Thursday, August 28, 2008

SP12 Surprise, SP12 Questions #11 and 12

I got this in the mail the other day... It's a postcard from my SP12 spoiler.
Thanks go out to my SP12 spoiler for brightening my day!

SP12 Question of the Week #11
What's the best thing you've ever received in the mail/post?
I can't say that I can think of something specific. I love getting stuff in the mail and I love surprises. I've enjoyed many care packages, swap packages, gifts, and etc.

SP12 Question Of the Week #12

I’m sure most of us have a proudest moment when it comes to knitting. A project or technique that you’ve tackled and completed beautifully. What is your proudest knitting moment?? I still consider myself a "newbie" in terms of techniques but I was proud of the Purple Purl Scarf, MultiDirectional Diagonal Scarf, Triple Grrr Lion Washcloths, that were gifted last year to a friend, my dad and my nephews. Each time it was nice to see that they enjoyed their gifts. I enjoyed sharing my knitting with each of them.

And on the flip side? What is the one thing that you can’t get right? What is that one project that you’ve never been able to complete? Or that you did complete but then hid away instantly because it was too embarrassing? I don't really have anything in that category... just yet ;) I guess if you count something lingering OTN, my Fiber Trends Felted Clogs. I have one mostly done. I should just finish them so I can wear them and free up their needles!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Tagged!

Whee I was tagged! The race has begun! That means it was my turn to receive a box with dish rag cotton, a pattern and some goodies. It was my turn to knit a dish rag as fast as possible and pass on the pattern and some goodies to the next team member.

Being an excited captain for team Dishin' It Out in Dish Rag Tag (the Sequel) this time around, I figured I'd post something to walk participants through the race. There are several veterans from last years race on my team, as well as several who didn't participate last time. Emily has done an awesome job explaining, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to try and explain the process in other words also. If anyone sees anything that is incorrect, please let me know.
  • Once you've been tagged (i.e. the person before you has received the box and logged in to DRT to report it) you will be notified when you login to DRT. Priority mail states that it can take 1-3 days to arrive at it's destination. Note: If you log in before you've physically received the box, wait to check off that you've received it, as not to goof up the neat widget that Emily has set up.
  • Now is the time where you hurry and wait. I'd suggest to have already picked up your goodies and dishrag cotton before your tagged so that your ready. But if you haven't stocked up, do so now.
Emily sent me a skein of Sugar 'N Cream with measuring cups, candy, and a recipe along with the Official Dish Rag Tag The Sequel Pattern and Official Rules
  • Once your box arrives, remember to treat it gently. Emily has posted this on her forums, and I've also seen the boxes far into the race. They go through a beating. Make sure you cut the tape and resist the urge to just rip it off. The tape works much better as a buffer on the box instead of removing pieces of the cardboard with it each time it is opened which instead weakens the box.
  • Now that you've received the box you can log back in and report when you received it and you will be prompted to select who you are mailing to. Carefully select who you are mailing to, and you will be presented with that persons mailing address. (*Important* make sure you know who you are mailing to. I am fairly certain that once you select one person you will only be able to see their address. If you choose incorrectly, this could goof up your teams selected mailing order considerably.) You can print the mailing address straight from there and avoid any errors when handwriting (which was what I did and recommend) if you prefer. This will tag the next member of your team letting them know that they will be receiving the box soon.
Could not capture the detail in the cloth, but the pattern is much more visible in person. It still keeps the pattern a secret for while the race is going on.
  • Now is the time to take out your sharpened knitting needles and knit faster than you have ever knit before, while following Emily's pattern (included in the box) with the dish rag cotton that you received in the box.
  • Once you have cast off you can take pictures, as I did, or proceed to packing your box for the next leg of the race. You get to keep the dish rag that was shipped to you in the box, along with any goodies inside.
You must include:
1. The pattern sheet
2. The rule sheet
3. A skein of dishrag cotton
4. The dish rag that you have just completed.
5. Any other small goodies that you want to include (I recommend candy, it keeps the
sugar high going. I sent a second skein of cotton in my package. Only one is required.)
  • Carefully seal the box and attach the label. (I like to sign and/or decorate the box before I ship it out, but it's up to you and your team.)
  • Head to the post office. You want to mail the box at your local U.S.P.S using Priority Mail with delivery confirmation. *Important* you will disqualify your team if you don't follow this rule.
  • Once you have mailed your package be sure to hold on to the delivery confirmation stub. You can then log in to DRT and you will be prompted to report when the you mailed the box. You will also be prompted to enter the delivery confirmation number for tracking purposes.
  • Now you can get back to work or doing whatever it was when your package arrived before you dropped everything to knit. Remember to log into the forums to cheer on the next legs of the race!
P.S. You'll notice that I haven't received a dish rag yet. Emily changed things a bit from last year and is sending the captains (who are all receiving the box straight from Emily and were the first leg of the race) the dish rag that is sent to her at the end of the race.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Let the race begin! Summer of Yarn Package #2 and SP12 Question #10

Dish Rag Tag has almost begun! I was assigned as the captain for team #20, called Dishin' In Out, so I'm sure I'll be posting about our progress frequently ;) The host, Emily, mails the packages on Aug. 15th and it goes to captains first, to each of the 11 remaining team members, and back to Emily across the finish line. Let the race begin!

I got a great second package from my Summer of Yarn spoiler. I had been house/barn sitting for the past week and couldn't get my camera in the same room with the box. It finally worked out last night.
She sent me four skeins of Bute, two felt book marks, a beautifully etched stone, a zippered pouch which will most likely reside in one of my to-go bags for stitch markers and other small necessities, "A" post-its, and a cute mug with a little bear inside. Also, 3 chapstick's (I could never have too many flavors, I am addicted!) and hand lotion which were both inside a clear cube which could be used to show off some lovely yarn afterward.

The yarn is lovelier in person, as expected ;) My spoiler told me they found it in a store that sells different exotic yarns. The blue is so beautiful and the yarn is soo squooshy! I'm sure if I saw it somewhere I would have picked it up for myself.
Here's a close-up of the stone. I really like it. I have to find a place to keep it where I'll see it every day. It's so cheery. Underneath it is the zippered pouch that I'm sure will be put to use soon. I've already tried the lotion, it's awesome!
Thanks for another awesome package! Your doing an awesome job picking out things for me, They're awesome!

SP12 Question of the Week #10
What Olympic event would best describe you knitting/knitting style?
I would have to say Diving. I like to have things just right, and I typically jump right into a project. Lately I have been trying to finish up the ones that are already OTN, but I find myself casting on for something new quite often.

OTN: Speaking of my cast-on issues, I casted on another Baby Bib from Mason Dixon from #3 of my Summer Knitting Goal list.
Peeking at my list made me realize I've got a bit more to go. First day of fall looks to be September 22nd.

Blue Italics indicates DONE
Bold indicates in progress

1. Complete a burp cloth to gift with Bib I made last week. DONE
2. Complete a square for something *top secret* (I will reveal later!) DONE
3. Complete another baby gift set (College Roommate due in Fall). Casted on Bib
*4. Washcloth (or 2) for a Swap (Summer of Yarn, or also SP12 too if I have time).
5. Start my first shawl. (Notice the key word, start) (Forest Canopy Shawl, Simple Lace Shawl).
6. Work on some more projects that have been OTN far too long.
(I have done this, but still have projects OTN that could use some attention)

*I joined Dish Rag Tag after making these goals. I wanted to make a washcloth for a swap. May substitute the cloth I will make for my leg of the race for #4.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Second SP12 Package and Catching Up on SP12 Questions (#8 and 9)

I got my Second SP12 package!
She found this book on my Amazon wishlist... sneaky sneaky... She also made me a book thong to help me keep my place!
My spoiler picked out a lovely skein from Cherry Tree Hill. She sent me the pattern for Juliet that I've been thinking of making for quite a while. (I thought it would be a good pattern for my first sweater.) Also I got a lovely smelling lavender sachet for my stash, highlighters in my favorite colors, and some Jelly Belly's along with a beautiful card with another cute poem inside.
Close-up of the Cherry Tree Hill, I can't wait to work with it, it's sooo yummy!
Here's a close-up of the beautiful beading. She's quite the artist, whoever my spoiler is! Thanks go out to my SP12, your doing an awesome job spoiling me! Thanks for another great package!

My lab just moved on Friday so I've been a * bit * busy. Also, this coming weekend is the first horse show of the season that I'm riding my horse in since her injury last season. In this craziness I managed to fall behind enough where I have two SP12 questions of the week to post. Whew!


SP12 Question # 8
What is your favorite supper for a hot summer evening?
A nice and fresh salad. Once it gets hot I don't want to eat anything heavy!

SP12 Question #9

Have you ever entered your knitting (or anything else) in the fair? Would you ever consider it?
Not yet.. but maybe some day.
When I was really little I used to enter the doll carriage parades that my town held near the Fourth of July. One year I won a huge trophy. That's as close as competing into a fair as I can remember.

Had soo much fun last year, had to play again!
Sign-ups may still be open.