Sunday, December 31, 2006

And the last project is off the needles

Not that I don't have plenty of other things on needles, but I wanted to get these socks done and they are. So here they are!! These are my favorite pair of socks that I have made so far!!

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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Projects for 2007

Here is a list of things I need to start and finish.

1.A few years ago I crocheted (sp) a friend (Trina) of mine, who is a Purdue U. grad and also a grad of Broad Ripple High School. A yellow and black afghan in a ripple pattern. Every since I started making socks she has asked, me when am I going to get some socks? Well I found some Lorna's Laces in bumdle bee (yellow and black) about 6 months ago and actually have one sock done in the broad ripple sock pattern, but need to finish them.

2. My 8 year old daughter is always asking when I am going to make her some socks, so I guess this is her year as well.

3.There is the Mystery stole, that I started and never finished so I am going to restart that soon and that would be for me

4. There are the socks that go with the mystery stole that are for me as well.

5. My grandson Brandon asked me over christmas when he was getting his socks,I have the yarn for these just need to make them.

6. My 12 year old daughter Azya has the second pair of socks I ever made and they are a bit under the weather so she could use a pair.

7.My secret scarf Pal send me some Opal in a purple and yellow colorway that I love so will try to make me some more socks from that.

8.I have a few sweater patterns I would like to make but that is down the road.

9.there is the issue of the three new skeins I just bought and am just dying to make socks out of.

10.of course there is all the stash sock yarn that I have that I need to use !!

I had stopped at 10 because that was all I could remember. There are a few more, I have 2 babys to knit for. Coworkers who are both having boys, one wants a blanket and the other wants a blanket, hat and booties!! LOL 2 others are getting married and I am thinking of making them afghans!!and I need to lear how to make a nicer blog I just found this site that looks vey helpful for those of us that are blog challenged!

We will just stop at 10 LMAO Happy new year, what will you be knitting in 2007

My trip to the not so LYS

I took Friday off from work to be able to spend some time with my 2 youngest daughters.We had planned a shopping spree, as we all had gift cards and I needed to go to my not so LYS I love that Place !! You can buy this bag

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for $15.00 and then every time you take it back with you, you receive a 10% discount on your purchase. I had never bought one because I always spend all my money on yarn. Not that I didn't this time eigher. At any rate, yesterday when I was getting my pals yarn for her mitt kit the young lady says after I had added to the pile,3 skeins of yarn that I could not leave behind, you know she says, that bag will almost pay for itself with the discount!! LMAO so you see I have the bag. At any rate it will be good for me to be able to tote the bag I am going to start on as soon as the socks are finished!!! so here is what I got. first up is the Yarn for her bag, I have a pattern in mind, Patons clasic wool Merino,that I got at michaels in red and white she said she liked red!!

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then there is the yarn for her to make her mitts with. Since I did not and still do not, know a thing about roving LOL, the nice girls at the LYS helped me get her 3 oz. of this, and the red is Nature Spun, she mentioned something about thrummed mitts so I hope she will like this. I ordered half of her needles at knit picks this AM. I will have to go to another LYS to get the others as Knit Picks dosn't have that size and will add some other goodies to her kit.

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then there was the Opal that is fabulous in browns and oranges I just loved it.I cant seem to find the color name or # on the label

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This yarn is new to me, it is called Austermann Step it is a german yarn and again I cannot find the color but the label does say Aloe Vera and Jojoba ol it is in different shades of greens grays touches of pinks it is very pretty and will most likely be the first thing on the needles in 2007 for a pair of socks for myself.This was my favorite buy

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And last but not least, I believe the young lady said this was a new yarn, was this beauty called, Celestial Merino Dream, By Lucy Neatby, color:Blue Vesuvlus, and I love it!!the picture does not do it justice !! it has blues and greens, purples, oranges,and maroons just wonderful colors

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Well that was my trip to the LYS. I hope you had as much fun looking as I did buying.!!

the last project for 2006

These socks are for my Cousin Alberts daughter, Alexis.She saw a pair I made my aunt and said she would like a pair. Now mind you this was in June that she said she liked them!! They were suppose to be done by christmas. I got so busy I did not get them done. She did not know she was getting them so it was that much better LOL. I plan on finishing them tomorrow. They were made with Lorna's Laces shepard sock yarn, dye lot:8369, color: Zons Pine. I used #3 bamboo dpl. needles on them and the pattern is (Little Shell).I got it off the web somewhere, lord only knows were!! they were a fun knit and alot of people have made positive comments on them I probebly will make them again.

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

the questionaire

The Questionnaire:
Are you allergic to any fibers? no
What are your favorite colors? purples and greens

Are you a new mitt knitter? How long have you been knitting mittens? yes I am a new mitten knitter I have never made mitens before

Do you prefer solid or multicolored yarn? I like multicolored

What fibers do you prefer in mitten yarn? I don't know as I have never made them before

Where do you usually knit mittens? never made them but I knit socks everywhere

How do you usually carry/store small projects? I have a little bag that my sock pal sent me that I am currently using

What are your favorite mitten patterns? I don't have any yet

What are your favorite mitten knitting techniques? I don't have any yet

What new techniques would you like to try? the magic loop

What are your favorite needles for knitting mittens? I don't have any yet but I like short dblpts for socks

What are some of your favorite yarns? my newest favorite is opal, but I love lornas laces.

What yarn do you totally covet? I have some noro that I am going to make a sweater out of one of these days.

Any pattern you would love to make if money and time were no object? none right now

Favorite kind of needles (brand, materials, straights or circs, etc)? bamboo dbl points

If you were a specific kind of yarn, which brand and kind of yarn would you be? lornas laces

Do you have a favorite candy or mail-able snack? reeses

What’s your favorite animal? cats

Would you prefer super warm mittens or something more like fingerless mitts? super warm mittens

If you were a color what color would you be? a very pretty green

What is your most inspiring image, flower, or object in nature? my goldfish plant

Do you have a wishlist? no not really

Anything else you’d like to share with the group today? not much just that I am glad to be in this group and my pal has already made me smile on days when I really needed it so thank you pal!!

Monday, November 06, 2006

my morning

It started at 5:15, when I got up at my aunts house, made some coffee chatted with her, she left at 6:15 am for work, I got the kids up at 6:00 so they were all stumbling around the house saying things like mom do you know where the socks are and I cant find any jeans and Azya my 11 year old saying she cant go out side because her head hurts now keep in mind there are 5 of them so we finally get ourselves together enough to get out the door at 7 am we drive to tech high school there we find that because we are staying with someone we have to have something with their address on it, I’m like ok, I got a letter from a lady with a check for some socks I am going to make so back to my aunts we go now they had a key made for me but it doesn’t work very well so this all takes time, back to tech we go 12 block away now the lady tells me this wont work I need a bill or lease in my name or I must go to the ed center for a residential verification form, now you know the ed center is like 2 blocks from our building here so we spend another 40 min telling this lady about our trouble now she says Nope this wont work we have to notarize this I need your aunt here, now remember she is at work so pleading my case, I finally we get this paper in hand. now it is 9 am and the 3 little ones , had no breakfast, are late for school so we stopped at the speedway and got them some donuts and to their school another 10 or 12 blocks away, talked to all the teachers about them all being walkers now. Now we are going back to tech office then registration then finance office where I write a check for badges then to counselors 2 of them, then to get badges then to get books then to take them back home because it is now 11:30 and they get out of school at 2:30 and by now I am to tired to argue all this before noon on a Monday morning I cant wait till tomorrow!!!! thanks for stopping by

Thursday, November 02, 2006

new swap

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This should be fun, I had alot of fun with the first 2 and am looking forward to this one as well.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Moving Fear and Knitting

I decided since this was the frist day of November, I would start being a better blogger.First on the moving, we are moving out of an apartment that we have lived in for 7 years. My 4 children my self and my grandson who is 10, My daughter Skylar who is a senior and 17, My son Logan who is 15 and a freshman, my soon to be 12 year old 11/16 Azya, and my just turned 8 year old Mayson. This is not a move of choice we live in public housing and it is not safe here any longer, so we are puting things in storage and will be staying between 2 houses my 17 and 12 will be at my aunts my 10 gyear old grandson my son and my 8 year old and myself will be staying with a friend. they only live 2 blocks from one another so it will not be to awful.Things probebly won't change much before the 1st of the year,I have a decent job but have only been there 3 months so have nothing saved to get us a house right now. WHich brings us to the fear I will have to get another job part time to get us in a position to get our own place. Then I won't see them very often, I guess my real fear is that I keep asking myself can I really do this?? And on to knitting not much of that going on right now I do have a pair of socks going in opal 17 colorway I will post a picture soon. I joined scout and bevs mitt swap I have been in the last 2 they had and really liked them so am going to do this on as well I have never knit mittens before but would love to.Well thats about it for today I need sleep.Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

my pals scarf

I had fun with this scarf, it is made in a simple drop stitch pattern but I liked the way it turned out.I used baby alpaca in black and opal colorway 17 and a brown shimmer I hope she likes it, I made it a little long so she could wrap it!!

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Saturday, October 07, 2006

my ksks kit is here!!

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I am about 2 weeks late in posting this, Kathy from was my pal and she totally spoiled me. Thank you Kathy I love everything First there was the Vera Wang bag

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which I totally love !! and there was little cards she had made that had web info for me to go to which I totally love, there were the needles and the smaller purple bag for my notions and the darning needle holder which I adore because I always stick them in the curtains and then cant find them so now they are tucked safely away then there was the eucalan to wash my new socks in when I get them done.

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oh yeah the sock yarn came from " Rosalie"

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I love this yarn,I have the first sock done

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I am making the basketweave socks and have learned alot from this pair of socks, this heel flap has the eye of partridge or staggered stitch

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and it also has an instep pattern I was not familiar with this until now. Oh and she sent a kit for my tootsies so they can look good even if I don't have socks on again Kathy thank you very much. I have the second sock on the needles and hope to have them finished by next weekend of course my phone camera does not do any of this any justice but thought I would share anyway. have a great day

Monday, August 14, 2006

I joined a funky scarf swap!!

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I hope I have as much fun with this as I did the sksk.

Let’s get the allergy part out of the way. Are you allergic to any fibers? no

Do you prefer any fibers over others? no

Thinking back to Scout’s post about what funky means to you, post an image of something that you think is funky!

Would you prefer funky yarn or a funky pattern? I do not care eighter way surprise me

What are your favorite colors? purples and greens. But I like all colors

What is your favorite piece of art? a picture my daughter made me of ladybugs

What colors would you never have up close to your pretty face? none that I can think of

Would you prefer an actual scarf or a cowl?scarf

When you wear a scarf do you prefer a wider/shorter scarf or a thin/long scarf? it dosn't matter

What is the climate like where you live? right now it is hot here in indiana but it will be getting cold soon.

Would you prefer a functional scarf (to keep you warm) or one just to funk-up your wardrobe?surprise me

What else would you like your partner to know about you? oh not much

Thursday, July 20, 2006

my son Logan

This is my son Logan who is 15, he will be playing on the football team, for Scecina Memorial High School when he starts his freshman year of High School Indianapolis I ndiana in a few weeks. He will be playing defensive end on defense and offensive guard on the offensive side

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

My pals kit is finished

I hope she likes it the bag is smaller than I thought it would be,

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mabey because I used #9 needles instead of the #11 the pattern suggested LOL but it is a cute little bag and everything fits inside so thats good. The bag measures 7x9 inches, her goodies include 3 blends of millstone coffee. Breakfast blend, vanilla nut cream and swiss chocolate almond. 2 skeins of knitpicks parade, the magic loop booklet and circular needles #2, and last but not least, 2 Ghirardelli dark chocolate candy bars. I had alot of fun with this swap and hope she likes everything.

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LOL I almost forgot the pattern I chose to send her the falling leaves as it is done in the magic loop pattern.(thanks Michelle)

$200 cash, $20 in gas, 3 hours driving time, 10 hours...

at Indiana Beach on the fourth of July.3 kids, 15,11 and 7 asleep in the back seat while I am driving home at midnight,Priceless.We had such a nice time.The kids and I have been having such a rough way to go lately, with 2 of my oldest know it all daughters. I decided that before I started my new job on monday that we should get away and have some fun.We rode everything we wanted, ate everything in sight, of course this won't be good for my weigh in on saturday but what the hell I will be good next week!! Played games and watched the fireworkes. It was a surprise trip for the kids and I am so glad we did it. 8:04 am. and they are still sleeping this as well is priceless LOL

I joined a Knit Along

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This is for a mystery stole, where you get a clue revealed every friday for 6 weeks.You can eighter knit both halves at the same time or do one half and then do the other. I have never done this before so it ought to be interesting, The first clue will come friday. I have my yarn and needles on their way so am anxious to try this. I have never worked with lace yarn, so this will be a new experience for me. I picked shadow, grape jelly from knitpicks, purple for the project spectrum for the month of July, for the pattern, that I dont know yet, and will be working it on #3 circulars.
Well after a few false starts,a few trips to the frog pond and changing needles to a smaller size so I would'nt lose the pattern when my stole was blocked here is the progress
1. swatch

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2. cast on

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3. the first 10 or 12 rows

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4. the first 50 rows

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5. the progress so far

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I love working the pattern it is worked in one piece starting in the middle and working both sides.I am going to try to pick up the other side tonight before I get to far on it and to see if I can do it. This as well is new to me so hope I can do it without going to the frog fond again, I have learned alot by working this pattern Melanie is excellent at giving directions and the pattern is a very easy read.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

ya gotta see this!!

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and this...
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of course my phone dos'nt do it justice, this is Scouts Orchids colorway, this is the softest yarn. I have to go get some size 0 needles and find a pattern, actually I think I will make the climbing vines pattern that I mentioned before. This is some beautiful yarn girls go get some... I will be taking this to show the girls at my knitting group tonight boy won't they be some mad knitters!!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

my first sock of the month kit is here

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the patern is climbing vines and I really like it it also has a eye of the partridge heel which I have never tried, so that should be interesting, and also it has a left and right cross that I have never done so I am excited to do these, right after... the dibs on ribs which I worked on yesterday and now have the left and right fronts done will be workink on the insert next LOL and Maysons socks and my pals bag LOL

my sock pal stuff is here, Look!

It came yesterday I don't know if I am going to like the colors as well as I thought at first but we shall see. The avacado and the pansy are for the bag, and the needles and book are for my pal and also the sock yarn is for her as well I just dont know which one yet. LOL You can find the bag i am going to make herePhotobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Friday, June 23, 2006

Mad knitters of Indianapolis

I joined a knitting group that I found online, because of school I have not been able to attend. But I did go last night and had a great time, most of them were knitting a felted bag that they had decided on a few weeks ago, one lady was making these tiny mittens that were adorable, another was making socks, one a scarf, one a sweater for her granddaughter and another was making table mats that were very nice. I of course was working on my sock dilemma,the second one is almost as long as the first one now, so will see how far I get until I will have to unravel the first to be able to finish them any rate I had a great time last night, the meet was at panera bread on 86th and allisonville road.Oh and the neatest thing was that one of the lady's is in the ksks so we chatted about what we were making our pals, lots of books and magazines were there, I got to see the mason Dixon book and some others, experience of the knitters varied from to beginner to pretty darn good!!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Lucy we got a problem!

with the bluberry waffle socks for my daughter Mayson here is the first one finished.

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and here is the second one.

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same lornas laces yarn so I guess she will have a pair of socks with one that has vertical stripes and one with swirls LOL. This is the last sock that needed a mate so I will be working on the dibs on ribs pattern next, I have it started the right front is done and the left front is on the needles. next will be the insert I dunno bout that LOL
Update, I took the yarn and the socks to my LYS and asked the girls if they had ever seen this happen with lornas laces and they all said no,but one of them did say that mabey I had started the first sock from the inside of the skein, and that was what was doing it, as the first sock appeared to be swirling at the foot.I thought oh yeah mabey thats it, so came home to rip out the second sock,then decided to just put it on stitch holders and start at the other end, but it is swirling as well so to get them to match I am going to work down to the heel on both socks with the second skein so they will match and take out the first sock and finish them, at least they will both match then. woo hoo problem solved

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Azya's socks

These are my daughter Azya's socks all finished finally, they were just a basic pattern and I used lornas laces yarn, again the picture is not the best.

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Also placed a order with this am for yarns, a book and a set of needles most of it was for my secret pals project but I did get 2 skeins for socks for the girls.I can't wait for it to get here so I can get started.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Look what came in the mail saturday!

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There are some really nice projects in this issue this is the first one I have recieved.

this also came, my yarn from the picture is from my phone so it is not very good but it is the dancing and essentials pumpkin, both very nice. I will be making socks with these, the pumpkin is for me and the dancing for a friend.

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

good lord, well I finally got the button but it is not clickable so will work on that. LOL well it is clickable but it takes you to a blank page. Good thing I don't have to do this for a paycheck.

The Questionnaire:
What are your favorite colors? purples and greens
Are you a new sock knitter? How long have you been knitting socks? yes I am a sock knitter,I am new to knitting socks but I love to make them I have finished 3 pair and have 2 others that need mates finished.
Do you prefer solid or multicolored yarn? I got addicted to multicolored yarn for socks but I would love to make some solid color ones
What fibers do you prefer in sock yarn?
Where do you usually knit socks? work,car, meetings,everywhere
How do you usually carry/store small projects? in a ziplock baggie so I can see where everything is.
What are your favorite sock knitting patterns? I have one blueberry waffle sock done and I really liked the pattern so I would say that is my favorite right now
What are your favorite sock knitting techniques? I don't have any right now
What new techniques would you like to try? the toe up sock but the directions are like mud. w
Do you prefer circulars or dpns for sock knitting? dpns are all I have worked with I have entertained the idea of the 2 socks at once as I seem to have a problem getting to the second sock LOL
What are some of your favorite yarns? I love lornas lacessock yarn and am fond of regia thats really all I have tried I do have some yarn coming from so I will see how I like that.
What yarn do you totally covet? my noro silk garden that I bought for a sweater that I am making
Any pattern you would love to make if money and time were no object? that would be the dibs on ribs pattern.
Favorite kind of needles (brand, materials, straights or circs, etc)? bamboo dpns
If you were a specific kind of yarn, which brand and kind of yarn would you be?
Do you have a favorite candy or mail-able snack?well of coure, reeses peanut butter cups you know the bite size where you have to eat half the bag .
What’s your favorite animal?a giraffe
Do you have pets? What are their species/names/ages? we have a "hermid" crab named gary that my 7 year old daughter Mayson won on the last day of school in a raffle, it had been the class pet for a few months pior to that, she just can't get hermit out of her mouth.
If you were a color what color would you be? a very pretty purple
Describe your favorite shirt (yours or someone else’s).. I have a favorite shirt that says "I Have Issues"
What is your most inspiring image, flower, or object in nature? right now it is my goldfish plant
Tell me the best quote you’ve ever heard or read. "it is what it is"
Do you have a wishlist? no
Anything else you’d like to share with the group today? just that I am already having my morning coffee enjoying reading everyones blogs and hoping to be able to make a great pal.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

welcome to my blog

Knit Sock Kit Swap ok, I don't know how to make this a button link, instead of just the link. I am new at this so if anyone can help me out here I would sure apreciate it thanks. Any way I am thrilled to have gotten in on this. This is my first swap so I hope I can make a great bag and find some great goodies for my Pal. Have a great day.