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Monday, January 26, 2015

Remember those choose-your-own-adventure books?

Last week I decided on the spur of the moment, to join in the Follow Your Aarow KAL.  I don't know why.  I don't usually enjoy knit-a-long's, and I almost never finish, but everyone else was playing and I just felt like I should too.  I mean, I know I never finished the shawl from the Stephen West KAL I joined two years ago, but I really love Ysolda's patterns so I'm more likely to stick with this.  Choosing a color was surprisingly hard considering how much sock yarn I have but I finally decided to go with two skeins of Cascade Heritage in Cherry.  This is my favorite shade of red; I knit my Apogee Cardigan in the same color.  Anyway, clue 2 just came out today and I've printed it all out and I'm ready to go.

Now, if you haven't heard, there's a massive storm heading my way and we are expected to have winds up to 65 mph, and 30" of snow.  Power outages are expected.  I've lived through winter storms without power before and we are prepared.  We can cook.  We have milk and bread (it's a "thing" out here that I don't really understand but have to just do so I don't have to hear about it).  Aaron got my car off the street and into the parking lot.  Alex is home with me and Dante will be home well before the storm hits.  We have blankets and plenty of hats and sweaters to keep us warm.  The boys will go a little crazy at first but they'll adjust.  We have a camp lantern, and plenty of candles thanks to Aaron's candle making hobby.  If I loose power (which I probably will), I'll check in as soon as it's returned.  We will be safe, mostly warm, and fine :)

While we keep ourselves warm, I will have plenty of knitting to keep me busy.  I finished one glove from the pair and need to do the other.  I'm also finishing up my Calligraphy sweater and Aaron's Slade sweater.  I started the button bands on my sweater, and I'm finished with the back and left-front on Aaron's.  And then there are several pairs of socks in progress so really, there's plenty to do. 

I definitely won't be sledding with my boys.  My visit to the Ortho revealed that I will most definitely be having knee surgery as soon as worker's compensation approves it.  The recovery will take a few months but I expect to be back up and on my feet in only a few days.  I'm told I'll be as good as new by summer, which is perfect because I'll finally be finished with school by then and I'll be ready to go have some fun.  

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Not even making a dent

So true to my word, I went right to work on a pair of gloves for Aaron's friend.  I didn't love them at first, but they're growing on me.  See, I had this dream that the guy would choose an actual 'color' and wouldn't go with "black and gray pattern".  I envisioned a beautiful tan and brown, or some other lovely English tweed combo but no.  Standard, boring, eye-bluring black and gray. 

Once I got over my objection to the color, I decided that I was going to do some stranding and I was going to knit a hounds-tooth pattern.  I scoured my library to find a book that had the pattern in it and finally found it after flipping through about 8 different books.  Initially, I didn't love how it was coming out but it got better as I went along.  I just got to the part where I separate for the fingers, and I've decided not to knit that in the hounds-tooth pattern.  Instead I'm going to knit with gray and use a slip-stitch pattern to add density and warmth.  It should be easier that way.

I'm also working on Aaron's new sweater and making decent progress.  The back is finished and I'm working on the left front.  This one travels better and is easier to knit when I'm steeped in a brain fog.  I'm looking forward to finishing it up.

In other news, I will finally go to see an orthopedic surgeon on Tuesday and I hope to have some idea of what we'll be doing about my knee when I leave there.  Today one of the children was wandering around Sacrament meeting, and we (as a branch) have taken to having the Primary leaders redirect those children back to sit with their families because it really increases reverence.  One of these children was wandering today, and after others tried to suggest to her that she needed to go sit back down with her family, I got up and escorted her over there.  She moved to pull her hand out of my hand, and that little movement caused my knee to erupt in pain, so I can definitely tell that I'm not ready to go back to work and I desperately want to go back to work.  What ever needs to be done to make that happen is what I'm going to do.  And worst-case scenario, if it requires surgery, it's a valid reason to sit and knit socks all day.  After all, I've got the yarn.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Ahem...I have 120 socks-worth of sock yarn.

See, what had happened was, my husband sent me a text at work asking if I'd knit his co-worker a pair of gloves because his old one's were falling apart.  I was like "sure", and then I asked all the important questions like what color he wanted, or what color he absolutely didn't want, and whether he wanted them light weight (fingering) or heavier (worsted).  My husband gave me very little to work with; I only know he wants them worked in sock yarn.  That meant that I had to pull out all the yarn and put the man-colors to the side.

Well, while I had all the yarn out, it seemed like a good idea to count it.  I was wrong.  People of the internet...I have enough yarn to knit roughly 120 pairs of socks. 

I have to say, I was really caught off guard.  I figured I could pull off about 60 pairs, but I never imagined that my sock yarn obsession had gone this far.  Thank goodness Heather and I put ourselves on a yarn diet!  Clearly, I need to start knitting these socks up so I can make room in my stash, and then I need to only buy yarn for socks that I'm going to knit right then and there.  (Secretly we all know that will never happen, but it's a goal).

Of course, none of this includes my giant basket of Pallett because it's not machine washable so I don't use it for socks.  Nor does it include my mini-skeins for my Beekeeper's Quilt, or the sock yarn I bought to knit into sweaters.  This is strictly single-skein purchases for socks.  Wow.  It's even worse than I imagined. 

That being said, I'm off to go knit a pair of gloves with a skein of sock yarn from the stash.