Sunday, October 29, 2006

And HERE are the Sockret Pal mail treasures!

I'm lousy at putting 2 pictures on the same post and getting them in the right place, so here is the post and picture about the wonderful treasures that arrived in my mailbox yesterday. My sockret pal sent me the gorgeous things. A cute shirt with a knitter on it, a wpi tool, Burt's Bee's kit, beautiful handpainted yarn, gorgeous stitch markers, dark chocolate (!), can't tell by the pic that one of the bars is gone, and just a wrapper is in the picture..LOL! sheepy tape measure, body glove lotion, and all packed in a needle case with cats! and knitting pictures and a chart on the side to mark off what needles you have. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything!!! Thank you sockret pal, you've truly spoiled me!!!

Mail Treasures..what a lucky girl I am!!!!

Yesterday was one of the best days I've had in a very long time! First of all my cousins and my Aunt from California paid me a surprise visit. They've never been to my house and were not even sure where to find me. They went to the nearest town (that's the beauty of "small town Minnesota" and described me, my bf, and where I lived (generally) and were directed right to me. We went to the local cafe for coffee and muffins, and in general made a spectacle of ourselves, laughing and talking, then went to a tiny gift shop in town and did the same thing. After that, we went to my bf's parent's house. They live in a huge OLD farmhouse, full of antiques, and bf's dad collects and restores old gas pumps, so we all enjoyed looking at everything and trading stories about things we remembered about growing up, old house we lived in, relatives that are gone, etc. It was the most wonderful day!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Almost Halloween!!!

I put up my fall decorations, and Halloween things today. There are bats and cats lights in the window, a huge pumpkin on the deck, and other cats and pumpkins all over the house. I LOVE Halloween, it's my favorite holiday.

My bf made this cute scarecrow for me last year, and it sits on my computer desk. The "sweet treats" pumpkin if full of tootsie roll pops, my favorite candy.

This is technically a knitting post, because if you look carefully, on the shelf below the jack o lantern on the left is a ball of yarn, and between the scarecrow's knees is a felted case for my ipod. Clever huh???

Sunday, October 01, 2006


The basics:
How long have you been knitting? Forever. A neighbor taught me to knit when I was in 2nd grade.

Do you consider yourself a beginning sock knitter, an intermediate, or have you been doing this so long you could probably knit a pair in your sleep? Intermediate

The measurements: While your pal may ask for some additional info to ensure a great fit, please provide your shoe size, or any other fitting related info you think is pertinent. (fiber related) shoe size 5, sometimes a childrens 4

What colors do you love? jewels colors, purples, blues, greens, burgundy and hot pink and lime green

Do you prefer solids or variegated? variegated but any is ok

What fibers do you most love to knit with? wool, wool blend, alpaca anything soft

Who do you consider your favorite yarn vendors? any

What projects (other than socks, of course*S*) do you most enjoy knitting? (fiber related) shawls, afghans, hats, mittens

What fibers can you not stand to knit with? I've been spoiled with the wool and wool blends, so acrylic is not my favorite, but I will use it sometimes

To wear? scratchy garments

What colors would you never wear? browns

The Tools:
Plastic or Metal? Bamboo or wood? any

Circs or Straights? any

DPNs or Magic Loop? dpns

Are there any knitting accessories you don't have in your collection but would like? I'd love some of those little sheep stitch markers. I love EVERYTHING fiber related!!

The Extras:

Do you have a wish list? none
If so, please share the link!

Do you like sweet, sour or salty? (or all of the above? ) salty and sweet

Do you have any allergies your pal should know about? (Certain foods, smoke, pet hair, etc) none

Favorite scents? patchouli, musk, vanilla, orange, spice

Scents you can't stand? strawberry and raspberry

Do you collect anything (other than yarn and knitting toys of course)? cats and teapots and tea related items, unusual beads

When is your birthday? (month and day is fine!) September

Do you spin? yes

Dye your own yarn? yes

Your favorite author/band/vacation spot, anything you think will help your pal know you better... I listen to a variety of music, mostly what's on the radio now, pop, rock, alternative, not much country, it makes me sad. Vacation spot I would pick Los Angeles because my daugher lives there, Las Vegas, or anywhere in Montana. No real favorite authors, I love readng a variety of books, some fiction, some non fiction...and of course anything knitting, or fiber related makes a good read.