Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Good Night All!

I'll be in a tropical paradise tomorrow afternoon and I'm not coming back until the snow is gone - take care of that for us, would you?

(Go Gophers, Go Wild!)

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Simply Cable Sock

I seem to have (inadvertently) hijacked this pattern and made a few changes. It's still cables though and I love the way the Brooklyn Handspun has worked up. Isn't it pretty?

This is my little Hareton sock. The pattern asked for 80 stitches, but that was way huge - maybe for a guy - so I brought it down to 60 and have had to improvise. Wish I could remember where I got this yarn from, though.

Three day countdown until Hawaii, I am packing and doing laundry as fast as I can. That reminds me, I have to call and stop the newspaper....

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Hello Benoit!!!!!


The Wild's newest Center - two goals against Calgary tonight! Go Wild! (AND he's French Canadienne - the accent!)

Also, I'm knitting some socks. This is my first Hareton from the middle yarncake in this photo. I actually just finished the gusset on this one, just no updated photo - sorry. I've also got a Simply Cables sock finished as well, but no photo for you (at least not today).

Somebody had a link to this website this week, and I've spent the day printing out recipes and reading about this crazy lady's life. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Moirae Knitting has tagged me with a meme!

The Rules:

1. Pick up the nearest book of 123 or more pages.
Heh - Chris, I blame you for this: A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. Hamilton

2. Open the book to page 123 and find the fifth sentence:
“I knew that humans watched him as he walked, because they could not help themselves."

3. Post the next three sentences.
“The grey coat blew back and there was the faintest bulk around his middle. Sholto had the hair, the eyes, the skin, the face, the shoulders, everything--except that from just below his nipples to vanish into his pants was a nest of tentacles, things with mouths. His mother had been sidhe, his father had not.

Something touched my shoulder and I jerked, screaming. It was Jeremy."

Um, yea.

4. Tag five people.

If you are reading this, you've probably already done this meme - however, if you feel the need go ahead and play.

Um, Socks?

The requisite sock blocker shot of my Handsome Park Ranger Zombies. Heh - Park Ranger Zombie...
My Meida's:

Pattern: Meida Socks from Interweave Knits Favorite Socks. Yarn: Araucania Ranco semi-solid - not sure of the color name. Needles: Knitpick's size 1 dpn's (2.25 mm). Started: February 27, 2008 Completed: March 16, 2008. I will definitely knit this again - but I will make the cuff longer.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Rest for Weary Fingers:

Sock Madness 2: Round 1

I believe I have completed these in time to move on to the next round.

Pattern: Sock Madness 2 Zombie Socks. Yarn: Emily Parson Sophie's Toes - Handsome Park Ranger colorway. Needles: Knitpick's Harmony size 1 dpn's (2.25 mm). Started: March 13, 2008 Completed: March 15, 2008. This was a really fun pattern to knit, a little soon after knitting this pair - the patterns are remarkably similar; lots of dropped stitches.

Every pair of socks should knit this quickly. I'm going to brag a little - I knit these up and I still went to the Swarm Lacrosse game last night, attended a school band festival this afternoon and fed both grandma's a lovely dinner (mmmm - marinated lamb kebabs, little red 'taters, steamed fresh carrots and Rice Krispie bars for dessert. Sorry, no leftovers tonight!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Here Comes the Madness!

The first pattern arrives sometime this afternoon. My Sophie's Toes Sock Yarn in the Handsome Park Ranger colorway:

My Harmony dpn's are on standby. I hope the first pattern isn't toe-up - but I'll give it a shot if I have to. You can see progress in one place in the Flickr group.

Also? I'm in!

I've been trying to get into this club since the first round - I don't even care there's no indie swag - I just want some of Scout's yummy yarn!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Ready for Takeoff:

Ms. Limedragon linked some photos from 1918 with many little girls with large bows on their heads. I had to show this photo from my family tree. How do you like that 'stache on my Great Grandpa? (He later died when run over by a runaway horse and wagon - word is he overindulged from time-to-time.) I think my grandma wins the large bow contest - don't you think? I actually have this photo out because Puck (my youngest) is a complete throwback and his face is a dead ringer for grandma at this age. (Tidbit of Info: My grandmother graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Botany back in 1916/18. She was in the first graduating class from the U of M that contained women - woot! Go Grandma!)

I finished my first Meida last night:

This shot is actually better for color-correctness. I really love this pattern - next time I'm making the cuff longer. This sock knits so fast and the pattern is EXTREMELY easy to remember.

Lacrosse has taken over my life this week - so I have to catch the computer time when I can - I'll hope to catch y'all later.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Curve Ball

My finished Curveball Socks. That's a PDF file - clicky and print if you want.

Pattern: Curve Ball Sock by Alyson Johnson Yarn: Lavender Sheep Superwash Merino (the tag says Fingering, but I beg to differ. This is definitely a sportweight yarn.) Needles: Knitpick's 2.25 mm Harmony dpn's. Completed: March 8, 2008. Mods: I only did four repeats of the pattern on the cuff - I was worried about the quantity of yarn I had.

I have not nailed the closeup function on my camera yet - but this is a closer view of the braided cable down the back of the sock. I really like the k3/p3 repeat on the rest of the sock.

Breakin' My Heart.

You know who's breakin' my heart? The Wild. Great googlie mooglies! This team should be winning waaaaaaaaaay more than they are right now. Every game I walk away shaking my head in distress. Where are my boys? Where are my goals? Sigh. Breakin' my heart.

Friday, March 07, 2008


I know you all breezed through my accounting paragraph the other day, because nobody jumped up and said "Smooshy! Hey, you never showed us ANY Smooshy!" In an effort to keep it honest around here - here it is. I find the colors mesmerizing - and what was I saying yesterday about green...?


Remember that lineup of sock yarns I had back here? Well, I'm here to show you my progress on that challenge. (And, no, I haven't cast on that Noro yet - but I will! mumble,mumble, darn toe-up cast-on...) The first Sock Madness pattern is being sent out a week from yesterday - how far do you think I can get before the first pattern comes out the chute? (Speaking of Sock Madness - click on that linky and see the AWESOMENESS of the teaser photo.)

Anyway. Here is one Curve Ball Sock. The mate is about 1/3 of the way complete and should be finished during the High School Hockey semi-finals today.

Woo - psychedelic? (and why was that so hard to spell?)

This? I am having a hard time keeping my hands off of this.

This is the Araucania Ranco that switched to Meida's socks. This pattern is so easy and cool looking!
I'll try this closeup again when I have more finished - but I REALLY like it. I can finish one repeat in about fifteen minutes - and there's an Estonian Cable in there. Yep. I'm cool.


This is where we're going on vacation.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Saturday Socks

Pattern: Saturday Socks from Oceanwind Knits Yarn: Sweet Georgia Superwash Sock in the Envy colorway Needles: Knitpick's 2.5 mm Harmony dpn's. Completed: March 4, 2008. Mods: I just knit these from the top down and used my regular old heel. This may be one of those sock patterns that gets used over and over. Very simple and quick to knit up. Note: I know I've knit at least three pair of socks similarly colored in the last 12 months - this may be the last skein of sock yarn in this colorway - well except for some Tess' I have - but that is a solid color green.

Yarn diet reconciliation:

I started with 126 yards to "spend", leftover from January. I used a total of 2,840 yards up finishing projects (Three pairs of socks and my Cozy V-Neck). One fourth of 2,840 is 710 - so I can add 710 to 126 for the total amount of yardage (836) I was allowed to acquire in February. I bought that Noro (oh yea - I've got to get that cast on) and some Smooshy for a total of 840 yards - which means I went 4 yards over for February. Hey - I'm just glad what's coming in is controlled! I am in hot pursuit of FO's right now, so I believe I will be on the plus side of the ledger for most of March! I'm halfway through my first Curve Ball sock and I have a long snowy weekend ahead of me with only one kid at home.

Knitpicks Harmony DPN's

My lil' sis gave me a set of KP DPN's and I am very tempted to go back and order three sets of 2.0, 2.5 and 3.0 just so I can always have a set to use for socks. Love, love, love!!! these needles are strong and sharp and perfect for me. Good thing I'm not on a needle diet!

March is the Craziest Month

A very compact school quarter, we are leaving a day early for our Spring Break vacation, that means taking Finals early. Spring sports are kicking in and Teen is trying to train to be a Lacrosse Ref and find Summer employment (new driver's license will need to be financed). The dentist office is harassing us, as is the vet and the orthodontist. Also, boys need haircuts and mom needs spring break beauty maintenance before departure (if you catch my drift - we're going somewhere I'll need to wear a swimsuit). Oh, and conferences are this week also. Sigh.

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