Monday, March 30, 2009

Get ready for some warm weather . . .

because my sweater is almost finished!!

Just a couple more inches of stockinette and then the ribbing on the second sleeve, and I can cast this baby off.  Mark my words, this will be on the blocking board tomorrow.  And I'm sure the heat wave will hit soon after!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The sock lives to see another day . . .

The results of my sock poll are in!

"Hibernate" just managed to pull ahead in the end.  So the poor little sock will survive . . . for now.  Thanks to everyone who voted and helped me decide what to do.  I'm going to mark the sock as "zzzz-ed" in my Ravelry notebook.  Then I'm going to pack it up in a project bag and stick it in my car.  It will be there for those times I get to the train station early when picking up Pea.  And just maybe I'll get it finished by the time he's ready to retire . . . .even if he is only 34 now!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

WIP Wednesday - More Amused

So, I haven't been writing posts and reading or commenting on blogs.  And I haven't been working on that sock.  Have I been doing anything fiber related?

Well yes, I have.  I'm still finding amusement in Amused.

The body is done and I'm working on the collar.  I still need to pick up a set of US9 double-points to knit the sleeves.  I was sure I had every knitting needle I could ever need, but alas, I guess I've never purchased size 9 DPNs.

I'm hoping to finish this up by the end of the month, but I don't think I can make it.  (Especially if I have to finish up that darn sock too).  I'm sure this sweater will be done just in time for short-sleeve weather though!

Don't forget to vote in the poll from yesterday's post.  The fate of my sock is in your hands.  I'll reveal the results tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

When the love is lost . . .

So, I've got this sock in progress.

I started it a long, long time ago.  In July, actually.  I remember yearning to knit with self-pattering yarn.  Loving the simple stockinette stitch.  Anticipating how good the colors will look with a pair of jeans.

But some where along the way, I seem to have lost the love for this sock.  I made it to the first heel turn, but I'm having a hard time getting excited about continuing.  I'm not sure what I want to do.  So I'm going to leave it up to you.

Please vote in the poll below.  If you'd like, you can also explain why you voted the way you did in the comments.

What should I do with the sock-in-progress?

Bite the bullet and finish the pair.

Frog it and move on.

Hibernate it for a few months and cast on another sock yarn that is calling me.

Poll Closed

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On Thursday, I'll let you know how the votes stacked up, and reveal what you've advised me to do.  And this time, I promise I'll follow whatever choice the majority votes for.  The fate of my sock is in your hands.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Meme Monday - some Crap that's Honest

For this week's edition of Meme Monday, Lee Ann has tagged me with the Honest Scrap meme.  Apparently I have to fill you in on some crap about me, but it has to be honest.  Okay, here are the official rules . . .

The Honest Scrap award comes with a caveat or two. Firstly you have to tell your readers 10 things about you think they may not know, but that are true. Secondly you have to tag 10 people with the award.

Wow, ten things about me. This is going to be hard. Okay, here we go.
  1. I'm very shy.  You might not be able to tell that from my on-line activity, but that is because I find it much easier to write than to talk to people face to face.  I was even worse when I was younger.  I was the kid in school who almost always knew the answer, but never raised my hand because I hated talking in class.  Even now, I get really, really nervous in group situations.  Meet-ups cause me a lot of stress in the days leading up to them - even though I always have fun once I get there
  2. I have way too much yarn.  I know that's not a surprise for most of you.  Right now, in my house, there are 117,795 yards (or 66.92 miles) of yarn in my stash.  Of that yarn, 49,015 yards (or 27.85 miles) of it is sock yarn.  I know this because each skein is painstakingly entered into an Excel spreadsheet I devised, complete with columns that total my yarn up for me and a graph that shows how my stash grows and shrinks each month.  Although it almost always grows and almost never shrinks.
  3. I still think I don't have enough yarn.  When Christmas and my birthday rolls around, my favorite gifts are the gifts of yarn.
  4. I get very addicted to anything to do with the computer.  Right now, I have 244 feeds in my Google Reader.  I used to spend a lot of time on Ravelry, but lately I'm on Twitter and FaceBook more.  I have a fake job at a fictional on-line paper company.  And Yahoo games (especially this one) has kept me from getting house-work done on more than one occasion.
  5. Even with the computer addiction, I've been feeling some sort of computer burn-out lately.  I can't find inspiration to post.  I haven't been reading or commenting on blogs like I used to.  My e-mail is sadly neglected.  Although I think I'm starting to get my blog-mojo back again.  I guess we all just need a break sometimes.
  6. I'm not really sure, but I may be in the midst of a mid-life crisis.  All that "40 is the new 30" stuff is a crock.  40 feels really old, and don't let anyone tell you any different.  Especially when you are trying to decide on a new career path.
  7. I believe in things we don't really understand.  Like ghosts and guardian angels.  And that there is more to our dreams than most people believe.  I think there are a lot of psychics out there who are fakes, but I also believe there are real psychics who have a gift.  I also believe that twins have a special connection.  In fact, I've seen it with my father and his twin brother.  And I find it very fascinating.
  8. I am extremely accident prone.  At any given time, I can find random cuts and bruises on my body and have no recollection of where they came from.  In fact, I just found a cut on my hand now, which prompted me to write this.
  9. I am the worlds most terrible speller.  When computers began having the spell check feature, I found out that I was an even worse speller than I thought.  I was surprised at how many words I was spelling completely wrong.  In college, my best friend used to threaten to send my letters back with the spelling mistakes highlighted.
  10. I like to do Memes and don't mind being tagged, but I hate to tag others with them.  I always think everyone else will think they are silly.  They have more exciting things to do in life than memes.  And they will get annoyed at me for tagging them.
Phew, there are my 10!  Obviously, I'm not going to tag anyone - but consider yourself tagged if you want to be.  And let me know so I can come read your honest crap.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Meme Monday - Name Game

I've gotten a bit lax about my Meme Mondays, but it's time to get them rolling again.  This week, I'm doing the Name Meme that I saw on Estelle's blog.

Use the first letter of your name to find a word for each of the following:

Your Name - Karen
Four letter word - Knit
Boy name - Keith
Girl name - Katherine
Occupation - Kindergarten Teacher
Color - Kelly Green
Beverage - Key Lime Pie Martini
Something found in a bathroom - Kleenex
Place - Kansas
Reason for being late - Kitty cat wanted to play  :)
Food - Krispy Kreme donuts
Something you shout - Knock it off!!