Monday, July 02, 2007


Last week I learned the identity of my Secret Pal 10 sweetie, who not only sent me fabulous cards and packages, but also hooked me up with another dishcloth exchange! Yes, I know, Gentle Knitter, Mrs B. has no time to take on yet another knitting project, but I AM POWERLESS OVER THE DISHCLOTH! With that said, let us commence with the Questionnaire!

1.Do you knit, or crochet, or do both?
I knit more than I crochet. However, I am enamored with the Smooth Waves pattern from 200 Ripple Patterns by Jan Eaton.
2.How long have you been knitting\crocheting?
Since the 80's.

3.Have you knit dishcloths or dishtowels before?
Belong to Monthly Dishcloth group on Yahoo. Enough said.

4.What are your favorite cotton yarns?
5.Is there a cotton or linen you’ve been dying to try but have not?
I have some Classic Tahki Cotton I usually knit baby hats with, but I'm tempted to try that for cloths. I have a very nice red and white Ballband cloth gifted from a past exchange knit with Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, so I'd like to try that.

6.Are there any cotton yarns you don’t enjoy knitting with?
Not at the moment.

7.What type of needle do you prefer using? (Metal/Wood/Plastic)
I like them all, but lately I adore my Lantern Moon ebony straights #7. I'm planning to buy #6 some day soon because that's the size I usually knit my cloths with as I must confess I am a loose continental knitter.

8.What other projects do you enjoy knitting or crocheting?
Dish cloths, baby hats, sweaters, booties, blankets, shawls for my Knitting Ministry group at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and adult knitwear for family, friends, socks for me! I knit it all! Want to start Lace shawl for myself soon with some of the lovely yarns in my stash.
9.Do you have other hobbies or enjoy other kinds of crafting?
making, needle felting, a little embroidery and small hand quilting. I have a very tall stack of summer reading that I've yet to get to! Also love to go to movies, garden, bake, and teach knitting to others.

10.What kind of treats do you like? Chocolate? Candies? Nuts?
Seriously committed to watching and reducing my weight at this point, so , or sunflower seeds would be the best snack for me, as well as fruits and veggies. How about Altoids and sugar free gum? Water?
11.What colors are your kitchen and bath decorated in, if any?
Kitchen is red, white and blue, bathroom is yellow, white, light green and cream. My ranch was built in the 50's, like me!

12.What are your favorite colors and what colors do you dislike?
Like all colors.
13.Do you drink coffee? Tea? Other beverages?
Decaf and half decaf coffees and teas. Diet sodas.
14.Do you have any kids (human or pet variety!)?
One 12 y/o son, husband , 10 y/o collie, 14 y/o and 15 y/o cats..
15.Do you have any allergies? Hay fever
16.Please share 3 tidbits about yourself that you think your pal and other swappers might find odd or interesting.
a. I'm a Registered Nurse employed in a hospital, working on a Med-Surg unit, who teaches knitting on the side.
b. I 'm obsessed with knitting the ballband Dishcloth pattern from the Mason Dixon Knitting book/ ballband Peaches and Cream cotton yarn!
c. I have a very messy Yarn Room due to an inability to JUST SAY NO TO YARN!-Obsessive Compulsive Knitting, yes, I know!

Now, time SP 10 Show and Tell...

My wonderful SP10 gal is named Katie J over at Maylee Beezir and she sent such lovely goodies again. I am sooo spoiled! Katie sent yarn and a pattern for a beautiful cable poncho. I am in dire need of a quick knit poncho-ie thingy to wear with jeans since I experimentally felted( read shrunk) my blue and ivory poncho last year. I looked like a tent in it with those lovely horizontal stripes so I thought if I could ever so carefully downsize it a bit....Nope! So this pattern is more suitable I believe and my past experience knitting with Plymouth Alpaca Grande tells me this is going to be a heavenly knitting experience!
The Succulent Wild Woman Book...well....Yeah! Right on Sisters! With two XY chromosomes guys in my household this book promises to be just the dose of estrogen this body needs! The soap is chock full of oatmeal and it has a delightful, clean scent, which I love. I'm drinking the tea as I am posting this and it smells like Big Red Gum, which is a favorite of mine, and it is just delicious. Spicy! To go with how Succulent and Wild I expect to become! The other pattern is for the terrific bag below....

Knit with Sunshine Sugar and Cream cotton yarn; just how did Katie know I've been wanting to knit this bag for some time now. Well, now I have one ready made and waiting to make the next trip to the grocery store or yarn shop with me! Great job, Katie! Many, many thanks for all the effort you put into making this exchange so much fun for me!

I nominated Katie for Best SP10 Pal and hope she wins!

Lest you think all my time has been spent answering lengthy questionnaires and opening SP10 Swag, I'll have you know I've been knitting my fingers to the bone too!
My friend Winnie from the St. Joe's Knitting Ministry motivated us to knit some slipper socks so I experimented with 2 stranded Red heart Camouflage I had on hand to knit this pair in baby size. That's my 2 toe up socks on one long circular needles OFF the needles FINALLY! No second sock syndrome! Ready to cast on for the next pair!h

Lastly, I completed my house warming gift long ago promised to my co-worker. I know such peace now, however temporary! Just need a bit of blocking and some ribbon and they're outta here!The alternative Log Cabin cloth was a nice change of pace for me, and it used up some scraps at the same time!

Have a terrific knitting week!


hakucho said...

Very nice knitted bag you got from Katie!
I don't think I'll ever get tired of ballbands...if I've said that before I know I'm repeating myself. Good thinking using up leftovers on your log cabin. That's a great pattern as well!

happy knitting :)

DawnK said...

Wow, you have been busy. I'm going to try a ballband soon! I have some cream-colored yarn, with blue and red flecks in it, and some blue yarn, that would be awesome as a ballband. I love your purse, too! I have one sock, on the needles. I only started Sunday, so it's only 3/4 inch long, so far.

Katie J said...

So glad you liked everything! You were a great spoilee!

Anonymous said...

Hi! I'm your secret pal for the dishcloth swap :) Looks like you got quite a haul from the SP - fun! I've had fun reading your blog, I can't wait to start putting together a box for you :) Hope your summer is going well.

Lacey said...

Yes, Mrs. B, you are now IT. My brain melted after I posted and I forgot to come over and shout a hi. Between boxes and piles of packing paper, I've been in a bit of a fog as of late. Great dishcloths by the way. :D I love the baby log cabin. If I ever get motivated again, I will pick my log castle back up and knit more strips. I'm knitting until the yarn runs out! I went wild at a $.99 sale at Hobby Lobby or somesuch and now have tons of yarn intended for this thing. Sheesh, who did I think was gonna knit these 400 stitch rows??!