Monday, June 30, 2008

I received my keep'in Cool In Summer Swap Package:)

I want to thank CynthiaW and here is her blog please stop by and check our her adorably squishy baby:)Cynthia shocked me buy getting me all the things I had put on my questionaire they were all things I didnt have so imagine my excittement when opening my package:)In the package there was a green place cloth with gold glitter trim and a scones dish that didnt make the trip well it was broken into several pieces this is just the thing that happens sometimes.There were 2 dishcloth patterns I had wanted by lisa millan I heart yarn and I love to knit.There was curiously chocolate altoids dark chocolate dipped cinnamon mints and for my teatime english cream tea scones all natural mix and a jar of Danish choice raspberry preserves yum.There was some frontier organic fair trade loose tea in chai black and irish breakfast they smell delicious;)There was a bundle of honey sticks with a tag with a bee stamped on it for my teas.A cup with a girl knitting on it with her friend.There was a little dipper stainless steel mesh tea infuser from the republic of tea.There was a handknit doily so cute.When my hubby and I celebrated our anniversary 2 years ago we went to a little bed and breakfast they had this wonderful handmade soap that smelt like cinnamon I bought some and was sad when it was gone.Cynthia sent me 2 zuma goats milk cinnamon bars for the bath i was so touched:)There were 2 skeins of Bernat handicrafter holidays sparkle I have always wanted this sparkle dishcloth yarn yeah me.1 skein of cotton chenille from crystal palace yarns in pastel colors Iam going to knit the reverse bloom flower washcloth from weekend knitting there was also a skein of swtc 100% corn fiber amazing yarn.I love everything thankyou for being a super swap pal cynthiaW:)

Sunday, June 29, 2008

I Received 9-5 Swap Package Today:)

Thankyou KatieBell I couldnt open the 9-5 swap pkg until last night after getting home from work and before going back to work.Iam touched by the care you took in putting my package together:)Hugs
There was a lovely card from Katie her stepfather was stationed for a year in Afghanistan and had brought back alot of viscose scarf wraps katie sent me one and her mom printed out in english for me the care for instructions:)Katie's mom got alot of pencils and pens for me from the pentagon and she also made the stitch markers for me all my favorite colors:)Katie knit me a clutch and felted it and the button on it is lovely.There are 6 yankee flower candles splash of rain/cottage breeze/clean cotton/tahitian tiare flower/lemon lavendar and lilac blossoms:)There is some soft soap lavendar/chamomile scented.There is a pretty bar of soap from amazing lavendar moon.Oil diffuser soft lilac,a card I can stick in my purse that shows the needles I have straights and cirrcular.There is a box of stash chai tea.An organizer for my desk with pretty flower paper clips and thumb tacs.I have already put the pencils in it.There is a magnetic paper clip holder,A beautiful big notebook really kewl:)2 refrigerator to do list pads.There is more 2 floral sticky note pads with a pen.Gorgeous stationary very victorian.A support our troops bracelet.There was a patch and pins celebrating the airforces 60th anniversary this touched me as last year we attended the ball which was my first ball for my birthday present so we got to celebrate the airforces 60th birthday and you can read about it here i saved the best for last 2 skeins of Emerald Malabrigo so soft:)Thankyou katie and katie's mom and stepdad for all the wonderful gifts.Katie and I have alot in common I look forward to getting to know her.Hugs Darcy

Friday, June 27, 2008

9-5 Swap Package Received:)

I had the pleasure of spoiling Grace in the Ravelry 9-5 swap and I had alot of fun putting her package together.I went with a japanese Hanami cherry blossom festival theme.Grace loves tea and she loves the color red so she got alot of both:)even my hubby knit her a quest dishcloth my friend lizzieW's pattern.Grace isnt feeling well so go on over to her blog and send her healing comments:)

Keep'in Cool in Summer Dishcloth Exchange Weekly Topic#3

Well now that Summer has OFFICIALLY begun.. what do you do to beat the heat? A nice tall glass of lemonade? Frozen Coffee? A dip in the pool? What's your favorite way to keep cool this summer as things heat up? I like lemonade and watermelon in the summer and since it gets exstremely hot in the mojave desert I try to stay in during the hot days with the air conditioner on:)

200Th Blog Post Drawing Winners!!!!

I awoke at dawn and had my husband
knakedknitter draw the names of the winners from my new bag I bought fromBea at Baa Baa Blacksheep She has some great Knitmare on Elm Street bags I had to purchase one after seeing Grace comment on her bags.

Winners Are:
JennaZ won leslie wind's Shawl Pin
Kimbo won LizzieW's custom dyed yarn
Katnmouse won Fyrestorm Creations BBQ Stitch Markers
Erin blog is Molasses and Mohair she won Malabrigo Lace from Sandrasingh
Jennifer won the Cable Needle Necklace From Leslie Wind
I need all winners to contact me at
please send me your full names and addresses

I loved all the wonderful comments and helpful advice I received from everyone who commented and want to thank all of you for coming to visit me and helping me celebrate my 200th post:)
I also want to thank everyone who donated prizes for this drawing:
Leslie Wind
Lizzie's Wonderland
Fyrestorm Creations

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Knitting Wildflower Blogaversary Contest

Cheryl is celebrating her 1 year blogaversary with this contest One lucky reader will win:

Melissa Morgan-Oakes' 2 at time SOCKS: The Secret of Knitting Two at Once on One Circular Needle

US1 40" Addi Turbo Circ....

The Yarn Harlot's Things I Learned from Knitting.... whether I wanted to or not

Dream in Color Smooshy in Visual Purple colorway

Sock Blocker keychain

Sunday, June 22, 2008

"You put yarn WHERE?!? Contest"

I found this contest at Purl This What's the weirdest place that you've stored yarn in?
Contest Ends:July 1st

Plop plop fizz fizz this is where the yarn is.
Who else would store there yarn in their bathroom butt the knotty
So people where is the weirdest place you keep your yarn at?

Saturday, June 21, 2008

The Winner of the Noni “Pear Pattern” and Yarn Giveaway

I was happily surprised today to see I won something lovely for my dinning room table:) from felted crafts news and reviews It has been 105 degrees today and since my hubby knakedknitter is tdy right now a friend came over to care for our girls while I went to the commissary to buy groceries which was a good thing as I had a headache from the heat and felt nauseated when I returned home from the commissary.Thankyou “Noni (Nora Bellows)” for the pattern and “Pat Miller, Proprietress of The Taming of the Ewe” for the yarn and Linda Lanese CraftGossip Felting Editorfor the giveaway

June 21,2008
The Winner of the Noni “Pear Pattern” and Yarn Giveaway

Here is what Linda Lanese CraftGossip Felting Editor had to say:

Darcy is the winner of this giveaway via a random drawing. Thanks again to “Noni (Nora Bellows)” and “Pat Miller, Proprietress of The Taming of the Ewe” for the yarn and to myself

Darcy lives in the Antelope Valley Area of Southern California. She is an Air Force wife, mother of 4 and grandmother of 1, she enjoys reading, travel and crafts. Her current passion is for knitting and so she recently started a local knitting group in her area. If you are nearby, you should go check them out

Darcy has a wonderful blog where she offers some video tutorials on knitting. Please visit her site and say “hi” and congratulate her on winning the giveaway on Craft Gossip, her blog is “Darcy knotty Knitter”. Congratulations Darcy from all of us at Craft Gossip and we hope you put our banner on your blog.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Cat And The Hat & Whiskers On Wednesday

Please go check out whiskers on wednesdayIs having a contest and please say I sent you:)
(please help precious win some kitty prizes)

When my daughter Alora was a baby we bought a kitten we named her precious her dad is Hymalian and her mother is Persian she took after her dad.She is a sweet cat and she loves our toddlers and is very affectionate and playful but she wasnt amused with having to pose for a picture in the hat.Precious doesnt try to play with my knitting she knows mommy loves her yarn and plays with Alora and Athena and their toys instead;)Iam working on a second umbilical cord hat Pattern from Stitch'n Bitch Handbook for coveted yarns baby hat contest Iam magic looping this one.My youngest daughter Athena age 2 keeps trying to steal my ladybug tape measure I received in the spring fling coffee and yarn swap:)from annemariewho spoiled me big time Iam still drinking the coffees she sent me in the swap;)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Help Me Win Buffalo Gold #11

Iam on a ravelry group the herd and the more people who join the group and then go leave a comment on the contest giveaway thread that knottyknitter40 invited them to join. I will have a chance to win a skein of this unique yarn.Please please please yes Iam begging, help a girl win some yarnie goodness!!!Now I will sing to you until you go help a girl out;)
clearing my throat here it goes

Help, I need somebody,
Help, not just anybody,
Help, you know I need someone, help.

When I was younger, so much younger than today,
I never needed anybody's help in any way.
But now these days are gone, I'm not so self assured,
Now I find I've changed my mind and opened up the doors.

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round.
Help me, get my feet back on the ground,
Won't you please, please help me?

And now my life has changed in oh so many ways,
My independence seems to vanish in the haze.
But every now and then I feel so insecure,
I know that I just need you like I've never done before.

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round.
Help me, get my feet back on the ground,
Won't you please, please help me.

When I was younger, so much younger than today,
I never needed anybody's help in any way.
But now these days are gone, I'm not so self assured,
Now I find I've changed my mind and opened up the doors.

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round.
Help me, get my feet back on the ground,
Won't you please, please help me, help me, help me, oh.get some yarrrrrn!!!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

How Do You Know When Summer Has Truly Arrived?

Weekly Topic #2:
Well it gets into the hundreds here in the mojave desert today 100 degrees.It feels like you are being hit dead on by a hot blow dryer. My lawn even though I have automatic sprinklers is fried in alot of spots.Iam knitting a couple of baby hats for charity right now and just got done knitting the Dragon Dishcloth by Susan Bowlby.I also know it is summer when I start craving shrimp salads and ice tea;)

What Dog Breed Are You Quiz Results

What dog breed are you? I'm a Labrador Retriever! Find out at Labrador Retriever
The Caretaker

Your family is what makes you tick, and you never "flea" from an opportunity to hang out with the whole gang. A family picnic complete with hot dogs, deviled eggs and a refreshing swim in the lake is hard for you to stray from. Your sparky temperament and dogged intelligence mean you are not only a blast to hang out with, but great to work with as well. Your close pals appreciate your patience and forgiveness, knowing you'd rather let sleeping dogs lie than dwell on the mishaps of the past. Your dashing good looks may one day lead to a modelling career, if only you can tame the unfortunate clumsiness that sometimes causes you to go flailing from the catwalk.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

More Pictures From World Wide Knit In Public Day

Knit In Public Day & My Life with toddlers

Yesterday the knotty knitters gathered to knit in public it was fun:)Carol showed everyone her gorgeous slow bee mystery shawl she is knitting,Dawn was knitting the easy flame scarf in saphire green lace malabrigo she is almost done and it is so lovely:) and Dolores,Jackie and I were knitting umbilical cord hats for the coveted yarn’s newborn hat contest I have already finished one umbilical cord hat and it is a really easy quick pattern from stitch 'n bitch handbook. This sunday when we have our potluck at my house I will collect jackie and doloreses hats and monday june 23rd send off all of our hats to coveted yarns.All hats will be donated to the Beverly Hospital to be given to newborns.Carol,Dolores,Jackie picked up from me their cable needle necklaces they purchased and we posed for a picture wearing them if interested in purchasing one just email me at I will have a video up next week of me demonstrating how to use one:)a collaberation between me and jackie my Videographer and friend. Maureen thankyou so much for saying such sweet things when you left your comment for the drawing:) I needed that today my hubby has been gone tdy for a longtime and wont be back till june 25th and today my 3 yr old put microwave popcorn in the microwave and turned it on for 30 minutes I thought the house was on fire everything is okay now just need to clean out my microwave and the house smells like smoke needless to say it scared the h e double hockey sticks out of me.I have decided to unplug the microwave unless in use if anyone has any advice on how to get the brown staining out of my microwave please share it.The 2 little girls in the tye dye shirts in the photos are my little toddlers Alora and Athena and the one wearing glassess is doloreses daughter kimmy and her friend Ally is the one with her mouth full of food such a cute photo;)Hugs Darcy

Thursday, June 12, 2008

200th Post Blog Party Drawing

Summer Block Party (Come To My Blog Party!!!)

To celebrate my 200th post I will have a Drawing.
There are 3 ways to enter. You can pick and choose how many you want to do so only 3 entries per person.

1. Leave a comment telling me what keeps you coming back to read a blog.

2.Blog about and link back to the drawing.

3. If one person says they heard about the drawing from your blog.(Even if more than one person comments that they came from your blog it still only counts as 1 entry)
I will choose 3 random winners 2 week from now. Deadline to enter is June 26th at midnight.
Winners Are: JennaZ won leslie wind's Shawl Pin
Kimbo won LizzieW's custom dyed yarn
Katnmouse won Fyrestorm Creations BBQ Stitch Markers
Erin blog is Molasses and Mohair she won Malabrigo Lace from Sandrasingh
Jennifer won the Cable Needle Necklace From Leslie Wind
I need all winners to contact me at
please send me your full names and addresses

These are the prizes:

1st prize:
Artist Leslie Wind
Leslie has generously donated 1 Large Filigree Stick Pin. Leslie Wind’s Shawl pins have been featured in Vogue knitting Magazine twice. This shawl pin is a variation of one of the ones featured in Vogue Knitting Magazine spring/summer 2008.
This pin measures aprox. 1 3/4 " with the stick measuring aprox 3 1/4". For added security make sure the twist at the top of the stick is placed inside the design. By weaving a lightweight scarf through the design it may also be worn as a slide.
Available in sterling only.

2nd prize:
Lizzie’s Wonderland

LizzieW Has generously donated 2 skeins as a prize for the drawing of her custom hand dyed yarn.
The one in front is Fiona sock yarn, sports weight
375m/ 100g.
The other in back is Pumpkin Pie in Shetland Aran weight. 167m/ 100g

You can contact her on ravelry and here is a link to see her colorways lizzie's rainbow
If interested in placing orders for her custom hand dyed yarns.

3rd Prize:


Fyrestorm Creations has generously donated a Set of 6 Hand Sculpted Knit Stitch Markers Bar-B-QUE BBQ
These stitch markers should fit needles up to size 15.

You'll receive the 6 markers you see in the picture as well as the pin to attach them easily to either your knitting itself or your knitting bag to keep them within easy reach.

This set includes:

2 Burgers
2 Hotdogs
2 Smiley Watermelon

Each bead is hand sculpted with polymer clay so there will be some variation in the beads

4th prize:

Sandra has generously donated
1 skein of emerald blue lace malabrigo for the drawing.
Malabrigo Lace Baby Merino
Fiber Content: Baby Merino Wool
Ball Weight: 50 Grams
Yardage: 470 Yards
Yarn Weight: Lace
Texture: Plied
Gauge: 6-8 sts=1"
Needle Size: 0-4 US (2.25-3.5mm)
Care: Hand Wash & Dry Flat

5th prize:
Cable Needle Necklace
by Leslie Wind.
Winner's Choice
The needle part is bronze it is equivalent to a size 2 needle with a sterling silver butterfly at the top.
This elegant necklace doubles as a multi-purpose tool for knitters.
See cable needle post below to see what it can do:)