Saturday, May 27, 2006

I Love SP8

Wow! Is all I can say!
I went to my mailbox before driving up my lane, which sometimes seems like miles but it is only about a half mile long!
Anyhow, in my box I find my basic boring mail and 2 packages. I retrieve all of the boring stuff and try to pull out the packages. One comes out nicely, the other...well, it seems so jammed in there. I have to move my car back and actually get out. This thing is so heavy...I realize that my kooky husband has bought a 50# weight vest so he can train to be a Super Fireman! Ok, finally I wrestle it into the back seat of my car. Well, in my struggle to get this thing in my car, I am completely ignoring the other mail (Ok, some of it I always ignore!) And start the drive up the lane.
In the house I realize (Yes, I left the heavy thing in my car...Why repeat that ugly scene? He'll be home soon...and if he wants to walk around with this goofy thing so be it! He will bring it in!) the other package is for me. (Now mind you my SP* did email me and tell me a surpise was coming...but do I remember, nope!) So I am opening what I think is a pair of sweatpants I had bought. Yep, boring sweatpants....Nooooo, I find this!
Wow!
I am in love!!!! Wow, I have looked at the Crayon from Knitpics so many times, wondering if I would like it and what it would feel like. And bam! There it is in my box...and I love the colors of Noro. And a new music Cd...I like music, but the other 2 humans in my house are like obsessed with it. So rarely does Mom get to just listen to her own and who has time to find new stuff! I do, because I have a buddy!
And the chocolate...well, it makes everyone's day good! And there was a bath fizzy from Lush...I cannot wait to lock them all out and try this out! I love bath's, there is never enough time for them! And this smells so good!
I am really just gushing here! But wow! I am so hoping that my buddy likes her package just as much! I am almost finished putting it together!
I was gushing about my package when my husband asked who it was from...now, like all good husbands he tends to block me out when I start talking about yarn and such. When I re-explained that I have a SP. You could not believe the look I go and the lecture that was following about talking to unkown people on the internet! I was dying!
It was like the same talk we had with the 14yo...only I found this funny! So again I had to re-explain...I was dying! Of course, the 14 yo had to put in her 2cents(Hey, where is the cent sign! Someone stole it!) Too funny!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Just another day...on the farm!

Not a very clever post name...but oh well! Last night my yard was the epicenter of wildlife! We have a pesky racoon, who sneaks out and eats the leftover duck and cat food! I usually let him, seems to keep him away from my animals (I hear they will eat them!) But boy is he getting fat! I did my nightly check and there he was! As well as this newer visitor eating my small fish and frogs!



I know...Not very good pictures! Hey, it was early evening and well, I have a crappy camera! Plus, I had to be super secretive! That Heron has the eyes of an Eagle. You can watch him from inside the house and if you make a sudden move...he is gone, like the wind! Ok, so not like the wind, because, boy, does it take a lot of effort to push off and out. But can he manuever around trees! i live in the woods and the geese cannot make it in to our pond!
This afternoon, I found 2 deer feeding in the field beside my drive! Makes me remember why I live so far away from my job!

Here is my house:

And part of my backyard:


Since I am on a roll...I present yet another picture of my foot! I have more on Flickr. Just such a normal picture for me!


Ok, seriously! I am a parent of a junior high kid for 3 more days! The Life Skills project was finished just in the nick of time:

At least someone could teach her to sew! I can't seem to be able to teach her anything! Thank Goodness for those other teachers!
And one last pic. My latest purchase! And no, it is not yarn! It is silverware! For my ears, my arm, and my finger:

There was the Spring Art Fest in a nearby city and I took the kid and her friend and came home with silverware! too funnY!
Happy Tuesday! Friday is looming near, I can see it, I can feel it! Yippee!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

The Sun has come out!

It is about time! We have had rain for days...and just when you think it is going to stop and dry up a bit...nope, just a cruel joke!
But today the sun peeked through and actually stayed a bit! It was 68 degrees (according to my car)!
So I actually had a chance to take a picture of my iris' that have bloomed for the first time! I work with some great gardeners...I was given these iris's a couple of years ago. Which I then proceed to let them set for way too long! My trusty husband planted them and by golly they lived.



So nice and springy!
I actually have 2 new projects going on and these are not Buddy related! There is another story! I have a SP8 and a One Skein Secret Pal. Confused the two of them the other day! What a dork I am! They both have names that start with "K". Yea, like that is any excuse! I have been also working on my Project Spectrum Postcard! Hopefully it is cool! Especially since I seem to not be knitting anything in green!

This is the Opera Scarf from Blue Sky ALpacas...a free pattern on their website. Coming along quite nicely. It calls for a US8, but I am using yarn from Great Adirondack, 100% silk and so soft!
This is a tank from Plymouth Yarn Design Studio...not free...but looked cool! We will see. It is a tank and tanks hate me! I am using Parade from Crystal Palace.

Only 10 days of school left! yippee! I need a break...it is interfering with my knitting and crocheting and other things!

Monday, May 15, 2006

Stress!!!!

Super stressed today and most of the weekend!
Ever feel like you want (almost HAVE to do it) and you have like no time and you are running around like a chicken ...(no heads cut off here!...well, at least not yet!)
I cannot seem to keep anything straight..I even had to buy a little notebook to keep my secret buddies organized! I almost blew it by sending a Mom's day card...wasn't sure if I had entered my reg email or the anon one! Whew! I did enter the right address! Only 12 more work days...will we get it all finished? That is the true test of a good teacher...ok, a good art teacher to not have bored kids! Or loud ones either!
My daughter took this picture...
Flip and Flop seem to be having a nice conversation (which rarely happens, as they tend to fight often!)...Cracks me up, espeially since my hubby is always claiming that I give my pets voices. I don't do that...what sane person would?

Wow!!! I lost all of this and then found it! Thanks Blogger!
Ok, better at least go try and feel like I have finished!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Secret Pal 8

I have been running behind! I just got my secret pal and I need to post my info for my secret pal...
Here it is!
1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I love anything soft (except for mohair), even some acrylics are ok! I am stuck on cotton right now...but it just doesn't have the hold up of other fibers! I am a bit of a yarn snob!

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? I have a tall can for long needles and a short can for short needles! Just simple metal containers. I like the look of aluminum and stainless, so that is what they are in!

3. How long have you been knitting? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I have been knitting for about a year and a half! I wouldn't consider myself a beginner anymore, I guess intermediate is the category I fit into...but I cannot seem to make a sock to save my life!

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? I do have one, but there is not much there, out of date I think!

5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.) I am so weird about burning candles, I never seem to do it! Let's see my daughter just sold some soy candles for her Volleyball club...and I really liked the Lilac, and other springy smells!

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! And gummi bears!

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? Although I have been obsessed with knitting and learning to crochet the past 6 months or so, I also make beaded and sterling jewelry.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
My husband and daughter are the music buffs! So I rarely get the radio choice! luckily, most of what they play I like! I listen to the country station in the car...but I like a variety!

9. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
I like all colors! I teach art, so my fave is always changing! I seem to get stuck on reds and pinks lately!

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? I have an Ark! And that is counting my daughter and husband! 2 senior dogs, 3 cats, 3 rabbits (4-H project of my daughters...they have now become permanent!), 2 male Pekin Ducks (Saved them from the fair! And they are a riot!) and 1 Chicken rustled Rooster (whose name is Chicken! Who needs a few girlfriends so we can have eggs!)
Side story: Every morning my ducks wait to chase my rooster around the yard! Yet, my chicken thinks he should chase the cats and even the dogs (Luckily they are either well trained or too old to chase him too much!) I do live in the sticks! So not too many people think we are crazy!

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? All but ponchos! I have not quite figured out how to fit them in my career! But I do love a good shawl when it is chilly!

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

13. What are you knitting right now? 600 projects at once! But I am looking to make the perfect tank...so far no luck!

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? Yes!

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Bamboo baby!!
And I can use both, no preference, just depends on the project!

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? Nope!

17. How did you learn to knit?

18. How old is your oldest UFO? Well, I saw an UFO once (just joking!) I guess my oldest

19. What is your favorite holiday? All of them!

20. Is there anything that you collect?
Vintage art supplies (boxes, tins) I teach art! Chickens! And the standbys of all of us here...yarn and needles!

21. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? I read Vogue and Interweave and all of their off shoots! I like looking for them in the stores...it is like a hunt since I have no LYS close! I just bought Alterknits, One Skein, Sarah Dallas, and Loop-de-loop!

22. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? Socks and intarsia! I have never yet tried mittens either!

23. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? I have never completed a sock yet! I have not been very successful in my attempts! I wear a size 10 shoe...and I love sandals and flip flops!

24. When is your birthday? (mm/dd) June 17th! Coming up!


I am so excited to start this! I hope I am good at it!

Monday, May 08, 2006

Is it really May?

I can't believe May is finally here! Of course, living in Ohio it is the oddest weather. Frost last night. At least it was light!
I actually have a new FO...well it is an almost FO. I decided to crochet the neck and straps but here is the pic:

It is the Fisheman's Rib Tank from Rebecca in Maple Deco-Ribbon. I had bought this yarn from my LYS last year. No idea what I would make, just liked it! Luckily, I had enough to complete the tank! Only took 4 1/2 balls.

I also got my postcard swap pal for May Project Spectrum! Knitti-me. Her blog is http://knitti-me.typepad.com
I am so pumped for this! I hope my card comes out great!

I am having a good Monday (I doubt I will ever call a Monday GREAT! Just not in my cards!)
I got 2 eBay yarn purchases in the mail!
The first:

This came from Chezcas.com and they even sent me a discount coupon for my next order! 3 skeins of Lorna's Laces in orange and pink. My new fave colors!
And I also got this Ice Yarn:

These are very close to my school colors! Although it does have some green in it!

I must need to fix my moniter's resolution or something...my pictures look goofy to me, but ok at work! Hmmm! Now, to figure it out!

My kiddo:
I cannot believe that she is only 14. What a great picture they took!
Of course, they get coming and going now with school pictures...Not sure when they instituted Fall and Spring Pictures, and at $42 a set! Ouch! But these were great!
Well, off to knit some more!