Thursday, August 28, 2008

SP12 Spoiler strikes again!

I am getting sooooo spoiled. Look at my most recent box of goodies:

And I'll be in sock heaven - finding fabulous tips, tricks and pattens. Then knitting a pair in the Regia yarn which is a lovely deep dark green heathery colorway. Wisdom Yarn in CHICAGO (my sister lived there/lives right outside there now - so these will remind me of her and you!). You may note that a piece of the chocolate DID NOT make the photo shoot... :)

Thank you, thank you, Secret Pal.

Is Toasty Toes a hint? I'm thinking it might be! ;)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Aren't the cute?

radarkaty's Dragons

What's Your Best Quality quiz results...

I wanted to be witty. To write with aplomb and to fill you with sensory wonder... I got nothing. So, here is a little internet quiz I took. You can take it, too. :)

What's Your Best Quality?
Your Result: Personality

Your best quality is your personality! People like you because you are an all around good person. You have good manners and values. You also like to express your personal style and interests.

Sense of Humor
What's Your Best Quality?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Dragon Quest continues...

My Incubator/Scroll

My current Dragon Cave includes the eggs and hatchlings above. The object is to get people to visit my scroll and view my eggs and hatchlings so than can grow into Dragons that can breed and produce more eggs and hatchlings and so on and so on...

However, a new server was added/changed yesterday and many frustrations are setting in for the clickers and growers, as the site isn't loading well. There is fear that hatchlings will whither and eggs will die and RIP will appear in their places.

I hope you will overlook the site's growing pains to help grow my eggs! :) Or not. Your choice.


That was a complete distraction from the lack of photos and FOs.

I was working on sorting my basement this past weekend and have not gotten back to the knitting/crocheting groove.

The photos of the basement are too scary to share here... but my Flickr has a basement set if you are so inclined to see the mess of boxes accumulated over several years from several homes by several people. Time to PURGE. Anybody need ANY Christmas decorations? I venture to say up to a 1/3 of the STUFF in our basement is Christmas related, one way or another!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Silly Billy

(Please note: no one named Billy was harmed or involved in this post... just an old giggly phrase from childhood)

I needed a bit of the silly this weekend and jumped back on the Dragon Cave bandwagon. There was a thread on the Completely Pointless and Arbitrary Group Group (CPaAGG for short) about Saving Eggs. There is now a Dragon Cave group as well! (All are Ravelry links in this paragraph)

By stealing (though I prefer the 'adoption) angle) at cave entrances, and having others click and view your eggs, then hatchlings, you develop a scroll filled with eggs, hatchlings and dragons. Some are darned cute.

About a week ago, I developed a scroll, stole (adopted!) four eggs and commenced the clicking... but decided it was too silly and abandoned all the eggs to be adopted by others and have just been clicking and viewing others scrolls, eggs and hatchlings.

Well, I needed a dose of silly for the weekend and went in and adopted four more. One needs more views and clicks than the others, but it is starting to crack, so I have hope for a hatchling soon! :)

Help me be silly and click my scroll then view my eggs! Thanks.

Oh, and you can be silly yourself and start your own scroll and commence the growing of dragons! :)

Friday, August 15, 2008

SP12 and Another WIP medal

My SP12 spoiler was at it again this week. An Avon Hand Steamer box hid chocolate, yarn and a pattern. I've never used Peace Fleece before, but have read all about the company and have always wanted to try it. Thanks! (Sorry for the craptastic pictures. I could not get a good picture to save my soul!)

A variety of pictures to bring pleasure to your senses:

Yarn (best color):

Yarn and Chocolate:

Pattern, Yarn and Chocolate:


And the Ravelympics continue. I was probably overly optimistic in my selections, but I have one more FO so far.

My second FO in the WIPs Wrestling category -

The first mitten was finished pre-Ravelympics. The second mitten was finished on 8/12/2008:

Monday, August 11, 2008

Double Gold Personality

Um... well, double gold in the ravelympics for finishing two hats in the hat dash!

Black hats to match black scarves being donated through the Handmade Afghan Project

And then the Personality! One of those on-line thingies. At work, the Myers-Brigg test came back ENFP. I thought I was an I. See? The Internet agrees! :)

You Are An INFP

The Idealist

You are creative with a great imagination, living in your own inner world.

Open minded and accepting, you strive for harmony in your important relationships.

It takes a long time for people to get to know you. You are hesitant to let people get close.

But once you care for someone, you do everything you can to help them grow and develop.

In love, you tend to have high (and often unrealistic) standards.

You are very sensitive. You tend to have intense feelings.

At work, you need to do something that expresses your personal values.

You would make an excellent writer, psychologist, or artist.

How you see yourself: Unselfish, empathetic, and spiritual

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Unrealistic, naive, and weak

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Ravelympics! The Race is ON!

I signed up with two teams - Team Cellular Peptide Cake and Team Charity. I entered 15 items in four events.

My first bouquets and medals were awarded yesterday:

For my first race in the Mitten Medley -

Then my first FO in the WIPs Wrestling category -

Today's events include two for the Hat Dash, the beginning of one in the Afghan Marathon, and another in the WIP category. Hoping to have the two hat dashes finished this evening, perhaps the WIP. The afghan will be ongoing, hence, a marathon!

See you at the Finish Line!

Thursday, August 07, 2008

My SP12 pal continues to spoil me!

Lovely, soft, squishy, FAB.U.LOUS Araucanía yarn, Aysén - the color, my mother says, is ME. Green/Rust/Taupe. So.Beautiful. She suggested a scarf pattern as well and it will be perfect for the yarn. The Yarn Harlot's One Row Scarf.

My pal will soon see how similar are tastes are in patterns. She's picked others I've picked, but this one? Yeah, special.... but it's a secret for now! :)

Besides the beautiful yarn (color better in the close up), she swagged me with Pink Grapefruit Foot Scrub and Lotion; a Needle felting kit and some fiber to try it; a mini-candle, magnetic shopping list (missing from the picture) and TURTLES - an all-time favorite of mine. If you must have chocolate, it is soooo much better with nuts! :)

Thank you, thank you!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

SP12 Week 9 (already!??!)

Have you ever entered your knitting (or anything else) in the fair? Would you ever consider it? ETA…for those of you who live in parts of the world w/o fairs…would you ever consider entering your knitting in a competition?

Well, I have considered it. I even picked up the County Fair book last year to figure out how. I haven't done it yet. The drop off and pick up were fairly inconvenient for my work schedule last year. But, I would still consider it. Maybe this year. Or next year! :)

I've abandoned the eggs...

it was fun while it lasted. Seems like too much work. Just like my son's long ago Tamagotchi's and other virtual pets. Heck, I don't want a real pet because it'll be too much work. I can't imagine WHY I wanted a virtual pet (or two or three!)

Thanks for playing along, those that did.

Knitting content coming soon. Promise!

On the eggs...

When you click, it gets recorded in the master record of the egg. You may not notice anything happening... but it does! :) Thanks for clicking.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Eggs, hatchlings and the Olympics.

A bunch of folks at Ravelry are hooked on Dragon Cave and hatching dragons. I jumped in as well, for a little while. Reminds me of the Tamagotchi eggs my son used to play with 12 or so years ago!

Please click my eggs to help them hatch. (one click per unique IP address)

The eggs have been abandoned to be picked up and nutured by other Dragon Cave dwellers - thanks for playing along.

or Check out my scroll and see them all at once.

Each egg is a different, even though there are two blue ones. They must hatch in 7 days or they will never hatch. Once they are hatched, they are hatchlings for up to 7 days and then become dragons. Clicks and views and unique views all add up to each level some how. I'm too old to figure it out, since the 21 yo on the forum thinks he needs a walker! :)

Please click and help my dragons hatch!


Perhaps I shall have knitting news the next time you visit -- Ravelympics start on Friday - 8 PM Beijing time (which is 8 AM Kathleen time). I'll have to take breaks between events and I'll post my progress! I've entered 4 events with a total of 15 finishes in mind.

WIPs Wrestling includes two pairs of socks, a stole, my Irish Hiking Scarf and a pair of mittens. The stole will take the longest.

Afghan Marathon includes 2 put-together afghans for HAP and 20 rectangles.

Hat Dash will be four hats for HAP.

Mitten medley includes three pairs of mittens.

I will be representing Team Cellular Peptide Cake and Team Charity.

The countdown continues.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Busy, busy .... then Mail Call!

I'm working on some WIPs, so I can be ready for the Ravelympics!

This one is the most important:

I'm putting together contributions from 15 people to create a Loveghan for a Ravelry friend.


My Secret Pal sent me one of my Amazon Wish List books! I've always wanted one and now I have the One Skein book!

Thank you, thank you, Secret Pal.