Purls Just Wanna Have Fun!

"In the rhythm of the needles, there is music for the soul." --- from an old sampler

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Location: City by the Bay, California, United States

Who am I? Marisol, A brunette born and raised in San Francisco, CA. Likes: Reading, knitting, listening to music and drinking Mojitos (preferrably) under a canopy on a tropical beach. Dislikes: Having to clean and do laundry. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it. When I grow up I want to be: An Artist and an Archeologist travelling the world in search of her next find! What I really am: A Project Manager, step-mother/mother/wife,obsessive knitter, happy

Friday, April 21, 2006

For all my Knitting Sisters - Knit On!

The following is not Knitting Related but and important message to all women:


Fifty years ago, a young wife sat on a sofa on a hot humid day, drinking iced tea and visiting with her mother. As they talked about life, about marriage, about the responsibilities of life and the obligations of adulthood, the mother clinked the ice cubes in her glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance upon her daughter.

"Don't forget your Sisters," she advised, swirling the tea leaves to the bottom of her glass. They'll be more important as you get older. No matter how much you love your husband, no matter how much you love the children you may have, you are still going to need Sisters. Remember to go places with them now and then; do things with them.

"Remember that 'Sisters' means ALL the women... your girlfriends, your daughters, your women friends, and your other women relatives, too. You'll need other women. Women always do."

"What a funny piece of advice!" the young woman thought. "Haven't I just gotten married? Haven't I just joined the couple-world? I'm now a married woman, for goodness sake! A grownup! Surely my husband and the family we may start will be all I need to make my life worthwhile!"

But she listened to her mother. She kept contact with her Sisters and made more women friends each year. As the years tumbled by, one after another, she gradually came to understand that her mom really knew what she was talking about. As time and nature work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman, Sisters are the mainstays of her life.

After more than 50 years of living in this world, here is what I've learned:

- Time passes. - Life happens. - Distance separates. - Children grow up - Jobs come and go. - Careers end. - Love waxes and wanes - Colleagues forget favors. - Men sometimes disappoint. - Hearts ache. - Parents die.


Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are between you. A girl friend is never farther away than needing her can reach.

When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life will be on the valley's rim, cheering you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the valley's end.

Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk beside you.

Or come in and carry you out.

Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters, daughters-in-law, sisters,
sisters-in-law, mothers, grandmothers, aunties, nieces, cousins, and extended family, all bless our life!

The world wouldn't be the same without women, and neither would I.

When we began this adventure called womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or sorrows that lay ahead.

Nor did we know how much we would need each other.

Every day, we need each other still.

Pass this on to all the women who help make your life meaningful.

I just did

Thursday, April 20, 2006

My baby told me that he loved me this morning!

I have a toddler that is 2 1/2 years old. He is so fun right now. He is talking up a storm and picking things up really quickly. This morning after I finished dressing him and getting him ready for daycare I told him that I loved him. And he said for the very first time "I love you" mommy.

I felt I needed to record this as he is good at repeating everything else but had not yet told me that he loved me --this really warmed my heart! Of course he loves me I know that--it is nice to hear it though:)

Here are a couple of pictures of my cutie from our vacation.

Oh and yes this is a knitting blog. So Here is an update on my so loved addiction. Yesterday, I finally got over to Atelier Yarns - 1945 Divisadero Street. I had a doctors appt in the area and decided to pay them a visit. I looked at everything in the store and they had a good supply of basic items and some nice yarns. A couple of things grabbed my attention that I could not part with: 2 antique purse frames --absolutely gorgeous (one copper with crystals and one pewter), a sushi wallet kit by Pick UP sticks: http://sticksknits.com/togo.html and a pair of suede slipper soles and lornas laces in the Tuscany colorway--to make my little boy some slippers. I tried uploading a picture (appending it to this post and could not get it to work. Sorry.

Happy Knitting everyone:)

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Just got back from vacationing in Cancun - Mexico

I just got back mid last week and I am getting back into the swing of things at home and at work. I absolutely loved my vacation. If you noticed, I updated my Avatar so that she is clearly vacationing on the beach!

I made a number of purchases for this vacation among them was my beautiful Offhand designs knitting bag in a Cruelle knitted/embroidered design. Of course, I had to get the matching Tia hand clutch. They both served me well on this vaction. I highly recommend them as they are ultimate in style and knitting design.

Here is a picture of my gorgeous bag and some really cute knitting needles. The bag I purchased at Imagiknit in San francisco and the needles I got at KPixie.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Project Color Swap - Questionaire & Answers

Are you crafty?
Yes. I have been getting into painting, card making and of course more challenging knitting projects lately.

Would you enjoy things like: Buttons, ribbons and
Ribbons and Embellishments would be nice.

Do you dye your own wool? No.

Do you like to scrapbook or make homemade cards? Yes. I like scrapbooking and need to dedicate more time to this outside of knitting which comes first. Card making is fun too.

What are your favorite scents?
Flowers, Citrus, Fresh Scents.

Do you like stationary and cards?

Do you like to sew or embroider items?
Have not tried embroidery yet. Only sew when I absolutely have too.

Do you like beads?

What kind of candy do you like?
Sours, Caramels, Nuts and Chews, exotic Chocolate, gummy bears, chocolates with nuts and cookies. No cremes!

Do you like hand lotions or soaps?

Do you like to wear costume jewelry? Necklace,
earrings, bracelets etc.

Do you like to make/or use stitch markers?
I use stitch markers.

Do you collect anything?
Hearts, Jewlery boxes, yarn, jewlery.

Do you have any allergies?: Smoke, food, fiber, pets,
etc. No. My husband is allergic to pet dander.

Do you have any hobbies?
Knitting and Card Making. Also, love watching movies and listening to music.

Do you like scented or unscented candles?

Are you a fiber snob?

Do you like to play cards or board games?
Yes. With my sister from time to time. My son is too young.

Do you like neon colors, pastel, light or medium
ranges in the color of the month?
I like all colors pretty much.

Do you like kitchen magnets or key rings?

Do you like picture frames?

Project Spectrum Post Card Swap - April

I finely got around to creating my post card --I had to get it all together after returning from Cancun. It took a little while to unwind and come back down from the vacation high! Here is a snapshot of my postcard that I sent out to Lynn in Jacksonville FL.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Project Spectrum - April "Yellow & Orange"

Its been a while since my last post. This of course is due to the fact that I have been on vaction for about 2 weeks and was busy prior to that trying to get everything ready --so that we could go on vaca (my husband, little boy and I).

Here a few items that I knit up: The yellow and blue "Cal Bears" hat I knit prior to going on vaca and the heart scarf during vacation (mostly on the plane to and from Cancun). I am realy pleased with the way the scarf came out. Especially the fringe-I incorporated Murano glass heart beads --I actually strung the wires through myself to make the loops that would hold the yarn:) Pretty Crafty Eh... Project Spectrum is definitely pushing me to be more and more creative!

Upon my return, I got to open many special packages from orders I had placed prior to leaving. Among these, there were several awesome books! Mason Dixon Knitting, Weekend Knitting, Knitting Rules and the Knit It greeting cards booklet. What fun!

Here are some pictures. Oh--and take a close look at my completed post card for Project Spectrum. This is on its way to my postcard swap pal Lynn who lives in Jacksonville FL.