Tuesday, February 27, 2007

SP10 Questionnaire

The Questionnaire

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
Natural Fibers are my favorite, I love merino. I'm not partial to acrylics or the funky fur stuff.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
A knitting pouch and tupperware container.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I was taught by my Grandmother at 11/12 years old and have been knitting ever since with a short hiatus here and there. I consider myself to be an adventurous intermediate knitter willing to try anything once ;).

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Yes, Amazon on the side bar or any colorway from Bluemoon or Sunshine Yarns, lol.

5. What's your favorite scent?
Cinnamon, vanilla or lavender.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
Yes, I love Milk Chocolate(with or without nuts or fruit). I also love gummies and swedish berries, mmmm.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I spin and crochet as well as quilting(not as often as I'd like).

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
Love the 80's hair bands,Killers, Nickelback, 3 Doors Down, Alanis Morrisette, Finger Eleven, Hinder, Billy Talent

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
Purples, Deep Reds, Greens, Blues and Pinks. I can't stand fluorescents or mustard yellow.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
Married with 3 boys-17(almost), 6 and 5(almost), 2 long haired daschunds and a chinchilla.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
Yes to the first three.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Socks, Socks, Socks.

13. What are you knitting right now?
Socks and a scarf

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
Love it!

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Bamboo DPNs and addi circs

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
Yes to both

17. How old is your oldest UFO?
My lapghan is about 2 years in the making, lol.

18. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas, I love giving gifts.

19. Is there anything that you collect?
Sock yarn and lambs/sheep.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
Charlene Schurch's "Sensational Knitted Socks", Crystal Palace bamboo dpns for socks and more sock yarn anytime ;). I have a subscription to Interweave.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
I would love to learn fair isle and intarsia.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Yes! I'm a size US9 and foot length is 9 3/4 inches long.

23. When is your birthday?
March 16, we are almost there, ack!

Friday, February 16, 2007

We have mittens!

Woot, I finally have a pair of handknit mittens for myself. I got going a week or more ago on the cable fingerless glove pattern Christa sent in my Mitten Kit, the yarn is gorgeous but didn't seem to work with the pattern. The cable was a bit lost in the colors so I frogged the glove and started over using a basic mitten pattern. Voila, here we have a gorgeous pair of mittens using Fearless Fibers Wool/alpaca in the Midnight Rendezvous colorway and they are perfect and so warm. I started these puppies Sunday night and finished Tuesday night and wore them to pick up hubby and I was so toasty, I'm thinking a matching scarf with the extra skein and a bit. I am going to give the fingerless glove pattern another whirl with some other yarn as soon as I finish up the socks I am making for my Sockret Pal.

Here's a pic of my Project Spectrum 2 sock, using Regia Cotton and my Sockret Pal socks using Cherry Tree Hill in the Jewels colorway. Wow, first time knitting with both yarns and the Cherry Tree Hill is just a dream, definitely a close second to STR in my opinion. The Regia cotton is very nice to work with too, first time using cotton in my socks, any tips or tricks I should know?

I also received some mail this week, first off we have the Namaste Messenger Bag in Chocolate and it is so roomy. I love this bag!

The other package I received was from my Aunt Margaret and she sent a box of Wool, 4 balls of the Patons Soy Wool and the rest is sock yarn. I've got a large assortment of Regia, Sisu(haven't tried that yet) and Patons Kroy, enough to make 15 pairs of socks for Hubby. This was her stash she had set aside for Rob and since I have taken over knitting socks for the family she passed them on. What a gal, how can anyone turn down a box of sock yarn, lol. The pressure is on, must complete a few pairs of socks for Rob, his Mom and Dad for Christmas and I am starting their socks next month, lol.

Things are looking good for this month in the knitting department, so far I have a pair of socks and mittens for February and 2 pairs of socks I'm plugging away on. I just may have 3 pairs of socks done for this month, cross your fingers.

Friday, February 09, 2007

FO's, Shopping and other news

Woot, finished my first pair of socks for this month, very happy. The regia socks came out a perfect fit and the thing with these socks I didn't try them on like I normally do when I'm knitting for myself. I had to give this way a whirl since I have officially taken over knitting socks for Rob's mom and dad and have given his Aunt Margaret a break. She's got her own crew plus other family members she knits for and since I prefer making socks and have not tackled a sweater yet I volunteered for the job.

So, since I will be knitting for hubby's mom and dad I thought I better grab some yarn so that led to an online shopping trip at Little Knits, lol. I grabbed 6 skeins of sock yarn (Regia cotton and some Online) plus a Trekking and Fleece Artist and some Alpaca(on sale dirt cheap) for myself, lol. I've also been having an urge to knit a sweater so I bought Wendy's "Drive Thru/Quicko Cheapo" sweater pattern and will give this a go for Collin. I let him choose the colors and we are going with Cascade 220 in Red 9422 for the main and cream/grey and black for the cc's. I am so excited, just have to go the the LYS sometime this week and pick up some addi's. With all this urges to purchase yarn I went on over to vanCalcar Acres and ordered the Kitri sock kit and 2 skeins of BlackJack Candy, one of the single and one multiple repeats since I couldn't decide which I wanted more, lol.

Now, on the home front, not much to report except all of us are either recovered or very close to recovering from these infections we've been sporting this winter. Both Collin and I still have a mild cough but everyone else is 100% which is such a relief to hear. I am so sick of being sick and the money spent on prescriptions could have enhanced my stash very nicely, let us just say the in what we have spent on drugs could have paid for my Rockin Sock Club!

On the swap front, I am still plugging away at my Sockret Pal socks but have gotten all the shopping done on her package so I should have that ready to go by the end of the month. I also joined a couple of other swaps, one on swapbot, a Secret Sister exchange for Canadians. This one goes over 3 months and we send a small/medium/large package worth $60 for everything. I've got everything to go for my first package and I'll get hubby to mail it on Monday. I've also joined the Favorite Color Swap 2 and since I missed the 1st round I wasn't going to be left out again, lol. I spent most of this morning blog stalking my spoilee and have a page full of info so we'll have to get the shopping started. I also heard from my spoiler and I'm looking forward to finding out who it is when it's over.

Time to start cleaning up a bit so I can get back to my knitting. Have a safe weekend and happy knitting!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Woot, Swaps are starting!

Favorite Color Swap Questionnaire

1. What are your top three favorite colors? Purple, red and hunter green

2. What crafts do you really enjoy? Knitting first, crocheting and quilting.

3. What products do you really covet? Handpainted yarns(STR, Sunshine yarns, etc, all the good stuff). I have never tried and would love to try some Bearfoot ??, Handmaiden, Louet gems and bamboo dpns.

4. What other activities do you enjoy besides your favorite crafty things? Spending time with my kids, reading blogs and baking.

5. Is there anything you collect? Besides sock yarns and dpns, anything with sheep or Fantasy related(dragons, faeries etc).

6. What is your zodiac sign and/or Chinese zodiac symbol? Pisces

7.What are your favorite…

…scents/smells? Vanilla, cinnamon, nothing strong.

…types of music and/or bands? The Killers, Nickelback, 80's hair bands and Alanis

…authors? Any mystery or romance

…animals? Lions, sheep and daschunds

…places to shop? Yarn shops

…season? spring

…yarn/fabric/paper/other craft supplies? handpainted yarns, any fabric with knitting related items, as for scrapbooking, sorry haven't tried.

…candies or goodies? Milk chocolate, on its own, anything with cherries/oranges and nuts is great, swedish berries or other gummies except black licorice. Coffee is always appreciated, love strong roasts, mmm, coffee and chocolate.

8. Do you have any wish lists? Yes, Amazon on the sidebar.

9. Are you allergic to anything? Mild allergy to Cat dander and strong scents.

10. Do you have any pets? What are they? 2 long haired Daschunds and a chinchilla

11. Please include anything else you would like your secret pal to know about you- anything that would be helpful in finding you little gifts that you will really enjoy. I love scented candles, stationary, stitch markers, tape measures etc.