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Knitting

Eggstra Socks

In progress Eggstra Socks

The photo shows my progress as of Friday, November 5, at the end of the time I had to knit over my lunch hour. Over the weekend I added 35 rows to the foot, and as of Sunday night I had maybe an inch to go before I could start the toe. And then I thought I’d try it on as best I could while on the circular needle to confirm whether it would fit me or my mom’s cousin’s friend better, and I discovered a stitch that was dropped before I started the foot rounds. Ugh.

When I started on the foot, I knew a stitch had gotten lost somewhere, but I assumed it happened in the increasing or decreasing around the heel, and I just added a stitch back in. Whoops. Now, there’s probably a very nice to fix this without ripping back to it, but I wasn’t completely happy about a couple of other things, and this was just one thing too many to ignore. So yesterday I ripped back to the heel, rescued my dropped stitch, and reknit the gusset.

But for now, this sock must be put aside so I can start a new pair, for alas, this sock fits me pretty well, but the pair I need done by the end of the month needs to be smaller. Last night I cast on a new sock with smaller needles.

Note: I think I’ve failed NaBloPoMo. But I’m going to try to keep posting when I can; it’s a vast improvement over what I’ve done since last November regardless.

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My Post Was Eaten!

Well, I’d like to say that the title of the post was true, but if yesterday’s post for NaBloPoMo was eaten by anything, it wasn’t WordPress but rather my desire to go to bed and forget stuff that needs to be done. Does it count if I have an extra post one day?

So, knitting. I have approximately a zillion projects in progress right now. I’d really like to finish a few of them, but right now I’m concentrating all my efforts on a pair of socks. A couple months or so ago I came across some information about the Ovarian Cancer Sock Kit. This is a cause near and dear to our family because one of my mom’s cousins is an ovarian cancer survivor. I immediately placed an order for a kit. And then sent an email to my mom’s cousin letting her know about the kit and asking her about the organization it benefits. She responded, and also asked if she bought a couple of kits, would I be willing to knit pairs for her and another survivor friend of hers too? Of course I would! I mean, socks aren’t that time consuming, really, right?

Well, it’s all turning out fine now, but these socks have a pretty complicated pattern in the cuff. There are six different cable stitches to keep straight, plus a little bit of beading, which I hadn’t done before in knitting. I’m looking forward to doing some straight knitting when I get to the foot, because the cuff and heel are definitely not things I can do without some amount of concentration. Now that I have those cable stitches mostly memorized, though, I think I’ll be able to finish a pair by the end of November with little trouble, so the cousin can give her friend her pair for her birthday in early December.

And the other two pair should be a breeze!

In other news, I received my member card for the Minnesota Zoo today. I’ve been thinking about getting a membership for a few years now, but finally took the plunge when I was there for a friend’s birthday a couple Saturdays ago. I realized that I really love walking around there, and being able to go down anytime I want, even by myself on a random day off from work or something, would be wonderful. I also love taking photos of the animals, and sometimes it would be nice to do that at my own pace. I did get an Individual Plus membership, though, so I can take someone with for free if I want some company.

Early to Bed, Early to Rise

It’ll be a very quick note tonight. It was a long day of painting and moving a few things from my parents’ house, and I have to be ready by 7:30 tomorrow morning for the first of three deliveries.

7:30-10:30: bed and TV stand (and if I’m lucky, they’ll be willing to help with the coffe table and end table I stupidly picked up last night and only managed to get as far as my garage)
8:30-10:30: mattress set
11-1: TV

I am so looking forward to having my new mattress! And not only because my cats can finally move to their new home tomorrow evening since I won’t be sleeping on an air mattress anymore.

I’m looking forward to the new HDTV too, but it’ll be better after Comcast is here Thursday, and great when I actually have time to watch TV again.

I needed a little comfort knitting, so I’m doing a couple rows of my bath mat and then I’ll get to bed. *yawn*

Bolder Colors Than Expected

Tonight I am sitting at my dining room table. Yay! Also, it was heavier than I expected, but Mom and I persevered in getting it up my stairs.

It’s interesting all the things you don’t notice even if you’ve seen your prospective home numerous times before closing. For instance, while the carpet is pretty soft, it’s way more discolored than I thought. I’m starting to think, though, that it’s not beige carpet with weird peach staining, but peach carpet that has faded in a lot of places to beige. This is just one of a whole bunch of things that I thought I’d wait quite a while before updating or replacing that are moving up on the timeline.

The big event today was buying quart-size containers of the paint colors I had chosen so I could put some on the walls before buying full gallons. I’ve been mulling over colors for ages, and I still don’t know what I’m doing in the dining room, entryway, staircase wall/landing, or bathroom, and Mom wants to try something in my second bedroom so she’s in charge of that.

[Note: The colors aren’t completely true because (1) these are taken with my iPhone, and (2) the lighting isn’t very good in most of the rooms.]

The color I chose for the master bedroom is a pretty typical color for me. Something calm and pretty, and it coordinates with a bedspread I bought a few years ago but have never used.

Choosing a color for the living room was challenging because I ended up buying sort of caramel-colored leather sofas. I certainly couldn’t go with my original thought of a light silvery grey. I started thinking about blue, and found a couple on one paint chip that I really liked. First, the one that I’m not going with:

It was just too dark, and I suspected that might be the case, but I wanted to try it. I love the color, though, and will use it for something eventually. The color I am going with:

The kitchen is where I’m really reaching outside of my comfort zone. I bought the following canister and a coordinating oil dispenser a few years ago, and used them as the inspiration.

It appears it’s going to need a couple of coats, but it’s pretty much what I’ve been thinking for a while.

In other news, I actually did a little knitting this evening. I was at my parents’ for dinner and to watch The Amazing Race, and decided to cast on the bath mat I got yarn and the pattern for a few days ago.  My NaKnitMo total is currently at 4,810/30,000 stitches, so a little behind a 1,000/day average, but by a week or so from now, I should be more on my regular schedule of knitting with TV for part of most evenings and be able to get back where I want to be.

I Should Be Packing

This morning I did some packing, taking all the stuff I had in my parents’ kitchen cabinets out while Mom packed the stuff up. I had two bottles of wine I had completely forgotten about in there. I have a feeling that I’m going to have a lot of little discoveries like that. Hey, look! I have an espresso machine!

This afternoon and this evening we went through a bunch of household goods that have been stored in my parents’ basement. I still don’t know where my plates, bowls, or silverware are, but wow, I have a lot of Pampered Chef products. I was a consultant for PC for a couple of years in the late 90s, and I accumulated quite a bit in that short time. I have more stoneware than you can shake a stick at.

If I can wrangle up enough boxes, I’m hoping to work on boxing up mystery books tomorrow evening. They’re currently in two bookcases, most in one that’s pretty large, with the overflow in a smaller one. I’d like to repurpose the smaller one to house my sci-fi/fantasy books, which currently don’t have a home at all, though I don’t think they’ll all fit. However, I’m weeding out certain books as I go if I can get them on Kindle instead, so that should help all around. And, I’d certainly love to have the books I’m keeping ready for when I’ll have some help moving them.

The total stitches for my NaKnitMo practice day was 2,697, despite having to frog about 500 stitches. I’m making a circle blanket that has an increase round followed by four rounds of straight knitting, but I did the increase round a round early. Whoops. I took it out, did the row properly, and then did the increase row in the first real hour of NaKnitMo.

Throughout the day today I was able to fit in another four rounds on the blanket, so my total for today is 2,520. Below are a couple of photos, one from the top view, and another from the side. Right now it’s all squooshy on the needles, but when it grows up, it’ll be blocked and stretched out to a nice, large circle.

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I think this is going to look fabulous hanging out on one of my new sofas. (I ordered two because it was only $20 more to get a second sofa instead of a loveseat, but I can switch if the second one doesn’t fit well.) And yes, power recliners on both sides. I can’t wait to sit and knit there!

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Just to talk about something other than my move or knitting, I’m currently reading Busted Flush, edited by George R.R. Martin. I learned about the first book of what is at least a trilogy (the third is due out this winter) within the Wild Cards universe because a friend of mine from high school is one of the authors. If you’re curious about how I tracked down that friend or about the books, I wrote about it here.

A Busy November Ahead

Because buying a home and moving isn’t going to be enough to do for the next few weeks, I decided to add a couple of other challenges. The first shouldn’t be too difficult, especially since it involves knitting, but the second is a little trickier.

But first, an update on the condo. I was supposed to close yesterday, but found out a few days ago that it was going to be delayed, probably about a week (I was first told “at least a week,” but the next day it was downgraded to “at most a week”). It was very disappointing, but I’m over that, and just hope it all works out well. At the moment I still don’t know what day it’ll be, but probably Thursday or Friday.

The first additional challenge is NaKnitMo (Ravelry link). Someone posted about it in one of my other Ravelry groups, and I couldn’t help but be intrigued. The basic idea is to knit 30,000 stitches during the month of November, which at first seemed like a huge number. However, I’ve been keeping track of my stitches yesterday and today. Without any special effort, I knitted a bit more than 1,300 yesterday, and so far today I’ve completed nearly 1,800. So even with moving and all that entails, 30,000 stitches, or an average of 1,000 a day, is looking very manageable.

The second challenge directly affects this blog, as I’ve decided to participate in NaBloPoMo. I’ve never been very good about posting regularly, but during a time when I actually have things going on that I can write about seems as good a time as any to attempt to develop the habit. And it’s not like I’m trying to write a novel or anything.

Speaking of those things going on, I should try to do a little packing this evening. I should at least put away the yarn I bought this afternoon. What a Saturday night!

Catching Up

I knew it had been a while since I posted here, but I had no idea it had been nearly so long. Sheesh. I do have a blog elsewhere that I’ve been using more for my adventures in knitting, but there’s just no way I can keep up with two blogs, so I’ll have to decide what to do about that.

In my last post, I mentioned that I had started knitting recently. It’s been about 10 months now, and I’m still loving it. As of today, I’ve completed 19 projects. I currently have four works in progress (WIPs), two of which are very close to being done, and four unfinished objects (UFOs). Naturally I have a bunch of projects that I want to start soon too, but I’m only planning on a couple of them in the immediate near future. One is a gift for a friend, the other something I’d like to have as sort of a housewarming gift for myself if I actually buy a home this fall (a little more on that below).

I don’t yet have photos uploaded to Flickr for everything, but here a few of my favorites.

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I knitted this for a scarf exchange through Facebook, and it uses a fingering-weight yarn. I started knitting it only about six weeks after I started knitting, and loved how it turned out. I loved the colors too, but have the same yarn in a different colorway in my stash ready to knit a second one I can keep.

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I’m knitting a bunch of these this year as gifts, but this is the first one, which I made for an exchange on Ravelry. I can probably knit this in a couple of days pretty easily, but when the kitchen cotton ends up doubled at the top, I have to take breaks from it.

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This is actually the very first part of a wrap, which I knit in February. The wrap is sort of a sampler of different techniques (these are mitered squares), without about 19 more parts if I remember correctly, plus a crocheted border (it’s been quite a number of years since I did any crochet), so it’ll be a fun learning experience. Other things keep coming up, but I hope to get back to this wrap this fall.

I actually have a couple of things going on in the rest of my life, which is usually not the case. Last week I started actually going to see homes (townhouses and condos) I might be interested in buying, rather than just looking at them online. I’m going to see one or two more this evening that are more in the area I’d prefer, and one is ridiculously close to the yarn shop I hang out at a bit. I’m not sure if this is a good or bad thing — less mileage for getting there (and if I got it back in condition, I could probably bike there), but so, so close for making purchases. But then again, when I have a mortgage, I’m going to really need to outline a knitting budget and stick to it. It’s not like I don’t have enough yarn for probably at least 20 projects already!

A week from tomorrow I’m heading out to upstate New York to visit my friend Jessica for about 10 days. We’re still working on an itinerary, but our plans include going up to Rochester to see a Red Wings game (probably on Sunday the 30th), spending a day at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, heading to Saratoga Springs for a day to sightsee and check out the horse racing; seeing the new Harry Potter movie (I’ve seen it, but certainly don’t mind seeing it again with Jessica, who has not yet), and taking an afternoon or two to check out the yarn shops around her area. Of course I’ll also be seeing at least one performance at the Glimmerglass Opera, which is where Jessica works, probably La Traviata on the 25th.

Knitting/Cat Storage

A few weeks ago I decided it was about time I learned how to knit. I plan to post more about that soon (including photos, which aren’t transferred to my computer yet), but I have this photo on my iPhone just waiting to be posted…

See, with the knitting has come more yarn, with more need to find places to store it. I found some great containers, particularly perfect for balls of kitchen cotton.

And cats.