Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I can't thank Claudia enough for her generous package and my amazing "pumpkin" monkeys, which I will be wearing all day, they fit like a dream in width, length and most importantly around my leg (no to tight and yes they do stay up - love that).
I will post more pictures tomorrow on my blog.
Look what I got. After a visit to my daughter, I came home to this wonderful surprise. Many little monkey treats- a coin purse made from a monkey sock,a chimpanzee keyring and a stuffed baby monkey. A copy of the Thelonius pattern for my winter wish list of projects. I think I need new glasses before I tackle that chart though. Sandy found out I love lighthouses and sent me a new calendar for 2008. Do you see that yellow fabric item- I bet you nurses know what that is- Sandy, a crafty seamstress and quilter as well, fabricated a stethoscope cover from a cute monkey fabric. The kids at school love it( and so do I). The luscious yarn is Artyarn- ultramerino in teals,turquiose and purples- it smells wonderful too. Something is missing you say? Wondered when you pick up on that. When I put those warm and toasty monkey socks on- I just couldn't take them off. So here they are in all of their glory. Thanks for all of your hard work, Sandy. I loved everything. You are a great swap pal. PS- How could I forget the little silky bag of bigelow teas tied off with royal purple stitch markers.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
I shall be sad to see them go...
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
I received my package from Kary in Oklahoma last night. I absolutely LOVE my socks. They are just the perfect color for me and they fit great too. I couldn't wait to wear them, so I have them on today at work. Everything I got in my package was wonderful. I have written more about it on my blog, so stop by if you want to check it out. Thank you so much Kary for spoiling me.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Here's what was inside:
She got me some cute monkey items including some adorable tiny monkeys stitch markers.
She made me some very pretty in pink Monkeys and sent me a pattern I'd be drooling over for the longest time; Cookie's Titania's Revenge for Blue Moon Fiber Arts. The yarn she sent me is Interlacements Tiny Toes, which I'd never tried yet. She even made me a cute little bag! Thank you Amy!
I am a survivor of the San Diego Witch Creek Fire that started on Sunday October 21. At the same time as the Witch Creek fire, the Harris Fire and Rice fire took over our county. Because of the the high wind conditions caused by the Santa Ana efforts to control the fire were unsuccessful until mid Tuesday morning.
As of today (October 25) the fires are still burning across the county and have effected millions. Over 1500 families will not return home because they have lost everything to fire!
I started a group on Raverly requesting donations for families in San Diego with the request of acrylic 8" squares that will be pieced together and given to those that are rebuilding their life. I am asking the fiber community to help me in my efforts.
I'm NOT asking for $$, just a few squares that you might have made so I can stitch them up and bring them to families that had homes days ago and now are in the process of rebuilding. A blanket might not be a house, but its the spirit of community.
These will be for the relief of those families displaced and will go to them throughout the relief effort. If this is something you would to send a square to, please contact at either my email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or my blog and for my address.
I am asking for:
* 8" acrylic square (that way we don't have to worry about allergies to wool) and it easy to machine wash and dry
* worsted weight
* knitted or crochet
We will be joining the squares here in San Diego but we can't make enough squares to fill all the requests and nominations that are coming in.
If anyone knows of anyone that was caught in the fire storm and fell victim, please have them contact me so that we may their name to the recipient list.
After the San Diego Cedar Fires 4 years ago, many of us are not letting an agency just take them and hold on to them for "someday" be handed out.
If you can help - I would greatly appreciate the post -- if you have any questions - please do not hesitate to contact me.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Wow did I get spoiled or what? So thank you sooo much Tammy! You are an awesome pal!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
This wonderful package of monkey goodies arrived on October 12th. Due to some technical difficulties I've been having with my digital camera I was unable to post about them today! They are wonderful! The yarn is Yarn Pirate and the colorway is Calamity, all shades of greens and purples - my favorites! I also really like the monkey measuring tape and the yarn that was sent with my new pattern, Mona. Thanks to Christa for this fabulous package of goodies - you made my day! I've enjoyed the swap, it was a lot of fun!
Thank-you for the awesome Monkey package!! the socks fit perfect, I love them, the crazier colors the better, and they are!! :) Cindy also included 2 free Cookie A patterns, and I have'nt made them yet, 3 balls of pretty blue Cascade Fixation, yummy chocolate, 2 mesh washing bags, and the monkey extras were cards, a puppet, clay pot kit and bead monkey face kit, so cute!! thanks again :)
I've had to re-start my 2nd monkey sock for my pal, I pulled out a needle that had stitches on it instead of the empty needle and I tried for hours too fix and just made it worse, i've finished the cuff and 2 repeats so i'm not too far behind, i'm working like mad too finish and send off :)
Monday, October 22, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
I got home last night after away a week for a conference and open the boxes and here they are; I am so excited; my first alpaca "MONKEY" sock fit me prefect and it is my color. My yarn, they are very soft and hand dye 100% alpaca yarn for my next CookieA sock. I love the Gothic Spire Sock pattern. Thank you so much.
Wait, there's more, my Monkey Needles which are prefect for knitting scarves. My monkey stitches marker. they are beautiful. My knitting bag which are prefect size to carry my sock projects. The sock needles holders with monkey on both ends. Hand made card with Monkey, awsome!
Also, my first toy "Monkey" with lovely bowtie and I love those big eyes which starring at me now and he will be sitting on the top of my desk and smiling at the time!!
I really enjoy this swap and all my pal's gifts and I will treasure them and remember her as always her super gifts.
Thank you Jane. You are the greatest.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
My own pal's monkey socks are done and most of my monkey gifts are ready. I need to finish a tiny bit of sewing, and hopefully my package will be able to head towards its new home on Monday. I've been procrastinating on finishing. I'm blaming tech week at the theatre, but at least part of it is just laziness. I've set myself a deadline, though, so Monday my package will head north.
Seriously people, did you really think I'd show you everything before she gets it? I think not!
Anyway, I had a blast doing this. It was my first on-line swap ever, and I enjoyed it alot.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
I had a great time.
Thank you Rebecca for all the work putting together a wonderful swap.
P.S.: I'll post pics as soon as I know my partner got the package
Ta-Da! They have been done, but I was trying to finish putting the box together. They are on their way up North and since they are Luna Moon, (wool), I'm sure they will keep for feet very very warm!
This is always a fun swap to do and I thank Rebecca whole-heartedly for hosting this swap.
Happy Knitting all!
Monday, October 15, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
This has been a fun swap & fun watching the creation of so many beautiful pairs of monkey socks! Many thanks to our wonderful hostess!
Lovely socks - a great project bag evelyn sewed and Lorna's Laces Sock Yarn ! Wow!!
Isn't he a cutie??
and a lovely monkey Scrapbook - I just like it all! Thank you!
Friday, October 12, 2007
After a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad morning and beginning of afternoon I came home to a package on my front porch! My monkey package from Samantha had arrived with a beautiful pair of socks, that fit perfectly, and bunch of other great stuff!
A little bag that she made for me herself! Some beautiful Fleece Artist sock yarn (always wanted to try this!)and some other fun things as well! You can see the little hand in the picture going for the ouch less hair ties, stitch markers (they're rings at the moment, but I am going to steal them back while she sleeps)! Genius idea. There would have been chocolate in that picture, but it had to be tested first and unfortunately after a couple of tests it was gone. She also sent some Sonic Death Monkey soap from Lush, note cards, cute little monkey magnets and cacao nibs (going to have to hide those from the hubbo).
Thank you so much Samantha for making a bad day good =)
Just look at the color of these Monkeys...that deep wine is my absolute favorite.
The fit is perfect and I adore the picot edge!
The goodies she sent were very cute--a backpack, bookmark and monkey key toppers! I almost bought those for myself not too long ago.
She nailed me with the yarn too... Thanks so much Valerie, I really love everything! If you get a chance, go buy a bunch of stuff at her fab online store...Yarn4Socks. I'm happy to say I was a happy customer of Y4S even before this swap!
Thursday, October 11, 2007
In other news, my pal was absolutely wonderful. I will post a formal thank you when I get back since the camera has decided to hide itself from me... so stay tuned! But a big THANK YOU to AJ#2 for being the bestest pal evcer :)
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
This has been a fun swap! It's been great seeing all of the beautiful monkey socks that have been created.
Wow have I been monkeyed! While at home recovering from a migraine, the mail arrived with the neatest box of monkey stuff. Thanks so much Suzie Racho for the wonderful goodies. I have never seen nor used sock that rock yarn. Both my monkey socks and the skein are sock that rock yarn and I must say I just love it. The chocolate so far has been wonderful(I'm pacing myself some). The stuffed monkey is a great hit with my daughters, along with the stickers and note book. I love the stitch markers too. Thanks so much for all the great goodies. By the way the socks fit like a glove as you can see.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
The fabrics and ribbon were all salvaged from free stuff around the house: an old shirt, an old dress, and decorations. I was so excited to find the monkey face iron-ons at my local craft store...only 99 cents for two!
More details at my blog.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Found the funniest thing on Saturday. Reese's has a peanut butter cup with banana cream, and a picture of Elvis on the wrapper. I was out on an adventure with friends when we found them. One of the girls didn't understand the significance, so this guy strolls over and explained about the peanut butter and banana sandwiches which were reportedly one of Elvis' favorites. I added the comment that "Elvis thought gravy was a soft drink until he was 18." Poor guy just looked at me and walked away. I fear he thought he found some real Elvis fanatics . . . he didn't! By the way . . . we liked the candy! We had to try them, strictly in the interest of science, you know.
I've really enjoyed this and can't wait to "play again". I've got another pair of Monkeys on the needles in a fun Trekking colorway with lots of acid green, blue green, turquoise and yellow. Just the tiniest splash of red, too. I think I can now knit this pattern in my sleep.
I took the time yesterday to make my first effort at doing some of my own dyework. It was fun . . . and I like the first two skeins. I used acid reactive dyes from Pro-Chem, and did the heat set in the microwave. After squirt dying the first skein, I put the empty dye cup in the container of wetting solution. There was quite a bit of dye in the cup, so the color appeared strong enough to dye some more. So, I grabbed a skein of Knit Picks Bare Tweed, and let it soak a while in the bucket. It came out a lovely shade of light periwinkle. The squirt dyed yarn is deep periwinkle and magenta, and several colors in between and combinations thereof. I thought I was really generous with the periwinkle, but the finished result actually shows more of the magenta.
I'll be watching this spot to see how my pal likes her treats!
Sunday, October 7, 2007
This was a fun swap, and I look forward to seeing what my pal sends to me.
Saturday, October 6, 2007
anywho before I go on a rant about Halloween not here yet and already stores are decorating in red and green I am off.
Secret pal, I swear I am searching for stuff for you!