Nichole D.
Albuquerque, New Mexico

I currently live in New Mexico with my boyfriend and beautiful daughter in The Retro Palace. I'm currently a student double-majoring in Cosmetology and Architectural Drafting. I spend what little free time I have knitting, crocheting, sewing, and almost any other project I have time for. I do occasionally eat and shower, but only if there is no knitting to be done.

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Yaay Goodies!

I know, I have been such a bad blogger. It's been almost two weeks. TWO WEEKS! That's really unheard of from me, but between the new full time job and feeling under the weather for the last few weeks, blogging has not been on my List of Things To Do. Anywho, I received a very blog-worthy package from my pal Stariel from the Favorite Color Swap 2. She really outdid herself, and sent some amazing goodies! First the yarn. Oh, she really sent some heavenly yarn...

Inca Alpaca Yarn

Filatura Di Crosa Kinair

The first is some sinfully soft Inca Alpaca in pink and chocolate brown- one of my favorite color combinations! It is destined to become this hat- not only is it the perfect substitute for the yarn used, but it will be an excellent first colorwork project for moi! And, well, let's face it- nothing could be dreamier than a toasty pirate hat knit with alpaca, right? I might even try to find two more skeins in the same colors to do the matching mittens. Hmmm, maybe a few extra for a scarf... I'll have to bug The Husband about letting me break my yarn diet for this one.

The second is a ball of Filatura Di Crosa Kidair. I'm sorry it's such a crappy photo. This is a cotton candy pink laceweight (I think) yarn made with kid mohair and about 15% something manmade, but man is it soooft. This is where I need some help, folks! It is damn near impossible to get any info on this lovely yarn, and me not having any experience in lace type yarns, I'm a bit lost! If you can tell me anything about this stuff, please do! Also, if you have a good knowledge of all that is lace knitting, please email me (tbtyger AT yahoo DOT com) and let me ask you some questions. I really want this to be a scarf, but not sure if it will make it all by itself!

Anyways, on with the goodies! She also sent me this amazing glass bead bracelet that I LOVE.
Isn't it beautiful?

The Awesome Bracelet

Also, these great beads that will most likely become my favorite stitch markers:

Bead Assortment

And here's the rest of the awesome goodies!

Assorted Goodies

There was an excellent chocolate bar (which is looong gone), some awesome notecards (squee!), a pack of Hello Kitty stickers, some orange sherbet scented lotion and body wash, and a handful of some Creme Saver-esque hard candies. Whew! This was such a great package, and continues to make my day every time I see it shining from the table. Thanks again to an excellent swap pal!

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Carrots and Chocolate

Sounds like an odd combination, right? I thought so too. No, I'm not pregnant. I'm knitting! Well, will be soon. Carrot and chocolate are the colors I picked for this scarf. Sounds yummy now, right? I'll most likely start on this one in August or September, since both colors fit nicely in the triad for Project Spectrum 2.0 for those months. It wasn't planned that way, either- just two colors I love together! As promised, here is some yarn p*rn!

KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in colors "carrot" and "chocolate"

The yarn is KnitPicks Wool of the Andes (mmm...soft wool...). I picked up two balls of each, plus an extra in the chocolate color to make a matching pair of Fetching. Man, I love those fingerless gloves.

In further yarn acquisitions, here is some absolutely stunning (as always) Malabrigo that I got from Destash. They didn't come with ball bands, but some browsing of their website leads me to believe that the pink one is "little lovely" (almost positive on that) and the red with purple is (possibly) "amoroso". Don't you think so, too? anyways, love love love. both are destined to become beautiful scarves, as usual.

New Malabrigo

Wait, there's more! I picked these balls (two of each color) in a moment of weakness at Micheal's a week or two ago. I love both colors, and once again, both are destined to become cool scarves. I'm thinking something with cables. If you're curious, it's Patons Classic Wool in "Rosewood" (right) and "Regency" (left).

Patons Classic Wool in colors "Regency" and "Rosewood"

Yes, there's still more. This is one lonely skein of KnitPicks Andean Silk (drool) in "lettuce", I believe. I'm not sure what it is going to become- possibly some gloves. I may even stray from the beloved Fetching pattern. Gasp!

KnitPicks Andean Silk- color "grass"

Last, but definitely not least, is a Finished Object! This should almost count as two projects because it is so freakin' huge, but whatever. I present to you James' Malabrigo Scarf!

James' Malabrigo Scarf

A really easy knit, nonetheless. It's two balls of Malabrigo in "stone blue", knit in a basic horizontal 2x2 rib. It's really, really long, but he loves it. I love it. if he didn't like it so much, I would have stolen it from him already. Makes me think I should start buying 2 skeins of Malabrigo per scarf. Although, his was a lot wider than I like mine (to maintain manliness, ya know) . anyways, it's done, and I'm not really sure what to knit next. I think I may actually do some crochet-there is a few weeks left for blue in Project Spectrum, and I have some bulky Wool of the Andes that I purchased to make the crochet cravat (with lots of extra repeats) from the One Skein book. I guess we'll see...

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Thanks Again

I know I already said thanks to Cassandra, but here is another thanks! I agreed to do a small favorite color swap with her after she missed the sign ups. She really sent me an awesome package- look!

FCS2 Package 1

Included in the package was:

- a cute journal- it will come in handy for knitting notes when mine is full!

- 3 sheets of butterfly stickers, which I love. now to find something worthy to adorn...

- a bag each of Jelly Belly jelly Beans (my favorite!), Bit-O-Honey (another childhood favorite), and Peppermint Patties. Not pictured because, well, it only took a matter of days to devour all of it.

- A gigantic ball of dishcloth cotton. (squee!)This one, though, is not going to become dishcloths, nosiree. It is going to be mixed with coordinating pink, yellow, orange, and green, (oh, and maybe white. We'll see.) and become an awesome mitered square blanket for The Monsterette.
I'm super excited to start this project!

- a normal sized ball of red, white, and blue dishcloth cotton. This one will become dishcloths. It isn't pictured because The Monsterette got her hands on it and it is no condition to be shown to the general public. Thank goodness it is practically impossible to tangle dishcloth cotton, huh?

Like I said, a really great package! Thanks a ton for the wonderful gifts.

In the next episode, there will definitely be knitting content, pictures of more new yarn, and a FO! Aren't you excited? don't change that channel...


Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Book Report Double Feature!

Yes, you read that correctly. I have not one, but TWO books that I finished last week! First, of course, is Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman. Of course, I absolutely loved this collection of short stories. Like always, his stories are intriguing and well written. There are a few in there I wish I could type out and frame to hang on my wall. If you haven't read any of his books yet, then go away. (Just kidding.) I think this book, as well as his other collection of short stories, Smoke and Mirrors, are a great introduction to this amazing author. Go! Read!

The second book I read this week was Anthem by Ayn Rand. She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. This book is a short read- I read it front to back in about 2 1/2 hours, if that. It is an amazing story that I think everyone should read. It is a very interesting look at society and the ego of man. Ayn Rand writes beautifully, and I would recommend any of her books. She' is inspiring, and the books I've read so far are intelligent books that can really make you think about life.

Hopefully someone out there actually reads my book reviews... Next time, I'll have pictures of a bunch of yarn I've accumulated, plus an awesome package from a swap I did with a chica who missed the sign ups for FCS2. Thanks again, C. !


Monday, March 05, 2007

Hey, It's a Party!

First off, sorry for once again being a bad blogger. I have all kinds of stuff to blog about, just not the time! Last Monday I started working full time, so life has been a little hectic trying to adjust. All is going well, though, and I'll try to get my other really awesome blog posts up in the next few days. Really!

For those of you visiting for the blog party, hi! I thought I would share a bit about myself for those of you who don't know me.

My name is Nichole, and I currently live in Albuquerque, New Mexico with my awesome husband and darling daughter. I work full time at a daycare center, and am liking it so far. I get to bring my daughter to work with me, too- how cool is that?! I am an avid craftster, my chosen method being knitting. I have been knitting for about 2 years now, and feel like I am beginning to master the craft. I love lots of other crafty stuff, too, including crochet and sewing. I blog mostly about my knitting, but also about my crazy life, and my other love, books. I try to read a lot, and am reading more now that I am working full time. My favorite authors include Neil Gaiman, Barbara Kingsolver, Anita Shreve, and Orson Scott Card, to name a few. Feel free to browse through my posts to get a feel for me, and If you love it (how could you not?) feel free to visit often!

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