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Saturday, May 5, 2012

School break = lots to do

This is my first weekend in quite a while, where I had absolutely no demands on my time and to be honest, I'm not quite sure what to do with myself.  So far, I've taken an early morning nap and watched quite a few episodes of Phineas & Ferb, and Yo Gabba Gabba.  I have to say, I'm really going to miss Yo Gabba Gabba when Alex outgrows it.  It's the sweetest little show, with great songs and catchy anamation.  It helps him to calm down when he's gotten himself all wound up.  It doesn't take much to set him off, and there are plenty of cartoons that he can't watch without becoming wild.  And finally, the show is geared toward younger children so it touches on appropriate social interactions, which is something that Alex struggles with.  And then there's this.  I've been thinking about crocheting them for a while, lol.

Meanwhile, on the knitting front, I've been picking up quite a bit of yarn at Bella Yarn's spring sale, for future designs.  Ultra Alpaca is 50% off, and I love that yarn so I've grabbed several skeins of two different colors for possible sweaters.  Or maybe I'll just knit something out of my ridiculously long Ravlery Que, lol.  Currently I'm working on this backlog of repair/custom work, and a pair of felted slippers.  I don't have any slippers, and Aaron wants his slippers back.  And really, it's not exactly safe walking down the stairs in a pair of men's size-12 slippers (when they threaten to fall off your feet any second).  So I picked up three skeins of Noro Hitsuji to knit a second pair of Fuzzy Feet (from Knitty).  I knit a pair of these about six years ago, but I didn't hit gauge.  I went into a yarn shop (which is no longer in business) and asked if I could use Noro Kureyon for this pattern, and was told it would be fine.  Well it wasn't.  The gauge was wrong and when I knit the slipper, it was so loose that I could have used it to strain spaghetti.  So naturally, when I felted it...nothing really happened.  It was a disaster, and I never felted again.  If it wasn't for the sale, and the unseasonably cold May evenings we've been having, I don't think I'd be trying it again.  This time I picked the brightest color-combo I could find and made sure that I'm hitting gauge.  The first slipper is done, but it looks like a giant clown sock and I've got to admit that I'm a bit concerned that it won't shrink down enough.  I'll be sure to report back on the slippers when they're done.

Now, I've got to go finish seaming this toddler sweater, then sew the beads on that X-mass stocking, and start working on a pair of stranded mittens.  Lots of knitting to do, and less time to do it in, since my back is acting up.  But no worries...it's nothing that a bag of frozen peas and a little Yo Gabba Gabba can't fix.

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