Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Yarning along...

...with Ginny and friends.


 It's good to sit down. I've been running all day. First, an early appointment at the hospital for a nerve conduction test. Tell me why the doctor tells you to be there 30 minutes before your appointment just to register? It doesn't take 30 minutes to register. Is it because so many people are late? So I am punished for another man's sins. Oh, Adam, it's you again.

Anyway, I'll tell you about the test later, but nothing new was divulged. In fact, it's just what I diagnosed myself with a month (and $1000 in tests) ago.

Then dear college boy #2 left his work shirt home and it's only the second week on the job. Yes, I drove it down, but I'm told him it was a one-time offer.

I didn't get home until 1:30. Then school.

On a much lighter note, I have not participated in Ginny's yarn along in a while, so I am playing along today with the socks I am knitting (note to my mother-in-law: click away now). I just cast on over the weekend and I have made pretty good progress (considering that I started over more times than I will admit; actually I lost count).

I am attempting to knit two at the same time (lest you think it is a bikini top I am knitting -- that's what it looks like doesn't it? an itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikini).

When I started, I really thought about whether or not I could handle doing two at the same time -- just managing the balls of yarn was intimidating. But knowing I would only be knitting once, was enough to convince me. Not that I didn't enjoy knitting two socks. I did. But they are much more likely to be identical if I knit them at the same time and I like that. I am a first child and you know what that means (perfectionist tendencies).

The sock pattern is the diagonal lace in Socks from the Toe Up by Wendy Johnson (click on the pattern name -- look you don't even have to buy the book) and the yarn is KnitPicks Stroll Fingering in Peapod. It has a really nice feel and should make nice warm socks, but it splits a lot. Sorry, KnitPicks. I'm also unhappy because I broke another size zero Harmony circular needle. These are clearly not the needles for me. I ordered some nickel-plated needles even though I hate metal needles (and I really, really love my Harmony needles), because I can't afford to keep destroying needles. I am making do with dpns but it's not easy because I am spending as much time putting stitches back on the needles as I am knitting. I hope they come soon. Funny thing is, Knit Picks ships out of Columbus. And I live in a suburb. Yet it still takes seven days for them to get to me. Sigh.

My featured book is A Nest for Celeste, which Faith is reading, and thoroughly enjoying, for school. It's below her supposed reading level, but she is a reluctant reader and it's the first book of the year. Besides, the art is darling. Really darling.

I am reading Joy in the Ordinary on my Kindle, but only at bed time. It's a sweet story so far.


  1. I read Joy in the Morning, too, at a certain someone's suggestion. I kept hoping there'd be something meaty in it, but it was just a nice fluff book. Fluff has it's place, I guess. :-)

  2. Oh, great knitting master! Teach me your ways! :)
    I've been wanting to learn the two at a time method for quite some time now. I'm still planning on making some toe up socks first. I've needed to finish up some gifts first though. I love that shade of green.

  3. I love that color! Green is my favorite.

  4. Those socks are a pretty, grass green, like your yard. I tried knitting 2 sleeves at the same time, once. I managed to mess it up! Maybe you've read about a better method than what I used.

  5. Looks like a good story--I just bought it for my Kindle.

    I'm sorry the tests revealed nothing new. Perhaps they ruled out other things for the doctors, though, so the effort (and expense) was not wasted? You're in my prayers for a return to good health.

  6. Those darn tests. I know what you are feeling. You KNOW they won't show anything, but you're doing it to rule out things. I had the nerve conduction tests on my feet. That was painful.

    I like different kinds of needles, including bamboo. My Local Yarn Shop sells Addi and Aero/Inox/Prym for metal needles. Addi are "turbo" needles and they really glide off.

    I, as an oldest born, can't think of trying socks yet. It's a silly question, but don't knitted socks fall down because there is no elastic?

  7. I have been praying for your restoration to good health. Sorry the (expensive) tests were not helpful. I haven't started knitting yet: I think it will have to be chilly out to inspire me.
    That yarn you're using is my favorite green! Hope your holiday weekend has some "happy" in it! --- Rosemary


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