4/12/2007

Moving

I'm having trouble with Blogger and my template so I decided to move to Word Press. You can find my new blog here. I'm going to keep this blog up and running just for the archives.

Question

I've been messing around with my blog, so I apologize for the missing sidebar content. I have a question to ask of my visitors: can you tell me if everything looks okay when you visit my blog? On one of my computers it always looks funny and on another it's fine. That's why I was messing around with it because I thought something had gone horribly wrong.

4/08/2007

Knitting progress

Here is the progress made on my dad's socks. One down, one to go:



I love the colors of this yarn and I think my dad will like them. It knit up pretty quick as well so I don't think it will be a problem to get the second one done.

4/05/2007

You're never too old...

I don't know if I've ever mentioned it before, but I've always wanted to write a book. When I was a kid I would spend most of my time writing stories and sharing them with my cousins. I never seem to be able to find the time to sit down and get started now, although I have a good idea (I even have a title!) I've been inspired lately by this. Imagine writing your first book in your nineties! Read the story - it's great.

3/28/2007

Knitting

I do have progress to report with a couple of things. My razor cami is coming along nicely. I've got about 6 inches before I divide for the armholes.




I'm also using my STR yarn for a different pair of socks than the pattern that came with it (I couldn't master the toe-up). These socks are going to be for my dad. This yarn knits up amazingly quick.


Sockret Pal

I got my last parcel from my Sockret Pal last week. I've been sick so I haven't had a chance to blog about it until now. But anyway, my wonderful pal was Shelly. This last package was just what I needed to cheer me up. Look at all the goodies!



In the box:
2 photo frames
1 pair of embroidery scissors
1 set of crochet needles
1 pair of handknit socks
3 skeins of sock yarn



One skein of Opal sock yarn in Magic (I think this is the colorway); 1 skein of yarn from Jitterbug in Blue Parrot; and 1 skein of Mountain Colors hand-painted yarn in Firestorm.



The lovely socks. They fit perfectly! Thanks, Shelly.

3/20/2007

LMKG Chevron Scarf

I originally intended to make the Chevron Scarf from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts for my ISE (international scarf exchange) pal. It was taking too long and I wasn't really liking it...so I frogged it. Now, having visited Good to be Girl's blog, which directed me to this Flickr group and now I'm re-inspired. I have some nice sock yarn to use from my stash, so it would be a good stash-busting project. Since so many people seem to be knitting it, I'm going to start a KAL. I haven't found one on the web yet, but if one all ready exists - let me know.

3/11/2007

Razor Cami & Dad's Socks

Although I didn't have a totally free Spring break, I did manage to get some knitting done. I finished my Sockret Pal's socks, so they will be on the way soon.




And I made progress on my Razor Cami. Unfortunately because I just realized I am using the wrong kind of Sirdar yarn than called for in the pattern, I'm going to need more. Does it constitute a break in my yarn-diet if I had to buy the yarn to complete the project I was doing to stash-bust?


I've also started a new pair of socks using the STR yarn from the Rockin Sock Club.




I tried to start the pattern that came with it, but it was toe-up and WAY too confusing for me. So I'm just doing a basic stitch pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks. The plan is for these to go to my dad...maybe for Australia's Father's Day (September) or Christmas. That's a long way out, but at least I know they'll get done by then. I'm trying to be better at planning ahead for handmade gifts this year.

**I am having trouble coming up with catchy titles for my posts - sorry about this.

3/09/2007

New Knitty

The new Knitty is up. Unfortunately nothing really jumps out at me as a must-knit. I'm leaning towards the Isabella, but that's it. And it doesn't give a back view of this, which I always like to see.

3/08/2007

Book Diet

I joined the Stash-a-long so I would actually use the yarn in my stash and now it's time for me to go on another kind of diet for my other passion - BOOKS. I have accumulated quite a few books that have not been read yet and I keep buying more! So, I am going to sort through them all and make a nice pile of "to-be-read" and I'm going to photograph them and then set my goals here on this blog. I don't have a lot of time to read now, but I will try. As a political scientist I have a lot of non-fiction to read.

Here are my "to-be-read" piles (sorry for the blurry shots):


I have a nice mix of books here, fiction & non-fiction, at least one biography. There are a couple of nice thick fiction books to get through.



There are 39 books on these two shelves, plus the one book on my nightstand right now - so that's 40! We'll see how I do.

Exceptions:
1. If I get a gift card etc, it goes without saying I can buy books with it.
2. I need to get a GRE study guide, so that is educational.

Selling Knitted Items

I was browsing Etsy the other day looking for stuff to buy for my Sockret Pal (and I found a couple of good things too!), but I was surprised by one thing I saw. Someone, and I won't point out who exactly, was selling a hand-knit item that definitely came out of book I have. I recognised it instantly and could tell you exactly which book its in too, but to do this, I would likely reveal who was selling it. Now, I thought this was a no-no.

3/06/2007

Jaywalker Socks


The long-awaited socks...unfortunately there is a big difference!



Somehow (and I still don't remember how) one heel is ribbed and the other isn't! I don't even remember doing it.

Pattern: Jaywalker
Started: So long ago I can't remember!
Finished: March 5, 2007
Recipient: My Sockret Pal.
Notes: As mentioned above, there is an obvious difference in the heels, but my pal says its okay. I would re-knit if I had the time, but this is the last month of the swap and I'm busy with an internship and college, so very little knitting time. I think I started these socks way back before Christmas and this is how long it's taken me to finish them.

Socks that (truly) Rock!

Spoiler Alert: If you still haven't gotten your STR package, well, I feel sorry for you. Anyway, if you don't want to see the colorway don't read the post.

I finally got my STR package. From reading the STR blog I figure they send it out alphabetically, which is why I'm so far down on the list with 'W'. I swear, if my maiden name hadn't given me so much grief as a kid I would have kept it - it started with 'B'.

Anyway, without further ado..here is my STR package.



All the goodies together. I especially love the little key chain with emergency sock yarn.



And a close-up of the yummy goodness. Now I wouldn't have normally chosen this colorway, but it's quite lovely (obviously a photograph doesn't do it justice).

3/05/2007

Spring Break Knitting

First, I didn't get that snow day I was hoping for. :) I'm on Spring Break so I have a couple of days to get some knitting in. I'm almost done with my Jaywalker socks.



I decided to knit them both at the same time, working on one part then moving to the next one. So I'm now doing the foot of the second one. It's a lot easier or seems to be going a lot faster since I know I have to knit 43 rounds. I kept track with the first one to see how many rounds it took me to get to the desired length. Also I'm not used to knitting socks so big because I have tiny feet!

I also got the yarn for the bag I'm making as part of the Knitted Purse Swap. It's going to be a relative simple knit, but it's just finding the time when school starts back up again!

2/25/2007

Snow day (fingers crossed?)

I'm probably a little too old to be hoping for a snow day tomorrow, but I am. I've had a great weekend, driving up to Columbia MD to spend some time with a friend, but no knitting time. I have a pair of socks that I need to get done for my Sockret Pal and they're coming along slowly. I did have knitting time on the train last Thursday, which was nice. Usually I've had to use this time to read for college.

2/14/2007

Yeah, Snow Day!!

Well...actually it was more like an ice day here in Virginia. My classes were cancelled so I had the whole day off. I contemplated spending it knitting, but realized that as a responsible adult I had to do some non-knitting as well. So I worked on a couple of projects and also did some reading for school.



Razor Cami. There is also a KAL for this.



Jaywalker Socks

Other knitting news, my first Socks that Rock Club package should be coming out soon (according to Blue Moon Fiber).

In other news, I'm an aunty again with a new nephew as of last Friday: Bryce Alan, approx 8 lbs 2 oz.

2/08/2007

FO: Winter Hat



Pattern: "Kim's Hats" from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Yarn: Rowan Chunky Print in Shriek (81)
Started/Finished: One day last weekend
Recipient: Me
Notes: I joined the Stash-a-long so this project is part of my de-stashing.

1/28/2007

Knitted Purse Swap Questionnaire

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I like natural fibers - 100% wool etc. I'm not a big fan of cotton (although for a purse it might not mattern much) or boucle.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? I have two needle rolls that were gifted to me by other secret pals.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I have been knitting for about 4 years. I consider myself an intermediate. I can teach myself any new technique - it's just a matter of having the guts to try it. I'm still mastering socks and am planning on doing a toe-up sock soon.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Yes, you can search for it using my email 'beckysue33@hotmail.com'

5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.)
I like fruity scents, mango especially. I like sweatpea from Bath & Body Works too. I DO NOT LIKE cinnamon or a lot of those spice scents.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
Yes, but I'm picky. The one thing I eat regularly is Cadbury's milk chocolate.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I sew, sometimes.

8. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
I love BLUE, orange, brown, pink...I like most colors in the right shade. I don't like pastels or really dark depressing colors - but no neon bright colors either.

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

10. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I don't have a favorite item. I knit what I like at the time.

11. What are you knitting right now?
Socks and a hat.

12. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I use both straight and circ needles. I only like aluminum needles - no bamboo/wood needles for me.

13. Is there anything that you collect?
Well I buy a lot of books, so I guess I'm a bookworm.

1/08/2007

Stash-A-Long 2007

I have been on a cleaning bug for the past couple of days. I've been clearing out clutter, organizing and the like. I finally organized my yarn into some sort of order and found it a permanent home in my house (I've been moving it around and playing with different storage options up until now.)

Looking at how much yarn I have (and I know it's not that bad compared to some), I decided to go ahead and join the Stash-A-Long. My problem is that I buy the yarn to make a certain project and then never seem to get around to making it...and then forgetting what I bought it for. So to kick off, here is what I have and below the photos are my goals for 2007.


Enough sock yarn to make 12 pairs of socks for me (so about 24+ skeins, with two skeins per pair)



This is just a bunch of multiple balls/skeins of various stuff I've picked up along the way.



The big guns! This is yarn I have 5 or more balls of and picked up for a specific project, including the Ribbi Cardi I've never gotten around to knitting.

What I want (hope) to achieve this year:

1. Use half the sock yarn by the end of 2007 and not buy anymore sock yarn this year at all. **Gifts from secret pals and the like do not count.

2. Knit Ribbi Cardi, Dizzy Mitts, and at least ONE more large project to get rid of one of these bags of yarn.

3. To use some of the odd balls of yarn to do one-skein or small projects. So my goal is to knit 10 small projects this year. Since in the second photo there are 17 bunchs of yarn, that should leave me with 7 of them.

1/02/2007

Day 2 of 2007

Does everyone else have the same problem with writing '07' on everything? Lucky for me, I didn't take any checks as payment yesterday at work. Speaking of work, that is where the title for my last post came. I work at the Disney Store (for a few more days anyway) and I hear "to infinity & beyond" more often than I'd like from Mr. Buzz Lightyear [we have toys that talk when you push a button, and he's one of them.]

Polly posted a comment about why I would like to go to Finland. Well...I have a penpal there who I've been writing to since I was 15 (and I am now 29.) I just haven't had the chance to go yet and she has finally set a wedding date for this year so I'm going to meet her and attend her wedding.

As for knitting - I am working on my Sockret Pal's socks (so no photos) and this is my last knitting for someone else for a while. I have some projects I want to finish up and some socks to knit. I definitely have socks to knit since I signed up for (and now paid for) my Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Club. So on top of the bunch of Lorna's Laces I bought late last year, I will have enough sock yarn for a while. This is good considering I quit my job so I could do the internship and won't have any income for my yarn obsession.