Monthly Archives: September 2007

Eye Candy Friday

A photo taken just a few minutes ago of the sky to the north of me.p9280006.JPG

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Inside Out Socks

p9270006.JPGI finally finished my Inside Out Socks that I started quite awhile ago. The yarn and pattern were the first club shipment for this year for the Rockiin’ Socks Club. This is the second year that I have belonged to the club but this is the first pair of socks that I have made. I just really like the yarn.

Part of the reason why I did not make any of the socks the first year is that they were all top down. And I am a toe up girl. And this year, several of the patterns have been toe up. I will get around to making all of the socks eventually. But I really like this pattern which was designed by Kaci.

The colors are not colors that I normally would lean towards but for some reason these called to me. And the pattern is fun. I am actually using it again to make some socks for P. I have modified the pattern slightly by changing the toe and heel to st-st and not putting the cables on the leg. Basically, I am just using the ribbing patterns. And yes, I will use this pattern again.

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One thing that I enjoy about sock clubs is that I have no say in the colors that I receive. And if there are patterns involved in the club, I am exposed to patterns that I would normally just ignore. And between P and I, we swap the stuff that we each get in sock clubs that we don’t like. Generally if there is something in a club package that one of us receives that we do not like, the other one will love it. So we send the packages on to the other one.

An example of this is that P joined the batt club over at Abby’s Yarns. The first shipment was one that she wasn’t too sure about but she spun them up anyway. And as she was spinning, she realized that the colors were more me than her. So I know that I have about 500 yards of sparke-ly purple yarn sitting at P’s house right now. I received one of the shipments for Scout’s Swag that as soon as I opened the package, I knew everything in there belonged to P. So the entire package, pattern and all, were sent on to her. And she loves the color and the pattern.

I will be honest, P and I are each other’s worst enablers. We buy yarn for each other all the time. Plus we will buy yarn for the other one and realize that when we get it, we actually like it for ourselves. But we will knit it up into socks for the other one so that we can enjoy the yarn. Plus if we knit the other one socks, the favor is reciprocated. An example of this is that right now I am knitting up a pair of socks that are for P. I was ordering some yarn from Jana at White Oak Studios and P mentioned that she liked the color Sleepless in Seattle. So I added it to my order. And when the yarn came in, I feel in love with it. And somehow, the yarn ended up on the needles instead of the box headed to P’s house. I am enjoying the yarn color and knitting her socks. But when I am doing knitting them, she knows that she will have a nice warm pair of socks to keep her feet warm on the cold windy nights that are in the future.

So here are the socks that I am knitting for P. I am using the Inside Out Pattern again but I am calling these socks S’Mores because they remind me of them.

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Now playing: Anuna – Wind On Sea
via FoxyTunes

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Now playing: Anuna – Wind On Sea
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Knitting Contest

One of my favorite authors is Barbara Delinsky. And she announced on her blog today that she is having a contest that involves yarn on her website. So click on over to her blog

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Now playing: Anuna – The Rising of the Sun
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New Yarns

There is nothing like new yarn to make you feel better. So I ordered myself some sock yarn while I was sick. Okay, I never need an excuse to buy new sock yarn but it does make you feel better. So I ordered some yarn from my favorite source for Fleece Artist and used up my credit at the Loopy Ewe.

I also added some yarn to my stash at the same time I was getting rid of quite a bit. Steph is still collecting yarn for her knit group at school. And I brought a large bag full of yarns and some straight needles to give her at our stitch group this weekend. She gave me a skein of Bright Dyes sock yarn that she received as part of her sock club. She thought the colors were a little bit bright but I like them.

And I also received my first installment of the semi-solids sock yarn club from Zen Garden. I love the color!!!! I actually have a pattern in mind for this yarn already. As soon as I opened the envelope at the post office, the pattern came to mind. And to give you an idea of how nice the color is, the ladies at the post office were petting it.

I am still waiting on two more yarns coming from the far coast of Canada. But from my last order from this same dyer, I have already started a new sock. I actually do not have a plain sock on the needles, so the new sock is a plain sock. The yarn dictated a plain sock too. The sock is named after the yarn color. The name of this new sock is Kermit Had a Nightmare!!!! It is acid greens and black. And I love it.

I also joined a local quilt guild this weekend. I used to belong to a very large guild about 40 miles down the road. But I stopped going because the church where the meetings were held was basically out in the middle of nowhere. There are two guilds in the Frederick area. And the one I joined is the newer of the two guilds. The only reason I joined the guild was to save some money on some classes. The dues for the rest of the year are only $6 and that saved me #30 on two classes. So I am now signed up for two classes from a British quilter at the beginning of next month.

I also managed to finish piecing another top yesterday. I started a new top which is based on on Amy Butler pattern. I am not really following the directions since the pattern isn’t well written in my opinion. I am still sewing the strips together. I bought the yardage stated in the pattern but I didn’t get the number of pieces called for. I want to sew all of the stripes before I go out and purchase a little bit more fabric.

And has anyone made any of the Amy Butler purse patterns? I purchased one of her purse patterns Saturday and some fabric. But she calls for canvas plus interfacing. So I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions.

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Now playing: Anúna – Greensleeves
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Virtual Vacation Photos

I received my package from the Virtual Vacation Swap while I was sick. So I am finally revealing it to everyone. And no, P, you may not pet the yarn. I know what will happen if I ever let you pet the yarn. 😉

I went to Alaska on my virtual vacation. My hostess was Tammy from Tammy’s Knitting Again. Tammy not only knits, she quilts too. She sent me quilter’s candy along with some yarn.

On to the lovely goodies from Alaska –

There is a nice little hat with Alaska on it in a pale pink-purple color. There is also some tea from Alaska Tea Traders. And a lovely mug in purples with Alaskan wildflowers on it. There are some lovely batiks to use in making a pattern called Nature’s Sweet Kiss. The pattern is from an Alaskan designer. There is some Alaskan sour dough starter. I love sourdough breads. I generally have good luck keeping my starters going once I get them started. I think I feel the urge to start making bread again.

There is also something called Alaskan Bear Breath Mints. I love the tin they are in. There are tons of postcards and a beautiful magnet with Mount McKinley on it. There are flower seeds for wildflowers and irises. There is a nice little tree ornament from Santa’s Village.

But I have saved the best part for last. That little skein sitting next to the picture of the aurora borealis is some hand spun qiviut. Some one in Tammy’s guild spun the yarn!!!!

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Now playing: Anúna – August
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Finally

I am finally starting to feel normal again. Well as normal as you can feel when you still feel the need to stop and cough your lungs up occasionally. The real trick now is is restore my energy reserves. But at least I am sleeping almost all night. I am still waking up in the wee early hours and can’t get back to sleep for an hour or two though. But my closet has been throughly cleaned out for once. I have even cleaned out my sock drawer and matched all of the socks and tossed the ones with out mates. I figure that since I can not sleep, I might as well do something useful. I normally never would get around to cleaning out the closet or the sock drawer.

I have also managed to cut, sew, and trim all of the squares for a new quilt. I am going to try and sit down and piece it tonight. I have also figured out which quilt which is the next one going to be machine quilted. My one goal for Sunday was to drop a quilt off to at the quilt shop for the machine quilter. I did manage to accomplish that so that meant I could decide on the next one. I think I have the backing fabric picked but I need to make sure I have enough fabric. It always feels so good when you see the end of a project in sight.

I did manage to finish a pair of socks while I was sick though. My first pair of Frankenstein socks are done. This pair is a pair that will go on to grace the foot of some one else though. I know some one who says that there is only holiday every year and it is Halloween. So she will get this pair. I have in my hands though another skein of this color way to make another pair. But my niece has requested a pair. So I may end up having to order a third skein of the yarn. But I really like the yarn and the colors so I can see myself knitting this color way three times.

And I have made a huge dent in the pile of magazines that has been steadily growing next to the couch though. And after reading them, I tore out the articles I wanted and the magazine went into the recycle bin. So I did manage to work on cleaning the living room as well. Now to just get all of the books back onto the shelves.

One thing about spending so much time on the couch is that I realize I really do need to get new curtains in the living room. So now I have to decide do I really want to make them myself or buy them. And with old windows, I have a feeling that I may end up having to make them myself in order to get them to fit the windows. Now comes the hardest part, deciding what color I want my curtains. Yeah, I may have spent too much time reading decorating magazines.

And I did manage to get to the post office today. There were several packages there including one from Alaska. My virtual vacation box is here. I still need to open it and take some photo. It isn’t that I am being good, it is just that my energy is running out for today.

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Now playing: Gregg Allman – I’m No Angel
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Still Breathing

The bronchitis kind of went away. Friday, I just felt like I had no energy and only one side hurt so I went to the doctor’s and the verdict was that the bronchitis has cleared out of one lung. The problem was that the bronchitis was actually pneumonia. Very early but it still showed on the x-rays. So I was promptly placed on some very nice antibiotics and a really nice cough syrup that contains codeine.

Well, let’s just say that codeine makes me dizzy. But it also means that it doesn’t hurt to cough. And that stack of magazines that just seems to always get taller sitting next to the couch is almost all read. But there hasn’t been much knitting progress. Although, I am almost finished watching season 6 of Hogan’s Heroes. I have actually watched the whole series in order for once. Yes, the show is a campy but it is still a good show. And at least, if I fell asleep while watching it, I didn’t miss much. I have seen them all several times.

I want to be all better by Saturday. Saturday is the next meeting for the Carroll County Sit and Knit group that I belong to. And I really want to go. It does take me about 25 minutes to get there so I want to make sure that I am well enough to go. Plus, I can stop at a quilt shop or two on my way there. Well, one quilt shop will be hit since it is on the way there. The second one might be as stretch. It will all depend on how I feel. So Suz, you may be getting your frog.

So I am headed back off to the couch to rest again for a little bit longer.

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Now playing: Dougie MacLean – This Love Will Carry
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