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January was supposed to be the month in which I made fingerless glove/flip-top mittens. But I was so frustrated at the last sock's failure that I cast on for a new sock instead - a garter rib pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks. It will be good to travel with. I'm using Socks that Rock Lightweight in "Pirate's Booty," which looks an awful lot like Mardi Gras. These are very bright, festive socks.

Pirate-Husband gets the *next* pair of socks I make, out of two 50g balls of brown Regia. I measured his feet (geez, 10.5 inches around? that's a lot of sock!) and I think I'm going to go for the toe-up, short-row-heel thing. I know there's a way to do a flap heel on a toe-up sock, but it would probably be easier and quicker for me to just do a short row heel. Unless someone wants to give me a pattern for a toe-up flap-heel on an 84-stitch sock...

The yarn from the failed sock is wound into a hank, ready for a wash and de-kinking. I'm still kicking myself for not taking a gauge measurement before ripping it out, so I'm going to be smart and do a swatch before I try to make socks out of this stuff again!

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Nope. It's not going to work. I need to accept that and move on. This morning I tried on the sock, everything in place but the toe. It's too tight. I had to fight to get it on, and then when I took it off I had ribbing marks on my leg and foot. And the heel flap is too short. I'm giving up on the sock.

I don't know anyone with feet as long as mine (women's 10.5) but even narrower. And the heel flap would still be too short. So the next steps are: tear it out, skein up the yarn, skein it, wash it, dry it, re-wind it into a ball and start over again, with more stitches and less ribbing.


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Cici commented, "I liked seeing your ostrich plumes.. I just got the pattern and am ready to cast on.. I was dissapointed that there wasn’t a chart. Did you make a chart for yours? Is it easily read without it? I think charts are lifesavers."

The Ostrich Plumes pattern is so simple that I didn't bother to make a chart. I did, however, write out the pattern with each instruction on its own separate line, which made it easy for me to follow. By the second run through the pattern, I found that I didn't even have to look any more. It's repetitive and easy to memorize (especially the odd rows, which are "purl across"). If you are more comfortable working from a chart, there are only two rows which would need charting - the pattern for rows 4, 8, 12 and 16, and the pattern for rows 20, 24, 28, and 32.

On the other hand, I've found the chart invaluable for Pomatomus. I don't think I'd make it through those socks without referring back to the chart at every round!

In other news, last night at SnB, I was able to borrow the needles for my Sekrit Winterholiday Gift Project, and that should be cranked out this weekend. I'll take pictures, but I can't post anything until the gift has been given!

Also at SnB, I got up to the part of the Trekking Ribbed Sock where the toe begins. I wanted to re-measure against my foot before starting the decreases, so I stopped there and chatted for a bit before heading home with the toe-less sock. I'm still a little worried that the sock will be too small, but I've had this fear before and everything turned out okay then.

Samantha asked, re my plan to block the socks right on my feet, "Won’t your feet be cold? Mine would shiver…" That's what the hairdryer is for, to keep my feet warm and expedite the drying/blocking process! Unfortunately, I don't have real radiators in my apartment, and I don't think I can hold my feet up to the registers in the ceiling. (I love having central air, really I do, but sometimes I miss radiators.)

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I'm back from Christmas with the inlaws, and back to knitting on the Trekking Ribbed Sock. I've been worried that it's going to be too small. My previous sock was too loose at 68 stitches on size 1 needles, so I overcompensated made this one with 64 stitches on size 0 needles, and also added quite a bit of ribbing. Today I decided that it's finally long enough in the foot to attempt a try-on.

It might fit.

I didn't bother putting the stitches onto waste yarn, so I couldn't pull it all the way up my foot. But I was able to get the cuff over my heel. My plan is to finish the thing with the hope that it will fit when the foot is done. As long as I can get it on, I know it will be all right and I'll knit the second sock. Then I'll put them both on, get them sopping wet, and wear them dry (maybe with some help from the hairdryer). That oughta block 'em out into perfect shape.

Next time, I will compensate with less stitches OR smaller needles OR lots of ribbing, but not all three at once.

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Rowan Felted Tweed 157 It's here, it's here! The last piece of my WEBS order is here! There's only one thing that disappoints me - they charged me full price for this one ball of yarn, even though I ordered them all together and should have gotten the 20% discount. I guess that only applies to yarn that goes into one shipment? Ah well, at least it's all here now.

I really miss SnB, after two weeks without it, and I'm so looking forward to tomorrow night! I'll bring the Trekking Sock, still in progress, and see how far I can get on it. It's the only project I have that's really able to travel. Tonight, before dinner, I am going to work on the Ostrich Plumes Scarf. Someone pointed out to me that I haven't made any progress on that in a while, and it's true - I've been sorely neglecting my lace.

No house news from the bank yet. Keep your fingers crossed for me! :)

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Ah, finally, a chance to talk about both knitting, and my day job, in the same post!

Today at around 10:00am the power went out. It flicked off, then on again (the HVAC was confused) then off. And it stayed that way. After a minute or two, we all shut our computers off (it's so nice to have UPSes) and wandered around in the dark. I decided that the best place for me was in one of the front lobby chairs, in front of a window, with my sock-in-progress - and I stayed there for an hour until the power came back on. Unfortunately it stayed that way, so I went back to work.

I didn't make much progress, because people kept asking me about it - but that's cool, I like to show my work. The receptionist mentioned that her daughter was interested in learning to knit, and I recommended Stitch 'n Bitch to her. She thanked me and said she'd buy it for her daughter's Christmas present, and that I'd solved her dilemma about what to buy!

I haven't forgotten that I need to draw up designs for sock patterns and email them to that yarn dyer. I have two ideas that I think are pretty solid, and some graph paper a spreadsheet to act as graph paper. All I need to do is get it down and send it in. Maybe I'll do that tomorrow!

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It gets dark so early now that if I get the least bit distracted when I get home from work, I can't take good pictures of my new yarn or my sock progress. But I can tell you that there is new yarn and sock progress!

I have five out of six balls of Rowan Felted Tweed; the sixth is on backorder. I have new blue Trekking XXL and some heathery (or is it marled, I don't know) Regia for Pirate-Husband's socks.

I don't have pictures of Pirate-Mom and me winding up her beautiful alpaca laceweight, because I totally forgot to bring my camera to Thanksgiving with me, but she is impressed by the efficiency of the swift and ballwinder combination, even if one ball came out a lot tighter than the other. I told her to knit with that one first.

I have ideas for new sock patterns which I need to draw or chart up, and send to the yarn-dyer, so that she can yea or nay them and send me enough yarn to knit up a swatch.

And I have good news about the house - the other offer fell through, so we are re-submitting ours at the same price! I don't know what went wrong with theirs, but I'm hoping this time ours will be accepted. Wouldn't that be cool?

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Thanksgiving weekend was great! Pirate-Husband and I drove up to Queens on Thursday morning and had almost no traffic. It was amazing. Even the toll plaza at the NJ Turnpike exit for the Goethals Bridge was free and clear. I've never seen it so empty. The holiday was wonderful. I ate way too much food and got quite a bit of knitting time in while hanging out with family. The Trekking Ribbed Sock got plenty of ooohs and ahhhs. I'm still several inches from the toe, but happy with my progress. (Pictures later, if there's enough sunlight for it.)

The news about the house isn't so great. Apparently someone else came in after us and offered more money, so we're back to hunting. I'm disappointed, but not heartbroken. That's just the way these things go, though it would have been nice if the seller's agent had given us the chance to match the offer. We went looking at other neighborhoods on Sunday and weren't impressed with them. Back to the ol' drawing board!

Pirate-Husband wrote, "You do not condone photocopying of patterns, yet you do not have the same issues sharing music… I have to ask why is one ok but not the other?" Technically and legally speaking, neither is okay. Pirate-Husband is right; I have a pretty good collection of mp3s, and I haven't had any ethical or moral qualms about it. I'm not at all sure why not. They should be the same, yeah? Disregarding that "it's the law, there's no rational explanation," I don't understand why it's okay to borrow a pattern book from a friend, but not make a copy of the pattern. It's okay to make a copy for your own personal use if you bought the pattern in the first place, and it's okay to make a copy from a library book as long as you destroy the copy when you're done with it, but it's not okay to make a copy and keep it.

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Ravelry is sucking away my knitting time. As if I weren't addicted to the internet enough already, there are two things which are making it worse. First, the Big Issues Debate Group. The people there are just awesome! There's such a high level of intelligence and civility, even when we disagree 100% on a topic. Now the second, just started today, is that there's a #ravelry channel on IRC. I'm done for.

But I'm way past the heel and gusset on the Trekking Sock (stitches all fixed now) and I did a few rounds on the Pomatomus yesterday. I'm not doing *nothing*, really! Just not making the kind of progress I want.

There is a Kureyon Sock Yarn coming out. It's not even too expensive! $19 for 462 yards/100g, and the yardage looks good. I plan to buy a skein once I decide on a colorway, but I hope it's not as full of twigs and crap as the original Kureyon.

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The great thing about having SnB at Cosi is that they serve wine. I had a glass of a pretty good Shiraz with my sock knitting last night. Now, I'm not sure if it was the wine or if it was the talking and not paying attention to my knitting, but I came around to the ribbed portion of my sock and noticed that I'd knit right across two purl stitches on the round before. It was getting towards the end of the evening, so I put the whole thing away. I've learned that I can't fix stitches at SnB, but I can do it just fine at home the next day when I stop being angry at them for being backwards.

We did have a bit of a sour note to the SnB, unfortunately. The subject of photocopying patterns came up. Not just borrowing a book from the library and making a copy for yourself, but making lots of copies for friends from a pattern you bought. Some people believed that it was okay to make a copy of a friend's pattern, because there's nothing wrong with borrowing the friend's book. Some people said that they would copy a friend's pattern, but not a friend's CD. Where is the line drawn? Anyway, there was a big disagreement and eventually (I hope) it was settled that there was an official condemnation of the practice, but obviously whatever people do on their own time away from the SnB is their own business, legal or not.

I'm in the process of working out a deal with an indie yarn-dyer, in which she would provide me with sock yarn and I would design patterns which she would sell on her website and give me 50% of the profits from the sales. I'd retain copyright and could sell the patterns on my own as well. Sounds good to me! Now I just have to come up with some design ideas.

There are two pieces of news on the home front. One is that our offer has been submitted but no one has gotten back to us either way, and we got a pretty darned good rate on a mortgage app. We knew the process would take a while, so we're just being patient. The other piece of news is that my grandma (Dad's mom) is having abdominal surgery tomorrow to repair a previous hernia operation's failure. They expect her to come through just fine, so I'm not very worried, but it's on my mind.

I hate to end an entry on a downer, so I will say this: THANKSGIVING. I love Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday of all time. I can't wait to see (most of) my family, catch up with everyone, throw a football around in the street, drink beer with my cousins and scotch with my uncles, eat food until I explode, and fall asleep surrounded by people I love. Of course I will be bringing the sock along with me. It's funny, when I was a kid I always brought a stuffed animal on trips. Now I bring socks. There's little difference, really!

P.S. Wow, 35 people have queued up my armwarmers!

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