Friday, May 25, 2007

Three Things In Common...

  • Go visit some blogs for people who are participating in this swap.
  • Find THREE people that you have something in common with - BESIDES the fact that you knit ;)
  • Make a post linking to those 3 blogs, and tell what it is you have in common with the person on that blog!
1. Mary and I have the "Goodies in a Bottle" in common---she's received one, and I've sent one to someone. They're a "hoot" to fill and mail, and you receive many strange looks, but it's officially OK to send via the post office. :)
2. Kristen and I have the same first name...Kristen! (Except I'm only called that by strangers, by my siblings, or when I'm in trouble.
3. Tiffany and I both love pink and brown together!

While entering this blog contest, it was nice to actually look for common threads besides knitting...I found many little bits of common interests with quite a lot of these ladies!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

So True...

You are Milk Chocolate

A total dreamer, you spend most of your time with your head in the clouds.
You often think of the future, and you are always working toward your ideal life.
Also nostelgic, you rarely forget a meaningful moment... even those from long ago.

One Little Monkey Sitting In a Tree...

I've completed my first monkey sock for the Monkey Sock 2 swap...and the ribbing of the second sock is completed...I'm just about to start those 6 repeats of the pattern. it is! :)

Also...for pictoral fun...this is a Leetle Bag made for me by a good's a nice size of sock knitting, and she handcrafted it out of Japanese fabrics from her trip last year with a cream kimono fabric liner. Simple, yet beautiful!

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Favorite Knitting Spot!

My favorite places to Knit

For Question # 3 Contest #2 of the Spring Felted Bag Exchange:

Where's your favorite place to knit or crochet? Describe (or show!) us where you sit and how you most enjoy your craft!

Well, my favorite knitting spot is the living is close by, sun shines through the window, I can curl up on the couch with a blankie and coffee (it's still cool in New England) and I'm most relaxed here. An added bonus: puppy can't reach my yarn, Nonni biscotti, or coffee. I can also "see" what the kiddos are up to...while I have my "mom" radar on!
I take my knitting everywhere in a cute fabric bag from Jennifer from
It has two compartments, and big enough for socks, yet small enough to shove in another bag with books, etc. I get laughed at sometimes, but the same people who snicker at me are the same people who ask "When are you knitting ME a pair of socks?" Yeah...right. :)
Knitting calms me down, allows me time to focus on prayer for others, for my husband and children, and to settle my "AADD" mind down while I try to attempt to sort out the day's activities and priorities. I simply can't sit without knitting or a book in my hand. I don't read as much, with knitting taking over, sort of!
My second favorite place: Once a year we load up the Suburban and head to Outer Banks, NC where we have a cottage....I load up on books and knitting. As long as there is shade...I can knit.
It helps that there's a cute little yarn shop on the island, called Knitting Addiction. Nice vacation yarn stop!!!

SecretPal 10 "Flash My Stash" Photo

This is just the tip of the iceberg...excuse the messy corner of my room, too. This is "THE BASKET" of yarn that hubby sees...messy, but "containable". The REST of the stash is in little plastic storage bins tucked safely in my closet...which I can't get to today. But this is my "official" stash pile. Now, sister of mine, who reads my blog, DO NOT share stashed stash story with my hubby! What is shoved in the closet...STAYS in the closet! (speaking of yarn, that is).

Ribbit...Ribbit...I've frogged half my Monkey :)

"Frogged half my Monkey"...that sounds kind of weird, huh? But I did. Lesson learned. :)
I was merrily knitting my Monkey on #2 dpns with Koigu, as that gave me my gauge so the sock would fit the recipient. I switched to #1s for the heel and just kept knitting....oops....
Funny thing is...I was hurrying myself, and didn't LOOK at the whole sock...AND as I was ready to Kitchener the toe...I said...OH MY...IT LOOKS LIKE AN ELF'S SOCK! (the foot of the sock, that is).
Did you know it takes only 2 minutes to frog half a sock, that took hours to knit? Many of you already know this, but this was my first time. :)
So...I've switched back to the correct needles, and my secret pal will have socks that fit!
I'm home from church with a sick 8 yr old, so I'll have a few hours to catch up on my knitting. :)