Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year

Well, I am finishing out the year with a bang. I completed Calorimetry in Berroco's Jasper yarn today. I started out using the plastic Bryspun needles, but ran out of yarn. I frogged it all and started over with the Knitpicks metal needles and had a little to spare. I really liked how it turned out and will be knitting more.

Calorimetry completed

I even went back to Knitwitz and bought more of the Jasper yarn. I added colorway 3815 to my stash. It's a brown, black, grey combo.

Jasper - 3815

While I was there, I also bought another skein of Iceland in grey. I plan on making two hats with this yarn. One with this grey and one with another color that I bought before.

Iceland - grey

This month also brought my sock club yarns from Yarn Pirate in Icicle and Socks that Rock in Coola. They are both blue colorways. I love them both. I didn't sign up for the Yarn Pirate booty club again, but decided to try STR one more year. I am thinking of trying to get into the Loopy Ewe club. We shall see what happens.

Yarn Pirate Booty Club - December

STR - Yarn Club December

I received my Rowan Kid Silk Haze yarn for the Ice Queen KAL in Janaury. I also got my beads from Artbeads. Colors are Pearl and Smoke. I am looking forward to starting this since I will be using beads for the first time.

Rowan Kid Silk Haze

I was excited to get these stitch markers from the Lima Pop Shop. What a bargain! $10 each for 6 markers and they are beautiful! Her pictures and mine do not do them justice.

Stitch Markers - Lima Pop Shop

I was able to end the year with reading 62 books. This definately was my all time high. I have recently read: Where Angels Go by Debbie Macomber, Warning Signs by Stephen White, Two Little Girls in Blue by Mary Higgins Clark, and I reread Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
Now, I will have to increase my goal for 2008 to exceed 62 books.
More tomorrow on my goals for 2008

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Ready for Christmas

Whew! My Christmas cards have been sent, my house is decorated, all shopping is complete, and all presents are wrapped. I just have a bit of cleaning to do and have to do food shopping. All of this time spent and it will be gone in a flash. Why do we do this? Christmas has definately gotten too commercial and we need to remember why we celebrate Christmas and get rid of all of the other stuff. But, we still wouldn't be happy would we?

I did finish the Noro scarf for my husband today and I got it wrapped. Hope he likes it.

Noro Scarf Completed
I enjoyed knitting this even though it was pretty much mindless knitting. To top it off, I hate doing K1, P1, but it didn't bother me with this scarf.
I also started Calorimetry by Kathryn Schoendorf found on the Knitty web site. I am using Berroco Jasper yarn in color 3831. I really love this yarn. It is sooooo soft. This is also a quick knitting project. I may even have it completed by tomorrow.
Calorimetry by Kathryn Schoendorf
I have another skein of this and will use it to knit another one. I am definately buying more of the Jasper yarn.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Meeting Goals

I have met two goals so far before the end of the year. One was to read more than 57 books. 57 was the largest amount of books that I had read in one year. I did that in 1988. I have read 58 books so far this year and maybe will be able to read one more. I have recently read E is for Evidence and F is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton. I really like this series of books and have ordered 4 more from Barnes and Noble.

A second goal that I have met was to knit 12 comfortghan squares for my one Yahoo group called Dishclothsrus. One of the members joins the squares into a comfortghan and each member gets one. I got mine and wanted to help make some squares too.

I made The Basket Weave Square by Mary Dixon:

The Seeded Rib Check by Mary Dixon:
Comfortghan 1
The Vertical Basketweave:
The Seven Inch Square by Suzanne Dye:
The Matchstick Square by Karin Glenn-Miller:
Dorothy's Dynamic Dishcloth by Dorothy Neely:
And, another Basket Welt Square by Mary Dixon:
My last goal is to finish the Noro scarf by Christmas for my husband. I have a goal to knit 30 rows each day until the end of the week. So far I am on track and I think I will make that goal too. It feels really great to meet goals that you set for yourself.
I am pretty much ready for Christmas. My Christmas cards are finished, my decorating is done, and I have all the presents I need. I just need to wrap some presents. I'm trying to do a little each day. I really don't want to have to do much on Christmas Eve day. I want to enjoy two days with little stress.
I did get my Wollmeise order. I really like the colors of the yarn.
Wollmeise - December
From left to right, colors are: Zenzi, Lowenzahn, Poison No. 5, Krauterbeet, and Pfauenauge. I got these 5 for less than I spent on the last 4 I ordered direct. Go figure.
I visited a yarn store in the area called Knitwitz and Sew much more and couldn't resist buying some yarn there.
Knitwits - Hellertown
I got Berrocco Jasper in Red and Black. I plan to make Calorimetry with the Jasper. I also bought Crystal Palace Iceland to make the Earflap hat from the Knitting Daily web site of free patterns.
I was excited to receive the Noro Sock yarn from Webs. I got two skeins to try. Colors are S40 (a blue colorway) and color S164 (greens, brown and gold). I am anxious to try this yarn, but it will have to wait until 2008.
Noro Sock
Merry Christmas!
Ram - Pet Ranch

Monday, December 10, 2007

Knitting Away on Projects

Christmas is getting closer and I am not near done getting ready. I still have to decorate. Hopefully, I will be able to do that today.

I have been knitting. Fortunately, nothing is for Christmas presents. I finished my Trekking sock. I really enjoyed knitting this sock and I'm happy with how it came out. The striping effect is cool.

Still working on the Yarn Pirate Sock in Spooky. I am ready to start on the heel.
Yarn Pirate - Spooky Sock
I have started on the Collinette Jitterbug sock in Gaughin. I love the color of this one. It's funny how the burgundy color in the picture looks like brown to me in real life. I will have to take this into natural light to really see which color is correct.
Jitterbug - Gaughan
I have completed one thrummed mitten. I like this mitten and will probably do another after I finish the set.
Mitten 1
Still knitting the Noro scarf. I'm concerned that it won't be the size everyone else seems to be getting with this pattern. I usually knit to gauge, but my scarf seems to be wider.
Noro Scarf
I did get more yarn from the Loopy Ewe. Two more sock yarns (one was free because I became a Loopy Groupie). The one skein is Cherry Three Hill in Caribou Creek and the other is Seacoast Handpaint in Iris Garden. The lace yarn is Wollmeise in Veilchen. I also got one of their darning eggs.
Loopy Ewe - December
Seacoast Handpaint - Iris Garden
This week I am going to a knitting class at another yarn shop. Can't wait to go to see what yarn they carry. Hope I can resist spending any more money on yarn.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Yarn Diet?

What a wonderful day! We had some snow today. It really wasn't alot, but it was nice to be home snuggled up and warm with no particular place to go. I love days like this. I can read, knit or explore on the computer. I still have a lot of work to do on my computer and I have definately been postponing it too long.

I have been reading. I am getting close to reaching my goal of 58 books read before the end of the year. I have read the following: Thursdays at Eight by Debbie Macomber, Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, Looking for Peyton Place by Barbara Delinsky (this one makes me want to go back and read Peyton Place - God I remember how I hid this so my mother didn't see it), Drunk, Divorced and Covered in Cat Hair by Crazy Aunt Purl (she's not crazy, but a great story teller), The Undomestic Godess by Sophie Kinsella (I love all of her books), Daddy's Girl by Lisa Scottoline, Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter by Stephanie Pearl McFee, and I'm enjoying the books by Sue Grafton: A is for Alibi, B is for Burgler, C is for Corpse, and D is for Deadbeat. When Sue's books came out I had no desire to read them and now I am going through the series and eating them up. What great stories!

These take me to 56 books read, so I only have two more to go to reach the goal of 58. I should be able to do that by the end of December. I already started E is for Evidence by Sue Grafton.

I still need to knit 4 more comfortghan squares to meet my goal of 12 by the end of the year. I have one started so I really need to get knitting with those. Next year I will make my goal 18.

I'm working on two pairs of socks. A pair using Yarn Pirate yarn and another using Trekking XXL. I am also working on my stuffed mittens. One is almost completed and then I can start on the second one. I have to complete the Noro scarf. I'm almost half way done, but it seems like it might be shorter than it's suppose to be. I can order more yarn, but the dye lots may not be the same although it may not matter since I am alternating the yarn.

I have gotten more yarn. Some Vesper sock yarn from Knitterly Things. Two great colorways: Candy Corn and Crew.

Vesper Sock Yarn
From Little Knits I got Noro Transistions at a bargain price. It's discontinued so I couldn't resist. I can make scarves out of it.
Little Knits - Noro Transitions
I couldn't pass up this yarn from Little Knits. The color is amazing for socks. It's Fly Knits in the Monarch colorway.
Fly Knit Pait - Monarch
And, I got my Yarn Pirate sock club yarn. I like the color, but I'm thinking that I won't renew the sock club when it's done. I have enough Yarn Pirate yarn and I'm not sure that I like how it's been knitting up in the Spooky colorway and hope I don't have the same problem with the rest of the yarn that I have. The colorway is Solstice. It's a pretty blue and purple BFL yarn.
Yarn Pirate - Booty Club - Solstice
I want to get more Noro Silk Garden yarn for scarves and of course the Noro Sock Yarn to try and I definately want to get more Wollmeise. Except for those, I am going on a yarn diet at the beginning of the year. I have enough to knit from my stash for quite awhile.