November 19, 2008

Holiday Theme Swap

I decided in mid-October to see if there were any Christmas swaps on Ravelry ..... I found two that were still accepting sign-ups - The International Christmas Stocking Exchange and a Holiday Theme Swap. The latter was to send $30 minimum with some of the items of any holiday from Thanksgiving through Christmas. The boxes were to go out Nov. 15, but the larger flat rate boxes I ordered from USPS didn't come until Monday. After classes I packed the box and left it at the post office here about 4:40 to be sent to Franklin, Ohio, to MnMgirl on Ravelry. Well,.... MnMgirl mailed hers at 4:35 the same day ..... today it was delivered to me a little after noon. I checked tracking on the box I sent and it arrived in Franklin about the same time.

Then I read the card ...... discovered we are both alike in swaps ... we tend to go a little overboard.....but then I began to enjoy all the goodies.

She sent creme brulee and Irish cream coffees, Lindt white chocolate truffles, soft peppermint sticks, a tin of Altoid mints, two orders with little pockets on the back for goodies (pencils and a small post-it pad), Christmas paperclips, another post-it pad, a Willow Tree angel of learning, Better Home & Gardens Collector Edition of Cookies, denim colored sock yarn from HazelKnits, a snowman window stickee and snowman tissues, Snausage treats for the dogs (They said,"Woof and Yip."), a wooden closure for shawls, and M&M frig magnets for the holidays.

Cozi and Toffee waiting for a treat.

Last, but not least, here's the beautiful tissue paper in which each of the items were wrapped. She even tossed in some silver tinsel bits.

November 18, 2008

Cascading Leaves for November

I just finished my November socks for the SAM 2008 KAL. These are the first socks ever that I finished knitting and immediately kitchenered the toes.Stats Yarn Berroco Sox colorway 1425
Pattern Cascading Leaves by Jeanie Townsend
Mods Did 7 pattern repeats on the leg
Needle Addi 40" 2.75 mm (US 2)
Method Magic loop two socks at same time

November 1, 2008

MS4 Clue 3 Done!

After a lot of tinking and frogging, clue 3 of the Mystery Stole 4 is completed. For some reason, my brain kept forgetting to put one or two yos in a row.... just about every right side row. The stole needs to be knit from both ends through clue 5 and then clue 6 is done on one side and grafted to the remaining clues 1-5. Well, ..... I even pinned the edges of the two sides together in hopes of not forgetting to knit on the second half. That didn't work ..... I ended up frogging about 12 rows, knitted it back up only to discover a dropped "falling" st about 10 rows below where I had frogged, so I just ripped that entire side down a total of 20 rows. I wanted to get it knitted back last night, but was about falling asleep knitting so stopped with only the last two rows of clue 3 to do. That was finished early this morning ..... dh's hunting dog started scratching in her "bedroom" (really a large travel crate) about 4:45 ..... don't know if Cozi was anxious to go hunting or just had to GO .... outside, that is. Dh and Cozi have taken off for the farm to hunt pheasants, so Toffee and I will hold down the home front.
This week-end I hope to co one of the two Christmas stockings I have to knit on commission. The pattern is from old Bucilla Christmas stocking kits. This family has been using knitted stockings for three generations now, so add another with each new grandchild.

Happy knitting! TLGB