Wednesday, October 18, 2006


1. Still Alive
2. Hardly no knitting; not good for Christmas gifts recipients
3. Going to see my Matty Thursday
4. What is going on with Sarah Evans on dancing w/ the stars?
5. Sent sockret pal and tea swap packages out.
6. Contacted my SP9
7. Still getting fit; not going to be lean enough for Nov. 18th :-(
8. Still have Colorswap pic to put up- I did finally receive my package and I finally sent my package!
9. Itching to buy more yarn now that I've destashed-what was the point in that?
10. Thinking since the Christmas knitting is looking bleek I might as well start knitting for myself again. I've got lots of things I really like.......

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Another Secret Pal Questionaire

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I love Noro Kureyon yarn; the colors are amazing. I like Noro yarn in general actually; silk garden is nice. I like Lamb's pride, I've been wanting to knit with Rowan calmer for a really long time... I like it all except for maybe novelty yarn.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
I have denise’s, and then all my short straights I store in a Bubba Gump Shrimp company glass. I store my long straights in an Ikea candy jar, my circs I keep in the packages and throw in my upstairs knitting basket or this gawdy ceramic shoe, ( yes, you read that correctly..ceramic shoe; it's actually a bootie) it’s from my grandmother. No laughing….

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I’ve been knitting for two years. I taught myself from books like stitch n bitch, and a knitting dvd. I’d say I’m intermediate.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
I do not have a wishlist.

5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.)
I love COCONUT. Tropical and fruity stuff too.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
I do have a sweet tooth though I’ve been dieting for FOREVER. I love banana laffy taffy and banana runts, I like watermelon bubblegum. I like skittles, I like twizzlers, I like reese’s pieces, I like chocolate but not a huge fan of dark. I like the fattening creamy stuff. I LOVE nuts.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I also crochet and have started to daddle in sewing and a little drop spindling.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I love music. I am very versatile. I listen to a lot of upbeat fun pop and rap and rock and alternative when I work out but I actually really like jazz and the blues. Sade is one of my favorites. I know way more country than any black girl should know working in construction and being married to a partial ‘neck. I have to admit I really like a lot of it and had a hankering for Reba, Martina, Dolly, Kenny R, etc etc. before any of these other factors came about. (I was born in Texas folks, raised a good part in the south.) My sister was a classical music major in college and my sister and brother both played in orchestra in high school. They both had sqwuillz and I really developed a taste for classical and opera. I like it all folks. My ipod is jammed packed. I’m addicted to music.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
I love color period. I look smashing in jewel tones and I’m not afraid to say it. I can work a pastel purple too. I don’t get washed out actually, I can work most colors and I do so surprise me…just don’t shock me with flourescent neon acid. The eighties are back but I don’t know if I have enough diva to work that trend.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I am married to a wonderful man. This is going on our fourth year. I’ve actually known him since I was 16 years old. He’s my soulmate. We don’t have any children yet. We gave away our dog to his parents:-)….

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
I wear scarves and hats no doubt; it’s going to have to be a cool pair of mittens or a fierce poncho to get me in it.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I like it all. I really want be a sweater knitter but you would swear all I know how to knit are scarves, mary janes, and dishcloths around here.

13. What are you knitting right now?
Scarves, mary janes, and dishcloths.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I like either depending on what I’m working on. I dig bamboo. My sister turned me on to those pony pearl do jobbies. I've got aluminum and I am not ashamed, I like it for some stuff actually.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
Yes, I do.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?
Ummm, I couldn’t even tell you. Pretty old!

18. What is your favorite holiday?

19. Is there anything that you collect?
I love paper and stationary. I love candles I don’t know if it would be considered a collection but…
Oddly, I really like things with my initials or name on them. A lot of times it's really hard to find.

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 subscribe to Vogue Knitting. I’ve been needing to buy the “new” Rowan 40 and haven’t yet. I will eventually purchuse Rusted Root, Sizzle, Simple knitting Bodice, and green gable; not until January though. That’s when I will resume selfish knitting again.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
Magic Loop, Socks on Circs; I want to try both. Eventually some fair isle too.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
New sock knitter actually. I wear a size 9 (US) shoe. I’m not a fan of pointy toes. I like ankle socks

23. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)
Septemeber 30th

Monday, October 02, 2006

We’re Doing Categories Today Folks

Thank you so much to every person who sent me emails and messages wishing me a Happy Birthday; it truly did brighten my day!
It started out very tough. Mateo and I made the mistake of laying in bed and cuddling in the morning before he left. It just made us both dwell on him leaving and be kinda sad. Note for the future is to get up and get out.
However, I ended up going shopping and out to dinner again to my favorite place with a good friend of mine. What a Godsend because I could have seen myself moping around for the whole day. On Friday night before my birthday I went out to dinner with my bro, his girlfriend, my BIL & his girlfriend, Jere (my friend) and the in-laws to Pauli Moto’s, this cute Asian Bistro; if you've ever watched Iron Chef it is owned by Chef Morimoto. It was really delicious. I had lettuce wraps and chicken breast, and veggies. :-)
Diet & Exercise:
I saw Dave today and my stats were alright. My bodyfat is down 3% which is good but I'm still a long ways away from where I need to be. Hopefully this won’t take me forever to get over emotionally. I asked Dave to be straight up with me; “At the rate my body is changing do you believe I’ll be ready for the show in 7 weeks? Should I spend the cash on ordering my suits?”
He said that a lot of change can happen in 7 weeks so don’t stress myself out.
Nevertheless, I am proud of myself. I’ve really stuck to this and committed to being hardcore in the gym. I see little changes in my body or how my clothes are fitting every week, I would even say daily.
My morning runs have been invigorating and have become a very important part of my life. I’ve found that it has become a really awesome time of prayer for me. It all started with me praying, “Lord, help me! I don’t know if I'ma make it back!” or “Lord, please protect me, you know you hear about those women being pulled into the woods all the time,” to me praying for my friends, family, my hubby, change in myself, change in my community, etc etc. It’s just such a good time. BTW, I’m taking prayer request if you have any….
Knitting :
Finally finished the freaking MIL socks! I’m happy with my first pair of hand knitted socks; let’s hope that my mother in law really appreciates and likes the gift. I mean sentimentally she will have the FIRST pair of hand knitted socks I ever made, that’s special…it’s like the macaroni necklace you keep from your kids when they’re little even though you know it’s butt ugly (well my socks r cute of course but y’all know what I mean).
I started knitting the first Neka bag. I decided I could knit the middle sized bag out of wool and felt them instead of using cotton. This is Manos Del Uruguay 100% wool. I picked this yarn out when I first started knitting when I knew absolutely nothing about yarn quality, gauge, animals, etc. I just really liked the colors and the texture- now that I know what it is I’m feeling like I might naturally have really good taste. Lol. This should be really cool right? We’ll see.
So, to sum it up here’s what’s on my needles as of today
1. Entreloc scarf
2. 2nd pair of mary janes
3. 1st Neka bag
4. 1 of 12 more dishcloths (4 sets of 3)

NOTE: MIL socks and Manos pics won't upload right now:-(

Heart Matters:
It’s so weird being in an empty house and it’s weird sleeping alone- though I must admit it feels great to sprawl out over the whole entire mattress (when I can actually sleep) and use both good pillows :-)!
We have the most awesome bed, mattresses, pillows, and comforter set. We (I) took great care in picking out the bedroom accessories and to my hubby’s benefit did a great job. We are always either racing to bed to either grab our favorites before the other can or we wrestle each other and just give each other a hard time over mattress territory. It’s just one of our silly ways I guess. I really miss him...Anyway, I’ve got it all to myself now! Unfortunately, I’d much rather still be wrestling with him for my territory; I’m even going to miss waking up in the middle of the night and snatching the covers back over to my side of the bed….let freedom ring; I know personally that we couldn’t have a better man defending our rights :-)