Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween

Can you beleive it is already Halloween? I just see the days go flying by and try to keep up. My youngest is so excited about going Trick or Treating tonight. We live in a small town and he and his sister and cousins have a grand time. My bil and sil come over and we have small bonfire by the road and pass out candy... It's something we have been doing the last 5 years and I have come to look forward to it. It's supposed to be a beautiful evening... I just finished my Monkey pal socks and they are being mailed tomorrow. I have all the goodies. I hope my pal is happy with her socks. It's almost harder to send them when you can't see the look on their face when they open them up. I had a great monkey pal. She made the bestest pair of socks. I love them. All the goodies she sent me overwhelmed me also. My children couldn't believe everything that came out of the package. I am going to try and put up a picture in my blog. A new adventure for me that is sure. Blogging is pretty much a new adventure to me also... I am now going to focus on the Knitter's Coffee Swap partner. I am so excited.. this is lots of fun!!! I also am trying to get a lot of my Christmas shopping done early so that I can just sit back and enjoy the Holidays. But I have lots of knitting to do before Christmas, mostly socks...Hope your day is filled with lots of Treats and very few Tricks...

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Winter Wonderland Swap Questionnaire

Monday, October 15, 2007

Questionnaire and Such
1!CoffeeWhat are your favorite kinds of coffee? (Brands, Roasts, anything at all you'd like to share!) There is a local roaster in town that I enjoy going to... I like Starbucks. I am more of a breakfast blend type of coffee lover. I like medium roasts. I don't really like french roasts.
2Do you prefer whole bean or ground coffee? I prefer whole bean
3This time of year, there are often Holiday Blends available, and many flavored coffees - do you drink flavored coffee? I like flavored coffees but not usually fruit flavors. I am open to new flavors and would love a Holiday blend..Surprise me...
4 Do you enjoy special blends? I think I would
5How do you take your coffee? Cream and Sugar? Straight up? Decaf? I drink my coffee straight up in the morning and later at night decaf. I usally put sweetner (equal or splenda) and a flavored creamer in my coffee
6Do you prefer drinking from a nice thick mug, or a matched cup and saucer? Oh, I am a nice think mug gal...

Winter and Holidays - PLEASE be descriptive! Your pal will need this information to be sure to put together a package you will enjoy!
1What is your favorite part of Winter? The snow and cool air, wanting to be somewhere warm with a blanket wrapped around you, drinking coffee and knitting... Holiday movies, Snow days at school ( I am a school nurse).

2Do you celebrate a holiday in December, and if so, which holiday? I celebrate Christmas

3If you celebrate Christmas, do you put up a tree? Oh, yes, the real tree goes up Thanksgiving weekend.

4.Would you enjoy items related to the holiday, or would you prefer a Winter themed package?
Probably a mixture, I like both ideas so please do what you want

5Do you collect anything? I collect snowmen and sock yarn ( can you really ever have enough?)

6Are there any holiday or winter-themed items (Snowmen, Angels, Snoflakes, Santas, etc) that you collect? Snowmen and I love mugs,

7Do you wear scarves? Mittens? Hats? I wear all of them but especially mittens and scarves

8 What is your favorite holiday or winter treat? Christmas cookies, fudge, all the homebaked goods that get made:-)

9Please share a favorite Winter or Holiday memory.

Yarn and Crafting
1Do you Knit or Crochet? I knit, can't seem to get around crochet
2For how long? Very seriously for about 3 years.
3Do you like wooden, metal, or plastic needles\hooks? Circular or straight? I love wooden dpns and circulars
4What sort of projects do you enjoy making? Right now I am into socks... I also like doing sweaters for my nieces and nephews ( they are toddlers so it is easier)
5What are your favorite types of yarn to work with? My favorite right now is sock yarn. I love independent dyers and Smooshie yarn from Dream in Color, really almost any sock yarn...
6Do you spin or dye? Neither, I barely keep up with knitting
7Do you do other crafts such as scrapbooking or needlepoint or anything else? I do scrapbooking and cardmaking. I really enjoy that.

8When is your birthday? April 1st.... really!!
9Do you have any children? (Furry kind count!) I have a 19yo son, a 13yo daughter and a 11yo son, all living at home. the 19 yo is going to a local college. We also have a very independent cat named peekachoo.
10What are your favorite colors? butter cream yellow, sage, lavendar, jewel tones, really almost all colors
11Do you have any allergies? Nodda one

Saturday, October 20, 2007


I hit the publish post button before I wrote anything down. I do love Saturdays. Especially when there is no big event planned. Today had to the the oil changed and get some items from the Walmart but other than that. I am own my own schedule. Got up at 8:45 and made coffee... read yesterday's mail. Then charted the course for the day. My husband announced it is date night tonight. Wowee.My 19yo son is staying home with my 11yo son and my 13yo daughter has a party so we actually have some free time. I am to be surprised as to where we are going. My hubby is taking a nap, he gets up early to run his route on Saturday. I want him rested. I think right now I am going to make some coffee and knit out on my swing in the backyard. It is very nice out but windy. happy knitting

I LOVE Nothing to do Saturday

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Heard from my partner

I had an e-mail from my partner. Haven't received mine though... It got me all excited . I want to get started buying for my pal... The weather here is unreal. Today 74degrees and tomorrow 76 degrees. Have we forgotten we are in fall? Oh well, enjoy while you can, although I like cooler days. I got this heavenly yarn from the Simply Sock Yarn Club. It was the last installment. It is called Broohaha. It is Smooshie from Dream color. Talk about beautiful fall colors. I had promised myself I wouldnt' touch it until I got the second sock done for my Monkey Sock Swap Pal. But I didn't follow through and I have knitted past the heel on it. It is great. I can't wait to get it done. I will only do the one sock though and get the that durn second Monkey done. I have already bought all the gifts for it and I have the yarn I am sending so just need to get that sock done. I am really enjoying reading other's blogs and getting information about sock clubs and swaps... my life is complete....

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Knitter's Coffee Swap Three Questionnaire

Here are my answers:

1. Whole bean or ground. I prefer whole, but ground is really ok also

2. Fully-loaded or decaf? Gotta go with fully loaded

3. Regular or Flavored? I am open to both

4.How do you Drink your Coffee: With sweetner( Splenda,Equal) and some creamer. I really like flavored creamers.

5. Favorite Coffee Ever: Gotta love the Breakfast blend at my local coffee cafe/ shop. They roast their own..

6. Are you fussy about your coffee or will any old bean do? Not that fussy. I am not into dark blends or French roasts.

7. Favorite treats to have with your coffee? animal crackers ( they dunk really well) biscotti,


8. Anthing else about your coffee preferences? I like mellow blends and I am not into fruit flavored coffees, gotta like those other flavors though. I like regular coffee in am and flavored coffees later in the day.

9. Yarn /fiber you love? Oh I am crazy into sock yarn right now. I should say I have enough, but I can't. It seems wrong to say no more sock yarn... so many feet to cover so little time. Gotta have sock yarn

10. Yarn/fiber you hate? Uhm... acrylic ( unless something for baby that needs to washed lots) and that's it

11. What's on your needles? Better question, what's not on your needles, thanks for not asking how many needles do you have? Then I would have to feel bad. On needles currently is monkey socks for Monkey Sock Swap ( almost done), socks that I am learning to knit two at a time on a circular needle, using Magic loop. Two scarves, and one Daisy cardigan. Is that enough? Uhm I also have about three socks that just need to be grafted at the toe. ( What's my problem?).

12. Favorite Colors: rich jewel tones, sage, lilac, light yellow

13. Allergies: Not a one

14. Anything you really love, really don't like, or just need to get off your chest? I REALLY REALLY love coffe swaps and the people willing to run then. They are the bestest...

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

new swap coming up

There is a new swap that starts the 24th of October called Winter Coffee Swap. You can check it out at Go over there and see if you are interested.. I am..


I've got lots of news... I am almost finished with sock #1 of Monkey. It is turning out so great!! I am finally on the list of people for the monkey swap.. Yah!! Also I signed up for knitter's coffee swap #3... I got my invite yesterday. I can't wait. Got to fill out my questionnaire. I will do that later. Tonight after work I am going to get pumpkins and apples and apple cider at my favorite little street stand. I always take my children and they pick out the pumpkin they are going to carve for Halloween. They are 19, 13, and 11. The 19 year old is not interested, but the other two are raring to go. It's kinda of tradition and the weather has finally broken. It was so hot, that I was not motivated to do anything. It will only be 75 today. Tomorrow 65. It was 89 yesterday. Ugh... gonna also look for some Monkey items tonight for my pal. Just a couple of little things and my package will be ready to go. I got the pattern already and yarn I am going to send. This I am looking forward to...

Friday, October 5, 2007

Good news

I received some good news from my Monkey Pal.. my Monkey socks are done... I can't wait to see them. Still trying to get the socks done for my class Saturday. It is two socks at a time on circular needles using magic loop. I have to be to the heel, almost there. Also working on my monkey socks every chance I get. Tomorrow my oldest turns 19.. where has the time gone? He wants to go to a local Mexican Restaurant for his birthday dinner. I am taking him shopping for some new clothes and shoes also. He doesn't like to take the time to do this, so I am making the time. His grandma is also giving me his Birthday money so that we can pool it and get him more. It's hard to buy for 19 y.o.s , he can't think of anything he wants.. huh??? Wish I had that problem.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

My Monkeys on are on the needle

Just started my Monkey socks last night. They are turning out great. I had a big project to finish up. I knit a prayer shaw for my niece for her confirmation which was Sunday. I was her sponsor. She loved it. I didn't really like knitting with the yarn, it was mohair, but it turned out beautiful. I am taking a class on how to do two socks at one time with Magic Loop. It takes a little more thought, but you end up with two socks at once. I am to have the knitted to the heel by Saturday morning. I will keep trugging along. I am using Bear Mountain yarn and it is so soft and a beautiful color. I am also trying to finish a pair of anklet socks for my daughter, they have been promised forever and always get put to the side. I don't think I have enough yarn, but my dear knitting pal Jan, thanks she has the same yarn. It is Sockotta in purples and blacks. So she is going to give me the tiny bit I need to finish... ah friends. So that's my goings on currently. I have some other projects on the needles that will get attention after this Monkey Swap, mainly because it is going to be Christmas soon and I have some projects to finish and start, mostly socks, but a couple of scarves and mittens. Talk at you later...