Monday, August 25, 2008

FAlling for Ewe Autumn Yarn Swap Q&A

  1. Do you knit or crochet? How long have you been at your craft? A proud knitter since I was 8. My grandmother's taught me when I was little. They used either acrylic or wool, none of the glorious stuff we use today.
  2. Do you spin? What type of spinning? No, that's why they created mills.
  3. Are there any other crafts you participate in? Sure, cross stitch, sewing, all kinds of crafts. I have a whole room dedicated to crafting. My kids all craft, too.
  4. What are your favorite yarns/fibers? I like just about anything. Am especially fond of local hand dyes and locally spun yarn. It fascinates me to see what others across the country are coming up with. What are your least favorite yarns/fibers?Although they have their place, I do not use a lot of acrylics for anything but charity knitting.
  5. What are your favorite colors? Red, Blue, Purple, Green... Just about anything. I use a lot of 'school colors' since we are a football family. Lots of Cardinal and gold for the high school and now royal and white for my daughter's college. What are your least favorite colors? Oranges, but even then it depends on the shades.
  6. Are there any yarns/brands that you are dying to work with but never have? As I said before, I love yarns that are locally dyed. It's fun to see what people on the coasts are doing differently than the mid-west.
  7. What is/are your favorite types of projects to knit/crochet? I like everything and usually have several projects going at a time. It just depends on the day. Guess some would consider this ADD.
  8. What are you currently working on? Anything you plan to work on this autumn? Hmmm.... I have a pair of socks for my daughter that is 2/3 done, several squares for a Warm Up America afghan, an afghan for the HS to auction...huh, guess that's it for now. I need to start working on Christmas gifts.
  9. What is your favorite FO? I just completed a 'Buckeye Bag' based on a pattern by Knit Picks. It was so much fun! It was my first attempt at Entrelac and I really enjoyed it.
  10. What is your oldest UFO? I have an afghan I started 30 years ago in my basement. Perhaps I should just bind it off and use it. It's probably usable as it is.
  11. Are there any techniques that you want to learn? Lace. I love the look and, thanks to my last swapper, have several skeins of beautiful lace weight and patterns to go with them.... hey, maybe I'll start one tonight!
  12. Are you on Rav? What’s your ID? YES! I love Ravelry. I am knitty78
  13. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? Most definitely. I wear a 8 1/2
  14. Do you collect anything? Other than great memories? no. I do like stuff, just don't have a specific collection.
  15. Do you have a yarn winder and/or swift? No.
  16. Do you love sweets? What are your favorites? Yes, chocolates, caramels, anything really.
  17. What are your favorite scents? Natural scents, musky scents, good-smelling-man scents.
  18. Where do you keep your needles/hooks? I have a tote I keep them in. My doggie-dog has a penchant for bamboo, so I have to keep them out of his line of site.
  19. Do you have a wishlist (Amazon, Etsy, etc?) Not really, but I do love to read.
  20. Having a birthday this fall? Guess what? October 5th!!!!
  21. Are you allergic to anything??? Work? Dirty dishes? Does that count?
  22. What is your favorite type of music? Are you MP3 ready? Mostly country and classic rock. I am not an MP3 baby.
  23. What is your living situation like? Any pets? Children? Dear Husband, 3 teens, Kelly, 19, Ethan, 17 and Baylor 15. One dog, one cat and her 5 kittens. Want one?
  24. Do you have an online wish list (Amazon, Etsy, Loopy Ewe, etc.)? Nope. I like just about anything.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Football season

is here! This week is the official start of football, but we had a scrimmage on Friday and organization of the team began weeks ago!

I LOOOVE football. We always have such a great time.

Ethan is healing nicely and may play Friday against our arch-rivals (as well as sister school) Kenton Ridge! I hope he gets to play, but his ankle gets stronger every day.

Baylor is ready to play and is really excited. He said at first he didn't want to play, but the closer we get to the season starting, the more excited he is.

Even Kelly is excited. Her first game is August 30th.

We scrimmaged Shawnee on Friday and won! The boys spent the post game at Frisch's and I went home. Kelly had welcome weekend and needed a ride home. She was overwhelmed by all the 'new stuff'... new people, new faces, no one she knows.

Ah, well, that's part of college. We will go through all this again next year with Ethan.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

bad blogger, very bad

I went to my blog and found I haven't written a thing in TWO WEEKS! OMG! It's not like I have nothing to write about.

So, we still do not have an engine for the Escort. The Direct TV is shut off. DH bought a truck from a friend and his nephew was bringing home a bobcat and rear ended a Caddie (totaled) and we are still short vehicles.

Baylor got a concussion at football practice and had to sit out for almost a week. He is fine now and luckily that was pre-season. He isn't very happy, though, because he is doing a LOT of work around the farm.

Ethan was injured in Saturday's scrimmage. I told him he shouldn't talk about never being injured in a game. He was tackling a student from Graham and several others went on top of him. Sprained his ankle really badly. Today was his first day with a shoe on since. He said he did well and he is going to be NE's featured player in the Football Preview!!!!! YEAH!!!!!

Kelly went to Urbana for their Jump Start program. She had a great time. This week is a little tougher. Since she doesn't have a car, someone needs to take her to band practice and pick her up. DH usually takes her and I pick her up. Of course, we take doggie-dog with us. He can hear her coming and waits with his tail wagging. Last night, Kelly went out with some friends from the band to the cinema and then to Frisch's for hot fudge cake. Welcome Weekend starts tomorrow.

I have been trying to help Baylor with cattle care, DH with grandma care and keep working. It's a crazy life. Tomorrow is our second scrimmage against Shawnee. It should be good. We are also having Meet the Team night.

Well, I should do some actual work this evening.

Friday, August 1, 2008

still no photos

but some really great stories.

As everyone knows, you get a lot of teens together and tell them to behave, they don't. The fair is no exception.

Hmmm.... where to begin.... well, Ethan broke up with his long-time girlfriend Morgan. We will see how this goes, but there was a lot of fighting, animals were threatened and overall mayhem. More on that story later.

Several of the last-year kids were arrested the last night of the fair for various things. Underaged drinking, fighting, etc. Good thing this is their last year. Our fair has a strict policy. Any illegal activities and the following happens: Your animal sells for market price only and is removed from the fairgrounds, you are asked to remove yourself from the fairgrounds, you are ineligible to show an animal at the next fair.

I am not saying my kids are perfect, but they managed to stay out of too much trouble last week. WHEW!

I received my second Summer of Yarn Love goodie box. I really love swaps and will have to find another after this one ends. Anyway, my spoiling swapper sent the following: A small rooster tray perfect for desktop catchall, several beautiful notepads, I am always looking for notepads, a pattern for a lace scarf, June is for Jag from Ravelry, and 3 beautiful skeins of Berroco Seduce. Yes the same yarn the Harlot recently made her tank in. It is in the Chana Dal colorway and is beautiful and soft. I cannot wait to start on it! The scarf pattern will be perfect and it will be a great light weight scarf to wear in the fall or early spring. Of course, gold is always good. I love the color. Kelly, who doesn't even like gold colors, loves it.