Sunday, February 25, 2007

Monkeying around

I didn't really think I had much to post about this weekend, but then I thought "I finished the socks". So here you are, Mum's Monkey socks are done, finished yesterday - and with the folks not arriving until Friday, there was bags of time.

Pattern: monkey socks by Cookie.
Yarn: South West Trading Companies "Tofuties" colour #722 "Stand on Your Own Two Feet".
Needles: Pony Pearls #2 dpns.

Made in a week, I have to agree with other bloggers that these really are a quick and easy knit, it clearly helps that my Mum has tiny feet (size 3/5-4 US) hence I couldn't pose in them, destruction of the socks was not an option :)

I'm feeling a bit of "blogging blah" at the moment. While there's other stuff to post about, I just can't be bothered. Oh well, I'm sure this will pass. Hope a great weekend was had by all.

Monday, February 19, 2007


I am so glad that I finally got the guts to rip out those jaywalkers, because now I have in my possession a fully functional, actually going to be worn, pair of socks. HUZZAH!

Pattern: simple toe up (psso short row toes and heels, Ala misocrafty) in 3 x 1 ribbing, I just knit until I (nearly) ran out of yarn.
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill, supersock # 325, a bargain from that auction site.
Needles: mostly, 32" addi turbos #2, but I switch out to # pony pearls for the leg of sock number 2.

Before I could bat an eyelid, yarn for a pair of monkey socks was on the needles. These socks will be for my wonderful Mum, who has a very special birthday coming up and has chosen to come and visit Mr. B and I for that birthday.

The yarn? South West Trading Companies "Tofuties" 50% Superwash Wool 25% SOYSILK brand fiber 22.5% Cotton 2.5% Chitin (made from shrip and crab shells!). The colour is #722 "Stand on Your Own Two Feet". I quite like the feel of this yarn, slightly silken, it appears as though it will be pretty hard wearing, and the look is very "Trekking"-esque. However, there is no give to this yarn at all, it is very much like knitting with cotton, which I'm okay with, but this can be bothersome to some.

On other news, yesterday was a Spider Baby shower, for 2 preggers spiders. A great time was had by all, I just wanted to give a shout out to Kaitlyn for organizing and to Jess for keeping us spiders in line with the blankets. I (to my shame again) did not manage to bring my camera, but you can check out Jess's post to see some photos of the event, betcha can't spot me :)

Monday, February 12, 2007

Dizzy! I'm so dizzy my head is spinning!

First of all, thanks so much for your enthusiasm about my bags, I'm pretty excited about them, and will be working on perfecting the design over the next few weeks.

Please excuse the rather barren look of the blog as it goes through a metamorphosis.

I missed my usual Sunday post yesterday because I was busy at a spinning party at Marie's. Yes the Spiders met up for an afternoon on fun, food, films and flying fiber. Sadly, I forgot my camera, so you'd have to check some other spider sites to see photos. I have a picture of what I succeeded in spindle spinning...

Some Brooklyn handspun spinning batt on my turkish drop spindle
Pretty pathetic no? I concluded yesterday that I'm not a fan of drop spindle spinning, although it was my first time, I'm not patient enough to wait the hours, days, years it would take for me to produce enough knitworthy yarn for even a scarf. I will stick with my wheel thank you very much. Speaking of wheels, I did get to play with Marie's Lendrum, ooooooh what a dream! It was a pleasure to use and I actually think I was a better spinner with it than with mine. I did go home and spin some of her lovely fiber, freshly carded and a pleasure to spin with.

Don't worry, I haven't completely neglected my knitting. I have a few things on the go, but the progress shots are not worth it, but I did knit a sock.

This is actually from the yarn from the 1 1/3rd jaywalkers. Well, I finally frogged them!!

Sunday, February 04, 2007


What's this here?

Yesterday afternoon, I decided, was for sewing, and here's the result.

It's a box bag ternion, just big enough to carry a small knitting projects around and I'm pretty chuffed with them. So I wanted to show them off to you.

I have been knitting too, but nothing worthy of photo's... yet.

EDIT: The bags are my own pattern, which is still evolving, there is still some work to be done on it.