Thursday, May 31, 2007

Mail Call!

Don't you wish your Secret Pal was as great as mine, lookie what the mail man brought while I was at school with Justice today. My "Secret Knitter" pal who so rocks sent me a memo pad & pen set, matching note cards, a wire butterfly magnet(not sure if she made it but it is so awesome), a lamb in a flower, hubby thought it was a car seat, lol, some yummy swedish berries, Canadian chocolate coins and a Hershey's Milk Chocolate bar, mmmmm, yummy treats and last but not least Cookie's Flicker Sock pattern and 2 skeins of Louet Gems "Carribbean Blue". My pal must be a mind reader because my last purchase at Sweet Sheep had the pattern and yarn in my cart but with the over spending on the Yarn Pirate and other fibery goodness something had to go. I am so happy, hubby even commented my pal had great taste and is doing an awesome job on the spoilage. The Canadian coins were an awesome touch, we were just reminiscing about our wedding the other day and we had used the coins as part of our wedding favors. Thanks so much Secret Knitter, the package is the best!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Friday's Hogwarts Socks Update, more socks and mail...Woot!

We have Ravenclaw socks in progress for the Hogwarts Sock Swap, these babies were just started on Tuesday. I couldn't resist the temptation anymore and had to wind up the yarn Tuesday night. I managed to get both cuffs done and a couple repeats(basic stockinette on 2.5mm) on one sock for the leg before going to bed. I am ready to turn the heel on one sock and on the second color repeat on the second. A big thanks to Carrie over at Cosmic Fibers for the wonderful job she did on the yarn. Hubby is also hinting for his socks too, he's getting trapped bars in Ravenclaw(he took the sorting quiz too)also from Cosmic Fibers. If you missed out this round of Hogwarts Socks Swap, sign ups will start July 14 for Round 2.

I have also been knitting on Ellen's socks and the STR medium weight is just great to work with. My Aunt's Hederas are 3/4 of the way finished and must get them done before my Aunt gets here the middle of next month. Yes, Hubby's Aunt Margaret and Uncle Dave are coming for a visit. This will be the first time meeting them for myself and the kids. Hubby hasn't seen them since he was a kid too. They will be here for a week and staying at the RV campground down the street so I won't have to worry about entertaining 24/7.

I also received a package yesterday from Rebecca for her contest she had and in it is a gorgeous skein of Alchemy silk/wool(my first skein of this) and I'm loving it. Thanks Rebecca!!

Time to knit.

Monday, May 21, 2007

And the Winner is....

Post #19-ERIN from Knitters, Not Quitters! Hey Erin, let me know what email addy you would like your gift certificate sent to and Congrats!!

Thanks to the Random Number Generator for its services.

There's a first time for everything and this just happens to be the week. I have been tagged by She Knits She Rants!

Here are the rules:
Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. Those tagged need to write in their blogs the 7 facts, as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and to read your blog.
Here goes...

1. I can't start the day without 2 cups of coffee(minimum), I usually drink 4-5 cups by lunch.

2. I can watch Steel Magnolias, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Green Mile and the Color Purple over and over again, drives hubby crazy, lol. I guess that's why I only own The Green Mile courtesy of hubby, the only one he can sit thru.

3. I can't swim.

4. I am scared of flying(and heights) and have only left Alberta twice, once when I was around 7 and again in my mid 20's for a day trip to Vancouver to move my sister.

5. I'm a shopaholic, but I don't buy useless stuff. Sock yarn all the way baby!

6. I love milk chocolate and usually have a piece of a bar(or whole bar) every day.

7. I'm an online gamer geek(World of Warcraft). When I don't talk about knitting that's when I'm in hardcore gamer mode playing my level 70 Female Night Elf Hunter.

I tag...


Knitting update tomorrow, lots has been done!

Friday, May 18, 2007

I'm still knitting!

...but at a snails pace, lol. What can I say, I've got knitter's ADD. With all the yarn that has come into my home the last month I'm itching to cast on for another pair of socks. So instead of casting on I've been spending time fondling the fibery goodness, perusing knitting mags/books for interesting sock patterns. I did manage to whip up a pair of baby/toddler socks today and since I'm a tad behind in the 52 pair plunge I'll have to get my butt in gear and get a few more pairs of baby socks done to catch up.

I also forgot, I did not post a pic of my Hocrux's in Patons Kroy "Winter Eclipse" I received from my SP10. They are so comfy! Thanks again pal for the awesome yarn. So here are the toddler socks, hocrux's and my fanny's(used the pic from the 52 pair plunge, yes I'm lazy but it's a Friday!)

Well not much else, but for those who haven't entered the contest be sure to comment on your favorite yarn pusher on the May 1st post. Have a great weekend and Happy Victoria Day to my fellow Canucks!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Weekly Update

Hope all the moms out there had a great Mother's Day. Mine was great, hubby had to work so it was just me and the little guys lounging about on a rainy day. I did get some marvelous gifts from my boys and my Aunt Margaret and Uncle Dave even sent me flowers(they are so awesome!) Here's some pics of my great Mother's Day haul.
From the boys I received a bunch of fibery goodness, we have some Sweet Georgia's "Himitsu", Sweet Socks "Gummy Bunny" and "Angelica", Seacoast Handpainted "Ashes and Roses", C*eye*ber Fiber's "Pink's Navy" and an Ipod Nano. Wow, that is alot of pink in that box.

I've ordered my Sockapalooza pals yarn today and already received the yarn I'll be sending to my Knitters Coffee Swap pal, sorry no pics on that till I send out the package. All I can say it is handpainted from one of my favorite Indie dyers.

On the knitting front, I'm almost done my Aunt's Hederas. She knows she'll be receiving a little something from me but I've also got some patterns on order for her so just waiting on those to come in before I ship everything out. I've also been working on Ellen's STR socks, boy do I love STR medium weight.

I also received my Hogwart's Sock Swap yarn, custom dyed by Dharmafey's Cosmic Fibers, we have Slytherin "2nd year stripes", Ravenclaw "3rd Year-Trapped Bars" for hubby in the middle and Ravenclaw "1st year wide stripes", for my pal. I can't wait to get these babies on the needles. But before I can I must finish the Hedera's to free up 2 sets of 2.5mm ;).

Time to get more stuff done, don't forget, the Contest closes on May 21st, so leave a comment on that post with your favorite yarn pusher.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Packages, Hocrux's and other news

Wow, did I hit the jackpot Wednesday. I received 2 packages filled to the brims with the best stuff a knitter could ever want and since I was out on Tuesday I had to wait a day to pick everything up.

First up, we have my KTE package from Elizabeth over at Lizard Knits(I stop by her blog regularly)who sent the most amazing goodies. Here's a pic and a little breakdown of what I received. Simply Knitting mag(has some really amazing patterns I'd love to knit), 2 packages of coffee "foglifter"(tastes awesome)"Chocolate Velvet", Hot Chocolate(butterscotch I had last night and yummy!), "Cobblestones" and "Gadget Keeper" patterns, Stitchmarkers with a case made for knitting alternating rows of increases/decreases(I so need these for my sock knitting), Hershey Truffles(I haven't seen these yummy chocolates as of yet), Ghiradelli Esspresso Chocolate bar, yum, lamb pen in purple(my fav color and it is absolutely adorable), some Lavender bath salts and Lavender-Eucalyptus cream, a Crocheted Bag in green made by Elizabeth(one of my favorite colors and the bag is just awesome), a clear plastic knitters bag with a clip to hang of my belt and is now holding the socks I'm knitting for my Aunt and last but not least a skein of Superwash Merino from J Irby Designs in "Pinata", I have been wanting some sock yarn from them for a while now. It is so soft and bright. Thank you so much Elizabeth for being such a terrific pal.

Second package is from my Sockret Pal, Susan who sent some amazing goodies and a gorgeous pair of socks. Here's a pic. I recieved 2 Sabrina mags, Online calendar with patterns, a package of lamb candles, 3 scented candles, iron ons with 2 frog and a crown(my little guys have already layed claim to the frogs, whistle also claimed by the kids, lol, some chocolate eggs, 2 skeins of Acapulco in a gorgeous bronzy color, necklace(so cool), hand woven scarf in an assortment of reds yarns with black/silver ribbon(just gorgeous and matches the necklace, cell phone clip, and check out the socks with the cute little face. The socks fit perfectly! She also painted a little vase for me with a sun and a lamb, this gal is so artistic. Thanks Susan for the great Sockret Pal package.

I also finished my Hocrux socks on Sunday and wow, they look awesome. The Kroy yarn makes a darn good pair of socks alright. Check'em out.

Sorry for the lack of blogging lately, I just found out last week my Aunt/God mother passed away in December and the family didn't want to tell me cause the little guys and I were sick at the time(December) and they knew we couldn't travel so I've been a bit out of sorts with that news. In light of her passing I also went in to the Doctor and got a complete blood work up done since I haven't been feeling well(and with all the history of stomach/cervical/liver cancer I wasn't taking any risks) and getting sick if anyone coughs near me. Guess what, last year I was borderline diabetes and as of yesterday afternoon I'm normal, if it was in regards to something else I may take offense, lol. I am hypo-thyroid which doesn't make much sense to me cause 2 weeks before my blood work I was on a major eating binge and gained 15 pounds and have been post-poning my blood tests just in case of bad news but bucked up on Thursday did the fast and went in on Friday and got it done. I've lost the 15 pounds +1 since the Thursday fasting. Who knows, maybe I just needed the kick start, but I'm very relieved and now with the good news I can get back to my life again without dreading the worst.

I have been knitting this week, I have a pair of Hederas on needles for my Aunt using STR's Beryl. They are looking great and this is my first time using this pattern, yah, I'm kinda slow when it comes to the knitty patterns. I do love them but I always get sidetracked and shh, don't tell anyone I still haven't knit a Clapotis yet. I've got some Cascade 220 I just may use for a mini clapotis.

Well, it is 8:15 am and since I passed out super early last night(both hubby and I with the kids were in bed by 9pm) I better have some more coffee and start the day. Remember for those who haven't left a comment on my last post for the contest, it is still open till and will close May 21st. Thanks to those who have commented, I now have many more new places to shop ;)

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Happy May 1st Contest!

Happy May 1st! To celebrate this month (Mother's Day, Victoria Day for us Canucks and any other holidays that fall in May) I will be hosting a little contest. The contest will run from today, May 1st thru to May 21st(Victoria day) at Midnight Est. time.

To enter just leave to comment on this post telling me who is your favorite online Yarn pusher, I mean store and if you don't shop online tell me about your LYS and you will be entered to win a $50.00 CAN. gift certificate to THE SWEET SHEEP.

Why the contest you ask. One: I've had such great service from The Sweet Sheep and only recently found out it was a Canadian Company. I do most of my yarn shopping online and will buy from anyone willing to ship to Canada. Two: I am just feeling very generous and need to share some fibery love. Three: I can't part with any sock yarn in my stash for a contest, lol. And Four: I need comments, hehe.

Good Luck!

PS: Secret Pals please feel free to leave a comment under your assumed identity ;)

Now onto other news, I received a super package from my Secret Canadian Sister "Ellen". She has done such a terrific job of spoiling me the last 3 months and her final package is the icing on the cake. First we have some Online Supersocke 100 in Tropic, love knitting with this stuff, Coil knitting needle holders, dpn knitting holders, both are so needed, thank you, stitchmarkers and a scarf/belt both of which are just gorgeous and last but not least a Journal. This is not just any journal it is "knitspiration" an inspirational journal for knitters. This is so amazing cause right now my patterns are jotted down in a Spiderman scribbler I poached from hubby. Thank you so much Ellen. Your gifts are just amazing and you really brightened up my day.