Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
At 4.5 stitches per inch, it's perfect for this pattern by Wendy Bernard...."Something Red". Of course, in this case it's "Something Coffee".
Since I already have this pattern, I think I may have found my choice of yarn to create it.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Hi everyone, in honor of the knitter's coffee swap and my new pal Sunne, I'd (as in whiteoakstudio) like to have a contest (knittymama and Kathy aka mistress of contests get to enter! yay!). I have already decided the name (and reason for the name) for this yarn. The person who correctly names this coffee-inspired yarn wins some of this yarn. Here are the guidelines (just fyi, did you know that the latest office politics require that we no longer have "rules"? nope. now we have "guidelines" :-) ):
- the yarn in my etsy shop whiteoakstudio has colorways named after tv shows or movies (that you can watch on tv, i.e. dvds)
- remember it's coffee-inspired - the colorway has rich espresso for us diehards, creamy foam, cinnamon color for spice-flavor lovers, and some deep pink for those of you who just have to have some flavor added like peppermint or hazelnut.
To enter, send me an email at whiteoakstudio AT yahoo DOT com and in your email make sure you have these 3 things:
- your first name (or blog-handle) so I can announce you as the winner
- your guess for the NAME of the yarn
- your guess for the REASON why the coffee-inspired yarn should have that name
You have until 5pm on Friday, June 1 '07 to send me email with your entry. If more than one person has the correct answer, my son will draw one name of those correct entries out of his Harley hat (that my brother gave him and I was not amused). GOOD LUCK!
p.s. I already have colorways with these names, so it is NOT one of these: Friends, Sleepless in Seattle, Survivor, I Love Lucy, The Color Purple, C.S.I., Law and Order, Sex and the City, Out of Africa, True Grit, Rooster Cogburn, Sunset Boulevard, Anne of Green Gables, Desperate Housewives, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Grey's Anatomy, Medium, Green Acres, American Idol, Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Pink Panther, Sesame Street, Gilligan's Island, Three's Company, MASH, The Color of Money, Hawaii Five-o, Three Men and a Baby, The X-Files, Monk, The Wizard of Oz, The Fellowship of the Ring, Twilight Zone, and Ocean's Eleven (whew)
This is just a post to make fair warning about getting the insurance and confirmation options from the USPS.
I really am thinking her package was swiped somehow. I get the I & C and this is the one stupid time I decided to not push for it ( I would like to blame the screaming munchkin on my arms, but that is irresponsible and not fair to the screaming munchkin).
So please - spend the extra time! ACK!
I am giving it one more day ( it has been almost two weeks on a two-day package ) and I am going to make her package all over again....< sigh >
Monday, May 28, 2007
On Saturday I was greeted with a simply fantastic package from my fabulous swap partner Diane. I have been thoroughly spoiled by her and am gobsmacked by the amount of goodies she has sent me from the other side of the pond. See my blog for details of all the wonderful contents.
Thank you so much D, and thank you Knitty mama for hosting such a great swap and pairing me with a totally magic partner.
Happy knitting and coffee drinking to all!
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Look at all the goodies in this treat box: Caribou Coffee, Ghiradelli chocolate, goldfish, note pads, note cards and yarn-Mountain Colors Bearfoot in Crazy Woman (how fitting is that!) and Noro Cash Iro. And don't forget the luscious Yardley soap. And all this is after she sent me this a couple of weeks ago:
Thank you so much, Anne. You are a super, A#1 swap pal.
How did she know that Mountain Colors and Noro are two of my favorites? Wow!
I think I'd be tempted to turn it into a coffee cup, complete with coffee:
With soy milk, of course, for the lactose intolerant among us. :-(
Saturday, May 26, 2007
And I'd knit the Mocha Latte Anklets pattern from p2designs. The anklets look so cute don't they? I just happened to find them while looking for ideas of what I'd want to knit with coffee coloured yarn.
Oh boy, do I *heart* Rowan Yarns. This is Rowan's silk wool Dk #308 in Brownstone. Don'tch just want to lick it??? (I know I do!) Isn't that the snuggliest sweater ever???? I can see this going out on the town (Love how the ribbing adds structure & fit) or curling up w/your most comfortable jammies. (fuzzy bunny slippers are optional) ** Very yummy design. Find it here.
Thanks Knittymama for all the fun and I'm soooo looking forward to the NEXT???? swap! I have made another fabulous Knitting Friend - Mandie!!! woot woot - What a wonderful exchange. Thanks again.
Friday, May 25, 2007
My fantastic partner, Barb sent me a lovely parcel of goodies, which arrived at the perfect time!! Last night was my big writing night that I'd set aside to tackle my final essay for my philosophy course. I was so dragged out and tired when I got home from work, but what was sitting there waiting for me, but a package of treats fit for a queen! Chocolate coffee, irish cream coffee, yarn, stitch markers and caramel kisses (where have these been hiding all my life that I'd never found them before???) I brewed a big pot of the Chocolate coffee and thankfully it kept me fueled well into the night! I'm almost done the essay... but I think it's going to take another pot of coffee. I wonder if Irish Cream is though provoking as chocolate? Ha ha! I can attest to the fact that there's nothing like chocolate flavoured coffee to boost a girl in the morning either! The yarns she sent are absolutely delectable too! The green is so soft and pretty and the lopi is such an amazing colour! And who can resist cotton? I love hand knit dish cloths (you have to admit they are the best for sure!) and now I can just grab my handy ball of cotton and make one any time I want! I think it would be a perfect bus knitting project! Small, quick and easy to do!
Thank you Barb, for your generousity and fantastic taste!!!! I'll be sending your parcel out really soon!
Well what a fab excuse to dream of yarn and projects!
This lovely stuff is Alchemy Synchronicity in colour Twig. It's lush, 50% silk/50% merino, but comes in at a hefty £14.95 for 50g!
and I would knit this fab Alchemy Boudoir Jacket with it, I love the way it looks like it would swing really nicely, totally dreamy! Though it requires 8 skeins, which equals a small fortune (a little under £120 or $240), oh well one can but dream!
I would probably finish it with a contrasting cream ribbon round the neck, or this yummy olivewood button!
I'm off to dream up more projects, though perhaps something a little smaller and a little nicer on my purse!
Now for our final contest! Lots of goodies to give out here: Three sets of Sharon's soaps, llama roving from Caffeinated Knitter , some Cherry Tree Hill from our own Mistress of Contests, Kathy, and a project bag from me. Did I miss anything? If anyone else had a prize to donate for the last round, just let me know.
So what do you do?
1. Find a coffee colored yarn that you love.
2. Find the perfect pattern for that yarn.
3. Post the links to both by June 1oth, and label it Contest #3
That's it! If figured this is a fun way to be introduced to new yarns and patterns that we might not normally see. Have a lovely weekend everyone! (American's, enjoy your three day weekend!)
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
The chocolate is gone, the biscotti are amazing! I think I am going to make some leggings for Oscar out of the yarn - red-orange will look good with his shorts, and if he gets hot it is an easy change. The coffee is yummy! I made a pot of the Farmers Market. Yum! I have to check with Clinton, but I think we may have stopped in fayetteville on our last trip across country..But it may have been West Virginia.
The book is not only beautiful, it is really really nice with all the pens I have. Oscar became jealous though. I had to let him have some doodle time with some crayons. It will make the doodles more interesting when I get to the pages he managed to get to.
Sporadic an artist is he and he doesnt like a dirty page.
After a "trying" day at work, it was just what I needed to perk me up!!
I love everything!!
Check out my blog for more details.
Thanks Knittymama! This was so much fun!!!
And thanks to Knittymama for hosting another great swap (and making good pairings)!!
Monday, May 21, 2007
What a great weekend! I started off feeling a bit stressed when I went home on Friday, only to find a package from my swappee Lia. My package couldn't have come at a better time. Having moved to San Diego from Vermont, it was nice to get some organic Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Coffee from my old town. The toasted almond tastes wonderful (my boyfriend is proof - as he's been sneaking it into the pot this whole weekend to make me share it with him.)
Thank you, thank you, thank you Lia and thanks Knitty Mamma for holding such a great swap. Lia - keep a look out for your package - it's already on the way.
More details on my blog.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
but I finally got the blasted camera to work!!!
Here's my late contribution to the Still Life collection. The bag originally held green (unroasted) coffee beans upon delivery to my local independent coffee shop. A wonderful gal named Kristi roasts her own beans every week. I picked up this bag from her a while back and had no idea what I would do with it at the time - but it seems to capture the spirit of the swap!
Maybe I'll get more organized for the next contest.
Thank you Knitty-mama for a load of fun! This was a great experience and an all-new adventure for me. Guess wasn't too old to learn to blog...
Happy knitting to all! I'll be looking forward to the next swap! And stalking everyone's blogs looking for new ideas and motivation.
There were some awesome entries into this contest - it was an extremely difficult decision to select winners from your pictures and poetry!
However - there has to be a winner - or two!
I have selected
as our winners! Please email me your snail mail addresses to firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations Ladies!! Awesome job!
Have a great day everyone!
Kat - Your Contest Mistress!
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
I received a wonderful, wonderful coffee package from Erin!
Woo-Hoo! I have truly been spoiled...come to my blog
to read all the details...Keuring K-cups of Nantucket and Gloria Jean's Hazelnut coffees, 2 skeins of Mama E's C*Eye*Ber Fiber Sock Yarn in the Lexie colorway (it looks just like coffee with cream in it!), Bodycoffee
and so much more! I'll go post my rantings and gushings over on the blog now. Happy Knitting, and Thank You, Erin! :)
Stay tuned for two more winners later on today. I will be selecting winners from all the amazing photos that you posted with coffee and yarn... what an awesome combination!!
So keep checking back for the winners!
Your busy Mistress of Contests - Kat
Monday, May 14, 2007
I got my package my from my super swap pal mistressannie. I was overwhelmed by all the stuff she got me! You can check out details on my blog. I'm so excited to have some new coffee to sip on for the next couple of weeks (if it lasts that long, hehe). Thank you so much Annie! You've been a wonderful pal for my first swap ever and I had a lot of fun! :) Your package will be sent out in the next day or two, so keep an eye out for it!
For one of the contests, I don't know which one yet, I have donated some wonderful Natural Coffee Soap, made with freshly brewed Hazelnut coffee, coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil and cocoa butter, and Mochacinno Lip Butter, made with coffee butter, cocoa butter and vanilla infused olive oil. All put together in a lovely reusable tote bag.
There are now only 4 bars leftover of the soap, after the contest donations of course, that I have placed on my web site, Sharon's Soaps N' Stuff, on a first come first served basis. Remember to mention you are from the coffee swap and I will make to throw in an extra goodie for you.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
This is my "gilmore girls" shawl. I work on this while watching the show on tuesday nights. I thought it would go well with my new coffee mug that i got on my last trip to canada. I hope you all enjoy the pic. I really enjoyed taking it.
And thanks to KnittyMama for another wonderful swap!
Saturday, May 12, 2007
To all our mothers in the swap, have a beautiful Mother's Day!
It looks like still life, but it isn't quite. While I was running outside the café in order to have the word 'coffees' the right way around, a couple was looking at me as though I was utterly insane. Anyone who knows me wouldn't put me in the same sentence as 'still' life in any case...