Monday, January 28, 2008


It has been pointed out to me that I haven't updated lately. That's partially because nothing interesting has happened! Oh well. Here's an update anyway

Friday I signed up for the ASU Biggest Loser "competition". It's not a hard-core competition, and I only joined the team component, not the individual. So, the goal of the library team is to lose more weight as a group than any other team at ASU. We'll see how it goes!

We had a "knit-in" at Barnes and Noble here in Jonesboro on Sunday. There were 6 of us there. It was good meeting other knitter/spinners in the area. Granted, 2 of the people came up from the Little Rock area, but still... One of the people there runs a yarn shop in Memphis! We are talking about getting a "knitting weekend" set up. We also discussed starting IcArkansasus - Arkansas Icarus KAL. It is a KAL for Arkansans and others interested in starting the Icarus Shawl from Interweave Knits. The KAL starts on March 1st. Here is a photo of the shawl. So far we have 4 people signed up (4 of the 6 who were at the meeting).

Other than that, school has started, so we are busier at work, plus I'm taking 2 graduate classes, so life is busy. Not enough time for as much knitting/spinning as I'd like. I am trying to finish my "january" pair of socks. I'm part of a group that is knitting a pair of socks a month. I'm getting closer to done, but I don't have much time left. On that note, I'll sign off, hit the shower, then start knitting again!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Sock Sadness

Well, I had signed up for the Loopy Ewe sock yarn club. This would have been my first club, but alas, I just got my rejection letter. My name didn't get drawn in the lottery. Seems they had more than twice the number of people sign up than there were slots open. I do understand, but it still sucks.

Friday, January 11, 2008

My name is Morandia and I'm an addict

This is from a sock knitters anonymous group I recently joined:

Like any other Anonymous group, we’ve got our 12 steps to accepting and managing our addiction:

1. We admitted we were powerless over our desire to hand-knit socks and stash sock yarn.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of our LYSes as we understood Them.
4. Made a searching and fearless accurate inventory of Stashes.
5. Admitted to ravelry, to ourselves, and to other human beings the exact nature of our sock addiction.
6. Were entirely ready to frog any defects of knitting.
7. Humbly asked for knots to be removed from our skeins, hanks, and balls of yarn.
8. Made a list of all patterns we had started, stashed for, or designed on cocktail napkins, and became willing to start/ finish them all.
9. Finished sock WIPs wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them, the yarn, needles, ourselves, or others.
10. Continued to keep a stash inventory and when we buy sock yarn, promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through trial and error to improve our conscious contact with sock knitting as we understood It, praying only for knowledge of Turning Heels and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other sock knitters, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

At this point, I think I have only 2 pair of socks on needles, but I'm realizing that my stash of sock yarn is much larger than I had thought.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

I am camel

Camel – Consistent and inflexible
“Camel has very little elasticity, and it doesn’t felt easily. The fiber also doesn’t bleach easily, so you’ll normally find it used in yarns whose color either masks or enhances the natural tan shade of the camel fiber.” –The Knitter’s Book of Yarn

Camels are frank and straightforward in their manner. You know what you want and, while you are extremely polite and tactful, you have no difficulty being firm and definite. You are not very flexible or adaptable; you like things to be a certain way.

The quiz is here

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

today is a good day

went searching through my backpack for some loose change for something to snack on. I found 3-$20 bills. Then I found that the frappachinos in the vending machine were only $1.25 - normally they are twice that here on campus. I have a "productivity report" due on Friday this week. I turned it in before noon TODAY! Talk about a good day!!! Just had to share

Thursday, January 03, 2008

L&V's FinishaMarathonapalooza ‘08

Here's my list.
1. Kerry Blue Shawl - 95% finished
2. Mystery Shawl 5 (I think it was 5) - 60% finished
3. Pretty as a Peacock Shawl - with Ravelry KAL
4. hat/scarf/mitten set I’ve started
5. Numerous pairs of socks I have started
6. Spinning my past fiber club offerings - about 8 packages of 4oz each
7. spinning brown fiber collection - to eventually become a shawl

I think that’s enough for starting the year - that and 7 is a lucky number - and the number of completion!!

right now I'm working on a pair of socks and the mittens part of the set. No casting on until I finish at least one of these two projects!!!

*edit I changed #3 to the Pretty as a Peacock shawl since I'm part of the KAL and had forgotten. It was already cast on so it counts (even though I did frog and start over today). You can see a photo at I posted the finished first part.