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we interrupt our regular socks . . .

Posted on: September 18, 2007

Don’t be alarmed! It’s still me. I just needed a change! Do you like it? I have been adding and subtracting on the side bar as well; updating some FOs and the like. Note the KAL I have joined – this might help me keep on track for Christmas socks!

My badge for this post: The Knitting Whilst Under the Influence Badge – “This applies to both actual knitting under the influence, as well as achieving moments of stunning intellectual clarity about ones knitting under the influence. Presumes talking about knitting whilst under the influence a given.”

Since I generally have a glass of wine (or two – anitoxidants people!) per night, this one was easy. There should also be something about buying yarn – alcohol can really make one  more likely to succumb to internet purchasing. Perhaps you have heard of beer goggles? I have Merlot glasses. At least the yarn is always pretty and I don’t feel too ashamed in the morning! I can also be found at times planning my takeover of the LYS and actually believing it could happen. *sigh*

Now, knitting updates. Of course, being the rebellious soul that I am, as soon as I decide that I will knit 9 pairs of socks for Christmas I start obsessing about doing other things. Yesterday I started working on the Kevat shawl again. I was really enjoying the knitting, but the triangle just kept getting bigger and I began to worry. Where the heck did I see myself in a triangular shawl? Nowhere. Certainly I would not wear it day to day. I do not go out at night and if I did I still wouldn’t wear a triangular shawl. So, I cast it off. It is the prettiest, smallest triangular shawl in the whole wide world!

Next time I will knit a rectangle. Perhaps this one

The decision to cast off left me with a whole heck of a lot of lace weight yarn! Lucky for me I have also been obsessing about knitting another Clapotis. RoseRed has been working on one with laceweight. Ever the follower, I cast on.

As well, I have been spinning and spinning. I was always planning on spinning during the holidays, but regular readers will remember I have a fear of plying. How fortuitous it was then, that in the new Knitty (which I thought was pretty good) there was an article about HOW TO PLY and the suggestion was made to add some tension to your bobbins on the lazy kate so they don’t get away from you and get tangled. I have had some tangles and some panicky sweaty moments in the past. I am hoping that the tension might in fact help me get somewhere. My singles are looking pretty good, even if I do say so myself.

I also made a hat for my littlest friend. However, he made an unexpected visit today and I didn’t take a photo of it. If his Mum sends me one I will share it with you. 

Of course, I have not been completely wicked. I have finished one stocking stitch sock and am on the foot of the Retro Rib. Ah, holidays!

We saw Ratatouille, I loved it a lot. It is one of the best animated films I have seen in a long while. Highly recommended! 

And finally, here is my updated list:

  1. Waving Lace
  2. Swirly Girl
  3. Anastasia
  4. Embossed Leaves
  5. Retro Ribs (in progress)
  6. Back to Basics (changed my mind on Vinnland) 
  7. Vanilla (in progress)
  8. Vanilla
  9. Vanilla

11 Responses to "we interrupt our regular socks . . ."

Like the new blog design! Had to laugh about your smallest lace triangle and the Merlot glasses, LOL!

Yay for holidays(can’t wait for mine)and alcohol induced yarn purchases.

Yay for laceweight clappy’s!

Oh the new look of your blog looks great. Love both of the socks. Can you gift your shawl to someone who would love wearing it. I always give my knits away that dont turn out nice on me but look fabulous one someone else, at least I feel as though I have knit it for a reason then. I am taking the kids to see that film after you said it was so good too.

Your spinning looks great. Love your badge and your new look blog!

It looks great, as does your plying. So do you have a tensioned Kate to ply off of? It can be daunting — and I’ve only done 2ply so far. Three scares me! Keep it up. Everything else looks beautiful.

One can’t have too many Claps!! I think that is a rule. I wouldn’t wear a triangular shawl, but a rectangular one is good!!
I like the new look: Spring cleaning!!!
You are going great guns with the socks too!!

I’ve never knit a triangular shawl for myself for just that reason.

9 sets for Christmas, very ambitious!

Love the new look – just another form of holiday (as in “a change is as good…”)! I particularly like the little date boxes!

Ah, holidays! I am so looking forward to my three interrupted weeks off; but I’ll start by preparing myself for next term before I relax too much!

I’ve fallen in love with a stole in “Victorian Lace Today” (only one?) and am debating the practicality of a) wearing it to a wedding and b) finishing it in three weeks!

Well I can see that the penchant for wine and knitting would be one thing we’d have in common. Although I don’t consider that evil, do you?
I’ve just done half of the knitspot’s ‘morning glory’ wrap – the rectangle is superior.
Although a tip for the triangle – don’t wear it all Amish style with the pointy bit pointing straight at your arse – loosely tied round the neck with the jauntily scrunched triangle over one shoulder cleverly disguises the triangular element altogether.
Anyway, you should be not thinking of such things, you have nine pairs of socks to knit.

I might actually need to see Ratatouille. I know plenty of people who liked it a lot, but I kept getting bogged down in the “not another horrible pun.”

You are getting a lot more knitting done than I.

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