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Strickerin
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Despite the fact that I've only been with livejournal a short time, I am moving on. I have found that other blog-hosting services are easier to use and more flexible with my limited knowledge, and on top of that, they're free! Anyway, if you'd like to see what I'm up to now, or check out pictures of the baby, you can find me at Strickerin.
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Yes, it's true. I have not posted once this week. I have, however, spent a silly amount of time trying to figure out how to put HTML in the sidebars of this blasted blog. I do not know how to code in S2 format, I do not want to learn how to code in S2 format, I just want a style sheet that allows me to post the goofy little things I feel like posting, when I feel like posting them. >sigh< If anybody feels like making me a style sheet (or sharing one you already have) please let me know. I'll bake you cookies or something.
I got my sock pal yarn, and lemme tell you something, this stuff is gorgeous. I might just keep it for me, wool-allergies be damned, it's so pretty. I got it from Melissa, who gives sockapalooozers a discount. It's so soft and the colors are so incredible, there just aren't words. And guess what? I've seen even prettier colorways on her site since then. I think I want Melissa to adopt me.
I think I'm going to try a toe-up sock for the sock swap. I can't wait to start these socks and see this yarn blossom.
Oooh, more news of knitting. I went to the Tucson SnB for the first time last week. I thought it would be weird, like I'd be insinuating myself into a closed group who didn't want newcomers, but no weirdness was felt. I had a great time, stayed 1 1/2 hours later than I'd intended (never even bothered to check my watch), and got some great information about socks. I loved it - there were two mother-daughter pairs, a teen who came on her own, several UofA students/grad students/post docs, at least one working mom (me), and a couple of older gals. One woman was working on a top made of the neatest yarn I've ever seen: hemp/paper blend. It was so neat, and I suspect it will get neater as she washes it and it softens up some. It was variegated blues, greens and indigo, and it made me happy to look at.
I have about 1 inch to go before the toe decreases on my Olympic Socks. I'd hoped to finish them tonight, but I don't know that I'll be awake long enough. The Bug has been asleep for about two hours now, and it's quiet in the house (DH isn't home from Phoenix yet) so it makes me want to go to bed, even though I'm in the middle of my second double-latte and it's only 8:20. If you can't tell, stimulants aren't all that stimulating to me. Knitting, on the other hand...
Tune in tomorrow for the backyard thing. Maybe I'll have some good pictures of the sock yarn, too.

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I didn't finish my socks. I worked on them most of the weekend, but I only got one finished, and the other halfway through the leg.

I'm disappointed that I couldn't finish it on time, but I definitely enjoyed myself. I'd never tried anything as detailed as socks before, and I'm excited to finish this pair and start another. I've gotten my sock pal yarn from twoloops on etsy.com, and it should be here in a few days. I've reserved Nancy Bush's vintage socks book from the local library, so I hope I'll be selecting a pattern soon. I might try a short-row heel; if those are what I think they are, I like the look of them better. I dunno - I think I understand the theory of socks, but I haven't ever done short rows. I think I understand how those work too, but I don't want to be trying brand new things on socks that will be worn by someone else.
I was also excited to find some cotton/lycra sock yarn on etsy.com. I'm still frustrated by how difficult it is to find Blue Moon's yarns, so I am looking for alternatives.

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This has been a crazy crazy week. No way I'm gonna finish my socks by Sunday. All weekend we were at various family gatherings. Monday night was spent trying to get back to normal with dishes, laundry, the house and a fussy Bug, so I did very little knitting. Tuesday we had dinner with a friend of mine who was in town from Texas. Wednesday we had dinner with more friends from Texas. (All the people I know in Texas, not including family, were in Tucson in the same week.) Thursday our neighbor invited us for dinner. Each of those events included many many calories and several hours of chatting. No knitting at all. I played hooky this afternoon and came home early, spent a little time with the Bug, baked a cake (yum) and knit some more. I'm almost to the spot on the second sock where I need to switch to the smaller needles currently in the first sock, so after the Bug went to sleep I got the second sock out and started working on it. I have a few more rounds of decreasing before I get to the foot part.
So, I'd finally decided what colorway of Socks that Rock to use on my sock pal's socks, and when I tried to order on the internet, from the store I was directed to by the Socks that Rock people themselves, there was no link. I called them up and was told that the Blue Moon people asked them to take all their pictures down and not sell the yarn anymore. WTF? I can get some from the Blue Moon people directly, but I am frustrated. People talk about how great this yarn is, and here the makers are making it more difficult to get it? (Currently, out of a rumored 250 colorways, there are 20 for sale on their site.) I had my heart set on using this stuff, but now I feel a little put off. Am I just being petulant? It seems a little crappy to me. (But, I did learn that knit-purl (www.knit-purl.com) is working with a fiber artist to make their own line of sock yarn, including a cotton/elastic sock yarn, to take the place of STR in their store and online. YAY! More choices!) In the meantime, I'm thinking of switching to Koigu (more expensive, ugh) or really splurging on some Mountain Colors Bearfoot. (That stuff is made about 5 miles from my in-laws' house in Montana.)
I suppose that's all for this update. Sometime this week I have to figure out how to get the ring code in the sidebar on this lovely creation of mine, lest I be banished forever from the ring.

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So, the socks progress. I finished the heel flap in the truck on the way to Phoenix on Sunday, and did that neat little shaping thing and picked up the stitches before I got to DH's family's party. While there, I tried to knit, and desperately screwed up those few rows. (Not to mention that, despite the fact that I'd read through the pattern, I still managed to mess with the needle arrangement so I couldn't figure out where to decrease the gussets.) So, frogged back to the picking-up-stitches row.
I decided that I couldn't knit and worry about family arrangements at the same time, so later that night I picked up the cuff of sock 2 and started the leg. That was fairly simple and I managed to knit on it most of Sunday, at MY family's party. I think I have all of about two inches knit. I doubt I'll finish the socks by Sunday's closing ceremonies, but I'm making excellent progress, I think, and I'm having a good time. No need to kill myself over these socks. I do have to point out though, that my socks are CRANBERRY, not maroon. Maroon is the evil school color of that rotten party school, ASU. My Cranberry socks would be perfectly happy going to any of the games and cheering wildly for UA, clearly the best school in AZ, and maybe even in the PAC-10. I suppose, to make a point, when I want to learn stranded colorwork, I can certainly knit some ASU SUCKS socks or something like that. I would wear them proudly. GO CATS!

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But that's okay, since I'm usually the only one who reads this blog anyway. When I start commenting to myself (other than that once to make sure it was working and I had my settings done properly), maybe someone will give me one of those neat white jackets with the pretty buckles down the back.
(On a tangent here, no wonder people in straitjackets are nuts. Wouldn't you be, if someone strapped your arms into a permanent self-hug? I get tense and anxious just thinking about it.)
So, sock update. Sock 1 is still waiting for me to have time to read the pattern for the heel. I finished the picot edge of Sock 2. I got exactly three stitches of the hem stitched together this morning before work, but I managed to bring my stuff so I could knit at lunch.
Yesterday was my weight watchers weigh-in. I used to have a problem figuring out rewards for myself for losing weight. (All I could think of was, "When I lose 10 pounds, I'll eat a whole chocolate cake." Um, yeah.) Now, I have a list of yarn I want to buy, and there's so much good stuff out there that I can't think of enough weight goals to make! (Somehow the budget wouldn't survive if I bought yarn every time I lost, oh, say, half a pound.) My first goal (and I'm halfway there) is to lose 10 pounds, at which point I will buy myself two skeins of Sock Candy, in either Lapis or Siren Song. I am trés excited about the idea.
Other goals include enough yarn for a new sweater when I hit my 10% goal, and yet another sweater 25 pounds after that. When I reach my final goal, I will treat myself to something ridiculously expensive (Silk yarn for a sweater or shell? Hmmm, maybe). After all, I'll be smaller, so I won't need as much yarn, right? Maybe I'll tie one goal to exercise, since that's OH SO FUN. (You know, if I had a stationary bike, I could knit while I rode...)
Gracious, somebody stop me.
Oh yeah, and the Bug got a tooth yesterday!
TGIF.

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Did I tell you how much I loved watching the parade of countries during the opening ceremonies? I love it every time, although the rest of the opening ceremonies is usually, um, unnecessary. Except for the torch-lighting and the parade of countries, it's a chance for the host country to spend a whole lotta money on alternative dance, costumes, and general weirdness. But the parade. OH, the parade. Every single face smiling. Every single face happy to have earned the chance to compete with the best the world has to offer. Every single one, sure that it will all go his way, that he will turn in the best performance of his athletic career, that he will win the gold for himself, his family, and his country. The only ones I saw behaving with anything less than decorum were >sigh< the Americans, and even their antics were subdued. It was the opening ceremony of the Olympics, after all.
I have been performing as well as work, home and baby Bug will allow as well. Here is my progress on Olympic Sock #1.

It's about 7 1/4 inches, instead of the 9 called for by the pattern, but I don't think I'll make it that long. 9 inches from cuff to top of foot on me is nearly a knee sock. So, maybe another 1/4 - 3/4 inches and I'll be ready to turn the heel. Tomorrow I will bring the sock to work with me and knit during my conference call, and knit a row every 20 or so minutes to give my wrists a break from the keyboard. I hope I'll get far enough to put OS#1 aside and cast on OS#2 while I'm at work. That way I can work on the heel at home, where I have my book and a little time to concentrate. 
Oh yeah, and this is what the Bug looks like when he's too tired to finish his dinner of carrots and peas.

Note how, while rubbing his eyes with tiredness, he got the carrots and peas smeared all the way up to his forehead.

Well, we knit-letes need our rest, so off to bed for me. Living life is pretty tiring.  But in a good way. :-)

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Is it just me, or does it seem like men really get left out today? You can see 10 different jeweller commercials an hour on TV this time of year, and the florists are going gangbusters, but nowhere do you see tools and recliners and other guy-gift stuff being pushed. I'm just sayin'.

Anyway, here are the pics answering Sandy's universal meme tag:
First, my knitting chair, with the majority of my stash bagged nicely next to it. (Yarn-eating buggie-things be damned!) Also please note the cranberry Olympic sock on the ottoman.

Next, my knitting chair, showing the location of The Bug, and one of the dogs. That would be Greta, my quilting dog. (She likes to lay on the foot pedal when I sew.)

Finally, I'd intended to post a pic of the view out the window from my knitting station, but the photo is so awful I can't bear to use it.

I left my knitting at home today and am at work without it. I feel lonely.

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So, I took all the pictures I'd planned to take, and then left them languishing in the camera. It was a beautiful weekend, I had almost nothing to do but knit and play with The Bug, and I couldn't really bear holing up in front of the computer to mess with photos.

I made noticeable progress on my Olympic socks.  I decided at the last minute to do a picot edge.  Really cute, but ridiculously time consuming when I'm on a deadline.  It took me all Friday night to finish just the edge, six rows deep.  Oh my.  However, Saturday morning I knitted the layers together and I was off!  If I actually paid attention to my (really easy, scant) pattern of k3, p1, I'd be a lot farther, but noooo, I had to go and mess up MULTIPLE times.  Apparently I can't count to three while watching TV.  I think I have about 3 1/2" of leg done on the first sock, and I can usually get in about 1-2 hours of knitting a night.  I think if I have the first sock done by Friday, there will be hope.  I have lots of family time coming up this weekend, but I should be able to knit during that, too - when I'm with my sisters or my husband's family, somebody snags Bug and I don't get him back until we're getting ready to leave.

Last night DH took me for an early Valentine's dinner to The Melting Pot, a fondue restaurant on the other side of town.  SO. GOOD.  The chocolate fondue at the end is so fantastic, there are no words.  But let me just say, Flaming Turtle Chocolate Fondue, with cheesecake bites and strawberries and other things for dipping.  >sigh<

And now I will try desperately to get back on my little weight-watchers plan for the rest of the week!

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First, Happy Birthday Daddy!

Second, it's knitting olympics time. I will be casting on tonight while watching the opening ceremonies. That 2pm thing didn't work for me, cuz, well, I'm at work. However, I'm super-excited, and going to stop for some chocolate and beer on the way home from work. I'll keep them in a cooler in my knitting station so I won't actually have to get up for anything.  I'll put the Bug next to my knitting station and he can watch the Olympics and the Olympic Sock Knitting from the comfort of his bouncy chair.  Oooh, I'm excited.  I hope I haven't overestimated my ability to knit tiny tiny yarn on tiny tiny needles, over and over, ad nauseum.

Edited to add: I couldn't wait. I met my husband for lunch, and I asked him to bring me my yarn and my book. I have officially cast on the First Olympic Sock, and have completed one row. This is gonna take a long time.

Third, Sandy tagged everyone for a meme, and since I was going to do it anyway, I'll be taking a picture of my knitting station this weekend.  DH was nice enough to move my (ugly) Ott lite out to my chair since my other lamp died, and my stash is all bagged up and sitting nicely next to the chair.  (I have a tiny stash.)  With the addition of the chocolate and the cooler full of beer, it will be perfect.  Knitting nirvana.  I will be able to knit all manner of things in my queenly knitting throne...

Ok, I'll stop now.

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