Wednesday, December 26, 2007

A very Happy Boy Child

Well, I finished knitting for the boy child and he is very happy. I didn't get the fingerless gloves done until today, but finished they are. I apologize in advance for the poor quality of the pictures. It is blindingly bright out today, casting shadows everywhere. I no sooner got the last tail woven in and these were grabbed from my hands. This is what he has really been wanting me to make him the most. I hope he takes them off to bathe. You just never can tell with a 13 year old boy. He did take them off when he loaded the dishwasher, so there is hope.

And, I finished both pair of socks. And they fit wonderfully, Fred Flintstone feet and all. The multi colored pair is knit in Lang Jawoll. I couldn't tell any difference in the yarn even though the skeins were bought in different stores and 7 years apart. Well, the second skein may have felt a tad thinner, but no noticeable difference in color.
And the second pair is in Jaeger Matchmaker Merino 4 ply. That was probably a big mistake on my part, as there is no nylon in the yarn. I have talked to him about running around outside in his stocking feet, and the fact they need to be washed on a regular basis. We will see how that works out. If he wants me to knit more socks for him, he will abide by the rules. Esp, since his feet are adult sized now and it takes longer to knit them. That time could be well spent knitting socks for moi.
DD1 was having a fit because I knit 3 items for him and I still have not finished her socks. She seems to have forgotten the fingerless mitt knitting marathon that went on last week. But I will work on those this week and a pair for the youngest DD also. (I have to keep these things even, lest I hear I have favorites :) The youngest loves the thought of having the hand knits but she really doesn't wear them. She loves to be bear foot, even in the winter. She is always hot, so she peels sweaters off as soon as she is inside. But still she asks for them, and I oblige ... usually.
Well I am off to knit the socks for the eldest. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and has a safe and Happy New Year.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

How Many Days Left 'Til Christmas????

Wow!!! it has been a while. I am going to whine a bit, so beware. Two weeks ago I felt an odd sensation in my ear. I rubbed it and discovered blood running out of my ear. hmmmmm ... this can't be good. After a visit to the MD to confirm I had a ruptured eardrum I realized the ear pain really was ear pain and not my TMJ. It seems to be doing well now. But then came the flu. I am calling it the flu and not a cold as I have ached in every possible joint in my body, fevers, chills, a throat that feels like it is on fire and a cough you would not believe. How am I supposed to get my knitting and shopping done. Does my body not realize it is Christmas in just a few short days?? OK .... enough of the pity party and onto knitting content.

I have finished a pair of socks and all I can show you are the feet. I will tell you they are knit in J. Knits AC 130. I really liked knitting these and the yarn was great to work with.

I have another pair half finished. I was lucky to get some of the one of a kind special yarn from Cherry Tree Hill, that The Loopy Ewe had last week. This is in the Tide Pool colorway. Their same fantastic yarn, I think they are just trying different dyes out, or something like that. This pattern will be available sometime after the New Year at The Loopy Ewe.

As will this design for these fingerless mitts I am knitting for my daughter's teacher. I must get these finished today as their last day of school is tomorrow. I should have no trouble finishing them as long as I can convince the knitting daughter she really can finish the last pair of her Christmas knitting on her own.

And speaking of the knitting daughter's Christmas knitting. She came home a week or two ago with this idea that she was knitting fingerless mitts for several of her friends. At their request, I might add. I have been knitting fingerless mitts, but they have disappeared as quickly as I finished them. And apparently, none of those were in the correct colors. She wanted to know if I had any left over yarn I didn't need anymore???? Is there even such a thing??? So I searched through the stash for odds and ends or balls that are too small to become anything big and came up with yarn she needed for all of them. Some of the yarn is nicer than some others, but what is a mom to do. I feel kind of bad about the baby blue pair because it is Red Heart baby yarn, but only because the teal pair is Classic Elite Posh, a Cashmere/ Silk blend and the gray pair is a handspun, wonderful merino I got in an exchange. There was just enough for a small project and I hate to part with it, but at least I get to knit it :) The other pair, she was on her own. Well, except for joining, (so she doesn't make a moebius), and the picking up and starting the thumb. And I get the privilege of weaving in the ends ... isn't that special. These are basically a shirtless pair of sleeves and I hate to make sleeves. One of her friends requested a pair that came to her elbows.... she obliged . She knit these in some Plymouth Encore.

And the boy child checks the progress on his almost every day.They have not seen any action in a while. And that has been intentional. If I finish them he will take them, and I want to put them in his stocking. As you can see, I caved, and went ahead and gave him the fingers he wanted. He is happy ... but in all honesty, he would have been happy if I hadn't too. He is easy to please. I need to work on his socks, once I get this "needed by tomorrow" knitting finished. He is so funny. He told me 'he was on to me' yesterday. He said, "I know what you are doing, you are waiting until the 24th to finish those so I can't have them until Christmas" He is a wise one that boy child of mine.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a Merry Christmas!!!!!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Knitting for the Boy Child

This weekend I knit nothing but things for the boy child. He guilted me into knitting socks for him when his dear Aunt was visiting for Thanksgiving. His feet grew several sizes in what seems like overnight, so none of his hand knit socks fit him anymore. Who knew he was a descendant of Fred Flintstone. I started the first sock Friday and finished it Saturday. He was at a sleep over, so he wasn't here to try it on before I wove in the ends. Sunday morning he comes home bright and early and I have him try the finished sock on. It is the perfect length, but he is complaining that it "pinches his toes" ..... What????? So I fiddle around with the sock to make sure he has it on straight and he says "I am sorry mom, but it feels too tight across the toes". I have him take off the sock and take a look at his feet.... he has Fred Flintstone feet. They are rectangular, very little tapering at the toes. So now I have to frog the toe and make them more square. This is the sock. I think it may be cursed though. I was going to start the second one right away, and couldn't find the second skein of yarn. It has been in the stash for a very long time. It is Lang Jawoll, and is not one of my favorite yarns to knit with. I searched everywhere and then I remembered I had used some of it for baby socks for charity knitting. What to do????? I could either totally frog this sock, (which he likes, I might add) and knit with something else, or see if I could locate a skein of this 7 year old yarn. I know the dye lots won't match, but I did mange to find some in the same color, so I ordered it. Karen is knitting him a pair of socks for Christmas, I called her, hoping that she had not finished the first one yet, but she had ..... so we will both be on a lily pad in the frog pond.

So , while I am waiting for the other skein to arrive, I started another pair of socks for him in some Jaeger Matchmaker 4 ply merino, in Sage. I have come to discover my stash is lacking in masculine colors. Wonder if I can convince the DH I need to fix that situation. Probably not since he refuses to wear anything knit. Both socks are just a 3 x 1 rib with a plain vanilla foot, just the way he likes them.

He has also been asking for a pair of black fingerless gloves. They will probably end up being fingerless mitts, because I hate making all those fingers. I am just knitting these in some Cascade 220 I had in the stash. He will be very happy with his new knitted accessories. I need to make him a new hooded pullover too.. I asked him why he never wears the one I made him at the beginning of the year. Apparently, his feet are not alone in the growing department, and he doesn't like sweaters with 3/4 length sleeve : ) I have to knit him another one so he will let his little sister have that one, otherwise he won't part with it.

That is all for today, have a great week!!!

27 F and clear blue skies here today. What is like in your part of the world?

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Migraines, MItts and Socks.

And pretty much in that order. I had a lovely time visiting with Karen over Thanksgiving. It boggles the mind how a person ( uhhm, myself) can consume as much food in one day as you (I) would not normally eat in 3 days. Anyway, it was good. I love turkey, why don't I make it more often?? I love pies too, but I know why I don't make those more often ;) The Migraine came Saturday and decided to stay for the long weekend. Thank goodness for Imitrex is all I am saying.

I finished the orange mitts. We went with the name Argyle Mitts. The pattern is on its way to MO to The Loopy Ewe, along with several others and another new sock pattern. This pair will be for the eldest child to gift as a Christmas present. The yarn is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock.

I finished the Spritely Goods socks in the Manzanita in Bloom II. I am wearing them to day and I have to say, they are quite comfy. These are in the Dancing Tulips pattern.

And I had plenty of yarn left over so, I knit up a pair of fingerless mitts for the youngest. She has been wanting a pair with all the mitt knitting I have been doing. The pattern for these will be available on the free pattern page at The Loopy Ewe soon. I emailed the pdf to Sheri tonight. They fit the 10 year old's hands very nicely and she loves them. Because of the rib effect they have a great deal of stretchability and I think they will easily fit a child from 6 to 10 or 11.

And I finished the new sock. This pattern is also on the way to The Loopy Ewe. We went with the name Wedge for this one. This yarn is Gypsyknits in Sock it 3 ply Merino. In the City Blues colorway. It is a lovely yarn to knit with.
That is it all I have and I am going to call it a day. Have a great rest of the week, and Happy Knitting.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

No knitting today. After going to see the DD2's school play, (Charlie and Chocolate Factory) I spent the day baking pies. I love when my house smells like a bakery. Final pie count: 2 - Pumpkin, 2 - Apple, 2 - Lemon Meringue, and 1 - Blueberry.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Finally Finished

... A pair of socks. It seems like I knit so many socks that some of them have to make a pair. These have been my knit in the van, while waiting for the kids socks. These are a simple 5 x 2 rib, knit in STR Scottish Highlands. 56 stitches and size 2.75 mm dpns. I need to take another pair of mindless knitting socks out to the van now. Probably the Yarn Love socks.

I have been working on the sock I started last week. It is a little further along than pictured. I really like this yarn. It is ever so soft. Gypsyknits: Sock it 3 ply merino.

And, I started on another fingerless mitt design. These will be a gift for a friend of my eldest daughter. She goes to the "other" High School in town and their colors are orange and brown. So these will work great for her. They are knit in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in orange of course. I don't know if that is the real name, I don't have the ball band anymore, but they are orange.
And look what I got in the mail yesterday from The Loopy Ewe , some Woolly Boully Meanie in the Neapolitan colorway. DD1 saw it, and the silly girl thought it was for her. She is so mistaken. She is trying to talk me into buying another hank, so we can have "matching" socks.... except she wants hers plain vanilla and wants me to put a design on mine. Matching????? I don't think so. Isn't it pretty, and I am not a pink person, but I like this.
Well that is all for today. Another crazy weather day here in south central IN. 70 and the windows are open. What is the weather like where you are?

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Fall Friday

...well close to Friday anyway. This is the view out my kitchen window. I love the Oaks in the Fall. The neighbors have Bradford Pears in their back yard and they are a beautiful red right now. We have been having crazy temperature fluctuations. Yesterday it was 70 and I had windows open, today it didn't get out of the 30's. My poor kids don't know how to dress for school in the mornings. We will be busy raking leaves this weekend :)

Birthday Alert:

Friday, Nov 16th, is Karen's birthday, please stop by and wish her a happy one.

I cast on for another sock last night. I am a little further along now than pictured. I am working on the gusset decreases. This one is being knit in Gypsyknits Sock It, 3ply Merino in the "City Blues" colorway. It is lovely to work with, very, very soft. I hope to have it done over the weekend and have a pattern written up shortly there after. Karen, you need to come up with a name.
I cast on for the second Yarn Love sock, and worked a few rounds on that, and am doing toe decreases on the STR socks so I should have a few more to add to my 52 Pair Plunge total soon. I wish I could count all the singletons I have, I would be so much closer to that goal if I could just make those into pairs.
I sent a big box of patterns to Sheri at the beginning of the week and they have been restocked already. A couple new ones were included. The Croc Socks ( which I misspelled on the pattern. I changed it on the pdf file name, but not on the word doc... duh!) and the Cool Breeze socks. Thank you all for you interest in them, I am happy that so many of you have enjoyed knitting them.
That is it for today.
I think I will go knit a few rows on my sweater and then call it a day. Have a great weekend and:

Monday, November 12, 2007

Finally Finished

The baby blanket is done!!! This child had the nerve to make an appearance a month early, so I had to hurry. I knit this for a co worker. The pattern has errors in it, so if you decide to knit it, keep that in mind. The stitch count is wrong for the seed stitch to work as written and the directions for the cable pattern are off too. It hasn't been blocked yet.

I restarted the Yarn Love sock too. The yarn is pretty busy, so I am just knitting a simple 3 x 1 rib with a plain foot. I am working on the toe decreases. I will soon be finished with the STR sock too. I have it in the van, so it sees a lot of knitting time as I wait for the kids. Maybe I will get a few finished this week for the 52 Pair Plunge.

And I have a little progress to share on the sweater. A much better picture of the cables. Hmmm... and another cable error, but that one will just stay.

And I am sure all you dish cloth knitters have seen the self striping Lily Sugar'n Cream . I saw it at Hobby Lobby and had to have some. Maybe the DD1 will like this one more than the last one I made for her since the colors are her favorite : ) I will probably get the same enthusiasm as with the last one.

Well, that is all I have for today. The baby blanket consumed all my knitting time this past week. Hope everyone has a great week!!

Monday, November 05, 2007


Knitter's discretion advised. Some knitters may find the following scene disturbing, so if you are faint of heart, you may want to look away.

I finished the back of the sweater I started for myself. I have decided to go with a hooded pullover. And, I decided to put a cable up the center. I should not have worked on this yesterday after working the night before and having little sleep. I am not following a pattern, I am winging it, I expect that there will be a little trial and error. I got about 3 inches into the pattern and noticed one of the first cables got twisted the wrong direction. This is what it looked like around 2:30 (remember you were warned, it is not pretty). My mom was a pro at this fixing style. I used to be so disappointed when she would have me rip things because I had seen her work this magic before. I know now, that it is not always advisable to do this. It worked in this case though. This is what it looked like a little later. I have lost the sunlight though so I can't get a really good picture. There is a storm coming and it has gotten dark and gloomy out really quickly. The cables show up much better in real life. I am sure I will be taking a better picture of it soon.

Remember that knitting goal I had for last week? I failed. Not miserably, but fail I did. I have one pair very close to finished. I am blaming it all on work. I took my knitting along Saturday night. You know that extra hour I had to work because of the time change. I was hoping to squeeze some knitting time in. Hopeful thinking I know, I didn't even get to take a potty break, let alone get into my knitting bag. Now, I don't know if I will get them done this week. I want to finish the sweater. The "snow" word has been mentioned in our weather forecast for this week :) Just flurries, but it is still snow, and I love snow. A nice warm, woolly sweater will be wonderful. I hate to wear coats and I think this will work splendidly.

I have a little progress on the blue Alpaca Sox sock. I have decided to call these Cool Breeze. They really are a little darker than this in real life. This yarn is soooo soft. It would make a lovely warm scarf, I may have to buy more : )
Well, I am going to go play on Ravelry for a bit. Have a great week all.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

My Invite Came

I got my Ravelry invitation late Thursday night. I was clicking that waiting list checker all day long and it didn't budge from 63 people are ahead of you : ( I was so disappointed. And then I checked one last time before I headed off to bed and it said the invitation had been sent and they would send it again. Sure enough, there it was in my junk folder ( gasp). So of course I had to check it out. Two hours later I was bleary eyed and almost too tired to walk up the stairs to bed. After assuring myself it would still be there in the morning, I tore myself away from all the eye candy the site was offering and went to bed. Wow! that is all I have to say about Ravelry. Someone has put a tremendous amount of time and effort into this, and it is wonderful. It is going to be so time consuming for a while. Why didn't I start organizing and photographing this past month as I was waiting for the invite??? Live and learn, I guess. I am MonicaJ on Ravelry. That was my fourth or fifth choice, so I just went with it. My son the computer whiz is not as excited about the Ravelry thing as I am though. He is afraid he will never get to use my computer for his gaming again : )

Contest Alert : Cass of Shut Up I'm Counting is celebrating her 333 post. Some of you may remember the 222 post celebration she had not too long ago. Tell her about 3 of your favorite knitterly things and be put in the drawing for a prize. I was singing raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens all day, thinking about my favorite things : )

Don't forget to turn your clocks back. I have to work tonight ugh!!! an extra hour of work while everyone else in my family is getting an extra hour of sleep .
Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween

Remember to keep a careful eye out for those little people tonight. I hate to even think about backing the car out of the garage, they are so excited and seldom look where they are going.

I got a surprise in the mail today. A cyber friend (thanks Beth) of mine sent me a little gift. Some of the new Harmony dpn's in size 0. I needed more needles. And a pencil case to hold my needles. Great minds think alike, that is what I store my needles in. Karen started that for me. I met Beth online, she lives about 2 and a half hours north of me and we are both nurses. How wonderful is the Internet. I hope to meet her in person some day. The needles are so pretty and smooth. I will have to cast on with them today. I am on a mission this week to make pairs of some of the singletons. I have a pair that requires size 0's so they will be used for that : ) Thanks again Beth!!!

I told Karen about my goal for this week (knitting goal that is) I hope to finish 3 pair of socks. I am well on my way. The Trekking socks are finished and so near to matching it makes me smile. I love the colors. I love that there is not a single matching repeat on the entire sock. And I love that they match each other without any effort on my part.

And, I finished the Cables Galore pair. I only need one sock for the pattern, so I have many singletons. Esp since I am getting smarter and taking better notes. Before, I would knit the first sock, and if I really liked it, then I would knit the second sock to figure out what I did the first time ... and then write the pattern. With the excellent note taking skills comes a lot of single socks. Maybe not taking notes wasn't such a bad habit after all? Karen wanted me to tell her which 3 pair I plan to finish. I won't commit to that, I like a variety. I feel pretty confident that I will meet my goal.
I was late in getting on the Ravelry bus. But I am so close to getting my invite.
You signed up on October 1, 2007
You are #38452 on the list.
383 people are ahead of you in line.
12585 people are behind you in line.
68% of the list has been invited so far
I think I will get it tomorrow. I have probably worn the check your status button out this month. It has gone surprisingly fast though. Great job!! to who ever has that job.
Thanks to all of you who have been so wonderful in supporting my pattern writing venture. I really appreciate that you are buying my patterns and also mentioning them on you blogs. It means so much to me.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Weekend Knitting Update

This has been the most unusual ball of Trekking I have ever knit with. I had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I would not have matching socks when I got to the heel and had not yet had a pattern repeat. And then to reaffirm this thought, there was a knot (join) while I was knitting the gusset. I decided then, that I would not make myself crazy trying to match the socks and just begin the second sock where the yarn ended from the first. Imagine my surprise when they ended up being so very much the same. Maybe not a perfect match, but so very close. There is not much yarn left on that ball, it felt skinny from the beginning, but I am sure there is enough to finish the sock. This has been one that I have just kept knitting to see what would come next, no second sock syndrome. And it is just plain stockinette stitch. Amazing, I tell you, just amazing. It is color 82 if any of you are interested in it.

And Fall is truly here. It was 32 degrees yesterday when I got up to get ready for church and 29 this morning. I love it. It has been a sunny, very pleasant 60 degrees today. The kids were grumbling about it being cold this morning, but I loved watching them put on all the hand knit sweaters, mitts and hats this morning.

The cooler temperatures have me wanting sweaters, so I cast on for a plain vanilla sweater for myself last night. I have a few sweaters in the works for myself and one of them is so close to being finished. I have no idea what is keeping me from working on it. I like the pattern ... still, I like the yarn, I just don't want to finish it. It must be the thought of seaming it keeping me from knitting those last few inches on the front. Why do I think this sweater is going to be any different?? I have no clue. But I had an uncontrollable urge to cast on, so cast on , I did. The yarn is ( long discontinued I am sure) Froehlich Wolle Swiss Challet. I will have to make a decision soon as to whether I want fitted sleeves or dropped sleeves. Karen was shocked I was knitting stockinette stitch, I think she may have fallen out of her chair when I told her. But when I get to the front, and I decide if I want a cardigan or a pullover, I may put a cable or two on it.
Many of my patterns have been replenished at The Loopy Ewe if you care to take a peek. I must run, I need to go pick my little social butterfly up from a birthday party. Have a great week all.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Fall Colors

... We are finally being blessed with the beautiful colors of Fall here in South Central IN. I was worried we wouldn't see them this year with the crazy weather. I wish I had thought to take a picture of this tree yesterday, when the sun was shining through it. It was beautiful. This one loses its leaves rather quickly, so I thought I better get a picture today. The storms we are expecting will probably take half the leaves off. We went to Bloomington this weekend. The traffic was horrendous, as expected this time of year. The fall colors were worth it though. I can't wait for the Oaks in the backyard to begin to change colors, they are always beautiful.

The Shibui was just too much for me to resist. I wound a hank of it on Friday and knit this sock. I don't think I will have second sock syndrome with this one. I really enjoyed knitting it, once I figured out that the reason I couldn't get the pattern to work was because I temporarily forgot how to count. The pooling is not what I expected. Those small balls of yarn sure do make me sweat bullets as I get close to the toe. I made the leg on this one a tad shorter than usual, just to be safe. I think I had maybe enough for half a stitch pattern repeat left from the first ball. This is what it looks like from the front. Karen is busy thinking up a name for it. I took good notes, and they are in "the notebook" so I should have a pattern written up for this one soon.

And I did finish a pair that I started long ago. It has been a singleton for some time. The Triple Twist socks in the Lorna's Georgetown colorway. This pattern will be available again soon at The Loopy Ewe I just mailed a box of patterns to her last week. They are really more blue looking I think the yellow from the leaves and the overcast day are playing games with my camera. And the Ariel mitts are now a complete pair. I finally wove in the ends today.I wonder how many more pair I need to knit for gifts?? They keep disappearing.
Well, I need to wind another ball of the Shibui. I hope everyone has a fabulous week and Happy Knitting!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

And The Winning Name IS ......

... First of all, thank you all for the wonderful name suggestions. It is amazing how someone can suggest a name and you have that V-8 moment, and think, oh yeah, I see that. I tried to send emails to each of you that left a suggestion, but could not find email addy's for all of you, so to those of you who did not receive one, I am sorry, and thank you very much for suggesting names and visiting my blog. After reviewing the names and discussing the reasoning behind each suggestion, we (meaning my girls and I, and Karen) have decided on "Ariel", suggested by Hattie . Hattie I will email you for you snail mail address and your color choice from the Loopy Ewe. Thanks again to all who participated. I think I will have another contest in the near future, it was fun.

Well, neither the Shibui nor the Woolly Boully made their way on to the swift this weekend. I don't know how that happened. But part of the reason was, after I took such careful and meticulous notes for the fingerless mitts .... I threw them away. I usually write my notes down in a notebook (that is, when I remember to write them down) but these I wrote on a loose piece of paper. When I was cleaning the other day ... you guessed it, I threw them away. I also threw away a prescription for blood pressure medicine, and I am somewhat ashamed to admit, I went dumpster diving for that (well at least the dumpster, aka. very large trash can is our own and in my garage). I need my blood pressure medicine and it was the weekend, what else could I do???. If only I had realized at the time that the pattern notes were in that pile too. I wonder what else was in the save pile that made it to the trash. I hope nothing too important, because it is long gone now. Anyway, I had to write up another pattern for the mitts.

I did finish one sock. The Fleece Artist in the Hercules colorway. I am naming this one "Furrows". It would maybe seem better named if the yarn was brown or earthen colored, but the design reminds me of a ploughed field, so "Furrows" it is. They fit great too!!! Or I should really have that in the singular form, it fits great. I am going to work on that for the rest of the week. I have so many singleton socks. I am going to knit mates for a few of them before I cast on for more. I have the Shibui and the Woolly Boully here on the desk, reminding me of their loveliness, so I will have to knit fast so they can be wound. Yeah right, we will see how long I can hold out.
That is all for today.
Thanks again to all who left name suggestions and have a great week!!!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Sometimes The Postman is My Friend

And I have liked him the last two days. Yesterday, he brought a package from The Loopy Ewe. I ordered some Shibui in the Seaweed color, I love it, this yarn is so soft and squishy, and the colors are so beautiful. I cast on with some Shibui yesterday in the Marine colorway, but it is vacationing on a lily pad in the frog pond right now : ( Not the yarn's fault though, knitter's error. I think this is going to be a lace and cable sock when it grows up.

And today, that sweet postman delivered this. Woolly Boully, Meanie Sock Yarn from, well Woolly Boully. Oh my goodness, this is soft yarn. Here lately, I have been changing my "favorite" sock yarn every time I order a new to me sock yarn. Soft, soft, soft I tell you. I can't wait to cast on with this. I will have to wind it tonight. The color is Red Robin: Bird, Nest and Eggs. The colors are vibrant, it looks like it has a wonderful twist and it is ever so soft. It will be in the weekend knitting queue for certain. And look at that adorable baby skein that was included. It is Texas Fields of Sunflowers. I think it will have to become a key chain sockie.

I finished the first of the Wollmeise Mini Pretzel Twists. I like it . It was fun to knit, and I love the fabric Wollmeise knits into. The pattern is typed, I just need to get it printed and then it will be on its way to The Loopy Ewe. You can make it bigger by clicking on the picture to see the little pretzel like cables. Anyway, I think they look like pretzels.

And because I am seriously afflicted with the"startitis" I cast on for a pair of socks in the Fleece Artist Karen gave to me. It is the Hercules colorway. I need to stop this. I have all my size 0 and 1 needles full, and have been looking online to buy more ... it is a sickness I tell you. So far I have shown great restraint, and have not given in to the temptation to purchase more. I don't know how much longer I can hold out though :)

OK, I am going to have a contest. I need a name for the last pair of fingerless mitts I knit. I have no idea what to name it. All you have to do is leave a name suggestion on this post, and if I choose your name you get the pattern to knit the mitts, and your choice of a skein of Lorna's Sport from The Loopy Ewe. I will choose a winner after midnight Sunday, Oct. 14 and announce the winner either Monday or Tuesday.
Happy knitting all, I am enjoying the cooler weather we are having here, I have on my handknit socks and all is well : )