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Date Joined: July 25, 2010
Last Online: June 21, 2019

Country: Russian Federation
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About Me

I am an EFL teacher living in Russia. I am addicted to chocolate, postcards, books, knitting, and traveling. I have lived abroad for almost three years, I'm originally from the U.S. Besides teaching, I do some writing/editing on the side.

I love crafts, especially knitting. I want to learn to sew someday. I've tried in the past, but I wasn't very good :( lol I also crochet, mainly afghans, and I do paper crafts when the mood strikes me.

My first pen pal was in high school, and I've never looked back. I've always loved sending/receiving mail. I enjoy putting swaps together as much as I love sending them!

Favorite Books

When I'm wearing my 'snobby English major' hat: Fielding, Tolstoy, Austen, Wharton, the three Brontës, Eliot, Jonson and Milton

When I'm feeling Frenchy: Dumas, Camus, Verne, Molière, et Maupassant

When I'm feeling Sci-fi and saucy: Adams, Heinlein, Bradbury, Clarke, Card, Asimov, Orwell, and Vonnegut

When I'm lying by a pool, not using my brainicle: Kinsella, Crichton, and Brown

When the non-fic bug bites: Gladwell, Ariely, Kaku, Zukav, and Hawking

When I'm feeling like a kid again: Dahl, Cleary, L'Engle, Milne, Fitzhugh, Alcott, Montgomery, and Wilder

When I don't feel like reading the classics, yet don't feel any of the above categories: Irving, Updike, Oates, Murakami, Palahniuk, Coupland, and McMurtry.

Favorite Music

I have a hard time functioning with music! When I'm studying, I like Dead Can Dance or Enigma. When I'm working (writing) I prefer classic rock, such as Pink Floyd, Led Zep, Bob Seger, CCR, etc. When I'm just sort of hanging out, I prefer EDM, especially Tiesto. Sometimes I like oldies, like the Yardbirds, the Turtles, the Association. Sometimes I get on a classical or jazz kick, too.

Favorite Quotes

"You've got to be before you can do and do before you can have." Zig Ziglar

"Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness." George Santayana

"Success is going from from failure to failure without the loss of enthusiasm." Winston Churchill

"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book." Groucho Marx


My favorite colors are grey and yellow. I also love pink, whether it's violent hot pink or soft pastel pink.

I like Sanrio, especially Bad Badtz Maru.

I collect postcards that include city names.

I also collect tote bags that have place names/tourist attractions.

Animals I like: owls, flamingos, and pelicans. Also, as a knitter, I have a lot of sheep things :)

Things I always love to receive:

*stickers *notecards *notebooks *recipe cards *writing utensils *postcards *bookmarks *yarn scraps *sock yarn *knitting patterns *tea *hot chocolate sachets

CHOCOLATE - I am an absolute candy/chocolate addict, especially when it is something unique that I can't get here! I love dark, white, and milk chocolate - you name it. I like crispy and I like crunchy. I like coconut and caramel. You get the picture! The only thing excluded from this list is raisins (gag).

I am ALWAYS looking for french books/magazines. If you're interested in a private swap for these items, certainly pm me! I can offer candy/craft supplies/books/handmade items/etc.

I'm also looking for easy Russian-language books for kids -- low level -- I'm studying Russian and it's really tough!


As mentioned, I am an avid knitter, and I enjoy crocheting as well. My grandma taught me to knit when I was five, then when I was about 22 I really got into it (this was back when fun fur first started taking off). Right now I am making several blankets.

1 - Sock Yarn Blankie pattern here -- I've been working on mine since 3/25/10. It's slow going, but it's a lot of fun. I always enjoy getting sock yarn scraps, even if they are in very small quantities. Here's a picture of my blanket

2 - Crochet Granny Squares -- I'm completing a blanket with all of the granny squares I have received in swaps. It's going very well (thanks to my partners!). My only problem is deciding what color to join all of the squares with! Here's a picture of my blanket (updated 6/4)


Comment: thank you..
koalascout rated for Rainbow Grannies Round 3 USA only on Jun 23, 2011
Comment: TY-love them
Krotcher2008 rated for 7 inch Grannies April-May on Jun 7, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the pretty squares and nice note. You know the squares will be put to good use. Just think a resident in a nursing home will be warm because of all the friends I have made here. Thanks for being my partner. Jenny
keylee3 rated for 7 inch Grannies April-May on Jun 6, 2011
Comment: Loved the squares! I don't know where my comment went! ^♥^
Comment: Thank you so much... the squares were absolutely gorgeous... I love the colors you put together... and they are similar to the last but only a few colors... I absolutely love them!!!
Comment: rhank you for my bright colored squares I received. I love them. Jenny
Deeno1105 rated for Rainbow Grannies Round 3 USA only on Jun 4, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Granny Squares. I love them especially how soft they are and the white yarn with the glittery fiber running through it!
Doodlebabe rated for Superhero Plush to the Rescue! on May 25, 2011
Comment: Oh...my...goodness!!! I am soooooooo in love with Waldorf! He seriously has the greatest super power ever!! I was having such a crummy week and this package has made it all seem completely unimportant. People like you are the reason SB is so amazing. I love it all, you are marvelous!!! MWAH!!!!
Response: I am so glad you liked it, aside from the trouble I had, I enjoyed putting it together!
Comment: Thanks so much ! - lovely squares- ( what yarn do you use- its nice and soft)
Response: Thanks! I usually use a combination of Red Heart, Lion Brand Wool-Ease and Loops & Threads Impeccable. I like them because they're soft and they hold up to washing well since they're all acrylic.
pandakitty rated for Make me 6 Granny Squares #6 on May 13, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful squares
CourtneyBruesch rated for Make me 6 Granny Squares #5 on Apr 29, 2011
Comment: I love them! I really love the colors choices-they are right up my alley (expecially that chartruese! Just lovely!) I would love to know what yarns you used so that I can find some similar colors.
Response: I'm glad you like them! The yarns I used were Red Hear Super Saver, Lion Brand Wool-Ease, and Loops & Threads Impeccable. They're all from Michael's. Definitely check out the Impeccable, they have great colors, I believe that's the chartruese.
Krotcher2008 rated for Make me 6 Granny Squares #4 on Apr 22, 2011
Comment: Thank you ever so much for the pretty squares. As you know they will be put to good use. Jenny
breadcrumbs00 rated for Reverse Color Grannies r 3 on Apr 14, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the lovely soft squares and tea, and the nice note! : )
Response: You are welcome :)
kristiamb rated for Make me 6 Granny Squares #3 on Apr 13, 2011
Comment: Beautiful granny squares! Thanks so much - just got them in the mail today.
Response: Wow, those got to you fast! Hope you enjoy.
lotti02 rated for Reverse Color Grannies r 3 on Apr 9, 2011
Comment: Thanks for the lovely squares :)
Response: Thanks, and enjoy!
keylee3 rated for 7 inch Grannies -March on Apr 5, 2011
Comment: Thank you again for two lovely squares!^♥^
Response: I think I used some of the same yarn, too -- hope you enjoy them!
zurdoswifey rated for Make me 6 Granny Squares #2 on Apr 5, 2011
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely granny squares. They were great and the colors were perfect!
Response: I'm glad the colors work, hope you enjoy them!
Comment: Thank you very much! Third time's the charm. The squares are lovely, and I will enjoy the tea, on these damp cold days that we are having. The butterfly stickers are really neat, I will have to find a good use for them.
Response: Yay! I'm so glad the squares got there in one piece. Thanks for being patient, and enjoy!
Comment: thanks!
Comment: Thanks

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neca84 on Oct 12, 2011:

Thanks for the postcard for my daughter, it arrived today from Chicagoland !!!

MorgenSter on Jun 3, 2011:

I got the 5 granny squares from the 5,4,3,2,1 Tag at the PFs. THANKYOOOOOU so much, they are lovely!!!!

CometaGuavaberry on Apr 29, 2011:

Hey !! I received today the 5 4 3 2 1 tag ! I really liked the Altoids tins ! I thought they were smaller, haha ! I liked the tiny one to store my iPod. (the ipod shuffle! really small)

Thank you so much ! .Cometa

bobogrl on Apr 4, 2011:

Your Alaskan pc's are on their way! :)

ladytrancevision on Nov 20, 2010:

Thank you! Got your Chicago pc today, and might I say, it's beautiful!! :D

ladytrancevision on Nov 14, 2010:

Thanks, M.!

I'll let you know once I receive your Chicago pc.


nyssa on Oct 4, 2010:

So I haven't forgotten our swap, I've just been slack and haven't been able to get to the post office! I'm heading off today to post it and it's full of the yumminess!

3stairs on Sep 23, 2010:

Thank you for all the buttons for the Swap Tag! US only tag. They are perfect! <3

vyl87 on Sep 15, 2010:

Sweet/Candy/Chocolate tag sent today.

yarnigras on Sep 7, 2010:

You, my dear are one of the few people who figured out what Yarnigras stood for....!!!! :-)

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