Sunday, April 29, 2007

Hogwarts Swap Questionaire

1. What Hogwarts house have you been sorted into? Ravenclaw

2. List your three favorite double-point needle brands, including size and length.
Any of the bamboo and I like the shorter ones. I really don't have a favorite brand.

3. Would you like to try a new brand needle? If so, which brand? Size? Length?
I am always up for trying something new. I use both metal and bamboo. I haven't tried any of the ones made of wood yet but they can be pretty pricey so don't feel obligated.

4. If you are a RAVENCLAW, do you prefer the colors in the film or the book? Do you have a strong preference? I think it would matter on the yarn. The blue and bronze would be my preference if you could find a good bronze. that said, I think silver would be easier to find and I like that too.

5. If your pal decides to send candies or chocolates are there any that you don't like? Candy, Chocolate that I don't like...Are you kidding? I like it all and too much.

6. What are your favorite scents? In the spring I like lilac or rose scents.

7. Do you have any allergies? Sure, but I don't think anyone is going to send me dust mites or medicine so you are safe. All the yarns and I seem to get along well.

Saturday, April 28, 2007


I can't beleive how long it's taking me to do this pair of anklets but here is the first. I got the yarn from my secret pal in Secret pal 10 and I really love the way it feels. Thanks again Pal.

I'm "baby-sitting again

Last weekend Jade,the weekend before Logan and this weekend Sera. but I will get back to knitting one of these days. If the weather holds I can burn up my sticks today and when Sera goes home Sunday I can quickly mow the lawn. A couple of friends came over and started my mower. Seems that I got too much Stabol in it for the winter but fresh gas helped so I am off and running for the summer. I keep telling myself I will catch up. I wil catch up. I will catch up.

While you are waiting for me to finish at least one sock

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Secret Pal-Hogwarts and Spring

It's raining this evening so I might not be able to get out in the garden tomorrow for the rose trimming session. Maybe I can even take time to knit a few rows. I sent another package to my secret pal and she has already thanked me. The package was sort of elective but I can't post a picture as I can't find it. Oh well, I will be sure I have a picture safely stored before I send the next installment. Meanwhile, I continue to work on the Hogwarts Sock swap. Not much going on now until I get who my secret pal will be but I continue to have fun with the trivia questions. I am also getting the opportunity to take a look at some new blogs. Wow, these people are creative.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Spring finally has started

I am behind and getting things done outside. Spring came in with a blast of snow this year and I really put things off that should be done so other then a few rows on my anklets there was no knitting this weekend. I did have Jade come and visit. She and I planted seeds and did a "project." (Anything I craft with the grandkids they call a project.) Jade made a Ghost mobile. It went home before I got a picture but I am sure she will find somewhere to hang it up until the next project takes its place. I also got a surprise gift or I should say gifts. I have raspberry bushes. As anyone knows who has these pesky things, raspberries taste great but they mulitply like rabbits. I am always looking for someone to give them to as I hate to toss them away. My youngest son brought a friend from work that needed to replace some of hers and she brought me switchplates. I have one in the kitchen and one in the bathroom. I will have to get some brass screws or touch up the ones I have with a brush of gold paint but I am tickled with them. I am guessing that for the next few weeks knitting will take a back seat to working outside. Today, when Jared and family brought the friend, they helped clean out the pond. So water needs to go in and plants pulled from the garden where they were buried for the winter. There is also lots of weeding out there. Stay tuned and I will post as I work my way through.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

My answer Hogwarts Swap

I am not sure if I am supposed to post my answer on my blog or send to my hostess. Just so I am covered I think that is Ron talking about Dobby.


Wow, look what my secret pal 10 sent. Gorgeous hand spun yarn in deep vibrant colors, the most wonderful smelling herbal soap...that I think she makes herself and green tea to sip while I sniff and knit. I can't express how much I am enjoying her packages and email. Kudos to you secret pal

Monday, April 16, 2007

More for Hogwarts

I love the books and think this will be so much fun. So another post for Hogwarts. You never know if they will give points for posting your house.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Hogwarts Swap housepoints everyone

Keeping busy

This weekend I had to put in a little time at work so didn't get as much done as I planned. Sera, my youngest son's Shar Pei came to play with his "cousin" Chewie so Logan decided that it would be a good time to stay at Grandma's house for the evening. In the morning he helped me wind some yarn. Actually he helped me wind lots of yarn. He did up 9 skeins for me. I think it is going to be a sweater for him with elephants but I am not certain so I told him I wasn't sure what I would make with it. I did manage to sneak in a few minutes to start some of the yarn my secret pal in Secret Pal 10 sent. She said the skeins were somewhat short and suggested I start from the toe up. I thought I could always finish the toe in white but then after looking I decided this would be the perfect color for anklets with blue jeans when fall again comes knocking on the door. The colors in the picture are not at all good. The yarn ranges from a soft pink through blue and lavender. I fooled around with the hue and satuaration but just made things worse. Maybe I can get a better picture when they are done. Anyway, I have started even though I swore I would get a shawl done for my neighbor first. You know what they say, the best laid plans of mice and men.

Friday, April 13, 2007

I'm slow this week

I have spent the week looking at new projects but not starting anything. I did manage to get out my swift and yarn winder and get the wonderful yarn my secret pal sent to me ready to go. My excuse is the weather. I am putting a picture of the tree off my patio on so that you can see that it has been snowing in Midwest. I also have a picture of Chewie resting after playing in the snow. I will be back soon with more things. right now I really need to get a package together for my secret pal. Have to work a bit this weekend so I may not get to a new project just yet but give me a chance and away I go. I have to make a tee shirt for Logan and a shirtdress for Jade so I can't put things off too much longer.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Easter Collar

Okay, I have to admit I have a weakness for, of all things, dog collars. My youngest tells me it is my way of dressing the dog. He's probably right because I don't like the kind of dog I have in cutsie outfits so I just get seasonal collars. Anyway, some of those special collars can get kind of pricey so I decided to see if I couldn't make one myself. Here is the results and both Chewie and I like it. It was ribbon marked down from over $3 a yard to 5o cents, stiffner and a suede cloth backing. As you can see, the materials cost a little of nothing. I think I might be on to something. He can have collars for everything.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

The Sheep Swap

Look what I got and all the way from Canada when the partners were only given out days ago. I think this primitive sheep is perfect. It arrived at my work and we were working on making a pattern so we can all make some. I have been so lucky with the people I have paired up with in the swaps. Now off to the rest of the computer. Can you believe I deleted my inbox instead of my spam file and then went on to trash and got rid of it forever.... before even finding out. So...if some of you don't hear from me please drop a line because I have really done it this time.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Blue bonnets and the Sheep Swap

I came home in time to see that I had been given my partner in the sheep swap. It is one skein of wool yarn and something that is a sheep so I am sending a picture of what I will be sending my swap partner in Germany. Hope she likes it. I am also working on updating you on the TX trip, I seem to be doing this in small increments. It is Blue Bonnet time in TX. If I remember correctly that is the TX flower and in certain areas of the State the roadsides are covered. Here is my youngest Texas grandson among a patch of bluebonnets not far from his home. He is a cutie and the imp in his eyes is for real.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

What a wonderful Pal!

I'm back from TX where it stormed every day but two. We did manage to get some planting done and I have a sandal's mark so when it was sunny it was hot, at least compared to Wisconsin. i used to live in TX so I know it is going to get much much hotter. The big news is.... What did I return to? A great package from my secret pal in Secret Pal 10. I love every item. You would think that she had known me for years. I wanted to get this up on my blog right away and so will make this short and sweet with more from TX later. Last night as tired as I was I had to go through the Folk Shawls book. One of these days I see a Sampler Shawl in the works. That is after I finish all those other items I have in mind. Anyway, here is my haul and a wonderful one it is. The fingering weight yar is alpaca and silk from the UK. she said she really loved it and I can hardly wait to try it out. Oh, the picture of Chewie is because I wanted to put the chew toy she sent him in with the rest for a picture but you can see that he is not moving his little (maybe I should say big) paw to let me take it.