Cocoa Swap – Received!

My pal, Ariel, was completely on top of things for this swap – I got my package tonight and OMG, it rocks!

Knit frog & Becca Mug
How can you look at that little frog on not smile?! He is the perfect “Blah Buster” – He’s also a great shade of green and soft! The mug, which reads “Knitting Queen…..Becca” is a good size, nice handle and notice where the design is – perfect for a lefty to pick up to drink and still see the design. There’s also a really cute little lady bug that trails away from my name just opposite the handle. Very cute.

Sweets and treats – Jelly Bellys (flavors I’ve not yet tried but look forward to busting into tonight as I work on the CPH!), Nerds and a Wonka Chocolate Tinglies (I bet they are like pop rocks!), also Hot Chocolate, recipes and truffles. Yummy! A new cable needle (going right into my newly organized notions bag!), a Lefty pencil and a “Lefties Will Rule the World” ruler – awesome!!

Malabrigo sock!
Malabrigo sock. OMG. I’ve never seen this color, Solis – it’s the perfect shades of blue. The sock marathon is gearing up to start on sunday and I do believe I shall start with this.

I was completely spoiled by Ariel and enjoyed being her pal! Thank you!!

Cocoa Swap Recipe Assignment

Today is a really good day for Hot Chocolate, I think. Especially now – it’s later on in the afternoon, the sun is not out at all, there’s lots of clouds – everything is snow covered from the latest snowfalls… The Cocoa Swap “assignment” for the week is to post a hot chocolate recipe. Generally I just use the packets from the store, so I don’t have much in the way of a recipe to share… but I went googling and I found several things I would like to try!

I really would like to make my own marshmallows – FamilyFun Recipe, AltonBrown’s Recipe and of course, MarthaStewart’s Recipe. Might as well give Martha’s Hot Chocolate a go too!

How cute is this Hot Chocolate Mug Cake?!

Isn’t this Hot Chocolate Jug nifty?

Cocoa Swap Scavenger Hunt

(I’m totally avoiding my work right now. Just saying.)

Scavenger Hunt! I love this sort of thing!

1. Who wants to try plant fibers? Emily

2. Who wants to learn to crochet? Michelle

3. Who collects yarn? Penny

4. Who loves yellow? Alicia

5. Who doesn’t like fruit flavors? Jenn

6. Who loves Malabrigo (who doesn’t??? hahaha) ? Michelle

7. Who has one mitt to go to finish her Endpaper Mitts? Elizabeth

8. Who’s favorite animal is a dog? Alicia

9. Who likes to paint? Kathy)

10. Who has too many stitch markers? Ariel

11. Who likes Bailey’s in their cocoa? Becca

12. Who likes Starbucks salted caramel cocoa? Darcy

13. Who can’t stand vanilla flavored cocoa? Channon

14. Who’s favorite animal is a hedgehog? Ariel

15. Who might stab themselves over Neon Yarn? Laurie

16. Who’s oldest UFO is at least 15 years old? Kate

17. Who likes crystallized ginger? Chelle

18. Who likes whipped cream in their cocoa? Mary Lynn

19. Who likes marshmallow fluff in their cocoa? Becca

20. Who needs stitch holders? Holly

Cocoa Swap Questionnaire

Questionnaire for the Cocoa Swap – I’ve already heard from my pal! Looking forward to finding out who the person is that I get to spoil!

The Yarn…

1. Do you knit, crochet, or do both? I knit full time and dabble in crochet (only the most basic crochet – I can chain and sc).

2. What is your favorite one-skein project? What item do you find you knit the most of? I think socks are my “most frequent” knit and they work as a great one skein project too! Cowls or fingerless mitts are a fast favorite too!

3. Do you like using a particular type of needle or hook? (wood, metal, straight, circular) Is there something you’ve been wanting to try, or a particular size you always seem to be short on? I adore bamboo and I just received a nice set of KA interchangeables. While I try to cable without a cable needle, it doesn’t always work – I could use another simple cable needle.

4. What’s on your needles\hook right now? What’s your oldest UFO (unfinished object)? Actively on the needles: Toasty Topper for the Lorax, a guitar strap for the world’s best 9 year old, Brigid socks, Central Park Hoodie. My oldest UFO’s are a few years old at this point and I’d rather not think about them (considering finishing or frogging)

5. What are your favorite types of yarns? Are you allergic to any yarns, or just hate working with something? Anything type/brand of yarn you’ve been dying to try? I’ve been itching to try Malabrigo Sock. I always love trying other indie sock yarns: Darling Dachs (I have a dachshund!) for example. I’m looking to expand my experience with organic yarns (cotton or wool or alt-fibers). I have no allergies, but try to avoid things that itch or are ultra fuzzy / furry.

7. What are your favorite colors? Brights? Pastels? More muted colors? Variegated? Are there that make you want to stab yourself in the eye with your needles?
I love the blues-greens-purples. Brights are good, Muted are good, Variegated are good, Solids are good too. Pastels I’m not interested in, but that’s it.

8. What is your favorite knit accessory, your fancy needles? stitch markers? your yarn cutter? What do you have TOO many of? What do you wish you had?
I wish I had a better organization for my “notions” bag – it’s a mess and I can’t find what’s in it. I’m growing fond of fancier stitch markers – wee-ones (from etsy) are the ones I use most often.

The Chocolate
1. Do you prefer boxed/packets, or something homemade? Boxed / packets are really all I’ve ever known.

2. Marshmallows or whipped cream? Lately I’ve been using Peeps (marshmallows) & whipped cream. Fluff is also delicious, but I haven’t had it in ages!

3. Do you use any ‘add ins’? Sometimes Bailey’s.

4. Are you a year round cocoa drinker or just in the winter months? I would say I’m a 3-season cocoa drinker – fall-winter-spring

5. Do you like flavored cocoas or are you just a ’straight chocolate’ kind of person?
Straight chocolate is all I’ve ever known – a little mint flavor is good, but nothing more exotic than that.

6. Do you enjoy cocoa from restaurants or shops like Starbucks? What are some of your favorites? Starbucks is good.

7. You’ve just made the perfect cup of cocoa – is it in a thick mug, or a thinner cup? Where would you sit to drink it? This question has inspired me to make a blog post about my favorite mugs. I usually sit at my computer desk or on the couch.

8. You’re enjoying that perfect cup, what treats will you enjoy with it? Are they sweet or salty? Crunchy? Soft and flaky? Cookies are great with cocoa, so I guess that can cover sweet & soft. Anything chocolate goes with cocoa. Otherwise I have a massive sweet tooth that tends towards the sugar side – the entire Wonka candy line, Gummy Worms, etc

It’s all YOU!

1. Do you have other hobbies like spinning or scrapbooking? I love photography.

2. Do you collect anything? I used to, but that has slowed down because I have too much! I love Hello Kitty / Sanrio – they have many little / practical things to collect.

3. What is your favorite part of Winter? Fresh Snow. Snowflakes.

4. What sort of scents do you enjoy? Any difference in what you like for your house versus what you like for your body? I like citrusy scents and light florals.

5. Are you allergic to anything? Nope

6. Are you on Ravelry? What’s your ID? Nutmegknitter

7. How would you spend an ideal winter afternoon/day? Knitting, curled up on the couch, dog on my lap, baby asleep in her crib, good movie in the DVD player

8. What’s your favorite animal? Dachshunds, Rainforest Tree Frogs, Hello Kitty & Friends