Secret Cocoa Pal Surprises!

Oh be still my HEART !!!
Yes ok so now I officially know who you are my dear secret friend – but we will keep that hush hush for now.. (ahmmm cough cough SARAH!)
How unbelievably sweet of you!

Today my postal carrier left a box and me being the huge dork that I am of course tore into it. It had no defining labels to let me know which company it came from. This led no clues to what was inside. I thought perhaps it was some little something gadget or treasure I had ordered. Being the internet craft Junkie that I am – perhaps something that I ordered for my own pal?

The tape removed the box ripped open.. oh dear

HARMONY CIRCULARS !!!

I can officially sock it up!

These are BEAUTIFUL !!!

 How completely thoughtful of you!

I have been blessed by partners in the swaps I joined since Oct (when I first started swapping) and met so many nice people. This pal has commented on my every entry I make and adds some funny comments and sweet ones as well. Shes been really super sweet and that is a highlight to anyones day. Mine – because its just nice to know there are internet friends in the world thinking of you.

You deserve a big wet mooochie kiss my pal !

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Package from Kristie

 

I haven’t had time to post in the last few days. Its been as usual crazy around here. I have finally been able to take photos of the box my Jan Swap Partner Kristie sent me. Complete Surprise and really full of goodies.
Ok I said it on the blogspot for the crochet swap – but how much do I love the fact the needles are pink!!! I’ve already got a project on the circulars. Oh yes those RockStar needles actually inspired me to try this knitting in the round thing again.  I am making a Phiaro Scarf from KnitScene. I am about 10% into it. Its a big project and I dont knit as fast as most I think. I dont know maybe I just dont have the time others do to knit projects but I am committed to understanding this one! I want the feeling of knowing I can follow a pattern. Cast On Cottage (LYS) has a class where if you get stuck on a pattern you can go down and they will help you figure it out. Once I get to the end of this I will prob need that as it calls for some stitch dropping. I would hate to knit 22 inches of Stockinette Stitch only to discover I messed something up in dropping and then have to frog!

 Often thats what kills my interest or ability to want to learn new knitting techniques. I get very sad when I mess up and have to frog.
On the needle news – I previewed the Spring 2008 issue of Interweave Knits. Ok how cute is this:

Very Audrey Hepburn!  I really need to order some back issues of IK. There are some really great projects in there. I am also really needing to start watching the ebay side of things for Rowan pattern books. Some of their patterns are just stunning. 

Free Patterns have moved to Knitting Daily. I really have to start checking these sites because I just found some awesome pullovers and patterns for spring!
Also I posted this on ravelry – DOT’S DOOHICKEY
Its a great little organizer and really great for a desk or to use up extra scraps.

Well thats my mental out pour today. I am off to knit while i listen in on a call!

Hot Cocoa Topic of the Week 1

We have a quiz to help us get to know each other!

Thats way cool !

1. Who’s favorite animal is an Otter? Criquette
2. Name someone who prefers whipped cream with their hot cocoa   Angela T.
3. Find 3 people who live outside of the United States Alex E. Amanda R. Ana Sofia F. ( my sweet pal far away Knitisses)
4. Name a fan of Harry Potter Anne K Shes a Gryffindor!
5. Name someone who crochets Marie P. but shes been doing more knitting lately.
6. Name someone who DOES NOT have a healthy supply of notions  Charity R (lol)
7. Name someone who has NOT put up their questionnaire yet (just put a date with your answer in case they put it up after seeing their name listed somewhere 😉 ) Natalie M.  Tuesday, January 8, 2008     Megan C.
Martha H.
8. Who likes to have Kahlua, Baileys, or Peppermint Schnapps in their cocoa? Annemarie M. likes Baileys and Kahlua
9. Name someone who knits fingerless gloves as a ‘quick knit’ Kris L. for her son
10.Name someone who’s looking forward to gardening this spring. Rachel S.
11.Who’s favorite way to drink cocoa is with a gorgeous Frenchman, while overlooking the eiffel tower from a French Cafe? (I’m right there with you… well at the table next to yours!) Kris L. again lol shes a funny gal !
12.Name someone who’s favorite animal is NOT a dog or house cat Holly O. what is a marmat ? hehehe 🙂
13. Name someone who’s favorite treat is NOT chocolate. Logan L. she also lists Ritz cheddar squares
14. Who plays Candyland? Criquette
15. Name someone who DOESN’T get the winter blahs Lora B.

Cocoa Swap – The Questionnaire!

Cocoa:
1. What is your favorite way to drink cocoa?
I really love cocoa and have had melted chocolate creamed and frothed or sweet delicious store bought brands stirred up and served in a big ol mug of goodness. The best part about any, is the sitting and enjoying the sweet warmth. I tend to savor.. I am a “in the moment” kinda gal.
2. Marshmallows or whipped cream?
Both : ) I love Plush Puffs, though as I really love homemade marshmallows. I make my own too!

Yarn/Knitting/Crochet
1. What is your favorite type of yarn? In what colors?
I am a stash-er and impulse buyer. I am motivated to buy yarns based on feel. So I like the soft touch types. I love Chocolate Raspberry Turquoise and Lime.
2. Do you knit or crochet (or both)?
Both -I am a really proficient at crochet and still building my knitting skills. There is still a lot that confuses me about knitting and its something I really have been trying to learn. I would love to find that one REALLY good book and that breaks it all down. Especially DPNs and socks. I want to do socks SO BAD !!!
3. What are your favorite type of needles, would you like to try something new?
So far I love all my crochet hooks. I have discovered I do much better on wood type DPNs than metal or plastic. I get very frustrated quickly when I have worked so hard to build rows and drop 20 stitched off a DPN when trying to learn how to do knitting in the round.. LOL. Its one reason I have stayed away from Circulars and DPNs – I am the queen of dropped stitch@!
4. Do you have a healthy supply of notions?
Crochet yes – Knitting no. I have a few big needles and a size 6 set. I don’t have smaller or medium range or circulars that seem to be used for so many patterns.
5. What one thing do you keep thinking you need to buy for your knitting habit (outside of yarn)?
Needles really. At least for now to be able to try some new techniques and really start learning. Its frustrating to have to go buy a needle set every-time you want to try a new item. I have heard alot about KnitPicks and Denise Interchangeable needles. I would like to  know more about those and possibly invest in them for myself in the future.
6. What is your favorite ‘quick knit/crochet’ pattern (quick gratification)
(haha) Uhm.. Dishcloths.. HA! I like practicing a variety of cables/patterns, and Dishcloths have been instrumental in that. Its a quick easy way to work up swatches or test patterns in yarn you know your never going to use and TADA – you now have something to put in the bathroom or kitchen.

Miscellaneous
1. What is your favorite thing to do in the Winter?

If the day is right – get out shop walk around people watch.. bad wet weather I love to cuddle with a blanket and read or sit down with a craft book and project.
2. What is your favorite animal?
Cat
3. Do you get the ‘winter blahs’?
Yes I do I get restless and that manifests to blah weepy moments.
4. What is your favorite way to beat the blahs?
Walk walk walk. If still frustrated I need to sit quite by myself and work on something crafty. I very much need alone time when I am moody and blah.
5. What is the thing you are most looking forward to this spring?
Its kind of every ones chance to start fresh air out the house – its not too hot or cold so you really can enjoy outside or inside living. I do a clean sweep of the house – find treasures I forgot about and start my year anew.
6. What are your favorite treat?
Chocolate Popcorn – nuts – munchy  crunchy things. Roasted Cashews !
7. What is your favorite board game?
Clue
8. Do you have any children (furry or human)?
Both : ) Plenty of Cats and One Gothlet Tween
9. Do you have any allergies or special considerations you partner should know about?
I have food allergies. Mushrooms Oysters Shell Fisheees.

Crochet Deb’s Questionnaire

I am redoing this because alot has changed since August : )

Charity
Are you a knitter or crocheter? I do both but am more apt at crochet at this time. Really wanting to get more up on Knit.
I love to make….potholders dishcloths scarves afghans gifts for others
I really want to make…***SOCKS*** ! Wrists Warmers Gloves
My favorite yarns are..
Noro Silk Garden -LornaLaces and then *soft* types from Bernat Berroco or RedHeart – I prefer the soft yarns.
Favorite hooks or needles are… I love all kinds but need some smaller DPNs and Size 5 – 10 Knitting needles. I prefer wood type DPNs
I really wish I had… Denise Interchangeables – Yes of course this is a huge wish but I put it here for my FAMILY to take notice lol !
It was the one thing besides a GPS I really wanted for Xmas – main point – I really need some expanded sized knitting needles and not just circs or straights but both.. does that make sense?
My favorite colors – robins egg blue – chocolate – raspberry
My hobbies
Crochet most all projects –
Knitting newbie – Robin gifted me a great swap gift in the form of a knitting kit. I loved this. I really have learned alot from this and enjoyed a great deal of knitting on two needles since. I am still trying to teach myself DPNs as they present a large hand to eye problem for me 🙂 I would love to learn more as I am desiring to make socks! I have even entered other swaps to force myself to get to know how to use them!
Spinning Newbie (have my own wheel  now)
My kitchen theme and colors – I have a coffee themed kitchen.
My bathroom theme and colors – Raspberry/Chocolate polka dots
My dislikes – black anything – fun fur (what do you do with it anyway?)  
My crafts-  I really enjoy making stitch markers taking photos and crafting
My allergies – mushrooms- clams/oysters – bee stings
My favorite pets – Black Lab (Wolfe) Boston Terrier (Chip) 8 Cats 1 Hamster 1 Bird
Other stuff about me– I am a kitchy retro loving single mom. Getting something special in the mail is a way for me to make new pen pals and learn about other people. I have done Swaps with Deb since Sept and love it. I have the muju down and will always do these – their great fun for me. I love to gab I love to read.
I hope to design some patterns using Fair Isle techniques in the future as my skills grow and master those nasty little DPNs.
I do not have any subrscriptions currently to knit or crochet magazines but will often go pick some up. My favorites are of course any of the Interweave Press mags – Crochet! and Vogue Knitting.

HOT *GOURMET* COCOA SWAP !!!!

In all the glory that be my pal Angela – she found two things in one swap that makes me purr. Hot Chocolate and Knitting.

How incredible perfect for the dulldrums of Feb. This one is in the kickoff stage but well far enough away to get together a groovy pack for your secret pal. It is a secret swap so you do need a hushhush email address. I just think this will be such a lovely swap for those grey days past the holidays.

I cant wait for it to start . I need a cocoa pick me up.

Its been a really busy week at work. I am really looking forward to this weekend!

Dear Christine


October Swap Box – Scarf Set

A letter to my friend in Canada.
I you !!! I love my box and it could not have come on the most perfect of days. I have been feeling frustrated and very upset this week. I opened this box to discover a bevy of beauties and my mood just spun right around !
The yarn was the best part along with the key chain. Silly as it sounds these two things just really cheered me up.
I love this robins egg blue colored satin yarn!
I have been very attracted to it for about a year now along with the chocolates and sage greens that are in all the catalogues. I want to do my house in the colors and thought to myself.. what better color to wrap around me for warmth on these chilly days !!!

Ive posted the full set of pics on my FLICKR take a peek when you can.

Thank you so much!

To my friends that read my blog let me detail some other special features:
Candy – this was gone in 5 seconds…
New Hooks – bright colors (yay!)
Pattern Book – tons of hats bags scarves – this is a good one!
Fall leaf candles – perfect for the holiday table
Planner – for all my new projects !
Stickers – Wooo !! LOVE THEM and their glittery!
Note Pad – very fall foliage and pretty!
Postcard – of where you live for my note board to remind me of all my friends close and far
Key-chain – to help me keep my keys together since I am always loosing them !!!
Napkins – lovely wine set and fun fun halloween set. Now I need some friends to come over so I can use them!
Coffee Mug – nice and large for those early mornings @