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September 21, 2008

I've been plugging away, here and there. Working on Tundra Rib Sock siamese twin - I really must replenish my handknit sock stash before the cold weather is here. In fact, it's nibbling at my heels now. This week is going to be on the cool side. And I'm certainly going to need these in a special place soon. Yes, I get to tag along with hubby to one of those destination places where millions of tourists visit every year. It will be nice to have a mini-vacation and I'm so looking forward to it.

I have an upcoming project Lacewing Shawl by Ann Hanson. I'm supposed to make a shawl for my mother. So, I've been spinning up some nice coopworth-alpaca roving. I need 1300 yards - I hope I have enough roving to accomplish that goal. I also hope to get the spinning done before we go to that special place. Which means I'll have to get up when hubby gets up so I can spend some time with the spinning wheel. Why do I do stuff like this that end up with me getting run down ragged?

August 1, 2008

Purple Clog Sock, Finished I've been pretty much quiet during July, because I've been working on these socks, and working on my garden. Once again, the squash and cucumbers have taken over the garden and I'm having to find ways to use these.

I finally finished the Purple Clog socks. This turned out nicely enough. I did get a bit irritated with the yarn a at one point the strand broke apart while i was knitting. It'll be interesting to see how it stand up under wear. I've now started on another pair of socks - Blue Arch-Shaped sock. I wanted to try out a differently-shaped pattern before leaping into Cat Bordhi' patterns. (You're intimidated by her, aren't you? - Ed. Err . . . yes, I am. Tsk, tsk, tsk! - Ed.)

So, now it's August. Which means Fall can't be too far behind. And it's looking to be a very good one in terms of knitting. Lots of good books coming out. The Fall issues. Vogue Knitting Fall issue actually looks quite decent, for a change. And yes, it means that I must turn my attention to the languishing projects so I can clear off the WIP queue. So here goes the run-down of almost completed projects . . .

Lola's Mr. Greenjeans Cardigan. Third attempt at the sleeves. The sleeve is too skinny and keep in mind that I will be wearing this over one or two layers of top clothes. I like to have some room in my sleeves so I don't feel like I'm bound up like a mummy.

Purple Polo Pullover. Need to finish attaching the sleeves. I need to redo this, redistribute the attach points more evenly.

Lola's Green Raglan Sweater. I need to sew the bottom back to the main body. I'm thinking about just picking up and knitting down to the bottom. I'm afraid the sewn stitches won't be as even in tension.

Green Mendocino Cardigan. Gong to have to redo the sleeves. This time, I'll knit both at the same time, to take care of the tension issues. Back has yet to be started. Shouldn't be a problem - I hope.

Lola's Roscalie Vest. Got a nice, honking hole at the top. Sigh. Not sure what to do about this.

I won't bother to run down the others since these are in such early stages that I won't complete these before September 21st.

July 5, 2008

Purple Clog Sock Yes, I know this is a bit fuzzy and too dark, but hey, I gotta show y'all that I'm alive and knitting. Pattern is Dawn Brocco's Cable Clog sock and it's one of my favorite pattern. A good amount of twisted knit pattern, and yet enough sockinette knitting not to bore you to tears. I'm using Cestari Sock yarn - my first time with it. Appearance is on the rustic side. I'm eager to see how well it holds up under hard wear. I think I might have enough to make a triplet set, but we'll see.

I decided to go ahead and get the Schacht Ladybug Wheel because I want one that is portable, and besides, the church bazaar is coming up in just a few months and I need time to get familiar with it so I can be more at ease with demonstrating and answering questions. And I think I've finally found a nice home for the Majacraft Little Gem. I'll have to thank Knitting Banter in part for changing the think process regarding the MJ Little Gem. Now I need to apply this to my job search . . .

January 29, 2008

Little Sky Sock Still working on the Green Raglan Sweater, so no pics to show you yet. However, I'm in the mood for learning new sock patterns. In particular, Bordhi's twist on socks. I'm literally taking baby steps by working up the baby sock patterns so I can see how these shape up to be. I really like the shaping and can see as to how this could break up the monotony of knitting with variegated yarn.

For reading items on my Blogline account, I use NetNewsWire, which has now been made free for all. I like it because you can read offline, and there's lots of things you can do with it.

NetNewsWire and other desktop apps: your RSS router
One of my favorite features of NetNewsWire is how it works with a bunch of other desktop apps.

The idea is this: news comes in to NetNewsWire, and then you route stuff to wherever it should go

[From Weblog: 'NetNewsWire and other desktop apps: your RSS router']

There's a lot of really good tips on how to make the best out of this nifty application. How do I use it with Bloglines? Simple - I just go into New Special Subscription > Bloglines and add the new blogs that I've subscribed to.

So . . . what's up with my job search? Well, I've learned that job fairs are not a good place if you expect to get a real, honest-to-god interview on the spot. It's just to gather information on you (the job hunter), and them (to see if the company has anything worth considering). Of course, the companies I'd have liked to speak with were inaccessible to me because I don't have any clearance at any level. If you live in the Washington, DC area, this is a very coveted resume enhancement and it's a catch-22 situation - jobs you qualify for require it but they won't take you without any clearance. And you can't just go around asking for security clearance. I guess that's my job tip for the week . . .

October 1, 2007

So, I'm going to try to get the socks that I've done finished up this month. One or two I may rip back to the beginning because I'm not in love with the patterns anymore. Can't promise that I'll hae a nice basket of completed socks by end of the month, but I'll try, nonetheless.

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