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Monday, September 29, 2014

Zippy Little Sock

Every time I sit down to knit this sock, it feels like it just zips right along.  It’s such a simple stitch pattern and so perfect for an easy pair of socks.  I made it to the heel this weekend and decided to do a Fish Lips Kiss heel for these instead of a heel flap.  Max even sat in my lap a little bit while I knitted on these.  (Max isn’t much for sitting ON laps, he likes to sit right next us, cuddled up close, but not on our laps.)

In house news, the port-a-loo was taken away over the weekend without once being knocked over.  I’d like to thank the high schoolers of north Texas for their restraint and maturity in the matter.  Clearly they are destined for greatness.  The only thing that’s left in cleanup after The Great Re-Bricking is to repair the window that they broke when they were removing the old bricks.  The fact that they only broke one is amazing.  They only broke the outer of the two panes, so it wasn’t a huge problem and it will be repaired/replaced tomorrow morning.  Then, everything is all finished!  I can’t believe we finally made it to this point!


Friday, September 26, 2014

Finally, Back to the Knitting!

This has been a crazy week!  I won’t bore you with the details, but last night was the first night all week that I even felt like knitting.  The other evenings found me curled up with Max trying to stay awake long enough for bedtime.

I’ve almost gotten through this section of the Standing Stones cowl.  The lace is easy to work and goes quickly. What you can’t really see in the photo (because the needles are holding it in), is that this section is wider than the first section.  The third section will be wider still.  This is why in the pictures, the top section sits like a cowl neck on top of the model’s shoulders and the lower sections go around her shoulders.

The third, and last, section of stitch patterns isn’t as long as the first two, so I better start figuring out what I’m going to knit for the next two projects of Loopy Academy!

Have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014


I’ve got some stripes on my first sleeve!  I weighed the ombre yarn before I started striping, and I’ve got enough to add a few more stripes to this sleeve before switching to the white to finish the sleeve (and I’ll have enough of the ombre shades to make the other sleeve match, in case you were wondering).

I’m keeping my tails as short as possible while still having enough to weave in, since I’m trying to get as much yardage as possible out of both the ombre and the white.  I’m still playing with the idea of 3/4 length sleeves but I haven’t decided yet.  I guess I’ll need to decide soon!


Monday, September 22, 2014

Changing Plans

This weekend I was working on my Twisted sock and I made it past the heel flap and the heel turn.  I started picking up stitches around the gusset to continue on with the foot, and as I was doing this, and reading the directions, the directions just seemed more complex than I wanted to deal with.  I thought about it for about 30 seconds and decided to frog and start over with another sock pattern.

I like the Twisted pattern, and I think the finished socks are really pretty, but this week is going to be crazy and I’ll need a traveling knitting project.  Socks are a great traveling knitting project as I wait for appointments and things, but these socks didn’t feel very portable.  Maybe if I had already finished the first sock and was working on the second sock, I might feel differently, but for now, I needed something simple.
I’ve started a pair of Hermione’s Everyday Socks.  For the edging, I worked three rounds of stockinette (so it would roll) and then six rounds of K2, P2 rib before diving into the stitch pattern.  The stitch pattern is subtle enough to show off the delicate color variations in the yarn and easy enough that I have it memorized.  It will be perfect for knitting in public this week.  It felt good to change my plans and start a pair of simple socks!


Friday, September 19, 2014

Cowl-ing Right Along!

I’m almost halfway into the second stitch pattern of my Standing Stones cowl, AKA Project One, Freshman Year, Loopy Academy.  I’m also almost done with my first skein of yarn.  I bought three skeins because the pattern called for that much for the fingering version, but once I started reading the pattern, I realized that the fingering version was going to be too big for me, so I adjusted the numbers to get one the size of the worsted version.  I think I’ll only use two skeins, but I’ll use the spare skein for a pair of fingerless mitts.

I hope you all have a great weekend!  This will be the first weekend since the beginning of August that I don’t have workers all over the outside of the house.  I plan on sleeping in and wandering around in pajamas!  There might even be afternoon naps!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Time to Start Thinking

I’ve completed my second skein of the white on my two color Ombre Ravello.  I have a total of four skeins of white that match perfectly.  I also have a partial skein of white that’s a tiny bit off from the others.  If I have to use that partial skein (and I think I will), I’ll use it for ribbings where the slight color change won’t be noticeable because of the texture change in the stitches.

I decided that when I got to the end of the second skein of white on the body, I would put stitch holders on my cables and start the sleeves.  Once the sleeves are finished, I can finish the body.  Unless I’m not sure I have enough yarn to do long sleeves and then I’ll put the sleeves on holders too, go back and finish the body and then finish the sleeves.  I think.  I haven’t figured out everything yet.  Also, I’ve got to weigh some yarn to see where I am on the ombre mini skeins.  I’m planning on adding a few more stripes to the sleeves, which will cut down on the amount of white I’m using, but I’ll need to make sure I don’t run out of anything on the second sleeve.  Theoretically, I should be fine because I only use about 175 yards of the accent color and I have 400 or so.  However, since these are mini skeins, I only have about 80+ yards of each step of the ombre.

I’m going to get some caffeine now and see what I can figure out!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bricks, Check!

Yesterday they finished the bricking!  All the bricks are on the house.  Of course now they have to caulk the windows, wash the windows, put the screens back on the windows, put the downspouts and vent covers back on the house, reinstall the exterior lighting, put the fence back together where they opened it up, fix the sprinkler system and replace the landscaping they killed.

Oh, and we still have a Port-A-Loo.

So, not done yet, really.

Yesterday Mickael and I replaced the ceiling fan in our bedroom and it was so nice and quiet last night!

We’re getting there, but we’re not there quite yet!