Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Elmore-Pisgah bought out by SpinRite. :-(

Had to share this link with you. Apparently Elmore-Pisgah, the wonderful company that produces Peaches N Cream kitchen cotton is going out of business. They were bought out by SpinRite in Canada. I'll let you read the article for all of the info.

I am completely bummed.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Knit Goods In Action

Here we have an action shot of my daughters slippers. They are currently working hard at keeping her feet warm. I didn't realize she wore them to bed (plus 4 blankets)! Me? I'd be sweating....just sayin'.

Even though my forearm muscles are so overworked they are starting to shake...no lie...lol...I started on the knee socks for my nephew. It took me no less than 20 minutes to figure out the toe up cast on. And then once I got it figured out, I hated the way it looked. So I scrapped that pattern and I am sort of modifying their pattern, working from the top down and figuring out my decreases on the calf...

Wish me luck...

Knit Picks "Stroll" Handpainted Fingering Weight in "Tiger"

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

KnitPicks Booty

I FINALLY got to shop at Knit Picks! To my great joy! I was on the prowl for some handpainted sock yarn in oranges and black. I was hoping against hope that Knit Picks would be the one place on the planet that had it. I was becoming discouraged....and then I found their Stroll handpainted sock yarn. Hallelujah, brothers and sisters....I found it! The color is called "Tiger".

Why orange and black you ask? Because my nephew noticed my handpainted socks in red at Christmas and said "boy I would sure like some knee socks like that in orange and black for wrestling".... Figuring that I would never be able to find orange and black together, I told him I didn't think I'd be able to do them. Well, lo and behold...here we are...:)

Needless to say, I'm a little bit stoked to get started on these. I will be using a free pattern from Knitting Daily They have free e-books that you can download by signing up. They happen to have a 7 pattern sock book. There is a pair of 2x2 ribbing, toe up knee socks that I want to use for my nephew (daughter wants a pair too for powerlifting...of course). That way I don't have to try and shape the calf for him. This will be my first time making toe up socks, though. That makes me a little nervous. Any suggestions, pointers and/or tips that you have for toe up or knee high socks....please feel free to send them my way! :)

While shopping on KnitPicks, I opted to buy myself some of their very nicely priced (read: discounted) books. This book has some of the darn cutest sock patterns ever in it. There are some felted baby booties and adult slippers I'm just waiting to make until I get this latest pile of "orders" done.

AND, a garment book. I know what the heck was I thinking? But, it says top down with minimal seaming. I hate seaming more than anything so we shall see. Boy do I ever want to make the dress on the cover. It's just super cute.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Bizzy Beaver!

Howdy folks. I have been a busy girl. I cracked out Teo's new socks in 5(?) days...something like that. He put them on and modeled them for me last night. I tried so hard to get my color repeats to line up just right and it still didn't happen. I can only blame it on the fact that it's two different skeins of yarn and sometimes....they just don't match. You don't really see it too badly until you get to the toes, where there is a cute littl boop of a new color on one of them.

T proceeded to pull them off a few minutes later stating they made his feet itch. (Nice) Did he take them off neatly by the cuff? Ha!... No, he yanked each one by the toes and kept pulling them off of his sweaty feet until they were completely removed.

Makes me proud to be a knitting mom. Really.

So, after I finished T's socks, I promptly started on Stefani's slippers. I think around 9-ish last night. I was able to get through the cuff of the first one before bed. And I finished the rest of it at work today. Now, before you start thinking I'm *all that* and a bag of chips....I used double stranded worsted weight Wool-Ease and size 7 dpn's. lol

So soft, so fun to make, soooooo easy!!