Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Cocoa Swap Received!

Last night I received my cocoa swap from the awesome JoAnn and I am blown away! I love It!!! Let me show you what she sent, here are the contents in their entirety:

Yummy cocoa and handmade marshmallows from Williams Sonoma, Knit Picks Harmony DPN's, chocolate, Popcorn (because I'm addicted), 2 books, a cute Tinkerbell mug, 2 candles, cute crocheted Oreo cookie magnets which I already put on the fridge, monogrammed note cards, journal and note pad, and C*Eye*Ber Fiber coordinates sock yarn, oh yes, you heard me correctly!! So pretty. Here it is close up, I've been lurking on Mama E's site for some time now but haven't been able to get any, so I'm excited to try it out!

Here is a close up of one of the Oreos, how cute are these!!

Oh and I almost forgot, she also sent these cute, springy stitch markers, very cool!

Thank you again to JoAnn for making my winter brighter, I love everything!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Finally I have something done to show you! First of all, I finally blocked my chevron scarf, the poor thing has been waiting for ever to be done. It's made out of Socks the Rock in "Highway 30" and "Lunasea" colorways. It was very hard for me to use that yarn for this due to my sock addiction but I persevered and here it is, socks for my neck!!

I also finished some socks. These took a little longer than normal for me due to the fact that I finished one, didn't like the fit, started the other one with modifications and frogged the first one, whew! but now they are finished. This is the slippery pattern from the new Knitty. Let me tell you, this is designed by a high school girl and she is way smart! She is definitely an A+ math student! Here is the finished pair, I just so happened to have in my stash a similar and almost identical colorway to the one used but mine is Pagewood Farm

Here is a close up of the stitch pattern

The first picture shows the brightness of the colors better but they are too cool. Now I have cast on for the retro rib socks in the Favorite Socks book that I got for Christmas! See you next time!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Cocoa Swap Topic of the Week #2

Question: Now that we're in the thick of 'Winter'... has your knitting changed to match the season? Are you moving on from dishcloths, and tank tops to afghans, hats and mittens? Has your yarn changed from silk or cotton to wool, superwash or heavier cottons? Not really, I am an avid sock knitter, good knitting for all seasons!! I have made some fingerless mitts though in honor of the cold weather. Next week I'll be thinking about knitting warmer things though when we dip below zero!! brrrr......

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

One Of Those Days...

OK, so I am a public health nurse and we have a mobile medical unit at work that we use to take to outlying areas to do WIC and immunizations,etc. So this morning I was supposed to take it out for a WIC clinic 50 miles away. Everything that could go wrong did! First the mobile would not start, dead battery. Then the generators would not work, so we got them fixed, we take off. We start out of town and I notice that we need gas so we turn around and head to the station. We get there (it's one of those card lock systems) the driver card that I brought says invalid!!! So a co-worker brings us a card that works. We get gas and on the road again (we are supposed to be there by now). We get about 10 miles out and the road turns to ice!! OK at this point I'm thinking that it's just not in the cards for us to get to Post or Paulina today so we turned around and went back to the office. Let's hope the rest of the day is better!!!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Cocoa Swap Scavenger Hunt

1. Who's favorite animal is an Otter? Criquette
2. Name someone who prefers whipped cream with their hot cocoa: Alex E.
3. Find 3 people who live outside of the United States: Alex E., Ana Sofia, Tricia R.
4. Name a fan of Harry Potter: Lesley
5. Name someone who crochets: Alice A.
6. Name someone who DOES NOT have a healthy supply of notions: Ana Sofia, Clarissa
7. Name someone who has NOT put up their questionnaire yet (just put a date with your answer in case they put it up after seeing their name listed somewhere ;-) )Emily H-K 1/8
8. Who likes to have Kahlua, Baileys, or Peppermint Schnapps in their cocoa?
Annemarie M.
9. Name someone who knits fingerless gloves as a 'quick knit': Rachel C.
10.Name someone who's looking forward to gardening this spring. Michelle
11.Who's favorite way to drink cocoa is with a gorgeous Frenchman, while overlooking the eiffel tower from a French Cafe? (I'm right there with you... well at the table next to yours!): Kris L.
12.Name someone who's favorite animal is NOT a dog or house cat: Heather P., clarissa R.
13. Name someone who's favorite treat is NOT chocolate. Alice A.
14. Who plays Candyland? Criquette
15. Name someone who DOESN'T get the winter blahs: Criquette

Monday, January 07, 2008

Cocoa Swap Questions

1. What is your favorite way to drink cocoa? Prepared with milk; from home made recipe or store bought? hmm, haven't had home made before, maybe I'm missing out, In a tea cup, or big mug? big mug!!
2. Marshmallows or whipped cream? marshmallows

1. What is your favorite type of yarn? sock yarn in any color
2. Do you knit or crochet (or both)? Knit, haven't learned to crochet, maybe someday
3. What are your favorite type of needles, would you like to try something new? I like the bamboo best but I'll try anything new
4. Do you have a healthy supply of notions? Not sure what a healthy supply is, but I have a handful of things
5. What one thing do you keep thinking you need to buy for your knitting habit (outside of yarn)? well, I wanted a winder and a swift but hubby got me that for Christmas, so I don't have anything else, at least not yet!
6. What is your favorite 'quick knit/crochet' pattern (quick gratification)the London Beanie was quick and easy so I guess that

1. What is your favorite thing to do in the Winter? watch football
2. What is your favorite animal? my Cat
3. Do you get the 'winter blahs'? not too bad
4. What is your favorite way to beat the blahs? at home curled up with my knitting and a cuppa something (coffee/cocoa) and watching football
5. What is the thing you are most looking forward to this spring? all of the trees and flowers coming back to life
6. What are your favorite treats? I am addicted to popcorn, I try to stay away from sugar
7. What is your favorite board game? hmmm, I guess Sorry, we used to play that all the time
8. Do you have any children (furry or human)? yes 1 cat and 2 kids
9. Do you have any allergies or special considerations you partner should know about?nope