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My poor neglected blog.  Between random internet blackouts (for no know reason) and 4 kids going back to school, hubby’s new job, my new 40 hr workweek, 2 kids in wrestling, and a tonsillectomy (which involved a 10 day visit from my mother and 12 yr old neice) I just havent carved out the time I need to do the update I want.

My mother liked her gift set, and the shawl stash sent her.  The scarf stash sent my neice went over extreamly well.  The colors “went” well with the coach wristlet I gave her.   Her first experience with snow was very memorable (24 inches!!!).

My mother liked the striped socks I made for hubby so much she’s commissioned some for my father out of my noro sock yarn. Which is turning out to be a nightmare, and will be its own post soon.

As usuall when a nightmare begins, I get startitis, and stash sends me new yarn…of course there is another project in the works.  I’ve started it 4 times now.  This noro seems to have issues with me.  I am trying the “simple” noro stripped scarf, and yes i can complicate ANYTHING.

If you have me friended on ravelry you’ll probably notice I updated my stash.  No I didn’t go on a buying spree.  The stash had been accumulating next to my bed, and I finally got organized and offically stashed it in big ziplocks in my office closet.  Here are the promised pics of my gift set.

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credit where credit is due:  chunky braided scarf with modifications from THISCHARMINGYARN on Ravelry.

I love this set!!!

With a title like that you are probably expecting pictures.  As usual I am procrastinating.  There was a mysterious, red, cough drop remnant looking, piece of something on my scarf, so I CAREFULLY had to hand wash it.  I am waiting for it to dry, then taking the FO picture.  Just an FYI…wet alpaca STINKS!!!

I have decided a calorimetery with the leftover skein should compliment the scarf nicely and I am almost finished with it already.  So, definatly will have pictures coming.

…it’s my birthday…i’m getting busy…found my wire…here’s some pictures…

pantech duo

pantech duo

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fancy

from my mother in law

from my mother in law

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from stashnstitch

and here’s what I’ve been working on…

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chunky braided scarf

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2x2 ribbed sock

2x2 ribbed sock


I am so excited to share my  finished ribbed sock.  I used a gifted blue striped yarn, and modified the harlots basic sock recipe.  I continued the 2x2ribbing untill i began the toe.  It looks beautiful! It takes me about3 weeks to finish a sock, so Christmas is doable (they are for the grand moron of my life).

2nd…a Chunky reversible braided scarf!!!  The  most luscious thing I have worked on.  Classic elite Inca Marl alpaca in a green/white twist.  OMG.  I am SO in love with it.  And on size 11 needles, it is flying after my micro knit socks.

I wish I could share some pics I promise to clean my house so I can find my camera wire and upload pictures.  Did I mention the moron started remodeling on his “break” from work.  I should take some pics of that as well….

I have been hiding from the online world.  I am in denial.  If I dont say it, then it didnt happen.  I guess not happening is what happened.

I got absolutly NOTHING finished!!!

I had all that knitting time, and I got nothing finished.  I got 2  more projects started but i refuse to talk about them untill I have something finished!!!

I suffer severely from startitis.

So I guess the answer to  what have I been doing is…

stabbing my eyes out when the adulteress things keep wandering into unnecessary territories (new patterns).

I am banning myself from ravelrys pattern search untill I get at least one thing finished.

Other possible titles for this post:

1. My Unmentionables

2. Tangled

3. Mr. Bo-Tangles

4. My UFO’s

5. Why they are called UFO’s

6. Oh the tangled web I weave

7. The elephant in my closet

8. The 800lb. gorilla my husband better not mention

9. My brain on yarn

10. Why I need a ball winder

Well…when you do toe up socks, it’s about increasing, not decreasing….DUH!!!

After a couple of tries I have my toe started. My lovely pattern just says: Using figure 8 cast on, cast on 8 stitches on each needle. Follow instructions till you have increased to 28 stitches on each needle. (I believe the pattern is for 2 circulars, and of course I use dpn’s. I believe the heel may give me fits, but thats another post for a later day) Hmm…follow instructions…THERE AREN’T ANY!!!! So I called my guru STASHNSTITCH, and she explained how to make one slant left, and make one slant right. (My bestest friend for a reason) At first I put the increases slanting the wrong way, then I figured out I needed to imagine it going up instead of down. I actually was looking at my sock it to me, to help me figure out right or left slant, but of course was looking at it from cuff to toe.

So…flip it this way,

and presto,

I got my toe going the right way. I am SO proud of myself.

So i decided I will try the Impressionist socks with my blue moon fiber arts rock your socks yarn.

http://nunanit.blogspot.com/2008/05/impressionist-socks-pattern.html

I now need to learn the figure 8 cast on (YOUTUBE is GREAT!!!), and i recently saw a instructional video on improved ssk.  My ssk on my Sock it to me looks a little messy to me, so I think I may try this.

http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/decreases?searched=improved&highlight=ajaxSearch_highlight+ajaxSearch_highlight1

This is a toe up sock, so that also is a new trick for me to learn.  What can I say…I LOVE A CHALLENGE !!!

Knitting blogs are becoming my favorite/best therapy ever.

“It’s not all about scrounging and making potholders out of blue jeans, it’s about re-thinking my autopilot consumer habits.

… I want my home and my life to have just what I need and love. It’s Goldilocks… — not too much, not too little … just the right amount of the right stuff.”

-Crazy Aunt Purl

http://www.crazyauntpurl.com/

Boy did she put some words to what I been feeling. Clearance compulsion is cluttering my home. I am going to try her essential shopping only attitude. Now I just have to stop convincing myself that if its on sale, I need it. I need a formula for figuring out necessity.

Hmmm… the part of my enlightenment book I’m suck on is about the difference of desire and desireless. “One way is to permit ourselves to practice more paradoxical thinking by recognizing that desiring (wanting) and desireless (allowing) are different and the same…rather like the mysterious ends of a continuum.” – Change your thoughts Change your life by Dr. Wayne Dyer

must contemplate….

I thing Crazy aunt purl is much clearer. STOP SHOPPING!!!

When I was a teenager I had a motto that I seem to have stopped living by. Okay I had more than one motto, but the one I am thinking of is:

When in doubt do without

So simple, yet so hard to apply.

Here are a couple of coasters I pumped out. Can I say how excited I am that I finished something in less than a day. YEAH!!!! (fist pump a la Tiger Woods)

one of two coasters

I really need to learn better blocking techinques. My combo corset is going to require better skills for me to be happy with it. However I am happy with how it’s turning out.

here’s the math that I don’t want to do. I am averaging 1 row of ribbing an hour. 8 rows = 1 inch. Pattern calls for 23 1/4 inches of ribbing. Enough of that train of thought…

I finished SOCK IT TO ME on fathers day just in time for my fist knitted gift.

plain jane, just the way my husband likes his things. I think they be ugly, but big man is happy with them, and them being cashmerino, they are the softest housesocks ever. Now that I have a better understanding of sock construction, I think I’ll try some for myself with this hank of Blue moon fiber arts socks that rock in the Knitting without borders colourway.