Thursday, September 28, 2006

Knit Sock Kit and other ramblings

Today in the mail my KSKS swap kit arrived. Turns out my pal who did a wonderful job, asked her college age son to mail it and he forgot. Hey I understand I have two college kids and both forget things that I ask them to do. It was a wonderful package though. A cute flowered bag, just the right size for socks and inside was some yarn she dyed for me special called "Cherrie Pie", a yarn cutter, a tape measure (she must be a mind reader I just lost mine somewhere) a glow in the dark sheep some little post it notes and some smoked salmon. The kitties must have smelled the salmon because they were trying to open the box as soon as I brought it in the house.

Can you see
the glow in the dark sheep?
It is hiding in the yarn.

Next I won the contest at Jeanne's Blog to guess how many socks in her pile and here are the goodies that I got for my prize.

A sock blocker key chain, a sheep pin, a sheep pez dispenser with sour pez, a skein of Socks that Rock yarn and some greenies for the kitties, plus two mice and a sparkly ball and of cours Ducky had to inspect everything and as of today we are missing one red mouse, but I am sure it will turn up.

So what have I been knitting you ask well....

It seems I have 5 pairs of socks going
and one red scarf for the red scarf project.
Plus a baby hat (not pictured) .

You see I have the red socks for the Red-sock-knit-along, then the blueish denim kind of ones in upper right corner for fun, the striped ones are for my work and car project just plain vanilla, and the top is Regia Bamboo but I am not happy with the pattern so I am at a sticking point.

I usually do some socks for CIC but this year decided to do a scarf for the Red Scarf project and I think I have enough yarn left to do a skully type hat too.

And finally I do have a wonderful husband who even fixes kitchen sinks

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Sockret Pal Questionnaire

I am participating in the Sockret Pal Swap and here is my questionnaire.

Sock-ret Pal Questionnaire

The basics:

How long have you been knitting? since I was 8 stopped for awhile then took up socks about 6 yrs ago
Do you consider yourself a beginning sock knitter, an intermediate, or have you been doing this so long you could probably knit a pair in your sleep? I could knit a pair in my sleep of basic socks and have been known to knit at plays and movies in the dark

The measurements:

While your pal may ask for some additional info to ensure a great fit, please provide your shoe size, or any other fitting related info you think is pertinent. 8-8.5 wide I will have to measure some socks, you see I knit until the sock hits the front of my ankle and then turn the heel and a short cuff usually 6 " or so.

(fiber related) Favorites:

What colors do you love? reds and denim type blues not overly fond of purple

Do you prefer solids or variegated? either

What fibers do you most love to knit with? wool and wool blends natural fibers not too crazy about cotton

Who do you consider your favorite yarn vendor? socks that rock, lucy neatby, trekking, lorna's laces, ellen's half pint farm I have not met a yarn I did not like

What projects (other than socks, of course*S*) do you most enjoy knitting? Hats mittens quick projects, although I am starting a red sweater

(fiber related) Dislikes:

What fibers can you not stand to knit with? To wear? none

What colors would you never wear? Yellow

The Tools:

Plastic or Metal? Bamboo or wood? metal and wood

Circs or Straights? circulars

DPNs or Magic Loop? Two 24" at once for my socks and usually from the toe up

Are there any knitting accessories you don't have in your collection but would like? I have to think about this because there are really alot of them but the first one that comes to mind is a sheep or cat tape measure

The Extras:

Do you have a wish list? If so, please share the link!

Do you like sweet, sour or salty? (or all of the above? *S*) sweet or salty, dark chocolate is my favorite

Do you have any allergies your pal should know about? (Certain foods, smoke, pet hair, etc) allergic to most perfumes and make ups

Favorite scents? Scents you can't stand? I am okay with apple or mint or coffee scented things

Do you collect anything (other than yarn and knitting toys of course)? I am not really a collector

When is your birthday? (month and day is fine!) 01/25

Do you spin? Dye your own yarn? dye my own when I have time

Your favorite author/band/vacation spot, anything you think will help your pal know you better...

I read a lot of mysteries. l work for an airline, so I have traveled all over the US and some countries in Europe. I really liked Denmark,Amsterdam and Paris, but have not got a favorite place to go, my favorite type of travel is a cruise, because you don't have to do anything if you don't want to or you can do all kinds of things. I listen to Jazz and Country, no particular favorite bands or artists. My favorite animal is cats.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Now there are two...

All I have been doing since California is working, regular shifts, overtime shifts and double overtime shifts. So I have not had much time to post sorry....

But for some news, Boo has a permanent roommate now, Megan and Cliff decided to let me keep Ducky. Boo seems unpreturbed about it and I think he actually likes having a roommate.

The two of them are always so innocent looking but don't let it fool you. They are frequently up to no good.

How could you say that about us ? We are always perfectly behaved

So like Chris I now have two cats, unfortunately both long haired and both shed alot....know anyone who spins cat hair, I may be able to be a supplier. They are both fun and it has been great for Boo he has someone to chase and he has even lost a little weight. Of course sometimes I worry when Ducky Body Slams him that he will get hurt, but it is good that she is not afraid to let him know she is queen. At least he lets her think she is ......

Friday, September 15, 2006

Friday Frolics

This is what greeted me as I came in the door this morning from taking Megan to work. They look so innocent it made me wonder what they had been up to.....

we just wanted to greet you because we love you so much.

The other day I went to put clothes in the hamper and here is what I found Ducky must have crawled in when the lid was up and it fell down. Yes Ducky is still with us, but maybe this weekend she will go home.

So for some knitting content, I started my scarf for the Red Scarf Project and it is going well, pictures to come later. As I was looking for some needles I discovered that I have 4 pairs of socks started in various stages, so I really need to finish a pair soon. The baby sweater is in the same spot it was last post.

I am still waiting for my KSKS Swap kit to arrive, maybe today will be the day.

Introducing the "SOCKTOPUS", I picked it up at IKEA and they call it JABBA. Not sure what IKEA intended it to be used for but it makes a great sock dryer.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

California on my mind and knitting too

A few months ago when I got the email from Full Thread Ahead announcing the Yarn Harlot Visit, I emailed my sister and said Lets Go. My sister emailed back she had already reserved her spot and I shoule reserve mine.

So the original plan for the weekend was to go to California the Yarn Harlot. Then all kinds of other activities got added. My great nephew's first birthday, sorry no pictures but it was fun. A picnic and sprinkler party, complete with a slip and slide. Then Vintage Santa Clara an alumni event at Santa Clara University, they have local wineries and restaurants come in with samples and as long as you have a wristband and a wine glass, you get food and wine. We tried lots of varieties of wines and really great food, I might have to go back next year for it.

Okay back to the Harlot, Hollis the owner of Full Thread Ahead, had it set up really well. She arranged with the city of Los Altos to close down the street behind the store for the speech. I did not get a good picture of the street, but Cookie of Pomatomus fame(she was in line just ahead of us for the signing) did. There were about 300 knitters for the book signing and more attended the speech. Hollis had a Concierge to answer questions about where to eat and what else there was to do in Los Altos and for the book signing she handed out signing passes like this one:

The Harlot's speech was great, she is just as funny in person as on her blog. One of the knitters I met was on the Sock Team USA with me and it turns out she is in my sisters Weds nite knitting group. After the speech we got books signed and pictures taken,

I promised Stephanie a good beer the next nite in Wisconsin, delivered by Chris and Jeanne. Thanks for the delivery. The other picture I took was Hollis presenting Stephanie with a gift basket from the store. Notice the Tiara on Hollis all of the staff with the exception of her husband wore them so they were easy to identify.

It was a fun weekend, but I do have some knitting news to post. I finished 2 pairs of socks
The one on the right is for my niece made from Trekking from Church Mouse Yarn and Teas, and the other is Cotton Fantasy by Meilenweit.
And finally an almost finished 3rd baby sweater, being inspected by Boo.
why do these needles taste so good?

Trust me it was really the needles they are Swallow Casein needles and he really likes them.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

California and the Yarnharlot

I am in California visiting my sister and we went to see the Yarnharlot at Full Thread Ahead. Details and Pictures to follow.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

State Fair Update

I picked up my state fair entries tonite and here are the results and some comments from the judges. Almost all the points I was missing were on workmanship, and all the items said beautiful knitting and got maximum points for technique.

My pink baby sweater got a 95 (the maximum for anything is 100 and first place is 99, I know because I had first place socks last year. Only the Grand Prize is 100) the missing 5 points were on workmanship, the judge did not like the ribbon ties thought I should use a clasp or frogs.

Next up my felted bag, 93 and they felt the top flared and the bottom was too loose of a circle. It was also moved to the same category as Jeannes wobbly tote which took 3rd place
Lot 345, Adult sweater, limited use, color pattern cardigan.

My socks, got a 95. The comment was need a better join and cast on, I think they thought they were top down socks and they were toe up.

Finally my little pink hat, it took 4th place and a pink ribbon, final finish and crown not pulled tight enough was the comment and it got 93 out of 100.

Oh well time to start planning for next year's entries.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The House Guest

Boo's House guest aka Ducky is still with us. It has been really good for Boo as he was getting kind of sedentary. She makes him play and play they do.

Boo is hiding from Ducky but I think she knows where he is ....

It has been a busy few days at work and home. Megan finished her TSA training and started work and school in one week. The computer we ordered for her came and I want one too.

I finished a pair of socks for my niece and started socks for the red sock knit along I am hosting. The state fair ended yesterday and for me that marks the end of summer.

I am going to California at the end of the week to see the Yarn Harlot at Full Thread Ahead
with my sister and for Colins First Birthday

I will update with some pictures of the completed sock later I have to go to the dentist and run some errands with Megan.