August 11, 2008

Stroke of Luck

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , , , at 4:58 pm by Jenn

Well, I’m not sure what I did differently today than I did every other time I attempted to upload the pictures from my camera, but whatever it was worked.

SO, here are some pictures to show what I’ve been up to lately.

First of all I received the most AWESOME package from my Hogwarts Sock Kit Swap 5 partner Allitrya Spelling, aka Lacee.  She really put a lot of time and effort in to making sure that I had an awesome package.  She paid really close attention to details from my blog and questionnaire and the result is FABULOUS.  I couldn’t be more thrilled with the package that she put together for me.  Here’s a picture

I know, I know.  I’m a lucky girl.  Just look at all that stuff, Harry Potter themed candy, gum (my favorite – Trident Splash), peanut butter (JIF of course), and popcorn – just a few of the things that I miss from home that are hard to come by (without shelling out a small fortune) here in Baku.   Then there is a tape measure, blocking pins, some handmade by Allitrya stich markers and row marker/earrings, two pairs of Knit Picks Harmony needles (I’m really going to try these two socks at once!  REALLY), a stitch book “50 Fabulous Knit Stitches” for me to attempt some new stitches (maybe dishcloths or washcloths), a folder called “Bella’s Spells” which is full of patterns for me to knit socks.  The patterns she included are Phineas, Bellatrix (pattern on Ravelry), Nagini (pattern on Ravelry), Fawkes (pattern on Ravelry) and Such a Slytherin (pattern on Ravlery).  All of them are great and I am going to attempt the Phineas first.  The patterns are all nice and Slytheriny (except for Fawkes of course) as this was my house this semester.  She even included a Slytherin pin which I am going to display proudly on my HAND FELTED bag.  The above picture doesn’t do it justice.

Neither does this picture really, but you can see the pattern and colors which I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.  The bag itself is large enough (it’s probably 10″x10″) for me to carry as a purse or to hold a knitting project like my Clapotis or a pair of socks as well as my wallet and sunglasses.  She also gave me a skein yarn by one of my favorite indie dyers – Cosmic Fibers.  This is a skein of Slytherin in 3rd year which if knitted in regular knit stitch will stripe in the trapped-bar pattern.  I’m going to do it up just like that (I think). 

And last but not least – my WEBKINZ Turtle.  LOL.  I have been wanting this little girl for a while now and my wait is over.  She has been officially adopted and her name is Testudia (I’m a Terp afterall)!

So, after totally bombing out in HSKS4, I gave it another go and was taken care of VERY VERY well by my spoiler!  Thanks so much Lacee!  Hope to see you for HSKS6!

In other knitting news, I’m making good progress on the Baby Surprise Jacket that I’m knitting for the Ravelympics.  I’ll finish, but the thing isn’t going to fit the kid I intended for it to fit!  Oh, well.  I guess I’ll just have to buy more yarn….SHUCKS!  LOL.  I really do need to start swatching.

This picture is from last night, I think around row 47….

I’m on 58 now and hope to get up to the neck section tonight (Row 74).  It’s a lofty goal for me, but I think I can manage.  The Olympics will be on, my dear husband will be engrossed, so I should be able to knit peacefully.  I think I’m about halfway finished so I will definitely be able to finish this before the end of the games, which means I’ll be able to pick back up on the Clapotis. 

Now, this is a project that I am conflicted with.  My mom gave me the yarn for my birthday with the Clapotis in mind.  I hate the name of that scarf, but I like the way it looks so I figured I’d give it a go.  I am about 30% finished with it in this picture and 40% now.  I’m at the 4th dropped stitch set.  By the way, dropping stitches on purpose is FUN!  I especially like watching the ladder GROW.  I still have my lifeline in so when I’m finished knitting and go to take it out I’m going to have lots more ladder watching to do. 

The yarn has pink in it which I’m not crazy about, the purple dye isn’t set well so as I knit my fingers turn purple, but I love the purple, and the blue and I love the pattern so I’m going to continue to knit this damn thing purple fingers, funky pink and all!  Besides, I have blocking pins now and I need to use them for something so I might as well try them out on the Clapotis. 

SO that’s what I’ve been up to.  Now, it’s almost time for dinner, Mustardy Fried Chicken, Greens, Mac and Cheese!  YUMMO!

January 29, 2008

Swap Season in Full Swing

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

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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…

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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 : )

December 20, 2007

Special Delivery

Posted in Max's World, Purls of Wisdom tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:22 am by Jenn

The weather here has been snowy and wet over the past two weeks and poor Max has been getting so dirty that I have to wipe him down every time we come in from a walk.  Scott said today on the way out the door “Max could use a bath”.  I took that to mean, Jenn give Max a bath.   This picture is taken just after I said, “Max do you want a bath?” 

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Notice the look of horror on the little man’s face?  Poor fella.  He was so traumatized by the scrubdown that he crawled up in the linen closet and took an hour long nap.  Look at the poor thing.  He barely fits in there.

 Max After Bath

Well, as I mentioned yesterday today was a big day.  Mail day! I must say I was pleasantly surprised that a few things arrived already.   There were a few things for my Silver/Grey Swap partner.   One more item and her box is ready to go and my first swap will be fulfilled.  The yarn came today and I must say it is beautiful.  I can’t give you anymore information or it will totally ruin the surprise for her if she’s reading this, but I wish I would have ordered some for myself, it’s that nice.

My knitting needles for the Christmas project came!  Now I can get working on that and hopefully have it finished in time. 

My friend Debbie and her mom Lynn sent me two incredible Christmas ornaments.  Lynn (Arts-Amore-A) is an artist and these are handpainted by her.

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The boat is of course a Shrimp boat, since we just moved from Sneads Ferry, NC home of the Shrimp Festival.  Handpainted on the back is Sneads Ferry, 2007.  The second ornament is very pretty.  It is green, red and white painted on the inside (I think), very nice and they are both hanging proudly on our tree.

 And this arrived today

Christmas Yarn Exchange

 I signed up for the Christmas Yarn Exchange through Pick Up Sticks.  You order a skein of yarn and you get a skein of yarn.  The skein you purchase is delivered to someone else.  So, I know who ordered my yarn, but I don’t know what she’s ordered yet.  I haven’t peeked inside.  The package is really pretty.  It’s a green velvet bag with candy canes and bows.  On the inside of the card it gives the email address of the person who ordered the yarn so that I can email her to let her know my package arrived, and how I like it.

 We also received some nice Christmas cards.  It’s so nice to get a handwritten note, with today’s internet you don’t get many handwritten letters/cards anymore.

And finishing off today’s mail were the 12 Days of Christmas mugs  to go with the plates that I ordered on Ebay about a month ago, and a big box from my in-laws.  There’s bound to be some goodies from Grandma Church in there.  YUM.

We had friends over to play RISK tonight and it was a lot of fun.  It looks like Wednesday is not not only Mail Day, but Game Night.  And on that note, I’m beat and going to bed. 

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