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Test Driving Notes

Sock one of my Winter Socks is complete so I think I can accurately rate my experiences.    I love the convenience of the Hiya Hiya 9-inch circular but I think that knitters with smaller hands than mine would have a much better experience and be happier than knitters with larger hands.   Admittedly, I have “man hands”  meaning I can wear a man’s medium glove…or a ladies XL glove.   My hands aren’t fat…they are just large….nuf said.    So the knit was slower as I got used to the smaller work space.  I am sure I would  have cruised though this sock if I had stuck with DPN.  I did have to use DPN for the flap, heel turn, gusset, and toe…but the rest of the time I used the 9-inch circular.  Regardless the results are beautiful.

Summer Socks by Cookie A

 

I took a trip to Knitche yesterday and ended up with more yarn and one trading Forex book more than the single skein I was planning to purchase.  The book, 60 More Quick Knits by Cascade 220,  I picked up I grabbed as an impulse buy…but I totally love this book.  You need to add this book to your library.  First off I had no idea that Cascade 220 came in anything other than the original worsted weight yarn and a chunky weight version.  I learned from a WEBS email that a fingering weight was available.  When I got to Knitche I saw the sport weight…on which this book is based.  I love this book even more now that I have taken time to peruse it thoroughly.   The more I page through the longer my queue becomes.   The Basket Weave Pocket Scarf would make a great gift!  The Garter Hood with Lace Edging would be a lovely addition to anyone’s winter wardrobe.

I am nuts over the Embroidered Mushroom Cap!   I also love every pair of fingerless mitts.   Get thee to a LYS and check out this book…it’s a must have for any serious knitter.

 

 

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Ad-dic-tion

ad-dic-tion: compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (books, yarn, dark chocolate) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly : persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be habit forming.

What are your addictions?  I have a few and I know that sometimes I am less than pretty when I am craving.  It’s hard for me to concentrate on anything truly meaningful when I am under the influence of one of my addictions.  Since I just finished reading the book, I have the strength to post.

I started the book Matched, the first book in a dystopian trilogy by Ally Condie,when I was bored of TV on Wednesday night.  I read nearly half of it before bed and only went to sleep because I knew I had to.  The first thought I had when I woke up on Thursday morning was of that book and how I was going to get up quietly and escape to read some more before I had to go to work.  As soon as work knocked off for the day and I returned home,  grabbed the book and continued where I left off.  Sadly midnight came too soon and I needed to get to sleep.  I woke up this morning, happy for a day off but I knew my day would be terrible if I did not finish reading the book before I did anything else.

Now that I have finished I can tell you that I LOVE THIS STORY!  You need to read it.  If you liked the Hunger Games you will love this book.  It’s about a 17 year old girl and the dystopian society she lives in.  Of course there is the required love triangle, I mean it is a Young Adult title…so what would you expect but it’s so much better than that Twilight drivel. I know the sequel Crossed won’t be release until November 1, 2011 so it’ll be a long wait and another trilogy please…people you need to follow the lead of one of my fave authors,  Charlaine Harris.  Ms Harris is quite prolific and has tried her best to keep me busy with her Sookie Stackhouse series.  I love her for that but the poor lady can’t write them fast enough for me.  Dead Reckoning is due out May 3rd.  I’ll have that read in an evening.  We’ll probably have to get take out food and wear wrinkled clothes but I need to feed my addiction.  Knitting suffers when I am craving pulp fiction but…just give me some Silky Wool by Elsebeth Lavold and a great Evelyn Clark shawl pattern and I am under the influence in no time flat.  Very addictive!

One thing is certain…housework is always the big loser.  I’ll take a day of addiction over a day of dusting any time….although….indulging one’s self all the time, isn’t very healthy…so….there’s that other word…moderation….so….everything’s okay in moderation, right?

 

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Day Two of Blog Week

I’m pedaling as fast as I can to keep up with the Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2011.  I think I am going to pull out the wild card option and pick my own topic today.  The set topic was to compare knowledge gained this past year to the previous year but I can’t say that I have grown in that way.  I think the reason for  this is that I’ve been knitting quite a while so I have already accomplished much but nothing really new.    So my new topic is…drum roll please….What drives me to knit?

I knit because I enjoy creating and giving hand made items as gifts.  This is something I have done since I was knee high to a grasshopper.  I love matching a yarn to a pattern and to a recipient.  The hours I spend researching and deciding what to knit are very enjoyable to me.  I tend to acquire new yarns just so I can consider their possibilities. Lately, I make a concerted effort to buy exotic fibers or fibers new to the market.  My stash includes bamboo, quviut, milk, sugar, yak, recycled sari silk, alpaca, silk, cashmere, buffalo, camel, and others.  Sometimes I buy just enough for a smallish project which really drives my gift knitting.   It’s a continuous circle.  It makes me happy.

Something else that makes me happy is meeting special people.  Today, I and my fellow library ladies got a private meet and greet with DWTS champion and gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi.  Sweet huh?  Kristi’s in town to promote her new book  Dream Big Little Pig! It’s a lovely book about Poppy, a sweet faced pig, who knows that she is destined for stardom and her continued attempts to get  it right.  The book shows the positive energy and people that surround Poppy as she navigates life in search of her true talent.  It’s a lovely story and I hope to see more titles in the future from this author.  Kristi is very lovely in person and her visit was the highlight of my day today.

Kristi Yamaguchi, my co-workers, and me.

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Catching Fire ARC….fingers crossed….toes too!

A pirate I know told me about the chance to win an ARC of Catching Fire from this lovely blogger.    I really want it bad so I am playing by the rules and linking her.  If I am lucky enough to score I know 5 people right off the bat that would go rabid for this.  If you all haven’t read The Hunger Games…get your bum to the library or bookstore pronto before the release of the sequel in Sept.

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