Sunday, September 30, 2007

Stranded Can Be Fun!

Oooh! I'm about four repeats into the Blue Herrings and I LOVE STRANDED COLORWORK! It's so cool! It took me a minute or so to grasp the concept of switching the colors. I'm going on instinct so if it's incorrect to hold one color in one hand and the other in the other, then tell me, but that's what I'm doing, throwing MC with my right and CC with my left, and it's coming out all nice and neat.

Totally loving it.

The casting-on of the CPH was postponed due to infatuation with stranding.

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Almost An FO

My Waving Laces are nearly finished. I'm past the heel on Sock #2 and nearing the finish line. I really love this pattern. Once you've knit through the repeats enough times, it is easy to memorize. They will definitely be knit again.

Next in line are Cookie A.'s Red Herrings. Mine, however, are the Blue Herrings because I'm using Sandnes Garn Lanett in a teal blue and beige rather than brown and red. I got gauge on 0's, wouldn't ya know it. They're singing on my Addi's.

For my third sockaholism enabling, I also have Nancy Bush's Traveler's Socks OTN. I was going to knit them in Schaeffer Anne but since the I Love Ganseys got frogged and I love the Wildfoote yarn, I'm knitting them from that.

In addition, now that I found the Knitscene mag with the pattern in it (it was lost), I got gauge on the CPH and... drum roll... will be casting on either tonight or tomorrow.

Do I have a problem with monogamy? Only in regards to knitting, thank you!

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Swatcha Dooin'?

Swatches, that's what I'm dooin'.

Call me crazy, but I'm gonna go through with it. I'm swatching for my next five projects, then washing and blocking them, then making notes so that when I get the urge to cast-on, all I'll need to do is CO and go. (CO&GO... COGO? New word.)

It's the cold medicine. Just ignore my weirdness. Damn that Sudafed. It makes me tired but wired. I'm wide awake and sleepy all at once. Ick. At least the headache subsided.

Anyway, these here are being swatched:
Central Park Hoodie*
Caspian Sea
Red Herring
Winter Garden

*About the CPH:

Hey, aren't you the one running the CPH KAL?

Why yes, yes I am.

Hey, aren't you already four inches into the ribbing?

Why yes, yes I am.

Then why the heck are you bothering to swatch now? Isn't it a bit late?

Why yes, yes it is. But this is my first sweater. And after the sock nightmare, I'm rethinking my wing-it-and-go theory.

Hey, does this mean you may be frogging?


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I be illin'.

I can haz badkold.

I can haz hedayk?

I can haz sneezez.

Mai noze iz like fawsitt ow.

O plez I can haz chikken soop kthxbai.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Missed My Own Blogiversary

Wow, I guess life really has been out of whack because I just realized I missed my own Blogiversary.

It was, ironically, September 11, 2006 when I cast on for this blog.

I've posted 221 times (not counting the ones I moved, I'm sure). Is that all? Only 221?

Well, I'm not exactly the contest type and there is so much going on right now I'd lose my head if it weren't attached, so... let's just leave it at acknowledging that I've been blabbering my life story—rather, eviscerating myself publicly—for over a year now with no intention of slowing down. My heartfelt thanks go out to each and every one of you who for whatever reason finds my mental meanderings interesting enough to read and respond to.

In honor of my first blogiversary, I'll state that I have cast on the mate to the Waving Lace Socks and am interested to see if switching methods but not needle sizes changes the gauge any. The first sock was done on size #1 DPNs. The second is being done on size #1 Addi Turbo Laces.

Oh. Yeah. I broke down and bought myself two #1's and two #2's (Addi's) in the Lace style. I have size #0's in the regular style and love them. Did I not once say that Addi Turbos scared me?

I also re-cast the Traveller's Socks on size I-don't-know-what-but-they-are-ridiculously-skinny Susan Bates blue double-pointed hypodermic needles. It's like knitting with hair (the needles) but it seems to have fixed the gauge issue.

I might have freaked out poor Stick when I told her I was considering spending a week doing just swatches of ALL the projects on my upcoming list just to save time.

Well, that's it for now. I've got another update to do on that other blog of mine...


Sunday, September 23, 2007

Relocation Complete

OK, this part is for anyone who is interested in continuing to read about my personal dramas. If so, please email me at jrberry63 AT woh DOT rr DOT com to receive URL and password info.

The rest of you, keep watching for knitting content. I promise there will be some. In fact, I'm happy to report that there was plenty of knitting this weekend. I worked on the 2006 Christmas Scarves (yes, that's not a typo), the Nancy Bush Traveller's Socks, and the Waving Lace Socks.

I finished Sock #1 of Waving Lace. Ends woven in, toe kitchenered. All I gots ta do is wash and block. Oh, and knit Sock #2.

As for the Travellers, I noticed a big gauge discrepancy between them and the Waving Laces. The Wavings were knit on size #1 Crystal Palace DPNs. The Travellers were cast on to size #0 Addis. The Travellers were at least 2 inches wider than the Wavings, which actually fit.

I decided to swatch (OMG, stop the presses) AND (sit down) wash/block the swatches.

It appears that I need to do these on size #000. Or whatever those teensy tiny blue Susan Bates hypodermic needle-type DPNs are that I scavenged from my needle stash.

Good grief.

In other news, Friday afternoon was lovely, and I finally spent some time playing with my horse. I even rode around bareback for awhile. It was good.

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They're In Draft

Yeah, there are a couple of missing posts. They went into draft mode. You know where to find me if you want to read them... just let me know.

It's all good!


Tuesday, September 04, 2007

A Tiny Reveal


Things have progressed enough that I feel it's safe to pass along a tiny clue as to the nature of the Big Secret.

It has to do with imports.

I'm importing something very special from Nebraska that will hopefully make many positive impacts upon my life. It's something I had before, a long time ago, but lost in space and time. By some miracle of fate, I've found it again. It has been rediscovered. This import will be arriving within the next two weeks. Maybe by the end of the week. Depends on the loose ends that need to be tied up first and how fast they can be tied up. I may be travelling to Nebraska to assist with the import process.

Since I know you're all wracking your brains trying to figure out what the heck could be imported from Nebraska that is so special it warrants a veil of secrecy the size of George Bush's brain (in opposite proportions), I'll refer to an earlier post. Those of you with eagle eyes should be able to figure it out. Yes, you can post your hypotheses in the comments. :-)

(If anyone is reading this who already knows everything, no telling! Let's keep the fun going.) More on this topic later on. Da doo ron ron ron, da doo ron ron.

PS: I know I missed Tuesday InsaKnitty again, but you'll all have to excuse my absence. I'm cleaning the house like a madwoman in order to make room for the Import.