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Last night it snowed.  This statement might not seem like a big deal but around here, it is.  It rarely snows.  Rain, yes.  Snow, not really.  Snow shuts the city down for a couple of reasons.  The big reason is that we are second only to San Francisco as one of the hilly-est cities in the US.  If you’ve ever driven in SF when it sunny and dry out.  Now try and picture driving there when it’s rainy, freezing and snowing.  It’s not pretty.  When it snows it’s like we all get a snow day.  Unfortunately for those of us who were hoping for that, we found out that Seattle was prepared for the snow and the commute to work was easy going.  I was hoping to be able to make more cavatelli.  And speaking of cavatelli, I took some photos of Sunday’s cavatelli making.

First, here’s my cavatelli maker, set up and ready to go:

And here’s a quick shot of a dough before becoming cavatelli

This time I made semolina pasta dough.  I think I may try the ricotta dough and see if it goes thru the cavatelli maker or if it will stick.

And here’s the trays of finished cavatelli. They kinda look a little like worms…ewwwww.  Fortunately, they don’t taste like worms.  I ended up with about 2 pounds of cavatelli after all was said and done.

And since I’m talking about food at the moment here’s a shot of the Bella Donna olive mix I got at Big John’s PFI.  They’re amazing good.

And one more food shot and amazing tasting food.  Here’s the chicken shawarma sandwich and greek fries from Mawadda Cafe.

OK, that’s enough food talk.  Today when I got home there was a package for me from my “have a cuppa swap” partner.  This swap was all about yarn and coffee/tea/hot chocolate.  And my swap partner did not disappoint!

It was a great way to come home and unwind!

She sent me some coffee from a local coffee shop and a coffee cup that I have been lusting after for some time now.  The front of the cup says, “You must allow me to tell you,” and the back says…

It’s from Brookish and it’s Mr. Darcy’s botched proposal to Elizabeth Bennet!  I am so excited that she got it for me!  And to add to my excitement, there was candy, and lots of it!  There were 2 packages of licorice (my favorite) and some local artisan chocolates from Chocolate Madness.  I’ll admit that I broke into the chocolates well before I remembered to take a picture of everything.  It was worth it. The creme brulee was inspiring!

And finally, the yarn.  It’s bugga sock yarn by The Sanquine Gryphon.  It’s almost like a washed demin color.  I can’t wait to make some socks of out it!

And now that all that is taken care of, I’m off to do some knitting, drink some coffee and eat some candy!

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Yesterday was the yarn train.  While it was beyond raining in Portland, it was still fun.  I went down to Portland with a group of friends and had to split from them as soon as we go there.  I was on a mission and I was also planning on meeting some friends.  So I set out, the first stop for me was Knit-Purl.  All I wanted was some of the Brooklyn Tweed Yarn by Jared Flood.  And one of his patterns.  And I scored!  I picked up 5 skeins of Shelter in the colorway Button Jar and the Guernsey Wrap pattern.  FYI – If you ever want to get me some yarn, I can always use some Shelter…

Here’s the glamour shot:

Then it was off to Twisted.  This might be my new favorite Portland yarn shop.  I spent the most money here and for good reason.

I seem to have only bought sock yarn here.  I had planned to buy 3 skeins but then one little skein just called to me.  I went there to get A Verb for Keeping Warm yarn (which I got.  It’s Annapurna and the colorway is Transitional Fury). PS – Aunt Nancy, they have a retail location in Oakland… if you’re ever in Oakland 🙂

Then I also wanted to pick up some Black Trillium sock yarn for me and a friend back east.  I absolutely fell in love with the colors.  I bought two skeins of the BFL sock (that’s blue faced leicester wool, for those non fiber folks).  The top color is Merlot (that’s one is for my friend) and Claret (that one is all mine).  It’s so soft and I can’t wait to use it to make the Monkey socks.

And just when I was ready to leave, there it was. The skein of wool yarn that will soon become my warehouse work socks.  The yarn is called Tracie in the Cocoa Heather colorway and it’s from a company called Imperial Stock Ranch Wool.  It is so lovely and wonderful.

Then it was off to Happy Knits for my last yarn purchase of the day.  It may sound a little ocd, but after the first year of going to Portland on the yarn train, I learned that I needed to plan out what yarn I wanted to buy and how much I needed.  And then plan out the route to the stores.  Otherwise you spend a lot of extra money on yarn that you have no idea what you are going to do with it and a lot of time in transit between the stores.  That’s not to say you can’t buy other stuff, I just find it helps keep me on budget and on track with my knitting projects.

I made it over to Happy Knits to buy my 3 skeins of Cascade Eco so I could make my Aidez. When i got there they only had 2 skeins of the color I wanted but the staff was so friendly and helpful that they ended up finding one more skein in the color I wanted!  Thanks Happy Knit!

Then it was off to Powell’s City of Books.  I walked away relatively unscathed.  I only bought 3 books.  One knitting book and 2 Georgette Heyer novels – all bought used, of course!

And then it was off to meet up with a friend.  We grabbed some coffee, did a quick swing thru Dublin Bay Knitting, but by the time I got there, it was pretty well picked over.  I suppose that was good for me.  I didn’t have any more room in my bags or need any more yarn!   Then it was off to pizza at Hot Lips in the Pearl District.  I love there pizza.  Unfortunately someone else got to the last pieces of hazelnut, broccoli and squash pizza before I did.  I suppose it didn’t really matter, I really love their pizza.  And after that my friend and I walked to the train station, where she took the bus home and I took the train back.  All in all it was a good, but really soggy day.  Thanks Portland!  Thanks Snohomish Knitters Guild for putting this all together.  And extra special thank yous to the yarn shops!  See you in August for Sock Summit!

Whoops!  I forgot about showing the bags that we got and all the goodies in it!  So here it is:

Today I turned 37.  I know you’re probably wondering why I’m typing out a blog post at around 10pm on my birthday.  Well, it’s not because I’m just getting ready to go out and paint the town.  I’m actually in bed as I type this.  I started the day at 7 am.

I got up and went to “fat class”  (or as it is more commonly known, Weight Watchers.  I lost .2lbs.  I’ll take it.  Then it was off to get a new battery in my car.  (I really do lead a glamorous life.)  And after that I went to Hudson to have breakfast with a friend.

Then it was time to find me something nice for my birthday and do some errands while everyone else in Seattle was in my neighborhood to watch the Blue Angels.  So I went to Little Knits – one of my favorite yarn shops here in Seattle.  I needed to get some dpns because I seem to have every other size but the size I needed for the socks I’m working on.  And then of course, the yarn started talking to me.  Especially the Madeline Tosh yarns.  I have one of her patterns that I was trying to find the right yarn for.  I would love to use the yarn she suggests (obviously, it’s her yarn) but I can’t see shelling out around $120 for yarn for one sweater.  So I moved on from that dream.  I fought the urge to by some of her sock yarn.  I won’t lie, at some point i will break down and get her sock yarn.  But it didn’t happen today.  I did however, breakdown and bought her lace weight superwash merino yarn called prairie. The color is called dusk and it’s wonderful.  I figured $24 for around 840 yards wasn’t a bad deal.  I was told it was on sale so I got another 15% off that!

After that I did a few other Sunday Drive Designs errands.  Nothing that would be of interest to anyone but me… basically I did a lot of browsing to try and get some ideas.  And I also went to joanns and fusion beads to get some more supplies.

Once that was over, I decided to do see if I could find another pair of shorts or three over at Goodwill.  I fail to see the point in paying $20+ on a pair of shorts that I won’t fit into next year.  So I did some trying on of many pairs of shorts and walked away with one pair.  Better than nothing I suppose.  But the thing that made my day.  The purchase that made my birthday that much more… For a mere $2 I got, Cooking with Country Music Stars – copyright 1986.  See if any of these Country Music Stars rings any bells – The Judds, Minnie Pearl, Lee Greenwood, Conway Twitty, Barbara Mandrell, Ronnie Milsap, The Statler Brothers, Kenny Rodgers (pre-cosmetic surgery), Hank Williams Jr, Tammy Wynette, just to name a few.  What really sold me on this gem of a cook book is, when I opened up the book, I landed on the page with the Statler Brothers Cheese Ball recipe.

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that you probably haven’t tasted sweet sweet cheese ball love until you’ve had the Statler Brother’s cheese ball.  You can follow that up with their famous Bar-b-que Flatjacks.  Or if you’re not feeling like finding out what the hell the Statler Brothers were smoking when the came up with BBQ Flatjacks, you can try a Conway Twitty Twitty Burger.  As the sidenote to this recipe says, Conway was in Hawaii when it occurred to him that a pineapple ring would really top off a hamburger – and make it a Twitty Burger.  I think the thing that makes it a Twitty burger is that the pineapple ring is dipped in batter and deep fried.  Nothing says southern cooking, like deep frying the hell out of something.

Tammy Wynette supplies us with her Creamed Tuna recipe.  Which might explain why she had to stand by her man so many times… either that or it was her Eggplant a La Tammy.

The Whites (I have no idea who the hell they are) probably should have chosen a different recipes besides “the Whites Sauerkraut Salad.”  It just brings up images of what you would bring to the Klan’s picnic.  The Whites also supplies us with a recipe called Slumgulion Casserole.  I read the ingredients and nearly gagged.  I can’t imagine cooking them altogether in one big casserole dish will change my reaction.

Dollie Parton gives us her Cowboy Beans recipes.  I’m assuming that once you eat them the beans are literally having a shoot out at the ok corral in your colon.  But I could be wrong.

Hank Williams Jr gives us his recipes for BBQ deer cubes and sausage treats.  Both of which sound, and I’m pretty sure, taste like dog treats.  The best part about ol’ Hank being in this cookbook – his picture.  He’s sitting in one of those old school directors chair, a boy scouts shirt on, shorts, black and white cowboy boots  and a machine gun.

The Oak Ridge Boys start off strong with Yorkshire Pudding with Beef Consomme.  But then really head down hill with a recipe that I’m assuming is named after a really old and ugly groupie – Dry Beef Pie.

Pee Wee King comes in swinging with his Party Cheeseball.  “did someone invite Pee Wee King and his party cheeseballs up in here?  ‘Cause this cheeseball is a party in my mouth!”

And if you really want to start the party,throw on some Barry White onto the hi-fi, and follow Pee Wee’s party cheeseball with Reba McEntire’s Poke Salad Delite.

I just watched Julie & Julia last night and perhaps I should do a Julie and Julia with this cookbook.  I just need to figure out who I could make it this crap.

Now I’m going to settle in and read Swimming to Antarctica by Lynne Cox.  All in all it was a good birthday.

The other day, Kate, from Art of the Pie, was gracious enough to send me a few photos she took while I was in her class.

So here they are… me making pie 🙂

I made pie crust yesterday and put it in the fridge to hopefully make a shaker lemon pie tonight.

And while the pie is baking I’ll be hopefully, finishing up the second baby sophisticate sweater.  The frustrating part is that I used yarn that I had from my stash and I had to get one more skein.  Unfortunately they weren’t the same dye lot and the 2 skeins in my stash were older and slightly lighter than the one I bought.  It’s a bit of a bummer.  Hopefully I can figure some thing out to make it not stand out so much.

Here’s a not so great shot of it, but all that’s left for me to knit is the sleeves.

and here’s a quick shot of the yarn that I won at Knit Night.

After work I headed over to West Seattle to C & P  Coffee ( a cool little coffee joint) for the Seattle Yarn sponsored knit night.  I met up with all my ladies from our Tuesday night knitting group and a few other West Seattle knitters.  It was a lot of fun. We got an envelope with a knit hat pattern coupon for 10% off our next purchase at Seattle Yarn.  The fine folks over at Seattle Yarn held a raffle for some great prizes.  The money collected for the raffle tickets was donated to Northwest Hope and Healing.  Since a few members of my family have had breast cancer, I had no qualms about donating money.  Besides, I could win some yarn!  And I did win some yarn!  I won 3 skeins of Malabrigo lace yarn in the Purple Mystery colorway – enough yarn to knit the Geodesic Cardigan in the newest issue of Knitscene magazine, which was also including in my winnings.  I have been wanting to knit this pattern, but just kinda put it on the back burner.  But now that i have the yarn, who knows… maybe I’ll do it after the Ravelympics.

Tomorrow morning at 8am, I start learning the art of the pie, from the master.  I’ll be sure to take plenty of pictures and even more notes.  And speaking of baking, a friend sent me a link to the Riverfront Times.  Someone decided to make some of the recipes in the vintage cookbooks.  Thank God someone else did it.  My personal favorite, Prune whip (number 3 on the list).  If anyone comes across Body Building Dishes for Children, pick it up and send it to me.  I need it in my collection.  I’m going to start trolling ebay for it.

It seems like this weekend was nothing but knitting.  I started Friday with a bad back and a serious headache.  I ended up not watching the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.  But I did cast on for the first of two, possibly three, Ravelympics projects.

I decided to start with the Momma and baby monsters.  By the end of the weekend, here’s where I was at:

The knitting is all done for the Momma, and the baby is almost done.  I just need to knit the arms, which will probably be done tonight.  Then all that’s left is to stuff, add the teeth and eyes and they’re done!

Before the Ravelympics started I did a trial run of the Baby Sophisticate pattern.  This one is for Simon.  He asked for green.  Actually his mom said, green would be cool as his wardrobe is lacking green.  I just need to sew the buttons on.  It was a really great pattern to work off of.  It was clearly written and works up fast.

So I decided to do a blue one for little Andy.  I had the yarn in my stash, so I just needed to get some cute buttons.

If things keep going as fast as they are, I’ll be starting this sweater by the end of the week.

And speaking of stash yarn, before I started the Ravelympics, my goal for my projects was to use yarn that I have in my stash, instead of going out and buying more yarn.  It was kinda like going shopping.  I forgot some of the yarn that I bought a long time ago.  I think I must have known that I would be doing lace knitting and I bought a few skeins of Frog Tree Alpaca yarn,

I can’t wait to use it!  And I also found a skein of Blue Moon Geisha yarn.

Perfect for a small shawl or scarf.  It’s starting to look like everyone is going to get  a shawl or a scarf for Christmas this year.

And the Abercrombie sweater yarn was finally dry, so here it is.  Or at least one skein of it.

Once the Ravelympics are over, I think I might try and knit up the Kellybigs sweater.  But who knows.  I may be talked into doing another Percy Shawl.  And I won’t even have to go out and buy more yarn.  It’s all in my stash.  Now it’s just a matter of deciding on what I want to use.

Saturday morning I made my way down to the train station.  Our train was scheduled to leave at 7:30.  I got down there at 6:45 and the place was filled with knitters.

We checked in and were handed a swag bag!

And in the bag, we got three coupons for discounts at some Seattle area yarn shops, 3 little sock stitch markers, a yarn lollipop that knits up into a mini sock, a tape measure, a little zipper pouch to carry it all in and a tea sample.

It was a quiet ride down.  I think everyone was planning their shopping or napping.  We arrived in Portland and were met by some local Ravelry folks.  Unfortunately I couldn’t find my friend Oliveknits.  Perhaps the next time I go down to Portland I’ll be able to meet up with her for a cup of coffee (or a pint of beer) and some yarn shopping and knitting.

Once we got all the info we needed (the “make sure you’re back by a certain time” and “make sure you have fun” speeches) we were off and running.  I first went to Dublin Bay Knitting Co.  Which might be my new favorite Portland yarn shop.  I had planned ahead of time as to what i wanted to get.  And they had everything I wanted (and then some)!  They also had coffee, tea, water, cookies, and chowder for us.  I walked out with 2 skeins of Three Irish Girls Adorn Sock yarn in the Roisin Colorway, 1 skein of SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock yarn in Orchid and 1 skein of Yarn Love Marianne Dashwood sock yarn in Blueberry Festival (and yes, I am that big of a Jane Austen fan).  The Three Irish Girls yarn, I was thinking of using for the Ene’s Scarf.

Then it was off to pick up the Voodoo Doughnuts.  I walked over to their NE Davis st location.  Which was about a 2 mile walk.  It was well worth it.  Before I got their I decided that I needed to eat.  Actually my stomach was demanding food.  So I stopped at Old Wive’s Tale for brunch.  I got a oatmeal, cornmeal buttermilk pancake with apple, cinnamon, honey compote on top and a side of bacon.  It was heaven.  So unbelievably good.  And cheap.  I high recommend it.

I get over to Voodoo and stand in line for what feels like an eternity.  It was about 30 minutes.  For some reason everyone in front of me just had several questions about every doughnut they make or they just couldn’t decide.  If you stood in line for 30 minutes I would think you would know what you wanted to order, but I’m crazy that way.  Sidenote – everyone I have talked to at Voodoo Doughnuts, from the gal who emailed me back, the guy at their downtown location who very correctly suggested that I place my order at their other location because the wait would be much shorter (30 minutes compared to at least an hour – one of the ladies in our group waited for over an hour at the downtown location) and he also gave me all the bus routes and a cab company phone number, to the gal who took my order and finally the gal working the counter when I bought the doughnuts, were incredibly nice and helpful.  I can’t say enough good things about this place.  It’s sooooo worth the trip and the wait.

from the top left of the photo – the first container has 2 memphis mafia fritters and a triple chocolate penetration.  The next container has a portland cream, a voodoo doughnut and a dirty snowball.  The bottom two containersm the infamous maple bacon bars.  I came prepared and brought ziploc containers and an envirosax to carry them in.  Which was perfect.  Now I wish I had ordered more…

After loading up on doughnuts, I headed over to Happy Knits.  The new yarn shop on the block.  It was a great little shop.  A really great selection of yarn and just a beautiful store.  I didn’t really see anything that I couldn’t live with out there.  I did run into one of the gals from out Tuesday night group and we ventured back over  the Hawthorne Street bridge to head over to Knit-Purl and Powell’s City of Books.

I parted ways with my friend, as she had already gone to Knit-Purl.  I wasn’t really planning on buying anything at Knit-Purl.  There was a pattern that I had my eye on and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to buy it.  The funky thing about this sweater pattern is that it can be worn right side up or upside down.  Sounds strange, I know, but I am totally fascinated with this pattern.  And for a pattern it’s pretty darn expensive – $20.  So I asked one of the sales ladies, if she had seen it knit up and what she thought.  Her enthusiasm was all I needed.  So  I decided to give it  a try.  And then, I made a fatal mistake.  I turned around and was staring face to face with the Habu Textiles yarns.  Last year the only yarn I bought was the Habu Textiles Lamb Wool and Linen jacket kit that I now wear all the time.  So I ended up with two cones of their Tsumugi silk yarn as well as that $20 pattern.  On the plus side, the pattern came with buttons.  Which, if you’ve had to buy buttons cost about $20.  Now I’m thinking I may use the Habu yarn for Ene’s scarf….

While I was in Knit-Purl I met up with another gal from our Tuesday night knitting group and we walked over to Powell’s together.  I had planned for Powell’s too.  I had a list of books that I wanted and if I could get them cheap, I would.

So I got a couple of books and a few other little things.

Yeah, two out of three books are Jane Austen related.  The Home is Where the Wine is book, is the new book by Crazy Aunt Purl.  I read her first book, Drunk, Divorced and Covered in Cat Hair, and loved it.  So I had to read her new one.  That was on the only book I paid full price for.  I also got these cute little hooks that were on sale.  I’ve been looking for hooks to put by the wall of my closet in my bedroom to hang purses and bag on.  These were perfect!  And of course a little something for kitties.  As soon as that thing hit the ground, Kink was off and running.  You would think that that damn toy made some offensive comments about her family, the way she was beating the hell out of it.

After leaving Powell’s I headed over to Knit Knot Studios.   Which is a sweet little yarn shop.  Again, they had beautiful yarn and some handmade local jewelry.  But again, there was nothing that really called to me.  By this point it was around 4 and I was getting tired.  I walked towards the train station and decided to make one last pass thru Dublin Bay Knitting Co.  Which, might have been a bad idea, but I did it anyway.  Yup… I bought more yarn.  This time I bought 4 skeins of Fleece Artist Ottawa yarn.  2 skeins are the Nova Scotia colorway, one is in the Paris colorway and the other is in the Burgundy colorway.  I was hoping that they had one more of Paris, but they didn’t.  But the burgundy colorway will work well with it.  Perhaps I’ll use these skeins to do the Ene’s scarf pattern… too many choices!

After that, I was done.  I was hungry and ready to get on the train and head back home.  I stopped for a couple of slices of pizza at Hot Lips Pizza in the Pearl District.  It was amazing pizza.  I got a slice of cheese and a slice of pear and ham.  That’s right, I said pear and ham.  It was to die for.  It was NY style, the kind you fold down the center and eat.  Between the yarn, food and just overall non-car transportation friendly town, Portland Rocks!

After eating, it was time to head back to the station.

All in all, it was a great trip.  I had a blast and I can’t wait until next year!

Since this weekend was a bit crazy – we’re talking a trip to emergency room kinda crazy.  Fortunately I was just there for support.  Not the injured/sick party – I thought I’d take some photos of the yarn that I mentioned in the last post and show my progress on my hopefully Gold Medal winning socks!

The yarn from Hazel Knits that is Mariners themed.

Hazel Knits yarn loves the Mariners!

Hazel Knits yarn loves the Mariners!

The Socks that Rocks yarn.

Socks that Rock!

Socks that Rock!

My birthday present from my super cool knittin’ friend!

the softest yarn ever

the softest yarn ever

My aunt sent me a few things for my birthday as well.  They are linens from my grandmother and my great grandmother.  They’re so beautiful and so delicate.

Grandmas Linens

Grandma's Linens

More of Grandmas Linens

More of Grandma's Linens

Now let’s take a look at some Gold Medal Socks.  Ok, so I haven’t won the gold yet, but I’m hoping I will!  Most of this was knit while at the emergency room and then while watching Michael Phelps crush the french!

The Start of the Gold Medal Winning Socks

The Start of the Gold Medal Winning Socks

The yarn is from Thank Ewe – bought off of Etsy.  Etsy is my new favorite shopping site.  This yarn is amazing to work with and the sock pattern is Fawkes.  There’s a little bit of lace but nothing crazy.  It’s actually been a great pattern to work with.

I spent most of Sunday at work (ok about 4 and a half hours) at work and then I came right home and started ripping apart the sweaters I got at Goodwill. So here’s the before photo:

3 sweaters sitting on the floor

the brown one is a Woolrich, 100% wool sweater, the white one is a brand I can’t remember and it’s wool and I can’t remember (I should have kept the darn labels) but it’s super soft. And the grey one is Old Navy wool, acrylic blend. I immediately taking apart the white sweater. I was able to rip out the side seam and get the sleeve off. I unraveled the sleeve and got a rather large pile of brain like yarn. (see photo below)

White sweater with brains

Then I thought, perhaps I should have started with the bulkier sweater. So I hopped right on the grey sweater. That one came apart pretty fast. I got most of it unraveled. I just have the front to do. I again have a pile of (grey) brains.

grey brains

Then I had to put it down. I realized that I needed something better than my feet to wind the yarn. And the cats were no help at all. So I switched from that to the wedding present I’m working on. All I’m going to say about that is that it’s coming along swimmingly. This is a little something the bride is not expecting. So I hope she likes it. I was able to work on that while the Red Sox kicked butt.

Today was a really nice day, so I tried to take advantage of it and stayed outside as long as possible. As did the other little creatures around the yard. I am not a big fan of spiders but there are a few that I will let live. The one that lives in my passenger side car mirror ( I like to consider him good luck) and the one that guards the door to my apartment. I believe that one is female as there a several smaller ones around her web. When I came home today I noticed that there was a flurry of little gnat like things floating around. It almost looked like it was snowing there were so many. they must have been taking advantage of the last bit of good weather. I got to the door to say hello to my spider friend and saw that she had a Love Boat sized buffet spread on her web. So I had to take a picture of her in all her spider glory. Hopefully she didn’t mind. If they find me tomorrow coccooned in a spider web, we’ll know she was a bit upset with the impromptu photo shoot.

Spidey

So tonight, I’ll do a little work on the wedding present while watching the Biggest Loser. And watching over my shoulder just in case I angered the spider.

Oh, one last thing – GO RED SOX! (Sorry Linda – I had to do it)

So for the Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap I need to answer a few questions, so my swap partner can send me wonderful goodies… So here are the questions and the oh so witty answers.
Coffee

What are your favorite kinds of coffee?
(Brands, Roasts, anything at all you’d like to share!) I love me some Dunkin’ Donuts coffee – all caffeine. I’m not sure how people can drink decaf… I need the caf.

Do you prefer whole bean or ground coffee? ground coffee… that grinder in the morning should be considered illegal. That’s just a horrible noise.

This time of year, there are often Holiday Blends available, and many flavored coffees – do you drink flavored coffee? Do you enjoy special blends? I do drink flavored coffee. I tend to go for the more mellow flavors – vanilla, hazelnut. If I’m feeling really saucy I might go for a peppermint.

How do you take your coffee? Cream and Sugar? Straight up? Decaf? My coffee is caffeinated, with vanilla or hazelnut creamer and if those aren’t available, plain creamer and sugar.

Do you prefer drinking from a nice thick mug, or a matched cup and saucer? I love the mug. More often than not, I have my travel mug, because I’m usually heading to work. I do have a favorite mug that has yet to be beat for coolness factor. (see photos below – seriously, that’s a dang cool mug. Thanks mom and dad!)

A moose once bit my sisterIt's a moose mug!

Winter and Holidays – PLEASE be descriptive! Your pal will need this information to be sure to put together a package you will enjoy!

What is your favorite part of Winter? I love the curling up on the couch with a warm beverage and snuggling up under a blanket. I love the glow from my xmas tree lights. I love watching the cats systematically try and take the tree down. I love the giving and seeing the smiles on peoples faces. And most importantly I love the sales 🙂

Do you celebrate a holiday in December, and if so, which holiday? I celebrate xmas. I fly back east to spend time with my family. Xmas eve is with my dad’s side of the family and Xmas day is with mom and dad and then mom’s side of the family in the afternoon.

If you celebrate Christmas, do you put up a tree? Yup. I put up a tree. And the cats try and take it down. At the very least, they drink water out of the tree stand.

Would you enjoy items related to the holiday, or would you prefer a Winter themed package? I don’t have a lot of storage space, so unless it was somewhat small or I could use it for other season, then an everyday themed package would be dandy. But I’ll be happy no matter what.

Do you collect anything? Are there any holiday or winter-themed items (Snowmen, Angels, Snoflakes, Santas, etc) that you collect? I collect toy and plastic cameras. Not so much holiday or winter themed.

Do you wear scarves? Mittens? Hats? I definitely wear scarves, gloves and mittens. I love the fingerless gloves. Not so much with the hats. I’ve got crazy curly hair that’s rather thick. I tend to look like one of the three stooges when I throw a hat on. It’s not a good look for a single lady.

What is your favorite holiday or winter treat? I think heading back east to be with my family where there’s snow. It’s not quite xmas without them.
Please share a favorite Winter or Holiday memory. I remember a lot of snow days as a kid. Those were always fun. I also remember my mom cross country skiing over my dad’s hand seconds after he fell. And the time we were watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade and Santa’s pants fell down. I don’t think I’ve ever seen my dad laugh so hard.

Yarn and Crafting

Do you Knit or Crochet? For how long? I’ve been knitting for a couple of years now. My grandma got me started and I was slow to really get into it and now I love it. I want knit all the time! I spend way too much time on Ravelry. That’s how much I love knitting.

Do you like wooden, metal, or plastic needles\hooks? Circular or straight? I love wooden needles – straight or circular. They seem to really work for me.

What sort of projects do you enjoy making? I like making all sorts of things. I want things to be done almost the second I start them. So I tend to do things with bulky yarns or large needles.

What are your favorite types of yarn to work with? I love bulky yarns. And soft yarns. I don’t know if I really have a favorite type of yarn. I’m not a huge fan of arcylics. But they serve a purpose so I don’t beat up on them too much.

Do you spin or dye? I don’t do either of those. I think I need to get better at knitting. And I’m pretty sure that’s something the cats would get into and drag all over the house when I’m not here. So I think I’ll keep the spinning and dying to the professionals.

Do you do other crafts such as scrapbooking or needlepoint or anything else?
I’m not a big scrapbooker (it’s too much work for me). I do a little embroidery work here and there. I dabble in some small sewing projects. I used to make silver jewelry. So I’m crafty, I guess. I’m the type of person that will see something and not like the price of it and say”I think I can make that.” So there’s a lot of half finished projects that get turned into other projects a couple years later.
General

When is your birthday? 8/7/1973 I’m a leo.

Do you have any children? (Furry kind count!) 2 cats – one make and one female. Jimbo and Kinky Disco – aka “the Kink”

What are your favorite colors? I really like earthy colors. Browns, greens and blues. Natural colors. Nothing neon or something that you go, “dear god, did a clow/crayone factory explode?”

Do you have any allergies? No allergies that I know of. I don’t really like straight wool. It’s a bit itchy. If it’s got something soft mixed with it to “cut” the itch factor down, I’m ok with that (I like working with Brown Sheeps’s Lamb’s Pride)

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