SOS 2008

…and a meme.

First, a pair of handspun socks made from the yarn I finished at W.O.O.L.:

Handspun 'Fruit Salad' Socks

My 2nd pair of SOS ’08 socks and my last. I didn’t follow a pattern, just knit plain socks using the short-row heel from Wendy’s Southwestern Socks (which I have found fits my heel very well – much better than a regular short-row heel).

Now, for those interested in seeing a little glimpse inside my relationship with RR, here is the ‘Spousal meme’ that’s making the rounds:

Me: What is your favorite thing about my knitting?
RR: My Favorite thing? That you make stuff with your hands…

Me: What is your least favorite thing about my knitting?
RR: That it’s all-consuming…

Me: What is something I have knitted that you recall as being good?
RR: Sweaters and shawls…
Me: I need a more specific answer.
RR: Well your grey shawl (the Wing of the Moth shawl) is nice but the grey sweater with the maroon stripey thing (my Olympic Sweater) is good.

Me: Do you think knitters have an expensive hobby?
RR: It can be.

Me: Do you have any hobbies?
RR: Yes. I bite my nails and work to buy yarn.
Me: Aren’t you funny…

Me: What are your hobbies?
RR: Seriously?  Fireworks and cars.

Me: So, if we compared money/time spent on hobbies, who would win?
RR: My honey would win.
Me: What? Cars are more expensive than yarn!
RR: My car was paid for 10 years ago (*cough* more like 8), you pay for stuff all the time.
Me: We just spent a buttload of money on going to WY for fireworks and didn’t stop in *one* yarn store!
RR: That was a vacation!
Me: Whatever.

Me: Do you have a stash of any kind?
RR: I guess…I have a stash of stereo stuff to sell to make $$ for yarn.
Me: you ass.

Me: Has my knitting in public ever embarrassed you?
RR: ummm…no.

Me: Can you name another knitting blog?
RR: What’s Scout’s thing?
Me: Scout’s Swag
RR: Or Jessie’s?
Me: What Housework?
RR: yeah, them.

Me: Do you mind that I want to check out yarn stores everywhere we go?
RR: Sometimes.

Me: *ahem* I’d like to point out that I didn’t set one toe in a yarn store on our road trip.

Me: Do you understand the importance of a swatch?
RR: Absolutely.
Me: Do you know what a swatch is?
RR: Of course! How could I pick out the fabric for a car interior or speakers without checking out a swatch first?
Me: But do you know what a swatch is for knitting?
RR: Yes! You make a little piece of knitting to help you figure out your count so you can make the right size fabric to make a sweater or something.
Me: *speechless*

Me: Do you read JessaLu Knits?
RR: Yep.

Me: Have you ever left a comment?
RR: yep.

Me: Do you think the house would be cleaner if I didn’t knit?
RR: *laughs* I dunno. No.

Me: Is there anything else you want to say?
RR: *in Forrest Gump voice* That’s all I have to say about that…

Frightening, isn’t it? ;op

Those of you who know me ‘in real life’ know that I am constantly balancing on the edge of sanity.  I like things the way they are, don’t like big changes a whole lot and when things in my life are teetering on the tightrope of control, I have difficulty staying calm.

This trip might push me over that edge.  Seriously.

So, let’s go down the checklist, shall we?

Magical wristbands that help keep puke-age at bay…check.  Laptop with games loaded…check.  DS and games…check.  Spinning wheel…check.  Knitting picked out…not yet.  Clothes for a week…check.  Marshmallows…check.  Shiny girly-pants safety glasses…check.

Spring Forward Fireworks socks?

Spring Forward Socks

check and check. [Raveled] I felt using the July Jimmy Beans Lorna’s Laces ‘Fireworks’ yarn was fitting.  ;o)

I think I might be ready to go…and this will be my last post before we head West.  I will be posting photos from the trip on my Flickr account if you’re interested.  I have some big plans for fancy fireworks photography. ;o)

See you on the flip side!

Yep, I jumped on again. It seems to be a habit for me – I like to play the cool aloof knitter but the ‘pattern of the moment’ always seems to make its way onto my needles.

Anyway, I promised to show you what’s in the bag:

Spring Forward Sock

The Spring Forward socks [raveled] seem to go almost as quickly as the Monkey socks, it has somewhat the same amount of rows in the pattern repeat (20 for SF only 10 are one way and 10 are reversed…does that make sense?) so you’ll be going along and think, “well, I can finish the last five rows of this repeat” and then you get there and you think, “well, I can do the next 10 rows since the last 5 went so quickly” and before you know it, you’re at the heel.

Which, on this pair of socks, I’ve knit two times so far since I hated the first one so much I couldn’t live with it. The first heel was a regular slip-stitch flap heel (with no give) and the second is a modified partial-flap short-row sherman heel (with no holes and lots of give for my fat ankles – yes, cookie, I said they’re fat. shut up. ;op) which makes me *way* happier than the original heel. It also uses way less yarn so hopefully I won’t run out before I hit the toe… ;o)

Spring Forward Sock

Also, thank you all for your nice comments on my bags – wonky and otherwise – they are very much appreciated!  I’ve had a couple of people ask if I’ll be selling them and while it’s something I’ve considered doing, I’d have to make a significant upgrade regarding what I use to sew them together, which isn’t going to happen anytime soon.  You see, for my regular ‘everyday’ sewing, I use a c1938 Singer model 15-91 which doesn’t do zig zag stitch easily (it does go backwards, thank the GSD, unlike my other antique Singer which only knows forward stitching) and from what I’ve gathered, I need to be able to use a serger or zig zag stitching on the inside corner seams in order to have a nice clean bag on the inside.  I just don’t feel comfortable selling something that isn’t 100% up to my own standards so for now, the bags will have to stay on the sidelines.  However, If you know anyone who has the zig zag attachment for an antique Singer drop me an email…we’ll talk.  ;o)

In other knitting news, how about I share what I purchased from the Loopy Ewe for my birthday.  I used the two gift certificates gifted to me by my ‘rents and my sister:

Sakina Needles: Fruit Salad
CTH - Blueberry Hill
Chewy Spaghetti: Sultry

CTH - Champlain Sunset
Indie Dyer - Cactus Flower
NN Toasty - Blackberry Jam

As usual, click to see the ‘magic’! ;o)

Another birthday gift I received?  Four of these:

Happy Birthday to Me...

Not as fuzzy, but hopefully they’ll help with the lovely swaying sensation I experience while the camper is being towed.  I’ll do anything to keep from puking (vomit free since ’03!), even spending yarn $$ on tires.

I also received the new Civ IV for the DS from Dobby and Whipping Boy and a new computer mouse from RR that has the cool new micro receiver thingy and a table for my laptop.  The mouse?  Love. it.  The man knows the second best way to my heart – technology.  ;o)

Why, sewing box bags, of course. ;o) You know, in order to be a productive SOS sock knitter, you need a pretty bag to put the sock *in*.

Prior to leaving for our overnight camping trip, I decided that I absolutely had to have a new project bag. Didn’t matter that I needed to pack a camper or air out a camper or check to see if a camper was registered (it wasn’t, but that’s another story for another day), I needed a bag and I needed it right. now.

My first attempt was a bit on the wonky side:

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Please ignore the computer desk mess…

I didn’t notice how wonky until after I had cut off the excess fabric from boxing the corners which means…there’s pretty much no fixing this bag.  This is how it’s going to look until I have a sewing epiphany and figure out how to make it less…special.

My second attempt came out way better:

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See?  No wonky-ness.  This is the bag that I’ve been schlepping since Friday – it even went to Six Flags on Monday.  Want to see what’s in it?

Well…you’ll have to wait.  ;op

p.s.  Thank you for all the lovely birthday wishes!  This has been the best year by far between Plurk wishes, blog wishes and Ravelry wishes.  You all made my day  :o))

…I do that.

I wanted to share what is currently at the top of the WIP heap:

Elfine Socks

Elfine’s Socks [raveled] knit in Shibui Sock – I’m up to the ankle and having a helluva time getting the pattern to fall into place. Right now I’m two stitches off and ready to light the entire pile on fire. Good thing I like the Shibui too much to torch it – although, I will be making things go boom on Friday and I will have a flare in hand and who knows? Something might slip… ;op

Tessarae Socks

I’m also working on a pair of Tesserae Socks [raveled] in Sereknity Options superwash. This colorway is ‘Vineyard’ and I am totally in love with it. The pattern is working out well, too. These socks have nothing to worry about. ;o)

Both of these projects are my current contributions to Summer of Socks ’08 [rav group].  I’m actually knitting socks this time around and not just helping read blogs!  Yay!  hehe

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