Friday, December 29, 2006
(1)Jaywalker socks--Steinbach Wolle Aktiv Color 100--pattern Magknits (Jaywalker KAL)
(2) 2 mini sweaters--leftover sock yarn--pattern from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
(3) Novelty garter stitch scarf--gift yarn
(4) Hooded Sweater--Plymouth Encore Worsted--Debbie Bliss(Vogue Knitting on the Go)
(5) Raglan Sweater--Plymouth Encore Worsted--Knitting Pure and Simple
(6) Sweetheart Hat--JS yarn--She Ewe Knits freebie(Norwegian KAL)
(7) Afghan squares(3)--Cascade 220 Superwash--"pebbles" from 100 Afghan squares to knit(a gift for Michele's wedding)
(8) Hooded T--Classic Elite Flash--Artful Yarns pattern
(9) Nancy Drew socks--Trekking XXL(110)--Teri's pattern(for Trek Along with Me KAL)
(10) 2 mini stockings--leftover sock yarn--one pattern from the Interweave Holiday Issue(2006) and one from the SOCKS book.
(11) Hat--Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport--The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns
Heaven and Earth Designs Magic Witch ACEO QS(Sara Butcher)
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Okay, I've tried VERY hard to restrain myself from venting about the--excuse my language--piss poor snow plowing job here. If you recall, last week we were "blessed" with 33 inches of snow. They didn't plow our street until mid Friday and then they only plowed a one lane path(leaving a good car length between the end of driveways and the actual plowed path)and don't get me started on the joy of having to back up if another car was coming because if you tried to move to the side you got stuck. I didn't complain--we dug out to the path and dealt with the challenges it brought.
Today--when I'm not sure--they plowed "lane two" leaving the lovely 2.5 foot pile of snow down the middle of the road(preventing anyone from turning into their driveways without--you guessed it--getting stuck in the f-ing snow bank).
This pic was from my cell phone; hence the poor quality. I was afraid I'd throw my camera at the snow bank or the UPS man--who FINALLY showed up today.
And the BEST part of all this is that they are predicting another foot of snow tomorrow into Friday.
Let me say yet again--I HATE snow.
The drill: Go back through your blog and post the first sentence of the first entry in every month.
January: What do I want to accomplish knitting, stitching, writing, and life wise this year?
February:: This week's SBQ was inspired by my visit with Dawn and is: With the exception of your online stitching friends, do you have any
other stitching buddies?
March: Where in the World?
April: Here are a few buttons you can use to proudly display your Stashalong Survivor success.
May: Magic Witch--9760 stitches
June: Drum roll please. . .
I have chosen #110, the orange colorway, (I really want to see what it looks like knitted up).
July: Storykeeper was my Project Spectrum focus piece for June.
August:Howdy--long time, no blog!
September: Okay--here's what I'd like to accomplish knitting/stitching wise this month.
October: This will be my second year participating in Socktoberfest and I've set myself up with quite an ambitious sock schedule.
November:Sing along won't you? ;)
December: Lifted from Kimberly(great name, by the way):
My goals from January 1, 2005--how did I do?
What do I want to accomplish knitting, stitching, writing, and life wise this year? I have been putting quite a bit of thought into this. I think it will be very amusing to look back on it come December, so here goes.
(1) Finish Storykeeper**NOPE
(2) Finish one quarter of Arwen and Aragorn(64800 stitches)**NOPE
(3) Choose and Finish 1 Quick Stitch YES
**In doing the math for this I'm not even sure it is possible. On a fabulous day I am able to put in about 400 stitches; on a realistic day I'm able to put in 200. I also value my knitting time which tends to cut into stitching time, but these are goals not requirements, right? Yeah, that was right--one thing this year has taught me is how much time I "actually" have to stitch. 2007 goals will be more realistic.
(1) Decrease my stash, by looking there first when I have something I want to start.--DONE
(2) Get down to no more than 2 Knitalongs at a time(do the math on what I need to finish to accomplish that and I'm still not sure how I'll classify charity knitting and stuff)I was doing well with that, not so much right now though.
(3) Get my WIP list down to 5 or fewer things(easier said than done)Pretty close there.
(4) Make progress on my "Double Secret Probation-a-thon" Not as much as I would have liked.
(5) Ad lib something--not really design something, but take a pattern and alter it in some way in order to make it my own. NOPE
(6) Knit this; how cool is that hat? If I do that and the arm warmers from Anticraft, I'll be one scarey mommy when I go pick up Little Diva after school. NOPE, but I did add more pirate goodies to my pattern stash :)
(1) Finish my Nano 2005 novel and let it marinate before beginning revisions. YES
(2) Complete Nano 2006 YES
(1) Get a job for the 2006-2007 school year. (That has been put on hold for one more year so that we can avoid putting Little Rage in daycare. I think that is the best decision for our children and I'm sure I won't lose my sanity staying home for one more year--plus it gives me more time to knit and stitch.)
Saturday, December 23, 2006
During the holiday season, I find myself thinking of holidays past. This ornament reminds me of my Grandmother. She loves cardinals--loves them. They always remind me of her and I find myself buying cardinal things because of her. She always fed them her in backyard. She had three pairs that came by on a regular basis. Their color always captivated me; they are such beautiful birds. I'll never forget when one of her cats brought her a present--a beautiful, red, dead cardinal--seriously, it's the first time I saw that she was capable of murder--that cat almost lost all of it's nine lives. Needless to say he didn't go after a cardinal again ;)
She has to spend this Christmas in a rehab center because she broke her arm and needs physical therapy. I always think of her over the holidays. Her cooking(the delicious smells, the "Granny slices" which were usually a quarter of the cake or pie) , the way she decorated, all the effort she put in to making every holiday just right. I'm sure you all can relate--I hope that each and every one of you has a person who lit up the holidays for you.
If I can deliver even one quarter of the holiday memories to my kiddos that she did with me, I'll be happy. She gave all of us a lot to live up to during her holiday hosting heyday.
Enjoy your holiday weekend; I hope your holidays are blessed!
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Luckily I went out early Wednesday morning to pick up some supplies(mostly for the kiddos) and the drive home was dicey at best--thank God for four wheel drive. Today DH and I spent the day shoveling--now if they would only plow our street. Shoveling almost three feet of snow does no good if there is still three feet in the street, you know.
In other news, I upgraded to the "New-no longer Beta-Blogger" which took ALL day to upgrade, by the way. The jury is still out; I'm cautiously optimistic.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
Here's how far I got over the weekend:
Piece: Blackstone Fantasy Garden
Designer: Ink Circles
Fabric: 28 count Antique White Jobelan
Stitched: 2 over 2(for the Celtic Knots), 1 over 2(for Blackwork)
Started: December 7, 2006
Modifications: If you look at the orignal, you'll gather pretty quickly that mine doesn't match. I'm attempting to change the colors. So far I've substituted DMC 803 and 814 for Carrie's Creation Threads in "Coffee" and "Gator Green". Those are the only two solids I'm using everything else will be varigated DMCs. I'll post the specifics once I get to each color.
Just some random thoughts on this. It's been quite a while since I stitched 2 over 2 and it feels HUGE and FAST. I almost forgot how to count and stitch properly after all the parking and row by row stitching I've been doing on my HAED projects.
***non-related: If anyone out there can think like a 4 year old, let me know. Rage got a Leapster L-Max for his birthday and he's "misplaced" his Letters on the Loose cartridge. For the life of me I can't find it, but is HAS to be somewhere in this house. We've already had two mini-meltdowns because he can't remember where he put it and at $25-30 a pop for games for this thing he won't be getting a replacement. Where would you leave something if you where 4? I've looked everywhere he frequents and I have a feeling it will show up when I'm looking for something else--you know how that goes.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
I love the yarn(Cascade Quattro) and I love the pattern (Knitting Pure and Simple Men's pullover--I want it big).
I want to get back to stitching and I've had many things tempting me in that direction as well. Hopefully I'll have something to report next week--after the HAED General SAL.
Did you ever notice what enablers we crafters are? I have purchased no less than 4 patterns this month because of some beautiful charts I saw on the HAED BB. And knitting. . .well it goes without saying that my stash wouldn't be nearly as large if it weren't for the pretty stuff I see with my knitting grrls(online and IRL). Even though it cuts into my budget(the kids don't NEED to eat, right?), I'm thankful for every single one of my knitting and stitching enablers :)
Finally, today is Rage's birthday. He's 4. It's hard to believe that he's growing up so fast. It's amazing what a difference a year makes. He looks so grown up and he's becoming more assertive(he IS Little Rage after all--he's just more verbal with his rage's now). But there are still a few infant/toddler comforts he's clinging onto. He loves his blankie(which is more like a rag now), we're trying to phase out the bink, and he likes to cuddle with his mommy when he goes to sleep.
He fell asleep on me the other night and as I was carrying him upstairs I teared up remembering how many times I've done the same thing before. I used to be able to carry him up in one arm, now he fills up two. I used to be able to walk up the stairs facing forward, now I have to put him at an angle. My little baby Rage; is growing up and I can't wait to see what changes the next year brings.
Friday, December 01, 2006
1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
I'm going with Hot Chocolate; although if I'm in the right mood I can put away a lot of eggnog.
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree?
Santa always wraps the presents(at least until Diva and Rage get bigger).
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
WHITE--I had more than enough of colored ones in my youth.
4. Do you hang mistletoe?
5. When do you put up your decorations?
The day after Thanksgiving.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish?
I don't think I have a favorite holiday 'dish'. I like cookies and all the yummy finger foods around the holidays.
7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?
My favorite memories always revolved around the anticipation of the night before Christmas. I'd spend all night listening for Santa and it was even more magical if we woke up to fresh snow.
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I don't remember, but I think it was later than most. That's one piece of magic that was hard to let go.
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
No, as a kid we did though.
10. What kind of decorations are on your Christmas Tree?
First, I'll tell you what isn't on my tree--bulbs--not a one. My tree is decorated with Hallmark ornaments(which I've been collecting for about 11 years), a few miscellaneous other ornaments, and a couple of Little Diva created ones.
11. Snow! Love it or Dread?
I like snow on Christmas Eve and Christmas day; otherwise I hate it(I know hate is strong word, but believe me that's how I feel about snow).
12. Can you ice skate?
I used to ice skate all the time when I was little, but I haven't since about 12th grade. I still inline skate though.
13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
As an adult, my favorite gifts would have to be Little Rage and Little Diva(OR my iPOD--LOL!) As a kid, my favorite gifts were my Breyer horses. I used to get one almost every year.
14. WhatÂs the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
Family and Traditions.
15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
Easy, sugar cookie cutouts. I don't like making the cookies(but I do), BUT I love decorating and eating them.
16 What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Decorating the tree, watching the Christmas shows, and making Christmas cookies.
17. What tops your tree?
A red and green plaid bow.
18. What is your favourite holiday book?
The Night Before Christmas, The Bible, and the Polar Express.
19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
Carol of the Bells.
20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yummy?
Do you stitch Christmas ornaments? If so, how many do you stitch each year and for whom? If not, why not?
I have not, but not for lack of materials I have most if not all of the Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issues. I think I may start; since I'm getting into having more hand made stuff around. I haven't in the past because I am REALLY bad at deadline stitching(or knitting) and I wasn't sure if I wanted that stuff on my tree. As for gifts; I'd have to really, really, really like you to give you something I stitched--I'm very choosy about who I stitch for.
How do you secure your thread when you begin a new one? Specifically, do you or have you ever used a waste knot?
If I'm stitching with an even number of threads then I use the loop method to start and I run it under finished threads to finish blending it in as best as possible. If I'm stitching with an odd number of threads then I try and catch the end under the first few stitches of that color and I finish the same as with an even thread count.
I'm anti-knot. Knots are a KNO, KNO in my book.
COMING SOON: Knitting and stitching content--what a concept!!
Thursday, November 30, 2006
What are your projects for this knitalong?
I'm going to start with a pair of Latvian Mittens and move on from there.
Is this your first colorwork project? If it isn't, what was your first, and has it survived the test of time?
No, I've done three hats and a small bag. My first was a Dale of Norway hat. It's a little too big--my tension was off in it, but I love it just the same. Here it is:
Dale of Norway Thunder Bay
Monday, November 27, 2006
Off to bask in the glory of my win(and get some sleep). Now I can fill my evenings with knitting and stitching again, because I'm almost done with my Christmas shopping too. Today is definitely a good day ;)
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
I got Magic Witch back from framing on Tuesday. I broke down and had her put under museum quality glass--I normally don't put my pieces under glass when I have them framed. And in case you are wondering, yes I did have them put in spacers so the piece doesn't touch the glass. She's lovely sitting on my mantle.
I'm finishing up the gridding on my new start--not telling what it is though--you'll have to keep an eye out for it's first appearance in December.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
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Wow--eerily accurate for me.
In my defense, I have not called "soda" "pop" since I left New York.
Lifted from Cara
Monday, November 13, 2006
Mary wants to know...
- Do you keep a list of books to read? Yes
- Where do you keep your list (computer, PDA, paper, etc.)? On a Post-It on the computer monitor--to remind me to get off the computer and read LOL
- How often do you refer to your list? Every time you go for a new book to read? When book shopping? Or? I see it whenever I go online and I update it as necessary.
Today's SBQ was suggested by Jan
(http://www.alpinemeadow.com/stitchery/weblog/index.html) and is:
How many different brands of "complete" embroidery floss sets do you
own? How do you keep track of it? (i.e., spread sheet program, index
cards, palm pilot, etc.)
I only have a complete set of DMC and I have a print out of the floss list on the top of each of the four containers the floss is in.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Two finishes and a new start
I'm using my leftover sock yarn to make stocking/sweater/mitten ornaments for my Christmas tree. They are pseudo quick knits although that cabled stocking was a challenge(read pain in the butt).
Underneath the stockings is a new start(which I really don't need by the way). It's the Danica scarf from Knitty made with Patons SWS(thanks Nachaele). I've never done Entrelac before and it seems pretty easy. It's also great practice for picking up stitches.
Sorry I've been MIA--I've been spending my time writing(at night) and working with Little Diva on reading. Things will hopefully get a little better in December(who am I kidding LOL).
Colorado knitters--do you know of anyplace where I can get teeny tiny needles--like 00-0000? Don't ask what they are for yet--obviously something teeny tiny ;)
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Here are the rules: List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre. Whether or not they have words or even if they are any good but they must be songs you’re really enjoying right now! Post these instructions in your blog along with with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they’re listening to.
1. Vertigo--U2--Little Diva insists on listening to this(over and over) in the car.
2. Hung Up--MadonnaI would NOT say I'm into this song--it serves a purpose 4 days per week***see below***
3. Miss Murder--AFI
4. Love and Peace or Else--U2
5. Twisted Transistor--Korn
6. Miseria Cantara(The Beginning)--AFI--I like to listen to this one when I write.
7. Sin(Long Version)--Nine Inch Nails--you really didn't think I would make a list and not include at least one, did you? ;)
Consider yourself tagged if you're interested :)
***I have no idea how Madonna snuck into the lineup(truly I can't stand 99.9% of her stuff and I really can't take her whole pretending to be British thing). The ONLY time I listen to this song is when I'm running and it's only because of the the line "time goes by so slowly" which it always does when I am running--this song gets me through the last few minutes***
Thursday, November 02, 2006
- Yesterday, November 1st, began the annual NaNoWriMo challenge--where lots of marginally crazy people try to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. What do you think about that idea? Crazy? Inspired? Challenging? I think it's all of the above. I think there is a writer in everyone; you may not know what story you want to tell or how to get it out but it's there.
- Would you/Have you tried it yourself? In other years? (Or this one, in which case, shouldn't you be writing and not reading blogs?) I did it last year; see yesterday's post. I was introduced to it by my SP6 pal(the one I got to spoil), Jacqueline. And, clearly, I'm participating this year. And no I don't need to be writing right now. When it comes to my Nano writing I have to think like a vampire and only come out at night. Diva and Rage provide too many distractions during the day. I start writing after they go to bed and if things are flowing well I can meet my daily quota in about 2 hours. There were many days last year when I stayed up until 3:30 or 4am writing--either to make up for lost time or to let a chapter idea flow out in its entirety.
- If you took away the time pressure, would you/have you tried writing a novel of your own? I think so, BUT one thing I found about Nano is that it doesn't allow you time for excuses. If you want to finish in a month, you have to be very disciplined and can't afford to take too much time off. It's a lot of pressure, but there's a thrill in it as well. You really get to know your characters well, because you are with them every day :) I think it's a great way to get a rough draft going for a "real" novel.
Today's SBQ was suggested by Lee (http://lakestitcher.blogspot.com/)
How did you decide on the title of your stitching blog? Was it random,
or does it have a special meaning to you or about you?
I thought of the phrase "a work in progress" and realized that was what I was as a knitter. I wasn't actively stitching when I started this blog--I was in the middle of toddler time which didn't allow for much free time.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
It's that time already. Time for Nanowrimo 2006. Last year was my first year doing this and it was a blast!! There is something so liberating about disciplining yourself to write every day for a month. You let the story and the characters take you were they may with no worries about how it may sound later.
Last year my story ended up being 65,190 words(although I was only a little over 50000 at the end of the month last year). And I only got a quarter of the way through my original outline. SO this year I though that I would write book 2--since my characters still have more to say and do. But then another idea popped into my head, so now I have a decision to make. I'll have to figure it out by tonight because in order to finish in time I have to do about 1666 words per day.
Anyone else writing this year? Good luck to you if you are and if not, give it a shot(even if your story stinks at least your typing speed will improve LOL)
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Sunday, October 29, 2006
What Color is Your Brain?
At work or in school: I work best by myself. I like to focus on my ideas until my desire for understanding is satisfied. I am easily bored if the subject holds no interest to me. Sometimes, it is hard for me to set priorities because so many things are of interest.
With friends: I may seem reserved. Although my thoughts and feelings run deep, I am uneasy with frequent displays of emotion. I enjoy people who are interesting and of high integrity.
With family: I am probably seen as a loner because I like a lot of private time to think. Sometimes, I find family activities boring and have difficulty following family rules that don't make sense to me. I show love by spending time with my family and sharing ideas and interests.
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Saturday, October 28, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
Christine wants to know...
- Do you make notes in books as you read them? In college I did in everything I read. When I teach I make notes in the teacher's edition. In my personal reading, I rarely make notes in my books.
- Why or why not? In college it was a way of isolating important information. In teaching it's a way of emphasizing something I want to teach or knowing when to insert an activity.
- If you do, do you make notes only in certain kinds of books or all of them? In college and teaching, I made notes in both fiction and nonfiction. Now if I make notes in something it's usually nonfiction--like a knitting pattern book.
Booking Through Thursday
- Do you read in bed? For how long? Do you fall asleep reading? Will a good book keep you up all night? Yes, I try to read every night for at least an hour. I have stayed up all night for a good book many times.
- Where do you keep your nighttime reading? Do you have a special table next to the bed? Are there many books there? Do you keep books there that you aren't reading (finished or unread)? I have a table next to the bed with my current reads and behind that is a book shelf with the "to be read" list sitting on it.
Booking Through Thursday
- Do you read short stories? Yes
- Why or why not? Sometimes I like reading something shorter.
- What do you like and dislike about short stories? I like the short story genre in general. I think it's a perfect way to introduce story elements and introduce fiction writing. In short stories I have read for pleasure(not work), I sometimes get disappointed as I want to know more about the characters or the situation introduced in the story.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Today's SBQ was suggested by Vash
(http://seasidestitcher.blogspot.com/) and is:
Which way do you stitch, i.e. do you stitch /// followed by \\\ on
top, or the other way around \\\ followed by ///? Are you left- or
right-handed and do you think that this affects the way that you stitch?
I stitch /// followed by \\\. I'm right handed but I don't think that makes a difference. I was taught to stitch right slant then left and that's what has stuck. This question looks familiar--did we have it before?
If you were to come across a sampler chart that caught your eye and appealed to you, would you or would you not stitch it if it had a morbid or “creepy” saying on it? If not, why?
Look who you're asking! Morbid. . .creepy. . .bring it on! That is probably what would have drawn me to the chart to begin with LOL :)
Friday, October 20, 2006
First--totally unrelated to stitching or knitting. I'd like to wish my kitties, Bailey(aka BB) and Kahlua(aka Cracky), a very Happy 10th Birthday! They are my first babies and now they are the senior citizens of our house :) If I can get them to sit still for a picture, I'll put it up(they still have loads of energy and it's difficult to catch them sitting still in the same place at the same time).
Magic Witch 93.3%
Magic Witch. . .still not done. Very close to being done--a mere 2090 stitches away. I have a new start already to take her place, but I refuse to start it until she is finished SO that's what I'll be working on this weekend.
One down, one to go!
I have finished one of my peds and will be casting on for number two sometime this weekend. The yarn is STR Farmhouse. This yarn was actually already a sock that wore out on one of the heels so I reclaimed it for this project. I just love the colors in this colorway.
I cannot wait until I finish Magic Witch(which is what is taking up a majority of my time), because I have the sock bug--bad. I want to start some more. I think my sock burn out is finally on the way out.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
I lifted this from Laura:
48 Things You Could Care Less About
1. FIRST NAME? Kimberly
2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? No. And my maiden name was the most unoriginal name ever--EVER I say.
3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY? It doesn't take much to get me to cry if I'm in the right mood. I'd say in the last month.
4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? No, not anymore. I type almost everything and my handwriting has suffered(but my typing speed has much improved LOL). I really have to make an effort to have legible handwriting anymore.
5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHMEAT? I'm not a big fan of lunchmeat, but if I were to splurge it would be good roast beef.
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Sure, I like me ;) But it would depend on the day, there are days when I don't like myself and certainly wouldn't expect anyone else to.
7. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? Yes, I've had one since I was 15.
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yes, but I don't think I should. A doctor once said mine are 3 or 4 times normal size, but not big enough to come out?
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Maybe.
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Kashi Go Lean Crunch
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Yes.
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Physically, I'm pretty strong and getting stronger(I am actively working on it). Mentally, yeah, I think I am pretty strong.
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR? Ben and Jerry's Phish Food
14. SHOE SIZE? 8. Used to be a 7.5 until I had kids then they grew(one of the many places on my body that grew through childbearing).
5. RED OR PINK? Red.
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? I am not spontaneous AT ALL.
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My sixth grade students and faculty from Texas.
18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? Nope, since I didn't send it to anyone.
19. WHAT COLOR PANTS, SHIRT AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Black pants, white t-shirt, no shoes.
20. LAST THING YOU ATE? Reduced fat Triscuits
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Sesame Street
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Pacific Blue--we spend a lot of time with crayons here.
23. FAVORITE SMELL? Vanilla and Lavender
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? My parents
25. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO? Eyes and hair
26. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON you stole THIS from? Yes, even though we've only met in blogland.
27. FAVORITE DRINK? Alcoholic--Long Island Iced Tea. Hot--Pumpkin Spice Latte. Cold--Iced Tea Lemonade. Can you tell I spend a lot of time at Starbucks.
28. FAVORITE SPORT? Hockey--actually it's the only major sport I like. I also like watching equestrian events and sometimes ice skating.
29. EYE COLOR? Dark Brown.
30. HAT SIZE? I don't wear hats, except the occasional adjustable baseball hat.
31. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? No.
32. FAVORITE FOOD? sushi
33. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Neither--is there another choice?
35. SUMMER OR WINTER? Summer--there is no contest here. The hotter and drier the better. Cold, snow, ice--YUCK!
36. HUGS OR KISSES? It depends on who is doing the kissing; otherwise it's hugs.
37. FAVORITE DESSERT? Tiramisu
38. WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? No idea, as I said I didn't send it to anyone.
39. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? see #38
40. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING? The Belgariad and Starmore's Fair Isle Knitting.
41. WHATÂS ON YOUR MOUSE Pad? I don't use a mousepad.
42. WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT ON TV? We watched Over the Hedge as a family and then I watched Lost.
43. FAVORITE SOUNDS? My kids laughing and playing. Coming in a close second is Nine Inch Nails.
44. ROLLING STONE OR BEATLES? No.
45. THE FURTHEST YOUÂVE BEEN FROM HOME? I guess Hawaii. That's a tough question as I try to think of anywhere I live as home.
46. WHATÂS YOUR SPECIAL TALENT? I think I am a good judge of character, but I don't know if that's a talent.
47. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? New York.
48. WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? I lifted it from Laura's Blog.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Magic Witch 87.6%
Today's SBQ was suggested by Lee (http://lakestitcher.blogspot.com/)
As we all know, stitching in the winter can really be rough on the
hands. What do you do to treat your hands well in the cold winter
months? Do you have any suggestions for creams or soaps? Or perhaps a
special regimen that you would like to share?
I use Udderly Smooth, because it goes on smooth and absorbs quickly. I also like Oil of Olay Quench. That's really all I do to take care of my hands all year round, not just in the winter.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
I also bought some yarn(for my Stashalong free day in October)--all Lorna's Laces(3 skeins old Rose and 2 skeins of flames). The Old Rose is for Bayerishe(unless the yarn I ordered from another LYS comes in soon) and pink is not normally one of my colors but I need a light colored solid for the socks and October is Breast Cancer Awareness month so this yarn fits the bill for both! I have been coveting the Flames colorway forever--that and Black Purl are my Lorna's Laces favorites--now I finally have enough for some socks, I just need to find the perfect pattern.
I ordered it from Yarn 4 Socks. They are giving a discount to all the Socktoberfest participants(see Lolly's blog for the code) and I have to raise my needles to them. They had great prices on Lorna's and they are super fast with shipping. So run, don't walk over there and order some Socktober yarn!
Pretty much all of the sock yarn stash.
Lolly's questions for this week:
Do you have certain patterns planned for some of the yarns? Do you buy yarn and then choose a pattern?
Aside from the Old Rose Lorna's mentioned above, I usually don't have a certain pattern planned for my sock yarns. I usually buy and hoard the yarn for a while then pick from it when I have the urge to get my sock on ;)
Does a certain sock yarn you have in your stash take you back to a certain event? (where you were when you bought/received it? what was going on in your life at the time!)
Since I buy sock yarn when I'm on vacation I do have skeins that remind me of certain places. Some remind me of Vegas, some of Utah, some of New York.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
UPDATE: Thanks for all your comments--they definitely gave me food for thought.
Cynthia: If I don't have some sort of rotation/schedule, I get NOTHING done. Seriously, maybe it's the way my brain works or the fact that I have two kiddos that demand a boatload of my time and attention. Left to my own devices when I have free time, if I don't schedule something, I just sit and stare into space or at the TV and I hate wasting time.
Laura, Dede, and Margene: I like all of your ideas and I think I'll probably come up with something along those lines. Really what I need is about 12 more hours in the day(or at least 6--lol).
Saturday, October 07, 2006
|Your Element Is Earth|
You excel at planning and strategizing.
You could be a champ at chess or Survivor.
Well grounded, you are able to be realistic and rationalize.
On the inside, you have a hard core. It's tough to phase you.
You are super productive, and you are able to think anything through.
Focused and super charged, your instincts are a good guide for your next step.
Friday, October 06, 2006
Here are my five choices for this latest challenge:
(1) Magician's Gambit(Eddings)
(2) Castle of Wizardry(Eddings)
(3) Enchanter's Game(Eddings)
(4) The Premature Burial(Poe)
(5) The Pit and the Pendulum(Poe)--DONE--I've actually read this before(always read it in October when I was teaching school. Poe is perfect for Halloween short stories.
Booking Through Thursday
- Tell us about a book that you had to read, but didn't want to, but that you ended up liking. Something for school, perhaps? A book from your Mom for Christmas that she insisted on you reading? Something from a bookclub? But ultimately, a book that--against all expectation--you ended up liking, respecting, loving....
- And, of course, why? What made this book resonate with you?
I don't think there has ever been a book I didn't want to read that I ended up reading and loving(loving is a strong word). Most books I didn't want to read are in genres I can't stand, so I just tough it out and get through them. Now if the question was what is a book you had to read but didn't want to and hated. . .well, that's a different story ;)
Booking Through Thursday
- Do you own any bookends? If so, how many sets? If not, do you need or want any? I don't own any bookends--how sad is that. I have lots of book shelves which are crammed full but no bookends. I would love a really eclectic pair of bookends though.
- Which are your favorites? How long have you had them? I like weird things--so any unusual bookends would be great for me. Something dark and disturbing always scores points with me or maybe sheep(how's that for opposite ends of the spectrum)
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Magic Witch 81.9%
Today's SBQ was suggested by Sharon
(http://crossstitchobsession.blogspot.com/) and is:
When you find yourself making a lot of mistakes in various stitching
projects do you find it better to muddle your way through or do you
take a brief break from stitching? If you do take a break, how long do
When I start making a lot of mistakes I need to take a break. Usually the more tired/distracted I am the more mistakes I start making which frustrates me and gets me making even more mistakes. I usually need to put the piece down for at least a day or two. I'll try working on something else OR switch to knitting instead to give myself a stitching break.
When did you start making socks?
I knit my first pair of socks in April 2004
My First Pair of Socks
Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class?
I taught myself how to use the double points and my Utah knitting group taught me how to turn the heel and some other tricks of the trade. My absolute favorite basic sock patterns are in the book/pamphlet, Classic Beginnings Socks for the Family by Michele Wyman. It's been my sock knitting bible from the beginning.
What was your first pair?
A basic top down sock made from some kind of Regia I believe.
How have they "held up" over time?
What would you have done differently?
I still have them although the tension is too loose and they have lots 'o mistakes. I keep them and wear them to remind myself how far I have come. I'm not sure I would have done anything differently--my first pair of socks was a milestone for me. It was exhilarating, frustrating, rewarding--all at the same time.
What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
I really like the Fortissma yarns(who makes that Skacel?), Trekking, Lorna's Laces, and Socks that Rock. **edit--how could I forget Opal--one of my all time favorites--it knits up well and you just can't ruin the socks no matter what kind of abuse you give them.
Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
I have only knit socks on DPNs, but I really want to learn two circs and magic loop. I also want to attempt the sock within a sock--like the article in this month's Knitty.
Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)
I love the look of the short row, but I haven't mastered it. I usually do the flap--it's familiar and I usually don't mess it up ;)
How many pairs have you made?
Oh, boy let me think. . .7 pairs for gifts one Christmas, 1 pair for DH, 3 pairs for Little Diva, 1 pair for Rage, 1 gift for one of my sisters, 8 or more pairs for me... I'll say about 20(probably a couple more).
Sunday, October 01, 2006
This will be my second year participating in Socktoberfest and I've set myself up with quite an ambitious sock schedule. There are three projects on deck so far:
1) The Not Pedestrian Ped pattern from Teri. I'm using some reclaimed Socks that Rock in the Farmhouse colorway for these. I actually got a headstart on them last night; it's the first time in a long time that I've spent the evening knitting instead of stitching and IT FELT GREAT!!
2) Arrgyle from Moth Heaven. I'm using some Knit Picks essential sock yarn in gray, burgundy, and black, as well as some of the bare superwash sock yarn. It will be my first time with intarsia, so that will be a challenge in and of itself.
3) Bayerishe from Eunny. I'm planning on using Lorna's Laces Shepherd sock in the turquoise color. I had to order the yarn and I'm just waiting for it to come in so I can start.
And if you're looking for inspiration or a tutorial, hop over here for a gansey sock pattern and sock workshop which starts today!
**Non sock knitting aside--yesterday I was winding the yarn for Little Diva's hat(it's Lorna's Laces Shepherd sport in the Springer colorway) and for some reason unknown to me I decided to cut the ball ball band on the first skein. BIG MISTAKE. I cut through the yarn so instead of one ball of yarn I have one big ball and two little ones---the expletives were flying let me tell you.**
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
So here is what I ended up with:
Storykeeper(3.6% OR 4800 stitches)
Now it's back to Magic Witch until she is done :)
Today's SBQ was suggested by Elisabeth
(http://sew-in-love.blogspot.com/) and is:
How many pieces have you stitched?
I've been stitching off and on since I was 12, but I don't have that many finishes. I've done 5 Precious Moments, 2 Garfield, 12 Cherished Teddies(months of the year for a baby quilt), 1 Lavender and Lace, 3 random--craft store kits, and 1 Shepherd's Bush needleroll. I also have a bunch of WIP/UFOs.
Out of these, how many have been
1--one of the Precious Moments ones I did in high school. That's just sad that I give most of them away, BUT that will change with my HAED designs--no one is getting their hands on those.
How many have had specialty stitches or other techniques
besides cross stitch? 2--the L&L had beading and the SB had specialty stitches
Saturday, September 23, 2006
|You Should Be A Virgo|
What's good about you: you have a quiet determination and aren't swayed by emotions
What's bad about you: you are an insane perfectionist and easily find faults in others
In love: you are obsessed with making your partner happy
In friendship, you're: helpful and giving - eager to be a true friend
Your ideal job: poet, flight attendant, or natural healer
Your sense of fashion: casual, upscale, revealing, conservative - you look good in all of it
You like to pig out on: a well prepared five course meal
Friday, September 22, 2006
Magic Witch 75%
Moving right along on Magic Witch. 23700/31350 stitches done. I have had to amend my timeline on this one just a bit. The tentative finish date right now is October 19(I really want it done before Halloween and before HAEDs New Start SAL). Magic Witch will be taking a break this weekend as I work on Storykeeper for the UFO SAL.
I am also making progress on my top down raglan as part of my Project Clean Sweep month--hopefully I'll have the body done soon(I have about 4 more inches before the ribbing), then just 2 sleeves and I'll have a nice red sweater for winter.
Booking Through Thursday
- Do you tend to read more books written by one gender over the other? Yes
- If so, which one? Men? Or women? Is this a deliberate choice? Or just something that kind of happened? I tend to read more books by women, but it's not a deliberate choice. The story is more important to me than the sex of the author.
- And (without wanting to get too personal), is this your gender? Female
Booking Through Thursday
But, enough about books. . . what else do you read?? Magazines? Newspapers? Professional journals? Cereal boxes? Phone books? Purchase invoices? Homework?
(Please be specific. There may be a test later.)
What else do I read?
**magazines(Real Simple, Better Homes and Gardens, Weight Watchers, Runners World, Celebrating Greyhounds, Interweave Knits, Cast On, Parenting)
**Professional Journals(Journal of Adult and Adolescent Literacy, The Reading Teacher, and as soon as it starts coming--Voices from the Middle and the English Journal)
**miscellaneous(various blogs/websites, Diva's homework, countless picture books, and song lyrics)
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Magic Witch 73%
I am definitely heading into the final laps with Magic Witch. I have 22900/31350 done. And I have pretty much all of her face.
I am unfortunately behind in my goal to get her done by the end of the month. It's still possible but it's going to take a big push between now and the 30th. This week though stitching has felt like a chore(and that's not why I do it). I really, really, really want to get this done but I don't want to hate it when I'm finished either.
The knitting bug has pulling at me big time this week. Eunny posted the rest of her sock pattern--and her sock looks spectacular! I want to make that sock--I REALLY want to make that sock--I even got my computer to cooperate and print the charts for me. I think it may be my Socktober piece(along with Arrgyle).
Friday, September 15, 2006
I would love to try those socks; I'm going to wait patiently for a pattern. If I could see all of the charts I'd print them out, but for some reason my computer only puts up the top three rows of chart 15 and half a row of the chart to the left of that. The whole key shows up though.
For now I'll just enjoy the pictures :)
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
My Secret Pal, Valerie, has started a shop to sell her stitch markers. She made me some when I was her pal and I bought another set from her shop. This is good stuff--she finds such unique beads. Go check it out :)
And, Cynthia must have been up bright and early(or very late) over on the East Coast, because I was greeted with an email early this morning bidding me to check out these. They were in the new Knitty and I'm fighting the urge to purchase them asap. My only problem is that I rarely, if ever, knit with size 13 needles(WAY too big); SO they'd be purely decorative(and really there is nothing wrong with that) ;)
Remember my autumn knit list? Well the new Knitty has provided even more fodder for the list. I already printed out Viveka(I love the sleeves on that) and I'm thinking Sherwood might work for Diva(I have some nice lilac colored cotton fleece I think would work well) or Rage.
And I haven't decided if this is brilliant insanity or insanely brilliant, but I may work up the courage to give it a shot.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
- We asked last week about what draws you to your favorite kind/genre of book. This week, we want to know--how often do you depart from that comfort zone? If you love mysteries, do you ever read fantasy? If you primarily read cookbooks, do you ever read a good romance? This is such a great question. When I was teaching, I always told my students that you need to be open minded to all types of literature. I used to insist that they give a book at least a chapter before they decided they didn't like it. That being said I am one of the worst offenders in pigeon holing myself into a very limited genre.
- How MUCH variety is there in your reading? Do you mostly stick to one type, with just the occasional toe-dip into a different style? Or do you generally read a variety of things, just, maybe more of your favorite style than anything else? As far as fiction goes, I read predominantly fantasy(narrowing it even further to things with werewolves, vampires, fey, dragons, etc.) I do read other things as the mood strikes me. I'd say the only genre I really can't stand is historical fiction--blah! I read a fair amount of nonfiction too. Anything I have an interest in, I tend to read all I can on the subject. I love to research.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
This week I'm up to 20900 stitches which is 66.6% done. I'm a little behind but I should be able to catch up to my personal goal of 25456 stitches by September 16.
I'm loving this right now; it's so nice to finally be working on the witch :)
Monday, September 04, 2006
Here are my five choices for this latest challenge:
(1) Magician's Gambit(Eddings)
(2) Castle of Wizardry(Eddings)
(3) Enchanter's Game(Eddings)
(4) The Pit and the Pendulum(Poe)
(5) The Premature Burial(Poe)
The first three may not be in the exact spirit of the challenge but I want to finish so they're staying and the last two definitely go with the theme.
Lord of the Rings
The Black Jewels Trilogy
Knit the Classics(1 summer book)
rereading Dark Hunter series: finished
Dark Side of the Moon: finished
Danse Macabre: finished
Sword of Darkness: finished
How Full is Your Bucket?: finished
Pawn of the Prophecy(Book 1 Belgariad): finished
Queen of Sorcery(Book 2 Belgariad): finished
Now for a little non fiction. My husband asked me to read How Full is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton. First, the print is HUGE and it's only 111 pages(barely a book as far as I'm concerned). Personally, I wouldn't have paid $20 for it. It's all about being positive and creating positive interactions. It was okay. Did it make me more positive? I doubt it.
I finished 6 books total over the summer and I'm pleased with that. I am really loving the Belgariad and I'm enjoying savoring each and every page. Thanks to everyone who recommended it to me!
Sunday, September 03, 2006
4 skeins Blackberry Ridge DK in Joyce's Choice for a Clapotis
2 skeins Lorna's Laces Sport in Springer(Diva picked this out for a hat--so technically it's not mine--it's also not a colorway I would pick out)
1 skein Knit Picks Superwash sock yarn in Bare
3 skeins Knit Picks Essential sock yarn in black, burgandy, and ash
2 skeins(only on pictured) Socks that Rock in Lucy(eventually for socks because one of my kitties is the same color as Lucy)
All the Knit Picks yarn is for the pirate argyle socks.
And the STR Lucy yarn is something I'm going to covet for a little while ;)
Saturday, September 02, 2006
To others, you seem a bit dark, mysterious, and moody.
In truth, you are just a very unique person who doesn't care what others think.
And you really enjoy your offbeat interests and friends.
You've decided that life is about living for yourself - simple as that.
Friday, September 01, 2006
(1) Finish Magic Witch(April Project Spectrum piece)--a lofty goal, but doable(if I'm determined enough)
(2) Finish my top down raglan(March Project Spectrum piece)
I know it's not much but I'm trying to set "realistic goals" rather than ones that I can't reach--the eyes bigger than your stomach phenomenon; or in the case, the eyes bigger than your ability ;)
Thursday, August 31, 2006
- What is your favorite kind of reading? Novels? Biographies? Mathematical textbooks? Novels and Textbooks
- What do you like best about your favorite kind of reading? What keeps you coming back to that kind of book? Following a gripping story? Watching characters develop? Being educated about things and places you didn't know about? Letting your mind relax into someplace completely different?I love novels because they take you to places and introduce you to characters that you would have no hope of coming in contact with in real life(at least in the books I read). I like textbooks books because I love to do research(that's weird isn't it?)--if it's a topic I'm interested in then I'll look up everything I can about it. I also really like learning about learning--I guess that's why I went into education :)
Booking Through Thursday
- Have you ever wanted to travel to a place described in a book? Yes. I have read so many books set in New Orleans that I've always wanted to go there.
- Have you ever ACTUALLY travelled to a place because of the way it was described in a book? I have never been to a place described in a book(most I read are fantasy and the places don't exist), and I'm afraid that New Orleans is now probably a shell of what it once was.
- And if so, did it live up to the expectations, feelings, emotions you expected from the book? Did you feel like Anne was going to come romping around the corner of Green Gables? Was it as if Jo was upstairs at Orchard House, scribbling on a story? Or was it just a museum, or just a city street? Like Abbey Road without the Beatles?
Magic Witch(18720 stitches)
We have a face!! Finally :) I really feel like I am heading for the homestretch now; I'm almost 60% done and I hope to be 100% done by October 1. It's a lofty goal but I think I can do it. I started Magic Witch as my April Project Spectrum piece(for the yellow in the candlelight) and since September will be the tie up loose ends month with Project Spectrum I'll try and finish this and my top down raglan(March's red project).
Today's SBQ was suggested by Carolyn
(http://www.takingonestitchatatime.blogspot.com/) and is:
How do you share your finished pieces with others? Do you frame them,
scan and/or photograph them, or do you have another method that you
would like to share?
I frame them if they are gifts or for display in my house. I photograph them for my finished object album and for different bulletin boards and my blog.
Today's SBQs was suggested by Anna M.
(http://annamspeed.blogspot.com/) and is:
What do you keep your WIPs and other stitching supplies in when traveling?
I have a tote bag from cafepress that I keep my stitching in.
Inside the tote:
**current WIPs in ziplocks
**stitching notions bag
**medium sized q-snap
**a very large floss container(the biggest I could find)--it holds the floss for my three HAED projects(90 colors each, some repeated in each piece)
The entire tote fits in the bottom of my suitcase, so it's always ready to go!
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Monday, August 28, 2006
(1) March Project Spectrum--red top down raglan--this will get finished. I love the yarn(cascade quattro) and the pattern(knitting pure and simple).
Top Down Raglan(Project Spectrum March)
(2) Beginner's Triangle--for Amazing Lace--I'm on the decreases so the end is in sight--this will get finished. It's in Knit Picks Shimmer Turquoise Splendor
(3) Clapotis--I love the yarn(Mountain Colors Bearfoot in Rosehips) and love the pattern(great for knitting group knitting)--this will get finished and I have yarn for another.
(4) Diva's sweetheart scarf--okay here's the thing, I LOVE the yarn and the pattern BUT it takes forever and I don't think Diva will wear(let alone keep track of) a scarf SO this will probably get ripped and I'll use the yarn to make her some Latvian mittens.
The ill fated Queen of Hearts scarf