Monday, July 31, 2006
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Friday, July 21, 2006
Okay, I lied
Here is a progress picture. Not to bad considering I was doing these a needle short of what I would have liked.
I have stayed pretty true to the pattern execpt that I did the eye of partridge stitch on the heel instead of the heel stitch that was called for. I adore how it comes out in a hand painted yarn.*
I've also got pictures of the tank and the shawl even though those haven't been touched since last week.
*Can you tell I finally figured out the macro function on the camera? Turns out that reading dozens of digi camera reviews last night paid off. Hopefully with some better photography.
Back safe and sound
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Hitting the road
I felt so silly on the plane because I was taking pictures out the window. I’ve flown a lot, but I thought that Caleb would like to see what everything looks like from a plane. He’s flown a lot too, but all of it was before he was 18 months old, so he doesn’t remember any of it. I am sure that the other passengers thought I was a complete novice flyer. Not that I care – I’ll never see them again. During the boarding process, I ended up changing seats twice. The first time, There was a sweet couple in their 60’s and they were seated several rows apart. I took his seat so they could sit together. No big deal. I’ve traveled several times where Eric and I were separated. As soon as I sat down, I saw that the person seated next to me was also separated from her traveling companion. So, being the kind person I am, I switched. There was a bit of an ulterior motive because this allowed me to sit on the aisle. The rest of the trip has proved fairly uneventful so far. I got so much done on the sock. The heel is turned and I have picked up the gusset stitches. The worst part is that I lost one needle. Luckily, I was working with 5, so I can make this work, but 3 needles never feels all that comfortable in my hands. I have more at home, but didn’t think to bring any extras with on the trip. I will just have to be extra careful not to lose any more.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Is it normal
- Completely portable
- Yarn is already wound in compact balls.
- I know the pattern and won't have to pull it out much to consult.
- Circular needles can't get lost.
- A fast knit now that there are fewer stitches per row.
- I think I know the pattern and this increases the likelihood that I will make a mistake of gartantuan proportions necessitating starting over. Again.
- Worsted Weight yarn = more space in suitcase.
- A fast knit requiring that I bring more extra yarn along. See the dilema at the top of this post.
- Very small.
- Completely portable.
- I don't need a pattern (does this set off alarms bells for anyone else or are they just in my head?).
- I will get to use either the Koigu or the Schaeffer that I have wound up already. Yum.
- The odds that I will finish an entire sock on the trip are minimial so I will only need the one ball of yarn.
- It's really hot in Texas and these won't sit on my lap.
- DPNs can get lost.
- After all of the swatching and lusting after Vintage Socks, I feel like I have lost the fever for socks.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
I should have known
This past weekend, I did something that was long overdue. I went shopping for clothes. By myself. At a new mall. I spent a ton of time in one of the anchor stores and actually bought 2 pair of pants. I was thrilled. See, in February, I was a size 12 going on 14. Then I started Weight Watchers. I have since dropped 25 pounds and am a size 4. The best part about the shopping trip is that I found a store that carries pants that fit me. Narrow waist and breeding hips. I bought 2 pairs and returned the first 2. I was soooooo thrilled.
Now, I just need to work on keeping it off. I refuse to go back to being frumpy. On the other hand, I don't want to be the mom who tries too hard. I think I am balancing it, but as the extent of Caleb's fashion sense is that he would prefer to wear sweats 365 days a year, he doesn't really say much. (Yes, he would like to wear them when it is 95 degrees out. Yep, it drives me batty to see him all flushed insisting that he is cold. I want to know who out there thought 3 year olds are easier than 2 year olds. Filthy rotten liar.)
The oddest part about it all is how slowly my self-image changes. No matter how heavy I was, I always pictured myself as a size 8. Now, I look in the mirror and all I see is the cellulite under the clothes. I like eating too much to ever end up with an eating disorder, but I have been thinking a lot about what it means that I still picture myself heavier than I really am. Is this a product of the media and our fascination with girl/women with long lean legs and not a spec of body fat? Or is a normal psychological phenomenon and in a few months my self-image and my actual body will be in closer alignment?
Friday, July 07, 2006
Ribbit go the socks
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Ribbit goes the tank
quickly became this.
I have made good progress on the newest pair of socks. Then, I made the critical error of trying to fit it over my cankles. No go.
Here is the revised progress. I had to purchase needles that are 2.5mm which I didn't have. These seem to be working much better for the yarn.
On the yarn saga front, I think it finally all resolved. Last Friday, I snuck out of work a bit early and drove across town to exchange the skein of the KPPPM for another one. I had 2 skeins being held so there was no danger of not getting the 2 skeins (my luck held on this one). I explained the situation to the clerks who where a bit stunned. I asked that they wind the 2 skeins and while they dragged their feet a bit, the did wind them for me. Somehow in the confusion of leaving I didn't pay for the second skein that they were holding me. I managed to come out on top of the deal which thrilled me, it shorted the store, which didn't break my heart and now I know I have enough to knit the socks.