Thursday, September 29, 2005

holy photos batman!

ok, first thing first this is a freakin' HUGE photo post...don't say I didn't warn you!

SP reveal
My reveal package from Julie my secret pal! Two hanks of greek mercerized cotton in a luscious red, and super soft black manos. Also see that little siver crane? I love oragami :)

from suzie
And this is the thank you gift Suzie sent me. She was the lucky person I got to spoil in the last SP round :) Awesome rayon yarn in an african violet colorway and some cards she made at her letter press class.

pouch from Jen
pouch inside
The B-E-A-U-tiful pouch Jen and her sister collaborated on for me. The fabric is totally vintage from her Grandfather's quilting! I love it SOOOOOOO much! yay :)

dual disc mixes by Jen
My first set of Dual Disc Debacle discs from Jen.

dual disc front
dual disc back
my Dual Disc Debacle mix...for track listings, see here.

renegade cards
My haul of miscelaneous cards from the renegade craft fair

sock monkey kit
The make your own sock monkey kit I got from renegade

leopard bag
A little something I picked up on the 2nd half of my Chicago trip last weekend. I've been looking for a little standing bag like this for a while, and how could I pass up this cuite for only $5?

speaking of shopping, here are a few books I've picked up recently: a book on how to spin, two books on knitting animals, and one on sewing animals. I'll be very busy!

knitting stuff from target
and some things I picked up from the dollar section at target: 3 different colors of super fluffy yarn, crappy needles that only need a little TLC (like sandpaper and wax paper), and a little book of patterns :)

dredlock bag
And here is the famed dredlock bag that I've been gushing about for so long...

me in cleo
and finally a photo of myself in Cleo. I still haven't touched the black one since forever ago...

And I think that's enough for now :)


Monday, September 26, 2005

What a weekend!

So how is everyone feeling today? Me? I'm feeling very lethargic. I had a pretty good weekend, and now I'm tuckered. I totally could have dealt with taking the day off to sleep/lounge/knit.

Saturday, I spent the morning designing. I've always got little side projects going on in the background. Nothing huge and Important. A little xtra cash on the side, ya know?
>interjection: I freakin' hate 3 days of the nickle-creed-hooba-park! All those damn bands sound the same to me. I guess it's all a little too whiny-country-like to me. anyways...<
So of course I was too distracted by my little project to get ready for the wedding shower. The shower started at one. I got into the shower at 11:50 pm.  Now, I'm used to taking fast showers, because I frequently sleep too late in the morning. I was out of the shower by 12:05.  I get to the getting dressed stage, and I realize I don't want to wear anything I have available. I try on the same pieces of clothing in all different combinations like 50 times. I finally manage to get out of the driveway shortly after 1:00pm. Oops!

So I get about 10 minutes into my drive (which I figure should take 30-45 minutes max) and I hit the wall of traffic. It takes me 15 minutes to drive through a town which you could easily blink past. I finally break into the country where the traffic is light and fast moving. I manage to take like 3 wrong turns before finally ending up at the church at 2:00pm. No worries though! I was just in time to munch on the standard mostaccoli/chicken buffet. I won prizes during the games; a strawberry scented candle, a how to cook with beer cookbook, chili cookbook and copper nail polish.  Yay! I love beer :)  It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Even the cake was pretty good.

That night Chris and I went to Chipotle and ColdStone. What a wonderful combination. If you have never been to a ColdStone, you're missing out! They mix the ingredients right into the base of an ice cream of your choice. I had cherry loves cheesecake and it was delicious. Chris's Peanut Butter Cup Perfection was awesome too. We just lounged with some friends that night and ended up crashing on their couch.

Sunday was Renegade Craft Fair Day!!! I had convinced two of my friends plus Chris to come along. The train was delayed an hour and a half before we even got on. It came just in time to save us from a downpour that lasted the whole ride. We got into the city about 12pm. We rode the el down to Wicker Park and started browsing. There were a bunch of different kinds of stuffed creatures, yarn related items, tshirts, buttons, jewelry, etc. All made by independent funky artists. I dug a lot of the creations I saw, but definitely couldn't afford all of them. I walked away with a Make your own sock monkey kit and I was very happy about it.

Shortly after it started sprinkling, I met up with Jen of Piddleloop! We exchanged our packages (pictures to come!) and I got a cute pouch Jen embelished with a felt kitty and her Dual Disc Debacle mix. See Jen's blog for what I made for her! We decided to grab some lunch and the weather gods decided to tinkle on us. Actually I can't say tinkle. It was quite a down pour. I was the only one with an umbrella and even I got drenched. Thankfully my backpack stayed pretty dry. For the most part. We took shelter at Potbelly's (super yummy sandwich shop) and chatted and ate and dried off. (See Jen's blog for the photos!) We parted ways shortly after lunch. My friends and I continued on our own little shopping spree in the Clark/Blemont area. We finished up in time to catch the 6:30 train back home.

Somewhere during our trip home, there was "an incident with a pedestrian" and there were lots of cops in the ink black night that was just beyond our train car. I still don't know what happened, I just know we were delayed 30 minutes while they dealt with the local authorities. We shared madlibs with a drunk lady on the train and I didn't knit anymore. By the time was finally got back to my house I was exhausted. I cleaned out my purse and backpack, got ready for bed and I was out by 10:30. I actually slept for more than 3 hours continuously! I needed it.

So I've been compiling this for the past few hours, and I think I've rambled enough. I'll let you go with the temptation of there being ACTUAL photos in the next post, I PROMISE!


Friday, September 23, 2005


So it's Friday. Thank god! I don't think I could bear to sit here for
another day, feigning work. It's like every time I have something to do I
just get it done too quickly. I know I've said this before, but it's true!
On the days I need an extra pick-me-up I've resorted to making hot chocolate
with coffee instead of hot water. It helps me keep my eyes open. Yesterday I
kept falling asleep at my desk. I even tried to take a nap on my lunch hour,
but to no avail. It seems like the only time I can sleep is when I'm not
supposed to or when I have to get up. I wish I could just sleep in till
10am some days like I used to. Even on the weekends I'm up no later than
8am. It sucks. Ah well, I guess I just need to adjust to this regular hours
thing. It's been so long since I have had "regular" hours, that' I'm still
not used to it after a month. Plus once I get health insurance again I can
get back on the thyroid meds and hopefully that will help with the
sleepiness too.

So I realize I don't talk about my LYS enough, so here it is! The LYS I go
to is Quietly Wild in Woodstock, IL.
The owners Maggie and Nancy are the best! I try to make it there every
Thursday after work for some much needed knitting time. It's great to sit
and knit a bit with all of the ladies that find their way in. There's always
a class going on in the back, and we're usually chatting it up in the front.
They have a great sitting area in front of a big picture window that is nice
a cozy. Plus they carry a lot of great yarn. If you visit the site, they
have pictures of the inside. It's really great to have a place like that to
go to. I probably wouldn't even knit as much as I do if I didn't go. They
have great classes (that's where I learned to crochet!) and are always
helpful. I love you Maggie and Nancy :)

Now something else I've been doing lately is reading. I haven't been reading
much for the past 8 years or so 'cause school has taken up so much of my
time. But I decided to get back on the wagon. Quietly Wild has a book club
that meets about once a month to discuss the current book. I've already
finished the book for the next meeting and it isn't even until November! The
book I read is called Knit One, Kill Two by Maggie Sefton. I would
definitely recommend this book to anyone, knitter or not. There are even two
really simple patterns and a recipe included! I was so drawn in, I was
reading in every spare moment I had (even at work!). So I just finished the
book last night and it was excellent! Now I have to find another one to
hold my interest. FOr the longest time I would only read fiction by Dean
Koontz of Stephen King, with a fe other thrown into the mix as well. But I
LOVE horror fiction. I started reading Stephen King when I was in 5th grade.
I'm trying to expand my horizons, so if anyone out there had any
suggestions, lay them on me!

And as for Sunday, I am planning on meeting up with Jen from
Piddleloop . We are doing a little
swapping as well :) We are exchanging the discs we made for the Dual Disc
Debacle and Jen is making me a little pouch! I'm so excited! If you haven't
seen her beautiful work, you should definitely check it out! She'll be
running a store soon, and they will be for sale. I think I might be putting
up some buttons to sell as well. I just have to finish up the stuff I'm
crafting for her, but shhhh! it's a secret :) I know we'll have a good time.
Plus I'm dragging now two friends and possibly the boy to the renegade craft
fair. I love riding the train into the city, I'm still praying for no rain,
at least while we're down there :)

OK, it's lunch time! And maybe another attempt at a nap ;)


Thursday, September 22, 2005


HEE HEE! I just had to make a reference to my DILBERTĀ® page a day calendar.
Today's comic is about how Dilbert and Wally are aggravating the new mutant
"Peeved Eve". She freaks out at everything LOL!

So I wanted to give a shout out to <a
href=""> Suzie </a> who sent me an AWESOME
thank you package for being her SP! Since I am pretty much always blogging
from work these days where I run an ancient Power Mac 7500/100 I can't
upload photos, but I do have a digital now! I'll try to remember to upload
the pics tonight. Anyways, she gifted me two beautiful hanks of rayon yarn
in a beautiful purple/green colorway, I think it's called Orchid. And she
also included some note cards she made at her letterpress class! I've always
wanted to take a class like that, but they don't offer anything like that
around here, at least not that I've found. So, THANKS SUZIE :) your package
made my day.

As for the Dual Disc Debacle, I finished my packages and they were sent out
Tuesday afternoon. Nothing like slacking, especially in a swap you're
hosting! Well, they were supposed to go out Monday, but we had a bit of a
communication problem between myself and the boy. That's OK tho. I noticed
there are a lot of us slackers out there :) I'll be posting my artwork and
track listings in a few days. It was quite a chore trying to figure out how
I was going to work my packaging, but in the end, it all came together, and
I'm really happy with the way they turned out.

For the Knitting news, I have attached 7 dreds to the dredlock bag so far.
I'm kinda dragging my feet on this part. I would probably have a lot more
done, but I've been making the I-cord for the straps. The dreds are I-cord
too, but they're only 4" long, so there's a lot of color switching going on.
You'll see. Eventually!

I'm still planning on tackling the socks, but at this point, I'm already
feeling the holiday crunch. I did get to do a bit of unexpected early x-mas
shopping last Friday tho. Picked up a cool gift for the boy from Borders.
Even tho he will never read this, I'll omit the actual gift. It's pretty
cool and I know he'll love it. Now I just have to start compiling the stuff
for his "big" gift. Another super secret!

So for some reason I've really had this itch to knit or crochet animals for
gifties this year. I saw an awesome book at Michaels a while back, and when
I finally had the $$ to get it, their clearance section was gone for the
holidays. So I did a bunch of research on Amazon and found a few books to
satisfy my needs. Did you know it's practically impossible to find a crochet
book on making animals? They're all out of print! So I guess I'll just have
to knit my little heart out, and maybe get creative and transpose them into
crochet instructions. I also got a book on sewing stuffed animals. I'm not
sure If I'm quite up to the task, as my sewing skills have been thrown to
the wayside for knitting and crocheting. But I'm getting ready to brush up
on my skills again. I'll be sewing for a few friends and for my SP this
round. After having a Seamstress Extreme as my spoiler last round, I've been

And this weekend I'm planning on attending <a
href=""> the Renegade Craft Fair </a> at
Wicker Park. The weatherman said it's going to be scattered showers all
weekend, and I'm just hoping they won't scatter over the fair. I checked
with the organizers, and they said the fair will go on rain or shine. I'm
just not too keen on walking from the train to the el in the rain, ya know?

So that's about it in my little world. I've been fighting my yawns all day,
even though I had more continuous sleep last night than I have had in a
while (thanks sominex). So back to the grind...


Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The Questionnaire

OK SP6...are you out there? This is for you!

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?
A: I'm not really a yarn snob. I prefer natural fibers (cotton, hemp) and I do work with acrylic for washable items. I really do love Cascade, Manos, and hemp based yarns the bestest :)

2. Do you spin? Crochet?
A: I don't currently spin, but I REALLY want to learn :) I think that's something I'll tackle this coming spring. I do also crochet like a madwoman and I love it!

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
A: I am allergic to wool (the blasphemy!) but only certain kinds make me itch, like Lopi and the more un-refined types (I adore using Cascade which is also wool). I am allergic to animal dander (most the kitty-cat kind), smoke, perfume (except for Fetish!), and most kinds of soap (damn these allergies! I mostly use castile liquid soap or organic/hemp based soaps. (If you dig these kinds of soaps, check out << raining rose )

4. How long have you been knitting?
A: For almost 2 years :) and I can't stop!

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
A: I do, see my blogger profile for the address.

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
A: I prefer clean scents. It's kinda hard to describe. Especially since I am allergic to most of the common brands of great smelling bath products. (I really miss you bath and body works!) As for candles, I like anything not too overwhelming. Something that would make the house smell yummy without choking me, ya know?

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
A: oh my?yes. yes I do :) good chocolate is a great weakness of mine.

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
A: umm?just about everything! I work with the sculpey clay, macreme (anything out of hemp!), sew a bit, potentially quilting, decoupage, generally anything crafty. I love ReadyMade!

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
A: I like everything from phish to nine inch nails. My tastes vary greatly. The only thing I really don't care for is country (although bluegrass is pretty cool in my book)

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
A: My favorite colors are black, red, and silver. I also love olive drab, blue, brown. The colors I can1t stand are far and few between, but I1m not really a fan of the pastels or bright pinks. I just really like all colors. I1m an artist, what can I say?

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
A: I currently live at home with the p's. No pets inhabit my home any longer.

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)
A: To open my own store of some kind. It would be really eclectic: hippies and metalheads unite! And you know, own my own home, start a family? I'm still pretty young :)

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? A: Well, currently I1m loving Cascade (did I mention that? LOL), I received a hank of Manos from my last SP and it's amazing! I'm really interested in organic cotton?I want a sweater!

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
A: Scratchy stuff ie; Lopi, Jute, crappy acrylic, etc.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
A: I just want to make lots of cool stuff! I'm really interested in knitting up some animals.

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
A: I1m getting into clothing?and felting.

17. What are you knitting right now?
A: currently working on the dredlock bag by indiknits, and socks

18. What do you think about ponchos?
A: Eh?I'm not too sure yet. I've had yarn to make one for myself for a while, but I'm not too sure if I actually want one. I may end up making it to gift. I do enjoy making them for all of my friend's kids.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
A: I'm addicted to circular needles. Clover are my faves, no squeaks!

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
A: Wood definitely, be it bamboo, oak, redwood (if I could afford them!), whatever. I do have plastic and aluminum needles, but I don't use them very often.

21. Are you a sock knitter?
A: I just learned! I'm not too sure if I like 'em too much, but I do enjoy working with double pointed needles. I'd definitely like to try the double circular technique!

22. How did you learn to knit?
A: heeheehee...well, a friend taught me how to knit in the "back loop style" Winter '04. Then just recently, the lovely ladies at my LYS taught me how to knit continental style after they discovered why all my stitches were twisted and funky :)

23. How old is your oldest UFO?
A: Only a few months old...I try and keep up with my projects. Usually if I let them sit for a while, I end up not liking them anymore and frog 'em for something else.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
A: SCOOBY DOO! He's my fav :) I am also a fan of Badatz Maru (Hello Kitty's penguin friend) and Emily the Strange. I also do love the kitties :)

25. What is your favorite holiday?
A: Halloween for sure!

26. Is there anything that you collect?
A: How about a whole lot of crap! LOL ...but no, not anything seriously. Just crafting supplies!

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
A: I don1t have any subscriptions, but I do love me some Interweave Knits! (Vogue knitting mostly make me want to yak!)

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?
A: The new stitch and bitch that won't be out till Jan (or so I hear), and other than that, just a book on making animals, be it knitted, crocheted, sewing, whatever! I always see these cool Japanese animal books on blogs and wonder where to get them?

29. Any patterns you have been coveting, but haven't bought for one reason or another??
A: Nope! I'm just searching for the perfect sweater pattern?I may just have to write my own!


Tuesday, September 13, 2005


Have you ever been so bored you do anything and everything you can think of only to find that 5 minutes has passed by? That's where I am right now. I feel like this day is taking f-o-r-e-v-e-r. It's really hard for me to extend the time it takes for me to process an order. I swear, sometimes it's a curse to work efficiently. I look at the others in my office feigning work as well. It seems they can drag out the time it takes for them to process orders for the whole morning. I just sit at my desk staring blankly at my screen somehow hoping that I'll jump into warp speed and suddenly it will be one o'clock: lunch time! At my morning break I carefully divide up my pop tarts into little bite sized pieces, carefully chewing each bite, and listen to my coworkers chat. I make an extra trip to the lunchroom for tea, even if I don't want any. I come up with any excuse I can to walk around distracting myself from the utter boredom that exists at my desk. I write page long emails and letters only to find that I type too fast to take up a reasonable amount of time. I re-read my emails fifty times to make it look like I'm actually working when someone walks by. When I get an order, I'm just so damn excited to have something to do that it takes me two minutes to process it for the next stage and then I'm consumed with boredom once again. It's weird. I really miss the fast paced insanity that was once fedinkos, but I think I would die if I ever had to work there again. But this, this nothingness that has become my work day is killing me! If only I could break out my laptop and busy myself with my own designs. I actually came up with a sure fire plan to work on my laptop at work without actually doing any work. Is it wrong to think like that? Should I actually get paid to sit here hoping, praying that a customer will want to talk to me? We all dive for the phone when the main line rings, desperate for another form of human contact. I read magazines about the hospitality industry. I constantly review the supply catalog, searching for a description, ad, or article I haven't read yet. I blog pointlessly, just rambling to take up space and time. I think I'm going crazy...and I can't even knit!

Monday, September 12, 2005

blogging by mail...

ok, so I'm trying this out. If this blogging by mail thing works out, I'll
probably blog a lot more often :)

So this weekend was pretty nice. Friday night we went out to dinner with my
parents for mom's b-day. Mom really wanted seafood, so we opted for the china buffet instead of driving 45 minutes to Red Lobster or Joe's Crab Shack. It was OK. I guess I'm just so spoiled by my mom's awesome Filipino cooking, that it's hard for me to eat shitty egg rolls and flavorless egg foo young. Ah well. I still got my bucchi (the sugar coated fluffy bits of
dough) and a few other good tasting things like chicken an a skewer and 4 different kinds of shrimp. Overall it wasn't too bad, but not someplace I would frequent often. I guess I would just prefer to cook it myself! Now to get my mom to actually write down her secret egg roll recipe!

Saturday was a great day to sleep in. We had a late breakfast and moseyed on down to volleyball. Our friends try to get together every other weekend to play. I've been out of commission this year since I broke my elbow in February. I'm trying not to do anything to aggravate it, as I still cannot completely straighten my arm. So instead, I was on babysitting duty. Let me just say that Sophie is one of the cutest and most well behaved of all the kids I know under 2. She only gets crabby when she's tired or hungry, like most kids. We watched little bear, played with the puppies, and went outside in between games. Her parents were so surprised that she behaved so well for me, especially since I haven't really spent a lot of one on one time with her. Then they asked me when we were having one! AHHH! We're not even engaged yet! I told them this is currently a baby-free-zone with no plans in the immediate future. I kinda like kids, but I'm not sure if I want to have any of my own. It would be nice to have a little cass or kat running around, but I'm just not sure about bringing a child into this unstable world. I'm kinda afraid of what the future may bring, ya know? But we'll see. Like I said, we're not even engaged, and we both still live at home! Kinda sad, considering we're both over 25, but hopefully within the next 8 months we'll be in a place of our own.

Speaking of which, we got to tour the house last week! Our friend Krista's parents own a house in Wonder Lake. They have been renting it out to her brother for the past couple of years. Well, he has moved to Colorado, and now Krista and her boy get to move in. And since we practically live at their apartment on the weekends, they asked us if we also wanted to move in
with them. YES!!! We're going to be helping them re-paint, clean, organize before we move in. That, and we would like to save up some $$ before we move in. I'm soo glad I got this new job. And it's the same distance as what I'm currently driving, so no big deal there either :) Neither of us can wait to get out of our respective houses. We love our parents dearly, but there comes a time when you just have to get out! Neither of us had ever lived anywhere but in the same room, in the same house, all our lives. Damn, it'll be great to be out on our own.

So now for the knitting news...there's not much :( I've completed the body of the dreadlock bag, again. I've only attached one dread so far, but I have been working on the strap. And that's it. I really wanted to start my socks again, but I just haven't gotten there. I haven't really been knitting much lately because of the Dual Disc Debacle. It really is a lot of work to host a swap. I now have a much greater appreciation for all those hosting swaps out there. Plus I have to complete MY mixes and artwork to be mailed by Saturday! oi! I worked a bit on the artwork yesterday morning and spend the rest of yesterday perfecting my mixes. I'm almost there :) Just a bit more tweaking to do to cram as much music as possible on to my two discs. And then I have to do artwork for Chris's discs too! Thankfully he's got a fairly simple design in mind. If only I could do all this work at work! heeheehee... ah well, I'll just be up into the wee hours finishing everything up.

so I've written a hella blog today! I'll leave it at that for now. And I hope to be getting a new digital camera soon. I've really been missing my pictures! until we meet again...

Sunday, September 11, 2005

i love these damn things...

Joe Normal

43 % Nerd, 47% Geek, 21% Dork
For The Record:

A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.

A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.

A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.

You scored less than half in all three, earning you the title of: Joe Normal.

This is not to say that you don't have some Nerd, Geek or Dork inside of you--we all do, and you can see the percentages you have right above. This is just to say that none of those qualities stand out so much as to define you. Sure, you enjoy an episode of Star Trek
now and again, and yeah, you kinda enjoyed a few classes back in the day. And, once in a while, you stumble while walking down the street even though there was nothing there to cause you to trip. But, for the most part, you look and act fairly typically, and aren't much of an outcast.

I'd say there's a fair chance someone asked you to take this test. In any event, fairly normal.


If you enjoyed this test, I would love the feedback!

Also, you might want to check out some of my other tests if you're interested in any of the following:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Professional Wrestling

Love & Sexuality


Thanks Again! -- THE NERD? GEEK? OR DORK? TEST

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender

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You scored higher than 17%
on nerdiness

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You scored higher than 71%
on geekosity

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You scored higher than 25%
on dork points

Link: The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test written by donathos on Ok Cupid

Saturday, September 10, 2005

it's been a while...

hey y''s been a while sine I last blogged. I've been really pre-occupied by my hosting duties for the dual dics debacle. I'm still working on perfecting my mix, hopefully it'll be done by tomorrow. Then on to the artwork. I'm suck a freakin' perfectionist when it comes to my artwork. ah well, i'll get to it :)

I just wanted to put a little shout out to the secret pal I got to spoil, Suzie . I was so stoked to be matched with you :) I really enjoyed reading your blog and finding many things we had in common. Especially our heritage. What are the odds that two Filipinas would get matched? I'm glad you enjoyed your gifites! i certainly enjoyed crafting them and putting together fun stuff.

SP6 matches should be out tomorrow or monday. I'm excited! I've already started to put together some potential gifites and I don't even have my match yet!

The Swapmeet over at pink purple and orange is up and running. I've already signed up for the snack swap in October, and i'm looking into the craft swap and the thrift store swaps in the coming months. I really dig this swap stuff :) Getting new and exciting packages in the mail is so much fun!

well, that's all for now. I have to get back to my mixing!


Thursday, September 01, 2005

thanks :)

OK, a super special THANKS goes out to Julie my SUPER secret pal. For my reveal package I received a hank of lovely black manos, two hanks of red classic cotton mercerized greek cotton, and a cute silver origami crane. Julie was a great secret pal, and i'm going to post a conglomeration photo of all the great things she gifted me :)

A second thanks goes out to all of you for you kind and reassuring words about my knitting. I have since recovered, and actually managed to teach myself intercontinental style. The body of the dredlock bag is about 1/4 of the way completed. again. I think I'll start those socks again this weekend.

OK, another short post for my lack of internet. My friend is kindly allowing me to hog his comp for a while, and it's time to relinquish. Maybe I'll post again this weekend, if I find time in between landscaping, a possible museum trip, dual disc debacle matching, and BBQs.