Sunday, September 28, 2008

You have got to love sock blockers. I have just bought my first set and they really do a great job of showing off a sock.

Yarn: Shibui Sock
Colorway: Kiwi
Needles: 1.5 Addi Turbo
Pattern: Waving Lace from Interweave Favorite Socks

Friday, September 26, 2008


I love it when something works problems.

Pattern:Shalom Cardigan
Yarn: Patons Shetland Chunky Tweeds
Needles: 10.5 Addi Turbo
Button: Purchased at Yarnbirds in Raleigh, NC.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Faster Faster!

Must knit faster! I'm having a knitting complex today. I feel like I am a slow knitter. I know by nature that I am slow because I'm a thrower. I've tried knitting continental and combination but it looks like crap. I know I need to practice more but what item am I willing to practice on that can look like crap when it's done?

Ravelry and the blog world are to blame for my complex. I am amazed daily by how much some people can knit. One blogger I follow can't simply make 1 of something (socks, hats, scarfs...) she has to make 3 or more of it. And she makes 3+ in one week! Melissa Morgan-Oakes said that she can finish a pair of socks (2 at-a-time) in 1.5 days. I wan't to be able to do that! WAAAAA.....

Well back to my slow, slow, slow knitting.

Monday, September 22, 2008

2 At a Time

This weekend, a couple of friends and I drove 3+ hours north to Virginia to take Melissa Morgan-Oakes 2-At-a-Time sock class. I learned how to do 2 at a time on one 40" circular needle. I don't have single sock syndrome but I have had a couple of stockinette socks that didn't turn out to be the same size so I was hoping this would help correct that. The class was great. Melissa was very down to earth and a great teacher. If you ever get a chance to take a class with her, you should.

The weekend was a nice escape from the house. A long car ride that allowed me to knit for 3 hours on the way there, see a part Virginia I've not seen before, and see a part of North Carolina where I'm sure they have had or still do hold witch trials. Have you ever driven through an area that for no reason what-so-ever, gives you the heebeegeebees? I have no idea where we were but I was glad it was day-light. You didn't see many people but when you did they were all at one persons house. Town BBQ....maybe? Town lynching....maybe?

As for what's on the needles...I am working on a Waving Lace Sock from Interweave's Favorite Sock book, a Clapotis in Malabrigo Silky, a Noro Silk Garden cardigan, and I just started the Twilight pattern from 2-at-a-Time so I could get the technique down in my head. It is definitely fall.....lots of knitting....

Monday, September 15, 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Janet of Twisted Knitter! She is the blogiversary winner. She will be receiving the following skein of PippiKneeSocks yarn, minus the frogs of course.

On another is destash time. Too much yarn, too many sock clubs and now I've preordered the Addi clicks. I have a bunch of yarn up for destash on Ravelry and later today or tomorrow there will be some Addi needles for sale. Please check it out.

Lastly, if you aren't on Ravelry you should be if for no other reason than the following: If you are a Ravelry member and you log in all the needles you have, you can text a message to Ravelry asking if you have a certain needle size. It will text you back with that information! How many times have you been at your LYS wondering if you have a certain size needle? Go here for directions. Once again Ravelry proves how wonderful it is.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Contest time!

Okay, I am a fan of useless knowledge. And since most of my blogging has been useless knowledge, I've decided to give away a skein of PippiKneeSocks sock yarn to a person who can correctly answer the following 3 questions.

1. Who invented the first knitting machine?
2. Where was Elizabeth Zimmerman born?
3. What is the term for a sweater in Australia?

Please send all responses to fallsknit at yahoo dot com by Sept. 11th. All correct answers will be put into a hat and a winner drawn on Friday, Sept. 12.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Tropical Storm Hanna

Nothing major happened here with Tropical Storm Hanna. About 5 inches of rain and a little bit of wind. We fortunately live on high ground with no chance of flooding. The rain however did provide time for the following.

A little bit of cookies, tea and knitting for me.

A little bit of down time with your buddy.

On another note...I've recently had my first blogiversary. I can't believe I made it a whole year. To celebrate, on Monday I will hold a contest to win some new sock yarn from PippiKneeSocks. Come back then and tell your friends.