Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tiny Ballerinas!


2 of my favorite ballerinas wearing the legwarmers that grandma made for them!

Sorry and thank you to Michelle and Nell!

This is a picture of the great goodies sent to me by Nell/ChickenKnits from CA for the Starbucks and Coffee swap for Ravelry!  Do you see the fantastic skein of Chocolate yarn!  Isn't it beautiful!  Looks like  Hershey bar!  It will make a great neckwarmer or scarf to go with my brown suede jacket!
She also included some Ghiradelli chocolates and hot cocoa -  MMMMMM!
There is a mug to put my hot cocoa in and some biscotti to have with it!   Also a gift certificate to Starbucks - yeah - more salted caramel hot chocolate!  There is also a cute little sheep who I had to rescue - my granddaughters wanted to take it home!  Luckily I was able to save it for myself!  I did share the chocolates and hot cocoa!
Nell also made me these beautiful cup cozies.  I am already using the purple one and have gotten lots of compliments!  My daughter is using the pink one. I have hidden the last one for my future use!
I received this lovely washcloth from Michelle from Ohio in my package for the All Hallow's eve package..  Isn't it pretty!  Perfect for the holiday season!  
She also sent me the goodies in this picture.  The handpainted yarn is one of my favorites from Cherry Tree Hill.  The colors are awesome!  Have to come up with something special to make from this yarn!  There is some vanilla body wash, chocolate(yum), tissues and pops (which I will share)for the kids!

I am sorry!  This post is very late!  
Thank you to Michelle and Nell for 2 awesome swap packages! You have helped to brighten my day!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Late Post Red Sox take ALDS against LAAngels

Monday October 6th 2008.  Game 4 of the ALDS  Red Sox vs LA Angels
Awesome!  First playoff game ever - 11th game at Fenway this year.  They have won all 11 games I have been to at Fenway and won the 2 games I saw at Camden Yard.
 
Congratulations to the team!
Hugs for everyone!

Great job by Jon Lester and team!  Bring on the Rays!
Time to go watch them play on tv - we will be in Fenway for game 3 on Monday afternoon!   YEAH!!!!  Lester pitching again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!
  Glad it is an afternoon game - we didn't get home until 230am after Monday night game and I had to be up at 530 for work - it was a very long day! 
 Stopped to get an xlg hot chocolate at Starbucks to help me get moving - boy did that make my heart race!    I was afraid to sit down all day - 3 hours of sleep makes me a little tired!
No knitting done at the game - I brought it with me but was up and down all night with the crowd so had to put it away!  The crowd was a lot tenser than during the regular season!  But it was an awesome feeling to be there for the win!  

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Mets Stitch n Pitch 9/25/08

Big adventure to NYC for hr Mets Stitch n Pitch game.  A couple friends and I took the train then the subway to Shea stadium to watch the Cubs play the Mets for the Stitch N Pitch game.  We had a great time.
Here is Lily Chin in a Mets uniform she knitted holding a crocheted baseball and glove and also wearing a crocheted baseball hat.  Wow, a lot of work went in to this uniform!  I won a raffle prize of one of her books.  Knitting and Crocheting with beads.  Very nice book.  
This is a picture of the goody bag we received from Nancy O Boutique in Ridgefield where we bought our tickets.   Lots of nice things.  Some really nice patterns to try.   Nancy O even added some very pretty shawl sticks.  Her store is worth the trip to see.  Very nice and very friendly!

This is Kay Gardiner from the Mason - Dixon knitting blog and books.  She was awesome to talk to .  I have ordered their new book - she had some of the projects displayed and they were great.   The scarf she has on was knitted by Lily Chin - it is a baseball scarf - very cute!
It did start to rain and we left after the 6th inning but had a great time and can't wait to go again next year!  
I even got to meet Janice - a new friend from the Dish Rag Tag who lives in Long Island.  We met up at the game - very nice to meet a swap friend!  in person!  She gave me the cutest angel pin which is now on my Red Sox bag to bring them good luck tonight in the playoffs!
I went to 2 Stitch n Pitch games this year.  One in Bridgeport in June and this one at Shea in Sept. and they were both great.  If you get the chance to go to a game - DO IT!  You won't be sorry!

Friday, September 26, 2008

WOW am I behind on blogging!!!!

This is the butterfly wash cloth I made our niece for her birthday.  Difficult to get a good picture of design.  It is made from Fantasy Naturale and is just knit/purl.
This is the bag I made for my BF sister for her birthday.  It is also from Fantasy Naturale and is a free Bernat pattern.  It is a very easy crochet pattern.
This is the dishcloth for a swap.  Again knitted but this time with Sugar and Cream.  Very easy knits/purls.
These are legwarmers for princess number 2.  I need to make a pair for her sister - princess number 4.   Luckily they have very short legs!  I used TLC Cotton Plus and 10 rows 3x3 ribbing, 20 rows stockinette, 10 rows 3x3 ribing.  Cast on 30 st to start.
Last but not least - this is the Red Sox good luck charm I knitted for a swap.  Can't wait to make one for me!  The white item in the background is a baby blanket with Wendy Velvet touch.  It actually has little bits of pastel colors in it.  I will take a better picture when it is finished - hopefully soon.
I have been very lax lately about posting.  I have more pictures to post of my trip to Cape Cod, trip to Mets Stitch  Pitch at Shea and lots more to post about!
Will start with a little at a time. 
These are some of the items I have finished knitting this month - very productive month for me!  Will post the rest of my pictures and news soon!

Ravelry Red Sox T shirt Swap Package

These are the great goodies I received today from Kate for the Red Sox T shirt swap.
The t shirt is fantastic!  It is a Pawtucket Red Sox t shirt.  It has the box scores from the longest baseball game played!  What a great idea!  They played the Rochester Red Devils.  

This is the WPI (wrap per inch) tool she sent. Isn't it cute!  I will be keeping it close during the playoffs for luck! 

These are  the other goodies she sent.  The yarn is very soft and the perfect color to make some mini socks - for good luck charms!  They are a warm red - very pretty!  There is a sticker, splatter ball (looks like fun), some needle inventory cards (very good idea), tape measure, notebook, hand lotion and a dark chocolate bar (MMMM). 
Thank you very much OTKATE!  I love this package.  Can't wait to start knitting those little socks while I watch the Sox play in the postseason!  

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

New Red Sox Goodies!

Isn't this the cutest bear - he plays music - Dropkick Murphy's music! He also dances a little jig while the music plays!  
The Red Sox bag is great - it has Dustin's number.  They also sell them with Pap or Becketts's numbers. Great way to carry my knitting!
I found the bag at Modell's and the bear at IParty.  I treated myself!  

Monday, September 8, 2008

All Hallows Eve Dishcloth Exchange

Time for another dishcloth swap!  This is my favorite swap!

The All Hallows Eve Dishcloth swap is starting soon!  Sign up by Sept 12th   to join in on the fun!

My Questionnaire:

1. I have been knitting and crocheting for over 20 years.

2. I use all kinds of needles.  It depends on the type of yarn or project I am doing.  I don't use long straight needles very often any more.  I use mostly short straight/dpn needles or circulars.  I DON'T like BOYE brand.  Use just about any other brand.

3.I like to make small items that I can carry along.  Dishcloths, scarves, leg warmers, bags, an occasional baby afghan or sweater.

4. I don't have a favorite pattern.  I like to use patterns appropriate for the recipient/occasion

5. I love "stuff".  I have all sorts of notions.  I love to try out new things.  I am also a "bag addict".  I buy new project bags all the time.  Just can't help myself!

6. Wendy's Velvet Touch is my favorite.  I like to felt so wools/alpaca are always welcome in my stash!  I love to make dishcloths so cottons are another favorite in my stash.  I like "soft" yarns.  Dislike Lopi, fun fur, scratchy yarns.  New yarn from Peter Pan/Wendy called Tinkerbell is very soft - bought some for my stash but haven't tried it yet.  I think it will be a favorite!

7. Love purple but knit with all colors.  Depends on who/where the item is for.

8. I use lots of cottons.  Fantasy Naturale, Sugar and Cream, Peaches and Cream, Lion Brand, Bernat Cotton -- you name it -- I use it.  I use both solids and multicolored skeins.

9. I like most scents except for citrus.  

10. I think witches are the most "Halloweeney"

11. Love chocolate and salty things - 

12. My favorite costume was a cowgirl!  I wanted to be Annie Oakley !  I had the rifle, 6 shooters, boots and everything - wore them all the time not just Halloween!  Luckily I found another line of work - one of the few times I rode a horse I got thrown!

13.Ravelry newbie!    capesoxknitter is me!

14.Nothing special to tell my pal except to have fun!  I am very easy to please!  

Friday, August 29, 2008

DISH RAG TAG - PACKAGE HAS COME AND GONE!



PACKAGE ARRIVES 2:30.  


THEN I LOGGED IN AND ACKNOWLEDGED RECEIVING THE PACKAGE
UNPACKED THE BOX - JANICE MADE ME A BEAUTIFUL DISH RAG.  IT REMINDS ME OF SHERBERT!  SHE ALSO SENT ME SOME TEA BAGS AND SENT MY KITTY SOME NEW TOYS!  THERE IS ALSO A CUTE CD OF ANIMAL STORIES BY JAMES HERRIOT'S TO SHARE WITH MY GRANDKIDS!  ONLY HAD A MINUTE TO CHECK IT OUT BECAUSE I NEEDED TO GET KNITTING!


I QUICKLY MADE A COPY OF THE PATTERN AND DIRECTIONS THEN PUT THE ORIGINALS BACK IN THE BOX.  I PUT IN THE GOODIES I HAD COLLECTED AND A NEW SKEIN OF YARN.  THEN I SAT DOWN TO KNIT AT 2:40.  BOY!   DID MY AFTERNOON FLY!  
I FINISHED AT 5:30.  DECIDED TO CHANGE THE YARN I WAS SENDING TO THE NEXT KNITTER.  THE ONE I PUT IN THE BOX WAS FANTASY NATURALE AND NEEDS TO BE ROLLED OR WOUND AND I KNEW THE CHERYL DIDN'T NEED THAT HEADACHE!  I NEVER THOUGHT TO WIND IT AHEAD OF TIME.  SO, I SWITCHED THE YARN THEN LOGGED IN TAGGED CHERYL AND TRIED TO PRINT A LABEL.  UGH!  4 TRIES AND NO LABEL.  SO I HAND PRINTED ONE AND TAPED IT TO THE BOX WHILE MY DAUGHTER GOT THE CAR.
WE HAD TO DRIVE CROSS TOWN - NOT AN EASY THING TO DO AT THAT TIME OF DAY!  WE HAD 20 MINUTES TO GET THERE.  WE PASSED 2 POLICE CARS SITTING LOOKING FOR SPEEDERS/DUI FOR THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND.  
GOT TO THE POST OFFICE JUST IN THE KNICK OF TIME!  POSTMARKED AT 5:52.  WE HAD 8 MINUTES TO SPARE!
WHEN WE GOT BACK HOME MY BOYFRIEND SAID THE LABEL PRINTED 5 MINUTES AFTER WE LEFT!
I LOGGED IN AGAIN AND ENTERED THE TRACKING NUMBER AND DATE!
I AM FINISHED!  YOUR TURN NOW CHERYL - GOOD LUCK!

I DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO GET A PICTURE OF THE BOX ALL READY TO GO - WAS TRYING TO PRINT LABEL BUT DID TAKE A QUICK PICTURE OF THE DISH RAG.  I LOVE THE COLORS IN THE YARN JANICE SENT ME!  I REALLY LIKE THE PATTERN WE RECEIVED -  WILL PROBABLY DO IT AGAIN BUT A LOT SLOWER!



GO DISH RAG DIVAS!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

WOW! Check out this bag!




Check this out! 
 I received my swap package from Noelle from Chicago for the Starbucks/Yarn swap. 
She sent me some awesome goodies.  As you can see there is some
 Very pretty and soft purple wool yarn
 Starbucks Gift Card 
Chicago magnet
 Chicago Cubs peanuts! 
Baby Ruth Bar (YUMMMM)
 Cool bag from Harry Caray's to carry a knitting project in! 
 But even more awesome is the bag she knitted and hand felted!  Check it out!!!

I have already put my things in it so I can use it tonight - we are going out to dinner and I need to show it off - it is so cool!
Noelle did a fantastic job!  Can you see the cute buttons?  The are little wooden baseball buttons.  I will be the envy of all the Red Sox fans I know!  It is a felted bag and the "B" is needle felted!  WOW!!

Thank you Noelle for a FANTASTIC package - especially my very special Red Sox bag!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Special Olympics Challenge



Check out this site
  for a Special Olympics challenge!
 

They need scarves for all the athletes and would like them all to be knitted or crocheted from Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in white and Delft blue. 

 I found the yarn at Walmart - Michaels had lt blue, country blue and dutch blue but not Delft blue.

You can use one of their free patterns or any other pattern you like.  Need to be done by 1/09. 


Ravelry here I come!

I am now a Ravelry member.  
Name is capesoxknitter!
I need to spend some time checking it out. 
I did join a group of fellow Red Sox Knitters!
Should be fun getting to see all the things Ravelry can do.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Waiting for my turn!

Waiting ( not patiently!) for my turn in the Dish Rag Tag!  The box is in WA with Deb and has 2 more stops before it reaches me!
This is my first time doing a tag.  

There are 24 teams of 12 knitters who will each get a turn to receive the "baton". 
 A box with a skein of cotton yarn, a pattern to knit a dishrag from the enclosed yarn to send to the next team member and a  finished dishrag and surprise to keep! 
 You need to knit the dishrag ASAP and get it in the mail to the next team member.  First team to have all members pass the baton along to its final destination wins! 
Can't wait to get my turn.  Should be here early in the week. No sleep that night!

You can see the graphic in the sidebar that shows the team progress.  I am on the Knitting Divas team.  GO DIVAS!

I am also waiting for my invitation to join Ravelry.  I finally decided to join.  Not sure how involved I can get at the present but thought it was about time I joined!
Hope to get the invitation soon so I can check out all the fun things Ravelry has to offer!

We will be going to Maine this weekend to a 70th birthday party for my BF's uncle.   We will be in the Harpswell area.  I have only been there once before.  We will actually be staying on a naval base in Brunswick.   I hope the weather stays nice - the party is outside on Saturday.  There is a lobster dinner on Friday night and a brunch on Sunday.  Should be fun!  

Will have the details next post!
Gotta go do some laundry so I have something to pack!

Monday, August 18, 2008

My final package for the Summer of Yarn Love Swap!

Look at the pretty packages that I received from my Summer of Yarn Love secret pal for my 3rd package!  She is no longer a secret pal!  Amy - the swap co ordinator is my super pal.  She is busy getting ready for her upcoming wedding but still found time to send me 3 wonderful packages!
As you can see she sent me some great goodies!
There is a cute memo pad and note book - with my favorite - lighthouses on it.

The potholders are really nice. To pretty to use.  I think I will put them on the wall above my stove to show them off!  I actually have a scrub top and stethoscope cover in the same fabric  :).
They are from an Etsy shop called Craftysandy.

The sunglass cover is so cute! She got it from an Etsy shop called Doodlebug Quilts!  I call my granddaughters Doodlebugs all the time!  

These are the beautiful yarns!  The Cascade looks blue but is actually shades of purple/lavender.  Very nice!
The purple on the right is some fantastic Malabrigo.  I have 2 skeins of the same shade that I received in another swap - from Chan - and can't wait to find a pattern for it!
I love all the things Amy has sent me this summer.  The 3 packages have helped brighten my summer!  This has been a great swap!  
Thank you Amy and I hope the rest of your wedding planning goes smoothly!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Fun in the summertime!

BET YOU CAN'T GUESS WHO HER DAD'S FAVORITE BASEBALL TEAM IS!
PRINCESS # 4  WITH HER BIRTHDAY CAKE - HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY
PRINCESS # 2 WITH HER BIRTHDAY CAKE - HAPPY 4TH BIRTHDAY!

STAYING COOL IN THE SUMMERTIME!

Long time - No Blog!


Wow!  I haven't blogged in a very long time!  July just flew by and August is doing the same!
I received the award above from Laurie C.
She was my partner in my first knitted bag swap and we have remained email and blog buddies ever since. Thank you Laurie! I will post my nominees for the award later this evening or tomorrow.  Need to do some research!
I signed up for a Dishrag Tag!  Sounds like fun.  I will receive a package from a team mate who will send me a knitted dishrag, a skein of yarn, a dishrag pattern chosen by our hostess,and a special gift.  I need to knit the dishrag ASAP and mail it to the next team member with another skein of yarn and the pattern and a gift.  Hope I get the pattern right the first time!  You can see more details and follow our progress at the dishrag tag site.  I am on the Dishrag Divas team! I haven't done anything like this before so it will be interesting to see how it goes!  Can't wait to start!  First package goes out later this week!  Will be watching for mine to arrive!




Wednesday, July 23, 2008

WATCH THE WHALE FEED!

HUMPBACK WHALE FEEDING CLOSE TO OUR SHIP.
video

Rest of vacation on Cape Cod!

AWESOME VACATION - WEATHER WAS GREAT - BEACHES WERE AWESOME - WHALE WATCH FANTASTIC!

I DID MANAGE TO GET SOME KNITTING DONE.  I FINISHED 2 CROCHETED MARKET BAGS - NICE AND EASY TO DO - VERY QUICK ALSO!  GOOD BEACH PROJECT.  I SPEND A LOT OF TIME PEOPLE AND WAVE  WATCHING SO NEED AND EASY PROJECT!
THE WAVES WERE AWESOME!  I AM NOT A STRONG SWIMMER BUT LOVE TO SIT ON THE BEACH AND LISTEN TO THE WAVES.  THE WERE ROARING ALL WEEK.  HURRICANE BERTHA WAS OFF THE COAST AND IT WAS A FULL MOON DURING THE WEEK SO THE WAVES WERE HUGE!  BF DID BOOGIE BOARD THE FIRST FEW DAYS BUT OUR LAST DAY THERE NO ONE WAS BRAVING THE WAVES - THEY WERE TOO DANGEROUS.  BEAUTIFUL TO WATCH!
WE WENT ON A SUNSET WHALE WATCH AND IT WAS FANTASTIC!  WE SAW SO MANY HUMPBACK WHALES - THEY WERE ALL AROUND US FEEDING.  YOU USUALLY HAVE TO GO OUT ABOUT AN HOUR FROM THE HARBOR BUT WE WERE ONLY OUT ABOUT 20 MINUTES WHEN WE FOUND THEM!  WE COULD STILL SEE THE SHORE! 
THEY WERE ROLLING AROUND IN THE WATER, SLAPPING THEIR TALES TO SCARE THE FISH AND COMING UP FROM UNDER THE FISH TO CATCH THEM - IT WAS AWESOME.  I WILL TRY TO UPLOAD A VIDEO OF THEM LATER. 

NOT THE BEST PICTURE BUT THIS WAS OUR VIEW ON THE WAY BACK IN TO THE HARBOR AFTER WATCHING THE WHALES FEED FOR ABOUT 2 HOURS!
WE HAD A GREAT TIME.  HOPE TO BE ABLE TO GO BACK AGAIN SOON!

Vacation pictures - day 1 and 2 - Boston

Red Sox games were great start to vacation!  
Tim Wakefield pitched a great game on Saturday night!  Lots of hitting action also!
Red Sox win 12-1  --  YEAH!!
Jonathan Papelbon saved his 100th game on Sunday afternoon in a very long game!

Game took forever - Dice - K not the fastest pitcher!  But a win is a win!  And this one was my 12th game and 12th win this year!  I did not see the Sox lose this year!  Now I need more tickets so I can keep my winning streak going!
Well - on to Cape Cod!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

2 WONDERFUL SWAP PACKAGES!



I ARRIVED BACK FROM VACATION ON FRIDAY TO FIND 2 FANTASTIC PACKAGES WAITING FOR ME!
FIRST IS THE PACKAGE FOR THE KEEPING COOL IN THE SUMMERTIME DISHCLOTH SWAP.  ANITA O. SENT ME THIS WONDERFUL PACKAGE. YOU CAN SEE THE WONDERFUL GOODIES SHE SENT ME. THE PRETTY PINK NOTION BAG WAS FULL OF GOODIES - AN EMERY BOARD, WIPES, LABELS FOR MY KNITTED ITEMS AND THE CUTEST SOCK COIN PURSE. THE MINI BATH SPONGE IS CUTE ALSO. THE BODY LOTION FEELS AND SMELLS GREAT! ANITA ALSO SENT ME SOME WONDERFUL TAHKI COTTON YARNS MADE IN GREECE - CAN'T WAIT TO FIND A PROJECT FOR THEM!  THEY ARE SO PRETTY! 
THESE ARE THE 2 FANTASTIC DISHCLOTHS THAT SHE SENT ME!  AREN'T THEY PRETTY. SHE DID A FANTASTIC JOB KNITTING THEM! THANK YOU ANITA FOR A WONDERFUL PACKAGE!  

MY SECOND AND ALSO WONDERFUL PACKAGE CAME FROM MY SECRET PAL IN THE SUMMER OF YARN LOVE SWAP.  THIS IS MY 2ND FANTASTIC PACKAGE FROM HER.  I LOVE THE BLUE SKY ORGANIC COTTON YARN - IT IS SOOOO SOFT AND I LOVE THE COLOR!  THE DEBBY BLISS MERINO ARAN IS ALSO SOFT AND IS MY FAVORITE COLOR!  THE LIP GLOSSES AND HAND CREAM WILL COME IN VERY HANDY. THE FLAVORS OF THE LIP GLOSSES ARE DELICIOUS!  THE TRINKET BOX IS PERFECT FOR KNITTING NOTIONS AND THE LITTLE SHEEP AND BLACK CROW ON TOP ARE SO CUTE!
THANK YOU FOR 2 WONDERFUL PACKAGES - YOU HAVE HELPED MAKE THIS A WONDERFUL SUMMER AND I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE AUGUST PACKAGE!

THANK YOU BOTH - ANITA AND MY SECRET PAL FOR MAKING COMING HOME FROM VACATION EASIER!  

WILL POST PICTURES FROM WONDERFUL VACATION SOON!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Summer MEME

 Rules - You must answer each the questions with only one word & tag 4 others.

1.   Where is your cell phone?     Purse
2.   Your significant other?     Sleeping
3.   Your hair?    Colored
4.   Your father?     Dead
5.   Your mother?    Dead
6.   Your favorite thing?   Family  
7.   Your dreams last night?   None
8.   Your favorite drink?   Water
9.   Your dream/goal     Travel
10.  Room you're in?     Kitchen
11.   Your favorite hobby?   Knitting
12.   Your fear?   Sharks
13.  Where do you want to be in 6 years?   Beach
14.  What your not?   unfriendly
15.  Muffins?  Chocolate
16.  One of your wish list items?    Travel
17.  Where you grew up?  Connecticut
18.  The last thing you did?   Packed
19.  What are you wearing?  PJ'S
20.  Favorite gadget?   IPOD
21.  Your pets?   Frisky
22.  Your computer?    Mac 
23.  Your mood?  Calm
24.  Missing someone?  Yes
25.  Your car?   Honda
26.  Something you are not wearing?   Shoes
27.  Favorite store?  WEBS
28.  Like someone?   Yes
29.  Your favorite color?   PURPLE
30. When was the last time you laughed?   Yesterday
31.  Last time you cried?  Thursday

I was tagged by Mary.
The lucky 4 who I am going to tag are:
Laurie, Jane, Debb, and anyone else who would like to try this.