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Nancy: The Only Bush that Ought to be President

All politics aside, isn’t Nancy Bush the greatest?? I started the Child’s First Sock from Vintage Socks this week using some Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport yarn in Boldly Red. I suspect that these socks will take a bit longer to knit because I stop to admire how the pattern is coming out every few rows!

The richness of this yarn was difficult for me to capture. Perhaps I’ll get The Photographer to take the FO photos!

Remember the Nancy Bush inspired socks? They might as well be called Elinor Can’t Read socks but nonetheless, I like how they turned out.

Pattern: mis-read Gentleman’s Sock in Railway Stitch from Nancy Bush’s Vintage Socks
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish
Needle: US 2

I have finally finished a pair of socks for Aaron! I’m ashamed to admit that there are two other pairs of socks intended for him in the UFO pile. He was beginning to believe he’d never get a pair, I think!

Next, some stash expansion! First, J. Knits superwash sock yarn in ‘Newburyport’. I admit that I bought this yarn almost entirely because I used to live outside of Newburyport and I liked that the color was plum, as in nearby Plum Island! It was a total impulse buy, I admit it.

Next, some Koigu solid sock yarn that I bought yesterday on a quick trip to Kansas City. We were on the Country Club Plaza and when I pointed out that The Studio was only up the street, no one objected too loudly so I convinced them to let me pop in.
Given recent stash expansions, I have decided to go on a yarn diet. My last yarn diet lasted 14 months. I have incredible willpower. I need to jump back on the wagon because my stash is getting too big for my taste! I need to go track down one of those tacky tickers announcing how many days that it’s been since I bought yarn!!!

I’ll leave you with some really cool baby knitting: Saartje’s mom. Go check it out. I need to make a sweater just like that! I’d have to reconstruct the pattern but it doesn’t look too bad.

Ack! Where did my comments go?

Yes, that’s right, I think I deleted all the comments from my blog when I moved to Haloscan comments. Sorry, folks! But at least now, I’ll be able to WRITE YOU BACK when you leave me a note!!! I really dislike Blogger’s comment system and I finally got around to changing so you’ll all hear more from me in the future!! I’ve also just upgraded my Blogger template so if things look funky to you, please let me know, OK?

OK, so lots of you like how the stripes look in ribbing. I’m glad I’m in the minority. I really do like how Regia’s Canadian Fashion colors look. I have a ball of Toronto too that I’ll be knitting up soon. I might try using several inches of ribbing and a stockinette sock. Just for kicks. All because you people say it really works. If they don’t stay up, I’ll gift them to someone with more cooperative legs. How about that?

Some great packages arrived at my doorstep this week. First, a Knit Picks order with some Telemark for colorwork,
some grey Swish Superwash for some muted socks,
and 32″ circular needles in sizes 0 and 1.
Next, a care package containing some sock yarn, a great pair of wristwarmers, a Magic Loop booklet and a running diary!!!! Thanks, SP! You rock!
All will come in handy, I suspect. I’m really stoked about getting back to logging runs.

Yesterday, I tried out the jogging stroller again and miraculously enough, Beatrix fell asleep and I ran/walked for 90 minutes. I think it was at least five miles. Rock on. Unfortunately, I’m exhausted today. Maybe I was a little too excited. I started out intending to walk around the block but I wore exercise clothes just in case B fell asleep. When I was out, I started planning out how I could do this every afternoon and it would be a great way to kill time and get back to running shape. I will not get ahead of myself. I have no expectations. If she lets me run during the day, great. If not, I’ll stick to my evening routine.

So, where were we? Oh yeah, packages that came… One last one: an order of Bum Genius cloth diapers. I’m a new convert. We’ve been using diapers I made, cotton prefolds with Bummis covers and a few handmade pocket diapers. Let me tell you, these diapers are so much better. They allegedly fit babies 8-35 lbs. There’s this ingenious snap system that allows you to shorten or lengthen the diaper to fit and then the tabs are stretchy. Brilliant. I’m not giving up prefolds, however. Those poofy prefold diapers are versatile and, frankly, much cheaper than the Bum Genius diapers. We’ll use the BG diapers when we leave the house, I think.

Finally, a progress report on my Cable Twist socks. I’m still working on #1 but the end is in sight.
I hope to finish this one this weekend and maybe start #2. I start back to school on Monday so we’ll see how much knitting I get done next week. I’m really nervous about going back to school. I had to drop down lots of hours last semester because I had a 2 week old baby. I know that there is a huge difference between 2 weeks and 5 months in terms of how much B needs me but I’m still really nervous about it. It will be fine, I’m sure.

Stash Expansion, Part II

Laura thinks I’ll have enough of that Woolarina yarn for two Endpaper Mitts so I think that might be my Christmas project. We’ll see. It sounds promising to me!

OK, stash expansion. Here goes. Five 100-gram balls of Regia sock yarn purchased from Wollsucht. Each ball will make one pair of socks. It’s much cheaper to buy Regia from Germany – I couldn’t believe the price difference! From left to right, Regia India Cotton 4301, India Cotton 4302, Canadian Colors 4732 (Toronto), Canadian Colors 4730 (Alberta), and Rellana Flotte Socke Jubiläum 3 4410. I’m not much for variegated yarn but I’ve never tried self-striping (mostly because I’ve never found a self-striping sock yarn that I liked). These seem nice in the sample poster so we’ll see how they turn out. The last is a bit loud for my taste but I thought I’d experiment. After shipping, it came out to about $8/ball – not bad for a full pair of socks, eh? OK, that’s it for the stash expansion… sort of. Does something count as a stash expansion purchase if you’ve already used it up??? I present the Traditional Bea Ellis hat in Black and Cream Heilo. As it turns out, I’m not the only one who has recently found a Bea Ellis kit to knit. The cotton headband liner is what is rolling up on the brim. I hope to sew it inside the hat this weekend. I’m still debating about putting some tassels on this hat. This is another hat for Aaron and he’s not really all that keen on tassels but because so many stitches are drawn up at the top, the hole at the top is larger than I’d prefer for a tassel-free hat.
I like the pattern but I cut it short a full inch. The pattern suggested knitting for 8″ past the brim before starting the crown shaping. While the shaping is only 6 rows, I find 8″ awfully long. I was also running out of white yarn so I stopped at 7″ and it’s still a bit long.

Next, here’s Aaron modeling that gray hat I worked up last weekend. I’m thinking about felting a knitted flower to add to it to make the effect less “meuh”. It’s not my favorite but I now have one less skein of yarn in my stash so that’s OK. Those of you who are making some snide remark about how I just added 17 new skeins to stash? Shut it.🙂
Did any of you hear Dorie Greenspan’s cookie piece on All Things Considered with Michele Norris? I decided to use her three cookie recipes for our holiday cookies. Let me highly recommend them! WOW! Sandies, World Peace Cookies and Rugelach! Here are some of the latest cookies:
On that note, I wish you happy holidays and lots of vacation knitting time!

Stash Expansion, Part I

First, the vacuum. Who knew one could fall in love with a vacuum? We are living it up sans Petunia hair!! I’ve never seen such an amazing vacuum. Granted, in order to be totally Petunia-free, we have to vacuum every other day. I can handle that. I keep telling Petunia that she’s worth it, even if she smells rotten. Here she is, in a shocking moment of activity.

These days, we’re celebrating her first anniversary with us (although she’s nine years old) and her 20-lb weight loss. This exclusively table scrap-fed dog went from living in a ranch house with no stairs to eating diet food and climbing lots of stairs:
She was a real tub of lard. I’m so proud of the stinky mutt, even if she didn’t have a choice about her weight loss.🙂

As promised several posts back, I have lots of fiber goodness to show. I bought a bunch of yarn for my birthday even though my stash is *ahem* sizeable and I have little time to knit these days. If only I could knit WHILE exercising like Marly! To further complicate matters, I will be back in grad school full time next semester so there will be even less time for knitting. NEVER MIND ALL THAT! Here are my recent purchases:

One skein each of Woolarina’s Raspberry and Grapefruit sock yarn. Intended tentatively for some Endpaper Mitts. This was a bit of a mistake. I thought I was buying two skeins of each for two pairs of socks. Now, I need to find a way to put them together. Eunny’s mitts seem like they’d work – any other ideas?

Next, 10 skeins of Knit Picks Swish Superwash in Baby Blue. Why? Because it was cheap on eBay and superwash is never cheap. Is that an acceptable answer? No, I don’t have a project planned. I’ll probably make lots of small things with this – sweater knitting is not possible these days.

But the title of this post is Stash Expansion, Part I??? There’s more??? Indeed, friends, as I have no self restraint these days. You’ll have to wait for tomorrow’s post for the rest since Aaron has the camera at work today!