August 30, 2009

Second SP14 Package Arrives

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , , at 6:02 pm by Jenn

This post, as man of my posts these days is overdue.  What can I say?  I’m lazy and I ‘m also sharing a computer with “the fam” these days so blogging time is hard to come by.

My second Secret Pal package arrived during the week and I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the contents…see, I took pictures and everything!


The box.


Pre unwrapping.


Post unwrapping.  Starting at the bottom right there is a fold up travel pack that I will most likely use for knitting notions.  Atonement, the book.  I watched the movie just a few weeks ago and loved it.  Now I’m going to tackle the book to see which I like better.  I’m betting I like the book.  The card explaining what everything is and why she chose it for me.  A mesh bag of stitch markers, hand made by a friend of hers.  Under the stitch markers is a notepad with a ball of yarn, some knitting needles and my name.  A stuffed coaster.  When you put your mug on it, the heat from the mug releases fragrance from the goodies stuffed inside.  A box full of gift tags for my handknit items.  There is space to write care instructions, etc.  I’m sure I”ll get a lot of use out of these (and there are a LOT of them in that box).  Lastly, notecards and envelopes that match the notepad and gift tags.  VERY COOL package.  Thanks Pal.

Also in Secret Pal news we have a contest going on to post our favorite baby pattern.  Well, it just so happens that I have a friend out there who is expecting so I’ve been skimming the pattern browser and have a few cute knits in mind.  I’m hoping to make Phazelia’s mitered baby jacket (ravelry pattern), and the 8 hour baby afghan (ravelry pattern) for the little bundle – but my friend reads this blog so that being said – you never know!

In my other craft related news this weekend was a fiber filled as usual.  Friday was the Spinners Guild meeting and Saturday there was an impromptu meeting of the Bowie Maryland Knitters Group (ravelry group).  I had a great time at both as usual.

I’m working on the Poppy, V-neck pullover and I’m ALMOST FINISHED.  I’m putting the final rows on the second sleeve, then I just need to attach the sleeves, sew in the loose yarn and I’ll be finished with my second sweater!  AND, Friday evening I purchased the yarn for my third sweater which I thought would be the Whisper Cardigan, but that will be my fourth because my enabler (Jolene) turned me on to the Featherweight Cardigan which is made from Malabrigo Lace.  This yarn I might add is only $9.55 a skein at Cloverhill and the pattern calls for 3 skeins.  So that’s a sweater for less than $30, which makes it my kind of sweater!  The color I chose for this sweater is called Marron Oscuro which is a beautiful reddy brown.

Lastly, I sent out my package for the Knitting Whodunnit Swap.  This swap has been a lot of fun so far and I expect that with packages going out and alibis starting to get posted the real fun is still to come.  Stay tuned for more on that – for now I’m off to finish that sleeve.


December 12, 2008

Good Mail

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , , , at 10:53 pm by Jenn

Yesterday’s mail proved to be one of the best mail days we’ve had in a LONG time.  I had a lot of great packages, I’ll give you a brief description of the “loot”.

1.  XMas present from the in-laws.  A Belgian waffle maker with the waffle fix-ins.  YUMM!  Also a Buckeye’s shirt for Scott…maybe he’ll throw that nasty Dover one away now?

2.  Package from my friend Jen which included the fixing for a taco dinner.  Also included was some salsa and some Mac n Cheese.   Thanks Jen!  You ROCK…but not as hard as me…why?

3.  ROCK BAND!  It finally arrived and I couldn’t wait to get it out of the box.  I didn’t realize that I ordered the version that came with the microphone, the guitar and the drums, but I did and yesterday evening Scott and I ROCKED the Wii!  LOL.  It was so much fun.  I was the lead singer and Scott was on guitar (started on drums, but quickly gave that up).  Here’s a picture of our best effort…not to shabby for amateurs.  I see many RockBand Jams in the Smart household future.


Scott’s out with the fella’s tonight so I’m home alone, and I went on the Solo Tour tonight.  I must say that even solo the game is a lot of fun.  Sadly, I think I rocked it a little to hard last night though because my hamstrings are a little tight today!  LOL.

4.  Packages from home – one package that I was instructed to put under the tree, unopened…it says fragile.  Hmm…thinking.  The other contained all of the rest of the Christmas presents.  It was  a BIG BOX!  Lots of goodies under the tree…GOODIE!

5.  Present for Max from Sooner and Java Kuzcynski.  Those dogs always think about Max and Max never sends them anything.  I guess it would be different if Max could actually go shopping and if they actually sold dog treats here, but again…dogs are not pets in this country…anyway, Max loves his package.  He already opened it and has consumed almost half the contents.

6.  HSKS6 package!  A very tired owl, the Finch-Fletchley family owl, Nemesis arrived today with my swap package all the way from Oregon.  I have been anxiously awaiting this owl’s arrival.   I tore in to the package almost immediately, and was thrilled with what I found inside.  First I must say that Andromeda did a super job of nailing my likes~!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE my package…so here’s a picture






Where to start?  Well duh, with the bag of course.  I LOVE this bag.  it is a Ravenclaw bag in book colors.  I love the strap and I used the bag today.  I can put the strap across my body and wear it like a messenger bag.  It’s awesome and I have been wanting this bag for a while.  Now I don’t have to knit it for myself!    Clockwise from the bag are Knit Picks 40″ cables to add to my set.  Then a tin of Green Apple mints – Knitting Girl of course.  Next is an awesome bookmark.  I wish I was reading a book…I have a Janet Evanovich…I just may have to start that so that I can use the bookmark.  Next, stitch markers in Ravenclaw colors of course, then a set of size 9 needles.  I think for the scarf that I’ll be making with the Paton’s Soy Wool Stripes….Andromeda sent three awesome patterns, one of them being the Pallindrome Scarf which Jessicahas convinced me that I MUST KNIT!  It’s cables, it will be good practice for that sweater that I still haven’t started.  Next in line there is a bag of candy, including some Tootsie Rolls which wont’ be around much longer.  Also a Hogwart’s certificate with my name Bella Shacklebolt!  LOVE IT. 

Now, I know you’re wondering, what about that fuzzy blue thing…well, his name is Earl.   I LOVE Earl.  Earl is my new pal.  He sits on my desk watching intently while I blog.  Here’s a pic…


Don’t you just love him.  In the “package” picture I hadn’t quite figured out that he had a face.  I thought those brown things were his eyes, turns out they are his feet so in the “package” picture, he’s laying on his back!  Sorry Earl.

Last but not least, and not pictured is a dishcloth/washcloth.  It is in Ravenclaw book colors and the best way to describe it is a brick wall.  I know that there is a name for the pattern, but I can’t remember what it is.  The bricks are blue and the grout is bronze.  I think I may have to fight Scott for this….unless I make him his own.

So there it is…my wonderful HSKS6 package.  What a great semester.  Ravenclaw won the House Cup for the first time in HSKS history AND I have a wonderful package to boot!

Good mail day.

May 9, 2008

Hogwart’s is Accepting New Students!

Posted in Journal, Purls of Wisdom tagged , , , , , , , , at 1:18 pm by Jenn

WOW!  I can’t believe it.  HSKS5 has room for more students.  If you knit and like to have a lot of fun, this is the place for you.  There aren’t too many spots left so head on over to the main site and see what you need to do to register.  You won’t want to miss one more minute of the fun!

January 29, 2008

Swap Season in Full Swing

Posted in Journal, Purls of Wisdom tagged , , , , , at 9:40 am by Jenn


This is a picture of my first swap package all bundled up and ready to go to my spoilee.  I forgot to take a package of all the goodies from the first swap package I put together so I had to wait until the recipient received the package and posted pictures on her website for you to see…..and here they are.

Angie from Washington was my partner and I’m so happy that she was thrilled with her package.  She and I share a birthday, so it’s the least I could do.

My second package is on it’s way out today…


This package is for my partner in the Be My Valentine 2008 swap. I remembered to take pictures of the contents, but I didn’t want to post them in case she has figured out who I am and is checking my blog.  This was a secret swap so we have no idea who is spoiling us until February 14th. 

So, two down, two to go.  I am almost ready to send my Hot Cocoa Swap partner’s package out and the HSKS4 package isn’t due out til April so I’ve still got plenty of time to get that finished.  The yarn hasn’t even arrived for the bag I have to make.

I can’t wait until I start receiving my packages!  I’ll be sure to post pictures : )

January 9, 2008

You, Don’t Have Mail!

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , , , at 9:59 pm by Jenn

Today was a bad mail day!  The only package I received was from the United States Postal Service – the flat rate envelopes I ordered.  I am anxiously awaiting 2 packages!  The first is my package from the Swap-bot Silver/Grey swap which probably wasn’t even mailed until today and the second is my Potter Covers yarns.  Those should have been here today…I was hoping they would be here today!  I want to start knitting another pair of socks as soon as this pair is off the needles.

I also realized today that I don’t really have any sock needles.  I have two sets of double points (size 4 and size 2) and one circular, size 4.  I hope I can find a patter I like that uses one of these two size needles!  If my swap partners are reading this, I guess one thing you could add to my wish list…more sock needles.  I don’t care for the blue sky wooden ones I have (my size 2’s), they splinter (and they are WAY to expensive).

I’m off to finish that sock…still!   

December 14, 2007


Posted in Journal, Purls of Wisdom tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 1:05 am by Jenn

Today was a productive day.  My application is complete and ready to send in so that I can do some work with the AODA (American Overseas Dietetic Association).  This is an opportunity for me to become more familiar with the nutrition issues and nutrition practices here in Belarus and build my resume at the same time.  I’m hoping that this position (which is totally voluntary) will open the door for some other volunteer opportunities.  There has got to be something I can do to help someone. 

Katya was off today so I actually cleaned the apartment!  Yes, that’s right.  I swept, scoured, vacuumed, dusted, wiped AND took out the trash.  It’s amazing how much dirt accumulates in such a short amount of time.   Scott even said it looked good so I must have finally done something right around here.  I don’t think I’ve ever posted about this before, but I am the Oscar to his Felix, and trust me he makes Felix look like Oscar.  It’s insane.

Happy Light

When Scott came home today he presented me with batteries for the camera so now you can see a picture of the “Happy Light”.  This is supposed to mimic the sun and make me feel happier during the long, dark winter months.  I haven’t used the happy light.  Maybe I should use the happy light.  I’m not feeling so happy.  I’ll try it for a week and see what happens.  I wonder if Tickle has a test to measure happiness?  How long do you think?  20 minutes a day for 7 days?  (Note to self – check in to Vitamin D supplement).

Second Sock

Now that I have a working camera you can also see the “Second Sock” in progress.  Don’t look at the first sock, I just put it in the picture so you’d believe that this really is the second sock.  Now that I’m on the second sock I realize that I didn’t do such a great job on the first sock.  I’m thinking about a third sock or maybe re-knitting the first one.  Still undecided.  Hey who cares anyway, it was my first sock.

Scott and I attended a martini party tonight.  It was a going away party for someone at the UN.  We meet the neatest people at these parties, people from all over the world.  It is just so much fun to listen to everyone talk and the stories are usually really great.  Tonight the following countries were represented:  USA, Germany, Belgium, Latvia, Japan, Turkey, Turjikastan, Russia and Belarus.  It was quite a mix.  The martinis were great, I had tried lemon drop and blue raspberry.  I wish I’d had a dirty martini.  I love them, but didn’t think it was a good idea to do that after the blue raspberry.  All around the room were quotations about martinis.  My favorite was “I like to drink martinis. Two at the most. Three I’m under the table, four I’m under the host.” – Dorothy Parker

New Desk 

This picture is long overdue.  Scott and I had been furniture shopping for a cupboard/cabinet to put in the kitchen.  For some reason this apartment has no storage space.  At one time there was storage and they had it removed so now, I’m putting it back in by adding practical pieces of furniture.  Anyway, we were in the furniture store and Scott commented that he liked this desk.  When I got home from Poland it was in the hallway.  We have a LONG hallway with a sitting area and the desk sits off to the side of the sitting area.  It looks nice and gives us a place to put some of our stuff.  It is similar to my Grammy’s old desk which is waiting for me back in the states.  Waiting for me to settle down.  2111?

Oh, I almost forgot, it looks like I may start working part-time at the Embassy in the near future.  More on that as I’m able.  Not in my field (nutrition), but hey.  It will give me some money to support my new swapping habit!  Don’t forget, the Hot Cocoa Swap sign ups start this weekend.  SClick the button on the right side of the page for more info on that!  This is going to be a good one.

Well I’m going to wind down for the evening.  Time to drink some water in hopes of avoiding the dreaded “hangover” in the morning. 

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