Monday, December 10, 2007

Thank You SP Pal, Natalie

Can you say "WOW - what a haul??" I am tellin' ya - Natalie spoiled me and spoiled me good. This was her first SP swap, can you believe it. Every package was just so - items wrapped in tissue, etc. But, Natalie is a teacher, so I suspect that this comes from her training/background... other teachers I know would have done the same - teachers are special that way. The basket is going to look great in the new kitchen (moving sucks by the way). The two towels are perfect for the color in the kitchen!! (it's like she spied on me or something...) The stitch markers are double cute - rings on both ends.. so they fit size 5 or 10 - how clever is that?? Can you see the green coffee cozy?? It's adorable - and I don't have one. I think I'll keep it in my purse, so when I go to starbucks or some other coffee shop my mug will be stylish!! The candle in a tin is a cranberry scent - very nice and I love the fall leaves ornament. I am thinking of hanging it in the guest bathroom. The project bag with the tiny apples print contained 2 SKEINS OF LORNA'S LACE in Douglas Fir (I know, 2 skeins!!). I have been using the jar of lanolin and collagen creme every day and n ight on my poor dry feet.. they love it. The 2 bags of California Crunchies - lasted about a nano second. my son loved the one bag!! The Boy Child is so cute, he asks me to knit him stuff and takes a genuine interest in my swap goodies!! awwwwww. The smaller project bag has a built in yarn cutter (see close up, can you tell??) and a magnetic weekly planner.. The biscotti - my all time fav breakfast food tastes wonderful - cranberry/orange/walnut... the glam piggy is adorable too. All in all Natalie rocks! I love every package she has sent and think that if there is a nomination for best swap pal for round 11, Natalie should win it. You can visit her at - OK, gotta run - moving stinks and I have stuff to unpack... The Girl Child and her inlaws are coming for Christmas...running out of time to get ready.. yikes.. when will i ever finish my socks (many pair) the tilted duster, etc etc etc.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Christmas Quiz and Pic

Greetings from me again. Here is a picture of me (standing and looking like a dork) and one of my SFS buddies. I was in Monterey and we got a chance to meet and hang out at her LYS, Monarch Knitting & Quilts.
After we hung out at Monarch, we had a lovely lunch, went to visit puppies at a local adoption place and the i was dropped off back at my hotel.
Here is a little Christmas Quiz to copy and paste on to your blog:
Welcome to the 'Christmas Edition' of getting to know your friends. If you post to your blog, leave a comment here so I can go and read all about you!!
Don't forget to change all the answers so they apply to you.
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper.
2. Real or Artificial tree ? Real, but for the past few years we have had a fake tree. This year we will have both.

3. When do you put up the tree? When time permits. The fake tree will go up soon after we move.... this weekend? or maybe next? The real tree will be chopped and installed when The Girl Child and her hubby come home for Christmas, probably on the 22nd.
4. When do you take the tree down? A week or so after Christmas.

5. Do you like Eggnog? Not really.
6. Favorite Gift you received as a child? Don't recall any specific Christmas gift as a child.
7. Do you have a nativity scene? yes, several.
8. Hardest person to buy for? spouse
9. Easiest person to buy for? myself....LOL....probably my kids.
10. Worst Christmas gift ever received? A hairdryer. I don't even use a hairdryer!! (sorry sweetie... love you tons anyway)
11. Christmas Cards...Snail mail or E-mail? Snail mail.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? I love the old classic cartoons - Rudolf, Frosty, etc. I like teh movie - the one where the Ralphy wants a bb gun...
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Usually around November... but I am always in a panic around Dec. 20th.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? NO.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Hubby's Christmas Tomales.
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Multi-color. We trade off each year on who gets to decorate. I like "themed" trees, hubby likes everything but the kitchen sink trees.
17. Favorite Christmas Song? Silent Night.
18. Travel at Christmas or Stay Home? Stay home
19. Can you name Santa's Reindeer? Nope.
20. Do you have an Angel or a Star on top of your tree? Sometimes an angel, sometimes a star, one year a sombrero. Felis Navidad!!
21. Open the Presents Christmas Eve or Morning? Christmas morning
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Christmas music in the stores the day after halloween. GAG. & peopple being too PC. It's christmas OK. Don't wish me happy holiday or call it a "family tree" it's a stinkin' Christmas parade not a santa parade... there is a reason why we celebrate holiday... ok so it's waaaay commercialized now and most kids don't know the story of baby Jesus, etc.... but HELLLLOOOO... it's Christmas.. not a winter break.. nuff said, off my soap box now, thank you for your time.
23. Shopping...mall or online? I prefer to touch and feel. Mostly the mall or small mom and pop shops.
24. Do you decorate outside for Christmas or just inside (or at all?) Mostly inside.
25. Favorite Christmas cookie? the kind that are still warm out of the oven.
26. Do you own Christmassy clothing or jewelry? Yes. A sweater and a pin or 2.
27. Do you believe in Santa? I believe in the spirit of santa.. think of hte old editorial Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Clause.... i love that!!

Tampon Saves Marine!!

OK, most of my little blog snoopers know that I knit socks for Socks for Soldiers (I knit slowly, but I knit). On one of our groups message board do-dahhh things was the following story. I have not gone to Snopes to see if it is true - and really who cares... it's a feel good story. Read on:

Here is a good story. Tampons to the rescue in Iraq !! Don't worry, it's a good story, and worth reading. It's even humorous in parts. It's from the mother of a Marine in Iraq .

My son told me how wonderful the care packages we had sent them were, and wanted me to tell everyone thank you. He said that one guy we'll call Marine X, got a girl care package and everyone was giving him a hard time. My son said, "Marine X got some really nice smelling lotion and everyone really likes it, so every time he goes to sleep they steal it from him." I told my son I was really sorry about the mistake, and if he wanted I would send Marine X another package.

He told me not to worry about Marine X because every time I send something to him, Marine X thinks it's for him, too. He said when my husband and I sent the last care package, Marine X came over to his cot picked up the box, started fishing through it, and said, "What'd we get this time?"

My son said they had the most fun with Marine X's package. He said he wasn't sure who we were sending the pack to, but the panties were size 20, and he said one of the guys got on top of the Humvee and jumped off with the panties over his head and yelled,"Look at me, I'm an Airborne Ranger!!!!" One of the guys attached the panties to an antenna and it blew in the wind like a windsock. He said it entertained them for quite awhile. Then of course...... .they had those tampons. When he brought this up, my imagination just went running, but he continued.

My son said they had to go on a mission and Marine X wanted the Chap-Stick and lotion for the trip. He grabbed a bunch of the items from his care package and got in the Humvee. As luck would have it he grabbed the tampons too, and my son said everyone was teasing him about "not forgetting his feminine hygiene products." He said things went well for a while, then the convoy was ambushed and a Marine was shot. He said the wound was pretty clean, but it was deep. He said they were administering first aid but couldn't get the bleeding to slow it down, and someone said, "Hey! Use Marine X's tampons!"

My son said they put the tampon in the wound. At this point my son profoundly told me, "Mom, did you know that tampons expand?" ("Well....yeah! ") They successfully slowed the bleeding until the guy got better medical attention. When they went to check on him later the surgeon told them, "You guys saved his life. If you hadn't stopped that bleeding he would have bled to death." My Son said, "Mom, the tampons sent by the Marine Moms by mistake saved a Marine's life."

At this point I asked him, "Well, what did you do with the rest of the tampons?" He said, "Oh, we divided them up and we all have them in our flak jackets, and I kept two for our first aid kit." I am absolutely amazed by the ingenuity of our Marines. I can't believe that something that started out as a mistake then turned into a joke, ended up saving someone's life. My sister said she doesn't believe in mistakes. She believes God had a plan all along. She believes that "female care package" was sent to Marine X to save our Marine. Either way, our efforts have boosted the morale of many Marines, provided much needed items for our troops, AND saved the life of a Marine!God bless every one of you for your efforts and hard work, and God bless ourMarines, Army, Navy, Air Force, and all our military service personnel. (end of post).

Me again: how cute is that?? Again, not sure if it's true, but it sure is possible!! It's been crazy here since a few days before Thanksgiving... FIL is now in ICU - he was supposed to be discharged to a SNF for rehab yesterday. So this is a set back needless to say... I have taken pics of socks, etc. and my buddy Heatherly is going to assist in the seaming of my tilted duster this evening.... we may be moving into the new house this weekend as well...

Monday, November 26, 2007

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..

Well, MY Thanksgving was rather wonderful. My husband's - not so much. We had an early am flight on Wed. and with a 1.5 hour drive to the airport (we live in the sticks). We had to get up early. On Tues DH (darling husband) went to check on his dad, to be sure he did not need anything before we left for the holiday.... long story short - he fell, broke his hip and had to be taken via ambulance to hospital. DH did not make it home until 5:30am Wed morning - to wake me up, so I could get to the airport and spend turkey day with The Girl Child and her new hubby and his parents, et al. So, we canceled the rental car (the girl picked me up at the airport), we canceled DH's flight and off I went to sunny so cal.....

Father in law is still in the hospital. They could not stablize him until Thursday morning, so that is when they did the surgery. Apparently the ball thingy on the top of the femer, the part that is in the hip/pelvic socket, snapped off... ouch. Lots of other medical issues, and now his "good leg" is in reality his bad leg. This makes physical therapy very difficult. We are now making arrangments for skilled nursing - where he would go anyway for rehab, but in all honesty - I don't think he'll be able to rehab sufficiently to live alone again. Poor baby, his goal now is to be able to get out of bed to use the bathroom by himself.

Our assistant is amazing. she brought DH a plate of food from her family's T-day dinner and even invited DH to attend their festivities. How sweet is that??

I'll post some pictures later - probably tomorrow - I got to meet up with one of my Socks for Soldier's buddies and she emailed me a picture of the two of us! That was my last sane weekend. LOL.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Over The River & Through The Woods

Well,not exactly...I am NOT cooking Thanksgiving for the first time in about 25 years!! I am off to spend the holiday with my daughter and her in-laws.. It will be fun to be sure. Sunny sky - beaches, who could ask for anything wish me luck as i pack my knitting bag to fly the friendly skies..... see ya all next week. have a wonderful holiday, be safe and pick up those pointy sticks...

Thursday, November 15, 2007

If This is thursday . . .

Greetings blog snoopers....Tonight is Spinning Guild night.. I am not sure what fiber this month is, but I can assure you.. I am not spinning it. I purchased 8 oz of Louet's "cotton candy" a lovely wool/pastel roving. I have spun up a bobbin's worth of lovely sock yarn - and did not put a dent in that bag. I'll be spinning this until the cows come home. I am casting off on the second lacey thong undies for The Girl Child, I am about to turn heals on a pair of "big black socks" for Socks for Soldiers; I have blocked the fronts and back of my tilted duster sweater and finished one sleave.. the second sleave should (I say "should" be done by this weekend.. and then it will be time to attach all the parts together and begin the duster portion of the project. I have some other socks OTN as well, but just about 3" of ribbing so far.

Heather and I are to start our own little knit along in November, I have the yarn, not sure about the needle size and I (obviously) have not cast on yet.. Heather, no doubt is done with the project!!

OK, gotta run. Iam at work - just thought i better post before someone reports me as MIA or something.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Pay It Forward (update)

Some time ago I posted a "Pay It Forward" on this blog. The deal was, I would send a handmade something to the first 3 who said they would participate (ie send to others)... Just like the movie Pay It Forward (but with a happier ending). In my "in box" mail, I received an email from Devin, which reads:

As we move closer to the Holidays. I'm thinking more and more about good will, etc. And I have not forgotten about you - my pay it forward recipients. It order to make you something that you will actually will like- I need you to answer a few questions.

1. Are there any colors you hate?
2. Are there any colors that you adore?
3. It there a small project that you would not make for yourself- but that you would like to have?
4. During cold weather- do you need hats/scarfs/mittens? (This is a climate survey)
5. Is there something that you DON'T want you to make for you?
6. Fiber allergies?

So, to those of you who replied to my blog that you wanted to participate: Please cut and past Devin's little survey and post to your blog. I'll go blog snooping in the next few days and see what your replies are!!


Thursday, November 8, 2007

Road Trip

I am off again - another road trip.. another conference. I'll be back on Monday. This trip takes me to NOrthern California - and what luck... a yarn shop 1 block from the hotel!! Of course I'll be in meetings during their "open" hours, but I can smoosh my face agaist the window and look inside!! I have blocked the front and sides of my tilted duster sweater, and I am almost done with sleeve #2!! I'll blog next week. Sonsere - I got your card.. too cute - and so sorry to hear about your mom. Blogger hugs to both of you!!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Thank You SP Pal

Trick or Treat!! Look what Mr. Mailman delivered!! First let me say that whoever invented chocolate covered sunflower seads - BRAVO!! I have never had them before!! The Lindor Truffles are my all time fav chocolate as well...I don't know if you can tell in the picture, but just above the two punkin candles, is a little ducky soap, but he is dressed up like a mummy!! How flippin' cute is that?? The box with all the leaves held the punkins..

Get ready to put on your green with envy hat, check out this yarn: 60% merino wool; 20% alpaca and 20% silk... it is to "dye" for. Soft as soft can be and here is the best part. a portion of every purchase goes to a school in Peru - find out more by visiting each skein is 55 years - enough to make the cabled hat posted above. I think I can make the Lion Brand Valentine socks with this too. Gotta run boss man pulling into parking lot.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

I Love My Hat

How adorable is this? My "hate-fest" is over! I went to my LYS yesterday and whinned shamelessly about how the hat did not cover my earlobe....(they were kind enough not to point out that I had been told that by following the directions to the "t", the hat would NOT cover my earlobes. They were also kind enough to not remind me that I actually tried on the sample hat, made EXACTLY as the directions stated and it did in fact, not cover my lobes...but I digress). Someone had the BRILLIANT idea of adding a little crochet boarder around the bottom (see it?) and TAAAA-DAAAA my earlobes are now very toasty warm when the hat is on my head. I would have taken a self portrait, but did not want to mess the hairdo with hat head... The yarn is Debblie Bliss' Cashmereino - sinfully soft. I am sure when I wear this in public, Knitters and non-knitters alike will rush to me to feel the softness of this hat..... or not.....but they should. On the other knitting front - I am very excited that: 1. I am almost done with the first sleeve on my Tilted Duster.. Yippee for me... and that tomorrow my friend heather and I start our KAL... a pair of fingerless mits (bum gloves, as my daughter calls them). Purchased some lovely roytal blue kid mohair last night at Knit Wits (the LYS) to go with the yarn I purchased last week.. a sock weight yarn in browns and beige.. the blue really POPS in the contrst.. Heather and I agreed, we'd both cast on on the first....

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Above The Clouds

Here is a view off our back deck this morning. I love Fall!! Not sure if you can tell from the picture, but our deck is above the clouds as they float up the canyon. Normally, our view is of a canyon and the hills on the other side.... but today... today we were socked in the fluffy stuff. About 30 min after the picture was taken - we were IN the cloud.... I love it. Its now pushing 1pm. and we are cool, but sunny. I love this time of year!!

I knit up a cute little cable hat/beanie this weekend, only to have been bit in the arse by the karmic forces... I followed directions EXACTLY.. and even after being told/shown a finished hat by Devvy, my LYSO, that by starting the decreases at 5.5 inches from CO, the darn thing will not actualy cover the entire earlobe. *&^%$#!. I used a lovely lavendar yarn from Debblie Bliss (cashmerino) - I think it needs a pompom on top and now a little flower or something to cover one of the first cables I did, but with the yarn in front.. pitty I did not notice that sooner.. oh well. I'll take pictures of it after I am not totally pissed off at it (directing my anger at a knitted hat, how mature!). OK, back to work for me. .. not yet - this weekend i'll be spinning in PUBLIC - at some living history thing.. I don't even know what it is I am going to.. but I said I would do it and it sounds like fun.. so I am in!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Don't Forget

I rec'd an email today, which contained a Non Sequitor cartoon. The cartoon would not cut and paste into this post, so imagine if you will - this: Little girl sitting on park bench next to older man, who is reading the paper. She says something like "Geez, mister - that's a boreing tattoo, it's just a bunch of numbers." He says "I got it when I was about your age to remind me." She says "of happier times?" He says "No, when the world went mad" - then in the next panel she has her knees drawn in and i tear comes down her cheek..... then:

Please read the little cartoon carefully, it's powerful. Then read the comments at the end, and please - forward it!

We cannot, we must not, ever forget what happened in Europe over 60 years ago, because it could happen again. Anyone, any group, could be the target. It has been said that those who refuse to study history are doomed to repeat it. In this case, those who are attempting to rewrite history are probably planning to repeat it! The hatred is already there, in place, taught to the children from infancy, with promises of glory and honor to those who carry out the plans. Forewarned is forearmed, and I'm doing my small part by forwarding this message. I hope you'll do the same.

In Memoriam

It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians and 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated .

Now, more than ever, with Iran , among others, claiming the Holocaust to be "a myth," it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.

I can't imagine someone being so ignorant that they think the Holocaust is a myth or that it just did not happen - amazing. Please share, and if you have a tip for how to cut/paste the cartoon into my blog, let me know.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Wise Words

OK, most of you know that I belong to Socks for Soldiers, we knit black socks on tiny tiny DPNs and send them off to Kim, who ships them off to our soldiers. Here are two little ditties that were posted from someone on the group:

First...Do It AnywayBy Mother Theresa

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful,you will win some false friends and true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; It was never between you and them anyway.

Second, from the book "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz.



Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.


Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.


Find the courage to ask questions and to expresswhat you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.


Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment,self-abuse, and regret.

(back to me: Amazing hu?? Feel free to cut past and pass on. Try for one month to live by these principals.. Like that church who is doing the no complaining for 30 days thing.. it has taken some months to go 30 days straight without complaining!!)

Red Shirt Friday

If the Red shirt thing is new to you, read on:

(This is an email that has been going around for about a year. I can't verify if the story is true, and have not checked it out via, but even if the story is not true, the wearing of RED on Fridays is a nice way to show support. Here's the email text:

Last week, while traveling to Chicago on business, I noticed a Marine sergeant traveling with a folded flag, but did not put two and two together.

After we boarded our flight, I turned to the sergeant, who'd been invited to sit in First Class (across from me), and inquired if he was heading home. No, he responded.

Heading out I asked? No. I'm escorting a soldier home.

Going to pick him up? No. He is with me right now. He was killed in Iraq , I'm taking him home to his family.

The realization of what he had been asked to do hit me like a punch to the gut. It was an honor for him. He told me that, although he didn't know the soldier, he had delivered the news of his passing to the soldier's family and felt as if he knew them after many conversations in so few days.

I turned back to him, extended my hand, and said, Thank you. Thank you for doing what you do so my family and I can do what we do.

Upon landing in Chicago the pilot stopped short of the gate and made the following announcement over the intercom.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to note that we have had the honor of having Sergeant Steeley of the United States Marine Corps join us on this flight. He is escorting a fallen comrade back home to his family. I ask that you please remain in your seats when we open the forward door to allow Sergeant Steeley to deplane and receive his fellow soldier. We will then turn off the seat belt sign."

Without a sound, all went as requested. I noticed the sergeant saluting the casket as it was brought off the plane, and his action made me realize that I am proud to be an American.

So here's a public Thank You to our military Men and Women for what you do so we can live the way we do. Red Fridays.

Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing Red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the "silent majority." We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers.

We are not organized, boisterous or overbearing.Many Americans, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of America supports our troops. Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday -- and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that every red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar, will wear something red.

By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make the United States on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers. If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, coworkers, friends, and family, it will not be long before the USA is covered in RED and it will let our troops know the once "silent" majority is on their side more than ever, certainly more than the media lets on. The first thing a soldier says when asked "What can we do to make things better for you?" is. "We need your support and your prayers." Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example, and wear something red every Friday.

(OK, a note from me: Today on The Today Show, both Merideth and Ann were wearing shades of red!! Could have been a conicidence. I am wearing RED today and will try my darndest to do so every Friday until they all come home. This is one reason why I knit Socks for Soldiers... they are my little hug from home.)

Sunday, October 14, 2007

What's On The Bobbin??

A sort of recent purchase of Louette roving - 100% wool top in "Cotton Candy" - 8oz, think lots of pastels - pinks, yellow, lite oranges, etc. I purchased 8oz and spun away. When the bobbin was "about full", I decided to ply it. I transferred from the bobbin to my "handy andy Andian plying paddle" and then plied back onto the bobbin.

I then transferred said 2-ply on to my niddy-noddy, yielding 117 yards. I look the bag of un-spun roving to KnitWits (my local yarn shop) to weigh it (and buy some mohair roving). Doing some quick math - turns out 1 3/4 oz was used to get the 117 yards of 2 ply. For easy math - lets call it 2 oz = 117 yards; or 4 oz = 234 yards x 2 again for 8 oz = 468 yards of 2 ply from an 8 oz bag of roving. Is that enough to make a pair of socks?? I'll have to get out my little do-dah thing to see how many wraps per inch, but comparing it to sock yarn in the store, i'd say its sock yarn.

I was checking out one of InterWeave Press' "Knitting Daily" freebie patterns and printed out the Summer Shawlette" it looks cute, but I think I'd prefer it a bit longer, say to the elbow. (The picture shows it a few inches above the model's elbow.... anyway, not sure how to make it longer and not screw up the pattern. Any thoughts?? OK, i am off to go spin some mohair and take pictures of cotton candy handspun sock yarn!!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Thank You SP11 & I'm A Sh*thead

OK, First let me say, SP11 Pal, I am so sorry I took so long to post these pictures. Here is a run down on the haul: the book Knit Kimono, by Vicki Square!! I have been drooling over the pictures and can't decide what to make first! The Lindor truffles are now gone. I have this rule (which I broke) that says "You can't enjoy the bounty until you've given a proper thank you" but the chocolate sitting there on the table was too much and I caved. The bath "poof" which you can make out in the picture along with 4 bath/shower gels: Manhattan Freeze, Strawberry Smoothie, Hazelnut Blitz and Italian Parfait!! Some bath salts and bath bombs (the leaf and the fish) If you look left to right, it's the bath poof, a candle and then a little piggie bath scrubby thing. It's got like washcloth grade texxture to one side. Very cute. A piggy note book and piggy shaped note pad, that I have been using to keep track of rows on my knitting - very handy!! the above mentioned candle and little tray for it to sit on. the cutest sheep card ever. On the outside she's got her woolies on, on the inside of the card, along the bottom are skeins of yarn and the sheep is "nekked" (smile). Thank you SP11 Pal - you're the best. Her card said it was for a spa day and some light reading - I'll say!! Thanks again - I love all of it

Monday, October 8, 2007

Hogwarts Trivia - Round 2

Well, I messed up. I was out of town when the snitch was released, making it too late to post my trivia answers to count towards house points. Here are my answers anway:

1. In Deathly Hallows what does Harry step on when exiting his room to wash his cut?

a. A small figurine
b. A saucer
c. A teacup
d. A coffee cup

2. Which two members of the Order of Phoenix came to escrot the Dursleys to a safe place?

a. Arthur Weasley and Kingsley Shacklebolt
b. Dedalus Diggle and Hestia Jones
c. Dedalus Diggle and Kingsley Shacklebolt
d. Arthur Weasley ad Hestia Jones

3. In order to throw off the Death Eaters, several of Harry's friends take Polyjuice Potion to resemble him and each Harry goes with a different member of the Order of the Phoenix to a different location. Where do Ron (disguised as Harry) and Tonks go?

a. Aunti Muriel's house
b. Tonks' parent's house
c. Kingsley's house
d. Mad-Eye Moody's house

4. At Bill and Fleur's wedding, Harry must disguise himself by taking Polyjuice Potion and takes on the appearnce of a redheaded Muggle boy from Ottery St. Catchpol. He was introduced to wedding guests as Cousin . . .

a. Jimmy
b. Davy
c. Barny
d. Willy

5. Kingsley sends a message via Patronus to warn the Weasleys and wedding guests of the coming Death Eaters. What form does his Patronus take?

a. A German shepherd
b. A lynx
c. A bobcat
d. A coyote

6. In the Half-Blood Prince what drink does Romilda Vane try to give Harry?

a. Pumpkin Juice
b. Elf-Made Wine
c. Butterbeer
d. Gillywater

7. What is the name of the person that heads the Holyhead Harpies?

a. Gwenog Jones
b. Glen Jones
c. Gwenog Smith
d. Glen Smith

8. What tatoo is Harry reported to have on his chest?

a. Blast Ended Skrewt
b. Hippogriff
c. Unicorn
d. Mermaid

9. What color robes do the staff at Weasley's shop wear?

a. Buttercup
b. Magenta
c. Royal Blue
d. Aqua

10. Where do Nicolas Flamel and his wife Perenelle live?

a. Kent
b. Surrey
c. Manchester
d. Devon

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

the First of 2 posts today

My first post today will be pictures of my Hogwarts Sock Kit Swap - Will you check out the cool stuff that Natasha sent me?? Amazing or what?? I have take two pics of the bag she made (now I want the pattern) - the lining is just as cute as the outside!! The box also included such other goodies as (of course) sock yarn. I love the colors. Fall is in the air here (a brisk 54 this am) and needles to knit the socks up with. Stitch markers in my house colors!! You can't tell from the picture, but there is also a sock pattern, what I like to call "row counters" but muggles probably call "candy" (fudge, if you need specifics); a candle that smells heavenly and a book on knitting tips and tricks. I have not seen this one before and have enjoyed looking thru it. I have mentioned before that I knit for Socks for Soldiers, some of our knitters knit on sock knitting machines (see current issue of Spin Off magazine for cool article on thse machines), anyway, the books has info on the knitting machines. Something I have never really heard of before and now s uddenly - it's everywhere!! In addtion to the swap items for the exchange (sock kit), Natasha was kind enough to send some roving too. I am in love with the Llama she sent.. it's the dark brown in the picture. You just don't know how soft it is.. and while reading my current Spin Off magazine, the next "submit your yarn" due date is 12/01/07, the category for yarn includes camel, and other short hair fibers.. I am really hoping llama falls in this category and am I seriously thinking of submitting the required 5 yards. The yarn is then donated to a worthy charity - so everyone wins!! OK, gotta run - back to work. I'll try to post again later today about my SP11 goodies.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

PS 11 Package Arrived Today!!

OMG!! A heavy box arrived today from my SP11 spoiler!! I got a book, for some light reading - one I have wanted, Knit Kimono, by Vicki Square and a TON of bath stuff, for a 'spa day' - how cool is that?? There was also a candle, some bath salts, a cute piggy note pad, etc. I'll do a proper post when I get back from my convention. I leave in the am (I am still at work now) and will be back home Saturday, about dinner time.

Thank you my SP spoiler. You are doing a fine job of spoiling me!! Oh ya.. I am famous for trying to reply to blog comments sent to my email account. (duh). I tried to reply to your post about Hufflepuff/and Griffendor... how funny, we are both doing the same two swaps. I guess you can say we are obsessive about knitting stuff. If you tell me you just cast on the duster on the cover of Interweave Knits in the last 72 hours - I'll fall out of my chair. Did you know that one of the podcasts I listed to (ready set knit?) is doing the duster as a KAL?? Gotta run, boss is walkin' my way...

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Wedding Week is Over

Well, I made it... the mother of the bride survived 6 days of wedding festivities!! I don't normally post pictures without the person in the picture consent, but today I am making an exception: Here is the blushing bride and her new hubby. Don't you think the bride looks like her mom?? LOL. The officiant had just announced them as a couple, you know the drill, "may I present to you Mr. and Mrs..... blah blah blah" My darling baby girl had to strike a pose!! She is so cute. The reception was amazing. The staff/wedding coordinators at the hotel were amazing, they spotted and kicked out wedding crashers within SECONDS of them entering the room. At one point a lady crasher went up to the bar for a free cocktail. the bartender realized she did not really fit in and asked her the name of the bride and groom. When she could not answer, he had her escorted out of the room. Cool, hu?? Everyone received a small bottle of champagne and a chocolate bar - the wrapper had their names on it and the dates of their first date/engagement and wedding date. Too cute. I could go on and on and on, but I'll spare you!!
On the SWAP front: My SP11 has sent me a package, but it arrived when no one was home. He took the slip today saying it's ok to re-deliver - so I should have it tomorrow (9/26). Thank you SP11 buddy - I can't wait to see what you sent me!!
I have my bag ready for my HOGWARTS Sock Kit Swap, but need to put some finishing touches in the package and then that is out and in the mail... should be next week. The package is due by the end of October.
PAY IT FORWARD. I have two folks who left comments on pay it forward and want to participate in that. Very nice!!
I leave Thursday for a convention in SoCal. I'll be home Sat night and ready to knit. I am going to do the KAL on Ready Set Knit, the sweater on the cover of Interweave Knits..... Think I'll buy the yarn tonight and try to do a swatch at Knit Night (checkout the link to my LYS, they have it set up really cute.

Friday, September 14, 2007

I forgot to post Moaning Myrtle

I forgot to post Myrtle's picture on the picture scavenger hunt. Oopsie. Here she is. (and why does my computer want to bump me off line when I post these pictures?? ARRGGG.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Picture Scavenger Hunt

Here we go.. here are my pictures.

Hufflepuff Trivia

1. Who is the Hogwarts teacher that Voldermort performed the Avada Kedavra curse on in Deathly Hallows?

a. Mad Eye Moody
b. Charity Burbage
c. Irma Pince
d. Quirenius Quirrell

2. Who replaces the Muggles studies teacher in Deathly Hallows?

a. Charity Burbage
b. Irma Pince
c. Alecto Carrow
d. Dilys Dirwent

3. When Harry meets Mr. Olivander for the first time, which wand law is introduced?

a. Wands cannot be shared.
b. Spells can be worked with any want.
c. The wand chooses the wizard.
d. Only one wand will work properly for a wizard.

4. According to Mr. Ollivander, what is not necessary to take true possession of another wizard's wand?

a. to kill the owner
b. one cannot take possession of another wizard's wand
c. to force the wand away from it's owner
d. to ask the owner politely

5. If you know anything about Harry Potter, you will know that Harry's Patronus is a stag. But what is his best friend Ron Weasley's Patronus?

a. Otter
b. Owl
c. Weasel
d. Jack Russell Terrier

6. Now for the third member of the trio. What form does Hermione Granger's Patronus take?

a. Otter
b. Kneazle
c. Tabby Cat
d. Beaver

7. What did Mrs. Wealey make to eat the first night that Harry arrived at Grimmauld Place?

a. Stew
b. Goulash
c. Roast beef
d. Ham and chicken pie

8. In book 5, at the start of term feast, what is Ron eating when trying to talk to Nearly Headless Nick?

a. Treacle tart
b. Pork chop
c. Roast potato
d. Cottage pie

9. A half-giant called Rubeus Hagrid takes you to Diagon Alley for the first time. To get there, you go into the courtyard of a pub called the Leaky Cauldron. There, Hagrid taps a certain brick on the courtyard wall three times with his pink umbrella, revealing the entrance to Diagon Alley. As he decides which brick to tap, he mutters instructions to himself. What instructions does he mutter?

a. Third brick from the left above the dustbin
b. ‘Three up... two across
c. Three down ... four across
d. Four up ... three across

10. The first place you go in Diagon Alley is Gringotts bank, where you can withdraw money from your vault and Hagrid can withdraw a top-secret package from Vault No. 713 on Dumbledore’s orders. On the second set of doors leading into the bank you notice a poem written. These are the first two lines:Enter, stranger, but take heedOf what awaits the sin of greed,What is the next line?

a. For you’ll pay dearly in your turn
b. So if you seek beneath our floors
c. Thief, you are being warned, beware
d. ‘For those who take, but do not earn

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


Where were you?? I can recall the day vividly. I was getting ready to head out of town. My sister had died (Feb) and a probate hearing was being held the next day in a different county. I had a 4 hour drive ahead of me. My hubby and I were watching the Today Show, walking between the master bath and bedroom, doing hair, adding stuff to suitcases, etc. I recall walking into the bedroom and seeing on TV the clip of the plane hitting the WTC tower - and watching in horror - and then mention of the Pentagon and freaking out if my oldest brother was ok... and not being able to get thru via phone because all lines were jammed up.

We had to leave, we had to be at the hearing. We made our daughter swear she would not leave town limits, no driving to any city/state parks, nothing.. stay home!! She promised.

the drive past sac airport was creepy. NO planes in the sky - ANYWHERE. It was all very odd. and I recall the first time they let planes fly again and seeing a plane in the sky - and thinking how odd THAT was.

We made it to the hearing and back home safely. Our daughter stayed put at home. My brother was not at work that day and he was safe and sound.

Where were you?

Sunday, September 9, 2007

After (second post for today)

More pictures of my Miss Lucy - top two of some more "before" pictures - 4 legs. The third was taken this morning - you will note the absent leg. She is not real thrilled about the Buster Collar, but is learning to not walk into doorways with it. Personally, the most disgusting thing is the drain tube - I walk around her with a wet papertowl wiping up blood drips (gag). Thank goodness our house is mostly hardwood - the bedroom has carpet, but apparently this is going to be replaced in the next month or so. If a CSI team were to spray that stuff to see if any blood was around, I'd be in jail!! LOL. until the figured out it was doggie blood. Amazing, she is walking better now that when she had bum leg to hop around with. She is an amazing dog. Last night i layed down on the floor with her and just pet her and talked to her until she fell asleep - I do not look forward to when we have to put her down, and instead pray that she goes into the blue in her sleep, at peace and without trauma. She's my big baby, can ya' tell? Oh, ya - and the socks I finished up last night/this am.. wearing them now. Miss Lucy approves as well.

Before . . .

OK, before the battery on my camera died, I took some pictures. Here is my: 1 - Skein winder do-dah - BEFORE I cleaned it (it's still not cleaned); this is 2. the lacey thong undies i knit my girl child for her bridal shower. She told me the next day they were a smidge too small and could I make them bigger (sure, but guess what?? wedding is less than 2 weeks away and I have not finished the other pair. In fact THIS lacey thing is MIA. If you have it - I NEED IT BACK. That sounds like i just toss panties around like - well, I don't. I let someone borrow them from a knit night to show their co-workers that "this ain't your grandma's knitting" and I have not seen them since.... but then again, I have not seen the lady I loaned them to either - so it's all good and everything.. but i'd like them back and finally, picture 3 is the lovely Miss Lucy - the "before" surgery -as you can see, she is a 4 legged dog here. This picture was taken a month or more ago, can you see the bump on HER right leg? That's the cancer... it had gotten to be as big as a lime or small lemon.. I took some "after" pics this morning. nothing too grosss, but needless to say, it's not for the weak... My bad**s dog has a scar about 18" long! But the bad*s factor is diminished by the lovely lampshade she wears to stop her from licking the drain tube (barf) or staples (double barf). How did I raise two kids with such a weak stomach??

Friday, September 7, 2007

Pay It Forward

It’s the Pay It Forward Exchange. It’s based of the concept of the movie “Pay it Forward” where acts or deeds of kindness are done without expecting something in return, just passing it on, with hope that the recipients of the acts of kindness are passed on.

Here is how it works. I will make and send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment to this post on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I do not know what that gift will be yet, and it won’t be sent this month, probably not next month, but it will be sent (within 6 months) and that’s a promise! What YOU have to do in return, then, is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.

Remember, it's the first THREE who comment on the blog that they want to participate in the PAY IT FORWARD exchange.

PS: Lucy Update: She survived surgery, but is staying overnight at the vet's office. He wants to keep her movement to a minimum. We pick her up in the am. No biopsy on the tumor off her "good leg" - at this point it really does not matter if it's benign or malignant. She's had 2 shots of moraphine since surgery - great, a drug addict dog!! Rehab for Lucy! Maybe I should start calling her Lucky Lucy!!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Lucy UPdate

Well - we took Lucy to the vet today, thinking today may be THE day... she has a tumor on her good leg - I am such a good doggie mom - she burps and I call the vet. Nothing is too minor with her - so, the dr. was so impressed by how she is doing hopping around on 3 legs, that he suggests we amputate the bad leg. This is the "normal" procedure for bone cancer - chop off the cancer - he was worried that because she is such a big girl (today at 84 lbs, which is down from prior weights) she may not adapt well to not having a front let. The area where the cancer started is about the size of a lime now, the entire leg tooks "fake" and is larger than the "good leg" - ya' the good leg that now has a tumor up near the armpit. We need to call back later today to set up surgery for tomorrow am - she'll have plenty of time to recoup before the wedding... when it rains it pours. I can't find a picture of Lucy just now, but I'll take some "before" pictures tonight and some "after" pictures in a few days.. poor baby -

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Hogwarts Questionnaire

OK, so this is too late to earn house points, but I think my pal would appreciate the answers:

1. What Hogwarts house have you been sorted into? I am proud to say I am a Hufflepuff.

2. List your favorite double-point needle brands, including size and length. Or would you prefer circulars? Ohhhh, this is hard. I like needles for the project I am using them for. Since I do Socks for Soldiers - they require a tiny size 1 DPN - I like bamboo for that. For larger projects I like circulars - straights tend to feel like I am rowing a boat or something. EXCEPT that I purchased a size 15 circ for a stole I think I can get done before my daughter's wedding on the 22 (yes of THIS month), the kink in the cable was giving me fits, so i am back on straights - again bamboo.

3. Would you like to try a new brand needle? If so, which brand? Size? Length? I am always game for something new. I have enjoyed knitting with some lace needles, extra sharp points and miss them on the stole I am doing now, so my only "suggestion" for something would be circs with nice sharp points.

4. If you are a RAVENCLAW, do you prefer the colors in the film or the book? Do you have a strong preference? I am a Huffflepuff, but why are the housecolors different from movie to book?? I did not notice that.. Bad little wizard that I am.

5. Do you have any allergies? No, but I do prefer "smoke free" - i had this horrid cough for over a year, medical tests up the waaaazooo, no determination, but i am very sensitive to smoke.

6. If you are swapping scarves - what is your desired length for the pattern? This will help your partner find the pattern that is just right for you and buy yarn accordingly. OK, seriously, I need to go back and read the rules. I am not sure about the scarf thing, but just to be safe, let's say that I am vertically challenged (5'0"), but I like longer scarves..

OK, swap buddy - I hope this helps.. it probably adds more questions. I wish I had been in town and posted this more timely. I'll do better next time.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

HSKS3 Swap

Call me crazy. I signed up for a swap in additon to SP11. This sounds like a ton of fun. I did the sorting quiz, and I was sorted into Hufflepuff!! I have posted our house flag to the right (see, take a look). Cute hu? Pal assignments will come out shortly. Soon, I hope. I am going to the Rib Cook-off in Reno this weekend - I'll be gone friday - Sunday - so HSKS pal, if you don't hear from me - that's why!!

On the SP11 front - I got some yummy stuff to send my pal. I need to buy a bubble envelope and then off in the mail it goes.

Socks for Soldiers: I decided I don't care for the plastic, flexible needles (size 1) that came with my official kit. So, the next round I will begin knitting onto some wooden needles. the needles are verry cool - they were homemade from a former SP swap buddy. Size 1 and stained in a walnut stain - very pretty. It warms my heart to know that my socks will be on a soldier's foot soon and his or her tootsies will be snuggle warm with a knitty hug from "home"

Have a knitterly weekend everyone.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

SP11 & Stuff

Yippee - I heard from my SP11 spoiler! She sent me an e-card, but it's in cyber space someplace. The Lundt candies - my fav filling is probably the chocolate.. Can't have too much chocolate, can you? I think this is going to be a good round of Secret Pal. I love "meeting" new people and learning a bit about where they live. The person who spoiled me in SP10 lives in Singapor. How cool is that??

Ravelry: I got my invite! I had just a few minutes to set up some basic stuff. I am BrookeKnits. I'll have to spend some time each weekend to learn more and post more stuff.

Socks for Soldiers. Did you see I added the button? I have my kit, which I did not HAVE to buy, but did, just to get the "official" needles, pattern, etc. My son left his floor lamp at the house. I need to "borrow" it so I can knit with black yarn. I am currently using KnitPicks "essential", but there are other approved yarns: Regia stretch black or white includig wool/cotton blends; Opal Uni in black or white & Gems Opal by Louet yarns. Trekking - black or white; Cherry Tree Hill - black or white; Henry's Attic - black or white. Why "black or white" you ask?? Well, the main mission is BBS or Big Black Socks. They are knit "mil spec" - which means they can be worn with military uniforms - all branches. We can also knit leiesure socks (any color), but the main deal is BBSs, which must be black. There are members who will dye the white socks black, and then they are sent to Kim (the organizer) and she takes care of shipping out our care packages. This is a legit non profit group. She should be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, don't ya think?

Hogworts: I tried to do the sock swap, but in doing so, then changing my mind, accidentally deleted my old blog. Yikes. Then one of the members of MS3 turned me on to a related site, Hogwarts sock/scarf KIT exchange. Much better. I knit so darn slow. So, I am very excited. I'll find out in about 24 to 48 hours if I am in the swap or not.. it's not a secret swap, we will know who we are sending to.

Back to work.. not fun, but necessary. TTFN.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

My Newest Toy

I'll take pictures tonight, but guess what I got today?? Nope - guess again..... Nope - another guess.. Wrong again.. I'll tell ya. I got an antique skein winder. I tell anyone who will listen to me that I knit and spin and if they ever see knitting and spining stuff cheep at yard sales - BUY IT - i'll pay them back - or call me on my cell for the big stuff. (I am allergic to yard sales, as I was drug to them kicking and screaming as a kid) Anywhooooo - a nice lady in town had this "yarn measurer" that she was selling - technically it measures yarn, but really it's skein winder - and now it's mine. Chris, the adorable, practically perfect husband, gets credit for the "gift" to me!! I'll run home, work on mysocks for soldiers "big black socks" and my MS3, now on row 100 something or other; and i'll post some pics.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

A Message from the rural MIdwest

(an email sent to me by my sister-in-law)

Message from the rural Midwest: Because of misunderstandings that frequently develop when East Coasters and Californians cross states such as Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, those states' Tourism Councils have adopted a set of information guidelines.

In an effort to help outsiders understand the Midwest , the following list will be handed to each driver entering the state:

1. That farm boy standing next to the feed bin likely did more work before breakfast than you do all week at the gym.

2. It's called a 'gravel road'. No matter how slow you drive, you're going to get dust on your car. 3. We all started hunting and fishing when we were seven years old. Yeah, we saw Bambi. We got over it.

4. Go ahead and bring your $600 Orvis Fly Rod. Don't cry to us if a flathead catfish breaks it off at the handle. We have a name for those little trout you fish for...bait.

5. Pull your pants up. You look like an idiot.

6. If that cell phone rings while a bunch of mallards are making their final approach, we will shoot it! You might hope you don't have it up to your ear at the time.

7. No, there's no "Vegetarian Special" on the menu. Ordersteak. Order it rare. Or, you can order the Chef's Salad and pick off the two pounds of ham and turkey.

8. You bring Coke into my house, it better be brown, wet, and served over ice.

9. So you have a sixty-thousand dollar car you drive on weekends? We're real impressed. We have a quarter-million dollar combine that we only use two weeks a year.

10. Let's get this straight - We have one stoplight in town. We stop when it's red. We may even stop when it's yellow.

11. Our women hunt, fish, and drive trucks--because they want to. So, you're a feminist... Isn't that cute..

12. Yeah, we eat catfish. Carp, too--and turtle. You really want sushi and caviar? It's available at the bait shop.

13. They are pigs. That's what they smell like. Get over it. Don'tlike it? Interstates 70, 80, & 90 go two ways--Interstates 29, 35, & 69 go the other two. Pick one and use it accordingly.

14. The "Opener" refers to the first day of deer season. It's like a religious holiday. You can get breakfast at the church.

15. So every person in every pickup waves. It's called being friendly. Understand the concept?
16. Yeah, we have golf courses. Just don't hit in the water hazard, it spooks our fish.

17. That Highway Patrol Officer that just pulled you over for driving like an idiot, his name is "Sir". No matter how old he is.

18. The bill on your hat should turn down at the edges to shed the rain and be centered over your nose to keep the sunlight out of your eyes. Any other location/orientation makes you look like an idiot.

19. We also speak ENGLISH here, speak it or go away.

Now, enjoy your visit!
(ok, not really knitting/fiber related, but it got my funny-bone)

Thursday, August 16, 2007

SP11 Contest (bonus)

My SP11 Hostess if having a contest!! Here it is:

1. What is the one knitting accessory you could not live without? Well, knitting needles would be hard to live without!! LOL. As far as gadgets go, I think I would be hard pressed without my little Knitter's Companion book. If for nothing else, than the needle sizer page.

2. If you're heading on vacation, do you take knitting with you? If so, how much and what type of project? YES!! I get "twitchy" If I don't have knitting with me. I had several UFOs that were good for knitting in the car - something t hat was going to be felted - Now I just take whatever I am working on. My last trip, I took my MS3 Stole and a pair of socks. This trip (leaving in a few hours) I will bring the mate to the sock I just finished & probably my Socks For Soldiers sock - just started last night. There is NEVER enough time to knit at conference, but at night, just before bed - it's nice to "unwind" by knitting.

3. Where have you travelled to that you'd consider your favorite spot? Back home!! Seriously, I love the ocean - the coast. So, my favorite destinations in the last few months would have to be southern california. I adore the Carmel/Monterey area too.

4. What is your favorite knitting book at the moment? Do you own it? I have been drooling over the Fall Interweave Knits magazine (i have a subscription) and I just got Charmed Knits - Harry Potter inspired designs. I'll probably make some socks out of that book. I'd love to get the new book Knit Kimono (??). I heard about it on the pod cast "Lime and Violet" it sounds interesting.

5. Do you listen to podcasts? Which is your favorite(s)? Yes. I listen to several. Lime & Violet; It's a Purl, Man; Stash and Burn; Ready Set Knit; The Mosh Knit. A favorite?? That's hard.... I like Ready Set Knit, 'cause they are short. L&V are funny, but they ramble and sometimes I fall asleep before the podcast is over (sigh). I like Its A Purl, Man - 'cause it's a guy.

OK. there is my answers to the contest. I have a good feeling about SP11. Now if I can get though it without "accidentally" deleting my blog (like I did to my old blog), it will all be A-OK!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Knitting In Las Vegas!!

Made it there and back in Vegas this past weekend. Like the good geek that I am, I took knitting along - I had to try to get some MS3 knitting time in. I am about 10 rows away from finishing Clue 1 - and most are on clue 6.. I am behind a tiny bit. This is me and my sock (basic sock pattern from Yarn Harlot's book). My most amazing husband arranged for limo rides to and from the airport on our trip there and back. So, the sock got to ride in the limo too!! On the trip from the Vegas aiport to the hotel, we got a bottle of champagne and 2 long stem roses!! I am crazy busy packing tonight and leaving in the am for my conference. I'll post some pics when I get back. Oh the SP11 front, I have my pal and I have made contact. No word from my pal yet, but it's early. Have a great fiber filled weekend!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Secret Pal 11 Questionnaire

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

I can't think of too much I don't like. I guess some of the "novelty" yarn is on the lower end of my list.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? Oh, I wish I had my camera. I have some fabic needle cases that were sent as gifts from prior SP buddies. and I just got a needle case for my circulars that hangs in the closet. You slide the circ thru the do-dah. I'll take a pic and post it later.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I have been knitting for about 2 years I think. I learned from Devvy, the owner of KnitWits, my local knitting shop. I think I am an intermediate knitter now.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Yes. I have an Amazon list, that has been terribly neglected. I will make a point of checking it out and making sure it is updated.

5. What's your favorite scent? Oh gezz, this is a test, hu? What don't I like?? I have some lemon body scrub that is yummy, some bath and body works stuff in pear and someother in brown sugar and vanilla?? It's all good.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? Yes, I have a sweet tooth. My all time fav chocolate is LUntz chocolates. I find them at Cost Plus World Market (one of my favorite retail stores). They are round balls of chocolately goodness.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I crochet, but have not in a long time. Yes, I spin. I have a roving stash and two wheels - an Ashford Traveler and a Joy. I have a drop spindle, but don't know how to use it. LOL.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) I am all over the place when it comes to music. Chris Issac, Amy Winehouse, my mind is blank. Kate Earl... Big Bad VooDoo Daddy, Room Full of Blues.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand? I like all colors. I don't think I look good in yellow - it washes me out. At least if the yellow is near my face. I have a fair complexion and I color my hair (highlights), I guess those florescent colors are a bit over the top. I gravitate toward earthy colors.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? Very happily married. Two kids, both out of the house. One dog, who has bone cancer and was given about 6 months to live, that was about 3 months ago. Just me and wonder husband.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? Yes, Yes, Yes. It gets cold here in the winter. We often get snow. Hats, mittens ponchos and scarves - Y OU BET.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? I finally got over the sock phobia thing I had - I am signed up with socks for soldiers - and I love to wear hand knit socks... so It seems like I always have a sock going. Favorite to knit?? I guess now that I "get" knitting. I like projects that offer a challenge, but not too crazy. I'll nver knit a car cozy - I am doing MS3, which is my first large "real" lace project. I am liking lace.

13. What are you knitting right now? So many: 1. Lacy thong for daughter (first one was a smidge too small, ARRGGGG); socks for me; socks for soldier - big black socks; MS 3 lace stole; and ...... something else, i can't recall. Ohhh, finishing work on needle case. felted, just need to sew on the tie thing.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? You bet your wooly little hand knit socks I do.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? Depends on the project. I do tend to use circulars even on a project that calls for straights.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? Yes to both. I even have a home-made PVC niddy noddy - 2 of them!!

17. How old is your oldest UFO? Technically, it is over a year old, but I took the stitches I had off hte needles, so now it can't be a UFO.. its a "project/kit" waiting to be cast on (again). See how I am?? LOL.

18. What is your favorite holiday? Hands down - Thanksgiving. Love to have the family around, very casual, no expectations and really good food.

19. Is there anything that you collect? Besides yarn, roving and knitting needles?? Pigs collect me! It is not something I set out to collect. My sister always gave me pigs. Long story, can't go into it.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? there is one book... I think it's called "Komonos" or something like that. I heard about it on a podcast. I subscribe to InnterWeave Knits.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? If I have not tried it - I'll give it a go. Bring it on!!

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? Yes. My foot is 9" long. I wear a US size 6.5 shoe.

23. When is your birthday? Once a year. Just kidding. May 7. I am a Taurus.

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID? Not yet. I am on the list. About 3,000 names ahead of me.. Boo Hooo.

OK, I hope this helps my SP 11 buddy. I have some pictures in the camera ready to post. I am crazy busy with a conference this weekend. I'lll be more knitting friendly after the 19th.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Vegas Baby!!

I am off to a long weekend in vegas. I have packed my MS3 stole and have prayed long and hard that my luggage does not get lost!! I have my Harlot socks in my carry on bag... I am seriously thinking of adding my Socks for Soldiers stuff and starting on a pair of "big black socks" for that.... can you imagine knitting a sock leg that measures 12 - 14 inches?? It'll be a first for me. I end up with ankle socsk - 'cause I get impatient.... or socks that turn into golf club covers... but we shall not discuss THAT. I'll take pictures of my socks in vegas (at the table games, at the slot machines, etc. and hope they don't kick me out!!)

Monday, August 6, 2007

Wine Tasting, Yarning & Tow Trucks

I had a wonderful opportunity to do some wine tasting in Sonoma last weekend. It was lovely - some private tastings and tours. I was at Duckhorn this time last year, but this time went to Duckhorn Paradox - just up the road. Great wines. Two that we tasted are only available at the winerey!. We got to go into the caves at Gloria Ferrar (champagne). it was great fun.

Super Husband went downtown with me to do some "yarning" - found Bella Yarns and got some lovely Alchemy (spelling??) lace yarn for myself and Healthly, and some Trekking sock yarn - 'cause sock yarn isn't real stash!!

Then, on the way home - the tread come off the front tire. The best part of this was the CHP who pulls up and asks us what's going on. I say (as I am knitting) "It was such a lovely day, thought I'd pull over and get some knitting in." - then with a great big smile I say "seriously, waiting for tow truck - tread came off the tire" - He laughed and was on his way.

Only a knitter would say "ohhh, I hope the tow truck doesn't get here tooo soon. I can get tons of knitting in now!! LOL.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Fiber Updates

Spinning: Not going so well. August's "Fiber of the Month" is silk. I have some in my stash, but still have not finished the bamboo (July's fiber). I have spun my Alpaca, but have not set the twist on the last little hank of yarn... I still have 100 lbs or so of raw fleece to clean, etc. Don't even get me started.

MS3: Went to KnitWits last night - got 8 balls of Patton's "Brilliant" - instead of beads, this stuff has a gold metalic thread in it. I know - I know - it's not lace yarn - I'll deal with it. I can see the stitches - and I am now using the written out chart, that helps.

KnitNight: It's tomorrow. Oh - crap -need to go bake cake - anyway - I did my 150 sts cast on, purled a row - so my homework is done!! Gotta go bake mini bunt cakes, totally forgot.

Harry Potter: I read until 11:30p last night. Can't recall what page I am on, but one of the Weasley boys lost his ear!! Yikes.

Monday, July 23, 2007

I don't want to Offend, but had to post this

Greetings blog snoopers. The following was in my inbox from my good friend "L" in Chicago. I hope this does not offend anyone, if so, please forgive. I know I have friends from all different walks of life, political views, etc. I love you all.

Here is the email:

Subject: This is the woman who should run for President

Written by a housewife from New Jersey and sounds like it! This is oneticked off lady.

"Are we fighting a war on terror or aren't we? Was it or was it not startedby Islamic people who brought it to our shores on September 11, 2001?

Were people from all over the world, mostly Americans, not brutallymurdered that day, in downtown Manhattan, across the Potomac from ournation's capitol and in a field in Pennsylvania? Did nearly three thousand men, women and children die a horrible, burning or crushing death that day, or didn't they?

And I'm supposed to care that a copy of the Koran was "desecrated" when an overworked American soldier kicked it or got it wet?...Well, I don't. I don't care at all. I'll start caring when
Osama Bin Laden turns himself in and repents for incinerating all those innocent people on

I'll care about the Koran when the fanatics in the Middle East start caring about the Holy Bible,
the mere possession of which is a crime in SaudiArabia.

I'll care when these thugs tell the world they are sorry for hacking off Nick Berg's head while
Berg screamed through his gurgling slashed throat. I'll care when the cowardly so-called
"insurgents" in Iraq come out and fight like men instead of disrespecting their own religion by hiding in mosques.

I'll care when the mindless zealots who blow themselves up in search of nirvana care about the
innocent children within range of their suicide bombs.

I'll care when the American media stops pretending that their First Amendment liberties are
somehow derived from international law instead ofthe United States Constitution's Bill of Rights. In the meantime, when I hear a story about a brave marine roughing up anIraqi terrorist to obtain information, know this: I don't care.

When I see a fuzzy photo of a pile of naked Iraqi prisoners who have beenhumiliated in what amounts to a college-hazing incident, rest assured: Idon't care.

When I see a wounded terrorist get shot in the head when he is told not tomove because he might be booby-trapped, you can take it to the bank: I don't care.

When I hear that a prisoner, who was issued a Koran and a prayer mat, andfed "special" food that is paid for by my tax dollars, is complaining thathis holy book is being "mishandled," you can absolutely believe in your heart of hearts: I don't care.

And oh, by the way, I've noticed that sometimes it's spelled "Koran" andother times "Quran." Well, Jimmy Crack Corn and-you guessed it-I don't care!!

If you agree with this viewpoint, pass this on to all your E-mail friends. Sooner or later, it'll get to the people responsible for this ridiculousbehavior! If you don't agree, then by all means hit the delete button. Should you choose the latter, then please don't complain when more atrocitiescommitted by radical Muslims happen here in our great Country! And may I add:

"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a differencein the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem." -- ! Ronald Reagan

I have another quote that I would like to add AND...I hope you forward all this.

"If we ever forget that we're One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under." Also by.. Ronald Reagan

One last thought for the day: In case we find ourselves starting to believe all the Anti-Americansentiment and negativity, we should remember England 's Prime Minister Tony Blair's words during a recent interview. When asked by one of hisParliament members why he believes so much in America, he said: "A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many want in... And how many want out."

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: 1. Jesus Christ2. The American G.
I. One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.


**end of email**
Back to me: OK, so I know it seems "harsh" to say "I don't care" - when really, I want to feel for some of these wack jobs. Do they really believe that blowing themselves up will solve the problem?? How sad. Feel free to cut, paste, pass on. Whatever. We may not like the war - or any war, but I support our troops and it is my support of our troops that I jointed Socks for Soldiers!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Karmic Butt Kicking

Well, it just gets better and better. Today I woke up to rain, which I love. Not that hot, humid summer rain, but a real winter type rain. I was out on the deck looking out at the trees, the canyon, enjoying the smells the sounds. Then it hit me - around the corner, on a picnic table, I have 2 fleeces - EXPOSED TO THE RAIN AND GETTING WET!! With curlers in my hair - I run - grab the bucket of cleaned (poop picked out) fleece and run for cover, pouring out sheep pee water stuff as I go (gross, hu?) - then back for the fleece that was on the sheet and then finally back for the bag with another full fleece in it. What a morning. I am now going to re-create my blog, with links, etc. Wish me luck.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Just Freakin' Great

You know when somethings are just not meant to be?? Well, I really wanted to do the HOgwarts Sock Swap - but it required setting up a gmail account. Which I did, then almost immediatley deleted.. and now my "old" blog is gone.. it was "Brooke Knits (, but now I am here. My pictures are lost, my SP 11 swap info is now wrong.. this is like having a wallet stollen.. i have nothing but naughtywords tosay..