Friday, May 30, 2008

It's Friday!

1. For me buying what I can make is the opposite of creativity.
2. Confessor by Terry Goodkind was the last excellent book I read.
3. I like fill-ins because they make me think, make me laugh and guarantee blogging activity for me.
4. In nature I like looking at tidepools.
5. Mitt Romney should win the US elections but I'll have to settle for McCain, the lesser of 3 evils.
6. The last time I laughed with all my belly was recently, while driving with my son Patrick discussing the misfortune of Ted Kennedy (we live in Hyannis) and Monty Python and the Holy Grail and possible activities we could conduct in front of the compound.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to some peace & quiet, tomorrow my plans include Scrabble and Apples to Apples and Sunday, I want to relax, knit & bbq!
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Thursday, May 29, 2008

SP 12 Questionnaire

I am so excited to have gotten into SP 12!! I've been seeing blog buttons since SP9, but always missed sign ups. :) So, here is my questionnaire. Needs to be posted by June 15, but I figured I'd get it going now. There are a couple things I'll be updating before the 15th, but I've stated so in those questions.

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? Wool, wool/silk blends, alpaca, alpaca blends, most natural fibers or blends. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? Fun Fur (or anything like it with a different name), ribbon yarn, most novelty yarns, anything really "plasticy" feeling (like Lion Homespun) or anything that splits a lot.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? My Knit Picks options have a zippered case, but my crochet hooks are scattered near & far. Also have no real case for any of my straight needles. Currently in an old tackle box that my sister gave me about 20 years ago with makeup in it!

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? About 20 years, self-taught. Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? Hmm... advanced in some areas (general knitting knowledge, cables n' such), intermediate in other areas (socks, lace) and beginner in others (intarsia - really suck at stranding, want to get good at it!!).

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? **UPDATED** I added Wishpot to my sidebar. Now I can add things from any place online I find things I like. :)

5. What's your favorite scent? For perfume, its Poison. For other things I like LIGHT florals, pine, fruity scents, spices (like cinnamon, etc.). Heavy perfumey smells and heavy florals make me gag. One of my favorite buttons says "Nice Perfume. Must you marinate in it?"

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Heh... yeah, I do. Guilty as charged. Favorite candy? Dark chocolate anything, red Twizzlers, gummy worms, Ferrer Rocher... hmm.. why hasn't anyone invented dark chocolate covered gummy worms??

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Spinning, sewing, crochet, cross stitch. Do you spin? Yes, with a drop spindle. Have a wheel, but need to get parts to fix it up and learn.

8. What kind of music do you like? Christian Rock (Casting Crowns, Newsboys), Rock (Billy Joel, U2, George Thoroughgood), Charlie Daniels. Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) Yes.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Black, pinks, purples, blues, greens, cranberry Any colors you just can't stand? Home Depot Orange!! Not fond of brown unless paired with a pastel. Heck, even orange works in a sunset blend, just don't like it alone. Not big on neons unless toned down with other colors.

10. What is your family situation? Married to Bob. Eight kids (7 at home). Patrick (17), Justin (14.5), Melissa (13), Sarah (11.5), Molly (8.5), Michael (3) & Abigail (4 months - born 1/20/08). Christopher (19.5) is the one not at home. Do you have any pets? 2 Siberian Huskies - Amaruk (male) & Tikaani (female)

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? Yes to all, but I prefer gloves or fingerless gloves to mittens.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? Fingerless gloves, socks (just getting into them), felted bags, baby items (for the instant gratification, not necessarily to keep), shawls (just getting into them), hmm... just about anything!! I knit, therefore I am.

13. What are you knitting right now? Luna Moth Shawl, crocheted star afghan, felted baby booties for a swap, mini purse for a swap, 12 x 12 blocks for a swap (need to do 24 by 7/31), socks for me, side-to-side shawl for a friend, many other wips hiding around my room.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? Absolutely!!

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? For circular I like my KP Options. Would love some harmony tips! Need some long, small size circulars to do magic loop sock knitting (KP Options only go down to size 4). For straights I prefer bamboo or hardwood. Don't have a lot of those, basically some 8's, 10's & 10.5's.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? Yes to both.

17. How old is your oldest UFO? Wow.... I'm pretty sure I recently spotted a sweater I started for my ex-mil (or do I refer to her a mil since she died before the divorce? Never sure on that one) lurking in one of my many craft totes in the basement. She died in 1996........

18. What is your favorite holiday? Easter for what it means to me (salvation), Christmas for both spiritual and gifty reasons :).

19. Is there anything that you collect? Key chains, especially unusual & state ones. Buttons with fun sayings (I speak sarcasm fluently). Yarn. Kids.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? Oh my!! Loaded question...I'll update this before June 15. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? Only subscription I have is Interweave Knits.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? I'd like to master intarsia so I can do some awesome sweaters, bags, etc.

22. Are you a sock knitter? I am as of recently. What are your foot measurements? Hmm... I'll update this later after I find my tape measure, but I wear a size 8 women's US shoe.

23. When is your birthday? March 1 (1972).

24. Are you on Ravelry? You mean there are knitter's who aren't?? *gasp* Those poor dears... If so, what's your ID? madcraftermom
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Friday, May 23, 2008

Friday Fill-In #73 (for them... #2 for me)

1. On my laziest day I like to watch movies & knit!
2. Cooking makes me feel like I'm being productive.
3. I love little children and big guns.
4. This summer I want to go camping.
5. My addiction to starting new web pages & blogs made me start my blog.
6. Red rocks and orange sucks.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a movie at Sheila's, tomorrow my plans include Game Night and Sunday, I want to get most of my Luna Moth Shawl for Ann Cronin's 90th birthday done!
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

My First Pattern for Sale!!

(Link to purchase in the right-side menu)

I've had this pattern on my computer for some time, planning on selling it, but never really sure how to do it. Well, I finally saw some information about PayLoadz on one of my email lists and signed up!

I'm also working on writing up the pattern for a cute, little felted bag that I created for a friend's birthday. I hope to have that up and available for sale in the next couple days.

If you think its worth it, please tell your friends. :)
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Friday, May 16, 2008

Friday Fill-Ins

1. There is absolutely NO way you can get me to go on a roller coaster !
2. Seeing all the darn out of state plates reminds me that summer is almost here!
3. I cannot live without my yarn.
4. Wheel spinning and white water rafting are two things I'd like to try.
5. When life hands you lemons, squeeze them onto your fried shrimp.
6. Going to the Milton Library is my favorite childhood memory.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to Battlestar Galactica, tomorrow my plans include making a cash deposit from one account to another to avoid bouncing issues and Sunday, I want to survive the 6 hours I'm babysitting at Christ Chapel to earn some money!
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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Blog Slacker That I Am

I know its been a while since my last update. I've just been "flat out like a lizard drinking" with swaps and other projects. I also had some camera issues, which have now been resolved. I'll make a few updates now, then later when I have more time.

I received an adorable kitty named Petunia Purrfect in my April Knitted Kitty Swap from Deborah:


My Swap on a Budget package from Allison was just chock full of fun & goodies:


I just realized that I posted about my Big Bag Swap package on The Big Bag Knitalong & Swap blog, but not here!! Joe sent me a fabulous bag & goodies:


Hmm... I think there are a few more things to show pics of, but they are still on my camera. Those include the two packages out of 3 from The Great Bootie Swap. Oh, and my April pack from my Monthly Dishcloth Swappers group. :)

As for things I'm working on....

I'm working on 3 pairs of booties for the aforementioned Bootie Swap. I'm also doing Beth's Little Star Afghan for a friend's son. Here's a progress pic at about 12 rounds:


I've also been spinning a lot. Some for swaps, some for myself. I've gotten a little bit into hand painting yarns. I like overall dyeing them first, then painting on the base color. :) Unfortunately, I failed to take pics of the beautiful alpaca skeins I sent in my Swap on a Budget pack. Maybe my recipient will post pics on Ravelry that I can snag afterwards. :)

Okay, that's it for now. I think I'll try my hand at doing "Friday Fill-ins" that I've seen on some blogs. That will insure that I post weekly.

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