Monday, March 27, 2006

Life is good

Things seem to be going really well today. Could it be that Mercury has come out of retrograde?? (Yes, it has, thank goodness. When Mercury goes retrograde it is notorious for wreaking havoc on us Geminis . . . I got that straight from an astrologer friend). And lookee here, that little red [!] is FINALLY gone from Bloglines and all is right with my blog.

At the risk of revealing what a big geek I am (but you already knew that anyway), I will admit that I was very excited that it was almost 60 degrees and sunny. And that meant I could hang laundry on the line!!!!

Oh my goodness . . . . what's that on the end of the line? Could it be . . . how did that get there . . . why what do you know, it's a finished sock!!!


Hurrah, one Bestus Buddy sock is done. (Gee, I hope the neighbors who moved in over the weekend didn't notice that the crazy lady next door, who they haven't met yet, takes pictures of her laundry drying. Hi, nice to meet you!!!!)

To be quite honest, that has the WORLD'S WORST short-row heel. I even had to frog it once and re-do. I'm not thrilled with how it came out, but I have faith that my second one will come out better and I will see the Short-Row Light. I will say this, I've never knit a sock so quickly before. I think I may have a bit of a problem. I think I'm a sock-a-holic.

And along with that comes the dreaded Sock Stash Binge. I added two more sock yarns to the stash this weekend when we went to a LYS to look for buttons for Sunrise. Which I found, by the way!! (That is the sleeve they are resting on . . . as you can see, the front is just a tiny flap right now.)

MelissaJoon asked in a comment "What do you call it when you are faithful to one or two projects, but you keep buying yarn for other projects . . . I am afraid that is a yarn-wh*re!!!!". I'm afraid she's right and I'm afraid I qualify. I bought more than just buttons and sock yarn on Saturday.

And the pull of a pretty cotton yarn from Knit One Crochet Too was too much for me to resist. I cast on and knit one petal for a Reverse-Bloom Wash Cloth from Weekend Knitting. It's just a small knit, right? No harm done. Come on, we all knew I couldn't stick to just two projects. But I promise, no more than THREE!!!!

20 comments:

Cathy said...

Karen, do washcloths really count? Goodness, I don't count them, they are so tiny and portable and, and, and ummmmmm. hmmmmm? Well anyway ;) The sock is looking great, so now you are a yarn whore and a sock slut like me? WOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO I love a party :)

Enjoy the warming weather!

ttbookjunkie said...

Karen I love hanging clothes outside to dry (does not happen until about June here) they always seem to smell better when they have been outside to dry.

Amanda :)

Chris said...

If you're like me, that small knit will take forever! Not the amount of time they say.
But I do love the look of the wash cloth.

The_Add_Knitter said...

I was also LOVING the warmer temps today. I can't wait to hear what your neighbor has to say, somewhere in cyber space there's a blog entry that begins "Well, I saw my new neighbor today and you're not going to BELIEVE what she was doing..."

christine said...

Do you want me to write a note to your neighbors? You know, tell them that you really are okay - that you just have a little case of OCD, but in a good way?

Not a problem. I'd be glad to help.

(giggling)

JessaLu said...

Wait 'til you have a sock yarn stash like mine - then we'll talk ;o)

Washclothes don't count.

JessaLu said...

ohGod I can't spell, either.

Missy said...

I love those washcloths--now those are on the list to knit--and oooops! I need to buy yarn!!!

candsmom said...

Hmmm...I didn't realize that Mercury coming out of retrograde had such an effect on Geminis. That would explain a lot about the DH's recent funk! My mom and DH, two of the most important people in my life, are both Geminis- pure insanity for this crazy Virgo, LOL! I'm so glad that [!] is finally gone, too- Yay! Your Bestus Buddy Sock looks fantastic!! You knit that so fast, too!! I love the buttons you chose for your Jacket- I'm so excited to see it come together! Your washcloth is going to be so pretty in that K1C2 cotton, too... hmmm, Christine hooking and you walking the streets looking for yarn are cracking me up!! There's definitely a yarn harlot in all of us. ;-) Take care, Karen! :-)

Ragan said...

*LOL* I so very much enjoyed your post today! I really like your sock on the line! It looks good. Also, your sweater is looking fantastic!
In blog news for me...my ENTIRE blog VANISHED last night...yes...VANISHED FROM BLOGLAND. I do not know where it went!!! So, I have a new link! AUGH...you will have to visit me there...at least it my "but not so well" is gone.

Jen said...

Whoa, those are really cute buttons for the jacket! And wow, that was a fast sock... perhaps it's the sport weight yarn? And as for short row heels, I find that if I knit the turning stitch a bit snugly, the heel looks a bit better.

Sonya said...

Oh, the smell of hung laundry is so fresh! It just can't be duplicated. Those buttons are perfect for Sunrise. I too struggle with the short row heel. In fact I've left socks in progress for a long time when I get to the heel. I have to be in the right frame of mind for it.

keohinani said...

Gosh, there are so many ways to do a short row heel, aren't there? But once you get the gist of it, it's so easy! Your sock looks so cute hanging there on the line! I miss hanging clothes on a clothesline. I liked it when we had both a clothesline and a dryer; I could have two loads drying at a time on laundry day! With the weather as inclement as it's been lately, though, a dryer seems to be the way to go.
You're flying on your knitting projects! You'll absolutely love that washcloth, and it's so easy to make more! I've got a bunch of cotton from WalMart earmarked for more of those. It was supposed to be for Christmas knitting last year, but got pushed lower on the knitting queue. I guess I'll have to try again this year... ;)
And you know, I would be happy to help you build up your stash of sock yarn *wink wink* I've definitely got A LOT to spare. Hehehe...

Ya-Ya said...

Karen,

I loved your sock! I want to try them next. Have the patterns and just need to go out and buy the yarn. Which yarn is a good yarn to start with? I know that some are just meant for socks. Ah, yes, another question from me. This time knitting related and not blog related! I have to go now. My kids are arguing in the kitchen over their french fries.... Sigh, I wish I was knitting!

Olga said...

My ruler is Mercury too (I'm a Virgo)! So thank GOD it has come out of retrograde, because maybe finally now I'm going to get some work done! Anyway, congrats on the one finished sock! You are a real sockster now, I say. I wouldn't know a poorly done short row heel if it smacked me in the face.

Dipsy D. said...

Hi from Austria! Oh, isn't it great when that time of year arrives when we can hang our laundry outside again to dry?
That sock turned out so lovely - I do have my problems as well with short row heels - guess it's just a matter of doing it over and over again until it "clicks"!

Talitha said...

I think I caught some Mercury retrogradian tailspin. Yesterday was the worst day I've had in a very long time! My car's dead, never to be revived and I think I seriously injured my foot! We'll see what the MD has to say later today. Perhaps I'm just accident prone, eh? It's not warm enough here for outdoor laundry yet, but it has been nice and sunny and warm! Yay for the sun!

Katt said...

The finished sock looks gorgeous! cant wait to see it parnter!

Lets hope your new neighbour doesnt think you are batty if they saw you!

Wow I wish I could stick to 3 projects! I have...uuuum....about 5 on the needles at the moment..maybe more!

Katt

Anonymous said...

Hiya Karen! You'll have to let me know how that washcloth goes, I've been wanting to try them, but am a little intimidated by the pattern....I am, however, trying LACE now! I couldn't stop at an airy scarf, either....I fell in love with a feather and fan scarf at my favorite yarn shop (didn't have a need for the yarn I fell in love with, until, um, it was the exact yarn in the scarf I fell in love with. I told Matt that it meant I was supposed to have that yarn...) anyway, I also got some sock yarn to make a lace shawl....gasp! Wish me luck, and you have a great night!!!

Peanut said...

oh. That last comment was Katie, by the way ;) Not some random crazy girl...just a crazy girl you happen to know :)

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