Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas To All

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." ~ Isaiah 9:6

Now, onto the continuing saga of the TSG Secret Swap Swag of December:

On the Tenth Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

A cone of Peppermint cocoa!! Mmmmm!! Can't wait to drink this by a toasty fire. :)

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

A miniature crystal bell that is now residing on my mantle. :)

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

Two skeins of Laines Fonty Velourine yarn (54% cotton, 46% Viscose) in (what else....) red & white! :) You can be sure that I've already been on Ravelry researching what I can make with it! :)

This has to be one of the coolest swap packages I have ever gotten, for sheer creativity alone!!  Oh, I also got an envelope labeled "missing swap gift" (or something like that.... its in the other room right now) two days ago. It had the cutest little Christmas stocking key chain in it!! My secret pal said that it was accidentally left out of the original package. I'll snap a pic later. :) So, let me say:

TSG Secret Swap Pal!!!

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Bet You Thought I Forgot Today....

Nope! Just was a very busy day. I opened my present this morning, before church, but didn't have time to off-load the camera until now. :)

On the Ninth Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

Life-Saver Fruit Tarts. Mmmm... they really are tart! Yummy! I've never seen or had these before. I'm letting the kids have one each, but then they go into hiding! :) Hey, they get Easter & Halloween & Christmas stocking treats. This is MY treat. :)
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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Closer and closer....

On the Eighth Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

A wonderful smelling bar of glycerin soap. :) Hmmm... Colonial Houses - Historic Lodging..... could this be a hint to my Secret Pal's location or just something she picked up in her travels? Ahhh.... quick Google search tells me this is from Colonial Williamsburg!! Ooh! I have always wanted to go there and hope to sometime next year. :)

Wonder what tomorrow will bring......
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Friday, December 19, 2008

The Return of Friday Fill-Ins and More Gifty Goodness

1. Said the night wind to the little lamb, I'm going to blow your fleece all the way to Cape Cod.
2. The first Noel, the angel did say, "The gold, frankincense & myrrh are great, but I would have brought some heavenly dark chocolate for Mary."
3. The alpaca are running amok, Over the hills and everywhere.
4. It came upon the midnight clear, that glorious feel of wool.
5. Have yourself a knitty little Christmas, Let your heart  yarn be light.
6. And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing when your row is done.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a snowy night of knitting, tomorrow my plans include more yucky house cleaning and Sunday, I want to put up the Christmas tree!

On the Seventh Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

A kit to make my own Jingle Bell Necklace. :) Its a cute little snowman with a hat & lettered necklace and googly eyes!! While I WOULD wear this as a necklace (hey, I'm a mom... I wear macaroni necklaces in public!!), I'll probably use it as an ornament, too. :)

Thank you, again, Secret Pal for making this so much fun!
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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Two for One Day...

 Couldn't find my second set of camera batteries yesterday, so I coulnd't take pics. Here is the 5th & 6th day together. :)

On the Fifth Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

Pay no attention to the fact that this is obviously just a piece of wrapping with no gift inside... see the above notation about camera battery location issues. ;)

Dang flash.... A set of 3 Christmas music cds! There is one for Christmas Eve, where there are lyrics and then Christmas morning & Christmas Dinner both are instrumental for nice background music. We will totally be using these!! This is one of my favorites so far because it will bring joy to many. :)

On the Sixth Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

I was actually unsure if this was 6 or 9, so I just guessed. :) Works
out either way since I'll be opening the other one in a few days.

Pardon my bad photography. I can't seem to get good closeups with flash. Especially on shiny, crystal snowman ornaments! :)

I didn't realize right away that it had a little switch on the bottom!! Look what it does!

Stay tuned tomorrow for # 7. :)
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I Have the Most Awesome Traveling Scarves Secret Swap Pal!!

I came home from bringing Sarah to the orthodontist to find that the mail had come!! There was a big Priority box marked "Secret Swap". At first, I thought it was my final SP 12 package, but then I remembered that my moderator is handling my final package (I got flaked on) and would have no reason to be "secret". My address was the return address, so that wasn't help. Then I realized, "duh!" it is my TSG Swap for December. I was expecting a much smaller package for that!! WOW!

I opened it up to find it full of smaller wrapped gifts with a letter:

The letter explains that it is a "12 Days of Christmas" deal. :) Each present is numbered from 1 - 12 (two #12s) and I am to open one per day until Christmas. :)

Since I was to start on December 13 and today is the 16th, I got to open 4 today. :) So.....

On the First Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

Adorable hand painted (possibly by my pal??) pins! A Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer and a snowman. :)

On the Second Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

I had a very curious, very eager to help 3-year old, so Michael got to open one while Molly looked on.

Fresh Friends air freshener in Winterfresh Pine scent! This is so cute and now resides on my mantle. :)

On the Third Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

A red jingle bell ornament. :) This baby will be going on my tree as soon as we put it up (most likely this weekend). I let Molly (9 years old) open this one since Michael got to open the last one. :)

On the Fourth Day of Christmas my TSG Swap Pal sent to me...........

Teeny glass snowman earrings! These things are just the cutest, teeniest glass items. They must have been very carefully hand crafted because the loop on top of each snowman is a loop of glass, too! I can't wait to wear them. :)

So, thank you so much, TSG Secret Pal!! I will be posting each of the remaining days as I open them. It is taking a lot of restraint not to dig into them all right now. But then I think about the fact that there are bound to be some down days coming and having these little treats to look forward to each day will be such a bright spot. Wow... I'm actually getting teary thinking about that. Thank you again!!!!
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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Santa Came Early for Me!!!!

And I must have been a really, really good girl (or else the old guy's memory is slipping.....)! Look:

My sweet, sweet husband procured this from eBay for me. :) It is a hand built drum carder. There is a small brass plaque engraved "Lorraine Carder #22 Crafted by R.L. Stuntz 1979". I've tried Googling it, but nothing. Even the engraving is done by hand, in handwriting as opposed to professional lettering. I love it!!!

The only issues were the rubber feet were disintegrating and there was no drive band. A quick trip to The Evil Orange Box produced identical rubber feet for $1.95 including tax. The drive band proved a bit tougher. No vacuum cleaner belts were big enough. My Babe drive band, doubled on itself, was the right size, but wouldn't work because it is round. My ever-resourceful husband came to the rescue!! An automotive serpentine belt:

So, of course, I promptly began my own little carding party!! Some time ago I purchased a large lot of dyed fibers from someone on Ravelry. These blue locks are a gorgeous color, but very, very greasy still and with some VM (some thorns even! Ouch!):

I fluffed it out by hand and sent it thru the carder 3 times to get this:

I decided it was still too rough & greasy by itself (yes, I know I could have scoured it before carding, but there's just enough to make some nice, water-resistant yarn). So, I had some bare Corriedale roving that I decided to blend it with. Since it was nice, smooth roving I only put it thru the carder once to get a nice batt:

So.... onto blending it all together! I had already carded half of the fiber before I took a pic, thus the fiber already on the drum.

and stacking.....

And here is my wonderful, FIRST BATT after 3 passes thru the drum carder:


Okay, now here it is spun up on the drop spindle:

I am so freakin' excited (you couldn't tell, could you??) about this!! "I don't wanna play, I just wanna card on me drum all day...........". :D

Okay, you may stop drooling on your keyboard now! Come over and play fiber artist with me!!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Hi, My Name is Dee and I'm a WIPaholic

That's right. And I don't want or need any 12-step program. I have no shame issues with my WIPaholism. Why is it that some people feel the need to look down on those of us who start multiple projects? Or why do some of "us" feel some kind of shame about it that causes them to utter untrue phrases like "Oh, I need to finish a few things before I cast on anything else." ?

I love to cast on new things. I know I'll finish them in my own time. If something gets put into hibernation for too long, I'll admit that its actually headed for the frog pond. But generally, I need a variety of projects to bounce between. Afterall, who can really concentrate on a complicated lace while at knitting group? I know I can't! And who wants to deal with endless rows or rounds of stockinette or garter ALL the time? Gotta have big projects like sweaters and afghans and small ones like socks and gloves. Its just the way I am. If you can do one project at a time from start to finish before casting on another, more power to you. That's not me. So, in the spirit of de-shaming WIPaholism, I will attempt a list of all the current WIPs that I have going (if I can recall them all... some hide from me). They also are in no particular order, just as they come to me:

  1. Flowering Weeds Shawl (my name based on the handspun yarn I'm using for it)
  2. 2 Baby Surprise Jackets (Ravelry Link)
  3. Goddess Knits Anniversary Shawl
  4. Titania Sweater
  5. Swallowtail Shawl
  6. Mystery Shawl 10 (Ravelry Link)
  7. Mini Holiday Stockings
  8. 9 different Traveling Scarves (which is a whole lotta 4" sections! - another Rav link)
  9. 2 Prayer Shawls
  10. A pair of fingerless gloves

And I have everything lined up to cast on for the Halloween 08 Mystery Shawl (Rav Link) and the Winter 08 Mystery Shawl.

So, embrace your inner caster-onner! LOL!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Well, Umm... Err.......

Yeah, over a month ago I said I'd get back to weekly blogging. Uh oh, I think my pants are on fire!!

I didn't anticipate how insane things were going to be throughout September and now October. Well, September was crazy-busy. October has been sickness, financial woes (yeah, I know... same for so many) followed by more sickness. Large families can bring so much joy, but they are also disease incubators of enormous proportions! You can't ever have everyone sick at once and then over it. It has to go from one to the other to the other until it gets back to the first kid who had it to start all over. And, of course, Mom is sick from Fall through Spring, always hovering on the brink of "feeling somewhat icky but not quite dead yet" because she doesn't usually get the luxury of laying around getting taken care of. Ahh... I remember childhood days of being sick.... propped on the couch with a pillow and blanket surrounded by crayons and coloring books and stuffed animals while watching cartoons and game shows. "Come on down!".... but I digress... back to knititng....

I am still in the Traveling Scarf loop. I'm now in 8 groups! The real irony is that I don't generally wear a scarf. When I do wear one, I almost always go for my favorite hooded ACRYLIC scarf that I got for Christmas about 15 years ago. LOL! And I'm the yarn snob who doesn't want acrylic in any of her scarves. Go figure. :)

SP12 was mostly an awesome experience. I had a great time spoiling Anita O. It was easy because I knew her from so many other swaps and we have so much in common (large families, Christian, etc). But my spoiler (that I wrote so glowingly of in the post about her one package) ended up dropping of the face of the earth. :( My wonderful moderator, Cecily, is rescuing me with an angel package though, so all is not dark. :) I still would have preferred if my original spoiler hadn't gone AWOL. This hasn't deterred me from Secret Pal swaps though. Unfortunately, SP13 is taking place right away and I can't swing that with Christmas almost upon us. I'll keep my eyes open for SP14 and see what the situation is when that time comes. :)

I've been recently obsessed with knitting lace shawls. I haven't actually completed one (well, I did do a nice Simple Yarn Over Shawl in worsted weight, but I'm talking fingering and lace weight yarn shawls) yet, but I love them. I have the Goddess Knits Anniversary Shawl on the needles along with MS10, HMS08 and the Swallowtail Shawl. I've also signed up for the Winter Mystery Shawl Along.

I'm knitting the Titania sweater for myself, too.

I'll try to get some pics posted soon. I'll also come back soon and put in links to some of the stuff I'm talking about. :)

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Monday, September 08, 2008

Crazy Last Days of Summer

Sorry for the lack of recent updates. I have been online a-plenty (just check my Raverly posts!!), but never seemed to find the time to sit down and do blog posts. You'd think I would have at least done the Friday Fill-ins, but......

August was full of barbecues, getting ready for back-to-school (and not-back-to-school for my homeschooled ones), a housewarming, etc. And this past week was full of illness, culminating with my little Molly (8 1/2 years) getting a spinal tap on Friday night! OUCH!! It came back clear for viral meningitis (the deadly one is bacterial meningitis, so it would have been treatable anyway) and a couple other tests, but its definitely something viral. I even got what ever it is and was sick Saturday night with a 103 fever and other symptoms. I'm feeling mostly better today, but still "delicate" in the stomach. Eh... now to wait and see who is next..... I'm pretty sure this is the same thing my 3 year old and 13 year old had first. Still have 5 more people in the house who haven't gotten it. Hopefully my 7 month old won't at all. The ER doctor said she's least likely to get it since she's nursing.

So.... craft-wise, I have been busy with my Traveling Scarves groups, several swaps, some personal knitting (wow... knitting for me!! what a concept!), some Christmas knitting and lots of spinning. I got replacement parts for my Babe Fiber Starter and am thrilled with wheel spinning! Lacks the beauty of an Ashford, but it spins. :)

Anyway, I'm back to trying to post weekly. :)
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Friday, August 08, 2008

Yeah, I skipped last week! What of it??

1. You know you're old when you have to tune into an "oldies" station to hear music you loved in high school.

2. My heart is divided between knitting and spinning.

3. A legitimate work-at-home job is what I need RIGHT NOW!

4. I have felt the power of the Holy Spirit working in my life, I have known the depths of Jesus' love & forgiveness.

5. Gah, won't these people get the heck off MY roads and go back to their own states???28 is the name of the street, NOT the speed limit!! .

6. If you live in Massachusetts, move far away as soon as you can!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to spinning on my wheel, tomorrow my plans include sewing diapers & my Game Night BBQ!!! and Sunday, I want to move furniture around!
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Friday, July 25, 2008

Friday Night I Crashed Your Party....

1. I believe whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Yeah, its the "standard" answer, but its true!

2. If you're good at something, you should do it if you enjoy it.

3. Why so many people are stupid enough to fall for you-know-who's "I'm for change" BS is beyond me......

4. Something is out there, it's big and scary, with lots of teeth and hiding under YOUR bed.

5. If my life were a sitcom, it would be titled Crazy Eights.

6. Sitting on my back porch [if you don't have one, use your imagination] I see the ugly side of the fence my moron neighbor put up. I miss the old neighbors that were NICE.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to a quiet evening finishing up my final blocks for the NYOBE on Ravelry, tomorrow my plans include Game Night, most likely and Sunday, I want to relax some more and visit with friends!
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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Hey... yesterday was Friday!!

1. If I could be a fly on the wall I would try to avoid flypaper.

2. Jealousy is a very ugly feeling and should be avoided.

3. When I see a shooting star my wish would be that I wouldn't have to worry about money, not be filthy rich, but no worries.

4. I'd rather be Right than Politically Correct any day!

5. Certain songs when I hear them make me wanna shoot out the speakers of the morons thumping that cRap down my street!

6. If time were in a bottle I'd knock back a six pack!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight last night I’m looking forward to I crocheted afghan blocks for a swap, tomorrow today my plans included Village Day in Osterville & Game Night @ Borders and Sunday, I want to have a blast at Tsunami being held @ Dowse's Beach @ 5pm!
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Thursday, July 17, 2008

OOOhhh! Yay for Packages!!

I received my first SP12 package today!! I was so excited!!

I was unable to take a picture of the upopened box due to...umm.. circumstances that were... uhh.... Okay, nevermind!! Couldn't take a pic because I tore into the box like a rabid dog!! :D

First I found a lovely note:

Underneath the note was a mysterious & pretty case!

Under the case was a really cool pattern!! Actually, its 3 patterns in one! The ZigBagZ Mini Collection with patterns for a BottleZig (half liter size), SportZig (large water bottle size) and BabyZig (small purse suitable for wallet, keys & cell)!!!

Inside the case were MORE goodies!!

A skein of Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Worsted yarn (75% wool, 25% alpaca) in Bud Green and a skein of Noro Kureyon (100% wool) in Color 166. There was also a really cool, handmade button to match the yarns, which leads me to believe I would best be suited to making the BabyZig purse!! :) I could also be heard miles away exclaiming gleefully, "My book, my book!!! I really, really wanted this!!!", upon finding Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's Things I Learned from Knitting whether I wanted to or not!!!!!!!!!!! I just love the Yarn Harlot!!

Here is a closer look at the funky, cool button, too:

Thank you so much, Secret Pal!!! This is my first SP, so I'm wicked excited!!! Oh, and she has been sending me the cutest Hallmark e-cards, too! :)

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Boy I Need to Think of Clever Titles for Friday Fill-ins!

1. Oh, I can't wait until I have a home of my own. Doesn't look like a reality anytime soon unless someone nominates us for one of "those" shows. *sigh*
2. Bob's Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon is the first thing I see when I open my refrigerator.
3. I never leave home without my wallet/clutch and my knitting bag.
4. If I were a condiment, I would be salsa because I'm hot & spicy! LOL! Okay, not really, but it sounded good. But I love the way the word sounds. Come on... say it... SALSA...ahhh! :).
5. "Yo-Boy" or "gangsta" speech and writing, any ignorant writing really (u no wut i meen?) is really high up on my list of pet peeves. Not the innocently ignorant writing of the VERY young, but anyone middle school age and older shouldn't be speaking or writing like a moron.
6. The last thing I thought of before I went to bed was "I'll just get Michael to sleep, then I can do some knitting....zzzzzzzzz".
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to getting back to work on my Goddess Knits Shawl now that I found my beading hook, tomorrow my plans include more laundry now that we replaced the leaking hose and Sunday, I want to enjoy a bbq at Ruthanne's!
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Thursday, July 10, 2008

SP 12 QOTW #5

1) Where is your favorite place to go for vacation/holiday?
Hmmm.... since we vacation so little, its hard to say I have a 'favorite' place. But I do love going almost anywhere camping.

2) Where is one place you’d like to go?
Just one? Tough question.... but I guess I'd love to visit Wisconsin. Yep... Wisconsin. LOL! I'd love to be able to meet and visit with my dear online friend Tracie. We met on a mothers' board while pregnant with our March 2005 babies.While in Wisconsin my family could visit some of the awesome water parks in the Wisconsin Dells that Tracie told me about. THAT would be a blast! :)
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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

The "Opium Den" of Swapping......

I found out about Swap-bot! Oh Dear Lord!! I'm giddy with excitement, trembling with anticipation and teetering on dread. It will be a fine line between having a blast and getting in over my head. I'm a bit of a swap addict (as you may have noticed). Swap-bot has swaps for every imaginable item/theme/genre you can think of!! Postcards, thrift store finds, vintage buttons, recipes, KNITTING, YARN!!!! So far I've been very good. I've only joined 2 swaps and I REFUSE to even use the "Find Swaps" button until those two are over. Very simple ones. One is for a handknit/crocheted baby bib and the other is for a kid's August birthday swap. I joined that one to get a nice birthday package for Sarah.

So, if you have a hankering to swap 'whimsy' jars, stickers, Harry Potter stuff, etc......

Join Swap-bot!!

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Sunday, July 06, 2008

What is Wrong With People?

Why would you sign up for a swap that you don't intend on keeping your commitment to? I can understand when people have something come up health or money related. But that's not what I'm talking about.

I'm talking about someone who receives items in a swap, but does not thank anyone or keep up their end and send anything. Specifically what has set my teeth on edge is the Great Bootie Swap I participated in on Ravelry. Participants were split into groups based on how many pairs of baby booties they were willing to make. I ended up in a group with 3 other ladies, so needed to make 3 pairs of booties and mail a pair to each of them. You also included another baby gift, bought or made, worth about $5.00. I selected some cute baby photo albums. Anyway.... I mailed out my 3 packages. I received two great packages from NWKnitterMama and KnitIdiot. Nothing from amandamay83. I have delivery confirmation from all 3, but amandamay83 has not posted a thank you on the Ravelry group, sent a thank you via pm or regular email NOR has she sent any one of us a package in return, as she signed up to do.

At first I thought perhaps something had happened to her, but she appears to be alive, well & thriving according to her blog posts. So, I sent her a pm on Ravelry. No reply. Went to her blog and left the following comment on THIS post:

Hi Amanda,

I just noticed, after sending you a message on Ravelry, that you haven't posted on there in some time. So, I figured I'd comment here instead. I just wanted to check and see that you indeed had my package. Delivery confirmation shows it was delivered on Wed, June 25th. Hope you like the booties.

BTW... regarding ground beef... where do you find 70/30?? I can't find it where I live. I would buy it because after I brown ground beef, I rinse it with hot water in a colander. It takes even more fat away, then you can return it to the pan.

No contact in return. I waited a few days. On July 1 I sent the following email to her:

Hi Amanda,

I've sent you a message on Ravelry and posted a comment to your blog about the bootie swap package that I know you received from me. I have delivery confirmation. At first I was concerned that you may have fallen on hard times or were ill, but I see you updating your blog almost daily. I worked hard on making those booties for you and I'm really saddened and disappointed that you haven't bothered to even acknowledge receipt of the package. Heck, if you didn't like what I sent, even an "I got it but didn't like anything" message would be better than total silence. Reading your blog, you seem to be a good person, with strong family values, so I fail to understand this lapse in manners. :(

Thanks for your time,

Dee (madcraftermom on Ravelry)

Once again, no response. Thinking perhaps she doesn't check the email address she used to sign up for this swap, I decided to copy & paste that exact email as another blog comment on THIS post. I looked today and my comment wasn't there. So, she took the time to read & delete it, but STILL has the audacity to ignore her obligation to ALL parties involved in this swap. Honestly, it isn't even about the friggin' booties!! Its about basic human decency. She talks about being frugal on her blog a lot.... perhaps STEALING handmade items from well-intentioned people is her idea of frugality? How can someone like this even look at herself in the mirror everyday?

So, thank you so much,
for my first EVER (and hopefully last) BAD SWAPPER experience.

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Friday, July 04, 2008


1. Holidays in the summer are somewhat lacking, aside from July 4th.
2. Teriyaki steak tips are my favorite things to grill.
3. My thoughts are are often jumbled and confused, but I pray for clarity often.
4. Bob having a 3 day weekend is what I'm most looking forward to this weekend!
5. My favorite book so far this summer is the Bible, especially since I haven't read any others recently :).
6. COFFEE is the best ONLY way to begin a day.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to wonderful friends over for a bbq, tomorrow my plans include a dump run and working on my Goddess Knits Anniversary Shawl Along and Sunday, I want to work on Michael's new room and the laundry room!
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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

SP 12 QOTW #4

1) What yarn (that you don’t have/haven’t used) would make your stash “complete”?
I'm not sure that its a question of my stash being "complete" with a particular yarn, since I feel it will never be "complete". But I would absolutely LOVE to work with some Handmaiden Sea Silk yarn.

2) What yarn do you never want to be without?
If I had to choose one fiber to never be without, it would have to be 100% wool. Can be used for felted or non-felted projects. Its warm, its insulating, its absorbent (for diaper covers) and the color varieties are endless.
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Friday, June 27, 2008

Friday Happens

1. Birthdays are usually pretty fun, but fraught with the possibility of disappointment if you don't express your expectations.
2. Winter is my favorite season because there is (the possibility of) snow & Christmas.
3. I feel my best when I have accomplished something for the day AND my kitchen is clean. I have no desire to cook at all if the kitchen is trashed.
4. Well, if I have to pick just one, I'd have to say red meat is my favorite food!
5. First impressions are not always very accurate, but still tend to stick in one's mind.
6. The best piece of advice I ever received was ___________.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to a bit of peace & quiet.... LOL!, yeah...right!, tomorrow my plans include a baby shower and Sunday, I want to go to church and then relax!
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

SP 12 QOTW #3

What would you consider the perfect amount of stash?

I think the perfect amount of stash would be ALL of it!! Okay, maybe not ALL of it.... just the good stuff. ;) I want to be able to see a pattern that I want to make and know that I can start it immediately, even if its 3 am, without worrying if I have the right yarn. That's not too much to ask, is it? :)
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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Friday Fill-in...on Saturday!!

Yeah, I know... its Saturday.... but I was distracted by my other blog post yesterday!

1. A smile is worth a thousand.... bucks these days. Don't get me started on the price of dentistry.....
2. Scrabble is my favorite board or card game.
3. I would love to have more organization (and yarn) in my life and less clutter (which yarn doesn't count as!!).
4. When I think of the Summer Solstice, I think of how hot it is.
5. I just remembered I need to find some stuff to sell on eBay. I'm sick of being broke.
6. One of my favorite song lyrics goes like this: "When you believe He's all you need, that will be your defining moment...".
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to finishing Clue #1 for the Goddess Knits Anniversary Shawl Along, tomorrow my plans include starting on Clue #2 for the shawl and cleaning out the girls' old room and Sunday, I want to stay home, but we are going to sister-in-law's for a big, double graduation party.... so far away, so much gas, so much time driving....blah Not that I don't like the in-laws, I do, just don't like the drive.
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Friday, June 20, 2008

¡Un Paquete de España!

This past Tuesday, arriving home from a birthday party, I found I had a package waiting for me!! It was from Spain. OH! My Black Yarn Swap package!! *happy dance* Gleefully tear into it and....

....oooh.... yarny goodness!! Lets explore....

For the yarn, Fredja chose Garnstudio's Silke-Tweed. It is 52% silk, 48% lambswool. There are little tiny flecks of color in amongst the black. It is just lovely yarn. :) There were two bamboo crochet hooks ( I & K ) and the pattern for the Moebius Scarf/Shawl by Bonnie Pierce. It looks super easy, yet beautiful. :)

Here is a close up of the yarn (sorry, camera isn't state-of-the-art):

Of course, there was lots more in the box! Let's take a look.....

Let's see if I can give an accurate inventory....
  • A pretty, sweet note card, complete with crochet flower on it.
  • A black box with mulit-colored stripes (sorry, lid open in pic) full of delicious teas
  • A little black organza bag with two sheep magnets
  • A black tapestry crochet hook holder (THANK YOU!! I REALLY needed this!!)
  • Two key chains for my collection from her home city of Lleida, Spain. One is of the city's main landmark, the old cathedral, the other is the guardian dragon of the city (or marraco).
  • A bag of Trolli gummy candies, including gummi bears, sour gummi worms & some gummy burgers. The kids (& I) have already enjoyed some of these. :)
  • Two bags of hard candies; some mint "pillows" and some fruity hard candies with hearts in the center.
  • A box of Ferrer Garden candies!! Can't even tell in the picture that there are already 2 gone, huh? LOL! MMmmmmm
I have been thoroughly spoiled in this swap! I enjoyed both the shopping for my partner and the receiving of my package. Thank you again, Fredja, for the wonderful package.

Also, thank you Sabrina for organizing this awesome swap!!

**Cross-posted on Diary of a Mad Crafter & The Black Yarn Swap blogs. :)
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