Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas was awesome!!

Sorry for the delay in posting, but I am still basking in the after-Christmas glow. We had an awesome Christmas. The day before Christmas Eve, my niece was born. Christmas Eve was spent with my mom and sister up in Cleveland. We had a nice dinner, followed by exchanging gifts. We recieved a lot of gifts from Hungary, where my mother's family is from. For my birthday, which is on the 30th of December, I got a Coach bag from my sister and dad. I was so excited! Our son gave us the Christmas gift of a full night's sleep both nights we were away.
On Christmas Day, my sister, husband, son and I went over to my dad's house. We exchanged gifts (I got a bracelet from Tiffany's from my sister and dad, and some perfume and a gift card from my dad). We went over to my grandfather's house and had a large family dinner with my aunt, uncle, grandpa, and cousins. Once again, we slept all night long. Next day, we returned home.

It was a great Christmas, but it seemed to go by way too fast. I bought some knitting books with my gift card--Itty Bitty Hats, Itty Bitty Nursery, Toys to Knit, and Essential Knits for Kids by Debbie Bliss. I went book shopping with the intent to choose randomly to add to my knitting library and it worked out really well!

I'm back to working on my christmas tree skirt (for next christmas), my son's blanket, and my dad's socks, which did not get finished by Christmas. I turn 25 in 2 days time, on the 30th!!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

I'm an aunt!!

I became an aunt today! My niece, Brianna Grace, was born this afternoon. She is a wonderful blessing for the entire family, and it is so great that she will be celebrating her first Christmas in a couple days as well. Congratulations to her mom and dad, my brother-and-sister-in-law. I can't wait to meet her!

Knitting update: Still working on all 3 of my OTN projects: socks for Dad, blanket for my son, and Christmas tree skirt. I've been super busy with work and even though I've knitted on these projects off and on all week, I haven't been able to complete them:-(


Going to visit my mom and dad for Christmas, should be a fun time.

Merry Christmas to all!!

Edited to add: I went to see my new niece a few hours ago. She is adorable and cute as a button, with a full head of hair.

Friday, December 19, 2008

A blogger's act of holiday kindness

If you have a minute (or longer), pop on over to my fellow blogger AnnyPurls. She has created a "Buddy Sweater" pattern for a special cause, MOST. They have an Adopt-a-Family program aimed at helping families and children in need. Anny is offering the pattern as a free download for those who donate to this special charity. MOST is special to my heart, namely because helping children is one of the core missions of this charity. For more information, and a handy donation link, go here to the Jujube and Lolo site.

Happy holidays!!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Cuteness!!

There has been a whole lot of cuteness at my home this weekend...courtesy of my 2 1/2 year old son! He said " I love you" clearly for the very first time yesterday. I cried a little...it was so sweet. He's growing up so fast...he chooses what he wants for a snack from the refrigerator, tells us when he needs a diaper change, and chooses what he wants to play with/read. I love being a mom so much!

In knitting news....I'm still working on my Christmas tree skirt, and am completing roughly one wedge a day. It needs 16 more wedges before its done, so I will definitely step it up in order to finish it in time. We usually don't take our tree down till the day after New Years Day. I cast on and have done some ribbing for my dad's Christmas socks, which used to be Father's Day socks then birthday socks. Those days passed by without the socks being done, but I am determined to finish them in time. I save sock knitting time for the nighttime hours when I, an insomniac by genetics, watch TV by myself. My son's blanket is almost done...just 2 more rows of blocks to knit. I will post more pics later this week!

Hope you have a very pleasant Monday...just remember...Christmas is almost here!!

Monday, December 8, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas outside here in Ohio

It snowed 2 or so inches on Saturday...the most significant snowfall we have seen so far this season. It was so beautiful....just the right time of the year. My husband and I had a great (early) wedding anniversary. It's actually the 17th of December, but we didn't want to do it so close to Christmas, since we're going to spend it with my parents this year. This past weekend, we left our son with his grandma for a couple days. It was so hard for me, since he's never been away from us overnight. He had a good time, but he missed us and was really hyper at his grandmas. Anyhow, on our weekend, my husband and I went shopping, caught a movie, and had dinner. We also ran some errands, and it was so nice to just be with each other and talk, laugh, etc. A lot of the time life gets in the way, or we are too tired to talk at the end of a busy day, so it was nice to have that time to spend together.

My niece Brianna is going to be born any day now, and I am so excited to meet her! We found the perfect Christmas present for her: a jewelry box, white with pink butterflies on it. It matches her nursery perfectly!

I'm still working on the Christmas tree skirt--it's coming along nicely. Still need to finish the last remaining sock for my dad for Christmas, as well as the blanket I am making for my son. I should have more time to devote to that this week.


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Awesome day!!!

I have had an awesome day today!! I found out I have a 75.00 credit on my rent for next month and I went to the used book shop at our library today and got 3 great books for a total of.....1.75!! Saving money, enriching my mind, and being environmentally responsible...all-in-all a great day!!

I started a quick project today, a christmas tree skirt from Creative Knitting magazine. It fulfills an immediate need I have and I would rather have one that I made than one bought in a store (read=cheap). Plus it will use up the tons of Christmas yarn I have from years past!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Our tree is up!

Thanksgiving is over...and that means our tree is up! Presenting the Sturgill Family Holiday 2008 tree:



It was so nice decorating it together as a family. We have a tradition where we get 2 ornaments every year to add to the tree. Last year it was Hallmark's Spiderman and a gingerbread boy. This year, we chose a little glass snowman and a globe with a present inside. We also got a little snowglobe ornament with our son's name on it. It's nice to decorate the tree every year and remember where and when we got each ornament. We also like to get one if we go on vacation or to somewhere special.

Thanksgiving was really nice...my husband was feeling under the weather, so we went to my sister-in-law's house and had some leftovers. We made our turkey roast and all the trimmings the day after Thanksgiving.

Looking forward to a restful weekend and wishing all my readers the same!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Yarny goodness and project updates!!

Super excited, because the yarn I never knew I wanted so much has finally arrived!!! An early anniversary gift from my hubby (we've been married 3 years), Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Amy's Vintage Office colorway!!! It combines all of my favorite colors, and stripes well, according to the pics I looked at on Ravelry. The picture doesn't do the colors justice.

I've been knitting away on my son's Christmas blanket. I added a stripe of plum Cashmerino to it
and it looks really nice, IMHO. Also posted a picture of the Heart and Sole(Red Heart) socks.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Christmas time is almost here!!!

Up here in central Ohio, we had our first snow this week, along with an entire week of freeze. I taught my son to say "snow". He says "No." He's 2 1/2, and its so cute! Also, when I say Obama, he says "Mamama." Too cute.

For his Christmas present, I'm making him a blanket out of Araucania Nature Wool Chunky. The pattern is the same as the blanket I made for my soon-to-be-born niece. I absolutely did not want to use the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky because I had a bad experience with that yarn (knots, thin parts, etc). I'm a little disheartened that the Nature Wool Chunky is more like a heavy worsted. I just don't see this blanket having the same length and "blanket-ness" that the other blanket had. Oh well....guess I will just have to wait and see. The colors are awesome, though.

I bought the yarn at my favorite LYS in Columbus, OH. The woman who wound the 5 skeins I bought commented on the fact that the yarn was kettle-dyed and that I might want to knit 2 rows from skein A and then 2 rows from skein B if the color changes bothered me. I really liked the advice, but I don't care if my colors pool or change...I think that the pieces I knit are my own artwork! I am the painter...well, not really, since I don't like to dye my own, but the knitwear I make is my canvas!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Mulberry Socks Finished!!!

I finished my Mulberry Socks this afternoon! I've been working on these since May...major SSS, what can I say?
I used MySmallWonders(from Etsy) superwash sock yarn, in the Burgundy Bliss colorway. It is a squishy yarn, and though the yardage seemed a little skimpy, it was perfect for my socks(and would have made even longer socks).



Next up for me is finishing my Lorna's Laces socks in the Motherlode colorway. And working on my sweater too.....but I will probably end up casting on for my Victory Monkey socks I've been wanting to knit up!

Friday, November 7, 2008

History has been made!!

As the entire world knows, Barack Obama has been elected the 44th president of the USA. When I found out, I almost started crying. I volunteered long hours, called hundreds of people, and knocked on a bunch of doors, all because I believe in Obama's message of change, which this nation painfully needs. History has been made this week and barriers were broken. I feel that this is a president that I can relate to, out of all the presidents who have been in office since I became of age to vote. I feel he will make an enormous impact....there is more that I can say but just getting the words out is really hard because I feel so strongly about this man and his beliefs! I am so proud to be an American today!

Malabrigo Yarns just released Malabrigo sock yarn. From the pics I have seen on Ravelry and The Loopy Ewe, it is really soft and yummy when squished, touched, petted, and of course knit up! I can't wait to get me hands on some...

Mulberry Socks almost finished--Have a wonderful Friday!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

I can't wait for the election to be over!

I am really excited that the election will be taking place on Tuesday of this coming week, but I am more excited that it will finally be over. I have been volunteering for Barack Obama's campaign for the last few weeks, and I recieved a bumper sticker from the Democratic Party headquarters in my city. My family and I were at a gas station yesterday, and someone threw a tomato at our car because they saw the bumper sticker. There is so much passion on both sides and that is why I hope that no matter what the outcome, people just remember to keep their feelings under control.

In knitting news: I am still working on my Mulberry Socks(1/2 of the second sock to go), Dad's birthday socks, my sweater, and have queued my first pair of Monkeys (AKA Victory Monkeys in my Ravelry notebook)set to be done in Schaefer Yarns' "Anne" in Michelle(part of the Sock the Vote collection).

My hubby is going out of town this week for a business trip, so that leaves me plenty of time to play with my little son, knit, watch tv, read, and relax for a few days! Hope everyone has a good rest of the weekend

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Happenings...

I haven't really been "around" online much this past week. Last weekend, my husband, son, and I went canvassing around our town for the Barack Obama campaign. We had a good time, and the people that I met at the Democrat headquarters in our town were so nice, I felt inspired to do more. I've been calling voters this past week, pretty much every night, and reminding them that their vote counts and it will get Barack into the White House! It's really great to hear how other people are inspired by Barack's message of change...and it helps to be going through the process of campaigning when you are surrounded by others doing the same thing. It has been really eye-opening to hear people's reasons for voting for Barack and why they feel America needs a new direction.

I was able to pre-order Schaefer Yarns' "Sock the Vote" (on the Anne base) from the Loopy Ewe. I ordered "Michelle" and "Hillary." I like the yarn a lot, but am not sure how much I will like the base, as it seems a little itchy. Some people on Ravelry said that winding it is a pain due to the knots, but I have my husband to be my personal swift, so we shall see....
I've been working on my baby niece's Baby Bolero this week. I think it will be done by Saturday because it seems to be a one-day project, and it is going to be so cute! I'm using RYC Cashsoft Aran in the Foxglove colorway, which is a lilac purple.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Thank Goodness It's Friday!!!

The weekend is here!! That means a lot more knitting time for me, as well as spending time with my son and husband...something I've not had a lot of time for lately as work has been super-busy. I had to rip out the Little Star Sweater by Zoe Mellor that I was knitting for my son, as the ends I would have needed to weave in were insane. The front of the sweater looked like a star was forming though...too bad for all the millions of ends. I am going to start on the front of it again, and make it one color. A shortcut, sure, but I really want him to be able to wear this soon. Another knitter on Ravelry did the same thing, and it turned out well in her case.

This weekend, I hope to make more progress on the socks for my hubby, as well as finish the second sock for my dad's pair. I've been working on my sweater a little bit at a time, and have the collar nearly done. Knitting a sweater from the top-down is really fun so far!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Post-debate thoughts...

I just finished watching the 10/7 debate between presidential candidates Obama and McCain. Let me just say how impressed I was with Barack Obama. He has big plans for his presidency, and I loved hearing him speak. My husband and I took advantage of Ohio's early voting and we cast our ballots this past week. McCain, on the other hand, seemed quite repetitive and actually said "my friends" a total of 14 times by my count. All in all, I thought it was interesting to hear. I feel like I am helping to make history because I voted for Obama, not because of his race, but because I feel he can bring about the amazing change that this nation needs so badly right now.

Knitty news:
Still working on my sweater, but cast on for a shrug in Caron Simply Soft Shadows. Yes, I have startitis. There is no known cure, and I doubt if research is being done to find a cure.
Also working on more Warm Woolies socks, my dad's socks, my hubby's socks, my son's sweater, and my Blog socks.

Other news:
Less than 3 months till my niece, Brianna Grace, arrives!!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Excited for the first really-feels-like-fall weekend!

Today was a really great day. I had loads of knitting time on the way to our weekly family dinner out, which took place this time at Skyline Chili, a place we really like. In case you haven't tried it, spaghetti covered with chili and cheese (AKA a 3-way) is a really awesome combination. My hubby likes it with onions and beans also...a 5-Way. I'm still working on my husband's birthday socks, even though its after his big 27th. I have one more sock to go on my dad's birthday socks, which appear like they will be done by his actual birthday in November.

I de-stashed a lot this week, with the yarn going to a fellow Raveler, so that she can have a big stash this winter. I feel that every knitter should have a stash so big that any time inspiration strikes, you can have the tools to pick up and start knitting.

I've been doing ok with the weight loss thing..going to the gym semi-regularly and running after my son. New clothes and then I will be all set! Just kidding on the new clothes thing...for some reason I've always been averse to clothes shopping for myself. I've got plenty of clothes that hopefully soon I will be able to wear again! I found the best nail polish ever this evening. Sally Hansen Diamond Strength in Wedding Bells. It's very understated, with the slightest hint of pink.

Just for fun, I'm putting up one of my wedding pics from 3 (wow) years ago...for those of you who have never seen a pic of me.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Fall has finally arrived!

Well its official: I saw my breath when I went outside this morning and that means fall has arrived! It's my favorite season, and my husband cannot understand why. He thinks that the perfect temperature is 80 degrees and it should be that warm all year round. Fall makes me think of leaves crunching underneath my feet, the smell of wood burning, apples and pumpkins, and having the heater turned on for the first time in 6 months! I can't help it...I love fall.

Fall also means that knitting kicks into high gear for me (even though I spent a lot of the summer knitting). I've got projects, like my sweater, that are begging to be finished and worn out in the chill. It just feels right to be curled up on the couch at night, knitting away with some warm yarn and thinking about how good it will feel to be wearing the socks, mittens, etc.

What I have been doing this week knitting-wise: knitting the heel flap on my husband's birthday socks, knitting a row or 2 on my son's sweater, and knitting a couple rows here and there on my sweater. Nothing major, but I have been a little too busy to knit very much (gasp). Hopefully these next few days will prove to be less hectic!

Wishing you all a happy fall!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Project updates and new yarn!!!

It's time for some project updates and new yarn pics, before I take off to spend Homecoming weekend with my dad and sister at Ohio University!

I just got my latest Knitpicks order in the mail today, bearing 2 skeins of their new hand-dyed sock yarn, Imagination . It's a fingering-weight blend of alpaca, merino, and nylon. I chose the color Frog Prince, but there are a few other shades available which I yearn to get. (Sorry pic isn't clearer)

Project pics: Sock that I am making out of Red Heart Heart and Sole (top picture); socks for hubby out of Knitpicks Essentials (Riverbed Multi) (bottom picture).

Have a good weekend everyone!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

First Kureyon Sock finished!

I'm done with the first sock in a pair made from Noro Kureyon Sock. I loved the color sequences and the somewhat rustic feel of the yarn, but I was not happy with the final result (even after a wash). It seems too loose/baggy, even though I knit with size 1 dpns and used the same pattern I have used with other socks before. I don't think these socks will get much (if any) wear outside of the house. I have an entire other sock to make, as well as another skein of Kureyon Sock in my stash.

I also started on my first sweater last week during the power outage. It's coming along well so far. I'm using a top-down raglan sweater pattern, knit with (gulp) Lion Brand Pound of Love. I really wanted to see how the sweater would turn out before plunking a lot of money down for yarn. I bought a little over 2000 yards of blue yarn for 14.00. It was a good deal for me at the time, and still is now! I know a lot of knitters who make sweaters out of acrylic and they love their creations.

Finished the first sock (finally) in a pair for my dad. As you may recall, this sock (and its mate) were supposed to be finished in time for Father's Day this past June, but that obviously didn't happen. They will be making their debut as one of his birthday presents in November instead.
Picture time:
From top to bottom--
Bernat Sox first sock in a pair for Dad
Collar of my first sweater
Noro Kureyon first sock in a pair for myself





Saturday, September 20, 2008

What a week...

What a week this past week was! I know that millions of people were affected by Hurricane Ike, and my family was one of them! Despite living in the Ohio Valley, we were touched by Ike last Sunday, as remnants of Ike clashed with a cold front and brought tremendous winds to our area. No rain, just lots of wind. It was really scary, as power lines were snapped and electricity went off for a week. We decided to camp out at home instead of going to relatives or a hotel. My husband figured out how to heat up the canned food we had, using 3 votive candles on our stove. Hooray for hot food! Our son thought it was a camp out. We had flashlights and candles galore. It was really nice to spend time together since usually we are in the same home, but doing totally different things.

Knitting in the semi-dark was cool too...I got a lot done! I finished the first in a pair of socks for my dads birthday in November, got a lot done on my Noro socks, and began my first sweater, top-down from Creative Knitting January 2008.

I bought some yarn this week after the power came back on in our area. Just some acrylic to make a pillow for our couch--our living room has a red/gold theme going on--and Bernat Cashmere Blend, plus some dishcloth cotton.

I have some pictures to put up, but will do that tomorrow. News: my son is officially done with his crib and just got a toddler bed!!! Potty training is also commencing slowly but surely.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Wow! I haven't posted in about a week...seems like forever

I just realized I haven't posted in a little bit! I've been up to my ears (literally) in parenting, working, cleaning up our home, and knitting. I'm working on quite a few pairs of socks--the exact amount is on my Ravelry projects page. I'm Sturgillsusan on there. I am making a pair for my husband's birthday, in Knitpicks Essential sock yarn. I think this is an excellent basic yarn--it is really squishy and the striping has been pretty and even so far. More later on how it holds up in the laundry--his birthday is on September 29th, so I'm hoping that the socks are done by then!

I'm finishing up the first batch of Warm Woolies socks-they look really nice and feel super warm! It makes me feel good to know that a child in another country will have a warm pair of socks to comfort them and keep them warm.

My Noro Kureyon socks are coming along...I had to switch from bamboo to metal dpns because the yarn sticking to the bamboo was driving me nuts! I like the striping of the yarn, and am hoping that the yarn will soften with the first wash. Once I knit up the Silk Garden Sock, it will be interesting to make comparisons about the two yarns. I have heard that the Silk Garden Sock leans more towards being a sport-weight, while the Kureyon Sock is a fingering weight for sure.

Several of my readers have emailed me and asked if I had used either Lion Brand Sock-Ease or Red Heart Heart and Sole sock yarns yet, and the answer is yes! I have knit up a little of the Red Heart sock yarn, and though I really like the fact that big box stores will carry sock yarn now, I don't think I will be going out of my way to get this yarn again. I can't really get the aloe-y goodness like in Austermann Step, or even the Lion Brand Sock-Ease. The Red Heart just feels rougher to me while I am knitting with it. It is possible that the aloe inside will be unleashed during the laundry process, but we will have to see about that. The striping of the yarn is nice, albeit uneven. It irks me that Hobby Lobby only stocks a couple of colorways at once, and one ball of each at a time! For my socks, I have 4 different colorways, so the socks will not be matchy-matching. I guess I could order it offline and get matching socks, but there are other sock yarns I want to try!

I'm really looking forward to starting my own sweater and finishing up my son's star sweater. I cast on for a baby bolero for my future niece, but haven't really got much done on it yet.

We have a busy next couple of months coming up! Both of my parents want to take their grandson apple picking this fall, so that is the plan in October. Halloween is arriving soon--Charlie will be a superhero--not sure which one. Fall for us is full of birthdays...my husband in September, and my dad and my brother in law in November. My sister, aunt, cousins, and I are all December girls, and hopefully my niece Brianna will be a December baby too!!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Flat Feet Sock #1 finished!

This has to be the most perfect sock that I have ever made. It is completely perfectly formed, with no gusset holes! After blocking, it all fell into place. BTW, its the pic on the top. My digital camera did not accurately represent the colors--they are more vivid than the pic lets on!

Right now I am making a pair of socks out of Noro Kureyon Sock. The first one of that pair is in the photo on the bottom. I really like the feel of the Kureyon Sock; it is rustic and a change from the ordinary. I'm also watching the RNC on CNN--its been an eye-opening convention--interesting to watch, even though I am pro-Obama. It will be interesting to see how everything turns out.



Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A Few Ramblings...

So I can admit I was wrong about the Conjoined Creations' Flat Feet yarn. After the first few rows of ribbing were over, the kinks in the yarn did not bother me as much. I think it just took me a while to get used to them. I personally prefer bamboo dpns for use when knitting socks, but it definitely took some metal needles to knit with this yarn. Everyone is different and has differing knitting styles, but the knitting went really slow with this yarn and bamboo dpns. I would definitely get this yarn again for a change of pace; it makes a really cool knit fabric. I'll put up pics of the socks later this week so you can see what they look like.

If you are on Ravelry and go on the forums occasionally, then you might have heard comment about the first-ever Wollmeise sock club, offered through the Wollmeise shop. I personally did not enter the lottery drawing, namely because I can't justify spending 200+ in one swoop, even though I have spent that at my local LYS:-). I recently got a skein of Wollmeise in the Rhabarber colorway, sold to me by a generous fellow Raveler. Though I was really excited to finally get one skein of the coveted Wollmeise, I can safely say that I will NOT be stalking The Loopy Ewe or the Wollmeise site when there are shop updates. It's not that I am dissing the yarn, but there are other yarns I definitely enjoy more. The colors are rich and beautiful, but I'm not head-over-heels for the yarn. Everyone has their favorite yarns, and I'd rather spend my money on indie dyers from Etsy, where one can get one-of-a-kind yarns in colorways that are rare. I just have never been one to "need" the latest trends. For the record, I am not slamming Wollmeise, it's just my opinion.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Taking a sock break

I decided (after much debate) to go ahead and take a break from the sweater to knit up some socks. I cast on for a pair (stockinette) in the Conjoined Creations' Flat Feet sock blank. I really thought I would love this yarn right off the bat, but....no. Casting on was a royal pain. The yarn itself feels nice, kind of reminiscent of Louet Gems fingering weight.

Knitting it seems to take forever...I've only made a couple of inches of progress. Maybe I will feel differently once the socks are on my feet.
Note: I decided to use the Flat Feet in lieu of Silk Garden Sock....which is still calling to me from the stash. I really want to use a cool pattern for the Noro...any ideas?

My latest order from The Loopy Ewe arrived today. On Monday, I ordered a skein of Lime and Violet Intention sock yarn, on the Sasquatch Sock base. OMG, it looks awesome! It is the perfect blend of my current favorite colors.


Still battling my sinus infection, but hoping to be back on all 8 cylinders by the beginning of next week.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I'm really trying to knit from my stash, but....





The sweater I'm making for Charlie (my son) is going really well. I finished the back, as you can see in the picture. It never fails to amaze me how fast I can knit a project up if I'm only working on that project.

The basketweave scarf made of Adriafil Carezza has found its way back into the needle/notion box, where I won't have to look at it for a while. I used to be in love with basketweave patterns, but after 2 scarves for my mom and sister, I got really sick of it to be honest. Who knows when that scarf will be done? at this rate, maybe never.

I have an upper respiratory infection (AKA really nasty sinusitis) complete with a sore throat. So that means I have been getting a lot of knitting done because my husband rocks!

Over the past couple weeks some new yarns have joined my stash, despite my best efforts to knit only from my stash. I'm not trying to make the stash smaller(heaven forbid) but I am trying to make room for more sweater yarn and more sock yarn.








A fellow Raveler generously sold me a skein of WOLLMEISE!!!! I'm so excited...Its in the colorway Rhabarber. I've been lusting after a skein of wollmeise forever, but have always been too late to the sneakup/shop update party. I picked up 2 skeins of Patons Kroy Stripes. I love the fact that my local Hobby Lobby now carries sock yarn. I got a skein of Noro Silk Garden Sock. 2 skeins of Berroco Suede tricolor for a wallet for myself. And last but not least, Tuscan Grove sock yarn.

Cider Moon, purveyor of sock yarn awesomeness, disappeared off the map last year, right as I discovered them. I managed to get 2 skeins of Glacier sock yarn, but alas I could not get anymore after that. I was in Knitters Mercantile (Columbus, OH LYS and in fact my LYS of choice) and saw that Gail from Cider Moon had begun a new venture, Tuscan Grove yarns. I'm really hoping that its as awesome as Cider Moon was--the texture(base yarn) seems to be more like Cider Moon Flurry. I met Gail at Knitters Connection in 2007 and she is such a nice person!
Hopefully I will get to knit some socks soon--I'm really into this sweater-knitting phase but my first love is socks!

Monday, August 18, 2008

A good weekend

I had a productive weekend, although I managed to come down with a cold while in Cleveland visiting my parents a couple weekends ago. Despite feeling yucky, I got to work on my son's star sweater from Zoe Mellor's book Adorable Knits for Tots. It is chock-full of cutsie patterns for boys and girls and I would love to have the time to make them all! The only thing that bugs me is that the patterns basically stop at the size for a 3-4 year old, which my son will be approaching in a year! I just do not have the expertise/time at the moment to do the math to adjust for a larger size...maybe someday.

I'm doing the sweater in Lion Brand Cotton-Ease and Knit Picks Shine Sport. The white star will be in RYC Cashsoft DK. Despite hating the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino line with a passion, the RYC (by Rowan) is actually working out quite well for me. I used the Cashsoft Aran before on a hoodie I made (and frogged) and had minimal pilling.

Also OTN as of tonight, a baby bolero from Leigh Radford's One Skein. Worked in RYC Cashsoft Aran in Foxglove (sort of a lilac), this is a little gift for my niece Brianna Grace, arriving at the end of December! I should have pics up by the middle of the week or so.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Baby Blanket complete!!


I finished my niece's baby blanket today! It is probably the first extremely long project that I have completed. It got really heavy after the first 2 rows of blocks, and even traveled with me just so I could work on it!

I'm really proud of it, even though I will never work with Debbie Bliss Cashmerino yarn again. Out of the 8.5 balls I used, 2 had knots in them and 1 had multiple knots. Also, parts were dyed wierd in places. And it pilled, but I'm sure anyone who has ever used DB yarns knows that is common!

Next up on the needles: continuing my sons star sweater from Zoe Mellor's Adorable Knits for Tots.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Updates...

The baby blanket that I have been working on is (almost) done. Pictures will be up very soon. Also, just found out that I will be welcoming a niece in December. I'm so excited to be an aunt. Congratulations to Billy and Amber!!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Contest Winners!!

And the winners are....DoveKnits (Farmhouse sock yarn) and Wendy (Yarn Love Juliet). Please email me your addresses if you read this before I message you on Ravelry. Look for another contest in the fall..

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Summer Blog Contest Time!!!

It's time for a summer blog contest!!!!

This time, I am giving away a skein of FarmHouse Yarns Fannie's Fingering Weight in Watermelon, as well as a skein of Yarn Love Juliet in Maiden. Both of these yarns will make a pair of socks, but make sure to check your gauge! To enter, just leave a comment on my blog and I will draw the winner on Tuesday afternoon. so there's a lot of time. If you are on Ravelry, please leave your Ravelry name in the comment so I know how to reach you!

Thank you all for being great readers!!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Baby Blanket Bingo!


So I am coming along pretty well on the baby blanket for my niece/nephew. It is probably the best knitting I have ever done. It's even, gauge is right on, and it looks really nice *IMHO*. The pattern is really easy, but in a way that is pleasing to the eye. The pattern is by Ann Norling, and is titled, "Big Blue Blocks." The blanket I am knitting is royal purple, which is pretty gender-neutral. I couldn't fit the whole blanket in the picture, so that is just half of it.

I never used to think that using nicer (read: more expensive/higher quality) yarns made a difference as to how one feels about the knitting project, but now I see how that is true. I bought 10 balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky totaling about 95.00 give or take. I really wanted to use a nice yarn because what I knit is a reflection of me, and I want my niece/nephew to have something nice that I made for them. I enjoy knitting this blanket partly because the yarn is so yummy! I ordered a couple cute outfits for the new baby and will present the blanket when I give the parents the outfits. I've made pretty good progress on it because I have put other projects on hold.

I also bought some sock yarn when I bought the last of the Cashmerino(couldn't help myself) and I got to visit the Yarnmarket warehouse! I was in a warehouse full of yarn for about 20 minutes! I wanted to take it all down and roll around in it...I loved it! I'm surprised I didn't spend more....I bought 2 skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Liberty (color 1776).

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

2008: A Sweater-knitting odyssey

I finally decided I will knit a sweater this year. I'm just having trouble picking out which one I want to knit from the plethora of knitting books and the mountain of knitting magazines that fills our home.

To prepare for knitting the ultimate sweater, I started "modifying" a sweater that I recieved as a gift from my aunt. It's an XL but it is way too short and I thought it could use a little more fun, as its quite plain. I am putting a festive little trim on the ends of the sleeves and on the hood, and will be extending the bottom of the sweater with a glittery white yarn.




I nearly tore my hair out with the first sleeve's trim. I (unwisely) chose to use bamboo circular needles(the smallest circumference), and apparently bamboo needles do NOT work well if you are trying to knit with eyelash yarn. Picking up stitches with bamboo is not fun. Too bad my smallest Addis are really really long, as I bought them for the Magic Loop--which I did not end up doing.


I unraveled the KIYW Wristwarmers ( as seen on my Ravelry page). Made using Cider Moon Glacier sock yarn, I created those before I fell in love with sock knitting. I was rummaging through my stuff in my finished projects bin and decided to frog that project and make Peppermint Socks out of it. At 236 yards, I hope it will be enough yarn for a pair of socks. We shall see!


Warm Woolies sock photo below--that is the pairs I have finished so far. My goal is 27 pairs by the end of September.


Saturday, July 19, 2008

A perfect day


Today we celebrated Charlie's birthday with DH's family. We did a superhero theme (Superman mostly, except for the Spiderman invitations. The cake was nice, the pizza was great, and it was nice to spend time with family, who we dont see as often because we live 45 minutes away from most of them.


It is really hot here in Southern Ohio, so we've been staying indoors mostly. Charlie likes to go outside, no matter what the temperature, so we had to install a secure secondary door lock because he has discovered how to unlock the screen door. He is so smart!


I haven't been feeling well lately, and am scheduled for surgery in the next weeks. More knitting-related posting to follow!!


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Happy 2nd birthday Charlie!!!!

Happy birthday Charlie!
You are two years old today...the time seems to have flown by so quickly. It seems like yesterday that we brought you home from the hospital, embarking on the awesome adventure of parenting. You grew up so quickly, learning to crawl, then walk within a year.
Life with you is so much fun...you teach me something new every day. My life is better because you are in it. I love you, my wonderful son. Happy birthday sweetie.Love. Mommy

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

I've been sort of busy this week..

Well, I've been sort of busier than normal this past week, but its been for a great reason.

That is my next package for Touching Little Lives, the charity I'm involved with here in town. I have put together more things besides that, but they were too bulky for this picture:-)
I've gotten the most enjoyment out of knitting the baby hats, as I feel good that a baby will be comforted/kept warm by a handknit hat.
Warm Woolies sock knitting update--2 pairs down, 23 more to go. They are knit with bulky-weight 100% wool yarn, and I can usually do a pair a day. The last pair I made, I forgot to turn the heel with one of the socks, and I had to rip out almost the whole instep to fix it.
I hope to be able to knit the second sock for my son's birthday socks this weekend (my little Kreb will be 2 on July 15th!!!)
I would love to finish the second sock in my pair of Lorna's Laces socks as well, and wind my Paca Peds for some future socks!!!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

New yarn and general knitting-related stuff...

I got some new yarn yesterday--1 skein of Dream in Color Classy and a skein of some new sock yarn, Studio Sock in Foggy Bottom, from The Neighborhood Fiber Company. It's a pretty cool yarn, good colors. I will post a pic of it soon.
I finished a bunch of hats for Touching Little Lives, and am starting on some socks for Warm Woolies, a charity that gives hand knit wool socks to children in orphanages in Russia and other euro-asian nations. My goal is to knit 25 pairs of socks by the end of October. These socks are a quick knit because they are done in bulky yarn. I really don't like to work with Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride, but I have quite a few skeins just chilling in the stash that I might as well use.
I'm really trying to get around to finishing some projects for myself, but everytime I finish a baby hat, I seem to start another one. I try to do two a day, but usually only get one done.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

4th of July

Well this has been a great 4th of July weekend so far. The three of us went to the 4th of July parade in our town and Charlie loved it. He clapped for all the cars and loved hearing the Marine Band play during the parade.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

The coolest T-Shirt EVER!!!


I just found the most awesome t-shirt ever! It may be a tad inappropriate, but it sums up the way I feel about knitting and yarn in general. Check out the online shop--its way cool.

New Yarn!!!! Charity updates....



Ok...upon following a tip from Ravelry I decided to check out my local Hobby Lobby to see if they had the new Red Heart sock yarn Heart and Sole in stock. I read on the Ravelry site that certain Hobby Lobby stores recieved a teaser shipment of one ball of each colorway of the new sock yarn. Sure enough, when I got there, I found 7 skeins, one in each color. I also found 4 balls of Sock Ease, the new sock yarn from Lion Brand. I'm completely unable to resist sock yarn, so I bought one skein of Rock Candy ( Sock-Ease), as well as 2 skeins of Heart and Sole, each in a different colorway. I figure that they will be crazy non-matching house socks for me, or each will become a pair of socks for my son.


Another reason I was pretty excited about these yarns is that each is infused with Aloe Vera, which is really nice when your feet are in the socks, and it keeps your hands smooth when working with the yarn. These yarns are from "big box" yarn companies, traditionally makers of acrylic yarn, which knitters love to hate. I think this means that knitting socks is finally going mainstream, which is awesome. A more expensive sock yarn that has aloe and jojoba in it is Austermann Step.


The closest LYS to my apartment is Knitter's Mercantile in Columbus, OH. It's a 30 minute drive on a day with minimal traffic. The Hobby Lobby is 10 minutes away from me. It makes more sense with today's gas prices to go to the store closest to me. Once I get around to using the yarn, which should hopefully be soon, I will post on how it feels/works up, etc.




I've been working on my next charity package for Touching Little Lives. I've made some hats and am working on finishing the blanket. It makes me feel really good that little babies are going to be warmed and comforted by what I am creating with sticks and string.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Sock-Ease!!!!

A nice "welcome" to the newest yarn addition to my stash........Lion Brand Sockease!!!!



Monday, June 9, 2008

Stay-cation time!!!

Well, with nothing to do this week--no plans, etc--I get to have a stay-cation! Stay-cation means va-cation, except we are staying at home and doing stuff we normally don't have time to do, such as watching tv, playing board games, playing video games, cooking at home, and generally just relaxing. At the end of the week we are driving up to Cleveland to spend Father's Day with my dad. All in all, it should be a peachy week.

Along with the relaxing I will be doing, I have plans to completely reorganize my yarn stash, which includes better storage (I have seen winged beasts--AKA moths--fluttering around the outside of our apartment at night. I am not taking any chances). I will also be catching up on my Ravelry uploading of pictures and yarn inventory. And yes, there will be LOTS of knitting.

Projects I will be completing this week, do or die: blanket for Touching Little Lives, a charity I volunteer for; pair of socks for my dad for Father's Day, and finishing up a pair of socks for my son.

Projects I am starting in the next 2 weeks: More socks and probably some mittens/wristwarmers/cell phone cozy/purse/gloves and whatever else I can come up with. Hats for Touching Little Lives as well.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Blessings in my life....or What I have to be thankful for

It's been a really great few months for my family and I. I have much to be thankful for. In these rough economic times, money is tight everywhere and it seems like my family, along with many others across the nation, has had to cut corners in order to adjust to the rising costs of living (i.e. gas and food).

I am thankful that my husband found a super job that enables us to live in a nice apartment and have food and our bills paid. I am thankful that I have a healthy, beautiful son who teaches me about life and how wonderful it can be every single day. I am thankful that my health is good and I am making steps towards being a healthier person.
I was in Walmart yesterday, picking up ingredients for lasagna, which is a favorite in my family. I had not bought eggs for a while, since the price increases went into effect in most supermarkets. I was really surprised that my dozen Grade A store-brand eggs were $1.67. I remember not too long ago at Kroger they were 1.00 for a dozen.

I have a son, a toddler. As most toddlers go, he has days where he is very picky about what he will eat. One week he loves spaghetti-o's with meatballs, the next week he is shaking his head and spitting at the bowl and spoon in front of him. We try to feed him what he will eat, because I think that its better for him to get the same thing every day if that is what he wants, rather than him going hungry.

We have adopted some earth-and-wallet-friendly tactics to help deal with the current situation across the nation. For starters, when I make food now, I serve it, and what is left goes immediately into Tupperware or the like and into the fridge. We cannot afford to waste food, and it makes me feel like an awful person when I throw away food. It didn't use to, I used to not give it a second thought. We recycle, for the most part. I am mindful of lights that are left on, and I try to leave my computer off at night. We work from home, so our laptops need to be on all night for work-related stuff. We now group our errands into clumps, so that we do not have to go out everyday. We try to limit our gas consumption, and I feel blessed that our car is not a gas hog, despite the fact that it is a Ford Crown Victoria, a larger car than most on the road today, save for SUVs.

What money-saving things do you do in this economic time? Do you have any stories or tips? Feel free to leave a comment--I'm interested in hearing what other people are doing regarding food and fuel consumption/conservation.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

What a week....


These two pics are of my first sock knit using MySmallWonders superwash sock yarn. It is really yummy when on your feet. I would definitely get it again. The striping is very even.

Well this has been quite a week. As I mentioned before a couple months ago, we moved to Lancaster, OH from Athens, OH; an hour's drive just about. My husbands family lives in Athens-area and my family hails from Cleveland, Ohio. We now live closer to my parents (45 minutes closer, it's still a 3.5 hour drive).

So this week, we drove to Athens a total of 3 times. On Monday, we went to get my husband and son fitted for their tuxedos--brother-in-law is getting married in a couple weeks. I had a doctors appointment to deal with my super high blood pressure--genetic. The blood pressure medicine made me lose 15 lbs of water weight! Spent 2 hours at sister in laws, so she could play with my son. Tuesday morning, woke up at 8 for a car repair appointment at 10 in Athens. Went shopping and had lunch while the car was being fixed. Wednesday, went to mother in laws house so husband could mow her lawn. She loves being a grandma.

I have been working out pretty much every day for the last 2 weeks, and am finally getting results. I try to go at 530 am so I have the whole rest of the day ahead of me.
I have been knitting away on my socks this week....seems like the hundredth pair but I love it so much! Right now have SSS with my Socks that Rock second sock. Cant seem to cast on for it...will try again today

Vickie Howell and the return of CRL

As you may have already noticed, I have a banner on the blog touting the return of Vickie Howell's podcast "CRL." Last season was fantastic--so many interviews with cool crafters! This season begins May 22nd, and you can find the schedule here.
Vickie also has a newly-released book, Knit Aid: A Learn It, Fix It, Finish It Guide for Knitters on the Go . Filled with knitting tips and tricks, this book is perfect for the on-the move knitter or just to have as a reference in your knitting library.
Southwest Trading Company has partnered with Vickie in producing a line of eco-friendly yarns. Craft, Rock, Love, and Vegas. I have Craft, Rock, and Love in my stash and have used all three. My personal favorite is Love, because it is soft and silky. I have it in Mulder and Scully Jade.
Be sure to check out the podcast; it is a really great show!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

And the winners are....

I'd like to announce the winners of my first blog contest. Everyone had such nice comments and I really enjoyed reading them all. Don't worry--there will be more contests in the future (I have some really good ideas) and I will announce them on Ravelry.

The winner of the Dream in Color Smooshy is BeanKendall! The winner of the Auracania is TBA. Congratulations ladies! Please email me your contact info so that I can get your prizes out to you. My email is sturgillsusan@yahoo.com

Thank you to all of my readers and be on the lookout for more contests in the near future.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Yarn Shoutout of the week

I'm a little late with the promised yarn shout-out but here it is. A yarn that I am currently using for socks is MySmallWonders superwash sock yarn, purchased from Etsy. The yarn has a nice hand, and the dyeing is, in my opinion, excellent. I have tested the yarn in water, and have not had any bleeding problems.

This yarn is thin, ala Lorna's Laces. I'm using size 1 dpns for my socks, and am loving the way it knits up. The yarn is a decent 383 yards, in the colorway Burgundy Bliss. I wish that there had been more yardage in the skein. Another plus--there were zero knots in the skein.

I really like to support indie dyers, and Etsy is the perfect place to find a lot of them. I'll include pics of the finished socks once they are done. The finished project will be on my Ravelry page too--I'm Sturgillsusan on there.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

This is going to be so hard!

Hi everyone!
Just looking at the comments...wow. It's going to be too hard to choose just one winner, so I will be choosing another winner early next week. You dont need to leave more than 1 comment, but I will be picking 2 winners. The second prize is a skein of Auracania Ranco sock yarn in the colorway Blueberry Multi, which is really beautiful. So come on and leave me a comment!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Blog contest!!!

I'm finally having a contest/yarn giveaway! Up for grabs: a new skein of Dream in Color Smooshy sock yarn in the colorway "Beach Fog." All you have to do to win is visit my blog and leave a comment for me.
I'll randomly pick the winner on Sunday May 18th--please leave your comments by midnight ET on the 17th (Saturday).

Thursday, May 8, 2008

My first LYS

The LYS near me is downsizing and moving to a new place. The Spinning Turtle was the first yarn shop I had ever been to when I rediscovered knitting in college and it became my drug. Set in the historic square of Nelsonville, Ohio, this LYS became a frequent destination for me. The owner has the philosophy of stocking the yarns that enable knitting to be affordable for many people. Brown Sheep, Plymouth, and Cascade are among the yarn lines carried by The Spinning Turtle.

Local yarn shops are important for so many reasons that its impossible to list them all here. The number one reason that LYS's are important to me is that you get an education there and helpful advice that you cannot get anywhere else. No one understands knitting more than another knitter.
My all-time favorite dpns are Plymouth bamboo in size 1 (US). I can't find them anywhere else except The Spinning Turtle. Though the store is reopening in a smaller space, I will still miss the coziness of the shop and all the information I gathered during my visits there.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I'm an official Loopy Groupie!!!

I became an official Loopy Groupie today. Loopy Groupies are knitters who shop (very) frequently at the Loopy Ewe. As part of my welcome, I got a big tote bag, keychain, Loopy Kisses, a pattern for a semi-complicated sock, and a skein of Chewy Spaghetti sock yarn. Loopy stuff came with my order that I placed Sunday for 2 skeins of ShibuiKnits Sock in Anime, Cherry Tree Hill Supersock in Wild Cherry, and some Soak wash.
I love being a Loopy Groupie! Thank yous to Sheri and the Loopy Elves for all that you do.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Stash Enrichment eXpedition!

Went to an area yarn store today....had been there before, was a little sad to see that their book section was 1/2 the size of what it used to be, and the books in stock were ones I already own. I have a large yarn stash here in my apartment, and a lot of it is what can be classified as sock yarn. I get a little bored with the yarn I have sometimes, and I go buy more (sounds awful doesnt it.)


I was also bored by the sock yarn selection at the store I was at today...but more on that later.


Presenting my new yarn!


Not the best quality picture, but here's the roll call: From the top left, Regia Kaffe Fassett design line sock yarn, Noro Kureyon Sock, Regia Kaffe Fassett design line. Bottom left: Regia 4-ply, Online Supersocke Cotton, Wisdom Marathon New York, Noro Kureyon Sock, and Austermann Step.
The bottom-row Noro was somewhat damaged, but when I peeked inside the outer rings of color, and it blew me away and I had to have it.
Never worked with Noro, but I'm anxious about whether it will have problems as I have heard. The colorways are amazing.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Yarn-y Update

Just stopping by to show off my latest yarn-y acquisitions: some Araucania Ranco Multi, more Smooshy, Lorna's Laces, Paca Peds, and some Louet. I have just begun another pair of standard stockinette socks in Shepherd Sock Motherlode. It's a nice colorway, a little muted and not something I normally would have purchased, but I got it in a swap. It's the first time I have ever knit with Shepherd Sock, and when I cast on for the socks, I was a little nervous because the yarn looked so darn thin on the needles. It is working up into a nice fabric however.







Yarn shout-out of the week--I'm going to highlight a new yarn that I think is worth a try each week from now on. This week it's http://www.conjoinedcreations.com/. Conjoined Creations is the creator of Flat Feet, a revolutionary sock yarn knit from a flat instead of a ball/hank/skein/what-have-you. You knit the socks/gloves/shawl from the flat. The yarn is really soft and seems like it would wear reasonably well. No two socks knit from this yarn will be the same, as you can choose the pattern that will appear simply by alternating side (the flat has two sides). Definitely check out this yarn!


More later, and maybe a book review or two in the coming weeks!































Tuesday, April 15, 2008

What I have been up to



This will be a short post, mostly filled with pics. I finished my son's socks, in Encore Colorspun in Green Flecks. Also some Dream in Color Classy mixed in, which surprisingly did not felt in the washer/dryer! Made my Loopy sock from my third Loopy Ewe order, in Cherry Tree Hill. That yarn (supersock) is on my to-get list for sure.


Worked on son's sweater, also knitting a baby blanket/hats for preemie charity.


Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Knit 1. Magazine

I have been a subscriber of several knitting magazines over the last 3 years. Creative Knitting, Vogue Knitting, Interweave, Knit Simple, and Knit 1. I have constantly renewed my subscriptions too. Always been a loyal reader.
Which is why I was surprised to read that Knit 1. was coming out with only 3 issues this year, instead of 4. The magazine promised that those of us who had renewed subscriptions would still get our 4 subscriptions. The Spring issue was to be a double issue. Lo and behold, when I got my spring/summer 2008 issue, it was NOT a double issue.
I feel like I was screwed, and promptly cancelled my subscription. What's a girl to do? I guess I will keep my money and buy more knitting books with it.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Yarn happenings

Ok..so I was browsing Ravelry today (when I should have been focusing on work) and I came across a thread mentioning Lion Brand's upcoming sock yarn, Sock-Ease. I was a little skeptical since Lion Brand discontinued Magic Stripes a year or two ago. I decided to check it out, since I am always on the lookout for new sock yarn. Apparently, Sock-Ease is going to be yarn infused with aloe vera, like Austermann Step. How cool is that! I cannot wait for it to be released, but the colors will hopefully improve and will include some solids.
I finished the first hat for the Atlanta project, and started on the second one. Its in Red Heart (yeah I know) but its cute and is really easy-care. I also mastered a new knitting skill today: reverse stitching. Now all the roll-brims I do will actually look the way the pattern intended them to look!
I won a contest on Vickie Howell's blog and my prize arrived yesterday.  I  recieved a flat of Conjoined Creations' Flat Feet sock yarn. It is a flat piece of sock yarn that you knit right off of the flat. It looks really fun--will post pictures soon!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Nothing new




Nothing new or extraordinary going on. DH and son getting over sickness/food poisoning. Easter weekend was a washout, and trip to Cleveland was the beginning of DH's long journey through the land of undercooked ham and its effects on the human body. I am NEVER eating ham again!




As promised, pics of the socks I have completed. I am also working on a pair of socks for son and a couple of hats for an ongoing project throughout the year. A group of women in Atlanta are collecting scarves, hats, and gloves to distribute to the homeless for next winter. I urge you to get involved in a charity project this year. It is good for the soul. Check it out on Ravelry group: Charity Knitting.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Knitting ADD

This past week I have gotten a lot of sleep, and as a result, productivity with work and knitting has suffered. Son and husband were sick for a while and I was sick for 2 days. Work has been up and down, as it usually is with sales. I'm blessed to be able to be home with my family though.
I finished my first pair of socks for myself. I then cast on for my second pair of socks(from the same pattern as the first) in my beloved (and first skein ever) Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight in Firebird. I was feeling bored, so I then pulled out a pattern from the Plymouth Yarn Company website. Pattern is for socks for son. Using Encore Colorspun, I knit a sock, modified it to fit a 20 month old, then tried it on said 20 month old and found the sock did not fit at all. I then cast on for a new sock and am coming along with it. Being the polygamous knitter that I am, I am currently working and knitting my socks that rock sock.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Complicated feelings

Ok..so a few months ago my hubby Nate and I agreed no more kids after our son, Charlie. I just feel now like I want to give all of myself as a mom to him. Nate was the first one who was like " One is Enough!" I agreed, our little life is perfect as it is. Now his brother and fiancee are planning their wedding and family, and Nate has been hit with baby fever. A large part of me does not want more children, as son is perfect. A smaller part of me wants the 9 months thing and the baby bliss again. I don't want to take away from Charlie, and I want him to develop into the beautiful person he is becoming without any loss of attention from Nate or I. Its so difficult, but maybe some people arent meant to have a huge family. I think we are doing the right thing, but time will tell. It is so difficult to know that in October of last year, we were expecting another baby. I would have been due in July or late June. It crushes me and I try not to think about it, but it creeps into my mind all the time. I wonder whether it would have been a boy or a girl. I suppose everything happens for a reason.

Friday, March 7, 2008

It's been awhile...

It has been a long time since I last posted. The move went fine, and was mostly stress-free. Our new apartment looks much better since we moved in, made it more home-like with all our stuff.
My son came down with bronchitis and the flu at the same time. I wish I could be sick instead of him.
Work has been going along...well like it goes along.
I love living in a city!!!
Scouted out a new yarn store, Temptations, located in Dublin, Ohio, a 40 minute drive from our new apartment. I got to stroke Malabrigo for the first time--yummy! Got to pet some sock yarn, quiviut, and Buffalo Gold fibers. I also checked out the very extreme Habu Textiles fibers. I bought a skein of Louet Gems fingering weight yarn and a skein of Cascade 200. I was going to use the Cascade 220 for a dog sweater for Chance, but will use acrylic instead because he loves getting muddy outside.
More later!!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Stressing out


The move is in 3 days. My son is freaking out because everything in our apartment is boxed up and ready to go for the movers. I actually thought he wouldn't notice that we were moving because our new apartment has the same layout as the one we currently are in.


The first sock is done! It's too bad that the yarn I am using (Fortissima Socka disco colori) is discontinued locally, because I love it! At least I had the foresight to buy multiple skeins of it. The sock is too big for me, but it also bloomed when I washed it. Lesson learned. I switched to size 0 dpns for the second sock, but eventually switched my size 1's back in.


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Halfway there

We are so close to the big day (moving day). We still have a lot left to pack however. Work has been ok, despite a major software snafu yesterday which resulted in much worrying. Don't worry--my husband fixed it! Yay!
My son (who is 19 months old) ate scrambled eggs willingly yesterday! Huge milestone, as he is very picky.
Ordered some Lorna's Laces and a miniature sock blocker keychain from The Loopy Ewe last week. Should be arriving today and will post pics when I can.
Have a good day!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Valentine's Day

I had a crazy Valentine's Day. My boss picked me for a special project at work, and I was in the middle of a conversation with him and doing a bunch of work when the power went out in our apartment complex. A transformer behind our building decided to die. We had to grab the dog, baby, and some essentials and spend the evening and most of the night with my mother in law who lives in the middle of nowhere. It was nice, but I was so glad to be able to get home at 230 am. I went to sleep at 5 and woke up at 7 am with my son. Good news! I finally got my package from the Valentine's Swap on Ravelry. I took a picture of it. Contents--a skein of Louet Gems sportweight yarn, Annie Modesitt book"Romantic Handknits", some candy, 4 lovely tealights, a card, a journal, 2 tins, and some cute sticky notes. Thank you Kjack74!

My sock is still coming along. We moved our moving date to February 26th.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Winter has returned.

It's -4 degrees out, when the wind blows. Right now. And It was 67 degrees here last week. I really want winter to be over soon. The snow and sleet was fun for the first 5 seconds, then I was over it.


My socks in Socka Disco are still coming along. I'm finished with the ribbing for sock number 1 and am starting on the leg. My feet are cold. I stepped into water with my handknit gift socks and I now have to throw them into the dryer.


I started watching Season 1 of the X-Files last night, while knitting away on my sock. I completely missed that show when it was on tv, and now I get to watch it for the first time. I really like it a lot.


Yarn prOn of the day:
Sock yarn from Mysmallwonders on Etsy.