Friday, August 24, 2007

So Much To Celebrate

Today is Hubby's Birthday!


And of course one of his gifts was hand knit socks!

Carbon Twist socks

Yarn: Knit Picks Essential Carbon Twist
Needles: bamboo 2.25mm
CO 72 sts
short row heel and toe
7 inches between toe and heel
16 row heel flap
3 inches 2X2 ribbing
Russian bind off

Carbon Twist socks

I do like this new KnitPicks yarn, It knits up all speckled and marbled and random! Very Cool!

Also celebrating....

I was on such yarn overload since my last post, that I totally forgot to mention my Blogiversary was on the 21st! Yeah! Happily blogging for 1 year! I like it. I have a record of my knitting projects and travels and life in general. Plus I have "met" so many of you cool folks on line! Thank you for keeping this fun!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Some Serious Yarn Pr0n

I was a very happy knitter (yarn collector) on Saturday!

More Trekking

Another Trekking order from here
click on pic for colors

Also, SOCK HOP YARN arrived!!!!

Sock Hop Yarn

ordered from here
It's My Party, American Pie, Wild Thing, Brown Eyed Girl

I did order two of each for a pair of socks.

Sock Hop Yarn

Clockwise from top left:
American Pie, Brown Eyed Girl,Wild Thing, It's My Party

I have been trying to order this yarn for almost two years! They are very limited, as some of you may know. And I have two more colors on backorder!

I have been admiring them all weekend! I am going to knit them and I have some patterns in mind already. But no hurry, I think I will admire them a little longer first!

Friday, August 17, 2007


Aquarell is the name of the new socks that I am working on. What an appropriate name for this colorway!
It means water color in German.

Here is the stockinette side of the foot so you can see the colors:

Aquarell Trekking socks

And here is the pattern side:

Aquarell Trekking socks

Yarn: Trekking Aquarell 159
Needles: Rosewood 2.25mm
Pattern: Feather and Fan
64 stitches increased to 36 on top

The white pooling breaks it up nicely and keeps it interesting, in my humble opinion! I am really liking this pair!!

Monday, August 13, 2007

The Best Birthday Ever

Let me start by apologizing for being late with this post. I know that I said I would post yesterday, but the weekend was so full of activity, that it just did not happen.

Now, onto birthday stuff from Friday. It started off like any other birthday: coffee in bed, the DH and Majc singing, dinner plans. Nothing out of the ordinary. So after work we went over to a friend's house for dinner (pork tenderloinon the rotisserie, it was good). Still nothing out of the ordinary. We were done eating and getting ready to hunker down with a DVD. Friends's husband was changing the toddler into pj's. My hubby was doing dishes. The phone rang, friend answered. Then the doorbell rang. All at the same time. I answered the door. SURPRISE!!!! There were about fifteen people at the door shouting "SURPRISE!" WOW, was I ever blown away! They had presents, flowers, cake, and decorations! There was even a fancy punchbowl with fancy punch in it! Food was coming out of closets, people were decorating around me. I was in shock, standing there speechless - amazing huh! I never had a big birthday party, I never had a surprise party. My family just had cake and ice cream after Sunday dinner for birthdays. This was GREAT!! I had so much fun! They told me that they had been planning since March! They got it right! It was a blast! We stayed late and partied on till almost midnight! If I had known I was having a surprise party, I would have brought my camera. But nobody told me, so no pics. Sorry....

Birthday RosesBirthday presents

Saturday was knit group at Phoebe's place. That was fun too! We ate the best wedding cake I ever had! Phoebe and Keith were gracious hosts and let us knit on their porch till it was getting dark! And Christy brought me some yarny goodness. She dyed and spun the merino/silk yarn. It is yummy beyond words!
Thank you again Christy!

Handspun birthday yarn

I finally finished my socks.
These ones seemed to take forever!
But they were worth it!

Waterfall Rib Socks

Waterfall Rib Socks
Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss, Dusk
Needles: Rosewood 2.25mm
Pattern: Waterfall Rib, Sensational Knitted Socks p48
Cast on 64 stitches
increased to 36 stitches for front
Short row heel and toe
increased to 72 stitches after heel
3X3 rib Russian bindoff

And I started another pair.

Trekking Aquarell 159

This lovely yarn is Trekking Aquarell 159.

Speaking of yarn.....

I picked a name out of the hat - actually DH picked a number between 1 and 19 for the birthday yarn giveaway. And the winner is...... Kim, whose wedding anniversary was on my birthday! How cool is that!

Thank you all for the nice birthday wishes - it worked!

So that was my birthday weekend.
No wonder I was tired on Sunday!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Happy Birthday to Me!


Yes, today is my birthday!

Leave me a comment on this post and I will draw a name on Sunday, Aug 12th. What is the The Prize? A skein of sock yarn of course! I have plenty to share :)

Enjoy your day as much as I am mine!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

More Leftovers

I finished another pair of socks at work last week.

Blue Stripe Socks

Yarn: Regia Cotton Surf 5415
Needles: Crystal Palace 2.25mm
64 stitches short row toe and heel
3 inches 2X2 ribbing
Russian bind off

I made this coaster with the leftovers:

Pinwheel Coaster

Yarn: Regia Cotton Surf 5415
Needles: Knit Picks 2.5mm
Pattern: Pinwheel here
worked pattern until 12 stitches between YO
purl 1 row, knit 1 row, purl 1 row
Russian bind off
Finished size: 5inches across

Gray Twist sock

Yarn: Knit Picks Carbon Twist Essential
Needles: bamboo 2.25mm

I am starting new socks for my DH. They remind me of these. But the new ones are better because they are machine washable. I ripped the first pair. Hubby liked the color and feel and all, but needs machine washable socks. I guess most guys do!

IK Fall 07

The new Interweave Knits arrived in my mailbox last week.
I really like the article on cables!

Trekking Yarn OrderRegia CottonRegia 6ply

top: # 167, 159, 187
middle l-r: 182, 155, 168
bottom l-r: 100, 109, 104, 100

Middle: Regia Cotton #5434
Right: Regia 6ply l-r: color #4754, 4750

Some sock yarn appeared at my house last week.
I ordered from here.