Busy as a Bee

July 30, 2007 at 7:09 pm | Posted in finished objects, knitting, socks | 3 Comments

I remember back when I signed up for Sockapalooza how I thought there was SO much time to finish one pair of socks. Yet here we are, only 3 days away from mailing them. It came up so quickly! My Monkey socks are done and I have to concur with everyone else who raved about the pattern. It really was an easy and fun pair of socks to knit. They came out very soft and stretchy, and great for winter wear I think.


My husband promised me a set of nice wooden blockers but I haven’t picked them out yet so I tried my hand at a coat hangar blocker. Unfortunately I live in a plastic hanger house so all I have is one small blocker. Anyway, I can’t wait to mail the socks out!

Blog posts have been sparse the last 2 weeks because work has been incredibly busy. There were several days where I would either be late coming home from work, or I worked very late on work stuff at home, which didn’t leave much energy or time left over for posting. But..I kept on knitting. On the busy, exhausting nights, my clapotis kept me going. I also have to note that I frogged the dang thing AGAIN about a week and a half ago but I’m now completely caught up and well past where I had been before it was ripped out.


I’m on the 6th repeat of the dropped stitch section and am still in love with this pattern. It’s been fun trying to figure out how to deal with 2 different dye lots and I noticed there is some pooling but I’m pretty sure the dropped stitches will take care of it.

When I finished the socks, and had been grinding away at Clapotis version 6, I realized that I desperately needed some new projects. So, I grabbed my Christmas Knitting Bonanza list and headed out for some new yarn. I came across Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream yarn so I picked up 3 balls to try my hand at dish/washcloths.


The one pictured is made out of Sugar ‘n Cream cotton worsted in Denim. I also made a washcloth with a frog pattern in the Key Lime Pie color but my mother swiped it yesterday. I can’t believe I’ve never knitted these before. I whipped out 2 of them in one sitting on Saturday night so I’m pretty sure filling the Christmas orders should be a cinch.

Then last night I finally cast on for my first pair of Fiber Trends Felted Clogs. I know the colors are a little odd, but I was interested in seeing what they would look like felted. The sole and trim will be in Patton’s 100% merino in taupe, and you can see the main color of the clog will be the same yarn in the Rosewood colorway. I’ve never felted with Patton’s yarn before so this will be an interesting experiment. I am amazed at how fast these are working up and am hoping to finish them quickly. I have visions of clogs under the tree for everyone!



The Monkeys are in the bag

July 29, 2007 at 8:16 pm | Posted in knitting, socks | Leave a comment

They are in the bag, though not yet in the envelope. They will be by the end of this week however. I actually finished them a week and a half ago but for some reason I hit a major mental block when it came to grafting the toe. I don’t know why exactly, but I just did NOT want to graft them. Finally I forced myself to just do it and badda bing, badda boom, they were 2 socks, both with closed toes.

I am aware that it’s been a bit since I’ve last posted, though I have lots of knitting odds and ends to post about. However, a nice long, picture laden post will have to wait one more day. Tonight I just wanted to officially post that my sock pal will definitely be getting completed socks, and I need to update the database for the swap before someone thinks I’m a deadbeat swapper.

How many days til Christmas?

July 13, 2007 at 8:39 pm | Posted in knitting, knitting podcasts | 3 Comments

I’ve been working very hard on the monkey socks for my “pal” of ooza and have been just dying to post an FO picture of them. I am now 3 repeats away from finishing the foot and finally moving onto the toe. I think the 2 socks are very closely matched and will hopefully make their recipent happy.

While I have been working on the socks I’ve had soooo many ideas swirling in my head for next projects. My WIPs are really down to only 2 active projects (and a few just sitting on the back burner) and once I finish the socks I’ll only have the Clapotis. But, it’s all in preparation for my Christmas Knitting Bonanza. This will be the first Christmas where I really feel like I can make things people might want to receive and I love the idea of giving handmade gifts. Also, my husband and I have had many conversations over the last couple months about how sometimes it feels as though there are some people who have certain “expectations” for what they should be receiving at Christmas time. We both think it’s time to shake up the expectations a little bit and make Christmas more about thought than about amount spent. So, I’m making plans to knit most of the gifts this year, which I’m guessing is a common plan for the newb knitter. So without further ado…..

Ingrid’s Christmas Knitting Bonanza List!
1. Ballband dishcloth sets (of 3) X 6
2. Endpaper Mitts X1
3. Clapotis X1
4. Anemoi Mittens X1
5. Sweater from IK X1
6. Brea Bag X1
7. Socks X2
8. Felted clogs X 3

Hmm…I think I can do it! That’s a lot of knitting but I can’t wait to get started. It’s kind of fun having a list of “to do’s”.

In other knitting news: I know, I know..I’m really late jumping onto the podcast bandwagon. So much so that I almost feel a little silly talking about “Cast-On” since it seems that everyone already listens to Brenda Dayne’s podcast. But I know a few of my knitting friends out there have only just started listening or are planning to, so this is for them. I love this podcast! I’ve listened to 4 episodes up to this point and have about 8 more on my iPod to get through before I download more. I’m working on series 3 for now with plans to listen to the previous two eventually. Brenda, the podcaster, has so many interesting stories and anecdotes about knitting. She also adds lots of variety to the show in the way of playing indie songs, reading essays and stories and including fan submissions for the essays and stories. In fact right now she’s taking submissions for a Campfire Beads themed essay or story, as outlined here on the show’s website. She models the show in the format of a knitting magazine and does a great job of it. I highly recommend it to anyone who has not tried this podcast yet. Thanks to those on Ravelry who recommended it.

One last little tidbit..I was very excited to learn about the Orlando Needlework Show! It will be my first knitting related gathering/convention type thingy and it’s not too far from my house. Up to this point I’ve been contemplating how I could manage to check out one of the big fiber shows like Stitches. This might be a good first event. If there are any local knitters who might attend and want to meet up for lunch please let me know!

Happy 4th!

July 4, 2007 at 10:04 am | Posted in family, knitting | Leave a comment

Thanks so much for the very sweet comments on my last post. It just reaffirmed to me what great people there are in the knitting community.
Chris and I had a really nice time this past weekend. We stayed at the Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, FL and it was a really beautiful. We spent the first evening of our weekend marveling at the full moon and listening to the sound of the ocean.


The next day we swam in the pool or lounged lazily on the beach all day.


It’s amazing what a couple of days away does for you. We came back refreshed and ready to start the week. And as a bonus we have today off from work too!
While we were away I finally cast on for Monkey sock #2 and it’s now well underway. I’ve finished the ribbing and am now into the leg pattern. I noticed on the first sock that the holes in the pattern aren’t as well defined as they are in other people’s socks but I believe it might be the yarn. I think the sock still looks good and it’s really soft. I hope my sockpal is happy with them. We’ll be shipping out our socks in just a few weeks!

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