Friday, August 31, 2007
The surgery went well. I was expecting to be in the waiting room for about an hour and 15 minutes. It was under an hour when they told me they were starting to wake her up. Boy was
that a mess. Loopy and numb and disoriented. Poor thing. We made it home and she was a trooper. Me? I was a trooper too. I actually took bloody gauze from her, twice. Big stuff for me.
By the afternoon she was done with the numb, happy to have an assortment of pain relief drugs and insulting her brother. She is going to be just fine.
While in the waiting room I did this.
Almost the entire foot was knit while waiting. I finished the toe this evening. I am not sure I would ever wear something like this. But I made it to fit my big Sasquatch foot, so I suppose I will wear it as some point.
You know you have been living in the Pacific Northwest a long time when you can spell Sasquatch correctly.
This morning Oldest Daughter is having 6 teeth removed. Yesterday we were sitting in the oral surgeons office, they were telling us what to expect. I started to shift in my chair. I really wanted to lay down. They kept talking about stitches and salt welter and medication. It was too much. I could feel myself getting pale and starting to sweat. I was wishing I had thought to have Husband deal with this. This morning I am wondering if I will be able to handle it all when we arrive home. Just typing this is causing me a bit of a freak out. I will try to be strong.
While in the waiting room I will be working on this.
This is the newest Rockin Sock Club sock. I think it is called the summer of lace. In this pic you can see the ankle ribbing. Here it is with the cuff folded down.
It is cute and flirty.
This is already in the car, just in case.
Not having worked a heel in the middle is making this rather boring. Round and round and round on size 1's. After measuring I think I will need 9 sets of stripes before I start the toe. I will do the afterthought heel before I begin the second sock. I am just not sure what to expect. If I hate it I can make the second sock in the regular fashion and redo the first one. Oh please, do not let that happen.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Dream In Color is a wonderful yarn. It is soft and cushy and the colors are beautiful. I have knit a pair of socks for Husband with Smooshy and a pair of Flap Top Mittens for Grandma using Classy. I LOVE it. I can not get enough. Apparently I am not alone because the only LYS that carries it is out and Loopy Ewe has been out and I have been left wanting, wanting.
Tonight I tripped upon a Sneak Up at Loopy Ewe and I ordered 4 skeins! Yes, me, 4 skeins! Do I have a single project in mind for any of them? No. I did take the time to ask Husband if he thought a particular colorway was dark enough to wear with black pants. Then I clicked that colorway and another besides. 4 skeins! It is a slippery slope my friends.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Tonight is the Celebration & Thank You Dinner for my camp staff. Then I can close the camp book until January. Woo Hoo!
As previously posted, Friday was my first mammogram. The LYS sponsored the Swedish Bus and promised goodies for all who took the time to have their breasts squished. The goodie bag presented was spectacular!
Not at all what I expected. Makes the squishing go down easier and I will do it again next year.
While at the LYS this jumped into my bag.
MMMM Dragonfibers Hand dyed Blue Face Leicester Roving color Candy Corn MMMM
Rockin' Sock Club August kit.
Very cute, a little lace fold over anklet. The colors are very Peter Max. Should be a quick knit. Tan added little beads to the points of her cuff. She's so smart
I did some spinning this weekend.
I am trying to move my spinning skills along. I now have the motions of spinning and drafting simultaneously. Now I need to even it all out. So much fun.
And finally, the Mariner socks for Oldest Son.
I have never used yarn that stripes so precisely. As I came to the point to make my heel flap I realized that the heel would make the stripes all wonky. Twisted Sisters provides good instructions for the afterthought heel. It requires cutting the fabric!! I resisted it all day, but last night decided it would be good to learn something new. So I am knitting round and round until the toe. Heel later. Cross your fingers.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
I spent this afternoon at the airport. FYI, Sea-Tac is not in Seattle. It is south of Seattle, in between Seattle and Tacoma. For those of us that live at the north end, a trip to the airport is like a trip to hell. Only in hell I imagine good music and tasty things to eat. At the airport you get crap.
So here I am am, up late, researching schools for Youngest Daughter. I am tired and switch to blog checking, and it hits me. I have not checked the mail toady. Pitter patter across the street and there it is, the new Rockin' Sock package. It has been sitting in the box all day. Pics tomorrow, I am a spoiler.
The camera is home, Yahooee!
Friday, August 24, 2007
Books will be the easiest to add. It is a click and drag sort of thing and I think I will do that next.
OMG, I just finish my library. I have an embarrassing number of books. There are even a few I had to leave out. Does anyone else out there have a library like mine?
After books will be stash. Stash is small, but I will need to learn how to work the Flicker and Ravelry together. Finished projects will take longer. Pulling them out and photographing may or may not happen. Lastly I will get to patterns. Considering that I am still working on writing them down, that may take awhile.
So who is on your Friends list? Am I being too sensitive?
Thursday, August 23, 2007
~insert picture of Wide Triangle using Mustang Sally~
Now I have begun 2 sock projects. One of them is Mariner socks for Oldest Son.
~insert photo of manly Mariner stripes~
They will be a Hanukkah present. Because they are a present I do not want him to see me working on them. When I hear him about to enter a room I quickly shove them back into my bag and pick up a different sock. So far it is working.
I took a peak at the spoilers for this months Rockin' Sock Club. It is cute and will only take a few days to knit up. Holiday knitting is going well and I think I will stick with that before this kit.
This year's Rockin' Sock Club kits are not doing it for me. Last year was great. This year is so-so. I am contemplating not renewing next year and trying to get in on Loopy Ewe's club instead. Of course Loopy Ewe's club is much smaller. It is possible I will end up without a sock club next year. I guess that is OK too.
I really want to get my hands on some Wollmeise.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
The calendar has been blissfully empty this week. Only one thing looming. Friday brings my first mammogram. Yeah, I'm late to the party, but better late than never. The good part is that the LYS is sponsoring the Swedish Breast Care Express. This is a huge semi truck with traveling mammogram equipment. There will be yarn shop goodie bags!
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
In case you had not noticed, all of my blog titles are song titles. Bonus points if you can actually name the references. Some of them are pretty obscure. It is a running quiz in our house. Everything has a song. A few years ago the kids used to ask me to stop singing songs for every thing. Now they join in and it is great fun. There is a song for everything. Yes, everything. Potato chips? got it. Peaches, Volcanoes, I got it. "you got it?", I got it.
SSSHHHH! I used to be in the Music Industry. AAAHH, I can not believe I just shared that bit of information. It must be the vodka. Thank the Music Industry for the vodka dependence.
The yarn purchased for Tyrolean Socks does not want to be Tyrolean Socks. The pattern calls for this yarn to be knit on size 3's to get a gauge of 6 stitches per inch. After fighting for a couple of inches I said "uncle". I was using size 4 ebony! and could still feel the needles flexing during the stitch work. Size 4 ebony flexed! So the yarn will instead become a rug that lays in front of the sink, I will work it on size 10! needles. I am still in love with the Tyrolean sock pattern, but I will chose a different yarn. Maybe a Dream In Color, or a plain ol' Cascade 220.
I finished The Log Cabin socks this morning. Pics next week. This afternoon I realized that I am supposed to be blocking Oldest Daughters birthday shawl while she is in Disneyland. I will get that spread out on the bed first thing in the morning. I wish I could take pics. I will take pics after the fact and you will have to imagine it spread out, in all its glory across the mattress.
Holiday knitting is going really well. I have a skein of Mariner striped yarn to make into socks for Oldest Son, and Husband really wants of pair of Log Cabins for himself. That leaves a couple dragon scarves. SO doable. I have been squirreling away holiday knitting projects for months and it is paying off. Come Thanksgiving I will be all done and feeling good.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
This is what I did while waiting for the wool to dry.
This is the Log Cabin Socks from Handknit Holidays. The yarn is really a tweedy brown and they are gorgeous! The socks are for Dad, he will love them
The pattern is quite simple for such dramatic results. Husband tried them on and immediately wanted a pair. I think I will make his in red.
That will be the last picture I am able to post until Saturday. Daughters, with camera, left this morning for Disneyland. Youngest Daughter has not been to Disneyland since she was 2 years old, so this is essentially her first time. She is SO excited.
Friday, August 17, 2007
When I reached into the envelope to pull out the yarn , my first thought was, "It's not soft, this is not yarn I would have brought home from the yarn store." Then the smell hit me. Without mentioning the smell I handed a skein to Youngest Daughter. She said "It smells like a petting zoo." She is right. I will not be able to work with this yarn until it is washed again, maybe multiple times, with smelly soap. I do not even have any smelly soap in the house, I do not like smelly soap, I will have to buy some to deal with this wool.
We are an environmentally aware family. We do all sorts of things that most people do not do just because we are ultra aware of our impact on the environment. This is organic wool, processed in an earth friendly way. But oo, the smell is way too much for this city girl.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Koigu, it took more than 2 skeins for his long feet.
Next are the Flap Top Mittens.
They were knit and reknit several times. It took me a while to get the flap top right.
They are made from Dream In Color, worsted weight. I used size 5 needles for the ribbing and 7's for the main body. LOVE, love, love this yarn.
This is Everlasting Peace. They are resolable! These took much longer than I expected. I really dislike color work and so would pick up any project other than these. This was my last UFO and could not be put off any longer. Glad they are done. STR lightweight, Fire on the Mountain and Sunstone.
I will put up patterns for the Flap Top Mittens and Everlasting Peace soon. Right now I hear the UPS truck in the neighborhood and a package from Green Mountain Spinnery will soon be at my door.
Monday, August 13, 2007
All is not lost. I think Mother will enjoy the original skein.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Sunday, August 5, 2007
The are knit from Fleece Artist Sea Wool, Hercules.
I love the colors. I love the feel of Sea Wool. I am keeping these. OK, I have already worn them.
The pattern is a simple cable and rib. The first sock was made with Knit Picks needles, the second with Crystal Palace Bamboo. The second sock is a bit tighter, but only because I am Knitter. They feel the same when worn. I did the cables down the leg then kept the ribbing pattern on the heel and the foot, without the cables. A really nice effect. I am thinking I may do that with other socks.
Right now I am almost finished with a flap topped mitten. These will be for Grandma. I found a pattern that made sense when I read it, but turned out to be crap when knit. I kept the join method used for the flap and designed a new pattern for the rest of the mitten. As soon as I finish I will post pictures and the pattern.
Last night the Girl Scouts had an Aquasocks overnight. The Aquasocks are the Rookie Ball team of the Seattle Mariners. I have to admit that I enjoy going to the Minor League games WAY more than the Major Leagues. So last night there were a couple of sections full of Girl Scouts of all ages. We watched the game, we ate junk food, we saw a great fireworks show and then we pitched our tents on the outfield! There were games and visiting and card playing. So much fun. There was a contest for the best decorated tent. We, as a troop, are not decorators. We are however food lovers. So we skipped the decorating and instead gave the judges homemade blackberry pie. The blackberries were on the vine that very morning. MMM. It worked. We received the prize for Best Bribing of a Judge With Pie! Of course there is a cool patch.Because you all know, it is all about the patch.
Tomorrow is the start of Day Camp. YAHOOEE!!
Friday, August 3, 2007
I only have one more order to become a Loopy Groupie, so I will definitely be placing an order there. Blue Moon has a new series out in the fall, The Raven Series. You know I am all over that. Other than those 2 known purchases I think I am good for a while.
Oh, I thought of one more. The Tyrolean Stockings in the new Interweave Knits. I thought I had yarn for those, but I do not, and truth be told there is no way I am going to be able to sleep until until those are on needles.
OK, so three things...Loopy Ewe, Blue Moon and Green Mountain Spinnery. That is all. Done. Don't need anything else. Wouldn't know what to do with it if I had it. There will be more pretty colors and I can wait until I need more yarn. Yes, wait until I need more yarn. Wait.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Here is the BEST travel present I have ever received. My friend and her family were in Central Europe and she brought this back for me.
Can you tell what she's doing?
How about now?
This wonderful little hand carved fox is knitting...a sock!
There is a heavy wooden weight hanging and when the weight moves it makes the foxes arms move so that they look like they are knitting a sock. BEST ever! Love you Naomi!!!