Thursday, August 30, 2007

Friday........ Grandmas Flower Garden

The last of a recent triple purchase from BMFA. STR-Mediumweight Grandma's Flower Garden


STR-M Socktopus

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Waiting...................will she live?............................

Can you wait? Here's a fun way to wait.................! :)

BTW you have to be a CSI nut like me to 'get' this :)

More additions..........................STR Prize Skein

This is what I chose for my prize....................I love it :)

Monday, August 27, 2007

Knitting in Dublin...................

I did knit a bit more of my Rib and Cable Cardigan, but what I really got going on was my Monkey Swap 3 sock for my pal. I'm using Piece of Beauty Merino Sock in Granite Falls. I also picked up a 'monkey' badge at Dublin Zoo! :)

Monday, August 20, 2007

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Pattern now available

I finally wrote up the pattern for my Felted Bobble Bag that I lined here in stages on the blog.

It is a free pattern, if you do do one based on the pattern please let me see your version, I would be delighted :)

Friday, August 17, 2007

Monkey Swap 3

Sign-ups are going on until August 31 on the Monkey Sock Swap website.

Monkey Sock Swap THREE Questionnaire

The basics:
Do you consider yourself a beginning sock knitter, an intermediate, or have you been doing this so long you could probably knit a pair in your sleep? Intermediate

The measurements:
Shoe Size: UK 6/euro 39
Foot circumference: 22.5cm/9in
Foot length: 24cm/9 1/4in

Yarn Preferences:
What colors do you love? Pinks/turquoises/reds/greens

Do you prefer solids or variegated? variegated but if the pattern suited solid I would like that too

Do you prefer wool, cotton or acrylic yarn? Wool, but I haven’t tried anything different

What colors would you never wear? None really

What are your favorite brands of yarn? STR/Wollmeise/Little Lola/louet

Are there any new brands you would like to try? Open to anything really, I've tried a few already, maybe a bamboo or cotton based?

Cookie A. Patterns:
Which of her patterns have you already knit? Monkey/half way through Pomamatus/

Which pattern(s) would you like to knit and don’t already own? Any

Other pertinent information:
Would you be willing to have an international Monkey Pal or do you prefer one in the US? International

Do you have any allergies? no

Will your knitting be exposed to smoke or animals? No smoke!! but I do have kittens although they would not be in the vicinity of my yarn there may be transfer

Are you on Ravelry yet? If you don’t mind having new friends, what is your Ravelry name? gilraen

Thursday, August 16, 2007

YPF ................................Wollmeise Favourite

This is my favourite of the colours, though I really love them all. The depth and intensity of this skein is fabulous.

close up on one end.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Reader's Digest Swap parcel

The lovely Blueadt sent me this as my parcel on our Reader's Digest Swap on Crafty Threads n Yarn Forum. We each sent a first book in a series of books with a small gift. I love my handcrafted bookmarks :)

Wollmeise Wednesday...........

Individual pictures later in the week! :)

The colours are Rhabarber, Raku-Regenbogen, Regenbogen and Suzanne from left to right.

Georgeous aren't they?

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Wollmeise Wrapped Up!

This arrrived yesterday! More later in the week..............

Monday, August 13, 2007

Sweet friends...............................

are the sort who bring tears to your eyes and a smile to your face, especially when other things are getting to you............

I saw this today and it made me cry and smile a lot. Thank you Piglottie very much.

Schmoozing is the natural ability “to converse casually, especially in order to gain an advantage or make a social connection.” Good schmoozers effortlessly weave their way in and out of the blogsphere, leaving friendly trails and smiles, happily making new friends along the way. They don’t limit their visits to only the rich and successful, but spend some time to say hello to new blogs as well. They are the ones who engage others in meaningful conversations, refusing to let it end at a mere hello - all the while fostering a sense of closeness and friendship".

You would be top of my choice list too. :)

As you have already been chosen I first pick Tiennie, who goes out of her way to answer every little comment made on her blog in a thoughtful, smile provoking and individual way. Mind you I am really jealous of her incredible DH. ;) He has made a fabulous choice in Tiennie.

I also chose Maggan, Artis-Anne, Joy and Natalie for their warm, kind comments on and off blog which I have come to think of as continuing unconditional positive regard.

There are so many wonderful people out there that the list is not limited to these select few. I named just 5 who 'schmooze' in and out of here..............I love you all. :)

By the way Piglottie I got sorted too.

Which Hogwarts house will you be sorted into?

Your in-depth results are:

Hufflepuff - 14
Ravenclaw - 14
Gryffindor - 11
Slytherin - 7


Sunday, August 12, 2007

Rib and Cable progress report.

I have been knitting, not just spending frivolous time on Ravelry. I've now knit the left front, the back and half of one of the sleeves. I'm really really loving this pattern :)

Thursday, August 09, 2007

YPF ..............Merino Tencel from YarnYard

This arrived from Natalie at The Yarnyard at the beginning of the week and was well worth waiting on.

Closeup: It is really really really silky soft too. :)

Watermelon Tourmaline

That's the name of the colour I chose. Seeing it wound and in a cake swung it for me! That and me thinking I had already got it and discovering I hadn't. I will be ordering the other 5, eventually, as I am WEAK!!! and I have a 10% off copupon!! :D

I am so priviledged in having wonderful blogging friends. One of whom, Piglottie has nominated me for a blogging award button.

I want to nominate

Fluffyknitting for her inspirational projects :)

for her lace knitting, extraordinary level!!

And last but not least the Guru Fiona who has kept me right more times than I can count!!

3 Rockin Girl Bloggers in my book! :)

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

A feast indeed!

I just found out that I won a skein of STR in the Rockin Sock club contest. I had to guess what was in the jar and how many there were. I guessed 113 and there were 115. Now to chose what colour :D What would you chose if it was you? 1,2,3,4,or 5 ?

Postscript: I added a 6th after seeing this in a cake on Ravelry, though the cake was more like this:

A feast...............

It appears to be a feast of a famine with parcels and the UK postal service at the moment. There were 4 seperate parcels waiting for me when I got home.

My Rowan 42 book arrived for my first year in the Rowan club. :) Charmed Knits from the Book Depository. :) The New Debbie Bliss Luxury collection from a lovely seller on ebay. :) And last but not least is my Yarnyard Merino Club yarn. A beautiful merino tencel sock yarn, so silky soft to touch. :) More pics later of that beauty :)

Friday, August 03, 2007

YPF .....................Enigma

I've been busy this week, at work, at home with the kids, going to see HP and the Order of the Phoenix. The other thing keeping me busy is Ravely, I got my invite last Saturday as I went to visit my brother and his family for my Godson's 2nd Birthday. As he lives 100 miles away we went for the weekend. :) I have since been attempting to add my stash, yarn by yarn, colourway by colour; my patterns and books and all my projects, wip's and FO :) It is a fascinating resource, but my blog has been neglected. I'm gilraen too on Ravelry so add me to your friends if you are on too. :)

This is a single skein of Colinette's Enigma in Florentine colourway, it looks so pretty.