Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Getting better all the time

Today was a much better, smoother running day than I have had in a while. My post-seizure paranoia has lessened to the point where the Monkey does not have to be in my direct line of sight. And my outlook on everything always improves after yoga, which I went to tonight. The kind people at Knitpicks also sent me a catalog (yarn porn) the other day, so I also partook in a little retail-therapy, and bought myself a project or two-s yarn.

Last Saturday I did a little KIP at the Farmer's Market and met David and Jessica. Beautiful day, and the Monkey was actually really good while I sat and knit for quite a while (food always helps him hold still-eating is serious business to this kid). When the wiggles got to be too much for Monkey, Jen had arrived and we did some shopping. David's genius idea for my impossible to shop for MIL's birthday was to knit her a washcloth. The farmer's market is a really easy place to pick up some delicious handmade soap, and I whipped up a cloth from cotton in my stash that night. Done in plenty of time!

And last, I will finally post my Knit Sock Kit Swap questionnaire for my very on the ball secret pal. I admit I didn't answer some of the questions thought. What kind of yarn would I be? The kind that is baffled by that line of questioning.

What are your favorite colors? Purple, brown, earthy dark colors
Are you a new sock knitter? Very new, I've knit two whole pair so far!
How long have you been knitting socks? Just a couple months.
Do you prefer solid or multicolored yarn? Solid or very lightly variegated
What fibers do you prefer in sock yarn? Haven't really been doing this long enough to have a strong opinion. Wool/nylon blends seem like a good sturdy idea.
Where do you usually knit socks? The park while chasing my kid (or otherwise on the go), with the ball of yarn tucked under my arm.
How do you usually carry/store small projects? Ziplock bags. Serious class, that's me.
What are your favorite sock knitting patterns? dyeing to try Pomatomus, it is so pretty.
What new techniques would you like to try? I would like to try magic loop.
Do you prefer circulars or dpns for sock knitting? DPNs, but only because that is all I've used.
What are some of your favorite yarns? I'm working on a huge lace project with some Gems Pearl, and it is a delight to knit with.
What yarn do you totally covet? Sea Silk. Never seen the stuff but I'm smitten by the idea of yarn containing seaweed.
Any pattern you would love to make if money and time were no object? I'm still looking for the perfect yarn to knit the Shoalwater Shawl with. Were I to fall headfirst into a big pile of money I'd use Sea Silk.
Favorite kind of needles (brand, materials, straights or circs, etc)? All but two pair of the needles I own are straight wooden, made by me.
Do you have a favorite candy or mail-able snack? I have one easy to satisfy sweet tooth.
What is your favorite animal? Cats! I even spun cat hair once...
Do you have pets? Just my husband and kid
What are their species/names/ages? Homo sapien/Marc and Monkey/30 and 2 1/2
Describe your favorite shirt (yours or someone else's).. I designed and screened a Muddy Waters shirt for my boy. Coolest shirt ever.
What is your most inspiring image, flower, or object in nature? I have a special place in my heart for the ocean and most things in it.


green-eyed grrl said...

Your idea is the same as mine. Washcloths and soap. Katherine is going to teach me how to make real soap today and I'm psyched!

David said...

Nice washcloth!

As for magic loop... It's an interesting way to knit in the round, but really you're just as well off using DPNs or two circulars. Also, magic loop is kind of hard on your needles. I have this really nice 40" Addi Turbo that has these little stress points in the cable from pulling through the magic loop. Having said that, if you want to learn Magic Loop, I'd be glad to show you sometime at SnB. It's totally easy.