Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Sockret Pal Questionnaire

The basics:
How long have you been knitting?

About 2 yrs

Do you consider yourself a beginning sock knitter, an intermediate,
or have you been doing this so long you could probably knit a pair
in your sleep?

I've knit about 15 pairs so far.

The measurements:

sz 9

(fiber related) Favorites:
What colors do you love?

Purples, blues, greens, i guess all of them,
but i do have enough orange in my stash right now.

Do you prefer solids or variegated?


What fibers do you most love to knit with?
Wool, wool/silk blends, alpaca/silk, i'll try just about
anything but i dont like acrylic too much.

Who do you consider your favorite yarn vendors?
LL, Trekking XXL, Koigu, STR, BFL

What projects do you most enjoy knitting?

Baby clothes:)

(fiber related) Dislikes:
What fibers can you not stand to knit with? To wear?
What colors would you never wear?
Hmm... i wear them all!~

The Tools:
Plastic or Metal?

Bamboo or wood?


Circs or Straights?


DPNs or Magic Loop?


Are there any knitting accessories you don't have in your
collection but would like?

Hmm...Lace blocking wires.

The Extras:
Do you have a wish list?

I'll have to make 1.

Do you like sweet, sour or salty?


Do you have any allergies your pal should know about?


Favorite scents?

Scents you can't stand?

Nothing really.

Do you collect anything?

Hmm... not really. Maybe patterns?

When is your birthday?

Do you spin?


Dye your own yarn?


Your favorite author/band/vacation spot,
anything you think will help your pal know you better...

Can't think of anything right now :(.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Lizard Lace Socks

Woo!! They are finally finished!! Why is it that the 1st sock i fly through and the 2nd sock always takes for-ev-er ? Anyway, heres the specs...

Pattern: Lizard Lace (My Own)
Yarn: Kiogu KPPPM in a lavendar/multi colorway
Needles: Crystal Palace size 1 1/2 bamboo
Gauge: 26 rows x 14 sts 2"
Notes: Done toe-up with short row heel.

Close up of pattern.

Yes, I'm in the truck. We-re in Colorado for the weekend ;).

All in all, I would definitely knit this sock again in maybe a green/jade shade of kiogu. This is the best fitting sock that I have knit to date! Let me know if you want the pattern.

Happy knitting!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

What's On The Stix

This is my *almost* complete Dragon Skin Lace sock. I made a mistake 1 row after the heel and have yet to fix it. I'll probably finish it tomorrow or the day after. As soon as I am done, I'll post the pattern!

Planning and charting out the vest has been a trial in itself. I didn't include any side shaping though. Maybe I'll figure that out by the time I do the next one. It's an easy to remember pattern and a great knit.

So far, I have completed the arm hole decreases and I *think* I've figured out the correct math for it. Wish me luck!

I've been knitting like a mad woman lately! I started my Tote Exchange project and I'm almost finished my Scarf Exchange scarf and that doesn't even include the vest and tons of socks that I am knitting.

But I do have good news! Here are the birthday socks. I finished them in record time! The recipient loved them and we "retired" the last pair that I made for him. WOO!!

I'm off to knit some more!

Happy Knitting!!

Friday, September 15, 2006

Criss-Cross Apple Sauce

Isn't this kitty soooooooooo cute! My bro snagged a pic of this cat.

BOO!!! It's coss-eyed! I have never seen such a thing! Have you?

But anyway, this is what I am working on right now. It will be a vest with some mini horse-shoe lace and hopefully I will be able to pull off a v-neck, which I have never really tried before. I broke out the graph paper, knitted a swatch and went digging in the stash to find the right yarn. It is Laines Du Norde baby yarn that is washable (a big plus!) and 100% wool. This yarn is a dream to knit with! This vest is knitted on sz 1's (ribbing) and sz 2's for the body. I only started this afternoon and have about 4" done.

Here's my ISE 3 scarf. I hope she likes it! I'm almost done and its about 5 ft long. I used Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk and it feels wonderful! I can't wait to make one for myself!

Here's the blue and green sock I haven't been working on. I need to have it finished by Sunday afternoon. I think I'll have it done by then. The recipient turns 11 on the 23rd and I'll be out of town, so he'll get an early gift. I knit him a pair of socks last winter and he has worn them every day since them until about 2 weeks ago when I found out they had a hole in them. I tried to fix them, but the hole was too big. I bet he'll be happy now!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Rainy Days

For some reason, I haven't been knitting too much lately. It's not like I don't have a ton of projects OTN b/c I do. It has been raining all day long and I feel like *bleh*. TImes like this is when I make a cup of hot cocoa or tea and watch a movie. But anyway, here's what I've been staring at (instead of knitting).

This is sock #2 in the Dragon Skin Lace pattern. The first sock took only 6 hours to knit but this sock is taking for ever. I gues I'm having SSS!

The grey hat is for my hubby. I used Cascade 220 and sz 4 addi turbo majic loop method. I liked his so much that I started one for my with the yarn sent to me by Carrie in one of my secret pal exchanges. It is Artyarns Supermerino in a purpley color (the dye lot paper is in the UFO bin) and I'm also using sz 4 addi turbos.

Well... I guess that's all for now! Happy knitting!!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Knitting News

Thanks so much for the nice comments. They really made me realize that hey, maybe Blogger isn't really that bad. I dunno, maybe it was just a glitch in the matrix or tons of people were trying to upload at the exact same time as me. But anyway, here are the pics that I wanted to upload a while back.

This is the Icarus Shawl from the lates IK. If you look at the pic again, you'll see that it's halfway off the needle. I don't know how that happened, but that project has been stopped. The yarn that I was using was Kid Mohair or something or other that's a real pain to frog. Oh well. I have restarted it in Knit Picks Gossamer color Sweet Peas and I'm at about row 25.

Here's the cabled baby blanket. I tried kniting a plain SS blanket but they (yes, I tried more than one time) became boring too quickly and i usually got 1/3 of the way through before I quit them. Off to the frog pond they go! The cables keep me interested enough and I am now about 1/3 done and not tired of knitting it yet!

These are the socks that I am working on.
1. LL colorway Cool sz 1 Majic loop method
2. Trekking XXL dark blues sz 0 majic loop method
3. Regia Cotton fushia, yellow, Orange sx 2 DPN Jaywalker anklettes
4.Opal colorway "Docktor Fish" sx 1 DPN Jaywalkers

I have aslo started a few other socks. One is using the "Dragon Skin Lace" and the other sock is grass green with blue toes and heels (a gift, but I really want to keep it!)
The pic is sideways and I don't know how to fix it. Maybe I'll figure that out later.I'm thinking about posting the pattern here. What do you guys think?

I joined the International Tote Exchange and I have an idea of what my pal likes. I'm knitting a trial bag now to work out the kinks. Pics on that is sure to come. That's all for now!!