Friday, August 31, 2007

Fall into Autumn Dishcloth Questionaire

1. Do you knit or crochet? How long have you been doing it?
I knit and crochet since January 2007

2. Have you made dischloths before? Do you use them yourself, give them as gifts, or both?
Yes, I have made dishcloths. I do both use them and give them as gifts

3. What's your favorite cotton to make cloths from? What cotton would you like to try that you haven't before ?
I like the Sugar and Creme and Peaches and Creme, I have lots of new cotton I received last month in Swaps and contest and can not wait to try them.

4. If you knit, do you prefer circular or straight needles? For all, do you prefer wooden, metal, or plastic needles? I like wooden straight or circs

5. What are your favorite colors? Any colors you don't like much?
I like pink and turquoise. Not a big Orange fan.

6. What do you like best about Autumn?
I love the leaves changing colors. We don't get it that much but when it does, there is some beautiful trees out there.

7. Pies: Pumpkin? Apple? Pecan? All of em? or No Thanks!
All of them. Yum! Yum!

8. When you were a kid, were you the one who couldn't wait to get started with school , or the one who overslept on the 1st day?
I couldn't wait to get started with school.

9. Do you celebrate Halloween? (The real key here guys is especially knowing if you have an aversion to the holiday or little goodies/decorations associated with it, given the timeframe of the swap)
We love some trick or treating even though it will rot my kids teeth out, so yes we participate in Halloween. We decorate and we love the time of year it is.

10. If you had to choose just 3 edible 'goodies' to eat for a full year, what 3 would you choose? Reese's Easter Eggs(they are better than reese's cups), coconut creme pie, and my grandmothers nestle toll house cookies (with milk of course), I love starbucks coffee, but its a drink but it is a goody of mine on daily basis for the last 5-6 years (just think I could of been rich by now)

11. Do you have any pets? Kids? Husbands who seem like kids? ;)
I have 2 boys 8 and 6, and a spouse.

12. If you were to describe a particular yarn that shares traits of your personality, what would it be and why? Is there a yarn out there that would have a big heart, that would be me but multi colored because just as big hearted I can be, I can be a little spit fire too.

13. Do you use your cloths mostly for dishcloths, or as facecloths?
Dishcloths, it took me forever to use them after I made them. I stood there thinking I can not mess this up with these dirty dishes and get the ketchup off my kids plate. Love them, would rather use my dishcloths than store bought.

14. Favorite Fall Holiday: Halloween or Thanksgiving and why? (Feel free to share another fall memory if you do not celebrate either of these holidays)
Thanksgiving, I love the food we get to eat and the goodies which leads into the favorite holiday for us, is Christmas.

15. Do you have any allergies or aversions your pal should know about?
Nope, my allergies are Bees.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

A Late Birthday Surprise

Well, for the last couple days I have had the crud. Beware, I hear it is going around. I came home tonight and fixed me a cup of Vanilla Chai tea to make me feel better after work today. When the boys came in, they brought a box in with them. Austin stood right at my side waiting to see what I had. He kept telling me, mom you know how you have all those friends who keep sending you stuff, that you talk to on the computer? While, opening the box from Seattle(I knew it had to be my sister) he asked if he could have a friend from far away that he could swap packages with. It was so sweet. So, I get the box open and let him open the card and it was a Happy Birthday Card

and here are the goods from the box. My sister just got through doing a fundraiser for their batallion and she made these cute aprons to sell from the guys bdu's. I told her I wanted one and well, she must have listen. I got these cute notecard with my first initial. She sent me some really great yarn. I got some Noro wool yarn, some black & cream Schachenmayr nomotta Punto sock yarn, it is cotton yarn and perfect for socks that came from Korea (when she was living there). She sent me some Bernat, pink, organic cotton.

She sent me this skirt. It wraps and ties in the back. Its a light gray and a darker gray. It is so silky. She got it from Korea as well. I love all it. There was something else she was working on, but she said that it has became part of my Christmas because the military fundraisers have literally taken over her life. The military were glad to have Geoff take command, but I think they literally are waiting for my sister to arrive so they can hand her head fundraiser of projects. Seriously, they are probably already got my sister stationed for their next venture and they will just place Geoff in a good position. Lacey wasn't the one who signed for the military she just married military. However, when they get her in their batallion they have good coffees and hail & farewells. Even though she is my sister, I have to admit they got the VERY BEST! Well, I gotta get some rest now. Good night!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

A Little Catching Up From The Weekend

Before I get started, registration for the "Fall Into Autumn" exchange will open on September 1st and close September 8th at Midnight, EDT @ Head on over its a fun swap.

Well, this weekend I was on call I didn't get to do much crafting, and what I did get to do I can not show. It is for someone who reads my blog, for their birthday coming up. I will really pay if I don't get her present to her by her birthday this year. Here is why, last year I got my sister her Birthday present, it was a gift card and a Christian Fiction Book. Well, she lived in Korea at the time and I had it in time for her birthday, except by the time her birthday got here, I was halfway into the book. Which I don't ever read but it was a GOOD book. I am very slow reader and find a hard time to take care of my boys, cook, clean, work, craft, blog and read. I am so behind on my reading now. I know you are going to laugh, but there was so much hype about Harry Potter book recently I started the very first book and I still have about 75 pages to read and just not enough time. I won't finish that series for about 6 years. I love the book and I hear they get better and bigger. Lacey, just know that I am not reading your birthday present and you will have it by your birthday and you will love it. I promise.

Well, 4 days back I got nominated by my friend Chan for

Thank you Chan, I haven't been blogging that long, but I feel special that you thought I deserve it. Well, I will nominate someone, just not yet.

Sorry there isn't any pictures tonight. I will have a little time off Tuesday before going to eat with my boys for lunch and going to work, so I will post something more crafty then.

Well, off to drink my Mango Passion fruit tea and then to bed.

Friday, August 24, 2007

What's A Girl To Do With All Her Pink!

So, I came home and Wednesday was crazy when I got home, kids still doing homework. However, I looked on the table where they usually lay the mail down and there was a box with my name written all all over it(not really, just my address - sorry no picture). As I opened the box and unwrapped each item, I was in "Pink" Heaven. I love pink and I have to admit Sharon and her daughter spoiled

me with any kind of pink non-animal yarn for the August "Color Swap 2007", the colors were Pink and Peach. I will have to come up with some good projects with all this good yarn. She sent me a "Pink" 2008 Planner (needed one), and a "H" magnetic notepad. I love the pink case, it will be great for holding my hooks.

I LOVE this Cherry Tree Hill Cotton yarn, it is so soft and squishy.

Then last but not least, she sent me one of the things she is famous for, making her own soap. It smells wonderful. She made soap for my dishcloth swap partner(Peach), I don't know who liked it more me or my son. So, for this pink and peach swap, she sent me Watermelon, Sweet Rasberry and a kids soap with princess crowns in it (Hey Sharon, I saw the purple crown in the soap, good way to throw a little of you in there.) I can't wait to use it. All I have to say is Thank you!!!!!! I love it all. Please tell your princess I said thanks and she has my kind of taste.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

So I Picked Up the Hook

I got this yarn because there is a premie baby I wanted to make a hat for, because his is way to big at the hospital and I wanted to make some baby booties to go with it. He has his picture made every Friday and this week he is 4 weeks, and that puts him 33wks (5-7 weeks before he was suppose to be born). He made it last week to 2.6 lbs. He is so tiny. Back to the yarn, I love this yarn. It is so soft.

So, I picked up the hook and here is the outcome for this weeks projects. They are so tiny and so sweet. The booties are suppose to be 3" long. His foot is 2 1/8" long. Room to grow. Not much though. See the needle to the side, I used that to show you the length.

Well, we did a little remodeling this weekend, my back bathroom. While I was working away on my booties, all the men were laying tile in the bathroom. It is going to look so much better, considering, the floor got pulled up before it rotted (thank goodness). We had our works "Hail and Farewell (minus the Farewell)" last night at the Dr. I work for house. I work for 2 Drs. who were military. So after we had 9 new employees join in the last year (not a big turn over, just adding more to the group, due to so much research and so many trauma's that need surgery). The military Drs. figured it was time to "Hail" us in to the group. It was very nice. His wife had a white chocolate bread pudding that was to die for. Since I do his clinic day, I will have to get in good enough to get the recipe.

Well, that is about it. Just waiting to start my Knit1 Tea2 . I think in the mean time I will finish some projects I left on the needle and start another project, can't say it might be someones birthday present. I am going to send my Color Swap 2007 month August off next Saturday along with some goodies for a few special girls.

Until next time...........

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

For Charity

There is a contest going on at Anne's blog. She is just interested in knowing what charity interest you and why. Well, I like to make baby hats, and regular hats. Don't have the patience for blankets, just ask my son. I just can not pick his back up, takes way to long. So, I would have to say preemie hats, like the one I am doing now, but the one my heart is really in, is chemo caps. I have worked in the medical field for 15 years. Last year I worked at childrens hospital and everytime I had to take a patient (a kid) upstairs to be admitted to the cancer floor and they had lost their hair, well it rips my heart out. It broke my heart for the child and the parents. When I left to work in a cardiology clinic, I had to walk through the oncology clinic and I would see all those very sick pts without any hair and it broke my heart all over again. I can work with any type patient but cancer patients. I think cancer is a cruel disease. So, my real charity I would want to donate to, is Chemo Caps for all those bald heads in winter for kids and adults. I want to donate to our local hospital, I just don't know how many I could get done by winter. I feel like that is how I can give back to those patients, since it breaks my heart to take care of them.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Some Finished Projects and some New Ones Started

So, after my very productive weekend I have a few finished projects. I finished my Mandy's Candy Bag. I will probably make another one but with brighter colors. I like bright. So, Here is to you Amanda! Thanks for the cute pattern. Perfect for little presents.

I finished these stitchmarkers and another set, that everytime I took a picture they blurred. They are for a special someone, they are in teapots.

Well, I started a new project. There is a Dr. who works with us. He just had a little boy 28 weeks early. So, I am making a very tiny premie hat. I have put down the needles and I have picked up the hook, just temporary. He is soooooo tiny. He weighs like 2lbs. So, his hat is so little. I will post when I finish this tiny project. I am also going to make some tiny little booties for him.

Our tea party is about to start at the Knit1 Tea2 swap, so I will be making some goodies there for someone. I have in mind what it will be. I can not wait to get my partner, so I can get started on it too.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

PIF Exchange

I was over visiting Alaina last Sunday and she had an exchange going, it is based on the movie "Pay It Forward" with Helen Hunt. I haven't seen it yet, but I am going to go rent it, maybe today. They have it in a book and I would prefer to read but not enough time.

"Here is how it works! I'll send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange!I don't know what that gift will be yet, and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week...LOL... but you will receive it within 365 days, that's a promise! and it will be something yummy!! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog..."So the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog, I can't wait to see who you are! I have some great treats in stall for you all, just you wait and see!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Successful Saturday

I got up this morning and got ready to do my running around. Before I left my house, the mail came, and so did my prize from the DDoS contest I won. I got some Sugar n Cream multi color cotton yarn and some awesome Blue Sky Alpaca cotton yarn in a deep turquoise blue color. There is some summer note cards and a gardenia scented pouch. So, two days in a row, I got swag. Thank you Anne for my great prize! So, I got ready and off to the post office I went to mail my package to my DDoS pal. I hope her chocolate does not melt. It was 102 degrees here.

I went by my LYS and in hunt for some non-animal yarn for my Color Swap 2007 pal, and found all kinds of stuff. I got some awesome felting yarn that stripes and some cotton sock yarn and a book to try my hand at socks, when I get ready. You see it is a crochet sock book, that is because I don't like dpns and the knitting looks really difficult for socks. I taught myself to do both crochet and knit, so I can have the best of both worlds. While I was there I walked down the sidewalk to the sewing store 2 doors down and set myself up for my 1st sewing class. It takes place September 8th at 1pm. Who needs football, when you got crafting to do, right?

I went and picked up the rest of my kids school supplies, went grocery shopping. Got a 3 drawer organizer to organize all the yarn that seems to be growing every week(Lacey, you will be proud). Anyone who knows me, knows I like to shop or I use to, well I admit I have a slight problem, every payday instead of shopping for clothes, I buy yarn and goodies. When it cools off I will have to designate one of MY shopping weekend to the boys for school clothes.

After dinner I made some stitch markers that I will post tomorrow. So, now that I have blogged and emailed it is time to go to bed. Early start for tomorrow. Church in the morning.

Friday, August 10, 2007

My Dishcloths

Here is my dishcloths for my pal. I hope she likes them. The soap smells wonderful. It is handmade by Sharon. Sharon is my swap partner in the Color Swap 2007, month August (it is not a secret swap). Thank you Sharon, you have my advertisement.

DDoS Swap

Look at what I came home to today. It is from my DDoS spoiler, Karen R.. She sure did spoil me. 2 dishclothes, one says knit now/dishes later (there are many days I feel like that), with some of her favorite lemon dish soap. A book of dishcloth patterns, that I can not wait to try. Some Stash tea, a new flavor I tried tonight and Love it. She sent me some carmel corn with peanuts. The two white bags in the back are pancake/waffle mix and biscuit mix from her hometown in South Carolina. She sent special recipes to go with the mixes, can not wait to make something. All the recipes sound so delicious. It doesn't stop there I got note cards, cute summer memo pad, pencils, a big bag of kid candy (the boys are seeing to it that I share). Karen sent some Yellow Peaches and Cream and some TLC Cotton Plus in Lavender. I can not wait to use it. I love it all Karen. You took alot of time in spoiling me. I love to bake and cook. Thank You for all of it. I also enjoyed my emails from you, they would always come at a time when I needed that extra something and it would leave me smiling. For my first swap, I sure did hit the jack pot. I hope my pal likes hers as much as I like mine.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Swap Info.......

First things first. I finally won a contest. I don't think I have ever had my name pick to win anything. I am so excited and can't wait to see what I get. I have really enjoyed my first swap (DDoS), the hostess Anne and Chan are great and make things so much fun. They both have answered many questions I have had about knitting and different projects.
Second line of business,

Knit 1 Tea 2 Color Swap Questionaire

  • Do you like loose tea or bags, or both – something you want to try?I use bags but would love to try loose tea, wanted to try for a while.

  • What is your favorite kind of tea (Brand, flavor, variety, etc)? I love Stash Tea's. I have not tried not one I don't like. I love Chai and Chai mixes, fruity teas are good too. My Dr. says it is best for me to come off caffeine (I know that stinks), so I am going to have to say decaf.

  • Favorite color in regards to tea or one you would like to try? (black, green, red, and white) (keeping in mind that this is how this swap is set up).I like black, white, and green. Black is my favorite.

  • Would you say you were a tea pot kind of person or just a hot water heater kind?I love the idea of the teapot and have one and love it, but I heat my water up all the time when I want tea.

  • What tea accessories would you like but have never purchases for yourself?I would love a tea strainer so I could try loose tea.

  • How do you prefer to be pampered? (examples: mani/pedi, bubble bath, yummy treat, etc).I love pedicures, I love a good hot bath or shower, and when I am not enjoying tea, I love to go to Starbucks and get Lattes (my 8 year son even tells me on the weekend, that I should treat myself, only so he can go and get something, coming from him I usually do.).

  • If you were a kind of yarn what would you be and why?I am new to the yarn world and I am learning, I would say in the summer a good cool cotton, and in winter a wool or wool blend, to stay warm.

  • If you had to knit/crochet baby booties, a fun fur scarf, or a fair isle sweater, which would you choose and why? I would say fun fur scarf or baby booties, don't have the patience for a sweater.

  • What other event would make you skip a tea party? (A garden party? A book club meeting? A yoga class? Opening night for a new action thriller? etc?)My son's baseball game (it is serious business)

  • What treat would you consider essential at your tea party? (Sweet? Salty? Scones? Those petite pastry trays with a couple of all sorts of things? Little crust less sandwiches?)Crustless sandwiches, scones, little muffins, petite pastry trays, or my Great grandmother fried apple pies.

  • When buying yarn for a project how do you choose - do you buy the one called for or do you substitute?A little of both, just depends on the project and if it is a good substitute.

  • What do you carry your knitting/crocheting in when on the go?Tote bags.

  • Favorite movie to watch while knitting/crocheting?I am not that experience, I will miss stitches and mess the whole thing up.

  • Are you a traditional tea cup kind of person or a mug type of person? Do you care if they match?I have tea cups and saucers, but I like my big mugs.

  • Favorite childhood birthday party? I was about 7 years old and at one of our malls in Birmingham, there was Restraunt/ Icecream place. My parents took about 5 of my girlfriends and we had a ice cream birthday party. The restraunt had old timey memorbilia and was just a really neat place. Then my friends came over and slept over. Very fun!

  • Favorite type of scone and jam? I love any type of scone/or muffins. My favorite jam is, it does not go with scones really but I love it with cream cheese and crackers. It is made by company called Ravens Nest locally (they make great apple cider mix) it is Rasberry pepper jam. Its sweet but with a little kick. I like cream cheese - pineapple, strawberry, any fruited. I also love pumpkin and apple butter.

  • If you use candles, what is your favorite scent? I like ocean for the bathroom, the den and kitchen anything homey scent, cinnamon, vanilla, caramel pears, or just pear, apple, gingerbread at christmas.

  • If you could choose 3 people to have 'tea' with, who would they be and why? (famous or not, living or dead). My grandmother on my fathers side, My Nana and my sister. Both my grandmother and Nana I would be able to sit down and enjoy tea with. My Nana would see too it we would have some fried apple pies and my sister, well she always lives away and I cherish any time I get to spend with her (whether its tea time or any time).

  • You've been invited to a tea party, what 'props' will you wear (formal or casual)? If it is formal, then I would wear a cute short full dress. If it is casual, either pants or a summer sun dress. I would wear a hat if I could find one I like. I am a girly girl when it comes to dressing.
  • Any allergies/preferences you have or are willing to admit to? I am not allergic to anything.
  • Anything we missed that you want your pal to know?This is my second swap and I loved the first one. I know Chan our hostess is super and I can not wait to get started making something new.

Well that finished my business. Now I just have to get packed to go spend a weekend in Atlanta (Six Flags tomorrow). At least while driving I can be knitting.