Newly Acquired Stash, WIPs and Beagles, of Course!

Recently I won Kim’s 200th blog post contest. I eagerly anticipated my prize’s arrival and this is what I received – yowsa!!!

Surprise Package

This aweseome yarn haul includes 2 skeins of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in “Watercolor”, The Sanguine Gryphon’s handpainted sock yarn in “Malta,” a skein of Prairie Silks worsted by Brown Sheep Yarn Co. in “Treasury Turquoise,” 2 skeins of Rio de la Plata Handspun worsted in “Hilado a Mano,” and a Flat Feet sock blank from Conjoined Creations. Also included: a cool little zippered tote with a sample pack of Soak wool wash and a vintage postcard of the location where W.O.O.L. is now held.

Wow! As you can plainly see I gasped in ecstacy from the wool fumes and boy do I LOVE prizes! Thank you Kim for everything, this will keep me busy for quite awhile :o)

Here is the first WIP, as you probably guessed it’s a sock!  I really do have other projects lined up for 2009, but socks come first. The pattern is Minestrone Socks by AstridKnits. I’m using up leftover yarn to do all the crazy Fair Isling and it’s a lot of ends to weave in, but fun and definitely a challenge:

Minestrone

The second sock I’m working on is the Narragansett Bay Socks by Lisa Lloyd. The pattern is in her awesome book, A Fine Fleece. I was inspired to dye some Malabrigo Sock yarn in burgundy for this project. I’m in love with this textured pattern – and what could be better than knitting socks with this yarn?

Narragansett Socks

I entered some of my beagles’ photos in the “Picture Perfect Pet Contest.” I’m a total sucker for pet photo contests, and figure since they’ve had several non-paying professional photography jobs for the American Kennel Club and breed calendars, why not try for some $$$. Please vote for Ariel, Nikol, Ariel’s son Chester, or all three!

Here’s mother and daughter beagle rolling around on the kitchen floor, they’re real hams!

Cuteness Knows No Bounds!

Cuteness Knows No Bounds!

2008 – The Year of Many Socks!

I am absolutely amazed at the amount of socks I knit in 2008. Ravelry was my inspiration and the knitalongs I joined were fun, especially Summer of Socks 2008!
I also took the plunge into yarn dyeing, first with Kool-Aid and more recently Jacquard Acid Dyes. I dyed my first sock blank last summer and sent it to a swap buddy all the way across the country. I like playing with the different hues and experimenting with different techniques.  I’ll definitely be spending more time (AND $$$) on this during 2009!

My knitting goals for 2009 include learning to knit a sock on 2 circular needles, knitting a toe-up sock and making a colorwork sweater. I’ve been practicing 2-handed Fair Isle with my current sock project and am ready to try it out on a larger scale.

Here’s a mosaic of my 2008 FO’s, mostly socks with a hat,  scarf and cowl thrown in for a little variety. Project info is available on my Ravelry page.

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