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The first one is done! And beautiful. I’m so excited by it =]    And yes, as you can see, the needles are prepped for the next one. I absolutely hate knitting that first row on a sock. It is tedious and  slightly painful but always worth it. This sock pattern was tricky too. It came in a bunch of different sizes but the two that were important to me were Women’s Small and Women’s Large. Women’s small asked for a cast on of 60 stitches and a Women’s large asked for 72 stitches. Why is there such a large gap?! All the other socks I have made for myself I have used 64 stitches. So, I decided to go with 60 stitches and hope that it worked. Thank God it did because it if hadn’t, it might have been an occasion for real tears. Therefore, this sock is most definitely the right way to start a new year.

So, funny story. I made those gray slippers awhile ago for Clare. I guessed at her shoe size and was pretty sure I couldn’t be wrong. But, o, I was. Thus resulting in myself having to create another pair of slippers which are currently drying in the basement after their rough and tumble time in the washer while felting. Note to self: Always ask shoe size, don’t assume it.

The Stock family has successfully survived a bout of whatever 24 hour thing was floating around Pittsburgh. The only thing is that there is an excess of LifeSaver mints in the house which isn’t really a problem at all.

Best wishes for a happy new year. Don’t forget, anything can be started over again and in the right direction.

Happy New Year =]

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A Knit Lovely Time

Hullo all! I hope Christmas was lovely and wonderful for everyone. I hope the day was peace filled and enjoyable.

I received a wonderfully wonderful gift from Santa Claus this year. That’s right; I received Beautiful Yarn (yes, it is entirely worthy of capital)! For those who aren’t sure what Beautiful Yarn is, it comes from Blue Moon Fiber Arts and it is just awesome and was able to bring an instant smile to my face in the middle of me not quite being awake yet. Not only was Santa kind enough to bring me yarn but he also brought me patterns! It is an awesome collection of patterns in the Little Box of Socks. Yes, this does mean that this blog will be filled with socks for a while but they will be lovely socks!

To start with, here is what I have so far:

This is my current pair of socks! This is done in the Blue Moon Fiber Arts Silkie Socks that Rock yarn. It is 81% merino and 19% silk and it is quite simply some of the softest yarn ever. O? The colorway? Well, Santa has himself a chuckle and got me yarn with the colorway of “Crabby McCrabbypants.” (These socks almost made it to my family Christmas party. If it weren’t for the fact that my boyfriend came with me, I probably would have knitted through the entire event. As it was, the party was food filled, people filled, heat filled, and a lot of fun.)

Here is the second skein of Beautiful Yarn that I recevied:

It is Sock Candy that is 96% cotton and 4 % elite and this colorway is Glory. I already have the pattern for these socks all picked out. School is going to be not quite so bad with these socks to knit while I am there.

It is cold and snowy here and there is a very real chance I am going to go ice skating tonight. I am contemplating taking my knitting and just sitting in the warmth.

It’s about time to sign off but I leave you with the absolutely adorable surprise I made for my boyfriend and he received while he was here

Okay, for some reason, I have the pattern but not the URL I got it from. And in case anyone was curious as to the color choice for this adorable little dragon, it was based off of a dragon that my boyfriend drew for me. Interested in seeing it? It’s on his website: www.nedsnoggin.com.

Enjoy the rest of the day! =]

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Merry Christmas

I could sit here and try to type about what Christmas is supposed to mean. I could sit here and try to type about what Christmas means to me. I could sit here and try to type about what one is supposed to think about Christmas. I could sit here and try to type about the craziness and commercialism of Christmas. Rather I leave you with this,

“And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them! And they were sore afraid … And the angel said unto them, “Fear not! For, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all my people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ, the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly, there was was with the angel a multitude of the Heavenly Host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth, peace, and good will toward men.

That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.” – Linus Van Pelt

Merry Christmas, everyone. Have a blessed day =]

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Pigs in a Blanket

Three days til Christmas! And my household is in full swing. The Christmas candy went out today and sugar cookie decorating for Santa will go on tomorrow. The tree is up and wrapping paper is abundant. The kids are officially out of school which means the Wii is out until someone takes it too far. Speaking of the Wii, I’m not sure how many knitters out there are gamers. Myself? I don’t game. My boyfriend and youngest brother will tell you I can’t play well at all. However, we recently got the Wii game, Kirby’s Epic Yarn. I thoroughly enjoy it because it is yarn based. The main character is made entirely out of yarn. All the worlds are made out of patches and other swatches of fabric. The main boss (that is the word for the bad guy for those non-gamers out there) is a yarn creation called Yin-Yarn who has knitting needles. This game is really fun and if I can play it, it must not be too hard. Look it up; it’s good fun all around =]

Remember the yellow and pink blurry pictures? Do you remember the game Pass the Pigs? Well, here is what it was.

To start, aren’t they adorable? And for those who may be unsure about what Pass the Pigs is, it is a game where one rolls the two pigs and depending on how they land, different points are given out. This was actually a birthday gift for Clare and she was thrilled. (If you would like this pattern, go here).

I actually have finished some other projects as well but they will have to be posted after the holidays. It’s off to continue to prep for the Stock family Christmas 2010.

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Living Dangerously

The slippers finally dried! Okay, taking two whole days to dry isn’t anything too insane but still, when all you want to do is finish up your project to see the completed thing, two days seems like a really long time. They came out beautifully! Sewing on the buttons and straps were quite easy and voila! Here they are, the French Press Knits slippers!

These pinks ones were done in Patons Classic Wool in Petal Pink. The gray slippers were also finished today.

These were done in Lion Brand’s Fishermen’s Wool in Oatmeal. They, too, came out rather lovely especially with the buttons. And here they are together.

The chances of me making at least two more pairs are really high. And I learned some helpful things along the way. The main thing I learned? Ask the shoe size of the person you are making the slippers for first rather than assuming you know it. Anyway, these slippers make one live dangerously. How so? Well, it is quite simple really. The directions in the pattern suggest puffy paint on the bottom of the slippers to make them grip a bit more. However, someone in a review said it comes off. There are little grippies you can buy but they cost a lot of money. So currently … these slippers having nothing on the bottom of them which makes them ideal for ice skating around the kitchen. (Probably not the best idea seeing how I just messed up my ankle this fall.) O well, right now, I’m just keeping in mind that these slippers have no grip (we need “more claw and less pad” here) and will be careful as I step.

I also finished my roses. I had a vision I couldn’t quite describe but here it is in the finished product.

I think they look bright and cheery in the snow. These will be headed out to the person this project was intended for hopefully this weekend. The project wasn’t hard; just a lot of little things. But I really love the overall project at the end.

Well, I’m off to continue to live dangerously as I go to do the dish drainer all the while, being careful as I step =]

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Wonderful day; end of story. Why? Well, let me show you what I have been up to:

Sunday, beautiful Christmas doughnuts were made.

And, believe me, they tasted just as good as they look. In addition to all these doughnuts, there have been many good reads as well. I recently finished Call Me Mrs. Miracle which was a great Christmas read. It is one of my favorite things to do during Christmas – read all the Christmas books that I can find in the house. I need to go and see if I can snag The Christmas Train. The Christmas Train is a wonderful Christmas book, as you probably could have guessed, based on a train and all about learning about one’s self and realizing past mistakes and fixing them. A warm and fuzzy Christmas book quite perfect for the season.

I haven’t been only reading; of course, yarn has been involved. I have made two pairs of slippers and, I successfully felted!!! I’m so excited that it worked out like it was supposed to! Now, I have two amazing pairs of slippers!

It went from:

to

I can’t wait for them to dry so I can add my pretty buttons and try them on!

The last thing I have been working on is my roses, and here they are!

I’m not exactly sure how many more I want to make but I think the finished project should be pretty cool looking.

And Christmas continues to be alive and well here at my house. Yesterday, we got the decorations down. My mom warned me there might be stink bugs in the boxes because we had so many this summer. That warning was the only thing that kept me from screaming when two stink bugs were found in one of the boxes that held a glass plate. Thank God, I didn’t break the plate when I put it down in an effort to get away from those bugs. They were pretty gross looking. But irregardless, the house is now officially decorated. We are waiting for a good day to put the ornaments on the tree and the house will be officially ready for Christmas!

Overall, its a very felted success for the day =]

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Christmas is Coming!

So, I’m finally home for Christmas break, and it is lovely. There is no constant homework, there is no more studying for finals (of course the only two grades I really want to see aren’t available yet … typical), and there is no more school for an entire month. And home is starting to feel rather Christmas-y. The Christmas movies are out; Veggie Tales are seeing joyfully from the stereo in the family room; the Christmas tree was chosen. I most definitely know I am home because of the lack of heat. I definitely take the heat for granted at school. (Although my dad just pointed out across the room that I can’t be too cold because I have on shorts … ). The absolute best part about being home? I say a need to go to JoAnns and bam! It happens, and here is the first present from JoAnns:

I am so very, very, VERY excited about this yarn and these buttons. I was perusing the Yarn Harlot’s blog and saw something about a 90 minute slipper pattern. So I went and found the French Press Slippers (the pattern is on the left side). They are so amazing and cool. I absolutely love ballet  shoes and these are ballet slippers. I don’t typically wear slippers but I will definitely wear these. I started them today and got to

I need one more side and the straps, and this pair will be all knitted up! Then it will be time to do all the seams and start on the second pair. Glorious knitting =] (It is especially wonderful because I have had this pattern for about a week and couldn’t do anything with it because I was at school.) The second present I got from JoAnns was:

I understand; it looks odd. If I were you, I, too, would be asking myself, “And this relates how?” Well, this is to be a crocheting project dealing with crocheted roses and transforming this into a rose bush. I think once more pictures of that are up, it will be clearer.

Christmas is coming and I couldn’t be happier =]

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