Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A Found Treasure

I found this blog today in my searching for cool stuff. It's in Turkish, but the knitting stuff is beautiful! Just like a smile, knitting says the same thing in any language.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I finished a sock!

I am finally finished with one of the Winter Socks on Magic Loop. It was so easy, I can't believe I didn't start socks six months ago! I'm very happy with it, and it actually fits too!

The baby blanket is half done, and looks nice too. I'm just tired of knitting it. If I'd just work on it instead of putting it off, it wouldn't be that bad. I'm just bored with it.

Tonight is knitting night again. I love Tuesdays for that reason. Those gals are so wonderful, and have really become friends to me. I'll be sad to leave them behind.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Here's a little meme that I stole from Nichole Let me know if you do this one, too!
1. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (Mother and Father's middle name): Ferne John
2. NASCAR NAME: (first name of your mother's dad, father's dad): Chester Philip
3. STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name): Reyme
4. DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal!): Blue Bear
5. SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born): Jean Albuquerque
6. SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd fav color, fav drink, add "THE" to the beginning): The Green Coca Cola
7. FLY NAME: (first 2 letters of 1st name, last 3 letters of your last name): Melds
8. GANGSTA NAME: ( fav ice cream flavor, fav cookie): Vanilla Sugar
9. ROCK STAR NAME: (current pets name, current street name): Bailey Navarra
10. STRIPPER NAME: (name of your fav perfume/cologne, fav candy): Midnight Chocolate Fantasy
11. PORN NAME: (1st pets name, street you grew up on): Chester Oro Real

Monday, April 14, 2008

zitron booby socks

zitron booby socks
Originally uploaded by chappywoman
Another picture of the Booby Socks!


Originally uploaded by chappywoman
These are the Booby Socks I posted about a few days ago. This photo is from the pattern designer's Flickr account. See how pretty the beads look? I can't wait to start my pair. I received the kit in the mail last Thursday. Anyone want to show me how to do cables?? I think I'll start knitting on them in October in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month...

Fiend or Friend?

I have become a knitting fiend over the past couple of weeks. I have finished 3 projects in the last 7 days. They are hats, nonetheless, but they are projects. I just posted the pictures on Ravelry last night.
The "Waiting for Summer Scarf" I was making has decided it wants to be a chemo cap instead. I frogged it Saturday night, and am just finishing the decrease rows before it's done too. I also finished the Stash Bustin' Hat, and the Helmetliner for Stitch for Senate.
I really need to finish the baby blanket for Katie, but it's boring me, so I keep putting it off. Maybe that's why I keep starting small projects. The baby blanket seems so daunting, that it makes me feel good to finish a project in one weekend. The baby is due this week, and the blanket is only half-finished. I'm trying to knit up some of the yarn I have in my stash before I move so I'm taking finished objects home instead of balls of yarn. It's working out, but there's so much knitting to do, it almost feels like a job! Luckily it's a fun job.
I have the second half of the hedgehog class this week. I'm really excited to finish that one. I think he will be so cute, and a nice addition to my classroom next year. I'm going to knit one for Michelle Clapsaddle too. They'd make great gifts:
*An LSU purple and yellow one for Kelli
*A gray and blue Air Force one for everyone I know in the AF
*A pink one for mom to keep in the tea room
*One for dad to keep in the Jeep
*A blue and orange one for Eva
So many hedgehogs, so little time!!

Friday, April 4, 2008

A Peaceful Protest...

I found a wonderful knitting project yesterday. It's called Stitch for Senate.

From the Stitch for Senate website:

"Stitch for Senate is an initiative of knit hobbyists making helmet liners for every United States Senator. Building on the tradition of wartime knitting, a practice as old as the American Revolution, Stitch for Senate revives this cultural trend by engaging with political officials about the war in Iraq. The Stitch for Senate website will compile testimonies from contributing knitters, that express everything from charity, allegiance, patriotism, resistance, and radicalism; using the tradition of political organizing within knitting circles as a space for storytelling, discussion, exchange and protest. Hobbyists knit in solidarity to persuade elected officials to support the troops by bringing them home. All the senators will receive their own helmet liner before the 2008 Senate race, after being displayed in the seating chart of the US Senate at a Washington DC venue. Once they are received, senators can opt to send helmets to a soldier."

What you do is, knit a helmet liner and send it to a senator via the address on the Stitch for Senate website. This is a form of peaceful protest that encourages senators to vote differently on war issues. The senator can either keep the helmet liner as a reminder, or send it off to a soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan. Being a military wife who's been separated from her husband for almost 2 years total and who has friends overseas now, I feel I need to do this project. I'm not a raging-sign-holder-chanting-protester, but I feel like doing this project for the cause is more productive than holding a sign on a street corner anyway, since a soldier will receive the end product.
I would encourage anyone to sign up for this project and knit for a senator!
Go get 'em and bring our troops home!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008


This whole week has been about nothing but socks! Here goes:

This first sock is my first sock ever, knitted for the Wee Tiny Sock Swap 2008. It's somewhat misshapen, but it's okay. It still resembles a sock. After I turned the heel and picked up the stitches on the side, it somehow twisted itself a bit, and I can't figure out why. Maybe I need help and more practice with Magic Loo. I just hope the pal I sent it to doesn't think I'm a dork for not knowing how to knit a sock, but signing up for a sock swap. Gotta start somewhere though, don't I? I'm happy with the way it turned out.

This is my first pair of real socks to be worn. I figured out how to do Magic Loop using the book, and it was pretty easy. I love this yarn (Fortissima Sock with Bamboo), and think it will make the socks nice and smooshy. I'm doing the Winter Sock pattern from the Magic Loop book for this pair.

I didn't make this next sock. It's the one I received from my Wee Tiny Sock Pal. Isn't it just adorable?? I love it! I'm either going to attach it to my classroom key lanyard so my students can see it too, or attach it to my knitting bag zipper. The other pics are the yarn information (so you can make your own pirate socks), and a picture of all the goodies that came with my sock. This was such a fun project, and I will definitely participate again.

I found a pattern for Booby Socks that you knit to honor breast cancer victims. Proceeds from the sale of the kits goes to support breast cancer research. They're only making a limited number of kits and yarn, so get yours quick!

How can anyone not love knitting socks??