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OMG There’s a Table Under There, or HoMD #16

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

I am a girl with plenty of projects.

I am a girl with plenty of piles of papers.

Often the piles get in the way of working on the projects.

Today I tackled the piles that migrated from my work area to the dining room table. My theory is once I tame the dining table piles, I’ll have space to work on the piles in the work area.

Amazingly enough I cleared several of the piles, filled an entire bag of recycling, and discovered there actually is a table under all this paper.

Accomplishment (or a step towards accomplishment) feels great!

Sock Update

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

I know. I’m the worst. You have all, I’m sure, been dying to know how the socks are progressing, and I’ve just ignored your pleas for updates. Someone should take this blog away from me.

Does it absolve me in any way that I’ve been working (just freelance, don’t get excited)? I didn’t think so.

Since I clearly have days and days of photos built up, I’m going to draw things out over several posts. Lucky you.

We last saw the socks at day six. Let’s see what happened next…

Despite being almost a week into the project, I was barely past the toes. I was working on the foot of the sock, and it turns out that I had to knit for three inches (instead of two as I thought way back in the last post) from the yellow yarn tied to the first sock. You won’t see a piece of yarn on the second sock because I counted the rows from the yellow yarn on sock one so I would know how many rows to knit on the other sock.

I learned that I needed to stop using the flash when taking sock photos. The flash was washing out the detail of the pattern. What I didn’t figure out for a while (until my smart husband told me) was that I needed more light to take pictures without a flash (that three-figure IQ is really doing me right). Sorry for the blurry.

On Day Seven you can really see the pattern–if you ignore the aforementioned blur–that wasn’t terribly clear (no pun intended) on earlier photos.

Socks — Day 7

The next day I was still under the impression I only needed to knit for two inches after the yellow yarn. I thought I was done with the foot of sock 1 and went on to sock 2. Can you see the pattern through the blur?

Socks — Day 8

On Day 9 I pretty much got sock 2 caught up to sock 1.

Socks — Day 9

Not a lot got done on Day 10.

Socks — Day 10

At long last, on Day 11, I finally started on the gusset. A gusset is, “a device, often triangular, used to reinforce a connection between two components” (from Wikipedia). On a sock, it’s the triangular area that connects the sole of the sock to the top of the sock on the way to the heel. You’ll be able to see more as it grows.

Socks — Day 11

On the next installment of sock madness:  Growing Gussets!

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.

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.

Meltdown

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

I worked on one of my many projects last night with my new toy (a 4-thread serger). It ended badly with my project tattered, the machine limping, and me in need of gratuitous comfort.

The remains of my project, scarred forever:

Chewed & Tattered Bag

I swear the serger brought this on itself — that right needle was so asking for it:

Broken Needle

Here lie the guts of my project, torn from the gnashing teeth of the serger:

Project Entrails