January 2007

In which what was lost is found and lost again

Tracey’s having a “Muggle Challenge” – leave her a comment with the most mind blowing question someone has asked about your knitting and you could win a snarky coffee mug and some yarn. For my non-knitting readers, yes, knitters often refer to non-knitters as muggles – blame the Yarn Harlot for that one. Maybe you can play along in Tracey’s contest and include a question you’d love to ask a knitter to get said knitter’s goat? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Kristi’s looking for a name for her new fingerless mitt pattern – if your suggestion is selected, you will get a free copy of the pattern!

Some of you may remember Chaos’ beloved SRM (Sparkly Red Mouse), lost when it ricocheted off Chaos’ paw during a game of fetch last spring. Guess what I found last week?!

I know, I know, it’s not much to look at, but you should’ve seen Chaos cavorting like a kitten!*

“I can hardly believe my eyes! It’s SRM!!” -C

“Where oh where have you been, sweet SRM?!!” -C

“I’ve missed you so much!” -C

“You can’t hide from me anymore!!!” -C

Alas, Chaos was wrong – shortly after this picture was taken, SRM vanished again. Hopefully just under the stove this time…

*Please ignore the sand on the carpet. Welcome to winter in Minnesota.

Those Cats

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Of Contests and Calorimetry and Cat Spit

Jennifer is celebrating her first blogiversary. Leave her a comment by the end of January 25 and you could win a “Yarn Pie Mystery Prize Pack”!

One of my favorite music bloggers, Largehearted Boy, is celebrating his fifth blogiversary – stop by and leave him a comment before midnight, EST, January 28, and you could win a 50 cd prize pack!

Besides finishing the socks, I also started and finished Calorimetry from knitty over the weekend. I knit it from a stray ball of Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran and I had less than 18 inches of yarn left. I cast on 100 stitches, instead of the 120 that the pattern called for. I also skipped one set of short rows, but I should have skipped two sets – it feels a little wide to me. Here’s an exceptionally crappy picture of me modeling it as my able assistant attempts to run away:

“I never go outside, so I certainly don’t need anything to keep my ears warm!” -M

Since she didn’t model, you might be wondering what assistance Mayhem provided on this project. I present Exhibit A, complete with a few spots of cat spit where she gnawed through the yarn:

Mayhem professed innocence of any wrongdoing whatsoever:

“What do you mean, I’m not supposed to be on the table?! How did you even notice me amongst all this clutter?!” -M

She is such a teenager now!


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I can’t even think of a witty title today

Margene is having a contest. Guess when Salt Lake City will hit the normal temperature of 37F and if you guess the date (or closest to it), you could win a spiffy handknit washcloth, soap, and yarn.

Thanks to Jeanne for the heads up on a new TV series based on the Harry Dresden novels that I like so much. Guess I know what I’ll be watching on DVD next year (besides season six of 24, that is).

And thanks to all of you for your well wishes last week! I am feeling better, but if I was a superhero, I would be Phlegm Girl. Ick!

Reading Update
Notice how these have slowed down considerably since I started watching 24?! I did finish my third and fourth From the Stacks Winter Challenge books:
Like the Red Panda by Andrea Seigel. This was an ok book about honor student Stella’s last two weeks of high school. I’m not sure why this book didn’t engage me as much as Seigel’s later work, To Feel Stuff.
Lambs of God by Marele Day. I loved this book! It’s spiritual and mythic and religious and earthy and a fascinating yet fairly simple story. Plus, it has sheep! And spinning! And knitting!

Knitting Update
I finished the Jitterbug socks. I decided to tough out the pooling; the sock stopped pooling within an inch.

“Oh, look, socks on the floor again.” *yawn* -C
“Oh, goody, socks on the floor again!!” -M

May seems rather proprietary, doesn’t she?

“If it’s on the floor, it’s mine!” -M

“What do you mean, you want me to move?!! I’m sure everyone would rather look at me than at boring old socks.” -M

The sock on the left was the one I was fussing about. The other sock was knit from the opposite end of the ball, so I could maximize sock height and yarn use. Unfortunately, since I only had two 2.25mm needles, that meant I knit most of the final ribbing with both socks side by side on my needles. I hate that. Yeah, yeah, I know it leads to identical socks. I still hate it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s what the other sides look like.


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I hab a cold

…and since I’m not getting up bright and early in the morning (really, my coworkers will appreciate my not coming in to infect them), I’ll post this tonight.

Aija is having a random yarn drawing. Leave her a comment before Friday afternoon (January 19) about what you would do with two mismatched skeins of KnitPicks Gloss (one pumpkin, one dusk) and they could be yours!

Christine is having a contest: leave a comment before January 23 about how we survived without email. The most creative answer will win “something wonderful” from her stash.

This is sort of how I feel – sleepy and blurry and sort of floaty…

“…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…” -C


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In which I have a non-sock, non-bib FO

I think May was very pleased with how much everyone appreciated her blogging yesterday. Isn’t she a good little helper?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Kat with a K tagged me with a fun little book meme, so I’ll actually play along for a change.

The Page 123 Meme

  1. Grab the book closest to you.
  2. Open to page 123 and look down to the 5th sentence.
  3. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog.
  4. Include the title and the author’s name.
  5. Tag 3 People.

Ok, I cheated a little bit and didn’t do this at work, which is where I discovered the tag – I’m sure that UNIX for the MS-DOS User would be quite fascinating, but… So, here’s what you get from Lambs of God by Marele Day:

Margarita had an idea. She held the walking stick by one end and thrust it into the car. She managed to hook the handle around the folder and pull it carefully toward her.

I’m sure that will make more sense to me later, since I’m only on page 11 right now… I’m not tagging anyone – play if you’d like!

Since I’ll be meeting the KnitOwl for coffee in a few hours, I thought I’d bring along a little knit owl:

Of course, no knitted item can leave my home without a little feline interaction…

“And if I’m cuter than the big kitty, I’m certainly cuter than a washcloth!” -M


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