Young mother, and avid knitter working her way through life, one pair of socks at a time.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Welcome back everyone!

Quick reminders, click on the frappr map link before June 1st to win the yarn! If you miss this drawing, I will have another one next month, so listen next week for the winner and the next contest.

Also spot by to find out how you can participate in the yarn rant, also on June 1st.

Remember, Knit in public day is June 10th. You can read more, or pick up a button for your blog here .

Lastly, the knitting World Cup is coming up, starting June 9th. Pick your project and sign up here,

This week I talked about passionate knitting, losing the passion for what I was working, and finding it again.

I also talked about all of the things I have had on my needles lately. I only have a couple of pictures today. I finished my toe-up socks from a few episodes ago, then I knit a pair of socks for Joanna, the green ones above. I also worked my "coffee" socks, using knitpicks Memories S'mores. I'm also finishing a workout towel, working on my daughter's quilt and drawing some plans for christmas knitting. Busy busy!

I did two reviews, first Knitters Magazine. This was my first and last time reading thia magazine. I rated it red heart acrylic, a bit scratchy and in an unattractive color.

The other review I did was Knit 1 magazine. We get it, Lion Brand still makes fun fur yarn. I rated this, scarf made with fun fur and lion brand wool. All of the patterns are easily done, with easy to aquire yarn. There are some interesting articles, and some of the patterns are simple and nice. However, there is also a lot of loud, flashy fun fur patterns. If you like them, great, but I am strangly against cruelty to muppets.

That's all for this week. Next week, all about spinning!!!

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Welcome Back All!

I only have a short show for you today. I've been trying to play catch up on spring cleaning, and a little spring knitting. I had no reviews, and I will do a nice long On my needles next week.

Stop by knitspot http://www.knitspot.comto find out more about We're Knot going to take it!

Today I talked about the yarn for the frapper map drawing. There is a picture and all the details about the drawing on the previous post, so scroll down to read that. Then go put your pin in the frapper map!

This yarn was inspired by the ocean. I love looking out here and seeing the endless shades of blue. For those who were wondering, this one was not kool-aid dyed. I used actual yarn dye so I could do slightly better shading.

Well, I'll be back next week with a full show. And for those who want to see the pattern of the sweater in my mind, click here

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Here is the frapper map drawing yarn! It is 440 yards of hand dyed merino wool. The color is pretty close to the actual yarn on my computer, but in case it isn't on your computer this yarn has shades of blue, purple and a little aqua. The winner of this yarn will be the only person in the world (besides me of course) to have yarn I dyed.

To win this yarn, stick a pin in the frapper map before June 1st. I will draw a name out during my show recorded the weekend of June 3-4. You will hear the name drawn live on the show.

I will send an email out to the winner right after I post the show. The winner will have two weeks to send a message back with their mailing address. If I do not get a mailing address within two weeks, I will draw another winner.

Good Luck Everyone!

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Hello again! Happy mother’s day to all those motherly knitters!

This week I talked about my wonderful mother. She truly is the best human ever, and I am so lucky to have her.

I didn’t do any new knitting this week, I’m almost done with my toe up socks from last week, and I might have finished them but I dyed some yarn, and spent a lot of the week untangling it. I also got some new yarn from Knit Picks, the red is my new sock yarn, the blue an alpaca silk blend, and the pink is 100% baby alpaca. There is a ball of red-ish yarn that I wasn’t too happy with, and the ball of green was an experiment in self-striping for Joanna. On the side is my rip-off of the lemonade yarn from episode 1 of the Craftborg. I kind of like the yarn, but it has slightly uneven shading, and has been awful to detangle.

I also talked a little about a contest for free hand painted yarn. I dyed a special skein of yarn for this using Knit Picks Color Your Own. This is 440 yards of 100% Merino wool. It’s still drying as I post this, so I’ll do another post tomorrow with a picture. If you want to win this yarn, look to the side of this post and click on the frapper map. Stick your pin in, and listen the first week of June to see if you’re a winner.

I also asked if anyone would be interested in sending yarn for future contests. I’m looking for yarn with stories. If you bought the yarn, why did you buy it? Does it make you think of anything? Did the color remind you of anything? Is it your favorite kind? Why do you like it? If you dyed the yarn, or spun the yarn, what made you do it? If you think you might want to send your story yarn, for another lucky knitter to try let me know. Leave a comment or contact me on the side, and I’ll talk about it a little more next week.

I did two reviews, The Shop On Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber, which I loved, and the magazine, Family Circle Easy Knitting for Spring/Summer 2006 which I didn’t.

I’m not sure if I’ll have a full show next week, but I’ll come back with some more details on how to win the yarn, and maybe a little about how to send yarn for future drawings.
Happy knitting all!

Monday, May 08, 2006

Well, As promised here are my pedicure socks. I thought about waiting until after my next pedicure, but you can't see my nails really anyway.
So you might be wondering why there is a picture of two coins and a measuring tape on a short knit blog. My Darling daughter managed to swallow a 10 yen coin. It is just like the dark coin right next to the quarter and they are exactally the same size.She did this half way through the last round of my second sock. All I had left was the ribbed round, then a bind off, and I had to put it down. We spent two hours at the ER, and a nice follow up visit the next day. Joanna is fine, and I obviously finished the socks but I don't think I will ever look at those socks and not remember these two days of x-rays and the ER.I guess they definately have a distinct memory attached!

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Hello again!

I almost didn't post this week, it was hard to find a minute to record! Well, this episode I whined a little about a online yarn store. I left the name of the store out intentionally, but I was very unhappy with the experience. I also talked about my dream for an Angora rabbit.

On my needles I have the toe up socks I was working. I forgot to mention the yarn brand, Knit Picks Sock Memories in the color Flower Power. It has been on sale lately, so if you like it, now is the time to order! I'm not totally happy with how the heel came out, but I think I just prefer the heel flap.

I also have a pair of pedicure socks going. I'm almost done, so I'll post those pictures in a few days when I finish them. The socks are based on the pattern by Ruthie Nussbaum. You can find her pictures at

I reviewed a couple of books, firstly Knit One, Kill Two by Maggie Sefton. It is the first in the Knitting Mystery series and was a good read. I wanted to crawl into the book and move into the yarn store!

I also reviewed Not Just Socks and Not Just More Socks, both by Sandi Rosner. I'd been waiting for the books for a while, but for the most part I wouldn't recommend them. The patterns are cool, and worth a look, but it's mostly because self striping yarn are so pretty.

I also gave a mention to the podcast Craftborg. I love it! Geeks unite!

Thank you to everyone who left me a comment last week, and a huge thank you to those who left me sweet comments on itunes! I'll be back next week with a special episode devoted to my favorite human, my Mother.

Thank You all for coming back!