I’m going to be sore tomorrow. Usually most people make this statement after hauling a bunch of boxes up and down the stairs, or running longer than one intended, or after learning a new activity. I make this statement after doing a jigsaw puzzle. Leaning over to hunt for puzzle pieces compressed my lungs, and my lower back and shoulder muscles are scolding me for hunching over to gather, study, and reach. Ha! Knowing my luck, the physical exercise was probably good for me. Despite the foreseeable side effects, I had fun. There is something so satisfying in finding the right piece and connecting it. Between Andie, Carol and me, it took us around 5 hours to do a 1,000 piece puzzle.
Our finished product.
Out of the blue my cousin Byung-ju, who lives in Korea, called my mom and told us he’s in town. An hour later, he was talking to us in the living room. The one and only time I visited Korea I was barely a year old, so obviously we had never met. It was great being able to spend time with him, even for a little bit of time.
I have a harebrained notion to create the Beekeeper’s Quilt by Tiny Owl Knits.
I love the idea of doing something creative with the sock yarn leftovers in my yarn bin. It’ll be fun, not to mention helpful, to also gather yarn from people all over to make a sort of Where’s Waldo type quilt.
I’m told that each hexipuff requires around 5 grams of yarn to make, with slight variants depending on gauge. If you have any sock yarn leftovers or know anyone who’s willing to part with theirs please let me know, and I’ll send you my address! [have PayPal – happy to pay for shipping]
I’m hoping to do a little bit at at time so that I can have the quilt completed as a birthday present to myself. In 2012 my birthday falls on Thanksgiving, so I thought that would be a fun, and hopefully reasonable, deadline to get it done.
Gifted to Leah
Pattern: Toxic Socks by Camille Chang
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight in Rare Gem & Cascade Heritage Solids in Snow
Needles: 2.25mm, 2.5mm 40″ fixed circular magic loop
I am now a medicare patient. I got my Kaiser Medicare card in the mail today. Sad my fab-o COBRA coverage is ending, but elated not to have to pay the premium every month. It’s making me feel (falsely) rich.
I’m happy to say I don’t really have any exciting updates. I got my flu shot on Tuesday and went out to brunch with mother. We tried this new place that opened last year called Sweet Maple. The french toast was delicious.
Over Halloween weekend, Andie will be coming up from Santa Barbara for a visit again and Carol will be flying up. I bought a jigsaw puzzle for us to do (yes, I am that nerd that loves jigsaw puzzles). I’m also determined to have some pumpkin pie while they’re here so I won’t feel bad trying to finish a whole pie myself.
On knitting front, I am almost finished with the halloween socks. I’m eager to cast off and start on the multitudes of projects I have floating around in my head. I have a few Christmas presents I need to start on and need to get moving on crocheting the amigurumi project for Carol.
I love knowing that a bunch of string will soon be transformed into a wearable item or cuddly gift. I especially love all the color possibilites.
In honor of I Love Yarn Day! I’m giving away a skein of yarn. Leave a comment saying why you love yarn, and I’ll choose a winner randomly on 10/18.
Here’s a photo of my recent yarn splurge from Wollmeise.
side note: this isn’t the yarn I’ll be giving away, but I’ll choose a skein from my stash with the winner in mind 😀
I knit the Sea Princess for adorable little Lucy, who is turning a year old this month. The question is – to line, or not to line? Here’s an example of how it would look like if I put in the blue lining. The benefit of lining it is that it makes the garment a little sturdier for outerwear. The downside of lining it is that it will fit a wee bit smaller, and it would be my first time hand lining a knit item. Either way I’m just hoping it fits!
To mix it up a little, I’m also crocheting little toys for Carol from the book Amigurumi Two! by Ana Paula Rimoli.
And, last but not least, I’m knitting socks for Sockdown October that I mentioned in the last post. These will be gifted to Leah because I know she would appreciate them. Let’s just hope I don’t screw it up since she can’t try them on before I bind off.
Having knit a bunch of top-down socks, one would think that I would have had the kitchener stitch memorized by now. Nope. I had to look it up each time. I even took the time to make a little cheat-sheet card for my notions container.
…. but, not anymore! Someone in the Sock Knitter’s Anonymous Ravelry group posted this in our October Sockdown forum. It is the BEST video ever. You will never have to look up the directions again.