Sunday, August 31, 2008

Dead Sleep Project

My project is a soap sack and matching washcloth for Jordan and her new love (if they ever get to finish their rendevous in the shower, LOL). I still need to make the I-cord for the sack and the camera batteries went into their own dead sleep after the one pic, so no washcloth to view. I think next time I would use a solid color - although I like the way this colorway made a kind of visual ripple effect (and the colors remind me of Good & Plenty candy!), I think the eyelets on the sack would show up better on a solid. ~ Valerie K

Friday, August 29, 2008

Mystery Project recieved

I recieved a huge box in the mail today from Karen V who is either #1 an overachiever or #2 as guilt laden (which is not necessary at all!) as she says she is!
So here is what she knit for me from my yarn. Unfortunately is is about 105 degrees outside and we do not have air conditioning so I have not been able to try them on! The clapotis scarf and my very own pair of mitts!!!!!! YAY!!!! I have been wanting both - but have not taken the time to knit either one for myself!

And look at these books! Perfect timing for the lace shawls because a friend of mine recently became engaged and I really want to make something special for her and have been looking for a special shawl to make! So cant wait to look thru this book later tonight. And yes, Karen wrapped each item seperately in tissue paper and stuck a little K note on each! The books looks great - have read both authors and enjoy their writing so am looking forward to reading these!

And here is a lovely bunch of things....special salt and hot chocolate (good thing - regular chocolate would probably have melted and evaporated! Just the things I need right now - line post its to help follow patterns and some perfect sized stitch markers for sock knitting! A new Chibi set - a tin of mints which will eventually hold the markers -- a great calculator and a wonderful timer (do I really want to know how much time I spend knitting? But I can put it by my chair when I am cooking so I no longer have to say - oops! I didint hear the timer go off!!!)

And looky! My very own sock blocker key chain complete with sockie on it! Again, have used these for gifts but never made myself one!!

I have been SO WONDERFULLY spoiled - thank you so much!! And the fun thing is - Monday is my anniversary so it is fun to recieve presents this weekend! Karen, thank you very very VERY much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Name that sock.

Originally uploaded by kadezmom
Here it is, my long awaited (yeah, I'm sure you were all just holding your breath until you were blue HA!) Dead Sleep project. I hand dyed the yarn.......two things came to mind....the impressionist painting Starry Night and Roger's Clearing. The lace panel is directly from the impresionst sock pattern on Ravelry(and the link takes you to the blog where it was found, so Ravelry membership is *NOT* required. When and if I pull my self together, I'll go link all that stuff, but if I were you, I'd just keep on breathing. I'm blogging for the first time off of flickr. I think I'm going to like it, but I sure miss the add a link function. We'll see. I slept in LATE today, I might have all night, but my mind is spinning with all the possibilities!

At any rate....sweet dreems!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Dead Sleep Project

I had a few ideas for this book. I thought about a felted bathtub with a needlefelted naked girl in it - yeah, right! But settled on this project which took about all of 15 minutes.
I cut out the pallet from a felted project gone wrong and then needlefelted the paint.
Greg Iles has gone on my list of favorite authors!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Dead Sleep Project

I made two items for Dead Sleep. I knitted a Pop-Tart camera case and a chocolate bunny. I know Jordan found Pop-Tarts and Twinkies for junk food, but I figured chocolate counted! More info can be found on my blog, here, and on my Ravelry project pages.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Picture, finally

Now that I have managed to a) find the proper cord and b) get back to my office, I can finally show off the beautiful scarf Mary Lynn made for me out of the skein of Claudia Hand Paint yarn I sent her for our swap. Isn't it pretty?? It's about a gajillion degrees outside today in Sacramento, but I'm looking ofrward to wearing my new scarf when the weather cools!

Yard Sale Swap

Well, blogger and the internet were temporarily allowing me to post pictures. SIGH. I received a great package from Shelly as part of the Yard Sale Swap. It is very cool and I would love to post a picture here, but I can't. Therefore, you can learn all about it by going here.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Spring Mystery Swap Package.... a little late

I am finally getting around to posting the pictures of my package from Patt. Sorry if it is late. My hubby's brother past away a week ago. Sudden, and we had to handle this.
I wanted to Thank Patt for her package. It actually cheer me up at this time.

Patt knitted me a pair of fingerless gloves and a scarf. She include a lovely skein of Cascade The Heathers, in a teal color, Jaguar colors! Some stitch markers, DPN's, measuring tape and a needle gauge. Some mints, a bracelet, and a watch key, which is now hanging on my purse. And a pattern to knit up a scarf. Everything was great. Thank you.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Dead Sleep Project

Last month someone posted a purse project that had been completed earlier but fit her P.D. James book. Well, I'm following in those footsteps this month with a dual-duty project. I always have socks on my needles and I just completed a pair. While I didn't make them specifically for Whoduknit, I think Jordan would be pleased to wear them.

The yarn is Socks that Rock Covelite. The color combination is an unusual reddish brown with purple stripes and white accents. Someone with an artistic eye (Jordan and her camera, right?) would be drawn to these colors. The yarn is mediumweight, perfect for tramping around remote locations in heavy shoes. The cable pattern makes them nice and cushy as well.

I worked out this particular cable pattern on my own, but I'm sure it can be found in a stitch dictionary somewhere. Enjoy the pretty colors! Those of you on Ravelry, more pictures are posted there (my Ravelry ID is "seamless").

Sharon C.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Our Sneaky Fearless Leader

Jane takes the craftiness cake this week. She EMAILED me and said that my secret swap partner was trying to email me, and by chance did it end up in my spam folder. She then went on to FWD me a list of questions. That was HER all along!

I WAS SNOOKERED. And I loved every single second of it. YOU GOT ME!

Thank you. If I EVER get to Maine, I am shopping with you. Wow. You are a bargin finder extroidaire. Holy Buckets. I can't decide what I like the most. But, the good part is that I don't have to. D, my 13 yo, has run off with the microspun saying something about how it is so soft and she wants something made of it. They both wanted the fancy popcicle kleenex...NO WAY....MINE. My oldest snagged the sour candies, and I'm left with a great pile to fondle, ohhh and ahhhh IN QUIET. Tonight I will start flipping through the mags (dangerous) and pick out what book I'm going to read next. *sigh of happiness* Who said ironing day couldn't be a pack of fun!

Thank you Jane!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Mary Lynn is great, but I am an idiot

Mary Lynn made me the most beautiful scarf out of the yarn I sent her, and I came to my office today to post a picture so all of you could see it. My home computer will not let me log into Blogger (long story), and I'm on summer break from work, so I'm not in my office very often these days. I posed the lovely scarf (Branching Out, if I'm not mistaken) with my Dolores 2008 mug and the stuffed donkey and elephant I use as props when I cover political parties in my American Government classes. V. cute. Unfortunately, I left the little cord that hooks the camera to the computer at home, so I can't post the picture (insert snarky comment about absentminded professors here). Grrrr. I will try again tomorrow, and it will be worth the wait. Mary Lynn really outdid herself, and I can't wait until the weather cools a bit and I can wear the scarf. I must also search out a cool pattern with cables, so I can use the Knitpicks harmony cable needles she sent. They're so pretty I'm tempted to use them as scarf pins!

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

No Noose is good news!


Although James Brett said that he did not know where Red Hart was staying and had never been there, he knew that the door chime was coming from the back door and not the front, which an innocent person would have assumed. We had eight correct answers this week and Judy, our newest member (how's that for beginner's luck!) won the drawing! Congratulations Judy. Please choose a prize from the prize locker in the files on the Yahoo Group and send me your address. (grammieknitsatyahoodotcom).

James Brett called Lt. Hugh Dunnit in a panic. His business partner, Red Hart had been morose ever since his wife asked him to move out of the house. For the past several days he hadn't shown up at the office and no one had any idea where he was. Brett said he had just received a phone call from Hart saying he couldn't go on without her.
Two hours later Lt. Dunnit was driving to Hart's house with Brett who explained to Lt. Dunnit, "I should have visited him, but nobody knew where he was living. I got the address of the house he was renting this afternoon when he telephoned me to say he was contemplating suicide. I thought you'd better come with me and perhaps have a talk with him."
"He said it was on 252 Plymouth Lane, over the phone," went on Brett.
They found the house and Hugh Dunnit left the car first. Finding the front door ajar, he entered and switched on the lights. Five minutes later the two men found Red Hart hanging by a beam in the attic. As they stood silently staring at the body, a door chime sounded downstairs.
With Lt. Dunnit right behind him, Brett ran to the back door. There stood a teenage girl. "Mother asked me to return this bottle of milk to Mr. Hart," she said.
Lt. Dunnit took the milk, put it in the refrigerator, and then promptly read James Brett his rights and arrested him for the murder of Red Hart. What made him suspect Brett?

e-mail your answer to me at grammieknitsatyahoodotcom by midnight on Saturday, Aug. 9

Monday, August 04, 2008

Summer Swap Package from Norway

I received my Summer Swap package from Annie all the way from Norway today! She sent some great yarn - Superwash sock yarn, and some cool Tutti Frutti yarn that I think would make a great scarf. Thanks Annie!

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Yard Sale Swap Package Received

A binder filled with patterns all inside plastic protector sheets, what a wonderful idea.
Two mystery books to read, 3 American Indian note cards, a bookmark, a journal with a matching bookmark (little did she know I use these exact journals to write down my original patterns before I type them on the computer, I like to have backup, lol) a 2008 knitting calendar with patterns on each day and she got it for $1.00, what a great find. Some KnitPicks gloss yarn in the color Dusk, (hmm any ideas on what I can make with this, it's beautiful) and knitted felted bracelet kit... it's the neatest thing. I am going to make it for my niece Hannah, her birthday is this week and it will be my gift to her. Just perfect timing, if you ask me.

I tell you it sure looks like it's worth more then $10.00... I hope I can find as many good deals for my swap partner when I finally start looking.

Thank you so much to my secret partner... you did a great job. I am very pleased with everything. I just am in awe.

Aunt Kathy

Friday, August 01, 2008

Lilli's Town

Hi I am Lilli Bilson, I live in Benton Kansas. Nothing exciting happens in Benton. But we live about 10 minutes away from Wichita. In Wichita we can visit the Exploration Place it has traveling exhibits, air craft technology and conservation exhibits. Then we can go see a movie at the Warren Theater. Kansas is such a quiet boring state. If you want to see beautiful country then a drive through the Flint Hills is the way to go.