Thursday, December 28, 2006
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Also, I have posted the most wonderful picture of nephew Lebron aka Boomie. Look at those golden eyes. This is one of his "Daddy I would rather you were rubbing me, than messing around with that camera" poses. He is quite the spoiled pup and thinks he is a lap dog even though he weighs in at 50 plus pounds. Ah, but the chocolately top of his head is the softest thing you could ever feel. I have been promised a picture of his sister, Lexie. She does not like the camera so much and the pictures I have of her aren't cute.
Christmas was strange. Some uninvited guest showed up, not good. I received three Stitch N Bitch Knitting Calendars, three boxes of the same assorted chocolates from See's Candies. I am hoping Barnes & Noble will take at least one of the calendars in exchange for a book or something else. The candy will be regifted, because we also received 1 lb of Nuts & Chews (which we love), and a gift certificate for One Pound of See's Candies. My lovely Michael did make up for the gift weirdness though by giving me a lovely piece of Louis Vuitton this year. He usually buys me Coach or Chanel, so the Louis really blew me away.
I just found out that two of my friends moved - one from England to Arizona, the other from Las Vegas to Florida. That was a surprise.
I am going to start crocheting for the next craft fair, several people asked me if I was selling anything this year. I skipped last year's. Evidently people are in need of scarves and shawls. So I am going to whip some up between socks.
I am finally feeling better, I still have a swollen gland and a bit of trouble breathing. But I feel better. So I guess I am on the mend. FINALLY - it's been three weeks.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
I just received my DVD collections for Bones, Criminal Minds and The Wire so I will have lots of backgorund noise company as I knit.
Friday, December 08, 2006
Yesterday I received yet another package from my SP9 Pal. Are you jealous yet?? It was chock full of yarny goodness, and holiday helpers. A box of gift cards that are so cute. A small quilted tag. A sweater stone which will be put to use this weekend for sure. A bag full of Knit Picks Palette Peruvian Wool yarn in a soft beige color, 6 whole balls. I know who Santa's favorite helper is, my SP9 Pal.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
More goodies from my SP 9 Pal. What a lady, she has the most generous heart and spirit. I received a Debbie Sotller Stitch 'N Bitch 2007 Page-A-Day Calendar: The Knitter's Calendar. I will think of her every day of 2007 as I use my calendar! You must check this thing out, it has way more than patterns in it. There are hints and tips, suggestions for designing, how to figure out yarn needs, loads of knitting knowledge. It's actually a miniature book that you can keep right on the edge of your desk. Pretty cool.
Now this little beauty is especially appreciated. Every time I go into B&N I look to seek if there is a copy of the Stitch "N Bitch: A Knitter's Design Journal that someone has cracked open the plastic on. I have all of Debbie Stoller's books and I have wanted the handbook and journal, but I was afraid that it would just be a repeat of what I already have. So, although I was not willing to open the plastic, I was hoping someone else would so I could take a peak. Well now I have my very own copy. It is wonderful. It has lots of pages for my notes and concept drawings and I have already tossed aside the little note pad I was using on my lace project, and I started using my journal last night. Thanks again SP9.
First: in his speech to Harry about Snape overhearing the prophecy, Dumbledore says he was interviewing Trelawney even though he was not sure he wanted to continue with Divination at Hogwarts. Why - what happened with the previous Divination Professor and the previous Potions Professor. That must have been a heck of a school year for him to have two positions to fill. He was interviewing Trelawney and Snape - were the previous Professors possibly OOP members who had been killed?
Second: There was someone else who knew what the full prophecy said - The Keeper of The Hall of Prophecies. He or she labeled the prophecy originally and then changed it after the Potters were attacked. Per Dumbledore OOP Pg 842 pb Who was the keeper of the hall in those days?
Monday, December 04, 2006
Eragon - I am just now reading this because I could not balance that humongus hardcopy version. I bought the paperback last week and look forward to starting it tomorrow. I have 20 odd pages left to read in 24 Declassified. I agree with the podcasters on this too - I now shop the young adult section of the bookstore all the time too. There are some really good reads there. The trailers have been really fun to watch, great shots. I like the dragons forms, they look like serpents. I am a Gryffindor, but I appreciate a well done snake.
Friday, December 01, 2006
Please try this simple salad and know that it comes from an angel who you would liked if you'd ever met her. She was beautiful, quiet and caring.
Pea Corn Salad
2 cans whole kernel corn drained
2 cans green peas drained
1 bunch green onions chopped
½ cup mayonnaise
1 tsp Lawrey's seasoning salt
¼ tsp pepper or to taste
1 medium head of iceberg lettuce finely chopped
Wash and dry lettuce and green onions. Combine mayonnaise,
chopped green onions, lettuce with cans of drained whole kernel
corn and peas. Season and mix. Chill in refrigerator until ready
Recipe Type Salad
Recipe Author: Fay Williams
Source: Hellois (Mickey) Williams
Sunday, November 26, 2006
in Grape Hyacinth Alpaca Silk Blend (Knit Picks)
Toe Up Sock created by Kelley Petkun
in Bernat Sox Grey
and Bernat Sox Army Camoflauge
2nd socks of pairs
Cuff Down Socks by Nenah Galati Knitting Korner
in Memories Redwood Forest (Knit Picks)
and Memories Yukon (Knit Picks)
Columbine Peak Sock by Cat Bordhi
in Essential Solid Burgundy (Knit Picks)
Broadripple Socks by Rob Matyska
in Lisa Souza Lime & Violet
Had to rippit, dropped a ssk on row three and did not see it until row six. Have to start this one again.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Just feast your eyes on these Goodies:
3 hanks of Berroco Cotton Twist in a variegated pink colorway. The gold in there may not show up well in the photos - but it really sparkles. A very cute, and extremely useful, Stationery Tool Kit containing miniature tape dispenser, tape, hole punch, staple remover, stapler and staples in a handy little carrying case. Needless to say that was popped right into the project bag. And beyond the limits - a set of NAMASTE knitting needles. DIG THAT CASE. Oh my goodness, this is a gorgeous set!! Once again my Secret Pal 9 has me doing the happy dance. Thank you so much.
Second Grey Bernat Sock
Second Camouflauge Sock
First Knit Pick Essential Burgundty Sock
Still have afterthought heel to insert in First Grey Sock and First Camouflauge Sock.
Hate the toe up - afterthought heel method!!!
Completed both pairs of CUFF DOWN Knit Picks Memories socks
in Pansy and Smores colorways.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
I do, however, wonder what it would have been like here if Columbus had not found America. No thank you.
Monday, November 20, 2006
My Secret Pal 9 sent some of the loveliest soap to me today. It smells so good that I probably won't want to use it for washing. It is especially made for knitters. The bars are soft and creamy and fabulous. Soapmaker: Soapy Soap by Plimoth Sudsy Soap Shoppe. You have to smell it to really appreciate the quality and fragrance.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Pearly Elegance Shawl
Triangle Cover Shawl
But I must finish the front of my Cardigan and cast on the sleeves before I start any more projects.
I updated my inventory and added all of that fabulous yarn previously posted, my new tools, purchased patterns, and knit picks needles that I recently purchased. That is why I am so anxious to cast on some of these projects I bought all of these materials for. Soon and very soon ***
Thursday, November 16, 2006
It is freezing today. My poor dog son is stuck outside today too. I just hope it does not rain.
I dropped a stitch on my sock laughing at Lime & Violet last night. They are really doing big things though. Too bad plutonic boyfriend is moving, he had finally come out of his shell and was sharing his perspective on the male knitting world. After listening to David and PB, I realized there is a major shortage on patterns for men. I received my Interweave Knits magazine yesterday, and there were only two patterns for blokes. But at least one of the sweaters listed the designer, I am going to google him tonight. Though the man in my life has four legs, long hair, and won't wear clothes - I might like to knit something for a guy someday.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
I do know he made his Mum a striped cardigan for Christmas. Sounds very similar to the cardigan I made my Mom for her birthday. I look forward to his pictures being posted.
Check him out http://sticksandstring.com.au/
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Confession is good for the soul right?? I ordered more Knitz & Glitz stitchmarkers too. I have always loved Seahorses and those Las Vegas Dice - perfecto mundo.
Okay, that's all. Really, that's all. I don't get paid until tomorrow :D
I just ordered the Country Hills Christmas sock yarn - all three colorways. The store bought Holiday socks I own are all too tight at the cuff. Now I can make my own and make them fit perfectly. Is that cool or what?
Okay, I know I need to address this stash thing. I actually felt bad about my stash last week. I had to move two of those collapsible hampers full of yarn out of the way to get to my sheets so I could change my bed. It was a bit overwhelming, and I thought. What am I going to do with all this yarn? I have TOO MUCH. I put the hampers back, made my bed, climbed into it with my laptop and ordered two more skeins of Socks that Rock and registered for the 2007 Socks That Rock Club. I feel better now.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Friday, November 10, 2006
I have to rip the heel on my second Smores Memories Sock. It just came out wonky, I think the working 2 stitches past halfway is one stitch too many. I always have more stitches on one side. I did not do that with the Pansy sock heel I turned last night and it came out perfectly even, all the stitches ended up on the same needle at the same time. Very important since these socks are for my Sockret Pal. I want them to be perfect.
I am reading The Amber Room by Steve Berry, wow can you imagine, a room with intricately carved amber walls. All of the desks, ashtrays, vases, everything is all amber. Just the thought sounds breathtaking. Of course the heroes of our story have not found the missing pieces of the room yet, the nazi cave they just uncovered was empty (sigh). But at least they didn't get buried when the cave collapsed and the assassin didn't get to kill the heroine before making his escape.
Monday, November 06, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
I received the rest of the KnitPicks sock yarns. I ordered every color way they had left in stock. The pictures in the catalog and online really don't do justice to the actual yarn colors. Therefore, I ordered everything so I could see it for myself. Whatever I don't knit or keep will go out to my Sock and Secret Pals. I had already bought them other yarns, making these hanks a little added bonus. Unfortunately I am not going to get the special items I ordered for them by my November shipping date. It really is a bummer because it was the perfect thing for Christmas. Shoot, this is the only time Herrschners has ever let me down - don't you just hate the word BACKORDERED???
Saturday, October 28, 2006
I received an elegant gift from my SOCKRET PAL today.The yarn is so soft and smooth. I plan on making something special with it. What a great keepsake box, a soft cushioned place to store all of my stitch markers and options size buttons. The stitch markers my Pal sent me are like jewels. Brilliant. Thanks REAL Sockret Pal :D
Friday, October 27, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
I still have not heard from my Sockret Pal, whereas my Secret Pal 9 just sent me a note that she has more goodies for me. Both my pals received their packages from me. I am packing up their next ones now. I have three socks to take pics of for the Socktoberfest site.
I started another pattern in the Lisa Souza, I am happy with this one. FINALLY!!!
Isn't my clock cool? I found that on the block of one of the Sockret Pals. Blogger keeps screwing up my site. The posting I created at work did not save, so I am typing this one. Which of course is not nearly as clever as the one I created earlier.
Glass L&V Needles: www.glasspens.com
Socks That Rock: www.bluemoonfiberarts.com
LV Stitchmarkers: Knitz Glitz ==> sidebar
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
Okay I know I am already doing a bazillion things, but I just found a Crochet Along that is attempting to reverse engineer a Ferragamo Crocheted purse that totally rocks. I am there. My Secret Pals and I have been in touch, I am really enjoying my goodies. I just printed the Diamante sock pattern from Knitty.com to use that Yummy blue yarn my Pal sent me. I got a super package from Sheri at The Loopy Ewe. Check out her web site, she gives you as many goodies as you order just about. The shipping was lightening fast too. Not to be outdone, I have also pulled out three more possible patterns for my Lime & Violet yarn.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Actor - Vin Diesel
Actress - Goldie Hawn
Animal - My Dachsund
Band - Hiroshima
Book - Maia by Richard Adams
Bubble Bath - Herbal Essences
Candy - See's Candies California Brittle
Color - Blue
Flower - Sterling Silver Rose
Food - Pizza
Lip Balm - none
Lotion - Cocoa Butter
Movie - Big Country
Song - Unspoken Love
TV Show - CSI Las Vegas
Vacation Spot - Alaska
fronts of my sweater. The pattern suggested casting on both the right
and left front panels together to make sure they come out even. I
think that makes sense. I always knit both sleeves at the same time.
I had a little trouble with my KnitPicks cables; the ones I bought to
supplement my set. Those great folks wisked out replacement cables
as soon as they checked to see which ones I needed. Stellar customer
service - KnitPicks is awesome. They are advertising some lovely sock
yarn right now too. I better get my order in, my secret pal happens to
like their yarn and these colors in particular.
My crochet class was a bit disappointing. Only one of the invitees
showed up. But she was great, she started a hat and completed the
crown before she left. Given enough time she will finish it. She could
read a pattern like a pro. I, however, did not start my afghan. I need
to get to that this weekend. I also want to finish my LibriVox
recording this weekend. I want to upload the recording so I can
move on to some other projects.
I discovered that the sock yarn I purchased requires only one ball
for a pair of socks. I am seriously considering listing some Noro and
my extra sock yarn on Destash. I have not seen the color appear on
my Sockret Pals blog, so I won't send it to her. I got another shout
out, this one from Carrie Ann Dennison of BritKnit Cast. I asked her
if she knew of any Crochet Alongs and she mentioned it in the last
episode of her podcast - cool. Maybe one of her listeners knows of a
crochet along, or may want to begin one.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
On My Needles Tonight:
Traveling Cable Cardigan 20 % complete
Camouflage Socks 15% complete
Grey Socks 15% complete
Grey Cardigan 23% complete
LibriVox recording The Yosemite by John Muir
2 of 7 pages read and edited
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
A nice simple pullover.
Tuesday our Chicks With Sticks group reconvened. Much fun. We got to hear about LG's trip to Turkey and her Turkish bath Experience. Sounds like she had a great time. RK has started on her new winter scarf and the colors are bright and beautiful. I added a couple of inches to my Grey Cardigan. Every night I add a few rows to my socks. I have cards to send off to my Secret Pals and my sponsor child. The Lime & Violet knit along starts next Friday, and none of the gauge swatches I worked up look like anything. LG suggested making something solid and using the L&V yarn as an accent. I will look at it from that perspective next week and see what I can come up with by 10-13-06. New podcast and website for Knitty D and The City. I liked the version they had up last week better, but it is a work in progress they say.