Friday, April 27, 2007

Spring Mystery Swap

About a week or so ago, I received some lovely blue handspun from Stephanie. If I can ever get the group's photo page or blogspot to come up, I'll post a pic. I know what book I am going to send her - it's by my favorite author. It's not necessarily my favorite book, but it's definitely the eeriest by this author, and it includes quite a bit of knitting in the story line. I just re-read my copy to get inspiration and finally decided on a project. :-) The knitting character in the book sells items in a boutique and the project I found is a boutique-y kind of item. I've combined 2 different texture yarns in the same color family to enhance the boutique-iness.Is this enough of a teaser??? LOL


(posted by Jane for KyleAnn)

And growing.....

I received this beautiful square from Laurie W. yesterday. She was worried because it wasn't a 12" square so I asked her to send me a little of the leftover yarn. I crocheted two rows of single crochet on each side - and now it's a perfect 12" square! How perfect is this for the theme of our March book - a castle! It's just lovely - thank you Laurie.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

The package from Dobarah

The package came from Dobarah today. It included:
100g of 100%wool in an absolute wonderful shade of jade (the pic does not do it justice) . . . thoughts of what can be done are flitting across my brain.
A wonderfully soft knitted cloth.
A pedicure set (Dobarah must have been listening in on my friends and my conversation this past Sunday about the poor state of our feet!).
And, even though it is 10:00 a.m., some delicious root beer float candy. This stuff is great. The root beer flavoring is really good and then all of a sudden POP you get a cream filling mixing in with the root beer flavoring. Really cool.

Thanks Dobarah . . . I can hardly wait to get out my One Skein book to see what I can do for you!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Growing Charity Blanket

Today I received another beautiful square from Priscilla - thank's so much! The afghan is growing!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Mary Lynn's Package has arrived

and I am SO thrilled! I was sent along some beautiful scarlet angora/merino wool to use, as well as a list of items she would enjoy making for herself. This list was very helpful!

Mary Lynn also included yummy candies, a teal storage bag (I love it!), and the neatest book I have seen...Thank you! Now I just have to get my camera back from my kids...and hope there is still a working battery in it!

Mystery swap package

I have Deb Browns mystery swap project finished and ready to mail. Just wanted to see if anyone can guess what it is.
Hope she likes it.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Thank You Patty

Thanks Patty, once again, for the great buttons for our May and June Books!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Another Square

My sister and her DH are visiting us in Maine this week, after a very wet drive up from New Jersey....They not only brought some sunshine with them, but my sister also brought a square for our blanket! Thanks Pat!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Worldwide Knit in Public Day 2007

June 9th is Worldwide Knit in Public Day. See this website for information about registering or checking to see if there will be a location in your area . . . or you can set one up!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Leaping Leprechauns indeed!

Well, the stash did arrive safely in Ireland but how it got into the house is still a mystery to my owner and I'm not purring! No way, no matter what luscious loose strands of yarn she tempts me with. There were no severed heads in the box but delicious yarn. After many days of petting the yarn, difficult decisions had to be made - take it all or just some! Why do they take so long over yarn decisions?

She eventually re-packed the box and got it ready for the post, took it out to the garden to get good light for a photo and went back inside to get the camera. That's when it happened. Hims-elf arrived and tried to steal it, but I had a steady paw on the box. Hims-elf had to bargain with me. He offered me his crock of gold in exchange - I knew she would never part with yarn no matter how much gold was on offer but it was me hims-elf was dealing with. So we haggled for a while in the sunshine and when she came out it was a done deal. What deal? As I said, I don't purr and tell. So now you'll all have to wait to see if it ever arrives at it's next destination or have I a life's supply of fish treats?!

Bella, your feline friend.

Janet's afghan square

Thanks for the kind words The pattern for the square came from Knitter's #63, p. 69 (Summer 2001)--The Great American Aran Afghan, and reprinted in a book of the same name. The square was designed by Carol Adams who credited her inspiration to Lily Chin via a workshop. Somewhere in the small print was permission to knit the pattern for charity or personal use. It is a totally reversible pattern --I wouldn't have believed it was possible to knit reversible cables, but it works. They are almost tubular.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Thank You Janet

I received a package from Janet today with my prize for last month's books discussion (James Patterson's Judge & Jury on CD) and an absolutely gorgeous square for the charity blanket. Thanks so much Janet!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

WhoDuKnit Swap Shop

This is a new feature on the WhoDuKnit Yahoo Group called the WhoDuKnit Swap Shop. This is a place where you can list books, magazines, yarn, and other stuff that you would like to swap for other books, magazines, yarn and other stuff! It's strictly a swap - no selling allowed.
Here's how it works. To list items that you would like to swap- go to the Files on the WhoDuKnit Yahoo Group and click on the folder "WhoDuKnit Swap Shop". Then click on "Create Text File". Where it says "File Name" put your name, i.e. "Jane's Swaps", and where it says description list the type of things you want to swap, i.e. books, yarn, etc. In the "File Content" space put the details, names, authors, types of yarn, etc. and what you would like to trade for, and the e-mail address where you can be contacted. Then click on 'create file'.
You can also click on other members files to see what they have to swap.
This is a 'do it yourself swap' - you make your own contacts and arrange your own swaps - at your own risk! The management of Whoduknit will not be responsible for flakes! However, they will be banned from posting in the WhoDuKnit Swap Shop.

Spring Mystery Swap

After three tries I think I have finally made my final decision on what to knit with the yarn Patty sent me for the spring swap. Here is a little teaser - can you guess what it is?

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Here's the list of books nominated for May-June

This is long--but we have 9 nominees, including some very good books! Poll goes up today.

1. Blind Alley, by Iris Johansen. “When detective Joe Quinn is called to investigate the murder of a young woman whose skin has been peeled away from her skull, he presses the overloaded Eve to work her grisly magic. Eve is shocked to realize that the victim bears an uncanny resemblance to Jane MacGuire, the headstrong 17-year-old she and Joe have adopted.” From Publisher’s Weekly. Amazon readers give 2 our of 5 stars. Hardcover, paperback and abridged audio editions
2. Carolina Moon by Nora Roberts. “Tory Bodeen, whose childhood in Progress, S.C., was marked by her father's beatings, her mother's passivity and, when she was eight, the rape and strangulation of her best friend, Hope Lavelle. Now 26, still haunted by Hope's unsolved murder and memories of an unsettling experience in New York City, to which she fled at age 18, Tory returns to Progress after a quiet four-year stint in Charleston. Although ambivalent about her psychic ability to connect with other minds, she knows she'll never find peace until she uses her skill to find the murderer.” From Publisher’s Weekly. Amazon readers give this 4 out of 5 star;, available in hardcover, paperback, and audio.
3. Dead Man’s Bones by Susan Wittig Albert. “In this gently narrated cozy, a skeleton in a cave allows China to think about archaeology, forensics, love affairs, immigration, and secrets from the past. Meanwhile, two elderly and reclusive sisters, one imperious and the other frail, the last of their family, donate a building, the funds for its renovation, and property for a community theater, with the stipulation that a play written about their father must be the first production. These events turn out to be intimately connected to the body in the cave” from Booklist; hardcover, paperback and audio(free from NetLibrary)
4. Died in the Wool, by Mary Kruger. At the start of Kruger's pun-filled cozy, the first in a new series, Ariadne "Ari" Evans, the 29-year-old owner of Ariadne's Web (a knitting shop in Freeport, Mass.), is shocked to discover the body of a customer, Edith Perry, strangled with some of her best homespun yarn.” From Publisher’s Weekly. Paperback only, lots of stars, but sample of 9 readers is too small to be trustworthy.
5. Died in the Wool by Ngaio Marsh, “ Member of Parliament Florence Rubrick has the wool pulled over her eyes-quite literally. She's been found dead, her body pressed into a bale of wool. When Inspector Alleyn pays a visit to her New Zealand country home, he meets two fine, handsome men and two lovely young women, all of whom have reason to be grateful to dear Flossie for saving their lives. But as Inspector Alleyn learns, there are secrets aplenty hiding in the floorboards of that sheep station, and one in particular conceals a murderous motive that has the look and smell of treason.” From the book description; the 13th Inspector Alleyn novel. Lots of editions including audio A classic, published long before Amazon gave stars—but it’s still in print after about 60 yrs.
6. Knit Fast, Die Young, by Mary Kruger. Not available until May 22—no stars, no reviews—probably not eligible for this poll.
7. The Main Corpse by Diane Mott Davidson “Goldy, owner of Goldilocks' Catering, barely weathered a disastrous spring in which relentless rains and driving snow put a real damper on her business. But now, thanks to her best friend, Marla, the Colorado caterer is suddenly cooking up a storm...lovingly preparing Crab Quesadillas, Tomato-Brie Pie, and Gold Foil-Wrapped Fudge Bars for her wealthy new client, Prospect Financial Partners.” From the book description. 6th in the series; lts of editions including audio, 3 of 5 stars from Amazon readers (I personally think it was a little better than that!)
8. Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear.. Through her own natural intelligence—and the patronage of her benevolent employers—Maisie Dobbs works her way from her position as housemaid into college at Cambridge. When World War I breaks out, Maisie goes to the front as a nurse. It is there that she learns that coincidences are meaningful and the truth elusive. After the War, Maisie sets up on her own as a private investigator. Her very first assignment, seemingly an ordinary infidelity case, reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind. First of a series; 4 stars (worth more), lots of editions including audio. Starred reviews and a Pub Weekly best book of 2003. Agatha winner and Edgar nominee
9. Open Season by C.J. Box. When a well-known poacher, with whom Joe Pickett, a Wyoming game warden, has humiliatingly tangled, suddenly turns up dead in his own backyard, Joe finds himself at the top of a downward path that, first, will lead to more bodies and then will put his entire family into peril. Paraphrased from Penzler Pick. Hardcover and paperback, no audio. Amazon readers give 4.5 stars; lots of starred reviews, NYTimes Notable book of 2001, won Anthony, Edgar, Macavity, and other awards. If you like animals, you will probably like this book.

Have you sat in the Atlanta Airport for four hours before?

Hey Everyone! This morning I got up bright and early to head to the Atlanta airport to meet our very own Cathy. I think I have found a friend for live! Can you guess who is who. No telling KyleAnn, we know you have met Cathy before. We got breakfast at Atlanta Bread Company, sat in the atrium and run off at the mouth for four hours. We had a great time! We both brought our knitting, but Cathy was the only one knitting her socks, which were of course on 2 circs.

My sock as you can see in the next photo is a pattern from Mary Aman, also on our group. She is my spring swap partner and found out that I am just learning to knit socks and sent me a pattern that she designed. It is called Geese in Flight and is so beautiful. This photo does not show the detail, but it really is nice. I am making it out of peach colored yarn. I didn't knit on mine, as this pattern takes a lot of concentration on my part and I was afraid I would mess it up too much since we were talking so much. Of course I noticed that after I downloaded the photo to the computer that I'm holding the sock upside
I also took some of the yarn that Mary sent me for the spring swap and we talked a little about what I'm going to knit for her.
We really had a great time and I look forward to meeting with Cathy again. Oh and ask Cathy about her

First Blanket Square Has Arrived!

And it's beautiful! (Scroll down to see it) Thank you KyleAnn. KyleAnn will be receiving a beaded bookmark for send the square, plus a prize for being the first! Everyone who sends a square will received a bookmark, and there is still a prize for the person who sends the most. So keep on knitting those squares!

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Spring Mystery Swap

First of all - Sorry! I thought I was posting to my own blog (see below) about the snow - oh well - hope you don't mind a little off topic snow LOL.

I received my yarn today for the spring mystery swap from Patty. She actually sent two skeins of a beautiful Artyarns Supermerino handpainted yarn. Patty also is so kind! She included some goodies. Chocolate (she knows I'm a chocoholic) a cute little lamb Pez dispenser (I'm afraid my 7-year old granddaughter is going to claim that!), an Egypt key chain - a reminder of our January book, which took place in Egypt, and a beautiful washcloth in the colors of Easter Eggs. Now - what to make for her? I spent part of my 'snow day' looking through my knitting books and magazines trying to decide what to make. Any ideas? it's superwash - so I can't felt it. It's a worsted weight and each skein is 104 yards. I have a couple of ideas, but would love to hear some of yours! She received my yarn today too - a fingering weight alpaca yarn in a beautiful aqua color that I had not idea what to do with. I can't wait to see what she comes up with. She crochets - so I'm hoping for something crocheted.

And by the way - a little more OT - It was a great game - Dice K rocks and the Red Socks won! Only 160 more games to go - but I promise I'll keep it on my own blog from now on!

Snow Day

We didn't have a white Christmas, but looks like a good chance for a white Easter! 15 inches and still coming down hard. Here is my DH out for a few rounds of golf - he's hitting a ball out of a snow bank. Actually he just staged this to send to some friends in Arizona who have been playing golf every day and complaining about the 90 degree weather.

Bad news is this adds one more day to the school calendar in June. Good news is I get to watch Dice K (the new multi-million$ Japanese Red Sox ace whose name no one can pronounce) pitch.

I'm also working on some bibs for the latest baby in the family - a girl, born to my nephew and his wife, Giana Nadeya. Giana for their two other children G for George, iana for Diana, and Nadeya, which means Hope in Eukranian, which is his wife's heritage. I'm making a girly version of the Mason Dixon Bib with a ruffle on the bottom.
Game's on!