Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve

I can't believe its here already. I joked about cancelling Christmas but didn't really plan on it.
I planned on getting a tree Saturday and decorating it on Sunday when I got home from work. But the sky opened up and snow fell so now we don't have a tree, no presents, no dinner and I have to work on Christmas. I guess I'll have to go with the twelve days of Christmas and I have a few more days till Jan. 12 to get things done.
The boys are going to be with Friends and Tony and I have decided to go to a movie after I get done with work. We haven't decided on which movie we want to see, Clint Eastwood or Brad Pitt both movies look like they will be good.
My knitting has been in a stall. I finished my scarf and the Waterlily socks. So not I have to cast on and that's where the problem is I can't find the right pattern for the yarn. There's pattern I want to knit but they don't go with the yarn that I have to use. So I keep starting and frogging. A great combination. I think I've got them going now.
Sock 1: I'm using Cherry Blossom Fiber "Purple Rain" pattern out of More Sensational Socks
Sock 2: White Oak Studio tvyarn "High Fidelity" pattern "Double Eyelet Rib Socks" by Wendy D. Johnson.
Sock 3: Yarn Pirate, Merino Tencel "Apple" pattern "No purl Monkey" one that works with most yarns.
Hopefully these patterns will work out I am tired of frogging.
So keep warm and Have A Great Christmas. Find sometime to knit.
Happily knitting socks, Bye.

Did You Know

What do You know about SNOW?
I know that it is cold, wet, made of ice, and each flake is different but not much else. It's snowing here today and we will have a white Christmas. But what is snow?

Snow is a type of percipatation in the form of crystalline water ice, consisting of a musltitude of snowflakes falling from clouds. Snow crystals form when tiny supercooled cloud droplets freeze. These droplets are able to remain liquid at temperatures colder than 0°C. because in order to freeze a few moleculses in the liquid droplet need to get together by chance to form an arrangement close to that in an ice lattice; then the droplet freezes around this 'nucleus'. Now thats the science of it.
Ice crystals formed in the appropriate conditions can often be thin and flat. These planar crystals may be simple hexagons, develop branches and dendritic (fern-like) features and have six approximately identical arms.The shape of the snowflake is determined broadly by the temperature, and humidity at which it forms. Rarely, at a temperature of around −2 °C (28 °F), snowflakes can form in threefold symmetry — triangular snowflakes. The most common snow particles are visibly irregular, although near-perfect snowflakes may be more common in pictures because they are more visually appealing.
The highest seasonal total snowfall measured in the United States was at Mount Baker Ski Area, outside of the town Bellingham, Washington during the 1998–1999 season. Mount Baker received 1,140 inches (29 m) of snow,thus surpassing the previous record holder, Mount Rainier, which during the 1971–1972 season received 1,122 in. (28.5 m) of snow. Guinness World Records list the world’s largest snowflakes as those of January 1887 at Fort Keogh, Montana;. allegedly one measured 15 inches (38 cm) wide.
Here a picture of home it's snowing and Micheal's car is once again known as "Rhino Car"
Keep warm and if you have snow enjoy it. Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Snow and Wind and Knitting

It snowed and we had a northeastern wind coming right down the Frazer Valley so our snow didn't stay on the ground. I think it blew to Bellingham because they got more snow there.
I missed one day of work so far. I could have made it in but I had the next two days off and didn't want to get stuck there. With my luck I wouldn't have enough to knit and would have lots of dead time. I took some pictures looking down the road at the barn not that far from the house. They where taken at 1:30 PM, 3:00PM and at dusk as the day got longer you could barely see the barn.

That was on Wednesday. Today we had sun but the next storm in due in Saturday night Sunday morning with more snow and wind. I plan on taking lots of knitting and clothes with me tomorrow so that if I have to stay I will be ready for anything.
Micheal is still unemployed but I has decided to go back to school and learn a trade. I am proud of him. Chris still is working and plans to move out next month. Micheal can't wait to get rid of his brother. Tony has been laid off from his job. So this is a depressing household. It's not that bad but I can't wait to go to work. I'm going stir crazy can't sit still don't want to do anything but I've got to move.
My knitting
I've been working on the scarf it was for Carmen but she quit so now it just a scarf. I tried several different patterns but I didn't find one I liked that went with the yarn. So I came up with the one I used and it looks good. It's a simple cable pattern. The yarn is Dream in Color Classy worsted weight, the colorway is Blue Lagoon. I like the slight changes of color in the yarn.

I finished Lucinda's Zigzag socks they turned out great and the yarn is so soft and easy to work with I'm glad to have more of Zen Garden Yarn. We had our work Christmas party on Tuesday and the girls want their socks so the ones I got done got socks and a few others got socks so I'm really close to being done. Maybe only 5 pairs to whip up fast. I'm almost done with my Waterlily sock and they are turning out wonderful I'm to the heel turn right now and should be working on them.

I got my last Woolgirl Sock Club Kit today and I love it!!!!!!!! One of my all time favorite dyers was the featured dyer Hazel Knits. I love the color.

Here's what we got:

  • A skein of handpainted yarn "Whispering Pine" Hazel Knits
  • Pine Cone Sock pattern by Anne Hanson of Knitspot
  • A Whimsical World of Thomas Joseph 2009 Desk Calendar
  • A set of 25 knit tag designed just for the club
  • A pinecone evergreen stitch marker from Spindle Cat Studio
  • 10% off coupon from you know where Woolgirl
  • Hershey's Kisses

This is a great kit. Jen must have been reading my mind because I have been thinking she needs to get Wendee to come up with a great yarn and she did I couldn't be happier.

Well I have to get knit and I have to fix dinner so keep your feet warm in wool socks and keep those sticks aclickn'.

Happily knitting sock, Bye.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Did You Know

What do you know Christmas trees?

I thought this would be interesting this time of the year. So here goes something that I found out.
Christmas trees are one of the most popular traditions with the celebration of Christmas. The Egyptians were part of a long line of cultures that treasured and worshipped evergreens. When the winter solstice arrive, they brought green date palm leaves into their homes to symbolize life's triumph over death.
The Romans celebrated the winter solstice with a fest called Saturnalia in honor of Saturnus, the god of agriculture. They decorated their houses with greens and lights and exchanged gifts. They gave coins for prosperity, pastries for happiness, and lamps to light one's journey through life.
Centuries ago in Great Britain, woods priests called Druids used evergreens during mysterious winter solstice rituals. The Druids used holly and mistletoe as symbols of eternal life, and place evergreen branches over doors to keep away evil spirits.
Late in the Middle Ages, Germans and Scandinavians placed evergreen trees inside their homes or just outside their doors to show their hope in the forthcoming spring. Our modern Christmas tree evolved from these early traditions.
The First Christmas tree in America is claimed by Easton Pennsylvania where German settlers erected on tree in 1816. A German immigrant August Imgard was the first to popularise Candy Canes on the tree.
Now all over the world people associate Christmas with a tree. It doesn't matter if its a fake one or a real tree, they all make the season more merry and festive.
My all time favorite tree is Charlie Browns tree. Even the smallest and the simplest can be beautiful its all in how you see it.

This is just a little bit that I found in a quick search. I hope you have a great Christmas tree. If you enjoy my "Did You Know" posting please feel free to leave a comment. I'm having fun looking out things that I want to know about.

So till later. I'll update you on my happenings. So keep warm its cold outside. Bye.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Update On Life

I can't believe it's almost Christmas how's the shopping coming along out there? Anyone done? I haven't started yet. I'm one of those shoppers that wait till the last minute to do any of there shopping. I don't know what to buy, I don't have the money sometimes I wish there wasn't so much put on the gifts and but on the true meaning of what Christmas is suppose to be about.

Tony's job is going good. He comes home with a headache from having to use his brain and not from using his hands. He complains about all the meeting and numbers he has to crunch but that's what they are paying him to do.
Micheal lost his job the first part of this month. Not enough work and he screwed up so the company took the easy way out with him. He's now looking for a new job. Who knows what that will be.
Chris is working as much as usual. He seems to like his work and he is detailing cars on the side. So he seems to have lots of side work.
I'm working not as much as I want but I do have a job. I'm knitting to get my Xmas knitting done I have come to a realization that I'm not going to make it. But I have promised to finish by the end of January I have 20 pairs for them to pick through. I just don't know it I have enough of the right sizes.

I have been making Knitting bags and have made several different types I am thinking of selling them on Etsy to help support my yarn habit. I'll have to post a picture of them and you can tell me what you think. Please leave feedback because that's the only way I will know if they are good.
Well I've got to clean up after dinner so keep your feet warm and those needle clickn'.
Happily knitting socks, Bye.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Did You Know?

What do you know about Sumas? Sumas, Washington, located on the U.S. /Canadian boundary was once an area covered by a swamp-like lake. Sumas (pronounced Soo’mass) means "land without trees". When the first white man stumbled upon Sumas, in approximately 1850, the area was inhabited by Indians belong to the tribe known as the Nooksacks. The first known white men entered the area around 1852. They were trappers, intent on finding new resources of beaver, bear and deer. There were no roads into Sumas. The only means of travel was water.
Sometime in the late 1870’s the first permanent settlers arrived in what is now Sumas with the intent to stay. Like the tourists who visit today, the first homesteader in Sumas, Robert T. Johnson, came because of the scenery. Three major railroads united at Sumas in 1891 making the area the hub for railroaders, prospectors and mill workers. These rails allowed direct service to and from Vancouver, B.C., Whatcom (now Bellingham) and Seattle. In 1891 the port of entry was established to watch over the border. In 1891 the port of entry was established to watch over the border.
In 1897 the community was rocketed by the discovery of gold in the Mt. Baker area.Practically, overnight gold fever hit Sumas. Within days the mountains were swarming with prospectors anxious to strike it rich. As the residence of the three men and the closest point of civilization, Sumas became the outfitting center for all this activity. Sumas exploded.
But you know how mining town's go.
Farming came in the area - Dairy Farmers sprouted up in our valley and still play an important role in the area's economy. Strawberries and Raspberries are also very inportant in growth here.
Sumas was also the setting of the horror-schlock feature film - "killer Bees".
So here are a few facts about my town. In the summer we have Sumas Days, Jr Rodeo, Car Shows and The Bull-a-rama.

Have a great day, happily knitting socks, Bye.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Count Down Till Christmas

Well the countdown is here and is my knitting done? Not yet but here's where I'm at.
I know I won't get all my socks done but I'll be close, I miss maybe by 3 or 4 pairs. So that's not to bad I will get then done by the end of January.
Here's what on the Needles now:

I have one done and one to go. This is the "Waterlily Sock" Pattern by Stephanie, She designed a beautiful pattern. I won this pattern on her blog I had bought another pattern and without knowing that she was having a contest, I won this one. I love how this is turning out and don't know it I want to give it up. Aida picked out the yarn by "The Natural Dye Studio". This yarn is a dream to work with it is a merino and tencel blend, its so soft and smooshy.
The second sock is "Zigzag Sock" by Christine Walter, you can find this pattern in Vogue Knitting The Ultimate Sock Book. This is a very easy pattern to memorize and to knit up. Lucinda picked out this yarn by Zen Yarn Garden, a handpainted 70% superwash merino/20% bamboo & 10% nylon yarn, the colorway is Banana Raspberry.
I'm also working on another test knit I'm using yarn from White Oak Studio I don't have enough done to show you but will soon.
Yarny News

For my birthday I treated myself to some yarn I want to make some fingerless gloves I can get them done sometime just don't know when. I bought some Noro Taiyo, it a 40% cotton, 30% silk, 15% wool and 15% nylon colorway 6. I can't wait to see how it knits up.

I also bought Cascade Yarns The Heathers In a dark green this picture doesn't do the yarn any justice. It is 100% Peruvian Highland Merino Wool I cant wait to use this for fingerless gloves its soft and I know it will be warm.

In the mail I also got from Woolgirl The Peppermint Patty Kit and all I can say is WOW WOW WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!

Jen had out done herself once again, just when you don't think it's possible she does it again. This is a great kit did I say that already sorry but it's so true. We got:

  • Yarn from Miss Babs "Peppermint Patty" with a mini-skein of red for toe/cuff.
  • Peppermint Twist pattern by Christina Bain
  • An Accessory bag by Sheila of Sheila D Bags
  • A peppermint crocheted tape measure for Lantern Moon
  • A fun peppermint themed stitch marker by Sunneshine's Stitch Markers
  • A Peppermint pencil
  • A Peppermint Patty Soap Bar by Erin for Naiad Soap Arts
  • Peppermint Patty chocolates and Peppermint Striped candies
  • Peppermint Patty hot cocoa

Well that's it for now so keep your feet warm in wool socks and those sticks aclickn'.

Happily knitting socks, Bye.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Did You Know?

What do you know about Mt Baker? I've thought about it and wanted to tell you about the Mountain that's in my backyard. Not really but close enough. I've always love the snowcapped mountains from a young child, it's a love my dad pasted down to me. So I want to share a few fun facts about Mt Baker.
The Mountain is 10,778 feet tall, it is the 4th tallest in Washington State and the 6th tallest in the Cascade Range. It can be seen from Vancouver BC, with some parts of Everett and Seattle that can see Baker to the SW. It is an active volcano though it hasn't erupted since 1880, there are steam puffs and small tremors.
After Mount Rainer, Baker is the most heavily glaciated of the Cascade volcanoes: the volume of snow and ice on Mount Baker is greater than that of all the other Cascades volcanoes (except Rainier) combined. It is also one of the snowiest places in the world; in 1999, Mount Baker Ski Area, located on a subsidiary peak, set the world record for snowfall in a single season—1,140 inches (95 feet).

Till later keep those feet warm in nice wool socks.
Happily knitting socks, Bye.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Here's Some Pictures

Nov 30, Sunset:

Heartache Smoke Rings:

Closeup of the Heartache Smoke rings:

On the Sock Front:
Here are the socks that I'm working on right now: Aida's socks are "Waterlily Socks" by Stephinie. The yarn is from The Natural Dye Studio, I can't remember the colorway's name. The yarn is a Merino Tencel blend and it is so soft, I just might want to keep it for myself. I know that I will make this pattern again for me I love how it looks.

This other pair is for Lucinda called Zigzag Socks out of the book Vogue Knitting The Ultimate Sock Book. Yarn is from Zen Yarn Garden her Merino, Bamboo Handpainted yarn colorway, Banana Raspberry. It is a fun pattern and I like how it looks.

I will be starting a new test knit this week by Owl in Socks Designs. Her first sock pattern called "Aliens & Aztecs Sock Pattern it looks like a fun pattern to knit.

Well that's all I have for you now, keep your feet warm in wool socks and those sticks aclickn'.
Happily knitting sock, Bye.

I Miss It

I meant to blog yesterday and missed it by minutes so I guess I can't say Happy Birthday to Me.
oh well. I did have a good day. I worked but got lots of hugs from my crew and that made me feel good. Tony took me out for dinner and to Silver Reef Casino, where we had fun and I lost but won a little while Tony won good. At least it kept me in cash to keep loosing. So Happy Birthday to me. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving dinner we are having ours today Sunday. So I'll take some pictures and I'll blog then with pictures and show off what I have done with my knitting. Keep your feet warm with wool sock and keep those sticks aclickn'.
Happily knitting sock, bye.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


My work in progress: No camera again so no pictures.
I finished my Heartache Smoke Rings I like how it turned out. All I have to do is block it I can't wait to see how well the pattern stands out. I was thinking of using this pattern and making a shawl doing it in lace weight. But that will have to wait till all my socks are done.
I'm almost done with my test knit on the second sock into the heel flaps I want to finish it in the next day or too.
I'm going to start a pair of socks for Aida. She picked out yarn from the Natural Dye Studio, the yarn is a Merino Tencel mix in a monochrome Blue. I'm thinking about using the pattern "WaterLily" pattern by verybusymonkey or the pattern "Pillars" by Lisa Stichweh both patterns can be found on Raverly. I just want a pattern that will look great and is fast to knit. I then have a to make Lucinda, Janice, Katy, Debbie and Marsha socks. Scarves for Carmen and Rosa. Then my coworker knit should be done. WILL I MAKE IT? I know I have to knit fast and get lots of hours in on it so I guess I better get off the computer and get to work.
I also want to sell some scarves I have made and some sock bags on etsy but its all a matter of time and there's not enough time in the day to get it all done. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and eat a piece of pie for me.
Keep your feet warn in nice wool socks and those sticks aclickn'.
Happily Knitting socks, Bye.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Football Sunday

I decided to take today off to spend the time with Tony. How stupid was that, he had a meeting to go to and now I'm all alone. So much for that great idea. So I thought I would type away.
The Seahawks are actually winning their game which I can't believe it. They are ahead not by much but it could be a win.
My knitting is coming along. I've gotten 1 sock done on my test knit. One to go, it's a simple pattern but I still have to pay attention. I'm also working on my Heartache Smoke Rings, I've almost have it done I've got about a quarter of the skein left to knit up and the that will be done.
I still have to get started on 5 more socks, which if I don't get them going I might not get them done. And I have 2 scarves to knit. I shouldn't have made the cowl but I loved that pattern and the yarn go so great together how could I not do it.
Seahawks are not behind so a victory is slipping away maybe next game which is on Thanksgiving they play the Dallas Cowboys. It's been a long time since we played the Cowboys and we lost 51-7 and Jim Zorn was the quarterback so it been a long time. Lets all hope that next year with a new coach and rebuilding the team we will have a good team.
So keep those feet warm in wool socks and Keep the sticks aclickn'.
Happily knitting warm socks, Bye.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Knitting News

Here are the socks that I have finished: I'm done with Maria's Roundabouts. I used Ruth Greenwald pattern Roundabout the yarn is by Yarn Pirate for her Booty Club Calamity. I changed the pattern to work the pattern through the foot. I like the change it made in the sock I don't like stockinette for long stretches in a pattern.

I also finished my sock I name Woodland Waterfalls. The pattern is
from Woolgirls first sock club pattern "Waterfalls" by Miss Babs, I used Miss Babs Yummy Superwash Sport 3ply "Woodland Viola". This pair of socks was an easy pair to knit done in 4 days the only hard part was to find a pattern that fit the yarn I tried 5 different pattern before this one worked out. But I like the end results. I made the leg a little longer then the pattern called for and had just enough yarn left over. I had about 6 yds. left so I called it a bit close.

I am now working on a cowl the pattern is "Old Shale Smoke Rings" by Cosette Cornelius-Bates. The yarn is another Miss Babs "Yummy" Hand-Painted Sock & Baby Yarn - 2 ply Superwash. I received this yarn from a test knit for Woolgirl and Miss Babs when I seen this pattern I knit the yarn I had to have. I can't wait to finish to see how it looks so far so good. The colorway is Heartache a beautiful flow of blues, lavender and grey.

I am also working on a test knit for KRW Studio which I will post a picture when I'm allowed to. My socks for work is coming along, I think I only have 5 more pair to make before Christmas and 2 scarves to get done I will get it all finished somehow.

New Yarn
Here is the yarn that I got from the test knit for Woolgirl and Miss Babs. Form the left Bluegrass, Lilacs, Tapestry and Heartache. Mom claimed the Lilac for a pair of socks. So I guess I get the others.
On the Home Front
All is going well, Tony's job is keeping him busy. The boys are keeping busy with work and girls or so they say. I just wish they would move out and start their own lives instead of draining mine. Work for me is going well, I finally miss restaurant and am thinking about going back or at least to banquets. I need a challenge again.
Well that about it for now.
So keep your feet warm with nice wool socks. So keep those sticks aclickn' Happily knitting socks. Bye.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Knit Night

Knit Night
I don't know if I've mentioned that I am in a knit night at the local library every Monday night. We meet for about 90 minutes we have a great time and lots of laughter. The great part we don't have to be quiet even though it is in a library. The head librarian, Penny, got me to do this and I get to teach people how to knit or its people that want to learn how to knit socks. That is the greatest part to me. The other night this young man came up to us and want to take out pictures to be put in the local free paper Foothills Gazette.

Here's the picture and the article: my fellow knitters are: my Mom, Carolyn Markham, Josefine Bruschek and Nancy Ernst. You can see Nancy is working at her first sock. We started out with about 6 people and the dropped off because of summer we have had several people show interest and they want to learn, so I will show up every Monday unless something shows up that I can't make it. I promise to post on my knitting later. I finally got my camera back. so I'll have pictures and I'll get you up to date.
Happily knitting.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Tale from Vegas

I know this is late but my mind is failing and I kept forgetting to include this.
From last years Woolgirl Sock Club in our February shipment we got the cutest heart project bags. I absolutely love mine and use it all the time to take my knitting with me to work, the bag is waterproof and has straps so it will go everywhere. I used this bag all the time when we were in Vegas. We where in New York New York and I had to use the restroom, while washing my hand this lady came up to me and says "You're part of the Woolgirl Sock Club, don't you just love your bag." So we talked for awhile about the different socks and all the wonderful things that we got with them. Its so great to meet knitters from all over the country and then to meet by a sock bag. I'll be back later I just had to share. Bye

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

What's on the Needles


Just thought I would show you what I bought with some of my winnings from Vegas. I've had these two colorways in my cart since they first came out so I bought them. They are Socks That Rock Lettuce Knit and Basan. I really like both. I can't wait to see how they knit up. Then I paid a few bills and now its all gone.
At least it was fun. I miss the sun and the warmth to come back to the rain is no fun I have to admit I'm freezing. Where's my wool socks!!!!!!

On the needles I'm working on a pair of sock for Maria. She picked out Yarn Pirate's Calmity BFL superwash. I picked the
pattern "Roundabout Socks" by Ruth Greenwald. It's a fun pattern the only part I changed was to continue the pattern down the foot because I don't like doing a plain knit it gets boring so I worked in pattern. It doesn't look to bad.
One down one to go. I've got a few more sock to make before Christmas for the crew I work with and then a few personal socks to make so about 6 or 8 pairs to go. The challenge is will I make it.
Well I guess I'll get back to work, I'm planning a dinner for tomorrow Turkey Dinner. My sister and her hubby will be here so I might as well cook a good dinner. Mom and Dad will be going south soon. So we have all the holidays at on time. Plus I have a dentist appointment tomorrow to get rid of this tooth ache. So till next time keep your feet warm and those sticks aclickn'.
Happily knitting socks, Bye.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Our Trip to Vegas

We had fun and the sun was shinning The temperature was in the 80's so it felt so good and then to come home to the rain what a let down. We stayed at the Luxor. Went to a few shops and gambled a little, lost a lot, came home with little. But I have to admit I did get some kitting done, I made a pair of socks. The pattern is called Duckies by Samantha Hayes and I used Zen Yarn Garden Sport Weight, on size 3 needles so you can imagine how fast these went. You are right fast and they are done. Also of the needles are the Scroll Sock they are done.

I have on the needles now are a pair of socks by Ruth Greenwald, The Yarnarian, her pattern Roundabout, I'm using Yarn Pirate from her sock club, Calamity. Not much else is going on around here. Just a quick update that I'm back and alive and broke. The last picture of the slide show is my drunk self portrait.

So till next time, Keep those feet warm in wool socks and those sticks aclickn'.

Happily knitting socks, Bye.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

A Day at Work

A Day at work at what I attempt to do and the people whom I work with: Just a few shot around the hotel, I love this time of the year with the trees in there beautiful colors. Here we are at lunch and around the table is, from left to right, Debbie whom you can just see, Lucinda, Angelica, Elsa, Aida, whom hid from the camera all day, and Maria aka Lulu. Here is Angelica, Elsa, Marcia and Debbie looking at some pictures of Debbie's trip to New York. Of course I couldn't leave out our front desk manager Dana. Now down to work here's the laundry room Monday morning after check out on Sunday, we all hate Sundays, the folding room where I help out every once in awhile. Here I caught Daniel making a bed, something that never happens. A quick look around the hotel on the inside the Lobby, the pond there is a wall waterfall that goes in the pond and the indoor pool. The hotel is lovely and a great place to work. But after a long hard day at work there is nothing like chocolate and I get this little goody at Fred Myers right next door a Brownie Tower. I have to admit it take me two days to eat it is very very rich but oh so good.

Now for some yarny news:
I have one sock done and working on the second one I want to have it done this week. After frogging it out it is turning out good and I like this pattern I did the pattern down the heel something I haven't done before.

I also got October's Woolgirl shipment I don't know about the yarn it's not one of my faves but I love the dyer. The yarn is by Yarntini and she dyes some of the yummiest yarn colorway Plum Blossom. Also in the kit we got a pattern by Chrissy Gardiner of Gardiner Yarn Works called Sakura Socks (Cherry Tree), a Woolgirl notepad with a pen, a packet of Cherry Blossom tea, a mesh tea ball and a sugar stick, a gorgeous gift box by Biggs and Featherbelle and inside body butter bar and body soak both scents Cherry Blossom created just for this Woolgirl kit, a stitch maker by White Oak Studios. We also got information on the 2009 sock Club. Which I signed up for who would with the great job that Jenn does.

Tony and are are headed for Vegas next week for a little fun and sun and of course some gambling. so I will post later next week when we get back. So keep your feet warm with wool socks that you make. Keep those sticks aclickn'.
Happily knitting socks, Bye.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

My Work in Progress

Here's what I've been up to:

My Knitting:
I had to frog my scroll sock I dropped a stitch but I didn't read the pattern right so I frogged it. No problem I like how it look now better but I did like the other pattern so I might make one that way later on. I want to get it done in the next week.
I'm also doing another test knit for Jen and I really like this pattern it is, Violets Rising by Anne Hanson, a knitspot pattern. I have to admit that the pattern was intimidating to me I don't like patterns that you have to actually pay attention to. Each row was different I had to start over 3 times so I learned after the 3 rip out to pay attention. But I love how the pattern is turning out.

It's Fall Charlie Brown arrived the other day and WOW what a kit. I love the sock bag I can't wait to use it. The yarn is Miss Babs that just screams fall. Jen finds the best things for her kits that she put out. She put out the call for Sock Club 2009 and of course I signed up who wouldn't this will be the only sock club that I will be in this year. I wanted to get into the Loopy sock club but Woolgirl is so GREAT why sign up for any other one. Of course I will continue with the special kit she puts out. I need more yarn.

One of my great loves is Sock bags and so, I have decided to make them and try to sell them. I would show a picture but my Internet is on the slow side and the pictures are not loading up on flicker. But I am making them in the round. They seem to be a little bigger that way, I like lots of room I carry a lot of items. They are 9" tall and about 6" in diameter. They have a drawstring closure. There is lots of room for yarn, pattern, my notion bag, sock in progress in needle keeper, cell phone and other thing I might need at work when I'm working on my socks. I'll show you whats in there.
Hopefully I can get pictures up tomorrow, some days I can't get any where with my Internet connection. So that's about it for now so keep those sticks aclickn'.
Happily knitting sock, Bye. Got it in this morning. Thanks for waiting.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

My Knitting and the Family

Sorry it's been a while since last post but life has gotten in the way. My days off have been messed up it seems like forever. Starting this week I go back to Wednesday and Thursday off so now I can plan things to do. Such as blogging.
We ripped up the garden, pulled out the tomato plants summer is really over. I didn't want it to end it seems like it ends to soon. Summer just doesn't last long enough and winter last too long. I love fall with all its colors the trees changing makes me love this time of the year. I'll take some pictures in the next day or two.
Well lets see about the family:

Tony: He's been offered a new job, at the Nooksack Casino's. He has been offered a job as Food and Beverage Director of both Casino's. He has his work cut out for him. But its a challenge that is right up his alley, their food cost are out of line and Tony is a numbers person so it a good fit for him. He will start the beginning of November.
Micheal is still working and is keeping himself busy. He bought an '87 Mustang his project car. He's got it running sort of, he says good now but its noise. Just some TLC mom that's all it needs, he keeps reminding me.
Chris well that's a story all by himself. I just don't know about him. He is working two jobs, No 1 Collision and a Detail shop in Everson. I don't see him all that often. He still is trying to get an apartment to move out in a month or two I'll believe it when it happens.
Me: Seems like work is taking up more of my time. From what I hear we are going to be slowing down and the days will be shorter and I will have more knitting time. And that's all I want more time for me.
My Knitting

I finished a pair of socks that I have been working on I made "No Purl Monkeys" they re a fast pair of socks to knit I think it only took around 8 days to knit them up. They are for Angelica, one of the maids a work, I have 9 more pairs to get done before Christmas. I started this goal to get a pair of sock for all the maids that I work with a gift of socks. There is around 15 maids about 8 of them get to pick out yarn that they like the rest get to pick sock out of the bag.
I am working on several pair right now. #1: A pair of sock using STR from the Raven Clan, Grawk, the pattern is by Krystofer Dixon called "Calpernia". This sock was inspired by the crazy Addams family.. When finished this should look like Gothic windows going down your foot, is his description. Its a toe-up sock I'm beginning to enjoy knitting socks this way.

So I'm working on this sock #2: Scroll Socks by Anne Designs for the Sockamania & Sockamania Plus Group. I change the pattern a bit, I change needle size from a US 2 to a 1 and it change the whole pattern. The scrolls are smaller and I need to knit more of them then the pattern called for but I like how this is turning out and it's a fast knit. I just finished turning the heel and on the the dreaded gusset, I dislike this part. Always have and always will I like the short row heel but it makes the foot so long and seems to take forever to knit that. I guess I just can't please myself.

I'm also working on a sock for Woolgirl it's more of a challenge, I had to frog it out and start over. I need peace and quiet, something that's always short around this house. I will get it done.

Sock Kits From Woolgirl:

Woodstock arrived. Its a great great kit the yarn is so yellow just like Woodstock This one I can't wait to knit but will have to wait till after Christmas I was these for me. In the kit I got yarn, from Jana of White Oak Studio, Woodstock pattern by Lisa Dykstra, A woodstock knitting accessory bag, a pack of Woodstock and Snoopy cards that matches the fabric of the bag, a Woodstock stitch marker, a key chain, lots of CANDY and a music CD a gift from Woolgirl, song from Woodstock. What a kit.

I also received WWW (The Wicked Witch of the West) and this is one great kit.

We got a skein of yarn from Jana again, Where's My Broom sock pattern by Kelly Kubicz, a boxy knitting accessory bag, 2 notepads with WWW designs on them, a stitch marker, a fun tin to store your stitch makers in, a cool broom pen, jelly beans, Witchy Halloween hot chocolate that turns orange and a bookmark. I can't wait for the next kit Glenda the Good Witch which I signed up for. Jen, Woolgirl, sent out notices for her sock club for next year and I signed up again. This will be the only club I sign up for this year because she has the best club and no other can compare to it. I think her sock kits and the sock club should keep me happy for another year.

Well the football game is on and I have to sit and knit and watch "Go Seahawk" Beat the Packers. So keep those warm sock coming off the stick and the sticks aclickn'.

Happily knitting socks, Bye.