Summer Stash Out 2007.

I’ve joined Summer Stash Out 2007. A wonderful idea that begins this Memorial Day Weekend and ends Labor Day weekend. I plan to focus on using my stash and saving money for Stitches East this year.

My Goals:

1. Use up at least 1/3 of my sock yarn (The biggie).
2. Finish the 3 shawls currently OTN. My Kimono Shawl is half way finished. I’m making a Shetland Triange for a friend to wear at her wedding in July, and my seraphim is at the bottom motif section.
3. Make the sweater that my sister requested.
4. Don’t start any new projects until these are completed.

Patterns, books, needles, and notions are OK.

Well, we’ll see how this goes in the coming months.

Show and Tell Friday: Hogwarts Sock Swap

hogwartssock2.jpgWell, today is Show and Tell Friday for the Hogwarts Sock Swap. I’m on to sock #2. Yay! I’m making my pal’s socks in Regia 4-ply, color #2002, and Wolle Rodel’s Sport & Strumpfwolle Classik, color 16965. They’re coming out great, and once I get done with the calf decreases, I’ll be cruising along. Included in the pic is the set of Crimson Orchid stitch markers that I custom ordered. Aren’t they great! I had to get a set for myself. Other surprises to come.

And if you’re interested, the Hogwarts Sock Swap is gearing up for round 2. Check it out here.

New Projects, Old Projects

This week has been really crazy for me. Work has been busy, and stressful. I’ve also got some plans in the works that require me to focus on my forward development. Which means, I wanna get out of this field and do more management. So, I’ve been trying to get my resume together, etc. Hopefully, everything should be done by the end of the month.

Knitting
I am happy to report that my mom loved her gift. In case you didn’t recognize it, it is a Swallowtail Shawl, found in the Fall 2006 issue of Interweave Knits. I replaced the nupps in the pattern with beads, and it added some weight to the shawl that helps it to stay on well.
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It’s made with an Eggplant colored Baby Silk from Elann. I absolutely love this yarn. It only took about 4 balls to make this shawl, which means I still have six balls left. I can’t wait to make something for myself from this stuff. It’s incredibly soft, but very warm. I can’t say enough good things about it.

I’ve also managed to finish a pair of baby socks for a friend’s son. I had some of the Regia left from a previous pair of socks, so I made him some cute yellow ones. I know she’ll appreciate them, as she was just lamenting the fact that she didn’t have enough pairs the last time I saw her. Aren’t they cute? And these babies count toward the 52PP.
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Tips and Tricks

I’ve been listening to some new podcasts lately. There’s Socks in the City and Pixie Purls just to name a few. They can both be found on iTunes if you search knitting. Anyway, if you go to Pixie Purls you will find a great link to a tutorial on how you can store your knitting patterns on your iPod for viewing (if you have the one that shows videos, pics, etc). I tried it and it works well. Of course, at this point I have my most recent knitting pattern pretty well memorized.

For my Sock Pal

I got a bounce-back on my reply, so here are the answers to your questions.

1. are you ok with lace down the instep of a sock?

I’d love it.

2. do you prefer a long toe or a short toe?

No preference on toes.

3. grafting or pull through loops at end?

Grafting

4. favourite snack/sweet/treat?

Honestly, anything would be great. I’m not a chocoholic, and I don’t really eat hard candy (my parents really had very few cavities to deal with), but anything that I can’t get here would be good. I really like regional things. In MD, there are some brands of potato chips that they only sell on the eastern seaboard. I love to try things like that.

5. favourite keepsake from places you visit? (i.e. yarn, magnet, postcard, etc.)

I’m a scrapbooker, so I like to get things like postcards that I can save as a memento. And of course, yarn is always good.

6. favourite smells?

vanilla is a favorite scent

7. any colours you like besides the reds?

blues, purples, greens , golds, white, grey, browns

8. so…..why 52 (or if i read this correctly 104) pairs of socks this year?

The 52 Pair Plunge is a challenge to make 52 Pairs of socks over the course of 52 weeks. They can be baby socks, anklets, or whatever you want. There’s a blog for all the participants at http://5pairplunge.blogspot.com

9. are you totally excited for the harry potter book/movie coming out?

I can’t wait for the book, it’s already ordered. As for the movie, i live on a military base in europe, and i don’t have a car. I might not see the movie until it comes out on DVD

10. allergic to any pets or foods or random stuff?

No allergies. I love dogs, in fact, but can’t have one where I live.