Showing posts from June, 2007

If You Thought I Was Long-winded Before...

Many of you already know about and are participating in "afghans for Afghans", a 'humanitarian and educational people-to-people project that sends hand-knit and crocheted blankets and sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks to the beleaguered people of Afghanistan'.

I received an email this week from Anita B, who has started a home grown version of this wonderful charity. Anita asked if I would help spread the word here in Ottawa, and I said "Sure"! I am so happy to see a Canadian group started and I am honoured to have been asked. I will post the flyer that Anita has given me, on the National Capital Knitters home page. Please check it out, spread the word, and if you can, knit!

In knitting news... Go Team Koigu!! We defended our Socktopia Knit-off title against the worthy Team Louet and emerged victorious :). "Clementine", the knit-off pattern, was supposed to be my first SOS 2007sock, but unfourtunately, due to a technical glitch with my email…

Oh My Darling Clementine!

Whoa! Break out the ibuprofen - Socktopia grudge match is done! In March, team Koigu won the Socktopia knit-off, and team Louet wanted a rematch. So, on Friday at 1:30pm EST, a new pattern was released and we went into battle again. I was at work, and surreptisiously printed off the pattern (only one page, no tsking!) and did get a cuff done before the end of the day. Just wrapped them up an hour or so ago. (Click pic for details). Come on Koigu!
I was surprised at how my new shoes brought out the inner pirate in some of you :) - I already have a first mate, who will hopefully post a photo soon. If anyone is interested, they are available at SofMoc (Canada) and they are Sketchers brand. DS has an awesome slip-on pair, same skullies in Freda Kahlo-ish print. Too bad he has size 10 feet!
Summer of Socks 2007kicked off on the Solstice (21st) and I chose a celtic knot pattern and Fleece Artist merino sock in "Moss" for my first sock (well, actually my 2nd now I guess). I'll p…

Aarrhh-hh-hh - Yarn Pr0n Ahoy!

OK, enough piratey jargon :)!! Although I could go on, and on.... Yarn Pr0n first today - 'cause it's also Shoe Pr0n - my other favourite. To the left is my SeeJayneKnit "Clematis" kona, my wonderful "Skully" stitch markers and my new favourite "skully" shoes. It doesn't get any better than this. The kona is soft and squishy and dyed by Jayne - who I've known in Bloglandia for quite awhile now. She has gone from knitter extraordinaire to diva of dyeing - go check out her wonderful yarns and stitch markers. I'm in a piratey mood because I also got into the new Yarn Pirate yarn club, and I'm ecstatic about that (after missing out on three yarn updates this week, I was feeling a little hard-done-by). What else? Hiiumaas for the KOTR kal are just about done and then I have a little bit of secret knitting to do. Just in time to begin Summer of Socks 2007 and the Socktopia "Grudge Match" (go Team Koigu)!

L to R: Latest Zen Strin…

Something Old, Something New...

I'm a little surprised, but I was able to comfortably finish my "Victorian Lace" socks today. These will be doing double duty as my "Here Comes The Bride" theme for Socktopia as well - hence my bouquet in the photo. DH and I celebrated 22 years on the 25th of May - flowers still look great don't they :)?

I'll be starting the "Hiiumaa" socks for the Knitting On The Road KAL next, using more stash yay!

My Spritely Goods sock is coming along (in between KAL socks - poor thing). I love this yarn - it's incredibly fine and soft and the "Alhambra" pattern is fun to work, with just a little modification here and there.

OK, that's it for this weekend :)!

Keeping Up With The (Sock) Jones'

Well, the new projects for all my KAL's have been picked - let the insanity begin :). My "Victorian Lace" for the Six Sox KAL is to the right. I'm hoping to get this done by the end of the weekend. It's a lovely pattern - quick, with a lot of "Bang" for the simple stitches.

I need to raid stash for "Miranda" for the Vintage Sock KAL and "Hiiumaa" for the KOTR KAL. I think the sock clubs will sit again this month - at least they're always there to pet and admire :)! I am feeling a little frustrated creatively - work takes up such a large part of the day (longer commute) now, but I have all these ideas for new patterns and such.... I need to win the lottery!

The Handmaiden tee continues to progress - no pics, I've tempted the fates enough :). It'll be nice to have something other than socks to show....

My Project Spectrum pictures for June / July (red / black / metallics) are all non-knitting. Odd that, I have lots of black y…

Wow! Lot's of New Projects...

Better late than never :). My completed "Waving Lace" socks - the May 2007 project for the E.A. Clark knitalong. I kept setting these aside for other projects, but on picking them up again, really enjoyed the "flow" of the pattern and especially loved the yarn. I tend to hoard my Sundara Yarns, but when I do knit with it - wow! It really is a treat!
So there are lots of new projects now that we're into a new month (I list them with the KAL buttons on my sidebar). I won't be doing the "Canada" sock for the KOTR knitalong - seems somewhat unpatriotic, but it's not speaking to me right now, so - to the backburner - the new one will be voted on soon. I had some stashed Regia that I'll use for the latest Six Sox knitalong pattern. Vintage sock knitalong is still in the voting process - but I would really like to do the "Miranda" sock. My "Angel Lace" pattern (the next E.A. Clark project) is on it's way, and I'm thinki…