Sunday, April 29, 2007
Hogwarts Sock Kit Swap Questionnaire
1. What Hogwarts house have you been sorted into? Slytherin Rah-rah-rah!!!!

2. List your three favorite double-point needle brands, including size and length. Double points? Um, I'm a metal girl, so probably Inox, Knitpicks, and addi turbo, but I prefer circulars with the kidlet running around. Just not safe to try to knit with her on my lap with so many pointy things. That said, I have tried bamboo DPNs (granted cheap bamboo) and I guess I just grip my needles too tight. They feel like they're going to snap like twigs.

3. Would you like to try a new brand needle? If so, which brand? Size? Length? People say good things about Crystal Palace, so I guess I would like to try those, but it's nothing urgent. I just got my knitpicks and I lurf them. I guess I would also like to try the addi lace needles, but again, not so urgent

4. --skipped--

5. If your pal decides to send candies or chocolates are there any that you don't like? Coconut and marshmallow.

6. What are your favorite scents? Fruity things, and heavy musky stuff. Nothing floral or flighty. I like spicy too. It helps to have something to smell: I like the pear stuff from Victoria's Secret, and Lancome Poeme is my favorite 'spensive perfume.

7. Do you have any allergies? Nope!

HSKS Trivia of the Week - Voldemort
I screwed up last week cause I didn't know to post on the blog, and I didn't email anyone my answer. :(

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Friday, April 27, 2007
So I'm gone for about five days. I come back? I'm swamped in mail! It was like that holiday where you get a bunch of stuff, only it was better cause it was yarn!!
First up, my RSC shipment for April. I won't post spoilers, everyone else already has. But it's yummy!! I have it hanging on my wall now. (Did I mention that I hand skeins of yarn on some hooks on my wall? 'Cause they're so purty!) I'm not so sure about the handwash only part, kinda puts me off of making socks. The laundry monster (aka MathMan) has a tendency of "helping" with the laundry. It usually involves something being not white anymore or shrunken to doll clothes.

Next up, my L&V Pr0n Package. Two (count them, TWO!!!) skeins of awesome sock yarn, also hanging on the wall. STR lightweight in Lemongrass, and RubySapphire in Calista. Also, Kookaburra woolwash (over a year into knitting and I still don't have any woolwash...) yummy body lotion, colorful gel pens, and TWO (!!!) Knitpicks circs in sock size! I can finally try two at once on two circs! (What didn't make it into the picture? The candy -eaten-, and the cute little magnets that got buried in my bag when I was getting things together.)

The Magic Yarn Ball. Let me 'splain. Not, is too much, let me sum up: You take a skein of yarn and some goodies, wrap the former into a ball while randomly inserting the latter. Then mail. You're partner should uncover little treats as s/he knits. But hey, I'm a gemini. I'm impatient. I unrolled!
It's lovely Colinette Jitterbug in Joy, I believe. As I was winding I kept coming across pinky and lavender and yellowy and greenish bits that hide themselves until you get close. I can't wait to knit with it! There was a little sheep (!!) full of body wash, two star beads, and a cute little lollipop. Then I got to unwrap the yarn! There was some bizzaro but super yummy candy called Shrimps and Bananas that I had to fight the hubbs for, more star beads, some hand cream and lip balm, more body wash and lollipops, hot cocoa, a cute little ring, some tea, sparkly beads, and two different metallic nail polishes (one of which is MIA due to girlie seeing-wanting-taking-running)! I was so spoiled! Thanks, pal (who I still have not figured out...)!!!
Then, the Chum. The temporary, but Oh. So. Enjoyable. lapse in judgment, or at least in finance. The L&V Sock Yarn.Here we have, in order, Boing the Rubber Boy, Curiosity Shoppe, Dancing Girl Nell, and Fiji Mermaid. I vaugely remember someone on the L&V MB saying that the etsy shop was being updated, and clicking a link, but that's all I seem to remember. Then this wonderful package shows up, and something starts to come back to me. Yes, I *did* click on a few of those colorways MissV had up. Yes, I *did* drool a bit. Yes, things were beginning to disappear, quickly. Yes, I *did* put four skeins in my cart and click checkout. I tell you now, I don't regret a thing!!!!
Oh, yeah, one more thing. Some cute little stitch markers that I'm testing the design of for the Knit Stitchery. Adorable. I'm going to use them on the RSC socks that I'll likely start tomorrow.

I did manage to finish one of my "Sparkle socks." I'm writing out the pattern now, then I'm going to knit the other from the pattern to make sure it's right. After that, I'll have it up, possibly in PDF.
I have cast on a sock in Trekking like four times now. I just don't think it's ready to be knit yet. No matter what, the sock is huge. 9st/in, 72 st, 9 in around my foot, and the sock is huge. MathMan can't even explain it, and he does theoretical math. It's a "statistical anomaly." I just say it hasn't decided what it wants to be when it grows up. So there.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Here's the SIP I've been threatening to post for about two weeks now. It's like Shimmer from MagKnits, only it's a different stitch pattern repeat, and the mechanics of how it's done is different. So maybe it's just loosely based on/inspired by Shimmer? I'm not going to be making any money off the pattern, so that's what I'm saying.


Last chance...

I'm giving ecto one last chance to win my heart. If this doesn't work it's uninstall city. Does anyone know of another good Blogger posting utility?

MMT is "helping" me type right now, so forgive any errors I miss correcting.

So, I'm a sheep. A joiner. A follower. Have you seen this? Scout's even doing it in the colorway I had her design for me. That's going to look luscious! I've decided I'm going to do it in Lisa Sousa Sock! but I haven't made the final decision on the colors. What do you think?

  • LNV + Printemps
  • LNV + VPR
  • Spumoni + Printemps
  • LNV + What-a-melon

I know I'm definitely ordering VPR, but if it's not in the cut for the scarf, oh well. It's purrrty, and it would look good just hanging on my wall! If I like the pattern enough (which I probably will) I'm going to make the MIL one for Christmas. Hmm, that reminds me - her b-day is coming up soon. Maybe I should finish her purse? It just needs about five minutes of knitting, seaming and lining. Oh, yeah, and a SEVERE blocking. The stitch pattern makes it tilt something fierce.

I'm planning on making the Horcrux socks in my Sunshine yarns Slytherin colorway. Maybe I should finish my Strawberry Quick sock first, though? Plus, I've got another RSC shipment coming in about a week. And I'm determined to actually knit the pattern and color that I'm sent - it's all about new experiences, right? I really don't want to get behind in RSC, but I don't want to wind up with yet another thing on the needles. Maybe I should be knitting and not blogging? Yeah, I think I'll go do that. Maybe MMT will "help" with that too?? :)

Hey - guess what didn't publish.....


Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Thank goodness for "trial versions"
My second post using ecto, and it fails to post. Not once, not twice, but three times. I'm glad it's a free trial version. I don't think I'm going to be purchasing it. But anyways!!!! It's official now. I'm the PinkPorcupine. I got sick of there being two of us, especially since we both started our blogs at almost the same time. So I switched to another blog name I've used in the past. And when I did a search on "PinkPorcupine", I get no other bloggers using the nick. Now I match my L&V name, too! So, what do you think of the new look?
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Say cheese!

SO, I have a pic of my Magic Yarn Ball.

Hmm.  I have begun using ecto, and it won't link to Picasa.  Let's see if I can do this the hard way:  

Hmm.  That may have worked!!

Now I have to go kick myself for not taking a piccie of my purty-ful sock in progress.  It's in Scout's Swag.  I like it!!!

Friday, April 13, 2007
I know I have pictures promised to several places, but it's going to be a bit.  I forgot my camera cable, MMT just got her shots and is worse for the wear, and I've got grand (and great-grand) parent issues going on.  So pictures will come when they come.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
How is it I haven't seen any of Yarntini's stuff yet? I'm addicted to Lost. A-D-D-I-C-T-E-D. I get every episode as soon as it's on iTunes. Yarntini? Has a colorway called "4-8-15-16-23-42"!!! OhmyfreakinggodIneeditnow! Plus? I love Appletini and Hope and Pureknits and Lemon Drop and Vintage and Fig & Plum and even though it's not my normal thing, Steel City! Wait! I'm getting a vision! It's of the future! It's my money away...and getting Yarntini in return!

More later re:the family reunion of doom.