SP3 Sweetness

I got home last night to find a package from my secret pal. What a wonderful surprise to end my day! It was a special Halloween package. There was a nice little note, a bag of 100 Grand fun size bars (which I am pounding through), a package of fun Halloween straws, and two balls of Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Brush in grey! I can’t believe how soft it is.

And in case you were wondering, yes, that is a photo of the bag of the candy, sans the candy. It didn’t last long enough for me to take the photo.
And Secret Pal O Mine, I took the ball bands off one and it really does look like a grey tribble!

It will be my pet until I decide what to make with it! Thank you SP3!


Secret Pals Three

Secret Pals Three

I came home today to find a package from my Secret Pal.

My secret pal has discovered my new passion for felting and gave me a pattern for felt purses & shoulder bags from Fiber Trends, two skeins of Reynolds Lite-Lopi (color 0423) and a tin of Ginger Altoids. In addition, my SP’s thoughtfulness extends to the minute details… also included was a needle! I love ’em all!My SP included a nice card and drew a picture of Shaun (from “A Close Shave”). And yes, I think your likeness of Shaun is excellent! The envelope was addressed simply as “Happy Pals-Day!” It certainly is. I can’t wait to felt another bag!!!


Secret Pals III

I signed up and joined Secret Pals 3, the latest incarnation of a knitting-themed secret pal swap. Although not officially affliated with Knitter’s Review forum, the majority (if not all) of the participants are current members of KR.

Today, we received our SP3 assignments and already I’ve heard from my secret pal. How cool is that? So, I need to get cracking on my Q&A to help out my SP. Without further adieu, my answers are below.

* Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer high-end/natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?
yes, admittedly I am a yarn snob (Lion Brand is an exception), preferring high-end/natural fibers and yarn that just feels good to knit

* Do you spin? Crochet?
crochet, but these days, the crochet hook is used to pick up dropped stitches

* Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)

* How long have you been knitting?
over two and a half years

* Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

* What’s your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
vanilla, ginger, almond, nothing too fruity or flowery

* Do you have a sweet tooth?
once in a while I crave milk chocolate & caramel

* What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
I like most paper crafts in general, but I’m not addicted to any like knitting & photography

* What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if you want to make her a CD)
stuff like Blink 182, Barenaked Ladies, Norah Jones, 80s

* What’s your favorite color? Or–do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer?
dark or earthtone colors like black, grey, browns, burgundy, forest green. I also like the lack of color like white or cream

* Do you have any pets?
no pets

* What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
Non-scratchy wool is good to work with. I’ve knitted a few things with microfiber and really like those

* What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
wool and acrylic/acrylic blends that have a scratchy feel

* What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
cables and felting

* What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
baby clothes, hats, bags

* What are you knitting right now?
see my WIP bars to the left…

* What do you think about ponchos? (this is really a curiousity question for us)
not into them

* Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
it depends on the project, but lately it’s been circs

* How did you learn to knit?
no one in my family knits (mom crochets), so after years of thinking it was hard to do, I picked up a learn-to-knit booklet at Michaels, then started searching for resources online and it went crazy from there…

* How old is your oldest UFO?
six months

* What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
love Wallace & Gromit and characters on The Family Guy

* What is your favorite holiday?
it’s a toss up between Christmas and New Year’s

* Is there anything that you collect?
cool & unique knitting gadgets, tools and books