Tuesday, June 26, 2007

I am posting this questionnaire for sock kit swap.
1. What Hogwarts house have you been sorted into?
I am a Gryffindor.
2. List your favorite double-point needle brands, including size and length. Or would you prefer circulars?
I prefer Knitpiccks double pointed, #2
3. Would you like to try a new brand needle? If so, which brand? Size? Length?
I would love to try a new brand, but I hate the Brittainy needles that are very short, I prefer at least 6” DP
4. If you are a RAVENCLAW, do you prefer the colors in the film or the book? Do you have a strong preference?
5. Do you have any allergies?
My only allergy is penicillin, so please don’t send me old medicines or moldy bread J

I know who my swap partner is, Sarah Jones, I just do not know her email address. Sarah, if you read this please contact me or leave me a comment.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Yeaaah! My first attempt at felting turned out great I am so pleased, even my very sarcastic youngest daughter was impressed. If only I could figure out how to post a picture of it, so I can post it. I got the pattern from Knitting Daily, Amanda’s Squatty Sidekick and it was great. It knitted up quickly (for me) and it was felted within 10 minutes of hot water in my front loading washing machine. I love this pattern, and will probably do it again, however I would make the strap longer and the bag a little larger.

I am still knitting my BBS for Socks for Soldiers, I am so impressed with Kim, the owner of the group. She has now started a sister group in Canada. I don’t know how she finds the time to do all this, plus knit and take care of her kids.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

I am very excited about the Hogwarts sock kit swap, it is not a secret swap, we will know whom we are sending our stuff to and our partner will know who is sending the sock kit to them. I guess sign ups have been relatively slow this time, which I don’t understand as the last book and a new movie come out next month, with all the advertising regarding both, I guess I though more people would be interested. I can’t wait to find out who my partner is so that I can start gathering the stuff for his or her kit. I can’t decide what kind of yarn to put in the kit. Any suggestions????? I have been looking for some nice knitting needles, I love the ebony needles, but with so many people going to the magic loop method of sock knitting, I am not sure what kind to buy. I guess I will have to check with my swap partner to see what they prefer.

My first felting project is going very well, I will probably start felting tomorrow, and I hope it works well since I have a frontloading machine without the old-fashion kind of agitator. I am still working on my BBS for Socks for Soldiers, I hate working on that black yarn but they are sooo necessary. I stopped knitting to read the new Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich, “Lean Mean Thirteen,” it was so funny.

I need to go check out more sock yarn, I wonder if my sock kit swap partner will be a Slytherin??

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Today was supposed to be a day off and I planned to knit all day long to I could work on my BBS, but I had to work which really ticked me off. I am having a hard time with the black yarn, though I bought an Ott Light, it does not seem to help me see the tiny stitches and black yarn at night. I just received some really pretty baby alpaca yarn from ebay at a great price, now I need to decide what I want to do with it. It is so soft and in pastel colors, I fell in love with it, though I did not need it. The stash is growing horribly, it will soon take over my walk in closet. I need to figure out how to organize my knitting supplies and stash.

I am still working on the discloth KAL, but I am doing 2 at a time, it is on size 5 needles so it is not working up as quickly as the others I have done. I find it really irritating when I cannot figure out what it is because the list mom just gives us four lines a day. I don't think I will be figuring this one out. :-)

To the gym I go before my butt spreads any farther. . .

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Who am I

So here I go, off to blogging land. I work, I knit, I read and write. this is my first attempt at a blog and probably would not have tried it if it were not for a sock kit swap I want to join which requires a blog. I know I will not be as prolific as other blogs I have read, but i am going to attempt to keep this active and going.
I love to knit, though it makes me sit too long, and I am not coordinated enough to walk and knit as so many others are. I am currently working on my Big Black Socks (BBS) for Socks for Soldiers, a new hat, a purse that will be my first attempt at felting, a face cloth, and a prayer shawl for my sister who is very sick.
I work from home, which is sometimes great and sometimes not so great, but I do not have to battle the traffic to get here ever day, which is a great timesaver and eliminates headaches.