Sunday, June 29, 2008

Summer of Socks 2008 ONE

The first pair of socks for Summer of Socks are knitted in Sunshine Yarns Sportweight: Field of Flowers. I used 2.75mm needles and knitted a plain sock and tried a Eye of Partridge Heel for the first time ever. I think it really suited this particular yarn :)

Eye of Partridge Heel detail, perfect with this particular yarn :)

My sister-in-law bagged these when she saw me knitting them early on. It was her Birthday so why not :)

Friday, June 27, 2008

Wollmeise Charity Auction...............

Members of the Crafty threads'n'yarn Forum took part in the race for life event. I offered a skein as a prize for the event to encourage the participants in their hard work :) AuntieNoo has offered her prize up for auction to raise further money for the Raceforlife Charity. The auction takes place here. You have to be a member of the forum to take part and the prize skein will only be sent when the final amount has been paid to one of the sponsor pages. I will forward the skein on to the winner afterwards. Closing date is 7pm Friday 4th July! GMT. All proceeds are for charity :)

The yarn incase you are not sure is a skein of Wollmeise 100% Sockenwolle in Regenbogen, and it is worthwhile offering it up for a great cause. Please bid :)

YPF.........Mocking is catching.............

This week's yarn is another georgeous skein of Plushness from Skein Queen. The colourway is called Mock Turtle. I love the rich colour combinations............. you?

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Socks in progress.........

The first of my Summer of Socks 2008 socks. They are lovely and bright! My sister-in-law has laid claim to them........already :) My first Eye of Partridge Heel, not perfect but nearly.........

A bit more done on the Rivendell sock.....

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Wet June Saturdays.......

A new yarn arrived this morning which is a fortuitous arrival as Summer of Socks 2008 starts today. I have to put aside all the half pairs until Sept! and knit as many socks this summer as I can. I am not going to only do that mind you and I didn't sign up for the competitons since I just couldn't compete with knitters who don't have full-time work/family/caring commitments or a combination of these and still enjoy the summer. So I'm signed up but for fun only. In the spirit of the special event starting however I will knit one pair with this lovely yarn first. Sunshine Yarns Sport: Superwash merino in Field of Flowers.

I have been making progress on these other socks. I am on the straight portion of the foot now :) I feel compelled to finish these, do you blame me.......

Friday, June 20, 2008

YPF..........................Squee club yarn 2 : Plushness

This week's Yarn Pron is another skein of SkeinQueen's Plushness: The colourway is Strawberries and Cream to tie in with another great British Event, Wimbledon. I love this especially because I used to live in Colliers Wood which was one stop from Wimbledon on the Tube in parcel contained some lovely pearl and crystal stitchmarkers. Thanks Debbie!!! another triumph :)

Now what to knit with it...........Any suggestions?? :)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


My copy of The Eclectic Sole arrived last week! It is a wonderful book full of stunning patterns.

The first pattern on the needles is Rivendell and I am using the Twinkle Toes in Glacial Moraine I blogged about in May. Here is the first progress picture of my sock.

what do you think? Does it look anything like this?

Friday, June 13, 2008

YPF.................................Loch Ness

Todays yarn is a skein of STR-Mediumweight that I acquired in a destash on Ravelry.

The colourway is Loch Ness and is a lovely greeny blue combination.

I love these rich and beautiful combinations, but direct shipping costs from BMFA is still more that a skein of yarn, so thank the stars for destashing........... :)

Monday, June 09, 2008

Not even September....................

Another project I am working on is secret. I am test knitting a sock pattern for a fellow Raveller. The yarn I am using is Claudia Handpainted in Honey and this little picture below is of the stocking stitch sole.

And because it is secret for now that's all I can or will post. It is a lovely pattern and I have learnt several new stitches and techniques on the way. :)

In case anyone hasn't noticed I have a confession to make. I love how quickly this yarn knits into silky soft socks. I keep increasing the length of the cuff with each new colour of sock. This one is 5 inches long and there was 11 grams left over. The colourway is called September.

Close ups of the lovely little pools of colour!

Now another September and October make 2 pairs of socks in June.

Friday, June 06, 2008

YPF.....................Posh Yarn Lucia: Sunrise

Lately the only way to acquire Posh Yarns is by waiting for others to destash theirs. I was able to add this to my collection and am delighted with the colours for the summer months, especially as I have signed up for the Summer of Socks. But not for the most socks knitted just as an added push to go quicker............I didn't do very well last year but I hope to beat my paltry 2 pairs this year!!

Posh Lucia: Sunrise

A lot of photographs but a lot of colour variations too :)

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Personality?.......................what type are you?

Another MEME....................

Your Personality is Somewhat Rare (ISFP)

Your personality type is caring, peaceful, artistic, and calm.

Only about 7% of all people have your personality, including 8% of all women and 6% of all men

You are Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, and Perceiving.

Monday, June 02, 2008

October??? not yet..........

First of the Evolution October socks done. I love the red/orange/gold/bronze and green in this colourway!

Very Autumnal...................

Sunday, June 01, 2008

A meme post today.........Justine tagged me earlier this week for this Getting to know more about you meme. Here goes....

1) What was I doing ten years ago?

1998, I had had my first little'un and was just back to work part-time as a district nurse. My mother was still living and life was very settled. But nothing exciting was going on, it was later that year that I embarked on a career move that set me on my present course. So 1998 was a very uneventful time but very happy one :)

2) What are five things on my to-do list for today:
  • Laundry, working weekdays mean the weekend is always about laundry
  • knit some more of the many many WiPs I have on the go
  • If the weather holds, have a BBQ today at my SiLs
  • score some Posh Yarn, laughs maniacly
  • Enjoy special time with my children and big sister too

3) Snacks I enjoy:

I am a popcorn freak, and I adore the raspberry liquorice sticks. I also love toast with peanut butter and picallili spread on it.

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

Pay off the mortgage. I cannot think beyond that point. I would always work, I need to have job satisfaction to keep motivated. I would however love to tell my bank and then go elsewhere since I think they are the most awful bank in the world from my personal experience......I prefer to live as I am and not live in expectation of something so unwholly likely to happen. I don't even buy lottery tickets. I do believe that there is no easy way to make money but through hard work, and no point to it other than to pay bills.

5) Places I have lived:

Ghana, West Africia; London, UK; Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; Belfast, UK; Home

6) Jobs I have had:

Shop Assistant, Helper on a summer scheme for the physically and mentally handicapped children, Nurse in various roles and capacities

7) Peeps I want to know more about:

I picked 6 at random from my blogroll, I would love to know more about everyone on that list but this is just a few of many.