Archive for August, 2007


Tonight we’re off for a week of fun in the sun.  I haven’t taken a vacation since I moved here in December 2005 and I am very much looking forward to this one.  (Well, technically I took a week off at Christmas last year, but all of the stops/staying with family/driving, etc… made it not much of a vacation.)

Hopefully we won’t be eaten by dinosaurs, a giant Yeti, or Jaws.


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I got into Ravelry way back on June 2, but finally (after a summer of non-stop visitors) got the chance to play with it this weekend. It is really fun, although photographing and inputing my stash is taking forever.

If you want to friend me, my user name is periodicmumbling.

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New Design

So I just switched to a new template.  I just wanted to mention that I deviated slightly from the completely canned template by using a picture I took myself.

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Last Thursday I got the most fantastic pair of socks from my Sockapalooza pal, Maria.  She knit the Broadripple socks from knitty, with a few adjustments, like a garter short row heel.  They fit perfectly.

Aren’t they lovely?

Not only did she knit me these perfect fitting socks, she sent along a number of great items with them, including incense, a lovely little coin purse (which I will use to hold onto stitch markers) and a sock knitting bag all the way from Ecuador.

Maria was also kind enough to include remainder of the Cookie A handpainted yarn that she picked up from Stitches West earlier this year.  I actually went the Stitches West and planned to purchase Cookie A yarn and patterns, but when I saw that Cookie was working the booth herself, I got sort of intimidated by the possibility of meeting a real life knit designer.  I ended up skipping her booth, but I am kicking myself for it now that I can see first hand how great the yarn is.  At least I’m not the only one to be in wonder of Cookie A.

In order to get over my fear of meeting knitting personalities that I greatly admire, I took two (!) Amy Singer classes when she was here in the bay area a few weeks ago.  In the first class (No Sheep For You) there were some technical difficulties with the slide show that went along with the class, so the start of the class was a bit rocky.  Then one of the other class participants kept asking Amy over  and over again to speak louder as she couldn’t hear her.  (In my head I’m thinking, wow, I can’t believe that someone is actually yelling at Amy Singer).  When the woman asked for the third time for Amy to speak up, Amy very nicely asked if the woman could relocate to a seat closer to Amy so that she could hear her better.  The woman refused.  I couldn’t believe it.  I guess that not everyone has the fear of knitting celebrities that I do.

I am making slow but steady progress on the Tuscany Shawl from the second class.  I am using Baywood Yarns Luxury DK (50% merino, 50% silk) in the Blackberry Jam color.  I did, in fact, buy this yarn at the Nine Rubies booth at Stitches earlier this year.  The picture doesn’t really do this yarn justice as it has a wonderful sheen that is not visible in the photo.  It is also very, very soft.  Also, if you have a chance to take an Amy Singer class (or visit Purlescence Yarns where the class took place), go for it.  The classes were a lot of fun and the shop has a great vibe, a friendly staff and some awesome yarns.

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Monkey Sock Swap THREE Questionnaire

The basics:
Do you consider yourself a beginning sock knitter, an intermediate, or have you been doing this so long you could probably knit a pair in your sleep? At this point, I could probably knit a pair in my sleep.

The measurements:

Shoe Size: 7.5W

Foot circumference: 9 inches

Foot length: 9 inches

Yarn Preferences:

What colors do you love? Pink, lime green, plum, pretty much all colors

Do you prefer solids or variegated? I like both.

Do you prefer wool, cotton or acrylic yarn? I have only really knit socks with wool, but a cotton or acrylic blend might be nice. I think all acrylic socks might be a bit sweaty, and cotton a tad saggy.

What colors would you never wear?
I mostly wear jewel tones and heathery tones in the purple, blue, pink, red and grays range. I don’t wear alot of yellow and orange, but would quite willingly wear socks in either of these colors.

What are your favorite brands of yarn? I am an utter and complete Indie yarn addict. I love Sophie’s Toes, Yarn Pirate, posh yarn, zen string, Claudia’s handpainted yarn, etc. If the Loopy Ewe or Sweet Sheep carries it, I am sure to want it.

Are there any new brands you would like to try? I’d love to try Union Center Knits or Duets.

Cookie A. Patterns:
Which of her patterns have you already knit?
I have knit Monkeys and plan to start a pair of Hedera socks any day now.

Which pattern(s) would you like to knit and don’t already own? I would pretty much like to knit any of them. I do already own the pattern for Twisted Flower.

Other pertinent information:

Would you be willing to have an international Monkey Pal or do you prefer one in the US? I am happy to have an international pal.

Do you have any allergies? None that would impact this swap.

Will your knitting be exposed to smoke or animals? In my house, it is pretty much impossible to avoid cat hair completely, although I try to keep them out of it.

Are you on Ravelry yet? If you don’t mind having new friends, what is your Ravelry name? I am on Ravelry, although I unfortunately haven’t had a chance to play with it. My Ravelry name is periodicmumbling (same as the blog).

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FO: Two Fuzzy Friends

When that cute baby was here, we happened to wander into Nine Rubies with her. They had a super cute version of the bunny from last minute knitted gifts knit up as a sample. Miss L seemed to really like it, so I had to knit her one of her own. Around the time that I was finishing the bunny, another friend had a baby. How could I not make a cuddly alpaca toy for that baby too?

The elephant was knit using a single strand of Misti Alpaca Chunky, color 3140. The bunny was knit using Misti hand dye worsted alpaca, color 1 doubled, and Zara in color 1759. I am going to have a hard time giving these two away, as they are so cuddly and soft.

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FO: Katja

Awhile back…maybe in May….I knit the Katja baby top from knitty. The baby that it was intended for was going to be between a six month and twelve month size this summer, so I knit a size between the two. Now that purple is finally one of the project spectrum colors, it seems appropriate to finally post it.

For the project, I used two balls of Rowan Cotton Jeans in the hemp colorway. I really liked working with the yarn, although it seems like an adult sized garment in the same yarn would be a bit heavy.

Despite my tinkering with the pattern, it is still a bit big on it’s recipient. Since she is currently growing faster than a weed, I’m sure it will fit soon. If you look at the picture, you’ll also see the bee set from magknits that I knit for her before she was born. Both booties should have a ribbon around the ankle, but she ripped off one of the ribbons on her flight down. The other ribbon was torn off about fifteen minutes later. I guess I need to work on my sewing skillz.

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