Sunday, April 29, 2007

April 29 of 30

I bundled Sean up today after his bath - he looked too darn cute, I had to take a photo of him like this. His face was soooo rosey, and he was in such a good mood, even though I woke him up to take a bath before we went to his Bubbie & Zayda's house for BBQ dinner tonight. (Bubbie & Zayda is Yiddish for Grandmother & Grandfather.... for those of you whom don't know - now you do!)

And my little man in his new 6 month Costco sleeper. I got like 6 or 8 new ones recently, and he's finally fitting into them. This Safari one, by far is my fave! Look at the cutie in this pic! I love how he's slouchin' - makes me think of "How you doin'?!" (In Joey Tribiani voice from Friends!)

Are you a sock knitter? Today, I contacted Crocs and told them that I'd like them to do clear crocs! Maybe if all socks knitters contact them, they will be overwhelmed and will consider producing them! This is the link to the Crocs website and this will take you directly to their contact form. They also have a toll free number: 1-866-306-3179. Let's bombard them with requests from anyone who is a sock knitter! I saw this info on Brit Knitter's blog, and thought it was just a fantastic idea!

Crazy Aunt Purl is having a book published, how cool is that? It's not until October 2007, but that is very exciting. Montreal's very own Véronik Avery is also getting her own book! The date on that is not until September 2007, I'll have to get it, and then have Véronik sign it at our local SNB!

I've been reading the posts in the rockin' sock club for BMFA, and people who have written about being disappointed with two sock kits in a row, are being honest about it, and getting flamed and bashed or whatever you want to call it - for posting their opinion. Now, I also have been disappointed with both kits. Not only are the yarns not the nicest of colors (the lastest is a little too colorful for me), I'm not a fan of toe-up socks, because I've tried it and I can't figure it out. Now, I haven't said a word on the sock club blog, because a) I don't have the time and b) I don't want to get bashed by people who write comments like "If you don't want to be disappointed, don't join a sock club". And it's not the first time I've seen a post get nasty comments. People should allow others to have their own opinions whether it be nice or not so nice. Obviously, while BMFA tries to please everyone, simply they can't. Cara over at JanuaryOne, posted here the 2006 sock club colors. I was impressed highly by those colors. They are now available to purchase online. Anyhow, I love last years' 6 skeins. This year, so far, 2 have been sent out, and I have not been impressed. Does that make me a bad person? Does that make me not willing to try new things? Does that allow me to not have an opinion? Well, according to certain members of the sock club, apparently it does - so that's why I've stayed away from reading a lot of the posts, (I skim through on bloglines), and why I've stayed away from posting my own opinions... and it's supposed to be a KAL blog, not a complaining blog - but that's just my opinion, and that is why I'm not reading the posts.

... And reasons why I haven't casted on yet? I can list them.

1) I have other WIP's.
2) I am not impressed with the yarn, so it makes me not want to cast on.
3) I am not impressed with the patterns, so until I find another pattern I want to use the yarn for, then I won't be casting on.
4) Until I figure out whom the yarn will be suitable to gift-knit for, I won't be casting on either.

Are those good enough reasons? I think so!

Things that I've been wanting to blog about? Gosh, I have a list (I made list. I'm a list maker). I will talk about them tomorrow.

I knit two rows today on a new square on Sean's blankie... hopefully there will be more knitting time tomorrow.

I'm doing something TOTALLY crazy tomorrow... but I guess you'll have to find out tomorrow night when I blog! If you can guess what I'm doing - you win! Win what? I dono.... just try and guess!


Kimber said...

Well, I came by for my daily dose of cute and got it!

People have been flaming you about your opinions on the sock yarn? I'm sorry to read that. I haven't cast on either. I haven't gotten the April kit yet so I am not certain what I think of the latest installment until I see them in person. I do agree that the 2006 colours were pretty great and part of my motivation to join.

Clear Crocs sound pretty neat. I can't say I've been the biggest fan of Crocs but my daughter has has the Mikey Mouse ones in pink (she is imminently growing out of them) and we just bought her a pair of turquois/teal ones (with a Jasmine button thingy added on because the girl is mad for Disney Princess). While I was at the store the mary jane style in burgundy did catch my eye, so I broke down and bought my first pair of Crocs (I told myself I could wear them in the garden and they'd be easy to hose off). I do believe they will show off a knitted sock nicely, but not as well as a clear pair would!

Laura said...

Are you cutting your hair really short? That might be crazy if you've always had longer hair... Looking forward to your crazy day post.

Anonymous said...

I'm with you - I'm not crazy about the colors, though I do like this months yarn, it's incredibly soft and silkie. I too am not a fan of toe up socks - haven't tried yet and I'm not a big fan on increases. People should be allowed to express their opinions without getting flamed too.

as far as BMFA, I guess I just expected a lot more....

Andrea said...

I feel bad for the poor Blue Moon people. It would suck to put so much time and effort into organizing a huge thing like the sock club and people just keep complaining.
That's always the issue though in joining a sock club - who knows what you're going to get.
If you're not keen on your STR yarn that you got this month - I'd be willing to do a trade. Next time Lettuce Knit has a shipment of STR, I could pick something up that you might like more and send you that for the one you have. I quite like it.

Patty (knitgirl63) said...

Hello, mamasita - are you going to color your hair? Maybe streak it? Or are you going bungee jumping??

As for the sock yarn, I really liked this latest one. But I'm not a toe-up fan either. I think the least they could do is offer directions for both. Not everyone is on the 2 circ / toe up bandwagon.

Dianne said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for the shout-out about clear crocs. Here's hoping.....

Your mitred square blankie is looking good, and that little boy of yours is so sweet! Such a cutie-pie! I'm going right back to your blog to read more about him!

Cara said...

Well, anytime you buy yarn sight unseen on the internet, there's a chance you won't like it. That's the way it goes.

That said, I personally don't see a problem with saying you don't like the yarn. There are over 2000 people in the sock club - to think that everyone will be pleased is insane. Tina can only do the best she can with the colors that are inspiring her at the moment. Signing up for the club is pretty much signing up for her genius - even I don't love all the color combinations all the time. And I've gone on record numerous times about how I feel about this yarn, the company, and most especially Tina.

That said, there's a way to be constructive about saying you don't like something, and then there's going out of your way to be cruel. (Not saying you've done this and I haven't read any of the posts on the sock blog, but I can just imagine.) Flaming someone because they have stated their opinion in a respectful manner hits right up there with being cruel because you don't like the yarn. Neither is acceptable, in my opinion.

Ruby Slippers was never a sock club color - the color you're referring to in the picture on my blog is Mustang Sally, which I think is also available now on the BMFA site.

Thank you for your post.

Wendy said...

Love Sean in the towel! He looks so sweet all bundled up:o)

Firefly said...

Okay you are either getting your nosed pierced or another're so crazy!!

Robin said...

Such a CUTE picture of Sean all bundled up! How adorable!

On the sock yarn, I've found people are kinda crazy about socks and sock yarn in general. They get kinda territorial and defensive about it. My tip - sell it on the destash blog or on ebay if you don't like it. Life's too short to knit with yarn you don't LOVE.

Lisa said...

Hmm what are you doing that is crazy? I want to say getting your hair dyed or cut, but then you have said something about the nose thingy. OH maybe you're getting Sean's name tattoo'd on you? OK so I know tons of guesses in one little comment. :)

NE Way BMFA...I wasn't overly excited about the first one and the second one I wasn't either. The second hank grew on me, but I'm not wild about the pattern. I haven't tried the toe up but it seems a bit scary to me. I have seen Vera's inside out socks she finished and they looked really nice. I just hope one of the yarns they send out has a lot of pink in it. I think they work hard for this sock club, but I think also if you paid over two hundred bucks you should get to express your thoughts.
I love this picture of Sean all wrapped up in the blanket! :) very cute! ;)

g-girl said...

ohh, he is too freakin' cute!!!! :)sucks about the BMFA sock kit blog. :P You really are all entitled to your opinion. Sucks that there are those who feel if it's a negative opinion, it shouldn't be voiced. We've all heard if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all but you guys spent a lot of money to join the sock club. You should be getting patterns and yarn that make those of us who aren't in the club jealous, you know??