23 April 2009


I present to you my first pair of socks! I thoroughly enjoyed making them. I finished the first in about a week and started the second immediately after, but caught the startitis bug, so the second one took about a month. They are done and I'm so pleased. Now I can start a fancy pair!

Pattern: Simple Socks for Ladies on Two Circular Needles
Yarn: Knit Picks Felici, in Martinique
Needles: 2- 24" size 2 circulars
Start-Finish: March 11 - April 21

Remember, how I was so thrilled about my Horcrux socks and the perfect yarn I accidentally bought for them? Yes, well as it turns out the yarn was not perfect. The rayon/tencel blend is not good for socks as I found out. It has no elasticity at all. So instead.. I am making a lace scarf out of the yarn, which I think will turn out beautifully. Here's a peek:

Only true love could compel a girl to make the biggest (in relation to my size 6 foot), most boring plain black socks for her boyfriend...

They are probably about 2 or 3 inches longer than this currently as I've been working on them whenever I get a spare minute this week. (I don't know what I'm saying... I knit and then do other things, such as homework and going to class, in my "spare" time). Anyway, I started these in the first week of April and I don't know who I was kidding myself to think I'd have the pair done by his birthday (April 28) or the anniversary (May 16). So... Christmas it is!

Cheers :)

14 April 2009

easter weekend and FO (yes, one)

Today, I am not feeling well at all and will not being going to any of my classes, so now I have time to put up some pictures from Easter weekend. Beginning Thursday, I finished knitting a little headband that will be part of my mom's Mother's Day gift.

Pattern: Arrowhead Lace Headband
Yarn: Cascade 220, color #2449, 0.2 skeins
Needles: size 7
Start-Finish: April 6 - April 6

It was nice to have something completely finished in the midst of all the socks going on right now. Unrelated to knitting, however, another perfectly awesome moment happened this weekend ....

Yes, that is Kyle and I standing next to the Stanley Cup. Before it was our turn to get our picture taken, Kyle said, "I'm going to pick it up." I warned him against it, but when he is set on doing something, nothing anyone can say will stop him. So, we get up there and have a nice picture taken, and I run for it afterwards, knowing his plan. As soon as he got it about an inch off the table, ten people yelled, "You can't pick it up!" (as I predicted) However, no harm was done, so now Kyle can proudly say that he's held the Stanley Cup! I'd say that's better than an Easter basket.

I did end up getting my ball winder this past weekend. (On Friday, to be exact.) Kyle tried to help me wind a hank of yarn (the yarn for my precious Horcrux socks.. ) and it ended up in a huge tangled mess. I spent all day Saturday trying to get it out, then a few hours on Sunday. Only half of it is safely untangled now. I believe that the hank was twisted and that is partly to blame for the mess, but I will not be asking Kyle to help me again. He was not very sympathetic to my plight. But once half of the mess was untangled, I managed to wind many of my scraps.

They are beautiful spring colors! Another addition to the stash was waiting for me at school when I got back. Some gorgeous Cascade Heritage sock yarn (in Jade) that will be my Clapotis.

Now I need to get away from my computer because it is making me feel even more feverish. Goodbye!

05 April 2009

coming up in the queue ....

Just received in the mail some gorgeous fingering weight yarn from Yarntopia Treasures. Their colorways are gorgeous, by the way. Definitely worth checking out!

Colorway: Sidewinder
Destination: Horcrux Socks.
This picture is not quite true to color. The green is a very bright neon. It is perfect for the Horcrux socks, because the greens match the colors on the cover of the sixth book :) Also, what a perfect name, Sidewinder. Snake, Parselmouth, Slytherin. It all fits. It is destiny.

Colorway: Willow
Destination: Unknown. Possibly the Fawkes socks or the Dragonfly socks. Orrr the third of the Three Sisters scarves by SmokingHotNeedles.

Colorway: River of Lights
Destination: Spring Forward socks!

Another exciting addition will be the ball winder I just order last night! It is going to be in my "Easter basket." It is a lovely gift from my mom. I am so excited!

ETA: If you ever order yarn from Yarntopia Treasures, I advise you to have them wind it for you. Two of the three hanks were complete crap. They were completely tangled and had knots. The third skein is just sitting all alone in a corner because I don't want to deal with winding it. If it feels unloved, it should! Its sisters were bitches. . .