Archive for August, 2007

Socks, Days 3-6

Monday, August 27th, 2007

It’s been a busy few days.

Scampers (AKA Hell on Paws) did some experimenting with water. He could not figure out for the life of him why the water kept moving away from him when he got closer to look.

Scampers in the Sink

We had a wedding to attend over the weekend followed by debilitating hangovers the next day. Strangely all our photos from the reception look a lot like this one of The Husband.

Wedding Reception Impression

Regardless of all the activity, I worked diligently on the sock project. It’s gotten much easier since I managed to get the thing started.

Day Three — You can just begin to see the start of the pattern near the needles. Look closer, it’s there, I promise.

Sock — Day 3

Day Four’s photo has a special surprise. What’s that little bit in the front sporting white needles? Why that’s sock number two! I’m knitting a sock from each end of the skein now to avoid SSS (Second Sock Syndrome). A horrid condition in which the first sock is finished and then must wait and wait for the second to arrive.

Socks — Day 4

On Day Five you see I had to impale sock two to the skein to keep it out of the way. I also got back to work on the first sock.

Socks — Day 5

And yesterday, Day Six, I had The Husband try on the sock and make some measurements. See that yellow yarn on the left hanging from the sock? Well, I need to knit two inches more from that point before the tough work of the heel and gusset begin.

Socks — Day 6

So are you riveted yet? Hanging on the edge of your seat? I thought so.

Busted

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Confession time.

I hoard things — usually cash, but I also stockpile stuff. For example, I have an irrational fear of running low on toilet paper, so I buy the 12-packs and store the extra rolls in a container under the bed. The box under the bed also holds the overflow from my trips to Costco. Needless to say I store money in unexpected places around the house. It pleases me to know it’s there… somewhere. See, I don’t always remember creating a cash stash, but it does provide the fun of running across a little pile of money from time to time.

I find life as a human squirrel rather satisfying despite the jeers I receive from my dear, dear spouse.

I recently had to raid my cache of Taco Bell mild sauce packets when faced with a dry taco situation. Here’s what I found among the packets:

Ms. Squirrel

Apparently The Husband found the stash of fast food restaurant condiment packets I hid in a cabinet he rarely opens. And he felt the need to leave snarky evidence that he found my hidey-hole.

I must admit that I laughed until I hurt when I found it. That husband of mine is pretty funny.

Now I’ve got to run and find a new secret location for these condiments.

Socks, Days 1 & 2

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

I didn’t post pictures after Day One because apparently the first day of sock-making involves nothing but Sisyphean repetition of casting on, knitting, finding mistakes, and ripping everything out for hours on end. Fun times, let me tell you.

I did finally manage to get a sock started on Day Two by aiming my head directly at a brick wall and smashing into it over and over until the toe of a sock appeared.

Socks — Days 1 & 2

I was so proud of myself for actually getting the thing going that I woke up my poor husband to show him my progress. I think The Husband might hate this sock before it’s finished.

The Socks Have It

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

How long does it take to knit a pair of socks?

That, dear reader, is what we (yes, you and me) are going to find out. I’m starting a new project today. It’s a pair of socks for my ever-lovin’ husband. I’ve never knitted socks before now, so this could be a long, long process.

Here’s a photo of my starting point — yarn, needles, and pattern:

Ready - Set - SOCKS

I’ll be posting photos of my progress because I know that you’re totally fascinated to watch this. Much like you enjoy watching paint dry or love going to snail races.