Renewal, down to the fiber of my being.....(snicker)!
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Gifties and A Challenge From SP9
Well, here you see the Great Gobs of Gorgeous Generosity from my SP9. First, she arranged for Shelby to send these cool stitch markers and nice handmade card. Notice the markers match the aforementioned Cha-Cha yarn! Shelby is not only our SP9 hostess, but a talented craftista. I had actually seen these very markers on Shelby's blog, but had no idea I would own them! Wow!
Today, I got a "parize," as Amelia would say. Just look at all the Secret Pal goodness that came my way: 3 books (I am assuming these are for Amelia and one has a tape) and bath fizzies, 3 kinds of tea, 3 skeins of yarn (2 cotton and some really unusual sock yarn in colorway Monster Mash), a knit gauge, a pretty sequined blank book and a very nice postcard. It seems my SP is from British Columbia. I must insert that I LOVE Canada! One of the teas is very interesting. It is called Swamp Tea and is supposedly a Native American tea that looks very earthy.
Clever and elusive SP said maybe I could guess her identity and job from "clues" in this package. Hmmmm.... from the postcard and all the contents I am thinking she does something in the way of conservation or hunting monsters in swamps while wearing cotton. Beats me. Later, I'll probably say, "Oh! Of course!" So, am I on the right track, SP?
Thanks for all the cool goodies, and especially for the neat neat books for Amelia. They look totally appropriate for her, and she loves books.
Next episode: The Einstein Coat takes over the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area...
Thursday, November 16, 2006
I'm attaching some pictures of the latest FOs: For me, the tea cozy from Last Minute Knitted Gifts (yarn is Paton's Classic Merino), For gifts, the Wavy Hat from the new book 101 One Skein Wonders (crocheted in Paton's SWS-Soy Wool Stripes),
a pair of mittens using the Budd Knitter's Handy Patterns book in another color of SWS,
and my lone Broadripple sock using Elann Esprit (imitation Fixation). This colorway of the Esprit looks quite similar to the SWS pinks so I may make them a set. I am working on that other sock now.
The Einstein coat is one big rectangle right now which will comprise the bottom half of the coat when it is long enough to go around my tush. Knitting this part seems to take forever, but I think when this section is done it will go more quickly. Cats do think it is a blanket I am making just for them, and it is a warm one, at that. There have been days where it is still too warm to work on a wool/alpaca coat with 2 cats on it because I ROAST. I do want to find some super-cool buttons for this coat. Any suggestions, folks?
My SP9 sent me some Cha-Cha, one of the sock yarns exclusively for SP9 participants. Yay! Love this. Thanks, SP9 (alias Shugahface)!
Sunday, November 12, 2006
A Stolen Meme
Stole this from my SP 9 spoilee, so she better not read this....
1. Flip to page 18, paragraph 4 in the book closest to you right now, what does it say?
Have baby's first wardrobe ready. Take everything out of the packages, remove any tags, and wash in a mild detergent that has no bleach.
2. If you stretch out your left arm - as far as possible, what are you touching?
3. What’s the last program you watched on tv?
Mystery Diagnosis on the health channel.
4. Without looking, guess what time it is.
(It's actually 8:37)
5. Except the computer, what can you hear right now?
Pinocchio on DVD.
6. When was the last time you were outside and what did you do?
Took my daughter to the Natural History museum yesterday.
7. What are you wearing?
Green knit pants and a grey wool sweater.
8. What did you dream last night.
Lately I've been dreaming about my dh and I in high school (we did date in high school).
9. When was the last time you laughed?
Today, many times.
10. What’s on the walls, in the room you’re in right now?
Wallpaper, shelves and "tests" of paint.
11. Have you seen anything strange lately?
Well, not really.
13. What’s the last film you saw?
14. If you became a multimillionaire, what would you do with the money?
Pay off the debts of my close friends and family, start a college fund for my daughter, and put the rest away for retirement.
15. Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.
I used to sing opera. I've sung for 2 US Presidents.
16. If you could change ONE THING in this world, without regarding politics or bad guilt - what would it be?
No more terrorism or war.
17. Do you like dancing?
Why, yes i do.
18. George Bush?
No way no how.
19. What do you want your children’s names to be, girl/boy?
Done. Her name is Amelia. It would have been Asher, had she been a boy.
20. Would you ever consider living abroad?
Yes I would, but I would want to know the language first.
21. What do you want God to tell you, when you come to heaven?
"You did good."
22. Who should do this meme?
Anyone who wants to.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Lookie, Lookie, I'm Graphified!!!!
Surprise! I've been secretly working on this for awhile, but I am now officially sporting a wonderful banner and button, designed by the talented Karen of Musings of a Mostly Self-Taught Knitter fame. She helps the codally-challenged like myself add cool things to their blogs! I admit I did help with the conceptualization work since the obvious couch was already taken by another client of Karen's.
Mommy news: I spent hours and hours (well, maybe one hour) applying gorgeous flower fairies to my daughter's wall on Saturday only to find some of them (the ones she could reach) in her drawer today! I told her that made me sad, to which she replied, "Don't be sad, it's not your fault! I happy!" What a kid. Luckily I know not to take it personally, she just did it because she could (I think).
My fabulous personal trainer, Linda, gave me a Border's gift card yesterday! Well, of course, I ran off and spent it ASAP. I scored 101 One Skein Wonders. A terrific book! Love the huge amount of patterns! Then, however, I get delusional about the amount of gifts I can complete before the holidays. I did start the Wavy Hat from the book. Here is a photo.