Thursday, August 28, 2008

It's Official...I'm Addicted

So, I just recently finished up my last pair of socks for Summer of Socks 2008 and I said to myself, "Thank god that's over, I think I'm sock'd out". I merrily went on my way finishing up other knitting like Helena, my neverending Chevron Scarf, and I've started my scarf for the Red Scarf Project. Now I sit here, completely out of my mind, thinking "Hmmmm, I think I need to start some more socks". Am I crazy? I must be addicted. I have a Ravelry queue full of sweaters and afghans I want to make. (Nevermind there are 30 sock patterns in there as well) Why more socks? I tell myself "Just start a nice pair of plain janes socks. You have enough sock yarn. You have too much sock yarn". Maybe that's it. Guilt from having so much yarn. I need to get over that. I'm just stashing for the future when maybe I won't be able to buy any. I need to go look at other peoples stashes on Ravelry. That'll show me how small my stash is.

Maybe with all the finishing I'm doing I'm gearing up for startitis. Socks, a sweater and an afghan...Sounds like the start of fall.

Here are the last pair of SOS08 socks. Lime in Violet superwash with nylon in the colorway Candyland.

Here is Helena from Knitty Summer08 in Bollycine Dolly merino.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Oh the Silence

It is both sadness and happiness that I feel today.

Sad watching my now middle schooler, head off to her first day of school (younger sister started a few weeks ago). Happy that I could go to the grocery store in peace.

Sad that I am now the mom of a 6th grader and 4th grader. Happy that there is no bickering over who is watching what and on what couch today.

Sad that I remember being scared when I sent my first born on the bus for the first time in Kindergarten. Happy that my first born headed off to middle school excited not scared.

Sad that it is now too quiet at home. Happy that they'll both be home in a couple of hours to tell me all about their days.

Friday, August 15, 2008

You Gotta Love Him

After reading Meliabella's questions to her husband on her blog, I decided to subject my husband to the same thing. He played along nicely and those of you who know him will not be surprised at all by a few of his responses.

What is your favorite thing about my knitting? It makes you happy and you are passionate about it.

What is your least favorite thing about my knitting? Less time with me. Used to play cards/games more often. Now you knit at night and I'm a lump and we don't interact the same. (he failed to mention the nights he is working)

What is something I have knitted, that you recall as good? your socks are all good.

Do you think knitters have an expensive hobby? no (he fails to mention that he has a full wood working shop in the garage...if that ain't expensive I don't know what is)

Do you have a stash of any kind? no stash but a nice package (i agree)

Have I ever embarrassed you, knitting in public? no (how about has he ever embarrassed me in public?)

Do you know my favorite kind of yarn? something on loopy loo (that is Loopy Ewe...he better get it right...half of my Xmas list is to be found there)

Do you mind my wanting to stop at knit shops wherever we go? no (no problem as long as the next stop is a brewpub)

Do you understand the importance of a swatch? yes (I'm pretty sure he thinks we are talking about a watch)

Do you think the house would be cleaner if I didn't knit? christ, that's the same kind of question like..should I change my hair or am I fat. My answer is I'm happy w/ the cleanliness of our house as it is so you may as well keep up the knitting. (wonderful, politically correct answer)

Friday, August 8, 2008

None of us are free until ALL of us are free

I'm not very political but what is going on is just wrong. During the Olympics, knit prayerfully in honor of those in Tibet.

Please visit these sites for more information.
International Campaign for Tibet
Student for a Free Tibet

Thank you to Pippi and PoMo golightly for reminding us all!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Summer of Knitting

I have been doing a lot of knitting this summer. Lot's of socks. I decided to participate in the Summer of Socks 2008 because I have lots of sock yarn to burn and what better way then to do it with your peers. I am by far not keeping up with the others but it is keeping me moving along.

Socks are also the perfect summer knitting. I would like to say that I've been knitting everywhere on our many summer vacations but that is not the case. The farthest my knitting has been from home is the neighborhood pool. DH was tied up with work the beginning of the summer and then in mid-July he had knee surgery. It's been a long 3 weeks for me and him. He's been housebound and had to have everyone wait on him hand and foot. While in the beginning he was soaking it up, now he is very restless. Just this weekend he went to the pool and is now back to tinkering in his woodshop. No golf for him for awhile but hopefully I can keep him busy with the list of things I want him to make.

So back to knitting. Here is a mosaic of what I have been up to. Details are of course on Ravelry (fallsknit).

My creation