Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Taking a break from work - Which Superhero are you?

It's been really stressful at work lately and I saw this on a friend's blog, so I had to take it.

Your results:
You are Green Lantern
Green Lantern
Wonder Woman
The Flash
Iron Man
Hot-headed. You have strong
will power and a good imagination.
Click here to take the "Which Superhero are you?" quiz...

Guest Blogger - Book Review - "The Knitter's Book of Yarn"

My friend Alicia Santiago wrote this great book review and gave permission for me to post it here - enjoy..

I was up just about all night and took the opportunity to read "The Knitter's Book of Yarn" The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using and Enjoying Yarn by Clara Parkes, published by Potter Craft.

It's written to not only be very informative but also done interestingly rather than a bland text book. Clara covers all fiber foundations found today including SeaSilk and Soy but also covers the luxurious qiviut and cashmeres. She also discusses the government's current laws regarding fiber content. You'll know everything about Protein, Cellulose, Cellulosic and Synthetics and how they're processed, the uses and their care. She thoroughly evaluates the types of yarns, twist per inch, handspinning vs. mill spinning, yarn manufacturers (not all of them, of course), the dyeing process and whole myriad of other fiber facts.

She goes into the types of yarn as well: singles, plied, cabled, novelties and the felt factor. Care of the yarn before and after it is a garment. How to take a beloved pattern that uses discontinued yarn and use the yarn you have at hand (or make a run to the store).

There are also patterns from socks to lace to sweaters to fast knits. She's got charts in the back with WPI (wraps per inch) and what that means as far as your yarn weight. A glossary, recommended reading, briefs on the various designers that contributed to the patterns (Norah Gaughan, Cat Bordhi, to name a couple), resources on the yarns and fibers mentioned, and abbreviations and techniques.

This is an encyclopedia on yarns and fibers and I highly recommend it. If you're looking for a holiday gift for a fiber friend or for yourself, you won't go wrong with this one!

As always, I'm unfortunately not affiliated with Clara, though back in 2000 I did send her a spindle and various fibers to try out. Clara is also the person behind Knitter's Review, which is an online 'zine that you can sign up for free.

I hope you enjoyed my review! Next up will be Vogue Knitting's "The Ultimate Sock Book" but you'll have to wait until my next insomnia attack :-)


Saturday, November 10, 2007

Tag - I'm It!!

I've never been tagged for a meme before - so we'll see how this goes since Cindy got me this time. So, here you go -- probably more information than any of you really want! LOL

38 things about me that you may or may not want to know.

  1. Name one person who made you laugh last night? DeVia - she's always the one

  2. What were you doing at 0800? Getting ready to meet my sister and go pick out a new living room couch

  3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago? Eating lunch with my sister and her two wonderful daughters

  4. What happened to you in 2006? Went to Hawaii for the first time - first class too!!

  5. What was the last thing you said out loud? Get off the Table - to Cameo -one of my cats.
  6. How many beverages did you have today? A glass of water and some of Maegan's root beer
  7. What color is your hairbrush? I only use a comb.

  8. What was the last thing you paid for? the new leather couch being delivered next Tuesday.

  9. Where were you last night? home with my sweetie.

  10. What color is your front door? um, wait a moment while I go check - boring Tan

  11. Where do you keep your change? bottom of my purse.

  12. What’s the weather like today? I'm hoping that this long late summer will end this weekend. It's a little cloudy but still in the 80's.
  13. What’s the best ice-cream flavor? Bear tracks

  14. What excites you? Family, yarn, fiber - festivals - hanging out with other like minded people

  15. Do you want to cut your hair? It's plenty short enough

  16. Are you over the age of 25? hrump! more than twice that

  17. Do you talk a lot? yes

  18. Do you watch the O.C.? The O.C.? What's that?

  19. Do you know anyone named Steven? Yes.

  20. Do you make up your own words? yes - fotched is currently my favorite?

  21. Are you a jealous person? not when I am secure

  22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘A’. Angel.

  23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘K’. Karen.

  24. Who’s the first person on your received call list? Juanita.

  25. What does the last text message you received say? me2.

  26. Do you chew on your straw? No.

  27. Do you have curly hair? curly in the back - wavy on top.

  28. Where’s the next place you’re going to? Home depot for lamp shades

  29. Who’s the rudest person in your life? I don't think I have any rude people in my life.

  30. What was the last thing you ate? Los Compadres Chile Relleno.

  31. Will you get married in the future? In a committed relationship - don't think we will get married unless they actually legalize it in our state.

  32. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks? I don't think I have watched a movie in the last two weeks.

  33. Is there anyone you like right now? yeah!

  34. When was the last time you did the dishes? Ha! That would be housework and I don't do that.

  35. Are you currently depressed? No.

  36. Did you cry today? yes .

  37. Why did you answer and post this? Cause Cindy tagged me and I have never done one before.

  38. Tag 5 people who would do this survey. I'd rather not tag anyone - if you read this and haven't done it before - then you are tagged. K?

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

News - not fiber related

My oldest son is getting married - in 4 weeks. I am working on the details required to pull this all together.

At first they were going to just go to the JP, but have now decided to make it a little more of a wedding.

My youngest sister has volunteered her house for the event. We will do a small ceremony and then a reception. Even if we just invite family - there's going to be about 50 people.

Yikes! I have so much to get done - find a minister, rent tables and chairs, figure out what to do about food, decorations, dress for the bride, dresses for all the little girls who want to be flower girls. There will be at least 5 flower girls - probably no other attendants.

My son's father and his brother have to be gotten down here - I already booked the ticket for my youngest son - now I have to figure out how to get his dad here - he doesn't fly and lives in Wyoming.

Lot's to do - not very much time to do it in.