Thursday, March 20, 2008

Primavera Socks

I finished my Primavera Socks. Here are a few pics:

They turned out very nice. I would recommend the yarn and the pattern. I can't reveal the yarn yet though. The name of the yarn will be revealed when my review is posted on the SSYC Blog in a few weeks.

I am now working on a dishcloth. I am pretty busy with school at the moment, so I wanted something that was quick and amazing. Here is a photo of it so far. I am liking the spring colors:

I went grocery shopping today, and found an amazing coffee mug.

Ok, maybe amazing isn't exactly the word for it, but the shade of orange just makes me happy. And it is heavy enough that the cat won't knock it over when he crawls around on my desk trying to help me. Here is a picture of the cat with some flowers and a pot I bought last week:

And last, but not least, a picture of Jeffrey, because he's so darn cute:

Friday, March 07, 2008

Mystery Yarn

My Mystery Yarn arrived from SSYC at the end of last week. It isn't orange, but it is a really beautiful cranberry color.

It is a little hard to photograph accurately, but this is pretty close.

So is this a color I like? Lets take a look:

Those are various projects, most finished but some not, made in the same color. The Mystery yarn is shown there balled up in the center. It fits right in. So I am pretty happy.

I decided to make Primavera Socks after seeing them on Rob from Threadbear's Black Dog blog.

I cast on for them on Monday, March 3rd. I wasn't so sure about the pattern choice when I got going, because the pattern wasn't very impressive at that point. If I wasn't knitting on a deadline, I think I would have ripped and restarted. Here's one of the first pictures I took:

Not bad, but not drop-dead gorgeous like I was hoping for. But I kept chugging along, hoping it would be better when it was finished.

I'm glad I didn't give up. These socks are really beautiful. I don't know if any of the pictures do them justice, but here are a few of the first finished sock:

These photos also give you an idea of how hard the color is to capture. The first two photos are more accurate.

I will be doing a writeup on the yarn next, but wanted to post something about this now. I still have the second sock to knit, but I am not worried about that. I love the socks so much, I want to finish the second one so that I can wear them.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Catching up

I can't believe it has been this long since I have posted. I always plan on posting more, but never seem to get around to doing it.

First off, I will share a little excitement. It was a long time ago, but after sending my Oliver blanket squares to Kay from Mason-Dixon Knitting, she wrote a post about my squares. Check out Forrest's Momma Was Right. The photos of my squares a WAY better in her post.

Between then and now, I was busy with the holidays, and then going back to school. Besides having to take last semester off, I have been in and out of school for years. I am finally really back. I am only taking 9 credits this semester, but with kids, a husband and a puppy, that is more than enough. I am officially a Junior, but because of being in and out of school, I do have one entry level programming class that I have to take. It is good though because I haven't had a programming class in a few years, so it is a good refresher for me.

For knitting, I have been working away on numerous projects. I have been posting everything on Ravelry, but just not here.

For new exciting knitting adventures, I have been chosen to be a fill-in Test Knitter for Simply Socks Yarn Company. I was bummed that I didn't get chosen as one of her test knitters, and then she contacted me today to see if I could fill in and do a review. I won't know what yarn I will be using, the label will be removed, but I know that it is a solid color wool/nylon mix. It will be in the mail to me tomorrow. I am excited. I haven't been able to afford any sock yarn since Christmas, so it will be like Christmas all over again for me. Plus, Saturday is the start of spring break for me. So I'll have plenty of time to sit home, catch up on Tivo, and knit me a beautiful pair of socks. Sounds perfect to me!

I am not sure what pattern I will use until I actually see the yarn, but I have some ideas. I would love to make one of these Cookie designs, but they aren't available yet. Dang. But there are a lot of beautiful designs for me to chose from, so I won't have a problem finding something perfect.

Well, I will come back and post pictures of my mystery yarn when it arrives. I hope it is something really beautiful. Hopefully orange. Orange isn't just my favorite color, it is my obsession.

ps My entry level programming class is full of mostly teenage boys, and I, the old lady in the class, got the highest grade on our first test (92.31)!!! In your face little boys!