Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Finally Panda Cotton by Crystal Palace Yarns

Without further ado! Here's what you've been waiting for.

This yarn is gorgeous to look at, feels like nothing I've ever felt. You can feel the cotton but yet you can't. I especially like the way to colors blend. Perfect Stretch.

55% Bamboo
24% Cotton
21% Elastic Nylon

Handwash or machine wash with cool water on Gentle cycle. Dry Flat (I hang mine with clips of a hanger)
6-8 sts per inch/24-28 sts/10cm
1-2.5 US Needles
170 yds/50gr

Color 0439 Night Lights

very minor pooling effect at the beginning of the gussets otherwise they knit perfectly, not knots!! No splitting either!Yeah!

Perfect cast on

so very comfey

close up of pattern

I used RPM pattern by sock prOn
on size 1 US needles, the large size and knit to fit a US size 8
I think it was the perfect match for the yarn with a little leftover from each ball
I do recommend using a sparper pointed needles
very smooth knitting all the way around!
Thank you for the opportunity to be amoung the first to play with it! I would definately use again!

Look for them sometime next month!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Little Tease of New Socks!

Ok I thought I'd give you a little tease of these socks...heeheee
Check back tomorrow for more details and photos

Spicy Cranberry Nut Bread

Remember the nuts are optional on this...

Please stop over here and vote for me this month when you have a minute!

Monday, November 27, 2006

New Panda Cotton by Crystal Palace Yarns

This is a fabulous replacement sock yarn for those who want to knit with all plant fibers...
Check this out 55% Bamboo, 24% Cotton & 21% Elastic Nylon! Each skein is perfectly would throughout the entire skein too.

want a little closer view here....

Even a bit closer inside a skein Check out all the vibrant colors! They blend so well together too.

of course the black is dominant but just wait

to you see how it knit up!

Be back with more photos of this gorgeous yarn!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Hurry! Get your Entries & orders in before the Holiday Rush!

Friendly Sock Compilation, Vol II: A-Z and more

Designers: Debra Barker, Debra Chinn, Michelle Fischer,
Bonnie Franz, Kathy Nehrenz, Joan Macleod, Jeanie Townsend, Linda Walsh, Charlton Wilbur, Nancy Wild, KyleAnn Williams, Becky Yoder, Claudia Tietze, Linda Walsh, and Laura Andersson (editor)

This is by no means ALL the socks, but I thought you might like to see!

Book 2, mailing 12-21-06 is $28 and $4.50 priority ship. It will be about 150 pages, with 40 patterns from 16 different designers some you know or are familar with. As well, there are helpful articles on topics such as how to use handspun in that new pattern you bought!

As before, the book will have plastic covers over cardstock covers, spiral binding to lay flat, and full color.

Pricing: Book 1, $24 and $4.50 priority ship
Book 2, $28 and $4.50 priority ship.

Special offer: if you order both books together, then you can
have free shipping (a $9 value) or 20% off book 1. Which actually the free ship deal saves you more money!

Send paypal to:
publication date and first shipments 12/21/06 or to pay by money order please contact me for info

we're also working on gift cards in case you want to send something
special to let your loved one know their book is coming.

please note: anyone who has one of the 100 numbered copies of Bk 1 has
the option to receive that same number for book 2

Don't forget to mention your ordering through my blog post in the comment section to receive a small gift with your order! and will also be placed into a special raffle for the upcoming New Year! Please note that drawing(s) & odds of winning depending on amount of entries

For continued online support for both Book one & two join us
on the Friendly Socks Group KALS, contests, prizes, etc....Hope to see some of you join!
Remember key word here being Friendly!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Crystal Palace Bamboozle Review

each skein is 55% Bamboo, 24% Cotton, & 21% Elastic Nylon. 4-5sts/inch (16-20sts/10cm, 8-10 needles (5-6mm) 90yds/50gr
Handwash or machine wash, gentle cycle, dry flat. Due to elastic content use 1 size larger needle than you might expect to use.

Great for knitting all kinds of stuff, sweaters, afghans, hats, mitts, vests, jackets, and especially don't forget Socks!

I thoroughly enjoyed knitting with this yarn and many others, I have had the pleasure. I especially love the high content of bamboo and with the perfect amount of elasticity. So soft and cozy and actually warm too! Just a tad splitty at beginning but this is not at all a problem once you've started with your knitting. It's not a high/tighter twisted type yarn, which also accounts to it's extra suitable softness which we all love.

I only used 83 grams out of 150 grams of yarn with a 9-10" leg per sock

Generous leftovers 70gr! With 1 additional sk in the pink and there'd enough for 1 pair adult size and 1 pair child size socks or enough leftovers for another small project so nothing is wasted.

Here I used US 3 needles cast on 48 sts & US 2 for heel & foot for US size 8 socks
for a gauge of 8sts/inch
Using 3 new colors to test with. An Ann Norling Pattern #12A in a Pebble Rib



Look they put my socks up on their website here

I give this yarn a 2 thumbs up for sure! ;o))

Friday, November 17, 2006

Yarn PrOn Friday!

Yarn just speaks for itself

Noro Kureyon #166

What more can I say...

Just another lonely skein of pretty colors....right into the stash mobile.....

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Crystal Palace New Yarn

Coming soon Bamboozle New colors for the Spring 2007.. They are absolutely gorgeous! This scan on a sock in progress does them no justice..

I'm using 3 colorways for this one in Crystal Pink #0205, Painted Iris #9800 & Powder Blue #2201
It's joy to knit with so very soft and a WHOPPING High percent 55% Bamboo!! 24% Cotton & 21% elastic nylon. Great for those who want to use a non-animal yarn for a nice fabric and did I mention so very silky soft and nice wearing socks!
Huge Thank You for everyone over at Crystal Palace for bringing this wonderful new addition to all of us!

wait to I scan and show you the Gorgeous New Panda Cotton!!!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Boat, Icky Dough N Cookies!!

We were going to my cousins to help frame and shrink wrap the boat yesterday and I was baking a huge batch of Nestles chocolate chip cookies to take with us...Had to run to the store in the morning quickly and picked up a small box of baking soda.

Now who doesn't eat batter when making cookies?

I had cookies in the oven and eating batter while they were baking the kids were so good waiting patiently for those nice warm gooey cookies to be done.

So I thought the batter tasted a little funny, then had some more thinking well I did brush my teeth, so eat some more.....Then it still tasted funny to me!!! ewwww! Now I'm feeling a it ill. hmmm ok I'll rinse my mouth and try some more... ewwwww! Ick! No nothing is wrong, I can't small very well since it's only been a couple months of so since the sinus surgery...eww What is it!! Immediately check all my ingredients for expiration dates, you know eggs, vanilla, flour sugar everything.. Last but not least I find the small box of baking soda thinking no way just bought!
Well guess what??? Look!!!

Not it's not expired but it's same color box and it's Cat Litter Deodorizer with baking soda & fragrance... Checked the box what in the world in is this crap???!! No listed ingredients anywhere on the package at all!! I do know from soap making & science education that the baking soda should be listed as sodium bicardonate
Gezz they do have an '800' number listed.. call it to see what the ingredients are.. Well not open only during business hours during the week but in case of immediate medical information is needed call this '888' number.. Ok call that number I know from fragrance as essential oil not fragrance can be safe but some are certainly not. I didn't panic though I knew I'd just feel ill and it's go away eventually not harmful but more curious as to what is in this stuff!!... Someone did answer and they have no clue as to whats in it because it's not listed on the package!
They are contracted to answer calls for several companies not just Arm & Hammer and don't no whats in the products... Thats no to comforting to know....

Needless to say It was quite disappointing, tossed remaining batter & cooked cookies in the trash. Explained to the kids what happened and my DS was more concerned about me then the cookies, how sweet, I reassured him I'd be just fine not to worry and lets continue on with our day... Appartently I was told the house smelled good!! HA!HA!!

Some good news I didn't let the kids eat the cookies or any batter!!! So I saved them from being ill!

Off to the boat we go..
They couldn't believe it was me who did something like this.. SO not in my character at all!! So all day everyone checked their food to make sure I didn't try to poison anyway, then the guys insisted on take out for dinner.. heehee hee

Worked out perfectly no cooking all day...DH thinks something is wrong with me. Well yeah!! I'm not getting enough oxygen to my brain everyday, so forgive me! (recently I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and am waiting for machines to arrive shortly)As soon as I did eat I felt even more ill some headache other then that I'll be fine...It's this odd taste that has been lingering on persistently thats annoying!

Now the boat is all framed & wrapped, you just know

the snow and cold weather isn't to far away..

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Crystal Palace's Bunny Hop Yarn

This yarn is so very soft with 20% angora!! I love it! I used Seascape & Limeade for cuffs, heels & toes. I absolutely enjoyed knitting with this yarn 1000% It's not the normal acrylic blends so much better with it's unique blend of mirco acrylic and micro nylon. A much better yarn IMHO!

close of up heel.

These are a great addition to anyone's socks and with the higher percentage of rabbit angora it'll sure keep the coldest feet warm!

coming soon for your viewing pleasure ~ some socks with Bamboozle & Panda Cotton some lovely vibrant colors too! Just incredible!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Yarn Pron Friday!

I didn't want to disappoint anyone..

all the pretty colors!

I'm so in love with this colorway.. It's Noro Silk Garden #224

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Sick Child!

Well I've been so behind on emails and blogging.. Last week my son just dropped on the floor and out cold?? He scared the begeggs out of me!! He had a fever over just all of a sudden no warning, no symptoms, fine one minute and the next total larthargic and not responding.. I rushed him up to the hospital of course, not thinking of anything else the poor little guy hasn't been ill or feverish in 5 years since he was an infant..
After several tests , they found he has pneumonia (both lungs) Never in a million years would we have known and he's also asthmatic and hasn't had a flare up of it for a few weeks.. Must've been the quiet before the storm.. So the past 5 or 6 days has been a bit crazy I did manage to finish more socks...

Here's a picture of my latest design

and a little closer view but not the whole pattern just a sneak peak..

this pattern will be included in the up coming book..