Sunday, April 24, 2011

Ugh. Just ugh.

How many names for frogging can you come up with? I've settled on ugh for this post.

I started a pair of socks about a week ago. I got the pattern from a book. It's an easy cable pattern and it was cute. I'm chugging along and I'm about three quarters of the way through the sock and I'm thinking the sock is awfully heavy and I don't think I'm going to have enough yarn. Not enough yarn? Four hundred thirty seven yards isn't enough for a pair of socks? Ok I admit to having Fred Flintstone feet but they're not in the Jolly Green Giant realm. I just got a bad feeling and should have taken them down then. No not me. I'm no quitter! I go on and on and the amount of yarn gets lower and lower. I actually got to the point that I went onto Ravelry, searched the yarn to see who had it and started composing a letter begging for them to sell or trade me their skein of yarn. I got to the toe decreases, tried it on and it didn't fit. What the hell?? It was tight at the ankle and just uncomfortable. Needless to say, I don't have to beg borrow or steal to finish this pair of socks. I just ripped it down and I'm in search of another pair of socks to knit. Preferable lace.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Downsizing

Last week I destashed a bunch of bags. I wound up selling a few bags but also wound up buying a couple more. I got this Timbuk2 that someone else was deastashing on Ravelry.



I'm downsizing in more ways than one.


I usually carry a much bigger bag but realized that I don't need a big bag all the time and this really fits the bill. It's smaller than I'm used to but I can carry everything I need for an afternoon out.





I've got a Tom Bihn project bag, with socks inside, my Nook Color, my Namaste wallet, camera, phone, keys and hand lotion. It's the perfect size and it makes me leave unnecessary things behind. Also it takes up a lot less room in our apartment!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Quack

Wanna make a pair of socks lickety split? These are ones to consider. They're Duckies and can be found if you follow the link. I cast them on Thursday night and finished them on Sunday morning. I was going to make them for me but I decided to gift them to my sister, Annie. They're Socks That Rock medium weight and the color is Vancouver Violet.









The second picture is closer to the actual color. It's a gorgeous violet and Annie said she really loves the color. There's so much yarn left, that I'm going to have to figure out another project to make with it. On size threes I can probably make a decent pair of anklets!


Speaking of leftovers, I'm going to have a find a project that uses leftovers and soon! My yarn storage space is limited and I have a nice sized bag of leftovers mostly sock yarns. The thing is that they're all different colors, weights and manufacturers. I'm afraid I just may wind up donating it all, which isn't a bad thing. Twice I've donated yarn both times to teachers who said they'd definitely use every scrap. I really like the idea of students using my donated yarn and learning a new craft.


I'm off to check Ravelry for scrap projects now. Wish me luck. I'm gonna need it.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Generosity

If you're a reader here you know what a destash fan I am. The destashers on Ravelry always have great stuff they're looking to get rid of and I'm glad to help them lighten their load!

I have a list of specific sock yarns I search for on Ravelry to try to get them at better prices. Last week I came across a destash that had one of my must have yarns, Hazel Knits. It was priced at $15 and it usually sells for $23. Deal! I contacted the knitter who told me if I bought two skeins she'd give them to me for $25! HOLY! I was all over that like a bum on a bologna sandwich! I sent her the $25 and waited for my package.

Yesterday I get a package. It looks bigger than the 2 skeins of yarn I purchased. I open it up and this is what I saw:





Motherlode! As you can see there's 1 skein each of Hazel Knits, Everymore Studios, Sunshine Yarns and Crystal Palace Panda Silk. There was a lovely note stating that she couldn't find the pink Hazel Knits yarn she sold me so in place of that yarn she sent me three pink yarns but if I still wanted a refund, she'd refund my money. Of course I wouldn't ask for my money back, I was thrilled with what she sent me. I'd have been fine too if she'd only sent me one skein of yarn but she went above and beyond and sent me three gorgeous yarns to take the place of the one skein she couldn't send me.


I've only been a knitter for three years now but anytime I've had any kind of social or business interaction with a fellow knitter it's always been a lovely experience. I hate to generalize but everyone's always been kind and generous with time, knowledge and knitting goodies.


If you're ever in search of yarn please check out the ISO/destash group on Ravelry. You'll probably be helping a knitter in need and you may just get more than you pay for!


I always forget to mention that it's also a ISO (In Search Of) group so if you're finishing a project and find yourself short, you can post in this group that you need a specific yarn and you may just find what you're looking for. The people here are always helpful too and may be able to point you in the right direction to find what you need.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Good News, Bad News

Ok which do you like to hear first? I always like bad news to get it out of the way so I'll tell you the bad news first.

We had to return Dolly. She got here last weekend and was just the most precious little puppy ever but we had two problems. Patrick was horribly allergic to her was the first issue. He broke out in hives, which he tried to hide from us, and couldn't breathe through his nose which he couldn't hide from us. Secondly, Grace did not like her. Dolly is a precocious puppy looking to play and Grace just wasn't having it at all. It was to the point that Grace would growl just looking at her. So we returned her in hopes she'll find a loving home where she can be a playful puppy and nobody gets sick.


Now the good news. I have finally finished a pair of socks! Here are Neville's Socks:








I don't know why but this pair of socks took me a really long time. I think it's because I lost my knitting mojo for about a week but it's back now, baby! I cast on a really cute pair of Duckies that I should have finished inside of a week. Socks on size three needles? What's not to love??

Edited to Add: Ria, the yarn is Sundara Forever Spring. It's 100% superwash merino. It's very soft and light and a gorgeous quality.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Destashing

I'm destashing. Yes I'm actually getting rid of stuff instead of accumulating stuff. I decided I need to get rid of some of my bags. Ok that's sorta true. I want to get another bag and can't really justify it until I get rid of some bags. I put up five bags for sale on Ravelry's Knitting Bag Lust group. There are a few Namaste bags and a couple of odds and ends. I may be crazy to get rid of Lagunas, because they're not being made anymore, but I really need to stop being a hoarder and get rid of some of them. I've been watching that Hoarders show and it's really got me motivated to clean out some stuff. Not yarn mind you but other stuff.

I wanted to get a Tom Bihn Swift bag. I got a couple of their project bags and I really like them. After I put my bags up for sale, lo and behold, someone is selling their Swift in the same group. Kismet! I sold two bags already so I had enough to buy the Swift. Yay! I love when things work out that way.

Friday, April 1, 2011

City Bakery

City Bakery had their Knitting on the Rocks night last night featuring yarn, food, drinks and socializing with other knitters. What more could a knitter ask for?

Al and I got there early and started out with this:





Dark hot chocolate with a sweet and creamy marshmallow in it. And it only get better from there. Then it was party time. There were a bunch of different yarn shops there and a few spinners. Each yarn shop had a different project going. Brooklyn General had a mini doughnut knit which was adorable. Knitty City had a charity knit asking knitters to knit a square. One of the other stores did a beginners knitting class. There was something for everyone and it was a lot of fun.

We were lucky enough to sit with a lovely bunch of knitters from all around NYC. We ate, knit, drank and laughed together. I love things like this where you get to meet knitters you probably may not have met otherwise. I hope my friends list increases by at least six and hope to meet up with these women again soon for more knitting and laughing.

Still working on my Neville socks and hoping to get up to Knitty City this weekend. I haven't been there yet and last night I heard so many nice things about it that it made me really want to get up and check it out. I think I will have some lovely stash enhancement after this trip. This will not be good for my purse I'm thinking. Or Glenn's wallet.