Tuesday, June 27, 2006

What a week, or two!

Wow, when it rains it pours. So hubby got paid on the 15th, same day the 2nd computer crapped out. Ok, no problem, hubby's pretty good at fixing these things but this one was from a friend and its an HP off the shelf one and a beast hubby never deals with. His plan, take another friends HP with better stuff and useable parts from ours and build a kick ass computer for himself and the babies. Yes, mine is still running. Rob spent all day on the 15th trying to fix it, things were looking pretty good and he got everything together and did the test. Nothing, not a beep or turn of the fan, nothing. I can see my yarn shopping trip going down the drain and believe me, I am so due for a good shop, not just good one of the best ever!! So, at 7:30 we pack up the little guys and head to future shop and pick up an off the shelf one, cause building one is just to expensive right now. $650 later (and that's on sale with $200 off) we head home with the new computer for Rob, the Pixar Cars computer game for Justice and Star Wars xbox lego game for Collin and me, nothing. Not a skein, needles, nothing. Fine I'll go grab something on Saturday, no biggie.

Friday (16th) night Rob has the best intentions of mowing the lawn after 2 weeks of letting it buck and with all the rain we had it was as tall as the little mini daxie we have. Plugs the lawn mower in and nothing, no half fast start, putter, stutter, nothing. I start seeing skeins of yarn flashing before my eyes and knowing damn well I haven't got a chance to get a skein of yarn or needles this payday for myself. I got everyone up before 8am and trucked on over to Sears and picked up a new electric (for some reason Rob cannot start a gas)mower and trimmer and I spent 2 hours doing yard work. Hey, I don't mind doing yard work but after 2 weeks of off and on rain and no mowing, that is a hell of alot of grass and one PO'd wife.

But not to worry, I did budget (really I included it in my budget) for yarn and a really kick ass book for my SP8 as well as some really great sock yarn from Dani over at Sunshine yarns for my KSKS swap partner. I'm designing a bag for that swap, and will be dusting off the old sewing machine this week to get that baby together. Things are coming together for those swaps. I also casted on for a gift I want to send my SP8 as well.

On the knitting front for the Knitting World Cup, I do have a design finished and one sock completed and the other I'm working the leg and hopefully will be finished this weekend but do have till the 9th to complete. I am so happy, it turned out better than I imagined and only minor frogging had to be done. The fit, wow, I know I can whip up a pair of socks using my own measurements and just a basic stockinette stitch and rib cuff and they turn out really well but these ones, I am ecstatic over them. They are being knit in the STR Citrine and it is a gorgeous colorway to boot.

Hubby's even getting in on the designing and has piped in a few ideas of stuff he would like to see made and they weren't off the wall ideas either, lol.

Sorry no pics, blogger is not playing nicely this morning. Better get some knitting done.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Knit Sock Kit Swap Questionnaire

Knit Sock Kit Swap
The Questionnaire:

What are your favorite colors?
Deep purples/greens/reds and blues. But for socks almost anything goes for me, except for fluorescents.

Are you a new sock knitter? How long have you been knitting socks?
Not that new, 10 Months

Do you prefer solid or multicolored yarn?
Multicolored please

What fibers do you prefer in sock yarn?
I'm enjoying the Merino right now, very soft.

Where do you usually knit socks?
At home/in the yard or at the park with the kids.

How do you usually carry/store small projects?
I've got a small travel knitting bag I picked up at Michael's craft store.

What are your favorite sock knitting patterns?
I like the Dublin Bay or anything with some lace or patterning to it that is well written.

What are your favorite sock knitting techniques?
I love both DPN's(Bamboo) and a sock on 2 circs.

What new techniques would you like to try?
Must get the courage to try magic loop(have the booklet but haven't read it yet) and either 2 socks on magic loop or 2 socks on 2 circs and toe up(still haven't found a pattern to try for that).

Do you prefer circulars or dpns for sock knitting?
I love them both.

What are some of your favorite yarns?
I love the STR, Lorna's Laces, Artyarns Supermerino or Ultra Merino or anything with a tight twist and colorful.

What yarn do you totally covet?
STR or some brand I haven't tried before like Trekking, Shaeffer Anne or some of Mama E's gorgeous yarn.

Any pattern you would love to make if money and time were no object?
Something that wasn't boring and one I could learn a new technique on, I can only do stockinette for so long, lol.

Favorite kind of needles (brand, materials, straights or circs, etc)? Crystal Palace Bamboo DPN's and Addi Circs.

If you were a specific kind of yarn, which brand and kind of yarn would you be? STR, so colorful and you never know how it's going to knit up.

Do you have a favorite candy or mail-able snack?
Milk Chocolate,gummy treats that are berry flavored or coffees.

What's your favorite animal?

Do you have pets? What are their species/names/ages?
2 female longhaired daschunds, 2 yr. old mini named Barky and a 1 yr. old standard named Xena.

If you were a color what color would you be?
Purple, I find it inspired my creativity.

Describe your favorite shirt (yours or someone else's)..
hubby's old beer t-shirt with paint stains from painting the interior of the house(with all my favorite colors on it)

What is your most inspiring image, flower, or object in nature?
Colorful wildfowers and sunrises.

Tell me the best quote you've ever heard or read.
Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. Carol Burnett

Do you have a wishlist?
Amazon on the sidebar

Anything else you'd like to share with the group today?
If you have any questions, just let me know. Happy Knitting!!!

You Are an Espresso

At your best, you are: straight shooting, ambitious, and energetic

At your worst, you are: anxious and high strung

You drink coffee when: anytime you're not sleeping

Your caffeine addiction level: high

Thursday, June 08, 2006

I got mail

I received a great card from my SP8 today and wow, she hit the nail right on the head with it. I love anything magical, mythical or renaissance like and the card is all that and more. She said we could be sisters(it's only 3 weeks in and I'm so looking forward to the reveal, can't wait to find out more about her) and to watch out for a parcel in the near future. I'm very excited, plus it looks like my pal is from overseas,just looking at the post mark.

Thank you so much SP sis. I think this was also my sign that things will go well for my new business venture I've got in the works. It has everything to do with the fibery goodness we all know and love plus there are a few faeries thrown in too. More details in the next couple of months.

On the knitting front, I'm all ready to cast on for the Knitting World Cup, 12+ hours to go. I've got my pattern, yarn, using STR in Citrine, all wound up and needles ready to roll for my big sock project. I'm also trying to decide on a baby pattern to do for an expecting friend. Still not sure if the baby is a boy or girl, any suggestions?? I'm trying to stay away from acrylic if possible and would like to try using cotton(mercerized or natural).

Well I'm bailing now, time to play a little WOW(World of Warcraft).