Back in September, I finished my Pink Clouds socks. At the time I talked about how the yarn (Claudia’s Handpainted) didn’t seem that special to me. After three months of living with the socks, this yarn is on my ‘never again’ list. I wear these socks once a week or once every two weeks. They’ve always been hand washed. And, yet, they look like hell. The color is fading/wearing off the bottom of the socks and they are pilling like mad. I am so disappointed in this yarn. The cost for this pair of socks was $22.
At first, I thought I might be expecting too much from my socks. But then I remembered my Pinky Purple socks. I’ve worn these socks weekly since March and they are also hand washed. They have some slight pilling on the foot, but that’s it. They look nearly brand new. The yarn for these socks was Knit Picks Sock Memories. The cost for this pair of socks was $6. The old saying “you get what you pay for” does not apply to sock yarn.
I am enjoying my vacation from work this week. I’m watching a ton of movies on TCM and knitting a Central Park Hoodie. This is my first sweater ever and I am intimidated as hell. But, I’m knitting on and figuring stuff out as I go. So far, so good:
The girls have been lounging around:
Sam’s been keeping an eye on the kitty:
Kishka fell asleep like this last night:
She’s also gotten really tired of all the pictures I’m taking:
The sock bug has struck again. I think it’s because the beastly heat has gone (finally!) and the cool weather has turned my thoughts to how much I love wearing my hand knit socks.
I finished my Pink Clouds socks:
Pink Clouds Socks
What: Pink Clouds Socks
Yarn: 2 skeins of Claudia Handpainted Yarn in Pink Cloud
Needles: size 1, Knit Picks dpn’s
Pattern: Basic stockinette socks with 1 1/2″ of 2×2 ribbing on the cuff and an eye of partridge heel
Date started: 5/8/07
Date finished: 9/9/07
Lesson Learned: Pull Kitchener tight as you go, not when you’re finished.
Destination: my feet!
Thank you to the bloggers who warned about the short yardage on this yarn. I knit short socks and was left with this much yarn:
I’ve read rave reviews of this yarn and I’m kind of puzzled. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it (it’s soft, the colors are nice, it was a pleasure to knit, etc.), but it just didn’t make my skirt fly up. I would knit with it again, but it goes on my ‘just another sock yarn’ list.
I’m going to start another pair of stockinette socks soon. I just have to decide which yarn to use.
231 years ago, a group of men decided to take a stand against England and declare America’s independence. If they were alive today, I wonder what they would think of the current American government. I have a feeling they would be ashamed.
Today, I celebrate the group of men who took that stand in the sweltering summer of ’76. May the men in power today change their ways and stop making a mockery of everything America stands for.
I’ve been spending an obscene amount of time on Ravelry, but I have managed to do some knitting.
The Summer of Scraps blanket is coming along nicely:
One of the Pink Clouds sock has a partial heel flap:
The Tropical Monkey Socks have turned their heels:
Finally, the storm at sunset last night:
Edited later in the day……….
A tornado touched down about 10 miles from my house. I managed to get a picture of it.
What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal. ~ Albert Pine
After what seems like forever, I can finally say I’m on the mend. I’m up and around a little bit these days, but am still taking it easy (I’m scared to death of relapsing). I’m amazed at how out of shape I am after the past few weeks on the couch. Just running the vacuum cleaner is exhausting. The important thing is that I’m finally feeling human again and can imagine a day when I’ll be able to live a normal life. My PT is concerned about some pain that I am having so I go back to my doctor tomorrow for her opinion.
I have been knitting. The Pink Clouds socks are moving along and are ready for their heels:
I’ve also been knitting squares:
Please excuse the crappy color in this picture. I forgot to take pictures before the sun went down.
The squares were inspired by last Saturday’s Warm The World monthly meeting. We have a lot of scrap yarn in the warehouse, so June and July have been designated as the months of scraps. I brought home a bag full of scrap yarn so I can make squares.
Warm The World has a warehouse manager now and all I can say is ‘wow!!’. Our warehouse has been totally reorganized and it’s inspiring just to stand and look at all of the yarn and projects.
Here are the finished items (blankets, hats, scarves) that are ready to be delivered:
We have had the good fortune of receiving several large donations of yarn lately. Here is the wall of yarn (isn’t it pretty?):
The wool and wool blends:
The wall of pattern booklets and inspiring projects:
All of these blankets arrived on Saturday:
Here are 100 blankets in the back of Felicia‘s truck:
These blankets are going to be delivered to Fort Carson later this week. All babies born to deployed soldiers are going to receive a blanket. At this point, we have 400+ babies projected to be born this year. This first batch of 100 should give us a good start. We have more blankets at the warehouse that are reserved for soldiers’ babies.
Felicia and I are working on another project for Warm The World and we hope to be unveiling that within the next couple of weeks. To facilitate this project, I am teaching myself CSS. It’s not as tough as I expected, but I still have a long way to go.
The heat has returned to my corner of the world and I’m not enjoying it. However, it does make gorgeous clouds:
Since I’ve spent so much time on the couch, the dogs have been missing out on their usual napping spot. Kishka snagged some sleep time on the couch earlier today:
Well, the good news is that my twisted pelvis is no longer twisted. The bad news is that I also have a disc problem, so my restrictions continue.
This is how I spend the majority of my time:
The Pink Clouds socks are making progress:
A thunderstorm passed to the north of me a few days ago:
Here’s my girls:
Here’s Samantha with her poor stuffed bunny. The bunny spent almost a week outside before she brought it back inside:
Parker (the porker):
And, last but not least, shy Romeo:
Fill in the blank: The best thing about where I live is _________________…
The best thing about where I live is the wide open spaces, the bright blue sky and sunshine nearly every day.
Create a new name for a deodorant (like “Flower Fresh” or “Shower Scent”).
What the hell kind of question is this? Like many things, the names of deodorant are just silly. So, I’d go in the other direction and name a deodorant Public Jackass.
What was the last piece of software you installed onto your computer?
If you were to receive a superlative award today beginning with the words ”Most likely to…”, what would the rest of the phrase say?
That’s easy. Most likely to have spent the most time on her couch in the last month.
What two colors do you like to wear together?
Pink and grey. Yes, I’m still stuck in the 80’s.
If you’ve made it through this long post, you are rewarded with a most undignified picture of Kishka:
My restrictions continue. I have managed to find a way to knit while lying flat on my back. However, it’s not very fast and my wrists tend to go numb so I usually only knit a row or two at a time. Still, it’s nice to be able to knit just a little bit.
Besides being bored out of my skull because I can’t do anything, I’m also bored with TV. I’ve been spending a lot of time listening to XM Classics. (It’s channel 864 on DirecTV.) The unfortunate (or maybe it’s fortunate) side effect of lying down and listening to this station is that I usually fall asleep. However, I suppose sleeping a lot is good for me right now since it does allow the body time to heal. And believe me, it’s time for me to be healed!
Kishka has been dragging her food dish into the living room and then flipping it before she dines.
Instead of bugging her with my cane (which, I admit, was fun), I’ve been giving her belly rubs with it:
What do you consider to be the ultimate snack food?
Ritz crackers spread with peanut butter.
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 as highest), about how popular is your last name?
I’d say a 3 or 4.
Who is your all-time favorite sitcom character, and why?
I would say it’s a tie between BJ Hunnicutt and Niles Crane. I can’t really pinpoint why I like BJ so much. I’ve just always loved the character and prefer the BJ years of MASH to the Trapper John years. As for Niles, I think he’s the funniest character on the show.
Do you shop online? If so, name some sites you like to browse for goodies.
I do most of my shopping online (including window shopping). My regular stops are: Overstock, Target, Knit Picks, Loopy Ewe, Amazon, LL Bean, Lands End, Etsy and Ebay.
Fill in the blank: I think ___________ should be ___________.
I think the media in this country should be reporting on real news and not entertainment fluff.
I remember a place, a town, a house like a lot of other houses, a yard like a lot of other yards . . .*
One thing I’ve really missed during the past few weeks has been being outside and taking pictures. On Saturday morning, I settled in on my back steps and snapped some pictures.
Samantha worked very hard on excavating her hole:
Kishka was just trying to catch some rays, but Sam kept backing into her:
And throwing dirt on her:
I brushed Kishka and the breeze scattered her fur across the yard:
I haven’t been able to do any yard work this year. The weeds around the power pole are getting out of control:
My clothesline is just waiting to be used:
My gardening tools are also waiting for me:
I’ve watched more TV in the past month than I ever have in my life. I’ve rediscovered one of my all time favorite shows: The Wonder Years. I was a huge fan of the show during its original run, but had never seen it in syndication. Until now.
The ION network is showing it twice a day, five days a week and I’m Tivo’ing every episode. I was hesitant to watch the show again. I feared it might not live up to my lofty memories. I was wrong. I love the show even more as an adult. As much as I also love MASH and Little House (my two other all time favorite shows), they ended with not-so-great finales. The Wonder Years’ finale was every bit as good as the rest of the series.
My recovery is taking longer than I would like (but I’m healing at the rate that is to be expected), but I am so happy and grateful that I can knit again. I’m making progress on socks.
The Pastel Rainbow Socks are moving slowly, but there is a tiny bit of progress:
I’m still unsure about the Pink Clouds socks. I think the yarn may pool, but I’m hopeful it will keep striping:
The Tropical Monkey socks now have heel flaps:
Finally, what’s a post without puppy paws:
And portraits of my girls:
* quote is from the final voice over of The Wonder Years series finale:
“Growing up happens in a heartbeat. One day you’re in diapers, the next day you’re gone. But the memories of childhood stay with you for the long haul. I remember a place, a town, a house like a lot of other houses, a yard like a lot of other yards, on a street like a lot of other streets. And the thing is, after all these years, I still look back, with wonder.”
This is the most exciting bit of knitting that I’ve knit in a long time:
It’s just an inch of 2×2 ribbing, but it makes me exceedingly happy. It’s the only sock knitting I’ve done in almost a month. With the exception of the Rock-a-thon, it’s also the only knitting I’ve done.
I’ve been battling back pain for a few months and a few weeks ago it got to the point where it was disabling to every aspect of my life. I hobbled to my doctor, who referred me to a physical therapist. The PT declared me a classic case of a twisted pelvis.
Yes, it’s as painful as the description in the link makes it sound. I’ve broken bones before and had surgery. This pain is worse than any of that. So, I am a model PT patient. In addition to the formal therapy I’m doing my stretches, lying on my side as much as possible and walking with a cane (just call me The Gimp).
Up until today, I didn’t think I could knit because it hurts too much to sit. After my PT appointment today, I met Felicia at Pikes Perk. We spent the afternoon knitting, gabbing and watching thunderstorms roll over the city. I accomplished that tiny bit of sock knitting while relaxing on a couch. That inspired me to rearrange my couch pillows so I can knit and still keep weight off my problem area.
You have no idea how happy this makes me. Suddenly, being ordered off my feet doesn’t sound so bad.