Monday, April 30, 2007
2. List your three favorite double-point needle brands, including size and length.
Right now, I've only tried a couple, but I'd have to say Inox, the coated metal, and I'm sure I'd love the Knitpicks Options too!
Sizes (US): 3, 4, 5
Length: 6 inch
3. Would you like to try a new brand needle? If so, which brand? Size? Length?
I love the packaging of the Sox Stix, but as I've yet to do my first dpn socks, I haven't purchased any yet. Again, a larger size, because I knit tightly!
4. If you are a RAVENCLAW, do you prefer the colors in the film or the book? Do you have a strong preference?
Oh, thanks for asking! I like the book colors because I'm a book purist, but color-wise, I'd probably pick the movie version for personal wear. So, um, it doesn't matter...
5. If your pal decides to send candies or chocolates are there any that you don't like?
Dark chocolate is my vice. Milk chocolate is nice, and my hubby would love the white.
6. What are your favorite scents?
To wear? Gardenia anything. To smell, as in a candle? Rose, or any soft floral
7. Do you have any allergies?
Not that would matter here.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
I'm also working on the Felted Bag Exchange contest questions. I feel I'm kinda' cheating; I printed the questions to help me track the participants I'm matching up for Anne. I do hope to get through all of the blogs before the deadline for the contest, but we'll see. I have socks to knit, and that last dishcloth for my mother inlaw, and I do have a life away from the computer and the knitting needles ya' know.
On a happy note, my secret pal of KTE now knows who her spoiler is, and Sue was pleased with her treats. So, half of my first exchange was a success, and I'm still trying to figure out who my spoiler is. Of course, when the package arrives, I'll know, but I'm trying to guess before then!!
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Oh yeah. There are the baby blankets too. Both will be in non-gender-specific colors, but they're not due until July. The blankets, that is. The babies aren't due until August and September. Lots of knitting will be happening here!
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Moving right along. However, it is interesting to contrast that with Anne's sock. Same pattern, same size needles, both using worsted weight yarn, but she casted on loosely, which is beyond me, as I know I tend to knit tightly. The sock does fit so far, but I do have smallish feet. (Swatch? What swatch? I figured sockie was all about adventure, and that I could frog if I had to...)
Now, back to the sock, my husband, the dogs, and the 408th viewing (okay, not QUITE that many!) of White Men Can't Jump. My dear hubby is one of the ten men in America who actually appreciates that TV Land others show the same dang movie over and over and over and...
Monday, April 23, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
This is the Mothers Day cloth I did for my mother inlaw. It's actually in a rather vivid blue, but with my great photography skills, you could either have the pattern OR the correct color, and I decided you wanted the pattern. I'm certain Rachel would rather I show her pattern in all its glory than the right color!
Using my new "hey, you can see the pattern!" skills, here's the nurse's hat. It's the old fashioned, stand-up on the top of the head cap my grandmother favored, so I hope my mother enjoys it. My mother did some nursing in the cap, but her last few years were without it. My grandmother never did get used to nurses in scrubs and doctors without ties, but the world moves on.
Now, a big sigh, and back the sock I go. It really was going well. Magic loop, pretty colors... What more could I ask? Oh yeah. To be able to replicate the process.
A few minutes later... We have a sock. Again. Mugsy is sleeping through the success, which is too bad, because he was trying to make me feel better when I frogged my cast-on for the xth time.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
I do live in the woods. I tell people that all the time, and I don't think they really believe me. So, you can glimpse our poor dead grass that will look pretty and green for two weeks in July, when it has had enough sunlight and water to thrive, just before our August scorcher. The little bag doesn't mind though. I think it liked sitting on the porch and looking at the dogwood blossoms, which are about all I have to offer in the way of flowers, thanks to our late, hard frost and snow.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
I learned as a child, from my aunt and great aunt, but just picked it up again after a Thanksgiving visit from The Bag Lady.
What was your very first completed object? Your most recent?
The very first was a scarf. The most recent, the chenille face cloth for my husband.
What was the very first thing you sent to the frog pond? (pulled out and started over) Your most recent?
Knock on wood, I’ve yet to really frog anything.
What is currently on the needles for you?
Nothing but a very little felted bag for my mother inlaw. My first pair of sock will hopefully join it tomorrow.
What types of needles do you enjoy working with? What have you tried and hated?
Knitpicks Options are hands down my favorites. Next comes anything metal with a sharper point. Bamboo and plastic make me crazy, because I tend to knit tightly and can’t pick up stitches!
Have you knit dishcloths before?
One so far, and a face cloth, but I have several patterns I plan to do before Mothers Day!
What was your favorite one?
Of the two, I liked the butterflies and lace one best.
Easily, the garter stitch chenille face cloth. I do not like chenille, not at all.
Do you use homemade dishcloths or face cloths yourself, or give them as gifts, or both?
Both. I actually will be able to set my knitting aunt free now that I can knit my own. Both that I’ve knit so far were gifts. All the patterns on hand will be gifts.
What are your favorite and least favorite scents? (For your body, such as soap/lotion/etc)
Favorites – Gardenia, any soft floral or citrus. I also like green tea stuff.
Leasts – Heavy florals and musks.
What are your favorite colors?
Today? Greens, pinks, reds… Anything but purple and mauve. (Yes, mauve and pinks are different!)
What colors (if any) are your bathroom and kitchen decorated in?
Kitchen – brights – yellows, reds, greens, blues
Bathroom – teal, sky blue
What other hobbies and crafts do you enjoy?
Stamping, card making, scrapbooking, baking, cooking, yoga, walking, reading, my dogs…
Chocolate: Dark? White? Milk? Ew?
Dark chocolate is a food group. Milk will do if it has nuts or caramel. My husband loves white chocolate.
Do you like salty treats? What kinds?
Popcorn. That’s about it.
If you could go anywhere in the world for one day and spend the day any way you wanted, where would you go and what would you do?
Oh my. This answer too will vary from day to day. At this moment in time, I would want to go hang out with The Bag Lady and hit all the LYSs, have a great, long, slow meal in a cozy restaurant where we could knit and laugh as long as we pleased.
Do you have any allergies? (Yarns, foods, etc. that might impact what your pal can send)
Not really. I’m allergic to scallops, but I kinda’ doubt anyone will send those.
Monday, April 16, 2007
That's the little 16 stiches by 20 rows for the bottom of the bag. Don't confuse the purple Knitpicks Options cord on the righ with the yarn, although it blends in nicely.
That's the yarn. It's call Himalaya, Queensland Collection, 100% wool. I found it in a basket on the floor at my LYS, and figured there was enough mauve and purple in it for my mother inlaw, but enough brown, creamy yellow and green for me not to get sick while knitting.
And there's the color change frequency. It's every couple of inches or so, since you can't really tell. Unless I get told it will be a muddy mess, I'll try it anyway. It shouldn't take long to do, and I have a dependable skein of Cascade 220 on hand in a nice blue, which I bought with me in mind, but I'd hand it over to my mother inlaw, since we are talking Mothers Day here.
I'm thinking this will be my last post for today, unless I do indeed figure out how to build a button for the exchange.
First, here's the dishrag I did for my mother, my first dishrag! I hope you can kinda' see the butterflies (four, two high, two low). I haven't washed and blocked the rag, because it seems silly to do, but if it would make it look better (keep in mind it still has to get shipped with another rag or two), I would. It was a great pattern, and I can't say enough about Rachel, the designer. My hubby paid by Paypal for me, and the email with the patterns ended up in his spam folder, and nice Rachel followed up with a second email, because he/we hadn't confirmed that we'd gotten the patterns. Great customer service!
Then, there's the train wreck that is the chenille rag. See the really flat cast-on on the lower left corner? What's up with that!? Note the uneven stitches. Ick. I'm tempted to frog it before my husband gets home, but he actually likes the thing, just because it's soft and I made it for him. It is soft. I can't take that away from the yarn, but that and the color are the nicest things about it. I am just not meant to knit with chenille. I can't imagine what would make me try again. There are too many other soft cottons out there.
Last, but hardly least, is the button!
I made the dishcloth for my mother Saturday, and whipped out the chenille one for my hubby yesterday. I have pictures, but they may not get posted until I get back from wherever I go. I got as far as uploading them on my home desktop last night, but there they sit, and I'm here at work. I can now confirm without a doubt that I HATE chenille. I just can't knit evenly with it, and wore a spot on my middle finger from where I had to really dig in to K2tog, TWICE on every decrease row, which was exactly half of the total work. No more chenille for me. I thought maybe I just disliked acrylic chenille, but the cotton was no better.
So, with some billing behind me, I continued on my joiner binge. I knew I'd missed the Hogwarts Sock Exchange (or whatever the "proper" name for it is), but my enabler The Bag Lady found something else that is right up our alley. She's casting on her first sock, and I hope to be doing the same later this week. Of course, if Boston is a bust, I just might make a trip to my LYS tomorrow and drown my sorrows in my own first sock.
See, I was a Harry Potter addict/fan/nut before I became tied up in my knitting. My friends here have been somewhat neglected as I've become more obsessed with knitting! I'm routinely surprised that I come up as a Ravenclaw, but I do, without fail. As I like those colors best, I'll happily hitch my horse to that wagon for the swap. (Huh. Button creation will have to happen at home. This odd, old computer at work has major issues...)
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to see if my flight has been canceled yet.
It was. So, I'll be able to go home, fix the button (hooray!), take Mugsy for a long walk, and start a new knitting project. Socks, maybe? I'd need to run to town and purchase some sock yarn, if that's the case, but it could happen...
And my heart goes out to everyone else touched by the VA Tech shooting. I'm holding back tears and trying to talk around the lump in my throat, praying that the folks I know down there are safe, and as untouched by this awful mess as is possible. I know three young men in the engineering program down there, and I want to hear that they are alive and well.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
1. I get cranky when I need to eat.
2. My wedding invitations read, "On this day, I will marry my best friend..."
3. I was a paid Firefighter for twelve years.
4. I played the oboe until my early 20s.
5. I played tennis and ran track in high school.
6. I married my third-grade boyfriend.
7. I don’t like chicken very much, unless it’s fried.
8. I don’t really have a favorite color.
9. I actually like NASCAR.
10. My favorite driver is Elliott Sadler.
11. I am a Pampered Chef Consultant.
12. I wanted to be a lawyer until my parents’ divorce.
13. I wanted to be a writer.
14. I still want to be a writer.
15. There’s little in this world a cup of tea and a chat with a friend can’t improve.
16. I still miss my father; he died in 1994.
17. My dogs sleep in the bed.
18. I want to learn to play the piano.
19. I still have friends from my early childhood.
20. My freshman year college roommate is still one of my best friends.
21. My friends inspire me.
22. I have family members I would want to be friends with even if we weren’t related.
23. Depression and bipolar disorder run in my family, on both sides.
24. So does Alzheimer’s.
25. I have trouble making lists about me.
26. I am my father’s youngest child.
27. I am my mother’s only child.
28. I actually like my inlaws.
29. I still have to ask my husband how to use certain features on my cell phone.
30. I drive past my elementary school going to work.
31. I don’t really know my only immediate neighbor.
32. I don’t really know but a few families on my road.
33. I actually consider some of those neighbors good friends.
34. I don’t think I’m very creative.
35. I’m just starting to realize that it’s pointless to try to make people like you.
36. I don’t want the Harry Potter saga to end, but I’m dying to get answers to all of my questions!
37. I’m not too old for Harry Potter, thank you very much!
38. I wasn’t too old for Pooh either, but I’m rather tired of the Pooh items all over my house.
39. Pooh helped me meet two of my best friends, even though I haven’t met but one in person.
40. Email is the best way to communicate with me.
41. I HATE THE PHONE!
42. Any time you have more than three people in a group, you’re going to have cliques.
43. I don’t like cliques.
44. I believe love is a choice.
45. Some days, I have to grit my teeth and choose to love some of the people in my life.
45. I’m beginning to appreciate my "girlfriend time".
46. I don’t like to eat alone.
47. I won’t go to a restaurant or a theater alone.
48. I need to declutter.
49. I love the green of new leaves in the spring.
50. Flowers always make me smile.
51. I don’t really have a favorite flower.
52. My uncle was a florist.
53. I miss him too.
54. I cry fairly easily.
55. I cry every single time I watch A Few Good Men.
56. I think I’ve forgotten how to be silly.
57. I want to see more of this world.
58. I used to collect teddy bears.
59. I guess I still collect roosters, but there’s no room!
60. I can’t hold a grudge, even when I try.
61. I was confirmed in both the Episcopal and Catholic Churches.
62. I taught Sunday School in a Baptist Church.
63. My faith is important to me, even if it doesn’t seem to fit in any particular pigeon hole.
64. I don’t enjoy shopping anymore.
65. I came out of back surgery half an inch shorter than when I went in.
66. I still can’t curl the toes on my left foot.
67. I have at least two friends who will be famous authors.
68. I am richly blessed in the friend department.
69. I regret losing touch with my old friends.
70. I realize that not everyone is meant to be a forever friend.
71. I hope all of my friends know they can always give me a call.
72. The I hate the phone rule doesn’t apply to friends.
73. Kath(y) can always make me laugh.
74. I used to call my sister "Kath" but now she’s "Kat" and yet, I have a friend named "Kath."
75. I would like to send more cards, hand-written notes and care packages to my friends.
76. I have finally found a hair stylist again!
77. Knitting is like yoga; soothing and challenging at the same time.
78. I love french onion soup.
79. My favorite soup is Bavarian Chef’s she-crab bisque.
80. Bunny makes the best spoon bread in the world.
81. Mark makes the best smoked salmon - really!
82. I think I’m a better person than I was ten years ago.
83. I don’t understand why people don’t register to vote, and worse, don’t bother to vote.
84. I don’t need my friends to agree with me.
85. I value honesty and kindness highly.
86. My sister and I each attended all women’s colleges, but did not graduate from them.
87. I never would have imagined that I’d be a bookkeeper.
88. I hate no longer being physically strong.
89. I’m not supposed to lift more than ten pounds.
90. I’m not supposed to vacuum, make the bed, ride a motorcyle or a horse.
91. I can’t wear contacts because I simply cannot poke myself in the eye.
92. I saw my father after a leaf spring had cut his eye.
93. I played the english horn too.
94. I taught myself to play the clarinet so I could be in the marching band.
95. I have low blood sugar and must eat regularly.
96. I have low blood pressure too.
97. I don’t sleep enough.
98. I love pearls.
99. Had I been born just a few hours earlier, the pearl would be my birthstone.
100. I didn’t realize I had that much to say about me.
There's the work in progress, the butterfly lace dishcloth from here.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Back to my good luck. I had to go spend a small fortune and pick up Fred's prescription, so that he can remain mobile and pain-free while I'm away (assuming his human Dad remembers to follow the detailed instructions I'll leave), and pick up lunch for several of us. Well, that path took me very near one of my LYSs, so of course, my vehicle just carried me there. I found some great yarn for my KTE pal hand-dyed by a local artist, and some yummy cotton chenille for my hubby's face cloth I want to make. No pictures, as I'm at work, but perhaps after my haircut, shopping for very large baby gift bags and cards, shipping out a few treats, finishing the LAST FIVE ROWS of blankie #2, going to a Stampin' Up party, printing out our Federal Taxes and getting them in the mail, maybe I'll still have the energy to post a finished picture of #2 and at least the yummy yarn I bought. I also grabbed four balls of Sugar 'n Cream cotton last night for dishcloths for the mothers for Mothers Day, but that's not very exciting.
So yeah, I'm lucky. I got out of the office, into the sunshine. I got some great yarn, even if I didn't have time to venture past the one little spot in the floor where I stood and grabbed the yarn for my pal with my right hand, took maybe one step, and picked up the cotton (I can't call it chenille too much, because I don't like chenille!) for hubby's little "think of me while I'm gone" gift. Then, two little steps to the right, and I checked out and headed back to work.
Life is good.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
And everyone hold the phone on the shower I'm supposedly attending on Saturday; Momma is thinking have the baby now kinda' thoughts... I doubt they'll work. She should just count her lucky stars that we've only had two 80 degree days in her entire pregnancy. Besides, that would allow me to attend the shower for which I have no gift (and I don't think I have it in me to whip out another blanket), so there's no way blankie #3's baby is coming early.
Did I mention that my hubby is demanding a summer afghan, post-haste? Cotton. On big needles. But only after I do a felted bag, some dish clothes, and anything else that I can find to get me over these I can't do another blankie blues! Either that, or I'll do it in patches and then seam them all together, but I think he plans on using this afghan very soon. You know, once spring returns to Virginia again?
Yeah, you do see another button over there. (The Bag Lady has figured out that I respond well to polite requests that are really orders.) The lure of the sock is too great. (There's another project to keep me from getting blankie stale again!) By August 2, I will be a sock knitter. I'd best pick a pattern that won't hold sand; we'll be at the beach the week before that. Last year, I took and read 7 books. I predict this will be the year my husband simply appreciates that yarn compresses better than books. Weighs less too, so there's another bonus to this new part of my life.
Monday, April 9, 2007
I'm seeing the use of this blogging thing already. I was able to look back and see that indeed, I have made progress on blankie #2. When it's a mostly stockinette stitch, little row after little row, it seems I'm just spinning needles, going nowhere. But thanks to my trusty blog, which I was all but dragged into kicking and screaming, I know that I had a very productive weekend, and the end is near.
Sending happy thoughts to The Bag Lady, who is having a rough Monday. A big shout out to my pal in the Knitters Treat Exchange, and to my spoiler. My spoiler knows who she is, but I don't, while my pal doesn't know anything other than that she does have a spoiler. Got that?
Sunday, April 8, 2007
Friday, April 6, 2007
Actually, I'm a touch sad. One of the guys from our firehouse (my husband and I are both members of our local volunteer fire station, which was founded by my father, but I digress) is taking the train to Atlanta tomorrow. Just so you know, I think his round trip ticket for this holiday weekend was a whopping $186, taxes and strange fees included. Hrmph. Oh well. I'll be here, baking Gramma Vallie's famous (in my inlaws' family anyway) strawberry cake for Sunday's dinner. And doing my taxes. And watching it snow, in Virginia, in April. APRIL! April showers are not supposed to be snow showers, and from what I hear, they won't be snow showers. Maybe four inches of the white stuff.
IN APRIL!! (Yes, I know The Pro is laughing at me, but Alaska and Virginia are kinda' far apart.) Snow in March, sure. It happens every decade or so. However, this is ridiculous. What if I'd actually made it to the mall last weekend and had purchased a good, old fashioned Easter dress? It wouldn't be seen under my long, wool overcoat, now would it?
Mugsy just reminded me that I am using this post as yet another excuse to avoid boring blankie #2. I don't have time for that. Mugsy thinks my time could be better spent playing fetch. Someone told me once that Jack Russells finally start to mellow around ten. Right. That was last year, and he's still relentless with a ball.
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Monday, April 2, 2007
Before I begin answering, I must confess that I almost emailed TBL and told her she knows all the answers, so she could just fill it out for me. (Yeah, that's the kind of friend I am.) However, she's swamped at work, so I'll be a good sport, even though she did have time to come up with a very long questionnaire!
1. How long have you been knitting? How did you learn?
Well, that's hard to answer. This go 'round, I've been knitting since very late November, 2006. However, I learned to knit as a girl, some 25-30 years ago.
2. What are your favorite yarns to knit felted bags with?
The only thing I've used so far is Noro Kureyon. Liked the results, but the feel of the yarn while knitting wasn't so hot. I have two other yarns in my stash for two more bags, but they keep getting pushed aside for more and more baby blankets.
3. What are your favorite needles to knit with?
Hands down, no contest, my Knitpicks Options. Otherwise, metal is a must!
4. What are the last 3 bags you knitted (include URL for Yahoo! or flickr album or your blog if you have them!)? You can also link to patterns if you don't have pictures of your finished objects!
http://chanknits.blogspot.com I've only done the two bags; see post #2, in March.
5. Do you carry the bags that you knit, give them as gifts, or both?
So far, they're both mine, but one yarn/pattern at home is for my mother inlaw. (Mothers Day is coming. I should get to work.)
6. What is your favorite felted bag that you have knit for yourself?
The Chan bag, but I like the Booga an awful lot too.
7. What are your favorite colors? Do you like bags in these colors or choose other colors?
Pinks, reds, greens, teals. Well, the Chan is done in greens/grays/teals, and the Booga is done in pinks, so I guess that answers that question.
8. Chocolate: White, Milk, Dark, or not so much?
DARK. The darker, the better.
9. Coffee, Tea, or Milk?
All of the above, but tea and milk much moreso than coffee. I need my mug of coffee after I get to work, then I drink green tea all day, and I have a big old glass of milk at night.
10. Do you prefer sweet or salty treats? What kinds?
I'm not much on sweets except for chocolates. I'm not much on snacks, except for popcorn.
11. If you went into Bath and Body Works and could only come out with one item, what would it be and what would it smell like?
Tiare Flower anything. Otherwise, anything Gardenia.
12. Do you enjoy any other crafts or hobbies? Do you collect anything?
Scrapbooking, cardmaking, cooking, yoga, walking... I used to collect rooster (not to be confused with chicken) things for my kitchen, and long ago, I collected teddy bears. Now, I think I collect yarn and loose tea.
13. Are there any bag patterns you have not yet knit, but hope to someday?
Anything entrelac. I like totes too.
14. What is currently OTN (on the needles) for you?
Two different blue baby blankets.
15. What is your most recent finished object before that?
A pink baby blanket. In my defense, they're all different patterns, different yarns, and I have so many more to do, because it seems that a lot of my friends are expecting.
16. What's cutest: Puppies, Piggies or Pixies?
Puppies, but I am rather fond of my toes, aka: piggies, this time of year. I lurvers me sandals and a pretty pedicure. I lived on a farm, so the other piggies aren't so cute to me. Pixies aren't even on my radar.
17. Do you enjoy reading? Books, Magazines, or both?
18. Do you have any children? (kid-kind or pet-kind apply!)
I have a stepson, not living with us. I also have two four-legged boys, both getting up there in years, Mugsy the crup/Jack Russell Terrier, and Fred, the Basset Hound.
19. What are some of your favorite yarns for other projects?
I don't know. I am almost obsessed with the need to learn to knit socks, but I have THREE baby blankets that must be done in the next couple of weeks. I also have cotton to do dishclothes too, but I don't know when I'll get done with blankies, and the two bags that want to be done.
20. And for the final question, one I see debated all over: Novelty Yarn: Love it! Hate it! or It depends!
I'm not much on it, but I do have a fun fur scarf to do for my sweet mother inlaw. At least it will fly off the needles quickly.
Sunday, April 1, 2007
Blankie #3 is over half done. The race is on to finish it, then #2, so that both can be given on the 14th. Blankie #4 will just have to wait and be handed over in person, whenever it is done, because there is just no way!! I'll be lucky to finish both of the others in time.