Maddie Knits

My addiction to knitting and the life around it.

It’s Killing Me Right Now!

So, I’ve been drooling over the Options needles [ you know, these? ] and it’s killing me that I still don’t have them yet!  I’m not a big fan of the Harmony ones, though.  I’ve never been big on the wooden circular needles, just the straight ones.  Who doesn’t love Brittany and Lantern Moon straight needles?!  If you don’t, something is defniately wrong.

So, I have found a new love and appreciation for knitting socks and the only thing to do with a finding like that is to embrace it by buying mass amounts of yarn and knitting up a sock storm =)  So I obviously need patterns to do this, so I found this great one by the girl that designed the Irish Hiking Scarf [ this one ].  Well, anyways.  She made this great sock pattern called  Cable Twist Socks [ which can be found here ].  I think they’re downright adorable and I can’t wait to find the perfect yarn to knit them up with!  I mean, look at the detail of this cable stitch:

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Isn’t that just amazing?!  Anyways, just had to show that off.  Hopefully you guys will go by and check her stuff out, because it’s just amazing!

Well, I think that’s all for today.  I have to head over to work and play with the babies soon.  I know — it’s just not fair that I can call that doing work, but I can =)

October 20, 2007 Posted by | Patterns, Randomness, Socks, Stores | 6 Comments

What’s My Deal, Anyways?

So, I am the worst blogger in history.  I have read this a few too many times in my blog and it’s starting to bother me.  Maybe I should try to realize that blogging just isn’t for me!  It’s getting frustrating knowing that I’m just letting something go like this.

Anyways,  I have to let EVERYONE know that I finally recieved the Traveling Teddy.  He’s absolutally adorable.  I can’t wait to decide what I’m going to put in his bag from his trip to the Nation’s Capital!  Well, for starters, here’s the amazing Traveling Teddy:

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On to other news — I got my SITM package today and it was just AMAZING.  I can’t even begin to tell everyone how amazing my pal is.  She deserves the biggest hug in the entire world.  Her name is Becky [ her blog ] and she’s just teriffic.  I had to put her blog on her because everyone needs to check it out.  Well, let me tell you what I got in my package!  Well, she made me the socks.  They’re the Raindrop Lace Socks by Fiber Trends and she used Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Yarn in teal.  She also sent me IK’s Favorite Socks book, Knit Picks Memories yarn in Redwood Forest and the needles to go with them to make a pair of socks!  It’s just great.  But wait!  That’s not all.  She also saw that I wanted to try my hand at entrelac so she found a scarf pattern for me as well as Patons SWS and the needles to make that.  And the list keeps going!  I have a yummy smelling candle as well as a $15 gift card to iTunes!!!  It was the best swap I’ve gotten and I love it!  Anyways, enough with the words, check out the pictures!

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Anyways.  That’s all for now!  Hope this is a good update for everyone.  I think I’m going to post my newly finished project tomorrow!  It will also count for my SP11 Contest — yay!  Well, as long as I post my first finished project with it.  Is it bad that my first finished project was a scarf and my most recent finished project was a scarf too??  I hope not.  Doesn’t matter though, right?  Anways, hope everyone has a bangin’ weekend and I’ll write tomorrow — hopefully!!!

October 12, 2007 Posted by | Books, Patterns, Socks, Swaps, Yarn | 5 Comments

So Out Of Touch!

I have SO many pictures to show everyone!   First, I’ll show my new sock for my SITM Pal.  I think these are going MUCH better than the socks that I had started out making.  I’m making the Monkey socks by Cookie.

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I’m also working on Norberta on Knitty for my boyfriend.  I was hoping to be able to get it to him tomorrow, but it’s not going to happen.  I do, however, think it’s totally adorable and I know he’s going to love it!

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Everyone and their mother has been working on the Mystery Stole 3.  I am one of those many many people.  I just finished Clue 3.  It’s apparently 1/3 of the way done, and I absolutally love it

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I did my color swap today with Wendy and she gave me this great yarn and the pattern to make some dish cloths.  I did the one that has “Born To Knit” written on it.  I know you probably can’t see it too well, but it’s there and I think it’s adorable and it went so fast.  I did it just tonight!  It took maybe two hours, with breaks and while watching television.  I was VERY impressed.

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She also made me a pair of Monkey socks.  She read on my blog that I hate DPNs so she decided to make me a pair of socks.  I absolutally love them and it confirms that my SITM pal is going to LOVE the ones I make her!

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Well, that’s all I’ve got for right now.  I just wanted to get all of these pictures up here!  Hope everyone has a good weekend.  I’m so excited for this weekend.  It’s officially my anniversary =)  I’ll try to post pictures from the concert/trip.  OH!  That reminds me to charge my camera.  I’ve got to get on that one!

July 21, 2007 Posted by | Knitting, Socks, Swaps, UFOs, Victor, Yarn | 8 Comments

Hogwarts Sock Swap

Okay, just posting my Hogwarts Sock Swap 2 Questionnaire!

1. What Hogwarts house have you been sorted into?
   – Ravenclaw

2. Shoe size?
   – 71/2 – 8

3. Foot length?
   – 10 inches

4. Foot Circumference?
   – 9 inches

5. List your three favorite double-point needle brands, including size and length:
   – Lantern Moon Rosewood, Size 2, 7″
   – Lantern Moon Rosewood, Size 1, 7″
   – Lantern Moon Rosewood, Size 3, 7″

6. Would you like to try a brand new needle?  If so, which brand?  Size?  Length?
   – Lantern Moon Ebony, Size 2, 7″

7.  If you are a RAVENCLAW do you prefer the colors in the film or the book?  Do you have a strong preference?
   – I prefer the colors in the book, but it’s not a major preference or anything.

8.  Allergies?  Do you have any?  Will your knitting be exposed to smoking or animals?
   – I’m not allergic to anything, but I do have a dog and cat, but they will NOT be rolling around in my sock yarn or anything =)

9. Are you an international participant [ outside US ]?  Are you willing to have an international Hogwarts Sock Pal?
   – I’m not an international participant, but I don’t mind one, but I’d prefer a US Sock Pal!

July 14, 2007 Posted by | Knitting, Socks, Swaps | Leave a comment

Sweat Your Brains Out

Yes, I really do think that it’s become possible to “sweat your brains out.”  It was so fucking hot today that I just wanted to lounge around in a sports bra and some Soffe shorts and not leave the house all day.  Alas, staying over at the boyfriend’s house last night made that next to impossible since I had to get up and go back to my own house today — funny thing is, here I am back at his place writing up this post while he sleeps.  Anyways, I had to get out of the nice air-conditioning to go to my sweltering black Volvo to make the trek back to my own abode — which is only about 10 minutes away, but STILL!

Anyways, I have ripped out my sock knitting because I’ve just become so infuriated with it!  I’m not quite sure what to do with myself.  I sat down to start knitting some more tonight, but I ripped out about an inch worth of work about 4 times and now I’m trying a new little cable-ish number, hoping that something may go right with this one.  I have to post my deepest apologies to my SITM swap partner because I’m not quite sure what will come of my first ever pair of socks.  I’m quite the perfectionist, but this is just crazy.  I can’t seem to keep the pattern going properly and I’m picking up and dropping stitches all over the place, which is just NOT something I do, EVER!  Anyways, I’ll persevere and get these stinking things done so I won’t be letting down my swap buddy [ who must still remain secret because the swap isn’t over yet, you sillies! ].

I hope that someone has heard of the band Less Than Jake [ who will now forever be referred to as LTJ ].  I’m not one for being able to classify types of music, so I’ll just go with a Punky/Alternative type band.  I love them!  I’m currently counting down the days until Victor and I will be heading down to Richmond to see their show at Toad’s Place [ great name, right? ].  I just saw them not too long ago at the 9:30 Club [ in Washington, DC for those who aren’t in the know ] and it’s just GREAT that I’ll be able to see them again so soon [ next Saturday, YAY! ].

Anyways, I wanted to stick a post up here, even if it wasn’t about knitting.  I feel that with the heat wave going on right now, thinking about knitting anything will put me into a nice sweat.  Hope everyone is keeping themselves cool!  Take care =)

July 9, 2007 Posted by | Knitting, New Projects, Socks, Swaps, Victor | 2 Comments

Amazingly Crafty Neighbor

So, a few days ago I got an e-mail from my July Color Swap Partner [ Wendy ] and I just now figured out how to post the little surprise I got when I opened it!  Well, I didn’t really find out, I just cheated and took it off of her blog =)  Anyways, here it is:

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But, other than that, there’s not too much to update anyone on!  Well, actually, I take that back!  Here is a picture of the socks that I’m making for my Sock It To Me Swap Partner [ I’d post her blog, but it’s a SECRET swap! =) ]:

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Yes, I did try it on my foot, but only because it’s the only way to do it justice, not that you can really do it enough justice seeing it online and not seeing the cute little pattern running through it in circles!  I got the pattern from PepperKnit.com [ check out the pattern! ] and I think it’s just fantastic!  It’s relatively easy for me since I’m a beginning sock knitter.  I’ve made a few mistakes, but I don’t think they’re anything that is totally obvious or makes the sock look ugly.

Okay, that’s all for today.  I’ll probably post again today, or early tomorrow, but goodbye for now =)

July 7, 2007 Posted by | Socks, Swaps | 1 Comment