Tuesday, August 28, 2007

I was Zombifiied

So I dyed yarn for the first time about 2 weeks ago. But I couldn't post about it because I didn't want the reciepients to see it online before the did in real life. Well now both of them have arrived in the mail so I can show off my hard work here.
First for Jessica my partner in the Hand-Dyed Yarn Swap She said her favorite colors where blue, green and purple, royal colors. So I tried to stick to that color palette.
Secondly for the Get Stitchy Swap I was dyeing for Heidi she likes blue, green and orange. I think it came out a bit rainbowy, but I did my best to make it just those 3 colors. I was using the Jacquard Acid Dyes and Knitpicks Bare Fingering weight yarn. I can't wait to see what the ladies make themselves or to dye more yarn. DJ and I just bought some mason jars this weekend in the Poconos visiting his family and I'm ready to mix up another batch of color and watch my hands change colors again!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Yarn in the Mail!

So I am currently participating in 2 swaps that are finishing up right now.

The Hand Dyed Sock Yarn Swap
I recieved Yarn from Sabrina Here it is in all it's glory!

I am sending my yarn out to my partner Jessica today. It was my first time dying and I don't want to give away the surprise so pics to come after she recieves it.

The Get Stitchy Hand Dyed Yarn Swap.
In this I was sent yarn dyed with Kool Aid by Sinnomen in PA The package smelled so yummy when opened!
So for this swap our partners don't know who we are until they get their yarn. SO HRMRMRHRM dosen't know that her yarn is also on it's way as of today.

Also I spent some time over at Raverly and Get Stitchy today updating my FO's and such. But for another day... I must go to the Post Office before they close at 7 pm and I still have much to do today.. how the internet can suck up your time!!!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Knit 1 Tea 2 Swap

Knit 1 Tea 2 Color Swap Questionnaire

1.Do you like loose tea or bags, or both – something you want to try?
I prefer loose tea
2.What is your favorite kind of tea (Brand, flavor, variety, etc)?
I love Harney & Sons Paris Blend right now, and SerendipiTeas Once Upon a Tea blend
3.Favorite color in regards to tea or one you would like to try? (black, green, red, and white).
I normally drink blacks or greens, But I'd really love to try some white teas
4.Would you say you were a tea pot kind of person or just a hot water heater kind?
Winter time tends to be for tea pots, whereas the rest of the year I go for the hot shot.
5.What tea accessories would you like but have never purchased for yourself?
I'd love to have a set of clear cups for art teas, but I know I wouldn't use them often, and space is a commodity in Brooklyn. I'd have to say I'm not sure on this one!
6.How do you prefer to be pampered? (examples: mani/pedi, bubble bath, yummy treat, etc).
I love a good day at home, an afternoon nap, a comfy chair. But if I'm pressed for time it's got to be a good hot bubble bath, with a good book and a small chocolate treat.
7.If you were a kind of yarn what would you be and why?
I'd be superyak. Mostly so I could touch myself but because I love it's warmth and durability. I want to be dependable.
8. If you had to knit/crochet baby booties, a fun fur scarf, or a fair isle sweater, which would you choose and why?
I would go for the sweater. I despise fun fur, and booties are such a small project. Right now I'm wanting to make sweaters and big things.
9.What other event would make you skip a tea party? (A garden party? A book club meeting? A yoga class? Opening night for a new action thriller? etc?)
Mostly work. I work in a NYC LYS, and teach classes, often late at night. But puppy play dates take up time too.
10. What treat would you consider essential at your tea party? (Sweet? Salty? Scones? Those petite pastry trays with a couple of all sorts of things? Little crust less sandwiches?)
Gotta have something sweet. Small pastries and mini bitties. But for some stamina I'd toss is some fusion style mini sandwiches. For my Grammy's 80th Birthday this year we threw a tea party and I brought Asian inspired mini chicken wraps to add some zing!
11.When buying yarn for a project how do you choose - do you buy the one called for or do you substitute?
I substitute. I like to look at the yarn they're using and if it's something I know or like already and can get easily i might use it, but I think substituting is the fastest way to personalize a project.
12. What do you carry your knitting/crocheting in when on the go?
I have 2 small zippered shapes with clear soft plastic fronts for viewing. I need them to be compact enough to fit in my bag and take out on the subway between strangers.
13.Favorite movie to watch while knitting/crocheting?
Anything I've seen a thousand times, Princess Bride, John Cusak films, period pieces, but the best are musicals. Singing along and adding joy to the project.
14. Are you a traditional tea cup kind of person or a mug type of person? Do you care if they match?
Give me a big ole' mug. I love handmade ones with thick bottoms so the tea stays warm while knitting. And I was raised with the idea that if they match it's harder to not be upset if something gets broken. So that's a non-matching set for me.
15. Favorite childhood birthday party?
I remember a lot of friends having rollerskating and bowling parties, mine were circus inspired, arts and crafts parties. I loved them all though!
16.Favorite type of scone and jam?
At work we have these chocolate chip scones. So good! But I like a plain scone with a bit of citrus zest and a pot of thick jam, any kind that we got from the farmer's market
17. If you use candles, what is your favorite scent?
We don't use them much but I like the baking scents
18.If you could choose 3 people to have 'tea' with, who would they be and why? (famous or not, living or dead).
My grandpa I never met (father's father passed before I was born), The guy that built my parents house, and Mr. Thonet, the designer of the original bent cane chair in 1920's France.
19.You've been invited to a tea party, what 'props' will you wear (formal or casual)?
I want a 1950's button front shirt dress in a blue shade, white gloves, straw hat, pearls, and little white kitten heels. (don't worry it's before labor day)
20. Any allergies/preferences you have or are willing to admit to?
No allergies.
21. Anything we missed that you want your pal to know?
Not that I can think of, but feel free to ask if you want clarification on anything!