Friday, April 22, 2005

Earth Day 2005

Well, today is Earth Day. For the kiddies in our county it's Spring Break, they have a three day weekend. None of this would be a bad sort of thing if it weren't cold and rainy. Thee Wyldman is planning yet another Scooby-Doo Marathon. This is an event that includes both movies with Freddie Prince, Jr et al; a DVD set of 4 which is The Best of The New Scooby-Doo Movies (these are the ones with extra characters like The Harlem Globe Trotters, Batman & Robin, Don Knotts and more); Scooby-Doo in Mexico; and two other sets which have the original Scooby-Doo Mysteries. I expect before too long I will be "Doo-ed" out!

In other knit knews.....

I've completed writing the Easy Baby Bonnet. Anyone interested in getting a copy please leave me a comment. I'll have a photo posted soon I've just found that Yahoo has a photo album available for free. So will put up pics there.

Speaking of pics!! I've put up an album just for my Secret Pal Treasures! Please let me know if this link doesn't work.

I have a few more things in the workz this week, so maybe the boy watching Scooby-Doo will give me some good knit time. I'm just about finished with the Time for Tea fingerless gloves. These are turning out quite nicely if I do say so myself. Also, I'll have a new summer top to offer as well as a shrug (yes, I'm jumping on that wagon since I'm so NOT a poncho person.)

So, Have a Great Day -- go hug a tree! Then get those kneedles clickin'!

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Questions for Lola

Okay Lola, I think I've come up with some good questions for you.

1. If you could turn back time and spend an afternoon with a family member now passed, who would it be and what would you talk about?

2. East Coast or West Coast? Why?

3. Given the opportunity to travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? What would you look for there?

4. (This one is from G1 for me, it's a great question!) Write the opening paragraph to your autobiography. (5 line minimum. Be creative.)

5. What is your favorite item to knit?

6. Bonus Question: As a child what was your favorite Saturday morning program?

Once again, here are the rules:
1. Leave me a comment saying “interview me.”
2. I will respond by asking you five questions here. They will be different questions than the ones below.
3. You will update YOUR blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Knitting content, well alright then. I'm still knitting away on cotton bonnets for the babies at Daisy Fields. I found out a couple of weeks ago that they've now got two houses. This can be thought of as a blessing but then again maybe not. These are AIDS babies who haven't mommies. My understanding is that most of them don't make it past two years of age. So, I knit these little bonnets, caps, booties, and face clothes filling each stitch with good thoughts, prayers and warm wishes.

Wanna help? Leave me a comment or email me.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

5 Questions for Me

What a great "brain charger"!

1. If you and Thee Wyldman could take off today, go anywhere, spend as much as you needed to and stay as long as you want, where would you take him, on this mother/son adventure? Where would HE want to go?

With as beautiful as the weather has been lately, we would take the Metro into Washington DC to visit some of the museums. We haven't been to the new one yet: National Museum of the American Indian and we both love going to the National Air & Space Museum too. He would want to go to the Zoo. Watching the new cheetah cubs is really fun!

2. As a fiber artist, where do you want to be in five years? In ten years?

hmmm, good one! I'm not sure about 5 years, but possibly in 10 years certainly to have published a good teaching book and run a yarn shop. Though maybe not be the owner of the shop.

3. What was your most embarrassing highschool moment? Were you a nerd, a jock, a cheerleader... ?

YIKES! I was such a jock and a total prankster. Most embarrassing is an odd one for me though was probably as equally embarrassing for the kid playing the prank on me. I used to keep a Q-Tip box in my locker with tampons in it. All my girl friends knew of the box and my locker combination. Well, this one boy got a hold of my box thinking it was a hidden stash of candy (which I kept in a tampon box in the back of the locker and no one knew of it.) and went into class waving the box loudly proclaiming his treasure. ONLY when he opened it and found the real treasure -- well. The English teacher was not amused and we were both sent to the guidance counselor.

4. Write the opening paragraph to your autobiography. (5 line minimum. Be creative.) Tough question G1! I can't even seem to write the opening to my website (sorry Max - my very patient webmaster.) Lets see - this probably would get changed a few dozen times:

I started off knitting when I was 8. Not that I knew what knitting was, it was mostly a means of getting my two younger brothers to bed and allowing me to stay up late. Though once I started knitting there was no stopping me. I have 4 really great kids and a wonderful husband who are all very understanding of my compulsive need to buy yarn for no apparent reason other then it was on sale or the color was to die for. They become very concerned when I'm without something to knit thinking that I must be ill. I'm a motor mouth and can talk knits and purls for hours and love a knitting challenge. I've knit now most of my life and have been teaching almost as long.

5. Koigu or Kureyon? And why? Kureyon certainly! I just find that I can do more with kureyon and I so love the colors. Every year there seems to be new colorways.

6. Bonus Question: What's your favorite scary movie? Has to be Silence of the Lambs. After renting and borrowing it some 8 - 10 times I still can't make it through the whole movie. Absolutely scares the jeebies outta me!

Once again, here are the rules:
1. Leave me a comment saying “interview me.”
2. I will respond by asking you five questions here. They will be different questions than the ones below.
3. You will update YOUR blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Cold but Sunny

Welcome to Maryland! Just as things start changing and Spring makes an apperance Mum Nature decides to revert back to Winter type temps. I need to knit up some more pulse warmers.

Last night was the monthly meeting of Knit & Crochet Annapolis. I'm pleased to say that we had yet another good turnout of fibercrazed people. It was also a little baby shower for Alana who is due in May -- though not until the end of the month so as not to miss the MDS&W Festival. Which is coming up soon!!

Lots of knitting happening around here of late. I've written a yet another baby bonnet pattern that I will be offering as a freebie on my website to be released soon. In the process of writing the bonnet pattern I've knit lots of bonnets! These are really quick easy to carry projects and I'm very pleased with the outcome of each of them.

I'm also in the final row of the Summer Fronds Top from Creative Knitting. And I've been working on some fingerless gloves in a LaSpezia white to wear to a tea party that I've been invited to. The Tea Party is a "no boys allowed" affair and proper dress required. Kinda gives one visions of frilly lace, flowery hats and ribbons.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Knit & Crochet Annapolis

Come join us! Tonite!

Knit & Crochet Annapolis
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Place: Borders Cafe Annapolis Mall, 1115 Annapolis Mall, Bestgate & General s Hwy.

Monday, April 04, 2005


Stephanie (aka Yarn Harlot) is coming to our area!! Yippee!! Wahoo!! She'll be at Knit Happens in Alexandria, Virginia for a book signing on April 27th at 7:00pm and then again at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival May 7th and 8th. How cool is that?!

It's Spring!! REALLY!

The Osprey have returned. This is the one sign of Spring that I look for every year. Usually I hear them before I can see them. I love to watch them hunting from the sky and their very shrill cry to each other. They are such a beautiful raptor!

Not much happening here in the Harbor these days. We've slowly started cleanup in the yard however this is slow in happening because of the rain. It's rained more then not these past couple of weeks. I'll be glad to get the last of the leaves off the decks so they can dry properly. I also need to get the leaves out of the flower beds. I noticed that the iris and columbine have started peeking out of the ground and the apple tree is budding. I have a whole envelope of 4 o'clock seeds to get in the ground. I really love the burst these add to the yard.

My rosemary didn't fair well this past winter so I'll need to really cut it back this spring. I hope it will survive, she's been in the family a long time.

Of course with Spring budding and new babies on the way I've been knitting away! No, it's not me having a baby (you can breath now) but friends. Also the Shop has these wonderful new yarns that just cry to be cute little baby items. In the past two weeks I've knit 3 bonnets and wrote the patterns for them as well. These are really quick and easy baby gifts not to mention too cute! I'll have them (the patterns) available for sale soon.

I've also joined my friend Ruth on Shell Island. I've decided I'm sick of dark clothes and wearing jeans all the time so I've started knitting some summer shell tops to wear. To replace my jeans I've been looking for skirts to match. The shell I'm knitting is from the magazine Creative Knitting (fairly new publication I believe) called Rich Fronds Top by Diane Zangl. I'm using a yarn called Polo by Zitron; it's a cotton/acrylic blend but easy to knit with and very light.

So! Today the sun is out again and there's more then just a breeze. I need to get outside and start moving those leaves and put some ash around the apple tree.

To all of you have a great day! and keep those kneedles clickin'!