Sunday, August 26, 2007

Monkey Socks

Monkey Socks
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
One down, one to go. I'm not crazy about the plain stockinette heel and over all the socks are a little too loose on the heel...but I'd rather make one more that is a little loose in the heel that think about ripping this one out...

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Almar Farms - Fleur

Almar Farms - Fleur
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
This is what a baby alpaca who is only 24 hours looks like.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Monkey Socks

Monkey Socks
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Started the monkey socks for a THIRD freaking time...I think it's going well thus far. I went up a needle size to a US2 and things are looking better.

However, I have a confession....I've only ever made one pair of socks cuff down with a gusset heel. I'm a little afraid of picking up the stitches.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Monkey Socks are pissing me off.....

First cast on was frogged when about 6 rows into the ribbing I got distracted and for whatever reason I started knitting in the wrong direction....

Cast on a second time and I'm into repeat two of the lace....and the sock looks too small and doesn't fit right over my heel and leg. And the yarn (Silky Sock) is twisting onto itself off the ball like crazy and it's annoying me.

Going to cast on tomorrow with a larger needle.

If something goes wrong after that, I'm ditching this pattern.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Sockotta Socks

Sockotta Socks
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Made for me
Toe Up Two at a Time/Magic Loop
Stockinette foot with ribbed cuff
Sockotta yarn using Addi US 1 40"
"Crazy Heels and Toes" toe up gusset heels

My visit with the alpacas today....

Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
I stopped by my friend's farm, Almar Farm Alpacas, today to see the little girl that was born yesterday afternoon! That little fluff of white is Fleur and she was so sweet. The black alpaca is Gina, the white one on the right is Yolanda and she is the mom to Fleur. The white one in the background is pregnant and due in the next week or so.

I got to hold Fleur but those photos are on my friend's camera.

I also picked up a skein of yarn from their prize herdsire "Sir Prize" for my secret pal package.

Monday, August 13, 2007

What in the hell is wrong with me?

Every time I log into Ravelry I add another project to my queue. I am now up to 77.


Sunday, August 12, 2007

Sockotta Socks

Sockotta Socks
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Yesterday I finally finished the gussets and turned the heels on these socks. I've had little time to knit lately and have been so anxious to finish these socks so that I can start a pair of Monkey socks. Since I'm on the "non-thinking" cuffs, I can get these finished in no time. I'm at the perfect spot in the project for working on them on the train on the way into work. Again, I love this Sockotta yarn!

Had a nice small beginner Toe-Up Sock class yesterday at YarnArts and everyone seemed to have a good time. I love teaching classes there and today I have part 1 of a Beginner's Knit Workshop.

Mystery Stole 3 will most likely get some attention this evening. Last week there was a tragic accident that involved a mistake that turned into a disaster when I tried to correct it. I wound up ripping out the first 15 rows of Clue 3.

Well, it's off to the shower and the farmer's market for me.

Monday, August 06, 2007

SP 11 Questionnaire

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

I love alpaca and other natural fibers. I don't any "fun fur" or 100% acrylic.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?

My addi's are in the baggies that they came in. Exciting 'eh?

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?

I've been knitting around 2 years and I taught myself for the most part. I would consider myself intermediate.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

Yes, but I'm not sure how to link it from here.

5. What's your favorite scent?

I love earthy scents like patchouli, cedar, sage etc...

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?

Not too much, though I am swayed by dark chocolate

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?

I spin terribly, but have been practicing! I love to craft stuff like beaded jewelry, stamping, fun papers etc...

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

I love almost anything except Speed Metal and Hard Core Rap. I adore 80's New Wave and the Grateful Dead (what an interesting mix!)

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?

Love most colors, don't like orange though.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

Married with dogs and cats.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?


12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

Socks and lace.

13. What are you knitting right now?

Mystery Stole 3 and some socks

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?


15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

Straight or circular depends on the project, same with the material.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?

Yes, both.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?

Gasp! I don't have any currently!

18. What is your favorite holiday?


19. Is there anything that you collect?

Vintage Fiestawarer

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

I subscribe to Interweave Knits and any of the Barbara Walker books of stitch patterns are on my wish list.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?

Not that I can think of right now.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?

US woman's size 5.5

23. When is your birthday?


24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID?