Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Oj

So I got my second order from Simply sock yarn co. today (yay!). Pretty pretty dusty rose yarn and 2 sets of bamboo circular needles. Now... is it just me or is it a little tricky to knit socks with circs?! The cable between the needles are longer than the circumference of the sock... Right now I have cable sticking out on two sides of the sock, and there's a constant reorganizing of stitches. Is there a trick to this, or will I just get the hang of it in a while?

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Someone stop me!


I have been reading Sweet Georgia's blog for a long time, and when she started dying her own yarn I literally started drooling. Such prettiness! Now there is an online store here in Canada that carries a lot of Sweet Georgia's pretty pretty stuff! I have been eyeing the shop a while now, and tonight I found a free sock pattern using one of her yarns: Speed demon. The pattern is made by Heather at Latico.ca, and it's free! It's a plain sock that shows off the beauty of the yarn, and it's very well written. And, it's free! Yay!

So therefore I had to order some of the speed demon wool, didn't I?! Of course I did! So I got this colour way this time: Afterglow. And a milli-second after I ordered I got an email from Connie at Pick up sticks, that the order will ship out tomorrow morning (and I ordered at 10 PM!). I can't wait!

Sunday, August 27, 2006

It's a mystery

A couple of days ago I *finally* got the yarn I ordered from simply socks yarn company. It was held up in customs for a while, but now the wooly little wonders are home where they belong. I was very pleased with my order, and may have...ehem...placed another small tiny wee little order. I needed needles you see! I went to Michael's first, to see if they had circular sock needles. They didn't even come close to something I could use. Everything was plastic and colourfull and HUGE. How about a pair of needles in size US 50?! I mean... c'mon! That's just silly! So, instead I placed an order with simply socks yarn company again, for circular bamboo needles in size 0, 1 and 2. I may also have placed an order for this amazingly gorgeous yarn: Lorna's Laces Sheperd Sock in Nearly Solids: Old Rose.

The socks I choose for my Mystery Socks KAL are called Aran Braid, and I started knitting right away of course (and completely forgot the other WIPs). I used Lorna's Laces Sheperd Sock in Sorbet, and while I had a little pooling problem in the beginning, I really like this yarn (but the pooling is the reason I picked a Nearly Solid in my second order). The pattern I love. It's not too easy, and not too hard. Easy enough to memorize the pattern, but hard enough to keep it interesting. I just hope I can keep being interested, so I can actually knit a pair of socks this time (I have two single socks waiting for their partners.... )

And now to something completely different! I have to tell you about the book I am reading now, because this is one of those that you feel will change you. You know, some books just make such an impression that you realize that you as a person will be a little different when the book is finished. It will leave a permanent mark on your soul if you will. And since the book is Swedish, I will switch to Swedish now. =) Jag köpte boken när jag var hemma i Sverige i somras för att ha något att läsa, och naturligtvis ville jag ha något svenskt! Det är "Den amerikanska flickan" av Monika Fagerholm, och först tyckte jag den var lite svårläst för den är skriven i talspråk och den hoppar vilt fram och tillbaka i tid. Men himmel! Den är fantastisk! Språket, historien och känslan i boken är makalösa och jag önskar att den inte skulle ta slut! Samtidigt kan jag inte sluta läsa. Den rekommenderas varmt! Och om ni har några tips på andra bra svenska böcker tas de tacksamt emot! Det är lätt att missa stora kulturella händelser när man befinner sig på "fel sida" av Atlanten!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Once in a blue moon


(Not so) patiently waiting for my sock yarn to arrive, so I can start with my mystery socks. So in the mean while... look for more yarn to crave and patterns to dream about! My most recent crush is Blue Moon Fiber Art's book "Fair Isling on Blue Moon". The pictures are small-ish and kind of leave you wanting more. I almost bought the book so I could take a closer look! But just look at this sample here. Pretty, yes?

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Noro + Debbie Bliss = True


I fell in love with a cardigan from Debbie Bliss' first Noro Book (or was it Noro's first Debbie Bliss book?!) earlier this year, and it took me a long time to track down the book since it is out of print. But, I got the book and the yarn (the same as the one used for the picture) and have been working on this cardigan since March or so. It is a fast knit, and I only had half of both sleeves left when I kind of fell out of the knitting loop for a little while during early summer. I think I will pick up this project again, while I wait for the yarn for my Mystery Socks.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Ooops I did it again

Since I joined the Mystery sock KAL I thought that I better pick up some sock yarn. I ignored the fact that if I looked into my stash, I would probably find some. So off to search for new treasures! I have been looking at Simply Sock's website for a long time, and I've been meaning to place an order for the longest time. So this was the perfect time to do it! Since I couldn't choose just one kind, I picked up a little more. It's so hard to choose! And really, it is more economical to get more at once! Right?! =)

Anyways... here's what I got:
They are: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Sherbet; Cascade Fixation Effects 9349; Cascade Fixation Spraydyed 9939 and Fleece Artist Merino in Cornflower. Yummy!

Monday, August 07, 2006

What have I been up to?

Thank you so much for the warm welcome backs Catrin and Cina! And I thought I was all forgotten... =)

Cina wanted an update on what I've been up to since I last wrote. So let's start at the beginning! It's mostly work related, but since my job grew from my hobby it's all good! We were contacted by an internet company in Sweden, Eleven.se, who sells all kinds of cool beauty products, and they wanted to carry our stuff! This was last summer, but they have grown tremendously during this last year and their orders just get bigger and bigger. They really have a good insight into what sells, and we have developed several products together. They work a lot with media in Sweden, and some of our products have been featured in magazines and newspapers. Something we would never have been able to do alone. We love them!

Something I spent a lot of time on during the spring was to put the finishing touches on our new line of mineral makeup, called "Smink" (tihi). This took a lot of time, but we are so pleased with the results and it is going over very well with our customers.


Tomorrow I'll continue the amazing story of my life! ;-)