Wednesday, January 30, 2008

7 Random Facts about me

7 Random Facts... now these are the rules;
Post these rules on your blog. List seven random and/or weird facts about yourself. Tag seven random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs. Let each person know that they have been tagged by posting a comment on their blog.

Here's my List:
1 - I have an obsession with Cornelius Vanderbilt , Tasha Tudor, Eudora Welty and Titanic
2 - I wanted to move to Amish Country and be part of their life style
3 - I don't believe in ghost but I want to
4 - I'm in search for the perfect mop
5 - I'm in search for the perfect vacum cleaner
6 - I can't stand for pencils not to have a sharp point on them
7 - I've always wanted to be a nun

Monday, January 28, 2008

2nd Week Post

This week's topic: There are many people who ADORE receiving hand-knit or crochet items; but there are just as many who have no appreciation whatever of how much love, work, and time goes into a hand-made item. Share a story of a hand-made gift you gave to someone and how it worked out - good, bad, or ugly!

I can't think of anything that I have knitted to give as a gift because I don't think I'm that good of a knitter to give as a gift. I have given crocheted dish rags though.

I do like to paint and I gave each of my knitter friends a painted ornament that falls in the knitted category.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

A Contest

K. Anne over at Roavings of a Yarn Addict is having a contest to celebrate her 100th post. Sign up and tell her I sent you. She has a fun prize.

I Won, I Won, I Won...........

I'm an Angora. I had to guess which fiber Rhonda The Stiching Nut was to win a prize and I won this:

This great book, Knitted Accessories by Claire Compton.

And the first project I'm going to do is this cool looking hooded poncho. It reminds me of "Little Red Riding Hood". Think I'll be looking good?

Thanks Mohair Rhonda, I love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

What's on my needles

I think I'll post about knitting since this is what this blog is suppose to be about. This is currently what's on my needles. This is the new Noro Sock Yarn in a rib K2P2, size 2 circulars. I am in love with this yarn. I have heard so people say they don't like it but it knits up so easy. No splitting at all. This would be a great yarn for beginners learning to knit socks. It's not a soft yarn but I'm hoping it will come out in the wash.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Could it be.....Snow in Alabama?

Something we don't see much down south. But oh how we cherish it when it does come. One day is 70 degrees and the next day it's freezing and we wish for just a dusting of the white stuff so we can sit by the fire, drink hot chocolate and knit. The ultimate thing to do in the winter. I guess we appreciate it so very much because we don't see this but maybe every 5 years.

"George" the garden gargoyle with a kiss of snow.

Annie and the weiner dog enjoying the snow!

How do you make a snow angel when there is not

enough snow on the ground?

You make it on the trampolin.

Friday, January 18, 2008

This doesn't look like knitting to me........

Uh Oh, is this what I think it is?

Yep, it sure is, a manhole. And look who's on her way down with a big ol grin on her face.

It's me.....something I've always wanted to do. Crawl down in a manhole.

This is not really my new job. But my new job does require that I know what cut cables and locating cables is all about. So we went on a training field trip with one of our locate companies and a field investigator to see the ins and outs of the job. What I do is go after the people that damage AT&T properties. It was a cold but fun day out in the sleet and rain.

Thursday, January 17, 2008


Now this I like. I did a much better job on this. My plying is more even. This yarn was worthy of the swift while the other, I just hand rolled.

Defeat the Winter Doldrums Swap

1. Do you knit, crochet, or do both? Mostly knit, but have done crochet
2. What types of needles do you enjoy using for making dishcloths? Straight bambo or aluminum
3. What types of cotton do you enjoy using for making dishcloths? Sugar & Cream
Is there any that you've been wanting to try? I don't know what different ones are available in cotton other than the sugar & cream.
4. What color(s) are your kitchen and bath decorated in (if any)? My kitchen is swamp water green, black & white and my bath is black, tan and brown
5. What are your favorite colors for yarns? I like fall color yarns Least favorite? purple
6. Do you like Winter, or do you count the days until it ends? I love winter
7. What's your favorite way to brighten your day when you're down in the dumps? Either knit or spin
8. What is your favorite treat to indulge in and when your down in the dumps? chocolate
9. Do you drink coffee? Tea? Cocoa?All of them but mostly coffee
10. If you could take a vacation starting tomorrow and go anywhere for one week and money were no object, where would you go and what would you do? I would go somewhere cold and sit and knit probably in the mountains.
11. Do you have any allergies or aversions your pal should be aware of? none

Monday, January 14, 2008

He He He!!!

To all my friends who sent me best wishes in 2007, or promises of good luck if I forwarded something, it DID NOT WORK. For 2008, could you please just send either money for Yarn or gas vouchers to get me to the BEACH!

OK, Here it is........

My first attempt at spinning. I gave it a name.
It's called "YUK"

Well, I just had to make something with it. I can't stand to waste anything.

This is my second attempt at spinning. Not much better. It's name is "Peas and Carrot Throw-up"

Now, this is a little better. My third attempt. I'm not giving up! No I'm not. Maybe I'll look back on this one day and laugh. Right now I'm a crying!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Distaff Day

Distaff Day, also called Rock Day, is 7 January, the day after the feast of the Epiphany. It is also known as Saint Distaff's Day, since it was not really a holiday at all. In many European cultural traditions, women resumed their household work after the twelve days of Christmas. The distaff, or rock, used in spinning was the medieval symbol of women's work. Often the men and women would play pranks on each other during this day, as was written by Robert Herrick in his poem "Saint Distaffs day, or the Morrow After Twelfth Day" which appears in his Hesperides.

St. Distaff's Day; Or, the Morrow after Twelfth-day
Partly work and partly play.

You must on St. Distaffs Day
From the plough soon free your team;
Then cane home and fother them:
If the maids a-spinning go, Burn the flax and fire the tow.
Bring in pails of water then, Let the maids bewash the men.
Give St. Distaff' all the right
Then bid Christmas sport good night,
And next morrow every one To his own vocation.

Some modern craft groups have taken up the celebration of Distaff day as part of their new years celebration.

And that is just what this group of women did. We gathered for a day of spinning and what a wonderful time was had by all.

Me spinning. You got to hold your mouth just right.

Darlene making that thang fly. You go girl!

Grace giving a lesson to Wendy. She was spinning like a pro before she left.

Elizabeth (the gracious hostess) opened her adorable house to nine crazy women. Thanks so much. It was great!

Grace is an amaging spinner. I didn't get a picture of her in the sweater she knitted and was modeling when she arrived. Check out her blog to see it. I'm not worthy!

Toni has become a fabulous spinner in just a few week. WOW!

Carrie the famous Funky Caroline don't even look when she's spinning.

Bibby getting down with her bad self.

Check out that wheel speed by Jessi.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008


I spent my gift certificate from Copper Moose and it came yesterday. Two beautiful colors, Dijon Merino and Harvest Merino. I think these will look good plied together. What a great way to start the new year, with some new wool to spin. But right now I'm going to cook some black eye peas and turnip greens while I sip on a little bubbly (Mimosa's).