Thursday, November 15, 2007
Let's start with the package from my Secret Pal. She sent this in October but I couldn't get pictures uploaded for awhile. Anyway, thank you to her! There are two skeins of knitpicks Superwash sock yarn and two circular needles in size one, which I don't have yet. There was also a pattern but I already filed that away in my knitting journal. Oh yeah, and there was a lot of candy in it too but that didn't last long.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
I do like to do most of the fall festivities. Yesterday we took the kids to a huge pumpkin patch that I thought would be fun for them. It had a corn maze, enchanted forest, goats, turkeys, camels (yes, the traditional fall camel) slides, fair type food, and tons of halloweeny things for sale. Oh yeah, and tons of people too. It was a little too commercial for me and definitely way too crowded. The older I get the less I tend to like crowds. Next year I think we'll stick to the old fashioned pumpkin patch sans camels!
Friday, October 5, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
Hmmm, let's see. I love food. A lot. Some of my favorites for fall are my husband's sweet potato waffles and pumpkin bread. I like to make roasted butternut squash, which is painfully easy but really good. It is also a good time for soups and stews. I'm a vegetarian so sometimes it is hard to find a good, filling vegetarian stew but one of my favorites is called San Franciso Corn and Black bean stew! It is so good!
I'm happy to post recipes if anyone is interested! Now I'll have to go surf the other blogs for more food ideas. Happy Eating!
Monday, September 24, 2007
My sister and I have a tradition that we've had since we were teenagers that we still do to usher in Fall. We go to the Yankee Peddler Festival.
It's a period arts and crafts festival. All of the vendors and artists are dressed like pioneers or at least that time period. We eat lots of food, check out the art. Then we go home and watch a really old version of the Legend if Sleepy Hollow. It is the one with a very young Jeff Goldblum as Ichabod Crane. Dick Butkis and the principal from "Welcome Back Kotter" is also in it. Yes, we are dorks. But, I love it and that is my favorite thing about fall!
Monday, September 17, 2007
So far I've only used Peaches and Cream and Sugar and Cream. I started knitting them on my bamboo straight needles but lately I've been knitting them with my Denise interchangeable ones. The cotton moves easier in the plastic (or whatever those are made of) than they do the bamboo. I usually use a size 5-7. I saw some nice organic cotton yarn at my LYS yesterday that I'd like to use call Inca cotton. I'd like to try that for some face cloths. The colors were very subdued and earthy (no dyes). Very soft, very pretty.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Well, I have only been knitting a for less than a year. But I do seem to be changing it up. I try to get a season appropriate project done but my daughter's cotton summer dress is only half done. Now that it is getting colder I want to start my Christmas knitting.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
I can crochet, but mainly I just knit. I only know the very basics of crochet.
2. Have you made dischloths before? Do you use them yourself, give them as gifts, or both?
I have made them before and I think I've given them all away as gifts.
3. What's your favorite cotton to make cloths from? What cotton would you like to try that you haven't before ?
My favorite is Peaches 'n' Cream. I would like to try a nice organic cotton for some face cloths sometime.
4. If you knit, do you prefer circular or straight needles? For all, do you prefer wooden, metal, or plastic needles?
For dishcloths, I tend to use straight, but circular are probably more versatile. I suppose overall I prefer wooden, but I love my metal addi needles and my plastic Denise needles. So, I guess, I'm easy to please.
5. What are your favorite colors? Any colors you don't like much?
I love lots of colors. It depends on my mood. The only colors I'm not crazy about are baby pastel like colors, olive drab type colors, or colors that I tend to associate with country crafts, like dusty rose.
6. What do you like best about Autumn?
I like the way the quality of the light changes, of course the leaves changing colors, and fall festivals! I love the festivals we go to in the fall from arts and crafts to pumpkin patches. It makes me happy and ushers in the holiday season!
7. Pies: Pumpkin? Apple? Pecan? All of em? or No Thanks!
Pumpkin, Apple and our family's traditional Raisin Pie!
8. When you were a kid, were you the one who couldn't wait to get started with school , or the one who overslept on the 1st day?
Hmmm, probably somewhere in between. I definitely hated getting up early after sleeping in all summer but I was excited to see my friends, etc. Plus my mom was a teacher (my french teacher) and my dad was the superintendent so it wasn't like I had much choice!
9. Do you celebrate Halloween? (The real key here guys is especially knowing if you have an aversion to the holiday or little goodies/decorations associated with it, given the timeframe of the swap)
I do celebrate it! Not just the fun trick or treat aspect but also the fall equinox and older traditions of the holiday as well. We try to observe the changing of the seasons and the origins of the holiday seasons with our children. It creates fun traditions and gives the holidays more meaning for them.
10. If you had to choose just 3 edible 'goodies' to eat for a full year, what 3 would you choose?
Only, three? Well, something chocolate and probably with peanut butter in it. Some kind of good cookie or brownie and for the halloween season, candy corns and salted peanuts mixed together!
11. Do you have any pets? Kids? Husbands who seem like kids? ;)
I have a husband, and together we have 5 kids, 2 together, 2 are his from his first marriage, and 1 from my first marriage. They range in age from 2 to 13, four girls and one boy. We also have 2 cats and 1 angora bunny.
12. If you were to describe a particular yarn that shares traits of your personality, what would it be and why?
I'll have to get back to you on this one. I tend to agonize about personality questions like this.
13. Do you use your cloths mostly for dishcloths, or as facecloths?
I use dishcloths that other people have made me as dishcloths but would to try to make some face cloths as well.
14. Favorite Fall Holiday: Halloween or Thanksgiving and why? (Feel free to share another fall memory if you do not celebrate either of these holidays)
It has got to be Halloween. It is just more fun and seems like more to do, more traditions, etc. The best thing about Thanksgiving to me is that I'm allowed to start listening to Christmas Carols and watching It's a Wonderful Life after the the parade.
15. Do you have any allergies or aversions your pal should know about?
No serious allergies. I just don't like licorice flavored things!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Last spring we got two Satin Angora rabbits. This made my daughter very happy, she had been wanting a pet rabbit for a long time. And I thought I could learn to spin and use the wool. Well so far I haven't learned to spin but have been saving their fur. Last week one of the bunnies, Rudy, was definitely not well. He let me pick him up and hold him with no struggle at all and even let me put him on his back and just lied there. I took him to the vet and we suspected wool block because he wasn't eating or drinking. After a few days of doing everything the vet suggested he seemed much better. We went out of town overnight and when we came back Sunday, he was dead in his cage. I feel terrible. Poor little bunny. His brother seems depressed now, they were litter mates. Sorry Rudy
Monday, August 6, 2007
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? I have a canvas paint brush roll that I use and I also found an old silk needle roll at a local vintage clothing store that I got for a few bucks. I am yet to find something that works well for my circulars.
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? My stepmother taught me to cast-on and knit stitch when I was a teenager but I didn't stick with it. Then I tried to teach myself and was discouraged by bad yarn choices and some other beginner mistakes. I finally took a class at my LYS last November and have been obsessed ever since. I guess I'd say I'm somewhere between an advanced beginner and intermediate.
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? just started a wist list! It is on the sidebar.
5. What's your favorite scent? I don't like strong artificial fragrances, they give me a headache. But if the source is natural, like from an essential oil or something then I love citrus type smells, vanilla,cinnamon, lots of herbs like basil, rosemary, pineapple sage. Just about anything woodsy and earthy like that and food smells!
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? That is about all I have! I love chocolate. Especially dark. I love chocolate with peanut butter and other sweet and salty combinations. I love cake, cookies, brownies, candy....the only candy I really don't like is anything licorice or jelly bean like. Hate mike and Ike's and stuff like that. I also don't like marshmallow or biscotti with anise and amaretto flavors. Anything else is a pretty sure bet!
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I do not spin but would like to learn. I love to needle felt, I make casts of pregnant bellies, faces, and pretty much whatever out of plaster, I also enjoy drawing although I don't make much time for it these days.
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) I have very eclectic taste in music. I love jazz, you know old jazz, stuff from the 40's, big band, Sinatra, Billie Holiday,... I also love John Denver, Indigo Girls, Sade, The Red Hot Chili Peppers,Tracey Chapman, Partridge Family, James Taylor, Beastie Boys, Harry Chapin, The Beatles, Loreena McKennit, Broadway showtunes, and the list goes on and on and on.... The only things I don't like are most country, christian pop/rock and pop music that is played every time I turn on the radio.
9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand? Can't pick a favorite...I love reds, blues, and greens, Pinks and oranges. Yellow is probably my least favorite. I like earth colors too. I like jewel tones. Not crazy about pastel shades or country crafty shades. I also don't like navy blue, forest green or burgundy. Love teals, turquoises, raspberry reds, lime green, mango....I don't like real muddy colors like drab olive tones.
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? Well, I'm married and the kids are his, mine and ours. Between the two of us we have five kids. I have two stepdaughters and three of my own kids. A 9 year old girl, 4 year old boy, and 2 year old girl. The youngest are ours together. We also have two cats and two angora bunnies.
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? Haven't worn a poncho since I was about 10 but I definitely wear the others.
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? I don't know yet. Ones that I finish I guess. I have enjoyed some of the felted bags that I've knit. Dishcloths are always fun since they are fast. I jsut did my first pair of socks which was cool. I have so many projects to try...
13. What are you knitting right now? I am trying to finish a cotton dress for my two year old, I just started a bib and baby blanket for my friend's baby and I have a sock on my needles somewhere.
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? Love to!
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? I like the versatility of the circulars, and I have the Denise Interchangeable kit. But I don't use them exclusively or anything. I use bamboo, aluminum, whatever the addi's are made of...I'm not that picky.
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? No, but I wish I did.
17. How old is your oldest UFO? My sister taught me to crochet years ago and I started this big acrylicy, brown is, ugly afghan. For good reason, I think it shall forever remain unfinished.
18. What is your favorite holiday? Gonna have to say Christmas, Halloween is a close second. I also love beltane (May Day) and we try to recognize the solstices and equinoxes with our kids.
19. Is there anything that you collect? Not officially but I am drawn to card decks, like tarot, animal spirit cards, the Osho Zen card deck. I like to use them for daily meditations and I just love the art of some of them. I also love fantasy things like fairies. And I have lots of books, especially reference type books like cookbooks, gardening, decorating, knitting (obviously), and other craft type books.
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 knitting subscriptions. I would like to get a good classic Knitting book like something from Elizabeth Zimmerman, there is a cute one called barefoot knits, Knitting for Peace, Fitted Knits...Too many yarns to list but I'll think about it. As for needles, I'd like to try something that a more experienced knitter loves. I'd like to try some of the Fleece Artist yarn sometime.
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? I just took a mobious knitting class which was really fun. I'd like to learn to spin and dye someday. So many other things to learn.....
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? Just started with socks. I wear a size 9 shoe (US) My feet are long and narrow. Ball of foot is 81/2 inches, Heel to toe is 10 in.
23. When is your birthday? March 26, 1975
24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID? I signed up for an invitation but am somewhere around number 15,000 on the waiting list.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
You are The Magician
Skill, wisdom, adaptation. Craft, cunning, depending on dignity.
Eleoquent and charismatic both verbally and in writing,
you are clever, witty, inventive and persuasive.
The Magician is the male power of creation, creation by willpower and desire. In that ancient sense, it is the ability to make things so just by speaking them aloud. Reflecting this is the fact that the Magician is represented by Mercury. He represents the gift of tongues, a smooth talker, a salesman. Also clever with the slight of hand and a medicine man - either a real doctor or someone trying to sell you snake oil.
What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.
Monday, July 9, 2007
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Harry and Ron
2."If he raided our house he'd have to put himself under arrest." Who say this?
3. When sitting on the wall next to Professor Dumbledore at the beginning of the book, who does Professor McGonagall bet was the wizard responsible for the shooting stars seen by Muggles over Kent?
4. Known by the students as Nearly Headless Nick, what was Nick's actual name?
Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington
5. When venturing into the Dark Forest with Hagrid for their detention, who is the first centaur Harry and Hermione see?
6. We know that Parvati Patil was sorted into Gryffindor house, but what house was her twin Padma sorted into?
7. What colour do the flames turn when you use Floo powder?
8. What colour tie was Cornelius Fudge wearing when he came to take Hagrid to Azkaban?
9. After running away from the Dursley's, Harry took up a room at the Leaky Cauldron. What number room did he stay in?
10. While Ron, Hermione, and his other classmates are in Hogsmeade, Harry stops in for a chat with Professor Lupin. What did Lupin tell Harry he had just taken delivery of for their next lesson?
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
2. List your favorite double-point needle brands, including size and length. Or would you prefer circulars?
I've only knitted socks with with circulars so far and I love the Addi's!
3. Would you like to try a new brand needle? If so, which brand? Size? Length?
Sure. I only have Addi's in size two and size 4 (two different lengths) So any other size, 0, 1, or 3 in circulars would be great. If there is a brand you like, I'd be happy to try them!
4. If you are a RAVENCLAW, do you prefer the colors in the film or the book? Do you have a strong preference? N/A
5. Do you have any allergies?
Nothing that I think pertains to the swap, unless you are going to send me something really dusty.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Monday, June 4, 2007
Friday, June 1, 2007
I got my package from Pheelya yesterday for the Knitter's Coffee Swap II and WOW!
I realize that I pretty much suck at taking decent pictures for this kind of thing but hopefully you'll get the idea. First of all she had three teddy bears,one for each of my kids, and some books for them as well. A book for me too, something to read while I wait for the last Harry Potter...(Pheelya is a librarian)
There was also two beautiful skeins of merino wool that I just love the color of and three skeins of a very soft and pretty blue yarn. Some wool wash was in there, an awesome big mermaid mug, two boxes of biscotti, some Harry Potter notecards, a really cute fairy sitting on a pretty glass orb, and oh, the coffee of course. Some great "Hawaiian Hazelnut" flavored coffee and Some Sumatra Coffee that I think I'll try in the morning. I have a feeling I'm forgetting something, there was so much in there. I was definitely spoiled! I love it all. Thank you so much Pheelya!!!
Friday, May 25, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
The Rules: Each person tagged gives seven random facts about themselves. Those tagged need to write in their blogs seven facts, as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and need to read your blog.
1. I did synchronized swimming for almost eight years as a kid. I was pretty good too. Ironically, I was really allergic to chlorine which caused my feet to itch so bad that I would practically scratch them raw each night after practice. Little did I know synchronized would become an olympic sport and almost cool in a retro kind of way. If only I had stuck with it I could have been in a red hot chili peppers video!
2. I was notoriously naughty as a small child. Neighbors still talk about how bad I was. I prefer to think I was just curious, strongwilled and misunderstood. Ok and maybe a little angry.
3. In contrast, I was the Canton McKinley Highschool's football homecoming queen in '93.
4. I became engaged to my highschool sweetheart when I was only 19 years old.
5. I went to work in Yellowstone National Park as a maid one summer during college. There, I fell in love with the West forever, fell in love with a wonderful hippie boy for a year or so and broke up with said highschool sweetheart, and got to pick up the dirty laundry of Mario Van Peeples, my closest celebrity-ish encounter to date. Oh wait, I met the members of Rusted Root around the same time too.
6. Ended up marrying that highschool not-so-sweet heart at 22, had a baby with him at 23, and got divorced at 26. I've since married the best man in the world for me, a quirky cross between Charles Ingalls and Vincent Price. We've had two more babies and are currently living happily ever after....
7. Hmm, last one. I need something very random and wierd. Got it! I hate the feel of raw, unfinished wood. It gives me chills in my teeth the way others would get from nails down a chalkboard. I can't touch wooden spoons without wrapping something around the handles. I also hate the feel of the kind of paper in trade paperbacks or newsprint. I have to use two bookmarks to hold the book open so I don't have to touch it!
I just tagged: Catherine, KTknits, AuntGeorge,MissBeeHaven, Kitchenwitch
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
2. Fully-loaded or decaf? Fully-loaded, baby
3. Regular or flavored? Either, but the only flavors I really don’t like are amaretto, coconut or licorice (not that I’ve ever seen licorice flavored coffee but just in case…)
4. How do you drink your coffee? Lots of cream and sugar, but not those flavored creamers. They are too syrupy sweet.
5. Favorite coffee ever? Pumpkin Spice from the little coffee shop that I used to work at, chicory coffee at the café in New Orleans, and I also love lattes and mochas.
6. Are you fussy about your coffee or will any old bean do? I appreciate good coffee but I’ll be honest, I don’t have the most distinguished coffee palate. Same thing with wine. I’m not drinking out of a box of white zinfandel from the fridge or anything but I’m not really all that picky either.
7. Favorite treats to have with your coffee? I’ve been known to eat some scones with my morning coffee (which is usually the only time I drink it). I also love a good cookie. Basically if it is sweet and a carbohydrate, I’ll like it. Biscotti are also nice. Oh and cheesecake! And chocolate...
8. Anything else about your coffee preferences? I just don’t like Starbucks!
9. Yarn/fiber you love? I’ve only been knitting for a few months and I’m having so much fun just trying different yarns. I definitely have a preference for natural fibers, but I don’t know what my favorites are. I tend to be pretty uptight about spending money on myself and this includes yarn, so I’ve been pretty practical so far. I did get a really pretty silk yarn when someone gave me Gift certificate to my lys, and I really liked that. I’m going to let my partner take the lead on this and get me something that she thinks is great.
10. Yarn/fiber you hate? Just anything stiff, scratchy and hard to work with, again I don’t have anything that jumps out at me as something I really hate.
11. What's on your needles? My first attempt at a sock, a ballband dishcloth for Mother’s day gifts, a little cotton dress for my two year old that I haven’t touched in a good month, and I’m getting ready to start my first mobius to get ready for a “magical knitting” workshop that I’m taking in June with Cat Bordhi.
12. Favorite colors? My favorite colors really depend on my mood but in general I’m drawn to rich jewel tones or bright colors in the red, blue, and green color families. I don’t like pastels much or colors that make me think of country crafts, like dusty rose, etc. My least favorite color is probably yellow.
13. Allergies? I’ve pretty much outgrown all of my food allergies and don’t have any wool allergies or anything like that. I’m a vegetarian though.
14. Anything you really love, really don't like, or just need to get off your chest? Let’s see, I also started needle felting recently and I love that. And like my partner, I have a thing for fairies and other fantasy related paraphernalia!
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Birthing the Mother is the name of my business. I started teaching childbirth classes about six months after my first child was born. I began by teaching the Bradley Method.
After a few years I took some courses through Birthing from Within, which I love!, and have been teaching a kind of hybrid between the two. Over the years I've also been a labor doula, postpartum doula and belly caster. Things are pretty quiet these days on the business front as I have a lot keeping me busy with my own three children and two step-children, but it is a passion of mine and I think soemday I will be more involved with it again. Here are a few examples of some of my most recent belly masks. Ok, I think they are at the beginning of this post. I don't quite have this blogging thing down yet. Anyway, I love doing the bellies. They are a great creative outlet that ties right into my business and is an awesome way to celebrate how amazing our bodies are! I just wish more women believed they were beautiful when they were pregnant instead of just feeling fat! Hope you like the pictures. People seem to either think the belly masks are really neat or really weird!
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Hogwarts Sock Swap Questionnaire
2. Shoe size? 9-9 1/2
3. Foot Length? 10 ¼”
4. Foot Circumference? 8 ½”, long and somewhat narrow.
5. List your three favorite double-point needle brands, including size and length. As I haven’t done much sock knitting yet, I’ll tell you what I have
a. Clover 2 DPN, 7 inch (bamboo)
b. Umm, that’s it
c. Plan to get some small circulars to try the two circular needle method
6. Would you like to try a new brand needle? If so, which brand? Size? Length? I’d love too, and I will leave what brand, size, etc. up to you. Whatever you have found that works well for you, I’m willing to try. (how hufflepuff of me)
7. If you are a RAVENCLAW, do you prefer the colors in the film or the book? Do you have a strong preference? N/A
8. Are you willing to have an international Hogwarts Sock Pal? Sure am!
I can't wait to see who my partner is!
I can't wait to see who my partner is!