Wednesday, March 02, 2005


Still no pictures over here at Chez Bookish. It looks like the big bad server that holds my pictures is down. Alas, gift pictures will have to wait.

In the meantime, Birthday week continues here. My hubster picked me up from work AGAIN last night. You would be surprised how happy and giddy this makes me. It's damn cold out and not having to wait for a bus, then a train, then a bus is pretty damn great. I also got a fun surprise last night. Rumor around the house is that there is another one coming tonight. Yippy!

Yesterday I found an email from A* in my inbox. What? It seems someone sent me a gift certificate! There is no name attached to the ecard (which played Happy Birthday to meeee.) Now, if this was from one of you - Thank you! It truly made my month! I had no idea that you could do such a thing. (I know, what rock have I been under?!) Because I can't thank you directly and, because I'd like to pass on the incredible feeling getting it gave me, I will be passing forward such a gift to some other birthday blogger soul in the future.

In the meantime...I'll be over at A-zon figuring out what to get. Yippy!!!

Sock update: I turned the heel successfully and have picked up the stitches for the gusset. What is intriguing me is the engineering behind this sock. What is driving me crazy are the holes left where I picked up the stitches. I’m going to continue and see how it looks when I’m done. Or should I try something different?

The thing is, when I first knit something I like to follow the directions to the letter. This way I can understand the construction and shape. It’s only after I do it once that I’ll go back and fix it. I’ve decided socks are the perfect commuting project. This means that plenty of socks will be in my future. Knowing that there will be more makes me think I should just leave this as it is and do something different on the next one. Any thoughts?

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Anonymous Laura A. said...

Those holes where you pick up around the edge of the heel are really annoying, huh? If you knit into the _back_ of every stich (instead of the front like normal), it twists the stich and helps to close the hole. My socks look a lot better since I started doing that.

3/02/2005 10:54 AM  
Anonymous Colleen said...

Oooh, a GC. Whatcha gonna get?

3/02/2005 11:16 AM  
Blogger theartofdistance said...

i get those holes a lot... i usually go back with a piece of scrap yarn after i'm finished with the sock and weave it in to close the holes... other times i just pick up more stitches than necessary and closer together so that the holes don't have a chance to form


3/02/2005 11:17 AM  
Blogger margene said... today's the day? Hippo Birdy to Ewe!!
Laura has a good hint...knit into the back of the stitch. Or I pick up both parts of the stitch and it keeps the hole to a minimum. You second one will better and each one after that.
Have a super good day!!!!

3/02/2005 3:07 PM  
Blogger Elisa said...

Oh - that is a great idea you got from Laura! I can't wait to start my 3rd pair of socks now. :) They really are the perfect commuting project.

Does this mean you've gotten through your knitting blahs?

3/02/2005 8:04 PM  
Blogger um said...

i know you provided the math when you said which day your birthday was going to be, but i was more of an english gal and didn't add up right. is it today? did i miss it?

whenever it is/was, happy birthday!!!!! i'm going to have to figure this out.

sock-wise, those little holes are buggers. here are a few tips i've picked up along the way:

1. when picking up stitches, if you see an area where you think there will be a hole, go in diagonally so you're picking up two stitches within one (does this make sense? i can't describe it well).

2. if you have to, pick up extra stitches and just decrease a few extra times.

enjoy your gift certificate! how fun!

3/02/2005 9:04 PM  

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