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I was a little weirded out to open my blog page and find a frog and what looks like a commerial ad where my meez used to stand knitting her little heart out. I do not have ads on my blog just because I don't want them (have nothing against them just don't want them). So, I tried to correct the problem by re-loading my meez from the photo on my computer. But now she is standing still and Kate is at work and can't help me figure out how to make her move. So, I went to the meez website and they are down. Down for some updates. Sure, now they have us all hooked on the cuties they will start messing with them. I thought it was just me but I have seen that several blogs that I read who also have meez also now have frogs. A little disconcerting,that.

I am almost finished the Torreado Monkey socks. They don't look all that different so I will spare boring you with a photo. My new sock policy is that for every pair of socks I make for someone else, the next pair is for me. I thi…
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I definitely think I have earned this badge. I knit on the train and have had folks sit and watch me knit and just before they get off, they ask, "what are you knitting"? I proudly share whichever sock I am working on at the time (they are always socks on the train, no room for anything else). I also knit at lunch and am teaching some of my folks in my social rehab group how to knit. I am slowly spreading the word....The photo session went well. They made my short reddish brown hair slightly curly and pretty. And I had on more makeup at one time than I think I have worn in my entire lifetime, all together! When I looked in the mirror, I was floored. I never wear much makeup, just enough to protect my skin and cover skin flaws. This was strange. I didn't recognize me in the mirror. They reassured me that in order for my features to show up in the photos, they had to put that much makeup on me. It was not ugly, just heavy handed. And those red lips.....how di…
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Here is the finished monkey sock and the newly started second sock. I love the way the colors spiral down the leg. But I think the second one is not going to look quite the same. The stripes look wider. I started in what I thought was the same spot in the pattern repeat but maybe there really isn't a true repeat. There are the same number of stitches and the same size needles. They are for Emily and she doesn't care if they are matching. She is an "original" herself and doesn't care if her socks are originals as well. I will be working more on sock 2 today as I make my debut as a pinup model. Yes, you heard me right, a pinup model. You know, Betty Grable, Vargas? In June, our local paper had an article about a photographer who takes 1940's style pinup photos. My husband said "Oh hon, if you get one of these done, I'll never ask for another present again" (I'll remind him of that when he wants to update the video card in his computer!). I cal…
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I have been steadily working on the Torreador Monkeys and have almost finished one. For some reason this week it has been hard to stay awake past 9 pm and I have been falling asleep earlier. Maybe it's the cooler weather we have been having. Here is a photo of the sock blocker I made from a coat hanger. It was laughably easy
and free! I am waiting for Peter Kevin to seal up the parts I cut off. The instructions say to leave the hooks on so you can wash your socks and hang them up out of the way to dry but I didn't want them on there so I cut them and now have taped them together. They work really well. I'm not sure where the spot in the photo came from because there is no spot on the shirt I used as a background. How odd. I have been reading blogs for only a few months and I am in awe of the women I read about. This stems from a conversation I had with Emily a few days ago. From 1992 - 94, my husband and I were separated. It's a long story but the gist of it is tha…
No photo today. I am upset and I am not sure if I should be upset at me or at the yarn manufacturers. I washed my white socks yesterday. You know, the ones I made for me? The pretty lace socks that I wore only one time? Well, they were white so I washed them with the white clothes which I wash with bleach. Now the pretty white socks are an ivory color. It is not a bad color, quite nice actually. But it is not the nice white that went into the washer. Does this happen often with sock yarn? I don't think I have ever made anything out of white wool for myself or anyone in my household. I may have given some white knitted items as baby gifts. Are they ivory too? I read the label on the yarn and didn't see any "no bleach" warnings. Needless to say, in the grand scheme of things, this is a minor blip and I will still wear the socks. I was just curious, does anyone else have this problem? Can I fix it and make them white again? Or should I get some dye and…
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I started the socks with the Art Walk Sock Yarn and I am loving it. The yarn is wool/bamboo/nylon and has a slight tendency to make fuzzies. I am getting used to that. I tried to take some photos but was very disappointed by the quality. Then I started to play with the settings and guess what? I found the "close up" setting. Now, I have owned the camera for almost a year and have never used this setting (didn't even know it was there). The result is that now I can take photos like this and actually show the stitches and not have them be blurry. Woot! The socks are really pretty in this pattern and there has already been some "discussion" as to who gets them.

I also made a sock blocker. I am so impressed with myself. I found the instructions in my SnB calendar for Tuesday Aug 14. I was home sick and had some time for playing around. It worked really well.


Unfortunately, unless you look really close, you cannot see the coat hanger I used for this arts and crafts …
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And then there were two. Voila! This is my first pair of socks that I knitted for me. I have knitted socks for several other folks but these are mine, all mine. Even though Emily wants to get her hands (feet!) on them, they are mine. They fit very nicely and make my feet feel loved. Now I am waiting for my darling Peter Kevin to finish untangling the mess that is my Art Walk Sock Yarn (the cat had a hand in this and it is now a large tangle) so I can start some socks with that. Fortunately, he likes puzzles and looks upon this as a challenge.We never got to the park. Some intestinal distress that continues to plague me kept me home and near the facilities. The lake is only open for a few more weeks (closes Labor Day) and I feel like we have not taken advantage of it enough. Summer is almost gone and while I will not miss the weather (I am tired of being wilted and sweaty when I get to work in the morning) I will miss the lazy quality to the days. Nothing seems as urgent or …
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Yay! The weather has finally broken and today was about as beautiful a day as you could ask for. The sun was out and the humidity was about gone. So how did we spend this paragon of a day? Cleaning the house and doing various chores that it has been just too hot to do. Tomorrow we are planning a picnic at the park on the Delaware River. Red Bank Battlefield is part of the National Park system and is really nice. There is not much but open spaces, some pavilions and the river. It is across the river from the Phila airport and you can watch the planes come in.

Friday night we went to an outdoor concert at a park. A band of local Irishmen called Blackthorn played in a lovely park pavilion. I had never really listened to them before and must say I was not enjoying the music because there seemed to be too much distortion from the speakers. I thought I must be getting too old until my brother whispered "their sound man sucks". Whew. It was not me. They actually sounded good as we …
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Here is sock number one of the hourglass lace pattern from magknits. I finished it last night and immediately started number two. These are my socks, although Emily has already started hinting that "Katie has 2 pairs of hand knitted socks and I only have 1-you must love her more". After I agree that yes, I do love Katie more, I remind her that she could make herself a pair of socks. She is still working on a pair for a friend of hers who is stationed in Iraq. After I finish these, I have some nice soft yarn to make some socks for him to put into a care package. Those will take some time because he has big feet! I loved to watch him play soccer when he and Emily were in 8th grade together. He was graceful/gawky like a baby giraffe. All legs and height. Now he is still rather tall but that frame has some muscle and girth to it.

Did you ever sit in a meeting and have someone, say a supervisor, ask for a volunteer for something that was not particularly odious but you didn&#…
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This arrived today. It is the first selection in the Art Walk Sock Yarn club. The colors came from a Salvador Dali painting entitled "The Hallucinogenic Torreador". It is absolutely gorgeous. I didn't realize you could get so many colors into one skein of yarn and still make it look fabulous! Roxanne, who dies yarn for zengarden.com, did an amazing job. Am I gushing? I am sorry. It it just so pretty.



Now I have to find a pattern that will do it justice. Hmm, any thoughts? I am thinking maybe something out of my new Knitting on the Road book but it has to be a fairly plain pattern to show off the yarn. Of course, there is always another pair of monkeys.....
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This is my beautiful Katie who turns 18 tomorrow. The hat is the monkey hat from knitty (sorry, lost the link). I finished the hat while she was away at her convention in July. It is the first time I have done two color knitting where I didn't just do stripes that I knotted together. It was a small challenge but it is so darn cute. I just couldn't wait till Christmas to give it to her. Happy Birthday Katie!(You'll notice she's knitting in the picture. My needles, my yarn, I guess 18 doesn't mean grown up.)
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It starts out so innocently. My daughter Emily was not going to have enough yarn to finish a baby afghan for a friend. She has to work and the lys that carries the yarn she needs (that little bit of orange in the top of the photo is her yarn) is only open summer hours. (sigh) What's a mother to do? I volunteered to make the drive to KnittyKnotty to pick up her yarn. Kate overhears "yarn store" and decides she wants to come along. So we make the supreme sacrifice and get to the store. Kate's birthday is Sunday so I buy her some sock yarn she really likes as an early gift. My birthday is in 3 months, so I buy me an early gift, too. One skein of tofutsies in pinks and greys and three skeins of blue and black and white self patterning sock yarn. Not too bad? Well, I am waiting for 2 sock club deliveries this week. My last delivery from my sotm club yarn from castleman and the first one in the Art Walk Sock Yarn club. I hoped one of them would come today but no luck. So, …