Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Back 2 School is out for Summer.

Another Fitted Knits project off the needles and not a moment too soon. It is getting way to warm to have wool draped across your lap! I think I started to melt while taking these photo's. This sucker is very, very warm.
This is a pretty quick knit and I did enjoy working with the Cascade 220. I am happy it's done because now I can start something new or maybe I'll just waste away the hours on Ravelry! *Confetti, balloons, party hats!!!*
Ravely is Knitters crack. You will seriously loose hours, maybe even days of your life to it. Ravelry will not only force you to organize and track all your projects, yarn,needles, patterns, etc. - (fabulous for those of us that have random scraps of paper w/scribbly notes and stray balls of leftover yarn scattered about) But the inspiration of completed knits will have you queing and bookmarking till your little fingers fall off. It's a knitters paradise to have all that fibery goodness wrapped up in a neat little package. Enormous thanks to Jess and Casey for creating such a wonderful forum for the knitting & crocheting community! Sign up if you haven't already.... or if you're already on, come by and say "Hi". My username is NoKnitSherlock!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Shock the Monkey

So what do you get when you combine a Pirate and a Monkey?

Well, maybe....But this is what I came up with.
Cookie A.'s Monkey sock in Yarn Pirates "Karma" colorway! (I joined my first ever sock club this weekend - I'm officially a member of the Yarn Pirate's Booty Club. Arrrrrrrrrrgh!!!!!!)
Just look @ all those yummy colors. This here is the Monkey sock in STR "Fire on the Mountain" colorway.

Gorgeous color and pattern * no pooling * Hurray!
But, there's just one little problem. Okay, big problem.
I didn't do a gauge swatch AND I used medium weight. D'Oh!
Just call me Sasquatch - Sasha for short.
Disaster, but they are just so beautiful, I haven't the heart to frog them. They"ll probably become "house slippers" because they are so ridiculously loose. In my defense, I was mesmerized by all the pretty colors. ( the length of that heel alone should have been a red light, Right?) Yeah, well...... in my euphoric state I kept on a knitt'in.

My pal Jess has recently opened an Etsy store. This is my constant traveling companion for ze'sock knitting. I love this little bag....The only thing is, I need about 10 more to keep all my wip's in order. :0)
Visit Jess @ Messie Craftie and have a look. She has much more to offer so stop by and check out her stuff. We can all use a nifty place to store our knitting projects. (or hide freakishly huge socks)

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Schools OUT for summer!

Summer is here. The sun is shining & the temperature is rising. Jakey's last day of school is tomorrow. So long First grade...Hello Summertime fun! Yes, it's here alright. So why I decided to knit a WOOL vest, I cannot say. But the upside is this baby is practically knitting itself. Very, very quick knit. And yes boys and girls, That is most definitely waffle stitch. Not exactly the same as "you know who", but a first cousin for sure. Victory is mine. Vest = No Sleeves! I will not be in waffleville for very much longer. *Close up shaping detail
I'm thinking Rowan's Calmer would be a good choice if I knit a second vest...Very So Cal friendly also.

Friday, June 08, 2007

What's up with the Oracle?

So does anyone remember this movie???? Can anyone tell me what the Matrix is??? Anyone??? -Right.

Well, My niece Alex requested some green & purple socks. And like a good Auntie, I promised to deliver her said socks. I sat down in from of my computer prepared to find green & purple sock yarn, when the light bulb went off!

I have that color combo in my stash. Hurray for me! Hurray for Alex! Here are Alex's socks in Lisa Souza's "Sock" LimeNViolet colorway. Knit on size 1 circular needles. Magic Loop Method. Basic Toe-Up pattern.
Skully is modeling how much yarn was left over....Loads of this stuff! I'm sure I can get two more pair out of it.
Now, these guys had very interesting color pooling.... So, I am renaming them "Matrix" socks. If you stare at them long enough you may get the plot to that movie!

DSL Tank from Fitted Knits is just about complete. I need to weave in the ends, add buttons and she will officially be D-O-N-E. I will try to get off my lazy butt and finish her up this weekend. (key words being try and lazy)
I will leave you with my next Fitted Knits project. Can you see what it's going to be? This book is fabulous and I highly recommend it.
This is a definite Winter wear item for me. Cascade 220 and California weather don't really mix well....but I love working with the wool. Maybe Rowan's Calmer for vest #2.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Knitters Virtual Vacation Questionnaire

1. If you could visit any state in the US, which would it be and why? Massachusetts, I visited once about 10 years ago and would want to go back. I loved everything about it, especially the history. I would love to spend two weeks there, it's so beautiful.
2. If you could visit any country in the world, other than your own, which would it be and why? I would love to visit the UK. The beauty of the the country & the history. (the yarn stores & the pubs) Good combo, Right?
3. Have you ever driven across several states/providence/countries? No. Oh wait, I have driven from California to Nevada (Las Vegas) does that count?
4. Have you ever visited someplace you consider exotic? Where was it? I don't have a passport. . .
So I would have to say Mexico. Living in California I have been to Mexico a few times.
5. What was your favorite "travel" vacation? I really love New York. I enjoy "going" & "doing" when I'm on vacation. Why? Because it's "The City that never sleeps".......
"Start spreading the news....."
6. Have you ever played tourist in your own home city/state (if international, country)? Explain. Sort of. Living in So Cal everyone that visits, pretty much wants to see the obvious..Beach, Hollywood, Disneyland. You get the idea.
7. Are you a museum visitor, beach comer or an amusement seeker? Museum visitor and amusement seeker for sure.
8. What's your favorite type of yarn? I love yarns that show good stitch definition. I'm in love with Rowan's Calmer and Koigu KPPPM.
9. What's your least favorite type of yarn? Novelty yarns. Furry stuff or yarn that is too busy.
10. What items do you like to knit/crochet? It changes. Whatever catches my eye.
11. What do you pack, knit/crochet wise when you go on vacation? Socks and small items.
12. What other crafts do you do/would like to do other than Knit/Crochet? I like to sew and embroider.
13. Are you allergic to anything? (Yarn wise or treat wise) Nope.
14. What is your favorite color? I love color! If I had to pick a favorite...Red & Orange Least Favorite? Love all colors. They are all my favorites.
15. Sweet or Savory (Treat not personality)? I'm a die hard Dark Chocolate Lover. (with nuts!)
16. Anything else we are forgetting to ask that you think your partner desperately needs to know? Vacation-wise, I like to be on the go. See things, meet people, take in the sights & sounds - more traveler less relaxer.