Shou 3ada Ma Bada

OK, I’ve been tagged SOOOO many times now, I’d best get it over with.
RULES:
1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3.. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS.
4. Tag some friends.
5. Everyone tagged has to do the same thing. Blah blah blah.

IF SOMEONE SAYS ‘ARE YOU OKAY’ YOU SAY
“Pearl’s A Singer”  Pattie Darcy Jones

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?
“Love Her Madly” The Doors

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
“Could You Be Loved” Bob Marley

HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
“My Dear Country” Norah Jones

WHAT DO I THINK ABOUT FIRST THING IN THE MORNING?
“Sweet Memory” Melody Gardot

WHAT’S YOUR LIFE MOTTO?
“They Gotta Quit Kickin’ My Dog Around” Buffy Sainte-Marie

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
“La Javanaise” Madeleine Peyroux

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
“Everywhere” Fleetwood Mac

THOUGHTS ON THE PRESIDENT?
“You Made Me the Thief of Your Heart” Sinead O’Connor

WHAT DOES NEXT YEAR HAVE IN STORE?
“Heroine” Sinead O’Connor

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
“A Bad Penny” Cat Stevens

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
“Eight Days a Week” The Beatles

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
“Hook and Ladder” Nancy Sinatra

WHAT DOES YOUR LOVE LIFE LOOK LIKE?
“The First Cut is the Deepest” Sheryl Crow

WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
“Quinn the Eskimo” Bob Dylan

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
“Now that the Buffalo’s Gone” Buffy Sainte-Marie

(Dude, was that really necessary????)

WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
“Us and Them” Pink Floyd

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR?
“A Question of Lust” Depeche Mode

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
“Stand By Me” Adrian Bailey

WHAT IS YOUR HIGHEST GOAL?
“I Dug Up a Diamond” Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris

(In my dreams…)
WHAT DO YOU WANT RIGHT NOW?
“Empty Hands” Ana Egge
(does this mean I should put the knitting down?)
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
“The Wind” Cat Stevens

WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS
“Shou 3ada Ma Bada”  Ziyad Al Rahbani

Sylvi

And bad mojo.

I tried to spin last night.  It went rather poorly.  This confirms a lack of crafting mojo in the last 2 weeks.

So I decided it would be a great time to cast on for my Sylvi coat.  I started with the cuff, knit about half way through, and decided I didn’t like it.  So I frogged it.

I did restart today though, I am again about halfway through the first cuff.  I think it is going better now!  I realize that my KAL for this doesn’t start until March 15, but I just needed something….ANYTHING….to work out for me.

Socks start Sunday!

A post on not knitting

And why.

One of my favorite things to do to keep knitting and blogging exciting is to create small challenges for myself and for the people around me.  Just sit me down at a knit night, start throwing ideas back and forth, and soon a new challenge is born.

So last fall it occured to me that we could do a month of only sock knitting.  A great idea since I had hoped to knit 24 socks in a year, and because I have inordinate amounts of sock yarn waiting to be knit.  Since we had a few other challenges in store, and since we also had personal goals, we decided on February 15-March 14 2009.

My intention, personally, was to knit 6 pairs of socks, at least 3 of which would be Monkey Toes patterns in order to enter them all into sock knitters anonymous February challenge.

I should have known.  I should have known that it is nearly impossible for me to knit only one thing.  I should have know that there is not enough variety in socks for me to focus on just that.  And mostly, I should have known month o’socks was doomed when Gigi Silva, designer of at least 3 of the patterns I had picked, in a zombie like manner returned from the dead.  Seriously….what could doom sock month more than a zombie designer huh?

First pair of socks went fine.  My handspun was thick enough to disguise fit problems.  Second pair went on the needles well.  I found the pattern annoying and difficult…but pretty!  Too bad I didn’t try them on.  I did 2 extra repeats and then started yet another sock.  Then I tried pair #2 on.  They couldn’t fit over my heel.  I was frustrated, such a pretty pattern, so much pain to get there, and I couldn’t even wear them.  I put them in a time out.  Worked on sock pair #3, enjoyed the cabled pattern.  Kept working on it since I assumed 72 stitches on the needle was more than 60, therefore I’d have a pair of socks that fit.  Oh…how mistaken I was.  Never underestimate the power of a zombie designer to ruin your best plans!  So I had to frog them.  I decided that size 2 needles were bigger than size 1 needles so surely a retry of this fun pattern would work just fine.  Again, I was so mistaken!  And just to add insult to injury, as I was frogging the socks, one of my needles broke.

This was the wooden stake to the heart of month o’socks for me.  *I couldn’t find an appropriate zombie reference here, just go with it* In fact, I am on a self imposed knitting break.  I’ve swatched for the Sylvi coat.  I’ve balled some yarn for upcoming projects.  But I haven’t been knitting and I am not really ready to.  I’ve decided I will start knitting again on Sunday.  March 1.  New month, new sock challenge, vast amount of patterns not created by a zombie designer.  I’ll be putting 3-4 pairs of socks on the needles right off the bat, and I’ll hit the ground running, knitting socks exclusively until March 15.  You will see focus.  You will see maturity.  You will see socks flying off the needles.  And you won’t see a zombie design among them.  In the meantime, unless Bug comes up with something truly classic, the blog may be a bit quiet.

My penalty

Is my reward

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My icarus has finally been completed.  I have found that malabrigo laceweight blocks better and faster than anything I have ever worked with.  There is so little bounce back after the pins are pulled.  Have I mentioned how much I love blocking?  I did quite a few more than the recommended number of repeats since I was using laceweight yarn, an it is the perfect size.  This confirms though, the need to keep variegated yarns out of my stash.  It works for this shawl, but I don’t usually care for it at all.  Lace is too beautiful to be muddied up with a lot of color.  Long lines of transitioning color is about as far as I will agree to at this point.  This shawl has been on my needles since May of last year, so it also constitutes as a complete long term WIP.  I am so happy!

Good news and bad news

I finished pair #1 for month o’socks.  Done in my own handspun, I knit Eleanor.  That would be the good news, I just love how they turned out.

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Now for the bad news….

I worked really hard on the Fawkes pattern, completing it to the start of the heel and adding additional repeats.  It looked fantastic, I just loved the yarn and the pattern together even though I didn’t particularly care for the knitting of the pattern.  I decided, on a whim, to try it on and see how it would look.  It didn’t fit over my heel.

So, I cast on for Nagini, figuring a sock out of 72 stitches would fit a heck of a lot better than a sock out of 60 stitches.  I knit about 4 repeats of that, became completely obsessed with the pattern, got really excited about the yarn, and then realized that it didn’t fit either.

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My failed socks, let me show you them.

*sigh*

I am putting month o’socks on the back burner and working on my shawl!

A day in the life…

Of a super serious sock knitter.  Or a Knitter being super serious about socks.

Monday evening, 9:30 PM status update:

Eleanor socks, 1 sock complete, second sock worked to halfway down the heel flap.

Fawkes sock, 1.5 repeats done on leg of first sock.

Tuesday morning 6:50 AM:

Eleanor socks untouched

Fawkes socks 2 complete repeats on leg of first sock.

Tuesday morning 10 AM (first break at work):

Eleanor socks, finished heel flap and turned heel, gusset stitches not picked up

Fawkes socks untouched (and at home so they won’t be touched until the evening)

Tuesday afternoon, 1:10 PM (after lunch break):

Eleanor socks gussets picked up and 4 decrease rounds complete.

Tuesday afternoon, 3:15 PM (after second break):

Eleanor socks only 2 more decrease rows left and then I can finish the rest of the foot.

Tuesday afternoon 5:30 PM:

Eleanor socks decreases complete.

Tuesday evening 10:15 PM:

Eleanor socks, working repeat # 9 out of the 11 repeats needed before I start the toe.

Fawkes socks, 4 complete repeats on the first pair.