Last Call for…

…the tea swap sign ups.

That’s not what you were thinking, is it? Are you kidding?! There’s no such thing as last call for alcohol at our house. There’s a glass of wine or a bottle of beer for any guest still capable of appreciating it. The dogs and I might retire before you leave, but the Knight will host on…
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go knit a blankie. Sigh. Didn’t I vow not to wait until the 11th hour again? (It’s her first. She’ll be in labor for HOURS, right?! And she’s not *IN* labor yet, so I still have time!)

Still Green

Friends, I think I’m in a rut. It’s a lovely cloth in a cotton-linen blend, but it’s a sage green. Green. It’s all I seem to be able to reach for these days, but that will change. It must! I’m going to knit a little something for my KVVS pal, so unless she’s really into green, there will be a different colored finished object soon enough. I love this pattern. It’s in a booklet the awesome Anne gave me, and it’s called “Soft Texture.” Indeed. I think Mark wants it for his own, but no dice. I also must announce that I care not the least to knit with linen or linen blends. Ick, yuck, and almost yuck yarn worthy. Scratchy. I will do a linen face cloth for Mark (and let’s all hope he doesn’t adore it and want more), and mostly likely, he’ll get a twin to this one too, just because I’ve got the yarn, and it’s good to keep the Knitter’s Knight happy.

I did find the link for the Petal Dishcloth (pictured a couple of posts before this). In a true gooblette moment, when I unfolded the page, which was merely folded in half, there was the link, across the bottom of the page. Imagine…

I also shoved the Sockza socks on blockers. Follow the link to note that you’ve knitted your socks, sent your socks (tomorrow, for me!) and again when you receive your socks. Maybe all of y’all knew to do that, but I needed my dear Devon to point that out, so I’m returning the favor. I really do love that pattern, but there are so many others I want to do that it will probably be a while before I knit the same pattern twice again. I’m pretty sure the June Tofutsies Sock Club is next for the needles, and yes folks, that will be a return to the two circs. method. I like dpns a lot, but they wore out their welcome (snapping, poking in the palm, etc.) with that last effort. The yoga socks in Wick remain on the needles in a fancy Ziploc bag, but when Mugsy isn’t sleeping on said bag, I am picking them up once in a while, because I love the Wick.
Thanks for all the Fred good wishes. He’s better, but not much, so I’ll call Dr. Nancy in the morning, and either tomorrow or Tuesday, the big boy will go see her. It’s heartbreaking, but I still have hope…
There’s still time to sign up for the tea swap. We’re rounding up some nice prizes, and the first contest isn’t far off, so don’t wait until the last minute to sign up or to post your questionnaire!

Meme and Swapswap

Dearest Anne tagged me a while back, but was kind enough not to hit me over the head while I was on vacation. I’m also aware that I never tapped any other Rockin’ Girls for that award, but my time has been a bit thin, so forgive me, okay?
Instructions:Remove the blog in the top spot from the following list and bump everyone up one place. Then add your blog to the bottom slot:

Next, select 5 people to tag: (If you’ve been tagged already, my apologies!)

1. Stacey

2. Cass

3. Holly

4. Paula

5. Sue

What were you doing 10 years ago?

Um… My serious back problems were just beginning. I felt a twinge, argued with the brand, spankin’ new personal trainer about what I should and shouldn’t be doing, given my known back issues (from my teens), but listened to Mr. Expert and pinched a nerve, again. I was also just a few weeks away from marrying my best friend, and let me tell you, you haven’t lived until you try to put the finishing touches on a wedding for 250+ of your closest friends and distant relations while on narcotic pain killers!

What were you doing one year ago?

LOL… Alzheimer’s already!? Ten years ago was easy. One year ago, not so much. Mourning the first summer vacation without Randy, my stepson. He opted to stay with his mom rather than do the beach thing with us. Ouch.

Five snacks you enjoy:

1. Dark Chocolate

2. Fruit of most any sort

3. Nuts

4. Popcorn

5. Cheese

Five songs that you know all the lyrics to:

1. Amazing Grace

2. How Great Thou Art

3. Bat Out of Hell – Meatloaf (how’s that for transition?!)

4. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond

5. Old the Good Die Young – Billy Joel

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire:

1. Open a Yarn Store/Bookstore Combo with a Coffee & Pastry Cafe attached. (Yep, that is exactly how Anne wrote it too, but friends can share a dream, right?!)

2. Sponsor a house for Habitat’s Women Build

3. Tour the world with my cousin Sherri

4. Finish College

5. Buy a house in Sedona, AZ

Five bad habits

1. I sometimes have a potty mouth. (I blame the fire service for that.)

2. I interrupt when Mark is talking.

3. I have “safe places” which means I put things away and can’t find them later.

4. I am moody. It’s not a habit, but it’s something I’d like to change.

5. I am a rotten housekeeper.

Five things you like doing:

1. Knitting

2. Blogging

3. Reading

4. Listening to music and singing along.

5. Cooking

Five things you would never wear again:

1. Those floppy, big bows Madonna inspired me to put in my hair in 1985.

2. A string bikini

3. Stirrup pants

4. A big, pouffy wedding dress or other formal gown

5. The Guess jeans with the zippers at the ankles – not that I could get into them now anyway!

Five favorite toys:

1. My Laptop

2. My clicky stitch counter

3. My Pampered Chef Food Chopper

4. My Moonlight Knitter row counter that looks like a bracelet

5. The Garmin GPS thingee

And now, more joining has happened. I don’t have a button yet for SP11, but I’m in and waiting on my match.
I’ve be remiss in noting that there’s another felted bag exchange!

Y’all know about the Colors of Tea Swap (it’s my swap; I can call it something slightly different each time if I want!) which at this moment, is still open.

Then, there’s the Vegan Pal 2 Swap, which is also still open. I can’t decide which option I want. I hate orange the color, but totally LOVE pumpkin, the food, so…??

That’s enough for now. I’m supposed to be working on the tea blog site, and I have more vacation excitement to share, and a BIG THANK YOU to make too, but… later.

Knit 1 Tea 2 Color Swap Questionnaire

**Folks, I will post about my vacation and the awesome swap packages I had waiting on me when I got home yesterday, but first, I need to be a good hostess…**

Knit 1 Tea 2 Color Swap Questionnaire

Do you like loose tea or bags, or both – something you want to try?

I am a tea snob, which means I buy loose tea, but bags certainly have their uses! I use bags in my Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Pot, and they travel nicely. There are premium bagged teas, and I must confess, they rival my beloved loose tea!

What is your favorite kind of tea (Brand, flavor, variety, etc)?

Harney and Sons is my favorite brand, but I’ve been introduced to some good ones recently. Green tea is my favorite in general, but I also like black tea in the morning, and white tea in the evenings. And there’s nothing like a good, BIG cup of Chai, especially on a lazy Saturday morning. (Just no red tea. I can’t seem to find one I care to drink.)

Favorite color in regards to tea or one you would like to try? (black, green, red, and white) (keeping in mind that this is how this swap is set up).

Can’t you take a hint? (grins) GREEN!!

Would you say you were a tea pot kind of person or just a hot water heater kind?

Depends. I mean, am I at work? Is it a Saturday morning? Summer? Winter? I love my big ol‘ teapot, but the truth is, I generally use my fancy electric kettle, set to heat the water to just shy of a rolling boil (ideal for brewing the perfect cup of green tea), and a great big mug.

What tea accessories would you like but have never purchases for yourself?

You’re kidding, right? I guess the only things I don’t have that I might want is a little 2-4 cup teapot, or one of those glass infusers. (Lia gave me my first ornamental tea, so I REALLY want to see the flower “bloom” properly!)

How do you prefer to be pampered? (examples: mani/pedi, bubble bath, yummy treat, etc).

There’s nothing in the world like a pedicure, except dark, DARK chocolate. However, it’s too hot here right now for most chocolate to survive in transit…

If you were a kind of yarn what would you be and why?

(I’ve had longer than most of you to ponder this question, so you’d think I’d have a great answer. Nope, but I’m definitely looking forward to reading your answers!)

As much as I’d like to type something chic and neat here, I’d most likely be a hand-dyed superwash merino. I’m rather classic (boring) and utilitarian by nature, but I like the finer things in life. I’m definitely wash and wear, although I do have quite a collection of formal wear.

If you had to knit/crochet baby booties, a fun fur scarf, or a fair isle sweater, which would you choose and why?

Baby booties, because I want to make a pair for a special newborn about to arrive, and because they are the closest things to socks on that list.

What other event would make you skip a tea party? (A garden party? A book club meeting? A yoga class? Opening night for a new action thriller? etc?)

I can’t see skipping a tea party, unless it was an important event for someone else close to me, like a family dinner, or something of the sort. As much as I love tea, there are precious few tea parties in my life.

What treat would you consider essential at your tea party? (Sweet? Salty? Scones? Those petite pastry trays with a couple of all sorts of things? Little crust less sandwiches?)

Picture an at least three-tiered tray thingee with dozens of little treats. Maybe fruit and cheese on one level, petite scones on another, and sweets on the top.

When buying yarn for a project how do you choose – do you buy the one called for or do you substitute?

I substitute, because the yarn shop I’m in at that moment never has the yarn recommended in the pattern.

What do you carry your knitting/crocheting in when on the go?

I think I’d like to evoke some sort of executive privilege here and not answer this one. I took my Wick yarn that is on its way to being a yoga sock to Chicago in a Ziploc bag, in my Healthy Back Bag. I look my Sockza socks in progress to Myrtle Beach in a retired tote style handbag. I’ve carried other socks in those plastic bags from the grocery store. However, I’ve recently received some exceptionally lovely bags that will be called into service immediately. (Stay tuned…) My days of being a tacky knitting bag lady are over!

Favorite movie to watch while knitting/crocheting?

Well, after watching Homeward Bound last weekend, I can tell you that anything that makes me mist up isn’t ideal for while-knitting viewing. Honestly, I watch whatever Mark has on, or whatever Netflix has sent most recently.

Are you a traditional tea cup kind of person or a mug type of person? Do you care if they match?

Again, my ideals and my life conflict. (Anyone else a student of classical philosophy? Ideals vs. ideas?) I love the idea of mismatched china cups and sterling silver, but my rustic life finds me grabbing a big ol‘ mug and a stainless spoon, to be sipped by the computer in the study and/or on the sofa with Mugsy.

Favorite childhood birthday party?

Hands down, my eighth, which was my first sleep-over party, with eight of my best friends on our big porch, with the bloomed yucca plant being mistaken for a ghost in the garden by a gal my hubby still buys my jewelry from…

Favorite type of scone and jam?

One of my girlfriends gave me a recipe (which is filed away somewhere so safe I can’t find it right now) for pumpkin scones and pumpkin butter. Now *THAT* is good stuff, but in a pinch, any ol‘ scone with some clotted cream and real strawberry jam will do.

If you use candles, what is your favorite scent?

I hope you weren’t looking for short answers, because you won’t find them here. Mark is the candle person in our house, and he likes baked scents – sugar cookie, apple pie, etc. I like the smell of soft florals.

If you could choose 3 people to have ‘tea’ with, who would they be and why? (famous or not, living or dead).

My two grandmothers, and my Nana, who was actually my great-aunt. I don’t recall ever having tea with Ru-Ru, my father’s mother, but she died when I was four. I have my Nannie’s tea service, which was given to her as a retirement gift after a lifetime in nursing, and I’d love to serve her a cup of Earl Grey in my best china cup. I did have tea with Nana, so I would love to have the three of them at one table, with all of us in ostentatious hats and pearls.

You’ve been invited to a tea party, what ‘props’ will you wear (formal or casual)?

Formal: A “Derby” hat, made by my exceptionally crafty stepmom, and my pearls.

Casual: For me, casual tea means I still need to wear my Sunday best, but I can skip the frilly, silly hat. So, the pearls are still on!

Any allergies/preferences you have or are willing to admit to?

Not that pertain to tea.

Anything we missed that you want your pal to know?

The more I learn about tea, the more I realize I don’t know about tea. I still want to attend a tea ceremony…

Wanna Swap?

And in other swap news, Cass is wondering if you’re interested in a vegan swap. You don’t have to be vegan or allergic to animal fibers/products to sign up, just willing to participate in a vegan swap. Swing by and check it out. I love playing with new fibers and discovering new products, and I’m betting a lot of you do too!

Also, swing by K1, T2 and let us – Devon in particular – know how you like your tea. It’s a contest, open until July 20th. As for me, I like mine straight up. Hot, cold, tepid, it’s all good. I do like a bit of Splenda and cream in hot, black teas though.

Tea Swap Announcement

It’s about the right time of day, the right time of year…
When I was VERY little, our neighbor across the road first introduced me to the art of tea. She was a school teacher, and I believe it started the summer I was three or four. It became our little tradition, and I couldn’t wait for 4:30, when I would be taken across the road to their farm, and I would let myself in the front door and walk through the dining room, into their big, farmhouse kitchen (which is still the perfect kitchen in my mind’s eye today), to the table in front of the window, where a perfectly brewed pot of tea awaited me.
I could go on forever, but instead, I’ll just invite you to pop in, grab a cup, and help yourself to your favorite scone or treat. Details about the swap will unfold over the next few weeks, and I hope you’ll join us!

Tea for…

Thanks to everyone who chimed in! I wish I could have a tea party with all of you, truly.

Devon is the winner, thanks to the random number generator. Let me know if you do loose tea or bags, and I’ll have your prize on its way, soon enough!

Clearly, there is interest in a tea swap. It looks like a little later into the summer will suit most, so keep visiting, and details will show up in due time. I’m also going to clear up a little confusion. I do drink tea hot, cold, tepid, or any state in between, year ’round, all day long. Being a good Southern girl though (aka: a GRITS – Girl Raised In The South), I do like a nice, run of the mill glass of a blended black tea over ice. Personally, I like it with a bit of lemon and no sugar, but as long as it isn’t so sweet my teeth hurt, I’ll drink sweet tea too. For those across the pond or otherwise unfamiliar with Southern lingo, sweet tea, ice tea and iced tea are all the same thing.

A couple of you had some great ideas! I’m still mulling over the details, but this will be different enough from the tea swap I didn’t get to in time to join that I hope there will be some cross-over. It will also be international in scope, because well… I happen to think the British do tea in a way most of us over here can only aspire to do tea.

So, keep those tea comments coming. If there’s something you think would make for a great tea swap, let me know.

Why I Swap

Take one very hectic week. Add in a missing order from Amazon. Add in very little time to knit. No time to check blogs for the swaps I am helping hostess. Don’t forget the little dog with separation anxiety and too much pent up energy, or the strife only a family business can experience, and you have a frazzled woman. Until now.
TibbersSox mentioned I had a box on the way. Even though Amazon and the mail carrier (a woman on my route, thank you!) are struggling, UPS and Tibbers found me. Sweet joy! No more grumblings about my spoilers, at all. Scout’s honor, and I was a Girl Scout for something like seven years! See all that loot? Mine. From someone I still don’t really know. A kind note, chocolate (already hidden from the man I took vows to love, honor and cherish, but there was nothing about sharing my peanutbutter cups!), two bottles of water with a note that one was for the walk, and one was for when I got home from walking (how did she know I have a fanny pack with a bottle holder?), some lotion I cannot wait to try (and I will indeed, as soon as this post is complete), beautiful stitch markers and my first skein of homespun. And a Tao tea assortment, containing some of my most favorite blends.

See there? Homespun! She doesn’t even know me either, and she sat down and spun for me. How can I let a long, full week get to me when there are souls like that in (Arizona?) the world?? I can’t wait to cast on with it. Spinning is something I know I will never take on, because there’s just too much knitting to do, too many hours of work, and too much to do at the firehouse, etc., so I am very much in awe of those who do spin, and I truly feel honored to have received such a wonderful gift from someone matched up with me in a swap. Heck, I’d feel special if it came from a friend, but from a virtual stranger?! There is hope and goodness in this world.

Those are the stitch markers. There are several of the spinning wheel, which is great, because I will think of TibbersSox when I use them, and of her wonderful gift of homespun, even once the homespun is knitted into its final form. The little sheep is precious, and the ball of yarn with needles is great too! And blue. I like brights, and that bright blue is enough to light up my day on its own! Did you make these too, Tibbers pal?

There’s only one problem with TibbersSox. See that? Mugsy did. He’s cool with cats, but Fred is another story. We won’t talk about what Fred does with cats that venture onto his property. My dogs are very curious about any pal that meows. 😉

Since this is my only knitting post of any real value in about a week, here’s the sweet little beanie that I hope is already safe and sound in Charmed Knits collection world. It’s just the first of several, I hope. The color isn’t really that bright, but y’all should know by now that the camera and photo alterations are way down on my things to master list. I’d be a truly happy camper if Amazon would let the book behind this pattern, the KAL, the blog, etc., find its way to my house. Since it didn’t arrive today, I’m calling and/or emailing about it tomorrow. POUT.

And, a bit of housekeeping, so to speak. Yeah Anne, I *KNOW* I was supposed to just pick up my mp3 player and hit shuffle, but I don’t have speakers on my computer at work! So, I cheated, and you get a little more insight into me.

I’ve also been tagged again, and I will tend to that tomorrow. Checking on the contest entries for my group will also happen at some point over the weekend, so it’s now or never gang! I will also pick a winner and post some news about my pending tea swap this weekend too, so one more chance to post a comment or idea there too!

Thanks to everyone leaving comments too. And one more grand, heart-felt THANK YOU to my Sockza spoiler too.

To Tea or Not to Tea

Hmmm… Okay folks! Here’s a question for you:

I want to do my own knitting and tea swap. There are pros and cons for doing it now vs. later. If there is enough interest NOW – enough of us that missed THE tea swap – I’ll start immediately. Leave a comment (Sue and Barb, I’ll count yours left already), and I’ll randomly select one of you for some of my favorite tea!