Sunday, November 25, 2007

I Don't Want To Go Back To Work

It has been a very nice 4 day weekend. And I have accomplished at least one thing...My Ariel Mitts are done! They are so pretty, and fit great...I'm wearing them as I type.

I also started a Christmas present. When these are done, they will be a pair of socks for a family member. This is Trekking 800 (I won this yarn in SAM2) knit in a 2x2 rib for the leg, the foot will be knit plain.

Mandy and I had a wonderful time at my sister's house on Thanksgiving. It was so good to see her and her family and the food was sooooo good! As if the 3 yarns she sent to me weren't enough...Monica had more birthday presents waiting for me.

Another hank of yarn (Gypsyknits in Steel Sock) and a binder with all of her patterns (so far). And my niece, Kaitlin gave me a Harry Potter bookmark and a Starbucks giftcard. We had a wonderful time knitting and talking and cooking and eating. Thanks Monica.

Well, I'm going to go knit some more on the Christmas present and maybe finish the Croc Sock (it's very close to the toe decreases)...let's see how much more I can get done before Monday comes...
More later.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Yesterday Was My Birthday

And I want to thank all of you who stopped by to wish me a happy one. It was a pretty good day. Monica sent me a package of some wonderful yarn...and my daughter gave me one of my most favoritest movies.
The yarn Monica gave my is from left to right: CTH Sockittome yarn in Quarry Hill, Pagewood Farm (a new to me and her yarn, it's very pretty) in Vineyard and Lorna's Sport in Devon (I will be knitting Monica's Ariel Mitts in this). And in the background you can see the dvd Mandy gave me...The Bishop's Wife!
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. I'm off to wind some yarn, knit and watch my new movie. More later.
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Monday, November 12, 2007

Some Knittin Goin On

So, another week has come and gone...and I have been knitting. Working on old projects, starting new ones.
I finished the mitts I was knitting Mandy the same weekend I started them (I was just to lazy to blog about the them till now). They are a little stiff and scratchy so I will run them through a wash before Christmas. She would like another pair in her school colors, and I do have some yarn that will fit the bill....

I finished the Claudia Handpainted socks too. Monica didn't name them before submitting them to Cherry Tree Hill, but I am calling them Purled Arches. Even though the 2 hanks of yarn came from the same dye lot, they are very different (and I know this is typical of handpainted yarn). Monica gave me this yarn last year for my birthday, and her pattern looks wonderful in it (even if I can't take a decent picture).

I also started a few new things. First up are Croc Socks (this pattern will be available soon at The Loopy Ewe). This is one of Monica's latest designs...I'm knitting it in Lorna's Laces - Sand Ridge colorway. It is a fun pattern to knit up (I know I'm considered bias...she is my sister...but I have loved every single one of her only frustration has been not always having the "perfect" yarn to knit them in, but that has nothing to do with the pattern or the designer).

Second... Kyla Mitts. This is such a pretty mitt. I chose not to make the bobbles, but go straight into the twisted rib cuff. The cables really drew in the cuff, I hope I will be able to get them onto my fluffy hands (otherwise Mandy will be getting another pair). Here is the first one almost to the hand. This is Pace Sock Yarn in a buttery yellow colorway.

Third... Another pair of socks, knit in some Perchance To Knit yarn.
Blogger is being a poophead and won't let me add the pictures of the Croc Socks and the Perchance To Knit start. There is a picture on my Flikr of the Croc Socks if you would like to see it and also in my Ravelry projects.
Well, that's all I have for now (stupid Blogger). More later!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Charades Anyone?

I finally finished the Charade socks today. They didn't lanquish as long as the Edelweiss Socks (almost a year)...I began them on 8/10/07, but then I got a bad case of startitis and started and finished up a whole bunch of other socks in between. So stats are: Lorna's Laces Child's Play colorway (this yarn striped so differently on the feet, it is amazing. I did join the second ball on the gusset of the second sock though, it is the one on the bottom) , 64 stitches on US1 dpn's. I chose to not carry the design down the foot.

I worked on Mandy's mitts today. Finished the first and started the second. I'm using Knit Picks Simple Stripes in the Sweet Tart colorway (this yarn has been discontinued). These will be stocking stuffers for her (I'm so good, already starting my Christmas knitting).

I got my invite to Ravelry on Friday, my user name is karenm. Boy is there a lot to do there, I haven't even scratched the surface yet.
Contest Alert:
And click on over to Cass's blog, she's having a contest. Tell her I sent you and I'll get extra credit.
Well, I'm going to set all my clocks back and go to bed. More later!