Saturday, 14 June 2008

February Baby Sweater

Okay this is TOTALLY NOT a pair of socks. HOWEVER, pretty spiffy nonetheless.

What I am making with my swap yarn? Find out here.

Friday, 30 May 2008

Escalator Socks by Ruth Greenwald

Here is one of two (duh, they're socks...) Escalator Socks I knitted with the Regia yarn I got from Jill. Love the yarn, love the pattern, thanks so much Jill!

Thursday, 24 April 2008

Socks That Rocks Over Cable

Hi! Just wanna pop in and show you what I am doing with my "Socks that Rocks" Meghann gave me! :0)

Monday, 14 April 2008


Just wanted to give a big "THANKS!" to Sandi, aka Twiggi34. She was my buddy that I gifted earlier in the swap. When she discovered that I hadn't yet received a package she sent me one (in addition to the one she sent her assigned pal). Sandi sent me some great yarn that I can't wait to knit with; I have already picked out a pattern for one of the yarns. There were plenty of other little goodies that made me smile.

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

An update!

Hi everyone!

Things are starting to get back to normal here so I thought I would give you an update......

...............I am preparing two lists:

The first, and most important, a list of those who have yet to receive anything from their partner...............and I will set about making sure they receive a package of goodies as soon as possible.

Thank you very much all of those kind souls who have offered to be angels. If I can I would like to angel as many packages as possible as I was the one who started the swap but if that is not possible your assistance will be greatly appreciated!

The second list is of all of those who flaked out - didn't bother to send anything to their partner but in many cases received a lovely package themselves..............they will be banned from all further activity and swaps. And other swap organisers read this blog and email me so I will be able to let them know who flaked out in this case.

I have ordered some yarn to dye up especially for those yet to receive anything and I am aiming to make it an extra special batch! Will keep you posted.

Saturday, 5 April 2008

one sock done

Here is sock #1. It's "Mother Lode" by Lorna's Laces-Shepard Sock. The pattern is "Dublin Bay" by Mossy Cottage. I'm 1/3 done with Sock # 2 but I thought I'd show off. Thank you Toothfairy!!! Can't wait to see other's projects!!!

Thursday, 3 April 2008

World's weirdest request

I know some of the yarns we received will be stashed for all eternity, and others may be re-gifted to friends, and other still may become things other than socks. But I was thinking, it would be neat if we each posted photos of the things we made out of our global sock-knitters yarn, if and when we do finally get around to making something out of it, since the blog doesn't ever expire.

If I ever get around to making something from my yarn, I certainly will post photos!

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

I got my package

Yesterday, this lovely package was waiting for me in the mail!

Sockyarn, recipes for socks, a miniature sock blocker, a nice little purse, really cute mask markers and som delicious chocolate pearls was inside!

Thankyou so much, B!

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Hi.....sorry I have been away.....

Hi Guys,

Sorry I have been absent of late. There has been some serious problems at home that have taken up most of my time but I have not forgotten you all!

I know there are still some people waiting on their packages and decided to give it a couple more weeks to see if it was just a sluggish postal system to blame or that some people were snowed under and had actually received their packages but had not had chance to post about them.

However, I do think that enough time has passed to allow for postal delays and I am going to start chasing up the missing packages.

Most of you have been great and posted when you have recieved your package to just to be sure I am going to contact everyone taking part in the swap this week to check their situation.

I hope this helps!

Sunday, 23 March 2008

Where is Charlie?

I sent my upstream pal (5elementknitr) a box of some spiffy things from my stash, because the treasures she sent me were so wonderful, I couldn't stand her being left in the lurch by HER upstream pal.

I can't help but wonder...where is Charlie and why isn't she dealing with these delinquent swappers? I can understand a delay of a few days, or a few weeks with explanation (e.g. the package is en route from Antarctica and the mail only gets picked up there once a month), but all this is extra sad since there are no ramifications for not sending the package.

And why aren't the delinquent knitters speaking up to defend themselves?

No Package Yet

Hey guys,
I too am feeling the pain of checking my porch each day for my package but, to no avail nothing as of yet. My swap partner has emailed twice saying that she would send it the following week. Hopefully this will be the week. I put a lot of time and effort into my partners package and mailed it ahead of time. My partner has promised me great things lets keep our fingers crossed.

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Hi guys,

It's toothfairy (Aimee) from Michigan. I haven't had any word from my swap buddy :( I had the best time sending stuff to twiggy (Sandi) but I am still waiting for my goodies. I am hoping that my pal lives in a really exotic location and that my package is on its way on the back of little gnome. Anyone out there?


Postal troubles? Or...?

Hi all -- I'm posting this on behalf of my upstream pal, 5elementknitr, who seems to be having trouble posting to the blog. She sent me such a WONDERFUL package, but unfortunately the package SHE received was not so stellar. Here is her message:


"Hi! It's 5elementknitr. Great swap! I got my package today. I've had problems with my post office in the past but this time they've gone too far!

They ate my snacks, drank my drinks AND stole one of the skeins of yarn!


I'm sure it was an oversight on the part of my upstream partner, Luanda, but it's a little disappointing and I don't have her email to ask her what happened."

Monday, 17 March 2008

Holidays go on!!!

I received one more package today! Thank you Charlie for the beautiful yarn and for the invitation to this swarp!
One of my Ravelry Friends says "Someone has been a very good girl for Santa to bring her presents this time of the year!" May be it is the truth? :)

Saturday, 15 March 2008

bad, bad swapper!

I've been a horrible swapper this week! I received my package earlier this week from Charlie and it was AWESOME! It actually arrived last week, but we were in Maine visiting my family, so I got it on Sunday when I got back. The kiddos have been sick all week and I kept meaning to take pictures, but haven't had a chance so I'm posting sans pictures.

I got some lovely yarn, including on of Charlie's own hand-dyes. I love both!!! Stitch markers, some awesome magazines, candy, shortbread cookies (yum!!!), and tea.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU and sorry I didn't post sooner!!!

Thursday, 13 March 2008

And I am happy today!

Today was wonderful day! The parcel arrived! I like each thing pulled out of package!The yarn are very soft! Colors are the goods!
The tiny cake is nice.
My son was very glad to get a shaggy frog:) Russian frogs croak like this "kwa-kwa". And how do they croak in your country?
The bracelet made by my partners is very pleasant. Some beads look appetizing (like candy).
Of course I like the needels and hooks. And many-colored stitch markers should be very convenient and useful.
The chocolate with curry and coconut is great! Unusual for me and tasty! Dark chocolate I will taste later. Prolong the pleasure:) And also the tea... Yummy

Thank you Holly!

My package came!!!

Booyah! What a treat!! Thank you Maya (willtravel4yarn)!!! 

Maya sent me the most squishy soft Peruvian alpaca yarn in a lovely earthy brown. I will be thinking long and hard about which project to use this yarn for. I think it will require a special pattern. It is far too yummy for for a plain ole sock. She also me a beautiful handpainted yarn in blues!  The cutest little zippered bag for the adorable stitch markers that were included in the package. All of that secreted away inside yet another little zippered bag with the cutest hearts along with a handful of coupons for some most excellent cyber shopping!! The best part was the bag of Brazilian coffee which I have been indulging in since yesterday!!  Coffee is my all time favorite drink!! Thank you so much Maya, you did some terrific cyber stalking. 

My daughter happened to be visiting when my package came and I let her have the fun of pulling out all of the goodies since she was here for the out going package . It was like Christmas! Except I rarely get anything fiber related for Christmas so this was even better. I think she was a little envious ;) She told me that I am a spoiled brat...LOL

WWWOOOWWW!!! Cristhmas!!!

Yesterday I received my package from Helena ( cleverknits)!!! Fantastic!!!

She send to me same bamboo yarn!!! I never see before!! And angora wool, little bamboo needles, bamboo crachet hook, (I love bamboo!!!), point protector!!!
Any more....., peppermint candy and soap, tea and brownie mix!!!!!

I haven't word to tell you THANK YOU HELENA!!!!!!!!!

Monday, 10 March 2008

Yay, yay yay!

Mine came today!

My package from Zozzy in Russia arrived. It actually got here Saturday, but we were out when the mailman came by and because it needed to be signed for, he just left a slip in our box. I went to the PO today and picked it up. Look at the goodies she sent!

Some beautiful periwinkle colored yarn, coffee, chocolate (looks like dark and with almonds) I’ll be taste testing that soon. There was also a row counter and knitting gauge with metric conversions which I really needed a spoon, postcards, calendar and magnet with scenery from in and around St. Petersburg. Yay, yay yay!

Sunday, 9 March 2008

I did not received yet my package, sighhhhhh, and I don't know if my swap partner Minnesotaknitter received mine, because she did not write on this blog and neither on Ravelry.

Saturday, 8 March 2008

Parcel arrived!

I got home Thursday night and found a parcel hidden behind the snow shovel on my front step. Whoohoo! When I opened it up, I found the wonderful things that Glamgirl sent me. A skein of Colinette Jitterbug yarn (turquoise and dark blues and just drop-dead gorgeous!) a skein of Araucania Ranco in rusts, browns and a bit of turquoise (and equally gorgeous), a lovely felted project bag in purple, a set of bamboo needles, coffee, candies, a sheep tape measure and a lovely makeup bag with makeup. Such wonderful loot!
Thanks so much, Glamgirl. I just love everything you sent. Oh, a couple of the makeup items are missing from the picture. My daughter nabbed them. I tried to fight her off, honest. lol

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Woohoo, got mine!

And it is such a great package! Look and those treasures:

Thank you so much Jill, this is like you knew me for ages! Look at this fabulous red Yarn! I could just look at it the rest of the day! And the nice little book with those colourful sockpatterns! Not forget to mention this Chocolateheaven: Hot Chocolate (wich my son adviced me to try right away...) and two bars of hersheys Chocolate (didn't survive the first day). A Martha Stewart Magazin, wich I really appreciate, a Knitters First Aid Kit, a whole bunch of Kool-Aid to dye Yarn with, a little fancy cake measuring tape (wich is made in a self-help project in Vietnam, I really appreciate that!) and the coolest Sockwool ever: Flat Feet! Its a ready knitted cloth wich is dyed afterwards. I now knit the socks right from the blanket, just unravel it while knitting! Aint that cool?

By the way, Jakob enjoys the measuring tape even more than the chocolate, last time I saw him, he was pulling it through the house like it was a dog on a leash, and he insistently refused to return it.....

Thank you sooooooo much Jill, I feel so spoiled and you truly made my day! Everything is just WUNDERBAR! I only pitty that this isn't officially on Swapbot, I would give you thousand hearts for that if I could! And of course Charlie would deserve stars for this Swap, no Question!

Goodies and yarn - my favourite

I got my parcel from mary and you are a complete star
I love all of it and that wee little circular needle is going to be such fun. Thank you for spoiling me and I promise that I shall knit lovely things with them.

'Heavenly' doesn't BEGIN to describe...

Swaps are always a gamble, because you never really know what you're going to get until it arrives; you can put all the care in the world into the package you are to send downstream, but if the person assigned to you is a lazy jerk, then it really sucks to be you.

I am OH SO FORTUNATE that Ruth is the world's most amazing swap pal! I checked my post office box last night and was delighted to find a marvelous little box STUFFED with wonderful goodness.

THREE skeins of yarn, jewley stitch markers and a sock-sized "stitch saver" (which came in a darling little tin), an ADORABLE little bird mirror, and a tiny sheep (who wandered out of the picture...silly sheep)! And coffee ( and a super trail mix. The blues and greens and plums and teals remind me of a jitterbug yarn I saw a few days ago, which I ALMOST bought, which I think must have been 'dusk' but I'm not entirely sure. And the orangey red yarn on the right is so lovely, too!

I am so giddy with delight that I cannot come up with better adjectives than 'lovely' and 'marvelous' and 'delightful' and 'adorable' and 'wonderful.' And the package is ALL of these things, and more.

Ruth, you are a treasure. I am so lucky you are my swap pal, and I can only hope my downstream pal appreciates me HALF as much.

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

package received (last week, i'm running behind!)

i'm finally getting around to posting about the package i received last week.
my favorite thing is the stitch markers made with pretty beads, did you make them snowmoon3?

thank you for my package!
sabe (babyjenks)

Monday, 3 March 2008

And the winner is...............................

.................Kristallklara with Wild Strawberry Mint Rock!

Well done Klara! I'll put it in the post to you tomorrow!!

I'll tell you what! You lot are great at coming up with names for yarns, judging this was quite tough as there was some great suggestions, you are obviously a very imaginative bunch!

And because I have enjoyed holding these little competitions so much I think I will make naming yarn contests a regular thing! What do you think?!

I've been truly spoilt rotten!!!!

Hiya folks!

Sorry for the lack of communication over the last few internet at all!

It felt like I had had a part of me removed!

If you are going to take something from me - take my bingo wings, my thunder thighs or my muffin top but please don't take my internet access!!!

Anyhoo, it is now fixed so I have a few things to say....

............firstly, HOW LUCKY AM I?! I got my package from Molly (Newfpink) and she totally spoiled me! Thanks a million Molly! It is like you completely know me!

I don't know where to start! Molly's package included some really lush yarn that she had dyed herself.....the first one was lovely soft pinks - already know that that yarn is for some special socks for me (everyone else can wait for once! All I do is knit socks for everyone and their dog, I never get a pair!)

The second yarn is also fantastic and I love its name: "Good friends don't let friends knit drunk"! It is a lovely red wine colour - absolutely genius name!

Also in the package was some yummy chocolate which I'm struggling to ration, some Japanese green tea - just the thing on a day like this!, some stitch markers, needle binders, sticky notes - very useful for scatter brain knitters like me! and a hand knitted wine cozy which I adore. The colours are wicked!

All these goodies came inside a lovely red bag which I will be showing off down my knitting club this evening!

I have been dying to post pics up of all this loveliness for days - Thanks again Molly - I salute you!!!!

Saturday, 1 March 2008

Absolutely Swap Extreme Goodness

How absolutely lucky I am! I have to admit I am so spoiled... just look what at what I received from LynnK one is local Canadian yarn and the other is from Calgary. I can say I already divided each skein into two and wound into centerpull cakes.  Look at the gourmet chocolates one milk and the other dark in my initials sweet and already bitten into, smile! Simply Knitting Magazine that is  has way too many pattern in it that I already  feel in love with. Lynn put so much thought into spoiling me wow I am speechless!  Thank you Lynn   

hurrah! the yarn has landed!

I got my wonderful package full of goodies from Carolyn yesterday! Yay!

In addition to some gorgeous yarn, tasty treats, adorable knitting accessories and a very thoughtful travel journal, Carolyn (and Gizmo) also sent me some catnip for my very spoiled kitties. Here's a photo of Nelly enjoying her 'nip, I think she approves:

Thanks again so much, Carolyn!!! (Andy, Nelly and Dory send their thanks, too!)

Friday, 29 February 2008


Who's the lucky winner of the pink/green yarn? Too many good names to choose from.......

Package Received

YAY! I LOVE everything. There are treats for me, and for the dog.

Some lovely yarns, a set of DPNs,gift tags for hand knits, a cool sock book, a project bag!!, and adorable knitted slippers that are keeping my feet toasty warm.Thanks so much LeahFaith. When's the next swap??

Thursday, 28 February 2008

My package arrived!!!

My package arrived and it was wonderful! Happy Feet sock yarn for happylady! It's a beautiful color and so is the Tofutsies. Yummy chocolates from Costa Rico.......tea to sooth the soul and some wonderful bath gels. Let's see, make a cup of tea, eat the candy and lay in the tub with my grand. Kristen was my swap angel and she lives up to the name. Thanks again!

Jane aka happylady (and I am!)

I just can't wait.......

I am so jealous!!!
I just can't believe how long postal delivery takes these days! I sent a Letter (!) airmail to Brasil 4 weeks ago, and it is still not received.
I don't want to wait 4 weeks for my parcel!!! Seing all these wonderful pictures makes me want mine NOW!
Waiting is the best and the worst about swapping, aint it......?

It's Christmas in February!! Thanks Sandi =)

The yarn is gorgeous and colorful--my camera did not capture the darker one justly--it has these shots of fuschia in with the blues and greens etc...And I love my teeny glass kitty!!! ...And the keychain sock blocker and patern!!! And everything!

If I didn't have a bad back, oh wouldn't I just be hopping up and down. :D

LOOOOOK what I´ve got in my mail today!

Me and my new babies... Don´t they look just like me, the skeins and I? ;0)

Thank you thank yooouuu Meghann!
I am so pleased!

Here you find her stuff! :0)

Look at the "black" skein from Socks That Rock, it isn´t just black; you can find blue, green and grey in "Corbie". How cool!

And the pink punky one...WOW! "Dream In Color Cool Fire" It is Meghanns own dyed! AND a compliment -Knitter´s Balm Sample... Orange Cream with Shea Butter...Cool! Smart! Perfect for my dry hands!

Then we have White Bluberrytea. Smells wonderful! Have to try this tonight! Let´s see..then we have...Eggcandy...hihi

A flowerybag to keep my sockthings in, a notebook, a sweet measure (g√Ęteau), a smaller bag with lovely stitchmarkers.

Do I have to tell you all that I am sooo happy!!!!

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

E. of Seattle

OOOOH,OOOOH Hey I live due east of Seattle. Maybe I am the lucky recipient of such a pretty package. mary

Late!!! But on it's way!

It was fun putting this together...I just regret the delay that a bad back has caused...
It is on it's way.....east of the Seattle area. ;)

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Swap goodies received!

My package arrived! Jill, you sneak, you! ;) I'm brewing some tea right now, my chocolate is hidden in the fridge away from the kids (and my husband!LOL), my current WIP will be bathing in Eucalan when it's finished, and I am queueing up the sock patterns for my fabulous new yarn! Which will be knit with my new stitch markers and bamboo dpn's, of course. It was so exciting to open the box. I love everything that was in it, including the cute card. Thanks, Jill!

Got Mine!!!

Recieved my package in the mail today from the Toothfairy!!

Lots of wonderful goodies. It's as if she knows me!! I love the colors and choices of yarns. On the left is Shibui Knits in a rust/orange color and on the right is Lorna's Laces in purple/grey/mustard/rasberry color. I got a project bag, hot chocolate, chocolate carmels, sticky notes, hand cream and a black sheep tape measure. All wrapped up in beauiful paper and a personal note!!! Well done!!

This has been sooo much fun! Happy knitting to all

Package recieved!!!!

I got a wonderful package in the mail yesterday from babyjenks.

2 skeins of Sox yarn from Berroco, one in a blue colorway (1477) and one in a multi (1424). I have a couple of patterns I've had my eye on that specify they do interesting things with self patterning yarn so now I have some - yippee!

Also inside:
A pretty green print project bag - just what I need to keep my supplies organized, just ask my husband! Felting needles and Clover circular needle point protectors. Yummy Ghirardelli hot chocolate mix and vanilla roll cookies. BTW the cookies are quite good dipped in the hot chocolate. Best of all a copy of Ana Paula Rimoli's Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet. I sat in bed last night and read through it, tons of cute patterns. And it got me inspired to finish my Amigurumi swap critter this morning.

Thank you so much!!!

Monday, 25 February 2008

Sock color

mmmmmm... This reminds me of the farmers market during the summer so my first name would be watermelon crush and my second would be strawberry fields. YUMMY!!!!!

greetings from Charm City

Here's my little package, all ready to post--sorry for the delay, I ordered something online and of course it took longer to arrive than expected. But everything's in order now, off to the post office bright and early tomorrow morning and on its way to the Sooner State . . .

box of JOY, on its way from sunny San Diego

I took a picture of its lovely contents, but I figure I should keep that a secret for is the box, which will be going out tomorrow (sorry for the delay!) to SOMEONE far, far away. I hope you love its contents as much as I do...some VERY special yarn is inside!

Contest guess

Definitely reminds me of the climbing roses that grew on the trellis in front of the house I lived in as a girl... my suggestion is "Climbing Rose"

Package Peek

Here is my swap partner shash package all wrap up ready to go. I sure hope she will like all  the yarn goodness in the box plus a whole bunch of other goodies. Enjoy!  

Ready for the next competition?

To all of you who didn't win the last competition..............don't be sad..............because here is another!

Tell me - what is the name of the lively yarn pictured above?

The best suggestion for a name for it wins the yarn - simple as that!

(Swap participants only)

Post your suggestions as a comment on this post before midnight on Wednesday and I will announce the winner on Friday of this week.

Each participant can have two guesses each!

Good luck!

And the winner is.........................

....................................Zozzy!!! Well done, girl!

Actually a few of you came very close with your guesses so I put the closest ones in the trusty chullo hat (which was still next to the computer!) and drew out Zozzy's name.

The yarn is called Sunbeam and is made up of dark and light oranges, yellows, rust, light pink and a touch of very light purple.

It was difficult to photograph as the light is so bad here today............................ fact, I went for these colours to cheer us up as we are all pretty much freezing our behinds off in this chilly weather!

Radiant's package!

Better late than never!

Here is the pic I took of the package I have sent to Radiant - I 'exposed' one item to whet your appetite but for the rest of the goodies you will just have to wait!!!!

Saturday, 23 February 2008

I Think the Color Will Be......

My guess for the new yarn color will be (definately) with touches of chocolate brown and cream.

(My package for my partner is almost ready......will post a picture soon and mail next week...I like many others got hit with that flu/cold stuff and have veg'd on the couch for the last few days. Ughh...)

Friday, 22 February 2008

the box is ready to ship!

my box is finally ready to ship off to newfpink!
we're getting dumped on with snow right now, so i don't think i'll make it to the post office until tomorrow, but it's coming!

i hope she likes her package!

(cat not included,she was just helping me pack!)

- baby jenks

Heading south ...

This box went out this afternoon. Going south of the border. I've laid low, so my partner has no clue. Hope she has as much fun unpacking as I had assembling and packing this box. Canada Post promised four business days. We'll see. hehehe

in Calgary AB Canada

LIVE: From..........

Binghamton, NY!!
This was sent out on Tuesday. The postman said that it should arrive in 7 days!!!
Sorry I haven't posted sooner, but I've been in bed, sick!!
Hope my swap partner will like her package!!!
Enjoy, Sandi

Think hard, if you haven't already guessed.........

.................and get your guesses in by midnight on Saturday West Coast US time - only fair as I see midnight here in the UK before a lot of you do!!!!!

(Swap participants only!)

I will be announcing the winner on Monday and I will also be announcing a new competition for you swappers all to enter while you wait for partner's goodies to arrive. So you have two reasons to check the blog on Monday!

I'm loving the pictures you have been posting on the site of the packages you are sending out - good work!

I, myself will be adding my photos on here was just I couldn't find my camera anywhere in the house, I checked all the usual places, accused my husband of taking it and not putting it back, even checked through Beanie's toy boxes to see if it had ended up there. But there was no sign of it.

I resigned myself to buying a disposable camera and scanning in the developed images then what should happen but the camera turned the bottom of one my project bags during a knitting lesson I was giving a friend!

I told my husband and he was like: 'Well, I could have guessed it would be in there as all you ever do nowadays is take pictures of your knitting and post them on the internet..." Charming! I guess he is right though!

So expect another illustrated post from me later on today after I upload the pics!

Thursday, 21 February 2008

Ready to ship

Hey, here is my box, all ready to go out tomorrow. The funny thing is, there's nothing in there from JoAnn's... I had so much fun putting this together, and I hope Jill Die likes it too! :)

Jen/yarnhoardinmama on Ravelry