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Archive for July, 2007

I am really not trying to be a slacker about my blogging, but this has been the summer of the houseguest.  It’s really hard to find time to blog, when you can be spending your time chasing after four years, cuddling babies, chatting while you enjoy a nice glass of champagne, etc, etc.  There hasn’t been much time for knitting, let alone blogging.

To just begin to address my backlog of completed projects and projects in progress, I thought I would write a post to catalog all of the socks I have been working on or finished in (semi) recent weeks.

Back in June, I knit this pair of vanilla socks for Evan.  He went through my stash and selected some of my loudest sock yarn.  These were knit using Schaeffer Anne.  I cast on 72 stitches, knit a short ribbed cuff and it was straight stockinette with a gusset heel from there.  He likes them.

These socks I knit for my father-in-law as a very belated birthday present.  The pattern was a slight modification of the Gentleman’s fancy sock pattern from “Knitting Vintage Socks.”  I started out with 64 stitches and didn’t do the shaping.  The yarn I used was Claudia’s handpainted in the jungle colorway.  He thinks these lucky socks in the duck’s green are sure to win us the championship this year.

Here are the two pairs of baby socks I knit for some grad school friends that had a beautiful baby girl last week.  I used this pattern.   As the pattern suggests, I used some leftover sock yarn that had been rattling around the house. Both these pairs were knit during the weekend before last that Evan and I spent in Occidental.

Finally, I have been working on the socks for my pal in the sockapalooza 4 swap.  I finished the first a week and a half ago.  This week I have made good progress on the second.  I only have a week or two to finish, so I had best skedaddle.  I am a slightly modified version of the jigsaw lace sock pattern and lorna’s laces shepherd sock in the miata colorway.  So far, I like how the weird pooling that generally occurs with lorna’s laces is working with the pattern.  Hopefully my pal will like them.

I still have a big backlog of finished objects to blog about, but this is a start.

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Sock It To Me Swap Questionnaire

  1. What are your foot measurements?  My foot from longest toe to heel is 9″ and around the ball of the foot is 9″.  I wear a size 7.5W shoe.
  2. How long have you been knitting? How would you rate your experience?   I  have only been knitting since October 2003, but I would consider myself to be a intermediate to advanced knitter.
  3. What is your favorite color? Your least favorite color?  My favorite color is plum.  I don’t particularly care for the combination of forest green with wine, but I like those colors individually.  Otherwise, I can’t think of any.  Do you want to knit me something wild, like a pair of yellow and lime green striped socks?  Go for it.
  4. Do you have a favorite fiber? What type?  I love merino wool, but preferably superwash.  Otherwise my fantastic husband who most willingly does the laundry may destroy them.
  5. Do you have any allergies to certain fibers?  Nope.
  6. Do you have an Amazon, or other type of, wishlist? Nope.
  7. What techniques, if any, would you like to learn?  As far as sock knitting goes, perhaps more toe-up techniques.
  8. Do you have a sweet tooth? What are your favorite snacks?  I totally have a sweet tooth.  I especially like chocolate and chocolate mint things (Frangos and Frango imposters are my favorite) and licorice.
  9. What is your family situation? I have (one) wonderful husband and two slightly rotten and definitely spoiled cats, Quincy and Muffin.
  10. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Metal, plastic or wood?  I knit pretty much everything with circular needles and use either metal or wood.
  11. Besides socks, what are your favorite items to knit?  Gift knitting, so right now that means baby things for my friends with babies.  I am also really starting to enjoy lace knitting.
  12. Is there a pattern, (sock or otherwise), that you are dying to try?  I haven’t knit any of Cookie A’s patterns except for Monkey yet and I would like to.  More lace, although I don’t know specifically which pattern.
  13. Do you like to read? What are you reading currently?  I love to read.  I am super excited about reading the new Harry Potter.  I read almost exclusively fiction, but pretty much all genres.  Right now I am reading Middlesex.
  14. Do you collect music?  I’m not sure if I “collect” music, but I do listen to it quite a bit on my ipod.  I also like to listen to audiobooks, and old episodes of This American Life.
  15. What kind of music do you listen to?  I listen to just about every genre of music, except new country.
  16. Is there anything you collect?  I like things related to insects (bees, ladybugs, dragonflies, ants, spiders) and I collect magnets.  I’ve also been into things with ravens on them.
  17. What are your hobbies, aside from knitting?  I bake, read, and love exploring all of the great parts of the bay area.
  18. Are you participating in any other swaps or knit alongs?  I am currently participating in sockapalooza.
  19. Do you have a favorite scent? Cinnamon, coconut, mint, lavender, citrus
  20. When is your birthday? November 28, 1977

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My mom grew up going to church, but she had given up on organized religion by the time I was a kid.  Despite this fact, my mom is often baffled by how little her children know about religion.

Last week, my mom, sister and niece visited. Each night they were here, my four year old niece would typically choose to sleep in her grandma’s bed rather than with her mom.

One night, after my niece had said “Bless you” many times to my mom’s many sneezes,* my mom decided that she should say a prayer in thanks for her family. When she started her prayer, however, my niece got a bit weirded out.

“Who are you talkin’ to, Gramma?” she asked.

“I’m talking to God,” my mom answered.

“Is he in here?” she asked, more concerned.

My mom then went into a little explanation of how God is a good guy, always around to look after people. Later it became clear that my niece was unconvinced by the description, because my niece left the room as soon as my mom dozed off. Her explanation?

“I was scared of that nice man Gramma was talking to in our room.”

* When my sister was little, she thought that the word for sneeze was bless you. She would say things like, “I blessyou’d all over my hand.” It was cute and gross at the same time.

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FO: Cecilia Sweater

This is just one of many projects that I finished ages ago and never shared the pictures.

Pattern: Cecilia sweater from knitty

Yarn: Tahki Cotton Classic, colors as indicated in pattern

Modifications: I made a few modifications to the pattern. Rather than graft the petals to the neck, I picked up the neck stitches, and then knit one stitch from the neck together with one stitch from the petals together all the way around the sweater. Then I knit another row back before casting off. It gives the top of the sweater slightly more structure. The other thing that I changes was to just pick up stitches for the button band and worked five or so rows of garter stitch before casting off. I worked in a two stitch vertical eyelet button hole when appropriate on one side of the sweater.  Also, the sweater was supposed to have a green stem up the back, but I decided that it wasn’t worth the fidgetiness involved and left it out.

Would I knit this again?: I love the sweater itself, but all of those petals and the million ends to weave in was a major pain. Plus I am not sure how well all those ends will stay in as the sweater is in cotton. I would probably knit this sweater again without the petals however, because it was quite cute at this stage. The recepient of the sweater (with a baby due any day) liked it however, so it was worth the effort.

I plan to update with more finished objects over the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

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I returned from Northampton, MA last week, but have been too lazy to post. Well, I really I was too busy adoring this tiny baby, who was visiting last week to post. We have friends moving to the bay area next month and one of them came down for a visit to scope things out. She was kind enough to bring this tiny baby along:

Pretty much no knitting got done during their visit because when I have to pick between holding and/or mooning over a little tiny baby, the baby wins every time.

Despite my strong desire to curl up on the couch with my mystery stole 3 project,  I needed to post today because I got the most awesome monkey sock swap package from Kris and had to share.

She knit me a beautiful pair of monkey socks. They are a perfect fit and the colors are oh so nice.

Along with the socks, she sent a wonderful assortment of monkey objects. A project bag, a super cute monkey sippy cup, stickers, a tiny monkey toy, a monkey magnet, monkey page markers (with a monkey on one side and a banana on the other), an adorable monkey dish towel that even has a bit of grass fringe on it. Not only did she send all this monkey stuff, she send a cuddle-worthy skein of sundara sock yarn (bird of paradise colorway), chocolate (YUM!) and a tube of cookie dough flavored lip gloss (double YUM!). In her note, Kris was kind enough to compliment Evan’s lone blog post (he was sad that no one commented on his post, so decided that none of my readers appreciated his sense of humor and never posted again). Thank you so much, Kris, for sending such a great package.

Tomorrow my family comes for a week or so visit, so I probably won’t be blogging for yet another week. I promise that one of these days I really will get around to writing about numerous finished objects, my time in Northampton, and whatnot.

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