Hot Cocoa Swap

This page is related to the Hot Cocoa Swap I entered in 2008. I will keep it online for the time being, so you can know me better. When I find some courage, I will edit this information. Enjoy!

1. What is your favorite way to drink cocoa? Prepared with milk? Water? from home made recipe or store bought?, In a tea cup, or big mug?
Prepared with milk if it is home made. I love any type of hot cocoa! Its chocolate! DAnd always in a big mug! No plastic allowed.

2. Marshmallows or whipped cream?
I’ve never tried marshmallows we don’t have them here in Portugal. I like my cocoa without cream and sometimes with just a biscuit.

1. What is your favourite type of yarn? In what colors?

I work with any type of yarn. About the colors.. If you look to my Flickr account, you’ll see my toys works. So with toys I use mostly basic colors (blues, red, yellows and greens). For socks I like any color, but for clothes I prefer earthy colors and purple.

2. Do you knit or crochet (or both)?
Both, preferably knit.

3. What are your favourite type of needles, would you like to try something new?
This one can be tricky… I am always open to new experiences. Just bought my first bamboo needles. They arrived today and I still hadn’t the time to test them. For now I can say I’m not a plastic fan.

4. Do you have a healthy supply of notions?
Not healthy no… In my concerns, I have a small supply.

5. What one thing do you keep thinking you need to buy for your knitting habit (outside of yarn)?
Stitch markers! Don’t have them, never used them, but would like to try! I’m always buying books, magazines, buttons…

6. What is your favourite ‘quick knit/crochet’ pattern (quick gratification)
Babe dolls from Claire Garland. I’m a fan!

1. What is your favourite thing to do in the Winter?

Get a warm blanket, sneak near the fireplace, knitting or surfing in Ravelry searching for new patterns, while drinking a nice cup of hot cocoa or tea.

2. What is your favorite animal?
Dogs. Love them, have one, can’t live without them…

3. Do you get the ‘winter blahs’?
Sometimes I do.

4. What is your favourite way to beat the blahs?
Sleep. Hear to some music. Feist always cheers me up. Or to buy some new yarns and look for new adventurous patterns to knit, or just buy some tickets and go travel somewhere!

5. What is the thing you are most looking forward to this spring?
That it stops raining and I can go out with my car! Joking… not really… I really want to enjoy more of my car! And if it stops raining I can travel more around Portugal.

6. What are your favourite treat?
Chocolate. Not dark. I love the sweet taste of chocolate. And with caramel, OMG I think I’ve reached heaven!

7. What is your favourite board game?
Pictionary. But I usually don’t have anyone to play board games.

8. Do you have any children (furry or human)?
I have my dog, which is almost like my child!

9. Do you have any allergies or special considerations you partner should know about?
No, not really…

And now, each question of the week:

Question of the week #1

1. Who’s favorite animal is an Otter? Anne K.
2. Name someone who prefers whipped cream with their hot cocoa. Devin D.
3. Find 3 people who live outside of the United States. Alex E.; Bianca B. and Maria M.
4. Name a fan of Harry Potter. Ashley R.
5. Name someone who crochets. Carla S.
6. Name someone who DOES NOT have a healthy supply of notions. Katherine S.
7. Name someone who has NOT put up their questionnaire yet (just put a date with your answer in case they put it up after seeing their name listed somewhere ;-) ). Heather F. (08.01.08)
8. Who likes to have Kahlua, Baileys, or Peppermint Schnapps in their cocoa? Michelle
9. Name someone who knits fingerless gloves as a ‘quick knit’. Jinxsa
10.Name someone who’s looking forward to gardening this spring. Amanda D.
11.Who’s favorite way to drink cocoa is with a gorgeous Frenchman, while overlooking the eiffel tower from a French Cafe? (I’m right there with you… well at the table next to yours!) Kris L. (how I wish….)
12.Name someone who’s favorite animal is NOT a dog or house cat. Laurie T.
13. Name someone who’s favorite treat is NOT chocolate. Tricia R.
14. Who plays Candyland? Criquette
15. Name someone who DOESN’T get the winter blahs. Elizabeth F.

Question of the week #2

Now that we’re in the thick of ‘Winter’… has your knitting changed to match the season? Are you moving on from dishcloths, and tank tops to afghans, hats and mittens? Has your yarn changed from silk or cotton to wool, superwash or heavier cottons?

In general, I don’t change my yarn. I usual knit wool toys at Summer. And I knit wool mittens, hats, and others clothes at Winter.

I don’t like to do always the same thing, so I try to intercalate different types of yarn, and different projects. But as I told you in previous posts, its really hard to get different types of yarn here in Portugal. The most common is wool, and it’s wool that I use most…

Do I want to try to use a different type of yarn? HELL YEAH!!! But first I have to recoup from my car… It was so expensive, and all my savings went to it. So, no more buying yarn this month!

Question of the week #3

What is the most ‘random’ memory you have from your childhood?This is a hard one. So I’m going to tell you 3!Traveling in my father’s car, singing along with one of his tapes with Dire Straits, Scorpions, Janis Joplin, while annoying my big brother who always gets sick in cars!Having my neighbor in my house, playing with me and my brother Spectrum games, his mother yelling for him so he would go eat soup. After he left me and my brother would go play Legos and Playmobil, or car tracks.Walking to primary school raining, with a backpack full of books, getting all wet and messy.

Happy packages to everyone!

Question of the week #4

And this week question is….What is your most memorable vacation? Where did you go? What made it memorable?

This is so easy! D eh eh ehIt was without any doubt the rally I made last year. It was a charitable rally, running from Plymouth (England) to Banjul (The Gambia) – around 7 thousand kilometers. The track was supposed to be similar with Lisbon-Dakar Rally. I travelled in my old Renault 19 trough Portugal, Spain, Morocco, The Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Senegal and The Gambia. And yes, the car survived!

I’ve seen so many different cultures, met so different people, seen so different landscapes. I’ve fallen in love with African smell, African colors, African people. I had no idea Moroccan guys were so beautiful! Tanned and with green eyes! OMG green eyes!

I know my life was in danger sometimes. But when I was there, everything was so intense, I seem not to notice it. For instance, once we were in Mauritania. We had just crossed the Sahara desert heading for the border with Senegal. I had a very violent car accident and basically, the wheel fell off.

We went to a camping site to weld it to the car again. I’ve met the owner, a beautiful fancy drug dealer man that looked very very rich. He was drinking his tea, offered me some, and while my friend was trying to weld the piece, he was over the jeep talking to me. And then he turned to my friend and asked if he could marry me! LOL and he said no!!! I could be a millionaire by now! After that, the gave me compliments and went away.

It was dark, very dark, I was closed inside the jeep, only with my camera and a very little knife. Shiny objects started to appear all around me. Objects that turn out to be guns. Big ones! And I was only carrying my little knife… The guys were getting closer, closer, and my friend appears from nowhere! Scared the hell out of me!

The piece was ready and we went back to my car to fix it, where the rest of my group was waiting. The guys put my car back together, and since it was night, very late, I had no lights in my car and it was always overheating, we decided to sleep in the cars and head for the border first thing in the morning.

Perfect, right? No, not really.

Five minutes after we all get in the cars to sleep, a jeep full of soldiers appeared. I was the “boss lady” (only because I can speak French) and the huge captain turned to me and asked me to marry him explained that we couldn’t stay there for the night. It was a military road, and no traffic was allowed at night. For who doesn’t know, Mauritania is in war and the Dakar Rally was even canceled this year because they received so many death threats. So as you see it isn’t a safe country, at least for a foreigner little girl like me. I tried to explain what happened, the troubles we were having with my car, and that we road wasn’t safe for us to travel in those conditions. But he was intransigent. We either could choose to go to the near campsite (HELL NO!!! I didn’t want to be surrounded by guns again) or to go straight to the border. After a conference, we all agreed the best thing to do was to go to the border. We tied my car to one friend jeep so we could see the road with the jeep’s back lights and wouldn’t have to start the car, cause he was overheating and we couldn’t stop.

We got to the border safely (at least is what I like to think). After giving away tons of money, border soldiers offered us tea and we were all drinking, talking and eating pot noodles. We slept in our cars until 6 a.m., time that Senegal border was open.

After getting out of the shit hole called Mauritania, Senegal seemed a paradise! Everybody was so happy, so relaxed! I really liked Senegal. But as everything in life, it had highs and lows. The biggest low was undoubtedly the poverty. I had some goods with me to give to children. When I handed them clothes, toys, food, school material, they were so touched and I was so touched that I couldn’t help some tears from falling.

I had so many adventures within that month… We got lost everywhere! We escaped (non intentionally) from Moroccan customs. We waited for 3 hours for a pizza in Pizza Hut. I’ve seen the most romantic landscapes ever. I slept under Sahara Desert stars. I ate what we call Dust Bread, cause we were so hungry, that we bought some bread in a little village in the desert. And all that bread tasted of was dust and sand. But I ate that. We got lost in the desert. I’ve driven in the beach, ocean in one side, desert in the other. I was robbed. I was asked in marriage at least 50 times (and I’m not exaggerating). I was sexual arrested by 3 Senegalese women. I had a food poisoning. I had a car accident. I was in a little ferry boat with people hanging on the sides, wondering when it would sink. A little girl asked me to bring her with me to Portugal. I cried and laughed. I ate the best pepper steak (don’t ask me if I was sure it was that) ever in a very fancy Gambian restaurant for only 1 Euro (2 Euros is a mensal payment there for loads of people). I have been treated as royalty in Banjul airport. I had met good friends. And more, so much more!

A Moroccan Police Station. We had to stop a gazillion times to deliver our ids.

We starving patiently waiting at Pizza Hut

Sefrou at sunset

South Morocco

South Morocco

First car to fight the sand

Sahara desert (we caught a sand storm)

Sahara desert road

Senegalese sunset

Ferry boat getting loaded

I could go on more, but I’m going to control myself. If you want, I can tell more stories about it.

It was the time of my life !sighing! )

I’ve been Spoiled!!!!

Totally spoiled! )Sharonsent me my first swap package ever and it was the best first experience! I love everything she sent! Here’s a shot of everything she sent:Dufflet Hot Cocoa, Caramilk by Cadbury (I couldn’t resit it), Aloe Vera Lip Balm, a measure tape, stitch holders, stitch markers (they are lovely!), my name in little colorful cubes, bamboo knitting needles (my new addiction!!), a beautiful sock pattern, a dishcloth and the most amazing merino yarn I’ve ever felt, and all in my colors!!! She got everything right!!!

She said she tried to give me everything from her country, Canada. It’s so thoughtful of her! D

Thank you Sharon!

And now… My little buddy: Red Maple (named after Canadian flag red maple leaf).

He’s so perfect, so cute! I love his little pants! D

I’ve put him to sleep. He confessed to me he was very tired from crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Poor guy…

And then I brought him to the office with me. He’s running around, playing with Joe, the Camel, pretending they are in the Sahara desert!

I think he’s going to love Portugal! And I promise to take good care of him!


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