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Thanks for your enthusiasm over h&g! I took notes while working on sock 2 in the hopes of writing up a pattern.

I've been trying to figure out what projects to bring to MD. 20-22 hours in a car, 4 nights and 3 days at a festival. That's a lot of time. Not that I can knit that long... can you? Plus, I get carsick. And sleepy. :) I can sleep about anywhere. I'm gifted that way.

Projects, meh, I'm probably bringing way too much. And the wrong things.

My Addi's from Jeff Wonderland came in (yay!) so I've resuscitated my Jaywalkers (gosh I miss that morning light). The needles are European size 1's and 2's, which means they're between American 1's and 2's, and 2's and 3's. Which means they're bigger than what I was using; which means who knows what will happen to the fit? Who knows?? Not me. We'll just have to see, now won't we???

Yes, you've figured me out. I'm tired.

If you're going to MDSW, hope to see you there! If not, be back Tuesday!

Seeing these twigs sticking out of electronic gadgetry tickles me.

Creamsicle T sleeve number two is done! Seams are sewn; there's just the weaving in of ends and the neckline to finish. Now that the sleeves are 2" narrower, I have plenty of yarn to knit that neckline. In fact, I could re-knit a whole gauge swatch! I happened across the blog post on negative ease that sparked knitting Creamsicle T smaller than directed. Interesting, no?

Thanks for your kind comments on the sleeve. I thought it looked pretty good but wasn't sure; a reality check helps. I think the finished sweater will look pretty good, but again, I'm not sure. Scott's not much help. First he said, "looks better than before." Well, yeah, but before was not so great. Then, "looks pretty even." Ha! That's his automatic response when I show him my spinning.

Meanwhile, my spinning do-dads arrived (3 bobins and a niddy noddy from The Fold), along with some Socks That Rock:

Socks That Rock
Xmas Rock and Sandstone

These were two of the last of her smaller skein size STR, and 20% off. How could I resist? Love the Sandstone. The photo doesn't do justice to the subtle colors. I wasn't sure what to expect with Xmas Rock, but I like it a lot more than the photo. One of these will become my Jaywalker socks.

Last week I also received some books from the Interweave Knits' Hurt Book Sale. They are only slightly dinged on a corner and were 50-75% off. Woohoo! I'll list them out tomorrow.

Stressed slacker knathlete

Picking a Knitting Olympics project is still kicking my ass. I flip flop every hour or so. "Doable but challenging" is, well, more than challenging for me to define right now. I can do this. I know I can. I'm feeling the pressure. Will I have something to cast on tomorrow night??

I learned: an hour is not enough time to ply this:

37: Superwash Winter Solstice 37: Superwash Winter Solstice

Speed spinning gave way to speed plying; I don't recommend it. Reckless endangerment.

I think I'm going to do another pass to make a tighter twist. I don't want my socks to wear out too fast. Sound good?

You know, it's the biggest single skein of handspun I own; it's frickin' huge! It barely fit on my bobbin, I jammed it full, and there was still yards left on the bobbins. I hated to cut the yarn but what else could I do?

Even though it's not evenly spun or plied, I like it. I like the colors. I like that I made it. My second wheel spun stuff. Good times, good times.

Yes, yes, the boucle boucle boucle!

I wasn't sure I'd be able to do it, or if I could, that it would look much like boucle. And in fact, in the beginning not only did I have no idea what they were talking about, but when I tried to spin the mohair (gorgeous silky mohair handdyed by Treetop Colour Harmonies) I felt like I'd never spun before. Every time I tried to get the wheel going it stalled out and spun in the wrong direction. I couldn't get coordinated. For a while. I felt like saying, "Dude, I so could do this yesterday!" After a little while I finally got a slow rhythm going, and a little after that, I was comfortably cruising in 2nd. The woman next to me sounded like she was in 4th, but I kept to my pace and hummed.

I had a few other problems, and while it didn't come out as I expected, it also looks just as I imagined:

38: Mohair boucle 38: Mohair boucle

Isn't it just wonderful? I wish you could see it in person, it's so soft and the mohair has a nice sheen and the colors are soft and glowing.


I've joined a coupla knitalongs. Did I mention? Let's see... You knew about:

I haven't decided on my challenge, but I've decided to go the "challenging/new to me" route vs. the "kill yourself and those you love by trying to knit a zillion stitches in 2 weeks" route. I think it's a good decision. Only 1 week to opening ceremonies!

As an adjunct I joined:

Yep, Boston area knitters crazy enough to join the 2006 Knitting Olympics. There are a lot of us. Go Beantown!

This year I wanted to get in on:

Who could resist monkeys wearing socks on all limbs? Those are monkeys, aren't they?

And finally:

I'm mad, I know I am. Knowing may be half the battle, but it doesn't seem to have much effect...