To the New Year & Beyond (sorry Buzz Lightyear)

Things I did in 2006:

* survived two more semesters of college (full-time, while working at least 20 hrs a week.)
* went to Europe - FINALLY saw Paris, among other places.
* spent some well-deserved time with friends.
* knit some great things.
* participated in some great knitty exchanges.

Plans for 2007:
* knit more socks (among other things.)
* knit more for myself.
* travel to Finland (fingers crossed.)
* organize! (since we are trying for a bebe, I'd like to get the house de-cluttered.)
* get through two more semesters of college, and maybe a summer course.
* intern at the Atlantic Council of the United States in D.C.


The "6 weird things about me"

I was tagged by Loribird to do this "6 weird things about me" that seems to be making the rounds on the blogs these days (except I must be blind because I haven't really seen it!) And for the record, I'm pretty sure I could list more than six weird things about me.

Each player of this game starts with the 6 weird things about you. People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names.

I am going to tag Kelli of AfricanKelli; Bekka; Rachele, and Vera. I know it's not six, and if any of you have done this or don't want to, that's fine.

1. I have an odd sensitivity to wood, like wooden spoons and wooden knitting needles. I get goosebumps (one word, two words? too lazy to look it up right now) when I have to wash or dry a wooden spoon - so I don't do it! I also don't like it when people rub their chopsticks together. I have to grit my teeth really bad.

2. I like pickles...by themselves. I won't have pickles on a burger or sandwich, but I will eat the pickle on the side after I've eaten the sandwich. Now they all end up in the same state and place, but for some reason (to me) it ruins the taste of everything else on the sandwich.

3. I come from Australia, a continent/country surrounded by water, but I don't really like the ocean. I will go into the water to my knees and that's about it.

4. I always wear socks - to bed, around the house. My feet are almost always cold.

5. I can't sleep with the t.v on and any little noise bothers me now. It won't wake me up, but I can't get to sleep unless it's really quiet which is why I use earplugs just about every night.

6. I get on these loops with food. If I feel like something I will eat a lot of it over and over again until I move on to the next thing I "feel like" eating. This drives my husband mad!

Some projects, and a birthday

Tomorrow is my birthday! It's number 29. I'm not feeling too bad about it really, although I do wonder sometimes where the time has gone. :) Last year on birthday number 28 my biological clock starting ticking...I really did think this was just a myth, but for some reason (I kid you not) I just felt like I was ready to have a baby. So my goal for next year is to make that happen. I have (kind of) been diagnosed with PCOS so it's not been smooth sailing this past year. Fingers crossed that in the coming months I will have news to announce here.

I got a couple of Christmas projects done this year. First, I finished a pair of Fetching for a work friend, but I forgot to take a picture.

Sophie Bag

Potato Chip Scarf: Excuse the photo, it is a bad self-pic. Notice my Eeyore PJs?


Yarn Dye Heaven

As promised, here is evidence of my goodies from SP9 pal, Mary.

A book, The Dyer's Companion; a sleeve of info about dyeing with Jacquard Dyes; 4 skeins of Knitpicks bare yarn; starter kit of Jacquard Dyes from Knitpicks. Yeah!

A close-up of the dyes.

Now that I'm done with exams and classes for about a month I have some time to knit and dye yarn. I'm really looking forward to it. I have a couple of Christmas gifts to knit up and then I'm going to work on socks.



Why am I so exited even though I have two major exams tomorrow (ahhh!!!)? Well there are two reasons. First, my SP9 struck again. She had to reveal herself early due to a big move - I sure know how that feels. I've made 4 huge moves in my life, two were overseas.

Anyway, so I got my package full of wonderful dye goodies, which I will post later. And on top of that I also got an internship at the Atlantic Council of the United States during my next semester at Mary Washington. Yeah for me!


You'd think it was Christmas!

On Monday, just before I was heading out the door for an appointment, I received TWO packages. One was from my Sockret Pal and one from my SP9 (it's like they're in synch with each other.)

So from my Sockret Pal:

I got SEW-U, a book from my wishlist; a book filled with cookie recipes (the one thing I do cook); the little green pouch has a stapler etc in it - very cute; a little charm to match my other one that says "I love to Sew"; glass head pins, and a needle roll for my DPNs.

A close-up of the charm.

The inside of the needle roll. The red fabric has cats and dogs on it and the inside has Japanese/Asian symbols.

Now on to my wonderful SP9 package. I am so lucky to be getting so spoilt!!

I got one skein of Trekking, which I've been hearing a lot about and want to try; two skeins of Regia sock yarn in a lovely blue colorway; and ANOTHER needle roll!!! Yeah, this will definitely come in handy.

So this week my book collection and my sock stash were both increased without me spending a penny. :)

Thank you so much SP9 and Sockret Pal. I apologize for not posting it to my blog until today, but I have exams coming up and it's a little crazy around here.


New Furniture

My only major purchase over the crazy Thanksgiving shopping weekend was this sewing table/cabinet. It was onsale at Jo-Ann's and since I needed something like this I decided to go ahead and get it. I also put it together myself!

Closed with one flap extended.

Open with one flap extended.

Full of stuff. There is still room for more stuff, but I have to go to work this evening so I don't have time to do any more with it.

DH is going to come home from work and wonder what on earth this thing is in our little dining area. :)


Yarn & Projects

I have posted a finished project to my gallery. It's the purse I made for my purse swap partner.

I also have a yarn purchase. This actually came quite a while ago, but I haven't had the chance to take a photo.

There are 3 skeins each of Elann Highland Wool to make Danica. There are also 3 skeins each of Elann's Espirit in colors: Licorice Allsorts (I bought this because this is my dad's favorite candy), Rose Motif and Caribbean Surf. I'm thinking of socks for this yarn.


Knitting has taken place

I have been knitting, I promise. I finally finished my bag for the Knitted Purse Swap. I only just got it in the mail though - deadline for posting was on Wednesday! I won't post a picture to my gallery just yet, I want to make sure the recipient sees it first.

I have also completed one project on my Christmas knitting list. Granted, so far it is a short list, but that is because I haven't finalized everything I want to make yet. All I know is that the projects will be short and sweet. I also got some more yarn and will post a photo of that when I get a chance.


Public Service Announcement

While most of those reading this blog won't know who this woman was, her death has prompted me to post. Belinda Emmett was only 24 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, twenty-four!

This is just a reminder that it doesn't take much time to do a breast self-exam and you can never be too young. We often hear that breast cancer is an "older women's" disease and all this talk about mammograms at age 40 and above - well, we younger women out there need to think about it too. Please do your exams and have your annual check-up. You might not think it's important now, you might be too busy, but your life is important.


Knit Mitt Kit Swap

What are your favorite colors? Blue, orange (not bright), chocolate/brown, pink.

Are you a new mitt knitter?Yes, I have yet to make a pair of mittens.

Do you prefer solid or multicolored yarn? For mittens I would prefer solid yarn - but I do like multicolored yarn for other stuff.

What fibers do you prefer in mitten yarn? Something warm that retains heat, that won't get ruined if it gets too wet (i.e. if snow falls on it)

Where do you usually knit mittens? I haven't knit any so I wouldn't know - but probably on my couch.

How do you usually carry/store small projects?Zip lock bags that are big enough to hold the pattern (usually folded), a pen, a few essential tools, and the knitting.

What are your favorite mitten patterns?I don't have favorites yet.

What are your favorite mitten knitting techniques? Don't have any. I would like to attempt a pair of mittens that have the flip up flap (make sense?)

What are some of your favorite yarns? Knit picks 100% wool, Elann Peruvian Wool (worsted), Cascade, soft yarn.

What yarn do you totally covet? Anything that costs too much money for me to buy or isn't on sale.

Any pattern you would love to make if money and time were no object? Clapotis using the actual yarn called for in the pattern (Lorna's Laces Butterfly and Bullfrogs - in Vera).

Favorite kind of needles (brand, materials, straights or circs, etc)? I use only metal or strong plastic (not the Bryflex) needles - no bamboo or wood please! I use all types: DPNs, circs and straight.

Do you have a favorite candy or mail-able snack? Cadbury's plain milk chocolate.

What’s your favorite animal? Dogs I guess. Not really sure I have a favorite - I love cute animals.

Would you prefer super warm mittens or something more like fingerless mitts? I would prefer super warm mittens.

Do you have a wishlist? Yes, I have one with Amazon that you can find using my email address.

Anything else you’d like to share with the group today? Just that some of these questions are little beyond my thinking really - I can't really say what yarn I would be (I've never considered it). I find some of these questions to be really hard to give an answer, as in, there are too many things I could put down. If there's anything you'd like to know, just ask! I'm up for answering questions. I will also edit this post as I think of anything else.


A rustling sound at the door -

...and there was a package, from my SP9!

Sometimes our postie rings the doorbell, sometimes they don't.

An overview of the goodies.

The ONE SKEIN book (from my wishlist), some cute stickers and a ball of Lion Brand wool in PUMPKIN. I think orange is becoming one of my favorite colors.

French Vanilla candle, vanilla scented shower gel and body lotion.

A close-up of the cute little bucket everything came in.


Not so Socktoberfest!

Well...good intentions, right? I *technically* have a pair, just because they don't match doesn't mean anything right? The blue one is the Holey Sock pattern and the other one is the Snakes on a Sock pattern (there's a KAL for this!)

I had many sock intentions though. I'm going to cast on for my Sockret Pal's pair soon, but I can't disclose anything just in case she happens by my blog (doubtful, but you never know!) I also just got a great sock order from Fifth Stitch: eight (count 'em, eight!) skeins of LL Shephard Sock yarn for $46, including shipping. So that is $5.15 a skein (46 - 4.80 for shipping/8).

Colors: Pewter, Seaside, Winter Sunset, Spring Sunset


Holey Smokes!

I am on the second sock now with the Holey Sock pattern. Here is what the first one looks like:

I'm rather sad that I haven't been able to knit as many socks as planned during this month of Socktoberfest. This is my first, and likely to be my only pair! If I cast on for others can they still count?

In other news, I received my consolation prize from Jennifer of Craftlilly for the Knitflix swap.

The yarn is some gorgeous Rowan Chunky Print. It's approximately 110 yards so I'm thinking of making a hat or maybe a scarf (if I can.) Note the cute "Animal" card - The Muppets were one of my favorite shows as a kid.

Yarn close-up.

I have also been busy ordering and putting together package ideas for my Sockret Pal and my SP9 pal.


I *heart* the postie

I got two packages today, one from my purse swap partner Leslie, and one from my Sockret Pal. This is going to keep me going all week!

First up, the gorgeous purse from Leslie. Made from 100% recycled silk and 100% Aloo, it has cute bamboo handles. I've always wanted a bag kind of like this - and in her note Leslie explained that after reading my blog she knew this would be the purse for me because I seem to be very "worldly." I love that! Thanks Leslie. I do like to travel and have been to a few places. If I didn't have to work and keep up with my responsibilities I think I would be jetsetting off to all kinds of places. Anyway, the purse:

Those are PINK peanut M&Ms in the back. I also got a knitted dish/wash cloth, some cute sticky notes and small notecards.

The bag by itself.

A close-up of all the pretty colors.

I am working on my purse to return to Leslie. Between work and school, it's going a little slower than I'd like, but I think she will like it when it's done.

The second package was from my Sockret Pal. I got spoilt with two skeins of Cascade in a lovely red; a book - Christmas Stockings, a tin of lovely chocolate cocoa, which will come in handy soon I'm sure, two sets of DPNs in size 2 and 4, and a cute little charm that says 'I Love 2 Knit'. Here is everything:

A close-up of the cute charm!



I'm a bit behind in my blogging, but late in the week I received my ISE package. Inside was the most beautiful scarf and fingerless gloves (a nice bonus!) plus some other goodies. My pal was Lori of From the Wool Room.

The goods: a lovely cabled scarf and fingerless gloves (close-ups below); 2 skeins of Wildfoote Luxury Sock Yarn (spun by Brown Sheep Company) in color ELDERBERRY; a lovely postcard from Alaska; and some lovely mango body butter. I've actually never tried this kind of product before so I'm looking forward to it. Of course, I'm going to walk around smelling like a giant piece of fruit, but I love the mango scent!

Scarf close-up.

Fingerless gloves close-ups.


I am knitting!

I have been trying to squeeze in some knitting here and there over the past week or two, but it's not easy! I have started, very late into the month, my first sock for Socktoctoberfest. Here it is:

(Click on photo for pattern)

I also finished my scarf for the ISE exchange. I just have to pick up one small thing and I will be able to box everything up and send it on it's way.

Here it is blocking just to uncurl the sides. I will post specs in my gallery later. It's not as bright as the photo shows, I just wanted to get a close up of the pattern. I followed a generic stitch pattern from Vogue Stitchionary Vol. 1.


I'm a finalist

I participated in a swap called Knitflix where we swapped movies and other goodies with our partners. The hostess, Jennifer, also had a little contest going and I'm one of the finalist. Go here to vote for me, I'm #3!


Sock History

Lolly of the Socktoberfest posted on her blog about sharing our sock histories...well here is mine. It's pretty short considering I'm still pretty new to socks.

When did you start making socks? Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class? I signed up for the last Sock-a-palooza and that's when I taught myself about socks. I'd never knit a pair before.

What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?
Since I gave them away (see above answer) I'm not sure how they have held up. I do know that the recipient liked them.

What would you have done differently? I'm not sure if I would have done anything differently. I followed the directions, which is how I usually succeed. Anything with clear directions is possible for me to make.

What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
I used yarn I had picked up from Knitpicks for both the pairs I have made so far (yes, I've only made two pair). I really like how Lorna's Laces sock yarn looks and have some of it to experiment with.

Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
I use DPNs. I'm not skilled enough to move onto the two circ method yet. I'm not even sure if I will.

Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?) Had now idea there were different kinds of heels!

How many pairs have you made? Two, with a third on the needles.

You can see the ones I've made here and here.

Knitflix Goodies

My last few posts have been pretty heavy on words and not really on photos. I have been knitting, but when I tried to take a pick of the scarf I'm making for the ISE, it wouldn't come out right. Anyway, the reason for this post - I got my Knitflix package from my pal Olga.

She sent me one of my favorite movies, the second Bridget Jone's Diary. I have the first one and have seen the second one, but didn't actually own it. Also there were some yummy goodies, both edible and not. She sent me two (yes, two!) skeins of Lorna's Laces Shephard Sock yarn in Sand Ridge. I think these are destined to become my first pair of two-up socks (maybe!) and some yummy Cadbury and other chocolatey goodies. Oh, and I almost forgot the cute little zippered pouch with that lovely pink lining. I'm not sure if she made it herself, but it's very cute and will come in handy. The fabric is black animal stripe-like and I love it!



Yeah! The fun has started. If you don't know what I'm talking about, go here.

I'm participating in SP9 and Sockret Pal exchanges and both questionnaires for these ask for feet/sock measurements. I've been pretty lazy about doing this, but mostly it's because I had no idea which measurements were really important. So, Lollygirl from the above link has posted the picture below on her blog because another knitter is doing research for a book. I'm borrowing it and putting it here for anyone who's interested and partly just for myself.

My measurements:
A. approximately 9 inches
B. 8 inches
C. 7 1/4 inches
D. approximately 12 inches

Oh! I also joined this KAL as well.


SP9 Questionnaire

Yeah, SP9 is starting soon!

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I don’t like to knit with boucle, fun fur and other novelty yarns. I will use cotton occasionally, but it’s not something I use all the time. Yarn that splits too much is a pain too. I love wool and soft yarn.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? Right now they are in a couple of little vases. I wouldn’t mind a nice handmade needle case like I’ve seen around.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I was taught to knit when I was 10 by my Nanna, but it never stuck. I re-taught myself a couple of years ago. I would probably be an intermediate knitter. I can follow patterns and if I can do that, I can make pretty much anything.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? I do have an Amazon wishlist. I also have stuff listed on my blog side bar that I wish for.

5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.) I love fruity scents (like mango) and some florals. My favorite scent is Bath & Body Works Sweet Pea. I also like some of their other floral scents like White Cherry Blossom. I DO NOT like cinnamon or foody scents like pumpkin spice – all that good stuff they always put out at Christmas (yuck!) The one exception to this is vanilla.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? Sort of. I love Cadbury’s plain chocolate. But I don’t eat a lot of it and rarely eat sweets.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I try sewing. I don’t spin and won’t pick up this hobby. I do dye my own yarn using Kool-Aid, but would like to try Knitpicks Jacquard Dyes.

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 lots of different music really. At the moment I’m into Justin Timberlake’s new music, John Legend, Nickelback.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand? I love Blue, that is my favorite color. I also like oranges, greens, pink and brown. I don’t really like extremes too much, i.e. pastels and neon bright colors. I’m not sure if there is any color I absolutely cannot stand.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? Married, no kids, no pets.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? Yes to all.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? I don’t really have a favorite item. I’m trying to get into knitting more socks.

13. What are you knitting right now? A scarf, two bags, a baby hat and I just cast on for a pair of socks.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? Yes.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? Aluminum or hard plastic (I don’t like the Bryflex needles, too wobbly).

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? No. I wouldn't mind one, but it can't be made of wood.

17. How old is your oldest UFO? Probably a year or so old – the yarn is going to be recycled for something else.

18. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas!

19. Is there anything that you collect? Other than yarn? I love books.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? I don’t have subscriptions to any, but I buy Interweave Knits every issue. I buy Vogue Knitting, but I don’t always buy each issue.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? Not right now.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? I do knit socks, but I would still consider myself a beginner in that regard. I have small feet, size 6-6.5. The heel flap on most patterns is too long for me so it has to be shortened a little.

23. When is your birthday? (mm/dd) December 29th.

1. There are some patterns I would love to knit or have been meaning to knit, such as Clapotis, but haven’t gotten around to it just because I don’t have the yarn. Now I don’t expect the super expensive yarn they call for in the pattern, but if my pal comes across a good substitute, that would be nice.

2. I’m also participating in the Sockret Pal secret exchange. If you want to contact my other pal for any reason I can give you their anonymous email.


Sockret Pal Questionnaire

Here is my questionnaire for my Sockret pal (I know you're lurking out there somewhere!)

How long have you been knitting? I have been knitting for about 2-3 years. I learnt as a kid and never picked it up again until a couple of years ago.

Do you consider yourself a beginning sock knitter, an intermediate, or have you been doing this so long you could probably knit a pair in your sleep? I am still a beginner sock knitter. I can generally follow a pattern, but wouldn't be able to do anything fancy like change the pattern up too much.

Shoe size, or any other fitting related info you think is pertinent.I have quite small feet. I wear between a 6 and 6.5 shoe. I've made a couple of pairs of socks and would generally shorten the foot a bit and the heel. The rest is usually fine, i.e. the leg.

What colors do you love? Blue, some greens, orange and even pink. I don't think there are any colors I absolutely hate, but having said that I'm not too fond of bright bright colors or pastels.

Do you prefer solids or variegated? Either is fine.

What fibers do you most love to knit with?Mostly natural fibers, wool and alpaca etc. I do use cotton on occasion, but it's not my favorite.

Who do you consider your favorite yarn vendors? Hmmm, a hard one. I buy from Knitpicks and Elann a lot.

What projects (other than socks, of course*S*) do you most enjoy knitting?I knit a variety of things, I don't really have a favorite.

What fibers can you not stand to knit with? To wear?While I like 100% wool, if it's too scratchy I don't like to wear it. Again, I can knit with any fiber except boucle or yarn that is really splitty.

What colors would you never wear? I'm not sure there are any really because each color has various shades. Nothing too bright or pastel - nothing too busy!

Plastic or Metal? Bamboo or wood?Plastic or metal ONLY! I have a weird sensitivity to wood or bamboo. It makes me cringe.

Circs or Straights? Either.

DPNs or Magic Loop? DPNs.

Are there any knitting accessories you don't have in your collection but would like?I need more DPNs in various sizes. I wouldn't mind a nice knitting needle organizer. I've seen some nice handmade ones like this one from Ellipantom.

Do you have a wish list? If so, please share the link! Yes I do. Some of my "wants" can be found on my sidebar, but I also have an Amazon.com wishlist as well - if my pal would like it they can email me and I'll send it to them.

Do you like sweet, sour or salty? I prefer sweet, but I only eat Cadbury's chocolate and don't eat too many American candy.

Do you have any allergies your pal should know about? (Certain foods, smoke, pet hair, etc)I have no allergies, but obviously don't like smoke. I can't eat seafood, but I'm pretty sure I'm not going to get any of that in the mail!

Favorite scents? Scents you can't stand?I like fruity scents and some florals. Sweet Pea from Bath & Body Works, and White Musk from The Body Shop are two of my favorites. I DO NOT LIKE cinnamon or too many foody scents, except vanilla.

Do you collect anything (other than yarn and knitting toys of course)?Not really.

When is your birthday? (month and day is fine!) December 29th, 1977 (I'm still young enough to publish this.

Do you spin? Dye your own yarn?I have tinkered with yarn dyeing, but not spinning and I have no desire to try spinning.

Your favorite author/band/vacation spot, anything you think will help your pal know you better.I love to travel and went to Europe earlier this year. I love Paris! I like to many authors really, but a couple of my favorites are Bill Bryson and Wilbur Smith.


So I don't usually wear hats...

...but I saw a cute pattern over at Stitch Diva that makes me want to wear them more. I really like the Downtown Cloche in the vibrant red, and the Page Boy had is also cute. Would I wear them? I don't know - if I had them maybe!

I've also come across a couple of crafty projects thanks to the Craftzine Blog. First is a nifty little bulletin board; the tutorial can be found at I have to say.... The other is kind of similar, a wallpocket thingy over at Shim and Sons.

Alas, time is short right now so I'm not sure when I will get to do any of these cool projects!


Project recap

What with classes starting and working, I haven't had much time to knit. The next few weeks will be filled with very little precious knitting time - but I have done a little bit.

Yummy Koigu KPPPM

The scarf for my ISE scarf pal (knitting with Koigu KPPPM from above)

A close-up of the scarf. The colors are a little brighter in this photo than in real life.

I also cast on for the Pea Pod Set hat. Since my nephew isn't due to make an appearance until January this project doesn't have the same sense of urgency that my ISE scarf does. I also haven't resized the photo I took of my progress, which is why it isn't here.

I also managed to do a little sewing too. This tote has been made for a swap, which is why the details are a little scarce. I don't want to give it away. It is filled with some goodies, which will also not be shown.

No pattern used - just something I worked my way through.


Road trip anyone?

I wish I was talking about a real road trip...I'd love to just get up and go somewhere, but that's not going to happen any time soon.
Anyway, these are done! I don't really think I had second-sock syndrome with these, rather I had other knitting projects that had to be finished or needed some attention.

New stuff in the Gallery

I have finally posted two of my FOs in the Westerly Whimsies Gallery...so go take a look. One is from way back and the other is the recently completed Picovoli. There will (hopefully) be a couple more FOs posted soon. I still have to post my Wave Skirt and I'm almost done with my Road Trip socks.


It's a boy!

No, I wasn't secretly pregnant for the past nine months and didn't just miraculously have a baby. My sister is pregnant with her second child and she found out today it's going to be a boy! I've had my eye on a pattern for a baby gift since I found out, but of course, I wanted to wait and pick the perfect color.

I am going to make the Pea Pod Baby Set from IK Summer 2006.


Scarf Knit-A-Thon

In April of this year there was a mine collapse in Beasconsfield, Tasmania. It didn't receive too much coverage here in the U.S. except that it came on the heels of the devastating Sago Mine disaster in West Virginia. In the Beaconsfield case, three men were left unaccounted for after the event, with one man dying and two being rescued 14 days later. This Scarf-A-Thon is a joint event to commemorate the event. If you're interested, all the details are here, including the address to send your scarf piece.


A couple of FOs!

Other than my Picovoli, I haven't been knitting much. Fetching is almost done, but I'm waiting on a bit of extra yarn. So how do I have FOs? Well, I don't - but my mum has been using some of my stash to make little things for herself. Here are a couple:

A book cover for her notebook.

A little purse.

A view of the purse open.


Almost an FO!

Picovoli has been on the back-burner for a while, but I pulled it out today to finish the bottom. Now all I have to do is finish the sleeves. Here she is:

I'm back at school next week and then the week after that I will have school and work to keep me busy so I'm hoping to get some projects worked on and/or finished next week.

Because you've always wanted to know

I went to the National Zoo the other day and this is what greeted me when I went into one of the bathroom stalls...

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The text reads: "Legend has it that the gods created the hippo to be the lawn mower for all the other animals. Because the sun was so hot, the hippo pleaded to the gods to swim in the Nile river by day and, mow by moonlight. The gods agreed, only if the hippo promised not to eat any of the fish. For proof, the hippo fanned out its poop with its tail to show there were no fish bones. Now, all hippos fan their poop with their tails!"


Goodbye Pluto!

This just in...apparently Pluto is no longer going to be considered a planet. I know this isn't big news really, but I feel sorry for Pluto - just because it's not big enough, it's getting the boot!


Fruit Picking & Blog Trolling

Those are the two things I've been up to in the past couple of days. First, my mum and I went here, and look at what we got:

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Yep, two buckets of blackberries…picked with our own hands.

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A close-up of the yummy berries. I got up close and personal with some bugs to get these wonderful blackberries.

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And here we are at home…all hot and sweaty…but very proud of our berry haul!

I’ve also been blog trolling and found a few interesting things…two books that I absolutely want now!

Amy at Angry Chickenblogged about Sew-U, ) by Wendy of Built by Wendy. I am looking to get into making some clothes and this looks like it might be helpful.

Not only was Amy guilty of blogging about this book, but she also mentioned that another blogger, Kelly, at Buzzvillehad a write-up about Amy Butler’s new book In Stitches. This page on Amy Butler's website has cool photos that will make you want to buy this book. I’ve been attracted to her patterns since I picked up the Weekender Bag pattern (I’m still going painfully slow on this project!) and this book looks like it has so many wonderful things in it. Kelly’s blog has some photos of projects, but you can see a few more by following the above link.

So these are two books to add to my Amazon wishlist. Since I got a promotion at work (yeah!) maybe I'll be able to afford them too!


It's A Wristlet World

When I got home from work today there was a package waiting for me from Bekka. She was my partner for Kelli's It's A Wristlet World swap. Look at what she sent me!

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This box contains my wristlet (close-up photos below), this, 2 balls of Sugar n' Cream yarn in colors Swimming Pool (I just bought a ball of this yesterday!) and Neptune Ombre, three small spools of ribbon, a pack of playing cards, Nancy Drew's Guide to LIfe, some smelly soaps (nice!), a cute notebook, one tube of white sugar & mango lip gloss, mandarin orange lip balm, and three balls of Artful Yarns Cinema, oh! and some cute ladybug magnetic page clips (which will come in handy since I'm an avid reader). So, THANKS SO MUCH Bekka.

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I'm going to use this as my little toiletry bag that I carry in my every-day bag.

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A closer look at the lining - cowgirls!