Monthly Archives: March 2007
Okay, I am addicted to swaps. I will admit it. And I am addicted to sock yarns. I don’t think any one is going to argue with me there. So I decided to start a new swap up over on Swap-Bot. The swap involves diving into your sock yarn stash and pulling out enough sock yarn to knit a pair of socks in a bright color. Simple. Nothing more complicated than that. And of course, I am hoping that others think so as well. The name of the swap is Stash Socks – Brights. Swap-Bot is a great way to swap things. I have enjoyed every swap I have done there. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me. And this is an international swap.
This is a repost since I posted the answers rather early and it has gotten buried. –
I am posting this know simply because my mind is still slightly foggy over the time change. I was so worried about getting up in time for class yesterday, I was up an hour before the alarm clock was scheduled to go off at 6 am. Yes, I was up at 5 am yesterday. It will take me another day or two to get used to the time change. And yes there were at least 2 people late to class yesterday because they forgot to reset their clocks.
Knitters Treat Exchange Questionnaire
1. What’s your favourite type of yarn? sock yarn
2. What’s your least favourite type of yarn? anything scratchy or acrylic
3. What’s the first thing you do when you visit a new yarn shop? look for the sock yarn to see if they have anything that I have not seen before
4. What other crafts do you do / would like to do? quilt, embroidery, all sorts of needlework
5. What magazines do you currently subscribe to? I do not subscribe to the knitting magazines. I prefer to buy them at the newsstands which translates to a trip to Borders every two weeks. I love the Britsh magazines the best right now though.
6. Put this type of magazine in order of preference:
Knitting / Food / Home / Celebrity Gossip / Garden / Other crafts
7. What items do you like to knit / crochet? socks mostly
8. Are you allergic to anything? strawberries
9. What do you like to smell of? tropical flowers like jasmine and plumeria
10. What’s your favourite way to relax? read and knit socks
11. You’re stood in front of a Victorian style sweetshop, an Italian cafe, an old fashioned bakery and a dainty tea room. Where do you go first? this is a toss up but I would probably end up in the Italian cafe. Although the tea room and bakery are calling me.
12. What do you come out with? A latte (soy of course) from the cafe. If the tea room wins, a nice hot pot of Earl Gray. From the bakery, it would be whatever catches my eye in the pastry case.
13. Where do you go next? Tea room
14. Any other words of wisdom for your pal? I love surprises and getting mail.
Just a quick note to say that I am in between exams at the moment. Took one last night and I have a retest tomorrow. Today was a fire prevention program for the local seniors group. I also need to get together some fire prevention stuff for the local food bank that is run by our town’s former burgess. (burgess = mayor)
One more heel to turn on my socks in Interlacements. I need to knit socks!!!!
edited on March 30 – I passed both tests including the retest!!!!!
I am busy trying to turn the heels on a pair of socks today. Plus I need to study tonight because I have yet another exam tomorrow night. I have a fire prevention presentation of finish for Thursday. (I am giving my first fire prevention presentation to a seniors group so the needs are a bit different.) I also have a exam to retake on Friday afternoon. So I hope you understand if I don’t post much the rest of the week. And I am hoping to get down to the C&O Towpath this weekend provided it doesn’t pour down rain or maybe up to the trails in the Catoctin Mountains. (This is closer might I like being by the river better.)
But here are some more signs of spring arriving here in the mid-Atlantic.
If you thought I was buried in yarn last week, well you do not want to know what arrived in the mail today. And again, not all of it is mine. A few of them belong to Kitty Kitty. But the rest are mine.
But first up, a new pair of socks. Sheri had challenged everyone to knit a pair of socks that was the opposite of what you normally knit. For me, that meant color. I know that I have shown progress photos of my Still Water socks before. I love the colors in the yarn but I will never wear them. I had at first when I received the yarn thought about giving the socks to a friend who lives locally or my mother for a Christmas present. (She is complaining that I have never knit her a pair of socks.) But that was before Felica announced her break from dying. And after that announcement, there was no way that these socks made out of Sweet Georgia was going to anyone other than me or possibly another knitter. (Only another sock knitter could really appreciate this yarn.)
I finished the first sock in no time. But the second sock was another story. I decided to focus on making sure that I finished the second sock so I could enter the contest and this way the socks were done. The colors in the yarn fell neatly into the Project Spectrum colors for February and March. Plus they would give me a pair of socks finished for Sock A Month KAL that I am taking part in. (I need some sort of motivation at times to finish a pair.)
Well, I finished the second sock on Thursday evening. After finishing the second sock I realized that I would never wear these socks. I mentioned this to someone in an IM conversation on Friday. She did causally mention that she knew someone who had the same size foot as I do and would appreciate them. It didn’t hurt matters either that she did offer to send me some sock yarn to replace them. She was going to see what she had in the way of Sweet Georgia over the weekend. Now that is a true friend!!! Some one willing to give up some of their Sweet Georgia yarn. So you will have to wait for photos of the socks on someone’s feet. I will let her be the first to wear them. Yes, the socks are going to Kitty Kitty.
And now on the the new sock yarns. I am a member of the Rockin’ Sock Club again this year. Maybe this year I will actually knit the socks instead of just fondling the yarn. One advantage of the club is that we are able to order extra skeins of the club yarns before they become available. I feel in love with the first color which was Monsoon. And since I was ordering another skein of this yarn, I decided to make it worth while. And since Kitty Kitty wanted some of the fabulous STR yarns as well, well, let’s just say the order could have been larger.
I also love the yarns from Cider Moon. Jacki and Gail are fantastic to deal with and have some of the most interesting names and colors in their yarns. I have been taking advantage of their March discount and ordering some just about every week this month. (I think I need to get one more order in before the end of the month.)
And before anyone says anything about the fact that I am adding more yarns to my stash faster than I am knitting them up, I am trying to finish at least two pairs right now. Plus after the end of May, I will be done with classes so that means more knitting time. I am finally getting comfortable knitting socks top down so that will make things easier. And I have some new patterns on their way. And all of these colors mean that I should be able to knit socks in all of the colors for Project Spectrum.
Rather than bore you today, instead here are some photos of my spring flowers. I am planning on tearing out this bed hopefully this weekend or over the upcoming week so the flowers will be disappearing. Quite a few of the daffodil leaves and the tulip leaves are brown because of the bitter cold that we had followed by the snow and ice. So digging them up is actually helping them. I want to amend the soil before I replant anything in this bed. I am hoping that my favorite herb nursery opens soon.