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Old 07-23-2009, 05:29 AM   #1
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Just checking in :)
a late night bathroom call (late night early morning - 4am) has me up and starting the second part of my slipper project on NEW needles!

It's been quite some time since I've posted here but please don't think I have forgotten you. We have temporarily moved while my husband works a contract job and I'm being introduced to having two households to maintain. Ok, so the second one is a seasonal RV, but still.... It's about an hour from home and no internet there yet (they have to lay wire, that's how primitive it is right now....)

We discovered a place not far from where we live at the RV called philospher's wool company, and the lady that (wo)mans the store is absolutely delightful. She took me on a tour of the premises, showed me how to knit on circular needles (rather quickly so found myself back here when at home #1) and I ended up buying my first pair of circular needles from her. The addi turbo ones. I'm now doing a slip stitch knitted slipper pattern found here:

http://www.crochetandknitting.com/ssknit.htm

The Philosopher's Wool Company site is here:

http://www.philosopherswool.com/

I'm still casting on but think I'll like these needles a lot and wonder how in the world I got on with straight needles.....

When I'm not knitting or crocheting, I'm getting the garden back in shape. We completely tilled and leveled our backyard to get rid of the ruts when a few trees came down. We reseeded and then hit a dry spell so had to water for two hours every evening. We wonder what the water bill is going to be. Whatever it costs, it sure is worth it the yard looks fabulous. Also got all the weeding done (oh my aching hands and back... so knitting took a back burner while hands recovered.....) and the gardens mulched. The back deck also got rebuilt (a tree fell and uprooted it...) and we can now use our side door again. All we have left to do is tear down the aging front deck, replant that flowerbed and maybe extend it out a few feet for more hostas and other plants and then rebuild the front deck.

I screwed up on the first slipper, I followed the phentex slipper pattern and it said 32 rows for men's slippers. OK, I did that, was amazed how fast it worked up on straight needles doing a striped pattern. Assembled the slipper and was left with something that I couldn't even get my hand into. Hrm... showed it to hubby here honey, one of your slippers is done... lmbo.. we looked at the pattern, bewildered and saw that it called for 3 ply phentex, and we looked at the yarn packaging (all that was available to me at the store) discovering it was 5 ply. Hmm... otherwise it looks perfect!

Second one did I think 58 rows and it was certainly long enough.. but not having the instructions with me I bound off wrong and ended up with a slipper much resembling a checkerboard canoe eh! But hubby says he'll wear it (what a love!) it's obviously a learner pair.

Now starting the second slipper on my circular needles and with a 2 hour car trip today I reckon I'll have time to practice.

Hugs to all and hopefully sometime in the near future I'll be here to catch up on the posts.

Jenn
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Old 07-23-2009, 11:43 AM   #2
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First- are you meaning to start a blog thread with this or did you mean it to be a reintroduction of sorts for the membership as a whole? I as because I can move it if you aren't starting a blog thread.

Sounds like you've been busy! I learned to do 'two handed fair isle' from Philosophers Wool. That's great that you've learned how to knit with circs. They sound very helpful!
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First- are you meaning to start a blog thread with this or did you mean it to be a reintroduction of sorts for the membership as a whole? I as because I can move it if you aren't starting a blog thread.
DUH, yeah I meant it to be a reintroduction. In all the forums I'm on, I always manage to post in the WRONG section! LOL

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Old 07-23-2009, 08:09 PM   #4
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Welcome back! Sounds like you're having a great time. Be careful though...Addi needles can be terribly habit forming!
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Cool! David Reidy from Stings and String did an interview with the folks at Philosopher's Wool. Sounds like a neat place (Show #65, I believe, if you're interested).

Sounds like things are going well for you!
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