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My 2012 Knitting Resolutions

Please pardon me, dear readers, for not blogging much the last few months. I was quite busy with Christmas knitting (will post pictures soon) and, of course, the “job that pays for the yarn that keeps Cindy knitting and sane!”

So, without further ado, here are my very own 2012 Knitting Resolutions:

  1. Before June 1, learn a new technique – knitting with beads.
  2. In the Summer, participate in the 2012 Ravelympics games.
  3. Knit from my stash yarn one project a month.
  4. Knit one item from my WIP, current kit projects (not listed on my Ravelry project page), or hibernating projects every other month.
  5. Teach someone else to knit and continue to encourage all knitters, new and experienced!
  6. Knit a pair of socks every other month.
  7. Knit 4 items (once a quarter) for charity projects (i.e. newborn caps, prayer shawls, etc.).
  8. Take pictures and put my yarn stash on Ravelry to help me keep organized.

So there are my 2012 resolutions. While I belong to several groups of “12 in 2012,” I don’t think that I want to plan to knit 12 of anything for this year. If it happens anyway, it will be a lucky coincidence!

So, dear reader, do you have any knitting resolutions? Feel free to share with me. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on my progress throughout the year, as well.


I Love Yarn Day – October 14, 2011

Some Ideas for today (or tomorrow)

  • Write a new yarn pattern
  • Check out Ravelry, a special “Facebook” just for knitters and crocheters
  • Go to a yarn festival or shop
  • Organize a yarn bombing. (Yarn bombingyarnbombingyarnstormingguerrilla knitting, or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted cloth rather than paint or chalk.)
  • Teach someone to knit or crochet
  • Do something for charity
  • Wear a knitted or crocheted item
  • Give a gift of yarn
  • Take your yarn to work day
  • Host a yarn-a-bration party
  • Knit, crochet and craft in public


Monkeys and Tigers and Bears! Oh My!

As many of you know, I love, love, love to knit socks. Mostly I knit what’s known as the “plain, vanilla” socks. They are the kind that have no pattern, other than maybe a ribbing pattern, but they look wonderful in the terrific colorways that are now available in just about any price range.

But, once in a while, I get the urge to knit more “fancy-schmancy” socks! Like Cookie A’s Monkey Socks. That is one of the socks that is recommended for the June Year of Stash Socks group on Ravelry. The rule is that you must knit the socks from  your stash yarn. So I’ve found some Lorna’s Laces that was dyed for The Loopy Ewe a few years back for The Loopy’s Anniversary. I’ve cast on and knitted about 1/3 of the way already.

Now I know why people rave about this pattern! It’s a lot of fun! My only complaint is that I have to knit on US Size 0 needles, because normally 64 stitch socks are too large for my dainty, Cinderella feet (size 5’s!).

So, in honor of one of my favorite movies The Wizard of Oz, I checked Ravelry’s pattern database to find Tiger Socks and, of course, Bear Socks! I may have to do all three…Monkeys and Tigers and Bears! Oh my!

(A side note, I did not find any Lion socks…but there are lots of Lion Brand Yarns in which to knit or crochet the socks! LOL!)


The “Siren” Call of New Yarn!

Siren Yarn with a Lovely Card to boot!

My swap yarn from the Blog Hub at Ravelry came Thursday. I love it! Thanks to Christine (whose Ravelry name is Yarnaboutyarn and her blog is Yarn about yarn.) Check it out!

The yarn itself is a hand-dyed DK weight washable wool and the color name on the label is “Siren!” How cool is that!  My swap partner tells me that her local yarn shop owner hand dyed it herself. And it is from the Land Down Under! Now I know why it took so long to get to me!!! Not that I’m complaining…..I was waiting patiently as I had plenty of other projects in the queue to occupy my time.

Now, I need some help to decide what to make with this lovely yarn! It feels very soft and squishy, so it could be a small cowl or scarf or maybe even a hat. Any ideas?  Right now, I am leaning towards the Grace Lace Beret.

Let me know your ideas!!!


A New Adventure Is Coming My Way!

On Ravelry’s Blog Hub Group, I am participating in a Yarn Swap Adventure! I had to find a skein of yarn in my stash, mail it to another blogger and then blog about yarn that I receive from another blogger, as well as whatever project I determine to do with that said yarn.

I chose a nice selection of hand-dyed sock yarn for my recipient. I chose it because it reminded me of the barns here in Southern Indiana, and my recipient is in Germany. She should be getting her yarn any day now.

I can’t wait to see what I get! I’ll be posting a picture, as well as ideas on what project to use for the yarn as soon as I can!

In the meantime, here is a Flicker set of Southern Indiana Barn Photos. Enjoy!


Really In a Knitting Funk

Hello my fiber friends! I have really been in a knitting funk lately. I did finish my shawlette from my Sea Socks but I have yet to block it. And frankly, right now, I hate it! It is way too long and narrow; not at all what I expected when I started the project. I am hoping that blocking will make a big difference.

Needless to say, I haven’t posted in a while and I want to keep this up regularly. So, here are some things that I finished in the past and that I feel are “picture-worthy!” Enjoy!

Whirling Dervish Circular Shawl sent to my niece, Ann Marie

Hooray Cassarah!

Red Felted Clogs for Andrea

Looking for Inspiration?

While trolling through FaceBook, someone posted a groups photo link from Flickr. I post photos in Flickr occassionally, but I had never tried to check out other photos. Wow! Inspiration heaven. Check out these ideas for my leftover sock yarn (from my last posting)! Leftover Sock Yarn Project Ideas

Goodness, Gracious, Little Balls of Sock Yarn!

Jerry Lee Lewis may have his “Goodness, gracious, great balls of fire!” but I have my little balls of (mostly) sock yarn! Yep! I cleaned out two of my yarn bins and tossed all of my little left-over sock yarn balls into a bag!

Now, what am I going to do with them? I could make little baby socks…but I really don’t have any babies for whom to knit. (Awww! So sad!) I saw a scarf made of sock yarn, but I am really not much of a scarf knitter. (Takes too long!) I could use them in a Christmas Wreath, but it’s a long, long time to Christmas and I really don’t have a place to store a plastic wreath!

Any ideas???