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Ack! Another more-than-a-week has gone by without me blogging! Why do I seem so surprised? I dunno. But it always does seem to catch me by surprise that I don’t blog more often.

October always seems to be a busy month for me, regardless of what is going on in the rest of my life, and this month was no different. It used to be various fundraisers and “public” events, but now it’s more busy of the hearth, home, and hobby variety.

Only a few days are left in Socktoberfest, and I’m celebrating tomorrow with my knit grrlz with a Beer Tasting and Potluck Party and Super Secret Single Sock Syndrome Swap thingy (it’s like the Second Sock Syndrome swap going on out in the larger blogworld, but on a much smaller scale). So yay for SocktoBEERfest!

OH! Don’t forget to switch your clock this weekend (if you live in a place that does that)! I love the fall switch, since we seem to gain an hour on Sunday . . . I always wait until I wake up on the Sunday to change the clocks in the fall, because then it really does feel like I gain an extra hour. Conversely, in the Spring I always change the clocks before I go to bed the night before, so that I don’t feel the sting of the lost hour quite so dearly. And yes, my capacity for self-dilusion is impressive, thanks.

Anyway, I can’t believe it’s almost November. Or, should I say, NOROvember! Kathy is hosting this, so go over and take a look and join up! I have a project in mind, and just have to choose the yarn (which y’all may actually be able to participate in, actually).

Also in Norovember is the Kid-n-Ewe festival in Boerne, TX (down near San Antonio)! OK, so Rhinebeck it’s not, but it’s better than nothing! Julia is organizing a leetle knitter/blogger meetup down there, and it’s going to be a blast, so if you are free the weekend of 11/11 and you want to join the fun, well, come on! I’m thinking that if we get enough people meeting up there this year and next and the one after that and so on, it will eventually grow bigger and better and all that stuff. You know.

Oh, and Brooks Farm will be there (among other vendors).

Mystery on the High Seas!

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Since my last entry, I went to a kickass knitting baseball game with a bunch of my grrrlz . . . like, more than two weeks ago! I did take pictures, but they were all completely unflattering (and I’d like to keep my friends by not posting horrible photos of them on the internet), so if you’re curious, you can read about the night here or here. Both of them are better bloggers than I am, so you may need to scroll down a bit.

So, this morning I came in to work to find a mysterious object right smack in the middle of the work calendar on my desk . . .

hmmmmm, a pirate chest?

And after a bit of searching, I found a key that opened it . . . there was all kinds of cool stuff inside!
stickers and map bits and tattoos, oh, my!

Where did it come from? Well, Davy Jones must have left it for me! (Actually, it was my new coworker, but whatever. It’s a pirate chest, how cool!)

Eh? What’s that? Knitting content? You came here for knitting content?

Oh, okay . . . I guess I could show you the painfully adorable baby sweater I finished (and already gave to the baby in question)!
my first baby sweater . . . I love knitting baby sweaters!

The baby’s name is Diana, but her big brother nicknamed her “Daisy” about 4 months before she was born . . . so I thought it only fitting to make the Daisy pattern from Knitty (designed by our beloved Yarn Harlot), and to get buttons that are shaped like daisies! Squee!

And since it’s so freaking hot here (31st straight day over 100 today, thankyouverymuch), I opted to make the 3-6 month size so that maybe there’ll be a snowball’s chance in Texas that the sweater’s namesake will ever get to wear it. Mama loved it, and the actual Daisy, well, she didn’t have much comment, which I take as a good sign, since she didn’t vomit on it or anything.

Pattern: Daisy sweater from Knitty (links above)
Yarn: Berrocco Touche, color 7930; it took just over 3 skeins
Needles: Denise Interchangeables, size 7

I know.

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Seriously, yes, someone should come over here and confiscate my blogging license. I’ve been so remiss at blogging that I maybe shouldn’t be allowed to anymore. Last time I checked in, Stalker Angie was about to arrive, and sooo much has happened since then!

Beware Stalkers Bearing Gifts!
She came, she saw, she brought goodies!
my apologies for the horrible lighting

Stalker Angie arrived at my house more than half a month ago, and brought me the absolute nicest gift: sheep stationary (!) and some SoySilk (which I’ve been dying to try!). I’m not exactly sure why it was that she gave me gifts and not the other way around, but the SoySilk did not explode, and is in the stash getting along nicely with all the sock yarn. We had a great time during her visit, and since I’m too lazy to blog about it, you can read it over at her place. While she was here, she finished a gorgeous crocheted shawl . . . I’ll let her show the pictures of it.

In other news
My friend of many years, Dolores, gave birth to a baby girl, who has been nicknamed “Daisy” since she was but a wee squirmy bump . . . so what better to make for her than the Daisysweater from Knitty?
my first baby sweater! really!!

I’m planning on leaving it plain, but I have three different sets of buttons shaped like daisies to choose from. Certainly y’all all will be in on that decision!

Speaking of the Yarn Harlot (which we were, since she designed the Daisy sweater), I’m planning to go to Oklahoma City next week for one of her infamous book signings . . . unfortunately she isn’t coming to Dallas, so our choices are OKC and Austin (which are each approximately the same distance from Big D). The Purling Pirate and I are planning to roadtrip to OKC for the occasion, possibly with a Purse-Ho in tow. And then, on Saturday, depending on what my girl NanC has planned, I may be trekking to Austin as well!

And since Tuesdays are for spinning

I’ve been slowly spinning up some Merino/Tencel that I bought a while back . . . I think I have 8oz total of this, so I’ve been working on it in batches.

The photo is amazingly true in color and shine on my monitor, and it is mostly laceweight singles, with a few thick places thrown in. I’m thinking of leaving this one as singles, rather than plying it.

Speaking of plying . . . I’m finding that I like the end product of Navajo plying, but I’m wondering of some of you other spinners can clue me into one thing: if you have to pause and stop and be able to continue later with the Navajo plying thing, how exactly do you do this? ‘Cause I’ve found so far that once I start, I don’t feel like I can stop without messing it up.