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Pay it Forward

I read about the pay it forward gift exchange over at PoMo Golightly and had to instantly sign up.

Here’s the deal. Be one of the first three bloggers (sorry, blogless and blog-free friends; maybe you should get blogs so you can play these reindeer games!) to leave a comment on the post requesting to join this PIF, and some time during the next 365 days, I will send you a hand made gift.  All you have to do in return is make the same promise on your blog

I have been on a good finishing kick this weekend.  I finished the trellis sweater I have been knitting (but never got around to blogging about) and I finally finished the tuscany shawl as well (pictures to follow at some later date).   After getting the house picked up this morning and sewing a Christmas thing for a friend, I feeling pretty darn industrious.  With the clutter cleared from both my brain and my house, maybe I can get around to blogging more often.

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I got an awesome monkey sock swap package this past week from Cheryl. She knit me a pair of monkeys in some wonderful colors. Aren’t they great?

She also sent a great assortment of monkey items, including a cute little monkey pendant, a barrel 0′ monkeys, some monkey mechanical pencils, an awesome monkey project bag, and the most cutest monkey bowl ever. She sent the Cookie A Thelonious pattern and some louet gems yarn in the crabapple blossom colorway as well.

I really enjoyed participating in this swap. Thank you, Cheryl, for a great package.

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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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I am really not trying to be a slacker about my blogging, but this has been the summer of the houseguest.  It’s really hard to find time to blog, when you can be spending your time chasing after four years, cuddling babies, chatting while you enjoy a nice glass of champagne, etc, etc.  There hasn’t been much time for knitting, let alone blogging.

To just begin to address my backlog of completed projects and projects in progress, I thought I would write a post to catalog all of the socks I have been working on or finished in (semi) recent weeks.

Back in June, I knit this pair of vanilla socks for Evan.  He went through my stash and selected some of my loudest sock yarn.  These were knit using Schaeffer Anne.  I cast on 72 stitches, knit a short ribbed cuff and it was straight stockinette with a gusset heel from there.  He likes them.

These socks I knit for my father-in-law as a very belated birthday present.  The pattern was a slight modification of the Gentleman’s fancy sock pattern from “Knitting Vintage Socks.”  I started out with 64 stitches and didn’t do the shaping.  The yarn I used was Claudia’s handpainted in the jungle colorway.  He thinks these lucky socks in the duck’s green are sure to win us the championship this year.

Here are the two pairs of baby socks I knit for some grad school friends that had a beautiful baby girl last week.  I used this pattern.   As the pattern suggests, I used some leftover sock yarn that had been rattling around the house. Both these pairs were knit during the weekend before last that Evan and I spent in Occidental.

Finally, I have been working on the socks for my pal in the sockapalooza 4 swap.  I finished the first a week and a half ago.  This week I have made good progress on the second.  I only have a week or two to finish, so I had best skedaddle.  I am a slightly modified version of the jigsaw lace sock pattern and lorna’s laces shepherd sock in the miata colorway.  So far, I like how the weird pooling that generally occurs with lorna’s laces is working with the pattern.  Hopefully my pal will like them.

I still have a big backlog of finished objects to blog about, but this is a start.

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Sock It To Me Swap Questionnaire

  1. What are your foot measurements?  My foot from longest toe to heel is 9″ and around the ball of the foot is 9″.  I wear a size 7.5W shoe.
  2. How long have you been knitting? How would you rate your experience?   I  have only been knitting since October 2003, but I would consider myself to be a intermediate to advanced knitter.
  3. What is your favorite color? Your least favorite color?  My favorite color is plum.  I don’t particularly care for the combination of forest green with wine, but I like those colors individually.  Otherwise, I can’t think of any.  Do you want to knit me something wild, like a pair of yellow and lime green striped socks?  Go for it.
  4. Do you have a favorite fiber? What type?  I love merino wool, but preferably superwash.  Otherwise my fantastic husband who most willingly does the laundry may destroy them.
  5. Do you have any allergies to certain fibers?  Nope.
  6. Do you have an Amazon, or other type of, wishlist? Nope.
  7. What techniques, if any, would you like to learn?  As far as sock knitting goes, perhaps more toe-up techniques.
  8. Do you have a sweet tooth? What are your favorite snacks?  I totally have a sweet tooth.  I especially like chocolate and chocolate mint things (Frangos and Frango imposters are my favorite) and licorice.
  9. What is your family situation? I have (one) wonderful husband and two slightly rotten and definitely spoiled cats, Quincy and Muffin.
  10. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Metal, plastic or wood?  I knit pretty much everything with circular needles and use either metal or wood.
  11. Besides socks, what are your favorite items to knit?  Gift knitting, so right now that means baby things for my friends with babies.  I am also really starting to enjoy lace knitting.
  12. Is there a pattern, (sock or otherwise), that you are dying to try?  I haven’t knit any of Cookie A’s patterns except for Monkey yet and I would like to.  More lace, although I don’t know specifically which pattern.
  13. Do you like to read? What are you reading currently?  I love to read.  I am super excited about reading the new Harry Potter.  I read almost exclusively fiction, but pretty much all genres.  Right now I am reading Middlesex.
  14. Do you collect music?  I’m not sure if I “collect” music, but I do listen to it quite a bit on my ipod.  I also like to listen to audiobooks, and old episodes of This American Life.
  15. What kind of music do you listen to?  I listen to just about every genre of music, except new country.
  16. Is there anything you collect?  I like things related to insects (bees, ladybugs, dragonflies, ants, spiders) and I collect magnets.  I’ve also been into things with ravens on them.
  17. What are your hobbies, aside from knitting?  I bake, read, and love exploring all of the great parts of the bay area.
  18. Are you participating in any other swaps or knit alongs?  I am currently participating in sockapalooza.
  19. Do you have a favorite scent? Cinnamon, coconut, mint, lavender, citrus
  20. When is your birthday? November 28, 1977

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The basics:
How long have you been knitting?  I have been knitting for 3 1/2 years.

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?    I would consider myself an advanced intermediate.

The measurements:
Shoe Size:   I wear a 7.5 wide.
Foot circumference:    9 inches
Foot length:  9 inches

Yarn Preferences:
What colors do you love?  I’ve been really into spring green (chartreuse green) lately.  I’ve also been into pink.  Like many people, I am often inspired by the colors surrounding me, so right now I’m really into spring colors.

Do you prefer solids or variegated?  I often find myself buying variegated yarn because I love all the color, but I when it actually comes to knitting, I prefer semi-solids, so that the color doesn’t overwhelm the pattern.

Do you prefer wool, cotton or acrylic yarn? I prefer wool yarn.  I would also love to see some merino-tencel blend yarn in person.  I once knit my niece a sweater out of a tencel blend and it was so soft and had a beautiful sheen.

What colors would you never wear?  I will wear any and every color combination in socks.  That is what makes socks so fun.

Knitting Gadgets
Favorite needles.
Plastic, metal, bamboo or wood?  I really like metal needles, but also use bamboo and wood.  I haven’t ever tried plastic metal.  I try to avoid using dpn whenever possible.  I would much rather knit with two circs. 

Are there any knitting accessories you don’t have in your collection but would like?  Do they make a cover for your index finger for use with sharp needles?  I think I might have seen some such thing on someone’s blog.  With my knitpicks needles, my index finger gets sore from getting poked.

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

Do you have any allergies?  Nope.

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