Friday, March 31, 2006

Basic Ribbed Socks

Basic Ribbed Sock Pattern was choose any ribbed pattern sequence you wanted and using sherman heel & sherman toe. I used US size 1 needles, a rare original Opal yarn; I did find out that it was one of the very first that appeared in the states. It's still carried overseas, just not available to us here. I love the simplicity of the pattern and the ability to use the sock up or rolled down cuff.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Some Tea Stash

Adagiohas the neatest packaging and most affordable for anyone's budget. I have yet to try a bad tea from them.. This is just a few of the latest aquirements I have. If you've never tried them before feel free to grab a free gift certificate on my side bar and you could be enjoying a cup of tea within a couple days...I'm working on my next recipe. I'll be a delicious dessert or to some a snack. Hope no one has to many allergies and will be able to try some. Check with me in a couple weeks when I post the recipe in detail.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Kool-Aid Hand Dyed/Spun Socks

First I picked up a Romney/Rambo X fleece from Mary Pratt in Rheinbeck, NY Sheep & Wool festival. She has the most absolutely beautiful fleeces...One can never go wrong with any of her fleeces for sure....Looking forward to getting mroe from her in the future. Washed, combed & dyed clumps with several different colors of kool-aid. Then combed and spun a little of this color and a little of that color and kept switching colors then navayo plied. I knitted toe-up into ankles socks...going to use them for a demo on a workshop I'm doing next month.. then I'm going to summit them to one of the state fairs in a few months

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Please Vote for me!

I summitted a recipe that I made for a Triple Layer Irish Breakfast Tea Cake.. We had it for St.Patricks Day it's was Yummy! You can cast your vote here theres lots of free recipes and some really good ones from others as well. this one's mine
You don't need to join or be a tea drinker either to vote for me....;o)))
but of course you can sign up for a free sample through the tea link on my sidebar at the top.. You'll recieve a $5 gift certificate to try anything you'd like or $5 off your order and I get 10 points once you redeem your $5 gift certificate. Enjoy!
Thank you!

Friday, March 24, 2006

If I Had My Child To Raise Over Again

If I had my child to raise all over again,
I'd build self-esteem first
And the house later.
I'd finger paint more,
And point the finger less.
I would do less correcting and more connecting.
I'd take my eye off my watch,
and watch more with my eyes.
I would care to know more.
I'd take more hikes and fly more kites.
I'd stop playing serious, and seriously play.
I would run through more fields
And gaze at more stars.
I'd do more hugging and less tugging.
I'd see the oak tree in the acorn more often.
I would be firm less often,
and more affirm much more.
I'd model less about the love of power,
And more about the power of love.

It's by Diane Loomans

I love this poem so much having an 18 y/o, 4 & 5 y/o, it really makes me see some things differently... Hope you enjoy this poem as much as I have!

Monday, March 20, 2006

It's Here! It's Here!

The welcome kit from the the Rockin'Sock Club!
heres the binder cover (it's a clear 1" 3 ring binder)

Theres a welcome letter, some note pages and looksie here a chart of sizing for US, Canadain & European sizing for women, men infant & junior sizing(only in US & Canadian)

OK this is what you've visited me for, here you go the Pattern Cedar Creek Socks designed by Kaci Kyler Hays....and some hints her's one.. wind your skeins into a center pull skein or split your yarn into 2 balls, knit one strand for a coupel rounds then the other stand for a couple rounds don't cut the yarn. Continuing altering between the two ends, if pooling starts swich to other strand randomly or knit one round each.....

Here this is it I promise. A NEW colorway called Rainforest Jasper (light weight) beautiful shades of lt aqua type greens & tans/brown, a mini skein keychain so very cool already on my car keys (LOVE IT) even has a mini STR Club label onit and on the bottom of it says emergency skein of STR & don't leave the house without it , a bumber sticker which is going in my back window (DH thinks I'm a bit nuts)& a button which I think I may put on one of my knitting bags, probably the MD Sheep & wool bag compliments of my good friend Maggs She always thinks of me, I'm not always able to get away for the fun stuff! Love ya Maggie!

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Which Opal yan?

I just cast on using an Opal yarn for this sock but I have a question, I'd really like to know what type or series of Opal my yarn is. Hoping someone maybe able to help me out a little heres the info I have

It's Opal printed inside and out is all in German of course. It's most like a basic sock pattern on the inside of the label.

Farbe I'm assuming is the color # 135 and partie is that dye ot or something? 2312

It's mostly white with specks of a lt blue here and there then a tiny lt pink every inch or so maybe a complete row if that.. lt or pale colors but mostly white.. I've never seen an Opal yarn like this and would really very much like to know which it is.

Friday, March 17, 2006

New Jaywalkers!

New Jaywalkers, by Grumperina complete using:
Lorna Laces Shepard Sport Color Vera
US size 1 using 3 needle set up
I had no problem what so ever like I've heard some people have. I guess I'm one of the lucky ones....
They fit perfectly usiing the 76 cast on.
It's a perfect well written pattern , can use a variety of yarns, so simple to memorize no need to carry the pattern with you if you have traveling sock projects. Can always definately know your place where you left off! HIGHLY recommend to all! You've have ot have at least one pair of them in yoru sock drawer if not several.. I'll never tell!
Hope everyone has a very Happy St. Paricks Day all around the nation!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Fun Fibery - Spinning Adventures

Ohhh Looksie here I was SURPRISED with an AWEOSOME RAK from Carolyn It's 200g of first clip of kid Mohair from her very own goats! I guess I'm one VERY LUCKY HAPPY GITTE GIRL!!! All these pretty locks the curls just so sweet. check out her little baby on her site just the sweetest thing you've ever seen. I'm so blessed that she shared some with me! HUGE {{HUGS}} heading overseas my friend! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! Sooooo soft. I can't wait to try some out.. Definately will have to be something special for myself...Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Then A very nice lady from our guild shared some cotton seeds with me so I can grow my own cotton...It came from a realtive of hers in Georgia! Now this is definately going to be an adventure. I even had the experience of plucking the seeds from the cotton...Now I can say I tried it right! ;o))

I've taken a little break from combing/spinning to spinnning some hand-dyed merino top roving from the Spinning Bunny
this is what it's looking like.. It's alot of fun spinning this, been practicing spinning from the fold! ekkks! Just not sure if I want to use the singles or ply it for some socks....The single looks so nice.....Not sure if you can tell from the picture all the pretty colors blended of sienna, gold, plum, and garnet with a bit of black and blues maybe a otuch of purplish an earthly southwestern type of color. It's the Sandstone colorway. I also have some of the Abalone which is a blend of reds, pinks, violet, white & blues.. I haven't started spinning that one just yet but of course will post pictures when I do. Susan was great help easy talking with and quick shipping. Great person to order from for sure.. You won't be disappointed... She even enclosed some lavender in with each fiber order.

And...another order arrived....of course what else more sock yarns! Alison is very QUICK!! A skein of Opal prisma in purple, 2 skeins of Intrelacements, and 2 skeins of Cascade simply stripes in blues..Then of course those hard to find US size 1.5 DPN! added to the stash ;o)))

I recieved 6 packages today when I seen the mail carrier he wanted to lighten his load before doing the route.>>..I hope he has some more that I'm expecting from from swaps on the knitty! the other part of my Betty Crocker order arrived, the 4-pc dome bake & fill cake pan set and an ice cream sandwich maker...WOOHOOO! Brownies are coling so I can use it....any bakers out there in blog land might want to check out her website for some good prices before it's Out OF Stock once sold out thats it no more... She's going out of business and closing her doors no more catalog! Points aren't good on items any longer only on shipping costs of order over $48

Geez! I've had such a GREAT week so far and more goodies too need to take more pictures will post them later tomorrow..

Monday, March 13, 2006

Package On its way!

Ok I think I'm safe! My SP is away until next week... So she's not stalking me now ;o))...If I planned it right she'll have this awaiitng for her when she gets home! It was so much fun putting this one together. The PO lady just LOVED my creative packaging... Although she cut of my string and bow on the outside. Which was ok used more tape instead... On one end you can actually see the strap hanging out, on top I used a skein of handspun and as you can see it's packed with goodies I'm sure she'll enjoy! ;o)) I'm anxious for her to find this one thats for sure.....I've had alot of fun this round, getting to know my SP and spoiling her....Now I'm done I get to look forward to seeing what my Sp has done for me.. She's been so thoughtful and wonderful for sure! I'm looking forward to finding out who she is.. I still have no clues!

back to my Jaywalkers, they'be been so neglected these days almost done too!

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Lucy Bag for a Special Someone

Here she is pre felting, sure is HUGE & bright I know.. Not me no way but for a special gift for a secret someone. Can't mention her right now in case she's a blog stalker....I did make it in-between the short & tall version and shorted the short strap just a tad as suggested by a few others. Thank you!

Post felted now! TA DA! Here she is! I actually LOVE it!(sorry for the crappy photo) Yes, it's still bright. I used Brown Sheep Company's Nature Spun worsted in Orange Crush 3 3/4 skeins.... Felted absolutely evenly & beautifully!

and a close up. really.....In a bit I'll have to reveil who the lucky lady will be to recieve this bag and will be full of goodies too! Ending a Sp round soon..heeheee Ok NO more hints now! Can't give out to many more details now can I! ;o))) She's blocking right now stuffed with plastic bags for now.. Now to find the right decor pin or something on it before gifting it. Still have to wrap some other things to fill it with....anyone want to give any ideas of some fun ways to gift to someone? I have some ideas but it's also nice to hear what others think too.

Now I need to make myself a couple of these maybe to match each season or project, it's a great bag, next time I will add an inside pocket or two. Great pattern from Two Old Bags
Boy Oh Boy do I hope she's not reading my blog before she recieves her bag but either way is OK because she has no clue what will be inside.....part of the fun and wondering hmmm am I the one....heeheeee I'm so bad such a

Thursday, March 09, 2006

SP7 Goodies & More

Although I've been having a tough week spent the afternoon and last night at the hospital, I can't eat a thing! It hurts to much, they said it's yet another gallbladder attack boohoo! I wish they'd decide to take it out soon, this has been going on for years and it's getting worse with each attack! I had a couple packages waiting for me when I got home this morning!
I have such a thoughtful fun SP7!! Shes been so much fun, emails me constantly, sends me neat postcards & Look at the fun wrapping! all in a neat basket inside a neat bag that has the appearence of being knitted...LOVE IT!

So much fun to open all the little gifties wrapped in tissue paper. Inside was Kniticisms (humorous indeed!!) a skein of Euroflax Linen yarn she even wound it up for me....She was thinking maybe some nice soap bags...Good Idea!(thank you) a set of six crochet hooks crystalines glitter things very neat and lightweight! Cool Fab colors wrapped in a pretty ribbon bow. Then a neat fun little black velvet bag with 4 plastic sponge bob looks like zipper pulls but in her nice note she suggested some fun stitch markers, I bet I'll be the only one with Sponge Bob hanging off my needles....heeeheee and of course a BIG BAR OF HERSHEYS CHOCOLATE!! 1/2 pounder bar!! YUMMY! She also enclosed a really nice note in an envelope the note was written on circle paper..;o))
No clues as to who she is though.. Still stumped Chicago, IL area is all the postmark hints about...Thank you for everything SP!! I still haven't a clue really! You really have me stumpped this time.. It's fun !

Also waiting for me was a package from one of my orders from Betty Crocker (since shes going out of business everything has been clearenced) Still waiting for the bake & fill cake pan sets, lots of birthdays coming up in April and my cake maker moved rto Florida last year so i'll have to make my own again! ;o)) I'm going to have so much fun with the ice cream sandwich makers, I couldn't make up my mind so I bought both the round & rectnagular ones, they even sent fun finsihing toppings for them..A free cake sever as well, $5 off my order with FREE shipping, just send them 100 points...The latest catalog will be out and online the end of the month I can't wait...

Then on the way back from Boston I had to stop by a couple shops picked up a couple skeins of some newer sock yarns

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Glad Raggs Socks

Pattern from Laura and can be found here
Used 2 skeins Brown Sheeps Wildfoote in Master Grey
I omitted the beads, cast on 64 stitches
used US size 1 & 2 needles
It was fun knitting these socks I loved them but the toes are just a little to pointy for me. I had really enjoyed knitting this pattern that I know I'mm make them again!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Destashing Sale or Trade

Trying to make some room for new yarns, make me a reasonable offer plus shipping and it's yours or something in trade will work not sure what I'm looking for but try me, I'll consider it if it's something I may use someday....;o)) Espeically like sock yarns, hardwood DPN '0' & '1', odd ball knitting book, I'm pretty easy going make an offer
Saucy Sport White 2 100g & 5 50g all is here will frog the swatch before shipping out Taken

2 Rowan Handknit Dk cotton col # 254 - Taken

2 1/2 Deco Ribbon Crystal Palace lt pink

3 3/4 Robin facination - Pending

13 oz cotton & rayon each in center pull ball/cakes

7 Patons Cotton Sahara - Taken

7 Grignasco Safari lt blue and 3 a darker shade - Pending

5 Benat Fifth Avenue Chennile

2 Classic Elite Pima Cotton Black & 1 Red

2 Adriafil curioso fantasy yellow, 1 Schachenmayr brazilia fantasy color #380, 1 Berroco Candy FX col#8739 & 1 KOS white sol#SP-73

adding but photos not available:

3 sk of baroffa settembre in a redish verigated colorway

4 sks berroco cotton twist in a Dk green, really nice yarn 70/30 cotton/rayon

1 3/4 sk Cha Cha color Beebop

10 sks Benat cotton newport color -

600 yards silk/nylon thread type yarn on a cone, too shiny for me but probably enough for a clapotis yardage wise anyway. - Pending

3 sks Josharp wool a mustard sort of color

1 sk Bernat Baby Cordinates Aqua/pink - taken

1 TLC Heathers purple haze

2 sks Welcomme Virevoite viscoe/arcylic sortof like a thick chennile
1 black & 1 Dk brown

1/2 sk lopi red - taken

1 Reynolds deluxe Dk red

1 Soft N Safe red

1 TLC deep red

1 Rowan All season cotton Navy (denim like color)

2 Plymouth Encore Dk Grey

3+ sks turqoue mohair with white spots here & there

1 complete set of 14" bamboos straights in a zipped fabric case in good shape sizes 2.0mm through 8.0mm