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This holiday, I’m determined to have my presents knit by Christmas. The universe seems to have different plans. *sigh*

When I asked my mom over the summer what she wanted for Christmas, she said “nothing”. That doesn’t help me. Maybe I should have listened to her. The problems I’ve had working on these socks is monumental. I can’t believe I haven’t given up yet.

This is what I bought      It’s Knit Picks Stroll Sport Sock yarn in Marti Gras. It came in October some time and has been sitting in little plastic baggies until I was ready to cast on. That didn’t last long as I think I cast on that weekend. First while casting on, (2@a time) I cast on one inside out. Second try; It turns out that I made them too  big and I had screwed up on the cables. So I frogged it and started over. I hate frogging, but these are for my mom so she can have warm feet on the days she has playground duty, or just keep her feet warm in the house (my parents house tends to be a bit on the cold side).

So I got started on the third try. I was booking along with the toe increases (I knit toe-up) and then my needles break (order to be done by christmas I needed to knit 2 at a time so I made the decision to not use my DPNs). My 47in cord broke. I thought I might be able to fix it, so I super glued it and used clear nail polish to smooth out the sanded areas. I think I got through a round then set it aside as I had another project I was working on.

So there I am, knitting and chilling watching some TV and I get up to get something to drink and I see a string stretching from my dinning room to my bedroom. Uh, oh. This can’t be good. The kitten….(pictured below)

She just looks innocent.

Don't let her innocence fool you, she's a yarn killer!

had decided that she would play with the contents of my knitting bag which just happened to be two balls of the above mentioned yarn. She had turned it into a rats nest. ARGH!

So I forged ahead. I tried to knit another round when LOW and BEHOLD! my needles break AGAIN!

I put the socks aside and vow to myself to invest in a NICE pair of circs. It’s vital to the completion of my Christmas knitting. I head down to the not-so-local-to-me-but-super-helpful LYS to pick up some Addi Circs. I completely convinced myself that I needed 40s instead of 47s. I was wrong. WAY too short….well, 7 inches too short. Did you know that it’s illegal to return knitting needles in this state? WTH? I walked out with my correct size needles anyway and headed home….after a quick stop to buy some Pattons Classic which was on sale at Michael’s and will soon be a present for my Dad.

I spent the afternoon winding and untangling purple yarn and getting my socks back on circs. I have pictures of all of this but we had a computer melt down this week and the card reader for the camera is not connected and since this is the Boy’s area, I’m not touching anything I’m not completely sure of.

Hopefully the saga of those socks are done…

BUT THEN…. the Yarn Killer (see pictured above) got a hold of my already knit socks which were blocking and pulled out this long loop that took me an hour and a half to re-incorporate back into the sock! ARGH!

Hope you are having better luck with your holiday knitting!

Live Long and Prosper!

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Merry Christmas. I hope you all have a great holiday. 

I am currently sitting in bed, next to my drafty windows, watching traffic(vehicular and pedestrian). The boy is sleeping. I am trying to plan my day. I have been up since 3:30am. I have been having troubles sleeping. It started when I was unemployed and I hope that it will soon fix itself. I’m sure that it is for a variety of reasons. The main reason is that I live in a studio apartment with someone who is up all night…. but we’ll get to that later. 

I like my new job. I like that I am involved in changing the way doctors are trained. It’s definitely more important than working for a porn website.(don’t worry, there shouldn’t be any pictures or anything incriminating)  My cubby is on the 24th floor of a high rise downtown Chicago. I would say that it’s about a block or two north of the Loop. I love walking around and looking out the windows. I can see the Trump Failure Tower, the Sears Tower, the Hancock Building, Lake Michigan, Michigan Ave, and the list goes on. When I first moved down here, that was my goal to have a job or an apartment in the Loop/downtown.  Job is more reasonable of the two as it doesn’t require I pay HIGH rent. I’m sure I could qualify for Section 8 if I was really desperate. Anyway, back to my new job. I am mostly reading TONS of manuals and focus group reports. I get to learn something new everyday, that is until the rest of the staff comes back, then it will be a crazy learning cycle. But the moral of this little story is that I like it, the view is amazing, people aren’t drunken assholes like my last job. PLUS, my one boss brings cookies to work every Thursday! How can you hate that???

I got out early yesterday. I had to head to the temp office to pick up my check. It was snowing like crazy(BTW… watching the snow fall from the 24th floor is WAY cooler than watching it from ground level!) and I was walking around downtown. I actually like downtown. It wasn’t too crazy. Which reminds me… ok… backing up a bit… 

So Monday… I head out the door, grab the bus at the corner, transfer to the Red Line. Normally, this would require me standing so close to the guy next to me I can tell what he had for dinner last night. Now, this is the one thing that I like about living in the city…. on holidays, EVERYONE leaves the city!!! So, when I got on the Red Line, I actually had space. THEN… it just gets better!!! When I got off the train, there was hardly anyone in line for the stairs for the street! It was so great! On the way home… I got a seat on train on the ride home! Then, yesterday, it was even better! I miss my family terribly, but I have to find some kind of bonuses.  

It was so nice to finally get a check. It’s not much, but it’s something. This means that I can go to Aldi today and hopefully get some cheap food. There is dust in my fridge. 😦  When I got home last night, I walked in the front door, looked at the mail area, and low and behold, I got a box from my grandma and uncle. Part of me was super excited but then my guilty conscience took over. I have no money to feed myself, and I want so desperately to get gifts for everyone. 😦 Next year, I keep telling myself, next year. 

So inside the box, my uncle sent me some cool new slippers, I got a box from grandma which remains unopened until Christmas, and a box of chocolates and nuts from Heggy’s  . I HIGHLY suggest checking out the site. It’s the best chocolate, aside from Swiss chocolate, or German chocolate, or Spanish chocolate. They make the best variety boxes. Everything from chocolate covered marshmallows(the big ones) to nougat filled ones. SO YUMMY!

Apparently, the boy got me a gift. I feel even more guilty cuz I couldn’t get him anything. So, I shall bake cookies and make a dinner. We plan on getting visiting the Indian neighborhood and then getting drunk. 

There are my plans for the holiday. I hope you all have a great one. Have some extra stuffing for me! 

Live Long and Prosper!