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Thursday, September 02, 2010

This is a little "step out of my box" sort of post... but I guess I'm going with it. I repeatably receive comments and e-mails on some topics. So, I thought I would go ahead and address them all in one post. A little about me, because you asked.
How do you choose your patterns?

Well, I am not one to peruse ravelry for patterns. Although I love it to death, I have found that like anyone that signs on to ravelry, I am lost in the pages for hours. (I use it to see if anyone has ever had questions or problems or let someone know if I did.) So, I generally find my patterns either through the actual yarn company site, blogs, tnna or flipping through books at my local yarn store. Oh! And my friend, Kim, also keeps me in the know.
What white t-shirts do you wear?
It's true. I usually layer every sweater with white. I actually only buy white, brown, black and grey t-shirts. I love the j-crew tissue tee's the best. However, can't justify spending that much on a bunch of tee's so find the the tissue tee's at target are all world. LOVE them.
How did the green smoothie challenge turn out?
Well, back in May I tried to drink a green smoothie (add some green veggies to your fruit smoothie) every day for the entire month. I ended up missing about 5 days. I can't say that I actually "felt" better. I also realized that I like to eat my food rather than drink it. However, I am still making green smoothies at least 3x a week. Usually with a frozen banana, 1 cup frozen berries, 1 cup green tea (yep... make a big pitcher and keep it in the fridge), 2 cups kale and 1 scoop of protein powder. I always feel like I need more protein (see eggs above) since I don't eat red meat or chicken. (I do, however, love bacon and fish.)
What camera do you use?
I shoot with a Nikon d50. My favorite lens is my 50mm 1.4. The only other lens I have is the 18-135mm.
Tell us about the 365 project.
Currently, I am in the third year of shooting a photo a day. (This life of mine in sidebar.) Although it can be a super huge challenge, I highly recommend it. Even if you don't want to post your photos onto flickr or another site, you can keep them all on your own computer. It captures a single moment of each and every day for an entire year. Teaching you a little more about your camera and opening your eyes to the beauty of the everyday. You seriously can not go wrong with this project. There are no rules... start today, you don't have to wait for January 1.
Do you eat everything you bake?
I love cookie dough. More than the actual cookie. So, I always eat a big spoonful (or two or three) of dough. I usually only eat the cookies right out of the oven.

Ugg. Enough boring about me. Please tell me something about YOU!

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76 comments

  1. Very cool. I love seeing snippets of your life. What you decide to share is both uplifting and inspiring.

    A random something about me:
    I love to sing, though I am not that good at it. I have a range that goes from tenor to soprano and have sung in Sweeney Todd and a number of Gilbert and Sullivan shows including Iolanthe and Pirates of Penzance (I was a pirate). It is a lot of fun, though endlessly exhausting.

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  2. me? i like bloggy meet-ups. purl or northampton? sometime this fall or early winter? jane and a few others?

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  3. Bobbie in AK9/02/2010

    I love your sweaters and I stop by your blog everyday.

    I am new to knitting ( just short of two years). I have never knit a sweater, but will soon. Along with knitting I love to read, bake, and watch T.V. (sorry, will admit I am addicted to a few choice series). Winter is my favorite season and I always have a coffee in my hand.

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  4. me too on the white tshirts. and i like the banana republic ones. i tend to have a black or two, but a whole bunch of whites at any given time. and on the protein thing too - always looking for more. and the cookie dough? well you already know how i feel about that! (this was fun to read, leslie!)

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  5. Oh, a great post! I've always wondered how you picked out patterns! (I use Kim, too, hahahaha!) And I am also a HUGE Target T-shirt buyer. White and brown. That's it. Sad, huh? I've started to only knit brown, too. Pretty boring. Plus I look like a big old poo half the time. Oh well. Whaddaya gonna do?

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  6. I did try the green smoothie when you mentioned it a while back but like you I realized I prefer to actually eat my greens rather than 'drink' them. I do like a strawberry and banana smoothie quite often though. Thanks for sharing, certainly not boring ;)

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  7. Thanks so much for answering my question about patterns- I'm sure I'm not the only one that has asked. I think I need to go the LYS more often and just peruse.

    And a little tidbit about me...I'm so ready for fall. Just bought a pumpkin candle and an orange berry wreath at target. Let the knitting begin!

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  8. MMMm cookie dough!

    I have a D60 and love it. Nikon rocks.

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  9. I have been reading your blog for a year now, and I don't think I've ever commented.
    http://everydaypostcardsphotos.blogspot.com/

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  10. I found your blog about a year ago and totally love reading about your snippets of life. So a bit about me ...I'm a Canon user (I know booo!), have been knitting on and off for 20 years - currently in an on phase, and as a semi vegetarian (will eat fish just so i can eat the same dinner as my family) am also trying to get more protein.

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  11. Not boring. FANTASTIC. You answered so many questions.

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  12. It's great to get to know people better. I love to read and I love to write. I am also getting caught up in the joy of cooking after spending many years avoiding the kitchen unless it was to make a cuppa.

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  13. i like the cookie dough the best, too. and i don't peruse ravelry for patterns either. too overwhelming!
    something about me? i don't think i would have done 365 for a second (or a third) year without your encouragement. ;)

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  14. Great post Leslie! It's funny that you mentioned the white tee's since I already emailed you about them. I love your blog, especially the 365 project. I would love to do both, but not sure where to start. Thanks for all your inspiration (my next project is the sloucy cardi)

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  15. I love white tees, they go with everything!!!!! Hate it when I spill coffee in the car on my white tee on the way to work though,LOL. I have a Nikon d5000 and love, love this camera!!!!!! Have been knitting since 3rd grade as well as sewing.

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  16. So glad you answered my ( maybe others) question about the t shirts. WIll try the Target ones out. Yes, I like the J. Crew ones too!!

    Now here is another question: Are you still eating ice a lot? I have a good memory Ha !

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  17. love the post.Hmmm something about me, I too love the cookie dough and sometimes make cookies when the kids aren't around just I get to "lick"the bowl. I also LOVE cake batter.. I agree on the target shirts I've had the Jcrew ones too but target seems to hold up better and I love there long sleeve one's too.Another thing about me is I choose which coffee mugs I drink my coffee in according to my moods. Quirky yes but somedays certain mugs just are more "cozier"also are you going to Rhinebeck this year?

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  18. I loved hearing about lovely you! What fun!

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  19. Leslie9/02/2010

    Thanks for sharing, Leslie. Your blog is definitely one of my favorites!

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  20. what a fun post...Thanks for the heads up on the t-shirts, I'll be heading to Target soon. It's always fun to learn something new about your friends. A random something about me is that I love to watch the weather forecast each night....(must be the left over public school teacher in me- I used to teach 2nd grade for my county)

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  21. Hello, my name is Kim, and I am a pattern hoarder. You may see me on that show you love so little....

    Seriously, no chicken? I think I need to follow you around for 3 months and eat only what you eat (especially the cookie dough).

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  22. Oh, my husband, says if he could bottle my memory we
    could make a bucket load... that's why i remember the ice!

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  23. I want to start a 365 project, too. I'm just not sure what camera I should get.

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  24. I LOVE great t-shirts!
    You should look into Threads for Thought T-shirts. They are super soft and comfy, plus organic and only $10 at Whole Foods!

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  25. Drat, in my blogroll that read as "A Friend to knit with. You" So I thought I'd be getting a visit to help me with my knitting! :D

    I really love your blog. If you recommend a pattern I always go look at it, but so far haven't used anything - I did buy the knitcafe book though, thanks.

    Your photos are beautiful, the ones showing your finished cardigans etc are as good if not better than the ones in the magazines! (better often, because you care to show us the details of the knitting, magazines forget that sometimes)

    Thing about me.... you have no idea who I am, just a blogfan! I'm in Scotland. We wear jumpers (thing with sleeves you pull over your head, any neckline) or cardigans. Sweaters, not such a common word here. And what you call a jumper is a pinafore!

    I knit on straight pins (can't stand ciculars), end of the right needle under my oxter (armpit). Most modern knitters don't knit like this anymore, but I'm old stylee.

    Thanks for your blog!
    Cheers,
    AJ

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  26. I'm in Scotland too, funnily enough (although American - but I've settled here). I really love your blog, and not just because I love to knit. The things that are important to me in my life are my family, writing and reading, creating things (mostly knitting) and trying to appreciate what's around me in the world. Also my church and spirituality. I often feel quite alienated by a lot of things in the media, so finding a blog that values the things I do is such a pleasure.

    I *was* wondering what kind of camera you use! I like the 365 idea.

    Thanks for an inspiring blog!

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  27. What fun, Leslie! Thanks for sharing. I know I've asked you about your 365 and I have watched parts over and over. I started one at the beginning of 2010 and did it for about 2.5 months before I got discouraged. I want to start again and appreciated the reminder that it can start any day.

    Something about me: I love to drink decaf coffee. Any time of day. No matter what the weather is like I like to drink it hot. I have lived in the Metropolitan Los Angeles Area, the Bay Area, New York City, Mexico City and now, Southwestern Indiana. Happy knitting and weekend!

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  28. I love this ! I too wear lots of white t-shirts. I find ravelry totally overwhelming and use it mostly for issues. Fact about me - I've just recently started doing yoga and love it.
    Have a great weekend.

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  29. I don't know if I have ever left a comment, but I love your blog and wish I could knit! Do you ever sell any of your sweaters??

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  30. Hahah! Isn't it funny how people are so curious about other people's personal lives? I think it's your photos....so beautiful that they always leave you wanting more. I definitely need to do the 365 project.
    I only eat cookies fresh out of the oven too!

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  31. Anonymous9/03/2010

    Not boring at all, silly! Seriously, no chicken? Too bad for us since we are commercial poultry farmers!!! Ha!

    I am the mother of 6 children (nearing mostly grown), I live in the Southeast in the mountains, and since the time you helped me with my first garment knitting project, I have knitted obsessively. Truly, I love your blog and the peeks into your lovely life and your general friendliness to all! (you live up to your name)~hugs~Jan

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  32. I love your blog and your photos. I am actually coveting a better camera though...my photos are always kind of bland...
    Oh well,
    I love anything fiber, music on Pandora streaming though my Roku player during the day, fall breezes and chilly nights, my kids and the beautiful music they make and my wonderful husband of 34 years.

    Debbie :-)

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  33. I loved reading about your camera and 365. You are so inspiring when it comes to taking daily pics. I am trying my second 365 today. I hope I can do it. Wish me luck.

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  34. Thanks for sharing. I absolutely love your blog.

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  35. I like the idea of the 365 project - I started and failed... maybe I will try again... like you said - I don't need to wait until Jan 1st. Maybe I will use my blog anniversary date coming up in October.

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  36. I loved this post!!........guess I can't get enough of you:) xox M

    Have a very happy Labor Day weekend!

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  37. Jenny Bennett9/03/2010

    I love to learn things about the people whose blogs I frequent, so thank you! :)
    I have a small farm north of Cincinnati where I have alpacas. They are such cool animals and each have their own personality!!

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  38. Thanks for sharing! I read you while at work, during the slower times of my day (they happen quite often).

    I'm a working mom of 4. I would love to stay at home, but living in California doesn't make it easy. I knit at work with about a dozen other women during our lunch break. I love knitting sweaters, but need to be patient and figure out gauge more. I LOVE baking a little bit too much. I need to learn to love exercising about as much.

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  39. Oh, and I love Ravelry, as is evidenced by the 257 projects I have queued. I can see why folks can find it overwhelming....

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  40. boring you? I don't think so!!
    I love learning more about you and your knitting process. I can't wait for my skills to increase so I can knit as fast as you!!

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  41. I loved this post and learning more about you!

    I love to trawl Ravelry, but like you I find it a time suck. So, I try to do it not more than once a month. At this point, my queue is so long that perusing that is enought!

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  42. I like that green milkshake idea.

    I ate nothing but vegetables, fruit, and water for one month this past year. It was interesting. I did notice a different. I felt like I had alot more energy.

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  43. I absolutely love your blog! Ravelry is too overwhelming for me!

    About me...I upgraded from a Nikon D70 to a D90 last winter. It was a great investment. I am really into sports photography, and I mostly used it for shooting my son's hockey and lacrosse games. He is a freshmen in college now and just tried out as a walk-on for lax, so keep your fingers crossed!

    I have three children, and I am happily married 20yrs this fall. I learned to knit at a local high school adult continuing Ed program about 5yrs ago. I have little time to knit now, but I love a challenging pattern, and I have amassed an outrageous stash, including buffalo yarn, cashmere, baby alpaca, etc. Buying yarn is my drug of choice! But enough about me!

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  44. just love your blog. i found it only recently and read it now very frequently! i learned to knit when i was ten years old but have been a very prolific knitter for the past 30 years. i find your blog inspiring and interesting. i have recently knitted the slouchy cardigan and a couple other sweaters from books that you have recommended.
    thank you for the time and energy that you not only give to your projects but to your photos and baking!
    love it all.

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  45. Great blog..."friend" being the operative word sure comes across in your writings. Hi Scots knitters...I am in Canada (1969)and I still knit with one needle under the "oxter"...born in Scotland and still "come home" 2-3 times a year and pick up my yarn stash and patterns. I am new to this blog that has introduced me to Ravelry (so I am now all organized) with my projects, stash, needles and library...thanks for that; and for introducing me to new patterns. I love a knitting challenge. I love yoga, walking, Interior Decorating Student (Averaging "A" grade)Cross Stitcher, rug Hooking all depending on my mood and needs but knitting has been a staple throughout the years. Keep on blogging and sharing you knitting as this is the best I have seen.

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  46. Oooh, I also love the cookie dough and the fresh, hot cookies WAY more than cookies later. Love your blog!

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  47. I think we may have been separated at birth. I felt like I was reading about myself. Today is the first day I've seen your blog. I was looking for a cardigan pattern for my 6-year-old daughter's school uniform. Found Libby and found you. Have a great day.

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  48. I love the water. I think I was a water creature in a past life; I like to think something graceful, possibly fast. An otter perhaps, maybe a dolphin or a penguin. Fall is my favorite season. To cut back on drinking so much coffee/caffeine, I often drink hot water in the afternoons; I realized I just like having a hot drink. I picked up this tip from a friend of mine.

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  49. Tricia U.9/08/2010

    I’d always wanted to learn to knit and finally two years ago, I taught myself with a DVD and 2 unsharpened pencils as practice…then made a garter stitch scarf from there with real needles. Since then, I’ve taken several classes and check out knitting books at the library constantly. I found your blog about a year ago when doing some sort of internet search re: knitting and I LOVE it! I love to read all about your knitting, baking, etc. and have knitted several things from your fantastic projects, recommendations and ideas. Thank you so much for all of it! I start (and end, and any other time I can fit it into my day) every day with a little time for knitting while I have my coffee, then get a workout in and off to work I go. Oh, had to laugh...I eat a hard-boiled egg almost every morning for the protein, too! Thanks again for sharing and hope you keep on blogging!

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  50. i loved reading more about you!

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  51. Memeemakes9/09/2010

    What a beautiful blog this is - I really love it, and all the gorgeous things you make. Long may you continue! It's also really interesting reading these comments and finding out about my fellow blog-followers! Fact about me: I'm in the UK, retired education inspector, love knitting for our four little grandchildren (but don't have enough time for it), and also play jazz piano semi-professionally with my saxophonist husband! Life's great, isn't it, and this blog of yours just adds to the general loveliness. Thanks!

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  52. Thanks for sharing!

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  53. I went on a knitting retreat this summer and a young lady sitting next to me told me about your blog; I've been following you ever since! I enjoy reading about your day and your projects. You're a fabulous knitter and a gentle spirit. Thank you for sharing with us via Blogger.

    About me....A grandmother very young at heart!

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  54. I liked this idea a lot. Actually the fact about me I could tell you was that your blog not only inspired me to make better use of my camera, notice opportunities for creative moments around me, and eat more cookies, but it also inspired me to start writing again.

    I loved this post.

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  55. It seems I've been searching for the perfect white tee my entire life. Thank you for sharing your favorites.

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  56. PS--Like you, I almost always prefer the dough over the cookie.

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