Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Two weeks is a long time

And I have been BUSY!!! I moved this past weekend with the help of some GREAT people! It was one of the best moves I have had to date. I know it sounds crazy to think that moving was great, but it was fast, I didn't have to do ALL the heavy lifting and I even had a bit of fun with my friends!
Sunday was spent getting more stuff from my old house to my new house, then we went to lunch and Border's. Well, with three knitters in a bookstore, you have to look at knitting books, right? We did! And I have been eyeing bag Sytle for a while with the AMAZING bag on the front cover, so I bought it, along witha few non knitting books.

The book is GREAT! I am still extremely in love with the bag on the front and I will definately be making it soon. But first, I started the Hemp Market Bag with cotton. Just some nice Sugar 'N Cream cotton in a blue, brown, khaki colorway that is just beautiful. It is for my new "roommates" and they already love it! I have made it through the top trim and I've done 2 repeats of the pattern so far. It looks good! But I know that I will be lining it with a great muslin and some kind of lining for the strap too.

My new roommates are quite environmentally conscience which has made me want to be that way as well. So I am going to make 1 or 2 of these market bags and then hopefully some dishclothes with the rest of the cotton. It is 650 yards, so I think I will have enough :)

Oh yeah. I'm so excited! I joined the Spring Swap and it's going well so far! I have been having a great time getting to know my partner on Ravelry and her blog. It should prove to be a good first swap for me! :)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Longing for Spring Time Swap

Oh yeah.. my first Swap ever! And boy am I excited!!! I love spring time and this swap just seemed like the perfect thing to take away the blues of winther!

So, here are my answers to the questionaire..

Do you knit or crochet? How long have you been at your craft?

I do both. I am more a fan of knitting though because I feel like knitted items come out better looking, in some ways, than crocheted items. I have been crocheting for about 6 years and knitting for 3. Knitting is more relaxing to me than crocheting.

What are your favorite yarns/fibers? What are your least favorite yarns/fibers?

My favorite yarn ever is Malabrigo! It's sooo soft and fantastic feeling! I like most fibers that are soft and easy to knit with. So I like wool, bamboo, cashmere, and soy. I'm not a big fan of novelty yarns of any kind. They are just not my taste at all.

What are your favorite colors? What are your least favorite colors?

I LOVE Green!!!!! It has been my favorite color for like 5 years now! I just think it's awesome. Mostly bright green, not really hunter green. Also, I love the teal, blue, turquoise color like peacock feathers, it's awesome and goes well with my coloring. I also like pink and purple too. I think my least favorite color is... well, I don't really have one or any!

What ‘warm weather’ project are you looking forward to making this year?

I guess that would have to be a nice light weight shrug to wear over spring dresses and with jeans and a tank top!

What are you favorite scents? Least favorite?

I like fruitly scents. Like vanilla, orange, strawberry, cranberry, etc. Like this or this or this. I dislike floral scents, stuff with coconut, and anything to overpowering.

What is your favorite flower?

Brightly colored Gerbera Daisies and Phalaenopsis Orchids are my absolute favorite! They are just so beautiful and they can brighten anyones day!

What are you favorite spring time hobbies/activities?

Being outside barefoot on a blanket, reading a book, knitting, listening to music, and just hanging out... Being outside playing sports of some kind.. Going for a walk outside...

Do you have a garden? If you do, tell us a little about it. Do you like to plant flowers or vegetables?

I wish I had a garden. I live in an apartment and I haven't had a chance to have a garden... :(

What are your favorite sweets?

Lemonheads, I have always loved them! Swedish Fish and Chocolate are second and third!

Do you collect anything?

I collect the letter S. Any size, any type, just the letter S...

Do you have any allergies?

Yes! Coconut, dogs, cats, horse, cows, farm animals, and seasonal allergies. I take some meds when I need to, but nothing it too serious, besides coconut. I can't have that at all!

Do you have any pets?

My parents dogs, Lou and Roscoe, or as my mom calls them, my little sister, Lou, and little brother, Roscoe. But they live in Indiana, and I live in DC. But I am moving in with from friends and they have two dogs, Rufus and Tate! I can't wait to live with dogs again!

Hearts, Red, Pink, Love, and....

...CHOCOLATE!!! I'm most excited about the chocolate today!

Anyways, I hope that everyone has a great day today! I have a Valentine today, and it certainly does feel nice to tell friends and family that you love them today! :)

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Funny, right :)

Thursday, February 7, 2008

My trip to Chicago and more.

I made it to Chicago about 16 hours after I was supposed to make it, but I made it none the less. With all the snow they got, it was lucky that I was able to flight into the airport there. They weekend was a BLAST with my family. Seeing my niece Ava was, of course, the highlight of my weekend, besides my mom, dad, brother, sister-in-law, and baby # 2. Loved every minute of it.

Here is Miss Ava B at brunch!

My brother, Miss Ava, and me at brunch.

My brother, SIL, Ava, and me and brunch

Ava's 1st Birthday! AND the first time she had sugar. I think she liked it alot!!! And yes, she wore that hat the whole time. :)

I knit a Le Slouch in the airport and then on the way to Chicago and had it done when my dad and brother picked me up at the airport. Except there was this slight problem with it. I SSK when I was suppose to K2tog and I K2tog when I was suppose to SKK, so all the stitches were basically inside out. They were crazy looking, but my mom really like it, so she took it. That's fine with me.

I made a purple Le Slouch last night and I also finished my Purple IHS.. FINALLY! This scarf took forever, but it's done now, so it's all fine with me.

Yay for Socks!!! I started my 2nd sock and I am already to the foot part and it's just stockinette from here until the toe. YAY! I think it will be awesome to have done and I can't wait!!

Knitting pictures soon.. I hope!