||April 30, 2007 @ 12:52 am|
My first Monkeys!
I realized that I knit this one so quick that I didn’t even post a WIP picture. This weekend I finished my first Monkey socks! This is going to a friend that I grew up with. Her birthday is on the 30th (ack!) and I finished these exactly on her birthday so they will be in the mail soon. I love, love, love the brightness of these socks and I’m hoping that it will help her get through the rainy days in Seattle. I made them a little short because I don’t think she’s a person to wear very high socks. We both have “ample” (ahem!) calves so things just don’t stay up very well. I like them so much that I think I may knit another pair (even shorter) for myself with the leftover yarn. I think I will change the heel to be a slipped stitch heel since I don’t like the way the stockinette heel looks so plain.
Pattern: Monkey by CookieA (knitty.com)
Yarn: Wollmeise sock yarn Sonne colorway
Started: April 24, 2007
Completed: April 30, 2007
Size/Needles: One size (64 sts), US2
Pattern notes: I did 4 pattern repeats for the cuff, instead of the 6.
This is for a friend’s birthday. I really, really love the extremely bright colors. It is so bright that my camera can’t quite capture it!
||April 24, 2007 @ 11:08 pm|
Gifts from elem
My first STR package – Walking on the Wild Tide!
Postcard from my SP10
Apart from the fun giveaway that I had, I had a semi-happy birthday. The first wee hours of my birthday were maddening. I spent 5 hours untangling/balling up a skein of Wollmeise yarn. I have balled up many of her skeins before with no problem. I don’t know what the deal was with that one. 5 FREAKING HOURS!!!! The other thing that made it bad was that I got sick. I had bronchitis last week and have been taking antibiotics for that, but then on top of that, I get a cold. Sucks! Michael (who is sick as well) took me out to dinner anyways and we tried to make the best of it.
I did get some awesome gifts and well wishes from some unexpected people. My sister sent me a box full of snacks plus a gift certificate to blue moon (woohoo!). I haven’t decided which one to get, and I’m also waiting to get my 10% coupon to “enhance” my purchase. Michael got me the Rockin’ sock club membership as well as a Wollmeise buying spree and a new monitor (desperately needed). Elemmaciltur got me a knitting stitch dictionary (always wanted one of these) in German because I mentioned that one of the areas I wanted to improve my German in is knitting. He also made me a sweet
arigumi arigurumi amigurumi. I named her “cupcake” since he put her in a little cupcake pastry cup. I was really surprised that he remembered and even brought it to me when I wasn’t feeling too well. My neighbor Riki baked me a kÃ¤sekuchen and promised a delicious stir-fry dinner next week! yummmmm…. Of course Ingrid sent me that great package and it’s driving me nuts trying to decide on what to make with that yummy yarn. The Wollmeise herself sent me a nice e-card (WOW!), my cousins Staci and Amy sent me one as well and friends Sarah and Shari and brother-in-law Denver sent me emails. It’s so nice when people remember out of the blue! Thanks everyone!
I also wanted to mention that I received a postcard from Spain from my SP10 pal last week. I was a bad blogger and forgot. As Miss Violet would say “bad blogger, no cookie!” Sorry about that!!! It was so thoughtful of her to write to me while she was on vacation and look at those strange clay statues. Must’ve been amazing to see in person!
On the knitting front, I received my very first Rockin’ Sock Club package!!! I was hoping to get the February one first, but I ended up getting the April one. It’s funny because the tag says that it’s 89% merino and 19% silk. Huh? I’m guessing it’s 81% merino and 19% silk. Or maybe it’s 89% merino and 11% silk. Either way, it is really nice and soft yarn, I am so excited to cast on NOW! I promised myself that I would finish the Gothic Spires first and whadda-ya-know, I got them done tonight! I also started working on Monkey Socks by CookieA in Wollmeise Sonne colorway for a friend who has postpartum depression. I thought the bright colors in the colorway would cheer her up whenever she looked at them. The colors are not one that she would normally pick, but I’m hoping that this pair will be special. Her birthday is coming up (a little too soon though), so it’s perfect timing. I won’t get them to her before then, but within a couple of weeks.
Thanks for all of your entries! There were some great responses and blogs to peruse. I definitely won’t run out of reading material! To do this drawing, I printed out everyone’s entries, put them in a bag and my husband drew the names. He was really happy that he could participate in this somehow (the most important part!). And now….the winners:
Wollmeise superwash sock yarn (am Kalten Polar colorway): sara
Wollmeise worsted weight yarn (Drachenblut colorway): cauchy09 and kathy
Congratulations winners! I will send you an email to get your info so I can send these off to you. I had so much fun doing this giveaway that I will probably do another one in a couple of months. Stay tuned. I’ll have to think of a good question to ask.
My birthday is coming up so I’ve decided to have a giveaway! I just realized This may lead to my SecretPal finding out who I am, but oh well… All you have to do is leave a comment with answers to the questions below. Each answer will be counted as one entry into the random drawing, so you have up to 3 chances to win! The deadline is April 23rd at midnight CET (central european time), and the winner will be announced on the 24th. OK, so here are the questions:
1. I’m always on the lookout for fun knitting blogs written by “regular people”. What’s your favorite non-knitting-celebrity blog?
2. I love sock knitting – what’s your favorite sock pattern/yarn combo?
3. What is your favorite brand of sock yarn???
One winner will receive one skein of the incredible Wollmeise superwash sock yarn!! It is a 150g fingering weight superwash skein, so it’s approx 525m (350m/100g), the wool has a silky appearance and a smooth surface. All of her colors are just scrumptious!!! Visit our Wollmeiseholics flickr group for pictures of yarn and finished projects.
Two winners will receive one skein each of Wollmeise worsted weight yarn. The Worsted weight is a 1ply 100% merino wool, handwash only. It is 200m/100g. It is very soft and has a slight twist and high tear resistance due to long fibres.
Thanks for playing! Your comment might get put “under moderation”, but rest assured, I will approve it and it will show up shortly (unless it is spam of course!)