January 27, 2007

Repair and Progress - Actual Knitting Content!

I took my sweater with the dropped stitch to the LYS and asked their advice. Their advice was "just do your best." OK! Thanks!

So that's what I did:

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It's such a busy pattern that you can hardly tell where it is. I can tell, but that's because I know where to look.

And here's a crappy progress picture of my sock so far:

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It took me four tries for that heel flap. The first two I wasn't even reading the pattern correctly, and the third I realized I was twisting my slipped stitches. Rasser!

On the fourth try, I decided on the fly to switch to the smaller size. Really, I did this intentionally. Really! I have the bigger ankles and calves, but a much slimmer foot and I didn't want a baggy sock. It seems to be working out so far. I don't really see how the heel can be comfortable to walk on, but we'll see how it goes.

Not much else new here. I'm continuing with my relaxing no work schedule. Today I cleaned, baked a cake, made two blog posts (one at runagogo) and in a fiew minutes we'll be heading out on our dog walk. I really hope Rena is good today. She was such a bad squirrel-chasing dog yesterday we cut the walk short.

Hey, and if I haven't replied to your comments, it's because for some reason I'm not getting the notification e-mails. I seem to get all the ones from the spammers, but the real people are not getting through. Suggestions?

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January 22, 2007

What's going on?

Still knitting away on my first top-down sock. See, I have only knit two pairs of socks so far, and they were both toe-up socks with short row heels. This is my first sock with a conventional heel. I thought I had it all under control, but after I turned the heel, when it came to pick up stitches, I was supposed to pick up 17 along each edge. I could only fit in 12. I figured that it couldn't make that much of a difference and just continued on. I was wrong. It makes the gusset and heel much too short. So last night I ripped, in order to make my heel flap longer.

Whew, exciting! No? No.

I have also determined that I can not repair that dropped stitch/run in my Lace and Cables sweater without professional help. When I get a chance, I'm going to take it to a yarn store and see if I can get some help. It's not just a matter of picking up the stitches with a crochet hook because there are two yarnovers to contend with in the pattern and a change from knit to purl stitches. I can't quite wrap my brain around it.

What else?

I have joined Runagogo!

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100 miles by April 1st should be a piece of cake, because they can be any kind of run/walk/jog/whatever. But I'm going to try to start running. I've never been able to run, but I've been getting out in the mornings with the dogs and giving it a go. My running goal right now is to try to run 2 miles without stopping, at a run, not a semi-shuffle. This might be hard to achieve, because running with the dogs is somewhat challenging. Picabou needs to pee every 20 feet (she doesn't have a problem, she just likes to mark) and Rena, who I thought would be running out front and dragging me, laaaaaaaaags behind. Either that or she's plastered to my leg. It's really hard to run that way. And, I don't think there is any way I can motivate myself to get out and run without the dogs.

Running with Rena in the mornings has helped with the barking. A tired dog is a good dog. The barking is totally aimed at getting me to move. She's herding me. I talked with a trainer at a local pet store who has a Catahoula and is very involved with the breed (training and judging) and he suggested the trick called "dumb Mommy." When she starts barking, I say in a very cheerful and happy voice "oh ok! yes! you can go in the box!" and then I put her in her crate. So it's not me yelling at her and getting mad and chasing her into the box and making it a bad stressful thing. Pretty soon she should get the message that "dumb Mommy thinks when I bark I want to go in the crate. I'd better stop barking." I thought it was a good tip.

What else is news. Hmmmm.

Yesterday I was looking through the craigslist ads for a truck for Sean. He's still on the lookout for the perfect truck. And I thought I had struck gold. 1997, Toyota T-100, 75K original miles. Perfect! When I looked at the pictures in the ad it even was the same color and had a camper shell on the back. An identical twin to the truck he totaled! And then I saw the picture with the BNL sticker on the bumper. This was not an identical twin, this was his wrecked truck, being sold with a salvaged title. He called the guy anonymously, and was told that was salvaged because it had a "few scratches, and a damaged grill and headlight." Yeah right. What about the frame damage, the damage to the radiator and engine block? Sounds like a scam to me. So sad.

I guess that's all the news for now.

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January 17, 2007

Woe

Rasser Frasser!

My Lace and Cables sweater! Has a run!

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What do I do? It's obviously a dropped stitch from way back. Any suggestions? There is no way I'm ripping the thing apart. I don't think I could successfully drop back and grab it and knit it all the way up. I obviously compensated for it somewhere along the line after it happened.

:(

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January 15, 2007

Thank you for playing!

All the calendars have been claimed. Thanks for playing!

Not much new here. I've been working on the sock and am starting the heel. I'll take a picture when the sock is done. It's going pretty fast, actually.

We went out last week and saw The Whoreshoes play at Fox and Goose and they were great! I've been playing the heck out of their album "Get Lucky." Fun, fun music. I hope they come back to Sac and play again soon.

We've been relaxing most of the long weekend, doing a little shopping here and there and puttering around the house. I've been prograstinating on cleaning my yarn/craft/sewing room. Right now it looks like a tornado has hit it. Maybe today. Maybe.

Walks with the dogs have been fun in the cold, cold temps. Refreshing! Yesterday, we threw rocks on the frozen part of the river (really more of a pond, a shallow area where the river goes around an island), and Sean was amazed that I'd never seen a frozen river before. What can I say? I'm a valley girl, it almost never gets this cold here.

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January 11, 2007

Facing Facts

Everyone has one -- a knitting monstrosity. It is not a surprise to me that everybody has one of those "What was I thinking" sweaters, because I have several. What is a surprise is how long the knitter must have ignored the writing on the wall. To get a finished monstrosity, hours and hours of patient denial must be put in. It is a knitter's unfailing and remarkable ability to believe, even when something begins to look monstrous, and keeps looking that way through all the knitting, that somehow it can overcome anything ans will be beautiful in the end ... that is the real surprise.
from At Knit's End, Stephanie Pearl McPhee (The Yarn Harlot)

I read the above quote a few days after deciding I was no longer going to finish the pink sweater I was optimistically thinking I could finish for New Year's Eve. It was turning into a big pink blob. There was no pattern, I was knitting it on the fly, and it was just. not. right.

I have ignored the writing on the wall for almost every sweater I've knit. Not one has turned out exactly as I wished, as comfortable as I'd hoped, or looked as smashing as it should. This time, I'm not going to continue along hoping for the best when the evidence is right in front of me.

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Pink Blob

So I'm going to frog it. But, this is ribbon yarn, so I'm not sure if it will be useable again. Anyone have any experience frogging/reusing ribbon yarn?

Then I started something new:

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I picked this project because it has everything my mind needs right now. I have the pattern, I have the exact yarn called for in the pattern, I have the exact needles called for in the pattern, and most importantly, the pattern is not boring.

My only reservation is that I might not be able to wear them, given that they will be made of wool. But, it's superwash, so maybe it will not be as scratchy. What I really need is some Sock Candy, but I'm not planning a trip to Oregon any time soon.

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Two calendars left! Anybody?

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Now for all you dog people, I have a problem. Rena has taken to barking at me quite strenuously when she wants me to ... do something. I don't know what. Play with her, move from my computer, take her on a walk. I think it's one of those.

The barking is very annoying and here's how I've handled it so far.

1. Yell No!
2. Say No and put her in her crate.
3. Quietly tell her no, stop it, go lay down. Give her a pat on the head
4. Ignore (this doesn't work at all because it lights a fuse to my temper, then I snap, yell at her, chase her into her box and let her contemplate how crazy mommy is.)
5. Get up and start vacuuming.

Of all of these, number 5 is the only one that really works. She's not afraid of the vacuum or anything, it's just that I think she knows that I'm busy and can really ignore her that way. I don't want to play with her when she barks, or give her any attention that makes her think it's something that works to get her attention.

Any ideas are welcome. I've never had a dog that barked at me before.

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January 10, 2007

Bargains for five of you

Ok people, I went back to the 99 cent store and bought the lot of the Stitch n Bitch page-a-day calendars...all FIVE of them.

If you want one, send me an e-mail with the subject line "calendar" (not a comment) with your address and I'll pop it in the mail to you! No contest! No rules! Just a free calendar for you as thanks for reading the most boring blog in the knitring!

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January 4, 2007

Bargain

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Purchased at the 99 cents store. Woo Hoo!

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January 3, 2007

Pie Gets an Office Job

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"Is this the party to whom I am speaking?"

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Caught trying to photocopy her butt. Typical.

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