It’s been quiet around here lately. I wish I could show off the exciting new knits I’ve been working on, dazzle you with my awe-inspiring spinning or make you salivate with pictures of my baking. Sadly very little of any of those tasks have been happening.

It all started when I did my monthly Stashdown 2009 update at the beginning of October (I forgot to do Sept). I started off the year pretty well and I was motoring along to hit that 20% reduction just fine. Then Sock Summit happened, followed by OFFF (plus I got 2 wonderfully large gifts of yarn for my birthday) and once you add those to my typical yarn buying habits…well lets just say it wasn’t good.

As of October I am up 15% over what I had on January 1st.

UP!

Not down.

Sigh.

So work was started anew on the Neverending Garter Blanket. It’s mindnumbing knitting but excellent for tv watching sessions plus it uses up a whopping 32 skeins of yarn. I sat down and did the math and worked out how many stitches I needed to knit each day for the rest of the year in order to finish on time. I cringed when I realized it was 650 stitches per day every day but oddly enough that has been relatively easy to keep up with so far.

The October Bus Sock suffered several false starts before I could really get going. I had finally managed to get past the toe after 3 failed attempts to get it looking right, the yarn is plied with a metallic thread and doesn’t have as much bounce as my usual preferences for sock yarn so I struggled getting the first few rounds knocked out. It had about as much bounce as cotton sock yarns that I just hate working with.

Got about 2 inches into the sock before all hell broke loose. The yarn ball barfed on me, BIGTIME. I have never had so many headaches with yarn barf. I don’t know if the yarn was wound up poorly at the factory or if gremlins crawled inside mine and made little knots all over the place. I had to pull out half the yarn from the center and frog the sock in progress just to undo all the knots. Even know as I begin sock 2 I am still pulling mini yarn barfs out of the ball that require me to sit down and undo a series of tangles.

It’s pretty but ugh it is a lot of work to get it just to what you see. All this effort for a basic stockinette sock. At times I wonder if making such simple socks on the bus is my lazy side rearing it’s head. Should I be challenging myself to knit something less boring while commuting?

Hopefully next time I will have some fun knitting/spinning/baking to show off. My next non-fiber project is making my own hard cider this coming weekend. I have a good friend who has been making beer and wine at home for a while now so she has agreed to be my guide in the homebrewing venture. I finally stocked up on enough butter to make some batches of croissant and puff pastry to store in the freezer. Plus my Damson liquer is only weeks away from being ready to bottle up.

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