Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Song Contest Winner is...

The Jeep Patrol hat came out this evening with all the contest entrants names... And the winner is - Metal and Knit and her pal (which I am not giving away, since she does not appear to have gotten her box yet). Thanks everyone for playing! If Metal and Knit and her pal would both contact me - there are matching prize packs with the Rio Del Plata Sock yarn - 430 yards!! Shown above and a few other goodies and let me know which color you would like - both are darker then they appear in the photos - the orange being much more rusty and the brownish appearing much more black/dark navy. I hope that you are all having fun!!

I will post the next contest around the 11th of October. It will also be a pal paired contest - two players, two winners and less complicated then the second contest last round.

I have not gotten an PRGE e-mails in a bit, so it sounds like everyone is playing nice!! And the boxes that are arriving are rockin!!
Thanks for playing!!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Got it!!!

My package arrived today! It came during the Ohio State game and it must have brought me good luck because we SO won the game! I should have taken a guess who my pal was before the package arrived because I suspected it was DawnRays but since I didn't say so before, it doesn't sound so credible, does it?

Here's what she sent me:

I've got three skeins to use as I wish (2 Katia peru skeins with an alpaca/acrylic/wool mix and one very punky Noro skein). Dawn MADE me the fishbone lace cowl which is WAY cool! The stitch markers (also made by Dawn) are my very first fancy markers. I got the spiderwebby cloth and pumpkin which will stay out as Halloween is approaching. She also sent me notecards and a shower sponge which will both be put to good use. How can someone I've never met know the exact right things to send?!

With a Buckeye win and my package, I can call this a perfect day!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

first package received!!

Just my luck that a package from my prge spoiler should be awaiting me when I got home from work this afternoon! Not only did I have some yummy gelato today but I also got a swap package--what more could a girl ask for??
I received some uber cool sushi stitchmarkers, a mix cd (which I can't wait to listen to on my way to work tomorrow morning), a cool lil kitty, some colinette jitterbug (which I have yet to use!!), Knitting Circles Around Socks which I have been waiting forever to get (SO glad my spoiler got it for me!), and two sock patterns. Thanks, Nicolle!!! I love everything!

Got my goodies

Hi Everyone! I got home from school yesterday to find a box from my buddy. She must have read my mind cuz there were 2 skeins of Ella Rae wool, the lys got that in recently and I wanted to try it. There were also some cute stitch markers, they are like shrinky dinks!(remember those). And flavored lip gloss in diner flavors. Some report covers which will be good for protecting my patterns. And the coolest thing I've ever seen, a szechuan scarf. It is a ball of bulky wool in a chinese food container with knitting needles sticking out of the top like chopsticks. I almost don't want to make the scarf cuz it looks so cool.

My secret buddy didn't let me know who she was but gave me some clues and I managed to figure it out. It is Imen Stitches! Thank you so much for the goodies, i can't wait to see what you send next.
OH! i almost forgot it was all packed in this really cute tote bag. I used it today for my schoolbooks.

Peace out bitches!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Song Contest

I am sorry it has taken me so long to post, life just goes by so fast sometimes before you know it the month is done.

1. Watching the Detective-Elvis Costello - For this song I chose the Lady Detective Hat. http://kneuroticknitter.blogspot.com/2008/04/sew-updates-q1.html

2. My shoes Keep Walking Back to You-elvis Costello - For this song I chose these knitted boots. http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/na_knitting/article/0,2025,DIY_14141_4259284,00.html

3.Green Shirt-Elvis Costello - And for my last song I chose this sweater. http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall08/PATTretrofit.html

This contest was fun, but much harder then I thought it was going to be.


I finally got the emails my pal sent me - there seems to be a problem with my email provider.

And as I had a bit of time, I just finished the contest and posted on my blog - I don't have time to re-post everything here, but as my blog has been a bit neglected lately, I decided to post it there

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Song Contest Entry

My Pal sent me some really interesting songs! It was definately a challenge to find some patterns to go along with them, so hopefully I have done them (and my Pal) justice!

1) Depeche Mode - People are People
This one was tricky, so here's something fun to keep you PEOPLE warm this winter!

2) Apocalyptica - I'm not Jesus
Here's the Apocalypse Tree Hoody

3) James Marsters - Smile
Because he was in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, (and because I, along with all the kids at my school LOVE the Twilight Series) I went with these Twilight Cover Socks


Package #1

My fabulous pal sent me a great first package full of rockin' goodies including 3 balls of Berroco Ulra Silk in a deep red, some red current candles and stitch markers she made with her own creative fingers! Check out the photo for the rest of the loot. Thank you Shannon--You Rock!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Where are my pals???

I have sent 2 emails to my downstream pal and didn't get an answer yet - one of them were my songs for the contest. And as I didn't hear from my upstream pal, I sent an email too (sunne gave me the eamil address) but she didn't answer.

Now I fear there is something wrong with my email

Contest Deadline?

I am still trying to find items, have 2 out fo three. Will post them tomorrow if it is not too late.
I have notice I have a package at the post office and since I am not expecting anything else I am thinking it may be from my pal, also will update that tomorrow.

Some Goodies for me

When you come home from a Monday at work that felt like it was a whole week instead of a 9 hour shift and find a parcel you didnt expect it certainly makes things better. My Punk Pal arranged for some lovely sock yarn to be sent to me from the other side od Australia. It came from Perth Western Australia and I opened it while watching the Red Bull Air race which will be there in a few weeks time. Thank you so much I love it so awesome.

Just for added interest Boss wants to say hi to you all and gives you his best Dobbie look as well.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

the contest

OK... the theme for the songs that my pal gave me was running.
So for "Running with the Devil" by Van Halen I am putting it with "Running with Scissors" socks:

For "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen, you should wear your River Run Socks.

And... for "Run to the Hills" by Iron Maiden, you should wear your On the Run socks.

So I guess my theme back to my pal is always wear your socks while running!!!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Song Contest

It has taken me a few days to come up with the appropriate patterns for my pals songs - so here we go...

Shadowplay - Joy Division -
With this one, I went with the lore of the song - this song is about suicide and Ian Curtis who wrote the song, committed suicide by hanging - so I went with the Emilie Lace Choker.

Bela Lugosi's Dead - Bahaus
For this I went with the Wa na na na na na na na bat shawl from the Anticraft - which Kikibowns is knitting right now. It really went with the song line "White on white translucent black capes" and since Bela became famous for being a vampire - the bats just tied it all together...

Halloween - Misfits
For this one, I went with the Tesselating Skulls chart on Ravelry (free till October 1st) I see so many possibilities with this chart... And the repetition of the skulls reminds me of the repetition of the song, and really what is more Halloween then skulls...

And an extra special thanks to my pal for picking great songs that I actually knew!!
Happy KNitting!

Friday, September 19, 2008


Hi everyone, here are my songs and my picks. My pal sent me a sweater theme.

Weezer "Undone"- for this I am using my Lelah top because I am thinking of frogging it hence "if you want to destroy my sweater"

Meryn Cadell "the sweater" about wearing a sweater belonging to the guy you have a crush on.
So I chose this sweater
Beth Waters "Sweaters" I'm not sure what this song has to do with sweaters, it seems to be about saving the world so thought super hero


I'm on holiday so it's a bit half-cocked
My pal sent me
  1. Love Song The Cure So, I thought I'd knit a cushion from Domiknitrix
  2. F*ck and Run Liz Phair So, I thought I'd do socks with the chart from the anticraft F*ck Cancer
  3. Don't think Twice Mike Ness so I thought the Binary Hat from Hat Attack!

Have I done it right?

See you all around

Ali x

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


I had some awesome songs with which to work :

"Michelle" by the Beatles
Win everyone's heart with this adorable piece, Ma Belle.

"Crystal" by Stevie Nicks
Let the Mystic Waters Lace Shawl wash over you to reveal your inner gypsy.

"Elevation", by U2
To take flight, you're gonna need one of these! Retro flying helmet

This was so much fun!

My Contest

OK, I'm swamped by life, but I don't want to miss out!

White Wedding - Billy Idol

OK, not so punk, but I'm totally in AWE of this wedding parasol that a woman in Poland crocheted!

God Save the Queen - Sex Pistols

What's more appropriate than a Knitted Tiara?

The Day The World Turned Day-Glo - The X-Ray Specs - I had to You Tube this :)

I thought it was funny there was talk of the 'acrylic road' and 'synthetic fiber' and 'rayon trees', so I decided what more fitting than a Red Heart Afghan?!

Contest Entry

I confess, I had to youtube all these songs. I knew the Foo Fighter's one, but didn't realize it was the Foo Fighter's. I'm losing my punk cred.

#1 - Avett Brothers "Die, Die, Die"
Knitty's Yorick for obvious reasons.

#2 - Foo Fighters "Best of You"
Someone got the "best" of me. This project has the most faves of all my ravelry projects, but I had to give it away b/c it didn't fit me.

#3 - Social Distortion "Untitled" (song #3 off of While Light, White Heat, White Trash)
Charlotte and Samantha
for three reasons:
The song is about friendship and the pattern is Best Friend by Kristin Goedert, and the projects are white, like the album title, and I couldn't find any untitled knitting patterns.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Contest -My Interpretation in Knits:

Johnny Cash- Burning Ring of Fire
Hot Rod Socks

Fergie- Fergalicious
my version of the Guiltless Cupcake

Rolling Stones- Honky Tonk Women
The Yarn Over Steek Vest from Loop-d-Loop

This was fun and I loved my song choices!! yay!

Contest - Classic Metal

Ok so I was given

Enter Sandman - Metallica

I had a friend help me with this one hemade me laugh at his ideas and they were good. As it speaks of sleep and of to Never Never land we went for sleep time projects with this bear in a Nightshirt.

Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

Well crazy we go with this one I wanted Ozzy Ostrich but couldnt find a pattern for him so instead we will keep on the Children with Thomas the Tank Engine instead.

Rocket Queen - Guns N Roses

Well here in Australia we grow up with a ABC programme called Play School it has a dolly called Jemima and a Rocket Clock. So Jemima is the Queen of the Rocket clock.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Contest Entry

Save Your Day - Jose Gonzalez
( self explanatory)

Gamma Ray - Beck
(umm because that is all that could be left of you if you tangled with a Gamma Ray?)

Oxford Comma - Vampire Weekend
(a cool holder for my chapstick. Although, why I'd be having eggs with my chicken I don't know...)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

My Contest Picks:

Uh. Also the Genius is kinda made of awesome. That wouldn't be me..silly. It would be the new itunes thingamajig.
So...on to business:
This was surprisingly difficult. But then if it wasn't would it be fun?

Baby Got Back : This would be knit Dr. Who backside, thankyouverymuch

Hip Hop Horray

because wouldnt you be singing that if the Tardis showed up ON YOUR STREET!!!
i would be in GEEK HEAVEN


it is a knit jump rope cause i couldn't find a knit bong anywhere.
jeez. I KID!! IT IS A JOKE..

yup ... now to study derivatives...whoeee fun fun

Contest Entry

I have an awesome pal! Her emails crack me up and she gave me some great songs to work with. I love her and I haven't even gotten a package yet! The songs have a political theme since she's been reading all my blog rants about the election. I posted my entry to the contest here. I hope we win!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Contest entry

Ok, since I've been in a Beatles mood lately, my pal sent me:
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
Strawberry Fields Forever

So, for #1, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, I would go with:
Shimmer, but knit it in a sky blue.

For #2, Strawberry Fields, I choose:
The Strawberry Hat, which is just adorable. I would make them for everyone I know.

#3, Revolution, I pick:
Revolution, which is a jacket that I have always admired, but know would never fit me right.

I love contests!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Contest Entry!

Here we go....

80s Bands That Begin With "M"... and they're songs of the heart.

1. "Kickstart My Heart" by Motley Crue
this one's a keeper.
2. "It Must Be Love" by Madness
Well, if it must be love, you may as well be besotted.
3. "Burning Up" by Madonna

Contest Entry

I hope I did this correctly..

My songs and my knitted items are:

1.Your All I Need-Motley Crue
1a.My knitted item is actually a pattern for flames, well, because Love is a burning thing.

2.Bed of Roses-Bon Jovi
2a.I just happen to see him walking around quite often, and I have to say, "gooOOO Jersey!"
Hence, my NJ Dish cloth.

3.November Rain-Guns N Roses
3a.I couldn't help it, and isn't wool naturally water proof? Though I wouldn't want to be
holding this UMBRELLA with one hand in the rain.

I hope all the links work!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Contest #1 and more...

Hi everyone...
Well today there has been a bit of a pal shake-up. We did have to remove someone from the exchange for not playing nicely. If I had to switch your pals, thank you for your patience! If you haven't heard from your pal... be a little patient, this shake up could effect you (I did not alert downstream pals). And for those of you who notice or are told your pal's has changed addresses, thank you for your flexibility!

Now on to the contest!! Okay, this is complicated so read it all the way through!!
The spoiler e-mails her pal three songs (please, try not to get too obscure - its hard for your pal to play if they do not know/cannot find the song). The spoilee takes these three songs and puts knitting or crochet to them. It can be things that you have made, things you want to make or random things you find on Ravelry or the web that fit the songs. Please post photos and links when you can. Be as creative as you like - last time this was really fun to see what punks came up with! To be entered in the contest - there must be three songs with three fiber items. Prizes will be awarded to teams. I am not sure what the prizes will be, but they will be the same for spoiler and spoilee. Today is the 10th, you will have till the 28th to complete the contest. Any questions, let me know.
Oh and as a side note - it doesn't matter what music you want to put to your pal - classical, punk, metal, 80's, something that you love, something that you would never listen to - spoiler should pick a theme and have fun with it! And no judging the theme anyone chooses...

Have Fun!!
And thanks for playing!!

My Swap Partner

I wanted to thank my partner for sending me a nice email. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope your taking care of your self. I look forward to hearing from you again. Thanks, Arika Electric.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Anybody there?

I wanted to say to my pal, that maybe I have not heard from you is because I did not recognize the email addie. If you try again w/ PRGE in the subject line, I'm sure I will get it. I get a lot of spam from "regular looking names" w/ subjects like "hi", "what's up".

So I apologize if this has happend!

I also wouldn't mind any gifties from the etsy shops posted!! You girls are quite talented.

Handdyed Yarn, Stitchmarkers and more

I'm selling handdyed yarns, stitchmarkers and more in my Etsy store and I'd like to offer a 15% discount for all swappers.

You don't have to buy for your swap pal to get the discount, but I have to exclude my Sock yarn club from this offer.

In case you don't find what you are looking for, I'd be glad to custom make some stitch markers or custom dye some yarn for you.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Stitch Markers by Sunneshine

Hello all...

My etsy shop is www.sunneshine.etsy.com I am offering a 20% discount to all swappers (even if you are not buying for this swap) through the end of the exchange. This is only good for markers that are not on super sale! You can either convo me after purchase and I will send a correct paypal invoice or I will refund the difference if you pay full price - all swappers who have purchased before this offer was up have received refunds.

Thank you to everyone who has purchased from my shop in the past.

Happy Knitting!!


I have emailed she who I am spoiling, but no reply. Have not heard from she who is spoiling me.

My Etsy

I have stitch marker jewelry listed now (my own invention, thankyewverymuch), but I also make soap and lotion bars.
I can offer a discount on custom orders. I usually charge $25 for custom necklaces, but for you guys, I'll do it for $20. I also make "empty" necklaces and bracelets for $10 so you can wear 6 of your own favorite markers. You can also make 6 markers for your pal and get "empty" jewelry to put them on.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Do you have a shop you want to share...

Sorry for two posts in the same day - this cold is really messing with my head!!

Anyone who has an etsy shop or the like and would like to share the link or offer a discount to the swap group is welcome to do so now! Do a post with your shop, a link and a discount if any - all shops shared and discounts offered will go in the sidebar for easy reference by swapees. If there is a special code or way to pay to get the discount - please make sure you outline it clearly.

Thank You,

ps - I am offering a discount in my etsy shop and will post the whole thing tomorrow when I can think...

Sorry about the delay...

Sorry everyone, this is a little late - I caught a cold that has really knocked my socks off. Hopefully, I am on the mend and will get back on schedule.

And the winner is JULES!! She wins the two skeins of KPPPM and stitch markers shown in the pix. Thanks for introducing yourselves...

You all have heard this before from me - so please, play nice, contact your pals!! Its nice to know that someone is thinking of you... And looking through your questionnaire... Anyone who has not posted their questionnaire, will hear from me -- so please take the time and post it. It really helps your pal know how you would like to be spoiled! If you have not heard from your pal, please let me know - if you have heard please respond!! Okay, that ends the nagging for today...

See you Tuesday with the new contest!

Thank You Pal!

You know who you are, and thank you for my snail mail yesterday! I was sooo thrilled to see a red envelope addressed to me in the middle of those nasty bills.
Ali x

Friday, September 5, 2008

Hey Guys

I'm in Dallas. Drove up here today because power is out in Louisiana still. My DH said it might be a week. Some areas are bracing for a month with no electricity. I'm going to drive back on Monday power or no. Thanks to those of you that sent prayers. We had no damage, but all of our neighbors had downed trees and three of my relatives had serious damage to their homes. (Our playhouse roof blew off but DH said he never did get to nailing it on, so I'm not counting that.)

BellaBambina and Shelvicious

Your pals have contacted me letting me know that they are having a hard time getting on blogger to post to either this account or your personal blog.... So, know that they are thinking of you - perusing your blogs and will be in touch...

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Here's my latest project

So, I don't blog. I don't journal or scrapbook, 'cause I suck at it. I have all of my photos in various boxes, bags, and envelopes. I'm terrible at letter writing. But here I am, giving it the old college try. I recently joined ravelry, and I am having a great time finding new projects and making new friends. Here is my latest project, the Wa na na na na na na na bat shawl. I'm having a blast knitting this one up, even though I f**cked up one of the bats slightly. I didn't frog it and redo because: 
1. I am terrible at frogging. I frog further that I need to go, lose my place, and end up with a bigger mess than with what I started.
2. It will be up against my back while I am wearing it, the light will not be shining through it so the bad spot won't be so noticeable. 
3. The friends I show it to won't care; they love me anyway.

Seriously, I so need cooler stitch markers, although I like the orange and black together. Very Halloween. Hope everyone is having a time shopping and being shopped for!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Fun with introductions!

Hi, I am sunneshine - I coordinate this swap. I really love doing it, I have met great folks doing this!! And my pals (both spoilers and spoilees) have been tops! This is my fourth swap that I have coordinated after taking over the reigns from the founders - Sage and Rachel. I am so glad to see everyone here - lots of new faces from ravelry this time!

It looks like most everyone has said hello - somewhere I had a contest around this. So anyone who has not said hello, do so by tomorrow to be entered. Mr.sunneshine will pull out the honorary Shriner's hat and draw a name from everyone who entered. I have two skeins of Koigu RPPPM sock yarn in multi colors that I will send to the winner with some stitch markers. Results will be posted on Friday....

I have had several pals tell me that they were starting contact by snail mail - so give your pals a few days to contact you. But please, everyone contact your pals quickly! Let them know you care.... Also, keep ShannonAnn in your thoughts, she and her family in LA were bracing for the hurricane on Monday.

I will post the first real contest - that will require you and your partner play together - on Tuesday of next week. If you don't want to play, its alright, just let your pal know. The contest is scored as a team, so everyone has two chances to win if you play.

Post your questionnaire, if you have not already done so! Its great to see almost everyone has!!
Thanks for playing!

Back again

Hi its Kelly, I'm back for my second swap. I had a great time last go around. I even won a contest! And got lots of cool stuff from my pal. Can't wait to get to know my new pals. My questionairre is up at my blog.

Monday, September 1, 2008

I think I just gave myself away...

My first package hasn't even gone out and I think I just revealed my identity. Here's what I did in case you newbies want to learn from another dufus newbie on what NOT to do. When you set up your anonymous email account, be sure to delete your name from automatically appearing on outgoing messages. In Yahoo it defaults to including it, which I didn't realize until I sent out my first message introducing myself. D'oh!