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Giant list o yarns…

I was tagged in a Meme… by Huan Hua, from my knitting group… so I have to do it …  😉

Out of the top 50 yarns on Ravelry (by number of projects):
Bold the ones you’ve used and would use again,
Cross out the ones you’ve used and would not use again,
and italicize the ones you’ve never tried, but would like to.
Add comments as desired, and then pass the meme along to 5 knitters/crocheters.
Link back to this post and to the person who tagged you.

Ready? Here’s my list:

1, Cascade 220 Wool, 11967 projects – a staple, available in so, so many colors (especially at my new LYS).
2, Patons Classic Wool Merino, 10445 projects – a staple, available at Michaels on Sundays.
3, Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted, 8421 projects – mmmm soft.
4, Noro Kureyon, 7947 projects
5, Caron Simply Soft, 7914 projects I quickly learned that acrylic of all forms sucks.
6, Lily Sugar’n Cream Solid, 6864 projects I love me some dishcloths…
7, Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted, 6619 projects only in my recent scarf (but not before, oddly)
8, Red Heart Ltd. Super Saver Solids, 6176 projects
9, Lion Brand Wool-Ease Solid, 5554 projects
10, Noro Silk Garden, 5410 projects
11, Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM), 5094 projects
12, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, 5071 projects
13, Lion Brand Homespun, 4296 projects the only widely available acrylic that I don’t mind (but I still don’t love it).
14, Lion Brand Cotton-Ease, 4157 projects
15, Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Multi, 4086 projects
16, Manos del Uruguay 100% Wool, 3989 projects
17, Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky , 3927 projects
18, Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, 3751 projects
19, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock – Lightweight, 3723 projects
20, Plymouth Encore Worsted, 3573 projects
21, Cascade 220 Heathers, 3422 projects
22, Lily Sugar’n Cream Ombres & Prints, 3384 projects
23, Zitron Trekking (XXL), 3348 projects
24, Patons SWS (Soy Wool Stripes), 3243 projects
25, Rowan Kidsilk Haze, 3203 projects
26, Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, 2917 projects
27, Pisgah Yarn & Dyeing Co., Inc Peaches & Creme Ombres, 2658 projects
28, Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, 2512 projects
29, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock – Mediumweight, 2503 projects
30, Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, 2489 projects
31, Pisgah Yarn & Dyeing Co., Inc Peaches & Creme Solids, 2476 projects
32, Cascade 220 Superwash, 2323 projects
33, Berroco Ultra Alpaca, 2286 projects
34, Knit Picks Swish Superwash, 2226 projects
35, Knit Picks Essential, 2149 projects
36, Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Solid, 2142 projects
37, Colinette Jitterbug, 2090 projects
38, Lion Brand Lion Wool Solid, 2030 projects
39, Knit Picks Shine Sport, 1976 projects
40, Dale of Norway/Dalegarn Baby Ull, 1885 projects
41, Lion Brand Microspun, 1871 projects
42, Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino, 1863 projects
43, Knit Picks Palette, 1765 projects
44, South West Trading Company TOFUtsies, 1762 projects
45, Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, 1756 projects
46, Mission Falls 1824 Wool, 1725 projects I want to know what all the fuss is about…
47, Rowan RYC Cashsoft DK, 1718 projects
48, Red Heart Ltd. Super Saver Multis/Ombres, 1664 projects
49, Rowan Felted Tweed, 1646 projects
50, Rowan Calmer, 1571 projects

Oh wait.  I suppose I’m supposed to tag people now?  Hmm.  OK.

1.  Monica
2.  Elli
3.  Those sisters
4. Emilee
5.  Ruth


Minestrone Meme

Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. Those tagged need to write on their blogs 7 facts, as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and need to read your blog.

seven random facts:
1. My favorite part of jello is the “skin” that forms on the bottom when you don’t stir it all the way and sugar settles on the bottom. My favorite part of homemade pudding (the kind you heat over the stove) is the skin that forms on top.

2. Izzie used to be my favorite character on Grey’s Anatomy and now I HATE her. She broke the girl rule (you do not “go there” if the man is in a relationship!!!). Bitch.  I think I should just stop here and leave it at that.

3. My favorite book ever is probably a book called “A Song for Summer” by Eva Ibbotson- it’s just really, really good.  The first time I read it, I sobbed for the entire last 45 pages (my dad thought something was wrong with me).  Essentially, the whole book sets up this fantastic love story that sorta all comes together in the end.  God, and the turtle headstone gets me every time.  Has anyone other than me read this?

4. I’ve had dreams about being back in Ireland (I went there on vacation my senior year of high school) and when I wake up and realize it’s not true, I get really really sad.  Mostly, I miss this yogurt called “Fruit Crumble” made by a company named Sno.  I don’t think they make it anymore (can anyone over there verify this?), but when I was there, I ate like 2 of them a day – they were soooo good!

5. I have a “happy” box.  I keep little notes people write me and things that make me happy.  The swatch from the first sweater I ever knit.  Copies of letters of recommendation that people have written for me.  A photo of my grandmother, mom and sister and I before we went to see “Wicked.”  Cute notes and drawings that my residents made me.  And when I get really down, or I doubt myself or just need a pick me up, I leaf through it.
6. I have a birthmark on my eyelid.  It’s about 1/3 inch in diameter (and round in shape) and pretty noticable.  When I was little, my teachers and random strangers would think there was dirt on my eyelid and come at me with thumbs moistened by their tongue – to try to wipe it off.


7. The movie “Prancer” was filmed in my elementary school and Oprah used to be my neighbor (when she had that farm in Indiana).  Seriously, swear on my life.

So… tagging 7 people… Jamie, Tori, um, and whoever else wants too!

Secret Pal 10 (Leopard)

So, I’m doing secret pal 10… I know it costs some cashigola, (the total cost, before shipping is 60% of what I make a month), but I just love making friends with folks – and nothing brightens my day like a random package.  Read on if you’re interested in the Secret Pal Questionairre…. (some is the same the one I did for SP 9 – but some are different…) – Oh, and I called this Leopard because I really, really want Mac OS 10 Leopard to come out – cause my parents have told me they’re buying me a laptop for graduation and I want a Mac… a shiny new mac with cool stuff….

Continue reading ‘Secret Pal 10 (Leopard)’

Feel like swatchin’?

I’d like to announce a project that you should participate in. It’s called the Walker Treasury Project (WTP for short).

This was all my idea and it’s the big KAL that I hinted at in my 2007 Resolutions post.  Please, please get involved!  (Also, disclaimer – I have two co-admins right now and they’ve come up with some amazing ideas and stuff for the blog – collaborations are the best!)

“Every knitter knows that Barbara Walker’s Treasuries are indispensible. We use them constantly for designing, for help with a difficult pattern, and for pure inspiration. Sometimes, though, the mostly black-and-white and small pictures keep us from seeing the full potential of a pattern. That’s where the Walker Treasury Project comes in. We’re gathering high-quality, color photos of all the patterns in all the Treasury books and putting them on the internet as a visual aide to this wonderful collection. Help your fellow knitter by choosing a pattern from a particular book, working up a nice big swatch in a light-colored yarn, and posting it to our blog. We can help you label and categorize everything. Also, keep in mind that we’re not posting the pattern, just the picture!”

Get involved! Click the link below!

The end of Secret Pal 9

Because last week I was really busy running to:

  • the post office
  • computer labs
  • the registrar’s office (to get transcripts)
  • miscellaneous offices around campus gathering letters of recommendation to send these last few grad school applications (I’m done! Finally!),

and then since I had an awful emotionally charged weekend, I haven’t been able to blog about my last secret pal package… which was totally awesome and really, really rocked my world…

So, there’s a two-pack of pencils that say something cute about the surgeon general warning that knitting is addicting, some of the Chick Chocolates that I loved (and have really, really hit the spot lately) in the second package from her and some knitters hand balm (which smells really good), a pretty notecard of yarn and a flower, and the needles, pattern and yarn needed to knit a pair of socks – and the yarn is angora – as in the rabbit! I’ve dreamed of having angora since I felt some last year – it feels like a cloud. I love it!

But wait, that’s not all…

She also included notecards about knitting! I always look for notecards about knitting, but they’re so hard to find! I love these and I’ve already sent one to a friend (who’s sick with mono, strep, tonsilitis and sinusitis ALL at once!)….

So who is my secret pal you ask? She’s Tori of . I think the rule is that I ask you all to go over and send her some love… She was a great spoiler by the way!


I saw this over at Moth Heaven, who got it from Kathy and I really like it.



1. Yourself: student.
2. Your boyfriend/girlfriend (spouse): laughing.
3. Your hair: ugly.
4. Your mother: shrinking.
5. Your Father: buisness.
6. Your Favorite Item: internet.
7. Your dream last night: candy.
8. Your Favorite drink: tazo.
9. Your Dream Car: green.
10. The room you are in: small.
11. Your Ex: erh.
12. Your fear: failure.
13. What you want to be in 10 years? skilled
14. Who you hung out with last night? chef
15. What You’re Not? everything.
16. Muffins: bisuick
17. One of Your Wish List Items: Obama.
18. Time: night.
19. The Last Thing You Did: resume.
20. What You Are Wearing: pantless.
21. Your Favorite Weather: springy.
22. Your Favorite Book: Middlesex.
23. The Last Thing You Ate: gum.
24. Your Life: stressfull.
25. Your Mood: tired.
26. Your best friend: zen.
27. What are you thinking about right now? *censored*
28. Your car: parent’s.
29. What are you doing at the moment? tired.
30. Your summer: sucked.
31. Your relationship status: serious.
32. What is on your TV? cartoons.
33. What is the weather like? balmy.
34. When is the last time you laughed? today.

Secret Pal 9 Contest

My Favorites of the following are…. (I’ve never been very good at chosing favorites)

Actor –  Johnny Depp.

Actress –  Maggie Gyllenhal

Animal –  those that make fiber, I guess.

Band –  The dixie chicks (they’re a band right?)

Beverage – Diet coke with lime.

Book –  Favorite book of all time is “A song for Summer” by Eva Ibbotson (Good thing I own it since it’s hard to find).

Bubble Bath – I don’t have a bath.  I’m sorry.

Candy –  I like take fives.  Also, just about anything fruity.  Oh, and this butter nut crunch stuff that they make at the nunnery where my aunt lives.

Color –  Green.  Definetly Green.

Flower –  Pretty ones.

Food –  Raspberries.  Tiramisu.

Lip Balm –  Something without much flavor or color.

Lotion –  Erg… do I have to pick?  Anykind from Bath and body works with a clean scent.

Movie –  Any pixar flick

Song –  Too many to pick on.  Probably Grace from the Grey’s anatomy soundtrack.

TV Show –  Grey’s Anatomy.  Oh, god, Grey’s Anatomy.

Vacation Spot – Ireland

SP9 — I’m in! I’m in!

This is for Secret Pal 9 – I gots to post this – it’ll probably be boring (unless you get me as your spoilee). Just a disclaimer. To keep it short and sweet for those who’re more interested in “real” posts, I’ll only post an excerpt on the main page – read more if you want to….
1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

I’m a fiber snob. I am. It’ hurts sometimes (on my college student budget), but I love merino, alpaca, and good wools. I really do not like acrylics. I have issues with wearing someting that either was prior – or could have been- plastic cola bottles. I like the earthy/hippiness of wearing natural fibers. Usually, I buy Knitpicks yarns – and some cheaper wools – like Plymouth Galway (I love their highland heathers), Arucania, etc. Also, one time I petted some angora yarn (100%) that was someone else’s- and I loved it – but I haven’t been able to knit anything with it – mostly because I haven’t seen any.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
I have a roll-up needle case but I don’t usually use it unless I’m traveling. Normally, I store my long straights in a vase that my boyfriend got me for Christmas. Double-points are stored in a cheap mug that was a freebie from our on-campus bookstore. My circs hang in a home-made circular solution.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?

I consider myself at an advanced level. Nothing really scares me in knitting (except intarsia – and I probably could do that if I tried – I just don’t have a good enough reason to try). I’ve taught myself just about everything as I needed to know it (how to do socks, fair-isle, seaming, lace, etc.). Recently, this includes the magic loop method of knitting socks (see post here). I’ll have been knitting 2 years this December.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? –

No, I’m sorry. I could make up a list if you wanted me to though.

5. What’s your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.) –

I love clean smells – laundry, cotton, vanilla, spring rain, fresh air type of scents. I also have lotion and body scrub in the Happiness Scent from Mary Kay and kind of wish that I had the perfume for it. I can’t have candles though because I live in the residence halls at IU and open flames are BAD (and I’m an RA so I have to set a good example).

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? –

I’m a fan of Take 5 Candy bars. I also like Milano cookies in the raspberry flavor. Actually, I like a lot of things in raspberry flavors.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?

I sort of spin on a spindle. The only thing I’ve ever spun into yarn was pretty ugly and really, really thick. The post about it is here. I really, really like dying (again, I’m a snob and I like real acid-dyes – not drink mixes) and I wish that I had some of the dyable sock yarn from Henry’s attic – but right now I can only afford Knitpicks dye-your-own.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

Yes, it can play MP3s. I like some country (the traditional stuff (Dixie Chicks Home)or the sappy chick stuff (Trisha Yearwood, I would’ve loved you anyway) NOT the hick stuff (I’ll stick a boot in your ass), most of the music from Paste Magazine and almost all the music from Grey’s Anatomy (best show ever, by the way!) – I dislike rap and heavy rock. And I kind of think Dave Matthews is a tool.

9. What’s your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can’t stand?

I like earthy, natural colors. Green is my favorite ever in the whole world. I’m not a big fan of bright, bubble-gum, pop colors.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

I’m a single college student – It’s my senior year at Indiana University. I’m an RA in the dorms (no pets allowed) – My parents and my younger sister live at home in Northern Indiana. My brother (also younger) goes to Ball State.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?

Yes. Particularly scarves (but not fun-fur ones).

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

Prolly socks. I knit them a lot. But I also get a TON of satisfaction when I finish a sweater.

13. What are you knitting right now?

OTN- a Mason-Dixon style log cabin blanket, 3 or so pairs of socks (at varying stages), a sweater for my mom, the swallowtail shawl (I may frog this, I’m bored), and the backyard leaves scarf from Scarf Style. Oh – and a crappy pair of gloves I’m sorta forced to knit.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

Sure, why not?

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

I like Bamboo and Birch needles – it’s always a treat when I can use them. The KP options are nice, but I still find myself knitting socks with my Clovers and not my KPs. I like the nickel plated circular that my blanket is on – but I do appreciate the bamboo and I find myself prefering bamboo (or birch) in just about every situation. I dislike aluminum and plastic but have no particular preference for circulars or straights – I use them both – it really depends on the project.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?

I own a swift, but not a winder.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?

No older than 2 years (obviously, since I’ve only been knitting that long). I can’t really think of what it would be. Obviously not very important.

18. What is your favorite holiday?

The Fourth of July. It’s a family holiday for me with memories of good food, good weather and great fun.

19. Is there anything that you collect?

I’m very into tea right now. I love the Tazo teas, particularly the fruity varieties. I also like mugs for drinking it from. I want to have a collection of mugs with varying looks/styles and stories behind them. And of course, I collect yarn and knitting books.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

I don’t have any knitting magazine subscriptions. I like Interweave Knits, but I’m not a fan of Vogue Knitting. Also – much of the other magazines are too boring/simple for me (this does not include Rebecca – I love that magazine). I’m wanting the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Barbara Walker pretty badly. The Big Book of Knitting has been on my list for a while also.

21. Are there any new techniques you’d like to learn?

I want to make a sweater with a fair-isle bust but I think I already know how to do that. I guess I want to learn to spin on a spinning wheel (I don’t have one, though). I guess I’m such an independent knitter that nothing really scares me. I guess steeks scare me – but that’s because I’ve only used a sewing machine 3 times in my life (with bad results). So I guess the short of this answer is “no.”

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?

Yes, I am a sock knitter. I think that I have a size 8 foot. Nothing real abnormal – I’m not wide footed or anything so the basic women’s medium size always works for me.

23. When is your birthday? (mm/dd) 09/19

Also, just to note… I am allergic to smoke and to some animals. Just an FYI.


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Stuff on the needles – to complete, sometime.

Christmas Gifts to Finish
Mom's Sweater (the body is done)

Socks in progress...
Grandma's Socks
Koigu Scruncher
Raindrop Lace

Lace Leaves Scarf from Scarf Style
The Behemoth Log Cabin
The Swallowtail Shawl
Stupid Ugly Mitten
Felted Clogs


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