Saturday, April 28, 2007

Saturday Sky at the Bazaar

Today's Saturday Sky comes from the parking lot of the Washington County Fair Complex in Hillsboro, Oregon. The event of the day was the "Every Husband's Nightmare Bazaar". Even the hubby thought some of the items that were being sold were cute.

Here are a few items we bought at the bazaar. There is the Cinnamon Creamed Honey and Jalapeno Marinade from Golden Orchard in North Plains, Oregon. That honey is absolutely yummy!!! I had a small sample at the bazaar. Then there is the handmade lotion and soap. I absolutely love handmade soap. The one I picked out is Strawberry Blizzard Soap by From the Earth Handmade Soap Company located right here in Hillsboro, Oregon. The lotion is lavender scented by Lotions by Rosemary located in Florence, Oregon. Of course no bazaar would be complete without the chocolate. This time it came in the form of Chai Serenity by Cafe D'Armor. It's a Chai Tea Latte blend. And last but not least, there is the shirt that I found. It may look very small but it actually stretches quite a bit. It fits babies all the way up to a woman's larger. I had never seen one of these before so I thought that was pretty nifty.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Socks that Rock

Pattern: Inside Out from Rockin' Sock Club 2007
Yarn: STR Mediumweight "Monsoon"
Needles: US size 0 DPNs (toe and heel)
US size 1 DPNs (foot)
US size 2 DPNs (leg)
April Kit from Rockin' Sock Club 2007
Pattern: Knee High to A Grasshopper
Yarn: STR Silke in Walking on the Wild Tide

The yarn is absolutely gorgeous. This will be fun to knit up. It's a wool/silk blend.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, April 23, 2007

Monkey Sock Swap II

Monkey Sock Swap TWO Questionnaire

The basics:How long have you been knitting?
Only for two or three short years but it seems like longer. I taught myself to knit with books and web sites.

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?
I would say adventurous beginner.

The measurements:
Shoe Size: US size 9
Foot circumference: 9 1/2 inches
Foot length: 9 3/4 inches

Yarn Preferences:
What colors do you love? blues, purple, pink, camouflage
Do you prefer solids or variegated? I love them both
Do you prefer wool, cotton or acrylic yarn? wool
What colors would you never wear? bright neon colors as they hurt my eyes

Knitting Gadgets
Favorite needles: Plastic, metal, bamboo or wood? I prefer either metal or wood

Are there any knitting accessories you don't have in your collection but would like? one of those GoKnit Pouches

Would you be willing to have an international Monkey Pal or do you prefer one in the US?
I am gonna have to say US only just because of shipping costs

Do you have any allergies?
Just the pollen that is everywhere now. But the hubby is allergic to cats.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Knitter's Coffee Swap II

1. Whole bean or ground?

2. Fully-loaded or decaf?

3. Regular or flavored?

4. How do you drink your coffee?
In a mug of course. :) Okay, with sugar and cream

5. Favorite coffee ever?
That would still be the White Chocolate Mocha at Starbucks

6. Are you fussy about your coffee or will any old bean do?
As long as its fresh and yummy

7. Favorite treats to have with your coffee?
Lately I have been eating scones or biscotti with the coffee. But chocolate is always good.

8. Anything else about your coffee preferences?
Not that I can think of at this moment

9. Yarn/fiber you love?

10. Yarn/fiber you hate?
yarn that is scratchy

11. What's on your needles?
socks, dishcloths, the never ending Clapotis

12. Favorite colors?
blues, greens, pink, purple, camouflage

13. Allergies?
currently pollen is making me sneeze like crazy

14. Anything you really love, really don't like, or just need to get off your chest?
Wool is good. Wool is good. And stuff.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Saturday Sky and more...

Hillsboro, Oregon around 8 at night - The weather was pretty crappy most the day and I lost my voice.

And this lovely package came from my PRGE pal - the lovely, talented, and very smart Kate of I'm a crafty girl. She just graduated from college. I already know what I am gonna knit with the Koigu - a pair of socks for little Nicholas. Then there is the Sugar'N Cream cotton yarn in Hot Blue and Grape. More dishcloths for me. I think I might make that Ballband Dishcloth from Mason-Dixon Knitting. I keep meaning to but just haven't gotten around to it. Then there is the Tofutsies sock yarn. Very pretty. And last but not least - Knitting On the Road by Nancy Bush.

Pattern: Monkey
Yarn: Opal Uni, color #29 Turquoise
Needles: US size 2 DPNs

And these lovely Monkey socks will be leaving Oregon and heading out west to my downstream Monkey Sock Pal. Hope they fit her. It was a pretty quick knit even for me - the slowest knitter in the world. Well it seems that way. The patern didn't take long to memorize. So I can see making some more of these.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, April 16, 2007

I am the Moon....

You are The Moon

Hope, expectation, Bright promises.

The Moon is a card of magic and mystery - when prominent you know that nothing is as it seems, particularly when it concerns relationships. All logic is thrown out the window.

The Moon is all about visions and illusions, madness, genius and poetry. This is a card that has to do with sleep, and so with both dreams and nightmares. It is a scary card in that it warns that there might be hidden enemies, tricks and falsehoods. But it should also be remembered that this is a card of great creativity, of powerful magic, primal feelings and intuition. You may be going through a time of emotional and mental trial; if you have any past mental problems, you must be vigilant in taking your medication but avoid drugs or alcohol, as abuse of either will cause them irreparable damage. This time however, can also result in great creativity, psychic powers, visions and insight. You can and should trust your intuition.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Winning at Texas...again

Once again, Jeff Burton has proven that he is gentleman on the track. This time he won the Samsung 500 and became the first driver to win two Nextal Cup races at the Texas Motor Speedway. He may have only led 1 lap during the entire race. But it was the lap that mattered. The last lap. And with that win, he is only 8 points behind the leader (Jeff Gordon) in the Nextal Cup Standings.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Saturday Sky and more...

"Look momma, I can use a big boy cup!" Only 16 months old and he can use a sippy cup already. He is growing up way too fast. Plus he has figured out how to come down the stairs by sliding on his belly step by step. Despite the rainy weather that eventually hit the area, alot of yard work got done today. The peppers and tomatoes have been planted. I can hardly wait until they are ready to be picked.

Yarn: Sugar'N Cream, color Summer Splash & Coral Swirl
Needles: Straight #8 (5 mm)
Size of the cloth: approximately 8.5 x 8.5 inches (22 x 22 cm)

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Saturday Sky

A very dreary start to the Easter weekend here in Hillsboro, Oregon. But the good news is I am on the cuff of the first Inside Out sock from the Rockin' Sock Club 2007. I must get the pair done before the second kit comes out later this month.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Hogwarts Sock Swap

Hogwarts Sock Swap Questionnaire

1. What Hogwarts house have you been sorted into?

Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you've a ready mind,
Those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind.
2. Shoe size?
US size 9

3. Foot Length?
9 3/4 inches

4. Foot Circumference?
9 1/2 inches

5. List your three favorite double-point needle brands, including size and length.
a. Knit Picks size 1
b. Susan Bates size 1
c. Knit Picks size 0

6. Would you like to try a new brand needle? If so, which brand? Size? Length?
Sure, would love to try a new brand. Preferably in size 0 or 1. I haven't use any bamboo needles in the smaller sizes for fear of breaking them. Plus the metal ones cost less.

7. If you are a RAVENCLAW, do you prefer the colors in the film or the book? Do you have a strong preference?
For this really ravishing Ravenclaw, I prefer the colors in the movie. I am right in the middle of knitting the PoA scarf in those colors.

8. Are you willing to have an international Hogwarts Sock Pal?

"This whole tournament's supposed to be about getting to know foreign wizards and making friends with them!" said Hermione hotly.

If you love knitting socks and if you love Harry Potter, then this is the perfect swap to do while waiting patiently (or not) for book seven to come. Just click on the portkey above that will take you to the swap page. As Hermione would say, "Just go, you're wasting time!". But then she always was the bossy one, wasn't she?

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Wordless Wednesday - Calling the Island of Sodor