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Jonathan Creek is called to the home of wealthy benefactor Mrs. Bird to investigate the mysterious broken birdbath. This appears to be his most baffling case yet!

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Starring:
Jonathan Creek
Ollie the Twat Crab
Bernie the Lobster
Squirrel #1
Squirrel #2
Schwarz the Cat

Written, Directed, and *Knitted by:
Susan Dittrich

*Jonathan Creek and Ollie the Twat Crab were knit by Susan Dittrich, and Bernie the Lobster was knit by TurpentineChai

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Nerd Wars

I say, it’s been quite a while since I updated my blog.  I joined Nerd Wars (not the TV show or movie) on Ravelry and have been quite busy knitting projects to fulfill nerdy challenges.  I’m on team Most Amused and it’s been great fun so far!  Here are some of the projects I’ve knit for the different challenges:

The Octoberfest socks, this time for my Mom. O’zapft is!

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The Octoberfest socks yet again, this time in yellow for Markus.  I can’t get enough of these socks. Three Sisters socks

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Some little grey wristwarmers for me. (Spatterdash Wristwarmers by Dagmar Mora).  I am just so pleased with these mitts. I will surely knit more pairs.

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A lovely shawl for me. Dear Alan, it’s never the blue whale (Schmetterling by Adrienne Ku)Image

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Last January I decided I wanted to challenge myself by forming my own sock club. My sock club, I decided, would have a strange twist. My goal was to knit a pair of socks each month for one year based upon my version of synesthesia. I imagine words as colors, so the color of yarn I planned to use would correspond directly to the color of each month. Needless to say, I was the only member of my synesthesia sock club. I successfully made 12 pairs of socks last year. Some of the socks were knit from published patterns, and the rest were my own designs.

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top row (left to right): Dembow socks (my own design), Penuche Twist socks, Oktoberfest Socken (my own design), Paraphernalia.
middle row (left to right): Freshet socks (my own design), Maurice Moss socks (my own design), Freshet socks (my own design), Brezel Socken (my own design).
bottom row (left to right): Cadence Socks, Síguelo (my own design), Paraphernalia, River Rapids socks.

Just for the heck of it, I created some charts showing the frequency of yarn brands and colors I used throughout the year.

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The most popular color was apparently green (in various shades). My favorite color of all 12 months was the midnight blue I used for the Oktoberfest Socken. No surprise there.

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The most popular yarn brand was overwhelmingly Fiber Optic Yarns Foot Notes. This is a great workhorse yarn that comes in some beautiful colorways. I highly recommend it. So far the yarn is holding up really well in all my socks. Other yarns I quite enjoyed knitting with are Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20 and Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere. They both contain cashmere which makes the socks super soft.

All in all, my synesthesia sock club was a success! And because I needed another challenge this year, I decided to join Nerd Wars on Ravelry. My team? Team Most Amused which focuses on britcoms and British sketch comedies. I mean, come on, how could I resist???

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My December Dembow socks are finally done and I’m very pleased with them! With this pair of dark green socks my Synesthesia Sock Club is complete. I’ll write up a recap of my year in socks soon.

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Pattern: Dembow socks (my own design)
Yarn: Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20 (70% Merino, 20% Cashmere, 10% Nylon) in colorway Forest Dew
Needles: US 1 – 2.25 mm
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I would have never chosen to knit with dark green yarn had it not been for my synesthesia. It turns out I like this color! And the cashmere in the yarn makes these socks dreamy soft. These will be a treat to wear.

Next up on the knitting agenda:
1. baby shower gift
2. mittens for Dad
3. more socks!

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Well hello there and happy 2013! Here’s a synesthesia sock update because yes, I have yet to finish my December socks, even though it’s January.

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I’m calling these Dembow Socks because they feature my Dembow stitch pattern I’ve used so often on hats. I’m really pleased with these socks so far. The yarn is Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20 in the colorway forest dew. I’ve used this fabulously soft yarn once before and love it. These socks will be for me- mine mine mine!

This holiday I received some lovely gifts from my family. Some of the gifts I’m most excited about are certificates to Natural Stitches, Miss Babs, and Verdant Gryphon. Now I can buy ALL THE YARNS, mwahahaha!

I also have a new Google Nexus phone! This was not a gift but a much MUCH needed upgrade from my previous pay-as-you-go excuse for a phone that I bought years ago. Now I need to remind myself to stop messing about on my phone and get some knitting done because I have some knitting goals for 2013:

*Finish my December dembow socks
*Knit some gifts (baby shower and birthday)
*Resume the Breckenridge sweater that I started in October of last year
*Finish the Hanket that I started way too long ago
*Consider publishing some of the synesthesia sock patterns I designed last year, though don’t hold your breath…

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