July 2007

Kris flew out to NY on Wednesday to do sound at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival for the Circus. He was supposed to fly home last night but his flights were canceled due to weather. They were supposed to get him out today. He just called, his flights were canceled AGAIN! Grr.. the best they can do is get him on stand-by for a 6am flight tomorrow morning, so he extended the rental on his car and is driving home. He should be home by early afternoon tomorrow at the latest. (sigh)

I did finally block the Not-Quite-Straight Scarf and I’m very pleased with the results…

before blocking

detail photo

As biased-knit scarves go I prefer the snowy triangle scarf, but this is still quite lovely and certainly very easy to do. I really like knitting on the bias with variegated yarns.

I’m also making good progress on the Wheat-Ear Cable Yoke sweater for Autumn. I’ve finished the front & back (up to the join)and am about 1/4 way through the sleeves (knitting both at the same time). Gotta get this finished by the 13th for her birthday!

And, the second batch of yarn arrived today for the Hogwarts Sock Swap. I went with the Scarlet that is stated in the books rather than the burgundy that was used in the movies and most used when knitting Gryffindor items.
Avada, what do you think? This is a pretty good representation of the color (on my screen at least; it’s definitely scarlet). If it’s too bright for you I have no problems sending it back and getting the darker color. 🙂

Oh! I also got my downstream pal’s Sockapalooza package shipped off to Germany on Saturday! Domestic packages are supposed to go out this coming weekend, so I should receive my package sometime next week! Squee!


I just received the most adorable stitch-markers for my Gryffindor pal from an Etsy shop! Hee! Since this isn’t a secret swap, I’m not going to show you yet. You will all have to be patient & wait until the swap is over!

I also received the first set of Gryffindor colored yarn I ordered, which is beautiful, but I think I’m going to hold that for my sister since there isn’t enough to make tall socks with and I doubt I would get the same dye-lot if I ordered another skein. Therefore a new order has been sent off to Diagon Alley and I am eagerly awaiting my return owl so that I may get knitting!

This is the most effective PSA I’ve ever seen.

Amnesty International

I finished the final Harry Potter book around 1:30 this afternoon. I think it was a fitting ending to the series. For those who have not read, or have not finished, this book yet fear not, I will not give anything away.

I laughed, I cried (a lot), and was greatly satisfied to see some of my theories pan out.

I can’t believe this is the last book. I will sorely miss the anticipation of a new chapter, but cherish every word she has written.

J.K. Rowling, you have my profoundest thanks!

I’ve got my wrist band & will be one of the first 100 people at Borders to get my book. HEE!

Until I’ve finished, I will sequester myself away from all radio, television & internet lest some detail be inadvertently gleaned.

Now I just have to hope there won’t be some idiot who gets their copy & starts shouting out details while I’m in line!

And, just for fun an HP meme…

You scored as Hermione Granger, You are Hermione. You are academic, intelligent, and reasonable. On top of this, you are highly concerned with justice, scorn the small-minded prejudices of others and work hard to defend the under dog. Many times you may find that your heart and mind are constantly at war with each other.

Hermione Granger


Bellatrix Lestrange


Luna Lovegood


Harry Potter


Neville Longbottom


Severus Snape


Albus Dumbledore


Draco Malfoy


Oliver Wood


Percy Weasley


Sirius Black


Lord Voldemort


Ron Weasley


Remus Lupin


Harry Potter Character Combatibility Test
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Happy reading! 🙂

2nd pair of sockapalooza 4 socks finished! 🙂

Pattern: Breeze by Jennifer L. Appleby
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy in Rose.
Needles: #1 dpns

Notes: I dropped the needle size down from the recommended #2s to #1s & am very glad I did. It would have been far to open otherwise. No other modifications were made.

Thoughts: Fun pattern, although I’m not very fond of the lace work in this.. it’s just uninteresting. LOVE the cabled heel and will have to start incorporating that idea into other patterns!

I liked the yarn & will probably use it again. Its a little splity, but no more so than I expected based on the fiber content. I think it works very well with the pattern.

Overall I’m very happy with the results. I hope my sp likes them as well. Now I just need to pick up a few goodies for her package & get it ready for mailing. I’m going to try and get it out next week, before the Aug. 2nd ship date, since she lives overseas.

I have joined another exchange. This one is great fun! You are sorted into a Hogwarts house and are assigned a secret pal based on what year you are in (I’m a first year). You then knit a pair of socks for your pal in their house colors! Hee! If you want to join in the fun, go to Hogwarts Sock Swap Two and follow the instructions. Sign-ups started on July 14th and will end once there are 150 participants!

Now here is my completed questionnaire…

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

2. Shoe size? 8 1/2

3. Foot Length? 9″

4. Foot Circumference? 8.5″ at ball of foot

5. List your three favorite double-point needle brands, including size and length.

  1. Brittany
  2. Empress
  3. Lantern Moon

I prefer longer rather than shorter needles. I’m most in need of size 0, 1 & 2 needles.

6. Would you like to try a new brand needle? If so, which brand? Size? Length? I’m always up for new needles! I prefer wooden or bamboo, don’t like the feel of plastic and metal needles tend to hurt my hands. As for specifics, surprise me!

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 movie colors (blue & silver).

8. Allergies? Do you have any? Will your knitting be exposed to smoke or animals? No fiber & food allergies. I have cats & a dog, but my house is smoke free.

9. Are you an international participant (outside US)? Are you willing to have an international Hogwarts Sock Pal? I am in the US & am willing to have an international partner.

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