Saturday, September 24, 2005

I covet this pattern!

First of all, thanks to all of you for the lovely congrats and words of encouragement I've recieved this past week. Adjusting to this new job was not as hard as I thought, but still very draining. By the end of next week, I hope to be back in the groove of things.
For now, I wish to leave a little post for my secret pal who may be watching--and anyone else. Look at this BEAUTIFUL sweater Anna has made! I want this pattern so bad! It's for sale at Hipknits-I need this.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

A new book in celebration...

So, I got a new book to celebrate the fact that I got the job!!! Yes, I am a vault teller now! I start Tuesday-I am so nervous! James drove me out to Beaverton, (he is too nice) and got me some Japanese craft goodness. This book is all about stamping. More specifically, it includes graphics to make your own stamps and ideas of what to do with them. I did not put up my favorite images on purpose, because I am carving some stamps of my own. It is a lot easier than I thought-fun, too!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Bags, colors, and styles that I LOVE and a winner

So my back tack buddy wanted to know about the kind of bag they should make me. I feel like such a brat pointing these things out...but this is what I'd want my back tackee to do so here goes. These pictures above are signifigant because first of all, the colors and patterns of the fabric are jsut great. So pretty! I love the deep reds paired with linen and the blues are so cute! The patchwork totebag is dreamy-I do realize it is too perfect-but I just love the size. I also love patch work. I hope this give my back tacker some ideas....
On to the winner of the contest. Thanks to everyone who participated. I think I will do so more contests soon. So-after much ado I would like to first announce the runner up. I LOVE my Aunt Diana's suggestion of "Willy Wonky" but this cat is female. So I will make another cat, this time a male, destined to be "willy". So that leaves my pick to be "Theodora Rose"-submitted by Jenny from Queenthings. Yay! Thanks Jenny-I will email you for your info so I can send you a little prize!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Secret Pal 6 questionaire

Okay. So I am participating in Back-tack II, Vintage Swap, and Secret Pal 6-not to mention the contest still has a little more time...Phew! So here is the post for secret pal 6-my secret pal-you know who you are! Sorry everyone else-this is boring.

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?
-umm..I guess I am a snob. I will use red heart/lion brand for this random square throw I am doing (if anyone has some they want to trash). But if I am going to spend so much time making and wearing something, I would like it to be nice. But I definitly don't spend $25 a skein...

2. Do you spin? Crochet?
-I have crocheted before, but not at this time. I would love to do some amiguri (japanese crocheted animal toys). I do not spin-would love to learn!

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
-no..but I don't care for the smell of smoke and my husband can't stand anything smelly.

4. How long have you been knitting?
I took some lessons two years ago with my mom-but have only been a "knitter" for the past seven months

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

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
-lavender-or-cucumber melon

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
-yes-chocolate only-no candy

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
-I like to sew, make cards and collages, cook, I am obsessed with Japanese craft books-(look at my flickr to see)

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
-um...kinda a music snob. I guess you can call the music I like indie rock or post that -magnetic fields, elliot smith, the evens, I like bluegrass too

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
-any color can be right in the right setting. I really do love red. I hate country blue!

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
-I am married..which is kinda like a pet...

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)
-to move to France, become an expatriate, live on a farm, raise children, make our clothes, and can our food-no politics-co consumerism-own my own sheep and love some goats

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
-help me find out!! I hate cotton (except blue sky alpaca organic cotton-that's awesome!)

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
-whoops-see above for the answer

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
-I love rowan stuff-they are so pretty ;0 i like weird fashion-y stuff umm..but not crazy weird

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
-I'm still kinda new-I love the glampyre stuff I've made her patterns are simple and contemparary

17. What are you knitting right now?
-wristwarmers and random squares from my stash for a blanket

18. What do you think about ponchos?
-oy-no! but...I have seen ONE I liked...but no!

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
-depends on the project-I do love my addi turbos though!

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
plastic or addi turbos-I want to like bamboo, I really do, but I just can't!

21. Are you a sock knitter?
-no-in my dreams

22. How did you learn to knit?
-took some lessons with my mom a few years back, but the teacher was a little frustrated with me. Then, (7 months ago) my mom showed me how she started knitting continental and it "clicked"

23. How old is your oldest UFO?
-3 months-I don't want to talk about it!

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
-animated character...? I guess I like penguins

25. What is your favorite holiday?

26. Is there anything that you collect?
-yes! Vintage and strange virgin mary memorabilia, Native American tchotckes (piggybanks, book ends...), old rosaries

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
-none-but I always buy interweave

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?
-yeah-I'll put them on my wishlist with priority one ok?

29. Any patterns you have been coveting, but haven't bought for one reason or another??
-i do like rown vintage patterns (I guess thats a book too)

ETA: 30. What are your foot measurements, and what kind of socks do you like?
size 8 shoe-don not feel like you need to make me socks-that would be too much!

Monday, September 12, 2005

Finally something new...

So I am still knitting some scarves but also this! What is pictured above may not seem like so much but it will hopefully be these Vodoo handwarmer/fingerless glove thing-ies. This picture doen't show the true brightness of the yarn-but hopefully they will be beautiful.
It is beginning to feel a little bit more like fall here in Portland. Except for the year I lived in France, I have never experienced a true autumn. For tips, check out this beautiful post over at queenthings. I always imagined myself bundled in scarves, wearing sweaters with elbow pads, sporting boots and loden colored plaid skirts-basically a J.Crew catalog meets a French prep school. I cannot wait to watch the leaves change colors and fall.
The contest ends Wednesday! Be sure to enter (see previous post). My sister-in-law, Tiffany, reminded me of the awesome names we used to give our real life cats. My little sister, Maci, named one trapper-keeper-isn't that great?

Saturday, September 10, 2005

100th post and a contest!

Well, I feel a little better-now the waiting begins....
***Thanks to ANOTHER Lesa-this time my mother in law for mailing me these handknit pincushions and pins. I really need some-desperately and i love the colors! You are so awesome-keep on craftin'
***The cat pictured above is (well-a horrible scanned image) my first attempt form the Denyse Schmidt quilt book. I love this cat. It's a little wonky-but so cute. It is made from a sweater I found on the sidewalk that was felted, some fabric from swaps, and a recent thrift store button score. It was a quick sew, and I even stuffed her with an old lumpy pillow! What should I name her? She was to be a gift for my niece Brianna's 5th b-day, but I think I should make one with better seams and felt eyes. No choking on buttons for Bri-Bri! So-the contest-What should I name this cat? Anyone can enter, anyone! If I chose your suggested name, I will mail you a package of goodies. So-just leave your idea for the perfect name as a comment and I'll pick a winner by next Wednesday-so get on commenting people, tell your friends! I'll make it worth your while! I will also publish a cuter photo of my kitty next week!
keep your fingers crossed for me...I find out about my job next week...

Tuesday, September 06, 2005 Long live freedom of speech

Another Scarf!

Well, I'm knitting yet another scarf. I was on to sweaters*** and then-for some strange reason-I've become obsessed with scarves. I'm knitting this in a knit one purl one rib and I'm in love. It is the cheap Lion brand "landscapes", an expensive brown angora yarn, and a funky pink novelty yarn all held together. I love the freedom and quickness of scarves. I am also thinking about the holidays and their abilities to be nice gifts.
So I have applied for a job and I am so nervous. It would be lovely, and I don't want to jinx it...I'll shut up now.
I have reconnected with some friends I hadn't seen in a while an it feels so good. I went to their house and picked grapes, tons of tomatoes and some cucumbers. We hung out for hours. It was lovely. I also went for a bike ride and realized how out of shape I have become these past few months.
I will write more later

Friday, September 02, 2005

Thank you Lisa

I got this in the mail today from Lisa. It is so cute-it totally made me happy. I've got a lot stewing right now-I must leave the keyboard

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Warning:This gets a little personal-sorry if I offend

It's hard to write down what I am feeling today-I don't want to sound selfish or inconsiderate or sensational. Here goes...all this horrible devistation is literally making me sick. I don't know what to say about the hurricaine victims and the horrible atrocities they are dealing with right now. Please, if you can, read this
  • . I cannot even fathom what it would be like. Seeing your home, your life, your neighbors, your family, swept away in the water. Then, waiting on a rooftop-watching bodies flotat by, no water to drink, raw sewage seeping up around you. It would be hell. These people need our help so very desperatley. Angry mobs by the thousands wait in New Orleans-some people fighting and raping other victims-this is devistating. How can I come home from work, watch Oprah and pretend this didn't happen? We are all connected to this-we are all human.
    Two years ago, my good friend, Brandon, drowned saving another friend, Rene's life. I thought a lot about how awful that must have been for him. I think that is an awful way to die. His death made me clean up a lot of things in my life and made me examine it truthfully. It is moments like this where we must band together and feel, and act and react. Complacency is not an option. Please donate whatever you can. Please FEEL this. Please wish, hope, and or pray for these people.
    Our country needs to re-examine a lot of things. We need "group therapy". We must band together and not turn away. What do you think? What do you feel? Jenny at Queenthings is auctioning a collage, Hillary at Wee Wonderfuls is donating her talents, too. I'm sure many of you have seen the etsy red cross store. I just feel the need to write, it calms me...
    September 11,2001 was a huge turning point in my ideals/ life...I feel this will be a re-affirmation of that day. At the time, I was the editor in cheif of my campus newspaper-I wrote ALL the time-journalism was my life. I woke up early that day-to meet a deadline. I woke up to a phone call from my brother telling my mom to turn on the tv. I watched the 2nd plane hit the tower-I froze. That whole day was a sick, twisted, horrific blur, -that was the day I decided I could never be a journalist. The day I decided I HATED our president. The day I was truly sickened by the lack of introspection in my country. I hope our country can come together during this tragedy.I hope this is not offensive-but you know-this is my blog-my journal-sorry.