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Monday, September 30, 2002
Well, I spent almost the entire day today in waiting rooms of doctors offices and I didn't bring any knitting! That was dumb. But I didn't have anything sitting around that was small and at the "mindless" stage. That's what I get for not having 16 different socks on the needles at one time! I think I will cast on a basic sock tonight, maybe the mate to my Tiger Opal, cuz I have another appointment tomorrow afternoon.

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Sunday, September 29, 2002
Ok, I'll admit it. I haven't done much knitting this weekend. I've been doing some fall-type projects: cross stitch (jack-o-lantern) and sewing. Look at this adorable halloween fleece shirt I made for Jackson (that's candy corn, btw). I made a matching poncho for me. Trick-or-treat, here we come!

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Saturday, September 28, 2002
knitty is cool. I like it and I can tell that a lot of work was put into it.

I am going to frog my halloween socks. I'm just not feeling it. I was thinking about making one black sock and one orange sock, or maybe I will just skip the whole thing and wear some store-bought socks (gasp!) on Halloween.

I can't decide what I want to work on this weekend. I am thinking about making my mom "the incredible custom-fit raglan" (free pattern) using some mauve Lamb's Pride worsted I got on clearance. It's definitely her color. Of course I just ordered the yarn and it isn't here yet and I really want to start it.

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Friday, September 27, 2002
I am working on my Halloween socks. I think I will do an orange and black striped foot. I hate color changes though--all those ends hanging around and loose stitches.

Yesterday I finally got my order from amazon: VIntage Knits, Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook, Vogue Socks 2. I skimmed them and they look neat. I really like some of the patterns in Vintage Knits and the fact that they use Rowan yarns.

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Thursday, September 26, 2002
Last night I started my Halloween socks. I figure I need to get cracking since it's almost October. I bought 2 skeins of Regia--one black and one orange--so we'll see what I come up with. So far I just did a short black leg and am working on an orange heel.

Oooh, yesterday I got a catalog from the Wool Connection. It's kind of cool that they have "kits". I circled a bunch of things I want and gave it to DH for my Christmas list. Heh.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2002
I didn't do any knitting last night because I was working on a cross stitch project for an exchange. I did make some progress on my lunchtime sock yesterday, though. The heel is done on sock #2 so I have to pick up those gusset stitches. I forgot to bring my little crochet hook today so I guess I will do that tomorrow.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2002
Last night I basically just watched the game, but I did take some pics at halftime. Here is the koigu sock I finished the other day. The colors are actually much deeper and more vibrant. Here is the progress I've made on my aran cardigan. Here is the fab-oo cashmere I received in the mail from L.

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Monday, September 23, 2002
I am totally insane. I just made a list of all the knit items I really want to finish before 2002 is over. Um, I listed 18 things! Granted, some of these are single socks to finish a pair, but...??? 2 sweaters, 1 tote, 2 lace scarves, 1 Homespun shawl, and the rest are socks or pairs of socks.

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Well, Saturday wasn't a very good knitting day. Sunday was much better. I basically plopped in front of the tv and watched football and knit all day. I made some progress on the back of my aran cardigan and also cast on for sock # 2 in LL worsted miata. I finished sock #2 of my autumn sock which you can see here. I washed them and as soon as they are dry I will mail them to my sister.

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Sunday, September 22, 2002
Um, I just spent something like $200 at the big Colourway sale. But the prices are ridiculously low, so I don't feel too guilty. Be sure to check it out. No more yarn buying for me for the rest of the year, except with bday/xmas money!!!!!!

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Saturday, September 21, 2002
More shopping. Yesterday I stopped at Michael's and picked up 6 skeins of LB Woolease in a blue multi color. I want to make my mom a vest for Christmas and I think I will sort of design it myself. We went to Barnes and Noble and I got _Zen and the Art of Knitting_, FCEK Holiday, and Knit 'N Style. I haven't bought K 'N S in a long time, but it contained a shawl pattern that I really like and also that cute Mary Maxim cardinal cardgian (I am a sucker for holiday-ish patterns). FCEK had some cute things, like the little gift projects. I think I will make that little snowflake purse for my sister. There was also a charity article and a simple seaman's scarf pattern so I started one last night. I have some leftover acrylic that I was going to give away and I needed a mindless project for when I'm tired or whatever. Oh, I also bought Woman's Day mag (10/8) at the grocery store and there was a little knitting article in there (p. 109). DH is at work all day today so I have lots of knitting planned. BUT I also have some cross stitch I need to do plus various domestic responsibilities--bleh.

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Friday, September 20, 2002
I just got back from donating blood at the blood drive. I am feeling very virtuous and um, lightheaded. This morning I finished up my koigu harvest cable sock and I just need to weave the toe. I think it will go in the orphan sock bag for a while since I have other gift socks to work on. Yesterday I received the infamous "Peak Experience" sock pattern in the mail. I'm still pondering which yarn I want to use with it. Oh, and L. picked up 4 skeins of dark green hand-dyed laceweight cashemere for me in NYC. I am so excited. I so want to use it for the peace shawl, I just have to work up the nerve.

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Thursday, September 19, 2002
Aha! I now have a button that you can use to link me (see left hand side)! A big thank-you to Darilyn!

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logic Smartie!

How Are You Smart?

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Well, I didn't do much knitting yesterday but I did do some shopping. I went to Smiley's and ordered some Patons Clasic wool in grey (enough for a sweater) and some Lion Brand Alpaka to make some socks. Then I got home to a big box of random yarn from elann. What was I thinking when I placed this order? Well, I did get some more nice superwash wool for socks, but I also got 4 balls of Gedifra Gigante in magenta (???) and a big cone of laceweight Jaggerspun wool/cotton in white and dark cherry (????). Oh yeah, some dpns too.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2002
I'm pretty sure I like shopping for/buying yarn more than I actually like knitting. For instance, right now I am looking online for yarn to make that bell-sleeved sweater in IK. Then I decided I want to knit my mom a vest for Christmas so I'm looking for a pattern and yarn for that. Somehow I don't think I'll get all these Christmas presents done if I keep buying yarn to make things for me. It's a sickness.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2002

Tie Dye

I'm the tie dye Doc Marten...
play me some Grateful Dead,
alter my consciousness a little
and I'm a happy camper!

Which Doc Marten are you?
(by *coffeebean*)

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I have decided to keep going with my orange aran cardigan. I like it. I worked on it a little bit last night while watching Monday Night Football (zzzzzzzzz). I am busy looking online for the perfect buttons for it. I need six, one inch, and I am thinking pewter. If you know of any great online sources, let me know. I am also thinking about the sweater in the current IK with the bell sleeves made from Baabajoes Wool Pak. I might actually use the yarn called for--gasp!!

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Monday, September 16, 2002
I have a problem regarding my aran cardigan. I keep going back and forth as to whether I want to continue with it or not. I love the pattern. But I'm wondering about this yarn. I love the color, but I'm a bit unsure about the quality. I mean, it's 100 wool, but of course there are varying qualities of wool. Part of me thinks that it's very cool to take this wool that's in a color that I love (and most people can't stand) and that I got a good deal on, and make it into something beautiful and unique. The only thing is I'm wondering how this yarn will hold up and I probably shouldn't spend lots of time knitting this intricate pattern if it's going to be a nappy finished product. Maybe I should splurge on the yarn recommended in the pattern (Reynold's turnberry tweed), which would be about $70. But I really should stop buying yarn as my stash just keeps growing and growing. Does any of this make sense? What do you think? Email me and let me know.

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Sunday, September 15, 2002
I took a picture of what I have so far for the back of my aran cardigan. I like it.

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Time to reduce my number of active wips again. I am really liking my aran cardigan in bright orange so that's going to be my main focus for a while. I will try to post a pic later. Oh, and I found out the person I bought the yarn from does have more so I guess I should buy some just to be safe. yay!

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Saturday, September 14, 2002
Yesterday was not a good knitting day. I stayed home from work because I wasn't feeling well and figured I'd get a lot of knitting done. But I realized I've been in kind of a rut and didn't feel like working on anything. Did a few rounds on a sock and got bored. Did a little bit on a cross stitch Christmas ornament and got bored. Took out my sleeveless cotton shell, worked on the front, screwed up the cable pattern, and threw it back in the knitting basket. Then I started looking through old knitting magazines to try and decide what to do with that orange wool I got from eBay. It's really starting to grow on me! I kept thinking poncho as suggested by K, but I saw this aran cardigan in the winter 01/02 IK and fell in love with it. Imagined how cool it would look in orange, so I cast on for it. I am still deciding if I will continue with this project, if I will have enough yarn, etc.

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Friday, September 13, 2002
WOOHOO, I finished my LL sock yesterday. See it here. Note to self: use worsted weight yarn to make remaining Christmas gift socks!

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Thursday, September 12, 2002
Last night I was fairly brain dead so I decided to start a plain sock in the LL miata worsted. I did K2P2 rib for the leg and a typical slip stitch heel. I am already doing the gusset decreases--gotta love the instant gratification of doing worsted weight socks.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2002
Not a lot of knitting going on. I'm too busy sulking about my job situation. Ha. I got a 10% raise and I was going to buy myself some yarn, but I didn't even do that. I bought some ready-made clothes instead. gasp! Well, I ain't knitting a velour jogging suit any time soon. snort. Actually I'm not feeling that great and I'm not sure if it's a cold or just allergies.

Anyhoo, last night I frogged that darn September SOTM. There was no way I was going to do inch after inch of lace pattern with a really tight gauge and size 0 needles (and then have to repeat on sock #2). Very liberating. That beautiful yarn will have to become socks in some other pattern. Wound my lorna's laces worsted "miata" into a ball as I want to make my mom some boot socks with it for her birthday in November. Did a bit of knitting on the koigu sock and the autumn sport sock.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2002
Last night I did a little bit of sock knitting during Monday night football. I also got a skein of Lorna's Laces worsted that I bought from eBay. It's "near solid" in "carrot", which is a very good description of the color. Of course I will be making something for me as I don't know anyone else who would wear that color. ha! Right away I thought socks, but sheesh, I think I'm going a little overboard with the socks. Then I thought hat, but I don't really need a wool hat in Southern California. Oh well, we'll see.

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Monday, September 09, 2002
I did end up getting some knitting done on Sunday. I worked on socks through most of the games (except the Packer game, of course). I finished sock #1 of the autumn cabled check and cast on the second (I put a pic in my photo album). Then I started the September SOTM from theknitter. This yarn is absolutely gorgeous. It's going to take a while thought as it's cables and lace on US #0 needles!!

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Saturday, September 07, 2002
Ooooooh, the mailman brought some great yarn today. First, the Mountain Colors weavers wool in evergreen that I ordered to make socks for my sister. "Friday Harbor" in the book _Knitting on the Road_. My sister lives in Bellingham, WA and has spent a lot of time on Friday Harbor. I also got my SOTM for September from theknitter. The yarn is a beautiful handpainted wool in purples and blues and the pattern is a lace cable clog sock. Perfect! I just got a new pair of Birk clogs in the mail yesterday.

I decided to do a cable check sock pattern I got free off the internet with my autumn sport weight. I am working on the heel right now.

Probably no knitting or blogging tomorrow cuz it's time for FOOTBALL!!!

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Yesterday I received a box of yarn I got from eBay. 8 skeins of "vintage" bright orange wool in worsted weight, I think (label doesn't give yardage, gauge, etc). Still trying to decide what to do with it. Also a ginormous skein of "straw" colored wool, again probably worsted weight. Maybe thick boot socks and a hat for my sister or something.

I finished one Opal tiger sock. Also printed out 2 sport weight sock patterns and cast on again with the autumn colored sport weight wool. Just did the ribbing and now I have to decide what pattern I will use.

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Friday, September 06, 2002
well, I haven't been able to concentrate on knitting much since I'm too busy being stressed about my work situation. Anyhoo, last night I ripped out the sport weight sock because I just couldn't face a plain sock. I need to find a pattern that I like but isn't *too* brain-bending. Maybe I'll do blueberry waffle.

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Thursday, September 05, 2002
um, I started a new sock this morning. I have 3 on the needles, but they are all on US 1, and I wanted to do one on larger needles. I am using the "Autumn" colored sport weight wool that I got from blackberry ridge. I cast on 48 sts on US 3s, and I think I might just do basic K2P2 for the entire leg and st. st. foot. I want to send these to my sister soon so she has socks for when it starts to get cold. She will have to wait until Christmas to get the rest of them!

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Wednesday, September 04, 2002
Got lots of cool stuff in the mail yesterday. From I got a set of #4 brittany birch dpns, lornas laces worsted in mineshaft, and the new Knitter's mag (one word--blech). From red barn farm in Wisconsin (via eBay) I got 2 large skeins of hand dyed sport weight wool (for socks, naturally). One in "northwoods green" and the other in "autumn". Very nice.

I just finished the gusset decrease on my Opal Tiger sock.

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Tuesday, September 03, 2002
I'm back from the 3-day weekend and here's my knitting news. I finished the back of my sleeveless cotton sweater and cast on for the front. I finished the cabled socks for my sister so I just need to wash them. They are so nice. Stopped at Velona on Sunday and picked up 2 balls of Dale Falk to try for socks (green & gold--Packer socks!) and 2 balls of Regia Stretch. I bought some Caron acrylic at Michael's in green & gold to make some Packer slipper socks for my mom (she needs ones that wear like iron and can go in the washer & dryer). But I just can't handle knitting with it--yuck! To the charity bin with this yarn! I started an Opal tiger sock and just got to the heel last night. These are really cool looking. I think that's about it! Oh, and I also received an order from Carodan farm--one ball Regia in black and one in orange (halloween socks), Port Orford sweater pattern, reinforcing thread, Regia knee socks pattern.

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