Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Cascade Fixation ankle socks

Here are my very basic, but oh so comfy ankle socks. I got two socks out of one ball with leftovers (but keep in mind I have small feet - size 5 1/2 to 6 US or 35/36 European!)

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In other news, I'm totally in love with the Curlicue Coverlet which I saw over at Grumperina's blog. Now I'm going to have to make one of these, as soon as the rest of my WIPs and PIPs (Planning in Progress) get done.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Kitties and knitting and stuff

I was talking with some of the girls at my SnB today, and we were discussing some of the things that bug us about knitting blogs. I mean, if you're advertising your blog as a knitting blog (or in my case a knitting and crochet blog) then it should be mainly about knitting, right? I mean, I shouldn't be reading endless political rants or constant talk about your kids or pets, or pictures of them! Of course, if it's your personal blog that also talks about knitting, that's another scenario entirely.

So, not to be a bad knit blogger and only be posting pics of my cats, here's a picture of my cats and my knitting:

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The knitting in that picture is my multidirectional scarf, which I started today. Here's the progress at the moment:

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And in FO news, I've finished my mini-Clapotis with the Hipknits silk I got from my SP4:

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I'm also close to finishing my ankle socks. Just need to finish the toe decreases, which I'll do while watching Netflix as soon as I get my cup of iced tea. My zebra shell is also going very well. I'm in armhole shaping at the moment, and since it's sleeveless that means it's almost done. :)

Thursday, September 15, 2005

My first SP5 package

Yesterday when I got home I had the weirdest piece of mail I've ever gotten:

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Weird in a good way, of course. ;)

Inside was a lovely Turkish drop spindle with two beautiful little pieces of roving:

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This thing is so cool! It comes apart into three pieces, and the way you wind the yarn makes a center-pull ball when you're done!

There were also some great little magnets (I love magnets), two bookmarks - a star and a sun, stitch markers in a little bag, a purple sparkle pin, a really cute tape measure, and a pad of paper with a funny little dog on it.

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Last, but not least, were stickers:

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Scratch and sniff Junior Mints (which I can't eat because of gelatin but I will gladly sniff), stars (of course), Halloween stickers, and star 'ring tattoo' stickers.

Thanks so much, Elf, for the great first package! Everything is great, and I'm looking forward to spinning soon when my hand isn't all swollen from the stupid spider/insect bite.

Getting caught up - my last SP4 package

So, this package arrived last Thursday and due to my friend being here for the weekend and my camera batteries dying and crazy busy-ness... Well you know.

So finally, here is the report.

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My last SP package contained two balls of the lovliest light blue yarn with a ribbon binder and silver sparkle! Also there were two bars of chocolate - white chocolate and milk chocolate with raisins and hazelnuts! Last, but not least, there was a little blue clutch bag (not pictured) with body wash, hand lotion, and lip balm all from Boots!

Thanks so much rachydarling for being a fab SP!

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Something every knitblogger needs....


I have two lovely new additions to my family. Meet the kitties:

the boy

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the girl

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Sorry the pictures aren't that fabulous, but I've had them for less than 24 hours, and I didn't think that chasing them around with the camera would be the best way to establish a kind and loving relationship.

Edited to add more details:
The cats are 3 years old and they are brother and sister. They've lived together their whole lives and really do love each other. I got them from a woman who had to find them a new home due to her baby's allergies.

They came with the names Sebastian and Lulu, but I think I'm going to change them after I get to know them a bit better. I'm not very fond of the name Lulu, and I'm thinking of doing something brother/sister themed from literature or pop culture.

And in knitting events, I was working on my Zebra Shell and managed to snap the connection on one of my Denise cords. I have no clue how that happened but I'm going to have to email the company and request a replacement. This leaves me with only the Rogue and a pair of socks to work on today. The socks are coming to knitting group with me, and may even be finished today or tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Knitted gifts delivered!

Well, I just returned from a little trip to visit some friends, and while I was there I delivered two knitted gifts: the lime green and turquoise baby blanket for the soon-to-be-born Tristan, and the Hufflepuff scarf for my friend Brian.

Brian even modelled his Hufflepuff scarf as soon as I handed it to him, even though we were outside in the sun and it was in the mid 70s. He's a good appreciative knitted gift receiver.

Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of the FOs, just progress pics, but here we go:

Here is a rather small progress pic of Tristan's blanket, since when it got bigger it became rather bunched up and ugly in photos.

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And here's the Hufflepuff scarf, at about 40% done (partway through stripe 8 of 19).

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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