Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Mail Galore!!!

Woot, lookie what arrived yesterday. All those goodies are from my Sockret Pal and wow did she ever pack an awesome package. First off I received a cute little lamb/sheep ornament which now has a home on a shelf above my desk. I also received the Online and Sabrina mags(the patterns in there are gorgeous), 3 balls of Online Linie 194 Solo, Aloe vera body lotion(so needed with this dry weather we have) a Tomato ornamental plant in a can(so cute and can't wait to try it out) and a green and orange reversable felt mat with pink cut out flowers(perfect for crafting, especially making stitchmarkers). For the boys she sent kinder surprise, lego fire truck and a puppy toy-the goodies for the kids barely got this shot before they were whisked away, lol. Thank you so much Sockret Pal, the boys and I love everything and I can't wait to get the Solo on the needles, I have been hankering to try it out and can't get it here. I'll be knitting the Ruffles scarf in the Fall issue of Knit 1 magazine.

I also received an envelope filled with Christmas money from Rob's Mom and Dad for me to do the Christmas shopping for the family. Woot, guess what I bought with my money? Yarn, from Blue Moon. I should have 5 gorgeous skeins coming in the next few weeks, eeek, I'm so excited. I picked out Jingle Bells, Christmas Balls, Scottish Highlands, Terra Firma and Henpecked for the hubby, lol. He agreed that was a good choice for him, he's got a good sense of humor.

This morning, bright and early, I received another package. Woot! My Knit Picks goodies I've been waiting on finally arrived. A whole 22 skeins of fibery goodness and the book, One Skein which I've been wanting for a while.

On the FO front, I finished my first pair of socks for this month on Saturday evening. Here's a pic of them and they too barely got their pic taken before they were taken by my oldest Jordan. His first pair of mommy made socks and a perfect fit.

Well enough about my good fortune, off to clean up and get some knitting done.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Where's my mail?

Well, for the last 2 weeks I have been stalking my mailman in hopes he will be delivering a lovely package from my Sockret Pal, who also has been waiting patiently for it to arrive. As of today, nothing and she sent it from overseas in the middle of last month, unbelievable and it's not even Christmas shipping time. I'm wondering if my mailman is a knitter and has been feasting on my fibery goodness for the last couple weeks, hmmm, unless it is being held hostage at customs and we all know those guys love the yarn.

In good news I have a few things to post about, I finally got my delivery of fibery heaven from Dani over at Sunshine Yarns. I have to tell you the colors I ordered are just amazing in person. I can't wait to cast on using the Christmas morning, that one as soon as I seen it in her etsy store I had to order. Here's a pic, we have from left to right are True Blue(Not so Solid collection), Christmas Morning, Pretty in Pink NSS and Steel NSS. Sorry, no pic, blogger has developed an attitude once again. I'll give it a whirl tomorrow.

I've earmarked the pink for my Sockret Pal's socks I will start on after Christmas, the Blue is for my Aunt(I'm going to ease her into handpainted yarns, shh, don't tell anyone she only uses Paton's Kroy/Regia or Regia cottons for socks and has never tried merino or alpaca), the steel will go to hubby and the Christmas morning for me. Thems a whole lotta socks to knit before Christmas, lol. Tammy's knitting sweat shop is open for business. I will be knitting in my sleep.

I also have a FO, sorry not socks but a bogga bag for myself and it is my second felted project to boot. I'm unsure how many more I'll make cause knitting the icord really bites. I fell asleep last night working on it, hehe. Here's a pic before felting, that will be done tomorrow once all my laundry is finished.

I also casted on for a little hat for one of the little guys too using Nature Spun, hopefully get that done by the weekend and stash it away as a pressie at Christmas. I'm thinking hats and possibly mittens for the two little guys for their Christmas gifts and for Jordan and Robert, socks. Cross your knitting needles, I mean fingers and hope these projects get done. I'd also like to get 3 pairs of Fetching done for Justice's teacher and teacher's aides as well. They look easy and what awesome stash busters too. Any other ideas on some quick knits I could use for giftees?? Anyone?

Back to the sweat shop, I mean living room for some more knitting. Happy knitting everyone!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Calendar Pic

Happy Birthday to Deb(Chappysmom) . Stop by and which her a good one and she's also having a little meme on her blog in celebration of her Birthday this month. Here's a pic of my calendar.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Wip's update, Questionnaire and a Thank you!

Grab a coffee, your in for a long read, lol.

First off, I'd like to thank my Sockret Pal for the e-card and postcard I received. Woot, looks like my pal may be from Germany unless she's throwing me a curve ball and had a friend send it. Either way, what a gorgeous country, the pics on the card are gorgeous.

On the knitting front, I've finished one of the worsted weight socks I've been working on, that baby just keeps dragging but started the mate last night and have the cuff done and hopefully have that baby done for the weekend. Jordan tried on the first sock and it fits great so should keep him toasty on his walk to work on the cold days.

I also started another pair of socks using my pattern making the leg longer and wow, it is turning out to be a quicker knit. I'm using STR's Country Clare I recieved from my KSKS swap partner Patti and the colorway is just gorgeous. This is my progress and I just started them yesterday, woot, not to shabby

I've also wound a ball of Artyarns Ultramerino up to start a pair of socks for Jordan for one of his Christmas gifts.

Still trying to come up with some ideas for other gifts, have to make a couple things for the little guys since I like to make sure they have something handmade by mommy for Christmas. Man, I can't believe I wasted so much time this summer and just realized I'm so behind on my knitting. Oh well, playing catch up is fun, we will see how fast I can bang out these socks.

Friday morning I had a pleasant surprise when I went to the mailbox to grab my paper. Lookie what I got, my STR order, Woot! One skein will be for my Sockret Pal for her Christmas package and I ordered some medium weight to give it a whirl.

The Knit Mitt Kit Swap Questionnaire:

Are you allergic to any fibers? no

What are your favorite colors? I love deep colors, reds, purples, greens etc but would love anything for mittens except for fluorescents.

Are you a new mitt knitter? How long have you been knitting mittens? No, I've only made them for my kids.

Do you prefer solid or multicolored yarn? Multicolored please

What fibers do you prefer in mitten yarn? Wool or wool blends(alpaca,silk etc)

Where do you usually knit mittens? home while watching tv

How do you usually carry/store small projects? project bags

What are your favorite mitten patterns? I like the wrist warmers/gauntlets I've found online

What are your favorite mitten knitting techniques? in rounds on dpns

What new techniques would you like to try? fair isle

What are your favorite needles for knitting mittens? bamboo dpns

What are some of your favorite yarns? Noro, galway, cascade, debbie bliss

What yarn do you totally covet? Would love to try a wool/silk blend or an alpaca/merino blend

Any pattern you would love to make if money and time were no object? tough call on that one, maybe a fair isle mitten pattern or a lace gauntlet style wristwarmer

Favorite kind of needles (brand, materials, straights or circs, etc)? crystal palace bamboo dpns or addi turbo circs

If you were a specific kind of yarn, which brand and kind of yarn would you be? STR or any handpainted yarn

Do you have a favorite candy or mail-able snack? Milk Chocolate anything or gummy candies

What’s your favorite animal? Sheep

Would you prefer super warm mittens or something more like fingerless mitts? I can go either way since I haven't made any mittens for myself yet, lol.

If you were a color what color would you be? Purple

What is your most inspiring image, flower, or object in nature? Sunrise

Do you have a wishlist? Yes, Amazon on the sidebar

Anything else you’d like to share with the group today? Woot, looking forward to preparing my package and having fun.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

FO and update

Woot! After a few months of next to no knitting to speak of I finally completed a pair of socks and they are my own pattern to boot. After working the many kinks, picking the right heel I got those babies off the needles last night after the boys went to bed and here they are in all their glory....worked on STR citrine.

Here's a pic of my little guys last night after making their rounds around our neighbourhood in the cold, got to -5 (with snow)last night while we made our trek, talk about hardcore. Poor daddy and Justice was almost in tears after the first block and there was Collin "More Candy, More Candy!!" as he ran from house to house, lol. That's my boy

More news on the knitting front, I registered for the Rockin Sock Club 2007 since I missed out last year I wanted to be on the ball this time. I've even got it written off as a Christmas gift from hubby, lol.

I also made another purchase from Dani over at Knitting Sunshine, check out her new colorways, wow! I picked up some Christmas Morning(looks awesome and can't wait to get that on the needles)a couple NSS's for my Sockret Pal and a pair for hubby. Will post pics as soon as the package arrives.

Now to type a good copy of my pattern and cast on for another pair of socks. Happy knitting everyone.