Good afternoon. A hello to new followers and a big thank you to all of you for sticking around during my sporadic posting.
This summer has been all about my daughters as you know. School has finally started this past Wednesday! Can I say about damn time? *.･｡ヾ(◍ᄏᴗ))ﾉﾟ+.Woo hoo!♡ Yay!+. It was hard to wake up this first day. I can’t remember what time I woke up last year but 6:30 am was killer and raised zombies in this house. It was also about trying out a new route now that the teenager is an official freshman. Luckily, traffic was mild and because the firstborn starts school 15 minutes earlier than she did for 8th grade, I had more than enough time to get the baby to school.
The youngest was super excited to see her girlfriends again. Most were going early and I parked and walked her to campus because I wanted to see who her teacher was. And guess what? When Jellybean came home she told me her teacher had them sort into Hogwarts houses! (*•̀ᴗ•́*)و ̑̑ Yaaasss, another Harry Potter fan!
Yesterday, I drove Coconut and two of her teammates to the upper east bay in the afternoon. They had a preseason match against another high school that is out of league. I was a little stressed out because I haven’t driven to this city before and I always get nervous when this happens. However I had Google Maps to guide me. I did take a wrong turn to and from and was embarrassed but the senior and junior in the back were cool about it.
My teenager was really nervous, almost to the point where she had tears in her eyes. But once she started playing in the doubles match, she was fine and did her best. I saw her make some terrific saves when she was in the back. Her and her partner didn’t win but this experience was good for my baby to get over her first game jitters.
I’m glad this was the farthest away game the team will have. Man, we didn’t get back until past 6 pm. I was wiped out. I’m thankful the husband is off today and took care of drop off. I went back to sleep and crashed for a few hours. I’m finally feeling human again after a few cups of herbal tea. It won’t be as crazy for two weeks as my daughter will just have practice after school; the season doesn’t officially start until the 18th where there’ll be two games a week. I can’t believe I’m a tennis mom! It’s so cool and I’m extremely proud of my daughter for making the JV team.
O-tay…let’s get onto knitting. So because of a busy summer, I’ve been only knitting on my Disneyland sock. The girls and I have watched a few Prime and Netflix movies:
- A minion marathon after coming back from Universal Studios.
- Two seasons of “Anne with an E”
- Both of the Princess Diaries movies
So by evening, I just needed something easy to knit as I was tired by then and just wanted to relax with the rhythm of needles and yarn working through my hands
My Sister’s Knitter Head, Neck and Feet KAL
Yarn: Little Skein in the Big Wool
Base: House Blend No. 1
Content: 80% merino, 10% nylon, 10% cashmere goat
I’ve finished the leg of my first sock. I’ve been knitting with US 1 (2.25 mm) DPN’s. When I had started on the leg in LA, I realized I didn’t pack my usual US 0’s (2 mm). I just continued on because I think with 0’s my gauge is 8.5-9 stitches per inch. The standard gauge for socks is 8 stitches.
The ribbing (cast on 60 stitches with a US 2, or 2.75 mm, DPN) is knit 3, purl two. I usually knit a k2, p2 but wanted something different this time. There are 20 rounds of ribbing there. When I was going to start the leg, I realized following the pattern for it would make the knits and purls off in place from one another.
Therefore, I decided to knit 10, purl 2 which is only a slight modification of the pattern’s leg. There are 50 rounds; I was going to continue further, but I felt instinctively that that amount was enough.
Because I needed some knitting while the team played yesterday, I felt trying to knit the heel flap, etc. would end up me cursing under my breath because I knew I would probably mess up. Do any of you follow Joanne’s knitting podcast, Stitching the High Notes? She will be co-hosting a Pumpkin MAL 2018, starting September 15th.
One of the rules is, “WIPS are allowed! The projects must be in their early stages (50% or less done).” I decided to cast on another sock because with my attention being all over the place, I know I wouldn’t even get one sock done by the 15th.
The 2.33 hours I sat in my portable, canvas chair by the courts, I got that much done – 12 rounds of 2×2 ribbing.
I cast on 64 stitches on a US 1 (2.25 mm) and switched to US 0 (2 mm). I figured since my gauge is smaller than the standard sock pattern with 0’s, four more stitches than my usual 60 will give me the same fit as my Disneyland sock.
This yarn is Sweet Georgia Yarns which is dyed in Canada. This is their Tough Love Sock base (80% merino, 20% nylon) in the colorway, Pumpkin. I had bought this at STITCHES West most likely seven years ago. I had picked this color because it reminded me of the nickname my uncle called me while growing up.
Okie doke, you are caught up. What are you up to this three-day weekend? Those of you across the pond, do you have Monday off? I think our crew is just chillaxin’. I don’t mind at all. I have two cards to make, one’s two weeks late and other will be tardy. I just didn’t have the energy to think creatively for that craft. Thanks for poppin’ in today. TTYS.