Friday, January 4, 2008

New Post New Year

Happy New Year to everyone!

We've had a very busy holiday. Most of the knitting projects for Christmas didn't get done. Everyone who was to receive a gift knows not to expect knitted gifts on the holiday that they are for. So, I don't think that anyone was disappointed.

Christmas Eve we spent with my parents and then went to visit my husband's family in East Texas. While we were there I finished the socks that I was working on for a gift. We also took a trip to Shreveport to gamble where we both lost all of our money. It was still fun. Brandan didn't know that I could spend 4 hours on penny slots with $100. He thought that I would be through in about an hour. To be quite honest, I could have, but knowing that he would be playing blackjack for who knows how long I had to go slow.

When we got back home, I had to go through all the stuff we received. As far as knitted items go I received the following:
  • Swift
  • Ball winder
  • 2 sets of Knit Picks Options (so I can make everything in the round and never have to use DPN's)
  • Fitted Knits by Stefanie Japel
  • More Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch

I missed the huge sale at The Woolie Ewe on the 29th- sadly. However, there was another sale at another yarn store- The Knitting Nook in North Richland Hills. I talked Rose into going with me. So, we went and bought some great yarn that was on sale. They have a cute shop and if I still lived in that area, it would be really bad for me. I had to show Rose the swift and ball winder when we came back and we wound yarn.

For the next few days, I spent a lot of time with the ball winder. I wound a ton of yarn and took pictures of everything to add to my stash on Ravelry.

After winding so much yarn, I found the Noro yarn that had been hiding somewhere in my stash and knitted up the Maine Morning Mitts in a day (with the new Options from Knit Picks).

The last exciting news- I won a contest from Kris' blog at Sonny and Shear. I guessed her husband's age correctly and won some yummy yarn!!! Woo Hoo!!!! I won some Sea Coast Handpainted Superwash Sock. I can't wait until it gets here. I don't know what I'll knit with it yet besides socks but I can't wait to wind it!


Macoco said...

It sounds like you had a really nice holiday. When I first got my ball winder and swift I went wild with balling up my yarn. It is so addictive and fun. ;)

Deborah said...

About ball winders -- I haven't bought one yet because I'm a little skeptical about the balls they produce holding up well in run-around knitting, which is pretty much the only kind I do. You know, stick the yarn, needles and pattern in the nearest tote bag and knit on the go. My hand-wound balls are time-consuming, but they hold up well this way. Any experience yet with the winder balls?

Teaching Diva said...

I notice that when I hand-wind my balls they are much tighter. The ones done on the ball winder are definitely looser. However, I started using my hand to "guide" the yarn and it seems to wind tighter. I think that these balls actually stay better than hand-wound ones and I have less trouble with knots towards the end of the ball. I don't know how I managed without one. I really do love using it!