Sunday, January 4, 2009

In the Long Run

It's 2:30am, and I'm wide awake. Which does not bode well for the 7 miles I'm supposed to be running tomorrow. Actually, today.

I finished one of my socks. Good news is that it's gorgeous. Bad news is that it would have fit me fine, when I was about 6 years old. Back to square one, with a bigger set of needles. I did check my gauge, but apparently I knit differently in the round than I do the regular way...who'da thunk? And when you check gauge, you make a swatch the regular way. So I didn't even bother to swatch this time. I'm totally guessing. To tell the truth, though, I think the pattern is flawed. The part where it doesn't fit me is in a spot where I was supposed to knit until the sock measured a certain length, and said length wasn't even close to being enough. It's not like I have gargantuan boat feet, people...on the contrary, my feet are freakishly small.

I rode my scooter for a little while today. It was 74 degrees out, and from what I understand it's about to get very cold very fast, so I went all carpe diem and took her out for a bit before it got dark. It needed a thing or two done to it (nothing that prevents it from being rideable), and J offered to let me take his instead, but why in God's name would I want to ride a silver scooter? Part of the point of my scooter - maybe even the entire point - is that she's PINK. I haven't been the happiest person lately, but within a minute of revving the engine and cranking the tunes, I was grinning like a cheeseball idiot.

I defy anybody not to smile when they're riding a pink scooter. It simply cannot be done.

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Happy New Year!

I have no resolutions. None. I don't think "figure out my friggin' LIFE" counts.
I do have a mission, though. Bath and Body Works is holding their annual sale, 3 shower gels or lotions for $15. This is the mothership of all sales, and is where I stock up on yummy-smelling things for the entire year. Since I don't wear perfume, this is pretty much it for me. So after I run my 4 miles, which I'm going to do after I post this, I'll go get ready and head to the mall to brave the throngs. Since the line for checkout is usually at least half an hour long, I'll bring my knitting. And y'all KNOW it has to be a big deal for me to even bother with nonsense like that, since I generally don't do the big hectic sales at all.

Which brings me current projects!

Here is a sock in progress. It looks complicated, but that's just the way the yarn is made. It knits up like that all by its own little self!

As you can see, I'm working it on 3 double-pointed needles. The 4th needle isn't shown here, but there is another one. This is so that I can knit it in one continuous tube with no seams. It's a pain to start, but pretty mindless once you've got it going.

And here is the sweater I'm making. Like I said in a previous post, it's very light and sheer, and is meant to be worn over a tank top. I really like how it's coming along so far:

And a closeup so that you can see a little bit of the beading I'm adding to it. The color is more like the first picture shows, though.

Maybe my resolution is to knit more. There's nothing like using a nervous tic to your own advantage.