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Friday, January 13, 2006

Thursday Knitting Around; Nashua Area Knitting Group; and, a Recap and Update of My Project List

Bea and I had a great time at Panera last night, and we were joined by Betsy, a friend of Judy (Judy had been to knit with us back in November.)

I worked on the Edgar Scarf from Knitty.com. I chose not to print out the pattern to bring, instead relying on the wifi on my laptop to keep it available to refer to.

What I failed to account for was the battery-saving settings on an unplugged laptop. Everytime I was ready to refer to the next line of the pattern, I found that the laptop had shut itself down and had to be awoken again.


Just so you can see that I didn't let it stop me, here's a picture of Edgar at Panera, with Bea in the background.

1-12-06 Knitting Around - Bea and Edgar
Edgar the Edgy Scarf, and Bea

On the positive side, when I gave up on the laptop staying awake long enough to count on it forced me to figure out how to memorize the pattern. Which I actually managed to do. And to make sure I didn't lose my place in the pattern, I figured out how to calculate from the number of stitches on the needles to determine where I was and what came next.

Not bad. My reward was that I was able to more than double Edgar's length to over 2 feet, and I'm nearly finished with the first ball of Mega-Stoppino yarn. And this project has just become highly portable, since I don't need to keep referring to anything outside my own head to knit it. Cool!

Nashua S***** 'N' B**** Changes

Due to some legal issues that Yahoo! has had with groups by the name of - well, I'm not going to say it here because I don't want the so-called "trademark holders" to come down on me, either. But they go by the initials SNB. You know who I mean.

Anyway, due to legal issues that Yahoo has had from a so-called trademark holder claiming exclusive rights to the term known by the initials SNB, the Nashua S***** 'N' B**** group has had to change the name of their Yahoo! group to SnB-NH. You can find them on the web now at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SnB-NH/.

If you live anywhere in the Nashua area and are interested in getting together with other knitters, I encourage you to join the Yahoo group. They coordinate gatherings at various local venues, recently settling on Sunday afternoons, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The locations alternate between Borders Bookstore in South Nashua, and this next was a surprise to me - Panera Bread, 590 Amherst St. (Rte. 101A), up here in North Nashua by Target. Yes, the same one I host the Thursday evening gatherings at!

The next meeting will be this Sunday at Panera - as I said, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. This may be the first time I get to meet most of these gals, since South Nashua is too far for me to go for a meeting, and none of them have made it to Thursday evenings yet. I'm looking forward to it!

P.S. (Or is it I.S. for Inter-Script?) - Don't get me started on the S***** 'N' B**** thing. I've attended needlework gatherings that were known by the name of "Stitch & Bitch" groups since the late 70's at least, and the term was in such widespread use by then that I'm fairly sure it had been around since at least the 60's. How anyone now can claim a trademark on a term in such common usage is beyond me.

Folkcat's Project List

Posted about this the other day, and I think it's already worth a re-visit. I've cleaned up the list of things that were already defunct at the time I posted it, and added a couple of new items (well, not really new, but I forgot to include them at the time):

*1. Wrap/Cape/Poncho to replace Ugly Crochet Poncho - Ruana (pattern from Interweave Press' Traditional Folk Shawls)
2. Felted laptop bag
3. Felted knitting tote
4. Flap for felted entre-lac bag
5. One Skein Wonder

6. Burgundy sweater vest for Gryphon
7. Felted potholders to keep
Edgar scarf from Knitty
**9. Socks from the CTH Supersock I got for Christmas
**10. A Lace Shawl from the laceweight yarn I Kool-Aid dyed

* Indicates a work in progress.
** Indicates a new addition to the list.

How could I forget Items 9 & 10? I've been waiting for a chance to start a lace shawl for a long time. And I've had my disappointments with my previous sock attempts, but I really do want to finally make it work.

I'm sort of nervous about #9, actually. This Cherry Tree Hill Supersock yarn is so soft, so special - I don't want these socks to be failures like some of my previous ones! I think I have a plan, though.

The main issues I have are related to some of the main reasons I don't like socks. The biggest one being that I don't like anything that binds or catches on my toes. No matter how I've tried to make socks that fit me correctly, I keep coming up with toes that are either too big (and therefore bunch up on me) or too small, pinching my toes and making my whole foot ache. (I don't mean actually constricting when I say pinching. It's sufficient to be a problem if the sock is tight enough that you can't really move your toes easily.)

The other area I seem to have trouble with is the heel. I can make a nice heel well enough. But by the time you combine a bad toe with a bad heel, and you hope you got enough length of foot in between....*sigh*.

I think I have my salvation, though. I heard somewhere recently about yoga socks.

I wish I had a picture to show you what I mean, but here's a link to a commercial pattern. Go take a look, then come back. I'll wait.

Did you see that? Did you see what they did? They eliminated the heel and the toe.

Ohmigawd. The two parts that I have the most trouble fitting, and it never occurred to me to just leave them out.

For yoga, they do this so your toes and heels can grip the mat or floor. I don't do yoga, but I'd mostly be wearing these puttering around the house without shoes. A little extra traction as I walk around on linoleum in the kitchen couldn't hurt.

Talk about the perfect socks for Folkcat.

I don't think I'm going to buy the pattern you just saw, though I'm sure it's a lovely one that makes gorgeous socks. But I've got 3 sock books in the house already, and all of them allow you to mix and match heels and toes. Or, as the case may be, leave them out altogether.

If I weren't sitting in a chair right now, my feet would be doing a happy dance.

Oh, what the heck...let them dance!

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