Saturday, December 19, 2009

12 months/12 projects/12 balls of yarn KAL

Sounds like fun, and the incentive to finish things, not just cast on! Please sign me up!

Gables Deb on Ravelry

52 Week Challenge - Brenda (Owlsrook)

Completed December Project - Winter Frost Socks (no beads version) these were done in
Elann Sock it to Me Sock yarn, and took 346 yards. The Colour #40453 which is a Dusty Rose sort of colour. Had a hard time getting pictures to show the true colour as some of them with the lighting made the yarn look purple.

So that's the end of my projects for the 52 Week Challenge for 2009. Now look forward to starting the 2010 KAL.

Brenda in Alberta
Owlsrook on Ravelry

Yankee Fox Mike socks finished

This pattern is one of Fred's favorite socks: Gridiron by Anne Hanson of Knitspots. This is the second pair I've knit with our plane's color scheme, however, this time I did the stripes much better thanks to tips from Adrienne. :) White is Patonyle, red is knit pick bare that I dyed with Wilton's red and blue is knit pick "blue jay" (as I recall). Fingers crossed this pair doesn't have the colors run like the first pair.
I'm adding a pic of the plane that Fred built starting in our family room in CA and finishing here in Oz. 15 years from beginning to end and when he took it back east to the national air show, he won 2 first places: Concours d'Elegance + Best Composite aircraft. Am I proud of him?! I will need to knit a lot of YFM socks over the years...

Friday, December 18, 2009


Knitting this cute little shawlette called "Pimpelliese" (designed by Christine Ebers; free on rav and already shown here by Adrienne) and using the yarn I won last year. So glad I saved it for just the right pattern. :) I am going to be knitting this in between the monthly entries for next year. It is easy to pick up and do just a little. I started yesterday, but the rows are getting longer...I have 2 skeins of the yarn and will go as far as I can on the first one before decreases begin. This really makes me feel Joyful and it is a very enjoyable yarn/pattern combination to knit. Perfect holiday time knitting even here in the summer.

Oh My Gosh!!!

Thank you so much for the Holiday KAL - I can't believe I won!!! I really appreciate all of you that make this KAL possible - the great comments, support, ideas, yarns and pretty, pretty pictures. You are such a great group - so friendly - and it is an added bonus to see what everyone is knitting. Such inspiration - Thanks Again - Renee' aka yoyosocksister

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

from waistcoateer

i am sharing her email to me...

"Many many thanks to Susan and all of you who run the blog and maintain the KALs. Finding out I was one of the winners finally put a smile on my face after having a not so good day yesterday, and it was wonderfully distracting to think about which yarn to choose."

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

What's Up?

I am a groundhog - coming out of my burrow to see the sun.
Oops, wrong time of year.!
I am Dorothy, trying to get to the Emerald City.
You mean that's not me either?

Well, anyway, here's what's been keeping me and Adrienne and a lot of folks busy!

The 50 Socks - 50 States (plus Canada, Mexico, and the US territories) CD/Book is beginning to ship very very soon. It has 57+ Sock Patterns, along with Fun Facts Info for every State & Country & Territory featured.
Our fearless KAL leader - Adrienne - has a really smashing design! Look for the lovely sky blue sock with diamonds! [oh? not diamonds?] The sock is called Bling and comes in two versions - subtle, and not so.
While a shipment next week means the CD/Book will be a belated HOL gift for yourself or a friend, we think it has a lot of fun designs, and hopefully much inspiration! Adrienne's already working on the plans for KAL's in 2010.!

Email me
proflaura AT firststepinternet DOT com

for info - or go to Paypal with the appropriate total from the following

1. $27.18 for US First Class
2. $30.40 for US priority
3. $27.46 for Canada First Class
4. $29.41 for International First Class

blessings, :L,

ps from adrienne: click on the pictures for better view of socks!!!!!


brought me back to sock knitting.

circle socks (rav link)
in a pear tree! for really!!!!

you know i can't follow a pattern to save my life. added k1tbl. p1 ribbing for about 1 inch; and then changed the heel to a mini heel flap/gusset with garter stitch short row heel, and a garter stitch wedge toe...just cause i thought they would be "cute!"

these will be for my niece as i cannot find the pair of rainbow socks i was originally going to give her. they are "somewhere"! just not somewhere i can see them...groan.

almost done with pimpeliesse scarf too. this scarf would be gorgeous in mini mochi. may have to knit another one when this one is finished.

so what else have you all been knitting?

Thank you!!

Thanks to everyone involved with running this fun blog and an especially big thank you to Susan at Crystal Palace Yarns for her generous yarn prizes!! It is a tough (but fun) decision to choose what yarn and colors I want when I'm lucky enough to win a prize here. :-) The yarns are all so great!!

I'm so glad to have found this online community to share my projects with and I like that we are a relatively small group. It's fun to see all the new people that have joined in recent months - welcome! This is a fun and talented bunch of knitters and crocheters and I'm proud to be a part of it.

I can't believe the 2009 52 week challenge is nearing the end (my December project is blocking and just needs a little finishing work!) and I am preparing to take on the challenge again in 2010. It is great motivation to actually FINISH projects that I start!

So, thank you to Susan, Adrienne, Laura, Debi and KyleAnn for organizing this fun blog!!

Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year!

-Cathy (n3tue)

Oh My Goodness....

That's so exciting to win something. I never win things. Now, I need some help since I don't know anything about CPY Yarns. None of the LYS around here sell it. So I need opinions from "those in the know" about what I should pick as my prize. (Though I'm sure they are all fabulous anyway!)

Thanks again for letting me be part of your KAL. I love them (and loved the sock KAL). Thanks for such generous donators of yarn to this KAL also. Such a great Christmas present!


Thank You

A big Thank You to Susan of CPY for providing us the yarn as prizes.

A big reason this KAL is so fun and has lasted now for over a year is because of Susan's generosity.

Rumor has it we are going for our second full year. Oh my....the knitting we will do.

Thanks again Susan.

Thank you!

I played for fun but I actually WON something! A big thanks to Susan for donating the prizes that feed our obsession--CPY rocks! Also thanks to Adrienne, Dr. Laura, Debi and KyleAnn for taking time out of their busy lives to take care of the day to day maintenance of the site and all of the KALs! I can't wait to see what's in store for next year!

I hope everyone has a great Christmas and Happy New Year!

Big hug from way down under

Many thanks to Dr. Laura and Adrienne for your efforts all year keeping this KAL going and especially to Susan of CPY for your generosity in giving us such lovely yarn.

I will post my current CPY project soon. I'm almost finished with Lulu in my fav yarn color: ultramarine. It drapes beautifully and I know I will enjoy wearing it.

My prize choice is for mini-mochi which is my favorite yarn. I wear that little shawlette/scarf I knit a few months ago a lot and always get compliments when I'm out. I wear it a lot at home, too. Soft, lightweight, comfy and I can knit with it on which as we all know is important in judging whether we will wear something, right? :)

I hope to have Adrienne's jasmine mitts finished before winter here in July.

Congrats to all the winners and best wishes for a wonderful holiday filled with knitting enjoyment to all of you-
xoox from peacock paradise

Monday, December 14, 2009

Ahhhhh, thanks to a long job today....December's project is done :)

Life is good, again.

375 yds Wollemeise 80/20 twin...vulcan colorway.
Now that the high for tomorrow is 7'F....I made him take them off so I can wrap them and toss them under the tree. They are to go with his Mizzou wear. Any Kansas fan will know how much this pained me :D.

Thank You!!

Adrienne, thank you so much! I'm so excited! I don't think I've ever won anything before! I will email you now with my yarn and color choices. Thanks so much for having this contest. It was a lot of fun and definitely encouraged me to finish more things than I would have otherwise.

Thanks again!
GablesDeb on Ravelry


and the odds of winning were pretty good. we had a final total of 86 projects knit by 17 members! our generous sponsor, susan (of crystal palace yarns), has allowed us to draw not just 8, but 9 winners!

using the random number generator, i matched those numbers with your project numbers. the winners are:
  • peacockmom
  • debi the "clog queen" =)
  • jill
  • angie k
  • gablesdeb
  • nolaboard
  • waistcoateer
  • denver nash
  • yoyosocksister
there were 9 projects which qualified for the special drawing for projects made with crystal palace yarns. each project counted as one entry. and just for fun, i left my 3 projects in the mix. i used the old fashioned "name on a piece of paper, draw name from hat" method for this. my son helped me draw....
  • adrienne
  • adrienne
  • adrienne
what are the odds?! if only i could do that with the lottery! LOL! so, drawing one more name - the final winner for the CPY project drawing is:
  • cathy (n3tue)
ladies and gentleman, you have each won 2 skeins of crystal palace yarn of your choice of yarns and colors. please email me at:

carefreekal at gmail dot com

with your mailing address and TWO yarn choices with TWO color choices. i will send these on to susan after i hear from everyone.


ps. the rule is i get to keep the yarn if you don't send me all the information.

we all wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season! feel free to keep posting projects through the end of the year. i will be back soon with the details for a new 2010 year long kal.