Tuesday, March 27, 2007

computer time!

i took mom grocery shopping...so i am at her house! hurray! a computer fix!

hancock fabrics is closing so i got this

to keep my finger from being stabbed! a tiny thimble for just a finger tip

it is sore from making the secret stuff and these:

my secret pal sent me a box!

full of ladybug kisses!

Monday, March 26, 2007

sam was preparing the torah portion and it was about the tabernacle and women "whose hearts were stirred to spin, and those who were skilled spun goat hair"
so i tried to spin him some goat hair. holy cow! it is a tricky fiber! no wonder the skille dspun it. i only made a tiny hank which i am gonna make a key chain bob i think.

but i also spun up some other stuff....plying with thread! ooooh!
this was a new thing. i like it! :-)

the secret sock knitting actually punctured my fingers! i was knitting on a tiny circ and using my finger to push the stitches...i know - not proper knitting! gasp, and now i have sore finger tips! i still love my sharp pointy options needles!
here is a kippah- rowan tapestry from heart strings

i made a fiber deal in the parking lot. LOL! you woulda though i was buying crack, it was so funny! but i found a fiber for a swap that i could only get one place and NEEDED it :-) now the box is complete. my inlaws came in for a surprise visit, so it was a great excuse to escape for a few minutes! (they live in denver)
my friend linda had a present for me. it was a great laugh! thank you so much!

my computer will not boot and i can't get the other one to log on at all. so if you need to get a hold of me i will be at my mom's on wed. and will get emails then!

i am soo much better!

i have the best blog friends! and real life in the flesh friends.
i was all PMS-y and emotional and crazy last post.
i am really better i swear.
as purple and i discussed on saturday, getting to a place of submission and trust is so hard, but once you are there, it is all peace and good. :-)
but i think i need to clarify
having just spent the weekend last month with sunni, shiite, iranians and wonderful arabic men who have become Believers I have no problem with the people.
i have a problem with things done in the name of religion. in the name of christianity, in the name of islam...people have been slaughtered, hurt, destroyed.

these same men we ate, sang, danced and worshipped with, were imprisoned and tortured for their faith. and the religion of africa the last generation, the wars and torture and genocide of their own, is something i hadn't really thought of in light of a little jewish girl who loves Jesus and wants to work with Aids orphans in Africa. it really is a question.
how would they receive her? what would they think? she just wants to go and love them. would she be safe?
it is no less dangerous than european missionaries going to cannibal tribes or any of the number of hostile locations men and women have served for thousands of years on every continent. it just was a new thought to me. it was a fearful moment.
i have one daughter learning to speak and write hebrew and another daughter learning arabic.
and having a kuwaiti brother this was kinda a weird reaction for me in my last post. it was self and shows just how much i was not trusting G-d.
trusting G-d is so much better! :-)
since then we me a woman who is a nurse in africa with one arm and aother with only one kidney :-) so i think Tirzah will be fine and get there one day.
thanks for all your lovely thoughts

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

stress much? or why march is not my favourite month

i tore my shoulder a week ago the stuff they gave me, wired me.
my computer looks totally fried. and Sp10 matches needed to be done.
girl scout cookies have to be delivered.
socks must be kitchnered.
and then there is the UCDavis stuff:
besides monitoring her for kidney failure, intestinal blockages, unexplained bruises, arthritis, we also have to make sure the blood vessels in Tirzah's eyes do not rupture. no one has mentioned her eys before, so another referal and another dr.
and so i pray that G-d holds this little girl together so she can go to africa-which is all she desires.
and now that the continent is soaked with islam...how do you send a jewish girl to muslim africa?
so i was just a mess, awash in not trusting G-d.
a visiting missionary-from africa- was here this week. he asked if G-d wants her to go to africa, dont you think he can heal her so she can go?
and i struggle with that. i believe He can, but i do not know His will for her life. i do not know if He has another plan using this disease, or if He will do the miraculous with an untreatable illness.
But Jeremiah 32v27 says "behold, I am the L-rd the G-d of all mankind. Is anything too hard for Me?"

did i mention my inlaws are coming in this weekend. atleast we got a few days notice this time

Thursday, March 15, 2007

oooh! shiney

shiney sparkley tencel. i spun it last week? maybe 2 wks ago...

Tonight is the paradise spinning guild.
we are announcing next months special guest spinner!
if you saw the harlot's socks, you may know dizzy ewe. she is coming to teach spinning and dyeing to us. april 19-21!!! yippeee!!!
you know you want to join us! :-D

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

sp10- cuz i am a slacker, here they finally are!

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? i do not like sneezey or squeaky yarns...all others i adore. i love merino wool. and believe alpaca to be heaven
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? namaste needlecase/bag, a vase...the diaper bag, bedside table drawer...knitpicks options case
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?i checked out every book on knitting i could find and finally cast on 2 yrs ago. i am intermediate though i am atempting the master knitters program

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? yep on the sidebar, knit picks upon request
5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.) lavender, cucumber melon, cassia, um..apple
oK-newsflash for all interested= bath and body's new honeysuckle i my favourite thing on the planet, get some and apply it liberally, you will love it! i promise!
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? yep. dark choc. and anything hazelnut
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? i spin. i crochet, i sew, scrapbook, crossstitch, ribbon embroidery, etc.. i was a homeschooled kid. i did alot of crafts.
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) yes to mp3s. i like punkpop, mostly christian and alternative, oldies, motown,
9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand? hate buble gum pink. but have very pink lil girls. love cobalt bloe, burgandy, hunter green, eggplant, teal, midnight blue
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? hubby,
6 kids, no pets
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? yep
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? baby socks
13. What are you knitting right now? socks, clogs, baby things
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? well thought out ones are wonderful
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? all of the above. cept i do not like the sluggishness of brittany's
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? yep, both
17. How old is your oldest UFO? i found a top i had forgotten about from about 2 yrs ago. so sad. and the fact the i rarely knit a PAIR of socks doesnt count does it?
18. What is your favorite holiday? thanksgiving, passover- which is next month, chanukah
19. Is there anything that you collect? ladybugs and kids :-P
20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? books-long list, see amazon. needles- i want a complete knitpicks set one day i need US 0-3 32", there are always patterns. entrelac fiberfish mittens...yes really i want them

What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? vogue knitting. but now that eunny is on board at IK, i have to support her!!
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? always
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? yep
9x9x9 lol! short wide feet, with high arches. there is an old post with the exact #'s somewhere i can find on request
23. When is your birthday? (mm/dd) midsummers day, go ahead google it....

Monday, March 12, 2007

a break from sock knitting...

using silkdream, this kippah was a nice quick knit.
Jaden is here modeling it. such a good boy! :-)

US1 and 2 (knit picks run a lil larger a 2 is 3 mm.) it is a beautiful slate blue kinda colour.

pattern from "greetings from the knit cafe" -it was the whole reason i bought the book.

Friday, March 09, 2007


the kids have a pinewood derby race coming up.
do you know how well blocks of wood and a sheet of sandpaper can occupy kids?
we went over to grandpaw's workshop and got the shapes and the sanding done.
even tali had her own "car to sand".

Thursday, March 08, 2007

blogsnooping and sorting

i am sitting here adding new blogs to my bloglines.
it is so much easier to keep track of secretpals that way. it lists when the update, how often,etc.. so you can sort the blogging minimalists from the diehard bloggers
matching pals is not easy, and some times no matter how you try, the match was a bad one.
i hate finding the pefrect match for someone and then their allergies keeping them apart, or that they just never emailed eachother.
i am very tempted to just do a random sort and not get involved this round. :-)

i have alot of knitting i can't show anyone, cuz it is a secret. :-)
but when the patterns are up i willshow you which ones are mine
my special swap pal sent such lovely redyarn she dyed herself that has been calling to me... if only i was a faster knitter

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

swaps, and stuff

SP10 is just around the corner!
the last round was a bit dificult for alot of people, so this should be a great round!
i think all the other swap have ended or are ending. my last packages all went out.
i love you my match is for lynn's special swap. :-) i have such plans for her!
it is a round the world theme, which is a fun idea.

and just to help get the word out
isobel of tea and cakes has a swap going
oops fixed the link!

did you see how many hats miss mini soup got?
it was very wonderful, who knew we all had so much fun fur hiding in our stashes!

i have some secret knitting i have been doing and i spun up some of the tencel finally. when i get my computer back i will post pictures and fun stuff.


my post office has crazy small town hours. so i couldnt get my box saturday.

but it was well worth the wait! i love it! and i subscribe to the blog of the sendee, amy! www.iheartknitting.com
inside was a lovely sock in STR..which i have never used before and am eager to get to knitting.
the monkey sock obligatory pose in cute shoes. kezzi who can now steal my shoes has her eye on my beloved monkey sock! bad kezzi! :-)

more pictures to come. still dealing with the fried computer thing :-P

Thursday, March 01, 2007

L&V exchange

1. What kind of fibers do you prefer? wool is such a wonderful thing, alpaca is heaven
2. What kind of weight do you prefer (sock, worsted, bulky)? worsted and under
3. Do you spin? yep. since september???
4. Do you crochet? yep, 18 years
5. Are there any books, patterns, magazines would you like to own that you don't? i have a subscription to vogue, that is a new thing. mimnknits, knitand tonic have some i haven't gotten around to ordering. and i want the fiberfish mittens :-) heehee
6. Are you participating in any themed a-longs like the Project Spectrum? yes, didnt get blue finished yet, drats!
7. Do you have a wishlist on Amazon.com or Half.com? in my links on the side of the blog
8. Any Etsy stores that you would love to get something from? luxe fiber, loop, there are a bunch of reviews i did for SP at secretpalperks.blogspot.com that may help with this question
9. What other crafty things are you involved in (quilting, drawing, painting)? drawing, pen and ink, botanic illustration, scrapbooking, and pretty much any thing crafty
10. What is your favorite sort of scent? bath and body- moonlight pathways? and midnight pome.
11. Do you have a sweet tooth and what kind of sweets do you like best? dark chocolate
12. What kind of music do you like? very ecclectic due to our years in youth ministry
sarah kelly is currently my blog music
13. What do you like to knit? And for whom? i like to knit for every one :-) socks, little things, scarves in a pinch, lace
14. What sort of things do you like to collect? ladybugs
15. Do you want needles? And what kind do you prefer? i love the new knitpicks needles, have not had good luck with lantern moons.
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