Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
The Secret of the Stole has 573 participants are present and it still have over a month to go before it begins. The yarn and bead specifications are posted now, giving you some time to find the perfect yarn and the perfect bead combination.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Monkey Sock Swap THREE
What are your favorite brands of yarn? Yarntini, Vesper, Yarnahoy, Sunshine Yarn, Yarn Pirate, Hand Maiden, Briar Rose, STR, Sweet Georgia, Shelridge Farms, Dream in Colour, Knittery, Van Calcer Acres, I am a huge fan of indie dyers and am always on the look out for someone new.
Are there any new brands you would like to try? Wollmeise, Lime and Violet, Gypsy Knits, Three Irish Girls, Lavender Sheep, Yarn Love.
Which pattern(s) would you like to knit and don’t already own? Flicker, Mona and Twisted Flower are just beautiful.
Other pertinent information:Would you be willing to have an international Monkey Pal or do you prefer one in the US?
Do you have any allergies? No
Will your knitting be exposed to smoke or animals? I don't smoke but I do have four dogs and a cat.
Are you on Ravelry yet? Yes
Harvest Sock Swap 07 , and has a knitting twist that I have not seen before. Sign ups will close on September 18th.
Hogwarts Sock Kit Swap does not involve sock knitting but putting together a sock kit (yarn, needles pattern) in Hogwarts house colours. Your crafty contribution is the House Bag, which can either be knitted or sewn in choosen house colours. Sign ups will close on August 29th.
If you are a Monkey Sock Knitter, or are thinking of joining the thousands who are there is even a Swap for you, but sign up fast it closes on August 31.
If these aren't up your alley check out Knit-Alongs and Swaps for existing and upcoming events.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Friday, August 3, 2007
these socks. I bought this yarn from Yarnahoy, through her Esty shop, the colour is Indigg, but I think it looks more like summer ices. This would have been my choice for sockopalooza except for the orange. It's 100% Superwash Merino. Yarnahoy is also available on Woolgirl, the sock is wonderfully soft and the colours are a huge wow factor.
The pattern is Grapvine from More Sensational Knitted Socks, the indigo and purples made me think of full ripe grapes on the vine. They are almost identical twins, off about two rows but I really like they way they turned out.
The yarn is a self-striping and using a slip stitch toe decrease creates a faux fair isle effect. I like the pooling around the ankle bone, it creates a definite right and left foot.
Eye of Partridge heel, creates the faux fair isle heel. The feet well, not to snug on the leg or the foot, and even though this is 100% merino yarn there is a slight springy stretch for comfort. When I blocked they bled ever so slightly, a little light pink, now do I keep them for me or put them in the Christmas present sock drawer. If you look on the blog roll you will see that joined the Christmas KAL - so much knitting and so little time.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
As promised the second part of the yarn haul, summer sock clubs are arriving. This wonderful confection is from Tsarina, an ice cream cone sock.
You could choose your flavors of ice cream, I chose lemon, raspberry and blueberry. Notice the cone pattern in the flavors and the waffle design in the cone. The yarn comes from Van Calcar Farms in New York State.
Pick Up Sticks club arrived on Saturday, I think this is my favorite pattern yet, a wonderful cable and a yarn that I love to use in a colour I would not have choosen but really like (will wait to post, don't want to be the spoiler).