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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Dial M for Murder...mini-sock, that is

Do murder and calm go together?!
Yesterday, the first of the Super Sock Scarefest patterns hit.  It was a bonus pattern; a mini-sock designed around the movie Dial M for Murder.  The sock has little telephones and the letter 'M' on the heel flap.  It's totally cute and tiny, and now that I've finished it i have no idea how to stop the mayhem (or what to do with a mini-sock, lol).  Here you can see that the sock was caught in the act, on the scene of a murder (doesn't The Boy do a great job of playing dead?, lol).

It's knit with Lang Jawoll in red, some Knit Picks Risata in black, and some Knit Picks Bare in white.  The pattern calls for 2.0mm needles (I used a 40" circular in the magic loop).  This pattern literally uses up scraps of yarn.  I hardly made a dent in my balls of yarn, and oddly enough I had every color called for in my stash.  I guess that's what comes from being a total sock addict for several years.
Murder and calm...  Calm and murder... Murder?!

I did most of my knitting on this while I was in the shop yesterday covering the early part of the day for my buddy who's apartment complex decided that they needed to do an inspection anywhere between 9am-noon, and then never showed up during that time, lol.  Just like the cable company.  Alex was fantastic (no sitter so he was with me) and he played with my DS all day.  He seemed to really like the cover as well.  This is one of the reasons that I love this boy... he loves my knitting, loves yarn, likes to play with it, and he'll wear what I knit for him.  He sometimes even makes requests.  maybe I'll be able to pass on my love of knitting to one of my kids after all :)

Calver, what are you doing here?  Your dead!
Well I'm off to get ready to leave.  I'm finally getting up to the temple today.  It's been almost 18 months since I had my recommend renewed and I just never got up  there.  There's no good excuse, I just always had to work or I had sitter issues, or husband issues.  But today I'm canceling everything and going with the ladies from the Relief Society.  Looking forward to getting inside, taking a deep breath, and forgetting the outside world for a few hours.

Oh, and by the way, the quotes under the photos?...  Guess what movie they're from and there's a set of stitch markers made by yours truly in it for ya.

Friday, August 13, 2010

mini projects to hold off the craving

I'm crocheting an afghan for my husband for his birthday, per his request.  Anyone who knows me knows I'm a knitter, but you may not know that I crochet too.  As a matter of fact, I crocheted before I ever knit, but I just took to knitting like a duck to water so I never went back to my other crafts.  So, now that I'm making a 45"x60" giant single-crochet afghan for my husband, I'm feeling all itchy from the knitting withdrawal.  So I've been working on mini projects to hold it off.  Tuesday I knit a swatch in the round in a sample color of Tofutsies yarn just so that we could see what it would look like knit up, and then I stapled it to the color card (yes, it really is that bad).  Yesterday I found a pattern for the cutest little Nintendo DS cover and I decided to knit one for my poor, neglected DS to help keep the dust away. 
seamless DS cover with duplicate stitch mushroom motif
I used Queensland Rustic Wool in color #18 (rose) on 4.5mm needles and Berroco Pure Merino in white to do the duplicate stitch mushroom.  This is by far cuter than any of the little DS covers I've seen in the stores.  The ribbing is worked on 3.5mm needles.  This worked up fast and I'm feeling the need to make a few more so that I can add the other motifs to those covers.  And I think this could also work well for iPod or iPhone covers.

Super Sock Scarefest has kicked off with a bonus mini-sock pattern themed after Dial M for Murder.  This is gonna be a fun season!  I'm looking forward to my sock being released and I hope that it's received well.  I got my yarn from Plays at Life Fiber Arts, and I'll be knitting the pair along with the group as the sock that I originally knit is pretty skinny thanks to my tighter stranding issues.  This 2-week break from classes is going to be loaded with as many projects and I can stuff into it.  I don't know how much knitting I'll be able to get done when the new classes start.  Thankfully, I've rounded the corner on school and I'm close to the home stretch as I only have 3 gen-ed classes left and then it's all core classes, all the time!  I have just over a year left to go and I'll graduate with a Bachelors in Psychology!!  Sa-weet.  Oh, and to confirm, I passed Statistics with an A (but I still can't make change without the help of a calculator, lol).

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

done, and done

I'm tired, and it's late, but I needed to post that my final project for my Research Methods class is turned in, and my final exam for Statistics is done.  I got an 85.8% on that exam and I figure that with my 94%, I'm still looking good for an 'A' by the skin of my teeth and my streak remains unbroken.  Now I'm off to crochet my husband an afghan for his birthday, and try to knit one of the 10 sweaters-worth of yarn into an actual sweater, and see if I can stop bringing it in faster than I can crank it out.  The odds aren't good.