Keeping Me in Stitches

Sunday, February 17, 2008

another one for the finish-a-long

Early Saturday morning, I finished my January RSC socks. Yarn is STR lightweight in Dragon Dance. Pattern is Serendipity by Adrienne Fong. I knit the medium size and went up to size 2's. I'm kind of wishing that I would have done them on 1.5's since they're a little loose, but that could be the construction too. I followed the pattern and used the short-row heel and star toe....neither of which are my favorites, but the point of the sock club is to expand your horizons, right?

Here they are.
serendipity blog

And the weekend of my birthday, my parents and their dogs came down to visit. That Saturday afternoon, all three puppies decided that the only place they wanted to be was in my big chair with me while I knit. Once they settled in, I couldn't really move. Want proof?
puppy knitting

I don't know what I'm going to knit on tonight. I may spin some more since I got a lot done at SnB last night.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Now where are my stretchy pants?

After church stuff was done tonight, I made a Target run and then went to Applebee's for dinner. After a bruschetta burger with fries, sizzling apple pie, and two glasses of strawberry lemonade, I'm stuffed. Definetely need to find some pants with an elastic waist before I do anything on my list for tonight.

The list!

- Laundry. No, seriously. I feel like I do nothing but laundry lately, but I've really got to or I'm going to work naked tomorrow. I've probably got at least four loads to do.
- Dishes. Standard mountain of dirty ones in the sink after working the weekend.
- Serendipity sock. Do the heel already!
- Leaf Lace shawl. One pattern repeat.

I think that's enough to be getting on with. Now to find the stretchy pants.

ETA: That laundry detergent I bought? Completely says on the front label that it's meant for front-loading washers. Yeah. Don't have one of those. I have no other detergent in the house so I'm going to use it anyways. Seems to be working okay. At least the washer hasn't exploded....yet.

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Once again...

....working the weekend is kicking my butt. It's great to only get about 5 hours of sleep and then have to go back for a third 12-hour shift. It's also kicking me in the knitting category.

I've been trying to knit on my second Serendipity sock and if I hadn't worked the weekend, I'd probably have it done by now. There's half a repeat left on the leg before I turn the heel. I've also started the heel gusset on the first Austermann Step sock, but that's going slow because it's my purse project to be pulled out for mindless knitting time. The leaf lace shawl is my at-home-only project so it'll just have to wait. I have moved it over my Options needles and I love the ease of putting a lifeline in on them. Also the pointier tips (vs the Denise needles it was on) are great.

One more night of work, then tomorrow I'm making cheesy potato soup and Irish soda bread to take out to E since she's getting over the creeping crawling crud that's being passed around. I just hope I'm immune.

Hmmm....maybe I should grab a surgical mask at work tonight....just in case.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008


That would be my teeth chattering. I don't know why I'm so cold tonight! My current knitting seems to be putting me to sleep, so I'm going to drag out my Leaf Lace shawl that I want to finish for my cousin's wedding in June and get that moved off the Denise needles and onto an Options one. I'm still working on the second Serendipity sock, but that's what's putting me to sleep. And no, I haven't written anymore secret patterns. I need to do that before I work this next weekend. All my testknitters have the current ones done.

Back to work.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Happy unproductive birthday to me!

Yesterday was my birthday. I don't like to make a big fuss about it which is why I didn't post. My parents came down for the weekend, so I ate really well. Per my request, Mom made me chicken lasagne, garlic bread and pistachio dessert. Yum!

Then on Saturday I had a slight panic when I realized that my ticket for the Sunday matinee of Phantom of the Opera hadn't showed up yet. A call to ticketmaster told me that even though I'd ordered it in October, it had probably gotten lost in the mail and that a new one would be printed for me at the theater. So Sunday afternoon I headed to the Orpheum. I had an amazing seat! Beautiful scenery, amazing acting, and phenominal singing. I miss theater stuff. I'll definetely have to get back to the Orpheum for more shows.

Then I went out to E's house and stayed there until about 3 am. Came home, ate a snack and the pup and I fell asleep in my big chair. Not a bad birthday.

Oh! I did get some knitting done over the weekend. My first Serendipity sock is complete and I got the heel turned on my Austermann sock.