It's hot. Too bad you can't really capture that with a picture.
You also can't capture the swirls of dust the water department are spouting into the air. I was so excited to have the day off from listening to the BANG.BANG.BANG. that goes on ALL. DAY. as they tear up our street. Honestly. They've been working on it since Monday. But no, back all day today. Don't they know it's Saturday?
I managed to finish up two pairs of socks in the past few days. Yippee for socks (the only thing I seem capable of knitting this summer)!
Pattern: Cabled Footies from One Skein
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted
Needles: Sz 8 Clover DPNs
Dates: July 2-25 (on and off)
For: My One Skein Pal
Mods: I didn't make the toes as pointy as the pattern calls for.
Thoughts: A bit baggy around the ankles. But cute! Hopefully will make lovely warm house socks whenever it cools off.
Pattern: Generic sock pattern
Yarn: Trekking XXL 100
Needles: Sz 1 Chiagoo DPNs
Dates: June 1 (or so)-July 22
Thoughts: I think it's funny that one of these socks is brighter than the other. Ah, the joy of the Trekking! Love them!
In other sock news, I apparently have a sock curse. I restarted the purple Koigu socks as the Mermaid socks from Cool Socks, Warm Feet, and it was too small. Drat! I'm thinking a wee socky break might be in order. Of course, I have some plain vanilla socks on the needles, but I may work on some other items before I go back to the socks.
I'm also a bit burned out on Project Spectrum. I've been badly neglecting it for several weeks, and my time is about to vanish when I go back to work on Tuesday. So I may not pressure myself to finish up these last few pairs of PS socks. We'll see.
What else can I get off the needles this weekend? Stay tuned!
I spent a good portion of yesterday evening packing up boxes to mail today.
I packed up the goodies for my August Birthday Swap pal (no pictures for you!), for my One Skein Pal (pictures tomorrow!), and for my Knit Sock Kit Swap. Oh you wanna see something?
I made my pal a little drawstring bag with a hook for her to wear on her belt, got some lovely Cherry Tree Hill yarn for her kit (along with a notebook and tape measure), and a stitch marker. A very special stitch marker.
Get it? A foot for her socks? Yeah, I'm a dork. I'm actually very excited about this, as I've been looking for feet charms for a while and found some in Durango. Yippee!
In other excitement, my Dye-o-rama pal has started knitting up the yarn I dyed for her - go see!
I'll be back tomorrow with some actual finished objects! Don't drop dead!
I apologize for my blog absence - a lot going on and not a lot of internet access. One more round of catch-up this month!
While I was gone, I was working on several pairs of socks. Sadly, three pairs did not make it home in sock condition.
The purple toe-up footie was too big, and I was concerned about running out of yarn. RIP.
The purple Jaywalkers were too big. RIP.
And I really wasn't happy with my blue feather and fan socks. They fit a bit tightly and I just never wanted to work on them. So I listened to that inner voice and RIP.
They shall be reborn, but perhaps not anytime soon. Too much on the needles right now.
In other excitement, this now lives in front of my house. Yowza.
It's free pattern time! Remember way back when I showed you my felted bag for my knitting class? Well class ended today and I've got the pattern for you!
Flap-top Felted Bag
Materials: 1 skein worsted weight 100% wool, approx. 200 yds. (I used Lamb's Pride for the sample.)
1 pair size US 10.5 needles
CO 40 stitches. Work in garter stitch (knitting every row) for 144 rows. BO all stitches.
STRAP: CO 100 stitches. Work in garter stitch for 10 rows(remember to allow for some shrinking during felting). BO.
Fold bottom of bag up approx. 2/3 of the length of the bag, or until desired size. Remainder of bag length will be flap. Using mattress stitch, seam folded sides. Sew strap ends just above folded area on each side.
Felt bag until desired size. (Use a lingerie bag so that the strap does not catch on your agitator). Remove bag from washing machine, place on plastic bags with flap folded down. Allow to dry. For a fuller bag, stuff with plastic bags while drying. For an optional closure, attach a button or snap to the flap when dry.
For a larger bag, cast on more stitches and work more rows. May take more than one skein for a larger bag.
Copyright 2006. Not for commercial use.
I'm off to catch a plane in a few minutes, but wanted to give y'all a yard update.
They are finished, for now.
Yesterday, with more green powder, they discovered that our bathroom line is seperate from the kitchen line. Apparently this is NOT. GOOD. They said that "someone" will be out "soon" to re-lay our pipes. Yippee.
I'm not sure if they'll be tearing out the old pipes, but they left this lovely trail of spray paint behind.
Thanks to everyone for their sympathies. Yes, we know that the city will repair/replace everything they tear up. This happened to us a few years ago when we lived with hubbo's mom and they tore her street up (though she was not in such a bad place as us - she just had to have a few sprinkler heads replaced).
The really bad part of all this? School starts in 3 1/2 weeks and because of the way our neighborhood is laid out, there is one road to the school and one from (one way streets during school hours). We live on the road to school. Over 75% of kids that go to our school get there via carpool. I can only imagine the nightmare ahead.
I'm off to Indiana for my little sister's wedding shower. I should be blogging from the road, but perhaps not with such frequency. Back soon with actual knitting content!
There's been a bit of goings-on here at Chez Knit'n Lit.
Last week we had not one, not two, but three visits from the Water Department. A lovely man named Renaldo was here Monday, to tell me that they are planning to dig up our street, and asked me if I knew where our pipes were. Um, don't you work for the city? Yeah. After digging around for a bit and sticking some measuring tools in the ground, he seemed satisfied and left.
Tuesday morning, as we are about to walk out of the door, he returns. He needs to put some green powder in our toilet, flush it, and see which side of the house the green powder turned up on. The first trial lasted about 20 minutes, after which he returned for trial number two. Another 20 minutes, and he was back, with the not-so-great news.
Renaldo: So it looks like you pipes go to the back.
Me: You mean they're on the same line as the apartments (behind us)?
Renaldo: We want make apartments on own line.
Renaldo: We change you pipes to go front.
Renaldo left without giving us a clear indication of what this would entail. Basically, my assumption is this: Our water runs through our backyard and ties into the line that the apartments feed into. Their line runs through our side yard and into the street in front of us (but Renaldo led me to believe that our water does not end up here - I'm confused). The city wants to put these apartments on their own line, as condos are being built at the end of our street, and they will have to join our line.
Wednesday morning a different city employee was back to tell us that they'd be out Monday or Tuesday to tear up our side yard, but it would be just to check the grade and he didn't know when they were going to tear up the street. He also asked me where Renaldo had marked our pipes as he didn't see any lines. I pointed out the spray paint on the side yard and he said that was our neighbors.
Me: "He mentioned something about our lines going to the back."
City employee: "Oh. You're the problem house."
Nothing like hearing those words from the city.
They came back yesterday to "check their grade*."
They also tore down part of my fence - to get the backhoe in. Nice.
Our poor dogs were cooped up inside all day as I admonished them to stop barking at/growling at/stalking the water men.
This is what they left behind.
I sure am glad we couldn't afford to resod our backyard this year.
*How funny is it that every time I typed "check their grade" I actually typed "check their gauge."
So, the new Amazing Lace challenge is: "If you bound off your lace today, what could you do with it." Hmmmmm.
Perhaps a kerchief?
But my favorite is the tube top. Everybody needs one!
I know, sort of lame, but I just wasn't too inspired this round. And last round I couldn't even muster an entry, mostly due to the vacation rush, and due to my general "eh" attitude toward poetry. However, this is a favorite of mine, and I think it applies to those of us who love the lace. You can read it here.
I have big crafty plans for tomorrow - an entire day of craftiness!
I know we're all saying this, but it is freakin' hot here. Ugh. And only mid-July. Ugh.
My sky isn't very exciting today - I tried to get a good sunset picture, but it didn't work out so well for me.
However, I have been gifted with two lovely items recently. While in Colorado, my momma passed on the lovely skein of alpaca that she got at the Fort Wayne Fiber Festival a few months ago. It is super yummy, and I think will become a simple hat for me. ('Cause I only have four handknitted hats. I clearly need another.)
And the lovely Jen knitted me up an oh-so-yummy pair of cashmere socks. Yep. Cashmere. They are "congratulations on getting a job" socks. Heck, if I had known that I would get handknitted cashmere socks, I might have tried harder to get a job sooner! ;) Clearly she loves me! They are oh-so-soft, but, sadly, a bit too warm to wear these days. I can't wait to slip them on when it gets cold out! Thanks so much Jen!