Archive for February, 2007

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Could I Be MORE Clear:

February 28, 2007

I guess I should have prefaced the last post with this disclaimer: I am in an exchange called Punk Rock Girls Exchange and we had to answer those question and post them on our blog so that when we get out “secret” partner they can take a peek on our blog and gain some insight. I do, however, appreciate the fact that some of you dared to face the boring task of reading through all of that. And a big “thanks, sis” to my sister for pointing out the fact that I own “3 dons” instead of “3 dogs“–hello, 41 questions, it’s a wonder I can type anthing at all after that. Any who, back to what you where doing and sorry if you read all of that and thought, “WTF”.
Peace~ DAWN

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PRGE The Questionaire/Answered

February 27, 2007

1. How long have you been knitting/crocheting/spinning?
I have crocheted since the 80’s and taught myself to knit about a year ago and now I pretty much knit exclusively.

2. Do you consider yourself a beginner, novice or experienced yarn artist?
I am going with experienced. I can follow a chart well and have tried everything but Intarsia. Love to lace knit (but it takes me sooooo long) and I have recently tried Fair Isle.

3. What fibers (materials) have you knit/crochet with?
Pretty much everything but linen and cashmere (hello, expensive). Cotton is my least favorite to use.

4. What are your favorite yarns?
I love Alpaca! If it has alpaca in it I am super happy. Soft wool is a bonus too. I don’t have a particular brand of yarn that I gravitate too, though.

5. What fibers are you dying to try?
Well, if we are being honest, Bison. I think it would be cool to try but for a small skein it is like $22. There was a cute pair of ankle socks in a recent issue of Interweave Knits that used Bison yarn. Ahhh…. On the more affordable side, I haven’t used Bamboo alot but would like to try using it more.

6. Do you prefer solid, self striping, or handpainted yarns?
I tend to gravitate toward handpainted. I like varigated and striped yarns. Solids are good too but even then I usually go for the heathered variety.

7. What fibers do you dislike?
As stated somewhere above: COTTON (Ack!) Not a big fan of acrylic yarn either. I’m a natural fiber purest, I guess.

8. What are your favorite colors?
Here we go, I was afraid of this question because I have a hard time narrowing it down. Purple, red, dark green, chocolate browns and black. I really love all color but that is cliche. If it helps, I like deep jewel tones a lot and I have definate dislikes. . . read on

9. What are your least favorite colors?
Orange and yellow. Now if they are deep oranges mixed with say purples and reds I can handle it but on their own–no,no. I also hate pastels.

10. How did you learn to knit/crochet/spin?
I taught my self both crocheting and knitting. I’m a leo and find I take direction well only if I agree with it, so it sometimes is better for me to dive in and work it out myself.

11. What projects are you currently working on?
A sweater, a shawl, a scarf, a pair of socks and a hat.

12. How old is your oldest UFO? What is it? Will it ever be finished?
The Swallow Tail shawl. I started it in the fall. Will it ever be finished, God! I hope so. I am using a sport weight yarn to make it larger so that is taking a bit of time, mostly I’m just procrastinating.

13. What is the most heartbreaking project that you ever frogged?
Truthfully, when I get to the point of frogging I’m usually so pissed that I take a sick pleasure in ripping it apart.

14. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
Circs. I like straight needles for scarves but usually I end up using circulars for everything else (except socks, I don’t know how to do them on circs, yet).

15. Do you own a swift and/or a winder?
I own a winder and would LOVE a swift. Right now, I put the yarn over the back of a chair and unwind it that way (which is slow and tedious and leaves my shoulders aching).

16. Where do you keep your needles?
In a box with drawers that I keep by my chair in the livingroom.

17. Do you enjoy helpful hints about your knitting or does it just piss you off?
Oh, I love hints. Doesn’t mean I will follow them but I love them. Sometimes you hear the most obvious stuff and feel like, “duh, why wasn’t I doing that before”.

18. What techniques are you still a virgin in (lace, cables, ect.) and are you interested in trying them?
Intarsia. Not really interested. I think it is gorgeous but having all of those little balls of dangling yarn would seriously challenge my patience. Fair Isle is about as much “confusion” as I can take.

19. What knitting magazines do you subscribe to?
Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting. That’s it. I usually purchase other mags according to the content.

20. Are there any books, needles, yarn, patterns that you are dying to get your hands on?
Knitting Nature and Mason Dixon Knitting are two books that I would like to own.

21. Do you enjoy knitting socks? How big are your feet?
Love knitting socks. I wear a size 8. Most patterns that are written for the average size foot, fit me.

22. Do you have a wish list?
I have one on Amazon.com. Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3SH7TJ98CTNHA/

23. What are your non-knitting, crochet, spinning hobbies?
I love to make collage pages/postcards, I love to read, I enjoy gardening and being outdoors.

24. How do you feel about sports?
I am not really athletic at all. I do however love NFL football (big Rams fan).

25. What is your favorite season? Least favorite season? Why?
Summer. Winter. I hate cold weather and I love the beach and the sun.

26. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas with Halloween as a runner up.

27. Do you like handmade gifts?
Always!!

28. Do you wear jewelry that isn’t real?
I do. I like earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Not big on rings because I am a Massage Therapist and I can’t wear them on a daily basis (although I use to; I have rings for every finger!).

29. What are your favorite foods? Scents that you love?
Chocolate!! Italian and Mexican. I drink coffee in the morning and water and tea throughout the day. I love teas! As far as scents go I really like essential oils and exotic/musk scents (Sandlewood, Amber, stuff like that). Nothing to flowery.

30. What is your family situation? Do you live alone?
I have a husband and 3 sons (19, 18, and 11). Plus my dad lives with us.

31. Do you have any pets?
I have 3 dons (oops, DOGS). Timber, a White German Shepard (7 yrs), Buster, a Beagle (3 yrs), and Winston, a Boxer (7 months).

32. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3’s?
Love Rock/Alternitive (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus, Ani DeFranco, The Doors, Evenesence, Flogging Molly–some examples). Yes, my Apple and PC can play MP3’s and I have an iPod.

33. What are your favorite movies? TV shows? Actors?
Johnny Depp! Nick Cage. I love Lost, Gilmore Girls, Survivor, Men in Trees. My taste in movies is great. I really DON’T like horror, though.

34. What do you collect?
Feathers, sea shells, cool rocks, Lions (I’m a Leo), Fairies/dragonflies and Frogs.

35. What do you do in real life — besides knit and blog?
I’m a Massage Therapist and a kick-ass mom. I love hanging with my kids. They are awesome!

36. When is your birthday? Is it a national holiday or just another day?
July 23. Well, I like to think it SHOULD be a national holiday, but whatever.

37. Do you have any allergies, medical conditions or disorders that your pal should be aware of (ie. diabetes, food/pet allergies, ect.)?
Nope.

38. Are there any scents, phobias, or sensory thing (ie, the way certain objects feel) that your pal should be aware of?
Nope.

39. What is the most difficult thing that you have ever knit/crochet?
hmmm, that is a tough one. I can’t really think of anything at the moment. I do need to work on and practice seams.

40. What is your personal style? Is there a time period/fashion movement that you take your cues from?
I shop at Hot Topic and Charlotte Russe quite a bit (and of course WalMart and thrift stores). I like comfy, hip clothes. Not big into dresses or lacy, frilly things. Hate pink. No pink. Really.

41. Anything else that you would like to say?
Well, if you have additional questions feel free to email me and ask. I will do my best to help out with my answers. Don’t be afraid to get to know me. I’m really pretty cool and tons of fun. Here are just a few other things that are important to me: Yoga, Breath work, Spiritual growth, the environment, Being responsible for yourself and your actions. Peace~ DAWN

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Saturday Sky 2-24-07

February 25, 2007

Saturday Sky 2-24-07 rs

That was what I woke up to yesterday. A gorgeous puzzle-piece sky with golden light edging each cloud. The wind was balmy and it felt like spring. Later we got the spring shower/storms. We needed it to wash off all the saline spray they put on the roads out here. We get next to no snow in middle Tennessee and yet the state is prepared for arctic conditions. Before you start getting to happy for us… we do tend to get ice. There have been more ice storms around here then snow. I could tell you some stories. But I won’t; for one your not 10 and for another this isn’t the weather channel. So, on with the weekend…

We rented several movies and have watched 2 1/2 so far. The 1/2 was interrupted by a thunderstorm last nite and we lost power so we will have to continue School for Scoundrels later today. We did get through Man of the Year with Robin Williams as a comedian who runs for president and wins. It was an okay movie. Nothing to get to excited about. Thirty minutes into it my husband looks at me and says, “are you bored?” and I said (being polite) “nah”. Then, right then, the movie started to pick up pace a bit and it got funny enough to carry it through. So, if you see it, the first 30 will make you wanna knod off but then you should be alright.

The next movie was Flushed Away–BRILLIANT!! I was expecting cute but this movies was so funny and cleaver. I really really recommend it. You will laugh and laugh. Hugh Jackman as an animated mouse, come on, what is not to love about that.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, people. I will be going to see Ghost Rider later today. Can’t wait–I love me some Nick Cage! Peace~ DAWN

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T.L.C spelled SCARF

February 20, 2007

Well, the young one is feeling better and is back at school today. With less than an hour to go and no phone call I will assume that he is doing fine. This is what the little fella looked like on Friday evening:The Sick Day Sad, no. Look at those pink cheeks! you could have made waffles on him, he was so hot. Thanks for the well wishes–they were much appreciated. Today with everyone back in their respective places I took to cleaning like a mad woman. I have washed so many loads of laundry and straightened up so many rooms and polished so many tables that I feel like sitting on my big behookie. Unfortunately, I have to be at work by 5p.m. Dang! No rest for the wicked.

I told you yesterday that I finished the Red Scarf Project scarf. It is an awesome pattern, kinda ribbie, kinda springie. It is so windy outside today that when I took the first photo you couldn’t see anything, it was flapping so hard so I wrapped the scarf a few times around the tree branch and wahlah:
Red Scarf Project Scarf
Here are the specs on the scarf:
Pattern: Red Scarf via Yarn Harlot
Yarn: stash yarn! yay for me. Red Heart or TLC Essentials (can’t remember)
Needles: size 10 straights
Size: 5″x 52″
Comments: great pattern for stash busting and if you knock out a couple for charity, you get extra Karma points!

I am off to wind some yarn into a ball for a hat. I need a quickie! Peace~DAWN

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The Crud

February 19, 2007

My house has been hit by the crud plague. First my middle son got it and this past weekend my youngest got it. Poor guy had a temp of 104 on Friday night. By Sunday it was getting better and he finally broke his fever at 1:30 yesterday afternoon. He is doing really well today. Certainly hope the rest of us are immune to it. So far so good.

I finished my scarf and will post about it tomorrow. I also began the front right side to the boyfriend sweater. It is coming along nicely. Plus I started the Frenchy Camisole at Interweave Knits. It is pretty and I am making it with some Simply soft baby yarn in a pale lavender. This is a mindless knit with a lot of Stockenette, good for t.v watching. I want to wear it over a camisole or tank top. We’ll see how it turns out.

I have begun reading The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. I am about halfway into it and am really liking it a lot. The story is one that makes you want to read the next chapter to find out where it is going. This Miss Winters is quite a character. It reminds me a bit of Wuthering Heights in a twisted/incest sort of way. Especially the way the characters sabitage their happiness with unhealthy relationships. Ugh! I own the hardback edition. I usually wait for paperback but for some reason (I think it was on sale) I got the “big boy”. I like reading hardbacks because they seem important in a way. All that weight in your hands, like it is some masterpiece or something. You just can’t tuck them and go, though. I pull it out in public and it says, “Hey, look at me. I’m reading a REAL book.”

Anyway, hope you are having a great Presidents day and if you got it off, enjoy it even more!! Peace~ DAWN

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It Comes in 3’s

February 15, 2007

Well, if that is true then we should be about done. First it was my car that needed some work done, next it was the middle son’s car and now. . . it is the oldest son’s car. I love the work that Clower’s does for foreign autos but seriously, if I have to write them another check I’m gonna scream. When all is said and done I will have forked over between $2,000 and $2,500 dollars to this business. Take a moment to let that sink in before you read the next part.

Tonight me and the husband go to the accountant to get our taxes done and I will get the grand total for what I owe the IRS. Yippie, I can hardly wait for that total.

At the mechanics this morning I did get quite a bit done on the scarf. I am almost done with this skein ( and when the skein is done the scarf is done ). Hopefully by Monday I will have a FO to show you all. Me and the receptionist chatted about knitting and then some guy walked in and looked over at me and said, “Knit one, Purl two is that how it goes?” and I said, “actually this is Knit two, Knit one through the back, Purl one”. I don’t think he was amused.

Well, I hope your day is going well and that the IRS is good to you. Peace~DAWN
P.S and just because Timber makes me happy and I need a little cheer up, here is the big guy:
Timber

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This Bud’s for You

February 14, 2007

Valentines Day 2007

To all of my readers, I wish you a Happy Valentines Day!

My Luve
by Robert Burns

O my luve’s like a red, red rose,

That’s newly sprung in June;

O my luve’s like the melodie

That’s sweetly played in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,

So deep in luve am I;

And I will luve thee still, my dear,

Till a’ the seas gang dry.

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,

And the rocks melt wi’ the sun:

O I will love thee still, my dear,

While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only luve,

And fare thee weel awhile!

And I will come again, my luve,

Though it were ten thousand mile.

I hope that you enjoy to poem. Whenever I see red roses, I think of this Robers Burns poem. In the photo along with the lovely roses that my husband sent is one of my favorite Rose flavored teas. Hope you all have a great day. Peace~ DAWN