Friday, March 17, 2017

Bad blogger... rant on DST... tale of the scale...

Today I offer a trifecta of tales...

Okay... first thing first...I'm a bad bad blogger... I didn't mean to be away so long (but then does anyone really mean to not post for 2 weeks?)... but life got in the way...nothing dramatic ...just life.
I had my second cataract surgery and it went well, except the first time I didn't remember a thing. This time they gave me a different anesthesia and I was "there" for the procedure... heard a boring conversation about the anesthesiologist's son's soccer team... I liked it better the first time... ignorance is bliss.

On the plus side, my vision has never been better in my life... on the minus side, my vision has never been better in my life and I can see stuff I NEVER noticed before!!! Like dust on the furniture... and woodwork that needs cleaning and painting ... and floors that could use to see a mop... and a shower that is no where as clean and white as I thought it was....yuck!!! So I've been spending time with a dust cloth/mop/rag/vacuum cleaner/paper towels/bleach/cleaning products... you get the picture... and it ain't a pretty one. Glad this isn't a big house...

And since I didn't post last week I missed my chance for my semi-annual rant against Daylight Saving Time... nothing has changed  my opinion from last year or the year before that or the year before that or the year before that... I STILL HATE IT!!!!  Just leave the time alone... it will stay lighter later all on its own... and I won't be nearly as crabby as I am from losing that hour... do you have any idea how much chocolate it takes to make me chill out over that hour??? A LOT of chocolate!! LOL

So lets move on to more enjoyable pursuits... like socks! Here is the last pair I did with the sock yarn from my Opal Advent Calendar...


This time I took 4 of the mini skeins and divided each of them in half. Then I knit each half until I ran out of that skein and I started another. I've finally figured out that to make a pair of socks with Opal yarn I need 28 grams  per sock... the little skeins weighed 15 grams... half of 15 is 7-ish grams ...hey you know math is not my forte... so 4 half skeins will make a sock. I glad I'm documenting this info on the blog so I can find it later... as, it has taken me numerous pairs of Opal socks to figure this out.

Now armed with the amazing discovery on my part I figured I could apply this information to making other scrappy socks. I thought about breaking out my bin of Opal sock yarn and making a mountain of mini skeins but then I thought that a change of pace from Opal sock yarn would be nice... I was thinking waaaay too much here.

Instead I liberated my Blue Moon Socks that Rock yarn from it's bin...



 and made little mini bobbins of colorful yarn....


 I was so proud of my math skills, as I determined that I wanted to use 5 different colors in each sock... so that meant I needed about 5  to 6 grams of each color, right??? 28 divided by 5 equals 5.6...so I'm in the ball park, right???  I was able to use my newest toy... a little bitty scale...


isn't it cute?? My older son, the prosecutor, pointed out that these scales are primarily used to measure drugs....ummm... not me...LOL!!   Yarn...only yarn.... so off I went winding, winding winding.... I cast on this new Frakensock and I barely got the cuff knitted...oh something is wrong here ... I should be able to get waaay farther than this on 5/6 grams of yarn... on an Opal sock I was able to do the cuff and another inch and a half or so...

At this point I reweighed the Opal sock... 28 grams... and then I went and got a Blue Moon sock... a whopping 55 grams!!!!  The Blue Moon yarn weighs almost twice what the Opal does... yikes!!! Need to wind more yarn bobbins right away... and I did!  Thank goodness for my little scale and the tale it told...

Here's the sock so far....



I love the colors of Blue Moon yarn and I ADORE the names they give them... starting with the cuff this sock includes Crabby McHappypants... Fire on the Mountain...Azure Malachite... and  I'm just starting Chickabiddy... this is definitely a Frankensock!!!

I'll be linking up with Patchwork Times today for "What's on your needles?"... this sock will be a great project for waiting in the car knitting... and I might just cast on another new project... this cowl...


my friend Cathy was wearing the one she knit last night and it is soooo PRETTY... it is called the Orchid Cowl and it is a free pattern on Ravelry that you can see here.  Need to go root through my stash for a nice skein of something with cashmere in it... that would feel so good around my neck...

Hope you have some nice weekend plans... today my son's friend is hanging out here... tomorrow we have a wedding to attend... and on Sunday I think my older son and his wife are coming for dinner...and I'll try to squeeze in some kniting/stitching/sewing... sounds like  a pretty nice weekend!

happy knitting-
carol fun




7 comments:

  1. I have heard it said (and said it myself) that fabric and textile arts are a drug in its on right!!

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  2. Oh welcome to my "eye" world...how long, I asked my hubster, has our house needed such a clean up??? He is just finishing up with his 2nd eye surgery, too...the kitchen cabinet alone....well, let's not go there!!
    I love your socks--such pretty colors...hugs, from your eagle-eyed friend, Julierose ;00000

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  3. Your socks are as wonderful as ever. I just love the stripes and funkiness. Please don't come to my house with your clearer vision! :D

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  4. I feel the same way about DST! I hate it and I wish they would just stop! But they aren't listening to us. So - now on to better things. Isn't it amazing what dirt we don't see? Well, glad to hear your eyesight is better.

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  5. it takes me a week to adjust to DST - but I do like more evening daylight - we are outside most evenings from May through the end of October until the sun sets. I know as a worker bee and gardener, the extra evening hours are far more useful to my sister than earlier morning hours would be.

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  6. Yes, all kinds of stuff gets in the way!! But 2 weeks ain't bad..HA! LOVE those socks and that beautiful cowl. MAN, I wish I could knit but I've given up!! And I love DSL..it can't come soon enough for me. Love the darker mornings and the lighter evenings.

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  7. So glad to hear that your eyes are better than ever. Maybe I won't be so reluctant to do it when my time comes. Right now I'm suffering with a swollen bad left eye and it's gotten worse with the double medicine he gave me than when I went to see what it was! I love your newest Frankensocks. They are so bright !! And those names for the BlueMoon yarn are priceless. I have never seen it in our local shop. I did miss you too, but I totally understand how fast time flies.

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