We’re live, we’re live!!!

May 29, 2007 @ 1:28 am
posted by kris
Filed under: podcast

This morning we recorded our podcast and it was so much fun! To calm our nerves and to get us talking, we got some alcoholic help. It maybe worked too well. I think we recorded about 2 hours of non-stop jabber which I had to edit down to 45 minutes. I hope you like it. It’s a little racy, not too bad though. I edited out the REALLY bad parts. We could’ve easily gone on for another 2 hours! So…drumroll please…our new podcast is…KNITTERS UNCENSORED! You can get all the info at http://knittersuncensored.blogspot.com. We even got permission to use a song from Deirdre Flint!!! How cool is that? And ahem, the theme song was written and sung by yours truly. Can you tell I have a professional singing career in my future? NOT! My husband did the music and it was a lot of fun to work on something together.

So please, leave a comment there and show us some love! :) (shameless plug for subscribers!) We’re even giving away FREE YARN so check it out, at least for that. Hopefully in a few days you will be able to subscribe to it through iTunes. We submitted it but it has to be reviewed and all that jazz.

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I’m a little behind in posting

May 27, 2007 @ 10:45 pm
posted by kris

I am busy working on our pet project, the podcast! IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN FOLKS!!! There’s a lot of planning, brainstorming and cursing at equipment that goes on that you don’t anticipate taking up a lot of time. But it does. I don’t want to give out any specific details about it until the first episode is up. But, as a teaser, I’ll tell you this… we have a name, a theme song, a logo, and a really cool format. We are recording tomorrow and hopefully it will be edited and done by tomorrow night. I’ll post again when it’s ready, so stay tuned. I think it will be so much fun and I hope y’all will like it.

As for knitting news, I finished my Hedera with yarn to spare – cool! It’s nice to know I can get two ankle+ socks out of one hank of Wollmeise. They are fantabulous and I just love the Sonne color. I may even have to buy one more skein.

I’m still waiting for my Jitterbug yarn, so I started Falling Leaves from Knitty.com in Socks That Rock Lightweight Little Bunny Foo Foo colorway. It is pooling quite a bit, but it’s ok. I haven’t taken pictures yet. Bad, bad.

Anyway, must get back to pet project. Stay tuned…

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Hedera is done

May 25, 2007 @ 1:10 am
posted by kris

Woohoo! All done!

My Hederas are done! I really enjoyed this, it was a really quick knit, but OMG, the gusset is huge. I think if I do this again, I will reduce the flap to 20 rows instead of 24. I used up my leftover Wollmeise Sonne. It’s really good to know that I can get two pairs of ankle+ socks out of one skein!!!

Pattern: Hedera by CookieA
Yarn: Wollmeise sockenwolle Sonne colorway
Needles: Knit Picks US2 classic circs
Started: May 21, 2007
Completed: May 25, 2007

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Living on the edge

May 22, 2007 @ 4:17 pm
posted by kris

Hedera in Wollmeise Sonne

I am on day 3 of my yarn diet and so far, so good. I did catch myself meandering over to the posh yarn website thinking that I NEED to get some cashmere yarn for Michael’s mother for Christmas. Then I remembered that I can buy it in September with plenty of time to spare. Whew, that was a close one. I am doing remarkably well so far, I don’t have any yarn envy (yet) and am genuinely happy for other people and their acquisitions. But the real test is one or two months from now.

I have the Gentleman’s fancy sock on hold for now as I await for my 2nd skein to arrive. I really should’ve just bought Elem’s one instead of ordering, but I also needed more mini-blockers for gifts. So, while that one is on the side (I did finish one side already), I am making Hedera socks for myself with my leftover Wollmeise Sonne yarn. I am really loving the color/pattern combo. I love this bright yarn! I used to get more darker and muted colors but lately I’ve found myself buying the brightest and most colorful stuff I can find! I think I’ll have enough yarn, since the Monkey’s that I made were a little above the ankle, and these will be as well. Only time will tell.

Also, at the last SNB, 3 of us knitters started discussing doing a podcast. It was Elem who brought up the idea and said it would be fun and we all rallied around him. It was soooooo much fun thinking up names and different ideas, so we’ll see what happens with that. We’re just in the process of throwing around names/ideas/format, so it’ll be a little while before we do anything. We want it to be crazy like L&V, but try to have different things and of course bring to light yarns that we have in Europe. I am kind of the boring one of the group, the “mother hen” if you will. The other two are hilarious and it is always endless entertainment for me to listen to them and their stories. So stay tuned…

Oh, and also, my SP found out who I am. Dang it all…I guess it’s so hard to be secret since the knitting community is so small. Especially when I don’t hide my pictures of the projects that I’m making for her AND I make something unusual like Gothic Spires!!! But really, what gave me away was the mention in L&V. I think she saw Elem’s site, and then he linked to me, so there it is. Hi Tini!

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No more yarn!

May 19, 2007 @ 10:26 pm
posted by kris

Michael’s fancy socks

OK, ok, pick yourselves up off the floor and stop laughing. Don’t believe me? Yeah, I’m guessing you probably wouldn’t. I have gone nuts ordering yarn and so I am going to go on a yarn diet (OMG, can’t believe I’m actually saying this) until September, where I will go to the textile market. Seriously. So you will see more yarn pictures, of course, but I ordered them BEFORE today. I will also put a disclaimer that this diet EXCLUDES any purchase that is needed to complete a project (didn’t buy enough the first time around). Also, since I mainly buy sock yarn, it DOES count! So please, don’t tell me about the awesome yarn you have and don’t go posting pictures on flickr!!! :)

OK, so after I wrote that, I went and bought more Jitterbug. You know why? Because I am such an idiot. I am. I was so busy fondling and oogling the yarn that I didn’t bother to check the yardage. BTW, do germans say yardage? or meterage? is that even a word? Anyways, it’s like 260 or something like that. DOH! I think I can get away with ankle highs for myself with one skein, but not for the Gentleman’s sock. Dang it all. So, I’m already hitting an exception in my diet. This is bad. But that never happens. Ever. Except today. Really. I mean it.

So on to good things. Last night I started the Gentleman’s Fancy sock from Knitting Vintage Socks for Michael. Boy, it sure feels good to type a pattern name and not have to link it! Heh. I’m doing it in none other than the Colinette Jitterbug in Blue Parrot (that’s why I ordered more). I love the squishyness of this yarn, but Yarnissima told me that she made socks for her son and it felted pretty badly. We’ll see. We’ll have to compare how my husband matches up with a 7 year old. It sure is hard to find sock patterns for men because all the interesting ones (lace) are for women.

I modified the pattern for 8sts/in. A lot of patterns in this book are for 9 or 10sts per inch. That is so painful. I don’t think I could knit something with that small stitches. It would drive me nuts. It fits Michael really well though and it is very stretchy so it goes over his abnormally large heel just fine and is still snug on his calf. I can’t wait for him to wear these, but I’ll have to wait for the 2nd skein to come in. Let’s just hope that the colorway isn’t too different. Even if it is, I’m sure no one will notice. It’s just socks.

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Vinnlands DONE!

May 18, 2007 @ 3:14 pm
posted by kris

Lovin’ the Vinnlands!

Detail of heel

I just finished my Vinnlands! I got distracted in between since I had to frog one whole sock, but I made the right choice to frog. That’s why it took me so long to make ankle socks!! The gusset heel works MUCH better for me. I made them a little higher than ankle socks and the fit is just perfect!

Some people asked about the heel, I just followed the Baudelaire pattern and instead of doing straight stockinette across, I did a sl1, k1. I always overestimate when to start the gussets (they say 3″), and I always do it too late. I should’ve learned from my last sock, but did I? Nein! But it’s only a tad long and I can pull it up and it’s just fine.

Pattern: Vinnland by The AntiCraft (size for 9″ FC)
Yarn: Natural Dye Studio BFL sock yarn
Needles: Knit Picks US2 classic circs
Started: May 10, 2007
Completed: May 18, 2007

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May 17, 2007 @ 12:01 am
posted by kris
Filed under: misc

Have you guys listened to the latest Lime ‘n Violet podcast (episode #36)? Me and Elem are mentioned! We bought them 2 skeins of wonderful Wollmeise sock yarn and they loved it. They even said that Sherry from the Loopy Ewe should carry it! Wow, what a compliment. Claudia (wollmeise) are you ready to be bombarded with orders? Because you will be!!! They had a hilarious time trying to pronounce Elem’s name. It is hard. So that’s why I say “elem” and not “elemmaciltur”. It’s hilarious, go listen to it!

I also want to add that they didn’t mention fabz at all!!! She also sent them some Wollmeise yarn around the same time, and they mentioned the yarn and the chocolates, but not her!!! So I want to let you know that she sent them the Raku Regenbogen and Miss May as well as the chocolates. I’m guessing that because they probably arrived around the same time, they thought it was one package? Or something like that? Or maybe they just plain forgot. Oh well. I’m sorry fabz!!!


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knitting news, I finished one side of Vinnland and I’m so glad that I decided to frog the first one I made. The fit now is awesome!!! The pattern makes it really stretchy and fits well around my ankle – I didn’t make it too high. It is a tad too long in the foot, but I just pull it up and it fits fine. I’m working on the 2nd sock now.

I gotta start with my charity knitting. I had all these plans…but…so many nice yarns…have to cast on…must…resist.

My parents are coming in two weeks (from the US) and they are bringing a boatload of yarn that I ordered and to save on shipping, had it sent to them. A BOATLOAD. I have some CTH millends, Hello Yarn, Vesper, Lisa Souza, Socks that Rock, Spritely Goods, Fleece Artist, Hobbledehoy, Madeline Tosh, Noro, Knitpicks, a couple of stitch pattern books, and I’m probably forgetting some. Ack, now that I have it all written down…geez…I went overboard. So get ready for some yarn porn in June!

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Secret Pal blog contest

May 16, 2007 @ 11:35 am
posted by kris
Filed under: secret pal

Another contest for SP10! Assume that you will be gone for ten days to someplace “foreign” that is known for having great knitting locations.

1) What do you pack to knit?
Socks of course! Depending on how long the trip is, I usually pack enough supplies to make one pair every 3 days. Ambitious, but what else is there to do on vacation except knit? :) I guess if I knew there would be great LYS’s, then I wouldn’t pack so much but buy, buy, buy!!! :)

2) What do you hope to shop for?
Yarn, stuff for the kids, more yarn, christmas gifts and SP gifts, and did I mention yarn?

Bonus: Where would you go on a “knitting holiday”?
Hmmm…I would go to Seattle. We miss it dearly and they have a ton of yarn shops! And as a bonus we would get to see all of our old friends!!

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I’ve been tagged!

@ 10:36 am
posted by kris
Filed under: misc

I’ve been tagged by esotericknitter and shadkitty.

Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. Those tagged need to write in their blogs 7 facts, as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and to read your blog. Here are my facts:

1. I’m very weird about food. I will eat only “normal” meats like beef, chicken, pork. No fish, seafood (well, sometimes I eat sushi), duck, weird other non-traditioinal meats. I have to see it too before I will eat it.

2. I am a SAHM but I hate cooking and cleaning and at times, being a mom. Hmmm…

3. I love movies. Before kids, we would have “movie fests” where we try to see 5 movies in the theatres in a day. We usually only last to 3 or 4 though. Now that we have kids and in Germany, we rarely go to the movies, but like to whenever we have a chance. It is also good German practice.

4. I love celebrity gossip. LOVE IT! Especially all the crazy stuff like the Britster shaving her head and when thin people get fat. Can’t get enough of THAT!!! I know, terrible…

5. I love knitting socks, but hardly wear them. That’s why most of my socks are gifts or for my husband. My husband says “you can take the girl out of Hawaii, but you can’t take Hawaii out of the girl.”

6. I have a mobile phone, but hardly use it, hardly carry it with me and it’s almost always not charged. I guess since moving to Europe, we haven’t had the need for one. It’s ironic because people here are crazy for their mobiles and are always texting one another. Oh yeah, I hate texting too.

7. The first thing I do when I wake up is check my email. I can’t live without the internet.

Soooooo, I’m tagging Ingrid, elemmaciltur, fabz, Jenn, flint knits, LackOfAllTrades, The Knitting Philistine!!!

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Knitterly Letter Swap – finally

May 15, 2007 @ 11:08 am
posted by kris
Filed under: misc,scarves,socks

I FINALLY got my answer letter today from Jenn. It took freaking forever, and it’s not Jenn’s fault. Nicely stamped on the front of the envelope was “MISSENT TO MALAYSIA”. WTF? How in the world does a letter that clearly says “Germany” on it get sent to Malaysia? In any case, I guess I should just be happy that I got it. You know how crazy those Malasians are. So Jenn, your letter has really “travelled the world” and finally arrived today. Thanks so much, I really enjoyed reading it and I love the fish paper – must take a picture of the book that it was used in!

In other news, I frogged my entire Vinnland sock because it was a tad too small, not that big of a deal, but couple that with a tight short row heel and that pushed me over the edge. I guess I have a too large instep that I don’t fit short row heels very well? So I started another one, and this time I made it 4sts bigger and am doing a gusset heel instead. It fits much, much better. I’m on the cuff part now.

I also started a chevron scarf with STR, and I was excited about it and now I’m very blah about it. I think it has to do with my edges. I like to slip the first stitch of the beginnings of rows because when I don’t, my stitches are very uneven, but it doesn’t look that great and the side that I’m carrying the yarn on is kinda too tight. I think it might end up frogged. Anyone have any tips? To carry the yarn, they say put the yarn “in front” what does that mean??? Put it in front (closest to the needles)?

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What does bockstark mean (pronounced bok-shtark)? My crazy German friend, Matthias, made that word up to mean "really cool" and says that it is catching on in Garmisch. So I am helping him popularize the word! I thought if I ever opened a yarn store, I would call it "Bockstark Yarns". This blog is all about my projects, yarns and crazy ideas related to knitting and other crafts. Contact me at bockstark.knits(at)gmail(dot)com.