Sunday, September 30, 2007

Finally, An Overdue Thank You

I've been keeping the contents of my package secret from the blogosphere. This was the perfect package.

Here is the beautiful bracelet that my Secret Pal made for me.

I don't generally wear jewelry. But this was special from the moment I laid eyes on it. I've worn it and gotten some much-deserved compliments on it.

I photographed it on my Red Scarf Project scarf. I thought red would make a nice contrast for the blue. Not that red ever comes out right in photos. And not that I'm any good at taking photos. That's a pretty poor photo of a very, very nice bracelet.

This is the rest of the yummy package my pal sent me.

Notice that she sent me enough yarn to make a pair of socks. She's done. She has already sent me my heart's desire. A little goody for my tummy, a beautiful surprise that I wouldn't have known I'd even like if she'd asked me in advance, and enough yarn for a pair of socks in a color I really like.

Thank you, Pal!

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Thursday, September 27, 2007


Did I spell that right?

I am so far behind ... I have the photos of my wonderful pal's package on my computer (not this one) and I barely logged onto the machine long enough to get the photos onto it in the last week.

So, being a complete screw-up, this is the best thing I can do for the moment...

Isn't this video hysterical?

BTW, I'm knitting. Occasionally.

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Klyuchevskoy Volcano

Beautiful Volcano Pictures.

My next post will be of the package I received from my Secret Pal (I already emailed a thank you). But I thought this deserved its own post.


Sunday, September 09, 2007

I'm Wowed ... and sad

I found this very interesting sewing pattern company. I'd encourage you to watch the demo video, even though I'm sending you to the home page.

And right after finding that, I got an email from a cousin telling me that her sister is about to die of cancer. I'm not going to say too much more, except to state that if I'm ever told that I have breast cancer, I will demand the most aggressive treatment option offered.

May you die suddenly and peacefully in your sleep. (And not anytime soon.)

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Questionnaire Answers - Secret Pal 11

My SP Hostess sent out a questionnaire to be answered (for a contest!), and I started worrying over how to go about answering it. How silly. I have come to my senses. I will now take the ready-made blog post and be happy.

Thank you, Robyn.

1. What is the one knitting accessory you could not live without?

A tape measure.

No, wait, a lifeline. Well, I couldn't have learned to knit socks without a lifeline, but I don't use one any more. For socks, that is. I've got a lifeline in my unfinished mystery stole.

Definitely a tape measure.

Although, for some patterns, I can't get through them without a row counter. I get lost. But that's only some patterns, so I could just not do those.

Yeah, definitely a tape measure.

2. If you're heading on vacation, do you take knitting with you? If so,
how much and what type of project?

I try to take something small. I pack at least one pair of socks plus whatever else I'm working on that's not too big. I won't pack something that I will be heartbroken if I lose it.

In my carry-on luggage I do not bring anything I wouldn't be willing to have confiscated. Usually some old cruddy needles and yarn for a hat. Plus a crochet hook, just in case the needles get taken from me...

3. Where have you travelled to that you'd consider your favorite spot?

Oregon. We've been to the Portland area twice, and it was lovely for different reasons both times.

4. What is your favorite knitting book at the moment? Do you own it?

Do I own it? Yes. I own both of them. Please do not make me pick one. 250 Knitting Patterns and 300 Knitting Patterns. These socks were designed from the last pattern in the 300 patterns book.
No, I do not read Japanese. At all.

5. Do you listen to podcasts? Which is your favorite(s)?

Yeah, I do. But I haven't really settled on a favorite. I really enjoy The Skeptics Guide to the Universe. But is that because I'm acquainted with the guys doing it? I've got a bunch in my blogroll that I like but I don't really get to listen to any of them faithfully, so I guess none of them are so wonderful that I'll make a special effort to get to them.

6. If you could only knit with 1 color for the rest of your life, what color
would that be?

Black. It goes with everything. Oh, wait, you want a COLOR? Oh, alright. Blue. Dark blue. It's almost black. But I really do like some variety, you know?

7. If you were far into a project and then noticed a mistake near the
beginning what would you do?

Depends on the project, the mistake, and my mood. I have done all of the following:
- let it be
- cut the yarn and done some surgery
- knit something else entirely
- start over

8. Where is the most unusual spot you've ever knit?
I've knit in bed, on an airplane, in an airport, at a picnic (where I was the only one knitting), at a conference (several different kinds), at a restaurant (it keeps me from eating the bread before the meal). Is any of that unusual?

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