Thursday, May 25, 2006

Much to report

I have a job interview tomorrow, in the new town. Which requires getting up really really really really early to depart the hometown, so that we can make the 11:00 time.

I'm nervous.

Then we go home and we pack. A lot. For the next 5 days. After that, the truck gets rented and we shove all the boxes in and move to the new town.

In case you were wondering, Nick has but one birthday sock. It's not because I got bored with sock knitting. It's because I don't have a ball winder and there was (understandably) much tut-tutting when the lys made a ball of the first hank of Lorna's Laces for me. After the dirty looks I decided that I would try my hand at well, hand winding. Ha. Of course, the hank I wound was for my socks. And I haven't successfully cast on for those yet. But Nick is happy with his sock. Excited. Can't wait for the other one. I don't think, however, that he's forgotten about the comforter cover that I've not finished in the three years since I've started it.

Light on the pictures around here. We'll all live. Oh, he's playing Freight Train by Elizabeth Cotten on the guitar. Going to go sit in that room.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Continuing progress

I've gone down a needle size to tighten up the top of Nick's sock. Should be done with that tonight. Graduation is happening this evening, and then the big party on campus. I'll stop in for a bit but will probably be in bed early.

Yesterday was my last day at work. Mixed feelings on that. Mostly glad to be going. I sort of wish I had a source of income over the next three weeks, and/or a job lined up in the new city. While we drive through on Tuesday, I'll drop resumes off there. We'll be on our way through to another place for a few days and then coming home to pack up the rest of the stuff.

I'm debating whether or not to bring some samples of things I've made for a little shop in my hometown next week. The owner has expressed interest in at least looking at the cards I make by hand, though she doesn't have much display space for cards. I've thought about putting together some knitted cotton purses with lining and handles. I've thought about smell good sachets. I've thought about some ipod socks. I've thought about lots of things, but have made nothing. Maybe after I've packed a few more boxes I can think more clearly about whether I really feel like making things to sell. First I'll have a bowl of ice cream.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

The photo you see above was taken after dark this evening. The only important part of this photo is that it involves an actual sock. That I knitted. If I finish it tonight it will have taken me slightly less than a week. The other one might even be done on Monday. Were it not for all the frogging I did on the first sock, I might laugh at the suggestion. But it can be done. I hope.

Good night.

Sunday, May 14, 2006


Do not get within three wrapped stitches of the end of a near perfect first ever short row heel and then discover that you've split the wrong needles for the heel. I did that. It's true. You will just have to take my word for it, because I cannot bear to photograph the evidence. I just cannot. The slightly better news is that the foot of the sock really could use a few extra rounds anyway. So now I'm not going to be feeling bad about giving Nick a pair of socks that might be a wee too short in the foot. No, these socks will be perfect.

On a brighter note, there is chocolate melting on the stove in harmony with butter. There will be brownies this afternoon for an awesome picnic. There will also be dates wrapped in bacon. I will take photos of these good things, and put them here soon enough. For now, I leave you with John and the Kins.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Swimming in Ribbing

Three by one ribbing. Still the Baltic Sea yarn from Lorna's Laces. I am going to make some brownies today, but am procrastinating because the sock knitting is lots of fun. I got a haircut yesterday and promised the cutter some brownies, so I will make good on that. My hair looks and feels great, just in time for summer.

Oh, but Nick just said he's going to Whole Paycheck soon, maybe I'll tag along and knit in the car.

We discovered this morning that these socks were too wide, so I took out four stitches, which also required taking the sock down the inch or two (I couldn't bear to measure) that I knitted last night at the Lost Kangaroo. Thankfully I was able to pick all the stitches back up and get the marker back where it belongs, so I didn't have to fiddle with another figure 8 cast on.

Friday, May 12, 2006


I guess technically I am swatching for Nick's birthday socks. I haven't chosen a pattern because I don't know the gauge that I will get with this yarn. The colors are awesome. Here is it on the pig's head.

Lorna's Laces Shepard Sock, Baltic Sea colorway

There has been other knitting, but no other worthy photographing. Nick took this one for me, since all the others I took earlier this week were tainted by poor judgment (lighting issues) on my part.

Monday, May 01, 2006

A little bit of everything

It's not just yarn here at souptoknits, we also have car repair (see below), and dirty dishes and cats. And some other dusty stuff that I'm unearthing as I prepart to move in less than one month. More tomorrow.