Monday, June 18, 2007

Good News!!!

I'll be getting my jacket back!!!

Yep, it's true, I didn't make the final four. Now, now, no crying out there... Yes, it would have been nice to win, but I'm really happy that I'll get my jacket back and won't have to make another one!!

And...since it's all mine, I can (and will) be able to sell the pattern myself! Have to work out the details and how it will be available, but it WILL be made available sometime in the not-so-distant future. I'll let you know.

Thanks again to everyone who was so supportive, encouraging, and excited on my behalf. It was a great experience, and maybe the start of a new opportunity for me!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

A Nerd, a Geek, or a Dork?

Found this on LkManitou's blog...interesting...

Your Score: Joe Normal

47 % Nerd, 47% Geek, 47% Dork

For The Record:

A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
You scored less than half in all three, earning you the title of: Joe Normal.

This is not to say that you don't have some Nerd, Geek or Dork inside of you--we all do, and you can see the percentages you have right above. This is just to say that none of those qualities stand out so much as to define you. Sure, you enjoy an episode of Star Trek now and again, and yeah, you kinda enjoyed a few classes back in the day. And, once in a while, you stumble while walking down the street even though there was nothing there to cause you to trip. But, for the most part, you look and act fairly typically, and aren't much of an outcast.

I'd say there's a fair chance someone asked you to take this test. In any event, fairly normal.


If you enjoyed this test, I would love the feedback!

Also, you might want to check out some of my other tests if you're interested in any of the following:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Professional Wrestling

Love & Sexuality


Thanks Again! -- THE NERD? GEEK? OR DORK? TEST

Link: The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test written by donathos on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Surfing, a Road Trip, and a Package!

Wow! I currently find myself with FOUR downstream Secret Pals!! (and 5 upstreams!) For those who are wondering, that would be the Spring Fling (5th upstream - package arrived today - more in a moment), Harry Potter Swap, the Spinning Swap, and the Sock Swap! Wait you say...if the Spring Fling makes 5, who's the fifth? Oh yeah, did I forget to mention that in the Sock Swap I signed up for TWO partners?

So, for Spring Fling, I correctly guessed that my SP was CPurl17! I got my final package from her today, and this is what it looks like:
Oooohhh...look at the pretty paper and purple ribbons! Actually, I loved this was from the World Wildlife Federation, and on the inside, in light grey watermarks, it had all sorts of great info on endangered species including pandas, tigers, elephants...

Here's the package with all of the contents opened up for the world to see! I'll zoom in and show you the details...
From Blue Moon Fiber, I got Bombyx Silk Roving in LUSCIOUS reds - Ruby Slippers, and STR in Lunasea. Also in here is a great ball of Sockotta in blues and plums! Oh, and my very own copy of Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush.
In other yarny goodness, I got THREE skeins of Classic Elite Premiere - 50/50 Pima Cotton and Tencel!! Oooohhh...this is SOOOO soft...and 324 yards might be enough to get me a stole or something...
There's a GREAT silk bag in actually opens up and sits flat on it's bottom! What a PERFECT bag for sock projects! I got some samples of SOAK - been hearing about it in various places lately, so it'll be nice to try it out for myself. There's also a ball of Cascade Fixation elastic cotton yarn.
And last, but actually first, was the great card - did you make this yourself Chris? It's all scrapbooky and cool!! You know, I think I need to make up a scrapbook of all the amazing cards that I've gotten from fact, that's a pretty cool idea! Hard to see, but there's also a set of 5 Entrelac Stitch Markers (that's Entrelac brand, not "made exclusively for entrelac" least I think that's what it is!) and two sets of...point protectors? They're little black caps, connected together by beaded cords. Ooohhh...I just pulled one out and looked at it...they're stretchy! They're for holding DPN's that are in use! I actually have a project ON DPN's at the moment, I'll have to go try these out!!
Thanks CPurl! This was a great package, and TOTALLY worth the wait!!!
Harry Potter Swap: Working hard on several knitting projects for my pics though, cause she might just be a reader of my blog... I picked up some fun trinkets to go with the knitted stuff too :)
Spinning Swap: Went surfing last night and found some AWESOME roving for my DS pal. Also went to Chez Casuelle this afternoon with K - and found a great deal on some more roving... Need to find some non-roving fun stuff for the person who has everything!
Socks: Being totally unable to make up my own mind, I signed up for the sock swap with one pal, but said "But, if you need an extra person for two? Put me in!!" So I got two GREAT Sock exchange pals, LkManitou (who was my Winter Cheer downstream!) and Pixieriot (who I'm just getting to know). They've both decided that it would be a treat to receive socks from handspun yarn... So, once I finish the knitting for the HP swap, and the vest I'm making for my former boss...long story, but I'll post pics soon, I'll be all set to get down to some serious spinning! I found some lovely fiber in my stash for LkManitou. Didn't really have anything bright enough for Pixie, BUT, my trip to Etsy last night was successful on THAT front as well! Even better, her fiber was actually shipped out today!
Lots to do, but it's all going well...

Friday, June 08, 2007

We Have Liftoff!!

Taken just moments ago, from the parking lot outside my apartment. Just thought I'd share :)

If I was smart, I would have taken the camera when I first went out, but, oh well...

Thursday, June 07, 2007

I Got an Owl!!!

Yes, I said an Owl...(That's Harry Potter for "a package"!). In true Knitty swap fashion, I've joined the Harry Potter swap for people who are eager to prepare and get excited for the arrival of the Order of the Phoenix movie and Deathly Hallows book. In addition to sharing the excitement with others and knitting for my swap pal (shhhhh!), I'm also re-reading. Finished #2, The Chamber of Secrets, last night. Picked up Prisoner of Azkaban tonight and started it over dinner!

Penny sent me this great package. It contains a handmade needle caddy in GORGEOUS purple and green flowered prints, with a matching notions bag. In the notions bag were two YUMMY lemon lavender candles!

Here's a closeup so you can see the prints. There are three different fabrics, and they compliment each other beautifully!

I have to say though, I think THE BEST part of this package was my letter!! Look at the amazing envelope that it came in! It's beautiful hand made paper with great texture and leaves and everything! The calligraphied note was a nice touch :) Thanks Penny!!

Well, several of you have asked me, and the answer is, I know nothing. Well, ok, not QUITE nothing, but pretty close. As I said in my last post, it was received at noon on Thursday. Unfortunately, while that WAS in time for the contest, it was NOT in time to be taken for display at TNNA. I did get a few more pictures of the jacket before I sent it off however. Here's one of the front. Not as clean as the ones in my photoshoot, but at least my eyes are open and there aren't really any shadows!

Here's a full shot of the back, laid out on the floor.

And one of the front.

And yes, of course you'll be the first (well, maybe second) to know if I hear anything.