Saturday, June 14, 2008

Headmistress is staying!!

:::tears up silly board notice saying Headmistress is leaving:::

:::sends pieces of torn up notice to various points of the compass:::

:::thinks a moment, then hurries to find them & dispose of them properly *before* said Headmistress catches her:::

:::looks innocent while picking up sock yarn and needles:::

Friday, June 13, 2008

We are still on for number 4

Ok so now that everyone has an angel and getting their packages I have sat down and come up with some new rules and the swap will start taking sign ups July 16th for those of you that participated in this one. Thank you to all of you that volunteered to be angels! I will be posting to the new blog in about a week with all the rules and I will need a Head Girl/Boy for every house and prefects so if you are interested in this send me an email. The new blog can be found here.
So keep an eye out have a great weekend!!! Happy knitting!!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Cassandra, please don't let the actions of others cause the rest of us to lose you. Just ban them from participating in future sock swaps. There may well be good reasons for their non-finishing status ... but I can think of very few reasons that might excuse the rudeness of not replying to anyone about it. Death (of the member or a member of their family), permanent injuries to hands/fingers (but someone else could post for them, even if no one else could knit for them), serious depression incident (been there, done that, could understand it). Something *really* serious .... but there are very few reasons that could excuse the rudeness ... the only one I can think of off-hand is someone who lives by themself, has no friends or family, and then has a serious problem. Very few people fit that criteria.... most have at least someone who could post a message for them.

So, again ... please .... YOU did your job, and did it beautifully. MOST people completed their responsibilities in the swap. People will step up to take on the responsibilities of those who flaked out .... please stay.


Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Haza to Cassandra Grubbly Plank for being such a Great!!!!!!! Coordinator. We could not have done it with out you. Thank you for all your time and hard work. :)

Friday, June 6, 2008

I am sorry to say

That I am not going to do the next swap I am very upset that people are not sending their packages and not returning emails. The swap has been over for 2 months, April 18th was the deadline and it is now June 6th, and I still have about 10 people who have not heard from or gotten anything from their pals. I am very disapointed.
The people who played by the rules were great and it is almost enough for me to host again but it is killing me that there are people who spent lots of time and money getting thier packages out on time to get nothing in return. If I had the money I would send them something myself. I am really sorry for those of you who did not get a package I would say keep emailing your pal but I feel it is a lost cause they won't be kind enough to reply. If someone wants to take over that is fine and I will give you a list of all the rotton swappers.
There are 2 people that I want to thank for sending 2 packages Mary Twitchell, and Trisia Hesse-Tresider thank you so much you went above and beyond.
If anyone wants to be an angle for these wonderful people to at least get something small that would be great just send me an email.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Something else to share :)

I know I'm not the only one who's a sucker for those gorgeous hand-dyed yarns for our socks. But they come in skeins you have to make into balls, and if you knit (as I always have) from the outside of the ball, then it rolls all over the place, picking up dust bunnies and other assorted wild critters.

I was wandering around looking for something else, following links off of links, and read the following. I didn't write down or bookmark where I got it from since I wasn't really thinking about doing this at the time - I was more interested in tracking down the pattern I wanted. But a few weeks later, when I needed to make a ball from a skein, I remembered it & tried it. This works well and maybe others will find it useful as well.

Take an empty toilet tissue roll and cut a very short slice into it at one end. Anchor the end of your yarn skein there so it will stay in place. Now start rolling your yarn on the roll using a figure 8 configuration and slowing working your way around the roll. You don't want all your yarn in one place ... you are constructing an inside pull-out ball. Once all the yarn is on the roll, tuck the outside end underneath a few of the last rounds to help keep it in place. Then remove the other end from the cut and slide the whole thing off the roll.

You can now pull your yarn from the center of your ball, which will stay politely in place right next to you, leaving the dust bunnies & other wild critters hiding under the bed, couch or chair until you are ready to cage 'em up.