Has It Sprung?

That would probably be a big fat “yeah freakin’ right” considering there was leftover snow on the ground Monday morning.  But a girl can wish anyway.  Hopefully it’s sprung where you are!
Thanks so much to each and every single one of you who spared a moment for a positive thought or prayer (whichever your weapon of choice may be against all the big boogie men in the world) for my Dad on Monday.  He did pretty well and made it through the surgery without any major complications.  He survived the cut through his sternum, the terrifying spreading open of his ribcage, the stopping of his heart and the moment they attached it to a bypass machine.  He made it through the removal of his old calcified aortic valve that had served  him for 65 years, and the replacement with a shiny new titanium valve that will probably outlast his human body for years to come (I think now I should start calling him The Terminator – he deserves it).  I was there with him that night as he shuddered against the intubation tubes in his throat and the pain in the tube draining his chest, and I held his hand while they prepared to take him off the ventilator and I could see just how terrified he was.  It took everything I had not to cry, because I knew if I lost it, he’d lose it too.  But he made it through that too and I stayed with him until I was sure his breathing would take him through the night.  It was a long day but it was worth it when I think about how my Dad will now be able to do those things he hasn’t been able to do in so many years if recovery goes well.  Doesn’t science kick ass? 
Unfortunately, things have gone from stable to worse, and he’s still in the ICU as of today and had a major “episode” yesterday morning.  They are going to keep him sedated for the next few days as they try to get his kidneys and lungs to recover from the trauma.  I won’t be around much but I wanted to tell all of you that I am so truly thankful to each and every one of you for your kind words and thoughts for us on Monday.  It meant more to me than I can tell you.
With all that waiting room time, while my Mom paced and R. Darling read, I knitted.  And finally, I have my first Personal Sock Club 2009 FO, looking like the briefest hint of spring, to present to you:





Pattern: Plain Vanilla Socks by Keri McKiernan (on Ravelry here)

Yarn: 2 balls of Schachenmayr nomotta Regia Design Line Kaffe Fassett in color #04450 – “Easter”

Needles: Size 1.5 (2.5mm) Knit Picks Harmony 40″ fixed circular for Magic Loop

Mods: None really except this pattern is made to fit custom, so I did my own thing getting it to fit my measurements.

New Techniques: Nope.

Time Lapse: February 20, 2009 – March 16, 2009

Comments: I love these socks and I love the colors.  It was a bit of a surprise that these weren’t just plain old stripes popping up in my yarn, but I probably should have expected that Kaffe Fassett would design something with a little watercolor action in there.  Though there’s nothing fancy about this pattern, sometimes it’s the perfect thing to work on a project that’s no nonsense when everything else in your life seems to be chaotic.  I’m not overly fond of the heel, maybe I’m just a short row heel kinda gal, but it works and it was easy to do.  There’s something about the decreases in the toe that just don’t fit my particular foot right either, maybe something squarish would work better or if I worked the toe longer before decreasing and then just decreased to 16 stitches instead of 8 before grafting the end shut.  Either way, that’s not a pattern problem, just a need for a few tweaks to fit my weird ass feet a little better.  The yarn was pretty nice though I don’t recommend frogging it much.  It kind of winds around itself and knots up if you do.  But I think they’ll wear like iron and that’s a good deal. I fully intended that these socks wouldn’t match because who the hell wants to dig through your ball of yarn trying to find the perfect starting point just so they’ll be perfect (no offense if that’s your thang though)? But somehow I’d already managed to pull out enough yarn in my first abortive attempt to knit these two-at-a-time to have that perfect end just hanging out already waiting to go. They’re just the wee-est bit off but probably no one would know that except for me. Coolz. I guess things just work out sometimes.



Sorry, no fancy outtakes again this time.  Maybe socks just don’t invite goofy outtakes for me or maybe I’m just worn out.  Probably a little bit of both.  Anyway, I hope you’re all doing well.  I don’t know when I’ll be back around here and don’t expect to be online much as my brain just can’t handle the overload right now and I’m doing a lot of quiet things like reading and knitting to relax.  But if you see me faving things on Ravelry, please don’t judge me – the pretty pretty patterns relax me too :)  Thanks so much again to all of you for your kind messages and thoughts for my Dad.  I really and truly appreciate each and every kindness and each and every one of you.  It’s been a hard week for me, and it may get harder, but knowing you’re all out there makes it just a little bit easier :) Have a great weekend!



Well hello there.

It feels like forever since I’ve blogged about something, but really it’s only been a couple of weeks.  A lot has happened since then but nothing I really feel like sharing.  We had to say goodbye to a very special member of our family on Friday and it’s hit both of us harder than we expected it to.  Being around the house is difficult and we are doing everything we can to take our minds off things.

So today we took ourselves down to the beach for some sunshine and some much needed photos of Dahlia (which I actually finished back on January 20th).  I don’t feel very bloggy so I’m apologizing in advance for what I expect to be a rather lackluster post.  Though I’m missing the blog some, and all of you lots, I don’t feel ready to be officially “back” so I hope you’ll view this as a little bonus rather than a return to full on blogitude.  But don’t worry, I expect to be back before too much longer :)







Pattern: Dahlia by Mary Weaver (on Ravelry here)

Yarn: Cascade 220 in Color #2409 “Palm” – just over 3 skeins

Needles: Size 7 bamboo circ for upper portion, sleeves & neck edging; Size 8 bamboo circ for cabled “skirt”

Mods: Worked k1,p1 on neck edging for 3 total rounds instead of 1

New Techniques: Nope.

Time Lapse: January 1, 2009 – January 20, 2009

Comments: This sweater is made for skinny teenagers and goddesses with swan necks and long limbs, not dumpy little trolls like me.  I would guess this is the absolute most unflattering thing I have ever knit myself and I honestly don’t know what to do with it other than work out twice a day subsisting on rice cakes until it fits, or grow myself a munchkin so that people won’t have to guess if I’m pregnant, they’ll just be able to tell.  Other than that, it was simple and fun to knit and it’s definitely comfortable to wear.  The Cascade 220 blocked up beautifully and I was pleasantly surprised at how un-itchy it turned out to be considering it’s 100% wool.  I adore the color and honestly wish it looked cuter on me but you just can’t polish a turd like this.  Oh well.  You win some, you lose some.  Now to quickly run downstairs before R. Darling reads this and begins to scold me for being hard on myself!

And, as always, an outtake!




Hey Bloggy Peeps – hope life is going good for you!


Sockses & Sock Clubs & Such


Personal Sock Club 2009!


OMG.  I had myself so much freakin’ fun setting up my Personal Sock Club for the Stash Knit Down 2009 (which I mentioned joining here in case you missed it).  Inside each mysterious pink bag is a pretty pretty yarn and a pattern from my queue on Ravelry that I’ve been wanting to knit.  Since I also joined the Queue Down, this will help me accomplish two things at once.  Bonus. 

The patterns I will be choosing from are (sorry non-ravelry peeps, but these will all be ravelry linkies):

 * Snicket Socks

* Azure Socks

* Plain Vanilla Socks

* Nutkin

* Ziggy

* Jaywalkers (also a UFO that needs work – extra bonus!)


I’m so freakin’ excited to open up my first package in January!  It’s kind of disgusting really.  Oh and just in case you might be thinking I own an awful lot of snooty, uncomfortable, underroos (what with the plethora of Victoria’s Secret bags I’ve got goin’ on up there) you can rest assured that my underroos are just about as un-snooty as can be.  Not that there’s anything wrong with wearing fancy pants every day, especially if you have the body to do so.  I just happen to dig hard core on those pink bags they give out and save ’em up any time I get one.  I knew they’d be useful someday!

Speaking of sock clubs, real socks clubs, my good bloggy pal Wendee of Hazel Knits (blog here, etsy shop here) is planning on a 2009 yarn club herself!  You can read more details here on Ravelry.  If you haven’t tried Hazel Knits sock yarn yet, you absolutely MUST.  It is the most gorgeous, sproingy, beautiful stuff you will ever encounter and Wendee has a fabulous eye for color.  Though I have clearly said 2009 will be a knit from stash kinda year, I will most definitely be finding myself some kind of loophole to make it o.k. to join the Hazel Knits’ Sock club in 2009.   Just sayin’.  Check it out – I loves to enable ;)

Well, we’ve been hit by an arctic blast of sorts so the snow is falling all around.  I’m trying to enjoy it, but it’s so nervewracking to try to make it to work every day.  I hate that aspect of it.  I might get a snow day tomorrow though.  Keep your fingers crossed!  Hope all of you are staying warm and cozy!