Monday, November 29, 2010

Back to Knitting Socks

It’s good to be back….back to knitting socks.  It’s been awhile since I was working and then working on other projects.  Socks were on the back burner.  But, I finally picked up a sock I had started back in October.  I am working on the Embossed Leaves Sock by Mona Schmidt.  I am using a size 1.5 needle with the Sanguine Gryphon Skinny Bugga in Leaf Insect.  I hope to be turning the heel by the end of the week.

Embossed Leaves Sock

I want to start on a Christmas sock.  A plain basic sock pattern using either String Theory Continuum sock yarn in Kinetic Energy.  I got this yarn in a kit from Simply Socks. It was the Fa La La sock kit.  We got a reversal project bag, bottle cap magnets and gift cards with the kit.  I really like the yarn too.

Simply Socks - FaLALA Kit

The other sock yarn I am thinking of using is the yarn I got at the Knitter’s Edge, my favorite local yarn store.  It’s from Frolicking Feet and the color is Christmas Cactus.  I think I will knit my Christmas sock out of this yarn.

Frolicking Feet - Christmas Cactus

I started on the second ball of Marble Chunky yarn for the prayer shawl for my only knitted Christmas gift.  I really like this yarn.  It’s acrylic, soft and washable.  I just had to buy more colors, so I got MC14 (red) and MC6 (blue/brown).  I think there is another color that I want to get yet.  I like this so much that I am getting rid of the Lion Brand Homespun yarn I bought awhile back.  I will donate it to a prayer shawl group.

Marble Chunky - color MC14

Marble Chunky - color MC6

Are you knitting any Christmas gifts?

Saturday, November 27, 2010

It was a Great Thanksgiving

I really had a great Thanksgiving, especially since I had quit my job.  It  just wasn’t working out for me and I was having blood pressure issues.  So, I guess my body was telling me to take time to smell the roses and stay home.  I am enjoying it immensely. I get to do what I want (knit and read) and what I am really looking forward to is sitting at home and watch it snow.  I won’t have to worry if I should stay home or go into work.

I have been knitting.  I finished the November Mid Month Dishcloth KAL.  The pattern is called Fire N Ice by Janet Nogle.  I used Peaches and Crème yarn in Premium Passion and Delft Blue with a size 6 needle.  This was a fun knit and it turned out really nice.

November 2010 MidMonth KAL

I also completed the Purl Ridge Scarf.  It’s a scarf that is knit in the round. The pattern is by Stephen West.  I really like his designs.  I used a size 8 needle with Madelinetosh dk yarn in the oxblood color way.

Purl Ridge Scarf - Madelinetosh

I really enjoy knitting cowls, so I bought yarn to make more.  I got Rowan Lima in a grey and purple color way.

Rowan Lima

Rowan Drift in a grey color way.  I think I am on a grey kick.

Rowan Drift - color 903

Also, Araucania Panguipulli yarn to make a Mobius scarf in a blue/teal color way.

Araucania - Panguipulli color 5

And I bought more Baby Ull yarn by Dale of Norway to get ready to knit more calendar scarves.  I still have to block the last one I knit and will have to post a picture once it’s blocked.  I got a green color (9013)

Baby Ull - 9013

and a grey color (0007).

Baby Ull - color 0007

I have much knitting to keep me busy during the winter months don’t I?

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Christmas songs on the radio?

November is flying by and Christmas is coming up pretty quickly.  One of our local radio stations is playing Christmas music already.  It just doesn’t seem right.  It was nice that Daylight Savings Time ended last Sunday and we got an extra hour, but I hate that it’s dark out so early.  I am dreaming of Spring and warmer weather.

I got my last Loopy Ewe Sock Club shipment.  It was a nice package.  We got The Sanguine Gryphon’s Bugga yarn in Great Purple Hairstreak, A top down sock pattern by Debbie of Nutty Creations and cabled hat pattern by Sara of the Sexy Knitter.  Also in the package was a set of stitch markers and a Loopy Ewe Stitch Marker pocket. 

November 2010 - Loopy Ewe Sock Club

So, this was the second year that I was in the club.  I will go into the lottery again, but won’t be guaranteed a spot.  So, if I get in, I get in and if not I should be in the Don’t Be blue club, which will be nice.

I also bought some Fortissima Color Sock yarn in color 164.  I liked the different shades of red on this yarn and it would be nice for Christmas or Valentines Day.

Fortissima Color Sock - Color 164

I completed the November 2010 dishcloth KAL.  The cloth is by Elaine Fitzpatrick and it’s called the peanut cloth.  I used Peaches and Crème in color peacock with size 6 needles.

November 2010 KAL - Elephant

I also finished the Twist baby hat by Melissa Goodale.  I used Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in a blue denim colorway with size 2 and 3 needles.

Twist Baby Hat

I need to give this hat and the Sprout hat to my niece.  Her baby was due on November 12th, but she had the baby on November 4th. He was 7 pounds, 8 ounces and she named him Carter.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Reading–but falling behind

I have been reading, but work sure is getting in the way.  I think I will make my goal of 65 books for the year, but I need to get reading.

I have finished the following books:

Fly Away Home – Jennifer Weiner (great read and hope there is a sequel)

On Mystic Lake – Kristin Hannah – I just love her books

A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolft

Dream When you’re Feeling Blue – Elizabeth Berg

Promises to Keep – Jane Green

1022 Evergreen Place – Debbie Macomber

The Surgeon – Tess Gerritsen – Scary book

Big Russ & Me – Tim Russert

The Perfect Christmas – Debbie Macomber

The Things we do for Love – Kristin Hannah

Low Country Summer – Dorothea Benton Frank – Love, love her books

Heart of the Matter – Emily Giffin

Home Again – Kristin Hannah

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Wool Girl Sock Club–October 2010

I got the October shipment of the Wool Girl Sock Club.  It is a nice package. 

Woolgirl Sock Club Oct 2010 -1

I got a skein of Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock in Terrywinkle colorway.  Two patterns:  The Sock Thief sock pattern by Liz Abinante and Secret Love Scarf pattern by Liz Abinante.  A wooden box designed by Brooke of Mmin: I like Dreamin, A handmade glass needle vial by Zecca (I love these),  a loop design vintage stitch marker, and a handmade gift tag.

Woolgirl Sock Club Oct 2010 - 2

One more shipment of Woolgirl to come in December.

I got to go to knitting for over an hour on Friday.  That made me feel good.   I was working on the prayer shawl for a Christmas gift. It was also nice to see my knitting friends.