Saturday, September 25, 2010

5 things to take camping

Hmmm, 5 things I can't live without.

1. My Kindle. There is no way I can spend any time at all without something to read, and my Kindle means I can have plenty of reading material with me, without much weight or bulk.

2. A knitting or crochet project. Something small, like a sock. Preferably something that has a pattern that's pretty simple to remember, so I can work by fire light.

3. Chocolate. Seriously, there's just no point in going camping if there aren't going to be smores.

4. Air mattress or pad. I'm just not as young as I used to be, and sleeping on the ground isn't fun anymore.

5. My camera. I actually have 2, not including the one in my phone. I've got a serious digital SLR Nikon with several lenses, and then I've got a smaller Nikon Coolpix. The Coolpix is more practical for taking places, because it's so small, but I really like taking pictures, and get better results with the big camera. Sometimes when I go somewhere, I bring the camera bag instead of a purse (Hmm, maybe I need to bling out my camera bag a little bit.)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Week one homework

1. Someone with the same crafts as me: Hermione Bagnold does a lot of the same crafts: knit, crochet, beads, cross-stitch. She doesn’t mention weaving, but there aren’t that many of us weavers around.

2. Someone born in the same month as me: Bella Shacklebolt and Manticora Crimson

3. Someone from a different country: Emma Wigsworthy

4. A new HSKS family member: Caradoc Brocklehurst is here for the first time. Hopefully it won’t be his last time!

5. Someone who has been in 3 or more HSKS swaps: Andromeda Finch-Fletchley. She’s been here since HSKS3!

6. Someone who has a bigger stash than me: I’ve only got 6 things stashed right now, so just about everyone’s stash is bigger than mine. Cassandra Crimsonchin has 55 things stashed, so she’s definitely got me beat.

7. Someone who both knits and crochets: Celestina Pettigrew

8. Someone with the same favorite color as me: Poppy Pluot loves purple so much, she used it as the background of her blog!

9. Someone who has the same favorite season/holiday as me: Ambyr Phoenixfire loves fall, like I do.

10. Someone who has the same favorite fiber as me: I haven’t found anyone who said the exact same thing as me, which is a blend of wool with either bamboo or tencel. But Lizzie Wychwood said that wool is her favorite, so that’s as close as I’m going to get.

A little bit about me

What crafts do I do? Weave, knit, crochet, cross stitch, bead, a little bit of embroidery, and a little bit of sewing. I'll really try my hand at anything.

I was born in June.

I’m fron the US.

This is my 6th HSKS swap.

I don’t know how big my stash is. Most of it isn’t up in Rav, and it’s mostly still packed up from my move. Most of it is weaving yarn, though.

I do knit and crochet.

My favorite color is purple, but I also really like blues, teals and greens, basically cool soothing colors. Of coures, I like fall colors in their place, too, so I guess there really aren't that many colors I don't like.

My favorite season is fall, hands down. I love the leaves changing, and when the air gets crisp and cool. I love getting ready for fall and winter holidays. My favorite holiday is, well, I’m really not sure. I love Halloween. I love dressing up (and we are encouraged to wear costumes to work!) I love decorating, and I love handing out candy to the kids. But I also love Chanukah, too. I love seeing my family. I love shopping for presents, and wrapping them, and seeing people’s faces when they open them. I love lighting the menorah, and making latkes (potato pancakes). And I decorate for Chanukah, too.

My favorite fiber is another tough one. For weaving, I really love working with perle cotton. It makes a great warp, comes in a gazillion wonderful colors, different sizes, it’s just really versatile. For knitting, I really like working with wool and bamboo or tencel. They’re warm, soft and drapey.