My first Monkeys

April 30, 2007 @ 12:52 am
posted by kris

My first Monkeys!

I realized that I knit this one so quick that I didn’t even post a WIP picture. This weekend

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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 ( 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!

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WIP: Grasshopper 1 side done!

April 27, 2007 @ 10:21 am
posted by kris

Bottom of foot
Grasshopper how I love thee!

This is a really fast knit. I only did one increase section on the leg because I don’t like socks too high. Even then it still is kinda long (for me) so it slouches a bit. But still, I’m happy with the way it pooled into nice stripes and I’m in love with the color. If I had to do it again, I would either do the smaller size or use size US1 needles and not even do the increases and keep it to ankle socks.

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Gothic Spires completed

April 25, 2007 @ 8:20 pm
posted by kris

I’m done, done, done!!!

Don’t you just love the color?

View of the heel

Finished these for my secret pal! Woo hoo! It was very tedious to complete, not because the pattern was hard, but because it just took a long time to knit! But I’m glad I did it and I hope that it fits my SP. Keep your fingers crossed! Since the socks don’t fit me, I had to get my neighbor to model them for me.

On the second sock, I was able to do the yarn wraps without a cable needle by accident. I was at stitch n bitch and forgot my cable needle and no one else had one. So I just slipped the stitches back and forth between needles. It was slow at first but after awhile I got the hang of it and it may have been faster than using a cable needle.

I don’t think I will be doing this one again anytime soon. I love everything about it but I was really needing some quick knits in between. And since I am a one or two project gal, it was really taking a LONG time and I was fantasizing about all these other projects I could be knitting.

Pattern: Gothic Spire by CookieA
Yarn: Wollmeise sock yarn in Gewitterhimmel
Needles: Knit Picks circs US2 (magic loop)
Started: March 30, 2007
Completed: April 24, 2007

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Lovin’ my first STR

@ 2:23 am
posted by kris

Just wanted to chime in here and let you know that I couldn’t stand it and cast on the STR yarn that I got for the April kit. Let me just say…it…is……..HAWESOME! I wouldn’t normally buy this yarn (I’m a 100% merino gal) and I probably wouldn’t make this pattern, but the combination…it’s addictive! The silk adds a nice shimmer when knitted up. The cast on was kind of weird, or at least I haven’t done it that way before, but ooh, I just love it so far!!! Just a warning (and spoiler)!

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A semi-happy birthday

April 24, 2007 @ 11:08 pm
posted by kris

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 käsekuchen 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.

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Drumroll, please…

@ 12:05 am
posted by kris
Filed under: contest

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.

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A knitterly weekend

April 21, 2007 @ 10:39 pm
posted by kris
Filed under: misc,yarn

The Wollmeise and Victor having a serious yarn discussion
Day 1 purchases (excluding worsted weight)
Day 2 purchases (excluding worsted weights)
Fabz excited to fondle all this yarn

This past Friday, my friend elem and I went to the Sauerlach Frühlingstage to see the Wollmeise and ultimately buy lots of yarn. Since her yarn is all hand dyed, every skein is different. Also, fondling her yarn turns a normal knitter into a frantic-must-buy-every-colorway consumer. It was fun to hang out with elem for the morning and we came home with a healthy amount of wool. I bought 7 colored skeins, 2 uncolored skeins, and 2 worsted weights. Elem bought 6. The Wollmeise (Claudia) is the nicest person, and it was good to finally meet her.

On Saturday, a flickr friend Fabz, came from Berlin to meet the Wollmeise as well. I’m not one to turn down fondling wollmeise yarns, so I told Fabz that I would go Saturday as well. And of course Elem is like me so we all went together. There was supposed to be a few other people but for some reason or another couldn’t make it. That’s ok, more wool for us!!! Let me just say now that Fabz is an amazing person, she has accomplished so much and is really smart, talented and famous in the internet world. But what made her a winner in my book is that in the first 10 minutes of meeting her, she gave me gifts of sock yarn and lip balm from the US!!! Now, how can you NOT like someone who bears gifts??? And fabulous ones at that! Thanks, Fabz!

At the market, she went crazy and grabbed like 10 skeins in just minutes. It was so fun to watch her, exactly how we were the day before! I thought I wasn’t going to buy more yarn, but oops, things just happened to fall into my bag. I bought 3 more sock skeins as well as 5 more worsteds. Hey, they’re for christmas! After the market, Fabz had no desire to see anything else, so we just left and went to lunch at a really good vegetarian place, then went to the Victorian tea house to knit. It was so much fun to finally meet Fabz and hang out. Although there were some moments when I felt so old and “out of it” compared to the other two… Geez, I am old! I wish I got a picture of the 3 of us, but sadly, I didn’t. :( Oh well, I’m sure we will see each other again.

Tomorrow I will see Elem again because of Stich n Bitch. So much knitting!!! YAY! If you guys don’t know who Elem is, he is our “fearless leader” of the Stitch n Bitch group. He is probably the most influential person on my knitting. Whatever he does, I ooooh and aaaahhh over it and HAVE to have it. He is the one who originally introduced me to the Wollmeise and now I have no money. I really enjoy hanging out with him and seeing what he’s knitting!

I am making progress on my Gothic Spires, I am close to finishing the cuff and will probably turn the heel tomorrow. From then it should only be a couple of days then I’ll be done!!! I don’t think I will make this pattern again anytime soon, I’m ready for some plain stockinette, which is a big deal for me since I NEVER do JUST plain stockinette!

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Unexpected gifts!

April 16, 2007 @ 1:21 pm
posted by kris
Filed under: secret pal,yarn

What’s all this?
Posh Yarn ooooooohhhhh, drooooooooool
Fleece Artist Nova Socks in an unknown colorway
Green&Blacks my favorite!!!
Isn’t this just too funny?

Today in the mail I got a box from Ingrid (my upstream SP8). We have kept in touch since the SP and have even met last October. She is a prolific knitter and just the nicest person. She has twins too, so we have lots in common!!! I’m planning to visit her during the weekend of the big knitting expo in the UK (geez, don’t even know what it’s called) in October.

What a surprise! I can’t believe what a great b-day gift she sent – 2 skeins of Posh Yarn Sophia 4ply in Delight colorway (or should I say colourway). This yarn is … oh my … so SOFT! I have been going to posh yarn’s website for months and I always forget that she updates on Sundays so I always miss it!!! She has one of those places that sells out yarn in minutes. And since she’s in the UK, I don’t have to worry about ordering TOO MUCH or that shipping is going to cost a fortune. But since I can never buy anything, I haven’t had that problem yet. I think it’s meant to be sock yarn, but it’s so nice that I don’t know if I want to make socks out of it. Hmmm…I’ll have to think of something. A scarf would be so nice, but not sure if I have enough. 400 yards, what

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Then, she also sent a skein of Fleece Artist Nova Sock and I can’t find the colorway name. It has a beautiful combination of browns, greens, blue/purple, and a little bit of gold. Just gorgeous! I love the Nova sock yarn, it has a really nice texture.

And then she sent some Green & Blacks chocolate, which is my absolute favorite. I think I picked up 10 bars the last time I was there. It is so yummy! I will have to hide it from my husband and the kids or it will be gone in seconds!!

And then of course, the hilarious card! I love the expression on the kids face. I wish my kids would stand there like that so I can make my own “my mother knits too much” cards.

Thank you so much Ingrid!!! You’re spoiling me way too much!!!!

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A birthday contest!

@ 9:19 am
posted by kris
Filed under: contest

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!)

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Felted Mittens

April 14, 2007 @ 9:08 pm
posted by kris

Elijah posing as a lobster with the pre-felted mittens
The finished product – Mitten Love!

I completed 2 pairs of felted mitttens. One made out of Cascade 220 and the other out of lanolinwolle. These are always so fun because I can knit a pair in a day and then felt it the next. Instant gratification! Michael was really pleased with the cascades and can’t wait to use it. I have to figure out a way to create loops on them so that he can clip them to his harness or whatever. I did crochet some hooks on the lanolin one, but the connection is kinda flimsy. Maybe I’ll just put a gromit in them and then tie a piece of thin rope or sumthin’. I thought the cascade was a bit too thick, and Michael can feel the difference with/without the lanolin (or so he says). The lanolin one ended up being a little short and the cuff part flares too much. I think I can fix that with another round of felting.

The mittens took on their own personality to I made some “mitten couple” shots. This marks the end of my “Gothic Spire” break and I already started on the cuff.

I also wanted to mention that after being gawked at (well, it wasn’t in a bad way) at the German SNB where all the ladies are super speed knitters, I finally learned how to knit continental style. If any of you have seen me knit, I do a hybrid of continental and English – I still throw, but with the left hand. Weird, but it doesn’t hurt my hands as much. What I had to do was always think “relax” and it worked better for me. I’ve got the knitting down pretty good, purling is still a little uncomfortable and other non-ordinary things fuggetabouit! It just will take practice and patience.

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