Tuesday, October 30, 2007

My Big Prize!

My prize from Knit & Purl Mama's blog contest arrived today!!!
Check out my loot! I'm so spoiled!

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Wanna know what I got? Well....
There's a copy of Interweave Knits, a Sock Pattern (I chose Thelonious... it looks soooo cool!), a Sock Blocker Keychain & Mini-Sock Pattern, Regia Sock Yarn, Knit Picks Crayon Yarn, THREE sets of Stitch-Markers, a deck of cards, some Trident cinnamon gum, a cute luggage tag, a cool green beaded necklace, and some FunDip (I loved fun dip when I was a kid.... so much sugary-goodness)
Thanks Robyn!!! You Rock!

I also received my October Sock Club Kit from Robyn's Nest.
Wow, the colourway is amazing! I love it!

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The picture doesn't even do it justice... the colours are so intense and awesome. My husband saw the yarn and claimed it for himself.... he wants me to make him a pair of socks. He doesn't usually ask me to knit him anything so I'm definately going to grant this request.

Monday, October 29, 2007

One Done

I finished the first Hedwig sock last night.
It turned out great.... and I cast on the second sock this morning!

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Sock Progress

Okay, so I was able to steal the computer away from my husband for two minutes.... just long enough to upload and post this sock progress photo.

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Saturday, October 27, 2007


My Potter's Covers Sock Club Kit came yesterday!!! I got the first two shipments together (there's 7 altogether, one for each Harry Potter Book).
This is the Sorceror's Stone Colourway with the Hedwig Pattern and the Chamber of Secrets Colourway with the Heir of Slytherin Pattern.

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I've wound the first skein into a ball (I got to use my new swift and ball winder, thanks Mom!!!).... and you can see it matches the book cover really well!

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I'm a little more than halfway down the ankle of the first sock and will be starting the heel by tomorrow probably. (if not today)
I'm a little concerned that it might be a tad too big. Here's the situation. The pattern is written for a medium (which happens to be my sock size) and it calls for a 2.25mm needle... which I have in DPNs that I bought specifically for these socks.... Well, it turns out that I hate DPNs, or at least they hate me. So, after starting and ripping 3 times, I tossed the irritating little needles aside and went to find my circulars. Now, it just so happens that I have 2.0mm and 2.5mm... no 2.25mm. Normally I knit a little loose so I started again with the 2.0mm and it was looking too small so I ripped again and started AGAIN with the 2.5mm..... they're looking a tad big but I keep trying it on my ankle and its not too bad, but I keep second guessing myself. We'll see what it's like when I'm done I guess (I'm NOT ripping again, I'm too far along now!)
Wish me luck!!!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

A couple quick little projects

In the last 3 days I've completed two little projects.

The first is a little Pumkin Hat for Kaylen.

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(more pictures on Kaylen's blog)

I was at a craft store and a lady saw Kaylen's Kitty Hat and asked if I knit. I told her that I did and she asked me to test-knit the pumpkin hat pattern that she wrote. This was my first time being a "test-knitter". It was fun and the hat turned out great.

The other quick knit was this cool little Snitch Pouch.

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I found the pattern here and thought it looked cute.

I took the designers advice and did the snitch in duplicate stitch afterwards. I think it turned out way better than it would have if I attempted the intarsia! The bag is really tiny! Only about 5" high and so cute! I don't know what I will use it for, but I love it anyway.

(note: I wouldn't exactly call the snitch pouch a "quick knit" - it was more of an obsessive knit, which is why it was completed so fast.... if you actually look at it, you will see there are a LOT of tiny little stitches involved in this one!!!)

Monday, October 22, 2007

I Won!!!

I won a contest! Yipee!!! A while ago Robyn (Knit&Purl Mama) held a Blogiversary Contest on her blog. The entry was simple... just be the 2121st person to leave a comment on her blog. And I won!!!! The prizes are awesome! If I remember correctly, I've won some Regia sock yarn, some DPN's for sock knitting, Custom-made stitch markers (excited to see what she's made!) a sock pattern of my choice from her Robyn's Nest store, AND a copy of Interweave Knits. Yay! :-D
Thanks Robyn, can hardly wait for it to arrive!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Wow, I'm good.... when Mom helps.

Look what I made!!!

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It's the Gryffindor Bag from Quietish.... free pattern, check it out.
I LOVED making this bag... I really enjoyed the fairisle work and I couldn't put it down. It only took me 3 days to knit the bag. I then had to block it and then beg and plead my Mom to do the crochet edging and strap for me. I would've done it myself except for the fact that I was so pleased with how the bag turned out that I didn't want to ruin the whole thing with my crappy crochet skills. Thanks Mom, it turned out awesome. I also chose a silky smooth satiny lining to "enhance" the quality.

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I think I'm going to use it as my project bag for when my Harry Potter Covers Sock Yarn arrives.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Bored Knitting

What do you do when your whole family is sick and just being bums around the house?
You come up with stupid knitting patterns to use up your hideous handspun of course!!!

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This was a slightly modified version of an ugly pattern I found in a magazine.
It turned out kinda cute on Kaylen.

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Friday, October 5, 2007

Kaylen's New Hoodie

I've been knitting Kaylen a hoodie this week.
I don't know why I became so obsessed with finishing it, (maybe because I've realized how quickly she grows out of everything?) but I've been working on it 'til midnight every night this week.
Finished product! YAY!

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Kaylen graciously woke up at 6am to model for this photo.... she's now back in bed while I make this post in my pajamas. ;-)