Thursday, July 27, 2006

More, more - we want more ... warshrags!

I could get addicted to these things. One down, tons more to go! I'm thinking little Christmas gifts with a nice bar of soap ... hmmm.

THIS was given to me by my dear mother-in-law for my birthday. I've been drooling over it each time she and I go to her LYS. Time to fill it UP! Plus it looks really cute in our living room.

BTW, does anyone out there (besides you SP8;)) read this blog? I don't know how to get a counter working and I sometimes wonder if I'm talking to myself here.

Monday, July 24, 2006

The Warshrag phenomenon

I've been following the Warshrag madness over on the Mason-Dixon KAL. I purchased the book a few months ago and four balls of Sugar n Cream to join the craze. Here's my first attempt. I love the pattern. These are great for those of us who need an instant-gratification type project now and then!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Sock Progress

While I was on vacation, I made a little progress on my sock on two circs.

You can knit the darndest things!

Last night, at my church knitting group, a lady was knitting a Seatbelt Snuggly. That's right, for all those who are less than tall and can't get their seatbelts to stop rubbing their neck raw ... KNIT a SNUGGLY. Now, she got this pattern online, FREE. So I googled it with no luck. She was also making one for a child's car seat. Isn't that resourceful. She said kids can also use it for a little pillow while napping in the car.

While I won't be needing one, I thought someone in blog land could benefit from the pattern ;) Here's the link:

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

KnitPicks Options Needles

They arrived in only 6 days!

I cast on for a gauge swatch last night using the new interchangeable set. Love them so far. Although, I don't really understand how the lock tool works. I could use a bit more direction.

The tips are much more pointed than Addis, which I like. But, my fingers will need to get accustomed to the pointy tips as I use both index fingers to brace the needle while I move the yarn up.

The cords are very flexible and had no memory of being packaged. The join is very smooth.

I also like the small notebook for organizing the needle tips and cords. The zip pockets are perfect. I ordered the needle gauge. It is magnified for easy stitch counting ... love that. And, I got the needle size ID tags which I'm using in the pockets to identify the tips.

GREAT, GREAT, GREAT. AS GOOD AS ADDI TURBO at a FABULOUS PRICE for all the needle sizes you get and all the extras.. KnitPicks, you have my vote on the needles!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Treats from my SP!

Look! I received these lovely wrapped goodies. I couldn't wait to open them!

When I did, they revealed this .... A book from my "Must Have List" (which is now complete), a knitters journal, Interweave Knits Summer 2006, cotton yarn and a dishcloth pattern, a KNITTED washcloth, orbit gum AND a lavendar sachet pack. THANKS SO MUCH SP! You're spoiling me!!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006


As if I need a new knitting obsession. The thing is, my sister is having a baby in Feb. Along with clothing, I would like to make the little tyke a toy.

The problem with this book is that it's not available locally. I HATE to buy a book online before seeing it myself.

Has anyone out there used this book? Good? Bad? Ugly?

Friday, July 07, 2006

Must we leave?

I hate the end of vacation. I hate leaving the beach. We've been at Topsail Island for the past week. Big fun. Small town, great food, and I have more sun on my sknin than I would want to show the dermatologist. The pic are DH and I after dinner last night and a lovely sunset we caught on the way back.

I visited three yarn shops, thanks to the help of the knit list gals. Not much stash enhancement, just two balls of trekking. Maybe I can talk DH into stopping off in Winston on our way home to check out the yarn there ;)

SP8, thanks for the e-card. Loved it!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006


That's right, I'm posting from the beach. Not a lot of knitting going on here, it's entirely too hot. I have worked on my socks a bit more, but that's it.

Yesterday brought clouds so we headed off th Phootsy's Yarn shop (thanks to the KnitList crew). It was an alright place. I purchased some Trekking sock yarn. Haven't used it before. I got this nice tweed color and a self striping in pink/brown/cream.

So, back to vacation. Topsail Island is wonderful. Small place, good food and beautiful beaches. The forecast looks like rain tomorrow, so we may venture to Wilmington in search of another yarn shop, I've heard they have a few good ones.???

My birthday is Friday, meaning I will accumulate some cash that will definitely go toward stash or knitting tool enhancement. I am seriously considering the Options needle set from KnitPicks. I do not own an interchangable needle set. Mainly b/c the Denise never appealed to me with the plastic and I'm not a fan of the feel of the Boye needles in general. I have been reading online reviews of the KnitPicks set and it seems they are similar to addis, so alas, I may just need to purchase them.

I am also considering the Green Gable pattern for my next big project. Seems easy enough. Plus I already have two skeins of the suggested yarn and know that I can hop over to my LYS and get a third from the same dye lot. It uses Lambs Pride Cotton Fleece.

IF ANYONE IN BLOG-LAND has adivce on either the KnitPicks needles OR a good yarn shop in Wilmington, NC,PLEASE post a comment!!