Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!!!


Few things;

Contest Alert: Megan is holding a 100 things contest. If you enter, please tell her I sent ya so we can both get extra entries!

While reading my bloglines, I found out from Yarn Miracle's blog in today's post that this years USPS holiday stamps are knitted. Cute hugh?

Ravelry: For some reason I started looking at the 2004 Winter Knitty. Cape May sparks interest, as does Leftovers (Cute vest pattern, most likely I'd make it one color or etc. not a huge fan of the stripes) I've been considering making a wine cozy from "One Skein Wonders", but these patterns look good too. And as if my Queue didn't have enough scarves already, wavy is cute.
The more I'm on Ravelry, the more I dig out old issues of Knitty or etc. I can't wait for the new Knitty :)

Monday, October 29, 2007

Back...

I had a great trip! Here's a few more pic's:
When I arrived in Lakeland and gifted the Lion Washcloths the boys were just about ready for their afternoon nap. They were rubbing the washcloths on their faces and looking at them when SOMEONE (eh hmmm Marcos) decided he wanted one for each hand, and stole his brothers. Overall, they seemed to approve of the little Lion's and gave them two thumbs up :)
(L to R Matias, Marcos, and Mateo)


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GO SOX!!! Yeah LOWELL!!!



Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Postcards from Florida


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Here's a WIP shot of Dad's Scarf before I left for vacation. It's my first project using my new Knitpicks' options needles. I thought I'd be "clever" and swap over to my Harmony needles for the airport security, to hopefully make it through. Turns out, Providence RI Security didn't bat an eyelash at my Harmony needles (YAY!), and after hours upon hours of knitting, the newly knitted parts of the scarf were CLEARLY wider than when it was knit on my nickel needles. I kept knitting on the scarf because it was in front of me and the only knitting I had packed in my carry on. (Memo for next flight: Pack more knitting and expect a reasonable change in my gauge from nickel to bamboo!) So after I arrived in Lakeland, I frogged a fair amount of scarf, switched back to my nickel needles and I think I have finally overcame the"frogged" portion and now I'm onto new lengths :) I know what I'll be doing while watching the game tonight! (color is more accurate in initial pic)

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GO SOX!!!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Traveling I will go...

to Lakeland Florida for a week of visiting my brother, his wife, their two year old triplet sons, and my 5 y.o. niece. I can't wait... it's my first "real" vacation in years! (No Rhinebeck for me this year... but hopefully next year!)

I brought Dad's Scarf for plane/traveling knitting. I had a lot of down time (starting with a horrendously early flight leaving Providence RI at 6:40am) in transit.

Knitting Queue: Maybe casting on for the Saturday Market Bag (to get another Christmas knit off the list) or for TOP SECRET PIF gifts?

Book Queue: I'll also be bringing Crazy Aunt Purl's new book.

I brought my camera and laptop, so I hope to be posting at some point while I am away, in between chasing after toddlers or playing with my niece!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Winter Wonderland Questionnaire

Mmmmmmm Winter time, Coffee and Yarn, perfect combination!

I started seeing other people post their's, so here's my Questionnaire for Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap:

Coffee

What are your favorite kinds of coffee? (Brands, Roasts, anything at all you'd like to share!) I prefer "regular" flavored coffee. On a daily basis I prefer "traditional roasts" and occasionally I do Cafe Mocha or Mochacchino's for a special treat. I am open to try anything in the traditional realm of flavor. I still drink Starbucks Frappucchino's that are flavored (Java Chip Light), but is the only time I do something flavored beyond "coffee."

Do you prefer whole bean or ground coffee? I prefer whole bean, but I will drink either.

This time of year, there are often Holiday Blends available, and many flavored coffees - do you drink flavored coffee? Do you enjoy special blends? Not really flavored. I especially do not like french vanilla or hazlenut. I am open to try "blends" like something that is a rich blend, bold, or mocha.

How do you take your coffee? Cream and Sugar? Straight up? Decaf? A touch of skim milk only please ;) No Decaf.

Do you prefer drinking from a nice thick mug, or a matched cup and saucer? Thick mug. I like to sip, and I find if I'm having a cup at home I have to use something that keeps my coffee hot for a long time so that I get the chance to finish it before it is cold.

Winter and Holidays - PLEASE be descriptive! Your pal will need this information to be sure to put together a package you will enjoy!

What is your favorite part of Winter? SNOW! I love playing in snow, skiing, how beautiful it looks, everything snow :)

Do you celebrate a holiday in December, and if so, which holiday? Christmas

If you celebrate Christmas, do you put up a tree? Yes

Would you enjoy items related to the holiday, or would you prefer a Winter themed package? Either or, I love the season itself, and snow. If you have more Christmas ideas, that is fine also.

Do you collect anything? Are there any holiday or winter-themed items (Snowmen, Angels, Snoflakes, Santas, etc) that you collect? Yes, I have a fair amount of books ranging from horseback riding/instruction to cooking/baking to animal rights to various "fun" novels and of course Knitting books. I collect Miles Davis books and music. (I became obsessed with him and Jazz when I played flute and trumpet and sang during high school.) I also collect the little shell "animals" that touristy shops sell everywhere. I have probablly 6 different ones from my travels. It's sort of an "incidental" collection, I can't stop myself from buying them when I see new animals. I'll have to get a pic of them. I also have a collection of "Trail of Painted Ponies." (handpainted horse statues, I linked in case you are curious)

Do you wear scarves? Mittens? Hats? Yes, yes, and yes. I like to change the scarf/mittens that I am wearing on a regular basis, it keeps things interesting. This year will be a bit difficult to wear all of the "collection" that I have because I just bought a red wool pea coat. I used to have a black coat and not have to worry as much. I better get knitting then...

What is your favorite holiday or winter treat? Tie: Hot Chocolate and gingersnap cookies.

Please share a favorite Winter or Holiday memory. Riding my horse bareback in the snow. His heavy winter coat kept me warm and playing in the snow is always such a blast.

Yarn and Crafting

Do you Knit or Crochet? For how long? Knit. Coming up on 2 years. (Jan 2006). I'm sure I'll learn how to Crochet one of these days.

Do you like wooden, metal, or plastic needles\hooks? Circular or straight? I used to knit extensively with bamboo, but then I purchased some plastic circulars and then I got the Knitpicks Interchangeable set and I LOVE circulars. I use different needles with each project, it varies.

What sort of projects do you enjoy making? Washcloths, Scarves and Mittens.

What are your favorite types of yarn to work with? I haven't worked with too much yet, so I am open to try new things. So far I have enjoyed wool, mohair, and cotton. I do not like fun fur or eyelash yarn.

Do you spin or dye? No

Do you do other crafts such as scrapbooking or needlepoint or anything else? I am interested in sewing more. I keep thinking of fun projects.

General

When is your birthday? June 3rd.

Do you have any children? (Furry kind count!) Only furry ones. Dee, my Percheron/Thoroughbred 8 y.o. mare and Daizzy, my smooth collie.

What are your favorite colors? Yellow and blue. Pink is up there also.

Do you have any allergies? Yes, My skin is sensitive to anything with a ton of" additives."

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Vickie Howell Podcast and Felting Acrylic

Quick Post...

I ran into this page when browsing my Bloglines.

Stop by Vickie Howell's podcast page to read more.


Has anyone worked with her Vickie Howell Collection Yarn?




Also... Not sure how many people have seen this one already, but great page... (Thanks Enid!)

How to felt Acrylic

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Happy Thursday!

You know that Thursday means...



I am updating my sidebar. My Grey's knitting will be my dad's scarf tonight. WIP photo's soon, as soon as Flickr behaves!

Any animal lovers out there?
Meet Snickers. She needs a lot of veterinary care, and her parents need help.
I came upon this webpage, and I couldn't just skim past the story. There is a scarf pattern that has been created as a fundraiser for Snickers. For $5.50 you get to know that every cent of your sale is going towards Snickers surgery costs, and you get a cute scarf pattern to knit up . Don't you also want to help a Feline too?

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Mail x 2

OK, so maybe I said something not so nice about the mailman. Maybe he still thought that I was moving from my new address into my old address (see this post) well, he DID let me know that I had a package waiting for me at the post office. (Maybe they were flipping a coin as to where they would deliver it today haha) BUT, I got TWO packages!

First Package: The long awaited Knitters Virtual Vacation swap package! My partner, who I knew as "FiberWho," had notified me that I would be getting my package later, and she definitely made the wait worth it! LOOK at my "Virtual Vacation" to Bakersfield California!

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She sent me not 1, but 2 baskets of touristy goodness. Because sending fresh produce would have been complicated, she sent me dried local products, (dried fruit, roasted garlic, bell peppers and onion) and a jar of fresh Honey with recipes to try. She included a dog biscuit making kit for the dogs, how thoughtful! (I'm sure they'll be thanking her later, they love peanut butter.)

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The second basket had a box of Peanut Butter Chews (delicious!) and a Dwight Yoakam CD (How did she know I love country?) featuring his hit "Streets of Bakersfield." Last but not least, was 5 skeins of Cornucopia Kollage yarn. It is 100% Corn. It is so incredibly soft, and I think I may use the pattern that she included for a market bag. She sent me my favorite colors; blue, yellow and pink. Thanks again Karen! I had a great time visiting Bakersfield, CA!

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The Second package was a prize from Holl Yarn's stash bust contest. She sent me the Alpaca Cloud (in Autumn) that she showed in the contest (yummy colorway), beautiful handmade stitch markers (difficult to photograph) and much more! A skein of Knitpicks Ambrosia (Petal), 2 skeins Lara (cotton), and some Sugar 'N Cream (Strawberry). Thank you so much Holly! I hope your new job is going well!


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Also, a WIP pic of "dad's scarf" is coming, Flickr didn't want to upload the pic tonight.


Monday, October 8, 2007

SP11 Goodies

So my SP ROCKS and unfortunately my Mailman does not. Because I moved in August I am currently having my mail forwarded. This package was sent from my *new* address and forwarded to my *old*... something wrong with that you think? It took me all week to track down the package, but I finally got it! If I only knew they would do things backwards, I could have defeated the system. Hopefully my Mailman will figure it out, soon!


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Here's what I found in the box. Bundles and bundles of packages with instructions and a note to read after I opened everything to explain the gifts. All numbered. And after unwrapping I found this:


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After reading the "explanations" I knew that not only did she snoop my want list and pick up the Panopticon "Knitting Road Signs" bag, and Rusted Root pattern, but she got me needles and sock yarn (Knitpicks Felici) to make my *first* socks. (Its part of her scheme to get me addicted to sock knitting like she is.) She also read about me needing somewhere to keep my newly made stitch markers and she gave me the cutest Alligator case to store them. I also got some cute pencils that go with the scarf I made , and a notebook to take some knit notes. (Ravelry Snooping) I also got some cute post-its in more of my favorite colors and a yummy lavender & chamomile candle. Thanks to my SP! You are a very thoughtful person, and I feel quite spoiled. I have enjoyed getting to know you through each correspondence, and I can't wait to know just WHO "ewe" are!

I gifted some more stitch markers to Moriah when I got together with her this weekend and went to see Jane Austen Book Club (link borrowed from the lovely Moriah). The movie was good. It hit home a little bit too much at times, but we couldn't get over the high presence of knitting content. It was great to get some time to hang out.

OTN: Dad's X-Mas Scarf. Multi-directional diagonal scarf using Paton's SWS. I casted on last week (made it 5" wide) and ended up frogging it after making two triangles, because it wasn't wide enough. After spending way too long untangling the mess, (read: splitty) I cast on again and made it 6" wide this time.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

SP11 Contest and Swap Updates

Our SP hostess Christine, is holding a contest. Here are my answers.

List your favorite:
Actor - George Burns, Rowan Atkinson (as Mr. Bean)
Actress - Demi Moore
Animal - Too hard to chose one, dog and horse.
Band - Kenny Chesney, Sugarland, Little Big Town, Brooks 'N Dunn, Montgomery Gentry, any band Miles Davis was in......
Book - Stitch 'N Bitch, Miles (by Miles Davis)
Bubble Bath - Depends on my mood, lavender usually wins
Candy - Snickers, chocolate (no ultra dark)
Color - Yellow
Flower - Rose
Food - chocolate, cheese
Lip Balm - Bert's Bee's Beeswax Lip Balm (cooling/moisturizing)
Lotion - Anything for sensitive & dry skin (I'm allergic to anything with too many perf./dyes/additives)
Movie - Lion King, Coyote Ugly, Kill Bill I, II
Song - She's from Boston (Kenny Chesney)
TV Show - Grey's, Office, CSI
Vacation Spot - Florida Keys

Time for more swaps! I'm planning to join this one. (Who can turn down coffee and yarn, in the wintertime nonetheless?) Registration for the Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap begins October 24th. Anyone tempted? I may need someone to remind me to register, I'll be on vacation that week!

I'm starting to plan gifts for the Christmas Around the World Swap.
I've heard from my upstream as well as downstream partners.

I'm expecting a package from my SP11 partner, I've been pacing the doorstep. Delivery confirmation stated it was delivered Monday. Hello package, where are you? I promise, I'll open you carefully!
Did the postman keep you in the truck for a few days longer just because? UGH!

Post Edit DRT Update: Race is complete. Our box was right up in front for the majority of the race, and suddenly it got lost within the UPS mail system. UGH! Sounds like a re-occurring theme... Great job Team Running Ragged! I had a great time, and I can't wait to participate again!!!



Tuesday, October 2, 2007

I Won! I Won!

I entered this Back to School contest and I won A beautiful Black Walnut Nostepinde!


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Beautiful hugh? It's from Wooly Wonka Fibers. Thank you so much Susan! It was a very thoughtful prize! I will think of you every time I use it. I will have to take a pic when I wind something next!

Post EDIT: For those of you wondering, a Nostepinde is Scandinavian for "Nest Stick." Basically, it winds center-pull balls. It's really neat. Lower tech than a ball winder, but less apt to break, and more beautiful in my opinion. My first attempt produced more like a football shape, instead of a cake, but now that I've read some more instructions maybe my next attempt will be neater. I'll take a pic next time. I imagine it will just take some more practice. It only took about 5 mins, so I was impressed!

Then I entered Holly's destash contest, and won that one too! Whoo hoo! I'll post pics once I receive this stash busting prize! (Isn't the color luscious?)

I just found the "winning" notification e-mails, they were days apart! Literally 8/31 and then 9/1! It couldn't have happened at a better time, I had a rough move/breakup and needed the uplift! I should have known I could count on my knitters and a stroke (or two!) of luck!

And here's a FO you may recognize:


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3 Lion Washcloths

Pattern: Grrr from Knitty by Alice Bell

Weapons: Size 8 (Bamboo Straights)

Yarn: CottonEase in TerraCotta (double stranded)

Started/Finished: Sept 2007

Recipients: My 2 y.o Triplet Nephews

Notes: Yarn held double stranded throughout. I chose to use both skeins to simplify this. I have close to one skein left after making 3 (combined). The looping in the pattern is a bit tough with the cotton on my hands (carpal tunnel) but it's easy to whip through several rows in no time. Cute end result, and easy to memorize pattern.
Picture shows pre-steam. I may steam them to make them lay more flat. A few corners are rolling from tighter loop stitch.

And here's another FO that you may recognize:


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Wisp from Knitty by

Yarn: 3 sk. Classic Elite La Gran Mohair

Weapons: Size 7 circulars

Started/Finished: July-Sept. 2007 (way too long, but life got in the way)

Measurements: to be edited asap

New Skills: YO

Recipient: Me?

I am definitely going to knit this one again. (I have already bought 2 sk. Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud.) It ended up being more narrow than I would have liked. I should have gone up in needle sizes, but once I got the hang of the pattern I didn't want to frog it. Initially this pattern was difficult to memorize but once I got it, it was a fast knit. A larger needle would have made the knitting a lot smoother. At times I was knitting too tightly. I used up absolutely all of the 3 skeins of Classic Elite. For my first lace project, I am pleased with it. It may have turned into more of a wide scarf, but I still like it. I'll save the buttons for the next one.


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Meet Daizzy: Not quite a Glamour shot, but Daizzy wasn't up for posing, she was trying to strut around while wearing it and that doesn't make for good photos!

Daizzy is the dog I mentioned before. I co-own her with my mom. She is a smooth collie. She has been living with her sister (a rough collie) and my parents. Last year when I moved back into the area after grad school I tried to have her live with me in my apartment, but she just wasn't happy living without her sister. Now that I am living there too, it is nice to get this time with her again

Monday, October 1, 2007

Ravelry Review & Knitpicks Swag


A Brief Review of Ravelry

1. Organization at last!
The BEST organizational tool EVER! I didn't sign up because I thought it was just sort of the "thing" for the moment, but after I signed up into line and I saw just how many people were interested and how big it was getting, I was glad that I signed up when I did!

2. Favorite: My favorite part of the site that I have found is that for each pattern you can look and see which yarns people have used. I would like it to be linked so that you can see the project itself instead of having to go and look for the specific project that is using the yarn that was listed, but I really can't complain! (It's probably a work in process, these people have thought about EVERYTHING)

3. Friends: I am really enjoying seeing how many people are making what. Sure I'm still going to read all of your blogs, but it's nice to have your current WIP pic's available in a click, or to see what you just put up on your Queue. I love the feature that lets you see what your friends are up to lately. It gets the creative juices flowing!

4. Stash/Queue: I love that I have somewhere to actually write out things in my stash that have specific projects in mind already. I find that I blog that also, but this is in a more convenient and better organized format. I also like that I can put which yarn I am intending to use when I have the project sitting in my queue. I am just trying to keep my Queue from getting too large. I saw some discussion for having multiple Queue lists, so that you can have projects that you have the yarn for and have planned, and then you could have another list for the ones you really would like to do at some point in the future. I am also finding that there are certain projects that I want to save for certain occasions as gifts or etc. and don't have the need for them yet. There is a "favorite" list, but for some reason I want a way to make different lists instead of using just Queue or Favorite. I have saved Favorite for projects that I definitely don't have the materials for yet, or that I like or admire, but do not anticipate knitting soon.

5. Groups/Forums: The groups and forums are great! I have been really busy since my invite (seems to be the trend with everyone else too) so I am sure that I will discover more and get even more sucked into it over time! It is definitely the BEST time sucker ever! Hats off to Casey and Jess!

For those of you in already, find me! username: ponyknit

Ready to see some Knitpicks Swag?


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I wanted to buy my SP some Knitpick items and I also had finally decided to buy the Interchangeable Options set. (Couldn't ignore the free shipping!) A set of the new Harmony tips and some yarn needed for my Queue "happened" to fall into my stash before I checked out.


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I have several baby items to make for the winter. I picked up some "Essential" for Saarjte Booties. (Sorry to non-ravelry'ers, easier to link) I needed teenie tiny needles so I also got a sock needle set. (Maybe this will inspire me to give socks a try?)
I am in love with the Summer Shawlette! (3 sk. Ambrosia) (Alternative link to Knitting Daily on toolbar)
For Wisp #2. (2 sk. Alpaca Cloud)
A Magnetic Pattern Holder = Coolest invention for $10.
And I wanted to try Cotlin as an alternative to P&C and S&C. (Many colors were sold out ;( )


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Also, I may or may not have picked up some Shimmer in order to make some PIF goodies. (See this post.) Shhh top secret project! (Yes, they're even more delicious in person!)

Stay tuned for some new photos to be uploaded tonight.

1. I have FO pic's of WISP.
2. I just finished weaving ends and stitching little faces onto the Lion Washcloths (Grrr from Knitty) last night. They'll be ready for my trip to Florida to visit my nephews and niece later this month. I still haven't decided what to knit my (almost) 5 y.o. niece. I think I'm going to wait until after I visit her to decide. It's tough being that they live in FL!
3. Wound and almost OTN: I bought some Paton's SWS yesterday for a X-Mas gift (multi-directional diagonal scarf).