What I Learned This Weekend…

  • RTFP…Read the F*cking Pattern…this is what I should have done the first time I knit Jaywalkers. However, I did not. I now bow to the genius that is Grumperina – and I take back all the horrible nasty things I said about this pattern.
  • Toe up isn’t my favorite – at least, not with the ‘You’re Putting Me On Heel‘ It looks kinda crappy.
  • Toe up, however, is my favorite in that I can try on the sock as I’m working on it.
  • Short-Row heels use WAY less yarn.
  • The Jaywalker with a short-row heel is a wee bit tight.
  • Something being ‘a wee bit tight’ isn’t enough to make me want to frog another three inches off the damned sock.
  • STR IS all it’s cracked up to be. This stuff is like buttah.
  • Once you’ve learned Magic Loop/Socks on Two Circs you’ll never go back. At least I won’t. Except for maybe to use the Brittany dpn’s I bought on Saturday. (shush.)
  • My neck hurts really bad and my hair is downright frightening when I sit on the couch with my knitting for ten hours straight.
  • Harlequin novels haven’t changed much since I last read one about seven or eight years ago. Who the hell comes up with the terms used during the ‘romantic’ scenes? People in oncoming cars that saw me while listening to a certain portion of Half Past Dead must have thought I was certifiable since I was laughing my ass off when the narrator started talking about ‘his iron hard hot shaft of love’. Seriously, who thinks this shit up? I fast-forwarded through half the book fer chrissakes.

As you all know, at the end of last week I decided to start the toe-up Jaywalker. As of Thursday night I was halfway through the foot and then realized that 2.5mm needles + STR yarn makes a GINORMOUS sock. This is what I had to work with the next morning after that realization:

I also switched over to 2.25mm dpn’s. Saturday morning I decided that I just could not continue on the dpn’s so I hit the road to Albany and purchased some 2.25mm circulars from a yarn store in Cohoes. I spent a good part of Saturday driving around the Cohoes/Troy/Bennington area. I visited three yarn stores and picked up a few skeins of sock yarn (pictures later – I promise. RR is glaring at me right now because ‘he’s tired’ wuss. And Karin, if you’re reading this I’m really, really sorry I didn’t make it to your store on Saturday – I hope you can forgive me…). So, because of my road trip I didn’t work too hard on the sox. However, as of 3pm today I had this piece of craptastic knitting:

and about three minutes after that I had a pile of yarn because there is no way in hell I could have lived with socks looking like that. (sorry, no photo :o( )

THEN three hours (and some confusion over the short-row heel directions) after THAT I had this to show for my efforts:

Did you have any idea that a short row heel used that much less yarn than a flap heel? I didn’t – and the New England penny pincher in me is now insisting that I knit this heel from now on. (do you SEE that pile??)

Unfortunately, now the sock is a bit tight. I think I might have been a little impatient to start the heel but I’ve already ripped so much that I just might cry if I have to rip again. I mean, having circulation in your foot isn’t *that* important, is it?

Toasty Warm…



These are going to be toe-up Jaywalkers (sorry, Ab. I gotta know if the STR makes a difference in the pattern). Yes, I said Jaywalkers. Shaddup. I’ve never done toe-up before – I used the Turkish Cast-on and followed the tutorial here.

For those of you following the teeth saga, I got my ‘healing cuffs’ put in this afternoon. I look like freakin’ Frankenstein. If you want to know what they look like, click here. Hopefully on May 12th I’ll get the crowns put on and viola! new choppers ;o) That’ll be it, though. The very last step. I can’t wait!

Okay. SERiously?!?!


What the f*ck did I do to deserve this complete and utter karmic kick to the crotch that I’ve been getting lately?

Remember last week I mentioned that I was going to get my starter installed at Crappy Buy? Yeah. Ummm. No.

Wait. I already told you that part.

Jump ahead to this morning when I showed up (EARLY thankyouverymuch) and was told (by the same scrawny kid) that ‘he would NEVER have told me to come in on a Friday for a starter install’. HUH. Then WHY is my name right there on the schedule, numbnuts? (do I get karmic credit for NOT smacking him in the head with the appointment book?) This time I had a total meltdown and requested the manager. Loudly. I then proceeded to completely and utterly confuse him by using words with more than two syllables.

The result of my ‘putting my paralegal on’ (as RR likes to put it) is that I am on the schedule for tomorrow morning and will be credited for the install (and my gas cost – but the manager doesn’t know that. yet.) And I swear to God if it doesn’t happen this time I’m going to LOSE. IT. AND return the starter (by shoving it up the manager’s…yeah, you get it).

So, after a cooling-off period at Sam’s Club I spent a nice quiet couple of hours at my not-so L YS (Thanks, Karin!) which helped me recharge my batteries for dealing with Dobby this afternoon. See, her grades dropped after getting her cell phone so she’s lost it and doesn’t understand the concept of ‘no grades=no phone’ which means I get verbal abuse when I explain the rules to her for the gazillionth time. Trust me, it’s fun for the whole family. Try it with your teen.

Wait…what? You guys want to know about my knitting lately? What the hell do you think this is, a knitting blog? ;o)

*sigh* Okay fine. If you insist ;o) Yesterday I started working on the Oak Rib socks from Vintage Socks using the Mountain Colors in Obsidian (which is GORGEOUS in person). I finished about four inches on them at the store today. Two more inches and I can start the heel – yay!

I’ve also been working away at the Diamond Fantasy Shawl (have you noticed my progress meter creeping up lately? I found the shawl progress spreadsheet (from Rose-Kim Knits) so now I get to watch the painfully slow progress I’m making in detail). The pincushion is added for scale. I didn’t notice the pattern emerging until I got a gander in this photograph – pretty good if I do say so myself. I know there are a few mistakes in there, I’m calling them ‘design elements’ ;o)

On the retail therapy front, I got sucked into the STR club by a certain person (you know who you are) ;o) *sigh* I’m such a joiner. I’m actually pretty excited about it and can’t wait to get my first package! I had ordered some skeins from Blue Moon at the end of January and hadn’t seen them in the mail so I called them yesterday to find out what was up. The story is that their latest shipment of yarn had to be returned (400lbs of it – gawd, can you imagine?) so they are way behind in their orders. I wonder if this will effect the club shipments?

Okay that’s it for updates for now…

And taxes? They still suck. Thanks to you all for commiserating with me, it’s much appreciated ;o)

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