Wednesday, April 9, 2014

FO: D-Man Socks

I recently finished a pair of D-Man socks using Knitpicks Felici in "Gelato."  I love how soft these socks are and the colors remind me of spring, which has finally seemed to arrive in NE Ohio, after a seemingly endless winter.

This pattern was very simple to follow and perfect for in-front-of-tv knitting, esp. during Downton Abbey:-)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Stitchin' during Sochi:-)

Happy February!!

It's been a while since my last gets really busy with work and an active 7 year-old and a seemingly endless winter.  The sun has been shining for the last couple of days and it's been getting slightly warmer...keeping my fingers crossed that the high temperature will reach 50 next weekend like The Weather Channel says it will!

We've been watching the Winter Olympics this past's the first one that my son can really appreciate--his favorite sports to watch have been snowboarding, slopestyle, skiing in all forms, and luge/skeleton.  During the Olympics, I've been knitting here and there...some baby hats, washcloths, and a baby blanket for various groups.  I've been knitting exclusively from the stash, trying to whittle it down just a bit :-)

I came across a new source for clearance yarn:  Lion Brand Clearance Page.  It's located on the Lion Brand Yarn main site--overstock and discontinued yarns are all listed there.  Some pretty good deals to be had :-)

Cleaning and trying to ward off a cold today--tonight I will try to work on my Ravellenic socks/Sockdown socks--Mona--Cookie A Pattern from KnitSockLove.   Sock progress pic below--using Dream in Color Starry from the Dream Club-Spanish Star is the name of the color--super glittery and lovely colors!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

FO: Colorful Noro Socks!

First completed pair of socks in 2014!   We are in a deep, deep freeze here in Northern Ohio, so these 
socks will be keeping my feet warm and toasty tonight.  These socks were started in December 2011, languished for a couple years, and were finished today(January 26th, 2014).  Finished in part due to a KAL in the 12 Socks in 2014 group on Ravelry, but also because my feet are always cold and store-bought socks don't warm them up as much as hand-knit socks do:-)

Sunday, January 19, 2014


The winner of my blog giveaway is PamOnMars:-)

Please email me or pm me your address info so I can get your prize out to you

Stay tuned for more giveaways and other blog fun in the coming weeks

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Noro Sock Yarn

So...I finally cast on for sock #2 using a ball of Noro Taiyo sock yarn that I bought a year or two ago.......and even after cutting the yarn in just the right place to hopefully/sort of make the two socks look semi-fraternal, if not identical, this is what I get :

I cut so much from the skein that I do not have a ton of extra yarn to 'play with'.    And despite this picture, the second color in the sock on-the-needles is a periwinkle blue, not a pink like in the other sock.  And the third color on the OTN sock is a teal/aqua greenish color, which also does not appear on the first finished sock.    I guess I should have peeked inside the skein before I bought it.

These will still be super-comfy, but I'm not sure if I will  be buying this one again.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Valentine's Day Giveaway!!

In honor of Valentine's Day, which is quickly approaching, I'm having a yarn-y giveaway.  To enter, all you need to do is one of the following:

  • Follow my blog
  • Leave a comment on this post
  • Leave a comment on the Ravelry thread for this giveaway
I will draw a winner on Sunday, January 19th, in the evening

What do you get if you win?

  • A copy of Annie Modesitt's book Romantic Handknits
  • A box of my all-time favorite tea, Trader Joe's Candy Cane Mint decaf green tea
  • Starbucks Dark Espresso Roast
  • Soak fabric wash in Celebration scent
  • 2 skeins of The Alpaca Yarn Company Glimmer- fingering weight alpaca blend---this yarn is so soft!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

FO: Newborn Sweater

Last weekend was very snowy here in Northern Ohio, so my son and I had a weekend snowday and camped out at home.  Played some board games, watched some Christmas movies, and I got a little knitting time in as well.

I finished my first sweater this past weekend.  The pattern (Buttercup Baby Set, from Creative Knitting magazine) was fairly simple.  I love the texture that the yarnovers and k2tog made, however I got out of sequence with some of the yarnovers.  I used Vanna's Choice in the color Dusty Blue.  I used about a skein and a half.  Very happy with how it turned out :-)

This sweater is headed for the Pine Ridge Reservation, along with some baby hats, booties, and (pretty soon) a blanket.