Some new things

March 29, 2007 @ 2:50 pm
posted by kris

Piece of Beauty yarn in Dark Matter and October Day colorways
Sushi kit from Pick up Sticks
Felting patterns from Pick up Sticks

I got more yarn from Piece of Beauty. Yeah, I know. I’m terrible! The yarn is on the expensive end but it is oh so soft! I also got some new felting patterns to try from Pick up Sticks. I also bought some sock yarn on ebay and wasn’t too thrilled about it. The colors were blah and the yarn itself wasn’t all that great.

I am still working on Bob’s socks, it’s coming along. I’m done with one side and almost done with the other (just the cuff left!). I should be done with it in a couple of days. My next project will be the Gothic Spire socks from CookieA. I broke down and bought the pattern. I’m going to knit it for my Secret Pal. I had problems printing it out so I emailed cookie and actually got a response from her! I thought I would get a generic email or from an assistant or something. She was really nice and it turned out that something is wrong with my Adobe Reader on that machine because I tried it on another machine and it worked fine. I told her that she needs to come to Europe to do a sock design workshop. That would be a dream come true!

I also decided to knit things for charity this year. So my goal this year will be to knit 5 caps for chemo patients in honor of my cousin Lynn, 5 preemie hats/booties/socks in honor of my boys being preemies themselves, and 5 helmet liners or socks for the military. I think this will be very rewarding for me and make me feel like there are people out there who really NEED it. The only bad thing is that I can’t just knit whatever, there are very specific details – like baby stuff should be made out of cotton or acrylic (oi!), the military things need to be in black/camo type colors and also very superwashable, none of this fancy schmancy yarn that I like, and the chemo patients need things to be really soft (again cotton or acrylic) using patterns with no holes.

So that’s all the news fit to print for now.

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Cookie’s new site

March 13, 2007 @ 11:56 am
posted by kris

Cookie just announced that her new design site is up! While I’m glad I can finally get these patterns, they are not for free. Oh well, I can understand. She really is an amazing designer and deserves a little $$$ for her work. I hope she continues to do free patterns too!!!

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Wee Knits 3 is out

March 1, 2007 @ 9:54 am
posted by kris

OK, so this might be old news to some, but for me I’m excited – Wee Knits 3 is out! I love Mission Falls yarns and Maggs’ designs. I think she has a great style. And her baby knits are oh so cute. Too bad my boys are too old for these things now. Not that they really wore anything that I knitted for them. Maybe gifts??? I will need to put in an order so my parents can bring over the yarn!

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That cookie! So talented!

February 27, 2007 @ 7:46 pm
posted by kris
Filed under: future projects

One of my favorite sock designers is cookie of Knitters Anonymous and Knitty.com fame. She has so many amazing sock patterns. One of her latest is Gothic Spire. Very nice! Add that one to the growing list of next projects!

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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.