Wednesday, February 28, 2007

February’s Socks

This Regia Bamboo is so soft, and squishy and fabulous to work with--don’t even ask me why I couldn’t finish these socks sooner! This was a basic K3, p2 pattern for the leg and foot, following a great pattern from Cabin Fever on size 1’s. One for one in Sock a Month 3.


Monday, February 26, 2007

I am in love!

Tell me, how did I ever live without these 2 things?!

Scout's Punk Pink . . .
bamboo, nylon, wool
Go Knit Pouch


Wednesday, February 21, 2007

American Idol and Rock Stars

Karen and I decided to knit the Rock Star Sock pattern with the Glampyre sock yarn we got (our December’s swag) while we watch American Idol each week! My kids love American Idol, and I have to admit, I love watching and knitting-along, knowing that Karen is doing the same. I only pick these up while watching the show, and so far, I have finished the leg and am ready for the heel.

I found designating this project to a certain time frame of the week, gives me something to look forward to, and serves as a forced-knitting-break from what I am working on in the everyday rotation.


Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Stops and Starts

In between house guests, a day of skiing (in which I do NO skiing: instead I sit in the lounge and attend to my skiing family’s needs, hoping for some knitting time. However, what REALLY happens is each one of them comes stomping in, one-at-a-time, so virtually NO knitting gets done!), a day of recouperating and just general Presidents’ Weekend Shopping and activities (can I go to the movies? can I stay at my very best friend’s? can you pick us up?) I managed to accomplish the following:

Fanning the Flames mitten #1.

This mitten is so impressive looking, and it is so easy to knit. The hardest part was the 2x2 cuff . . . do not ask me why.

Roza Sock

On size 0’s, it took me the entire day in the ski lodge to knit the cuff. I love the yarn, and the color, and the pattern.

I am off to finish a sock for February's Sock-of-the-Month!


Friday, February 16, 2007

Happiness . . .

Jessica, over at Zarzuela Knits and Crochets, has some happy thoughts for a knit-along which I think is just perfect for the impending winter doldrums that will hit! And how much happier could the rules be:

1. Make something that makes you happy. Well that's easy enough--I have plenty of knitting which makes, and will make me happy!

2. Make someone else happy. Spread joy and brightening someone else’s day, definitely makes me feel happy! And there's tons of opportunities for that!

And here's the best part, in Jessica's own words . . . Let’s just take this one happy day at a time.
Right now, my happy factor is pretty high . . . I am off to knit and read the spring Interweave Knits! Just picked it up today!


Thursday, February 15, 2007


Wow! We got snow, ice, snow, sleet, ice . . . which put my little world somewhat, but not totally out of commission.But that didn't dampen my Valentine's Day! Lots of candy hearts and love to go around--the best, best Valentine's Day ever! And then, yesterday morning, I found a box with all of this, from my very dear friend, Karen:

Can you believe this? I mean, seriously?! Martini sock blockers, with a tiny martini stitch marker, Tofutsies, these dainty little stitch markers, mints, chocolates & chocloate covered fortune cookies, pink emory boards, and then the cutes darn little notepads she made herself! One of them has my blog logo on it! I am definitely feeling all the Valentine's Day love--smmooooooooches to you, Karen!

PS: Did you see the card she made--with a knitted heart?! xoxo


Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day

Among the cards, candy and flowers, there was a pair of mittens for Valentine #1 and Valentine #2. While they loved them, they were more excited about the snow and no school! Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

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Monday, February 12, 2007

Super Sock Service

Last Thursday afternoon, I was consumed with the need to buy sock yarn for the projects mentioned in the post below. So, click, click, click -- 6 skeins of yarn from Allison at Simply Sock Yarn was ordered. Little did I know that it would be sitting on my front porch on Saturday!!! I was so surprised that it arrived so quickly, and upon opening the box, I was not disappointed by my choices. Lorna’s Lace in apricot (for the seduction socks) and periwinkle (Roza socks) and grey (for a basic k3, p2 man’s sock). There’s a pending snow storm for mid-week, so we might have a new pair of socks on the needles!
Friday, February 09, 2007

Adding to the to do list

I have plenty of things on my needles to keep me occupied for, at the very least, a month or two, but I couldn't resist grabbing two new patterns to plan for and think about. First is the Ribby Pullover, by Bonnie Marie Burns--good grief I love this sweater! I love that yarn for that sweater. I love reading the pattern for this sweater. I think I am going to knit this in late summer/early fall, if I can wait that long!

Then I got Wendy's Flair pattern, thinking this would be a good spring-thing! I am not sure, but I might be going with the quick, cheap and easy on this one, and knit it in cotton-ease.

Oh, and then I went lurking around the new Interweave spring preview page and decided I wanted to knit a few things from there, starting with the on-line bed sock pattern, as well as Grumperina's pattern--and I even bought the yarn without even seeing the patterns!!!! And on top of that, the issue isn't due out for another week, and I was at the book store tonight thinking, maybe, just maybe it would be out early for me!

Happy weekend everyone!
Monday, February 05, 2007


This morning, we got up for school (begrudging-ly), ate a little breakfast (slow-ly) bundled-up for the bus stop (crabbi-ly), crawled into the car (quick-ly) because it was so cold outside and discovered (gleeful-ly) that school was delayed 2 hours! Thank goodness, it was just enough time for me to add the button on calormetry and then plop it on her head! I think it turned out cute, although I wish I would have shortened it up a bit for her . . . well, next time.

so much cuter in real-life!

Poppy also saw a bit of action this weekend--I cast-on and knit through a skein and a half for the lower part of the sweater. Things are going along (fair-ly) well, despite the fact that I feel like the knitting should be denser than it is, but my gauge is darn close to the pattern’s. The other re-occurring worry is the striping--"is this too much, is this not enough? Is this random looking enough? Geez, I hope these colors together are okay . . . " you know same old (knitting-ly) obsessions, just on a different project!

I did cook-up one way to semi-manage the silk garden stripes. I took an entire skein and cut it into pieces, so the striping would be somewhat representative of the entire color range of the skein---I was worried that knitting the stripes form the center pull would result in not enough variation!
ps: Another 2 hour delay for tomorrow, I happi-ly report!

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