Thursday, July 27, 2006

K is for Knocked Over

...I'm simply reeling from the faaaaabulous prizes my KSKS partner Sharon has sent me! Let's dive in:

This is what I had waiting for me when I got home. Super Sock Suprises! I was so excited that I could barely contain myself. I ran right inside, put the box down, quickly put my shopping things away and cleared out space around the box, so I could take pictures of what was inside. That's right, my excitement about knitting has spurred me to clean spontaneously. Yeah, I think that's a miracle of some sort. Moving on:

This is what I found inside. All this. The champagne flute is for celebration, because this yarn needs a fine wine to pair with. It's that good. Look at the goodies! Candle, soap, gummies, sheepie note cards (love, love love it!), two sock patterns, a needle case, a knitting notebook, saltwater taffy, the most gorgeous bag I've ever seen (so impressed am I!) with clover bamboo needles (my fave!) and a very sweet note card. Now let's see the good stuff up front:

Mmm, yarn. This is Fleece Artist 100% Merino sock yarn. This yarn is what God himself would wear on his feet. I don't know who this fleece artist is, but he had better be heeding himself to Oregon very, very soon. Look at the colors! Blues, purples, gold and green... Funny story, I had considered a very similar colorway of Socks that Rock earlier this year at the Black Sheep fest, but opted for the Project Spectrum blue instead. Colorway dreams do come true!

Speaking of colorway dreams, look at this bag. It's perfect. It's stiff enough to stand up on its own, big enough to shove whatever project of the moment is into it, but still small enough that I can tote it around in planes, trains and automobiles. Or, what I will definitely use it for, work knitting! No more yarn breaking in the zipper of my work bag! *happy dance*

Sharon, I'm so impressed and cannot thank you enough! THANK YOU!!

This is what is my saturday's sky, for Sandy. Isn't it pretty? Finally, there's proof of knitting:

These are the Trekking XXL socks in progress. They're for the Trek Along With Me challenge. I love these socks. It's the Rib and Cable pattern from Interweave Fall '05. I've always wanted to make it in socks (I've used the pattern for a couple scarves), and I'm just too delighted that it's worked out so far. I'm doing them toe-up, with a short-row heel. It's going swell, and I'm just darn proud of myself for it. Here's a close up of the cable:

The cable is pretty short, which means lots and lots of cabling. However, I've learned how to cable without a cable needle, which has sped me up considerably. I suggest that you learn this skill forthwith, as I think it's something every knitter should know. Go to it!

And, finally, I'm taking a bow and raising my glass of champagne here, as I passed my test Wednesday and am officially promoted to dispatch! I kicked some serious ass on my test- who's too smart now, wise guy? This also means I can sign up for the good overtime, now that I'm a dispatcher. No more 16-hour days if I can help it!


Blogger Beverly said...

Fabu kit!!!

11:30 AM  
Blogger lorinda said...

Came over from KSKS pal blog. LOVE the bag and the yarn. Fleece Artist yarn is made by some very nice people in Nove Scotia Canada, and they are obviously inspired by the beauty of the land and sea around them. Congrats on passing your test! And your socks look fabu, as beverly said.

12:39 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Isn't it fun to get presents? Thanks for the link for the cables, I don't know why I didn't think of that! The socks look yummy.

5:02 PM  

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