Sunday, September 30, 2007

See, I don't just knit bags & cloths!

Here are my socks in progress.... loving this yarn! Nothing fancy about the socks, just a simple rib pattern. The Knitpicks needles are awesome for socks!!!

And, of course, here is the dishcloth that is IP too... it took me about 4 patterns that I started and ripped out before I settled on the simple basketweave with the seed stitch border. I was having a hard time finding something that looked good with the variegated yarn.

Enough with the new camera!!

Ha ha! Just look at that expression!!
Come on Jasmine, cut me some slack here!

"Enough with the new camera already!!!"

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

For those who want to know

Anyone who wants to know where I got the cloth pattern for the one pictured below here is a link, it is called "Ebb Tide":

This is an online magazine/newsletter that you have to subscribe to but they have a ton of wonderful patterns!! They also have some free patterns... I am just a pattern junky and can't help myself, there is that "no control" issue again!! :) I have more patterns, free & purchased than I will ever be able to do in my lifetime!!! Some lucky future knitter is going to hit the jackpot when I'm gone!! Hopefully many, many, many years in the future!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Check these cuties out!

Check out these Harmony cable needles from Knit Picks!!!! There I go again, having that no control issue I seem to have sometimes. I just couldn't help myself, I HAD to have them!!!!! :) Well, then you just can't pass up FREE shipping so I had to find more stuff to buy to get the free shipping!!! What is wrong with me? ha ha! I am just going to have to stay away from this computer, it just gets me in trouble every time I get on here....

Here is the link for those of you that have the same problem I do!

Hmmm.... who's cloth is this??? I wonder.... could it be my secret dishcloth pal's? Yep, that's it! I sure hope she likes it! I am also knitting another little goodie to go with it! And I have to finish getting her other snackable goodies, then I'm ready to ship! Could it be yours???? :)

For my Super Duper Secret Dishcloth Pal!

Thanks for the nice comments!! I can't wait to find out who you are!! :)
Not to worry, I'll make sure I have some of those peas waiting for you!!

I am just about finished with my package to my secret pal.... I will just have to wait to mail it. That is just going to drive me nuts! :)

Monday, September 24, 2007

Dishcloth Exchange Topic of the Week


Autumn has now officially begun here in the States!! What is your favorite thing about Autumn/Fall? Why?

Autumn is my favorite time of year here.... since I live in the SE it gets sooooo HOT here in the summer! We have almost no Spring, it goes from cold to HOT in just a few weeks. Autumn seems to last the longest. In September it finally starts to cool off some, still in shorts though. :) I would say that our Autumn lasts until Christmas around here.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Candy Corn Markers

Ok, here is the latest in my "fall series" of stitch markers..... Silly Candy Corn & 1 black ball as an extra. These are sooooo much cuter than in the photo!! They are mini markers, great for knitting socks!! That is what i have in mind for them.... Take a look. :)
Got to go to work now, I'll have to wait till this afternoon to get them listed on Etsy....

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Mystery Theme Swap

I just joined the Mystery Theme Swap.... looks like a lot of fun, check it out:

And they have a super cool button! :)

Ok, so now I'm hooked on these swaps!! I just can't seem to help myself, I think it is a sickness....

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

New Goodies & New Job

It's Christmas in Sept.!!! At least that is what it felt like! I got lots of goodies in the mail today!

I received the soap that I ordered from can't wait to jump in the tub & soap up with this delicious smelling stuff!!

And I got my package from Elmore Pisgah... 12 balls of Peaches & Cream cotton yarn. 4 balls of "Flair", the darker purple/teal/pink; 4 balls of "Black Cherry", the black/white/pink, which I'm hoping to do some cloths, towels & whatever else I can get out of them for my own kitchen! And 4 balls of "Lilac Ombre". These cost me $2.68 a ball (that includes shipping), but I didn't have to go searching for the right color all over town and it was delivered right to my door 3 days after I ordered it!! (Direct from the Elmore Pisgah website). The AC Moore close to here has a huge selection of Sugar & Cream but it is a 45 min. highway drive from here, I usually make the trip only once a month. And they never seem to have everything I'm looking for!

Thankfully I can shop any time I want online!!! I can find anything I want too! :)

THE NEW JOB.... It isn't "new, new". I started Aug. 1st. But I really do like it, I am my own department, he he! Website store operator, shipping dept, graphics dept all in one! My boss leaves me alone to do my job & seems pleased to have me there. Very casual, get to wear shorts, Co. T-shirts & flip flops if I want. Hey, we are at the beach after all!! The view is awesome but it is probably a good thing that my office is in a cubby hole with no windows!! I wouldn't get anything done otherwise! :) I do enjoy driving across the bridge every morning getting to see the sun coming up over the ocean & waterway. I also don't have to stay holed up in my office all day, so I do get out & get to breathe the fresh salty air & get some wind in my hair. (looks great by the end of the day BTW! That is meant as a smart ass comment.) I have sooooo much less stress here than at my previous job, I need to slow down a little, I tend to run circles around everyone here!! Anyway, I'm enjoying the change & that was a bit scary at first after doing the same thing for so many years....

Dishcloth Swap TOPIC OF THE WEEK

When you knit or crochet dishcloths, washcloths or face cloths, what do you use? What size needle or hook? Wood? what type? Metal? Plastic? A specific Brand? Why do you love that needle or hook so much? Is there one you are dying to try? Is there a particular yarn you love and use all the time for cloths? What is so special about it?

With dishcloths I usually use size 6 or 7 straight metal needles. While I love my KnitPicks Options circular needles for most everything, I do still like my Boye straight metal needles. The cotton yarn seems to slide easier on them and they have really sharp points which makes it easier I think. I use the wood needles for other stuff where I don't want it to easily slip off the needles.....

I don't think I'm dying to try any needles... I'm sure there are some out there that I haven't heard of but I like the ones I have at the moment. Don't like plastic needles... I'm willing to give any of them a try, I just might find some I like better, who knows...

I don't have a special yarn I like more than others, I haven't come across many yarns that I did not like!! :)

Beautiful Morning!

I love my new job!!! While I have to work and not sit & stare at the view, what a beautiful sight I get to see every morning! I'm very thankful....

Saturday, September 15, 2007

It's a small world...

Imagine my surprise! I joined the Dishcloth exchange, my first exchange, have met lots of wonderful ladies!!!

One of these wonderful ladies who lives in a different state than I do, bought a set or two of my stitch markers, and when showing them to a friend the friend said, Hey those look like a set I bought on vacation!! The friend contacted me and said, could it be that I bought your markers while on vacation?

Well, it sure was! I do I have a "normal day job" M-F, but work at my LYS on Saturdays just for fun & to make extra $ for yarn of course!!! The super-wonderful owner lets me sell my stitch markers in her store. After a few conversations and telling me about her visit to the YS on vacation we realized that she came in when I was working and we chatted, I showed her my awesome cable needles which you can by at Patternworks (, she bought her goodies which included a set of my markers, etc., etc.....

Just goes to show you what a small world it really is and you just never know when you will cross paths with a new friend and not even know it until later!! :)

Thanks to everyone who has left such wonderful comments on my blog!
You all have really made me feel welcome in this new world (the widespread internet knitting family) that I have joined.
Have a great evening!!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

New Pumpkin Stitch Markers!

Well, here are the new pumpkin stitch markers finally!! I think they turned out really cute! Can't wait to get another project going so I can use them. Like I need another project going! I think I need to finish a couple first, but what would be the fun in that??? ha ha!!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Topic of the Week - Dishcloth Exchange

Topic: Now that in some geographic locations the weather is starting to turn cooler, do you change the type of yarn(s) you knit/crochet with? If so, what do you now knit/crochet with instead and why? If not, why do you not switch and what do you knit/crochet with?

No, I do not change. Our weather here in the SE doesn't change much until Jan or Feb. We only get a few cold months, & only a few flurries if we are lucky. I really miss the snow!! :(
I love felted bags & of course that takes 100% wool.... dishcloths are always good.... I tend to use acrylic for afghans, those I usually do knit or crochet in the cooler months..... and sweaters are usually knit in lighter weight yarns, cotton, linen & other yarns that are airy, etc..... don't get much use out of heavy sweaters here. It was 90 something here today!!! Yuck! It is supposed to be fall for goodness sakes! Unfortunatley we are usually still in short sleeves at Christmas here.

Time to get started!!

Woo hoo!!! Time to get started being a spoiler & spoilee!! I got my notes from my spoiler today, she sounds like fun!! Looking forward to seeing what I get, I'm so excited!! Thanks for the great comments on the markers!! I enjoy making them.

I contacted my secret pal this evening.... This is my first swap so I hope my secret pal doesn't mind me going a bit overboard!! ha ha! She just might be sick of hearing from my by the end!! :) Keeping all this a secret is going to be tough, I'm not a good secret keeper!!! I'll try my best.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

My Beautiful Baby Jasmine!

Well, since I don't have any children of my own.... this is my baby. My adorable kitty Jasmine. (Jazzy) Isn't she just beautiful!!! She has such attitude, she owns this place and we just live here with her! ha ha!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

My latest finished project!

Here are a couple of photos of my newest bag.

This pattern is the Double Delight pattern in Eva Wiechmann's "Pursenality Plus" book, with a few modifications. :) I made it a bit smaller, I think the original is a tote bag size & mine is more large hand bag size. Just perfect for my "junk" I carry around every day! It has 3 large pockets with magnetic closures.

I made it out of Malabrigo yarn. It was sooooo soft and beautiful it was almost a shame to felt it!! I got the beautiful matching leather handles from Homestead Heirlooms, here is a link to their site:

They are super friendly ladies & I got my handles and mini leather leaves in just a couple of days!

This bag ended up being a bit pricey but it is what I really, really wanted!!! And it's price doesn't compare to my husband's hobbys, so he can't complain!! I'll get so much use out of it too!! :)

Friday, September 7, 2007

Join, Join, Join!!!

I am now officially a swapaholic!! ha ha! I have joined the Dishcloth exchange,, the Bag Swap on the Bagaholic site,, and the KAL for the new Interweave book 'Bag Style', I am going to be busy, busy, busy!!! I'll post progress on everything as I get going. I think they are ALL going to be lots of fun!!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

"Fall Into Autumn" Dishcloth Swap Questionaire

1. Do you knit or crochet? How long have you been doing it?

BOTH. I have been crocheting for about 12 years, my wonderful grandmother taught me the basics & I took it from there. I have been knitting for about 2 years. A friend talked me into trying it, I always thought it was one needle too many! Now I love it!!

2. Have you made dischloths before? Do you use them yourself, give them as gifts, or both?

Yes, I have made many of them and do use them myself. Last year I gave about 20 of them as Christmas gifts with pretty soaps in them.

3. What's your favorite cotton to make cloths from? What cotton would you like to try that you haven't before ?

Not sure I have a favorite.... I used Knitpicks Shine Worsted for the Christmas gifts last year, it was really soft and I thought it would make nice face/washcloths for the bath. I have also used the Sugar & Cream for dishcloths. I would try any yarn, I love just about all of it!! :)

4. If you knit, do you prefer circular or straight needles? For all, do you prefer wooden, metal, or plastic needles?

I like both circular & straight, depends on what I'm knitting. I like both wooden & metal, I have both, it depends on what I'm knitting which I use. The yarn slides easier on the metal I think. Don't like plastic at all, tried them and now they are at the bottom of a drawer somewhere!

5. What are your favorite colors? Any colors you don't like much?

LOVE purple!! I also like greens, yellows, pinks, white & black. I don't like the too bright colors, I like natural, jewel or earth tones & pastels. And, my kitchen is black & white, so any colors combined with black & white would be great! Any color for the bath. I'm not picky.

6. What do you like best about Autumn?

The somewhat cooler weather.... it gets REALLY hot here in the summer!!!

7. Pies: Pumpkin? Apple? Pecan? All of em? or No Thanks!

Pecan the best.... I also like Key Lime & cobblers!

8. When you were a kid, were you the one who couldn't wait to get started with school , or the one who overslept on the 1st day?

I don't think I overslept but I wasn't all that thrilled either! It was just something I had to do.

9. Do you celebrate Halloween? (The real key here guys is especially knowing if you have an aversion to the holiday or little goodies/decorations associated with it, given the timeframe of the swap)

I think Halloween is a lot of fun! I love the decorations and costumes. I'm more of a "cute" person though, I don't go for the scary or gory.

10. If you had to choose just 3 edible 'goodies' to eat for a full year, what 3 would you choose?

Gummy Bears, Chocolate (Rolos & M&Ms are my faves), does Pasta count as a 'goodie'? ha ha!

11. Do you have any pets? Kids? Husbands who seem like kids? ;)

I have an adorable kitty, Jasmine, we call her Jazzy. One step-son who has now graduated high school and has left home. And I do have a husband who definately seems like a kid most of the time!!

12. If you were to describe a particular yarn that shares traits of your personality, what would it be and why?

This is a tough one..... maybe a laceweight mohair blend, like Rowan Kidsilk Haze. It is light and fluffy, dreamy, very soft, but strong at the same time. I am a real softie, tenderhearted to a fault, cry easily & my feelings get hurt easily. I have a dreamy nature and love romance novels and cry at sad movies. I love lacy pretty things. I'm kind of shy. But I am also very durable and strong. :)

13. Do you use your cloths mostly for dishcloths, or as facecloths?

Ummmm..... facecloths/washcloths I guess. I use both though.

14. Favorite Fall Holiday: Halloween or Thanksgiving and why? (Feel free to share another fall memory if you do not celebrate either of these holidays)

I would have to say Halloween, no pressure there! Thanksgiving & Christmas can be a little stressful with all of the family and expectations....

15. Do you have any allergies or aversions your pal should know about?

Just your basic seasonal allergies, please don't send any dust or mold! ha ha! No allergies to food or yarn! That would just be horrible!!

A Friend's Sweater

One of my knitting buddies (Tucky) knitted this wonderful Gansey Sweater... isn't it beautiful?! She is so talented and an incredibly fast knitter! I'm so jealous!! :)

The sweater was from the book by Beth Brown-Reinsel, her first book "Knitting Ganseys", published in 1993 by Interweave Press.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

New Bag!!

I just bought a new handbag, just can't have too many bags, or shoes for that matter!! :) This is a handmade bag from, check out her store, really pretty bags and you can buy the patterns too!!

Latest Stitch Markers

Here are my latest stitch markers..... Ghosts & Bats for the fall/Halloween season. They are more silly than spooky, but lots of fun to knit with! :)