Archive for August, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins

My three day weekend started out great when I got off work this morning!  I came home and ‘woke’ my hubby up (tee hee), and then we went out for breakfast.  Very nice start to a good day.  Needless to say, I just woke up.  John got my car inspected and ran a few other errands, and tomorrow … is his birthday!!!

Friday Fill-In #138
1. I remember, I remember all the dreams I have, especially the ones that seem as if they are real.

2. Dear Husband I want you to know I am the luckiest woman alive for being your wife.

3. Is that my rose bush out back – its SO big!!???

4. I’m trying to resist the temptation of ordering out instead of cooking.

5. I’m saving a piece of fresh baked bread just for you!

6. If I made a birthday list a spinning wheel would definitely be on it!!!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to knitting and relaxing, tomorrow my plans include baking, cooking, and spoiling my hubby on his birthday and Sunday, I want to do a little knitting and head over to my in-laws for a second birthday dinner for my hubby!


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FO Goodness

I am lucky to have a few friends that dye yarn.  One of them is NH Knitting Mama … and her dye jobs always remind me of jewels and baubles!!!  So today, finally dry from blocking, I bring you my latest FO.

  • Project : Anniversary Shawlette
  • Pattern: Blossom by Amy Polcyn (Luxury Yarn One Skein Wonders)
  • Yarn: NH Knitting Mama Superwash Fingerling in “Rubies and Garnets”

I had hoped that this would get a bit bigger after blocking, but it’s no where near the size I had hoped for.  That’s okay; even if I can’t wear it as a shawl on our trip to New Orleans, it will make a great lace scarf for the fall.  Just gotta find that right brooch to wear with it.

This yarn was actually given to me in a swap.  I had a skein of a similar color and somehow got melted chocolate all over it, sending it to ruin.  So, I’ve been coveting this yarn for a while now.  I wanted to make something more than just socks because I love the color so very much!

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Recession Special Swap Q&A


In case you haven’t heard, I’m running another swap on Ravelry.  It’s called The Recession Special Swap!  In honor of the suck-ass state of the union, it’s low cost secret pal swap.  If you knit/crochet and are on Ravelry, check it out!

Do you knit or crochet, or both? How long have you been at the craft?

I knit, and have done so for four or so years now.  I learned to knit when I lived in NY state.

Do you spin?

YES!!!  I just learned how to spin while I was at the W.O.O.L retreat in New York.  I’m saving up for THIS wheel.

What yarns/fibers are your favorites?

I love classic work-horse yarns; Cascade 220, Mission Falls, etc.  I’m also a fan of Fearless Fibers (for sock and lace yarn, ) and almost all of the Knit Picks yarns.

What yarns/fibers do you not like?

I don’t really like cotton (or rather, it does not like me.)  I hate acrylic and fun-furr.

What yarns/fibers would you like to try but haven’t?

Being a new spinner, there are so many breeds that I want to try to spin, that I have lost count!  As far as yarns, nothing comes to mind.  I usually stick with the same old thing, but I am always willing to try something new.

What are your favorite colors? Colors that you don’t like?

I love all colors, save for yellow and orange.  I have a tendency to buy a lot of blue and purple, so expanding my color palette is a personal goal of mine.

What are your favorite types of projects to knit/crochet?

I love to knit socks, fingerless gloves, and hats.

What are you currently working on?

Hats for my charity project; Warm Up Winchester, my Personal Sock of the Month club, and a baby sweater

What is your favorite FO? (Please post a picture if you have one.)

This year so far, I’d have to say the Embossed Leaves socks that I made with Pagewood Farm sock yarn.

Are there any techniques that you want to learn?

I want to do more with color work, and learn how to make a proper fitting cardigan sweater.

Do you have a yarn winder and/or swift?

Yes, I have both, although I’ve been wanting to get myself a nostepinne.

How do you store your needles/hooks?

Ugh – they are all over the place, but I do have two Lantern Moon cases.

Do you collect anything?

Garden Gnomes

Do you like sweets?

I will never EVER turn down sweets.  I love Mike & Ikes, milk chocolate, and Sweet Tarts

What are your favorite scents?

Earthy smells … musks, (not patchouli.)

Are you having a birthday during this swap?


Do you have any online wish lists? (Amazon, Loopy Ewe, etc.) Please include a link for your pal.

All of my wish lists are listed on the side bar of my blog.

What is your living situation (Are you married? Do you have kids, pets, or both?)

I am married (it will be a year on Sept.20th!) to a wonderful man who makes home brew!  We also live with our two crazy cats, Mavy and Cooley.  The Hubby and I are also trying to have a baby!

Are you allergic to anything?


Is there anything else that you would like your pal to know?

I’m not a coffee drinker – but I love tea, I love to get mix CDs, and I love to write letters and send cards, so stationary is always welcome!!!

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Friday Fill-In

Friday Fill-Ins #137

1. When will work slow down at all?

2. Amazing Grace was the last god movie I saw.

3. Everything has its beauty but not everyone can see it.

4. Pizza is what I had for dinner.

5. I’d like your participation in my newest Ravelry swap – The Recession Special Swap.

6. Sitting on the dock at Wiawaka is where I want to be right now.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to watching a movie with my hubby, tomorrow my plans include work and Sunday, I want to stay home – but I’ll be at work!

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I Love New York

Ah, vacation.  It seems so far away, and then when it comes, it passes too quickly.

My trip to New York last week was wonderful.  I love it up there; some of my best friends live up there!  Not only did I get a chance to see many people that I missed, I had the chance to make some new friends as well.

Tuesday, I arrived!  Tina and I rushed off to Knitting Night, as well as some much needed sushi.



Michelle - A rare photgenic moment!

Michelle - A rare photogenic moment!

Wednesday we made a short trip up to Great Barrington, to check out Wonderful Things ( a huge yarn store!)  After that we drove up to Lake George to hang out with Tina’s parents and chill in their awesome motor home!!!  I brought along a six pack of John’s beer to share with her Dad.  As you can see, he and his buddy really loved it!

Thats some GOOD beer!

That's some GOOD beer!

Thursday was the big day … W.O.O.L 2009!!!!  You can check out some other photos from the retreat over at on Tina’s Picasa Web Album, as well as on Facebook.  Harriet also has some great photos up – and her blog is a great read!

W.O.O.L stands for Weekend Out On The Lake.  This year we had twenty five people there, and man-o-man … was it fun!!!  Not only is the site beautiful (Wiawaka is a womens retreat on Lake George), the food was fantastic and the company very agreeable!!

Tina on the porch at the Fuller House

Tina on the porch at the Fuller House

While everyone in attendance either knits or crochets, many of the ladies spin, as you can see from the following photos.

From left : Aliyah, Diane, Harriet

Needless to say, I was bit by the spinning bug!!!  Becky happened to have her second wheel with her, and was such a great teacher.  She was very patient and kind with me, taking me through all the steps with ease.

My First Yarn!

My First Yarn!

Wacking the remaining water out of the skein

"Wacking" the remaining water out of the skein

Drying in the sun

Drying in the sun - Icelandic Gray single ply

One of my favorite parts of Wiawaka was the lake.  Even though the waters were cold, I went swimming twice.  There were many boats, including a couple steam boats, and even a scuba diver.

The Lake House was where we stayed.  It’s Victoria Camping; twin bed, dresser, chair – the room is a small one.  You make your own bed and deposit the linens in a can when leaving, sweep your room before you go, things like that.

The Lake House

The Lake House

I drove home on Sunday, stopping off in Wilkes-Barre, Pa to visit Corey.  When I arrived home, my husband was waiting for me, along with flowers, chocolate, a cute card … AND A CLEAN HOUSE!!!!!  I couldn’t as for more even if I wanted to.  I have such a great hubby!

I learned so much at W.O.O.L, and had a much needed rest, for both my body and my soul.  It was amazing to meet new people, see old friends, and spend a weekend with so many strong women.  Not to mention the fact that I could stay in my lounge clothes all weekend!!!  I hope that I am off the weekend for next year, because believe me, I’ll be going back!

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New York State Of Mind

W.O.O.L - Photo by Tina

W.O.O.L - Photo by Tina

I don’t spin, but that’s Tina’s wheel  And tomorrow, I will be on my way to see her in New York!!!!  Tina is one person in my life that I honestly feel I can’t live without.  She is strong, brazen, talented, funny, beautiful, and a strong fierce friend.  I am so happy that I’ll be hitting the road to see her tomorrow!

Tuesday we’ll get sushi and then chill at Knitting Night (and I get to see Michelle and Becky – two people I haven’t seen in a couple of years!)  Wednesday, Tina is going to ride up to Paramus, NJ with me while I visit the cemetery where my Dad’s family is buried.  Thursday … we head to Wiawaka and to WOOL!!!!!!  Four days of knitting on the lake with friends – both old and new!!!!

Oh, thank God for vacation.  I need the time away from everyone and everything that I see all the time.  My own little escape.  So … I will see you all back next week!!!!

Manic Monday #178

Would you rather go a week without bathing, but be able to change your clothes, or a week without a change of clothes, but be able to bathe?

Oooo … that’s a tough one.  I have to go with no clean clothes but being able to bath.  I have to bath – I just have to.  I can wash out my clothes and sleep naked. 🙂

If you had to be trapped in a TV show for a month, which show would you choose?

True Blood, hands down, for many MANY reasons.

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