Monthly Archives: March 2007

Photo Friday

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New Swap

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.

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Knitters Exchange – Repost

This is a repost since I posted the answers rather early and it has gotten buried. –

Okay, I signed up for another swap. This time it is the Knitters Treat Exchange hosted by Tea and Cakes and Tangelled Angel Knits.

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.

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In Between Exams

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!!!!!

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Yet More Signs of Spring

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.

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A Palette of Many Colors

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.)

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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Photo Friday

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.

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Buried in Yarn

Over the past few days, I have received a fair amount of yarn in the mail. And that is a good thing. Just so no one gets confused, not all of the yarn is for me. Most of it is for swaps. So it doesn’t really count. Of course, I am still waiting on my order from Blue Moon…. Again, not all of it is mine. At least 3 skeins of it belong to Kitty Kitty. The wonderful ladies at Blue Moon are still dying some of the colors that I ordered. Of course, it is not like I don’t have other sock yarns to knit with right now. Ordering sock yarn for swaps is a great way to temporarily add to your stash but than you get to send it on to another good home.

Lexy, you can look at these yarns but you will not know which ones are going in the box to you until you get it.
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What are the yarns in the photo? A little of this and a little of that. Okay, the bunny is from Ruby Sapphire Yarns which I just received today. There is also some Cider Moon in there. There is some Apple Laine and Crash into Ewe as well. The colors are all nice and spring like. And some are rather bright.

And yes, I have been ordering a fair bit from etsy lately. I recently got into an argument with some one at one of my LYS. Her argument was that I was going to put the shop out of business because I tend to buy most of my sock yarns on-line. The owner of the shop understands that I like hand dyed sock yarns and she also acknowledges that a large portion of her customer base is unwilling to spend the little bit extra for hand dyed sock yarns. She also orders hand dyed sock yarns for herself from the internet. I do support both of my local yarn shops by purchasing a fair amount from them. The person who started the argument has since been told to stay out of the store for awhile. She has apparently caused some other problems with other customers. But have you ever had some one say something like that to you in a brick and mortar yarn store? I am curious.
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Actual Knitting

As witnessed by the photo yesterday, I have actually been knitting. One good thing about having a cold/allergy combination is that you get to be a slouch and sit on the couch and knit. So I have been working on my socks. My socks for the Loopy Ewe Quarterly Challenge and my Bloomin’ Feet socks.

And yes, the socks yesterday were trying to escape by climbing up over a huge pile of snow.
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I am on the leg of the second sock for the Loopy Ewe Quarterly Challenge. According to Sheri’s brilliant method of thinking, I am a Martha. I prefer to knit my socks in bright colors. You will not find any thing tame in my sock drawer other than white running socks. The yarn for my Martha socks is Sweet Georgia in Still Water. And yes, I am on the leg of the second sock. I am going to get these socks done by the end of the month to enter them in the challenge. And isn’t it funny how the colors also fall neatly into the Project Spectrum colors for this month?

And funny how my yarn for my Bloomin Feet socks came from The Loopy Ewe also. The yarn is from All Things Heather and the color is Tiger Lily. The first time I started these socks, I started them using the Elfine pattern. But I just didn’t like the way the colors pooled. I was going to just go with it until it was discovered that I had split the yarn and this is a lace pattern. So I frogged it. And I also decided to change patterns. The new pattern is the Lupine Lace pattern from Fiber Trends. So far so good. I am finding it strange to be using US1s since I normally knit on 0s. But if I knit the legs on 0s, they will be a little tight. So I am planning on switching on down to 0s after I finish the last leg repeat.

And I just started reading Labyrinth by Kate Mosse. Lately I have been reading several books about the Knights Templar, Carcassonne, the Cathers, and the search for the Holy Grail. So this book kind of fits in. I just finished Steve Berry‘s new book The Alexandria Link which while not about the Knights Templar is still about the Bible. If you want something that will keep you reading (and on the edge of your seat), try picking up The Templar Legacy also by Steve Berry. I have also read the The Last Templar

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Earth Day Swap

Here are my answers for my partner on the Earth Day Swap over at Swap-Bot

1. What colors do you prefer? I like all sorts of colors except solid yellows. Most of my yarns tend to be variegated yarns or semi-solids.
2. Have you ever knit socks? If not, are you willing to try? (If not, do you own any double point needles?) Yes. I knit socks all the time.
3. Have you tried any of the earth friendly fibers? If, so which ones have you tried? What did you knit? What did you like or dislike about the fiber you tried? Would you try it again? I have tried recycled silk. I wasn’t too happy with it the first time I tried it but I am going to give it another try. I think my pattern choice may have had quite a bit to with it. You can not force a fiber to be something it doesn’t want to be.
4. Is there a particular fiber you are hankering to try? I have tried recycled silk and I have a few skeins of the Tofutsies in my stash but I haven’t tried it yet. But I am always looking to try new fibers and new needle arts.
5. Do you have any allergies? (Fiber or otherwise.) Just strawberries.
6. How do you plan to celebrate Earth Day? Or, how have you celebrated Earth Day in the past? I normally go over the festivities at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. My area just seems to not do much with Earth Day. But the drive over is nice and there is plenty of antiquing to be done over there. I have also spent Earth Day out on the river, kayaking.
7. Do you have any Earth Day resolutions? What are they? To try and reduce my footprint on the earth

Yarn likes – I do tend to have quite a few variegated yarns in my stash but I am always willing to try new colors to me. The only colro that I do not like is solid yellow. But yellow is fine as part of a variegated color way.

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