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Sunday, 25 December 2011

Merry Christmas

Have you had a good day?

Sock patterns from Claire!
Mine has been awesome!  I got up about 8.30, had a nice hour drinking tea and surfing the web, then I had a shower before we all opened our presents.

I got LOADS!

Claire gave me a sock pattern book and a CD with over 50 sock patterns on!

From Kathy
This gift alone will keep me busy this year!

I joined in two Secret Santas this year.  One Santa - her Ravelry username is Kathycogs -  gave me a shoe box crammed full of stuff.  There was some lovely sparkly sock yarn, Cadbury's hot chocolate sachets, chewy lollies, Galaxy chocolate, 'Keep Calm, Carry On Knitting' cup mat and little itty bitty stitch markers!

From KTjazz
The other Santa didn't immediately reveal herself until I begged her too because she bought me some lovely gifts!  

KTjazz bought me some bamboo sock yarn, some chocolate peanuts, some roving to spin up to make dread wraps, a bag she made herself and DREAD BEADS!!! How totally awesome!

She really did her research, I guess she came here LOL.

I also got some lovely angora fibre from Ambermog, can't wait to spin it!
Isis and her duck

Isis didn't get left out - she got a new toy; it's a duck that quacks.  We squeezed it before opening it and she got SO excited!  She has spent the entire day (when not drooling in the kitchen at the meat) using it as a pillow.

The kids had quite a few gifts this year - some we're not allowed to open as they're from Vicky, Matt's girlfriend, and she's not here until tomorrow.

Christmas Day

They seem quite happy and it took them until 8pm before arguments started LOL

After we had breakfast we sat down to watch Phantom of The Opera - no, not the crappy film version; the proper stage version filmed at the Royal Albert Hall! Mum bought it for me when we went to watch the tennis and I'd been saving it!

The kids LOVED it!

Tomorrow will be a day of gluttony as no one felt like eating - we had such a huge breakfast; no one had room for a full roast turkey dinner!

My new bag!
 So tomorrow we are going to have cold meat, mash potato, pickled onions, cranberry sauce and lots and lots of cake!

There will probably be alcohol too!

Well, whatever you did and whoever you spent it with; I hope you had a good day and that the rest of the holiday period is a good one for you and yours.

Oh....I cast on socks too *embarrassed face* but they're not for me!  I was asked to make some for Juliann ages ago, she even sent me the yarn, but I got so wrapped up in socks for me that I didn't get around to it.  In this pic I've placed the yarn with the started toes in front of the bag Matt bought me for Christmas :D

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Socks galore!



Pattern by 'Not An Artist' which was bought for me by Miss Elle last Christmas.

The yarn is 'Eldritch Voices' dyed by Wyndwitch.

Start Date: 1st January 2011
Finish Date: 8th January 2011



Pattern by Suzi Anvin and is free on Knitty

The yarn is handspun BFL, spun by meeeeeeee!

Start Date: 15th January 2011
Finish Date: 25th January 2011

Climber Cable Socks

'Climber Cable Socks'

Pattern by John Dunn-Ballam

The yarn is a Sushi  Roll in Dusk also from John Dunn-Ballam (otherwise known as Easyknits)

Start Date: 29th January 2011
Finish Date: 10th February 2011

Double Basket Socks

'Double Basket Socks'

Pattern by Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrott

The yarn is  from The Yarn Yard - it was a club yarn

Start Date: 12th February 2011
Finish Date: 25th February 2011

Escalator Socks

'Escalator Socks'

Pattern by Sara Amoroso

The yarn is by Krafty Koala

Start Date: 27th February 2011
Finish Date: 12th March 2011



Pattern by Yarnissima

The yarn is by The Knitting Goddess

Start Date: 12th March 2011
Finish Date: 24th March 2011

(The) Gardner

'The Gardner'

Pattern by Leslie Comstock

The yarn is by The Yarn Yard

Start Date: 26th March 2011
Finish Date: 14th April 2011



Pattern by Bev Elicerio

Yarn by Cherry Tree Hill

Start Date: 15th April 2011
Finish Date: 29th April 2011

In The Peaceful Forest

'In The Peaceful Forest'

Pattern by Sandy Moore

Yarn by The Knitting Goddess

Start Date: 29th April 2011
Finish Date: 23rd May 2011

Joe's Office Sock

'Joe's Office Socks'

Pattern by Anna Peck

Yarn is Zauberball

Start Date: 20th May 2011
Finish Date: 1st June 2011



Pattern by Tiina Seppälä

Yarn by The Knitting Goddess

Start Date: 2nd June 2011
Finish Date 8th June 2011

Lyra's Socks

'Lyra's Socks'

Pattern by DXM patterns

Yarn by Easyknits

Start Date: 8th June 2011
Finish Date: 13th June 2011

Mary's Garden

'Mary's Garden'

Pattern by Melly A. Mathews

Yarn by Krafty Koala

Start Date: 30th June 2011
Finish Date: 13th July 2011



Pattern by Kirsten Kapur

Yarn is Lang Yarns Jawoll Magic

Start Date: 13th July 2011
Finish Date: 18th July 2011

Owlie Socks

'Owlie Socks'

Pattern by Julie Elswick Suchomel

Yarn was dyed by me

Start Date: 18th July 2011
Finish Date: 5th August 2011

Plaited Points

'Plaited Points'

Pattern by Scott Dilley

Yarn dyed by me

Start Date: 5th August 2011
Finish Date 12th August 2011

Quickset Socks

'Quickset Socks'

Pattern by Megan Marshall

Yarn is Lang Jawoll Magic Dégradé

Start Date: 13th August 2011
Finish Date: 16th August 2011


Pattern by Cookie A

Yarn dyed by me

Start Date: 27th August 2011
Finish Date: 5th September



Pattern by Cookie A

Yarn by Violet Green

Start Date: 11th September 2011
Finish Date: 24th September 2011



Pattern by Judy Sumner

Yarn by Lang Jawoll Magic

Start Date: 23rd September 2011
Finish Date: 3rd October 2011

Unraveling Rib

'Unraveling Rib'

Pattern by Amy Tyszkiewicz

Yarn by KnitCave

Start Date: 9th October 2011
Finish Date: 16th October 2011



Pattern by Cookie A

Yarn by The Yarn Yard

Start Date: 23rd October 2011
Finish Date 4th November 2011



Pattern by Cookie A

Yarn by BB Knits

Start Date: 13th November 2011
Finish Date 18th November 2011


'XOX Socks - Hugs & Kisses'

Pattern by Wollhuhn

Yarn by Yarnscape

Start Date: 19th November 2011
Finish Date: 26th November 2011

You and I

'You and I'

Pattern by Torunn Elise Haugen

Yarn dyed by me

Start Date: 12th December 2011
Finish Date: 17th December 2011

Zig Zag Socks

'Zig Zag Socks'

Pattern by Donna Pye

Yarn dyed by me

Start Date: 17th December 2011
Finish Date 23rd December 2011

I also made a few extra socks which are listed below.

Claires Socks

'Claire's Socks'

Pattern: Just a plain stocking stitch pattern

Yarn is Crazy Zauberball

Start Date: 20th June 2011
Finish Date: 16th August 2011


Pattern by Cookie A

Yarn dyed by me

Start Date: 21st August 2011
Finish Date: 27th August 2011



Pattern by Cookie A

Yarn dyed by me

Start Date: 5th September 2011
Finish Date: 12th September 2011

Harold & Maude

 'Harold & Maude'

Pattern by Rose Hiver

Yarn dyed by me

Start Date: 4th October 2011
Finish Date: 23rd October 2011

Textured Twists

'Textured Twists'

Pattern by Laura Jenkins

Yarn is Lang Yarns Jawoll Magic Dégradé

Start Date: 20th October 2011
Finish Date: 13th November 2011

Sophisticated Scribbles

'Sophisticated Scribbles'

Pattern by Elizabeth Rislove Etler

Yarn by Zettl Sockenwolle Treviso (grey) and dyed by me

Start Date: 26th November 2011
Finish Date: 12th December 2011

The last two pairs were test knits which I thoroughly enjoyed doing.

I enjoyed the whole challenge and I really can't wait to get started on my 52 pair challenge for next year - but first, I'm going to spend some time with my spinning wheel!