10/20/2006

Holey Smokes!

I am on the second sock now with the Holey Sock pattern. Here is what the first one looks like:



I'm rather sad that I haven't been able to knit as many socks as planned during this month of Socktoberfest. This is my first, and likely to be my only pair! If I cast on for others can they still count?

In other news, I received my consolation prize from Jennifer of Craftlilly for the Knitflix swap.


The yarn is some gorgeous Rowan Chunky Print. It's approximately 110 yards so I'm thinking of making a hat or maybe a scarf (if I can.) Note the cute "Animal" card - The Muppets were one of my favorite shows as a kid.



Yarn close-up.

I have also been busy ordering and putting together package ideas for my Sockret Pal and my SP9 pal.

10/16/2006

I *heart* the postie

I got two packages today, one from my purse swap partner Leslie, and one from my Sockret Pal. This is going to keep me going all week!

First up, the gorgeous purse from Leslie. Made from 100% recycled silk and 100% Aloo, it has cute bamboo handles. I've always wanted a bag kind of like this - and in her note Leslie explained that after reading my blog she knew this would be the purse for me because I seem to be very "worldly." I love that! Thanks Leslie. I do like to travel and have been to a few places. If I didn't have to work and keep up with my responsibilities I think I would be jetsetting off to all kinds of places. Anyway, the purse:



Those are PINK peanut M&Ms in the back. I also got a knitted dish/wash cloth, some cute sticky notes and small notecards.



The bag by itself.



A close-up of all the pretty colors.

I am working on my purse to return to Leslie. Between work and school, it's going a little slower than I'd like, but I think she will like it when it's done.

The second package was from my Sockret Pal. I got spoilt with two skeins of Cascade in a lovely red; a book - Christmas Stockings, a tin of lovely chocolate cocoa, which will come in handy soon I'm sure, two sets of DPNs in size 2 and 4, and a cute little charm that says 'I Love 2 Knit'. Here is everything:






A close-up of the cute charm!

10/15/2006

ISE

I'm a bit behind in my blogging, but late in the week I received my ISE package. Inside was the most beautiful scarf and fingerless gloves (a nice bonus!) plus some other goodies. My pal was Lori of From the Wool Room.



The goods: a lovely cabled scarf and fingerless gloves (close-ups below); 2 skeins of Wildfoote Luxury Sock Yarn (spun by Brown Sheep Company) in color ELDERBERRY; a lovely postcard from Alaska; and some lovely mango body butter. I've actually never tried this kind of product before so I'm looking forward to it. Of course, I'm going to walk around smelling like a giant piece of fruit, but I love the mango scent!



Scarf close-up.





Fingerless gloves close-ups.

10/13/2006

I am knitting!

I have been trying to squeeze in some knitting here and there over the past week or two, but it's not easy! I have started, very late into the month, my first sock for Socktoctoberfest. Here it is:


(Click on photo for pattern)

I also finished my scarf for the ISE exchange. I just have to pick up one small thing and I will be able to box everything up and send it on it's way.


Here it is blocking just to uncurl the sides. I will post specs in my gallery later. It's not as bright as the photo shows, I just wanted to get a close up of the pattern. I followed a generic stitch pattern from Vogue Stitchionary Vol. 1.

10/10/2006

I'm a finalist

I participated in a swap called Knitflix where we swapped movies and other goodies with our partners. The hostess, Jennifer, also had a little contest going and I'm one of the finalist. Go here to vote for me, I'm #3!

10/04/2006

Sock History

Lolly of the Socktoberfest posted on her blog about sharing our sock histories...well here is mine. It's pretty short considering I'm still pretty new to socks.


When did you start making socks? Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class? I signed up for the last Sock-a-palooza and that's when I taught myself about socks. I'd never knit a pair before.

What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?
Since I gave them away (see above answer) I'm not sure how they have held up. I do know that the recipient liked them.

What would you have done differently? I'm not sure if I would have done anything differently. I followed the directions, which is how I usually succeed. Anything with clear directions is possible for me to make.

What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
I used yarn I had picked up from Knitpicks for both the pairs I have made so far (yes, I've only made two pair). I really like how Lorna's Laces sock yarn looks and have some of it to experiment with.

Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
I use DPNs. I'm not skilled enough to move onto the two circ method yet. I'm not even sure if I will.

Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?) Had now idea there were different kinds of heels!

How many pairs have you made? Two, with a third on the needles.

You can see the ones I've made here and here.

Knitflix Goodies

My last few posts have been pretty heavy on words and not really on photos. I have been knitting, but when I tried to take a pick of the scarf I'm making for the ISE, it wouldn't come out right. Anyway, the reason for this post - I got my Knitflix package from my pal Olga.



She sent me one of my favorite movies, the second Bridget Jone's Diary. I have the first one and have seen the second one, but didn't actually own it. Also there were some yummy goodies, both edible and not. She sent me two (yes, two!) skeins of Lorna's Laces Shephard Sock yarn in Sand Ridge. I think these are destined to become my first pair of two-up socks (maybe!) and some yummy Cadbury and other chocolatey goodies. Oh, and I almost forgot the cute little zippered pouch with that lovely pink lining. I'm not sure if she made it herself, but it's very cute and will come in handy. The fabric is black animal stripe-like and I love it!

10/03/2006

Socktoberfest!

Yeah! The fun has started. If you don't know what I'm talking about, go here.

I'm participating in SP9 and Sockret Pal exchanges and both questionnaires for these ask for feet/sock measurements. I've been pretty lazy about doing this, but mostly it's because I had no idea which measurements were really important. So, Lollygirl from the above link has posted the picture below on her blog because another knitter is doing research for a book. I'm borrowing it and putting it here for anyone who's interested and partly just for myself.


My measurements:
A. approximately 9 inches
B. 8 inches
C. 7 1/4 inches
D. approximately 12 inches

Oh! I also joined this KAL as well.

10/02/2006

SP9 Questionnaire

Yeah, SP9 is starting soon!

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I don’t like to knit with boucle, fun fur and other novelty yarns. I will use cotton occasionally, but it’s not something I use all the time. Yarn that splits too much is a pain too. I love wool and soft yarn.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? Right now they are in a couple of little vases. I wouldn’t mind a nice handmade needle case like I’ve seen around.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I was taught to knit when I was 10 by my Nanna, but it never stuck. I re-taught myself a couple of years ago. I would probably be an intermediate knitter. I can follow patterns and if I can do that, I can make pretty much anything.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? I do have an Amazon wishlist. I also have stuff listed on my blog side bar that I wish for.

5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.) I love fruity scents (like mango) and some florals. My favorite scent is Bath & Body Works Sweet Pea. I also like some of their other floral scents like White Cherry Blossom. I DO NOT like cinnamon or foody scents like pumpkin spice – all that good stuff they always put out at Christmas (yuck!) The one exception to this is vanilla.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? Sort of. I love Cadbury’s plain chocolate. But I don’t eat a lot of it and rarely eat sweets.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I try sewing. I don’t spin and won’t pick up this hobby. I do dye my own yarn using Kool-Aid, but would like to try Knitpicks Jacquard Dyes.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) I like lots of different music really. At the moment I’m into Justin Timberlake’s new music, John Legend, Nickelback.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand? I love Blue, that is my favorite color. I also like oranges, greens, pink and brown. I don’t really like extremes too much, i.e. pastels and neon bright colors. I’m not sure if there is any color I absolutely cannot stand.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? Married, no kids, no pets.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? Yes to all.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? I don’t really have a favorite item. I’m trying to get into knitting more socks.

13. What are you knitting right now? A scarf, two bags, a baby hat and I just cast on for a pair of socks.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? Yes.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? Aluminum or hard plastic (I don’t like the Bryflex needles, too wobbly).

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? No. I wouldn't mind one, but it can't be made of wood.

17. How old is your oldest UFO? Probably a year or so old – the yarn is going to be recycled for something else.

18. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas!

19. Is there anything that you collect? Other than yarn? I love books.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? I don’t have subscriptions to any, but I buy Interweave Knits every issue. I buy Vogue Knitting, but I don’t always buy each issue.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? Not right now.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? I do knit socks, but I would still consider myself a beginner in that regard. I have small feet, size 6-6.5. The heel flap on most patterns is too long for me so it has to be shortened a little.

23. When is your birthday? (mm/dd) December 29th.

Extras
1. There are some patterns I would love to knit or have been meaning to knit, such as Clapotis, but haven’t gotten around to it just because I don’t have the yarn. Now I don’t expect the super expensive yarn they call for in the pattern, but if my pal comes across a good substitute, that would be nice.

2. I’m also participating in the Sockret Pal secret exchange. If you want to contact my other pal for any reason I can give you their anonymous email.