I don't want to wear myself out before Napobleebloobla, but I set a personal record with this pair of socks. This is the fastest pair of adult sized socks that I have knit so far. I started them last Saturday (10/20/07) and I just finished them this evening. After three or four false starts which had to be ripped out, I settled on a basic stockinette pattern and they're finished just in time for me to wear them on Halloween THIS YEAR. Tomorrow I will show them off to all of my Wednesday students who will no doubt remember me as the crazy teacher who knit her own socks with seasonal yarn. I'm also giving all of the poor kids who have lessons on Halloween treat bags even if their parents disapprove because I think that kids who have music lessons on Halloween should get extra candy.
Yarn: Zen String Serendipity Sport in The Pumpkin King (the colors are a little off due to the late hour and the lack of natural light)
Pattern: 56 stitches, 2x2 rib to start, stockinette leg and foot, short row heel, basic toe all on two Addi turbos size US 1
On another note, if you happen to live near a Central Market here in Big Texas, I highly recommend the following Halloween treat...
Candy Corn Taffy from Central Market
This is a seasonal item and I assure you that it will be gone on Thursday morning. Central Market is not the kind of place that has post Halloween sales on their goodies. I tired that last year and was disappointed. I wonder what they do with the leftover Halloween candy. In any case, this taffy is truly delicious and I look forward to its arrival at my favorite grocery store every year. Be sure to try it before it's gone!
My friend Kitty has challenged me (and several other folks) to participate in NaBloPoMo '07. The idea is that one writes a blog post for every day of the month of November. Despite the fact that last year's NaKniSweMo (in which one was supposed knit an entire sweater during the month of November) was a dismal failure, I'm pretty sure that I can do this. I just can't promise that every post will be all that interesting. There are bound to be many photographs of half knit socks, dozens of Fabulous Etsy Finds, lists of my numerous WIPs, and other nonsense that only really interests me. When Kitty first issued her challenge, I planned to just ignore it and hope that it would go away. Sadly, that didn't happen and now there's all kinds of pressure. Shalini has decided that she'll only participate if I do it too, and now Pretty is leaving comments on other posts urging me to make a decision. All right, fiiiine, I'll do it, but I have to warn you it might be all about yarn all the time. If nothing else, it will be fun to read daily posts on my friends' blogs. Y'all better not disappoint!
I stole the image above from Pretty's blog. I'm not sure if she created it or not, but I thought I'd give her credit just in case.
Welcome to Fabulous Etsy Finds, my new blog column. It isn't unlike Eye Candy Friday and Saturday Sky, however I know I can't be counted on to post on a particular topic on a weekly basis, so I'll just write about Etsy gems as I find them. I admit, this idea isn't entirely original. I got the idea from Sock Pron Aija who has been doing Etsy Fridays for awhile now. Her Etsy Friday posts have caused me to make purchases on more than one occasion and as a result, I've been discovering a ton of Etsy gems. I figure that most Etsy sellers won't complain about the free publicity, so I'm going to take it upon myself to report on fabulous Etsy finds as I encounter them. First up is twisted. I came across her site late last night after typing "sock yarn" into the search window.
Patricio Arial Self-Striping Hand-Dyed Sock Yarn from twisted.
Doesn't this yarn look a bit like what Noro sock yarn would look like if they made such a thing? I think so, and that's what made me click on the thumbnail in the first place. This Noroesque yarn may have even caused me to fall of the yarn wagon once again, but I'm trying not to think about it. Before there was yarn and knitting in my life, I had a weakness for shoes and the Gap. A person can buy a lot of sock yarn for the price of a new pair of Danskos or Keens, and I hardly ever even go into the Gap anymore, so I'm going to pretend that I'm saving money and relish the fact that I'm supporting independent fiber artists. Dye on!
I don't know if y'all have heard, but there is a new yarn
store in Austin called The Knitting Nest. Yesterday, I decided to head up to Austin a little early in order to check it out before my concert. One of the great things about the Knitting Nest is that it's conveniently located just off I-35 (exit Slaughter, turn towards Wal-Mart and it's on the right), so it's practically on the way to any and every Austin Symphony service. I also discovered that there is a Chik-fil-a just across the road that I didn't know was there, so I think the Knitting Nest and Chik-fil-a will become a favorite pit stop for me on my many trips to Austin. I'm trying to be good about my yarn diet, so I didn't buy any yarn, but I did get a really cool Knitting Nest T-shirt. This is a picture of the back of the shirt; the front has the Keep Austin Weird logo.
Although I didn't buy any yarn at the Knitting Nest (or Hill Country Weavers which I also visited), I did fall off the wagon a little bit this week. Zen String (an Austin based Indie yarn company) was having a sale and I couldn't resist the Serendipity Sport in the Pumpkin King colorway. I've been working hard the last few weeks, so I felt I deserved a little reward. Since the yarn is seasonal, I decided to go ahead and get it. It's just one little skein. I already cast on for an adult sized version of the socks I made for my nieces and I plan to have them finished in time to wear them on Halloween. I have two more socks on the needles and an almost finished Clapotis to tell y'all about, but I have to get ready to head back up to Austin for tonight's repeat performance.
Let me be the first to say that I am a big fan of Ravelry. I was one of the lucky ones who caught on early (thank you Brenda Dayne) so I've been enjoying Ravelry for several months. I even donated money to Ravelry when Scout did her fund raising drive. For those of you who aren't thoroughly enmeshed in the world of knitting, Ravelry is like myspace or facebook for yarn lovers, only much cooler and way more fabulous. That being said, I have one teeny tiny bone to pick with the folks at Ravelry. The T-shirts....
You probably can't read the fine pink print on the white and gray shirts, but it says, "where my stitches at?". I'm probably one of the very first people who would have happily paid $16 for a Ravelry t-shirt, but I just can't wear something that so blatantly displays bad grammar. I'm reminded of the episode of Everybody Loves Raymond where Ray ends a sentence with "at" in front of his mother and she completely freaks out, proceeds to mock Ray incessantly, and wonders where she went wrong. I've never loved Marie Barone more than I love her in this episode. Perhaps I'm being uptight, but I really hate it when people end their sentences with that word. I can deal with other prepositions at the ends of sentences (where they do not belong!), but I find at to be particularly grating. I fear that like nauseous, and so many other commonly misused words, it will become an "accepted" usage, and I, for one, am against it. For the record, I feel the same way about "got milk?", "got yarn?" and any other "got...." slogans. One HAS milk or yarn or whatever it is. I'm glad I GOT that out. I feel better now.
I finally got around to taking my little girl to the computer fixer yesterday and I just picked her up. Unfortunately, she needed a whole new screen which wasn't cheap, but it was about $1300 less than the new computer I think I want, so I went ahead and had them do the repair. Aside from the screen issue, I've been perfectly happy with my computer, so I think I'll wait awhile to get a new one. The computer fix-it dude told me that he's done this exact repair on several Inspiron 6000s recently, so it sounds like some sort of Dell epidemic. The new screen is a different brand than the original and it allegedly has a higher resolution, but I can't really see a difference. I'm just glad to have my little girl back and my iTunes updated. After nearly two weeks without an update, I have hours of podcasts to catch up on.
I finished knitting these socks on Sunday. I knit two pairs of little girl sized socks for my nieces for their birthdays. Rosie turned two on Saturday, so her socks will be a little bit late, but somehow I don't think she'll notice or care. Penny will be four next week and she'll have her socks on time. Both pairs have 6 rows of stockinette to make the roll at the top followed by 3x1 ribbing for the leg and top of the foot, a short row heel, and a regular toe. As a result of knitting four short row heels in a fairly short period of time, I now have the skill mastered and memorized. I will no longer have to consult Charlene every time I want to do a short row heel. I used the yarn leftover from my first Chevron Scarf . The small pair is Socks that Rock medium weight in Love in Idleness and the bigger pair is the same yarn in G-Rocks. The only problem with using STR for little socks is that unless you cast on 60-66 stitches it pools. In this case, I think the pooling looks fine, but I'd love to see both of these yarns knit up into bigger socks. Maybe someday...right now I need a brief nap, a diet cherry Coke, and to learn some notes.
In case you haven't heard, Friday Night Lights returns for a second season on NBC tonight. I love this show. I am not a sports fan. In particular, I'm in no way a football fan. In fact, I kind of hate football. I never would have even watched the show in the first place if it weren't for Bob, but believe it or not, Friday Night Lights isn't really about football. It has football, but it's more about the characters and they are awesome. I'm especially fond of Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and I'm looking forward to season 2 very much. Sadly, I have a rehearsal in Austin tonight, so I'll probably have to wait until tomorrow morning to watch the season premiere.
I'm still having technical difficulties with the computer. I haven't even had a chance to take her to the computer fixer. I have to say that if I need a new computer, I think I might get a Mac. I know that in the past, I've carried on about how Macs are no better than PCs and they're more expensive for no reason and I'm a old dog and I can't learn a new system etc., but the idea of an apple store where I can go for help in this type of situation appeals to me in a huge way. I still knit. I'm very close to finishing a knitted object and I hope to post on that later this weekend. Y'all have a good one.