Monday, February 25, 2008

Bittersweet Package

I received my January exchange package (the sweet part) from Marti, from our Getting To Know You Dishcloth group. Unfortunately, the group has been disbanded and it will be my last package (thus the bitter part). She went above and beyond in her package to me!!

In addition to the lovely dishcloth (front and center of pic) she sent all kinds of goodies, including gifts for Abigail.

A bib (from Mason-Dixon Knitting), burp cloth & scrubbie (I think its the Tribble pattern).

San Francisco fridge magnet, key chain (I collect key chains) & locally made bookmark.

Delicious smelling orange spice handmade soap, a beautiful picture frame to put my baby's picture in and an adorable note card. The picture isn't very good, but the sheep's body is a fluff of wool. There is a yarn tail leading to a miniature pair of knitting needles with some knitting on them!!

And finally..........

A MEGA HANK O' YARN!! This is 500 yards of hand painted, purpley wool!! My needles are quivering to get at it!!

Thank you again, Marti!!

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Friday, February 22, 2008

New KAL/Swap Open!!

I have set up a new KAL/Swap involving an awesome felted bag. Head over to The Big Bag Knitalong & Swap blog to check it out. :)

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Double Delights

I had an awesome mail call yesterday when I received two packages. My first delight came in the form of my February exchange package from Cindy in my Getting to Know You Dishcloth Knitters Group. :) I received two beautiful round dishcloths. One crocheted in Valentine's Day colors, the other knit in bright candy colors. I also received some tasty (I'm sure, I already had a cup!) Strawberry White Tea from Snapple and an adorable Care Bears Valentine.

Thank you again, Cindy. :)

Well, I then turned my attention to the other package awaiting my itchy fingers......

It is my Scavenger Hunt Swap package!!!! It came from Christy in Georgia. :) This box was just chock full of goodies! Here is the lot of it together (minus one item that Christy is sending separately as it was accidentally omitted from the original shipment):

Here is the breakdown by swap category:

Something Local

A 100 gram skein of Toes in the Grass hand painted sock yarn in the colorway "The Candy Shop" made by ChickChickStudio. It is 60% Superwash wool, 30% bamboo, 10% nylon and 100% GORGEOUS!! A good friend of Christy's makes this yarn.

Something Round

Dark Chocolate Almonds!! Wow, this woman has gone above and beyond in choosing things I really like. Dark chocolate is one of my favorites and almonds are my favorite nut. Together they are a dream come true. I've already tried some...... yum!!

Something Green

These green stitch markers are handmade by an artist local to Christy. Love 'em! :)

Something Related to the Letter "T"

Tea, of course! :) This is some delicious smelling Pomegranate Raspberry Green Tea by Stash. I am looking forward to trying it. I love fruit herbal teas.

Something Funny

Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith. This is hilarious! Its a "directed" journal where you follow the instructions on each page (in any order). Some of them include "Tongue Painting" with the directive to eat some colorful candy and then lick the page. Another fun sounding page is the one that says "Collect your pocket lint and glue it here". :) My kids are clamoring for me to do something from the journal. LOL!
Something Hard

A Georgia key chain. Yay!! I collect key chains of all kinds. Back in 2001 I started collecting state key chains from tourist stops when we took a camping trip from here to Colorado. Since then I decided I didn't have to actually visit the state to collect a key chain. I love this choice. :)

For the Spoiler's Choice category Christy decided on "Something Buffy the Vampire Slayer Would Use". Her description is "Just some cheerful wood knitting needles which also could be used to stake a vampire if needed." LMAO! I'll post a pic of them as soon as they arrive. They were accidentally left out of the original shipment. I can relate... BTDT!

Christy was also sweet enough to include a couple extra goodies not on the list.

Bonus #1

Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Daffodil. Someone really read what I love... :)

Bonus #2

A fragrant bar of handmade lemongrass soap. This smells so good! I can't wait to use it. :)

All in all, I am thrilled with my first "big girl" exchange. Thank you Christy for such wonderful gifts and thank you Carly for setting up this exchange. :)

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Saturday, February 09, 2008

The Power of 7

I was tagged as part of the Baby-A-Baby Swap by Annalea. I'm not always good at coming up with stuff about myself, but I'll give it my best shot. :)

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Okay, #1 is taken care of....

Here goes #2.....

Seven Facts of Dee
  1. I am a craft-a-holic..... In fact, I suffer from OCCD - Obsessive Compulsive Crafting Disorder. I also have the accompanying affliction of PADD - Project Attention Deficit Disorder. This leads to large amounts of yarn and UFO's in my house. You can find my previous post regarding these disorders here.
  2. I homeschool most of my children. I have a 19 year old son who is no longer at home and 16 & 14 year olds in public school. But my 12.5, 11.5 & 8 year old are homeschooled, as will be my almost 3 year old and my 3 week old (Yes, that totals 8 and I do know what causes it). Most of the time its good, but there are days when I look longingly at the passing yellow bus..... ;) Usually on long, long rainy days...
  3. I have a totally irrational fear of moths and butterflies. Spiders? No problem. Rats? Love 'em! Snakes? Bring 'em on! But I have hurt myself in attempts to get away from moths. I have pulled over the car by the side of the road, thrown it in Park and jumped out screaming for my CHILDREN to "kill it! kill it!!". LOL!
  4. I love my computer. I would rather go without television than internet. I'd rather go without phone service than internet. I also love to make computer graphics for fun (yeah, those little "Find me on Ravelry as...." buttons are my work - little self-pat on the back...).
  5. Apparently I have the exact same voice as my 16 1/2 year old son. People calling my home are always mixing us up, and I'm talking close friends and family! My husband has even made this mistake. I'm not sure which one of us should be insulted..... do I sound like a teenage boy or does he sound like a 35-year old woman?
  6. Chat-speak & lazy internet spelling & grammar drive me nuts. I can deal with some abbreviations (KWIM?), but the really atrocious stuff makes my eyes & head hurt. Lyk whin ppl r 2 lazy 2 spel or use punchewashun n stuf.... Now, these people might have wonderful points of view and contributions to discussions, but whenever I see that stuff I just skip right over it.
  7. I'm an odd mix of stuff to most people. I homeschool, I knit, crochet & sew, I grind my own wheat to make my own bread, I cloth diaper (& cloth "moon care") with diapers I sew myself. But I don't do homebirth (until they make a home epidural kit) and I'm extremely right-wing politically. Someone on one of my message boards once coined the perfect name for me.... Crunchy, Earthy Right-Wing Gun Nut. :)
Whew! Okay, made it through all that. Now comes the fun of tagging my 7....muahahahaa!!

  1. Hawkfeather
  2. Lizzi
  3. Debbie
  4. Marti
  5. Claudia
  6. Amy
  7. Rebekah
Whew! Now I just need to comment on all their blogs to let them know I tagged them.... hang on.... DONE!

Note: Cross-posted on Diary of a Mad Crafter and Baby-A-Baby Swap Blog

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Socks & Swaps

I'm very excited to have finished the Broken Rib Socks (from the book "101 Designer One-Skein Wonders) I was working on. I made them with Lion Brand Fisherman's wool in Natural Brown. Unfortunately, I made the foot too short on the first one and didn't want to frog it back. So, I made the next one to match and I'll gift them to someone with slightly smaller feet than I. :) Its all good!

I also received my November Dishcloth Exchange Package from Jil in my "Getting To Know You" Dishcloth Knitters group. The theme was Supermarket Checkout, meaning that you needed to include an item from a supermarket (or K-mart, Wal-mart, etc.) checkout line. It could be useful or not, funny, etc. Being from Arkansas, Jil sent me an official Razorback's snout! LOL! As you can see below, it was a big hit at my house. I received a lovely green dishcloth in a classic pattern, too. Additionally, I received two balls of yarn; one Sugar 'N Cream Twists and a Lion Brand Incredible novelty ribbon yarn. My other goodies include various tea, coffee & creamer samples and an entire jar of chicken bullion cubes! Yum! Just the things for cold winter days. :) Here are my goodies:

Thank you, Jil!! :)

In Other News

I'm still in the pattern selection stages of my Baby-A-Baby Swap. I'm very excited to get going on something though. :)

I'm working on one item for my Scavenger Hunt Swap that could fit either of 2 categories. I guess I'll decide where it goes after I fill the other categories. I've got a few ideas for the other categories now, too, after re-reading my spoilee's blog. :)

That's about it for now. I have a fun "thingy" that I was tagged for to post later, too.

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