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Just been very very very busy!!

Classes started back up for me the last week of August. We took our 15yo dd to a concert (Projekt Revolution – it was AWESOME!!) and took an impromptu visit to Watkins Glen Gorges. That was the end of our summer. Since then it’s been nonstop go go go. Between the kids’ school schedule and mine (six classes this semester) I just don’t have the time or creativity left to blog much (or at all as it seems lol).

I have been knitting though. I’m able to knit in almost all my classes where knitting is possible. Obviously, knitting during computer labs is not conducive to knitting (hi CJ! πŸ˜› ). But I do knit during my other classes. My most BORING class is my business class. I had been knitting in that class until today. My professor has decided that because the recent grades have been quite poor and students are bringing in laptops to surf the net and cell phones to text with, NO ONE will be allowed to do ANYTHING during class. No knitting (she specifically said “no knitting” I almost fell out), no texting, no whatever. Never mind that while the class average on the last exam was a 69 and I got a 90, never mind that I am one of the few who actually DO pay attention, even with a sock in my hand, never mind that I sit in the front row, hand in all my work (and on time!) and am never late to class. Never mind that I have had perfect attendance. Never mind all that. Let’s just group the knitter in with the slackers who can’t be bothered to pay attention.

This is turning into a rant lol.

I have to say though, I am appalled at the level of maturity in my co-eds. Granted, they are pretty young. At least one of the kids in my business class is only 17 yrs old. Two years older than my daughter. Talk about making a person feel old. But still. The chitchatting in the back of the class, the blatant text messaging, the tardiness, the general level of disrespect just blows my mind. I mean, this is COLLEGE. You PAY to go there. I just find it impossible to understand the logic of paying for a class then goofing off, not doing the work, or not even bothering to show up. Why bother going to college? Why not use that money towards something you’re going to actually appreciate. It just burns my butt because it took me to age 32 to get there and here they are right out of high school with an opportunity to go to college and they’re blowing it off like it’s nothing. I just don’t get it.

So. No knitting in business class for me 😦 Back to non-productive doodling and struggling to stay awake.

I have been knitting though. I have tons of FOs to post, so I’ll start with those:

Transformers Cloth (made this one MONTHS ago & never scanned it)
Yarn: LionBrand Cotton “Poppy”
Needles: US7
Pattern: Transformers Cloth

Baby Knot Hat
Yarn: Bernat Sweet Stripes
Needles: US7 Addi Turbos
Pattern: from a booklet that I’m too lazy to find the name of

I finished “My So-Called Scarf” sorry I don’t have a finished picture, but I like this one πŸ™‚ It’s about 5 feet long and 5-6″ wide.
Yarn: Unsure, it was a gift. I’m told it’s Malabrigo, but I don’t find this colorway anywhere.
Needles: US 10 bamboo
Pattern: My So Called Scarf

Made the Petal Bib from “One Skein”
Yarn: Sugar & Cream
Needles: US 5?
Pattern: Petal Bib

Made a prayer shawl for a very dear friend
Yarn: Patons Devine
Needles: US 13
Pattern: *will fill in later, gotta find it*


Made some baby booties
Yarn: Bernat Softee
Needles:
Pattern: from One Skein Wonders

Made a pair of Blueberry Waffle Socks
Yarn: Soxx Appeal – Knit One Crochet Too
Needles: US5
Pattern: Blueberry Waffle Socks

Made a pair of socks for another dear friend. I call these Witchy Woman Socks πŸ˜€ They are not quite as bright as this picture. The second picture is a better representation of the true color.
Yarn: SockPixie’s “Halloween”
Needles: US3
Pattern: my own

OTN I have:
A pair of Fetching fingerless gloves

And a pair of Roza’s Socks that I don’t have a picture for.

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And how many FOs do I have to share. I’ve been remiss in posting FO pictures. I still blame it on the fact that I’m finishing so many things this summer, it’s impossible to keep up with myself πŸ˜› This is the first summer in a couple of years that I’ve not had classes or a job. It’s nice.

First, I finished the River Socks

Pattern: River Rapids by Sockbug
Needles: Inox US2, 32″ circular (magic loop)
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces “River”
I loved the pattern! Complicated enough to keep me from getting bored yet easy enough that I didn’t feel hopeless. I didn’t have any of the problems with the p2tog that I’ve heard others did with this pattern. Maybe because I’m a thrower?

I’ve also made a couple more pairs of Thuja socks. The pink/red ones are for my niece and the black/gray ones are for my youngest son.

Pattern: Thuja
Needles: US4 Clover dpns
Yarn: Moda Dea Sassy Stripes “Crush”

Pattern: Thuja
Needles: US4 Clover dpns
Yarn: Moda Dea Sassy Stripes “Storm”Β 

I also made a pair of Breeze socks. They were challenging, but very rewarding. I don’t normally wear “short socks” but these are VERY comfortable!

Pattern: Breeze
Needles: Inox US2, 32″ circular (magic loop)
Yarn: DiscontinuedBrandNameYarn.com “Cherry”

I also made some things that I can’t post yet because they haven’t been received and I’d like them to stay a surprise. They are pink. That’s all I’ll say πŸ˜‰

OTN I have a pair of socks for a certain someone. I call them Witchy Woman socks. Sock #1 is almost done. I’ll cast on the second as soon as humanly possible. I also have a prayer shawl and a couple other WIPs that I hope to get done this week. Classes start 8/27 and I know that knitting will be at a minimum 😦

OH! I also sold a couple of my cradle purses on my Etsy shop! It’s bare naked but for those cradle purses. I’ll try to get some pictures of them before I mail them off.

I’ve been remiss in posting my FO’s and WIPs lately. I think it has something to do with the fact that I’m finishing so many things so quickly (and really eager to cast on the next thing) that I can’t manage to find time to tell you all about it. Oops!

Here is a mini Booga Bag I made for my niece. She turned 5 last week. She saw my purse a few months ago and desperately wanted one. She is a purse (and shoe) hound.

Pattern: Booga Bag
Yarn: Patons SWS “Natural Gardenia”
Needles: US 10.5 bamboo circulars, 24″

Next FO are my Cabled Footsies from One Skein.

The colors are a little off, they were made from two different skeins…trying to knit from my stash. See, this is why I like to just BUY more yarn, to prevent mishaps like this πŸ˜›
Pattern: Cabled Footsies from “One Skein”
Yarn: Artyarns Supermerino #103
Needles: Size US8 dpns

Also, a little bit of charity knitting. This London Beanie was knit for Caps for a Cure and sent off to Becky along with the white “Blanche” hat and the rollbrim hat I blogged earlier.

Pattern: London Beanie
Yarn: Red Heart “Soft” (and it is VERY soft) and a scrap amt of white/turquoise Mary Maxim Ragg
Needles: US size 7 dpns

Last, but not least, my latest WIP. Another pair of socks!! I think this is pair #8 for the Summer of Socks (including two pairs of baby socks). These are “River Rapids” by Sockbug. Very nice pattern, very well written, easy to memorize without being tedious. I absolutely love the heel!

Pattern: River Rapids by Sockbug
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock “River”
Needles: Inox US size 2 circulars, 32″ (Magic Loop)

And that be all πŸ™‚

Next time I will have YARN PR0N because I’ve been enhancing my stash this week thanks to b-day money. Yarn Pirate & SockPixie…be ready to drool!

I am on a sock knitting binge. Actually, I’m on a ‘start a new project every 5 minutes’ binge. I’m going to fast, I don’t have time to update my WIPs thingy on the side there.

I’ve started my very first pair of jaywalkers using the Sockpixie yarn I purchased few weeks ago. They are lovely. I love how the striping is so even and neat. Like I planned it that way. Well, at least until I get to where I do the heel flap. Then the stripes get smaller, then on the foot where the stitch count goes from 84 (for the leg) to 76…the stripes get more tiger looking than I’d like. I’m about 5″ into the foot and I think I’m going to (gasp) rip it out back to the bottom of the leg and try a short-row heel instead. I’m thinking that might help keep the striping a little more uniform. I’m not all that fond of heel flaps anyway. Any advice?

I am loving the yarn though. It has a shine that makes it look like it has tencel in it, but it doesn’t. It’s 100% superwash Merino and oh so yummy soft.

I finally made my mom the pair of socks I’ve been promising her for months. I decided on the Thuja pattern from Knitty. They were such a quick and easy knit!! I started the first sock around 3:30 in the afternoon and finished it by 9:30 that night. That’s with lots of starts & stops (remember, I have four kids home on vacation who for some reason feel the need to EAT, several times a day…three dogs who need to go out ever 15.3 seconds or they will DIE…and three cats who think my knitting needles & yarn are on this earth purely to entertain THEM). I started the second sock the next morning and finished it before lunchtime. They are sooo super soft & comfy, even though I used Moda Dea Sassy Stripes (mom’s choice) which is 100% acrylic. The color is “Crayon”. I also managed to make them twins. No small feat considering the striping on different skeins does NOT match up at all even though the dye lots on the label are the same. Found that out when I made “My Socks” a while back.

I also started a pair of Cable Footsies from my “One Skein” book. I’m using Artyarns Supermerino #103. It is so soft, I can’t wait to get them on my feet. I’ll try to forget that it’s July and eleventy billion degrees outside. I started the first one last night (while contemplating frogging the jaywalker) and am already onto the foot part. I’ve been working on another Booga Bag for my niece, who’s birthday is NEXT WEEK (eep!). I’m using Patons SWS in “Natural Geranium”. The girl loves pink! Practicing my continental while doing the boring round & round knitting every row for eternity (it seems).

What else? I’m getting my Sockapalooza Four pal’s package ready for sending off in about 2 weeks. I decided on some stitchmarkers made by me, some soak wash from the Loopy Ewe, maybe a Bee Bar. Of course, I’ll send some yummies. It’s just a matter of deciding. I’m not too keen on sending chocolate to where I have to send it in this heat. Still thinking.

It’s very quiet. I wonder what my children are doing…..

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

This easy baby cardigan is so easy, I just may finish it by the end of the week. Remember where it was yesterday morning? (scroll down) Well, here it is this afternoon.

This is after 2 hrs knitting yesterday and 1.5 hrs of knitting today. All I have left are the sleeves πŸ™‚ I even sewed up the hood seams just to see what it would look like. Here is a close up of the colors:

It’s for a boy. Do you think there’s too much pink/purple in it? I know I know, it really doesn’t matter. And it wouldn’t …if this were my son. But it’s for a co-worker.

Since I got so much of the sweater, I indulged in a little dishcloth making. Believe it or not, I have never made one of these.

I can see how they would be addictive. Although it’s a little too wide for my tastes, I do like the way the pattern turns out. I may have to make one with two solid colors next time. AFTER I finish the Easy Baby Cardigan sleeves πŸ™‚

I’m in love with Ravelry πŸ˜€

I have spent the better part of the last two days playing on the site. Transfering all of my pictures from photobucket over to Flickr (by far the biggest headache), putting in all the finished projects I have pictures of. Crying over the pictures of projects I know I have but cannot find *sob* Updating my queue of projects on my “to knit” list (adding more along the way). The only thing left, I think, is to take pictures of my stashed yarns. Not sure if I will do that. I really have no desire to keep track of what I have…except for maybe sock yarn. Me hearts sock yarn πŸ™‚

I have done a little knitting too. Today is also a bright & shiny day (as opposed to the dark & rainy days we’ve had all week) so I got outside & took pictures of my progress. I did forget to get pictures of my squares for Rebuilding Greensburg. I’ve got two squares finished & am halfway through square #3. I’ll snap those pics later.

Here is the baby sweater I’ve started. Ideally, I’d like to finish this by the weekend, but I don’t think it’s gonna happen lol. It’s for a co-worker. Her shower is this weekend, I am unable to go because I have to work (everyone else requested it off…someone has to work lol). She’s not due until the end of the month. Plus it’s her first baby, it’ll probably be next month before she has him.

As you can see, I still have a ways to go lol. That is just the hood! The pattern is Easy Baby Cardigan and so far it is easy πŸ™‚

Here is a progress shot of my mesh bag of my own patterning. I’ll post the pattern when it’s finished. I’m still thinking in my head as I go along how I want the handles to be. But so far, I’m liking how it’s turning out. And it’s BIG! I can fit alotta bananas in this baby πŸ˜†

Still a ways to go on that one too.
Also in the knitting basket, myΒ  modified boogaΒ  bag. I have cast off the edge and picked up stitches for the flap. I sure hope this turns out because I’m totally winging it lol.

In other news, the school year is winding down for the kiddos. My older two are done next week and the younger two are done the week after that. The school really packs in a lotta crap in the last few weeks. Last week we had a concert, an award ceremony, and a fair. My youngest was in the concert, both boys got awards, and we won a racecar rug in a raffle at the fair. They were quite proud:

Don’t mind the look on my youngest’s face. He’s trying to show off the other news around here. He has his FIRST loose tooth πŸ˜† Yup, whole lotta excitement ’round these parts. This week oldest son has a field trip. Next week they both have field trips (youngest son has TWO!) plus the Flag Day ceremony. The week after they have their school picnic, then the last day of school WHOO HOO! Then we start T-ball season…they are both on the same team this year. Oh boy….

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