Saturday, March 27, 2010


I am busy watching college hockey right now. But you know what I wish? I wish that I could get over to the Plucky Knitter's Etsy site sometime when she does an update. Because I ALWAYS miss out on this stuff.

That is all.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Does Anyone Visit Me Any More?

Maybe if I posted more consistently?

I'm still here, just incredibly distracted. Broken computer, broken car, March Madness, board meetings, kids needing STUFF - lots of stuff.

I finished some more socks 'though!


Pattern: Kalajoki by Tiina Seppälä Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy Color: Happy Forest Needles: US 2.5 Started: March 3, 2010 Completed: March 18, 2010

Note: Smooshy makes for such a nice sock. The pattern was well written (especially considering it was a translation!) I'm going to give this pair to my friend Sue for her next box for Afghans for Afghans. They need kids socks, so I deliberately made this pair a little smaller than my normal sock.

I am living the sports world this weekend. My alma mater, SCSU, is on the way to the Frozen Sixteen this weekend, so I am looking for some college hockey to watch. Puck is playing box Lacrosse, so we have a game on Sunday afternoon. The Wild beat Philly tonight. I may have sports ADD this month. It's exhausting.

Teen got his acceptance letter from Puget Sound today. Now, if he would just get that big envelope from his #1, we could breath a sigh of relief.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Ripply WIP:

I fell in love with this pattern immediately when I saw it during the Olympics. Since I was rooting on my beloved Wild Finns during the Olympics, I loved it even more! Kalajoki is a free Ravelry download, you can also find more information at her website here. This Smooshy also seemed to be the perfect color, so there it is. The color is bound to brighten up the gloomy gray world I am living in right now! Now. If only the Wild would get their stuff together and play some decent hockey, I might be a little happier in this gloomy weather.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Michigan Lake Shore Socks:

I have to say that my effort to de-stash has been working really well! I believe this is the fourth pair I've completed in the new year strictly pulling from the stash!

Pattern: Michigan Lake Shore Socks by Dawn Friske Yarn: Ruby Sapphire Yarns Panda Sock Yarn Color: Rahim Needles: US 2 Started: February 7, 2010 Completed: March 3, 2010

Note: The pattern as I was knitting it had too many stitches, so I reduced by one repeat. Reducing to an odd number of repeats made the pattern awkward to carry down over the foot, so that became stockinette. I avoid short row heels if I can, so I incorporated the heel flap and gusset. It all worked out very well.

Now, I've not been to the Ruby Sapphire Etsy site for a while (this one really marinated in my stash). They currently do not have any yarn up for sale. However, they have a website where you can sign up to be notified of updates to their store. These are going into the sock basket. I believe my SIL with the size 10 feet may be interested in these....

In other news, the Teen has returned safely from his Band Trip and is now cruising to the end of his Senior Year. Let's hope he survives.

Bantam Hockey is done and Lacrosse is begun. Hang on tight.

Monday, March 08, 2010

My Birthday Present!

My better half heard the hints this year and ordered me a set of Addi-Click needles! Yay! They were back0rdered so they took almost a month to get here.

I need extra cords though, the three I got in the set are not nearly enough! The main thing that is an improvement over the KP Options? I don't have to glue the cords back into their base every other project. My first sweater project of the year is currently on these needles, however, I have been sidetracked from sweaters for the time being.

Thursday, March 04, 2010


If you have teenagers you will be familiar with the feeling I had all day on Wednesday. How are they going to SURVIVE when they leave the nest? Are all teenaged boys so dysfunctional, I want to know? 17-year old Teen left Wednesday morning at 5:30 (No, he did not set his alarm, he expected me to do it. Yes we all overslept.) Anyway, leaving at 5:30 for a five day BAND trip, right? Teen plays the Tuba (school provides the instrument), the only musical thing he is responsible for is the mouthpiece. We are at the school unloading the car and I look at his overstuffed backpack and I say, "Did you pack your mouthpiece?"

His response: "Wow, good catch mom."

Obscenities deleted.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

On the Needles and an Acquisition

Well, this sweater has been ripped and re-purposed already (it's going to be an Alexandra Ballerina Top). I didn't like this yarn for the Torino Bulky Circular Pullover, so I'm using some of the new stuff I picked up at the Superbowl Yarn Sale (photos to follow). In the meantime, I ordered that blue skein of Lorna's to make some baby items. What do you think?

The Olympics may be over, but hockey goes on! EPHS is playing to get into the State Championship against Minnetonka tonight. It looks to be a great game so I think we will be wandering to the Target Center. The Wild is playing tonight and Puck is playing next weekend to get into the Championship Playoffs. Personally, Puck and the rest of the family is ready for Bantam Hockey to be over, it is a very long season.

Monday, March 01, 2010

The OTHER Pair of February Socks:

Pattern: California Dreamin' Clog Socks by Ellie Putz Yarn: Fiesta Yarns Baby Boom Color: Rhubarb Needles: US 1.5 Started: February 13, 2010 Completed: February 17, 2010

Note: It must be my copy of the pattern because I didn’t see notes from anyone else up on Ravelry, however, even if it is free, the pattern could use a good editing. There are written pattern instructions and charts. However, the charts do not match the written instructions. Then, the pattern is carried down into the heel, and try as I might, I could find no instructions for the heel turn. Easy enough to figure out, but I wouldn’t recommend this pattern to a beginner because they would be in tears. This yarn was weird and stretchy and knit up into a nice pair of socks, however, it was not one of those yarns that gave me a lot of pleasure to use.

Olympics are done.
I thought they were going to pull it off, those USA Hockey boys. SIGH. Well if anybody besides us is going to celebrate that gold, then the Canadians should. It was a great game, right up until the very end.

Kudos and Good Wishes
Say HURRAY for my friend Rani - she skied in the Birkie Kortelopet and had an awesome time and and awesome Time!

Spare a thought for my first Secret Pal ever, Patty. She lost her husband yesterday after his long battle with cancer. She was my first Secret Pal, and we discovered we'd grown up not half a mile from each other. What a strong and courageous woman.

The sun is shining today and the snow is melting. Spring may yet come to us.

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