mama knits!

(when they let her...)

Saturday, March 31, 2007

What the Hell are You????

Needless to say, we weren't able to do pictures with the Easter Bunny this year (just like Santa). I think next year will be good for pictures, Little Guy should be big enough to not be scared, and the new baby will be too small to be scared!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

SP 10 Questions

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I love Lambs Pride and Socks That Rock.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
I have two needle rolls for straights, but dpns and circulars are just in a box.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
About 5 years. I taught myself from a Lion Brand kit. I would say intermediate. I have no problems figuring out new techniques, but there are still lots of things I haven't tried.

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

5. What's your favorite scent?
Right now I would have to say coconut. I have other scents I like listed on my other questionnaires, but at this time of year when the weather starts getting nice, I really like more "tropical" type fragrances.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
I love maple sugar candy. Just about any type of candy or chocolate would be good though.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I have a spindle.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I like just about any type of music, and I can play MP3s

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
I love color! Pinks, reds, oranges, greens.... Not so much "earthy" colors, although a nice gray or olive green can be good. Most yellows don't look good on me.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
Husband, 19 month old son and baby on the way. Two cats.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
Scarves and hats are good. I've never worn mittens, but I'm the one that gets to do the snow shoveling, so mittens might be good too.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Socks and hats. I've been doing a lot of baby things lately (seems like everyone is pregnant!)

13. What are you knitting right now?
Socks, baby sweater and blanket.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
They all have their uses. I don't use plastic very often and lately have been using aluminum more.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?

17. How old is your oldest UFO?
A baby blanket I started about 3 years ago.

18. What is your favorite holiday?
I love decorating for Halloween and Christmas, but any holiday that gives me an excuse to do some baking is good.

19. Is there anything that you collect?
I love vintage aprons and tablecloths.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
I'm hoping to try out fair isle soon.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
I love to knit socks. I'm a US 8 1/2. If you need more numbers, let me know.

23. When is your birthday?
March 8th

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Where did Spring go?

The past few days have just been lovely. Temps in the upper 60's/ low 70's and lots of sun.

Then there was today. It started out great, 65 degrees at 5:30 am, but it was supposed to drop at least 30 degrees by the afternoon. And SNOW tomorrow! I knew I was in for a dreary day!

Then on top of that, Little Guy had his 18 month checkup this morning. At 8 am...

Some of you already know that I'm pregnant with baby #2. For those of you that don't know, I'm just over 6 weeks, right at the time when I just want to sleep all day. Normally I'm up around 5am, and Little Guy soon after. Now I still get up at that time, but I have to stick him in the pack and play for an hour or two watching Sprout while I lie on the couch. I don't really get any more sleep (not with him jumping around and yelling at the TV!!), but just having my eyes closed helps a lot.

Today I didn't get to do that, so even though it's the middle of the afternoon, I still don't feel "awake" yet. Then with the crappy weather, it's just a bad day.

But then my wonderful mailman stopped by with three packages just for me!

There was my SP9 package that came all the way from Germany with some wonderful sock yarn and needles. (There was also a little bear, but Little Guy already snatched it!)

I had looked at this very color of Opal on line before, but had never gotten around to trying it. I'll have to make sure I find a pattern that shows off all of the colors.

Thank you so much Heike! I loved getting packages from Germany!

Then I opened my Favorite Colorswap 2 box from Lianne. Lots of pink goodies!

Yarn, needles, stitch markers, earrings. The little notepad is so cute! I had mentioned that I had recently purchased a cool book of embroidery patterns, and she sent me some supplies and kitty patterns (which are perfect because they go along with my book!).

I think this baby is going to have lots of embroidered onsies....

Oh, the 3rd package was a niddy noddy, but I was too tired to get a picture (plus what's exciting about a niddy noddy?)

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Favorite Knitting Gear

Hmmmm... I really had to think about this. I have two cute Lexie Barnes knitting bags, and lots of neat little gadgets, but I guess my favorite would be my Vui bag.

It's small enough that I can have it sitting out, and the top is open so I can see the pretty yarn inside. I have one of the larger Lantern Moon baskets, but it's too large to have just sitting out on a table (I used to have it sitting on the floor, but that had to end once Little Guy became mobile), and although I love to look at my knitting bags, you can't see what's inside.

I mostly keep sock yarn in it. I have a huge collection of sock yarn in another spot, but the ones I would like to use sooner go in the Vui bag. On top is usually a few socks-in-progress.