Thursday, June 28, 2007
Pies: one or two thin crusts with the fruit in between
Cobblers: one thick crust, then the fruit filling, then dollops of biscuit-like batter on top
Slumps: may not have a bottom crust, fruit filling with crumble topping
Buckles: cake with fruit mixed into the batter with a struesel topping
Then there are Pandowdies, Brown Betties, Crisps, and Sonkers.
Of course, my sister is the one with the degree in Culinary Arts, not me, so I could be wrong. It has been known to happen. Either way, there will be some blueberry yumminess at my house on Sunday afternoon! Bring a spoon and come on over!
Do you remember these socks, and how Rebecca was worried about them? Well, they showed up at my house *grin*. I didn't get home until late, so I had to steal her pic, I'll post a pic of the whole goodie box later tonight. I am so thrilled with my socks - they are lovely - the color is wonderful, and the pattern is beautiful! In the box were beautiful black and gold stitch markers - the perfect size for socks, a new set of Crystal Palace DPNs, gummy slugs (YUM!) and Bertie Bott's Beans! There is also the cutest ladybug and ladybug charms. Thank you, Rebecca - you totally spoiled me! Thank you for knitting for my big fat feet, I know it was a lot of work!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
The stitch pattern is Waterfal Rib from Sensational Knitted Socks. The close-up shows the stitch a little better, it is a 3x3 rib so the socks are very comfy.
Holy Macaroni!! It was stuffed!! There were very cute 4th of July goodies - a door hanger, a blue tin bucket filed with Tootsie Rolls and flags! This Sunday is the Blueberry Festival, and I am having a BBQ, so I will enjoy showing these goodies off! There was CHOCOLATE! Very dark - my fave, and a Cadbury bar. I have to admit that the Cadbury bar got polished off last night as TRHM and I watched Big Love on HBO. Yarn galore! Two skeins of beautiful recycled silk, two skeins of Cotton classic - one red, and one black, and two skeins of green Panda Wool. Two patterns - a sock pattern that I can't wait to try, and the cutest ladybug accessories pattern! I love the handcrafted needle case - denim on the outside, watermelon fabric on the inside! Note cards and a big fat chocolate recipe cookbook! WOW! When we are all tired of blueberries, I will definately be whipping up some of those chocolate goodies!
Thank you, thank you Teri and Roni!! You totally started my weekend on an up note! You are definately angels in every sense of the word :)
On Saturday, we went to Reptile Land where they have the most wonderful soft and squishy yarns. Oh, wait, no, that is where they have the lizards and snakes, ewwww!! It would have been much more fun if they had soft and squishy yarn ... Here, the boys are feeding turtles. They had a great time, and got to pet a baby alligator and a huge snake.
Saturday night, we had a secret treat planned for them - we went to the Drive In!! Yep, an honest to goodness kids-in-pajamas-on-the-playground drive-in movie theater. We saw Surf's Up and Rise of the Silver Surfer. They thought it was very cool.
Sunday was pack-up and go home day. We drove north to Penn's Cave for a picnic lunch and cave exploring. It was a lot of fun.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
I've visited most of the states in the US, except the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Hawaii. I would like to go on an Alaskan cruise to see the glaciers.
2. If you could visit any country in the world, other than your own, which would it be and why?
I've traveled to several European countries, but I have always wanted to go to Prague in the Czech Republic. It looks like an interesting city to visit - romantic in a mysterious sort of way. I would also love to visit Italy, especially Venice. The concept of a city built on canals just fascinates me.
3. Have you ever driven across several states/providence/countries?
HA! What a FUNNY question!! I am an Army brat, so I have driven up and down the Atlantic seaboard more times than you can shake a stick at! And, with our comic business, TRHM and I drive hither and yon to all these shows we go to. I also drove from NJ to San Francisco when I was just barely preggers with my daughter. We drove back to San Francisco 2 months later ... my husband learned the hard way that when I said "Stop the car!" I meant now. We stopped at lots of car washes on the way ...
4. Have you ever visited someplace you consider exotic? Where was it?
When my daughter was a senior in high school, she and I took a sailing cruise along the Costa del Sol. One stop was Morrocco. We were looking forward to visiting Tangiers, but we hated being assaulted by the begging children.
5. What was your favorite "travel" vacation? Why?
My favorite travel vacation was the cruise with my daughter. We had a wonderful time, and I feel very blessed to have a daughter who would choose to spend a week in a little shipboard cabin with her Mom. It was very luxurious, and a wonderful time together. We sailed from Lisbon to Barcelona, and spent 3 days in Barcelona before returning home.
6. Have you ever played tourist in your own home city/state (if international, country)? Explain.
I lived in San Franciso for 5 years, and whenever family came to town, we would show them the sights. Later, after I had moved back to NJ, a friend from CA came to visit me, and I took her to the Jersey Shore, the Amish Country, and Philadelphia. I love to play tourguide, especially when it involves "off the beaten path" activities!
7. Are you a museum visitor, beach comer or an amusement seeker?
All of the above. Mostly a museum visitor, though. I love the water, and I like to walk on the beach. I am a big time people watcher, and there is always interesting people watching at the beach, lol!
8. What's your favorite type of yarn?
My favorite type of yarn is sock yarn - superwash is KEY! Everything ends up in the washer and dryer. I prefer wool, and am not particularly fond of silk.
9. What's your least favorite type of yarn?
Most novelty yarns. I like a little bling now and then, but not the hairy/furry type.
10. What items do you like to knit/crochet?
Socks, socks, socks :) I also knit a lot of baby items and I really like to make felted bags.
11. What do you pack, knit/crochet wise when you go on vacation?
I am more of a weekend jaunt person than a long vacation person, even when I go to Europe, I hit fast - fly in on Fri, go home on Mon. Socks travel very well. When TRHM and I drive to shows, I usually bring a couple of pair of socks and a large project like a sweater or a felted bag.
12. What other crafts do you do/would like to do other than Knit/Crochet?
I love counted cross-stitch, needle tatting, quilting and sewing.
13. Are you allergic to anything? (Yarn wise or treat wise)
I am highly allergic to cats, but that is it.
14. What is your favorite color? Least Favorite?
My favorite colors are blue and green and any combination thereof - think ocean, and you will be fine. There really isn't a color that I dislike. I like all colors.
15. Sweet or Savory (Treat not personality)?
Sweet - chocolate, the darker the better! And now, it's good for you :)
16. Anything else we are forgetting to ask that you think your partner desperately needs to know?
Nope. I'm a good traveler - my Grandma always called me "The Merry Wonderer" (she was a Hummel collector). I am always ready to pack up my kit and go to the next place :) I've never known a stranger - they are only friends I haven't met, yet. I can't wait to see all the fun places we get to go on this virtual vacation!
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These were next - They are beautiful! I love the hearts and the milky white swirls above them. I've been lusting after some heart stitch markers I saw on Etsy, and these are even prettier. Thank you, Brenda!!
The blueberries are getting fat and juicy. I can tell that the farmers are getting ready to pick because there is a new feature among the blueberries this week - porta-potties. When they start to deliver the Mr. Bobs you know the pickers are on their way! Next weekend is the Red White and Blueberry Festival. Guess where it is held? Right across the street from our condo complex!! Oh yeah! There will be blueberry pies, blueberry cobbler, blueberry buckle, blueberry slump, blueberry jam, blueberry syrup on blueberry pancakes, blueberry coffee cake, and fresh blueberries in cereal and on ice cream. And that's just at our house ...
Monday, June 18, 2007
Second up, Tiger Socks. I bought this skein of Opal Rainforest yarn last year, and I am just now getting around to knitting it up. This will be a pair of socks for me. I normally do not like plain/ribbed socks, but I decided the pattern of this colorway really needed to be highlighted, and not hidden with a stitch pattern.
See ... I have been knitting ... Oh, and eating DimSum with my daughter, The Uber-Talented Jenn, and her two favorite fellas.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
1. What sports car am I? Mazda Miata
2. What is my favorite holiday? Tie between Halloween and 4th of July
3. We often travel to Rhode Island. Why? To visit TRHM's family
4. Name two other needle crafts I enjoy besides knitting. Crochet, counted Cross-stitch, quilting, tatting, sewing, embroidery
5. Who is TRHM, and what does TRHM stand for? TRHM stands for The Red-Haired Man, who is my boyfriend, Mike.
6. Where did I go to college? Drexel University
7. How many kids do I have? 2, a daughter and a son, TRHM also has 2 sons
8. What is my favorite thing to knit? socks or baby items
9. The town I live in has a special nickname based on local agriculture. What is it? The Blueberry Capital of The World
10. Who taught me to knit? Jenn (a co-worker)
11. What is my favorite color? Blue, green, colors of water
12. What kind of music do I like? Jazz or Blues are my faves, but I listen to just about everything except Heavy Metal.
For a special PowerBall question, answer this one for bonus goodies ...
We often play cards after dinner. What is the game that we play? Cribbage
Everyone who entered answered all of the questions correctly :) TRHM selected a winner from the hat, and the winner is ... drumroll, please ... Marsha!! I met Marsha through the Stitch Marker Exchange, she was the creator of these beauties. But, everyone knows that EVERYONE is a winner at Chez Ladybug, so Kim and Robyn will be receiving consolation prizes :)
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Sunday, June 03, 2007
I love the pack of "Footnotes" - sticky notes in the shape of a foot! As a Business Analyst, one of my main responsibilities is to generate reams of documentation, and these are so cute, I can't wait to take them to work! There was a lovely black and turquiose felted pouch (perhaps a hint of what is to come??) with the prettiest beads. Two skeins of navy blue wool yarn and a pattern for Noni felted camilla embellishments. Very cool. For my viewing pleasure, she also include 8 issues of Knitty Gritty on DVD - I know I will enjoy watching that, as I always miss that show (gotta get a Tivo, huh?).
But I think the cutest of all was this little gal - a ladybug pin cushion! She is so cute, and has the sweetest little face! I sew and quilt, so I will definately use her!
Thank you, Jane!! I am most spoiled!!