It could have been a comedy routine!

Some may remember that last year, around this time of year, I fell down my stairs.  I broke my toe and banged myself up pretty badly.  That toe hurt for months and months.  It is finally better.

Thursday night I was attempting to navigate those same stairs in the dark, and fell again.  I don’t think I broke a toe this time, but certainly bruised one pretty badly as well as maybe tore a ligament or something in my foot.  Hurts all up the foot even though the toe feels ok.  I have a slight limp but nothing pronounced.

On Saturday I was at J’s.  He doesn’t have a cordless phone so often the phone cord is out across the living room and everyone knows I can be a bit of a klutz.  I, of course, trip over the phone cord, catching the cord with my sore foot.  So it ended up more sore than it should have been on Saturday.   I took a tylenol and soldiered on.  After all, we had plans for an evening of shopping/coffee/movies.

We headed to a store to look at Clark’s brand shoes.  I needed a new  pair of winter wearable shoes, as all my boots now have holes in them and my shoes are so low that they won’t hold up to snow.  He also wanted to buy some Clarks for himself and his brother.  They are having a sale.  Unfortunately the women’s shoe sale and the men’s shoe sale are totally different sales.  The shoes I saw were about half off.  The shoes he saw were buy one, get the second half off.  We both had the same salesperson helping us out.  I knew he had been talking to her for awhile but I didn’t know what they were talking about.  I do know that he didn’t think the men’s shoe sale was much of a sale, so though he considered getting a pair, and apparently (though I wasn’t privy to this) kind of struck a deal with the salesperson where she was going to give him a coupon he didn’t actual have in hand.  (I never think to ask for such things but he always does, he is a bargain king, it just comes naturally to him).

So we are standing there at the checkout counter.  Buying my shoes, as he is not buying any.  He asks the sales person if there is any additional sale (as they had previously discussed) and I pipe up with “It is already on sale!”  After all, I thought half price was a pretty good deal.  He promptly attempts to surreptitiously step on my foot to get me to shut up.  Only he steps on my sore foot, so I say (rather loudly)  “OW!  My FOOT!  What are you DOING!”  No, I am not at ALL subtle and very clueless!  He is trying to whisper “Are you for me or against me!” out of the corner of his mouth while the salesperson tries not to laugh and rings it up for the sale (but not the coupon) price.

I am SURE she had a good laugh over the whole thing.  I would have laughed….but I hurt.  In fact, I wasn’t really ready to laugh until today.  We have even considered going back to ask her what she thought of our comedy routine.  After all, the writers are on strike right?

Neckline annoyances.

I wanted to post that I find necklines annoying to knit in the first place.  On top of that, I have discovered that J is very picky about his necklines.

2 examples of this thus far.

The green sweater, I reworked that neckline I think 3 times.  By the time I was done I was just annoyed!

The great sweater dissection project.  That could be done by now but I am so annoyed that I have set it aside.  That neckline is much more difficult to work, the stitches are so small and tight.  I had assumed (as we had discussed it) that I would be using all the yarn to make it into a turtle neck.  It was about mock turtleneck size when I showed it to him this weekend.  He then decided that maybe he didn’t want it to be a turtle neck, perhaps I should leave it as a mock turtleneck.  So I cast off.  He tried it on, and decided that was a terrible length for a sweater neckline, but perhaps he didn’t want a turtleneck either.  So I pulled out most of the work for a regular sweater neckline.  He then decided he didn’t think the look appropriate for that sweater.  (I agree and could have told him that!) He thought perhaps it was a “ski style” sweater and needed the turtleneck (indeed!) and so I again took out the cast off and reattached and am trying to get back to where I was when I started this whole mess.

You could say that I shouldn’t have shown it to him until the turtleneck was done, but that very well could mean that I would have to tear the whole turtleneck out and then rebuild it.

Let’s just say that I have set aside the great sweater dissection project for now.  I think I need a little perspective.  And that perspective should be far more positive than the one I am currently harboring.

What’s on my needles :)

I don’t usually do such posts but I do seem to have quite a bit on my needles at the moment.

First up we have Nicks scarf, which is currently 5 feet long.
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I am now positive I will have to block it out a bit because the ribs pull in so far that it ends up looking like a very skinny scarf.

Then we have my mystic waters, which really hasn’t progressed much past the last picture but perhaps worth a showing anyhow:
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Now, remember the silk/baby alpaca blend that I had to send back because the color wasn’t suitable? Guess what? The color is apparently OK after all. I thought it was a lovely color myself and couldn’t understand what the problem was. Turns out that it was a totally different color than what was pictured on J’s computer screen. So I began the Na Craga (from Alice Starmore’s Aran Knitting). I am once again in awe at her patterns as well as enjoying the soft silky smooth yarn. I do notice that there is a different feel about working with the baby alpaca, it is much less elastic than wool, it really doesn’t give. Hopefully the pattern will be ok anyhow.
Currently only a portion of the ribbing is done:
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Finally, I have been rearranging in my home a bit. I have gone through my yarns again and tried to put them in some order that I can see them as well as get to them easily. I also wanted to make it so that I can get to all the associated accessories easily rather than have to dig under my bed. I tried to arrange so that there were separate sections for sweater yarn, sock yarn, lace yarn, etc. More work is to be done but this is a good start 🙂
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Finishing (coat 3), From Nick

Coat 3 goes on the same as coat 2 except this time we use 000 synthetic steel wool instead of sandpaper. This stuff is basically the same thing as the scotch-pad on the back of your dish washing sponge.
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Since the 2nd coat will not be as rough this stuff works perfect for preparing the wood for the final coat of brush on gloss.
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Since we’ve had colder days/nights here in northern, NJ (can’t wait for that scarf!) I’m going to have to wait 2 days before the final coat of spray on satin goes on. Here’s the time that it’s hard to have patience . But I keep telling myself (and Shells) that it will be worth it!

Finishing (coat 2), From Nick

After the 1st coat dries for 24 hours the finish is rough and uneven. This is because the 1st coat “soaks” into the wood and also raises the grain. To prepare the surface for the 2nd coat the wood get a a light sanding with 220 sand paper.
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The result is a dull appearance that is ready for the 2nd coat of varnish. Like the 1st coat the wood gets a dusted off and a wipe with mineral spirits before the 2nd coat is applied. Now it’s another 24 hours of curing…
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