Saturday, January 29, 2005

AKSP Suprise

One of the items I have wanted to learn how to knit is socks. My AKSP sent me this WONDERFUL package: Gorgous yarn for socks in shades of blue and green (pictures do it no justice at all), a set of size 2 dpn, and the all important instructions for a pair of socks with some other information.


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Monday, January 24, 2005

At the knitting store...

Today on my way home from work I swung by The Fiber Arts .

I have been on the hunt for some white sock yarn, still did not find it but Roz helped me find something I could use in it's place. It will work because it is only for some detail not the whole body.
Here is what I picked up this trip:

Stash 1/24/2005

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Pictures from the other yarn buys last week:

First my goods from Knit N Knibble:
Some yarns for scarves, black sock yarn, 2 pairs of Addi Turbos and two patterns for shawls.

Stash 1/20/2005
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Second, goodies from Uncommon Threads:
Lorna's Laces for socks in Childs Play, some 100% merino wool for a shawl, pattern and yarn for a felted bag (could not find true pink at all in Tampa Bay area go figure), cotton yarn from Greece that I am going to send to someone, Eucalan in normal and lavender and lastly this cool laminated chart The Knitter's Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements... very cool only complaint it is too big. Wallet size would be better. Business cards and laminator here I come...

Stash 1/22/2005

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Lorna's Sock Yarn

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Yarn Est Chart

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I only wish it was wallet size. Practical, if you find a yarn you LOVE but don't
know how much you are going to need.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

What kind of Soul are you...

You Are a Dreaming Soul

Your vivid emotions and imagination takes you awy from this world
So much so that you tend to live in your head most of the time
You have great dreams and ambitions that could be the envy of all...
But for you, following through with your dreams is a bit difficult

You are charming, endearing, and people tend to love you.
Forgiving and tolerant, you see the world through rose colored glasses.
Underneath it all, you have a ton of passion that you hide from others.
Always hopeful, you tend to expect positive outcomes in your life.

Souls you are most compatible with:
Newborn Soul, Prophet Soul, and Traveler Soul

Saturday, January 22, 2005

I want a T shirt...Damn it I deserve one...

I Survived Organizing TM Training

It is done over, complete (well Division level). I have to say I learned a lot from this experience...some good...some bad. I am going to be doing the summer training but will start the planning soon as my club visits and contest are done.

For the most part, everyone was saying I did a good job. There were some minor glitches but other than that it went well.

I also have a group of people wanting me to run for Division Governor.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Just a some rants...

First off:
Beyond Borders got it for Clive. Love Angie but Clive causes tingles-always a good thing. It sucked...not as bad as Ghosts of Mars but high up there. Even the hottie Clive could not save it. Ending was a total cop out in my eyes. King Arthur was better than this.

Non knitting or beading moments: I volunteered to organize Officer Training for 2 Toastmasters Divisions since I am an Area Governor. So it has been paperwork city with registrations and scheduling speakers. This translates into me not doing creative endeavors. My knitting time has been reduced to lunch and red lights while in rush hour (About a 2 mile stretch of road takes almost 20 minutes in the morning). Beading is so not portable, small expensive beads fly rather easily. And worse of all No WRITING...uuuuggggghhhhh.

Plus side, tomorrow it is all a distant memory.

Well, back to making name tags and flyers.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Stash Enhancement

Today I picked up from the LYS: 2 skeins of sockyarn in black,1, pair of Clover 9" size 5, 2 AddiTurbos in 0, yarn for 2 scarves, and 2 shawl patterns.

Pictures in the next few days...need to locate that digital camera again, sigh.

You could never tell I have an Engineering Degree

Honestly, I do...Industrial Engineering to be exact. But I am not a practicing engineer. I work in banking as a programmer.

I have been making the French Market bag as seen on I have been chugging away at the bottom of the bag. "44 inches...44 inches" been going through my mind.

Yesterday at lunch, I looked at my yarn and said to my friend, "I don't think I have enough..." She agreed,"Nope, does not look like you will have enough for 44 inches diameter."

Well, today I am at lunch knitting away on the French Market bag and reading the instructions for the first time since starting this. "44 inches circumference..."

Wait 44 inches circumference?

Read it again sure enough it is the circumference not the diameter. I really did know this but some how from the time I started and figured out the pattern from 8 to 200 stitches. The circumference became diameter.

Needless to say I have enough yarn.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Florida the not so warm state...

We maybe the sunshine state but it does not guarantee it being warm. Tonight we have freeze warnings...brrrr.

The thing people don't realize from the north, is your blood thins out, big time, in the warm climates. So you really feel the cold. Also older homes are made of cinder block, which has no insulation. Great in summer not so great in winter. Lastly, in the North, it is a gradual cooling. Not here nope, it jumps all over during the winter. You can have one day in the high 70's to low 80's and the next day it is 40's-50's. Then back to the high temps...

I miss the seasons...Other than Hot or Hotter, Cold then Hot, Rain Rain more Rain and OH look another Hurricane.

Logic who needs Logic...

It seems I think I do. Some unearthly reason, I have always wanted to take Intro to Logic. This session I was able to squeeze it in, since I didn't want to take anything too time consuming with my Anatomy class. So the most illogical person I know ( that being me) is taking logic-- How illogical.

It actually is not too bad...shh you never heard me say that.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Prizzies..How I love prizzes...

I actually got this two weeks ago...But I couldn't find my digital camera to take a picture of him.

Say Hello to Ebert.

It's Ebert

I LUB HIM so. I actually carried him around for three days at work after I got him. He is SO CUTE and so practical. (The people at work at use to my version of normalcy).

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

The Hotness known as Patrick Wilson

I have joined the converts of Patrick Wilson. He was Raoul in the movie version of Phantom of the Opera.

I am also a resident of the Tampa Bay Area of Florida, home of John Wilson...Patrick's dad. John is an anchor on a local station here with his middle son Mark.

Well, last night Patrick and the Wilson family had their benefit with funds going to the Hurricane Fund here in Florida.

John and Mary K Wilson are very important to our community because of all the wonderful work they do. They donate their time and their talent to help our community and the local arts- raise money for different projects and to help raise awareness.

Patrick suggested the event and John and Mary K helped organize it.

It was heavenly getting to hear Patrick sing not only songs from Phantom but also from the Full Monty and Oklahoma (both musicals led to Tony Nominations for him) live.

What was also special was the entire Wilson Family was on stage. Something that has not happened in many, many moons.

Mark Wilson told funny stories of growing up a Wilson. He said for the longest time he was known as John Wilson's son. Now, he is known as Patrick Wilson's brother. He is also the only family member who does not sing, it seems. He also mentioned what wonderful parents they have and how supportive they were. These feelings were echoed by Patrick and the eldest son, Paul. Mark also mentioned how lucky he was to be able to work with his father in not only the same market but at the same station.

The eldest son, Paul, is also a singer and local actor. He sang Sinatra songs and was quite good.

John and Mary K sang but their voices have changed (or Mary K was underweather, she just couldn't hit the notes like she use to). They use to sing songs from Phantom but they left it to Patrick and his guest this time around.

Below is a photo I took. It is not a good one, you can barely see them but when you are third row back from the back of the hall one can not expect a lot. I was amazed I was allowed to take them.

Left to Right: Mark, John, Mary K, Patrick, Sara Bell, and Paul

Stash additions

I finally found my digital camera. One moment the camera is there next I am trying to figure out where I last saw it. So I thought I would take some pictures of some additions to the beading stash (which does not really need more but who can resist beads...must have beads) and add some to the yarn stash (which is really not a stash compared to the beads).

First photo is some new seed beads I bought from Jane's Fiber and Beads. She has the best prices and color selections for Japanese seed beads. I really should take a new picture flash and plastic tubes have issues with each other.

They were not purchased for any project. I just liked them.


Next set pictures are what I am currently beading, unlike my knitting I tend to work only on one beading project at a time. I have a lot more to bead.

Please note how neat my bead trays are...they will not look like this much longer.

Now to the knitting additions.
I don't call them a stash because I am so new to knitting I buy what I need for a project. What I have purchased that is not project selected can fit in a mixing bowl. I know you are saying Kammie sweetheart that is a stash. Compared to the beading stash, it is not a stash (so there.)

Clockwise from the left:

Trendsetter's Fireworks in teals and purples, 2 balls of Tivoli's Cotton Chenille Yarn in black, Schachenmayr Brazilia Fantasy Color in 386 (shade of pink with a dark purple pink) and Trendsetter's Voila in Black.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Toys Toys Toys how I love new toys...

I have entered the world of blogging. I am working on getting a personal website up and going. But there was a minor delay (Amazon Marketplace was having I need 2 human anatomy textbooks). So I decided to go with