Thursday, December 20, 2007

Been Busy

It has been busy around here lately. I am babysitting for the neighbors tonight but this week has just flown by.

Monday was the Parent Tea that served apple juice and hot cider for the Punkinbug's preschool class. The absent minded knitter forgot to take the camera to take pictures during the event but managed to get a picture of the graham cracker house that we built together before the little girls of the house snarfed it down for dessert after supper on Monday. I really had a good time and I think the Punkinbug did too.

Tuesday, I got all my Christmas shopping done. Now I just have to wrap it.

Wednesday, I had Mom's group and just hung out at home and knitted on my sock.

I have been working on the Autumn installment of the Loopy Sock Club. I am done with the first sock and about a third of the way done with the second one. I am so glad I got to participate in this club. It is great stuff. I think they are turning out pretty good.

I am already thinking ahead to the next sock project.I am thinking of using this yarn. It is Seacoast Panda in Signs of Spring. I really like this yarn and this colorway. The colors tend to swirl around the foot which I really like. I am thinking of Monkeys maybe but not sure yet. I am open to suggestions if anyone wants to add one.

Thursday, December 13, 2007


I stole this from Deb at Wound Too Tight, her camera goes on all sorts of neat adventures. Check her out.

1. What’s your favorite sock yarns? Seacoast Handpainted, Fleece Artist, and Socks that Rock (I changed it from one kind to all the ones I really like)

2. What’s your favorite type and brand of sock needle? Knit Picks Options DPN's

3. Do you knit your socks toe up, cuff down, or sideways? Usually cuff down, I like heel flaps and I don't know how to do it toe up.

4. Do you knit both socks at once or just one at a time? I knit them one at a time.

5. What’s your favorite toe and why? A finished one. It means that I am done with the sock usually

6. Favorite heel? Slipped Stitch Heel Flap

7. Do you prefer plain or patterned socks? Patterned so they can be the same size.

8. Who do you knit the most socks for? Me, Me, Me, and did I say Me???

9. Do you darn your socks? If not, what do you do with them? I haven't had to yet but I need to reknit some toes on a pair since I knit them too short.

10. Do you only wear hand-knit socks? No but one day I hope to only wear handknit socks in the winter. I am not willing to mow the grass in handknits just yet.

Bonus question: What pattern, if any, is your basic “I-just-need-a-pair-of-socks” sock pattern based on? I liked the Monkeys and I will knit them again and I would like to make more Horcrux socks too.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Monkeys are Done!!!

I am pretty impressed with myself and theses socks. These are some seriously amazing socks. I was able to knit them in a little less than two weeks. That is really quick for me. I casted them on November 29, and finished them December 11. I used KnitPicks Options needles 1.5 and Memories sock yarn in the Fly Fishing colorway. These are for my sister in law. I was very tempted to make them for myself but I thought she would like them. I will make some for myself very soon though.

Since I finished up the Monkeys, I felt the need to cast on another pair of socks. I have decided I am going to try to use the yarns that I have wound into cakes so they get used. I had the Loopy Sock Club second installment wound up so I decided to cast them on. It is Claudia Handpainted Yarn. The Pattern is the Pheasant Run from Wildhorse Farm Designs. I am halfway through the leg on the first sock. I really like the pattern and the yarn but I am not too fond of all the knit through the back loops that are in it. I am determined to knit these sock club yarns with the patterns that came with them because they match so well.

The Branching Out scarf hasn't been touched since I blogged about it last week. I think I jinxed myself. I am making myself a little goal before the end of the year. I am not going to mention it again unless I actually make it. So hopefully I will have something exciting to announce in the new year that I reached this little goal.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Hey Hey it's a Monkey

I am probably the very last person in the knitting world that has not knit this sock. I am obsessed. I couldn't put it down most of the weekend. I had to for a little while because my arm started hurting from knitting on it so much. I really like this pattern and it looks so neat in just about any yarn. I am using the Knit Picks Memories in Fly Fishing. I cast it on Thursday night.

I also dug out a UFO out of the yarn box. It is the Branching Out scarf from Knitty. I didn't realize that I was about 30 percent done with it. I am hoping to finish it this week. We shall see.

As you can tell tell from the first picture, we managed to get out Christmas tree up over the weekend. I am a little irritated because one of the strings of lights are not lighting properly. Hopefully we will figure it out next year. I didn't want to take the time to figure it out this year.

We had snow and ice over the weekend so all plans were cancelled we stayed home for the most part. I am so not ready for winter this year for some reason. I want the pretty 70 degree weather back.