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May 25, 2007

15 minutes and counting

Well, she is just going to be impossible to live with now:

sapphire featured on youtube

If you don't watch cutewithchris...you should (especially show 122, "The Inside"). He is very funny and a little disturbed. We love Chris.

I have to go make sure Sapphire isn't hanging out with that Paris girl who is such a bad influence. Sexy, party girls...they flock together.

May 14, 2007

Mr. DeMille, he is ready for his closeup

Something tells me these are supposed to look different and be in someone else's possession.

turned heels

Well, I didn't finish. Shocker. There was just a point where I could have hidden away all weekend and finished them or enjoyed my visit with Mom and give these to her next weekend.

I opted for the late gift. But, as you can see, I still made progress. Heels have been turned and I begin the journey down the foot.

To distract you from my mission failure, I present the next singing sensation...Korde Spotbottom!

Korde is Mom's greyhound. He dearly loves singing and frequently breaks out in spontaneous song. We have been trying to record him doing this for years and I was thrilled when there was just one of those moments where I happened to have the camera next to me when he started. His backup singer is Garbo, who you may remember from cute couch pic a few days ago.

May 10, 2007

tick tick tick

The goal was 9 repeats a day but I have to stop at 5 tonight so I get a little sleep for work tomorrow.

day two of socks

These are going to be late Mother's Day socks.

Sapphire has been watching me closely with disapproval. No really, she is laying there watching me. I just waited until she blinked so I wouldn't get those laser eye in the photo.


She clearly thinks I'm a slacker.

Zig zag

Uh oh, someone let a TIE fighter get them. My TIE fighter pointed out to me that the Monkey socks were going to be too big for Mom. They were looking gorgeous but, while I love Mom, she will point out when something doesn't fit well so I had to cut my losses early and hope I can recover.

gull wing socks

This is probably not the best pattern to choose with this yarn because the colors completely hide the pattern.

gull wing socks closeup

Probably the best would just be a twisted rib or classic rib (or even a spiral rib) but Mom lives in Arizona most of the year so I wanted an open lace. Something that isn't quite so "wintery" looking. (Is anyone taking bets on me changing my mind again?)

I'm not even back to where I was in the previous pair but it is a good start on a pair of Gull Wings from Socks Socks Socks. There are 30 repeats to do (I'm counting the cuff, heel and toe as a repeat each) so I've done 4 repeats. That means I need to do at least 9 a day to finish these by Sunday. If I had nothing else to do but knit I could totally pull this off.

But the odds are against me on this project...

May 08, 2007

Is last-minute knitting an extreme sport?

This is why I can never have a made bed:

Sapphire takes bed

Monkey Socks progress. They have to be finished by Sunday. The leg is the pattern repeat 6 times and the foot will probably be about 6 repeats also, so with the heel work, I need to complete about 3 repeats a day. I only did one yesterday so I'm already behind!

progress on Monkey socks

Must keep going (even if I'm worried about them being too big), must keep focus.

Stay on target...stay on target...

May 07, 2007


Busy weekend with houseguests. Most of them furry. Which explains why I couldn't get my laundry done.

Korde in the closet

That is my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

Everywhere I looked was another greyhound.

Garbo curled up

While adorable, that picture is a little deceiving because in a few seconds she will stretch out and hog the whole couch.

And finally, if you have to work at home, it helps to see this when you look up from work:

Although it was hard not to just jump on the bike and play out in that spectacular sunshine.

Working furiously on Mom's socks. I believe I've settled on Cookie's Monkey Socks. I'm making them in STR Dreidel. Beautiful. Mom will love them. I just need to keep knitting!

May 03, 2007

Knitting myself back into the good graces of Grandma

I'm snowed in at work. Or should I say, I'm snowed in with work. Either way, it is why I've been quiet. However, I have still managed to be knitterly productive. I started my Mothers' Day presents because all my Mom and Grandma really want from me are socks and since I'm in the midst of buying a house (actually, securing the financing to buy the house which is the icky part) I'm feeling especially thrifty so I don't want to spend money on ANYTHING! (you know that panic mode when you realize you are poor and start looking at crusty old men in luxury cars with a new eye)

The good news is that I had the mostest gorgeousest yarns to chose from after sock camp. So I pulled out the colorway especially chosen for Grandma (Socks that Rock heavyweight in Falcon's Eye, I can't find an online source for it but it is spectacular) because Grandma's signature color is celadon and thought I would try Quill Lace from the latest Knitty.

quill lace socks

Wow, the stars aligned and it ended up being the perfect yarn in the perfect pattern for the perfect person and they were done in a couple of days. I loved knitting that pattern so much I'll probably do another pair again right away. Very, very fun!

I snuck a picture here at work right on my desk (trying to hide the complete geekiness that is me and knit blog for as long as possible). I am disappointed in one feature of the yarn, there are tiny plum drops on one of the socks in a couple of places. I am a little disappointed that it snuck into this colorway because it just makes the sock look dirty. I knit from both ends of the ball on the same skein and one sock got the plum drops and the other did not.

plum dot

Something to keep in mind with this pattern, I thought they would be very stretchy because it is lace but the stitch pass overs tighten them up so don't try to overcompensate for lace-stretch when you make these.

stitch detail

I think these socks are in my top three favorites.

Now I just have to make Mom's!