Sunday, November 30, 2008

Swirly Frogs

I had been pondering for a while what to do with the Froggin' Yarn. Very much not a color I'd ever pick myself and the pattern seemed too busy for such an already busy yarn. I found this Swirl Sock pattern a few months ago and thought it would be perfect, and I finally got around to winding the yarn and casting on this week. I had the sport weight so it was a very quick knit!

I have a lot of leftover yarn and I think I'll be making something for my 18 month old nephew with it. Probably more appropriate :) Though I am happy with how these turned out!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Lily of the valley

My favorite flower is the Lily of the Valley. It's a French tradition to buy sprigs of lily of the valley ("muguet") on May 1st, which is also Labor Day, as it brings good luck for the whole year and marks the arrival of spring.

I love the smell of this flower and am always looking forward to the few weeks when it blooms. We bought a house last year and I was happy to see that there are lots of them on our tiny garden patch!

Friday, November 14, 2008

birthday lilacs

Lilacs have always been my favorite flower because although they bloom in spring everywhere else, in Alaska, they bloom between my moms birthday and my birthday in June. Just about a week apart, I always looked forward to the week where we could smell them and enjoy them for my birthday. The very smell brings back the sweet memories of celebrating the summer birthdays. In winter in Alaska, that's a nice memory to bring up. It's more than just a favorite flower, it's a lifetime of memories!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

summer indeed

when does summer end at your home? this year our last strawberries are still on on the first week of november. how would you like to have a few? add to these a little crushed meringue and a little whipped cream. summer indeed!!!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Favorite Flower

Hyacinths are my favorite flower! I don't know if its the fragrant smell, the gorgeous colors, or that they always seem to be a sign of Spring for me, but I just love them! In the spring, I always have hyacinths in the house and the aroma is amazing!

I've loved everyone's flowers so far!!!

Happy Knitting!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits


If you never driven past a sunflower farm in late September, then this is something you should put on your 'bucket list'. This is my favorite flower for so many reasons. The way it turns its' face to the sun throughout the day. The many shapes, sizes and colors. The beauty of an acre of sunflowers and the same flower is beautiful in a simple kitchen garden. The way the yellow finches, juncos and chickadees flit about feasting on the seeds. And then, next spring, they've reseeded themselves and send up surprises all along the garden path.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Thank you

I haven't responded to this post yet because I just can't pick a favorite. It's like asking me which of my kids I like best! I just love, love, love flowers. Everyday I check this blog and everyday is a pure joy to see all the photos of the different flowers. I just want to thank all of you who have taken the time to post comments and such beautiful pictures to brighten my day!

Sunday, November 2, 2008


My favorite flower is the lilac.
The village I grew up in is nicknamed the Lilac Village, there is a park as well as festivals in the spring dedicated to the flower.

Common Daisy

I am a huge fan of the very simple Common Daisy. I love them and grow as many around the house as I can. They have the ability to always bring a smile to my face. Great as a cut flower, or for "he loves me, he loves me not game". Daisies have so many purposes, they have astringent qualities, greens can be eaten, stems can be woven into necklaces, tiaras, etc.

Who can resist the daisy? Not me.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Me, Mom and the Johnny Jump-ups

I love flowers. I love their colors, smells and the way they change the landscape. And I love the way flowers and memories of my mom intertwine.

One of my very favorites is the little Johnny Jump-up.

We lived on a farm and my mom loved to walk around the place and explore all the hollows, woods and ponds. Mom and her copy of Ewell Gibbons', Stalking the Wild -- something or other. When school was out I would go along. We would hunt for all sorts of stuff; hickory nuts, elder flowers, day lily buds; depending on the season, filling her backpack before heading home. She would show me flowers and plants growing wild on the farm and told me their tricks and gave cautions. "Don't eat that Jewell weed. It'll kill you." or "Don't want to eat that persimmon before it's dead ripe, you'll be sorry."

But our favorite hike was in the spring when we would walk to a far field. As we went up the rise our conversation would stop and the anticipation would set in. At the crest we would stop and gaze down into the valley, trying to see through the trees to our clearing. Wondering if our timing was right or were we too early, or maybe we were just a bit too late or, heaven forbid, had the winter been too cold... then down the slope towards the bit of woods. There in the valley would be the Johnny Jump-ups, forming a pool of purple flower water filling the clearing between the trees. We would stand and look for the longest time. Our timing was perfect and the magic was back.

These little members of violet family grow wild, their petals arranged like the violet but with the coloring of a pansy. The purple in them shades from a deep rich purple to a light, almost lavender, the gold from old jewelry to pale yellow. Their little faces nod up and down in the breeze from lovely green leaves. They are not big and fancy but to me they carry memories of spring, a valley and my mother. They are magic.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Flowers and Memories of Hawaii

Bird of Paradise - just a simple gorgous flower with all the vibrant colors.

Hibsicus, these grew right outside our front door. They bloomed from the ground to the roof, they were absolutely gorgeous

Plumeria, we had a tree in our front yard that grew these wonderful flowers.

I lived on the island of Oahu for about a year and these are just some of the gorgeous memories that I have of the island. It was a special treat to have the plumeria and hibiscus growing right out my front door.

2ndsock Loves Daffodils

C'mon gang - the most beautiful flower is the daffodil!
You CAN'T help but smile when you see their bright yellow blooms chasing away the gloom of winter!
And I have a passion for those folks who naturalize them all over their yard or pasture - it takes your breath away.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Carly's Contest #3 Entry

Well, I love all sorts of flowers, so choosing a favorite is hard. If someone is giving me flowers, I love yellow roses or a bouquet of tulips. For years I mostly had a brown thumb but I admire others' gardens - especially Irises. However, when we bought our most recent house there were lots of flowers planted, and the only flower that grows and looks beautiful despite my lack of gardening skills are Day Lilies. I have them growing in several colors, but this is my favorite one.

It makes me sad that the flowers don't last longer, but they are beautiful when they are here!

(You can click on the picture to see the full photo. . . I can't get it formatted to fit in the blog view fully!)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Purple Sweet Peas

Looking through the various entries for this contest, I thought I could easily pick my favorite flower, but then I would go "Oh, but I love that one too!" Any flower, I think, is more than worthy of becoming a favorite. So my entry is a sentimental favorite. My family has for many years planted the simple sweet pea in our various gardens every spring. Their abundant flowering, always made them a favorite picking flower and who doesn’t love their "sweet" scent. My father, being a child of the depression, would harvest the seed pods and sow them the following year. Over time, his sweet pea patch was overtaken with purple blooms. Although it was probably a more-dominant and hardy seed, I couldn’t help but tease him that he had purple dirt. He even tried buying new seed, but purple always seemed to prevail. My father passed away a couple of years ago, and we miss him dearly. But it is always a good day when the sweet peas start to bloom... and still there are always more purple than any other color. It may even be that one day we plant only the purple seeds to pay tribute to Dad and his "purple dirt."

Second post

It did it twice, sorry! Maybe soon I'll be able to post finished socks on here!

And just because I hate it when people delete stuff before I can see it, I'll leave the picture on here until someone asks me to remove it. I can't decide if it's a cute baby or not....

What do you think about my little new baby Baby? - What will your baby look like?


Umm, sorry about that to anyone who saw the baby picture.... it posted to the wrong blog and I'm not sure how to delete the post entirely.

Monday, October 27, 2008


For as long as I can remember the Pansy has been my favorite flower. I love that the blooms come in many different colors and they make a perfect tiny bouquet. I also LOVE that they can be planted in the fall and then survive a mild winter to bloom again in the spring. The perfect lazy gardener's flower. :)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

My Favourite Flower

I have several favourite flowers (what's not to like about flowers).... daisies, echinacea, peonies (I LOVE peonies) and so many more but I have to say that one of my true loves is the Rugosa Rose. We have several bushes we started from seedlings and they are wonderful for so many reasons.

Living in a Canadian zone 4A these babies are hearty and thrive despite wind, snow, spells of no rain, too much rain, my son Nick's multiple attempts to mow them down with the riding lawnmower.

The flowers are delicate, beautiful, plentiful and bloom more than once. The fragance of the flowers is sublime - there is a purity to the scent of the rugosa never quite captured in any rose fragrance I have ever smelled. The bushes grow well and the leaves are a beautiful dark and shiny green so it looks wonderful even when there are no roses to behold.

Besides being hearty and aesthetically pleasing, the rugosa rose is incredibly giving. The petals can be used for jelly....and it is sooooo delicious. They can also be used for pot-pourri. After the summer, the rosehips can be harvested and used for tea that is both flavourful and full of Vitamin C, iron and antioxidants, as well as jelly, marmalade and even mead.

I sure do love my Rugosa Roses.

Friday, October 24, 2008


I love flowers, all flowers really.

But I have a very special place in my heart for roses. Not the standard florist-variety hybrid tea, but the big old gals - Chinas, Bourbons, Albas, etc. These are the Grande Dames of the flower world, in my opinion.

Each rose has such a distinct personality.

Some of them are floozies - too much scent, big garish colors and will shed all their petals if you brush up against them. Some are regal and mysterious - delicate plants that throw their scent, you must keep you distance in order to smell their lovely musky perfume.
Others are workhorses putting on a magnificent show of color all summer long.

And their names hint at their rich and mysterious pasts --

White Pearl in Red Dragon's Mouth

Cuisse de Nymphe

Chapeau de Napoleon

Tipsy Imperial Concubine

And my most recent favorite - Four Inch Heels

I dearly love these gals!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


The lily is my absolute favorite flower. There are a lot of varieties of lily and I have yet to see one I don't like. Of course I had a peace lily with a beta fish until the fishy died, but the flower never bloomed. I love the smell of lilacs too

Cherry Blossoms

Imagine my surprise when I opened my sock club kit and not only did it have my favorite flower but also one of my very favorite sock yarns! That is what I call "providence"!

The Cherry Blossom Tree produces the most delicate flower yet stems from a strong and sturdy tree, in so many different varieties! There is a very long and rich history of the Cherry Blossom tree seated very deep in US history as well as Japan and has reached out across other countries. Cherry Trees embody culture, history and goodwill.

Since I was a child I have always had a fascination with this gentle flower. I have many tea pots with the flower on it. Cherry Blossom Bonsai Tree sitting next to my desk at home! I'm not quite sure where or how I became so enamored with this flower as I am from Texas and it is not usually found in that area... but it made its way into my world, I think it would be so wonderful to have a lane lined with this spectacular tree. What a site that would be? Someday...



Sunflowers are my favorite flowers! Good thing because the squirrels and chipmunks are always planting them all around my house!:) I love all the different shades of the sunflower. You look at it and it reminds you of a big happy face! I look at them and they make me smile. My whole kitchen is done in sunflowers. I also have a wonderful son and he's my "sonflower." He brightens my day as do these flowers! This was also my best friends favorite flower so it makes it more dear to me now that she's gone...


OOOOOOOO-aaahhhhhhhh How wonderfully beautiful! I'm talking about the blossomly awesome sock club shipment I received today. I don't know how you do it...but I love my sock club shipments.

Tulips are my favorite flowers. I have had the wonderful experience of traveling to Holland and enjoying the fields upon fields of tulips. What a sight to behold. It is my reminder that after Winter, Spring is coming and gives me a sense of being refreshed and renewed along with the rest of nature.

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae
Genus: Tulipa

Surprisingly, the tulip did not originate in Holland but in the Ottoman Empire and is indigenous to Turkey and other parts of Central Asia.

I love them because they are beatiful, come in so many interesting colors and varieties and almost everyone can recognize it when they see it. Classy, sassy, cool, and calming.

Bird of paradise

My favourite flower is the Bird of Paradise. It reminds me of the sun, of warm climates, of the blue ocean, of singing birds, of the heavy smell of tropical flowers, of lush vegetation, of care-free holidays.
Manon (aka musclemom)

Daisy, daisy, give me your answer true...

Daisies have always been my favourite - they are simple, familiar, clean and fresh - I find a bunch of daisies in hand to feel like a bit of sunshine, and for some reason they make me want to slow down, look around more, and give a little more appreciation to the smaller, simpler things around me.


My favorite flowers are lilacs. Everytime I see or smell them they bring back memories of living with my grandparents when I was young. My Mam had huge old fashioned lilac bushes scattered all over the yard and, when the wind blew, you could smell them no matter where you were in the house. Happy memories. :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Gladiolas are my favorite flower. They remind me of my mom. She liked to have them fresh on the table and I loved to count the blooms and anticipate the blooms opening all the way up the top of the stem. I love them in every color, from the vibrant purples to the soft coral pastels like this one.

October Contest-- Favorite Flower

My favorite flower is also the hydrangea. I love them in all colors, all forms and varieties. I first took notice of them when I spent a year studying in England during college. English gardens are infamous for a reason, and hydrangea bushes abound everywhere you look! I love the fact that the flower itself tends to be big, puffy and dense, yet when you look at the individual petals, they are so sweet. And the colors range from vivid, bright blooms to subtle shaded blossoms. I have never managed to keep one alive for long. Maybe it's the Houston heat that does them in. I may have to relocate one day, just so that I can have a hydrangea garden.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Finally finished!

I'm patiently waiting for the new shipment... In the meantime, I finished up the August socks!


I can't wait to see what's in the October package!

My favorite flower is the Gerbera Daisy

My favorite flower is the gerbera daisy. These flowers inspire me to wear my personality on the outside, by being bold, and happy and full of laughter. The colors are vibrant and intense, the way all people should be. I don't know if it is coincidence or not, but this became my favorite flower the same time I learned to love myself for exactly who I am: Loud and vivid!

October Sock Club contest

My favorite flower is the peony (unfortunately, I don't have a picture). I just love the color and the fullness of the bloom, as well as the fragrance. I have a friend who has a fragrant old hybrid peony growing in his yard. Way back in June 1994, when I was stuck inside all day studying for the bar exam, he brought me a bouquet in a vase made from a cut-off milk carton that I put on my desk. I still can't believe how much that bouquet lifted my spirits!

October Sock Club Contest x 2

Blue Hydrangeas. One blossom can have so many different shades....bright sun means bright blue...shade means a gorgeous gray green....cold nights mean burgundy.....amazing.

October Contest

My favorite flower is the Dogwood. I am from Virginia and there are lots of them around. The first house I lived in was on Dogwood Lane. I like both the pink and the white varieties. They remind me of home.


I have enjoyed being in the club this year so much! I am looking forward to the 2009 club!!!

Kelly N.

October Sock Club Contest x 2

First I must say Thanks Jen - again - for a great package! It smelled so good when I opened it and I got so excited when I saw that the stitch marker looked like scarlet and grey - go bucks! I have always wanted to try yarntini - yea!! You rock!

My favorite flower is Lilly of The Valley for a few reasons. It was my Grandmother's favorite flower (her name was Lillian), and her house alway smelled of them when they were in bloom. I have some of them in my yard now that I transplanted from her garden and every spring I think of her when they bloom. I carried Lilly of The Valley in my wedding bouquet, and they are also the flower for the month of May, which is the month my daughter was born. I think for such a beautiful delicate flower, they smell sooo amazing. I also think the green/white colorway would make a lovely spring sock - maybe from the Three Irish Girls - Irish girls like green, right?
I can't imagine the sock club getting any better than this...but I already can't wait for Sock Club 2009! Thanks again, Jen.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

First pair!

I finally finished a pair of club socks! Yay! Here are my Dog Days socks.

I loved the construction with the strip! It enabled me to get a super perfect fit by adding additional stitches where I needed them so that it was snug but not too taut anywhere. I would totally make this pattern again, but I'd skip the flower lace cuff and do something simpler. I don't think you get much bang for your buck because you can't really see the pattern in the yarn.

Thanks, Kristi & Woolgirl!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Beach Towel

I'm so happy to share my very first post! It's of course the Madelinetosh "Beach Towel" socks. I've also knit up the earlier kits but since I hadn't seen any photos of this colorway, I decided to post mine (before our next shipment arrives!). The pattern I used is in the "One Skein" book, a basic slip-stitch that's supposed to show off handpainted yarns well. I love how this yarn knits up. Needless to say, there are several new colorways of Madelinetosh in my yarn stash...

Sunday, August 24, 2008


I know, a 'has been' kit, but I finally finished and mailed these to a good friend of mine. Just thought I'd share how I 'prepared' them, rather than wrapping them...

Monday, August 18, 2008

August Arrived!

Yay, my kit arrived while I was on vacation. This was absolutely perfect as I am still in vacation mode. I love it and the yarn is gorgeous. I won't say anything more because I don't want to spoil. You can check mine out on my blog.

I can't wait to see what the contest for this month is going to be.

Whoops! Sorry!

Sorry to anyone who got my last post in bloglines or RSS feed! From my dashboard for some reason I didn't realize that I had selected to post on this and not my own blog!

For this blog, though, I have to say I'm totally stoked about the Dog Days Pattern that we got. I am totally intrigued by anything with interesting construction, so I can't wait to dive in!

Thank you Woolgirl!

I just wanted to say a BIG Thank you to Woolgirl! I just found out this weekend that I was one of the winners for the Georgie O'Keefe contest.

Congratulations to the other winners too!

BTW... this most recent installment of the Woolgirl Sock Club is just great! I won't spoil with details, but if you like spoilers, click here 8-)

Sunday, August 17, 2008


Thank you Jen! This months kit is truly amazing! I don't know how you keep coming up with such wonderful ideas.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Am I too late?

Here are my answers to the contest question...hope I'm not too late. :)
1. The Greek word for tree frog is Callidryas and it means "beautiful tree nymph".
2. Most tree frogs lay their eggs in or around water, many times on the underside of leaves or on twigs hanging over water.
3. Tree frogs range in size 1 - 3.5 inches.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Froggin Socks

This is actually the first time I've made up the pattern that came with anybody's sock club shipment. These were colors I would never have thought of for myself, and I love the socks with my hiking hi-tops.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Thanks, Woolgirl!!!

I just want the world to know that if I had to choose only one sock club, it would be this one. It's just the best. And I placed an order this week on the website. It came wrapped in pretty pink tissue paper, along with a pen and some Soak. I love you, Woolgirl!!! You rock!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Froggin Contest

What does the Greek word for tree frog mean?
Tree frog is in the Hylidae family, coming from the word Hyla, which means forest/woods.

2. Where do most tree frogs lay their eggs?
In the water, sometimes on underside of leaves or attached to floating sticks and plants

3. How large do tree frogs get?

They vary in length from less than one inch (2.5 cm) to more than four inches (10 cm).

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Sock club shipment arrived today!

Yes, my sock club shipment finally arrived on July 17th, against all hope. Canada Customs decided it was going to open it, because it obviously looked very suspicious with its "yarn" description on the customs label. It's amazing it takes them 5 weeks to open a package and then send it on to its rightful destination. Needless to say, it cleared customs... They must have been disappointed to see it did contain yarn, right?

Unfortunately, I have now missed the deadline for contest #2 by two days! I guess it will be for next time.


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Froggin' DONE!

Here are my Ankle Froggin socks. DD wanted them. She fell in love with the yarn when it arrived and told me I HAD to make them for her!

So I did. I knit them 2 at a time on the magic loop.

She LOVES them! Thanks Jen!
the Knitted Squirrel

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Tree Froggies

1. What does the Greek word for tree frog mean?
The specific name "callidryas" derives from two Greek words: kallos, or beautiful, and dryas, or tree nymph.

2. Where do most tree frogs lay their eggs?
On the underside of leaves that hang over bodies of water.

3. How large do tree frogs get?
The males reach an adult length of about 2 inches, and the females reach an adult length of up to 3 inches.

My Twee Fwog answers

1.The Greek word for tree frog is 'Callidryas' which loosely translates to 'beautiful tree nymph'.

2. Usually they lay eggs near the water, sometimes on the underside of leaves or twigs

3Range between 1-4inches depending on species and local.

Tree Frog Contest #2

Here are my answers:

1: The Red-eyed Tree Frog is Agalychnis Callidryas, which is loosely translated from the Greek as "beautiful tree nymph" (at least Callidryas is translated as such).

2: Red-eyed Tree Frogs lay eggs on the underside of leaves (that are near water), so that once the eggs hatch, the tadpoles fall into the water below.

3: Red-eyed Tree Frogs are usually 2-3 inches in length.

This was a lot harder than I thought it would be! Since I found so many different varieties of tree frog, not all the answers coincided, so I chose answers based only on the Red-eyed Tree Frog, since that was the one our colorway and images on the contest/shipment showed.

Thanks, Jen, for another great club shipment and fun contest questions!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Contest #2

1. What does the Greek word for tree frog mean?

Hylidae is the Genus for tree frogs. Scinax is one of the families which is derived from the Greek word Skinos. Skinos means quick or nimble.

2. Where do most tree frogs lay their eggs?

Most tree frogs lay their eggs in water.

3. How large do tree frogs get?

1" to 4"

Froggin' Contest

Just have to start off by saying that I absolutely loved this package...ever so clever! I bragged to knitters and non-knitters alike. Trying to make headway toward the toe of my first Froggin' sock...but it is being knit Magic Loop style on size zero Addi's.

And now the answers to the Froggin' contest:
Question #1: What does the Greek word for tree frog mean?
Beautiful tree nymph is the English translation of the Greek word for tree frog, which is callidryas (derived from kallos and dryas).

Question #2: Where do most tree frogs lay their eggs?
Well what I found out was interesting...tree frogs have different breeding habits especially among tropical American species. Some lay their eggs on leaves overhanging water into which the tadpoles fall after hatching. The tadpoles of certain other species are carried from tree to stream on the back of the male frog. And the female of some kinds carries her eggs in a pouch on her back where they hatch and the tadpoles remain until they metamorphose.

Question #3: How large do tree frogs get?
Again depends on the type...can be anywhere from less than 1 inch (the cricket tree frog is right at 1 inch in length) to 4 inches.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Contest #2

Nothing like getting this in right under deadline:)

1. What does the Greek word for tree frog mean?
Hyla is derived from the Greek word hyle, which means wood or forest.

2. Where do most tree frogs lay their eggs?
Mating frogs form a foam in which the eggs are laid. The eggs/foam is then put above a water source so the tadpoles have access to water.

3. How large do tree frogs get?
The frogs can be up to 3 inches -- females are larger than males.

Tree Frog Contest Answers

1. Callidryas = beautiful tree nymph
2. On leaves hanging over water
3. 1" to 3.5"

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Reina Socks Finished

I finished up my Reina socks this week and have cast on my Froggin socks. I'm excited to be caught up and that my stash of hand knit socks for the winter is growing. Here is a picture of the finished socks:

I also posted on my blog about the Reina socks and included more details and pictures. This is my first sock club and I must say I am very impressed and having so much fun. New techniques and new yarns. And the themes are wonderful.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Contest Answers

1. The Greek word for tree frog is 'Callidryas' which loosely translates to 'beautiful tree nymph'.

2. Most tree frogs lay their eggs near the water, many times on the underside of leaves or on twigs hanging over water.

3. There is a large range in size depending on the type of tree frog. They can range in size between 1 - 3.5 inches, and cuban tree frogs can be up to 5 inches. Is this why cuban cigars seem so large as well? :) Or are most things larger in Cuba? :)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Another Frog

Yes, another frog loves these socks as well (except that creator decided to wimp out and just knit a mock seed stitch). These colors are fun and great for kids!

Monday, July 7, 2008

The number 1 sock of Amphibians

Because a modeled sock is always fun.... Dare to wear the new Froggin sock!

* Side effects of wearing froggin socks include, nonknitters staring and pointing, frog toys mysteriously being drawn to your feet, and an odd craving for flies.

Friday, July 4, 2008

More answers!

1. The Latin genera:  "hylidae", references the Greek root "hylo-, hyle-, hyl-" meaning wood or forest.

The Greek word "callidryas" derives from the Greek roots "kalos-" meaning beautiful and the root "dry-, dryos-" meaning tree.
2.  These critters are quite flexible and resourceful in choosing the best place to lay eggs and may choose either overhanging plants above the water (and the little tadpoles drop in when hatched-how cute!) or water...about 75% prefer water.
3.  Treefrogs can be anywhere from 17-140 mm in length. 
4.  None have been recorded knitters as those sticky pads just don't work, no matter how they hold the yarn.

Contest #2 Entry

Honestly, I don't even remember what the deadline was for this. I have totally lost the info sheet, but luckily remember the questions. Like my dad always said, I'd lose my head if it wasn't attached.

1. The Greek word for tree frog is callidryas (derived from kallos and dryas) which means "beautiful tree nymph".

2. They lay eggs on the top or bottom of leaves hanging over water.

3. Females can grow to 3.5 inches while the males can grow to 3 inches

The Frog is Pleased

The blog frog is very pleased that a sock club theme was dedicated to him (I'm not going to burst his bubble) and urged me to start these socks right away. He didn't have to twist my arm since the colors are beautiful and I've been wanting to try out Dashing Dachs sport weight for a while.
Now that the leg of the sock is finished the votes are in I love the sport weight. Knitting up quickly is always a plus, the thickness is pleasing and I like the way the colors stripe.
Since it's a holiday weekend I hope to have this all done by Monday. Hooray!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Sock Contest #2 - Tree Frogs

I didn't realize there were so many different types of tree frogs!

1. The Greek word for tree frog is "Callidryas" which means "beautiful tree nymph".

2. Most tree frogs lay their eggs in or around water, many times on the underside of leaves or on twigs hanging over water.

3. There is a large range in size depending on the type of tree frog. They commonly range in size between 1 - 3.5 inches.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Sock Contest #2 - Tree Froggies

Enough time spent. Here are the answers I came up with.

1) “Callidryas” comes from the Greek words meaning “beautiful tree nymph.”
2) Tree frogs typically lay their eggs on branches or leaves overhanging temporary ponds (although some lay eggs in the water or on floating material)
3) Most tree frogs are 2 inches or less, with the male being smaller than the female. However, the Gardiner's tree frog is half the size of a human fingernail, and the Cuban tree frog grows up to 5 inches in length.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Sock Club Contest #2

OK, here goes!

1. "Hyla" is Greek for "belonging to the woods."

2. Most tree frogs lay their eggs in pools of water.

3. Tree frogs can range in size from 1.5 inches to 3 inches.

I have no idea if these are right, but it was fun looking up the answers. I had to laugh that on one of my searches, this very site came up as the first hit on Google. Ha!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Woolgirl Sock Club Contest #2

Here are my answers. I really had to work to find them!

1. Callidryas - beautiful tree nymph
2. They lay them on a leaf that hangs above a pond
3. 1.5-2.75 inches

Thanks for another great sock club package!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Contest #2 and Finished Socks!

I've finished my socks! Hooray for sportweight makes sock knitting so speedy! I don't want to spoil for anyone who hasn't seen the package yet, so check out my blog to see 'em.

Here are my answers:

1. Hyla - hyle is Greek for wood or forest.
2. Most species deposit their eggs in water, although it is also common for eggs to be laid on vegetation overhanging water.
3. Hylids are usually slender, less than 10 cm (4 inches) in length.

Happy weekend all!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Woolgirl Sock Club Contest #2

I too, spent way to much time on this. The answers were not easy to find! I hope they are correct!

1. This is the answer I found from Wikipedia for question number 1. "The genus Hyla is one of approximately 38 genera in the New World family of tree frogs (Hylidae). The word Hyla translates to "tree," and tree frogs are indeed arboreal." Hyla means tree.

2. Most tree frogs lay their egges in shallow water.

3. The American green tree frog grows up to 2.5 inches. Austrailian tree frogs can be up to 4 inches.

When my son was younger (now 20 years old) he had a frog collection...plastic frogs, hats, stickers, etc. I think he will be the recipient of the latest sock club socks. Size 13 feet!

Carly's Contest #2 Entry

Totally forgot and nearly threw away the questions, but here are my answers :)

1. While I couldn't find exactly 'tree frog' in Greek, tree frogs are in the Family 'Hylidae' and Species 'Arborea'. Hyla comes from the Greek 'to bark' referring to the frogs mating calls. The Arborea is a Latin origin :)

2. Most tree frogs lay their eggs in the water. Some species lay eggs on branches near the water and still others carry the eggs on their backs.

3. A common US tree frog is 2-2.5 inches, however different species outside North America can grow to 4 inches or larger.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Frog contest

I just think frog are generally an odd little thing - I like the translation in this month's sock club pack!

My answers are...
1. per Wikipedia...The name originates from the Greek word skinos, meaning quick or nimble.

2. Tree frogs lay their eggs in water, or on the undersides of leaves near water.

3. Tree Frogs can get as big as 4"

Thank you Jen, for another learning experience:)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Tracy's contest #2 entry

Normally frogs are not high on my list of interests. I usually squeal like a girl if they are in the vicinity. This time I got to squeal due to colourful, detailed, love in a bag that was delivered by post. Researching this has not made me queasy thank goodness. In fact, I may now have to reverse my aversion to the little jumpers. They are just so darned colourful and lovely when they are on my feet.

Attention class she says in her best teacher voice.

1) The genus "hyla" (part of all scientific tree frog names) means wood in Greek. It is attached to all 33 species of tree frogs' names.

2) They lay their eggs on the sticks and leaves in temporary ponds that other predators do not come near on a regular basis. They also leave their young and return to the forest.

3) They can be up to 4 inches in length depending on which of the species you are looking at.

Now students.....if you can name all 33 species you need to back away from the computer and go knit something. You must be coming down with something.

sockclub08 contest#2 tree frog

1. I found that the greek word for tree frog is Skinos which means quick or nimble. I am neither quick nor nimble when it comes to this computer stuff, or knitting (newbie to both).
2. Tree frogs lay their eggs in a gooey mass on leaves or twigs above a pond so that when the frogs hatche they can drop right into the water. My yarn looks like a gooey mass because I do not have a winder yet (its on my wish list)!
3. The average size for a tree frog is 2.5 inches. I wish there was a DPN in size 2.5 because my gauge/swatches are usually btween size 2 and 3!

Thanks Jen - I am really glad I joined this sock club!!!:)

Tree "Frog Contest #2

I love the new Tree Frog Sock Club Kits! They are adorable.

Okay, this is attempt #2 for posting to the Tree Frog Contest. I attempted 3 times for the GOK contest and was never successful. This is getting to be disheartening.

1. Agalychnis Callidryas. Gree 'kallos' means beautiful and 'dryas' means tree sprite or nymph. Thus, Callidryas means beautiful tree nymph.

2. Tree frogs lay eggs on the undersides of leaves that hang over a body of water.

3. They are typically 2-3 inches in length and have a lifespan of 4-5 years.

These little guys and gals are cuties.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

tree frog contest

1.Greek word means "beautiful tree nymph"
2.They lay eggs next to or in water.
3. They grow three to four inches long.


1. What does the Greek word for tree frog mean?

Agalychnis Callidryas means "beautiful tree nymph"

2. Where do most tree frogs lay their eggs?

Next to or in water.

3. How large do tree frogs get?

Up to 4 inches long.

Frog contest

For question #1, I found that the tree frog comes from the Hylidae family and that "hyla" means woods or forests.

For #2, most tree frogs lay their eggs in or near water.

And for question #3, tree frogs can get up to 10 cm or more than 4 inches in size.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

1) Skinos: quick or nimble

2)Shallow temporary ponds

3)4.5 inches

Who won?

Does anyone know where to find the list of winners for the Georgia O'Keefe contest? I have looked around and cannot seem to find anything.

Help please!?

Oh, and love, love, love the newest kit. My Grandmother-in-Law loves frogs and every gift she ever receives has a frog theme. Well, she will be getting a VERY nice pair of socks made in her favorite colors - thank you!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Contest # 2. The Tree Frog.

1.The name originates from the Greek word skinos, meaning quick or nimble. I also found,


Pseudacris is from the Greek pseudes, meaning a false or deceptive, and acris, from the Greek akris, meaning a locust. This name is presumably in reference to their voice. The species name cadaverina is from the Latin cadaver, meaning a corpse, and ina, a suffix denoting a likeness to. This name is in reference to their morbid sounding call. Some researchers place this species in the genus Hyla.

2. Tree frogs lay very few eggs. Some lay their their eggs in the water collected at the base of bromeliads found high up on the trees.

3. A medium to large brown tree frog range from 40-85 mm in length. A white tree frog can average 10 cm (4 inches) in length, this frog tends to look really fat and flabby. Females have been known to grow as long as 5 inches, snout to vent. The males normally grow to be about 4 inches long.

Tree Frog contest

Tree Frog
1) Tree frogs are members of the hylidae family, and hyla means tree or belonging to the forest.
2) Most lay their eggs in several small clusters attached to twigs and stems, above or underneath the water.
3) Tree frogs can grow up to a little over 5-6 inches.

Love the sock club kit!:) Just got mine today! Frog 4