the knitted purl

A CT girl's adventures in knitting, marriage, pregnancy and this thing called life. Happy reading...

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Secret Pals

I'm having an absolute ball exchanging messages with my spoilee and spoiler. My Secret Pal has written me (I can't figure out from where!) yet another nice note, sharing some insight to herself, which I enjoyed. She sounds like someone I have some things in common with.
The Pal I'm spoiling has also been writing very interesting notes, and has taken the time to translate her language into English on her blog for me. This is proving to be a wonderful experience, all around! I'm getting ready to send a package out to my spoilee... a set of handcrafted knitting needles...3 skeins of Miracle yarn...tea leaves... yummy hand lotions by crabtree & evelyn..stationery....and a jewelry-making kit from Beads East in Vernon. I went a little overboard, but I wanted to make the combined gift really special...and can't wait to get it out in the mail so she can enjoy it the coming months!

I have not heard anymore from my SP5 from last round to figure out who she is.... but thank-you for the presents: a sheep toy, 3 skeins of Debbie bliss yarn, notepads ("M"!), a great knitting journal, and bath & body works lotions!

Today was a bit chilly to start, but is absolutely gorgeous at the moment. Oh- and yesterday my invisible braces were finally removed! (after 1.5 years!). Now I'm wearing invisible retainers and I'm just thrilled with the results. I'm to wear them for 6 weeks, all the time except when eating.. and I cannot wait to try corn on the cob again! I'd say popcorn too, but I've been cheating along the way there. I have a great orthodontist, he's close to 70 and he's just a hoot. His dental assistnat, Jodi is a blast to talk to- yesterday I laughed so hard I almost peed my pants. She was taking impressions after they came off, which means that she puts this gook in a tray, and then puts it in my mouth for 10 seconds. Well the top tray gook started to go too far in the back of my mouth and I thought I was going to loose it, so I stood up quick to get it out, and accidentally stood on my floor length skirt in the process and it started to come down. At the same time, Jodi's pants got caught and hers started to come down. It was a classic I Love Lucy moment, that was priceless, and we would've won oodles of Funniest Videos dollars if it were caught on film.

Haven't felt any fluttering in my belly in a while, but we're at 17 weeks now.. almost 18 which is half way there!

Have a wonderful day.......enjoy the weather!!!!........Michele

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Wednesday but feels like a Tuesday



I'm a bit backwards today! I went to my noon obgyn appointment, only to find out it were yesterday... (I swore today was Tuesday, all morning!) This morning I drove to work w/Scott's keys, to find that I didn't have my office keys and couldn't get in. Argh!
Other than that, it's a beautiful day out there... the sun is shining, and one can't complain with this weather!
I am wondering if I'm going to receive a 3rd package from my SP5, or was the last one my final gift? I guess time shall tell...
Some good news: One can take Benedryl when pregnant!
Enjoy the gorgeous evening...I'm off to enjoy mine! xo Chele.

PS: Picture is of my dad's house in Maine...he's building it all himself! Here's the progress from only 1 month of hard work!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Moosehead, Maine

A relaxing view, located just a bit away from our rental cabin. Ahhhh....to breathe the air and not have any worries in the world! :-) I can't wait for next year's trip already!

Pearl shots



Here's Pearl in the suv with us.. driving to Maine (top), then here she is again at one of Ian's football practices..she LOVES grapes and is smelling the stems! Isn't she a cutiepie?

Monday, September 19, 2005

Monday, Monday.....

I have had contact with both my SP6 spoilee and spoiler! My spoiler is from overseas, and wrote me immediately to say hello! I can't wait to find out where she's from, and to learn more about her.
The person I'm spoiling has written back to me a few times already- and is taking the time to go in and translate her blog entries. I'm planning one large package, instead of several small ones. I hear postage is high going overseas, so I will be sending one large gift versus several small- although I won't be including the postage costs my budgeting. I'll be going over it as it is, so what's the point now! :-) I already purchased 3 skeins of Classic Elite's Miracle yarn (in the most gorgeous green!!), bath products, and for the finishing touch I'm adding a set of the hand-carved knitting needles. Also- once I have this all wrapped, I will want to send it out asap... so she can enjoy it throughout the SP6 process.... I can't wait to hear the reaction already!

I'm currently knitting a man's scarf out of Debbie Bliss's Cashmerino Chunky (blue) yarn. It will most likely be for my husband- then I'll make a duplicate for the baby-to-be. I just love this yarn, it's incredibly soft to knit with!

My husband has assumed the "sheep toy" I received from my mystery SP5 person (identity tbd).. and he's using it as his company mascot (knitting company).

Make it a fabulous day!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Happy Tuesday~
My last SP gift was received very well.. I sent out 2 skeins of yarn from a Sturbridge boutique, stitchmarker beads, and hand-carved knitting needles that Scott just finished. I am looking forward to finding out the identity of the person that gifted me, so I can send her some needles as well as a thank-you for spoiling me so well.

I signed up for SP6, and below is my questionnaire:
1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you? After experimenting with many yarns, I am hooked on any Debbie Bliss yarns, and Rowan yarns. They have a unique softness that makes knitting a beautiful experience!
2. Do you spin? Crochet?– Not yet.. but would love to learn!
3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)–I am sensitive to smoke and strong perfume.
4. How long have you been knitting? 8 months, so I'm more advanced than a beginner...but not quite intermediate.
5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Only a baby registry ;-)But my wish list includes: a row counter (seem to always lose mine!), a cute sheep tape measure (you know those soft ones?), and I am in great need of one of those plastic needles for sewing up your projects.
6. What’s your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)–Vanilla! I love vanilla hand-made soaps.
7. Do you have a sweet tooth?– Yes- for jelly beans!
8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?– I love to make stitchmarkers, so I am always interested in funky lampwork beads.
9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)– I love Frank Sinatra and would LOVE songs by Josh Grogan
10. What’s your favorite color? Or do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can’t stand?– I love all shades of blues... I'm not big into browns or oranges.
11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?– I am married, a baby on the way (boy) and one maltese!
12. What are your life dreams? - To have a happy, comfortable family life. Having a baby (boy) on the way is an incredibly wonderful feeling.
13. What is/are your favorite yarns to knit with?– Anything Debbie Bliss.. or Rowan.
14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?– Anything scratchy, like acrylic..
15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?– Baby scarves and hats!
16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? Baby hats.
17. What are you knitting right now?–3 in the works... one tank top, a beret by Debbie Bliss, and a shawl (xmas gift)
18. What do you think about ponchos?–I think they look good on others, but I can't pull them off.
19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?–Straight.
20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?–I will use whatever I have, which are mostly wooden, as my husband has a handcarved knitting needle store.
21. Are you a sock knitter? –no- a little intimidated by the 4 needles..
22. How did you learn to knit?–I learned the scarf concept from my stepdaughter, then taught myself other concepts through books
23. How old is your oldest UFO?–8 mos
24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?– I like Bratz dolls, hello kitty and penguins.
25. What is your favorite holiday?– I love Christmas
26. Is there anything that you collect?– unique lampwork beads
27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?–Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting...I belong to Debbie Bliss Online, and Rowan International on-line.
28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?– I would love to read Meditations for Women Who Knit too Much.
Thanks! :-)

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

SP6


Since SP5 was such a positive experience, I've signed up for SP6... I'm now trying to figure out how to get a button posted within my blog... any advice??