Monday, July 30, 2007

Hogwarts Business

I ordered the yarn for Victoria's socks. I'm just waiting for it to arrive so I can start knitting her socks. I have also decided on the pattern. Hopefully I remembered where I saw the pattern. I think that I have managed to save it on my computer. Hogwarts fun starts on the 1st and I can't wait. I finished book 7 and I am ready to go!

Frogged Again

The Uptown Boot Socks visited the Frog Pond tonight. I wasn't too happy with the way the cables weren't showing up. Only one of the set of cables was dominate. I also made the sock about 2 inches longer than it should have been. I also wasn't sure if I would have enough yarn to complete a pair of socks. I'm also not sure if my pal is going to figure out who I am. So mum's the word about what pattern and the yarn that I have decided to use for her socks. I went through my stash and I am hoping that I found the perfect yarn for her.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

OTN Friday (but a day late)

Pretty much nothing has changed since last week. Although I did mail out a package to my Sockittome Pal and the socks and goodies to my Sockapalooza pal. I did not take a photo of the second pair of socks. I am hoping that my pal will post a pic of her goodies and then I'll use a link so you can visit her blog. How cool is that? The reason for no knitting, of course Harry Potter. I finished the book and I also read Debbie Macombers Return to Blossom Street. Debbie is my all time favorite author.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Ravelry Update

You signed up on June 18, 2007 You are #9868 on the list. 3379 people are ahead of you in line. 9940 people are behind you in line. 32% of the list has been invited so far I'm moving up on the list. Isn't this wonderful that you can track your progress on your Ravelry invite!

Weekend Update

Friday was spent taking the old furniture from the basement and putting the livingroom furniture in the basement. We had an old sleeper sofa (a nice olive green throw back from the 70's) that was really heavy that took DS, DH and myself to heave out of the basement. DS and myself heaved while DH ho'ed. Later on DD and I went to Barnes and Noble to pick up my copy of the new Harry Potter book. We didn't get home until almost 2am. My cash register receipt says 1:01am that I purchased my book. Saturday, we moved Mom into our house. We finished at about noon. Later in the afternoon we went to a party for DS's girlfriend. She is so sweet. We stayed there pretty late. Sunday, I had my meeting then later in the evening Mom, bro and his boyfriend and DS and I all went to see the latest Harry Potter movie. No actual knitting was done this weekend. Although, on Saturday I did receive my order from The Loopy Ewe. I am still waiting for my package from the Yarn Pirate from her Booty Club. I was so looking forward to receiving the package and having it be a total surprise. I have seen a couple of posts regarding the package. The yarn looks absolutely yummy. Guess I'll have to wait a bit more.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Ravelry Update

You signed up on June 18, 2007 You are #9868 on the list. 3675 people are ahead of you in line. 9006 people are behind you in line. 32% of the list has been invited so far I moved up 51 spots. Hmm let's see at this rate it would take me 52.45 days to get to my invitation. Stay tuned for more Ravelry updates.

OTN Friday (Without the Pictures)

I decided that I am going to attempt (notice the word attempt) posting about what is on my needles every Friday. Even though I have WIPs listed on the sidebar I can at least talk about them. First up, the Uptown Boot Socks that I am working on for my Sock It To Me Pal. I am on the foot of the first sock but I am beginning to worry if I will have enough yarn to finish the second sock. I am knitting these in Scout's Swag colorway of Secret. The pattern is very easy but it is interesting to see how one cable is more pronounced than the other. The pattern is looking more like a swirl that is going around the leg. I think that it looks pretty cool. Second, is the Easy Hat from Fiber Trends. I haven't touched this hat since we got back from our racing weekend. I did show it to Mom and she says that she likes the color and she did try it on. It does fit. I am knitting that in Louet Gems in the Hibiscus colorway. I am to the point on the hat where I am going to start decreasing. That is pretty much what I have on my needles. I have others but I am probably just going to send them to the Frog Pond. After my knitting has been sitting idle for way too long, I lose my place and so I may just as well send them to the Frog Pond and return the wool to the stash. Upon looking at my WIP list the only thing destined for the Frog Pond is the Lady Eleanor Stole. The Moebius Cowl just needs to have the ends buried. I am going to attempt to finish the Knitting Pure & Simple Henley Tshirt for Women. I am just too far a long on that to frog it. I should also say that I am going to see if I can manage to figure out where I'm at and will I be able to continue on. On a different note: I joined the Hogwarts Sock Swap 2 this week. I was pretty excited about it. The pal that I am knitting for is in Louisiana and we are to use our Hogwarts names only and not our muggle name. I would like to introduce you to Lavender Kedavra (that's me). Lavender is a first year in the Ravenclaw House. As a first year, we are supposed to knit a pair of socks in our pal's house colors. Victoria's house is the Slytherin house. We are to send our pal stitch markers in their colors and also some needles (not necessarily in house colors.) I've all ready ordered the yarn and stitch markers. Since Victoria has all ready possibly visited my blog and will be making more visits (Hi Victoria) I will have to find ways to post pictures in a most interesting manner.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Waiting Patiently for Ravelry

Found you! You signed up on June 18, 2007 You are #9868 on the list. 3726 people are ahead of you in line. 8737 people are behind you in line. 32% of the list has been invited so far I was reading another blog and she was in the 17,000. I thought that maybe she would be ahead of me but this was a pleasant surprise. I wonder how long it will take to go through the 3726 people ahead of me. I am anxious to start checking this out.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Welcome to the Frog Pond

I finally decided on a new name for my blog.

Hogwarts Sock Swap Questionnaire

I am so excited to be a part of the swap. I'm considered a first year, since is the first time that I am participating. 1. What Hogwarts house have you been sorted into? Ravenclaw 2. Shoe size? US size 7 3. Foot Length? 9 1/2 inches 4. Foot Circumference? 8 1/2 inches 5. List your three favorite double-point needle brands, including size and length. a. Crystal Palace size 2 length 2.75mm b. I only have one favorite brand that I knit with. c Sorry no other choices. Definitely am in love with the Crystal Palace DPNs. 6. Would you like to try a new brand needle? Yes If so, which brand? Knit Picks came out with some new dpns that I wouldn't mind trying Size? 2 Length? 6 inch 7. If you are a RAVENCLAW, do you prefer the colors in the film or the book? Prefer the colors from the film, love the silver and blue combination. Do you have a strong preference? Definitely more attracted to the film color combinations. 8. Allergies? Do you have any? No allergies Will your knitting be exposed to smoke or animals? NO Are you an international participant (outside US)? No Are you willing to have an international Hogwarts Sock Pal? Yes

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Sock It To Me Contest

The Sock It To Me Swap that I joined is having a contest, the prize a skein of Socks that Rock in a colorway of my choice. All I have to do is write about is why and how I started knitting. Let's first address the why I started knitting. I've always been fascinated by knitting, I all ready knew how to do crochet, cross stitch, ceramics and quilting but not knitting. I am not quite sure what had drawn me to knitting but I was just drawn it was a force that I can't explain. How I started knitting, I bought some how-to books and thought that I could teach myself knitting. I had a difficult time learning the knitting stitch but had an Eureka moment in the place where I always get them, the shower. I finally was able to visualize myself doing the stitch. So as soon as I got out, dried off and dressed, I grabbed my needles and started knitting. I quickly found online resources for knitting and slowly progressed. My stash grew unfortunately with acrylic red heart yarn (you'll have to excuse me on that one, my town did not have a LYS). That was quickly remedied when I made a trip to Milwaukee to visit one. I really didn't get the true knitting bug until about a year ago. I have learned so much in the past year. I didn't really get bitten by the sock bug until about a couple of months ago. You should see my sock yarn stash!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Sock It To Me Questionnaire - Answered

What are your foot measurements? (Please give shoe size, length and circumference.) Shoe size - American 7 Length 9 1/2 inches, Circumference 8 1/2 inches How long have you been knitting? How would you rate your experience? (Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced.) About 2 years. I'm an intermediate knitter but a beginning sock knitter. What is your favorite color? Orange Your least favorite color? Olive green Do you have a favorite fiber? No What type? Prefer natural fibers Do you have any allergies to certain fibers? None Do you have an Amazon, or other type of, wishlist? No, I all ready own a lot of knitting books. (If so, provide the link.) What techniques, if any, would you like to learn? Felting, still have a booga bag that needs to go for a bath. Do you have a sweet tooth? Yes, but have to curb it. What are your favorite snacks? 100 calorie snack packs, weight watcher snacks What is your family situation? (Children, Husband, Pets...etc.) 1 son 19, 1 daughter 14, hubby and no pets. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Circulars except double points for knitting socks Metal, plastic or wood? Addi Turbos, Knit Picks Options sets and bamboos for my double points. Besides socks, what are your favorite items to knit? Sweaters Is there a pattern, (sock or otherwise), that you are dying to try? Central Park Hoodie Do you like to read? Yes What are you reading currently? Too busy knitting to read. My favorite author is Debbie Macomber. Do you collect music? (On an iPod or MP3 player.) Yes, I own an Ipod. What kind of music do you listen to? Country, rock, top 40 Is there anything you collect? Magnets of places that I have visited. What are your hobbies, aside from knitting? Quilting, cross stitching, crocheting. Are you participating in any other swaps or knit alongs? Just got done with the International Scarf Exchange 4, am currently participating in the Sockapalooza 4 and Mysterystole 3. Do you have a favorite scent? From Bath and Body Works Moonlight Path. The only scent that I wear. When is your birthday? Feb 11th, I'm an Aquarius. (You don't have to add the year if you don't want to, LOL.)

Sunday, July 01, 2007

I Want to Change...

I want to change the name of my blog but to what I don't have a clue. I also know that I need to start posting more. I also joined the yahoo group mystery stole 3. On Friday, we received our first clue. I haven't even started knitting it. I am going to knit it using some laceweight Malabrigo in a natural color. I am also going to add some seed beads to it. The first clue contains 99 rows of knititng. Guess I better get started. Next I joined another exchange called Sock It To Me. It starts in a couple of days. This is one where I will knit a pair of socks but send other goodies along also. Should be real fun. It would be even funnier if I would happen to get the same sockpal that I have now. On the Sockapalooza front, I am now on the foot (the homestretch) of the second sock of the fixation pair for my pal. I think she is going to pleasantly surprised to get not one pair of socks but two.

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