Thursday, January 28, 2010

Yarn Shopping in Oklahoma

So I'm back from Oklahoma (long story short, I went to attend a funeral) and I spent almost a week there. Of course, since the holidays I've been missing my family and BFF, so it was good to see them even during this time of grief.

Anyhoo, I did happen to do a little yarn shopping while I was there. This is Claudia Handpainted in color: Cotton Candy. Isnt it beautiful? I bought it @ Loops ( in Tulsa, OK. Check out that shop should you ever be in town. It's beautiful and filled to the brim with great stuff. And the staff is VERY helpful and nice. There were quite a few shoppers there knitting and browsing around; I had a great time while I was there.

I also stopped @ SWAK in the City in Oklahoma City ( Its actually right down the street from my BFF's house (Hi, April!!!) so it was easy to slip in and look around. I've been to this shop before and always feel like I'm home. I bought 2 skeins of Happy Feet in color 25 (a very pretty hot pink, green, raspberry color).
Happy Feet

I also stopped by one of the big box stores and picked up some Sensations' Bamboo and Ewe Pattern sock yarn (is anyone noticing a pattern here? LOL)
joanns sock yarn

Last shop I stopped @ was actually in St. Louis (What? I was in the neighborhood!). HearthStone Knits ( was a small shop but BIG in selection. I picked up a few crochet magazines, the new issue of Knit Simple, and this beauty....


This Araucania Ranco. Shades of blue; so pretty!

As for what kinda projects I've been working on? As you may well know, I always have a big project going, a sock and something in between. Well my BIG project is so big, I can't even take it to knit night anymore. I've been working on the Mason-Dixon Log Cabin Blanket.


I've used white, black, gray, denim and brown. I'm not so sure about how the brown block is going to work out; I may have to rip and pick another color. I'm actually knitting from stash (just about) and I'm using machine-washable acrylic/wool blends. I think this blankie will be VERY warm. I thought the all garter-all the time would be killing me, but it's actually moving along quite well.

I've also been working on the Kai-Mei socks from the Cookie A book; Sock Innovation. It's not much to look @ yet; I've just turned the heel and barely begun the chart. OMG, I can't believe I'm knitting from a chart! This is madness!

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And yes, this is a pretty bad photo. It was taken on the whim; sorry! Anyhoo, I'm working with my trusty US2's and Cascade Heritage Solid in color 5619 which is, basically, RED. Very Red. Valentine's socks, anyone?

It's also dishcloth city @ my house right now. Here's the 4th of a series of Ballband Dishclothes, knit on size 7 needles with red and yello Peaches and Creme.

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Well, I think thats it for this MASSIVE update. What have YOU been working on, dear reader?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Secret Pal 15

What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely not like? Wool and alpaca. There is NOTHING I dont like, I'm actually knitting an afghan out of the cheapie acrylic. It all has it's place.

What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? I have a needle holder and some of my str8's are in a glass vase on my dining room table.

How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? Been knitting for awhile now, I'd say I'm an intermediate knitter.

Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Yep. You can look @ it under my email address:

What’s your favorite scent? I love floral scents...

Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? Yes, I love carmel and chocolate.

What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I sew, bake/cook, and recently started trying to re-learn crochet and I do water-bath canning.

What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) I like alot of music and yes my computer can play mp3s.

What’s your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can’t stand? I like pink and purple and dont care for earth tones like brown/beige etc.

What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? I have 3 kids and a doggie.

Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? Yes, to all!

What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? I love to knit socks, handbags, and hats.

What are you knitting right now? A pair of socks, dishcloths, and an afghan.

Do you like to receive handmade gifts? Oh yes!

Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? Circ's! I like bamboo and metal/aluminum mostely.

Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? Yes, to both!

How old is your oldest UFO? 2 years old. My CPH is STILL waiting on a button band.

What is your favorite holiday? What winter holiday do you observe? I love, love, LOVE Christmas time!

Is there anything that you collect? Hello Kitty swag!

Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? The Vogue Stitionaries. I subscribe to Interweave Knits, Knit Simple and knit.1

Are there any new techniques you’d like to learn? Steeks, intarsia, and just more colorwork in general.

Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? Yes! I wear a US size ladies 10.

When is your birthday? December 4th

Are you on Ravelry? If so, what’s your ID? sinnomen1977

Friday, January 8, 2010


It's been a long while since I posted last. So many things have happened over the last few months I dont even know where to start. Rest assured, dear readers, that I will have you caught up and up to date soon with lots of pics! Happy New (Late?) Year!!!