Yarn for Kalei

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

Monday, April 30, 2007

Oldest Yarn in the Stash

This is the oldest yarn in my stash. It is the 2nd ball of yarn I purchased. I just learned how to knit and I was in Hawaii taking care of my dad who was recovering from surgery. I bought it from a little yarn boutique on Kalakaua Ave. I never finished it because it ended up looking more like a pot holder than a scarf to me. This is due more to my tight knitting than the yarn of course! I bought it in 2003. It is old! :0)

Had to get this in under the wire!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Package from Monica and an Interview

The Package
Thanks Monica! I loved the package! The teas smell delicious and the yarn is so soft. Plus a cool bag in my favorite color pink! Thank you again for being my very own yarn hostess. That was so generous of you. I enjoyed hanging out and eating yummy french toast and then cruising in the yarn store. I couldn't have asked for a better way to start off my trip to NJ. The only thing I regret is that I didn't get my camera out and take some pics. I was so busy having fun, I totally forgot. I will post pics of my package later this week. My computer is giving me grief when I hook up my media disk.

The Interview
I was reading Joy's blog and saw her answers to some interview questions. I commented and left my email address and she sent me 5 new questions to answer for my blog. If you want to play, leave a comment with your email address and I will send you 5 new interview questions. (See the directions below)

Interview Questions:

1) What is your earliest memory?
Riding around on my Granny's lap in her wheelchair. Even though she couldn't talk due to a stroke, I swear I heard her talk to me all the time. We used to have long conversations with each other. (I was about 2 at the time) Strange, I know, but true!

2) What dessert could you live without?
I know this will freak a lot of people out, but just about any dessert with chocolate. I am just not a big fan.

3) Who gave you your favourite present (and what is
it?)? My favorite present was for my birthday. My hubby took some black and white pics of him and the boys doing the 3 wise monkeys and made beautiful art for our house. I love those pics.

4) What TV character do you think you have the most in
common with? Wishfully speaking...I'd have to go with Callie from Grey's Anatomy. Loyal, smart, hard working, a bit ballsy, and kind of off. :0)

5) What time of year is emotionally the hardest for
you? January through May It is the tail end of winter and blah and there aren't any good holidays to look forward too. Plus that is a really hectic time for my kids at school, which means lots of long night for me checking on them while they complete their projects.

Want to play? Here's the scoop:
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me." (and
give me your email address if you can to make this
easier on me!)
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. I
get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to
interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you
will ask them five questions.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Hogwart's Sock Swap Secret Pal

So my Hogwart's pal left me a message on this "muggle contraption". (love that!)

My dearest pal....I am an easy wizard and I love plain stockinette socks with maybe a picot hem to spice things up. They don't have to be too long.

OR you can surprise me and do something wild and crazy.

I am sure that either way they will be brilliant.


Sunday, April 15, 2007

SP10 Contest and Package Posting (Warning Long Post)

The Beloved Item

I am getting in my SP10 contest posting just under the wire! I had to wait until now so that I could show my fave pattern so far! My anklet sock! I just finished the kitchner stitch on my toe yesterday! I am so proud of this sock. I took a risk, dove in and tried something new. Who knew how easy it was to knit a sock? It looks so intimidating. Now, I am going to be addicted to it and I can finally knit all of the sock yarn that I own. :0)

The top 3 things I love about my first sock...

1) I love the yarn. It is soft, resilient and I love the pattern the colors make!

2) I love how easy it was. The pattern was a simple sock pattern from my LYS. It was really easy to follow and a great pattern to learn my new sock making techniques on.

3) The way it fits! My mom is modeling it for the picture, but she and I have very similar feet. I have short and wide feet and I have such a hard time finding socks that fit. They are always too tight and the right length or comfortably snug but an inch to long. This sock fits perfect. I just knit the stockinette until I reached the bottom of my toes and then started my decreases. Perfecto!

The best thing about this sock is that it impressed my husband. Now he will let me knit him a really nice pair of dress socks. :0)

The Dreaded Hated Item
My most hated item is of course an UFO. There is no way I was going to finish it. It was my first attempt at a baby blanket and I was a big time newbie when it came to knitting.

The top 3 things I hate about my half finished attempt at the Big Bad Baby Blanket from SNB...

1) The YARN! Yuck. I know that people love plymouth encore because it is easy care and mostly wool, but it is scratchy and rough and not something that I would ever put next to my own baby's skin much less foist off on someone else's baby. (I ended up remaking the blanket in a cotton chenille and it was so much softer. It is one of Gavin's favorite blankets)

2) That gauge is totally off. This is before I understood gauge. The blanket is HUGE! It is almost as wide as a twin sheet. LOL! The finished product would have been a really weird size.

3) That big, honking knot right in the middle. Boy, did I get a scolding from Midge who owns my LYS about that one!

My SP10 Swap pal totally rocks!

Check out this awesome package from my pal! Like she says, I am her "Hawaiian, California living twin separated at birth." We have so much in common. Namely our love of all things PINK and a serious addiction to yarn and office supplies! She really took time to pick out items that I would like and need! I have been extremely lucky in my swap pals.

Thanks again SP10 Pal!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Hogwart's Sock Swap

Anyone who reads my blog knows how much I LOVE Harry Potter! I was lucky enough to get into the Hogwart's Sock Swap. My questionaire is below. Although I think I have some Ravenclaw traits, I was sorted into Gryffindor every time.

1. What Hogwarts house have you been sorted into? Gryffindor!

2. Shoe size? US 7 or 7 1/2 I have wide feet. In Hawaii, we call them Luau feet but my family likes to tease me and call them Flinstones feet, great for running and stopping the car from the cartoon. :0)

3. Foot Length? almost 9 inches from heel to toe/23 cm

4. Foot Circumference? 9 inches/23 cm

5. List your three favorite double-point needle brands, including size and length.
a.Fiddlesticks bamboo
b.Clover bamboo
c.(I have only used 2 so far)

6. Would you like to try a new brand needle? If so, which brand? Size? Length? Sure! 4 or 5 inch I'm open to any brand as long as they are bamboo or wood. I have a hard time with metal and plastic, they are too slippery for me.

7. If you are a RAVENCLAW, do you prefer the colors in the film or the book? Do you have a strong preference?

8. Are you willing to have an international Hogwarts Sock Pal? Absolutely!

Monday, April 09, 2007

Under construction! Pics later this week...

I have some construction going on at my house this week. After 3 years, I am going to have my master bathroom functional again! Yey! No more having to walk downstairs if I need to potty! LOL!

So posting might be a bit sporadic. But by the end of the week I will have posted my 2 entries for my SP Hostess contest and pics of the awesome package I received tonight from my SP10 pal. She is terrific. The box alone was too cool! :0)


Monday, April 02, 2007

Yey! Comments!!

I wanted to do a shout out to everyone who has been commenting on my blog.

THANKS for the encouragement on the sock and the comments about my oh so loved swift and ball winder. :0)

I have been under quite a bit of stress recently and my brain has decided to stop working. For some reason, I couldn't figure out how to respond to any of my commenters except for Sue H,the imperfect knitter(Ronnie) and knitting mama(Robyn). LOL!

I am sure that I will be able to figure it out as soon as I have a moment to breath, let alone think about it. But in the meantime, I just wanted to say thanks to Mary Heather, Natalie, Anne in Atlanta, and Dorothy!