Friday, August 31, 2007
I found a LOT of monkey loot on Oriental Trading and also on Monkey Goods. Then I found this recipe for Ninja Pirate Monkey Cookies. The internets are fun.
I cast on the first sock last night and am ready to start the fourth pattern repeat. Monkeys go so quickly....if only my Hogwarts Sock Swap Two socks went so quickly (I'm working on what I consider a contingency pair, because the yarn I actually want is backordered).
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Please email me (monkey dot sock dot swap at gmail dot com) if you would like to join us for some monkey fun!
My monkey pal may have to fight the Librarian (bonus points if you can figure out who I'm talking about) for her monkey socks. See that manic grin on his face? I don't think I have a chance at getting them back. Wonder if he'll trade for my Koigu monkey socks...
I've ordered her pattern and yarn and some monkey goodies.............now for a little Monkey fun.............I hope some of you remember this too :)
I have been checking out all these really sweet sock yarn and dying to go get some and start my cast on but ....
Also, is this the appropriate place to ask questions? The last thing I want to do is not get my first swap right .. augh! Thanks for the help.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
in other news -- swap pal, if you're reading... i haven't heard from you yet :( are you ending up in my spam folder? do you have the wrong email address for me? please leave me a note on my blog to let me know that you exist... :(
Oh monkey sock wrangler. How do we fair today?
I'm totally excited about this swap! I've finished my pair of monkeys for moi a few days ago and couldn't be more excited.
I just would like to take the opportunity to thank the swap master herself! thanks so much! also thank you to all the shops that are offering discounts. I honestly don't know who to pick. but it's super generous of you and I thank you!
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
I also have the perfect lineup of gifties ready to go! If anyone's still looking for interesting things, MadCaterpillar has these amazing little bags, perfect for sock projects, with sock monkey lining and embellishments. They're all gone right now, but she's working on more and will let you know when they're available if you message her.
Also, I am quite impressed by my spoiler, having figured out how to leave an anonymous comment on my blog that doesn't allow for anonymous comments. Can't wait to see what's planned for me!
If you're still trying to find the perfect yarn for your Monkey Sock Swap Pal (and I know I am!), please come on over to Yarn Lust. I'm offering 10% off your total purchase from my Etsy store (including the shipping cost) for MSS3 Members :) Please enter the code MSS310off in the note to the buyer section, as well as your registered MSS3 blog address & name when purchasing and I will send a new invoice to you with the adjusted amount!
I received my swap pal assignment over the weekend (thank you very much Rebecca for your hard work). I have examined her blog, and answers to the questionnaire, I have even ordered her pattern, the yarn I'm send and using.... But I cannot figure out how to contact her anonymously! All of my e-mail accounts come through with my name on them! Does anyone have the answer?
Monday, August 27, 2007
Saturday I got about this far:
And last night, I finished the first of the pair:
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Colour choice: won't ever wear? - put all those aside
Colourway: pulled out all the varigated
Yarn preference: 100% superwash - put all the handwash, 80%/20% nylon, and 50/50% tencel aside
Colours I love: several in my stash, that don't contain the unwearable colour
I am pondering, will have to do a little more lurking before I finally shout eureka!
The stash goodies are already taken care of - bought monkey xxxxxxxxx, purchased monkey xxxxxxxxx, knitting monkey xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.
MORE FUN THAN A BARREL FULL OF MONKEYS!!!!!!!
I have a question. My heel flap turned out much longer than necessary. At first I thought it was because I have small, skinny feet; so I asked my husband to try it on, and the heel is really too long. Does anyone else have the same problem? I'm seriously thinking of doing the socks with a short row heel...
Saturday, August 25, 2007
They are the cutest stitch markers. I have the perfect yarn ready to go and have a couple more items coming in the mail. Mwuahhhhhhahahaha!!!!!
Friday, August 24, 2007
~Heather R. / Arctic Knitter
I am really excited to be doing this swap, but... is anyone else still waiting for their sock pal's info? Or is it just me?
Anyway, can't wait to get started - I am down to the toe of my last pair of socks, so I need to get those Monkeys on there before something else jumps on...
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Cherry Tree Hill-SockittoMe in Sugar Maple for the Monkey Socks
AND. . . .
Lorna's Laces-Shepherd Sock in Daffodil for her desired sock pattern.
I won't be casting on the Monkey Socks until Monday (Sunday at the earliest) but I will post a pic of that historic event: My first sock pal project!
Here's are two questions for the more experienced sock knitters: What is your favorite cast-on method for socks? What do you think works best for the Monkey pattern?
Our offer is the following: 10% off all merchandise (except non-previously discounted merchandise and the Sock Club) with the coupon code MSS31007. So that means 10% on most of the sock yarn, our row counter bracelets, needles, stitch markers and patterns.
I've picked the sock yarn that I would use for my Monkeys from our latest arrival, ShiBuiKnits Sock yarn.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
I'm looking forward to getting to know you better, too! I'm so anxious to be assigned my pal. I have an alias e-mail set up. I have the pattern printed out. All I need now is to know preferences so I can select the yarn I need for the socks. I've even bought a couple of monkey items. It's my first swap, so I'm REALLY excited!
Thank you for all your hard work. :)
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
A couple patterns say 2 skeins are needed and maybe third for a longer foot, but what's considered a longer foot? My pals foot length is around 9 1/2 inches and I'm trying to decide on 2 or 3 skeins of Louet Gems.
A Post Card from my Monkey Pal! How cool is that? I love getting real mail! Thanks Monkey Pal!!
By the way - I saw the postmark was from Sacramento - that's where my in laws live & we visit often. Happy Day & Happy Knitting to all!
Monday, August 20, 2007
You see, I bought the pattern the day I received my first assigned pal, but I have since been given another pal who requested a different pattern. So, if anyone had intentions of buying the Mona pattern, I could email you Mona (PDF) , and you could buy the other pattern my pal requested and email me that PDF. There will be no copyright violations involved since I bought the pattern solely for my sock pal. Actually she probably wouldn't mind getting a different pattern from what she requested, but just thought I would ask first. Thanks
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Thanks Rebecca for all the hard work. I've touched base with my Monkey Pal and I've chosen the yarn (will order online tonight). But I've been looking for monkey items one the web and what I've found so far doesn't appeal to me. It's either "wildlife fund" items with real-life monkeys, or babyish monkeys for nurseries. I was looking for zany, fun, cartoonish monkeys. I used to see these things everywhere and now that I'm looking, I can't find anything I like. Any suggestions?
With our time frame given here, I'm confident that I'll get both my Monkey's done ('palooza's and here) in time. ;)
I've been browsing and trying to decide what yarn I will get for my pal, colors and colors, there are sooo many choices.
...yeah right! I'm really ripping my hair out in anticipation!
I have started this ball of yarn and knit the cuff and one lace repeat. This is such an easy pattern. I am loving it. This is my first monkey so we will see where it takes me. More details are on my blog including the start of the sock.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Now I just need to find out who my pal will be... and pick out my Monkey yarn... and find my needles... and... and...
Hmm... I think I need to get off of the computer and get busy!
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I met the shopowner, Sheri, a few swaps back when she was assigned as my Sockret Pal. She is one of the most appreciative recipients of any pair of socks I have ever gifted. She is so incredibly friendly and warm that she even has a group of followers on Ravelry called 'The Loopy Groupies'
The Loopy Ewe carries the Cookie A. sock patterns and the Louet Pearl Gems yarn that Cookie A. so often uses to knit her patterns. The shipping prices are one of the best you can find on the internet, too!
I emailed Sheri to let her know that she may suddenly get flooded with requests for Cookie patterns so she should probably stock up. She surprised me back by telling me that if any of my Monkey Pals linked to her shop from the MONKEY SOCK SWAP blog and placed their first order with the Loopy Ewe through our blog, she would give ME Loopy Ewe perk points. WOW! I wasn't expecting that!
So.....do you think I'm going to encourage you to link through our site?? YOU BET CHA! I will do anything to enhance my yarn stash! Just KIDDING! But, if you were considering shopping at the Loopy Ewe and it is your first time shopping with Sherri, please do consider linking through this site.
And, someone just gave me a wonderful idea.....if I do receive any points I will apply them to purchasing all the Cookie A. patterns and then hold a random drawing with the winner being allowed to pick out a Cookie A. pattern for their very own! Great idea!
Carry on, my monkies! I am really enjoying getting to know some of you through the sign-up process..........it makes it just a little bit less tedious!
Monkey Sock Swap Hostess
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I am still busy signing up participants and we are now at 52 participants.
I have sent all who have requested membership a Welcome Letter/Monkey Questionnaire and put your name in the sidebar. If your name is in the sidebar and you have not received your letter, please check your spam folder. Correspondence from me will be coming from email@example.com. If your name is not in the sidebar and you have requested membership then I have not received your email, please contact me again.
I have also sent you a clarification email on the contradicting swap end dates. The swap ends November 1, not October 15th. This means you must have your socks finished and to your pal by November 1 so please plan your knitting accordingly.
Some of you have already received your Blogger invitation. Please feel free to start posting on the blog whenever you want to - you don't have to wait until August 1.
And lastly.......there are several of you have not posted your Monkey Questionnaires on your blogs. Please try to do so soon. I won't be able to send you a pal until that is up!
I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you!!! I hope this swap experience will bring you many smiles!
Monkey Sock Swap Hostess
With each item (one item is 2 skeins of yarn) the buyer receives a FREE sock pattern from Wildhorse Farm Designs (to view designs browse this site www.wildhorsefarmdesigns.com) - retail value $5.50. The buyer may choose one of these 4 patterns "Penllyn", "Metropolis", "Rococo", and "Stillwater".
Purchase on www.whiteoakstudio.etsy.com and put monkeysockswap in the note to seller, along with your pattern choice. I will send the pattern along with the yarn.
Friday, August 3, 2007
If you are, leave a comment. And, would you want to change it up any? Like have different package requirements?
I'm thinking about having another round....I keep having people ask me if there will be one........but you better twist my arm if you want one.....start twisting......