I participated in ISE5, and my secret pal had a series of problems which prevented her from finishing my scarf. The coordinator assigned an angel to me, and she must be a speed knitter, because she put together a gorgeous scarf! She also included a lovely book, several skeins of super plushy yarn, a tin of tea, and a lovely tin of candies (with NO artificial coloring, so my daughter and I could enjoy...and we have been!)
I wore the scarf today (it was chilly) and it is warm and very soft. Not at all itchy.
I just learned that the musical artist, Pink, is a PeTA member. She wears tons of leather and is a member of PeTA, which makes NO sense to me.
Why do I care? Because PeTA is NOT about animal welfare. They are about animal rights. That means that animals should have the same rights as human beings. However, they also euthanize adoptable pets (they admit this) and do not feel that people should own animals as pets.
PeTA does NOT want you to have a pet! (I wonder if some of these celebs that support them know this?? Especially when they are toting around a dog in a bag.)
If you are giving your money to HSUS (Humane Society of United States), don't assume that's better. They are a political organization for animal rights, NOT for animal welfare. They are not connected to your local humane society in any way, and do not give them money.
I get the Pink's current thing is the carriage horses in NYC. Truth be told, I'm not too keen on them either. Many of them are mistreated, and it can't be good for them trudging around behind all of that exhaust. But we have laws ON THE BOOKS against abuse. If you see it, report it. Take pictures. Give money to animal welfare organizations who fight abuse.
And if you want to make the difference in the life of one animal, stay out of pet stores, and get your pet from a rescue organization or a reputable breeder (who will be responsible for that animal for its whole life!) And before getting *any* animal as a pet, please be sure this is the right pet for you.
Thanks for listening. We'll now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.
My cocoa swap hostesses want to know if my knitting has changed now that it's winter. Not really. I tend to be purpose driven, so I knit for an event or for a swap! Right now I'm really focused on finishing my knit project for my swap because it's already mid January, and it's got to be in the mail at the end of the month! Yikes! Fortunately, I'm just shy of half finished, so I should be ok. I hope my downstream pal likes it. I'll post a picture here when it is complete.
This was topic of the week #2, and somehow I missed #1. I apologize to my upstream person!
I have a questionaire to fill out for the cocoa swap. Secret pal, I hope this helps!
1. What is your favorite way to drink cocoa? Prepared with milk? Water? from home made recipe or store bought?, In a tea cup, or big mug?
I tend to like mint cocoa (yes really). Lately I've been drinking chocolate-peppermint (LOVE the peppermint) organic soy milk because I do like to *try* to be healthy. I'm sure you purists are cringing, but to me it tastes good. I also like mocha a lot. ;-)
I *only* use mugs.
2. Marshmallows or whipped cream?
either/or, but usually none. Too much sugar.
1. What is your favorite type of yarn? In what colors?
I like anything soft, not scratchy. I am not a fiber snob -- right now I'm knitting something with Eros, which is a ladder yarn, and is NYLON! Mwahahahahah
I like pretty much any colors, but I have conservative tastes. I love the scarf that I made for my secret pal for ISE5. You can see pictures below.
2. Do you knit or crochet (or both)?
3. What are your favorite type of needles, would you like to try something new?
I am a loose knitter, so I like wood/bamboo.
4. Do you have a healthy supply of notions?
NO! I don't. I have a tape measure and a needle gauge, and that's it!
5. What one thing do you keep thinking you need to buy for your knitting habit (outside of yarn)?
a row counter!
6. What is your favorite 'quick knit/crochet' pattern (quick gratification)
A garterlac washcloth. ;-)
Miscellaneous 1. What is your favorite thing to do in the Winter?
Have a fire in the fireplace. And knit. ;-)
2. What is your favorite animal?
A dog, although a bird runs a close second. I would really like a bird as a pet, but my husband is animaled out.
3. Do you get the 'winter blahs'?
Actually, no. I like the cold.
4. What is your favorite way to beat the blahs?
See #1. ;-)
5. What is the thing you are most looking forward to this spring?
Flowers, although I have a witch hazel plant that blooms in february.
6. What are your favorite treat?
POPCORN! (I'm love salty/savory treats.)
7. What is your favorite board game?
Hmmm. Not sure. Maybe one of the cranium games?
8. Do you have any children (furry or human)?
I have two small dogs and a cat, and twin three year olds.
9. Do you have any allergies or special considerations you partner should know about?
I'm allergic to artificial coloring in food. I won't die, but it will make my face break out, which is most unattractive.
So, secret pal, I hope this helps! And please, don't forget me. My last swap, my secret pal had a personal problem, and I'm still waiting for my swap. I guess I'm an optimist, because I still feel like she's gonna send it, but it's pretty late. If I get forgotten this time, I think I'll be done with swaps. So don't forget me!
I cast on a new project, as per my pals in my local Stitch N' Bitch. I wanted something easy that gave me fast results, so I went for a simple scarf with Eros by Plymouth Yarns. I'm doing it in a size 9 needle. I found a few projects done with this yarn in a smaller needle (most people seem to recommend a 12 or larger) and I really like it. I'm a loose knitter, so if you want to try this, you might need to try a larger needle, particularly if you are a tight knitter.
So to all, knitters or not, I wish you a Happy New Year!