Wednesday, August 5, 2009

just in time for Sock Summit '09, i'm moving my blog over to

see you there!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

2 posts in 2 days!!!!

In order to further my goal of using up some of my sock yarn stash before Sock Summit in August, I have gone and purchased Cookie A's Sock Innovation book last night after work.

Oh my, oh my, the socks I will be making soon!!!!

I just have to decide which pair comes first.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

renewed commitment

mostly b/c i'm a wee bit bored at work! but also b/c of some things that happened in the last week have reminded me that i really don't blog for all of you out there (although i love that you come and visit), but that the real reason i keep this blog is to have a running commentary on where knitting is in my life.

and its been in my life a lot since the start of the year. quite a few socks, a vest, some hats and then it all got interrupted by my first attack ever of asthmatic bronchitis. shocking really, but for about 2 weeks, knitting was far from my thoughts and even farther away from my fingers.

but i am well on the way to recovery, so the knitting has picked up again. there are 2 different pairs of socks on my needles as well as some final fixes to mittens i made for a friend's children. yes they won't be able to use them this year, but i made them big enough that they will still fit next year.

here's a fun update! one of my favorite things to knit is socks. fast, portable and the perfect place to try out odd pattern stitches, they really are fantastic. and this year, i'm going to Sock Summit!!!

Sock Summit (for those who don't know) will be held in Portland, Oregon in August of this year. It's basically Dragon Con for sock knitters. Some really incredible teachers, amazing lectures, and of course, fantastic opportunities for stash enhancement!!!

but the problem with stash enhancement is that i already have a lot of sock yarn at home. Granted, not as much as some people (yes, i'm looking at you). But while Glenna C and I were wondering how our stash of sock yarns kept growing, we were also making plans to buy more sock yarn in August, which immediately stressed me out a bit and made me a wee guilty.

so i came up with a plan and a bit of a challenge. glenna and i sort of informally agreed that we were not going to buy new sock yarn until August, but allowing ourselves two instances of "oh, look what followed me home from the yarn shop!" or "i was knocked out and someone put this skein of sock yarn in my bag!" Really, she has 2 events coming up in the next few months that could make it impossible not to buy yarn, and i have a stressful job and sock yarn is my sedative.

now to make it seem more "real" to us, i encouraged her to gather up all of her sock yarn, take a picture of it, and post it to her blog. it will give her the visual reminder of just how much stash she can bust through, and then have no guilt in spending when we are at Sock Summit!

and then i decided to do the same. b/c really, i can't expect her to do something i wouldn't do myself, right? so below is (most) of my sock yarn (i found a few stragglers out in the living room). looking at it, i have PLENTY to keep me busy between now and August. and remember, another 2 skeins from the RSC, one in May and one in July, that don't count as new purchases b/c i actually "purchased" them in January. now, i just need to get that Cookie A sock book...

a slew of sock yarn!!!

to the one or 2 people who actually look at my blog, keep me honest!!! no sock yarn until August!!!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

yeah i suck

i really am the laziest blogger out there, but eventually even i will update this blog.

but i have just one thing to post right now:

remember this sock?

this is the Eye of Jupiter sock, made with Eye of Jupiter yarn from Sereknity. I only made one b/c i got pissed that the show was going away for a hiatus (otherwise know as "torture the fans"), but vowed that i would return when the series came back.

well, my beloved show, which will break my heart (if you spoil me, i will stab you with a knitting needle) returns on Friday for a final batch of episodes.

while i have banished the yarn to the depths of the stash closet, i know exactly where it is. and so it will be pulled out and the sock will be worked on.

i promised TPTB that when they gave me my show back, i would finish the sock in time for the series finale.

and i will get started on fulfilling my promise, as soon as i get back from Toronto this weekend.

so say we all.

Monday, December 8, 2008

slipping into bad habits

let me explain. wait, too long, let me sum up.

interviewed for a job, dealt with more red tape than exists in Washington, DC, argued back and forth, got the job, started the job and have been inundated.

oh, and then i decided to cook thanksgiving dinner for some friends.

in between all of that, there has actually been knitting and yarn shopping. but i realized i turned 2 skeins into gifts before i got a chance to photograph them. oops.

more than likely, i won't really get a chance to update before chistmas. but i'm off starting dec 24th going straight through to jan 5th, so i promise to catch up on my blogging then!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

oh, Rhinebeck!

another year, another closet needed for all of the yarn. le sigh...

well, Rhinebeck was its usual fun and excitement, with a bit of crazy thrown in. crazy wake up times, crazy lines (advice: peeps at the Fold- CASH ONLY LINE!!! also, BIGGER BOOTH!!), crazy amounts of food. but always seeing good friends and good yarns make up for all of the crazy.

this year, the weather was perfect sweater wearing weather. in fact, it was a bit cooler than was comfy, so it almost became a coat wearing day, but luckily there were a lot of very crowded barns to wander through when it got too chilly.

oh, and in those barns, there was yarn! would you like to see?

well, since you asked so nicely.

Wild Apple Farms 100% Wool

I got enough of this to do my next project from "A Fine Fleece". I've decided i need to do Two Hearts in a nice big size. one that i can hide in when the job search gets to be too much. Glenna has told me that I'm allowed to swatch it to take the edge off of the startitis that i have developed.

the line at the Fold was insanity itself. they need to get a bigger booth, in a better location, and they need to have a cash only line. because any line that loops around itself is (almost) too long a line for yarn. almost. but i did score some lovely skeins! lookie!

STR- Lightweight in Lenore

STR- Mediumweight in Thraven

STR MILL END- Mediumweight in a Brown/Pink. Mill Ends are an incredible deal (about a 3rd off of the normal price) and what I will be checking out more often.

This is the Holiday Yarns Sock Yarn that I got in a lovely shade of Amethyst

a skein of ? sock yarn colorway "Beaches". I'm thinking i need some contrasting yarn, b/c i almost have enough for knee socks.

we got home exhausted, but kitty was wide awake and eager to play with the yarns, too! here he is attacking Glenna's knitting sack

oh and this is me in Espresso. it is my new most favorite sweater. but given all the beautiful sweaters i saw at Rhinebeck, it may not hold that place for long! i am truly fickle!

sadly, the knitting gods caught up with me, and destroyed my plans to finish my current sock project in a timely manner.

i broke a freakin' needle!!

so now i have to figure something out to try and finish this sock soon. i put in an order with knitpicks, so hopefully i'll get the replacement needles soon (i ordered metal needles so hopefully they will last a bit longer), but i think i can make do with the 4 needles and just find another needle to cable with. i have discovered i really like doing cables with another DPN rather than a cable needle, and no, i don't know why.

ok, so now that i have made my update, i'm going to think about changing and maybe leaving my house for a bit. i feel the need to cook, and its mostly b/c its so damn cold in my apartment.

Thursday, October 16, 2008


my powers of mind control are greater than i thought!!!!

they just announced that BSG is coming back Jan 16, 2009.

my protest sock worked!!! woo-hoo!!!

now this means i have to finish the second sock. and that means finding the yarn. and that means finding the yarn before Rhinebeck, or it could get buried by the purchases and never be heard from again. and that could tempt the wrath of whatever from high atop the thing, and i'd never finish another knitting project again.

(wow, two TV fandoms in one post!!!)

this is a picture of the heel of my Eye of Jupiter sock:

tomorrow, the wonderful Glenna arrives and there will be tea and scones, frolicking in Central Park, yarn shopping (as warm up to the weekend) and Mac and Cheese for dinner.

and then Saturday, RHINEBECK!!!!!!!!!!

not that i'm excited or anything