Sunday, December 31, 2006

Ya' Dead Yet?

No, I've not been strangled by the craziness of the holidays. Life just got a bit busy and time slipped away from me. At the moment I'm battling a cold that I got from my loving hubby who picked it up from one of the sniffling guests at his parent's Christmas party last Saturday. Aah, the joys of living together. Achoo!


I have lots to report but I just don't have the energy to type at the moment. *Honey... Where's the tissue?* I'll leave you with a shot of my December Indie Swag from Scout to tide you over. Isn't it just gorgeous! The yarn is called "Glampyre" after the wonderful knit designer of the same name. Glampyre also created the funky cool sock pattern specifically for this yarn.

And last but not even close to least are those two cute snowmen yarn markers! Look close, their scarves are in the same color as the yarn!!! They're from Good To Be Girl and are a riot!

More later when I can breathe again. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

More Postal Happiness and the Pink Terror is Done!

Lately I'm suffering with substitute mail carriers (or maybe these are carriers in training). Rather than the mail being there when I come home, I'm already in lounge wear before I hear the jingle of keys in the mail box downstairs. *sigh* But at least the goodies arrive!

Arriving in several different packages was my Knit Kit Swap package from Shannon. Two gorgeous skeins of Cascade 220 yarn, the pattern for the Sophie bag (I printed it out to show here), all the accessories needed to make the bag (I forgot to put the picture of the stitch markers in here) and the Holiday Issue of Interweave Knits that has a gorgeous scarf pattern I can make with the yarn too! The wait was truly worth it! =)

Then there was the big box from Desiree from the Vegan Swap. She truly outdid herself. Two pretty balls of variegated blue yarn, the excellent book "One-Skein Wonders", CANDY (I ate some before this shot so the Smarties are missing), Burt's Bees Hand Salve and Burt's Bees Lip Balm, little O rings that make the perfect stitch markers, chocolates, several labels I can put on my knitted items, a cute handmade container that looks like a cupcake, a necklace that used the Control key as the pendant (LOVE IT!), a pamphlet on veganism, a bag of TINGS which got wiped out last night, and a beautiful hand knitted and beaded scarf! I told you she outdid herself. WOW!

My December package from my SP9 pal arrived and I had to wait patiently until I could get to the rental office to retrieve it. You can't see it well here but the two balls of yarn are a ribbon type in brown with silver in it. I have a pattern somewhere in the stash that I think this will work with for a lovely special event halter-type top. Also in side was a pair of silver dangle earrings that would look great when I dress up for Flamenco dancing, a lovely smelling bath tea in lavender, and the latest issue of Knit.1 that has some great projects in it. Thank you so much!

And I also have an FO to report. Really! The pink hooded baby blanket of doom is finished!

It's not the best photo of it but this was the only way to get the whole thing showing and it look like anything remotely baby-ish. I never ever wanna see that shade of pink again for many moons! The upside, at least it's super soft.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

The Line Between Genius and Insanity Is Very Thin

I was tagged by Mamarox to share 6 weird things about myself. Where to start?

1. I am always reading. Regardless of where I am and what I'm doing, I'm reading something. I take a stack of books/magazines with me on any length of car trip. I've even attempted to scan magazines while driving. *lowers head in shame* I read billboards, the postscripts in magazines, even the stuff written on toothpaste tubes. You name it, I'm reading it.

2. To go along with the above, my husband had to point out that when I'm reading and drinking something at the same time, I do it from the side of my mouth. Even if I'm using a straw, it's stuck out of the side of my mouth so I can apparently see what I'm reading. Never even noticed that before. Thanks hun! =p

3. I rarely if ever eat the edge crust on bread, pizza, Pop Tarts, pie, etc... I'll pull it off or stop before I get to that part. If there's bread sticking past a hot dog or the meat of a hamburger, it goes too. Why? Because when I was a kid I was watching the show "Zoom" and one of the kids said something about eating crust made your hair curly. I wanted straight hair so I vowed never to eat crusts again! Of course I know better but I can't seem to break myself of the habit.

4. Whenever I make chocolate milk or hot chocolate I sing this song about it that I made up some years ago. It's sung with a 6 year old's voice according to the hubby. I've got a cute little dance to go with it too! "Chocit milk! Chocit milk! Love meeeee some chocit milk! Chocit miiiiiiilllllk!" Just let it go folks... just let it go...

5. I do not, do not, do not, like cream filling in Twinkies or those Hostess cupcakes. If I'm given one, you will find a pile of the creamy stuff sitting on the cardboard the cake came on or in a napkin. I'm not a fan of icing on cakes either and happily give up the end pieces of cake to someone who does.

6. To this day, I have an issue with my food touching. Blame this one on my great grandmother who, when we'd sit in her TV room, would eat using these funky blue/green TV dinner trays with the little dividers. At my grandmother's house, I'd eat off of several saucers to keep everything apart. Now? No I wont pass out if the corn ends up in my mashed potatoes but you will notice that my dinner plate in the beginning looks like a painters palette with everything spaced just so. My husband did buy me these pretty ceramic TV dinner trays from Crate and Barrel that I pull out every once in awhile when I'm feeling homey.

Yes, I am apparently and certifiable odd!

If you're reading this, consider yourself tagged!