Wednesday, August 29, 2007

I Was Tagged

And in my haste to get that cloth knit and shipped back out I forgot to take pictures of everything. My hands kept going numb from the speed knitting of cotton ... give me some size 1 dpns and some squishy sock yarn any day. But this was fun. It is not a fancy cloth, but hey ... I was in a hurry. The pattern is Garter Stitch Lace Facecloth. This cloth and some Sugar n Cream is on its way to Missouri, with a few other goodies in the box. Not a bad turn around time, I got the mail at around 2 PM and had this back to the post office before 5PM.

I made a pair of baby socks with some left over Lorna's Laces Sport in the Irving Park colorway. I hope they will fit a 7 month old baby. I didn't have one to try it on, so I am keeping my fingers crossed it will fit come Fall. 36 stitches and a short row heel, no pattern required.

I don't have any other finished pair of socks to show, but I do have some singletons. They are basically the same pattern knit in Spritely Goods Peppercorn, Opal Uni I can't remember the number, and Cherry Tree Hill Sockittome in Spring Frost.
That is all I have for today. I need to go pick DS up from confirmation class.
Happy Knitting !!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Yay!! ... there was enough....

....yarn to finish the socks. I even had a little left, about 4 or 5 yards I would say. The yarn is The Knittery Merino Cashmere and the colorway is Grace. 64 stitches on size 1 needles. The design is my own. I think I may need to buy some more of this yarn. I got it at The Loopy Ewe and I know it is in stock :)

And for my August UFO Resurrection, I dug out this sock. I had forgotten all about it until I was searching through the stash for something else. This poor sock hasn't seen the light of day since April. I was beginning the gussets when I last worked on it. I am almost ready for the toe decreases. Darn those size 10 feet. I thought about letting DD1 have them for her Birthday in October, but she likes a plain vanilla sock, so the cables just will not do. I don't have enough blue socks anyway, so it is just as well I keep them for myself.
And just because I had empty needles, I started this pair. It is the Spritely Goods in the Peppercorn colorway (from The Loopy Ewe). The colors of this yarn were calling to me. It knits up really soft. I made a few minor adjustments to the design I am using for the blue sock above. It is knitting up pretty quickly, I started it this morning and knit on it as I chatted with Karen on IM. If only I could type with my feet I would be set.

Well, I better get off here and take the boy child to get his allergy shots. I don't want to go out as it is 99 degrees with a ton of humidity. They keep threatening us with rain, but it is everywhere but here.

Happy knitting all !
Added 8/24/07 Contest alert: and it is an easy one. This Kitten Knits is celebrating her 1 year blogiversary and is having a contest. Just go leave a comment on her blog.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Running Out of Yarn

Oh my that was close. I was working on the sKNITches socks this weekend, and when I finished the first sock I thought to myself, "this doesn't look like much yarn." Wanting them to match, I wound a little off the ball so I could start at the same place, and cast on for the second sock. When I turned the heel I was pretty certain I wasn't going to have enough, but on I knit. And then I got to the point (to the left) in the picture..... crud, and so close. It was funny though, as the ball was getting smaller and smaller, I found myself knitting faster and faster, as if I could out knit the amount of yarn I had left. Then I realized that the faster I was knitting the tighter my gauge was, making that small amount of yarn go even less in distance. I began searching the Internet for another hank. I bought this at The Loopy Ewe but they are sold out :( And then the light went on. I had a tiny bit from the beginning of the second sock. Those toes don't match, but that sock is finished. And I think I have about a yard of yarn left :)

But I fear that is not the end of the yarn shortage. I don't think I have enough to finish this pair. These are knit in The Knittery Merino Cashmere sock yarn in the Grace colorway. I am going to work on these tonight. It is still in stock, well the last time I checked it was, at The Loopy Ewe, so if I do indeed run out there is a chance I could get more. I knit this same sock in CTH Sockittome and had plenty of yarn left over. The CTH has a little more yardage 480 as opposed to the 458 in the Knittery yarn. I am keeping my fingers crossed, well maybe my toes so I can still knit. I hope the knitting faeries will be with me as I finish these.
Happy Knitting everyone!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

School Days ...

Today is the first day of the new school year for my babies. The youngest one is the only one that will still let me photograph this momentous day. She is the only girl in the picture. She was so excited, she came in and woke me up way before the alarm went off, which was a good thing since her older brother still hadn't drug himself out of bed. The older two get on the bus 45 minutes earlier than she does. It was so fun to watch the other moms who are sending their little ones off for the first time. It brought back memories of DD1's first day of school. DD2 (in this picture) was a week old, and I was standing there with her in the baby carrier, my 3 year old at my side, I had every piece of photographing/filming equipment we owned hanging around my neck, trying not to cry as my eldest child stepped onto the bus. She was supposed to climb up the bus steps and turn and give me a wave to photograph. She climbed on that bus and never looked back, and I cried my eyes out as the bus drove off with my baby. I followed the bus to school to make sure she got there OK, she thought it was so I could take a picture of her getting off the bus and walking into school for the first time. I thought the mom of the little blond headed boy was going to hyperventilate as she watched him get on the bus. It is so hard to let them take these big steps on their own.

DD2 celebrated her 10th birthday yesterday. We just had a small family celebration yesterday. Once school is going full swing, we will have a friends party. It is so hard to schedule friend parties in the summer, everyone is on vacation, and the week before school seems to be the worst. Here she is cheering herself on because she was windy enough to blow out ALL 10 candles in one breath. She is too funny. She requested a DQ ice cream cake, which is fine with me. I don't have to spend hours decorating a cake that way.

Now, onto knitting... I finished the Wollmeise socks. These are knit in the Spice Market colorway. I love, love, love this yarn. I love the feel of it, I love the sheen it has, and I loved knitting with it. The Loopy Ewe is going to be getting more sometime soon, and I will be up for that sneak up. Sheri calls them "sneak ups", I refer to them as "drive by yarnings", because the yarn is here and gone before you know it, and so few witness it. Esp. if it is something that is hard to get your hands on, like the Wollmeise. And to celebrate finishing the socks, I wound more yarn and started another. The sKNITches in the Handsome Devil colorway. This yarn is unbelievably soft. I am enjoying working with it. And it has great stitch definition.
Well, DD2 will be walking through the door in about 5 minutes and will be talking my ears off, so that is it for today. Have a great week and Happy Knitting!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Better Late than Never.....

The throw is finished. Well close enough to say it is anyway. Here it is, damp and laid out on an old bedspread, ready to be pinned out. The fan is on to hasten the drying process, the finish line is in site. Yeah, yeah, I misssed the Aug. 9th deadline. The in laws are coming over tomorrow for DD2 10th birthday, so I got an extension. It feels good to finish something big.... who am I kidding, it feels good to finish anything. Now I need to do some house cleaning.... yuck!

Look what the mail man brought to me the other day. I was a lucky winner of a blog contest. Some yummy STR in theLovers Leap colorway. Thank you so much LaVerna for a great contest and the lovely yarn. I will have to wind it now that the throw is finished. I think it wants to be something textured.
Well just a short one for today, I must get the house tidied up a bit. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and Happy Knitting!!

Friday, August 03, 2007

Groupie Status Achieved

Two posts in two days...... unusual for me I know. But I was so happy when I got the mail today, I had to post again. I have attained Loopy Groupie status at The Loopy Ewe I am so happy. It has been my goal since I found them to become a "groupie" I wish my yarn budget was much larger, so I could have met this goal quicker. Isn't that a nice project bag, you can see everything you are carrying, making it easier to locate those little items that like to hide in the bottom of the bag. And I got a hank of Yarn Love in the Spring Morning colorway. One I would order for myself, it is very pretty. And also some samples of Soak Wool Wash. I love that stuff!

And for my order. I bought sKNITches Syncopation in the Handsome Devil colorway. It is lighter in color than I thought it was going to be. On my monitor it looked like a charcoal gray, maroon and tan. In person it is a dusty rose, blue/ gray and tan. But I still love it, so that is great. And the other hank is Gypsy Knits in the Rose Garden colorway, which is also very pretty in my opinion. I am going to have really warm feet this fall and winter, that is assuming I can finish more than one sock in each colorway.... that SSS you know.

The Wollmeise was screaming at me to wind it and knit with it last night. Not wanting to be a negligent knitter, I granted its wish. That is one big hank of yarn. I thought my arm was going to fall off before I finished. This yarn is a very tightly spun yarn, and has a nice sheen to it, and it is a joy to knit with. I will be buying more of it, and I think Sheri is expecting more sometime this month :)
Well I am going to go fondle the new yarn, have a great day!
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Thursday, August 02, 2007

I Really Have Been Knitting

Seems like it has been forever since I have finished something .... no I don't have anything finished to show today. But I am making progress. Aug. 9 is soon approaching, the in-laws anniversary, so the afghan has been consuming much of my time. After about 15 minutes, I really start to get bored with it and have to make myself knit just a few more rows. I do this a couple times a day, or try to anyway. It is getting close, it is for sure getting cumbersome to move around when knitting it. The pattern is Spring Lace from The Little Box of Throws.

The MS3 has seen a little knitting time too, but I am no where ready for the next clue that is going to be released tomorrow. Here it is in that "lump of lace" state. I didn't feel like pinning it out for a picture, because...well, I am just too lazy, so the kids are helping to stretch it out. Not very pretty to look at like this, I know, but at least I am knitting on it a little more now.

And I have finished 1 sock in the CTH Sockittome in the Spanish Moss colorway that I got from Sheri at The Loopy Ewe I like this yarn. And the second one is in progress..... No SSS.

DD1 is back home, I am so happy. She had a wonderful time at my sister's. And as soon as she got home, she was off running around with her friends, so I still haven't seen much of her, but is is wonderful to have my baby home. Well I better knit on the afghan.