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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 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.

September 26, 2006

Trekking XXL

Here is a pic of the Trekking XXL colorway 100 I am using to make the Broadripple socks. It's going to a challenge to knit while holding a baby.

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