Finished Socks and Other Stuff

I finished my Doctor Who socks with the Felici Time Traveler yarn from Knit Picks.  They are comfy and have delegated to bedtime socks as they just tube socks.  I love the self-striping and the colors.  I do miss the green that was originally in Tom Baker’s scarf, but I appreciate Knit Picks’ thoughtfulness as a way to have a product that appeals to us sci-fi nerds and Whovians.
Other news!   A friend of mine, Kristin, as a new blog called “What Would Carolyn Ingalls Do?” and it focuses on frugality and a DIY lifestyle, with a splash of family friendliness and warmth.  Kristin teaches, crochets, and plays a mean clarinet.  Go check her blog out! 
More news!  I was published again in Squidoo’s online vegetarian magazine GoodVeg as a fill in writer for the Veg O’ the Week column.  I wrote about avocados.  I know a lot about avocados now.  Head on over to the article to learn what I learned about this yummy vegetarian delight.
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Doctor Who Sock Yarn

Fact:  I love sock yarn.  Problem:  I don’t know how to knit socks.  I bought two skeins of KnitPick’s Felici sockyarn in Time Traveler.  Why?  Because it self- stripes into the colors of the Fourth Doctor’s (Tom Baker) scarf!  I couldn’t resist.  I guess I am going to learn to knit socks.
In theory, I think I can do it.  I know how to knit on double pointed needles.  I have done short rows.  So, I just need a good starter pattern.
And so I did a search and found a stockinette stitch sock pattern from About.com. It explains everything and looks straightforward enough.  I will have to give it a try.  And then I’ll have Doctor Who socks!

Long Weekend Wrap Up

Long weekends seem short.  Despite the fact that they do fly by, I did get a lot done, crafting-wise. 
Friday:  Knit a little bit before packing, because I had to get ready to go to NYC the next day.
Saturday:  NYC!  My friends Joan and Amanda, and myself went to see this cool museum exhibit on Pompeii.  Very neat.  On the bus trip there, Amanda, a fellow knitter, and I had a great conversation about knitting and looked through the Fall edition of Interweave Knits together.  Otherwise, we bopped around Chinatown and Little Italy.  If you are interested, check out my snapshots in my Flickr photoset.
Sunday:  I finished this baby hat and attempted to learn to crochet.  I think I have the basics down, but everything I tried to do came out a mess.  I did manage a crochet chain on the top of the baby hat, so I’m happy that I at least can manage that.  It’s a start, literally.
I began a pair of fingerless mitts from some leftover Malabrigo Rios yarn that I had.  I got one done quickly on Sunday.  Fun little knit!

Monday:  Ah, Labor Day.  I finished the second mitt in the pair, and put it with the hat that I knit in the same yarn a couple months ago.  Someone is going to get a nice set hat and glove set for Christmas. 
I also went to the local Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts to see what they had.  I did find some different yarns there.  I still prefer AC Moore for stores in that streak, though.
Otherwise, I watched the new Doctor Who (on iTunes) and a lot of Top Gear.  BBCA, crafting, and a little bit of travel….it made for a great weekend.

New Doctor Who Tonight!

Who’s ready for more fun with The Doctor in “Let’s Kill Hitler.”?!  I know have been looking forward to this since “A Good Man Goes to War.”  9PM EST on BBC America, people. 

I don’t crochet, but I have friends who do.  A friend from Ravelry, Kalecos, made me this awesome crocheted Dalek for the Doctor Who Swap on Ravelry.  It’s adorable!  I love it!  I figured it would make a great feature to celebrate the return of  The Doctor, Amy, Rory, and River Song in tonight’s episode.  Popcorn will be made and eaten.  And enjoyed.