Friday, August 26, 2005

Work With Me!

Work With Me!

mental note: crochet

new socks knitalong

I keep forgetting to post this.

I started a new socks knitalong:


a knitalong to go along with the socks in the socks, socks, socks book. Please, please join!!!

free yarn

Got this in an email from another group. I just checked the link & it looks like they are still offering it! for those interested free disco yarn from bernat if not maybe someone u know might enjoy your free ball to add to their free ball to complete a project.
Terms & Conditions
a.. Limit one ball of Bernat Disco per household, address and envelope.
b.. Requests must be received by 01/01/2006
c.. Offer not valid where prohibited by law
d.. No requests from groups, clubs or organizations will be honored
e.. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery
f.. No P.O. Boxes, only street or rural addresses are acceptable
g.. Spinrite LP is not responsible for any technical malfunction or other problems which may delay, mutilate or in any other respect result in a request not being received.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

an FO - my first sweater!!

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usI finished my first sweater!! Yeah! It's, umm, big. That's all I can say about it, besides the fact that it was an incredibly easy knit. I've been scared to do sweaters, but geez, socks are more complicated, and socks are EASY!! What have I been waiting for?? Free Image Hosting at

The sweater was made from "The Sweater Workshop: Knit Creative, Seam-Free Sweaters on your Own with Any Yarn" by Jacqueline Fee. My sweater was made with size 6 needles for ribbing and 8 for the body & short sleeves, with a gauge of about 5 stitches to the inch. It's just plain ole acyrlic. Yes, I know, it's not wool. I admit, I'm turning into a yarn snob, but for my first practice real sweater (I've made two tops after all) I wanted to use yarn that I didn't care about. The light pink & off white I picked up at a yard sale for $1 along with some other yarns; the dark marron main color was from Aunt Mary's bought ages ago (2 years ago??) and the rest of the pinks were from another yard sale bag down in CT for $1.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

I'm a winner!!

Guess what email I got this morning??

"Congrats! You won the skein of Opal Parrot, and we will be mailing it out on Monday to:

Anastacia Zittel
19 Oxford Avenue 3R
Dudley, MA 01571

Thank you for entering, and happy knitting!

- Suzanne Wynn
Editor, Cincinnati Knitting"

yeah! I'm so excited! If you haven't checked out Cincinnati Knitting yet, go now! If you see a pattern you like, print it out now... they don't keep patterns after the current issue.

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usThat's me knitting at six flags new England - yup, I smuggled in knitting! Through the metal detectors and all. My father helped! LOL So here I am knitting, well, in actuality posing with my knitting because we were about to jump off of the ride. I don't think anyone would appreciate me holding up the ride just so I could knit one more round on my socks.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

another charity afghan done

I took a break from knitting yesterday to assemble some squares into another lapghan for the nursing home. I have to admit I cursed the whole time I did it - I wanted to knit, damnit, not crochet!! LOL But I'm glad I finished another 'ghan & I will try to get a few more done soon.

Finally added a blog counter & one of those blog advertising things. I'm hoping to get a few more people visiting my blog. I really have no idea who comes to visit. I know I don't post funny things or beautiful photos of FOs every day, but I get hardly any comments :(. I love the comments I do get & they make me feel special, but geez... I look at other blogs with 100 comments on every post, or more, and I just feel like the fat,ugly, teenager I was all over again.

Enough whine.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

flame chevron stitch socks

I actually have another pair of socks, done, but I haven't scanned them yet. So, I'm proud to present, the flame chevron socks!

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usToe up, using leftover esprit yarn. I believe I used 48 stitches using five needles. The pattern stitch is the flame chevron stitch (from a second treasury of knitting patterns, by BW), a multiple of 7 stitches. On the instep, I just added extra knit stitches where needed; on the leg, I added one full repeat on either side of the instep, keeping the pattern the same on the front (so one side, it's off a bit, but you can't notice it at all unless you know what to look for) for half a repeat, ribbing the remainder stitches in the back. After that I just did ribbing for an inch or so, and voila! They are done! They fit beautifully, though they fit a little loose right now. They'll fit perfectly after being washed.

I'm really excited about these socks as they are my most complicated lace socks yet. I remember when I did the cloverleaf socks as part of the six socks knital, and they were SO hard to do! And what is that, a six round repeat?? LOL I absolutely adored this pattern, and once I did one repeat all the way through, it was so easy to follow, I really only looked at the directions once or twice after that. I will definitely be making these again

Thursday, August 11, 2005

socks FO

This is the finished pair of socks from last week, that I finished up during a thunderstorm.

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and finally the finished "story of the socks" socks - I actually finished them Monday night, but I kept forgetting to put up the photo:

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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

the summer top

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usI finally got the pics from my mom. She took them with her camera, so they actually came out! This is the summer top I made for the summer knitalong I joined. It's based on a Vogue Knitting pattern from last summer, but I converted it to the round & did my own color changes. I used mostly recycled sweater yarn, but I had some leftover yarn & added that too. I love my top & I am dying to make another one.Free Image Hosting at

And another picture of me knitting, from Sunday, courtesy of my mother:Free Image Hosting at

My dad and I, at the falcon show, posing with the famous dragster car, Wild Child. This car even has its own model! Free Image Hosting at

The four of us, at the castle:
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PS - is it just my computer not showing the photos from flickr?? They were working when I set it up over at my parents' house.

Monday, August 08, 2005

the story of a sock

OK it'll be a long post today, I think.

First of all, Friday we spent the night at my parents house. I knitted in the dark, outside on my parents three seasons porch, surrounded by candles, and finished up my blue/green elann sock it to me socks. They are done! I'll scan them sometime & put them up. They are toe up, straight st st until after the heel turn, and then I did various stitch patterns & ribbings for the leg.

So, Saturday morning Jon & I left to meet my parents in CT for the falcon show in Vernon. They paid for us to go as an early anniversary present. On the way down, I knit this:Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usbut before we got there, I realized the toe was a disaster: too loose, the figure 8 cast on was too many stitches, the increases were funny, etc. So I frogged.

And, unbelievably, that was THE ONLY KNITTING I DID ALL DAY! yes, I'm yelling - I know you all sympathize with me. It was horrible but I had absolutely no time for knitting.

So Sunday I was determined to rectify that. I knit wherever I went, and tried to take lots of pictures as I went along. It's the story of a sock!! I used purple silja for the toe & heel (and for the ribbing when I get that far) 60 stitches on size 1 needles. The body of the sock is hand dyed yarn (pictured earlier) to create stripes, I believe it was also silja yarn. My thoughts on silja? Don't ever buy it again, it splits, it's not terribly soft, it's thicker than I thought it would be (I think it's actually almost a sport weight, but nowhere does it say that on my package). Free Image Hosting at

So, here is the toe that I knit in the morning while getting dressed, packing to leave the hotel, and during breakfast:

and here's my darling Jon driving while I am knitting (ah, isn't he sweet??)
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and here I am knitting at Gillette Castle. Yes, I knit everywhere there! Unfortunately, my cheap digital camera & I disagreed with each other yesterday; I forgot to change the setting off of macro, so none of the photos of me socknitting there came out. My mom took a few of me, so hopefully I can get them from her and add to my sock journey adventure.

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So after we wandered the castle & the state park there, we headed down to the water for snacks & to read our books. Of course I wasn't putting down my knitting for NOTHING... here's where I am now:

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usCan't really see it, can you?? But I am a little farther along on that endless sock toe.

Finally, after a few more adventures on the road, we were home, and here I am with my first sock, just about at the heel turn:

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So, here we are at the library this afternoon, I didn't have a chance to start the heel of this sock yet, but not for lack of trying: Free Image Hosting at

And in other news, here is one of my many knitting bags (this one I didn't actually pack with me this weekend as I knew I would need something tougher):Free Image Hosting at My aunt, the ever so talented quilter Laurie, made bags for everyone last Christmas. Mine of course became a knitting bag. Each bag was different & is reversible. Mine has crazy cats on it, and has several perfectly sized pockets. It's a beautiful bag, and really big & great for large sized or many, many socks in progress, but it's got to be used with loving care, so I only use it in cases where I won't be dragging it in & out of the truck all day, leaving it in the dirt at a falcon show, etc... I.e. it's mainly my "home" or "over to my parents' house" knitting bag.

Friday, August 05, 2005

more photos of FO's

I'm on a roll today! First off, my fall socks. They were made with
bought from smileys, oh, a year and a half ago?

simple toe up, black regia for heel & toe. This was my first experiment with a toe up round heel, it's really, really short for a toe & looks a little silly. Did some increases around the lower calf area since I have fat legs. My final stitch count was 72, I think?? Finished off with 2 by 2 ribbing (my favorite) and a single crochet bind off (my favorite) as shown in twisted sisters sock handbook.

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I'm not sure if I ever posted a photo of these babies or not. Made via the spiral stashbusters pattern for six socks knitalong. Made on 45 stitches, size 2 or 3 needles, using elann esprit leftovers - 3 colors for the body of the sock and one for the toe, heel, and ribbing. I should have done a bit more ribbing.

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more photos

Blogger wouldn't let me post the whole post in one, so here I am trying again...

Here's my mother crocheting. Yup, she crocheted, though she hasn't since I was a kid. I have no memories of her ever crocheting, so that's how long it's been. She's making a purple, pink, and white ripple afghan. The other stuff in the photo she made, too. Purple is her favorite color, can you tell??

My mom and I wearing matching outfits that one of my aunts sewed. My mom sewed as well, but like she always says "I couldn't do buttons so anything fancy your aunt Dot made".

These, and the last one below, were all slides. My mom bought a new scanner that can scan slides, so the first few she scanned she had my dad pick out. This is one of the ones he picked out. Can you tell I was (and still am) daddy's little girl??


I'm at my parents' house now. We'll be leaving overnight soon - early anniversary present from my parents. I'll have new pictures up soon! My mom took a photo of me & my summer top so I can post a photo of that. I keep forgetting to take one with our cheap digital.

Here's me as a little girl. You can't tell in the thumbnail, but in the larger view you can tell I look terried.

Silly coding from imageshack wasn't working so I had to use my basic html skills so some of the photos don't have the links. So to make sure I give credit where credit is do, these and all the other photos are hosted by

yarn to trade

Okay, I've been working on cleaning out my yarn closet & found some sweaters from when I was really into recycling sweaters for the yarn. So I spent the last two days working on a few sweaters. I would like to trade the yarn for other stuff, like more yarn. I'll post photos &/or scans if anyone is at all interested, for now I'll give general descriptions:

purple lilac 100% cashmere fingering weight - I'm still frogging this sweater, but I'll have between 200-300 grams to swap, take it all or some. This is gorgeous soft stuff! I'm keeping enough to make a couple of pairs of socks for me & my mom.

3.5 oz of 60% silk/40% cotton about a DK or so weight. It's in 3 balls with no knots on it at all. I think it would make a great pair of socks! It is off white with a fine line of blue gray running thorugh it so it comes out like tweed. I'd like to trade this in one lot.

soft white 70% wool, 20% angora, 10% nylon - I'm still frogging this sweater too, but I have a lot of it. I'll be trading at least 500 grams of it, I think. Take it all or take some.

My wish list:
Lucy Neatby's Cool Hands Warm Feet (used is terrific)
Opal sock yarn - esp the new stuff, any of the older collections EXCEPT mosaik and crok is fine.Oh, no more bumblebee, either, I have two balls of it already.
Knitpicks sock yarn or the worstened weight 100% wool of the andes... the dye your own stuff would be perfect, too
any other sock yarn is cool... I love working with bits and pieces of scrap leftover yarn, so that would be a great trade for me, too

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

this is the scrap socks tutorial

this is the scrap socks tutorial

I've been searching for this pattern for, like, forever. I wanted to use it as one of the beginner SAM patterns. I mean, it's a pretty basic sock and a pretty basic idea, but I thought to beginner, newbie socknitters, they would appreciate the idea and the structure of how to make one ball of patterned sock yarn stretch. Since I've begun to recycle sweaters & to dye said recycled yarn, I use this basic technique all the time. Especially with dyed yarn before I thought to spit splice together sections. I would dye however much I had from whatever section of sweater, sometimes it would be a lot, and sometimes it would be a very small amount. I'd save some of the solid from the sweater & viola now I have enough to make a very unique pair of socks.

In other news: I was raok'ed twice yesterday! I will be posting photos later on today. I am so excited. I am thrilled. I am unbelievably excited!!!

I want to add some stuff to my bookcrossing list and drop some off while we are in CT this weekend. Lots of falcon show people around, they are intelligent people, I bet they'd appreciate the joys of a free used paperback book! I can't afford to mail them but hey, I can afford to give away free books that I'll never read in a million years but yet I can't quite pass up buying at yard sales because they are so cheap! (nice run on sentence, thank you very much).

Let's see. Also on my list of things to do: finish frogging a sweater or two. I'm sick of looking at them. This is the time to buy cheap sweaters to frog, but i don't dare buy anymore until I work on the pile. I have a cashmere sweater on top that I am working on. Yummy. That's all I can say. Is yum. I have a couple of small batches of yarn that I dyed (from that cleaning-out-the-stash yarn at my parents house) that I need to take photos of & wind into balls. I want to finish the blue/green socks from elann yarn that have been on the needles forever. I really want to cast on for another honeymoon, but I am trying to resist.

And oh yeah, I have to look for a job, too.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

socknitters SAM

Just wanted to let everyone know that the August & September knitalong socks have been announced on the socknittersSAM group! We have beginner, intermediate, advanced, colorworks, and holiday socks. This month our socks include a child sized sock that you'll hopefully donate to CIC or some other charity, and a 9-11 tribute sock. For info, please join:

Thank you!