This morning I finished the Seahawk sock! I didn't have enough time to weave in my ends though and I that is going to bug me all day. It will be completely done tonight and then I can start something new- maybe a Chevron scarf from my sock yarn scraps!
I have been looking for a Fair Isle-ish sweater to add to my list. I saw this Knitty surprise and am in love. Not so much with the color but with the pattern. It is on my list.
I have not been knitting much this week. I finally made it to Purly Girls again after about a month. Between Little League and the house, it has been tough to find time. I knit more on the Seahawks socks there and am on the gusset of the 2nd sock. Other than that, nothing this week. I need to get back in the swing of things. There is a sale at my LYS next weekend so I am sure inspiration will hit me there. They are even introducing their own Duet colorway!
Everything with our move was going semi-smoothly. Movers and carpet cleaners all scheduled. Utilities ready to be transferred. Deliveries of new furniture ready to go...Then the phone call yesterday.
Our buyer had her loan hit a dead end and had to change to another lender. It will take an extra 6 days to go through so now we cannot move until who knows when. The family whose house we are buying was going to move into their new house on the 2nd and now has to wait as well until we close as well. I feel terrible for them. They have had nothing to do with our buyer but have to deal with her shit. I have to call everyone to reschedule to an unknown date. Hubby and I both took time off to move. I think I can change mine but he cannot. I am so pissed, so frustrated and so ready to get the hell out of Dodge. My knitting was even semi-packed. Again Fuckity-Fuck-Fuck-Fuck!!!!!!!
Our kitchen is packed so we are eating off of paper plates with plastic cups for the next week. Other than that, we are kind of at a standstill packing-wise. One week to go!!!
I started the Loopy pillow from the SnB calendar yesterday. I thought it would be fun in our TV room. I am using the leftover brown form my Thorn and Thistle Sweater so I am afraid it will look like something died on the couch when it is done but what a conversation piece that will be...
Last night I finished up the body and sleeves of Something Red. I was not ready thought to pick up the over 200 sts for the buttonband/collar. I guess I have learned from my "Starting things after 9pm and a drink" fiascos. I am not sure what is going on with the ribbing area turning back but hopefully the band will help with that.
Hubby's socks have been basically ignored thies week but I don't see him wearing them until the fall so I do have time.
We sign the Title papers on our house a week from today. That is the kick in the ass I needed to get packing. This weekend we are packing the kitchen, most clothes and what ever else we can go a week without. Yeah!
Seahawk sock #1 is done and I have an inch or 2 done on the second! Woo hoo! I guess sitting on my ass for 3 hours will do that.
I decided against going to the Knitting Expo yesterday. As much as I would have loved to spend the money on yarn, we do have moving expenses to deal with and our furnace, of course, just bit it. Couldn't have waited another 3 weeks, huh?
I did go to Joann's to get my crafting bug fixed. I have the biggest urge to paint. We have a ton of blank walls that will need art so I might was well use my art degree. I went to check out the paint there and had major sticker shock. I haven't really painted for about 5 years. I just threw out most of my old paints and packed up whatever else I had. Plain old cheap acrylic paints are $5-10 a tube! In the long run it is cheaper than buying something to hang but now I have another expense to add to the list.
It's not that I haven't been knitting, it is just that my progress seems slower as my stress levels have decreased. I still have not finished the first of Hubby's socks but I may get a good chunk done today. Why does he have to have such a big foot?
Something Red, well, Popsicle Blue, is looking cute. I really like the flaired ribbing at the bottom. I am at the point now where I have two different dyelots so I have been alternating balls on every other row. I only have another 4" or so to go on the body and off to the sleeves. I am debating about the collar and edging though. It may just be pure laziness but I might try something not as wide. I guess I have some time to think about it.
Today was going to by a packing day with Hubby at work and Step-son at a B-day party but then I remembered that the Seattle Knitting Expo is happening just a few miles from my house. Hmmmmm, packing boxes or walking through a knitting marketplace wonderland? You make the call!
Not only did I fail to start a one-night project yesterday, I didn't even knit. I guess packing does come first but you can bet your ass I knit this morning. I even woke up a little early and worked on both the Seahawk socks and Something Red. The sweater is at the point now where the rows seem never ending. It takes me about 10 minutes to finish one but I tried it on again this morning and I like how it is coming along.
I have finally decided it may be tine to pack my swift and winder. I don't see me needing it in the next 2 weeks although now that I have said that, I will want to wind to my heart's content.
I feel like I have been in limbo for about a week. I am in the middle of all my projects at work and feel behind. That plus I haven't finished a knitting project in while. I am tempted to cast on for a dishcloth or some small one-night project just to get a sense of accomplishment. I have 3 projects going and have about 3 other projects I want to start. Loopy pillow, some sort of felted bag and more socks! I need to get something finished before I start a long term project. I am going to stay late a work to bust ass, now if I can only find time to do that with my knitting.
With most of the house stress gone, it's time to concentrate on knitting. I made my first increase row in the ribbing of Something Red. Not sure about my M1's since the seem to have left a little hole. I have continued on anyway, thinking that it may just work itself out.
The Seahawk socks are moving along too. I am at the heel flap. Beacuse of the huge size of these, I cannot knit 2 at the same time so I am hoping SSS doesn't hit. Hubby like them though and is excited to wear them this fall.
I have had to oddest projects interest my lately. The Loopy Pillow from the SnB calendar ( and I think, SnB Nation) caught my eye. What a great way to use my Lamb's Pride scraps. I just don't know where I would put it when I finished. I also have an urge to knit baby clothes. My SIL in preggers and I have been eagerly waiting for her to find our the sex so I can start knitting a baby kimono and the bolero from One Skein. If she is having a boy, it seems the options are a little less.
That is all the knitting news for now. Our house inspection in Friday! Three more week until we move. God, I need to start packing again...
My sick day on Thursday turned into round 3 for keeping my fingers crossed. We met the realtor to look at the house again and she gave us the news that the second buyer had come back and wanted to buy again. Same offer. We want to be so done with all of this so we signed and looking at our new house was a great feeling. We are still a little leary that she will back out again but we did go furniture shopping Friday and Saturday and told our parent's the good news yesterday. If all goes well, we close on the 1st. Fingers are very tightly crossed since comparable houses in the neighborhood have jumped $40,000 since we put our offer in last month.
First off, Here is today's progress on the Seahawk socks. I had to start over this morning after my gauge was a little off. I like them and hope Hubby wears them as much as his other pair.
Next- Our house is back on the market. The buyer backed out this morning so we get her $1000 earnest money for our trouble. I guess it will buy a new fridge but we are so stressed out. We have until the end of April to get our house sold or else we can lose the house we are buying. Everyone from our family to our agents and lender are telling us we are having hte worst luck. I want to know what can we do to change that. Did I give out soem really bad karma and now it is kicking my ass? Is it a sign that maybe we shouldn't be getting a new house? We are going to check it our again tonight for what was going to be a happy time of measuring for new things, matching paint, etc. Now it is a big let down and kind of rubbing in our faces that we are back to square one. If anyone is looking for a house 20 minutes south of Seattle, let me know.
Good news: The Knitpicks order came and I cast on for the Seahawk socks last night! Pics and progress to come.
Bad News: Still sick and stressed about the house. Turns out our potential buyer put offers on 2 houses and was waiting to hear back on the other house. That was why we didn't hear back about our inspection counter-offer. Last night we finally bit the bulllet and signed off on her request, locking her into the purchase. We still have not heard anything from her. So, we have technically sold our house but have been told she may back out in which case we get her earnest money.
Our agents have told us to move forward with our purchase because they have sold our house twice in a weekend and if she does back out they are confident that they will sell it again before we close on our new house. All I can say about this whole process is fuckity-fuck-fuck-fuck!
Update on the house: Inspection on our current house was yesterday. We are negotiating with the buyer and should hear back from them this morning. Meanwhile, someone else is coming to check out the house today. We must be the attractors of all wierd home-selling things. So far, our realtors have told us none of the following would happen and they did: No one would come and talk to the neighbors; No one would come to the door and see to see the house without a realtor; No one would come to see the house after it was Subject to Inspection. I guess we won the lottery there.
I am also going sock crazy. I swatched for hubby's socks Monday night but still have not recieved the Knitpicks order with the rest of his yarn. So no socks on the needles right now and I don't know what to do! Hopefully the order will come today. According to the tracking page, it is only about 5 miles away.
In the middle of all this house stuff, We have all gotten the worst cold. I am going on week 2 of stuffy nose and cough. Hubby is just starting and Step-son is on the mend. We all just wanted a day to sit and veg but have not had a day where someone isn't at the house. I have Friday off and am really looking forward to some good lazy-ass time.
Keep you posted on the house and yarn. Maybe lightening will strike twice today!
I finished my Yarn-Over Cable socks tonight during a quick, unplanned trip to Starbucks. The potential buyers wanted to take a look at the house again so I headed to get a latte. I busted out the toe, fueled by stress and anticipation only to come home and hour later and find that they still have not been by. WTF!!! At this rate, I will be cranking out a pair a week.
Yarn Over Cable Socks (aka House-Stress Socks)
Pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks (Used on Leg only)
We got another offer last night for the house. Actually this seems to be better than the one before. Hopefully, they will not talk to the neighbor this time. We should know tonight by 9PM. Then we move on to Subject to Inspection.
The nervous energy I had last night waiting to hear from teh realtor was channelled into my socks. I must have knit like a mad woman because I knit nearly the entire foot waiting for the call and when I stopped, I didn't remember knitting that much. It reminded me of how sometimes when you drive to work in the morning, you get there but don't remember driving. I guess that is a good way to get some stockinette done.
I can't officially Flash My Stash since most of it is packed away but I have left my sock yarn stash out. I bring you my smaller than I though Sock Yarn Stash:
Mixed in there are 4 skeins of STR, a couple Lorna's Laces, 3 Trekking, 5 Koigu, some KnitPicks and a skein of both a Marniers and Seahawks colored yarn. Last year I figured I had about 17 pairs worth of yarn. I don't think that has changed much. For every skein I use, I seem to be buying one to replace it. If it worked any other way, I wouldn't have a stash to flash.