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More goodies

Finally, I’ve got some batteries and can show off my Fiberflix swap package from Jennifer. This is such a fun box of goodies!

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Look at all the great stuff! The movie, “Brick” is a thriller I’ve been hoping to see and of course it has a bad girl in it, hence the kickin’ bad girl themed package. I totally love all this stuff: The yarn is “bad girl” from the Lavender Sheep; I can’t wait to knit this up! I also got soem yummy truffles, the chili pepper project bag, fun jelly bracelets, skin spread from Clever Girl, and a journal.

Thank you so much Jennifer for being such a great swap partner!!! I totally love this package:-).

Two more days until we leave for Estes and a million things to do. Any good suggestions on traveling 14 hours with two small boys??

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More WIP

I’m so annoyed that I have no batteries. We always have batteries in this house and I can’t find any right now. I will be sure to pick up some this weekend so I can finally show you photos of Jennifer’s awesome Fiber Flix swap package. I am loving it and having a hard time not casting on and adding to the 4 pairs of socks I have on the needles. Thank you so, so much Jennifer for all the cool stuff! I promise I will show it off to everyone soon!

I also sent off six packages today. Jennifer’s for Fiber Flix, the Summer Dishcloth Swap, SP10, squares for Warming Grace, and more prizes from the Knitter’s Coffee Swap.

In the meantime, I’ve got another surprise WIP for you. It’s the Silk Lace Scarf from the Stitch and Bitch page a day calendar in Lisa Souza silk. You see, I have actually been knitting!
Lace Silk Scarf

This will be a gift for the doula who attended both boy’s births. (say that five times fast). I’m halfway done.

Other excitement:

I got my Ravelry invite. Because I need more to do. (That place is awesome. It is also a major time sucker. That’s why my Bloglines says I have 536,896 updates to read.)

In one week we will be at Estes!

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SP10 Strikes Again!!!

Honestly, my SP10 kicks some serious arse. Once again, she’s gifted me with an absolutely unbelievable package. Everything was individually wrapped, numbered with a little explanation about each one. So much fun to open, that I forgot to take pictures until my table was covered in tissue paper. Check out these amazing goods:

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Two bars of soap, lavender cuticle cream, honey and tea, “The Twister Sisters Sock Workbook,” a Denise Schmitt stationary set (I love her fabrics and quilts!), a vase, a candle, some super fun socks (can’t wait to wear these!) and some Knitpicks and kool-aid to dye with. (Little Man and I have big plans for this!!:-) She also sent me a vegetarian cook book. (I love getting cookbooks, this one looks fun!)

And look! She even knit for me!! A lovely bag, perfect for summer trips to the farmers market. I was so thrilled to find this in there! dsc03097.jpg

Thank you SP10 for such a thoughtful package! (Can you tell by my bazillion !!!!!! that I really, really liked it:-)!!!!!!!

I can’t wait to find out who she is. We have a lot in common and it’s really been fun getting to know her this swap.

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Goodies!!

Oh my, Maggie, my coffee swap partner, has totally blown me away with a wonderful package!!! I was so, so thrilled!

Roving from High Prairie Fibers. I wish my picture did it justice; the flecks of color throughout are just beautiful:
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Some sweet alpaca/merino sock wool dyed with natural fibers from The Natural Dye Studio. It is so incredibly soft and I love the colors!
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Delicious treats and Peace Coffee. I love Peace Coffee, and guess what? Maggie sent me the Twin Cities blend and I had never seen that one before. Plus homeade jam and muffin mix and chocolate. Where do I even start? Breakfast tomorrow? Chocolate and coffee tonight? Hmmmm….

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And there’s more! Yummy stuff from Maggie’s own shop, Prairie Land Herbs. I wish you could smell this stuff. It’s amazing. The facial care kit is from her company and the lavendar cream soap from Heart of Iowa Soapworks. Plus a super cute card!
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Maggie, thank you so, so very much!!!! What an absolutely lovely package. I adore everything and you really brightened my day!

On another note, Guinifer finally got to me. I consider her to be the number one yarn enabler on the planet, and I couldn’t resist. You see, I’ve been searching for an elusive red and blue colorway in a sock yarn. I kept seeing it in my head but never actually found any. Until she posted about Cider Moon. I clicked, and there it was: Superman Flurry (plus samples!). My last yarn purchase until….look up. Notice anything new on the blog?

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Joy

We made it to the May Day Fesitval on Sunday. We missed the parade, which was sad as it is really one of my favorite events all summer. Take some time to check out the link; fabulous puppets and constumes. We did manage to get there to see the pagent and sing “You Are My Sunshine” with the crowd…I love that part and it always makes me tear up just a little (I’m sappy like that) but the best part came afterwards, when Little Man, Knittybaby and I were heading back to the car while the Skeptic finished up his work. (He always gets stuck doing audio for Mayday).

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Anyway, the three of us were getting ready to hike up the big hill towards our car, but we decided to grab some ice cream first. As we sat there, a local Cuban band started up. They were fabulous and Little Man was really into it. He finished up his ice cream and found a pink, wilted flower on the ground. I was beat and trying to convince him to head up the hill with me. We got about 20 feet up when all of a sudden he puts the flower stem between his teeth and just started dancing this happy, gleeful little dance…the funniest most joyful dance I’ve ever seen. The kind of dance only a four year old can do. I neglected to have my camera, but it was one of those moments that I will always have captured in my heart. I gave in and we ran back down the hill into the crowd and I watched him dance his little heart out until we were finally tired enough to head home.

I finished the apron on time. Wiggly boys are not very good models.

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The finished shot:

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Finally, for my Dishcloth Swap partner:

  1. When did you learn to knit? Who taught you? Wow, four years ago now! A friedn got my started then my Grandma made sure I really knew what I was doing.
  2. What was your very first completed object? A little garter stitch hat for Little Man. Your most recent? A hat and sweater set for my nephew.
  3. What was the very first thing you sent to the frog pond? A sock (pulled out and started over) Your most recent?  A sock! 🙂
  4. What is currently on the needles for you? Four pairs of socks, Swallowtail Shawl, a Noro Cotton/silk scarf.
  5. What types of needles do you enjoy working with? I’m pretty flexible. Pretty much depends on the typw of project. But usually bamboo or Addis. What have you tried and hated? The only ones I really hate are super sticky ones.
  6. Have you knit dishcloths before? Yup!
    1. What was your favorite one? Mason-Dixon
    2. Least favorite? None, really…
  7. Do you use homemade dishcloths or face cloths yourself, or give them as gifts, or both? Both!
  8. What are your favorite and least favorite scents? (For your body, such as soap/lotion/etc) I love lavender and citrus, but it’s got to be 100% natural, no artificial dyes or fragrances. I’m pretty sensitive:-)
  9. What are your favorite colors? Pinks, blues, browns. Lately I’m on a yellow and green kick.
  10. What colors (if any) are your bathroom and kitchen decorated in? Blue bathroom. The kitchen, pink!
  11. What other hobbies and crafts do you enjoy? Spinning, sewing, crochet.
  12. Chocolate: Dark? White? Milk? Ew? All of the above! (except ew:-)
  13. Do you like salty treats? What kinds? Cashews, almonds, any kind of nut really.
  14. If you could go anywhere in the world for one day and spend the day any way you wanted, where would you go and what would you do? Italy. Eat and knit
  15. Do you have any allergies? (Yarns, foods, etc. that might impact what your pal can send) nope!

Crying baby, not proofreading tonight! 🙂

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So back to Toronto…

The trip was restful and a lot of fun. But it was also tough to enjoy it completely, as I kept seeing other families out and about which made me miss mine terribly. Of course, those families all seemed to have children in remarkably good moods. Not one meltdown did I see. Not one mother frantically gathering up her children who are on the verge of collasping the entire restaurant, with the father mumbling over and over, “sheesh, just bring the check already….where’s the dang check??? I knew this was a bad night to go out…waitress!!” And of course, buy Monday morning I was missing them so much I still would have taken that rukus over a quiet cuppa in the coffee shop around the corner. Funny how we parents always want some time so badly, but really, just a little time will do.

The boys did okay while I was gone. Little Man was sassy and Knittybaby was clingy, but otherwise things went pretty well. The only big problem was I vastly underestimated the amount of pumped milk I needed to stash away for Knittybaby while I was gone. He only nurses a few times during the day, but I guess he’s nursing a lot more than I realize at night. The poor Skeptic was up about every hour and a half with Knittybaby, who was hungry. The freezer stash was used up in the first couple of days. Luckily he’s old enough for cows milk and was fine with that as a temporary replacement. In the meantime, I was back in Toronto dumping bottles of pumped milk down the drain. The airline rules say you can’t take pumped breastmilk on the airplane with you unless you have your baby with you. So crazy, as most moms who have their baby with them have no need for pumped breastmilk. It’s the poor the moms who travel for work who are the ones who need to bring the milk back home with them. So frustrating….

On to the yarn:

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Lettuce Knit was as tiny as Romni Wools was huge, but everything was so nicely arranged in that “jammed packed without feeling jammed packed” way that little shops are so good at. It was a lovely visit and the perfect day for just wandering around. It was hard for me to make up my mind as there was so much I wanted to take home.

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I stuck to my promise and bought only stuff I can’t get back here in the Cities. The boys aren’t going to last much longer playing, so I’ll just direct you over to my Flickr pictures to get the lowdown on all the yarn I bought. It was a great day, just wandering around Kensington and Chinatown. I really want to go back there with the whole family.

Lucky me, after all the great yarn, I came home to more of it!! My SP10 pal strkes again with another great package:

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The package was cleverly sent in a scotch whiskey tin which Little Man hijacked for his own. I was happy to be left with the contents!

A close up of the yarn:

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This one is a new brand to me, which is always fun! I love the blend of different browns. Thanks so much SP10!!! Spoiled again! 🙂
Today’s project, to sew an apron for a party by this afternoon. The Skeptic’s at work, it’s me and the boys. Will I make it?
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The puppies are crabby. They don’t think I’ll be done in time.
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I was just about to post when two things happened:

I realized I haven’t posted about all the knitting I did in Toronto. I need to take pics and then I’ll do that. That’s not that exciting.

This is exciting. My cousin Terri called. Not only will she be at Sheperd’s Harvest next weekend (that alone is fun!) but she’s got alpaca fleece to give me as well!!! I’m seriously dancing around the room now.

Now that I mentioned the festival, who’s going? Anyone up for a bloggers meet-up?

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Bad Hostess

Okay, so I’ve been so busy galavanting around Toronto (yarn pics here, update on Lettuce Knit to come soon) I totally spaced out on my Coffeeswap questions. Some hostess, huh? 🙂 Anyway, here they are for my lovely partner over at Girl with a Sword!

QUESTIONS
1. Whole bean or ground? Whole bean
2. Fully-loaded or decaf? I probably should mix in some decaf since caffiene keeps me up more these days than it used to, but I still love it fully loaded. Decaf just never tastes the same
3. Regular or flavored? Definitely regular. I used to like flavors like hazelnut or vanilla, but my MIL is on a flavored coffee kick, and since that last batch of cranberry (yes, cranberry!) flavored coffee I vowed to never drink flavored again
4. How do you drink your coffee? In the mornings, black and very strong. Afternoons I like a latte or cafe au lait.
5. Favorite coffee ever? This is tough….I’d say Peace Coffee is my favorite brand.
6. Are you fussy about your coffee or will any old bean do? Yeah, I’m pretty fussy. I typically buy fair trade, organic, or from small local roasters. I’m terrible at actually remembering the blends and roasts that I like. I always forget what kind I buy.
7. Favorite treats to have with your coffee? Chocolate or cookies.
8. Anything else about your coffee preferences? Don’t think so, except that I would love a magic spell that would keep my boys quietly happy for at least ten minutes every morning so I could drink my coffee really, really hot:-)
9. Yarn/fiber you love? Handpainted sock yarn, Malabrigo, Manos, any natural fibers. I especially love local/online or smaller dyers and yarn companies, stuff that I can’t find in the shops around here is always a nice surprise.

10. Yarn/fiber you hate? Acrylics, froo-frooish/fluffy stuff
11. What’s on your needles? Four pairs of socks (ack!!) The Swallowtail shawl, a Noro silk/cortton scarf. Wow, I need to update my pictures, I don’t even have half this stuff on the blog now.
12. Favorite colors? Just about everything except pastels, although I do love pink. I’m on a big pink/brown or blue/brown kick lately. I’ve also really been digging green and orange lately.
13. Allergies? Nope
14. Anything you really love, really don’t like, or just need to get off your chest. Yes. Baristas that make lattes with TOO MUCH DARN FOAM make me crazy:-)

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Mark Your Calendars!!

Many of you have been eagerly awaiting the second round of the Knitters’ Coffee Swap. I’m happy to announce that it will open for sign-ups on April 16th. You can find all the info here.

Our birthday extravaganza contest is coming to an end this weekend on the Skeptic’s birthday. Be sure to get your entry in by this Sunday the 15th. I’ll pick three winners randomly on the 16th and prizes will be sent out later in the week. If you win a needle roll, you’ll get to pick your favorite colors and I’ll sew it up for you.

I promised a finished object and here it is, Knittybaby’s latest soaker, in Project Spectrum colors for February/March:
Soaker

Pattern: free soaker pattern from Curlypurly.

Yarn: Little Turtle Knits handpainted.

Needles: size 8

Guage: Knittybaby is asleep in his soaker as we speak, so needless to say I’m not checking. We’ll just say it matched the pattern’s requirements.

Notes: I love this pattern! No elastic or ties to mess with. Fits snugly and not too bulky. If you’ve read the Harlot’s latest book you’ll notice she sadly calls soakers an endangered species of knitting. So I’m trying to share a little soaker/cloth diaper love here. In my little bubble here in Minneapolis most of my friends cloth diaper and many of them use soakers, but I forget that a lot of people are not that familiar with it. I could write forever about it, but I’m tired so I’ll give you a link to here and here if you want to learn more.

Okay…I will say just one quick thing. We originally decided to cloth diaper for environmental and financial reasons; we just couldn’t see wasting all that money and producing all the garbage. We thought it would be a hassel and something that we’d begrudgingly do because we should, but….I can actually say now that we love our cloth diapers. They are really the easiest loads of laundry to do and they really do seem more comfortable for the boys. Plus, they are so, so cute. I really encourage people to give it a try!

Lastly, the excitement of the day: Knittybaby is walking! I absolutely love those first shaky, hesitant steps and the pride on his face when he realizes what he is doing.

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Love is…

Packages:
I am amazed at all this goodness!

Doublepoints, fabric, chocolates, tea, a notepad, soap, a delicates washbag, two lovely patterns, a button, a gorgeous hankie with crocheted edging that I just want to carry around all day…I hope I’m not forgetting anything because there was so much!!!

And of course, yarn. Some of the most lovely stuff I have ever come across from Zen String. It is Lotus Toes, and is so incredibly soft. I can’t wait to knit with it. And in pink and brown, a favorite color combo of mine!


This all comes from Jenny, over at Mary Janes’ Farm in the Hot Socks Swap. Jenny, thanks so very much for your generosity. What a wonderful package!

More love: A day of spinning class at the Textile Center, taught by my friend Jen.

Rolags and more roving ready to be rolags.


I’ve decided bottom whorl is way better than top.

A year waiting on my wheel, plied!!! It’s seriously bulky, but fun.


Even more love: Finished Anemois.

Specs to come. I’ve got rolags to get ready. I’ve an entire day of class again tomorrow!

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Thanks, SP9!!!


How incredibly cute is this package? I love bags, and this one is the absolute perfect size for a small project. Look at the little notions bag! Cute.

Even cuter? The yarn cutter. I’ve always wanted one of these and it’s adorable. And the row counter bracelet? Love it! I need one of these badly. (Note to self, hide from Little Man)


But there’s more! Sock yarn! And roving!! The colors are gorgeous; I absolutely love them both. The yarn is a type I’ve never seen before: Jojoland. It is so soft and practically irridescent.
And have you noticed all the cute little notes? This whole package made my day. Thank you so much, SP9!!!!


Hmmmm…..what on earth could this be? Chris, cover your eyes!!!


My three scarves for the GPA-MN craft sale are done and blocking and most of the donations are here. Show and tell coming soon!

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