be proud!

That I finally moved my site from blogger! Why did I wait so long? I love the design Diana came up with (she came up with some beauties) and I’m so happy to finally be free.


That I actually managed to get this done! I really thought I was going to be one of those losers that didn’t get their socks done in time and then had to hide from the knitting community for a year. On Wednesday I decided to carry the sock with me to get some kip time and who knew that would work!? The second sock got to see the train, a cafe, and a salon.


I’ve been busy, so I had that excuse, but I was also just sick of this project. It felt like the socks kept going on and on, which seems to happen a lot when you don’t work on them and when the socks are big. I think the fear of an ill-fitting sock kept me away as well, the measurements seem right but what if my pal hates them or if they are too small, or too big!? Let’s keep our fingers crossed on this one, shall we?


I do like the end result though, the simple yarn-over cables give the socks some textural interest, which my pal had asked for, and keeps these from becoming boring grey socks. I’m hoping that the ribbing gives them a nice snug fit. We’ll find out in a couple of weeks I guess. They still need to be soaked in hot bath and to have their ends weaved in, but they are done!!! And now I can knit for memememe!


Well, I kind of already started a little something. I’m in a little yarn swap with Jacq and I took total advantage and helped myself to some yarn for the Sunrise Circle Jacket(pdf). She came up with Rowanspun Aran in Gables…AWESOME! I bought myself a skein to swatch and somehow ended up with a sleeve and part of the front. The rest of the yarn arrived this week, perfect timing for no-guilt knitting. I’m headed to a wedding this weekend (sort of why this post seems hurried) and this baby is coming along with me. I may still bring some socks with me, but my plan is to give the jacket my full attention. I love finishing a wool jacket just in time for summer. Really. I do.

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  • Diana April 21, 2006 at 11:13 am

    Yay for the new site! There is nothing for your pal not to like about the socks.. the yarn, the pattern, its all there. Nice job!

  • Amy April 21, 2006 at 11:15 am

    Woo hoo! Now go to Technorati and claim your blog (and your Pure Knits blog).
    The socks looks beautiful. I really like the texture on these.

  • Joelene April 21, 2006 at 11:37 am

    YAY! They are finished! I bet you are so happy you can knit for you now!
    And of course the new blog is awesome!

  • Jennifer April 21, 2006 at 11:38 am

    Love the new digs- you really have been busy!

  • JennyRaye April 21, 2006 at 11:50 am

    Well, you certainly have nothing to be bitter about–at least as far as the gorgeous SockapalOOOza socks are concerned. I would quite happily be your sockpal and wear your socks with pride!
    Your new site is great!

  • sylv April 21, 2006 at 11:54 am

    Wow, a new blog as well !!! Your socks are real pretty, they look yummy ! And I can’t wait to see your sunrise circle jacket.. Have a happy week-end !

  • VANESSA April 21, 2006 at 11:55 am

    Love your new blog and can’t wait to see more of the sunrise jacket.

  • caitlyn April 21, 2006 at 12:06 pm

    Your new site looks awesome! Diana always does such a wonderful job. Yay for finishing the socks!! I’m sure your pal will love them.

  • Jennifer April 21, 2006 at 12:13 pm

    Nice new digs! Like ’em!
    Your sockpal will love the socks. They are very nice.

  • gleek April 21, 2006 at 12:34 pm

    i like the new site! diana always pulls together a nice template. gotta switch over my bloglines!
    oh, and i love those grey socks. i saw that pattern and loved how those are cables but not cables :) very sneaky.

  • Bryony April 21, 2006 at 1:28 pm

    YAY! Love the new design, love the socks, and love the sunrise cardi colour. I’ve been lusting after that, but not allowing me to even think of it till I’m done with the million other ideas. I look forward to the finished version 😀

  • Steph April 21, 2006 at 1:37 pm

    wow, this is weird, I’ve been thinking so much about the Sunrise Circle jacket lately and now you’re making one! Very good, I can profit from your experience once I get around to knitting it myself ;-). I love the new site, especially the squiggles in the background.

  • carrie m April 21, 2006 at 1:45 pm

    the socks look great, of course, as does your hefty start on the sunrise jacket. that’s going to be lovely.
    yay for fleeing blogger! i’m too inept to do the same.

  • Melissa April 21, 2006 at 1:58 pm

    Congrats on the move from blogger…I’m thinking of jumping ship soon too!

  • grumperina April 21, 2006 at 2:02 pm

    Yay for another brilliant design by Diana! Yay for a great finished pair of sock pal socks (and on time)!

  • Angela April 21, 2006 at 2:18 pm

    Wooohooo! Love the site, love the design, love the socks.. now what about 24?!

  • jillian April 21, 2006 at 2:39 pm

    Your new site is lovely – simple and chic!

  • Jenna April 21, 2006 at 3:06 pm

    Great site design, I’m jealous. There is no reason to worry about what your sock pal will think, those socks are classic, interesting and beautiful and anyone who doesn’t like them is just a meany. Be proud for finally getting them done.

  • Sandra April 21, 2006 at 3:37 pm

    Love the new spread, yahaira. and your sockapaloooza socks came out great. all that whining paid off. YAY!
    hey, when are you going to be at MSW, anyways? I’m going to be there on Saturday for most of the day. With The Boyfriend, believe it or not. i still dunno how he ended up agreeing to all this. . .

  • terhi April 21, 2006 at 4:02 pm

    Hey, what a lovely new place you have here! Beautiful design! I really like the socks too. :-)

  • j a r e d April 21, 2006 at 4:28 pm

    damn, i wish i was your sockpal!
    and props to wool jackets in summertime. (i like you new site.)

  • trek April 21, 2006 at 5:11 pm

    The socks are gorgeous and I like the new look, too.

  • Lauren April 21, 2006 at 5:11 pm

    Happy virtual-housewarming!

  • kris April 21, 2006 at 5:15 pm

    woo hoo for new blog (beautiful, so beautiful – diana has done it again) and finished socks (gorgeous)! happy weekend and have fun at the wedding!

  • Lolly April 21, 2006 at 5:45 pm

    It looks splendid in here, Y! I love the new look :) Love the socks too. You will make your pal very happy!

  • Tiffany April 21, 2006 at 6:13 pm

    Nice new site, and socks! =)

  • Leigh April 21, 2006 at 6:26 pm

    Love the sockies and the new site! Too much with the fabulous!!

  • nichola April 21, 2006 at 6:28 pm

    WOW! You have been a busy girl! Your new blog looks fabulous and those socks are divine! Which pattern is it?

  • brooke April 21, 2006 at 7:11 pm

    Love your new site! Congrats on finishing the socks, your pal is so lucky.

  • Chris April 21, 2006 at 8:42 pm

    Love the new digs! Great design, too. I will have to pick your brain about the transferring processing… I have my domain already…
    The sockpal socks turned out great! If your sockpal doesn’t like ’em, you can steal ’em back for me. 😉

  • Karma April 21, 2006 at 9:07 pm

    Yay! Congrats on the move. This is a lovely new site. I’ve been contemplating the same move for a while…
    Your sock pal will be very very happy to receive those socks! And I’m so curious about the Sunrise Circle Jacket. I think I want one, really bad, but I worry about how it will fit and look on me. Keep us posted on how it works for you, will ya?

  • Cara April 22, 2006 at 2:24 pm

    Lovely new place in blogland to hang your handknit hats. I really love the site design. And your socks. And the color of that jacket. Yum.

  • melissa April 22, 2006 at 5:09 pm

    just de-lurking to say love the new site and the new name

  • Liz April 22, 2006 at 10:53 pm

    Love the new site – especially the banner thingy at the top, quite beautious, you’re just all about the new these days! OH, and love the blue socks, your sock pal will be most happy!
    The Sunrise Circel Jacket looks great too. I love it, but you kow, the boob thing, I wasn’t too sure about that, so look forward to seeing it done.

  • Peeve April 24, 2006 at 1:32 am

    Those socks are lovely – worth every bit of it!

  • aja April 24, 2006 at 9:16 am

    Oh Wow! Love the new digs! Its an awesome design for sure. And yay for the Sunrise Circle Jacket – I think everyone who makes it looks so beautiful in it, its so flattering.

  • Dacia Ray April 24, 2006 at 12:18 pm

    Those are gorgeous socks! The red yarn look gorgeous knitted. The necklace is yours. Make sure to send me your shipping info!

  • Jen the Knittingspaz April 24, 2006 at 12:25 pm

    Congrats on the move away from Blogger! I wish I could commit to doing so as well.
    Hmm, I just purchased some of the Rowanspun Aran in the same color you have and I can’t seem to meet gauge and get a stiff enough fabric. Do you think that the collar will stand up and the half circular front will keep its shape? The fabric seemed so floopy to me…

  • Stephanie April 24, 2006 at 3:42 pm

    That Diana is just brilliant. Love your new look. And those socks are fabulous. Heck, if my feet were bigger I’d wish I was your pal (although buying heels would be tricky).

  • jennifer April 25, 2006 at 1:34 pm

    i adore the new design and the sockapal label too!

  • Nik April 25, 2006 at 6:23 pm

    ditto on loving the new design. very cute.

  • Timothy May 5, 2006 at 1:17 pm

    what lovely socks!!
    They came today and I love them! Thank you so much! and I will use the GC fairly soon, I’m sure :)

  • Mandy May 6, 2006 at 4:17 am

    The socks are absolutely gorgeous. The yarn looks very rich with the textured cables in the photos. Your pal will love them. Congratulations, and nice job.

  • TabathaOster May 18, 2006 at 11:38 am

    Awesome blog. Peace out until next time TabathaOster