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So… the curse continues. [bum bum buuuuuum]


I had to work late last night.  It was a big deal, but most of my job was hitting the refresh button over and over again to make sure that the website hadn’t crashed.  I lasted for about 35 minutes before I pulled my knitting out (with the approval of the team, of course)


Let’s just say – it is not a good idea to publicly announce that you have this particular yarn under control.  It will find new and interesting ways to mess with you.  For example, it will refuse to remind you that a yarn-over is required, and let you try to fix it 5 rows later… laughing at you for your insolence while tugging the dropped stitch further and further down your decrease row.  When it was all said and done, after FIVE HOURS of knitting/working, I had knitted 5 rows, tinked back 5.5 rows to fix the mistake, then re-knit 7 rows.  If I had not awakened the curse of this yarn by posting about it on my blog, I very well could have finished this hat last night.


However, I maintain that my knitting sacrifice made everything at work go relatively smoothly, so that’s good.


Anyway, here’s the hat, and here’s the cool zipper-bag that it is still tethered to.  Someday, the curse of this yarn will be lifted, most likely when it is OUT of my stash!

From Sugar Cane Yarn


From Sugar Cane Yarn

The Train scarf has been fixed!

From Train Scarf

Look at those ’round’ wheels!

From Train Scarf

However, my nephew was born yesterday, 7 weeks early!  So he needs a teeny hat and teensy booties.  If you want to see pictures of the new baby, click here. He’s in the NICU, so if you’re not okay with seeing babies CPAPs and IVs, don’t click. I won’t be offended, and as soon as I have pictures where you can see how adorable he is, I will post them.

I’ve got my ‘Ashur yarn’ all ready to go for his new stuff.  They will match his sweater!

From Baby Stuff

The train scarf is in recovery. The surgery was a success, although some physical therapy will be necessary, as there were more issues that we discovered as soon as we were ‘in’.

The pictures below are not for the weak-hearted. I will post ‘recovered’ pictures later.

From Train Scarf
From Train Scarf

Once upon a time, someone started knitting.  Not knowing a lot about the knitting sub-culture, and it’s preponderance for ‘stash yarn’, this knitter decided to announce to her spouse that the amount of stored yarn (the word stash was not part of her vocabulary yet) would fit into this newly purchased ottoman (in suede instead of leather).  Both agreed that this was a good plan, and all was well.

Fast forward to about year later.  This same knitter’s stash had increased ever-so-slightly so as to not ‘comfortably’ fit in the ottoman.  Fortunately, this was a clever knitter, who knew exactly where her spouse would never look – inside a cabinet that was purchased to store the glass for his stained glass project (henceforth known as the Never-Ending Window Project).  Since the knitter’s spouse rarely, if ever, looked into his own cabinet, this was the perfect place to store her yarn!

A few months later, the knitter’s plan was still working perfectly, until her spouse’s youngest child stole her hat.  The knitter decided that this little child needed a new hat of his own.  Part of the knitter’s ‘stash’ was picked out specifically by this little boy, so she decided to “flash her stash” so that the little boy could determine which yarn would be used to make his new hat. Fun was had by all when the children decided that they should ‘make yarn’ with the yarn-ball winder.

From Misc Pics

Unfortunately, this ‘stash-flashing’ caused a severe case of Startitis in this knitter, resulting in a full-fledged Knit-Out.  In order to show off exactly how much of her stash she had used, this knitter cleared off the coffee table in order to take a picture of what measly stash she had remaining.

From Misc Pics

This knitter’s spouse, remembering the ‘Ottoman Deal’ commented that the Stash had ‘breached containment’ and complained that he had not been properly compensated with ‘lots of socks’.  Deciding not to argue, and therefore reveal the secret of her hiding place, the knitter crammed the full hanks, cakes, and skeins of yarn into the (&*&%^ ottoman, while considering exactly how many other people would receive socks before her spouse would receive his next pair.

While the yarn stash *did* fit into the ottoman (with the exception of the scraps, but those don’t count anyway…), the knitter decided that it was time to start a project with the skeins of yarn that took up the most space.  Unfortunately, they are among the least-pleasant yarns she owns.  100% acrylic yarn with a scratchiness factor that rivals the worst of wools.  The first thought regarding what to do with this yarn (after burning it) was to donate it to someone that would appreciate it.  Unfortunately, that is not an option, because this yarn was specifically given to the knitter with the request of a scarf.  One cannot turn down a request for a scarf – even if they don’t understand what they are asking for…  This knitter, being a clever knitter, decided that the only way to make working with this yarn bearable was to make a very cool pattern with it.  And so the Train Scarf was born.

Since there are two MASSIVE skeins of yarn, this knitter decided that both would have to be used at once – two birds, one scarf, so to speak.  The knitter looked at striping patterns, stranded patterns (weird for a scarf) and finally settled down on a train pattern.  But there was a problem.  This particular pattern called for ‘double knitting’.  What on earth is ‘double knitting’??

Being a tech-savvy knitter, google was consulted on how exactly double-knitting was done, and three video tutorials later, the Train Scarf was officially being cast-on.

Double knitting is a work of magic.  you cast on enough stitches for the pattern with TWO strands of yarn, and then k1,p1 in the alternating colors (following the chart), and when you flip your work over, you have a negative  image of what you were just doing.  Odd.

From Train Scarf
From Train Scarf

There are three problems with this particular scarf (Acrylic Scratchiness notwithstanding).  One, the knitter cannot watch Dr. Who and knit this pattern at the same time without making mistakes.  Two, mistakes cannot be fixed “the easy way” with a crochet hook and personal fortitude.  Mistakes must be frogged to oblivion, then re-knit properly.  Three, there is no sane way to confirm that you are knitting the pattern properly, because it just looks like alternating colors of yarn on your needles.

From Train Scarf

The only way to see a mistake is to have gone rows and rows past it.  An example can be seen with the wheels of the train.

From Train Scarf

When testing her theory on whether or not anyone would notice said issue with the wheel, the knitter asked her dear husband to look at the scarf and see if there was anything wrong with the wheels.  This knitter’s spouse looked at the scarf, and laughed heartily; commenting on how she ‘done f^^&&*ed that one up’.

Seeing that this knitter was obviously upset about this particular reaction, he ran to the kitchen to get a big bowl of ‘comfort ice cream’ for his knitter, and didn’t even comment that she didn’t share when the whole bowl was gone.

I think he knows that his next pair of socks is on the line….

So, as you saw in my last post, I finished one of the two sleevies that I’m making for my mom.  I have not started the other one yet.

I have, however, made progress on the baby sweater:

From Baby Stuff

That is mostly ‘swim meet knitting’…  Sitting in the stands for three hours on both Saturday AND Sunday to watch Jason swim for just under 5 minutes – in 30 second to 2 minute bursts. Well worth it! He’s so proud of himself, and we both made lots of progress. He competed in different types of swimming strokes for the first time (AWESOME!), and I got lots of knitting done (not as awesome, but pretty cool).

Also, remember that tragic ‘bread basket liner made out of sugar cane’? (horrible name) Remember how it was just basically a rectangle of fabric, not very exciting to look at, but very soft? Well, I did what any normal knitter would do when they have a half-finished project with really soft-and-hard-to-work-with-yarn and a deadline… I frogged it and started a hat!

From Sugar Cane Yarn

I had pulled it out of its hibernation bag, and officially hated it. This particular project was a reaction to very low self-esteem in knitting. Remember the tragic lace shirt that never came to fruition? Yeah, this project was me forcing myself to sit and keep going. “You can knit… see? There you go… knitting back and forth and making something. You do not suck as a knitter… keep going… see…? you’re making progress now!”

This thing has no real utilitarian use; and I can’t knit something that is pretty much a useless peice of fabric and maintain my sanity/love of knitting.

Moreover, I have also decided that my first failure with lace had nothing to do with me. It was the yarn. Or at least, the yarn and needle combo. This yarn is RIDICULOUSLY soft, and soft yarn plus aluminum needles equals slippity slip slip. I’m getting my KnitPicks needles (wood) in the mail today, so hopefully this hat will go much LESS smoothly, and more productively when I make the switch.

Also in the box coming today are the needles/yarn for my Dinner Gloves, and the needles for Ed’s socks.

Things are getting interesting! 44 days and I still have:
1 sleevie
2 fingerless gloves
1 hat
1 baby sweater (bottom hem, sleeves, button band, and buttons)

Remember when my Mom made this purse for my birthday in September?

From Misc Pics

Well, we’ve had a tragedy… Shield your eyes – it’s a little frightening.

From Misc Pics

Bring out the tools!  (well, in my case – go to Michael’s and buy the tools….)

From Misc Pics

Step 1. Take yarn and wrap it around the silver ring to cover the shininess of it, and make it look like a ‘knitter bag’

Step 2. Take the hole puncher and punch two holes in the strap

Step 3. Put the yarn-covered ring on the strap.

Step 4. Get out the tack thingies and poke the long one through the first hole, then fold the strap over the yarn-ring and poke the tack thingy into the other hole in the strap.

Step 5. Put the other side of the tack thingy on the long tack thingy and beat it with a hammer until it is secure.

Step 6. Poke a hole in the side of the purse that needs to hold onto the strap

Step 7. Get out the tack thingies again and lock the ring into place with the tack thingies and hammer.

Step 8. Decide that you need another set of tack thingies above the ring on the strap for a stronger hold. Poke the holes and repeat step 4.

Step 9. Show off your leather-working prowess:

From Misc Pics

Step 10. Get into work the next morning, and have the bottom tack thingie give in to gravity. Swear vehemently, since none of your new special tools are at the office.

From Misc Pics

Damn you, Gravity! Damn you to Heck!

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