Wednesday, December 12, 2007

I still haven't taken a picture of the current sock project...

...so you get pictures of a project finished awhile ago.

I started another pair of Monkeys back in the beginning of November and finished by Thanksgiving.  As they're meant to be a Christmas gift (along with Bayerische), I finished them and then.. then they sat.  And looked cute, and very green, but I figured I ought to come up with a way to wrap them up.

I looked for sock wrappers or sock gift tags and found nothing.  (Google, how could you fail me?)  So I ended up opening a Word document (something I'm avoiding because it is the end of the semester and thus, I have papers to write.  The logic, it is perfect) and created my own.

See?

I am brillant at photographing white stuff.

I was all excited cause I even got to pull out my box of crayons and color in the holly leaves and berries.  (Also, I was being Productive and yet, not writing Papers.  How could that be a bad thing!?)

Also, I drew the lines in the holly leaves by hand.  

They are for TheBoy's mother, because she really liked the Monkeys I knit for myself, I really wanted to knit another pair of monkeys, and she gave me a Christmas present last year that I was totally not expecting, and thus, failed to give her something in return.  So I knit a pair of socks, with color suggestions from TheBoy (Green.  Just ... green.) and I'm gonna wrap them and sneak them under the tree and hope I don't see her at all from Christmas til January 14th, when classes start.  (Of course, that's assuming she doesn't figure out that the handknit socks are from the ONE person she knows that knits and that TheBoy doesn't out me.)

(I really like parenthesis.  Can you tell?)

I don't do well with the whole "Oh, you shouldn't have!" response to gift-giving.  Maybe so, but I did, so can you just enjoy the darned things and we can move on and I can not be embarrassed anymore?

And my typical random picture that was pretty and I wanted to include, for no really reason at all:


Sunset at the barn a few weeks ago.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Finished Object: Bayerische Socks

(we will ignore my unmade bed, my blindingly white legs, and the horrible light.)

The Specs:
Pattern: Bayerische by Eunny Jang.
Yarn: ZwegerGarn, Opal. Yum.
Color: Number 62 - a brown with a orange hint to it. I hate it, my sister loves it.
Needles: Plymouth Bamboo DPNs, US Size 2.
Start to Finish: January 2007 to November 2007. I forget exact dates.
(seriously, I have spent all daylight hours for the last three days in the back of an auditorium. Where lights were off or blue.)
For: My sister. Which is why its a good thing she likes the color.
Notes: Love. Much, much love. Charts are easy to follow (and eventually, memorize). They really didn't take THAT long to knit - I knit the first one in about 3 months, the second in less. They just spent a lot of time waiting around, just hoping to be loved. They look a thousand times better when worn. I made two mistakes - both on the first sock. But, my sister doesn't care and odds are, will never be able to find them again.

I want to knit a pair for myself, but I don't think I'd ever manage to actually FINISH them. Le sigh.


In Other News :

This is my to-do list for the week. Apparently, I plan on writing three papers, studying for a final, going to the barn four-five times this week, and getting a hair cut. Also, watching TV.





Sunday will be the fun day, as the first of the papers is due on Monday, December 17th.



After that? Two papers due Wednesday and a final scheduled for 8am Friday, December 17th. I am hoping and praying that they will let me take the final earlier. Tuesday sounds like a good day.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Conversations with The Urmily

Driving home for Thanksgiving:

"Deer!"   (randomly, out of the blue.)
"What?"
"There was a sign."
"Did it have a picture?"  (I was thinking of this.)
"No.  It was pink."

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Not dead. Yet.

I've been staring at empty blogwriting pages for a few months now, but not so much with the writing of the blog bit.

In part, I'm over-whelmed with the amount of catch up that I feel I should do. So I decided to just skip the catch up and if you have questions, lemme know.  (Assuming I have any readers left...)

I have no current knitting pictures, since my camera has been ignored for a bit.  So you get pictures from Europe, as I ease back into the whole blogging bit.


(market square in Krakow, Poland)

The semester is winding up, final papers are staring me down.  Only three?  Four?  I'm not even sure, which probably isn't the best of signs.


(parking lot over looking an old church in Prague, Czech Republic)

But also looming is my thesis and all the work I need to do for that cause I haven't done as much work for that as I should have this semester.  GAH!!!


(river dividing Buda and Pest in Hungary, on the day of the Red Bull Air Races)

And looming over all THAT is that scary thing called the "real world."  I've decided to apply to ONE grad school for fall 2008 and if I get in, I'll go then.  If I don't get in.. I'll go the following year, which was the original plan in the first place.



(Auschwitz-Birkenau train track.  This is actually the track that everyone thinks leads to the main camp, but Birkenau was a satellite camp.)

So I'm just gonna write final papers and personal statements and thesis stuff and so forth.  And knit the stress away, when I have time to do so.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

um....

Hi, my name is confiance and I suck at blogging.

Vacation, work, work, classes starting, homework... all have kept me from having enough free time to remember that I have a blog.  My hard drive crashing has also resulted in me needing to download all sorts of things.  Like my camera software, which is why you get no pictures.

Mostly, I just wanted to let my sock pal know that I got my socks and I LOVE LOVE LOVE them!  Thank you so much!  The yarn is awesome, the pattern is awesome, and the colors are awesome.  AND they fit perfectly.

I'm sorry I let you get nervous - I didn't actually get them til Saturday, because I was on vacation when they arrived and someone else got the mail for me while I was gone and they weren't around til Saturday.  And then I tried responding to e-mails and they kept bouncing back for some reason.

So blogworld, view this as a long-due post/e-mail to the most awesome sock pal!  I need to take pictures, but first I need to find my camera.  (You'd be amazed at home much that is a theme for my life right now.)

Ok, gotta go - class starts in ten minutes.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Just checking in

Wednesday morning, my hard drive crashed.

This afternoon, my new hard drive arrived.  After some difficulty what with pieces not seeming to be the correct size and shape, I figured it out and installed the new hard drive.  And reinstalled Windows.  And then updated my graphics driver so that I could actually use ALL of my screen, rather than a 5x8" section in the middle.  And installed a bunch of other things, like my web browser of choice (Opera) and other programs, such as virus protection and sypware detection and so forth.

And now I have to attempt to remember all my bookmarked websites.  However, there was a reason I bookmarked them - so I wouldn't have to remember them.

Funny how that works.

But that would explain the lack of posting and the lack of pictures - I haven't installed all the stuff for my camera yet.  Or ripped all my songs off my iPod.  Or any of the other thousand things one must do to set up a computer to their specifications.

Minus working a 7 hour shift tomorrow, leaving the barn at 7am for a horse show on Sunday (and taking a mostly white horse, meaning I'll be up and at the barn by 6am to bathe the horse), I should be up and running in now time.

And thanks for the comments on my last post.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

I got nothing

(written late last night, posted late tonight.)

Much whining, not so much knitting or interesting stuff. Read at your own risk.

Where to start?

I haven't written in a long time, mostly because I wasn't quite sure what to say. Not knitting much - just frantically working on sock pal socks (started the second, and know I can finish before August 7th, so long as I keep up the pace). Not reading much - must knit. Not sleeping much - must knit.

I'm here, til I leave for Europe, and then back here again (well, except for holiday breaks and the like) til after graduation in the spring.
 

In addition, I've felt sickly since Thursday. You know that feeling that occurs about 4 minutes before you violently lose the contents of your stomach? That comes and goes, along with a headache. Nothing seems to really make me feel better other than sleeping, but per usual when I'm sick, I am either at work or doing something else that requires I remain awake when I most want to sleep and yet, can't fall asleep when I finally collapse into bed at night.

(Man, I really love long sentences.)

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Excuses, Excuses.

I work 4-6 hours at either the toy store or at the library, each day. Four days a week, I go to the barn, which is another 3-5 hours. Three days a week, I go to the gym, which tends to be about two hours.

There's also cleaning and reading and research for my thesis and other such fun and exciting things. 

As a result, not much knitting. And not much blogging. I'm sorry, blog!

So I'm gonna do the 6 weird things meme (or less, if I can't think of 6), even though I haven't been tagged, since that will give me blog fodder.

1. I eat M&Ms in twos by colors. Two blue, two green... There must be two of the same color. Unless I have ONE of EVERY color left over at the end, I never finish a bag. I'll give away the "unmatched" pieces, but I can eat one of each color at one time. (I just tend to do so an even number of times.)

2. I make my bed every day. Fluff pillows, arrange blankets just so... I hate the look of an unmade bed. But even more, I LOVE the feeling of climbing into a bed with new sheets, and other than washing my sheets 7 times a week - which would cost WAY too much money - I just make my bed every day.

3. I love apples, apple juice, apple butter. However, I cannot stand apple sauce. I hate mushy apples and that's all I can think of when I try apple sauce. I seem to have a texture-based issue with many foods. Like calamari - I actually like the taste, but not the texture. It is like chewing on rubber bands. Same with mushrooms.

4. I hate odd numbers. Well, 1 is ok. And 9. But I dislike the majority of the others. I'm gonna blame my lousy division skills and say that I hate not knowing if a number is a prime or not. (And yes - I did once try to memorize the list of prime numbers. That didn't work out so very well.) Also, the others just ... sound prettier.

5. I hold my pencil (and pen) funny. Rather than letting the writing utensil rest on my middle finger, I use my middle finger to help steady it on my ring finger. I've got a nice little bump on my ring finger as a result. Holding it the "normal" way always feels weird and my handwriting gets worse.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Of Mice and Men

What I planned on doing today:
  • riding lesson
  • clean bathroom
  • clean kitchen
  • take out recycling
  • straighten room
  • knit
  • read three chapters of my book
  • go to the gym and kick my own ass

What I will Most Likely End up Doing Today:
  • read half a chapter of my book and fall asleep
  • attempt to straighten my room and give up half way
  • curse a lot
  • attempt to knit and discover that your middle finger is really quite required for the whole process

And the reason my to-do list will end up so very NOT to-did?



But there's a valid reason for drinking before noon on a Thursday:


You see that line about a third of the way down my nail?  It was bent backwards - and STUCK - at that line.  I managed to rip off a large portion of my nail during my lesson this morning.

Doesn't it look pretty?



Good thing I went bowling last night, otherwise I'd be bowling left-handed.  Also, that happens to be my middle finger, so I've been walking around like I'm giving people the middle finger.

Yesterday, I was bucked off.  Twice.  By the same horse.  I had bruises by the time I got home.  They look funny (but don't photograph well - believe me, I tried) because the surface of the ring is uneven, so I have "dotted" bruises.  A couple scrapes as well and some really nice and sore muscles to boot.

I can't wait to see what happens tomorrow when I ride.

In knitting news, I tore out the majority of Sizzle.  I tried it on again and finally convinced myself that it is too short, too wide, and not something I would wear.  So, back to the seed stitch border to start again.  I went down a needle size, figuring that will help with the "too wide" part.  I also knit an extra inch before starting the decreasing darts and will knit an extra inch or two in the shoulder straps, I think.  Also, I knit that back when I was twisting my purl stitches by purling incorrectly for the way I knit (or vice versa, depending on how you want to look at it.)

I finished the sock I started while watching Knocked Up and offered the pair - once I finish it - to my sister.  I'm knocking around ideas for my sock pal's socks, but I want to start at the toes and knit my way up.  And use little to no lace.  I'm thinking of modifying the Bayerische pattern to use the two cable patterns that I really like.  I think I'd have time to finish them.  Right?

Friday, June 15, 2007

Random Friday

  • I work a grand total of 13 hours next week - and that's a GOOD week
  • I need another job.
  • I also need a shower, as TheBoy is on his way over with dinner. (Well, if the place is open - they have a weird habit of closing early on days such as Friday and Saturday.)
  • Apples and peanut butter still makes me happy.
  • I lost a needle somewhere in/on my bed. So far, I've refused to worry about it, but am annoying as it belongs to the needle set that already has one of five broken.
  • I feel off Dan's bed the other day - The Urmila had attempted to help me up - and ended up upside down, stuck between bed and wall. Yesterday, my neck was killing me. Today, it is better. I love sleep.
  • I've been knitting. Just on projects that everyone has already seen before.
  • I've decided that I WILL FIND A PATTERN for my sock pal this weekend so I can start knitting so I can finish by August to mail it in time.

Ooo - food's here. Gotta run.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Finished Object: Branching Out


About time I finished this project....

The Specs:
Pattern: Branching Out from knitty.com. No known mods - I think I messed up the first five rows of garter stitch, but that doesn't count.
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, 65% wool, 35% silk. 192 yards/50g ball. I think I used all but half a yard or so.
Colors
: That's a very good question... I can't find the label, but I think it was sandstone or oatmeal or something of that nature.


Needles: US size 8, 14" metal straights from Boye. By the end - after I knit some many pairs of socks, I found the needles too long to be comfortable. Or make it was the limited width of the project for the needle length.
Start to Finish: Um, started some time back in 2006, I think around the beginning of April. I cast off on 6/3/07, so one year and two months for a very simple lace scarf.
For: Again, a very good question. I HAVE NO IDEA. Any suggestions?
Notes: Lace is fun, chart reading is a lot easier than it was when I first started this project. Now I really want to try my hand at a shawl but I know I would never wear it. Lace is a lot easier than it looks and pointy needles are the best thing in the whole world for lace.

(that little bit of yarn to the side is all that is left over.)

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Free time = no blogging?

Hi Blog!

I know, I know - I suck at this whole updating thing. And it isn't even like I'm all that busy. I wake up whenever, get breakfast, make my bed, take care of little things around the apartment. For example, yesterday I ironed the sheets I put on my bed. (What? There was a wrinkle along all four edges of the flat sheet that would NOT wash out. It almost didn't IRON out with steam on the highest setting.) I read, I eat, I go to both the gym and the barn. Four days a week or so, I head to work for 3-4 hours. (I really need to find ANOTHER job.) Oh yeah - from time to time, I knit as well.

See? This is the sock that I started in the theater, watching previews before Knocked Up started. Great movie - I loved it. At first, I thought I had twisted my join and would have to start again, but I decided to just keep knitting cause it would be too distracting to do so during the movie.



I really like the top edge, with the little bit of white/black bit:


I might give them to my sister, as I finished her first sock and cast on the second one and haven't touched it since. Just not quite feeling the Bayerische love these days.

Yarn arrived in the mail yesterday!


One skein Lorna's Laces in Hawaii for me (I'll be able to make a decent pair of anklets out of it) and two skeins in BlackWatch for my sock pal! Now, I just need my copy of Favorite Socks: 25 Timeless Designs from Interweave to pick a pattern. Something interesting and beautiful, but not lacy. Any suggestions?

And I'll leave you with a bonus image of BranchingOut blocking on my bed. I need to post the finished object entry so y'all can see how pretty it turned out. One of these days?

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Catching Up

I still need to block Branching Out. I'm waiting for a day that I wake up (and GET up) early enough to be sure that it is dry by the time I go to bed, as I think I have to block on my bed. I'm uber excited though, since blocking lace is magic! After I block it, I have to figure out where it shall live. I'm thinking TheBoy's mother shall be able to find a good use for it.

I'm not sure about the color, though. I loved the color online, but now it looks rather ... blah. Maybe I'll knit a swatch with the VERY LITTLE I have left over and see how that works.

In other news, I've been given Timmy for the summer - the horse that can jump 4'6" with no problem. He's awesome and I'm having a blast, even though I'd rather not sit again for a few days. There's talk of doing an A rated jumpers show in July, which is already scaring me. Those turns are gonna be TIGHT and Timmy is either fast or nimble and both are needed to do well.

Tomorrow, I plan on attempting to find a sock pattern (or to create one) for my sock pal. I also need to figure out my next "big" project. I have to finish my sister's second Bayerische sock and I started a new pair of socks the other day - I'd finished the monkey socks and we were going to a movie. You know it's bad when you think you twisted the join during your cast on and PLAN ON CONTINUING to knit ANYWAY, just so you have something to do during the movie. (I didn't twist, but I did get some 4.5 inches of cuff done during Knocked Up.)

For now, to bed with my lap top and PSU's subscription to Practical Horseman.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Finished Object: Monkey Socks


The Specs:
Pattern: Monkey Socks, from Knitty. I didn't modify the pattern at all, which surprised me, as I hate heel flaps.
Yarn: Claudia's Handpainted, fingering weight. 100% Merino wool.



Colors: Ocean Depth, which has some awesome shades of blue, green, and purples. LOVE this color. However, I have not been able to photograph it correctly. Much more vibrant.
Needles: Plastic 5" US size 2 dpns, set of five.
Start to Finish: May 14-29. Very fast for me.
For: Me!



Notes: I am in love with this yarn so very much. I really hope it wears well. I'm kicking my self for not using my favorite heel - short row - since I have yet to figure out a way to knit a heel flap that actually fits my feet. I really like this pattern, but it has caused me to start sketching and swatching for a different sort of pattern, just without the purl stitches. We'll see. I also ended up breaking the point off of one of my dpns - I was poking my father in retaliation of his poking me. The needle is still usable though, you just have to watch which end you use when that's the free needle.
Final verdict: love, love, love.



(ps: I cast off for Branching Out tonight as well. And I have a bunch of other updates, as well. Stay tuned!)

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Quick note

Just dropping by to let you guys know that I won't be around much - I'm currently at my Dad's and didn't even bother to bring my computer home as I can never get online at his place.

I'm kitty-sitting for my best friend while at home and will be reading blogs with her computer while the kitten purrs in my lap, though, so keep posting!

I'll be back - hopefully with lots of progress - some time in the beginning of next week.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Random Monday


Really, if I change the day of the week of my random posts, that means nothing, right? Right.

  • Downtown is DEAD. And it is AWESOME. I love State College without all the people. Sadly, classes have begun and there are some more people around now, mostly those who will be freshmen in the fall and I'm remembering why freshmen are annoying. But oh well.'
  • I've been knitting. A lot. I finally started the second Bayerische sock and am at the point where I need to start looking at charts again. Hopefully this one will be faster than the first, so long as I can dedicate time just to this sock. Maybe one hour of tv three nights a week shall be for this sock? I'd like to finish it uh, soon.
  • I finished one sock with my awesome Claudia's HandPainted yarn. I am SO TOTALLY in love. The colors rock, the yarn rocks... Oddly, this is the first time I have EVER gotten 8sts/inch for a pair of socks. It seems very weird to hit gauge. I'm using Cookie A.'s "Monkey" pattern from Knitty. I really like it with this yarn. However, I'm in the middle of a swatch altering her pattern.. If I like that, I might use it for my Sockpalooooza pal socks. I can't decide if it is "overly lacey" though. Any input?
  • Oh, yeah. I think I finally found a yarn for my sock pal. Now I just need to wait for a pay check to be able to buy the yarn. She likes very deep, saturated colors and I tend more towards pastels and the like. Picking a color has been HARD.
  • I've decide to take only the Bayerische socks, the second monkey sock (I'm halfway done the cuff already) and the Branching Out Scarf home. Not that I ever have time to knit, but you know. That way I'll HAVE to knit on Branching Out. And then I might finish it.
  • I went to the library today. Main Campus libraries don't have anything by Neil Gaiman, yet branch campuses have Nora Roberts. WHAT IN THE WORLD? Tomorrow, I'll stop by the library downtown, which actually has a contemporary fiction section.
  • I got Guilliver's Travels, a couple of Jane Austen books, Weithering Heights by one of the Bronte sisters, I can never remember which one, and a few Philip Roth books, which for some WEIRD reason, the library actually had. I find it amusing that my "pleasure" reading includes books the average person would never think to read.

  • And that's all, folks. Bed time for me.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Finished Object: Blaze


The Specs:
Pattern: Blaze, from Knitty. I made the body a little longer, as with the sleeves. I have a long torso and long arms and hate having to tug sleeves down a lot.
Yarn: KnitPick's Andean Treasure, 100% Baby Alpalca. YUM!
Colors: Fog, a really nice grey.
Needles: Susan Bates US size 5 circ for hem and neckline, Boye US size 6 circ for body and yoke, 5" wooden DPNs in US sizes 5 and 6 for the hems of the sleeves and the rest of the sleeves.
Start to Finish: Beginning of January 2007 to Monday, May 14th, 2007. I actually finished the knitting long before - the end of April, but as I blogged before, the neck line needed a little help and it took me a while to figure out what, exactly, to do about that.
For: Me!
Notes: I love this yarn, very soft and smooth and not overly itchy. I'll probably wear a tanktop underneat because that's what I always do with my sweaters, just in case I get way too warm. I hate 5" DPNs - they stab me in the palm of the hand with every stitch, no matter HOW I try to knit. But I'm super happy with the results.

Trying to take pictures of yourself can get ... interesting:

Or you end up with shots like this:


And the neckline, once I strung a pice of "elastic line" that is NOT AT ALL ELASTIC through it:
(Michael's didn't have any elastic thread ANYWHERE.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Finished Object: Waffleweave Socks

The Specs:
Pattern: Mostly my own, but I stole the waffleweave pattern from Thermal, at Knitty. Ten rounds of knit 2, purl 2 ribbing, two rounds of purl, then started pattern down leg. Short row heel, some sort of toe -- I don't know the name but it involves decreases, not all of them at the sides. I dislike pointy toes, I like rounded toes.
Yarn: Austermann Step with Aloe Vera and Jojoba oil. 75% superwash wool, 25% nylon.
Colors: 16, some blues and greys with an underlay of white throughout. I really like the color pattern with the stitch pattern.
Needles: US size 1s, bamboo, for the very top of the cuff; plastic US size 2s for the rest of the socks.
Start to Finish: Um.. Good question. I started sometime in the beginning of April, finished today on May 14th, 2007. I'm getting faster at this whole knitting thing, it seems.
For: My mother
Notes: I really like this yarn. It is smooth and soft and fluffy. The yarn stretches a bit when knitty, so the resulting fabric is slightly loose and nice and fluffy. If I went down a needle size, I'm sure that would not happen. But it was fun to knit with, even though I don't think the aloe vera really had any effect. But my mother will like them, so that's ok. I really do like short row heels in garter stitch, but I ought to start experimenting with other heels.

A close up of the stitch pattern:

This is what it looks like, on a foot:



The color is probably most accurate here, in the cuffs of the socks:

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Random Thursday

I am done. DONE. No more finals, no more papers. I am currently waiting for grades to come in, but at this point I can't do anything about it, so who cares?

Reasons why today rocked:

  • I slept until I woke up. I know, I know. But I woke me up, not the alarm clock, not the trucks emptying the dumpsters (very loudly) at 8am. This is a new and novel concept and I enjoyed it very much.
  • It rained today, a pouring torrential downpour. I had already shut the windows of my car, so I just enjoyed the rain storm, thunder included.
  • My riding lesson was awesome. Timmy was calm, collected, and focused throughout ... oh, let's be honest - throughout the beginning. But he was very fancy for those 10 minutes of warm up.
  • I'm realizing that my confidence level has skyrocketed, as I didn't blink at Earl's .. creation of a hogback jump using the ring fence again. Of course, I still grab a few handfuls of mane as we approach that jump, but that's ok
  • The baby was in a very frisky mood, cantering, rearing, and bucking. So cute to watch! She's gonna be a handful as she gets older, as she's so independent already. Lady has to call the baby back, since the baby has no problem wandering away.
  • I only had one final today and I barely had to study for it. All told, I need a 95 on the final to get an A for the class and I'm pretty sure I pulled that off.
  • I have 9 pattern repeats and the toe to finish up the waffleweave socks. I think that might happen tonight.
  • I bought yarn! I shall share details later.
  • Grey's Anatomy starts ... now.

Monday, May 7, 2007

Four Reasons I won't Be Blogging:

Warning: Not for the Squimish.

My schedule for this week:



My left pinkie:



My left middle finger, the first side:



My left middle finger, the second side:

(that's a blood blister. That one doesn't hurt nearly as much as the others, but is just as annoying.)

I rode 6 miles in 1 hour and 21 minutes yesterday. It was supposed to only take us 1 hour and 27 minutes, but we went a little fast. In my case, we went a little fast AND sidewise, which is why all the blisters are on my left hand. Also, the left side of my body is a) sorer and b) sore in more places then the right. Thanks, Timmy, for demonstrating that you are a left-sided horse and for cantering in place, sideways, for that hour and 21 minutes. (Even with all that, I had a blast and would do the same thing this weekend if I had a chance.)

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Random Saturday

Yeah, so I missed random Thursday. We're gonna blame that on spending some .. 3-4 hours at the barn, a two hour Grey's Anataomy special, and Special Topics in Calamity Physics, which is my current book.

  • the first Bayerische sock is completed!
  • the second sock has been cast on. I'm still on the ribbing, but that's ok.
  • I'm past the heel for the second waffleweave sock. Maybe I'll finish this thing by mother's day. Maybe not, given what I have to do between now and then.
  • I have an 8am final on Monday
  • I have a paper due at midnight on Monday
  • I have another paper due at 5pm Monday
  • I have not yet started either paper
  • I have to be at work at 7:30pm on Monday
  • I might be going to a paper chase tomorrow, early like
  • I'm tired, my feet hurt, and I have to be at TheBoy's in an hour to go to a party hosted by his 70 year old proffessor. Apparently, everyone wants to meet me.
  • I ought to try to work on a paper between now and 5pm.

Here's what I did for part of those 3-4 hours on Thursday:


It looks really easy, but that's cause Timmy is awesome.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Clearly, I need help:

This is what I currently have on needles:


Sizzle, Bayerische socks, waffleweave socks, and Branching Out.

I've got one row to go and then I can cast off the neckband for Sizzle. After that, I have a few ends to weave in and the sleeve trim to do - but I might not do the sleeve trim. The sleeves a little tight as is right now and I'm not sure how much of a problem adding the trim would cause. Though, I suppose finding out will only take an evening.

(The color, not so very correct in that picture.)

After a three hour long class and a few hours of television this evening, I'm working the toe decreases for Bayerische.

I need to stop and do some maths here - I have 46 stitches on the sole, as my sister has large feet. As a result, if I decrease as the pattern tells me to, the decreases will be in weird places. I think I might just put some of the sole stitches on the top two needles and decrease in pattern from there, so that the toe doesn't end up looking too funky. That, of course, means I need to tink back two rounds, since I forgot to think about that BEFORE I started the toe.

As I've finished Paradise Lost AND Paradise Regained, the waffleweave socks are kinda lagging behind:

(Six inch dpn included for scale.) I'm on repeat 12 of 18 before starting the heel. They move pretty quickly and I have a movie to watch tomorrow, so they should be near the heel soonish. Maybe even before mother's day? Nope, not gonna happen.

And no picture of Branching Out because I promise that it looks exactly the same as it did the last time I posted a picture. Whenever that was.

And here.. here is almost all of my stash.

From left to right in some sort of order: Louet's Gem in navy, KnitPicks dye-your-own dyed with koolaide, a skein and a small ball of Lorna's Laces, two cakes of Claudia's Handpainted yarn, some Sock it to Me Collection sock yarn, more of same, and some Opal.

The Opal is for my mother, the blue sock it to me is for Tina, the Claudia's is for ME, ME, ME, ALL MINE, MAY NOT TOUCH, and the rest is pretty much up for grabs.

And the rest of it....

I have enough yarn for 8 pairs of socks and 5 skeins of the yummy purple alpalca that knits up into the most awesome swatch ever.. About 1000 yards. AND NO IDEA WHAT TO DO WITH IT.

I really, really, really, really want to knit a shawl. A lacey, needs to be blocked to make the pattern beautiful shawl. Problem is, I would never use it. No one I know would ever use a shawl. I'm thinking that I might offer to knit a shawl and donate it as a prize for someone's drawing for something good, like Steph's Knitters Without Borders.

So, conclusions:
a) I need to buy more yarn.
b) I need to knit a few more pairs of socks for myself
c) I need to finish Branching Out
d) I need to decide what to knit next.

Any suggestions? (Donations of yarn also glady accepted. I might even knit what you want and send the knitted item back to you!)

Monday, April 30, 2007

Almost a Finished Object

I cast off Blaze yesterday!!!!

However... It is not quite yet an FO. The top... it has problems. Such as, it doesn't stay quite where it belongs. See?


(You have no idea how hard I was laughing during that shot. Nothing like taking a good look at your own cleavage.)

There is also this problem:

I can't go any higher with the knitting, but I really don't quite like that. I COULD rip back my cast-off and the neck shaping and the last pattern repeat and throw a few decreases in here and there and hope that would keep it where it belongs.

However, what I think I'm going to do is run a small strand of elastic around the inside edge. Also, blocking might help a bit.

Other than the neckline problem, Blaze is looking awesome:

The back view...

The side view...

And the front, not-yet-floppy, view...


Now, I just need to find the time to run to Walmart or Michael's and find elastic to finish it off. And weave in all the ends. And block it, maybe? Blocking requires waiting for it to dry, and we all know I'm not so very good with the waiting. Also, I have no where to STORE it while it is drying. YAY small apartments.