A new skill...

27 May 2007

Finally, after many, many years of wanting to, over the past week or so I've learned to crochet. I've mostly taught myself, using the new Paton's "Learn To Crochet" book and my friend R has also offered invaluable tips along the way.

So far the hardest part has been making my left hand "work" correctly... I'm so used to tensioning the yarn etc using my right hand when knitting, but I'm getting there.


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21 May 2007
I'm back home again, on my computer, and I am THRILLED to hear that my Bloomin' Feet pal, Sarah, has received her socks; Canada Post finally deigned to deliver them!!! It's times like this I wish that parcels could tell you about their journey.

Anyway, here's what they look like...

Yarn: Merino Cashmere Sock in the "Moonlight" colourway from The Knittery
Pattern: Friday Harbor from Nancy Bush's Knitting On The Road

Thoughts: These were my first 'lace' project. At first I was going to knit Monkey socks, but the yarn/pattern/size didn't work, in my opinion. Flicking through KOTR I found the Friday Harbor socks. I particularly liked the fact that the lace continued down on the foot and that the leg had a ribbed section which allowed some stretch so I could sure they'd fit my pal's measurements. I also slightly adjusted the pattern by adding extra stitches to compensate for the fact that I was using fingering weight yarn. I kitchenered the toes, as I prefer that to just drawing the yarn through the remaining stitches and pulling tight.

If you'd like to see what else I sent, check out Sarah's post for more details.

Sorry they took so long to arrive Sarah! (Boo & hiss @ Canada Post!)

Thanks again to Amanda for hosting a great swap!

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2 new podcasts

12 May 2007
There's a new sock knitters podcast called "Socks In The City" and you can find it and the show notes here:
I've listened to the first 2 episodes, which are full of information about KALs and Flickr groups.

Knit Picks also have a new podcast. The first 3 episodes are now available here:

Links are also in my sidebar.

Happy listening & knitting!

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Bloomin' Gorgeous Feet and other goodness

06 May 2007
I'm back, from being gone this week, and I was greeted by TWO international packages; one parcel and one box. (I *LOVE* international packages LOL).

The box contained...

My beautiful Bloomin' Feet socks (see below), a cute keyring sock blocker that was sporting a sock that matches my Bloomin' Feet socks, some Trader Joe's chocolate (smells delicious but I haven't opened it yet), 2 skeins of Artyarns Supermerino in the most wonderful purple colourway (#126) and a set of Clover bamboo DPNs size 2/2.75mm which is a size I can't get here (we can only get 2.5mm, 3mm, 3.5mm, 4mm & 4.5mm in Clover bamboo DPNs)!

Yarn: Socks That Rock in the "Lapis" colourway
Pattern: Here There Be Dragons
Knitted by (& package from) Hillary!

Hillary, you really "nailed" me with your colour, yarn, pattern and goodies choices! I've had the pattern on my list of "socks I want to knit" for ages now and the colours are "me" all over. The socks fit beautifully! They're very comfortable and toasty warm. I particularly love the way the pattern continues down the heel flap, which works perfectly for wearing them with my Crocs.

My 2.5mm Clover DPNs are my favourite needles, so I'm thrilled to have a set in a different size. The keyring sock blocker is so cute and the tiny STR sock adorable. I'm thinking I might make myself a pair of gloves/mittens from the Artyarns. If I get a move on, I'll be able to wear them this winter. The chocolate will be savoured by this chocoholic ;o)

Many thanks Hillary for being my Bloomin' Feet pal. You've knitted me a pair of socks that I love. I'll wear them often and treasure them always. Thanks too for the fabulous goodies you also included.

The parcel contained...

my prize from Meg's recent blog contest. It's 2 skeins of Artyarns Ultramerino4, colourway #158, which is a range of greens with highlights of purple and pink. It's just gorgeous and is destined to become a pair of socks for me. Meg had asked me if I wanted to choose my prize or be surprised... I opted for being surprised and I couldn't be more delighted with what Meg selected. Many thanks Meg!

A HUGE thanks to Amanda for oganising Bloomin' Feet!

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