Tuesday, October 30, 2007


carola and i are each other's enabler. she sends me wollmeise and i send her socks that rock. she has knit up the socks that rock that i sent her at the beginning of the year. i have been petting the skein of wollmeise that she sent me. (actually i have it wound in a ball and have swatched it. that is called "progress")

she still has not knit the tofutsies but then i have not knit the drachwoole.

in september, when she asked if i was ready for another swap; i, of course, promptly said YES!

so i sent her some more socks that rock and i got these beauties...

l to r: veilchen dark, rittersporn medium, drachenblut light, pfauenauge medium

i notice that i must like blue a lot. i actually sent her a list of 7 colors that i thought i wanted and these were the ones she was able to get. i love them all.

she also included a couple of ornaments for my christmas tree that she tatted. i don't tat. it looks too hard! thank you, carola!

Monday, October 29, 2007

check out this contest!

go over to baabaablacksheep and guess how much gus weighs. you can win some very pretty sock yarn. you have until nov 2 at 10:15pm central time.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

mystery kal's

i am finally to clue 3 of mystery stole 3. i am, obviously, way behind; but there are advantages to this too. first, if there is a mistake in the pattern, someone else finds it. then there are always folks who tweak the pattern just a bit. i will be using beading banshee's clue 4 ending which wraps the lace border around the end before beginning the wing. i think it makes a beautiful transition between the two sections.

i signed up for secret of the stole (sos) and secret-of-chrysopolis shawl kals and am following the action closely. i have not started either one yet. i am not crazy enough to have more than one lace shawl/stole on the needles at one time. (socks, of course, are another knit! and please don't ask how many i have going right now. i am in denial and really don't want to know).

if i am counting correctly, that is 3 mystery kal's! but wait, there is one more... the mystic waters lace shawl kal.
go there and read the description of the shawl. go ahead, i'll wait........ (cue in double jeopardy music ). doesn't it sound gorgeous? so, yes, i am signed up for that one too. and i may just have to cast on. a while back, carrie sent me some knit picks alpaca cloud in tide pool as a prize. doesn't this sound like destiny? sign-ups end tonight at midnight somewhere time. anybody wanna join me? now you can say i'm "crazy"!

eta: i actually signed up for 5 mystery shawl/stole kals. i missed one, spring shawl surprice. it doesn't start unil january 1, 2008 so does it really count?

Saturday, October 20, 2007

someone needs help!

and you get a chance to win some sock yarn!

knitting linguist needs hints on how to memorize stitch patterns. leave her a comment and you get entered into a drawing for a couple of skeins of gypsy girl creations. i have never tried that yarn either...so the catch is to tell her that i sent you over so i can get some extra brownie point entries.

a gal can never have too big of a "yarn collection." you have until oct 25th so go on over and help her out!

i am trying to limit my wanderings around ravelry. anyone else having problems too? i am a ravelry addict...sigh.

Monday, October 15, 2007

i'm on ravelry

thank you so much for the suggestions. i am now on ravelry as "bellybuttonknits" . i was going to use "bellybuttonknitter" but i guess you are not allowed to use that many letters.

i've already spent an hour getting lost. there sure are a lot of groups. am wondering the purpose since many are duplicates of those in yahoo, etc. i don't think i will join too many because i will probably find myself spending too much time reading instead of knitting.

i will "friend" all of you. and you can look for me!

Friday, October 12, 2007

invite to ravelry

i got my invite today but i won't have time to play until next week. meanwhile, i guess i had better come up with a user name that i like since there is that BIG warning that you can never, ever change your name once you pick one.

somebody help me with a name!

Thursday, October 11, 2007


this morning, there were 903 people in front of me. here is where i am now.

Found you!
  • You signed up on August 21, 2007
  • You are #27426 on the list.
  • 423 people are ahead of you in line.
  • 15151 people are behind you in line.
  • 60% of the list has been invited so far
maybe i'll get my invite tomorrow. i can't wait to see what's going on there. who else is on ravelry? i may need help!!!!!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

my very first pair

...of socks that rock socks for ME!!! are finished. i kitchenered the second toe just a bit ago. yippee!!!! they are all MINE!!! and to celebrate (what perfect timing), i drew winners for my contest. but first, i wanna show you my socks. i know how to prolong the agony; but i know you all are very happy that i finally have a pair for ME!

"socks that rock" lightweight
nodding violet as a skein

here is the skein open so you can enjoy all the pretty colors

and here are the bottoms of my new socks so you can appreciate how the colors knit up. just awesome!
i heart my new socks.

addi's 2.5mm for leg/knitpick's 2.5mm for foot
[has anyone else noticed that the knitpicks 2.5mm seem to be a bit smaller than the addi's 2.5mm]
gauge: 8 sts/inch stockinette using kp

i can't really show you how cute they really are yet. i knit these in the same pattern as the ones i did in "backstabber." i love this colorway. they will be so nice with my jeans.

drumroll, please. who will get to knit a pair of foofoo (i love that name) socks that rock socks?! i loved reading your reasons for wanting the yarn. and i enjoyed wandering around your blogs. of course, you all will have to let me know when you are hosting a contest so i can play. i love contests with yarn for prizes.

oh, you want to know the winner of the socks that rock lightweight in the foofoo colorway?! the winner is....

iris (risiko)

and thanks to those of you who posted about my contest on your blog. the winner of the tofutsies is...

knitting linguist

congrats to both of you! and i wanna see what you knit with the yarn. email me at ajmcfong at yahoo dot com with your snail mail addy and i will get your prizes out to you.

come back and visit. who knows when i will feel the need to "share the wealth" again!