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My Secret Pal…

Posted by Allison on November 28, 2007

ooops  I totally wanted to post WHO my pal is!  Her name is Rochelle and she is fantastic.  Go visit her at her blog.

Thanks again Rochelle, you made this exchange a lot of fun!

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Why I love Julia….

Posted by Allison on November 28, 2007

I have loved Julia Roberts as stated several times, most recently in my Why God hates Santa rant.

On Oprah the other day I watched her with Tom Hanks as they were plugging their new movie Charlie Wilson’s War . She is just the most refreshing person in hollyweird. I imagine that going to her house would be very comforting, very real, very unglamorous. Yes their stove would probably be worth more than my car but I picture her as being very grounded. One day I’d like to meet her…maybe while I’m knitting in an airport she’ll come by and we’ll have a chat…I’d like her to know how much I like her. I’d like this to happen in a way that doesn’t entail me getting a restraining order put out against me but if it happens, meh.

The best client meeting EVER happened for me today (now yesterday cause I forgot to publish this post). I usually like the people I work with, we usually get along. I’m not in this for just the money so it’s important for me to really like the people that I’m going to spend quality ‘home buying’ time with. I met someone that I HAVE to work with for a while. Why you ask…because technically they aren’t buying for a few months. Other realtors would pawn them off, put them on a list to call later and leave it at that…not me. This girl is a girl after my own heart. We had a conversation in which she used the term ‘that’s how i roll’ without skipping a beat. She has muppet figurines that she displays in her livingroom AND is crafty. But the absolute best part about meeting her was her reason for moving. Her new husband and her moved to the city a while ago…they didn’t know the city….they rented a place at a time when the rental market was really strapped. So they aren’t in the worse part of town, but they aren’t in the best. That would be okay I think except……their next door neighbour is um….how do I put this delicately….he’s an ‘in charge’ kind of guy. He’s a ‘top dog’ type of guy. he’s a ‘controlling the situation’ type of guy. okay i’ll just spell it out. her next door neighbour is a practising BDSM guy….as in she spends every night listening to the most explicit sexual romps that you can imagine. Spankings and whips and chains, the whole kit and caboodle……And what does she do? She goes next door, knocks on his door and says ‘buddy, when you brush your teeth, i can hear you. and EVERYTHING that you do that is louder than brushing your teeth, i can hear that too’. I think I love her. This is what she told me when I asked when they were hoping to move. She is now a friend AND a client.

Oh… Secret Pal package.  here’s the list of great stuff…..when Scottie gets home maybe he can get the half eaten camera to take pictures…

  • The Knitting Answer book by Margaret Radcliffe…hmm I’ve tried  thinking of crazy knitting questions, they are ALL in there.  I had to run downstairs to one of my knitting bags to get it because I’m already using it all the time.
  • SheepStrings Felted Purse pattern #707 and two skeins of Cabin Fever Wool in a Cottage Colours called Fireplace.
  • Vanilla Sugar body butter by Sparesource
  • SimplyBasic Vanilla bean Hand creme (once again had to go get it from my purse i’m already using it)
  • Dyed in the Wool Handmade sock yarn in Gourd  Times  You MUST go to this site if only to see the company Logo…  Oh and the yarn is GORGEOUS! I believe that I’m going to knit MYSELF a pair of socks with this one.
  • Set of 16 notecards with beautiful flowers on the front. Very pretty and perfectly in line for the new me who is trying be more diligent about sending out real cards to real friends to keep in touch.
  • And in the cute category, a Keychain Sock Blocker. I’m totally knitting a sock for it…as soon as Christmas is over.

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My what a huge package you have….

Posted by Allison on November 23, 2007

I just received my Secret Pal package.  It’s amazing.  It’s very sweet and I’m thrilled.  I’ll write more tomorrow because right now N and I are having movie night and we’re watching High School Musical.   (please make it stop…..oh god, make it stop)  But suffice it to say, it’s the coolest Secret Pal package and I’m very happy.

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Posted by Allison on October 30, 2007

I received my 2nd secret pal package today.

My camera is dead so you’ll have to close your eyes and imagine. Wait before you close your eyes inside was some vanilla body shop stuff that my hubby said “mmmm” when he saw it….he’s a good man. And then this book…

and a spindle like the one on the front cover….and Spinning fibre that is 100% corriedale by Dyed in the wool in Octobery that looks like this….

*oops removed sorry Dyed in the wool!

Okay I guess you don’t have to close your eyes to imagine cause the internet is all-knowing and all-picturing.

I’m scared and shaking and excited all at once. Scott is convinced that we (knitter, spinners etc.) are sick and twisted. To paraphase him ‘wow it’s like a big, um’ and I said ‘crazy crack addiction’ and he agreed. But I think he saw the future and wept a little on the inside.

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I do EXIST, Canada Post says so!

Posted by Allison on September 20, 2007

Okay, I knew the package would be good.  I knew it would be filled with personality of the giver. I kinda thought with football season starting it might just be filled Denver Bronco coloured yarn……

Wow, is all I can say is wow.  I have no witty smart mouth comments.  I can’t begin to tell you how perfect the box was….

What’s inside you ask?  Well me in a box quite frankly….there’s yarn that matches my new couch PERFECTLY, yarn that is the colours of my livingroom, the cutest blue clutch that I’m going to use as a wallet, a sock pattern with the prettiest look to it, fridge magnets that made me giggle, a yarn cutter pendant that I’m pretty sure is going to get jeers from my teenager but it BRILLIANT, bath bombs that I’m usually too cheap to buy for myself, decorator ziplock bags that I would have bought for myself, a voodoo kit that I can only assume she bought because she’s pyschic and she knows i’m fighting with the bussing company regarding N’s drop off spot, and a brass thingie that I think is for socks but I’m a big enough to admit I don’t have a clue what the hell it is or how to use it.

It’s wonderful. It’s thoughtful. It came from someone who is clearly sweet enough to get to know me. It’s from a friend.




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My secret pal is spying on me….

Posted by Allison on September 18, 2007

I’ve spent the morning searching the house for the cameras. A couple of days ago I was finishing off N’s sock (the knee high in pink) with a short row toe and I was searching madly for stitch holders. I found 2 out of the 900 million (or so) that I’ve had over the years. I did find a package of yucky plastic ones and ended up using them to mark my spot….(sorry that totally makes me think of Frankie the dog who is still peeing like a girl..when do boy dogs start lifting their legs?) I thought I would order some (and did) from a etsy sight but I only got two sets because a. I was being cheap and b. I thought I’d find some locally. I would like to have a few sets for the many projects I have going.

So anywhooooo, I get to the mailbox yesterday and what do I find….a SECRET PAL package! And inside there was some beautiful sock yarn that is telling me that it would like to live on my niece’s feet who is turning 25 this December and has been bugging me for a pair. There is also two balls of the cutes ‘thick and thin’ wool handpainted by Jan Gilray which I’ve fondled at my LYS but never bought so I’m excited to see what I can knit up with it, also a book called Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down by Cathy Carron which I’ve never seen before but since all the sweaters I’ve ever made end up being vests this is probably the find of the century for me….and finally, a set of the cutest stitch markers which lead me to the frantic searching of my house to see where the camera is hidden. Thanks Secret Pal you ROCK!


OOO and the other day I made chicken pot pie from scratch….yep from boiling the chicken to the pastries…’s photographic proof!


Oh and stupid teenager DOES smile every year whether he needs it or not…it usually is brought on by his brother. Here they are at Granny’s birthday, geez, I love my kids.

Don’t know what the hell is wrong with the camera I am assuming it’s NOT a user issue.



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Secret Pal Questionaire!

Posted by Allison on August 8, 2007

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

I love natural fibers of any kind. I like trying new things but ultimately I love my sock yarn….

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?

I mostly use my KnitPick Options now, they have a nice case that I take everywhere…including on the plane, which freaks out the people checking baggage but is PERFECTLY LEGAL…..

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?

I would say I’m an intermediate knitter…my mother taught me as a child but I stopped at about 13 and picked it up after having children….it keeps me sane.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

Yes I have one at

5. What’s your favorite scent?

Anything vanilla like…I like citrus too mostly grapefruit.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?

Um, yes….but I’m in therapy for it…seriously, my butt is getting beyond huge…please don’t send me candy….I’ll just eat it.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?

I sew. I would like to get into spinning, we drove by an alpaca ranch yesterday and I considered stopping ….and when I say considered do you remember the scene at the end of Bridges of Madison County when Meryl Streep has her hand on the door handle….that was me at 100 kilometers an hours…..but I digress…..I think it’s best if I don’t start.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

I LOVE Joss Stone, Melissa Ethridge, Dave Matthews Band….I can’t think of any others right at the moment….except my secret boyfriend Jim Cuddy (of Blue Rodeo but most people don’t know who the hell I’m talking about.

9. What’s your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can’t stand?

I love chocolate whole house is chocolate brown with different accent colours. Chocolate brown and blue in the livingroom, chocolate brown and orange in the family room, chocolate brown and lilac in the masterbedroom….you get the idea. I usually stay away from pastels.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

I have a family. In it is my long suffering husband Scott, two bio boys Emmett 15 and Elijah 4, and a foster daughter (8) who I refer to as “N” to protect her privacy. We also have a new baby, Frankie the rescue dog.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?


12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?


13. What are you knitting right now?

a hat, i’m having a bit of an issue deciding what to knit next so I cast on a hat so I don’t find myself at the LYS madly buying what ever they throw at me.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?


15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

I love my knitpicks, I’m hoping to round out the set with all the sock needles that they have in the smaller sizes…..and the bigger ones that don’t come with the set….

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?

Yes, because I was a very good girl and Santa bought them for me….

17. How old is your oldest UFO?

old…..don’t judge me

18. What is your favorite holiday?

Mother’s day

19. Is there anything that you collect?

dust bunnies

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

I have no subscriptions, I prefer to imagine that I’m NOT going to buy anymore magazines so why bother spending the money, then seeing them at the book store and buy then all then come home feeling a little dirty…..I desperate to find patterns for my foster daughter. Especially sock patterns, I seem to find baby, toddler or adult, it’s very frustrating. I would love to make her all types of knee high socks and stuff but no luck….

21. Are there any new techniques you’d like to learn?

Not really, right now I’m very satisfied knitting socks….oh wait, I wanna make gloves but the idea of the fingers is scaring me off…

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?

yes. I wear a size 10 or UK 41….my foot measures 9 inches around and almost 10 inches long….

23. When is your birthday?

April 30… april 30th i’ll be 40 minus 365 days…….

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what’s your ID?


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