Out and About Online

Sometimes life is too fun and much more silly than fiction.

Here is one of my daily online comics – you may not have heard of this one, kooky drawn characters in a one-cell style

Ann Modesitt has a really good blog. I have her on in my favorites folder on bloglines, and today she had a new post.

On the right side column of her blog she has a book link to Men Who Knit and the Dogs that Love Them. Looks cute.

Amazon tries to get you to buy a similar title, this time it was Knitting With Balls: The First Contemporary Guide To Knitting For The Modern Male. Heh! When I clicked on that one the push was for Not Tonight Darling I’m Knitting. By Betty Hosegood. I know it seems mean but that whole sequence of links is just way too funny. I really wondered if I was following an elaborate trick via fake Amazon links.

Real knitting content
I should have googled around to see who else had done up the Welt Fantastic socks that I am knitting. Would have found out that they run a bit small. So when I tried to get them on, I could but it was hard going and pulled the pattern too much for my taste. I was already into the foot (sans heel because it is an afterthought). So I cast around in my mind thinking of who would appreciate a pair of hand-knit socks in this particular color scheme. I am thinking that Andrea would like them. Need to ask her today at our Reiki Share and potluck at Mary‘s house.

Life with Reiki
A Reiki Share is where we get together and do group hands-on energy healing (Reiki). Each person gets a turn on the massage table, and then we group around them and lightly touch a section of their body (nothing funny going on, and no massage or rubbing either). It is very, very relaxing and invigorating at the same time. Because we have a big enough group of experienced healers we only have to spend about 10 minutes on each person. After we get done we hang out and eat (of course) and talk about life and laugh while I knit.

More later.


Socks and stuff

I finally finished the 2nd sock of the ridged feather. I did the afterthought heel instead of the forethought heel. I think afterthought heels are pretty cool, and fit like the short row heel, but better because you don’t have the holes from the shortrows; they feel a bit more sturdy. I will be doing the afterthought heel for a few, but I won’t be able to really test out my theory until it is sock weather.

It is definitely not sock weather here in MN. We have been running our AC every day, all day and all night. I love to be cooler, but the zingy sound and white noise gives me a headache. My choices are damp and hot, sweaty and ill from heat without the AC or cool and headachey and stiff neck with the AC.

Hot weather means ice cream. I don’t eat a lot of it but when I do I shop around to get the right flavor. There are so many out there, but they tend to overdo the gooey and sweet. My latest craving is for coffee ice cream, and I found one that really hits the spot = Kemps Caribou Coffee Java Chunk (dark chocolate chunks in creamy coffee ice cream). Very rich, a little goes a long way.

I started another pair of socks – no surprise here. This time it is the Welt Fantastic from Sensational Knitted Socks. I downsized the pattern to a 9 stitch repeat, again so I could get a 72 stitch CO.

It is knitting up really nice, and with the sock yarn I am using, Meilenweit Fun – 99-44659 (whatever) it is making a nice blocky pattern. Here is a very bad scan:

welt fantastic

I like stripes, but pooling is cool too. Speaking of sock yarn (heh) – I decided to order a bunch from Astrid’s Dutch Obsessions. I have never ordered from this company but I decided I really needed give them a shot. Great sale prices on sock yarns, and cheap regular prices, even with shipping from Germany. I opted for the slowest/cheapest because I want to save money and don’t really mind waiting. My plan is to have a good selection to choose from for my participation in Yarn Aboard II.


One down, one to go

So, I just finished my ridged feather (Sensational Knitted Socks).

Here it is:

Ridged Feather Socks - Sensational Knitted Socks

I love it! It fits super, probably the best I have ever made. Stats: CO 72 stitches and did the garter stitch beginning, modified the 11 st pattern to be an 8 st pattern so I could do 72 stitches vs 88. I did the forethought heel – major pain in the butt. It involved a provisional cast on, and managing that while trying to join in the round on size 1 needles was not an easy feat. It turned out nice though.

Because I did the 72 stitches CO I had to modify where I started the heel so that the stitch pattern would center. Oh, and I switched to size 1 needles for the heel and foot vs. the 1.5 I used for the CO and leg.

I have cast on for the 2nd and will probably just do a afterthought heel because in the long run, it will be easier to just keep on knitting and I will be able to visually center easier, etc.

Today is my mom’s 72nd birthday! I made her a very beautiful bracelet (if I must say so myself) with lapiz and gold filled beads. I forgot to photo it, and then was dumb enough to forget to photo it again when I took both her and my brother Steve’s (visiting from Florida) out for lunch. Duh!

Here is Mom/Helene
Helene Aguirre at 72 years in 2006

Here is Steve
Steve Aguirre in 2006

For any of you Minnesotans: There is a great spiritual exhibit coming near the twin cities. It is the Relic Tour for the Maitreya Project. The next incarnation of the Buddha is the Maitreya (Compassionate) Buddha. Funeral relics (cremated remains) from Buddhas and Lamas are being displayed. Donations are being collected for a huge Maitreya Buddha statue being built in India. If you are interested, Visit the Maitreya Project website.

The relics are very beautifully displayed and some are also used to bless anyone that desires a blessing. A small group of us went last year and it was a beautiful spiritual experience. We brought our dogboy Spencer for a blessing too! Buddists believe that to help the animal kingdom gain enlightment is a great service and a blessing too.


And a good time was had by all.

I did make it to the MN Ample Knitters meeting yesterday. We switch locations where we will meet. Did you ever try to come to a decision amongst very flexible people? Kerry is nice enough to make the decision for us each month.

This month we met at Needlework Unlimited at 5:30. Yeah, we meet after the store is closed. They are even kind enough to let us order in food and just hang out. It is like when celebrities have a store close so that they can do their shopping in private – sweet!

I don’t drive out to NU very often since I have become so enamoured of Borealis Yarns. So because this was a bit of a trip, I decided to really make a day of it. I planned out a strategy of leaving the house about 2:00, drive to the NU Outlet Store (only open on weekends) and then a trip to Bead Monkey before the AK gathering.

Here is what I got
even more sock yarn - 4 socks worh
4 socks worth of yarn.

I know I know, I had just posted how I already have enough for 20+ pairs – but but – this yarn was such a deal! Four socks worth of yarn for about $7.25 each pair. And I need some mellow yarn because I don’t want to be one of those crazy ladies with the neon feet. At least not all the time.

That shopping took almost no time. Next, off to Bead Monkey to purchase crimp tubes. Of course I came out with a lot more. I wanted to re-string my amber bracelet. The bracelet was one done up on elastic cord. I am not anti-elastic, but I wanted a more bracelet look this time, so I decided to string them on wire with a real clasp. When I was shopping around the stringing materials section, I found something called "wire savers". They are used to protect your stringing wire and make for a more professional/standard closure. Here they are in action:

wire saver

I added some cloissone beads at each end. I thought I would have to use them so that I could pass a doubled wire through, but it turns out I really didn’t need them because the holes in the amber beads were big enough. But I think it looks nice. I bought 2 more so I could make matching earrings, but now I realize that if I want to make a set, I need bendy wire to make the bead dangle at the end. – Sigh – I always seem to need to make 2 trips to get anything finished. Such is life.

Ate a quick late lunch early dinner and headed out to NU for some early shopping. Met up with Mary, tooled over to get something to drink before the meeting, then back to NU. A smallish group this month (I guess only 2 last month). But a good time was had by all.


Even More Sock Action

Still trying to make use of my medium sized sock stash. I have enough sock yarn for about 20 more pair. Good thing socks don’t take that long, but still – I figure about 1 set of socks a week, maybe 1+. That still means almost 6 months worth of sock knitting. I might have to break it up with some shawls and scarves.

Anway, here is my latest. Again, from Sensational Knitting Socks – I keep wanting to call it Essential Socks. I am thinking that is the name of another book, one I probably already have. Need to look for that.

ridge feather socks

It’s the Ridge Feather pattern in the Chevron Patterns for Self-Striping Yarn. Of course I could not leave well enough alone – I modified the pattern so that I could make it a 72 stitches sock vs. the 88 stitches. 8 stitch repeat vs 11. My legs are plump, but socks should stretch a bit to stay on right? 88 stitches was way too big. I took off a p2 tog and one of the k1 yo repeats and it is working out just fine.

I will probably try the Forethought Heel just for the heck of it. I like trying new cast-ons, stitch patterns and stuff. Just hope it doesn’t end up being an forethought hell.

Weatherpeople are saying it will be hell-like (the hot type, not the frozen-over type) this weekend. I hope to go to our Minnesota gathering of Ample Knitters on Saturday. And some good D&D action with our friends.

Hope you all stay cool and safe.


Willow Bud Socks and Spencer the Wonder Dog

The newspaper writeup about Spencer has been published. You can find it at the Ironwood Globe website. Cool!

Here is a photo of my Willow Bud Socks from Sensational Knitted Socks
Willow Bud Socks - Essential Socks

What is that you say? You can’t see the Willow Buds???

That is because I whimped out made a design choice of only doing one repeat. Here is a closeup so that you can see them:

Willow Bud Socks - closeup

The yarn is so yummy. I am glad I finally knit it up. Like I said, previous attempts had been futile. This time I just kept on going with it. I know the buds don’t show that much, but I know they are there and I think the socks look cool anyway. I did the 60% heel and a 50% toe, and I think I am going to go back to either a 50% toe or less.

I’ve Been…

WT, Spencer and I went to Presque Isle, Wisconsin. Waaaaay up North to visit
Ed Wegner
Ed & Marcia (sorry Marcia I have zero photos of you – what is up with that!!!)

We saw their


Went to several
4th of July parade
4th of July parade 2

Firetrucks and community floats galore.

Spencer really enjoyed himself and was the star of the evening when we went to see:

4th of July fireworks

He even was approached for an interview because he was so popular. No kidding – when I get a copy of the newspaper article I will let you all know.

A good time was had by all. Oh, and I kept knitting on my modified Willow Bud (Sensational Knitted Socks) socks. I should be able to show you a photo of them soon.