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Pattern: Fiber Trends Mt. Hood Socks
Yarn: Mieleweit Fun and Stripes (color?) 80%wool/ 20% nylon
Needles: Blue Sky Alpacas, size 1 (more on these later)
Notes: I loved this pattern. Easy to memorize, worked great with the stripes. Not sure I’m too crazy about this yarn. The colors are wonderful and much more vibrant than the pictures show (why can’t I get good pictures? The green looks yellow in these shots; it’s actually a nice lime). The yarn I’m not too sure about. It’s definitely not the softest, and it split a lot while knitting. But, I’m sure it will wear well.

These socks cover me for both Socktoberfest and Sock-a-Month Knitalong Two (pair number two).

As for the needles. I’m pretty torn on these. For $27 I expect greatness. And I will say, I have loved kntting with these. The problem? When I first got them there was one needle that had a little split on the end. Rather than take the time to return them, I decided to just sand the edge down and knit on. They’ve been great since then. What sucks is what Clara had to say in this review. Apparently others have had the same problem, often worse, and the company says these needles should only last 3-5 projects. HUH? I’m sorry, but that is just insane. For this much money I expect better than that. I know wooden needles get bent and sat on and the like, but 3-5 projects? I was so excited about these, especially for their claim to have been made on a “fair trade” basis. That’s important to me and I’m often willing to pay more for that, but fair trade usually means better quality as well (at least in my experience). I’m not sure that I’d invest in another set if they aren’t expected to last. I guess I’ll have to see how these hold up, because I will say they were the best wooden needles I’ve knit with in awhile. If they only last…

On the swapping front, I sent my SP9 her first package and I have to say, I was pretty excited about it. She loved it and it seemed to arrive at a good time for her. As for me, I’m not sure what’s up with my pal. S/he sent me a couple of nice e-mails about a month ago and I haven’t heard anything since then. I’m hoping s/he’s just been busy. SP9, are you out there? 🙂

The Coffee Swap is underway and I’m busy matching members up. I’m excited for the number of knitters that signed up. I think this will be a great swap.

Coming soon: the sweater that made Little Man say, “Mooooommmm, don’t wear that!”


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I really appreciate all the kinds words about Gracie’s health and our anniversary. I really wish Blogger was set up so I could e-mail every single one of you. I often think of switching to another blog program just for that reason. But I do appreciate every comment that each one of you leaves, very, very much!

Gracie is on the way to good health. It looks like IBS is the culprit. She is on three medications now and is switching to a new food. Hopefully this will all take care of it. No accidents this week!

We are going out on our first “date” since Knittybaby was born tomorrow. We’re talking the whole deal here, wine, multiple courses (a second mortgage to pay for it?). Hopefully Knittybaby will do okay with my parents for the evening. As you guys know he’s not the easiest kid to get to sleep, so we’ll be making an earlier reservation just in case. If he goes to sleep, well, then more time for us! Either way, I can promise wherever we go there will no kids menu.

My Socktoberfest socks are getting their toes stitched up tonight, so no photo yet. Here’s some Little Man art to hold you over. Have a great weekend!


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Knittymama loves the Skeptic

Nine years ago today, the Skeptic and I made our vows to one another in front of our dearest friends and family. I keep thinking to myself, “Nine years, dang, that’s a long time!” Even longer, it’s been thirteen years now that we’ve been together, since I was an uppity nineteen year old college girl and he was the shy boy in my piano class who never paid any attention to the professor.

The Skeptic is the guy who rode his bike through a Wisconsin snowstorm to bring me flowers on Valentine’s Day. (They all froze and the heads broke off but hey, you can’t beat the effort.) He always remembers flowers and finds me amazing earrings from little jewlery shops. He totally cracks me up, ever though most other people don’t get his sense of humor. He barely raises an eyebrow whenever I say “You know what I think we should do*?” and goes along with it even though I know he’d rather just relax with some coffee and NPR in the basement. He always listens, even when I yammer on endlessly. I don’t think I’ve ever told him this, but I think he is by far the most unselfish person I know; he has always put me and the boys ahead of anything else. He is the king of laundry. He can fix just about anything. He is an amazing father and is not afraid of diapers, spit-up, or being alone with the kids. The Skeptic is by far my best friend, and on days like these I seriously can’t believe I have been so blessed to have found him as my partner.

So to my Skeptic: Happy Anniversary! Italy next year, right?

*On our first anniversary, I told him, ” I have an idea! Let’s open up a special account and we’ll save tons of money and for our tenth anniversary we’ll go spend a month in Italy! Won’t that be cool?” He just gave me that same, “Sure babe, what ever you want” look and I happily yammered away about all the fun we would have. Because you see, the Skeptic was secretly thinking, “um…yeah. We’re gonna have a house a kids and jobs no money and I really don’t want to be dragged off to Italy anyway so please let her forget about this idea…” So we now we do have a house a kids and jobs and no money and I did forget all about Italy, until tonight. So now? Our twentieth anniversay. Seriously. All summer. I’ll open the savings account tomorrow. 😉


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