Here are two photos of the lovely orchid that I received from my Secret Pal. The orchid's official name is Phalaenopsis equestris "Kiekie Monster'. How neat is it that my new SP shares my love of orchids??
I haven't shown you a cat picture in quite awhile. Here's one that I took last night. Oreo loves to lay on paper of any type. The pink paper was the packing in my latest order from Joann.com. This girly cat apparently has a thing for pink:
This will be a quick post--TypePad will be unavailabe for awhile due to maintenance.
I have joined in Wendy's latest kitty-related charity project--a kitty-bed-along. My first bed is made from 2 strands of some aran weight yarn I found on ebay. I will add some Fun Fur to the top for trimming purposes.
More later--shutdown starts in 10 mintues.
Edited to add--never mind, the shutdown for maintenance is at ll ~PM~ not AM.
This photo is part of my loot--the rest is a secret:
That's a skein of Encore for a gift hat, 4 skeins of Brown Sheep Worsted for a cat mat thingy, bamboo needles, Addi Natura circular needle and Knits From the Heart by Kristin Spurkland. The cat mat pattern is in this book, along with some cute socks and other goodies.
It really was a fun shopping expedition--I even found two Christmas gifts at another stop.
Yes, I'm still around. I have just been very lazy about posting to the blog. I'm trying to reform, so hang in there with me, o.k?
Last week my knitting projects were two hats and a pair of sock for charity. Now working on a little gift for my secret pal. Shopping expedition later today might prove to be fun for both of us--more later on that subject.
I'm stil debating about how to do the edging on Charlotte's Web. Sad that I worked so hard and so quickly to finish the body and have spent the last few weeks tring not to think about her.
My weekend to-do this about a mile long, so I'd better get cracking.
I've held off on posting a picture of my altered book spread that was published in Kathy Wasilewski's The Book Artist. I didn't want to steal any of the spotlight from Issue #3 while it was still available. Now that #3 is a sellout, I will include a photograph for posterity.
I was lucky enough to be selected as a participant in Kathy's Metal Challenge for Issue #3. Several people were sent identical kits of goodies to be used in any way the artist chose. Could have been a scrapbook page, altered book pages or some other altered item. I used my little bits of metal to create a rose themed spread. It was fun to see how different all of our spreads were when the zine arrived.
The hardest part of the entire project was writing up a description of how the pages were made. I was either to brief or too long-winded, but finally came up with something that seemed o.k.
Kathy is making some changes to her publication policy, so be sure to order the November issue ahead of time. You won't want to miss what is sure to be a great edition. The first three were fabulous and offered many great ideas and free goodies.
I received my Secret Pal giftee's name this afternon and that spurred me toward posting the answers to questions on the SPIII site.
Here goes for my Secret Pal:
1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer high-end/natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?
I don't mind some acrylic, as long as it's not Red Heart with that stiff, plasticy feel. I use acrylic blends (Unger's Utopia or Plymouth Encore) for machine washability when I make my sons' their beanies. My chairty knitting projects for babies also call for synthetics. One reason I love making socks for Children in Common is the chance to try out new wool yarns.
2. Do you spin? Crochet?
I have attempted to use a hand spindle, which led to many feelings of inadequacy. I'll get back to it someday. Crochet is not my favorite, but it is nice for making a quick baby blanket.
3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
Cigarette smoke bothers me most of the time.
4. How long have you been knitting?
I taught myself to knit from a book when I was still in high school. That was a long time ago....
5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
I have one at Amazon, but just use it to save links for myself--not much there right now.
6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
Vanilla or Orange Blossom
7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
I love Dove brand dark chocolates.
8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
Scrapbooking, card making, altered books, beading
9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if you want to make her a CD)
I like most types of music--please no Headbanger's Ball, though. Some of my favorites are U2, Eagles, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, The Beatles and Keith Urban.
10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer?
Red, red, red. I like purple and green, too. Just about anything but orange or any of those neon, highliter type colors
11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I'm single with twin sons that are celebrating their birthdays today. They have both moved away from home and I currently live with my Mom and two spoiled cats and three tropical fish.
12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)
I look forward to traveling, grandchildren and retirement--as long as the last two don't come up too soon.
13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
I just finished a Charlotte's Web shawl with Koigu and loved that yarn. I also enjoy Noro Kureyon for felting. For socks, I like Regia Ringel and Lorna's Laces.
14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I'm not really into the novelty eyelash yarn thing--unless it's for use on a scrapbook page or altered book spread.
15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
Charlotte was a minor obsession. I still need to figure out how to finish the edges, though. Little kid-szied sock are next on my charity list. Beanie gifting season is fast approaching, too.
16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Hats, socks, and shawls. Sweaters are not my thing since I live in a warm area and have a short attention span.
17. What are you knitting right now?
Baby blanket for charity and "Fenna" shawl from Myrna Stahman's book.
18. What do you think about ponchos? (this is really a curiousity question for us)
Some are cute, but not really my thing.
19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
Circular all the way, unless I'm making socks. I love my little 5" Brittany DP's for socks.
20. How did you learn to knit?
Taught myself from books I read
21. How old is your oldest UFO?
Fenna is a few months old. Most of the others were disposed of in my last cleaning frenzy. They never would have been finished anyway.
22. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
Now that my kids are grown, I don't watch much animated fare. I do like hummingbirds and have several feeders in the backyard.
23. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas. I like most holidays, but don't really get into Halloween.
24. Is there anything that you collect?
Cat figurines from Fenton Art Glass, Christopher Radko ornaments, anything Santa related.