Monday, August 07, 2006

This crazy thing called blogging!

Wow! What a boost to a girl's ego. I came in to work this morning and there were no less than 14 comments to my last post! Holy crap, did I feel special on an otherwise crappy Monday morning.

First of all, for the weekend, we went up to the lake Friday night and I actually slept in till 12:30 Saturday. That's what happens when we don't have the kids, I can actually SLEEP IN. The SO was restless long before that so he was up and about doing his own thing, and I got the whole bed to myself and despite a little noise interruption due to other houseguests I fell back to sleep and happily woke up at 12:30. It felt awesome!! I was long overdue. I had frogged my first Hippo sock, cuz every time I tried it on to admire my work, I couldn't help but notice the toe was a bit snug. And it nagged at me. And I couldn't have it nagging at me that way. So, since this project has been a very educational experience to say the least, I decided to teach myself something else. Frogging an already kitchener'd toe back to the beginning toe decreases and lengthening the toe. It worked. And despite the fact that I didn't have the kitchener directions handy, I did it from memory and I think it came out ok. The toe is a bit roomier, and I should be much happier with this. It sucks to be a perfectionist. But since I've been doing so much with this pair of socks, it only seemed right to get them exactly right. After much struggling with the toe up method of socks, and after a brief conversation with the pattern designer, Cookie convinced me that toe ups for the second Hippo Sock would be too tough to pull off. So I frogged the second sock and cast on for the top down, a repeat of the first sock. I've survived the 10 rows of 1x1 ribbing and have happily moved on to the now familiar chart for the leg.

I'm also moving forward on the little white Knitty sweater that I started eons ago. I realized that it stalled because the directions were somewhat unclear and because of all the trouble I was having with the hippo socks, I couldn't bear the thought of frogging another project and starting over. I installed a lifeline at the point the pattern directions changed, and that's where it sat. I picked it back up last week, decided I knew what I was doing and have moved forward once again.

I've started to keep a knitting journal, because I've realized that sometimes too much time passes from the start of a project to when I actually pick it back up, and if I can keep notes, without trashing the pattern itself, it might be helpful. I used it to note the mods I did to the hippo toe, so when I get to it for the second sock it will be the same-hopefully. Also, I'm going to make notes when I swatch (when I swatch!) to keep track of needle sizes and gauge and all of that stuff you're supposed to keep track of, for sizing purposes. I'm running into that with the KSH cami from Weekend Knitting. I did the swatch months ago, and can't remember what size needle I ended up getting gauge with. ARGHH!! But never again. I'll be prepared next time. It will also give me a chance to see just how long certain projects take me, since my memory is for crap on those kinds of details.

Now, to address all the comments to my last post. It was great to hear from all of you!! I really appreciated that you came out to "see" me. But ladies, easy does it on the SO. I know it's fun to jump on the "man-haters bandwagon" and they're usually such easy targets so it's not like we have to work at thinking up things to hate, but in my SO's unknowing defense: he is a really good guy! He's a great dad to his and mine, he's very good to me, he's just slightly oblivious to the whole knit-blogging, photo taking of FO's/WIP's craze that we knitters consider "normal". And for those that have asked, no I haven't been given the digital camera back yet, but then again, I haven't asked, since I haven't presented him with the Petition as of yet. It's all about timing ladies. We all know not to present certain things at the wrong time (say anything in the middle of a critical football game), as that could be damaging to future endeavors. Maybe about the time I haul his sweater back out and start on it again, then I'll be able to ask for the camera, to document progress and give him the Petition as cause for doing so. This way, we'll both win, since he's been bugging me for a sweater forever, and I'll be justified in getting the camera back. Except, his sweater is gonna be a huge drag, as it's primarily stockinette that will go on forever, considering his stocky man's build. Oh the price I'll pay for fabulous broad shoulders {sigh}.

I want to say hi to Elli, as I've discovered she was the mystery Pomatomus sock knitter I met in line at the YH event in A2. It was great to put a blog with a face, and now I can watch her progress on Pomatomus. Check out her blog, she's very talented, and has lots of FO's to show for it!

Also, hi to everyone else who hit me with comments, I enjoyed reading all of your posts, and snuck over to check out your blogs too!

Also, for clarification it wasn't MY idea to wear name tags listing our blogs, it was actually Amby's idea. I just flapped my big mouth about it, before she could. But we were in agreement, it was disappointing not to put more blogs with faces in A2. Maybe next time we're at an event we'll try neon or something flashy like that. Because we realized that our personalities didn't just send out the proper blog identification. Neon is a much better idea. What do you think?

Also, I am looking for some suggestions. While in A2, I finally broke down and bought a skein of recycled sari silk, and am looking for a purpose. Any suggestions for this beautiful fiber would be welcomed. I purchased some Rowan Summer Tweed in a lovely lavendar color, but again, have no specific pattern in mind. I'm looking for a simple summer top, but don't know exactly what it's destined to become. Again, any suggestions would be welcomed.

I hope to have some pictures for you on my next post (I have a camera phone at least), to keep it a little more interesting. I've got aerobics tonight, and maybe some yard work too, but we'll see who poops out first-me or the daylight! Have a great night!

Hey lady! We finally got caught up on some yard work yesterday- it had gone a bit wild, unfortunately. I wish I had some good suggestions for the sari silk- maybe you could squeak a one skein wonder out of it?
Woo hoo - another coeliac blogger! That makes five that I know of, so we could have a webring! :-)
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