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Previously I showed you an old picture of the Chosen-by-Blog sock. It was pretty terrible, and also old and outdated. I have moved on from the foot since then, and I am now ready to show you just how it really looks:

Chosen-by-Blog Socks
Pointy bits to be removed at a later date

I added three columns of twisted rib up both sides of the sock, for anti-boredom purposes. So far it’s working and it looks fabulious.

Chosen-by-Blog socks

Right now I’m only working on the first sock — haven’t started the second sock — and it’s a little weird. Usually I like to knit both socks at the same time so I can make them the same. My standard method is as follows:
(1) cast on the toe for the first, swear, rip it out, try again, swear more, rip it out, try again, succeed and get past the increases for the wedge toe;
(2) repeat for second sock;
(3) work the foot of both socks, alternating between first and second socks to pretend like I’m not knitting the same thing over and over and over forever, because my feet are 9.25″ long (most of which I blame on my toes);
(4) increase for the gussets on whichever sock is in my hands at the moment it reaches 6.25″ long;
(5) repeat for the other sock, wherever it is… it should be in its project bag but IT IS HIDING;
(6) turn heel and work heel flap on whichever sock is handy;
(7) repeat if I can find the other sock;
(eight) work the leg on both socks (assuming they are in the same place again), alternating between first and second socks, again pretending this isn’t boring (so far I’ve only made very basic socks)
(9) cuff both of them about the ears and finish.

Why am I not following the oh-so-soothing protocol for the Chosen-by-Blog socks? Because the other set of 2.25mm needles is still in the second sock of this pair:

Rainbow waves sock 1, side 1

which does not fit (*sob*). I’m hanging on to the second sock in case the finished first sock fits my sister; if it does, I will finish the second sock.

In other news, it is raining and gloomy today, and our search for a house continues apace. We saw EIGHT houses last night and none of them really turned our crank. Or, none of the prices really turned our crank. I know that where I live prices are not anywhere near the high prices of other areas, but these houses seem really overpriced. We looked at a HUGE 4-bedroom in kind of a crap neighborhood, which would take years and years and probably 150,000$ to fix up and make nice. That’s on top of the asking price of 132,000$.

I am a little discouraged, and the rain is not helping. If anyone knows of a fantastic home in my town for very little money (hello! we are poor!), please let me know.

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Did it move for you?

I woke up at 4:35 this morning to the sound of stuff falling over, and I couldn’t make up my sleepy mind between the idea that someone had broken into our apartment or that someone had driven a car into our building. Fortunately NinjaHusband’s reflexes and reactions are sharper than mine — he got up and walked around the apartment and made sure we weren’t about to be robbed, then we both fell back asleep.

Turns out we had an earthquake this morning. Yes, I still live in the middle of the corn in Northern Illinois, but the USGS does not lie. Apparently the earthquake was 5.2 (downgraded from 5.4), stronger than the last one we had in 2002, which I slept through.

Kind of weird, and kind of scary considering very few buildings around here have any sort of earthquake-proof reinforcement. My apartment already has some weird cracks in it, in places where I would not expect to find cracks. ::crosses fingers and chants:: We’re going to find a house, we’re going to find a house, we’re going to find a house.

(Don’t forget the contest, going on until midnight Central time on Monday, April 21st!)

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It allows me to continue wearing my handknits.

and more snow

I actually threw a tantrum at work today when I noticed it was snowing. One of my co-workers walked past my cube and remarked on the nature of the precipitation, and we both flipped out a little, stomped our feet, wailed, and gnashed our teeth. Then we returned to our regularly-scheduled adulthood and felt a little better about things.

Adulthood has been kind of following me around this week, looking over my shoulder and making sure I’m doing age-appropriate things (most of the time). (I just realized that I pictured my Mom as the embodiment of my adulthood. What?) All week I’ve been looking at big expensive things to buy, trying to decide on things like where is the best place to live and how can we make that happen, thinking about taxes and school districts, and tonight I bought life insurance. Adulthood has caught up with me. Terrific.

This weekend should be a little more relaxed, though. I’m really looking forward to washing some knitwear (hello Adulthood, yes, I am now the most boring person EVER), because when you wear a hat through two winters and don’t give it a wash, this can happen:

Gross!
I don’t recommend looking too closely… it might reach out and grab you.

By Monday I should have more to talk about, including what became of these:

Assemble the ingredients!

clicking clacking needles

Have a great weekend, duders.

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With today being the first full day of spring (right? Am I right? I have no idea. The calendar says yesterday was the Spring Equinox, so I’m guessing here.), ALLEGEDLY, you would think that winter’s icy grip would relax and daffodils would be in bloom and birds would sing and Bambi and Thumper might cavort around your knees and all would be sunshiny goodness, right?

Wrong.
Welcome to Spring

Wrong times 1,000.
Zoom! Orange Snow Truck

It snowed again today. On my day off. Which I am using to fight off a sinus/throat/bronchial infection that’s been the bane of my existence for 2 months (in sinus infection form). It migrated to my throat on Thursday and I called my wonderful goddess of a Nurse Practitioner (::angels singing::) who ordered me a Z-pack and now I’m feeling loads better. But I’m still honked off about the snow. And the fact that my bathtub drain is slower than … oh, I don’t know. Something quaint and folksy but slow as hell.

Whatever. I’m going to try to gloss over all that with a FO Report on my Stripey Mittens.

Stripey Mittens
Project: Stripey Mittens, made so I could teach others how to knit mittens in my most recent class. I had never made mittens before, so what better time to learn. I totally love these mitts and am thinking of making a semi-matching hat.

Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted in Fuschia, Red Baron, and Orange You Glad. More Fuschia than the other colors.

Needles: Knit Picks dpns 4.0mm/US 6. They are awesome.

Pattern: I used the mitten pattern in Ann Budd’s Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns, for the 7 1/2″ size hand and a gauge 6 stitches to the inch. I did make the cuffs slightly smaller (cast on only 40 stitches instead of suggested 44, because my wrists are small and I like snug cuffs) and longer than suggested (they’re about 4″ long, to keep out the cold).

What I Learned: I used 3 colors as stripes for the first time, and at first I really couldn’t make the carry/wrap thing fall where I wanted. I don’t mean the jog at the color change — that wasn’t on my mind at all this go-round — I mean when you switch colors and lift the new color over (or under) the old ones. I eventually got it, but don’t ask me to tell you what I did, because I do not remember.

Time Spent: February 7th to March 13th, which is ridiculous. I only paused because I had finished the first one for my last class on February 26th, and then the weather started getting better (LIES!!) and I thought I didn’t need the second one for another 10 months or so. Then the weather got snarky again and I finished it up.

So there it is, another FO. Now why can’t Mother Nature get her shit together and call Winter a Finished Object?

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Seriously, this post has been sitting in the post bullpen for over a week, and it’s getting silly. Things are happening and I need to talk about them before they are over and lose their WIP status.

(1) Knitting & Crocheting
I have been doing both. A lot.

Bigger than my hand

Almost Finished Starghan
A blanket for a friend of mine who’s due in June. She’s a performer, he’s a performer, so the baby must be a star. All that’s left is to weave in those damned ends. All of them.

Blueberry Hat
A blueberry hat for the same baby. Both projects in Bernat Cottontots (via Ravelry). The hat took like 5 minutes to make. Or two days. And I still have to weave in the ends.

Stripey Mittens
I finished the stripey mittens, and I love them. They are the perfect antidote to crummy winter weather, and I’ll probably make a matching hat (but with grey as the main color) for funsies.

One repeat done
This is the sock I started to combat the gloom of winter. It’s a lot farther along than this, about ready to start the gusset, but I don’t have any pictures of it in its current state because of …

(2) The Weather
Which is foggy and craptastic today. Bad light, no picture. The weather is much better than previous months’ weather, but still not what I want it to be, which is warm and sunny and 75 degrees. Because I live in Northern Illinois. When the light gets better (when? if?), I’ll show off pictures of my new purchases, which include yarn and books (do I buy anything else?), and more current WIPs. Promise.

I’m also really excited about (3) My Physical Therapy which is now over! I’ve been seeing a massage therapist for my hip and leg problems, and as of this morning I have been discharged! I don’t have to come back to see her for this problem (unless I act like an idiot — meaning, like normal — and injure myself again)! Hooray! The pain in my hips and legs has kept me from working out, but since I’ve been going to her I feel 100 times better and have been hitting the gym 3 or 4 times a week, and will hopefully see some weight loss soon.

Now I’m off to find a better tea cozy pattern. My sister wants one and I want to make her one, but the pattern she picked isn’t making me happy, and the yarn wants to be something else. Anyone have any stellar tea cozy patterns they’ve made?

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Dear Winter,

I would like to take this opportunity to tell you how I feel about you.

Winter, you’re kind of a bastard. You’ve been exceptionally bastardous this year. You’ve sent over 50 inches of snow our way and kept us in a deep freeze for most of the past three months. Even though the winds are getting warmer (we have a high of 37 F today!!!), you still dumped 3 inches of snow on us last night. Asshat.

At this point, everything that goes wrong is now your fault, Winter. I’m putting it all on you. My computer’s running slow? It’s the cold weather. I’m out of corn chips? Winter. I can’t get to the gym to work out? The roads are crappy because THIS DAMN WINTER WON’T QUIT. And dammit, Winter, you’re even invading my knitting time:

FAIL.

I forgot to move the little yarn-guiding wire arm out away from the platform, and I blame Winter.

I’m onto you, though. You’re not long for this world. Things are changing around here and we can all see that you’re not as tough as you think you are. The mountain of snow is disappearing.

Mountain of snow Mountain of snow, with snow Where did it go?

In fact, it’s gone.

Yeah, I got your tough-bastard Wintery badness right here, buddy.

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“You have the vocabulary of an aspidistra in panic.”

And if you want to hear more unlike that one, just go to the Surrealist Compliment Generator.

In other news, winter is here.

Branchy

Do Not Ride
I’m trying to come up with a tactful description of this frozen bicycle, but I’m failing

Pinesicles

And there are more on the ol’ Flickr.

But not for any member of my family that wants to get a Christmas present from me. Seriously. Don’t go over there. I’m watching to see who clicks over, and if you do, I’m ripping out your knitted gift. Think I’m kidding?

Now, I’m going to talk about knitting behind the jump, and if any member of my family clicks past the jump (and I can tell, believe me), you’re not getting anything. Possibly frozen deer shit, but nothing else.

(more…)

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