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Monthly Archives: September 2008

Another FO & plenty of ktbl ahead

Hmmm.  Long time, no blog.  Busy, busy, and haven’t had much to say.  I did finish a lovely scarf, though.  I used two balls of Plymouth Royal Bamboo in colorway 58 to create this longer version of my hybrid Foliage Fidget scarf.  This one is a nice length to tuck into the open neck of a business suit jacket or sling around my neck for a pretty, feminine touch…or something like that.  🙂  Isn’t it pretty?  (patting myself on the back pretty furiously right now…)

 

As soon as that was finished, I took a really deep breath and cast on my very first Clapotis, about which I’ve been mildly nervous, not because the pattern is difficult – it isn’t, really – but because I’m using some really yummy and dreadfully expensive yarn (Artyarns Regal Silk in colorway 108, Purple Mist), and I really want to do the yarn justice! 🙂  I’m just beginning the straight section, and have already had a couple of small problems, but nothing unmanageable yet.  So I’m hoping for smooth sailing the rest of the way.  Of course, one of the little bumps in getting going was actually, really, truly a bump…I was knitting away on the 1st increases, using my KP Options tips (metal), riding in the car with husband driving.  Just as I was scooting the stitches along the left needle to get the ready to knit, husband drove over a big bump at a decent rate of speed, causing me to DROP MY STITCHES!!!  About 5 of them, actually.  I was displeased…not at husband, really, but more at myself for thinking I was capable of knitting *silk* in a moving vehicle.  Yeesh.  I fixed my dropsies and put the work aside until we got home, where I could switch to my KP Harmony tips…that’s better for the car, but I’d still rather be working with the metal tips.  I must be getting better at this or something…

 

Did anyone else hit the Options DPNs sale at Knit Picks?  I had to be talked into it, as I was afraid I would not much care for slick, slippery, weighty metal DPNs…I’m really very fond of my Harmony DPNs.  But it was ***such*** a good deal, I couldn’t pass it up.  Besides, husband was adamantly supportive…even he had to admit that if I didn’t like them, I could either (a) return them to KP for a credit and buy some Harmony DPNs instead, or (b) sell/trade them on Ravelry.  He was right.  I did get them in the mail two days ago, and my jury is still out.  I have been knitting a little bit on a sock I started the knit the needles arrived, and I don’t *hate* them, I’ll say that.  But I can really tell the difference in the weight.  Hmmmm….

 

On the home front, since I last posted, my 20 year old son has been out of work and returns to the work world today.  He was unhappy at his place of employment, a local fast food chain store, due to a somewhat hostile work environment.  So he began looking for an alternative.  And then, within a day or two, he blew up and quit.  His manager left him on an LOA for a couple of weeks, in case he changed his mind.  So he’s been job hunting, but this is not something he’s very good at, and didn’t get so much as a nibble in about 10 days or more.  And then, yesterday, with his proverbial tail between his not-proverbial legs, he went back to said fast food chain store and asked to be put back on the schedule.  Phew!  Unemployed son who is not in college either is just really not acceptable.  So glad that’s temporarily resolved.

 

Younger son is now 13 big years old.  Older son + Mom and Dad (us) jointly purchased younger son the video game of his dreams, Rockband.  He’s verrry happy.  Husband is trying to sell one of the two old, classic VW Beetles at the moment, and not getting any nibbles.  We are trying craigslist, and must re-post late this afternoon in order to catch the weekend crowd, as the mid-week readers were apparently pretty unimpressed.  And finally, my company, a large IT industry outsourcer, has officially been bought by a large IT industry manufacturer.  I won’t mention any names, but if you read business news, you probably know which companies I’m talking about.  So that was the sorta bad news – maybe.  Who knows?  Buy-outs are funny; usually, lots of people in the bought company get laid off, but our buyer is not super-strong in the industry/piece of company in which I work, so maybe I’ll get lucky.  The really good news, however, was that I recently had my mid-year review, and was rated as exceeding expectations and received a nice, generous ***CASH*** bonus in my paycheck today.  Again, no specifics mentioned, but there were 3 zeroes on the end of the bonus number, and the first digit was greater than one.  🙂  Woo hoo!  It’s off to buy some dirt cheap affordable laminate flooring for my spare room and upstairs hallway this weekend.  Maybe.  Not sure.  Indecisive.  We shall see.  Also thinking about replacing the railing in my upstairs hallway with a small pony wall into which we may build a shallow cabinet for storing more of the crap we’re always collecting.  Again not sure.  Maybe.  Can’t decide.  Time will tell.  🙂  The only thing I’m fairly certain of is that my bonus means that I will pay some nagging little bills and maybe have a nice yarn crawl…or place an on-line order from one of the great yarn sites, like Fabulous Yarns, Knit Picks, WEBS, or Little Knits. I’m on the hunt for an appropriate yarn to make Twist & Shout, the cover sweater from the Fall 2008 issue of Knitty. So beautiful. But sadly, so woolly. Must find non-wool yarn that will give me a similar look. Yeah, right, like that’s gonna happen! LOL! One of these days, I really have to get brave and try some superwash merino wool yarn. Merino/Silk was only a little bit itchy in the touching, almost not at all, but very itchy in the knitting…maybe superwash merino will be better…

 

That is all I have at the moment.  What’s new in your world?  Leave me a comment, PM me on Ravelry, whatever.  Let me know someone actually reads this thing…then again, I mostly write it because I can, so I’m not convinced it’s terribly important to me that people read it.  Would be nice, though…

 

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