Sunday, December 23, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Ok, don't panic- here are a few quick knits I gathered from Ravelry.com just for YOU!
For the Fashionista- Fingerless mittens worn over store bought gloves are VERY trendy right now!
For the Sports Fan- Use your team's colors in this simple but stylish hat.
For the coffee lover... I love this mug jacket from MK Carroll. It buttons under the handle!
For the music lover... a felted ipod cozy from Knit Picks
I hope this inspires you! Now get to work!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Well folks, Spottie Dotttie (my precious rescue pup) had her annual wellness exam this morning. The Vet praised her temperament, her healthy coat and her parents' attention and care. There was only one little problem...she was up 14 pounds from her last visit- a whopping 57 lbs!!!!!!!!!!!! We couldn't believe it! She gets the expensive food with no corn meal, she doesn't eat table scraps, we walk faithfully for almost 2 hours a day! What could it be?? Well, the Vet thinks she has hypothyroidism. I didn't know dogs could have that! My poor puppy!
We will get the official results of the blood test next week. Spottie's ultimate goal weight is 44lbs. Stay tuned as the pudgy pooch weighs in each week on...
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
This yarn has caught my attention. From Kraemer yarns, Sterling Silk & Silver is composed of 63% superwash merino, 20% Silk, 15% nylon and 2% Silver. Yes, Silver. Real silver. It adds just enough sparkle and panache and I love it. These can be knit into socks, shawls or just about anything. It is a relatively tight twisted yarn and is approximately 420 yards on a skein. It is spun in the USA in Nazareth, PA. Currently, only available in 2 colors - White Veil and Tuxedo. Perfect names for this decadent yarn.
My husband who does not get excited about many yarns - only really one other line in the past - saw these bags sitting in my office last night and said *wow*. He especially loved the Tuxedo and wanted to know all about it. Imagine that. I was thrilled to chat with him about it. I believe I caught the sparkle in the photos if you go to The Yarn Grove and click to enlarge the photos.
Currently *not* OTN, is a shawl pattern named Cozy from Knitty.com which I have ripped out (feels better saying that than frog because I was so annoyed I screwed it up so many times). No fault of the pattern - just the knitter. I cannot knit, talk and watch tv at the same time when I am working a pattern. Every single time I came to the next pattern row and had the wrong number of stitches. Poof! It's gone now...
OTN now are simple little gifts. I need to knit up some little projects for certain peeps for holiday giving...
What's on your needles? Still whipping up gifts ?
Saturday, November 24, 2007
All week, I was resolved to stay in my warm apartment on the day after Thanksgiving, eating leftovers and watching movies, but at the last minute, Chris and I decided to brave the chaos and experience Black Friday. We left around 8:30 and hit the mall, then ate a quick B-fast at Atlanta Bread Co, then headed to Circuit City, Old Navy, Kohls, Home Depot and Hobby Lobby. We got lots of great deals, finished up our Christmas list, AND got killer parking spots at every store! As you can see from the picture, it was an exhausting day- I guess the pets felt it too!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
My husband, "Orange Boy", and Jane are at the Clemson game. Clemson is winning by 7 in the 2nd quarter, so fingers crossed, the team will stick with it until the end. Jane sent me a picture via camera phone of her bundled outfit- I sure wish I could upload it to this blog!
Well off to bed. Gotta get up at 4am...ick!
Friday, November 16, 2007
Michelin Man: That would be me tomorrow night. At the Clemson v. Boston College game. It's a biggie. It will determine whether we go to the ACC championship game in Jax FL or not. I'm going with Orange Boy who, of course, holds season tickets to Death Valley. We will tailgate with some of his buddies and kick-off is 7:45pm. Speaking of Death Valley, his tickets are very scenic - meaning they are waaaaaaayyyyy up there which means I will be wearing layers upon layers of clothes and may not be able to move. Cheryl will not be able to be here because she is in a vintage clothing market show this weekend with all her wares and I know she will do fantastic...
For starters - long underwear, jeans. Long sleeve t-shirt, College sweatshirt, orange quilted coat, orange/purple scarf (borrowed from my darling Cheryl), fleece non matching gloves (the only knitted ones I have are fingerless and that won't get it tomorrow freezing night) and my O~Wool Sideways hat with flashy bauble. Oh yeah, and my new football bag (perhaps you remember my ebay meltdown in which I was bidding on something and secretly hoping I didn't win - well guess what, I won) which will conveniently and easily handle my knitting needles and yarn. I'll hopefully bring back pictures...
Get those needles clickin'. Time is tickin' for those homemade holiday gifts. Have a fabulous weekend...
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Here's my finished entry for the Free People Craft Swap. The theme was Fairies and Fairytales, so I made this "Woodland Fairy" make-up tote. I lined the bag with a vintage linen with little owls all over it. My partner just happens to be the gal who writes the Free People blog and coordinates the craft swap- no pressure! I really hope she likes it...and I can't wait to see what she send me!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
All orders today will ship first thing in the morning.
Have a great weekend! And get busy on those holiday gifts...
Monday, October 29, 2007
Here I show you a delightful, delicate lace scarf my darling friend, Paula, knit for me. Paula had called me to ask if there was anything else she could help me do to get ready for our show this week and I gladly said yes. I had started a toe up sock with J. Knits Palm Springs sock yarn and had put it aside. So I sent Paula the following:
Evelyn A. Clark's Oak Leaf & Acorn Scarf Pattern from Fiber Trends
The entire beginning of my toe up socks, dpns included with an adorable stitch marker.
Above is a photo of what arrived in my mail Saturday. This scrumptous, lace scarf! I love it! I am blocking it right now (I put the white paper under it so you could see the design) and my poor blocking board is only so big so this is Day 2 of blocking. But I will have it done before Thursday. Thank you my friend! I will gladly pay you on Tuesday for the scarf today (you know what I mean hehehe).
Applesauce started and finished Saturday. Put up 17 pints, all chunky this year- with just a small interruption. Here's the scene: I am up to my elbows in apples and applesauce.
Peeling, dicing, cooking - phone rings. It is noon.
Son: Hi Mom! How are you? What's for lunch?
me: Hi honey! lunch? what? Where are you?
Son: I am just on I-285 in Marietta on my way to Savannah for a conference. Want to do lunch? I have my boss, Rebecca with me too.
me: Ummm, sure, of course I want to see you. Where do you want to meet? No need to come by the house.
Son: Yea, we'll just stop by. I want her to meet you, John and Mimi(my mom).
me: (voice escalates) Ummm, house is a disaster. Apples and applesauce everywhere. Never mind the fact that I am packing The Yarn Grove for Marketplace. Christopher, there is a difference between a mess and a disaster. This is the latter. There are boxes, bags, apples everywhere. Besides Mimi just hung all her freshly laundered bras all over the kitchen, ceiling fans - it's a dangerous situation.
Son: (laughing). Ah Mom, Rebecca is gonna love you guys.
Ya gotta love him. They came, they saw, they laughed, they left. I also told her she wouldn't recognize me next time without all the apples on my face, hair, glasses, and shoes. Yep, all over my shoes. But we had a nice visit and a quick lunch at the local deli. I did smell delicious though.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
My friend Jill has two of these precious little creatures perched on her window, and I knew I had to have one too! The pattern is "Birds of a Feather" by Hannah Kaminsky. This little chirper took about an hour to crochet with Lorna's Laces. They're so cute, I think I'll make a whole flock!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
They met at Clemson. She graduated with a degree in Costume Design - talk about talent. And creativity. She amazes me. And she is thrifty- searching those estate sales, thrift shops for the next great treasure.
Cheryl's greatest love is vintage clothing. She has quite the eye for it too. Cheryl sells her wares on FashionDig.com and the name of her shop is With a Twist. Oh but she also teaches knitting classes, sewing classes and sews for others, on request, like puppets for theaters, costumes, and clothes.
So enjoy this day, Cheryl, you are so loved and may all your wishes come true...
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Well, when I began work on this green cloche, it was going to be for me...but when I felted it, it shrunk to the size of a small child's head! So I went with it- needle felting an orange flower and brown band. I may just tuck it away for my own little fashionista some day...Yarn is Karaoke and flower was done with the Louet Needle Felting kit.
I hit a huge sale at Belk today. This Belk was closing because the Parisian on the other side of the mall is becoming the new Belk. Confusing...Anyhoo, I got a French Connection shirt for $5, a Kenneth Cole shirt for $2 and Paper-Denim-Cloth Jeans for $5!!! It was a very successful morning!
Chris and I are carving a pumpkin, and the seeds are roasting as we speak. I love autumn!!!
Friday, October 12, 2007
One Hoot: I just received my copy of a new book by Laurie Perry aka Crazy Aunt Purl: Drunk, Divorced and Covered in Cat Hair. For those who don't know her, Laurie has a popular blog titled Crazy Aunt Purl. I have only started the first few pages of this book but I already know it will be entertaining.
Two Hoots: Check out these lovely socks knit by my friend Paula in Opal Rainforest - Owl. Great socks. Fun yarn.
Cooler weather here ... High in the low 70's during the day ... night time 50's. Have a great, safe weekend and hope it involves fiber...