Archive for August, 2006



My computer is still dead, so I have my camera now and my knitting but I can’t wave the Harry Potter wand my dad made for DL and make the photos move, darn!

Since I’m in the Second Sock Syndrome Swap and the sock is due on Sept. 30, I’m working feverishly on it. My pal has Sensational Knitted Socks (you don’t have to keep it a secret who you are in this swap, but I’m so used to it I am — and I know she’s reading the group’s blogs so this may give it away ..) so I was trying to find a pattern to use. I started the sock, and one of the patterns, then hit a snag.

How do you do a YO at the beginning of a needle? It has to be possible because C. Schurch does it in more than one pattern, but I just don’t get it. So I passed on the pattern that used it, then started over using the garter rib pattern. However, this really doesn’t show up as a pattern other than ribbing to me, so I decided to pull that out too. Now I don’t know what to do.

I may restart one of the previous SKS patterns I started, or try this one. Suggestions?



Great news! This morning as I was getting ready for my last class in graduate school (I would still love to get a PhD in Information Organization or Authority Control from the University of Maryland, but maybe when the kids are grown …) I found my knitting!

I swear I looked through this pile of clothes already but today it spit out my knitting! I should be done with my Deco Ribbon bag soon!

Then when I was looking for a pen in my car, d’oh, my camera! Of course BR still needs to set the printer up so that I can download pictures, but I have it at least.

I also started my Second Sock Syndrome sock. I am using my own handdyed yarn and the garter rib pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks. I hope I have enough dyed already because I’d hate to have to match up the “dye lot”. Luckily my pal and I have the same foot size so I can play around with it, and I think I’ll weigh the sock when it’s done and the remaining yarn and we’ll see how it goes. That one is due September 30, so I’ve got to get a move on! I think it’s the only deadline I have for a few months so I can “relax”!



Hey! The podcast I recorded with Marnie MacLean is up now! Check it out! Okay, so I only held the microphone, but I was there! (I was supposed to do the recording but didn’t.)

I also recorded a couple more and was represented by asking questions at the Videoblogging and Mandy Moore ones. I’ll put up links when I hear they’re up.

More good news — I rejoined Weight Watchers after many months away. It was sometime around the time that Shannon moved and I had no incentive to go that I went last. I was convinced I had gained another 10 lbs. (after having IM about 2 years ago, I lost 7 lbs at W.W., then gained it back last summer). My friend Amy, who is a knitter, but not a blogger, is a Weight Watchers leader and I finally rejoined her Sunday 8 am meeting! How’s that for penance?! Anyway, long story short, I actually maintained for the past 15 mos.! I was so excited! Now I’ve got somewhere to knit for a 1/2 hour a week and hopefully I’ll lose the baby weight finally.

Now for the bad news. Now I lost a circular needle! I was knitting the socks I started at BlogHer ’06 on one Inox and one Crystal Palace, and the Crystal Palace (of course the more expensive one) came out and I lost it! I’m onto Grumperina’s favorite Susan Bates sock set dpns right now because for some reason I can’t find any more size 1s. When will this losing streak end?!



You’re not going to believe this. First I lose access to my camera printer. Then I lose my camera. And now I’ve lost my knitting!

I brought it to Bobaknit on Thursday and finished off the two skeins I was using, so I was ready to start the handle with my last skein and then use the rest on the bag. But now the bag itself is missing! How could that happen?

I made the handle last night. It was an interesting process, which I had never done before. You cast on 116 stitches, then immediately cast off with a crochet hook. It makes an interesting twist on the Icord, which is a lot more time consuming. I’ll definitely try it again, and take a picture if I ever find my camera!

I really need to finish that bag since I wanted to send it to my One Skein Pal and now August is almost over!

I sent my final packages to my Favorite Color Swap partner, Kathy and my Knitty SP 7, Cathy. If you check Cathy’s blog you’ll see a pair of socks I made for her, but never even took a picture of! So I’m glad she did.

Since I’ve lost my current WIP, I’ve needed to go back and bring out some previous
WIPs. I have been knitting in the car on my baby blanket I started in Maryland, and started seaming my Lucky Number sweater I made last year! I lost the pattern I had written when my computer died, but I have an idea as to what I was going to do with it, so I need to seam it up and add ribbing at the neck and waist. Of course I don’t even know what needle size I was using, so that should be interesting.

We need to move so I can find all this lost stuff!


Beading club.

Guess what? Now my camera is missing! DL and I spent an afternoon yesterday beading (yes, he loves making rings and bracelets for his friends) and I wanted to take a picture, but I couldn’t find my camera! So much for blogging, I guess.

I did make some cute stitch markers (imagine cute silver heart shaped beads and clear beads on silver wire with medium sized split rings) and even earrings! I promise to take a picture when BR gets the computer changed and my camera resurfaces.

In other news, you may know I am a “freshman in my 4th year at U.C.L.A.” (Any Julie Brown fans out there?) — okay, a fifth year grad student in a one year program. I am just about to start my last class, the comprehensive exam, and I just found out that I was supposed to submit my graduation application last semester! So I guess I’m not graduating until Spring. But I can’t work full time until at least summer so maybe that works out.

Finally, knitting. I am still working on my Crystal Palace Deco Ribbon bag. I have used up the two skeins I had and am untangling the last one to start the handle. When the handle is done I can finish up the bag part with the leftover yarn, sew it up in the strange way they show on their website and be done with two (three if you count the purple and black felted bag that I put through the washer two more times) purple bags in a month! A record for me, definitely.


So many swaps, so little time …

This sucks! BR just updated his computer because it kept crashing, but he didn’t attach the printer, so I can’t get any photos from my camera to my computer! And I even have an F.O.!

Remember that blob of purple yarn? Well it has now finally (after a lot of tinkering with the handle) become a gorgeous bag (well, at least I think so!) that I am planning to send to my One Skein Secret Pal! If I can give it up, that is.

I’m also still working on my Crystal Palace Deco Ribbon Bag (being made in a Trendsetter yarn double stranded). That should be done soon enough but the yarn keeps on tangling so I get stuck.

I’m almost done with my Favorite Color Swap package and my final Knitty SP 7 package, so I’ll be clearing the way for the new swaps I signed up for: Sock-ret Pal, Second Sock Syndrome and Punk Rock Knit Swap (is that the name? I can’t remember). My name is Elspeth and I am a swap-a-holic.


More sock info.

Another day, another swap questionnaire:

1. What are you favorite sock yarns?

FurrYarns MaineBear Sox, Lisa Souza Sock!, Knit Picks sock yarns, Mountain Colors Bearfoot

2. What are your least favorite sock yarns? Anything you just cannot use?

Socks that Rock. I know, blasphemy. I also hate unstretchy cotton yarn. Or Fixation. Actually, I really hate the fake fair isle pattern sock yarn too.

3. What method do you prefer to use (DPN’s, 2 circs, 1 circ, etc.)

2 circs and dpns

4. Is there any method that you cannot use?

I haven’t used 1 circ yet, so I’d say I “cannot” use that yet.

5. What are you favorite colors?

red and black

6. Are you a beginner, intermediate, or more advanced sock knitter?

Intermediate since I haven’t done 1 circ or magic loop yet.

7. Any other info you want to share (such as other likes, dislikes, hobbies, etc)?

I like cover versions of popular music? Chocolate?

When is our sock obsession going to be over? Maybe when global warming takes over, I guess. (Maybe we could make Jennifer’s sock thongs even then?)

ETA: My shoe size is 8 U.S.


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