Friday, December 28, 2007

Back to Normal????

Finally Christmas is over and the house is back in order. I have never been a person to leave the tree up till the first of the year as soon as Christmas is over and life resumes to normal, if you can call it that, the tree goes. My dinner party is over and it went well. We did have snow and since I live out in the boonies, that's what everyone had to say, you drive this every day. It only 25 miles one way. I don't mind it, it gives me time to wake up in the morning and to unwind from a day at work. The gift of socks was well taken. I only have to make one pair really fast because I don't have a lot of small sizes. So I will knit them up fast.

I'm going to try to knit out of my stash instead of buying more yarn. Hopefully I can keep to this promise to myself. Although I have decided to remain in the Woolgirl sock club and I have signed up for White Oak Studio's TV yarn's sock club so at least I will have yarn coming in maybe that will be enough to keep me happy. I don't know but I'm going to give it a try.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all.
Keep Knitting those warm wool socks and mittens.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Getting Ready for Christmas

I put up a Christmas Tree this year, some may say what but last year we didn't put up a tree we just cancelled Christmas, I gave the boys a gift but didn't wrap it didn't have a dinner. I had to work all day from 7 am till 6 pm so who cared about Christmas. But this year is different I put up a tree planning a dinner and giving gifts not wrapped but they get a gift. Then on the following Thursday a group of friends from work will be coming over for dinner and merriment. They just don't know how far they have to drive for dinner. They all live in Bellingham and to get to my house it is 25 miles one way. Hopefully the weather will be good and NO snow.

Knitting updates
I've gotten my two pairs of socks done and now working on baby socks.

The Chapman Spring Wollmeise sock turned out great the pool really looks good and continued down into the foot so it looks about the same. Both socks pooled the same way.

Yarn Pirate Booty Club "Solstice" Monkey turned out good BFL is not one of my favorite yarns just because it split very easily. So please don't drop stitches or you have a mess.

The Baby socks are for a friend coming over for dinner she is due in March so she will need some nice warm sock to bring the baby boy home. I've decided to use up some of my left over sock yarn I didn't realize how much I have and you don't need that much for such small socks. But they are so small, I'm going to make several pairs in different sizes so the baby will have warm feet.
Yarn Updates
I have only added a few skeins:
My last shipment from Yarn Pirate Booty Club arrived this week. I LOVE this colorway, Icicle. The yarn is Merino/Tencel, it is sooo soft and shiny it is one of the reasons that I like this yarn. It reminds me of winter weather, the sky can be so blue with white and gray clouds in it just before there is a change coming.

I also received a package from Woolgirl, I love getting packages from Jen, she takes such good care of her customers that it keeps me going back to buy more yarn. She added Santa Favorite North Pole Special Recipe Chocolate Cocoa, the cutest little sweater purse filled with Kisses.

The yarn I bought the time around was 2 skeins from Dashing Dachs, Twilight Carousel and Wassel both of these colors are perfect for this time of the year. they are a superwash merino, soft and will feel so good on the feet. I also bought some yarn from Hazel Knits, Chocolatier, a yummy colorway of browns I can't wait to find the right pattern to use for this yarn. If some one can think of one let me know.

I also received my Tofutsies December Limited Edition Collection the colorway is really nice its in shades of purple and whites it came with two patterns, Winter Waves Sock and Winterberry Socks either one would look good.

I also have one more yarn coming in from Hazel Knits herself, she is from this area Seattle and is a Seahawks fan, she has dyed a home team colorway just for the Seahawks so I had too order it this spring she will have one just for the Mariners so that is on my to do list. Just got the post and guess what was there you are right. I LOVE this yarn Wendee does a great job on the colorway I see the Seahawks GO TEAM.

For some reason I can't get some of my pictures down loaded into flicker but will get them added later.
I will leave you for now Keep those needle a clicking and the socks going out.
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas to one and all.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

My Life Update

I have been busy, I just don't have a thing to show for it. I haven't been working that hard at my J O B so I just don't know what I've been up to. I have been working on my two pairs of sock and am actually been getting somewhere. My Solstice Monkey's are coming along I'm on the second sock and almost to the heel. So this pair is coming along very nice. I have just a week to get them done.

The other pair, the Wollmeise Pattern is really turning out really cool. I had to frog it and I then changed needle sizes and then frogged again changed stitch count and it has turning out good. I really am happy with the pooling at first I wasn't quite sure but as the sock grew I liked it more. I just had to hoped the second one turns out the same and it is. So all is good.

So I got my Woolgirl Sock club bonus shipment the other day and it was GREAT Jen keeps out doing herself every time I just don't see how she does it. We received yarn from "The Unique Sheep" The colorway is to represent a Spruce tree with the different variations of green. A pattern was designed to showcase the yarn. We also got in this package, Cider House Gourmet flavors, Orange Spice and Cinnamon Spice, a green tree, candy and 2 large cinnamon sticks. I almost forgot a stitch marker from Mama Llama which I can't wait to use.

I missed the sale at Wool Girl for White Oak Studios tvyarn, I got ahold of Jana and she dyed me some of here Frosty the Snowman and Charlie Brown Christmas. When I seen these colors on the Adventures of Woolgirl and Abby, I had to have. Thank goodness for the Internet.

Gena, my sister, and I got together this week. We met at "Apple Yarn" in Bellingham. We looked and fondled yarn to our hearts content it was a real pleasure. After our fondling we decided to sit and visit and knit. We must have sat in the shop for about 4 hours it was fun, people would come up and look at what we were working on. I was just a great afternoon, then I had to go home and do housework yuk.
So keep the sticks clicking and have a great week.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

More Yarn

I'm beginning to sound like I've got a problem, but when I see a yarn I like I just have to buy. I did buy these two yarns in November on my birthday so I guess its o.k.

This yarn I got on Etsy from Poppy Flower Fibers in Boulder, Colorado. The yarn is named "Winter" a hand-painted superwash Merino. I really like these colors deep purple burgundy, green to all shades in between these shades. There is 500 yds so lots of yarn to play with. Super soft and squishy

The other yarn I purchased is also from Etsy Fat Cat Knits, "Bermuda Sand" a color that makes me want to play in the sun and sand. 75% wool 25% nylon 460 yds, lots to knit with. She did have some great colors but this one took my fancy, medium tones with warm neutral shades, light dusky oranges and soft ashy purples soft shades.

So this is the end of my birthday yarn shopping. What next...........

So after work today I decided to go by Apple Yarns just to see what they had, and because they where having a knit along sock knitting on Sundays from 12-2. I got off early and just want to see what other people where knitting. No one was knitting so I had to buy yarn. I found a sooooo very soft Alpaca Sox color #1875 Pebbles. 60%alpaca, 20% merino 20% nylon, 450 yards.
It has written: Reasons to Knit Alpaca Sox: luxurious blend of fibers, beautiful colors, superior softness and warmth. Made in Peru. They had just gotten this yarn in, I had a hard time trying to pick out what I wanted to buy I was drawn to Panda Silk, 52% bamboo, 43% merino wool and 5% combed silk talk about soft I think that will be my next purchase.
I've also ordered some yarn from "White Oaks Studio" I missed the Christmas sale of her yarns at Wool girl, so I emailed Jana and she is going to dye me yarn in "Charlie Browns Christmas" and "Frosty the Snowman", I fell in love with these two colors. I bought other yarns from Jana and love the feel she has some of the best color schemes that I've seen. I want to get in to her "Chick Flicks" Tvyarn Sock Club when she opens up her next round.
My socks are not doing as well The Wollmeise pattern was frogged just restarted it. My monkey sock are to the toe so I'll see what happens from there.
Well that's all for now. Keep those sticks a clicking. Happy holidays
Well that's all for now.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Snow and Knitting

Here is a picture of Micheal's car. We called it the Rhinomobile, his named for the car,till he took the snow off to go to work. It snowed Saturday and Sunday when everyone else in the area is getting rain up here in upper Whatcom County we get more snow and northeast winds coming out of the Fasier Valley. As it warmed up it turned to freezing rain and then finally rain. Today as least the roads where clear this morning.

Here's an update on my socks. Wollmeise Sock is coming along good. I like the colors and the pattern looks good with the yarn. To me its always so hard to get the two to look good together. I love how Sock that Rock knits up its such a treat to knit with.
The Monkey sock are coming along also its hard to work on both socks at the same time and to keep them at an even pace. I still love the colors of the yarn. Thank you so much Georgia from Yarn Pirate.
BFL still isn't on of my favorites but its coming along.
Not much else happening at this moment. So keep those sticks clicking and keep warm.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Today is my Birthday

Happy Birthday to me. Enough of that now.

I finished my Sock of Kindness today so that made me feel good. None of the yarn I ordered arrived today as planned I wanted present that I wanted not something I didn't want. Maybe tomorrow. With the Sock of Kindness done I have to come up with another sock to do. I'm going to work on two different sock at the same time that is not something I done. I am one of the weird people that to one project at a time and then start the next. So I'm going to try it can't say if it will work out. I have decided to make a pair of Monkey sock out of November, Yarn Pirates, Booty Club, Solstice, I love this yarn its so soft. The only thing I don't like is its BFL, just cause it splits easily. And the other project is called Wollmeise Sock by Monica Jines. You can down load it free from Loopy Ewe. I'm using Socks that Rock, Chapman Springs I like the colors. And it's out of my stash so that a good thing. Right.

For my birthday Tony got me some great flowers and taking me out to dinner. Christopher offered to take me out to dinner also but I turned him down and told him to buy a tool for school which he needs more, he taking auto body and doing great he love to work on cars. I'll have to take a picture of his truck and post if for everyone to see. I'm proud of him.

Well till next time keep the sticks clicking.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Here is November's Yarn Pirate Booty Club, Solstice, 420yd BFL.
I really love this color and I like the yarn, it is SO soft. Georgia has out done herself with this yarn I don't see how she keeps coming up with the colors. I think I have the pattern and will be winding this up and casting on. I cant wait to see how it will turn out.

Here is a picture of the yarn that I won from October's sock Elegance. I got to choice from site. Anni has some wonderful yarns and you can get all the past patterns used for the Sockamania group, she has some great patterns. I cant get to the November pattern but if all works out and no one wants or needs a new pair of socks.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

New Yarns and Sock Update

Here is a picture of my new yarns from Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock in Lightweight. The colors that I bought are (from left to right), Lucy, Panzanite, Pirates Booty, Oregon Red Clover Honey and Jingle Bell Rock. Oh the fun I will have with these new additions to the collection. I wanted to buy some of the new Raven collection that is out but I couldn't really decided with colorway I wanted and these colors I did want. So now to pick out the patterns to use, I have several in mind, will see how things go.

I also visited a LYS called Apple Yarns, I had just learned about it last week. But who should call me yesterday but Gena, my sister, she had just visited the store but didn't bother to call me till after she had already shopped. She let me know that they had Jitterbug so today after work I went and fondled yarn, they had a great sock yarn selection and then purchased Jitterbug, colorway Toscana 55. I don't know if I will be knitting it up right away or just putting it into the collection. I also found out that they have some great teachers and will be signing up for a private lesson on short row heels. I want to learn how to I understand the means of it, I'm just have trouble with the concept.

Here is an update on the sticks, I've got 1 sock done on the Sock of Kindness. This pattern is an easy one to learn and knits up fast. I have enjoyed doing this one and hopefully Kathi will like the sock also. I do enjoy knitting with Miss Babs yarn I have more in the collection and can't
wait to see what I can create with them.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sock Update

Just a moment to catch up on my socks, sorry I've been awhile.
My Sockamania sock and name was drawn out of the hat to win for October along with Not Just a Mom. Sure made me feel good since I never seem to win anything.
I just finished my Sedona socks for Brittney. I loved this pattern and it was a joy to work on and watch the pattern come out. Makes me feel good and I hope that Britt likes them.
Next on the needles I'm working on Sock of Kindness for a Friend at work, Kathi, she went through a large bag of yarn and choice this one. We'll see how these knit up with the pattern.
I have more yarn to come it and will update then. Till then keep the sticks clicking.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Woolgirl Sock Club

We have recieved our next shipment Jen from woolgirl keeps out doing herself. How does she do it. Great yarn Spunky Eclectic "Irish Dreams" dyed just for Woolgirl sock club, superwash sport with 10% nylon. A great pattern called Irish Dreams.
Lavender soap from Naiad Soaps, a cute magnet card with sheep on it. It is sooo cute. Some Irish teas and honey sticks, also inclosed was a stitch marker.
I can't wait for the next shipment Jen always makes you feel special.
Thank you so much.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Yarn Purchases

I now, that I've been bad but I do enjoy buying yarn, and so I have. I just wanted to show off my new purchases. I must admit I do love etsy to shop for all kinds of crafty items. Yarn is one of my weakness and I do love to feed it. I have several great buys.

One is from, she has some wonderful yarns. I bought Sugar Plum Fairies and Mint Chocolate Chip. Each yarn came with a stitch marker that goes with the yarn. Both yarns are so yummy. The yarns are 75% wool and 25% nylon and I can't wait to see how they will knit up. A great seller and a great find on etsy.

Also is a Beautiful yarn by "Stash Up Hand painted Yarns" colorway "Song To The Siren". It is a 50% Merino wool and 50% Tencel, this yarn feels so soft and I just can't wait to see how it knits up. I know that I'll buy more yarn from her.

I also purchased yarn from Bare Sheep Yarn Company on "eBay".
Colorway: Jenna, 100% Merino 560 yd. The colors are a soft pastels, yarn meant for a young girl. I'll come up with the right young person to give them too.

I have more yarns to come in. I told you I went on a shopping spree but it is November and its my birthday month and I LOVE to buy myself presents.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Sedona Socks

I started a new pair of socks, Sedona. It is a wonderful pattern and I am enjoying knitting it. The great part of this pattern is that the pattern called for Mama Llama's Bamboo Sock yarn the colorway used was Bella and I just happened to have this yarn in my stash. The yarn is 60/30/10 Merino/Bamboo/Nylon. The pattern is by Lisa Dykstra which you can purchase from here at

I've been shopping

Yes, once again I've been shopping, figured after working over 100 hours in the last pay period I deserved to treat myself. I made several purchases. Here's what has come in so far. From Anna Hostetler at a great sock bag. I had a hard time deciding on which one to choice so I choose a pirate theme. I love the bag its a great size and is reversible. Also some yarn I won on eBay form Julia's Yarn Store, 2 skeins of yarn, Salvia 100% merino color 20 an avocado green, pale apricot and cream. Each skein is 50 grams can't wait to see how it knit up. I purchases a set of Knit Picks Harmony needles size 0 and 1.
I have more purchase coming in and as they arrive I will share them here.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

the Little Can of Paint

I just had to share this it was an impulse buy but that's how I shop. I know its bad but sometimes I've just got to have it. I thought this was a great idea Yarn in a paint can from Lorna's Laces, a yarn I have wanted to try. I received it in the mail today, the paint can came with 2 skeins of yarn, a basic sock pattern and a set of needles No. 1 5.5" the color way "One of a Kind Dark". The can opens just like a paint can.

I made my purchase from They have several different colors. Like I said it just a great idea and would make a great swap gift.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Sockamania Sock

One Sock done for Oct. Sockamania Sock they are due by Nov. 10, I just might make it. I'm using Lime & Violets yarn for their wool POrn shop, which I love. This is their Vampyra Sock yarn, colorway Chakotay, 100% merino. Using US 1 needles I really enjoy this pattern by Anni Design for Sockamania called Elegance. I love how the cable goes down the sides of the leg it is very simple but very elegant all at the same time. I should have the second sock done by the first of the next week.

Holloween Sunday Buffet

How did it turn out, fairly good. If I had had more time it would have been better but you can't always count on that. But over all I thing it went well. We had a good crowd for the buffet and they eat well. Here is a picture of my crew from left to right, the Good Witch Amanda, Fairy Princess Brittany, Sheriff Dale, The Nerd or Geek Linda and the Nun myself. The front desk also joined in and dressed up as 80's jazz er size student, Nicole and Jen. While their front desk manager Dana came as Austin Powers, yea baby. We all had a fun day its great to get out of your everyday work uniform.