Aug 19, 2007

Knit 1 Tea 2 Questionairre

Knit 1 Tea 2 Color Swap Questionnaire
1. Do you like loose tea or bags, or both – something you want to try?
I prefer bags….but I’m willing to try loose tea

2. What is your favorite kind of tea (Brand, flavor, variety, etc)?
Any flavor of mighty leaf tea found here

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).

4. Would you say you were a tea pot kind of person or just a hot water heater kind? I like tea pots.

5. What tea accessories would you like but have never purchases for yourself?
I’d love one of those tea pots that sits on top of the cup – like they’re all one piece.

6. How do you prefer to be pampered? (examples: mani/pedi, bubble bath, yummy treat, etc). Mani/Pedi!

7. If you were a kind of yarn what would you be and why?
Cotton – useful in all types of weather….

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 knit the baby booties….much easier and I love to see them on their little feet.

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?) A chance to get from free Tilly thomas Yarn – the one with the beads on it.

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?) Petite Fours….you need something to go with the tea….

11. When buying yarn for a project how do you choose - do you buy the one called for or do you substitute? I try to buy the yarn called for if I can get it. Otherwise – I’ll buy one of the suggested substitute.

12. What do you carry your knitting/crocheting in when on the go?
In my ridiculously large purse.

13. Favorite movie to watch while knitting/crocheting?
Any movie will do….

14. Are you a traditional tea cup kind of person or a mug type of person? Do you care if they match? I like traditional tea cups and yes the plate has to match.

15. Favorite childhood birthday party?
5th birthday party…..lots of friends and food

16. Favorite type of scone and jam?
I haven’t tried a scone yet – but I prefer anything that would go with peach or strawberry jam.

17. If you use candles, what is your favorite scent?
Vanilla from Bath & Body Works

18. If you could choose 3 people to have 'tea' with, who would they be and why? (famous or not, living or dead). Oprah, My Mother & My Aunt Cherri

19. You've been invited to a tea party, what 'props' will you wear (formal or casual)? Formal – I love playing dress up – definitely the gloves

20. Any allergies/preferences you have or are willing to admit to?
No allergies
Anything we missed that you want your pal to know? Nope

Finishing is catching on!

Apparently I’ve had a burst of finishing itis – and here is proof! I finished all the ends of all my many dishcloths that I’ve been making for most of my friends. So what did I do to reward myself with the finishing of all my dishcloths? I started making the Argosy Baby Blanket – found here in the Bernat Cotton. It’s pretty cool cos I bought the yarn on ebay about two years ago and found it when re-organizing my stash.

Now I must tell you – I hate reading instructions or working on patterns that require a whole lot of attention. I hate to admit it – but if the pattern doesn’t have an easy pattern to memorize – I’m not real interested in working on it. I see all the cool patterns that I aspire to knit and probably bought all of them so as I grow in my knitting – I will have a pattern to work on when I reach that point in my knitting maturity.

The other thing about knitting complicated patterns – I have tried using all of the cute knitting gadgets that allow you to count the rows as you knit – but nothing has worked for me better than my trusty pencil and post it. I guess every knitter has to find what works for them. Anyway – when I started the blanket the first time – I just about tore my hair out because I thought I had lost my mind completely with the pattern. Turns out it was my lack of attention to the pattern and not tracking where I was with my post-it and pencil. I think I tore it out about seven times before I put it down for about a month. Well some quiet time opened up in my schedule (ok I was knitting at two a.m.) because I refused to let myself be defeated by an easily memorizable pattern. Well lo and behold – the Argosy and I became friends! (I wish I had the same feeling about the Mason Dixon Ball Band Dishcloth) As you can see – I’ve made some progress on this lovely blanket and hope to have it finished by Christmas. We shall see.

I hope all of you had a great weekend. It was a balmy day weekend in Northern California. By the way –go see the The Bourne Ultimatum…..action from the first minute to the last. Matt Damon did really well in this movie.

Aug 15, 2007

Dog Days of Summer

I've been so busy reading all of your blogs - I just realized I forgot to post about all the cool stuff I got in my "Dog Days of Summer Swap" My pal is just so generous and we even share the same birthday! How cool is that!?! Here is a photo of the lovely box I received. Im searching for the perfect pattern to use this dishcloth yarn on she sent me! I got two not one cloth!!!! I may become a swap floozy (not ho - that implies that I will do anything for a swap) Ok that one tickled me. Thank you so much swap partner for all my goodies! She even included a minature shoe sure to enable my other fetish....loving my swap partner. I have to say though - I finally got my box together for my partner and it will be going out in the morning. I know for shame for shame....But I hope she really likes it. She is a dog lover so I included some stuff for folks who love dogs and helped with her chocolate fetish. I do believe I'm gonna be a swap lover. I really do like searching the stores and for the things that my swap partners like. Oh to be rich and afford all of the swaps that I want to do....One day...
I have no idea what Ravelry is and I had to just try to sign up. here is my status:
You signed up on August 7, 2007
You are #23623 on the list.
14281 people are ahead of you in line.
2626 people are behind you in line.
34% of the list has been invited so far

How come this silly thing never seems to change? It's been that way for the past two weeks. I'm beginning to think that y'all are making this up....Ravelry is not real. Ok - I've had a glass of haterade cos I'm not one of the cool kids on the ravelry site....

Aug 5, 2007

Starteris Progress

Well solving starteritis is easy....start finishing the projects you've started. I finished one! Yay! im on step two.....Step one is admittance - I've admitted that I have starteritis. Step two is picking up one project and finishing it. Here is a photo of one of the many projects I've started. I'm sending this lovely little project to our newest family member. I made this from the lionbrand diagonal baby blanket pattern. It was boring using one color so I went ahead and added a few more shades of blue to make it more interesting. I also made two more dishcloths from the biggest ball of cotton dishcloth that I came across when re-organizing my yarn. I'm on a mission to see how many cloths I can make from this one ball of yarn. I made the princess crown found here and a plain garter stitch cloth to go with it. Boring I know - but I had to knit something.....