Crafty Chick Knits

Ramblings about knitting, life, and whatnot.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Secret Pals 5

Since I have been given my Secret Pal assignment, I figured it was time to answer these questions. So Secret Pal (and anyone else who is interested) this is for you....

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?

I am becoming more of a snob. The more I knit with quality yarns, the harder it is to go back to acrylic. I do think that acrylic does have it's place though; for example, baby items that you know the mother won't take time to hand wash.

2. Do you spin? Crochet?

I crochet too. I'd like to spin, but haven't had the opportunity to pick it up yet. I'm very interest in dying my own yarn.

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)

I am allergic to tons of things, but mostly varieties of trees, grass, and weeds.

4. How long have you been knitting?

I've been knitting about 2 1/2 years.

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

Not anything that is updated.

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

I like all kinds of good smelling things, but some floral scents make me sneeze so I stay away from anything too flowery.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?

Definitely, especially for chocolate.

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?

I've been known to make candles, and have a "candle factory" set up in my grandma's garage. I stopped making them though when people wanted to buy them, and it became more work than fun. I also love photography.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

I like all kinds of music. You can see my favorites in my profile. I think my computer can play MP3s. I am also probably one of the only people in the US who has a Sony Minidisc player.

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?

I really love all colors, and will wear any color whether I should or not. My favorites are pink, lime green, light blue, and purple.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

I have a great husband, and we live with our two "children" Roscoe and Catherine, who are cats. I also have two annoying birds.

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)

My life dream would be to win to lottery so I can open my own business and be my own boss. I also dream of traveling all over the world, especially Africa.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?

I love wool and alpaca. Anything with silk in it is nice too.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

I really hate eyelash yarn. I've also worked with some cottons that split like crazy and are a pain to knit.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?

I don't really have any. I like to switch up projects often so I don't get bored.

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

I'll try anything once, but I don't think I have a favorite item.

17. What are you knitting right now?

Right now I am working on a baby blanket for my cousin, a shrug which I am trying to design myself, and the Color on Color scarf from Scarf Style. I may start a new Flowerbasket Shawl. I finished one but was not happy about it. More on that saga later.

18. What do you think about ponchos?

I like ponchos. For me wearing a poncho is like wearing a blanket, and what could be cozier than that?

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?

Circular. They are definitely more versatile.

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

Bamboo or plastic. I really don't like the cold, hard feeling of aluminum.

21. Are you a sock knitter?

Not yet. It seems like fun to knit a sock, but I have to say I am a true Southern California girl, and hate to wear anything but sandals. Maybe I'll get into it for gifting.

22. How did you learn to knit?

I taught myself from a book. It wasn't the easiest experience, but after looking at the book, trying to knit, looking at the book again, I realized that I was doing it correctly.

23. How old is your oldest UFO?

I was a sweater for my husband, and I don't remember how old it is. If I had to guess, I would probably guess about 2 years.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?

I love Paul Frank stuff and Hello Kitty.

25. What is your favorite holiday?

It's a tie between Christmas and Halloween.

26. Is there anything that you collect?

I'm trying to collect less and less now. I used to collect Barbies, but now only collect things like jewelry and bags with Barbie on it. I have an impressive collection of purses.

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

Thanks to my last Secret Pal, I have a subscription to Vogue Knitting. I also subscribe to Interweave Knits.

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?

The only one I can think of is Knitting on the Edge.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Whew!!

I'm so relieved that the wedding is over. The weekend was jam packed with activities, starting on Thursday night with the rehearsal. My friend has these two obnoxious cousins who were bridesmaids, and decided to show up about a half hour late for the rehearsal. We got throughout it, and then had a catered BBQ dinner at the groom's mother's house. The night was topped off by the presentation of the attendants' gifts; cute pink track suits with our monograms embroidered on them for the girls, along with rhinestone encrusted flip flops, and mini tote bags, and because I was the Maid of honor, I got a spa gift certificate and a necklace with my initial on it. The boys all got beer brewed by the bride and groom themselves. They had a label made with their picture on it, and called their brew Drunk on Love.

Friday was a girls' day out, starting with a mani pedi. Of course the cousins had to be difficult and decided that they needed to have a later nail appointment, so the rest of us ended up waiting for them to be finished before we could all head out to lunch. The bride's mom took us all out to lunch, and we ended the day celebrating the bride's birthday at her grandparents house.

The wedding day was such a beautiful day, and both the bride and groom were absolutely glowing. I wish I had some pictures to post, but I was too busy to take any myself. I really spent most of the day on the verge of tears. I don't know why I was so emotional! I didn't cry at all at my own wedding, but just the sight of seeing my best friend looking so beautiful and the bride and groom looking so happy and in love made me teary. Their reception was on the amazing golf course, and with such a clear day, the view from the ballroom was perfect. We had a blast at the reception, and danced like crazy until we were kicked out. All-in-all it was a great day!

Of course I have no knitting news to report. We spent yesterday, the day after the wedding, at my in-laws for the hubby's grandma's 80th birthday party. Today I'm tired!! I really wanted to call in sick to work, but couldn't because I have to prepare for some research I am conducting tomorrow. When will I get back to the Flowerbasket Shawl? It's so close to being done!

Until later, happy knitting.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Too Busy To Blog!

I'm sorry for the lack of updates recently. The wedding is Saturday and to top it off, it has been absolute madness at work, and my boss is in Europe. I haven't had time to pick up a needle, nonetheless update here. I hope that after Saturday I will have some more time to devote to both blogging and knitting. I think my shawl is getting lonely!

TTFN!

Monday, May 09, 2005

The End Is Near!

That is the end of my Matron of Honor duties. I managed to survive the bridal shower this weekend. After so much planning and running around it went really well. I think my friend and her guests had a great time, and I am so relieved that it is over. I'm so glad none of my other good friends are getting married any time soon.

Between the shower and my Birthday (which was Friday) I have no knitting progress to report. I started a shrug (of my own design) in Knit Picks Elegance, and hope to get some work done on that while I am at my in-law house tonight. I can't say enough good things about Elegance. It is so soft and silky, and knits up beautifully. I highly recommend it.

I will get some pictures up here later this week (I hope). Until later, Happy Knitting!

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Bad Blogger

I have been a negligent blogger this week, but of course I have excuses. The first being that I am being that I was forced to move my cubicle last week. This is the fourth time I have moved in the four and a half years I have been with the company. This has to be the most ridiculous move yet. The whole department is being moved over one row. I'm beginning to think that they move us once a year just as a tricksy way of making us all clean up our desks.

The second excuse I have for not blogging is that planning this bridal shower for my friend has taken all my free time. The shower is this Saturday, so I should be able to reclaim my life after that. I'm just so stressed because I want everything to be perfect for her. At least only 20 of the 40 people that were invited are actually attending, so I can breath a little easier. I'm also grateful that my hubby has offered to cook for the shower (he is definitely the better cook). I'm sure I'll have pictures to post of the party after next weekend.

On to some actual knitting related content. First, a big "THANKS" to my secret pal, Gwen. Gwen you are awesome!



She sent me six balls of Rowan Kid Soft, several sweater patterns to give me inspiration for the yarn, and this cute little flower she knitted herself. The flower looks so great with the yarn that I may have to make it into a pin that I can attach to whichever sweater I make. So again, thanks pal! You really made my first Secret Pal experience enjoyable.

I also have this picture of my Flower Basket Shawl. I've finished the 6th repeat of the second chart. Unfortunately I missed a yo in the last row shown here, and had to unknit about half a row. I think I made a little mistake, so I'll have to see how goofy this row looks once I get a little further along. I am somewhat of a perfectionist, but have come to terms with the fact that not everything can be perfect, and most likely no one will notice a small mistake.


Last, I will leave you with this cute picture of my bad babies.
The seem like they hate each other, but I caught them sleeping like this the other day, so I suspect it's all an act.
TTFN!

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