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Playing Catch-Up

I have received two swap packages recently and I have been really bad about not posting them here. First up is are my mittens from the No More Hundrum Mitten Swap. My upstream partner was Kim of Woven ‘n’ Spun. She knit me a pair of mittens that have sheep on them. They are super cute. I think I will have to watch out and make sure they don’t end up on my niece’s hands. She also wove me a scarf in purples. There is a pattern for Pop-Up Paws or the only mitten I will wear as my nephew puts it. (He says that not me.) I will be using this pattern for his holiday presents. And there is a nice skien of blue Finnish yarn to try the pattern out with.

I have also received my swap package for the Earth Day Swap. The swap was set up over on Ravelry. I did this swap last year and enjoyed it. So I agreed to do it again this year. My upstream partner this time was Jess aka wingedsheep on Ravelry. Jess send me several wonderful items. There is first up two undyed skeins of Trekking Pro Natura which will be dyed sometime after MDS&W. There is a pot scrubber made using some plarn. Plarn is made from plastic bag strips. She also sent me a starter ball of it. Plastic bags are something we all have tons of and I think I may be able to get my nephew interested in knitting with this yarn.

She also sent me two reusable grocery bags. Once is a green bag and the other is from her yarn store. The one from the yarn store is nice and pink and big. I love it. Her yarn store loved the idea of this swap and gave her the bag to send to me. It will be used at MDS&W. And her yarn shop has a wonderful website so go and check out Woolbearers online. Tucked inside one of the bags was a nice bar of jasmine glycerin soap and a bar of dark chocolate from Green & Black’s

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And are you aware of the fact that we are getting closer to MDS&W? We are less then 15 days away!!! Check out the countdown blog.

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Earth Day Swap

Once again, I am doing the Earth Day Swap again this year. This year it is over Ravelry but I am also posting the answers to the questions here.

Questionnaire –

1. What colors do you prefer? Do you like stripes? Do you totally hate pooling? What colors do you hate? I love blues, reds, pinks, and purples. About the only color, I don’t really like is yellow. It is a very strong color and I can only tolerate it in small bits. I seem to have a ton of blue yarn in my sock yarn stash but that doesn’t mean I don’t need more. And as to pooling or striping, it is all a matter of gauge and finding a pattern that works with the yarn to show it off.

2. Have you ever knit socks? If not, are you willing to try? (If not, do you own any double point needles?) What do you usually knit? You mean there is something else other than socks?!?!?! Okay, there is lace and mittens. Yes, I prefer to knit socks and there are always at least 3 pairs on the needles at any given time.

3. Have you tried any of the earth friendly fibers? If, so which ones have you tried? What did you knit? What did you like or dislike about the fiber you tried? Would you try it again? I have tried earth friendly fibers before. I do not like Tofusties since it seemed to not have enough give for me. I have bad shoulder and seem to have problem knitting yarns that have no give to them.

4. Is there a particular fiber you are hankering to try? I love all fibers. Although bamboo is nice to knit with.

5. Do you have any allergies?(Fiber or otherwise. Remember that if you are allergic to crab, you might be allergic to Tofutsies!) Also remember that some people like to add organic chocolate or other goodies to packages. I am highly allergic to strawberries but I have a 13 year nephew and an 11 year old niece who seem to always know when I receive packages with goodies. And they both always volunteer to try things out for me.

6. Are you a practicing vegan? No although I prefer to eat vegan as much as possible.

7. How do you plan to celebrate Earth Day? Or, how have you celebrated Earth Day in the past? I am not sure how I will celebrate Earth Day this year. I am working on a new raised bed garden so I may be working on that.

8. Do you have any Earth Day resolutions? What are they? To try and increase and grow more of my own vegetables this year. My neighbor has a huge organic garden and he allows me some space and to pick from there it over the summer.

9. Got a planet friendly tip? Start your own compost heap. You will be surprised at how much you can reduce waste. And if that isn’t possible, recycle everything.

10. Are you willing to send a package internationally (Canada/US)? Yes.

11. What are your favorite snacks and candies? Or don’t you want to be enabled? I love dark chocolate. But I also like treats. And if I can’t eat it, I don’t think my oldest nephew has ever met a food he won’t at least try. He claims he is “helping” me by sampling everything.

12. What weight yarns do you use the most? And what weight do you NEVER use (and are not willing to try)? I tend to use a lot of fingering weight yarns since I knit socks. But I also love lace weight yarns. And I can alsways find a use for just about any weight yarn.

13. Are you willing to be a Swap Angel if needed? yes

14. What color(s) do you love? What color(s) do you hate? What color(s) do you have too much of in your stash? I love the colors of water in all its moods. I grew up near the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Mediterranean. So I have always been near water. Living slightly inland now, I get my fix of water from the rivers and creeks. So basically any color you might find in water could be my favorite. But I also love reds and pinks and purples.

15. What about variegated yarns? I love them. But I also like semi-solids.

16. How much of your stash is on Ravelry? You are joking of course!!! Maybe a quarter of my sock yarn stash is there. And no, it will never all be there.

17. What would you love to knit? What would you hate to knit? Socks are my all time favorite. But I will knit just about anything.

18. Do you have any kids? No but I have 3 that I borrow – two nephews and a niece who also knits. And a friend has 2 little girls under the age of 5 that I knit for as well.

19. Do you have pets? For me: Do you mind getting a swap partner who lives within 200 miles of you? Or are you really excited about swapping all over the country? My cat lives with my parents. She likes it better there since she can go outside in the fenced yard. And it is fine with whoever you match me up with. It can be interesting swapping with some one who is local.

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No More Humdrum Mitten Swap Questions

Since I am on a mitten kick, I joined the No More Humdrum Mitten Swap 2. (Registration has already closed.) And here are the questions and my answers for the swap. This is going to be interesting since I get to try my hand at knitting mittens for some one else.

How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? I learned when I was 4 and my family was living in Naples. But I really didn’t pick it up again until university. My mother didn’t and still doesn’t knit so I do all sorts of other forms of needlework instead.

Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? Probably advanced even though there are still a few techniques that I haven’t tried. But if I have good instructions or pictures, I can generally figure things out.

What are your favorite colors? Any you dislike? I tend to love bright bold colors. If you look at my projects and what I have posted of my stash over on Ravelry, there is quite a bit of blue, red, and purple there. Basically the only color I do not like is solid yellow. A tiny bit of yellow goes a long way.

Do you like Latvian type patterns? If so, what are your favorite patterns? I have all of the books. And a pair of Latvian mittens are on my list of projects for this year. Since I have two nephews and a niece, I tend to knit practical basic mittens because my mittens somehow disappear and show up on their hands…… I am going to have to hide all of my mittens I think. But what ever pattern I am knitting at the moment is my favorite.

Do you desire mittens for yourself, your “special someone else” or your child? For me.

What is the measurement from your wrist to the tip of your longest finger? What is the circumference of your hand at it’s widest point?
From where my wrist joins my hand, the measurement is exactly 6-3/4 inches. And the measurement from the widest point of my hands is 7-1/4 inches.

What other things do you enjoy knitting? Right now I am working on a mystery project which is a sweater. I also always have at least 3 or more pairs of socks on the needles. Some are plain and others patterned. I just like to knit.

What sort of needles do you enjoy working with? (straights vs circs, bamboo vs aluminum) It all depends on what I am knitting. I try to match my project yarn to the needle. I generally use circulars. I rarely use straights but that is not to say that I don’t on occasion use them. I generally use Addis or bamboo circulars. But when I use dpns, they are wood Brittanys. I have virtually every size and length in Brittanys. But I also have nice metal dpns courtesy of a really good friend. She gave me a set of Celtic Swan dpns last year.

What’s one project you’ve not yet tried but are dying to make? Lady Eleanor. I have never tried entrelac before but the owner of my LYS told me to come one Saturday and just sit there and try to figure it out. If I need help, she will guide me in the right direction. If I can’t figure something out, most of the time I just need a nudge in the right direction.

What’s one yarn you’ve not yet tried but are dying to work with? Well, I truthfully have never met a yarn that I didn’t like. But a frienxd just pointed out to me that Strikkegarn and Finullgarn would be a perfect yarn for mittens. And I haven’t tried them yet.

What other hobbies do you have? Do you spin? Sew? Garden? Cook? I do embroidery, quilt, needlepoint, cross stitch, among other things. I also read. A lot. I cook and like to experiment with food. Do not ask how many cookbooks I own. I have managed to get that collection down to a manageable selection finally.

Besides yarn, do you collect anything? Besides sock yarn? Well, I have this little thing for sea turtles and dragons. Actually Chinese dragons but all dragons are part of the family. And I collect anything to do with Siamese cats.

What kind of goodies do you enjoy? Sweets? Salty? Anything you hate or are allergic to? I am highly allergic to strawberries or poison berries as my niece and oldest nephew call them. Personally, I am a dark chocolate and tea treat person. But my niece and nephew love it when I do swaps because I let them have the treats. (And that means my niece leaves my yarn alone.) And I seriously doubt my 13 year old nephew has ever met a food or treat that he doesn’t like.

Do you have any kids? Pets? No kids. My meezer lives at my parents house since she loves going out side and they have a fenced backyard.

What is your favorite part of Winter? I love snow!!! I grew up in southern Europe so I never really knew snow until I was about 13. I love being inside watching snow fall. I also love to be outside and walking in the snow. I like to walk in the woods when it is snowing and listen to the snow fall. In town, there are too many people out driving when it is snowing to hear it. One of the things I loved about university was that my school was in the mountains and my dorm backed up to the woods. I would walk along the creek into the woods every time it snowed to listen to the snow.

What is your least favorite part of Winter? Ice. Plain and simple. I also don’t like the cold when there is no snow. And I don’t like how fast the nice pristine snow becomes all slushy and ugly.

And so that there is a photo or two in today’s post, I would like to introduce everyone to my new friend Boris. I met him yesterday when I was walking down a street in downtown Frederick. He was sitting patiently on his front step waiting for his human to realize he was there. He was patiently sitting on the step watching the human traffic on the sidewalk. When he saw me, he came down the steps and started talking to me and wanting to be petted. And I obliged. I did knock on the door and while I was waiting, Boris kept talking to me and posing. When his human came to the door, she and I talked. She said that he likes to sit on the front steps and watch the humans come down the sidewalk but he never does further than a foot from the bottom step. He is also checked on generally every few minutes but she was doing laundry. And Boris has never met a camera that he didn’t like.

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Edited: Boris is chipped because he will not wear a collar.

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Virtual Vacation Photos

I received my package from the Virtual Vacation Swap while I was sick. So I am finally revealing it to everyone. And no, P, you may not pet the yarn. I know what will happen if I ever let you pet the yarn. 😉

I went to Alaska on my virtual vacation. My hostess was Tammy from Tammy’s Knitting Again. Tammy not only knits, she quilts too. She sent me quilter’s candy along with some yarn.

On to the lovely goodies from Alaska –

There is a nice little hat with Alaska on it in a pale pink-purple color. There is also some tea from Alaska Tea Traders. And a lovely mug in purples with Alaskan wildflowers on it. There are some lovely batiks to use in making a pattern called Nature’s Sweet Kiss. The pattern is from an Alaskan designer. There is some Alaskan sour dough starter. I love sourdough breads. I generally have good luck keeping my starters going once I get them started. I think I feel the urge to start making bread again.

There is also something called Alaskan Bear Breath Mints. I love the tin they are in. There are tons of postcards and a beautiful magnet with Mount McKinley on it. There are flower seeds for wildflowers and irises. There is a nice little tree ornament from Santa’s Village.

But I have saved the best part for last. That little skein sitting next to the picture of the aurora borealis is some hand spun qiviut. Some one in Tammy’s guild spun the yarn!!!!

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Now playing: Anúna – August
via FoxyTunes

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Sockapoolza Socks

I received my socks for Sockapoolza 4 earlier this week. My socks were made for me by Jeri of alittlemoreknit. The socks she knit me are the ‘Vog On pattern from the Spring 2007 Knitty.

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After reading her blog, I have discovered that Jeri dyed the yarn for these socks herself!!! I love the color of the yarn. It is nice and tangerine to me. The socks are a perfect fit and I didn’t even dare let my niece see them because she would try and claim them. THe yarn is from Finland and called Revontuli. (I can’t find any links for this yarn.)

She also sent me a few other items in the package. There is a wonderful bag with an eggplant on the front. I am thinking that Jeri made it but she didn’t say in her note. She did however make me some knit wash clothes. The chartreuse one is the backside of a bunny with his little tail showing. And the green one is a flower basket. There is also a pair of britches for my dishes. They are actually two dish cloths cleverly held together with a ribbon. I will try and keep the britches together for awhile.

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She also sent me a skien of Churro yarn. Churro sheep are raised by the Navajoes and their wool is used for weaving blankets and rugs. The Churro sheep are considered a Rare Breed. Click on the first link for a photo and history of this unique breed.. Personally, I think they are a beautiful breed. I love their horns.

And Jeri is also from the South West like my partner Carrie from the Hogwarts Swap. Jeri though is from Gallup, New Mexico. Gallup is considered to be in the heart of Native American lands. And from the photos, it looks gorgeous and this region has always been on my list of places to visit.

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Now playing: Anúna – Greensleeves
via FoxyTunes

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Hogwarts Socks

I received an owl post about a week now but I haven’t blogged about it yet. Yes, bad blogger!!!! And to honest, it has been too hot to even think of putting socks on my feet. But I have put on the socks and taken pictures finally. And yes, I stayed in the a/c to take the pictures.

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My socks were knit by Susan Bones aka Carrie at Strickerin. Carrie lives in the Great Southwest and sent me some goodies from her area. First up though we the socks. I was sorted by the Sorting Hat into Gryffindor. Be quiet P!!! So she knit me socks in the house colors. And she said that this was the first time that she had tried stripes. I can’t tell.

She also send me Alison’s wonderful book Charmed Knits which I did not have. There was plenty of prickly pear goodies.. There was a prickly pear lollipop. And some prickly pear marmalade, taffy and honey.

She also sent me two skeins of Panda Cotton in the Faded Jeans color way. And the yarn will make me a pair of socks soon. And she also sent me a needle to use for socks.

Thank you Carrie!!!

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Now playing: Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods – Billy, Don’t Be a Hero
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Socks in the City Podcast

Check out the new episode of Socks in the City. I sent Madame Carrie some stash yarns in a mini swap. If you regularly listen to her podcast, you will know that she has been wanting to try Koigu PPM and I just happened to have some in my stash thanks to a long ago gift from Emy.

I am working on the ball of yarn that seems to never end. I am trying to get my scarf for ISE 4 done but it seems like the ball of Sea Silk just keeps going and going. It really does have great yardage.

And the coffee date went well Monday night. Or at least I think it did. I will wait and see if I hear back from him. He is going out of town for about a week on Friday. SO I hope to hear from him after he gets back.

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Knitter’s Tea Swap

p6120031.jpgI received in the mail today a truly wonderful swap package for the Knitter’s Tea Swap 3. This time around, you knew who your partner was and what made it really neat is that the person who had you is the person that you had. My partner this time was Michelle of Insanknitty. I am still waiting on one item to arrive before I mail her package. The shop said it should be in early next week so cross your fingers that it arrives on time. It is an item that they normally stock but she had just sold the last one in stock. I have everything else ready to mail to her but for the last missing piece. And it is kind of a crucial item. So Michelle, your’s will be on the way as soon as the missing item arrives.

So what was in the package? Plenty. There was yarn for a new pair of socks. The yarn is Lorna’s Laces in Envy and the pattern for the Whiskers and Paw Prints socks by Theresa of The Keyboard Biologist.

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There was a lovely tea towel in blues. A nice little note book to jot down design ideas. A package of tea napkins with tea cups on them. There were two different tea scented/flavored lip balms. A packet of lovely green tissues which will come in handy since my grass allergies are kicking up. A nice bar of Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate. A neat little tin of green tea mints that came in a nice little round container that can hold stitch markers when it is empty. The flavor is lively lemon grass and they are shaped like tea leaves. There were also two magazines to read in the box. They are Tea Time by Southern Lady and Southern Lady magazine which I have never seen before. Two nice stirrers that are really honey but they could be honey lollipops…….

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There were several wrapped packages as well. They contained a tin of McVitie’s Hob Nobs which are a milk chocolate tea biscuit from the UK. There is also a packet of Cadbury Rich Tea biscuits. IN the little green Chinese take out box was a set of 4 tea pot stitch markers. There was also a jar of Gallberry Bee Blessed Pure Honey from a local bee keeper in North Carolina near her house.

And since this was a tea swap, there was tea in the package. There was a box of Barry’s Tea from Ireland. This is the good stuff from Ireland. There were two packages of tea from her local tea room The Pineapple Tea Room. The first tea was Tibetan Tiger black tea. The second one is the house blend called Salem Street Blend. I will be trying these teas in the next day or two. Thank you Michelee!!!!

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Knitter’s Virtual Vacation Questionnaire

I am taking part in the Knitter’s Virtual Vacation Swap. I love to travel and spent my childhood traveling around the world. So this sounds like a great way to travel without leaving home.

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1. If you could visit any state in the US, which would it be and why? I would love to visit Montana and Alaska. I would love to go back to Hawaii but since I have been there at least five times, it shouldn’t count.

2. If you could visit any country in the world, other than your own, which would it be and why? I would have to say China, Australia, and New Zealand. China because technically it is where I was born but I have never been to mainland China. Australia for the jungles and reefs. New Zealand for the rivers and mountains. Yes, I am a thrill seeker.

3. Have you ever driven across several states/providence/countries?
Yes. Supposedly, I have been across a good stretch of the US but I was very little and don’t remember it. But I have driven through most of Western Europe as a child. We were living there at the time. And I was lucky enough to drive the Pan-American highway from Panama to the US before it was shut due to the civil war in Nicaragua. That was fun and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

4. Have you ever visited someplace you consider exotic? Where was it? Midway Island. I was about 3 at the time but I remember the gooney birds and the beaches. The sand is nice and coarse. My glasses didn’t like being buried in it either. I liked to play in the sand.

5. What was your favorite “travel” vacation? Why?
That would be hard to say since I spent my childhood traveling. I thought everyone traveled on vacation.

6. Have you ever played tourist in your own home city/state (if international, country)? Explain. Yes, I play tourist all the time. My town is in a historic region and I like to go and wander just to wander. And the camera comes along with me because you never know what you will find or see.

7. Are you a museum visitor, beach comer or an amusement seeker? I love museums. I love the beach even though the sun doesn’t love me. I do not like amusement parks though I am a thrill seeker. I like to get my thrills by hiking, climbing, and kayaking out in nature.

8. What’s your favorite type of yarn? Sock yarn but I am also partial to lace yarn. But I love all yarns.

9. What’s your least favorite type of yarn? Anything scratchy and cotton.

10. What items do you like to knit/crochet? Mostly socks but I do have a sweater or two on the needles that need to be finished.

11. What do you pack, knit/crochet wise when you go on vacation? Sock knitting. Plus several extra skeins just in case. And extra needles and my tool kit. And plenty of books to read. And plenty of sunscreen and my iPod with plenty of podcasts.

12. What other crafts do you do/would like to do other than Knit/Crochet? I am a quilter who also appliqués. I also embroider, do needlepoint and cross stitch. My first love was embroidery and knitting since they are the first crafts I learned. I can sketch but I can’t paint. I used to do quite a bit of charcoal work while I was at university for fun.

13. Are you allergic to anything? (Yarn wise or treat wise) I am highly allergic to strawberries. My oldest nephew calls them poison berries for me. But that is okay because he will offer to take any treats to personally sample them. He always reports back to me on how they tasted.

14. What is your favorite color? Least Favorite? I love purples, reds, pinks, blues, greens. The only color I do not like is solid yellow. But some yellow is okay.

15. Sweet or Savory (Treat not personality)? I like savory but I also like sweet. and so does my nephew although his sister prefers sweet. Yes, they do not have any boundary issues when it comes to food. They have seen their daddy help himself to my dinner many a time. So don’t worry about that.

16. Anything else we are forgetting to ask that you think your partner desperately needs to know? Not that I can think of right now.

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Knitter’s Treat Exchange

I think I have already established the fact that I like swaps. And so when I saw the sign ups for the Knitter’s Treat Exchange, that odds of me not signing up were pretty slim. I received my package and the person who had me was Bobbi of Krafty1.

Here is what she sent me – 2 skeins of Lorna’s Laces in Tuscany in the sport weight for fast socks. A copy of her favorite movie Under the Tuscan Sun which happens to be one of mine. Some Revolution teas to try and i will be trying it. Some wonderful summer glasses for drinking iced tea. A bottle of hand lotion which as a knitter you cna never have enough. The scent for those wanting to know is wild honeysuckle. Did you ever eat the necter of the wild honeysuckle? I used to growing up.

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A copy of Midwest Living which is in the stack of magazines to be read. And best of all, some chocolate from the Victorian Chocolate Shoppe which I have been very good about and not eaten yet. But trust me, they will not last very long. Well, they will last longer if I do not show them to my mother. But I share so she might get one.

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