Stringchronicity Episode 13: Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!  Hope yours went well!  I’m still a little scattered-sounding, but at least I’m back to podcasting on a weekend instead of catch-as-catch-can during the week.

I talk about how busy the Christmas season was, particularly regarding the amount of households we visited.  I also mention that swag was exchanged amongst family members.  Some of my standout items were a gift certificate for Pudding Yarn, a set of hand-blown glass bowls, a couple of of graphic novels (Endless Nights by Neil Gaiman, Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen), and a pair of 2.5mm Signature DPNs.  They’re hot pink & very pointy!  I may also have mentioned a Dyson Vacuum cleaner.  Holy moley, we were spoiled this year.

I also chat about some things we’re working on for this next year, much like a holiday resolution.  We’re cleaning up our diet & exercising more.  We quit smoking a few years back, so we’re taking the same approach with eating junk food.  Beginning of this month (we’re pushing it back to tomorrow, when we’re on our “regular schedule” and off of the “weekend”) we’re solidly going back to Atkins Induction and getting more exercise, whether it’s working out on the Elliptical Trainer, weight bench, bicycling, or just using the Wii for fitness. (As a sidenote, since the Atkins site is more geared to the selling of candy bars than the actual plan as written, you can also check out this great Low Carb resource if you have any questions)

We spent New Years with our friend Lhiabelle and her family, and New Years Day we just happened upon our friend Morgan and her family at the local Safeway at the Starbucks stand.  Thank you Safeway & Starbucks for being open for our impromptu coffee meetup!

I’m currently working on:

February Lady Sweater: Now that there’s no big push for socks, I can relax a little & work on the FLS.  I’m looking forward to hopefully getting it done in time for February!

Noro Striped Shawl: I took the cast-on from Ysolda Teague‘s Ishbel and married it to the increase pattern from the Gaia Shawl (I think).  I’m just alternating two colours of Noro Silk Garden Sock Yarn every two rows.  It’s turning out VERY pretty!

Glynis Sock (kinda): I’m taking the lace pattern from Cookie A’s Glynis Sock (Sock Innovation), and doing it toe-up.  The lace pattern looks pretty much the same whether it’s toe-up or cuff-down.  I’m going to Fleegle the heel.  I may do the same cuff treatment, or I might picot the edge.  We’ll see.

I’m considering doing my very own Self-Imposed Sock Club (SISC) a la Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.  The Glynis sock would be sock #1 of the set, even though I started early.  We’ll see how it goes, because I also loosely (as in, if the whim strikes me) follow the Sock Knitter’s Anonymous KAL.

Also a WIP?  My blog.  I’m trying to post as daily as I can.  At least 3x/week.  If you see any “weird” topics, it’s probably because I’m getting ideas from the Daily Post project from WordPress.

I reviewed Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn by Carol J. Sulcoski.  My opinion is that while there are some pretty interesting “art” socks that I probably wouldn’t ever try, there are some other, rather gorgeous socks that I most definitely will.  The book is definitely worth picking up.  In fact, the Escher socks by Lorna Miser are on my tentative list of SISC socks.

Music at the end of the podcast is “Resolutions” by Jonathan Coulton from his “Thing a Week” series.

That’s pretty much it for this week.  If I come across anything else on re-listen that I forgot, I’ll try to remember to post it here! 🙂