Sunday, September 11, 2005


We have had a lot of media on campus at the hospital because we were fortunate to be able to help our Hurricane Katrina patients be reunited with their families. In 3 days alone, I got in my full 40 it was wonderful to come home to my final SP5 package and to learn who my generous pal was...Margot! My last package contained two Lorna's laces sock yarn in Miata (pinks and purples...yum!), 3 skeins of Hemp yarn in red, a hand-made project bag (perfect for my love of sock knitting), a hand-made bumble bee stitch marker, a zipper bag perfect for knitting tools or to make sure I know where all of my crochet hooks are located, and a cool dice game for the whole family! YOU SO ROCK MARGOT!

And yeah, I finally finished my clap and wore it on Friday to work...lots of compliments. In retrospect, I definitely like it better alternating the two skeins...thanks for the great suggestion Margot!

Reality TV Junkie meets Bachelor Mary

On Sept 1, I was fortunate enough to attend an art opening of Jules Burt (she designed all the funky mugs for Friends) with all proceeds going to the National Music Foundation to keep music classes funded in the public school system. Tampa native Mary Delgado was on hand to unveil the high heel sculpture that Jules designed. All taking place at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino. Mary was sweet and gracious and very willing to take multiple pics...check out her jeans. Jules painted them for Mary the night before!

Mary with Jules Burt (on right)

SP6 Questions Answered

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?
I have morphed into a snob over the last several months...I really enjoy working with fibers that feel great in my hand (probably due to my arthritis) Lorna's laces, koigu and anything by Noro.

2. Do you spin? Crochet?
Don't spin but would love to learn and I do know how to crochet but choose to knit instead.

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
I am very fortunate no allergies...however strong perfumes will trigger a mirgaine attack.

4. How long have you been knitting?
My grandmother taught me how to knit in grade unfortunately that would be upwards of 30+ years but I just picked it up again this past January.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Yes, I have an Amazon wishlist and a Froogle list.

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
Romantic, feminie scents without a lot of perfume. One of my favorites is Satsuma by the body shop and I love, love candles! Always burning one or another around the house.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
I confess I am a CHOCOHOLIC!

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
I used to do a lot of counted cross-stitch but it isn't nearly as portable as knitting.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

I love all kinds of music except country (although I do own some Shania Twain CDs). But going thru a rock kick...probably has something to do with Rockstar INXS...downloaded my favorite performances already (favorite voice was Jordis but she wasn't right for the group and all along have had a thing for Marty). I can listen on the computer and I have an iPod.

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
Favorite color is purple but I do love the combination of light pink and brown...see Karen's sockpal socks.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
One husband,Dan, one son, Elijah who is 9 3/4 going on 36 (two older step-kids in their 20s who live in Denver, Erin and Chad), one Himalayan cat, Yaffa, and one Siberian Husky, Latka.

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)
OK after writing a best-selling novel, seeing it made into a movie, I would love to become the director of public relations for either the Komen Foundation or a major university that does a lot of research (like Duke) in the health sciences.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
Koigu, Mystical Creation Yarns' silk merino, Noro.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
Ribbon yarns...I tend to punch holes thru them.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
Socks and shawls.

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?


17. What are you knitting right now?

You can get a fairly accurate picture from my sidebar.

18. What do you think about ponchos?

Can take them or leave them.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
Circular...I think that I could pretty much retire all of my straight needles.

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Bamboo and I really love my Brittany double-pointeds.

21. Are you a sock knitter?
Most definitely now.

22. How did you learn to knit?
See #4.

23. How old is your oldest UFO?
It's my son's hooded sweater that still needs to jave it's hood knitted so 7 months old.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
Mickey Mouse, Bambi and Stitch; love dogs.

25. What is your favorite holiday?
I really love times of year more than anything so spring and fall although I can't really enjoy those seasons like I did up north now that I live in Florida.

26. Is there anything that you collect?
Longaberger baskets

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
Just Interweave

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?
Yarn Harlot's new book of course!

29. Any patterns you have been coveting, but haven't bought for one reason or another??
Still itching for Rowan Book #34 for the Birch pattern, Diamond Fantasy Shawl, Phildar Femme Automne 2005 and also jonesing to try some Fleece artist yarn.