Wednesday, September 08, 2004

New blog

Please visit me at my new blog.

Blogger issues

I can't get template updates to publish in my blog. I'm getting very frustrated. So this is a first warning to let all of you know that I will be posting my new typepad address soon so you can change where you find me.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Last week was my little Cami's birthday. This week is my big girl, Sierra. She turned 5 today and it was amazing to me. We took her to school to meet her kindergarten teacher this morning and she will go off to school for the first time on Friday. She's such a smart and beautiful little girl who is very sweet and wonderful. I'm a lucky Mommy. Happy Birthday Angel Baby.

Friday, September 03, 2004


Yay! I got my first email from my Secret Pal. I'm so excited. I had planned on answering the standard questions but she/he beat me to the punch and asked me to, so here we go.

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer high-end/natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you? I'm an equal opportunity yarn collector. I do prefer the higher end stuff because it feels so much yummier but I really pretty much like to have just about anything that comes in a wonderful color. I haven't used any Red Heart yet but that doesn't mean I never will. I've used Lion Brand for a project or two, cotton ease or the occasional thing like that. I just really love yarn.

2. Do you spin? Crochet? I have recently taught myself to spin and am enjoying it immenselly. I also taught myself to crochet for the purpose of making flowers to attach to things, that is the full extent of my crocheting abilities though. I love to dye because I am such a huge fan of vibrant colors.

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.) The only thing I know of that I am allergic to is Reglan. Somehow I doubt anyone is going to want to send me any reglan in the mail so I'm not too worried.

4. How long have you been knitting? I knit my first sweater for my first daughter starting just after she was born 5 years ago. I didn't finish it until it was time for my second daughter to wear it two years ago. It has only been in the last 6 months that I have really starting getting interested in all the things I can do with this skill.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? I haven't updated it in a while but there it is

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.) I like citrusy smells. I use Coconut Lime Verbena lotion and I love anything that smells like lime or grapefruit, things like that.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth? Oh yeah. I am a candy addict. I love to bake too.

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? I'm a quilter and I like to make things with polymer clay. I make my own knitting needles and drop spindles and have sold a few along with stitch markers and needles cases and bags.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? I like just about any kind of music. I don't listen to much country though I do have one or two cds. I play the sax so I'm very fond of jazz.

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Orange is my favorite color but when it comes to knitting I love anything. For the most part the brighter the better.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? I'm married and have two kids. We don't have any pets at the moment though we would like to. We do have the more often than we would like uninvited mouse.

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know) I'm hoping to go back to school once both of my kids are in school in order to make it all the way to my PhD in psychology. I'll have to take that one day to day.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? For the most part I prefer to knit with smooth yarns. The Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran I am knitting with right now is amazing and I am also really enjoying the Cascade Fixation. As soon as my LYS gets some Koigu Kersti I am hoping to try my hand at that too.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I'm not a huge fan of 100% acrylic but every yarn has it's place.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s? That changes from day to day. I like making bags and things that are useful on a regular basis. Clothes for my kids. Anything I like the looks of.

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

17. What are you knitting right now? I'm half way through a throw for my mother's couch. I'm making a little bag for each of my girls to carry their ballet shoes in. I'm making myself a sweater. I should be starting the DNA scarf any day now.

18. What do you think about ponchos? (this is really a curiousity question for us) I had a poncho I loved as a kid. It was two shades of pink (my kids would say they are hot pink and cold pink) and so fun to wear. I've got some for my kids that I didn't make and one I made for myself. I do have several more on the horizon.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? I prefer circulars. They are more flexible since I can knit both straight and in the round with them.

20. How did you learn to knit? Books. I checked out every book in the library, looked at every website on the net, and tried and tried till I got it right (or at least what looks right to me.)

21. How old is your oldest UFO? The Lime sweater I am working on for myself was started several months ago and I have just finished the back of it.

Thursday, September 02, 2004


I finally got the back of Lime done. I've been working on it forever but that is because this is the first time I have created a pattern for a garment from scratch. I'm pleased with it so far, though it is kind of hard to tell since it hasn't been blocked yet and is only half of a sweater. I say half because this is a sleeveless. (I was thinking ahead and knew I didn't want to tackle sleeves on my first make it up as I go along project)

I got my yarn for the DNA along. I am going to make the DNA scarf for my husband, J, so I let him pick the yarn. It's 100% alpaca from Blue Sky Alpacas. In olive I believe (if it isn't called olive it could be.)

My stepmother got her first look at my knitting tonight and she loved my bag. She asked me to make her one. I can't think of a better compliment than that really.

I don't think I'll be getting too much knitting done in the next few days, sadly. Tonight I am baking a "pretty pony" cake that I will be decorating tomorrow for the big "Pretty Pony Party" on Saturday. I also have to wrap presents, buy groceries, make a birthday cd, and a million other things. Along with all of the afore mentioned I have my Dad and Stepmother in town and will have my michael in town starting tomorrow. It will be a good, busy, weekend. I'm thinking by the time it is all over I will be well ready for a little knitting though.

Oh and for anyone who might really be following me along, my new nephew Daylon is the strongest 7 week old ever and J's Mamaw's arm surgery went well.

Monday, August 30, 2004

Tea from Adagio Teas

Last week when I got the wonderful gift certificate fromAdagio Teas I didn't say anything about it because I didn't have the chance to go take a look. Now I want to take the opportunity to thank Knit Steph for the wonderful RAOK which I was able to pass on. I want to the Adagio page and instantly fell in love with the minuet tea service and knew that my mother had to have it. She really really loves her Earl Grey tea. So I used the gift cert to get her some tea and something she could prepare and drink it in at work and gave it to her as a surprise and random gift. She was so very happy. So thanks Steph for helping me show an act of kindness to someone else.

Thank you to all the other wonderful people who have been sending me e-cards and greetings to brighten my days.

The Birthday Girl

Camden collage

Today is my Camden's third birthday and I can hardly believe the time has passed. She's such a big girl, my baby. To commemorate the day I made a collage of her first three years. Look if you want.

Friday, August 27, 2004

String Theory Fiber Arts

As you can see, my blog is under construction. I promise it will be newer, better, and easier to read soon.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

I finished Camden's cotton-ease sweater. I've decided to call it Catalina because it looks to me like she should be on a yacht in her soft little boat neck sweater.

Here's a close up of Catalina. It's a pretty simple disign I made up on the fly. Just st st with a slipped stitch edge so that it would be a bit easier to seam up for me. The bottom detail is Jiffy in "sunshine".

I wanted to get a pic of the cabled looking edgeing but Cam wouldn't stand still. So is the life of an almost 3 year old. She likes wearing her "arn" though so I'm pleased.