Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Works-in-progress Wednesday

I finished my first Sockapalooza sock yesterday evening. (Click on the picture to enlarge it.) Here it is being worn on one of my blockers from Leggy Creations.

Naturally, I immediately cast on for two different socks.

On the top, Claudia Handpainted in Carousel that I got for my birthday. (A colorway which I just discovered has been discontinued, which makes me want to buy out all I can find. Too bad I'm on a yarn diet.) I love this yarn. It's dreamily soft and the colors are so vibrant that just looking at it makes me feel happy.
On the bottom... I'm not sure. However, it is the Very First sock yarn I ever bought. Many moons ago. I started to knit it up once but it turned out too small so I ripped it and it's just been sitting in the yarn basket ever since. It's the only self-patterning yarn I own.
I didn't take any pictures of my progress because I neglected to take photos before the natural light faded. But I only have the cuffs done, so it's really not that exciting anyway.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Some days... just need some peanut butter and chocolate.

Sunday, June 24, 2007


So I finally put buttons on the left there for the swaps in which I am participating, but I can't figure out how to make them links. In case you're interested, here are the links for:

Dish Rag Tag
Sockapalooza 4

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Works-in-progress Wednesday

Finally. some decent progress to show on my Sockapalooza socks. They are coming along quite nicely, despite the fact that I can only work on them here and there. A friend of mine watched my girls last week while I went to Starbucks and knitted, and then I got a good chunk done last night after the wee ones were asleep.

Monday, June 11, 2007


So I've finally started my Sockapalooza socks. My pal pretty much said to do anything, so I chose this lovely red Lisa Souza yarn and started the Child's First Sock in Shell Pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks. I think the pattern and the yarn will go well together, plus I got gauge on the first try. Always a good sign.

Sunday, June 10, 2007


Books I no longer care to own:

Knit Lit (like new)
Knitting Lessons (worn)
The Knitter's Gift (like new)
220 Aran Stitches (like new)
The Ultimate Sourcebook of Knitting and Crochet Stitches (like new)
Vogue Knitting on the go: Baby Knits Two (slightly worn)
Vogue Knitting on the go: Baby Blankets (slightly worn)

Things I would like to own:

Eliminate Chaos: The 10-step Process to Organize your Home and Life
The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
Vogue Knitting 2006 Spring/Summer
Interweave Knits Summer 2006
Interweave Knits Spring 2007
Sock yarn (I'd especially like to try Cider Moon and Schaefer Anne)
dpn case
Small knitting bag (sock-project sized) with interior pocket(s), preferably with a close-able top

Anybody wanna trade? I'd prefer to ship to the US due to postage costs.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Popcorn for Dummies

I am probably the only person in the world that didn't know (until about a week ago) that one could make popcorn in a regular pan on the stove. Growing up my family always had a popcorn maker and I assumed one had to have one - or else go with the microwave variety - in order to pop popcorn. Not so. And it's way easy. Just put 2 tablespoons oil and three kernels in a heavy 3-quart pan with a lid (by the way, All-Clad makes the best pans ever), put it over medium heat until one pops, then dump in 1/3 cup popcorn and shake the pan over the heat until they all pop.

I got a little thrill doing it for the first time. I love learning new things (even if they are things that everyone else knows already). I love popcorn, too. Ah, for the day when S is weaned and I can drown it in melted butter....