31 May 2006

Short Post

Originally uploaded by atla.
Short post, but I just wanted to show off some recent dyeing/spinning fun. I like it :)

24 May 2006

Shh.. quiet down. Can you hear that? Listen closely..

That's the sound of my socks soaring off the needles!

Pattern: Dublin Bay Socks (pdf)
Yarn: 2 skeins Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Hawaii, but overdyed

In the year that I've been knitting, this is probably the project that I'm happiest with. I enjoyed the pattern, the colors suit me, and they feel wonderful on my feet. These socks will definitely get the love and wear they deserve.

When I just just past the gusset decreases on sock number 2, I switched to my 2 Addi Turbo circs. The gauge changed just a wee bit, throwing the patterning off, but the sock seems to fit the same. Once I figured out how to keep the yarn from tangling with the circular needles, this method did actually seem much quicker and less fiddly than DPNs, so I think I'll stick with it in the future. The funny part is that I didn't even use the Cat Bordhi book that I purchased to learn the technique. I watched the video on knittinghelp.com on a whim last night, and switched immediately. I had no trouble picking up the technique. Very easy.

Anyhow, I'm off to work, wearing my gorgeous, comfy handknit socks! Hooray!

21 May 2006

We're back! A really long drive. I kept sane with sock-knitting and podcasts.

The most important thing we brought back is this!

It's a pure joy to have him with us.

While we were there, I found the opportunity to stop at Butler's Country Knit Shop. There was really tons of yarn. I have never seen so much yarn in one place. Photos can be found here. Everything was 10% off retail price. All yarns that is. Not a special sale.. not mill ends, or lone skeins from sold out colorways. Current, plentiful, beautiful yarns. Always 10% off. The owners were amazingly nice, and it was just a great experience. I'm looking forward to going back next year. Anyway, here's what I snagged:

Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles by Cat Bordhi and two sets of size 1 addi turbo 24" circs. My first Addi Turbos.

And of course some sock yarn to play with. Trekking XXL, colorways 100 and 101.

I finished the leg and heel flap of Dublin Bay sock number 2 during the trip, so I'll finish that soon and post photos. Then I think I'll start on a pair of socks for Jaden. He's got such little feet that it'll be a really quick knit. Hooray!

18 May 2006

I finished sock #1 last night, and cast on for the second. I worked on it for quite a while yesterday, as I wanted to finish it before tomorrow morning. We're leaving for Pennsylvania (to pick up Jaden!) first thing tomorrow, and a 24 total hours of driving (/riding) deserves a fresh sock, no? That and lots of Brenda Dayne, Irie, Pixie Purls, and Guido on my iPod should suffice to amuse me.

I also found my damned AWOL bamboo sock needle. I was apparently using it as a bookmark in Nancy Bush's Folk Socks.

Tonight will be spent kid-proofing the house. Knitting needles, blocking pins, chemicals, aspirin.. all will be put out of reach. Tomorrow and Saturday, hours and hours of driving. Sunday, if all goes well, we should be here and resting.. and chasing a 3.5 year-old around.

See you guys next week!

14 May 2006

I went to Hobby Lobby after work last night and picked up some DPNs for the sock. Not sure how I'm digging the metal after working with bamboo, but we'll see once I get used to it. I also picked up some sugar 'n cream cotton to make Mason-Dixon dishcloths. The colors I chose remind me of my sock now that I thin about it. I think I've fallen in love with my sock. That's natural, right?

Obligatory progress photos:

12 May 2006

Sock needle #5 is AWOL. I've looked everywhere for the darn thing. I only used four needles yesterday, because I'm knitting the heel flap, but sometime today I will need that extra needle.


1. Knit with four DPNs instead. I don't wanna. 4 dpns is all triangle-y, and ladder-y, and tight. No thanks.

2. Elizabeth Zimmerman said that it's possible to use 4 DPNs of 1 size, and another DPN of one size up or down, and it won't really make a difference in gauge. I don't have size 0 DPNs, and my size 2 are really short and really blunt.

3. Pause the sock until I can buy more DPNs. I may actually end up doing this, but there are complications here as well. Firstly, I'm knitting the stinkin' heel flap. Turning the heel and picking up the stitches is so fun, I don't wanna pause. Secondly, there are no stores anywhere in this town that sell DPNs. The nearest yarn shop is 45 minutes away, and I'd have to wait until Monday evening to go there. But if I go to a yarn shop on Monday evening, there is a very good chance that I will immerge with yarn, and I will not live to tell you hubby's reaction. I may just order needles online, and knit on the blanket until then. Don't know.

Enough of the mourning. One week from today, hubby and I will be driving to Pennsylvania to get Jaden. I can't express how excited we are about this, how excited we are every year.

10 May 2006

I don't usually do this, but since books are my original passion, eh.. why not. I didn't get tagged; I took it. And I'm not tagging anyone. If you want to do it, take it. Oh, and I didn't necessarily add "recent reads" to the list.. they'd all be knitting books. I added some favorites instead.

Book Meme!
1. Copy & paste.
2. Bold the ones you've read.
3. Add four recent reads to the end.
4. Tag!

The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The Great Gatsby - F.Scott Fitzgerald
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter 6) - J.K. Rowling
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story - George Orwell
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
1984 - George Orwell
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) - J.K. Rowling
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (I read most of this one)
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) - J.K. Rowling
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter 5) - J.K. Rowling
Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut
Angels and Demons - Dan Brown
Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Book 1) - J.K. Rowling
Neuromancer - William Gibson
Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) - J.K. Rowling
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
American Gods - Neil Gaiman (Hubby read this one aloud to me, and I fell asleep in various places throughout)
Ender's Game (The Ender Saga) - Orson Scott Card
Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Good Omens - Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
Atonement - Ian McEwan
The Shadow Of The Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
Dune - Frank Herbert
The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
Holy Fools - Joanne Harris
The Browning Version - Terence Rattigan
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
Desperation - Stephen King
The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse - Louise Erdrich
Delta of Venus - Anais Nin
Geek Love - Katherine Dunn
The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
The Hawklike Monster - Richard Brautigan

08 May 2006

Today's post is about changes. How one little detail can greatly affect an outcome.

Remember this?

It was becoming this:

I got to the heel, and decided that I didn't like it. It wasn't fun at all. Okay, so I've only done one cuff down sock, but every part of it was fun. I liked doing the heel flap, picking up the stitches, grafting the toe. I wanted to try toe-up to see what all the fuss is about. The best part of that sock was the endless stockinette, which usually I don't enjoy. The toe and the heel was a pain in my arse. So I decided I would rip it out, reskein and wash the yarn, and start over, cuff down.

I reskeined the yarn, I immerged it in water.. and.. whaddoya know, the water is blue. Personally, I think that if I can dye wool and the dye not run when I wash it, Lorna's Laces should be able to do the same thing. Anyhow, I decided to throw it in a near-boiling pan of vinegar and water. Except, when I did that, I wondered.. what would it look like if I.. threw in some more dye? Maybe some red, and some brown, and some burgundy, and even some vert green? It looks like this:

Dublin Bay Socks (pdf). The gauge is right, the colors much more "me", and the lace insert is simple enough that it can be my on-the-go project, but it still requires enough attention that it keeps the sock from feeling like endless stockinette. There are bits of the original color where I tied the skein up with cotton when dyeing, giving it an almost built-in tweed effect. In short, I really like where this is going.

Now, remember this yarn?

That was a random bulky, peachy single. Last week sometime I started spinning a yarn for a multi-directional scarf for charity, with lengths of yellow, red, and orange to give it a self-striping effect. I got bored with the yarn fairly soon, because the colors aren't really my style, and eventually the project didn't seem like such a great idea. Last night, around midnight, I was unable to sleep, and just briefly wondered what the two yarns would look like plyed together. I've never plyed before, except Andean plying which is quite different, and at midnight I didn't really feel like pulling out the books or researching it online, so I just grabbed the yarns and did whatever felt right. The result isn't perfect, but it's bouncy and bulky and fun.

I'll probably start a garter stitch scarf for my "on the computer desk" project for the same charity organization.

Now the non-knitting changes:

For awhile, I've been an assistant manager at a videogame store. I don't generally like the store. I love all three of the CSRs, but I generally dislike the customers, and I'm not overly fond of the manager. I've been going crazy trying to figure out how I can get out of there, still pay my bills, and move a bit forward. One night in the past couple of weeks, I went out shopping with my husband, a guy friend who works with me, and hubby's sister. The guy friend hates the job and the manager as well, so it was generally a big bitch-fest. And I was PMSing. Not pretty. So, when we get back, friend and hubby's sister leaves, and hubby and I have a long talk about what I should do. I knew the local community college didn't really offer any degrees I was interested in (the medical field is not my thing), but I glanced at the website once more just in case. And then I started wondering "What are those RODP classes I keep seeing on the website?" Reagents Online Degree Program. Basically, I can take classes online or at the college, and can earn an Associates of Applied Science in Professional Studies with a Concentration in Informational Technology. A long way to say that I can learn programming and such. I already have some of the basic classes, as I was exempt from a few due to my ACT score, and have taken a few during one of my "I have no idea why I'm taking classes, but dangit, I'm takin' em anyway" phases. Yes, it's just an associates degree. No, it's not the key to big money. I don't need big money. I need to get away from retail. Period. I don't know where it will lead, but I told my boss on Friday to demote me to CSR, cause I was working on getting the fuck outta there.