Tuesday, March 27, 2012

FO: Plain Vanilla Wollmeise


Finally finished!  These were begun in July of 2009 and finished yesterday.  Why did they take so long?  Second sock syndrome, I wanted to try other more interesting patterns first, and lastly, I wasn't thrilled with the yarn. The colors are to die for, but for some reason, the Wild Thing 80/20 wanted to keep twisting back onto itself, making knitting annoying and thus pushed aside in favor of other, more cooperative yarns.  The color is Poison Nr. 5, which I have lusted after since I first saw it on a fellow Raveler's project page.  The socks knit up into tiger stripey stripes, which I think look very cool.  After a run through the washer and dryer, the socks are super soft and feel very nice against my feet.

Friday, March 2, 2012

I Need A Nap

It's 11:15 a.m. and I'm about to fall asleep...literally.  I'm at work and could totally use a power nap right about now.  Went to sleep *relatively* early last night, but was awakened around 4 a.m. when a little night wanderer (AKA my son) wandered into my room and turned on the light before crawling into my bed.  I don't mind him coming into my bed once in a while, but I could have done without the light in my face at 4 in the morning. 

Checked my email earlier and had an email from Knitpicks announcing that the new Felici colors are in!  My favs:  Minty and High Tide in the fingering weight, Depths and Dapple in the sportweight.  I like the Building Blocks colorway in the fingering weight--those would make some nice socks for my dad--kind of a retro feel to that colorway.

5 and 1/2 half hours to the weekend!! 

TGIF!!!

Thank goodness it's Friday!  It has been a crazy week...full of busy.  Monday-- started at my new job plus the first day that my son was back in his school's aftercare program.  So the whole afternoon from 2:30 until 5 p.m, here is what was running through my head:  I hope my son is behaving, I hope my son is behaving.  He is well-behaved almost all the time, but he is a 5 and 1/2 year old boy.  Tuesday--repeat of Monday.  Wednesday--repeat of the previous 2 days with the exception of a car problem thrown into the mix.  I got into my car to drive across the street to grab some lunch during my lunch break, and my check engine light came on in my car.  I was like, WTF.  So on the way home, after I picked up my son, I drove out to the car dealership, which is 25 minutes away from my house.  I was able to get a rental car, and got my car back the next day, problem fixed thank goodness.  Thursday-rinse and repeat.  On Thursday night (last night) I finally had a chance to get to the gym, which felt really good after not having been there since Sunday. 

I haven't had a chance to knit much this week, except for a few rows on a mindless sock that I carry with me for occasions such as sitting in the waiting room at the car dealer.  The sock is just a mindless plain old vanilla sock, knit using KFI Indulgence, a 75% merino/25% nylon sock yarn that I purchased last year from an LYS near me, Fine Points in Cleveland, Ohio.  At first, I didn't like this yarn; it seemed way too splitty.  But after working with it for a while, I'm sold.  It is making a pretty nice sock, with good stitch definition and a self-striping pattern that I'm actually enjoying.  I would get this yarn again.

On Monday, in a town called Chardon, Ohio, about 25 minutes from my house, there was a school shooting that took the lives of 3 students at the high school.  I have some friends who used to live in that town, and when I was younger, I spent a lot of time there.  It is a quiet place, a town that is known for its maple syrup and record-setting snowfalls every winter.  It's the last place that I ever thought would have a terrible tragedy like this happen.  When I got home from work on Monday, I gave my son a bunch of extra hugs, because things like this have a way of reminding us to treasure the time we have with our loved ones, because tomorrow is never guaranteed.