Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Winter Blues

This winter?  Really starting to get to me.  If I have to make one more *casserole* or *roast* I'm going to scream.  We never go out in the winter, especially since we don't want MissV getting sick, and the bloody grill isn't working even if we did use it during the months of "go outside and freeze in two seconds flat."  I've been getting into a real down slump, and I'm sick of it.  I want to be able to go on walks during the day (I did yesterday, but I feel really bad - I really bundled MissV up and she still had a nasty fever last night and a yucky cough today.)  I want to go to the park in the evening.  I want to get out!!!  What do you do to keep the endless winter blues away?  Recipes?  Activities?  Books?  ANYTHING!?!

I got some yarn in today.  I ordered from Etsy, I was sorely tempted by the $4.00/skein price tag.  I didn't get a single letter from the seller, but she did refund my overpayment on shipping, so I was going to let it slide.  Dude, seriously, I could have driven to get it for cheaper than the shipping I paid.  WTH!?  And the color?  Not as pictured - prettier, but still not as pictured.  I ordered it mostly as a test, since there's a bit of controversy going on with it (which is why I'm not mentioning names...) and the only thing I can say is that the shipping is too fast to be what it is thought to be.  Otherwise?  Twins.  Seriously. 

I've been working almost solely on a log cabin blanket for MissV out of Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece  (random colors) and the Marvelous Mitts (they will NEVER fit me, but they do fit my friend T.)  I'm not seeing the end of either - one is large and brainless, the other requires more attention than I can give it most days (the terrible twos have hit full force, and she's not even two yet!)  Well, the same two projects were getting a bit relentless, and what with the endless winter downers (see first paragraph) I was feeling the need to *finish* something, and QUICK!  So I whipped up a quick Calorimetry for MissV and myself last night (sorry, no pictures due to sad, pathetic lack of light from dreary winter sky.)  I feel a little better, but the thought of all the garter stitch waiting for me upstairs is enough to make me cringe.  I'll slog through, though.  Cause I know if I don't, it will forever be a UFO.  Well, I'm going to sign off now, before I use another parenthesis. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2008
You can *rent* movies in iTunes now. I'm excited. Can you tell?


Sunday, January 13, 2008
I went with a red....

But I may have been a leeeetle too aggressive with the blocking - I snapped two threads in the edging. But look how pretty!


Title, title, who's got the title...
Almost done with the Sir Didymus socks. Just the ribbing and cast off of the last one. They feel so nice fit-wise, I just hope the yarn softens a bit with a wash. It's gorgeous colors, but I'm not so in love with the base yarn. When I work with sock yarn, I tend to prefer the tighter plied, like Koigu and CTH, and while I'm ok with Lorna's Laces, it's not my favorite, and this yarn is more like Lorna's.
I haven't done much work on the Marvelous Mitts, but I did finish the interminable edging on the Pi shawl. It's going into the dye pot in a few minutes. I like the yarn, and MathMan did gift it to me, but man colors + laceweight make for strange bedfellows, so a-dyeing I will go. I'm thinking red, but I may change my mind at the last second (which is where I am right now.)
I also started (and finished) a plushie for MissV. I used the Cheese-kun pattern, but left off the center "leg" and worked it in different colors. MissV likes it, but my mother said it looks like a rotten tooth. Gee, thanks mom.... I'm calling this my test swatch for making many more crocheted toys, some for me and some for MissV, though in all reality they will all probably end up in her hands.
I went to the LYS yesterday to pick up some yarn I ordered for another toy, and couldn't escape without another skein of Cherry Tree Hill Supersock jumping into the bag. But, in my defense, as much as I love pink I didn't have any predominantly pink sock yarn, so it's ok, right? I don't have a picture right now, but it'll be in my Ravelry stash soon enough. Oo!!! I forgot to take points for stash acquisitioning in KnitWars!! Gotta go!!

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Thursday, January 10, 2008
It starts suddenly and loud, so don't play this too near a sleeping toddler (ask me how I know.)

But Doctor Who fans? Won't be able to stop playing it....ask me how I know.....


Sunday, January 06, 2008
Happy New year (Yeah, I'm on the ball....)
So, the first FO of the new year was a pair of Dashing for MathMan, at about 1am on the first. Talk about starting the year off right!
They look so deflated when they're not on!
Since the last post, I've also made a pair of Rose's Wristwarmers,
shameless fangirl knitting
finally taken a picture of MissV's kilt sweater,

begun a pair of fleegle's seamless baby booties for a baby that was born mid-December,

cast on for the Marvelous Mitts,

and knit up an entire skein of KP Gossamer that MathMan gifted me (It's an EZ Pi shawl, up to the sixth round of 576 stitches.)

I have another skein of the same to add to this thing, but I'm not sure how to calculate the yardage requirements for the knitted on border I'm doing, so it's on hold. Yes, I agree - I dislike the colors, but MathMan gifted the yarn to me, and the best way to say "I like this gift, get me more" is to use it. I may overdye it green when it's all done, we'll see.

Oh, did I mention that I've been to the LYS three times in the last month, and every time I go I grab a skein of Cherry Tree Hill Supersock? They got several "Lottery" colors in, and I fell in love with most of them! I'm already addicted to CTH sock yarn, slap a label on that says I may not get another chance at it, and you've got me hooked. I just wish I knew the names of these colors! (The CTH is the variegated, the solid is Louet Gems Fingering. These two are planned for the Handpainted Gloves once I finish the Mitts, which are done with the other half of the same skein.)
I haven't done much on those socks from last time. They're mainly for car/waiting room knitting now since they're plain stockinette, and I haven't done much of either lately. Huh, I just checked. I must've thought I blogged them - so here's a picture.

Sorry if I broke anyone's computer due to the excess of images. Just trying to catch myself up, next time won't be so bad (provided I keep caught up.)

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