Tuesday, October 31, 2006


i've been trying for several days to update my blog - without any luck.
And of course, I don't remember anything I was going to write about, anyway!

Knitting - stuff for CIC mainly. I'm so excited about upcoming
challenges - sweaters & vests for the bigger kids, and a mini challenge
in December of mittens!!

I'm on a design roll as well. I don't want to post too much details &
spoil anything... or my chances... but it looks like I'll be published
at Mag Knits & at For Love of Yarn in January! How cool is that? I spent
yesterday working on all sorts of swatches for another possible sock
design for www.soysilk.com so we'll see!

Friday, October 27, 2006

socks - sock a month 2 or sockapalooza

I admit, I've been going a little nutty with knitting socks lately.

This is the current pile just for this month. There are all sorts of different socks in the pile, including gift socks/swap socks/design socks. The rest are all for CIC. Some are 3 strands of fingering, some are 4 strands of fingering, but the great majority of them are made with tapestry wool. Some are fair isle, most are just plain, toe up, mismatched using up every scrap of wool, toddler socks though a few pairs are for older kids.

So any guesses on the grand total?
all the socks are in one or the other photo, but it's hard to tell, I know. If I had money I'd do a blog contest to see who guesses the closest :) *grin*

The grand total is 17 pairs of socks for the month.

The last photo - click on the pic to make it bigger - is Socks that Rock from my Sockret Pal. They are farther along than when I first photographed them. In fact, I worked on them for an hour this AM so they are moving along, though not as fast as I would like. Maybe cause I have 20 other projects I'm working on?? Especially since I'm mainly not knitting socks.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

auction yarn

We went to the Sterling auction last weekend - haven't been in a while. And it was one of those fabulous auctions where you wanted to buy everything in sight, but had limited money.

And, boy oh boy was there ever yarn - I wish I had the camera to take pictures, but I didn't think to bring it this time. There was a vintage sweater & skirt kit - by Beehive Wool. It was fingering weight wool and matching wool fabric, with patterns to make a skirt & vest. It went for only $5 (plus the usual tax & 10% buyers premium) but I wasn't the one who scoffed it up - I was too busy bidding on the bag of vintage knitting needles, vintage cable needles, and tapestry yarn (outbid), the HUGE box of mainly wool yarn - there was tons of cotton & 4 or 5 skeins of acrylic, too, but it was mainly 100% wool. Image Hosted by ImageShack.usI'm not sure how many pounds were in the box, as the box was almost as tall as I am, but we are talking a lot of yarn. My mom agreed to go in halves with me, as long as I used all the wool for CIC (which was my plan, anyway) and the acrylic for the nursing home afghans (again, that was the plan - I was going to keep the cotton for myself, but everything else was going to go to charity), but I was outbid at $40. It was easily worth a few hundred dollars. I wish I could remember brands, but I don't - but most of the yarn had price tags on it of $8 & up.

There were several other interesting lots of knitting related items - a bag of vintage circs, still in packages - at the end of the auction, but I did manage to snag one lot of mainly wool yarn - for $5.

One pair of size 8 straight needles (will be donated somewhere)
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6 skeins of Brunswick Yarns, 100% pure virgin wool - each weighin 4 ounces. It's a gray color. I'm earmarking one skein for me, and the other 5 skeins will be for CIC knitting (I'll probably add leftovers of sock yarn along with it for color, or maybe some of the donated cone yarn I got last summer, that's a fingering weight).
4 skeins of Plymouth Encore Colorspun, 75% acrylic, 25% wool. Not sure what I'll do with this - 3.5 ounce skeins

1 full skein of New Zealand Wool Pack - 100% pure new wool from New Zealand, 10 ply, shade 04 Charcoal - 250 grams. Plus a decent size ball of same yarn all balled up - probably half of a full skein. One of the other lots was part of the sweater all knitted up & more of the same yarn, but I was too busy bidding on the big box of wool, so missed out on it. Sterling's a field auction, so there's a lot going on all at once, so sometimes it's hard to bid on a lot of different things if it's all in the same row. I think I'll be using this wool for CIC, but haven't officially decided yet. If it was a color other than black, it would definitely go to CIC, but I don't like to use a lot of black unless I can mix it up. Color's more fun for the kids.


Project number 999 - Opal socks for me, toe up. Size 1 needles, but using only 60 stitches - my gauge on these are loose, for some odd reason. Just basic, plain vanilla, round & round socks, I'll do ribbing at the top of course, maybe something a little different like k 1, p2, k3, p1 - or some other weird odd thing. We'll see.
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These are the mystery socks from the mystery sock kal. Unfortunately, I no longer remember the pattern, either, so it's a mystery to me as well. Yarn is hand dyed and was a gift from the gal at Sock Porn - as a "secret" contest prize. Toe up, size 1 needles, with lots of yarn leftover. These feel delicious on my feet, however, I should have made the feet half an inch longer - I was trying out a new heel, and I didn't really figure out the math as well as I should have, I guess.

stuff & nonsense

Hi :).

I don't know why I started my post with a Hi, but there you go.

Still having computer issues - but that's another story for another day. I just don't feel like getting into it.

I still have an insane number of projects on the needles. I'm SO a process knitter. I can't help but cast on new projects, but I promised myself the only new projects I'm allowed (unless I finish a non-CIC project) are CIC items. I'm dying to start a new shawl, so it'll be a CIC shawl. I'm dying to start another new sweater - even though I have 2 for me on the needles - so, it'll be a CIC sweater.

I'm trying to upload some photos, but I'm not getting anywhere.

Friday, October 20, 2006

ha, ha

Ha, ha...I got a package & you didn't... :)

I got my first package from my Sockret Pal last night coming home from work - a great pick me up for my poor sore & tired feet. I got a great big heavy package filled with goodies - apple butter, candy corn, a little bag (for making socks??), and the best part.... drum roll please... I got my first skein EVER of Socks that Rock! yeah for me... :). I don't remember the colorway off hand, but it's gorgeous, gorgeous colors... oranges and pinks and greens and I think some blues, too, in the mediumweight which is perfect for me. I immediately cast on both socks. I'm using size 1 needles for a nice tight gauge. I'll be making nice plain socks, maybe ribbing when I get to the legs, we'll see.

Thank you so much! :)

I've been knitting socks like crazy - I think I'm around 13 pairs for the month finished. A couple of pairs going into the gift box for Christmas, and the rest are CIC socks, mostly just plain but warm socks. I did finish up the Smores socks aka the Snake Skin Socks, that'll be one of the gift socks, I think. I've been trying hard not to cast on too many new projects, but I can't seem to stop knitting CIC socks & vests - I've finished a few more vests, too.

In other news, I've been busy, stressing, and tired. new work situation, getting used to standing on my feet all day. I haven't had to do that for a long, long time. So it's been hard, and I haven't been motivated to go to the library to check email or anything. I probably won't now, either - I'm actually here at work with hubby, who drove me into work today. I wanted to post a blog quick, but other than that, I am too pooped to pop.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

sockapalooza sock stuff

Do you have certain patterns planned for some of the yarns? Do you buy yarn and then choose a pattern?

Not generally. Most of the time, I buy yarn because it's beautiful & on sale &/or a good price &/or for the memories associated with said yarn - Cape Cod yarn from Knit Picks because of spending birthdays on the Cape as a kid, or the Opal yarn we picked up in Maine when we were there for Jon's birthday. I buy solids obsessively, even if I have a few skeins of the same same solid color already, because I love fair isle & mosaic socks, not to mention scrap socks, not to mention using solids for heels & toes. So I buy a lot of solid yarns.

Sometimes, though, I do see a skein of yarn & instantly see socks - maybe not the exact pattern, but I may see a knit/purl combo or a simple 4 round lace repeat, or something much more complicated.

Does a certain sock yarn you have in your stash take you back to a certain event? (where you were when you bought/received it? what was going on in your life at the time!)

Oh yeah, as I said above! I may not remember what I wore yesterday or what I ate - or even what I did, but I generally can tell you where I got the yarn, for how much, etc. I have a ton of vintage wool/nylon sock yarn, and I can tell you "I got that lot of yarn at salvation army in Linwood. They were marked 50 cents each, but that day all the red tags were 50% off, so I bought every skein they had (even the ones that were 100% nylon) because I knew I'd knit them up someday, and the price couldn't be beat." I even remember that Jon found a Garfield he didn't have to add to his collection that same day. I have another stack of vintage sock yarn - same brands, some similiar colors & some different - at a yard sale in the same area as salavation army, but about 6 months later. I hadn't used any of the original yarn yet, but it was a pretty big bag of yarn for $1, along with tapestry wool (that I use for CIC socks). How can one gal go wrong?

Every stash tells a story!

talk about a sockapalooza update

talk about a sockapalooza update!

After realizing I had a whopping 16 projects on the needles/hooks, I've been on a mad rush to finish up stuff - and of course, typical me, I still end up casting on for more stuff in the process.

Saturday, in between Octoberfest, a job interview (again, don't ask), and turkey supper at the church with the 'rents & in laws, I worked on my crocheted alpaca shawl - started in March with yarn I bought for my 30th birthday.

I also spent a few hours working on my SSSS socks - Smores Second Skin Socks, or Snake Skin Socks, or whatever they are called, from the 6sox group. The yarn is Smores from Knit Picks, and I'm knitting them toe up on size 0's, and are for me.

Sunday I worked on finishing up quick projects:

1. I finished my CIC vest (4 strands of various fingering weight yarns from cones & recycled wool sweaters)
2. finished CIC tube socks (leftovers)
3. finished my cotton 9 patch crocheted dishcloth (christmas pile)
4. finished CIC fair isle kids socks (tapestry yarn)
5. finished the ugly socks that were supposed to be gift socks for Jon, but he doesn't want them. I ended up doing mosaic on the leg, and they are so ugly - I may put them in the gift pile, but I think I'll just keep them for myself. I don't like them, but don't want to give away ugly socks to anyone else. The main color is Paton's, one of the stripey colorways, and the other was green essential from Knit Picks.

Monday I couldn't convince myself to work on any of my "big" projects- the afghans or sweaters - and didn't feel like working on socks for me, so I knocked off 2 quick pairs of bulky socks for CIC - both cast on & finished that day. One was knit out of 3 strands of fingering & the other 4. I also managed to further avoid working on big projects by casting on another CIC vest.

This am I worked on the smores socks. I'm working on the heel of one, and I'm working on the gusset of the other. I'll probaby switch to something else after both heels are done, but we'll see how I feel when I get home.

all the socks will get scanned later on this week.

Friday, October 06, 2006

happy Friday

Happy Friday!

I had a lot to say before I got here - I've over at the parents so i can actually check email - but now that I'm here, I can't really think of anything that I wanted to say. My mind is really racing, really going strong in a hundred different directions.

I cleaned up/organized my current knitting projects - and I have an insane amount again. I try to keep it around 5 or 6, or 7 if a few are really fast, easy projects like the CIC socks or vest that I can finish in a couple of nights. But, I think I have 14 different projects - unfortunately, I left my list at home so I'll probably forget a few.

1 & 2 - two log cabin afghans out of woolease (still trying to use it up, and I found more in storage at my 'rents house)

3 & 4 - knit & crocheted mitered square afghans

5 - quilted afghan (different design), crocheted

6 & 7 - 2 pairs of CIC socks, one tube socks, one regular toddler socks

8 - gift socks for Jon - which he recently commented on, and said he really hated the colors. He didn't know they were for him, so I've been sometimes leaving them out where he can see them. So, they'll be gift socks for someone else. I finished the heels, I'm finally on the legs & I'm doing a mosaic design, which may or may not get frogged back

9 - s'mores socks for me, out of the SSS pattern from 6 socks

10 - alpaca crocheted birthday shawl, started in March

11 - dishcloths for Christmas gifts

12 - Mag Knits socks, due the end of Nov

13 - granny square afghan, crocheted

14 - CIC vest, I think it's coming out a size 4 or so

Well, I named all the ones I found, but how much do you want to bet I'll find a few more hidden??


I forgot

15 - patchwork knitted/crocheted cardigan sweater

16 - Elizabeth Zimmermann knitted in the round, stripey fall colors sweaters

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

books :)

While looking around knitting blogs, I found this entry gothic reading challenge. Since I finished my goal of reading/listening to 52 books this year already - I believe I'm about 55 or so - I've been trying to figure out my reading goals for next year & for the rest of this year. I love gothic/horror/Halloween stuff so when I read this, I figure it was great!

The below list are the books I've requested from the library so far, none I have read yet (other than Poe, which I think I've read, but aren't sure). I'm not sure about the juvie books, but this is what I've gotten so far.

1. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and other stories of the supernatural / Robert Louis Stevenson
2. Murders in the Rue Morgue & other stories [sound recording] / Edgar Allan Poe.

3. Roald Dahl's book of ghost stories.

4. The Oxford book of Gothic tales / edited by Chris Baldick.

5. Gothic! : ten original dark tales / edited by Deborah Noyes

**cross posted on my book blog

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

socktoberfest-knitting socks

from http://www.lollygirl.com/blog/ for Socktoberfest

When did you start making socks? Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class? I originally learned how to knit from a church friend when I was 14, but it didn't stick. I later retaught myself combo knitting, for the sole purpose of knitting socks, back in Christmas of '02. All I knit for the first year and a half or so were socks.

What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time? My first two pairs were 2 socks on 2 straight needles, out of woolease. I still have them, mostly because they were the first knit things I made - no scarves for me! The first pair was pretty awful - I knew I was twisting my knit stitches, but it took a bit for me to figure out how to knit without twisting them. I didn't realize what I was doing was combo knitting... I don't really wear them much, but damn, are they pretty ugly looking socks!

What would you have done differently? Honestly, probably nothing. Making socks, just like knitting, or crocheting, or learning to read or any other skill, takes practice. Yes, they are horrible little socks, but I wasn't going to invest in fancy yarn until I knew that I was going to continue to knit. When I pick up a new hobby, I usually go overboard buying supplies, and I was determined not to do that this time.

What yarns have you particularly enjoyed? I love Opal sock yarn. I really love stripey socks, so Opal is the way to go. It blooms up so much after washing. I have learned though, that I really do like worstened weight socks the most during the winter, so I've made a ton of socks out of Knit Picks DK weight merino yarn - affordable, a decent color selection, and soft and warm. I also have made a ton of socks out of the Wool of the Andes, as well.

Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method? I have quite a few crocheted socks - as I am a crocheted socks designer. I prefer to knit on DPNs. I've learned the other methods, I just like the standard DPNs the most. I've also experiemented with knit/crochet combos.

Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)

Flap, definitely. Short row heels just DON't fit me the way I make them, though I've received short row heels socks via swaps & stuff that fit me great. But when I make them, I can't get them on my feet, so I'm doing something wrong, I guess.

How many pairs have you made? alot. I mean, seriously, a lot. I've crocheted 2 pairs for my mom and knitted her 2 pairs, I've knitted Jon 6 or 7 pairs, and crocheted several pairs. I've knitted about 100 pairs of socks for CIC over the last few years, give or take. The last time I counted up the socks in my collection - skipping bed socks & socks received in trade - I had 60 something pairs. That is including my crocheted socks, too. Last time I added them up? 6 months ago, I think - it was springtime.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

posting early but dating Oct 1

Sock-ret Pal Questionnaire

The basics:

How long have you been knitting? about 4 years

Do you consider yourself a beginning sock knitter, an intermediate, or have you been doing this so long you could probably knit a pair in your sleep?

Probably beyond an intermediate - but maybe not an expert.

The measurements:

While your pal may ask for some additional info to ensure a great fit, please provide your shoe size, or any other fitting related info you think is pertinent.

I'm a size 8, 8.5. around there. My feet are about 9.25" long - but I definitely like negative ease. I make my socks toe up, and the finished measured size on the feet's about 8.25". I've always considered my feet a bit wide, but regular sock patterns usually fit me just fine.

(fiber related) Favorites:

What colors do you love? any, really. I love orange, green, blue, purple - anything, really, other than pastels or black. I love tall, tall socks the best, wild, colorful, and mismatched the even more !

Do you prefer solids or variegated? anything goes

What fibers do you most love to knit with? wool - I love the natural stretchiness of wool, along with the warmth & just the way it feels & hangs.

Who do you consider your favorite yarn vendors? I love Knit Picks for their affordablity

What projects (other than socks, of course*S*) do you most enjoy knitting? sweaters or vests, I LOVE fair isle!!!

(fiber related) Dislikes:

What fibers can you not stand to knit with? To wear? I recently discovered I'm allergic to angora - I broke out in hives, besides itching, sneezing, and getting a headache. I don't mind acrylic, as I use it for charity afghans since it's washable in hot temps & you can abuse it!!

What colors would you never wear? I don't really wear black, unless it's just an accent color. I'm definitely not a pastel person, either, but I'll wear them.

The Tools:

Plastic or Metal? Bamboo or wood? metal, definitely. I've tried plastic & bamboo needles, and I can't stand them.

Circs or Straights? cirs definitely. I have straights & I've never used them - not once!

DPNs or Magic Loop? dpns - I've tried the other options, I just love my DPNs

Are there any knitting accessories you don't have in your collection but would like? I really want the Knit Picks circ needle sets - and I'd really love the KIP bags. I love bags in general - so any bag bit enough to hold socks on the go would be really awesome, esp. if you made it!

The Extras:

Do you have a wish list? If so, please share the link! Not really - not any I've updated in forever and a half. I'd love any Elizabeth Zimmermann books - I can get Almanac & her other book from the library, but the third one (the republished newsletters) I can't get.

Do you like sweet, sour or salty? (or all of the above? *S*) all of the above - but don't really chewy candy. I'm really more of a chocolate gal...

Do you have any allergies your pal should know about? (Certain foods, smoke, pet hair, etc) TONS... but mainly food allergies. Hubby's strongly allergic to smoke, so if you'd smoke, I'd appreciate it if it didn't have too much smoke on it....

Favorite scents? Scents you can't stand? I like nature scents. I'm pretty easy when it comes to smelly things!

Do you collect anything (other than yarn and knitting toys of course)? Not really - unless you want to count said bags. My parents have a 64 ford falcon convertible, so I do have a fondness for things with old cars. I also am mommy to an orange cat so have a fondness for orange cat things, too :)

When is your birthday? (month and day is fine!) march 6

Do you spin? Dye your own yarn? yes & yes - just a handspindle. I dye using both kool aid/food dyes & commercial dyes.

Your favorite author/band/vacation spot, anything you think will help your pal know you better...

I love to read - mainly medieval history, sci fi, etc. I semi-update a book blog if you'd like to have a look - zorrosmommy.blogspot.com We love to go camping & have a small trailer. I love new agey/jazz/classical/80's music & am very close to my parents.
I'm an only child. We're married - anny Sept 30 - and have no kids other than Zorro.
We love going out yard saling & to auctions, and I'm really into family history.