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SoS Update
July 7, 2008, 10:01 am
Filed under: Knitting

I have been doing some sock knitting since I posted last. I finished the Tempted Socks. They were knit with Tempted yarn in the Paris colorway on Harmony Knitpicks double circular needles size 0 (2.0 mm). Here is a photo of the final product.
<a href=”http://Finished Tempted Socks“>
The two socks are fraternal twins as the color pooling didn’t match on the two socks at all. I’m totally okay with that. Yesterday, I started working again on the hemp lace socks. Here is a photo of that sock in progress.
<a href=”http://First Hemp Sock 2“>
I don’t know what it is about this sock. When I’m knitting on it, I kinda like it. I really like the pattern and then when I put it down, it is the last thing in the world I want to knit on. Weird. I also started what I call my “purse sock”, just a plain stockinette sock that I can work on anywhere. I am using the Tofusties yarn that has crab and shrimp shells mixed in. They are naturally antibacterial. It is also not a hot sticky wool yarn, perfect for knitting out and about in the summertime. I forgot to take a photo, sorry. The colors are very bright and sunny and are striping very nicely, pattern would probably get lost in all that color anyways. My main distraction lately has been swatching for my Four Seasons Throw. I made this before using Manos del Uruguay. This time I want to make it using a washable yarn for more practicality. I started with two skeins of Knitpicks Swish Superwash Merino. The blocks are knitting up smaller, so I am going to add 4 blocks to the overall throw. Here is what it looks like so far.
<a href=”http://Four Seasons Throw“>
The yarn is very soft and so nice to knit with. Now I just have to choose 14 more colors.


Seriously, Where Does The Time Go?
June 26, 2008, 2:52 pm
Filed under: Knitting, Pets, Yarn Pr0n

Life is really busy lately. My days seem full from beginning to end. I’m not really complaining, I just don’t understand how the days go by so quickly. I was able to finish the Father’s Day sock before leaving to see my Dad. Here are the completed pair and I didn’t even have to Kitchner stitch the toe together in the car.
<a href=”http://Finished Father's Day Socks“>
I worked on the second Tempted Paris sock on the drive over and back instead. Here is sock #2. Not my best photo, but I am done with the heel, and am working on the leg.
<a href=”http://Tempted Paris Sock #2“>
So to celebrate my productiveness (is that even a word?), I’ve been on a little yarn buying binge lately. One of the LYS was having a summer sale, so I picked up a few things.
<a href=”http://Forever Yarn“>
<a href=”http://Berroco Comfort Sock Yarn“>
<a href=”http://Sea Wool“>
<a href=”http://Tofusties“>
Sorry about the bright orange backdrop, I’ll try to get something a little more neutral next time. I also ordered some Numma Numma and some sock blockers from The Loopy Ewe.
I’m going to take a small break from the SoS to make the boys some catnip mice, their 3rd Adoption day birthday is next Monday. Happy Adoption Day Simon and Oscar!!!
<a href=”http://blanket“>

Happy Summer Solstice
June 21, 2008, 11:57 am
Filed under: Knitting

Today is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and the beginning of the Summer of Socks. I’ve decided that I am going to work on finishing up all of my current projects before starting anything new for the SoS. First up are the socks I’m working on for my Dad. These are a Father’s day present, I had to work last Sunday, so I am planning on going to celebrate with him tomorrow. I am working in the foot of sock 2, and am fairly confident I can get them finished today. I hope! Next up will be the Tempted yarn Paris socks and then the dreaded hemp socks, remember them? I barely do. They have been languishing in the bottom of my knitting bag for a long time now. I really want to be done with them. Not that I’m very good lately, but I will try to keep you more up to date with my SoS progress. And by the way, all I can think about lately is knitting afghans. Weird when it’s so hot outside, isn’t it?!? Enjoy the longest day of the year!

Summer Of Socks
June 11, 2008, 8:47 am
Filed under: Knitting

Starting on June 21st is the Summer of Socks 2008. I pretty much live the Summer of Socks all year round. I currently have 3 pair on the needles. The first priority is my Regia Father’s Day Socks. Here is the first one completed.
<a href=”http://Father's Day Sock“>
I’ve started the second one, but it is not big enough yet to show you any progress. I’m not actually going to get to celebrate Father’s Day with my Dad for a couple of weekends, so I have time.

I also wanted to show you my Tempted Yarns Paris Socks. One is done and the other one is midway through the foot.
<a href=”http://Tempted Yarns Paris Socks“>
You can really see the color pooling in that photo. Again, I like it, but I know a lot of people don’t dig it.

So for the Summer of Socks I’ve been trying to decide what to do. Last Summer I concentrated on learning new sock techniques. I did color work, learned about two circulars, lots of pattern work. I’m thinking this year I may do some karma knitting and work on socks to give away to charity. Are you participating in the Summer of Socks? What are you going to work on if you are? I’d love to hear your ideas.

Topsy Turvy
June 5, 2008, 9:08 am
Filed under: Family, Friends, Knitting

I know it has been a long time since my last post. I have been going through some serious personal upheaval lately.  Please bear with me while I deal with my issues.  I have been doing some knitting so I thought I would share a quick update with you.  I finished the first Tempted sock.  I really liked the way the colors pooled.  I don’t think everyone would.  I will have pictures soon.  I’m pretty sure that they are grey and blue.  I also decided to start some socks for my Dad for Father’s Day.  I’m using some Regia that I got from the Loopy Ewe.  I’m using a garter rib pattern.  I quickly realized that the 2 skeins that I had were not going to be enough yarn, so I emailed the Loopy Ewe to see if I could get some more.  Sheri totally took care of me and the socks will be able to be finished in time for Father’s day.  I LOVE the Loopy Ewe so much, it is by far the best online store I have ever dealt with and I will only buy my sock yarn from them in the future.  A special thank you to all my friends and family who have been so supportive in the past couple of weeks.  It means more to me than I can ever express in words.  I will get through this transitional time and the future is so bright.  I love you all!

Going Green
May 21, 2008, 7:29 am
Filed under: American Idol, Friends, Knitting, Music, Pets, Television

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was trying to “go green”. This has been a far more challenging project than I could have ever imagined. Almost all of the products that I use for skin care/beauty have Parabens in them, which has been found in breast cancer tumors. So just trying to become Paraben free has involved much research and trips to many different stores. Some good sources of Paraben free skin care include Whole Foods (formerly Wild Oats). They care a limited amount of skin care/beauty items and I think they are all pretty much Paraben free. L’Occitaine is another wonderful line that doesn’t add a lot of extra chemicals to their products. Origins also is a great source. Just reading the labels on products has been quite the eye opener.

Onto knitting, I finished the Coffee Shop Socks. I simply can not convey how much I enjoyed knitting with the Numma Numma Baby Boo yarn. It was a joy to knit with so soft and silky. I will be ordering more when it comes back in stock at The Loopy Ewe. Here is the finished product.
<a href=”http://Completed Coffee Shop Socks“>
I used Wendy Knits Frog Warts pattern and knit them on my Harmony Size 0 double circulars. I really liked everything about this project.
I started my Tempted Socks. When I started out I was going to use the Bavarian Rock Star Sock Pattern. I quickly realized that this was way too complicated to be a traveling sock pattern and it just really didn’t look very good on such darkly colored socks. I started again with just a garter rib pattern and then realized that the colorwork is the star of these socks and they should be just plain. Here is the first one so far.
<a href=”http://First Tempted Sock“>
Here is a close up of the colors. I still have not decided if the dark is navy or black. Too close to tell in my opinion.<a href=”http://Close Up of Tempted Socks“>
They are moving along quite quickly.

I was glad Kristie won DWTS last night. I think I picked her at the very beginning to win. I don’t know who is going to take home the Idol tonight. If you’d ask me before last night’s show, I would have said David C. for sure, but the format of that show really played into David A.’s strength’s. Big ballad singers have the edge on those kinds of shows. I really don’t know who is going to win.

I have some quick photos of the boys because their fans have been clamoring for them. Here is Simon checking out my photos of the Tempted Socks.
<a href=”http://Simon Helping“>
And Oscar being shy?
<a href=”http://Oscar being Shy?“>
I have a new music alert for you all. The artist’s name is Duffy and the CD is called Rockferry. We are carrying the CD at the coffeeshop and we had a free download of her video “Mercy”. I really like the CD. Our information compared her to Amy Winehouse, I don’t really agree with that, no one is as dark as Amy Winehouse. It sounds very retro, like 60’s soul. If you like female pop singers, check it out.

And finally, thank you so much for all of your kind words and deeds regarding DHC’s brother. It meant so much to both me and Carl. We are very fortunate to have such kind and thoughtful friends.
Everyone have a fun and safe race weekend.

No Excuses
May 14, 2008, 8:32 am
Filed under: Family, Knitting, Television

Sorry I haven’t posted in two weeks, bad blogger. There have been a lot of things going personally and I just didn’t feel inspired. But the good news is that I have been knitting like crazy and I have some things to show you this morning. I finished Mike B.’s Earth Day Socks. He loves them and says they are very comfy. I’m waiting on him to take an excellent photo so I can share it with all of you. I quickly started on the Coffee Shop Socks. I’m using my Numma Numma Baby Boo yarn in the Spinach and Brown Rice colorway. I love this yarn sooo much! It is a blend of merino wool and Bamboo. It knits like a dream. I’m using Wendy Knits Frog Warts pattern from The Loopy Ewe. I love Wendy’s patterns, they are written clearly and are easy to understand. This has been a very fast moving pattern, here is the first completed Coffee Shop Sock.
<a href=”http://Finished Coffee Shop Sock“>
And I turned the heel on the second one while watching tv last night.
<a href=”http://Coffee Shop Sock #2“>
Here is a close up of the yarn and the frog warts pattern.
<a href=”http://Coffee Shop Close Up“>
I have also been working on the hemp blend socks. They are not nearly as much fun to knit. I turned the heel and am working up the leg.
<a href=”http://Hemp Sock #1“>
You would think that with two pairs of socks currently in play that would be enough for me, but as usual, I’m already thinking about my next pair. I have some yarn I’m considering using. It is Tempted Yarn purchased from The Loopy Ewe in the Paris colorway. Here is what it looks like.
<a href=”http://Tempted Yarn“>
Sorry about the crummy photo. This is very strange yarn. I originally bought it thinking it was shades of black and grey and that I could knit it up as socks I could wear to work. When it arrived, I realized it was shades of grey and navy and more like the colors of Georgetown University. Today when I took it out to photograph it, it really looked black and grey again. I can’t figure out what colors are in it, maybe it will show up more when it is knit up.

I also made the most meager attempt at starting a Perfect Sweater from Mason Dixon Knitting. I wound up a ball of the Cascade I’ve had in my stash for a year and a half. I knit a gauge swatch people! And I knit maybe 3 rows. It’s in my knitting basket, making friends with Icarus. Maybe I’m just not meant to do big projects. We’ll see.

I think the right people are in the finals of DWTS. And I think that tonight the David’s will be in the final of the Idol. I voted for David Cook last night. I have loved The Kid through the whole show, but I don’t think he has enough range in his voice. The songs all sound the same to me. I would buy an album by David Cook I think. I remember thinking that about Taylor Hicks too, yikes!! Anyways, I like David Cook to win it all.

Finally, please keep my Darling Husband Carl in your thoughts. He lost his brother Rick last night after a very long period of illness. We are relived that the suffering and pain are finally over and he is in a better place.

I hope everyone has a good week. I’ll try to be better about posting, promise.