Accident Prone Knitter

Here you will find musings about knitting, home renovation, travelling, sports and the myriad of things I delight in. "Out into the brimming, sun bathed world I sped"

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Location: Central Pennsylvania, United States

I've lived in California, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Toronto and Pennsylvania. I'm a retired police officer, and I've worked in accounting and payroll related fields for the last several years.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

2nd Finished Pair for Summer of Socks 2007

... and just in time too. SOS2007 ends this Friday at midnight, I just made it. I started these on August 15 and finished tonight. This was my first time knitting two socks at a time on two circulars. I liked the method as there's no chance of suffering from the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome.

These socks are the Wild Kat pattern by Deby Lake knit in Tofutsies color 723 "Put Your Foot Down". I cast on with 3.0mm Addi's and finished with 2.5mm Knit Picks 24" circulars. I enjoyed the pattern and the yarn has grown on me.

Next up is Fetching and a scarf for my niece while we travel to Canada this weekend, and then the Second Wave Clapotis KAL starts on Sunday.

Two weekends from now the annual "We Interrupt This Marriage for Hockey" season begins.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Again with the catching up

Back in July Lesley at Twig's (mis)Adventures in Knitting nominated me for a Rockin' Girl Blogger Award but because my schedule this summer has been something I don't care to repeat next summer, I never even mentioned it. Having been nominated by someone like Twig, our charming hostess of the Hockey Knitters Knit-A-Long, phenomenal blogging skills, knitting skills that I can only aspire too, and author of some of the funniest comments known to MFB, I must say I felt honored. Just the other day Jenna aka A South Park Republican nominated me as well. I just recently discovered Jenna in the last couple of months, she has a very funny unique "voice" if you will and she even traveled through a town I used to live in this summer - and treated me to some wonderful pictures that made me homesick.

I want to pass the nomination onto all of you out here but the thing is I'm supposed to pass it on to five specific Girls.
#1. Angie at Dipsy Doodle
#2. Francesca at Fluffbuff
#3. Ava at When a Door Closes
#4. Brigitte at Wrapped Around My Finger
#5. Knitty Otter

And ten others of you out here.

On the stash front, my friend Lori gifted me with this Mountain Colors Bearfoot during the summer. She picked it up when she was in Baltimore for a weekend. It's the Alpine colorway and I sooooo love it. Thanks again Lori!


Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Sunday, September 09, 2007

It isn't pretty...

A couple weeks ago Wendy had a post about a light tent. When I saw that, I asked MFB if he would make a light box for me. MFB, always looking for a new project, checked with one of his co-workers who is a photographer and videographer and this is what MFB came up with. It isn't pretty, but it was far less expensive than purchasing one. Have I mentioned that he spoils me?

Here is one of the pictures I took today.
The Yarnographers forum on Ravelry is pretty neat and it's helping me learn some things about my camera. I have a long way to go, but it's a start.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Wild Kat progress

I'm home sick today - I don't do well with colds as I seldom get sick, but this one has ripped through the office like wildfire. One coworker last week, and two others this week - I thought I had enough anti bodies built up against my coworkers during the last two and half years but I was wrong. It's sure to be a beautiful weekend and here I am - a mess of a head cold. Heavy sigh! Luckily it's this weekend where I had no particular plans, rather than the next two weekends where we have cookouts and road trips.

So the bright side is maybe I can catch up with my friends blogs out here and show you what I've accomplished on my socks. I prefer to concentrate on the bright side so here we go.

I've turned the heel on the socks and am working on the gusset now - but - and it's a huge but MFB and friends who've seen me - no wise cracks please - I think I have to rip back to the gusset pick ups. Last night was my second get together with two local knitters I met on Ravelry and some of their friends. We've had a good time the last couple of weeks but last night my cold was developing and trying to remember the specific directions from the internet was confusing with the socializing. I spotted an error on one of the socks several pattern repeats back where instead of a SSK, I did a K2Tog and PSSO but I don't think it's going to cause a huge problem. This two socks at a time is cool - but the gusset decreases have to be done differently than what I'm used to and that is throwing me a bit.

I started this pattern with Addi Turbos and ordered some Knit Picks circulars for the portion of the pattern where you switch to smaller needles. I've read so much about both I thought I would give them a try. I'll be buying more Knit Picks. They are just as nice as the Addi and even with the shipping, are less expensive then the Addi. The tips are pointier as well and that is a plus with the Tofutsies yarn.

Last Saturday morning MFB and I decided to go to Harrisburg for the day for some odds and ends. That morning what should show up in the mail but my cell phone rebate - thank you very much. So of course I added a stop at Colonial Yarn Shop in Shiremanstown where I came home with some Cascade Superwash for my niece who visited the other week and asked for a Farrow Rib Scarf from The Little Box of Scarves and Fetching. The other is this lovely Lily Chin Gotham color 3399. It's 48% pima cotton and 52% merino wool. I plan to use it for the Gusset-Heel Gansey Sock. I think this yarn will really show off the stitches.

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