Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Sock Update

One sock down and one to go… I really love how these two colors look together and I am not even in Slytherin. But I am thinking about making me a pair in Ravenclaw colors. These socks will be done this week as they need to go to their new home out east somewhere.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Sock-it-to-me Sunday

I didn't get much done on the other two pairs of socks. Right now I am focusing on getting this Slytherin sock done for the Hogwarts Sock Swap II.


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, October 22, 2007

Just A Girl

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Saturday Sky


It finally stopped raining long enough to take a Saturday Sky picture. I had the fun of going grocery shopping in the rain. But thankfully it slowed down somewhat so I didn't get too wet running into the grocery store. Other than that, not much going on today.

Friday, October 19, 2007

HSKS III Quiditch Round III

1. What was the name of the book Dumbledore left for Hermione in his will?
a. The Tales of Beedle the Bard
b. The Tales of Bard and Beedle
c. The Stories of Beedle and Bard
d. The Adventures of Beedle and Bard

2. Whose sign was on Xenophilius Lovegood's chest?
a. The Dark Mark
b. Gregovitch
c. Rowena Ravenclaw
d. Grindewald

3. Was October 30, 1980 the night that Lilly and James Potter died?
a. Yes
b. No

4. What's another name for the Elder Wand?
a. Deathstick
b. Stick of Destiny
c. Deathwand
d. Wand of Death

5. Whose Potterwatch code name was 'Rodent'?
a. George
b. Lee
c. Arthur
d. Fred

6. What was so special about the peacocks at the Malfoy Manor?
a. They were all black
b. They weren't peacocks at all
c. They were twice as big as normal peacocks
d. They were all white

7. Who does Harry say was "probably the bravest man I knew?"
a. Snape
b. Neville
c. Dumbledore
d. Lupin

8. What thing was Lockhart giving Hagrid advice about getting out of a well?
a. Hinkypunks
b. Kelpies
c. Grindylows
d. Flesh Eating Slugs

9. What was the occupation of Colin Creevey's father?
a. Mailman
b. Fireman
c. Bus Driver
d. Milkman

10. Which Professor of Hogwarts was a dueling champion when he was young?
a. Flintwick
b. Dumbledore
c. Snape
d. Lockhart

Picture Scavenger Hunt
You can either post these pictures on your blog or provide a link to where they can be found.

(Bonus Point: Who made the kit?) - Ansley

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Sock-it-to-me Sunday

. Three pairs of socks on the needles. I must be crazy. The two socks above are being knitted with Socks that Rock Lightweight in "Firebird" and "In the Navy". The Firebird colorway is the June Sock Kit from the Rockin' Sock Club 2007 and is the "Solstice Slip" pattern. I am a tad behind in the club sock knitting. The other sock is for The Chief and will be a basic toe-up sock. The sock below is for my Hogwarts Sock Swap II Pal so there is really not much I can say about the sock right now. Obviously, it is being knitted in Slytherin colors. That is all I am willing to say at this time.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Saturday Sky and more...

A break in the rain...

The Boys... They are both growing so much. Nathan is talking more and more each day. Nicholas is trying to talk. Despite the fact that they are 3 years apart, Nicholas only weighs 8 pounds less than Nathan.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

More Exchange Goodies...

I found these goodies in the traveling mug of my Knit One, Tea Too package. Didn't think to look in there until my pal, Lauren, mentioned it in a coment. Thank you Lauren!!!

Knitters' Coffee Swap III

1. Whole bean or ground?
ground please, I don't have a grinder at home

2. Fully-loaded or decaf?

3. Regular or flavored?

4. How do you drink your coffee?
In a mug with sugar and flavored cream

5. Favorite coffee ever?
White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks

6. Are you fussy about your coffee or will any old bean do?
I actually don't buy the usual brands like Folgers and Maxwell House. Mostly I have been buying Longbottom Coffee. It's made right here in Hillsboro. Plus I love the coffee from Starbucks.

7. Favorite treats to have with your coffee?
scones or Panera bagels with cream cheese

8. Anything else about your coffee preferences?
Not that I can think of right now.

9. Yarn/fiber you love?
I love sock yarn - especially hand-dyed sock yarn. Plus I love cotton and cotton blends. I have recently used Bernat Organic Cotton which is very soft. Mostly I use Sugar n' Cream and Peaches n' Cream. I would love to try the CotLin from Knit Picks.

10. Yarn/fiber you hate?
I don't really hate any yarn. All yarn is there for a reason. But I am not too fond of scratchy yarn.

11. What's on your needles?
Socks, dishcloths, a HP Ravenclaw scarf, the Clapotis (still)

12. Favorite colors?
Blues, greens, purple, black, red, pink, camouflage

13. Allergies?
I don't have any but The Chief is allergic to cats. Plus I don't care for cigarette smoke.

14. Anything you really love, really don't like, or just need to get off your chest?
I love chocolate and lavender scented items. Halloween is my favorite holiday. My favorite candy this time of the year is Brach's Mellowcreme Pumpkins.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Blame It On The Weatherman

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Birthday Craziness

I was bored and blog surfing when I found this Birthday Calender.

14 March 1970
Your date of conception was on or about 21 June 1969 which was a Saturday.
You were born on a Saturday
under the astrological sign Pisces.
Your Life path number is 7.

Your fortune cookie reads:
Don't forget, you are always on our minds.

Life Path Compatibility:
You are most compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 1, 5 & 7.
You should get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 4 & 22.
You may or may not get along well with those with the Life Path number 9
.You are least compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 2, 3, 6, 8 & 11.

The Julian calendar date of your birth is 2440659.5.
The golden number for 1970 is 14.
The epact number for 1970 is 22.
The year 1970 was not a leap year.

Your birthday falls into the Chinese year beginning 2/6/1970 and ending 1/26/1971.
You were born in the Chinese year of the Dog.

Your Native American Zodiac sign is Wolf; your plant is Plantain.

You were born in the Egyptian month of Pachons, the first month of the season of Shomu (Harvest).

Your date of birth on the Hebrew calendar is 6 AdarII 5730.
Or if you were born after sundown then the date is 7 AdarII 5730.

The Mayan Calendar long count date of your birthday is which is12 baktun 17 katun 16 tun 10 uinal 15 kin

The Hijra (Islamic Calendar) date of your birth is Saturday, 6 Muharram 1390 (1390-1-6).

The date of Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 29 March 1970.
The date of Orthodox Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 26 April 1970.
The date of Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) on your birth year was Wednesday 11 February 1970.
The date of Whitsun (Pentecost Sunday) in the year of your birth was Sunday 17 May 1970.
The date of Whisuntide in the year of your birth was Sunday 24 May 1970.
The date of Rosh Hashanah in the year of your birth was Thursday, 1 October 1970.
The date of Passover in the year of your birth was Tuesday, 21 April 1970.
The date of Mardi Gras on your birth year was Tuesday 10 February 1970.

As of 10/10/2007 1:01:09 AM EDT
You are 37 years old.
You are 451 months old.
You are 1,961 weeks old.
You are 13,724 days old.
You are 329,377 hours old.
You are 19,762,621 minutes old.
You are 1,185,757,269 seconds old.

Celebrities who share your birthday:
Taylor Hanson (1983)
Kirby Puckett (1961)
Billy Crystal (1947)
Michael Caine (1933)
Quincy Jones (1933)
Frank Borman (1928)
Hank Ketcham (1920)
Les Brown (1912)
Albert Einstein (1879)

Top songs of 1970
Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel
I'll Be There by Jackson Five
Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head by B.J. Thomas
Close to You by Carpenters
My Sweet Lord by George Harrison
I Think I Love You by Partridge Family
Ain't No Mountain High Enough by Diana Ross
American Woman by Guess Who
War by Edwin Starr
Let It Be by Beatles

Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 5.37142857142857 years old. (You're still chasing cats!)

Your lucky day is Thursday.
Your lucky number is 3 & 7.
Your ruling planet(s) is Jupiter & Neptune.
Your lucky dates are 1st, 10th, 19th, 28th.
Your opposition sign is Virgo.
Your opposition number(s) is 5.

Today is not one of your lucky days!

There are 156 days till your next birthday
on which your cake will have 38 candles.

Those 38 candles produce 38 BTUs,
or 9,576 calories of heat (that's only 9.5760 food Calories!) .

You can boil 4.34 US ounces of water with that many candles.

In 1970 there were approximately 3.7 million births in the US.
In 1970 the US population was approximately 203,302,031 people, 57.4 persons per square mile.
In 1970 in the US there were approximately 2,158,802 marriages (10.6%) and 708,000 divorces (3.5%)
In 1970 in the US there were approximately 1,921,000 deaths (9.5 per 1000)
In the US a new person is born approximately every 8 seconds.
In the US one person dies approximately every 12 seconds.

In 1970 the population of Australia was approximately 12,663,469.
In 1970 there were approximately 257,516 births in Australia.
In 1970 in Australia there were approximately 116,066 marriages and 12,198 divorces.
In 1970 in Australia there were approximately 113,048 deaths.

Your birthstone is Aquamarine -->

The Mystical properties of Aquamarine
Aquamarine is often used to experience love and mercy. It is said to help ease depression and grief.

Some lists consider these stones to be your birthstone. (Birthstone lists come from Jewelers, Tibet, Ayurvedic Indian medicine, and other sources)
Jade, Rock Crystal, Bloodstone

Your birth tree is
Lime Tree, the Doubt
Accepts what life dishes out in a composed way, hates fighting, stress and labour, tends to laziness and idleness, soft and relenting, makes sacrifices for friends, many talents but not tenacious enough to make them blossom, often wailing and complaining, very jealous, loyal.

There are 76 days till Christmas 2007!
There are 89 days till Orthodox Christmas!
The moon's phase on the day you were born was waxing crescent.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Saturday Sky and more...

Clouds rolling in...over Hillsboro

Pattern: "Monkey" by Cookie A.
Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss in Concord Grape
Needles: US size 2 (2.75 mm) and US size 1 1/2 (2.5 mm) DPNs

Friday, October 05, 2007

Exchange Goodies

This lovely package came from Lauren of GreenT-Knits. Check out the package. There is not one, not two, not three, but four boxes of tea. And they are all ones I love. Plus there was two packages of scone mix. Very yummy!!! All the yarny goodness from 3 balls of Peaches n' Cream cotton, Patons, and Lion Brand Wool-Ease. The Halloween candy was the greatest. Plus travel mugs always come in handy and this one came with its own knitted cozy. The whole package was great. Big thanks to Lauren!!!

from Brenda in California

Thursday, October 04, 2007

HSKS III Quiditch Round II

1. In Deathly Hallows what does Harry step on when exiting his room to wash his cut?
a. A small figurine
b. A saucer
c. A teacup
d. A coffee cup

2. Which two members of the Order of Phoenix came to escort the Dursleys to a safe place?
a. Arthur Weasley and Kingsley Shacklebolt
b. Dedalus Diggle and Hestia Jones
c. Dedalus Diggle and Kingsley Shacklebolt
d. Arthur Weasley ad Hestia Jones

3. In order to throw off the Death Eaters, several of Harry's friends take Polyjuice Potion to resemble him and each Harry goes with a different member of the Order of the Phoenix to a different location. Where do Ron (disguised as Harry) and Tonks go?
a. Auntie Muriel's house
b. Tonks' parent's house
c. Kingsley's house
d. Mad-Eye Moody's house

4. At Bill and Fleur's wedding, Harry must disguise himself by taking Polyjuice Potion and takes on the appearance of a redheaded Muggle boy from Ottery St. Catchpol. He was introduced to wedding guests as Cousin . . .
a. Jimmy
b. Davy
c. Barny
d. Willy

5. Kingsley sends a message via Patronus to warn the Weasleys and wedding guests of the coming Death Eaters. What form does his Patronus take?
a. A German shepherd
b. A lynx
c. A bobcat
d. A coyote

6. In the Half-Blood Prince what drink does Romilda Vane try to give Harry?
a. Pumpkin Juice
b. Elf-Made Wine
c. Butterbeer
d. Gillywater

7. What is the name of the person that heads the Holyhead Harpies?
a. Gwenog Jones
b. Glen Jones
c. Gwenog Smith
d. Glen Smith

8. What tattoo is Harry reported to have on his chest?
a. Blast Ended Skrewt
b. Hippogriff
c. Unicorn
d. Mermaid

9. What color robes do the staff at Weasley's shop wear?
a. Buttercup
b. Magenta
c. Royal Blue
d. Aqua

10. Where do Nicolas Flamel and his wife Perenelle live?
a. Kent
b. Surrey
c. Manchester
d. Devon

Picture Scavenger Hunt
You can either post these pictures on your blog or provide a link to where the pictures are located.

A Gryffindor Quidditch Uniform
A Hufflepuff Quidditch Uniform A Ravenclaw Quidditch Uniform

A Slytherin Quidditch Uniform

A Picture of the Room of Requirement

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

The Stitch Marker Exchange V

Two sets received and only one set to go. I just barely got my sets out today. So they are now winging their way across the country (to Minnesota, the UK, and Canada). Thank you to Rebecca and Barbara for the lovely stitch markers. They will come in handy.

Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival 2007

Here are some pictures from the Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival. We had gone on Saturday, the 22nd. The boys had great fun looking at the animals. I think that Nathan loved the alpaca best of all. When we first arrived, lil Nicholas went with daddy to go look at the animals while Nathan and I went to find the Blue Moon Fibers booth. We didn't stay long there as Nathan tried to help himself to someone's popcorn.

Family time with the boys
(pic taken by Monica of Animorphia...diving the Mind)

A Swell Yarn Shop

Hacho sock yarn (Double Fuschia) from Abundant Yarn & Dyeworks

Duet Sock Yarn (Fall Leaves) from A Swell Yarn Shop - The Chief picked out this sock yarn. He has good taste in colorways.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Monkeys from Vermont

Monkey Sock Swap III

Here is the great package I received from my upstream Monkey pal. This lovely package traveled all the way across country from Rachel of Vermont. Oddly enough, Vermont is the only New England state that I had not been to when I was stationed up at NAS Brunswick (Maine). The one thing I remember about Maine was all the lobster. Thank you Rachel!!!