Saturday, August 25, 2007


I thought I would write more about myself and then invite my swap partners to check it out. OK here goes:

I'm 57 with 1 adult son who lives in San Jose, CA. My son that is...:-) I live in Houston, TX and it's hot as ____ here!! I'm originally from RI.

I started knitting again about a year and a half ago...don't know why and don't remember why I quit. I do a lot of design as I go stuff. I'll start a pattern and find that I don't like it so I just change it. Of course, this means that I don't make sweaters or anything like that! I make scarves, blankets, potholders, afghans, a couple of hats, shawls, coasters, stuff like that.

My faves are merino, cotton, alpaca, mohair, blends. I also like the new acrylic blends they now make and stuff like polyester that feels so soft!

I love bright colors!! Jewel tones: purple, red, kelly green, royal blue, black, did I say purple! Bright turquoise, aqua, gray. I love variegated! I love hand-painted yarn! No orange, brown or yellow.

I love chocolate of course!! But I try to only buy the good dark chocolate...usually plain but sometimes with raspberry or ginger in it. No nuts! But it is not a good time to send me any chocolate! It will melt before it gets to me. :-( Maybe in October and November it will be ok.

I love sweet snacks. But I am allergic to strawberries and wheat. So my snacks have to be gluten free please. It's quite easy to find this stuff nowadays. Whole Foods usually has a good inventory as do other supermarkets. I love cookies...especially peanut butter. Of course, chocolate is always good. No nuts please...just don't like them in things.

Let's see. I don't really collect much...of course not counting yarn, books and music. :-) I do collect kokopelli. He's a neat character.

I'm a tea drinker. ... decaf please. I drink a lot green tea and herbals. At work it's mainly tea bags, but at home I do brew loose tea. I would like to try more white tea since they now make a lot of different flavors. But herbals are excellent too! and they are all decaf! A previous swap buddy from UK sent me some Twinings that I have never seen before...Excellent!! Fruity herbal combos. Delish.

I like candles and aromatherapy. I like lavender, eucalyptus, lilac, clean smells.

I guess that enough. Ask me if you need any more info!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Busy Swapping!!

Boy am I gonna be busy!! I joined 3 swaps!! I just received my pal's name for the 2nd swap. One more to go! I already contacted 1 buddy and will contact the other one soon. I've been contacted by 1 of my spoilers. But she gave me her name and location! :-( I like it when it's a secret. :-( I was kinda flip in my response to her so I hope she emails me back.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Another swap!!

I just joined another swap!! Am I addicted or what??!!! I just love getting presents and love trying to pick out just the right gift.

This new swap is the Christmas Around the World. They haven't yet published the questionnaire. But I now know how to post the link on the sidebar!! :-)

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Knit 1 Tea 2 Color Swap Questionnaire

1. Do you like loose tea or bags, or both – something you want to try?
I use both loose and bags.

2. What is your favorite kind of tea (Brand, flavor, variety, etc)?

I drink mainly decaf green tea of different flavors. I love Stashtea, Republic of Tea to name just a couple. I love herbals also…except chamomile. Can’t do the smell. I received a Twinings sampler from a pal in another swap that we don’t seem to have here. She’s from Wales. It was wonderful! Fruity herbals.

3. Favorite color in regards to tea or one you would like to try? (black, green, red, and white) (keeping in mind that this is how this swap is set up).

I would like to try more white tea. They have lots of different types and flavors now.

4. Would you say you were a tea pot kind of person or just a hot water heater kind?

At work, I’m a hot water heater but at home I’m a teapot kinda girl.

5. What tea accessories would you like but have never purchases for yourself?
Cute tea bag holders. More tea for one sets.

6. How do you prefer to be pampered? (examples: mani/pedi, bubble bath, yummy treat, etc).

Yummy treats!! But I have allergies. I’m allergic to strawberries and wheat so I have to have gluten free snacks.

7. If you were a kind of yarn what would you be and why?

Hmmm…interesting question. I would like to be a really, really soft merino. A lot of people would want to squeeze me.  More people would be able to afford me than would be able to buy cashmere.

8. If you had to knit/crochet baby booties, a fun fur scarf, or a fair isle sweater, which would you choose and why?

I would knit the scarf. I don’t like fair isle and never have done booties. The scarf is easy for me to design as I go using different colors and types together.

9. What other event would make you skip a tea party? (A garden party? A book club meeting? A yoga class? Opening night for a new action thriller? etc?)

I’m now into Zumba!! Latin aerobics! It’s so much fun and such a good workout.

10. What treat would you consider essential at your tea party? (Sweet? Salty? Scones? Those petite pastry trays with a couple of all sorts of things? Little crust less sandwiches?)

Sweet of course!! Pastries, cake, muffins, fancy cookies, scones! But alas they all have to be gluten free which Whole Foods (and here in TX HEB) now has quite an inventory.

11. When buying yarn for a project how do you choose - do you buy the one called for or do you substitute?

I do a lot of design on the fly knitting. But with a pattern I usually would substitute to something I had or liked.

12. What do you carry your knitting/crocheting in when on the go?
I have quite a few tote bags of various sizes.

13. Favorite movie to watch while knitting/crocheting?

I’m not much of a movie person…i watched Dance with Me and French Kiss again over the weekend while I worked on my shawl.

14. Are you a traditional tea cup kind of person or a mug type of person? Do you care if they match?
Match?? What’s that? I love mugs!! The bigger the better!

15. Favorite childhood birthday party?
I only remember having 1 birthday party.

16. Favorite type of scone and jam?
Fig or blueberry jam with scones with raisins.

17. If you use candles, what is your favorite scent?
I love eucalyptus and lavender.

18. If you could choose 3 people to have 'tea' with, who would they be and why? (famous or not, living or dead).

Isaac Newton (I once did a school report on him and wondered how he thought about stuff), Maya Angelou (a fascinating person whom I have had the pleasure of hearing speak), and my son (because he’s my bud).

19. You've been invited to a tea party, what 'props' will you wear (formal or casual)?
CASUAL ALL THE WAY!!! I can wear jeans right?

20. Any allergies/preferences you have or are willing to admit to?

The strawberry thing, the wheat thing (need gluten free yummies). I love chocolate! But try to only eat good dark chocolate. No nuts though. Drink mainly decaf and herbals.

21. Anything we missed that you want your pal to know?

Ask me whatever you like!! Did you ask my favorite colors of yarn???? Jewel tones: purple, kelly green, bright blue, aqua, turquoise, red, black, gray. I love variegated!! No orange, yellow, brown, pastels.


1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

I love soft merino wool and different blends....wool/cotton, wool/mohair, alpaca blend, cashmere blend. I don’t like plain acrylic any more....even though that’s what I used when I first taught myself to knit. I’m working on a shawl using some Noro that I received from another swap and I loved the colors!

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?

I have several tote bags.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?

I taught myself to knit in the ‘70s and stopped...have no idea why. I started up again a couple of years ago. I consider myself a low intermediate or high beginner.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

I have an Amazon list but haven’t updated it in awhile. Let me know if you would like me to do that.

5. What's your favorite scent?

This is a toughy. I like lavender but also like lilac. It’s not common here where I live but we used to have bushes on either side of our front porch when I was growing up and the smell walking out the front door was wonderful! Then again there's eucalyptus.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?

Doesn’t everyone have a sweet tooth??!!! Chocolate of course!! I try to eat only good dark chocolate. No nuts. Just as an FYI – I am allergic to strawberries and wheat. My snacks are gluten-free.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?

Knitting is the only crafty thing I do.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

I love a variety: jazz, jazz fusion, latin jazz, reggae, steel drum, andean, african. Can you tell I like mostly instrumental music??!! Yup, I can play mp3s.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?

I love jewel tones...royal purple, aqua, turquoise, royal blue, kelly green, red, black, gray. I don’t like orange, brown, yellow, not into pastels much. I love variegated!!

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

I live with my pets. I have an adult son.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?

I live in Houston so there’s not many days one can wear this stuff. But I try to wear whenever I get the chance! I like scarves, hats...maybe a light poncho. I like shawls and can’t wait to finish the one I’m working on...a design as I go. I like light-weight scarves...kinda lacy but not necessarily “true” lace...just a lot of Yos, and increases. I would love some fingerless mittens!! My office is always cold!

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

I like scarves, baby blankets, wall hangings, shawls.

13. What are you knitting right now?

I’m working on that darn shawl I keep mentioning, a scarf for red scarf project, fingerless gloves. That’s about it.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?


15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

My faves are bamboo circs.

6. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?

I wish!!

17. How old is your oldest UFO?

I guess about 2 years old....a shawl that I started when I first got back into keeps staring at me.

18. What is your favorite holiday?
Whichever one I get to see my son. He lives in CA and we’ve been meeting for either Thanksgiving or Christmas.

19. Is there anything that you collect?


20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

I don’t subscribe to anything. I just bought Lacy Little Knits so I’m dying to try to make something from it. Of course, it recommends Artyarns since it’s the author’s company. I love her yarn. I also love other soft merino, love silk too. Don’t think I mentioned that before. I think rosewood needles are gorgeous!

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?

I went to Stitches West in February and took a class on continental knitting. I just can’t do the purling! I need to practice but get frustrated quickly!! I would love to do slip stitch and double knitting work with lots of colors.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?

Not yet. Size 7 shoe.

23. When is your birthday?

January 23rd

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID?

Am I on what?????

I wish I knew how to use blogger!!

I have another swap questionnaire to post!! What to do!! What to do!! I can't just post everything on the side, can I? That would look odd.

I guess I'll try to make my questionnaires a regular posting and then try to learn how to list them as a link on the side??? I've seen that on other blogs and still wonder how they do it!

Help me Help me!! If someone reads this and knows how to do this stuff, please help me!!

Thank you for your support.

Monday, August 13, 2007


I seem to be quite bad at this stuff....blogging that is. I pledge to do better. I have photos of a couple of swaps that I never posted!! My apology to my pals.

I also have photos from my recent trips. I have a new camera and they came out pretty good actually.

Any the moment, I've posted my Secret Pal 11 Questionnaire at the right. I hope it's ok there. I didn't know how else to post it and keep it on the main page. If anyone does read this, let me know if there's a better way.