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Brief Detour...

I found out this evening that the parent of a good friend has been hospitalized for leukemia.  She's presently undergoing chemotherapy, which promised to effectively knock out her entire immune system here shortly. There are a lot of interesting facts that go along with it (they're pumping her full of chemicals that they clean up while wearing hazmat suits, for example).

My friend is home in Chicago for the moment but headed back to see his parents in a couple of weeks. I, of course, am reacting with wool.

I'm headed to the yarn store tomorrow to pick up some skeins of Berroco Peruvia Quick or something similar and intend to have something on the needles tomorrow.  I have to track down my size 15 needles, they're around here somewhere.

Anyway, we'll be taking a brief detour as I get this project done. We'll return you to your regularly scheduled Lent after that.


It's not just me...

Check out today's Rhymes with Orange.  I promise I'm not trying to end up with all of the projects becoming one single project, no matter how tempting!

One skein at a time...

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Lent is officially underway and Chez Hedgehog is all UFOs all the time.  At least, until I start browsing Ravelry and notice patterns like Contrast and Complement or Chantalle. Then I start stalking the stash and wondering just where the right size needles might be tucked.  Then I remember it's Lent and I've committed to that giant blanket. Maybe those patterns will be this year's Easter basket.  Along with the Cadbury eggs.


I think it's probably the worst thing I've ever named a project--Instant Gratification. Sure, each skein doesn't take THAT long, but it's 26 skeins and each of those is taking me a couple of hours and did I mention that there's a gouge in the one needle point that's catching quite often? Wooden needles are failing me left, right, and tweed.

Since taking the blanket back up last week, I've gotten through 4 more skeins of the taupe yarn.  I've got one more left before I go back to the green.  That means I've got 10 skei…

Sideways glance at myself

There was no sock update yesterday because, well, I haven't worked on any socks except for a couple rounds. So taking a picture that showed no progress didn't seem helpful. Also, Thursday was a giant disaster of a several hours to answer reference question that blew my day apart.

And I've only made it through another half skein on the afghan. There have been a lot of writing deadlines this week.  Hopefully this weekend I can actually make a dent on things.

We shall see....


Bring on the Unfinished Objects...

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Can you believe Lent starts next week? It seems early this year, though I know we see Lent migrate around all of February and starting on the 22nd means it will be April when Easter rolls around. Also, how are we approximately 50 days from Easter?

I've been thinking through Lenten observations, giving up things, taking up things, committing to things.  A couple of years ago I did a Lenten yarn diet.  But I know that was when I was buying yarn every two-three days. This year I've bought one skein of wool total and that was because we were in Dallas. I know, I'm shocked at my restraint too, but I did buy that one project bag and I purchased a mitten pattern that I have no idea when I'll get to knitting it....

Between now and the end of March, there is a thesis due date for the Philosopher, I've got a national presentation to finish planning and give, and we're traveling for that conference and a wedding.  Oh, and M is coming to stay with me so I want to make sure…

Sock Show Thursday: Green and Purple...

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In the fantasy world in my head, I have huge swaths of knitting time on public transit, at home in the evenings while catching up on my Netflix, and at cocktail parties where I'm well dressed and carrying beaded and funky project bags. Keep in mind that somehow at these parties I'm also imagining that I've had time to get my hair done.  Nowhere in this fantasy do I have an apartment that needs deep cleaning, a pile of articles to read, friends who are more of the beer than cocktail persuasion who I see over jeans rather than stilettos (that's perfectly fine btw), and trains that are often very crowded so I'm holding onto a railing and squished in rather than trying to wield pointy sticks.  
There were at least a couple of non-notetaking meetings this week and one day that I got a seat on the train for the ride home.  I should have knit at the annual doctor appointment (I'm fine) but hadn't expected to be kept waiting for 45 minutes and was reading a book in…

Sock Show Thursday: One Done and Onwards...

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I haven't been to bed yet, so it's still Thursday. At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Pair Number 1 for 2012 is done!!!  I got them done before February even.  Tada!


Okay so really they aren't blue, they're gray.  In this close up shot you can even see it: 

















Overall I think they turned out pretty well.  I really like the yarn.  These are going in the Gift Bin.  They already have a recipient so no, you can't ask for them for yourself. Sorry.


















Last week we left our intrepid purple sock halfway down the leg.  Now, I've turned the heel, decreased through the gusset and I'm zooming down the foot.  I adore size 2 needles with sportweight wool.  One minute you have yarn and seemingly the next minute you have a sock.  These are for me.  


 But as I mentioned earlier this week, I had a needle catastrophe. The Philosopher isn't entirely convinced. He thinks we can fix it without loosing the needle sizing. I've added that to the enormous li…

Needle Down....

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I woke up the other morning to find that Pyewacket had grabbed my current sock off the table and started carrying it around the livingroom/kitchen area.  Fortunately, the spiderweb wasn't too complex and I was able to untangle it.  Monday night, when I sat down to work more on it, I found we'd had a casualty.

Trying to get a picture of this was pretty near impossible. I apparently need a better camera or to finally got that class with Mr. Habit.  Anyway, as you can see there's a chunk taken out of the needle.  I've tried fixing things like this before. I have sand paper for the occasionally little problem.  This, however, is a serious gouge.  In order to sand it down, it's going to change the size of the needle.

I'm not sure if I'm going to try a repair yet.  A quick rummage through the needle stash tells me that I do not have another 9" Size 2 circular. So the Purple Sock (update on Thursday) would have to be completed on DPNs.  *back of hand to fore…