August 25, 2007

Wish me luck!

Posted in General at 10:16 pm by royalempress

If I answer these questions and get picked for the random SP 11 drawing, I may win something great. Maybe a little genie to help me finish my sad fo’s. Wishful thinking never hurt. Here goes….

1. What is the one knitting accessory you could not live without?
Knitting needles.

2. If you’re heading on vacation, do you take knitting with you? If so, how much and what type of project?
Of course I do! Something small like a hat.

3. Where have you traveled to that you’d consider your favorite spot?

4. What is your favorite knitting book at the moment? Do you own it?
Finishing Techniques For Hand Knitters

5. Do you listen to podcasts? Which is your favorite(s)?
Not yet. I have an ipod and have yet to set up podcasts.

6. If you could only knit with 1 color for the rest of your life, what color would that be?
Deep Purple

7. If you were far into a project and then noticed a mistake near the beginning what would you do?
Try to correct it if it is really noticable to “the public”.

8. Where is the most unsual spot you’ve ever knit?
Doctor’s office….while she was talking to me.

*keeping fingers crossed*

In other news:

Thanks Aunt Phyll for the great book!

I received an Amazon package yesterday and this book along with other great crochet books was in it. I truly admire Elisabeth’s work. She truly has a talent for this art form. I’m too thrilled to start my first one. Yay!

I’ll be sure to keep you posted!


August 22, 2007

Knitting On

Posted in General at 10:50 pm by royalempress

Now that the pain is pretty much gone, I’ve been knitting up a storm and trying to complete my latest read, The Knitting Circle . I’m still working on my wrap from Fitted Knits but I had to start on the Ballband from Mason Dixon Knitting. Although it may not be my first choice for projects, I’ve always liked Sugar/Peaches and Cream. This project really gives it the chance to shine in all it’s glory. I like how it has the brick look to it. It makes it more appealing to knit to me because of the contrasting colors. On the next one, I will slip the first stich of every row or every other row and maybe add a border to it. I’m not totally pleased with the edges as they are now, but I’ll experiment on them. This is the first one but surely not the last.

I think I’ll have a Ballband K.A.L. with my knitting group at work. So far there are only 5 of us since one member left the company. I have yet to mention the group on the bulletin board but I will. Hopefully we’ll get a guy to show up who may be interested in more than just “meeting women” *sigh*. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Before I go, I would like to thank Jen for the beautiful gifts.

As you can see, I’m fascinated with Jen’s gift for Pysanky. The stitch markers are truly one of kind too! She has so many talents and she’s truly admirable. It was an honour being your secret pal Jen. Thank you for the beautiful gifts! Please keep in touch πŸ™‚

I better take myself to bed before my husband comes to get me. It’s a cool night after the storm so it’s time to snuggle πŸ˜‰

Good day.

August 18, 2007

Secret Pal 11 WOO HOO!

Posted in General at 3:45 pm by royalempress

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
Natural Fibers I love. Acrylic I can do without unless it’s for baby clothes and blankets.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
A cloth needle case and a needle vase so I’m good in the storage department πŸ™‚

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
Knitting for 7, crocheting for 15 +. I learned to crochet from my baby sitter and knitting from a friend of the family. I consider myself intermediate. I have so much more to learn!

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Here you go.

5. What’s your favorite scent?
Sandalwood, fig, lily of the valley, mainly earthy and some flowery scents. I’m not a major fan of fruity stuff.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
Unfortunately yessssssssssssssssss:D I L.O.V.E chocolate but I’ll have to pass this go around. I’m trying to drop a few pounds. Thanks anyway.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I like making handmade cards. I do not spin.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I’m pretty open. Indian, Arabic, Spanish, R&B, alternative, rock, hip hop, almost anything that moves me. My phone and comp takes mp3’s.

9. What’s your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can’t stand?
I like earth tones, blues, reds, purples, greens, silver and gold. Not a major fan of yellow…yet.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I’m married with a 6 yr old step daughter and a tank full of fish.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
All of the above except for ponchos. No thanks.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Hats, scarves, skirts, tops and baby/kids items.

13. What are you knitting right now?
Baby booties and a sweater.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
Yes thank you πŸ™‚

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Circs in aluminum.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?

17. How old is your oldest UFO?
2 1/2 yrs old *sigh*.

18. What is your favorite holiday?
Don’t really have one. I like them all.

19. Is there anything that you collect?
Crowns of all sorts.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
Check the amazon list please.

21. Are there any new techniques you’d like to learn?
Intarsia, Faire Isle and Aran.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
No. 6.5

23. When is your birthday?

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what’s your ID?
One day I will be since I have 11,000 plus people in front of me. Good heavens!!!

I’m looking forward to it! Thanks in advance πŸ˜€

August 14, 2007

Thankful Fortune

Posted in General at 5:29 pm by royalempress

I received this 3 days after the accident in a fortune cookie.

True indeed.

August 10, 2007

Makes Me Feel Good

Posted in General at 10:46 pm by royalempress

Thanks K* for the FAB.U.LOUS yarn! I couldn’t stop rubbing on the Merino πŸ˜› I’ve never worked w/ it before so I’m looking forward to it!! And you already know about my love affair with Noro. You’re so kind to add to my stash. I will be sure to pay you back in something great other than cash *wink*.

I feel a little better now after the accident, but yarn in the mail makes me feel MUCH better! πŸ˜€ You’re the greatest Kim!!!

I will be sure to post a FO once I get the added extras on it. It will be 100+ degrees in Nebraska but I will be able to wear it to work where it feels like 10 below! Fashion pics to come.


August 7, 2007

Counting my blessings

Posted in General at 11:09 am by royalempress

I was in a 4 car accident yesterday. My first accident since I’ve been driving. It was a mess but everyone is ok. The after shock is worse since I’m now feeling the pain in my left shoulder. Situations like these make me wonder why people do not believe in a higher being. Was it purely dumb luck that I hydroplaned, slammed into a guard rail, then into another car, spun out and I’m ok? I doubt it.

I’m glad to be here and able to write this post. Hopefully I will be able to avoid the many inevitable situations that will come my way in the future.

They say cats have 9 lives and it’s possible people do too. For now, I’ll count on my angels to continue to guard me and keep me safe.

You should count your blessings too.

Thank you Nik for checking on me. It’s nice to know that people care *hugs*.