Saturday, February 10, 2007

I NEED to make this! (No, not today)

Happy Saturday...Teens left early am to set up for the church Valentine's Dinner (which hubby and I will attend tonight), the youngest is at a sleepover = NO KIDS! :) Sink is empty, clothes are washing, floor is room is the "catch all" spot...but that can wait. I'll be knitting today, then spending time with hubby here at home...just relaxing.
BUT...I found this great pattern...the Booga Bag by Black Sheep Bags. Isn't it awesome? Simple, cute, and as I'm a bagaholic, I think it NEEDS to be bumped into my knitting project list. However, this means I NEED to hit the shop I found: Ewe'll Love It, and get 3 skeins of Noro Kureyon. Do I have time for this? the resources? No. I need to wait...and I can. :) But I will make it. Soon. I haven't felted before (gasp). Well, except for felting a ball years ago for one of the children.

Friday, February 9, 2007

FCS2 Survey

Favorite Color Swap Questionnaire

1. What are your top three favorite colors? Purples, Greens, Cherry Red

2. What crafts do you really enjoy? Knitting, some beading (I make book thong and stitch markers), and quilting with batiks and Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

3. What products do you really covet? BMFA sock yarns, Colinette jitterbug yarn,laceweight yarns,rosewood needles, Zephyr laceweight yarns, handpainted soft sock yarns in jeweltone colors... Gee, I'm not supposed to covet, but these are them. :)

4. What other activities do you enjoy besides your favorite crafty things?Reading mysteries, adventure nonfiction, cooking, I love hanging out at Barnes and Noble. A lot.I'm a Dunkin Donuts-aholic...I love their coffee on the way to wherever I'm heading.

5. Is there anything you collect? costume pins, shawl pins, yankee candles infood scents, yarn, odd bookmarks...

6. What is your zodiac sign and/or Chinese zodiac symbol? rubbish. :)

7.What are your favorite:

scents/smells? coffee. :) Others: lavender, rose, cucumber/melon blend.

types of music and/or bands? Contemporary Celtic, Gaither Vocal Band, George Winston

authors? Debbie Macomber, Tess Gerritsen,mysteries, nonfiction...

animals? miniature schnauzers

places to shop? LYS (The Elegant Ewe), online knitting stores, Barnes andNoble...

season? I like Spring the best, I think. Then Fall.

yarn/fabric/paper/other craft supplies? I love handpainted sock yarns, Kaffe Fassett fabrics, unique beads for making book thongs (bookmarks) and stitchmarkers. But really, I'm not picky, just grateful. :) These are my favorites,though.

candies or goodies? Swedish Fish, Snickers, Milk Chocolate, chocolate in general...

8. Do you have any wish lists? I have a booklist on Amazon (link is on my blog).

9. Are you allergic to anything? No.

10. Do you have any pets? What are they? Hannah, my 10 yr old miniature schnauzer; Toby, 10 yr old 120 lb. shepherd mix; Grady and Missy (our 2 cats);Peaches the guinea pig, 5 cockatiels (they belong to my son, and stay in his room);and 1 chicken and 2 ducks.

11. Please include anything else you would like your secret pal to know about you- anything that would be helpful in finding you little gifts that you will really enjoy. Not picky. Not a "country cutsie" type, despite the fact that welive in NH and have ducks :) I'm a Christian. My teens think I'm old. :)
I love colors!

Knitty Stuff

I blocked the cute cherry red bookmark that I made yesterday (see blog below for credit to Juli!) and it's too cute...I still need to sew buttons on it, but not crazy about the ones I've still looking for some flat, funky buttons. I also picked up a package at the Post Office for me...a sight unseen Vera Bradley straw tote looked cute on ebay, but it's HUGE!!! I need something smaller...I like this one, so I guess I'll try to make my own next week.
I'm casting my Lover's Leap BMFA yarn today for a pair of socks...pattern decision is STILL up in the air...need another cup of coffee to make the choice! :)

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Thursdays Ramblings...

What a day! Packed full, and I'm glad tomorrow is Friday. Our homeschool high school drama group is producing the play "I Remember Mama" in May, and I'm involved with the prop crew.
A great group of kids, and my eldest plays Papa. I gave the prop crew mini M&M's to keep them energized! After rushing to mail a Knitty VD swap package, I ran home to make a chicken/tortellini with spinach soup, and I was able to sneak out (with hubby's blessing) with a friend to head to an awesome knit shop..."Ewe'll Love It" in Nashua, NH. What a place. I felt every skein that I could. My brain is in "yarn overload", but I'll be back there Sat. morning, with my list in hand! I really liked the Colinette "Jitterbug" sock yarn, and their selection of patterns, books, and the general layout of the's huge. I'm also thinking of trying a pattern out of Victorian Lace Today, but not until I get this cardigan and a pair of socks done.
The highlight of the trip to the LYS was good fellowship time with my friend, a hot cup of DD coffee, and a chocolate dipped pretzel.
OH...BY THE WAY...The Lantern Moon small project bags are wonderful! So soft, beautiful but simple, and perfect for sock knitting. I know, because C surprised me with one in a beautiful sheen of purple.
I've been knitting a cute little bookmark out of #10 Cherry Red crochet thread from an easy pattern from Juli's Jots, on size 0 needles. What a nice way to break in these new rosewood DPNs. I'm blocking it tonight, then sewing on a few flat decorative buttons. My eyes are not used to small needles, but I'd better get used to them for the next socks.

Chocolate is ALWAYS appreciated!

A big thank you to my secret pal in the Knitty Rutabaga swap...I received a lovely angel card and a nice bar of luscious organic milk chocolate. Yum... and none left over for the kids. :)

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Don't be Chicken!

Don't be "CHICKEN" to frog! Once again, I frogged this simple lacey cardigan for quite a few rows...I'm not sure if I had to, but it really bugs me when I'm a stitch now we're back on track.
P.S. My Knitty Mellow Secret Pal is wonderful! (Thank you for sending me notes and e-cards! They are very much appreciated... :)

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Super-Frogging Sunday (aka Superbowl Sunday)

Do I watch football? I must admit that I only look at it because I love my hubby. So...the Superbowl is on (or, what's left of it after we returned from church tonight)...and I've been frogging rows and rows of my nubby purple back scoop cardigan...the one I thought "I'd whip up"in a few days...HA HA! :) I keep making the mistake of talking and simple picot CO and BO, and lose a few stitches ....not the results I want. So..I frogged back a few HOURS of knitting and then I'm going to be careful. Right. I still don't see how I made such simple must have been the talking.
I celebrated Superbowl Sunday as any good Knitter should...I went to church today, and went to the LYS Superbowl Sale on Saturday...with C, my partner in crime/shopping sprees. We ran up to The Elegant Ewe, and bought a few goodies for ourselves, I'm ashamed to admit.
Here's a beautiful and soft and "feel good" skein of yarn...the digital doesn't do it justice...but it's a yummy pink and brown....soon to be socks.
Pet Peeve of the Day: Ordering rosewood circulars, waiting patiently, and when the box comes...the shipping receipt says "out of stock." Grrr... I wish I was notified BEFORE the box arrived. :)
Blessing of the Day: Too many to count; but I enjoyed fellowshipping with a few of the young adults today, and having time to frog my project!