July 2007


The Sockapalooza socks are done! With time to spare before the deadline. My procrastinating self is dumbfounded.

sock pal socks

ooh purple

Pattern: Uptown boot socks from Favorite Socks
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill supersock in Blues and Purples, size 2 DPNs.

The yarn was leftover from the Clap. My sock pal requested purple socks, and the Cherry Tree Hill yarn fit the bill nicely. It’s purple, but the blues and greens give it a depth and richness of color that I really liked. And it’s so soft. What’s not to love? I hope my sock pal agrees! The color is a bit harder to capture than my meager photographing and photoshopping skills allow, I apologize.

I ended up having to knit a third sock because I lost a sock. Could not find it. Who knows where I lost it. It’ll probably turn up after I mail the socks off to my sock pal. Fortunately, my sockpal has pretty petite feet, so there was enough yarn for another sock. At any rate, apart from that little debacle, this was a fun pattern. Looks deceptively complicated but is really an easy-to-remember 8 row repeat. (more…)

All you need for maximum enjoyment of the last (!) Harry Potter book.

last book

The book (check), sock knitting optional – the Harry Potter party at the local bookstore was pretty cool. And crowded. Lots of people dressed up, and I mean, all out dressed up. There was one lady who was Voldemort, complete with huge snake and latex-ed noseless face.

HP socks

HP-themed socks (check) – the better to keep your toe-sies warm and cozy as you lounge around reading.
Pattern: oak-ribbed socks from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: hand-dyed yarn in Gryffindor colors from lady at local craft market, about 350 yds. Size 1 DPNs.

This was a pretty straightforward knit, worked over 77 stitches, with a French heel and round toe. The yarn was sproingy and nice to knit with. I wish the burgundy Gryffindor colors were a little more vibrant though.

bobbi

something to hug for the sad parts (check) – you know there’s bound to be some. Also to laugh with for the funny parts.
Pattern: Bobbi Bear from Blue Sky Alpacas
Yarn: mystery orange yarn from the stash, 2 balls. I lost the ball bands, but it feels like a cotton/ acrylic blend. Size 10.5 DPNs.

This was so fun to knit! I used the pattern for Baby Bobbi Bear, but since I held the yarn doubled and used larger needles, Bobbi’s finished size was about 17 in. or so. I sort of “overstuffed” him to get a bigger butt, and I skipped the duplicate stitching around his neck. Instead, I just ran some of the yarn around his neck and tightened it to make his neck more pronounced, then I covered it by tying a ribbon ’round his neck. The arms and legs came out a little pointy, but the overstuffing seems to have helped with this quite a bit. I had to re-do the eye embroidery a couple of times because I couldn’t get the eyes to match. Like one eye would be much higher than the other, or much smaller than the other. Bobbi right now is actually in some guy’s place in the SF Bay Area keeping him company.

Knitting time has been severely curtailed while I finish reading the book. Hmm…so has a lot of other activities come to think of it.

The summer of travel continues, the latest stops being Washington DC, Dallas and Philly. This leg was relatively free of out-of-town travel oh-crap moments, with one exception (see below). I like traveling. There’s so much of the country I have yet to see. The downside of so much travel though is that I am butt sore from waiting at airports. Waiting for hotels to find my reservation. Waiting for crew members to show up so someone can fly the damned plane. I also worry about the carbon footprint I am leaving, but that is another post for another time. I am glad though, to be home for a little spell before the next fly-around starts.

Requisite out of town travel mishap. A couple of days into my trip, my stupid wisdom tooth (yes, I still have all of mine) got mad at me. So mad that it made my face swell up. It made me look positively chipmunk-esque. Lovely, no? It’s much better now, but oral surgery may be in my future.

chipmunk!

Requisite out of town yarn-y purchase. Lorna’s Laces in the Knit Happens colorway. From Knit Happens, of course. Such an adorable, cute yarn store! Lots of squishy, lovely, fondle-worthy yarn. I wasn’t planning on adding to the stash, I swear, but came upon Knit Happens while I was wandering in Alexandria, VA. The yarn just jumped into my arms. Meant to be. Yep, meant to be.

meant to be

Requisite out of town visit to Chinatown. This time in Washington DC. I always try to visit the Chinatown of whatever city I’m in. Mostly because the hinterlands of Western PA does not have one, and I miss the bustle and the energy of being around, ahem, my people. Not to mention the food! Anyway, the Chinatown in DC was a bit of a disappointment. It’s fairly new, and shows the effects of gentrification. To me, it didn’t feel as authentic. Like it catered mainly to tourists. For instance, while there were a number of good, hole-in-the-wall type eating places (the noodles I had in one of those establishments was super yummy!), there were an equal number of Western chain restaurants (TGIF, Fuddruckers, Hooters) with Chinese signs on them that were sometimes unintentionally funny. Like the rather high end tapas bar whose Chinese signage translates to “Spanish.” Brevity is the soul of wit?

chinatown

Requisite progress photo of Sockapalooza sock. This is sock #2. Plenty of time to beat the Aug. 4 deadline. HOWEVER. I might have to start knitting a sock #3. Because sock #1? Can’t find the damned sock. Have no idea where it is. I should have enough yarn to knit a sock #3 if I need to, but the thought of knitting another sock is making me twitchy.

sock 2

Nothing lights a fire under my procrastinating ass like the realization of looming deadlines. I guess time doesn’t come to a standstill just because I am too busy/ lazy/ unmotivated to do stuff.

Sockapalooza deadline – T minus less than 30 days. Here’s where I am so far. One down, one to go. I’m knitting the Uptown Boot Socks pattern from the Favorite Socks book from Interweave. Really cute pattern. Looks much better on the foot than laying on the floor. I had a moment of anxiety when it looked like the sock was turning out too small, but I think it should be OK because it’s pretty stretchy, and it fits my foot (my sock pal and I have similar sized feet). I hope she likes it.

sockapalooza socks

New Harry Potter movie – T minus less than a week. And of course, the 7th book in HP series is coming in about 2 weeks! I’ve been re-reading Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince in preparation. Not that I’m excited or anything. Nope. There’s been some Gryffindor sock knitting too. I picked up the yarn from a lady I met at a local craft market who dyes her own yarn. At the pace I’m going, it doesn’t look like I’ll finish these socks in time for the movie, but hopefully, I’ll get them done in time for the book. Because what could be better than cozying up with a pair of HP socks while laying on the couch reading the last (sigh!) book in the series.

excited much?

Back from Las Vegas. Very interesting trip – the work part went pretty well, the visiting of the family part had its, ummm, moments. The moments included a mad dash to the emergency room at 6 freaking a.m. (don’t worry, the person involved came out of the crisis OK), the breaking up of a rip-roaring fight that resulted in a heavily bruised finger (mine – but is all better now), and conversational nuggets such as this – Chinese in italics:

Me: So I see you have a handicap parking tag.

Flesh and blood (FAB): Yes. I got it a few weeks ago.

Me: Why do you have one? No one here is handicapped. (more…)