When It Rains, It Pours

And it’s not about flooding, either.

My broken toeTwo days ago, I broke my toe in two places. It’s the fourth toe on my right foot. I accomplished this feat the other day when I got up from my chair to refill my coffee and my toe connected with the leg of my kitchen table. I’ve been off of work since Wednesday, and I’ve been sort of doped up on pain pills. The doctor gave me one of those walking cast/shoe things to wear and a prescription for hydrocodone. Today is the first day I went without taking the pain pills, which is good, because yesterday, they knocked me out.

In my more lucid moments, I worked on the Shapely Tank. Shapely Tank Top Progress-6/27/2008I’m often rethinking the sleeve idea, but I think it’s mainly because the top is going so well and I’m very impatient to get this thing finished and wear it. I may actually have a top that will turn out and will fit me. I’m going to have quite a bit left over yarn, even after using the yarn I frogged from the other top I used first before the balls of yarn I had yet to use. I may have enough to knit another top or a shrug or a lot of dish clothes. 🙂

Today is the first day I haven’t taken the prescription pain pills. I tried just taking an Aleve and it seems to be working just fine. The good thing about this is that I have time to sit and knit, since I can’t get up and do anything else. 🙂

My next project, after I finish this, is to do my first felting project. I’ve been in the hunt for a new purse and I’m not seeing anything I like, so I decided to knit one and felt it. I bought some skeins of Lamb’s Pride Bulky at Yarns By Design. I just ordered some of the larger tips for my options needles at Knit Picks (along with some sock yarn, some of the longer cable sock size circulars that I don’t have, and a book since they’re having a book sale). I think I’m going to be bold and try to wing it as far as the pattern goes.

Even though it seems that I’ve had some recent bad luck, in many ways, they are blessings in disguise. Having one vehicle is inconvenient, but we’re getting used to it and adapting. On the positive side, we are not just hopping into the car and driving anywhere. We’re planning our trips and consolidating them to be more efficient. Other positives are that we are only insuring one vehicle and we’re also spending a bit less on gas than what we were with both vehicles. On the negative side, I’m sort of dependent on my husband to get me to work and if something happens to me and I have to leave early, he does, too. And I can’t go and do all the other things I want to do, too. I still haven’t found a compromise with him on this yet.

Somehow, I think my broken toe is a blessing in disguise, too, but I haven’t found what the blessing was, yet. Maybe more knitting time. 🙂


Been Quiet Here Lately…

Sorry for the lack of posting. January was kind of washout of a month and with sharing a single computer and a hubby who is on it all the time, it’s hard to get time online.

Between a transportation situation, getting sick, and the weather, I haven’t made either a Tuesday or a Sunday Knit ‘n’ Sip Together since before Christmas. There’s been a wrinkle in trying to go to the Tuesday ones involving transportation, or rather parking at my apartment complex. There is an issue with people who don’t live in my complex parking in tenant parking, and despite the big red sign that says parking is for tenants only, it’s not enforced. We have a car port and I’ve seen people who live in the building being “kicked” out of their own parking stall by someone who doesn’t live here. My hubby also has something he does on Tuesdays, and it’s actually happened where he came home and there was nowhere for him to park except on the street. And since it’s winter, you can’t park on the the street over night or they’ll ticket you. So, whoever gets home first, gets the carport and whoever gets home last, good luck. I was really happy about the fact that there would be a twice monthly Sunday get together despite what happened with Dunn Bros. , but now it looks like that might end up being a thing of the past because the new place is closing (or may be closing). So now I don’t know what I’m going to do until spring because I was hoping to go on Sundays for now and then go back to the Tuesday meetings when it didn’t matter so much if you had to park on the street overnight.


I’m hoping, secretly hoping that the snow we got today will be so bad, that I won’t be able to get out of the parking lot in the morning and then I can have a snow day from work.

And on to the knitting stuff…

Anyway, I am finished with the Dr. Who Scarf. Actually, it’s being blocked right now and probably tomorrow night, I will put the tassels on each end of it and then it will be done. I feel so happy about finishing something so big! It took almost three months to the day I started it and for the last few weeks, I worked on nothing like that.

I’ve got another scarf on the needles that I’m knitting out of stash yarn to match a hat I knit for myself out of stash yarn. But then I had to buy more yarn to finish the scarf because I used all the stash yarn up. I will probably knit the thing until I use the yarn up. It’s sort of my thing this year to knit more from the stash.

I am redoing the socks I am knitting for my son. I went to Yarns By Design on Saturday and picked up two balls of Tofutsies. I like that yarn a lot better than the stuff I was working with. Knit Picks also started selling 40 inch and 47 inch circulars in the smaller sock sizes, so I got some of those and I’m knitting these socks using Magic Loop. The socks will be the 4 stitch garter rib pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks, and the only “mod” I’m doing is the magic loop method. It’s been awhile since I’ve knitted socks cuff down.

Of the three ways to knit socks (DPN’s, 2 circs, ML), I think I like Magic Loop the best. I still want to try and learn how to knit two socks at the same time.

Tubey is hibernating. I put it down for awhile between the time I finished the short rows and the bust, and when I picked it up again, I discovered that it’s too big for me. I’ve joined a gym and started working on losing some weight and getting into shape. Between the last time I tried it on, and the most recent, I lost some weight, but I have about five inches or so to go on the body before I’m done. So the sweater is on hiatus until I decide if I want to frog it and start over, or if I would rather finish it and then give it away to Goodwill or St. Vinny’s or somewhere like that. If I can’t get some use out of it, maybe someone else, will.

The afghan I’m working on is more of a long term project, where I will work on it as I feel like.

I would like to try to knit another sweater, preferably a cardigan, but I think I’m going to wait until I lose the last 16 pounds I want to lose. Three years ago, I was a very trim 145 and I was in very good shape and I had a pretty good six pack going for a 35 year old. Then I got promoted to a desk job where I sat in front of a computer all day and I could eat at my desk and I gained 30 pounds. Last summer, I decided that enough was enough and I started walking every night and I lost 14 pounds. I’ve been sitting around the 14 pound mark and going nowhere, although I gained a few over the holidays. I hit a plateau because I could not go out for my walks after work due to it being dark and winter.

My husband decided to join Weight Watchers through work because he is overweight and I think that he finally realized that his being 80 pounds overweight had everything to do with his sciatica and his being out of shape. He’s lost ten pounds so far. I’m happy that he joined WW because through this, he is learning how to eat properly. Now he has to get active. He came from a family where there is a definite “victim” mentality, meaning that you believed that when something was wrong with you(in this case, being overweight), you were a victim of it and you can’t help that you’re overweight (in this case). His being overweight was his own doing because he ate so horribly, even when I’d try and get him to eat better.

His WW is through is work and they have something where you can spread the enrollment fee over a three month period, so instead of having to pay $180, it’s $60 a month for three months, which is easier to swallow. But it’s also a small price to pay if it means my hubby is healthy and learns to eat better.

A Snap Fitness opened on American Drive out by CB and we joined. I like the place a lot. What really sold me on it were two things. One, there is no contract. The other was that when we went in and took the tour and looked at the place, not once did we feel pressured to join.

Well, that’s the scoop from Casa de O’Malley.  🙂

Merry Christmas…

Since I’m not very regular as a blogger, I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, since I probably won’t be online in the next two days to say so.

I finally got around to posting updated pictures of my progress on some of my projects.

Here’s a pic of my toe up socks. Finally! After putting them away, I took them back out and I put them on, and I’m happier with them now than I was when I just finished them.

fo toe up sock dye anomaly

I took a picture this way so it would show the weird/cool dye anomaly. I’m wearing these right now and they are very, very comfy and warm. 🙂

Here’s my other FO, the modified cable hat:

fo mod cable hat

I’m in the home stretch on Tubey now. I had to put short rows in the bust because when I tried it on, the front rode up pretty high. The short rows fixed that. I wrapped and turned six stitches on each side. Now all I have to do is straight 3×1 knitting in the round until the sweater is as long as I want it to be.  I haven’t had to do much modding of the pattern, apart from the short rows.  I did do the body as large and the top as a medium.  It fits pretty well when I try it on.

tubey 12-23-2007


My ‘Puter’s Fixed!

Yay! Turned out, the RAM stick wasn’t hosed, there was too much dust in the machine and it was interfering with the connection between the gold finger and the card socket. Once the dust was blown out of it, it worked fine. When I was on the other computer, I bookmarked some blogs, but now I have to remember which ones I bookmarked so I can book mark them on this machine and add them to my links.

Now I just need to get pictures of my FO’s and WIP’s. 🙂

I didn’t make it to Knit Night last Tuesday because my stomach wasn’t feeling well. But I put on the sweats, curled up in the chair under the blanket, and worked on Tubey.

Last Sunday, I finished the sleeves and then picked up the stitches for the body. Once I knit it far enough to try it on, I discovered I did not have to add or remove from the sleeve, so I picked those stitches back up, did the last purl row called in the pattern, and then bound off. I had to add some short rows to accommodate my chest. I’ve never had to add short rows to something where it wasn’t called out in the pattern, so I sat down with pen, paper, and a calculator, figured something out, worked them in, crossed my fingers, and tried it on. My figures were right and the short rows were enough. In order for me to be able to try this on as I go, I ended up getting myself two circs. I could have gotten just one 60″ one, but I’ll use any excuse to go to the LYS. 😉 I set a goal for myself (and signed up for the Knitting Help.com December challenge) to finish this by the first of the year. I just have the rest of the body, the finishing, and the blocking and then I’m done!

My other “good” news is that my Nervous Green for the Doctor Who scarf finally came in. So I worked on that a bit, too. I was on the last color before the first occurrence of green and I was doing that one slowly to make it last.

I also started the first block for the Sampler Afghan from Cables Untangled. I checked the book out from the library, and I can keep it until February if I have to (one renewal), but I’ve hinted around that I wanted this book for Christmas, so if I don’t get it, then I will be hitting Knit Picks or Amazon to get a copy after the holidays. This is one of those projects that I probably won’t get finished until next winter. This afghan is HUGE! I’m doing this in “I Love This Yarn” from Hobby Lobby. This is the best acrylic yarn I’ve ever worked with. It’s very soft, not scratchy and not oily feeling, and it does not split! $2.49 for 355 yards is a price that you can’t beat. Considering that this afghan is going to take over 3000 yards of yarn to make, my pocket book is also very happy, too. 🙂

I’ve also started another pair of socks for my son.

After I finish Tubey, I’m going to try and work on the scarf and the socks more and get those finished before I start anything else. I’m looking at working on another sweater for myself because Tubey is going so well.

I’m also pretty much done with my Christmas shopping, too.

Grumble, Grumble

The ram in our main computer went kaput, so now we’re using DH’s laptop until he gets a chance to replace it. I hate typing on the laptop. I keep hitting the mousepad and I’m always fixing typos. Being on this means no pictures until the other computer is back up and running again.

I have a couple of FO’s and a WIP. The cable hat I worked on last weekend is done as well as the socks. I ended up taking some yarn to close up the holes. I’ve got about four inches of sleeve left on Tubey before I start the body. I need to run over to Yarns by Design to pick up a new size 8 circ. I’m hoping to get the sleeve done and on waste yarn before Knit Night on Tuesday.

My green for the Doctor Who Scarf is still on back order. Who knows? The last time I went into Yarns by Design for something else, the yarn I had to order just happened to come in, so you never know. 😉 I also startefd the very first panel for the Sampler Afghan from Cables Untangled. I asked for the book for Christmas, but in the meantime, I checked the book out from the library and I get it until January. I can renew it once. If I don’t get it for Christmas, I will probably get it online. I was going to just pick it up at Barnes and Noble, but I don’t want to pay $32 for it when I can get it on Amazon for$21 plus shipping.

Battening Down the Hatches

‘Cause there’s a storm comin’! Really. There is. There’s some nasty weather coming today and I have to go to work. Normally I don’t work Saturdays, but my building did the unthinkable and actually declared mandatory OT for production. I’m support and they want some support people there “just in case”. There will be two of us there, and we’re splitting up the 9 hours. Unfortunately, I’m stuck with the later time (10 to 3). Normally when I do Saturday OT, I go in as early as possible and I’m usually out of there by 10 in the morning. Now my day is all screwed up and it’s supposed to be snowing hard by the time I end up leaving.

Last Tuesday at Knit Night, I heard from Knittin’ Deb that there had been a sale at Hobby Lobby on “I Love This Yarn” and she brought some in, so I got to feel it. It feels really nice compared to some other brands of acrylic yarn. I will definitely do my afghan in this yarn. She said it was on sale for $1.99 for a ball (about 300 or so yards per ball). I went up on Wednesday, and found that the sale was over, but the shelves were still pretty empty. For the afghan I want to do, I need about 3200 yards of yarn, so I would need ten balls of of this stuff. At regularly $2.50 a ball, $25.00 is not bad at all for afghan material!

I don’t want to disappoint anyone who reads this, but I’m kind of a sporadic blogger. There was a time, years ago, when I’d write every day, more than once a day because I had nothing better to do (and I hadn’t taken up knitting yet). We also had two computers in the house. Now we’re down to one computer and my DH spends more time on it than I do. I get most of my computer time on the weekends because he’s out doing other things.

Now on to project progress…


More Updates

Last Tuesday, I went to my first Knit Night in Appleton. I probably wasn’t much for conversation, but I had a good time. 🙂

Tubey is going slowly. I picked up and joined in the round for the second sleeve and I got about four inches or so knocked out at Knit Night. I’ve heard people having to make modifications to this sweater because it runs large. I’ve had to remeasure myself and tweek things a bit because I’ve lost some weight since I first decided that I wanted to try knitting this and I’ve had to re-take my measurements a couple of times. Here’s a picture of my progress:

tubey 11-23-2007

I’ve also been up to other knitting type things…


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