Monkey Sock Swap 4 Questionnaire

FYI This swap is an invitation only swap. The Measurements Shoe size: US 7 ½ W and 38 EUR Foot length in inches: 9 inches Circumference: 8 ¾ inches Yarn Preferences What are your favorite colors? Brown, Orange, Reds (rust and burgundy), blues (antique blues and dark blues, not much on the baby blues), and greens ( I love most any green) Fall and Forest colors are faves. What color clashes with your wardrobe? Pink, mauve, and purple (plum and burgundy are ok) Do you prefer solids or variegated yarns? I like semi-solids and variegateds that are in very similar colors What are your favorite brand sock yarns? STR, Chickchick studios, and Zen String. I have knit with Opal, Lorna’s Laces, Sockotta, Wildefoot, and Koigu. ( I don’t enjoy knitting with these, but I don’t mind wearing this yarn. In reference to Opal, I hate it with a passion. I am sorry if it is your fav or old stand by.) Is there a new sock yarn you really would like to try? Louet Gems solid color, but I would prefer indie yarn dyers: Scout, Wollmeise, Yarn Pirate, and See Jayne Knit . Pretty much I would love to try new dyers as long is it is not a Koigu like base. I like knitting garments with Koigu but not socks. Cookie A. Patterns List the patterns you do not have but would like to receive: Stricken, Flicker Sock, Mingus Sock Django, Allergies Do you have any allergies that your pal needs to know about? (animals, fiber, sensitivity to smoke etc.) To petroleum products, so anything with glycerin, or mineral oils. Those are the most common names for petroleum products. I have no problem with plastic bags and such, just liquids and semi solids that they place in foods or body products. Will you knitting be exposed to animals? 2 dogs and 1 bunny that likes to snip cords with his teeth. Will you knitting be exposed to cigarette smoke? No Shipping What country do you live in? USA Are you willing to ship outside your country? I would preder the US but if needed I can have an international swap...

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Spring Fling Coffee & Yarn Swap Questionaire

I am participating in the Spring Fling Coffee & Yarn Swap. There is still time to join before the 25th of the month. Coffee 1. What is your preference? Whole beans or ground? Whole Bean 2. What kind of coffees do you enjoy? A rich, bold roast; a light, fresh one, or something in between? Leaded or non? Leaded with a mellow smooth notes. I love rich flavor but it has to be smooth. 3. If you were headed out right now to buy some coffee for the house, what would you be picking up? I would hop on a plane to Florida and buy some Barnie’s White Christmas. Yeah for a popular flavor being available year round now. 4. Do you drink for caffeine, pleasure, or both? I drink for pleasure. I can have as little or as much as I want and not have side effects if I go without. 5. Do you enjoy flavored coffees? How about add-ins or flavored creamers? I love flavored coffees. I have little flavor tabs to add to my coffee which I have used since I was 14. I typically use liquid flavored creamers. 6. A large, lovely mug or a small, dainty cup? I have a set of 6 starbuck’s city mugs that I use regularly and some double walled Bodum 12 oz glasses. 7. Describe your perfect cup – not JUST the coffee, but how you’d enjoy it! I normally grab a mug in the morning or afternoon just before I curl up in my knitting spot. My coffee maker keeps the coffee warm for 2 hours. So I drink about 2 mugs oh coffee with creamer and a nice cookie or slice of bread. 8. You’re sitting down to enjoy a nice cup in the local coffee shop, knitting bag in hand, iPod all tuned up – or maybe you’re there with a few friends for knit night! What treat do you pick up to enjoy with your coffee? A sweet, rich brownie, or something more healthy? How about a salty treat? What goes best with that great cup and company? Just the mug of coffee since I am talking most of the time. If I do get something, I love a nice cheesy bagel or not too sweet scone. Yarn 1. Do you knit or crochet? I knit mostly but I do know how to crochet. 2. What are your favorite types of yarns to work with? I like knitting with DK and Worsted weight for sweaters and Sport and Fingering for socks. 3. What do you have on the needles (or hook!) right now? Well it is always fluctuating since I am a fast knitter. Check it out on Wednesdays I post my WIPs on my blog. 4. What are your favorite colors in yarns? Fall colors. What about those that you’d never find in your stash? Pinks and true purples 5. What sort of needles or hooks do you enjoy using? My favorite needles currently are the Knitpicks Harmony Needles. Any you just detest? I don’t like metal especially in DPN form. 6. Are there any particular notions you absolute do NOT need? Some of us swap a lot – are you sure that you have enough tape measures to last your lifetime? Enough stitch...

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WIP Wednesday – finally something new

FYI: I will be traveling to Houston, TX place of my birth for a visit in April. Leave a comment if you want to meet up while I am there. Monday I found myself in an unusual situation. Nothing on the needles. Ok I know a few of you can go peek at my project list on ravelry and say that I do have stuff on the needles but I beg to differ. The socks that I have been knitting are just yarn with sticks sitting in a bag, since I am waiting on a better moment to contemplate the third take. The Endpaper mitts (not an immediate need) and churchable’s socks (too many stitches per inch) are on a break. Well with all these facts facing me I decided to finally join my own KAL. Yes I cast on for my second wicked sweater. This time I am taking all the tid bits of information that I have learned over the past year. 1) Knit for my upper bust measurement instead of my full bust since I am over a B cup. 2) Work short rows so that there is room for the girls and the front of my sweater is the same length all the way around when worn. 3) Incorporate waist shaping to emphasis my hourglass shape. 4) Having enough confidence to use a non-solid colored yarn. A close up of the lovely shade of Malabrigo in Burgundy that I am using. I love the subtle shading and the lovely hand that this produces. I have 4 skeins to incorporate into a lovely comfy sweater with a pocket. I hope to be finished by Saturday. Fly fingers...

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FO Friday: FO block gone

I have 2 FOs to show you today. Hopefully I can add the Big Green Monster to this pile before the weekend ends. My goal is Sunday night when bud gets on the plane back to SpoVegas. In order of completion, Pattern: Firebrick mittens (ravelry link)Yarn: Mountain Colors 4/8’s Wool Colorway: Ruby River 1/2 skein (100% wool) and Dale of Norway/Dalegarn Baby Ull color: Black 1/2 skein (100% superwash wool)Needles: US 2 1/2 (3.00mm) Knitpicks Harmony Fixed CircularMods: Well since I created these, they are a mod. I am in love with my mittens and sad that I will be sending them on tomorrow morning to their mitten swap partner. I do know that I will soon have another pair for myself since I think I have enough left to make myself a pair with the leftovers. Once I got this pattern hammered out, it took me a little less than a week, but this was my fastest design time from start to finish (a week and a half). I am finishing up the pattern and sending off the stuff to the test knitters to look over and work on. One of them has to finish up another test knit for me so we will wait to see this pattern in full production but I am thinking it will be for sale in June. Click the pic to read the importance of the flowers Pattern: Koolhaas Hat (project page) by Jared FloodYarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted Colorway: Glazed Carrot 1/2 skein (100% HandspuMerino)Needles: US 6 Knitpicks Harmony Interchangeables Magic LoopedMods: None. I did knit this in the large. In the picture, it is a bit short but I blocked it and today it was the perfect fit. I love the yarn before blocking but fell in love after blocking. I leave you with the Bun approving the Carrots. Wrangling a bunny is not as easy as you would think. He was more interested in the unfamiliar surroundings than his favorite snack. Silly...

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PS3: Fire – Things to warm your soul

My soul has been warmed by a few things this week. My set back this week which Indigo mouse thought I should have called RIP Wednesday instead of WIP Wednesday was bolstered by a rather good next few days. Mittens: My mittens were frogged along with my socks on Wednesday but I created the pattern and marched on to a spectacular finish (ok it was only one mitten but I am claiming all the victories I can these days). This mitten is lovely and I am smitten with its beauty. I hope to release the pattern in a few months or so after it goes through tech editors and test knitters. So look for it. I also hung out with Churchable and my best friend Kayleen. We wandered around Portland, going to the Saturday market, lunch in China town, a walk through the Chinese garden and a trip to Uwajimaya. While at Uwajimaya, I stopped in the bookstore and looked at the knitting books. I was stunned and it took a bit of time to figure out what books to buy. One of the books I did get, I wish that there had been a second book to buy for my mitten swap partner. There are other pics from the book on my flickr list. The book above part of the Heart Warming Life Series. ISBN 978-4-529-04510-0. It has twined knitting and fair isle. As soon as I got home, I looked up the mitten book to purchase. It will be arriving in a month so mine will be mailed with the package, but this book is so beautiful. Swaps: Click on the picture to see exactly all that is there. This week I received my BBM: Little things package from Megan of Megan’s Cookin. She sent a lovely package. This swap was supposed to represent the small good things that can be offered and that we keep the shipping down. She sent me 14 items. All very much appreciated. I also received one of the 2 ATCs that I am to be getting from this round of PS3 ATC swaps. liquid flame trying to crystallize The new improved steam iron in a bottle I also did the two above for my swap partners. I had fun with my puns and pens. Contests: Well I am not having a contest, but 2 other bloggers are and I am going to share with ya’ll. One ends tonight at 10 PM EST and the other by the end of the month. Up first is the contest at Beautiful Thing‘s blog, she is celebrating one year of blogging. Very cool. She asks that you do a simple things and answer her questions. name : Chrispy flickr id : pursuitoffiber ravelry username: RChrispy your vote for your favorite of my 2007 FOs: I love your A-line tank it looks lovely on you. link to or description of your favorite of your own FOs (knitted or otherwise – anything you made): wow well I am going to have to go with the one I wear the most. Some people are in love with their most recent FOs. I would be but recently those have been a bit slim. So I am going with my Rusted Root. The second contest is over at Knitting in...

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WIP Wednesday – a sad day

I was so excited to blog today. I was going to babble on about my mittens and socks that had progressed so far over the weekend. Tuesday afternoon found me frogging my mitten back to the yarn. I love the pattern. I have named the pattern. People who don’t knit have been asking me if the pattern would be good for a beginner to learn. Such high praise for mittens not yet sent. I Rippit because I was not happy with the decreases and the detailing was roughly thrown in. I needed to refine the pattern so I did. I wrote up the Firebrick mittens last night in a fit of Insomnia. Then this morning, I received a call from my friend to tell me about my the socks that I had sent her way yet again for her daughter to try on fit but were really snug. Well yeah, but my pal really would rather be a bit smaller than snugger. So I frogged that yarn all the way back to two small balls. Good thing the yarn frogs repeatedly like a dream. If you intend to knit and frog alot and want a fancy yarn then silky sock is your yarn. I am shelving the socks until after I finish the...

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No-More-Humdrum Mittens Have Arrived!!

Wow time flies. I feel like it was just yesterday when I ripped into my package from my pal Margaret. Instead it is Tuesday and I should be at Knit Night, but thanking my lovely pal is so more important. Thanks so much Margaret! This was an absolutely lovely package and I can’t wait to use the yarn. I have been wearing the mittens almost every day since. These are the lovely mittens. They fit so great and Churchable had a ton of fun photographing them so hop over to my flickr account and check them...

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Wicked sweater KAL

I am leading a Knit along (ravelry link) on Ravelry for the Wicked sweater. A few of you know that I made this sweater. Mine was a wicked drunken disorderly sweater which I don’t wear very often because of fit and a few other factors, so I have been looking at yarns and thoughts of what I wanted to knit it in. In February, I decided to blow my Christmas money on Malabrigo. Hmmmm…. so yummy. And since some projects are refusing to leave the needles, I had not gotten to casting on for this project. Now we are on the cusp of Malabrigo March, which is being sponsored by the Malabrigo Junkies on ravelry. Come join me if you are interested in knitting this sweater. Some people are even talking about casting on for this in laceweight malabrigo. Marabrigo March is where the Malabrigo Junkies will try to send Malabrigo up the yarn popularity rankings in Ravelry during the month of March. There will be prizes awarded for most Malabrigo projects cast on, most creative photo involving Malabrigo, best use of color, etc. All this information can be found on the Junkies group page. KAL thread here. Pattern is available for purchase here. Malabrigo Junkies group here. Malabrigo website here. Places to buy Malabrigo on the web are listed on orata’s blog. I encourage you to buy from your LYS if they have it for sale. I am sure that the online stores will be running low this month because of the focus on...

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WIP Wednesday: Stupid cold bug…

I went away for President’s weekend and I came back with a wicked bad cold. My throat was so sore that I lost my voice and then my nose ran so much that I used an entire box of Kleenex in one day. Thankfully the weekend was fun and I have decided that next year I will be leading this same game again because it was a blast to run and I think I picked the right time to do the game. I GMed Robo Rally a really cool board game where you control a robot that has lasers and is trying to run a race through a course with moving parts. In addition to having a good time, I met another knit blogger. She is the one in green. Well I am back and feeling a bit better. I still have the lingering bit of it all, but no more fever or heavy symptoms. I did knit during this time. I knit on what I now have titled the Big Green Monster. Arwen is almost done. It just needs a hood. I tried to get out of knitting the hood, but when asked what 16 year old would opt for a plain cardi. I knew I was delusional when I asked. Now I have been working away at my swap sock which keeps causing me problems. The first sock was done and I am down to the heel of the second one. A friend’s 3 year old wanted to try on the pretty sock so I let her and it was almost too tight on her. So I passed the sock to a friend with a child of similar size to the sock recipient. She could get her foot down the leg but not through the heel turn. So I will be ripping the first sock back to the heel turn. I have a bit more time than I thought with these socks. I thought they were due on the 15th of March but I have till the end of March. Sadly these are all the WIPs that I have going right now and they are making me a bit crazy. I have been taking a lot of PS3 pictures. I have compiled them into a slide show for you. If the java messes up for you here is the flickr slide...

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WIP Wednesday – Served up on a plate

RSS Readers: Let me know if the RSS flickr pics are bugging you. I edited my RSS and can’t decide. I have been craving glazed carrots recently. I am not really a fan of cooked carrots but it is project spectrum right now and thought I would try to appease the masses. So, I gathered the supplies – honey and carrots. I started to mix up a batch of yarny goodness, ………….. a nice mix of Malabrigo and the Koolhaas hat. I have not started but I really wanted a new hat and have really fallen for all the hats made from Malabrigo that I have seen. Next up on the block of food is the lovely but fishy pomatomus, it really needed a nice classy wine to be a stand up entry. This week things worked out a bit better for me. I whipped through the leg and am one repeat from the start of the toe. I really love this yarn. It is a really nice and I want to make myself a pair of socks from it. Lastly I have been laboring away at this exquisite Christmas present. I just wish it would go a bit faster. I am definitely making progress. I think if I keep knitting it while I watch TV, I will be finished sooner than later. That’s all the knits for now. I have been creating designs this week. Lots of creating more details and swatching. I am really falling in love with some of these...

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