Friday insanity

Today I’m off to Knoxville – I have a gig….that I’m not ready for. Well, I am and I’m not. Also, I’m working on two other projects – a house concert series that we will be hosting, and this new choir thing, but more on that later. Then there’s the websites, and all the Christmas knitting (got 3 hats, 2 scarves and 5 pairs of slippers to go!)….and I STILL don’t have the pictures from India downloaded from the camera to the ‘puter yet. Plus I’ve started swapping again – and I’m behind on those too.

Pray for me! Or if yer not inclined in that direction, send some happy thoughts out into the universe for me. Thanks. It *really*helps.

New websites:
(this might not come up til tomorrow)
(I’ve gotta completely redo this…once we pick the new name for the choir)
(house concert thing – lemme know if’n you’d like to come and attend)

Quidditch Round 1

For the Hogwarts Sock Kit Swap 4
Roar, roar Gryffindor!!
1. What was Harry dreaming about the first time he woke up with his scar on fire?
a. Voldemort and Wormtail plotting to kill Dumbledore
b. Voldemort and Wormtail plotting to kill him
c. Voldemort and Wormtail plotting to kill Sirius
d. Voldemort and Wormtail plotting to kill Cornelius Fudge2. What is the problem with leprechaun gold?a. It vanishes after a few hours
b. It vanishes after a few weeks
c. It’s only good in Ireland
d. It enchants you and makes you forget everything else

3. Why did Mad-Eye Moody turn Malfoy into a ferret?

a. Malfoy had said something rude about Mad-Eye
b. He was teaching him ‘constant vigilance’
c. Malfoy attacked Harry when Harry’s back was turned
d. He hated Malfoy’s father

4. Sirius warns Harry to be careful around Karkaroff because he had been a Death Eater. Which one of the professors at Hogwarts, who also used to be a Death Eater, is frequently bothered by Karkaroff? Snape

5. Voldemort could have used the blood from any foe to make the potion that revived him work, but he held out for Harry’s blood. Why?

a. To show that Dumbledore could not protect Harry
b. To prove that Harry could not apparate
c. The special protection Harry received from his mother would also pass to Voldemort
d. Simply because he hated Harry that much

6. How old would Frank have been on his next birthday?
a. 76
b. 73
c. 70
d. 77

7. Amos Diggory works for?

a. The Department of Mysteries
b. The Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures
c. The Goblin Liaison Office
d. The Committee of Experimental Charms

8. Who shared a carriage with the three friends on the way from the train to Hogwarts?Answer: Neville

9. What date in October did the delegates from Beauxbatons and Durmstrang arrive?
a. 30th
b. 31st
c. 1st
d. 2nd

10. What color were Percy’s dress robes at the Yule Ball?
a. Navy Blue
b. Maroon
c. Emerald Green
d. Claret

Picture Scavenger HuntPlease either post the pictures to your blog or link to where the pictures can be found.

Mr. Ollivander

Mad-Eye Moody


World Cup Tournament

Dark Mark

Hogwarts Sock Kit Swap 4 – Gryffindor quiz answer

And the answer is:


I will also put this up on my “character blog” here.

No more Humdrum mittens swap #2 questionnaire

This is really only of interest to the swappers…..

How long have you been knitting & how did you learn?

Knitting about 30 years – my grandmother showed me the basics.
Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?

Somewhere between intermediate and advanced – perhaps closer to advanced…
What are your favorite colors? Any you dislike?

My favorite colors are blues, purples, teals. I’m not over fond of autumn colors or yellows (they don’t flatter me much)
Do you like Latvian type patterns? If so, what are your favorite patterns?

I LOVE Latvian patterns, but I don’t know enough about them to say which I like the best…I have the Latvian Mittens book on its way to me right now….

Do you desire mittens for yourself, your “special someone else” or your child?

me, me, ME – I know, I’m selfish, but my family members just do not give the accolades that fine knitting deserves!
What is the measurement from your wrist to the tip of your longest finger?

6 and 3/4 inches (17 cm)
What is the circumference of your hand at its widest point?

Just over 7 inches (18 cm)
What other things do you enjoy knitting?

I like making hats, socks and scarves – small projects usually as I do get bored easily.
What sort of needles do you enjoy working with? (straights vs circs, bamboo vs aluminum)

Circular aluminum needles are my favorite these days.

What’s one project you’ve not yet tried but are dying to make?

I have the Selbuvotter book, but I haven’t yet made any of them yet; plus I’m at war with myself about making a Tangled Yoke sweater.

What’s one yarn you’ve not yet tried but are dying to work with?

Yarn made from recycled Indian silk sarees.
What other hobbies do you have? Do you spin? Sew? Garden? Cook?

I do sew and garden….and I make music!
Besides yarn, do you collect anything?

Dangly silver earrings, CDs
What kind of goodies do you enjoy? Sweets? Salty? Anything you hate or are allergic to?

I like salty crunchy things. And bittersweet chocolate. No mint please; it makes me ill.

Do you have any kids?

Yes! Wanna swap? :o)

3 of them: Will (19), Ian (12), Louisa (9)


2 dogs (Boris and Natasha) and a cat (evil, elderly yet somehow loveable Bluto)
What is your favorite part of Winter?

It’s a tie between seeing snow fall and being overjoyed, even after 20 years in the South, that we get so little winter here.

What is your least favorite part of Winter?

The dark cold.

Blog Hunt: “Gone ‘swap-happy’

I’m in a “blog hunt” swap. This kind of swap is a way of getting more folks to read yer blog and to send them some cool links (on specific topics) to check out. Here are my links:

Health issues: India Together-Women’s Health I find this site fascinating for many reasons. For instance: did you know that 10% of Indian girls drop out of school when they begin to menstruate, partially because of certain traditional attitudes but also because of the lack/cost of sanitary napkins?

Women’s health issues, I believe, are vitally important to improving health worldwide, not only because we are half of the population but because we are the ones who provide the most health care. I also like this site because the focus is less on looking young and dieting and more about “meatier” issues (like how lots of poor women restrict their food and liquid intake during the day because there is no toilet available to them).

Children: Exploratorium- 10 cool sites This portal is aimed at kids, but I think it’s cool for everyone! Heavy on the science/geek out factor.

Food: The Pioneer Woman Cooks Her pictures are wonderful, great recipes and she’s funny. What else is there?

Free Stuff: 22 things you can get for free I like this little article. Only a couple of things seem like filler to me, and he does mention my favorite free thing of all time : Freecycle.

Spiritual issues: The Baha’i Faith What do Rainn Wilson, Alain Locke, Khalil Greene, Carole Lombard and Dizzy Gillespie have in common? A new understanding of unity, humanity and religion, and a path to peace for the world. I could not resist sharing something that has brought me *so* much joy (and to about 6 million others….).

My blog hunt comrades:

“D” is for “Diva”

-from Cleveland, Ohio

Tami Knits

-from Boise, Idaho

Simone’s Butterfly

-from South Africa


I “love” swaps – truly I do. I love making (or shopping for) something for someone else. Today, I went looking for two pairs of nice earrings for a swap; I went to TJ Maxx and Marshalls, but hit the jackpot at SteinMart. I got two pairs of earrings that originally cost $15 per pair, and I got them both for under $7…..and they’re rather good looking to boot.

I’ve always enjoyed gift giving and this just takes it to a whole ‘nutha level! Plus I’m ‘meeting’ people online that I would never have met otherwise. Every swap partner I’ve had, giving to or receiving from, I start reading their blog and pretty soon, I consider them a friend. And so far, everyone has sent me pretty good stuff!

If you’d like to see where I find most of the swaps I’m in, you can check out:

Swap Bot


I give Thanks for my fabulous swap partner!

I’ve not had batteries for my camera or I would’ve posted before.  Two days ago, I got this amazing package from my Knitters’ Coffeeswap 3 partner, Jennifer!


What wonderful spoils!  I was crowing as I opened it – everything wrapped in red tissue paper. And the smell is just heaven! My husband doesn’t drink coffee, but every year or so he’ll try it just because it smells so good.

I had to laugh because she sent me a pound of the same coffee I sent her (Sidamo from Starbucks) and she also sent me another pound of another coffee because she couldn’t decide.  We were so well matched- I sent her another pound of coffee as well because I couldn’t decide!  The second pound I cannot wait to try – Hemingway’s Hair of the Dog from Baby’s Coffee  from Key West, FL. How cool is that???  And a mug from the same shop – ooooh I LOVE it!

More goodies – Jelly Belly  jellybeans in chocolate and vanilla, a knitting themed card (with a personal note inside)  and a postcard.

But the thing that had me screaming and squealing – Noro Silk Garden!  Two beautiful skeins of it!  Wow oh wow oh wow oh wow! It’s gonna make a really smashing scarf……

 There’s even more that hasn’t arrived yet – she’s giving me a “pre-loved” coffee grinder (she told me she forgot to put it in the package.  JOY!  More mail with wonderful things for me.

Here’s another look:


 Thank you thank you thank you thank you!


Coffeeswap Three Questionnaire

I got accepted into the third knit & coffee swap! And so here is all the info:

Here are the questions and answers:
1. Whole bean or ground?

Ground. I don’t have a coffee grinder right now.

2. Fully-loaded or decaf?

Fully-loaded! Though I will drink decaf at night (with dessert).

3. Regular or flavored?

Mostly regular. I will try flavored coffees, but usually I find them too oily or something.

4. How do you drink your coffee?

Cream/milk and sugar.

5. Favorite coffee ever?

I got some at Starbucks one time that was from Ethiopia (I think) and that was the best coffee I EVER had. I wrote down the name, but then lost the piece of paper….

6. Are you fussy about your coffee or will any old bean do?

I’m a little bit fussy. I’m not fond of Maxwell House….. But I’m not above reheating it in the microwave (something a true coffee snob would nevah do).

7. Favorite treats to have with your coffee?

Cookies and biscuit-y things. Biscotti are a little too hard on my teeth, though.

8. Anything else about your coffee preferences?

I really like fair trade and organically grown coffee. I can no longer drink huge quantities of coffee like when I was younger, so I’m willing to pay a little more for a smaller amount of really good coffee that helps the growers.

9. Yarn/fiber you love?

Luxury yarns. I am especially into Rowan’s Cashsoft these days, and I’ve always wanted to try Noro’s Silk Garden.
10. Yarn/fiber you hate?

All acrylic cheap-o yarn. Scratchy wools.
11. What’s on your needles?

Hemlock ring lap robe, 3 pairs of mittens and a poncho

12. Favorite colors?

Blues and purples
13. Allergies?

I hate the smell of cigarette smoke, and I cannot tolerate mint.

14. Anything you really love, really don’t like, or just need to get off your chest?

I wish everyone would get over themselves and and sing! :o) I wish cashmere yarn were $2/50 g.

So last night just before dinner…..

…….the UPS man came. My husband looked at me as if to say, “Oh Lord! What did you buy now?” When I saw the package said “Spring Violet”, I started shrieking and dancing around the living room, singing, “I’m the lucky one! I’m the lucky one!” Of course everyone looked at me as if I had really lost it *this* time. I tore open the package and was completely delighted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you – thank you – thank you a million times over!

Everyone here at my house has heard numerous times about this mitten swap and it was a major topic over dinner. My daughter, Louisa, who is nine, asked if I could find a mitten swap for her!

Sorry to make everyone wait – it was dark last night, and I was busy this morning; I just now was able to take some pictures.

These are the beautiful things Joanna sent me.

More up close and personal. You can see that besides the GORGEOUS mittens, she made a lovely little bag AND included some dark chocolate (oooh! you know me so well) and a marvelous CD from Putamayo called “Music from the Chocolate Lands (we listened to last night at dinner. Yay!).

And yes they fit! Whatever did you soak these in? They smell fabulous!

Blowing you a kiss ……

I can hardly wait to try the chocolate.

And I cannot forget my trusty photographer, Louisa:

She’s being mysterious this morning….and already tryna steal my mittens! Kids these days….tsk tsk.

A few more photos:

The real me!

And lastly, here’s me thanking my lucky stars for my mitten angel!

Did I mention that I LOVE my mittens?

Thank you Joanna!!!!!

(crossposted to my LiveJournal and to the mittenswap )