Red things: TOMATOES and baby booties

31 08 2009
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thats Ta-maters :)

that's Ta-maters 🙂

OMG- we have a lot of tomatoes!  It doesn’t help that we are running around like crazy people the whole month of August, eating out a lot and not cooking at home as much.  Matt and I are taking a vacation (Mom too!) to New England to see the fam and we couldn’t bear the thought of these beauties rotting on the vine.  H is going to come take care of the kitties and help herself to our garden, but we’ve gotta find homes for the ones we’ve already picked. 🙂  So, tomorrow Matt and I are toting some gift bags of Garden goodness to work to give away. Don’t you wish you lived her (and if you do- call me and I’l save you some!)

I’ll try to blog a bit on our trip- as time allows.  I promise lots of photos- I just checked the forecast- highs in the high 70s and lows in the high 50s-  sweet- my kind of weather!

Hugs- and I can’t wait to see my NE Peeps!

Oh yeah- these Baby booties are for friends who don’t want their little girl to be a Pink pasaster like I was… (another story for another time).  I love the ruby red slippers!  I printed an apple on a little cotton cap and I am working on printing cherries and other fruit on the front of some plain onesies- perfect baby gifts… all handmade!

too cute!

too cute!

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Knitting To-Do Two Down

28 06 2009

In addition to finishing the Market Bag, I’ve also crossed a couple of Knitting-to-do’s off my list.

My new “to-do” Knitting list

  • Itty-bitty Mary-Jane’s for (Phaedra’s little one!)
  • Lace Wing Scarf (for mom)
  • Black Sheep (for me!) well after I started knitting it, it became very clear that this black sheep needed to go to a dear friend of mine.
  • Sizzle tanktop in aqua Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool (for me!)
  • Black Cashmere Mobious (it’s been on the needles for 3 years this June!)
  • Entralac purse in browns (for me!) I just cast on the entralac purse today. 🙂 Yay!

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Finally a lining + random stuff

28 06 2009

I finished knitting and felting my Noni Market bag almost a year ago.  I cut slits in the felted fabric  and wove a ribbon through it.  Then it sat- 95% done until this past week. Waiting for some stiffener and a lining.  I got off my butt and sewed a beautiful lining for the purse.  Pretty darn happy with how it came out. Check out the before and afters:

Market Bag Before stiffener and lining

Market Bag Before stiffener and lining

After: Plastic Stiffener and raw silk lining.

After: Plastic Stiffener and raw silk lining.

Oh… see that bruise on my arm?  It’s quite colorful and will look quite beautiful with my dress on Friday at BF’s sister’s wedding :-(.  We went paint-balling this weekend, and I knew full well that I might get bruised in a visible place.  In the second to last game, (capture the flag) I took a paintball to the bicep.  Ouch!  my calf, thigh, and middle finger are all also sporting bruises.  Nevertheless, it was FUN! My first time paint-balling, and probably not my last.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not going to go out and buy equipment or dress in camo, but going once a year would be fun.  BTW- the most painful hit was on the knuckle of my middle finger- courtesy of my dear BF!

Last night was also The Great American Backyard Camp-out– A night to turn off the TV and set up camp in your back yard.  We got back from paint-balling (and BBQ-ing with friends) a little late, so it was dark when we were setting up the tent in the back yard.  After some very comedic attempts to get the tent up, (it’s been about 3 years since I set it up last) mom came out and gave us instructions.  It was fun and we can’t wait to go camping later this summer.

Not bad for putting it up in the dark!

Not bad for putting it up in the dark!





Yarn Stash Confessions…

28 05 2009

When my favorite yarn store closed a year ago (sniff) i figured i would be better about buying too much yarn. You know when you live above a yarn store it is very tempting 🙂  I also thought- great, now I’ll start to use all this great yarn i have in my stash.

hummm… well…. I must confess- I haven’t been that good.  Here is the proof:

my unassuming yarn drawers

my unassuming yarn drawers

Holy Crap! How did all that yarn get in there... Ok not too bad...

Holy Crap! How did all that yarn get in there... Ok not too bad...

OH WAIT I THINK I HAVE SOME YARN STORED IN MY CLOSET….

Ohh my... ok this is what we call a come to Jesus moment.  I need help with my Yarn addiction...

Ohh my... ok this is what we call a "come to Jesus moment". I need help with my Yarn addiction...

My girlfriend J and I were having a chuckle right after I took this photo.  Then the doorbell rang and I really had to face my “problems”

The mail man brought one more skein of Cascade Eco...

The mail man brought one more skein of Cascade Eco...

I blame Dizzy Sheep, the Woot of the Yarn world, and the recent Webs anniversary sale for my recent internet yarn purchases.

From Dizzy Sheep I’ve scored the following in recent months:

  • 11 skeins of Reynolds Lopi Icelandic wool $44.50 (retail $ 55.00) I inherited a bunch of bright orange lopi- i purchased these muted colors to tone down the orange in a large felted tote bag- at least that is the idea
  • 4 skeins of Dream In Color Smooshy $68.96 (retail $95.00) colors: 1 Happy Forest, 2 Blue Lagoon, 1 Gothic Rose. I already had 1 skein of Happy Forest in my stash. I have no idea what I want ot knit with these but I couldn’t pass up the good deal!

During the Webs anniversary sale I stocked up on the following:

  • 3 skeins of Ecological Wool in Dark Ash @ $10.49 per skein (retail $15 per skein) I want to knit BF and I a round heirloom throw blanket
  • 1 additional skein of Ecological Wool in Dark ask @full price  I decided on the Girasole pattern which required more yardage
  • 20 Skiens Amherst Yarn  byValley Yarns in Natural @ $3.19 per skein (retail $3.99 per skein) This is for a lover’s knot afghan I am knitting as a wedding gift.

Note: the 20 skeins of Amherst have not yet shipped… the stash is going to get bigger! oh no!  Needless to say, I am putting myself on a yarn diet. 😦

Dream in Color Smooshy... so dreamy!

Dream in Color Smooshy... so dreamy!






Out from under my Lace Scarf

24 04 2009

YAY!  I am out from under my lace scarf! It’s done- finished, blocked, and already worn!  It’s so pretty, but dang did that one snooze for a long time! The relief I feel is great… now to tackle some more lingering projects.

I also finished up a beaded crochet bracelet that was lingering from Christmas time and I finished my second felted chick.  You’ll remember that my friend Malaika’s little boy was the recipient for the first felted chick, I think my high school friend Phaedra’s daughter who is on the way will be the recipient of the second one.

My new “to-do” Knitting list

  • Itty-bitty Mary-Jane’s for (Phaedra’s little one!)
  • Lace Wing Scarf (for mom)
  • Black Sheep (for me!)
  • Sizzle tanktop in aqua Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool (for me!)
  • Black Cashmere Mobious (it’s been on the needles for 3 years this June!)
  • Entralac purse in browns (for me!)




Hemlock Ring Blanket: Lace dream!

29 03 2009

I finished the Hemlock Ring Blanket last weekend, but didn’t get around to blocking it until this weekend.  I knew it would be pretty but OMG it’s gorgeous!

Because it’s knit in the round, it actually is naturally shaped like a hat (hence the photo of me wearing it as such) it also is all ripply because of the fan and feather pattern  It looked a little like a sea creature.

Blocking is essential for a piece like this.  I let it soak in water for a good hour, draining all the water out and refilling a couple of times.  I squeezed out as much water as I could before laying the blanket on multiple towels and rolling it up… then stepping on the towel/blanket role to get even more water out.  Next  I used every straight pin in the house to pin it out on a blanket- starting at the center and carefully working my way out.  I pinned out each loop on the edge getting the blanket just right.  then I kicked the cats out of my bedroom,  and laid it on the bed to dry. Now it lays nice and flat!





Some Rx for Hemlock Ring Blanket

19 03 2009
Hemlock Ring In Work

Hemlock Ring In Work

OMG- Did I freak out when I discovered the broken yarn in the blanket I am knitting?  Understatement of the year!  I was especially concerned that it was the yarn that caused the break- Maybe I was using too much tension on the yarn and weakened it… maybe after i give it as a gift more holes will appear… is my knitting too tight? Oh no…

After I looked it over more, and Faye came to the rescue we came to the conclusion that one of my cats (Cheese we think) did a little yarn tasting.  This is how we think it went down.

The yarn I am working with is un-dyed natural wool- it smells supper yummy to kitties.  Because the blanket is so big I did not put it in a project bag which I usually do (my kitties like to taste yarn) but put it in an open top tote bag.  I think Cheese went in for a taste, she didn’t chew- the yarn had no evidence of chewing- and I think she got her broken tooth (remember her swan dive off of the 2nd floor landing?) caught on the yarn and in her attempt to free it she broke two separate pieces of yarn- one of which was on a lace row and a yarn-over nonetheless.

So I am no longer freaking out that the blanket might spontaneously fall apart- it’s really nice yarn… just super yummy to kitties. I am lucky that the recipient of this gift doesn’t have kitties, and I am now rethinking making my own blanket with the Cascade Eco- I think I am going to find another yarn that doesn’t tempt the cat’s taste buds so much.

Many thanks to Faye who came to the rescue and helped me repair the hole. It wasn’t an easy task.  You can see from the pictures below that the repair isn’t that noticeable unless you look close (or are a knitter trained to see these types of things) since the future owner of the blanket isn’t a knitter, I am thinking this minor “blemish” won’t be an issue- especially with how beautiful I know it will turn out.  I’m on the home stretch- maybe 15 or 20 more rows and then the edging.  Hopefully will be done by the end of the weekend.

Repaired Cheese Bite

Repaired Cheese Bite