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More of the same… knitting on my Bunny Manders socks. Since this photo was taken yesterday, I’ve knit both heels and now I’m decreasing on the gussets. Yes, an exciting afternoon indeed.

To add to all the sock knitting excitement, I’ve just baked some Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread. This is a genius recipe. It’s really easy and delicious. Handy tip: make sure to put a pan under your bread pan because the cinnamon-sugar filling bubbles over the sides. Mmmmm…

Later I may mosey downstairs to the front porch to do some Zumba! But I’m feeling very lazy today so we shall see if that actually happens. Especially with a full loaf of cinnamon sugar bread calling!

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When we last met I had just started on my light green April socks which I named Bunny Manders. They contained a lovely leafy stitch pattern and would have been beautiful socks. However, the stitch pattern was so incredibly frustrating to knit, plus the socks were so tight that I couldn’t fit them over my heel. So I said tschüss to my leafy socks and I ripped them out. Now I’m knitting Cadence Socks by verybusymonkey (though I’m still calling my project Bunny Manders). Many of verybusymonkey’s designs are right up my alley, and these are especially cute. This pattern was originally a mystery sock and I’ve just finished clue #1 today. So far so good!

And then I did some Zumba! on my front porch. My twice-weekly class is great but it just isn’t enough. So I put together a playlist, danced up a storm, and now I’m all Zumba’d! out. All the songs/routines are from last semester’s class except for the Daddy Yankee song. I choreographed dance moves to that one and it’s a killer routine if I do say so myself. ;)

1. I need to know – Marc Anthony (warm up)
2. Zumba he Zumba ha – DJ Mam’s (feat. Soldat Jahman, Luis Guisao)
3. Yo no se mañana (salsa version) – Luis Enrique
4. Danza kuduro – Don Omar
5. Beautiful liar – Beyoncé (feat. Shakira)
6. La despedida – Daddy Yankee
7. Pegate – Grupo Treo
8. Latinos – Proyecto Uno
9. El amor – Tito “El Bambino” (cool down)

For those of you in the Pittsburgh area who are looking for a fitness class to join, I got your class right here:

Zumba!
4:30pm-5:30pm, Tuesday and Thursday
Northway Christian Community Church on McKee Place in Oakland (between Forbes and 5th Ave).
Only $5 per class. Drop in, no registration or experience necessary. Fun will be had by all!

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My everlasting knitting work
Is lying by my side,
And though it is a homely thing
I gaze on it with pride;
For while my fingers o’er it played,
My thoughts have journeyed wide.
~Anon, between 1850-1870

I quite like the first stanza of the poem My Everlasting Knitting Work. There isn’t much information available about this poem other than it was published around the 1850s as a broadside.

Now may I present to you my homely knitting-in-progress, the Síguelo socks. If you haven’t noticed, they are bright orange. I could wear them to go hunting1. Or to do road construction2 on I-80.

I’m past the gusset decreases on both socks. Perhaps the next time we meet they will be finished?

Footnotes
1 I don’t hunt.
2 I don’t do road construction, either.

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Well my Lovumba socks are finally done. I started them on February 1st and finished them today. For the record, it didn’t actually take this long to knit them, I just got sidetracked… These are my February socks (that should have been January socks). Confusing, I know, but from now on I’ll be knitting the correct month’s socks in the correct month’s colors.

I had a heck of a time photographing these socks. The brown is just dark enough to either completely obscure the cables in the photo or cause the photo to be over exposed and blurry. Good knitter I am, good photographer I am not.

Pattern: Paraphernalia by Taina Anttila (free pattern through Ravelry)
Yarn: madelinetosh tosh sock in the colorway Fig
Needles: US 1½ – 2.5 mm
My mods are listed on my project page here in case you’re interested.

This pattern was fun to knit, even with the cables. It was fairly straightforward and I think the result is fab!

I won’t be purchasing more tosh sock yarn, unfortunately. The color is pretty but I found the yarn to be just run of the mill, and there were some issues with knots in the skein. For my April socks, I plan on using Fiber Optic Foot Notes yarn. This yarn is dreamy soft and is a pleasure to knit.

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The Síguelo socks are slowly coming along… though I fully admit that I’m not besotted with them. I’m now at the heel on both socks but I just can’t decide what type of heel to do. I did start a regular old heel flap on sock #1 which looks, meh, just so-so. I may try a short row heel on sock #2 to see which I like better. Any suggestions?

During my weekend away at Autumn House Farm I cast on for the Shawl Cardigan by Simona Merchant-Dest. I’m using the Bugga! yarn I got for Xmas. I was knitting very tightly to achieve gauge and consequently ended up with a fabric that could stand up on its own (not to mention sore hands from the death grip I had on my needles). Fortunately I had knit only 5″ so it wasn’t overly traumatic to rip back to the ribbing and start over. I’m pleased with the drape of the fabric now.

Yesterday I received a package. It contained some lovely Foot Notes yarn in the colorway Meadow by Fiber Optic. I really love this yarn. It’s super soft and knits up like a dream. I think this yarn will make some sweet April socks.

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I started my orange March socks this week. Because someone made up such silly rules for this sock club, I’m stuck using an eye-searing orange yarn. But the stitch pattern is pretty cool and fun to knit so it’s a trade off.

I named these socks after the song Síguelo by Wisin & Yandel. The classy- I got loads of it.

Last weekend my Wednesday night knitting group and I went to Autumn House Farm for a weekend knitting getaway. The farm is a fully functioning woolen mill with a guest house and a yarn store on the premises. I bought some lovely skeins of merino cashmere blend yarn from the bargain basket. I don’t know much about this yarn other than it appears to be worsted weight, 105 yards per skein, and is extremely soft. I was drawn to the lovely rich colors. And my entire 8 skein purchase only cost me $12.25. Trufax.

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I started my February socks (that really should have been January socks). The pattern is Paraphernalia by Taina Anttila. It’s a lovely cabled sock pattern. I’m using madelinetosh “Tosh Sock” in the colorway Fig. The yarn is soft and the color is pretty, though I’m fairly disappointed with this particular skein. It had 3 knots in it and a very poorly constructed splice. Grrrrr… This means more ends to sew in. I’m a bit further along than this photo shows. As you can see, the cable shows up quite nicely in a dark brown. I’m naming this project Lovumba after the song by Daddy Yankee. Why yes, I am classy like that!

I finished my green January socks 11 days early and according to my sock club rules, I’m not allowed to start the next sock installment until that actual month. *pffft* Who made up these silly rules? Oh yeah, I did… Ahem, anyway, I went into sock withdrawal and cast on another pair of River Rapids while waiting for February to arrive. I used some Gypsy Girl Creations yarn that I bought at Stitches Midwest in 2008. Yeah, deep stash dive.

And the name of this project? Energía remix. Because sometimes the remix is better than the original.

Energía by Alexis y Fido (feat. Wisin y Yandel)
It’s true girl!

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