Saturday, April 26, 2008

Kitty Video!!

Ok, I sent these toys to my swappee in the Kitty Toy Swap.

Well, my swappee made a video of her happy kitties and put it on YouTube

Stuff! Faboo! (and Pay It Forward details)

Today was a fun mail day. I got yarn that I ordered and my secret kitty toy swap arrived!

My kitties got stuff from CraftyJ on Ravelry. They got three toy balls, a frog and a mouse(?) As you can see they are pretty happy with them too!

The yarn I got was from first is sock yarn in Campfire, and I think the name describes it perfectly. Second is worsted weight in worsted and since a knit-worthy friend recently said she's pregnant, you can bet this will turn into something for her! They each came with a stitch marker. you can't read them but one says "imagine" and the other says "believe"

Also, our own Miss Melly told me that I am going to be the receipient of her Pay It Forward handmade gift (from this post). So at this point, I am quoting her for my own....

I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.

Have a great weekend! - DFly

P.S addition.... as I finished typing this I realized I had to take this picture...

Friday, April 18, 2008

Yes, I'm alive.

Let's see... I have knitting to do so I want to keep this short.

What's happened... well I got sick and missed a week of work basically. (I went in Monday and Thursday week of 7th and both days was told to go home) This week I managed to twist my ankle... *sigh*

But for better things.... I finished these socks. They started as Nutkins for Ravelry 2008 Sock Knit A Long but then I adapted them to be toe-up. then I read about them having bias so I mirrored part of the pattern. then I read that they don't have much stretch if you mirror the pattern so I decided to make a subtle rib on the back of the leg instead of continuing the pattern around.... So now they are really adapted nutkins. I call them my Oz socks because they are just bright Emerald City green. No matter how I try to take picture, I can't capture the true vibrancy of these.

These fun things came last week and made my sick days better. The stitch markers were made by Apryl for me. They are labeled to go with the patterns in Cat Bordhi's New Pathways sock book. The pins with the girl protecting her yarn stash are from the Selfish Knitters group on Ravelry. Her name is Veruca. The group is dedicated to making things for yourself and not giving away everything you make (or agree to make everything for everyone that asks). I met them through the same friend Apryl and actually just sent off a fun gift box to a swap buddy, Ravelry name AllEars, from that list, I hope she likes what I sent. (and silly me, I didn't take any pictures before I sent it!)

Lastly, here's another school project. It's a gigantic poster on "New England Colonies" (time period colonization to American Revolution). It was a very vague topic but son got it done and ended up with an A-! You can see him peeking out of the lower right.

Tomorrow I get to meet a friend for the first time. That sounds odd, but she's a friend of a friend who I met via email chains that we were both on. After awhile we realized we had more in common than just the chain and in the last couple of years we've dealt with guy issues and knitting/crocheting thing and try to keep each other updated with what is going on in life. She lives in Florida but she's here for a visit and I can't wait to actually meet her tomorrow!

Yarn Item A: Claudia Hand-Painted Short Sock yarn, three skeins, won in a Magic Loop contest on Ravelry. I was surprised to win and then I was expecting one skein, not three! It's really pretty!

Yarn Item B: Conjoined Creations Flat Feet yarn. This yarn is knit by machine into a "flat" and then dyed. You then unravel it as you knit with it straight from the flat. Some of the socks I've seen come out really neat with this yarn, I was happy to get my hands on some.

Ok, now I'm off to make kitty toys for Ravelry Kitty Toy Swap. Hoping these go as quick and easy as I'm expecting.