Monthly Archives: October 2006

Sucka!

After posting about my wonderful not-intended-for-knitting purse, Carrie asked to see how much it really held, how it looked inside. Of course, I’m just the kinda crazy sucka who will post pictures of the inside of her purse. Here goes.

This is all the regular crap I keep inside. What a lotta junk, I say! But where’s the knitting? Open wide and say, “aaaaaahhhhhhh.”

The knitting was hiding inside the zippered compartment. Tricky, eh? This bag is good for small projects, up to 2 socks on 2 circs. Anything bigger will have to go in a separate bag or a bigger purse. I have one of those, too, by the way.

Last night, I turned the short row heel on the Monster Mash socks. Here’s a picture. Today, I turned the other heel and am starting to knit up the leg. I’m using the chevron socks pattern from Charlene Schurch’s Sensational Knitted Socks but making it toe up, instead of top down as the book calls for. I think I am on track to finish these spooky socks on Halloween. Huzzah!

I’ve Begun to Mash

I’ve begun my Monster Mash socks for Socktoberfest and Sockamonth2 and here’s how far along I’ve gotten.

I started them Wednesday at SnB, as part of a sock tutorial with the KnitDevil. She’s also Monster Mashing but hers are fingering weight. Go visit her and drop her a comment, asking to see how hers look. Mine? Instant Gratification weight on US size 5s. I got one pair of KnitPicks Options to make these socks and I’m really enjoying the needles and cables. I have to tighten the cable on the needle occasionally but that’s probably because I didn’t screw the needle tip on tightly enough from the get-go. I hope to finish these by next Tuesday so I can wear them for Halloween.

Today, I started shoe shopping for shoes to wear with my future wardrobe of hand-knitted socks by yours truly. I didn’t find too much that I wanted in the way of shoes (believe me; I tried really hard!) but I did find a purse, thanks to Ms. Marvels of Knitting. You may not know this about me, but I am constantly in search of the perfect knitting purse. I have all sorts of purses with different compartments for different sized projects. Ms. Marvel had a cute spring green purse in spring, of course, and I remembered it so keenly because it has a nice compartment in the middle for one’s knitting project. My non-knitting friend had to go to JC Penney, and I happily tagged along. My eyes lit up in the purse department, when I spotted this bag right away. Cute spring green’s sister, only bigger and studded. I instantly loved the brown metallic color, and when I saw it was on sale, I knew ’twas mine right away. Non-knitter friend tossed the gauntlet and scoffed at me, that I couldn’t fit all of my stuff and my knitting in it. Ooh, a challenge! Well, here’s the purse, filled with my stuff, i.e., wallet, keys, sunglasses, cell phone, checkbook, credit card folio, lip gloss, Sweetie Boy’s wallet, and digital camera (when I’m not snapping photos of socks and purses). Oh and don’t forget the current WIP, Monster Mash socks with both yarn cakes, are in there too!

Non-knitters obviously don’t know about the powers and abilities of knitters to make things work. Get thee to the nearest JCPenney. Here it is online but it was even cheaper in the store. Such a bargain!

Moving Forward

Lest you think I’ve only been buying yarn and not knitting, herein lies knitting content.

I’ve knit past the point of froggage on the SKB and have begun the lace panel. I’ve completed two rounds of the repeats, about one inch, and have two more inches to go. Before switching to the smaller needles which the pattern calls for US size 4s, I swatched using size 3s. It was huge, so I ended going down to size 1s for the lace panel. Needless to say, it’s going slowly. But the lace is starting to peek out and it looks lovely so far. Here’s a close up view.

I also have been working a bit here and there on Clapotis and it’s slowly getting a bit longer. I’m looking forward to finishing this one because I think I’ll actually wear it because the yarn is so soft. The color pooling looks much more noticeable in the picture than in real life. I don’t think it’ll be so apparent when it’s wrapped around my neck.

Did I tell you I got caught up in indie fever? I joined Scout’s Indie Swag Club for 3 months and here’s my first month’s swag: a great indie designer bag, nicely lined and made from a great graphic print fabric, and a skein of Scout’s very own.

This colorway is called b. marie, I think named after the great designer Bonne Marie Burns. Have you seen her newest design, Ariann? It’s on my to-do list; only I just don’t know when.

Winter Warlock?

Have you seen the what season are you blog questionnaire? No? Check out casas de Marie, Marie and Fay Lynn. I was joking with Fay Lynn that I was scared to take the quiz because I’d probably be winter: cold, dead, frostbitten. Think Winter Warlock from “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” Here’s what I got:

You Belong in Spring
Optimistic, lively, and almost always happy with the world…You can truly appreciate the blooming nature of spring.Whether you’re planting flowers or dyeing Easter eggs, spring is definitely your season!

I feel so much better now.

I finished ripping back on the SKB. Took me all freakin’ day to do it too, but at least my stitch count is correct. I’m ready to go on it! On the socky news front, I swatched with the Monster Mash yarn with size 6s, all I had available. As I suspected, too loose for socks. Now I have to wait for the KnitPicks tips and cables to arrive so I can get cracking on those. I ordered a pair of size 4 and 5 tips and cables, so I’ll just have to keep myself busy with SKB until those arrive.

And I Thought I Was Doing So Well

I was working steadily on my SKB. I had done the correct number of increases and even had the correct stitch count. After transferring it to scrap yarn, I tried it on… more like I draped it over my shoulders. Huh… looked too small and too short, similar to the same predicament as Jarubaknits. After doing another full set of repeats and increases, I followed the directions to the point of joining it. Then I held it up. Too big! Rip it! Rip it good! Now I’m ripping it back slowly, so I don’t drop any of the increases at the shoulders. Here’s a picture of it before I started to frog. It’s about 2-3 inches that I’m ripping out. Wish me luck.

Since I’m still on a high from all of my delicious sock yarn, here are more pics of the Monster Mash sock yarn. These will be my Socktoberfest and Sockamonth2 October socks that I’m getting ready to start.


This is my artsy-fartsy picture. 1 big yarn cake


equals 2 medium yarn cakes. The color is quite accurate. What’s that? You want a closer view?


How’s this? Closer still?


How’s this? I took this last close up picture in my room last night while standing about 5 feet away. My replacement camera is incredible. It’s just one of those small digital cameras that does a honkin’ good job.

Back to the Scene of the Crime

As you may have read, our SnB group went on a yarn crawl this past weekend. I was only able to join them for one store, A Mano Yarn Center, the one in which I was most interested, and according to the other crawlers, it turned out to be the best of the lot. Read about it at casas de Annette, Jillian, Teresa and Kate. I made the right decision because they had a terrific selection and an even better 40% off sale on select items, among those select items being Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Yarn. I walked out with one hank of it and a hank of lightweight Socks That Rock. They’re the only LYS that I’ve seen carry STR, so it was a nice bonus, especially with our yarn crawl discount pre-arranged by the lovely Annette. A friend who knits with you is a friend, but a friend who gets you discounts on your yarn is a lifelong friend indeed. (Sorry for bastardizing that saying.)

I quickly forgot about the Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Yarn until I learned the other day who my Secret Pal 9 is. She’s a sock knitter with a fairly small stash of sock yarn. I have made it my solemn duty to enhance said stash with excellent yarn and yarn stuffs, so I had to head back out to A Mano. I’m really good at justifying yarn purchasing. ‘Nuff said. Roll call: (You know how I like to add those macro pics to encourage drooling.)

Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Yarn in colorways (clockwise from left) Spanish Moss, Dusk, Peacock, Life’s a Beach.

Just more pictures of CTHS.

Socks That Rock Lightweight in Hard Rock. It’s actually a dark grey with bright and light pink. Unfortunately, the grey looks brown in the picture.

A Mano had a stunning half-wall of Malabrigo. I kid you not. It’s beautiful. See?

I received one skein of Malabrigo in Tortuga from Rachele, my truly excellent One Skein Secret Pal, and have been itching for another skein to make it a really long scarf. So much for that one skein idea.

I spied the Tortuga colorway hiding in the corner. Snatching it up quickly, I danced with glee. Although the dye lots are different, they look like turtle cousins. I think I can alternate rows with the two skeins and still get something wonderful. I also got some special stuff for my Secret Pal 9, but won’t show it because I don’t want to possibly jinx anything or give my identity away.

Socks That Rock Mediumweight in Sherbet. I got this one when the wonderfully-talented Madge recently organized a group STR order for our SnB.

Hill Country Yarns Instant Gratification Sock Yarn in Monster Mash colorway. More enabling by Madge. Or was it the other way around? That’s for me to know and you to find out! These will be for my second pair of socks for October. Gotta keep up with Socktoberfest and my Sockamonth kal. I think that’s enough yarn porn for now.

After visiting A Mano, we had lunch at Hurry Curry, the Indian restaurant across the street from A Mano. Lots of delicious food, cheap prices, and an A rating by the Health Department. I didn’t think it could get better, but a beautiful shrine adorned the dining room.

What are you waiting for? The God(s) have given you a sign. Purchase yarn. Right. Now.

P.S. Thanks for all the wonderful birthday wishes for Sweetie Hubby. He had a nice birthday, and I think he may have liked his blog posting.

Milestone

Today is my Sweetie Husband’s 40th birthday. He’s a fantastic and devoted father to the Sweetie Kids, and a wonderful husband who puts up with all sorts of nonsense from me. A kinder man, you will not meet. A more honest man, you will not see. Understanding, patient, loving, he’s simply the best. Happy Birthday!