Saturday, March 31, 2007

How Rare is Your Personality?

Your Personality is Somewhat Rare (ISTP)

Your personality type is reserved, methodical, spirited, and intense.

Only about 6% of all people have your personality, including 3% of all women and 8% of all men
You are Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, and Perceiving.

Friday, March 30, 2007

On the Road and Back. . .

I'm back! I packed up DH, Diva, and Rage in the mini SUV and headed out on the highway to go visit my sister, her husband, Tank, and Banana in Texas. My other sister was there too with one of her brood, Tiny E.

As with all family trips it was an adventure. We took two days to drive down--we usually fly and weren't sure what we were in for. We spent the night in "a town that will not be named"--no offense to anyone that lives there, likes it there, has family there, or whatever, but that town has a unique aroma(which smells suspiciously like cow poop). Lots of body function jokes occurred on our stay.

We made it to our destination in the Metroplex on day two. Watching the antics of 5 children(ages 7, 4, 4, 3, 1) was time consuming but fun. I had big knitting plans but none really came to fruition--my sisters don't knit and the kiddo craziness wouldn't allow it. We had some good food(including Rainforest Cafe and Uncle Julio's--pictured below, from our seat on the patio)and spent quite a bit of time basking in the heat.

The trip back started with rain and ended with snow--we also decided to take the whole drive in one day 14+ hours of "family time" in the car. I had a great time but today I'm really brain fried--my eyes are tired, my head is tired, and my body is tired. I think I need to catch up on my DVR viewing and go to sleep :)

Friday, March 23, 2007

Christmas Ornie SAL

I got an early start on my ornament this month--this one is actually going to be a two month project, I think. I want to stitch a back for it as well. This was fun to work on. It's amazing how much detail you can get into something that is less than 3 square inches!

Project: One of the squares from Red Nine, A Mon Ami Pierre.

Fabric: 28 count evenweave, not sure what kind.

Floss: DMC Variations #4190

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Two Years

Today is my two year Blogversary. It's hard to believe it's been two years since I started; it doesn't really feel like it's been that long. I still feel like I'm trying to find my voice. I blog for fun and I'm thrilled that anyone else is even remotely interested in what I have to say.

I've met so many people through blogging--in "real life" and "online"--that has been a great bonus to joining this community. I would have never met my very cool and extremely fun Knitting Crew had it not been for blogging. I remember when I found out we were moving to Colorado, one of the first things I did was search for Colorado Knitting blogs and one thing led to another and I met a great group of people because of it.

I was just telling my mother the other day that I love blogging because I meet people from all over the world. Even though we all come from different areas/cultures, we all have something in common, some common ground that ties us all together. Isn't that a lesson that the world should take heed of?

Monday, March 19, 2007

Stitch Markers

Here are my March Project Spectrum Stitch markers; they are a March/April crossover set:

I treated myself to some customized Zephyr stitch markers, they crack me up.

I'm also working on a couple sets of gift stitch markers; I'll put them up after they've reached their intended recipients.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Booking Through Thursday

I keep forgetting to post for Booking Through Thursday, but I saw today's topic and I couldn't resist:)

Booking Through Thursday

  1. Speaking of writing in books, what about writing the entire thing? Do you write? Aspire to write? Dream about writing? I do write. I've kept a journal since I was about 15. I call it my "rage journal" as it contains a lot of venting. Rather than tell someone off to their face I put it in my journal. During my college years, that same journal also started to contain some short stories. From about 2000-2004 I did no writing because I was too busy and sleep deprived from the young children thing. In 2005 I successfully completed my first Nanowrimo and in 2006 I did the same. I aspire to be a good writer and I figure the only way to do that is to write and write. Right now I have three original stories and one fanfic going. My 2005 Nano piece which is at about 64000 words right now is only about a quarter of the way through the outline, so I think that story has a lot of potential. My 2006 Nano piece is about 2 chapters away from being completed but I'm not sure how much I love the story. I just had an idea last week that I've written an outline and character description for. Now I'm just doing some research to make the main character's job seem believable. I think this one has a lot of potential.

  2. If you do write, do you do it for yourself, or because you hope to be published? (Or because you ARE published?) I write for myself; although if I ever finished something I was REALLY happy with I'd think about submitting it for publication. I've thought about trying to do some short stories for publication and I have always wanted to do a "teacher as researcher" type of thing.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Misty Weniera

Start: January 15, 2007-?

Fabric: 28 count white Jobelan

Stitched: 2 over 1, tent stitch(half cross)

SAL weekend is over, so far I've done 3/10 months I'm required to participate. I didn't get a lot done this weekend(I'm up to a little over 3200 stitches). Nice weather, activities with the kiddos, being tired all played into things. I'm starting to get into a confetti intensive section. I may start parking. I'm thinking that I'll mix parking and cross country on this one--the backs of HAED pieces are a disaster anyway.

I'm hoping that at some point in the near future HAED will release Deepwoods(another Tracy Butler piece). I really want to stitch that one. There are some artists on the HAED site that are VERY well represented(read saturated); I'm hoping that Michelle and Bob will spread the wealth a little bit. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Belated Birthday Booty(say that 10 times fast)

Thank you, thank you, thank you to the knitting crew for dinner and gifty goodness :)

Finally after my two weeks of birthday party madness(mostly prep for Little Diva's birthday weekend), I was able to get together with the crew. Good food, great friends, and knitting what could be better?

I got a few cool things for my birthday; check it out:

My husband, Diva, and Rage got me a Pandora bracelet as an early birthday gift, because, much like someone else I know, I hate waiting! The cool thing about getting it early was that my other half was able to get me a charm for Valentine's Day--hurray! And Nachaele got me the pretty blue glass charm for my birthday--I love it and it will remind me of you :)

Joann, who shares a February birthday with me, got me a habu scarf kit(stainless steel, no less) and for my closet goth some skull needles---I. LOVE. THEM. Seriously, I want to take them everywhere. Thanks so much!!

Stacey, Michelle, Tiffany, Wanda, and Jeni got me the gold standard of knitting gifts: a gift certificate to a yarn shop, of course. And Wanda bought me the Subversive Cross Stitch book. If you haven't seen it, check it out. Darn it that Diva can read now because I'd love to stitch up "Boo F-ing Hoo" for my kitchen--I just may and put it somewhere inconspicuous. ;)

Stacey got me one of the coolest knitting bags. It's really well made and holds quite a bit of stuff. Right now it's carrying my WIP pattern binder, some magazines, and a book :)

I treated myself to some birthday goodness. A few years ago on a trip to Build a Bear I got a limited edition sheep(I don't frequent Build a Bear on my own but Diva and Rage constantly get gift certificates for holidays so we end up there a lot). His name is Merino and he is sporting his Pittsburgh Penguins gear. Well, low and behold, this year there is another limited edition sheep and being that I love all things sheepy I had to get her(and how cool is it that she looks "girly", since Merino did not, hence the male gender designation). Her name is Addi and I'm loving her outfit(I didn't really want an outfit for her BUT I saw this and really how could I not get it). I also got some St. Patty's Day knitting Stitch Markers--very cool!

So it was a GREAT birthday celebrated with friends and family--Thanks again everyone!!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

On/Off the Needles

Off the Needles

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Pattern: Danica(Knitty)
Yarn: Patons SWS
Needles: size 9
My first foray into entrelac. It was fun. And not too boring(I generally get really, really, really bored knitting scarves). This pattern would be super stunning in Noro--just putting it out there :) This is also a good project for Project Spectrum 2--lots of blue.

What's on the needles right now?

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What needs to get on the needles soon:
1. my HP House afghan(Hufflepuff squares first)
2. a doll and a unicorn for Little Diva
3. some socks

Monday, March 05, 2007

As if I need to start something else. . .

But there are some things that just pull on you. A Bouquet for Cheryl is one of those things. It's a tribute to an amazing stitcher who recently passed away. The pattern is free and there is even a thread dyed specifically for her.

The least I could do is stitch this piece in her memory.

Pattern: A Bouquet for Cheryl

Fabric: 28 count lugana, white

Thread: Lumiere de Cheryl

I've also finished stitching my February ornament for the Ornament SAL I'm participating in. It's a week late because I sliced my index finger open right before the last SAL weekend(Feb. 23).

Kit: Mary Englebreit--from the $1 bin at Michaels

Saturday, March 03, 2007

March Stitching and Knitting Goals


(1) Misty Weniera--participate in stitching weekend(9-12)

(2) Storykeeper--March HAED focus piece(800 stitches)

(3) Finish Ornament for Christmas Ornie SAL

(4) Start new piece


(1) Finish Danica

(2) Start HP House Blanket(9 squares)

(3) Start one of Little Diva's projects(doll or unicorn)

Project Spectrum 2:

(1) stitch markers