Tuesday, June 28, 2005


Okay, hopefully y'all did your homework assignment...now imagine 120 dollars worth of yarn. Any kind of yarn...heck roving if that is what floats your boat.

Now check out what $120 in Swarovski 5040 Crystal looks like.

Sorry the picture is not to hot. It is raining and dark here. And you can't see my glass cup by a local glass
artist in the back clearly. Yes that is a AA battery for scale (I though the Crime Scene Rulers would freak some out).

Shocking ain't it and that is just above wholesale or at wholesale prices.

The funny thing is...I can look at a project and say need 10 skeins of yarn that would come out to the same price and I will talk myself out of it. When it comes to beads...well I have no qualms about forking over the money. Mind you Swarovski is on the high end of beads.

I had one person tell me that Michael's sells Swarovski knock offs that are just as nice...NOPE. So not true. Swarovski's in true daylight will sparkle almost like a diamond. No crystal looks like a Swarovski.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Today is a good day...

First, a good friend called and asked what beading mags I got and the other ones I liked but did not get via Subscription. I told her I got everything I am really interested in getting. Then she goes what about knitting...ooohhh. So I am now the happy subscriber to Interweave Knits.

Then, I get home and there is a present from Parikha who I had as a SP4 person to spoil. Out of which she made me a scarf out of some mohair I had sent her. I did not get a good photo of it but I will try tomorrow. THANK YOU!!!! I had a fun time buying stuff for her, though it is totally her fault I am hooked on LUSH products now but forgive her for that.

Lastly, there was another package BEADS!!!!!!!!!!! It is from a crystal buy I was part of...tomorrow I will have pics. So in your mind imagine $125 dollars worth of yarn and how the yarn that would look like all piled up (now don't go picking the expensive stuff). Tomorrow you will see how much $125 dollars worth of crystals look like (kind of depressing but oh well).

Sunday, June 26, 2005

AKSP and Stash Enhancement

My order from Knit Picks- two patterns and a selection of yarn. I ordered yarns that interested me to see what they like. I will probably make scarves from these to see how they feel.

These wonderful goodies are from my AKSPal. I was worried something had happened to her because I have not heard from her. I asked the mods of the exchange to see if she was okay. They checked and found out that RL had came crashing in. I was relieved to know she was okay. Then I got this wonderful package from her in the mail.

I hope everything is going better for her.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

She probably thinks I am a nut bag...

My criminal justice teacher that is...

I have completed my second paper for her and have yet to go to a library for research. Oh sure you are saying that I probably find everything on the net. Well, sorry laddies and lassies we are only allowed 1 internet site as reference out of three sources. The rest, well all, have come from my personal book collection. Okay so I pick anything with a forensics slant.

Still, the 4 books on the first one on Jack the Ripper had to make her wonder.

I have to say this has been the worst class wise of any summer. The classes just don't interest me or in the case of the fingerprint classifications just don't make sense to me.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Still Alive...they have not won yet...

I think I caused some heart attacks at work...part of my job is to resolve and write up any errors the floor makes. Since I was helping clear the back log on the floor on top of my own job, things have been resolved but not written up. Yesterday, I spent 4 hours researching and writing up the errors and informational. I am sure the floor would have preferred me helping them again but you can only put off for so long.

Today, I spent programming and reworking a database. What I love to do actually so it is not really a chore. If they would let me do just that the world would be a happier place.

Now for the knitting content of the blog:

Interweave has their Fall preview up. I love the cabled shrug, the Union Square Market Sweater and the Chenille Cutaway Jacket. But it is hard to tell what some of the others look like with the pictures they post online.

Phildar also has new stuff up according to Felicia. I didn't look around much other than the pattern she liked. I like their yarn, it is just so hard to get here in the States.

Tomorrow it is sit and knit night at one of the LYS. They expanded a couple months ago, so there is a lot more room for everyone. Since I am off Friday, I will be dragging my current project on over along with some books and Rowan Mags for a friend to check out.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Still Alive...No Life but Alive

No, I have not fallen off the face of the Earth. I have been buried under a mountain of work at the office and homework for school.

It is a new session of the Knitting Secret Pals--Number 5 to be exact.

I came home from a crazy day at work to find a very bright green mailing envelope and inside pretty pink packages.

I saved the little notes on the packages in my scrap book (the old fashion kind).

A HELLO KITTY TOOTHBRUSH!!!!!! I needed a new toothbrush and now I have one. At Knits End which is in the work bag I bring it out when work starts getting me really down. 2 skeins of solid color sock yarn ( have a pattern in mind for them, just need to locate it). A card with a poncho pattern (the only people who always look totally adorable in ponchos are kids). And a lady bug handmade soap bar, it is almost too pretty to use.

Thank you so much for the wonderful presents. I really love the toothbrush.

I did a raid on Knit Happens...mainly because NO ONE sells Rowan books here (well one store is carrying a small selection of the yarn and two books). I also picked up some Jaeger books. The Noro is from Fiber Arts here in Tampa, it has a hat pattern I really like. I like Noro...Noro does not seem to really like me though which is a shame.

Today Knit N Knibble had their first birthday party. They had door prizes (didn't win sniff) and some little free things (fridge magnet, needle record, and FREE COOKIE!! homemade kind not store bought COOKIE!!!) I picked up some things I needed. Did not go crazy. I did get some Denise needles for travel. The Laines Du Nord has some great patterns in it. I heart their yarn.

You have to love Joann's 50% off coupons. I usually get three so here is what I picked up Two books on jewelry- the one front and center has some KILLER pieces I can't wait until I get some free time ( as in No School) to create some of them. The metal clay has some cool patterns. I need to work some in this medium I took a workshop and had fun. But you really need a kiln which I don't have yet. The studio has one but I don't get down there enough. The other three are knitting books.

Speaking of 50% off...

Clearance yarns---I went a bit crazy but they were all around $1.50 each. The red and gold yarns are going to a friend who wants to make a Harry Potter scarf in time for the new movie, she is new to knitting and does not want to use expensive yarns. The rest are mine. I got several skeins of lace weight yarn to make some shawls with...$1.50 a skein yarn will make good practice yarn. I like to make a trial one first...it works for me I don't freak out about frogging over and over good yarn and making it look all nasty like.

(as always click for a larger pic.)