Years ago when I was either pregnant or nursing (or both), my husband used to joke that Bust was Springing Out All Over (as opposed to Spring was bursting out all over). It was a reference to my boobs which of course were doing duty as mammary glands or whatever.
Today I realized that I had actually split my skirt all the way up the back. I hope no one actually saw me in that condition. After that, I skulked into my office and shut the door and stayed there until the coast was clear at 6. I had to do some tricky maneuvering with another skirt over it in order to hide the total mortification of having split my skirt completely.
In other news, I have fallen off the yarn wagon. But first
Mergers and Acquisitions
(And what's up with Typepad today? It's dong something odd with the font).
My Hazel Knits August sock club finally arrived.
As it happens, I love gingerbread men. And women. And anything gingerbready really.
The little guy is Joe. Here he is. I'm going to put him to work at some point.
The yarn shows up better in this shot
As we know, it takes forever for stuff to arrive in Canada. In fact, some stuff never arrives. (For example, the stitch markers I ordered from Malyce in June still haven't arrived. Next week is September. I think she sent me out some new ones. Maybe they have also been lost in the Canada Post void).
So pretty much everyone else on the entire planet has received their HK sock club by now. Probably most people have knit the shawl pattern. [Yes, I know, it's a sock club. This month it came with a shawlette pattern. I will use the yarn for socks. I am not a shawl knitter.]
So that's what has arrived. I'll have to check and see where I was with my Mapleweave Math. According to my Lola the Leg post, I was at +10.
I'd like to be able to link to Christine's post about Thinking Positive, but Typepad has decided not to allow me to use the Link feature. I have no idea what's up. But it's pretty much a sign of the way things are going for me today.
Then I had to make a choice about what colour I was going to order for the 3IG September Sock Yarnista sock club. Usually there are two choices -- a variegated and a semi-solid. For September, there were 4 choices -- 2 semi solids in quite dark/saturated tones, and then 2 lighter versions. I kept dithering. So eventually I decided it was easier to order all 4. But that's sock club stuff, and I don't count it in Mapleweave Math. It's like a freebie.
But I did order some Sanguine Gryphon Bugga. The colour of the week was Red-Spotted Purple Butterfly. I had to have it.
There was also a skein of Mystery Bugga which made its way into my cart. And from the last time I looked at the site but was good and didn't buy any, there was a skein of Kypria Leave My Side still in my cart, so I bought it. And according to my invoice, it wasn't a Mystery Bugga which I got, it was a Frameshift Mutation. Whatever.
So that made it +13.
I didn't actually get any Blue Moon Fiber Arts. It's all still in my cart.
But I did order some more Hazel Knits. 7 skeins, to be precise. I ordered some of the knotty/naughty skeins. That's my way of justifying it. It almost doesn't count because it's defective in some way. So I ordered Cherry Fizz, Aquarius, Sassafrass, Sweet Crush, Violeta, Lavender Batik and Loosey Juicy. So that brings me to +20.
Or at least, I think it does. I'm not actually sure. Christine seems to make the rules up as we go along. Here's an excerpt from her today:
I did destash one today. But haven't finished anything. I received my Lucy kit. Love the color but not a 2 ply yarn. Looking to destash. Since I just received it. If I destash something that I didn't count as plus 1, then I won't count the -1. This rule only applies in the first 2 weeks of acquisition.
Um, what? The +/- rule only applies in the first 2 weeks of acquisition?
So I think I'm at +20, but if I think about finishing 20 projects or destashing 20 projects, then it doesn't count as a -20 unless it's in the first two weeks and there's a full moon and the barometric pressure is rising. Confused yet? Me too.
I am still plugging away on my Woodsmoke. I got a pattern repeat done yesterday. But then I got bored. So last night I pulled out my new 2.50 mm SNA needles from Christine (I'd link to the earlier post, but Typepad is apparently having a hissy fit at me today) and decided to cast on my very first vanilla sock.
I'm using the Watermelon self-striping yarn from KnitPurlGurl. She says that she uses 2.75 mm needles. I'm not getting quite a perfect stripe. Maybe I would if I were using that one size larger.
But I'm doing it without a pattern. I know that 72 stitches is good for me; I am doing 2x2 rib and I think 20 rows gives about the right height. Now I'm on the leg. When I get to a good distance, I'll do a standard heel flap & gusset then continue on to the toe. Easy peasy.
Here it is in progress:
See how there's a double row of dark green for a bit in the middle? That's what I mean about it not being a perfect stripe. But it's close enough. How cool is that? It's KnitPurlGurl on Etsy. She also does a self-striping Kiwi sock yarn, as well as clouds and rainbows and the US flag. Before I show you her additional photos, allow me to show you why I hate starting from the middle in centre-pull balls:
You know how it is. You're merrily knitting away and pulling out the yarn from the centre and then it tugs like a fish on the line. You tug; it resists. You tug harder; it still resists. You think twice about tugging even harder because you might snap the yarn. So you carefully try to tug from where it exits the cake, and lo and behold, what pulls out is yarn barf.
So then you have to keep unwinding the twisty bits in order to keep the centre of it coming out properly. And you have to knit quite a bit in order to decrease some of the yarn barf. It vexes me no end.
I am again listening to The Dead Path by Stephen Irwin. It is that good. It may be the best book I've encountered in a couple of years. Although Joe Hill comes pretty close with both Horns and Heart-Shaped Box.
I haven't listened to any podcasts lately.
Oh, right, I was going to show other samples of KnitPurlGurl's self-striping yarn.
OMG! Look at this cool one which is a past sale: