Four Broken Needles

She’s finally finished, whew (insert brow wipe here)! And it only took 79 days and a total of 4 broken needles to finish. Impertinent socks indeed, but so worth it. I can’t even begin to describe how much I love the finished product. There’s no second-sock syndrome with these babies, the pattern keeps you on your toes the whole way. It is seriously the best designed pattern I have ever knit. Period. Thank you Yarnissima!

For now I need to move on to much simpler knitting, I need a “brainless” and quick knit that will just fly off my needles while I watch TV. I just need to recuperate from the Impertinent Socks. Last night I cast-on Small Wings Socks from the Little Box of Socks book I received way back in December. I’m thinking that it’s just what the doctor ordered, thanks Ruby! Once they’re done (and once I receive my Knit Picks order of replacement needles) I think another Yarnissima pattern beckons me – Cairdeas maybe, or perhaps Spina de Pesci? …

The Reveal!

Last week I finally found “real” mail at our new house!  Not bills, or junk mail but  honest to goodness mail – a package infact from my secret pal (now revealed to be Ruby!)

It felt just like Christmas all over again ;-D. 

The package contained lots of amazing stuff…Swiss chocolates (quickly devoured by my DD), hand cream,  Yarnharlot’s “Never not Knitting” desk calander,  very cool knit-in-the-dark needles, a little crochet hook to pick up dropped stitches, a little sheep tape measure, a mini skein of Opal, a cake of deliciously soft merino/angora and to top it all of 2 cones of Habu.  I have never seen this before, its AMAZING!  Its a blend of merino and stainless steel!!!!  Its so soft yet it has memory and is somewhat sculptable.  This is definitely not something I would have ever picked for my self but now that its in my hands, I’m positively giddy with excitement to knit with it.  I had no idea what to make with it but while browsing Ravelry I found this  Kusha Kusha scarf .   Its so beautiful and ethereal, I will be casting on for this ASAP (probably tonight!).

Thank you once again Ruby!  SP13 has been wonderful!

Oh and I think  Dante approves too…


What a ham, he loves sneaking into photos.  And that guilty look on his face? … he’s just  been caught eying the fluffy little sheep for himself 😉

I don’t know how to title this post.

Sorry, today I don’t have any knitting updates to share.  Nor do I have anything particularily clever to say, or a funny story to share.   

The truth is, I haven’t knit a single stitch in a week now.   My precious knitting bag is packed up and hidden in a huge floor to ceiling stack of cardboard boxes sitting in my mother in law’s living room.   You see, it was only supposed to be packed up for just a few hours, to keep it safe as it made the journey from our city condo to a beautiful new home just a little bit north.  A beautiful new house with plenty of room for a sewing/knitting room and plenty of room for our daughter to run around in.  I won’t go into all of the gory details – its quite the stressfull, crazy, unbelievable story –  but in a nutshell, at the very last minute we didn’t get the house.  And I really mean the very last minute.  All of our possessions were loaded onto the moving truck with absolutely no where to go.   Thankfully, we have a wonderful caring and supportive family who took us all in at the last minute and thankfully today things are looking a little brighter – we may get the house after all.    Its good to know that there are still  people you can count on, even amidst those that let you down big time.  Those that care what happens to you, your family and your child even amidst those who don’t care enough to pick up the phone and say sorry I let you down.  Thank God for *real* family and Thank God for the kindness of strangers.

The impertinent one

Call me crazy – I decided to cast-on La digitessa by Yarnissima.  What’s so crazy about that you ask?  Well, for starters, lets take the warning that her brilliant creator has given us:

She is demanding. She certainly has a will of her own. She is elegance in person. She’s exciting!”

At the time, I thought to myself – “self, she does sound exciting, she certainly looks elegant.  You’ve tackled complicated patterns before. You can most certainly tame her.” And so onto the needles she went. I did not heed the warning.  

But wait a minute – since I am such an ambitious sock wrangler, why not cast-on both socks at the same time.  That way I can tame both digitessas at the same time.  What a brilliant idea!

Now, there’s another small fact that I should mention that confirms my complete foolishness…we sold our house and bought another.  Over the Christmas holidays.  With a 20 day closing period.  Um, what were we thinking?  Did we not realize that every single person in the universe seems to have taken time off over the holidays?  And yet, I thought to myself, no problem, we can do it and in my free time (ha ha ha!!!!)  I can tame those feisty little socks.

So in my copious amounts of free time, I cast on the two sassy socks and happily knit away at the toes, and then the instep and onto the gusset and – oops – I dropped a couple of stitches.  No problem, I’ll just frog back a little.  I’ll pick those finicky little travelling stitches right back up – oops missed a couple. No problem, I’ll just frog back a little more.  Gah!  Those **** stitches ***!  OK.  I’ll rip back to the toe.  Now at this point, I was just a little frustrated.  I took a step away from the needles, regained my composure and continued on.  Great.  Things are going so well now.  I was almost done the foot when – SNAP! The circular lay broken in my hands.  I told myself “Self, you will not lose your cool. You have a plan B after all, you have dpns in your knitting bag don’t you? LA digitessa has not won yet, she will yet be tamed. Even if you have to do it one sock at a time.”

I painstakingly picked up those troublesome travelling stitches.  I continued knitting 2 more rows, smugly thinking to myself that I have finally won the battle with this sassy sock.  And then – SNAP!  there goes another needle. I cursed just a little, I clenched my jaw, and HA! I pulled out a 6th dpn from its case.  I stabbed those runaway stitches back onto the new needle, maybe a little more forcefully than was needed.  And then I had a revelation! I don’t need the stress and aggravation. Knitting is supposed to be relaxing.  I’ll just frog the whole thing! 

I muttered under my breath as my hand reached to pull out one of the needles  “you impertinent digitessa…I’ll rip you apart, you’re just not worth it…” But, there she was, so elegant, so captivating… I lost my resolve. 

So call me crazy, she’s impertinent, she’s a diva but I’m in love with this pair of socks.  And I will finish – eventually.

 

The impertinent one before the first incident

The impertinent one before the first incident

Snow Day

What’s better than curling up on the couch with a mug of hot chocolate and knitting while a snow storm is raging outside?

Hmmm, perhaps knitting with my favorite lovely, soft, squishy yarn? How about these beautiful cabled Magic Mirror mittens on Three Irish Girls Kells Sport Merino  (Colourway is Brennan)?

Its my very first day of Christmas vacation and all I want to do is relax, knit, and play with Aryana today. Ahhh, bliss!!

Christmas Knitting and a great big Thanks!!!

Its all done.  Not that there were all that many recipients to knit for anyway.  The only one getting handknits for Christmas this year will be my mother.  I would love to knit for many more family members this year but alas I’m suffering from toddler fatigue.  Christmas vacation couldn’t start at a better time (ahem – tomorrow!!!).  So without further ado… here are mom’s Mad about Plaid socks…

You can read all about them here on ravelry if you so desire.

And while I’m writing about Christmas,  earlier this week I got an amazing gift in the mail from my Secret Pal. 

What a fun surprise!  She sent me an skein of Noro Sock, which I’ve always wanted to try…I love its natural, rustic look.   She also sent me “the little box of Socks” – I love this book!  Great patterns and I love how portable the little pattern cards are…they’ll fit so nicely in my knitting bag.  And to round it all out there’s a cute hand-made tissue holder, a little Christmas Ornament and a little toy for Aryana.  She loved it of course and spent the whole day playing with it saying “POP!”.  Thanks so much Secret Spoiler!!!  Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

SP13 Question One

I’m a little behind posting this but last Friday’s SP13 question of the week was “What are you thankfull for”.  Here in Canada we celebrated Thanksgiving back in October but I’m thankfull every single day for my family.  I am thankfull for my husband – the most loving and caring man I could ever hope to have in my life.  I am thankfull for my spirited, independent, sweet and beautiful little girl.  I could never, ever have imagined any one like her and would never, ever change a single thing about her.  I am thankfull for my mother, and everyone else in my family.  The joy and love that they all fill my life with are priceless.  And I’m thankfull for all of these blessings every single day.

Goodies in the mail!

This week I got an awesome package in the mail! A Yarnissima kit, La Digitessa pattern and Wollmeise (80/20 wool/nylon blend) in the La Digitessa colourway.  I was so curious to find out what all the fuss for Wollmeise is about and it did included a pattern too, so I just had to splurge – right?!  I’m really glad I did though and I just can’t wait to get my needles into the yarn.  The package came at a great time too since December’s sockdown challenge is a Yarnissima pattern (guess what I’ll be knitting *wink*)!  It came with lots of little goodies too, a couple of chocolates (one isn’t shown because my daughter instantly dug into it :-D! ), some handmade tags, a bookmark etc.  Very cute stuff, and it was all packaged so nicely.  I love that it even came with a little laminated card for the chart to throw in the knitting bag.  I love getting goodies in the mail!!!

Here’s a close up of the yarn, the picture doesn’t do it justice – its a really, rich and vibrant burgandy/red colour that is almost impossible to capture with my camera.  I even tried taking it out on the balcony to get better lighting but this is the best I could do.  

I seem to be all about reds this month as I also chose a very similar colou  for December’s shipment from the 3IG Sock Yarnista club.  Its called mulled wine and its on BFL!!  I’m sooo excited for that one too!

Random things…

SP13 has started up and I’ve been assinged both an upstream and downstream pal.  Its been alot of fun so far snooping around Ravelry and my spoilee’s blog trying to get ideas for her packages.  I have a couple of ideas so far.   So in the spirit of SP13 I’m going to try to be good about keeping this blog up to date! 

Its been quite busy around here, we’re looking to move out of our condo and out of the city so we can have a little more green space for little A and Dante to run around in.  Its exciting and tiring, its amazing how much junk you can accumulate and how quickly this happens.  *Sigh*.  I’m praying it sells fast because it will be HARD to keep it up for showings for very long with little A on the loose.

As for knitting   I finished a couple of sweaters for A.  The pinwheel and even the Helena are now done!  Whew.  I think I’m done with sweaters for a while! 

Here they are…

I finished my Esther Socks for October’s sockdown…

I heart these soo much!  The yarn is the Three Irish Girls July Sockclub colourway, Azalea Orchid on Kells Sport merino – awesome yarn!

I started a couple of November sockdown pairs…

I’ve also come to the realization that winter is just about here and my hands and head are cold so my next projects will be mittens, a hat and a scarf.  More about those later. 

And that’s all for now. 

(oh and for my upstream secret pal, I finally have an amazon wishlist and one at the loopy ewe but of course I’m so easy to please and I’m sure I will love however you spoil me!! )


24 Questions (SP13)

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?  I like a wide variety of yarns; wool and various blends (bamboo, tencel, etc).  I *hate* acrylic and novelty stuff – ya know, the fluffy mohairy stuff. 

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?  I’m embarrassed to say that I just keep them stored in the little platic baggies they come in and they’re all thrown into a larger plastic baggie. Its really very pathetic, one of these days I must get more organized.

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 just over a year.  My mom taught me the basics (continental/finish (?) style).  I learned a lot of more advanced techniques online though; I would say that I’m an intermediate knitter.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other on-line wish list?  Hmm, not as of this moment. 

5. What’s your favorite scent?  I love fruity, citrus-y scents…my favorite wool wash fragrance of all time is pink sugar.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?  Chocolate, yum.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?   Not really, I used to paint a little but I haven’t done that it many, many years.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)  I’ll listen to pretty much everything.

9. What’s your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can’t stand?  I love brown, I love greens and blues and anything in between (aqua, turquoise).  Oh and also pink, purple and red.  I love colour.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? I have a 16 month old little girl and one boxer. 

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?  I wear scarves (not shawls), hats and mittens.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?  I love knitting socks.

13. What are you knitting right now?  Socks (2 pairs).

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?  sure

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? For most things I prefer circulars, preferrable wood/bamboo or metal.  I don’t enjoy plastic needles at all.  For socks, I like to knit cuff down on wood dpns but toe-up on circulars.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?  No, I wish though. I hate winding yarn by hand. 

17. How old is your oldest UFO?  2 weeks?  The longest has been about 3 or 4 months but its all done.  I’m pretty good about finishing projects up.

18. What is your favorite holiday? What winter holiday do you observe?   Christmas is my favorite holiday.  We usually celebrate a traditional Polish Christmas Eve.

19. Is there anything that you collect?   Yarn, sock yarn especially 🙂

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 currently don’t have any knitting books or magazines. I like Nancy Bush’s books though.  I would love to try Dream in Colour’s Smooshy yarn.

21. Are there any new techniques you’d like to learn?  I’m constantly trying to learn new techniques, hopefully Fair Isle one of these days.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?   Yes!  Womens size 7 (8 3/4″ circumference/lenght)

23. When is your birthday?  January 19th.

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what’s your ID?  Yup, my ravelry ID is AJK

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