Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I will probably finish a few things this weekend, we are driving so that's lots of knitting time. The Fawkes pattern is really beautiful in the STR Firebird yarn, but I am running through this ball of yarn like mad. I hate to say it, but I may have to rip this sock out. If I cannot get a sock out of one hank of STR at 350 yards, I will rip them out. The designer tells you from the get go that the cabling eats up yarn - with that in mind I bought a second hank of Firebird. But, I still thought I would only need 50 or so yards from the second hank to complete the pair. But at this rate, I will just get the first sock out of this hank of yarn. I don't think a single pair of socks should require 700 yards of Socks That Rock yarn. Too expensive. I will buy some solid yarn, like Regia Silk or Louet Gems and reknit them at less cost. It would really be a shame though cause they are gorgeous so far. Well I will have the memories, the photos and the yarn - starting to sound like a really good idea!! We'll see after I finish the last repeat of the leg portion.
We have to drop the baby off at his Auntie's on the way out of town. He is going to get spoiled - she has been wanting him over for a visit for a while. My poor sister has serious back problems and will not be going to the reunion, the first one she has ever missed. I will have to bring her something really good from Vegas. Mom's doing well and is looking forward to seeing everybody. Most of the recipes in the cookbook are hers. Yummy.
My Knit Alongs all start tomorrow. I am all ready.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
I still have not been able to get any of the unique colorways I have tried to order from Sundara Yarns. So, I settled for some of the semi solid repeatable colors. This yarn has such a nice feel and the color is so deep.
Shipping is slow and I probably won't go through that process again. I will have to choose just the right projects for this yarn.
Cobalt and Mediterranean Blue
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Jewelry for my needles. Aren't they gorgeous? They are from Anna at Entrelac dot etsy.com.
A Little Socks That Rocks Heavyweight to keep my little toes warm. Can't wait until they are all grown up into socks. I think Covelite and Amber may be replacing Terra Firma as my favorite colorway. They are all so yummy.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
I am also going to cast on my Jigsaw Socks, Dharmafey says they knit up pretty quickly.
Sock of The Month 4 KAL: Bellatrix for August
HP Sock Swap Two: Ravenclaw Colorway Socks
Six Sox Knit Along: Pattern to be distributed Aug. 1
Lace Style: finish sock two, Floral Lace Anklet (I don't enjoy this pattern at all)
Harry Potter KAL 7: Fawkes, Nagini & Bellatrix throughout August
Jigsaw Sock Along: Jigsaw socks of course
The Loopy Groupie Q3 Challenge: all of the above :D
On The Needles:
The second Blue Monkey, I have completed four of the six repeats on the leg. I will probably turn the heel tonight.
The forgotten Trekking XXLs, about another 2 inches before I turn the heel on the first one. The Dye-anamics! yarn came and knocked this poor little sock to the back of the line. It's back in my purse and will be getting some attention.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
My Gryffindor Sock yarn arrived. I am not sure when I will get to cast it on though. I have lots of KALs to work on. About 6 pairs, before I start another personal pair.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
1. What Hogwarts house have you been sorted into? Gryffindor
2. Shoe size? 10 ½ inches
3. Foot Length? 10 ¼ inches
4. Foot Circumference? 11 ½ inches
5. List your three favorite double-point needle brands, including size and length. I don’t use DPNs I knit socks with Circulars
6. Would you like to try a new brand needle? Yes
If so, which brand? Addi Lace Knitting Needles
Size? 4 - 6
Length? 24 –40 " cable
7. If you are a RAVENCLAW, do you prefer the colors in the film or the book?
8. Allergies? Do you have any? Cigar/Cigarette smoke
Will your knitting be exposed to smoke or animals? Dog hair
9. Are you an international participant (outside US)? No.
Are you willing to have an international Hogwarts Sock Pal? Yes.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I finally got some Sundara Sock Yarn, thanks to the recommendation of Brooklyn Tweed eons ago. There was never anything left by the time I e-mailed her. So I ended up just getting some semi-solids, which I still had to wait for because she was so busy with the yarn club and on vacation. Totally worth the wait!! The depth of color and the feel of the yarn is running neck and neck with with Socks That Rock. Seriously. There are lots of patterns in my queue, but at least one skein will become Horcrux and another a pair of Uzumes. It's a toss up for the last skein, that Blue - OMG, gorgeous.
Gotta go get my knit on!!!
Monday, July 16, 2007
I have joined two new knit alongs.
HP 7 KAL Details:
1. NO SPOILERS! No discussing major plotlines, twists, endings, etc until 1 month (date may change) after the book's release. Yes, I'm dying to talk about it with everyone else, but everyone reads at different paces, so we CANNOT RUIN IT!
2. Work on any HP pattern you please. Pick one out or make one up yourself. I'm going to work on a list of free and not-so-free patterns for ideas that will be in the sidebar. Please let me know if you find any others.
3. Can't we all just get along? No fighting. I am a firm believer in Civil Discourse. You're free to express your opinion, even if that opinion disagrees with someone else's, but there is no need to attack the other person or their ideas. Seriously now folks, we're knitters, lets play nice.
The other is the Jigsaw KAL which we kinda nudged Dharmafey (sockinthecity) to host. More details to follow. http://pinkmonkeyknits.blogspot.com/2007/05/jigsaw-socks-pattern.htmlI also registered for the TKGA National Conference and CGOA Regional Conference in September. A link is in the sidebar. I love taking classes and shopping at the fiber market. The one thing I learned during the other conferences, buy it when you see it and buy more buttons. I have had such a hard time finding buttons for my projects. So I plan to visit all of the button vendors this year.
I have signed up for the following classes:
Sunday, September 30, 2007 · 9:00 AM - Noon
Instructor: Karen Whooley
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Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Monday, July 09, 2007
I am sure this has never happened to you, but I "lost" a skein of yarn. I finished the Denim Jean Regia Silk Monkey sock and was about to cast on the second sock, but I could not find the other skein of yarn. How could that happen? I had to go through my sock yarn stash. Oh My DOG!!! I poured out the laundry bag of sock yarn on the bed and saw several colorways of STR that I did not even know I had, and where did all that Interlacements and Lorna's Laces come from? Then I poured out the plastic comforter bag of sock yarn and, my goodness, hadn't I used any of the Fearless Fibers yet??? It was ovewhelming. So much so that I decided not to post any stash photos in Ravelry. I am going to just list the skeins and hanks in hopes of not ordering any more of the same colorways and weights. Oh boy. I actually had to go through both of the storage bags twice before I found the skein I needed. Somehow the first time through I thought it was Knit Picks instead of Regia. Anyway after spending at least an hour fondling my yarn and scratching my head I cast on the second Blue Monkey and the first 52PP socks. I dare say, I have to agree with my Sister at last, I don't need any more yarn.
I may have to stop listening to podcasts for awhile, too many enablers. Or, I should pour out my stash before hitting the play button - try to keep it all in perspective.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Friday, July 06, 2007
I did manage to meet my goal for the Lime and Violet sock yarn marathon - 5 plus miles of sock yarn have been used. Granted I have purchased probably twice that much since the marathon began. The marathon ends July 15th and I believe I will finish 2 more pairs of socks before then. So gold star for Bevie.
Monday, July 02, 2007
100% New Wool
Main Color: Aran, 2 balls 3.5 ozs each
Stripes: Natural, small part of one ball
Size 7 Addi Bamboo Circulars
Started/Ended: June/July 2007
Sunday, July 01, 2007
I have completed a couple of repeats on the second Mock Croc in STR Lemongrass.
I have completed the cuff and a couple of repeats on the second Floral Lace Anklet in Regia Silk Mocca. I want to finish both of these second socks this week.
I also bought new yarn, the Knit Picks Risata, 3 Duets, and some Fleece Artist. I have a huge stack of patterns to cast on. I want to finish all of the above first, so that's what I will be doing this week. No Ravelry at home!!! Only during work hours. That way I won't get all into the Flickr thing which takes so much time. Just knitting and maybe a blog post or two once I get home. That's the plan, lets put it in motion.