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I’m a finishing fool….

This weekend, I am leaving my husband at home to play with his wii, while I visit friends in Oregon. In anticipation of the trip, I finished the mommy snug sweater. I’ll get to hand deliver it to its intended recipient.

I really like a lot of the details of this sweater, especially the mini-cables around the neck line, the finished edge of the neck, and the button bands.

While in Oregon, I also get to visit friends with a brand new, two week old baby. I couldn’t meet her empty handed, so I whipped out this baby bolero from One Skein. I used Lola from the Schaeffer yarn company. The yarn is very soft and superwash, which is perfect for a baby. To be honest, I wasn’t really liking the sweater until I had completed the ribbing edge on the front of the sweater. Then it went from ehhhh to ahhhh.

I also finished my (last) socks of doom to put the nail in the coffin of sockwars. While the idea of this “swap” seemed like it would be fun, I feel sort of blah about the whole endeavor. Of course, now I can say that I knit a complete pair of socks in less than twenty-four hours.

Also, if any of my readers have any tips on how to photograph knitting without it looking so blah, leave me a note in the comments.

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I squealed with delight when I opened my knit mitt swap kit from Kim (I think she just started a blog, but I don’t have the link yet).

When I opened the package, I was first greeted by a super cute handmade card. The crocus on the front was a lovely reminder that spring is right around the corner.

The bag Kim sewed is super cute. She made it using Amy Butler fabric, which I have a recent obsession with after sewing two nappy bag sets for friends. I love the pink, turquoise, brown combination.

She also sent chocolate, knitting needles, knitters little helper hand balm, a skein of super yummy royal alpaca yarn from Blue Sky Alpacas, and a pattern for Fingerless Gloves. The yarn is softer than soft and the rich cocoa color is perfect. Kim truly outdid herself when she put this kit together. I LOVE IT.

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After Evan moved down here last year, we’ve made a point of doing one new thing every weekend in hopes of making the bay area more of our home. Plus, it’s lame when people visit and you know nothing about the area that you live in because you’ve spent every weekend sitting around the house doing nothing. Despite this resolution, after the busy holiday season and all the travel it involves, all we wanted to do was sit at home and do nothing. In some ways, puttering around the house and/or pursuing some crafty projects makes it feel more like home than doing a bunch of semi-touristy stuff in the city anyway.

I’ve been working on three different sewing projects, but I mailed one before I photographed it and another is super secret, since I am sending it to a blog pal. Evan’s really pleased that I am finally using my Christmas gift from 2005, but less happy about the bits of fabric and thread that I have left strewn about the house. Here’s a picture of the bag I sewed for the Knitt Mitt Kit swap. I hope my pal likes it. She says that she likes red and naturey things, so I think she will.

To sew this bag, I used Tiny Happy‘s shoulder bag instructions. I really like the shape of the resulting bag.

I finished the knitting part of the mommy snug sweater for my friend. I haven’t put many sweaters together before, however, so I am a bit nervous about the finishing involved. It was so much knitting I don’t want to ruin it in the last steps.

Saturday evening, I quickly knit this hat for one of my mom’s friends. He works outside and it has been really cold in Washington state, so I wanted to get it done quickly. I made up the pattern as I went, using two strands of lamb’s pride worsted weight yarn in deep charcoal. I cast on 56 stitches and knit a 2 x 2 rib until it seemed long enough, then did a round of decreases every other row. It feels just barely big enough for me, but it should fit him well.

Yesterday, as I procrastinated on putting the mommy snug together, I started a pair of Socks of Doom (this would be #4). Sock wars ended with about a 100 people never getting socks. My last victim’s victim never got socks from my victim, so I am knitting her a pair using zara yarn in bluegreen mist.

Once these are done, I have a few projects that I really need to get back to, like my samus sweater and my fair isle bag that I started during my fair isle class. In this class, I not only learned how to knit fair isle, but I learned continental knitting and the australian purl. For my first project using all of these methods, I think it is turning out pretty well.

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Right before the holidays, jenn tagged me with this meme. I didn’t get a chance to do it then, so I’m doing it now.

THE RULES: Each player of this game starts with the 6 weird things about you. People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave a comment that says you are tagged in their comments and tell them to read your blog.

  1. I have an extreme phobia about hills, especially driving up them. I always imagine that the car is going to flip backwards and topple end over end back down the hill. One time we were driving around the hills near downtown Portland and I was so scared that I was sobbing. I wouldn’t have been embarassed if it had just been Evan in the car, but his brother was in the car. This was before Evan and I were married and I was sure that my future brother-in-law was going to return home and tell his family that Evan was dating a crazy.
  2. One of my main motivations for jogging is that I get to see all of the neighborhood cats and dogs out in their yards. One time I saw a bunny and I always, always have to jog down that street now.
  3. I’m not much of a meat eater in general, but I truly hate seafood. I’ve tried to like sushi, but it makes me gag.
  4. When I was growing up, despite never living in a rough neighborhood, I was perpetually convinced that someone was going to break into my room through my window and murder me. I spent alot of time figuring out contorted sleeping positions that wouldn’t make it look like my bed was just a jumble of blankets, so the murderer wouldn’t be tempted to break in because he wouldn’t see me.
  5. I’m completely and utterly tone deaf. This made it very hard to play the violin.
  6. In the middle of the night, I wake up, gasp, and smack Evan. I have no memory of this, but Evan says that it happens regularly. Maybe is stems from number 4?

Most of the blogs I’ve read have already done this meme, but if you haven’t and you want to, leave me a comment so I can read your responses. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to leave your answers in the comments.

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His natural habitat

On Wednesday night, I asked Evan why Quincy wasn’t in his box in the corner of the bedroom. (He actually has a special leopard print bed in our room, but he rarely sleeps in it if there is a laundry basket or an empty cardboard box around. For awhile he was frightened of it. Maybe it, like our bed, was haunted?) He shrugged and we went to bed.

The next morning I again asked Evan if he’d seen Quincy. He mentioned that he’d heard him meowing, so he was around somewhere. (Quincy has a tendancy to stand somewhere in the house and meow until we or, ideally, Muffin, come and find him. This can get annoying and so sometime we ignore it.) I meant to look for him before we left for, but we were in a rush because Evan was hoping to find a wii at Target on the way. (No such luck.)

When we returned home after work that day, we heard Quincy crying as soon as we opened the front door. It turns out that he’d been locked in the downstair’s bathroom (where he likes to drink from the sink) for almost twenty-four hours. I felt absolutely horrible, as I was the most likely culprit for shutting him in there. But less than an hour after he had regained his freedom, where did we find him?

I’ve mentioned this before, and I’ll say it again, the bathroom must be Quincy’s natural habitat.

A post-script to all of my pregnant friends. If you let me watch your babies, I promise, promise that I will not leave them locked in the bathroom. I can’t promise, however, that Evan won’t attempt some sort of psychological experiment with (on) them, but he tried tons of these on my youngest niece and she has (so far) turned out just fine.

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I recently joined the second sock syndrome swap for the second time. I’m feeling a bit guilty about it because I haven’t finished the sock from the first swap. I feel really bad about it because I LOVE the sock that I got, I’ve just been caught up in things like sock wars, holiday knitting, and now this. I’m knitting a mommy snug in debblie bliss cashmerino aran (denim) for one of my bestest friends. Because we no longer get to see each other every day, this is great way for me to support her during her pregnancy. I started the sweater on December 15, so I think I’m making pretty good progress. (The sweater is very long, so is difficult to photograph, especially when it is dark so very early these days.)

Here’s the questionaire for the second sock syndrome swap.

1. What are you favorite sock yarns?
I really love sock yarn. I never had a yarn stash before I started knitting socks back in April. Now I do. I especially love slightly thicker sock yarns, like Mountain Colors Bearfoot, socks that rock medium weight, etc. because I am a somewhat instant gratification knitter. I’m really wanting to knit the second sock from the first SSSS, because it is knit with koigu and the first sock feels sooo soft. I love soft yarn.

2. What are your least favorite sock yarns? Anything you just cannot use?
While I love the look of self-striping yarn, I find that alot of it feels kind of plasticky. I don’t like plasticky yarn.

3. What method do you prefer to use (DPN’s, 2 circs, 1 circ, etc.)
I’ve only knit on 2 circs, because I get ladders with DPN’s and I’ve been afraid of getting lots of kinks in my needle cables if I do magic loop. Are kinks a problem with this technique? So far, I’ve been able to adapt every pattern I’ve come across for 2 circs even if its written for something else, however, so feel free to knit the sock/select a pattern using whatever approach works best for you.

4. Is there any method that you cannot use?
As I said before, DPNs give me ladders, but if you have tips on avoiding these, feel free to convert me.

5. What are you favorite colors?
I love color. Send me orange, puke green, whatever you want, I’ll probably like it.

6. Are you a beginner, intermediate, or more advanced sock knitter?
I would say advanced intermediate. I’ve knit maybe ten pairs of socks.

7. Any other info you want to share (such as other likes, dislikes, hobbies, etc)?
My other hobbies include reading, baking, and most recently, a bit of sewing. Evan gave me a sewing machine last year for Christmas. I’ve used it to sew two bags. so far. My latest bag was a gift for my wonderful step-sister, Jenn. You can check it out on her blog. (She’s also a knitter.)

8. Last, but not least, what are your sock measurements?
I have a size 7 1/2 wide foot, but typically the average woman’s sock fits my foot just fine. Detailed measurements:
foot circumfrence: 9 1/8 inches
total foot length: 9 1/2 inches

I’m sure that I’ll love whatever you pick. Just pick something you’d like to try knitting and I’m sure to be pleased.

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