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June 29, 2005

When the weather's hot and sticky..........

You know what that means don't you? Come on get your mind out of the gutter. It means that I finished my socks!


And you thought it was that funny little rhyme didn't you? No? You say you have never heard of that rhyme? Well I may tell it to you tomorrow. If you want to hear the rest that is.

I also have a "one skein wonder" of my own in process, but it isn't the one everyone is making, oh no, but I believe that there must have been a buzz when this scarf was published!


Yes! It is the Leaf Cravat by Teva Durham! I know, I know, I am very slow. But before I had this blog, I wanted to make it. How long has this pattern been out? 2-3 years? I love this pattern. I am hoping it will only take 1 skein because that is all I have in this color.

Here is a shot I took on the front steps at my house. I used the one above because the color of the yarn is the same color as cement.



Posted by beth at 12:30 PM | Comments (14)

June 20, 2005

I'm spinnin' Baby!

Yep! I am! Wahoo! What was I waiting for? Some one to show me what the f**k to do! You have already seen my first try. But let's just recap shall we?


Ahhhh, the look of first time spun yarn! All bumpy and lumpy and BAD. Now we have my second attempt


A yarn by a girl a little more sure of herself! Not bad, not bad!

Next we have..................


wait, what's this? I would say the girl was a little too cocky! Now she has too much twist in her yarn! What is a girl to do? She calls Rachel and Rachel calmly lets her know what to do. So she happily moves on to this


Okay, the girl is back on track, a little......it's all in the tension and the twist......yeah sure!

Let's revisit that over spun yarn


Looks like something my cat has coughed up doesn't it?

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June 17, 2005

It's good to go away, but it's great to be back

NYC was GREAT! I like sleeping in my own bed though......

I think I am going to try to hit a different yarn store every time I go there. I went here this time


I like this store! It is very small, and the people who worked there were VERY friendly! And very helpful. That is important to me. There is nothing I hate more than big city attitude. I did not get any attitude from this store. They have beautiful yarns from Noro, Lorna's Laces, Rowan, Classic Elite and Alchemy. I didn't buy any yarn, but I did pick up these


I think I saw both of these on someone's blog, I am not sure who, but I had to have them! One is a pattern for the "Rock Star Cardigan" and the other is a book the RY classic books. This pattern book has a lot of crochet patterns in it. I love it!

The sale bin at Purl is pretty good. There weren't a lot to choose from, but it was jam packed with odd skeins of Noro marked 40% off. (Think nice winter hats here)

I did finish 1 sock. I will not succumb to second sock syndrome. I will cast on tonight. Or should I spin? Hmmmm..........


Why is it that the foot looks so big? And I have that much yarn left over, what will I do with this?

Posted by beth at 12:42 PM | Comments (7)

June 13, 2005

So is it hot enough for ya?

Any one living in the Northeast of the United States will agree with me. Perhaps it's just hot everywhere! Those of you who know me well, know I like to say "It's as hot as a dog's ass". Crude, yes, but it really is! Or maybe as hot as an alpaca's ass


This beast actually enjoyed this! See for yourself


Yes, it was hot. And I spent yesterday afternoon under a tent learning how to spin. ON MY SPINNING WHEEL!!! Yipieeeeee!!!!! This woman is my hero. Her name is Amy and she is wonderful! Let's hear it for Amy!!!!


I went to a "Spin In" with Erin and her Mom on Sunday. Did I mention that it was hot? It was hot. But I got the hang of it. I produced some yarn. It's not perfect, but I think it's the prettiest, most beautiful thing I have seen in a long time


Is this bunny not the cutest? I am not sure if he is an angora rabbit, but he was still cute.


Do you think he was hot? Maybe it's a girl.

Now this guy looks like he just wants to say "Party on dude"


Of course I couldn't leave without buying anything. This is me, I buy stuff. Too much stuff. But it sure is purty


I put the hedge clippers (I spelled it wrong before) next to the bag so you would see how much is a 1/2 lb. of fiber. Yummy.

My husband took this next picture of me spinning, just so you could see that I am doing it. I look like such a hippie! (I'm so not)


Finally I leave you with another sock. I have started another sock! Have you not been listening? It's HOT! (I hope I don't get into trouble with Paris Hilton) It's the only thing I can stand to have on my lap at this time! Even spinning wool was uncomfortable.


I am off to the Big Apple for a couple of days!

Posted by beth at 12:28 PM | Comments (24)

June 10, 2005

I just want you to know a little secret.....

Have you noticed how wonderful some of the pictures at other blogs turn out? Yes? I have, and I can only wish to be that good someday. Kris takes the most lovely pictures, we always end up knitting the same things!

Now Diana is another good example.

But I think the prize should go to Sweet Georgia! I mean come on! Just looking at the pictures makes me want to do everything she is!

I will let you in on a little secret. I am sure they have taken hundreds of photo's until they have found just the right one. Because that is what I do! For instance I have finished my socks and I would like to share my pictures of them

This one I call "The Jig"


Yes, its a bad shot. But I am happy the socks are done!

This one is called "Butt Shot"


What was I thinking? But notice how slender my feet look!

This one I call "Slightly Out of Focus"


Artsy? Uh, no.

This one I call "Socks With Spinning Wheel"


Yes, I am sure it has cobwebs on it. Sigh..........My legs look fat.

Lastly here is the shot I should have just posted about


Socks on the floor. What I should have done in the first place. It is 90 degrees today, why am I modeling socks?

This is what is left


I needed Suki to sit, or lay next to it to show how much yarn is left! What will I do with all this? Can I make some "footlets"? Dunno.

Kris is right, it is hard to take a picture of your feet.

Yarn: Opal in purple (the label is in German sorry)
Needles: US 2 Circular 24"/2.75 mm (2 needles)

Posted by beth at 12:08 PM | Comments (18)

June 07, 2005


I really can't say enough good things about this knitting with two circular needles! I am on the foot now of my second sock! I give you Exhibit A

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I love this! I know I said it before, but I wish I knew about this sooner.

Look at this join


and no holes!!!!

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Now I give you Exhibit B

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This is the sock I started back in March. I hate this sock. I don't want to finish it now. And lucky for me it is only Lion Brand sock yarn. Look at that horrible join


Messy I say, very bad form. Here are my "ladders" Hate them!


Now if only I could take better pictures! I really think I am going to throw that sock away. I dunno, I may rip it out and start again, but it was only $6.00 yarn. The purple yarn is another story! That is Opal yarn and was more expensive.

Thank you for all your comments on the Addi Turbo post. I will probably end up buying some. Now, you may have noticed I have updated my blogs I like to read list. I have deleted some, not because I don't love them, I do, I just needed a change. 2 sites in particular stand out right now. Streets and Yo's has a great post today about kool aide dyeing for self striping yarn. Most excellent, you must check it out. The other site is Conversations About Famous People. This is one of the funniest sites I have read in a long time. I am totally intrigued by celebrity gossip anyway, so this is a MUST read!

Posted by beth at 05:21 PM | Comments (11)

June 03, 2005

I broke down,

I did, I couldn't stand it any more, I had to place an order with Knit Picks. Who can resist the lure of free shipping with an order of $30 or more? I certainly couldn't


sigh............... just what I need. More yarn. More yarn to dye with Kool-Aide!!!!!! Oh, and I bought this too


This book is by the same gal as the socks on 2 circulars! This is a cool book. However, I now have to get Addi Turbo's that are a million feet long.

What is the big deal about Addi Turbo's? I am serious, I don't own any, but I hear about them every where. Are they really that sexy? Is this now going to be my new obsession?


Posted by beth at 05:21 PM | Comments (14)

June 01, 2005

Okay so I had this great post all set up yesterday....

Then, yes, I hit my "refresh" button by mistake. How stupid is that? I was a great one too. I had Memorial Day Parade stuff! Crap! And I am not going to re-do it. You will like this better anyway. Well speaking of stupid, I never told you who I was gifting for secret pal 4! Der! I was sending gifts to Brooke. I don't know why she calls it Missy B if her name is Brooke, I never asked her. Any way she is a VERY talented spinner and weaver. You should check out her weaving. It is most excellent! Where am I going with this, I really am amazed at the kindess of the people I have met through blogging. Brooke sent ME a gift!


OH MY GOD! Is this not the best? Hand spun yarn, roving, and chocolate! What more can a girl ask for? I think Audrey may like these colors! They are so pretty. Thank you Brooke!

I went to one of my LYS the other day to pick up this book and I walked out with this


So I could make another one of these


Yes another button hole bag. They are addicting. The yarn is Cascade 220. Love the colors.

I did a little Kool-Aide dyeing over the weekend. I took this


And this is what I got


WOW I am very happy with this! This was fun, not that messy and cheap!

Oh yeah, the book I bought on how to knit socks on 2 circular needles. Why didn't anybody tell me about this sooner? You will never go back to double pointed when you see how easy it is!


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