Thursday, October 19, 2006

Here's my answers to Shelby's questions!

List your favorite:
Actor - Kevin Spacey
Actress - Jodie Foster
Animal - Cat
Band - Nickelback
Book - The Talisman, by Stephen King
Bubble Bath - Bath & Body Works Juniper Breeze
Candy - Whitmans
Color - Yellow, Blue
Drink- Singapore Sling
Flower - Yellow anything
Food - Salmon or chicken salad
Lip Balm - Burts Bees
Lotion - Anything Bath and Body Works
Movie - Too many to list, but....Murphys Romance, Man from Snowy River
Place- The beach at sunset
Song - Way too many to list
TV Show - Greys Anatomy, CSI
Yarn- Brown Sheep, or merino or...or...or...
Vacation Spot - Montana

Monday, October 16, 2006

Happy Birthday to Me!!!

When I was 30 I didn't really think I would celebrate my 45th. However I have learned that every year/day/minute is a gift, and I celebrate all of them. I don't feel 45, what does 45 "feel" like anyway? My husband and boys are out now doing something secret. How exciting for me!

My shawl pattern is driving me crazy, the merino one in lavender. I have frogged twice, now I'm deciding on trying a new pattern or not letting the other one beat me. I think I'll try the new one. Maybe I'm not supposed to make the other one.

I went to Michaels to get a felting needle, they didn't have one. I was surprised. So tomorrow I'll try elsewhere, I really want to finish my tote. I'll probably do another one for my mom for christmas, I had fun making that. Then I need to try some socks, or something colorful. I don't like garish though, and so many of the sock yarns are so loud! I like the jewel tones and heathers best. I saw a purple/white/blue handpainted on the net, it was beautiful. Now I've lost the site and can't remember the name. AARRGGHH. Oh well, got yarn in the sink having a bath so need to go rinse.

Saturday, October 07, 2006


My secret pal contacted me today!! And I contacted my spoilee and this is going to be so much fun. I can't wait to go shopping. I love shopping at my LYS, and now I have a perfectly good excuse to do so.

Fiber Things
My tote dried and shaped perfectly, I'm so pleased with it. I started the merino shawl over again and it is much better this time. There is a book on socks, I think it's called How To Knit Socks, or something like that. I've got to get some instructions on sock knitting. I do like cozy socks in the winter to wear around the house. Need to make some for my boys too. I think I'll do something bulky next, a hat maybe. Who am I kidding, there's about 50 things I want to make!

Monday, October 02, 2006

Secret Pal Questionaire--Yeahhh!!!!

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
I love Merino, I've been getting into lace lately. I like Lamb's Pride for felting. I also adore multicolored or handpainted yarn, not necessarily striping. Most anything that is soft and pretty.

What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I don't like Aunt Lydia's, it's terrible to knit with. I don't like acrylic anything.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
When traveling they go in the bottom of my bag. At home I have a glass vase I stick them in.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I've been kniting about 6 months, taught myself with a book. I have crocheted a lot though but find knitting more fun. I think I'm intermediate or almost anyway. I'm trying to tackle cables, and getting ready to take a class (one day) on fair isle.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
No, I've never filled one out, but if I do I'll post it.

5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.)
I like citrusy, flowery. Can't take anything like sandalwood or heavy scents, they give me a headache.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
Unfortunately, you can tell by looking at me. I'm currently on a diet, but once a month I feed the need for chocolate!

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I was able to borrow a spinning wheel for 3 months, had to give it back today, (sigh.) I love spinning, completely hooked. I'm buying a wheel this month for sure. I'm also doing my first needle felting project.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) My current favorites are Sarah McGlachlan (sp?) Nickelback, Howie Day, Beethoven. I'm pretty widespread.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
Yellow, blues, purples, jewel tones. I hate orange, never liked it, no idea why.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I'm married with 5 kids, one in Iraq right now, two in high school (living with their dad this year,) two in grade school. One cat, Miss Kitty, 23 whopping pounds and spoiled. Recently lost a pomeranian, and will have to have another dog. Thinking about a yellow lab.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
I like scarves in the winter, never wore hats much. I like mittens & gloves, never had a poncho so I don't know. I'm an OR nurse so have to go in way early and it's cold before sunrise.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I like shawls, especially lace patterns. I like making totebags for felting, and would like to try another sweater.

13. What are you knitting right now?
Just finished a tote bag out of Lambs Pride. I have a sweater, my first, in cotton to seam together and it's done, and I recently ripped out a shawl and am going to start over. I'ts in 100% merino in lavender.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
To be honest I've never really gotten many handmade, but the few I did get I really appreciated. They are special.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Mostly circular because of less weight, bamboo feels nicer.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
No, neither one. Unless you count my husbands hands.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?
I started an afghan about 5 years ago, just can't bring myself to work on it.

18. What is your favorite holiday?
Definitely Christmas. I love shopping for people and wrapping things up to look nice. I love the anticipation.

19. Is there anything that you collect?
White and pink milkglass, I have loads of that. I've started collecting those glass paperweights that have the colors inside. They can be so pretty.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I don't have any subscriptions. I want to get Spin Off, and maybe Knitters magazine, I'm not as familiar with those so I don't know the best one. I'd love a book of how to make socks, or lace patterns. Knitters Handbook I've been told is a great reference to have.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
Cables and color knitting.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
I've not tried socks yet, but would like to try. I'll have to get back to you on the measurements.

23. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)
10/16. Wow, how did it get here already?


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