Thursday, February 23, 2006


I want to try and post pictures of the cardigan as often as posssible to motivate myself to keep working on it.

Long week at work... cycle count for inventory is tomorrow... so once I put everything back on the shelf that i just took off the shelf (someone please explain the logic to me in that one) on monday then I'll (hopefully) have more time to knit. Zander is going down to his grandma's for a night this weekend so hopefully I"ll have a few hours sunday morning before he comes back home to knit.

I'm thinking about another 1" or so of ribbing and I'll start the stockinette body.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Wish me luck

Here it is... the next sweater attempt. By goly I'd better get this one done... as I have way too many balls of yarn dedicated to "sweaters" to mess this up.

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My crappy sweater drawing and notes. Not anywhere near as cute as Eunny's. ;o)

I know I'll get bored with the stockinette so I'll try to get one more project that's a little more challenging, whether it be fair isle socks or lace so that I have something to keep my sanity.

On a personal note, I haven't talked about my divorce lately. I'm pretty sure the ex no longer reads this blog, but even if he does, this is nothing he doesn't know.
Today was the last day I could have him served to keep my (3rd attempted) court date for custody and child support. He has again managed to avoid getting served. This doesn't shock me. I am no longer suprised by his "moves." And I certainly have been pretty successful in not letting it bother me. There is nothing I can do. It is out of my hands. As far as I understand it the JAG on base is upset with him as THE EX is clearly avoiding him. That has to be making THE EX's life a living hell to avoid the JAG. THE JAG FOR GOD'S SAKE. THE EX probably feels like a snake in the corner. It must suck to have to work that HARD to hide. What a way to live life.

My uncle once fired a guy for not pulling his weight. After my uncle fired this guy (we'll call him Bob) Bob's friend came up to my uncle and said, "I'm glad you let Bob go. He told me a few days that he had managed to hide in the John for 3 hours in one day." When my uncle told me this I laughed. It's much harder to hide from your boss and from your work than it is to just DO IT. And I guess if THE EX is happy then so be it.
I'm just happy at this point with knowing that I'm kicking ass at work and am (hopefully) working my way towards an employee of the month award. I'm happy knowing that I'm chipping away at my degree. I'm happy knowing that my son is growing and glowing and that he loves me with the strength of the two parents I'm being. I'm happy with my meditation (knitting) and I'm happy with simple conversations with cute boys.

I'm studying Zen right now in my philsophy class... it's really hitting me hard in the interest category. I think I will do some independent study on it eventually. Until then... I leave you with this:

"When you expect something, when you aim at something, right there you dilute your energy; you split your energy, you split your attention and it becomes more than the place of yin and yang. You do not only divide, but you create the problem."
- Taizan Maezumi

"If you understand, things are just as they are... If you do not understand, things are just as they are...."
- Zen Saying

"If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?"
- Dogen Zenji

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Monday, February 20, 2006

Socks and Socks and Fair Isle Socks

So I casted on for the brown socks, got about 2cm done and realized that yarn (Regia 4ply) should be knit on size US 0. Not the US1 I was using. So I took that as a sign that I needed to put the in progress Lorna's Laces socks on the circular and finish those.

No pictures, because this morning I noticed a hold right on the bottom of the heel. No idea how it got there and no, I don't want to talk about it. So I ripped out my entire days work from yesterday and began again at the heel turn.

I'm working on a gauge swatch for my cascade 220 cardigan. I think I'll just make it a simple ribbed/stockinette sweater, no shaping or anything fantastic. It will be a raglan which is very flattering on my shape so we'll let that be the draw. :o)

Finally, fair isle socks.

I bought a few balls of 2 colors of sock yarn that are discontinued at my LYS this weekend (I don't remember the name of the yarn) but anyway, I got 2 colors and figured that would be a great dive into fair isle knitting in the round. Now I need a pattern. Can someone suggest a good 2 color fair isle pattern for socks. I could probably go back and get a 3rd color if need be.
Help, anyone?

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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Day 8- Kicked Knitting Olympic Ass


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Fraternal Twin Socks. They look like they're too big for her in this picture... I think it was the way she was holding her feet.

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Zander helps model.

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This is how much yarn I had left over. Scary. Not as scary as some people have been at the end of a project... but still scary.

What: Olympic Socks
Started: Friday, February 10th, 2006
Completed: Saturday February 18th, 2006
Yarn: Regia 6 ply, color # _____
Needles: US2 addis, 40"
Lesson: Magic Loop
Recipient: Mom.
Knitting time: Between 12-14 hours. I wasn't really good about timing this project.

Now what? My new regia socks. I would like to get one done before the end of the olympics. It is not my olympic goal, but it'd be nice. I'd also like to get my gallery updated before then.

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Friday, February 17, 2006

Day 7- Temptation


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That's my 6 skeins of Casscade 220 for my next project, 2 balls of Regia 4 ply in color # , and a US 1 40" addi. I read somewhere that Addi size 1 is equivilant to a US 1.5. But the mm is the same (2.5) so could someone clear that up for me? Because I should TOTALLY finish my lorna's laces anklet (#2 of 2)

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But In all honesty... it will be really hard. I should tell myself... it is JUST an anklet, and that I only wear a size 7, so my feet aren't that big. It should go quickly.

By the way. Ask me what purpose there was in me buying 2 more balls of regia anyway? I have AT LEAST 6 balls in the closet (and two sock books on the way from Amazon.) If you haven't knit with it yet though, please do... it's rather soft for being only 5 dollars each.

Oh yeah, and the olympic socks? I totally didn't take a picture today and I'm way too lazy to get out of the comfort of my bed to do it... so just pretend I did. I'm hoping I can finish the sock by the time girls night begins on Sunday night. That way, I can knit on something different while we watch movies eat junk food and bitch about work. At least there are lots of cute guys we can talk about. :o) And I'm hoping maybe I can punch the desire in one of those three to want to learn to knit. I could totally use a knitting buddy around here.

As a closure... here is a picture the little Z-man took Wednesday. He was trying to take a picture of me knitting. :o)

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He obviously has my camera skills. Can't win them all, can we?

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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Day 6- Recipient Change

So these socks WERE for me. They were a little big. I was okay with that. Big roomy socks for my boots. Can't beat that. Then my mom tried them on. They fit perfectly. Hmph. Guess they're not for me. I'm going to pick up a US 1 40" addi tomorrow on my way to work, so I can start another pair of socks. Besides, a reason to buy more needles. Yeah, twist my arm. :o)

So, I'm getting close to completion:

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Add about an inch to that... this picture was taken this morning before the sun was even up.

So anyway, I'm thinking about my next project(s) now.

I bought 6 skeins of casscade 220 in a light grey last week. That's enough for YET ANOTHER sweater. I'm making a cardigan. Probably raglan, and simple. I need a grey cardigan to wear over shirts to work (I never know if it will be hot or cold) and I NEED to knit a sweater from beginning to end to justify the thousands of yards of yarn in my closet designated to sweaters. I'm also going to knit another pair of socks with the magic loop method. I have lorna's laces socks to complete. Maybe I'll switch those from my DPNs to magic loop. Have I mentioned how much I love the magic loop method yet??

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Day 5- Challenge or No Challenge

Here is the second cuff a few hours ago.

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I just started the heel flap about an hour ago.. I hope to turn the heel before I go to bed.

I started wondering a few days ago if this was truly a challenge or not. Whether I wimped out. So I started looking back.

Normally I only make time to knit for about 20-30 minutes a day, and now that I'm a working, single mom, and student I don't think much of it if a day goes by where I don't knit. But I am making a conscious effort to knit every day. And it's WONDERFUL!

And I decided I'm also challenging myself because I learned a new method. Magic Loop. So this was definitly a challenge and I shouldn't feel back that I stepped up up the plate and am kicking some OLYMPIC ASS!!!

By the way, thanks everybody for the wrist wishes. It is doing better, although still weak. I've been taking it easy, being consicious of how I am moving my wrist. I've been bracing it at work as I'm constantly working with my hands so I think that is helping.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Day 4- On the Road to Success

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One down, one to go.

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Monday, February 13, 2006

Day 3- Taking it easy

Not too much typing... wrist is still hurting which was made worse by working in the shipping department today and dealing with inventory. I will be working in shipping on Tuesday & Friday also... so i will be taking it easy with the knitting this week. This is not a big deal (I don't think) as this is my progress:

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I have started the toe decreases. I probably have about 10 more rows/rounds to do.

I think I can mangage that this week and still stay on target. MUST GET GOLD OLYMPIC BUTTON!

Have I mentioned I LOVE the magic loop method??


P.S. Thanks for the comments about my wrist. I refuse to STOP knitting, but I will take it easy and I will wear the brace they gave me at work today to use in the shipping department and i will take anti-inflamitories. I'll pray for the best and hope that it goes away on it's own. :o)

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Sunday, February 12, 2006

Day 2- Knitter Down!

Here was progress at 12:00pm today. I really wanted to get a natural light photo to show off the colors of this yarn, because last night's picture was crappy.

So here:

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I love that it's so much easier to try on socks when knitting with the magic loop method. And, I just LOVE the magic loop method in general. I was a little nervous about the heel flap, turning the heel, and the gusset, but it went smoothly.

I am encountering a slight problem though. My left wrist has begun hurting. Badly. Is it because I knit for so long yesterday and quite a while today, or is this the beginning of a bigger problem? It hurts right where the hand meets the arm, on the top, in the center. I took an aleve. It didn't help. So what do I do? I swear NO ONE better say "stop knitting!" Do I wear a brace? put heat? ice? someone who has experience with this please help.

Anyway, I feel good about where I am. I don't get much time to knit on the weekends, so if I finish up this sock this week, and get past the gusset on the 2nd sock next weekend then that will give me the final weekend to finish in case anything shocking happens (like overtime. Oh wait... overtime isn't shocking. The lack of overtime would be shocking.)

Hope everyone else is doing well on their quest!

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Saturday, February 11, 2006

Day 1 -- Knitting Olympics

Well, I cast on for my socks last night at 9:45, and knit until lights out at 10pm. At 8:30 tonight this is what I have.

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I tried to start at the same place on both skeins but the difference in the two is actually terrifying. But seeing as they are socks I'll continue on. I cast on with the socks on the right last night, and worked on them for quite a while today. I then when to Knit On to pick up some addis I had ordered. I ended up getting talked into (quite easily) learning the magic loop method. The shop owner asked if I was participating in the Knitting Olympics. It still amazes me how huge the internet knitting community is. Anyway, I told her I was, and that I was doing a pair of socks. she asked if I had tried the magic loop method... nuff said... I walked out with a 40" size 2 addi and the magic loop book published by fiber trends. Good stuff. I also walked out with two 24" addis-- size 7 and 9. Oh yeah, and 6 skeins of cascade 220 in grey. I don't want to talk about that. ;o)

So anyway, you can see that I am not doing the cable and rib socks as originially planned. I couldn't get gauge. So I just cast on with a simple 2x1 rib. It's still a challenge... especially if the sock that is being knit with the magic loops continues to unimpress me with it's striping. We'll see.

I hope to be able to update daily with at least a picture... we'll also see how that goes.

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Friday, February 10, 2006

On Your Mark... Get Set...

[don't go yet.]

Well, right in the nick of time I have choosen my olympics project. Not a vest and not the twisty turns wrap... but instead....

SOCKS. Just. Like. These.

From Fall 2005 Interweave Knits. Question... do I do them in bright green or bright blue?

I will swatch tonight when I get home from work (or maybe this morning before I go) and cast on tonight when the olympics start. I figure most socks take me between 12-16 hours to knit, which is about 1 hour a day for the next 16 days. That will be a challenge for me, but yet, not so much of a challenge that I'm scared to even start. We'll see.

And Look... just like me to wait until the last minute.... BUTTONS:

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Good luck everyone... the race is on.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

The scarf

The scarf: (And the recipient isn't so bad either, no?)

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okay, so I know you can barely see the scarf. Just pretend. He's rather handsome, no?


By the way. He likes the scarf. On the way out he said, "it's kind of itchy." on the way back in he said, "I appreciate the itchyness for the warmth." SCORE. He APPRECIATES wool. What more could I ask for.

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Monday, February 06, 2006

Finished Object Report

I finished Scott's Scarf.

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Scott's Scarf:

Started: Tuesday January 17th
Finished: Sunday February 5th
Yarn: Woold of the Andes, Coal, 4.5 skeins
Needles: Size 7, 16"
Finished Demensions: 63" long
Pattern: Irish Hiking Scarf
Knitting Time: 14 hours

I'll see if he'll let me take a picture with it on tomorrow when he's back at work.

By the way. Note that it took 19 days to complete this, and 14 hours of knitting. I knit about 490 yards in that time. This would make a good estimate as to what would be a good challenge for me for the Olympics. I am quite simply running out of time. I swatched for the vest last night. My gauge is 3.5 stitches to the inch. My Ann Budd book has sweater patterns for 3 & 4 stitches to the inch... not 3.5. I am wondering if I can bump it up and size, knit as written and then the end product will be smaller. I am also wondering if I have a pattern that is straight down on the sides if I can make it have NO ease and be fitted or if I actually need to work in waist shapping. What do you guys think? I really really really want to do a garmet next, but a sweater is just SOOO out of the question.

Opinions please.

I found a picture of Zander from February 5, 2005. Look how much he's changed:

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Saturday, February 04, 2006

February Goals

May I just take a moment to say I TOTALLY bombed January.

January Goals:

1. Finish Pismo Hat. NOT DONE
2. Complete River Lace Stole. NOT DONE
3. Finish January's Block Of The Month. NOT DONE. I've actually lost my december block, start of january's block and yarn. GREAT!
4. Cast on for the right front or sleeves of the Classic Cardigan. Remember that? DONE. I did cast on for the sleeves... I am about half way done with them.
5. Do a swatch for the Rowanspun yarn. DONE.

I, much like Kris, had an insane work month this month and really had to cut back on the knitting. There have been many days where I (unfortunately) have not knit a stitch. I am looking forward to getting back into some sort of routine and knitting every day, even if it's only for 15-20 minutes. Some progress is better than no progress.

February Goals:
1. Finish Scott's Scarf before February 10th. He tried it on yesterday at work, I had 10 more inches to knit... I'm hoping to maybe get it done this weekend.
2. Pick a project and swatch before the knitting olympics begin.
3. Knit & complete the winter olympics project.
4. Complete the sleeves for the Classic Cardigan.

I have so much yarn ready for big projects (like sweaters) that I really need to get one complete before I start any other big projects. So once I complete the classic cardigan things should get a little more interesting.

I've decided to also not do the twisty turns for the olympics as I'd have to alter that pattern as well. I'm still really leaning towards the Vest in Knit Picks Sierra. I have the book by Ann Budd: The knitter's handy book of sweater patterns, and don't think it would be too hard to modify the set in sleeves sweater to become a fitted vest. If this is the case I need to knit the front and back in 7 days each, which leaves me two days of seaming/finishing/error correcting. I see miles of stockinette in my near future.

Also to come in just a few short days.... My One Year Blog Anniversary. EXCITING!!!

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