Wednesday, October 31, 2007


I am still working on socks. I finished the STR Fire on the Mountain Socks. I really really liked this yarn. It was very nice to work with.

STR - Fire on the Mountain - completed

I have one sock completed in the Wollmeise Suzanne Socks and have started on the second sock. Wollmeise is definately my favorite sock yarn.

Wollmeise Suzanne - Sock 1

I just had to start the Trekking XXL socks since everyone seems to like this sock yarn. I love how it is striping.

Trekking XXL Sock

As a diversion to socks, here is my stuffed mitten from the Kraemers class. It's not all that difficult to knit and I have the experience on double pointed needles from knitting socks. I am using Kraemer's Summit Hill yarn for these mittens.

Stuffed Mittens1

Still getting sock yarn in the mail. I got my order from Little Knits of Opal and Trekking XXL.

Little Knits - Trekking and Opal

And also an order from Simply Socks of Fleece Artist and Meilenweit:

Simply Sock Yarn

So, when will I stop buying yarn? Soon, I must stop soon.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Sock Club yarns have arrived

It's fall and the yarn is falling into my mailbox. I joined the Yarn Pirate booty club and got my October yarn. It's called Killer Bees and it's a great color. I also got circular needles, a button and sticker. What a great treat!

October Yarn Pirate Booty Club

I also received my STR Yarn for October. It's from the Raven series and it's called Lenore. The pattern is from the Yarn Harlot. The color of the yarn is dark, but it is deep purple color. I just love it. Note the spiders - they came with the yarn.

Sock that Rock - Sock Club - Raven

I was also excited to receive my Morehouse Farms Verona Shawl kit. Can't wait to begin knitting this one. I got the color aster.

Moorehouse Merino - Verona Shawl

Wollmeise yarn also arrived this week. This is the order that came directly from Germany. I just love the colors and can't wait to order more. Maybe next time, I can get some from the Loopy Ewe.

Wollmeise Yarn from Germany

Looks like I have a lot of knitting to do.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Socks in Progress

I am still knitting socks. I really love them and I can't believe how easy it is and how rewarding it is to knit them. I have finished one sock and I'm working on the second sock of the pair of the Fire on the Mountain colorway from STR. I love the feel of this yarn so much.

STR - Fire on the Mountain Socks 2
I have knitted past the heel on the first Wollmeise sock in Suzanne. The side of the heel is better on this sock, but I read about another trick to get rid of the holes on the side. I will have to try it on my next pair of socks.
Wollmeise - Suzanne socks - 2
This is definately my most favorite yarn. Thank heavens that Wollmeise now allows you to order direct. Even though the yarn is coming from Germany, the price is about the same as ordering from the Loopy Ewe. I ordered 4 skeins from them. There are more colors that I want. I will watch the Loopy Ewe for sneak ups, but may still order direct. I want to wait for my first shipment from them before ordering again (If I can stand waiting).
I was able to get Trekking XXL yarn from Little Knits. I received my shipment last week and will post pictures later this week. I also ordered Opal sock yarn from them. My next pair of socks that I will be knitting is definately going to be the Trekking.
However, I have to get sidetracked a bit from socks. My local yarn shop (Kraemers) is having a class this Saturday on stuffed mittens. Apparently, they are also called thrummed mittens. The Yarn Harlot posted on her blog about these mittens back in 2004. So, I am taking the class. We even have homework in order to prepare for class. Can't wait to see how this turns out. If it goes well, these may be great for Christmas presents.
Can't finish off without showing an updated picture of Maggie May. She gets groomed on Tuesday, so she will look different then. It's hard to believe that she will be 10 months old on Monday. Happy birthday Maggie May!
Maggie Oct 14 07

Sunday, October 14, 2007

I am a Sock Machine

Honestly, one sock on the needles isn't enough anymore. I have to be working on more than one sock because I have all of this neat sock yarn to try out.

I have finished the Luna Park socks and I'm very pleased how they turned out. I do have another colorway and will try that out at a later date.

Luna Park Socks Oct 07
As I was finishing up this sock, I cast on for another pair using Socks that Rock in the Fire on the Mountain colorway. I had been using this yarn with another sock pattern and didn't like how the sock was coming out. That was in my early sock experience days when I was a greenie to sock knitting. I rewound the yarn and decided I needed to try it again. I really like how the striping is coming out. I like this yarn a lot. It seems heavier than the Online and Luna Park yarns, but it's still a Fingering weight yarn. I am ready to pick up stitches for the heel.
STR - Fire on the Mountain
I have been having problems with the heel. The stitches on the one size of the heel seem to be larger than the other side and as a result, I have a gap in the yarn. I have gotten some advice from knitters in the Yahoo forums I belong to and they have referred to two books I already have. One is Nancy Bush's Folk Socks and the other is Queen Kahuna's Crazy Toes and Heels. They are great books to have and have a wealth of information in them on knitting socks. I highly recommend both books.
Once I finished the Luna Park socks, I cast on another sock using Wollmeise in Suzanne. This yarn is like butter! I love it so much. I have two other skeins of Wollmeise that I got from the Loopy Ewe and now I must have more. It's hard to get since whenever the Loopy Ewe has a sneakup, it goes quickly.
Wollmeise - Suzanne
I didn't go to Stitches. ;-( The Baltimore marathon was going on at the same time and I was afraid that I would have trouble finding a parking space. So, we didn't go. Next year we will plan better and maybe go down overnight or go on Friday.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Meet Patsy and Morris

I would like to introduce Patsy and Morris. Aren't they the most adorable toys? I got them from Little Cotton Rabbits . Julie does such a great job with these. The detail is amazing. I was so excited when I was able to get two of them.

Patsy and Morris
More sock yarn. Ravelry is just great and one of the great things about it is that if you find a yarn you like on the site, you can trade or buy it from someone. I saw the yarn on Lolly's blog. I loved the colorway and knew I had to have it. She calls them her Autumnal Equinox socks. I searched on Ravelry and found someone who had the yarn and asked where she bought it. She was willing to sell or trade, so I bought two skeins. How wonderful.
Jawoll - Ravelry
It looks like I may be able to attend Stitches in Baltimore this Saturday. I will take my camera and report back. Sock yarn is definately on my list of things to get. I am scoping out vendors that I want to make sure I visit. This will be my first Stitches event. I am so excited!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Luna Park - How I love this sock yarn!

I have been knitting away on my Luna Park socks. On this sock, I have been perfecting my sock knitting even more. It's interesting how I am getting more and more confident on knitting socks and learning more as I go along.

Green Socks - Luna
I am enjoying this so much that I am already picking out what sock yarn I will use next. I haven't come to a decision yet, but I'm close. I really want to finish this pair up by the end of this week. I don't need a fancy pattern. The basic Patternworks sock is enough for me right now.
I have been working on comfortghan squares. I should have no problem getting a dozen completed by the end of the year.
Simple Garter Lace Square:
Simple Garter Stitch Lace Square
Elegant Lace Square:
Elegant Lace Square
Double Broken Rib Square:
Double Broken Rib Square
I know that I will need to block these before sending.
I haven't been buying too much new yarn lately. I may be going to Stitches East, so I am waiting to find out if I will definately be going.
I did get some Wollmeise yarn from the Loopy Ewe. I was able to snag three skeins of yarn. I had some yarn in my basket and was checking out other yarn, when next thing I knew the yarn was gone. I quickly added these three skeins to my basket and checked out. I want to become a Loopy Groupy! I just love this online store.
Loopy Ewe - Wollmeise
The colors are from left to right: Spice Market, Suzanne, and Pfefferminz Prinz. I can't wait to try this yarn. Maybe one of these will be my next sock?
I was also able to buy some limited edition yarn from Sundara Yarns. They are both 100% superwash merino yarn.... Yummy!
Swirled Prussian
Sundara - Swirled Prussian
Crushed Cherries
Sundara - Crushed Cherries
I really love Ravelry. It's so cool to be able to see different yarns and what people have knit with the yarns. I was even able to buy some yarn that I saw in someone's stash. We worked it out and it should be on it's way by the end of the week. Can't wait!