A Whole-lotta Knittin’ Goin’ On.

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I’ve got so many things to talk about today I don’t know where to start! I guess I’ll go chronologically:

One of my new year’s resolutions was to become more knit-social On Saturday, a couple of knit-blogger internet friends became (I hope) in-person friends.
Ok, that’s my fat ass on the left, Wen is in the one in the center and that’s Karen is on the right. Now that you know what they look like, go stalk their blogs. They are both such delightfully warm and witty women. Oh, and even though they SO didn’t have to, they brought me stuff…GOOD stuff, too. Thank you both so very much!
From Wen! Which I totally forgot to crack open for us to share. Can we say La’s a dumbass? Thought so. Anyhow, I’ll save it for the next time so we can practice KUI, deal?

Basket! peek

From Karen! And yes, that’s a peek at the yarny goodness inside. Yeah yeah yeah, don’t get your knickers in a twist. I’ll catalog and update my stash page with it as soon as I feel like it, I promise.

I so completely enjoyed their visit that I lost all track of time, and before you could say Kitchener Bitch, it was time for them to go. Thank you ladies for the wonderful afternoon! I definitely would like to do this again, inviting even more of the LA/OC knitters/bloggers. Of course, it’ll help me to know who of the locals would be interested (nudgenudgewinkwink).

Now, it hasn’t been all cat fights and meet-ups here at the left-coast part of JenLa. Hard to believe, huh? Oh yeah, Jen, I agree to your terms. You have to keep the parlor trick socks and I give up the KAL clause. But wait, it gets even better. I’ve actually, you may wanna sit down for this, been knitting! Not only knitting, but FINISHING too. Check it out.

1.first 2.second

Pattern: “Leftovers” Baby Socks by Matthew Hesson McInnis
Yarn: Opal Vintage leftover from when I knit the Charlie Browns

Pattern: Better-Than-Booties Baby Socks (pdf) by Ann Budd
Yarn: Regia left over from Sox.

I enjoyed both these patterns, and I’ll knit them again and again. Both patterns were cuff-down. The first one had a teeny tiny heel flap and gusset, the second one a YO short-row heel. Also, the 2nd one had an interesting toe finishing: You knit the YO shortrow heel on the bottom half of the stitches, so that it turns the toe, and then you do a zig-zag bind-off. This told me 2 things: a) I have yet another alternative to grafting the toe, and b) this pattern can be easily rewritten for toe-up.

Both pairs of socks, along with the cable cardie and hat are on their way to Chrissy in Florida. It’s getting pretty exciting around here. I’m also furiously working on finishing the edging of a baby blanket I’m knitting for her, but last night I ran out of yarn, so today, using a gift certificate that my brother gave me for my birthday, I’ll be heading over to JoAnn etc. and getting that one skein of Caron that I need (the one I wrote that Running-Out-of-Yarn Clause in my KFYS Rules for) And the baby’s due any day now! Which brings me to:

The Contest

As I mentioned above, I’m going to be a grandmother any day now. Well, technically a step-grandmother, but that’s still a grandmother, right? But, at 42 I don’t know if I’m ready to hear my granddaughter call me “grandma” would you? So, I’d like suggestions from all of you. Leave comment or Email me with your alternative grandma name, and the one I like the best will win their suggestor the remaining skank of Wineaux sock yarn.
And probably some other little goodies to boot. Contest ends January 24, so you have until 11:59 pm pst next Wednesday to enter.


Also, just wanted to let everyone know that the Faina Scarf-Along is a go. Start date is February 14, but late-comers are welcome. I have no completion date on this. We’re done when we’re done. Email me if you want to join so that I can put you (and your blog, if you have one) in the participants list. And don’t forget to steal the button. Hell, fell free to make more! But if you do, email them to me so, if I like them I can put them up on the page.

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