Sunday, September 23, 2007

Socks and Mail

Well, the rainbow sock is finished which brings my sock count up to 90 pairs total, and gets rid of that pesky 1/2. Not too long to go til 100!



Yesterday I went to the post office and picked up a couple of packages, and then got home to find another waiting for me - a very good yarny mail day.

First off, my final SP9 package from my amazing pal jochibi:



I was lucky enough to meet her this spring at Maryland Sheep & Wool along with a bunch of other knittyheads, so when she told me we had met it wasn't *too* much of a clue. She sent some beautiful Socks That Rock in the Space Dust colorway, which was my camp name. She also sent emergency chocolate, a cute fish bath fizzy, honey to go with the myriad of different kinds of chai that she has added to my collection, some more chai, Werther's Original candies that are a little different from the normal ones, and come nice hand lotion.

Thanks jochibi for being such a great pal! :)

Now on to some other mail...

I got my latest Yarntini club shipment:



With some orange, but actually quite pretty yarn, orange lip balm, and one of those nifty little DPN holders.

I also got some Wollmeise via a swap with Peachy:



The colors are Veilchen (violet, like the flower) and Mitternacht (midnight).

Listening to: Undone ~ 27, A Desolation Song ~ Agalloch

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Actual Sock Knitting Adventures

If you've been reading for a while you might remember how these socks became this disaster. Well, now they're on an adventure and on their way to becoming whole again. (In the literal sense, although it sounds like the socks have undergone some sort of emotional trauma which may also be true if socks have feelings!)

First I picked up stitches from one of the last good rounds before the chewed up section:



It's a little harder than I thought it would be on a sock that someone's been wearing - the stitch definition is just not like it once was. Then I snipped...



frogged...



and matched up the colors with the leftover yarn, because yes I am that obsessive!



Then I was on my way to re-knitting the sock for my sister! Knitting a plain stockinette single sock is faster than I remembered - I'm already to the toe decreases!

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

You've been patient, so here's a treat!

I realized today that I promised more info on my Taste of Germany package and then left you all hanging! Life (both real and knitting) has been hectic lately. But now things have calmed down a bit so here goes:

When I heard about the Taste of Germany blue kit I knew I just had to have it. I mean, blue sock yarn! What could be more me?

I lucked out and got a spot (actually Alexis got it for me because I was on a train somewhere in Philly) and received my beautiful yarn fairly quickly afterward.

In alphabetical order, to be fair...

Das Schneeschaf Marisilk



This is the one everyone was drooling over at the last FiberCult recording session. It's also my favorite colors of the bunch - blue and purple, who knew? Still not sure if I'm going to keep or gift this one - I'm not a fan of silk and I'm sure many people would love to have it.

Drachenwolle Merino/Silk/Ramie Sockenwolle



Handgefaerbt Sockenwolle Merino Light in Downstream



Sheepaints Sockenwolle in Wunsch Brunnen



Wollmeise Sockenwolle in VergiƟmeinnicht



I think one of the most interesting things was to see how differently all of the dyers interpreted the 'blue' theme. The Drachenwolle is more of a slate blue, the Wollmeise is just blue, and the others are some combination that contains blue. But they're all lovely!

In knitting news, the tight deadline design socks are done and off in the mail (2 more pairs completed, but I can't show you of course!) I am usually a pretty quick sock knitter, and I don't think I really thought very much about how different it is to crank out a pair of socks from a pattern and to write a pattern and then knit the socks while triple-checking every word. They took much longer than my usual pairs!

And now that that's over with it's time for me to start my Secret Spook projects, but never fear! I'll do some non-secret knitting too so you guys have something to look at.

Listening to: She Came On ~ Super Deluxe, 405 ~ Death Cab for Cutie

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

New Yarn!

Despite my yarn-dieting (yes, I've been very successful despite dreaming the other night that I totally forgot and bought a sweater worth of yarn) I have still been getting some new yarn!

Rachel picked up some yarn for me on her trip to California and gave it to me when I saw her this week. It came complete with a guest cat inspector.



Pan and Java will be jealous, I'm sure.

Then today my first package from the Woolgirl Sock Club showed up!



I love this yarn, it is totally my colors! The pattern looks cool too, so I'll probably knit it.

Speaking of sock knitting, the current secret knitting is almost done. Up next... MORE secret knitting! (Yeah, I know...) That, however, is not on such a tight timeline so I'll be working on other things too.

Listening to: Don't Look Too Far ~ Anathema

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

More Swap Socks

My pal Suemoon got her socks, so now I can post them! (She has pictures on her blog too!)



Pattern: Child's Sock in Miranda Pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Sunshine Yarns in Sweet
Started: 8/19/07
Finished: 9/2/07

I'm going to leave it at that for now as I'm pretty busy, but I'll be back later with more content, promise!

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

As promised, yarny goodness

Well today I had a chance to get to the post office and pick up a couple of packages - the first was from my knittyboard Rut Bustin' Sock Swap partner, who turned out to be Bad Amy!

The outside of the box had pictures of people knitting - one even wearing yarn on her head! The whole thing before unwrapping the little individual packages:



The Thelonious pattern, treats for the furry residents of my household, and star beads - I'm really going to find an occasion to wear those in public!

And after some unwrapping I found these lovely goodies:



The sheep tape measure is just adorable, and I can never have enough tape measures as they seem to always get (temporarily) lost. I find them, stockpile them on my dresser, then take them every time I can't find one in my bag. Eventually I go through older knitting projects and bags I don't use frequently and look under the bed and find them all again.

The Toblerone brings me great joy since I have always longed for one. Now, don't laugh, I'm being totally serious here! I have had the chance to taste Toblerone before, I've had small pieces of other peoples' and I think I had a few mini ones once. However I have never had my very own full size Toblerone, and I look at them and think about how I want one every time I see one in the store! Apparently at those times I always decide to 'be good' and I don't ever buy them.

There's also some Mandarin body scrub, a little peanut butter chocolate nubbin, and a new kind of chai to add to my collection.

And now the yarn you've been waiting for:



Both of these beauties are Fleece Artist mill ends.



The purpose of the swap was to send yarn that busted the recipients "sock rut" - my rut is blue, in case you didn't know. ;) I think my pal managed to do this quite well and still send yarn that I love!

And a teaser for next time... I got my Taste of Germany package!


What? I never said I didn't like my blue rut!

Listening to: Moonlapse Vertigo ~ Opeth, Don't Know Why ~ Saves the Day

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Another kind of needle

Well, I finished a pair of socks for KBSX2 this weekend, but those will be secret til my partner receives them. However, Sunday I went to a friend's house for some swimming and a bit of sewing:



I'm making a denim skirt. We did a lot of it on Sunday including pockets, which I'd never done before, but I still have to get a zipper so I can finish it.

Today I got to meet Helen who was here in Boston on her honeymoon. She has a lovely new husband who was very tolerant of having to meet some weird internet knitter on his honeymoon, and he even took this picture of us - ignore the strange mischievous grin:



He only made fun of us slightly for whipping out a pair of socks in a graveyard to pose for a picture. ;) We did a good portion of the Freedom Trail and had some coffee in the North End.

And since it's been sparse on the knitting lately, here are some cats to make up for it:

Java likes to help me knit.



Pan is just too lazy.



Listening to: Only Happy When it Rains ~ Garbage, In My Waking Life ~ Saves the Day

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

The Epic Yarn Diet Challenge

On Friday morning while I chatted with Amanda before work an idea was born. She was saying how much she needed a sock yarn diet (my need is pretty apparent!) and I said maybe we really should. We could pledge not to buy yarn before the weekend of Stitches East - she's probably going, I'm probably not.

My suggestion for a "punishment" should we fail was that we would have to give twice the amount of our yarn purchase to the other participant, but Amanda said this wasn't severe enough. Her punishment is that we don't get to buy any yarn at Rhinebeck!

We do have a couple of exceptions - buying yarn for our SPs or Secret Spook pals and receiving yarn we previously purchased/ordered.

One of the last skeins I got in is this yarn I special-ordered from Tyler a while back, but which is ready now:



I don't have the yarn in hand yet, but he sent me this lovely picture. I gave him the idea of "variegated black" - basically a dark yarn with a black base that had slightly variegated shades of dark grey, blue, and purple. He says the picture is a bit lighter than the actual yarn, which sounds about perfect.

Of course today I spent the day at the yarn store and thought about buying yarn about 10 separate times before remembering each time about my yarny challenge with Amanda. So finally I caved and bought this instead.

The knitting lately is mostly secret, which is why I've been pretty quiet. However I have a couple of knitting-related packages at the post office waiting for me to retrieve them on Tuesday so there should be more content soon.

Listening to: A Million Years ~ 27

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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*
    Alpafina
    Artsygal*
    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
    Fabel
    Fearless Fibers
    Fixation*
    Gloss (KP)
    handspun
    Inspinknity*
    Interlacements Beibi Seda
    Interlacements Tiny Toes
    Interlacements Toasty Toes
    Jarbo Raggi
    JKnits*
    Jojoland Melody
    Koigu*
    Kona Superwash
    KP Essential
    KP Merino
    KP Palette
    Limbo
    Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock*
    Macek Designs
    Madelinetosh
    Magic Stripes
    Mega Boots Stretch
    Microspun
    Nature's Palette
    Noro Kureyon Sock
    Opal
    Panda Cotton
    Paton's Kroy*
    Peru DK
    Peruvian Quechua
    Regia Bamboo*
    Regia Cotton
    Regia Strato*
    Ruby Sapphire
    Sockotta
    Socks That Rock*
    Star (Classic Elite)
    Stitch Jones
    Sunshine Yarns*
    Three Fates Cauldron Sock*
    TOFUtsies
    Trekking*
    Wick
    Wildfoote*
    Wollmeise*
    Wool Ease
    Yarn Pirate*

    In Progress:

    Perchance to Knit
    Regia
    Vesper
    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
    Fortissima
    French Hill Farm
    Froehlich Blauband
    Fyberspates
    geeyouknit!
    Gjestal Silja
    Great Adirondack Soxie
    Greenwood Fiberworks
    Jaeger Matchmaker
    Jarbo Mini Raggi
    Jawoll
    Jawoll Cotton
    Just Our Yarn
    Knit Purl Natural Collection
    Kona Superwash
    KP Dancing
    KP Essential Tweed
    Lime & Violet
    Lisa Souza
    Louet Gems Pearl
    Luxe
    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
    Peterle
    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
    ShibuiKnits
    Sockenwolle Unipo
    Spirit Trail Fiberworks
    Spunky Eclectic
    Steinbach Wolle Sockenwolle
    Sundara Yarn
    Sweetgeorgia
    Tess Designer Yarns
    Twisted
    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
    Yarntini
    Ysolda Yarn
    Zen Yarn Garden


    To check out:

    Pippikneesocks
    Sophie's Toes
    The Spinning Bunny Yarns BFL

WIPs and FOs