Saturday, January 24, 2009

Win Fall!

So you may remember a little while ago that I won a contest. It was for Sock a Month Knit Along 6. Well I won 2 other blog contests around the same time. I won on WoolGirl and Abby's Blog AND on Simply Sock Yarn Company's blog as well. With Christmas fast approaching the yarn sending got pushed to the back burner...well I finally received my win fall!

From the SAM6, I won this skein of yarn from QuteCowGirl. It is a nice combination of greens and blues. I think DH may get a pair of socks from this yarn!

Wool Girl sent me a skein of MadelineTosh Sock yarn in the colour way Rhubarb. It is gorgeous, pinks, greens and some yellow. This will definately be for ME! I also received a sock project bag made by ZigZag, and 4 little note cards. The bag is orange and so far I have seen DD eyeing it up as she loves orange.

Along with the WoolGirl Prize was my order from them. I broke down when WoolGirl had her after Christmas sale and bought a few skeins. I bought 2 skeins of MadelineTosh Sock yarn and a skein of Farmhouse Yarns Fannie's Fingering yarn in the colourway Grapes on the Vine.

AND from the Simply Sock Yarn Company I won a beautiful skein of Seacoast sock yarn in the Autumn colourway. (Photo to follow later.)

I figure that since I won 3 times, I am finished for a LONG time in the winning dept. Things in my life usually happen in threes, so I am done. TOO bad, I wish one of my wins had have been in the lottery area but HEY if I can't win the lottery then Yarn is just as good!

On the knitting side I have finished 2 more pairs of socks this month. I knit a pair in a bright stripe for DS. They were knit using 2.75 mm needles and Regia stretch yarn.

DD wanted another pair (Big Shocker!) Only hers are Monster socks or Franken Socks. She just wanted footies, so I knit them using the left over bits from all of the other socks I have knit. They are almost a matched pair.

The next FrankenSocks that I knit will be totally mismatched. I started an new pattern for the FrankenSocks. It is similar to the Blended Sock on Ravelry.

I also finished the Hot Water Bottle Cover. It was a nice fast knit. I think I may knit a few more of these as gifts. DD wants me to knit her a cover for her March Break Snowshoe trip! I had better get started soon I guess.

Friday, January 16, 2009

WOW! -21 With the Wind Chill it is -31!

Can you believe this weather...minus 31 outside. This is insane weather. Tomorrow the windchill is going to make it minus 34. Sunday it is supposed to be a balmy minus 5. After the past few days it will seem like spring!

Tiger and his feet have been having a few troubles the past few days with the salt and cold on the sidewalks. So today we decided to put his boots on. Here he is this morning as we were leaving for work with his coat and boots on. He does NOT like the boots at all. He tolerates the coat but the boots...not so much. When I finally got them on his feet, he just stood there...once he started to move he did the freaky idiot walk. DH and I had a good laugh at Tiger this morning.

On the knitting front....I have been busy sock knitting. So far this year I have finished 3 pairs of socks.

Pair one is for DH. They are a 3 x 2 rib made from Briggs & Little Tuffy yarn. I believe that it is a worsted weight. DH is happy with them. They fit a bit snug but there is some give and they will stretch. They were a fairly quick knit but, for me the yarn is too rough, but for DH they are perfect!

Pair two is just a plain basic pattern, knit using 64 stitches on 2.25mm addi needles. They are from a skein of Opal that I had. I haven't decided who they are for yet. DD has her eye on them. I think they may be for me...we shall see.

Pair 3 is the same as pair 2. just a basic sock on the 2.25mm needles. This yarn is Patons Kroy. A good hard wearing yarn. I thought the colours were different when I bought the yarn and I am not too knocked out with them. I thought they were more purple, so DD may get these instead of the orange ones.

I am now working on a Hot Water Bottle cover, and deciding on which yarn to use for the next pair of socks!

Last week my knitting group got together for our Secret Santa gift exchange. We decided to do it in January rather than December so we could keep the giving going! Besides everyone's life was crazy prior to Christmas. This way we were all at our regular place. We all haven't been together since September. It was a really nice evening. The company was great and all the gifts received were wonderful. There was even some talk about doing the exchange maybe in July!
I personally received some really colourful roving to spin, a calendar that has a knitting pattern on each and every day of the year, some knitted dishcloths and a few other goodies.

I would have taken more pictures but my camera battery died and I only got the 2. Take my word for was a lovely evening!

Well I have to get back to work! Have a great weekend and try to stay warm.

Happy Knitting!