Thursday, September 29, 2005

SBQ, Booking Through Thursday, and Photo Finish

Fair Isle Class

A finished object--I feel like it's been forever!!! This is the hat we made in Joanne's class. It was so much fun seeing how differently they all turned out--it's amazing how things look when everyone can choose their own colors.

Today's "Stitching Blogger's Question" was suggested by Cheryl and is:

Have you ever just quit a project while in the midst of it? (We're not
referring to UFOs here, rather projects that you know that you'll
never work on again.) Why? What did you do with it - throw it out,
give it away, put it away?

How about one you call a UFO, but probably have no intention of finishing because every time you work on it you want to hang yourself? Is that the same thing? Honestly, I have never had a project that I have totally bagged; I keep it around in hopes of someday making more progress on it. I put it away actually, but it occasionally creeps out for a few stitches then goes back to the abyss until I can stomach it again. In case you're wondering what the piece is that is the bane of my existence; it's TW's Summer Carousel.

Booking Through Thursday

Pick up the book that is closest to where you're sitting right now.

  1. What are the book's title and author? "Thinking for a Change" John C. Maxwell---it's my husband's; it looks really, really boring to me.

  2. Turn to page 127. Locate the third paragraph, first sentence. Type that sentence here: You can't build a house in midair; it needs a solid foundation.

  3. Does the sentence make sense out of context? Yes, I don't know about in the context of the book because it's not mine and I'll probably NEVER read it.

  4. Seeing it sitting here by itself, out of the book, is it funny? Sad? Strange? Does it make you want to explore its source? It doesn't make me want to explore the source; frankly, it sounds like something Dr. Phil would say.

  5. Are you currently reading this book? Why? A most resounding NO; because I'm not a business person and this "rah, rah" find yourself stuff is extremely uninteresting to me(or can't you tell LOL).

Monday, September 26, 2005

Plan of the Week, SBQ, and Booking Through Thursday

So last week's "plan of the week" did not go well(as far as sticking to the plan). Here's a recap: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday--Preemie knits(which is good because I only have one more pumpkin hat/bootie combo to go); Thursday(car trip--ripped out Queen of Hearts scarf and restarted during NPJ knit night); Friday and Saturday(Sirius Black doll and Queen of Hearts scarf). Notice that no stitching made it into the program--drat:(

Here's this weeks schedule:
Sunday--Fair Isle Hat(done/blocking) and Queen scarf
Monday, Tuesday--finish pumpkin preemie knits
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday--Arwen/Aragorn stitching
Saturday--Little Rage's sweater

Here are pics of my Utah Haul:

Utah Haul 1

The Drops Pattern books were an awesome deal at $1 each--whoohoo--gotta love that! The sock book actually came in the mail, but it did come while we were gone so it's sort of Utah haul stuff.

Utah Haul 2

Yes, you're seeing that correctly--I got the Torino and Colorado Springs Dale patterns--I'd been on a quest for those. The Knitting Pure & Simple patterns(yellow) look great finished up--my friend, Karyn, had one made up with Cascade 220 quattro and it turned out fabulous :)

Happy knitting and stitching,

Today's "Stitching Blogger's Question" was suggested by Carol
( and is:

What is the most challenging specialty stitch you have ever stitched?

I'm not sure really. I don't choose many pieces that have specialty stitches. I guess some of the Shepherd's Bush needlerolls contain the toughest specialty stitches I have ever tried.

Booking Through Thursday

  1. Are abridged books a good thing or just plain awful? Just plain awful.

  2. How about books that are edited to modernize them? I was going to say no but then I thought of the translations from Old or Middle English I used to read--I don't think they should be edited but some translation may be helpful.

  3. Is dated language part of the charm of a book or an irritation? To me it's part of the charm but I know plenty of people who think otherwise.

  4. Have you ever read an abridged or edited version of a book? No, because I'd always wonder what I'd be missing. The only exceptions I can think of are the translations I mentioned above.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

I'm Back :)

We have just returned after our whirlwind trip to Utah! Got to knit with my old knitting buds(and it was awesome--love you guys!!), got to shop at NPJ and Shepherd's Bush, got to visit the old haunts--fun was had by all. Got to see Viggo on Letterman yesterday--it's always a good day when Viggo makes an appearance :)

I'll post pics of my new acquisitions on Monday. In the car I got plenty of work done on my Sirius Black in progress--he's lookin' good so far. And on the way to Utah I was going to work on my little diva's scarf(it WAS more than halfway done); in a fit of rage/insanity, I'm not sure which, I ripped it ALL out--took it apart and decided to knit it in the round thus doubling the pattern BUT that's a good thing as I don't know how to strand in purl. So I'll be really, really good at stranded knitting after completing the scarf, right? That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

In the spirit of continuing the "talk like a pirate day" I have included my pirate name--the whole pirate thing cracks me up, so please bear with me.

My pirate name is:

Black Bess Cash

Like anyone confronted with the harshness of robbery on the high seas, you can be pessimistic at times. You're musical, and you've got a certain style if not flair. You'll do just fine. Arr!

Get your own pirate name from

Have a great weekend!
(Secret Pal--I got your email and I'll reply tomorrow--I have to go bath the kiddos right now)

Taken from Miriam

Ten years ago:
I had just finished my Masters as a K-12 Reading Specialist(which I thought was awesome for many reasons one of which being that I can end my name with the initials MSED--I'm easily amused), I had started my first full time job as an adult ed. instructor--preparing folks on welfare for the GED exam(lots of motivation there I can tell you--at the time I was still living at home and most of my students had their own place, a car, cable, and numerous other luxuries paid for by NYS), and I began looking for a full time teaching job anywhere :)

Five years ago:
I was in Utah playing with my 6 month old Little Diva and we began looking for a style and location for our future house :)

One year ago:
I was living in Utah and taking Little Diva to preschool. I started getting my professional journal again to brush up on my field in preparation for going back to work.

Five Snacks:
green olives
strawberries wild Jamba juice
jelly beans
Venti Passion Iced Tea Lemonade

Five Songs I Know All the Words To(there are tons I know the words to; these are just some of my favorites):
"Head Like a Hole" Nine Inch Nails
"Hand that Feeds" Nine Inch Nails
"Green Eggs and Ham" Moxy Fruvous
"King of Spain" Moxy Fruvous
"Black" Sarah McLachlan

Five Things I Would Do With $100 Million:
**pay off bills
**trust funds for kiddos, nieces, and nephews
**build dream house(location as yet to be decided)
**purchase vacation condo(Maui and/or Honolulu)
**trips to Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, and DisneyWorld(joining the vacation club, of course)

Five Places I Would Run Away To:
New Zealand
Disney World

Five Things I Would Never Wear:
Half Shirts
Baby T's
Loud Prints(Hawaiian stuff doesn't count)
Fur(wool doesn't count right?)

Five Favorite TV Shows:
Six Feet Under
Knitty Gritty(if they ever quit running reruns)
Real Time with Bill Maher

Five Biggest Joys:
Little Diva
Little Rage
My husband(most of the time)
Bailey and Kahlua(aka. BB and Cracky)--our cats
My extended family
Time to myself(I know that's six but this one has to be here)

Five Favorite Toys:
Ball winder and swift
Knitting Stuff
DVD player
My Explorer
My new cell(it's red and has a Marilyn Manson ringer-cool!!)

People to pass this onto:
Take it if you want it.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Avast, Me Beauties!

Today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Get ye out thar and celebrate. Make aye you look at t'pick up lines. They be too funny. Thanks be to Harlot for sharing this booty.

Do ye need a better excuse to enjoy Cap'n Jack Sparrow?

Good day!

I must have this!

Okay, during my morning travels I encounter this. It is the Harry Potter addict's dream piece of equipment---very, very cool!!!

This weekend was filled with lots of fun here. Two trips to the park with the kiddos. One trip to try out the Colorado location of L&L Hawaiian Barbeque(and it was worth the trip). DH and I haven't had L&L in over 5 years(since we moved back to the mainland)--if any of you are planning a trip to Hawaii you need to search out a location and have yourself a plate lunch. I'd recommend the chicken katsu or garlic shrimp. It's not low fat but it's worth every calorie :) I even had a spam musubi--aaaah the memories, I can almost smell the plumeria, hibiscus, and surf.

And perhaps most exciting for me was my fairisle class taught by fairisle instructor extraordinaire, Joanne. Let me just say that a Sunday class is perfect for me--I didn't have to watch football or the kids and instead spent the afternoon knitting. We're working on a hat and being the over achiever I am I finished the homework last night and I'm debating on whether or not to finish the whole thing. I want to get it done so I can continue my preemie focus and start Little Rage's sweater. I'll post a pic when it's done(which will probably be today).

Finally, wish me luck because for the first time since before I was married(7 years) I will be trying to run again. Lots of things went into this momentous decision some of which being: there is no room in this house for my usual exercise stuff(aerobic step and free weights), I need to get off my behind and exercise, not to mention the numerous health benefits of being in shape, etc. So here I go--is it possible to knit, run, and push a stroller at the same time(that would qualify for extreme knitting, I'm sure).

Happy knitting,

Friday, September 16, 2005

Plan of the Week & Booking Through Thursday

Firstly, Secret Pal--thanks for the e-card! It was really cute :)

I'm doing my weekend post a little early this week, because DH actually has the weekend off. AND, possibly even more exciting, I am taking a Fair Isle Class this weekend--woohooo!

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday--Arwen/Aragorn by day; Preemie Knit at night(because those cross stitches are hard to see at night and I need to Preemie Focus for a few weeks)
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday--Little Rage's Sweater

Booking Through Thursday

A couple questions from Kim and Nicki...

  1. What are your five favorite books of all time? Why did they make the list?
    (1)Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes(My mom said I memorized most of them by the time I was 2.5)
    (2)The Vampire Diaries(a series of four books--loved them! They totally shaped the reading choices I make today and contained enough teenage sappy romance stuff to keep a teenager interested LOL).
    (3)Harry Potter Series(I'm way too into these books--especially the adult characters)
    (4)Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind(I just loved this story--I couldn't put it down)
    (5)Canterbury Tales by Chaucer(read it in college, taught it to high school students, I love the look it gives you into the period and I think it's brilliant how he wrote it--it's a great format for a book really)

  2. What's the earliest book you can remember? Do your family read? Who encouraged you to read? It's not a book but a poem within a book-- "The House that Jack Built". My parents and grandparents all read avidly and they encouraged us to do the same.

  3. Reference booksĂ‚—do you have any? Why do you have the ones you do? Do you use them? I have a ton if you count all my grad school texts, plus numerous dictionaries, writing reference texts, and knitting books(they are references too right?) Most I have from grad school and for work(English teacher). Yes, I use most of them often.

Okay, this one made it's rounds in the blog world a while ago, but since I'm finally getting the hang of how to do all this stuff; I'll post mine now. Let me just say that I am REALLY Shetland Wool because no matter how many times I take the quiz(even if I change some answers) this is the result I get.

You are Shetland Wool.
You are a traditional sort who can sometimes be a
little on the harsh side. Though you look
delicate you are tough as nails and prone to
intricacies. Despite your acerbic ways you are
widely respected and even revered.

What kind of yarn are you?
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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Secret Pal 6--questionnaire

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?
I didn't really think I was a snob, but I think I kind of am. Red Heart is a definite NO for me, but I do like Lion Brand Wool-ease and the Microspun. I've used Encore quite a bit too. As long as it isn't too bulky, fuzzy, or bumpy I'm okay with it.

2. Do you spin? Crochet?
I don't spin(I have a drop spindle though; but, honestly, I am afraid to learn--another hobby isn't really what I need. Plus I'd eventually have to buy sheep, which would necessitate a farm--it could get out of hand is all I'm saying) and I crochet very poorly--that's why I took up knitting :)

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
Smoke and strong perfumes really bother me--I can smell them for days after I've been around either. Really scratchy fibers give me an allergic reaction.

4. How long have you been knitting?
I started knitting in 2003.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
I have a personal Barnes and Noble wish list as well as one on Amazon UK, but I don't think either are publicly accessible--nor would I feel right about someone buying my stuff off either list--most of the items are pretty expensive.

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
lavender and vanilla(together or separate), pikake, lily of the valley, and plumeria.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
Yes, but not for chocolate--I love Jelly Belly jelly beans!

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
I have been cross stitching since I was 12(started 24 years ago---holy smokes, that makes me feel old) and I'm trying to learn how to bead so I can make my own stitch markers.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I'm really picky about the music I listen to. Mostly alternative stuff: Sarah Mclachlan, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Depeche Mode, Cure, Filter. But I also like Moxy Fruvous, INXS, Nickelback, Aerosmith, Rush. I do not like country music, most top 40, or rap. I would assume that this computer would play mp3's but I don't download music.

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
I like jewel tones/winter colors. Mostly blues and forest green type colors. I also like black, grey, and blue-based red(as opposed to the tomato-like orange-red). I cannot stand fall colors(oranges or browns especially) and most pastels. For sock yarn though I like about anything.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
Husband, Little Diva Daughter(5), Little Rage Son(3 in December), and two Tonkinese cats-Bailey and Kahlua(almost 9--October 20).

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)
Raise good kids who grow into responsible and productive adults. Go back to work as a middle school reading teacher. Retire in St. George, Utah or someplace similar. Oh, and how about winning millions in the lottery(obviously a long shot).

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
I like Knit Picks yarns--especially their sock yarns and lace yarns, I haven't tried merino style, but would like to, and some of their new ones look cool too. I like Opal sock yarns(when I can find them), Lorna's Laces, Koigu, Noro Kureyon(that stuff is sooooo much fun!!), Socks that Rock sock yarn, Brown Sheep's Cotton Fleece(it's so soft), Encore Worsted, Dreambaby DK, Heilo, and Dale Baby Ull. I like a lot of stuff I find at Elann as well.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I do not like novelty yarns--if it's furry, shiny, bumpy, or weird it's out.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
I love knitting socks and sweaters. And lately, I'm loving Fair Isle, Norwegian, and Aran Knitting. I really, really, really want to learn to do Fair Isle well; I took a class in Norwegian knitting last year but I'd like to take a Fair Isle one(if I can find one) this year--I even ordered Knit Picks Palette sampler for inspiration. I'm getting ready to start my first Dale Olympic sweater(Albertville)--I love the Dale Olympic patterns; I've collected quite a few.

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Socks--they're portable and go pretty quickly.

17. What are you knitting right now?
My second Rogue, a lace shawl(from A Gathering of Lace), A scarf for Little Diva(from Nursery Rhyme Knits), A hooded T from Artful yarns. I also have to knit a sweater for each kiddo for winter which I'll be starting shortly.

18. What do you think about ponchos?
Not my thing. Personally, I believe, that unless you are a stick you tend to look like an oompa-loompa in a poncho.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
circular--I'm an Addi addict :) And I like double points--why isn't that a choice?

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Aluminum or bamboo.

21. Are you a sock knitter?
Oh yes.

22. How did you learn to knit?
I took a class at my favorite LYS in Utah in 2003.

23. How old is your oldest UFO?
It's the scarf for my daughter; I started it in winter 04. I think it's not getting anywhere because I really dislike scarves.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
Squidward or Plankton from Spongebob are my favorite animated characters and Greyhounds are my favorite animal(once my kids are older I want to adopt at least one).

25. What is your favorite holiday?

26. Is there anything that you collect?
You mean besides knitting related stuff and cross stitch patterns. Hmmmmm, I guess books, cardinal stuff(the red bird)--my grandma loves them and they remind me of her, and stitch markers.

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I have a subscription to Interweave. I've thought about getting a subscription to Stranded but I think I'd have to see a copy first(I just can't decide which issue to order). I used to subscribe to Knitter's but it's getting a little too weird for me.

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?
I like a lot of the Rowan books(or are they magazines?), but I usually have a hard time finding them. I think Vicki Howell's new book looks cool as well. The new Vogue stitch book looks pretty cool. And of course I'm always looking for the holy grail of knitting books, Starmore's Aran Knitting. I'm always hoping that someday I'll find a copy of it for less than $200, but who isn't LOL!

29. Any patterns you have been coveting, but haven't bought for one reason or another??
Top of the list right now is the Dale of Norway Torino pattern and the Colorado Springs pattern. I like some of the pullover patterns from Blackwater Abbey but I haven't gotten any yet. Some of their Celtic ones are awesome! Most of the patterns in Aran Knitting--but I don't ever expect to have them(see reason above). I love Miriam's Adamas Shawl pattern but it hasn't been published yet and of course her other shawl which hopefully will be in print very soon :)

30. What are your foot measurements, and what kind of socks do you like?
My foot is 9 inches long and I like most socks except anklets.

I have never done a secret pal thing before and I'm really excited about it. If there is anything else that you need to know, just let me know :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

SBQ and Well Said

Why do you blog? I have been pondering this very thing. I started blogging as a way of getting my progress out there with my knitting(especially for friends and family to don't get to see it live). Everything on my blog has been put there for various reasons: to remember a link, to remember a joke, to remember what I have been knitting, to have an avenue to showcase things I enjoy, to remember where some of my favorite reads are, and probably other things that aren't popping into my head right now. I am honored and stunned that anyone would want to read/see what I have to say or what I have been doing. I feel like I have made friends through blogging--people with similar interests and people who understand the mania that knitting(and stitching and any other hobby of choice) can bring. The reason I bring all this up is this post from Knitting on an Island--it captured many of the things that I have been thinking about--very well said.

On to SBQ:

Today's "Stitching Blogger's Question" was suggested by AngelSan
( and is:

Do you stitch for events like weddings, engagements, or other things
that might not last? If you have been unlucky and the two people broke
up, what happened to your stitched gift?

I only stitch gifts for immediate family(parents, sisters) and very rarely close friends who I KNOW will appreciate the time and effort that goes into a piece. I have done a couple of wedding pieces, but I would never do an engagement one--too iffy. If, God forbid, a couple broke up I would have no problem asking for the piece back--to me it's like a pet you buy from a breeder; they are always willing to take it back--well with all the time that goes into a stitching (or knitting project for that matter) project, I'd definitely want to take it back and give it a proper home :)

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Weekend Amusement Time

You know I like to amuse myself with internet quizzes and such and, lately, I have taken to posting them here on weekends. So. . . this looked like so much fun! I borrowed it from Keep Talking. It took quite a while to find everything, but here it is.

Have a great weekend!
Aloha :)

The idea is to go to Google and find pictures and/or information of some of the things in your life: (1) your first car; (2) the place you grew up; (3) the place you live now; (4) what comes up first when you type in your name; (5) favorite food; (6) favorite drink; (7) favorite song; (8) favorite smell; (9) favorite pair of shoes ever.

1991 Black Chevrolet Cavalier, but mine looked a lot better than this poor beat up thing :)

Lockport, NY--not much to be said here--some of the Erie Canal's locks run right through the center of town, hence the name.

And here we are.

4) Alumni E-Mail Addresses: 1990-1992
Okay, this one has a story behind it--the first search I did was just with my married name and some questionable content came up(which I am DEFINITELY not involved in), SO I searched with my married and maiden name and got my college's alumni list, much better.

5)Okay, all bow down before the great Genki Sushi--my all time favorite place to eat which just happens to serve my favorite food. I would move back to Hawaii for this stuff.

Check out the cool sushi conveyor belt--yummy!

Long Island Iced Tea, enough said

7) Love this song it was actually a tie between this and "How soon is now" by the Smiths

Bela Lugosi's Dead by Bauhaus

Pikake--reminds me of Hawaii and my wedding(all my attendants wore pikake leis).

9)In middle school(called junior high back in the day) I had clogs(mine where blue)--those were my absolute favorite shoes.


Friday, September 09, 2005

Pumpkins and Plans

Preemie Pumpkins
This week I have been working on my Preemie project knitting. I have a blanket started which is not pictured and of course my two(so far)Preemie Pumpkin Hats. I'm doing them in LB Microspun in Mango and Lime on size 4 dpns. The finished one is 10" in diameter and the almost finished one is 8" in diameter. I'll also be doing 12" and 14" diameter hats--they are so fun because they are very quick knits; it's hard to believe a baby would be tiny enough to fit in the 8" hat.

I gotta say that I really like the Microspun--it is so silky and soft AND it's machine washable--I was thinking about trying to make Crumpets with it.

I have been trying to set up a plan for all my projects and here is what I have for the next week:
Today and Saturday: Preemie knitting
Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday: Rogue
Wednesday and Thursday: Arwen and Aragorn stitching
Friday and Saturday: Start Little Rage's sweater(the second in the "Jumper into Fall-a-thon"--Rogue being the first)

Thanks for all the stitching comments!! I had almost forgotten how much I love to stitch, even though it takes forever; there is something magical about watching a design appear on a blank canvas like that.

Happy knitting and stitching,

Thursday, September 08, 2005

SBQ and Booking Through Thursday

First, thank you Lord that the new Knitty is out. Why am I so happy about this you may ask? Because I was getting freaked out daily by creepy pink hat guy.

Today's "Stitching Blogger's Question" is:

Which way do you stitch (/// and then \\\ or \\\ and then ///)?

On the piece I'm working on now it's /// and then \\\. I had read somewhere once that on linen/evenweave you should start in the bottom left corner when you start stitching; something about keeping things more even, I think.

Can you (or if you haven't done it before, do you think you could) change
the way that you stitch temporarily if it is asked of you?

I can do either; it just depends on my mood when I start a chart. I hadn't really thought that you could get stuck with only being able to stitch one way.

Booking Through Thursday

  1. What kind of room is your dream library in (one wall of your living room, dedicated room, corner of the kitchen, etc.)?I would love to have a library/study of the front foyer of an as yet to be built dream house :) All four walls of the room would have floor to ceiling cherry wood bookshelves. By the picture window(with a window seat) would be a nice comfy chair-and-a-half for sitting and reading and in the middle of the room would be a large cherry desk with and awesome computer set up. I may throw in a couple of bean bag chairs for the kids and I would love to have the stereo in there for mood music :)

  2. What genre are most of your books?Everything from non fiction to fiction--basically my entire collection right now along with what my husband and kids have plus whatever we add afterwards.

  3. Are the books all hard cover, paperback, leather, or mixed medium?I'd prefer that they all be hard cover but they would be mixed.

Monday, September 05, 2005

This is why. . .

When I first attended my Utah knitting group, I happened to mention that I really liked knitting because it is an instant gratification hobby. I was met with considerable skepticism, but when you cross stitch and you spend 3+ hours gridding only part of your project(the top row pages--yes there are 8 of them in the top row), then you spend the remaining two days of the weekend stitching and only have this much to show for it:

progress 9/5/05

When you have this much space to fill:

A long, long, long way to go.

And you've only filled in this much of page 1 of 63 pages(red highlighted is done):

A good start.

And on top of all that you run into a symbol problem with your chart--where two colors have virtually the exact same symbol and it's not at all clear which to use where BUT the folks at HAED are so cool that they, in less than 24 hours no less, emailed me a corrected, replacement chart. Hooray for AWESOME customer service!!!!!

Well, I'm hoping you see what I mean :) This is what the finished product will look like; if you're interested.

Preemie knitting this week for me.

Also, I have a plea. I'm already thinking about Christmas and I would really like to get my Mom a subscription to a quilting magazine. The problem is, that while I appreciate and like quilts, I, personally, do not quilt. So if anyone has any tips or suggestions it would be much appreciated. She stitches in hand or with a machine and she likes patchwork more than applique.

Happy knitting and stitching,
aloha :)

Friday, September 02, 2005

Have Pattern, Have Floss, Have Fabric

So it begins. . .


Let the gridding and stitching begin!!

9/02/05 progress
Lest anyone think I am neglecting my knitting, here is my progress on Beginner's Triangle for the GAL-along. Slowly but surely it's coming along.

Happy Labor Day Weekend everyone!

You know you want to know :) Why it is so spaced out is beyond me, but it's a cool quiz nontheless.

Modern, Cool Nerd
73 % Nerd, 52% Geek, 30% Dork
For The Record:

A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
You scored better than half in Nerd and Geek, earning you the title of: Modern, Cool Nerd.

Nerds didn't use to be cool, but in the 90's that all changed. It used to be that, if you were a computer expert, you had to wear plaid or a pocket protector or suspenders or something that announced to the world that you couldn't quite fit in. Not anymore. Now, the intelligent and geeky have eked out for themselves a modicum of respect at the very least, and "geek is chic." The Modern, Cool Nerd is intelligent, knowledgable and always the person to call in a crisis (needing computer advice/an arcane bit of trivia knowledge). They are the one you want as your lifeline in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (or the one up there, winning the million bucks)!


Also, you might want to check out some of my other tests if you're interested in any of the following:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Professional Wrestling

Love & Sexuality


Thanks Again! -- THE NERD? GEEK? OR DORK? TEST

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 78% on nerdiness

free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 71% on geekosity

free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 48% on dork points
Link: The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test written by donathos on Ok Cupid

Thursday, September 01, 2005

SBQ and Booking Through Thursday

Firstly, hooray SBQ was suggested by me this week :) It was a totally selfish question as I am trying to decide whether or not to buy a scroll frame.

Today's "Stitching Blogger's Question" was suggested by a Kim
( and is:
What do you use to hold your fabric while you stitch? A hoop, a Q-Snap, a scroll frame, something else, or do you stitch in hand?

I use Q-snaps right now. I have quite the collection so I am able to make just about any size.

Have you always used just the one thing or have you tried one or more of
the others?

I started by stitching with a hoop and YUCK was it a pain and it really mangled your stitches if the whole piece didn't fit into the hoop frame. Then I went through my "in hand" period; I didn't really like stitching in hand either--it was too difficult to maintain tension. Then about 13 years ago(has it been that long) I was introduced to Q-snaps and I haven't looked back. I really would like to try a scroll frame, but most of the pieces I do are so large I'm not sure how a scroll would work.

Which do you like best? Why?

Of the ones I have tried Q-snaps are by far my favorite.

Booking Through Thursday

  1. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three books would you want to have with you?Lord of the Rings(complete volume), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, and Dance with the Devil(Sherrilyn Kenyon)

  2. Why?Lord of the Rings because it is long and I haven't read it. I also think that multiple readings would allow you to really learn every nuance of the story. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare also because it is long and rereading all that will keep your brain going. Dance with the Devil because it is my favorite Kenyon book and you need something trashy to read if you're all alone on a desert island--it can't all be highbrow :)

  3. Is this list different than it would have been ten years ago? How?Yes, except for Shakespeare(he's always on the list for me). Ten years ago I was more into Anne Rice so many of her books would have been on the list. Frankly, I would need more than three books with me, but I did my best to narrow it down.

This morning I was thinking about the disaster inflicted by Katrina(I mean, how can you not). I have never been to New Orleans but I had always wanted to go. So many of the books I read are set there and I really felt an attachment to the city. The task ahead of us with that city(and all the other areas hit) is daunting to say the least. I can't even imagine what it must be like for the people there. It goes without saying that if there is anything any of us can do, we should do it. Margene had a suggestion today.

Count your blessings.
Happy knitting, stitching, and reading,