Monday, March 10, 2008

I blame the Jays!

Somehow for whatever reason I got it in my head that I wasn't posting again until the Jaywalkers were complete. Considering the last time was over two weeks ago, I guess that was not a great choice but you know, I'm stubborn! So here they are, complete!

They aren't quite right, I never did figure out how to get the gusset heel in the right spot. all of the directions I read didn't seem to account for the same kind of row count I was getting. Ah well, they are done and I'm not about to frog them!! And the parts that are questionable don't show when wearing shoes!

And onto the next sock. Seeing as my birthday is July Fourth, I'm calling these "birthday socks" even though my birthday is months away. Maybe I'll actually have them done in time. It actually uses two kinds of yarn and a slip stitch pattern. they are the densest fabric I've made. I may not want to wear them on my birthday since I suspect they will be very warm, but isn't it pretty??

Having a lot of knitter visiting lately! Last Sunday (the 2nd), son and I met with my friend the hospital knitter that I met when I had that abdominal pain. We ended up talking at Starbucks for over three hours, a very fast three hours. We traded stories and shared projects and looked at the Knit Picks catalog together. We even did a little origami. She and son traded bad card tricks. (bad as in neither one got theirs right *tease* Now son has practiced for next time) It was great fun!

Then this past Sunday (the 9th) I met several people at a LYS (Just 4 Ewe in Oak Creek). Got to meet a ton of people in "real life" that I've met on Ravelry. Jan, the owner, had a project bag scavenger hunt. you got points for having things like stitch markers, post it notepads, yarn from her shop, pens... anyway, I got 4th place. Having a crapload of safety pins at 5pts a pin helped! So I won a $10 gift certificate f or the shop. I'm saving that for my next knitting meet-up which leads me to.....

Cami's coming next week!! I'm so excited to see her! And Happy Birthday if you're reading this!! We are going to attempt to hit a few shops including Just 4 Ewe, which is when I expect to use the gift certificate!

Ok, lastly mom-type brags (I love him but I don't get that many). Saturday son had to do a solo on his viola in front of a judge and a room full of people.. The kids are rated on their own merit and he got the highest score he could. I don't think he'll stick with this much longer, he really dislikes it, but he's still working on it through this year since I've said that you finish out the things you start. We'll see next year. But in the meantime, he did a good job.

And then, he had to do a project to make a model of a plant cell. Since our mom is one of the managers at a craft store in Madison, the very first night he went through the list of what had to be in the model and he thought of items for Grandma to pick up for him. So he has a styrofoam ball nucleus, foam core cell walls, fabric for the cell membrane.... There's stuff called cytoplasm that is supposed to be "jellylike" that fills up all the rest of the cell. Well he used tissue paper for that, basically stuffing it everywhere that wasn't occupied by something else in the cell. The only thing I did was cut the styrofoam ball and the foam core.

It wasn't too bad and he had two weeks to do it. So one of the first things I had him do after we had the supplies was think of all the things that needed to be done. things like "paint the styrofoam ball" or "write labels and definitions". There were only about 8 different tasks and individually they were all about 20-30 minutes so every couple of nights he'd have to pick one off the list. He actually finished it a few days before it was due but the teacher didn't want them brought in early. Anyway here's the finished product, with the name blurred to protect the innocent.

Lotus is starting a sock club, sign-ups start Saturday, read her blog entry for more information.

Ok, I wish I had time to write miles and miles but if I did that, you wouldn't see a post for another week.


eta 3/11 - realized birthday sock was a huge pic instead of a smaller sized compressed one


LotusKnits said...

Your Jaywalkers are so cute!! They look awesome in your shoes too.

Congrats to the kid!

Chelsea said...

That is one good looking cell!

Suna said...

Glad you posted, and yay for your son! I am always amazed at what the kids do, like "how did I create a person who can do that?"

knitter in the desert said...

Quite fascinated by your b-day socks...want to see them up close and in person

The kid's cell project would be nice to see up close and in person too

apryl said...

the Jays look great! and i love the straps on your shoes...very sock friendly shoes you have

i think it's very cool that your son is playing kids want to be rock stars...*sigh*... :p ...

can't wait to see the progression on those birthday socks!