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I’m thinking this once a week blogging is about as good as it’s going to get for the summer. I swear, my children have blog radar (and phone radar and bathroom radar and mom’s eating food radar…). Every time I start typing, all you-know-what breaks loose. So far, so good. They are quiet. Almost too quiet. Must investigate.

No one is dead/hurt/bleeding/unconscious. All is well. Blog on.

Although they don’t seem to like me to blog, they have no problem letting me knit. Which is good. I think it’s some built in survival mechanism. They know if mom can’t knit their lives will NOT be pretty. I’ve knitted baby socks. I used some scrap yarn from the striped baby blankets I made earlier in the year. I like the way they turned out.

And I’m doing cancer caps for my Yahoo Group, Knitting Hope. This month we are doing Caps for a Cure. I’ve gotten one done thus far. I used Mary Maxim Ragg, a little less than one skein. Pattern from Headhuggers

I’ve also been plugging away at Summer of Socks, although I may get the award for the least amount of socks knitted over the summer. I had such high hopes, I have SO so so many pairs of socks I want to make and it’s just not going fast enough for me. Probably because I decided to make dh’s socks first and he has a size 11 foot! They are taking me forever! I’ve finished sock one and am about 2.5″ into sock #2. I hope to be done with the pair by the end of this week. I’m using the # One Husband Socks.

Bought some sock yarn. I just couldn’t resist. I don’t know how, but I stumbled upon Sockpixie (I think I was looking at the new patterns at Knitting Pattern Central). I wanted to buy soo soo many, but I resisted. I only got two. Ladybug and So 80’s. I think they had to be dyed because they took a little while to be shipped. Also, the tags on the two yarns were switched which made me think someone was in a hurry to get them out to me. No complaints here, it made me smile. Aren’t they purdy?

I really am sucking at this part of Project Spectrum. It’s so hard to find red/black/metallic in the summer time. Plus I don’t knit with those colors much. This is as close as it gets.

Back to my regularly scheduled summer.

the dog days of summer

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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

I am LYS deprived. We have a Michaels and a Joannes, but no real craft store. There have been craft stores, but most of them have closed before I even became a knitter or before I knew they existed. Three that I know of.

Including the one that I just found. It’s about 40 minutes from my house, so kind of a drive. And not really a real yarn store. It’s more like a yarn corner stuck in the back of a gift shop. But they have real stuff…Collinette (no sock yarn though), Artyarns, Cascade, handspun/handpainted wool/silk blend that is so soft it feels like buttah….

The first time I went there was last week. We walked in and dh pointed out a sign that said “50% off all yarns, books, patterns, and needles”. I didn’t think anything beyond…OH GOODY!! I behaved though. I only bought two skeins of Cascade (for $7!!). At the register I asked, do you get much sock yarn in. They said we are sold out of sock yarn and in fact we are selling out of all of our yarn, we don’t plan on restocking it. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Wahhhh!!!! I was like, Noooooooooo!!! I just found you!!!! *sob*

So today we went back. Dh let me have my way with the little yarn corner (seriously, my bathroom is bigger than that corner) as my Mother’s Day present (this means I’ll have to by myself the Zenstring I pined over a few weeks ago ๐Ÿ˜† ). For $70 I got all this:

There are three skeins of Patons Divine, perfect for my Project of the Month shawl.

Three skeins of Steadfast Fibers Wonderful Wool in “Columbine” (another shawl).

Four skeins of Artyarns Ultramerino 4 that will be perfect for baby socks.

Two skeins of Crystal Palace Fjord in “Rose Petal”, no project in mind yet.

A Patons SWS pattern booklet and size 15 Crystal Palace bamboo circular needles.

ALL 50% OFF!! Woot!! Check out these colors:

My favorite is the middle one, Artyarns…yummy greens & pinks, & yellows. Perfect for Project Spectrum

As promised, here are a few of the sets of stitchmarkers I made a few weeks ago:

Next time, an updated (w/ pic) of dd’s sock #1

The college semester is over, all but the finals. But to be honest, I’m not overly worried. I have two in class, accounting and computer programming. The accounting class I recently found out I don’t even need, so I’m not very motivated about that class. I’ll study for the exam, but I’m not going to bend over backwards doing it. Computer programming is open notes, open book…again, not worried. All of our exams in that class have been open notes open book and I think I’ve had to look up something once. I also have an online class, meteorology, that I will have a final exam for. The test is usually open for a couple of days, and again …open notes, open book. This is another class that I recently found out I do not need, so again with the lack of motivation. So yeah, a full half of my classes this semester were for naught. My only other final would have been economics, but I managed to get exempt from the exam because the prof’s policy is maintain a 90% average or better on all the exams and have perfect attendence and you can be exempt from the exam. Wahoo! Go me! I am so excited to be done with this semester!!

More good news! Dh was offered the job he interviewed for a while back. He actually had a third interview with the company this afternoon & they made him a job offer. He will start on Monday or Tuesday of next week. Yah!!!

Knitting content:

I was finally able to get my computer to allow me to upload & edit pictures without crashing on me. Here is the lovely package sent to me by my Knitters Treat Exchange Spoiler, Kitty Kitty:

Ohhhhh man, did she pick winners!!! How did she know I have been stalking Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in “River” and “Fresh Stripes”. Seriously, that was one of the yummy yarns I had to resist buying last week! I know JUST what I’m going to knit too…. River Rapics (pdf file). And boy do I feel like an idiot, I have been wanting to make this pattern, with the LL “River” just because I thought they would go to together well. Plus I am really loving Good Charlotte’s new CD with the song “The River” lately. Well, duh, I read the pattern and it’s made with LL “River”. Jeesh! Can you tell I pick out patterns just by looking at the picture & not reading the actual pattern ๐Ÿ˜†
Also in the package were tea sweets from Amai Tea & Bake House, Carmel White Hot Chocolate…and really, it’s white when you make it, and sooo good! There’s also bath confetti, a pumice sponge, an exfoliating washcloth, size 0 dpns, and the Issue #1 “Sock it to me” sock pattern booklet.

P, you did AWESOME! Thank you so much for being such a great partner ๐Ÿ˜€

I have been doing a little knitting here & there in between last minute school projects I have(had) to do. I’ve decided to retry the LionBrand All-Season Shell (which I have been secretly calling a*s*s). This time I’m using LB CottonEase in “Lime”. Perfect for Project Spectrum colors of April/May. I am really liking the yarn, it’s holding up way better than the TLC Cotton Plus “Salsa” that I tried it in the first time. My only complaint is the errors in the pattern. It never fails. Is it just me and the LB patterns I choose? Isa, did you have any problems with the WS/RS thing when you got to the arm hole decreases on the back? Anyway, I’ve finished the back and gotten about 1/3 through the front and I’ve run out of yarn. Gah!!

Running out of yarn is my theme for the week. I’ve started another booga bag, for myself, using Patons SWS “Natural Earth”. I LOVE this yarn, LOVE these colors (more green for Project Spectrum). Just gorgeous. I’m making a couple of modifications. I want to make it a drawstring bag where the strings hang in the front & make a flap with a button. I got to within 10 rows of being done with the body & starting the flap….and RAN OUT OF YARN. LOL

A couple of weeks ago, I finished the first sock of “Mom’s Mother’s Day Socks”. I don’t think they are going to work for mom. They are quite tight for me to get on, so I am thinking they will go to my youngest daughter. I did get them on long enough to model them for the ole blog though.

I think I will retry the same pattern and just use a size 3 circ rather than a size 1 and see how that goes. I really like the pattern. It’s uber easy to memorize and I was able to convert it to one circ (rather than dpns) with no problems.

I took a break from running out of yarn and knit up a couple of squares for Hokie Healing

And since I can’t finish either of my other two projects, I cast on another pair of socks for my oldest dd…who is in the process of creating her own knitblog!

I think that’s enough pictures for tonight. Next time, pictures of stitchmarkers that I made a few weeks back, an updated on my newly found LYS, and closeup pictures of that lovely Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in “River” and “Fresh Stripe” from my KTE partner ๐Ÿ˜€

Oh my! Tuesday is my last day of classes!!! Can I get a whoop whoop!?!! I can’t wait to have an entire summer of mental health days ๐Ÿ˜€

As promised, here is the 5 hrs baby sweater I finished over the weekend. Started it on Saturday, didn’t finish it until Sunday afternoon. It should not have taken me that long. I blame the yarn. I hate HATE HATE LionBrand Homespun. Ugh! It gets bunchy, it unravels as soon as you cut it. Weaving in ends is proving to be absolutely horrendous. I haven’t even attempted seaming the sleeves or putting on the cute flower buttons I bought for it. I will never use this yarn again. Ever.

Just in case you were doubtful. Here is a close up of the ends I have yet to weave inArrrrgggg!!!

Any tips on making these frayed ends easier to weave in? What about seeming the sleeves? The buttons I’m going to use button thread …but the rest. Blah.
Revel in my dorkiness

I also did a bit of crocheting last week or so. I made this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hat for a friend. Her son was having a TMNT party and while searching for cute party favors she came across a crocheted TMNT hat in an Etsy shop.
After looking at the picture I was able to make one for her to wear to her son’s party. Her son didn’t want one, but she did lol. She’s such a hoot!

(gonna miss ya Tamra!)

Added bonus? It has green in it for Project Spectrum, at which I have been failing poorly.

I have not been able to get decent pictures of my Knitters Treat Package that came last Saturday. I will try tomorrow while the kids & hubster are out of the house. I also need to post pictures of the package I won atย Knitting Troll’s Blogaversary contest.

This weekend while driving the 4 looong hours down to my inlaws for the day I decided to teach myself how to knit continental. I’ve always been told that since I crocheted first and crocheters (usually) hold their working yarn in their left hand, that it should come easy to me to knit continental.

It doesn’t.

I can do it. It’s very slow going, my hand cramps, and I haven’t quite figured out how to purl continental yet. I’m going to keep working at it. I like the reduced movements that continental knitting has compared to the throwing that I usually do. It’s so awkward though. I just keep reminding myself that knitting in general used to feel awkward too but got better with practice.

Mom’s socks are coming along. I’m having a bit of an issue with the cuff being too tight. I’ve tried the two needle bind of in the rib pattern (k2p1), I’ve tried a binding off with a bigger needle and I’ve tried the crochet bind off (with as big a hook as I could fit in the loops). It’s still fairly tight ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I don’t think they will fit mom. Dangit. I’m open to suggestions….

Speaking of socks, I’ve joined the Summer of Socks and added the button on my sidebar. I can’t think of a better way to pass the summer than by knitting socks ๐Ÿ˜€

Next time… the Good & Bad news of finally finding an LYS within driving distance!!!

Project Spectrum’s April/May colors. Challenged by Lolly to photograph the yellows, pinks, & greens living in my stash I whipped out a few of my skeins.

Obviously you can tell I’m not big on yellow. And although I claim to love green and be not too fond of pinks…my stash tells otherwise lol. I have A LOT of pink! I must like it and just not know it.

And yes, I suck at photography. But goes well with my craptastic 3.1mp camera ๐Ÿ˜†

Or Booga, as the case may be ๐Ÿ™‚

She is finished!

The story. I started out on Monday using size 9dpns. Once I got to about row 17 I realized this was going to be one VERY small bag if it felts as much as others in Patons SWS that I’ve been seeing. So Tuesday I pulled it all out and started anew on newly acquired size 10.5 bamboo needles. I didn’t get any progress pictures of the new size, it went by too fast. I started knitting the bottom of the bag during economics class around 10am and it was finished while watching LOST Wednesday night, sometime between 10pm and 11pm. Not nonstop knitting, mind you…as I have classes Tuesday morning & evening, as well as having to take kids to & from school. There was a trip to the dr’s on Tuesday afternoon that got me a good 45 minutes of knitting in. Then classes again Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, where I cannot knit during class.

I started the i-cord Thursday morning and finished it Thursday evening. Felted it Thursday night, let it dry over night and this morning I cut the i-cord (gasp!), poked the holes in the bag and threaded the i-cord through (by far the most difficult part of the whole deal).

Here is the picture timeline:

Finished knitting, unfelted:

Close up of the unfelted bag:

The bag, drying after felting:

And all finished (but in desperate need of a shave!):

I am in complete & utter love with this bag! I am going to give her a shave ๐Ÿ˜† and take her to work with me to show her off. I can’t wait to show my two knitting professors! And I can’t wait to make another one!

And since I have joined Project Spectrum and the colors for April/May are green/yellow/pink…I think this qualifies. What do you think?

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