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Socks and hair, not to be confused with sex and beer

August 28, 2007

Honestly, I haven’t been knitting much lately. Over the weekend, I did start on another pair of Embossed Leaves, and I’m wee over half way through. The goal is to finish it within next couple of days or so, and hopefully have enough time and sanity before we leave town for the weekend, come up with something to knit for the road.

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For my next pair, I’m thinking a pair of Pomatomus. It’s not the speediest knit with all the insane ktbl1 p1 rib, but it’s easy and interesting enough to keep me sane and I can knit without having to stare at the pattern – which will come in handy in long car ride (or so I hope). Where we’re heading? To Rockford. Nowhere exotic. But it will be nice to get out of town for once.

Speaking of Pomatomi, that’s what I knit for Amanda for our Knittyboard Sock Swap.

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Now for the totally unrelated and not so interesting side note – I got a haircut today. Once again, I was being a super procrastinator that I am, and took over a year and half to get my hair cut since the last time. And once again, I had to be bombarded with questions and comments (from people at the salon, both the stylists and everyone else) like “Oh my, are you really going to get it cut?”, “Are you going to cry?”, and many of “Are you sure?”… and my answer was “Yes, yes and yes, I want to get it cut. No, I won’t regret it. No this is not any life-altering experience.” Seriously, I have absolutely no sentimental attachment to my hair. Unlike most girls with long hair who usually have long hair all their lives, my long hair is product of me just not wanting to be active about finding a salon and stylist. I’m not anti-social. I just don’t like dealing with people. That, and actually having to make plans, etc. Blah blah blah, so anyway, here goes the pictures.

Before:

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And… after:

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I’m not sure how long exactly, but I did cut off the length in a braided ponytail, and it’s going out to Locks of Love. I was almost tempted to post the picture of it here, but .. honestly, it’s pretty creepy. The thought of that dead hair used to be attached to me….. eeks.

I told the stylist to do whatever she pleases. I told her the longest I will accept is shoulder length and she can cut it as short as she pleases, as long as it’s not a pixie cut. I thought she’d make it much shorter, but well.. it’s still nice for a change. I like it. (I’m thinking maybe she cut it more conservative length because she probably feared me turning all psycho on her – hahah). Well, next time when I get it cut again (it could be in 6 months, a year, two years, who knows), if whoever will be cutting my hair will be brave enough to get it cut any shorter ;)

For future reference, if there’s anyone who knows around Chambana well, any recommendations on where to go get me some fancy haircut? I don’t know – I’m nuts and I like going to new places oppose to finding a regular stylist. Yes, I’m nuts!

Socky socks

June 5, 2007

First things first: finished work.

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That makes up for the socky sock pair #10 for the year. And yes, I had to make sure the stripes are matchy matchy, as usual. That’s probably why I tried to avoid using self striping yarn nowadays. It drives me nuts to match the stripes up, but if I don’t, unevenness drives me to the point of insanity. Not exactly a win-win type of situation.And as for something unusual: work in progress. I’ve just started on another pair from Favorite Socks – Waving Lace by Evelyn A. Clark. So far I’m enjoying the pattern. I love the subtle diagonals created by YO’s and k2t/ssk. Not to mention the stretchiness – a bit of comfort since I’m knitting for a friend of mine.
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It looks super pink on the second picture, but it’s really super purple. I’m not sure how I feel about the color. I think I like it, but still undecided. Perhaps it’s because I’m not a generally a fan of purple.

And as for other random thought, things I’ve been obsessing over: playing FreeCell, eating goldfish colors and ice cream bars – especially almond and chocolate covered ones from Haagen Dazs. And also the fact that Bingo song has same melody as for the Old McDonald Had a Farm song. Chris and I have been sining the song, with both songs combined. “..old McDonald had a farm and Bingo was his name-o….” Because it’s funny? perhaps. But because at a point, we kinda forgot how the Bingo song started (we eventually had to google it).

What can I say, apparently, we’re not that bright.

May stuff

May 30, 2007

Honestly, I’ve been slacking off with knitting lately – I mean throughout entire April and May. I’ve been distracting myself away from knitting with other things, like, I even fixed my sewing machine finally! I haven’t really sewn anything since I got it fixed, but I did manage to make a pair of pj pants for one of my coworkers (note: I did NOT pick out the pattern or size, or fabric – honestly, if it was up to me, I wouldn’t have chosen those insane novelty prints, or scary tapered legs, and I would’ve definitely made something much smaller – she wanted larger size and now it probably fits her like a tent). I think my next goal for sewing is to make a purse, something I can make without having to go out and buy a pattern for. I have “vision” in my head*, I think it will work out, but we’ll see once I actually get it started.

Oh and I’ve also been playing hours of mindless solitaire and freecell and whathaveyou’s, you know, one of those dumb (yet smarter than you!) card games that comes with Windows. I even went out and bought a book, thinking, hey there’s something I else I can do instead of knitting! (FYUI**, it’s the new book by Chuck Palahniuk) Heck, I think I spent more time staring at blank than I spent time knitting past few weeks.

But, I did manage to finish at least couple of things.

First, that stashbuster sweater. This took way too long, a lot longer than it should have taken. Thank you lack of motivation. But alas, it’s done and done.

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And of course, a pair of socks. Well, one and halfish pair. I just started on another pair yesterday, with 3mm needles and sport weight yarn, plain stockinette. I think I can finish before the month is over, but with this much distraction probably not.
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It’s Hedera from Spring 06 issue of Knitty. It was a fun knit, regardless of my lack of motivation. It’s definitely one of those I’d love to knit again.

In June, I’m hoping to get started on Rusted Root. And hopefully I get my motivation back.

(Here comes the fun and fancy footnote thingy)

*So, I have this anal retentive side of me where I have to make sure I can see it in my head and make sure it actually works in my head before I start on anything. And I don’t just mean knitting. Anything that involves some sort of construction, I have to make sure I plan every detail out inside my head and it has to just work. Until that happens, I don’t start on anything. I have to have this “vision” – some sort of pseudo epiphany moment before I get things started. You know, like, bright light shining over with this angelic (or psychotic) harmonious noise?

**FYUI – acronym for For Your Useless Information. It’s like FYI, but useless.

Embossed Leaves socks

April 20, 2007

Socky sock #8 for 2007: Embossed Leaves

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Pattern calls for size US 2 needles but I used US 1.5 instead (2.5mm). Also the cuffs, heels, and toes are changed to my usual likings. The intended recipient for the sock has smaller feet than mine, it fits me pretty snug, so I think it’s all good to go.

Seriously, this is the first time I’ve knitted a pair by doing one sock at a time. That is, of course, not counting the horribly failed Jaywalker I attempted in early last year, and couple of chunky socks done in worsted weight. Thankfully the lace pattern was easy and interesting enough (not to mention easy to memorize) to avoid second sock syndrome! Woo hoo!

I think the pattern would’ve looked nicer in more solid yarn – to show off the delicate lace detail, but I kinda don’t mind it the way it is now. Especially for being “purple”, I kinda came to like the color. It’s hard to believe… me? Liking purple? That’s bit insane.

I’d definitely make it again, definitely a pair for myself.

Oh the big plans that went nowhere

April 10, 2007

IMG_1812So I made this grand plan to go to post office. All the stuff I’ve accumulated over the course of at least couple of months, all gathered up, packed, and ready to go. But now that Chris’s sick, unfortunately, they all have to wait for next week, whenever I get a day off. It’s kinda unfortunate and sad.

There are total of 5 packages and 1 card. Granted, that one card can and will be sent out tomorrow, take it to work, but the rest has to be weighted so another week of waiting. I’m kinda frustrated. Oh just another sappy moments in car-less life.

On the bright side, I got my hands on Favorite Socks book. There are at least couple of them right off the bat I want to make. And Bean was right – I do want to make the sock on the cover! The other one is Embossed Leaves.

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Hopefully the variegation of the yarn isn’t too distracting for the lacework. And no, I still haven’t worked anything on the sweater I’ve been planning.

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