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A journal of my knitting projects and experiences.


Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Starting to Worry

I have been knitting merrily away on my Madder Ribbed socks, I'm almost at the heel. I decided to see if other bloggers have knit the same sock and came across a blog where the knitter is also using Mountain Colors Bearfoot. She says the yarn makes her feet itch. I didn't realize it had mohair in it. It doesn't feel scratchy to the touch, so I am hoping it won't bother me. I love the colors in the yarn, so I will wear them no matter what.

Check out my new renter on my side bar Kitchen Fun! There are many yummy recipes on this blog such as biscotti, chai coffee and more.

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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Madder Ribbed Socks

I'm on to another pair of socks from Knitting Vintage Socks. This one is a little less complicated than the Child's French Sock. I'm knitting the Madder Ribbed Socks out of Mountain Colors. I love the color and softness of the yarn.

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I've caved and decided to join the Knitting Olympics! I will be knitting the Log Cabin Socks form Hand Knit Holidays. If you can't tell, I'm really into socks at the moment.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Hot Off the Needles!

They're done! This picture is before blocking but I couldn't wait to take a picture. Now on to another pair of socks, an easier pair. These weren't hard at all, but I had to follow a chart. They were worth it though.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

New Year's Resolution

My New Year's resolution is to knit on one project at a time until it is completed. We shall see how long that will last. I'm almost finished with the Child's French Socks. I decided not to show a picture, not until they are done. They have been the most time consuming socks I have ever knit, but still fun. I am really into socks right now and don't know when I will get back to sweaters.

After long consideration I have decided not to join the Knitting Olympics. I don't like knitting under pressure and I feel like I would be setting myself up for failure. I rarely complete a project in 16 days as I just don't have enough time to knit, plus I am a slow knitter. I hope those that join have fun!

Friday, January 20, 2006

Mystical Incense & More

Check out my renter on my sidebar. I'm afraid I have been too busy to write a post this week, so there is only 1 day left to visit the site from my blog. She makes incense candles and more!

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I have been having all kinds of fun (she says sarcastically). Last night my electricity was out for 4 hours. Of course I picked up my knitting and headed out to Starbucks, I wasn't going to sit in the dark with nothing to do.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Second Sock

The second sock of the Child's French Sock is about half way done. It doesn't seem like the foot took too long to knit, so I should finish it this week.

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There is a picture of the Seattle Stitch N' Bitch group that I belong to in today's Seattle Times. Too bad they didn't print any of the interviews in the paper, but at least we are getting some press.

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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Vintage Slipper

Ok I am going to date myself with this post. Last night at Seattle S N'B we were talking about how old some of the yarn is in our stash. I thought about the yarn I had and remembered I found my first knitting project from 1969 when I was 8 years old. It is the start of a slipper knit from horrible bright pink acrylic yarn. The tension of the stitches are uneven, but for an 8 year old it is not bad. I never finished the project because I always made mistakes and needed help and would have to wait for the next class to get help. My lessons must have ended before I finished it. I remember the instructor had hand written out the pattern for my 2 childhood friends and I. They didn't have Word or copy machines back then. Too bad I didn't continue with knitting, I didn't pick it up again until I was 29, and didn't get to my stage of addiction until 1997.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Knitting Podcast Review

I have a couple of knitting podcasts to review; Knitcast and Knitting Newscast. Knitcast is a podcast about knitting by Marie Irshad. The podcast I listened to was an interview with Debbie Bliss. She discussed some new yarns that will be coming out such as an alpaca and silk blend as well as how she goes about designing knitted items. I found the interview very interesting and found that Marie asks good questions. I will definitely listen to further podcasts by Knitcast. You don't need an ipod to listen to the podcast, you can download it from the website at

Knitting Newscast is brought to you by Rhonda Bell. In the podcast I listened to she reviewed some recent books, patterns, yarn and discussed the purl stitch. I found there is content for the beginning knitter as well as the more advanced. You can find more interesting things on her blog at

Sunday, January 08, 2006

New Renter

Check out the new renter on the side bar of my Blog; Troll Baby. She is a mother of 2 from Canada who creates web graphics and envies us knitters. Her writing is light hearted and amusing, very worth while checking out.

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Saturday, January 07, 2006

One Child's French Sock Down, One to Go

I finished the first Child's French Sock tonight and realized I can't give it to my sister. The sock is too big for her narrow foot, but fits mine perfectly. Lucky me! I have very wide feet, so this actually was a perfect pattern because most of it is in ribbing. I was worried I would not have enough yarn in one skein to finish a sock, but I ended up with plenty left over. This sock was knit with Jaeger Matchmaker 4 ply. Now on to the second one.

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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Knitting Podcasts

I feel like I'm finally in the 21st Century, I got a Nano Ipod the other day. I discovered there are knitting podcasts! I will listen to a few of them and hopefully give a review in a few days.

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Monday, January 02, 2006

I met Suzy on Saturday and got a lot of knitting on the Child's French Sock done. I have a few more inches of the foot to do and then the toe. Then on to sock number 2. My sister's birthday is not until March, but I hate last minute knitting, it takes the joy out of it for me.

I am in need of a scarf, so I am acutally making one for myself. It is Branching Out from I think you will be able to see the design better when it is finished and blocked.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

2005 A Year in Review

On looking back at 2005, I'm afraid I have started more projects than I have finished. My goal for 2006 is to finish all that I have started. In 2005 I have finished the following items:

3 scarves
1 dog sweater
3 bags
1 shawl
2 hats
1 sweater
1 Baby Bobbie Bear

Goal for 2006:

Finish - 3 sweaters, 3 pairs of socks and 1 shawl.

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