Happy Halloween!

Here's my "costume"

and a closer look

Hint, it's the tattoo sleeves. It's very low-key, but I'm a teacher and many of my students don't celebrate Halloween. I got many double takes and "um, Miss - are those real???" Ha!

I received two great packages in the mail yesterday - from my knitty Spooky SP and my BOO-ty pal! pictures to come!!



It's never to early to think ahead to next year - thoughts / advice welcome!

I could so have Jackson be his own little "short bus" - felt would work, right?

We like bananas!

But this, this dachshund in aluminum chain mail is too much! Someone commented it that it looked knitted on big needles --- maybe?


Avoiding Work

Good thing about school: wireless internet. And boy do I need it. It's just been such a frustrating day. Repeat to self: they are only kids. But they act so old! It's only an act right? They say and do such stupid things though. Grr. And tonight I have to stay late. My knitting is in the car - I'm hoping to knit a little tonight, as I don't have to actually do anything, just be a presence in support of the kiddos. Gotta get going on the presents!

In the meantime, DROOL....
SunsetYarn's Etsy Shop

Sock-ness Monster Socks!

Colorfullife's Etsy Shop

I want to go home and snuggle with some yarn. Or the dog. Hubby too.



AKA: I have a working camera!

Behold, my first pair of socks for Socktoberfest!

Snakes on a Sock!
It was a fun pattern, and I thought I worked through it quickly, but that might be from the two-circulars - it always seems to go faster with them...

Yesterday I hit up Sit N Knit - what a cute shop! The staff was very friendly too and willing to go downstairs and look for something if it wasn't already out. I've got all the yarn I need now for Christmas presents.

Today Jackson and I went to the "All Breeds HOWL-O-WEEN" parade and then the dacshund rescue Hall-o-weenie Fest. He won 3rd place for his costume and was also a race winner! Yay!

Doesn't he look happy?


Wrong Number

I tried to call Dan on his cell phone from the house phone. This means that I had to actually remember the phone number, instead of scrolling through my "contacts" or hitting the speed dial #. Some strange guy answered the phone and I asked for Dan (in case someone else answered it for him) and was told,

"No, there's no Dan here. You misdialed the number."
"What number were you trying to dial"

Well, obviously I was trying to dial DAN'S number!

I was off by one number. Sheesh.


Name Game MeMe

1. Your rockstar name (pet & current street name): Jackson Carriage Hill

2. Your movie star name (grandfather / grandmother on your mom's side & your favorite candy): Veronica Jellybean

3. Your "Fly Guy / Girl" name (first initial of last name, first three letters of your middle name): H Uph

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal): Blue frog

5.YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born):
U. Pawtucket

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name, first 2 letters of mom's maiden name and first 3 letters of the town you grew up in.)Hubredogui

7. SUPERHERO NAME: ("The", your favorite color, favorite drink):
The Blue Margarita

8. NASCAR NAME: (the first name of both your grandfathers): Donald Raymond

9. FUTURISTIC NAME: ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne and the name of your favorite shoes)
Philosophy Grace Clarks

10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother/father's middle name) Donnelly Michael


I've got a new camera coming - hoping tomorrow...

I bought Jackson a few new Halloween shirts at Old Navy (great deal!) but, I think they have redesigned their XS dog shirt as they are tight on him and he hasn't changed his shape too much! I'll return them and exchange for the S, hopefully, and then take photos with the previously mentioned camera.

I started knitting a scarf for one of my aunts for a Christmas present, and realized that I did a bunch of it wrong! It's a two row repeat, and I messed up. For crying out loud self, get a cute stitch marker and use it! You have them. That's what they are their for!!

So far, in thinking about my Christmas gift list, this is what I've got to do:
1.Scarf: Herringbone Lace pattern, Ellyn Cooper yarn - Caribe Irisee - yarn's bought / wound up. This is the one with the stupid mistake I didn't pick up on.

2. Skinny Scarf a la Knitty Gritty on DIY for my cousin - yarn's bought (Classic Elite Premier in two shades of lilac/purple and a smokey grey)
2b. Back to School Cloths are also a possibility for my cousin.

3. Felted Bag with Mitered Squares for one or more of the ladies in my family. Need yarn.

4. Grape Hyacinth Lace Scarf maybe for my cousin's girlfriend. Have some nice pinky Noro that would work nicely.
4a. Also for the cousin's girlfriend, considering Fetching

5. Something for my cousin, a cop. Guys are tough. Maybe fingerless gloves? Maybe a nice scarf that has a touch of cashmere in it?

6. Ditto for my dad.

7. Ditto for my baby brother.

note: I haven't yet made anything for my dad or baby brother... i'd like to... I think the b.b. would be happy with a hat / gloves / scarf (maybe). Dad's not really a scarf guy, but would probably wear one that I made.

8. A set of Fuzzy Feet for a family of my friends: Mom, Dad, kiddo...

9. Other "stuffs" as needed.

10. Oooh, almost forgot. I've got my "HOPE" and "DONALD" yarn and started the scarf for my grandmother, but it's too stripey. I need a pattern for sockweight yarn that blends them together... ideas??
10b. This project would be for Nana, who is going through chemo. She may loose her hair again. Last year I made her a Shedir and she liked it - I think I should make her a box of silly hats: the hallowig, the chicken viking hat, the princess leia hat, and the new knitty surprise!

This weekend I won't be going to Rhinebeck - bummed, but maybe next year. Instead, I'll hit the mall and then check out Sit-n-Knit and CreativeFibers....



There went the weekend.
We were up in Maine for a wedding - way out in Baaaah Haaaa-Baaa. It was gorgeous and the event went off perfectly! However, I misplaced my camera (boohoo) - maybe someone will find it.

On the way up, I finished my Snakes on a Sock! yay! And I started these in the LimeNViolet Lisa Souza yarn

In the spirit of Socktoberfest, here's a bit of my sock history:
When did you first start making socks? I taught myself maybe 4 years ago. I'm not sure why really, but I bet it's because I liked the variegated colorways. I followed an online tutorial that had close-ups of what happened. I remember holding the dpns very close to my eyes (those stitches seemed so tiny!)

What was your first pair? How have they "held up"? My first pair were a slouch kinda pattern using a sockotta yarn. They have held up pretty well, but Jackson took to them last year and now they have a hole bitten in them. They are a little big and the toes are grafted so the seam doesn't go across the line of toes, but rather from the front to the back of the foot.

What would you have done differently? I don't know...maybe pay a little more attention to the finishing of the toe.

What yarns have you enjoyed? Lorna's Laces, Koigu, Sockotta, and Spunky Eclectic! I have some of Claudia's Handpainted and Cherry Tree Hill waiting in the wings. And I did join Scout's Swag club.

What's the preferred method? Two circulars. Love it, and it seems to take less time than dpns. I think I would like to try magic loop.

What's your preferred heel? I really like the flap.

How many pairs have you made? 6 pairs, and counting.
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