The washcloth that kicked my arse
First round: I cast on 150 stitches twice. Because the first time I didn't start with enough yarn.
Second round: Subconscious decided that 12 bobbles was much better than the called for 6 in row 2. Decided this wasn't so grand in row 4. Did I mention 150 stitches?
Third round: Casted on 150 stitches, created the correct number of bobbles, knit to row 5 (FIVE) and realized that it was twisted. Yep, like a mobius. Somehow the: "do not twist" part alluded my incredible brain. duh.
Was I going to let the washcloth win? was I going to cast on for a 4 (FOURTH!) time? Or was I just going to smudge it cause its a washcloth for crying out loud, and create a nifty hanging loop to camouflage the funky hole. Yep. I did that.
Updated: think its going to rain?
he's a sneaky one, really he is... He is almost as good at hiding my packages as the mail man. At least the DHL guy just tries to run me over, just like I try to run him over (fun game, really. He flies up my driveway, I fly down my driveway. Good thing one of us was paying attention. Surprise! It was me!) sooo.. guess what!
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My shoes came and they are too small (!?!). Even better, there isn't another one to be found in any of the other stores in the district. Think that's going to stop me? noooo... David at my local Sears, apparently felt bad for me when he called me back to say there aren't any anywhere. He told me that he is one of the lucky to unload the truck tomorrow. He promised to call tomorrow if there are any size 8's on said truck. (he better or I'll bring all, count em' 3 kids, with me to the mall and they'll be high on sugar buddy!) If there isn't, I'm ordering a pair online. If that doesn't work. Damnit I'm calling every freaking store in New England, I want these bloody shoes. damnit. triple damnit even.
Lookie see my first socks of Socktoberfest! Whoohoot! I know they look cute in the shoes, but check em' without:
Kid update: Corra's feeling much, much better. I think it might have been the house call by Dr. Allysa.
Bryce is now sick, and Allysa is a bit sniffly. First cold of the season. At least it was this week, and not next week!
Notice I changed the blog around a bit? Moved the buttons a bit, changed the look of my blogroll. If you want to see the blogs I read click on the sheep to see them. Many thanks to MandyJ who resized the pic for me, and is back to blogging! Yay!
Sometimes I forget why I hate going to the mall, or why I even hate shopping to begin with. Then after spending 5 minutes in the mall, including the walk in, I remember why I dislike the mall with such a passion its unreal. It might have had something to do with it being a Saturday and there was a Halloween Fashion show going on. Which a million people where attending. A million people who where walking so slow I could stop, wait, then walk my super walk speed for half a store front. I went to the mall on a mission, I wanted the shoes the girl from Sear's said should be in by Friday night. Guess what? They weren't there. surprised? I shouldn't be. *gr* The girl who did help me however, told me I could order the shoe's from a different store, not have to pay shipping and they could be at my house in a week or less. Of course, I wanted new shoes on Saturday and why didn't the girl on Tuesday tell me this?!? I wanted to walk out of the mall with my pretty new shoes! Not a single store had shoes that would show off my hand knit socks. I ordered the shoes from Sear's and picked up some chocolate from Gardner's. The candy store always has something I want! Saturday night I poured my frustration into finishing up my so called scarf, I might have also ate all the truffles I bought too.... take a look its so soft and luscious
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Pattern: My so called scarf from Sheep in the City
Yarn: 2 hanks of Manos in color way 109. One hank came from Jill Deal yarn shop in Milford PA and the other from Handworks in Smicksburgh PA.
Needles: size 11 Lantern Moon straights.
Time: about 3 nights of knitting.
Thoughts: Love this scarf! mmmmm Manos!! Great fall colors in this color way, the pattern was easy to memorize and I love how it broke up the colors. The Lantern moon needles where a luxurious splurge that was extremely worth every penny. The needles are so soft and smooth. I loved knitting with them!
After I finished my scarf, my needles where nakid and I needed something else to knit. Everybody together now:
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aren't they the cutest? I call them my baby Neapolitan socks. Here are the spec's
Pattern: loosely based on better than baby booties. I used the heel that they called for, but that's it.
Yarn: left over Vesper Neapolitan and a little bit of Vesper astro cause I ran out of yarn, and it used the same pink.
Needles: 4 size 0 metal dpns. (ouch!)
Time: 8 hours. Would have been a lot less if I didn't develop the inability to count to 44 and not recognize the problem till 6 rows of ribbing was knit on sock 2. *urgh*
Thoughts: awww! I have no idea if these will fit our little baby or not, but they are sooo cute! awwww!! For her next pair of socks, I'm using a size 1 needle. I don't know if it was trying to knit with yarn on a size 0 needle that was made to be knit with a size 1 needle (did that make sense?) But where the needle rested on my middle finger, owwww!!! It was a great way to use up some left over sock yarn, even if I had to dip into another skein. They are the cutest little socks!
Right now on my needles I have started a pair of vanilla socks using STR medium weight in Tiger's eye. More on that later, kids want to eat, and Corra has a sinus infection and is on antibiotics, Bryce and Allysa both have a cold. Really, what fun. That's ok though, cuddle time = knittin time! ; )
Here is my Saturday sky
On a Saturday, taken today (Saturday) can you believe it? I hardly can! Your lookin at the big sugar maple in my front yarn that has changed to a lovely yellow this year, and that's the top right corner of our house. We have so many lovely leaves in our yard, the kids and I are having fun adding more leaves too our "collections". *sigh* I love Autumn.
The mailman has been good to me this week, he thinks I'm a "knitting machine" (his exact words) and he would really like a brown hat... I told him yes, if He stops hiding packages in between my screen door and my front door. I got a package all the way from Australia! Diane was my August Birthday pal spoil-ie (go see those cute little baby socks she knit up! She designed the pattern too! WOW! Those are on my knit list girl!) she sent me this thank you package which was out of this world! AND she just moved to London! WOW!
- and here, I wanted a little green. Just a little a smidgen.
- and here (can't find the link now! Gr! It was on etsy...) I didn't want stripes. Thought it would detract from the leaf pattern I was dreaming about.
Wanna see what I got? (Because ya know, I couldn't wait the two weeks till Rhinebeck. Cause I'm totally going to cast on for these socks before then. uh huh!)
top to bottom Fleece artist merino in Autumn, Schaefer yarn Anne in Kermie, and Interlacement tiny toes in color 216. What really helped me make my decision was a phone call to Allison the owner of Simply sock yarn co. I wasn't sure if the green in the fleece artist was going to be ok. (my camera did a crappy job of capturing the colors) After a few minutes of talking about the different autumny colors she had in her shop, I went with the fleece artist autumn. Allison was great, and really helped me out! Thank you Allison! The other two yarns? Well... they just jumped in the cart... had to get free shipping you know ; )
Lookie see what I started Thursday night and what I finished Thursday morning
This weekend was nice, relaxing and enjoyable. Saturday the rain kept us home, it was nasty outside! I was hoping to go to a local farm that holds a Pumpkinfest every year. But there was no way I was taking the kids out in that weather. nope, nope, nope! So we went Sunday instead. There was a
bit downpour of rain on our way there. But once we arrived it was blue skies.