Daily Archives: March 5, 2007

Lime ‘n’ Violet PrOn Swap

limepron.jpg Just in case you were wondering. This is about sock PrOn. I am taking part in the message board swap over at Lime ‘n’ Violet.

1. What kind of fibers do you prefer? I prefer natural fibers such as wool and alpaca. But I do knit with plant fibers. Let me clarify this though, I do not knit with cotton. The plant fibers have to be blended with something before I can knit them. For some reason, knitting cotton hurts my shoulder.

2. What kind of weight do you prefer (sock, worsted, bulky)? Mostly sock but that doesn’t mean I don’t knit other things.

3. Do you spin? More like play at spinning. I have problems drafting.

4. Do you crochet? I know how to crochet but I can’t read a crochet pattern. I use crochet to finish things though.

5. Are there any books, patterns, magazines would you like to own that you don’t? I am always on the look out for sock patterns. And I love old books and history books.

6. Are you participating in any themed a-longs like the Project Spectrum? Project Spectrum and the Green Sock-a-long. Oh yeah, Bloomin’ Feet too.

7. Do you have a wishlist on Amazon.com or Half.com? (provide a link) Amazon but it is more like a holding list of things to check out when I go to the bookstore.

8. Any Etsy stores that you would love to get something from? Etsy? You mean temptation central. I have a few favorite vendors over there but I always like to try new sock yarns. I love indie dyers and spinners. I also have a favorite dealer for sock yarn.

9. What other crafty things are you involved in (quilting, drawing, painting)? I am a quilter, a needleworker, draw sometimes, and read and write quite a bit. Basically if you can thread it through the eye of a needle or couch it, I have tried it. I learned embroidery at a very early age so it is always something that I will pick up every so often. I love counted thread needlepoint though. I will have to remember to take some photos to explain this. Counted thread needlepoint is done on needlepoint canvas but the canvas is part of the design.

10. What is your favorite sort of scent?
Tropical scents like plumeria and jasmine. But I also love lavender.

11. Do you have a sweet tooth and what kind of sweets do you like best? I love dark chocolate and Swedish Fish. The thing is that I actually eat very little chocolate. But I can sit down and eat several Swedish Fish in one sitting.

12. What kind of music do you like? Let’s just say my music taste is very eclectic. Right now I listening to “One Night in Bangkok” and the song before it was a song in Spanish and hopefully some U2 will pop up soon.

13. What do you like to knit? And for whom? Simple, socks. And mostly for me or anyone who has the same size foot as I do. But I do knit for others.

14. What sort of things do you like to collect?
I collect sea turtles and dragons. (I like Chinese dragons out of the Asian dragons but I still like other dragons too.) (I have a Chinese dragon tattooed on my back if that gives you a clue.)I also collect fire trucks.

15. Do you want needles? And what kind do you prefer? I could always use more size 0s. I am hoping to get my hands on a set of Celtic Swan dpns when they become available again.

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Not as Scary As I Thought

Okay, the sock yarn inventory is done. I placed every sock yarn that I own in the database including sock yarns that are intended for gifts and on the needles. And the grand total is 133 skeins. I figured that I needed to keep track of what is being given away so that I do not drive myself nuts wondering what happened to a particular yarn. My memory is really good. (I can read something once and remember it pretty much word for word.) So if you figure that probably about 15 or so of the skeins are marked for giving away and some of the yarn is on the needles, it really it isn’t as bad as it could be.

Here are the fields that I have in the database – manufacturer, color name, variegated, fiber, super wash. hand dyed, color number, dye lot, yardage, meters, weight, colors, source, on needles, knitted, given away, and notes. Since this is only for sock yarn right now, I didn’t put in a gauge field but I will go back and add one. I should probably add price as a field as well for anything new. I will try and tinker with it a bit more and will share it with anyone who wants to try it. Just give me a few weeks to clean it up some more. And if you have any additional fields you think should be in there let me know.

I am now entering the patterns and books into a database and that should be the scariest part. Because I am pretty sure that I will find duplicates of patterns and magazines. Plus I have quite a few magazines.

Now as to the weekend. I spent Saturday morning running errands and checking out the furniture at Goodwill. I didn’t find anything that would be appropriate to the re-organization of the sewing room. I also went yarn shopping. Okay, all I picked up was the new spring Rowan and a pattern. But the LYS was right down the block from Goodwill. But I also picked up a lead on a place out int he country where I might be able to find something to use. There is a farm that is also a second hand furniture store that I completely forgot about in a tiny little hamlet out in the western part of the county. Next weekend is packed with a birthday party at the fire house and class so I will have to wait for the following weekend to head out there. (I do fire prevention at birthday parties and I either go to the party or parents can have the party at the station. The parents have to bring everything but they seem to like it. But the donation they give us is still less than it would cost them at Chuckie Cheese plus it is tax deductible. It just eats up about 3 hours for me though but the kids love it.)

I spent Sunday afternoon at a luncheon at a friend’s house. There were two 3 year olds there (hers and some one else’s.) My friend’s DH has two snakes and he brought them down for the kids. I forgot to take a photo of the baby ball python but this is the other one. (I forgot what type this one is though.) Snakes do not bother me since they were a common occurrence in the jungles of Panama. My friend’s house is right down the street from a Cuban restaurant and her husband and I walked down there to bring back cafe con leche for everyone. Sunday was the owner’s birthday so every female who came in had to dance salsa with him. That was fun. This particular restaurant is my father’s favorite and the owner is Cuban and his wife Panamanian. I wonder if Alfredo will be having salsa on a regular basis now. It was fun sitting down there and listening the music and hearing Spanish and English being spoken at the same time. It was almost like being at my abuela’s house.

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And just for fun, here is cute shot of Mimi I took the other day. You can tell what she thinks of having her photo taken. My brother’s question was where are her horns. He swears she is a devil cat since she doesn’t like him. She will hiss at him and swat him if he gets to close. But come to think of it, our old cat probably didn’t like him either but she just went about it in other ways. She used to sleep on his head and quite often her paws would end up over his nose or mouth. My answer is that Siamese cats are just very smart.

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