Monday, December 24, 2007

Panic Time

Merry Christmas to Everyone!!!
I now interupt this scheduled blog post to get back to knitting. I'm in complete panic mode and there is no way I will finish my Dad's socks without him knowing (since I spend Christmas Eve at my parent's house). Oh well, there goes the surprise.
Must go knit now.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

What kind of crappy Christmas gift are you?

Ok, I saw this on my friend Jenny's blog and just couldn't resist. I laughed out loud when I saw what I was (since I'm a sock knitter).

You Are Socks!

Cozy and warm... but easily lost.
You make a good puppet.

I have many pictures of swap gifts and club yarn to show you, but not sure they will make it up before Christmas.

I hope that everyone has a very blessed Christmas and takes the time to remember the reason for the holiday!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Winter Escapes

Please post what would be the perfect vacation during the Winter Season? Would rather you head to the beach, to escape all the cold weather or want to pack your ski's and head to the mountains. You tell us what vacation you prefer during the Winter Season.

Since I'm an accountant, winter escapes have usually not been an option for me. However, I think a cabin in the mountains complete with a nice fireplace and some coffee or hot cocoa would be fabulous! Especially if there is a pile of movies and knitting in the deal. Can I go tomorrow???

Thursday, December 13, 2007

WWCS Topic of the week

For many people, Winter is a time of cold weather and snow - and many fun outdoor activities that can only be enjoyed during those times! What's YOUR favorite activity in Winter, and is it even outdoors??

My favorite activity would have to be sitting inside (where it is warm) watching a movie and knitting or just hanging out with friends.

Nope, no outdoor winter outdoor activities for me. One reason, is that it doesn't get cold enought in Alabama to get the snow that would be required for most of the outdoor winter activities that I can think of.

I hope everyone is having a good week.

Has everyone gotten all their shopping done? I'm done with the shopping, where I'm starting to panic is the Christmas Knitting that still has to be done. 12 days and counting.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Are you Yankee or Dixie?

Here is a fun little quiz that my friend Marla sent me.

I took it a couple of days ago and I was 88% Dixie, but I retook it this morning when I was adding the link here and I don't think any of my answers have changed, but this is what it told me: 100% (Dixie). Is General Lee your father?

I mean really, I was born and raised in the South. Does this surprise anyone??

I'm trying to patiently wait on my December club yarns, not that I need them for any reason, but I just want them. I'm hoping I'll get my ArtWalk yarn today. I know that I won't get DKKnits or my ChickFlick yarn until next week because they were both shipping today. I did already get my yarn4socks packaged. It came with a pretty semi-solid green from Madelinetosh and a pattern from Melanie at Pink Lemon Twist.

Like I said, I don't have time to deal with them when they get here. I'm working on Christmas knitting. I need to finish up the ornament for my Alabama Ornament swap pal, and I have to finish Christmas socks. (pretty much one sock left for each person) I also have to do a pair of felted slippers for my Dad. But all the decorations are up and it is starting to feel a bit festive around here.

The little man and I watched Shrek the 3rd last night. If you haven't seen it, it is kind of cute. Definitely more humor for the adults, but the kids seem to love it.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Getting Ready for Christmas & WWCS Topic of week

Well, I've officially started getting ready for Christmas. The music is in the CD player in the car, the shopping is officially done (Thank Goodness!) and the decorations are up.

I started shopping on Saturday and finished tonight. Fortunately, I have a very small list, but it is done none the less. Yesterday, I pulled out all the decorations and put the tree up and all the santas and snowmen out. I'm starting to get in the spirit now!

Now all I need to do is make a decision concerning Christmas cards and get them in the mail.

For WWCS this week, we were supposed to have "coffee talk" with someone else from the swap. Lesley left me a comment today and I decided to check her out as well. I've learned that she is venturing into dyeing her own yarn which I think about at times, but really I just can't fit anything else into the schedule right now. I've also found out that she is co-hosting a cocoa swap that deals with both Hot Chocolate & Yarn. What a perfect combination!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

WWCS Topic of the week

What is the ideal setting for enjoying the perfect cup of coffee? Who would be there - or would you be alone? Inside or out? Morning or night? With food or just the steaming cup of joe?

The ideal setting for the perfect cup of coffee would be a coffee shop gabbing with friends. At this time of year, it would be inside (though a patio gathering would be nice in the spring or fall). It would be in the late afternoon or early evening, possibly with something sweet.

The second best time is in the book store by myself perusing through books and magazines.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Ok, a couple more

Since the postman brought me my Union Center Knits Yarn today, I thought I would go ahead and share the yumminess!!

Behold, Caramel and Blue Moss. Aren't they gorgeous?!?!? Well, I think so!

OK, now I'm off to a friends to watch the Alabama/Auburn game. I'm really hoping my team, Alabama, plays MUCH better than we have in the last few weeks, but I'm seriously not very hopeful at all.


Finally some Pictures

Wow, I can't believe I have not posted any pictures this month. Well, it is time to make up for that!!

First up, this is what a Power Ranger looks like. Yep, you guessed, this is the love of my life, my nephew looking very charming as a Power Ranger for Halloween. By the time we got home from work to go trick or treating, he decided he was tired of being a Power Ranger and went as a soccer player instead. I guess he was tired of saving the world from Bad guys by that time.

Next up are my finished Monkey Socks

Pattern: Monkey by Cookie A. on

Yarn: My Whatnot Sock yarn by Union Center Knits in "Fall" that I got from Woolgirl

Needles: Size 2 DPNs

This is my November Sock Club Yarn from DkKnits. The color is "Hangover Cure" The yarn feels really great and I can't wait to work with it.

This is the November Art Walk Sock Yarn in "Giverny" based on my favorite painting by Monet, Garden at Giverny.

My completed Hedgehog Socks

Pattern: Knitting Pure & Simple Lightweight Beginner Socks

Yarn: Elliebelly Bamboo/Merino Sock Yarn in "Hedgehog"

Needles: Size 1 DPN

These are the first pair of socks for the Little Man.

Yarn: Steinbach Wolle Aktiv Effekt (from my stash)

Needles: Size 1.5 DPN

OK, Rani, these next pictures are for you so that you can live vicariously through me while you are being good on your yarn diet (I really need to start one of those). These are the pictures from my recent stash enhancement of mostly Koigu from my LYS, In the Making.

Koigu & Fortissima Bamboo Yarn.

Claudia'a Handpaint in Buckeye & more Koigu. I've actually cast on for a sock out of this Koigu for my mom.

Last Saturday, I went to the Junior League Marketplace show here in town. It is mostly a gathering of different sellers/shops with gift ideas or crafts for the holidays. Who else but a knitter can find the only yarn in the place. Below is the beautifully soft alpaca yarn that I scored. The alpacas for this yarn are raised here in my state outside of Alexander City, Alabama. The yarn is from Southern Star Farms. I think this is going to end up as a pair of socks for yours truly.

Last but Certainly not least are the Little Man's Christmas socks that he requested. I finshed them this afternoon.

These are the first pair of socks for the Little Man.
Pattern: Yankee Knitter Classic Yankee KnitterSocks
Yarn: Regia Nations Yarn from In the Making (just barely made it with one ball)
Needles: Size 1.5 DPN

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

What I'm thankful for and I've created a monster

With Thanksgiving being tomorrow I thought I would share what I'm thankful for (plus it is the WWCS topic for the week). I'm thankful for a wonderful family and the fact that we are all healthy. It has been and up and down year with my parent's health with them both being diagnosed as Pre-diabetic, but everything seems to be getting under control and for that I'm extremely thankful. I'm also thankful for a great group of women that I can surround myself with. My group of girls (you know who you are) are a great blessing to me. They are a huge support system and a HUGE amount of fun to be with. I'm grateful that I have been reunited with these women over this last year and look forward to next year.

Now for the monster I've created. My nephew (aka "The Little Man") decided that he needed a pair of handknit socks. So we went through my stash and found some yarn that wouldn't be considered too girly. I gave him the finished socks on Monday night. After properly oohing and awing over them, this is the conversation that took place.

Little Man: (rubbing his hands over the socks on his feet) They are perfect Zanny! (what he calls me) I love them
Me: Thank you baby
Little Man: You know, I was thinking, Christmas will be here soon
Me: Yes baby, I know.
Little Man: I think I need a pair of red and green socks for Christmas.
Me: Baby, I don't have any red and green sock yarn
Little Man: Well, you could go buy some.
Me: Yes, baby, I guess I could.

So what did I do yesterday at lunch?? Of course, I ran to In the Making and got the Red, White & Green Regia sock yarn. I'm through the heel turn and halfway done with the foot on sock one.

What can I say, I can't deny that child anything.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Eye Candy Friday

Queen Anne's Lace

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Koigu and the fate of my checkbook.

After a two year wait for Koigu at my LYS, it finally arrived this week. I would love to tell you that I exercised great restraint when it came to the yarn, but that just didn't happen. By the time the frenzy was all over, I left with fourteen skeins of yarn. Yes, you read that correctly, 14 skeins of yarn. I got 11 skeins of Koigu (enough for 4 pairs for me, 1 pair for my mom and 1 pair for the little boy), two skeins of Claudia's Handpaint in Buckeye and 1 skein of the Bamboo socka. WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?!?!? I know what I was thinking........oooh, I like that one, oooh, that one is pretty too, oooh, did you see that one? And that was just the trip to the store at lunch. That doesn't even count the trip back to the store tonight for knit night. (Yes, you know you have a problem when you can't even wait 5 more hours to see the new yarn). Fortunately 95% of what I spent is covered by what I made for my class fees (WHEW!!). The sad part is that there are more colors that I want. Don't even begin to ask me when I think I'm going to knit all of this. Fortunately, I'm teaching a beginning socks class this weekend which will help my stash fund (There are still spaces left if you know anyone who wants to take the class).

I also picked up the yarn for my WWCS pal tonight. I got some Drops Alpaca (she said that alpaca is her favorite) in one of her favorite colors. I've also managed to score the winter themed coffee mug and I've been debating on the perfect coffee for her and some other little goodies.

OK, who else is having a hard time believing that Thanksgiving is next week?? How on earth did that happen?

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

WWCS Topic of the week.

Ok, so here is this weeks topic......As the cold of winter approaches, do you change the projects you work on? Do you work on gifts for others or do you continue working on projects for yourself?

With it getting colder, I do change the projects I'm working on. In the summer, I was working on Tank tops for me. Now that it is getting colder I find myself working more on socks for the colder days. I've also been working on felted slippers. It is also that time of year where I work on gifts for others while also working on projects for myself (I have project ADD). I usually knit socks for my family and I'm going to knit a pair of felted slippers for my dad (I didn't knit him a pair last year).

Also, the little boy (my nephew) has asked if I would please knit him a pair of socks. Now who could resist a question like that. So I went through the stash to see what yarn I had that might be little boyish. He picked his favorite and I cast on. Sock one is done and sock two is through the heel turn. He is so excited!! I've also finished a pair for my sister, have another pair in progress for my sister, a pair in progress for my dad and the yarn picked out for mom. WHEW!!

I do have pictures to post, but they will have to wait until this weekend. Tomorrow night is knit night at my LYS. I'm so excited....after being on their wait list for two years....Donna has finally gotten her first shipment of Koigu!!! She also has in a some new Claudia's handpaint colors. Needless to say, I might need a lunch trip before knit night.

I haven't been knitting as much as I would like because I have been having to do a ton of typing at work setting up a database for our project and it makes my wrist hurt a bunch (can you say Carpel Tunnel??). That is also why there has been a lack of posting.

I'll try to get the pictures posted this weekend. It's gonna be crazy here for the next few days. I have knit night tomorrow night (oh yeah, I already told you that) and my youngest cousin is coming in town for the Alabama game, so I'll have to squeeze in some time to see him and I need to help mom get the house ready for Thanksgiving and my aunt's arrival next Tuesday. How can it possibly be Thanksgiving next week?? I have so got to get busy with my Christmas knitting and shopping. YIKES!

Saturday, November 03, 2007

For the love of Coffee

As part of the WWCS, Holly and Anne have asked all how we have come to love coffee.

My first experience with coffee was as a child as a bonding moment with my Granddaddy. He would allow me to sit and drink coffee with him when I stayed over at their house. It always made me feel so big. Now reality is that it was more like coffee flavored milk, but to me it was coffee and I'll never forget those bonding moments as long as I live even though I only had 9 years with my Granddaddy.

I then drank coffee off and on during my early career after college, but it wasn't something I just truly enjoyed. Then in 1999, I went on a trip to Spain & France with some friends of mine. Now I am a huge diet coke drinker and I am definitely addicted to caffeine. Well, I got a horrible headache that first day in Madrid and it was from the lack of caffeine, but cokes were like $3 each which I was just too cheap to pay for. So I decided I would have to drink the coffee. I don't know how many of you have been to Madrid, Spain, but the first cup was a bit like sludge it was so thick and dark, and definitely needed milk or cream and sugar, but once you got it mixed, the flavor of that dark rich coffee was like nothing else!! It made a convert out of me. I loved the richness of it and there was the definite advantage to the caffeine.

Coffee is still not something that I drink everyday because for the most part, I can pass on the "break room" coffee. It just isn't rich or dark enough for me. I love a good medium or full roasted coffee. I love it the flavored creamers and just a touch of Splenda. Of course there are always the expresso drinks too that I love. A good Cafe Mocha will just make your day and recently I had a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks that was really good as well. If I'm at a Starbucks and just not having a coffee mood, then I always go for the Chai Tea Latte.

So that is the story of coffee & me.

On the knitting front, I have finished the Monkey socks out of Union Center Knits "Fall" sock yarn. I really like how they turned out and will get some pictures taken to post. I'm now back working on the second sock from my Elliebelly "Hedgehog" yarn.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween today. I'm completely worn out from Trick or Treating tonight with my nephew. This morning, he was a Red Power Ranger when he left for school, but by tonight, he didn't want to be a Power Ranger any longer, so tonight, he was a soccer player. We walked two of the subdivisions in my community (which is what I walk on the weekends for exercise) and it was very much like exercise chasing after a 6 year old. Needless to say, I missed the crisp in the air because I was working up a serious sweat trying to keep up with him. I think we will all sleep well tonight. And I just can't begin to discuss the candy that is in this house that really needs to leave.

My parents are off on vacation this week and it sounds like they are having a great time. Thus far, they have been to Asheville NC and to see the Biltmore, to Cartersville, VA (?) to see Monticello and then to Lynchberg, VA to go to Poplar Grove (at least I think that is right). I'm sure the little man will rack up with lot's of "prizes" when they get back.

I actually had a little bit of success on the shopping front this week. I've been looking for some new suits for work. I have not had to wear suits much in the last few years, but it is becoming a bit of a necessity at times for my current job. Problem is that I'm extremely difficult to fit in clothes, especially suits. I'm right on the cusp of the whole Petite/Misses thing. In the past, petites have been just a tiny bit too short and Misses, well they just didn't fit just right. But success was had last night in the Petites department at Belk (my former Parisians....*sob* *sob*). I actually found three suits that fit really well and they were on sale for a great price!! I love it when things just finally fall into place.

So with the shopping this week and various other crap going on, there hasn't been a ton of knitting being done, but I'm happy to repeat that I have one more repeat on the toe decrease for my second Monkey sock and then I just have to graft the toe. Voila, the monkey socks will so be available for wardrobe by Friday!!

Ok, I got to get to bed now. Have a great Thursday!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

It's stopped raining

Well, the promise of rain this week is no more. Drat, we really need it.

Sorry for the lack of posts in the last week, but I was a bit under the weather with the Stomach flu last Thursday & Friday. I did resume knitting on Saturday. I have finally completed the socks for my sister for christmas, and I'm through the heel on my second monkey sock. I'll post pictures of the monkey socks as soon as I get done with them. I also blocked my Koigu shawl on Saturday, but have yet to take pictures.

I also watch the entire series of Band of Brothers. If you haven't seen this series, I highly recommend it. It is the story of Easy company of the 506th Division of the 101st Airborne during WWII. You can usually rent them from your local rental store, but I was able to get the DVDs through my library. I have also just finished reading Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends which is the real life recounts of two of the soldiers from Easy company that is featured in the Band of Brothers. Again, I could not recommend these more if I tried. You will be amazed at the courage of these men and the sacrifices they made, you will be horrified at what they were subjected to and witnessed and you will cry as they lose their fellow friends. Excellent true story!

So needless to say since I was sick last week, there just isn't much exciting going on in my world.

I am however, hoping to participate in the Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap, so here is my questionnaire.

What are your favorite kinds of coffee? (Brands, Roasts, anything at all you'd like to share!) French Roast, European coffee, flavored coffee. Starbucks, Barnies, you name it.

Do you prefer whole bean or ground coffee? Ground please

This time of year, there are often Holiday Blends available, and many flavored coffees - do you drink flavored coffee? Yep, Like the new Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks, like Mocha flavored (ok anything chocolate), Santa's White Christmas from Barnies. Pretty easy to please.

Do you enjoy special blends? Yep

How do you take your coffee? Cream and Sugar? Straight up? Decaf? Cream and Splenda please and decaf at night.

Do you prefer drinking from a nice thick mug, or a matched cup and saucer? OOOH, nice thick mug.

What is your favorite part of Winter? Finally being able to wear my handknit socks, and sweaters.

Do you celebrate a holiday in December, and if so, which holiday? Yes, Christmas

If you celebrate Christmas, do you put up a tree? Have to put up a tree, the nephew would revolt otherwise.

Would you enjoy items related to the holiday, or would you prefer a Winter themed package? Either, not real preference here.

Do you collect anything? Are there any holiday or winter-themed items (Snowmen, Angels, Snoflakes, Santas, etc) that you collect? I collect both Santas and snowmen

Do you wear scarves? Mittens? Hats? Wear scarves, gloves and occasionally hats.

What is your favorite holiday or winter treat? Spiced cider or Chocolate Chess Pie for Christmas

Please share a favorite Winter or Holiday memory. When my cousins were younger they used to spend Christmas with us. My youngest cousin is 16 years younger than me and I still vividly remember the year that he got the Teenage Mutant Ninga Turtles Pizza Shooter. It was this contraption that catapulted little plastic discs with stickers on them to make them look like pizzas. There were no ankles or pets that were safe.

Do you Knit or Crochet? Knit

For how long? Three years

Do you like wooden, metal, or plastic needles\hooks? Wooden, Bamboo & Metal

Circular or straight? Circular & DPN

What sort of projects do you enjoy making? Socks!!!

What are your favorite types of yarn to work with? The independent dyed sock yarns

Do you spin or dye? Absolutely not, can't afford to start another hobby

Do you do other crafts such as scrapbooking or needlepoint or anything else? I scrapbook, make cards and I used to cross stitch and can needlepoint.

When is your birthday? June 26

Do you have any children? (Furry kind count!) None of the two legged kind, but my 6yo nephew does live with me. We have several cats though.
What are your favorite colors? Ok, this one is always difficult for me. I love any of the fall colors (browns, rusts, golds, oranges), but I also love brights (yellow, hot pink, turquoise, lime green, bright orange, not red though)

Do you have any allergies? Cigarette smoke

Whew!! I'm done, now for the swapping and emailing to begin!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

It's raining, It's raining

Halleluah it's raining!! I don't think I've every had a time when I've been excited that it has been raining on and off for two days, but we so desperately need it. The area I live in is around 24 inches short of rainfall this year. I mean Alabama & Georgia are fighting over water! Who would have ever thought that would happen. I really hope that it rains all week like it is supposed to. Plus the rain brought in a little cooler weather. It is finally beginning to feel like fall and I can wear my newly finished wrap.

Tonight was knit night and a great time as always. The usual characters were there and there was laughing and enabling going on (oh that yarn, yes that yarn is fabulous, you must have that yarn.....).

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Look what came in the mail & what I finished

Yea! The mailman brought me goodies today!

First up is my Whatnot Sock Yarn from Union Center Yarns in "Calico". I love this yarn. It is just as soft as the "Fall" skein I got from Woolgirl. The colors are fantastic. And she also sent me two cute skullhead stitch markers, but the camera didn't want to focus on something that small.

Next up is my Sock Yarn from White Willow in "Pumpkin Pie". These colors are so warm and yummy! This also came with a cute stitch marker attached to the tag.

Yesterday after I taught my class at my LYS, I picked up the yarn to do the simple wrap below. This was a VERY easy project. I cast on and knit while I was watching Auburn get beat by LSU and had the entire wrap finished by the end of the game. It is made using Cascade Magnum and then you crochet Ozark Handspun around the edge. This project was a superquick knit. I've got so many other projects going that I needed a completed project and this one is super cute!!

Pattern: Winter Wrap (free pattern from shop)
Yarn: Cascade Magnum & Ozark Handspun (sold together as a kit)
Needles: Size 19 Crystal Palace Circulars.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Eye Candy Friday

Alice in Wonderland Garden - Oxford England

Thursday, October 18, 2007

It's here!!!

I got my package from Woolgirl today and it is FANTASTIC!! You did a great job picking out the yarn Jen - I love it! I got a nice goodie bag full of all things Reese's and some Spunky Eclectic Yarn in the Scarecrow colorway and a sample size Soak woolwash. Wanna See???

Isn't it Fabulous?!?!? I was so excited. Tomorrow should bring my yarn from White Willow and then there will the the shipment of my Union Center yarn. There is also the DKknits sock club that I signed up for. Must stop the madness!!

The symphony last week was really great! Lots of Mozart which I really enjoyed. Last weekend was just full of girl time which I really needed and enjoyed.

Not much on the agenda for this weekend at the moment (but that could always change). Today was a little bit of a bummer. You see, the Service Engine Soon Light has come on in the car a couple of time this week, so I had to take it to the dealership. Well almost $700 later, my car left the dealership. I really can't complain. I've got a Saturn SC-2 3-door coupe that I have had for 5 years, it has almost 84,000 miles on it and this is the first non-standard maintenance I've had to have done. Today's repairs involved the Engine Coolant thermostat and the Serpentine belt (which has a standard life of only 60,000 miles). So I count myself lucky that it wasn't worse than that.

Knitting wise, I'm almost done with the first pair of socks for my Sister for Christmas. They have taken a little bit of time to get done, but that is because I really only knit on them at work. I'm also working on a sock for my Dad (my own pattern) out of Shibui Sock Yarn in "Ink" and I've cast on for the Monkey Socks out of my Union Center "fall" yarn.

Well, I'm off to knit and watch Grey's Anatomy.........

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

What Kind of Knitter Are You?

You appear to be a Knitting Guru. You love knitting and do it all the time. While finishing a piece is the plan, you still love the process, and can't imagine a day going by without giving some time to your yarn. Packing for vacation involves leaving ample space for the stash and supplies. It can be hard to tell where the yarn ends and you begin.
Take this quiz!


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Saturday, October 13, 2007

I love the weekend

Last night some of my girlfriends & I went to dinner at a local Thai Restaurant, Surin West, which is one of my favorite places. After a little sticker shock over how much the menu has gone up since the last time I was there, we had a great time! The food was really good and the company was fantastic. The group was myself and my girlfriends, Tracie, Kathy, Marla & Marla's friend Rachel (who is quickly becoming a part of our's too late to ecape Rachel). As usual, there was tons of laughing and storytelling. Rachel then had to leave us to go finish studying for her midterm this morning (Hope it went well Rachel), and the rest of us headed off to the Movie Theatre to see Michael Clayton. I have mixed reviews of this movie. First there was the definate eye candy of George Clooney, but the while the overall storyline was good, it was a tad confusing and slow moving at times. We then stood around and talked about the movie and various other topics that came to mind until we finally decided we all needed to go home.

Then this morning, I wake up to an email from Jen at Woolgirl. It seems I'm the lucky winner of the this weeks Socktoberfest contest. The contest this week was to answer how old the Reese's cup was. The Hershey's website was quite helpful and I found out that the Reese's cup is now 79 years old. Jen emailed me to find out what my favorite colors are. Well, almost anything of course. I narrowed it down for her.........anything fallish or anything bright.....oops, that may not have been very helpful. After looking at her store, I'm sure I will love anything she sends!!

Tonight, I'm headed to the Symphony with my girl, Tracie. I'm really looking forward to it because I haven't been to the symphony in so long. Tracie, I'm not sure the symphony is prepared for us. We will have to be on our best "cultured" behavior.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Eye Candy Friday


Thursday, October 11, 2007

Sock Gala Recap & More (Picture Heavy)

Ok, so I've been a bit neglectful of the blog. My friend Alissa pointed this out to me tonight at dinner. This week has just been so crazy and then it has been hard to get the computer away from my sister & my nephew. But here is what you have been missing..........

Last Thursday was the Sock Gala at my LYS, In the Making. This was a regularly scheduled Knit Night that was devoted entirely to socks. There were lots of prizes, some games involving the history of socks and some information on a charity, Power Socks (more on this in a minute). There was also lots of food and did I forget to mention that all sock yarn was on sale that night. Power Socks is a local charity that was founded by a customer of the shop, Lou, who had knit so many socks for herself that she was getting a "stash" of socks. A friend of her's that worked for a local nursing home was telling her about some of the women who worked there that were having trouble making ends meet with the rising cost of power & gas. Lou went to her church and set up a program where you can buy socks already made and all of the money goes to the Greater Birmingham Ministries to help women who are having a tough time making ends meet. Donna, the owner of In the Making contacted some of her suppliers and had some yarn donated just for this purpose. On Tuesday, October 23, Donna is having a kick-off for anyone who would like to help knit socks for this program. The donated sock yarn will be available on a first come first serve basis for anyone who would like to help.

Below are some pictures from the event (some of the pictures are a bit blurry from all the movement):

Donna, the Owner of In the Making

The Cake (was oh so yummy!)
The Prizes
Denise & Shira

Shira, her Mom, Linda & Katie
Looking like they are talking about knitting....
It was so crowded, these two brought their own chairs
Ok, next let's talk purchases.....on Sock Gala Night, I picked up a couple of skeins of Claudia's Hand Painted for a pair of socks (forgot to take a picture).

With Columbus day, I had to wait a bit for some shipments. I finally got the recent shipment of the Art Walk Sock Club yarn. This month's inspiration was Pablo Picasso's Three Dancers. The yarn is beautiful and after a brief snafoo with my swift (aka lamp with very large lampshade) and some help from my sister the yarn is finally wound into a cake and ready for knitting (just need to find more time now).
Three Dancers

Next up is my shipment from Woolgirl. I found out about Woolgirl from Susan and dare I say it is almost too tempting. I order "Fall" Whatnot Sock Yarn by Union Center and it is really yummy!! I also ordered a set of Chiagoo needles to try them out. The package came and was wrapped so pretty and there was also a sample of Soak Woolwash in it. I can't wait to try it. I've already signed up for the Be My Valentine Charlie Brown Sock Kit and I'm definately signing up for the next sock club she does. (No, really, I'm don't have a problem with sock yarn....I can stop anytime.....who am I trying to kid here??)
I also got in two more sock bags from Stuck in Illinois, but I forgot to take a picture of them, but you can see them here and here. And dang it if she hasn't now listed the cutest Christmas bags (must resist, must resist, must resist)

Now on to non-knitting stuff. Tonight was Girls Night Out for the Ladies in my sunday school class. We met at Jason's Deli for dinner and had a great time. We spent the evening sharing funny stories (most of which were about our dating mishaps -where have all the good men gone) ......girls, we really need to write a book with these stories, we couldn't make this stuff up if we tried!! Tomorrow night, some of the girls and I are headed to dinner and then to catch the new George Clooney movie (some guy name, really can't remember it). Then Saturday is a night of culture involving the Symphony (cause you know I'm all about being cultured.....ha ha!!). I can't remember the last time I went to the Symphony and I'm really looking forward to it.

Also this weekend the big Pompeii exhibit opens at the Birmingham Museum of Art. I'm dying to see this exhibit, but I'm not brave enough to deal with the crowd this weekend.

It is finally turning cooler here and beginning to feel like fall. I'm so ready for the weekend, this week has been so crazy at work and I'm ready to relax!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Issues, Issues, Issues

Hello, My name is Suzanne and I have an addiction to yarn. For those of you who know me, you know that is just one of my issues that I have. But I just can't seem to help myself. It is just so pretty & soft, and did I mention "one-of-a kind"? I'm really a sucker for that. I love the independent yarn dyers because I know that even if they dye the same colors, it won't turn out exactly the same. Here are some examples of my recent falls off the wagon.....I mean purchases.

First is some yarn from a little buyer I found on Etsy, Thankewe Yarns. This yarn is called lighthouse. I really needed to retake the picture to better capture it, but oh well, that didn't happen. Still trying to decide if this yarn will be for me or for a Christmas present.

Next up is probably one of my favorite purchases I have made in a while. It is the Bamboo/Merino Wool sock yarn from Joyce at Elliebelly in the colorway Hedgehog. There are really not words to express how I feel about this yarn. I love the feel of it, the color of it, EVERYTHING. I had to wind it up the day I got it and start on a sock for ME. I'm through the heel turn on sock one.

Also, in my package from Joyce was this lovely lavender scented sachet. OMG, it smells divine. I could smell it before I even opened the envelope. Joyce is a very gifted artist and if you have time you should check out some of her artwork on her website.

Last but certainly not least is some Yarntini Sport weight yarn in appletini that I managed to snag from Amy. It seems she did what several of us have been known to do and that is purchase something we already have. I personally am glad she made this mistake because getting my hands on the yarntini yarn has been somewhat like finding a good man........IMPOSSIBLE (that is a completely different rant that I will spare everyone from).

OK, so on to my next major issue......ADD. I seem to have lots of things in progress, but have issues finishing things. Here is example number one. This is the Back to School Tank from Fitted Knits. I'm actually making good progress on this now and I'm about 45% complete now.

Example number two would be a pair of socks for my sister for Christmas (here's hoping she doesn't know or find out about this blog or oops! there goes the surprise). I'm working on the toe decreases on sock one. I got most of this sock done during CPE classes (remember that issue???). The difficulty of these socks is that she knows about the yarn and wants it for herself (convenient isn't it?), so anyway, if I knit them at home or my parents house, then she will know. So these are strictly being worked on at work (during lunch) or at other down times.

Now these are the socks I originally planned for my sister for Christmas that she has no idea about. These are out of Opal Rainforest in Tiger. These have recently gotten bumped in favor of the tank and the Hedgehog socks.

Next up is my Hedera socks out of the lovely Jitterbug Colinette. While this is an easy lace repeat, it is not stockinette and therefore takes a little more concentration which I just haven't been able to devote to anything lately.

Ok, this is my Sursa wrap in the colors of the Crimson Tide. I'm not happy with the ruffle however. It is rolling way too much for me. I'm still contemplating what I'm going to do about it if anything. It is pretty much done unless I decide to change something on it.

Last up, is my Koigu shawl/wrap. (Hard to take a picture of it since it is still on the needles) I love the colors of this and with it being in garter stitch the simplicity is definately there, so why can't I seem to finish it? Possibly the fact that there are so many stitches at this point that it takes me about 30 minutes to finish one row. YIKES!! But I have definately got to finish it.

Ok, so we all see that I have a few issues, but I guess that is just a fact of life. The sad thing is that this is just a small sampling of the problem. I guess you could say I'm in denial about the rest of it.

Ok, now on to non-knitting related stuff. This past weekend was chopped full of friends! Whether it be game night at Kevin's (where I was the queen of Dominos for once) or the ball games at Dan's House, it was lots of fun. If even gave me the opportunity to catch up on some chatting with my girl Marla. Sunday after lunch, Tracie & I did a little shopping which we haven't done in SO long. Warning however, if you need accountability on not spending money.....don't take Tracie with you. :)

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

This is a better week

Well, my mood is much improved over last week. My girls came over to my house last Saturday night to watch a little University of Alabama football. Unfortunately Alabama lost in overtime, but we still had a great time. I'm truly blessed to have this group of women in my life. I don't think we have ever been together when we haven't been laughing about something.

I have also finally finished my Sursa Wrap, but it still needs to have the ends woven in and be blocked. I'm hoping that blocking it will help with the ruffle curling. I realize that stockinette curls on itself, but the entire ruffle is one big roll at the moment. I'll post a picture after it has been blocked. Now I just have to finish all the other projects I have going at the moment and the ones I need to get done:
1. Tiger Socks (christmas present) - in progress
2. Socks for my sister for christmas - in progress
3. Koigu Wrap - in progress
4. Hedera Socks for me - in progress
5. Socks for Dad for Christmas - not started
6. Socks for Mom for Christmas - not started
7. Fuzzy Feet slippers for Mom, Dad & sister for Christmas - not started
8. Fitted Knits vest for me - not started.

And those are just some of the projects. This doesn't count my new purchase of yarn from Joyce (I've been eyeing the "hedgehog" sock yarn for a couple of weeks and just gave in to my lusting for it) and the Yarntini yarn I managed to score from Amy after she purchased a duplicate skein in error. Definately need to get busy.

And then finally, the new TV Shows start this week. Tonight my DVR will be working double time. Tuesday is a big TV night (NCIS, The Unit, Bones, House, Boston Legal), which I used to end up watching half of on Wednesday, but now there is Private Practice on Wednesdays. I'm ready for the seasons to kick off!!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

I finally got my Ravelry Invite

YEAH!!! Believe it or not, I finally got my invite to Ravelry. My user name is suzb626. Needless to say, there isn't much on my profile, but I'll find time to play with it on Sunday.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Mood Improving

Well, I finally found the jacket I was looking for last night, so that helped some. However, the level of stupidity I had to deal with to find it did not help! I have an extremely low threshhold for stupidity. The bubble bath was great, but the book no so much so. The book I picked up was Quaker Summer by Lisa Samson. Basically it is about this woman who is married has the perfect child and is just unhappy. I so couldn't relate.

I also finally got the box from Lantern Moon with what I thought was my replacement needles for 2 broken sox sticks (in a size 1). After over a month of waiting, I open the huge box to find one straight needle in a size 5. Talk about dealing with stupidity and ineptitude!! But I will email again today and see if we can't get the matter straightened out.

THEN, Jen sent me the link to icanhascheezburger and I have been laughing my butt off since! Here is one of my favorites thus far.

I also checked my Ravelry status and there are only 448 people ahead of me now. Hey at this rate maybe I'll get my invitation before the endo of the month!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Ever had one of those days (or weeks) where you are just in a pissy/bad mood for no apparent reason. Well that is the week I'm having. There is nothing new that has happened to put me in this mood, but I guess it is just a culmination of things that have been happening for a while now. I'm just in a funk! I tried to do a little retail therapy last night. I went to Chico's to get a jacket I've had my eye on and of course they were out of it. So needless to say, that didn't help. My girls were great at lifting my mood some during Bible Study last night, but alas, I'm still in it a bit. Today's source of comfort was a Cheeseburger and fries for lunch from a great local place. I think slowly but surely I'll get out of this funk, but there are times I contemplate running away from home. Ever had those thoughts? Maybe tonight I'll try a bubble bath and a good book and possibly going to bed early again - I have just been so tired lately, must be the ragweed blooming. Here's to hoping you are in a better mood than me.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Weekend Recap

As predicted, Friday started out as one of the most grueling days in history. Nothing like 8 hours of accounting & auditing standards update to just make you want to leap off the tallest building you can find. But then it was Friday night and I met my girls Alissa, Tracie & Kathy at the Birmingham Museum of Art for Art on the Rocks. We had a really good time. The company was great, the food was good and the people watching opportunities were excellent!!

On Saturday, my sister, my nephew & I went to cheer on Birmingham Southern College against Rhodes College. I must honestly say that it was not a very exciting game and BSC lost 10-7. But then the game of the day was the Alabama-Arkansas game where the Tide managed to pull out a victory in one of the most exciting games I've seen in a really long time.

Last night I watched an excellent movie, The Ultimate Gift. I had heard from Jenny & Alissa that it was a good movie and they were 100% correct. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it.

As far as knitting, Friday during the conference I worked on a sock for Christmas and made good progress on it. I also worked some on my Opal Tiger socks this weekend. I cast on for my Sursa wrap from the Noro book and was making great progress but alas I ran short on yarn and had to put it aside until I can pick up some more on Thursday at Knit Night. Lastly, I worked on my Koigu shawl. I'm to the point where it takes forever to make it across a row, so it is hard for it to hold my attention, but I worked on it while I was watching the movie last night. My Hedera socks in the lovely Jitterbug got no attention this weekend, but I hope to get back to them soon.

On the purchasing front, I received my skein of Cracked Canyon from Blue Moon (this is one of their newly discontinued yarns) and I received my skein of Lighthouse from ThankEwe Yarns.

I'll try to get some pictures made and posted this week!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Good News and looking forward to the weekend.

Today I got a call from my friend Doug (who is a marine) to let me know that he had arrived back home safe & sound from his recent 4 1/2 month tour in Iraq. This absolutely made my day!! I have been so worried about him while he has been gone. This was his second tour in Iraq. I also have another friend who is flying to Seattle this weekend to greet his son who is returning from Iraq. This leaves me with just two friends who have loved ones in Iraq. My friend Marla's brother is serving there and has just been reassigned into a region that is highly volatile and dangerous and my friend Sheri's son is serving there as well. Please keep these families in your prayers along with prayers for all our soldiers who are serving in Iraq and their families.

Tomorrow is going to be a dull day for me. I have Continuing Professional Education ALL day long. It will be all I can do to make it through the day to get to the night when I'm headed off for a Girl's Night Out. We are headed to Art on the Rocks at the Birmingham Museum of Art. I'm looking forward to it because I think it will be something new and different for us to try. They have had as many as 3,000 people at these things.

Tonight was also a Girl's night out for dinner. We ate at the California Pizza Kitchen for a nice evening full of laughs. There were a few in our group who were missing tonight and their presence was definately missed. Shout out to my girl Marla for passing her big test today!! You Go Girl!! Now to celebrate it tomorrow night!!

On Saturday, my nephew and I may go support my alma mater, Birmingham Southern College, as they play there second game in the new football season. For those who don't know, my school has not had a football team since 1939.

Other than that, I plan to watch the University of Alabama play Arkansas on Saturday night and also watch the movie The Ultimate Gift which I have heard great things about.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Ravelry Update

I just checked on my Ravelry invitation status. There are only 2,745 people in front of me now. I guess that is better than the 17,406 people who are behind me.


Slacking again

Well, I told myself I was going to do a better job of keeping this updated and here it has been a week again. I guess in light of when I first started blogging, a week is an improvement. I really didn't do anything last weekend, which was really nice. Sunday was a busy & lazy day. I started off at church, had lunch with my peeps, went to the knit shop for a couple of hours (was actually knitting & not shopping thank you), went by Parisians (now the evil Belk) to get makeup, Coldwater Creek because I had a coupon, and Target to get a new hairdryer (mine blew up that morning) and then headed off to the California Pizza Kitchen for Supper Club with some of my old sorority sisters. It is hard to believe that we have now been doing supper club for 15 years. We only do it four times a year, so it is always nice to get to see the ones that come and get to catch up. Ok, so maybe I did get a few things done. Saturday was a bust however. Pretty much watched Football (ROLL TIDE!) and knit. Donna, the owner of my LYS, had asked me to work up a model for a slipper using the suede soles that you sew on. She asked me to do this because she wanted me to look at teaching a class for it for gifts for Christmas. It turned out REALLY cute and hopefully I'll get the pictures uploaded from the camera and can share them with you this week.

Other than that, I have been working on a pair of socks for a Christmas present and the Hedera socks out of the Colinette Jitterbug semisolid yarn. Can you believe I actually started working on Christmas presents before December??

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Summer is almost gone

It is hard to believe that yesterday was Labor Day. Time has really flown by this year. Yesterday I spent the day with several friends at friend's Dan's pool. We had a great time as usual. My friends are a crazy lot (but then so am I, so it kinda makes sense) and you can guarantee that there will always be lots of laughing involved. I believe we have already come up with a couple of movie suggestions for an impromptu girls night soon. I have to got to see The Ultimate Gift soon. I now have two friends who have seen the movie and talk about what a great movie it is.

This weekend, I tried to watch the movie Bobby. The movie had an all-star cast and was supposed to be this great movie. I turned it off after about 30-45 minutes. I thought it was a huge letdown. It was basically the story of a bunch of different characters and how the death of Robert Kennedy affected him the day he was shot. It was horrible & I definately would not recommend it. The other movie I watched, I would recommend. It was Broken Bridges with Toby Keith and Kelly Preston. It was a pretty good movie and an easy watch. I also watched Fly Boys again last week. Great movie and based on a true story from WWI.

This weekend should be pretty slow. Several of my friends are headed to the beach this weekend. I am SO jealous! But I'm sure they will have a great time (even without me). ;)

Lastly, on my last post, I didn't really review the pattern that comes with the Jitterbug sock yarn. My biggest complaint is that all of the length measurements are based on number of rows, not length in inches. Having to keep up with the row you are on keeps it from being the mindless knitting I'm seeking (just my opinion). I absolutely love working with the yarn, I just wish that Colinette would make it with a little more yardage in each skein. There is no way I could afford to do a pair of socks for my Dad out of this yarn (even though some of the new semisolid colors in the Dali line would be great) because I would have to have two skeins for him because of the yardage issue. I only wear a 7.5, so the yardage is ok for me if I make the leg a little shorter than I normally would.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Shop Model Finished

Yeah! I finished the shop model sock that I was doing for my LYS. I have also finished working up the miniature sock and the pattern for the class I'm teaching.

Here are pictures of both finished items.

The coin next to the miniture sock is to give you some scale.

I would like to say that life has been pretty boring, but that would be a lie. There has been the ever present family drama created by my ex-BIL and his new wife. Believe me when I tell you that they need a new hobby. I would give more detail, but they just don't deserve that level of attention - at least not on my blog!

It has actually been raining a good bit here for the last two days. I was planning on mowing the lawn today, but won't be able to do it because the grass is too wet from the storms we had last night. DARN!! I just hate it when that happens. It is only because of the recent rains that I'm even needing to cut the grass. The only upside to a drought is that the grass doesn't grown and therefore doesn't need to be cut. The last time I cut the lawn was the last weekend of July. It just hasn't needed it.

It is just so hard to believe that it is Labor Day weekend and that SEC football started this week. This year is really just flying by. I'm sure a little football watching & listening will be on the agenda for the rest of the day.
Have a Safe Labor Day!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Ten Guidelines From God

A friend of mine emailed this too me today and I thought it was too good not to be shared.

Ten Guidelines From God

Effective Immediately, please be aware that there are changes YOU need to make in YOUR life. These changes need to be completed in order that I may fulfill My promises to you to grant you peace, joy and happiness in this life. I apologize for any inconvenience, but after all that I am doing, this seems very little to ask of you.. Please, follow these 10 guidelines

1. QUIT WORRYING: Life has dealt you a blow and all you do is sit and worry. Have you forgotten that I am here to take all your burdens and carry them for you? Or do you just enjoy fretting over every little thing that comes your way?

2. PUT IT ON THE LIST: Something needs done or taken care of. Put it on the list. No, not YOUR list. Put it on MY to-do-list. Let ME be the one to take care of the problem. I can't help you until you turn it over to Me. And although My to-do-list is long, I am after all... God. I can take care of anything you put into My hands. In fact, if the truth were ever really known, I take care of a lot of things for you that you never even realize.

3. TRUST ME: Once you've given your burdens to Me, quit trying to take them back. Trust in Me. Have the faith that I will take care of all your needs, your problems and your trials. Problems with the kids? Put them on My list. Problem with finances? Put it on My list. Problems with your emotional roller coaster? For My sake, put it on My list. I want to help you. All you have to do is ask.

4. LEAVE IT ALONE: Don't wake up one morning and say, "Well, I'm feeling much stronger now, I think I can handle it from here.." Why do you think you are feeling stronger now? It's simple. You gave Me your burdens and I'm taking care of them. I also renew your strength and cover you in my peace. Don't you know that if I give you these problems back, you will be right back where you started? Leave them with Me and forget about them. Just let Me do my job.

5. TALK TO ME: I want you to forget a lot of things. Forget what was making you crazy. Forget the worry and the fretting because you know I'm in control. But there's one thing I pray you never forget. Please, don't forget to talk to Me - OFTEN! I love YOU! I want to hear your voice. I want you to include Me in on the things going on in your life. I want to hear you talk about your friends and family. Prayer is simply you having a conversation with Me. I want to be your dearest friend.

6. HAVE FAITH: I see a lot of things from up here that you can't see from where you are. Have faith in Me that I know what I'm doing. Trust Me; you wouldn't want the view from My eyes. I will continue to care for you, watch over you, and meet your needs. You only have to trust Me. Although I have a much bigger task than you, it seems as if you have so much trouble just doing your simple part. How hard can trust be?

7. SHARE: You were taught to share when you were only two years old. When did you forget? That rule still applies. Share with those who are less fortunate than you. Share your joy with those who need encouragement. Share your laughter with those who haven't heard any in such a long time. Share your tears with those who have forgotten how to cry. Share your faith with those who have none.

8. BE PATIENT: I managed to fix it so in just one lifetime you could have so many diverse experiences. You grow from a child to an adult, have children, change jobs many times, learn many trades, travel to so many places, meet thousands of people, and experience so much. How can you be so impatient then when it takes Me a little longer than you expect to handle something on My to-do-list? Trust in My timing, for My timing is perfect. Just because I created the entire universe in only six days, everyone thinks I should always rush, rush, rush.

9. BE KIND: Be kind to others, for I love them just as much as I love you. They may not dress like you, or talk like you, or live the same way you do, but I still love you all. Please try to get along, for My sake. I created each of you different in some way. It would be too boring if you were all identical. Please, know I love each of your differences.

10. LOVE YOURSELF: As much as I love you, how can you not love yourself? You were created by me for one reason only -- to be loved, and to love in return. I am a God of Love. Love Me. Love your neighbors. But also love yourself. It makes My heart ache when I see you so angry with yourself when things go wrong. You are very precious to me. Don't ever forget......

I thought this list was an excellent reminder for the things that we know, but in our human nature don't always do or even want to do.

Last night was the end of our Beth Moore Daniel study. What a great study. Now I just need to catch up and finish all the homework (Sorry Jenny, I'll get it done, I promise - just can't promise when). The next study I'm doing will be with the girls from my Sunday School Class. It will be weird not doing a study with my friend Jenny since I've been in some kind of study with her for the last year and a half. I may have to drop in her next study from time to time.

On the Knitting front. I'm almost done with the Jitterbug Shop Model that I have been working on. I worked on it tonight while we were watching the Beth Moore videos. I always love knitting in public because I get some interesting reactions to what I'm doing. I'm down to the toe. I'm hoping to finish it tonight and maybe have a picture up this week.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Pictures as promised

As Promised, I finally got the camera out and took some pictures and uploaded them to the computer.

Here is a picture of me with my friends Anne and Tracie our last day at the beach (My friend Alissa wasn't in the picture because she had already left because she had to go to work that day). This is the tank that I finished on the way down to the beach.

Pattern: Tank from Yarn Girls Book (can't remember name)
Yarn: Gedifra Tiago
Needles: size 8??

This is a picture of the baby blanket I knit for my cousin's new baby, Avery Grace.

Pattern: Basic Fan & Feather (3 stitch garter edge with 7 repeats of F &F - total cast on of 125 stitches)
Yarn: Peaches & Creme Cotton
Needles: Size 11 Denise Interchangeables

Here are my Yarntini socks. Jessica at Yarntini was great enough to special dye this for me.
Pattern: Knitting Pure & Simple Lightweight Beginner Socks
Yarn: Yarntini Sock Yarn in Vintage Self Striping
Needles: Size 1 Sox Sticks

Here are my Jitterbug socks that I just finished last night.

Pattern: Knitting Pure & Simple Lightweight Beginner Socks
Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug in Popsicle
Needles: Size 1 Sox Sticks
Modifications: Shortened the leg to 5" to accommodate the shorter yardage.

Now, here is the fun stuff. I found these bags by Piddleloop after I saw them on Stacy's blog. I checked out their etsy site and found this project bag with the matching little bag. I also had Jen make me a matching double point needle case to match.

This is the inside of the bag with the shop model I'm knitting for In the Making out of Colinette Jitterbug in Raspberry.

This is my double point needle case and the matching little bag for knick knacks.

And these are the goodies that came with the bag.

I loved everything about dealing with these ladies. They were easy to communicate with and they provide a superior project. After looking at the Piddleloop blog, I found out about the bags from Stuck in Illinois on Etsy. (ok, I've just learned that I didn't see these bags at Piddleloop, so no clue where I found them, but still love them). Below is the reversible sock project bag that I bought from them. I love it!! It is called Watching Cats. This was another company that was great to work with and I will definitely do business with again. (Because a girl can never have too many bags.)

And last but certainly not least is the first month yarn from the Zen Yarn Garden Art Walk Sock Club. This Yarn is based on the painting Hallucinogenic Toreador by Salvador Dali. Next Month's selection will be based on Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night.

Ok, that is all for now. I'll try to do better in the future about better updates.