A list of five happies II

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1. Three day weekend — Our office is closed on Mondays and one doc and staff work every other Saturday morning — so every other weekend is a three day weekend and this weekend is mine!! Yay!! More knitting time for me!! I may even put it down long enough to wash the kitchen floor!

2. Cinch Saks — These little bags are so great — much lighter than a backpack — easier to walk with than a purse. I just walked down to my local yarn store (it was such a trial to walk down there and buy more needles, sigh) with my wallet, keys, water bottle and eyeglasses in a case and back again. Very comfy!!

3. Love — Feeling the GrandDolly’s arms around my knees and seeing her face beaming up at me.

4. My lint roller – It sounds very strange, but Sweet Baboo swiped it across Sadie Doo Dah’s back (our neurologically challenged cat) while playing with her one night and found that it pulled alot of fur off. Even more surprising, Sadie liked it, so now he “de-lints” her every evening and I have much, much less fur to contend with.

5. The view from the window over my computer monitor. We have a line of pine trees that separate our property from the neighbor in back of us and it is a freeway for squirrels to chase each other up and down and around, plus leaping from bough to branch. The birds flit in and out all day too — just a minute ago I saw a hummer — they seem to like the zinnias that we planted this year and have been visiting off and on all summer.

Sock Update

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Darling Daughter’s socks are finished (YAY!!!) I used Regia Silk Color yarn Color Orange 185. Jen at my LYS told me that I should be able to get a pair of ankle socks out of 50 grams and she was right. See that little glob of yarn at the top of the photo? It’s about 40″ of yarn that was left after I grafted the toe. It’s self striping yarn (I heart icon self striping yarn very, very much!!)

Darling Daughter's ankle socks

I used KA bamboo needles (which my arthritic thumb icon heart ‘s very, very much also!!However, I’m not parting with my other needles yet because I think that different needles and different yarns will drag/slip differently and I will have to experiment. Many thanks to Heather at Keeping Me In Stitches for mentioning yarn repeats in self striping yarn in one of her posts. I paid attention and made lots of notes about where I started and then started the second sock the same way. It seemed to match very well until I got down to the toe, then the pink seemed to never end — but nobody will see it anyway.

So now that the bug has bitten, and after much musing about Sweet Baboo’s too short socks, I am now starting another pair for him and keeping the short ones for myself. (There were boo boo’s in them anyway) I just started these in a worsted weight yarn (they will be heavy but our floors are cold in the winter) Universal Classic Worsted Tapestry colorway Midnite Blues. Really pretty yarn but still guyish!!

The beginning of SB's sock

I’m using Crystal Palace DPN’s which slide just fine with this yarn, but they are 8″ long and I’m afraid that I’m going to poke my eye out. Oh well, I’ll just skip on down to Woolworks again and see if Jen has some 6″ DPN’s in size 5. (Sigh) Such a bother. Check out the cuff!! Long Tail Cast On at it’s best!!

Sweet Baboo's cuff close up

A short list of important things I’ve learned about knitting socks

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1. Always, always, always make notes of how many rows, increases or decreases, yarn repeats, or anything else while knitting the first sock. I guarantee you that you won’t remember when you start the second one.

2. It’s a pain in the butt at first, but somehow or other, learn how to Double Cast-On (aka Long-Tail Cast-On) (aka Continental Cast-On). It is such a neater cast on than knitting on and makes your cuff much nicer looking and stretchier to boot. I didn’t think that it mattered so much, until I compare DD’s socks to my first 2 pairs. HUGE difference!! If you would like to watch a video about this cast-on, the link is HERE. There are lots of other video instructions on this site — look around a little. (I first read about how to Long-Tail Cast-On in my Stitch-N-Bitch Handbook — which is money well spent if you are thinking about buying any knitting book — lots of knitting tips, explanations and humor. The gal definitely knows her stuff!!)

3. Check that gauge!!! This is another thing that I wasn’t so sure mattered so much — well, it does!! It’s also a pain in the butt, especially when you are chomping at the bit to get started on your sock, or whatever you are knitting. If you are knitting socks, check your gauge in the round, not flat – makes a huge difference.