Works in Progress

The log cabin is showing some good progress, in spite of the intermittent way in which I’ve been working on it. I’m trying to stick to my goal of using up all of the yarn in this project, but it is pretty boring. The only good part is that I have to make the regular color changes. It is coming out well, though.

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I’m still trying to work on my WIPs and get them finished by the end of the year.  I signed up in the wip wrestling category for the Ravelympics with my lone Endpaper Mitt, my sister’s Tilted Duster, and my concentric circles Pi blanket.  The list might be a tad ambitious, though.  We’ll see….

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Summer of Socks Pair #3

Seems like the only thing I finish lately are socks for the Summer of Socks 08. I have been working on other things, but this is all that has been completed:

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I can honestly say that I love this yarn. Makes me want to try out the Shaeffer Anne that I have in my stash to see if it’s just as soft. Both yarns have mohair in them, which is what I assume gives them the wonderful feel.

On to the next pair of socks.

I’ve been tagged!

1. What was I doing 10 years ago? Going to medical school at George Washington University.  This was the summer between 1st and 2nd year, so that means I actually had a break (there’s no break after this one-just straight school and rotations in the different departments following).  So, of course that means that I found a job.  I worked as a research intern at the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Biological Research on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.  The lead researcher I worked for was focused on AIDS research,  Dr. Carol Weiss, MD, PhD,  and I loved doing my small part in her ongoing projects.  I miss the research lab.  I feel like I used my brain a lot more back then and I kinda miss that.

I also went to my first quilt show, and got hooked on all the beautiful fabrics.  It was love at first sight.  Now that has taken a backseat to knitting, but I do have some projects that are soo close to being done and I need to finish them.

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list for today?

1. Go to work. Pick up my Class A uniform from the cleaners. Go swimming. Work on my SOS08 socks.  Send back my Netflix movies

3. Snacks I enjoy:  UTZ Ripple Cut Barbeque Potato Chips.  Powdered Donuts.

4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

Pay off all my debts.  Buy a car.  Buy a spinning wheel.  Buy a house.  Find a good financial planner and invest the rest.  After all this, I’d probably search for a job I really love.  Haven’t figured out what that might be yet, but it will likely involve getting out and doing something physical every day.

5. Places I have lived:

Lanham, Maryland : Wilmington, North Carolina : Tallahassee, Florida : Groton, Conneticut :  Arlington, Virginia  : Heidelberg, Germany  : Fort Belvoir, Virginia

6. Jobs I have had:

Yearbook photographer : Hospital Admissions clerk: Molecular biology intern (Pfizer Pharmaceuticals) : Molecular biology intern (FDA) : Disaster assistance (FEMA):  Ob/Gyn Resident

( I probably never mentioned that my Dad wouldn’t let us get jobs when we were in school.  One of his rules was that school was your job, and he expected results.)

7. Bloggers:

Crimson Purl

the Akamai Knitter

Anna from Anna’s Yarn Mansion

Bockstark Knits

Home is Behind

It’s Summertime! What does that mean?

Well, for me it’s all about 3 things:

1. Lace: I joined the summer of lace and started a few projects. I’ve got the Bird’s Nest Shawl from Piecework magazine in the works with some stash yarn, the Goddessknits Anniversary Shawl going in some white Zephyr laceweight, and I am about to cast on the Heartland Lace Shawl (pdf)in a different Zephyr colorway. I want to get the Heartland lace shawl done quickly. I usually am able to do this with Evelyn Clark patterns, as they seem to be fairly easy to memorize (except for that Flowerbasket shawl, which hated me).

(Ooh, the new Piecework has an excerpt from Nancy Bush’s new Estonian lace book, along with a pattern.  I am sooo getting that!)

2. Socks: I joined the Summer of Socks 2008 (Flickr link for those without Ravelry) this year and have steadily been making progress. I finished these
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They’re the Salish Sea Socks by Cat Bordhi

Yarn: STR Mediumweight in Bella Coola (yarn and pattern from Dec 07 RSC)

Needle: 2.5mm Knitpicks Classic Circs

Started: 21 June 2008

Finished: 26 June 2008

The pattern is toe-up, and since I don’t usually buy 2 of the same size needle, I did these Magic Loop, using Judy’s Magic Cast-On. They ended up a little baggy, but I think that might be normal, as I saw that others had that same problem with the pattern in the Socks that Rawk Ravelry group. It’s OK though. They’ll still get worn and my mom likes the colors.

My next project is the Crosshatch Lace Socks from More Sensational Knitted Socks in a colorway of Yarn Pirate Yarn that I got with her Booty club.
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I’m knitting these toe-up ML as well. I’m determined to figure out how to get them to fit properly, and I really do like the ability not to lose stitches with the circulars. The problem is, I don’t particularly like this BFL yarn base of hers. It’s super thin to me, and very splitty. I definitely would not have bought it in a store. My goal, though, is to use up some of the handpainted yarns that have been sitting around here for too long. I’ve got 9 more balls wound up into cakes, and have bought 2 extra GoKnit small pouches to carry everything around in. I finish one pair and the yarn and pattern for the second pair are ready to go. Hopefully that will get things moving steadily along and I won’t get stuck with Second Sock Syndrome.

3. UFOs: Man, I’ve got a ridiculous pile of UFOs hanging around here. I need to get moving on some of these. It doesn’t help that I’ve got 4 or 5 blankets in progress. My goal will be to have them all finished by the end of the year. I’ve already committed to finishing my sister’s Tilted Duster during the Olympics. Everything else needs to get selected one at a time and worked on until completion (around the lace and socks, of course). I think first will be my brother’s striped log cabin blanket. I will focus on that this month and try to be done with it before the Olympics begin on August 8th.

That’s it for now. Whew, I need to post more often so I don’t dump so much stuff all at once. Maybe that’ll be the 2009 goal.