Saturday, November 8, 2008

It's Here - My HSS4 package from Mafalda!

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Oh, red and yellow tissue paper and witch brew...this is going to be fun!


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Wow! What an incredible package from my HSS4 pal - socks, yarn, stitch markers, row counters, a knitting calendar, candy, nuts, tea, needles, patterns! I feel so spoiled! And she even found a yarn named after my favorite character, Sirius Black! Well worth the wait!

Siriusly Ribbed Socks

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Hurray! They fit and they are wonderful! Thanks so much to my wonderful swap pal!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Happy Halloween Two Days Later

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I finished my socks in time to wear them on Halloween night. I love them!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

"The End" Twilight Swap

"The End" Twilight Swap
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Ravelry is a wonderful place and if you need proof see this photo. I participated in a "Twilight" swap on Ravelry to celebrate/mourn the end of the series. This is my wonderful package from my swap pal. I am pleased as punch!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


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I went to the pumpkin patch with my son's Kindergarten class. Lots of fun but very hot and dusty! I can't wait to carve um!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Trick or Treat!

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We finally decorated for Halloween today! We had a blast! Now all we need is for the weather to get a bit colder and we are all set!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Corner of Devonshire and Mason at 11:15 AM

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This was what my drive to Trader Joe's looked like this morning!

Who's That?

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More fun at the Highland Games at Seaside Park, Ventura.

Highland Games

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Brave (and Funny) Warrior!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


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Kinda makes you feel like you are in Hawaii.


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Finally - my grandma's angel wing begonia is blooming! Mom will be so happy!


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These poor bees - they have a hive at the foot of a very big tree in our yard. I don't mind them but they are starting to get territorial and diving down over our pathway to get to their hive. So we had the bees evicted and sealed up the hole in the tree. Seems they are working to get back in no matter what. They work so hard - I wish they'd just build higher up in the tree!

Hot Scarf

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It is almost 100 degrees here today, but the sun is so bright I couldn't resist trying to get a photo of my "only took a year and a half to finish" scarf! You can kinda see the sequins in the handspun. Oh, and I"m almost done with my Cedric socks for the HSS4! Hurray!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Excuse Excuses

So, I haven't blogged in ages. I compose blog posts in my head while waiting in traffic or trying to fall asleep, but something happens and I never get around to it. And I am distracted from blogging - I blame facebook, the Twilight Saga, Ravelry, knitting, AYSO and most of all school. Not my school. I mean preschool and kindergarten. Even though my kids are in school now no, I do not have more time. So, I have to get a schedule going and stick too it. Oh, and my knee is better so I want to start running again too. I hate the hot weather for running but I need to start somewhere, right? Just like with this post, at least it is a start.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Pineapple Upside Down Socks

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Well, almost back from vacation. Once I get my life in order I plan to post more and keep my ducks in a row. I finished these socks on an airplane to Kaua'i. Hence the name!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Royal Tenenbaum Swap Package

Royal Tenenbaum Swap Package
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Dalmation Mouse, Royal Tenenbaum Script, Typewriter Necklace, Rowan Felted Tweed, Borista Beret Pattern, Library Card for "Erotic Transference" by M. Tenenbaum, Red "Margot" Cilps. All from the lovely inkandindigo!
What a lovely swap package...I think I am really going to like the beret!

Dalmation Mouse - Royal Tenenbaum Swap

So cute! Chas would be proud!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Domo Arigato!

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I received my Japanese Inspired Swap package today from Astromonkey ! Look at this amazing array of goodies - Shibui sock yarn, sweet green tea mix, green tea pumpkin seeds, Pocky (my favorite) and a handmade glass mushroom ornament and handmade chrysanthemum napkins. So pretty and tasty too! Oh, this was a Ravelry swap, btw. Thanks Astromonkey!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Hogwarts Sock Swap Three

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My Hogwart Sock Swap 3 package was waiting for me when I got home from my trip to Idaho (see photos below). The amazing package includes Gryffindor sock yarn, some cotton to make a Sirius Black wash cloth (how awesome is that - he is my favorite), two patterns, some tasty jellybeans, teas, a journal, pen, sticker, and an amazing note sent via Floo Network. A big thanks to my wonderful angel, Ophelia B. and her pal for a truly magical pacakge. I look forward to round #4!


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Poppy along the banks of Tower Creek.


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My aunt and uncle's cat, Toby, hunting in the hay field.

Above Salmon

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A bit crooked, but somewhere in this picture are Three Sisters and a Naked Lady.

Sacajawea Center

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Part of the learning center display.

Mustang Foal

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Mustaing foal resting at the Sacajawea Center in Salmon, ID.

Evening Rainbows

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Lovely horses in the masture during a distant thunder storm in Idaho. There are actually two rainbows but one is very faint. I think the majority of my mosquito bites come from taking this shot.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Long Tall Single Sock

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This sock needs a mate but since it is 110 degrees today I am in no rush to finish a wool knee high sock. It can wait.


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Hurray! Finished Ravelry Jaywalkers sans the ribbed cuff. I love them, even if they aren't perfect. As my 2nd grade teacher said, "nature isn't perfect."

Atomic Plum

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One plum from our one tree.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Mom's Birthday Monkey Socks!

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TaDa! Monkey Socks for Mom using Wollmeise. I used black Regia for the heels. Mom likes them. I do too!

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Hummingbird Nest

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I took this a few months ago and wanted to post it a long time ago. I am happy to report that the mommy and baby have successfully left the nest and I hope that they are enjoying the hibiscus blooms in the yard.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Awesome Monkey Swap 4 Booty!

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I can't say enough about how awesome this goodie box from Monkey Swap 4 is - awesome socks, monkey project bag, monkey keychain, beautiful sock yarn and Cookie A. pattern, monkey stitch markers, soak, chocolate...and cars and Kung Fu Panda snacks for the munchkins. I as so thrilled! Stacy, you rock!


My Fabulous Monkey Socks

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I just love them! My Monkey Swap 4 Package arrived yesterday. Such awesome goodies!

Monday, May 12, 2008


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NYC For Hubby & Me

So, my husband and I made our first long trip without the boys. We went to NYC to see art. And boy did we see art. I can't tell you have many galleries we visited and I can tell you that we made it to most of the museums. It was a non-stop trip filled with good food, visits with friends, wonderful hosts (we stayed with my sister-in-laws parents), train rides up and down town, and one stop at Purl Soho. I managed to sneak in a trip to a yarn store! Next time I want to hit Brooklyn General. I love New York. Such a fun town to visit and explore. I missed my boys though...

Boys at Jalama at Sunset

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Jalama Camping

It has been a very busy. In the last few weeks we have gone on our first camping trip with the boys (2 human boys, one canine boy) to Jalama. It was beautiful despite the wind. The boys had a great time and I can see more camping in our future! Next time I think a trip to the mountains is in order. We need a bit more shade! But really, who can complain with a sunset like that!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Cows on a Fence

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Home from the Range & HSS3

The boys and I made it home from a lovely trip to Montana/Idaho with my folks to see my grandma. It was snowy and cool and lovely. Grandma and the family are doing well and we had a lot of good visits. We also saw some animals out and about - elk, deer, bighorn sheek, antelope...and cows that walk on fences (as seen above). I was also lucky enough to visit Mountaincolors in Corvallis. I love their yarn! Got some mills ends an some beautiful Alpaca/Wool blend. Hope to make a sweater!

I sent my HSS3 package off today! Hurray! And I am working on my Monkey Swap 4 Socks!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Rushmore Swap!

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Detail of my Rushmore Swap bag...Max Fisher Players!

Rushmore Swap!

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Max Fisher Players! Awesome goodies from my Rushmore Swap partner ! Isn't Ravelry the best!

Lost In Translation Swap

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Sushi anyone!

Lost In Translation Swap

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Awesome purse! domo Arigato!

Lost In Translation Swap

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Lovely goodies from Lost in Translation Swap buddy! I love it!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Forest Canopy Shawl - Detail

Forest Canopy
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Copper King Plum Mountain Colors Alpaca blend yarn.

Forest Canopy Shawl in Mountain Colors

Forest Canopy
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I finished my FCS with a bunch of help from my LYS! I wish I had done one more repeat but oh well. It will probably suit my mom better this way. I am very proud of myself for finishing her gift early - this is for Mother's Day.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Monkey Swap 4 Questionnaire

The Measurements
Shoe size: 8,5 in.
Foot length in inches: 9.5 in.
Circumference: 9.5 in.

Yarn Preferences

What are your favorite colors? Blues, Greens, Reds
What color clashes with your wardrobe? None really!
Do you prefer solids or variegated yarns? Either is fine.
What are your favorite brand sock yarns? STR, Wollmeise, Fleec Artist Sea Wool
Is there a new sock yarn you really would like to try? Chameleon Colorworks

Cookie A. Patterns

List the patterns you do not have but would like to receive: I don’t knit cables (yet!) so any pattern without cables is fine


Do you have any allergies that your pal needs to know about? (animals, fiber, sensitivity to smoke etc.) NO
Will you knitting be exposed to animals? Yes - cats
Will you knitting be exposed to cigarette smoke? NO

What country do you live in? USA
Are you willing to ship outside your country? Sure!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Ravelry 80's TV Swap Loot!

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Awesome Ravelry 80's TV Swap Package! Sock Yarn, Magnum P.I. Trading Cards, Chocolate....tons of yummy goodness! Thanks drgirlfriend (my swap partner's Ravelry handle) I am late in posting this but you know how it goes!

Oh, and I added a Lost widget because I am koo koo for the show.

And Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Loopy Groupie Swap Booty!

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Here it is - my lovely Loopy Groupie Swap Goodies! Monkey Socks made from Yarn Love, some Jojoland sock yarn, some Rice from Arkansas, some Hot Coco, a lovely candle and a hand knit wash cloth. All from the super fab Camille of earnknittoownit.blogspot. Thanks so much Camille! I love it!

Friday, February 22, 2008

DIC Classy Punky F

DIC Classy Punky F
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For my Something Red Sweater


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It doesn't look like much but it will be a cardigan soon!