um… the sock…

28 06 2007

stupid sock...

Look familiar?

Scroll down to a few days ago if you need some hints…

YES!  I frogged it yet again!  I tried the monkey socks 4 times.  I love the pattern but the yarn was just to thin for this pattern to fit MY foot.  So I’m thinking next time I do monkey I’ll either use some handspun, or a thicker yarn.  I’ve always got my medium weight Socks that Rock, and I’ve got some sport weight Lisa Souza that might work too.  We will see.

For now, I’m making Anastasia socks.


One down…

28 06 2007

These were finished last night but wordpress wouldn’t let me post.  😛

dad's green socks

Dad’s birthday gift is completed.  I really could have made the cuffs a little longer because there was still some yarn left, but it was staring to look a little funny with the super long cuffs so I just stopped.

Pattern:  Wendy’s generic toe-up sock with the magic cast on from Knitty.

Yarn:  KnitPicks Sock Memories in Flyfishing.

Needles:  KnitPicks circulars in size 1.5

Next time Dad gets socks… I’ll put some pattern on it… I’ve just got to find a good pattern to use.

You know… It’s just going to be one of those years.  My great-aunt died this morning.  Third death this year on my mom’s side of the family.  This one was because of an infection she got after surgery.  I feel like every time I turn around someone else is passing away.

I love to update!

25 06 2007

So I’ve updated A LOT lately…. anyone else noticed?  I’ve gone from about once a week to almost daily…

Why the sudden change?  It’s easy!  I have 6 days left of my summer class.  3 this week.  3 next week.  Oh.. and I have 2 BIG projects… a final to study for… plus other random journal entries I have to write.

I don’t want to do ANY of it.  I am sick of school.  This is supposed to be my summer break… where I sit on my butt and enjoy my fiber hobby all day.  My knitting/spinning stuff has taken over my bedroom.  I love seeing fiber all the time, but it’s also REALLY distracting.

OH!  About middle of last week I shipped my last and final SP10 package off to Canada land… (ended up stuck at the PO for 30 minutes because I didn’t want to drive home in the massive storm that rolled through while I was there)… and apparently the package arrived today.  Record time.  I had included my info with the package so she knows who I am now.  🙂  Go visit her.  Kit’s Knit Spot.  You know you wanna click that link….  😉

That stuff that I’m pretending I didn’t buy…

25 06 2007

Um…  remember when I said I bought some roving that I never mentioned?

Well.. it was only a pound… and she has great prices… and I figured since I was placing one order, I might as well get some more to save on shipping costs and all.

dragonfibers roving

In a clockwise direction starting from the top left:  Fall leaves (merino 80% / tussah silk 20%), The Briny Deep (merino 50% / tencel 50%), Peachsicle (merino 80% / tussah silk 20%), Setting Sun (100% BFL).  Purchased from, and she still has some REALLY pretty stuff left…. and the colors are much better in person then they are in the pictures this round.

This is why I had to go on a MAJOR yarn/fiber diet.

yet another sock.

24 06 2007

I’ve got cast on issues.

I started a mitered square the other day and it was just UGLY.. the pattern made no sense at all!  Then I realized I had dropped a stitch in the very first row and that was probably why it just didn’t look right.  😛

I was making the squares for my knitting group that I occasionally go to in Cuyahoga Falls, but I’m not sure I’m going to finish it… let alone start more.

Oh… and the fact that I’ve had a purple sock sitting without a mate since January got to me so I cast on for it’s second.
lazy river

I had done the first sock for a test knit and because there were so many cables it was an at home type project, and since most of my knitting is done on the go it got put off.

It’s the lazy river socks that she sells on her site.  This sock is just great… nice and snug because of all the cables.  And just so you all know… when we test knit for her we don’t have to post about it at all on our blogs.. I do it becasue I like the pattern.  If I didn’t like the pattern, you would never know I knitted it.

I’ve been spinning lately too.  Finished up the first layer of the silk cap and I’ve been working on that Cherry Tree Hill roving that I’m going to hopefully make some lace outta.  I’m dying to spin up the roving I bought from KK awhile back… and I bought more roving from KK that I haven’t shown yet.

These next 2 weeks are going to be a killer with school.  I’ve been doing my homework and keeping up so the class wasn’t too bad… but I haven’t done much work on my 2 big projects yet.  One is due next Monday, the other is due next Thursday.  Guess what I’m going to be doing on the 4th of July… a thematic unit!

silk and a monkey

19 06 2007

monkey sock

Started the monkey socks again. I finally decided to just measure my foot… measure my swatch… do the math to see how many stitches I would need to cast on to fit my foot, then adapt a pattern based on that number.

So I fiddled with the Monkey pattern a little. I added an extra stitch to each side. We’ll see how it looks when It’s a little longer.

Oh… and I’ve been wanting to dig into some silk and my new spindle, and I finally did it on Sunday night. I grabbed the silk cap that I ordered from paradise fibers last December and I’m loving silk. It was VERY hard to draft out the caps but the more I did, the better I got. It’s definitely a slow process, especially with how fine I’m spinning the yarn.


Yarn/Fiber Diet

16 06 2007

I HAVE to do it… no choice.

I will NOT buy YARN or FIBER until the GREAT LAKES FIBER SHOW…. and since that’s in May I should have the stash seriously busted by then.

My fiber truely is taking over my life. The only way this diet will be broken is if I run out of fiber or yarn. The chances of me running out of yarn? Never will happen. Chances of running out of fiber? Probably not. Since I do spin for some spare change I get a shipment every once in awhile of fiber to spin. So the chances of spinning through my personal stash is very unlikely.

Please… I beg you all… hold me to this. 🙂

ETA:  So my BF, and some online friends convinced me this was completely ridiculous.  I had promised my sister a b-day gift this year… and I knit little rewards for the kids I tutor.  Not being able to buy yarn until next may would mean these things would have to come from stash, and I’m not about to use the nice stash on the kids I tutor.  😉  So the rules have changed.  I get $10 a month and that includes taxes and shipping.  If there’s something left over, it will roll over to the next month.  That way I CAN buy something for myself, I’ll just have to make sure it’s something I REALLY want.