Wednesday, December 05, 2007

What's going on?

Congratulations Courtney and Max! Clyde is just as nice a name as Cecil. But I was kinda partial to Cecil - :o)

Why am I knitting less?
Why don't I feel like playing with my yarn?
Why don't I pick up my needles?
What is wrong with me? Please - NO ANSWERS - :O)
I check my favorite knitting blogs every day, but I'm not inspired.
And by the way - Knitster Chelle need I say it - ;o)
And Lace Maven - please, I'm totally addicted - ;o)

Well, at least I've been somewhat productive.

I finished reading:
Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides
Paula Deen: It Ain't All About the Cookin' by Paula Deen and Sherry Suib Cohen
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
You've Been Warned by James Patterson
Third Degree by Greg Iles
Christmas with Paula Deen by Paula Deen

On the table to be read:
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel by Lisa See
The Deen Bros. Cookbook by Jamie Deen, Bobby Deen and Melissa Clark
Invisible Prey by John Sanford
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Well, for those of you who haven't reached a stalemate, happy knitting!


Monday, November 05, 2007

The complete baby set

Well, I finally have all of the pictures from Corey, Jr.'s baby set that I (with the help of Knitster Chelle) knit up real quick this summer. Isn't is adorable! Now, I have to do a pink Baby Surprise jacket (maybe I can convince Knitster Chelle to do the hat and booties) by x-mas ...

Baby Surprise Jacket

Rambling Row blankie

Knitster Chelle Hat and Booties


Friday, November 02, 2007

Princess Shawl

I've placed my ordered - isn't it lovely (drooling)

look ...



Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Coffee/Tea Swaps

Ok, I have good news and not so good news:

First Good, look what I got from Kathy, my Tea Swap partner. Stunning -
I love everything. Thanks Kathy.

Now, the not so good, I haven't heard back from my coffee swap partner with her questionnaire answers. I'm starting to worry because in order for me to get something that I know she'll like, I should at least be able to refer to her q-answers. Oh well, I have until 11/17 to get the package out - hopefully the Coffe Swap will go as nicely as the tea swap.

Ok, if you get a chance, check out Ceme Eats, Drinks and Shops. I've been taking cooking classes (not because I don't know how to cook, but because I want to entertain more and have a broader selection of recipes) at Williams-Sonoma. And see what we did in class ...



Wednesday, October 17, 2007

TS4 Questionnaire

Restrictions on type of tea? Only green, black, herbal etc? No restrictions, but I'm not crazy about raspberry tea unless its blended with something else like Earl Grey or something

Loose or bagged? Either

Treat preference? Butter cookies are my norm, but please "no" chocolate

Yarn color preferences? Anything in the browns and green family are to my liking. Actually, I love to try workign with a dark cranberry color.

Sock knitter? No

Any allergies or things you want your pal to know? Chocolate makes me itch, coconut makes me ill, mohair makes my eyes itch

Do you collect anything? Teapots, cup & saucer sets

What are you knitting right now? three shawls, rambling row blanket, top down Ceme Design sweater, my second baby surprise jacket for another co-worker.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Coffee Swap 3

I almost didn't make it. Coffee or Tea - I like both! Here's my answers to the CS3 questions:

1. Whole bean or ground? Ground
2. Fully-loaded or decaf? Fully Loaded
3. Regular or flavored? Flavored
4. How do you drink your coffee? Creamy with Equal
5. Favorite coffee ever? Blueberry, Hazelnut, Toasted Almond
6. Are you fussy about your coffee or will any old bean do? FUSSY
7. Favorite treats to have with your coffee? Butter Cookies or Custard Tarts
8. Anything else about your coffee preferences? Please "no" chocolate
9. Yarn/fiber you love? Lace weight - Habu, Alchemy, Misti Alpaca, Zephyr, Jade Sapphire, Helen's Lace, Schaeffer
10. Yarn/fiber you hate? Chunky, fuzzy or hairy - oh my
11. What's on your needles? Three shawls - Sampler, Spider, Ceme's Design and a Ceme's Design top down sweater
12. Favorite colors? Greens, browns (cranberry is a color I want to try)
13. Allergies? Mohair drives me nuts. Chocolate makes me itch.
14. Anything you really love, really don't like, or just need to get off your chest?
I really dislike flirt, fur, fuzz or fluff yarns.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Tea Swap 4

YIPPEEEEE! I had such a great time participating in TS3. I absolutely love this swap. As an an avid teapot, and cup and saucer collector - my teapot collection is well into the double digits, and my cup and saucer sets are, lets just say I have some real beauties - I absolutely adore the delicate beauty of fine china and I sit and knit after selecting the right teapot and it makes me feel like royalty! I remember as a child going to my first tea ceremony with my great-grandparents. And when I went to tea with my teachers Ms. Overtone, Mr. Brown and Mrs. Brown, I had a blast (so what my cousin Larry wore a powder blue suit, hey is was 1970 ok - smile). Oh and when my mom would let me and my baby sister have tea with the china my grandmother gave her (that my granny purchased in England), we felt like big girls!

Tea to me is a celebration. I still have tea with my grandmother - every chance we get. I even have my best friend and granny having tea with me and we sit and talk and I pull out my knitting and we have a wonderful time.

Well, now that I've said that, I have to call granny, to make our plans for tea tomorrow! Have a great weekend! Happy knitting!


Friday, September 07, 2007

Wow, summer is over already ...

What a wonderful summer we had here in Philadelphia. Not to hot, not to wet! All in all this was one of our best. Does anyone remember a few years back when we suffered 100+ temps for weeks? HOT! HOT! WAY TO HOT!

Well, I spent the summer nesting. Me and my siblings took a trip down memory lane and WOW wonderfully fond memories. Diving in the pool, running around the tennis courts, basketball, horseback riding, boating .... My big brothers Billy and Joe would escourt me and my baby sister Lanie to the Lakes (a section of Fairmount Park in South Philadelphia) to go boating, play tennis or basketball, horseback riding, and of course, swim (that is everyone except Lanie because she was always afraid of getting wet and she still is - LOL). Every single time we went my parents would arrive later with a big cooler of sandwiches, iced tea or lemonade and these big honeydew melons or cantaloupe. My mom would always say, lets pick a cool spot under a big shady tree and spread the blanket - boy those were good simple times. We'd eat and fall to sleep on the blanket. Good times indeed. And family vacations - oh my goodness, we had a blast. Once we went to AC to see the horse dive from the pier - that was a fond one - crabbing, building sand castles. And we loved it by the lake in Connecticut - visiting my father's family. Or in Houston, with Aunt Betty - oh my goodness, those breakfast buffets Auntie prepared! I miss Houston - my fondest memory was how green everything appeared. I fell in love with Houston, I really think it was the breakfast buffets - waking up to the smell of hot biscuits and bacon - smile! Or driving cross country - dad is a retired truck driver, so he didn't mind long distance driving and boy, how did they manage with four lil children. WOW!

Well, this summer I didn't go to the Lakes - I'm to old for all that activity, but I did do some knitting. Here's pixs of two different versions of Icarus. I have to frog the green Andrea (its too wonky), but I started again in Claudia's Handpainted Silk in the lovely Copper Penny And I started a reversible cable scarf And I managed to find time to got some eye candy

Well, enough about me. Meme is begging to say "Hi!"

She's absolutely adorable, always begging me to take her picture!

Well, I did finish a few things this summer too, but the pixs came out blurry, I'll post them next week.

Enjoy the weekend!


Monday, July 30, 2007

Celebrity Gazing

Ok, picture this ... (can you tell, I'm a big Golden Girls Sophia fan) Sunday in church (St. Patrick's) after the Priest says, "Mass has ended ..." I make my way to the back of the church and before I get to the steps ... there he stood, who you say, Mr. Mark Wahlberg! That's right - Markie Mark all grown up - and ladies he's absolutely, positively, 100% eye candilicious, with gorgeous on top! He's so polite too, which makes him even more yummy to look at! The man is short though ya'll - LOL! Only about 5'6/5'8 at the most. My head comes up just over his shoulders and I'm 5'3 1/2 (YES MARY, I'M 5'3 1/2 - LOL!). Well, Mark was in my way so I politely said, "excuse me" and he said, get this, "my bad, let me get out of your way" - LOL! YUP! Mr. Cutie Cute spoke nothing like a tough guy - LOL! A thick Bostonian accent lets you know he's definitely from the Boston area. Gorgeous, polite, rich, no wonder his girlfriend didn't let go of his arm the entire time - LOL!

I have to say, seeing and laughing with Mark wasn't as exciting as meeting Danny Glover, because I did a full blown tap dance for Mr. Glover - LOL! Picture this, walking through the Reading Terminal, back when Mr. Glover was in town filming Beloved, and standing at the fruit stand, right next to me, was Mr. Glover. I looked over and smiled and it hit me - that's Mister (from the Color Purple). I said, oooooooooooooo and started dancing - LOL! Then I spoke, "dag Danny, youse dusty!" YUP! I called the man DUSTY with a capital "D" to his face. And then I added, "not only are you dusty, but your sneakers are dirty!" Well, he was dusty and his sneakers were dirty, but did I have to go there - LOL!

Well, that too was fun, but not nearly as fun as when I meant "Julia" that's right every young black girl who grew up in the 60's knows of "Julia" and I got to meet her. I stood within arms reach in John Wanamaker's in November 2000 and she even spoke to me ... get this, "nice outfit" and "you can wear a hat" - was what Ms. Diahann Carroll herself said to me. She is the cutest person.

I've meant countless sports people, but I only knew of Dr. J, Darryl Dawkins and Bobby Jones. I didn't know the guy I sat next to at my doctor's office who played for the Flyer's (later to find out, he was Eric Lindros). He was there to see sports doc, Dr. Manpau (however you spell it). The man was very handsome, but I had no clue as to who he was, I guess that's why he sat down next to me - LOL! He felt safe - LOL! All the other women in the doctors office (including personnell) were swarming around us. YUP! They kept asking for autographs for their sons, husbands, boyfriends, fathers, etc. I was like, WOW! And then there's the Eagles. I got to meet Donovan, and I'm not a fan of his at all after our introduction. He's rude!

And last, but not least was my introduction to Dr. Charles Stanley of In Touch Ministries. The man captured my heart with his book, "The Source of My Strength." His blue blue blue eyes speak of great worship and love and respect for Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I enjoyed meeting the other celebrities, but I adored meeting Dr. Stanley!

There goes my celebrity gazing post!

Oh and the time I went to the Steeler's game with my big brother all so I could see Franco Harris! Well, I never got to meet Franco, but I sure was horse from calling his name ... GO FRANCO GO! Oh how I loved me some Franco - LOL!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Wishing and a hoping ...

Check out my wish list. I was blog surfing and stumbled across finished lace shawls from Lace Maven, Lacefreak and Miss Alice Faye and I want:

1) the Shetland Lace 1 Ply Spring Shawl
2) the Princess Shawl
3) the Nesting Shawl
4) the Unst Shawl and
5) the Simply Stunning Collection

All from Heirloom Lace!

Well, I guess I better hunker down and get ready to spend a fortune!


Friday, July 13, 2007

Claudia Handpaints and Koigu

Love is in the air! No, really it is :O) Two of my new favs - Claudia Handpaints and Koigu! In the first pix Claudia's "Chile" and second, the wonderfully delightful Koigu, I'm naming it "Chocombo!" I'm in love I tellya! Love! Love! Love!

What to make, what to make?

And I just have to show my other loves - Anne, Andrea and Zephyr. For those of you who don't know, I'm a Zephyr slut - yup and I'm proud of it too! I have so much zephyr my gran tells me I can open my own store! ZEPHYR!!!!!!!!!!

Well, just had to check in (real fast) and make a posting before the weekend. Have a good weekend everybody!

Next week I'll have pixs of my "Me Ramblin-Rowha" - its just for me - ha! And my Cash Iroha shawlette (I'm constructing this babe with the help of a Victorian Shawlette pattern)! And the latest most up-to-date pixs of my Sampler Shawl (in black zephyr) and the commissioned Hex shawl (from Victorian Lace Today in red cashmere). Oh and I can't forget the newest most adorable pix of my Meme with her latest hot summer hair do! Stay tuned ...


Thursday, June 28, 2007

Congrats Knitster Chelle

Congratulations on the purchase of your home!

God bless you on your newest journey!


O Lord, our Lord; how majestic is your name in all the earth! - Psalm 8:1

I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.
I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praises to your name O' Most High - Psalm 9:1

Thank you Father for answering our prayers!

Facts about me ...

Were you named after anyone? Yes, my great, great grand-mother, who lived 94 years. I miss you momma momma!
When was the last time you cried? I cry over commercials - I'm a water head - LOL!
Do you like your handwriting? Yeah, but it could be better.
What is your favorite lunch meat? Low salt ham
Do you have kids? If you call Meme (my spontaneously wiggly shih tzu) my lil girl - Yes!
If you were another person would you be friends with you? Absolutely!
Do you use sarcasm a lot? Yes
Do you still have your tonsils? Yes
Would you bungee jump? No! Nodda! Neva! Make me - LOL!
What is your favorite cereal? Golden Grahams and Frosted Flakes, but I only eat Special K (with Berries)
Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? No way, I'm too lazy for that - LOL!
Do you think you are strong? Absolutely!
What is your favorite ice cream? Can't do ice-cream
What is the first thing you notice about people? Men - hands; Women - jewelry
Red or pink? Pink
What is the least favorite thing you like about yourself? I'm a chatterbox and can dominate a conversation. And I get depressed every Christmas and Mother's Day since my mom passed.
Who do you miss the most? Karen Morgan Orr - my fabulously wonderful, magnificently great mom. Not a day goes by that I don't miss her. I will always miss her.
What color pants and shoes are you wearing? Olive Green
What was the last thing you ate? Coffee
What are you listening to right now? Amy Winehouse - Rehab
If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Forrest Green, Emerald Green or Olive Green - get it - GREEN
Favorite smells? Chantilly Lace or Chanel #5 perfume - reminds me of my mom
Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? Mary - my buddy! Come rain or shine, Mary will always be one of two people (my lil sister Elayne being the other) that can put me in my place and make me roar with laughter - LOL!
Favorite sports to watch? Well, if I'm going to watch any sport for more than 5 minutes its going to have to be Football - those men with those big thighs and those tight form fitting uniforms - LOL!
Hair color? Strawberry blonde
Eye color? Brown
Do you wear contacts? Can't - I'm way too dramatic to put anything in my eyes.
Favorite food? Fried chicken or slow baked ribs or meatloaf - either served with potato salad, collard greens and buttered corn bread washed down with sweet southern iced tea and peach cobbler for dessert - LOL!
Scary movies or happy endings? Either way, please make it a happy ending! "One of my favorite movies is Deep Blue Sea"
Last movie you watched? Children of Men - oh Clive Owen, why did you do that movie?
What color shirt are you wearing? black
Summer or winter? Fall and Spring please - weather between 40-70 only for me - LOL!
Hugs or kisses? Kisses
Favorite dessert? Banana's with milk and sugar when I was a kid (I still do now, but very very rarely). Now, cake please - LOL!
What book are you reading now? The Target by James Patterson; The Quickie by James Patterson; The Tenant at Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte; and Honeymoon sound recording by James Patterson. I grab one of the books in the morning and take it with me to read on the ride to/from work, I listen to the tape at night and knit
What is on your mouse pad? Thomas Kinkade
What did you watch on TV last night? QVC's Ask Lisa; and One Life To Live on SoapNet
Favorite sound? Lionel Richie singing anything. Piano or Cello instrument. My littler sister's laughter. Our firm's Vice-Chairman's son's laughter (Will is absolutely adorable - he had me at Beethoven - LOL!)
Rolling stones or beatles? The Commodores
What is the furthest you have been from home? You name it!
Do you have a special talent? Yes, I can take 2 sticks and a very long string and make a beautiful shawl - that everyone wants.
Where were you born? South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania born and raised.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Another Knitting Meme ...

I swiped this from Working Mom Who Knits (my Tea Swap partner). The game is's harder than it looks! Here are the rules: Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following. They MUST be real places, names, things...NOTHING made up! If you can't think of anything, skip it. Try to use different answers if the person before you had the same 1st initial. You CAN'T use your name for the boy/girl name question.
Your Name: Cecelia (aka Ceme)
1. Famous Singer/Band: Commodores
2. 4 letter word: Café
3. Street: Camac Street, Philadelphia, PA
4. Color: Cerulean (sky blue)
6. Vehicle: Cadillac
7. Things in a Souvenir Shop: Cards
8. Boy Name: Carl
9. Girl Name: Celeste
10. Movie Title: Cape Fear
11. Drink: Coke
12. Occupation: Clerk
13. Celebrity: Carol Burnet, Cab Calloway
14. Magazine: Cooking Light
15. U.S. City: Charlotte, NC
16. Pro Sports Teams: Cardinals
17. Reason for Being Late for Work: Coughing fit
18. Something You Throw Away: Can
19. Things You Shout: Catch me if you can
20. Cartoon Character: Cinderella, Caillou, or Clifford the Big Red Dog
Note: Knitting news next post was - Corey, Jr.'s Baby Surprise Jacket

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Corey Jr.'s Baby Surprise Jacket


Everybody who knows me knows I was totally out of my element with this project, and now that I'm finished the "Baby Surprise Jacket" by EZ (Elizabeth Zimmerman) I must say, I surprised myself!

Everything happened so quickly ...

1st - knit this baby up (Voila!) Looks Sci-Fi doesn't it

2nd - connect the dots (inside out looks good)

3rd - seam and add buttons (5 button holes completed, only 4 buttons - that's all they had) and its just absolutely adorable

I wanna make one for me! EZ was a genius. I didn't see it, I just didn't see it - LOL!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Corey, Jr.'s baby blankie ...

My co-worker Corey and his wife became proud parents in mid-April 2007. Well, a lil over a week ago Corey asked me if I would knit Corey, Jr. a baby blanket - its a boy! Blue he said ... make it blue. Well blue (and anybody who knows me knows blue is not a color I'm familiar with, I mean I can do dark navy at the most) was going to be tough - dark, light, medium oh my ...


Well, off to Rosie's Yarn Cellar and to the Koigu mill-ends (that way I'd get every color variation of blue I could imagine) and with the help of one of the regular staffers (I'm so sorry, I don't know her name, but she was wonderfully patient and very very nice to me and my color leary self) we came up with this to lot to start with

and it grew into this

how'd I do? I have to admit, blue slowly became a favorite for me. And Koigu is another of my newest favorites.


Friday, June 08, 2007

Pictures of past projects

I'm still learning how to use this blog, and since I don't know how to upload my knitting picture library, I'm just going to pick some random pictures and show them. Here it goes (I apologize if its doesn't turn out right):

Seed Triangle (my own creation) - Alpaca Silk

Highland Triangle Folk Shawls - Lorna's Shepherd Worsted

Folk Shawls, Faroese - Silky Wool

Grace and Courtney's Half Pi - Anne

Fiber Trends, Landscape Shawl - Socketta

Fiddlestick, Peacock - Zephyr

Traditional Lace Knitting, Half Pi - Anne

Let's see how this works. I'll post past pictures of other stuff another time.


Thursday, June 07, 2007

Tea anyone

By now everybody who knows me knows I love to go to tea. Saturday afternoon tea is a tradition. So, picture this …

Saturday, June 2, 2007 - me, my gran and my tea loving buddy Mary go to the infamous Bellevue at the Park Hyatt’s Ethel Barrymore Tea Room (now known as Café XIX). Haven’t been there in years because last year they closed shop for renovations - for well over 9 months - we were directed to the Ritz-Carlton for tea, but now the Ritz only has Sunday afternoon tea on weekends. So picture this …

Tea, mine and Mary's Mad Hatter – pomegranate, vanilla and passion fruit (sounds good right) - over-steeped and bitter (and the waitress said to me - in her uber thick French accent - “please let it steep a lil longer”).

Scones, muffins or biscuits you ask … only one, cranberry scones, and they were hard as rocks and dry as sand, so I coated them with Devonshire crème - I love Devonshire crème, love, love, love (LOL).

Sandwiches, open faced shrimp salad with way too much cilantro on rye – tasty; open faced cucumber sammy on soft rye with a thin spread of some kind of tomato based dressing – bland, bland, bland topped with chopped olives (how can olives be bland) oh well; open faced smoked salmon – well gran loves herself some smoked salmon, so she ate all 8 of them finger sammys – yes they gave us way to much smoked salmon (LOL); egg salad, delicious; and whitefish or some kind of fish (not tuna) on soft white bread - very tasty, but what kind of fish was that?

Desserts, what about the chocolate mouse – Mary handled all three of them and she ate the Lemon Curd with a spoon (LOL). And there were sugar cookies, mini mini lemon poppy drops; some kind of licorice cake drops and lets talk about the chocolate strawberries - well, I’m allergic to chocolate and gran doesn't eat anything "darker than her" (her words not mine), so the mutant strawberries dipped in the heavy coating of chocolate, I scraped the chocolate off and ate the strawberry and Mary ate the strawberry with the chocolate and washed it down with a glass of champagne. Nothing else can be said about desserts (LOL).

Report card please … tea was not good to me for the price (and M had champagne). I've had better for a lot less - a lot better and nothing was bitter or burnt or dry or crumbly like sand. And the topper, Mary left her favorite pair of eyeglasses and I "tried hard" to retrieve them. They didn't send the glasses to housekeeping (like the Assistant to the Executive Director of Housekeeping said), they didn't put the glasses up (in case we came rushing back), they tossed the glasses! That's right, tossed a pair of prescription eyeglasses. Can you believe that? Well, the Bellevue flunked, big time!

Next stop Gilbertsville ... Mary, get directions (LOL)! Will keep you posted.

Signing off with a "new" picture of Meme (isn't she adorable) ...

Friday, June 01, 2007

This dress is absolutely stunning ...

I was just going through my digital photo album and wanted to post about this beautiful Victorian dress. Stunning! Now only if I could fit it! I was thinking of purchasing it to make it my lose weigh incentive - kinda like that itty bitty yellow bikini thingy - but I have the feeling this dress is a tiny bit pricey.

And this is the part that really gets to me ... I know woman who could pull this dress off no problemo - Grace and Olive (wouldn't even have to hem it - oh Mo'Nique was right skinny women are evil - especially Ollie - LOL), Doreen, Mary, and my babe sister Elayne (would have to hem the Sugar Honey Iced Tea outta it - short people - LOL!). Oh well, just wanted to share, now I need some ice-cream!

Look what we got ...

Oh I don't think I've posted this part of my swapping addiction yet. I signed up a while back for Knitters Tea Swap 3 and boy did I have a blast shopping. Anne, antique china shop, fun, fun, fun. I even hit Kitchen Capers (twice once in Center City and once at the Cherry Hill Mall). Tea is so relaxing and you can really chill with a cup of tea and knitting while listening to the classics. My swap partner, Clara, sent me this package of goodies and as you can see Meme is eying her prize ...

and she's off - LOL! Clara, Meme says thank you only her's came out - ruf ruf ruf!

Thanks Clara. I hope you got your package and the cup, oh I pray the cup didn't get broken!


Friday, May 25, 2007

Adventure in coffee ...

I had a coffee adventure and need to share, but first let me say, "I've been a member of Gevalia coffee delivery for 11+ years and have tasted a world of coffee - Café Sperl - Viennese; Antico Greco - Rome; Café de Oriente - Spanish; Café le Procope - French; Kenya - African; Jamaica Blue Mountain - Jamaican; Stockholm - German; Antigua - Caribbean; Hazelnut; Crème Brulee; and Blueberry."

And now the adventure ...

As soon as I got the email I was included in coffee swap - and since I love Gevalia - I added to my auto shipment for my swap partner. I was so excited and decided to get the coffee order out of the way immediately and since I had an international partner, I'd get my entire package out on May 18, plenty of time - I planned it to perfection. RIGHT? I completely put the coffee portion of the swap out of my head and got down with the goodies. Yarn - check! Chocolate or cookies or both - check! I had a plan and it was going in my favor. The package was growing. I had everything, but wait … where's the coffee?

I logged onto my Gevalia account. My auto shipment shipped on May 11. GEVALIA! I'm mailing the package on May 18 (its going international). I always get my shipments within 5-7 days. May 18 is over, its May 19. Gevalia you said, it should arrive - ok, May 21. Whoosh! I'll be ok if I ship May 22. I repeated to myself "SELF" wait until May 22! You'll make it! Well, May 21 the mailman didn't have a box from Gevalia. Now, I'm going to have to do something drastic, I had to ship tomorrow. Starbucks - I don't like Starbucks! What about Dunkin Donuts - I like that, but will my swap partner - its kind of mellow. Time was up and I had to make a move. I was talking to myself big time! I called my girlfriend and said, I'm going to the supermarket tonight meet me there - I gotta get coffee - I mean they have that big coffee grinder so they have to sell coffee - RIGHT? But I need the bag to be factory sealed - just in case.

Well, here's where the adventure got scary - LOL! My girlfriend couldn't make it. I was on my own. I had no clue there was so many brands of coffee at the - Supermarket? I don't look for coffee at the supermarket because - DAH - I get it delivered. At the market I felt like a total - Idiot! I should have gotten Starbucks. My swap partners package was complete except for the coffee. Yarn, mug, chocolate, cookies - everything except coffee - WHY was I loosing my mind now - LOL! What was wrong with me. Make a decision C! Pick one! Starbucks (oh I don't like it)! When I went to the supermarket (some 11+ years ago) for coffee there were brands like Maxwell House, Sanka and Folgers - Maxwell House is good, but will my partner like it? THERE'S too many choices: Chock Full O’Nuts; Eight O’Clock; Folgers; Global Ground; Green Mountain; Juan Valdez; Kona; Laazza; Maxwell House; Melitta; Millstone; Nescafe; Nespresso; Newman’s Own; and Starbucks - organic or gourmet brands - I was dizzy and needed coffee - LOL! My eyes started watering. I started reading every bag/tin and even waited for somebody to come along and ask which was their favorite. 25 minutes later, no one! I walked on over to the Deli section (holding my breathe) scanning carts like a fool - when out of the corner of my eye I spied a cart with "Folger's Gourmet Lively Columbian!" I looked around for the owner - woman, mid 30's, looked like she knew what she liked - why did I grin, exhale and run back to the coffee aisle and grabbed the bag?

Joke, I hope you enjoy the coffee. I had the best time shopping for your goodies. I apologize for getting stumped with the coffee. Who would have thought it was the coffee "that made me sweat!" And em … on May 25 my specialty coffee arrived from Gevalia.

Ladies, let me know which "supermarket" brand coffee you like the best - just in case!


Monday, May 21, 2007

I just love these ...

I saw this over at A Tale of Two Needles so here's mine.

Marked in bold are the things you’ve knitted, in italics the things you plan to do, and leave the rest.

American/English knitting

Baby items
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)

Charity knitting
Continental knitting
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/armwarmers
Designing knitted garments
Domino knitting
Drop stitch patterns

Dying with plant colors
Dying yarn
Fair Isle knitting
Freeform knitting
Garter stitch

Graffiti knitting
Hair accessories
Holiday related knitting

Household items
Kitchener stitch
Knitting a gift
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting and purling backwards

Knitting art
Knitting for a living
Knitting for pets
Knitting for preemies

Knitting in public
Knitting items for a wedding
Knitting on a loom
Knitting smocking
Knitting socks
Knitting to make money (donated cash to church)
Knitting two socks on two circulars simultaneously
Knitting with alpaca
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Knitting with beads
Knitting with camel yarn
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with cotton (don’t like cotton)

Knitting with dog/cat hair
Knitting with dpns (don’t like it)
Knitting with linen (don’t like linen)

Knitting with metal wire
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegated yarn
Knitting with silk

Knitting with soy yarn
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with synthetic yarn (didn’t we all start out that way)
Knitting with wool
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Lace patterns (I love everything lace)
Long Tail CO
Machine knitting
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Moebius band knitting
Norwegian knitting
Participating in a KAL

Publishing a knitting book
Short rows

Slip stitch patterns
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Stockinette stitch
Stuffed toys
Teaching a child to knit

Teaching a male how to knit
Textured knitting
Thrummed knitting
Toy/doll clothing
Tubular CO
Twisted stitch patterns

Two end knitting
Writing a pattern

Friday, May 18, 2007

Two beautiful projects waiting to be finished ...

Here's Sampler Shawl (Folk Shawls) in black zephyr absolutely lacy and elegant - just the look I was trying for - I'm on Pattern 2.

And here's Icarus (Interweave Knits). I think I'm going to frog this one - I love the yarn (Andrea - silk) and color, but something doesn't look right to me.

Two lovely shawls - maybe I'll be finished by my birthday.
That's all for now.


Thursday, May 10, 2007

Maryland Sheep and Wool

Took more pictures of the animals ...

and walked away with lots of lamb in my belly - LOL! It was good! Had a blast!
Thanks Rosie's Yarn Cellar.

Em ... Lisa, do you think you can get a bus for Stitches in Baltimore this year ...


Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Ok, is this a real dog?

My co-worker sent me this picture of (let's call him Super Champ). Do you think he's real?

Well, my lil girl is a seven year old, 16 pounds of pure lovin, cuddlin, snugglin enjoyment, full bred Shih Tzu. I live to pamper her in all her chunkyness too - LOL! If she could talk she'd tell the WORLD I sing to her (and I call her Whitney Houston when she barks because she croones), I pamper her literally to death, I give her snacks when I'm snacking, but I refuse to give her my food - why you ask, because I don't eat her food, why should she eat mine - LOL!

Meme (a/k/a Archibald Herrington Nasty Face when she plunges her face in water, snow or leaves; Chunky Monkey when she waddles down the street because she's to tired to walk and wants me to pick her up; Snuggle Pup when she throws her lil head on my neck to sleep; and Fat Ass when she annoys the heck outta me during the last walk of the day because she's no guard dog and can't protect us if the crazy people who are out at night decide to act up).

Well, eight years ago I started hearing my biological clock ticking and decided I needed to be needed, so what ... marriage, children (not until marriage ...), what? I did the next best thing, I called my big brother Bill (who bred either Olde English Bull Doggies or American Bull Doggies - smush faced, doggie odor, droolers), but I didn't want one of them and told him I saw this beautiful Neopolitan Mastiff (puppy). His response was, "as long as you don't mind feeding something that can eat you out of house and home." I replied, "never mind." And within a year Meme literally pawed her way into my life and I scooped her up and never looked back. Isn't she adorable. Knitster Chelle gave Meme this pink London Doggie trench for x-mas a few years back.

Anywho, I'm thinking that Neopolitan Mastiff (above), would have eatten me out of house and home and possibly eatten me if he got hungry enough. I hope that picture isn't real because I always dreamed of getting one of those beautiful Neopolitan pups. Oh well ...

Enough for now. Gotta go finish shopping for my Coffee Swap partner. Sock books ...



Thursday, April 26, 2007

Coffee Swap 2 Part II

I was assigned a partner. I'm so excited. Joko is from Finland (visit Joko's blog, I have the link on the side bar). We introduced ourselves and shared our CW2 questionnaires. Now, I have to learn how to translate my English into Finnish? Or Suomi (or suomen kieli) or Swedish or Russian?

Joko, when you get a chance, please let me know which translation to use.

Will keep everybody posted. I'm off to get some goodies for Joko's package - I hope Joko likes classical music ...


Monday, April 23, 2007

Coffee Swap 2

I made it! I am so excited! I didn't make the original coffee swap, so I'm looking forward to having a good time. Thanks Knittymama!

Ok, here's my answers to the Coffee Swap 2 questions:

1. Whole bean or ground? Preferrably ground

2. Fully-loaded or decaf? Fully-loaded please

3. Regular or flavored? Flavored

4. How do you drink your coffee? Lots of half and half and equal

5. Favorite coffee ever? Gevalia Blueberry or Olde City Southern Pecan

6. Are you fussy about your coffee or will any old bean do? Fussy

7. Favorite treats to have with your coffee? My absolute favorite coffee mate is Walker All Butter cookies

8. Anything else about your coffee preferences? Not really.

9. Yarn/fiber you love? Alpaca, Zephyr, Silk, Jade Sapphire, Kiogu - anything lace weight really

10. Yarn/fiber you hate?100% wool unless Shetland lace weight - anything above fingering is not my favorite; and mohair - I can't knit with mohair, it makes my eyes itch

11. What's on your needles? Three projects
Icarus from Interweave Knits - using Shaeffer Andrea (silk)
Half Spider (Hex) from Victoria Lace Today - Habu Cashmere
Sampler Shawl from Folk Shawls - Zephyr

12. Favorite colors? I love greens (olive, hunter, sage, forrest, light, dark); Blacks; Grays (charcoal); Browns (from beige to caramel); and if multis - tans, browns, deep reds, orange, greens and creams

13. Allergies? None

14. Anything you really love, really don't like, or just need to get off your chest? I do not like chunky or bulky yarn and I never was one for those crazy color combos like blues, pinks, reds, purple, etc. all in one - reminds me of the 70s

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Two shawls done!

Last week was very productive. I finished two shawls:

Swallowtail (Interweave) was done with one skein of Anne on size US #4. Here it is blocking (I love it)

And here I'm modeling (I should have worn a white sweater)

And Kimono (Folk Shawls) that I had to block on my bedroom wall because its too big for my blocking boards

So now I'm working on Icarus (Interweave) in Andrea, which I'm loving, and Hex's (Victorian Lace) on hold! I'm glad I have until August to complete Hex.

Well, enough for me today. I'll post again soon. Happy Resurrection Day!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Knitopause - Is it contagious?

I'm going through Knitopause! Knit-o-pause: one's inability to move the fingers the way they should while holding Addi Turbos and very expensive yarn.

I'm experiencing hot fingeritis, flashing yarn and blurred patterns all because its not cold enough to knit like I used to - LOL! I remember a few years back it would be cold and crazy outside and my fingers spoke volumes. Now, I want to sit and watch the little bit of snow that does fall, fall.

My current projects:

Hexagon's moving very slowly. I made a mistake and I don't want to frog back, but I'm gonna have to because its a commissioned piece. I doubt my customer will appreciate me telling her - oh its a design element - LOL! Oh well. I'll swing by Loop and talk to Grace! I know how she looks forward to me stopping by cause I'm too chicken to frog my own projects - LOL!

Tail is moving a little faster, but I stalled when I was trying to figure out a way to make it larger without making it too large. Well, I'll press on and pray it doesn't turn out too small.

In the meantime I'm having lots of fun cooking and wine tasting! Yes, all my friends know I used to love to eat out - 7 days a week, 365 days a year. I'd latch onto a restaurant and be there for lunch and dinner. Dining out was a good thing! Now, I'm loving hanging out in my kitchen creating meals.

Last night I revised a recipe - Potato Crusted Salmon. It was so easy and I prepared the meal in least than 30 minutes. Rachel Ray, eat your heart out! This recipe was so easy even before I revised it: Preheat oven at 350. Ingredients: two (2) 4oz salmon fillets (with or without skin - I did it without skin), 1/2 teaspoon honey, 1/2 tablespoon mustard, pinch of dill, 1/4 cup bread crumbs (Italian style), 1/4 cup crushed potato chips (less fat), 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese. Mix honey, mustard and dill together and spread over salmon. Blend bread crumbs and crushed potato chips together in a bowl and top fillets. Take a baking sheet and brush a little bit of olive oil on it. Place fillets on sheet skin side down. Cook in oven for 15-20 minutes. NOTE: Crumb mixture that falls on the baking sheet will burn, so I baked mine for 15 minutes and turned the oven off leaving it closed for 5 minutes. Delicious!

I served it to myself with my own version of Mandarin Orange Salad. I wash a bag of blended salad mix - preferably one with butter lettuce because that's my favorite - open and drain a small can of Mandarin Oranges - toss the oranges and salad blen in a bowl. I put mustard, lemon juice, dill and garlic in a measuring cup and whisk to make the dressing. Pour over greens/oranges and done!

What a delicious meal. I hope you try it and enjoy! If you want some of my other delicious 30 minute meals, e-mail me.

Well, I'll post again shortly.