Wednesday, April 29, 2009

My first pattern for sale

If you're a Raveler, I'm happy to announce that my Terrapin Lace sock pattern is now for sale!



If you're interested, click this button:

Thanks so much!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What a great day!

I had a fantastic birthday, yesterday! My oldest sister came over and gave me a $25 American Express gift card which will probably go toward a ball winder or swift. Then I checked the mail, had two birthday cards from some lovely people on Ravelry. With one of the cards came this:



A full skein of Malabrigo Sock in the Indiecita colorway. YUM! I was (and still am) so excited about it. I don't even really know the person who sent it to me, which is what makes it so awesome.

I also got quite a bit of knitting done on the scarf I'm working on for my second sister for Christmas. Finished 7 of 20 repeats. I'm happy about it!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Eat.Sleep.Knit.

On Thursday, Eat.Sleep.Knit. had a great sale. It was a "surprise" sale, in which you didn't know what % you were going to get off your order until you finished checking out. I got 25% off one order, 10% off another. I'm happy! Excited! Here's what I got:


Cherry Tree Hill Yarn - Supersock Select Semi-Solids in Blossom


Cherry Tree Hill Yarn - Supersock Select Semi-Solids in Black


The Unique Sheep - Verve in Cherry Blossom


Noelle's Noodles - Fingering Merino in Mardi Gras


Dream in Color Yarn - Smooshy in Into the Mystic


I also had a $5 credit from my last order (yarn lotto!), got free shipping, and will be receiving a Yarn Marathon welcome pack! I'm definitely doing the happy dance.

The only bad part about it is that I'm not allowed to buy anymore yarn until at least August. But that's okay, I have lots to play with.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Like A Virgin

I've been feeling pretty sick the last couple days, so I haven't done much in the way of knitting. But yesterday when I got the mail, I found I had a package in the mail from a lovely person over at Karma Yarn Swap (it was kmessier27) which contained a hank of undyed sock yarn! Well, seeing as I got a huge package from another lovely lady from KYS (TheBoyceMonsters) full of koolaid a few days ago, I knew I had to put that to work! So, even through my puffy, stuffy head and weak limbs, I went ahead and dyed that badboy. My first time dyeing.



I call it this colorway "Like A Virgin", simply because I'm not very original! I used lemon-lime, black cherry, and grape. I didn't have enough of the lemon-lime to quite saturate the yarn as much as I'd hoped, so there are still some white spots. I'm thinking that maybe I can just go grab some more lemon-lime this week and re-dye the areas I missed. Or maybe I'll just be content with the way it looks now! We'll see.

So there you have it. My first dye-job!

Friday, April 17, 2009

I Got Some New Sock Yarn

And I am in love.

I'm Having So Much Fun!

If you're a Ravelry member with anything in your stash that you have ever wondered, "Why did I buy that and what the heck will I do with it?", I HIGHLY recommend checking out the Karma Yarn Swap group. I've only been a member there for a couple weeks now, but I am have so much darn fun! The people on there are great. And it's not just yarn! For instance, there's a great gal on there named Annie (username Cinnamoon) that makes the most awesome draw-string project bags and offers them in certain swaps. There are cool theme swaps like one I started yesterday dedicated to partial skeins. Free-for-alls, only wool, vegetarian, notions, fabric; there's something for everyone! They've made me feel so welcome, and I've gotten some AWESOME swaps in return for stuff I just wasn't loving anymore. I'm in heaven.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Bad Luck

This past weekend, I had extremely bad knitting-related luck.

Those socks from my last post? After turning the heel, I realized that the feet were too short. So I was taking them off the needles in order to frog them back (luckily, I had put in a lifeline) and what should happen? The cable pulled out of one needle.

So, I set that aside until I can get a new set and decided to start on another present, a scarf. I got about an inch in and realized that I hated how thin the yarn was. Frogged it and put the yarn away. Note to self: Do not buy lace weight.

Was starting another present, a hat this time. I went to grab some needles out of my case... and the zipper pull fell off. It will not go back on.

My shipment from Knit Picks randomly went off the map for a few days. Now it's 35 minutes north of me and won't get here til tomorrow. It got there Saturday.

I'm getting a callus on my right pinky from where the yarn rubs. It's very annoying, but I'll live.

Somebody tell me that my luck will turn around soon?

Saturday, April 11, 2009

On the Needles - 04/11/2009

Remember that gorgeous Malabrigo sock yarn I posted a picture of? I'm totally using it right now. Working on some toe-up Monkeys for my sister's birthday. Her birthday's not til July, so I'm taking my time. I love doing toe-up, two-at-a-time socks using the Magic Loop method. I've tried other ways, but this is what I get the best results from. I'm not a huge fan of gusset heels. I thought I was for a while, but alas. I love short-row wrap heels. And cuff-down is just not my thing!

I also have some fun new project ideas that I'm starting to plan out. If they start to come to fruition, I'll definitely be talking about it here!

Here's a picture of the socks that I took yesterday.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Fun contest!

The Knit Witch is having a fun contest for April. Go check it out here!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Sock yarn on sale

Knit Picks has their 50g Essential Kettle-Dyed sock yarn on sale. This is to make room for their new 100g Essential Kettle-Dyed. The 100g is $8.99 but 100g of the 50g is only $6.78, for a savings of $2.21. $6.78 for enough SUPERWASH sock yarn to make a pair of socks? Yes, please!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

MmmmmMalabrigo

I have now gotten my first taste of this lovely yarn. I bought some black lace and Velvet Grapes sock yarn as well as the worsted weight in Vaa (dark green). The Worsted is for me, I'm making a lovely shawl. The others are for Christmas/Birthday gifts for a couple of my sisters. Mmmm, so soft. Pretty easy to work with as well.

If you love Malabrigo, what's your favorite kind and/or color?