Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Dreaming of Prizes

The March Sweater Madness hosted by Michelle of is still on going. In April it will be UFO month. Cool. It's not all contest all the time it's more like a mini cheering section / KAL kinda thing. Everyone is welcome! ( Back to the contest. I won! My sweater may be a bit big on me but I was done first! I think I can either resew it or just give it to a coworker whom it does fit. I won a big parcel of prizes!

So I am trying to do a big dream big of all the prizes. So far only the Cherry Tree Hill has "spoken" to me. It wants to be (tah da). I love lacey socks but all the verigated yarns in the world look like rabid drooling howler monkeys in this pattern. In a semi-solid maybe it'ed work but when this came out I only had self striping and verigated. I looked like butt. But hot pick lace socks....I'm cool with that

The Self striping wants to be a cabled sock. I can feel it. Cookie A. released a few patterns for purchase. When Sweet Sheep get thier's in I'll be first in line. I really want the new sock book from Interweave too. The Socks That Rock is very precious it's the first and only skein I have of it...the pressure to use just the right pattern is extreme. (Plus hello the colourway has ORANGE) No way am I going to play fast and loose with STR in orange.

The really rocking pink and orange in the middle may end up being a hat. It's not superwash. So not so much with socks but again I love the colours and it's soo fantabulously soft...I want to say beret but I'ed never wear one....Definitly another one that's marked for some currently mysterious yet wonderful future.

The possum has very very secret plans. Very pop culture ...maybe a little ARRRR.. ;>9that is the only clue you get) The knitpicks gossemer in lime and teal is going to become some very fancy looking lace scarves probably of my own invention. I have a few great stitchionaries , I should manage to figure out my own shawl pattern....right?

Lots of sky flavoured pie I know but I got plans and that makes me very happy. Tonight I work on my gummi sock and my coat. Got a great new movie to watch and some amazing flavoured tea, life is good.

Knitter's Treat Exchange

Knitters Treat Exchange Questionnaire
1. What's your favourite type of yarn?

  • brightly verigated in colours that suit eachother but you wouldn't think of normally
2. What's your least favourite type of yarn?
  • ribbon yarn is icky
3. What's the first thing you do when you visit a new yarn shop?
  • people watch for a bit, usually i just go from the right all the way around 9typically shoppers start on the right of the entrance and go around in a circle from there.

4. What other crafts do you do / would like to do?

  • I'm not a crafy person other than knitting, I can crochet a bit but for the most part I just knit.
  • My other hobbies are video games, reading, movies and the like

5. What magazines do you currently subscribe to?
  • IK, Vouge Knitting, Knit Simple, Knit 1, Crochet!

6. Put this type of magazine in order of preference:Knitting / Crochet / Other Craft / Food / Home / Fashion / Celebrity Gossip / Garden

  1. knitting
  2. fashion
  3. Food
  4. celebrity gossip (think OK! not National Enquirer)
  5. Crochet
  6. Home
  7. Garden

7. What items do you like to knit / crochet?

  • There isn't any type of project I don't enjoy specifically, I prefer knitting to crochet and flat to knitting in the round.
8. Are you allergic to anything?
  • mostly things that shouldn't be a problem for the swap, eg Salmon, Sunlight detergant, and such
9. What do you like to* smell of?(*This is not a typo. The question is: What do you like to smell of)
  • Ralph Lauren's Romance and Ralph
  • Fruity smells like mango from the Body Shop
  • roses

10. What's your favourite way to relax?
  • not doing anything (I never seem to get enough opportunities to not do stuff)

11. You're stood in front of a Victorian style sweetshop, an Italian cafe, an old fashioned bakery and a dainty tea room. Where do you go first?
  1. Bakery
  2. Sweetshop/tea room
  3. Coffeeehouse

12. What do you come out with?
  • apple or cherry pie
  • something with caramel
  • flavoured tea (my current faves are lavender earl grey and baked apple roobius)

13. Where do you go next?
  • yarn or book store
14. Any other words of wisdom for your pal?
  • I have a ton of other questionaires so you can always look at them. I really like movies and such so things like Primere magazine or Cinescape are pretty good ideas. I'ed love to see some foreign knitting magazines.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Dream Big

I'm calling this dream big to show project ideas I have. Let's face facts I usually have a lot of the go anyways so while I may never get the projects knit I want the freedom to at least dream of getting it done.

May I present to you the very first "dream big" project-The Anna Socks from Rowan 40. I had cast in on in Black but it was uninspired, not me, real melvin. I think they would be nice but when I saw this colourway "Jelly Bean Merino Tencil Sock Yarn by All Things Heather" at the Sweet Sheep. I knew what the yarn really wanted to be. For 2 days (I sware I should get a medal) I sat back knowing that someone out there saw the very same potential for these skiens that I did...but no one stepped forward. I obsessed cheking the page several times a day-but no one scooped them up! So obviously it was destiny. Fate. True Love. (CURSE YOU FATE! It was supposed to be a cute billionaire not 2 skeins of yarn!! Of course it IS really cute yarn...yeah I got no real complaints.)
Also is it a warning sign that some skeins I want just for the names...sKNITches Zombie for example. It's nice yarn greys and red.... but it's called Zombie...dudes...I am a little heartbroken that I missed it. I really hope they come out with a companion yarn called "Brrraaaaiiins". Cuz dat would be Sweet.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Secret Colour Swap

Well my postman came to my door yesterday and I missed him. But Ipicked Up my packages bright and early today. I had 3(!!) waiting for me. Including mY colour swap box from the lovely Gill from She knew I loved orange and the box was full of orangy Goodness! All the yarns are from England too so it's going to have an extra special place in my heart.

See: how well she knows me. There was twix (was being the operative word. The colours are brighter than the picture but it was a cloudy day and the room didn't have much light (my flash "bleached" the yarns).

I want to say a big thank you to the lovely Gill! I'm really thrilled with all the gifts!

Oh a p.s. to the story is that my downstream pal the Knitty Prof recieved her package, you can find her blog at .

I've been measuring this a lot.

Of course I finally take some pictures an Ohbz, aka the biggest cat ever, decides to flop down to act as scale....but it's hard to punish a Jedi cat-especially a rather dim-witted one. (Ohbz's official name is orange Blossom the First shortened to OB1 then for some reason just pronounced as Ohbz)

I'm about 11 inches up so I have about 3 more pattern repeats to go until the arm holes. Knitting feels really slow going on this. I have to remind myself there is 111 stitches in each row but it still seems to be dragging.

Luckily I have a distraction: Gummi Bunny Socks. (Well if he's going to lie there he's may as well model) I'll finish turning the heel tonight and motor through the foot on my weekend lunch hours. The sock looks kinda shrimpy but again this cat is really huge, think medium sized dog and you'ed be on the right track. Also my ball winding skills are mediocre at best.
I know what your thinking , only 2 projects? Well I am trying to pursuade mom to knit the strap to my messanger bag. It took me about 5 tries at 4 inches length before I realized it wasn't going to work. There are a lot of impatience vibes rewound into that Noro. But again only 2 projects on the go isn't my style. Remember way back I had wanted to knit Vivika from some recycled yarn?

This yarn to be exact.

Well it's decided to be a sweater coat. To be exact the City Coat from Domiknitrix. I am really hoping to have it done by the middle of next month. Repeat after me: It's Garter stitch with polar weight yarn on really big needles...It's garter stitch with polar weight yarn on really big's garter stitch.....

Monday, March 19, 2007

My Yahoo Messanger Has Been Wire Tappedby..well, me. Apparently.

The hamper and the hamster thing isn't the pointy part of this conversation but I thought it was funny. To preface I am doing major closet verhaul and washing everything I want to continure to own. Today I have been saying a lot of...when did I get that?, Or I've missed that, Remember how cute this was when it FIT (usually the last said in a much bitter voice followed by chocolate and pouting.)

Jinxsa Salem: ok i need hampers and places to lay sweaters flat to dry
Jinxsa Salem: many... many... hampers
Jinxsa Salem: like 8
YB: thats not good
YB: Oh woe is me! Oh woe is me! I used to have a Hamster Tree! But it was eaten by a newt, and now I have no cuddly fruit! Oh woe is me! Oh woe is me! I used to have a Hamster Tree!
Jinxsa Salem: wow...woe
YB: no. Oh woe
Jinxsa Salem: i have a problem
YB: oh?
Jinxsa Salem: i need another 12 step
YB: d'oh
Jinxsa Salem:
YB: another one?
Jinxsa Salem: then i found this
Jinxsa Salem: scroll down
YB: can you join 57 different knit exchanges?
Jinxsa Salem: um maybe
Jinxsa Salem: i probably SHOULDN'T tho
YB: *sighs*
Jinxsa Salem: ...probably...
Jinxsa Salem: ...kinda....
Jinxsa Salem: ....maybe...
Jinxsa Salem: ..sorta...
Jinxsa Salem: ...ish.
YB: snicker
YB: do I need to start an intervetion?
Jinxsa Salem: please see above
Jinxsa Salem: this wouldn't be such a problem if people bought me yarn
Jinxsa Salem: just random yarn showing up at my house
Jinxsa Salem: long as it was good yarn
YB: he he he
Jinxsa Salem: <--yarn freak.
YB: very much so
Jinxsa Salem: <-- not planning to change that about myself either
YB: lol
Jinxsa Salem: <-- suggests people deal with it
YB: <-- suggest you should take care of that third person problem you seem to have.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Secret Pal 10

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

  • I love just about anything that doesn't squeek, right now I am eyeing a lot of superwash to use for gifts (when you don't kjnow how they will be washed it's safest)
  • My favourite things are really just soft yarns in bright vibrant colours.
  • I'm not a huge cotton fan but I've never really used a good cotton before.
  • koigu rocks.
  • am a Socks That Rock virgin
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
  • I have a big vase for my straights and a little jar for some of my dpns or a make-up bag depending on thier length.
  • My cirulars are from sets for the most part so they go back in the case. mY glass circs (love'em) stay in a box when not in use to prevent breakage

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
  • I've been knitting 2 years this coming August (so a year and a half) I learned from a few books and am still learning mainly with online tutorials, more books and a few knitting forums. Next month I'll be taking a couple of classes during a trip to Toronto.
  • I'm an adventurous Intermediate
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

5. What's your favorite scent?
  • roses
  • apples

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
  • it really changes, I love caramel and mint chocolate but not together (shudder) I just tried the lidnt double milk mini eggs and they are yummy. I am not certain my twix phase is over, but in the interests of not dying of malnutritionI've been limiting them.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
  • I have a drop spindle, fiber and books. I do not have a clue tho. It's one of the courses I'll be taking at the Knitter's Frolic.
  • I crochet a bit.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
  • I love soundtracks, techno and heavy metal/opera techno remixes

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
  • I really love Orange at the moment, I like pinks, teals, golds, grey, browns, orange (just thougt I'ed mention that again) and purple. My favourite yarn of the moment is a verigated deep purple, teal and orange. I really just love wild and crazy mixes of colour. The brighter the better.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
  • I'm at home helping take care of my parents who have health issues and yeah I got pets. 4 cats and 2 dogs.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
  • I wear all of them, but the only poncho pattern I ever liked was from issue 40 of Rowan and a big wool cable. I have yet been brave enough to wear it in public. So probably ponchos are a bad idea.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
  • anything new and challenging!

13. What are you knitting right now?
  • Vivika for March Sweater Madness, a pair of monkey socks, and a pair of stockinette socks from Sweet Sheep's Gummy Bunny.
  • Next up-the dollar and a half cardigan from the new Interweave and city coat from the book domiknitrix

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
  • of course, people who don't are tres lame.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
  • straight and metal although sadly with dpn's i have to say, size matters. I don't like dealing with anything longer than 6" if I can avoid it. I've been wanting to try Pony Plastic dpns.
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
  • I have a ball winder and I still have to press people into being my own personal swift.
17. How old is your oldest UFO?
  • old, at least a year and a month.

18. What is your favorite holiday?
  • I like them all I think, Easter and Halloween and Christmas. I'm not really religious so you don't have to worry about that whole side to things.

19. Is there anything that you collect?
  • I like polar bears, and fantasy animals (unicorns, dragons, chimeras,ect)
  • I love sci-fi and fantasy movies, tv shows and books
  • my favourite author is Tanya Huff
  • I have about 200 movies
  • I am slowly working on getting the entire Star Wars book set, and am so very not even close yet.
  • I play a lot of video games I love the Sims for pc, I have a wii, an x-box 360 and a ps2 ( I have no desire at the moment to get a ps3 unless they get a karaoke revolution that is exclusive to them)
  • I love old school toons
  • I love DC and Marvel comics!
20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
  • I buy every magazine I can get my hands on when they come into the store. I love interweave knits!
  • I'ed like to find a copy of Confessions of a Knitting Heritic
  • Lucy Neatby's dvd collection **drool**
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
  • I'ed like to improve my finishing
  • colour work
  • magic loop
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
  • I completly heart knitting socks. I like the dpn method much more than the 2 circs method.
  • I wear about an 8 shoe (it depends on if I have been working super long shifts or not)
23. When is your birthday?
  • August 10, 1977

Misc: I never mind getting used movies or games, even books. I don't think it's tacky-it's frugal. (this came up in another swap figured it may come up again) Bootlegs are ok too.