Monday, May 30, 2005

Am I NORMAL & my Personality!!?

Well look I took the TEST!! YES I AM! check out my results

Now I wonder how normal some of you maybe??

You Are 60% Normal

(Really Normal)

Otherwise known as the normal amount of normal

You're like most people most of the time

But you've got those quirks that make you endearing

You're unique, yes... but not frighteningly so!

Your #1 Match: INTJ

The Scientist

You have a head for ideas - and you are good at improving systems.
Logical and strategic, you prefer for everything in your life to be organized.
You tend to be a bit skeptical. You're both critical of yourself and of others.
Independent and stubborn, you tend to only befriend those who are a lot like you.

You would make an excellent scientist, engineer, or programmer.

Your #2 Match: ISTJ

The Duty Fulfiller

You are responsible, reliable, and hardworking - you get the job done.
You prefer productive hobbies, like woodworking or knittings.
Quiet and serious, you are well prepared for whatever life hands you.
Conservative and down-to-earth, you hardly ever do anything crazy.

You would make a great business executive, accountant, or lawyer.

Your #3 Match: ENTJ

The Executive

You are a natural leader - with confidence and strength that inspires others.
Driven to succeed, you are always looking for ways to gain, power, knowledge, and expertise.
Sometimes you aren't the most considerate person, especially to those who are a bit slow.
You are not easily intimidated - and you have a commanding, awe-inspiring presence.

You would make a great CEO, entrepreneur, or consultant.

Your #4 Match: ESTJ

The Guardian

You're a natural leader and quick, logical decision maker.
Goals are important in your life, and you take many steps to acheive them.
You enjoy interacting with others, mostly through work related activities.
Your high energy level means you are great at getting things done!

You would make a great teacher, judge, or police detective.

Your #5 Match: INFJ

The Protector

You live your life with integrity, originality, vision, and creativity.
Independent and stubborn, you rarely stray from your vision - no matter what it is.
You are an excellent listener, with almost infinite patience.
You have complex, deep feelings, and you take great care to express them.

You would make a great photographer, alternative medicine guru, or teacher.

What kind of American English do you speak?

Your Linguistic Profile:

50% General American English

35% Yankee

10% Upper Midwestern

5% Dixie

0% Midwestern

Take the test! It was fun!! I know people in Massachusetts are lazy with pronounciation so thought this was interesting for sure!! I have spent some time living in another state New England of course, , college otta state, even out of the country for a couple years but always came back to being a yankee girl as some would call us Dam Yankee gals!

Click on the above link and have a little loosie yourself.. Who are you but the way you pronounce words or sayings??

Now if your lcoal check check this out!!!! heeeheeeeheeeeheeeee

You Know You're From Massachusetts When...

The person driving in front of you is going 70 mph and you are cursing him for going too slow.

When ordering a tonic, you mean a Coke...not quinine water.

You actually enjoy driving around rotaries.

You almost feel disappointed when someone doesn't flip you the bird when you cut them off or steal their parking space.

You know how to pronounce the names of towns like Worcester, Billerica, Haverhill, Barre and Cotuit.

You have driven to New Hampshire on a Sunday in order to get beer.

You know that there are two Bulger brothers, and that they're both crooks.

You know what they sell at a packie.

You know at least one bar where you can get something to drink after last call.

You can actually find your way around Boston.

Evacuation Day is a recognized holiday.

You know what First Night is.

You know at least one guy named Sean, Pat, Whitey, Red, Bud or Seamus.

You think the rest of the country owes you for Thanksgiving and Independence Day.

You have never been to Cheers.

When the words 'WICKED' and 'GOOD' go together.

You knew that there was no chance in hell that the Pats would move to Hartford.

You have gone to at least one party at UMass.

The curse of the Bambino is taught in public schools.

You own a "Yankees Suck" shirt or hat.

You think Doug Flutie is the greatest athlete ever.

You remember exactly where you were when the ball rolled through Buckner's legs.

You pray for the Red Sox to win the World Series not this season, but in your lifetime.

You know how to make a frappe.

You know that "Big Dig" is also a kind of ice cream you can get at Brigham's.

You actually know how to merge from 6 lanes of traffic down to one.

You never go to "Cape Cod", you go "down the Cape".

You think that Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs and Derek Jeter are more evil than Whitey Bulger.

You went to Old Sturbridge Village, Plymouth Plantation, or both, on field trip in grammar school.

You're aware that there is a town, somewhere in Massachusetts, named Brimfield where they have the biggest outdoor antique market in the world.

You can drive to the mountains and the ocean all in one day.

You know that the Mass Pike is some sort of strange weather dividing line.

You know that P-Town isn't the name of a new rap group.

You know that Ludlow is 90% Portuguese and that Fall River is 90% Lebanese.

You do not recognize the letter "R" as a part of the English language.

You've called something "wicked pissa"

You have driven to either Rhode Island, New Hampshire or Vermont for a tattoo.

You see people like Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Dicky Barret (The Mighty, Mighty Bosstones), and Evan Dando (The Lemonheads) in the local supermarket and it doesn't phase you.

You've slammed on your brakes to deter a tailgater

Know at least three Tony's, one Vinnie and a Frank(ie)

Paranoia sets in if you can't see a Dunkin Donuts, ATM or CVS within eyeshot at all times.

You keep an ice scraper and can of de-icer on the floor of your car...year round

You still try to order curly fries from Burger King

You order iced coffee in January

You know what candlepin bowling is

You drive 45 minutes to New Hampshire to save $5 in sales tax

You've pulled out of a side street and used your car to block oncoming traffic so you can make a left.

You've bragged about the money you've saved at The Christmas Tree Shop

You know what a "regular" coffee is

You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from Massachusetts.

Have fun!

Blogger SP5 Ideas

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you? Well, I have to admit that yes I think I crossed over to become a snob, never used to be......I think it'a all the stuff I've been learning about fibers, yarns and spinning in the past year.....I've just recently learned to build a stash, I used to buy as I go but not no more! I want more all the time. Think I'm addicted... What will my dear sweet husband do with all my stash both yarn & fiber. Althoguh I probably knit alot faster then I can produce my handspun

2. Do you spin? Crochet? Yes I spin & I can crochet but prefer knitting

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.) whiners and cold weather

4. How long have you been knitting? about 15 years self taught, my grandmother showed me when I was very young under 10 but at that time I prefered crocheting had quicker results, over the past 10-15 years I took up the love of knitting! All self taught and some make fun of me at times but it's all fun! I JUST HAVE MY OWN STYLE AND AT TIMES JUST WING IT! LOL

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? yes, or soap fiber gal

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)I make my own soap & bath products and like most fresh, clean, STRONG & fruity but not to many florals

7. Do you have a sweet tooth? ABSOLUTELY! Chocolate any way type or form

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? making those dangling type of pretty stitch markers with the glass beads mostly but really need to find a pair of I think there called needle nose pliers or bead tool or something better to bend the little metal thingys. Been using the flat screewdriver which isn't always a good thing. beads and even vintage/custom jewerly that can taken aprat to use the beads for markers

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) I think so, pretty sure yes! ~ rock & roll, oldies but mostly country, I do listen to lots of varieies but no hip hop, banging or rap type kinda stuff!

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
I'd have to say a cross of nautical and country but yet more comtempory type style. Spring when we ever have one again!!

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? married to a wonderful patient man with 1 teen, 2 young children a husband and a small kitty

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know) hmm to have a yarn, knitty soap bath shop of course with teas and chocolate from around the world but not really a dream I think I stopped dreaming a long time ago, I'm more of a realistic down to earth person who lives for the moment not on what if's

Oh and as my lovely DD tells me I really need to get up to date with my styles and colors besides natural, plain and dull colors, but I don't do flashy or glitsy well since I become an grown adult with kids...I must admit I still like some 80ish styles that I need to get over! I need a fashion make over!!!
What are we not allowed to wear socks over bottoms of pants any more or socks with sandels???

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? finer types and mostly very soft & luxious. Silky soft

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? cheap ones that pill or itch or shed or dry feeling while kniting! ewwwwww

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s? socks and tops, felted bags or other items

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? felted bags

17. What are you knitting right now? socks, tops, sweaters, socks, bag, felted clogs, kids cardigan, adult cardigan, summer top, tank, xback just to name a few in no specific order,

18. What do you think about ponchos? I don't just the flash backs fo granny square pom pom and right colors just kill me!

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? circular or double points short and long. I have most sizes but none of the very large types over 15 or 17 or higher and always need dpns in all sizes espceially the smaller ones

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? Bamboo,other woods or addi turbo

21. Are you a sock knitter? Yes most defiantely! Just wish I knew how to use blockers and where to get them

22. How did you learn to knit? self taught all the way

23. How old is your oldest UFO?5 maybe 6 months tops

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird? sponge bob, I think the prettiest birds are rainbow lorys aka lorikeets from Austraila

25. What is your favorite holiday? halloween through new years, everyone is much happier but July 4th is up there as a tie!

26. Is there anything that you collect? yarn, lighthouses, yarn, chocolate, fiber, and did I mention yarn oh and books, sock patterns, bag patterns, knitting magazines.....teas from Adagio there absolutly wonderful, there teas, tea pots, everything, I just love them!

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? spin off, interweave knits, Debbie Bliss club, memory makers which I don't even read

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on? modular knitting, any Rowan, Jaeger or Debbie Bliss except books 1 & 7, last minute knitted gifts, bobbi bear patterns, defiantly am looking for more modern styles.
I'd like to try out some fair isles easy ones I never liked it much so stayed away but see some doing more simple fairisles. I can never corrdinate my coloring right thoguh LOL
Of course I'd love to have my own PIPSQUEAKS by Kim Kargreaves (a Rowan book)I'm working on 2 sweaters for my kids and wnat to make more but feel like I've borrowed it for way to long form another knitting friend, I really need to give it back soon.....Such wonderful patterns for kids up to 10 y/o I need to kit them all pretty much!! LOL

Saturday, May 28, 2005


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Just arrived today all the way from Australia! What a wonderful RAK from Kate westozcatt from the coffeeshop knittyboard. Beautiful scenery stamps and enclosed was 5 packages of flake Chocolate! YUMMY!! She enclosed a wonderful card that had this little book of chocolate attached on the inside
'Chocolate for Chocoholics'
insides reads:
To the Chocciest Chocoholic in the whole world....

The very first Chocoholics were the Mexican Aztecs who used to drink chocolate flavored with chillies or pepper.

"I think I've scratched the surface after 20 years of marriage. Woman want chocolate and conversation" Mel Gibson....very perceptive!

The Americans are so obsessed by chocolate that they actually have a theme park dedicated to it. Sweet!

Chocolate Fondue
* slowly melt a 400gr bar of chocolate with 4 tbsp milk,
* Add 4 tbsp whipping cream,
* serve with strawberries, bananas, meringues, marshmellows and anything else you can think of.

Christopher Columbus was the first to bring cocoa beans back to Europe (thank you Chris!) but no one was particularly impressed at the time.

Theres only one thing better than a best mate....
and that's a best mate bearing chocolate!

Did you know...

that 50% of women would rather indulge in chocolate than make love.

Chocolate melts in your mouth at 34 degress C. That's just below body temperature and that's why it melts immediately and gorgeously in your mouth.

English company JS fry and Sons made the very first chocolate bar in 1826.

They advertised it as "a pleasant and nutritious subsititute for food while travelling or when unusual fasting is caused by an irregular period of mealtimes."

Chocolate: contains an amino acid (called 'phenylethylamine'!) that has aphrodisiac properties and can help ease hangover symptoms.

Life is like a box of never know what you're gonna get. Forest Gump (Tom Hanks) in Forest Gump

More about chocolate!

May chocolate always be with you!

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Knitting Frustrations!

I have given this alot of thought over the years and I've knit alot but still never seem to find that perfect pattern that can be flattering on people that are full figured and have larger bra sizes especially for summer tops! tried many different yarns styles but to find that perfect top that doesn't make you look bigger then you are and fatter at the same time! Most of the even more slimming effects without cable or diagnals they still seem to make you look like your HUGE!

My latest attempt will be the xBack still lots of frustration yet I will not give up! still knitting and purling away well see what happens next!

So much easier to knit biogger and looser and where bigger clothes but who wants to look baggy, saggy. Stinks having to wear a bra all the time. big chest & chicken legs with larger material! ekkkks!
Now if I could design the perfect designs or someone else wooohooo! We sure could be milionaires!! not everyone is so fortunate to have a chest and don't' give it much thoguht or maybe don't knit for others who do, who knows!! What about pregaunt women and those who aren't who still need to make those increases for things that make them look like they are............Does the frustraion ever end or just knitting the same old styles all the time!
What's a woman to do?!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Booga Bag

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I finished my Booga Bag last night , felted it this morning and it's blocking at the moment. I used 3 sks of Noro Kureyon color #115 Took about 4 washings at 15 mins each but felted nicely. Wish I made longer straps but ran out of yarn used every last bit of it for the handles as it was.
I want to make more now... It was fun, quick, easy project. After felting the colors were much more vibrant then I expected!!

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Ramblings about a RAK

After dinner I went to the store to pick up some kool-aid & chocolate for a person in the UK for a swap and extra rak and a nice older woman in front of me had a stash of chocolate. When she opened her wallet at the checkout she was searching high & low for cash, lots of EUR monies but she was so excited that she found $5 bill is US... Her candies rang up to over $8 she didn't understand that the cashier couldn't take the EUR for the difference. So I knew that was why I was there for a euro friend. So I gladly pulled out the cash and paid for it for her.. She was surprised I think and running around looking for her husband or friends she was traveling abroad with. It was my turn I paid grabed my stuff and was heading out. Saw she forgot her bag at the cashier, so as I turned to head out I saw her, gave her bag of goodies to her and said I hope enjoy all your candies and have a safe trip home!! Her and another woman and man stopped me trying to scrap up enough in US $$ pay me back. I kept saying over and over no! no! ReallY! She was persisitant then I turned to her husband and said please really tell her no just enjoy! I was just being kind is all! They were so amazed and giving me hugs and kisses!!!
Do people not ever see RAK or what?? Maybe just far and few! It felt good to help someone out especially who didn't really speak all that great english and being in abroad. They were so sweet and cute. I felt them calling for help!!! Candy Chocolate!! What was a gril to do!!
I managed to get myself some echinacea tea and chocolate to help me fight this awful held cold!! Sipping my tea, enjoying my chcoalte hoping they enjoyed they stay here and hope they know that there are good hearted americans still here!! ;o))

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Merino/silk spun

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I did take a couple pictures of this and this was the better or the two...Ok I had a play day for myself today!! a skein 3 ply of merino wool with silk thread though out of pink/yellow/blue. Approx. 48.5 yds I have more to spin but not sure if  I'm going to use it or what???!!  I do need to start measuring WPI now that I have a little stick

Dyed Roving Today

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Was a busy little beaver today and dyed some roving!

used jaquard acid dyes in blue, purple & red

Perfect day to hangout and dry.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

NH Spinning Demo Friends!

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Today the New Hamphire Sheep & Wool Festival 3 of my friends are spinning at the spinning demo 1-2pm in honor of them and me not being able to attend this year I was there with them in mind, spirirt and spinning just not in person!  ;o) I just finished spinning some llama & llama/silk blend that was given to us at our local guild meeting this past Monday. So ladies I spun the lighter color 100% Llama and triple plied got approx. 17 yds/18gr and the darker one 50/50 blend of Llama/silk approx. 28yds/15gr both are very soft and absolutely lovely!! See I was spinning with you Charice, Lin & Maggie!!!  ;o))

We are all proud members of the NETA group! Now I'm looking forward to hearing about al the fiber touching and fun you had as well as whatcha's spun today!

Hope you gals had lots of fun!!

My White Romney Roving is home!

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I just received my rovings from all the fleeces I sent to the proccesors a couple months back! WOOOHOOO!! Roving heaven!! It's a fine white romney... Very nice! This is one bag can't fit them all into one photo and really no one needs to really see how bad my addiction really is!!!!!!!!!! It's really packed in there as you can tell I pulled some out so you can see the fiber.  I have so much I don't think I could possible spin it all this year or next..............;o) Now I can spin spin and spin some more to my hearts content....Now to find the time! Anyone have any time that I can use????  heeeeheeeeeheeee I do plan on using some of those dyes I found to play... I'm so excited I don't know where to start!

Monday, May 09, 2005

Pretty Petals Socks

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Well finally that 2nd sock was completed!! I made these from Jeannie Townsend knit-a-long. She has wonderful patterns and designs. this is the latest deisgn that was posted. These were a little different to knit up after workng the cuff & leg you have to turn the sock in a different direction so the pattern is shown evenly on your leg. So just reshifting the heel stitches basically. Was alot of fun!

I used size 1 dpn using Lana Grossa yarn meilenweit fun & stripes 1 ball and still have plenty left over

I found them in a box of soap!!!!

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WELL LOOKSIE here at what I found last night finally!! YEAH! My Jacquard dyes in a box of soap on the top?? hmmm now what was I thinking putting them in there I thought??! I must've brought them to my spring lfing fair last month for some reason, for the life of me I have no clue why or what I was thinking at the time?! I use herbs, oxides, ultramarines for colorants for my soaps.............I was just so excited tickled pink to find them at all! It sure was a GREAT find on Mother's day for sure! Now to get mixing I have crimson, purple, gun metal, lilac, jet black, royal blue, brt yellow. I'm planning on mixing a bunch of different colors and color blends ahead of time and keep store in mason jars. I'm goign to be doing some handpainted skeins from my hand spun.. Will post my results of course.

Cleaning more fleece today and need to close up a toe on a second sock Pretty Petals! Will post a picture later this afternoon!

Friday, May 06, 2005

Mother's Day Tea Party

My daughter came home with an invitation for a Mother's Day tea party at her pre-school the other day and during the tea party all the kids presented their Mom's or grandmothers with a present.... so cute!!!!
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The invitationa nd card are below I couldn't get them all in one picture.

The lady bug card and the vase with flower photo of her face is so adorable! Then the teacher read a story about moms to evryone we had hot tea, iced tea, muffins, cookies, biscuts, and turnovers. Solailzed, etc.... She was so happy that I went and without her little brother and Daddy.... daddy gets a Father's Day ice cream party so he wasn't She was so happy to have just some mommy & me time.. It was nice!

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New Threading Hook!

Finally after my hook has been missing for several weeks and can not be found I ordered one online to replace mine. Guess what???
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It's to wide and doesn't fit into the orfice's on either of my wheels!!!! UGH!!

Now what in the world will I do with this thing?? it's cute and looks great hanging off my wheel for a decoration but other then that I don't have any purpose for it... Someone with a larger orfice and different wheel shouldn't have and trouble with it.. hmmmmmm

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Red Heart Yarn! Want it??

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There must be at least 17 or 18 proabbly 20+ or more full skeins of Red Heart yarn HUGE skeins........along with another tote of even more., then a box approzimatly 7 or 8 pounds of misc balls, odd balls,  1/2 skeins, new skeins from wool to cotton, novelity but mostly arcylics, polyesters and other blends. Sad to say there the labels are missing from the red heart skeins, but no need to worry no dye lots with Red Heart! Great hats, scarves, mittens, small sweaters, large sweaters whatever your heart desires, my obsessions are overgrown and I really need to clear it out before DH notices the HUGE stash not moving and treatens  my stash!!!!!

Anyone who'd like to trade, swap or make a deal email me and make me an offer I can't resist! I need the space and totes and need to move it on out otta here! PLEASE!! Anyone someone! PLEASE PREETY PLEASE!!!!  I know begging doesn't work. I can take more photos and give you better details and weigh it if you'd like. Let's make a deal!  ;o))


Newest Fibers in Stash!

Taadahhhh! here they are...

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Whole fleeces from

top left side: beautiful black shetland! (so very fine and soft), top right die: corridale/dorcetX???maybe somehting else long long staple absolutely beautiful!, bottom left side: very old rare breed horned dorcet and very large! great color, great staple and more soft then med, bottom right side: merino that was washed Saturday at the Soule homestead a s a demo.. Boy did I luck out 10+# after spinning merinos what a huge difference then from commerically bought merino yarns....wooohoooo! These are all very large fleeces and should keep me away from all the spring shows this year!!! ekkkks! (I hope so anyway) ;o)) I'm not going to MD because I do have at least 15# coming home from there of romney rovings from some 20# fleeces that I sent to the processor a couple months ago from fall shearings at a local farm... Fiber heaven I guess!! ;o)))))

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can't forget the cashmere & lambswool roving I'm spinning up for a nice long sweater jacket I think????? I'm always good for changing my mind constantly... A womans perogitive (sp) isn't it???? I always thought it sounded like a good excuse anyway..... colors ercu, blue & of white varigated tweedy type of fiber absoluety soft!

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hmm don't forget these lovely batts from Abi over in IA at Prairie Farms and of course I can't find all the wonderful dyes I purchased from her earlier this year...... errrrr! I've been tearing through all my boxes, totes, bags, laundry baskets and can't find a trace!!!! I need top find them I want to DYE!!!!

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Last but not least some more indulgence fawn alpaca see the nice long staple! ohhh laalaalaa! Absolutely nothing even compares to the luxury and softness of all these fibers in natural form even after washing, combing and spinning there really is NO comparison in any LYS anywhere!

Cleaned all the alpacas actually got 4 or 5 boxes greys, silver, cream, brulee, fawns and off white... wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! I couldn't just decide on know how the addiction is!!!!!
I want to try dying some of the greys for a nice tweedy effect I guess. The pigments will definately be unique as to dying all the white. These are only some of the latest, some already washing/drying

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Spinning & FeltingToday!

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spun up some superwash fine wool for a pair of socks I've been trying to get done last time I did 2 balls of singles, this one I triple plied for the heels and toes. took a close up

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spun more of that cashmere & lambs wool blend. Maybe I'll make a bag with this..... blue, red & green.... It will felt beautifully I'm sure.. hmmmm What to do??? Spin more.. I've been neglecting my spinning becuase I got so caught up with knitting

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I did make a new pair of felted clog slippers (Fiber Trends) for my son, his spider man slippers wore and he was demanding I buy him another pair which of course I'd never find those particular ones again. So I told him last night that I'd make him a pair. I used 2 skeins from Knit Picks, Wool of Andes , 1 blue bonnet and 1 stream (which is more like a tealish type of green) , double strand throughout. The double soles I used the blue bonnet on one and stream on the other, so he can tell which goes on which foot.... I finished them this morning and felted them today for him, He was so happy and proud of them!!! ;o))) He defiantely is mommies best customer!!!

Oh back to spinning more of something.......