Sunday, July 13, 2008

Starbucks and yarn swap

I have been very remiss in getting my questionnaire for the swap up on my blog. First busy with getting ready for our two shows, then being on the road, my wonderful adventure yesterday, etc. But anyway, here goes!
Full name: Felicia Ryan

Ravelry ID: knitflea

Email address:

Blog address (if you have one): well, it's here!

Handmade item you desire in the swap (bag, cup cozy, etc.): Well, the ideas were for a bag, cup cozy or coasters. I could use a bag or coasters, but I'm not sure if I'd actually use a cup cozy. But I'll let my buddy choose from there.

Starbucks item you desire (gift card, mug, beans, etc.): I think a gift card. I don't make coffee at home, so the beans wouldn't work out well. And my weekly knitting group meets at the local Barnes & Noble in the starbucks cafe area!

Favorite Starbucks beverage/bean: I really like the pumpkin spice latte, mocha (hot or frozen), and even have tea occasionally.

Favorite snack food: I love dark chocolate, almonds, macadamias.

Favorite color(s): red, purple, blue

Favorite fragrance: floral - but fav would probably be lilac

What types of things do you like to knit? Socks and shawls.

Do you spin?: Haven't learned yet, but would like to give it a try.

Do you dye your own yarn? I've only dyed with kool-aid once.

Favorite yarns: I don't think I have a "to die for" yarn yet. Natural fibers.

Favorite needles: All of my needles are addi turbos. I'd like to try some of the knit picks new needles. I've heard great things about the points when knitting lace.

Do you have any allergies?: Nothing that would apply here.

Would you be willing to prepare an angel kit if necessary?: Yes

Do you have any special requests?: World peace? Kindness to strangers? Heck, I'd be happy if some of these kids would just pull up their pants!

Do you have any pets?: No

Is your home smoking or non-smoking?
: Very definately non.

Hope my delay posting hasn't made it harder for my swap pal!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Welcome to Denver

Neither Bob nor I have ever been to Denver. So we were looking forward to doing a show there on our way to Long Beach. We arrived on time, lucked into an end cap, set up went fine, and the first night's sales weren't too bad. The show closed at 9 pm Thur, we left the show, got dinner and fell into bed exhausted. Got up this morning to find out our van had been broken into.

If I was the Yarn Harlot, I would be able to write an eloquent, heart felt post that had everyone sighing and then maybe even chuckling along with me. But all I can write is how devasted I feel.

Since we weren't quite as prepared as we wanted to be, we brought some tools and supplies to make more product at my dad's house before going on down to Long Beach. Most of the tools were in the trailer (luckily at another parking lot), but several were in the van and of course stolen. Some misc small stuff - my mp3 player, things like that. I used to own two Tutto wheeled totes. They stole my large orange tote with my new Janome 6600 sewing machine - and all the accessories you travel with so that you can sew. Two skirts already cut out just waiting to be sewn. All my sewing stuff - gingher and fiskars scissors, rotary cutters and fun scissor fobs. The other tote had knitting. Three month's worth of Rockin' Sock Club shipments - three month's worth of socks that rock yarn and the patterns - two skeins of Lorna's Laces shephard sock. A redwork quilt pattern and several pincushion kits to sell in my booth.

Luckily for me, my swallowtail shawl was in another bag. And they weren't interested in the zipper bag with at least half of the addi turbo needles that I own and all the knitting accessories we travel with. And the sock yarn scraps and the beginning of my mitered square blanket were left behind.

I am heart broken. Devasted. I keep telling myself that it could have been worse. And on an intellectual level, I know it could have been worse. We were not physically harmed. The van wasn't damaged. The tires weren't slashed, and they even relocked the doors after they took everything they wanted. But knowing this does not help my knitting any. I'm not in a big hurry to come back to Denver any time soon.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Today I went to Pickle Road

And I drove past Mars and was told (in a very complimentary way) that I was butch!

If you're not a quilter, the name Pickel Road means nothing to you. But it is home of the irreverent, bold, father, magazine editor, quilter, and designer Mark Lipinski. I had recently talked to Mark about doing a product review on our new Thread Barrel. The review will be a companion to a review he is doing on the Easy Reach Thread Carousel. But last night I found out he needed to have the Barrel today. Well, he's only two hours away, so I loaded the car and set off. I got to meet his very charming son Evan. What a polite, well mannered attractive young man! I spent a very enjoyable half hour chatting with a bright star of the quilt world.

While there, Mark asked how I got involved with "those people" who make the ruler and thread organizers. I explained that I was "those people" and that I make them. He just laughed and told me that I was very butch! Quite a lesbian. Coming from a gay man, I suppose that is about the highest compliment I can be paid! At least, I'm taking it that way. Bob and I are still chuckling over that!

As I was driving away to get back to the highway, I was quite surprised to look to my right and see Mars! Well, at least the "Mars Snack Division" of M&M/Mars. Just another chuckle added to my day.