Tuesday, June 28, 2005

the good...the bad...the ugly...

the good...
the AC is back on, and now I'm cold...
the bad...
the 4 digit repair bill
the good...
the functional car in the driveway...
the bad...
the four digit repair bill to put it there...
the ugly...
the current state of my knitting. WIP's everywhere, not an FO in sight...
the good...
a conscious effort to finish the WIP's and to use yarn from the stash...
the bad...
no more new yarn for a while...
and the VERY good...
the lovely origami fold that Maryellen sent...
A wonderful RAOK! Thank you!

Monday, June 20, 2005

no air conditioning...no knitting...

Well it's been a busy week, although knitting has not been a major part of it. Mainly due to the malfunctioning air conditioning unit that currently lives in my back yard. Thankfully the weekend weather cooperated with it all. Last week's humidity was joyfully absent.

I sent out an RAOK and my Secret Pal stuff earlier in the week. I will admit that I love these types of surprises...the generosity of knitters still astounds me...

So as a throwback to flower picture week, and as I really have no knitting content for my so-called knitting blog...I leave with you with...

Echinacea purpurea Magnus
Echinacea purpurea Magnus

Monday, June 13, 2005

hot and sticky

90+ degrees, 100% humidity. I think summer has officially arrived. For some reason, I think the roses like it...

A package from my Secret Pal arrived for me on Friday, filled with many goodies. Kniting cards, I love stationery, bath stuffs, it smells heavenly, and of course yarn. Classic Elite Wings, luscious and soft in a beautiful blue. If I weren't so hot I'd be knitting with it right now. So here's a shout out to my Secret Pal: Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
SP5 surprise

As for my knitting, I'm still working on my tempting. I hoping to have it finished this weekend. Hopefully the gods will shine on me, and work won't be too stressful this week. (We're stuck in a holding pattern of sorts, as we await the new changes that are inevitable when new management comes.) Anyway here are the sleeves waiting to be joined with the body of the sweater...
tempting sleeve

Have a great week and Happy Knitting!

Monday, June 06, 2005

little miss muffet

eyeleen, the knit blogger, sat sprawled on a sofa,
Watching the telly, while knitting away.
Then along came spider, a very BIG spider
That crawled up beside her (oh my &%$#!!!)
That sent her screaming
Then caused ripping
In her knitting today.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Secret Pal 5

The Secret Pal 5 Questionnaire

After reading all the blogs and seeing the fun and generosity of the online knitting community, I decided to sign up for the Secret Pal. In the midst of preparing my first surprise to my Secret Pal, I took a little time to answer the 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?
Well, I think I'm becoming a yarn snob. I love the feel of natural fibers and and the beautiful way it knits up. Red Heart does have its uses, but it is a bit "squeaky".

2. Do you spin? Crochet?
Not a spinner, though I'd love to try one day. As for crochet, I learned when I was about 6. I've used the giant sized afghan hooks, as well as the teeny tiny steel needles for lacy type things. (I've got more than my fair share of doilies.)

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
pollen in the spring, and smoke aggravates the asthma. Thankfully no fiber allergies.

4. How long have you been knitting?
I've been knitting for about 5 years. I taught myself out of Good Housekeeping's Illustrated book of Needlecrafts that I had bought it for the quilting and the crochet, but I was intrigued by the knitting and the enormity of different stitch patterns.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Not really.

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
I love citrus type scents. For the home, I love Yankee Candle Clean Cotton.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
too sweet for my waist line ;-) but chocolate anytime

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
I may not have the time to be as crafty as I want to be, but I definitely have the craft supplies for it. I have stashes of all kinds around here, scrapbooks, quilting, paint, watercolor. Besides knitting, I love photography. I finally had to close down my darkroom, my enlarger was beyond repair.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s?
I like all kinds of music. I've got very eclectic tastes. I can play mp3's and I've got a first generation iPod (the battery still works!)

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
Generally I like greens, purples, some reds and some blues...jewel tones. Nothing too bright and nothing too pale.

11. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
wool and wool blends, some cottons,

12. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
furry, stringy, novelty yarns

13. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I love felted bags, simple sweaters, quick knits

14. What are you knitting right now?
Tempting,several scarves, socks

15. What do you think about ponchos?
I'm not a poncho person...

16. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
I cast on with my straights and knit with my circulars.

17. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
depends on the yarn

18. Are you a sock knitter?
I'm trying...

19. How old is your oldest UFO?
I've got an 8 year old crocheted dog sweater that I started when my dog was a puppy.

20. What is your favorite holiday?
Thanksgiving. It's generally a peaceful holiday, with no gifting stress.

21. Is there anything that you collect?
other than yarn and assorted craft supplies?? nothing

22. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
none, if I like what I see, I buy it at the bookstore or the LYS.

23. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?
the Loop-d-Loop book and Debbie Bliss' Special Knits

so Good luck Secret Pal, wherever you are! Maybe, just maybe, you'll find this useful.