the knitted purl

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

Monday, January 30, 2006

Secret Pal 7 Gifts, THEN Baby Shower update

1) Thank you, SP, I received my first SP7 gift, a package containing: 5 skeins Red Heart yarn (SP wrote that acrylic over wool is safest for knitting baby items), a box of yarns (Bebesounds~ with red heart yarns, 2 skeins), a silver-tone frame and baby album. This was very thoughtful of you to think of baby-to-be. I really do appreciate the thought and gifts.

2) NOW...... the update from the shower! Ready? I'm still so excited!!!! Well, last weekend was our baby shower. 30 of my dearest friends joined me at the Publick House for a nice breakfast. (I am mailing Sabine a post card from here asap, so she can see what I've been talking about!) We had scrambled eggs, ham, hashbrowns, and a killer cake! The cake had sp*rmies on them.. with writing that said "Congratulations on the long swim!" priceless... The gifts were incredibly generous and awesome, we received a swing, sea life crib set, lamp and rug! and a Taggie! (our first Taggie..) and the softest cashmere blanket I've ever come in contact with.. the outfits are from the Gap and Jamboree (LOVE their clothes!) and green rubber boots from Jamboree I just adore...

3) Baby decisions that need to be made....we're currently checking out local churches in our spare time...and Aidan's giving me a little push that's been much needed.

3) Carolyn from the Flying Ewe is sending me a surprise in the very near future, I can't wait to receive and post pictures! Her products are out of this world, and she's one of those people that you meet and realize she makes a difference in your day. Although we've yet to meet (we live quite far away from each other) I truly enjoy our friendship. When you get a minute, stop by and see her shop at!

4) If you haven't checked out my favorite LYS yet, what are you waiting for? is just a hop, skip and a jump from my house, and it's a wonderful spot to visit. The yarns are incredibly yummy and the atmosphere is very comfortable and welcoming. Go ahead and treat yourself....I dare you! :-) Due to the pregnancy-thing, I haven't gotten out much and am so looking forward to pampering myself at an upcoming knit-nite! (I'm ready to try the oh-so-soft sock yarns..and try my first sock!)

It's 7pm, and I have lots to do before the BACHELOR.. so have a wonderful evening and ttfn!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

SP7 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?

Yes I do avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand.. and other acrylic-based yarns. I am "allergic" to acrylic, it's always made my skin irritated, and itch. So I avoid acrylic sweaters and all acrylic yarns for that main reason. I use wool, cotton and cashmere yarns. They don't have to be pricey, but they do need to be skin-friendly! For example, Knit Picks yarn is very reasonable (1.79 skein!) but it's gentle against the skin. Of course I won't turn away Rowan or Debbie Bliss yarns.. or Noro... I just adore their lines and can't get enough of them.

2. Do you spin? Crochet?– No, I would love to learn to spin.

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)–I am sensitive to smoke, strong perfume and acrylic yarns!

4. How long have you been knitting? 1 year.. so I'm more advanced than a beginner...but not quite intermediate.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? I LOVE Lush products!

6. What’s your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)–I love handmade soaps and all Lush products!

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 the latest soundtracks out

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 navy blues... I do not like pastels!

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, Noro, and I also find Knit Picks yarns nice to work with. I'm open to anything but acrylic.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?– Acrylic! and novelty yarns.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?– Debbie Bliss patterns!

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? Rowan Biggie Print items!

17. What are you knitting right now?–3 in the works... one tank top, a beret by Debbie Bliss, and a shawl (xmas gift). I've made a few baby items, but am ready to move on to adult clothes yet again! I have received more than enough clothes at my shower!

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, 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. I have had my fill of baby knits (through Debbie Bliss) so I'm more interested in a book by Yarn Harlot.

Thanks! :-)

Sunday, January 08, 2006

I LOVE Stollen!

Hello- Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

I have beautiful presents to report!

One is my gift from my SP6, and the other is a box of gifts from my friend from Germany, Sabine.

I am in the process of taking pictures, so they should be up later this week. Our laptop was on the fritz, so we purchased a desktop and are awaiting a powercord replacement for the laptop. Needless to say it's taking a bit to get all of our software loaded.

My SP6 sent me: 5 skeins of Lana Grossa yarn (bulky, in a soft blue, very soft yarn), a (blue) pretty handmade needle holder, very nicely handknit blue socks with baby blue socks to match, 2 additional pairs of baby socks, stitch markers, lampwork beads and a handmade bag that holds the stitchmarkers. Thank you SP6!!!!! I promise to have the pics up asap!

Sabine sent a wonderful package that arrived a few days ago. I was very excited to receive such a thoughtful and fabulous package from a far away friend that I was to spoil! I cannot believe the thoughtfulness of putting this package together. Enclosed was beautiful yarn that she picked up while traveling (Baby Mohair, in a blue-ish teal shade). I will have to find the perfect scarf pattern for this yarn, I'm on the lookout! Also, Stollen!!!!!!! My husband and I were overjoyed with this gift. It is simply outstanding. It is not lasting long, and our new favorite treat.
There are German candies for my stepkids! And a green bag that is so pretty, wait till you see the pictures. I love it. I've always wanted to try Lush products, and wouldn't you know, Sabine sent me a bath treat. I used it tonight for my bath, and I'm in heaven!!!!
There is also a baby book for Aidan! It will teach him how to say animal names in German. How fun! And last but not least, the Debbie Bliss Toy book. I have already made a sheep! this will be Scott's mascott for the knitting shop. Sabine, thank you so very much! You have made the SP6 program a great experience, not only did I make a good friend, I am truly touched by your thoughtfulness.

Have a nice evening!