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E Gad!

So last night I was buzzing along on my Arch-Shaped socks and I got the part where you begin the arch shaping, well actually it was the final row of the gusset… the set up row!   Round 5!!!  I read it maybe, ummm, 10 times!  Then decided to just jump in. 

OK, things seemed fine and I merrily knit away.  It wasn’t long before I realized I wasn’t making the M1 correctly (a dumb mistake that I know better than to do this) but I did WRONG!  and what happens when you do it wrong?  yep!  holes!  This picture looks like the toe of a sock, but it is the heel!

So why did I keep knitting if I knew it was looking like this?

So why did I keep knitting if I knew it was looking like this?

But Shanda just kept knitting, thinking to myself “I can fix this later”.  I tried them on anyway, and love the way they fit, however holes on the bottom of my foot in my socks is not a good thing.   Did I mention that I was so involved in making these socks I almost forgot to eat dinner… Almost, I said.  I’ll show you the rest of my beautiful sock pictures, so you can see how pretty they are.

  Leg done... still loving the sock.

 Leg Done… still loving this sock.
Inside heel flap done, still feeling the love.

Inside heel flap done, still feeling the love.

Outside heel flap, looking good, and knitting up fast!

Outside heel flap, looking good, and knitting up fast!

What a cute little heel cup!

What a cute little heel cup!

So this brings us to real time.  Time to back up and start this little cutie again at the beginning of the gusset.  One reason I think this will be easy is because I’m at the part where the pattern says I have two choices on how I continue the foot of the sock… and so I say “E GAD”. 
Rick was on duty all night last night and is sleeping so I’m off to the grocery store and then back to do some quiet knitting… or tinking, un-knitting, frogging, whatever! 

with one hand…

with one hand… YOU CAN’T KNIT!!!!!

I’m going through withdrawals, and it isn’t pretty.  Good thing I have drugs to make me want to sleep.  Let me back up,  last week (Thursday @ 6:15am to be exact) I went to the hospital for carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand.  The next 10 days I am not to use my right hand at all.  I’m finding it very difficult to do many things… typing is a little slow, and dressing isn’t easy either.  On a happier note, I’m not able to wash dishes, cook, clean the bathrooms, vacuum, and fun things like that.  Hubby seems to be doing a pretty good job so far at keeping things up.  He fills my ice bag, and even tries to cook for me a little. 

So while I’m not knitting I’m reading blogs and looking at my old knitting magazines and books.  This is a good and bad thing.  On the good side, I’m getting to catch up on lots of blogs and I’m finding tons of awesome things I want to knit.  On the bad side I’m finding tons of awesome projects that I want to knit now!

Things I’ve found that I want to knit soon…

…Mr. Greenjeans sweater (Knitty.com)

…Victiorian Lace Shawl (I joined the KAL in Yahoo groups)

…Cascading Leaves socks (I joined the TownsendSocksKnitALong in Yahoo groups)

…The Luckiest a felted bag by Katey Jackson  (s n a r k y d e s i g n . c o m | s n a r k y k a t e y . c o m | s n a r k y k n i t t e r s . c o m)

…Bear Claw Blanket by Veronik Avery (Interweave Knits Spring 2005)

…one more (OK 2 more) that I ran across -both are sweaters by Hanne Falkenberg – Mermaid and  Plissé!!!  I totally love these.  http://www.knit.dk/ A little spendy for me right now, but I can dream. 🙂

I found so many things on Ravelry. I LOVE RAVELRY!!!  One of the greatest things is that I can look at a pattern before I buy the yarn and see if it really is something I want to knit.  And, I’ve met so many great people too! 

I’ll be home tomorrow again and I’ll get pictures posted from the weekend trip down to Oregon for the Canby Flock and Fiber Festival.  Also pictures of everything I rushed to get done before my hand went out of service.

This much typing has wore me out.  Good night!

and now for some pink ones…

First let me say that it looks like winter out my office window… rain, fog and wind!   It’s ok while I’m knitting or while I have to be at work, but it better get nice before next weekend! 

Next weekend is the Flock and Fiber Festival in Canby, Oregon.  3 of us went last year and it was an awesome day, so I’d like to repeat that again this year.

I finished my Mariner socks!

and I wore them yesterday…

but they brought no luck to the Mariners!  (sorry)

It’s time to make pink socks… I started a new pair of socks for BethAnn!  She is a little girl my mom babysits.  She began kindergarten this year and she loves pink.  So I think she should have some new socks.  I picked the Flame Wave pattern in the Interweave 25 fav socks book.  But I didn’t like the way it just looked jumbled up. 

I think I will make the Flame Wave sock, but I’ll use the Cascade Fixation in a solid color – oh yeah, that means I need to stop in at my LYS!!!!  Anyway, back to the pink socks… I pondered awhile and looked at tons of sock patterns but didn’t see what I wanted so I’m making this pattern up as I go (yes, I’m writing it down so I can make a second sock too!) 

I love the picot cuff and the little bumps remind me of raspberry seeds for some reason.  I’m almost ready to start the heel and I think that shall be the Eye of Partiridge.  As for the toe we may go for a star toe… not sure yet.

Soon it will be time to get back to my own pink stuff… yes, my sweater.  For now it will wait a little longer.

Well, last Tuesday night was Knit-Nite and it was wonderful!  We talked a little bit about Ravelry and I got to thinking that I should check and see where I am on the list and guess what!  I’m in now!  This may take many hours to get my stuff in here.  I’m still fumbling around a little, but I’m getting the hang of it.  I really love being able to look at other people’s projects.  A couple of things that I thought I might like to make someday, I now know I will not be making.  And one other project just got moved up in the line!

OK, the dogs are driving me crazy, they keep jumping up at me and want to go out.  So I’ll call it a night!


I have been knitting, just not posting on this blog.  I’ve been busy on my other blog if you care to stop in at my Geocaching and Camping site you’ll see what I’m doing in my non-knitting and non-work time. 

I have so much blog reading to catch up on, I could spend all week reading, but instead I guess I’ll go to work.  My husband likes it when I can spend some of my own money too!  Besides I want to go to the Flock and Fiber Festival in Canby, OR again and I’m going to need some money for that basket I didn’t buy last year!

I picked up some Mariners colored STR yarn at the Stich N Pitch and one is done and the second one is in the home stretch now!  I’m using the Tidal Wave pattern from SWTC.  I love this pattern because it’s easy to remember and I only did 3 repeats, because I like my socks on the short side.

Tidal Wave Sock pattern – 3 repeats on the cuff. Size 1 needles, 2 circulars.

For my birthday I purchased New Pathways for Sock Knittters – Book One, by Cat Bordhi.  I too think she is amazing, and I’m so glad God created people like her, because I sure wouldn’t have figured this sock technique out in my life time!

I have only gone through lesson one.  And now I will need to make another one to match this cute little sock.  I don’t know if you can see it or not, but the “V” that it makes in the center front is so cool. 

 And I did a perfect job (thanks to the brillant instructions in the book) on my short rows heel!  No picking up stitches, I could get used to this.  I used the yarn that I used on the Peapod Sweater and I’ll be sending these cute little socks to go with it.  I can’t believe that I used size 5 needles!  A friend from work that also purchased this book made me the cute little stitch markers with the “A” and “B” on them.  I’m hoping that my dear, sweet and talented friend Bunni will teach a class on these socks because I’m not so sure I will be able to understand all that I need too, and I don’t want to miss anything.

That about does it for me tonight, I’m wiped out, and need to get some sleep.

I ran out of yarn…

Can you believe this!  I had’nt really been looking in my knitting bag at how low my yarn was getting.  I knew the ball was getting very small but I also knew that I was almost done with my shawl.  I have ONE AND HALF rows left to knit and then the BO row!!!!!  I can’t believe this is happening… I really wanted to be blocking my shawl this afternoon and wearing it this week.  So close… and yet so far.  The Yarn Corner is closed on Monday and Sherri is off this week.  I promised not to have any knitting emergencies as a joke… and now look at me… I’m having a knitting emergency! 😦

shawl out of yarn

Moving right along…. I didn’t knit on my sweater today, instead I decided to practice knitting without throwing!  Can you teach an old dog new tricks?  I say yes, but with lots and lots of patience.  I decided to make a baby bib to practice on.  It’s not quite done, I have the other side strap to make, weave in the ends and add a button.  I need to have 4 of these made by the end of the summer and they are great for practicing continental knitting. 

These pictures didn’t really turn out so great, and I’m not sure what I’ve done to the camera this time.  The color is lime green, white and blue.  I traded a ball of pink for this one!

Bib Front

Front of bib.

This made up bib pattern is very simple with little purling to do, because purling is not as easy for me when I’m not throwing my yarn!  I like both sides of this pattern too!

Bib Back

Back of bib.

CO 38, Knit 4 rows, then begin the 2 row repeat… Row 1: *Knit 2, Purl 1*end with 2 knits.  Row 2: Knit.  Keep repeating until the bib is as big as you want it to be (mine is about 25 ribs or 50 rows – I don’t want to run out of yarn!).  Then staying in pattern work the first 8 stitches and BO until 8 stitches are left on the other side. Work these 8 stitches back and forth for about 5 inches and make a button hole (knit 3, BO 2, knit 3 – then on the other side knit 2, purl 1, CO 2, purl 1, knit 2). Work for about another inch and BO.  Now work the 8 stitches that have been hanging on your needle this whole time until it is the same size.  Add a button, and a Bib is born! 

Next weekend is the Sand and Sawdust Festival here in Ocean Shores, and I love to see all the sand sculptures people make.  There is also a giant wood carving contest that goes on at the Convention Center and Craft show too!  I’ll try to take lots of pictures – pray for sunshine, not just for this event, but for the much bigger event – Sherri’s daughter is getting married!  I can’t believe it’s here already.  How exciting, it seems like just the other day I was getting ready for my wedding, and poof – it’s been 10 months!  10 Happy months!

On that note I think I’ll call it a night!


It was a great day…

Saturday we had rain, and yet it didn’t seem to make any difference.  W.W.K.I.P. Day was a success.  Our location was the best ever.  Celia and her staff at the Coffee Bean Cafe were wonderful.  The brought us bowls of Chicago Carmel popcorn (very addictive).  First thing I did was get my iced White Chocolate Blackberry Non Fat Latte!!!  (the peanutbutter cookie came later in the day).  Lucky Julie arrived just as the scones were coming out of the oven, can it get any better. 

Now for the not so good news… I had my camera in my tote bag and didn’t realize that the settings had gotten changed.  So my pictures didn’t turn out very well.  I didn’t even notice it until I went outside at the end of the day to get a picture of the sign.  Oh well here is our happy group…

 Bunni Sherri Patty

Bunni, Sherri and Patty

June 9, 2007

This is our ‘knitting front room’ at the Coffee Bean Cafe!

Celia the owner of the Cafe

This is Celia the wonderful owner of the Coffee Bean Cafe!  (she doesn’t always stand on a chair behind the counter – only when taking pictures for us!)

sign outside

I told you it was rainy day! (we were sitting just on the other side of these balloons inside on the cozy sofa, eating popcorn and knitting) I forgot about the ballons, and left them there… I meant to have Sherri take them back to her shop for her son… I think to much knitting (and caffine) can turn your brain to mush, but good mush!

I should have gotten a picture of one of the best things that happened.  On Friday, Patty frogged a whole sweater (too big)  we were discussing how off the gauge was and the size didn’t seem to match the pattern at all.  On Saturday she brought the yarn and pattern and began to knit a new gauge.  Then Sherri called in for back up… and Linda came running over asking if she need to bring her calculator!  Right away she showed how to measure the best way to get the true gauge and looked at the pattern to determine what she would need to do this time for the perfect sweater!  This is what I love about knitting.  Everyone always seems so helpful, and willing to teach you the correct way to do something, or a better way.  This is also one of things that keeps me excited about knitting, that there is always someone out there that is willing to teach from their experiences.  I think knitting friends are the greatest!

I can’t believe that I stayed from 9 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon.  The day just went by so quickly.  I knit on my sweater and I’ll have to say that I did have a couple of laugh attacks that caused me to make an oops twice.  But all is well now. 

This is my sweater so far… (can you tell that I love my knitting purse almost as much as my knitting? and yes for some reason I am really getting in to pink now.)

Sausalito Sweater

This is what the bottom will look like after it has been folded up and sewn in place.

Sweater back bottom

And then we have the birth of a new sock… the Tofutsie Sock Club June 2007 yarn!

june 2007 tofutsie yarn

Tidal Wave socks

I think it will be a long time before we see any more pictures of this sock, as we have lots to do on the sweater and shawl!  I decided on the Tidal Wave sock pattern instead of the Wild Kats sock pattern, and I will make that one up in one of the new Tofutsie sock colors that will be coming in soon at The Yarn Corner!

Now I must get some laundry done, and clean the kitchen so I can justify sitting and knitting for several hours!  I simply must talk to the husband about a maid, it would free up much more time to knit and I would be forever happy about a clean house! 

Oh my, I just got the wet nose to my foot that my princess Cassie wants to go out.  Maybe we should run down to the beach to see what the storm last night blew in, my dogs love to run on the beach, and it’s been awhile. I think knitting may have to wait.

We are soooo close now…

Only 2 more days until the W.W.K.I.P.D. 

Other knitting things going on right now… 

I only have one more repeat to compete on my shawl before I start the edge!!!  I’m very excited about this.  I have really enjoyed (and am continuing to enjoy) working on this shawl and I’m looking forward to another one.

Yesterday I picked up my Limited Edition Tofutsie yarn.  I love the colors and can’t wait to start them.  However, I must finish up a couple of other projects first. 

With that said, I started working on my new sweater last night.  I was only going to work on a guage swatch and suddenly I was casting on for the back of the sweater!  Then I reminded myself that I should finish my shawl first.  And then I reasoned with myself that the sweater is an easy pattern and I could work on it during breaks at work, and work on the shawl at lunch time.  I know I have a few pairs of socks that are still uncompleted and they will just have to be understanding and wait a little longer. 

About my sweater… I decided on the lovely pink!  I have completed a whole 2 inches on the back bottom of the sweater and it is like BUTTER!!!  I love this yarn soooooooo much.  The only draw back is that I have to be careful not to stab the yarn as it does split quickly.  But it is so soft and feels like just the right weight that I was looking for.  I will take pictures tonight to post. 

I know you will find this hard to believe, but I picked up another cute pattern too!  I just couldn’t help myself.  It’s a tank top style knit in the round.  I will hold off on this one for as long as I can, or until I need another “new project” high!

Here is the what I copied from the web about my new pattern…


Euroflax Linen  Athens or Geneva
Knitted in the Round

This simple, lacy tank top has very wide straps, almost “caplets” and a delightful hem in a generous length. You’ll love the delicate lace effect that is easy to knit. Wear Ginger with a camisole for a very feminine accent piece that is great alone or under a cardigan or jacket for the office.
Our special Ginger pattern comes from Louet Design Team. Ginger promises to delight knitters with beautiful texture and interesting stitch combinations, while maintaining the allure of tradition.