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