My gift!

I received a lovely gift yesterday and I cannot help but show it off.


I know you cannot see it, but the area on the pashmina that is solid is actually a lovely brocade.  Just stunning!  And the sock bag?  Well, my April sock equipment is in it and ready to go.  These are just so beautiful, the bag is handmade and constructed so beautifully.  This was such a lovely treat to receive in the mail!!!

In other news…I’ve had a stressful beginning of the year.  Consequently even though I managed to not gain any weight at all during the holidays, I managed to put on 10 pounds between January and March.  Ugh.  Too many carbs, not enough veggies, failure to buy organic dairy, and the weight went on fast.  I was able to stop it as soon as I truly noticed but working on getting rid of it is a bit harder to do.  I am proud to report that as of today I’ve managed to take 8 back off.  Big sigh of relief from me!

Coatimundi KAL, day…I have no idea anymore!

I’ve begun work on the back of the Sylvi coat.  While looking over the charts I’d just get so overwhelmed, assuming I couldn’t do this at all.  But once I got started I realized that the cables, while plentiful, are also quite intuitive.  The chart is super clear.  I am about halfway through the first chart and very pleased with how it looks!


Random thought Monday

1.  Once your tooth stops hurting, remembering to take the antibiotics for it is nigh on impossible.

2.  If you poke your nose where it doesn’t belong, you might get rewarded for your efforts.  But some things may be seen that cannot be unseen.

3.  The movie, “Knowing.”  Know this…if you go see it, you will probably be disappointed.  Great premise for a film, but completely ruined by a shift in story line and grossly overacted toward the end.  Seriously.  I want my money and my 2 hours back.

4.  Seeing a wild turkey in a corn field while driving does not make me question my sanity.  Seeing a wild turkey on the sidewalk in the middle of the city does.  I did a double take and drove around the block to make sure I wasn’t seeing things.  I wasn’t.

5.  Nobody likes a Monday.

Coatimundi KAL week 2.

Or perhaps this post should be called “Pieces” as that is what it looks like to me.

Last evening I finished the right front of my coat, cast on for the back (but did not start knitting) and worked on a sleeve.  This coat is a much faster knit than I ever expected.  I kept believing that I couldn’t knit this coat because it would take too long.  Instead, I am finding plenty of time to work on other projects as well.


I hear that Ummeyusuf has finished clue 4 of her shawl, but I can only show you through clue 3.

Who knew?

I’ve had some pain in one of my teeth for awhile now.  We are talking months.  But it was bearable so I didn’t do anything about it.  I figured I’d ask the dentist at my next check up.  Unfortunately this week the pain became a bit more extreme.  I figured it was time to go in when my jaw and ear started hurting too.  Not to mention when I wiggled the tooth with my tongue it became even more noticeable.

After the last dental clinic fiasco (which I didn’t blog about, but it was seriously miserable) I decided to switch dentists.  They got me an appointment right away even though I didn’t ask them to.

So the hygienist asks me what the problem is, and I explain that I am having tooth pain and tell her where.  X-rays are taken.  Dentist comes in, looks over the x-rays, and starts asking questions.  How does it hurt?  How long has it hurt?  What kind of pain?  Have you injured it?  She requestioned me, and I started to think she didn’t believe me.  Finally she tells me what is going on.  She says, “There is absolutely nothing visibly wrong with your tooth.  You have no decay.  Your tooth is fine.”  I say, “Well, then, please tell me why it hurts!”

So, she puts something on my tooth and says “Tell me when you feel this.”  I just sit there.  She says “You can’t feel that?  You really cannot feel that?”  I say “No, what am I supposed to feel?”  She puts it on another tooth starting to repeat the “Tell me when you feel this” statement, but before she can do so, I’ve already said “I feel that! I feel that!”

She says “Hhmm, interesting.  Well, you seem to have something called spontaneous tooth death”

What?  I didn’t know there was such a thing?!?!  There is seriously nothing wrong with my tooth, but it is as dead as a doornail and has an abscess underneath.  And, somehow my brain kept saying “Fix the abscess, tooth goes back to normal.”  But she assures me that it is dead and it is going to stay dead.  LOL.  So, full course of antibiotics for me, and another appointment next week.  If the pain goes away with the clearing of the abscess, I can keep my tooth as is.  If the pain stays, I need the full root canal and crown.  I vote for the pain to leave please!

Apparently I could have gotten some pretty good drugs, but since I refuse to use them anyhow, I told her not to bother writing the perscription.  I figure I can get through anything for a week.

Detail icord shots

OK Kath, here you are:

I started with a provisional cast on, and knit the entire sock.


I then picked the stitches up from the provisional cast on, and worked an icord bind off:


Sorry about the poor picture, when I enlarged it, it did the jpeg thing and got grainy.  You can still see how finished it looks, it really mimics the waving lines of the sock leg.

Mystery solved

I am sure everyone is about done seeing my daughter’s feet.  But here they are anyhow!  I finished up the cute socks, check out the adorable icord cuff!


That has brought me up to 4 pairs of socks during the month of March.  4 entries into the sock knitters annonymous group.  I am pleased to take a break until April!

Plans for April include a pair of socks, a pair of gloves, and the continuation of the coatimundi KAL.

Posting these late

I’ve finished clue 3 of Bug’s mystery socks.  Clue 4 is out now, and I’ve got a little bit of i-cord edging to do on the cuffs, but they look great so far!  They are a bit too long for her, but I think this is good, since we are moving out of sock season anyhow, and they should fit her next year.


We spent some time with J this weekend, which was nice.  Sometimes I wish I was as creative in speaking to Bug as he is.  At one point, Bug had colored through the paper she was using and ink got on the dining room table.  She came to me upset and I could tell she had done something that she felt she shouldn’t have.  When I saw a tiny pen mark on the table, I got her a towel to clean it up.

But along comes her JJ.  He grabs some spray soap and sprays the table.  Then he tells her “See Bug, now the soap and the ink are having a battle.  And when we wipe up the table, we get to see who won!”  Instantly she was more excited about cleaning up her mess, and he put her at ease when she was upset over the mark.

By the way….the soap won.

Final food night post

Please understand that regardless of who felt what during my adventure, I just used the pictures I had to create the story.  I just wanted to use the expressions on the faces of my friends.

Also, as a disclaimer, I was not falling off my chair due to wine, but due to the expansion of my own seat which has gotten rather wider than the seat of that particular chair this winter.  I am going to need to start working on that.

Obligatory food picture:


And finally, a rockin’ picture of the Bug which o’kathy managed to capture:


That is it until this evening, when I can show you an almost finished pair of mystery socks!

Gathering Courage

As I mentioned, we had indian food night at my house.  I had just recently finished the left front of the Sylvi coat.  Now, to understand this next part, you have to understand how the coat is constructed.  You slip the first stitch on the side in order that there is, hopefully, a nice tidy chain that runs from the bottom to the top of the coat.  Problem is, it is easy to get that chain consistent.  I managed to twist quite a few stitches as I was knitting it and I wasn’t sure I liked how it looked.  Why should I care?  Won’t it be hidden when I sew it together?  Why, no, it won’t.  Because the instructions say to seam on the inside, so that the chained edge shows on the front.  A detail in the coat so to speak.  So now you know why I might be upset about the twisted stitches in the chain.

I had read that I could drop the chain stitch, unravel it all the way to the bottom, and pick it up with a crochet hook, chaining it back to the top.  This, as you can imagine, was a bit of a scary prospect.  But I really wanted this to look nice.

So as I sat around the table with my glass of wine, I decided that the time to try it was right then, with supportive knitter friends around me.  I went and got the crochet hook, and o’kathy thought she had better take pictures.


Bug decided she wanted to be in the middle of everything, so we let her model the coat.


Sarah saw the crochet hook in my hand, and got a bit nervous:


Monica seemed skeptical:


And o’kathy was as supportive as ever:


Once I had unraveled all the stitches, I look like a deer caught in the headlights!


Though I am not sure if this was because I had recently almost fallen off my chair, or if it was due to those stitches.

Let’s take a closer look at the stitches:


Nope, it wasn’t about the close call, those stitches ARE scary!

But after a false start or two, they all went back together nicely.


A rather poor close up:


Stay tuned for a few more pictures yet, I haven’t gotten through them all, but I wanted to share that little knitting adventure.

A Preview

So I hosted a small indian food knit night at my house last evening.  I just cannot get over how much fun I find it to be to have people into my own home.  It is enjoyable and relaxing and all that Miss Bug needs to be entertained is right at our fingertips.  Though I can’t make food like this on a regular basis, it was a perfect special occasion, and I really needed the distraction.

I’ve got more pictures at home (orangekathy, I think you left your camera at my house, and I stole your memory card and grabbed the knitnight pics, so I’ll upload some of them here tonight.)  But, I have a preview for you.  Deawn snapped a few shots which I was able to grab this morning from facebook.  This one I cannot resist showing right away!


Great picture Deawn, you couldn’t have captured a better shot!

Stay tuned for picture by picture shots of the scary undertaking I attempted with my coat.  I don’t think anyone in the room believed I should try it….

What big needles you have!

All the better to knit a coat with!

This is a half days progress on the left front of my coat.  How quickly it knits up!


Now I just have to knit 110 more rows before I start the raglan decreases.  No problem!  If you want to see what the back might look like, go here, Umme Yusuf has a great start on hers!  I plan to bore myself with seed stitch before I knit the back, but she is digging right in.

Coatimundi KAL

I’ve started clue 3 of the Scheherazade stole.  I’ve cast on the second half as well, as I had high hopes of keeping up with the second half.  I haven’t been doing so well in that department though.  I’ll take it to work to see if that helps at all.


I’ve not been working on it much today in anticipation of indian food night on Wed.  I’ve been cleaning instead.  I love having people over simply because it means the house will be reasonably clean and enjoyable that week.  I would like to do it more often!

Umme Yusuf has started her projects as well, the first KAL post is here.  I think she is ambitious to start with the back of the coat, I am not so courageous!

Heralding in spring

In sound!

Today, Bug did this:


And I did this:


While listening to the sounds of spring.  I heard happy birds, the whir of my wheel, the sound of chainsaws clearing back yards, young girls a block away playing soccer, and predominately the sound of spanish chatter and singing on the rooftops paired with the semi rhythmic sound of hammers and nail guns.  Seems that most of the neighborhood is having their roofs redone or siding put on.  But…even as noisy as this is, it sounds of spring and I welcome it.

Walk outside tomorrow, close your eyes, and then listen.  Come back and tell me what you hear!

I finished about a third of a 4 oz merino which I received in a swap last month.


And thus

ends my month o’socks.


The pattern is spring forward, which is a fantastic little knit.  It really is the “new monkey” and I am fairly certain I will knit it again.  The yarn is my favorite, blue moon fiber arts socks that rock mediumweight in oregon red clover honey.

I do have Bug’s mystery socks still on the needles, but I am waiting for the next clue to come out.  Knitting on them will commence on Monday.  But this is my official end to month o’socks and I will not be doing this challenge again.  I feel about month o’socks the same as I felt about my pomatamus socks.  I don’t even wear those socks because they have terrible memories of frustration associated with them.

I’ve been knitting on my stole and will post pictures of it tomorrow.  I am waiting on my size 10 needles to work on my Sylvi coat.

Upcoming news: We will be doing a gloves with fingers KAL starting in April.  This after I informed my mother that “I don’t DO gloves!”  Hopefully I will manage 2 pairs, one for myself and a pair for her.

Tuesday knit night

Let me tell you how it went! I decided to work on the Sylvi coat since my month o’socks has me so done with sock knitting.

First, I finished knitting the cuff. Then, I pondered how the cuff is supposed to be put together, spent lots of time on ravelry trying to figure it out. Decided I understood and sewed it together.

I put it in my bag for knit night, and instead of going down 2 needle sizes, I put needles only one size smaller than recommended in my bag. Since I have been having gauge issues and all. Size 9’s. 2 pairs since the sleeve is worked in the round.

I got to knit night, pulled out my cuff, and began to pick up stitches. The pattern asks me to pick up 39 stitches around the cuff. I start picking up stitches, skipping a few here or there, but 33 does not equal 39. Took it apart. I start again, picking up more stitches. Still isn’t working out. Then I decide it would be wise to count how many stitches I have available to pick up providing I wanted to. Guess what? 39. What are the odds? So I pick up all the stitches and set it in the round. Now I have 41 stitches somehow. No matter, I decrease 2 and I am back on track. Now I can start seed stitching the heck out of the cuff.

I pull my knitpicks harmony through and the cable breaks. Of course.

So I put all the stitches on my addi bamboo, and grumble about how much I dislike magic loop. I begin to knit anyhow.

I decide after an inch or two to check my gauge. Yeah, smart one, aren’t I? I check, and apparently my US size 9 needles are WAY TOO SMALL! I need to go up to a size 10. Wanna know something funny? I don’t have any size 10’s. I decide to keep knitting with size 9’s since the sleeve fits anyhow, I’ll do the same with the second sleeve. I’ll change to size 10’s just as soon as knitpicks sends some to me. Yes, I already placed the order.

At least I have a start, even if it is a small one.


Mystery Bug

I’ve completed through clue 2 on both of Bug’s March Mystery socks.  They are quite pretty and now that I can concentrate on them, I am eager to see what the rest will look like.


I did not pose her that way, this is how she wanted the picture taken.

We’ve been missing this edition

I haven’t posted yarn drool pictures in a really long time.  Since I’ve been on a yarn diet, there just hasn’t been much!  But, now it is time for a special addition, and these do not apply to the yarn diet rules.

First up is my skein of Violet Green yarn, her shop is here.  I won this for participating in Sock Knitters Anonymous. The colorway is blackcurrent.  It does have some shades of purple, but I bought it in order to use it for an upcoming SKA colorwork challenge.  I will pair it with some of my handspun for an interesting look.


And…on a gift certificate, I was able to get 2 new skeins of wollmeise, colorway indisch rot.  I have a third on the way, as I traded my regenbogen for it.  Out of these three skeins, I plan to knit twist collectives dulce de leche.  I might have had enough with 2 skeins, but considering my height, I thought 3 to be safer.  My intention, in order to reduce the occurrence of color pooling and dye lot changes, is to ball all three up and alternate rows.


I will finally have a full sweater of the most coveted yarn on the planet!  I think that the feel of this yarn is better suited for a sweater or a shawl than socks anyhow, so I am quite excited about this prospect.

Pair Complete

These are my blackrose socks in sanguine gryphon Bugga.  If you haven’t yet used this yarn, I highly suggest it!  The 10% cashmere gives it a soft and almost lotiony feel, and it is nice and thick.

These socks have me convinced that my preference is a short row heel.  I like the way the short rows create a pocket for my heel and then the foot of the sock hugs my arch.  Very comfortable.


The pattern doesn’t quite meet “monkey sock” criteria, but it is close.  They are a very quick feeling knit.

And another…


One blackrose sock done.  I love this yarn, 10% cashmere.  It is very soft, thick, and comfy.  I am really looking forward to getting the other done (tomorrow hopefully.)

I’ve also restarted the spring forward socks in BMFA socks that rock mediumweight.  They had better fit!

I think, in the end I am having a successful month of socks despite everything!

Sockin’ it to the curse


Pattern, Storyteller socks

I love these, they were a great little knit.  I love knitting lace more than anything else.

These are for my mom, she requested this pattern specifically.  I didn’t make them as large as I did the last pair for her.  Hopefully they will fit perfectly this time.

I’ll have a blackrose sock to show you tomorrow, and hopefully a finished pair on Saturday.

A Sockish update

Since I do not yet have a finished pair of socks to show off, I figure I had better show you the ones that are in progress.

My favorite thus far is my blackrose sock.  The yarn is sanguine gryphon bugga, color oak timberworm.  I love the name, and I love the color, but most of all I love the feel of the cashmere content.  This is a thicker sock yarn, similar to socks that rock mediumweight, and I’ll pick some up again someday.


Then I’ve got a mystery sock, which will be for Bug.  I really like the pattern thus far.  The dark purple you see at the top is a provisional cast on, so that will go away.  As to why we needed a provisional cast on….well thus far it is a mystery.

The yarn is Lorna’s Laces shepherd sock multi colorway georgetown.  We will see if it ever manages to variegate the colors or if they will line up this way throughout the entire sock.


And finally, just to prove the sock curse isn’t completely over, I’ll show you my spring forward socks.  I love the pattern, the yarn is sunshine yarns soft sock.  Colorway might be prep, but I haven’t a ball band to prove it.


I basically worked a full leg on these last evening while I had friends over.  I tried them on this morning.  And THEY DON’T FIT!!!  Seriously, I am really going to need to rethink this sock knitting thing.  I suspect my gauge has changed drastically and I don’t know it yet.  I can’t even think about pulling them out, so I am going to keep on, creating a long heel flap and gussett, and hope for the best.

Tomorrow….Tomorrow I promise a picture of complete storyteller socks.  I’ve 9 days left to this challenge, we will see how many I can complete!

Let me tell you a story

About how I beat the zombie designer curse and regained my sock knitting mojo.

I’ve completed the first of my storyteller socks, and it feels like the sped right along.  I have started the second sock and hope to be done in 2 days.  I really enjoyed this pattern, and I love the result as well.  If I had to do one for me, I would probably add more length to the leg, but these are a full 5 inches even so.


Coatimundi KAL


What you see here is 2 projects in their most fetal stages.  They are for the Sylvi coat and Scheherazade stole.  The KAL has been named “Coatimundi” and I’ll be doing this with Ummeyusuf and anyone else who wants to participate.  Since the two of us just could not figure out what to call our KAL, Beltwayknitter helped us out with the name.  Coatimundi for the combination of coat and the latin for world since we are an international pairing of knitters.  Stay tuned, we start March 15!

I’ll also have a finished storyteller sock to show off tomorrow, if I work really hard today and tomorrow.