Wednesday, August 22, 2012

FO: Lace Wedge Anklets

I finally finished my Lace Wedge Anklets, from Creative Knitting, that I started in April 2010.  I

enjoyed the pattern, but I loved the sock yarn I used, Handmaiden Casbah.  It feels so soft and my feet are on a cloud.  Naturally, I'm going to be extremely careful to make sure

these never go in the washing machine.  Love them!!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Almost at the finish line...of sock #1!

I'm  in a finishing mood this weekend.  This week, when I got home from work/gym every day, I spent the better part of each night sorting/organizing/culling my knitting magazine stash.  I literally had 5 huge piles in various places in the house, not to mention the huge storage bin in the garage.  I clipped out patterns I will definitely knit, as well as the ones I might knit.  I recycled all the magazines, so hopefully I saved a forest--seriously, I had a LOT of magazines, basically every single magazine published from late 2005 until present.  Scary to think how much paper I had stored, but now all patterns are stored neatly in binders and folders, awaiting use.

I'm in the process of finishing sock #1 of Cables and Lace socks, pattern by Allison Sarnoff.  I love this pattern, but chose to take it down only to the heel and knit the rest in stockinette to the toe.  I think its going to look pretty nice, and will post a pic when its done (hopefully tomorrow night).  Yarn used:  Red Heart Stardust in Citrine (yellow-ish).  Also on deck to be completed :  pair of Lace Wedge Anklets, using HandMaiden Casbah in Flirt colorway.  I only have half the foot and the toe to do on sock #2.  Mercifully, sock #1 is complete already.  That will be the only complete pair I have to my name once it is done.  I misplaced my Wollmeise socks that I finished in March and I am NOT HAPPY that I can't find them.

Off to knit and search for missing socks...

Thursday, August 9, 2012

New Camera Needed

I took some pics of socks OTN that I have laying around.  Needless to say, the pictures came out blurry and awful.  For my old-school point-and-shoot Sony digital camera (circa 2001), that is par for the course lately.  I can't count the number of pictures of my son, knitting, life in general that I have had to re-take(let alone the ones that I couldn't re-take) because they were blurry beyond recognition.  My little sister got a Nikon Coolpix digital for Christmas, and she seems to like it a lot, so yeah, I'm in the market for a new camera. 
I'm really enjoying knitting my Wanida socks-so much so that I don't think knitting the second one will be an issue--really loving the yarn, Tosh Sock in the Pop Rocks color, as well as the pattern.  The yarn really allows the pattern to shine. 

The "Easy-Peasy" socks I'm knitting are going more slowly.  I'm using Wisdom Yarns Marathon Sock that I got at Tuesday Morning.  I like the fabric the yarn is making, but I'm not a huge fan of most self-patterning yarns these days.  Still, these are basic socks, perfect for knitting on the go.

I'm also working on a pair of socks for my 6 year-old son, using Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in the Nemo colorway.  He loves the movie "Finding Nemo" and he really wanted me to use the yarn to knit socks for him, so I did.  I LOVE this yarn, would really like to get more of it once I use up some more sock yarn---stashdiving these days because a) I'm running out of places to put my yarn stash, and b) possibly relocating in the next year or so, and moving with the size of my stash as it is now would be a challenge. 

I'm putting up a (bad) pic of my Wanida sock #1

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Blog Giveaway Winner!!

Thanks to everyone who commented on the blog/Rav post and entered my giveaway.  The winner of the Destination Yarns "London" yarn is Sparky136.  Please email with your contact info so I can get your prize out to you.  Can't wait to see what you make with the yarn--it's a beautiful color combination!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Celebrate the Olympics with a yarn giveaway!

Inspired by the Olympic Games being held in London this summer, I'm having a yarn giveaway of a skein of Destination Yarns Sock Postcard sock yarn in the London colorway.  Destination Yarns is locally dyed in Cleveland, where I live, and I thought this was an awesome color combination, perfect for a pair of socks, shawl, etc. 
To enter, just leave me a comment here, on Ravelry, or on Twitter (KnittingMama).  I'll select a winner using the random number generator on 8/7/2012.  I will ship internationally as well.  Good luck!

New project on the needles!

A few months ago, I participated in a swap on Ravelry in a Knitpicks group.  The idea of the swap was to make up a package using Knitpicks sock yarn and other knitty goodness, and send it  to your swap buddy.  My swap buddy sent me an awesome package, containing among other things, Knitpicks Stroll Glimmer yarn, which I have wanted to try.  It is the most deep shade of blue, and named Peacock. 
Well, in the same group, there is a summer KAL going on to challenge past swap participants to make something using the yarn they recieved in the swap.  Yay!  I'm so excited to use this yarn--I love sparkly, glittery yarn!  I picked out a pattern I haven't knit yet:  Sunday Swing Socks, from Knitty.  The pattern is maybe a bit too plain for this yarn, but I want to highlight its glittery properties.  Here is a pic of the yarn (and here's hoping I can make some progress on these by the next time I post):