September 14th, 2005

me: portrait

The Radioactive socks

are done! I can put the yarn up and never never never look at it ag- oh, wait. I'll be *wearing* the socks....well, my feet are pretty far from my eyes, so it'll be OK. *Other* people will need to protect their eyes, but that isn't my problem. :g:

I've started the Celtic socks. I am loosely following Nancy Bush's "cuffed socks" from her "Folk Socks book. Loosely, because I am using handspun on size 3s, following a chart from the Dover Publications book on Charted Celtic Designs, and I CO 10 less stitches. Oh, yeah - and I'm putting a knot on the heel flap, and hers is plain.

Must go fit some weaving in before waking the kidlets up!
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fiber: sheepie knitting

For my records...

I started on the fair isle portion of the sock cuff this AM at.....say 9:30. It is now 11:45, and I am almost 1/2 done with it.

Looks like it'll it 4 hours for the cuff.

I forget how long it takes me to do 2 color knitting.

I have to say, it does look good, though! The green is set off nicely by the purple fuzzy. Just enough glitz is showing to add flash.

The rest of the sock should go much faster - the heel flap will be over 36 stitches, so it shouldn't take too long. That's the only other 2 color portion of these socks.....

I'll probably do most of the ribbing in the green, to conserve the purple. Or, maybe not - I still have a pretty *huge* ball of purple. I'm surprised - after a tam, and a WW, and this cuff I expected to have a lot *less* of it. Maybe I've found the never-ending ball of yarn, here.....

Oh, and I also forgot what a kick it is to work with handspun. Yummy! Commercial yarn is nice, but it's lifeless and...dead compared to handspun. Even demo-spun handspun (which is NOT consistant, but still nice.)
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SW: pray

The socks are a bust - and a dilemma

I finished the ended up 4" long.

That's not the problem.....the problem was the yarn choice. The purple is a good choice - it's mostly evenly spun, nice and good twist. The green? Not so much. It was demo yarn - and I must have spun it at an active demo, because it's all over the place.

So, we had tension problems....which I could live with, but we also had fuzzy problems- the fuzz factor makes the knotwork almost disappear. You have to really study it to see it. :sigh:

So, it's back to the drawing board for them. I've got some suffolk lamb in the stash that I will dye, card and spin up specifically for these socks. The green? Will go back in the stash until I figure out what to do with it. The purple? Will head over to the CSM to be cranked out this weekend. (I will get a pair of socks out of that yarn!)

The dilemma:

Himself has been...well, he's been a holy terror at Kindegarten this week. Bad enough that the teacher called me yesterday. He says that it is "too hard to be good 'cause they do bad things to you there". I'm thinking, what? They beat you every Tuesday and didn't invite me? They serve you moldy bread and brackish water?? Geez, I miss all the fun!

He won't tell me exactly what the "bad things" are. I'm thinking they're: mind the teacher, do what you're know, the basic get- along-with-others stuff. He also hates his teacher, because "She's old and not pretty". :sigh:

I informed him that it didn't matter *what* she looked like, he was stuck with her, and in fact, if he had to re-do Kindegarten, I would make sure he was put back in her class. That got a quiet "oh." No improvement in behavior, though.

I know he's bored........but sheesh! He's reverting back to the terrible two's here, what with pushing, shoving, hitting, pinching....:sigh:

I have taken away his Lego Star Wars video game (which is way cool and totally addictive.....), his Legos (all 5 bazillion of them), and today he lost all TV privledges. Unfortunatly, this means Herself has lost TV, too...but she seems OK with it right now. Let's see what happens tomorrow.....when, in addition to all that (my removals are cumlative, not day to day...), he loses his Star Wars toy collection.

We have tickets for the Rodeo Friday night...anyone wanna bet that I get to stay home with an irritated terror?? (Herself can go with G'ma.....)

Anyone out there got any suggestions? I'm at my wit's end here....he's never been one that I had to spank...and time outs don't really do any good (he sits in the corner and plots his next move. Not really a good thing).