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Mine? Mine? Mine? April 18, 2011

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8 months. 8 MONTHS I’ve been looking for a job and had no calls, no interviews, nothing.

This week? Two interviews in three days. Both are jobs I’d probably quite like. One is at Michael’s (the craft store) and the other is at REI (outdoor sporting/camping goods store). I’m a little nervous, because while the Michael’s job would be ok, I REALLY want the REI job, but the Michael’s interview is first.

Anyway, knitting stuff. You came here for that, right? Well here’s half an FO:

This is a test knit I signed up to do on Ravelry. The pattern is called Violin Socks, and the yarn is Malabrigo sock. I’m about 2/3 done with the leg on the 2nd sock, but I don’t have a photo of that yet.

That’s really all I’m working on that’s worth showing yet. I have two or three more projects but such little progress that there’s no point taking a photo. However, I got some mail today! A while ago, I signed up for the Knitgirllls spin-a-long. I didn’t end up liking the fiber we got very much, so I asked a friend to drum card it and I got the finished batts back today. They’re gorgeous!

Here’s before:

And after!

Nom nom nom.

 

FOs Everywhere April 11, 2011

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Seriously, I’ve been a finishing fiend lately. Since I finished the Arden mitts, I’ve finished

The Sunset Loop socks

Froot Loops by Kristi Geraci, Mountain Colors Crazyfoot in an unknown colorway, size US 2 needles

The Boring Mansocks for Cory

My own generic sock pattern, Arucania Ranco in Olive, size US 1.5 needles

AND a teeny little microfoppy.

Monster Chunks by Rebecca Danger, Knitpicks Gloss Lace in Fiesta, size US 0 needles

I’ve still got a lot to do by the end of the month, but I feel pretty good about what I’ve finished so far. I’m working on my old Woodland Shawl as one of my WIPs for Nerd Wars, and I need to make Celaeno still as well. Then I signed up to test knit some socks that were turning out way too big, so I need to start over on smaller needles, AND I have to make the shawl for the auction winner. Whew!

 

Unitologyyyyyyyyyy April 5, 2011

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As I mentioned in the previous post, the April Nerd Wars Challenges were announced a few days ago and I lost no time getting started. Here’s a list of my plans:

Giving Geeks(Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Relief): Already done- I won one of the auctions in the CPAAG Action Auction for Japan and donated the amount that I bid to the Search Dog Foundation to help train dogs to find missing people.
Intellectual (Pi): Froot Loop socks! Yep, one is already done and the other is nearing the heel flap.

Froot Loop socks in Mountain Colors Crazyfoot, unknown colorway, size US 2 needles.

Nerd Culture (Reading): This one is done, too. I made Arden mitts for Cory and embroidered some symbols from Unitology (Dead Space game and novels) on the palms.  Cory asked for “magic symbols” on the palms, so this worked for that and also made the project fit into the reading challenge.  The symbols are his initials.

Arden in Malabrigo Worsted Merino, color Buscando Azul, size US 7 needles.

Scientific (Deep Sea): I’m knitting Celaeno in some Yarn Pig I have in Midnight Sky, with silver-lined turquoise beads to represent bioluminescent creatures in the deep areas of the ocean.
Technical (Size): For this you’re supposed to scale something you’ve already made. I’m probably just going to make a minifoppy, but if I have time I might make a small version of the clapotis I made for my wedding.
Team Spirit (WIPs): My husband will be so happy- an excuse to finish his socks! I might also try to finish this lovely scarf I started ages and ages ago.

 

April at last April 2, 2011

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That means Spring is well and truly on the way. It also means I can stop waiting for the next Nerd Wars challenges and freakin’ cast ON, already.

Things of note this week:

  • I went out to 3 Kittens Needle Arts with my sister to use the gift card she and her husband gave me for my birthday. I got these:

Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Magenta (apparently because that’s what color the water turns when you dye yarn purple) and

two skeins of Lush angora/merino in a gorgeous dark forest green.  (before anyone says it, yes, I know it sheds. It’s angora. DUH, it sheds.)

  • My video podcast was mentioned on several other video podcasts, and has gotten over 100 views on all three episodes now.
  • The CPAAG Action Auction for Japan started today (well, besides the flash auctions that went on over the week- this was the real, all day long start of the auction, which goes until Sunday at 10:30 EDT) and my offering, a custom shawl in any color and pattern, sold for $175! I had the winner donate the money to Doctors Without Borders, and she’s going to get back to me later this weekend or next week about her choice of pattern and yarn.
  • The Nerd Wars challenges were indeed posted and are FRIGGIN’ HARD. I’m not sure what I’ll do for most of them, but at least a couple will be pretty easy- one is to do something to help Japan (yeah, got that in the bag, see above) and one is to make something relating to pi, which is convenient because I just started a pair of Froot Loop socks. No photos yet- I’m tired and need to go to bed- but I’ll post some later this week. At the rate these socks are going, I’ll probably even show a finished sock later this week!