Obsessed knitting geek, mother, and science teacher - not necessarily in that order

Monday, April 30, 2007

HSKS trivia question #2

"You will have your reward, Wormtail. I will allow you to perform an essential task for me, one that many of my followers would give their right hands to perform..." Who is speaking? 5 House Points Awarded

Easy peasy - Voldemort is foreshadowing Wormtail's - er - "handy" sacrifice

HSKS questionnaire - and so it begins...

1. What Hogwarts house have you been sorted into?


2. List your three favorite double-point needle brands, including size and length.

Lantern Moon

Brittany birch

Crystal Palace

I like 5" or 6" lengths in U.S. 1, 2 or 3's for socks

3. Would you like to try a new brand needle? If so, which brand? Size? Length?

want to try out how the Lantern Moon 5" sox stix are (U.S. #2) or the new Addi lace needles for magic looping (40" in U.S. #2)

4. If you are a RAVENCLAW, do you prefer the colors in the film or the book? Do you have a strong preference?

no strong preference as long as its purty

5. If your pal decides to send candies or chocolates are there any that you don't like?

prefer chocolate - do not really like hard candies.

6. What are your favorite scents?

fruity, citrus scents - no vanilla or flowery scents please

7. Do you have any allergies?

cats (quite severely actually) - one swap I got some yarn that made me tear up and sneeze everytime I worked with it - until I figured out that she had a cat!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Knitting progress...

I was able to make really good progress on my Jaywalkers on Friday when I spent most of my day supervising exams - this allowed me to knit for close to 5 hours - and get paid for it! Just need to finish the foot and toe - then on to the next sock. While I love the feel of the fabric, I do find the STR to be quite thick - and this is just the lightweight. We'll have to see how it feels on the foot.

I also started my Artyarns Regal Silk into a scarf/stole in a basic feather and fan lace pattern. This yarn is so dreamy soft and drapey - perfect for wrapping up in. Loving the how the colorway is working up.

And finally - my one skein shawl is
complete - TA DA! Here it is being
blocked. It is my first time blocking lace and I do think I need to purchase some blocking wires or get DH to build me a frame for future lace projects.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

HSKS trivia question - guess???

"There is nothing worse than death, Dumbledore!" "You are quite wrong. Indeed, your failure to understand that there are things much worse than death has always been your greatest weakness." Who are the two people in this conversations? 5 House Points Awarded

I would have to guess this is a conversation between Dumbledore and Voldemort? - it has been awhile since I have read these books - maybe time to go back and brush up....

Yarn fairy came today...

With some new acquisitions from Sarah's Yarns - great prices and crazy fast shipping!

Two skeins of Artyarns Regal silk in colorway 123 - gorgeous blues, greens and purples, reminds me of the ocean - destined to be a scarf or lacy shawl.

Two skeins of Jaggerspun Zephyr in the "curry" - a warm, golden tan colour. This is destined to become Icarus.

In case you haven't noticed I am currently obsessed with shawls.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Current WIPs

My currently active WIPs include

Katja - a halter top from Knitty for my littel girl knit from Lily Chin Chelsea. I am currently working the I-cord straps, and then will be working the rest of the body in the round. I am hoping this will be a quick knit in time for her to wear this summer.

One skein shawl from Knitters Review forum. I am making it out of Misti Alpaca baby alpaca (cinnamon colorway). It is very soft and has a beautiful drape - it is a mother's day gift for my mom - I should be able to finish on time - I hope....

Clapotis from Knitty of course. I have been bit by the bug. It is in Knitpicks Andean Silk Twist in the Dapper colorway. The yarn was on sale so I just had to try it out. I just started and it is on the back burner right now - but is a fun knit to distract me when I get bored of the other stuff

- from magknits. Socks That Rock in the Carbon Dating colorway. I love the colors and the feel of the yarn knit up - I can see now why STR is so addictive.

In the frog pile - two false starts on my mother's day gift:
a feather and fan lace shawl and the lacy kerchief wrap from the Holiday issue of IK - they just were not knitting up fast enough for me to get done in time. But I do already have other plans for the yarn ;)

Sunday, April 22, 2007

New Swap!!! Yippee!

..combining two of my favorite things no less - knitting socks and Harry Potter!!

Check out the link to the Harry Potter Sock Kit Swap site - very cool!!! I got sorted into the House of Ravenclaw - actually not that surprising - I always thought that would be where I would fit best.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Cranky baby + yogurt raisins + yarn store = bad combination

I felt that my yarn store adventure today would be a worthy first entry in my blog.

I needed some size 1 needles to start my Jaywalkers so I thought I would just pop into my LYS to pick some up (after trying some 5" Brittany birch needles, I just had to get more).

Of course when I discovered their recent shipment of Fleece Artist I just had to browse - but my cranky, teething munchkin had other ideas. So ignoring the teeny voice that told me I should just pay for the needles and go, I decided to bribe her with some yogurt raisins I had with me. And when she decided she had to hold the bag, being distracted by all the yummy fibre, I let her - and lo and behold I turned around to discover yogurt raisins poured all over the floor.

So now I was scrambling to pick up all these raisins before they got squished into the carpet, prying the ones out of my munchkin's mouth that she had picked up off the floor, trying to get her to stop screaming in protest at having her treats confiscated - all while trying to retain what little composure I had left.

Fortunately the store owner and other customers were very nice about it and found my little munchkin cute enough to forgive her atrocious behavior - as well as her mother's temporarily impaired judgement - I blame it on "yarn madness".

For putting the store owner through all that drama I felt obligated to pick up a skein of the Fleece Artist sock yarn and two sets of needles ;)