Monday, June 25, 2007

All ready for Harry Potter!

I got my package today from my amazing Harry Potter pal, Lulu2! It came all the way from the United Arab Emirates and contained many goodies:

The box was decorated, and look at all the cool stuff inside!

This embroidery is especially cool!

And it came in this awesome traditional frame:

As for actual knitting... I knit these socks all over the Harbor Islands this weekend!

The yarn is Dorchester Farms sock yarn, one of the first pairs worth that I bought at a sheep & wool festival. Possibly Vermont, I can't recall off the top of my head.

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Saturday, June 23, 2007


I got home today to find my belated birthday package from MJ. Now, let it be known that she did actually send me a package near the time of my birthday but due to address confusion it was returned and she sent it again - this time with a few extra goodies.

Yes, she knit me socks! Waving Lace from Favorite Socks - and they fit great.

The starry thing is an awesome circular needle holder - and on the back a zippered pocket. She pointed it out with a note:

Thank you so much MJ!

In other news, I finally got a picture of the sock I knit a while back.

Pattern: Infant's Fancy Silk Sock from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Tofutsies

I knit a single sock because it was a store sample, but I've decided to count it in my KVS goal.

In other news, here's a picture of my Secret Solstice package from Cassandra - she has better pictures of the goodies on her blog including some awesome skull wristwarmers!

And last but not least, a little word about the podcast. Thanks to all of you who have gone and listened to it so far! As of this moment we've had 72 listeners - not bad for the first couple days!

I've heard some positive and some negative things so far - I know the sound quality is a bit echo-y (hopefully the addition of the couch to my living room will help with that!) and that the editing is not perfect. Unfortunately Audacity got mad at me during editing and made a few parts of the original file silent, so the editing was a little more severe than I had hoped. Oh, and next time we will make sure to put Amanda closer to the microphone! Ah well, live and learn right?

Thanks for everyone who has given us kind words and encouragement!

Listening to: Endless Dark ~ H.I.M. , Rocks Tonic Juice Magic ~ Saves the Day

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

A Secret Project Unveiled

Unlike all my other knitting buddies who have been revealing their Secret Solstice knits lately, I don't have any of that to show. In fact my project was a bit of a disaster and poor Amanda received a ball of yarn and a promise of a pair of socks. But that's a story for another time...

Right now I have a BIG announcement.

FiberCult - a new podcast by six knitting girls from Boston (that would be Alexis, Amanda, me, Cassandra, Catherine, and Cathy). The first episode has just been uploaded so give it a listen and let me know what you think. :)

Get it here!


Thursday, June 14, 2007

It's been a while!

Another pair of socks was kitchenered yesterday!

Pattern: Gentleman's Plain Winter Sock with Dutch Heel from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Sockotta
Started: 5/30/07
Finished: 6/13/07

I modified the pattern to fit a woman's foot and made the cuff a little shorter as part of that. I also used a traditional heel instead of a Dutch heel, and used a wedge toe.

As far as my KVS goal goes, I had a bit of a dilemma. I knit a single Infant's Fancy Silk Sock for a sample, and I couldn't decide whether to count it or knit two more. After talking with some other knitters at WWKIP Day I decided to count it - the goal was to knit all the patterns and the consensus was that knitting a single sock still counts as knitting the pattern.

So, with that decision, this pair brings me to 3/24 on my KVS goal!

And some socks I didn't knit:

Java is the fashion police, but Amanda says handknit socks are always in style- matching or not!

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Knitting in Public and Socks!

Saturday was WWKIP (World Wide Knit In Public) day so I headed out to Copley with a friend to get our knit on. Unfortunately the weather wasn't great so we ended up in the indoor location, but it was still fun to knit and we did get quite a few stares from passers-by.

Now that the Uzume pattern is up at Socktopia I can share the picture of the socks I completed last month.

Pattern: Uzume
Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss
Started: 4/?/07
Finished: 5/11/07

I really liked this pattern and plan to knit it again for myself!

I currently have a few secret projects on the needles, but towards the end of the month a few of them should be postable. :)

Listening to: Change (In the House of Flies) ~ Deftones


Monday, June 04, 2007

More Spring Fling Goodies!

An amazing package arrived from my Spring Fling pal today! This was supposed to be a replacement for the last package I posted about, which obviously was found. There is still one more package yet to come - the fibery portion of this one, but I had to post this right now because it's just so cool. :D

When I opened a box I saw all those nicely wrapped little packages, and another cute handmade card on top. Not only did the wrapped bits look nice, they were very secure! Luckily I had my unpacking tools nearby and could get through all the tape.

Inside I found this:

A little fabric bag containing shells was on top, then I unwrapped the pieces inside to find two candles (orange and lemon scented), some pretty paper to make my own cards, another sewn little bag that's the perfect size for a sock project, more Almond Joy, and a handmade cup with some different kinds of tea inside. My pal made that cup just for me! And glazed it, and it's so pretty! I took ceramics in high school so I know a little bit about how much work goes into these things, and I will treasure that little cup.

The cat is not part of the package, she's just inspecting.

Thank you so much pal! I'm still working on uncovering your identity - apparently I'm a little distracted lately and my brain isn't functioning all that well.

As for the knitting, I have a few secret projects coming up, so pictures might be a bit scarce for a bit. I have a little in-person exchange with some of the girls I knit with and since I know for a fact that all of them read my blog I'll have to keep it under wraps til later this month. :)


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