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!