Friday, June 30, 2006

L is for Lick

This is why we don't leave glasses of water around chez moi.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

WIP Management

Recently I've been focusing on finishing what I have on the needles before starting new things. So far I've finished 2 things - the Sockapaloooza Savior socks and a test knit - and started 0. Go me!

The second phase of this is going to be getting to that mental list of things I've been planning to knit but just haven't gotten to yet. That and socks.

My WIP plan is that I will have, barring circumstances when I have to knit something unexpected on a deadline, 6 projects at a time. That allows me 3 pairs of socks (I need both complicated and simple ones for me, plus an extra for the current gift/swap/whatever socks I'm knitting) and 3 other projects (one long term, for example Hush Hush, one small, and one whatever).

What do you think, does it sound like a workable plan?

Sadly no pictures today since I'm still in the middle of a bunch of projects and haven't finished anything yet. I have, however, started the heel flaps of my Hedera socks (finally!!) and finished the body of Spork, which should be finished fairly quickly now.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Gimme Your Stuff

I saw a post about Gimme Your Stuff on another blog (Knit the Classics I think) and went to check it out. Pappardele is offering sock yarn from Slovakia for knitting goodies from the US, so I've arranged a swap with her. :)

So since I've decided to join up I thought I'd make this post for them, and to inform any other knitters reading who might be interested.

I'd love to swap knitting-related goodies from the US (or non-knitting stuff as well, whatever!) for sock yarn, candy/chocolate, and other random stuff from other places.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The lucky socks #13

Yup, my 13th pair of socks in 2006! I've surpassed my wildest goals, and we're not even halfway through the year. I think maybe I should raise the goal to 25... and here they are:

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They're Sockapaloooza Savior Socks!

Pattern: out of my head
Yarn: Brown Sheep Naturespun sport weight
Started: 6/10/06
Finished: 6/19/06

If it seems that I've been lagging with the socks lately, well it's almost true. First I finished about half a pair, and then I started these. These socks are extra big, and I'm in the middle of moving. And then I finished them and blocked them and didn't photograph them until after they were done drying, so really it's not as bad as it seems.

Monday, June 19, 2006

My first SP box!

My Knittyboard SP7 sent me these goodies from far away, and they arrived today! :)

The book is a very cute story with beautiful artwork. I love it SP!

Also included was a Hula kit (so we can hula together, she got one too!), an adorable keychain with a computer chip piece on it, and a natural rubber eraser - which is a clue to my SP's identity.

And sock yarn! This beautiful yarn is from Ysolda.

Not pictured was some chocolate from Thorntons. But it's not the normal "it mysteriously disappeared into my tummy" excuse. Oh no. I did eat one piece, but the rest of it mysteriously disappeared into the fridge, because it is 91 degrees out there today!!! No, I am not kidding. The average for today historically is 78. Today it is 91. 91! Excuse me while I go faint. The chocolate was just a little melted. Really, it stood up admirably to the weather.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Extremely High, Extremely Hot Knitting (Amazing Lace Challenge #2)

Today was way too hot here in Boston, but what better than a hot day for extreme lace knitting?

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Yup, I'm knitting on the roof. And the edge of the roof no less, is that extreme enough for you?

I've been away from the blog lately because life is getting in the way. Something about moving to a new apartment and packing and work and all that. ;)

Also I was busy getting famous (OK, that was last weekend...)

The article about last weeks' WWKIP Day came out today: read it here You need to register to read, but it's free.

Friday, June 09, 2006


Yup, tomorrow (or, more accurately, later today) is World Wide Knit In Public Day!

I plan to head out to the Harvard Square Au Bon Pain (on Mass Ave, starting at 11am) where there will hopefully be a few Boston KIPers. :)

See you there perhaps? If you're coming leave me a comment.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Spring Feet!

Today I received my socks from the Spring Feet swap! My pal was Tisha, and she designed these great socks which she calls Jersey Rip Tide.

They're my first Sockotta socks. :)

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Sockalution finished!

I guess I underestimated my love of sock knitting when I resolved to knit 12 pairs of socks this year. In fact, I originally resolved to knit 6, and then decided to increase it to 12.

Well here is my 12th pair of socks completed this year:

Pattern: Lava Flow from Sockbug
Yarn: mysterious Chinese sock yarn, 100% wool
Started: 5/29/06
Finished: 6/3/06

Here's a closeup of the pattern detail:

The yarn was a gift, and since it's not colors I normally wear I knew I would use it for gift socks. I saw this pattern long ago and this yarn popped into my head because the colors of the yarn in the pattern picture are very similar. Plus, lava!

I decided then that the mysterious Chinese sock yarn would become these socks, and I was just waiting for the perfect occasion. That came with the SYAC Spring Feet Sock Swap. I think my pal will really like these socks. :)

On second thought, I might have made her something more Spring-y, but oh well. ;)

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