Monday, December 29, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Not sure what was up with the grumpy puss. She was actually quite happy.
I'm quite please with how this turned out. I've been really working on my finishing and I feel like it gets better each time I attempt it. The little blue sweater is also done but you'll have to wait until tomorrow for that.
Sunday, December 07, 2008
I closed the toe last night and brought them over today. He's thrilled and so am I. I've been under an enormous amount of stress lately and it felt so good to have something finished. Closure. It does a body good.
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
This HUGE box of goodies arrived yesterday from my pal. It contains:
4 gorgeous skeins of Nordic Lites Lace Weight wool in Lilac
Interlacements Tiny Toes II in Sock Gang
A Treasury of Magical Knitting (not pictured)
A Second Treasury of Knitting (not pictured)
New Pathways for Sock Knitters (not pictured)
Fall 2008 Interweave Knits (not pictured)
November 2008 Simply Knitting along with the 2009 Simply Knitting Calendar (not pictured)
Clover Antique Needle Holder Charms
Clover Antique Point Protectors
Clover Knitting Register
Clover Bamboo DPNS in US 1 (2.25mm)
Gingerbread Men Earrings
Rhinestone Cross Necklace and Earrings
Wow! Thanks so much for spoiling me like crazy pal!
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Well, I love gift bags because they're quick and easy and I suck at wrapping but for the kids I always use wrapping paper.
2. Real tree or Artificial?
Unfortunately, artificial. I have pretty bad allergies so real trees are tough. I used to be able to tolerate them for a week or so but since we've added the cat and the lab to the family they are totally out of the question.
3. When do you put up the tree?
Always after Thanksgiving. Sometimes not until a week before Christmas.
4. When do you take the tree down?
The day after Christmas. We have a small house.
5. Do you like eggnog?
No. But I do like McDonald's new Egg Nog milkshake. Yum.
6. Favorite gift received as a child?
My 4 Wheeler.
7. Hardest person to buy for?
8. Easiest person to buy for?
Dailaesse. She loves everything.
9. Do you have a nativity scene?
10. Mail or email Christmas cards?
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
A toilet paper holder from my MIL. Yeah.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
The Santa Claus movies with Tim Allen.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
A day or 2 before Christmas. Doesn't everyone?
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
Nope. Too afraid I'd get caught.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Reeses Peanut Butter Trees!!!
16. Lights on the tree?
Small white twinkle lights and big primary colored solids.
17. Favorite Christmas song?
Merry Christmas from the Family
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
We used to travel to my MIL but then she gave me a toilet paper holder. hehe
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's?
Nope. I figure I've made it this long without being able to so what's the point in doing it now.
20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
Usually our angel but sometimes the star.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
Christmas Eve with my parents and Christmas morning at home.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?
23. Favorite ornament theme or color?
I love all blue lights, just not in my house or yard. LOL
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner?
Some sort of beef or ham. This year we'll be dining on a prime rib roast.
25. What do you want for Christmas this year?
Peace on Earth, good health and happiness for my family and friends, and yarn.
26. Who is most likely to respond to this?
If you post this to your blog leave me a comment with a link!
27. Who is least likely to respond to this?
I have no idea. Really.
28. Favorite thing about Christmas?
Seeing the kids light up. Their faces. Not cigarettes.
Monday, December 01, 2008
I've never used a needle with a more flexible cable. Normally flexible is good when you're working Magic Loop but in this case, not so much. The cables are flopping around all loosey-goosey and twisting around to beat the band as they hang on the sides in anything but a loop form. To be fair, I ordered the 40" US 1 (2.25mm) and 40" US 2 (2.5mm) and I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume (damn I hate to do that) that the cable thickness will grow with the needle size thereby adding some stiffness to the cable as the needle size increases. These smaller size needles in combination with the limp cable just aren't cutting it for me when trying to knit socks ala ML. I will confess that the more I use them the quicker I'm knitting but I think the speed comes with anything you do over and over. It doesn't make me like them any better. The join is also not smooth at all. At least not on the 2 needles I have. Couple that with the limp cable and well, it's just not good. I'm pulling up loops through the center of the line of stitches to be knit.
It's not all bad though. The one thing I really love about these needles is their shape. As you know, I normally have a problem with being tight. These have drastically changed that. I was quite surprised by this since when I ordered there was a blurb about ordering up a size as most knitters found they had to do this to make gauge with the needles. Not me. I was shocked.
So, would I buy more of these needles? Definitely not for Magic Loop. I might try a couple of the 24" lengths for sweaters though. I really do love that it's hip to knit square.
Almost forgot...Leslie asked if I hadn't tried the Harmony wooden needles. I haven't. I can only assume (there I go again) that since you asked they must have a nice cable and a smooth join. Do tell sweetie. :-)
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Saturday, November 08, 2008
I love natural fibers. Acrylic makes my teeth hurt but I've been known to use it for some of my kids knits when I know the item will be going to someone who might not be inclined to hand wash. I think anyone who willingly knits with fun fur or any other overdone novelty yarn should be forced to wear a patchwork poncho knit from them for the rest of their life. Sock yarns tend to be my favorites (Socks That Rock kicks ass!) but I also love wools (the newer superwash wools are awesome) in varying weights with the exception of bulky and worsted weight tends to be the heaviest I normally knit with. I also adore laceweight in solid and heathered shades.
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
I have a binder with all of my older and cheaper circulars. My Addi Turbo needles are in their own separate quilted case as are my straights. My crochet hooks are in a leather zippered case.
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 for close to 20 years now. I taught myself by watching the "Keeping You In Stitches" video I bought at a department store. I'd say I'm probably close to advanced.
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
I have a list at The Loopy Ewe.
5. What's your favorite scent?
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
I love Green & Black milk chocolate.
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I crochet and cross stitch but not nearly as much as I knit. I don't spin yet. I wanted to learn but my desire isn't as strong as I thought as I've not been able to stick with it.
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I love country and 80's rock.
9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
My favorite color is blue. I like most other colors with the exception of some browns.
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I live with my 3 amazing kids, ages 17, 13, and 5. My wonderful hubby and I will celebrate our 8th anniversary on November 25th. We have a Shih Tzu and cat who are both almost 4 and a 15 month old black lab.
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
I would wear mittens if I had them. I don't wear scarves or hats. I'm only 4' 11" so ponchos just look absolutely ridiculous on me but I also think they look absolutely ridiculous on most everybody.
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
13. What are you knitting right now?
Socks. Sweaters. Hats. Mittens. Afghans.
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I love circulars. My favorites used to be Addi Turbos but I've really taken a shine to the metal HiYa HiYa needles. When I knit with acrylic I much prefer wood.
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
17. How old is your oldest UFO?
It's so old that I can't remember how old it is.
18. What is your favorite holiday? What winter holiday do you observe?
My favorite holiday is Halloween. We celebrate Christmas.
19. Is there anything that you collect?
Yarn. Patterns. Needles.
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'm dying to get my hands on some Wollmeise. I have a subscription to Interweave Knits.
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Yes. My foot measures 9.25" long.
23. When is your birthday?
24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID?
I am and kerryknits is my ID.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
I'm going to knit a vest for my dad that I wanted to do last year but never got around to. I can't wait to get started on the 1st!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Me: What is your favourite thing about my knitting?
Mr. Kerry Knits: Custom fit socks.
Me: What is your least favourite thing about my knitting?
Mr. Kerry Knits: Too much yarn.
Me: What is something I have knitted that you recall as good?
Mr. Kerry Knits: Everything.
Me: Do you think knitters have an expensive hobby?
Mr. Kerry Knits: Yes.
Me: Do you have any hobbies?
Mr. Kerry Knits: Cars.
Me: Do you have a stash of any kind?
Mr. Kerry Knits: Car parts.
Me: Have I ever embarrassed you, knitting in public?
Mr. Kerry Knits: No.
Me: Do you know my favourite kind of yarn?
Mr. Kerry Knits: Sock yarn.
Me: Can you name another knit blog?
Mr. Kerry Knits: QueerJoe.
Me: Do you mind my wanting to stop at knit shops wherever we go?
Mr. Kerry Knits: No.
Me: Do you understand the importance of a swatch?
Mr. Kerry Knits: I don't even know what it is.
Me: Do you read my blog?
Mr. Kerry Knits: No.
Me: Have you ever left a comment?
Mr. Kerry Knits: No.
Me: Do you think the house would be cleaner if I didn't knit?
Mr. Kerry Knits: No.
Me: Anything you'd like to add?
Mr. Kerry Knits: No.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Thursday, August 07, 2008
She is a 2008 Town & Country Limited and has 2 DVD/TV screens, navigation, hands free phone, backup alarm and camera, swivel seats, a table, and I'm head over heels in love with her. I can see us keeping her until her wheels fall off.
I got a new phone...
The Blackberry Curve in silver. I started with the Blackberry Pearl in pink but found it too hard for my poor text-challenged fingers to work. I can't begin to tell you how much I love my phone. It's awesome. The clarity is amazing and the capabilities are to dye for.
Bet you're thinking I've not done any knitting though huh? Well I have. Just look...
This is a little hat I knit for Darcie. It's knit in Catalina Chunky Baby Alpaca and takes less than 2 skeins. You hold the yarn doubled and knit on a size 11. Can you say 1 nite knit?
These are the Thuja socks I started for Daddy a really long time ago. They're finally finished and on his feet. He loves them. I knit these from Mountain Colors Bearfoot that I purchased from a fellow Ravelry user.And this is Girly from Wee Knits 3. What a fun knit this was! I never would have chosen these colors on my own but they work so well together. It's such a sweet sweater. I knit the 6 month size in the Mission Falls 1824 Cotton as called for in the pattern. Love it! I think I just might hang on to this one and donate it to the auction for St. Bernard's this year since the bag was such a hit.
Those are just the few projects I've actually finished since last time. There's lots more that's been cast on and I'll be sharing them soon.
I'm working on putting together a Mystery Sock/Fingerless Glove Knit A Long. We'll be starting on the 18th of this month and Sue will be offering a sweet discount on Tofutsie yarn for it. You can also knit from stash for this one so if you'd like to join just drop me a note to get signed up!
I hope you're all having a wonderful summer! I'd love to hear what everyone else has been knitting (or not)!
Friday, July 04, 2008
Ok, well not really. I did this on purpose. It's the MinnowKnits Dutch Girl pattern and it's awesome. But it only goes up to a 4 year size. Dudette is 5 and I wanted her to be able to wear it for a bit. So I threw caution to the wind and knit this bad boy up on size 11 needles when the pattern called for 10 1/2. As you can see, it's quite large. But Dudette loves it and as she pointed out, she'll get a good couple years out of it. God bless the thought process of my baby.
I used some Bulky Lamb's Pride I had in my stash for this one and completed it with a gorgeous button Sue gifted me. That she made all by herself. I couldn't make this sweater any more special now if I tried.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
There she is, striking a pose in her new tank top I just finished. She's quite taken with it and wants to wear it every day until it doesn't fit her anymore. That's true love, wouldn't you say?
The design is my own and I don't think I could repeat it if I tried. I started this last summer and just never got around to finishing it until now. It's ok though, it would have been way too big last summer.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
This is Yankee Knitter #16 (English Rib) in size 8. After having Duder try this one on (I didn't get to have her try on the other cabled sweater in red which was also a size 8 because she was sick and the lady they were knit for picked them up on Saturday while she was still under the weather.) and knowing that this pattern has a lot more give than the cabled sweater, I think I'll be totally safe knitting her the size 8 cardigan. I still can't believe I didn't get to take a photo of the finished red sweater. With Duder being sick my mind was other places. Oh well, like Bran said, it's the same as the yellow one. :-)
Monday, June 09, 2008
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
ShiBui Sock in Sky, Creatively Dyed Luxury in New England Fall, Chameleon Colorworks Bambino in Cobalt, and Loopy Legends in Ronni's Jewel Box.
And Leslie, I certainly hope I get designer credit for the sock pattern. I believe I will but I didn't even think to ask. I'm off to email them now. :-)
Monday, May 12, 2008
Well, I don't quite know what her name is yet. I designed her for SWTC and am mailing her off today. I'm having a hard time letting go but I think she's going to make lots of sock knitters happy.
And here she is ready for her closeup:
She's worked in SWTC Jezebel and her proud mama thinks she's just beautiful. Keep an eye out for the pattern which will be coming soon.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
I can't even begin to tell you how proud I am of this pattern. It's all written up and ready for sale. I hope. Sue has graciously agreed to put together kits for the bag. If you'd like one, you can contact her at Adirondack Yarns. She has some gorgeous colors to choose from.
EDIT: For some reason the PayPal link isn't working. If you'd like the pattern only just drop me an email and I'll send a PayPal invoice. Thanks a bunch!
Can't wait to hear what everyone thinks!
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