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anticipation

My Knit Picks order shipped! It shipped on 4/24, so I should be getting it next week. I got it shipped to school, so I can open it and fondle the yarn right away. (And it won’t be sitting on my doorstep for an entire afternoon.) I AM VERY EXCITED. I can’t wait for all that sock yarn and the cotton sampler to arrive!

I made these baby booties last night. Another teacher at my school is pregnant, and her baby shower is on Wednesday. I had some Patons Grace lying around in a mint green, and decided I couldn’t go wrong with a gender-neutral color like that.

I think they are SO CUTE! Here are some specs:

Pattern: Free Baby Mary Jane Booties, from How Stuff Works

Yarn: Patons Grace in Ginger

Comments: SO CUTE! I wouldn’t change anything. I might even make another pair for Harrison, Jessica’s nephew. So simple, I made them in about two hours total, including seaming and butting the buttons on.

ALSO! I started Bad Penny, with the Debbie Bliss Cotton DK that Dani gave me. I’m very excited about it! The majority of it will be the orange, and my mom bought me 6 balls of the same yarn in yellow to use for the contrasting color! I’m real lucky to have a mom who supports my yarn habit/addiction. Hey, at least I’m not addicted to drugs or anything.

HERE’S SOME PICTURES!

WOO! I think the YO’s look good, for the most part. Some are wonky, but I have plans to fix that. I’m using a 32″ cable, and I can’t get it around my shoulders, so I had to ghetto-rig it to take pictures. I’ve knit almost 5 balls of the orange and I’ve got 4 left. I plan on adding some waist shaping when I get to that point in the pattern, because every FO I looked at on Ravelry with this pattern mentioned something about not having waist shaping. We’ll see how it works out!

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April 26, 2008 at 8:38 pm 4 comments

splurge!

Not really, but I did drop about $60 at KnitPicks today.

I got their Georgian Yarn Sampler, which I am REALLY excited about. I really like knitting with cotton, so I’m anxious to see how they work up. I also got 47″ and 60″ cables for my Options set, and fixed circs in 1s and 2s to do Magic Loop for socks. Speaking of socks, I got a ridiculous amount of sock yarn, too. Mostly all on clearance.

I can’t wait for it to come! I got it shipped to school, so I can get it right away, and not have it sit on my doorstep all afternoon, because that makes me nervous.

April 22, 2008 at 7:44 pm Leave a comment

FO: MY FIRST SOCKS!

That’s right, kids! My socks are done!

They are so very obnoxious and wonderful! The left one pooled more than the right one, but whatevs.

SPECS:

Pattern: The Universal Toe-Up Sock Pattern by

Yarn: South West Trading Company TOFUtsies

Mods: Ummm, lots of improvised increases … I did two increase rounds (increasing at the sides) after the heel, because the first time I almost-finished the first sock, the cast-off would not fit over my giant heel/ankle! So I increased, and it worked out fine.

Now I just need shoes to show them of … I found some at Payless, but I wasn’t in love with them, so I didn’t buy them. Plus, I need to be on a better budget, and new shoes aren’t included in that right now.

Upcoming projects:

  • Bad Penny, from Knitty (with the Debbie Bliss yarn that Dani gave me. Just need about 5 balls in a contrasting color.)
  • Baby Sox for Harrison! (Using Dani’s baby sock pattern. Cast on last night, and they are so cute!)
  • Tardo’s for people. (I have to make, like, five more. DUDE.)
  • Mardi Gras Socks! (I bought some really awesome hand-dyed yarn from Etsy in Mardi Gras colors!)

April 8, 2008 at 5:49 pm Leave a comment

the world is my knitting april fool’s joke

Of course.

I ran out to JoAnn’s after my Brittany needle broke, just to get a set of aluminum US2s, and they didn’t have 2s. I got a set of 1s, and I’m using the rest of the wood set until I can get a full set of 2s.

I was sort of over the Brittany ones, anyway.

April 1, 2008 at 9:06 pm 3 comments

ARGHLSDKA

FRUSTRATION.

I turned the heel of my second sock last night. All was fine until about an hour ago, when i saw that I’d dropped a stitch … BEFORE THE HEEL.

I used a crochet hook to pick it up, but it created this ridge, which I didn’t like. So I ripped.

Everything would’ve been fine if I’d been able to pick the stitches back up cleanly. But it was not meant to be. The stitches were all tight, and I couldn’t get them to the other side of the needle. So I used my desk as leverage, and tried to un-tighten the stitches by pushing them down the needle. I figured, hey, y’know, gravity works.

THE NEEDLE SNAPPED. My nice wood sock needle SNAPPED. Thank goodness I’m not using the knitpicks set I thought about buying. Well, actually, no. BECAUSE THEN I’D HAVE AN EXTRA.

I can’t get to Knit Las Vegas to buy another set until Monday, because why waste gas when I’m going out there on Monday anyway?

Any suggestions for how I can salvage what I have left for about a week? HELP!

The first sock is done, though. Here’s a couple pictures:

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April 1, 2008 at 8:09 pm 4 comments


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