Thursday, March 27, 2008

Early Spring

I have had a really great month. It flew by so quick! Since my last post at the beginning of the month, I had my Pathology final, the kids were all on their spring break, I had a huge yard sale, and early Easter. Whew! What a month.

First off, not only did I do well in Pathology, but I actually Aced my final exam!! 100!!! I couldn’t believe it, and apparently there have only ever been a handful of students to make a 100. I was pretty thrilled.

Kids- all three were home for 10 days. It was so great to have them all home. With all three at different schools and on different schedules, we don’t get much time “all of us” together. We had alot of fun, and since I am NOT a morning person, it was super groovy sleeping in past 6:15 for a change.

We were also able to throw together a yard sale, which we held last Friday and Saturday. It went well- we made $500 and cleared out most of the garage. Some dough and more space-it’s all good. We plan to use the money for tickets to NRH2O. It is one town over and only a quick 10 minute drive. We went several times last year, and obviously, we had a blast.

Knitting? No worries! I finished a pair that had been sitting for at least a year-bad juju! Good news is I only had to complete the second. These are beautiful…

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I used Spunky Eclectic medium weight- I don’t remember the exact colorway, but it is terracotta with yellow, light blue and green. It is exactly like the STR medium weight, which I don’t think she is using any more. The pattern is mine- ribs and baby cables. The pattern was wicked easy. I plan to type out my scribbled notes and share it here on the blog.

Here are a couple more close-ups…

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Since I finished one pair, I get to start a new pair. Yipee!! I started out with some heart cable socks in that red Comfort yarn (look back a few posts)- and I hate the yarn. Hate, hate, hate it. It splits horribly; so much so that I couldn’t even count stitches on the needle. Ugh!! Deep down I knew the acrylic would be a disaster. Frog!

I decided on the Nutkin pattern from Knitzi. The yarn is JKnits in the colorway Reno. Yummy! This is not only a stunning pattern, but it is stupid easy to follow. I didn’t need the pattern after 1 repeat (10 rows.)

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Now I know I have knit about 40 pairs of socks, however, this is my first pair of socks with a short-row heel and toe. I wasn’t looking forward to knitting the heel, but it turned out just fine. I think it is much easier than a turned heel and lots less steps to go through. It must use less yarn too. Hmmm…Anyway, the toe is also decreased with short-rows. Looking forward to seeing how that actually works out. Also, the short-rows create a flap that lies on top of the toe, so you end up binding off with three needles instead of tired old kitchener stitch.

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In case you were wondering, I do knit things other than socks. I knit this bookmark for my Harry Potter books. I am currently reading them (and knitting along) with a group from Ravelry, and I decided that I needed a nice bookmark.

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I think it needs a little something, so I am planning a visit to Auntie’s Beads, which is right here in downtown Grapevine. The bookmark needs beads, ribbon, charm…something. I will post another pic when I get it all done.

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Friday, March 7, 2008

Snow in March!

I can’t believe it snowed yesterday. It’s been crazy weather here. We had snow last week, then a balmy lovely weekend, then snow again. Hmmm. I wonder if Mother Nature is miffed with us.

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Needless to say, I hope it is over and we can get back to warmer weather.

Horcrux socks complete! I can’t believe it took me two weeks to finish them, but I just didn’t have the time to knit this past week. Darn kids are keeping me busy!

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This was a great pair of socks to knit! I love the pattern and they fit wonderfully. I used Cherry Tree Hill and I really like it alot. Can you see the smokey black ring that swirls around the foot?? Love them! I recommend this pattern to anyone at any level(super easy lace) and I plan to make another pair for…

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Cam! He liked them too!

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Fresh Start!

It’s time for a fresh start. Let’s face it, I had two options: 1.) I could delete myself/my blog completely from the knitty world; or 2.) I could make a clean break and start over fresh. For the few of you still out there who may have a vague recollection of lil’ old me, it has been at least 6 months since I posted and at least 3 or 4 before that.

I am not going to make excuses, but life is what it is and there wasn’t anything in me that I was able to share with you. It’s ok if you think I am a selfish wench. I am. I do want to apologize to those of you who were hurt or dissappointed by my blatant defection.

Mostly, however, I want to thank Lisa, who never gave up on me and welcomed me back so easily.

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