Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
It may seem like I have too much on my plate knitting-wise, but with the events of the last 5 months, I'd rather be extra busy than have a lot of time to reflect, although I do that a lot when I journal. Things are getting a little easier over time, more is falling into place, and I'm getting a better picture of where I am headed next: nursing! Wishing you all a happy weekend and plenty of knitting time.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
The pattern is "Karen's Socks" by Monica Jines, and I bought it last year from The Loopy Ewe. It is a pattern that keeps me interested, which helps when it's time to start the second sock.
Here is a pic of my progress--it's not a great pic, it does not highlight the fab colors but I will take a better pic as I get more done.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Yesterday, I checked out a new(to me) yarn shop in Broadview Heights, Ohio, close to where I live in Cleveland. It's called Soft N' Sassy, and it has the most sock yarn I've ever seen in a Cleveland-area yarn store! ShibuiKnits, Dream in Color Smooshy, Noro, Mountain Colors, Tuscan Grove, and tons more. I picked up a couple skeins of ShibuiKnits Sock in the colorway "Wasabi."
Monday, October 12, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I'm proud to share that I have made major "Manly" sock progress on sock #1, for the SKA October Sockdown on Ravelry. I'm just about to the heel flap of the first sock(and when I say "just about," I really mean with 16 rows to go on the leg. But those 16 rows will fly by....right?).
It's a fun pattern, with many rows that can be memorized by reading the chart countless times. I will be casting on for the second sock immediately after finishing the first sock, to avoid the dreaded SSS. I've been a victim of SSS many times, just check out my projects page on Ravelry.
I'll post a pic of the sock tomorrow, in good light if its not raining so that the pattern is visible!
Heading off to the doctor's office with my 3 year old for a flu shot (for him). I already got mine a few weeks ago.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Still working on my "Manly" socks--they are coming along well. This evening, I will be reading some new knitting magazines after my son falls asleep.
Have a great day!
Friday, October 2, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
In other knitting-related news, I officially have a ton of sock yarn. Time to start pairing them with patterns so I can start using some of it up (and eventually acquire more).
Friday, September 18, 2009
In sock knitting news, I finished the Comfy Socks that I actually started last September. They turned out well, although the second sock had a lot of pooling and crazy striping that the first sock did not have. They are made of Knitpicks Essential multi, since renamed Stroll. I have turned the heel on the Summer Socks I started in June--using Online Supersocke Cotton. I'm going to watch a video on Youtube this evening on how to successfully cast-on for a toe-up sock for the SKA September Sockdown. I've been dying to try a toe-up pattern for awhile now, and the yarn I dyed for the sockdown is begging to be used.
Have a happy Friday!!
Friday, September 11, 2009
One of my hands is dyed yellow and I have a function to go to on Sunday, so I hope I can make that hand white again.
I'll post pictures of the yarn once it's wound into balls so I can start my socks!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Have a good Wednesday!
Friday, August 21, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I'm doing better. Every day gets easier. Son is thriving up here too so everything is for the best, even though its been rough.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Reading, knitting, watching inspiring movies, and writing are what fills my little free time. It's comforting to have the interests that I have, because no matter what, I always am able to take a few minutes to do something I love.
Unpacking is coming along slowly. I dread the next few months though, as we iron out things and see what unfolds in the process...it's so wierd how someone can go from being your best friend to someone you feel you barely know. It's amazing how fast the love I thought I had went away and morphed into something else during all this.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Not much going on with the knitting front, but I will get back to it. It's part of what makes me well...me. Right before the big day, I bought Cookie A. "Sock Innovations" off of Amazon. It's an awesome book--I'm really liking "Kai-Mei," one of the patterns. I also had the chance to read SWTC's "Socks ala Carte," which I liked almost as much.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
A couple weeks ago I bought a skein of yarn off of Etsy from SeeJayneKnit --I'm in love with this yarn! The base is a lot like Trekking XXL, and the colors are phenomenal and pretty saturated. Pic is below.
I cast on for a new sock project (Ravelry is a very bad thing for a person who loves multiple knitting projects that are on the needles at the same time). It's a basic sock pattern I use . The pattern has had some changes made, but the best part is that I'm finally using my Wollmeise for the socks!!! I've been waiting for an awesome pattern to use it in, and I can't wait to finish them. The Wollmeise base is so..I don't even think there are words to describe it besides amazing. It feels like cotton when I'm knitting with it, but its 80/20 wool and nylon. I'll post more pics as I progress through the socks.
Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Next pic--progress on my Summer Socks in Online cotton blend (Supersocke Cotton)--It's turning out great and I love the texture it makes.
Last pic--Went to the LYS and got a ball of Tofutsies Power Stripe(and I still havent knit up any of the Tofutsies I already have) as well as a ball of Trekking XXL.
Monday, June 22, 2009
I finally finished my Siamese Socks--started last August. Knit with Conjoined Creations' Flat Feet sock yarn, which I ended up really liking.
Washed, the socks are warm and comfortable and squishy.
The last few weeks have been crazy! Last weekend, my little sister graduated from college. We went to the graduation and a dinner afterwards. I'm so proud of her-the first 2 years were really difficult for her and I'm proud of her hard work. The next day, my hubby and I helped her move out of her apartment and my hubby drove the UHaul 4 hours to my mom's house. That was a long day for sure!
The next day, we came home and relaxed our sore muscles. Lots of knitting time in the UHaul equals a sock finished!
OTN right now: Warm Woolies sweater, Warm Woolies sock, and a new sock in Online Supersocke Cotton, which I'm really excited about (first socks done in a cotton blend).
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I found a couple patterns for some doll clothing that uses fingering-weight yarn so now I have something to do with all the sock yarn leftovers I have. It's been really hot here so tomorrow I am going to the swimming pool with my son and hubby!!
Monday, May 25, 2009
I have a hat OTN too..the "Dizzy" hat pattern from Berroco.com. I'm using Dream in Color Classy in the Beach Fog colorway...I LOVE this yarn!! It's so soft and the color changes so gradually, it's striking.
I really want to start another more complicated sock pattern soon. I bought a couple patterns from The Loopy Ewe, a toe-up pattern and a cable pattern. I also used my Loopy credit and got a couple skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in the Loopy Mini Stripes colorway. Pics posted of the sweater and hat-in-progress. Enjoy the holiday!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
It took longer because the doctor found that I have endometriosis and will never be able to have another baby because my tubes are closed off with scar tissue--it was difficult for him to get any part of the lighted scope in to check it out. My ovary was fused to my body...not in a good way, so that had to be lasered. I'm in a lot of pain and it's mostly emotional, because I was not expecting this in any way.
Plan on knitting a lot more this weekend because I need to heal both my body and my spirit.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
My Warm Woolies sweater is coming along well. It's surprisingly heavy considering it is a child's sweater. I'm having fun making little stripes out of wooly remnants I have from projects past. I'll post pics once it is blocked, because it looks really scrunchy and squished on the needles.
Got the new Interweave Knits and Knit 1. issues (VK too). I already picked some patterns to do--thought all of the issues were great!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
OTN: pillow for couch, Christmas tree skirt, sock mates for socks already made, and Warm Woolies stuff.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I have been looking for something like this forever...but was never able to find one that zipped up!
Check out the pic...
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
I participated in the 2nd round of the Journal Swap on Ravelry. It is one of my favorite swaps to be in...I love journaling almost as much as I love knitting! My partner Sarah Jo (AKA RebelStickClicker) sent me the most AWESOME package!
--A super cool journal in one of my favorite colors..blue!
--2 balls of Crystal Palace Mini Mochi yarn...something I have wanted to try for a while.
--A starter pack of Soak wash for knitted items.
--a set of really cool stitch markers (a knitting tool (tools?) that I have come to find I can't be without)
--A beautiful pen
--a nail file-for avoiding needle problems like I had the other night
--an oriental-patterned case which held my stitch markers
--A bag (which I adore) for portable projects-like socks
I love everything and I appreciate it so much after a really tough week...thank you so much Sarah Jo!!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Got the stitches to a safe needle, but now I need to buy another set of DPNs--which isn't a bad thing. I have never had this happen to a needle before, but I think it was due to the fact that I tend to press my needle tips harder when doing lacework. Guess these just couldn't hold up forever, though they were my favorites (Plymouth Royal Bamboo DPNs, size 1). Sigh.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Will blog later this week, with Monkey pictures!!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Went to Hobby Lobby yesterday. I'm loving that store more and more since they started carrying a bunch of sock yarn. They currently have Kroy, Sock-Ease, and Heart and Sole. Just came out with their house brand of sock yarn, called Walkaway. I almost did walk away when I saw the shiteous colors of the line. I picked one skein that looked remotely appetizing--I think the colorway name has to do with crayons. Please please get some hipper colors, O yarn creators at Hobby Lobby!! Another thing I dislike about HL: they have about 7 different colorways of Heart and Sole in stock, but have one ball of each out on the shelf. It does not help me to make a pair of socks when each one is a different colorway. I'd love to be able to buy 2 of the same for a pair.
Made a really cool dishcloth out of I Love This Cotton--a Hobby Lobby cotton yarn. It is soo smooth and soft! Probably the best cotton yarn for touching, but I will have to see how it holds up under wear n' tear. I still like Peaches N' Creme and other workhorse cotton yarns for durability...
Will blog tomorrow about knitting done tonight...have a great Thursday!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I subscribe to Fitness Magazine. I like reading the articles on health and natural living especially, and this month the mag had a great feature on natural beauty recipes. I liked quite a few of them, one in particular, a hair brightening rinse made of 2 black tea bags (for brunettes. Redheads should use 2 Rooibos teabags, and blondes 2 chamomile teabags) and 1 or 2 cups of water. Let it cool and use after shampooing; rinse with cool water. It made my hair very soft and hopefully more lustrous in color. There are a few more recipes that caught my eye, such as a nail treatment of sugar and grapes, a facial scrub made of strawberries and honey, and a body mist of cucumber and water. I love natural body treatments and now I have quite a few to try.
Still knitting the sock for my dad..little more of the leg done last night and this morning. I casually went through my in-house yarn store, as I like to refer to my stash, and once again wanted to start 10 projects at once. I'm trying to discipline myself to finish this sock, move onto the next alpaca sock mate, followed by the Flat Feet sock mate, my decorative couch pillow, Christmas tree skirt, and then I can start another project. I've got my plate full for the next couple of months, but I'm happy that I will have those projects complete. I know there are a couple sock mates that I forgot in that list, but as they become FO's I will update regularly.
I don't watch a ton of TV these days. I have a pile of books that I got over the holidays that I have yet to read, though I did start one this past weekend. I cleared off my DVR of shows that I know I will only end up deleting before I watch them--major de-cluttering made me feel much better. I'm a huge fan of Greys Anatomy, Nip/Tuck, House, some E! reality shows, and American Idol. I have been known to fall asleep on the couch to the news on CNN.
What book am I reading this week? Behind The Times by Edwin Diamond. It's a non-fiction book chronicling the New York Times in the late 1990s and 2000s. I've been interested in the New York Times history since I listened to The Trust (book-on-tape about the New York Times founding family) when I was in high school. I was lucky enough to recieve 2 copies of The Trust for Christmas, one from my hubby and one from my mom. The one from my mom was hardbound, and I inscribed it for my son because it is one of my all-time favorite books. I jsut got New Moon (second book in the Twilight saga) and I can't wait to read it!
Hope you have a great Tuesday and remember...3 more days till Friday!!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I forgot to put up the pic of my new yarn I got 3 weeks ago. Handmaiden Casbah Sock (Flirt) and Tuscan Grove Bellagio (Mint Ganache), purchased from The Loopy Ewe (AKA best yarn store EVER).
There's a craft show this Sunday at the Fairgrounds in Lancaster, OH. Went to one last year, it was ok. Might go today, will have to see.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Also I am getting scarily good at grafting....now to cast on sock #2! (Sock in picture is smaller than it actually appears).
Friday, March 13, 2009
I have finished my Maine Morning Mitts and have a pic of them too. I'm working on my Chocolate and Blue Socks, in Paca-Peds HT. I love the way the alpaca yarn feels! It's something you have to knit with...its amazing.
I spent some time with my parents last weekend..while I was in Cleveland I picked up a book at Barnes and Noble...the topic is knitting 2 socks at a time on 1 circular needle. Really excited to try this new technique...I have major SSS, as anyone who checks my Ravelry page knows, when a pair of socks was begun in May and finished in January!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
In my spare moments (of which there were few), I had a chance to knit a little more of the socks for my dad, another pair of socks for myself, and do some more knitting on my decorative couch pillow. I finished my Maine Morning Mitts--you can check the pic out on Ravelry--I'm Sturgillsusan on there. The mitts were not my favorite project. The thumb on one of them is completely weird.
I began (yet) pair of socks, this time in Paca Peds HT, from the Alpaca Yarn Company. I love love love this yarn! It is so smooth and has a great hand. I can't wait to slip these on my feet! I'm using a pattern from Knit N' Style, and have changed it up a little. When I finish the first sock, I'll post a picture of it and explain what I did.
I bought some new yarn recently. A skein of Berroco Sox, a skein of Berroco Sox metallic, and a skein of Tuscan Grove Lucca yarn in the "Buckeye" colorway. I live in Ohio, 25 minutes from Columbus, the capital and home of Ohio State University, whose team is the Buckeyes. The colors are scarlet and grey!
Last night I ordered some yarn from The Loopy Ewe--on the way: Tuscan Grove Bellagio in "Mint Ganache" (yum!) and Handmaiden Casbah Sock yarn. I'm totally excited about the Casbah, as I've heard a lot of great things about it...and really..I could go on and on about how much I love cashmere!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Awhile back, I blogged about Knit 1. magazine and how I felt that it had slipped in its quality in recent months. My opinion still hasn't changed, and I am now in the process of letting most of my other knitting mag subscriptions run out. It's not that I don't like reading them anymore, it's mostly that I can get (free or paid) my patterns on Rav now. I like supporting designers, and the magazines just aren't paying the designers what they should be for their creations. I have a binder that is filled with patterns that I have purchased, and it's quite a collection. I can go browse it whenever I want, and it's nice knowing that whomever created the pattern was paid a fair price for their time and work.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Breakdown of my stash:
--Enough sock yarn to knit a pair of socks a month for 2 years.
--Enough wool to knit things for Warm Woolies for about a year.
--Enough worsted acrylic to knit blankets for 200 babies.
--Enough baby-friendly yarn (acrylic) to knit 500 hats for newborns and preemies.
--Enough ends and leftovers to knit gloves, mittens, ornaments, and socks for my son for 2 years.
--Enough cotton to knit a dishcloth a day for a year.
--3 pounds of yarn for sweaters.
I'm in the mood for frugality these days, mostly because I am ever mindful of bills, but also because I prefer my leftover money to be with me, not wanting to spend it on just anything. And I'm not saying that yarn is "just anything." I just feel like I have enough of it for now...and I've seen a lot of things that I may want in a couple months, just not right now.
Which brings up...the space issue. We live in a 2-bedroom apartment, which is fine for us right now. My hubby is an avid comic book collector (we're both geeks to the extreme) and he has 8 long boxes of comics. They cannot be stacked on each other or stored in the attic in order to keep the comics in pristine condition--no condensation or crushing allowed. They currently reside in our bedroom under the desk and in our son's closet. I have 3 rubbermaid bins full of yarn, an underbed storage bin full of yarn, a white paper bag from my LYS (full of yarn), a Lion Brand knitting bag that I won a couple years ago, and a shelving unit that I bought from a going-out-of-business sale that is going to be full of yarn soon. I really have no more room, hence the stashbusting that is in effect. Once I have used some of what I have up, then I will feel better about getting more yarn. Hmm....hope I have enough room to store my FO's.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Much of this week has been spent digging out in various ways from the ice/snow storm that hit many states, including Ohio. I took some pictures of the snow and ice..it was really beautiful to watch but such a PITA to deal with. Our power went out at 6 a.m on Wednesday morning, came back on at 10 a.m., went out again at 1 p.m., so we went out to dinner and prayed that it would come back on, otherwise we would have driven 4 hours to get to my parents' home in Cleveland, Ohio. God was smiling on us because our power did come back on, about a 1/2 hour after we got home. Let me tell you that 1/2 hour in the plummeting temperature of our apartment, complete with a scared whining dog and a rambunctious preschooler, was not the best time I have ever had. We made it fun for Charlie (our son) by going under the covers and pretending we were camping out in a tent.
I mailed out my Valentine's Day Swap package to my partner. I had so much fun putting it together! Just in case she reads this, I'm not going to put up a picture of the finished package but I really hope she likes it!
Just been knitting a lot this week--got the dishcloth bug, so I have been trying out a bunch of different patterns. Went to the Jo-Ann Fabrics superstore in Columbus the other night to browse before we ate dinner, and was pleasantly surprised at the selection of yarn they had. I was unable to find Vanna's Glamour, one of Lion Brand's new yarns that I wanted to try. I did, however, get a maxi-sized skein of Bernat Sox and 2 skeins of Premier Yarns' Deborah Norville collection Serenity sock weight. It's a blend of superwash wool , bamboo (yummy), and nylon. It is really soft and I'm hoping knits up well and lasts relatively long. I'm having a problem with some of the socks I have made, namely my first pair. Where the joins are for the dpns, there is more wear on the sock than in other areas. It's making a really thin fabric, but this is after probably 50+ washes in the machine and drying in the dryer. I'm going to try different ways of creating socks, to give myself more variety and also to figure out how to build a better sock.
Monday, January 26, 2009
I *finally* finished my first Blog Sock (one of a pair). It was really fun to knit and I really enjoy using Red Heart Heart and Sole. No word yet as to how it wears and holds up in the wash, but my hands did feel smoother after having worked with the yarn for hours at a time. The striping is really cool, and there are a couple solid colors, black and white I believe, for knitters who prefer solids. I bought my Heart and Sole (LOL-it sounds funny when I say it like that) at Hobby Lobby, and I think that you can also order it off of Joann.com and the like. Behold, a picture:
I saw Twilight at the movies the other night. I am still reading the book, but loved the movie. I find myself excited about reading the rest of the books in the series, similar to how I felt about the Harry Potter series. I never want to put the book down, but have to, because I have a 2 1/2 year old :-) I deleted my Myspace blog, since I never update that one--I have this one.
I'm knitting a decorative pillow for my couch right now, and contemplating knitting a little bit on the Maine Morning Mittens I am doing in Manos del Uruguay 100% wool. I'm not really liking the thick/thin aspect of that yarn, because I always feel like I have so much tension that I will end up breaking the yarn! It also messes up my gauge a little bit, having uneven parts. I'm going full steam ahead on the second sock for my dad--there will be no stopping me now!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
On another note....I'm learning to crochet. Single crochet and double crochet are where I am skills-wise so far..but I'm getting there...
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I cast on for another pair of socks this week(as if I needed yet another UFO). This pair is in Radiant Twist Superwash Merino from a very awesome seller on Etsy. The colorway is perfect btw--Sour Cherry. It's a mix of brown, red, and teal green. I'm in the process of finishing up the first in a pair of Blog Socks, in Red Heart Heart & Sole. I really like Heart & Sole, considering at first I thought it was just ok. It's soft, but definitely not a luxury sock yarn. The aloe infusion is a nice touch. Picture of almost-finished Blog Sock below.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
I was knitting some more on my Blog Socks last night and a little strip of bamboo came off of one of my DPNs. I was a little disappointed, but figured that I can sand it down a little bit to make up for the groove that's now in one of my needles. I have read about that sort of thing happening, but it hadn't happened to me yet. Thank goodness I got some metal dpns recently in case something worse happens to my bamboo dpns.