Archive for May, 2008

SP 12 Q&A

I’m so excited that SP 12 is starting up!!!  I’ve been waiting sooooo long for this round!

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

My favorites : Cascade 220, Peace Fleece, Kathmandu, Socks That Rock, and Knit Picks WOTA

Least Favorites : acrylic, fun fur, novelty, and cotton.  I like cotton, but it’s not my favorite to work with.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?

I have two Lantern Moon cases, but I really need to make the circs holder from Stitch and Bitch, sense I hardly use straight needles, save for my DPNs.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?

I’ve been knitting for a couple years now.  I learned to knit from Tina, Katie, and Jaya – three wonderful friends that I met while living in NY state.  As far as level, I’d say intermediate is a good call.  There are still so many things that I want to learn and try.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

Why yes I do!  Here’s my Amazon Wish list and my Etsy Favorites list

5. What’s your favorite scent?

I love lavender, vanilla, and sandalwood.  I’m not big on heavy purfumey smells

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?

Carmel and chocolate!!!  I love Sugar Daddy, Carmello, Milky Way, and Snickers.  But seriously, when it comes to sweets, I’ll eat almost anything.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?

I’m starting to get into sewing, although I need a lot more practice!  And no, I don’t spin.  I’d love to learn at some point, but right now … it’s one craft at a time.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

I like classic rock, folk, alternative, blues, and punk.  A few of my favorite bands are Gogol Bordello, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Tori Amos, Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, and The Dropkick Murpheys.  And I can handle MP3s.

9. What’s your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can’t stand?

I really love all colors, save for yellow, brown, and bright orange.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

I live with my fiance, John (we’re getting married in September!), and our Orange Tabby cat, Mavy.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?

I love scarves and hats!  I’m not a mittens fan, but I do LOVE fingerless mitts!  And I don’t wear ponchos.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

Socks and fingerless mitts.

13. What are you knitting right now?

Glee, from Zephyr Style.  It’s a great sweater pattern!  I’m also working on a few top secret birthday gifts.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

I LOVE to get handmade gifts!!

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

I prefer circular needles, expect for socks, in which I love DPNs.  I like bamboo for my DPNs, and Bryspun (plastic) or Addi Turbos for my circs.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?

Yes, I have both.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?

I have a pair of socks that I got bored with (basic rib) that are at least 4 months old.  I’ll finish them at some point, but I’ve got a few others things to work on right now.

18. What is your favorite holiday?

Any holiday that I can cook a big meal and have my family over.  But if I had to nail it down, it would be a tie.  I love Christmas, because I love cooking, baking, and giving.  I love Halloween because I get to dress up!

19. Is there anything that you collect?

Garden gnomes and chopsticks.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

I recently purchased the Aran and Cable book from the new Harmony Guides, and I really want to get the other two books that they have out.  I subscribe to Interweave (my favorite!)

21. Are there any new techniques you’d like to learn?

I would love to learn more about joining colors.  There’s the slip stitch technique that I hear is cool.  Every time I change colors, there is either a gap or a pull, so that is something I want to improve on.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?

I LOVE to knit me some socks!!!  I wear a size 7-7 1/2 women’s shoe, but if you really want my measurements, I’d be happy to take them for you!

23. When is your birthday?

February 17th

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what’s your ID?



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Friday Fill In

I am SO glad that it’s Friday.  Work was insanely busy on Wednesday, super slow last night … so I’m just glad that I have a few days of not being there.  Not that I don’t love my job, that’s not it.  I just need the break

Friday Fill-In #74

1. For me conformity is the opposite of creativity.
2. Proven Guilty by James Butcher (The Dresden Files series) was the last excellent book I read.
3. I like fill-ins because they’re fun.  Simple, yeah – but really – they’re a lot of fun.
4. In nature I like looking at the trees and plant life.
5. Obama!!! should win the US elections.
6. The last time I laughed with all my belly was the other night at work.  I dropped a bedpan on the floor (empty of course) and the patient’s roommate shouted over, “You dropped your crap pan!”  I was rolling!.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to watching the LOST season finale (I caught some at work but I want to see the whole thing), tomorrow my plans include seeing the new Indiana Jones movie with John and Sunday, I want to sleep in, knit, and clean (I gotta clean)!

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No, not me.  Although my knee has been killing me, and I keep offering Jan (my nurse at work) $100 to chop off my knee cap, but she won’t do it.  Anyhoo, I was working on Glee the other night and I realized that I had gone about 10 rows too far.  This is what happens when you knit at work and you have tons of call bells going off.  So I took the entire thing off the needles to rip what I needed.

I was really tired, but I think I got it to the point where I’m ready to separate for the sleeves.  I’m going to try to work on it tomorrow, when I’m not so drowsy.  It’s my long week, where I only have two days off in a row instead of three, but I know next week I will definitely get some good progress going.

The other project I started is top secret!  It’s Karen’s birthday gift, and even thought I doubt she’s going to check out my blog, better safe than sorry.  I’ll tell you this … the yarn is my favorite – Kathmandu Aran!

I finally found the info and signed up for Secret Pal 12!  I’m really happy to hear that they are doing two price ranges for groups this year!  I signed up for the $10/month group.  This way, if I have a little extra money, I can send more, but if I don’t, that’s okay too.

Speaking of swaps, there are still about 20 spots open for my Summer of Yarn Love swap.  Spots are filling up quickly though, so if you want in on the fun … stop by the blog and sign on up!  And I’m so happy to see so many first time swappers!  I love to give a great experience to those who have never swapped before.

BTW – Happy Memorial Day everyone!  Here’s to all the men and women that have served and are serving for freedom!  I’m not very pro-military, but I will admit … it takes balls to do what they do, and it’s something that I don’t think I could do.  So hats off to them.  Also, Anne has a really great Memorial Day post – check it out!

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Friday Fill-Ins

Friday Fill-In # 73

1. On my laziest day I like to sleep … all damn day!
2. Making a huge turning point in a knitting project or finishing one makes me feel like I’m being productive.
3. I love little moments when nature surprises me and big dogs.
4. This summer I want to finish my sweater and another pair of socks.
5. All of my knitting friends in NY made me start my blog.
6. Red actually does look good on me and orange Julius is something I REALLY miss having.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to cooking a nice dinner, drinking some wine, and watching a movie with John, tomorrow my plans include working and Sunday, I want to work on my sweater but I have to work!

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Oh my goodness, what an amazing and wonderful weekend John and I had down at Virginia Beach!  It was amazing – totally relaxing – with great food, a wine fest, new yarn, sushi, and the most amazing hotel room with a breathtaking view of the ocean. ( And I want to apologize for my grammar and such now – it’s very late, and I have to stay up to get back on my work schedule.)

We decided to stay near the pier, which really was my idea so we could be close to one of our favorite restaurants, The Raven.  I splurged on the hotel room when I booked it, so we could stay at The Boardwalk, a very posh 5 star resort hotel.  And believe me, it was worth every penny.  The staff were amazing – everyone was so helpful and kind.  Especially when the fire alarm went off about ten minutes after we checked into out room and opened a bottle of champagne.  No joke … and we were on the 10th floor.   So instead of waiting for Va Beach’s finest to give us the okay to go back inside, we walked down to the Raven.  And my hair is so nasty in this picture, but it’s a picture of John and me!

It was really warm in there, and we were on our third beers.  So, we went back to the room and … well, we had a great time that night.  😉  Sadly, the sun came into the bedroom at full force at 6am on Saturday, which woke us both up way earlier than I thought was right.  We drove down to The Jewish Mother for breakfast!!!  I love the food there – always so good and so much!  Then, of course … we headed to the yarn store.  I’d wanted to visit a different one than last time (Ewe Knit Kits), so we ended up at The Knitting Corner.  What amazing yarn and even more wonderful ladies there that we met.  Sue, the owner, was very helpful and I even got a 5 % discount for being on Ravelry!  We were talking and I told her about Warm Up Winchester, and she quickly ran behind the counter and came back with two hats for me!

And here’s a great picture of Sue, holding a yarn bouquet!  What a sweet lady!  I highly recommend visiting the shop if you head down that way.

Of course, I can never go to a new yarn store and walk away empty handed!

I picked up a copy of the new Harmony Guides ‘Cables & Arans’, and from the left … Araucania Nature Wool in a beautiful pink with slight variegation, Khroma DK in ‘Blood Orange’ (amazingly soft and the dark orange color is sublime), and the real spoil for me … my ultimate splurge … Frog Tree Hill Alpaca Handpaints!  This yarn is TO DIE FOR!  I picked it up and put it back several times, telling myself that spending nearly $40 on one skein of sock yarn was too much, but I need to learn to really treat myself every once in a while.  Besides, John had no objections!

After the yarn adventure, we headed back to the hotel to drop everything off, and then went down to 17th St to have Old Time Photos taken!!!  Now, I do realize that they say copyright on the back, but I really don’t think anyone is going to hunt me down, not after what I paid for the package deal.  John had never done this before, and we both had a blast.  The folks who work there really love their job and it shows!

Next up we walked down to the Neptune Beach Wine Festival.  Soooo many people, but it was nice to taste some new things, and the wine was only $10 a bottle!  You had to drink it on sight … so two bottles, some cheese and bread later, we huffed it back to the hotel for a nap.  By the way – if you are interested … here are some of the wines we tried that we really liked.

We headed out for sushi that night, took the trolley to the shops at The Hilton, grabbed a couple more beers at the hotel bar, and then headed to bed.  In the morning, severely grumpy and in need of food, we had breakfast and headed back to Winchester.  Oh man … it was so hard to come back.  Everything this weekend was perfect and it was so hard to leave it.

Have a great week everyone!  I leave you with this.

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Is it Friday yet?  Seriously … I need to be at the beach, eating sushi, and drinking beer.

So, I’ve had an idea in my head for awhile, and I’m trying to do as much research as I can.  I want to get into Civil Warm Re-enactment.  I used to be in the SCA and other Renn type events, but this is something that I’ve really wanted to do for a while.  Now, while I am still learning to sew, and I’m not very good, I’m sure I can figure it out.  Which brings me to my first concern …. money.  I know that I will need basic things to start out, all of which I can’t make myself.  There are some great resources on the web, as well as locally to my area (did you know that Winchester changed hands over 40 times in the Civil War?).  Anyone else out there on the East Coast know of any reliable sources?  I’m just trying to figure out what I need to start – bare bones, and how much it is going to cost me.

Which brings me to my second dilemma … time.  I have every other weekend off, which is nice, but getting time off on the weekend when I’m not off is like pulling teeth in a large angry lion.  I know there are plenty of events in the tri-state and local area, but I’m wondering how much time I need to set aside.

And third … how much Civil War research should I do?  I want to read up on daily lives of women, but do I have to know battles and generals and so on?  And really … this is important … how the hell do I get involved.  Do I email someone and show up at a meeting?

I really think it’s something that John would enjoy as well, and maybe it’s something that we can eventually do together.  Another great thing … knitting is totally period, so that’s fantastic!

So, anyone out there with insight, ideas, or experience, please let me know!!

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Friday Fill-In

It’s my last day of vacation … back to the grind tomorrow night!  But I’m ready ( I think LOL.)

Friday Fill-In #71

1. The dinner I made for my Mom last week had an extra secret ingredient; it was LOVE!
2. I can see my neighbors ever growing pile of trash through my window.
3. Right now, I need to turn some more lights on in the living room.
4. Nowhere is where I went Thursday night; it was fine, since we went out to dinner Wednesday.
5. Why does rotating my shoulder a certain way hurt so much?
6. All I can think of is the next weekend up – John and I are going to VA Beach.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to knitting and watching The Dresden Files (Netflix), tomorrow my plans include working and Sunday, I want to have dinner with my Mom, but I have to work.  So I paid for our Thursday lunch.

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