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February 21st, 2006

My Wife's A Sock Murderess!

I made her several pairs of hand-knitted Socka Fortissima socks, and she put one of the pair I made for her (FOR CHRISTMAS) in the washer AND DRYER when I told her not to.  Nooooo, hubby is dumb, she knows more than he does.  She can't knit, but she knows more about hand-knitted socks than I do.  And she spins our fleeces and she also felts projects so she knows what kind of disaster she is wreaking on my hard work.   So she tosses them into the washer AND THE DRYER and what happens?  Besides getting all pilled and fuzzed (and pretty nasty-looking) there's a friggin' HOLE in one of them from getting snagged by something else she washed them with.  The hole isn't in the bottom of the foot or the leg, where it would be easy to fix, but  noooo, in the GUSSET.  She didn't even bother to put them into a garment bag to keep them from getting BLUDGEONED by the the washer and dryer, just tossed them in like they were store-bought.  And they're RUINED!!  Dammit, all my hard work -- you wouldn't believe how AWFUL hand-knitted socks look after going through the washer AND THE DRYER just one time!!

February 18th

Another First

Well, here I am learning to blog. LOL. I always find myself learning, sometimes over and over.  Some people use the expression "live and learn", well somtimes it is just "live and live and live and live"  It takes a bit to sink in.

I am in the middle of an afghan that I am in love with.  It is 3 panels, two with cables, and the center one with the trinity stitch.  I am over half way done with the center panel and laid it out next to the other one so I could start comparing length, etc.  Well I found twoo mistakes in the first panel, but they are going to stay there I just can't frog out the whole thing.

February 16th

Those who teach

Does anyone here teach knitting?

I do 2 or 3 times per week.  What I'm really struck by is the amount of people (older than I am) who don't know their right hand from the left nor do they know the names of their fingers, such as index finger, middle finger and ring finger.  This gets frustrating when you're trying to teach.  I have people say "I use this hand" and show me their right hand or "I use this finger" and show me their index finger.

Any insight?

February 15th

Photo of socks

OK, I'm not sure if you can read this or not, but I've attached a file for my sock link below.

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Pod Person?

In Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris has a chapter called 'The Tapeworm Is In', where he writes about listening to books on tape in Paris and how it made him look kind of like the other creepy men hanging around the park playground. For me it's listening to podcasts on my laptop while working on mitten #2, and the location is not a Paris playground but the Rhode Island Convention Center.

David (not Sedaris, but rather my partner) is here for a trade show to try to pick up some new accounts, but as it would be expensive to get me a badge to accompany him into the exhibit hall, I'm left to my own devices for the afternoon. The convention center thoughtfully provides free wireless access and electrical outlets to plug in laptops, so I'm sitting here catching up on some podcast listening (CBC Radio has some good music ones, both English and French) and seeing what progress I can make with my knitting.

February 14th

SOCKS!! They're my passion

Japanese NORO Kureyon, brushed wool, numbers 88 and 138 (I think):View them here

Soak in cold water with Woolite or other fiber-friendly mild liquid soap.  Nothing antibacterial or with anything that could be counted as bleach.  Rinse in cold water

February 13th

Congratulations to Charles Burbridge!!

Happy Birthday!!! Congratulations Charles Burbridge!!

I love your show in TV!! 

 I didn't get a scarf last Christmas, any left for me? Wink

 

 

February 12th

The sweater in progress

February 11th

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Dog Collar from BHG "Knit It" Spring/Summer 2006 Issue

This is the Fluffy Collar as modeled by Sadie, our 9 year old Italian Greyhound foster.  Doesn't she look fabulous?  This is my first attempt at knitting with two strands of yarn, and my first attempt at knitting with a novelty yarn.  I used Lion Brand Micro-spun sport in black, and Lion Brand Fun Fur in Purple on size 10.5 bamboo DPN's.  I've got two other female dogs in the house who are also getting this collar, and two males who will get the Supersoft Collar from the same issue, done up in the sage Lion Suede. 

Other new thing

Casting on with two colors separately

Recently I wanted to knit something using two colors of yarn from the cast-on row, but I didn't want to "wrap" the yarns. That is, I wanted to cast on 1 "stitch" of color A and then one stitch of color B.

So I did. I cast on 1 st of A, then 1 st of B, then 1 of A, then 1 of B and kept repeating that A/B/A/B cast-oning. (Might one call the Abba Cast-on?)

Then I PURLED the first row using ONLY color A. Then, turning, I purled right back in A on row 2.

Then for row 3, I purled using only B -- and purled back in B for row 4.