Sunday, September 30, 2007
Ah yes - the end is in sight!
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Here are my monkeys, the picture is a couple days old, so the leg on the second sock is already done :0-) I hope to send the package up North next week or so.... Everything for the package is ready except the socks :-) I really hope that my pal likes them, there are very bright, the picture doesn't show their true beauty :-) I love the color and I have had a lot of complements on the color and the pattern. I am going to miss my monkeys when I set them free, but I look forward to bringing some new monkeys into my home when my package comes :-) :-) I love swaps, the anticipation is close to the same you feel on Christmas morning :-) Well happy knitting , have a good weekend.
Friday, September 28, 2007
At first I wasn't sure what it was, but then I remembered the email I got that morning, telling me to expect the package today. Duh, Manda. :D
Inside was a lovely assortment of goodies:
The socks, of course!! :) She used Phoenix Fiberworks Fetish Merino sock yarn in Victorian Violets (Ravelry Link, Etsy Link), and I have to say that the color couldn't scream "Manda" more! lol :)
Also included were the adorable sock monkey, Stretcho the Funky Monkey, a box of Puffs with a tumbling rollerblading monkey panel (very cool!), a Monkey notepad, a Mini Sunflower Garde, a pack of Goobers and BunchaCrunch, and the movie Dunston Checks In (LOL.. I haven't seen this movie in YEARS). Also included was the Twisted Flower by Cookie A, and a skein of the most scrumptious Sundara Yarn in Cobalt over Mediterranean.
Thank you, Monkey Sock Swap Pal! I've been supremely spoiled! :)
(also posted on my blog!)
Thursday, September 27, 2007
My monkey package came in the mail last week!! Due to multiple technology difficulties I have not been able to show off my goodies... So here they are! My socks are beautiful. I wore them to work last Friday and showed them off. Thank you so much Laura! I love it all, even the little addition that your son sent (by the way I love his new hat).
To my pal, though I don't think you know who you are, your socks will be done soon and your package on it's way!
I'm moving my blog to www.creativefibergirl.wordpress.com It's a pretty background but not much else yet.
. . .the blockers.
. . .to my pal tomorrow (shown below with just one of several little monkey pals).
I hope my pal likes them and that she's able to do a better job of capturing their true color on her blog.
This is my first swap, and it's been a lot of fun. Thanks, Rebecca, for organizing it so well, and thanks to everyone else for sharing your Monkeys. I look forward to seeing lots more.
Look at all the goodies I received from my pal today! I was so spoiled, the socks are amazing ,the stitches are so neat and they fit perfectly, my pal is such a good knitter.
Also in my parcel are two monkey stitch markers, a monkey phone charm, two lots of lovely yarn (sockotta and "Skein queen" in violet pumpkin) both of which I love, two Cookie A patterns, 4 monkey magnets, a monkey badge, a packet of cheeky monkey tissues, a monkey bath fizzer in the shape of a cup cake and a Monkey pet that you grow grass out of his head, he's hidden behind the cute postcard, I have posted a picture of him on my blogg, he's so cute.
Thank you so much
Almost at the toe on my first monkey... I should have it done this evening! I am also using the Crystal Palace bamboo cotton. I love this yarn, despite the aforementioned splitting! I need to buy a few more monkey-related items and then finish the second sock and I'll be ready to mail!
I still have to buy the sock yarn and Cookie A pattern though. I was trying to wait for the new LYS, The Red Purl to open up, and buy from them. I just called and she is open starting today. She will actually be open until 9pm tonight, so I'm planning to stop on my way home. Can't wait to check out what she has in stock. Curious, Curious, Curious.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I have finished my socks; collected monkey stuff; anguished over what Cookie pattern and yarn to send and finally boxed it all up and sent it off to my partner! (And forgot to take a picture of the final package!) Here are the finished pair,however. Knit in Wollmeise Spice Market. Loved the yarn and the colorway! They may be on their way to your house!!
This has been a wonderful swap for me. I LOVED the Monkey pattern and am looking forward to receiving my very own pair! Also looking forward to trying another of her patterns. Thanks for organizing this swap! I'll definitely do it again next time around!!
Happy Knitting to all!!
Monday, September 24, 2007
buncha monkey stuff - check
Pattern - printed and sleeved - check
Yarn - will be ordered this week
munchies - have to buy more the kid/hubbie duo ate 'em, go to store AGAIN for munchies....
*mutters under breath* *shaking head so she doesn't shake family* double check
take a look and let me know what you think.
This was great fun, seeing all the socks in different colours and yarns. I would love to sign up again when Monkey Swap 5 comes around.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
One lonely little monkey done! He is waiting for his sister to be cast on and knit. I like this pattern a lot but can't seem to memorize it for the life of me. The yarn in Zen Yarn Garden's 100% Superwash Merino Wool in the Zima colorway. Boy is it soft! Now on to #2!
Saturday, September 22, 2007
After I had finished my pal's Monkeys my 3 year old son fetched a cake of KPPPM from my Stash and demanded a pair of the Monkeys for him. I had to adapt the pattern to fit to a much smaller foot but isn't it really cute!! See what we started.............REQUESTS :D
Friday, September 21, 2007
What can I say? I like both of them. These are prewashing/preblocking pictures, and the color isn't quite right on either. In each case, the colors are deeper, richer, and more varied than is shown. The red, especially, is off as it has more berry tones to it and is a little less of a retina burner -- well, just a little less.
I'm leaning towards the blue, but that might be because crazy variegation isn't my thing. However, as far as that goes, the red yarn works really well. I'm also very pleased that there's no major pooling or flashing in either case since that's what turns me off some variegated yarns.
So does anyone out there have any thoughts on this? Hey, you never know, you just might be selecting your own socks!
Like I said, I'm pretty sure it's gmail and not that you've forgotten about me.
If you read this, and I really hope you do, please try this address from now on: firstname.lastname@example.org. Let's hope yahoo doesn't have as strict spam regulations as gmail does.
Hope to hear from you soon!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
I really hope my pal likes these, the yarn is hand painted merino by Kirsty of Piece of Beauty. Kirsty is a Scottish Indie dyer to dye for. This yarn is discontinued but you get other georgeous yarns from her. I used this colourway because my pal loves this colour. :) I will be parceling it all up this weekend with some monkey bits and pieces and the yarn and pattern of course :D
Also, here is my progress. I'd started Tuesday afternoon and I'm amazed at how fast these socks are flying off the needles as the last socks I'd used them for were 80 stitch count socks for an 11" foot!
I hope my Pal likes these! Not quite the dominant color it seemed while in the skein, but I think she'll like them anyway!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
If you live near Borders, they're selling monkey stuff. I saw some cute stuffed animals and some pencil holders and such. I think I might want to give my buddy something fluffier for the stuffed animals but the other things were super cute. Check it out if you're looking for some ideas.
I decided on this hand-dyed merino superwash-sock yarn as the colours should fit my pals preferences and as I thought they were just perfect for pal-socks!
I had a nice trip while knitting, making notes for the meeting and listening to some podcasts!
So I hope, that between those who like this colours - is my Pal :-))
Well, my Monkey socks are done; I have all of my monkey items purchased plus the pattern and yarn, so I'll be getting my box off to my swap partner in just a few days! I've had so much fun with this swap! I've just been knitting socks for a very short time, so I was a little nervous about it all, but am SO glad that I signed up. The pattern was a pleasure to knit and boosted my confidence in the whole sock knitting arena! I can't wait to make more Monkey socks as well as trying other patterns I once thought too difficult. I sure hope my partner enjoys her socks. They are knit with Wollmeise in the Spice Market colorway. I admit, they are going to be hard to part with!!!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
it went WEST of me....and that could be a LOT of places.
I was bummed with only one thing...the item I MOST wanted to send to her (not telling what it is because it would totally give me away to her) was not in stock at any of the uniform stores around here, and I couldn't find anything like it!
But, Isaac (my DS) picked out something for her...and tossed it in...and he's 3...so...
but it's on its way!
Just cast on for the second one, and off on holiday in a couple of days so I'll have plenty of knitting time, and hopefully will pick up some monkey goodies along the way.
This pattern is terribly bad though - it has made me want to knit all of Cookie A.'s socks - I'm taking some Drops Alpaca in a gorgeous leaf green colour and the Pomatomus pattern with me next week - I'm up for the challenge!
Monday, September 17, 2007
Happy Knitting to All!
The socks are done and the box is packed up with goodies to send off to my pal! These socks are wicked addictive. I have started a smaller pair for my daughter and another pair for myself =) Pics of the package goodies on by blog. (Pardon the dog bum, she thinks she needs to be involved in all pictures)
I'm just two rows from the heel on my pal's first sock in a Merino yarn. Hopefully, I will finish it and the second sock about the time my yarn order arrives. I'm gathering my treats in a little heap, and hope to be ready to send everything the first part of next week. This is too much fun!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
The poor little monkey is baffled. It had been informed during the making that it would dwell in a land of mountains covered by purple majesty. "Well all I see is fog and dreariness," said the monkey, " Where am I?" Unbeknownst to the little guy, he was dreaming of his home. He lived there while he was a skein.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Any suggestions as to which I should use -- thoughts, anyone?
I'd just go for it, but I'm waiting for some needles that should show up Monday or Tuesday. The actual knitting won't begin until next week. Fortunately, I'm a fairly speedy knitter, so my pal shouldn't worry that she'll be biting her nails and running anxiously for the mail box every day until the end of October.
Other than that, thanks to everyone for posting pictures of their socks in progress. It just goes to show that no matter what yarn you use, this pattern will keep it looking fabulous. There's nothing more frustrating than having beautiful yarn and a pattern that doesn't do it justice.
Looking forward to seeing more Monkeys!
The one on the right was the 2nd sock and I like it's color line up better, but oh well. I have to stop being so anal about my knitting, including how stripes line up on socks. Sometimes it's ok if they're fraternal. (Please tell me it's really ok?)
I should have these and the goodies ready to mail out by early next week!