Thursday, September 14, 2006


First--Second Sock Syndrome, conquered!

Here are some pics to prove it.

First, the pic of my sweet 2-1/2 year old, wearing his new socks (that rock!).

Note the detail on the toe.

This kid has the squarest toes I've ever seen on a human. So I have to knit his toes especially boxy. I love that I can do that. I used the magic cast on from Knitty's Widdershins pattern, then I used the Sock-u-Lator V which is great.

Now, on pair II for my 6 year old, look at that turned heel.

I know I didn't get into a slip stitch heel, but could YOU tell that this nice turned heel-wtih-flap didn't get created from the top down? No, I didn't think so.

Nice to be able to do this when you're not sure how many socks a skein will make.

And on a completely different topic:

I heard something so ludicrous, I just had to post. There is a Navy Chaplain who is in trouble because, as a Naval Chaplain it is incumbent upon him to serve his constituency--which would include Muslims and Jews, not to mention Unitarians. Anyhoo, the problem was he kept adding, "In Jesus' Name" to all of his egalitarian prayers...thus making them more than a little NOT egalitarian.

He claims he's being persecuted and excluded and that this is an attack on Christianity.

Now, I have no problem with him praying in anyone's name...when he's not on the job. But when he represents the entire US Navy (which he does when he's in uniform) then he needs to represent all of them. That means adding a "Jesus" here or there won't fly. It's not that Jews or Muslims don't "believe" that Jesus lived, or that he did and said some really good things while he was here. It's that their religions specifically state there is only one God, and that would be...well...God. To pray in someone else's name is...well, it just isn't done.

I find this as spurious an argument as I do the attacks on churches for not allowing Gay Marriage. If a Church doesn't want to marry Gay folks, which is an eccumenical decision, then...well...that's it's decision. Marriage is, after all, a religious institution. However, if a city or county or state decides to legalize Gay Civil Unions, well that's just GREAT and I'm very happy they were sane enough to recognize how important committed relationships are to the stability of our culture. Not to mention how wonderful it would be for all of my Gay friends.

Marriage is between you, your clergy, and God. Civil Unions are, definitionally, part of the world of Civics and decided by your government.

Bit of a rant, but BOY did that irk me this morning!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

I swear...I'll take the pics in a second...

I have to get to my camera.

I beleive I have conquered my Second Sock Syndrome. Since most of my knitting tools are in boxes far, far from me (about 2,710 miles to be precise, though it was more when we drove it), I've had to use DPNs. Something I've not done in over a year.

Don't get me wrong. This isn't a bad thing. Esthetically I MUCH prefer lovely wooden DPNs. But I have this ADD thing...which I just learned about (how nice to know there's a reason for my being the way I am!)...and I'm a sufferer of Second Sock Syndrome to prove it.

But! I just finished a pair of socks for my 2-1/2 year old, and am moments away from finishing the pair for the 6 year old. I used the Soc-u-lator. She finally made one for toe-up-with-a-flap (my fave way, and since Queen Kahuna's in a box too...). I love it. It's brilliant, the math makes sense, the patern works, and I'm a happy camper.

And did I mention the socks are made with Socks That Rock, purchased from Toni at the Fold? Here's a pic of Toni actually writing out the slip.

I love that.

Well, back to work.
Tra la la...

Sunday, September 03, 2006


Time, place, and photos have all aligned to allow me to post.

My sister sits, blogging, next to me.

Ain't we the geek twins?

So what's new?

I'm in Tucson. I miss my husband and friends terribly. It's hot. I mean, HOT. And sadly, it's NOT a dry heat because there's a hurricane in Baja and the clouds are all up here.


(There's always a but, isn't there?)

I've got a new wheel,

(Majacraft Gem II, don'tcha know)
some roving I got from Toni at The Fold on my drive out here (roving that Thing One picked out--a little like this colorway, but more purples and yellows).

Spinning in Tucson is...well...honestly, it can be depressing, as I love spinning wool. But...sigh...I guess I'll make due. I imagine we'll be taking many trips up to colder climes for skiing.

Hell, maybe we can afford some skiing now that we'll be here.

The worst worst worst part, though, is being away from my husband. I simply can't get used to the ol' pueblo without him. After 11 years it's just wrong not to have him with me.

Ah well...soon...

  • I just finished a pair of socks for the baby (socks that rock, of course)
  • I am about to embark on socks for the older boy.
  • I'm still plodding along on socks for Andrew (Jeannie Townsend's Maple Leaf Pattern)
  • Not to mention the Faroese I want to finish, dye, and take to SOAR.
    Pics Pending.