Sunday, June 22, 2008

A Little Catch-Up

I've finally synced my camera-full of photos and DH gave me the photos that he'd taken when we went to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival (MDSW). So this will be my photo catch-up session.

(1)  Beaded Socklets -- these were for my niece, whose foot continues to grow alarmingly quickly. They fit her now...but for how long? It's hard to see the beads, but they're there on the cuff -- what little cuff is there. She likes them short! I used Opal Petticoat sock yarn.

(2) My "haul" from the first day of MDS&W: 

The braid is alpaca roving in three shades, there's a ball of Jacob sheep roving  in two colors, The Fold sock yarn, niddy noddy (x 2), freebie magazines, Louet mini combs, Optim fiber, etc., etc.

The second day was mostly consumed with watching demos, sheep breed parade, and trying out (and buying) spindles. More pics to come...

Friday, June 13, 2008

What Is My Favorite Summertime Drink?

This is the question of the week, provided by our Secret Pal 12 (SP12) hostesses. So, in answer:

Iced Coffee!!!! brrrr!!

Although, I'd have to say that I drink iced tea much more often -- it's more available, I think. 


Monday, June 09, 2008

Hey Pal!

I had my first contact from my secret pal today! I haven't gotten my assigned pal yet, but I'm so excited that it's starting. I'm sure we're going to have a sizzling time -- hey, my car's thermometer registered 105 degrees today here in Philly. YUP,  SIZZLING!!

So here's my SP12 Info for you, Pal!

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
Hmmmm... favorites would be wool. I don't really have any absolute no-no fibers.
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
A yucky fabric roll for my straights; a nifty binder for my circulars; a toothbrush holder for my hooks.
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I've been knitting about 4 years -- I taught myself from a booklet. I guess I'm intermediate, bordering on a young advanced.
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
  Yes, here's my Amazon link. But I need to update it. [Updated but also ongoing process.]
5. What's your favorite scent?
Cinnamon, but the hubster is allergic to scents, so I have to go au naturale.
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
I have sweet teeth! CHOCOLATE (Hersheys, Snickers, etc) And cinnamon (Hot Tamales).
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
Spinning on spindles and wheel,dyeing, polymer clay, starting to play with tapestry weaving.
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I like Folk rock: Fogelberg, Four Bitchin' Babes. And Wyndham Hill stuff (not holiday though). Oh, and yes I can play MP3s (and I have an iPod).
9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
Teals, turquoise blues. I like "spring" colors -- pastels and jeweltones. I don't like greens or oranges that are brown-y (those retro colors).
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I'm married with cats: 4 of them
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
Theoretically I wear scarves and hats, although I never seem to put them on. I like mittens but am very clumsy when I wear them.
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Socks!!!! I just finished an afghan for my nephew that I'd been working steadily on for 18 months.
13. What are you knitting right now?
Socks, sweatery jacket, just getting ready to start a scarf 
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
Yes if made with care.
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Circular wood -- I have a set of those Knitpicks Harmony needles
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
yes to both
17. How old is your oldest UFO?
The jacket; It's called the Big Easy Jacket and I've been working on it for 2 years
18. What is your favorite holiday?
Hmmm.... Thanksgiving
19. Is there anything that you collect?
Cat figurines, but not the cutesy stuff. Cats with "purrsonality".
20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
Books: Mosaic Knitting; Yarns: buffalo, quivut. I'd love to get the knitting needles that light up at the tip (Size 7 or 8). I subscribe to Interweave Knits and Spin-Off.
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
Why yes -- mosaic knitting and fair isle
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Yesss. Foot length = 9 3/8 inches; Circumference of ball of foot =8 1/2 inches; circ of ankle = 9 inches
23. When is your birthday?
April 8
24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID?
Yes. JudyBee (I haven't done much with it yet though).

Thursday, June 05, 2008

What's Up Pussy Cats?

It's been quite a while since the catkins showed up here. So let's take a sneak peak: Well, from this angle you can see that these two are definitely sisters. I wonder what they're watching -- it must be darn interesting for them to sit so nicely side -by - side.  That's Sophie on the left and Dot on the right.

And the boys must be watching the same thing! Probably Squirrel TV. 
Leo is the buff tiger and Mickey is the tuxedo boy.

After a long, hard day scoping the perimeters,
 Sophie always likes to nap with her special
friend and stuffed animal, Linguini.

Dot prefers to nap with her "boyfriend," DH.


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