Monthly Archives: October 2007

Winter Wonderland Coffee Questionnaire

Here is my questionnaire for the swap:

1.  My favorite kinds of coffee are  Caribou Coffee — Kenya AA and La Minita Peaberry; Green Mountain Organic Espresso Blend and Ethiopian Yirgacheffe

2.  I prefer whole bean, but ground is fine also.

3.  I don’t care for flavored coffee. I do like Starbuck’s Holiday Blend.

4.  I prefer drinking from a nice thick mug. I generally buy sets of not quite matching mugs at Pier 1

5. My favorite part of winter is snow

6.  I celebrate Christmas

7.  I do put up a tree

8. I have a small collection of snowmen, and I love vintage Santas

9. I wear scarves and mittens — never been a hat person.  I do wear knitted headbands.

10. My favorite holiday treats are egg nog, coffee with the peppermint mocha creamer, cranberry scones, white chocolate peppermint dipped oreo cookies

11. One of my favorite winter memories is when I lived in Minnesota and my daughters and I would spend Sunday afternoons out on the cross country ski trails at the local park.  I always made a thermos of real cocoa and took bagels and cream cheese to toast for our break in the lodge.

12. I am a knitter.  I have knit off and on since I was ten years old, but have been a consistent knitter for the past 15 years.

13. Bamboo is my needle of choice.  Straight or circular is fine. I also love to use dpn’s.

14. I knit a lot of socks, scarves, mittens, hats, baby sweaters, baby blankets.  I have knit a few adult garments, but I generally stick to smaller items. 

15. My favorite types of yarn to work with — merino, cotton wool blends, any type of sock yarn; I would love to try some of the new bamboos, soy, silk yarns.

16. I do not spin; I tried kool-aid dyeing once with a group of women and found it to be fun, but I don’t really dye yarn, either.

17. I don’t really do other crafts — some simple jewelry making on occasion.  I spend my non-knitting time reading, playing music, gardening, and cooking.

18. My birthday is in late August.

19. Children — I have two daughters of the nonfurry persuasion.  The eldest is 28 and is currently serving in Iraq with the Army.  The youngest is 19 and lives at home and goes to school.  I have two furry children — both Siamese — who are around 10-14 in age.

20. My favorite colors are sage green, indigo blue and dark brown.

21.  No allergies of which I am aware.


Swap News

I just found out there is a new swap coming up.  Registration starts on October 24 — so you have plenty of time to check it out —


Winter, yarn, coffee — what could be cozier?

Busy Week!

This has been a busy week — I have had a meeting or some other activity every night!  I am ready for a break —

I did manage to get some photos last night, though.  I finished the Child’s Front Placket Sweater in grape and lavender.

Lavender Front Placket Sweater

And here is a photo of the progress of the Branching Out scarf, which I have not worked on lately — must get back to it.

Branching Out Scarf — Moss Green

And finally, a little more progress on the eternal WIP —

Log Cabin Blanket 10-10-07

Clara Parkes of Knitting Review e-newsletter has a great pattern for free download — her Maine Morning Mitts.  I got a copy.  I have wanted an excuse to buy some Noro and now I have it!

Tonight after practice I will be baking an apple-pear crisp.  The praise teams are having a chili dinner at the worship pastor’s house Friday evening, and I have been assigned a dessert. 

I hope to get in some good knitting time this weekend.  I picked up a copy of Bobby on dvd from the library.  It seemed like I put in a request for it eons ago — and I finally got it this week.

Next week will be busy with meetings again and getting ready for the retreat.  I need to do better with that little two character word —

October Already?

Wow — where did September go?

This is the last month for the local farm market.  I went early Saturday morning and stocked up for the week.  I bought lots of grape tomatoes and roasted two batches and stored them in freezer bags for the coming winter.  I also bought green beans, sweet potatoes, zucchini, butternut squash, eggplant, and acorn squash.  I am going to make a ratatouille, some zucchini walnut muffins, and I found a recipe in a Martha Stewart cookbook for chicken breasts with roasted vegetables which will use the acorn squash.

I am currently reading Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and find it very interesting.  I try to eat locally as much as possible and within my budget.  And I don’t buy fresh tasteless tomatoes in December and January.

I spent part of the weekend working on putting together soldier boxes — one for my daughter and her husband, and two other boxes for the guys I have been sponsoring through Adopt a Platoon.  My daughter telephoned me last week and requested some items — it was good to hear her voice.

This past weekend was the 100th birthday of my church.  Saturday evening I attended a banquet and the program was very good.  The team that worked on the event put together a video with the history of the church from its start in 1907 to the present day.  It was very well done.  I talked to quite a few people who I don’t see every week.  I had a great time.

My praise team played two services this week.  Then I went home and ate lunch and changed and went back for practice with the band.  We are getting ready for the women’s retreat.  The music is coming together and we have chosen all our songs.  Now we need to put together a set list.  Patti and I are going out to look at the platform space at the hotel so we can work out our set up.

I read today’s Knitting Daily post and I want to make this for me!


I have just the yarn I need to make it, too.  I love vests — I have always been a vest and cardigan person.  My knitting lately has been fractured — working on one thing for a bit and then starting one or two new projects.  I need to get myself organized and prioritized — I hope to get that task accomplished over the weekend.  I need to reorganize some of my yarn and create a list.  There are several baby items I need to get started on.  I am nearly finished with the grape and lavender Child’s Front Placket Sweater I am working on.  I started the placket yesterday and hope to have it finished by the end of this week.