Men in kilts = good.

Especially if you're this guy.

I promise, no more baseball posts. Until Spring Training anyway...

Brittany, I do love thee.

I got my replacement needles from Brittany today! I had emailed them and told them that I had broken one, and a few days later, they responded and said that they would send a few, that the smaller gauge needles can be fragile. I got a cardboard tube in the mail with three replacement needles! They rock.

So, in light of having the needle situation squared away.. I think I'm frogging my dad's socks and starting over. I knit a bit during the baseball game last night, and didn't get very far. The pattern has a twisted stitch rib, which takes a little extra time, and I feel like I knit for hours and only got an inch done. Plus, I'm using Trekking XL, and it's a little splitty. So, after talking it over with myself, I think I'm going to frog what I've done, and do a simple rib pattern instead. I can get it done quicker, and hopefully Papa will like a more simple sock.

How Sweet It Is...

Now I can actually go to bed at a decent hour this week. :)

World Series of the Stole... ?

The boys, they done good...

I'm catching up on the progress on my Secret of the Stole... Clue #4 came out last Friday, and I'm just starting clue #3. Not too far behind. It's hard to knit lace and try to keep up with the baseball game.. I made a few errors, but either found them and corrected it easily, or just kept going, nobody's going to notice. (Not even me.. I was looking back to where I had forgotten a YO, and I couldn't find it.)

So, going to get back to the stole.. we're halfway through the first inning..



Item #1 - The Clap is done!! Finished it on Saturday morning. Feels good to finish something. I'll post pics when I can get some good light.

Item #2 - Sunne, we're coming for ya!

Mr. Papelbon, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways...

Pray for us.

You know it's a bad night when: You're at choir rehearsal, and the Red Sox game is on. You ask your DH to text message you and give you score updates until you can get home... and the first message says that the cable is out. ACK! Luckily, it got fixed, and I made it home by the 4th or 5th inning. I found the following snippet on the "Red Sox Nation" message board on Ravelry:

Our Father, who art at Fenway...

Baseball be thy game.

Thy Nation come,

Playoffs need to be won,

On Earth, then on to the Cask 'n' Flagon.

Give us this day, a perfect Papi,

And forgive us our losses,

As we forgive those,

Like Bill Buckner.

And lead us not, into desperation

But deliver us from any losses.

For thine is the Power,

And the Glory,

To beat the Indians,

Forever and ever....the Yankees suck


Play Ball!

Yessir. I'm ready for tonight's game. This knitting free post has been brought to you by not being home one night this week.. If I could sit and knit for a few hours I'd be done with the Clap.. My other problem is that Ravelry distracts me. Knitting the Secret of the Stole has sorta got me on a lace kick, and I spend hours searching for lace shawl patterns. There's a few now that I have to make. I also found linen yarn that the girls at Mason-Dixon use in their book for some pretty handtowels. A great Christmas gift idea, we'll see if I have time..


What a week! The job's been crazy busy! And, as I've said before, if it weren't for that stupid job, I'd have plenty more time to knit. Updates!

The clap should be done soon. All I have left is the decrease sections. 4 balls down, one to go. It's a Christmas present, so I don't really have to start freaking out yet, but I'm a slow knitter, and I want to make sure I finish my gifts on time. Which brings me to the next item:

Papa's Christmas socks. Growing up, anytime my father got a gift, he'd shake/squeeze the package, exclaim "Oh boy, SOCKS!" and open it. This year, he'll open it, and it WILL be socks. Ha! (But it takes me two months to make socks for myself, let alone man-sized socks. THIS one, freaks me out.) I can, and I will do it. Made with Trekking XXL, on the lovely new Brittany needles - did I mention that they're 2.5mm needles? Yah. AND... after the two rows I did manage to knit, one of my needles started to break. like, splitting down the middle. My fault, I tend to clench my needles. So, a little super glue, and I think we'll be okay.

And the Secret of the stole. I'm loving how it's knitting up. The color, the beads, the pattern, everything. AND, I'm actually still kinda on track. I'm about 4 rows shy of finishing Hint #1, and Hint #2 came out yesterday. But seriously, I really have no reason to be doing this to myself, with trying to get holiday knitting over with. I have to crank out a bunch of dishrags for the family, and I'd like to make a couple of the linen towels out of Mason-Dixon knitting for a few of my friends and family as well as myself. So, I'm off to finish off the Hint #1 before going to the barn to see the kiddo.

She's getting so big...

Holy Crap.

This has to be one of the most ridiculous swap packages I have ever received. Seriously. Look at the goodies!

And here's the part where I try to list it all.. First, the edibles. Sin mints, a hunka fudge, and two packages of pop rocks (funny, my pal got pop rocks from me...). Then, the FrankenBerry lip balm (woot!), a skull and a revolver patch, two skull bracelets, 2 CDs, and, the piece de resistance, the Clap. Yes, my pal gave me the clap. It's actually a stuffed representation of the gonorrhea microbe. I work in a science lab. You have NO IDEA how well this will go over at the office tomorrow. And, in the box, is my very own horsie bobblehead.

And for the knitting content? A ball of hemp yarn, a hank of alpaca lace handpainted from Boll Weaver yarns (gorgeous colors!), and a hank of handpainted mohair blend from Brown sheep. And a set of Brittany DPNs. And a dinosaur measuring tape. AND a little skull case. And IN the skull case?

Oh yeah, Pegasus stitch markers. (EDIT - they are "Winged Pony" stitch markers.. not pegasus. See comments for info.)

And who sent me all this loot? Meg(aphone), of Till Death Do I Knit. Who apologized profusely for her package being late. Lemme tell ya, sistah, it was worth the wait.

Secret of the Stole

So, I swatched for the SOS upcoming KAL, and here's what I got:

The top is all wonky. Because I bound off too tight, and when I tried to redo it, I think I dropped some stitches, and effed it all up. BUT... I like the yarn, and the way it knits up. I do not like the additionally wonky way that the camera seemed to get the picture - the yarn is a bit darker green than the pic shows.. So, here's the burning question: What color beads to go with? On the left side, we have shiny silver. On the right, bottom, shiny green, and one row above it, matte white with a teeny bit of iridescent finish on it. I kinda like the way the green blends in with the color of the yarn (trust me, it does), and just adds a hint of sparkle. I'm thinking maybe that the white will visually disrupt the lace pattern, though. And the silver's nice, but will it be too glitzy against the dark green? (the pattern did call for earthy, muted colors for the yarn...) Should I go down a bead size? These are size 8, maybe I should get some size 6.. What do you guys think?

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