Monday, October 30, 2006

Socks That Rock club kit!

The new STR Club kit arrived in today's mail!  I love the color: Pink Granite. Shades of cream, rose, and gray.  The sock pattern is called Marble Arches, and looks like a faux cable, with a short-row heel (my favorite heel).
After a very busy week/weekend, with 4 late nights, today was mostly a resting and catching up on email day.

Friday, October 27, 2006

I have been remiss

One leisure sock finished, the other past the heel and headed toward the cuff. Yarn: Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Navy Olive. Pattern: baby cable rib from Sensational Knitted Socks (link in sidebar). The yarn was donated by Claudia to Socks for Soldiers, and has been passed out to SFS members to be made into leisure socks for soldiers.

This charming little bag was created by MzMar, who has other bags for sale here.

It has been raining here for 3 days. Makes it hard to get motivated to do much. That, and sleep deprivation -- I'm about ready to curl up under a blanket and nap. I've been up way too late the past couple of nights.

I won the prize drawing at Six Sox Knitalong, for the August/September sock. My prize arrived yesterday, from Australia. Thank you, Sandra in Sunny Queensland!

Persistence finally rewarded -- I lost count of the number of times I attempted to load these photos, but I have triumphed over the balky Blogger once again.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Just a little light entertainment

What kind of knitting needles are you?

You are interchangeable.Fun, free, and into everything, you've got every eventuality covered and every opportunity just has to be taken. Every fiber is wonderful, and every day is a new beginning. You are good at so many things, it's amazing, but you can easily lose your place and forget to show up. They have row counters for people like you!
Take this quiz!

Thursday, October 19, 2006


"So," says our local postmistress, handing me yet another box of yarn, "do you knit sweaters, ...?" As she trails off, I blithely answer, "Sweaters, socks, lots of stuff!"
To which she responds, "I'm asking because I don't think I've ever seen you wearing a sweater you've made."
"Well, to tell you the truth, I guess I haven't made very many sweaters. Mostly socks & shawls, parts of afghans. This yarn that just came today is for a shawl, but it's a heavier yarn. It'll be more like a blanket-weight."

I have resisted winding that yarn and casting on for the shawl (all will be revealed in due time!). I am trying to reduce the long list of works in progress. I finished the lace scarf mentioned in the last post. I have finished a pair of Big Black Socks for Socks for Soldiers, and they are currently in the wash. I still have 4 pair of socks in various stages, 2 scarves, 4 shawls/stoles, one sleeveless top (Sizzle), the Manos afghan, and more! But I want to make sweaters, now! To make it worse, I saw a preview of the Winter Interweave Knits, and there are 3 sweaters I like.

There are 2 sweaters on needles, stuffed behind the couch with the rest of the unfinished projects. One of them is barely started; the other may be mostly done. It's the 2nd go-round for this yarn. It has already been a sweater once, which I wore a couple of times & decided I didn't like. So I took it apart, and this pattern is the 2nd chance for this yarn. It is Classic Elite Waterspun Weekend, a very bulky and now discontinued yarn. I should dig it out and see about getting it finished.

Monday, October 09, 2006

A little bit of everything

We've just returned from a lovely weekend in Mountain View, Arkansas. The kids (my son and the team he clogs with) performed at the Ozark Folk Center on Friday & Saturday. They were quite well-received, and we enjoyed the musical performances as well. All of the music is from before 1941, when the first recording was made using an amplified guitar. The instruments were fiddles, guitars, upright bass, banjos, mandolins, occasionally some piano, by people who love what they do. There are craft cottages in the park, where people are doing things such as woodcarving, sewing, quilting, spinning, weaving, silversmithing, broom-making, pottery, printing. The ladies in the spinning & weaving cottage said there are some spinning ... workshops? ... not sure ... anyway, I left my name & email so they could send me some info. I didn't ask about knitting, but apparently it is not an historic Ozark craft.

I still have those six different socks in progress, in various stages of completion. Only one is the second sock of a pair. I took a silk scarf with me to work on, but didn't get much done. It's the Lace Variation on the Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf, and I'm making it with one skein of Fiesta La Luz Multi in Coral Reef. I started it in May and set it aside -- not sure why -- as there are only 8 triangles to do, and it's not like a triangle takes very long. This will probably be a Christmas gift. It's easier for me to make things & think, "oh, this person would like this", than to decide what to make for someone and then make it.