Here is a drink that I like to make in the summer when it is really hot outside. Now I do like southern style iced tea but this is tens times better. When you go to Hawaii, cold drinks are a must. This is a recipe I found in a cookbook called Hawaiian Country Tables
Monthly Archives: April 2007
Okay, next weekend is Maryland Sheep and Wool. And yes, I am going. It would be stupid not to since I said I had an important conference that weekend when some one wanted to schedule class that weekend. Fiber bets class any day.
And yes there will be a blogger meet up. Gryphon of the Sanguine Gryphon is planning it. I am trying to help as much as I can. The meet up will be both Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm on the grass or green next to the Central Pavilion where the music and stage will be. I am going to try and post a few signs up Saturday morning. I hope to see everyone there.
There is a button that has been made by Kitty Kitty for the meet up. Please feel free to post it on your blog but make sure that you save the button on your server.
Now in honor of my ever expanding sock stash, I am going to have a contest. The contest if for those who will not be able to be there. There are two people who are automatically disqualified and they know who they are since they will be with me. Yes, Priscilla, that does mean you. No unfair advantages.
The contest will be to guess how many skeins of sock yarn I end up buying. Notice that I say sock yarn not lace yarn. That is a whole different species of yarn. There will be at least two prizes. Who ever guess closest will win some sock yarn from my stash. I get to pick the yarn so that means no Sweet Georgia or STR. Sorry but that is sacred yarn. If there is more than two people guessing close, I can dig into the stash and come up with another skein or two. I will be buying some sock yarn for other people so they will not count towards what is going into my stash. The ladies of Knit Buddies will help to keep track of what is mine and what I am buying for others. And yarn that is given to me doesn’t count either. I have to put this in because I know that some one said she is bringing me yarn. The contest will close Sunday evening on May 6.
I failed to take pictures last night. But we did get rain. I went out for a walk and got home right before 8 pm. I went up to the attic to close the attic windows because I knew that it was going to rain over night. I had just gotten down the attic steps and was closing the door when I heard the rain start. I have a slate roof, with a slightly sloped metal roof on the tip top of the roof and wide metal half round gutters. So when it rains, I get to hear it. It is a wonderful sound. I had closed the windows up there just in time. And once the rain started, it kept coming. I was knitting and watching a present on the DVD when I thought I saw the sky light up. Yep, we have had our first thunderstorm of the season. (I am easy to entertain apparently.)
I went down the back stairs and took some photos of the new river that was the driveway as the rain came down. I did make a video of it but I have to figure out how to upload it first. There really isn’t much too see but the sound is great.
So I have plenty of photos to take tomorrow or Sunday of all of the yarn-y goodness that I have received in the mail in the past few days. Among the items that I have received in the past few days are my Bloomin Feet socks. Thank you Jennifer!!!!! A nice little package from Eva. i have been assured that the candy and cookies were great. I am posting those pictures to prove that I did give the candy to the post office. I have also received my April STR kit and my Scout’s Swag package. Can I say that I love both yarns and the colors in both?
And I also received a package full of Pocky and a little something special from Kitty Kitty yesterday. This despite the fact that we will be seeing each other next weekend. And go cheer on Meow Girl in their personal 52 pairs contest. MG needs the cheering section. The something special that Kitty Kitty sent me was some Tivoed episodes of the Knitty Gritty. I have never seen it not just because I do not have cable but because the cable company in this area does not carry it. I did watch the Harlot and Scout last night. My parents just got a dish; I wonder if they can get it…..
And an update on my hair. After living with my hair cut for the past several days, I decided not to go back to the person who cut it last. Let’s just say that cutting curly hair is an art and she didn’t meet the qualifications for the art guild. I went to a friend who does work on curly hair. Yeah, I know, I should have gone to him in the first place. He colored it this morning and attempted to fix it. Some of it just has to grow out but it will grow out looking good. The curls are ten times better and my hair feels better. And the nice part was that he didn’t charge me for the cut. Plus he didn’t push product on me. He just reminded me to condition it before washing it. Yes, condition it before even thinking about shampoo. Some decent photos of it will be taken next week I am sure but here is a photo to show off the new color and curls.
I received packages yesterday and today but Mother Nature is not cooperating. I want to take the photos outside in natural light. If I am not able to by the end of the afternoon I will take some photos tonight and post tomorrow.
Okay, Kermit wanted to go out and play on Sunday which was Earth Day. And I did let him. But first another FO in Project Spectrum colors. This time around pinks!!! The yarn is Rock Star from Sunshine Yarns. The pattern is my plain generic toe-up sock with a picot cuff. I have had the one finished since last month but I just finished the mate.
And since I finished my no-thinking required socks I did start another pair. Okay, I already had another one started. When I cleaned up my stash, I found several skeins where I had wound them into center pull balls but no labels. Or I had started a pair and frogged them and the yarn was in two balls. So I am trying to use them up as my no-thinking required sock yarns. No photos yet of the new nameless socks. (But the yarn is STR!!!)
And I have received yet more goodies from swaps again. First of all, I received my scarf from ISE 4 already. Technically it isn’t a scarf but a shawl. I said I was up for surprises. And Yuju sent me a lovely purple shawl. I am not sure of the yarn but it is a lovely deep purple and soft. The pattern reminds me of the Flower Basket Lace Shawl from Fiver Trends. It does look really pretty against the green of the grass. (Correction – I have been told that the pattern is the Swallow Tail pattern from the Fall 2006 issue of IK.)
I also received my yarn from the Earth Day Swap hosted by Moraie over at moraie knitting. We were supposed to send our partner eco-friendly yarns. And she sent me some yarn that I have been wanting to try. I love Fleece Artist sock yarn in the first place but I have yet to try the Sea Wool sock yarn. She sent me a skein of it. I am not sure of the color name but the colors are pinks and greens. I think it might be Rose Garden. She also sent me four skeins of Classic Elite’s Bam Boo which is a 100% bamboo yarn in a dark peacock. She also sent me the Flower Basket Shawl pattern and some chocolate. The chocolate is the Endangered Species chocolate which is some of the best chocolate out there.
Now for Kermit. The first sock is almost done. I have one more repeat to do before I call them done. I will do a picot bind-off on the sock. Than I can start the first one. The one comment from my LYS was how many batteries does the sock take. So I guess the socks are a little bright. Kermit is brighter than the grass even. I am hoping to have these done in time. If nothing else, I will be very close.
I just received a message from Phyl of Got Gauge about the project that the yarn shop in Blacksburg is undertaking. I think it is a worthy cause. And yes, I know several Hokies. And I know one who was at school during the shootings.
The school colors are maroon and burnt orange. If you have any questions, please contact Phyl over on her blog about this. I need to get some burnt orange yarn to knit some squares with first. But please help if you can.
Yesterday was Earth Day and I celebrated by tearing out my flower garden. I have been wanting to do this for several weeks but the weather has not cooperated to allow me to play in the dirt. Yesterday though was perfect for playing in the dirt. So I started out with a garden full of thyme and lavender plants. And lots of weeds. And there were still some bulbs that I hadn’t managed to pull out last fall when I was digging for them.
The soil around here is mostly clay which means it is heavy. When I planted this garden, I didn’t really do anything to the soil other than dig a hole and stick in the plants. But I used to apply good mulch to the bed. So I now want add some good compost to the soil before I replant this flower bed. I started out by digging up around the one huge lavender plant that had something weird on it. I started out by cutting back some big branches. And some of the ones down near the base of the plant were huge. I just pulled them apart. And I was not at all surprised to find trash in there. There is a McD’s down the street and people walk up there and just leave their trash all over the place.
I than started pulling weeds and digging up the dirt. I pulled up all of my thyme plants since they need to be replanted anyhow. I only saved one plant and that was a dwarf lavender that I planted last year. The other lavenders that I planted last year weren’t as hardy. I still have one small section to dig up but I need to rake the stones off of it first. It is the area right under the spot where all of the downspouts meet so I have gravel there. But the rest of the bed is turned up. And yes, I found quite a few earthworms which means the soil is actually good!!!
I also did a little digging in my mint bed. I decided to dig up all of my bulbs. I think you can see why with the photo of the daffodil bulbs. I dig up some of the mint just to thin it out some. It will grow back just as dense as it was before. I try to pull out about 1/3 of it every year just to help keep it from taking over everything. Plus, the mint seems to like the abuse. I need to go back in that bed next week and dig up some of my dragon’s tears to share with some one. (I am not sure what the real name for the plant is but that is what the person who gave it to me called. It has a tiny pink flower that I will try and capture when it blooms. If anyone knows what it is really called. please let me know!)
8ut I also planted some flowers. I got a good deal on some pansies but it has been too cold to plant them. I have been keeping them alive on my back porch. I planted them in the pots that I normally use for my herbs. But I do have some flowers for right now.
Photos of knitting and swaps tomorrow.
As I have admitted before, I like swaps. I have photos to prove it. First up are the photos from the Lime and Violet Sock PrOn swap on the message boards. My package came all the way from England. And from the Peaks District no less. Yes, the Peaks District of Pride and Prejudice fame. (edited to add: My partner was Miss Shine of Apocalypse Knitting)
My partner was Helen. (Helen if you have a blog, please let me know!!!) Helen sent me a skien of Posh Yarns Emily. This is a cashmere blend yarn!!!Helen says it is LUSH!!! The color name is Tantivy if I am reading the label correctly. The colors are blue, purples, pinks, brown and coral. It looks yummy. She send me a pencil with a sheep topper. There was also a bar of Romney’s Kendal Mint Cake.
And the cutest thing, next to the yarn and the post card, was a little bunny that she crocheted out of sock yarn. The bunny is sitting right at the bottom of my computer screen right now.
And from yarn we go to candy. I took part in “Another International Candy Swap” on Swap-Bot. I received my package yesterday from Hege in Norway. Since everyone at the post office likes to see what I get in my swap packages, I had to ope it there. And Dennis, one of the few males at my post office, was having fun. He speaks German and was trying to figure out what the candy was. He was able to pick out of to some the words. He did ask if I would share of the candy with him and I did tell him yes. The candy he wants to try is the candy in the big yellow bag with the trolls on it. And I think the Kermit sock wants to try it to since Kermit wanted to be on the photo shot. I forgot to write down all of the names of the candy but I will let you know how it tastes after I try it. (My niece and nephew haven’t seen the candy yet, so I may not share with them. They are getting Pocky instead.)
Sorry for not posting but I am a little bit busy right now. I am working on the research for my class project. I am contacting people and trying to copies of lesson plans and any information that may be available. A real post hopefully tomorrow.