Tuesday, September 28, 2010

It's FO Time!


Pattern:  Jeeves by Sarah H. Wolf    Yarn: Happy Fuzzy Yarn DK Superwash Merino  Color: Vampira's Garden  Needles:  US 4 - 3.5 mm  Started:  September 13, 2010 Completed:  September 22, 2010

Note: This yarn has been in my stash for so long, I wasn't even sure it was still around, but it is!  I loved how this yarn was working up until I hit the huge flash over the heel.  However, it happened on both socks - so at least they match?  I don't wear the DK weight socks too often, so this pair was intended to be donated from the beginning.
I do love this pattern, it was very easy and knit up really quickly. 
On a side note, is everybody ready for Britney Spears on Glee tonight? 

Monday, September 27, 2010

Learning Something New Every Day!

Now this post has absolutely nothing to do with knitting and everything to do with my son who is in his Freshmen year at University of British Columbia.  Be envious of him, Vancouver is everything you think it must be.

We had a "conference" call with Eldest on Saturday.  This means there were five of us (me, hubby, Puck and Eldest's Aunt and her partner) in a car driving home from dinner and we decided to call son and put him on speakerphone.

Eldest glibly informed us that he had just returned from Longboat practice at Jericho Beach.  (That link is a webcam for Jericho Beach which is updated every ten minutes during daylight hours.)
Evidently, October 2 & 3 are Day of the Longboat and Eldest is participating on a team with his dorm-mates.

Do you suppose he is studying at all?

PS.  If you click over to the Longboat link and watch the video, I am in love with that song and I have downloaded the entire album "Grand" by Matt & Kim.

Friday, September 24, 2010

New Stuff!

 I joined Badass Yarn Club over at Kitchen Sink Dyeworks.  She dyes each month honoring Badass Women.  This month's honoree is Meg McGlamery - read about Meg here.  The yarn is 70% Merino, 30% Seacell.  I believe this is destined to be some Crosswaves socks.

The Turtlegirl was showing off some gorgeous yarn last week and out of curiosity I clicked over to the Lotus Yarns etsy shop.  Bad idea.  I now own this colorway entitled Hairdresser on Fire.  I may even knit some socks for my hairdresser, just because.  This yarn is 10% cashmere and OMG, the softness is so comforting!

Also, Knitting Like Crazy is having a sale over at her Etsy sight - 20% off all of her sock yarn. My personal favorite is Mom's 1970's Kitchen.  Someone needs to stop me before I undo all of my 2010 sock yarn destashing by purchasing one of each of these colors!

There.  Enabling done for the day.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Rainy Day FO's

Pattern:  Clandestine by Cookie A.  (Free pattern on Knitty!)    Yarn: Fall Creek Fibers Powder Mill Sock Color: Green  Needles:  US 1 1/2 - 2.5 mm  Started:  September 7, 2010 Completed:  September 19, 2010

Note: This yarn is 50% silk (I forgot that when I was knitting and for some reason assumed it contained Bamboo).  Either way, both fibers are a bit inelastic and the yarn was a little splitty.  The end result, however, is a gorgeous pair of socks.  As with any Cookie a. pattern I've ever knit, the end result is a piece of art (due to the pattern, not to me!)

As for Fall Creek Fibers, I joined a three-month yarn club and I would purchase any number of skeins from them.  Especially this one.  Her hand-blended tea gets a thumbs up from the college boy. 

I am off to a movie with the mom, and then packing for the weekend trip to the cabin.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

What To Do...

I have another FO and some yarn acquisitions, but no photos, so those updates will have to wait.  
I want to show you a photo of the beautiful place that my eldest boy is living:

 This is the Rose Garden at UBC.  Mountains and ocean in the distance.  Every time I think about this, I wonder why he will EVER want to come home.  Can you tell that I am missing him today?

Also?  Tame elk in Banff.  Seriously, there was traffic, buses and cabs zooming buy, right behind me.

The sign right behind this guy read:  The Elkhorn Lodge - Vacancy.  He paid us no attention at all.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Dorothy Gale Socks:

This was my WIP bag after I got home from Vancouver last week.

The green yarn is destined to be a pair of Cookie A socks and are actually 25% knit up already.  The Dashing Dachs (blue/brown) yarn is from Woolgirl's Oz yarn club.  I finished the Dorothy Gale Socks this afternoon:

A little photo shoot in the sunshine:

Pattern:  Dorothy Gale Socks - fingering by Bethany Whitney    Yarn: Dashing Dachs Dach Sox: Fingering Superwash Merino  Color: Dorothy  Needles:  US 0  Started:  August 26, 2010 Completed:  September 13, 2010

Note:  I don’t usually knit on 0’s - but once I memorized this pattern, it was a pretty easy pair of socks to work on in the car.

Meanwhile, I have been trying to get excited about Vikings Football this year, but I am finding it hard to recapture last year's excitement after the debacle in New Orleans (both of them!)  The Gophers are just trying to overcome their coaching.  I have been happily watching the Twins and waiting for Hockey to start again.

High School has been great for Puck, and I think Teen (or should I say New Adult?), has been thriving thus far in his university atmosphere.  I am slowly getting adjusted to only one teenager in the house (at least, only one that belongs to me).

I took my mom to see Wicked last night, and I didn't think I would love it as much as I did.  I now would like to see it at least a half dozen more times.  The woman that played Elphaba had a voice to rival Idina Menzel, and I think she was the standby.  I was blown away.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Tulip Socks:

Pattern:  Twisted Tulip Socks by Chrissy Gardiner   Yarn: Seacoast Handpainted Panda  Color: Coal and Fire  Needles:  US 1  Started:  August 11, 2010  Completed:  August 25, 2010

Note:  This was the first pattern from the Indie Socks Club KAL. The pattern had an interesting, new-to-me, cast-on and the socks knit up pretty quickly.  I'm sure the pooling and flashing is not everyone's cup of tea, but I think I'll have a couple takers for this pair of socks.

Wow.  The house is so quiet and I have time to get things done.  This morning, however, I am attending my much-neglected knitting group.  I hope they're still in the same place!  (JK!)  I bought some very yummy yarn on my trip and there was a new pattern book waiting for me when the mailman arrived yesterday - so I'll update with those later this week!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Is It Over Yet?

Puck started High School today.  We returned from dropping the Teen off in Vancouver on Sunday afternoon.  Want to look out of my Vancouver hotel window?  Look!

We had been on the road since August 25.  I am exhausted.  Physically and emotionally exhausted.  I spent the morning volunteering at the high school and I am trying to adjust to new multi-focal contacts.  Would think poorly of me if I whined a little bit?  There, done whining.

I finished a couple knitting projects in August, now I can finally get around to taking some pictures!

Pattern:  Karira by Shannon Okey   Yarn: Ruby Sapphire Yarns Tenderfoot  Color: Nalani  Needles:  US 1½ - 2.5 mm  Started:  August 1, 2010  Completed:  August 17, 2010

Note:  I am not positive about my start date on these, but I do know these were an August project and I finished them on August 17, so there it is.  This was part of the Girl with The Dragon KAL on Ravelry.  We actually had custom-dyed yarns available to us, but I knit mine from well-marinated stash and these knit up very beautifully.  The pattern incorporated a basket-weave heel and throughout the body and I really am happy with the finished look.

I have some more pictures to take today! 

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