Saturday, October 28

Sorry secret pal. I know I have been lousy about posting. I have been drained at work. I know that is a sorry excuse but it is the only one I have. After sitting in front of a computer, the last thing I want to do is to come home and sit in front of a computer. I will make a better effort and posting in the month of November.

I worked at the salon this weekend. I am dead tired from that. It is getting to the point where I don't like doing it anymore. If it wasn't for those few clients that I love with all my heart I wouldn't do it anymore.

I am working on a baby blanket for a friend of mine that is pregnant. It is done out of crochet squares. I think it is coming along nicely. I have some socks on the needles but I haven't really touched those lately. Too tired.

I am excited about going to the doctors office on the 5th. Nothing makes you appreciate a doctor more than not having health insurance for a year and a half! I figured it is my 27th year tune up... when I called in, the nurse asked what I needed done, my list was about 20 miles long of what needed to be done.

Well, I guess that is about it for today. Have a good weekend. Happy Knitting

Thursday, October 19

I have had a crazy week. Work is going well. I have been having good days and bad days. Not much else to really talk about for that. Amy is going camping this weekend with my brother in law and my other brother in law is taking my nephews camping on the other side of the state. So, this weekend we are going to have a girls weekend.

I am going to hit Ikea and look at the junk. Not that I need anything from there, but hey I will always find something that I can't live with out.

I am working on socks right now. I am using the Lime and Violet colorway (see post below) and I really like how it is turning out.

This post is a short one cause I gotta get to bed. I went home sick on Monday and I have to make up my hours through flex, waking up at 5:30 is not my idea of fun!

Happy Knitting

Sunday, October 15

This that and not much else...

LIfe has been quite mundane for me these last few weeks. I haven't been able to find anyhting that I want to knit... I have tons of yarn, but no inspiration. All the patterns online I have seen a thousand times. I can't find anything motivating in my books and nothing in the magazines suit me.

I want to look at something and be inspired...and lately... nothin'....

Ah well that is life...

I am heading off to go clothes shopping. They sent down a memo for a new dress code last week and then gently reminded us that on friday that the dress code will be enforced on monday... Nice for them to do that on Pay day huh??? hmmmmm.

Off to shop
happy knitting

Tuesday, October 3

Secret Pal 9 questions

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

- - - I have lots of "favorite" yarns. It really depends on my mood though. Right now my favorites are handpainted...any weight any brand. I am really an open book for this part. I like to try new things. I am willing to pick up a skein just because I haven't used it before.There are very few yarns that I really dislike... I can find a project for any yarn.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?

- - - I have a needle case and a plastic bin for my circulars... but the real answer is that I store my needles in unfinished projects or on the guest bed/knitting pile!

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?

- - - I have been knitting since I was bout 15. But realy got back into about 6 years ago. I am 27 now. I would consider myself to be an intermediate/advanced knitter... I can do it the complicated stuff... it is just the motivation to finish it. Bonus points for you pal if you can find my pattern in a book that is out! (By all means it is not complicated at all....just a fun little thing to do!)

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

- - - nope, unless you consider the ENTIRE patternworks catalog!

5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.)
- - - like lots of smells, just no patchouli or lavender

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?

- - - milk chocolate... I am kind of a chocolate snob... after working in a chocolate store for a while, you become quite the snooty one regarding chocolates.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
- - - I have a spinning wheel. I like to spin. Am I good at it, no, but I still like to do it. I like to sew some things.. I can embroider... but knitting is my passion.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
- - - I listen to just about everything. I like all types of music except for
R & B.... ugggghhh. I prefer harder alternative, though...underground punk... but I listen to country, and bluegrass, and classical. and rap...if it has a good bass to I will listen to it.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
- - - I jump around on my colors. Right now i am in a blue phase, but i can see that ending soon. I like warmer colors... more jewel tones than anything. I like pastels, but not my favorites... again I tend to go more toward jewel tones.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

- - - I have a partner for 8 years. Her name is Amy. I have two cats (a sister and , brother... Pepper Ann and Moose) and a chihuahua (Maggie who is a true size chihuahua at a whopping 4.25 pounds) She is dang cute too! Not like most chihuahuas that people see! I promise!

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
- - - I love scarves and mittens... although living in arizona I can't wear them that often... but oh. if it is 62 degrees out side you better believe I got a scarf on! Hats and ponchos... I look a little ridiculous in... So I don't bother...

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

-- Socks, I am really into lace right now. I am also fascinated with cables but don't really do them much.

13. What are you knitting right now?
- - - I am working on a pair of socks for socktoberfest and getting ready to start some Christmas knitting.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

- - - YESSSS!!!!!

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

dpns, or circs... bambo or Brittany needles. I really love the softness of them!

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
- - GOD I WISH!!!!

17. How old is your oldest UFO?

5 years?????

18. What is your favorite holiday?

- - - Christmas and fourth of July and of course my birthday... which sometimes coincides with Grandparent's day

19. Is there anything that you collect?
- - - does yarn count as a collection? we kind have a thing for the simpson's and I love Choco-cat

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
- - - no books that I have, have have to have... no subscriptions. I pick up interweave all the time, though

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
I have really really really been wanting to get my hands on some fairisle. Real life fairisle, but either the budget is too tight or I can't find a pattern that i want to do at that time or no one to wear a pattern that would fit.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? I am a sock knitter. I have two pair going right now. A plain one and a nice lacy rib pattern

23. When is your birthday? (mm/dd) 09-10

Secret Pal if you want to know any more about me, just give me a line and I'll definitely answer the q's!

Happy Knitting

Sunday, October 1

soaking in a warm bath

I would like that to be me right now. I am sore from being on my feet all day.. It is interesting how quickly you can adjust to sitting on the arse all day. But nope... I am sitting here typing... what is soaking you ask!?!?!?!?!?!?

Well it is my lovely Charlotte's Lace Shawl. I finished it this evening. The ends are woven in, and its sitting in a nice tub of warm water and waiting to be blocked. I am heading camping this weekend, so I might bring it along with me for some extra warmth.

I am having some problems deciding on a sock pattern. My heart wants me to work a pair of broadripples. They are my favorite sock, another part wants me to work some lovely lace socks and the other part of me just doesn't care right now. That is my focus this month. I am working on socks...

Well, socks and scarves. I am getting some Christmas scarves whipped up for a few of my friends. It's funny you know, there are people in my life where the only knitting I would do for them is quick and painless project. Then there are the other people who I would knit my death for... Interesting, huh?

Well, I think bath time is over.. I will get a picture of my shawl up as soon as I can.

Happy Knitting