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i'm still alive!

haven't posted in awhile, been hella-busy! nothing to major in the works, atm. just a hoodie, some socks, and this luridly ugly log-cabin afghan thingie to use up some stash (*must make room to buy more yarn!*). also, started another blog to go with the romantic frustration one, the theological one, and the fiction one where i play a 15 yr. old crack whore named Bubba Anne living in a trailer park in the bottoms of Mobile, AL. busy busy busy.
also, teaching biology on the fly at a local college as well as the regular job.
gotten addicted to silk ribbon yarns.....tho' anything made with 'em are far too glam for me.

y'all be good.

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shoulda known better.

ok. working up a simple cabled scarf....42 stitches across with an 8 row simple pattern repeat....shouldn't need to use lifelines.....WRONG! i had to throw the WIP down and take off for a code and when i get back (the patient didn't make it) somehow i drop a stitch and unconsciously yarn over or something to replace the stitch. i complete 2 more 8 row sets when i notice a ladder falling thru the purls b/n the cable and a rib. *sigh* i learned the hard way that you can't fish for and pull a dropped stitch through cables very well. only had to rip out 20 rows. must always use a lifeline.

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chatbox icky-ness.

for the larger part, my experiences with the chatbox has been very helpful...especially Mmario! the guy knows so much stuff! anyways, it's kinda sad that a few fellows mistake someone simply being nice with "romantic intentions" when i get time, i'm taking that crack about "i knit to sublimate romantic frustration" out of my profile. i thought i was only being humourous but too many seem to think it is some kind of an invitation. i'd like to think most folks are here for the knitting and the camraderie.

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p2tog tbl

ok.  feeling pretty dumb, now.  been swatching a pattern that calls for p2tog tbl to be done and somehow it just isn't coming out right.  this is the aspect of knitting that makes me feel stupid when things just don't seem to work and i can't see what it is i'm doing wrong.  off now, trying to find how-to video clips on google.

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another 'interstitial' project.

i've started yet another 'interstitial project' as a break from mitered squares and the amazing-never-will-be-finished hooded pullover.  i bought some Aurora "under the ice" ribbon-type yarn from Yarn Bee and i think i'm in love!! i've never used something that takes such big clunky needles(size 15) before:  they go "klack-klack" and not "click-click"  anyways, i decided to knit it up as a scarf for a friend.....this stuff is too "glam" for a cranky old guy like m'self to pull off, anyway.  started last night just working a littl

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is this a fluke?

suddenly i find myself with oodles more romantic frustration to sublimate and i'd been fawning over the picture of the mitred square afghan/blanket thingie in Mason-Dixon  knitting so i began knitting up the mitres and guess what!?! it's one of the most fun things i've done in awhile and it's forced me to pay enough attention that i am actually managing to carry the second strand of yarn up the side and keeping the carried strand 'hidden' over the course of the contrasting coloured strip about 65% of the time.  that's actually pretty darn good for me since i tend to let it all hang out since the edges are usually going to be buried into a seam, eventually.  problem is, now the hooded jumper that i'm 1/3 of the way into rests at the bottom o' the knitting bag like an accusation.  i've enough frustration to sublimate, enough ambition, but sooo very little time.

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socks?

i'd like to learn how to make a sock.  i don't know how yet and have been looking over patterns and everything seems to be tailored for men with dinky little feets.  definitely am feeling a little left out since i've got honking huge big feet.  anyone have any suggestions??  i almost started Jacquiline Fee's spiral socks then my friend M. took one look at the picture of 'em and said "OOOOOHH!!! how clever!!!! a dildo-cozy!!!" 

*sigh*

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just an update--nothing special.

after Warren's glowing recommendation i ordered the Jacqueline Fee book and i just got it......excited about the process of working through it.  i've been working on a hooded pullover sweater and decided to rip everything out.  holding the back panel up....i was overcome by a tremendous dissatisfaction......the work so far was just sub par and only excuse i can lob is work has been a madhouse with 3 people off schedule for awhile so i've been providing coverage at the hospital above and far beyond my normal 80 hrs/week.  when my feet hurt, i can't knit worth crap.  i am finishing up one project almost on time.  a dear friend has redecorated her bedroom and bath and wanted washcloths in a brilliant blaze orange colour but in a pattern that would satisfy her "Goth" and "DeathMetal" bent.  so, 6 were done using the skull and crossbones pattern Jeff Shafer has posted here and 6 were more traditional.  i thought of doing the remaining six using logos for bands like Suicidal Tendencies, Biohazard, and Christian Death but have been too tired/lazy/unmotivataed to fight with Excel to chart 'em.  working the skull and crossbones was fun the first two times, but i contemplated falling on my size 35 bamboo needles for the last 4 times.  no pattern is THAT fun, y'knowhutimean?

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lifeline

i'm going to have to use lifelines.  i've started on a hooded pullover and after finishing the ribbing i was sure i was going to blaze away on the back panel........somehow i managed to drop an extraordinary number of stitches so i start ripping back but got carried away and ripped much farther than i had intended.  oh well,  i'm probably going to put in a lifeline every 5 row from now on.   maybe i'll do a clog.....tho' as slow as i've been, lately, it'll take me a year to finish just one.

it sucks that having to work for a living takes sooo much time away from the needles.

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onward and upwards....there's a whole world of chenille out there!!!

well, the theft of my current wip's and attendant sticks and string is best considered an opportunity.  tho' the hat was (i'm quoting Madame Fonz, a venerable drag queen) "fab'lus".  the baby will get a blanket done in a foamy minty green chenille with crocheted flowers randomly distributed on it.  and i'm thinking i'll do a matching hat.   hats are always good.  i feel sorry for the junky that stole my tackle 'cause there's no way he'll get any money at the hock shop for that stuff.  anyways, thanks for the commisseration and stuff.  be good.

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