Rhinebeck 2009 Countdown

Monday, December 29, 2008

Warm Ewe Up Bi-Weekly Blog Question #1

#1 - Why did you learn to knit?

I decided to "re-learn" how to knit because I wanted to make somthing that I could use. Now, granted, I have done more "yarn collecting" than knitting, but that's gonna change in 2009!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Christmas Chronicals (or, How to ruin a perfectly GOOD holiday...)

Happy holidays everyone.......yes, I am back! We've now been in our new home a month, and I am no where near unpacked. December has been a whirlwind.....overtime, stretching money for Xmas gifts, trying to get some sense of normalcy at the house......but, enough of the excuses.....I am back for a rockin' new year......(hopefully Dick Clark won't mind if I borrow that.....)

Just a bit of an update on our Christmas this year:

We spent Christmas eve at my parent's house.....good food, family and we were home by 10pm.

Christmas morning, we woke to presents under the tree (good thing I sent our moving announcement to Santa.....)

And I'm sure he received some help from our own little reindeer---KONA !!!

For all of her hard work, Kona received a new bed (it actually was an early Xmas present), and a rawhide bone.

Lots of good presents this year: A Della Q messenger bag; Several books--TWILIGHT; The Sookie Stackhouse Series (HBO's True Blood), books 1-7 & KNIT TWO (the sequel to THE FRIDAY NIGHT KNITTING CLUB); DVD-Mamma Mia; Britney Spears's new CD-CIRCUS; two cute tunic shirts, a fleece jacket; lots of candles, Xmas decorations for the house; stuff for the kitchen (serving dishes and casseroles), a new wristlet wallet, a crystal candy dish...stuff like that. My parents are buying us a new rug for the living room, after the first of the year, once I finalize the decor that I want to do.
I also received my final Falling Into Ewe swap package, which happened to arrive just before Christmas. I saved it to open for Christmas morning, and was pleasantly surprised to finally find out who my partner had been for the past several months.....it was Blue Teacup from Ravelry. Marie has taken such care in spoiling me ROTTEN, and this last package was NO EXCEPTION!
For my final presents, she sent me a skein of Tanis Fiber Arts fingering-weight in a colorway called GRAPES; CABLES & ARANS from my Amazon wishlist; a set of Tinkerbell notecards (with stickers), along with a matching notepad; a Mickey Mouse tea ball; a cute ladybug storage container; a fun toy to GROW MY OWN SUSHI (too funny!!) and some Christmas candies....She has become such a great online friend!!! Thanks MARIE !!!

Christmas dinner was at my cousins house that day, and we'd stopped at my parent's after lunchtime to exchange gifts. I normally wear CROCS shoes all the time (comfort), but since it was Christmas Day, I decided to wear a normal pair of shoes.......BIG MISTAKE! While walking out to our car I stumbled on my parent's driveway and rolled my foot. While I have yet to have it officially looked at, it appears that I've either broken my toes, or severely sprained my foot. Needless to say, I've been trying to stay off of it as much as possible. These are pictures from today (please forgive the condition of my feet---I had planned to get a pedicure on Friday, but those plans went OUT the window):

And my furbaby......Kona has been my nursemaid all weekend......she knows that her mommy's been hurtin'
Thankfully, no dancing plans were on the agenda for NYE........just me & DH and the furkids, a bottle of wine, some Chinese food, and my jammies!!!
Oh, and some post-script.....2009 is gonna be a happenin' year----an invite to Mexico for my cousin's 21st birthday in the spring (gals ONLY), another cousin's wedding in June (at a local winery---SIGN ME UP!!) and (hopefully) Sock Summit 2009 in Portland, Oregon in August!!! I had hoped to get in on the TLE weekend in spring, but failed to make the cut-----besides, Mexico sounds like a great alternative!!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Warm Ewe Up Swap Questionnaire

Do you knit or crochet? Right now, I knit only. How long have you been at your craft? Less than one year
Do you spin? NOPE
What are your favorite yarns/fibers?
I love sock yarns….BFL and Bamboo blends are some of my favorites.
What yarns/fibers do you NOT like? I can’t handle mohairs, acrylics or scratchy wools……they make me breakout in hives (I have a hypersensitivity)
What yarns/fibers would you like to try, but haven’t?
POSH yarn….Three Irish Girls….Wollmeise…Alchemy
What are your favorite colors to work with?
I’m a tropical color person…..I love turquoise, purple, blue-green, pinks, red, corals and neutrals like chocolate brown and charcoal grey.
What colors do you NOT enjoy? I don’t like BRIGHT yellow, and I stay away from really pale pastels (as they wash me out, and make me look ill).

What are your favorite types of projects to knit/crochet? I have decided that 2009 will be my YEAR to MASTER MY KNITTING!! I’ll consider anything. I have plans for lots of scarves, hats and fingerless gloves and mittens. Socks too….
What are you currently working on?
With my recent move, I haven’t touched my needles since September.
What is your favorite FO?
Honestly, I have NEVER finished a project…..I’ve been more in the “collecting yarn” mindset. I guess I need some modivation!
Are their any knitting/crochet techniques that you would like to learn? I haven’t figured out increases & decreases yet, so that would be next on my agenda.
Do you have a yarn winder and/or a swift? Neither, but would love either
Where/how to you keep you needles/hooks?
Right now I have a STUFFED to the gills folder to keep them in check, but I’ve outgrown it. I am collecting more circulars now, so I would like to get a separate way to organize these.
Do you collect anything? Mary Englebreit, Bumblebees & Ladybugs….I also collect Tinkerbell items (mostly Christmas ornaments) and Vintage Hawaiian art & travel prints.
Do you like sweets? Ummm….YES! I love Almond Joy, Kit Kat & Heath Bar candy bars & I’m a sucker for cashews & macadamia nuts.
What are your favorite scents? I am an indie-scent perfume oil addict, so take a look at my Perfume Oil list (over on the right side of my blog page).
Are you having a birthday during this swap? No
Do you have an online wish list (Amazon, Etsy, Loopy Ewe, etc.)?
My wish lists are linked on my blog (see the listing on the right hand side)
What is your living situation like? Married to DH (our anniversary is in early October) Any pets? 1 dog, Kona (she’s a Border Collie/Rottweiller mix) and 2 cats, Tigger & Sugar)
Are you allergic to anything? Just those fibers listed above.