Thursday, July 31, 2008

How did I forget this?

I forgot to do the last Friday Fill-in! I must have been preoccupied with thinking about Shawn coming to visit me...

1. I believe whatever doesn't kill you only makes you stronger. I know, the obvious and oh-so-cliche, but I truly believe it. I actually welcome a little discomfort and hardship... I think it's good for you.
2. If you're good at something, keep doing it and show it off. Modesty is good, but if you're good you're good and you shouldn't deny it.
3. Why (are a lot of people) so emotionally driven? Decisions based on emotion have their place and time, but I think too many people are driven soley on emotions and they don't use their brains.
4. Something is out there; it's the world. There are so many interesting places and things in our own state that we don't realize... You don't have to travel to exotic locations to have fun and experience things!
5. If my life were a sitcom, it would be titled "SpinKnit Up on the Farm."
6. Sitting on my back porch, I see the swimming pool, dogs, chickens, the woods, fences, a cow pond, my pig, my goat, the workshop, and the storage building.
7. And as for now, tonight I’m looking forward to the weekend, tomorrow my plans include working 0700-1315, and tomorrow night I want to knit, watch a good movie with Moma, and go to bed early (I have to be at work at 0700 Saturday for a meeting, even though I'm off)!

The Friday Fill-in for tomorrow won't be forgotten! I hope to have a FO post and a new WIP post tomorrow or Saturday...

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Sp Question and a little rant on spending

What is your favorite supper for a hot summer evening?

I'm assuming that supper means dinner (the final meal of the day). Here in the South, supper and dinner can mean the same thing or sometimes dinner means lunch and supper means dinner!

Anyway, I don't really have a favorite that's specific for a hot summer evening... I like hamburgers a lot, especially with bbq sauce, bacon, and swiss cheese. I guess that could be a favorite.

Speaking of that burger, I had a really good one today at ESPNZone in Buckhead. The BMIs (interns) had a field trip to the World of Coke (Walgreens and Coke are buddies) and we ate there afterward (not as a group, just me and the manager and two other interns I rode with). I'm a whole different person than these interns and managers I'm dealing with... they are all about some money and are real good at spending it. They have to have a very well-paying job to support their lifestyles. The two other interns I ride with are twins and they both have Coach shoes (at 88.00/pair), Gucci bags, etc. The manager is the same way. They drop money so quick and on some of the silliest things. And they love the big city life... condos, no trees, traffic, etc. Me... not so much. I'm a country girl and love small town life. I love knowing everyone, the open spaces, freedom to drive without getting all stressed out or it taking an hour to drive 15 miles on a Friday afternoon. And my money goes toward things like horse feed, hay, and yarn. We all have our tastes, but I at least try to be practical. I asked the twins about their shoes when we were talking about lifestyles... I told one of them that they couldn't even walk through a mud puddle in those Coach shoes. She said that they only touch cement or tile floors. I mean, 88.00 on something so useless... it's a NAME that they are paying for. The value of something like that is ONLY in what we assign it... it has no true value at all other than being something to cover your feet. No more actual value than my 20.00 pair of Sketchers I wear daily. Actually, my Sketchers probably have more actual value because they are able to stand up to a lot more wear and tear than those Coach shoes.

These other interns think that Walgreens pays too little for the amount of work required. Yes, the job can be taxing, but that's any job. It's not called work for nothing. I think the pay is great! I'm making double digits an hour... my first job like that and I think it's excellent pay. Maybe I'm naive because I am small town and I'm not a business major and don't know any better. But, come on! How many job offers is a recently graduated person going to get that are much more than that? Walgreens is a very stable company with a lot of opportunity for promotion and growth if you want it. I don't understand some of these people... are they that spoiled? Do they really think that they can get paid 6 figures a year and do nothing for it? Or are they on to something that silly little me doesn't know about? I'm leaning toward the former more than the latter.

Back to the outing... it really does link to that little money rant, I promise! ESPNZone was neat and my first time at a place like that. Ok, it's a sports bar. A big one with nice tables, but it's just a sports bar when you come down to it. I had a Smokehouse Burger with fries and water to drink. 15.00! For that? It was a good burger, but I could have been just as satisfied with a Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger from Wendy's that only costs 1.00. The place had valet parking. Who valet parks at a sports bar?!? I don't understand Atlanta people.

I love my SoYL partner!

Look! My July package!

This was an accidentally themed package and it couldn't be better! Do you see the theme? SHEEP! One of a knitters favorite animals.

I got:

-Felt Flock Fiber Trends pattern - I've been wanting this for a long time and am so happy to have it now! These guys are just too cute.
-Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, 2 skeins black, 2 skeins white - I love this yarn and didn't have any white or black yarn for the sheep, so it's perfect!
-A bar of handmade soap that's shaped like a sheep - This is just too cute! I don't even want to use it it's so adorable... it may go in the bathroom as decorative soap! I really love it. My partner says it was purchased at the Black Sheep Flock and Fiber Festival, which makes it even better.
-A set of 3 sheep stitch markers - Purchased from Designs by Tami (etsy shop)... these are handmade and adorable. I'll be using them right away.
-A 10% off coupon from Designs by Tami - She threw this in with my package after getting it from the etsy purchase... very sweet! I would have been very tempted to keep it for myself... my partner is so generous!
-A lovely letter from my partner - I've been enjoying these with the packages... thanks!
-A can of Dark Mayan Chocolate coffee drink mix - Looks delicious! Will be tried tonight... I'll have to try hard to save some for Shawn to try... he's as much a coffee and dark chocolate lover as I am!

Here's a close-up of the markers:

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Not much knitting going on...

I didn't knit yesterday. Not one stitch. Sad, isn't it?

I had to go back to work yesterday, but it wasn't that bad. It actually went by quickly. Maybe that's because, since I'm management and make the to-do lists for everyone, I get to see what project I want to work on and take it for my own. Now, to be fair, I do take on some of the least desireable tasks as well... it ends up balancing out pretty well, actually. Anyway, I chose to do a "flip-flop" on the peanut and Gatorade endstands. Basically, it's swapping merchandise locations. Not really that difficult, but it is frustrating (Dang that space between product and shelves! Oh my gosh, don't tell me I just put up 34 bottles of Gatorade on that shelf, all nice and neat, and I need to take it all down now since the shelf could go up one more space!). No one really likes doing it, but I do. It's simple, productive, and time goes by so quickly while I'm doing it.

Today I did all but 4 things on the to-do list by myself. See, told you it's not all fun like I made it sound at the beginning. Everyone else was doing out dates (and the periodic 90-day outs), leaving me with everything else. Now, I'm not going to mention that it only takes one person to do the outs and that I have such helpful employees that everyone decided to go in on the outs project together (cough cough). Ok, so I did mention it. Like at every business, we do have some very opportunistic (read, lazy and manipulative) employees that are really awesome at seeming busy and helpful. Working hard or hardly working? Some do the former and some the latter. But, I was kept quite busy and that's good. As long as I'm doing my job and reasonably making others do theirs and everything gets accomplished it's a good day.

I do like to complain about the job, but it's a good one that I hope I get to come back to after graduating. Actually, I hope that I get to work a weekend a month as a (very) part-time assistant manager so I can keep my active employee status and immediately start getting benefits (insurance and that wonderful profit sharing) as soon as I start working full time. Not guaranteed that Walgreens will want to keep me on, but I really am hoping and planning for it.

Another development... I won't be walking the Appalachian Trail. It's awful and I want to cry over it. I just don't have the money to do it. From what I've researched, it costs a minimum of about 5000.00 to do the whole thing. That's food and supplies along the way, the at least 5 pairs of shoes I'll wear out on the way, hotel stays at least once a week (which is highly recommended as it's very hard on the body and a day of true rest a week is necessary), etc. Um, I don't have and won't have 5000.00 by then. I'm having troubles paying for college this year (scholarships changed and I'm a little over 4 grand short). Student loans, here I come.

But, there is a positive in this. I will be able to start working immediately after graduating, taking a month off first. That's good money. Since I will be coming back home to do all this, my only real bills are the student loan (Hey, paying only a few thousand for a college education? Sounds good to me.), cell phone (I'm a part of my parents' family plan, so it's like 15.00 a month), insurance (which is more than reasonable since I've never gotten a ticket and the Santa Fe isn't exactly a racy sportscar), and the usual food, gas, and horse feed. I should be able to save save save. And I'll be participating in the profit sharing. So, that means that Shawn and I can get hitched without worrying about money too much and can get started on buying land and buying that house of our dreams (I'll have to post the pics and floor plan sometime... it's gorgeous).

So, that's all I got for now. Knitting updates coming soon (should have a FO pic of that scarf later this week) and I'm expecting a package very soon from my SoYL partner, so watch for that!

Thursday, July 24, 2008


I'm kind of bored, so I had a photo shoot with the ratties (those that I love most, at least).

This is Squishy, who's been on the blog before. He wasn't being very "cute" tonight. Here he is hiding under the chair cover. I can't believe he'll be 2 in October.
This handsome guy is Smoochy, Squish's son born June 1. I had picked the name before the litter was born and look at the marking on his back! A face with big fat lips. It was meant to be...

This is Crunchy, Smooch's brother. He's a broken hooded champagne... very faint color, but it's there! I thought they were all pew (pink-eyed white... albino) at first, but they aren't.

Here's the progress on the swap scarf:

Almost finished with one skein, so almost halfway there! This is such a quick pattern... another reason I love it so!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Secret Pal 12 Questions, again!

It seems that questions are taking over the blog. I've decided to quit the Manic Mondays because it just seems to be one big meme right now! I love the idea of these questions for SP12, but maybe they should have made them every other week or something to reduce the blog clutter.

What is(are) your favorite place(s) to knit?
The corner of the couch closest to the kitchen doorway if I'm at home or on my bed, right before going to sleep. If not at home I enjoy car knitting or while in waiting rooms. Really, there isn't a place I don't enjoy it.

What supplies (besides yarn & needles) make the setting perfect for knitting?
The essentials are a crochet hook, small pair of sharp scissors, and a tape measure. Other non-knitting things that make it perfect are a drink of some sort (water, usually), Shawn right beside me, my dog on the other side of me, a big blanket, and a good movie.

I've cast on for another scarf. This one is for a monochrome scarf swap I'm in on Swap-Bot. The send date is September 1, but I like getting my things out as soon as possible so I don't have to worry about it and possibly forget later. I was going to use that handspun merino in Seaweed, but decided instead to use some other stash yarn that I bought with no purpose whatsoever...

It's Lion Brand Wool in Sage. My partner likes ocean colors and this looks pretty seafoamy to me. Yes, it's the Old Shale pattern. Again. I can't help it. I love this pattern and it's wavy and ocean-like and I think it's perfect. So what if I have a problem?

Here's the Monkey progress using KP Palette. This is my first time knitting with it and I have to say, I love it. People tend to down it a bit because it's so inexpensive and stuff, but I like it. Soft, seemingly sturdy enough, and it's easy to knit with. Good stitch definition, also. This picture isn't showing the real color very well... it's not as minty. More of a grass green. The pic looks kind of hazy also (the light used is coming through the window and it's overcast right now).

This is the cloth I finished last night for my swap-bot washcloth swap. It's a food theme and this is an apple. The color is washed out in the picture. It's actually more camel colored. I had to omit a row at the top of the pattern for fear of running out of yarn (but I would've actually had just enough), but I think it looks fine. It hasn't been blocked yet.

A close-up of the Merino Style I got in the mail yesterday from my SP12 partner. This is the true colors of them... pretty! I know that at least one is destined to become Square Cake... I'm thinking the Strawberry, though I may also make one from the Harvest one as well. There are 2 sizes and I may just do one of each! The Moss one will likely become the Isabeau Purse (Ravelry link).

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Accident prone...

Ok, in my 21 years I have broken my nose twice, my collarbone, my arm, my foot, my ankle, numerous fingers, and numerous toes. I have torn ligaments in both ankles (one ankle twice and finally had ligament repair surgery in 2005) and my shoulder. Not to mention the numerous bruises, cuts, burns, scrapes, and other minor injuries along the way. I was even in a cast (alternating legs) for an entire year straight, with only a few days to one week out of cast before getting hurt and having to get another on the other leg.

Here's the most recent:

The picture is kind of fuzzy, but that's my right arm. Yesterday a friend of mine asked if I wanted to go ride (horses). I was feeling somewhat ok at that time and decided a short little ride wouldn't hurt. I needed to work Acorn, my 4 year old filly, anyway. She is still green and I hadn't worked with her much lately. So, I saddle her up and off A.J. (the friend) and I go. We literally get about 15 feet down the rode from my driveway when Acorn hears Winchester, her mother who she's horribly attached to, hollering and running the fence. Acorn makes a quick turn and buck (simultaneously) and I lose my right stirrup. I'm really good at hanging on, but not this time. I decide it's best to fall as best I can rather then get dragged. So, down I went. On a dirt road. And I slid for a good 4 feet.

A.J. asks if I'm alright before running to catch up with Acorn. I was and was up immediately. I did bust my lower back (again... the 4th time ever and the 3rd time in the past year... I already have nerve damage and limited feeling there) and got that nasty road rash on my arm and it's pretty swollen. Acorn didn't go far, just ran to her moma and daddy (we have him too... my baby, Rowdy). I walked down the road to get her and she's lucky it was a few minutes before I got her (I tend to have a quick temper). I did snatch her around a little and pop her some. The rest of the ride was rather uneventful, but I'm sore today.

Accident prone? Or just attracted to those types of activities?

Thank You Secret Pal!

I got my first package from my SP12 partner and it is lovely!

I got:

-3 skeins of Knit Picks Merino Style in Moss, Harvest, and Strawberry - I've never worked with this yarn and love anything KP, so I'm really excited to knit with it. It's so soft and the colors are perfect!
-A handknit (assumed by my SP) keyhole scarf (I think that's what they are called). You put one end through a slit in the other end - This is such a neat and thoughtful gift! I'm really into scarves right now, so this is great!
-Knit Picks size 8 metal DPNs - Can always use these! Thanks!
-A set of needle point protectors for circs size 0-8 - Again, much needed and appreciated!
-Stationary with my initial on it: a magnetic listpad, a notebook, and a set of 2 sticky notes - I love my name and love the letter T and I love stationary... wonderful gifts!
-A pretty and sweet card - this will probably go toward ATCs, which is great!

Will have to go through Ravelry to see what I want to use the Merino Style for...

Monday, July 21, 2008

This was one Manic Monday

What's your favorite beach in the world?
I'm not really a beach person (all that sand, salty (and often dirty) water, the people...), but I have to say I really love going to the pier at St. Simons Island. The beach is rocky, but has sand (the perfect amount) and the dogs love to run and play there.

What's the next country you want to visit?
South Korea, hands down. It's been too long.

What one thing are you craving today?
Orange coke.

I went back to the doc's today since yesterday was really rough. My infections are viral, not bacterial like he had originally thought. He upped some of my meds and told me to ride it out. I have a note for work and won't be returning for a week! So much for this paycheck. But, it's contagious and it's best that I stay home and by Monday I'll be 100% again.

All this time home means a lot of knitting time, which is good. I have to complete 2 dishcloths (I hate calling them that... it just sounds bad and doesn't give the FO its due)... 2 washcloths for a swap I'm hosting on Swap-Bot. Food themed... one is an apple (got it halfway finished at the doc's) and the other is undecided. Will have to look through Ravelry for a pattern. I picked up 2 balls of cotton at Walmart the other night for it. I chose red and orange, so hope the partner likes it. The apple cloth is in a tan color (just what I had lying around).

I also need to finish all those UFOs I have! Not that many, actually, but the Mossy Jacket still needs the trimming/buttonband and buttons and my dad's Multidirectional Scarf needs to be finished. I'm also ready to have the basketweave socks finished with so the Monkeys can become travel knitting.

Family was over today. Aunts, uncles and cousins from Florida and Georgia. The Floridians have a new RV and drove it up. We're not very social in general and even having family over sends my mom and me into a frenzy. We're just not good hosts.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Summer Love Scarf FO and SAFF!

First, here's the Summer Love Scarf I finished yesterday evening while stuck in traffic on I-85 (idiot planners decided to close down four lanes on the southbound for repaving!):

I love this scarf! It's my first time working with Noro of any type and I'm not disappointed! I have heard complaints about the not-so-softness of it, but I'm not too sensitive to that kind of thing and find it just fine. I rarely go for the self-striping thing, but lately have been somewhat drawn to it and this definitely is alright by me. I think I chose the perfect pattern for it. Thank you, SoYL Pal!

And, in other wonderful news, Moma and I are going to SAFF! The Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair.

Shawn, my handsome and wonderful fiance, is giving us the money to go and shop our hearts away as my anniversary (Nov 11) and Christmas present. Aren't I the luckiest girl? My baby feeds and supports my habit!

Moma and I were planning a girl's weekend and going... that was in spring and I soon realized that I wouldn't have the money to go (and I don't think it's worth driving to if I only had 100.00 or something to spend). Rent has increased a lot this coming year and there are other expenses with college and it just wasn't possible. I was talking to Shawn the other day about finances and how I couldn't go... he told me today about my gift! Moma and I are so excited! We're only going to it on Saturday since hotels are hard to get and only add to the cost of things (every penny is going toward food, fiber, and fun). Moma will come and stay in my apartment in Dahlonega that Friday and we'll leave early that Saturday morning. I think it will be about a 2-2.5 hour drive from school. That weekend is Gold Rush in Dahlonega (a huge craft show thing) and I do love it, so I still get to spend time with Shawn there on Sunday (he has to participate in Corps activities Saturday and is usually tasked out some on Sunday).

I only wish that I'm able to do something equally wonderful for him for Christmas. Our anniversary isn't really celebrated in an expensive, gifty way (usually a nice date and a card or something very small... last year he lucked out and bought me a giant hippo stuffed animal from a thrift store for 0.99), but I really like to go big for Christmas. I will be able to get him something a little pricier at that time, but he's so difficult to shop for! Either it's way expensive or he just buys it himself. I've been telling him to give me a list and to NOT buy everything he wants right now! I've got one or two things in mind, but he's so difficult.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

So, I'm sick.

The weekend of the 4th I started having a sore throat and pain in my left ear. I took 2 days off work (after the throat got worse and I started coughing) so I could just sleep it off, which usually works when I start getting sick. Didn't work. I started feeling better physically but still had that awful cough... it was in my chest and any pressure would make me cough or even when I changed positions when I slept. After hearing me cough all night long Wednesday night my dad insisted that I go to the doctor (he gets up at around 3 am every morning and my room shares a wall with the living room).

I have a sinus infection and a bronchial infection (sinusitis and bronchitis). Two infections at once. Go me.

The doc gave me a note for work (I was 2.5 hours late because of the appointment) and was surprised when I said I was going in to work that day. He figured that I would want to call in for a few days. I think not. I feel fine enough and really hate letting work down. And, I like getting paid, thank you very much!

I'm glad I went to the doctor... I tend to not go and just ride it out. He said if I waited another week I'd have pneumonia. I had it when I was in kindergarten and remember being on antibiotics (no milk products and all I wanted was cheese sticks) and staying home from school for 2 weeks straight. My grandmother came over every day and brought me Where's Waldo books. On second though, maybe I should have waited until next week! (kidding...)

Anyway, the long wait at the doc's office let me get a lot of work done on the Summer Love Scarf. I should finish it tomorrow.

Here's a picture of Gideon napping:

He's such a napper dog... if he's not eating or walking, he's sleeping. He sleeps in the bed with me and I let him sleep in (he only goes outside twice a day or so... I swear I think he'd die of heartbreak if he ever had an accident in the house). Some days I get up to go in to work or school or whatever and I leave him. My mom forgets about him and I come home that night to find him still asleep in bed. I let him go out to potty and an hour later I'm ready to go to sleep and he's in with me. Just falls alseep with no issue.

Friday, July 18, 2008


1. If I could be a fly on the wall I would try to listen in on important secret political things and spy on one of my coworkers (he's been misbehaving and I want to see how far its actually going!).
2. Jealousy is not a good thing when it's too much (we're all a little jealous and that's normal). It is linked to GREED, which is the root of all evil.
3. When I see a shooting star my wish would be that I have a good, long, and happy life with the ones that I love.
4. I'd rather be short than tall any day! I'm 5'2" and while I do complain about not being able reach some stuff and clothes would look better on me if I was taller, I'm very happy with my small self.
5. Certain songs when I hear them make me wanna tell Shawn how much I love and appreciate him.
6. If time were in a bottle I would never let it go.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m not looking forward to working, but am looking forward to finishing the Summer Love Scarf, tomorrow my plans include riding horses and selling a puppy, and Sunday, I want to relax, but I have to work!

I've started yet another project... another pair of Monkeys in Knit Picks Palette in a pretty green. If I'll repeat a pattern it must be good. I like Monkey not so much for the end result, but, rather, because it is simple and methodical. It's an easy knit and it does look nice for minimal effort. And, it is so quick! I just started and am 2 repeats in already.

I'll post some pictures one of these days.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Secret Pal Question

What is your favorite type of project to take along on holiday/vacation?

I don't have a favorite... I just take whatever I'm working on at the time. I don't have a set rule for what makes travel knitting... I've taken big blankets to knit on in the car!

Though, I guess I do like socks, scarves, and smallish stuff like fingerless mitts just because they are convenient in the car. I tend to overpack when it comes to yarn and such and will take enough goods for 5-6 projects on a weekend trip!

Monday, July 14, 2008

I'm a sucker for these things...

Manic Mondays. A lot like Friday Fill-ins, but on Monday. My excuse is that it helps swap partners find out a little more about me (it has nothing to do with the fact that I love quizzes, questionnaires, etc)...

Here's the one from this past Monday:

Who would you like to see on a new banknote (dollar bill, etc.)?
That would most definitely be Ronald Reagan.

If you were reincarnated as some other plant or animal, what would it be?
Um, I'm not sure. I would like to be one of my dogs, as I know I'd have a pretty good life. Or my pet rats, Squishy and Smoochy, though not the other rats I have (they don't get to live inside with me). If I were to come back as a plant I'd like to be a cactus in Arizona.

If you owned your own restaurant, what would you call it?
Moma Miae's Pizzaria. My mom, Miae (pronounced the same as Mia), would work there.

And, the one for this week:

What do you do when you are feeling very sad or depressed?
Call Shawn, mope around, and cry.

Who was your first crush?
I had my first boyfriend when I was in pre-school at like age 5 or so, so I guess it's him. I think his name was Kyle or something. I had 2 boyfriends in kindergarten (Jordan and Keith, I do remember them)... sometimes at the same time, sometimes one at a time. And various ones since then. But, I think my first real crush was Taylor Smith, in the 5th grade. I did end up going out with him in 9th for about 7 months and was devastated when he broke up with me.

If given a chance to skip work for a day (without repercussions), how would you spend the entire day?
Sleeping in a little bit (but not too much), going for a nice ride on the horses, feeding all the animals when I got back, working the dogs some, cleaning out the tackroom and organizing it, then coming in to relax by knitting and spinning and watching movies all night. I think I'll get that day Saturday, actually (I have it off and the plan is to get up early and go riding with Moma and Daddy).

Friday, July 11, 2008

Friday Fill-in and Knitting

1. Oh, I can't wait until I have a hubby and a house of our own!
2. Barley water/tea is the first thing I see when I open my refrigerator.
3. I never leave home without lip stuff (Clinique lip gloss stuff).
4. If I were a condiment, I would be honey mustard because it's so delicious!
5. Acting fake just to impress someone is really high up on my list of pet peeves.
6. The last thing I thought of before I went to bed was about how I needed to get some sleep.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to watching movies and knitting, tomorrow my plans include getting a package from the post office and working, and Sunday, I want to be off, but I'm working!

Working on a few projects right now...

The Old Shale Scarf with the Noro my SoYL partner sent me. I've finished one ball and working on the second... I love it. Even Shawn, he who hates color, likes it.

I'm having a hard time capturing the true colors in pictures... it's not as bright and much more earthy.

I've also been working on 6"x6" squares for the Friendship Afghan Swap on Swap-Bot. One girl changed her color preference from brights to jewel tones, but no biggie since I only knit up one bright square for her before finding this out. It can go to someone else in a future swap, as I'm sure I'll get a partner that likes brights. I have the earth toned squares knit up and am working on the jewel toned ones right now.

Still working on the Basketweave Socks, which have become a travel knitting thing for now. I am in no rush to finish them and just work on them when I get a spare minute.

I plan on finally finishing up the Mossy Jacket this weekend if I have time. Just need to do the trimming and add buttons (I got the cutest orange buttons from a scrapbook store near my work). Then in the hope chest it goes!

And, the Multidirectional Scarf for my dad... hibernating right now, but it will come after I finish the Summer Love Scarf (my Noro baby), the Mossy Jacket, and these squares.

Here are a few Lincoln batts I carded up (finally, using my drum carder!). I have 10 oucnes of locks.

And that Seaweed merino roving all spun up. It's going to be a scarf for a swap partner on Swap-Bot (monochrome scarf swap).

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Secret Pal Questions

1) Where is your favorite place to go for vacation/holiday?

St. Simons Island and South Korea. I love both places.

2) Where is one place you’d like to go?

I would love to go to Philadelphia, Texas, Wyoming, Montana, Ohio, New York City, Germany, and Spain.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Favorite summer memory, a puppy, & swaps!

My favorite summer memory has to be going to St. Simon's Island for the first time. My dad, who was in the K-9 Unit at the time, had a training week down there, so the whole family went. The dog, Rowie (w pronounced like v), was such an amazing animal and had such drive, yet was the friendliest thing when she wasn't working. She was a Dutch Shepherd.

We went down there and stayed in a nice hotel (paid for by the Sheriff's Department) and Moma, Arty, and I spent the days in the pool while Daddy and Rowie were working and afternoons/evenings walking around, shopping, going to the pier (crabbing is so much fun!), and seeing the sites. There is a lot of history down there and some beautiful homes.

We went every summer after that for a few years, but nothing was like that first trip. It was really amazing... just doing what we pleased, the days seemed so long, and that week was just amazing. I was only about 9 or so that summer, but I remember everything about it... the way it smelled, the fun of crabbing, catching hermit crabs and bringing them home, catching sand dollars (then learning that the white color comes from putting them in bleach!), and those yummy peach candies.

Here's a cute puppy for you (Blacky x Bonnie):

Knitting news...
Not too much going on right now. I'm working on the second ball of the Noro from my swap partner (So pretty! And the colors transitioned perfectly from ball to ball.). I'm also working on a few afghan squares for a swap I'm in on Swap-Bot... it's really neat; there are going to be 10 rounds total and we send 3 6" x 6" squares to 2 partners, meaning that we will get 6 squares per swap. That's 60 squares total... I'm not the best at math, but the logical way to put this thing together is 20 x 30 squares... a blanket that's 10' x 15'? That can't be right, can it? Anyway, we list what colors we'd like and I said earthy stuff... dark blues, tans, greens, rust, etc. I have my partners for this first round and one girl likes brights and one likes earth tones. A nice contrast. I have one square for each person made so far (I have until the 31st to mail).
Spinning-wise, I'm working on seaweed green merino (remember, from the St. Patty's Day contest I had? Same stuff). It's going to be a scarf for another swap I'm in (monochrome scarf). Next will be some of that lovely brown/tan/white roving I got from a swap partner in New Zealand in a hobby swap.
I signed up for yet another swap... I'm addicted! It's a one-package deal and I already have what I need for it... 4 ounces of handspun and 4 ounces of fiber to spin. Check and check... I have plenty of nice handspun (ok, not plenty, but enough I can bear to part with some) and I have 4 ounces of merino roving in a pretty cobalt blue color. I have until the 8th for this one.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Some things about me, inspired by SoYL Swap

So, there is some talk on the Summer of Yarn Love Swap Ravelry group about knowing a little more about partners. Things that aren't covered by the questionnaire. So, in case there is question of me and all that, here's some info:

-I am 21 years old.
-I'm a college student in Dahlonega, Georgia. I'm studying History and Criminal Justice. I graudate May 2009.
-I'm currently doing a Business Management Internship with Walgreens and hope to go into management after school.
-I will be walking the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia as soon as I graduate. I will be taking one of my dogs, Partner, that's it (it was Johnny Cash, but decided Partner was better for it).
-I'm engaged and have been for a year on tomorrow. We're getting married May 2010 more than likely.
-I am a true animal lover, but hate animal rights.
-I am conservative with it comes to politics.
-I love being outside and get stir crazy if I'm indoors all day.
-Shawn (DF) and I will have a small farm once we're married. We'll have fiber animals, non-fiber animals, and plants and hope to make our diets 95% homegrown.
-Other than fiber arts, I enjoy making Artist Trading Cards (ATCs), cross stitch, drawing, woodburning, and beading. Non-crafts, I like running, training dogs, working horses, and reading.
-I do all farrier work on my horses (trimming feet, etc).
-We breed Standard Poodles and Yorkshire Terriers.
-I love American history, especially Revolutionary stuff. I also love Holocaust history.
-I've always wanted to visit Philadelphia, see the Amish, go to Hershey Park, etc. I've also always wanted to visit Washington DC, New York City, Montana, Wyoming, Texas, Australia, Germany, and Ireland. I never want to go to California, Canada, Africa, or England. No offense to you guys, just no real interest.
-I'm definitely a small-town, country girl. No big city living for me.

Friday Fill-in

1. Holidays in the summer are not usually as fun as the ones in fall/winter, but any holiday is good!
2. Zucchini and bell peppers are my favorite things to grill.
3. My thoughts are usually in excess and I worry too much.
4. A date with Shawn on Saturday is what I'm most looking forward to this weekend!
5. My favorite book so far this summer is The Friday Night Knitting Club.
6. Waking up is the best way to begin a day.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to eating Mexican with Shawn and showing him off to co-workers, tomorrow my plans include going on an anniversary date (engaged 1 year!) with Shawn and going to Michael's, and Sunday I want to meet someone to give them a dog and finish spinning all that green merino so I can make a scarf for a swap with it!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

SP12 Questions of the Week

1) What yarn (that you don’t have/haven’t used) would make your stash “complete”?

That's a toughie. I don't think I'll ever consider the stash complete, to the point that nothing more could be added to it. There are yarns that I would love to have that would definitely enhance the stash, though! My Summer of Yarn Love pal sent me some lovely Noro, something that was on this list... I think other yarns would be Lornas Laces (fingering and worsted), Dream in Color (dk weight), Manos del Uruguay, and any Blue Sky Alpacas or Araucania that I haven't worked with yet! There's more, but that's what's in my head at the moment. Oh, also Tofutsies. I want to see what the fuss is about!

2) What yarn do you never want to be without?

A good worsted wool (Cascade 220, KP Wool of the Andes, etc), a good sock yarn (Araucania Ranco, KP Palette, Happy Feet, etc), and a good DK weight yarn (KP CotLin, etc). That covers most projects I would want to do! Specifics? I've always had Cascade 220 in the stash, as well as my handspun!

Friday Fill-in from last week!

1. Birthdays are so much fun! Presents, friends, family, cake!
2. Fall and winter are my favorite season because I get to wear pretty winter clothes (including handknits!) and it's not miserably HOT.
3. I feel my best when I just get finished with a long run. I definitely get runner's high and feel so accomplished.
4. Ja Jang Myun (noodles with black bean sauce, a Korean Chinese dish) is my favorite food!
5. First impressions are usually right.
6. The best piece of advice I ever received was nothing is forever, so make it worth it. Something that goes along with this is, "Life is like a book; one chapter closes and another opens." You're never really stuck anywhere and where you are in life is no one's fault but your own.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to _____, tomorrow my plans include _____ and Sunday, I want to _____! Um, since I missed this last Friday and all I did was work all weekend, this isn't really applicable.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Summer Love Scarf & the Leaf Raglan

I decided what to do with the Noro and am well on my way to doing it! It's a scarf. I know, how exciting, right? I've been wanting another Old Shale/Feather and Fan scarf since I lost my beloved handspun angora one last fall. This pattern has so many names and is very common and well-known, but it is pretty. It's nice to have a lacy pattern in worsted! Not all of use are purely laceweight lace knitters!

The Noro is so pretty and the pattern really shows it off. The beauty of both yarn and pattern is obvious, which I love. They really compliment each other! See:

The colors aren't actually so bright in real life... more earthy. So pretty.

And, I finished my Leaf Raglan shirt! Yay! It's a little too big, but is the perfect length and good at the neck. Just loose. It's going in the wash today to see if it will shrink some. Here's a picture I took as soon as I finished it last night. Please don't mind the bored look on my face!