Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas knitting commences!

It's been quite a while since my last blog post.  Work, life, etc have been getting in the way:-).  I have started my Christmas knitting this past week, getting my project list organized so I can get through it.  Granted, there's not a whole lot of knitting to be done--I made a pair of socks for my dad last Christmas, made 2 afghans last Father's Day for my dad and grandpa, and made a pair for my sister last Christmas.  This year I'm knitting a pair of socks for my 5 year-old son (using Berroco Sox), a pair of fingerless mittens, a pair of mittens for my son, and trying to finish a shawl for myself that I began a few months ago.  The socks are coming along well-sorry for fuzzy pic--was taken with my webcam.  Winter is definitely on its way here in Cleveland--it's entering the rainy pre-snow time of the year.  Yucky weather outside, definitely a good reason to stay inside and knit!  More updates to come...I'm trying to update more often and post more pics as I take them.  Happy knitting!!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Back to basics...maybe...

It's time to go back-to-basics with my approach to knitting socks..maybe.  I have more sock yarn than I will ever be able to use, and even less time to knit than I had a few weeks ago--started a new job which I am thankful to have.  Sock ADD makes me want to browse the patterns, start knitting a sock, then abandon it a few days later, moving onto something else.  After my sock yarn re-organizing last weekend, I hope to be better focused when I do find some time to knit.  Here's my problem:  I currently find myself with 0 pairs of socks to wear.  I have a few singles, but no pairs.  I examined the socks that bit the dust and found that my soles were worn thin and eventually wore through.  I need to knit the socks tighter on DPNs or switch to a different technique.  I hear "knit two at a time" often from fellow knitters, but DPNs seem to work for me right now--maybe the socks on two circs method could work out as well. 
 Side note:  I did try to rip one of my socks-Monkey made out of Trekking XXL, by far the longest-lasting socks I had.  Those socks took a lot of abuse.  Back to the story:  I cut the yarn and tried to rip back all the way past the worn-thru part so I could re-knit it using the leftover yarn I had.  Bad idea.  A lot of the sole was felted from washings/wear and the sock would not rip out without major cutting.  I gave up and gifted it to the trash can. 
I got some new yarn last week:  Lorna's Laces Solemate, which is the sock yarn made with Outlast fiber in it--it regulates the temperature of the sock based on your own body temperature.  How cool is that!  I got 2 skeins--Navy Pier (in honor of my great weekend in Chicago last month--and Amy's Vintage Office.  So excited to use this yarn--possibly this week--and will post pics/review.  Meanwhile, here is a photo of the yarn:

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Yarn Discovery Tour and beyond

The last couple of weeks have been quite eventful on the knitting front.  On September 9th, the 4th annual Northeast Ohio Yarn Discovery Tour began, with 14 participating area yarn shops.  The tour only lasted until September 24th, so I had to get busy.  My son was a willing participant in several visits, and even helped to wind yarn at a couple shops.  We visited:  River Colors Studio in Lakewood, The Artful Yarn in Chagrin Falls, Soft N' Sassy in Broadview Heights, Knitting on the Square in Chardon, Birds of a Feather in Avon, and Cast On Cafe in Willoughby.  Needless to say, my stash has certainly been enhanced.  It will probably take me until the next yarn tour, in September 2012, to knit through some of it. 
From the left:  Destination Yarns Sock Yarn Postcard in "London,"  Blue Ridge Yarns Bambie, Dream in Color Smooshy in "Aqua Jet," and Sock Hop from Birds of a Feather.
I've completed my first sock in a sportweight sock yarn.  Presenting a Campfire Sock in Tuscan Grove Bellagio sock yarn, colorway Mint Ganache.  I love this yarn and the sock is so warm!  Sock 2 will be along shortly. 

Friday, September 9, 2011

Giveaway Winners!

The winner of the DIC Smooshy with Cashmere is Amyknit40 and the winner of the Slackford Studio Nimbus Cloud is Felicitys.  Please PM me on Ravelry (Suzieknittingmama) with your mailing info and I will get your prizes out to you!

Look for more yarn giveaways in the coming months!!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Welcome Fall Yarn Giveaway!!

To welcome fall, which is my favorite season, I'm having a yarn giveaway. This time, I'm giving away two different skeins of yarn, both equally beautiful. The first is a skein of Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere(one of my favorite yarn bases) in the special edition colorway Ponder Dusk, which is a tonal purple colorway. The second is a skein of Slackford Studio Nimbus Cloud laceweight yarn in the Emerald Frost colorway. This yarn is a light fingering 70% alpaca, 10% cashmere, 20% silk. To be entered to win, all you need to do is leave a comment with your favorite sock pattern-if you are a sock knitter-or other favorite knitting pattern. I will draw two winners on Friday, September 9th. Good luck!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

FO: Classy and Fabulous Socks

I finally finished the Classy and Fabulous Socks for my little sister! I really enjoyed knitting these--the pattern was fun to knit and captured my attention. The cabling was pretty easy once I got the hang of it, and enhances the beauty of the yarn I chose, Dream in Color Starry in the color "Into the Mystic." The strand of silver in the yarn adds a little extra glam :-)



I definitely procrastinated way too long on these...little over 2 years to finish them...shame on me:-)..


Current project: Glynis, pattern by Cookie A. I just got the chart memorized...the shifting of the last stitch in Row 5 keeps trying to trip me up. using Pagewood Farms Yukon sock yarn, Turquoise color.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wonderful Wednesday!

It's finally spring! Actually, up here in NE Ohio, the incessant rain has stopped(for awhile) and the sun has been shining, bringing with it temps high enough so my son can wear shorts to school and I can wear my sunglasses most of the day. Now if only my allergies would stop, life would be pretty great.


In knitting news, I'm almost done with my "Classy and Fabulous Socks" that I began in 2009. It's been a slow go, mainly because I'm not monogamous when it comes to my sock knitting. It was getting to be really space-consuming, so I'm trying to finish up all my UFO socks so I can start some more fun patterns. The above-mentioned socks are a very interesting cable/lace pattern, and I've been loving it. The pattern is "Karen's Socks" by Monica Jines, and I love her patterns. Other patterns that she has written include "Lauren" and "Swirls." I have both and will certainly post them when I get to casting on for those socks.



Here is a pic of the almost-finished socks:

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Heartstrings pattern and LL Shepherd Sock giveaway!

Posting this link to a contest held by Sandra Singh at her blog. She is giving away a Heartstrings Fiber Arts pattern -Rainy Day Socks--and a skein of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in the "Amy's Vintage Office" colorway--which is my all-time fav Lorna's Laces colorway!

I've knit up a Heartstrings pattern-Johnny Socks--and I thought it was very well-written. Taking a further look at Sandra Singh's blog, I found several more Heartstrings patterns that I would like to knit in the future.

Monday, March 28, 2011

FO: Noro Kureyon Socks

I finally finished my socks made from Noro Kureyon Sock! Started in 2008....finished in 2011. I started out not liking the yarn-which in turn caused me to pause after the first sock was complete--but I wound up being a big fan of this yarn. I really began to enjoy(and look forward to) the interesting color pairings and the thick/thin nature of the yarn. Sometimes too thin...Here they are! On a side note: I am debating about whether to start a pair in the other skein of Kureyon Sock that's currently chilling in the stash...It has fun colors too!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

March Yarn Madness!

I stopped by my favorite yarn store, River Colors Studio in Lakewood, Ohio, the other day and picked out some new yarn. From left: Colinette Jitterbug in Ischia, Dream in Color March Dream Club Smooshy in Cashmere, Dream in Color February Dream Club Starry in the Honeymoon colorway. I'm going to be winding the DIC Smooshy with Cashmere in the next couple days--it's destined to be some March Irish-themed socks in honor of St. Patrick's Day.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

FO: Basketweave Scarf

Finally got around to sewing in the ends of my Basketweave Scarf that I began in 2008 and finished in July of 2010. Why did it take so long to finish? For one thing, though I love the pattern(from Lion Brand), it got a little tedious. Second, the Adriafil Carezza I used is divine to both knit with and touch, but it can get sticky, and had no problem constantly sticking to itself in the ball. It looks(and feels)so soft....I hope my sister loves it!

Knit Sock Love KAL on Ravelry

I am participating in the Knit.Sock.Love knitalong on Ravelry--so far I have cast on and completed some of Hedera, and am currently knitting a pair of Monkeys for February. The prizes that are generously donated are nice, but the real treat for me is to push myself to try new patterns that I might have not tried otherwise, to actually finish the pattern in the allotted time--2 months--and lastly, to have another completed pair of socks. I'm really good about knitting a sock, but getting the second sock done is a bit of a challenge for me, as I'm always wanting to knit something new by the time I'm done with sock #1.
I had a root canal this past week, and have been in some pain from it. I never knew my mouth could hurt so much. On the upside, lots of time to knit while I'm dealing with pain and not being able to eat much food that has to be chewed. I finally got around to sewing in the ends of my angora scarf, and decided to gift it to my little sister. It looks really great and I hope she can wear it to work, as it gets mighty frigid in downtown Cleveland this time of the year!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Life of a Knitting Mama

It's been an insanely busy last couple of weeks in the life of this knitting mama. Family crises, snowy and freezing cold days, coupled with nursing courses resuming and a cold that seems to have traveled to every single member of our family. As I write this now, I am hoping that my DayQuil will take effect so I can smell things and taste the tea I am drinking. In between life, I have had ample opportunities to knit! I'm posting pics of some of my current projects. The first, the Pigtail Hat from the January edition of the Dream in Color Dream Club, is being knit with Dream in Color Groovy, in Alpine Flurry. The pattern calls for a 16'' circular needle to start with, then switching to size 11 dpns, but I'm going with the dpns for the whole thing. I found the circular too annoying, and I got these sparkly plastic Addi dpns today so I'm going with those.



The next project is a second sock...I'm revisiting it in the hopes that I will actually finish it and therefore make my UFO pile a mite smaller. It's a basic sock, using Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's Sock Recipe from Knitting Rules! It is knit using Radiant Twist superwash sock, purchased from Etsy in 2008. I like the colors, it's just been forgotten for way too long. Will post a pic once I'm on the way to being done with it!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Happy Monday! Blog Contest winner announcement!


Happy Monday/MLK Jr. Day!

I had some time to get some more sock knitting done today, in between organizing the stash and doing other things around the house. I'm making good progress on my Dragonfly Socks, my entry in the December SKA Sockdown on Ravelry. I'm really trying to finish this pair by the end of January, because I've begun quite a few SKA socks that have not made it to pair status thus far. I get distracted, but I'm trying to finish my first pair on time for once. I'm also working on a pair of Hedera socks from Cookie A.'s new book Knit.Sock.Love, which is probably one of the best books I've ever gotten. I can't wait to make every single sock in the book--I love her patterns! I bought "Mingus" from The Loopy Ewe this past week, and am excited to knit that up in the future as well. The winner of the Bugga! yarn is Helenlam! Please email me at ipavecsusan@gmail.com or message me on Ravelry at suzieknittingmama so I can get your prize out to you! Thanks to everyone for your comments--it's always nice to hear what kinds of yarn other knitters like! Keep an eye out for more contests in the coming months!! Have a great week!!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Blog Contest Time!!!

It's been forever since I last posted, but one of my new year's resolutions is to return to blogging, since it has always been something I enjoy! To mark my return to BlogLand, I'm having a blog contest, the prize being a skein of Sanguine Gryphon Bugga! sock yarn in the colorway Smaller Yellow Ant (it's a burnt orange color). All you need to do to be entered is leave me a comment letting me know what your favorite sock yarn is(and if you aren't a sock knitter, that is completely fine--tell me what your favorite yarn is instead). I will randomly draw a number using the number generator on January 17th, so enter by then!