Saturday, March 29, 2008

Son of a Dirty Pirate

Feeling pretty confident in my newly acquired sock knitting skills I decided to really challenge myself and sign up to knit a Wee Tiny Sock. Only at the time I didn't know it was going to be challenging. I figured how hard could it be to make a tiny sock!? Haaaa what do I know!?

I have the basic skills so I was good in that department. I sort of know the terms for the different areas of the sock. I did take a self taught sock anatomy 101 before casting on for the Dirty Pirate Sock. So I was all set. What is the problem you ask? Well dear reader the problem would be the fact that the Wee Sock requires you to use size 0 needles. Let me break it down for you......TOOTH PICKS! Oh and throw in the fact that they were wooden. Every slip of the stitch, I thought the needles were going to break. It was touch and go there for a bit in the beginning. I just had to keep telling myself......"gentle hands." I can't even imagine using a size 000. I bow down to all you knitters that have taken the 000 challenge and have walked away victorious.

After all my hard work.......I am proud to announce it is a bouncing wee tiny Son of a Dirty Pirate.

I will be adding a pirate themed charm to the wee one and turning it into a key chain. The sock stork will then come and pick the tiny one up to deliver it to it's new home.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

We Have A Sock

The weather is getting nice enough again that I am able to go and do some knitting in the car during my lunch break. There was mad knitting going on as I was determined to finish sock number one by that evening. Be careful of slippery needles. I was reminded several times that things can come close to going horribly wrong in the blink of an eye.

Yes, we have a sock!

I did get the dreaded ladder between my stitches. Luckily it is on the bottom of the sock. I am going to have to try another technique. I pulled my stitches tight but it didn't really work. Anybody got any tricks?


Sunday, March 23, 2008

Sock It To Me

Either hell has frozen over or pigs have learned to fly. Why? Because I have FINALLY cast on for a sock. I told you this was going to be the year of the sock. I still have the startitis fever brewing so I just had to cast on for yet another project.

So here are my socks that I am lovingly calling "The Dirty Pirate Socks".....Mmmmmm dirty pirates........sorry my thoughts drifted off. I got the yarn from Middlearthknitter Yarns on Etsy.

The colorway is "Captain Jack"

The sellers description of the yarn is as follows: "I have tried to capture a few elements of the lovely jack here, his black eyeliner, the brown of that famous hat, red bandana, purple of that lovely ring he wears and gold for his tooth of course."

The pattern I am using is one that Sam lent to me. It is just a basic, and I mean bare bones sock pattern. At this point that is good enough for me. I am using a set of metal DPN's that were my grandmothers. I think I am loving the metal over the wood. They are a bit slippery but not too terrible.

Enough chatter....I must go knit!

Happy Easter

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Origami Knitting

o·ri·ga·mi - [awr-i-gah-mee]
–noun, plural -mis for 2
1. the traditional Japanese art or technique of folding paper into a variety of decorative or representational forms, as of animals or flowers.
2. an object made by origami.

So what is it? a dog, a swan, a frog?

Nope Nope and Nope.

It's my Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann. I have no idea where I am on the thing but a close source tells me I am almost done.


Monday, March 17, 2008


You didn't seriously think I would not post something green today did you!? What kinda Irish girl would I be if I missed the green post!?

Mmmmmmm.......Yarn Cake

It is Merino Superwash Worsted Weight yarn from Red Rocks Fiber Works. It is from the Grass Green Series. However I have secretly renamed it.....


Ssssshhhhh don't tell.

I always knew they wore nothing under there!


I don't know what was in the air last week but I had a major case of Startitis. The weather here was really nice. I think I got a small dose of Spring and that sent the ball rolling. Before I knew it I had cast on for three new projects. I had to fight the urge to cast on more.

I am working on Elizabeth Zimmermann's
Baby Surprise Jacket.

I am also working on the Dream In Color Shrug

I casted on for my first pair of socks but had to rip it out and start again.

On top of all that.....

  1. I still need to find buttons for Juliet.

  2. I need to sew together my Counterpane Carpet Bag and find a lining for it.

  3. I also need to keep working on 28Thirty.

My man either needs to learn to knit so he can help me finish stuff or I need to clone myself a few times.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

It's My Bag, Baby!

I love coming home to a mailbox full of goodies.

I found two sellers on Etsy that have super cute bags!

My first package came from Sew Serious.

Robots, Gnomes and Crosswords.....Oh my!!!

My second package came from Simbiosis by Julia.

The writing on the bathtub is hard to read but it says, "I wish I could melt into the water like a mermaid ".......Love that!

Monday, March 10, 2008



is the over-indulgence and over consumption of food, drink, or intoxicants to the point of waste.

I received my first package from The Seven Deadly S(p)ins club. I am in love! I can't wait to see what is in store for us next time.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


I am currently working on 28Thirty from
Zephyr Style

I am using Kathmandu Aran in color #122. The yarn is 85% Merino Wool, 10% Silk, and 5% Cashmere. I can honestly say this has quickly become one of my favorite yarns to work with.

If anybody has a good source for leather buttons drop me a line.

When all is said and done it will look like this....only better! I am going to knit mine a bit longer on the bottom. I am just too big in my butt and thigh area to wear this jacket the way it is pictured.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

It isn't the size of the gift
that matters,
but the size of the heart that gives it.
~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

Let me start off by saying......I have some amazing friends. I have said several times on this blog that I am totally spoiled rotten by people. This week was no exception.

Stacey's mom, Marsha (love her!) got me this awesome skull bag.
Love the color, love the size. I am planning on moving my stuff into it today.

My fabulous friend Sam got me the most wonderful skein of Noro sock yarn. It reminds me of a vineyard. Hmmmmmm.......I think this colorway is just begging to be used in a Clapotis and then worn while enjoying a nice bottle of wine.

Sam also got me this cute knitting girl for my knitting room.
The little leg warmers crack me up!

Another fabulous friend, Stacey.....gave me this cute sleeve for my hot drinks. I got it for Valentines Day but had to show it with my other gifts because I used it this week. Love me some sock monkeys!

Thank you ladies! I LOVE all of my goodies!

In Like a Lamb

March in Colorado started with record breaking temps in the 70's and 80's. In Highlands Ranch we got up to 76 degrees. People were out in shorts and flip flops. We had every window in the house open, to get the stale winter air out. It was beautiful.

Today is a different story.

We are expected to get a few inches. Ah Colorado, you tricky devil you.