February 28, 2011
February 27, 2011
February 26, 2011
February 25, 2011
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February 22, 2011
February 21, 2011
I'm thinking of doing it in a cream to go with the cream flowers on the green fabric. I still need to get the pattern, get the cream fabric for the sash and band, get the fabric for the lining, get appropriate undergarments, notions for the dress and find the yarn and knit the shrug...that's a lot to do. The wedding is at the end of June so I have some time to get it done.
February 20, 2011
The highlight of going to Stitches for me was meet Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting podcast and blog fame. I love her so much, I was so excited. My mom made fun of me saying that it looked like I was meeting George Clooney or something! I was so excited. And she is so sweet.
She asked if I wanted to say something on the podcast and I chickened out and said no. But now I'm totally kicking myself. I should have done it. She was so sweet. Highlight of the show.
I picked up a copy of her Shawl Collard Cowl pattern. I've been coveting it for a long time and was thrilled that I could buy it directly from her. Mom picked up a copy of the Adult Spring Garden Tee pattern. I'm going to have to borrow it from her because I love that one too.
I picked up a single skein (I should have bought more) of The Sanguine Gryphon Little Traveller in Kalmar colorway to knit my Gram a pair of socks for Mothers Day. My sister gave me a sock pattern book for Christmas and Gram had pointed out a couple of patterns that she would like to have made for her...I can take a hint.
The only thing I really wanted to buy was some fancy stitch markers while we were at the market place and I found these pink ones. They're from Miss Purl...very inexpensive and very cute. I was prepared to pay up to $20 for some nice markers but including the adorable bunny box..only $12! A steal. I should have bought more then one set. I might have to go to her Etsy shop and order an additional set.
I had a great time and I can't wait to go again. Actually I have to admit that I'm disappointed in myself. I didn't buy barely anything. I think I was too reserved in my spending...oh well now I have money for next year! lol
February 19, 2011
February 18, 2011
We'll be leaving my mom's house in the Napa Valley shortly and hope to be in Santa Clara in time for the Market Place to open this morning. Fingers crossed that it doesn't pour rain today like the forecast has been calling for. Either way, I can't wait! I'm so excited!
Hope your Friday is awesome too!
February 17, 2011
I think I've pretty much settled on this dress for the wedding.
Lotus Morning Glory by Amy Butler
I love Amy Butler fabric and New Pieces has lots of it. I'm hoping to find Lotus Morning Glory for this dress but if not, I'm sure that I'll find something else that I really like. This pattern only calls for 2 yards of fabric for the bodice and the skirt which is hardly anything.
I'm not sure I'm going to be able to handle tomorrow...knitting and sewing fun in one day?! It might be too much!
February 16, 2011
Since it's going to be June a dress is tops on my list. Here's my top 5 pattern choices right now.
February 15, 2011
And if I finish Roheline in time for Stitches, I'm going to need to have a project to take with me while I'm at my moms. Even if I don't get to knit at all while I'm gone, not having something to work on in case I have a few minuets stresses me out. But that won't be a problem now since I'll have Larch with me.
I'm pretty excited about getting to go to Stitches this year. This is the third year in a row that my mom and I have tried to go. Two years ago we had plans to go but ended up not going because I was broke and my mom really had to get out to a yarn shop in Grass Valley because they had ordered some yarn for my grandmother and my mom needed to pick it up for her. Last year we had planned to go, bought tickets to the marketplace in advance and we were both really looking forward to it, but then my Great Aunt passed away and we had to leave for Alabama the same week that Stitches was being held so we missed it. I was hoping that I might get to swing into Stitches South when Hubbs and I drove from Atlanta back to California but we just didn't have the time. This is the year for Stitches West. I have the time off from work and unless there's an emergency, we will be there and I can't wait.
February 14, 2011
February 13, 2011
My purple snow jacket. I'd been wanting to make a cowl to go with this for a while but I hadn't been able to find anything I really liked until I saw...
Honey Cowl by Madelinetosh. Love this cowl and it's a free pattern! I love free patterns and this pattern is going to be a very easy and quick knit. I actually found this pattern which lead me to look at the yarn called for in the pattern and that's when I saw the Black Velvet colorway. I wasn't sure it was going to be a great match when I first saw it online but when I got it for my birthday last week, it was perfect. Now if only my bag handles would show up or my replacement needles so I can finish either Lacy Leaf Satchel or Larch!
February 12, 2011
When I realized that I only ordered one handle I was really mad at myself. Joanns.com charges $6 for shipping regardless of how small the item is. I was mad about the cost of shipping when I ordered the first time but I was really upset knowing that I was going to have to pay for it again. Thankfully I did have a 40% off coupon but still, $6 for shipping a handle that weighs like an ounce seems like gouging to me.
I did order the 2nd handle and I'm sure that it's on the slow boat from China just like the first one was. But that's ok, it'll give me time to put in the first liner and cut out the inner liner. So that way when the second handle arrives, I'll be ready.
February 11, 2011
My rating: 2 out of 5 stars. I liked it but I didn't love it. It took a long time to get to anything that I really found interesting.
February 10, 2011
From the book:
Set in the near-future, Into the Forest is a powerfully imagined novel that focuses on the relationship between two teenage sisters living alone in their Northern California forest home.
Over 30 miles from the nearest town, and several miles away from their nearest neighbor, Nell and Eva struggle to survive as society begins to decay and collapse around them. No single event precedes society's fall. There is talk of a war overseas and upheaval in Congress, but it still comes as a shock when the electricity runs out and gas is nowhere to be found. The sisters consume the resources left in the house, waiting for the power to return. Their arrival into adulthood, however, forces them to reexamine their place in the world and their relationship to the land and each other.
Reminiscent of Margaret Atwood's A Handmaid's Tale, Into the Forest is a mesmerizing and thought-provoking novel of hope and despair set in a frighteningly plausible near-future America.
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars. I liked it but I didn't like the end.
February 9, 2011
I packed it 2.5 miles in just for the chance that I would get to knit in one of the most beautiful places in the world and it was pretty much all ours. We only saw one other couple all day.
Self portrait by Hubbs.
Thank goodness for self timers on cameras!
It was a great way to spend a Saturday. I still want to go back again in the spring time.
February 8, 2011
and I really fell in love with Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light. It is beautiful and the colors made me want a piece of pumpkin pie.
So I swatched and got gauge. So I cast on and was able to knit a few rows before bed time. I carefully put Larch into my knitting bag and off I went.
The next day I come home, did my chores and finally after waiting all day to work on it again, I pick up my needles. And that's when I saw it...someone had chewed the tip off the needle! My beautiful Harmony interchangeables! Devastation...so sad.
And that was the beginning to a week that went down hill from there but those stories aren't worth repeating. However I did order replacement tips but Knit Picks seems to use the slow boat from China when they ship unless you're willing to pay a lot more in shipping, which I'm not.
So in the mean time I found a different project to start. I swatched and cast on for Roheline by Suvi Simola. Pictures will be forth coming in a future post. We all know that I can't go without a knitting project and I'm still waiting on the handles to finish Lacy Leaf Satchel so there was no help there. But at least I have something to work on and it was something that I wanted to work on since the new Twist Collective came out a while back.
So that's it for now...off to work on Roheline.