Thursday, December 31, 2009

a toast

Here's to 2009 in craft! {click the photo to enlarge}

Thank you for all your visits here. Your comments put a smile on my face and lift my heart; I really appreciate that reverberation, and I hope that same good vibration echoes over into your place wherever your nest may be. I have made re-connections and new connections, have been reassured of kindness and generosity, and have marvelled at creative beauty in so many forms because of this Woolnest and my travels around the wonderous web. The experience has nourished me in the most delicious way!

So, I raise my needles (tee-hee!) to You, to 2009, and to 2010, bring it, I'm ready! (that is, once I finish those few straggling projects from 2009....) ;-)


best - Annri

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

So this is Christmas...

...And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young.
A very Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear...

-John Lennon
Happy Christmas, Everyone! Thank you for visiting my woolnest, it means so much to me.

Peace & Love - Annri
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

glad tidings + trimmings

I must be improving my perspective on what it means to be me, because today this mass of "raw materials" might seem like a headache to some, but it really makes me happy. I took this photo this morning before Hana and I started our wrapping fest. It will stand as testament to my commitment to spreading some handmade cheer for the holidays. There are some gingerbread felt ornaments, a top secret red gift (if you're Si, do not click link), a soon-to-be-felted and embroidered bowl, an embroidered snowflake pendant, a beaded necklace, some pom-pons, gift boxes of recycled catalog covers, and a few other last-minute goodies. It's like an I Spy puzzle! My own workshop at my spot at our table; I love it!

So that's the storm, here's the calm:
I love to sit on the sofa and gaze at our Christmas tree (cue the Charlie Brown Christmas music). There are a lot of sweet memories stitched, glued, and folded in our ornaments; the ones we made, the ones made for us, the ones we chose to add that represent a special time or sentiment.
Some of the handmade ornaments hold the memory of a fun crafting frenzy that swept over me and some friends any number of years ago (anyone remember felt gingerbread babies? or beaded snowflakes?). I haven't yet tired of making ornaments; each year I find inspiration for a different few that I must add to our collection and share. Thanks to many blog-friends, I've already got a list of projects to make for next year!
So, again, it seems that I'm recognizing the balance and the teetering involved; keeping my eyes open so I can see all the shades of light and dark, because it's all there. I believe.

Friday, December 11, 2009

it's a frog! it's an elephant! it's a brussel sprout!

The guesses to what this was were "a frog?" "elephant feet?" "a brussel sprout?" Thanks to everyone who played along. :)

I am pleased to present Luke in the Dinosaur Suit!

Luke is an amigurumi doll who likes to growl and stomp the kitchen counter in search of food. My nephew, for whom Luke was made, will know without a doubt whether Luke would really eat pineapple, but today he was definitely interested!

Luke is the second amigurumi that I have crocheted from a pattern by Mia Zamora Johnson, her Etsy shop is called Owlishly and much cuteness exists there. The first one was Mere the Mermaid, and she is very well-loved by Hana. The pattern for MerMay, as Hana calls her, includes great hair instructions and embroidery instructions for her shell-top and starfish hair band. Both patterns are very clear and what I describe as patient, meaning that each step is written out without cutting corners and there are plenty of photos to help. Both dolls came together quickly; the desire to see the finished doll really carried me along.
Even the teenager of the house has requested his own dinosaur boy! I think I'll try to ad-lib a tiny guitar for that dino...
Hooray for the weekend!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

new hat!

I had a vision for a seed stitch beanie and I had a skein of Malabrigo worsted in Brillante. I put them together and now have a great hat! I wanted the seed stitch to go right to the edge, no ribbing, so used a smaller needle size for the first inch or so. It is simple in form, fits just right, and so cozy. When I first spotted this colorway, I knew it would be a hat for me (the color in the left photo is most accurate). More details and my cryptic pattern on my Ravelry.

And now that I got that hat out of my system, I can get back to the regularly scheduled gift knitting. Can you guess what this is?!

I hope you're all warm, wherever you are!


Monday, December 7, 2009


I love snow. We had some glitter snow earlier today. Hana and her friend immediately went outside to play. With the sparkly snow dancing around them, they looked like a scene from a snow globe. So sweet!

Here's some other snow that has developed around the house:

This snow was precipitated (!) by Margaret Oomen at Resurrection Fern; her endless blog wonderland of inspiration is one of my favorite places to escape to. A couple of weeks ago, she generously laid out the making of these snowflake pendants. It took me a little self-encouragement to free-stitch the snowflake, but once I just went for it, I really enjoyed the making. I love wearing the pendant too. When I was getting ready to take photos earlier, I threw myself into a panic because I couldn't find that last one, that's the one I'm keeping. Guess where I found it? Around my neck! Silly me. My pendants are about 2" in diameter and strung from a handspun merino crochet chain, but just imagine the possibilities! I've had to write down the list of ideas because they keep coming, and I worry that I'll forget before I get to stitching. I'm thinking of a holly sprig with berries, icicles, fir branches, pinecones, etc. Thank you, Margaret, for the inspiration and instructions, again!
Any snow in your neck of the woods?!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

putting the brakes on

I've been feeling like the calendar is running past me, leaving me in a cloud of dust. I've been trying to slow things down. I am not good at slowing down time. In order to give the illusion of time slowing down, I've been trying to incorporate into those things that will feel like keeping up, an activity which soothes me. See if you can identify the soothers in this list...

Those things which are getting done:

:: The Mini-Stocking Advent Garland is up and filled with goodies, and I will post pictures soon.

:: Some gift knitting and crafting has begun.

:: Meals have been cooked regularly.

:: The doll-house has received a modest amount of holiday decoration. I made a bitty tree from FaLaLaLa Felt, which I whole-heartedly recommend! Hana and I made some tiny polymer clay gifts to put in some origami boxes. Hana says her doll family might have Christmas every day until Christmas because "they don't understand about waiting, Mom." Of course.

However, some things are not getting done (note the lack of soothers):

:: Tidying; I can no longer really see the surface of the coffee table.

:: Some gift knitting and crafting has not begun (see, there goes that time again!).

:: The people-house has not received even a modest amount of holiday decoration. Unless, of course, you consider that the doll-house is actually part of the people-house....

It really is no wonder that I feel the world speeding by me; I'm sitting here by the highway fiddling happily with my hands busy with needles, wool, and food! Did you think I was complaining? ;-)

xo - Annri

All kidding aside, please excuse my absense here lately, i've been enjoying the view here from the side of the road...

Thursday, November 26, 2009


quiet expression
abundant inspiration
joyful gratitude

My wishes for you, my family, my Spirit-Sisters and my Friends. Thanks to you for what you give. All days and today especially, I hope you find yourself surrounded by goodness and goodies and heaps of gratitude.

Much love - Annri

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

the makings of a happy birthday

warning: long story but with a happy ending.

Hana turned five last Monday. To start things off right, she opened a few gifts in the morning, before big brother and dad went off for their days. Then, our usual but special playdate. Next, meatball making, cake baking and decorating with me! That all requires a stay-at-home-day which is our favorite kind, so there's a bonus gift. After her favorite dinner, came opening the extra surprise: her cool pink plasma car! Then blowing out the candle on her birthday cake! Check out the cute candle holder doll from The Small Object! That was one of Hana's a.m. gifts, and she was so tickled with a special holder that she decided to forego any other candles because "this is special enough by itself, mama." Sweetie! It was a great day.

After the "business" of celebrating, on Tuesday we began to prepare for her birthday party, which was Sunday. Hana's vision for the party included a pinata, "We definitely, definitely need to have a pinata, Mom!" She had been very consistent with that wish, so it became my vision too. My vision for a pinata included homemade, so we made a pretty good-sized mess with some flour, water, and newspaper; it was so fun! I love that after the mess got going, she asked for her apron (the one my mom made for her) and then there was no stopping her! I even took a pretty long phone call while Hana pasted away! One round bowl, one flat-bottomed bowl, some tape, some poster paint, a red felt ball cherry on top, and a healthy dose of imagination, and by Sunday we had a cute, petite cupcake pinata filled with lollipops, some mini candies, and flower fairies (and a race car, believe me, he liked the race car better)! Alas, I did not get a photo of the pinata.
For the party, Hana requested a vanilla cake with chocolate frosting and strawberries on top, yummy! Serendipidously, Alison posted her recipe for buttercream frosting just that week, mentioning a chocolate version... hmmm... perfect! I got up the courage to try it (by myself Saturday night) and it worked out delicously! It seemed like Alison was right there in my kitchen holding my hand and encouraging me through the whole thing. Thank you, Alison!
Do you remember my watched-pot knits? Well, Saturday night while watching the frosting do its thing, I was putting the finishing re-touches on the princess crown hat Hana is wearing in the outdoor photo above (click on the pic to enlarge). Alison also held my hand through that one, as she designed it and included the pattern in her beautiful book, Fairy Tale Knits.
To make a sweet long story shorter, Alison and I go way back, about fifteen-years-and-five-children-between-us back (not to mention the number of knits and baskets between us!). After we'd known each other for about six years and had become very good friends, life moved her family away from Ann Arbor. I am a poor long-distance friend (however this blog and the internet are helping me mend my ways), so Alison and I were only in touch very infrequently. Miraculously, the occassional out-of-the-blue phone call or note would land itself at the moments in our respective lives when something wonderful was happening for the other; another baby, a year in Rome, Italy, another baby! Most recently, a comment on this blog cropped up, and the something wonderful was her book! My amazing friend, Alison, wrote a book! We have picked up where we left off many years ago, even coming to the realization that we read the same blogs, knit the same projects, and need a good buttercream frosting recipe! These coincidences are nothing new to our relationship, but even over all the miles and all this time, the things that brought us together when we were two miles apart remain the same; that is such a reassurance (and a testament to her patience as a friend). Thank you, Alison.
So, did you catch that, re-touches to the hat? After I finished it the first time, it stretched in length like crazy, it covered Hana's eyes! The beauty of the repair was that I only needed to take out the hem and picot edge since the hat and crown were knit separately and then joined for the edge and hem! Yes, I did see the wee hours of the morning, but hey, it wouldn't be a birthday around here if I hadn't!
Still with me? I warned you this would be long, but I hope you smiled a few times... we sure did!

Monday, November 9, 2009


Today is Hana's fifth birthday! Of course, I wonder where the time has gone, but then I watch her, and I see. She has used this time wisely, and where I see missed moments and too many rushed times, she has inserted creativity, tolerance, and good humor. Five years ago on this day, I saw a creature, today I see a creator. Really, she's been creating since that very first day; she created a mother of two, a father of a daughter, a big brother, a family of four, just like that, just by virtue of being.
We are celebrating by having a usual Monday (a playdate, quiet afternoon), but we're sprinkling in some extra special moments (putting together a new puzzle, preparing a special meal) to make the day hers. Tonight there will be cake and singing and a few more presents. Not too much, enough to be special for her.

Here's to our girl of vision and creativity: May you always possess the power to create your beautiful vision as you possess it today. Happy Birthday, Dear Hana!
ETA: In case you're interested, I fancy this Hana's theme song: Wonder, by Natalie Merchant.
Do certain songs seem like they just fit certain moments in your life, as if life was a show with a soundtrack?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Many of you know my sister, Si. But did you know this about her? She and her friend, Helen, have begun a great knitwear business called Rain+Jack! When she was visiting over the summer, I got a sneak peek at some of the wooly goodness that they make with their own four hands, and the pieces are to-die-for cozy and happy. Of course, the website is fun; if you know my sister you knew it would be. You get to pick out color combinations and then "click!" you're the designer! How cool is that? Very. You could go tonal and neutral with the heather greys or ivory, or you could go happy and fun with the bright shades (the geranium is my favorite)!

You'll see that the styles are simple but chic. The Toastie hat is adorable any which way you wear it! At the top of the Stovie hat, it's an i-cord sorta chimney cuteness! Scarfigan makes me want to button up and wedge myself into the couch with my knitting and a podcast. That design is so cute with the contrast (or not) pockets which peek out down at the bottom - I love that best! And for the un-giftable someone, the iCosy in their colors is so great (I'm thinking teenagers' and their school colors).

Woo-hoo! GO RAIN+JACK!!! Please, go check it out, go play designer, and go shopping!

Can you tell that I'm proud?! ;-)

my place and yours: blog hq

This week's My Place and Yours theme is Blog HQ. So, here's my computing corner. It's in the living room these days, tucked in the corner by the window. I can be nearby for Hana playing around since her favorite play space is any space I'm in! It's nice that the feeling's mutual!

It's an old table that we found at our local treasure shop way back when, before kids. It has a creaky sway to it; one of those sounds that worrisome yet familiar and homey. The candle holder was a birthday gift from a too far away friend. The lidded pumpkin sculpture is a Koji original (I think from grade 5?); I can't tell you how precious it is to me, but you probably have objet d'art for which you have similar feelings... A gnome home and the resident gnome from a school sale many years ago. A stack of wooden slices which Hana placed there a while ago and for some reason I like them there (they also make nice coasters). And then the small piece of free-form crochet, also from Koji's hands (grade 3). On the wall, a root wreath that friends gave to me for my birthday over a decade ago at our local farmers' market. Within the wreath, my wooly goddess of curly-locks, Aubergine, whom I bought for myself for a long-ago birthday.

My corner is full of love, you see...

Monday, November 2, 2009


Here they are! Twenty-five new mini-socks/stockings that I knit for Socktoberfest! Add these to the few I knit last year, and that's plenty for an Advent garland and some gifts. I'm so glad that I did this as a knitalong on Ravelry, because being part of a group really upped the mo-jo for me to keep going. :) Here they are for their formal photo-shoot. Aren't they cute?! ;-) Now, to figure out the garland part... finger-knitted chain? ribbon? 25 mini's on a small tree? Oh, what fun! Then the hard part... what to put inside each one??? Any suggestions? Please?!
I'm off to make this yumminess for my family and a friend's, so I'd better sign off. Feels like November outside, doesn't it?

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween!

BOO! Did you have a fun-filled Halloween? We sure did! Pumpkins to carve, leaves to jump in, food to bake, costumes to change into (and change into again!), grandparents to visit, and dinner & trick-or-treating with good friends! Phew. The baking I did were gallettes/handpies a'la Maya. Yummy! I will definitely make them again, soon. (note to self: do not shy away from making home-made crust, it's no biggie!) Mmmm...
I will try to have a Socktoberfest Mini-sock/stocking wrap-up post tomorrow. My attention turned to the craft room today, so it's looking pretty tidy and ready for some holiday creatin'!

Friday, October 30, 2009

dolly molly cardigan

Here are some photos of Molly and Ava, two of Hana's dolls. I made Molly for Hana's second birthday, and Ava for her fourth. They are both made from materials and pattern from Weir Dolls and Crafts. Susan Weir is a wonderful dollmaker and teacher (basically, from what I can tell, she's just wonderful in general), and I'm so lucky that she is local and I have had the opportunity to learn Waldorf dollmaking from her. Luckily for everyone else, she has a great web shop where you can get materials, kits, patterns, craft books, and so much more!The dolls are each wearing a sweater I knit for them. I based the construction of the sweaters on a top-down cardigan I knit for Hana a few years ago from a Knitting Pure & Simple pattern. I like KP&S patterns for the seamlessness and simplicity of the garments; a knitter can add design elements to their heart's content. So what I did was to shrink the idea way down to dolly size (these girls are 16" dolls). The first one (blue) was the prototype I knit last winter where I fiddled a lot with stitch count and scale. Eventually, I got it! Ava's pink sweater is just recently off the needles, knit from my old notes. I'm happy to say that between the notes and my memory, I could finish in a few nights' worth of knitting! Hana picked out some cute ladybug buttons from the button drawer, and now Ava's cozy too. Hat's are in the works too, but shhh... those are a surprise! If you're interested in knitting one yourself from my notes (don't worry, I tidied them up, yours won't have coffee stains), please leave a comment or email me, and I'll send you a copy.

my place and yours: bedside

This weeks theme for My Place and Yours was (I'm a day late! - what else is new?) Bedside.
Ooh, that's scaaary, because my night stand is pretty much always a piled up mess! I am not exaggerating; even if I tidy it up, within a week, the piles begin to grow. Showing this here is an exposure to be sure! I'm almost done with the novel, Hana and I just started Little House on the Prairie (Jack, the dog, came back!), we're on our third or fourth round of The Children of Noisy Village, Mike Mulligan and Maryann need excavation, Under the Chinaberry Tree is under there somewhere, the Yarn Harlot is always good for a laugh, and Good Night, Moon needs no explanation. The stuff (shall I say "junk"?) you see up there are mostly items we remove right before bed: necklace, hair clip, bracelet, etc. I can't explain the socks. Little bits of yarn also need no explaning. I still can't believe I'm showing you this. Lucy would be proud!
I just checked in at Meet Me at Mike's, and this week's theme is Blog HQ. Care to play?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

we interrupt Socktoberfest...

... for Halloween preparations!
We call her Yee-Haw Hana! I hope your preparation are going well, too!
Ps - I will post pictures of the doll sweater before Halloween.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

watched pot knits

Tonight, we had "Oops, I-forgot-to-roast-the-peppers-this-morning-before-I-left-the-house-for-the-day-pasta". Have you ever made that recipe? ;-)Olive oil, onion, garlic, Italian sausage, red peppers, broccoli, diced tomatoes, chili pepper flakes, salt, pepper, and a pot of pasta! It was kinda fun and very yum!

The chef's recommended knitting to go with this particular dish is a top-down dolly cardigan. Last year, I crafted a sweater for Hana's dolly, Molly (yes, we repeat that phrase a lot around here!) I based the construction heavily on a top-down cardigan I knitted for Hana from a Knitting Pure and Simple pattern. I love the Knitting Pure and Simple patterns for their simplicity which allows a nice amount ad lib, especially for the hack designer in me. The gauge is smaller than the girls' sweater, at 5 stitches/inch for the dolls. I'm knitting this version with some Cascade 220 Heather which a friend passed on to me (thanks, S!) When I knit the first one, I wrote out the pattern (read: scribbled some notes), and am re-knitting and re-scribing with the hopes of being of some use to other dolly clothes making folks out there. Of course, I'll try my hand at adding it to the blog as a downloadable pattern, but I am no expert there... at the least there will be a pattern post with some photos, perhaps over the weekend. {Alison, I might need your tech-support guys to make a house call!}
And I am happy to report that I've completed a few more mini-socks/stockings for the Socktoberfest mini-socks/stocking knitalong that I was crazy enough to start! I'm still a wee bit behind, but I want to show that I'm still in the game. From the left: Sophie's Toes (a gifted sample in my last order, thank you, Emily), mystery stashed leftover, and Lorna's Laces Sock in what I call the bumble bee colorway. Emily Parson, the very talented and kind dyer of Sophie's Toes, just had an update at her Etsy shop yesterday, and I think there is still some left... just sayin'!
Now, I'm going to curl up on the sofa with some tea and my Through The Loops Mystery Sock clue for this week! Happiness, simple happiness.
Cozy wishes to you - xoxo

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

my place and yours: on the shelf

Over at Meet Me at Mike's, a meme has begun called "My Place and Yours", and each week a participant will announce a theme to post about. Since I am often at a loss for what to talk/write about here, I've decided that this is a good way to start a "conversation." Plus, the joiner in me want to play along... :)

These shelves are windowsills which flank our stove, so I look at them a lot and like to keep sweet items that mark a special time or special someone(s). Many of the items are gifts like the little tagua nut bunny and the gem stone hearts. Our son made the tiles at a local tileworks on a special day out with friends shortly after his baby sister was born. I cried when the tiles came home because I felt like I missed out on a special time; one of the earliest emotional struggles for this mama who now had two babes. Now, I look at them and remind myself that it's important to accept the village which helps to bring up our children; that is not an easy thing for me, so I need to be reminded a lot.

More gifts on the other windowsill: a stone egg from Koji, another labrodorite heart, a simple beeswax candle from a dear friend which she instructed me to burn for myself (self-care reminder!), and a tag which says,

I don't want life
to imitate art,
I want life to be art.
On the reverse, it says, "art." This was a gift from a friend who always sparks a fire under me that says, "Let's just make it!", and she makes day-to-day life fun and special all the time, she really does make an art of it.
So, there you have it, this weeks meme installment from my place. Wanna' play?

Monday, October 19, 2009

happy + happy!

The weather I love autumn for has returned! Today was sunny, crisp, and perfect. We could be outdoors without all of the layers we needed last week, and boy, did it feel great! So, I present the other knitting I referred to a couple of posts ago. The cold weather last week pushed this up the priority list past the mini-socks I've fallen behind on. It is a Top Down Garter Stitch Yoke Vest by Naganasu. I am so grateful to designers on Ravelry (like FaceBook for knitters) who produce such clear patterns. This is such a smart piece; from the short-row shaping which drops the front neckline down while keeping the back neckline up slightly higher, to the shoulder cozying cap sleeves, it keeps Hana's core warm without feeling bulky or constricting.

It is knit without seams which I love, and has a false seam down the sides which not only looks smart, but keeps the boxy shape and does not allow the sides to sag under their own weight. Buttonholes are worked along the front, which means no button bands, and I consider that a bonus with regard to construction as well as to aesthetic; simple is nice! When the garter stitch portion is complete, so are the sleeves, and the knitting continues until the yarn almost runs out. I reserved a bit of yarn to go back to the sleeves and pick up the sleeve stitches which were on a holder and some from the underarm, and then I cast off right away on the first round; this made a neat finish on the sleeves.

When I dug around in the button drawer, I came up with some which were saved from an old top (which has since become a tote bag!). I was pretty sure they would be rejected by Hana since they are kind of bland, but she surprised me! In turn, I surprised her with a different color thread for each button. Happy + happy!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

+ <3

Here's to my self-love practice! Yummy ginger cookie chopped and sprinkled over ice cream!

Saturday, October 17, 2009


Getting cozy! It has been unseasonably cold this past week, and somehow this woolly girl found herself with no slippers. How did that happen?! No time to knit and felt a pair, I felt it was an emergency! So in keeping with my interest in looking after myself more regularly, I fixed it: So, now you don't need to worry that I'm cold. ;-) By the way, Alison wrote out some nice thoughts about taking care of oneself; reading that was like she was talking directly to me (as she's an old friend, I could even hear her voice).

Look what came in the mail!!! Some Sophie's Toes in the Christmas Tree colorway; isn't it great? I was looking to score some more Christmas Lights, but wasn't shopping at the right time over at Emily's shop. No problem! This is going to make a bunch of mini-socks/stockings and a pair of baby booties. I think I was getting a bit bogged down with so many in the same color, so looking forward to a fresh color should help me get caught up. Emily also sent a small ball of an autumnal colorway that will make a mini also! Yippee for knitterly kindness! Thank you, Emily.
Yes, you read right, "caught up." I've got eleven mini-stockings knit. Today is the 17th. I think I can catch up, but I am not going to be self-critical because I have been legitimately otherwise occupied. By otherwise, I mean: lots of soccer games (did I mention the cold?), substituting in kindergarten :), other knitting, family-keeping, birthday celebrating, and it's all great and fun but has not led to many finished minis. The other knitting that has been keeping me busy is almost done, so I'll try to get some nice pics and post again soon. Oh, and I won't come back without at least one more mini-sock! ;)

xoxo and <3 (that heart is from Hana)

ETA - I just noticed that Emily has taken her shop to a show today, so check back there in a few days to shop her yummy sock knitting related goodness! <3

Monday, October 12, 2009


Out and about at the pumpkin field down the street: How does one choose?!
Out and about at home:

All the out-ness leads to happy in-the-house-ness: knitting socks, cooking soup, reading books, knitting socks, playing Scrabble, strumming guitar, knitting socks...! Sounds good, doesn't it?
I hope you are well. xoxo

Saturday, October 10, 2009

8 out of 10's not bad...

Here are my mini-socks for Socktoberfest as of this morning:

From the top: blue Koigu, pink Lorna's Laces, red Sundara, red/white/blue Sophie's Toes, bright multi Sophie's Toes, muted multi Koigu, orange Koigu, and bright Sophie's Toes again.

Oh, I love them all; they make me smile! Since I took the photo one more has been finished and another started (then I'll be on schedule). The bright Sophie's Toes is called "Christmas Lights". I have two half-skeins from Emily's shop. Since I have more of it than the others, which are leftovers, I'm going to make the "Christmas Lights" minis the ones that tie it all together, so to speak. I think the half-skein will make seven or eight minis, so I won't have to use any of the other half-skein and can continue to covet it happily in it's cute little cake form on my shelf! ;-) (I know you understand.)

My Through The Loops Mystery Socks for 2009 are coming along too. The pattern is great, of course. I've fallen into a groove with the pattern, and I'm liking it. I'm using Madeline Tosh, Tosh Sock in Parchment which I purchased from Amy's Etsy shop. The yarn is a gorgeous, subtle mix of winter white, beige, cocoa, caramel, and grey. No photos because I don't want to spoil the mystery for anyone who reads here and is knitting along too, but trust me, they're purdy!

Are you Socktoberfest-ing? What's your pleasure?

I hope you're having a great weekend! xoxo