You Are a Roller Coaster
You live for excitement, adventure, and the most intense of thrills.
Nothing is better than feeling you're truly alive, and you're willing to take risks to feel this way.
In relationships, people often feel a bit nervous about what they're getting into...
But generally, everyone enjoys the wild ride you take them on. Unless they stay with you too long - then they're apt to feel a bit nauseous!
Your life has more low points and high points than most people's lives.
But that's okay - you love them. You figure that a smooth ride is boring!
Besides, you know that super high highs only come from knowing super low lows.
You cherish every emotion you feel and feel it fully. Why deny what life is truly about?
At your best, you are loving life and sharing your wild times with everyone you know.
You are able to open your friends up to a whole new world of experiences.
At your worst, you feel extremely disoriented and even a bit dizzy.
There's only so much intensity a human (even you!) can take.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
I didn't really have anything in particular I needed, but I had a tough day at work, and I was dropping Emma at her 2-hour art lesson in a nearby town that put me halfway to WEBS and... well... you know how the rest of this story goes.
What did I get? Well, I got some of this:
To make the Bianca's Jacket from Interweave Knits. The yarn is Shire Silk from Plymouth, it's a gorgeous rustic silk. It drapes like a dream! I've been absolutely freezing in the AC at work, so I'm thinking this will be a nice little sweater to leave on a hook in my office for the days when I wear something short-sleeved.
And I got one of these, just for fun:
(Yeah, I should have taken the plastic off, but I know you know what it is, and I don't know what the kids have done with my camera). It's like Flat Feet, but from Plymouth Yarns, and it's called Happy Choices. I guess the "choice" aspect is that they market it as either a scarf or a source of yarn for socks or mittens.
Two colors of ShiBui...both nice, semi-solid colors that should be great for socks with some kind of intricate lace or stitchwork. Mmmm.
Four skeins of Cascade Cloud 9 in red... stocking up early for the Red Scarf project, some additional red and white yarn to make some "red sox" for a friend who's a big baseball fan, and an absolutely gorgeous skein of Soxie from The Great Adirondack Yarn Company.
Here, look at it close up...don't you just love it!
Oh, and there was one more thing. It wasn't from WEBS, but it was a lovely continuation of my string of good karma. I won this stunningly beautiful and soft alpaca yarn (6.5 oz) from Victory Ranch. It was one of the prizes from Gale Zucker and Joan Tapper, the authors of the fabulous book, Shear Spirit, on their site "Two Shear Spirits".
I'm seriously hoping that the old "good things come in threes" adage is true... so if any of you are planning on running contests where the only requirement to win is dumb luck... please be sure to let me know!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
So, hubby and eldest and I decided to see "Batman" (what else?). How was it? I thought it was great, and Heath Ledger was astounding as the Joker. No different from what you've already read in the reviews, right? So why am I bothering to blog about this? Oh, it gets better.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
1) Where is your favorite place to go for vacation/holiday?
For my money, there has to be a beach. I have amazingly fair skin for an Italian gal (you'd swear I was Irish) so you'd think I'd avoid the sun, but I can't help myself when there's a beach involved. Something about the rhythmic crash of waves on a beach, the smell of the salt air, the sound of the gulls... it takes my blood pressure down to nothing, and I could lie there and listen all day (with appropriate sun screen, of course).
I've enjoyed lots of beaches in my day. We grew up going to the Jersey shore, since my mom is from Jersey City. Mostly Seaside Heights or Seaside Park (although I can remember Atlantic City before there were casinos .... ) I've also had the opportunity to enjoy the Southern California beaches, where the Pacific is absolutely stunning. And, I've enjoyed several trips over the years to Bermuda and to the Caribbean. But, I'm Massachusetts born and bred myself, so that means my favorite vacation spot has got to be Cape Cod.
The beaches on the Cape are very different from the other places I've been. Lots of beach grass and dunes, and very different personalities, depending on where you are. You probably know that the Cape is shaped like a bent arm. The "inside" edge of the arm curls around Massachusetts Bay, and the bay side beaches are all warm, calm water and flat. The tide goes out literally for miles, and the beaches are great for kids, or those who actually like to swim. The beaches along the "outside" edge of the arm along the bicep (you know, that part that develops "bat wings" as you get older) is buffered by a sound, since Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Island are a little ways out. So you get a little bit of wave action and a little bit colder water, but nothing extreme.
My personal favorite beaches are along the outside edge of the "forearm". This is called the Outer Cape, and the towns out there are my favorites -- Orleans, Eastham, Truro, Wellfleet and Provincetown. This section of beaches has no protection, and it's actually open water pretty much across to England. The waves are big (by east coast standards) and the water is icy cold. Nothing we like better than going down to Nauset Beach after dinner, when the beach is pretty empty and flying kites with the kids.
2) Where is one place you’d like to go?
I love to travel, so it's hard to pick just one, but I think I'd really like to see Italy one of these days. Ideally, I'd like to rent a little apartment somewhere for a few months so I could really get to know the place and the people. Maybe once we get the kids grown and educated that will be a retirement trip for hubby and me...
Well, now that I'm totally thinking of vacation and beaches, it's going to be a real drag to go to work, but I suppose that if I don't, they'll stop paying me, so I'll say bye for now.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Even though the last clue for the Mystic Meadows KAL was released weeks ago, I've been slow to finish this. No real excuse... it's not a difficult pattern. It's beautiful, and original, and fun to knit, and I will be extremely happy to own and use it when it's done, but I can't say that it's taking so long because it's difficult. It's not. Heck, it's even done in fingering weight yarn instead of lace weight. It flies along... when you actually knit on it, that is.
So, here are a few shots of my work in progress (sloppily pinned to the bed). I'm about 10 rows into clue 3, with a total of 4 clues, so I guess I'm roughly halfway.
Pretty, huh? I'm determined to get this one finished, since I still have a half-finished Mystery Stole3 somewhere in the pile of UFOs. Do you remember MS3? It ended up being the Swan Lake stole. It's an absolutely gorgeous pattern, and I LOVE the beading. (I did it in black alpaca with iridescent green beads). I'll have to admit that I kind of lost steam at the halfway point when the "wing" was introduced. I'm kind of funny with asymmetrical things...either it really hits me or it doesn't. And the wing didn't. So, I decided to make a second half to match the first and graft them together... which will be a beautiful, lacy, delicate stole... if I ever finish it.
So what's my excuse for this lack of fiber news? Well, last weekend was my sister's birthday party for her two kids. Yesterday was our party for our three. Emma turned 15 on July 7th, and Molly & Austin turn 12 on the 15th, so we had a big party for all three yesterday. Lots of fun was had by all, but it's a heck of a lot of work to have 20 or 30 people over!
And the fun doesn't end. My other sister is getting married in August, so we have all the activities leading up to and including that (engagement parties, dress shopping, etc.). And, my mom turns 70 a week after that, so we wanted to plan a little something for her. All good and happy events. All lots of fun, but all take time to prepare for and plan. Time which might otherwise be devoted to knitting and spinning.
But there's hope! My occasional spinning evenings with Naomi continue, with one scheduled in a week or two. And, I stumbled on a brand new Rav group, SNB Pioneer Valley, which just happens to be a group of fiber ladies who meet regularly a block from my home. Who knew? I'm going to try and join in this Wednesday, so I'll let you know how it goes.
I'm also looking to start something good with that STR "Knitters Without Borders" that I won. (Yes, I realize I just said that I plan to finish the KAL... I can do two things at once... sort of). I had a suggestion for Monkeys, which seem to be the hot sock pattern at the moment (and very nice with a handpainted yarn), and I had thought of Sidewinders, just 'cause it seems like a neat idea and because I'm one of the three people on earth who actually enjoy grafting (yeah, I like Christmas fruitcake, too... I've given up trying to understand). Anyway, I'm still open to suggestions if you have a great sock pattern that would show off this yarn well.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
It's nice in the sense that you start the summer with an excuse to clean up your house and yard really well, and after one big blow-out, you can kick back and enjoy the rest of the summer. However, at my house, we're still in the midst of the "really big clean-up" piece, and it's killing me! I am (truth be told) not much of a housekeeper, and saving it all up to do a few times a year is probably not the recommended approach.
Today, however, Cinderella goes to the ball. I'm heading out to Tracy's, I'll kick back by the pool and enjoy the party, and tomorrow it will be back to slaving away at my place! Enjoy your Sunday!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
What yarn (that you don’t have/haven’t used) would make your stash “complete”?
If I were choosing something I haven't used (although I can't figure out why I've never bought some) I would have to say Hand Maiden Sea Silk. Actually, just about anything from Hand Maiden or Fleece Artist would thrill me. Come to think of it, I guess that's why I've never bought any... I head over to the web site and I start looking at different yarns and colorways, and I keep saying, "That's the one I love the best!"... until I see the next one. And, since my children probably want to go to college one day (or at the very least eat between now and then), I don't buy any because I'd have to buy 50 or 60! (glad we analyzed that)
What yarn do you never want to be without?
I don't think I'm totally addicted to any one brand (I may be a wee bit fickle in that department) but I do have my fiber preferences (silk, cashmere, alpaca and combinations of the three) and my weight preferences (fingering and lace for stash... worsted is usually bought when I have a project in mind). I also love discovering new yarn and fiber sources (usually online), particularly when it's a small, indy operation.
Wow, that was a lot like sitting around discussing chocolate brownies when you're on a diet... I may have to make this short so I can go out trolling web sites for new yarn!
I sent a package off to my SP12 pal this week, and I'm hoping she enjoys it as much as I enjoyed putting it together. I also understand that my spoiler has one on the way to me shortly... can't wait! This is my first swap... I used to see them on everyone's blog, but since I was blogless at the time, I was also ineligible for most swaps. Fortunately, now I can join in all the reindeer games! I'll be sure to give you a tour when my package arrives.
I'm also expecting a prize that I won in Deb's contest to help raise money for Crohn's & Colitis research. Apparently I had a bit of good luck working for me that day, so there's some STR heading my way.
Hope you all have some fun lined up for the holiday weekend (even if you're not American... I believe we should all take advantage of every holiday that comes up, even if it's not really "ours"!) We're going to a cookout on Sunday, and hoping that the weather on Friday will hold up well enough for the parade and fireworks. Either way, we'll celebrate our "independence" from work for a few days, which will be a very nice treat.
You'll pardon my now, please, as I have to go stalk my postman...