Monday, February 20, 2006

Your Knitting Style Sucks.

912 socks completed in 50 days! That's 45.6% through the goal with a whopping 86% of the year in which to sock it to me! Impressive, yes?


For those of you that have inquired after the health of my teeth, I thank you. I am feeling significantly better than I was Friday, though my jaw is still a little sore and I think perhaps a tiny bit more work might need to be done, but I have another appointment Thursday, so I'll see then. If I'm feeling better, the work won't need to be done, so we'll all continue to hope for the best. Right now I'm sort of alternating between real food and soft stuff. Salad was my big extravagance Saturday, and Macaroni and Cheese sorta toed the line yesterday... mouths are funny little (okay, in my case, BIG) things....

Only for Amy, I have restarted Haiku.

It was that or set fire to her butt, and I don't have gas money to Maine. My goal is to have it done by next Monday, which shouldn't be a problem, provided I actually knit it. That's obviously one sleeve, the second will go faster because, in a rarely lucid mood, I actually took notes that mean I won't have to make constant measurements. Before the full body took me two days, but now I have changes to make, and I'm not sure if I like the neckline, so it will likely take much longer.

Today I also started this sock, in Marks & Katten Clown.

I'd like to get this done by the end of the week, because I'd like to mail it to Crazy For Ewe so she can use it as a sample to help encourage people to sign up for the toe-up class I'm teaching there mid-March. The observant among you will claim this sock was photographed in my mess'o'socks photo last week. The observant would be mistaken, and would have horribly underestimated my start-itis. Horribly.

See, my need to start new projects is so uncontrollable and insane, that I actually started a second, identical sock without planning on doing two at once.

Okay, part of that is because I hate wood needles, really and truly, and yet the liberal, equality-loving person that I am, I insist on pointing out their positive characteristics to my students, and every so often I start to believe myself and start to knit with them.

Anyone want to buy a set of five 5" Brittany birches? Size 0? (SOLD to Suzanne!)

Anyway, I went to a newly formed knit group tonight (at which it was determined that your knitting style sucks) and worked on this sock

It's Spirit Trail yarn, and it's yummy to work with, and the ball simply will not die. Seriously, I'm determined to simply knit to the very end of the ball, to see how much of a sock you can get with one, and I knit well over three inches at the group tonight and the ball didn't get ANY smaller. Not one smidge. It's bizarre. I swear, I'm knitting one more inch on the socks then I'm starting an aran sweater with this stuff. If I found the magic ball of yarn I'm using it to my advantage.

On the way home from the knitting group I stopped by the store to pick up cat food and saw a toy that for some reason I thought Oscar would like. Aside from his pink teddy bear, he's not much of a cuddly toy guy. This is mostly my fault, since I decided that encouraging him to chew on small furry things wasn't the kinda schooling I wanted my sweet pitbull to have. I wouldn't have an issue with plain soft toys, but adding fur makes me nervous. Anyway, I saw this toy, and knew it had to come home with me.

Feeling wildly creative, I have chosen to name it "Foxy". (Trevor has a stuffed chick that he knows by the name of "Stephen" - I'm curious to see how long it takes Oscar to learn what "Foxy" means)

Anyway, the toy was met with great excitement - carried directly to his room, which is where all the good toys go so that Trevor can't take them, and call me crazy but I do believe he discovered the squeaker in it just after I started typing the blog.


Blogger elka said...

another sock for the ticker~ cheers, Elka

11:42 PM  
Anonymous PuppyMomma said...

No, that sock sucks, that ball is STILL the same as it was earlier! And I had to do a double take on Trevor's new toy. At first look I'd say that you should probably call it Willie.

Your knitting style sucks my dear. It was great meeting you tonight.

12:53 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Like OMGTWFBBQ!!! Your knitting style sucks!!!!

Ok so, good luck with the undying ball of yarn. I think I would be considering the drugs at this point.

Also, I decided you were right and a crochet strap for that bag is not going to work out right and am going to restart the deranged I-cord one today. :)

7:08 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

I love that Spirit Trail sock - it is even better after seeing it in person :) It was great to see you again last night!

7:12 AM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

I know what you mean about Spirit Trail--I made sox for FaveSpouse from the yarn and the sock WOULD NOT FINISH, darn man feet. In every project you reach the point where you are DONE with it, usually before its finished. I find that place during the sleeves or somewhere in that second sock. Finishing and teeth-gritting are the only cure.

I have actually desperately been looking for some 0 needles--and I would love some 5 inchers. I'd love to buy those needles if you really want to get rid of them. I broke one of my 0s on the current jaywalkers (im on the foot of the second sock!) Email me if you really do want to sell--!

7:39 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

What are the chances there's room for one more in the 2000 Socks extravaganza? I waited to sign up until I confirmed my initial impression that sock knitting is addictive and fun. So far this year, I've knit two socks (non-matching), and am half way through the matching sock for each.

7:53 AM  
Blogger CarolineF said...

Hi Amie, one more sock for the counter - I finished the second of my pair on Saturday.

8:16 AM  
Blogger Coleen said...

no, no, no! YOUR knitting style sucks!

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marks & Katten Clown - is that the pattern? I LOVE IT!
(I think I missed a joke here - why do they all say your knitting sucks?)

Doesn't it warm your heart when our critters find so much joy in a litte stuffed thingamajiggy - Oscar is the cutest!

Love and hugs
The Girls in PA

12:28 PM  
Blogger krisknits2 said...

I'll trade you the 5" birch for a set of 5 8" Inox dpn?

You can email me at kmhanson74 at yahoo dot com

1:29 PM  
Blogger Amy Boogie said...

Thank you for knitting the Haiku instead fo the butt fire. It would hav ebeen a pretty big fire :)

Love the Spirit Trails sock.

1:47 PM  
Blogger Kadiddly said...

Glad to hear that you can at least eat semi-solid food. I hope the appointment - ugh, I get the shivers just thinking about the dentist - goes well.

Maybe you have a miracle sock yarn ball. You know, instead of five loaves of bread and two fishes (or however it was) feeding five thousand, you can knit socks for five thousand with one ball of yarn. Maybe you should report this...=)

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Brandy said...

Wow. That sock looks like it is on fire! Now I need some of that yarn! I don't do long socks, so I could probably get a dozen pairs from the magic ball. The coloring is just beautiful.
I also don't get the thing about "your knitting style sucks."



4:00 PM  
Anonymous PuppyMomma said...

BTW, the name of that other store I found in Catonsville is called Creative Handwork. Its on Rest Ave.

4:16 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I've come to realize that I am the world's pickiest when it comes to needles. I hate all metal needles (including addis), I hate all plastic needles, and well, turns out the only wooden needles I like so far are Crystal Palace and my Webs interchangeable bamboos. Brittany Birch suck for everything except as cable needles because they will not let go of a stitch to save being snapped in half. Clovers make me grit my teeth. One day when I win the lottery, maybe I'll try some ebony and rosewood, but until then, I live and die by my CPs.

7:25 PM  

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