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I got my Vegan Swap package on Monday, and it is glorious! I am the winner.

What I saw
The first glimpse of the amazingness in store…

All neatly tucked in
All I saw at first was the chocolate. And all I could say to that was THIS WOMAN KNOWS ME WELL.

Hello chocolate my old friend
They get their own photograph because, well, they’re just so amazing. Vegan chocolate, good vegan chocolate, is hard to find in cookie form.

Card and Teas
And the tea! Three kinds of amazing, life giving tea. I’m jumping into the Peppermint today.

For Great Health Victory!
My favorite way to combat the evil winter viruses. Virae? Viri? What’s the plural?

Faux jerky
You probably don’t know about this stuff if you’re not vegetarian or vegan. And therefore, you are missing out on something brilliant. Seitan jerky, this one in Thai Peanut flavor. I barely got a picture of this before I snarfed it down.

They're matches
Matches, to go with the candle found in the magic yarn ball. Sitting on the pretty card.

Yellow and Blue
And the prettiest yarn ever. Blue Sky cotton, in very cheerful colors.

Blue Sky Cotton

What was in the Magic Ball?
Damn, this turned out a little blurry. Sorry! The magic yarn ball included: A ruler, a chocolate bar, a row counter, darning needles, stitch markers and a yummy-smelling candle!

(Also included in the package, but not really shown, are bunches of vegan recipes, one of which NinjaHusband and I tried on Monday night. Vegan fried “chicken”? Tasty-good, and amazingly [almost disturbingly] close to the original. Minus the veins and gristle and death.)

My amazing Swap Angel was Sweatea of Kith and Kin, and she did a most fantastic job. THANK YOU, Sweatea! You made my month!

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Things have been a weird combination of hectic and happy here at House of HookOn (… a little alliteration never killed anyone, c’mon) lately, and I’m delighted to report that some of the uncertainty is finding its way to resolution with a bit of “Oh yes, that’s what it’s supposed to be like” thrown in. Not everything, of course, but some bits and that feels like quite a lot right now.

1. I’ve joined the Log Cabin strips all up and now it’s a big ol’ rectangle of bright shiny love.

four corners


All it needs is a border, and that’s one of the things still up in the air. I know I’m going to have to buy more Cascade EcoWool for the border in any case, but I don’t know if I want to make the border 9 garter ridges wide (1.5 times the width of the “interior” sashing) or 12 garter ridges wide (2 times the interior sashing). Anyone with an opinion is welcome to weigh in. I’d show you a picture of the border as it is now (at the 9-ridge stage), but it’s all scrunched up on a 24″ circular and you wouldn’t be able to see what it was anyway.

2. Speaking of pictures…

The return of the camera!

I GOT MY CAMERA BACK!!! In fact, it’s better than my camera (perhaps you remember its vampire-like tendencies?) it’s a replacement camera. It takes great pictures! Without lines! Holy damn hell, people, I am so excited about this. I can return my friend’s camera…

The stand-in

… and rekindle my love affair — after 7 weeks apart — with my sweet sweet camera. BUT UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL THERE BE WINE. And because there must be balance in the universe, this is the kind of light I have on the day I get my camera back…

And this is what I get


3. I’ve had this weird rash on my torso for a bit and was trying to treat it myself using old prescriptions (DO NOT DO THIS, IT’S QUITE STUPID) and it wasn’t really going away. This morning I made a list of all the things in my life that were a bit different (a new detergent, higher-than-usual stress levels, excessive hugging of woolly blankets-in-progress) and went off to the doctor. Turns out I have this, it’s a virus that just shows up for unexplained reasons, and there’s nothing that can be done about it. (Nothing. That kind of boggles my mind.) It’s not communicable, it’s not going to cause bits to fall off, and it’s not going to go away for another 6 weeks, probably. AWESOME.

On the plus side, it’s good to know what it is so I can just quit freaking out. It’s also good to know its other symptoms (headache, fatigue, nausea) because for a week or so there I thought I was pregnant. So now I can just quit freaking out. (Edit: Because I’m NOT.)

(I’m not going to show pictures of the rash. Sorry to disappoint.)

4. I finished shopping for my vegan secret pal this morning and I’m going to get the package out tomorrow or the next day, so I can cross that off my list. Not that it was onerous or anything — I had a really fun time learning about her through her blog, and it was fun to shop for someone whose preferences in color and scents were so different from mine. The swap also involves sending vegan recipes, so I am putting in two of my favorites that are the most approachable — meaning, there’s no tofu and all the ingredients can be found in your local grocery store. That was the biggest put-off for me when I first went vegan — the one cookbook I could find (The Voluptuous Vegan, which I can appreciate now) was so full of strange ingredients and complicated preparation that I think I panicked and ate boxed rice for 18 months as a result.


So yes, things are … if not slowing down, at least bringing it down to a 2. I’m getting there.

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I joined the Vegan Pal 2 Swap for several reasons, the biggest of which is I CAN’T WAIT FOR FALL.

Vegan Pal 2

What is/are your craft(s), and how long have you been doing it/them?
I’m a knitter and a crocheter. I’ve been crocheting since 2003 and knitting since 2005. I knit more than I crochet, but I love both.

Are you a vegan, vegetarian, veg-curious, veg-friendly or other?
I’m a vegan when it comes to food and leather, but I happily knit with wool, alpaca, and other renewable resources.

Is this your first swap, or have you done previous swaps before? What makes a swap enjoyable for you?
This is my … third? fourth? swap, and I like swaps when there’s a theme, when the senders really take the time to figure out what their recipients like, and when recipients are clear about what they like. I hope I’ve done both in the past. 🙂

What is/are your favorite color(s)? Do you particularly dislike any color(s)?
I am in a strong green phase right now; I love all kinds of jewel tones (bright, clear reds/blues/yellows/oranges/pinks/purples/greens, etc); I love warm spicy fall colors (wine, pumpkin, gold, curry green, olive); I don’t do well with misty, pastel colors. Colors from a bright sunny day are my favorites; colors from a foggy seashore are my least favorite.

Do you have any allergies (such as pets, foods, fibers or cigarette smoke)?
I’m allergic to cats and cigarette smoke, and might be allergic to mohair. Or it might just be itchy. Either way, not much of a fan.

Do you have any companion animals? If so, name(s) and type(s)?
No animals. Many houseplants (named Ziggy, Lily, Charles in Charge, Locke, Montescue, and Ivy).

Do you collect anything?
I suppose I collect books and yarn, but nothing of a collectible, displayable nature.

Do you have a favorite vegan food, snack or dish? If no fav that’s vegan (for those who aren’t vegan), what’s your favorite food? (Hopefully your pal can find a vegan version!)
I love nori rolls (nori seaweed, sushi rice, and veggies in the middle), I love cozy stews in the fall, and I love Indian food.

What are some of your favorite/least favorite tastes/flavors? (e.g. sweet, salty, chocolate, crunchy, smooth, tart, sour, spicy, thai, whatever –Help your pal get a feel for what kind of recipes you might like and/or never ever make.)
Oh, I love me some chocolate (dark), I love salty, savory, and Thai. I like using peanuts in my cooking, or as in a Thai curry. I’m not a fan of tart or sour, really, and I’m in the middle on sweet overall.

What tools/supplies/accessories for your craft(s) are you wishing you had but don’t? Also, what do you have TOO many of? (basically a wish and anti-wish list)
I’ve been thinking of trying socks on two circular needles, but haven’t gotten any of KnitPicks’ small-size (2.25mm) circulars; I could use another Clover clicky-clicky row counter. I have a TON of straight needles that aren’t gettting much use, and I have all the crochet hooks I need right now.

Are you on Ravelry? What’s your handle?
Yes, I am on Ravelry — my handle is KathyMarie.

Is there anything else you would like your pal to know about you?
I’m trying to get back into shape — I was a runner in high school and I’m trying to get back in that groove. I’m married (just over 1 year). I live in an apartment. I like reading non-fiction and fiction by Terry Pratchett. I hate millipedes, centipedes, and earwigs.

What scents do you like/dislike?
I really like spicy, autumny scents like apple pie, cloves, nutmeg, pine, etc. I’m not a fan of floral scents, or any “air freshener” scents.

Do you prefer fall or Halloween or some other Autumn theme?
Halloween’s not my favorite holiday, so I’d prefer an autumn/fall/cozy/tuck-in-for-winter theme. It’s my favorite time of the year — sweater weather begins!

Just for fun – tell your favorite Halloween or Autumn related memory.
I don’t have just one. I love the smell of poplar trees in the fall; hanging out with friends around a fire; the excitement of school starting; football games; bringing out the winter clothes; apple-picking; lots of baking; and Thanksgiving with my family.

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