Wednesday, September 23, 2009

In which progress is made ....

Yesterday was the first day of autumn and in some strange turn of fate, the weather actually feels like autumn today. For those of you not in the Houston area, we don’t usually get autumn-like weather until November … and even then, it’s interspersed with still-hot-and-humid. After a day of heavy raining yesterday, there’s actually a nip in the air today that makes me want to stay at home in yoga pants and slippers with my knitting in my lap and a cuppa tea on the table next to me. Instead, I am with the rest of the gainfully employed, stuck at a desk and dreaming of wool sliding through my fingers … but I digress.

Despite the whirlwind of every day life that happens, I have made some good progress with my projects. I purchased buttons from High Fashion Fabrics and sewed all 36 of them on to my Owl Sweater. They didn’t have 36 buttons in one color, so I did blue and white. Turned out nice. Although here you can see the previously mentioned back poodge: Not too bad, but I still know it's there. I was also able to finish a pair of fingerless gloves meant for Hazel.
And worked a bit on my tie dye socks (my first toe-ups). That's Clio in the background, ignoring me because I'm not petting her. I also started Tina’s brother-in-law’s socks last night (my second toe-ups).
Started Mom’s Christmas gift after a nightmare of swatching (seven is too many) and that’s coming along nicely. No photos in case she’s peeking.

This weekend, I have my spinning class at WC Mercantile in Navasota, TX. I’m stupid excited. Check back for photos of my progress.

Also this week, I was all-but-sold on an iPhone. I’ve been thinking I need something to help me with my efforts in social media and getting my knitterly name out there … an iPhone would be a valuable tool for such a thing. I’m an Apple girl, I always have been -- so don't try to convince me to get a Blackberry. However, I have been putting the phone upgrade off for several reasons. 1) The cost. 2) I don’t have AT&T and it would cost another buttload of money to cancel my current provider, and then pony up the cast to start a new contract AND purchase a $200 phone. 3) I don’t really like the idea of having a piece of equipment that is capable of making me entirely unsocial (I do well enough on my own, thank YOU). However, it finally occurred to me that I am in control of how often I have the darn thing out to play with, and I should just make a conscious effort to still make eye contact with people I am sharing a room with. That being said, my iPod is on its last legs, and I figure if I’m going to pay for an iPod, I may as well pay for an iPhone. I have been asking around to see if there are reasons against getting one – so far, the most common (okay – the ONLY) is the complaint of an abundance of dropped calls with AT&T. So I ask you, gentle reader: what kind of phone do you have? Do you like it? Do you hate it? If you have an iPhone, what (if anything) do you not like about it?


  1. I love the effect of the blue and white buttons. What needle size did you finally end up with for the mom gift?

  2. I'm holding my breath and using 4's. I got so sick of buying new fixed circulars that I finally broke down and bought a set. 4's still gave me a too-small guage, but I'm going to run with it and hope that the stretchiness is enough. I just don't have the heart to knit an entire sweater on 3's.