Saturday, November 24, 2007

Sock it to me Twice Contest

10 things I'm grateful for:

1. My Husband, who is my best friend as well.

2. My boys, they are all healthy and happy. Even the one with all the piercings, lol(he recently took out the two eye ones).

3. Our furry friends.

4. My iPod

5.My knitting, keeps me sane on those days when you really need it ;)

6. Coffee and Swaps, without it I cannot function during the day, hehe and I love giving and receiving gifts.

7. My (hubby's) Aunt Margaret just because she's the best and even though she's miles away she sends flowers on those special days.

8. My stash, when I lose my knitting mojo I can always go back to my stash and fondle what I have.

9. My office, a place to escape, surf the web/read blogs and play WoW.

10. Online shopping, without it I'd be wading in acrylic yarn, Eeek!

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Store Updated, Hogwarts Sock Swap package and FO's

Woot, I'm updating my etsy store with more new colorways. Thanks to my hubby who has been terrific with coming up with names, color ideas based on our love for D&D, WoW and Mythical creatures. I've also added another "Guy Themed" color, Marble, it turned out awesome if I do say so myself. There is also a couple colors based on the Harry Potter series, I've got Voldemort and Tonks. Here's a peek at the new colors.

I have a super huge Thank You to make to Kathe, a.k.a. Violet LeVeela for the best Slytherin package any Slytherin could ask or wish for. All the awesome goodies, first off check out the socks. Snake socks and an absolute perfect fit, I just love the short row heels. I also received a Slytherin bookmark, a Harry Potter 2008 calender(perfect for my little office), Sock and Glove Book- awesome, Collin is now addicted to sock monkeys and has already asked to go shopping for socks, lol. Looks like more monkeys and other animals will be done over Christmas break and if I can sneak in a few before Christmas for their stockings ;). Now, where did I leave off, oh yes, dog treats that only stuck around for one pic before the little guys whipped them away to give a treat to the girls (huge thanks from Barky and Xena), the cutest stuffed dragon which has a new home next to my computer, Godiva Chocolate pearls both dark and milk, yummy I was so in need of a chocolate fix. There was also a bottle of Gloves in a Bottle (I so needed this :)) and last but not least Clover Takumi Velvet dpns size 0 and Colinette Jitterbug sock yarn in the Lagoon colorway. Awesome, the one and only skein I had my Aunt took this summer and I never did get to replace it. Thanks so much Kathe for the Super Awesome goodies. *happy dance, woot* I will be taking the afternoon/evening off and casting on a pair of socks for myself using my new needles and Jitterbug.

On the knitting front, besides dying to cast on to my new socks I have finished my Harvest sock and will be shipping it out Monday. I need to make one quick little trip to the store for some edible treats. I won't post the pic of the sock till my pal receives it just in case she pops by my blog. One thing I can tell you is that I used Shi Bui sock yarn and wow, very nice to knit with and with the color I chose I went with a simple ribbing since the yarn had a little to much going on to have any type of cables to show up.

I'll post a little more tomorrow about the homefront stuff. Time to knit ;)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

More Yarn, Swaps and stuff

I was able to get 9 new colorways listed on etsy today, 2 are already gone too. Woot! Here's a teaser of what I dyed up last week, we have Chrome, Night Storm, Chocolate Berries, Neopolitan, Nymph, Voldemort, Tonks, Imp, Satyr and Aluminum.

On the swap front I sent out my Knitter's Coffee Swap 3 package so she should have it in about a week or so. My Hogwarts Sock pal received her package, well that is what Canada Post has down for their tracking info. Here's a shot of the Gryffindor socks I sent. I used Louet Gems sport after having a downhill battle with the fingering weight and loosing I switched and wow did they turn out great if I do say so myself.

I also have turned the heel on my Harvest socks and those babies will be going out in the mail by Friday along with some other goodies. I joined up for the Sock it to me Twice swap. I have my pal and already started shopping for her first thing this morning, hehe.

On the home front everyone is doing pretty good. Both little guys caught a cold/sniffles this week but I think it is partially from their flu shot they received on Wednesday. Hubby is now back on nights, what a relief. This means for the next 2 weeks I don't have to worry about running him back and forth to work. Yes, we only have one vehicle. For us it really wasn't an issue till we moved to the other side of town and now with the job change a few months back it means a heck of alot more travelling.

Well, I am pretty bagged. It has been a long week of Dr. appointments and stuff. Tomorrow the kids are in school and I've got the house to clean as well as list some clearance sock yarn on etsy to make room for more cones that hopefully will arrive this week, fingers crossed. More new colorways are developing.

Sock It To Me Twice

The Questions

How long have you been knitting? Do you consider yourself beginner, intermediate, advanced? I've been knitting for 24 years, wow I can't believe it has been that long, lol. I'm intermediate/advanced, willing to try anything and just started fair isle.

How long have you been knitting socks? 2 years

What are your favorite fibers to work with? merino wool, fingering or sport for socks

What is your favorite color? purple, pink, red, green and blues

What are your current WIPs (works in progress)? socks, I think 3 pairs right now and a scarf

Name your favorite yarns, (brand, fibers, colors, etc.). besides my own hand dyed I love STR, Lorna's Laces, Cherry Tree Hill and Louet Sport

What are some yarns/fibers that you stay away from. Acrylic and Mohair(allergic to mohair)

What is your family situation? (Married, kids, pets?) Married to my best friend, 3 boys, 2 dogs(long haired daxies) and a chinchilla.

Name some of your hobbies. Besides knitting, dyeing I also spin and read.

Name some of your favorite movies? The Polar Express, The Green Mile, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Color Purple just to name a few.

Do you like to read? Romance and fantasy

Do you collect anything? besides sock yarn, fairies and sheep

Do you own an iPod or mp3 player? iPod

What are your favorite type of knitting needles? bamboo

What knitting notion could you not live without? my tape measure and stitchmarkers

Who are some of your favorite designers? Cookie A

Do you subscribe to any magazines? (Knitting or otherwise.) none :(

When is your birthday? March 16

Do you have a "wishlist", (on Ravelry, Froogle, or Amazon)? Amazon

Do you have a Ravelry ID? orianna

If you had a sheep, what would you name it? Socks, hehe.

Friday, November 09, 2007

What a crazy November

So in between the little guys going to school/volunteering at the school/new etsy store/hubby I have been swamped.

My Hogwarts socks have been finished and the package is leaving here today. With the daze I've been in I totally forgot my bookmark I needed to make. All is finished, list checked twice and it will be off with a few etsy orders today. Here's a teaser of the package and bookmarks I sent off.

I've also almost finished my Knitter's Coffee Swap package, need to grab some coffee and other yummy treats and that can be shipped right away. I also have been working on my Harvest Swap package, most of the goodies have been bought except edible goodies(don't want to tempt myself, lol) and working on the sock and that should go out next week, Woot! My Hand dyed yarn swap yarn has been dyed, now onto the shopping ;)

My etsy store, Faery Fiber is going great! It is just so much fun dyeing and making up the colors as I'm going along. Hubby and the boys have been such a big influence on my colors too. Being in an all male household the boys have been wanting to see more guyish colors, so lots of blues/browns/blacks/greys and I'm loving it. Hubby is even helping with the names and I've been working on a as he puts it "Guy Theme" for the store using different metals for names. Guess what, it is working and I can't keep them in the store, hehe. I'll be listing more Chaos later today, need a few more pics as well as my Cafe Mocha. This weekend I'll dye up some more fingering weight, I'm thinking greens as well as the "Guy Themed" yarns.

Time to take the boys to school. More tomorrow.