Friday, January 28, 2005

Friday 3x3

Here it is, as requested by Fiber at 24Knits. My Friday 3x3

*List 3 of the best gifts you've ever received
  1. After giving birth to Zack, my DH brought in a new wedding band set for me because I had lost the other set when I couldn't wear them due to the swelling.
  2. This year for Christmas, Zack bought (with his money) a necklace and earring set in amethyst. (I don't wear necklaces or earrings, but I do love purple!)
  3. This year for Christmas, my cousin Tami, a graphic artist, scanned some of Grandma's pictures, cleaned them up, and scanned them to a CD for us. I'll try to post my favorite on Monday. Also, my cousin John scanned a TON of pictures and set them to music. I hope to get a copy of that, or creat one of my own for my brothers.

*3 Celebrities the world could do without

  1. Ashlee Simpson
  2. Jessica Simpson
  3. Star Jones

* List 3 people of the opposite sex that are so hot, you'd "cross over" for, or at least consider "crossing over" for. Ummmm – do you mean the same sex? Cause I can list a TON of men I'd consider! I'll give you 3 of both.

Women: Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon

Men: Matt Damon, Anthony Edwards, Sean Connery

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Knitty SP3!!

It did come on Monday as I was hoping! I've not had any of the hot cocoa yet, but I think I will tonight after I put the boys to bed!

I'm definately making the reverse bloom wash-cloth this weekend! I've got a ball of cotton that is pink, and I may get some that is yellow for the center. I think they are soo cool and cute for teacher/birthday gifts for friends!

Thank You SP!!!



Lookee!!! Posted by Hello

Ooooh, whats in here? Posted by Hello

Pretty in Pink Posted by Hello

Nectar of my Soul! Posted by Hello

Weekend Knitting! Posted by Hello

cute card Posted by Hello

Monday, January 24, 2005

4:45 on Monday!

and I just know that I have mail at home waiting for me! I wanna go home! I'm expecting my package from my Knitty SP3 and my order from KnitPicks.com.


Argh! The last 15 minutes is always the longest!


Friday, January 21, 2005

Friday 3x3

*3 Items you couldn't possibly live without (OK, I could survive, but I would be a total b!tch)
Central Heat & Air
A vehicle (any sort - including bikes)
Lanna Thai L14 - no spicy

*The first 3 people you kissed (We're not talking parents here are we?)
Keith, at church camp
Brian, in High School
Sean, at college

*3 things you swear you'll never do
Leave DH
Bungee Jump
Swim in lakes/rivers/ponds (I like chlorine in my swimmin water!)

Meet Mack wearing Clapotis


as Worn by Mack Posted by Hello

This is my baby, Mack. He is 5, going on 40. He is too smart for his britches!

Clapotis (FO 3 of 3)


Clapotis Posted by Hello

Clapotis - in Moda Dea Sassy Stripes, color Crush, using size 6 circs. I made this much more narrow and shorter because Oklahoma doesn't have much of a winter, and I really wanted it to fit under the collar of my coat most of the time. I love it and have been asked to make another. S's IL may get one for Christmas - next year!!!

FO 2 of 3


Fuzzy feet Posted by Hello

Fuzzy feet for the 8yo. These could stand a bit more fulling, be he'll not hear of it!

FO 1 of 3


warm feet Posted by Hello

These are lamb's pride in Red, socks knit using 24 stitches on size 9 dpns. I couldn't felt them because they fit PERFECTLY! When he outgrows them, we may felt for one of the neicelings.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Knit Picks

Let me just take a moment to say WOW! Oh My Gawsh! I just order 10 skeins of yarn for $30.00!

I got 4 - 110 yrd skeins of the Wool of the Andes - 2 each in Coal and Spruce
I got 2 - 231 yrd skeins of Simple Stripes/Sweet Tarts
I got 2 - 220 yrd skeins of Sock Garden/Hollyberry
I got 2 - 192 yrd hanks of Sock Landscapes/New England Foliage

My mom let me order it in exchange for helping her with her Reports in Access! Woo Hooo!!

All yarn ordered at knitpicks.com and as of 1/19 is shipped! ads

Monday, January 17, 2005

For Fiber at 24Knits

*3 CD's you last listened to (or for those iPod freaks, first 3 songs if you shuffle)
Laura Blackley Band - When a Woman
Toby Mac - Don't know the name
Mercy Me - the one with Homesick

*The 3 books you read most recently (assuming ya'll are edumacated folk)
I'm sure it was by Nora Roberts
You want to Pierce What?? by Walker Moore
Financial Peace

*3 blogs you read religiously
24 Knits
String Theory Fiber Arts
Yarn Harlot


Friday, January 14, 2005

This blog is interupted for a RANT

DH and I are buying a house. A nice house, 3 bed, 2 bath, fireplace, Central heat & air, nice neighborhood, great schools. We've lived in this house for 6 years, so we know what we're getting.

The house will appraise for at least 90K
We are financing 72K
We are being giving 18K of equity (my mom is the current owner)
The payoff on her mortgage is 50K

Sooo Do the math here. 72K - 50K is 22K. 4K is for closing costs, leaving 18K, which we will split with my mom. So we have 9K left to replace HVAC and pay off the car (and probably some extra).

So, DH wants to know "what are we getting out of the deal?"

Uh, Dude - a house for 72, and we don't even have to move????

GRRRRRRR!

100 Things about me

100 THINGS

1. My Name is April.
2. I was not born in April, but September
3. April is better than Opal – even with all of the April, May, Junes I get
4. I just turned 30.
5. I started school a year earlier than I was supposed to.
6. When I was finishing 6th Grade, my husband was finishing his senior year.
7. He is 7 years older than I am.
8. We did not know each other then
9. I just like to remind him that he is older than I am!
10. I started college when I was 17.
11. I had to have a medical release form from my parents on file with the dorm room for the first 2 months of school.
12. I didn't need it
13. I met my DH in February of 1993.
14. The funniest night of our dating was when he got drunk and his friends convinced him that I wasn't yet 18 and the cops were after him.
15. I was sober
16. and laughing my @$$ off
17. We hadn't even slept together at that point
18. We did shortly thereafter ;-)
19. We were married in June 1995
20. Even though I did NOT want to be a "June Bride"
21. I just didn't want to wait until November, as originally planned
22. I have only been drunk 2 times
23. I have lived in the Tulsa area for 20 of the 30 years
24. The first 3 years were in Ft. Bragg, NC
25. I stayed in Tahlequah for 7 years
26. Tahlequah is the setting for Where the Red Fern Grows, my all time favorite book.
27. I read it every winter.
28. This year I hope my son will read it and fall in love with it.
29. I have two sons
30. Zack is 8
31. He was 5 weeks early
32. While in labor with him, I was transported by ambulance from Tahlequah to Tulsa
33. The EMT would not stop at McDonalds on the turnpike
34. The ER nurse called me a damn teenage mother in the elevator
35. I cussed her out and forbade her to be on the floor
36. The doctor agreed and she was fired after her shift
37. Because I was 22 and married and the baby was planned to boot
38. I spent the next 21 days at his side in the NICU
39. He is perfectly normal now - most of the time!
40. Mack is 5
41. He was 3 weeks early
42. He did not have to stay in NICU!
43. Both boys are asthmatic due to prematurity
44. DH and I are also asthmatics, but exercise induced generally
45. My next door neighbor at the hospital was my cousin – she had her son the day after Mack was born
46. I work for commercial painters
47. I like what I do – A little bit of everything in running an office
48. I wish I had the funds to get my Business Administration/Management degree
49. I lack 4 classes for an Associates
50. They are Econ I and II and Accounting I and II
51. I tried to take them online
52. I am not cut out for online classes
53. I worked at my former job for 3 years
54. It traded hands something like 5 times in that 3 years
55. I was laid off in November 2003 – the week before Thanksgiving
56. I didn't hold that against them
57. I used the month of December to work with Toys for Tots
58. I did it again this year
59. You don't understand how generous a city can be until you see the mountain of toys to be sorted
60. You don't understand how selfish a city can be until you see all of the toys that ARE NOT new, and obviously so not new
61. You hope that whoever donated those not new toys did it in the spirit of the season, not to get free football tickets
62. I am a Republican
63. Not because I necessarily agree with them
64. but because they are closest to what I do agree with
65. I am a Christian
66. I have been since I was 9
67. I will not "preach" to you
68. I will, however, love you
69. Because it is commanded of me
70. I generally like people anyway
71. I get my Kicks on Route 66, every day!
72. I taught myself to knit because I wanted to know how
73. I am now hooked
74. I have made socks
75. and a sweater
76. and fuzzy feet
77. and scarves
78. I want to learn lace knitting
79. and cables
80. and designing
81. and writing the pattern for others
82. My husband and I are trying to buy a house
83. We will be eating beans and cornbread to do it
84. We LURVE beans and cornbread
85. We have an appraiser
86. I have CHAOS syndrome
87. I need FlyLady
88. I should use FlyLady more
89. I have lived in the house we are buying for 6 years.
90. It shows it!
91. My favorite Chocolate is dark – more bang for the buck
92. My favorite Lunch is L14, no extra spice, from the Lanna Thai in Midtown
93. My favorite dinner when we can afford it is a rack of ribs from Texas Roadhouse
94. I love to eat breakfast
95. I hate to cook
96. Or rather – I hate to clean up after cooking
97. My children are learning to clean up
98. My drink of choice is Pepsi
99. My favorite TV show is CSI – any of them
100. I'm a natural blonde.

Oh my gosh, I never thought that I would get through that! Ugh!

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Today is a Great Day!!!

First - I find out that I have a Knitty SP3

Then - I find out that I've been accepted to ROAK

And THEN I found out that I'm only going to need about $1,200.00 to close on my house!!! Yippee Skippee!!


For my Knitty Sp3 - Here is the answers that Wendy sent you. I'll be adding past SP questions and answers later!

KNITTING & FIBERS:
1. What is your current skill level? (beginner/adv beginner/intermediate etc. etc):
I am attempting more complex designs, and socks!

2. What are your favorite fiber colors?
Blues, Purples, Pinks, - Anything that resembles a beautiful sunset, flowers, or a Monet.

3. Are there any fiber colors you absolutely do NOT like? If so which?
Um, browns, blacks, white, olive, yellow.

4. What are your favorite fibers?
Natural fibers (wool, cotton, linen, flax, silk) or really soft acrylics and mixes of same

5. Do you have any unwelcome fibers (stuff you just don't need more of or like?)
The cheapest of red-heart, unless I am making stuff for the kids. However, I do not LIKE it.

6. What is your Dream Yarn?
Super wash Merino in any weight!
7. How do you feel about novelty fibers (both the yarns and the items made with them)?
Depends on the saturation – those "magic" scarves make me gag, but a fringe on felted clogs – ok. "All things in Moderation"

8. What is the next thing you want to learn (techniques etc.) on the needles?
Cabling, designing for myself.

9. What item(s) do you knit the most?
Gifts – socks, scarves, etc.

WANTS & NOTS:
10. Allergies: Do you have any food, fiber, smoke, pet allergies your SP should be aware of?
I am not allergic to any of these, but have asthmatic children who are extremely sensitive to the smell of cigarette/cigar smoke.

11. Do you have an Amazon.com or knitpicks.com wish list you'd like to share with your SP? If so please add the URL: I'm working on this and will post a link in my sidebar when I've mastered it!

12. What is on your Cool Stuff Wishlist (knitting or not).
Cool stitch markers, Stitch holders, knitting "Accessories" are needed.

13. What about stuff you don't need at all?
I don't need any bath and body stuff. I have it nearly running out of my ears!

14. Do you have hobbies other than knitting (tv, sports, collectibles, fave things)?
Not really a hobby, but I have two boys that keep me pretty busy!

15. Books you would like (knitting or not)
I'll list them in my Amazon Wish List

16. For those of you who live outside the US, is there anything you'd like that you can't get your hands on? N/A

17. In the event your SP lives outside the the US, is there a particular yarn, etc. you can't find in the US? Anything is OK – but postcards or anything that can be used as a Christmas ornament is requested.

FAVORITES: Who/What is your favorite...
Chocolate: Dark
Muppet: Ooooh, A tie between Kermit and Beaker
Flower: Tulips
Ice Cream flavor: Peppermint
Fragrance: Clean, Light fragrances
Shoes to wear: my Pink Fuzzy Feet
Type of garden: Weed
Animal: Boys
Beverage: Pepsi

RORSCHACH ETC:

19. If you were candy, would you be sweet, sour, or cinnamon?
Licorice

20. If you were a fruit, which would you be?
Tomato

21. Are you a Java Junkie?
I'm not old enough to drink coffee

22. As this swap ends near the holiday season do you celebrate Easter or Passover (in the event your SP wanted to send an appropriate holiday themed gift).
Easter – with all the Okie Fixings

23. Do you have a personal mantra?
All things in Moderation – because the budget can't handle it any other way!

24. How do you really feel about socks?
Love 'em – if the toe seam doesn't rub!

25. What is your shoe size?
6.5 or 7 (US)

OK - I'll end the madness for now. I do have FOs to photograph and post about!


Friday, January 07, 2005

Strings

Well, I've finally made it to the newest LYS in town, Strings! I LOVE IT! I will definately go back.

Stephanie, the owner, is very friendly!

Amber, from Tulsa MeetUp, her husband and son were there when we got there.

I took my 2 boys (5 & 8), and they wanted to knit! (They both know some form - sticks or fingers). Stepahnie is very open to having the kids there!

The place is small, the wall of Yarn from the KOTV story (link) is just about all of the yarn, but it is so much more laid back than the other two stores in town.

She has Crystal Palace (yarn & Needles), Addis, trekking XXL and the yummiest of ANGORA! It feels like a baby bunny! My Knitty SP3 may get some!

In summary: I will go back, take my knitting, enjoy the company and hot cocoa (I do not do coffee), and knit! And I will be saving my money to get some of that Angora! Man o man that stuff is heavenly soft!

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Ugh

Rainy, Wednesday, and the Sooners lost. Makes me want to roll over and go back to bed.

I can't play armchair quarterback because I didn't actually watch the game. I listened as I knit on my Kiri. I'm into the 1st repeat.

My newest knitting on the cheap - Dental floss.

Santa puts some in your stocking every year and you rarely use it (before you get disgusted, I have a water-pic) for its intended purpose. So, use it as a life line! It will give your knitting a nice minty smell!

No pictures due to the nastiness of the weather. Ugh!

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Oh yeah, one more thing

GO SOONERS!

Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner,
Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner,
Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner,
Boomer Sooner, OK-U!

Oklahoma, Oklahoma,
Oklahoma, Oklahoma,
Oklahoma, Oklahoma,
Oklahoma, OK-U!

I'm a Sooner born,
And a Sooner bred,
And when I die
I'll be Sooner dead!

Rah, Oklahoma! Rah, Oklahoma!
Rah, Oklahoma! OK-U!

Its not garage sale season yet . . .

But I will be looking for a stand mixer! Look HERE! (Its at About.com - so forgive the pop-ups, K?) A DIY Ball WINDER!! Wooo Hooo!

I started on my Kiri shall. Its in lace-weight merino in a very light champagne/khaki color. I only have 5,000 yards of this, so I may over dye some of it. Kool Aid if I have too! I didn't get far enough for a progress shot, though.

It looks like DH and I will be cash poor/house rich in the coming months, so all yarn purchases will be double evaluated. All yarn must have a purpose, all purposes must be useful to whomever gets the finished item.

Yarn in Stash:

several balls of dishcloth cotton - dish/wash clothes for next Christmas
2 balls of finer cotton - the turkish stitch bag (1 ball each)
2 skeins of Axelles Water Lilies (sw merino) (see below) - depending on my Sockapalooza assignment may become socks for said or something for a neiceling
Cotton Ease - could be dresses for neicelings - hmmm
Fisherman's wool - both dyed and one whole undyed. NO IDEAS!
5000 yrds lace-weight merino - Kiri until I cry?

I know that isn't a LOT by some standards, but it will keep me busy while I eat beans and cornbread for the next two months to get this mortgage under our belts.

So, pics tomorrow? I don't know just yet!



Monday, January 03, 2005

DIY Knitting

In an effort to organize my stash a bit, I decided that I needed a niddy noddy. I searched the E-stores and then decided that I needed a CHEAP niddy noddy. I have one made of recycled marshmellow shooters (PVC pipe). The instructions can be found here .

I also need a swift. Again - browse the online stores and decide that I need a Cheap Swift. I don't yet have the PVC for this one - but looky here - Instructions! I will be getting the PVC for this soon!

Now all I need is a ball winder.

I am going to TRY to go to String, a new knitting cafe, tomorrow. The Tulsa MeetUp is scheduled at 6, but I figure that they are open until 8. The boys and I can eat a sandwich then head out!

I am starting my Kiri tonight. I'll see how far I get before promising a progress photo!

April