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Thanks for the links to the calculators. Alas, I got them just a bit late. I knit on. With only 4 rows to go, it looks like I have enough yarn for 2 rows. Heh. So close. I want to use every last inch of the yarn so I'm going the improvisation route. If that doesn't work out, I'll rip back.


Did you know that these:


are t-shirts? Funky packaging, eh? These were from TechEd. They come out all wrinkly and accordian when you open them but they're nifty, brick-like and easy to tote around.

More random

We picked up the quilty coverlet thingie and it's been great. Except for the oppressive heat last night when we stripped down to just sheets, we've been working with only shared, communal layers. It's wonderful!

We never make our bed and it never stops raining around here so it'll be a while before I can show it to you on the bed. But here it is in the store when we bought it:

new coverlet

Just a bit more random

Is it normal to walk around stores like Target, Walmart, Lowe's, Home Depot and the Dollar Store, and look at, er, scrutinize everything in terms of useability? For dyeing?

Goodbye, Jaywalkers.

Jaywalkers - goodbye

Your funky pooling intrigues and boggles, but you defy gauge on needles I own and I can't buy another pair of Addis for you. You're high maintenance, I'm cash poor. Except when it comes to yarn. Or fiber. (Didn't you see how many needles I own???)

Hello, handspun socks!

handspun socks

You're a lovely addition to my sock collection. Your irregularly spun parts remind me of those early days of butterflies when my Joy came home and endears you to me. Your mismatched stripes are charming. We'll do some walking come fall.

handspun socks

handspun socks
Finished: 6/5/06
Pattern: my own
Yarn: handspun 2 ply superwash merino, dyed by Paradise Fibers
Needles: #3 (?)
Notes: Love 'em. Not my best yarn, not my best socks, but coolness, they're pretty much my first wheel spun stuff and now they're useful.

I been sick. Slept most of Sunday. Sat zombie-like in front of the TV Monday watching The 4400 reruns in preparation for season 3. TiVo, baby. Managed to finish the handspun socks! That brings me down to 23 projects, in case you're counting. In progress pic:

handspun socks - in progress

This shows the colors better:

handspun socks - in progress

This was the second yarn I spun on the wheel, and man is it inconsistent. Thicker and thinner spinning, tighter and looser plying. It's a mess. And it's mine.

It was cool to knit up, even with all its flaws. The whole "I made this" thing again. Plus, much better to use it now and chuckle at my mess, than to look at it 6 months from now and not want to knit with it. 'Cuz now they're socks!

We have a winner!

I was entertained by your guesses on the contest. My two favorite guesses were:

i've been oberving your shopping habits carefully, and i know you never buy just one of anything. i'm going to randomly go with the original number of WIPs—67.

So true, can't eat just one. But what a scary guess! So high!

Kimberly N:
I guess 24 - it's a good, solid number, divisible by 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, and 12.

Girl after my own heart.

Most guesses were in the 10-40 range. Since you liked my geeky WIP Management chart so much, here's another:

Contest Guesses

I don't know much about statistics, but I hear tell there's something called a bell curve, shaped, wouldn't you know it, like a bell. The chart does have a nice bell shape to it, doesn't it?

Guess where in the curve I am. Here's a hint:

Kimberly, a better guess would have been a nice solid number divisible by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 15, 20 and 30. Or better yet, a prime number less than 65.

The answer: I'm an outlier (surprise!). There were 61 needles in my circular solution:

circular solution

About half again (or twice for some of you) what we expected.

[Pause to let that sink in.]

(Scary stuff.)

Anne, your guess of 67 was closest. Email me your address and I'll send you some fun stuff!

FBS update

FBS suffered a setback:

FBS - in progress

I thought I could perform knitting surgery. I was wrong. I frogged 10 rows.

All you can eat

Thanks for the Birthday wishes! The actual birthday was not great. It was my first one "alone", and Scott bore the burden of celebrating with me. The highlight was all you can eat sushi at Minado's.

Preparing for battle:

birthday sushi

Round 1: Sushi, mostly eaten sashimi style (sans rice)

birthday sushi

Round 2: Non-Sushi, mostly eaten

birthday sushi

Round 3 (not pictured): A smaller version of Round 1, eaten sashimi style

Round 4: Banana strawberry crepe and green tea ice cream

birthday sushi

Round 5 (not pictured): more crepe to finish off the ice cream

The key was leaving most of the rice. Can't fill up on rice.

We rolled out and headed to the movie theater to see X-Men. Great movie. Loved it.

On the way, I insisted on stopping by Macy's to photograph this:

would be comforter set

We saw it while hunting for a comforter,

would be comforter set

and wondered why we couldn't find a bed set that looked like it

would be comforter set

for under $300.

would be comforter set

I went up and down the escalators twice trying to get a good photo. Scott thought I was mad.

Only the ribbing left on h&g, and only the realization that after the ribbing I would still have to sew the bind off before washing it made me put down the sticks and back away from the knitting. Sleepy, bleary eyed, making mistakes. A good time to stop.

To distract you, here are some photos from the backburner. First, Stripey number plied up:

stripey number 2 ply

stripey number 2 ply

I just couldn't capture the colors, where are the purples? It's lovely colors like the dyed fiber, but it just looks blue here. At least you can see the yarn.

And the plied Sunfires silk as well:

handdyed silk - sunfires

It was only an ounce, not much at all. Too bad I didn't dye up more of that.

Speaking of silk, some lovely Interlacements rovings from eBay:

Interlacements silk

There's tons of it, and I want to go spin it!

Last, the handspun socks I worked on while listening to the Yarn Harlot:

handspun socks

This is the second yarn I spun on my (first) wheel, way back in February. Which I rushed through to clear up bobbins before my first official BASD meeting. Hehe. Plying took a lot longer than I thought. Still does.

Speaking of plying, Carole led me to Claudia's post about plying (good stuff), and now I realize that, since the stripey number had been sitting on bobbins for almost 2 weeks, they lost their energy and that's why it seemed I was overplying them. I wasn't. I picked up some pointers that I'm anxious to try out. Post Sockapaloooza. Almost done!