Big Sky Mind

Camera Shy Cats
July 31, 2007, 8:41 am
Filed under: Knitting, Pets

I was telling Darling Husband Carl last night that I hadn’t posted many pictures of the boys lately.  Then for some reason, they decided to be all camera shy this morning.  Here is Simon not posing for me.
Simon Being Camera Shy“>
Lovely shot of the top of his head. He is not his gorgeous self lately anyways, he managed to run his nose into something and it’s all banged up. I had Oscar helping me show off my first completed Rum Runner this morning.
Completed Rum Runner“>
I don’t think he really appreciated being used as a sock prop. They are really flat socks, it was the only way I could think of making them stand up. Please keep in mind it was about 5:30 a.m. I took a flat picture too.
Very Flat Sock“>
I managed to completely miss the sneak up last night at the Loopy Ewe. She had Yarntini, it was all gone by this morning. It’s a little sad, but I’m not upset or mad at anyone else who got some. It just wasn’t my time to have it. I wonder if I would be so philosophical about it if I didn’t have that Wollmeise in my stash and new Zen String on it’s way.


Rum Runner’s not Running very fast
July 29, 2007, 8:59 pm
Filed under: Knitting, Nascar

Well another weekend is in the books and I feel like I got very little knitting accomplished. It just feels like these socks just won’t grow. Having said that, I’m almost finished with sock number one. It has only been a week so I guess that’s not too bad. Here is where I’m at with Rum Runner #1.
Rum Runner #1 Almost Done“>
Here is a close up of the pattern. It is the beaded rib stitch from Charlene Schurch “Sensational Knitted Socks”.
Close Up of Beaded Rib“>
Sorry the photo seems a little blurry. My camera doesn’t excel at the super close up shot. I got an email tonight that my next Zen String sock club yarn has been sent. Since I am close to finishing my first Rum Runner, I am starting to think about what socks I want to make next. I’m pretty sure the next pair will be something for me. I was having a small problem with ladders, uneven stitches where you switch needles, but I was reading the posts on the Summer of Socks flickr site and I figured out you have to hold the back needle while you are knitting on the other one. The ladders are all gone now. I think I will make my next pair on the two circular needles as well. I’m leaning towards the Wollmeise, but I will have to wait and see what my Zen String is.
Tony Stewart

Congrats to Big Orange Tony Stewart for winning his second Brickyard 400. It’s hard not to root for Tony being that he drives a bright orange car and all.

The Redneckedness of it All
July 27, 2007, 9:31 am
Filed under: Knitting, Nascar

Last night through a series of circumstances, I was given an opportunity to go and see my favorite NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. He was doing an appearance downtown for his sponsor Budweiser. I may never recover. The concentration of Rednecks and Lady Rednecks in one location was overwhelming. There were hairdos that I have never seen before and hope to never see again. My favorite overall was the guy with the blonde dreadlocks. My escort for the evening, Mike B. graciously posed so I could take a photo of dreadlock dude getting his Bud on.
Mike B. and His Dreadlocked Friend“>
The Bud girls were in the house, posing for photos and writing down fan questions for Junior. They had nice shiny red jumpsuits to wear and Bud girl wranglers to keep any of the Rednecks from getting too friendly.The Bud Girls“>
As soon as they were done writing down the questions, the Bud girls disappeared. Mysterious.
Another big attraction of the evening was the photo with Dale Jr., sort of. What happened was people stood in front of a screen with their Bud and had their photo taken. Then via the magic of photoshop, they were sitting having a Bud with Dale Jr. himself. The line to do this was huge!!!! Even when Dale Jr. was onstage talking, the line stretched along the side of the room. Here is a photo of someone having their picture taken.
Posing for a Picture With Junior“>
And this is the guy doing the computer magic, he and I laughed that I was the only one taking his picture last night.
Computer Magic“>
Sorry about the dark photos, it’s probably a good thing it was pretty dark in there. If I had seen some of these people in bright light, I would still be recovering from the shock of it all.
They had a band play and the combo of the music and the Bud got the crowd moving.
Love was in the air.
Love Is In The Air“>
Then finally, Dale Jr. and his interviewer Marty Smith hit the stage. Thank goodness Mike B. is tall and was able to shoot over the crowd.
Dale Jr. Chillin'“>
I found it very interesting that while Dale Jr. was talking, a majority of the crowd decided not to listen or pay attention to him at all. They were too busy chatting, drinking, partying it up to hear what the boy was saying. It’s too bad they missed it, Junior is funny and smart and he’s no b-s, he tells it like it is. The best Junior line of the night was talking about his new iPhone, “Dang, that iPhone is sumthin’ else, I’ll tell you what.” Some of the crowd were a little confused and seemed to think we were at a concert. Check out the chick on the dudes shoulders, it really wasn’t THAT big a crowd.
I am really thankful to RNR’s friend Eileen who originally won the tickets and then when she couldn’t go offered them to him to pass along to me. I am also thankful to my escort/bodyguard for the night Mike B.  I would have been seriously afraid to be in that crowd by myself. It was a jaw dropping, fun sight filled evening.

If you think you’ve wandered into the wrong blog, I did knit more on the Rum Runner socks yesterday. I’m almost to the heel on sock #1.
Rum Runner #1“>
After knitting two socks in the Dream in Color which is more like sportweight, the Yarn Pirate which is fingering weight seems to go so much slower. I’m sure I will find some quality knitting time this weekend watching all the NASCAR events on tv. I’ve seen plenty enough of it in person.

July 26, 2007, 9:55 am
Filed under: Fashion

Black Cashmere Hoodie

I’ve got a pretty severe case of fall clothes acquistionitis.  I’m pretty sure it was triggered by the rainy, gloomy weather we are having today.  Also by the black cashmere hoodie that I’ve had on my mind for a couple of weeks now.  So I’m working out exactly what I must have for Fall and where I will be purchasing these items.  It’s sad, but I don’t think I can wait until the new Anthropologie store opens at the mall.  This happens to me every year, it pretty much coincides with the State Fair, 13 days people!!!!!  I’m thinking the cashmere hoodie, wide leg pants (maybe a couple of pair) and some shiny patent accessories.  Oh, and I’m going to try again with the wrap dress.  Due to my body shape, last year’s attempts were disaster.  I can’t help but think there must be a way for me to work a wrap dress.  The rum runner socks look the same as yesterday, just longer.  Now if you will excuse me, I’ll get back to browsing the new fall items online. 

Decisions, Decisions
July 25, 2007, 9:00 am
Filed under: Knitting, Pets

Happy Wednesday everyone!  I’m really tired today, not quite sure why.  Maybe I’ll have another cup of coffee to get me going.  First, let me update you on the boys trip to the vet yesterday.  Everyone survived intact.  The doctor says they are both in excellent health.  Simon has not gained any weight since last year, which is surprising.  Oscar was very scared and hissy, but he didn’t try to bite anyone.  It only took two of them to give him his shots.  They don’t have to have their teeth cleaned, so they can relax until next year.  Also, their kitty pop up tents I bought for them at Target were a big hit.  I liked it that they could see out.

After many false starts, the Rum Runner socks are finally moving along.  Mike B. was questioning about the pattern being all around the foot, so I took some photos that I hope will help explain.  Here is a photo of the top of the sock where the pattern is.
Top of Foot“>
This is photo is of the bottom of the sock that you would be walking on. You want this part to be smooth on your foot. Pattern here would not be comfortable.
Bottom of Foot“>
Same thing with the toe and the heel. I actually think I like the part without pattern a little better. I really like how the colors look.
I was thinking of all the non-sock projects that I’m either working on, or want to make. I’ve got the Icarus Shawl, Darling Husband Carl wants an blanket for his Fortress of Solitude, I would like to make some scarves for the Red Scarf Project 2008, dishcloths, baby bibs, the list goes on and on. I can tell that the State Fair is coming, two weeks from today people!!!!!  I’m going to make a point to see the alpacas this year.  What do you want to see?

Rough Start
July 24, 2007, 9:31 am
Filed under: Knitting, Pets

It has taken me six tries to get the Rum Runner socks started.  I really, really should not try to start new socks with a new cast on after 8 p.m.  I am so not a night person.  I think that finally I have got it it going, the toe is done and I’m working on the ribbing.  In one of my failed attempts I had the pattern going all the way around the foot.  Doh!! Not too comfortable to try to walk on.  So here is how it looks for now.
<a href=”Rum Runner Sock“>

The only other thing that is going on in my world today is that Darling Husband Carl is taking the boys to visit the vet this morning. I am a little worried about how this is going to go. He is taking them by himself, which will be a challenge. Last year it took 3 people to give Oscar one shot. Think happy thoughts for my stressed out hubby and kitties today.
<a href=”Boys Back View“>

Now I Understand
July 22, 2007, 8:09 pm
Filed under: BFF, Knitting, Yarn Pr0n

Now I understand what the big deal was about the Wollmeise. My skein came on Friday, and I’ve been staring at it ever since. It is some beautiful yarn. The colors are so rich and intense, just really, really wow. It seems nice and firm, I know it is going to knit up into some beautiful socks. So check it outThe Beautiful Wollmeise“>
Here are close up pictures of the two ends so you can see how beautiful the colors are.
Wollmeise Close Up 1“>
The colorway is Red Hot Chili. Love it!!!
Wollmeise Close Up 2“>
Now on to the weekend project, finishing up BigSkyMind.
BigSkyMind Socks“>
They were knit with Dream In Color Smooshy Sock Yarn in Happy Forest and Summer Sky (I think those were the color names, there were only numbers on the tags, 150 and 170) The puffy cloud yarn was (well darn, I can’t find the tag anywhere I think it was Tahki Stacy Charles some blend fluffy yarn, sorry). I knit them toe up on size 1 DPN’s. I did a short row heel, but if I were ever to make them again, I would do a gusset and heel flap so they would be easier to get on and off. D and I made the pattern up as we went along and the grass and clouds are completely random. The two socks are not alike. I really appreciate all the nice comments I’ve been getting on them on my Flickr page. They really did turn out pretty swell.

So, with the BigSkyMind socks in the books, it’s on to the next project. My BFF Georgianne and I had brunch this morning and I decided as a belated birthday gift, I would make her some socks. ADD moment: I totally forgot to take her picture, again. I have to be the spaciest girl in the world! It has been a long time since I knit anything for her, so I hauled all my fingering weight sock yarn with me to brunch (yes, it was a big bag, why do you ask???) and of all her choices she picked Rum Runner, my newest Yarn Pirate yarn. We are doing a pretty simple rib pattern and I’m going to be knitting these socks on two circular needles. This is my first time trying this technique, but I think I’m going to like it. That is what the Summer of Socks reallly is all about for me, expanding my universe of sock knitting. Here is what the Rum Runner looks like wound up.
Rum Runner Wound for Project“>
Don’t you love all my fancy cables in the background???
Now if you will excuse me, I’ve got a Magic Cast On to master.