A Day in the Life of Bahamas Socks #1

5KCBWDAY1 A Day In The Life
Describe a day in the life of a project that you have made, or are in the process of making.

 

Dear diary,

What a day! I can’t believe everything that happened today. I was cast on early in the morning. Cleo was on a road trip with her family. They were headed to Cornell University for her brother’s Rubik’s cube competition. It was a long ride so she had plenty of time to work on me. She had just finished my toe with the wave colorwork when we arrived.

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She tucked me away in her purse as they headed to the competition. It would have been really dark except that she hadn’t zipped it all the way closed. I couldn’t see anything but I could hear what was going on. There was a lot of bouncing which were stairs. They seemed confused. I guess the competition got moved. Eventually they figured out where it was. More bouncing. More stairs.

When we got to the room all I could hear was a lot  of people talking and a weird clicking noise. As soon as they sat down Cleo got me out so she could work on me. I couldn’t believe how many people there were. I felt really small so I made sure to drop one of my dpns so that everyone knew I was there. It worked.

There were cubes everywhere.

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There were people solving cubes with one hand.

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There was a person who’s job was to un-solve the cubes.

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There were ‘cubes’ that weren’t even square! (these are three of them stack on top of each other.)

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They  went to lunch at a place called Jimmy Johns where they made subs super fast. The food was messy so Cleo didn’t have a chance to work on me so she just got a progress shot of me with the menu.

By the time we got back they had started some even crazier things than before.

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They were solving Rubik’s cubes with their feet!

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And with their eyes shut!

Eventually the competition wound down and Cleo’s brother was eliminated so we left. (He got 37th place out of around 60 people for the three x three. The traditional Rubik’s cube.) Cleo’s parents said they wanted us to see something before we left.

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Buttermilk Falls! They were so pretty. Cleo even let me take a selfie in front of the falls. It was such an exciting day, I went from cast on to having a heel turned. I can’t wait to be bound off!

 

PS~ Cleo wants me to add that I’m the Turkish Walrus pattern by Rachel Brown and I’m made out of this yarn….

A Made in China Giveaway

This is just a quick repost to show some of the adorable things this blogger found while in China.

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One of my favorite pastimes in China was shopping in local markets. The chaotic aisles and aggressive salespeople in the touristy markets got old after a while. The local markets were much calmer. They were still busy but mostly filled with locals who needed basic household items. While haggling was still expected, the starting prices were usually much more reasonable.

As I wandered the aisles, I found these bags that I thought would be perfect for knitting projects. There were all sorts of patterns and color schemes. The size is just right for 4-5 balls of yarn and a small project, like a hat or scarf.

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I love the drawstring top and inside zippered catchall pocket.

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China Knitting Bag Interior

It’s easy to clean – just wipe with a damp cloth. It has this nifty side pocket for needles or a pattern.

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Then I came across these tin pencil boxes. Some had hinged lids…

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Busy Work

Hello everyone! I’m back, finally. Wow, where did the weeks go? I have just been so busy. The Super Snuggly Sweater has grown a tiny bit.

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Obviously as a sweater consisting of mainly stockinette stitch it isn’t going to be that interesting to blog about but I shall try to keep you informed.

I’ve been so busy I haven’t had any time for knitting really. I’m determined to finish my SSP today and the Kumpel pattern. I need to do some swatching believe it or not.

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The yarn is the Lamb’s Pride Worsted I dyed last spring. The colorway was see-saw.

I also wove in the ends of the Podster 2.0s today, now that it’s getting cold enough to use them.

I’m not a brig fan of the finishing steps. Sewing pieces together is worse but weaving in your ends is a close second. It, for me, alternates from cathartic and wanting to snap my darning needle in half. I’m one of those knitters that won’t fix a mistake unless it’s really obvious or compromises the integrity of the FO. As I was weaving in ends I noticed a few mistakes on the inside.

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It looks like I dropped stitches and then, when I picked them up, I didn’t re-knit them back up. That is something I would normally fix. I found a couple more spots where I did the same thing. Between  that and an end that was only about a half-inch long it makes me wonder what the heck I was doing.

I promise the next post will be longer and I will have at least one pattern published and some new social networking news.

 

Foodie for a Change

I don’t normally do foodie posts (I’ve done one. I think.), but since there is not much knitting news I decided I’d share a recipe I found a la google with you.

Yesterday was a hot day. Summer was trying one more time to get the band back together. Heat and humidity and all that jazz. When I got home I was grumpy and hot. I had a bit of time before supper so I decided to make some bread. I googled ‘bread recipes’ and came up with a list of the top ten favorite breads of a blogger.

After perusing the list I decided to make the Honey-Oatmeal Sandwich Bread. I was sorely tempted by the Chocolate Babka and the Soft Cheese and Pepperoni Bread. I probably would have made the Pepperoni bread but I didn’t have any pepperonis. I whipped up the dough and while I let it rise I worked a few rounds on E String.

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After supper I came in to check on it and it had exploded upwards and, even though it still had another half an hour to rise, I threw it in the oven. Crisis averted I continued to knit on E String.

At 8:06 voila! I had a loaf of bread. It was a little misshapen due to it starting to fall but it smelled delicious.

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This morning I had a slice with my coffee and it was very yummy. Not quite as sweet as I thought but that’s propably due to me having to add extra flour to make up for my extremely stupid decision to not subtract the water I was using to prep the yeast (which was then dumped into the dough) from the total amout of water needed. Extra water = extra flour.

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As I was corralling the pictures for this post I found a cute picture of Rosie’s new toy.

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She couldn’t squeeze the body hard enough to make the eyes pop like it was supposed to so she’d just pull them out one at a time. Thought you might enjoy that.

Branching out

I’ve been busy on the SSP (super secret project) lately. I’ve had a couple of doctor’s appointments and it has been worked on in the waiting room and while I was having my appointment. I was flying, this is, until I ran out of yarn. {Gasp} The knitter taboo. Having to order more while a wip is well.. in progress. You run the risk of getting a different dye lot. Anyway today, while the surplus yarn was in transit somewhere, I put the work on a lifeline and tried it on for the first time. It fits great. This is why I love gauge. I knitted up some swatches and now I am making a whole project from that data and it is the right size!

In February I promised my oldest friend Mia a scarf. I finally started knitting with the Berroco but I hated the way it was turning out. It needed to be pretty on both sides but I didn’t want to do a tube scarf. So, I picked up  my hook and started crocheting. It’s working great and crocheting it in the round makes it into an infinity scarf without any seaming. Yay!

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Close up.

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Further away!

It has grown a little since I took this picture yesterday but since the blog wouldn’t let me upload pictures so I’m finishing it today… If I’m feeling brave I might even create a pattern for it!

Not anything else to say other than I’m awaiting a skein to start a slouchy hat for a friend of mine.

Since I did Persephone spam last time I thought I might do a little puppy spam this time. We went swimming on Sunday (before it got all rainy and yucky) with Wilbur and Coal.

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Wilbur

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Coal

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The brothers together! (Coal did not want to looks at the camera at all.)

If you’re looking for something funny, yet spot on, to read click here. It’s a post about the obstinate skein, a post I stumbled across via a reblog by the wonderful Caityrosie.

Pinky (And blueish) Success

I, as I told you, was dying yarn with some red cabbage. After it soaked for the allotted time (30 minutes) it was this color.

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A very light pink.

Using salt to create a darker pink and vinegar to create a darker blue, I soaked each half in a cool dyebath.

 

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Suddenly the vinegar dye soaked up the yarn and traveled into the salt dye.

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This greatly diminished the blue section of the yarn. I didn’t mind though and I even knit a square with it and I’m planning another one.

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Can you see the blue pooling? (The blue is the leftovers from Podster 2.0) I finished my first big square with the Patons Kroy sock yarn I bought a while back. The decreases are a little crooked  but, once I pick up the stitches on the sides, it should straighten out.

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Persephone is interested in the Blanket.

Confession

I have a confession to make. I finished Podster 2.0 last Friday. So sorry for holding out on you all. Here’s the official FO photos.

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Open

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Closed

I was kind of waiting for the chance to ask someone to photograph my hands but I got impatient. We’ve all been super busy.

I did, however manage to start another square on the Blanket.

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It’s the yarn I dyed with the mint. I love the way it looks between the blue and the purple.

 

Mabel

Last night I took advantage of my one night of this week and went to Jo-Ann Fabrics. I receive the circular of coupons and I had something in mind to use the 50%-off-on-one-item one. An electric ball winder. I was lucky and the ball winder was included in the sale.

I took her home, set her up, and christened her Mabel. That was when the fun began.

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I set up Mabel and the swift on the floor of my knitting alcove; my perpetual disorganization keeps me from having much desk space. The first thing I decided to wind up was my mint yarn. I plan to use it for my next square on the Blanket. As Mabel did her thing a fair amount of difficulties arose. First, my skein was somewhat reluctant to unwind. Second the swift didn’t want to cooperate, it kept sliding around and not spinning. I might have to buy one rather than use the tinker toy one I built.

After a fair amount of cursing and mumbling under my breath Mabel produced a cake of yarn.

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Glorious, is it not?

This morning I decided to try again. This time with a ball of yarn I had previously wound. Also for the Blanket.

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This time it went much smoother. Must have been the swift.

Before I picked up Mabel I stepped into T.J. Maxx. There I found a wonderful box.

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It’s made of rolled up magazine pages. It was so quirky felt that I should buy it. I don’t usually impulse buy, but if something is out there enough I do. Occasionally. Yarn doesn’t count. I decided it would be a better home for the Blanket yarn than my basket by my comfy chair. A box with a lid Persephone cannot get into.

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I’m off to  a good start aren’t I?

And, just because I haven’t done this in a while:

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Persephone Spam!

Yarn Day

4KCBWDAY5 Something A Bit Different It’s the annual challenge to blog in a way different to how you normally blog. You may choose to create a podcast, or vlog, create a wordless post or write in verse. You’ve already stretched your wings with an infographic, now it’s time to freestyle. You can post on any topic you like, but be sure to post in a style different from your usual blog presentation.

Eskimimi Makes

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Deciduous

While Cable Dress is many things -soft, pretty, easy, fun, relaxing- portable is not one of them. So I surveyed my hibernating W.I.P.s, but wasn’t feeling any of them, so I dug around in my stash and came up with a skein of Lion Brand Tweed Stripes. It’s a gold-green with brown. I think it wants to be a pair (or at least part of a pair) of fingerless gloves. So, ignoring the pair of podster gloves languishing away, I cast on Tuesday night.

I started with a nice K2 P2 ribbing then, I realized I wanted something more lace-like. After some insomniac-musing I came up with a leaf design using only knits and purls.

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On  Monday night I cast on again. This time, using the leaf pattern. I dub thee Deciduous (So I can envision nice leafy trees even though this area is still entombed in over a foot of snow).

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Using these needles and the yarn that I am, the knitting goes by rather quickly.That’s about one and a half to two inches. There hasn’t even been much time for it. This’ll be a quick knit I’m sure and I’ll write up the pattern. Mostly, I’m looking forward to not being so cold at work .

P.S.

I was discussing the knitting needles with my boyfriend (The ones I’m using are the ones he got me for Christmas.) He asked me if they worked well. I’m not sure how they wouldn’t but it was sweet he asked.