#MadMay Chicken

Hello knitting Friends,

To say MadMay was fun is an understatement. I’m sad about the lack of “cast-on” for MadMay project, but happy because I’ve extended my cast off project progress from April to May as well. My May has been filled with both knitting shawls and socks.

I even found time to squeeze in a lovely vacation with both my sister and wife. Nothing can replace my love for Georgia. We indulged in sweet tea, Gopher chocolates of Savannah and lovely seafood. I am a picky eater, but am glad that I’ve developed an appreciation for calamari.

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In Savannah we had fun with yummy seafood and our second trip involved badass (good) tacos. My friends can confirm by disdain for the lack of authentic Mexican in the DMV area. My uncle exclaimed in disbelief that “surely Baltimore has to have Mexicans.” Alas no…but they have variations of South American cuisine. My “fickle palette” does not have the courage to try other South American cuisines. Perhaps an upcoming bucket list will do the trick.

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Works in Progress:
I didn’t get as much knitting done during my vacation as I would have liked, but most of knit time was relegated to waiting in the airport. Plus on my last night with comfort for good old cinnamon whisky.

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These lovely socks should have been done, but unfortunately I’m making these for a friend and neglected to get foot measurements. They are almost done, but I need her to try the second sock on for confirmation.

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I also need to make better notes for the socks. I know for the decrease after the gusset does not follow the schematics of the regular s,m,lg formula. Oh well, it will get finished. Average sock knitting for me is 2 weeks. I love the pattern, I just think I’ve had too many knit interruptions. It’s nothing for me to knit for 3 hours straight.

Yarn chicken highlight:
Rarely have I ever lost in a game of yarn chicken. For knit newbies, yarn chicken is defined as the yardage at the end of a skein. The ability for a knitter to chance finishing a new row with the end yardage (playing chicken) or starting the new row with a fresh skein. It’s the equivalent of avoiding breaking a money bill by searching feverishly for loose change in your wallet or car.

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Weekend Magic

Hi Knit Friends,

Lately, the weather has been the pits, but thank goodness we finally got sunshine today. I enjoyed time with my dear friend Kris** whose sweet dog Taco is the best.

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Taco is so hyper, but is generous with his kisses. He loves human food too. He was great company as Kris and I sat on her deck knitting socks. It’s so much fun to spend time with friends that have similar knit preferences. Kris has amazing skills with altering patterns. This is my least likable thing to do in knitting. I also got a chance to see and hold her chicken. 

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Between entertaining her dogs and helping with minor yarn work >> I had an enjoyable Saturday. I also managed to work on  a tan. It’s sad I haven’t had enough sun so when it finally shows up I tan super easy. I’m sure I should take a before and after picture for my upcoming beach trip.

I’m still working on my Lilli Pilli and the color combinations are finally growing on me. It’s definitely been a labor of love and probably something I’ll give away as the colors aren’t in my wheel house. No pictures today of the project, but coming soon.

Hello May… sock heel stats?

Hi Knit Friends,

It’s early May and I have yet to see the sun. It doesn’t even feel like Summer. I was cold wearing capris with┬ámy Birkenstock sandals yesterday. If it wasn’t for a planned short trip to the beach next week I think I’d try hyphenating until the sun comes out. My knits have been busy. I am working away at some nice socks and lovely Tempting Ewe Yarn (Winter Thistle).

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Spinning Wheel by Corrine Walcher

I’m making this for a friend who says she has fat feet with a size 8. I got all the way to turning the heel and decreasing, but don’t want to start the foot length until she tries it on. I don’t know why I’m so obsessed with socks. And double trouble because I have a yarn dealer. I’m going to start the other sock until I get my human person to try on the almost completed sock. Knit friends, what methods do you use to measure feet when your intended person is miles away?

Socks WIP Updates:

Hundred acres (left) started 8-29-15

Wanderer socks (right) started 3-13-16

Concerns: both are toe-up and will require me to start from scratch as my knitting notes are lost (at least for 100 acres).