Friday, June 30, 2006

Yarny goodness!

Yay! Today 2 boxes arrived. First it was the Trekking from The Drunken Monkey. Such beautiful soft gray yummy sock yarn! Later I discovered that the yarn from Lisa at Black Sheep had arrived. It is really nice. I'll have to think of something really great to make with it.
Melissa asked what sock pattern I'm using. I have a book called Knit Socks. It's shaped like a sock. I don't remember the author's name right now. There's a pattern that has a little cable pattern. I really like it. I made my last pair in that pattern. However, I think my needles are too small. I knit really tightly anyways. I'm afraid these socks will be "bulletproof" LOL!
So, I decided to start a baby bib, ala Mason Dixon. Chris and Chaos put me over the edge, lol. She's been making baby bibs and Chaos has been modeling them. Too cute! I just love that kitty.
Speaking of kitties, Knitter Bunny has the cutest pictures of bunnies and kitties on her blog. And she posts lots of yarny goodness too!
Well, gotta run for now!
Hello Friday!

I cast on for a sock last night. I am using Lion Brand Woolese. I'm still not ready to use my "fancy" sock yarn yet that I've won in contests. I feel I need more practice on the cheapo stuff to make sure I won't mess up too badly when I do decide to use my special yarn. :) You see, I come from the world of craft stores and acrylic yarn. LYSs are foreign to me. I've never been into one. Using wool is new to me. So to me "real" sock yarn is special and fancy - kinda like gold, lol. So I want to savor it and use it wisely.

On another note, Deb is holding a contest on her blog . See if you can guess how many stitches are in her gorgeous shawl!
Have a great day!!!!

Thursday, June 29, 2006

I'm still here!

Tuesday I worked on some beaded jewelry for a swap with Trek.
I also decided not to put cuffs on the legs of the soaker and just use it as is. The leg openings are a bit tight, so I'm considering tinking and making it a little bigger in that area.
Oh, and I've also been winning again! Lisa held a random drawing from everyone answering her quiz, and I won! Yippee.
Well, gotta run!

Monday, June 26, 2006

Just a quick post

I won another contest today. It was on Liz's blog . I was completely surprised! This must be my week or something - hee hee! Thanks Liz - oh, what did I win? Yummy yarn, and Koigu to be exact! Yeah, I'm so excited - I've never even touched the stuff - now some is going to be mine, all mine! Bwa ha ha ha!

Oh, and I got to meet a Llama yesterday. The family and I went to a Freedom Festival. There was a petting zoo with lots of cute little animals including a brown llama. I went up to him (or her) and peered into it's deep brown eyes. Then its face drew closer to mine. I didn't know what it would do, but then it took a big "Snuff, snuff". Oh how cute that was! I wish I'd gotten a picture of it! :)

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Hey, I won a contest today!

I had entered a contest on Brooke's blog. and I won! I totally didn't expect to win. Yay me! LOL.

I finished the i-cord on the soaker, but still need to finish the legholes. Nothing else new here.....
Have a great evening!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Current Project

I'm working on a pair of soaker shorts for my littlest peanut. I've been using All In One cloth dipes, so acrylic yarn works fine for my use. (I've been using the heck out of the first one I made a few months ago. Need some more!) (Someday I may make some out of wool. But I need to use my squeaky stash! LOL!) I have the main part of the shorts finished. I just need the i-cord for the waist and to finish the leg holes. It's very plain jane, and beige vintage acrylic too. LOL! But I don't care, it's just for practical use.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

I learned to knit from my paternal Grandmother. I was probably around 10 to 12 years old. She gave me a little craft kit with plastic needles and such for a birthday gift. Later on I learned to crochet from my other Grandmother and her sister. Just a simple double crochet and a granny square. I was probably about 13. I made an afghan out of acrylic yarn in browns, beiges, tans, white, and the like. Just one huge granny square. I still have it, and in winter it graces our bed. It brings back lots of fond memories.

As time has progressed, I've always considered myself a knitter and crocheter, but never really grew in my skills. Last spring I had what seemed like an epiphany - there was so much more out there to learn! I became intensely interested in wool and spinning and so many other things I'd never held an interest in before. This past month I learned to knit socks. I had always scoffed at the idea in times past, but now I'm totally hooked on it! It's so much fun. I also knit a shawl (simple garter stitch in Patons Divine yarn) for a friend's upcoming birthday. Recently I also washed my first fleece. Then dyed some of it with Easter Egg dye, carded it, and am in the process of spindle-spinning it.
I've also begun making beaded stitch markers and hemp jewelry, and knitting on Knifty Knitter looms. And I really want to try some polymer clay projects. Making things is so fun and addicting!

Friday, June 16, 2006

Oh my. Happy Blogday to me. LOL. I've never done this before. Should be interesting.