Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Where Have I Been???

Wow, I didn't realize it had been so long since I posted! I have been trying to get everything done for Christmas, knitting and shopping and decorating, whew it's exhausting. I've also been nursing my back too. Some people know this but I hurt my back in May and have had trouble getting doctors to do anything for it. Right now I'm going to physical therapy which seems to help ease the pain a little but only temporarily. Hopefully I will be back to normal soon, it's hard to function when you are in pain daily. Some days I can't even walk! Anyway, enough of the pity party. I hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday and I'll be back soon!!

Sunday, December 03, 2006


I received a package from my SP9 on Friday that was full of so many wonderful things that I don't know what to say! Here is a picture of the contents:
(sorry it's blurry)

There is a cute felted bag, stickers for scrapbooking, a Reese's zipper pouch because I can't eat the real thing, yummy soap and lotions, 2 books (Knitting vintage Socks and Socks on 2 Circs, which I have been dying to try), circ, needles,and of course yarn. Here is a close up of the yarn:

The yarn is from Mama Llama and is a colorway called Earth. I just love the colors in this yarn and I can't wait to play with it! What an awesome package I received and I can't say thank you enough to my SP9!! I love it!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

FO's and Branching Out

I finished these work socks for my hubby, I used the rib of doom from the sock wars. They are really stretchy and he really likes them

I also finished these beauties! I used the yarn from my Hot Socks pal, she sent me this yarn all the way from Japan. They are my favorite socks to date and also my most comfortable yet.

I also started on this scarf from knitty called Branching Out, it's my first lace project and I think it is turning out beautiful. It is made from Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in a denim color. Here it is with 8 pattern repeats done! Go Me!!

Friday, October 20, 2006

October socks and Hot Socks!

My October socks are a test knitted pattern. They are made from Austermann's Step, in the Hunter colorway. The pattern is called Missy's Lobster Pot socks and will be available for sale very soon so check Chrissy's website for more info. The pattern was really fun to do, it was my 1st attempt at cables and also at reading a chart. I think they are way cool. Here are a couple of pictures to tempt you:

Not my best photography, but trust me, you need this pattern!!

Also, I received my Hot Socks package today! What fun. Here's a picture of what I received:

There was some yummy marshmallow coffee which I'm brewing up 1st thing in the morning, some awesome yarn in my favorite Fall colors. There was also some yummy bath stuff, 2 totally cute candles and some Japanese candy. I love it all, thank you Rikako.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

LogoThere are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Getting to know you questions....

1. Where is your favorite knitting spot? I have a spot on my couch that is MY spot

2. If you suddenly could never knit again (shudder) - what would you do instead? I also stamp and scrapbook so I could spend more time on that.

3. If you could travel anywhere in the world - where would you go and why? There's this place in Turkey called Pamukkale that I would love to see in person. It looks so peaceful and relaxing!

4. When you were little - What did you want to do "when you grew up?" I don't remember :o( I know that I didn't know my career path until I was about 22 when I returned to college to become a nurse.

5. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? I like cookie dough or peanut butter cup ice cream, sadly there are not very many companies that make these in a sugar free variety.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Fall Beauty

I took a little trip over the Santiam pass last week. This is my favorite time of year up there, everything is changing colors. There's no duplicating the colors that Mother Nature creates. Here is a picture that I took.

Socktoberfest questions

When did you start making socks? February 2006
Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class? I taught myself with the help of the internet
What was your first pair? My first pair were these boot socks for my husband.
How have they "held up" over time? They've held up great, he wears them to work.
What would you have done differently? nothing
What yarns have you particularly enjoyed? I really enjoyed the Artyarns handpainted sock yarn from my one skein pal, but I really enjoy any striping or colorful yarn.
Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method? I have only knit them on DPN's
Which kind of heel do you prefer? I prefer the flap and round heel so far, I tried the short row but had trouble with the wrap and turn.
How many pairs have you made? 15 or so

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Another Bag and Some Socks

OK here is one of the bags I made. I made matching ones for my DD and her friend. I'm making a matching cell phone cozy too. This is the same bag pattern from the post below but with pink and brown. I also added the fur to these.

Here are my September socks. Nothing fancy, just Knit Picks Parade in Tropical and a basic sock pattern.

Friday, September 01, 2006

NO, MY One Skein Pal is the Best!!

I got my final One Skein Pal package today and it was all so lovely. Thank you so much to Suzanne who has been an awesome pal. Here is what she sent me... there was a skein of Cascade Quatro which is a beautiful color (BTW I'd love to see that purse pattern!) a cute notebook, love the colors on that, a cute card and this fab pink hat (My daughter's modeling it, isn't she cute?)

Thank you One Skein Pal!!
You have been great and this has been so much fun!

I'm Hooked!

OK so I tried felting and it was way too fun! I made the All in One bag from the Pursenality Plus book that I got from my SP. It's made with Cascade yarn, also from my SP. Here is a picture before felting:

Here it is after felting:

The pattern calls for some fuzzy yarn around the top and bottom but I couldn't make it look right, so I left that part off for my first time. I already started another bag for my daughter and I will put the fur on it.
I didn't have any trouble with the felting process, I guess I thought it would be super hard. I did cut myself while I was shaving the bag, man that hurts. If anyone has tips on shaving after felting, that would be much appreciated!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Secret Pal Package!!

Holy Cow!!! Wait 'til you see this! My secret pal sent me the most awesome package. She sent me 3 skeins of Cascade (2 green and 1 brown) to try felting (been wanting to try it) and some cute accent yarn from Knit Picks and a Pursenality plus pattern book so I can make a felted bag, some cute sticky notes and adorable card! Heres a picture of those goodies (sorry it's so blurry):

AND... I also got this...

Is this not the cutest thing EVER!?! I love this bag, I started using it as my purse the minute I received it. I love it so much! I love it all and I can't thank you enough SP. My SP is Sarah, go check out her blog for more on the purse and how she made it!! Thank you again, a hundred times THANK YOU!!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Your Life Path Number is 6

Your purpose in life is to help others

You are very compassionate, and you offer comfort to those around you.
It pains you to see other people hurting, and you do all in your power to help them.
You take on responsibility, and don't mind personal sacrifice. You are the ultimate giver.

In love, you offer warmth and protection to your partner.

You often give too much of yourself, and you rarely put your own needs first.
Emotions tend to rule your decisions too much, especially when it comes to love.
And while taking care of people is great, make sure to give them room to grow on their own.

Friday, August 11, 2006

August socks

These are the socks that I made from my One Skein gift. This yarn is dreamy to work with, so much so that I went and ordered some more in different colors! Thanks again OSP!! These are made from Artyarns handpainted stripes. I started out with a toe-up pattern and it went along fine but the short row heel stumped me. I tried 4 times and could not get it right so I started over with a basic pattern and this is what I ended up with, I love those colors.

Here is a close up of all of the fun colors!!

One Skein Pal Strikes Again

I actually received my package a week ago so I apologize for the late posting. I received a great skein of purple cotton that I can whip up into a wash cloth or two, which is so cool because I have a couple of patterns that I have been dying to try! I also received some cute post-its and stickers, very pretty. I also received a CD to knit by that she made and I can't wait to listen to it, I plan to do that tomorrow morning while my hubby is fixing our roof!! Thank you One Skein Pal!! Here is a picture of all my goodies!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

July Socks

These are my July socks. I finished these earlier this month and decided to enter them in our local county fair. I have never done this before but I thought I'd give it a shot. It turns out only two pairs of socks were entered and the judges liked the others better! They are made from Cherry Tree Hill in the Champlain Sunset colorway. The pattern is Little Shell Socks that I got from the internet.
I really like the way they turned out, even if I didn't win!!
This is a close up of the toes
This is a close up of the tops
This is them at the fair

Friday, July 07, 2006

One Skein Pal Rocks!!

Today I got my one skein pal package and let me tell you, this yarn is beautiful! I love it so much and I can't wait to use it. I found a toe up pattern for this yarn. This picture doesn't do the colors justice. It's a hank of Artyarns handpainted stripes. Here it is:

Thank you, thank you one skein pal!!

Friday, June 23, 2006


I recently had a back injury so I couldn't do much. I could knit though, so I went nuts making socks. Here are two pairs, the pink stripey ones are my daughter's and the green and blue stripey ones are for me!!


Your Linguistic Profile:
70% General American English
20% Upper Midwestern
5% Yankee
0% Dixie
0% Midwestern

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Little Knitter!!

My son seems to have gotten the crafty gene, every time I am scrapbooking or stamping, he always wants to make something too! When I started to learn to knit I never thought he would take an interest in that, but...

Here he is concentrating very hard, making sure the stitches are just right. They aren't, of course, but it makes me happy that he wants to try new things. Plus he's just so darn cute ;o)


Knit Picks was having a sale a while back and my son fell in love with this green yarn. He thought he was going to make the socks himself but when the yarn came, he thought it was better if I made them for him! Here they are:

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Happy Mother's Day

My hubby surprised me with 18 beautiful yellow roses, they're so lovely.

My son made me this at school:

He did a great job. Now my plan for the day is to knit, knit, knit :o) I may not even get dressed today! Hope everyone has a great mother's day.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

May Socks

I've been working on these off and on for a month or so and they're finally done! Whew! They are the Baby Cable Rib pattern from the Sensational Knitted Socks book. I bought the yarn at a small fiber festival we had here in my town from Oregon Trail Natural Fibers. I loved the color and I really love the pattern. Hope you like them.

Here is a close up of the stitch pattern:

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Booty Socks!

I made these for my DD out of left over Trekking XXL yarn. Aren't they cute!

Monday, March 20, 2006

More Work Socks

Made these for work socks for my hubby. He works outdoors so I made these in a wool blend to keep his tootsies nice and warm.

I just noticed that in this picture the socks look like different colors. I went and looked at them closer and they are in fact the same color. Must have been some weird lighting!!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

I Love These Socks!

I made these with Trekking XXL. What fun colors! The picture doesn't do them justice. The colors are much brighter and very funky.
These are for me and they are super comfy. Here they are:

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Socks for My Son

Since he's the only one in my family that I haven't made some for,
my son said "Mommy, when are you going to make me some socks"? He picked out the left over yarn I had from making my socks and I got to work. I wasn't really sure there was enough to finish them, but I guess I lucked out. Here they are:

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Olympic Gold!!

Finished my Olympic socks last night. One trip to the frog pond but success at last. They seem a bit tight on my DD's feet, maybe my swatch was a tad off. She is happy with them and I guess I am too overall.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Baby Socks

I took a break from my Olympic socks to make these baby socks for a friend. I plan to make a matching hat. But for now, it's back to my Olympic socks.

Friday, February 17, 2006

The Agony of Defeat, then the Thrill of Victory

Well, last weekend I was knitting away on my Olympic socks and I happened to notice that the cuff was unravelling!! What!! I couldn't tell if my cat got it or my son, but nonetheless, I frogged it, I was on the heel too! Anyway, I finally got one sock done, here it is on it's owner's foot (my DD):

Monday, February 06, 2006

I Love Socks!

OK, I'm hooked!! These are sooo cool! I made these from Sokotta yarn that I got at my LYS and I love it! It was such an awesome feeling to put these babies on and know that I made them!! Can't wait to make some more!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

First Socks!

I learned how to knit in November and ended up making everyone scarves for Christmas. My husband didn't want a scarf but wanted me to learn to make socks and make him some instead. So after much anticipation and frogging, they are finally done. They are heavy boot socks from a pattern that I got from my LYS. He wanted plain white and he is happy with how they turned out. The white got pretty boring after a while so I am excited to start some socks with some color!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Shawl Knit along

Tomorrow starts the shawl knit along. I have the yarn and needles, I'm ready to go! I'm planning to send mine to my mother-in-law as a gift. I'm using her favorite color, blue. The yarn is a boucle yarn so it should be very fluffy and comfy.

A Brave New World!

Yesterday I joined the sock knit along! I'm trying to teach myself to make socks and so far so good. I finished one whole sock yesterday and working on #2 today! These are heavy boot socks for my hubby. He wanted plain white so they are VERY plain. Stay tuned for pictures when they are done!