Friday, March 30, 2007

Finally Finished!

I finished the seemingly endless Socka socks for DH I've been working on for months. They've been my "take in the car just in case (JIC?)" socks. I used the alternating 2 X 2 rib pattern from SKS. They were supposed to be done for Christmas. I guess they'll be an April Fool's day present now.

Since I had a free set of needles, rather than finish another sock project, I cast on for a new sock using an Opal yarn from the pre color names/numbers/dyelots era. It's in rusty red, burgundy, navy, eggplant and brown. It looks better knitted up than on the skein. Somehow I didn't expect stripes. A friend brought it from PT Yarns in Oregon (the US Opal distributor's store). I traded some of my Opal Tiger to her for the yarn and considered myself lucky (except when I think of what I could have sold the Tiger for on Ebay a few years back.) I didn't like the Tiger: it was too coral pink, not really tiger colored at all.

I thought I was going to make the Monkey socks but this yarn is not right for that pattern. When I got home today my new book More Sensational Knitted Socks had arrived from Knitpicks. I picked out a six stitch broad spiral rib pattern and it's looking good, very subtle and somewhat masculine. I have some Shelridge Farms hand dyed yarn that may look better in the Monkey pattern. I'm already itching to start them too. I will have to curb my enthusiam for new projects and hunker down to one sock at a time if I want to finish a pair every week for the 52 pair plunge challenge.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Knitter's Treat Swap Questions

I signed up for yet another swap/exchange. These are fun! I have to post the questionnaire on my blog, so here goes.

1. What's your favourite type of yarn?
SOFT! (angora, silk, cotton, linen, chenille, superwash wool, bamboo)
2. What's your least favourite type of yarn?
SCRATCHY! (mohair, Lopi, shetland wool, rayon chenille, acrylic)
3. What's the first thing you do when you visit a new yarn shop?
Touch all the sock yarn, then go to the sale section and feel the yarn there.
4. What other crafts do you do / would like to do?
quilting, dyeing fabric & yarn, crochet, hmmmmmmm...fiber art in general
5. What magazines do you currently subscribe to? Too many!
Knitter's, Interweave Knits, Knit Simple, Creative Knitting, Knit n'Style, Vogue Knitting, Quilter's Newsletter, American Quilter, Sunset, Time, National Geographic, Smithsonian
6. Put this type of magazine in order of preference:
Knitting / Garden / Food / Home / Crochet / Other Craft / Fashion (Isn't knitting fashion?) / Celebrity Gossip
7. What items do you like to knit / crochet?
Socks, felted bags, slippers, sweaters, hats, scarves
8. Are you allergic to anything?
Mohair, yak hair, perfume, cigarette smoke, dust and mold.
9. What do you like to* smell of?
(*This is not a typo. The question is: What do you like to smell of)
lavender, vanilla or chocolate? I can't smell, so definitely not perfume, especially after I figured out I was allergic to it.
10. What's your favourite way to relax?
knitting or reading (or both together!)
11. You're stood in front of a Victorian style sweetshop, an Italian cafe, an old fashioned bakery and a dainty tea room. Where do you go first?
Wow, that's a hard one. I think the Italian cafe.
12. What do you come out with?
A mocha and an almond biscotti dipped in chocolate, plus a cannoli for later.
13. Where do you go next?
The yarn store of course! Unless I have to go to another one of the sweet shops. I'd choose the bakery next, or maybe....it's just too hard.
14. Any other words of wisdom for your pal?
Have fun, enjoy life, knit socks, and drink wisely

Monday, March 26, 2007

50 Songs of My Misspent Youth

Wendy of Wendy's Woolies tagged me with this one. You take the top 50 records from the year you were 18 from this website, post the list and then -

bold the ones you liked,

strike the ones you disliked

and italicize the ones you knew but didn’t particularly like or dislike.

The ones you don’t know will still be in normal text. The year I was 18 was 1971, not a great year for music. 1970 was much better. There are a few classics on the list, though. I chose the US top 50 list, and this is what I came up with:

  1. JOY TO THE WORLD Three Dog Night
  2. MAGGIE MAY c/w REASON TO BELIEVE Rod Stewart
  3. IT'S TOO LATE c/w I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Carole King
  4. ONE BAD APPLE Osmonds
  5. HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART? Bee Gees
  6. INDIAN RESERVATION Paul Revere & the Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay
  7. GO AWAY LITTLE GIRL Donny Osmond
  8. TAKE ME HOME, COUNTRY ROADS John Denver
  9. JUST MY IMAGINATION (RUNNING AWAY WITH ME) Temptations
  10. KNOCK THREE TIMES Dawn
  11. ME AND BOBBY McGEE Janis Joplin
  12. TIRED OF BEING ALONE Al Green
  13. WANT ADS Honey Cone
  14. SMILING FACES SOMETIMES Undisputed Truth
  15. TREAT HER LIKE A LADY Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
  16. YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND James Taylor
  17. MR BIG STUFF Jean Knight
  18. BROWN SUGAR Rolling Stones not my favorite Rolling Stones song
  19. DO YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN Lee Michaels
  20. THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN Joan Baez
  21. WHAT'S GOING ON? Marvin Gaye
  22. UNCLE ALBERT - ADMIRAL HALSEY Paul & Linda McCartney (Wings)
  23. AIN'T NO SUNSHINE Bill Withers
  24. SIGNS Five Man Electrical Band
  25. SHE'S A LADY Tom Jones
  26. SUPERSTAR Murray Head & The Trinidad Singers
  27. I FOUND SOMEONE OF MY OWN Free Movement
  28. AMOS MOSES Jerry Reed
  29. TEMPTATION EYES Grass Roots
  30. SUPERSTAR Carpenters never heard of this one
  31. MY SWEET LORD c/w ISN'T IT A PITY George Harrison (what was he thinking?)
  32. SWEET AND INNOCENT Donny Osmond this one somehow escaped my radar
  33. PUT YOUR HAND IN MY HAND Ocean
  34. CHICK-A-BOOM Daddy Dewdrop
  35. FOR ALL WE KNOW Carpenters
  36. HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT Sammi Smith
  37. RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS Carpenters
  38. IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND Gordon Lightfoot
  39. GYPSYS, TRAMPS AND THIEVES Cher I like Cher but this one was not one of my favorites
  40. NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Jackson 5 barely escaped the dreaded overstrike
  41. ROSE GARDEN Lynn Anderson
  42. DON'T PULL YOUR LOVE Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
  43. IT DON'T COME EASY Ringo
  44. MR BOJANGLES Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  45. I LOVE YOU FOR ALL SEASONS Fuzz
  46. WHATCHA SEE IS WHATCHA GET Dramatics
  47. THAT'S THE WAY I'VE ALWAYS HEARD IT SHOULD BE Carly Simon still a favorite
  48. IF YOU REALLY LOVE ME Stevie Wonder
  49. SPANISH HARLEM Aretha Franklin
  50. I DON'T KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM Helen Reddy

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Sunday Seven/Eighths

Seven things I'm grateful for this week.
1. Stick shift cars
2. Trader Joe's
3. The Sunday paper
4. Spring Weather
5. The Yellow Pages
6. Rotary cutters for quilting
7. Kleenex

I took a class yesterday with Judy Sisneros on making a quilt pattern called Winding Paths. The quilt pieces are still pinned to the design board in my car, since I went to visit my mother instead of going home. Today we're going to Trader Joe's. I finished one of my Madtini socks last night and cast on for the other one. I forgot the pattern and the extra ball of yarn, so I didn't get very far. Luckily I had another sock project along with me. I hope to finish these boring socks really soon so I can work on more exciting projects.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Sock Madness Est Fini

I've gone down in flames in the second round of sock madness. I was paired with one of the faster knitters in my bracket from round one. I was the last to qualify, what were they thinking of with the matchups! She is already finished with both socks and I have just finished the heel and gusset on sock one! I knew when they announced that the pattern was coming on Thursday afternoon that I was a goner.

The pattern is quite nice and very easy once I got the rhythm. I think I'd like it in a solid or heather much better. I used some Silja sportweight yarn in red, violet and navy, and it looks very nice in person. Now I can return to my double spiral mosaic socks and go to my quilt class tomorrow, if they haven't already given away my space.

Edited to add: My mom LOVES the socks, and they do look much better in real life. Sock one is done, sock two is cast on, but I forgot the second ball of yarn at home. UPDATE: I finished sock two last night while watching Island at War on Masterpiece Theater again.


Thursday, March 22, 2007

Knit Wiki Encyclopedia of Knitting

Thanks to a post on the socknitters list, I just discovered a new site to help knitters connect, learn and explore the world of knitting. It's a wiki: a free, user developed, online encyclopedia for knitting patterns, history, stitches, links and connections. I've put a link to the site in my sidebar and hope every knitter will visit, enjoy the site and contribute. The developer of the site is Sarah Bradberry, who devotes much of her time to enhancing the information available free to knitters on the Internet, and to archiving and making available vintage knitting patterns. Look for the KnitWiki button on the right. Thanks, Sarah, for all your hard work.

I spent some time writing a little article about mosaic knitting for the Wiki instead of working on my new sock madness sock. I got the pattern today at 2:00 PST. May the best knitter win!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

A Knitting Book List Meme

I like it!
This is only a partial list of the thousands of knitting books, how-to's and fiction available. Copy the list to your blog, italicize the ones you’ve read, bold the ones you own, **the ones on your Wish List, change the color to red on the ones not worth the money. Note alongside any one that is very special to you, or that you use most often. Have FUN

1. Dyed in the Wool: A Knitting Mystery by Mary Kruger
2.Knit One, Kill Two (Knitting Mystery) by Maggie Sefton
3 Needled to Death (Knitting Mysteries) by Maggie Sefton
**4. The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
5.The Knitting Circle: A Novel by Ann Hood
6. A Deadly Yarn: A Knitting Mystery by Maggie Sefton
7. Knitting: A Novel by Anne Bartlett
8. The Shop On Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber
9. A Good Yarn by Debbie Macomber
10. Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Curious Knitters' Guide: Stories, Patterns, Advice, Opinions, Questions, Answers, Jokes, and Pictures by Kay Gardiner
11. Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
12. One Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit and Crochet by Leigh Radford
13. Wendy Knits: My Never-Ending Adventures in Yarn by Wendy D. Johnson
14. At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
15. Knitting Rules!: The Yarn Harlot's Bag of Knitting Tricks by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
16. Knitting Vintage Socks: New Twists on Classic Patterns by Nancy Bush
17. One-Skein Wonders by Judith Durant
18. Knit 2 Together: Patterns and Stories for Serious Knitting Fun by Tracey Ullman
19. Arctic Lace: Knitting Projects and Stories Inspired by Alaska's Native Knitters by Donna Druchunas
20. Knitting Around by Elizabeth Zimmermann A wonderful reminiscence illustrated with EZ's own watercolr sketches and great patterns.
21. Knitter's Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmermann
22. Knitting Without Tears: Basic Techniques and Easy-to-Follow Directions for Garments to Fit All Sizes by Elizabeth Zimmerman Hilarious and empowering all at the same time. YOU are the boss of your knitting!
23. Knitting from the Top by Barbara G. Walker
24. The Opinionated Knitter by Elizabeth Zimmermann
25. Sweater Workshop by Jacqueline Fee
26. Knitting Workshop by Elizabeth Zimmermann
27. A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker The Bible of Stitch patterns
28. Knitting Beyond the Edge: Cuffs and Collars Necklines Hems Closures - The Essential
Collection of Decorative Finishes by Nicky Epstein
29. Victorian Lace Today by Jane Sowerby
30. Cables Untangled: An Exploration of Cable Knitting by Melissa Leapman
31. Lace Style: Traditional to Innovative, 21 Inspired Designs to Knit by Pam Allen
32. A Gathering of Lace by Meg Swansen
33. Knitting Under the Influence (Paperback) by Claire LaZebnik
34. Not Tonight Darling, I'm Knitting by Betty Hosegood
35. Knitting Nature: 39 Designs Inspired by Patterns in Nature by Norah Gaughan and Thayer Allyson Gowdy Very intriguing ideas and beautiful projects
36. The Knitting Experience: Book 2: The Purl Stitch (Knitting Experience Series) by Sally Melville
37. The Knitting Experience: Book 3: Color (The Knitting Experience) by Sally Melville I love the ideas and projects in this book. I made a cardigan last year using an idea from the linen stitch chapter.
38. The Knitters Book of Finishing Techniques by Nancie M. Wiseman
39. The Knitting Answer Book: Solutions to Every Problem You'll Ever Face; Answers to Every
Question You'll Ever Ask by Margaret Radcliffe
40. The Knitting Experience: Book 1: The Knit Stitch (The Knitting Experience) (Paperback) by Sally Melville I like the clear how to pictures in the book and the different ideas for beginner projects.
41. 440 More Knitting Stitches - Volume 3 (Harmony Guides) by Harmony Guide Staff
42. 250 Creative Knitting Stitches - Volume 4 (Harmony Guides) by Harmony Guide Staff
43. Knitting Techniques - Volume 1 (Harmony Guides) by Harmony Guide Staff
44. 220 Aran Stitches and Patterns - Volume 5 (Harmony Guides) by Harmony Guide Staff
45. Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns by Inc. Sterling Publishing Co.
46. 450 Knitting Stitches - Volume 2 (Harmony Guides)
47. Weekend Knitting: 50 Unique Projects and Ideas by Melanie Falick and Ericka McConnell
48. Knitting With Balls: A Hands-On Guide to Knitting for the Modern Man by Michael Del
49. A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker
50. Charted Knitting Designs: A Third Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker
**51. A Fourth Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker (I think I already have this in its original title of Sampler Knitting)
52. The Baby Knits Book: The Ultimate Collection of Knitwear Designs for Newborns to 3-Year-
Olds by Debbie Bliss
53. Special Knits for Babies: 22 Gorgeous Handknits for Babies by Debbie Bliss
54. The Yarn Girls' Guide to Kid Knits: Patterns for Babies and Toddlers by Julie Carles
55. Quick Baby Knits: Over 25 Quick and Easy Designs for 0-3 year olds by Debbie Bliss
56. Baby Knits for Beginners by Debbie Bliss
57. Knitting Color: Design Inspiration from Around the World by Brandon Mably and Kaffe
Fassett
58. Knitting Heaven and Earth: Healing the Heart with Craft by Susan Gordon Lydon
59. Yarnplay by Lisa Shobhana Mason
60. Natural Knits for Babies and Moms: Beautiful Designs Using Organic Yarns (Paperback) by Louisa Harding
61. Simply Baby by Debbie Bliss
62. Itty-Bitty Hats: cute and cuddly caps to knit for babies and toddlers by Susan B. Anderson
63. Knitting for Baby: 30 Heirloom Projects with Complete How-to-Knit Instructions by Melanie
Falick
64. Special Knits for Babies: 22 Gorgeous Handknits for Babies by Debbie Bliss
65. Folk Shawls by Cheryl Oberle
**66. Folk Socks by Nancy Bush (lots of info for new-to-socks knitters)
67. Folk Vests by Cheryl Oberle
68. Stahmans Shawls and Scarves by Myrna Stahman
69. Fitted Knits by Japel
70. Twinles Big City Knits by Wenlan
71. Big Girl Knits by Jillian Moreno
72. Mary Thomas' Knitting Book by Mary Thomas
73. Knitting in the Old Way by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts
74. The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook by Lynne Vogel
75. Andean Folk Knits by Marcia Lewandowski

I don't think any of the books on the list above that I own aren't worth the money. There are a few I own that aren't worth the money but they aren't on the list. It seems to be slanted towards baby knits. I would have added a few more to the list, maybe bring it up to an even 100. Here are some of my favorites, those books in my library (amd some that aren't) that I feel are useful additions to any collection. I'm sure I've left off some great titles, too. It was hard to add just 25.

76. Felted Knits by Bev Galeskas
77. Modular Knits by Iris Schreier
78. Module Magic by Ginger Luters
79. Slip Stitch Knits by Roxana Bartlett
80. Unexpected Knitting by Debbie New
81. Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch
**82. More Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch
83. Socks Socks Socks by Elaine Rowley and XRX Books
84. No Idle Hands, a Social History of Knitting in America by Anne Macdonald
85. Fairisle Knitting by Alice Starmore (OOP)
86. The Art of Fairisle Knitting by Ann Feitelson (OOP?) wonderful on color
87. Designing Knitwear by Deborah Newton (OOP?)
**88. Knits from a Painter's Palette by Maia Landru
**89. Confessions of a Knitting Heretic by Annie Modesitt
**90. Knitting for Anarchists by Anna Zilboorg
**91. A History of Hand Knitting by Richard Rutt
92. Cool Socks, Warm Feet by Lucy Neatby
93. A Treasury of Magical Knitting by Cat Bordhi
94. Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles by Cat Bordhi
95. A 2nd Treasury of Magical Knitting by Cat Bordhi
96. A Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd
97. A Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns by Ann Budd
98. No Pattern Knitting by Pat Ashforth and Steve Plummer
**99. Free Form Knitting by Prudence Mapstone
100. Fabulous Felted Knits by Jane Davis

Slip Stitch O Rama

I watched a great movie from Netflix last night and knit on my new sock. The movie is called "Her Majesty". I thought I was ordering the Helen Mirren movie, and was kind of surprised when she never showed up in this one. After a while I figured it out. It's about a little girl in rural New Zealand in 1952 who idolizes the new queen. She writes her several letters and is thrilled to hear she will be visiting her town on the Dominions Tour. No more spoilers, but I highly recommend you watch it. If you liked "The Squid and the Whale" "Whale Rider!" you will like this one. I cried at the end. Edited to add: What's the matter with me? I HATED "The Squid and The Whale" and it wasn't about New Zealand.

I made great progress on the sock, too. I knit the heel flap on Monday night while watching "What about Brian". I used a two color variation that I might have unvented of the eye of partridge heel stitch. You knit one row that is usually purled. Very distinctive! I'll post more about this later. After finishing the heel turn I picked up stitches in alternating colors to get both strands of yarn to the beginning of the pattern round at the instep, making a checkerboard design. I knit in the slip stitch pattern on the instep, then K1, SL1 around to continue the checkerboard design. Slip stitch designs are hard to use in the gusset decrease area, because the count gets thrown off. I've resorted to stripes or solid areas in the past. One idea I had while knitting this sock was to use a band heel on my next pair. There are no gusset decreases to throw off the pattern then, but there are decreases in the heel flap, so it would have to be a solid color, thus eliminating my intriguing new heel pattern. I could also use a short row heel but, as I've said before, I HATE SHORT ROW HEELS. I did do something different with this sock. I continued the slip stitch pattern on the instep and used a different one on the sole during the decrease rounds. I think this has worked out the best so far. The pattern on the gusset seems to continue the heel pattern, and the pattern on the instep continues uninterrupted.

After I got through the gusset decreases, which took exactly half of the pattern's row repeat, I continued in the instep pattern around the whole sock. When knitting another sock design, I tried to use a slip stitch design on the gusset and a striped pattern on the sole of the sock, but the row gauges were too far off and the sock looked like a boat. It fit okay, but the next pair I tried, with the slip stitch design on instep and sole, fit better and looked nice.

I won't want to stop knitting this sock to start my sock madness design on Thursday.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Sock Madness Round 2

I got my instructions for the next round of Sock Madness. We'll get the pattern on Thursday afternoon and the first to finish in each group of 2 goes on to the next round. The pattern calls for sport weight yarn this time. I have a free needle in the right size and lots of yarn in my stash. I do have a knitting group on Thursday night where I don't usually get much personal knitting done, and a quilting class on Saturday, so I might be knocked out of this round early.

Who Knew?

Your Inner European is Spanish!

Energetic and lively.
You bring the party with you!
Who's Your Inner European?

With a name like Marguerite, I thought I'd be French.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Sunday VII, Part Seven

This is my delightful niece Sophia, who was born in Brussels, moved to Prague at age 2, and lives in Rangoon, Myanmar right now. I knit her a baby surprise jacket when she was in Brussels. Now that she lives in a hot climate it's hard to find things to knit for her. She's 5 years old, goes to a Japanese kindergarten, and is a tri-lingual bundle of energy. Do you agree with Sophia that she looks like Stitch?

Seven things I'm grateful for this week:
1. My Family
2. Sunny Days
3. Mosaic aka Slip Stitch Knitting Patterns
4. Barbara Walker's Treasury books
5. Fiber Weekends
6. Husbands who do laundry
7. Leftovers (food, yarn, beads)

Saturday, March 17, 2007

On the Home Stretch

I've been working on these socks for my DH for a while now. They've been my travel socks, the mindless pattern that I carry around with me to knit in my spare moments. I finally turned the heel on sock two last week and am almost finished with the foot. I'm using the Alternating 2 X 2 Rib basketweave stitch from the SKS book (page 38). I've had this Socka striping tweed yarn in my stash for quite a long time, waiting for the right pattern. It's kind of boring yarn, but everyone who's seen them loves the socks. I want to get this second sock finished so I will have a free needle for the next round of sock madness.

I also started a new sock project with Knit Picks Essentials in navy and a brightly colored Regia. I cast on 76 stitches, ribbed for 1.5 inches, then increased to 84 stitches while I knitted the first round of the pattern stitch. The pattern repeat is 14 stitches and the chart has 44 rounds. I'm using the Double Spiral mosaic (slip stitch) design from Sensational Knitted Socks. The Regia yarn has been ageing in my stash for several years. I got the Knitpicks Essential in a few solid colors last year to use with leftover multicolored yarn in slip stitch patterns like this one.

Slip stitch patterns have very little stretch, so it' s important to swatch, or try on the sock before knitting too much. This pattern repeat will also work if you cast on 64 stitches, then increase to 70 stitches before starting the mosaic pattern.

The Luck O' The Irish

I must have been kissed by a leprachaun this week.I'm only Irish by marriage, but it's a pretty Irish household.

On Tuesday I was the last contestant in my division of Sock Madness to make it through to the next round, and I did it by the skin of my flying fingers. My socks even had green in them.

On Wednesday I filled out two door prize drawing forms, one for my boss (who wasn't even there yet) and one for me, at a food show. Right after she arrived at the show her name was called and she won a $100 Visa gift card. She split it fifty/fifty with me. Only fair. If I'd cheated and filled out two slips with my name they probably wouldn't have drawn either one of them.

Then, today, I get a message that I've won the "guess how many stitches I've knit so far" contest on Susan's blog. I happened on her blog last night and I guess I was feeling lucky. I once guessed how many buttons were in a jar within 10 of the actual number (800+), and it was a totally random guess. My guess for Susan's contest was somewhat more scientific. I estimated that she had cast on about 400 stitches and multiplied that by a wild guess of 80 rounds knit. I hadn't even seen the picture of the sweater yet. I don't know what I've won yet, but I'm sure it's wonderful. Thanks again, Susan!

I forgot to mention in my first post that I also won two sets of Lantern Moon needles at Stitches West. It was my prize at the student banquet. I got a set of 5" rosewood double point needles in size 4, perfect for gloves or heavy socks, and a set of ebony straight needles in size 10, great for scarves. I also got a rubber vase and a note pad cover with special Lantern Moon sticky notes. Pictures of the loot will be available soon. It's been a lucky month. It's a wonder that my special green wasn't Kerry.

Today I get to eat my third corned beef and cabbage meal of the week. I'm making my famous Irish soda bread to bring to the party. Guinness may also be involved. I will honor the Saint by beginning a new green sock project for DD. The first pair of St. Patrick's Day socks I made him, from Bonkers Hand Dyed sock yarn, were well received but met a sad fate. He said he knew how to wash them and they shrank. Luckily (there it is again!) they fit my cousin, a WWII reenactor with small feet, and they were conservative enough in color to look like they could have been worn during the war.

Friday, March 16, 2007

People Can Do Amazing Stuff with Computers

I was playing around with a shareware paint program on my computer, using the filters. I love filters. I took a picture of a quilt I made and applied different filters to it. These are my two favorites.

Here's the original image.

Here's the first tweak; and this is the final tweak:

Both images started with the same original image. Aren't computers amazing? Of course I know that a computer is only as good as the programmer who writes the software, so maybe I should say "Aren't people amazing"? They are indeed.

The Dreaded Kitchener Stitch

I tried it once, on my first practice sock. Not a pretty sight. Then I discovered the three needle bind off and that's how I finish all of my sock toes. I can't feel the seam at all, so I don't bother with Kitchener. If someone else who I am l knitting socks for is bothered by the seam, I will do a star toe instead. Anything to avoid the dreaded Kitchener.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Toe UP Socks

I've made exactly two toe up socks. Actually neither one of them is done yet but I am past the (short row) heel already. Notice I said socks, not pairs. They are two entirely different pairs of socks. One has been on the needles for about 5 years. It's made of Fixation using DPN's and I JUST HATE KNITTING CUFFS ON DPN'S. I have about an inch to knit on the cuff before I bind off. One of these days I will get out that short circular needle and finish the sock. Then I'll have to make sock TWO. The other one is my Inside Out Sock from the new Rockin Sock Club shipment. After frogging the toe and the heel at least once, I may finally have mastered the garter stitch short row heel & toe. The stockinette short row heel is another story.

Luckily the Sock Madness Mad Cow sock pattern which arrived in my inbox last Saturday morning for the time trial competition gave you the option of knitting toe up or cuff down. I chose to go with my comfort level method and knit cuff down. THEN I came to the short row heel directions. Like others in the competition, I had to go back and check the rules. No changing the pattern! OH NO. I had just recently taken a refresher course on short rows and had completed the heel on the Inside Out Sock the week before, but I still don't really like short row heels. I don't like to do them and I don't like how they fit my foot. I haven't bothered to pursue the adjustment suggestions I've read from other sock knitters because
I don't like to do them anyway.

I think the provisional cast on at the ankle, knit down to the toe, then removing the cast on and finishing the sock cuff is the right idea. A lot of my socks have different colored toes because I run out of yarn at the very end of toe two.

How did the computer guess My Favorite Color?

You Are Teal Green

You are a one of a kind, original person. There's no one even close to being like you.
Expressive and creative, you have a knack for making the impossible possible.
While you are a bit offbeat, you don't scare people away with your quirks.
Your warm personality nicely counteracts any strange habits you may have.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Meme: 100 Books

Copy this meme to your own blog and edit it to match your reading style. It's kind of fun to see the kind of books everyone likes. A very wide assortment.

Look at the list of (100) books below.

Bold the ones you’ve read.
Italicize the ones you want to read.
Leave blank the ones that you aren’t interested in.
Movies don’t count.

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee) one of the best
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell) at least 20 times
5.
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien) at least 20 times
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien) at least 20 times
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien) at least 20 times
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery) at least 20 times
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry) -
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien) at least 20 times
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) at least 20 times
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25 . Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis) at least 20 times
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie(Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) several times
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald) many times
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy) I've read parts of it.
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice) no thank you
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett) at least 20 times
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith) at least 20 times
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier) over and over again
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

What, nothing by Rosamund Pilcher?
I was surprised I've only read 47 out of the total 100. I read a lot, but I tend to read in groups. If I like one book I will look for the rest of the author's books and read them too. I've read everything Fitzgerald, CS Lewis, Steinbeck & Michener wrote, plus all of the OZ books. (I know I'm forgetting some favorites.) I was also surprised that there's nothing by Hemingway on the list.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Sock Madness Round 1 Completed

I MADE IT TO THE NEXT ROUND!

After a hectic weekend when I got no laundry done, I finally finished both sock madness socks. I ran out of navy blue yarn at the heel of sock two. I knew that was a possibility when I started and I had a backup yarn planned. Turns out it was a slightly lighter weight than the original. I used some yarn I hand dyed for the variegated yarn. I also ran out of that yarn just at the foot, or the toe would have been variegated on sock two to match the heel. I knitted most of Saturday, all of Sunday night, turned the heel on sock two yesterday after work, and was trying to finish the toe at midnight last night. Gave up, went to sleep, went to work in the morning and just got home. I finished the toe and put the sock on the scanner, yarn ends not woven in. Here they are, hot off the needles. I uploaded the pictures to the blog and sent an email to the organizers just in time. PHEW!! The pattern is now available on the blog.

My DD's camera is full (and I don't know how to unload the pictures), so I had to scan the actual socks to get an image to post. I'll replace these awful pictures as soon as I can. Now off to do laundry so I have some clean clothes to wear tomorrow. Luckily the weather changed so I could wear summery clothes the past two days, but now it's getting cold again.

Favorite Yarns for Felting Projects

I personally prefer a heavier bag, so I almost always double strand, except for the self striping yarn. If you can find a bulky yarn that's not too expensive you don't have to double strand. Lamb's Pride Bulky is great. It has 125 yards a skein, so it's actually cheaper than using two strands of the worsted weight Lamb's Pride at 190 yards a skein. It's harder to find in as many colors, though.

One way to use Kureyon without double stranding it, to keep the great stripes, is to use it in a slip stitch or stranded design with one of the solid yarns. I've knitted it with Paton's Classic Wool and Elann Peruvian wool and they felt together wonderfully. I haven't tried felting the Karaoke yarn from SWTC. It feels so good knitted that I'd rather keep it as it is. I'm going to try some entrelac with it, though. The Paton's SWS is a Karaoke knockoff, with more wool and less soysilk. It felts wonderfully, but it comes in limited colors.

Personal Faves:
a. Elann Peruvian Aran alpaca/wool (good sub for Jamieson's heathered Arans, but not as many colors)
b. Elann Peruvian wool
c. Knit Picks wool of the Andes
d. Paton's Classic Wool (limited color range, easy to find, often on sale, new striping colors)
e. Plymouth Galway (good price, harder to find, but has self striping and heathers, more selection)
f. Lamb's Pride Worsted
g. Noro Kureyon (just for the wonderful striping colors)
h. Cascade 220 comes in so many colors that it is a great choice for the exotic colored bags, or the bag where you need 5 shades of one color. It's more expensive than the others for standard colors, though.
i. Jamieson's heathered Arans, many colors, but expensive

Caron's Felt It is a lighter bulky yarn, and it's multicolored. I used it doubled and the hat came out great, with very mushed together colors. I tried to keep the stripes together when I double stranded but they would not stay together. It also comes in limited colors, not all of which are great.

I personally have never used Lopi, because the Icelandic wool bothers me. It felts great stranded with multicolored mohair, though. Other worsted weight yarns also felt wonderfully stranded with a multicolored mohair. I have a knitting friend who can tolerate knitting with Lopi and mohair, and she has made wonderful felted bags using them together.

I just finished two entrelac bags which I felted. My very first entrelac! One was in Kureyon, and it is lighter weight than the bag I made from two strands of the Elann Peruvian Aran. I believe that Aran weight is slightly heavier than the US version worsted weight. Bulky weight yarn is heavier than Aran. Last year I used Berroco Hip Hop with double stranded Cascade 220 for a bubble bag (Pursenalities) and was disappointed with the result. The Cascade was fine, it was the expensive Hip Hop that lost color and felted strangely. It's a thick/thin yarn.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Sunday Seven, Part VI


Seven things I am grateful for this week:

1. Spring flowers
This picture was taken last spring in my garden. This year the freesias and madeira lilies are already in bloom, but the bearded iris usually bloom in April and May. I've taken the iris rhizomes that produce this flower with me wherever I've moved for the last 26 years. The very first time the iris bloomed in my garden was the day my DD was (almost 26 years ago.)

2.
Knitty On Line Magazine
The new Spring issue of Knitty is out! More sock patterns to try, OH NO. Fingerless gloves, a great lace scarf, kids clothes, a wonderful briefcase bag, an interesting shrug, great cardigan sweaters, and more. I even have some of the yarns in my stash.

3. Caring, generous knitters everywhere
4. Good friends (who knit)
5. Creative Yarn Producers like SWTC, K1C2 and Habu Textiles.
I got the newsletter from
SWTC with a new Tofutsies sock pattern today.
6. Sunsets
Last night the sunset was just incredible over the ocean. I'm very lucky to live where I do.
7. Daylight Savings Time (except for the lost hour of sleep today)

Fiber Weekends

I had a fibery weekend with a knitting friend whose family was out of town. Saturday afternoon and evening we knitted and watched her new Lucy Neatby sock knitting DVD. Then we got bored and watched an old Masterpiece Theater with a very young Jeremy Irons: Love for Lydia (look for it at your local library.) We kept knitting the whole time. My friend started a new ripple pattern jacket in Silk Garden and knit 5 inches on the back.

I got quite a bit done on my Sock Madness sock, which I started in the morning. I'm almost to the toe on the first sock. I'm using some yarn I dyed myself along with a solid navy.
I scanned this picture because I STILL don't have a digital camera. UPDATE: It's done! I've started sock #2.


Today we went to the Contemporary Crafts Market in San Francisco at Fort Mason (right on the bay, just beautiful today.) I bought some lampwork glass pendants and some blown glass animals: A papa penguin and baby, and a mama quail and her babies on a log for my mother. There were lots of craftswomen knitting while tending their booths. Lots of knitted scarves, brooches, knitted and felted hats, jackets, scarves, and vests.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Charity Knitting

Stanford Hospital's cancer center has put out a request for
chemo hats, especially for men. They need to be made in soft
yarn. This could be a good way to reduce your stash and try
new patterns.

Some good ideas for soft yarn:
(Not all of these come in "masculine" colors)
Lion Brand Microspun
Lion Brand Cotton Ease
Berroco Chinchilla
Knitpicks Shine and Shine Sport
Wildflower DK cotton and acrylic
Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille
Cotton Classic
Rowan Calmer (a stretchy cotton blend)
Knitty has a pattern for a chemo hat using Calmer, called Shedir
one of the sites I looked at lists Plymouth Encore
possibly Fantasy Naturale (mercerized cotton)
I also found a pattern for a chemo hat made from recycled silk yarn.
Here's one for a felted hat that looks like hair from Crystal Palace.
You could also make this in fun colors for women.

Here are some more links to patterns and suggestions for other
yarns. It seems that wool is not recommended (itchy and hot?).
Bev's Country Cottage
Ronni Lynn Spoll's excellent site

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Rockin Sock Club Inside Out Sock

I'm working on the new SOTM design from Socks that Rock, Inside Out. I ripped out the garter stitch short row heel I did last night and redid it on a smaller needle. This is my second ever short row heel and I didn't quite get the directions. The heel I ripped out had some holes, and the replacement looks great. I'm ready to start the cable pattern. The pattern is still striping regularly, and the colors were only slightly interrupted by the heel. I think I like it. We'll see how it feels on the foot, but at first glance it looks promising.

UPDATE: After doing one round of the cable pattern, I tried on the sock tonight. I knit the sock onto two long circulars so I could get it over my ankle without losing stitches. It fits!

AARGH! I just saw a place where I purled when I should have knit halfway down the toe! Probably no one but me will ever notice it, but still. With the short row heel there's no way I can ladder down and correct those two stitches.

Problem averted. The wayward purls were on the top of the sock and. luckily, on the top of the cable turn. I frogged one stitch down through the cable and half way down the foot, hooked up the stitches again and it's perfect. Huge sigh of relief!

I still don't have a camera so I scanned my in progress sock. I'm using two circular needles, size 2.75 mm, for the leg. I have thick ankles so I am using a larger gauge. The cable repeat doesn't allow me to easily add stitches to make the leg bigger. EDITED to add: I switched to a 3mm needle, a 12" ADDI, further up the leg. STILL tight!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

I got a BIG Squishy

I got a package from Astrid in The Netherlands! Enough yarn for 17 pairs of socks at an average price of $11.00 (shipping costs are astronomical from Europe to California, but cheaper than flying there to pick up the yarn.) I got a skein of the Opal Hundertwasser (and a free sideways knit sock pattern to use with it) in the Silver Spiral colorway. I think it's the best of the Hundertwasser colors, which I saw in person at Stitches West. I also got two socks worth of Regia Bamboo, some Opal Smoke in masculine colors, great Regia Mosaic in browns & another in blues & greens, lots of Regia cotton that was on sale, some Meilenweit Stretch cotton in blues, Strapaz 6 ply cotton in black and a striping color, Regia cotton in solid Denim, and two balls of Schachenmayr Chamonix (under $2.00 a ball) to add to a felted bag or slipper cuff. Enough yarn for 17 pairs of socks, eek!

I've never ordered from Astrid before, but it went fine. The squishy mailing bag had two small slashes in it where (I guess) the customs agents had checked it out, but the yarn was in good shape. The site is sort of hard to navigate through, but the prices are great. I ordered on 2/18 and the package got here on 3/5, about 2 weeks. Unfortunately I ordered before she got in the Opal Bamboo and Uni cotton. I feel a group order coming on
to get the best shipping price.

Remember, sock yarn doesn't count as stash!

Monday, March 05, 2007

Honeycomb Slip Stitch Sock Pattern

A (nearly new) sock pattern in honor of what would have been my grandmother's 106th birthday today. She taught me to sew and made my Barbie a real mink stole (which I still have) from a scrap of someone's mink coat, brown satin and a rhinestone button. I moved this pattern from my old website so it would be more available. I prefer using a 12" ADDI turbo circular to knit my sock, so that's how this pattern is written. It can certainly be knit using any method you prefer. See my post about using markers instead of needles to avoid ladders and convert any pattern to your preferred method of knitting.

The inspiration for these socks came from Knitter's Magazine, Spring 2001. A baby sweater and hat in pastel "Look at Me" yarn was featured using this slip stitch pattern. Another socknitter posted a picture of her sock in progress using the rainbow sock yarn and this stitch pattern, and I took it from there. I'm sorry I can't remember her name to give her credit for the inspiration. She did give me her blessing to share this pattern. I've also made a hat using the same idea and worsted weight yarn, which my DD wears snowboarding.


This pattern could also be knitted using leftover balls of sock yarn for the main color and a solid color as the contrast. You would then need one skein of solid color yarn and lots of leftovers. I would divide my leftovers into two equal size balls (or use different leftover yarn on each sock to make true Monstersocken.)


Materials:

CC:1 ball, 50 grm/200 yds Variegated Sock Weight Yarn
Lorna's Laces Socknitter's Rainbow was used for these socks. You won't need the whole skein for the pair of socks, especially if you knit the plain foot. I'd estimate that I used the amount of yarn left over from knitting another pair.
MC:2 balls, 50 grm/200 yds Dark Sock Yarn (High Contrast) I used Special Blauband in a navy with primary color bits twisted in.

Size 2.5 mm ADDI Turbo circular needle (or size needed to achieve gauge)
Size 2.25 mm (1 US) double point needles, which you will need for knitting the heels and toes.

Note: The picture shows the foot knitted with a slip stitch stripe pattern, but the pattern is written with a plain foot. I used Karen (Wren) Hoyle's pattern for garter bar slip stitch for the foot in this sock, but I changed the purl stitches to knits so the sock felt smoother around the foot. I would recommend you knit a plain foot, because of the problems encountered with the slip stitch pattern when you decrease. Another option would be to use the band heel, or a short row heel.

Because the slip stitch pattern does not have any stretch, and I cast on my normal number of stitches, these socks did not fit me. Remember to swatch! I gave these socks to my sister in law for her 50th birthday, and she gets many compliments whenever she wears them.


SIZE: Woman's Medium Women's Large/Man's Medium in ( )
GAUGE: 8 sts = 1" worked in pattern stitch on size 2.5mm needles

HONEYCOMB SLIP STITCH PATTERN

Repeat of 8 stitches
Round 1, CC Knit around
Round 2, CC Purl around**
Round 3, using MC *Knit 6, slip 2 KW*, repeat between *'s
Round 4, 5, 6 Repeat Row 3
Round 7 repeat Row 1
Round 8 repeat Row 2**
Round 9 using MC K2, *SL2, K 6*, repeat between *'s, end K4
Rounds 10, 11, 12 Repeat Row 9
Repeat Rounds 1-12 for pattern
**If you like, change rounds 2 & 8 from purl to knit to get a smooth texture.

Knitting the Sock
Using MC, CO 64 (72) sts. Join, being careful not to twist, and K2, P2 for 1-2". Place a marker at join. Knit around in slip stitch pattern, slipping marker every round, until sock tube measures 7 inches long, ending with Row 6 or 12 of pattern. Remove marker until heel is finished.

Heel:

Change to double pointed needles, keeping the instep stitches on the circular needle. Drop CC and knit heel flap and foot with MC. Knit the heel on double point needles over the first 32 (36) sts.

Heel: Eye of Partridge with slipped st edge

Row 1: *slip 1 KW*, k1,* repeat between *'s to end
Row 2: slip 1, p to end
Row 3: slip 1 KW*, k2, *slip 1, K1* repeat between *'s to last 2 sts, end k2 (don't end with a slip stitch)
Row 4: repeat Row 2.
Knit this four row heel pattern until heel flap is 2 1/4 - 2 1/2 (2 3/4 - 3) inches long. This is a matter of personal preference. Measure the foot of the intended recipient from floor to top of ankle bone (inside ankle) to determine the correct measurement.

Heel turn: (round heel)
Thanks to David Mackay's Heels by Number which was the inspiration for these. This invaluable chart can now be found on the socknitter's site.
(Note: SSK = slip a stitch KW* to right needle, slip a second stitch KW to right needle, then knit those two together)
Row 1: slip 1, knit 16 (18), ssk, k 1, turn
Row 2: slip 1, purl 5, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 3: slip 1, knit 6, ssk, k1, turn
Row 4: slip 1, purl 7, p2tog, p 1, turn.
Continue on, adding one st knitted or purled at the center of the row until all sts have been worked. You should be ending with a knit row. If not, knit across the heel using the Eye of Partridge pattern until you reach the pick up edge. Using a new double point needle, pick up and knit one st from each slipped st along the edge of the heel flap (about 20). Place first marker here. Knit across the instep stitches which were not part of the heel, place second marker. Pick up and knit stitches on opposite side of heel flap, knit across heel flap to three stitches from first marker. You should have about 96-104 stitches on the needle at this point.

Decrease (Gusset) Rounds: Three stitches from first marker, k 2 tog, k 1. Slip marker. Knit across instep to second marker, slip it, k 1, SSK, knit around to the first marker. Around this point you will want to change back to using the circular needle by knitting off of the double pointed needles onto the circular needle. Knit one round without decreasing (or two rounds, if you like a slower rate of decrease for a higher instep), and repeat the decrease round. Repeat decrease and plain knit rounds until 64 (72) sts remain on the needle. Knit plain until the foot is about 7.25" (8") long (2 to 2 1/2 inches less than desired length).

Wedge toe: Change to double pointed needles.
Round 1: Knit to last 3 sts before first marker, k2 tog, k1, slip marker, K1, SSK, knit to last 3 sts before second marker, K2 TOG, K1, slip marker, K1, SSK.
Round 2: Knit around in stockinette stitch. Repeat these two rounds until 16 (18) sts rem. Divide the 16 (18) sts between 2 needles at markers and Kitchener stitch (graft) them together or do a 3-needle bind off.

Now knit the second sock!

copyright 2002 Margie D
All rights reserved
You may print and make copies of this pattern to share as long as the entire copyright notice remains intact.
Please don’t post it to any website or email list without my permission.

New Socks that Rock Project

I finished my Swirly Girl socks last night, so I had a free needle to transfer the toe from my new Rockin Socks that Rock Monsoon socks onto. I prefer to use a 12" long ADDI turbo to knit my socks. I tried using the Magic Loop and double points, neither of which worked well. I don't yet have two size 2.5 mm circulars, so I had to finish the SG socks before I could start knitting up the foot of the new pair. I knit the toe on double points but they are not my preferred method of knitting socks.

The short row toe went really well. I love garter stitch! I'm not so fond of ribbing, though, and that's what the rest of the foot is in this pattern. Two different kinds of ribbing, no less. I'm going to try and stick to the pattern on this pair, though. After all, that's what I'm paying the big bucks for, isn't it? I didn't follow the pattern completely on any of last year's socks from the club, so I procrastinated on signing up again this year. Eventually I gave in and bit the bullet, though. I'm not good at following patterns. I want to do my own thing.


I watched Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters and knit away on the socks. I finished the 2nd Swirly Girl sock just as DH was ending. Actually I didn't finish it, but I knit off onto double points halfway through the toe decreases. They'll be done tonight, I promise. I want to wear them tomorrow.

Update: I'm almost ready to start the heel now. I've never successfully done a short row heel (or toe) so hopefully this one will work. Of course, I only tried the heel once before. Flap and gusset heels fit me well, so I didn't see a reason to change. The toe went perfectly, although where I started the ribbing pooches out a little before the ribbing compresses in again. My stripes are working out very nicely, with just a little spiraling. I am using a size 2.5 mm needle. Knitting the ribbing isn't too bad, either. The yarn is so smooth it knits like buttah.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Lost your Socks?

The Bizarro cartoon today made me laugh. Thanks to my sock knitting friend Elizabeth in Norway for this link.

I finished knitting a pair of socks and wanted to wear them before I wove in the ends. Well, then I couldn't wash them until I wove in the ends. They were on top of my dryer waiting for me to weave in the ends and one disappeared. I looked in back of the dryer and all over the garage but I couldn't find it anywhere.

About 6 months later I was cleaning in back of the dryer and noticed a piece of familiar colored string peeking out under the bottom of the drywall. (The walls in the garage aren't finished completely). I tugged on the string and out popped the lost sock. A mouse had dragged it into the wall, but it was too big (or heavy) to keep pulling on and it had been abandoned. The entire sock was in the wall cavity, only the non darned in yarn end was hanging out. It was a bit dusty but none the worse for wear. I shook it out, darned in the ends, and washed it. Now I have a nice new pair of socks.

The moral of the story? ALWAYS WEAVE IN YOUR ENDS! (Unless you plan to leave it where a mouse might abscond with it.)

Sunday Seven Part V

The title sounds like a Shakespeare play, doesn't it? Henry VI, Part II

Seven Things I am grateful for this week.
1. I missed last week due to Stitches West, so we'll start with that. I had a great time and learned a lot
2. My mom is home from the hospital less than two weeks after hip replacement surgery.
3. My Rockin Sock Club shipment arrived, and I completed my first short row toe successfully. I love the little keychain with emergency sock yarn attached. Last year I had to use the yarn to complete the toe of my second sock, so it's good to have.
4. Books on Tape
5. Joyce Williams, who unvented knitting small circumferences on two circular needles
6. Cat Bordhi, who made it fun
7. Knitting at KNoon's great videos and free patterns

Saturday, March 03, 2007

What I would rather be doing instead of watching a movie.


Sitting on the beach in Hawai'i.
(or Half Moon Bay, Costa Rica, Cozumel, you pick)
Watching the sunset.
or knitting.......................socks

Friday, March 02, 2007

Do you have a Life?

It’s been alleged that if you’ve seen over 85 movies you have no life. Mark the ones you’ve seen. There are 239 films on this list. Copy this list, go to your own blog, paste it in and put x’s by the ones that you have seen. Add them up, figure out whether you’ve got a life or not, and post it.

(X) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(X) Grease
(X) Pirates of the Caribbean
(X) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest (some of it)
( ) Boondock Saints
( ) Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch
( ) Neverending Story
( ) Blazing Saddles
(X) Airplane
( ) The Princess Bride
(X) AnchorMan
( ) Napoleon Dynamite
( ) Labyrinth
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
( ) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
( ) Anger Management
(X) 50 First Dates
(X) The Princess Diaries
(X) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
( ) Scream
( ) Scream 2
( ) Scream 3
( ) Scary Movie
( ) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
( ) American Pie
( ) American Pie 2
( ) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
(X) Harry Potter 1
(X) Harry Potter 2
(X) Harry Potter 3
(X) Harry Potter 4
( ) Resident Evil 1
( ) Resident Evil 2
(X) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
( ) The Village
( ) Lilo & Stitch
(X) Finding Nemo
(X) Finding Neverland
( ) Signs
( ) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
( ) White Chicks
( ) Butterfly Effect
(X) 13 Going on 30
( ) I, Robot
(X) Robots
( ) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
( ) Universal Soldier
( ) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
(X) Along Came Polly
( ) Deep Impact
(X) KingPin
(X) Never Been Kissed
(X) Meet The Parents
(X) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Joe Dirt
( ) King Kong (the original)
( ) A Cinderella Story
(X) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
(X) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
( ) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
( ) Halloween
( ) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving Christmas
(X) Flubber (the original)
( ) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle (no, just Harold and Maude)
(X) Practical Magic
(X) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
( ) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
( ) I Am Sam
( ) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards
( ) The Day After Tomorrow
( ) Child’s Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
( ) Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
( ) Gothika
( ) Nightmare on Elm Street
(X) Sixteen Candles
( ) Remember the Titans
( ) Coach Carter
( ) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
( ) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask
( ) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Sleven
(X) Ocean’s Eleven
( ) Ocean’s Twelve
( ) Bourne Identity
( ) Bourne Supremecy
( ) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
( ) Predator I
( ) Predator II
( ) The Fog
( ) Ice Age
( ) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George
( ) Independence Day
( ) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
( ) Christine
( ) E.T.
( ) Children of the Corn
( ) My Bosses Daughter
( ) Maid in Manhattan
( ) War of the Worlds (THE ORIGINAL)
( ) Rush Hour
( ) Rush Hour 2
( ) Best Bet
(X) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
( ) She’s All That
( ) Calendar Girls
(X) Sideways
( ) Mars Attacks
( ) Event Horizon
(X) Ever After
(X) Wizard of Oz (countless times)
(X) Forrest Gump
( ) Big Trouble in Little China
( ) The Terminator
( ) The Terminator 2
( ) The Terminator 3
( ) X-Men
( ) X-2
( ) X3
( ) Spider-Man
( ) Spider-Man 2
( ) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
(X) Catch Me If You Can (twice)
(X) The Little Mermaid
(X) Freaky Friday (The original)
( ) Reign of Fire
( ) The Skulls
( ) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
( ) The Hot Chick
(X) Shrek
( ) Shrek 2
( ) Swimfan
(X) Miracle on 34th street
(X) Old School (it was BAAAD)
( ) The Notebook
( ) K-Pax
( ) Krippendorf’s Tribe
( ) A Walk to Remember
( ) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
( ) The 40-year-old Virgin
(X) Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
(X) Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
(X) Lord of the Rings: Return Of the King
(X) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(X) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(X) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
( ) Base-ketball
( ) Hostel
( ) Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
(X) Elf
( ) Highlander
( ) Mothman Prophecies
( ) American History X
( ) Three
( ) The Jacket
( ) Kung Fu Hustle
( ) Shaolin Soccer
( ) Night Watch
( ) Monsters Inc.
(X) Titanic
(X) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
( ) Shaun Of the Dead
( ) Willard
( ) High Tension
( ) Club Dread
( ) Hulk
( ) Dawn Of the Dead
(X) Hook
(X) Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
( ) 28 days later
( ) Orgazmo
( ) Phantasm
( ) Waterworld
( ) Kill Bill Vol. 1
( ) Kill Bill Vol. 2
( ) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
(X) Kingdom of Heaven
( ) the Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
( ) Army of Darkness
( ) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
( ) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
( ) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(X) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(X) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(X) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks: Caravan Of Courage
( ) Ewoks: The Battle For Endor
( ) The Matrix
( ) The Matrix: Reloaded
( ) The Matrix: Revolutions
( ) Animatrix
( ) Evil Dead
( ) Evil Dead 2
( ) Team America: World Police
( ) Red Dragon
( ) Silence of the Lambs
( ) Hannibal

Total: 56 movies out of 239. I guess I must have a life after all. However, this list is not composed of many movies I would actually waste my time watching, let alone spend money to see. Thrillers & horror movies are not in my vocabulary. I prefer the classics: romantic comedies, Astaire, Hepburn (both of them), Cary Grant, Agatha Christie, biographical and historical epics, fantasy and some science fiction. I must also be the only person in the free world who's never seen E.T. I have an excuse: I was the mother of a new baby at the time ET first came out.