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A Note to End The Year On
Saturday, December 31, 2005

(The Beatles)

There are places I'll remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I've loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more

Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more
In my life I love you more

Fiber Godmother Questionnaire
Friday, December 30, 2005

This Secret Pal/Giftie type exchange is courtesy of Dani!   Girl - you've got the coolest stuff on your blog!!

General Fiber Questions:
1) What are your fiber-related hobbies? (Knit, Crochet, Spinning, Needlepoint, etc.) Knit - Knit - Knit - Knit - Knit - Knit - Knit - Knit - Knit....
2) How long? Less than a year
3) Which are you *most* into? See question #1
4) How would you classify yourself in this craft - beginner, intermediate, advanced? Let's say "advanced beginner". There is so much I need to know and try, but I seem to be a quick study!

5) What is your current fiber-related obsession? Animal fibers
6) What are your favorite items to make? Felted bags but I am trying to move beyond that & make stuff for my home
7) What are you making right now? Baby booties

8) What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Painting mostly; I make stitch markers, too

About the fiber:
9) Your favorite yarn(s) (brand or type)? Malabrigo, Manos and natural stuff
10) What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? Acrylics, and things that are too bumpy, fuzzy or have pieces sticking out of them
11) Is there a yarn you've been dying to try? I want to try Buffalo, Yak, I think I've seen Camel.... I'd like to try yarn made from bamboo, too
12) Are you a fiber snob? It appears so, LOL

About the tools:
13) Hardwood, Bamboo, Aluminum, Plastic? Bamboo
14) For knitters: Straight, DPN or Circular needles? Straight & Circs
15) Favorite gadget? My sheep tape measure
16) Anything you've been wanting to try? One of the click type row counters; the ones that sit on your needles and turn don't seem to work for me.

About you:
17) Do you pamper yourself? Or do you generally come last? Oh my, I'm HIGHLY pampered, lol
18) What does an ideal day off/free hour consist of for you? eBay, knitting, TV & a nap, maybe a trip to a bookstore
19) Are you allergic to anything? Dust!
20) What is your family situation? (Partner, spouse, kids, etc.) I live alone (and I'm liking it!)
21) Are you owned by any pets? Unfortunately, no.

22) Your favorite color(s)? Blues/Greens; Reds
23) Any colors you just can't stand? Not a big fan of brown....
24) What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.) Orange or citrus
25) Least favorite? (Maybe you're not "allergic," but it makes you want to die) Rose and most floral scents
26) How do you feel about candy? -sigh- I can't eat it unless it's SUGAR FREE
27) Any dietary restrictions? Yes, but as long as it is sugar free, it should be OK.

28) Is there anything that you collect? Vintage 1960s clothing, jewelry, music, memorabilia & vintage 1960s knitting magazines
29) What is your favorite holiday? Halloween

30) Do you have an online wish list (e.g. Amazon, Things I Want)? If so, share the link. If nothing else, it will give your Godmother more ideas about your likes/dislikes
Amazon List

31) Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? Yes
32) What kind of music do you like? 1960s pop & 80s metal
33) Any special requests in case your Godmother wants to make a CD for you? Have fun!

34) Favorite movie(s)? Jaws!; The Red Violin; Saw; Most horror movies and comedies - no romance stuff
35) Any "fan" stuff? (e.g. Firefly, Wonder Woman, etc.) Not really

Anything we missed? Tell, Tell!
You didn't miss much! If I think of anything - I'll add it!

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

I've just joined a a new KAL called "Stashalong" - it is designed to decrease the ever-growing stash we all have. You PROMISE for the next three months, to only knit with yarn you already have - no buying. The self control will be a real challenge - but, let's face it, my apartment is -thisbig- and I could use the legwarmers, gloves, tote bag, etc, more than the balls of wool....

Linkie: Stashalong

I also copped this bunny from that site - he's TOO CUTE and he's hopping from blog to blog, so steal him if you want to. (Just the pic, please, not the bandwith!)

Last Post Before The Holidays....
Saturday, December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas!

to all my friends out there in knitting land!

I hope you get all the YARN (and everything else) you've been wishing for!


Absent Annie
Wednesday, December 21, 2005

OK - my name is not Annie, but you get the point. I have left this poor site without an update for quite a long time. It's not that I have been lazy (OK, maybe a little of that) but I have been knitting! The sweater is almost done! I just have to seam it all together (oh, and about 5% is left of the weaving in)! Tonight I will bring it to SnB and hopefully someone can show me the proper stitch. Otherwise I will have to fake it! I promise to post a pic when it is done.
It was quite a bit of work for me - and my very first sweater - I really hope Mom likes it. But even if she doesn't (I think she will though) I am proud of the accomplishment. And it just makes me want to go out and tackle another project!

So much has happened since my last post, I don't know where to start!

- The Stash Bash at Missy's was too cool for words! Let me just put it this way, usually at parties, I have a 2 to 3 hour time limit before I am done with socializing and excuse myself to leave. I spent about 17 hours at her house that day/night/day. Enough said!

- I took a quick class on how to knit a pair a baby booties! They are too cute! I am making them for someone I work with who is having a GIRL - she is due on my Birthday too! I won't be able to continue them until after C-mas but they are starting out very nicely.

- Speaking of Christmas, I am NOT anywhere near finished with the tote I am making for my Aunt. Hardly even started... Luckily, I won't see her until the weekend after. Should Better be done by then.

- I am SO BEHIND on my blog reading - many apologies to my blog buddies. This season really gets in my way sometimes. I expect to be back to (somewhat) normal after this "under the gun" knitting is complete.

- In case I don't get back here too soon - Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah! (early!)

Unexpected Gift!
Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Guess what I just got from Kim - the person I was spoiling in SP6...

How totally cool. She sent it as a thank you for the gifties I sent to her. But she really did not have to do that - it was so very unexpected (and appreciated.) Please stop by her blog and say hi. She is a very nice person and a talented knitter, too!
7:20 Update: I failed to mention how happy I am with this book! I have been wanting it for months and I'm twice as happy I didn't have to wait for Christmas to get it! Hooray!

PS - I've added Kim's blog to my list of "Groovy People" - she certainly qualifies!

Thank you!
Monday, December 12, 2005

Just have to stop and say thank you to all who wished me well with the book! I am really so happy about it and to be able to share the good news with friends makes the whole thing that much more exciting.

You guys are the best!

It's here! It's here! It's here!
Thursday, December 08, 2005

It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here!
What could it be, you ask? What could it be that makes me so excited? The book, the book is here - MY BOOK! Done. Finished. Published. BOUND! In my hands. All the work and research and pictures and review and editing and time and worry and work and joy and pride - is finally together in one 8.5" x 11", 176 page, $29.95, soft cover BOOK! Official title: Collecting Rock 'n' Roll Sheet Music of the 1960s   Eh. Well, it IS a reference book :)
It arrived very quietly last night in an unassuming brown box along with a lovely letter from the publisher and a bottle of wine for celebrating! (That was so sweet of them!) Only one advance copy for now, the rest should arrive in about 30 days or so - they are, quite literally, on a slow boat from China - and then the fun really starts! Distribution! I think I will fall over dead on the floor when I see it on a book store shelf. Or on Amazon. Whee!!!!

Me - hamming it up with the new "edition" to the family

1 Gift Down - 2 to Go!
Monday, December 05, 2005

One Christmas gift finished! Woo Hoo!! This is for my Uncle and it was knit with Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk. Soooo nice to work with, really soft. But the finished product is quite heavy - I wonder how much it weighs?

The pattern was ridiculously easy, just a basket weave with an extra knit and purl row done in between. It was a quick knit too - double stranded on 10.5 needles. I wish all projects were this easy.

And I think I have enough yarn left over to knit a headband/ear warmer thingy for me - yea!

Mini V
Saturday, December 03, 2005

OK - This kinda looks like me, doesn't it? With the poni-tail, the flares, the knitted scarf and felted handbag.... I think I'm gonna keep her as a little mascot on the blog somewhere.

I made her at this really fun site called storTroopers. You can make all kinds of wee folk there, and make 'em look like just about anything you want!

It's a good 10 minute time killer, if nothing else, but I thought it was fun!

ME-ME ...Countdown
Friday, December 02, 2005

Since Dani tagged "everyone on the planet", I think I qualify to play along... :)

This was very tough, it took me two days to finish! I still think some of these statements may need to be qualified. If it sounds too wierd to be true, for heaven's sake - ask me about it!

TEN random things you might not know about me.
1: I love Oldies music
2: I have a huge collection of sheet music (~750) from the 1960s
3: I was commissioned to paint a picture on a fire truck
4: I still have the same teddy bear I was given when I was two years old
5: I used to work as an usher at The Nassau Coliseum
6: I had mono when I was 19 (it's still unknown how I got it ;)
7: My apartment is decorated in mid-century MOD
8: I used to love learning foreign languages
9: I don't eat sugar of any kind
10: I'm a huge pack rat!

NINE places I've visited
1: Las Vegas
2: Atlantic City
3: Cleveland
4: Miami
5: Orlando
6: Puerto Rico
7: Los Angeles
8: San Diego
9: San Francisco

EIGHT ways to win my heart
1: Honesty
2: Know your own mind/heart
3: Understand that I know mine too
4: Be willing to learn
5: Be willing to teach
6: Have a great sense of humor
7: Don't put other people down
8. Be confident

SEVEN things I want to do before I die
1: Drive in NYC (me behind the wheel)
2: Visit London
3: Wear a size 5 dress
4: Live clutter-free
5: Be good at driving a stick shift
6: Learn how to handle my finances like a pro
7: Fall in love

SIX things I'm afraid of
1: Being stalked
2: Spiders, bugs, insects - any and all
3: Daredevil stuff (no jumping out of airplanes for me!)
4: Losing my health
5: Rollercoasters
6: Getting divorced again

FIVE things I don't like
1: Weddings (or rather, big, overdone parties)
2: Gossips
3: Angry, controlling people
4: Women who can't do anything for themselves
5: Mustard

FOUR ways to turn me off
1: Tell me what to do
2: Pressure me
3: Be vulgar
4: Be needy

THREE things I do everyday
1: Watch TV Land
2: Search eBay for whatever
3: I don't know... eat, shower - ugh, how boring!

TWO things that make me happy
1: DOGS!
2: My bed

ONE thing on my mind right now
1: Sleep

December 1st
Thursday, December 01, 2005

Support World AIDS Day

Today is "World AIDS Day" - a good time to stop and remember all the people suffering and that it is preventable if you USE YOUR HEAD and
Thanks to Dani for turning me on to this.

Today, by the way, is also Dani's BIRTHDAY! Stop by her blog and say Hi!

Today is also the "anniversary" of the day I got engaged to my ex. He took me to see Santa and then we went to see this big Christmas tree by an ice skating rink where he proposed. It's a nice memory.

Today my rent is due and I totally forgot about it!
I hope my landlord doesn't come to collect until tomorrow!

Oh, wait, today is also SnB night! How could I forget that?
(Same way I forgot my rent, I suppose.)

Today also means that there are only 25 (24?) days left until Christmas...
and I had better get knitting!

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