Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Additional Comments

Hi fellow knitters. Um, the previous entry was ghost written by my 14-year-old son, Thomas. He was helping me post pictures and playing around with me, saying "see, mom, I can totally do your writing style" Then to my horror he clicked on post!

So the pictures are out of order. The first is the section I knitted. Second is an action shot of the blankie being cuddled by Thomas and Ian, who's my nephew and the brightest spot in my day. Third, if I remember right, is the blanket as it is now, headed to Taylor. Fourth is the blanket as it arrived with the goodies that Kim sent along to me. Yay, STR downpour colorway! The Cooking Man in one of the shots is my husband. Love to see that man in the kitchen!

About my knitting... I used Clickheaton Country 8 ply superwash. Lovely sproingly woolly wool. It isn't as soft as the wools you all have been using, and my original swatch was a little firm-ish for the blankie. So I went up a needle size to make it a little more drapey. The double moss stitch that I chose still looks OK, but really looked great in the tighter fabric. There is a scarf in one of the new knitting mags with alternating double moss stitch and garter that was my inspiration.

Blankie is finally on to Taylor!

Hi, finally finished my part of the blanket and I'm ready to pass it on now. Whew! I think it's really looking good now! I was trying to post some pictures with this blog using HTM-whatsit, but unfortunately my computer skills are, well, limited. Remember when we had to use punch cards to run a computer? Oh wait, that was before your time. Well, anyways, I had to employ the um, technical assistance of my son, Thomas. Man, that kid continues to amaze me. He recently told me he wants to be a doctor. I knew he'd come around sometime. Anyways, he helped me set up a Photobucket, and I honestly couldn't tell you what the heck he did. That's the punch-cards speaking right there. Well, tell me if this works (or don't. I'd probably cry.)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Hi everyone. I am sure you are all wondering what happened to the blanket! At the time that it came I was desperately trying to finish a couple of projects for upcoming birthdays, so I had to finish those. Then my birthday came, and my dear hubbie swept me away for a little trip (this was a milestone birthday.)
Since then I have been stressing about my addition to this blanket. You wouldn't believe the trouble I had finding purple superwash. I had my heart set on purple, you know. I also wanted soft, but turns out that was asking a little much. Then, I realized I wasn't quite smart enough to figure out how to connect onto two sides at once. The other night in desperation I picked up stitches on a long side, smack in the middle no less, and started knitting, so I wouldn't have to join on a side. Now it looks like I don't play well with others! I just looked at the list of people who are left, and I am not sure there are enough left to fill in all the space I have left.....My husband says "It's knitting, Tammi, not rocket science. Knit it and send it on." I promise, Taylor, that I will send it soon.
And I will email pics to Jodie, so maybe she can post them, since I can't figure out how..

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Cool mail

There was a little package in the mail for me today! Inside is the coolest-looking blanket, all stripey and miter-ey amd bobble-y! And Kim, I luuuv the Socks That Rock yarn- I knit my first pair of socks this summer, and I am hooked on it- can't wait to cast on this beautiful yarn. And how did you know that I lost my little "Kacha" counter? Thanks!

As soon as I figure out how to post pictures on this blog I will do it. What will I add to this beautiful creation? As I looked at it today I see that it is desparately missing- Purple!

Monday, September 17, 2007

For Whatever Reasons...

I can't post pictures to this blog.

However, if you hop over to My blog you'll be able to see the Blanket that is on its way to Tammi as well as the gifties from Ren!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Goodbye Blankie!

With school starting in a week I figured I better do my darndest to get my square done, which I did today. And I'll pack it up and send it out to Tammi tomorrow, and post some pics soon!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Hello Blankie!

The Blankie is back in Oregon as I type. Pics soon, but lovely yarn came with it as well as the most adorable snail, made by Ren herself.

The snail is very timely: we just returned from Canada where one of the only critters we saw were Banana slugs. We're thinking about making a Banana Slugs calendar for family and friends (after they all enjoyed the whale and seal calendar from Alaska last year).

Thursday, August 30, 2007

with packing, moving back to school, and starting classes, my section of the blanket has taken a little bit longer than i had intended, but it's finally done! while looking at the different sections (which are all gorgeous!), i noticed something very peculiar.... a total lack of stockinette stitch. every square (with the exception of abe-hap's) is done basically in garter stitch! i decided that no blanket could be complete without all the little v's so characteristic of stockinette. i used rice stitch, with the "wrong side" as the front to look somewhat like stockinette without quite as much curling. i think it turned out pretty well. : )

(please ignore the nasty dorm carpet!) kim has just gone on vacation, but when she returns i will be sending the blanket on it's merry way back to oregon. yay!

Friday, August 10, 2007

it's here!

the blanket has arrived in sunny florida along with wonderful goodies from The Bon.

now i just need to decide what to do for my contribution to the blanket! thanks again for the goodies, bon!

Monday, August 6, 2007

On It's Way Again

The blanket made it's way to the post office this morning so it should be heading east to Ren, the next knitter. Newlywed life isn't any less busy than pre-wedding life, I'm not entirely sure why I expected that it would be, but I apologize for the amount of time the blanket spent with me. Figuring out how to work with what was already there was a little trickier than I expected. The blanket is awesome folks, but I couldn't get it to fit in a photo, even on my giant couch, so here's the best that I could do:

Everything, Squinched.

I had to squinch up the top square, with it's stripes and bobbles, it's somewhere between 2 and 3 times as long as it looks.

My square:

Folded Up!

Was knit with Debbie Bliss Rialto, 100% superwash merino on size 6 clover circular needles. I decided to make it mirror itself so I reversed the cables in the middle of the blue stripe, after leaving out what would have been a crossing. It is squidgey and soft.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Kyle joins the cause (Howdy Y'all!)

Thanks Jodie for adding me to this fun - here's my questionnaire filled out - I can't wait to get the blanket and add to it - I'm very excited!

you can see my blog at to know lots more about me - I'm also on as kunnecke :)

What are your Favorite Colors? - I love fall colors - anything "natural" or

Do you prefer Solid or Multi Colored Yarns? I prefer multi colored yarns (hand dyed or patterned yarns are my favorite; I seem to always knit with brown/blue or green yarns that are hand dyed)

What fibers do you prefer? I prefer natural fibers; wool, alpaca, angora, etc.

Any Allergies? - not really - I even have had yarn spun out of my cat and dog's hair (thanks to :)

What do you enjoy knitting the most? (socks, mittens, sweaters, etc.) I love knitting sweaters - I have never tried mittens or gloves, and I'm still scared of socks (although I KNOW that I don't need to be scared; it's not that hard!)

What are your favorite yarns? I love handspun or hand dyed yarns - I also love Debbie Bliss - and Noro Silk Garden (working on a blanket of Noro) - weight wise, I have been using lots of dk or sport weight lately - maybe it's just because it's summer :)

What do you enjoy doing outside of knitting? I love playing with my cats and doggies- I have 2 rescue cats - one is missing a leg, the other is missing an eye - both were at rescue groups for months before I got them - I took them home because noone else wanted them - they're the most wonderful pets I have ever owned! I also have 3 dogs - 1 is a rescue (she has issues but we love her) and 2 others that have been in the family for a few years... I love antiquing, I love painting and decorating - and working to help out others - either through charities or just with friends - although I don't do as much of it as I'd like...

Favorite foods or candies? chocolate is yummy - I love peanut butter - I'm not really picky - :)

Art or Music you enjoy? I love experimental and installation art - music wise, I love musicals, country music, pop, 80's, bluegrass, etc. - really almost anything except hard rock or funky 60's bands...

What inspires you? the triumph over struggle, folks who overcome adversity, broken and lost objects that somehow find a new purpose, the restoration efforts of individuals who work to renovate historic properties, the stories and history behind any craft or a person's journey through life and how they came to be who they are - (did any of that make sense?)

Anything else you want to share? if there's anything else you want to know, just email me :) I live in the Los Angeles, CA area - I work full time.... my family is from the south (Indiana/Kentucky area)... I guess that's all for now..

Wednesday, June 27, 2007


The blanket arrived today and I have to say that Carolyn totally went crazy on the gifts for me! What a thoughtful and wonderful package of goodies for me, including some super funny balloons that say "Just Married." I'll take a photo later but I have to tell you those bobbles are quite awesome in person and I am just planning my next move now.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Jodie's Questionnaire

I realized I hadn't answered my own questionaire! The blanket looks awesome, and I know it will make a great addition to the rooms that the kiddos spend so much time in . We are about halfway through our list of destinations!

Here's the Questionnaire to get to know your swap partner better.

What are your Favorite Colors?
Purple and Green. I tend to like earthy colors and like to expand my spectrum.

Do you prefer Solid or Multi Colored Yarns?
I like both for different projects. If it's multi colored I prefer only slight variations.

What fibers do you prefer? Any Allergies?
I like and use everything.

What do you enjoy knitting the most? (socks, mittens, sweaters, etc.)
I always have a pair of socks on the needles, usually some lace, and at least one sweater. I have also really enjoyed doing mittens, hats and scarves, but they haven't been my main focus.

What are your favorite yarns?
So many! I love Lorna's Laces, Socks that Rock, Malebrigo, Ultra Alpaca, and anything unique. I definitely like traditional yarns more than novelty.

What do you enjoy doing outside of knitting?
I love my job as a violin teacher, kayaking, camping, riding my awesome bike, reading, and drinking coffee.

Favorite foods or candies?
Anything with chocolate, especially dark.

Art or Music you enjoy?
I'm a huge Rufus Wainwright fan. I like celtic music, classical, jazz, and Pink Martini.

What inspires you?
I get inspired by the world around me. I really like imitating nature in my knitting (the reason I'm a huge Norah Gaughn fan) and older fashsions made contemporary.

Anything else you want to share?
Thanks for helping make this blanket. If you need more info on me, my blog is the best place to check.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

My story, thus far

No doubt, some are wondering what I've been up to. Friends, I cannot tell you how many times I have frogged my square(s). My "multicolored bobble extravaganza" was not, repeat not, a smashing success. (It turns out that a gazillion bobbles may look okay on a wall hanging, or on the hat of a person with strange taste in clothing, but for a blanket...well, it just doesn't work. Totally.)

So...(sniff, whimper) - back to the drawing board. (Whatever could I do??) I tried diagonals. No good. Intarsia. No...still looks bad...OMG, the clock is ticking!

Finally I knew that I had to stop fussing with this, or Jodie will come over here and yank it out of my busy, busy hands.

So. Now. As the last rays of sunset gently illuminate our yard...I think I almost have enough time for a quick photo of Our Blanket, as it is today. Behold, and click to enlarge:

It's Yikes, Stripes, in Mission Falls 1824 superwash merino. And on one end, a little row guessed it. A few bobbles! They look like little mulberries.

Dear Bon, I'm sorry I've kept this so long. (Although I notice that you are enormously busy with other things now!)

And you know what? I wish I could add another piece to this blanket. But I've already kept it for weeks. It is long past time for it to move on.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Let's take a look...

I wanted to post earlier, but sadly, my computer fell ill last night. (Guess I forgot to feed the elves inside.) We're up and running again today, so we're ready for our close-up, Mr. DeMille!

Approximate dimensions as follows:
Center black garter-stitch strip: 4" x 45" (4 cm x 115 cm); Penny's lovely log cabin rectangle, also garter stitch, 7 1/2" x 13" (19 cm x 33 cm); Abehappy's green/gold square, 10 1/2" x 9" (27 cm x 23 cm); Fyberduck's black/green garter-stitch stripes, 10 1/2" x 12" (27 cm x 32 cm). At its widest part, it is now about 21 inches (about 55 cm). The cat wants to sit on it...Shoo!

There's lots of room to grow, here. On close inspection, I discern that there is not enough red in this blanket. Also...not enough bobbles.

My task is clear.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Special Delivery

It's, from New York! Oh, Penny, thank you!!

My friends, I wish that you could see and feel this beautiful work-in-progress. The squares have been made with so much love, so much care. It's incredibly soft. And there are at least a dozen places where I could add my own square.

Needless to say, now that it's my turn...I am terrified.

And what's this...some goodies for me, too! Some colorful rainbow-type yarn, for my Inner Circus Clown (yes, that's me all right!) Enough for socks and a hat and a scarf! And popcorn, too (Penny, how did you know my secret love?? Is the popcorn from Coney Island?? I heart New York!)

But I have to work tonight (don't ask), so I will post some photos tomorrow. And I have to figure out what to add. (I do not want my Inner Circus Clown to take over my project and knit a crazy square, now, do I!?)

Wednesday, May 30, 2007


I finally finished my part of the blanket. I'm nervous as I totally bonked picking up stitches and made it up as I went along. Jodie (who is awesome) had charged us with being creative, so I tried. It is based on MDK's log cabin stuff and my meandering through Coney Island the week before I bought yarn. I might chicken out and crochet over some of the horridness I left in my wake. You'll see how I slowly learned how to pick up and join the stitches. It's funny as I was doing this I realized I had never done that sort of thing before. Shawls and socks don't have many seams ... I hope to get it out Friday. I would say tomorrow, but I'm realistic and feel guilty for holding onto it for so long. I have no box yet with which to mail. I haven't even gotten together what I want to send to Carolyn yet.

The blanket traveled a small bit with me. It went to Coney Island and up to Montrèal with us this past weekend. It saw sun and let me get sunburnt (we talked after that). I hope you like it and I don't look too newbie-ish.. I'm not completely sure what happened. I think nerves because Jodie, Sara, and Abe-hap are such awesome knitters. I hope I don't flip out tonight after posting this and rip it out and redo it!!!

(much of this post was pulled from what I wrote on my site.)

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


Perhaps. :) I hope to finish knitting Friday afternoon and get the blanket back on it's way early next week...

Saturday, May 19, 2007


I received the blanket and some other goodies mid last-week from sara. It and I have been curled up and reading and not doing too much because of some yucky spring rain. Hopefully tomorrow we'll at least get to a museum and maybe decide which yarns and patterns the next part will be knit in. I also have to complete gathering everything for carolyn. Yay!

More details here until I get my act together to draft a better post. :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2007


I sent the blanket off to Penny today, and even managed to get a picture of Jodie (our fab organizer) posing with it at knitting last night:

I can't wait to see what it's going to become!

Monday, May 7, 2007

Progress report

Just checking in, with proof that I (and the blanket) haven't disappeared off the face of the planet. I finished my square a couple of days ago, but finally had the time today to weave in all the yarn ends. So, here's a wonky picture (I swear it is a square and not a trapezoid or diamond!):

I used Elspeth Lavold's Silky Wool. Sooo... now I need to take it around town when I get goodies for Penny, and get some blanket-in-Eugene action shots. I should have it sent off by the end of the week.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Straight from the Land of Oz

Guess what I got?

I received the blanket (and extra goodies) yesterday, but didn't have a chance to get a photo until today. Unfortunately, the weather knew what I was going to try, so it got all overcast and made the pic a bit flashy...

Everything Abe-hap sent:
  • the blanket, looking good (of course ;D)
  • a skein of gorgeous virgin "new" wool (I never understand this term) that's self-striping and soo soft
  • a Fiber Trends lace scarf pattern, written by Eugene Beugler (Eugenians will have to laugh with me at the smallness of the world) - he's a local lace knitter we all know!
  • an assortment of various Aussie candies (tragically, the koala and frog are no more, for I was hungry and they were yummy)
  • a small Australian flag
  • and, inside the card, a spinning wheel stitch marker and platypus...
... coin ;D

Hehe. I'm kinda glad that she didn't send a real platypus, those things have a nasty sting. And Customs woulda freaked out. Though, I doubt a wombat would have made it through, either.

Thank you so much, Abe-hap!

Now I just need to figure out what I'm going to add, and what I'm gonna send to Penny.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Questions and Answers by Tammi

What are your Favorite Colors? I am currently really enjoying blues and greens. And I love purple, and orange. Ok, most colors. I am sorta getting over the brown phase I was in this winter.

Do you prefer Solid or Multi Colored Yarns? I like both! I do love yarn with subtle color variations. Guess it depends on what I am knitting.

What fibers do you prefer? Soft ones! Merino, silk blends, some cottons I don't use a lot of wool, because it isn't very cold here in Eugene.

Any Allergies? Angora makes me itch and sneeze horribly. Some wool does too.

What do you enjoy knitting the most? (socks, mittens, sweaters, etc.) I like to knit for kids, sweaters, blankets, etc. Shawls and scarves occupy lots of my time. I haven't had any burning desire to knit socks, yet.

What are your favorite yarns? This winter I fell in love with Lumpy Bumpy. And there is this silk blend from Artyarns that I am highly coveting. I have to admit that Cotton Fleece is often my go-to yarn, though.

What do you enjoy doing outside of knitting? Sewing, expecially quilts, hiking and weight-lifting. Watching my teenage son swim (I spend a ton of time at swim meets) And there's my job-I'm a pediatrician. I do really enjoy that.

Favorite foods or candies? Chocolate! Especially dark chocolate. I do have other vices, like cinnamon bears and black licorice.

Art or Music you enjoy? I like several types of music. Currently I am listening to Switchfoot, Emmylou Harris and Red Hot Chili Peppers. I have to admit I am less a fan of classical music.

What inspires you? Nature, life. Kids are a huge inspiration for me. Their energy and curiosity are amazing!

Anything else you want to share? This is the first time I have ever posted to a blog! I had to ask Jodie for a tutorial..... I taught myself to knit two years ago. I'm still a newbie, but I'll try almost anything.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

blanket on its way back to Oregon :)

Hi everyone just letting you all know Ive finished adding my part to the blanket and Im very happy with how it looks. I stitched my part in a Nubbly Tweed 2 stitch, a quick & easy stitch to do. I tried to find some green & gold yarn-Aussie colours -and the yarn I found was as close to it as I could get.

The pic though makes the colours look alot less nicer then what they really are in real life :( sorry about that.

I took the blanket for a quick outing today to grab a few pics of the town, we went to the Blue Lake and to the Lady Nelson tourist centre - its been raining on & off all day so we cut our tour of town short.

but if you want to see more pics of Mt Gambier then be sure to click on our photo galleries 2005~2007 on our blog.

So first thing tomorrow I'll be sending the blanket & some goodies to Fyberduck. I had fun doing the swap, thanks for letting me join in. I cant wait to see progress pics of the blanket as it travels to everyone.

seeya, abe-hap.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Better Late than Never! poll answers from Kim

What are your Favorite Colors?

Blues, red and purples!

Do you prefer Solid or Multi Colored Yarns?

I love both!

What fibers do you prefer? Any Allergies?


What do you enjoy knitting the most? (socks, mittens, sweaters, etc.)

I love knitting socks! Am I using enough exclamation points?!?

What are your favorite yarns?

Koigu, Fleece Artist and STR on the high end. Cascade 220 and Brown Sheep and Cotton Ease on the affordable end.

What do you enjoy doing outside of knitting?

Sleeping, chocolate, and reading.

Favorite foods or candies?

Chocolate, chocolate and chocolate. Dark is good.

Art or Music you enjoy?

oh my, too much to mention.

What inspires you?

Spring in Oregon. The ocean. Islands. Alaska.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


Ahhhh - what have we here a parcel from Oregon, gee I wonder who that could be from!

Jodie sent me a gorgeous skein of super wash merino yarn from local dye artist Janis Thompson in Eugene, Oregon, so its definitely one of a kind!

The colours are so unusual, and pretty, I love it. It will be made into a very special something for me, and I think Ive already decided on a lovely scarf pattern to use it on.

Also Jodie sent me some CD's music mixes, with some classical & some fun & funky mixes, which I'm listening to right now as I type this, Jodie they are great choices :)

Thank you Jodie for the great gifts, Tomorrow I'll take the blanket strip for a quick tour of town, (pics coming) before we head home and get into some serious knitting time together as I add my part to it.

Thursday, April 12, 2007


The beginning of the blanket has been sent! Along with some goodies of course. I didn't get a chance to take any pictures before I sent it, so maybe Abe-hap will be kind enough to post some pics.

I decided to start the blanket with a sort of "blank slate" approach. Nothing complicated (it can't get much simpler) and something that is easy to be creative with. Remember that there is no stipulation as to the type of add on you do. We could have a sorts of polygons and fun experiements going on. Be creative!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Rachel says...

What are your Favorite Colors?
My favorite colors are blue and green, but I try to diversify with other colors. I'm not so keen on pastels since they remind me of baby clothing. Not that I don't love babies... nevermind.
Lately I've been on a brown kick.

Do you prefer Solid or Multi Colored Yarns?
Either. I don't do enough with multi colored yarn. And self striping yarn is like a miracle to me.

What fibers do you prefer? Any Allergies?
I don't really have a preference. Anything but red heart acrylic I suppose. I used some bamboo/cotton yarn recently which was very exciting.

What do you enjoy knitting the most? (socks, mittens, sweaters, etc.)
So far I've done mostly small things like mitts, arm warmers, a shrug. I haven't tried socks yet.

What are your favorite yarns?
I haven't been knitting very long (less than a year), but so far my favorite is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino. I like soft things without a lot of fuzz or halo. I still haven't found that one yarn so lovely it makes me want to roll around in it like a cat in catnip.

What do you enjoy doing outside of knitting?
Hiking, reading, rock climbing, cooking, hanging out with friends, playing the flute, dogparking the dog, sitting in the sun. I used to garden, but am without a yard.

Favorite foods or candies?
I'll eat just about anything that doesn't eat me first.

Art or Music you enjoy?
I'm pretty artistically and musically open. I can't think of one thing I like most. I like works by Michelangelo, especially David. I also like original art by friends, mixed media, photography, paintings... whatever. :-)
I like most kinds of music except rap and country. Indie music, rock, punk, classical, angry grrl music, folk music... whatever. My favorite CDs are mixes from my friends and I can't even tell you everything on those!

What inspires you?
The ocean.
The fact that the world keeps on going even when things seem to be pointless and horrible. The fact that people still want to be kind when the world seems to have forgotten kindness...
My 14 and 3/4 years old dog inspires me with her patience and the way her eyes light up when I come home.
enough with this mush :-)

Anything else you want to share?
I'm excited to be on my first knitting swap, but nervous because I'm afraid I'll have knitters block and the whole thing will be one big bad idea... But I have faith in myself!
I also spend too much time blogging at work.

Hi, from Carolyn

Jodie has questions. Here are my answers!

What are your Favorite Colors? I love bright rainbow colors. (You should see what's on my needles now - it's a hand-dyed called "Circus!") Most of my knitting is for the very young people in my life. When I look for yarn, I ask, "Is it fun?"

Do you prefer Solid or Multi Colored Yarns? Multi-colored, for the "fun" factor.

What fibers do you prefer? Any Allergies? I haven't met a fiber that I don't like! And no allergies, thank goodness.

What do you enjoy knitting the most? (socks, mittens, sweaters, etc.) All of the above. Except, I'm having a bit of an issue with my mittens lately. I have about 14 little mittens that still need thumbs. I resolve to declare a "Thumb-Day" and do them all!

What are your favorite yarns? I'm enjoying some yarn from Etsy and
One Planet. I like Pancake and Lulu, and Feltstudio UK. But I like just about everything.

What do you enjoy doing outside of knitting? I love living in Eugene and I love the outdoors. I also like drawing, watercolor painting, and reading. Currently I am reading books about America in Iraq, and throwing them against the wall after almost every chapter. There will be a large hole in my wall soon.

Favorite foods or candies? Oh goodness, I like everything. Honest.

Art or Music you enjoy? I like rock, jazz, blues, folk, and classical. I like oldies...I mean, really, 15th-century oldies! I like drawing and painting flowers and landscapes.

What inspires you? I'm inspired by people who cope with difficult challenges every day. I'm interested in people who find a way to go on, even when they are sick or in pain, and people who can find a way to help others.

Anything else you want to share? Thank you, Jodie, for putting this swap together!

Monday, April 9, 2007

TheBon, in Brief.

What are your Favorite Colors?
Blues, greens, purples, chocolate brown [especially with turquoise, orange, lime or fuschia] black, reds, pinks. I don't look good in oranges and yellows, but that does not mean I dislike them. They're just better for mittens and other things that will go nowhere near my face. I think my biggest hatred is for pastels. For a good idea of my color preferences, visit my Flickr account, especially the She's Craft Collection and Wedding Planning Set.

Do you prefer Solid or Multi Colored Yarns?
For small projects--multi-colored. I love self striping yarns but I hate, hate, hate self-patterning ones, like these.

What fibers do you prefer? Any Allergies?
I prefer next-to-skin soft fibers like merino and BFL and alpaca and llama. I love the shine of tencel. I'm generally okay with anything that isn't as harsh as a Jacob sheep's fleece. I don't care to knit with cottons in general. I do not like to knit with acrylics, unless I absolutely have to. I don't have any allergies, although I am very very sensitive to cigarette smoke and it makes me feel like crud to be around smoke-smelling things. Plymouth Alpaca makes my hands itch and sting [it's a processing thing] as does Paton's SWS.

What do you enjoy knitting the most? (socks, mittens, sweaters, etc.)
I really enjoy knitting toys, mittens, and lace. I also like to knit socks, although I haven't yet adapted to Eugene's much more temperate climate than I'm used to and don't get much wear out of them here [my feet get so hot in shoes that it's pretty much thin cotton unless it's really cold [i.e. quite a bit below freezing.]

What are your favorite yarns?
I really like Meilenweit Mega Boots. I love Fleece Artist sock yarn. I really love Knitpicks Bare blends, particularly the superwash/nylon blend. So much sproing! I like most things Brown Sheep [Lamb's Pride, Nature Spun, Nature Spun Sport.] I love artfibers yarns.

What do you enjoy doing outside of knitting?
I architecture. I draw, I paint, I spin, I take pretty pictures. I am a big fan of research. I love to spend time reading buildings, determining their histories and how they've changed through time. I love gadgets and am a big techie-geek. I'm getting married on June 23rd which means I am just about crazy with all of that.

Favorite foods or candies?
Cheese. I really love cheese. I also love chocolate. Really good white chocolate or a medium dark chocolate preferred over milk, but I love peanut butter cups too. Potatoes. Garlic. That probably doesn't help anyone with anything though, although I have had chocolate covered potato chips [my verdict--I'd rather have a Kit-Kat.]

Art or Music you enjoy?
Well, I'm a big architecture nerd, especially architects like Walter Gropius, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Greene and Greene, and Bernard Maybeck. I tend to favor old buildings compared to new, and love folks' work like the Eames and Arne Jacobsen and Alvar Aalto. I dislike Frank Lloyd Wright in general. I love advertising--especially from the Art Deco era. I love the Impressionists with an equal passion to my love of Dali and Mondrian.

As for music...Hmm. Some current favorites: the soundtrack to Kinky Boots, They Might be Giants, Regina Spektor, Lazlo Bane, Colin Hay, Jonathon Coulton, Stereophonics, Angry Salad, Brooks West. It's an eclectic mix encompassing folk-rock, indie, pop and oldies as well as some serious nerd-music love in there.

What inspires you?
The world around me. There's something amazing to me in the way the world is. Dead leaves on the sidewalk inspire me as much as a very carefully designed gutter downspout or an amazingly intricate terra cotta panel on a building.

Anything else you want to share?
There is a ton of info about me at my blog, or through my flickr account. I post more regularly to flickr lately than I do my blog because it is shorter, quicker, and most often--easier for me to sit and do.

Taylor Jane's Questions Answered

What are your Favorite Colors?

Dark Green, Dark Purple, and Orange (in that order or all together)

Do you prefer Solid or Multi Colored Yarns?


What fibers do you prefer? Any Allergies?

I have a small baby, so I fear, mistrust, and will not wear anything I can't throw in the washer and dryer as soon as it's been thrown up on. Were it not for the small one, I would answer Silk, Rayon, Wool. As it is, we do a lot with Cotton.

What do you enjoy knitting the most? (socks, mittens, sweaters, etc.)

Things for my son - wee sweaters, etc. This is assuming I have time to knit, which is not frequently the reality.

What are your favorite yarns?

I like reclaiming yarn from seriously ugly sweaters I find for a dollar or two at the thrift store.

What do you enjoy doing outside of knitting?

The secret is that while I enjoy knitting, I'm really not obsessed and can go months without knitting a stitch (with no serious withdrawl problems). Knitting is just something I know how to do.

I am fascinated watching the mind and body of my son, Arthur (7 months), grow and change. He and I do a lot of gardening, reading, home-keeping, cooking, baking, and other happy things. When I am not parenting full time I am an outstanding childcare provider for other peoples kids and a pretty decent herbalist.

Favorite foods or candies?

Cheese is good. Organic Chocolate has been known to make me happy. I like fruit. I have no strong preferences here.

Art or Music you enjoy?

I love, love, love Celtic music. I like most other music also. I will always be a sucker for anything Peter, Paul and Mary. I can't help it.

Art - there's a hell of a question. Define Art. Visual? Big fan of the Impressionists. Favorite painters could include Toulouse-Lautrec, Monet, Cezanne, and Van Goh. But that doesn't really get to the heart of it. I like ART - the kind that makes you question your assumptions, step outside your own experience, get lost in someone else's idea, and generally challenges you as a human being. That's real.

What inspires you?

Arthur inspires me each and every moment. The immense beauty and suffering of the Planet and the many species that try to co-exist on Her. The Goddess is always a source of inspiration. The amazing journey of a seed to sprout to seedling to plant and eventually to flower or food. The Ocean. Clouds. Sunrise/Sunset. Rain. The unbelievable blueness of a blue sky. The cellular dance of the human body. Birth.

Anything else you want to share?

The only reason I have time to type this right now is that Baby Arthur is deep asleep next to me. I likely will not have much time to contribute to the online adventures of this project -- I often don't have a lot of time to even check my email. But I will be out here, sometimes, somewhere. I like the idea of group creation for the greater good. There will be powerful magic in a blanket like the one we are making.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Ren's Questionnaire

What are your Favorite Colors?

I love blue and purple, with green and pink coming in close behind. I'm not generally a huge fan of the "warmer" colors like red, orange, and yellow.

Do you prefer Solid or Multi Colored Yarns?

Either, as long as the multi-colored is mostly colors I like.

What fibers do you prefer? Any Allergies?

I've liked most fibers that I've tried (although that's a pretty narrow range). I don't have any allergies, but it seems like wool (unless it's super soft) makes me itchy.

What do you enjoy knitting the most? (socks, mittens, sweaters, etc.)

I don't have a favorite. It's all about variety, really. Knitting the same thing all the time gets very dull to me. I hope to one day knit a piece of real clothing, though.

What are your favorite yarns?

I prefer yarns that are soft, have decent stitch definition, and aren't too novelty. Don't get me wrong, I like the novelty yarns, but only in small doses. : )

What do you enjoy doing outside of knitting?

I like to watch TV, read, play video games, write letters, and sleep. Lots of sleep. Unfortunately, I end up spending most of my non-knitting time studying and doing schoolwork.

Favorite foods or candies?

I could (and almost do) live on pop-tarts, hot dogs, pizza, and ice cream. I order chicken fingers at most of the restaurants I eat at. I am 90% sweet-tooth. Candies I love are jelly beans, Skittles, most things with peanut butter or caramel, and chocolate.

Art or Music you enjoy?

Is it bad when you don't even know the genre of the music you listen to? I suppose it's mostly pop, alternative, and Christian. No rap here!

What inspires you?

I love it when the weather is perfect and sunny and the wind is blowing in just the right direction. Also, very cute things.

Anything else you want to share?

Umm... this project sounds like a lot of fun and I'm really looking forward to it!

questionnaire (penny's)

I posted my answers on my blog.

Friday, April 6, 2007

swap questionnaire (fyberduck's)

What are your Favorite Colors?
Jewel tones (burgundy, sapphire, etc). Pinks. Greens. Anything deep and/or vibrant.

Do you prefer Solid or Multi Colored Yarns?
Either is fine.

What fibers do you prefer? Any Allergies?
Soft fibers (merino is always good). I'm allergic to mohair.

What do you enjoy knitting the most? (socks, mittens, sweaters, etc.)
Lace, socks, and sweaters.

What are your favorite yarns?
Anything from Misti Alpaca. My handspun (:P). Handpainted is nice. Finer is better (sock or sport, etc).

What do you enjoy doing outside of knitting?
Reading. Spinning. Walking. Baking.

Favorite foods or candies?

Art or Music you enjoy?
Renaissance and Classical art. Music? Nearly anything that's not country. I have my fav bands listed on my profile.

What inspires you?
History a lot of the time. Colour in nature.

Anything else you want to share?
My upstream partner is in Australia... can I have a duck-billed platypus?? Please? Well... probably not. Australian customs hates me :P

abe-hap CBSQuestionnaire

What are your Favorite Colors?

Reds, Blues, Pinks, Oranges, Greys, White, Silver

Do you prefer Solid or Multi Colored Yarns?

Either is great.

What fibers do you prefer? Any Allergies?

I only dislike one fibre and that is Corriedale. No allergies.

What do you enjoy knitting the most? (socks, mittens, sweaters, etc.)

Im going to start making selbu mittens soon, so that & scarfs & beanies.

What are your favorite yarns?

I will try anything and everything I love variety & don’t really have favourites.

What do you enjoy doing outside of knitting?

Reading magazines, spinning, x-stitch, movies, walking, listening to rock, punk, pop & classical music( I know, what a geek hey *lol* ) & photography.

Favorite foods or candies?

chips or (crisps I think Americans call them), any hard candies, toffees, dark & milk chocolates & biscuits.

Art or Music you enjoy?

U2, Robbie Williams, Eskimo Joe, The Eagles, Pink Floyd, Abba, Pink, Christina Aguilera, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Suzi Quatro, Kiss, The Bee Gees, The Rolling Stones, & Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Mozart, and Pachelbel & classical Art Renoir etc…….

What inspires you?

colour, sight, smell, sounds, shapes & fun. I like to do crafts that are quick and relatively easy, but I do like a challenge aswell.

Anything else you want to share?

I love to crochet, but only afghans. I have an interest in pugs ( obviously *lol* ) I love to get postcards from other country’s. I have a love of chicken stuff aswell toys, etc, *lol*. Im not the greatest or fastest knitter, and have only been knitting & crocheting since February 2006. I started spinning in September of 2006.

I love the smell of roses, and jasmine, I love bath soaps, candles and bath powders. I use incense sticks, love the smell of musk & daisies are my favourite flowers, and gerberas aswell.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Swap Questionnaire

Here's the Questionnaire to get to know your swap partner better.

What are your Favorite Colors?

Do you prefer Solid or Multi Colored Yarns?

What fibers do you prefer? Any Allergies?

What do you enjoy knitting the most? (socks, mittens, sweaters, etc.)

What are your favorite yarns?

What do you enjoy doing outside of knitting?

Favorite foods or candies?

Art or Music you enjoy?

What inspires you?

Anything else you want to share?

Copy, Paste, and Feel free to post the answers here or on your own blog!

Shipping Order and Yarn Info

Hey everyone! You should have recieved an e-mail from me detailing who you'll be sending the blanket and swap items too. Here's the order it will be traveling to completion.

The Bon
Taylor Jane

Look over to the sidebar for links to blogs and information. Also, feel free to post here and introduce yourself. Especially if you don't have a blog.

I've had some questions about yarn selection. The main thing is that it is washable. It can be machine wash lay flat to dry. You can knit your piece now and connect it when you get it or wait to be inspired on arrival.

I would love if the blankets journey was documented here. Show it off in your home or at a local sight. It'll be exciting to see it grow.

I'll be sending the first piece off at the beginning of next week. Feel free to ask more questions either by e-mail or on this blog.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Charity Blanket Swap Details

Information about the swap;
  • To sign up e-mail me at vlnjodie[at]hotmail[dot]com. Include your name, address, and blog address if you have one.
  • The swap part of this will be a small commitment. Just a little something fun, such as a skein of yarn and some chocolate. This won’t be a secret swap so you’ll know where it’s going and where it is coming from.
  • Each person will attach a piece of a blanket. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a square. You can do anything you want and any size you want. The only stipulation is that it is attached before you send it to the next person.
  • The blanket will be going to the Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico. This is where I got my chemo treatment when I was 13. If we have enough people to do two blankets, then I will be open for suggestions for another place.
  • Sign ups will start today and end April 1st.
If you are willing to send internationally let me know. We also want the blanket to be machine washable.

Please take the button on the side bar and share it. The more people we have, the more fun this will be!