a dillydallyknitter: May 2007

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Life is LIke a Box of Crayons

Cpurl's Dad, flipping thru my TV channels: "Do you get the Versus channel?"
Cpurl: "Huh? What? Verses? Is that some new Christian Cable channel?"
Cpurl's Dad: "No, it's a sports channel, they're showing the Stanley Cup playoffs"
Cpurl: "Oh."

This scene has nothing to do with the YP below, but I am fearful that I'm becoming Rosanne Rosannadanna:


Last week, after the Antique Fair, this yarn I purchased our LSY. The label of the yarn says it's Rainbow Fibers but she does have an etsy shop called sharing.

This skein is called "Box of Crayons"

It's like getting to fulfill all of Project Spectrum in one shot!

I can't wait to see how this will knit up--it's so bright!
“We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, while others bright, some have weird names, but they all have learned to live together in the same box.” --Albert Einstein

I also finished my May Socktopia socks picking the theme, "Fiesta"

Yarn: Regia Bamboo Clown Color 1062, 45% bamboo, 40% new wool, 15% polyamide
Pattern: None, just plain ole' stockinette
Needles: Knit Picks Options, size 1
Notes: Of the non-wool yarns I've tried for socks so far, I'd put this one near the top of the list. It's much less splitty that the Tofutsies yarn and pretty soft

Monday, May 28, 2007

Weekend Update

Cpurl's Muggle Friend KG: "Do you think you'll ever knit anything other than socks?"
Cpurl: "Uhhhhhhhh....umm..umm....socks are portable"

What kind of answer is that? But here's proof that I sometimes knit other little things:

A baby gift for a colleague at work. 1 ball of Aurora 8 + 1 ball of Lorna's Laces Angel. The hat is the Umbilical Cord hat from Stitch N Bitch and the booties are from "50 Baby Booties to Knit"

On Sunday I met up with *LeftCoastKnitter for an antique fair downtown:

I didn't buy much but I did get this kitchsy vintage Enid Collins knock off:

And some vintage knitting needles & English bell needle gauge: And, of course, we ended up at our LYS where our socks are hanging in the window. The owner is having a sock contest and both LCK and I have entered our socks

Sorry for the crappy photo--sunlight and all. LCK's are the perfectly shaped Roza's socks with the pink bow. And mine are next to hers on the right. I hope there are some more entries....

Finally Cary would like to thank his very thoughtful Auntie K for the super fabulous gift basket of kitty treats she sent in honor of his birthday! I really tried to get a good photo but Cary was too interested in the cat treats under the cellophane to sit still.

"Hurry up will ya? There are treats in here!"

Hooray for 3-day weekends!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

It Was Only a Matter of Time...

Before I'd Take a Wheel Out for a Spin...

During the month of May I took a 3 session Intro to Spinning Class at Deep Color Studio. We were allowed to rent some wheels and take them home for the duration of the class. I happened to end up with an Ashford Elizabeth I. We didn't get along very well at first and I had to put her in the corner:

The first week was horribly frustrating and I was almost reduced to tears. There was much of this:

And I missed the 2nd class because of Mother's Day. Luckily by the end of the second weekend, I was starting to getting the hang of it.

By the last class something "clicked" and suddenly I was able to spin. Not very well mind you, but good enough that I bought a lot of undyed Blue Faced Leicester roving so I can keep practicing. I also rented a Schacht Matchless wheel to try out.
I also bought some dyed merino to try out:

And some 70% merino/30% tussah silk blend

I'm excited that this is a 3-day weekend so I have an extra day to practice spinning!! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Monday, May 21, 2007

Super Sox Box Swap Question 1 Answered

You know my love of contests where knitterly prizes are involved so this is for the Super Sox Box Swap contest.

Question: What is your favorite beverage and snack while knitting, and why? Be specific!

Answer: I have a two part answer:

Answer One: My favorite snacks while knitting at home are those that are easy to eat, like the Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers pictured below. I can even lean over and suck one in like a little vacuum so as not to break my knitting stride or mess my fingers. I usually have an ice cold Diet Coke or glass (served in a vintage glass that can hold an entire can so I don't have to put down my needles to pour more) or...a nice glass of ice water.

Answer Two: Any snack or beverage I share with my knitting group of friends at our LYS or at our other hang out, a lovely downtown boutique hotel. Knitting is a calming, creative solo activity but is also a wonderful activity to share with friends!

The Man Sock Curse is OVER!

Remember this pair of ill fated socks I started for my Dad last June, 2006?

How about the jumbo sock (I never did the second one) from Christmas, '06?

Well third time's a charm because after finishing these in time for my Dad's birthday:

I discovered that:


Pattern: 3X1 rib
Needles: Clover bamboo,size 2 DPNs
Yarn: Lorna's Laces, Shepherd Sport, Charcoal
Started: Way too long ago, finished, May 14, 2006

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Because I Can't Stop the Swap!

Super Sox Box Swap Questionnaire:

1.What are your favorite colors? Reds, rich, jewel tones. What colors make you cringe? Fluorescents, pastels don’t make me cringe—but they’re just not “me”

2.Are you a new sock knitter? No How long have you been knitting socks? About a year or so

3.Do you prefer solid or multicolored yarn? Yes

4.What fibers do you prefer in sock yarn? Wool, silk, cashmere, bamboo..

5.Where do you usually knit socks? Anywhere I possibly can. On the sofa, in the car, at my desk, in bed, in the waiting room

6.How do you usually carry/store small projects? I have a few bags I like to use:
a Sock Fish bag made by Zknitter, a DellaQ silk drawstring bag and a Lantern Moon silk bag I received from my Spring Fling Pal, aka Schnauzermum

7.What are your favorite sock knitting patterns? Anything that catches my eye Any favorite designers? Nancy Bush (I have 3 of her books), Cookie A.
8.What are your favorite sock knitting techniques? I prefer knitting top down on 5 DPNs

9.What new techniques would you like to try? Fair Isle or Estonian socks

10.Do you prefer circulars or dpns for sock knitting? DPNs

11.What are some of your favorite yarns? Socks that Rock, Fleece Artist, Colinette Jitterbug, Louet Gems, Lorna’s Laces….also love indie yarns like Vesper, Yarn Pirate, Sophie’s Toes

12.What yarn do you adore and yearn for? I love hand painted sock yarns. The only yarns I’ve never been able to get my hands on are Sweet Georgia and the self striping Gryffindor sock yarn from Sunshine yarns. What yarn makes you happiest? Sproingy, non splitty yarn that feels good running thru my fingers.

13.Any pattern you would love to make if money and time were no object? If time and money were no object I'd have to make an intricate Victorian lace shawl pattern.
14. Favorite kind of needles (brand, materials, straights or circs, etc)? It depends on the project. I LOVE the new Lantern Moon Sox Stix but they’re pricey and I’ve broken 4 of them (and lost one) so have to use an orphan set of half ebony, half rosewood. I also use Brittany Birch DPNS and Knit Picks nickel plated.

15. If you were a specific kind of yarn, which brand and kind of yarn would you be? If I was a sock yarn I’d probably be a Louet Gems merino in dark red. But if it’s all yarn, I’m more like a Rowan Biggie, LOL

16. Do you have a favorite candy or mail-able snack? Bit O Honeys, Chocolates Sweet or salty? Both! Gold Fish crackers & Cheez-Its are my favorite junk food snack

17. Do you collect anything? Sock yarn, Christmas ornaments, knitting gadgets, vintage Lucite purses

18. What is your favorite scent? Vanilla, citrus

19. Will you be celebrating a birthday, anniversary, etc. between now and the close of the swap? No

20. What’s your favorite animal? My two cats

21. Do you have pets? What are their species/names/ages? Cary (3) and Mika (2)

22. Tell me the best quote you’ve ever heard or read.
“Make sure you wash your bananas before you eat them because monkeys pee on them”
--Cpurl’s Mom

"We do not quit playing because we grow old, we grow old because we quit playing."
--Oliver Wendell Holmes

23. What is your motto in life? “Peace, Love and Knitting”

24.Do you have a wishlist? (ie: Amazon, B&N, a LYS, online store, etc.) Please list link here.

25. Anything else you’d like to share with your Sox Box pal? I wish she/he could go sock yarn shopping with me and then we'd sit and knit and talk about how fabulous sock knitters are.

26. Any allergies to be aware of for this swap? I’m allergic to fun fur

27. Coffee, Tea? I love coffee everyday. A spot of tea in the afternoons. Ice tea in the summer.

28.Anything Else? Not that I can think of!

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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Mother's Day Socks & Spring Fling Goodies

Finished just in time:

Hand knit socks for my Mother!

Pattern: Waving Lace Socks by Evelyn A. Clark, Favorite Socks
Yarn: Jitterbug by Colinette, Velvet Plum
Needles: Lantern Moon Rosewood, size 1 DPNs

One observation about this yarn. It's 267meters (approx.292 yards). I knit these socks for a woman's 6.5 foot and had only this much left over:

But it's sproingyness makes it a delight to knit with so I'll definitely keep Jitterbug on my favorite sock yarn list.


Last Thursday I received another fabulous package from my Spring Fling Swap pal, who turns out to be the wonderful knottyknitterkris

This package contained three of my favorite things: Red - Chocolate - Cats
The chocolate mysteriously disappeared (into my tummy) but check out this:

WhatNot sock yarn dyed by Joni Miles of Union Center Knits for WoolGirl.com in the Red Compromise colorway.

Thank you Kris!!

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