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Monday, April 30, 2007

Super Sox Box Swap Questionnaire

Super Sox Box Swap Questionnaire:
1.What are your favorite colors? What colors make you cringe? I love burgundy,pink,purple, and black and white mix. i am not fond of dark colors I am a bright colors lover.
2.Are you a new sock knitter? How long have you been knitting socks? yes and I love it. maybe 6 months
3.Do you prefer solid or multicolored yarn? oh multi colored and bright
4.What fibers do you prefer in sock yarn? wool is ok and love cotton, and Fleece Artist Merino BL
5.Where do you usually knit socks? in my backuard listening to the birds and the pond water
6.How do you usually carry/store small projects? in a duffle bag I crocheted
7.What are your favorite sock knitting patterns? I am crocheting a loopy loop sock right now that has been fun Any favorite designers? in plastic bags but I want to make one of those open weaved bags one of these days as for designers I think Nikki Epstein is wonderful
8.What are your favorite sock knitting techniques? how to avoid holes in teh heels http://www.thedietdiary.com/blog/lucia/558
9.What new techniques would you like to try? how to knit two socks at once and cables
10.Do you prefer circulars or dpns for sock knitting? I prefer circulars because the DPN get me a little tangled
11.What are some of your favorite yarns? Cascade and Meilenweit
12.What yarn do you adore and yearn for? Interlacements Toasty Toes 206 What yarn makes you happiest? Hand Maiden Silk Cashmere ML and Cascade Sassy Stripes 766 and Cascade Sassy Stripes 769
13.Any pattern you would love to make if money and time were no object? a long cape with matching socks!!
14.Favorite kind of needles (brand, materials, straights or circs, etc)? circular and wooden straight ones
15.If you were a specific kind of yarn, which brand and kind of yarn would you be? Meilenweit Cotton Fantasy 802
16.Do you have a favorite candy or mail-able snack? Sweet or salty? dark chocolate
17.Do you collect anything? too much stitch markers, key chains, bookmarks, yarn
18.What is your favorite scent? apple cinnamon and hazelnut
19.Will you be celebrating a birthday, anniversary, etc. between now and the close of the swap? no
20.What’s your favorite animal? my dog and cat
21.Do you have pets? yes
22.What are their species/names/ages? long haired chihuahua,Foxy and a calico cat Allie
23.Tell me the best quote you’ve ever heard or read. To be a Hooker doesn't mean your a "bad girl" it just means your a creative person with a hook and yarn!
24.What is your motto in life? be happy with yourself and others and always forgive and understand that making choices be it the right ones or wrong ones in life is what leads us down the paths of our future.
25.Do you have a wishlist? (ie: Amazon, B&N, a LYS, online store, etc.) yes Amazon
26.Please list link here. http://www.amazon.com/ dbvbookwurm@msn.com is the name for the site
27.Anything else you’d like to share with your Sox Box pal? I am easy going and like people and making new friends. I think that the more people you talk to and discuss life with the more whole you feel and its the best therapy for everyone and its free. I love to swap, I have 2 of my own swaps that are about swapping books and swapping crochet themes. I love people and animals and have learned to relax and not sweat the small stuff in order to be happy with myself and family and friends which are the most important elements in my life after God of course.
28.Any allergies to be aware of for this swap? no
29.Coffee, Tea? definitly Tea
30. Anything Else? I think this will be a fun swap and I am trying to learn to be better at making socks as it is fairly new adventure for me. I want to get more patterns and learn about more yarn qualities and techniques to help me shape the heels better and all the "Do's and Don'ts" of sock making, so I am hoping that this swap will give me another opportunity to learn a new pattern with some new fibers to try in knitting my next pair of socks.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

My Pink Piggie Potholder

One of my new projects. A piggie pot holder. Isn't it the cutest..Eyelashes and all...

SP10 Yarn Stash Contest

Posting for the yarn stash contest! I have about 9 skeins of this heavy chunky rug type yarn I got in the mid 70s and was going to make a rug looking design to hang on the wall. I was a kind of a "hippy" then and so we hung all kinds of weird things on the wall. My hubby and I had a small shop for "Curios" and sold these wall hangings that I crocheted. But then we closed the shop and I never finished the wall hanging, so that is why I still have this yarn, I thought maybe some day I might decide to make the hanging. And now I just can't seem to part with it because it has so many memories attached to it! So it sits in my "Stash!"

SP10 Swap

Ok I am posting for my SP10.... I am making some stitch markers so I might make some for my secret pal.

I have to post for my yarn stash contest!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Some Fun Sites

I found these links terrific from one of my blogging friends at http://allaboutcrochet.blogspot.com/index.html

This is a great site to get any free tutorial on crochet or knit or anything you may want or need. What better way to learn?http://eastmanpublishing.com/directory/crochet_knitting/index.html Here is also a fun free site as I was browsing through Nicole's site I found this one to really be addictive and fun! Its a jigsaw puzzle site. Really cool!!! You will get to chose how many pieces you want to make the puzzle. http://www.jigzone.com
And another great site for Vintage crochet if you love Victorian or the Vintagfe look this is definitly the site for you? There are tons of patterns that will keep you crocheting for hours!http://www.freevintagecrochet.com/index.html
Try this one for your pet's food! A good one gals!!! http://petfoodrecipes.blogspot.com/
Go to:http://allaboutcrochet.blogspot.com/index.html to find out about more great links. You will love her blog. I loved all the links and I hope you will too!! Thank you Nicole!!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

How to Make Beaded Stitch Markers

Here are my 1st attempts in making Beaded Stitch Markers. I found it to be pretty simple. Once I got it down. It takes about 2 minutes. It is also pretty cheap to make because it takes very little to make them. I made a few for my Stitch Marker Swap on Swap Bot and now I am making some for me and then for my Swap . So I decided to write down some directions here on how to make them and share some of my hints and problems and also some things I learned.
one thing I learned was that there is actually a difference between crochet and knit stitch markers. The crochet ones usually are on hooks or some type of opened ring so you can attach it to the actual stitch. Where as knit stitch markers are rings that will slide onto your needles.
Plus you can improvize and use a lot of different things for the rings and the hooks depending on your preference. I found that I like the clasps and hooks used on necklaces for the crochet stitch markers and the jump rings and plastic rings for the knitting stitch markers. I also learned that the lesser the beads the better, because otherwise it gets too heavy. And always start with
a small seed type bead for the bottom and then go bigger, and using the 2" head pins were much easier than using the memory wire. But you can make some larger rings with the memory wire if you want to make some simple rings with smaller beads for a universal stitch marker.
Ok on with the directions:
1.pliers with wire cutter [needlenose]
2.memory wire[ ring type]

3. 2"head pins
4. beads smaller and larger ones

5. rings of 7mm, 10mm, 12mm or hooks
6. charms [optional]

1.first thread a small bead onto the head pin
  1. 2.then thread on the larger one and a charm if desired
  2. 3.with pliers bend the head pin 1/8" above bead in a 90' angle

  3. 4. Cut wire 1/2" from pin
  4. 5. wrap wire around pin above bead. 6.crimp wire and push end into top of top bead this prevents snagging of your yarn on the rough ends.

Voila that's it!

You just finished your 1st Beaded Stitch Marker!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

SP10 Questionnaire

My Questions for my Secret Pal 10 : [SP10]

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? Cascade
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? a case a swap partner made me
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? 30+ years learned and was inspired by my Mom Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? Intermediate as I think I am a better crocheter
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? yes on Amazon under "dbvbookwurm" and on my "Wish List" on my book swap blog: http://dabookswap.blogspot.com/
5. What's your favorite scent? hazelnut and cinnamon apple
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? yes...chocolate [dark]
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? sewing, making bookmarks and beading
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) celtic,country,classic easy listening rock, and yes
9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand? pink,burgundy,purple,bright and sparkly, I don't care for olive green
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? married, yes 1 dag 1 cat
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? I wear scarves, hats, ponchos, no mittens here in So.CA...
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? purses
13. What are you knitting right now? purse for felting
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? YES YES YES
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? straight and bamboo or plastic
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? no
17. How old is your oldest UFO? sorry to say 1 year
18. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas and Halloween
19. Is there anything that you collect? key chains, bookmarks, antique victorian pins, music boxes, yarn, stationery, Marilyn Monroe memorabilia
20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? I would love to get Knitting on the Edge by Nikki Epstein, and more kitchen accessories, always love new purse patterns, I want to get Crochet Quick n Easy magazine, I already get Knit Creative Knitting and Crochet Today
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? Tunisen, and cable stitching
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? I am just learning, I wear a sz 7, 9" long and 9" around at the front end.
23. When is your birthday? April 4th

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

PBD Contest How to Win?

Hey wouldn't you like to win this great looking purse? Its easy and fun! Ladies send in one of your stitching stories, funny,inspirational, drama, any type you have experienced to the StoryTime Contest and you could be the next winner of an original PBD Allie-Cat purse!
PS: There is a 2nd and 3rd prize too, and your story will be posted on the site for everyone to read!! Don't wait send in those stories!!!!

Springtime Felted Bag Exchange Questionnaire

Questionnaire from my Springtime Felted Bag Exchange for April 2007:
1. How long have you been knitting or crochetting? How did you learn? 30+ years
2. What are your favorite yarns to knit\crochet felted bags with? Patons SWS wool, Lion Brand Landscapes
3. What are your favorite needles to knit\crochet with? #10 and sz H
4. What are the last 3 bags you knitted\crochetted (include URL for Yahoo! or flickr album or your blog if you have them!)? You can also link to patterns if you don't have pictures of your finished objects! http://www.flickr.com/photos/55681224@N00/
5. Do you carry the bags that you make, give them as gifts, or both? Both
6. What is your favorite felted bag that you have made for yourself? I am new at felting
7. What are your favorite colors? pink and burgundy and purple Do you like bags in these colors or choose other colors? yes and bright colors
8. Chocolate: White, Milk, Dark, or not so much? Dark
9. Coffee, Tea, or Milk? Tea
10. Do you prefer sweet or salty treats? sweet What kinds? hot fudge sundaes and dark chocolate
11. If you went into Bath and Body Works and could only come out with one item, what would it be and what would it smell like? cream lotion and it would smell like mandrian oranges
12. Do you enjoy any other crafts or hobbies? reading, pen pals, Red Hats Do you collect anything? tea pots, key rings, bookmarks, silk scarfs, old victorian pins, buttons
13. Are there any bag patterns you have not yet knit, but hope to someday? I mainly crochet but I want to learn cables
14. What is currently OTN (on the needles) for you? tote bag and dish cloth
15. What is your most recent finished object before that? scrunchy hat
16. What's cutest: Puppies, Piggies or Pixies? piggies and puppies
17. Do you enjoy reading? Books, Magazines, or both? YES YES YES my book swap, http://dabookswap.blogspot.com/
18. Do you have any children? (kid-kind or pet-kind apply!) grown kids, and 2 pets dog and cat
19. What are some of your favorite yarns for other projects? cotton, wool, landscapes, caron simply soft, soy, ribbon, eyelash not real fussy...
20. And for the final question, one I see debated all over: Novelty Yarn: Love it! Hate it! or It depends! I love all yarns and novelty is great love it!!!
21. Is your home smoke free? YES
22. Is your home pet free? no I have a cat and dog
23. Are you allergic to pet hair, smoke, or both? no on pet hair but do not like smaoke

Monday, April 16, 2007

Harry Potter Reading

Hello again. I am a Harry Potter fan true and blue. And I love to read and watch the movies. I cannot wait till the new book is out, and yes I have it on order. I am on book #2 because I have so many other projects going my reading is suffering. :( But I just found the coolest site to knit with HP fans...YEAH!!!! I also heard that they are opening up a HP park in Florida! WOW!! That will be a blast. And I hear the HP bus is in San Diego??? I hear that Amazon also guarantees delivery of #7 ...

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Sticker Pen Pal Swap

This is the wonderful package I got in my Pen Pal swap from Crissy. I just love the cow bookmark. So cute!! you can join too at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PBDpenpalplace/ great group of ladies and lots of fun stuff!

My Yard and Pond

Here's the fish in the pond in my yard. They are growing and made it a whole year now. It is so soothing to sit out ther and crochet by the pond with the running water...

My Yard Bridge

My new addition to my yard. I needed to put something over those huge roots and voila!!! Here it is a wonderful bridge. Hubby put it together for me now I want to add some plants around it...

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Spring BAg Swap Bot

Here's the purse I received from the "Spring Bag Swap" Isn't it just too cute? I can't wait to see my next bag.. Hey girls if you want to join in on a fun swap go to http://crochetswapblogspot.com/

It was my Birthday on the 4th and hubby took me to LAs Vegas. We got to stay at the Rio this time. Great hotel and fabulous buffet! It was so warm there that we were ablt to go in the pool. Quite a difference from the cold weather my sister is having right now in upstate NY today!!!! SNOW........ BUUUURRRRRRRR...... Well that's about it for today....


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