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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Socks Galore!

Let me start with some photos of my personally completed socks. The modeled socks are my personal pair of the Rockin' Sock Club's Solstice Sock and the draped version are the pair that should be arriving any day for my sockapalooza pal (after a couple of test try-ons, I always wash the pair before sending them out but I don't block...just in case...don;t want to stretch them too far is all I'm saying).

Then I also have the sock that is presently on my needles (size Zero Addis again)...the I Love Ganseys Socks, the August 2007 pattern from the Six Socks group. As soon as I saw this pattern I knew that I had to cast on as soon as possible (well after finishing the two Solstice Socks). I am using Natural Dye Studio's BFL in Enchanted Forest. This is my first time working with BFL and I absolutely adore it!

I had a great day for two reasons...first when I checked my gmail this morning I learned that I had won the weekly link contest at Summer of Socks. Thanks for picking me, Jessica! I submitted a link on how to take better photos of your yarn and knitting and create your own light box. The link is from the show notes over at Knitters Uncensored podcast...go check it out. Not only do you get exposed to new yarn, but you learn about being an expat in Germany. Love it! So I got to choose from a fantastic assortment of stitch markers...I'll post when they arrive.

Second reason for a quality day...I received my socks from my sockapalooza pal, Deborah. Not sure of the pattern, but I do know the yarn...STR Silkie in Luna Sea and they fit perfectly! She also included a skein of Spunky Eclectic (can't wait to try as this is my first skein), a cute, handmade craft bag and a pop-up swing card of a monkey. Thanks for making my day Deborah!

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Blogging Tips Meme

Jill will probably fall out of her seat when she finally sees that I carried through on being tagged for the Blogging Tips Meme...been a long time in coming and a very worthwhile meme as you get great tips in the process.

It’s very simple. When this is passed on to you, copy the whole thing, skim the list and put a * star beside those that you like. (Check out especially the * starred ones.)

Add the next number (1, 2, 3 etc....and if you are tagged by me, that would be lucky number 13) and write your own blogging tip for other bloggers. Try to make your tip general.

After that, tag 10 other people. Link love some friends!

Just think - if 10 people start this and the 10 people pass it on to another 10 people, you have 100 links already!

1. Look, read, and learn. ****

2. Be EXCELLENT to each other. **

3. Don’t let money change ya! *

4. Always reply to your comments. ******

5. Link liberally — it keeps you and your friends afloat in the Sea of Technorati. ***

6. Don’t give up - persistence is fertile. **

7. Give link credit where credit is due. ****

8. Pictures say a thousand words and can usually add to any post. ***

9. Visit all the bloggers that leave comments for you - it's nice to know who is reading! ***

10. Thrown in something humorous occasionally, to keep things fun.***

11. Sometimes, less is more. Step back and look at your blog - is it too busy? Are there enough pictures to make it interesting? Think about how a visitor would perceive your blog - making it visitor-friendly will help get you return visits.***

12. If you enjoy a blog and want to make sure that you don't miss anything, sign up for bloglines or RSS feeds.

Now, it's my turn to tag some blog authors.
Alyson at YoYoknits
Leslie at A Blossom Knits
Christine at Three Dog Knits
Amanda at Clothesknit
Jennifer at Craftlily
Carrie at My Middle Name is Patience
Christy at Confessions of a Misplaced Southern Belle
Tonni at Knitlog
Jen at Adventures of Woolgirl and Abby
Sheri at Sheri's Blog
I added an eleventh to the list for my friend, Stephanie, who is new to blog land and could use some friendly cheer...she's at Stephanie's Book Blog.

Sock Pal, Who Art Thou?

Look at these wonderful socks that arrived from either my sock pal or sock savior (as I didn't receive a pair in Sockapalooza 3)!

Only problem is that I have the person's last name and know they are from College Park, MD but no idea who they are. Come out, come out who ever you are so I can properly THANK YOU on a global scale! The socks fit like a glove and they are in my favorite color and brown. YEAH! And adore the chocolate stitch markers...check out the cordials that have bites taken out of them (and not from our dog)!

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Sockapalooza Update

So one Solstice Slip is completed for my sockapalooza pal in the Panda Wool...magic loop on size zero Addis:

And the other sock I have about 30 more rows before I start the toe...definitely will be done if not tomorrow, early over the weekend. And then I can get back to my Mystery Stole 3, which has been languishing in my project bag for 2 weeks now.

So the contest that I won was over at Nikki's blog...I guessed how many days during the Tour de France it rained in Manchester, UK. I tied with Debby and I was closest to the actual amount that fell in mm. I had my choice of prizes and I went with the Schaefer Ann.