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Uhm, yeah – I AM still here.  And I still Knit.  Things have been crazy n good at my house this summer – so I’ve not been blogging.  Ravelry is my newest addiction.  If you use Ravelry – I’m AprilBroken.  If you knit, and DON’T use Ravelry – get yourself signed up!

 So – what Have I done since I was last here?

Well – the boys are hard and heavy into scouting (still) and I haven’t put this picture up from Memorial Day (so I will now).  I did the color-work on it, then had a few printed to send to our friends in the military for 4th of July/Thank You cards.

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I got some lovely yarns from Kris in the KnitFlix swap I was in (the two front ones):

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The yarns are All Things Heather Spring Fling and Perchance to Knit Popscicle.  Of course they will become socks!

I signed up for another swap! It is Summer Blockbuster hosted by CraftLilly.
I’ll be swapping with Kris.
Here is my Questionairre:

Since this is a summer blockbuster swap, would you rather receive a summer action/adventure movie, a light romantic comedy, or a suspense/thriller?
I love romantic comedy/Chick Flicks! I also like adventure movies if they are clean (National Treasure).

What is your favorite film genre or type?
Chickflicks for myself – no questions

List 3-5 of your favorite films and why you like them.
Bridgette Jones (I & II) – Great for just “girl” time
Mona Lisa Smiles – Love when the girls LEARN about life
The Holiday – a little too “clean”, but good knits & entertaining

Do you like foreign films? Would it annoy you to watch a film with subtitles if you are knitting/crafting?
I’ve not been “exposed” to any foreign films, but knitting & reading give me motion sickness!

Is there a movie that you’ve always wanted to see but haven’t?
Not that I can think of off the top of my head

Do you have any favorite actors?
I don’t particularly follow them, but good eye candy makes even the worst movie easier to watch!

What kind of movie night treats do you like? Type of Candy? Popcorn?
Since this is summer time – and I’m trying to eat healthier – please no chocolate. I do like nuts (of almost ALL kinds), small hard candies, the boys will eat popcorn, but I don’t like it.

Are you a sock knitter, lace knitter, or hat/mitten/scarf knitter?
yes. Oh, are you wonder which I prefer? Depends of the mood of the day. Right now – Socks!

What are your favorite fibers?
Natural and superwash! Sock yarn is good w/ nylon.

What fibers do you dislike or are allergic?
Mohair (just during the summer months!)

What are your favorite colors?
Blues, Purples, Pinks, Spring Green, Brown

What colors do you not like?
Yellow

Is there anything else that your partner should know that will help her spoil you?
Not that I can think of!

So, a couple of posts ago, I showed a VERY blurry picture of a start of Toe Up Socks.  The yarn in PromDress from ArtsyGal and can purchased from her store (link in her sidebar) when she makes more.

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This pic above shows the colors best.  I love the way they are coming out.

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This pic actually shows the row/stitch marker I LOVE.  Its an Omega from Ana.  The slip around like a locking split ring, but w/o locking!  and they DO NOT Snag or DANGLE!

 You can get your own from Ana’s Store.

UPDATED:  Lookit!  I even managed to get my BADGE up!

I signed up for a Harry Potter-based sock kit swap over at Hogwarts and need to post my questionairre.

 I’m really excited about this movie & book coming out this summer.  Our finances are tight enough that “vacation” is going to be a couple of Drive-in Movies each month of summer.  Harry Potter at the Drive-in!  I’m ready.  Drive-in movies are GREAT for knitting or reading at. 

 Here is my Questionairre:

1. What Hogwarts house have you been sorted into?

Well, 3 out of 4 “sorting” tools sorted me to Hufflepuff.  I guess I’ll take it.  It’s a good house to be I guess.

2. List your three favorite double-point needle brands, including size and length.

Addi Turbo size 0, 32 inches or longer

Inox size 1, 5-6 inches

Addi Turbo, what comes smaller than a 0? In 32 inces or longer

3. Would you like to try a new brand needle? If so, which brand? Size? Length?

I’d like to try some rosewood or ebony sock needles, size 0, shorter lengths, but I’m scared I’d break them!

4. If you are a RAVENCLAW, do you prefer the colors in the film or the book? Do you have a strong preference?

N/A

5. If your pal decides to send candies or chocolates are there any that you don’t like?

Bertie Bots in the nasty flavors (vomit, ear wax, sardine, horseradish), but otherwise – all candy is good candy!

6. What are your favorite scents?

To wear = Citrus

To smell = Clean linen/cotton (laundry)

7. Do you have any allergies?Smoke (of any kind – incense even)

Thanks Swapper Pal – I’m looking forward to this!

Now that Zackary is a BOY Scout, he is able to go on more and better (IMO) outings than the Cub Scouts.  This past weekend, we ventured to Metroplexia to see a NASCAR race.

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The socks really enjoyed the race.

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Zachary did too.

Mack had so much fun, he fell asleep – at NASCAR. 
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And for reference as to how close we were to the track – look at that pic of Zack.  One more row of seating, then the safety/Hot zone, then track!  Its LOUD!

Mack had much more fun here:
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Other places we went this weekend (actual stops)  Oklahoma City, Fort Worth, Arlington, Keller, Dallas, Sherman, and Denton.

We had fun, and we’re already planning for next year!

PS – I also talked to Monkee because we were breathing the same Metroplexia air, and I saw this – reminding me of all the Chat Girls (and Anthony).
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The baby sweaters are finished (one still needs blocked)

You can find the pattern here.

and I’ve started a new pair of socks.  The pictures totally SUCK, but this is all for Artsy anyway.

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This blog is for tracking my spinning and knitting two of the loves of my life.  There will probably also be pictures of my kids and husband – the other loves of my life.

 On the Spinning Front – I have purchased a use Ashford Traveller named Odette, and at this point she is in Illinois.  She is travelling all the way from Massachusetts to Oklahoma.  She should be in my arms by the 23rd.

 On the Knitting Front – I purchased two hanks of Lorna’s Laces in August ’06 while I was in Chicago.  I have knit one sock, and have started the other.  Since January 1, I have finished a hat for my BIL, a Calorimetry for my SIL, and  a hat for my Husband.  I have on the needles Orange Twist for my eldest son.

 I’ll be posting pictures as I get them taken.  The weather is crappy – which does make for good knitting time – but bad for me to get out and take daylight pictures.

Hogwarts Sock Kit Swap

Swap Trivia

1. Felix Felicious 2. Half Blood Prince 3. Arthur Weasley