Friday, January 25, 2008

My Baby - A - Baby Swap Questionnaire

1) What is your favorite yarn? Favorite colors? What is your least favorite?
  • Favorite Yarn - Currently worsted weight wool, either Patons Classic or Knit Picks Wool of the Andes
  • Favorite Colors - Pink for baby stuff, most shades. Black, burgundy, jewel tones for other things
  • Least Favorites - Yarn: Fun Fur/Eyelash yarn!! Blech!! Colors: Mustard yellow, bright orange
2) Knit, crochet, both?
  • Both
3) How long have you been knitting/crocheting? Who taught you? Why did you want to learn?
  • Been knitting and crocheting for about 20 years
  • First mother-in-law taught me granny squares, everything else I self taught, including knitting
  • Why? I'm not sure! I've always been creatively driven though.
4) What is your favorite snack/sweet?
  • Just one? Hmm.... well, for sweets, I'm partial to Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and their new whipped candy bar. For snacks, I love, love, love Cheez-Its... regular or white cheddar. Hate the knock-offs, like Cheese NIPS... blech.
5) What did you want to be when you grew up?
  • You know, I really don't recall. My mother says she doesn't recall any specific things I mentioned either.
6) What names would you NEVER consider for a baby?
  • As I've seen several people mention, I'm not going to list specific names because I don't want to offend anyone too much. But I'm a fan of traditional, normal, CORRECTLY SPELLED (sorry, that one is a pet peeve) names. I have: Christopher, Patrick, Justin, Melissa, Sarah, Molly, Michael and Abigail.
7) What things did you, as a child, vow to never to do your children, but have since decided that you will? For example, we weren't allowed sugar-coated cereal growing up and I told my parents I'd NEVER do that to my kids. After some life experience, I think my parents were pretty smart in that decision.
  • Swore I'd never make my kids eat vegetables. LOL! Needless to say, they eat more of them than I do.
8) What is your favorite thing about being a parent/expectant parent?
  • Snuggles, hugs & kisses

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

My Scavenger Hunt Swap Questionnaire

1) Do you knit, crochet or both? How long have you been doing it?

    Both for about 20 years. I call myself "ambicrafterous". :)

2) What is on your needles/hook right now?

    This very moment, on this date....
  1. 2 Dishcloths
  2. A pair of wool socks, Broken Rib Socks pattern
  3. A to-be-felted purse
  4. The Shawl Collar baby sweater from Debbie Bliss' Essential Baby
  5. A pair of fingerless gloves
  6. A baby sweater of my own pattern to match the baby hat from One Skein
    I think that's it, but you never know what UFO's are lurking in chests or under the bed...

3) What is the most frequently used tool in your knitting bag?

    Another tricky question..... do the needles count? Scissors?

4) What are your 3 favorite yarns (fiber type or brand)? What are your 3 least favorite?

    3 Favorite:
  1. Wool, any brand, worsted weight first, then sock
  2. Paton's Soy Wool Stripes
  3. Sugar N' Cream dishcloth cotton
    3 Least Favorites:
  1. Almost any novelty yarn, especially fun fur/eyelash yarns
  2. Anything "plasticy" feeling... does that make sense?
  3. Really stiff, scratchy acrylics
5) What is your favorite color?

    Either black, pinks or purples

6) If you had a 5 minute shopping spree in your LYS, how would you plan your attack?

      Hand-dyed wools, fancier silk blends and alpaca first, then some baby yarns and sock yarns

7) What is your favorite FO and why? (post a pic if you have it!)

    That's also hard to pick as it changes. I'm very fond of my Simple Knitted Bodice sweater and that is posted on this blog. My newest favorite is my blue Pumpkin Purse, also on this blog.

8) What are your favorite things to knit/crochet?
   
    Currently, dishcloths, socks, wool diaper covers (crochet), most baby items

9) Do you collect anything?

    Besides yarn and children? Keychains. I love keychains. The more unique, the better and touristy ones from different states.  

10) What are your five favorite things (not necessarily knitting related)?

  1. Cooking
  2. Books (I enjoy sci-fi fantasy such as Sword of Truth series & Dragonriders of Pern, also Christian books)
  3. Sewing
  4. Computer games (Sims 2 is my favorite)
  5. Board games  
11) Are you on Ravelry? What is your ID?

    Yes, my id is madcraftermom. Link in sidebar of this blog.

12) Do you drink tea/coffee/cocoa?

    All of the above!!

13) Favorite Sweets?
   
    Chocolate Truffles, Red Twizzlers, Peanut and/or Almond M & Ms, Ferrer Roche

14) Any allergies?

    None

15) Do you have pets? kids?

    Yes to both. 2 Siberian Huskies - male: Amaruk, female: Tikaani
    7 children (close to 8..... scheduled induction on 1/23/08):
  1. Christopher, 19 (not at home)
  2. Patrick, 16
  3. Justin, 14
  4. Melissa, 12.5
  5. Sarah, 11.5
  6. Molly, 8
  7. Michael, 2 3/4 (bday 3/31)
  8. Expecting Abigail
So, that's me in a nutshell. I actually found some of these questions difficult! But I'm excited to take part. :)

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Christmas Wrap-up, Part 2

Finally found the time to catch up again. :)

For Christmas, some of the stuff Bob got me included yarny goodness!! He selected 3 skeins of Patons Classic Wool in "That's Pink!" and even thought to make sure they were all the same dye lot!!

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He also, ON HIS OWN, picked out a baby pattern book for me!!

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From the book and yarn, I made these cute little felted booties (that I haven't felted yet):

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and started the Shawl Collar Sweater:

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That's just the back. At this moment I'm actually done with back, front & both sleeves. Just knitting the collar and assembly will take place. :)

I also knit this awesome little bag called The Pumpkin Purse. I got the pattern from a fellow knitter/Raveler that is in my Tuesday night knitting group. Thanks, Donna!!

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I also made a cute little crochet blanket for Abigail. I took a pattern for a Mother's Day afghan in a book and adapted it. The pattern called for double stranding worsted weight yarn and using an N hook. I used single strand and I think an H. Then I added the ruffle on my own. That wasn't in the original. I'm very happy with the results.

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Right now I've got a few projects going. I'll post more soon. I'm being induced with Abigail (due to gestational diabetes) in only 6 days!!!! Yay for January 23rd!!!

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Friday, January 04, 2008

Christmas Project Wrap-Up

Once again, I have let my blogging slide. This time there is a semi-legitimate reason. Most of the projects I was working on since my last post were Christmas gifts. To have posted about them would have ruined the surprise! :)

So, what needs updating from the last post? Ahhh... first, the Husbeast Socks. Came out awesome! Unfortunately, they are one of the things I neglected to get a completed picture of. I thought of taking a picture right now, but Bob is wearing them for the first time today. :) They fit him perfectly.

I found a great Fingerless Mitt pattern in the Ravelry database. Loved it so much I've made multiple pairs. Made some for me, some for a Christmas exchange (more on that later), for my friend Sheila for Christmas and for Molly (no pic yet).

Here's mine:
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Here's the ones I made for Sheila:
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My Christmas exchange momma on SweetPeace was Hawkfeather. She also got a pair of Fingerless Mitts, in colors I thought suited her:

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In those same colors I made her a felted purse (my first!!):

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Excuse the linty picture. I DID de-lint it and block it into shape before gifting it. LOL! Here it is pre-felting and post-felting shown next to a phone book for size reference:

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I also sent some little doilies that I didn't take pics of. They were thread crochet and none more than about 4 inches across. Finally, I sent a cloth with a special meaning:

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Sheila's other gift was a Felted Crochet Hook Holder, with hooks. Here are the process pics on that:

Pre felting:
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Post felting:
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Add the non-felted holder/closure strip:
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How about some hooks?
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And, finally, closed up:
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This post is already getting long. I'm going to post a second one about my Christmas gifts from Bob and what I've done since Christmas. :)

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