Posts Tagged ‘knitting’

If my goal for March was to organize and execute a birth fair/expo and get MASSIVELY sick, then yes, I accomplished my March goals.

Goddamn the end of that month was hard.

I had a really great time working with a friend to put together the birth fair, but then I couldn’t enjoy the afterglow of our success because I immediately came down with the worst sinus/ear infection I’ve had in a long time. It was totally gross. If I say now that my goal was to produce the most snot ever produced by one person, does that mean I win? Because you guys, I totally did. I went through three boxes of kleenex in less than seven days. EPIC is the only word I have to describe my sickness.


I also took pictures during the month of March. Here they are.


March 10th, 2010 – DeKalb IL
These are raccoon pawprints in the cement of a sidewalk next to the St Mary’s parking lot on Pine Street. It had just rained, or snow had just melted, and the impressions caught the water in such a fun way.


March 18th, 2010 – DeKalb IL
Some delicious hummus prettily presented at The House Cafe. I love going there on my lunch hour (and it’s where we held the birth fair on the 27th). Everyone there is lovely, and beautiful things like this happen all the time.


March 18th, 2010 – Sycamore IL
I doubled up on the pictures for this day, which is something I hadn’t wanted to do when I started this project, but you guys, MY SOCKS! I finished them! And they’re so pretty! And they fit perfectly! I love them! SOCKS! I’m kind of chuffed/embarrassed because it took so long to finish them but they are so very awesome. I’m not sure I’ll ever love top-down socks, but these were not so bad once I actually kicked my own ass to finish them.


March 23rd, 2010 – DeKalb IL
Speaking of OMG PROUD, I freaking love this picture. I took probably 30+ shots when I was trying to get this one, with the pink/red in focus and the white of the church steeple in the background, against all that blue sky. SO COOL. I may have to frame this one just so I can gaze on it forever. I love spring.

Now that it is Tax Day and April is half over, I will tell you that my goal for this month is to get back into the gym regularly (because the Evil Plague knocked me out of my routine for a really long time), choose 12 pictures from last year’s Project 365 and print them out and get them framed, and update this blog at least three more times. This month.

Tonight’s goal: leave work on time, pick up delicious takeout food, and make some gin and juice for my drinkydrink. You know why.

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Which is why they’re going up ahead of my next batch of daily photos.

My Chosen-by-Blog Socks are done! D-U-N done!


I started these on April 22, 2008 and finished August 23, 2009. Yes, these socks have been in the works for 16 months. I am appropriately shamed.


This sock (above) was finished first, last year sometime. Then I stalled on the second one, because I wasn’t knitting them at the same time, as is my wont. Apparently I only have 2 sets of 2.25mm / US 1 double points, and one set was tied up in another sock that ultimately died a froggy death because it was too tight. I have learned my lesson and will never knit single socks alone again.


This sock (above, again) was the second one that got neglected. And by the time I got around to knitting on it again, I had grabbed the wrong pattern like an idiot. (At one point I had downloaded and printed off a bunch of Wendy’s toe-up sock patterns, and for some reason thought I was working on the Toe-Up Gusset Heel, when in reality I had been working from Toe-Up Slipstich Heel) When I realized my mistake I bemoaned my stupidity, cursed my eyes, and threw the socks into the bottom of the workbag.


I didn’t pick this up until two weeks ago, when Femiknitter was visiting. I had finished most of the baby knitting I was working on (except for the baby blanket, which I’ll talk about later), wanted a simple stockinette project (the better for talking while knitting), and pulled this out. Femiknitter must have some project mojo because every time I have a stalled project around her, I pick it back up and finish it within a few weeks. I pulled back the yarn to where I could start the correct heel and forged ahead like I owned the place.

twisted rib

The pattern is Wendy’s Toe-Up with Slipstitch Heel, and I added three columns of twisted knit stitches along the sides, and topped the socks with 1×1 twisted rib. Delicious.

I wore them yesterday, because it was a little cool for August, and they fit perfectly. Hooray!

Ravelry project page

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Not all of my time has been eaten by the house.

Hurricane Hat, modeled by our lovely and enormous aloe plant, named Chuck Norris. That’s right. Chuck Norris.

I did have time to knit a tiny baby hat for Henry, who will join his parents (our good friends) in the air-breathing world sometime in September.

Want more details? My Ravelry project page, the pattern.

It went superfast and only took about 23 grams of fingering weight yarn. Amazing.

The hat in progress. It’s so tiny!


I think I prefer knitting to massive home projects, overall.

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In Bloom

I’ve started up a new project for a baby-to-be.

color change detail

This replaces the blanket I started a few weeks ago — that one just wasn’t working out for me and was threatening to take too long.

Pretty stripes!

So my solution? Rip out the blanket and cast on for a baby cardigan. But instead of making it baby-sized, I cast on for the largest size possible, 2-3 years.

Stripey Cardigan

Yeah. Big time saver there, right? Whatever, I’m in it now and there’s no way I’m ripping back, so I’ll continue deluding myself that because I’m using smaller yarn and needles, and because the yarn will shrink when machine washed, and because I want to give something that the baby will wear for longer than 30 seconds, that this will all be okay.

Besides, the baby shower is in 8 days and I don’t have time to think about the consequences of my actions. I only have time to knit. A lot.

another shot from above

On the upside, some inspiration hit me this morning as I worked on this cardigan before work. After this is done and presented at the baby shower, I’ll knit a baby blanket using the same yarn & stripe pattern. And that will be used when the baby is still tiny. And then I’ll feel better about myself.

Pattern: SuperNatural Stripes by Fawn Pea / Ravelry link / my project page
Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Wisteria, Peridot, Banana, and Prosperous Plum
Needles: 4.0mm/US 6
Days Remaining: 7, 8-ish if I count tonight and next Saturday morning
To Help with the Miles of Stockinette: listening to the Harry Potter books (on #3) and re-watching Scrubs

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Green is my color

I didn’t get last week’s pictures up last night because I was busy finishing this:

Tuscany cast off

Excuse me while I go block it.


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Sunday Top Ten

I’m stealing this meme from every other blogger. Want to play along? Set your ipod to shuffle all (or play all, whatever) and list the first ten songs that come up.

1. “Dream Lover” by Bobby Darin
2. “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins
3. “Take a Chance on Me” by ABBA
4. “One More Robot / Sympathy 3000-21” by The Flaming Lips
5. “Miseria Cantare (The Beginning)” by AFI
6. “Bad Education” by Tilly and the Wall
7. “Wise Up” by Aimee Man
8. “Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole” by Martha Wainwright
9. “All the Umbrellas in London” by The Magnetic Fields
10. “Red Tide” by Neko Case

Huh. That’s kind of a weird list.

In other news, I’m two repeats away from finishing the shawl, and I’ve reached the Slogging Bit. I had hoped to get it done this weekend, but got busy with all the doing nothing that I did instead.


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My plans for this week included:

1. Filing our tax return
2. Buy a plane ticket to Philadelphia for May
3. Start playing with paint colors for the kitchen
4. Finishing several knitting projects
5. Cleaning the kitchen
6. Doing several loads of laundry
7. Uploading pictures
8. Updating my other blog
9. Being awesome
10. Knit on my shawl

My plans for the weekend did not include:

1. Getting sicker and possibly developing laryngitis which is making me too tired to do any of those things on the list.

And yet.

However, I have been knitting on the shawl.

Tuscany shawl, in progress

So I’ve got that going for me.

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Note to self

If you’re going to knit one sock over the course of 10 months, then dither about casting on for the second sock, it would help matters immensely if you were to not misplace the original pattern, causing you to use the wrong pattern for the second sock because the wrong pattern kind of resembles the original pattern a little.

I mean really.

The green sock? The one I’m holding up for my cat to regard in my last picture of my last post? Yeah. I am using an entirely different pattern for this one than I did for the original sock. Which I cast on in April of 2008. This new sock may or may not be two stitches short of the original (yes, please insert joke here in which I myself am a few stitches short of a sock. THE IRONY IS NOT LOST ON ME.), and I can’t find the original pattern in my pattern binder, or in my project bags. I’m going to reprint it today and hopefully be able to salvage my sock.

If I can’t, you will find me under the bed muttering curses to the world and chewing on sock yarn.

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Project 365: 33-39

I don’t have much to say in the way of an introduction for this week’s photos, other than: I haven’t Photoshopped any of my pictures and in fact do not know how to use the program, though I want to learn. Looks like “browse photography blogs” just made my to-do list.

February 2, 2009
Garden lust, I has it. My friend and I are putting in a garden at her house this spring. I’ve never done this before and I’m sure I’m going to screw something up like not plant the seeds at the right time or something, but I really really want to eat some fresh veggies that I’ve grown myself. So, I am. I hope.

February 3, 2009
I saw this snow graffiti on my way back to work from dinner on Tuesday night. Don’t know what it says, don’t know if it’s Chinese or Japanese (do you? let me know!), but I thought it was really weird and fun. Unless, of course, it says something awful. I almost walked past it, because it was so freaking cold that evening, but its weirdness turned me back.

February 4, 2009
The plaster hand was our gift from our friends Angie and her daughter O., and the table was my grandparents’ first TV stand. This setup sits to the left of our couch and is one of my favorite non-yarn arrangements in our house. Playing around with the black-and-white feature again, which is so much fun.

February 5, 2009
My friend Jill (the one with whom I will garden) and her son C. I spent the evening with them on Thursday, talking about gardening stuff and eating dinner and holding the baby. It’s lots of fun to be around Jill — she has so much creative energy and so many ideas for great ways to enjoy life. She recently got a whole lot of white board paint (no, I didn’t know it existed either) and plans to paint an entire wall with it, the better to map out her plans.

February 6, 2009
This house is a historical home, or something (I don’t know, some group is rehabbing it but it’s not open to the public… whatever) near my work and when I walked out on Friday I saw the sunset in the windows, which reminded me of the time my Mom was washing the dishes at the sink with the north-facing window cranked open at sunset time and looked out and thought the yard was on fire and yelled for my Dad and we all came running because we thought the yard was on fire but when we got there the yard was not at all on fire and it was the reflection of the sunset in the window glass. It was awesome.

February 7, 2009
Still life with Heather’s sock, handspun, and wine glass.

February 8, 2009
The beginnings of the Tuscany shawl. This is my first lace pattern (ignoring the failed Icarus from two years ago) and I think it’s a really good one for beginners because (a) it’s in sportweight yarn, for bobsakes, and the knitting is amazingly quick, and (b) the lace pattern is easy peasy, requiring only a bit of your attention. I haven’t knit on it at Stitch-n-Bitch night, but I probably will when I feel more comfortable with it. I’m already further along than that picture; I completed another repeat last night.

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The knitting, it is everywhere.

Random act of knitting
Harry Dumpty at the DeKalb Public Library, with new kicks

I saw this at the library and heard later that it was a knitter friend of a knitter friend who surreptitiously put these cute stockings on the statue outside the children’s entrance. It was awesome.

Socks on Mr Dumpty

The socks stuck around for a few days before someone with absolutely no sense of whimsy or humor complained about them (What was the complaint? They were too bright? They clashed with the stone wall he was sitting on?) and the administration took them off. FAIL.

random acts of knitting

Boo on humorless jerkfaces! Yay for random handknits cropping up in the wild!

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