Amusing MySelf

A-muse v. To entertain in an agreeable, pleasing way;to make mildly or temporarily happy.

K1T2- Wow what a Package!

I received my K1 T2 Swap package last Thursday. This is the first I’ve had to post it. I bet my pal thought I forgot.

My pal was Nichole. I had no clue it was her.What amuses me about her being my swap pal is the fact that we were also Dish Rag Tag team mates. And I also read her blog so she did a very good job of not letting it slip that she was my pal.

Look at all the great goodies she sent me. K1T2 Package

Three flavors of Tea. She even found Pumpkin Spice Tea. How awesome is that! It is delicious. In the package was some red Tahki yarn-a donegal tweed, bath goodies, a note pad, some poprocks that Mr Knowledge swipped and some Pumpkin shaped Peeps-which I had to let harden before I eat them, a cute little blck pumpkin decoration- it now sits outside decorating the table on my porch, some cool teapot stitch markers( which I am currently using),Teapot stitch markers

 a cute little Halloween bear ornie,some tea crackers with chocolate filling and packet of hot cocoa.

She made a cotton tea cozy for my teapot. It fits nicely. I love the red handles/bow on top.Tea Cozy

But my favorite item she sent is this Kitty mug.Kitty Mug It is in honor of losing my beloved kitty Scooter. Though it doesn’t look like her It still makes me think of her each time I use it. Thank you so much Nichole.

This was a great package and I am thrilled that we got to cross swap paths once again. I hope I get to repay the favor someday.

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Casting On Again

I’ve been looking for a scarf to knit with my skein of handspun Thick-n-Thin spun by Donnely and dyed by me.Fall Foliage

Last night I was reading Carole’s Blog and saw that she was knitting a Corrigator Scarf. So I went to check it out and knew that was the scarf I was looking for. So I immediately cast on and knit a few rows.

Corrigator

Then I asked myself why would I start another project when I’ve already got a pair of Twisted Ripples Fingerless mitts(working on pattern) Twisted Ripples and one Cafe Curtain sock( for a swap)Cafe Curtain sockalready on the needles. And I got 4 other project waiting to be started for Christmas.

Well my dear friends the answer is really quite simple. I’m a knitter and I can’t help myself because I have start-it-i-tis. And beside how many of us only have one project on the needles anyway. We are addicted and can not stop ourselves from casting on. And frankly I don’t plan to find a cure any time soon. Do You?

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My Stash

For SP11 we were asked to post our stash. Well I am actually embarrassed to show my stash. It’s not because it’s a smaller stash compared to some I’ve seen. I do well enough to add to my stash on a pretty regular basis. My stash is very unorganized and I’m ashamed to say it’s quite frankly a BIG mess. I keep telling myself I’m going to do better and get it stacked neatly but that never seems to happen. I really do not have any storage space in my house(really need to move to a bigger one-but that takes money.) so it gets stuffed in baskets which I need to buy bigger ones because the stash seems to keep mysteriously growing. There are some great yarns in  there you really can’t see because of the mess.

Even though I know I wont win any contests with my stash, Miss Shelby you asked for it so ye shall receive it. Pics of my messy, unorganized, monstrosity of a yarn stash.stash1

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Note: the red/grey yarn is from C*EYE*BER FIBER. Colorway: Testudo sent to me by my SP11 pal

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Goodies in the mail.

Yesterday was a great mail day.I received not one, not two but three packages yesterday.

First one was my recent contest winnings. The bag I won from Cathy. Wow she was very prompt in getting it out. This bag is wonderfully made and you can tell she put alot of work and time into making it. You can get one for your self at her Esty shop.

Second package was an unexpected one, from an amazing lady and knitter Grace.Of course if I had paid attention to what I read on her blog I might have known she was sending it to me. It is a nice big cloth in a variegated of pinks, yellows and oranges. I will being using it in the tub instead of for dishes. It’s just too pretty to muss it up with dirty yukky food stains.

And the final package was from Rachel my tea swap partner over on Ravelry. She really out did herself. She sent lots of great goodies. Tea and treat of course.For the tea she sent three kinds,First a loose leaf Keemun Black Tea by Swan Sisters and two different Indian Spiced Chai by Slo Chai, Honey Bush Tea and Yerba Mate. All ones I have yet to try. Next was Crills Salt Water Taffy and two chocolate truffles, I think they are turtles. They have caramel and pecans. Yummy. One is already gone.  Two great books, Knitting on the Road By Nancy Bush. It is sock patterns for the traveling knitter.And then a gardeners book called HollyHock Days By Sharon Lovejoy. And the softest yarn a chunky Misti Alpaca in 100% baby alpaca. I don’t know yet what I will make with it but it will be something for myself that is for sure. Thanks Rachel for a wonderful package.

I also splurged and bought something for myself. Last Friday Dh and I went shopping for him to get a few costume items for his job at The Gates of Terror and we stopped at the book stores while we were out. I picked up One Skein Wonders and boy I must say I LOVE this book. It has a lots of great projects and I see so many I want to make I don’t know which one to do first. If you don’t have to book in your library it is one you must have. Next book on my list is the companion 101 Designer -One Skein Wonders.

Well now I am off to call the school and let them know Mr Teenager wont be there today because he is sick. Happy Knitting.

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Yarny Goodness

Spell checker had a fit with that one. LOL
I received my first package from my SP11 pal last week. Can’t share a pic with you but can tell you all about the wonderful goodies I received.
 First there was not one but two skeins of yarn. A gorgeous sock yarn from C*EYE*BER FIBER in lovely shades of reds and grays. This being funny as it is Ohio State colors and my pal is from Michigan. Not that I follow college football. The second skein is a pretty tourquiose color cotton called Stork by Dalgarn. And Vouge Knitting Socks Two book. I sew a few socks I wanna try. And a pattern to knit a felted tea cozy.

She included some nice Earl Grey tea by Wild Leaf Tea Co. A flavor I did not happen to have in my tea collection.. Also some Body Lotion from Bath & Body Works in Sea Island Cotton. Smells so lovely, a yummy scented cinnamon candle,  and a reindeer christmas ornament. I feel as if she really payed attention to what I like and she put together a great swap package. I can’t wait to see what my october package holds. Thanks ever so much Swap Knit Pal.

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Havest Sock swap 07

Harvest Sock swap 07 I joinned my very first sock swap. Sign ups are until September 18th. For this swap you knit one sock and then send the rest of the supplies and pattern to your partner so that they can make the mate.

They are having a contest .Here are the details:

Part 1: If we can get more than 20 people to sign up, I will toss everyone’s names into a hat and draw one for a prize.

Part 2: For those who do sign up, if you can entice someone to sign up, and when they do sign up they let me know you got them to, your name will go into a hat for a prize.

I encourage all you sock knitters out there to join. Come on who doesn’t wanna win free yarn.

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Dish Rag Tag

I’m finally getting around to posting about the Dish Rag Tag box. Yeah I know it’s a little late but hey it’s better late than never.

As team captain I received the box 1st. It arrived on Saturday August 4th. Lucky 13 boxInside of course was the Dish Cloth, 2 skiens of Peaches -n- Cream cotton and a recipe for Yummy Shortbread and finnally two heart shaped cookie cutters. Thanks bunches Emily.

I knit furiously on Sunday so my dish cloth would be ready to be on it’s way to my next team member Karen in VA on Monday the 6th. Unfortunately I forgot to get a picture of the dish cloth I knit before I sent the box on it’s way.

This has been a fun swap and race and even if we don’t win I have had fun doing it and keeping track of the boxes progress. It is now on it’s way to Aleta (aka Ally B). Through this swap I have met some pretty awesome Ladies. Rock on Lucky 13.

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SP11 Questionaire

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?Cotton is my favorite and Mohair is my least favorite.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? I have an old fishing pole container.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? Been knitting 1 1/2 years, A former friend taught me. I’d have to say I am an Intermediate.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?No

5. What’s your favorite scent? Cinnamon and Banana Nut Bread!

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?Love Milk Chocolate.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I spin with a drop spindle, make jewelry and stitch markers, sew and quilt.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD). I am in Heavy Metal and Rock. I am an 80’s metal Head. Do not own and MP3.

9. What’s your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can’t stand? I love all blues but am learning to love other colors too.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? Married 15yrs, 2 sons, 3 male dogs and one female cat.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? Scarves and mittens but no hats and I’ve never had a poncho but would if I had one.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? Socks and dish cloths.

13. What are you knitting right now? socks and dish cloths.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?LOVE handmade gifts cause I know the givers put a little of themselves in and it means so much more.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? I have no preference.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? Yarn winder but no swift.

17. How old is your oldest UFO? 4 months

18. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas beacuse it’s the only holiday I actually do not have to work and so I get to spend all day with the family.

19. Is there anything that you collect? Buffaloes and Fairies.

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 would be happy with any book I only have one sock book rest of my patterns are online freebies. And same goes for magazines. I am not picky I would just be happy to have one.

21. Are there any new techniques you’d like to learn? Fair Isle is all I can think of right now.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? Yes. well  I wear a size 8 shoe if that helps. will have to measure to know for sure.

23. When is your birthday? August 25th.

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what’s your ID?Yes. I am rubyjune.

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Some actual knitting content.

I actually have been doing some knitting thru all this with the house and financial worries. It’s helped keep me sane. The knitting has been slow going because I hadn’t been able to concentrate for longer than a few minutes at a time. But I can show you what little I do have done.

First it a pair of Thuja socks for my mom for christmas.WIP I had orginally thought about doing braided cable soks from More Sensational Knitted Socks. But the yarn is just too dark to show the cable work. I figured I would just go with something simple and this pattern works great with the yarn.

Next up is a 4 corners dishcloth. Pattern can be found on Abigals blog- 1870 Pearl.(Link on the right.)4C's WIPIt is for a swap I am in I won’t say which one incase my pal should happen upon my blog. I am using the Cascade cotton I got from the DDS contest I won last month.

And I am excited I got my conformation yesterday and I am in SP11. Yeah! Also I am waiting for the Knit 1 Tea 2 swap to open up. I just love swaps especially when they involve tea and yarn.

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Dishcloth Exchange Package.

My package from the DDS Swap arrived on Tuesday but I just didn’t have time to post it til now.

DDS Swap goodiesMy swap partner was Jennifer. She sent me a wonderful package. The dishcloth she sent were her very first ones. I am honored to be the receipient of such lovely dishcloths and two matching coasters and in nice bright colors too. She sent me two skeins of Tahki Cotton Classic 100% mercerised cotton.Also she included the patterns for them so I can make more if I want. And she is a girl after my own heart in my package was English breakfast tea, which I have already sampled and Hershey’s chocolate sticks, sampled of course. Then I got the cute little birdie pen, a jar which I will be putting candle in and using on my patio, some cute charms which I think I will make into magnets for the fridge, a handy post it note pad , some yummy smelling soap and lotion which is aldreay in my purse. But the bestet and favoritest thing she sent me was these wonderful stitch markers.buffalo stitch markers My very own set of Buffalo Sticth markers that is. I LOVE them. Thank you Jennifer for a great package!!!

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Knit 1 Tea 2 questionaire

Knit 1 Tea 2 Swap Questionnaire

1.      Do you like loose tea or bags, or both – something you want to try? I have tried both but prefer bags. Of course if there is something in a loose leaf I like then I will buy it. I would like to try a Roobis or a Darjeeling though.

2.      What is your favorite kind of tea (Brand, flavor, variety, etc)? I love so many that it is just too hard to choose just one. I do drink alot of Herbals though.

3.      Favorite color in regards to tea or one you would like to try? (black, green, red, and white)I drink a lot of black teas but would like to try some whites and reds. I’m not real crazy about greens but will drink them if they are mixed with some flavor of some kinds. Don’t like plain green teas. (Keeping in mind that this is how this swap is set up).

4.      Would you say you were a teapot kind of person or just a hot water heater kind? I do have a teapot but hardly ever use it. Since I am the only tea drinker in my house it is just easier for me to heat the water one cup at a time

5.      What tea accessories would you like but have never purchases for yourself? I am not really sure what accessories are out there. I did see a strange looking spoon once that was bent in the handle so that it didn’t slip from the rim. Of course I also need a tea cozy for my teapot since I do not have one. And I collect pretty cups and mugs. My mom buys me a new one each year at Christmas so my collection is starting to grow.

6.      How do you prefer to be pampered? (Examples: mani/pedi, bubble bath, yummy treat, etc). I love treats. Scones and chocolate YUMMY of course I would have a bubble bath by candle light while sipping tea and nibbling chocolate.

7.      If you were a kind of yarn what would you be and why? Cotton, because I wouldn’t have to worry about if anyone was allergic to it and I just plain love how it feels against my skin.

8.      If you had to knit/crochet baby booties, a fun fur scarf, or a fair isle sweater, which would you choose and why? Baby booties, for one I prefer quick knits and babies are fun and easy to knit for and I have lots of new babies joining my extended family.

9.      What other event would make you skip a tea party? (A garden party? A book club meeting? A yoga class? Opening night for a new action thriller? etc?) Knitting get together at a friends

10.  What treat would you consider essential at your tea party? (Sweet? Salty? Scones? Those petite pastry trays with a couple of all sorts of things? Little crust less sandwiches?) Oh scones are a must and a good crustless chicken salad tea sandwich on sour dough bread.

11.  When buying yarn for a project how do you choose – do you buy the one called for or do you substitute? I buy what I like it may not always be the one called for on the pattern.

12.  What do you carry your knitting/crocheting in when on the go? I make my own bags to carry knitting projects in.

13.  Favorite movie to watch while knitting/crocheting? I don’t really have a favorite one to knit by I knit watching all sorts of programs or movies.

14.  Are you a traditional teacup kind of person or a mug type of person? Do you care if they match? Nope don’t really care if they match and I don’t have a preference to cup or mug. If I like it I use it.

15.  Favorite childhood birthday party? Didn’t have to many childhood parties that I can recall.

16.  Favorite type of scone and jam? I love blueberry scones and jam.

17.  If you use candles, what is your favorite scent? Anything that has a baked good smell like banana nut bread.

18.  If you could choose 3 people to have ‘tea’ with, who would they be and why? (famous or not, living or dead). Of course it would be my friends Kathie and Donnely, and her sister Diane could come too. I would be so lost with out my friends. We really bond together in tough times, Beside not many celebrities impress me.

19.  You’ve been invited to a tea party, what ‘props’ will you wear (formal or casual)? I would have to wear a very pretty hat and the garden party dress that my friend Donnely is making for me and my matching handbag (made by me)

20.  Any allergies/preferences you have or are willing to admit to?  I can not have anything with a heavy floral or perfumed scents.

21. Anything we missed that you want your pal to know? I do not like anything Strawberry. The very smell of them makes me ill! I love honey in my tea but am not crazy about Lemon flavored honey or teas.

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I won a contest.

Over on Dog Days of Summer They held a scavenger hunt. I went searchiing for the answers to the questions and found what was needed and then I posted it here on my blog and guess what I was one of the winners. WOO HOO I certainly never expected to win. I have never won any contests before so I am excited and can not wait to see what the prize will be.

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Wow I’ve hit the mother load.

NSFY Secret swap

Look what I got yesterday in the mail. My NSFY Pal Katie sent me lots of goodies. She went way beyond what was required of her. All we really had to send was a single skein of yarn. One for June and one for July but both times she just spoiled me and sent more. I think she was just the best pal ever(By no means am I snubbing or overlooking my other spoilers. I have had some AWESOME pals, and have received wonderful swap boxes). We chatted quite alot through email and I really enjoyed getting to know her.And we have so much in common that it’s just scary. I hope we stay in touch for a long time to come.

I love the yarns which are 100% Bamboo from South West Trading Company and Rowan Denim that is 100% cotton. I love the feel of these yarns and can not waitr to start knitting with them. 

My favorite item though was the Blue Floral mug. I absolutley love this mug.I am such a tea junkie and can never get enough tea or mugs.  And of course she sent me some yummy tea also , Vanilla Caramel Truffle by Lipton and honey sticks from Trader Joes. I love honey in my tea. She also sent Russell Stover’s new international chocolates. Oh so yummy! My two favorite’s Tea and chocolate oh it’s Heavenly.

I don’t want to forget the size 5 DPNs and a couple of patterns and note cards with a fall type theme which just happens to be my favotie season.

Thanks Katie for everything. You are awesome and I love it all!

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Dog Days of Summer Scavenger Hunt

This post is for a contest over on Dog Days of Summer Dishcloth Exchange

  • Someone who crochets –Madonna B
  • Someone who’s never made a dishcloth before – Diane C.
  • Someone who has been knitting\crocheting for less than 2 years-Holly W. has only been knitting since January.
  • Someone who has been knitting\crocheting for more than 5 years-KT
  • Someone who is from a non-US country- Barb N. lives in Canada
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Dog Days of Sumer Questionaire.

  1. Do you knit, or crochet, or do both? How long have you been knitting\crocheting? I do both- knitting 1 1/2 years and crocheting for 6 years
  2. Have you knit dishcloths or dishtowels before? Dish cloths but no towels
  3. What are your favorite cotton yarns? Is there a cotton or linen you’ve been dying to try but have not? I will use any cotton I can get my hands on because I just love cotton yarn. But I would like to try Bernat Handicrafter Cotton, I’ve heard it is good for baby wash cloths.
  4. Are there any cotton yarns you don’t enjoy knitting with? Nope- I like all cotton
  5. What type of needle do you prefer using? (Metal/Wood/Plastic) I don’t have a preference. I use what is available to me.
  6. What other projects do you enjoy knitting or crocheting?Socks and Hats
  7. Do you have other hobbies or enjoy other kinds of crafting? I sew, make jewelry, spin on a drop spindle and paper making.
  8. What kind of treats do you like? Chocolate? Candies? Nuts? Chocolate! and Cinnamon and gums
  9. What colors are your kitchen and bath decorated in, if any? Blues, greens, pinks
  10. What are your favorite colors and what colors do you dislike? Blue is favorite but I like all colors so I will be happy with whatever I receive.
  11. Do you drink coffee? Tea? Other beverages? Tea, I have many flavors and am always looking for new ones to try.
  12. Do you have any kids (human or pet variety!)? I have 2 sons 14 and 8 , 3 male dogs and one female cat who thinks she’s the queen! LOL
  13. Do you have any allergies? yes to any heavy floral and perfumy scents and smoke.
  14. Please share 3 tidbits about yourself that you think your pal and other swappers might find odd or interesting. I don’t like anything Strawberry! YUK,YUK and More Yuk!  I am an avid reader, right now I am reading Laura Childs Tea Shop Mysteries. And I love to collcet Buffaloes.
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