The further adventures of a yarn obsessed soon to be nurse.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Friday, August 24, 2007

I Can't Stop Loving You

I have been in love with German sock yarn since the first time I saw
the amazing patterning and bright colors of Regia. I fell even deeper
in love when Opal was introduced to the US. Since then I have asked
my friends and family to bring me back sock yarn when they travel to
Germany. Every time I get a "yarn souvenir" I was amazed at all the
colors that are not available here.

Here's a pair of jaywalker socks and Saartje's booties out of some
Regia my sister brought me back.

Last year my sister brought me a new brand of sock yarn that was
equally amazing, and I wondered why couldn't you get the same yarns here? (she also brought me back the yarn to make this jumper by Anne Hanson of Knitspot)

This summer my sister and I have finally worked out a way to import all the wonderful European yarns that are hard or impossible to find to the US. We decided to start a sock club to introduce all the wonderful yarns. I am so excited about all the amazing yarns we are bringing in for this club. I am designing some neat patterns for the club as well. Sign ups are limited, go to the Griffin Yarns link to sign up.

In other news I finished the Alexander jumper and it was well received by the mom, as were the bunny and juggling balls I gave to big brother and sister. (sorry no pictures of the juggling balls right now- they pattern is from the Summer 2003 issue of Knitter's Magazine).

When I gave big brother and big sister their presents they immediately opened them and started to play with them. A sure sign of success. Then Nana got out a discovery zone pop up basketball goal, and the bunny was dropped by big sister to go play with the balls. This entertained them for a good half hour, until big brother started to drag the goal through the house leading to it all being put away by Nana.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

500 Miles

As my dad would say I have been remiss in posting. But I have a good excuse. I have been getting my yarn stash entered in to Ravelry so I can access it while I am in school. After photographing and entering my yarn on my stash page at Ravelry, I added up the yardage of all the yarn entered to date (at least 3/4 of my yarn) I have 28.4 miles of yarn in my stash. I was reading a thread on a Ravelry forum where people compared their stash this way. I was surprised I have a moderate stash, some stashes were under 10 miles and some were over 50.

I am also about to head back to Houston for my last semester of nursing school. I had a few projects that I needed to complete. I finished my tablecloth for my mom and it is gorgeous. I also finished the bunny rabbit doll, and I just have to sew the snaps on the romper for baby G. (he was born on 8/6 (3 1/2 weeks early). I'm off now to finish packing. I leave tomorrow! eek!

Oh Yeah! I was at my LYS Bluebonnet Yarn Shoppe yesterday and they had the new Kaffe Fasset Regia Sock Yarn. I got enough for 2 pairs. Take a look.

Friday, July 27, 2007

It's raining, It's pouring

I had hoped to have an update before now with more pictures. But the rain won't stop here in Austin (my home during my externship this summer). I gave up and finally took pictures inside today.

I've made a good bit of progress on the rainbow socks. One foot is almost done and the other is halfway done.

I'm currently on stripe 15 of 20 of the Missoni Scarf.

And I just pulled this rabbit out of the UFO pile to finish for a big sister project. This will go to the big sister of the baby who will get the Alexander Jumper from Berroco #245.

I also got this off of a friend's blog and went to enter. "Those ladies over at 5 Minutes for Mom have done it again... This time the contest is for a 37" flat panel TV from Best Buy. Go enter! :D


Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Welcome to My World

Welcome to my world. I am a knitting and dyeing obsessed soon to be nurse. I am currently back in my birth city Houston, TX.

This blog will chronicle my further adventures in knitting, dyeing and other things. I just got my beta membership at and I am in the process of adding my stash and projects to my page. My Ravelry name is knitrn. Links are on the sidebar if you want to come play with Ravelry as well.

As I get them edited, I have some patterns to post as well.

My current knitting
  • Alexander Romper from Berroco #245. I am making it out of Shine Worsted, and it is just the most adorable thing, but I still have 10 million ends to sew in on it.
  • A Missoni knock off scarf for my sister.
  • Rainbow Socks - These go everywhere with me. They are my third try at finding a pattern to work with the Lorna's Laces Rainbow Yarn.
Here are pictures in order (all projects are also in ravelry):

Just Finished
  • Jaywalker Socks - This pattern is addictive. The only problem with the socks, is taking them off. They act like a chinese finger trap and get smaller in diameter as you tug at the ends, making it tough to get them over the heel. However, if you scrunch the sock up as you pull it over the heel they come off easier.
  • Saartje's Booties - these are adorable - I finished them in 2 days and I just got the buttons sewn on and the ends worked in.