Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Last Weekly Questions for SP12

If you were told you could never again buy yarn, what would your last yarn purchase be?
probably a whole lot of wool so that i could felt my heart out! but i also might choose to get something i haven't had before like something from socks that rock or something silk or cashmere. that is a tough question...let's hope it never happens!

If you were told you could never knit again, what would be the last thing you'd knit??
i think i would either conquer the lace shawl i am dying to work on or a cardigan for me!

In a given year, how many times do you buy yarn? And what is your favorite place to buy yarn from? A festival? A shop? Online? Dish your favorite places!!
OMG, i don;t even want to think about how often i buy yarn. probably at least once a month. i like to get stuff from knitpicks as well as the local joanns. there are also a few yarn stores in the area that i frequent more than i should, specifically Bliss Yarns.

Lastly, with Fall in full swing in many areas, what is the one thing you look forward to most?
oh my i love fall! i love the cooler temps with the chance to curl up with a blanket and my knitting. i am looking forward to minimal sweating! (i have sweat so much this summer!) i am also looking forward to knitting with wool again. it just got too hot for wool knitting this summer! come on fall!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Results are in...

8 items entered into the fair and 8 ribbons won!

i am soooo excited! i won 8 ribbons at the tennessee state fair! 3 first (blue), 2 second (red), and 3 third (white). here is the what i took and what won what:

taking first place ribbons was a crocheted baby blanket that looks like ice cream to me. it is pink, cream, and white! yummmy!

next, another blue ribbon is a little crocheted baby hat in the shape of a hershey's kiss!

my last blue ribbon was for a knitted dishcloth that i had done. it was kinda neat with a little lacy pattern. it was part of the dishcloth-a-month group on yahoo.
taking second in this same picture is a pair of my clogs! these are a pair of the fiber trends felted clogs that i made during christmas last year.

the other second went to my first garment which was that little blue baby cardigan. the little purple one took third place.

another white ribbon was given to my little knitted baby hat with the daisy on top! cute!

last but certainly not least one the the prayer shawls that my group worked on together took third place.

i was just so unsure how this was all going to happen, being my first time to enter, but it was an easy process and a lot of fun. the waiting was hard but it was so worth it! having said that there wasn't near as much hand work this year entered in the fair including quilts, crochet, and knitting! so next year i am going to push everyone that lives in this area to think about entering something! it will be fun.

in other news. two weekends ago was happening. the lutheran event that i take part in twice a year as the director. each time i try to make 4 prayer shawls for 4 special kids on staff. this time i made 2 and one of the lovely ladies at church made the other two. i made the 2 shawls in the middle!

that's about it for now! i have one more box to send out to my swap partner! which i hope to do maybe monday. more soon! i promise not to be such a stranger!

SP12 Question Catch Up!

Question of the Week #10
What Olympic event would best describe you knitting/knitting style?
Any of the short races from swimming to track. i seem to accomplish more by doing shorter projects than long tedious things. usually i start a long, big project and it never gets done. i have lots of things started that i haven't finished but on the flip side i have tons of felted bags and baby items done! short and quick that seems to be est for me!

Question #11
What is the best thing you've ever received in the mail/post?
i think honestly the best box i ever recieved was when we first figured out about knitpicks. omg that was the best box! we ordered sparingly, not knowing what to expect but received a wonderful surprise! good quality wool at wonderful prices! i think by the next week i had put in another order!

Question #12
I’m sure most of us have a proudest moment when it comes to knitting. A project or technique that you’ve tackled and completed beautifully. What is your proudest knitting moment??
well, i have a couple and both have happened within the last year. one was i finally broke down and made my first baby sweater and it turned out sooo cute! it was my first garment overall! so proud. the other was the fiber trends felted clogs. i am not sure what it was about those. the pattern just seemed daunting and then you had to make 2! whew!

And on the flip side? What is the one thing that you can’t get right? What is that one project that you’ve never been able to complete? Or that you did complete but then hid away instantly because it was too embarrassing?
i can't get cables right to save my life. i always have this huge ladder one one of the sides! there is this simple cable scarf that i have wanted to make for myself that i just can't get to work becuase it has a cable down the middle. i even have some beautiful misty alpaca for it and just can't seem to get it! i made myself some knitting goals for this year and conquering that scarf is one of them. so maybe i will get to it still!

Saturday, August 09, 2008

To the Fair!

This week. our question is about your knitting... In many communities, "the fair" is a great place to visit and spend time with your family. It's also where many have entered one product or another (jams, cakes, even knitting)...

Oh my! i love the fair! the fair that we have here in town in the Tennessee State Fair. i have special memories of going to the fair with my dad. we always had a great time looking at all the exhibits from the photography to the baking, to the huge pumpkins and watermelons. it is funny that this was one of the questions this year because i have decided to enter some stuff in the fair this year. i am entering some knitting and crochet pojects. i am a little hesitant about leaving my stuff there but i am trying not to worry about it. i think it will be fun. i have always, always wanted to enter somethng in the fair so i am really looking forward to it!

i am hoping for one of these to take home:

Here is the link to the Tennessee State Fair website that contains info about the fair! See you at the fair! September 5-14, 2008.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Well I am back from a wonderful vacation! Before I tell you all about that let me do some catching up!

Before I left for the trip I received a wonderful box from my swap partner for my birthday.

It included whipped body cream in a dreamsickle scent, a body bar in grapefruit (which is one of my favorite scents), and a sample of the "naked" body cream. A big thanks goes out to my swap partner! What a lovely treat!

On the topic of birthday gifts I also received this haul from my friend, Learning from Chavah.

This gift totally included Colinette Jitterbug, an adorable bag that she makes, Kitty Knits, and some squeeze bottles for hand dying! What a wonderful gift! Her birthday is coming up (finally) and I can't wait to give her the gift I got for her. It is killing me not to blog about it but I will wait! Thanks girlie for the wonderful present!

Question #8: What is your favorite supper for a hot summer evening?
This is kind of a toughie. I have 2 really. Both are family recipes that we have perfected over time. One is my dad's fajitas which include his famous grilled chicken (preferably thighs), guacamole, cheese, and fresh pico de gallo! Yum! The second is fresh basil pesto. We started making this when we were growing a lot of basil in the garden but still love it even now! It has so much garlic in it that it is hot! That over orzo pasta with fresh sliced tomatoes on the side! Oh man my mouth is watering! Yum!

Ok so the trip! My friend Elizabeth and I left here last Monday morning and drove to Grayton Beach, FL. It took us about 8.5-9 hours which was a little longer than we had planned but we had a good time so it was not a big deal! The cottage we stayed in belongs to a friend of mine and was just adorable:

This is the living room. There was this room that attached to the kitchen. Then there were two bedrooms, and a bathroom that included a washer and dryer. So cute!

So once we got our stuff in and walked down to the pier for a few minutes we went grocery shopping for food for the week. This was a vacation on a budget and we did a great job! $130 for 3 people breakfast and lunch for 4 days and 2 dinners. We went out twice. Once we went into Panama City, shopped for a little while, and then met a good friend of mine, Anna, who recently moved to the area for dinner.

(Anna and I)

(Anna and her son, Jimmy)
It was so great to see her and her son while having a great seafood meal at Schooners! yumm-o

Each day we spent on the beach. The weather got progressively bad as the week went on to the point that we were not allowed in the water the last 2 days because it was so rough.

One of the state park officials told us that 2 people drowned in Panama City on Wednesday due to the waves and the undertow! Wow! We didn't risk it!

We all did a lot of reading while enjoying listening to the waves roll in. Friday we encountered a rain shower while we were on the beach but we got under our unbrella and waited it out!

here are Elizabeth and I waiting it out! it wasn't too bad! that evening we decided to get some dinner in Destin this time. we ate at Jimmy Buffet's Cheesburger in Paradise. it was ok. i would go back but i would get something different next time! in that same area were tons of outlet stores. i got a new watch at Fossil and i scored some silverware that i have been coveting for a couple of years now! i thought it had been discontinued but it was there! i was so excited!

Isn’t it pretty? I love it!

Here are the 3 vacationers: Leanna in the left chair, me in the right chair, and Elizabth behind us! Looks like we got a bit of color! Woohoo!

Saturday we got up, cleaned and headed out. Elizabeth dropped me off in Birmingham so that I could attend part of the staff training weekend for a youth camp that I am involved in (Happening). It was great to see everyone again! I hitched a ride back with some of the group that was coming this way! Whew!

and now it is Monday and it has not been a great start to the week. Got a speeding ticket on the way to work this morning, had to train someone on the electronic medical record while trying to see 6 patients this morning and doing all of their sports physicals! I am wiped out! not to mention that it is totally hot here and I HATE being HOT!!!! More soon! I hope to have a FO this week!

I am leaving you with a beautiful picture from the beach at sunset! Enjoy!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Questions 6 and 7

i am so far behind in blogging and i am so sorry!

let me answer the questions that i am behind on:

Questions #6
What is your favorite type of project to take along on holiday/vacation? well thanks to the fact that i just got out of grad school i haven't been on many vacations lately, BUT with that said i have a trip planned for next week and i have 2 shawls packed and a scarf. i think that will be more than adequate!

If you’d like to share a story…Tell us about a time that you packed too much knitting or were stranded without knitting. being stranded without knitting is a gret fear of mine, maybe we should call it a phobia! what phobia name will it have...perhaps it will be texeraphobic (texere is the latin word for "everything that is woven")

Question #7
What is(are) your favorite place(s) to knit? my favorite place to knit is on the couch at the house on the left side (if you are on the couch) so that i can rest my non-dominant left hand on the arm rest while the right hand knits away! i have basically a hole defeloping in that spot! this spot is across the room from the TV for perfect viewing as i knit!

What supplies (besides yarn & needles) make the setting perfect for knitting? well there must be a beverage of some sort. preferably a ice cold diet dr. pepper on ice. the remote control must be readily available as well as the cordless phone so that i don't have to get up if someone calls. i like to have my little notions bag handy as well. it has things in such as a tape measure, needle sizer with guage thingy, point protectors, stitch markers, scissors, and a row counter.

i am headed to the beach on sunday so the blog may be quiet for a while. i will be back on the following sunday. have a great week yall!

Monday, July 14, 2008


i am sorry i have been away for what seems like forever! i have been on a 7 day stretch off of work then before that i worked 6 out of 7 days! it has been nice to be off, but my home computer has been on the fritz so posting is a little harder than normal. oh well! i am here now!

i sent my SP12 pal's package out last week! i can't wait for her to get it!

Question of the week #5
1) Where is your favorite place to go for vacation/holiday? well i really do love to travel so just about anywhere is an adventure. i loved traveling europe and wish to do that again. i also love vacations where there isn't so much going on. i love crusies and just time on the beach. i love love love the beach!
2) Where is one place you’d like to go? i am still dying to go to australia. i haven't been to the orient and i am beginning to think that i would like to go there. this sounds silly but there is an amtrak trip around the us that i would also like to do. check it out here.

more soon! i don't have any kntting to show! i will be working on that!

Monday, July 07, 2008

Fourth and Fifth of July

I had a great fourth! Dad and I went fishing together to a local river here in middle Tennessee, The Elk River. We had so much fun despite getting up REALLY early! it was about a 1.5 hour drive, so when we got to the spot that he normally fishes at we saw that there were tons of people already fishing that area! so we drove on and eventally found another river access point, down the river a great spot and there wasn't anyone else fishing there. there were multiple people that were using it has a place to take out of for boating. we fished in that area the whole time. dad found this really great spot that was loaded with fish. i got probably 8 or 9 out of that little spot. we only kept 4 between us to eat then the rest were cantch and release! it was fun! i caught them on a fly rod too!

then when we got home it was time to pick our oak leave hygrangeas. mom has historically sold them to various stores in the area and some at her mall booths in town, and i always help pick. we have them in various spots around the yard so we picked one specific site first so that we could go to watch the fireworks. so we picked and picked. i basically got in one of the bushes trying to reach all of them and didn't think a thing of it...until the next day when i had so many bug bites on me i thought i was going to die. i have 38 bites on just my torso alone. that doesn't count the ones that cover my thighs! AHHH!!!! i am itching like crazy!

the nashville fireworks were really good again this year. we go to a spot near us where we can see them instead of trying to go downtown and fight the crowds! here is my lame attempt at taking a picture of a firework!

Then there is July 5th! i got my first package from my Secret Pal 12 partner! it is so awesome! thank you so much secret pal!

in it i received 2 skeins of Cascade 220 in a really pretty green. then there were some really pretty stitch markers. they are beautiful! also there was a funny wooden flamingo which i loved! and last was some euclan wool wash. i have never seen it here so i am stoked to get to try it as opposed to the Soak which i can get here. thanks so much swap partner! you did great!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

SP 12, Question 4

1) What yarn (that you don’t have/haven’t used) would make your stash “complete”?
that could be a huge list if i let it but i can narrow it down to 4. first is blue moon sock yarn. i mean those are the most beautiful yarns i have seen. i think one thing that makes them seem even more wonderful is that they are elusive. no one here carries blue moon and i am dying to touch it! second is the handmaiden sea silk. i mean really...isn't that stuff just wonderful! again no one carries it around here either and i lusting after it! third is this sock yarn: watermelon self striping. omg is that not cute! and it is never available! Last is that Kauni. wow it is stunning. i love the rainbow colorway j

2) What yarn do you never want to be without? wow another hard question. instead of specific yarns i can think of categories i would always like to have around. yarn to make baby hats is a must. sock yarn would be in there for socks and baby stuff.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Two posts in one day???

The Instructions:

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.

The Questions:

What is your first name? Lindsey
What is your favorite food? fetuccini alfredo
What high school did you go to? Hillsboro High
What is your favorite color? Blue
Who is your celebrity crush? Brad Pitt
Favorite drink? Diet Dr. Pepper
Dream vacation? Austrailia
Favorite dessert? white cake from a box with white icing
What do you want to be when you grow up? Midwife
What do you love most in life? Family (including kitty!)
One word to describe you? funny
Your flickr name? lindyhill719
The results:

1. .lindsey.lati yellow lumi., 2. Olive Garden Fettuccine Alfredo, 3. Photos at Hillsboro High School, 4. Blue Morpho, 5. Brad Pitt 1, 6. Diet Dr Pepper Can Promotional for Indiana Jones, 7. Opera House (Sidney-Sydney-Australia), 8. White Cake, 9. Midwife by Eucharius Roblin, 10. Cat Family, 11. Funny things going on in my garden..., 12. me and the HARLOT!!!

SP #12 Question of the Week, #3

here is this week's question of the week:

What would you consider the perfect amount of stash?

wow that is a loaded question especially since i am suppose to be on a yarn diet. well i think my ideal stash would be contained in 2 of those standard size plastic tubs. these tubs would contain mostly yarn that i can't readily get (like nothing that i can get during an easy trip to jo-anns or walmart), sock yarn, stuff to make baby hats, other quick gift projects, and at least 2 WIPs such as a sweater or afghan. one must have stash yarn...what happens if the world collapses all around us and we need something to knit or we get 12 feet of snow and i can't get to the LYS?!?! scary! there must be stash! haha!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Finished Objects and a PARTY!!!

Ok well first things first. i have a finished object! it is a prayer shawl made the long way creating the fringe as i go! i love these! this one is for my second college roommate who lost her mother to colon cancer last december. she and i got into a fight during my senior year there at ETSU and really have not spoken since then. then about january i got a letter from her randomly and we have been doing the snail mail thing since then. it was in her last letter that she told me about her mom. i got to work on the shawl immediately. it is pink because that was her favorite color in college and i hope it still is! i hope she likes it. i am glad it is done!

so the party you ask? well the prayer shawl ministry that i started in my home congregation has turned 2 years old! i can't believe it has been 2 years since i got that going. in that 2 years we have been on tv, featured in our united methodist district newsletter, and have bless and distributed well over 200 shawls. i lost count long ago but at that point we were either near or just slightly over 200! i am so proud of our little group. there are only about 5-6 of us who knit regularly so those numbers are quite an accomplishment! to commemmorate the event i had a cake decorated and we basically sat around talking with each other and the few congregational memebers who showed up to show us some support (and to eat cake!).

on this theme i am also pleased to make a big announcement for our group. we have invited the 2 co-founders of the prayer shawl ministry to come to our church and present their workshop and they have agreed to come! i am so excited! they also have a book coming out in september and will have a book signing at the event! about the only thing we have down on paper at this point is the date: october 18th!! those of you in the nashville area please consider coming to this event! it is going to be a lot of fun! i will post more details as they start to work themselves out!

it looks like the question of the week has not been posted yet, so i will be back later in the week!