I need to vent about my pink socks. The pair that was supposed to be the twelfth one of last year. After I finally picked it back up a couple of days ago, I noticed something wasn’t right. I looked, and lo and behold, there was an error in the pattern that I did not catch. Had I paid attention, I would have caught it and questioned it before I knit incorrectly for nearly 3 inches. I ripped it out, and when I finally caught up to where I was before the mistake, the freakin cord on my circular needle snapped off at the needle join. The join had been scraping at my yarn so I really can’t say that I was surprised.
These are needles I bought fully aware of their quality not knowing whether or not I was going to like knitting two at a time on magic loop. It was either buy these for $6 each or ones that are $14 each. Hmm… guess which ones I chose? Yes, my friends I chose the cheap ones made in India probably by some poor overworked underpaid person without fair wages. The company is known for superior customer service, so I could have complained and they would have sent me another one, but it would probably happen all over again. The thing is, when you knit 2 at a time on magic loop, you put a lot of strain on the cord, but I’m using the 40″ ones so it shouldn’t be as bad. I’ve also noticed that a lot of their fixed circulars don’t have a perfectly smooth join at the needle so it snags easily on the yarn you’re working with. To be fair, I have two sets of their interchangeable needles which I love and haven’t had any problems with. The join on those are fine; it’s just those fixed ones that are trouble.
Of course in my frustration, I immediately went online and purchased the needles I should have started with in the first place. The ones made in Germany, by a very well loved and reputable company. I should have gone down that route in the first place. Regardless, I learned my lesson, and I’m waiting for them in the mail. (Of course I purchased these before I made my resolution yesterday.)
After I get through these socks I have to knit my social worker a present for her baby. I was going to knit her that blanket, but I’ve decided that it’s too time consuming. Instead, I’m probably going to make her a hat and some booties or something like that. I also promised Carol a pair of socks. She has already chosen the yarn and pattern. I would also like to knit a small lap blanket or something like that for my landlord and his wife. I never did end up getting them anything for Christmas. (Speaking of my landlord, the small three bedroom next door to me is for rent if anyone is interested. It includes garage parking, laundry in the building, and a wonderful landlord.)
I have a few other projects that I’m contemplating. The other day I was flipping through one of my knitting books and came across the most adorable baby dress. I am not one to make clothing for babies because they grow out of them so quickly. Blankets and stuffed animals are my usual route. I don’t know what came over me, but I immediately wanted to make it for Beth’s baby. I got her measurements, and I’m going to see if I can adjust the pattern to fit her. The other project I’ve been thinking about is the Lady Eleanor entrelac stole I’ve been meaning to make for years. I have beautiful yarn that I bought at Stitches in 2008 that I’ve been saving for it. It’s quite a project though so I’ve been hesitant to fully commit to it.
There just isn’t enough time in the day to knit everything I would like. How great would it be if I had another set of hands just for knitting? Never mind that’s a creepy image, but you get what I’m saying.
Normally I am not one to make a New Year’s resolution. This year I’ve decided to make one, and I’m determined to make it stick. I need to go on a knitting diet. I have a sizable stash of yarn in my orange bins. I am a member of two sock clubs this year. I have all the knitting tools I need. There is no reason why I shouldn’t be able to follow through on this.
Starting today, January 4th, 2011, I will not purchase anything knitting related for the rest of this year. This includes using only my stash to knit presents, and the only way I can introduce new yarn into my stash is either by trading or receiving it as a gift. No exceptions.
Whew! I’m going to need all the support I can get.
Is it utterly pathetic that I think hearing ‘there’s blood return’ is like winning the lottery? Okay, so many not the jackpot but at least a scratcher!
Let’s hope that the PICC decides to cooperate next Monday when I need to have a minimum of 5 vials filled.
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2010. That’s about 24 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 106 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 257 posts. There were 218 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 274mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.
The busiest day of the year was September 1st with 264 views. The most popular post that day was About.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, ravelry.com, dailyemaybe.blogspot.com, Google Reader, and google.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for immunosuppressed knitter, immunosuppressed, stenotrophomonas maltophilia, frog cartoon, and emilia loom.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
About March 2010
“One Lung” June 2010
Bye old Susan March 2010
Not Happy September 2010
Nausea May 2010
Ring Out, Wild Bells
by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.
Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.
Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in.
Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.
Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.
Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.
- 11 Pairs of socks: Hedgerow, Brainless, Cedar Creek, No Purl Monkeys, May 2010 Mystery, Kai-Mei,Esther, July 10 Mystery, Black Tie Optional, Tulip, Paraphernalia, Vog On
- 90% of Rattlesnake Creek sock (almost made it to a dozen!)
- 4 hats: Nottingham, A Better Bucket, Doubleknitski, Jayne
- A pair of fingerless gloves: Ms. Brend
- 1 Baby blanket: Blankie of Many Colors
- 2 Scarves – Phiaro, Chevron
- Started the lace cable-rib scarf
- Bought a rigid heddle loom
- Learned how to warp a loom
- Wove a scarf
I don’t know how I would have survived all this medical nonsense had I not had my yarn, knitting needles, knitting group and Ravelry.