Wednesday, February 07, 2007

What I'm Up To Wednesday

First, thanks for all the compliments on the Spartan Pullover Sweater and thanks for pointing out the obvious that this was my first sweater project, that I succesfully completed the fair isle & that the sweater is even wearable. Maybe I will attempt another sweater soon after all!

I've calculated that I knit about a sock a month currently, so when I saw that there was a Sock A Month Knitalong, I knew it was going to be something I could succeed at!

I signed up immediately (the first day) and to my utter astonishment and elation, a frequent commenter here, Karen, is my team leader. Isn't it a small knit blogger world? I've decided to knit the Sugar-Free Diabetes Walk Socks again. I knit them once before and really liked the stitch pattern, but I knit them the first time in sockweight yarn & this time I wanted to knit them in worsted weight yarn as the pattern suggests. The pattern suggested Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, but since I have none in my stash & I'm trying not to buy much before I go to Stitches West, I searched to see what suitable alternate in my stash might work. I spied quite a few skeins of Berroco Pure Merino in the cabernet colorway & figured it would probably work just fine. So far, so good!

In other news, I did receive the jewelry I ordered from Heather. Everything was better than I even hoped for. I placed my order on Wednesday afternoon & had it in my hands on Saturday afternoon. I was definitely expecting beautiful jewelry, but just look at the fabulous packaging with the jewelry pouch, care card, Dove chocolates, (because chocolate goes with everything) and FREE earrings! You can't tell by the photo, but they are the prettiest delicate pink color.

When I opened the jewelry pouch, I found my beautiful necklace. It was even better than I'd hoped & I'm so thankful that I found Heather and her etsy store.

The necklace is named "nora" and I noticed that she has another one in her etsy store (Twisted Lily Designs) available for purchase along with a lot of other beautiful jewelry. If I weren't trying to save money for my Stitches West trip, I'd buy the other "nora" and give it as a gift to someone.

On Thursday I'm meeting Laura (a frequent commenter here) at a local yarn store. We had discovered over time that we both lived fairly close to each other & so obviously a meet up was in order. She has knit some absolutely beautiful items (and is working on a gorgeous afghan for her mom), but not only does she knit, she also stitches (cross-stitch). I thought this was quite ironic since I gave up cross-stitching last year when I started knitting. She has shown me through her blog that you can make time for both.

So, just for you Laura, here's what I WAS working on & set aside over a year ago. Thanks to you, I've pulled it out of the closet & may finish it.


Carole Knits said...

So it was YOU who bought my necklace. LOL. Heather's stuff is wonderful and she's quite generous. Glad you found her.

slyn said...

Let's see if I can successfully comment this time!
I really love the sock so far, it's amazing how different it looks. Well amazing to me anyway. The necklace is beautiful too and how wonderful to get extra goodies!
The cross stitch looks fabulous, even the back of it looks nice and neat. Mine always look like a rats nest. Very talented!

Laura said...

The new sock is wonderful. Love the color. Hard to go wrong with cables! :-)

I'm so glad you pulled out your stitching! From here it doesn't look like you have all that much left before your finish your eagle/flag picture. Cool.

Karen said...

Hee hee, I'm taking over your blog!! I'm your SAM3 hostess, I made the SAM3 button, and the Sugar-Free pattern is named for my walk-a-thon!! You can't escape me!!! LOL

The jewelry is so fabulous!! And how great that it was packaged so beautifully and had all the extra presents. Wonderful. Have a great time meeting up with Laura today. It's so much fun to meet fellow blog-pals in person.

Dipsy said...

Oh yummy, these socks are going to look absolutely amazing - beautiful colourway too! And that jewelry is absolutely yummy, so unique and fabulous!

heather said...

Aw, thanks for the sweet review of my jewelry Kristie! That was really nice, and I'm glad you're thrilled!
The sock you're making is really neato. I like the pattern and color.
Wow, your cross-stitch is gorgeous! I always wanted to try that.

Um, I see you tagged me? Sorry, I didn't know! I'm usually not much for the meme thing, but this one seems easy. I'll try to remember to do it for ya. :)

Cathy said...

ahhhh a fellow stitcher ;) The sock is great - can't wait to see what elseyou knit up!

Angelika said...

Your cross stitch looks as nice as your knitting. That reminds me that I have a similar UFO in my closet. I wonder when I find the time to stitch again?