Category Archives: NaKnitMo

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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The Sofas Are Here! The Sofas Are Here!

Yeah, I’m pretty much that excited. Pictures will be along just as soon as I’m able to clear out the extra furniture from my living room. The new sofas look awesome with the blue color I chose for the living room, and they’re super comfy. I love being able to push a button to lift the footrest, and I’ve spent a rare (lately, that is) evening mostly relaxing with my feet up, watching TV and knitting.

Tomorrow evening Mom and I are going to start to put my new closet organization into the master bedroom closet. Pretty soon I’ll be able to hang up clothes! And I’m putting my dresser into the closet, which will clear up space to put a nice comfy chair in a corner of my bedroom by the window.

The next big hurdle is figuring out how to get the couch I had in the living room into the second bedroom. Mom and I rearranged and cleared out the room for the move, only to realize how difficult it’s going to be to fit through the door. It’ll go, but it has to be on its side, and with the pull-out bed inside, it’s really hard to move that way. For the moment it’s cozy with the  table in the dining room.

I’ve been able to get a little knitting in this weekend, and my current stitch total for NaKnitMo stands at 9,117/30,000 (I might get a little more than that done before bed tonight). I have quite a way to go in the next eight days! Though there will be other work to do, I’m sort of counting on the four-day weekend to get lots and lots of knitting in. After today I’ll probably work on the Hemlock Blanket rather than the bathmat not only because I can gets lots of stitches quickly, but also because I want to finish the blanket one of these months.

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!