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Another year, another stitch n’ pitch. To say that the weather was hot and muggy would be an understatement. The Bucs won in extra innings but we weren’t there to see it because we left early to get out of the heat.

The obligatory blurry sock-in-front-of-baseball-field photo. Markus’ socks will be completed before the end of July. I mean that, see, it’s in italics.

Ticket prices went up this year from $20 to $24. I was hoping the additional $4 went into the budget for swag.

::chirp chirp::

Although the bag, which is the same bag they gave out last year, is actually quite useful with a zipper, big front pocket and mesh bottle holders on each side. It will have to last me forever since I am not planning to go to another stitch n’ pitch game unless the Pirates play the Chicago Cubs. I think I would rather buy a nice skein of sock yarn with that $24… Mmmm, sock yarn.

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Over the holiday break I acquired some really pretty fabric. My wonderful husband went to Loom and secretly bought me the remaining orange woodgrain fabric (yay!) along with some other fabrics I’d been obnoxiously obsessing about. My mom and I went to the Quilt Patch in Tecumseh, MI, and I bought these:

I couldn’t resist the owl fabric because it was just too cute. The blue and white Michael Miller fabric was discounted so I snatched up the remainder of the bolt. And the leaf fabric? I plan to use it in a log cabin quilt along with my prized woodgrain fabric. I made a mock-up of one of the log cabin squares using leftover scraps from my knitting needle cases:

This square turned out about 12″ x 12″ which seems a little large to me. I’ll probably make another mock-up with narrower strips but keep the center square the same size. I really like the off-center style and will probably do this for all of the blocks, varying the placement of the center square each time. I haven’t yet decided how to piece the blocks together, but I figure I can decide that after I assemble a stack of blocks. Any thoughts?

I’ve also set a personal record for the fastest knitted sock. I knit this beauty up in less than a week. I’m still in shock! Let’s see how fast I can finish up the 2nd sock…

Thanks to Cheryl for the yarn: Socks That Rock medium weight in colorway Wild Irishgirlie. The pattern is slightly modified from the Skyp Rib Socks by Adrienne Ku which is one of my favorite sock patterns.

Here’s hoping for a productive year of knitting and sewing!

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The sock I’m designing for the sock contest has been slow going. I had quite a few false starts, changed some design elements along the way, and was distracted by some shiny new projects for a bit, but I think I’m at a point where I can make quick progress on the rest of this sock. Well, that’s my goal anyway.

And I can’t believe it’s already almost May. I had intended to be finished with the Sabbatical Sweater by now. Nope, not a chance!

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Sock update: The deadline for the sock contest I am entering has been pushed back 1 month and 2 days! Whew, that’s a load off. I was totally expecting a weekend of frenzied knitting and calculating. I’m almost done with the leg of the stranded teal/orange sock. So far I’m pretty satisfied with how it’s turning out. I was, however, a little naive about how non-elastic stranded knitting is, so the sock is a bit smaller in circumference than I anticipated. But I plan to offer the sock in a larger size as well.

Accordion update: This morning I learned how to play a simple blues riff on my accordion from a “Professor Louie” DVD. So far it’s a nice instructional DVD. I stopped it after an hour because my hand was getting tired and I still want to knit today! So I’ve noticed my accordion makes a strange noise which may or may not be normal, so all you accordionists out there, I need some advice. After I play the bass buttons, I hear a sort of reverberating “booooiiiiinnnnng” noise. It does vary depending on how staccato I play the note, but it’s there nonetheless. Is this something I need to be concerned about? BTW, my accordion is a Hohner Bravo piano accordion, 48 bass, and it was new when I got it a few years ago. I shamefully admit that I don’t play it very often, but I hope that all changes with my new goal… learn how to play Def Leppard songs. I’ve started learning “Hysteria” which is currently passable at best. I just need more practice, mainly scales and etudes first. Being a flute player since the 4th grade, I know how tedious and boring those can be…

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Sock, what sock?

I just designed a sock with that lovely Pagewood Farm sock yarn I picked up at Natural Stitches, and I think this design is a keeper. Definitely. It already has a name which I’m keeping a secret for now since I plan to submit this design (amongst the myriad of sock designs) to some publication or other. Since I’ve gotten to a stopping point, I thought I’d work on my aunt’s unfinished pico socks. I just completed the gusset decreases on both socks and it should be smooth sailing from here on out. The socks look much better in person, trust me, despite the fact that they are both different lengths. A bit of advice, do not switch needles halfway through a project, even if they are the same size.

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I had a conversation with Markus yesterday morning that went something like this:

Me: *sigh* I’m not happy with the picot edging I started on the lacey socks. I think I may just rip it out and try something else.

Markus: Why not try the nano cast on?

Me: What’s that?

Markus: Well, pico is 10-12, and nano is 10-9.

Me: *blank stare* No, I mean picot spelled with a “T”.

Markus: Oh.

So Markus proceeds to look up the definition of “picot” in the Scrabble dictionary we have sitting on the table.

Markus: “Picot \ v -ED, -ING, -S: to edge with ornamental loops”

Me: But these aren’t supposed to be loops.

Markus: Well, there’s your problem right there.

Me: ?

This is what we discuss at breakfast. Riveting stuff, huh?

In his defense, he makes quite an effort to “talk knitting” with me, being a non-knitter and all. He calls himself a theoretical knitter…

So I ended up ripping out the picot (spelled with a “T”) cast on. I tried to do a modified picot cast on which looked pretty nondescript, so I ripped that out, too. Then I tried the Channel Island cast on which would have looked better had I been more uniform with my tension. Ripped that one, too. I thought about doing a provisional cast on and picking up the stitches around the edge after the sock is done to work a decorative bind off or something, but that would mean extra ends to darn in. Nope. In the end I settled on a plain, boring, easy longtail cast on.

Here is the sock in progress at the First Fridays at Frick concert, a la Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.

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I’m afraid the sock may be turning out too wide. These socks are a gift for someone and I’m not sure what her leg/foot size is exactly. I want to keep it a surprise so I’m not asking her for her measurements. My gauge is off by 1/2 a stitch (should be 8 st = 1″, but I’m getting 7.5 sts = 1″), and this is already using one needle size smaller than what the pattern calls for. I’m resisting starting a second sock on size 0 needles because… seriously, size 0. No, not happening. Plus the only size 0 needles I have are double points, and I’m a magic loop convert.

I’ll keep you posted. 🙂

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The 2 “M”s enjoying the concert.

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This past summer my friends and I dyed sock blanks from Knit Picks. If you’ve been following along, I’ve been periodically posting pictures of the various items made from these sock blanks as they’re finished. Here’s Anita holding her dyed blank.

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She made lengthwise stripes in blue and green, which resulted in these fabulous stripey socks for her DH:

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The pattern is from a sock class she took at our LYS.

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I’m always so amazed with these projects because I can never guess what the yarn will look like once it’s knitted up. I may be over analyzing these socks, but can you see the little stripe of light green inside the dark blue stripes? It’s more noticable in the first picture if you squint your eyes. It’s like looking into rippling waves out in the ocean. I give these a thumbs up!

Yet another Embossed Leaves socks update
I turned the heel on sock #2 (yay!) and now I’m at the point where I pick up stitches along the heel flap. I kid you not, I spent my entire bus commute this morning trying to pick up stitches along one side of the heel flap. It was a really bumpy ride. Giant potholes and knitting on size 1 needles do not mix. Potholes or no potholes, I’m still loving these socks.

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