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17. February 2012 05:57
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Startitis… and why I needed to start something new I’ll never get to work on…

17. February 2012 05:57 by Jobo | 0 Comments

- Stress is a funny thing… it makes us do strange things.  In the 6 weeks since my daughter was born I’ve gotten very little time to myself.  I often don’t manage to get cleaned up and have a shower before my husband gets home at suppertime;  I am so exhausted I need many naps throughout the day;  I spend many many hours trapped under a 10 lb cutie pie while she nurses. 

- Why-oh-why then did I need to start a new project?  My Monkey socks are still languishing (though they make an excellent purse-project, if I ever leave the house sans-infant again) and unfinished for the time being, staring at me from the coffee table like mean little orange beasts (neener neener… look at us sitting here, and you CANT work on us right now!). 

- One evening when my Mom was here visiting, she helped me wind a new skein of yarn into a ball, so that I’d have something pretty to play with once the socks were done.  This is, of course, assuming that they will ever actually *be* done… lol.

Erato in String Theory Black Cherry 1

- This is the yarn… and hence the reason I couldn’t resist it.  The yarn is so freaking pretty!  and cheery!  and bright shiny beautiful red!  (and contains cashmere) and in general makes me want to feel it up and carry it around with me in my pocket.  That’s how I knew *it* needed to become a scarf or a shawl or something that could literally walk around with me all day.  (also discussed in a previous post – linky)

- Yarn:  String Theory Caper Sock – in Black Cherry

- The Project:  Erato by Romi Hill which is one of the patterns from year 2 of the small shawls e-book. 

- I get email updates every time a new shawl becomes available… and it’s such a terrible tease!  I love all of the patterns, to the point of going into the stash and digging for yarn practically every time the ebook updates on Ravelry… though I don’t always follow through, bob-darnit, I have a skein of yarn that I think matches each and every pattern.  If only there were 28 hours in a day… and chocolate magically appeared in the bowl on my coffee table…

Erato in String Theory Black Cherry 2

- I haven’t made a lot of progress, though I’ve managed to cast on (win!) and work the first few charts (win win!) and get comfortable with the pattern in general so I don’t need to focus so darned hard (win win win!) 

- Side note:  sleep deprivation is cruel, and I am not a very smart or organized person on 2 hours of sleep.  Someone should tell my child this; she is ruining mommy’s knitting productivity.  Also, I have not yet devised a strategy to successfully knit while breastfeeding.  If you have a magic formula for this:  please advise!  (We could make a lot of money with that information!)

- My favorite part so far?  the little twisty cable columns!  So cute, and not that complicated now that I’ve done a few of them. 

- Bonus?  the majority of the rows are stockinette (score!) with just a few elements thrown in to keep things interesting.  Even sleep deprived new mommies can do stockinette (or so I keep telling myself between frogging sessions)

- Current location:  Chart E, starting 3rd repeat.  That leaves another E, F, G and H.  I might finish this shawl sometime in 2012… gosh I hope I get to knit enough to finish it before Romy graduates from college…

8. December 2011 15:47
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Pretty Yarns…

8. December 2011 15:47 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I gave in to a weak moment last week and ordered some pretty new sock yarns.  I wasn’t going to do that again before the baby arrives, just in case I don’t have time to knit much over the next little bit.  These were just too pretty to resist though:

Dream in Color Starry

This is Dream in Color Starry (Sorry for the link absence… their site is under construction)… which has little sparkly strands of silver incorporated right into the yarn… resulting in a shimmery sparkly yarn.  I’m not sure just how sparkly it looks knit up, but I’ve liked the way other people’s projects looked.  Lately I have a thing for neutrals and browns.  I might end up doing a pair of Cookie A. Socks with this or maybe some Hunter Hammersen Socks… hmmm so many great choices!

String Threory Caper Sock 

And This is String Theory’s Caper Sock… a bouncy, deeply jewel colored, Cashmere Merino Blend.  I tried to capture the gentle sheen and depth of shade… and this is the closest I can get.  This is really really garnet colored yarn.  It’s soft, squishy, and I love it to pieces.  This will need to become a shawl for me.  Not for anybody else… but to be wrapped around my shoulders and neck.  Now I just need to decide… which Romi Hill Pattern will it be :)

8. November 2011 05:56
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Elementary, Watson - Classic Men's Socks

8. November 2011 05:56 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Some time ago... I knit these socks for a dear man I met under some unfortunate circumstances...

warren's sock stack

My Grandfather was very ill in the spring, and spent some time at the Palliative Care Unit at the Prince County Hospital.  Grampy had liver cancer and spent his last days there, under the care of some very special doctors and nurses.  At the same time our family was going through this terrible loss... another family was going through something similar across the hall with their beloved Mom. 

It's funny how being in the same place, at the same time, going through similarly awful experiences can draw people together.  Mrs M had several children, a couple of sons and daughters who would be around the same age as my Mom and her Brothers.  Their families stayed on the unit visiting at all hours of the day and night, just as our family did.  We had many chats in the family lounge, shared some meals, treats, hugs, and even just kind and compassionate smiles when things were getting rough.  The whole experience was devastating and awful - losing Grampy.  Mrs M's family was equally devastated, but they were so kind to us and helped to support us in our time of need, though they were also in the same position. 

I remember one moment, I was in the lounge having a good cry.  I had just gotten off the phone with my Husband, things with Grampy were low.  I looked up, and Warren was standing in the doorway.  He just said "You know, kiddo, You're a Good Kid.  I know they really appreciate you being here today."  And then he gave me a hug.  At that point, I was taking care of my family the best way I knew how.  Grampy was needing pain meds and sedatives for anxiety pretty much every 30 minutes.  The nurses came and helped as often as they could, but it was us (the family) who had to deal with a fair portion of the ugliness.  Mom and Grandma weren't able to remember when the meds were given last.  They couldn't bear leaving Grampa's side to go and ask the nurses for more suction or repositioning.  I was doing the best I could, and being as strong as I could - yet I felt completely helpless and useless.  In that one moment, Warren's words and actions meant more to me than he will ever probably know.

After Grampy Died (March 6, 2011, a few days before my 30th Birthday... how's THAT for perspective?) I decided that I wanted to make something special for this man... in memory of his Mom, and as a thank you for being so kind to us when we were going through that mess.  I decided on Socks, since it's what I do best, and Most 50-something Men that I know can appreciate a nice pair of real wool, handmade socks.

warren's socks closeup 

I wanted to make a pattern that was elegant and dressy, but not over the top.  Warren would wear business casual type clothing for work, so I thought maybe something like this would be appropriate.  I used Knit Picks Stroll Solid - a nice and soft superwash wool that's safe to put in the washing machine, and hopefully will last for many washes and wears.  I chose a denim blue, thinking that it would be neutral enough, but still manly and simple.  I totally guessed on the shoe size.  I hope I was right!

The pattern is:  Elementary Watson Socks by Sherry Menton.  (A free pattern on Ravelry)

The pattern itself was nice and straightforward, though I must admit, I did mess up the heel somehow.  In the end it worked out ok, but I don't think you could say that it was the same as the pattern intended.  I enjoyed the little cables, and the V's were easy enough to memorize and "read" from the work, so I didn't have to keep the pattern handy at all times.

Warren's Socks Pair

I mailed out the finished care-package last week, now that the weather is getting cold enough to actually benefit from wool socks.  I was a bit nervous that he wouldn't like them, or that they wouldn't fit.  If nothing else, they are filled with good will and positive thoughts.

I hope that Warren wears his new Woolies in good health, and feels the good energy that was knit right into them.

You never know how your actions will affect the people around you, or how much your kindnesses really ARE appreciated.

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