Thursday, September 28, 2006

Knitter's Tea Swap 2 Package Arrived

Today, my package from Knitter's Tea Swap 2 arrived. My partner was Becky. She sent lots of great stuff. Wanna see?

First the yarn. Socks That Rock Lightweight, Waterlilies and Misti Alpaca (and a scarf pattern for the Misti Alpaca).

Next the tea. Earl Grey Lavender, Bombay Chai, Lavender Mint, Hibiscus Ginger Orange, and a sampler pack with Earl Grey Lavender, Tropical Green Tea, Golden Flowers Herbal Tea, Sweet Ginger Peach, and English Breakfast

And the treats. A box of shortbread cookies and some German chocolates (I've already had to share these with my kids who helped unwrap all the goodies.)

And the other goodies. A tea cup with infuser inside. A tea bag squeezer. A tea infuser. And a little pouch (see the pic below for the secret the pouch holds).

And inside that little bag were these.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Can't Elope Socks

The Can't Elope Socks are done! I decided since I was so close, I would finish them last night. I love how they are different, but still a pair.

Pattern - my usual top down with Eye of Partridge heel flap and kitchenered toes
Yarn - Lisa Souza Sock! Can't Elope colorway
Needles & Gauge - Size 1 DPNs, 9 st/in

Monday, September 25, 2006

In A Rut

I seem to be in a blogging rut. I've been knitting and crocheting but just haven't seemed to find the energy to sit down and write a post. Plus, I've been lazy about taking pictures.

I'm still working on the same 3 pair of socks. This weekend I made good progress on my second Can't Elope sock (just a few more rounds to go on the foot and then it will be time to start toe decreases). I also made some progress on my first Mystery sock. I completed the gusset and I'm working my way down the foot. I'm concerned that I'm going to run out of yarn, though. YIKES! I still need to cast on the second Black Bunny Pink Lemonade sock. I won't do that until the Can't Elope socks are done, which will hopefully happen this week.

I'm also still working on the same baby afghan. I finally finished all the squares this weekend and starting sewing them together. I'll be really happy when this one is done. And I won't be making this pattern again, as there are a million ends to weave in.

In other news, I signed up for two swaps. I think I have everything I'm going to send my Chocolate Swap partner, I just need to pack it all up and send it out. Now I need to concentrate on getting items to send my Knitters Tea Swap 2 pal.

I signed up for Socktoberfest over at Lolly's blog. My Soctoberfest plans include finishing my current sock projects and casting on more when they are done. I stumbled upon another KAL today, too. This one is the Lime & Violet KAL. Since I happen to have a skein of the yarn (Lisa Souza Sock! in the Lime & Violet colorway) in my stash, I signed up.

I will post some pics as soon as I finish some of these projects.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Slowly Making Progress

Despite knitting at every opportunity, I'm not making much progress on anything. I'm nearly finished with the leg of my Mystery sock (take 2).

I also got started on my second Can't Elope sock, but haven't gotten that far yet.

And I'm still working on the baby afghan. I have less than 20 squares to make and then I'll have to sew them all together. I haven't started on the second Pink Lemonade sock yet.

My oldest son is playing football this year (he's a Freshman in high school). His games are on Thursday nights, so I'm losing a whole night of knitting until mid-November. Normally, I would take my knitting along, but since my other 2 kids attend the games, I need to keep an eye on them. Tonight's game was cancelled because of rain, so I will be able to stay home, watch Survivor and knit socks. YAY!

This weekend, I am participating in a 5K walk/run (mostly walk for me). It is held to help raise funds for a memorial scholarship fund. My company participates every year. This will be my second year doing it. Hopefully the rain will go away before then.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Two Socks = 0 Pairs

I completed 2 socks this week, both different.

One is Black Bunny Fibers, Pink Lemonade, the other is Lisa Souza Sock!, Can't Elope

I'll be re-starting my Mystery sock today, so no progress pics of it yet.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Socks in the Works

I am currently working on 3 pair of socks. The oldest of the 3 are my Can't Elope socks. I am done with sock one, except for closing the toe. They've been at this point for probably a week now.

The next is my Mystery sock. I am using Spirit Trail Fiberworks yarn which I purchased at MD Sheep and Wool this year. I completed the leg today and started on the heel flap, but I have now finally convinced myself that there is no way I will be able to wear these. They are too small. I like the pattern, so I will rip these out and start again in a day or so.

The third, and most recently started sock, is my Black Bunny Hop-Along sock. I am using Black Bunny Fibers yarn, of course. This sock is coming along quickly.

I'm also still working on squares for the baby afghan. The pile is getting taller but I still have more than 30 squares to make.