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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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Socks and more socks

So – I finished the lacy socks and they are Beee-u-tiful, if I do say so myself.  I will get the pictures up, I promise, but I can’t do that while using my work-provided laptop to post, so I need to get a few minutes on a computer that is actually under my ownership.  LOL! 


Anyway, once I finished those, I launched right into yet another pair, using Kollage Luscious this time.  The colorway, Bouquet, is just beatiful, and the yarn is soft and nice, but a bit splitty.  Sadly, I just can’t seem to make something I’m liking with it.  I think I need smaller needles.  I only have US

 2.5 and 3 size needles (3.00 and 3.25 mm) in Knit Picks Harmony, which seem to be my sock needles of choice.  I have bunches of Clover bamboos, but the tips are not at all pointy on those, AND my size 2’s are 7″, which just seems really clumsy for socks.  I like my 6″ Harmonies.  So I’m seeing a KP order in my near future.  Anyway, I’ve given up on the Luscious for the moment, since I popped into one of my LYS today and sprang for another ball of the On Your Toes Bamboo yarn, plus a ball of Berroco Comfort Sock

The bamboo is in a similar colorway to the one I’ve already knitted, but this time a solid gray-lavendar, and the Comfort Sock is rather boring, just plain navy blue.  I’ve avoided buying the Comfort up till now because the LYS only had it in solid gray and solid blue.  Bleah.  But, I am sure I can knit some nice socks for someone on my holiday list from it, and it’s super-soft, so I’m giving it a shot.  Plus, it will work on the needles I have (LOL!).

OYT Bamboo #2


Husband has his motorcyle running (rather well, too), but has yet to take it for any real rides, other than into town to fill the tank with gas, which is only a few miles, round trip.  It’s registered, it’s insured, but the only days he worked last week (Thu and Fri) were pretty rainy around here, and he hasn’t gotten a rainsuit in case of sudden downpour yet.  Since neither VW is currently running (oy vey, what a MESS!), he’s been driving his truck, which leaves my 20 year old son driving my car to work in the late afternoon, and husband swapping vehicles with son on the way home from his work.  Yeesh. 


Our friends that have been staying with us since Christmas moved out this weekend.  They found a killer bargain on a rental home in the northern edge of eastern Nashville.  I haven’t seen the house yet, just some pictures.  It seems nice, but needs a bunch of work, which they will be doing part of in order to “earn” their half-priced rent for the year..  It’s a HUGE house on around a half acre, though, and I think they’ll have some fun trying to fill it up, since it’s just the two of them, a cat and something like 13 ferrets who will have a big fat basement almost all to themselves – well, the ferrets, the laundry area, and a little office for the man of the house to goof around on the computer at night and on the weekends.  My friend is very happy it’s a big house, though, because she has a nice room on the main floor to use for sewing, knitting, scrapbooking, etc.  Her office, so to speak.  It’s nice that they have their own place now, it’s nice to have ours to ourselves again…a bit quiet right now, but nice.  But it’s worrisome, too, because I think they may have jumped out too soon, with not enough money in their pockets to insulate them from any little emergencies.  In fact, they wound up leaving about 1/3 or so of their stuff here for the time being, because of budget constraints on buying gasoline to get their full-size van back and forth from our house to theirs.  Sigh…worry, worry.  Not much I can do, though – they are grown-ups who have to make their own decisions, of course.  All husband and I could do was to keep assuring them that we were in no hurry for them to move and that they could stay as long as it took for them to be securely on their feet.  I know it sucks living with other people and feeling like you’re imposing, and I guess they’d had enough after almost 7 months of that.  Sure hope it all works out ok…(and if/when my dear friend reads this, please take no offense…I have to vent my worries somewhere, you know, and this is pretty damned anonymous, really!)  Heck, hardly anyone actually reads my blog anyway.  LOL!


Well, must go now.  It’s raining sheep and alpaca out (instead of cats and dogs), and my sock yarn is calling me.  🙂


ETA – Finally got some time on family ‘puter at 7:00 am on a Sunday morning – everyone else is sleeping!  LOL!


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My not-famous first socks

So I finally got a few minutes on one of the family computers, rather than just my work laptop, which means that I could upload the most-recent photos from my camera and bring some into the blog.  Here are my finished first socks:


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Pretty cool, huh?  Well, I like them (except that I don’t really like the colorway), and the recipient LOVES them, so I can’t ask for more than that, can I?  Many thanks to Silver for her excellent sock classes.  🙂


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Socks Take 1.5 and 2

Hmmm. Well, well, well. I did finish my first sock, but only after reading a certain thread on knittinghelpthat made me realize I had been knitting inside-out on my dpns for several months. Oy vey!

So once I finished off that first sock, which entailed some rather fascinating gymnastic moves with the last two needles so that I could graft the toes properly, I set out to re-teach myself to knit on dpns, but this time, right side out. It is amazing to me that this was so ridiculously uncomfortable. Yeesh. I think it didn’t help much that the yarn literally did not want to move across my KP Harmony dpns at all. I have definitely decided that, if I ever do something from Crystal Palace Maizy yarnagain, I will need to do so on metal needles. Since my level of trust in myself to manage metal dpns without dropping half my stitches is rather low, I’m thinking I’ll eventually be learning to either magic loop the socks or do the toe-up variety on two circs. 🙂 At any rate, it took about 3-4 tries to just cast on and join in the round correctly, and then once that was done, it was desperately clumsy and uncomfortable to knit around the outside of my needle triangle for quite a few days. Finally, it became reasonably comfortable. And then, one night recently, I had this epiphany at 2:30 in the morning. I was sleeping badly due to an apparent overdose of Sudafed (which at lower doses will make me decongest, as is proper, but at higher ones makes me totally dry, jittery and sleepless). So naturally, I tossed and turned in the bed while having a virtual sit and knit of one person. As I did so, I kept thinking about that stupid right-side-out sock and how hard it was at first, and why it was getting easier but still not great. Suddenly it hit me. I finally understood that I just had to hold the *&%%$ working needles as though they were straights, and pretty much ignore those other two needles. Gee, so basic. Really a “DUH!” moment for me. Still, it was what I needed. When I picked up the dpns to work on the sock the next night, it was really pretty smooth and easy. And then, the moment of truth. I finished the foot, grafted the toes and handed the finished pair of socks to my friend, Lisa. We took pictures of them, which I really have to download from the camera and post here, on Ravelry and so on, and then…she tried them on. For a moment, when she first slid her tootsies into the socks, I thought I might have handed her the finest chocolate or something, because she was looking quite blissful. Needless to say, she loves her new socks, and now I’m quite anxious to try my own pair on, once they are finished.

So now I’m on socks take 2, this time knitting up the afore-mentioned Crystal Palace Panda Cottonin Seascape. Love, love, looooove this yarn. Smooth, silky, slides along my needles like a dream…unless I’m getting sweaty hands due to the wondrous humidity here in Tennessee. In that case, the only thing sliding on the needles are my fingers. Everything else hits a dead standstill. And I really like the pattern the colorway is knitting up to, as well. Due to the size of the object or the plain old 2×2 rib and stockinette I’m using for the sock (simple stuff, I know!), it has a real spiral look to the color changes, and I love it.

I did take a little sock break over the last two days to work on the finishing steps for my own Dot Check Cardi. Got all the seaming done, and picked up the stitches for the neckline by last night. Whew! Still need to finish the neck and add the button/buttonhole bands, and then, of course, attach the buttons, but touchdown is certainly near. Can’t wait to wear it, as it does seem to fit pretty well. That was a bit challenging for me, as I was sort of winging the sizing, but it all worked out pretty well. 🙂

And finally, my friend Carrie, who lives in Texas, received the mailed package with *her* Dot Check Cardi in it yesterday, and immediately called to say she loves it! Luckily, it arrived when she happened to be having a perfectly awful day, and it really cheered her up. Of course, she hadn’t even put the thing on yet, having great respect for the handmade and fear of wearing it (too pretty to wear!! LOL!). Anyway, she did put it on as we chatted on the phone, and said it’s a perfect fit. Not bad, considering I haven’t actually laid eyes on her since, oh, 2001 or so. 🙂 Well, time to go sit and knit with the roadchick, a fellow Raveler who lives in the same general area as I. Bye for now! 🙂


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