Tuesday, June 28, 2005

More yarn!

OK, I've ordered some more Knitpicks for more tanks/Tivolis. I also ordered some Wings on sale from WEBS for a sweater, but they called today to say it's sold out. :(

Oh well. I have enough to hopefully keep me busy while the BF is away for July, and end up with some lovely FOs in the process. I should have my yarn for the X-back soon. Yesterday I got the receipt for it. Yeah, very nice, send me a piece of paper telling how much you charged me for the yarn, and have it arrive before the yarn does. It was mildly annoying. (Hey, I'm impatient!)

The Tivoli is done - and I'll hopefully get pictures of it on tomorrow - planning to wear it. :D

Saturday, June 25, 2005

And now for the pictures.

Here's my finished Soleil, it's at a funny angle in the picture, but that's the only way I could get the whole thing to fit.

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It fits quite well, although the waist is a little too loose. However since it's knit bottom up I'm just wearing it as is - it's comfy and looks fine.

I also took a picture of the progress on my Tivoli, and since it's basically a close up shot of my chest (wearing said Tivoli, of course) I debated posting it. But then I decided that after I bothered taking the picture and uploading it and everything - which included my camera batteries going out and having to recharge, I'll just post it. You've been warned.

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Thursday, June 23, 2005


It's a lot of work to put all 220 stitches of your WIP onto a piece of scrap yarn and try it on. In fact, when everything turns out well you think (or at least I think) why did I bother? That was knitting time wasted! I guess if it didn't work maybe you would appreciate it more.

I'm at the point where I start waist shaping for Tivoli and, needless to say, it fits very well. Surprisingly well. So well that I wonder if grumperina is onto something with those weird measurements. ;)

My knitting mojo is back!

Only a couple of short weeks ago I couldn't think of anything to knit and thus started a sock. A problem no longer!

I'm making much progress on my Tivoli T - almost ready to start waist decreases! (thanks grumperina!) and I just ordered yarn for knitty's ribbon x-back. As you may have noticed I'm becoming obsessed with knitting tank tops and other T-shirt like things. It was on sale, it was blue! I couldn't help it.

So after an awful experience with a certain online yarn store before, I swore never to order from them again. But since I found this yarn on sale and a free shipping code I decided to give them one more chance. Hopefully they will redeem themselves this time.

I'll get much belated pictures of Soleil and the Tivoli progress as soon as I get home - a place I haven't been much lately. ;)

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

How to get a package opened by customs

I bought some Addis on eBay, and knew they would be shipped from outside the US. The shipping was actually extremely fast - they arrived yesterday! Well, on the customs form the items were listed as "needles new".

If I was an uptight person that cared what my postal carrier thought of me, I might be mad. But since I'm happy-go-lucky me I was just very amused. I can't think of many better ways to guarantee that customs will open your package. Luckily it was just a padded envelope secured with string, so that would have been very easy for them.

In other news: Tivoli is on the needles - round 10 just completed. :)

Friday, June 17, 2005

My SP package

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Here it is, as I promised!

The items from top to bottom, left to right:

Rowan chunky print yarn, a lovely card
two lip glosses, Colinette yarn (I love the colors!)
bracelet with blue metal oOos
plastic star bead bracelet, blue glow star, vanilla tea, chocolate

Thanks SP for a lovely package!

I'd also like to add that the box itself was quite nice. It was wrapped in brown paper (like the Mary Poppins song!) and on the box itself were many happy messages. My SP even pointed out that the packaging was recycled - maybe a clue to her identity. I'm all for recycling, SP, so I appreciate it! I even worked at a recycling center when I was younger. Also there was pretty purple tissue paper in the box. Unfortunately after my frenzied opening, it didn't look quite as beautiful, so I didn't photograph it. ;)

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Goodies in the mail!

I got my order from Knitpicks with the Shine for my T-shirt on Tuesday night. I swatched and got my gauge, so now I just have to wait for my pattern and I'll be off on that.

Then yesterday there was a package from my lovely SP - yay! She sent me chocolate and vanilla tea and two lovely skeins of yarn, plus some cute star jewelry. I'll post pictures later. I couldn't take any cuz I was running out the door when I got the package and only had time to rip it open and see what I got (hey, I couldn't wait!) I'll try to remember to take pics tonight so I can post them tomorrow.

Monday, June 13, 2005


Well, I ordered my Knitpicks Shine (in River) for the T-shirt. I've been in kind of a knitting slump recently - I can't figure out what to knit. Currently I've got a sock on the needles, which is progressing nicely. I'm waiting for the Shine so I can swatch and get my T-shirt going, since that's more of a summery project.

The socks (Friday Harbor from Knitting on the Road) are really nice - but require a bit more thinking than other things. This weekend I cast on for a garter charity blanket just so I would have something to knit while watching Alias DVDs. It's getting kinda pathetic.

I'm very excited by this T-shirt - so I hope the yarn is there when I get home today. :)

Sock Yarn

    A quest to use sock yarns:

    Yarns I've had:
    * means I really liked it

    4-ply Soft
    A Piece of Vermont*
    Artyarns Supermerino*
    Austermann Step
    BMFA Sock Candy*
    Black Bunny Fibers*
    Brown Sheep Naturespun Sport
    Chinese Mystery sock yarn
    Claudia's Handpaints
    Conjoined Creations Flat Feet
    Crystal Palace Maizy
    CTH Supersock
    Dicentra Designs
    Dorchester Farms
    Fearless Fibers
    Gloss (KP)
    Interlacements Beibi Seda
    Interlacements Tiny Toes
    Interlacements Toasty Toes
    Jarbo Raggi
    Jojoland Melody
    Kona Superwash
    KP Essential
    KP Merino
    KP Palette
    Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock*
    Macek Designs
    Magic Stripes
    Mega Boots Stretch
    Nature's Palette
    Noro Kureyon Sock
    Panda Cotton
    Paton's Kroy*
    Peru DK
    Peruvian Quechua
    Regia Bamboo*
    Regia Cotton
    Regia Strato*
    Ruby Sapphire
    Socks That Rock*
    Star (Classic Elite)
    Stitch Jones
    Sunshine Yarns*
    Three Fates Cauldron Sock*
    Wool Ease
    Yarn Pirate*

    In Progress:

    Perchance to Knit
    Yarns in the stash:

    All Things Heather
    Ancient Threads
    Apple Laine
    Araucania Ranco
    Artyarns Ultramerino
    Autumn House Farm
    Baby Ull
    Ball and Skein
    Baywood Yarns
    Bearfoot (Mountain Colors)
    Briar Rose Fibers
    Brooklyn Handspun
    Cavyshops Handpaint
    C*eye*ber Fiber
    Cervinia Calzetteria
    CTH Superglitz
    Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks
    Chewy Spaghetti
    Classic Elite Alpaca Sox
    Colinette Cadenza
    Colinette Jitterbug
    Country Classic Yarn for Sox
    Crash Into Ewe
    Crown Mountain Farms Sock Hop
    Curious Yarns
    Done Roving
    Dream in Color
    Duet (A Swell Yarn Shop)
    Dye Dreams
    Ellen's Half Pint Farm
    End of the World Farm
    Fashion Trend Sportivo
    The Fiber Denn
    Fleece Artist
    The Flock Bransonas
    French Hill Farm
    Froehlich Blauband
    Gjestal Silja
    Great Adirondack Soxie
    Greenwood Fiberworks
    Jaeger Matchmaker
    Jarbo Mini Raggi
    Jawoll Cotton
    Just Our Yarn
    Knit Purl Natural Collection
    Kona Superwash
    KP Dancing
    KP Essential Tweed
    Lime & Violet
    Lisa Souza
    Louet Gems Pearl
    Mama Llama
    Merlin the Cat
    Meilenweit Cotton
    Meilenweit Trend
    Mind's Eye Merino/Tencel
    Mirasol Hacho
    Misty Mountain Farm
    The Natural Dye Studio
    Neighborhood Fiber Company
    Over the Rainbow Twinkletoes
    Pigeon Roof Studios
    Pine Woods
    Posh Yarn Lucia
    Prism Saki
    Pucker Brush Farm
    Regia Surf
    Reynolds Swizzle
    Reynolds Soft Sea Wool
    Rio De La Plata
    Royale Hare
    Roz Houseknecht
    Schaefer Anne
    Scout's Swag
    Sheep Shop Wensleydale
    Shelridge Farm
    Sockenwolle Unipo
    Spirit Trail Fiberworks
    Spunky Eclectic
    Steinbach Wolle Sockenwolle
    Sundara Yarn
    Tess Designer Yarns
    The Unique Sheep
    Universal Ditto
    Valley Yarns Franklin
    vanCalcar Acres
    White Oak Studio tvyarn
    Wisdom Yarns Marathon
    Wool in the Woods
    The Woolen Rabbit
    Yarn Botanika Radiance
    Ysolda Yarn
    Zen Yarn Garden

    To check out:

    Sophie's Toes
    The Spinning Bunny Yarns BFL

WIPs and FOs