Secret Pal

For any swaps I'm part of.

It's here! My FCS3 package is here!

I looked out onto the patio today and saw a cute little green box awaiting me. Oh! It's here! I was very good and grabbed my camera, so I'd get pictures right away. I knew you all would want to see what I got!

When I opened the box, I saw this:

Then I began to remove the items and unwrap them---smart lady, my pal Genevieve: she didn't use any tape!

When I was done ooohing and aaahing, I ended up with quite the pile of booty:

Isn't that cool? The yarns are Trekking Hand Art, in Atlantik and Noro Silk Mountain in "Color 8". I know the Trekking will become socks, but I could use some suggestions for the Silk Mountain---anyone?

I'm off to post to the FCS3 blog and to Ravelry. You can stay and drool awhile, if you like.

What do you do when....

...you've gone over the limit for your Spoilee....and you still don't have everything you wanted to put in the package yet? *sigh* I love doing these swaps. Really, I do! But once I get rolling with ideas, I just can't seem to stop.

I think I need a swap with a higher limit..... *grin*

Favorite Color Swap 3: The Questionnaire!

1. What are your top three favorite colors? Jewel/deep tones of Emerald, Maroon, Blue.

2. What crafts do you really enjoy? Knitting, Spinning, designing knitting patterns.

3. What products do you really covet? Within the scope of this swap? Hmmm.... Patterns and yarn and roving!

4. What other activities do you enjoy besides your favorite crafty things? Reading, playing with my ferrets, computer games, listening to audiobooks, browsing for "dream home fixtures" or design elements...

5. Is there anything you collect? Reaper Dark Heaven miniatures; giraffe-themed desk tchochkes, sock patterns *grin*...

6. What is your zodiac sign and/or Chinese zodiac symbol? Zodiac sign: Pisces/Fish. Chinese zodiac symbol: apparently dog and Yang Metal

7. What are your favorite:

  • scents/smells? Due to my Fibromyalgia, I tend towards scents which aren't too strong. I've liked "Pumpkin Spice" candles, lavender tarts, rain-scented incense. But I wish more people understood that perfume/cologne is meant to be a light touch, not an all-over cover!
  • types of music and/or bands? Disturbed, Tool (metal?), KT Tunstall, Alex Parks....just about anything except Country/Western and HipHop/Rap---oh, and Bach! ::shudders::
  • authors? *sigh* How long do you have? Kelley Armstrong (own everything she's written), Octavia Butler (ditto), Rachel Caine (ditto), Kim Harrison (ditto?), David Weber (not quite), SM Stirling (not quite?)....I'm sure there's more!
  • animals? Ferrets! Oh, cats are okay too.
  • places to shop? Yarn stores, bookstores, gaming stores, online---especially Etsy!
  • season? Well, I live in Arizona, so....uhm, well Monsoon Season has some really stunning skies...that's usually late June to October, I think---we just moved back, so I'm re-learning it all.
  • yarn/fabric/paper/other craft supplies? Stitch markers (!), Blue Kitty Design bags, KnitPicks nickel needles, folding scissors.
  • candies or goodies? Chocolate. But not the dark stuff. ::shudders::

8. Do you have any wish lists? Well, I have a bunch over at Amazon---I had to sort them into separate lists! And I have a Wist list--that's linked over on the left or down at the bottom of the page. I think the Wists stay more up-to-date, especially where knitting and spinning are concerned.

9. Are you allergic to anything? Besides manual labor? *grin* Nothing that one could get without a doctor. *smile*

10. Do you have any pets? What are they? 10 Ferrets and two cats. Plus, just started up a 120 gallon aquarium.

11. Please include anything else you would like your secret pal to know about you- anything that would be helpful in finding you little gifts that you will really enjoy.
I'm mom to a 15yo son, will celebrate 18 years of marriage this August. I've apparently quit working on my sci-fi writing. I'm currently trying my hand at desigining lace patterns. I've owned the Ptolus Campaign Book for over a year now and I've been a little intimidated about running a campaign from it!

Also, if you have a Ravelry ID, please include it here. annekaelber

Getting closer....I think

The mail brought news from New York today. Mr. Stanley Schmidt, editor of Analog, personally passed on "Heat of Ice". That's the farthest I've gotten anywhere. Yay! "Heat of Ice" goes back out in tomorrow's post to visit with Mr. Gordon Van Gelder, editor of Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Also winging its way to someone special is my last SP9 package. It will be leaving along with "Heat of Ice". I'm looking forward to seeing what my pal thinks of this latest package. *grin*

I'm trying to get the werewolf novel started, so that's all for tonight.

Secret Packages!

I wanted to post this yesterday (when it arrived), but I was having trouble getting images up.

SP9 Package 3

Yay! I received a package and my pal received her package!!! I am the lucky recipient of 3 skeins of "Full Thread Ahead" 100% Optim Merino Wool in a soft-grey shade of purple that is so beautiful! I also received a stunning Lantern Moon needle case with two sets of aluminium needles, a crochet hook, some sock point protectors, a set of Chibi needles (who told?!) and some hooky things I have to look up 'cause I've no idea what they do (I'm betting myself they are some kind of cable knitting thingy...). Oh! And a can of Scharfeen Berger "Natural Cocoa Powder Sweetened" for making chocolate milk and hot chocolate. Mmmm... I may have to fight Randy for this one; he's loved the pack of S-B chocolates I got in my first package!

My secret pal revealed herself with her third package as Rosebrier. Now, I'm going to go check out her blog and see what she's up to!

Scattered brain, empty wallet...

Christmas I think I'm done shopping for Christmas. The only problem is that I have an extra week. Mom's scheduled for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so we're postponing until the following Friday and going up to see her. That gives us an extra couple of days to get things through the mail. After hearing about some of the craziness created by "Day after Thanksgiving" sales, we both vowed to make this an all-online shopping holiday.

I didn't quite make it---sometimes, you really need to browse the shelves to get some ideas. And sometimes, it sucks how OS-specific some sites can be. Take Amazon's music samples, for example. Windows Media Player or Real Player? That's like having to choose between a Democrat or a Republican.

I wish web-stores would realize we (tech-capable people) go to sticks-and-mortar stores because we want to "wander the aisles" or because we can't think of the right search terms for what we want. True, sometimes there's nothing like holding that perfect skein of yarn in your hand to feel it's softness (Blue Sky's Alpaca & Silk, for example.... *sigh*) or the way it's spun.

Ferrets We've got one of those cat "fishing rod" sets with a short feather attachment on the end. I love playing with the ferrets with this! They jump, they twirl, they tackle each other if there's two playing...

Back in March (I think), Randy ordered a couple posters from DeviantArt.com and they came in a poster tube mailer. We've had that laying in one room or another ever since. They love to run through this tube and out the other end. One will sit just inside of one end, leaving the back half of a ferret sticking out and blocking the tube from their playmate who entered from the other end. I love to listen for the sound of their claws scraping on the tube as they scamper through.

Reading I've been book-bored lately. In an effort to stave that off--and because I usually try to read "sci-fi" when I'm going to be writing (urban) fantasy and vice versa---I'm re-reading the Honor Harrington series by David Weber. If you're not familiar with either name, take a look here for a free copy of the first book in the series. You could also look here and see what other books Baen might have out that would pique your interest.

Secret Pal 9 I got my December package mailed out today. Yay! Wonder of wonders: the post office, while busy, was also efficient! I must give credit to these guys. Despite a line (which there usually is there), I was in and out again in about 10 minutes. Whew! And after I gleefully watched my packages go away and was well on my way home, I realized that one of the recipes I'd included for my pal has my real name on it! Doh! We'll see if she catches it.

Tired. Can I go to bed now? (Now watch...I'll stay up 'til 3 or 4 am...)

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