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!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

This week's question and other things.

this weeks question is: As a kid, what did you look forward to most about summer vacation/break/holiday?

as a younger kid i relished the time not at school and also the time i would get to spend with my mom. she worked at home so we would spend the whole summer together. i also looked forward to staying up late since i didn't have to go to school the next day! i also looked forward to playing with my friends and having sleepovers. as i grew up and was in high school the main thing i looked forward to was staying up late and sleeping late! i still love those two things! i guess not much has changed!

on another note. i lost a dear friend of mine last week. she was a type 1 diabetic. she had a low blood sugar and passed out. her brother found her and did cpr. he got her breahing but she never regained contiousness. that all happened two wednesdays ago. her kidneys failed on thurday, and my friday she had developed a staph infection. she died saturday, june 7th. as her pastor put it at the funeral, "Courtney was full of life." she was a bright, loving, wonderful person. i know i will dearly miss my friend. i'll always remember you court!

on the knitting front there just isn't that much to show. i am almost done with that pink shawl and hope to post finished pics this week or weekend!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

SP12 Question of the Week

In this round of Secret Pal the mistresses decided to do something fun and different. each week they will be sending us questions to post and answer on our blogs. it should be fun!

here is this weeks question: What is your favorite summertime drink?

alcoholic: hands down strawberry daiquiris

non alcoholic: diet dr. pepper with lots of ice! anytime, anywhere! i love lemonade and sweet tea but who needs all those calories wasted in a drink? i want to eat my calories! ;)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

ok so i have long been looking for a website to make these cool mosaics. isnt' it awesome. i was browsing the internet today and found this site: where you can make mosaics anyway you want! so great! you all get ready there will be plenty more mosaics on the way! what a great way to show you everything i am working on in one picture instead of a bunch of pictures! ok enough about that!!

the mosaic includes recently finished objects as well as works in progress. i will describe the pics from left to right, top to bottom.

picutre 1 on the top row is a baby hat i finished. it is my variation of the umbilical cord hat from one of the stitch n'bitch books. i love the stripy pink and brown. it is for a friend of mine from nursing school who is having her first baby this year, a girl, and is doing the room in pink and brown! i think she will love it! it is caron simply soft in the soft pink and bernat satin in mocha. there are tons left over of both for more baby hats!

middle and thrid pic, top row and first pic second row are tiny socks i made as a surprise for some friends of mine. more about that later when i get them completely finished!

in the very middle are my first pair of finished socks!!!! those are the colinette jitterbug socks i have been working on. they don't fit too well so they will become a present for my mom! she said she doesn't even want to walk in them because they are so pretty! oh mom!

last pic on the second row is one the many flannel blankets that i have with a crochet edge around it in brown. the crochet is done in a crochet cotton that i bought awhile ago when i seemed to be collecting these afghan! again for the friend having the baby girl!

last row: the first pic is the finished gift for the friend of mine. i found a great pink storage box for 5 bucks at TJ Maxx a few weeks back which works jsut great to hold everything. in it is the flannel baby blanket, the cute stripey hat, a brown bear, and a cute little book about baby girls. it turned out really cute and i am pleased.

the last 2 pics are WIPs. the pink one is a shawl for a friend of mine who lost her mother in december. she loves pink! i am about 2/3rds of the way done with it!
the yellow is a progress picture of the yellow scarf. i really like this project. i jsut need to work on it more and make some more headway on it! in time!

well that was so fun! more mosaics soon!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Secret Pal Questionnaire!

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

Loves: Koigu, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, Cascade 220, Caron Simply Soft, Joanns Sensations Angel Hair (i am really not too picky as long as it is soft or feltable!!)
Hates: Red Heart Super Saver, Dishcloth cotton

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?

well i have multiple sets of needles such as the Denise set as well as both knit picks sets which stay in their original cases but loose circulars i store in a plastic bin/drawer. straights i store in one of those artist brush roll up fabric thingy!

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?

i have been knitting off and on since i was a senior in high school (8 years total). tht year in school one of the councelors started a knitting group that met during our club time. she was very popular and many people joined her group and began knitting in class. i had one of my classmates teach me and we knitted all through our senior year! it was awesome! that club still exists and now they knit things and auction the items to raise money for various charities.

i would consider my self an intermediate knitter with many things still to learn!

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

yes i do, find a link to the list on the right side of the blog -->

5. What's your favorite scent?

ocean smells and citrus and the smell of things baking in the oven

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?

i am much more of a salty person (chips, crackers) but i do love those new Reeses Whips! yum! i also love fireballs, hot tamales, and gum!

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?

i am somewhat into scrapbooking, i don't do it as much as i would like mainly due to a lack of space. i dabble in some beading. i love to make earrings and stitch markers. i haven't gotten much past those two things yet!

i am interested in spinning and own a drop spindle. i haven't taken it out for a spin (haha) yet! i think i will love it but i just can't have another hobby right now! one day when i have more space i will get a wheel! give me time! ;)

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

i love whatever is popular at the time. i listen to lots of pop, very little rap, love country (i live in nashville ;) ), some christian. i hate jazz and blues! yes, my computer can play MP3s.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?

Favorites: blues, greens, purples, pinks, brown, greys

Hates: ORANGE!

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

i am a single almost 25 y/o who is trying desperately to pay off her enormous student loans by living with my parents, using the money that i would use for rent towards my student loans! i do have one cat that i absolutley adore! her name is alley!

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?

no to hats and ponchos. yes to scarves. i am planning a pair of those convertible type mittens this fall. i think i would love those! still functional and still cute!

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

LOVE to make felted purses and other felted items! i also love to make prayer shawls. i also have a special love of making baby items even though i don't have one of my own!

13. What are you knitting right now?

on the needles right now is a prayer shawl, log cabin blanket, rib scarf, Koigu shawl

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

love handmade gifts! it is so special to receive something that someone has planned and made specifically for you!

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

i prefer circulars hands down! occasionally i will want to work with straights but they must be the short ones! i love my denise set so i guess plastic but i also love my knit picks metal set. i love the pointy tips on both of those sets!

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?

yes i have both! and both are well loved and used!

17. How old is your oldest UFO?

well i have to admit 7 years old. i started a blanket not long after i taught myself to crochet. it is a single crochet solid color blanket and it is huge! what was i thinking???

18. What is your favorite holiday?

i love christmas because i absolutely love to give things to other people. i love planning christmas gifts, making christmas gifts, and giving christmas gifts! don't get me wrong recieving them is pretty great as well!

19. Is there anything that you collect?

things with butterflies or flamingos on them! i know it is odd but there are stories behind them both!

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

i am intrigued by the lace patterns of Sivia Harding. i love the diamond fantasy shawl and even recently bought the yarn! one day soon i am going to work on that sucker! i have been dying to get my hands on some cashmere and the handmaiden sea silk.

i do not have a subscription to any magazine.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?

magic loop for socks, lace, double knitting, entralac, color work

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?

i just recently completed my first sock class and i think i am hooked! what a great to go project!

my foot measurements:
- ankle bone to the floor (for the heel flap) - 3 in.
- around the ankle and it's narrowest (for the leg of the sock) 10 in.
- around the ball of the foot (usually about the same as around the ankle, for the foot part of the sock) 9.5 in.
- with the heel against a wall, the length of the foot using the tip of the longest toe as the end point (so you know how long to knit the foot of the sock) 9.5
- height from floor that the sock should go up the leg (this minus the heel flap is how long to knit the top of the sock) 6 in.

23. When is your birthday?

July 91th, yep it is during the swap time! yoohoo! i love my birthday! ;)

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID?