As the Heel Turns

Fascine Sock, Attempt 2, Sock 2 Update:

Heel turned, decreasing for gusset, end in site (although really just a speck on the horizon).

Tomorrow I have another birthday to celebrate: Karen at Clever Knits is turning the big 5-0. I commissioned Sami to make a card for me to give to Karen, and I can’t wait to see what they’ve got cooking for knit night. The last birthday that fell on knit night was Helena’s, and it was quite an impressive blow out. I’m going to have to stop in, say hi, maybe pick up some yarn for the Bird in Hand mittens, then come right back home, because my lovely husband has a pot luck at his office on Wednesday, and he very nicely requested my culinary assistance (ha!). So I will be making a Spiced Pumpkin Mousse Trifle. The best part about it is that: a) there is no actual “cooking” or “baking” involved; and b) I was thinking about making this for Thanksgiving (which I get to host again this year… I’m so glad they’re giving me another chance. I’ll tell you more about that later), and it will be nice to try it out on a bunch of strangers first!!

Happy Monday, and special greetings to Kellie (a new visitor), Valerie (who stops in for a quick look-see everytime I post), and Sharon M., my lovely friend from Wisconsin whom I met in San Diego. Hello to you all!

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Busy, busy, busy

This week has been crazy busy. I had a bunch of stuff to take care of at work, and the girlies were here so I had to shuttle them from hither to yon, I attended a new knit night out in Vista at Clever Knits, and Max was especially energetic (translation: he wouldn’t go to bed until very, VERY late). All of these events conspired to make writing a blog entry nearly impossible.

However, today is my day. Max is playing, the girls are upstairs (either sleeping or playing on their computers, I can’t tell), so I have time to sit and type.

Here is what I’ve been knitting on this week:

The Irish Hiking Scarf is up to about 3.5 feet in length, and I have 2.5 skeins of yarn left. I find it amusing, in an ironic sort of way, how quickly the first skeins of a scarf knit up and then at the halfway mark progress slows, no matter how much time I dedicate to it. In this photo you can see the front pattern (on the left) and the back pattern (obviously on the right). I really like this pattern, and the resulting “material” is thick and plush. A perfect Wisconsin scarf!

As I said earlier, I’ve also been spinning. Mostly I’ve been trying to get my technique consistently right. I’ve been pretty hit-and-miss with it up to this point. It seems like my singles are too tight, and my plying is even more too tight, so what I end up with is a big squiggly mess. I knit up a swatch of the pink-and-grey yarn I was spinning earlier in the week.

I’m not thrilled with the result as far as the colors go, but the resulting “material” is super soft and smooth. I’m thinking a skinny scarf in a lacy pattern would be ideal, but I’m still debating.

Finally, my friend Sharon asked about the sheep in the picture at the top-right of the page.

Those are some stitch markers I made out of Fimo clay. The funny thing about them is that they glow in the dark. When I bought the clay I grabbed glow in the dark white rather than plain white. I could say that this is a feature, except that it totally freaked me out when I noticed a bunch of little green dots sitting on my kitchen table in the middle of the night. I know… they’re sheep from San Onofre!