Monday, October 27, 2008

Creepy Crawlies!!!

Warning.....Long Post ahead.

Today I got my Trick or Treat Sock Swap Package. I squealed with delight when I saw that the return address was Yarn Miracle. Yes, that is correct, my swap partner was Emily. I was so excited, especially since, I loved these socks when I saw them on her blog. It was a very creepy spider theme.

Isn't that the coolest little spider basket??? Here is a closer picture of it and my AWESOME socks!!!

Look at all the goodies that were inside the basket....

My package had my socks, that cute spider basket, a great spider project bag (that matches my socks - the inside was lined with turquoise fabric - too cute!!!), Spider bubble bath, spider gummies, spider stitch markers, Creme de Menthe Altoids (I've never seen these before), Chibi needles, Double Point needles and some Soak.

And look, they fit PERFECTLY!!!!

Next, I owe Anita a HUGE apology!!! Since I have been such a slacker about posting, I haven't posted about my package in the Dish Rag Tag. Anita was an awesome teammate. She sent me M&Ms, a fishy note pad and the cutest sheep tape measure and flower stitch markers. Anita even sells stitch markers like these in her shop. Anita, please accept my apology. My life just keeps getting in the way of me actually having a life and time to post to this blog.

Now for a recap of what has been going on. I can't believe it has been a month since my girl's trip to Mentone with the girls from my knit group. Diane very graciously opened her lovely home to us. I went with Diane, Wendy, Darlene, Cindy, and Ashleigh. Check this post on Darlene's blog and here on Wendy's blog for pictures. We had such a great time, but then how can it not be a great time with good friends, yarn purchase, knitting, fantastic food and then more shopping. All of the food was sooooo good, but special mentions go out to Wendy for the Wild Rice soup and Bibby for the Carrot cake (Bibby was supposed to go with us and was sick and unable to go and still sent us the carrot cake - Thanks Sunshine!!!) Grace was also supposed to go with us, but that was when she was having the Man Hands issue and had to take a rest from knitting. I certainly hope Diane invites us back.

Then two weeks ago, Franklin was at Yarn Expressions in Huntsville for the final official photo shoot of his 1,000 knitters project. Darlene and Denise both got slots to have their pictures made. So you know what that meant don't you?? ROAD TRIP!!! Me, Darlene, Denise, Jessi & Holly made the trip to Huntsville and oh what a day it was. We had such a good time!! And Franklin was just as great as I had thought he was from reading his blog. He is so sweet and funny. And he just fit right into our group. He was even admiring my Sparkle Monkeys (pictures to come later). Franklin's book It Iches had just come out (actually I think we got them in advance of the official release date) and we were the first ones to get our books signed.

Now for some actually knitting content from me.

Here are the socks that I knit for my Swap Pal Lisa. The yarn is Spunky Eclectic Tough Sock in the Scarecrow colorway and the pattern is Cedar Creek Socks by Kaci Kyler. This pattern was in the very first shipment of the Socks That Rock club. I've had the pattern for a couple of years now and this gave me a good excuse to try it. I really like how the socks turned and may just have to knit a pair for me.

I also finished my Juliet. The only problem was that it ended up being too big. Well my loss was my sister's gain because it fit her perfectly. I just hate it when that happens. The yarn was Tatamy Tweed that I bought at In the Making a couple of years ago.

I've also finished the first of my Jaywalker socks in the Crimson Pride colorway. I'll post a picture next time. I mean really, I did good to get all of these pictures posted today. I mean what do you expect out of a girl. LOL. Jessi, no comments are necessary from the peanut gallery :)

Lastly, the other package I got in the mail today was this month's installment of the Magnolia Society from Madelinetosh yarns. This month we got Pastoral which will be exclusive to the club. It is 50% silk and 50% wool and feels heavenly and the color is gorgeous.


Bubblesknits said...

The peanut gallery is still in stunned silence that Sparkle Monkey made a post. ;-)

(What? Did you *really* expect me to be able to keep my mouth shut? lol)

BTW, I'm totally sneaking in your house and stealing those socks! You're not the only one that's been admiring them on her blog. Very cool package.

pjbknit said...

Oh man, what a lot of goodies and knitted stuff. I have been seeing those sock on Emily's blog. Purty! Everything is impressive. Your honorary cousin Paula (Barnett-Ellis)

sprite said...

Wow! I loved the socks when I saw them on Emily's blog. She knit me socks a couple of years ago -- you are lucky indeed! Great package!

And good job with the socks you knit!

tonni said...

OMG!! I LOVE your T or T package! Your trips sound like so much fun and the knitted objects are fab!

Crazy For Yarn In Alabama said...

OMG...LOVE Jessi's comment!! LOL!!

I will be beating Jessi off at the door to steal the socks....PERFECT Halloween socks!!!! What a GREAT swap package!!!! (Ditto for the Dish Rag Swap too) know we all covet the sheep!!

And, as usual.....GREAT socks by you oh great Sparkle Monkey!!!

elizabeth said...

Wow! You posted! ;o)

Jessi totally stole my thoughts, though, as *I* too have been coveting those socks on Emily's blog! Lucky you!!!

wendy g said...

What a great package! Man you have been busy lately with all of that knitting and traveling.

lynne said...

oh, my, you HAVE been busy! Congratualtions on a fantastic Trick or Treat swap package! Next swap? Think Cinco de Mayo!

Meg said...

Wow, what luck - I too have been coveting those socks since I saw them on Yarn Miracle. And you got to see Franklin, what fun!