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October 25, 2006

Abandon Ship

My Koigu Slip-Ups are no longer. After my last post I wasn't liking them so I frooged and made the heel flap longer. This resulted in a huge gusset. I then figured out that it wasn't the heel flap that was the problem. It was the stitch pattern. The horizontal ribbed pattern was not vertically as stretchy as I would like. So what did I do? I ripped the whole sock out and am now knitting a 2x2 classic sock with heal flap. My original plan for this yarn was Knitty's Falling Leaves but I need an easy sock right now. I working on the gusset now.

October 18, 2006

SocktoberFest

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As you can see from the sidebar I joined Socktober Fest. Nothing like waiting to join everybody else.

I started knitting with the Koigu and it is fabulous and worth it...Dah...that's why so many people like it! So smooth and soft with no stray fluffy hairs. I am using a slipped stitch pattern called "Classy Slip-Up' from the Knit Socks! book by Betsy Lee McCarthy I checked out the library. These socks shall be named the Koigu Slip-Ups. The sock is turning out pretty dense. I also checked out Nancy Bush's Folk Socks for some educational reading.

The leg, heel and gusset are done on the first sock. I've made a fair amount of progress since I figured out how to knit while holding the baby. He's almost three months old now and such a fun little guy. I'm not saying that everything is easy. We are definately sleep deprived and do not have the life we used to have but I think he is classified as an easy baby. I'll be back to work before I know it. I hope day care works for us.

 

October 17, 2006

Koigu PPPM

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I splurged and got my very first Koigu at Common Threads after eating at Raul's taco shop in Encinitas. I read a lot of other blogs and am sometimes amazed by how much of what I know is expensive yarn is purchased and stashed. Since each knitted object takes so much time, maybe it is right to use only the best materials. Although I still like Patons classic wool for felted bags. Anyway back to the Koigu. It's colorway 503 and I plan on knitting another pair of socks. I haven't decided on the pattern but I am looking at a neat selection of sock pattern links here: Knitting Underway http://knittingunderway.blogspot.com/2006/10/winning-socks_10.html. If I don't find my next sock there I'll have to hit the local library for some sock books.

I guess I am an unofficial participant in Socktoberfest so I will answer the questionaire:

when did you start making socks? did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class?

March 2004 in Las Vagas on vacation with my husband and parents. I thought myself using a pattern from the Twisted Sister Sock Workbook.

What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?

Varigated green Jawoll superwash. I still wear them but not in the summer because it is too hot. the cuffs are a little fluffy looking but they still look OK.

What would you have done differently?

Paid more attention to the hourglass heal instructions. I ended up with big gaps that I stitched together later. I think something might be wrong with their instructions...

What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?

I haven't knit enough socks to have a favorite.

Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?

Knit Knit Knit. I use DPNs but want to try magic loop and two circular methods.

Which kind of heel do you prefer?  (flap? or short-row?)

I have knit both and the flap turned out better, no gaps, but I like the hour glass look a little better.

How many pairs have you made?

4. Including two pairs of baby booties.

 

 

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October 15, 2006

Broadripples Done

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Yeah! I made progress and finished the Broadripples. They turned out to be fraternal twins because I did not have the patience to go though the rest of the skein to see if I could get the identical sequence to the first sock. I tried a little and at least the greens and darks sorta match up.

Pattern: Knitty

Yarn: Trekking XXL solorway 100

I liked this pattern. It was well written and easy to follow. I am not so sure about the the yarnovers in socks. My feet are so white they show right through.

October 10, 2006

20 years

Ok I'm giving away how old I am but last weekend I went to my 20 yr high school reunion. I wasn't sure if I'd be up to going because XY is 2 months old and doesn't sleep through the night. My husband and I are pretty sleep deprived and going to the reunion involved a 2.5 hr drive and a sleep over at my mom's. But since I didn't go to my 10 year reunion, and sorta regretted it, we went.

The reunion was at a country club that wasn't there when I went to high school. That area used to be citrus or avacado groves. About a hundred people showed up out of a class of 400. Most of them were people I knew but hadn't seen or heard about for 20 years. The worst part of the reunion (this will make me sound really old) was the music was too loud and I had a hard time talking loud enough for people to hear. I had to give up after a while so I didn't get to talk with as many people as I would have liked. Some people looked the same or even better than HS and a majority (myself included, thank you pregancy weight gain) I wouldn't have recognized without a name tag. 20 years seems like yesterday but it is really a long time. I can remember my HS graduation then working that summer at Kmart before heading off to UCSD like it was yesterday.

Thanks to the car ride I was able to knit the leg of my second Broadripple sock. I knit the heel flap and started the gusset today.

October 05, 2006

MovableType

Currently I am learning to use MovableType. Now I can post an entry, upload a photo and assign categories. I came accross a good site with tutorials www.learningmovabletype.com .

Things I want to learn how to do in the immediate future:

  • Add a webring to the side bar.
  • Add additional sections to sidebar. For instnace a WIP section.
  • Add links to entries.
  • Change the format of my template. Make side grey parts smaller or put stuff there.

October 04, 2006

Leaves on the Ceiling

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A bunch of years ago I made a whole bunch of beaded snowflakes that I saw in Martha Stewart and one year taped them to our living room ceiling at christmas time. The tape looked a little tacky and so we got some cup hooks, spraypainted them white and put them up on the ceiling in a grid pattern. The thought was I was going to make different things to hang depending on the season. Well I never ended up making anything else until now and have had the snowflakes up all year, every year. I'll keep these leaves up until Thanksgiving weekend when hopefully I'll have time to put either the snowflakes back up or something else festive.

Other ceiling decorations I have thought about making:

  • origami cranes
  • paper flowers
  • some sort of 3-d stars

 

 

October 03, 2006

Fall Color

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 I got this kit of Fall Leaves from Paper Source (www.paper-source.com) and decided to use them to decorate our living room ceiling instead of making the suggested wreath. I just love all the fall colors and we don't really get that here in So. Cal.. I plan to glue the green wire stems to the leaves and make a loop in the end for hanging. There are 72 leaves.

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October 02, 2006

Broadripple Progress

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 I have made progress on the Broadripple sock despite frogging my first attempt which I had knit all the way past the heel! Why did I have to frog? I tried it on and could barely get it on over my heel because my cast-on was way too tight and inelastic. At first I thought, 'No, just keep knitting. It will be OK.' But during a midnight feeding of our 8 week old son, 'XY', I was thinking about the problem and that the sock wasn't right and I should redo it. So at 1 am I frogged it and then looked at my books and online for the appropriate cast-on. I ended up using the long tail cast-on with size three needles. My first attempt used the cable cast-on and size 1 needles. I wanted to knit the rest of the sock with size 2 needles and wouldn't you know it I have these size double pointed needles: 000, 00, 0, 1, 3, 4, and 5 but not 2. This meant a trip to the LYS, Black Sheep, in encinitas. I only had time to go to one store and this one has the easiest parking. They had one set of size 2 dp needles. I am used inexpensive aluminum needles and they only had a 10 dollar set of bamboo needles. They feel really good and are super smooth. I just hope I don't snap them when I knit too tight.

A lot of baby stuff comes in little plastic bags with zipper or snap closures and I have been using them to store project in as shown above. This one was from a change pad cover from Pottery Barn.


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