Thursday, January 31, 2008

Yarn makes every day better


Sorry for the lagging in posts--I had a tooth pulled yesterday--back molar on the bottom. It hurts a lot, but I got some more yarn yesterday and ultimately had a better day. My package from Knitpicks got here, bringing with it more sock yarn and a couple more books. The day before that, I recieved a skein of sock yarn for a trade on Ravelry. What did I get? Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock lightweight in Firebird! I love it, its so beautiful.

Work has been slow today, hope it picks up--am expecting more yarn in the next few days so expect more updates.

Second sock is progressing--ribbing is complete, working on the leg now.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Sock ADD

We are in the midst of packing up for our move to a new apartment 45 miles away in Lancaster, Ohio. I packed up my stash the other day, and 3-4 skeins are in Ziploc bags for protection to ensure that they travel safely. Note: 3-4 skeins per bag; I do NOT have a 3-4 skein stash. There were 30 bags in the box; I need another box as all the yarn did not fit. I cast-on for DH's second sock yesterday. Had to frog the cast-on once because I twisted the stitches. The cast-on that was successful still looks a bit dodgy, as there are a couple large twisted strands of yarn at two of the joins. Oh well.. I'll just weave them in later....
I was browsing my collection of loose patterns--I packed up all my knitting books and magazines last night. I came across Amy Polcyn's Foot The Bill pattern using Tofutsies yarn from SWTC. I really wanted to make a pair soon, after I was done with DH's socks, but I couldn't help myself so....I started casting on on size 0 dpn's for my pair. I'm going to force myself to wait till I'm done with his socks before moving on....
I am so excited to recieve my valentine's swap package--practically jumping out of my skin here. Also, I ordered my first skein of Dream In Color Smooshy from The Loopy Ewe at like, 5 this morning. Color--Go Go Grass.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Fun Friday continued

Second sock is cast-on and ribbing has begun!


This is a continuation of the previous post, because more awesome yarny things happened! I am destashing Son of Stitch N' Bitch and 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders (I have duplicate copies) and a lovely fellow Raveler is totally trading a skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts STR in Firebird! On my most coveted yarn list...yes! Next up: hopefully scoring some Wollmeise in the near future.


Also, recieved a package of yarny goodness from Knitpicks. Had a lost order from them and it finally got here. Yay!



Excellent Day


It may be only 1 pm, but I have had a banner day so far. Firstly, work went well. I am in sales, and I closed 6 sales this morning before 9 am. I went to the store and ran a couple errands, found 2 excellent books for 1.00 apiece. Al Franken is a great read all the time.

Most importantly, I finished my very first sock EVER this morning. After the crappy heel and gusset disaster, I was afraid that the sock would look wierd. I managed to figure out the 1,2,3,4 needle configuration and the sock foot went well. Decreasing for the toes lifted my spirits, as I learned to do an SSK decrease-which slants to the left--for the first time and it turned out great. It looked really pro. At last I arrived at the end, at which I would have to graft the toes together. I pulled it off without any problems. I got so much joy from seeing my husband put on his sock (yes, the other one is OTN at this very moment) and then, of course, I put it on too.

I cant wait to be done with his pair and then begin my own. I am so addicted to socks right now. The next challenge I give myself is to do a sweater.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Sock Pain


My first sock is well on its way to being complete. Not without a lot of stumbling blocks and mistakes though. The cast-on went good, as did the ribbing and stockinette sock leg. The heel flap was pleasant, despite the fact that it is now on the inside of the heel instead of on the outside.

Turning the heel is where things began to go horribly wrong. I consulted Knitting Rules by Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee, and finally devised my own little heel-turning technique, and ended up with a turned-albeit mucked-up heel. Picking up the slipped stitches, no problem.

I am currently decreasing for the gusset--on the foot part of the sock.

I'm hoping the finished product looks as good as it feels on my feet.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Swapshopping


Today I shopped for my swapee(giftee) in the Ravelry Be My Valentine 2008 swap. The idea is to make a gift package for your recipient, approximate dollar amount between 50 and 60. Creativity requirement--endless. Went to Knitters Mercantile in Columbus looking for Smooshy/Classy, but there was none in stock. I instead picked up some Cascade 220 in pink, Noro Kureyon sock in a totally rockin colorway, and Tofutsies by SWTC in pink. I got some Eucalan wool wash as well, and of course some chocolate. If you haven't already guessed, my gal loves pink. I'm going to get some lotion and other cute little items and have it shipped by next Wednesday. News!!! We are moving to a new apartment--at the end of February and it is really exciting because we are moving from a rural area to a city!!! A city about 15 minutes away from 3 different LYS's!!! I am so excited!

Yarn shopping time!


I have been a member of Ravelry since the summer, and have loved every second of it! There is so much positive interaction on the site, and it is a constant source of inspiration (and envy) for me. Today I get to go to my larger LYS--in Columbus, OH-not so local, as its an hour's drive. It's time to get my Valentice's Day exchange partner's gift. I'm thinking....Dream in Color Smooshy, Classy, and Noro Kureyon Sock. Possibly some knit wash as well.

I'm probably not going to have the funds or time to do much shopping for me, but I have a little list in my head of the yarn I have been lusting after for quite some time. Here are a few of my wants: Yarntini (any), Wollmeise (any), Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock-any, Noro Kureyon Sock (maybe), Berroco Comfort sock, and Chewy Spaghetti. I'd love to get some of those soon, but seeing as how I just placed an order on Knitpicks, I should probably wait for a little while longer and de-stash a bit more.

Almost complete is my basketweave scarf in Adriafil Carezza pink. I love love love this yarn-it is the perfect weight and is totally soft and snuggly.

The sock for DH is still coming along. I have 2 more inches to go in stockinette before I can get to the fun fun heel flap--where I became derailed last time I attempted to knit socks. Wish me luck!
The pic in this post is of a scarf I made out of Noro Kureyon and Plymouth Boku. I rather like it.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Knitaholics Anonymous


I have officially begun my first pair of socks. I say officially because I have cast on to the dpns I am using, and have gotten past the ribbing, without frogging the whole darn thing. The socks are for my husband, and I am stashbusting using some navy Lion Wool and leftover Knit Picks Merino Style. I love Merino Style; it is so soft and its a great price too. I got over my fear of DPNs--I now believe it was a totally unfounded fear--they look scarier than they are. I hope these socks turn out alright. The great thing about my husband (actually, one of many great things) is that no matter how my pieces look when I am finished with them, he will always tell me that it looks great. He actually just started his own blog, about the restoration of his 1992 Camaro RS. It's red, and I know he can't wait till it is perfect.

I have been married 2 years, and both my husband and I work from home. We actually freelance advertise for a website. We see each other every single day, and have usually almost no time apart. Once a month or so, he goes to visit his brother out of town, about an hour away. I stay at home and spend a quiet evening with our son, who is 18 months. Its good to get some breathing room, especially since our job is really demanding much of the time. My father doesnt understand the concept of couples needing time apart, and is always to remind me that my husband is now a "family man." I think that in order to function well as a couple and as parents, it is beneficial to have that personal time.

Here's to personal time!


Sunday, January 6, 2008

After the holidays...


The holidays were a really busy time for my family. Son was sick, so we stayed home instead of visiting my family in Cleveland. My Dad came down to celebrate my birthday on the 30th (Yay 24!). Work has been chugging along pretty steadily. Finally feel caught up with bills, although its really hard to stay on top of due dates and such when the days seem to breeze by. Thankfully, I have a handy-dandy calendar to help me keep track.

New Years Resolutions? dont really have any. My goal every year is to grow and learn more than I did the year before. I'm finally going to knit my first pair of socks this year. Before my son was born, I purchased a pair off of Ebay for 30.00. They are the warmest and snuggliest socks ever! I have been gathering sock yarn ever since so that I can make my own pair--I hear they are addictive!

Right now, I am knitting a basketweave scarf in hot pink Adriafil Carezza--which is a yummy angora blend--for my sister, a late birthday present. Also on the needles is a pair of striped mittens and a Fair Isle cardigan for my son, which I think, when complete, will not look how the pattern intended it to appear.