap a picture of her new socks. These socks went very quickly. I used US size 3 dpns and . Sock #1 was started last Thursday & finished last Friday. Sock #2 was started this past Tuesday & finished on Wednesday. Two socks in two days…not bad considering dd has ladies size 10.5 feet!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

She was home sick yesterday so I managed to snag a picture of the illusive teenager. Well, at least a picture of her socked feet

And they are TWINS!!! I used almost two whole skeins of yarn for Miss Big Foot. I don’t think there’s even enough left to make ONE baby sock lol. The best part? She’s wearing them to school today ๐Ÿ˜€

Last week my first Lime & Violet order came. Squee!! Shipping was super fast, and included in the yummy yarn package was a HUGE orange gumball and cute little stickers. It’s so soft & squooshy & sproingy I’m thinking I want to attempt a Cookie A. pattern with this yarn. Oh yes, I will learn how to read charts by the end of the summer ๐Ÿ˜† Here is my Friday Yarn 0Pr0n contribution. Miss Violet’s Vampyre “M Class”:

I’m still plugging away at the Waves & Shells shawl. I think maybe 1-2 more pattern repeats (32 rows) plus the border (4 rows) and I’ll be ready to bind off. All done, I think it’s going to be close to 60″ long. Not bad ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m also getting ready to cast on sock #2 of the pair that was supposed to be for my mom but ended up being too tight so now they are for my youngest dd. As soon as those are done (on size 1 circ) I’ll cast on another pair for mom. This time doing the foot with a size 2 circ and the heel & leg with size 3 circ. Hopefully that will do the trick.

I have decided on my Sockapalooza pattern. I’m going with the Cider Moon Saucy pattern. I ordered the yarn earlier this week. I’ll reveal that as soon as it gets here ๐Ÿ™‚

Yesterday I finished a really good book. Moloka’i by Alan Brennert. It was VERY good! About a little Hawaiian girl who gets sent away to a leper colony. Sad, uplifting, inspiring, and eye-opening. Definitely a good read.

I finally did the finishing the 5 hours baby sweater done in LionBrand Homespun. This was the first and last time I will ever use that yarn. It was the worst fiber I have ever worked with. It bunched, it frayed, it frizzed. It just sucked all around ๐Ÿ˜‰

In fact, I decided not to do buttons & button loops just because I did not feel like working with the yarn again just to crochet the button loops on. It will just be a plain, buttonless baby cardigan. Just in the knick of time. The baby the sweater is intended for was born early this morning ๐Ÿ™‚ Here it is:

I’ve been plugging away onย  my Project of the Month shawl. I’m on skein #3 and should be done with it by the end of the week. I did find a small error a few rows down that I’m going to rip back to. But that won’t take long to reknit. I think it’s only about 1 pattern repeat (16 rows). Here is the shawl in progress:

Closeup:

It’s a busy day today. I’m still struggling to get my last computer program running (it’s not cooperating), study for my programming final, dh has his first day on the new job today, I have to go visit my friend and her new baby ๐Ÿ™‚ as well as all the usual cleaning, cooking, kids stuff.

More tomorrow when it’s less hectic!

I was tagged by my Cyber-Knitting Friend, Isabelle.

The rules:
1. Each player starts with 8 random facts/habits about themselves
2. People who are tagged write a blog post about their own 8 random things and post these rules
3. At the end of your blog you need to tag 8 people and post their names
4. Donโ€™t forget to leave them a comment and tell them theyโ€™re tagged, and to read your blog.

So, here are my 8 things:
1. I can’t stand feet…but I LOVE socks
2. I can’t cook if the kitchen is dirty.
3. I am addicted to my iPod.
4. I would love to meet Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance.
5. I have never broken a bone
6. I have had stitches, once. On my chin. It was my brothers’ fault!
7. I can’t STAND to get dirty. Makes working in the garden very interesting lol.
8. I still have a stuffed siamese cat from when I was an infant. It sits on my dresser ๐Ÿ™‚

And here are the 8 people I chose to tag:
Katy, Bee, Penny, Ruth, My daughter, Faith, Crazy4Knitting, and Craft Lover.

I tried to get pictures of my shawl in progress, but my stupid camera batteries died..they are recharging. By the time the stupid thing charges, I will probably be done with the shawl ๐Ÿ˜

I’m trying to decide on a pattern for Sockapalooza Four. First I was trying to choose the yarn first, but I’ve decide it will probably be better to pick a pattern, then choose a yarn (solid, varigated, striping, etc) that compliments the pattern.

I really really really wanted to make Pomatomus at Knitty.com, but I can’t read charts (yet) *sob* and I really don’t want to teach myself quickly in order to rush through these socks. I want them to be perfect.

The good/bad thing is, my partner didn’t really provide anymore information than shoe size and color preferences. It’s good because it gives me the freedom to choose. But it’s bad because I have the responsibility to choose something I think she might like.

Seduction Socks ~ Interweave Knits (pdf file)

Roza’s Socks by Grumperina

River Rapids (pdf file)

Elfine Socks (pdf file)

Cider Moon’s Saucy (pdf file)

I have made Elfine Socks before, and they are nice. But I’m kind of leaning towards the Saucy Socks. Which do you think? Any other suggestions?

VOTE HERE

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