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January 30, 2006

What happens when you want to do everything

It has been a while. Who really wants to see an inch of stockinette stitch on my sweater? Yeah, I didn't think so.

I did a bit of everything this weekend. I really just wanted to accomplish something. So this is what I did:


Got 1 sock done, and the other one started. I will show a bigger picture when I can model it. Hairy legs and all.


Did some dyeing. I hate this picture. It was nice and sunny all weekend. What do I do? Take the picture when it is nice and dark so you can't see the real colors. Left to right: Orange/Red, middle: is blue/grape, right: strawberry/pink lemonade. Love them all.


Did some knitin on my sweater too. Wow, it grew a whole couple of inches! sigh.......


Spinin. Yep. I did some. I have to keep on keepin on or else I get rusty.

Check this out! I actually inspired someone! I feel so proud! Go look at Sara's Jaywalkers! LOVE THEM!

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January 23, 2006

Arts and Crafts at Château Big Geek

My son reintroduced me to the godseye!


Remember these things? I haven't made one since summer camp! His came out much better than mine.......(smile) That is why I am showing only his. He did such a great job! I love it!

It was a very fibery weekend. I did more spinning and plying. I am not really happy with the way the blue plyed. It didn't twist enough. Not sure how I can fix that. Hopefully someone will give me some advice. Here is a picture though


The brown is getting to where I want to be at. The blue just didn't cut it. I washed the brown to set the twist. But I don't think there is any twist to be had with the blue. Sigh.......

I have some alpaca that I did a little hand carding on and spun up a little. But I didn't take a picture. Aplaca is like BUTTER people! I am going to love spinning this.

Lastly, I ordered some sock yarn from Brooklyn Hand Spun. Oh my god! Like I need more sock yarn. But I can't even take a decent picture of it.


Ain't it purdy?

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January 20, 2006

When you got nothing you get a meme

I don't have anything. Nothing to show. I have been tagged for a meme by Laurie here you go:

4 jobs you have had in your life
Chamber Maid in an old inn(yes I did walk in on 2 people having sex. I did knock!)
Waitress at same Inn as above (A guy walked in and ordered chicken breast with out nipples – I laughed until I cried)
Worked in the deli dept. of a grocery store (hoped no one from High School would come in and see me)
Graphic artist at a News and Arts Weekly (I loved that job even though it payed crap. I got a ton of free records and I got to get into clubs free)

4 movies you could watch over & over
Notting Hill (corny I know but I love all of the character actors! Especially the crazy welshman)
Wizard of Oz (my favorite all time movie)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Audrey Hepburn, moon river, And she knits!)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Both of them (Johnny Depp and Gene Wilder – doesn’t get any better than that)

4 places you have lived
Syracuse New York (a little of my childhood)
Marcellus, New York (a lot of my childhood)
Philadelphia, PA (26-33 years of age about 10 years down there-had a blast)
Camillus, NY (current – having a blast)

4 TV shows you love to watch
I don’t watch TV but if I did:
I Dream of Jeannie
The Hardy Boys (come on Shaun Cassidy baby!)

4 places you have been on vacation
St. John – US Virgin Islands (honeymoon)
San Franscisco California
Napa, California
Chicago, Ill.

4 websites you visit daily
Strikker - Kris
Cute Overload
The Blogs I like to read
MSN – it’s the first thing I see

4 of your favorite foods
Mexican Food
Italian Food
Chinese Food

4 places you would rather be right now
Some where with my husband and son
At home knitting, spinning or reading
Some place warm and sunny but not necessarily a beach
At a book store

4 bloggers you are tagging
Hmmmm........... I dunno. Who ever wants it!

I am so bad at these!

Posted by beth at 12:51 PM | Comments (8)

January 17, 2006


There has been little progress. But progress none the less.


Yeah, I know. It doesn't look like much.
On the sweater I have not even started the body yet. I keep trying it on and I have to add a couple more rows to the yoke.
It's the girls I am sure of it. I think this is why enjoy making socks. They go quicker. They always fit.

I am at the heel on the Dublin Bay sock. I am not doing the "eye of partridge" heel. It sounds ridiculous. Oh my! I am GASP, modifying a pattern! I like how my stripes are coming out with this pattern.

Okay. So that is where I am at with my sweater and socks. I might as well show you what I have gotten so far at my favorite Local Yarn Store's January sale.


Mountain Colors Barefoot in Mountain Tango. It was the last skein they had. I had to have it! (20% off!) Perhaps another pair of jaywalkers.....


This was actually in the $3.00 bin. 2 balls of Noro Shinano color 1 and color 12, and 1 ball of Noro Silk Garden in color 39. What ever those colors mean. They are just pretty. I grabbed them while I could (not 20% off - but that's okay)

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I got the Debbie Bliss Home book a while ago. I like most of the patterns in here, especially the socks. So I got some Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in a plumb color. (20% off)

This sale goes on the whole month of January so I am going back. I need to regroup and rearrange some finances......

I bought this book years ago


I almost got rid of it at a garage sale. Nobody bought it so I kept it. I dusted it off again this weekend and I am glad I did. I want to make these badly


Perhaps I am getting a little cocky now that I made my pirate hat!

Posted by beth at 12:32 PM | Comments (26)

January 13, 2006

Alright, so I am not the last person to make Jaywalkers....

thought I was, but glad to hear I wasn't! I had you all going there didn't I with that link! You all thought I was going to do ANOTHER sock. Ha! But you will be happy to see that I have done both!


Above is the Dublin Bay Sock. This is a very easy pattern. When I say easy I mean if I don't have to look at the pattern after a couple of times around, that is easy. I am knitting these socks in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Yarn - Girly Stripe. Love the colors. The picture isn't acurate. It is pink and purple.

I also cast on for this:

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I figure I am doing really good with the sock thing. I needed a sweater with very little finishing. I grabbed the pattern here
I am using up some yarn that is odd's and ends. I have some worsted weight wool from another sweater I frogged. So far so good. I am hoping this will go quick. Hopefully more will be done this weekend. So there. I finally am doing a sweater!

Over and out.

Posted by beth at 12:22 PM | Comments (10)

January 11, 2006

My first finished object of 2006


I think I am the last person in Blog land to make these. The infamous jaywalker socks. This is a GREAT pattern. I know I will be making more of these for sure. The pattern is easy to follow and I love how it makes verigated yarn look!

Yarn: Knit Picks Sock Landscape Yarn 2 hanks in Rocky Mountain Dusk
Needles: Addi Turbo US size 1

Sorry, but Smudge insisted on showing these again:

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What is up next for Big Geek? Well I think it's high time I made a sweater! So guess what I cast on for?




Posted by beth at 12:18 PM | Comments (20)

January 05, 2006

Oh my it HAS been a while.....

I've been busy. What can I say. I had a great time while my brother was visiting. Lots of good food and lots of good drink! I did finish my pirate hat by December 31st too!


I would show you my entire face but it was New Year's Eve and I was into my cups. My nose was red and well I looked drunk so this is all you get. I wore this hat most of the weekend. Love it!

Also got my Better Pal package on Thursday Dec. 29th. I didn't have a chance to post about it or give a big giant THANK YOU! Lookie and see what I got:


I almost bought the Twisted Sister's Sock book! I am so glad I didn't! I believe I have enough fiber to keep me going until Rhinebeck 2006. Can one really have enough fiber?

Gotta go and catch up with everyone's blogs! I see a lot of Jaywalker activity out there! Those socks are my first project of 2006. I have one sock done and the other has been cast on! I won't show a picture until they are all done.

Posted by beth at 12:37 PM | Comments (13)