September 2007

The two swaps I joined this summer are ending! This was my first time doing a swap. I had a lot of fun shopping, and it has been great getting goodies in the mail. Both of my pals were excellent!

The first swap I joined way back in June was the Knitter’s Virtual Vacation Swap. All summer long there were different contests running on the blog. I didn’t get to participate in these as much as I would have liked because I was really busy with various things. I still had a lot of fun. I got to send some San Francisco love to North Carolina. The other day, I received my vacation, all the way from Mississippi!

This picture represents only a fraction of what was in the package. Apparently there is also another box that hasn’t arrived yet! My pal from MS sent me lots of variagated wool, two knitting books and one magazine (not shown), “Strange But True: Mississippi” (I will definitely get a kick out of this), a keychain, a shot glass (not shown), LOTS of postcards, some pretty blue stitch markers (not shown), beverage goodies (not shown), and my absolute favorite thing, this beautiful knitted cozy.

The yarn is gorgeous and my camera fits in it quite well. 🙂

I was so excited to “go” to Mississippi. I have had this strange fascination with the South for years. Witness the map I have on my wall:

I have been to Georgia and the Carolinas briefly on a road trip, but one of these days I was to spend some time in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, and Lousiana. I don’t know what it is. Maybe the South just seems so different from anything I’ve ever known (California, mainly). This vacation just made it even more enticing! Thank you so much to my pal. I hope you reveal your identity in the other box so I can thank you properly!

Secondly, we have the Caffeine Addicts swap for the Ravelry group of the same name. This one was organized right after the group formed and I’m sure there will be more to come. Partners will officially be revealed on Monday. I need to disclose, however, that I am bad and have not yet mailed my my package. Everything is ready to go, but I kept thinking I would find one more goody to throw in, and all of sudden it’s the middle of September! On Monday when they are revealed I will let my pal know. I’m planning to pack it up tonight and have James take it to the post office tomorrow.

My package arrived today. Jo (that’s all I know right now) sent me some lovely things!

The yarn is 100% linen in a gorgeous brown. I think I will use this for a pretty towel or placemat, or maybe something from my Japanese crochet book. The color is called “espresso” and it definitely lives up to its name. The coffee is Organic Fair Trade Nicaraguan. I don’t think I’ve actually had Nicaraguan coffee, so I’m looking forward to this! There are some very pretty purple stitch markers. Up until now I have been using cheap plastic stitch makers, and sometimes the ones I made, but now I have all kinds of jewelry for my knitting. Lastly, the mug. It is hand-thrown, from Snowy River Pottery. It is the most gorgeous mug I have ever seen. Absolutely perfect in every way!

The colors are SO me and the shape and detailing is wonderful. I like that it has a larger base…much less possibility of knocking it over. I forgot to get a good shot of the handle, but it is thick and easy to grip with lovely ridging running down it. I could not be happier. Thank you, Jo!

Well, time to go pack up my caffeine swap pal’s stuff so it’s all ready to go. I hope both my pals love their packages as much I love mine!


I have been so busy between working two jobs and taking German class. Labor Day gave me an extra day off, but now it’s going to be one day weekends for awhile. The thing that sucks is that the paychecks haven’t quite started piling up yet, so I’m working all the time, but I still feel broke.

But, it’s not really so bad, and I have a goal in mind. James and I want to go to Japan and Thailand sometime next spring, so I want to be able to save as much money as possible for that. It would be nice to go for 3 weeks, or even a month.

My work schedule has also reduced my knitting time somewhat, especially since neither job allows me to knit while getting paid. I have been working on the second 9 to 5 sock during my breaks from the coffee shop. At home, I have been plugging away at the Mrs. Darcy cardigan. The body pieces are finished and seamed, and I’m happy with the fit. I knit the first sleeve last week and tweaked it a little, and yesterday I started the second. I’m on the home stretch and I’m really excited about it! I haven’t decided if I like knitting sweaters in pieces better, per say, but it makes the milestones a little more concrete.

My lack of time has made photographs difficult, but I do have one. Over the holiday, I caught up on the first few weeks of the Crafty Daisies Embroidery Lessons, and completed the second homework assignment. I haven’t done embroidery since 6th grade, but this has been really fun so far.

Right after I did this cupcake pattern, I realized it was the perfect birthday present for my friend who loves cupcakes! It’s still just a loose piece of fabric, but I took the picture and posted it on Flickr for a nice morning surprise. I think her comment on the picture demonstrates her excitement well enough. I will probably turn it into a little pillow or something. Or just give it to her as is and she can make it into something if she wants.

I also just got my Virtual Vacation from my KVVS pal! She took me to Mississippi, which was entirely appropriate given my odd fascination with the South. I’ll do a proper post on it later.