Sunday, July 27, 2008

Quick Post

A quick post to show another pair of socks completed. These are the JKnits Superwash Me sock in the Reno colorway using size 2 needles.

J Knits - Reno
I also started another pair using Colinette Jitterbug in the Raphael colorway.
Jitterbug - Raphael
And, I thought I would post an updated picture of Maggie playing with her new toy. I dare her to rip this one up. She really loves it.
Maggie with toy

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Summer Heat makes me buy more yarn?

I hate the heat. I guess Summer is not for me. It's too hot right now and I don't feel like doing anything when it's this hot. It's too hot at work (we have a broken air conditioner). At least at home I can turn on the air conditioners. It's too hot to sit out on my back porch (even with the fans) and I love to sit out on my back porch and knit.

I did finish another sock. I used the basic sock pattern with The Sanguine Gryphon yarn in Pythagoras colorway (blue) with a size 2 needle.

Sanguine Gryphon - Eidos - Pythagoras
I loved this sock yarn so much that I bought two more skeins directly from the Sanguine Gryphon. I got O'Peirates:
Sanguine Gryphone - Eidos - O'Peirates
And, I purchased Phaedrus:
Sanguine Gryphon - Eidos - Phaedrus
I also knitted a dog leash using Sugar and Cream cotton in Wine with size 7 needles. This was a great project since I got to try out my first project with beads. It knitted up quite fast.
Dog Leash
I finished the July Mid-month KAL. The pattern is called Summer Breeze. I used Peaches and Creme yarn in the Fairy Tales colorway. I like the pattern, but the dishcloth is small. I think I should have knitted another repeat of the pattern.
July Mid Month - Summer Breeze
I bought more yarn (yes, I know that I am bad, but I just love sock yarn). From Hello Yarn, I bought the colorway Fruit Bowl in her Handdyed sock yarn.
Hello Yarn - Fruit Bowl
From the Loopy Ewe, I got three skeins. From left to right: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Select in the Gypsy Rose Colorway, Perchance to Knit in the Irises colorway and, Hazel Knits Artisan sock in the cami chic colorway.
Loopy Ewe - Mid July 08
From Patternworks, I got their Bretton sock yarn in a grey colorway (thinking I may make a pair of socks for my husband).
Patternworks - Bretton sock
I got the Booby sock kit from the Kraemer Yarn Shop. I think this is a cool sock pattern and some of the purchase goes towards Breast Cancer.
Booby Sock Kit
Last but not least, I got my Plucky Knitter Classics sock club yarn. It is 80% Merino, 10% Cashmire, and 10% Nylon in the Colonel Brandon colorway.
Plucky Sock Club - Colonel Brandon
I'm waiting for the next Loopy Ewe sneak up to buy more sock yarn. She is going to have The Sanguine Gryphon and Enchanted Knoll yarn. Yum! Maybe the heat makes me buy more yarn? Now that is something to think about.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Yarn Slut

Going back to work has been an eye opener. I only work one day a week, but it is so intense that it wipes me out. What may not be helping is that the airconditioner isn't working and although it hasn't been real hot, it is warm. I sure hope that this doesn't continue. It doesn't feel as if I have been gone, so I guess I'm back in the swing of things again.

I have been knitting socks, but have slowed down. I had hoped to have another 2 pair completed by Friday, but I will be lucky to get one pair complete. I am working on a basic sock pattern using Jknits Superwash me sock in the Reno colorway with a size 2 needle. I love the feel of this yarn and like how it's knitting up.

Jknits - Reno sock
I am also knitting the basic sock pattern using The Sanguine Gryphon's Eidos handpainted sock yarn in the Pythagoras colorway using size 2 needles. I really love this yarn. It is soft and has a tight twist to it. I couldn't resist, so I ordered more. You will just have to wait until a future blog post to see the colors.
Sanguine Gryphon Sock - Pythagoras
I finished the July Monthly Dishcloth KAL. The pattern is called Love to Knit. I used Peaches and Creme cotton yarn in Teal Blue with a size 6 needle.
July KAL - Love to Knit
I have been on a sock buying binge (I guess I never stop buying sock yarn), but I can't resist.
I got two skeins of yarn from Scout's Swag. They are both a Superwash merino yarn. One colorway is Powercouples
Scout Swag - Powercouples
The other is a colorway called Orchids - This is a favorite colorway.
Scout Swag - Orchids
I purchased more JKnits yarn from Knitwitz and sew much more. The colorway is Providence.
Jknits - Reno
I couldn't resist Cherry Tree Hill's handpainted yarn using Louet yarn. It's 100% superwash fingering merino in the Old Rose colorway. I purchased this from Kraemers Yarn Shop.
Cherry Tree Hill - Handpainted - Old Rose
Also from Kraemers Yarn Shop, I purchased Indie Dyer's 100% Superwash fingering merino. I don't know the colorway, but it's really a pretty color. Apparently, Indie Dyer is the daughter to Cheryl from Cherry Tree Hill.
Indie Dyer Yarn
More Whitewillow yarn tempted me. This is 75% superwash and 25% nylon in the rock candy colorway.
Whitewillow - Rock Candy
I couldn't resist adding these yarns to my cart from the Loopy Ewe (this is my very favorite online yarn store). From left to right is Neighborhood Fiber Company in the colorways Brookland and Brightwood, JKnits Superwash me Sock in Providence and Spindle City Yarns in Copper Pot.
Loopy Ewe - Early July 08
I know, I know ..... I am just a Yarn Slut. Stay tuned for more yarn to come.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Fourth of July

It's a lousy day for the Fourth (rainy, cloudy and cool), but a great day to knit. I finished up two pairs of socks this week for the Summer of Socks. I am so excited.

For my first sock, I used BellaModen's superwash merino in the black beauty colorway with a basic sock pattern and size 2 needles.

Bella Moden - Black Beauty
For the second sock, I used Lisa Souza's Sock Merino in the little devil colorway with the no purl monkey pattern and size 2 needles.
Lisa Souza - Little Devil
I am ready to cast on for my next two pair of socks. I am going to use a basic sock pattern with both and size 2 needles. The yarn I will be using is The Sanguine Gryphon Eidos handpainted sock yarn in the Pythagoras color and J Knits Superwash me sock in the Reno color. I just recently got the J Knits yarn and I'm anxious to try it out.
Jknits and Sanguine Gryphon
I am thrilled because I reached the halfway point in my goal for reading 65 books by the end of the year. By the end of June I read 34 books. I recently finished the following:
Full Bloom by Janet Evanovitch and Charolotte Hughes
Q is for Quarry and R is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
Married Lovers by Jackie Collins
Demon Rumm by Sandra Brown
Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Monday I start back at work. I will only be working one day a week, but I am still sad. It will cut into my knitting time and soon I will also be teaching two days a week. It really is great to not have to work, but I am kinda looking forward to getting out in the working world again.