Thursday, March 20, 2008

Monkey Sock Swap FOUR!

Hooray! Rebecca has decided to run another round of the Monkey Sock Swap! This is a closed swap, so only those that have a good track record in other Monkey Sock Swap rounds are invited to join. I am so excited! I love love love this pattern and I really like shopping for monkey stuff (as does C. Every time we see something Monkey related in the store she says 'Mommy! You can get this for your Monkey Pal!' Here's to hoping we can still find some monkey items...)

Monkey Sock Swap Questionnaire
The Measurements
Shoe size: 8.5 US
Foot length in inches: 9.5"
Circumference: 8.25"

Yarn Preferences
What are your favorite colors? Anything but neons

What color clashes with your wardrobe? hahaha. assuming something clashes with jeans and a t-shirt?

Do you prefer solids or variegated yarns? no preference
What are your favorite brand sock yarns? Cherry Tree Hill, Dream In Color Smooshy, Claudia Handpainted, Gypsy Knits

Is there a new sock yarn you really would like to try? Wollmeise. I am never fast enough to score some in a sneak up or at Claudia's website =/

Cookie A. Patterns
List the patterns you do not have but would like to receive: Marlinda, Mingus

Do you have any allergies that your pal needs to know about? (animals, fiber, sensitivity to smoke etc.) peanuts make me itchy, but peanut butter does not.

Will you knitting be exposed to animals? yes. I have a yellow lab

Will you knitting be exposed to cigarette smoke?nope

What country do you live in? USA

Are you willing to ship outside your country? sure

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Knock knock

I am rather crap at updating this thing. My knitting gets updated at Ravelry mostly, and I forget to post here. I guess we'll start with the most recent and work our way backwards? Easier on my memory that way. First up is my Zombie Socks from Sock Madness. I started about 10 minutes after the pattern was mailed to us and finished up sock #1 at 11pm that night. Sock 2 took a bit longer, we left for Disney the next morning. I was able to do the cuff on the plane and knit a bit here and there while at the hotel and when having a rest at the parks. Finished sock #2 on Sunday morning. For some reason the internet at our hotel didn't want to work properly (even after computer geek husband spoke on the phone to computer geek technical support) so I wasn't able to send my picture until Monday afternoon while waiting for our plane at the airport. Luckily I was in time!

zombie socks jessn

I also owe a great big thanks to Cheryl W. She was my upstream in the Sock It To Me Twice Swap and woo boy was I spoiled!

My daughter has taken the basket, bookmark, and the necklaces (not pictured) as her own. I managed to keep most of the chocolate for myself (after hiding it from her and the husband) and the knitting bags have yarn in them so she won't steal those for her treasures. I love love love everything in the package. It was like Christmas, never ending red presents to open.


I also made a pair of the Master Coriolis socks from Cat Bordhi's new book. Coolest construction ever. They're a bit big because they weren't for me =( I made them for a swap with a lovely lady on Ravelry. I'll knit her socks and she'll send me hand dyed yarn. Sounds like a great deal to me! Her socks have made it across the pond to her and they fit (yay!) so now we're in the plotting stages of the next pair.

I need to get a picture, but I am about 3/4 of the way done with my Ruby Greenjeans sweater! The body and left sleeve are finished! Usually I'll get the back halfway done, lose interest and put it down. When I go to pick it back up again I don't remember where I was and what was happening to riiiiiiiiip it goes. This is why I have a Rogue that only needs one sleeve in my closet. That poor sweater. It was my third or fourth knitting project (I guess I don't start small. Scarf, sock, sweater) and looking at it now I can tell it was my third or fourth knitting project. I want to rip it out, but all it needs is a sleeve and it'll be done. I dunno. I guess it can sit in the closet for a little while longer. Got to keep the momentum going for this sweater. Otherwise I'll have everything but 1 sleeve done. At least my Rogue will have some company?