Friday, February 29, 2008

BIG Bag Questionnaire

  1. Do you knit, crochet, or do both? For how long?
I do both, but knitting more than crochet. Hmmm..having started when I was in the single digits, more than 40 years.
  1. What other crafts do you do, if any?
Just about everything except spinning, weaving.
  1. What are your favorite colors? Colors you loathe?
Rich jewel colors seem to be what I go towards lately...loathe is such a strong word. I am not fond of pastels although when teamed with black or navy they can be swell.
  1. Favorite yarn brands? Fiber types? Yarn you can't stand?
Way too many favorites, way too many. I adore wools, cottons, soy and bamboo. I am not fond of acrylics although they do have their place.
  1. What is your favorite type of item to knit/crochet?
Sweaters, totes, socks
  1. What kind of needles do you like? (i.e. circular, straight, metal, bamboo, etc.)
Anything Harmony....I do have some Celtic Swan hand forged bronze and sterling silver I really enjoy.
  1. Any knitting tools you lack but crave?
I just never seem to have enough tape measures lately.
  1. Patterns you've been dying to get but haven't yet?
Not I can think of
  1. Do you drink coffee, tea, cocoa? Flavors you love/hate?
I drink all three. Not very fond of nutty flavors. I have a nifty new coffee maker that grinds the beans first.
  1. Favorite sweets & snacks?
I do love me the jelly beans!!
  1. Any pets, kids, spouses? Spouses that act like pets or kids? (j/k)
Two sons 18 and 23, 1 spouse ..soon to have two puppies(bulldog and chocolate lab hopefully)
  1. Favorite things to knit/crochet for the above, if applicable?
Sweaters, scarves, socks,hats
  1. What kinds of books do you like to read? Favorite authors or genres?
History, mystery,philosophy
  1. Do you collect anything? (besides yarn! LOL!)
Eiffel Towers, Potato heads
  1. What, if any, are your non-craft related hobbies?
Skiing, cycling,running, antiquing
  1. Scents you adore? Scents that make you gag?
Good with bakery scents, not to much on the heavy florals
  1. What is your idea of a relaxing time?
Away at a hotel, watching a movie, knitting, family in adjoining rooms, lol
  1. Oh yeah, are you on Ravelry and if so, care to share your Ravelry ID?
Sure, KnittingKnut

Monday, February 18, 2008

Life Updates Now, Knitting Tonight

OK, so I had an excellent birthday weekend...truly one of the best. My brother and sister in law visited, oohed and aahed about the house , brought a hugemongous plant and jsut sat and talked. Turns out DB loves horse manure so he will come back and remove quite a bit of it for us. Last owner was to remove it but....
Sunday, DH surprised me with a trip to a home show. Much more fun to attend when you own a home. We have an appointment for an appraisal to paint the house with some newfangled stuff that is guaranteed for life, never need to repaint...saw what we hope to be the door for the barn.
Still in birthday line, here is the uba cool box the ear piece came in for the DG phone, so blingy!!!

AND the two grand knitting books from DS2
AND who doesn't need a handheld Tetris from DS1 and GF...
AND I am not sure if it was house warming or birthday but I was up early to try and knit, not so much time, even though I have been on vacation...and I heard a rumble and felt a shake...I though "Holy crap what fell off my house" Nothing, absolutely nothing...HOWEVER....the tree the neighbors must have ordered for me landed in the yard...on closer inspection it is merely a 30-50 foot branch from the tree in their front yard...!!!!

Kitchen updates
Our new kitchen set, counter height table, so cool
New ceiling fan...c'mon now isn't it perfect???

Awesome new coffee maker , grinds the beans then makes the coffee....yum
Proposed backsplash after new counter goes in after we add a few cabinets...
The PERFECT curtain, so vintage perfect
In living room the vintage kitchy curtain holdbacks in use
This is what I listen to when knitting does happen
Oh oh here is the closet in the office, yes it is a yarn closet currently. I wold guess 75% of yarn has been catologued on ravelry and stored neatly away. This is an ongoing project since is nice to see all my beautiful yarn and appalling at how much there is!! AND I have that LE gift certificate burning a hole in my pocket.
Thanks for reading and sharing my birthday...knitting updates later

UPDATE: Knitting updates tomorrow, the above post took in excess of 7 hours!! Blogger was very fluky today....all my pictures aren't there....I will add picture of plant tomorrow!!! May be going to a casino tonight!! WOOT!! I only play pennies heehee

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me

Yes today is my birthday...woot!!! Quick blog post...
DS1 and 2 and DSGF purchased this Jordana Paige Messenger Bag for me

It is coming this week...again I say Happy Birthday to ME!!!

Among many other gifts DH gave me a rather substantial Loopy Ewe gift certificate, he thought for the Spring Fling in April,,,of course like any good groupie I immediately inquired if I HAD to wait til April to use it :) AND a very blingy new cell phone and ear piece from Dolce and Gabana..what? What is wrong with my old paint covered have to have the speaker on to hear anything, what I am breaking up cell phone... Even the box it came in had bling!!!
I am also getting a Vintage sock kit, the one the Harlot recently did with the leaves on it!!! Again I say....TO ME!!!

DS2 also gave me two,One Skein Wonders, knitting books and DS1 and GF a hand held Tetris...and a PINWHEEL!!!

My DB and DSIL came all the way down to see the new house and celebrate with us. Woot!!! I am third of eleven children and he is one of my two older brothers. A monstrously large housewarming plant is sitting here looking at me :) Our first was especially nice to see them on my birthday.

OK tomorrow morning I am busy as the celebration mysteriously continues...I will update with knitting and house progress tomorrow.

Time for another little piece of cake...heehee..hey how many times do you get a birthday?

Friday, February 08, 2008

Happy Friday!!

Why you may ask?
I have filed my taxes...woohoo!!! Now to do my sons and it is set for another year.
I work tonight and tomorrow and then am on vacation, and I don't have one single work shift scheduled anywhere during those 11.5 days off. I will be packing, knitting and accomplishing house things...and having my birthday. Oh it is a biggie...the AARP has already sent me a membership card...hey it is still 8 days away!!

I have this FO to show off, it is from Knitty, the Foliage hat pattern. I made this for a Valentine Day swap on Ravelry. Mission Falls Wool...from stash..woohoo..I have sent off my package and have one sitting in my dining room to be opened on VDay...ohh...did I mention that is me favorite holiday?

Here is some progress on Jay....not too bad considered knitting time is a rare commodity....

I am in the second round of the Humdrum Mitten Swap and these are the mittens I am making, pattern..KP palette yarn, which is amazingly soft to use. I really like the pattern and it is another I will knit again.
Yarn, yes yarn from the Loopy Ewe...
This is the pattern book for the Street Smart Cardy everyone is making, it is getting difficult to get so when I ordered it I ordered two. There is a lovely new enthusiastic knitter at work. I gave her a made my day. She is adorable, does amazing work and is a true assest to our craft. Check her out on ravelry, NeedleD1...

This is the view from the kitchen SNOW>>

This is the kitchen update, the paint is olive suede, DH is stripping the two door frames in the room to the original wood, but it wood be too difficult to do all the woodwork...but the paint and wood against the wallpaper and tin ceiling look amazing.

This is a little piece of antiquity I picked up to go with the amber glass knobs we are putting on the cabinets....heehee

And this is the site of a young man 6 weeks post op having just got permission from his mother to have a little fun....the trampoline was left by the prior owner and yes we will be keeping it.

Sunday, February 03, 2008