Monday, October 30, 2006

Branching Out

I've had three balls of Debbie Bliss Cotton DK in my stash for almost a year now. I bought it back when I had no idea how much yarn you really needed to make things. Now I know about how much yarn a sweater takes vs. a scarf. I already have way too many scarves from the days when that was about all I knew how to make... but I decided to do the Branching Out scarf from Knitty. I figure I'll stash it away for a last minute Christmas gift. It was one of those projects that wasn't really my style, so it was hard to get excited about making it. I've been trying to take in patterns and not yarn lately, in hopes of finding fun projects to match up to the yarns in my stash. Fellow knitters, how do you handle it when you come across that yarn you just can't resist, whether because of the yarn, the price or both? Do you take the plunge and figure the perfect project will come along? Or do you furiously try to think of a project to justify the purchase?

Fiber Festival

This Saturday Hubba Bubba and I went to the Harvest and Fiber Festival at Cannonsburgh Village . We saw sheep being shorn, fibers being spun, cloggers, lye soap making and quite possibly the best part was the homemade fried pies. I limited myself to 3 skeins of sock yarn... HB was quite impressed with my restraint. Check out the pictures here.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Hmmm.... Mohair

What kind of yarn are you?

You are Mohair.You are a warm and fuzzy type who works well with others, doing your share without being too weighty. You can be stubborn and absolutely refuse to change your position once it is set, but that's okay since you are good at covering up your mistakes.
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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Prayer Request Update

Jennifer came through surgery with flying colors, and is home recuperating. Visit her blog and send her hugs and kisses!

P.S. Did you know they have special hospital gowns that work similarly to the old bonnet-style hairdryers? You stick in a hose and warm air flows over your cold arse! I need that to beat the chill this winter...

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Prayer Request

Dear Lord,
Tomorrow morning my best friend will be having a pretty big surgery. I know you've been hearing alot about it, so I'll be brief. Please keep her hiney covered, her feet warm, and oh yes, let this surgery be a blessing.


Tuesday, October 17, 2006

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Monday, October 16, 2006

oooo... pick me! pick me!

I just love a contest. My SP 9 hostess is having a contest... no idea the prize, but I just like to play. I have to answer the following questions... so here goes:
1. Where is your favorite knitting spot? I wouldn't say its my favorite, but I do most knitting in the car while Hubba Bubba drives us to work.
2. If you suddenly could never knit again (shudder) - what would you do instead? Thats easy, I'd finally clean my house, keep it clean and sew cute curtains and pillows like I always say I am going do one of these days.
3. If you could travel anywhere in the world - where would you go and why? New Orleans, circa 2003, when we went there on our honeymoon. I just don't think it will feel the same ever again.
4. When you were little - What did you want to do "when you grew up?" Are you doing it? I always said I would be a librarian... and that is not what I do now.
5. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Pistachio

Friday, October 13, 2006


If you're in the vicinity of Nashville on Saturday, make plans to swing by the "Biscuits and Bluegrass" festival at the legendary Loveless Cafe. It should be a great day for a drive in the country... and every day is a great day for biscuits!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

oh yeah... I'm still knitting

I feel like I haven't posted much about my knitting projects lately... I posted about the baby sweater a while back, but here's an update on some recent FOs and almost FOs. I started a pair of socks for Hubba Bubba back in March. Sock 1 flew off the needles, but sock 2 ended up getting frogged about midway through. I thought I was somewhere close to the correct starting place in the color variegation... but it was looking like a very different sock than number 1. I finally finished sock 2 and started in on the Brea purse in the most gorgeous Frog Tree yarn. I am now knitting this pattern for myself is this intriguing yarn I found at Michael's.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Autumn in Nashville

I just took a short walk outside at work. The sky is the most amazing clear blue, a shade that no picture can do justice. Fall in Middle TN is a nostalgic time for me, as I fell in love and got married this time of year. I grew up in Michigan, which is know for dazzling diplays of fall color. The fall time here is less about sights and more about a feeling. It brings a sense of relief that the blazing heat and humidity have moved on for the year. The haze of summer lifts off the land and off your shoulders. We know that it still stays relatively warm, but your mind still turns to hot chocolate, pumpkin patches, football games and that comforting soft layer of a friendly old sweater.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Secret Pal 9 questionnaire

I had a wonderful time with Secret Pal 8... so I'm back for more!

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I'm a big fan of the soft wools... Anything you just want to snuggle up with. I'm not crazy about eyelash yarns.
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? I recently moved from one needle case to two.
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I've been knitting for 1 year, 9 mos. I'd say I'm intermediate.
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Yes, check out my Amazon list here and my Sephora list here
5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.) Fig, vanilla, ginger, apple
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? I try to steer clear, but when I do indulge it's dark chocolate all the way
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I recently was gifted a hand spindle, but by no means do I call myself a spinner
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) I work every day to promote the idea that music is property, so please don't go burning a cd on my behalf!
9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand? Green, red, blue, black, orange. I'm pretty open to anything.
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? I live in the almost country with my hubba bubba and our old lady Labrador Retriever, Sadie.
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? Yes, yes, yes, no.
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? Purses!
13. What are you knitting right now? See #12
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? Very much so
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? Anything works for me, as long as its not the 14" straight needles.
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? Yes to both
17. How old is your oldest UFO? Almost 4 hours ( I really got caught up this weekend)
18. What is your favorite holiday? Jesus' b-day
19. Is there anything that you collect? Vintage fabrics, YARN
20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? No magazine subscriptions currently. I'm interested in the Mel Clark/Tracey Ullman knitting book
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? Hmmm. Knitting sweaters that fit.
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? Yes... I've knit two pairs in a row and have two more planned.
23. When is your birthday? 02/22