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What’s up, sock?

IMG_2447.JPG I’m almost done knitting the Sonrisa Socks, and have arranged a test knitter for the pattern, which I now plan to publish. OMG. Me. Publishing a pattern. That I wrote. Wowsers.

I like designing sock patterns, though, because you have two chances to get it right while you’re making the pair. So, I wrote out the pattern before I started, I knit the first sock, then I wrote out the pattern as I had knitted it. Then I knit the second sock. The next step, after finishing the second sock and photographing them before sending them off, is to grade (resize) the pattern and knit the socks again in a different size. That’s going to be the big challenge for me, because I don’t know too many women with greatly varying foot sizes. However, I am confident that I can make it work.

Meanwhile, the lace patterns I’ve been working on since July are languishing. I took one of them out recently, though, and might get back to knitting it soon.

John took pictures of me knitting yesterday, so we could show Marc what it looks like when I put “she’s knitting a sock” into a script.

And here I am, posing with my socks-in-training and my messy recently-pink hair:

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Santa Cruz Birthday

Today is John’s birthday! Happy Birthday, John!

Over at the Handknit Heroes updates site, I’ve posted a bunch of shout-outs and sightings about the comic book. If you’re wondering why I got quiet about the comic over here, it’s cause I’m posting all the love and linkies over there.

We’re finally in Santa Cruz. We arrived on Friday and spent the weekend hanging out down here with a couple of friends. I finished knitting the Baby Surprise Jacket which, with gauge, has turned out to be more like a Toddler Surprise Jacket. Oh, well. I ran out of the bamboo yarn I was using, so I bought a ball of corn-based stiff cotton/rayon/linen yarn (on sale) which I used just for the button band/bottom edging:

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See the shaping? See how the sweater bells out at the bottom a bit? Like a pear? That’s deliberate– there’s a little extra room at the back bottom for the baby’s diaper.
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At A Mano Yarn Center, I found really cute buttons for the sweater, but they only had 4. The pattern calls for 5, but I was able to use just the 4 and it doesn’t look too weird:

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My only real concern is that I promised the recipient that it “wouldn’t be blinding amounts of pink.” I suspect I have fractured this promise. I had the best of intentions, but I didn’t really realize that this:

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Would end up looking like this:

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Nonetheless, I like it. The corn yarn band is stiffer than the bamboo, which is a super-soft, very drapy yarn. So the button band has a harder feel– not something you would normally want on a baby jacket, but I think it’s ok on the button band, because then the mom and dad can easily find and button up the baby, even if their in an awkward position (reaching back in a car, or just holding the kid at a weird angle).

I’m also working on a pair of socks. They are pretty and lacey, and I’m almost done with the first one.

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I also got the local yarn shop to carry Handknit Heroes and will be delivering their copies later today.

The RV park in Scotts Valley is inexpensive, but it only has 30 amp service. This means when we wake up in the morning, it can be rather brisk, as we don’t run the heaters, space heater, and hot water heater all night long. So my fingers barely work right now because they’re so cold!

And that’s what’s going on over here. How have you been?

{Edited to correct the yarn content for the button band. It’s not corn. The shop owner said it was, but she was mistaken. It’s cotton/rayon/linen. Still machine-washable.}

January Books

#1:

The Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1), by Jonathan Stroud. Read as an audiobook. This is an amusing YA story about a magically-inclined London and one of the demons who inhabits it.

#2:

Victim of the Aurora (Harvest Book), by Thomas Keneally. By the author of Schindler’s List, this book is not Schindler’s List, but it is an historical novel set during the Edwardian days of exploration, journeys to the South Pole, and the waning days of English colonialism. It’s a mystery, but it’s also a lot of adventure. I picked it up at a bargain table at a bookstore in Washington D.C. for $5, and I’m glad it was there to be picked up. This has been an unexpected gem to read.

#3:

Crazy Aunt Purl’s Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair: The True-Life Misadventures of a 30-Something Who Learned to Knit After He Split, by Laurie Perry. I love her blog, and have looked forward to reading this ever since it first came out. Congratulations, Laurie!

#4:

A Dirty Job: A Novel, by Christopher Moore. I love Moore, but found A Dirty Job to be a little predictable, the ending didn’t feel right, and there was too much made of the “beta male.”

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