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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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).


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!