Wednesday, January 31, 2007

2007 Goals

I decided to join the Knit-From-Your-Stash-a-Thon that started January 1 and ends September 30. I feel that I can make it nine months with one exception. I am going to the Maryland Sheep and Wool and that is too much yarn to not buy....Oh yes, the rules say that sock yarn does count. I have changed the title to Knit/Weave-From-Your-Stash-a-Thon.

These are the rules...

1. The Knit/Weave-From-Your-Stash-a-Thon will start January 1, 2007 and run through September 30, 2007--a period of nine months.

2. We will not buy any yarn during that period, with the following exceptions:

a. Sock yarn does not count. What? you think we are made of stone?

b. If someone asks for a specific knitted gift that we really and truly do not have the yarn for, we may buy yarn to knit that gift.

c. If we are knitting something and run out of yarn, we may purchase enough to complete the project.

3. We are allowed to receive gifts of yarn.

4. Trading stash is allowed.

5. Spinning fiber of any sort is exempt.

I have also come up with my goals for 2007. I was at first thinking that I would love to knit a sweater this year...start to finish. While talking to my spinning/weaving/knitting friend today, I have revised my goal to Spinning the yarn, Dye it, then knit a sweater this year.

My other goal is to weave fabric for a complete outfit.

I am giving myself until the end of the year for these last two goals.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Purse 2 Questionnaire

Hi everyone,

Here is the answers to the questionnaire for the Purse Exchange 2. I have heard from the lady that I have and checked out her blog.
1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I like sock yarns, hand dyed ...I really do not have a fiber that I absolutely do not like. You can find something to do with all of it.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? I do not have a good needle storage. I most have the 12" circulars for my socks and double pointed. I just throw what I need in a baggie.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I have been knitting continueously for a couple of years. A lady showed me how quite a few years ago but I did not start knitting regularly until I wanted to make socks. I would consider myself an intermediate.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.)


6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? chocolate with nuts

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I weave, crochet, love working with Paint Shop Pro to make signature tags and digital scrapbook pages, machine embroidery. I spin but I am not very good. It would probably help if I stuck to it.

8. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
I live red, white, purple, green, yellow. The only color that I do not care for but can not say I hate, is orange.
9. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I am a single mom of two grown children. I have no pets.

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

11. What are you knitting right now?
socks and a purse

12. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
circular. bamboo, aluminum, plastic-whatever does the job

13. Is there anything that you collect?
I collect yarn..but I also collect the procelain Christmas miniature houses. Most of mine is Department 56 but I buy what I like.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

One Last Christmas Thought

I am sitting here knitting on one of my sock projects because I want to wear the socks tomorrow with a sweater that I brought here to New Orleans...Yes, I am back in New Orleans working. Hopefully, for just another 30 days. At least I hope so since I have so many projects planned.

There is going to be another tote exchange of which I want to be apart of; I am in a fiber postcard exchange due in April; received sock yarn and a pattern from my daughter for Christmas that is calling me to get started on; and two scarves on my loom. I am also in a Name Draft weaving study group requiring swatches to exchange.. of course there will be something else.

I did want you to see some of the gift tags for my childrens' Christmas gifts. I have told you before how I love using Paint Shop Pro (PSP). These tags are an example of what I have been doing.

My son said that I made him look like a "pimp". My daughter understood that he was Willy Wonka. Next to "Roger" Wonka is my interpretation of my son as a pirate. I think the body is Johnny Depp. My son was about 8 when this picture was taken, he will be 32 on 1/7/07. I can not believe that I have not been home for his birthday in years. Once I was so busy I totally forgot. He has never let me live it down. My daughter and husband said that they are taking him and his girlfriend out this year. Maybe he will not notice that I was not there.

I loved taking my children places when they were small. One of the many places we went was Wild West City in New Jersey when she was about 12, I took the picture and created a desk frame. Next I took one of her pictures and put her head on this great graphic of Santa taking off his Santa face. I think it works.

The last gift tag that I am showing you is my daughter and son-in-law as Centaurs.

I thought they would kill me but they laughed with me and liked my creations.