Fannie Pie: September 2006

Saturday, September 23, 2006

It's War!

It's started. The official Sock Wars has begun. Last night I received my weapon (pattern) and this morning I found out who my target is.... I have to complete a pair of socks and mail them to my target as fast as I can. When my target receives the socks, they're dead! At the same time, someone has targeted soon as I receive a pair of socks in the mail, I'll join the fallen sock warriors.

When I signed up for this swap, I thought it would be fun, I'd knit a pair of socks and someone would knit me a pair. But I wasn't prepared for was the seriousness and strategy that some of the 700+ assassins have brought to this. There is a sock war forum and the talk, the swagger and the tension have been growing. All of this has ramped up the fun and drama level a bit until yesterday, when to top it all off the pattern posting was delayed by a hurricane!

Well today I have my target, and the challenge increases. First, it's a man, so bigger socks, UK size 10 to be exact. Second, he's not on this continent, I'll be checking out global priority mail. I wonder if it will cost me more to mail these socks than it did for the yarn and needles combined? No matter, Sock Wars is serious business, and money is no object!

Back to knitting... pictures later.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Happy Blogiversary to me!

I just realized that my blogiversary was yesterday! One year of knit blogging. I scanned back thru the knitting in the past year and it really seems like alot when you look at it all at once. ( and that's not counting the double super secret knitting that I don't blog.) WooHoo.

Even though I was ignorant of my anniversary, I marked the event at the local knit night with a great group of knitters! This is such a wonderful group of people who meet and knit, I really look forward to seeing all the progress and projects every one is working on and hearing about the new tools, yarn and gadgets everyone is getting. Knitter's are the best.
On the knitting front, I finished a sweater! It's a wee tiny sweater, but it's a sweater! It's the baby bolero from One Skein. I loved this sweater when I saw it, and just had to try it. I really like how it turned out, and that it's made of organic cotton. I would change a couple things if I were to make it again. I'd kitchener the shoulder seams and I'd pick up stitches around the armholes and knit the sleeves in the round for a seamless sweater. The cotton is very soft, but bulky so the seams are pretty clunky. I still love it.

Scout loves it too, I have not picture of the bolero without Scout in it.

It seems like everyone and their brother is pregnant or has just given birth so I think there may be more baby boleros in my future. Coincedentally enough this baby bolero was a one day project that coincided with the arrival of Liam! Welcome Liam!

I have also finished the socks that broke the camels' back and am still plodding along on icarus. I've started another pair of socks that will be a donation to raise money for Susan G. Komen foundation. I've started them with the new knitpicks metal dpns, and I agree with the multitude of knit bloggers out there who love them. I don't usually use metal dpns, haven't cared for them in the past, but these are very smooth, very light and very very pointy. Love the points!

That's pretty much all the knitting progress. I haven't been reading much. I finally gave up on Douglas Coupland's newest, JPOD. I read 300 pages and realized that the self referencing thing was so annoying I no longer cared what happened to any of the characters, especially the author.

I've got the new Marian Keyes, Anybody Out There, looking forward to that and hopefully my book group will meet again soon. I miss having a book group selection in the wings.

I'll leave you with the first picture I took of Scout.

Cute, innocent looking harmless little kitten.


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