Sunday, December 24, 2006

Sock Monkeys

I made this sock monkey for my favorite little person. It wasn't until now that I realized I had missed out on the whole "sock monkey" thing when I was growing up. Barbara told me she had one when she was growing up and literally loved it to death. I thought it was cute and something out of the ordinary to give for Christmas. Plus the little person loves monkeys. I also included the book 10 Little Sock Monkeys She really liked the sock monkey -- liked it so much she took him to Italy with her. It's so much fun making the little people in your life happy.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Montana Moose Hat

Pattern: Moose Hat Kit from Bea Ellis
Yarn: Dale of Norway Heilo
Measurements: To fit a woman's head
Started: December 15, 2006
Finished: December 17, 2006
Other Details: My friend and I dream of a vacation in Montana. After a long day of skiing we'll come inside to sit by the fireplace and drink hot chocolate. Part of this fantasy involves a photo where everyone is wearing matching ski sweaters standing in front of the amazing fireplace. This hat is my Christmas gift to her and part of the Montana skiing experience.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Socks for the Princess

I crafted these socks for my favorite little person -- my friend Barbara's three-year-old daughter. I designed the pattern myself -- a simple cable with some ribbing. I used the short-row heel because I'm determined to master the whole short-row thing. My hatred of the short-row heel is slowly transforming to admiration. These socks turned out well and used the left over yarn from the Confetti socks. The princess will be receiving more socks. Her feet are the perfect size for finishing up left over sock yarn. If she grows as fast as most little people, it won't last long

Monday, December 18, 2006

Merry Christmas to Me!!

My Sock-ret Pal has struck again. You'll remember from my previous post that I was a little slow in recognizing I had some goodies from my pal. Usually I tear right into packages from Sock-ret Pals and such. This time I savored it a little before I dove in -- only because I didn't realize what I had. I love everything. My pal really seems to know me. I've been spoiled with Bath and Body products, a super lighthouse calendar, some fabulous lace yarn, and other goodies. Thank you Sock-ret Pal. You're awesome!! And, I'm a very fortunate girl.

I'm guess I'm naughty after all

You Are Comet

A total daredevil, you're the reindeer with an edge!

Why You're Naughty: You almost gave Santa a heart attack when you took him sky diving

Why You're Nice: You always make sure the sleigh is going warp speed

Even though it is not evident from my recent posts, I've done a lot of knitting lately. I'm just too lazy to take pictures. I've finished three pairs of socks, a totally cute hat, and a sock monkey. I also received a fabulous package from my Sock-ret pal. It really made my day. It came in an box which I assumed was some Christmas gifts I'd recently ordered. Several hours later, I grabbed the box to open it. I could tell immediately it wasn't what I ordered -- never even looked at the label on the outside -- it didn't shake right to be what I was expected. I opened it. There was something pink inside. I smiled and made a super energetic sound of delight -- a another package from my pal!!! LOVE IT!!! It couldn't have come at a better time. My spirits needed lifting. How did my pal know? We must be kindred spirits. Thank you Sock-ret Pal. Pictures and an appropriate thank you coming later.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Who knew?
LogoThere are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

There are only three people in the United States with my oldest daughter's name (first and last) -- only one person with the same name as my youngest. We are a unique group. I'm not quite as unique but at least there aren't hundreds of me. I'm so pround and, no, I didn't name either one of them apple. I can't wait to tell my baby there really is only one of her.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Sock-ret Goodies

I received the most delightful package from my Sock-ret pal. She is so sweet and making this swap really fun and enjoyable.

Two skeins of Patons SWS. It's a soy wool. I've used it before to make a felted bag. This matches some yarn I already had perfectly. I'm thinking another felted bag.

Two skeins of Regia sock yarn -- you can never have enough sock yarn. Now to plan who to knit the socks for . . .

Some Coconut Lime Verbena Body Splash from Bath and Body, Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel from the Body Shop, and a Spiced Pumpkin Pie cangle from Indian Creek Candle Company. I feel so special! I am going to totally pamper myself

A Herbal Comfort Pac to sooth my sore knitting and running muscles. You can use the pac for heat or cold therapy. Imagine the comfort of a cold pack of deliciousness on your forehead when you're suffering from a horrible headache or the soothing heat spreading relaxation through your hands or other achy part. Ahhhh . . . I can feel the tranquility of my universe returning.

She also included some sock-shaped point protectors and some of my favorite treats (sweettarts) Thank you Sock-ret Pal!! I feel so fortunate to have you as my pal.

I'm close to having a really big fit.

Does anyone else get the montly sock kits from Joslyn's Fiber Farm? Have any of you ever had any problems? I'm supposed to receive a sock kit each month. However, my November kit hasn't arrived yet even though it was paid for on 11/15/06. I've called the lovely Joslyn four or five times -- even left messages -- and I've emailed her three times over the past week and a half. But, she hasn't responded -- not even a peep from Joslyn. I'm moving from mildly annoyed to totally #(#(!!*##* off pretty fast. I am vexed!!! Someone help me . . .

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