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Friday, September 28, 2007
  Dishcloth Swap question #3
Well, I missed question 2, because between migraines and midterms I didn't have much time to blog, but here's question 3!

Autumn has now officially begun here in the States!! What is your favorite thing about Autumn/Fall? Why?

I can't possibly name just one thing. Fall just might be my favorite season, but I say that about all of them, so... I really like being able to wear snuggly warm handknits and skirts with leggings. I like working on Christmas knits, seeing all the beautiful crunchy leaves on campus, and seeing all the yummy seasonal things in stores. Give me pumpkin candles and gingerbread lattes, and I'm one happy girl. And this fall specifically, I'm thrilled with Knit Picks's new heathered yarns!

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Friday, September 14, 2007
  Dishcloth Swap Topic #1
Now that in some geographic locations the weather is starting to turn cooler, do you change the type of yarn(s) you knit/crochet with? If so, what do you now knit/crochet with instead and why? If not, why do you not switch and what do you knit/crochet with?

I'm lucky enough to live in very beautiful Humboldt County where the weather is mild year-round. This means I don't knit cotton in the summer and wool in the winter, but all the good stuff year round. My main focus as the weather turns cooler, as you know from reading my previous few posts, is Christmas knitting. This means I get to knit a variety of things for the variety of people I love. Wool hats, acrylic kidswear, superwash socks, alpaca shawls, cotton dishcloths, etc.

Sorry this is such a short post, but I need a nap! I'm halfway through the first volacno sock, details on that soon!

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007
  another wonderful day
Many thanks to everyone (especially my SP!) who have been reminding me to take it easy and relax. I'm definitely enjoying this crazy time in my life (riding my bike to work, taking an intense pilates class, spending time with Kellen, and of course knitting. All of my favorite things!) Today was no exception. Even though it's a little cold and dreary, work was fun. The people are great and it's so wonderful to be around such great food! On my break I got to eat asparagus and a veggie bagel with herb cream cheese and avocado, tomato, onion, sprouts and Larrupin sauce. Yum! I only have one class on Tuesday/Thursday and it was canceled today, so I got to walk down to the post office, which brings me to my real news:

Christmas. Or the yarn-y makings of it. If you peek at my Ravelry queue you can probably guess what most of these are going to be. I don't want to reveal too much and spoil any surprises, though. Oh, and I lied. It's not entirely Christmas. See that blue cotlin? That's a Rusted Root for me. Just watch.

Happy Knitting!


Saturday, September 08, 2007
  Dishcloth exchange questionaire
Okay, Karla twisted my arm, and I couldn't resist signing up for the Fall into Autumn Dishcloth Exchange. Here's my questionaire:

1. Do you knit or crochet? How long have you been doing it?
I knit, and have been doing so for about 4 and a half years.

2. Have you made dischloths before? Do you use them yourself, give them as gifts, or both?
I've done both. I've made a few for swaps, a few for gifts, and two for myself. I also had my boyfriend crochet me one, because he's sweet like that.

3. What's your favorite cotton to make cloths from? What cotton would you like to try that you haven't before?
I usually just use sugar & creme or peaches & creme, because it's affordable. I also love KnitPicks Shine, but I haven't used it for washcloths. I heard their CotLin makes a great facecloth, so if I have any left over after I knit my rusted root out of it, maybe that's what I'll use it for.

4. If you knit, do you prefer circular or straight needles? For all, do you prefer wooden, metal, or plastic needles?
It really depends on the project. I like both circs and straights, as long as the straights aren't too long. I usually use metal needles, but if it's really slippery yarn, wooden is great.

5. What are your favorite colors? Any colors you don't like much?
I really love all colors, especially jewel tones. Pink, blue, green... I used to not like orange, but this is an *Autumn* swap, and the color really has grown on me!

6. What do you like best about Autumn?
Baking, beautiful leaves, wearing sweaters and scarves, going back to school, quiet evenings, Thanksgiving! All the smells...and seasonal items in stores! I can't tell you how much a pumpkin spice latte or gingerbread scented candles makes me happy!

7. Pies: Pumpkin? Apple? Pecan? All of em? or No Thanks!
All of them! My family doesn't make pecan too often, but it's good. Pumpkin and Apple are absolute musts. Same with Pumpkin cheesecake!

8. When you were a kid, were you the one who couldn't wait to get started with school , or the one who overslept on the 1st day?
I was usually pretty excited for it. That is, until the last few years of high school! Now I look forward to it again. (I'm in my 3rd year of college. Drowning under homework, but enjoying myself!)

9. Do you celebrate Halloween? (The real key here guys is especially knowing if you have an aversion to the holiday or little goodies/decorations associated with it, given the timeframe of the swap)
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! I absolutely love it!

10. If you had to choose just 3 edible 'goodies' to eat for a full year, what 3 would you choose?
Wait, does this mean I get other food in addition to my treats? Because I wouldn't want to live on candy alone...but if I have to pick three candies I'd pick plain milk chocolate, reese's, and jelly beans. That's a good variety, I think.

11. Do you have any pets? Kids? Husbands who seem like kids? ;)
I can't have pets in my apt, but I have two dogs and a kitty that live with my mom. No babies yet, but Kellen and I are still kids ourselves!

12. If you were to describe a particular yarn that shares traits of your personality, what would it be and why?
I would be Lamb's Pride worsted because it's warm, good for a lot of projects, comes in a variety of colors, and some people find it too itchy!

13. Do you use your cloths mostly for dishcloths, or as facecloths?
The ones I've made have been dishcloths, but I use the one Kellen made as a facecloth.

14. Favorite Fall Holiday: Halloween or Thanksgiving and why? (Feel free to share another fall memory if you do not celebrate either of these holidays)
I really can't choose. I love them both so much. I guess now that I'm older Thanksgiving gives me more to participate in, but I really love putting together cute Halloween costumes. And there is such fun cooking/baking potential for both.

15. Do you have any allergies or aversions your pal should know about?

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Saturday, September 01, 2007
  3 months, 3 weeks, 3 days
Okay, I don't want to give you a heart attack. You're sitting down, right? Take a few deep breaths. There are 3 months, 3 weeks, and 3 days until Christmas. It makes me a little dizzy even to type it. I'm steadily at work, though. See?

Plus, a very large Knit Picks order should be on its way to me soon. Also on the needles are some RPMs for me, and Jo-Ann's is having a button sale, so maybe a Buttony is looming in my future? There's some Cotlin in that Knit Picks order for a Rusted Root, though, and one look at that Christmas countdown reminds me that maybe sweaters for me should wait a little bit.

That's it for now. I just wanted to quickly check in. Between the Christmas Project and homework, I'm pretty swamped!

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violet is a crafty girl with feminist values. knitting is her main squeeze, but she also flirts with sewing, embroidery, mosaics, jewelry making, block printing, and polymer clay. she's also been known to cook and garden. she loves a good thrift shop, teapots, and her boyfriend kellen.

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