Yarn for Kalei

Adventures in crafting...my obsession with yarn, beads, and scrapbooking.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

My First Sock!

Here it is! My first attempt at a sock! I can't believe I waited this long to try one. I always thought that it would be so hard, but it was actually pretty easy and a fast knit so far. The stitches in the heel are a bit looser than I would have liked but I can use smaller needles or keep better track of my tension on my next pair. The good news is that it impressed my husband enough for him to agree to let me make him a pair. :0)

Friday, March 23, 2007

My Favorite Knitting Accessory or in this case Accessories

Yep! A swift and ball winder combo! My all time favorite knitting accessories. (because all though they are each terrific on their own, to truly appreciate their greatness they need to be used together)

My wonderful SP10 hostess, Robyn is holding a contest for favorite knitting accessories.

Check in again soon, I'm leaving for the movies! Gotta a hot date with my fave guy, Mark Wahlberg.

Friday, March 16, 2007

SP10 Questionnaire

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I love Merino and Cotton yarns. I also like good quality acrylics and mixed yarns like cotton/tencel. I am HUGELY allergic to angora. I also cannot wear scratchy mohair or wool. I love to knit with Alpaca, but I cannot wear it.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? I have a beautiful new needle holder from the wonderful Anna, my SP9 pal.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I would say I am an intermediate knitter at this point. I learned several years ago, but I have only been knitting seriously for the past 2 1/2 years.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? no

5. What's your favorite scent? I like clean herby scents and fruity scents. Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Lavendar or Peach, Pink Grapefruit, Apple, etc. I am allergic to floral scents.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? I love black licorice. Especially the Panda brand. Anna and Ronnie have gotten me hooked. I am not a huge fan of chocolate, but I do love caramels and things with peanut butter.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I love to dye yarn, bead, sew, quilt, and scrapbook. I do spin, but I am not thrilled with my progress on the drop spindle and I am trying to talk my hubby into buying me a spinning wheel for christmas this year.

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

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?My favorite color is Pink. I also love burgundy, red, light blues, light greens, pale yellow. I like most colors as long as they are not day glow or pukey bland.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? No pets, terribly allergic.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?I wear scarves, hats, mittens, shawls and I would wear a poncho if it was elegant.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? I love to knit scarves, hats, bags, and baby blankets and baby sweaters. It is my goal to knit socks and an adult sweater this year.

13. What are you knitting right now? I am knitting 2 Irish Hiking scarves for some friends, still plugging away at my Liesel lace scarf, a hat for my son, and I am dying to cast on for Calirometry with my new malabrigo that I picked up visiting the amazing Monica at Calling Kahlo. I am not a particularly faithful knitter. I tend to have tons of projects on the needles and finish them as my whims dictate.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? I love to receive hand made gifts

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? I like both straight and circular needles but I don't like metal needles. I prefer bamboo or wood.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? Yes and Yes. I LOVE them both!

17. How old is your oldest UFO? Almost 3 years now. It will never be finished.

18. What is your favorite holiday? I love Halloween, closely followed by Thanksgiving and Christmas. I am a Fall kind of girl.

19. Is there anything that you collect?I collect butterflies, fairies, and dragonflies.

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 would love any EZ book. I also want to knit the Chevron scarf.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? I am learning to knit socks right now. I would also like to learn the Moebius.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? Beg sock knitter. I have a size 6 US foot.

23. When is your birthday? October 24

Thursday, March 08, 2007

I have no life and finally some pics....

OK.....I know I owe some pictures but I just had to do this....it shows how insomnia can lead to having no life. LOL! I got this from Wrap and Turn I saw one on another blog that had books read. I will have to do that one too. Between watching movies, reading, knitting, and spending time with my boys and hubby, I am surprised that I still have a job. :0) (Pics at the bottom)

"It’s been alleged that if you’ve seen over 85 movies you have no life. Mark the ones you’ve seen. There are 239 films on this list. Copy this list, go to your own blog, paste it in and put x’s by the ones that you have seen. Add them up, figure out whether you’ve got a life or not, and post it."

My number is 160 !!! The crazy thing is that this list doesn't even begin to cover all of the movies that I have seen. I will have to try and make up another list. It doesn't even have Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Bedknobs and Broomsticks for goodness sakes! Classics I tell you! ;0)

(X) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(X) Grease
(X) Pirates of the Caribbean
(X) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest
( ) Boondock Saints
( ) Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch
(X) Neverending Story
(X) Blazing Saddles
(X) Airplane
(X) The Princess Bride
(X) AnchorMan
(X) Napoleon Dynamite
(X) Labyrinth
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
( ) White Noise
(X) White Oleander
(X) Anger Management
(X) 50 First Dates
(X) The Princess Diaries
(X) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
(X) Scream
( ) Scream 2
( ) Scream 3
( ) Scary Movie
( ) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
(X) American Pie
(X) American Pie 2
(X) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
(X) Harry Potter 1
(X) Harry Potter 2
(X) Harry Potter 3
(X) Harry Potter 4
(X) Resident Evil 1
( ) Resident Evil 2
(X) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
(X) The Village
(X) Lilo & Stitch
(X) Finding Nemo
( ) Finding Neverland
(X) Signs
(X) The Grinch
(X) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
(X) White Chicks
(X) Butterfly Effect
( )13 Going on 30
(X) I, Robot
(X) Robots
(X) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
(X) Universal Soldier
(X) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
(X) Along Came Polly
(X) Deep Impact
(X) KingPin
( ) Never Been Kissed
(X) Meet The Parents
(X) Meet the Fockers
(X) Eight Crazy Nights
(X) Joe Dirt
( ) King Kong
( ) A Cinderella Story
(X) The Terminal
(X) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
(X) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
(X) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
(X) Halloween
( ) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving Christmas
(X) Flubber
(X) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
(X) Practical Magic
(X) Chicago
(X) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
(X) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
(X) I Am Sam
(X) The Whole Nine Yards
(X) The Whole Ten Yards
(X) The Day After Tomorrow
(X) Child’s Play
(X) Seed of Chucky
(X) Bride of Chucky
(X) Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
( ) Gothika
(X) Nightmare on Elm Street
(X) Sixteen Candles
(X) Remember the Titans
(X) Coach Carter
( ) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
(X) The Mask
(X) Son Of The Mask
(X) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number SlevIn
(X) Ocean’s Eleven
(X) Ocean’s Twelve
(X) Bourne Identity
(X) Bourne Supremecy
( ) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
(X) Predator I
(X) Predator II
(X) The Fog
(X) Ice Age
(X) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
(X) Curious George
(X) Independence Day
(X) Cujo
(X) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
(X) Christine
(X) E.T
(X) Children of the Corn
( ) My Bosses Daughter
(X) Maid in Manhattan
(X) War of the Worlds
(X) Rush Hour
(X) Rush Hour 2
( ) Best Bet
(X) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
(X) She’s All That
( ) Calendar Girls
(X) Sideways
(X) Mars Attacks
(X) Event Horizon
(X) Ever After
(X) Wizard of Oz
(X) Forrest Gump
(X) Big Trouble in Little China
(X)The Terminator
(X) The Terminator 2
(X) The Terminator 3
(X) X-Men
(X) X-2
( ) X3
(X) Spider-Man
(X) Spider-Man 2
( ) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
(X) Catch Me If You Can
(X) The Little Mermaid
(X) Freaky Friday
(X) Reign of Fire
( ) The Skulls
(X) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
( ) The Hot Chick
(X) Shrek
(X) Shrek 2
( ) Swimfan
(X) Miracle on 34th street
(X) Old School
( ) The Notebook
(X) K-Pax
(X) Krippendorf’s Tribe
( ) A Walk to Remember
(X) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
(X) The 40-year-old Virgin
(X) Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
(X) Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
(X) Lord of the Rings: Return Of the King
(X) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(X) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(X) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
( ) Base-ketball
( ) Hostel
( ) Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
(X) Elf
(X) Highlander
( ) Mothman Prophecies
(X) American History X
( ) Three
( ) The Jacket
(X) Kung Fu Hustle
(X) Shaolin Soccer
(X) Night Watch
(X) Monsters Inc.
(X) Titanic
(X) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
(X) Shaun Of the Dead
( ) Willard
( ) High Tension
(X) Club Dread
(X) Hulk
(X) Dawn Of the Dead
(X) Hook
(X) Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
(X) 28 days later
(X) Orgazmo
(X) Phantasm
(X) Waterworld
(X) Kill Bill Vol. 1
(X) Kill Bill Vol. 2
( ) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
( ) Kingdom of Heaven
( ) the Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave
( ) The Last House on the Left
(X) Re-Animator
(X) Army of Darkness
(X) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(X) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
(X) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(X) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(X) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(X) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks: Caravan Of Courage
( ) Ewoks: The Battle For Endor
(X) The Matrix
(X) The Matrix: Reloaded(X) The Matrix: Revolutions
( ) Animatrix
( ) Evil Dead
( ) Evil Dead 2
(X) Team America: World Police
( ) Red Dragon
(X) Silence of the Lambs
( ) Hannibal

Malabrigo Yarn Yummy!

My favorite color swap 2 package. Thanks Mary Heather!!!

FOs and WIP

Blue fun fur hat, Cream Cotton Ribbed scarf (wonderfully soft and warm) and WIP - Irish Hiking Scarf made from Inca Alpaca :0)

And Congrats to my great friend Ronnie for starting her new blog! The Imperfect Knitter

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Quick Post with Lots of Pics or why i have no pics cuz blogger sux

Ok. Quick post tonight because I am TIRED and I have had a crazy week.

First---Thanks to Mary Heather for a great package from the Favorite Color Swap 2. It was amazing! Love everything. She really took the time to find things that I really like. I am going to try and dedicate an entire blog to the package later this week, but here is a sneak peak....

OK..Blogger is messing with me and won't let me upload any pics. So I am going to be and I will try again tomorrow.

Just want to say thanks also to Monica at Calling on Kahlo for being the Yarn Hostess with the Mostess! She met me bright and early for the best french toast and then let me hang out with her and Sheila of Stix-N-Stitches. I picked up some great malabrigo and they hooked me up with a great knitting bag and I picked up my very own copy of Yarnplay.

More on all of those things and the FOs and WIPs tomorrow. Hopefully Blogger will be more accomodating then. :0)

Friday, March 02, 2007

Music & Lyrics

Is it just me or does this look like a beautiful hand knitted shrug. When I saw it in the theater, from a distance it looked like a modified version of the pimlico shrug from knit 2 together. But upon closer inspection it seems to have a much more complicated pattern going on. It still looks like a hand knit though. Gorgeous work!

hmmmmmm.......we are taking over the universe......mwa ha ha !!!!!

Pics of FOs and WIPs tomorrow.