Sock it to me

I finally finished a sock!

It’s for my mother, who has very narrow feet and slim legs so it looks a bit hilarious just laying there but it does fit her (or it did before I started the star toe). She’s asleep now so not putting it on her foot yet.

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Now to get its friend cast on! I’ve only been working on these when I’m away from home. I need something that’s small enough to fit in my purse.

Pattern is Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes. So far, so easy.

…ans because I’m procrastinating:

What’s your show history?

– First show – Vince Gill at the WV State Fair with both of my grandmothers 😅

– Last show – Avantasia at The Palladium in Worcester, MA

– Next show – Heavy Montreal! Teo day festival at the end of July in Montreal, of course!

– Best show – Falconer, ProgPower USA 2015 in Atlanta, GA. It was their final show and let’s be honest, I didn’t think I’d ever get to see them perform. It was amazing!

– Worst show – There are a few up for the running. I’m going to go either with Anathema (PPUSA 15) or Tarja (PPISA 18). As somebody else put it, Anathema was like being waterboarded with sleep…and I did fall asleep. Tarja was pure diva and boring. For all the hype, I left early, as did most of the other people in attendance. It was pretty miserable.

– Who have you seen the most? I think that’s also a tie between Sonata Arctica and Battle Beast. I think I’ve seen them both five times. I had tickets for October when they’re touring together too but something bigger came up.

– Best show venue? Center Stage in Atlanta is my favorite. I also really liked The Filmore in Philadelphia. The Egg in Albany is also pretty nice.

– Worst show venue? The Webster in Hartford, CT. It was so bad I’ve refused to go to another show there. I also really didn’t like the PNC Pavillion in Charlotte, NC.

– Who have you not seen but want to? Powerwolf, Orden Ogan, Ayreon, Dream Evil, Turisas, and Eluveitie are the ones left on my bucket list. Seeing Powerwolf and Eluveitie this October and Orden Ogan in September!

– Bands you’ve seen that you want to unsee? – Alabama. They looked like they’d escaped from a nursing home, sweatpants and all. Also not my genre.

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I’ll be away from home until the July 4th weekend. I’m worn out just thinking about it. It’s so tempting to run away. 😅

25 random facts about yourself that may surprise friends..

1. Do you make your bed? Usually

2. The first car that was officially yours? 97 Nissan Altima

3. Three grocery items you don’t run out of? Eggs, butter, milk. Those three are too important.

4. When did you start doing your own laundry? Little. I flooded the basement one or twice doing laundry an spitting in too much soap

5. If you could, would you go to High School again? Not for all the money in the world.

6. Can you parallel park in under three moves? Last time I tried but it has been a while

7. A job you had which people would be shocked to know? Babysitter. I don’t really love kids that much so it seems to be the surprising one.

8. Do you think aliens are real? No

9. Can you drive a stick shift? Learned on one but it has been years since I’ve had the chance to drive one.

10. Guilty TV pleasure? RuPaul’s Drag Race love that show

11. Would you rather be too hot or too cold? Cold. You can only take so much clothing off

12. If the world ends do you want to be one of the survivors? Ambivalent either way.

13. Sweet or Salty? Salty

14. Do you enjoy soaking in a nice bath? Yesssss

15. Do you consider yourself strong? Not really but I’m often told I am

16. Something people do, physically, that drives you crazy? Slurping spit when they talk

17. Something you do, physically, that you are sure drives people insane? Crack my joints

18. Do you have any birth marks? A little one on my toe

19. Favorite childhood game? I used to love hide and seek.

20. Do you talk to yourself? Not really

21. Do you like doing jig-saw puzzles? Aye

22. Would you go on a reality show? Don’t think I would but depends on the topic

23. Tea or coffee? Tea

24. First thing you remember wanting to be when you grew up? Veterinarian

25. No matter how much money you have or don’t have, what are you an absolute snob about? Crafting supplies and food ingredients. With either of those you can’t end up with an end product that surpasses what you put in to it.

I’m stressed. Holy crap am I stressed.

I’m visiting my mother. She was in the hospital for 10 days and they called me in to manage everything. It was a rollercoaster fuckfest. One doctor said she had lung cancer and was gonna die quick. One thought lymphoma. She was told her thyroid was too high, then too low. She was hypercalcemic and that caused kidney damage. She has stage 4 CKD now. The cancer guesses were wrong, she has sarcoidosis. I’m still here to make sure she gets the doctors she needs coordinated. It’s not healthy for me here so I’m having a hard time of it.

Distractions needed!

40 odd things about me.

1. Do you like bleu cheese? Not really. I can handle it on occasion but don’t go out of my way to eat it.

2. Coke or Pepsi? Coke

3. Do you own a gun? Technically, yes. My dad owned several and left them to me. I don’t have any of them at home though.

4. What flavor of Kool-Aid ? Fruit Punch

5. Hot Dogs? Oh yes. Delicious processed mystery meat

6. Favorite tv show? Star Trek

7 Believe in ghosts? Nope

8. What do you drink in the morning? Water, sometimes cranberry or pomegranate juice

9. Can you do a push-up? Only a girly one and only if I have to.

10. Favorite jewelry? Earrings

11. Favorite hobby? Knitting, currently. I like them all but knitting is what’s tickling my fancy right now

12. Do you have ADD? Probably. Mom always said I fit the testing but she never had it made official.

13. Do you wear glasses? Yes

14. Favorite cartoon character? Renji from Bleach if anime counts. If not, probably Pam from Archer.

15. Three things you did yesterday?
1) Checked the water system when the water here died. I can’t fix a pressure tank.
2) Made rolls
3) Got another few mats out of Mom’s dogs fur

16. Three drinks you drink? Coke, water, black tea

17. Current worries? Feeling stuck and wondering if that’ll ever change

18. Do you believe in magic? Nope

19. Favorite place to be? Outside in general. If it’s nice, I always prefer sitting on the deck

20. How did you ring in the New Year? Alone this year. My hubs was at work the whole day and night. Usually we go to GA to soend it with his friends.

21. Where would you like to vacation? Right now, Mallorca. Going in October.

22. Name three people who would most likely play along? Nobody. This is just a distraction.

24. Favorite color? Green

25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? Never have so don’t know

26. Can you whistle? Yes

27. What are you doing right now? Fighting some anxiety

28. Where would you rather be right now? Anywhere. 😅

29. Favorite food? Peaches or country ham or dill pickles. Don’t make me go without any of those.

30. Least favorite chore? Cat litter

32. What’s in your pockets? No pockets right now.

33. Last thing that made you laugh? Is it horrible that I can’t remember?

34. Favorite animal? Cats of all kinds.

35. What’s your most recent injury? I broke half of a toenail off again a few weeks ago

36. How many tv’s in your house? A whopping zero

37. Worst pain ever? Ovarian torsion resulting in organ death

38. Do you like to dance? Negative

39. Do you like camping? All depend son who it’s with

40. How do you eat your steak? Medium well with garlic and salt.

These are fun to do and fun to read.
Please copy and play (if you want. 🤷)

Sleep Hygiene can suck it

My neurologist fusses that I don’t get nearly enough sleep.

Every time, I get a lecture on sleep hygiene. Trust me, I know what I should be doing. It doesn’t help. I’ve tried since I was a teenager and nothing has ever helped. Sometimes tequila does and sometimes blogging to dump out everything in my mind does.

I don’t fancy becoming an alcoholic so here I am! 

Hubs started his new job last week. He’s already breaking his promise to not work late or bring work home. I knew it was going to be a problem and that’s why I fought the change so hard. His preference to be at work all the time is really taxing on our relationship and I have enough trust issues from his past behaviors already, so things haven’t been so hot for many months now. I don’t have many friends, much less ones I talk candidly with, but the three that do know the full situation all think I should leave him…but two of those are long term internet friends and the other is an ex, so it’s hard because none of them know the hubs and one has hated him for years so probably isn’t the best person to offer opinions on the topic. I don’t want to talk about our problems with our mutual friends though. It’s just not a happy situation right now. I’m hoping things will smooth out but who knows. I’m not an optimist so things never seem like they’ll work out.

There are two birds nesting at the house right now. The Northern Flicker is back in the owl box- I love watching her. She’s so fiesty! We also have a Robin that returned. She successfully nested here last year but a feral cat got into her nest not long after hatching. It was really sad. This year she moved her nest a bit higher and is right outside my bathroom window. Last year she was at the laundry room door the floor below the bathroom. It’s a real treat watching the babies grow. I especially love catching a feeding!

My mom was admitted to the hospital on June 6th – the 13th anniversary of my sister’s death…so not the best week. The doctors have found a good deal wrong with her but can’t figure out what’s causing the problems yet. She’s asked me to come “back home” after she’s transferred to a larger hospital several hours away. I’m her medical power of attorney and her husband apparently is being about as shitty as mine is currently. She has hypercalcemia and they’re trying to remove what calcium they can from her blood. Her kidneys are almost shot – the nephrologist graded them over stage 4. She has mediastinal lymphadenopathy, with some worryingly large nodes near her heart, which will require a biopsy at a larger facility. She also has spots on her lungs, type yet to be determined. The hospital is basically just running endless tests on her to prepare to move her to the learning hospital without providing any real answers.

…and my little dog is still sick. No clue why. She starts another round of medicine this week. This is why I’m not an optimist!

I also had my annual torture session at the dermatologist. My old patch of morphea is starting to break up after seven years…just in time for a new patch to show up on my freaking spine. I also broke out in an awesome rash over both arms and my torso while there. The doctor was impressed because she even commented how clear my skin was aside from the morphea. So much for that. I have an awesome case of very itchy folliculitis now and get to bathe twice a day with antibacterial soap until it goes away. If it doesn’t go away, I get oral and topical antibiotics added to it. Yay. I have the best luck.

So to distract me more from all the annoyingg stuff going on:

Pick one band and answer the questions using only song titles from that artist.

Falconer, they’re my favorite so why not!

1. Are you male or female? Tower of the Queen

2. Describe yourself: Field of Sorrow

3. How do you feel about yourself? In Ruins

4. Describe your ex: The Past Still Lives On

5. Describe your current relationship situation: Scoundrel and the Squire 

6. Describe your current location: Halls and Chambers 

7. Describe where you want to be: Substitutional World

8. Your best friend is: Man of the Hour

9. Your favorite color is: Enter the Glade 

10. You know that: Dawning of a Sombre Age

11. What’s the weather like: Pale Light of Silver Moon

12. If your life was a television show what would it be called? Carnival of Disgust 

13. What is life to you? Upon the Grave of Guilt

14. What is the best advice you have to give? No Tears for Strangers

15. What is your favorite way to travel? Hooves Over Northland 

16. What are you most afraid of? Perjury and Sanctity

17. How would you like to die? Portals of Light

18. Describe your soul’s current condition: Lament of a Minstrel

 

…those sounded way darker than the should’ve. I’m fine, for the most part. A bit stressed and tired, but I’ll get through it. I always do.

…now to hunt down sleep. I hope! 🙂

P. S. I had my birthday recently too! I have a new 30 pound weighted blanket and it’s glorious!!!

It’s also nice to have air conditioning again; I sleep so much better if it’s freezing cold. The gutter guys broke the coolant line last year and I just had to shell out a small fortune to get it fixed…fighting with the gutter company for a reimbursement but not holding my breath.

Cold + heavy blanket + purring cat on my pillow = I might sleep tonight

“I’m going to sleep late” she said, lying to herself.

Since I can’t sleep, might as well entertain myself here!

My little dog is still sick but our vet was on vacation so we took her to another out of worry. She was tested last month but showed positive for roundworms this time. Ewww! She’s been on treatment for two days and is seeming a bit better. We’ll see if that trend continues.

Within the past week, I’ve been to four shows of sorts. It has been utterly exhausting but a boatload of fun.

Book of Mormon was a riot. Everybody around me had been unfortunate enough to catch me singing one of the songs lately.

Judas Priest and Uriah Heep did an awesome job, as expected.

Avantasia was awesome. It’s hard not to be excited by that many legendary metalers in one show…especially ly excited to see Jørn Lande sing live! Sample of him from another musical project I love, Ayreon, with Annekke: Here.

Perhaps the most fun was Dracula’s Ball in Philly. It was a bit sad because it’s the last one they’re having, as the Troc is closing at the end of the month. I loved getting a chance to dress up (it was a costume party!) and dance to some industrial then settle down for a bit of goth’n’roll.

…and to help me burn a bit more time before forcing my poor hubs to wake up too, a survey thingy. The graduation hits home this year, as one of the kids we knew from foster care graduated yesterday. So proud of that kiddo!

It’s graduation season, let’s talk about your SENIOR year in High School. The longer ago it was, the more fun the answers will be.

Class ’03

1. Did you know your spouse? Nope, not yet. We’d have been friends in HS though.

2. What kind of car did you drive? A 92 Dodge Spirit, the family car that wouldn’t quit

3. Where did you work? On a farm and babysat their kids

4. Where did you live? With my parents and sister

5. Were you popular? Lord no. I was one of the kids in the group of nerdy misfits back before nerdy was the cool thing…we made our own Magic the Gathering-esque card games and spoke in our own made up languages. 

6. Were you in choir? The school didn’t hsve one until my senior year, so nope.

7. Ever get suspended from school? No

8. If you could go back, would you? I graduated a year early, partially to escape. I still have nightmares about going back. I think that’s a hell no

9. Still talk to the person that you went to prom with? I didn’t go to prom, I went to a concert out of state with my sister instead. Worth it.

10. Go to all the football games? Every single one. I was both a cheerleader and in marching band, I went to everything

11. What was your favorite class? I’m guessing study hall in the computer lab with just two of my friends doesn’t count? We were supposed to be doing our college English class then but it was a whole lot of gaming and Neopets. Soooo probably Chemistry or horse back riding (PE was required every year where I went but it was a hell fest, so I took riding lessons through the community college my last year for dual credit instead!)

12. Do you still have your yearbook? My mom has it, I think.

13. Did you follow the career path you chose? I went to college for it but nothing ever came of the degree

14. Do you have a class ring? I do but haven’t worn it in years

15. Did you letter? Yes. 5, yes FIVE, times. Take thaaaaat stereotypes!

16. Did you graduate with a 3.0 or higher? Of course

I pulled a disappearing act for a bit.  Whoops?

I finished the beaded scarf, though I’m not sure where my finished picture of it is.

I’m almost finished with a sock — my first sock!  I’m rapidly approaching the toes.

I’m also crocheting a bath poof for my husband.  He likes them and destroys them.  Maybe this one will last a bit longer.

…and I have a small order for some Dammit Dolls with some odd specifications, i.e. really long hair they can be swung around by.  Whatever floats your rage-filled hearts. ^_^;

Things are still chaotic: one wedding down, one to go.  I’ve been perpetually exhausted but whatever, it’ll pass.

Now for a survey that I obviously stole from a friend on Facebook while my hubs tries out the elliptical machine he HAD to have yet I HAD to assemble.  Hopefully it doesn’t break. :X

 

CAN YOU FILL THIS OUT WITHOUT LYING?

1. What was the last thing you put in your mouth? Water and migraine preventative medication

2. Do you sleep naked? Depends.  Not usually but sometimes it’s too durn hot and I feel like I’m being choked.

3. Worst physical pain you ever felt? Ovarian torsion resulting in organ death

4. Favorite place you have been? Downpatrick Head, Ireland.  I don’t know what it was about that turf but it was amazing.

5. How late did you stay up last night? 5:30 a.m.  I’m rocking the insomnia!

6. If you could move somewhere else where would it be? Scotland, loved it there

7. Which of your Facebook friends lives the nearest you? Does my husband count?  He’s a friend on Facebook.  If he doesn’t count, I think it’s Andrea — an online friend I met in a quilt chatroom.

8. When was the last time you cried? I…can’t remember. I think it was at Rich’s wedding? Not because I was happy or sad, but because I had two epic panic attacks at his reception and tears happen when those come a’knockin’.

9. Who took your profile pic? Me.  My Facebook profile photo is a selfie.  How lame.

10. Two of your favorite movies? The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Boondock Saints

11. What’s your favorite season? Spring

12. If you could have any career what would it be? Conservation/Wildlife Biologist

13. What was the last book you read? A Man Called Ove

14. If you could talk to ANYONE right now, who would it be? That’s really, really hard.  I’m going to go with somebody that has a name that starts with K.  Living male or deceased female if the rules of this question go that way.  Your choice.  I talk to one pretty much every day and dream of the other pretty much every night.  It’s a weird life but I think they’re the only two people who’ve ever gotten me.  I can’t talk to one anymore because of the dead thing and even though she knew every. single. button. I had to push, I’d take that all over again…and I feel like an idiot some days because I just want to spam the other ’cause even when (and often especially when) he’s being an ass, it somehow makes me feel better.  I just like having people around that I don’t have to explain things to; they’re rare and special.

15. Are you a good influence? Depends on the person, I suppose.

16. Does pineapple belong on pizza? Never.

17. You have the remote, what channel would you be on? BBC — I have a problem binging the programs they put on Netflix and PBS.

18. Three people who you think will do this? Nobody

19. Last concert you went to? Celtic Woman on March 30.

20. Favorite type of food? Ugh, that’s hard.  I waffle between the down-home Southern cooking I grew up with and just about any kind of roughly Americanized Asian food.

We’re a Couple of Misfits

Hubs wanted to spice things up food wise — we do eat pretty wild and free and I’m comfortable cooking pretty much anything.

His biggest gripe is always that I never cook enough fish (I only like a few kinds) and that we never seem to have a bajillion vegetables (medically I can only eat ones that have been peeled and cooked).  He’d be over the moon happy to be a pescatarian.  I, on the other hand, not so much.

We have an impasse.  I cook some sort of seafood at least once a week and almost always make his lunches for work seafood based with tons of veggies.  I’ll make seafood more often if I’m feeling spunky or if I can find one of the types I enjoy for sale — most grocery stores aren’t stocking sole and grouper around here.

…but I did pick up two pounds of sole today at the fish market!!!  I almost bought some grouper but it was almost $27 a pound right now.  Eek!  I also got hubs a dozen oysters as a treat — they’re waiting for him to crack open as an appetizer before dinner.

He never complains about the food that is served, he just wants a bigger variety of things I can (and can’t) eat.

I have a huge chest freezer stuffed to the gills with meat.  We buy everything on sale and I shop the freezer before meal planning every week.  It’s the only way we can get the huge variety of food that hubs wants to eat without breaking the food budget.

So, in an attempt to assuage his whiny self about more vegetables, I bought a delivery service box.  Why not?  If it’s in the house, I’ll use it.  If not, I’ll stick to the same stuff I always get.

I started with a small box from misfitsmarket.  The box cost $23.75, I had a $5 coupon, and shipping was $4.50….grand total of $23.25.  If you subscribe, it’s $19 instead of 23.75 base price.

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I haven’t liked food delivery things in the past, but I will say this one impressed me.  The only veg that I wouldn’t have picked myself was the monster zucchini — it’s going to be loaded with seeds but I should still be able to use it in a stirfry.  All of the packaging is compostable or recyclable, so I’m also pretty durn happy about that.

I weighed everything out and they sent 12 pounds 3.25 ounces worth of vegetables — the box promised between 10 and 12 pounds.  Then, because I’m me, I priced out the difference.

$23.25 from misfitmarket, $26.86 for the same weight of vegetables from my normal grocery store (including member discount).  There are two caveats: my store isn’t offering romaine lettuce right now so I just used the closest in price….AND I used non-organic vegetables for my store pricing — the variety simply doesn’t exist in my normal store.  The in-store price would be way higher if it was all organic there.

Overall, I’d do it again.  If these vegetables go down easily this week, I know I could be on board with the two boxes a month subscription.

Hubs is very, very excited.  He’s going to be using some of the romaine on open-faced sandwiches tonight (I can’t eat lettuce so it’s a rare treat for him!) and I have tuna and avocado cups on the menu for tomorrow’s lunch.

Crafty Q&A

I needed a bit of distraction tonight, so when NothingButKnit‘s Q&A popped up…well, you know the drill.  I find things like this irresistible.

  • What is the first actual craft you remember doing as a child? (Not coloring or finger painting. Something more special that you didn’t do regularly.)
  • What is the craziest craft you’ve tried?
  • What craft would you like to try but you know you’d be bad at it?
  • If you had to give up your crafting how would you spend your crafting time?
  • What craft isn’t your thing? Have you tried it or do you just know you wouldn’t like it?
  • The first real craft I remember is counted cross stitch.  I started crafting when I was really young and I think I made the cross stitch bookmark when I was in kindergarten or first grade?  I was also a heavy reader so it made sense.
  • Building furniture counts as a crazy craft, right?  Mine’s still utilitarian and still pretty basic but it exercises that need to make something that gets into my bones.  It looks like I may be building a few storage workbenches and some Adirondack chairs this winter.
  • I’d love to try bobbin lace but I know I’d get sooo frustrated with it in just a few minutes.  Plus, I’d have no use for the end product.  It just looks really fascinating.
  • Considering how much time I craft and that I use it as a source of pocket income…I guess I’d have to find a real job?  Or I could become a complete hammock hippy and read my life away.  I’d be okay with that.
  • Macrame.  I’ve never seen anything that came from that monstrosity that I like.  Somebody gave me some cords for it once and I cringed just touching them.  Definitely couldn’t be my thing.

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Tea plea

I’m easily sidetracked.  I finished the number of repeats required of the body lace charts in my shawl and decided I wanted a few more to make it bigger.  I can’t do one thing at once, so while I was contemplating how many more repeats I wanted, I was scrolling through facebook and saw one of those simple “about me” type of things.  Easy enough!  More distractions!

…but seriously, in regards to the last question thing:  if you have a black tea you’d recommend, please let me know.  I had the PERFECT cup of black tea when I was in Austria — some sweet old lady made it for me while I was visiting her home.  She said nobody else would ever drink tea with her because she liked it so dark.  The tea came out darker than coffee.  It was black, crazy strong, and so, so dry.  I loved it.  She just called it Russian tea and I’ve been on the search for something like it ever since, scouring all of the tea places around (especially the Ukrainian one over in Springfield, MA) but no luck so far.

3 places I have lived:
1. The Appalachian* Mountains in VA — seriously, the “town” has a population density of 11 people per square mile…if I named the town, anybody from the surrounding counties and across the state line would be able to figure out everything about me 😛
2. Atlanta, GA
3. Albany, NY

4 jobs I have had:
1. Farm hand
2. Babysitter
3. Tech support
4. Lowe’s commercial sales cashier

5 favorite shows/movies I love to watch:
1. Star Trek
2. Trollhunters
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
4. Sherlock
5. Peaky Blinders

4 places I’d like to visit that I have never been before:
1. Antarctica
2. Iceland
3. New Zealand
4. Costa Rica

5 things I love to eat:
1. Country ham
2. White peaches
3. Dill pickles
4. Biscuits and gravy
5. Steak

5 Favorite Drinks:
1. Coca-Cola
2. Blenheim ginger ale (hot)
3. Vernors
4. Black tea
5. Ice Water

 

*I just wanted to throw out there that it’s app-a-latch-en, not app-a-lay-shun.  That’s very important.  I’ve always thought that Sharyn McCrumb (an author local to my region) explained it best.  I saw the sign below when I was in Northern Ireland last year and I had to grab a photo since it was so relevant.20232665_864192924219_7061932475770452448_o.jpg

Keep on rollin’

I finished crocheting my second baby hat for the AHA Little Hats, Big Hearts.  I’m not the biggest fan of either pattern, so I’ll continue my search for one I like and think is appropriate.  I’ll also remember to take a photo tomorrow at some point to post.

I’ve also kept trucking along with both the scarf and the shawl.  The scarf is still sitting by my recliner and I never can remember to snag a photo.  One day!  It’s really simple, just tedious at this point.

The shawl for me has been a bit more entertaining so I’m finding I work on it for about an hour every night after my hubs goes to bed.  He likes to talk too much for me to keep count and it’s all about the repeats at this point.  I’ve finished the second repeat of both body charts.  I think I’m aiming for five total before starting the edging lace, but we’ll see how that goes.  It’s still pretty small but it looks like it’s going to balloon quickly at the end and after blocking.

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Since I’m at my computer, the pattern is Sheherazade by Anna Victoria on Ravelry.

I ended up using US4 needles, interchangables from ChiaoGoo that I LOVE.  I make everything with them if I can and am currently coveting the new Shorties set they released recently; I like DPN well enough but I will always prefer circulars if I can pull it off.  This is the first project I’ve used their spin cable on and I’ve decided I prefer the twist cables.  The spin ones have a small plastic lump where they join the metal and my yarn keeps lodging itself on it.  The cable also wants to twist a bit, which the twist (ironically enough) never has with me.

I’m also using Knit Picks Gloss Lace yarn in Navy and the beads are Toho round seed beads 8/0 in Midnight Iris.  The color is just different enough that it stands out but isn’t overly obvious.  It’s also rainbowish, so win/win!

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I also bought some Miyuki beads for the scarf project and have decided that, of the two, Toho is more consistent with their beads and I prefer their larger holes.  Unfortunately Toho doesn’t make beads the size I needed for the scarf, so if I ever make it again, I’m back to Miyuki (who is way, way better than anything I found in local hobby shops).

As a bit of a related aside:  when my husband suspects I’m irate with him, he has a stash of small presents he’s bought off of my various wish lists.  I’m the queen of shopping a site and not buying a thing, but I stash it all away for the future.  He’s smart enough to have caught on that I keep a wishlist (or a full basket that I’ll never buy) at all of my favorite sites so buys a bunch of relatively inexpensive items (under $10) and stashes them away.  The morning after he’s done something annoying, one of the items will mysteriously appear on my desk.

This one showed up this morning after he disappeared last night after he ate dinner and I found him asleep at 7 p.m., still covered in sauce:

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I suspect my fellow knitters will spot the issue.  If not, they were supposed to be a size of interchangeable tips that I’m missing from my collection and wanted for an in-the-far-and-distant-future project I’ve saved on Ravelry (see, wishlists everywhere!).  The sticker on the outside says so, but the one deeper down and the contents say otherwise. Instead I have a 30″ mini cable…and no needles that fit on them!

I’m not mad at all and it was hilarious when I pointed out to him that he may want to check orders in the future (seriously, I ended up with a Star Trek series that was in ITALIAN this year for Christmas…)  I’ll readd the size I want to my wishtlist and I guess I’m just going to have to scour Ravelry for things I want to make that take a mini-sized cable and aren’t socks or gloves.  How horrible, right?  😛