By Tanya

This is a site to catelog, track and share all the various projects I create. It is intended to share and log successes and failures of my various craft projects. Soon you will see Handmade Cards, Knitting projects, Scrapbook pages, and Quilting projects, to name a few.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006


I met my Socktoberfest objectives for 2006! I love making socks!

First here are Blue Baby socks. Started on Oct 15, finished on Oct 16. Gotta love 1 night projects. And these are sooo soft, made with Sirdar Snuggly on 3.75 mm needles. I grabbed the pattern from this site: North Country Cotton Baby Socks

Blue Baby socks

Second, here are the completed Father & Son socks. The yarn is Essential Tweed from Knit Picks in Inca Gold and the pattern is Father & Son socks from Interweave Knits Fall 2006. This picture doesn't due these justice because they are the softest wool socks I've ever felt. These are a present for a friend of mine but I got Troy to try them on just so I could see how they look on a guy, and they are manly when worn. Definitely a pattern I will reuse again.

Father & Son Socks

Third, but not least, are completed Lobster Pot socks in Fleece Artist merino in Moss color. I test knitted these socks for Chrissy who has a new website up where you can purchase this pattern. I had a great time making these, even though I didn't quite follow the pattern. Apparently when looking at the chart I somehow developed a reading problem and missed a big part of it. This was definitely no fault to the pattern, it was written very clearly. They turned out beautiful even though I need glasses and are really comfortable to wear as well.

Lobster Pot Socks


In addition to those completed items, here is one Broad Ripple sock (altered for fingering weight) and a started Jaywalker.



Saturday, October 28, 2006

Amazing 'not so secret' Pal

My Secret Pal from SP9, Deirdre, sent me a terrific package that arrived on Thrusday night!

It had socks for me that she reknit to be longer because I had told her the wrong foot size.
What a great gal!

And then, she also included a ball of sock yarn to make up for the fact there is a line in the socks... which is truly non-existent. I wore the socks on Friday and they fit perfect. The pattern Straight Laced from

These are the first socks anyone has ever knit for me! Thanks Deirdre!

Socks from Deirdre

Socks from Deirdre

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Icarus Shawl

Sorry no blogging lately folks... My husband temporarily misplaced our camera and I kept putting off blogging until we found it. I can't believe it has now been 2 weeks!

I'm going to keep the words short and let these pictures speak for themselves...

Icarus Shawl 2

Icarus Shawl 1

Icarus Shawl 3

Icarus Shawl 5
Yarn: Fleece Artist Merino sock kit
Needles: Round 3.25mm
Pattern: Icarus Shawl by Miriam Felton, Interweave Knits, Summer 2006
Started: Summer 06
Finished: October 7, 2006

This is the prettiest thing I have ever knitted by far! It's my first lace shawl, but knit with fingerweight merino instead of lace weight anything. The yarn is from Fleece artist and the color is amazing.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Socks of Doom have arrived

Last night was my 3rd anniversary but of course my husband and I could not make any plans because we were not even going to be seeing each other. Like two ships in the night we are.

I had class from 6:30-9:30pm and he had hockey from 9pm-12am. I arrived home from class to find a beautiful vase of flowers and a very nicely worded card that brought tears to my eyes (score 1 for Troy). This was great but I had not left him a card or anything. I had bought a present for the both of us last week so had not really thought it through that I should at least get him a card or give him a pair of socks or something.

Then it dawned on me... I'll knit him a pair of socks tonight! So I went in search of a fast pattern to knit up so I grabbed the pattern from sock wars. I took some briggs & little yarn and balled it (got to use the swift!) and casted on at exactly 10pm. I know all you sane knitters out there have realized there is no way I can knit a pair of socks for our anniversary starting on the night of our anniversary at 10pm, and you are correct. But I did get past the heel by the time he arrived home and showed him his new sock. He obliged by trying it on with the needles and all and he didn't even call me crazy! Now that's love!

It dawned on me this morning that probably Socks of Doom are not the best present to knit your husband as an anniversary present. Good thing I'm not supersticious.

On another note, I have been killed today by these appropriately colored bright red socks. They are very soft and a nice shade of bright red (the camera did not do the color justice). Thanks Susan!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Swift at last!

Fleece Artist Merino Greens

I have been pining after this Fleece Artist Merino sock yarn in Moss colorway ever since it arrived at London-Wul a few months ago. I love the greens, the colors are brillant. I finally caved in and bought it last Sunday when I saw there was only one ball left, there were originally two. I just had to have it before they were both gone!

Yarn Swift

Then yesterday I bought my much needed Swift at London-Wul! It's beautiful! I had to try it out immediately and luckily I had this new skein of yarn that needed to be balled up. Troy is now out of a job, I'm running solo from this point forward. Sorry Troy... we'll find something else for you to do, like maybe knitting that second dishcloth that has been underway for over a month.

Balled Fleece Artist Merino Greens

Of course once the yarn was balled it had to be put to work. I casted on for a secret cable sock I'm making. I'm test knitting for Chrissy so I can't show you a good photo yet but it's turning out really nice with this color. This sock's for me! Stay tuned because when the pattern is published I'll show how these turned out and I'm sure everyone will want to get themselves a copy.

Secret Green socks