Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Confessions of a Swap Addict

Booty from DIY Kit Swap, Round 4:
A yarn-dyeing kit from the organizer, sharc. It has awesome yarn, tons of Kool-Aid, vinegar, gloves, a brush, and instructions. I can't wait to get started!

And as a bonus surprise, she sent me a pattern for a knitted dragon that I've had on my wist forever! :-D Thank you, sharc!

Here is my second package from the Friend of Craftster swap. My partner spoiled me rotten! Check out the crocheted tote bag with cherry blossoms (my favorite), blue and brown (favorite color combination) needle roll with stenciled cherry blossoms, and a great green hat!

I absolutely love the stuff I've gotten in this swap. I can't wait to find out who my partner is, so I can send them something awesome! :-D

The frustrating thing about this swap is that I cant post what I've made for my partner! I think she'll really like what I put in the second sendout...

I've sent out four packages in the last two days, so I'll post when the recipients post pictures.

Today, a Craftster member PMed me randomly and told me that she picked up some retro fabric with kitchen stuff on it for me, because she'd remembered that I'd asked for it. How incredibly thoughtful! This is why I love Craftster...everyone's so awesome! I'm insisting on sending her something in return. We shall see what it will be.

Thursday, June 08, 2006


...for the lack of posts and this plethora of pictures. I have been quite sick in the past few days, and I'm only now starting to feel human again.

First, vacation! I spent a week with my family and the boy at our vacation home up north. It was pure, barefoot bliss. :-D I have all the hallmarks of a vacation well spent: bugbites, sunburn, and some serious bruises from climbing in and out of boats and running around the island. Yippee! Working is so terribly grown-up of's nice to be able to revert to childhood every now and then.

View from the porch.

A double rainbow! (It's faint, on the right)

It simply couldn't have been any more wonderful.

Second, mail! Coming home, I got a ton of swap packages.

Handmade stationery from flirtingwdisaster.

My first package from the Friend of Craftster Swap! Those are some beautiful blue Japanese fabric swatches and a rad crocheted panda.

And finally, three microscope slide pandants, a la catpants. I adore them!

Third, recent purchases!

I'd been coveting this Richard Kaufman print for a while, and I finally broke down and bought myself 2 yards for a really cute halter dress. I'm saving it for my beach trip in August, I think. :)

In one of the towns nearby our vacation home is my favorite yarn store in the world. I went a little nuts this summer...and spent way too much on this yarn (7 balls of Katia's 'idea jeans' in a lovely green colorway).

And I also got a Debbie Bliss Noro book that I'm in love with, and three more Sirdar patterns. A girl can never have too many patterns...

Fourth, an ongoing project! Knitty's Soleil, in a slightly sexier incarnation. Hopefully. :)

The yarn is dark purple cotton/acrylic blend unraveled from a thrift store sweater. Yay for thrift!

Also, family member is recovering well from surgery. :-D Big sigh of relief.

Monday, June 05, 2006

I had a huge update planned tonight, with about a zillion pictures, but life intervened.

A family member is in the hospital (doing ok, but will need surgery), and I just got in. Obviously, I'm not in a great mindset right now, but little did I know that there was a smile waiting for me in my inbox...

Click for full size. This is a panoramic view of a rainbow off the dock of my family's summer home, where I just spent a week. Thanks. :)

More tomorrow.