Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Vintage Thrift Store Patterns!

Okay, this never happens to me. I got an urge to go thrift-shopping. There's a new one not far from where I live, so I ventured out. Can't believe what I found! Vintage Simplicity and Butterick patterns! The best part is, they cost me


Holy Shit, right? Needless to say, I've been to the fabric store, too... And yes, I DID go to Sewing Arts Studio, promptly at 10:30 a.m. this morning, but *ONLY* because I was driving past there anyway to get to the thrift store.... And yes, I did get me some-o-dat yummy Amy Butler fabric to which I referred in my last post. Sigh... *SUCH* a push-over....

Monday, March 20, 2006


Why, o why do fabric shop owners think it is a good idea to close at 5 p.m. during the week and stay closed all day on SUNDAY? Sunday is a day for crafting, am I right? Even HOBBY frickin LOBBY is closed on Sunday. What decade is this? Get real, craft stores. This is simply wrong. Anyone who has a life and actually EARNS their keep, (you know, most of America) cannot make it to the craft store before 5. The Sewing Arts Studio--only place in town that harbors the ever-so-coveted Amy Butler fabrics--is ALWAYS closed. I mean, how the hell does she make any money? Get real, lady! The real crafters in town cannot afford your $10,000 machines that take all the fun out of sewing, and they CERTAINLY cannot make it to your shop during your CRAZY limited hours... Now, I said I want that Amy Butler Fabric, so LET ME IN!

...10 to 5... Huh. Keep your fabric. I'll get it online!

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Self Portrait Sunday

Mad, sad, tired. Sans glasses. Chapped lips. Going Shopping.

I've made a few things this week. Here's the evidence:

Booties for my boss's daughter's new baby in NY. Yeah, I know...

Wallet for the wallet swap I'm doing on craftster. Oops. It was supposed to go out on Friday. I had it all ready to go, but missed the post office! Sending today via UPS. Sent other goodies, too, just for fun.

This wallet came in as a close second, but I couldn't pull the trigger as far as sending it... The applique is not perfectly circular, which looks like a mistake. It has a pretty pearlized gray snap, too. I don't mind it so much, because the wallet and its flawed applique is pretty, but if you're sending something as a swap, you want it to be damn-near perfect, right?

Not quite ready to show progress of the Somewhat Cowl, since there's not much of it there. What's taking so long?

Friday, March 17, 2006

Am I a sexy knitter?

...I think SO! Uh-huh. Officially a joiner of the SexyKnittersClub.

I knew yarn was addictive...(like sex?) Ahem. It definitely classifies as sexy, and SO DO I. Definitely. :) I'm starting the ever so sexy Somewhat Cowl tonight. I've been thinking about it all day long. Can't wait to see it, feel it, live in it. Thanks, MA!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Hooray for Birthday Yarn

Mom is awesome for getting me a GC to Charlotte Yarn! :) With this birthday gift, I have purchased SEVEN lovely skeins of Blue Sky Alpaca/Silk to make this:

I can't wait to cast it on, and I definitely can't wait to see if I can actually finish it! :) EricaB did it in 16 days for the Knitting Olympics, but she knits FAST. I dunno about 16 days, but.....

As for the mary jane sweater from February... Let's just say I'm not ready for lace. I will save it and *SIGH* wait for a better day.

HB to Me! *belated*

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

20 Long Years

Okay, when I was eight, my brother was two. He was the good one. Check the cuteness.
Him, not me... :)
I was just a brat.

Mom must be going through some tough shit since my baby brother finally wants to jump ship. Scanning old photos and pictures of dresses I wore back in H.S.

Mom, I love ya. I'm sure you'll love it once he's on his own.

Happy Birthday to Jen! 28 Rocks, right?

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Ten Days, Lots of Sleep, a New Job, and Some Wine

Okay, in light of the water problem and Odessa, I went back to knitting the Anthro capelet. I really never got away from it, but I did take a three-day break from knitting for no good reason... Just busy I guess. I finished the capelet, now a mini sweater today after a night of knitting and sleeping and knitting and sleeping. I didn't even have that much left to do. Just finish the sleeves and weave in the ends. I just couldn't stay awake. Given that it was Mexican food night at mi casa, tequila and Corona might have something to do with it... Just a thought.

I changed the pattern a bit by lengthening the sleeves and the body just a bit. And instead of ribbing on the bottom I decided to go with a two-row seed stitch. Truth be told, I ran out of yarn, but I used the secret crochet-hook bind-off to conserve. Anyway, I will probably wear this one a bit more than the lamb's pride one, simply because it is a LOT softer. Love this yarn.

And an afterthought, after reading Emmie's blog:
You Are Animal

A complete lunatic, you're operating on 100% animal instincts.
You thrive on uncontrolled energy, and you're downright scary.
But you sure can beat a good drum.
"Kill! Kill!"

Friday, March 03, 2006


Working on a new and improved Odessa. Well, it was on the nightstand, waiting to be knitted... And, uh, well: I spilled an entire glass of water on the ball of yarn! ...and my cell phone, and B's cell phone... Life is miserable. Why do these things happen? Wet yarn sux.

Anyway, B's home, so I'm happy.