Thursday, August 30, 2007

Hogwarts Sock/Scarf Kit Swap III

1. What Hogwarts house have you been sorted into?

2. List your favorite double-point needle brands, including size and length. Or would you prefer circulars?
Knit Picks size 1 (2.5 mm) 6"

3. Would you like to try a new brand needle? If so, which brand? Size? Length?
Sure, any size 1 (2.5mm) DPN, 6" or 7"

4. If you are a RAVENCLAW, do you prefer the colors in the film or the book? Do you have a strong preference?
Film colors

5. Do you have any allergies?

6. If you are swapping scarves - what is your desired length for the pattern? This will help your partner find the pattern that is just right for you and buy yarn accordingly.

Mandy's Candy Bag

Needles: US size 6 DPNs
Yarn: Sugar n' Cream Cotton in Neptune Ombre
There is a contest running at NH Knitting Mama, and it goes like this:

1. Knit the candy bag (Pattern here - pdf).
2. Post a picture of your candy bag on your blog and then let Mandy know (with a link to the blog post!).
3. Your name will then go into a drawing FIVE TIMES for some swag!

What if you don't want to knit Mandy's Candy Bag? That's okay! You can still participate. Just see how on Mandy's blog.

The deadline is monday, September 3rd, at 12:01am EST. There is still plenty of time. The bag doesn't take that long to knit.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Sock-it-to-me Sunday

More progess has been made on the "dream" socks. All that is left is the toe section and I can start on sock #2. The Jaywalker has a complete gusset and I will be starting on the leg this week. It may not seem like much but the boys have been driving me crazy all week long. Nicholas has discovered that he can turn off the power strip which the compter is plugged into. Amazingly, both the boys play well together when they are not tearing the cushions of the sofa.

The next dishcloth exchange will open up for registration on September 1st and close on September 8th at midnight EST. See you there!!!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Saturday Sky and more...

Hillsboro, Oregon

Click on the flowers to see the latest kit from the Rockin' Sock Club. All I have to say about the kit is "Peace Out".

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Punk Rock Gift Exchange III

Punk Rock Gift Exchange III

1. Why are you punk?
I don't know if I really can be called punk. But I do have one tattoo. Its above my left ankle and is the Pisces symbol. All my shirts are one of the following colors: black, blue, red, and white. I would love to have a pair of boots like the ones in Tomb Raider. I have recently become addicted to purple/black yarn like Lorna's Laces Black Purl.

2. What are your five favorite things? (these don't have to be knit related)
Reading, watching movies (any with Angelina Jolie), listening to podcasts on the Ipod, Colorado, Victorian homes (especially the one in the tv show Charmed)

3. What are your three favorite things that you have made with knitting/crochet?
Dishcloths, Socks, Hermione Cable & Bobble Hat and Mittens (found in Charmed Knits)

4. What five things would you love to see in a swap box someday?
Lock Ring Markers by Clover, The Baby Surprise Jacket pattern by Elizabeth Zimmermann, something to share with the hubby and kids, anything unique from my spoiler's state/city, anything camouflage patterned

5. What are your three favorite yarns? What are your three least favorite yarns? Favorite Yarns: Wool, Alpaca, Organic Cotton
Least Favorite Yarns: I don't think I have any least favorite yarns but I don't like scratchy yarns

6. What are your five favorite delicacies?
Sushi, Lobster, Home made fudge, Cheesecake, Bagels and cream cheese

7. What are your three favorite guilty pleasures?
Playing Tomb Raider, White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks, chocolate covered strawberries

8. What are the five things you look forward to every week?
Ghost Hunters, Grey's Anatomy, the NASCAR race, quiet time with the Chief, sleeping in on the weekends

9. What do you collect?
Pegasus, Wizards, Egyptian theme items, anything with a triquetra

10. When is your birthday?
March 14th

11. Do you have any wish lists?
My Wish List

12. What would you like your pal to know that is not covered here?
I have only been knitting for the past few years but have crocheted since I was in high school back in the 80s. I spent 9 1/2 years in the US Navy with 5 years on an aircraft carrier. My two small boys are a handful. One is 4 years and the other is 21 months. Sometimes I miss living in Pueblo, Colorado. Bright neon colors make my eyes hurt. My all time favorite scent is lavender. My favorite NFL team is the San Diego Chargers and my favorite NASCAR driver is Jeff Burton. Plus I have all of the Harry Potter books and have been sorted into Ravenclaw.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Hand Dyed Yarn Swap

This lovely hand dyed sock yarn came from Corey of Fired Up Fairy Knits. It was for the first round of the Hand-Dyed Yarn Swap. I also received some Swedish Fish and Jujubees. The Swedish Fish got eaten very quickly by the Chief and I. The name of the yarn is "English Rose" and will make a great pair of socks to stand out from all my blue and green socks. Corey also has an Etsy store - Fired Up Fairy Knits. I am trying to be a good girl but that Tequila Sunrise is soooo very pretty.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Sock-it-to-me Sunday

Slow progress has been made on Jaywalker 2. I am still on the gusett part. But I did get some of the leg part done on the Dream Socks. I did most of that knitting at the Cat Bordhi event friday night here in Portland. I hope to get some more of the Jaywalker done this week and possibly some of the Clapotis worked on. I am about half way thru the straight section.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Saturday Sky and more...

A cloudy day in Hillsboro

Last night I was able to go see Cat Bordhi at the World Forestry Center here in Portland. I took the MAX train instead of driving. Which is pretty good since there was very little parking. Apparently there was a concert going on at the zoo. There were sample socks from her new book "New Pathways for Sock Knitters". I am so glad that I was able to go.

Not only did I get Cat's autograph but I even won a skein of Socks that Rock Heavyweight in "Sherbert". It's very bright but I love it anyway. Honestly, I am not sure what I am gonna knit with it but I will figure out something. Also check out Cat's YouTube videos. She shows a variety of techniques including Judy's Magic Cast-on (which can be found in Cat's new book).

Friday, August 17, 2007

Sockapalooza 4 socks in the house

Pattern: Bordello Socks (on the yarn label)
Yarn: Fleece Artist Sea Wool
Color: Fruit Punch
Needles: Lantern Moon Sox Stix (Ebony, Size 3)

They are Sockapalooza 4 socks!!! They had a very long journey to get to me. All the way from Seattle!!! Okay so it wasn't that far. They just came down I-5. One day we actually plan to go up to Seattle. Just havcn't decided when that will happen. For her first pair of socks, Katie did a great job. And she just had a baby boy last month. So pop on over to her blog and check out her new wee one.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Hail to the Chief

Happy Birthday!!!

Here they are - two of the three men that I live with. The other one was taking a nap at the time. But what can I say about the father of my children. We had meet on the USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75). Both of us just happened to be in the Combat Systems Department but we were in different divisions so we actually didn't see each other that often. But then one thing lead to another and then there was Nathan. A few years later, Nicholas arrived. And now, here we are in our first house and I can honestly say that I am very happy to have said "yes".

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Sock-it-to-me Sunday

For the Jaywalker 2, I had to completely undue the first try as it was not striping like I wanted it to. The second attempt came out much better and I am now on the gusset part. The other sock is the first in the pair of "Priscilla's Dream Socks" from the Favorite Socks book. It is being knitted with Socks that Rock Silke in "Walking on the Wild Tide". I am all the way up to the foot part. The short row heel took me a tad longer but I liked how it came out. As soon as I get these socks done than I will start the "Solstice Slip" socks from the June kit of the Rockin' Sock Club 2007.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Saturday Sky and more...

Tigard, Oregon

While the Blue Angels were flying overhead here in Hillsboro, I was at a meeting with the charter Oregon chapter for the Crochet Guild of America. The group is called "Always in Stitches" and meets once a month at the Joann's in Tigard. Yes, I crochet. And I have no problem saying that. I have been crocheting since I was in high school. I have only been knitting for the past few years. I also sew and hope one day to have time to work on spinning with my drop spindle. Anyway, I was very good and only came back with two small balls of Bernat Organic Natural Cotton - in Oasis and Desert Bloom. I did get two fat quarters to sew a small project bag. I'll take a picture when I finish the bag.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Well worth the wait...

With the US Navy Blue Angels* flying overhead, the long wait has come to an end and my tea package has arrived all the way from Kentucky. This lovely package was put together by Kelly of Knitting Knurse. It was well worth the wait. Check out that very cute stuffed bunny. That went straight to little Nicholas as he still loves his stuffed animals. He has a giant stuffed Hello Kitty that he gives hugs and kisses. I absolutely love the yarn. And Kelly was kind enough to send 3 balls of baby alpaca and 2 balls of Regia sock yarn. There is the Celestial Seasonings tea - 1 Honey Vanilla Chamomile and 1 Peppermint, which I love. And of course chocolate is always good. I am gonna have to spend some time reading the book - The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques. Something that can come in very handy. But the cutest item has to be the Tea for One - a stoneware teapot and cup nested into one. Big hugs and thanks to Kelly!!!

* The Blue Angels are here for an air show at the Hillsboro Airport.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Secret Pal 11

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
Wool and wool blends are good. Anything natural. But I am not a yarn snob and also have used Caron and Bernat. There are some pretty nice and soft acrylic yarns out today. What I don't like is scratchy yarn or squeaky yarn.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
I have a container for the DPNs and the circulars are kept in the binder with the Knit Picks Options Set. My straight needles have no home.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I had learned how to knit back in 2005. I had to learn by myself from books and the internet as my mother only crochets. I think I am an intermediate knitter but I am not afraid to try new patterns.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

My Wish List

5. What's your favorite scent?

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
yes, I love Lemonheads and those little pumpkin candies that come out around Halloween

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I also crochet (both yarn and thread), sew, do bead work, cross stitch, some plastic canvas work, and will soon be learning how to spin on a drop spindle.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I like all types of music (with the exception of rap). Yes, my computer and car stereo both play MP3s.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
I like blues, greens, purple, pink, red, camouflage, black. The only colors I really don't like are bright neon colors as they hurt my eyes.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I am married with two small boys. Nathan is 4 years old and Nicholas is 20 months. We do not have any pets.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
Yes, I wear all of them.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Right now socks are high on the list along with baby items. Small projects that don't take too much time are good.

13. What are you knitting right now?
That would be socks, dishcloths, and the never ending Clapotis.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
Yes, very much.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I have used all of them. But mostly straight aluminum. For hats I have been using circular.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
Yes, I have both.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?
That would be the crocheted afghan that I started back when I was still in the Navy. I just have to attach some of the flag squares and stars and then it would be done. But first I have to find the pieces.

18. What is your favorite holiday?

19. Is there anything that you collect?
Anything with an Ancient Egypt theme or an Asian theme. I also like wizards and Pegasus.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I would say that my top 3 on my book list would be: Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting, Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitting Workshop, and Getting Started Knitting Socks (Getting Started series). I am pretty set on needles but a size 5 and size 6 16" circulars will probably come in handy. I am looking at getting them from Knit Picks. It seems that I always miss the Yarn Pirate updates on her etsy site. That and the updates on the Loopy Ewe. There is one colorway of the Duet Socks Yarn that I would love and that is "Sailor Girl" - only because I used to be in the Navy. Currently I subscribe to Interweave Knits and Creative Knitting.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
Fair Isle, Intarsia and I someday want to knit my first sweater.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
yes - size 9 shoes with 9 1/2 inches circumference and 9 3/4 inches in length

23. When is your birthday?
March 14th - Pisces baby

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID?
yes - AngelaMarie

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Monkey Sock Swap III

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Monkey Sock Swap III

The basics:
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? An intermediate sock knitter

The measurements:
Shoe Size: US size 9
Foot circumference: 9 ½ inches
Foot length: 9 ¾ inches

Yarn Preferences:
What colors do you love? blues, greens, red, pink, purple, camouflage
Do you prefer solids or variegated? variegated
Do you prefer wool, cotton or acrylic yarn? Wool or Wool blends
What colors would you never wear? orange
What are your favorite brands of yarn? Lisa Souza, Socks that Rock, Lorna’s Laces, Koigu
Are there any new brands you would like to try? Yarn Pirate, Chewy Spaghetti, Wollmeise. Lavender Sheep

Cookie A. Patterns:
Which of her patterns have you already knit? Monkey
Which pattern(s) would you like to knit and don’t already own? Any of her patterns would be great. I already have the Twisted Flower Sock Pattern and the Rhiannon Sock Pattern.

Other pertinent information:
Would you be willing to have an international Monkey Pal or do you prefer one in the US? One in the US please
Do you have any allergies? none
Will your knitting be exposed to smoke or animals? nope
Are you on Ravelry yet? If you don’t mind having new friends, what is your Ravelry name? yes, my Ravelry name is AngelaMarie

Sign ups for the third round of the Monkey Sock Swap will go until the end of August. The swap will be from September 1st to November 1st. So go sign up for the swap. You know you want to.

Monday, August 06, 2007

The Dog Days of Summer

Today was a good mail day. My package from the "Dog Days of Summer" swap arrived. This great package came from Paula of Basset Knitter. Even little Nicholas received something in the form of an adorable bib. He gets a tad messy at meal times. And I loved how she totally got my love for lavender. There is the lavender soap, candle, and dried lavender flowers from her own garden. I have every intention of planting a lavender bush in the back yard. I love the yarn she picked out for me. It's Louet Sales 100% Wet Spun long linen. The color is Pink Panther. I have always wanted to try to knit with linen yarn. The doggie measuring tape will come in handy and of course chocolate is always good. So a big thank you to Paula.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Two socks and a mouse...

Today's Sock-it-to-me Sunday was slightly delayed due to the arrival of a new visitor who I saw in the garage. I had never before seen a mouse until now and I screamed like a little girl. And then later on in the evening, I saw the effing mouse in the pantry and found out how he was getting in. So that entrance will be sealed tomorrow. But on the socks, I am almost finished with the leg portion of Jaywalker 2 and have started a pair of "Priscilla's Dream Socks" from the Favorite Socks book with Socks that Rock Silke in "Walking on the Wild Tide" from the Rockin' Sock Club 2007 April kit. The pattern that came with the kit just wasn't working for me but I love the yarn.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Saturday Sky

Hillsboro, Oregon

Edit: I was actually born in San Diego and my father was in the Army. When my parents split, mom moved us to Pueblo, Colorado which I still consider home. I graduated from Pueblo Central in 1988. That explains why I have the Pueblo Chieftain and KOAA linked in the sidebar. I actually met Mike Daniels back in 1989 and still have an autographed picture of him and two short letters from him.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Knit One, Tea Two

Knit 1 Tea 2

1. Do you like loose tea or bags, or both – something you want to try?
I normally use bags but I have used loose tea as well.

2. What is your favorite kind of tea (Brand, flavor, variety, etc)?
Celestial Seasonings, Tazo, and Republic of Tea. My favorite is Chamomile.

3. Favorite color in regards to tea or one you would like to try? (black, green, red, and white) (keeping in mind that this is how this swap is set up).
I prefer green tea or white tea. I did try some black tea once and I got a tad nauseous. So I had to throw it out.

4. Would you say you were a tea pot kind of person or just a hot water heater kind?
Currently a hot water heater kind as I don't have a tea pot.

5. What tea accessories would you like but have never purchases for yourself?
The only tea accessory that I currently have is a tea strainer. So any type of accessory would be great.

6.How do you prefer to be pampered? (examples: mani/pedi, bubble bath, yummy treat, etc). Right now I would settle for some peace and quiet from two small boys. Other than that, a massage is always good. I had one when I was about 8 months pregnant with Nicholas and my back muscles were relaxed for days afterward. But I wouldn't turn down a manicure and a pedicure.

7. If you were a kind of yarn what would you be and why? Superwash wool - Soft, warm, and machine washable. Preferably in the camouflage colorway.

8. If you had to knit/crochet baby booties, a fun fur scarf, or a fair isle sweater, which would you choose and why? I would probably crochet baby booties with some size 10 crochet thread and trim them with beads and ribbon. They look really cute and heirloomy.

9. What other event would make you skip a tea party? (A garden party? A book club meeting? A yoga class? Opening night for a new action thriller? etc?)
I would have to skip the tea party for a chance to meet Jeff Burton (driver of the 31 car). I don't know what it is about him but I just drool every time I hear him talk.

10. What treat would you consider essential at your tea party? (Sweet? Salty? Scones? Those petite pastry trays with a couple of all sorts of things? Little crust less sandwiches?)
I think that I would like scones, cute lil Petits Fours, crustless sandwiches. Really anything yummy would be fine.

11. When buying yarn for a project how do you choose - do you buy the one called for or do you substitute?
It depends on the cost of the yarn. But if I really want to try the yarn then I will find a way to get it. But I have no problem picking a substitute yarn.

12. What do you carry your knitting/crocheting in when on the go?
I have a few small project bags that I have received from other swaps.

13. Favorite movie to watch while knitting/crocheting?
Tomb Raider (both of them)

14. Are you a traditional tea cup kind of person or a mug type of person? Do you care if they match?
So far all I have used are mugs and they don't need to match.

15. Favorite childhood birthday party?
Actually, I don't remember many of my childhood birthday parties. But my mom used to bakes all of our cakes herself and one year she made me a cake with Strawberry Shortcake on it.

16. Favorite type of scone and jam?
I like cinnamon scones and my favorite jam is strawberry.

17. If you use candles, what is your favorite scent? Lavender

18. If you could choose 3 people to have 'tea' with, who would they be and why? (famous or not, living or dead).
1- My Great Aunt Joan of Arc, she passed on earlier this year and was always fun to be around. She liked to call herself just one of the girls.

2- My Nana (my mother's mom), my mom was heartbroken when she passed on. She didn't speak a word of english so I would have to learn Spanish to talk to her.

3- My mother, she managed to raise three children on her own and never complained. My folks split when I was 11 years old.

19. You've been invited to a tea party, what 'props' will you wear (formal or casual)? I am more of a casual girl but I would wear a simple summer dress with a large floppy hat to keep the sun out of my eyes.

20. Any allergies/preferences you have or are willing to admit to?
I don't have any allergies but the hubby is allergic to cats. Plus I do not like cigarette smoke.

21. Anything we missed that you want your pal to know? I love ancient Egypt and I still play games on my Playstation 2. The Tomb Raider games are my favorites. I spent 9 1/2 years in the US Navy with 5 years on an aircraft carrier (the USS Harry S Truman).

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Sockapalooza 4

Sockapalooza 4 socks

Pattern: Cascading Leaves by Jeanie Townsend
Yarn: Lisa Souza Sock! in Mombassa
Needles: US size 2 (2.75mm) DPNs

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Wordless Wednesday