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WIP Wednesday: Plain Socks and a Crinkly Tag Toy

It’s been a while since I blogged last.  Real life has been taking my time, I suppose it’s bound to happen every now and then.

This week I found out the Ravelympic team Itty Bitty Knitties are rising again for Tour de Fleece.  Tour de Fleece was originally an event for spinners to work on their projects during the Tour de France cycling competition.  Team Itty Bitty Knitties is using it to work on our knitting, crocheting, spinning, sewing, weaving, or just about anything that needs any extra motivation.

Honestly I don’t need any motivation, I’m always obsessively knitting.  I wanted to participate so I can chat with my friends in the group.  I’ve made a goal to finish both this months socks during the Tour de Fleece, July 3rd-24th. 

My husbands socks this month are just flying off the needles.  Last month his simple ribbed socks took forever and it was a really easy pattern.  I have to admit, I was quite discouraged because there are a million other things I would also like to knit.  I still can’t put my finger on what took me so long.  I’m thinking it was the Harmony wood circulars.  They were too sticky for sock knitting.  This past weekend I bought several sizes of Addi Turbos in 40″ circular.  I can’t tell you all how much I love them.  They are perfect for magic loop 2 at a time. 

So this pair is the Gentleman’s Plain Winter Sock with Dutch Heel by Nancy Bush, from her book, Knitting Vintage Socks.  Another reason they are going so quickly is because they are mostly just stockinette stitch, but the ribbing was a breeze as well.  Surprisingly this pattern is not boring me one bit.  I turned the heel this morning and it was unlike any other heel I have turned before.  I think I will finish them tomorrow, and I just started working on them Saturday.  How exciting!

This past weekend was a 4 day weekend for my husband.  We had a lot of fun together.  It stormed so we stayed inside and the baby was cutting tooth #4.  I think we got a bit stir crazy because we decided to reorganize the house.  In the middle of that, my husband decided he was going to start a gun case for one of his many guns.  He sketched out the design he wanted, and together we worked on it.  The house reorganization came to a screeching halt.  So today I’ve been trying to clean the house up the rest of the way.

Also today I started a simple little sewing project.  It’s a crinkly tag toy for Dylan.   It took me 45 min from start to finish including the time I spent looking for a little iron on applique.  I decided not to use it anyway. 

So the toy is crinkly because I put the inside wrapper of a cereal box inside.  He loves it!  He keeps smashing it and rubbing the ribbon loops.  I should have made it earlier, I hope he doesn’t outgrow it too soon. 

I guess that’s not a WIP, but I still wanted to show it off.  It was a WIP earlier today.

My 30 days of sewing is almost up.  Today I finished with day 28, I can’t believe how fast it went.  More to come about it later.



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Pugs In Paris

My swap package finally arrived!  Now my first swap is done done done!

I have to admit, I was very nervous about recieving my package.  Some of the packages other people recieved were, well, shall we say not something I would like myself?  That’s not meant to be rude, but most swappers take it seriously.  That means “stalking” on Ravelry and getting to know the person you’re sending to so that each gift is personal and meaningful.  Then there are others and I don’t even know why they participate, but they sort of bring the swap down by doing a mediocre job.

That being said, my package was over the top outstanding!  Maybe I’m partcial, but I think I recieved the best of the Springtime in Paris packages.  Eliana (Iknitcupcakes) was so generous.  She themed it “Pugs In Paris” because, well, she knows how much I love pugs!  Everything was perfectly matched in a brown, blue and white color scheme and had pugs on everyting!  Most of the gifts came in a gift box that was themed after the French version of “Treasure Island” book.

Here is what was in the package:

– The Frenchie Hat and Booties

-2 skeins of yarn; 1 Malabrigo Merino Worsted (my absolute favorite [see, research!]) and a beautiful colorway of Lily and Cream cotton

-6 stitch markers she made, 1 is the Eiffel Tower and a beautiful little notions bag to hold them.  

-A sweet book for Dylan

-A photo album with the pug theme on the cover

-A picture of a pug puppy in an adorable little hat

– A pack of cheese spreaders with French Chefs on the handles and a matching refridgerator magnet that says, “Go Green” (again, well done with the research!)

-A box of Chewy Dipps granola bars and coffe flavored candy

-BEST of all was the most perfect little pug!  It was the Pug with Anorak by Barbara Prime, the pattern that I put in my queue probably the day I joined Ravelry.  This little toy is so cute.  I call him my third pug, lol!  I just love him so much. 

Eliana, if you’re reading this I want you to know how much I appreciate the work and and attention to detail you went to for me.  I mean it when I say it was the best package of all of them.  You did a wonderful job and I consider my self so lucky that you had me!  Thank you so much for making my first swap experience so much fun, special, and absolutely unforgettable!  I look forward to future swaps with you!


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Springtime In Paris

I just participated in my first Ravelry swap.  My cyber friend Melissa has blogged about swaps and I was very interested.  The Itty Bitty Knits group was doing Springtime in Paris themed swap and so I jumped in.  I had to knit the Frenchie Hat from Itty Bitty Nursery and matching booties or Jelly Bean Baby Socks.

When I got my swap partner I was so excited!  Monkeybuttbabies (aka Jessica) and I had been talking online already and discussing meeting up since we live so close.  I was excited to have her as a partner so I could meet someone new I had so much in common with.

The hat and socks knit up really quickly and this was my first time working with Spud and Chloe yarn.   It is fantastic yarn!  But I feel this way about all Blue Sky Alpacas so I wasn’t surprised that I fell in love immediately.  I loved the patterns and I made the socks to match the hat.  I think they make a cute pair, er, trio?

I tried to work out meeting up with her, but I was pressed for time because I have family coming to visit soon (hooray!!). 

I invited her to the bi-monthly knitting group that meets at the LYS.  She didn’t say whether she would be there or not, but I wanted to go anyway.  Oh I had so much fun!  I enjoyed it more that I thought possible and I will be going there from now on!

She wasn’t there (I didn’t expect her to be) so since I was pressed for time, I just delivered the package to her house myself.  I made French bread this morning to include in the package and wanted it to be fresh for her.  I hope it was ok that I just delivered it myself.  Because I didn’t have to ship it I was able to include some fun stuff in it.

I don’t know if what I sent was acceptable.  I had a hard time knowing what to send since previous swaps seemed inconsistent to me.  Some swappers sent more than others and no monetary value was established.  From studying past swaps I figured that a package total of $75 seemed to be the proper amount.  I did my best to include things that she and her family would be interested in.

The package included:

The hat and socks

2 loaves of French Bread

2 patterns (Dindy Beret and French Press Felted Slippers– both themed for the swap)

a skein of Cascade 220 Wool

My favorite coffee (Larry’s Beans…. yum)

Charlie’s Soap (she cloth diapers as well)

A doggie bag gift from my dogs to hers (just some of their treats)

10 stitch markers.  I have been wanting to try jewelery making for some time now and stitch markers have been a perfect place to start.  So easy and satisfying because it’s instantly gratifying.

And finally the whole package was given to her in a market bag.  It seems like this is her favorite part, which is funny since it was an afterthought.  I’m glad I included it! 

Now I can’t wait to receive mine!  I wonder who has me…


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