Friday, June 29, 2007

I'm Henry the 8th, I am...

I'm Henry the Eighth, I am!
Henry the Eighth I am! I am!
I got married to the widow next door,
She's been married seven times before.
Every one was an Henry
She wouldn't have a Willie or a Sam
I'm her eighth old man named Henry
Henry the Eighth, I am.


I feel like Whoopi Goldberg in This sock should be FLYING by, but it seems that although I'm knitting on it EVERYDAY, it's still just a toe! :( I'm dying to try the toe-up gusset heel from Widdershins. It feels like I'm stuck in a time warp and just keep knitting the first verse over and over.

Does it look any bigger? LOL.

(Note: If the sock was for me, I'd be at the heel by now. LOL.)
(Note, part 2: Why haven't I knit any socks for myself?)

ETA: (In case you live under a rock, or are under say...30 and reading this)

Thursday, June 28, 2007

MBF Sock #2

Here is the continuation of MBF sock #2. Since the overwhelming majority of you (i.e. unanimously, via 2 votes!) want me to overdye it, that's what we're going to do! Beth says that she thinks navy would be nice. I agree. It will darken the blues and greens to almost black, take the white to navy and turn the blips of red to a nice rich purple. So, work continues as begun, and "chops" will have to wait for his pair. Would naming this pair "In the Navy" be too Village People?

For the photo op. today, I took these outside for a bit of a stroll, thinking the natural daylight might give them less "shine" and more of a true to life appearance. I still think that the yarn is not *nearly* as bright as it appears in photos.

Also, I modified the Thuja a bit. What do you think? I'm still doing a seed stitch rib, but 2 stitches wide instead of only one.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007


Saw this over on The Stitching Nut this morning and thought it was a tad silly, but something made me click the link and take the test myself.

You Are a Pinky

You are fiercely independent, and possibly downright weird.
A great communicator, you can get along with almost anyone.
You are kind and sympathetic. You support all your friends - and love them for who they are.

You get along well with: The Ring Finger

Stay away from: The Thumb

I agree with Rhonda...I'm blown away.

Monday, June 25, 2007

New Sock

This is the new MBF sock. Well, it was intended to be the new MBF sock. It might be the socks for "chops".

Here's where I need your help (I know I have readers...they just don't comment!) Weigh in on the colorway! Is it totally ugly? I'm rather on the fence. Here are the pros/cons:

  1. MBF really liked the feel of the Wildfoote socks. This is the same yarn, different colorway, Rhapsody, worked with Soft Jazz (same yarn as toes on other socks).
  2. Working with the same yarn makes it easier for me gauge-wise. He is rather far away for a test fitting.
  3. I'm in a bit of a budget crisis and I have this yarn on hand.
  1. MBF does not care for the colorway.
So what do you all think? Is it too much? Does it look like a popsicle barf-o-rama?

Here are more photos to help you decide:

Bottom View

Left View

Right View

Let me know what you think!!!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Ipod Sock

This is Cuthbert's new digs.

I don't like it, but I'm finishing it anyhow, then I'll worry about making another one that I DO like. At least this protects the screen from getting scratched in the mean time.

Tahki Cotton, size 3 (US) needles, worked "toe up", started with a turkish cast on. The rest was make up as I went along. I used Wendy's Stretchy Bind Off (K1, put back on left needle, K2tbl, around). I love the colorway.

P.S. Cuthbert is the ipod. :D

P.P.S.: yarn pr0n!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Don't Knit Angry!

Nothing like utter frustration to get ya going on knitting. I don't know about you all, but when I am MAD, I get very quiet, and focused. Last night, I knit angry. It was satisfying in that it did help calm me, the quiet repetition of stockinette in the round neatly dispensing my anger stitch by stitch. This, my friends, is how I finished the Ipod cozy, albeit in an entirely different gauge (lol...angry knitting is tense knitting). It's in cotton, and to be honest, it was a mess to begin with. Done in a pattern I "made up on the fly," I started with a Turkish Cast On, made a buttonhole immediately (for the connection cord) and then began working in the round. I quickly discovered I'd made it too big, so I put in random decreases to get it down to size. I started this project in January, and in the last six months: my gauge has changed; I now despise the needles I started the project with (aluminum circs); and I've decided that when I'm casting off, I really need to take the time to find a crochet hook. (I used to be a crocheter, for YEARS!) Nothing makes a bind off fly off the needles like a crochet hook. The good news is that I think I've found my stretchy toe up bind-off of choice! Wendy uses this bind off (don't know if she "invented" it or not, but that's where I found it). Love the BO, hate the cozy. It keeps "Cuthbert" safe, so I'm happy for the time being. I still need to weave in the ends, and put a 'clasp' and button on it. I'll take pictures when it's all done.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Progress? Not so much.

I did sleep with yarn the other night...does that count? Or does that push me over some sort of 'line'? Since I don't have another person in my bed anymore (which is a good thing...more room for yarn, as it turns out), I generally knit before going to sleep. Often, the balls of yarn, and the WIP end up laying on the bed next to me while I sleep. I tuck them up by the headboard and all is well. The other night, a ball got frisky and I woke up laying ON it. Thankfully, I didn't strangle myself. :P

Oh...Yarn News! I got yarn for my birthday!! w0oh00!! My aunt bought me all the yarn I need to make a Ribby Cardi! Yay!!! It's going to be Scarlet and Gray, cuz I live in Ohio...and *bleed* scarlet and gray, OK?!

P.S. I'm just kidding about the yarn being better in bed. It's just my attempt at humor. Clearly, celibacy drives you insane.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Jumping on the bandwagon.

Ok. You've seen my finished objects. Y'all know I can knit me a dishrag. If you don't know, you can ask my neighbor. She has at least 5 or 6 that I've knit for her. (And someday, she will find that cone of peaches and cream yarn hiding in her basement that she promised to give me...)
It's a race, except it's the best kind of race! You get to sit on your duff and knit! There are teams (assigned by the admin) and each team starts with a box with a dishrag, two skeins of cotton and a small treat. When you get your box, you empty it. Marvel at the loveliness (or fugliness) of your new dishrag. Knit a dishrag from one of the cotton skeins in the box. Eat your chocolate (you know that's what the treat better be). Place the rag you knitted into a box with the two skeins of cotton you purchased for the event, and the treat (don't forget the treat!), and pass the "baton" to the next knitter in line on your team! The first team to return their box to the admin wins!
Now, I'm not sure what she's going to do with 10-20 dishrags when they show up to her house... :P
If you're interested, you better hurry! They are capping it at 200 participants and when I just checked, it's at 119!
P.S. Thanks to Beth for bringing this to my attention via her blog! Seems like everyone saw it there! :P

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood....

It's so nice out, and I'm so bored at work, that I decided to go outside and take a photo of my current socks in progress.

This is my first toe up pair (well, they were when I started them...). These are the "gorilla socks", except now they fit me! Well, they do when the needles don't make them all wonky, and you don't have your feet (which are tied together, go go magic loop) propped up on the door of your car, while in the parking lot at work, while you pray that someone doesn't walk by and take a picture of you being a freak, so that they can put it on THEIR blog. /breathe.

Anyhow, I'm pretty sure everyone around here knows that I'm a freak already. :P

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Monday, June 11, 2007

3 in 1?

Wow....3 posts in one day!

Couldn't resist this tho, from MBF, pasted to me via Instant Messenger:

chops: hehe have u asked her if i can have some socks yet?
MBF: lol not yet
chops: ASK ASK ASK

My socks are in DEMAND! w00t.

Oh, yeah...

Heh...did anyone else just think of this:

Oh, Yeah!


What I really wanted to say/show was this:

Socks in action! They don't slide down over his heel, even in shoes. They also didn't morph into swim fins after being worn without shoes all day! YAY!!!

deedeedidee....This just in....

More socks! :) I just found Picasa...and um...I'm in love! It thumbnailed these for me...and gave me the link and everything. <3

I hates(!) this bind off. Still on the search for THE best toe up BO

I cast this on immediately. No SSS for me! (at least not on this project)

and this:

Yes....I've knit about 6 more rows! go me!

I'm so loving how it's knitting up. And it feels fantastic!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

The Eagle has landed!

w00h00! Yippy! *happy dance*

After almost two weeks in transit, the Boy Socks arrived at their destination!


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and just to demonstrate his attitude on the matter:
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Happy Feet!

Oh...and for those of you wondering, here's the "sock interview" with Mr. Boy Foot:

Me: I'm curious if I made the heel flap too long, (I know they are too short ankle wise) curious about the girth, did they go over your ankle nicely?
MBF: Perfect fit, aye a little short in the ankle, but it doesn't stop them being comfy, and I'm not going to wear boots over them, etc. I don't imagine.

Me: Too loose?
MBF: Nope, don't feel loose at all really.

Me: Roomy enough in the toe?
MBF: Plenty.

Me: Long enough??? [in the foot]
MBF: Yup, not tight at all.

Me: Some of the photos look like you're curling your toes.
MBF: That was me trying to make a smiley face with my feet, I think.

Monday, June 04, 2007

All Baby Socks, All The Time....

Did I finish them? Of course I did!

Do they fit the baby? Of course they don't! In another of my long line of screw-ups, they don't even come close to fitting the baby. I did manage to cram them onto her feet for a photo (on my sister's camera, I'm afraid).

I asked Mommy if I could have a "do-over" and took the socks home with me...head hung in shame.

Take 2:

Much better! Now...I think they are gonna be too big....

P.S. Mr. Boy Sock reports that there has not been a sock spotting as of yet. He suggests that maybe they blew up the package, thinking it was some sort of threat. Personally, I think he should check the postal person's feet next time around....

Friday, June 01, 2007

Baby Sock, ad nauseum....

So, those of you with a keen eye will have noticed that those two sock toes yesterday did NOT look the same. They weren't. I was so intent on making my increases properly, that I didn't alternate increase rows and plain rows. *Sigh* Frog pond on that...LOL. Good news...I cast right back on for that second sock, and got all the way through the heel last night. I probably would have finished the whole thing, but Braveheart came on, and I just had to turn it off and do something else before they killed his wife. (Yes, I'm a sue me.)

Here are today's photos:

Why, yes, I stuff my socks with tissues...don't you?