There's a bit of a sale at the shop!!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

We're to start our annual Christmas tour and then we're heading to the Berkshires in MA for the week to hide and hopefully I can get a lot of knitting done for ME! Dad's sweater is near completion. I just need to do the button band and shawl collar and maybe block it. I hope to get this done by Friday. If I don't I will give it to him on Sunday when I see him again.

Have a happy healthy Christmas and I'll see you in the New Year!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

For those who saw the Twilight movie

Someone sent this to me today and I just had to share it. I laughed so hard.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Did you know?

Cat Bordhi wrote a real book? I was looking around on amazon today and I see this book on my homepage and I notice that the author is Cat Bordhi. I click on it thinking, that can't be right Cat Bordhi writes knitting books. Nope I was wrong she also write literate. I wonder if it's any good?

This Sweater is Cursed

I've been spending my little blogging hiatus going to Christmas parties, being sick and working feverishly on Dad's sweater. Sunday I managaed to finish the sleeves, attach them and start the the shoulder shaping. Last night I was one repeat away from finishing the shaping and I realized that I had misread the pattern (ok sweater not cursed, I just can't read) and I have to rip back everything from the white line up.

I nearly cried last night when I noticed. Carl made me put down my knitting and step away. I woke up this morning to learn that I could save 7 rows more than I thought I could last night. I threw in a safety line and now I'm going to frog. I thought I was going to have this done by Christmas but now I'm just not sure.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Apparently I can't read

I've been working on dad's sweater and I have the body pretty much done and I have started the first sleeve. Things were looking good till I read the packaging my circle needle came in and I realized I'm knitting the body on a size 9 but the sleeves on a 10! OY!!! I re-checked my guage and its a stitch bigger than it should be on the 9's which I'm ok with since the more room the better for dad. It also means that my sleeves are now 1.5 sts bigger than they should be. I hope he doesn't notice because there's no going back now. Seriously, what kind of drugs was I on when I started this sweater? I guess I should stop worrying and just get back to knitting. But what am I going to do when I get to the saddle shoulder??? Leave it to me to fuck up something this big on this tight of a schedule.

Friday, December 12, 2008

EtsyKnitters Trunk Show Tonight

We're doing a little trunk show - online - tonight! 3:30 EST, 6:30 PST. I"m going to try to make it for the very begininng before I have to head out to another Christmas party (luckily I can make an ass out of myself at this one). Stop by and see what other knitters are making.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Shop Update!

And its just in time. All the rovings sold out this afternoon. But don't you roving is here!

These are some of my favorites:

I'm using two new fiber/fiber blends this time around, BFL (blue faced Leicester) and a merino/bamboo blend. I really love them both but for different reasons. The merino/bamboo blend is super luxurious and the BFL is more natural but soft. I will continue to superwash merino but it nice to play with new fibers. 


Friday, December 5, 2008

Tis the Season

For Alyssa to get drunk and make an ass out of herself. We had our first Christmas party last night and it was thrown by one of the real estate agents Carl works with. I swear I didn't have that much to drink but it hit me like a ton of bricks. All I know is I was very vocal, happy and dropsy. I think I spilled a drink down the front of me because I was trying to listen to someone and I forgot I was holding a drink. Oh I engaged some stranger is a discussion (read debate) about the merits of religon. I nearly dropped a cupcake on the floor but saved it. The caterors were nice enough to congratulate me on averting that disaster. Luckily, I didn't really know any of these people and Carl says I wasn't really that bad I just uninhibited. So I don't think you'll be shocked when I tell you I will not be drinking more than ONE (yes one) glass of wine at any of the other parties this holiday season. At least I was happy right?

Anyway, Carl left tonight for a trip to Vegas with the boys so I have the house to myself which is freakin fabulous. I just ordered in some dinner and I'm getting ready to watch the next episode of Summer Heights while I work on Dad's cardigan.  Have you been watching Summer Heights on HBO? Its so funny, check it out.

Tomorrow I'm getting up early to go home and dye some more rovings for the shop which should be fun. Then I have another Christmas party. Let's hope I can stick with the one drink thing so I don't make an ass out of myself there. Seriously, I'm never like this...I just don't understand what happened last night? I guess I have to stop thinking about this. 

I never showed you all the Baby Surprise Jacket! I still have to weave in the ends and seam up the one for Violetta but the one for Tommy is completed and has been sent off to Argentina. I even got a chance to size it up on baby before it went out and I think it will fit.

It took me forever to find little soccer ball buttons but I'm so glad I did because its PERFECT!

Ok I'm off to work on Dad's GIANT cardigan. Have a great weekend and wish me luck with whole not making an ass out of myself thing!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

how cute is this?

I know I should be cleaning but etsy distracted me. See cute!


It's been quite a week. Because both our parents are divorced we have quite a bit of traveling to do each holiday season. Thursday we split up and I went to my mom's and Carl went to his dad's. Then on Friday we went to my Dad's in Connecticut and then we took an early morning ferry to Port Jefferson, NY on Saturday so we could drive over to his Mom's place on the Northfork of Long Island. Finally on Sunday we got to come home and not eat turkey.  In addition to adding more miles onto my car I did manage to finish both Baby Surprise Jackets and the hat for my brother so I really do feel like I accomplish something and I gorged myself on 3 thanksgiving dinners.

The yarn for Dad's caridgan showed up on Monday and I cast-on as soon as I got home from work. I now have about 6 inches done. We watched a Stephen Segal (sorry if I spelled that wrong but I just don't care enough to learn how to spell his name) movie last night and I managed to get through a lot of stockinette while watching trying  not watching). I'm still worried that the XL will be too big for him but my Step-mom confirmed that he is indeed an XL. I can wrap the thing around me twice!! I just don't think my Dad is that big but Carl says he's a big man (both in height and girth) so I shouldn't worry so much. So I'm going to just keep going and trust that I'm doing this right.

We have people coming over tonight so I need to get off the computer and finish cleaning. And I should probably try to get a few rows done on the cardigan before they get here...stupid guests...

Oh and I keep meaning to tell you all the read the Sookie Stackhouse books, you know the one's that TrueBlood based on. They're so good! I'm now on book 6 and I have to say I love Eric and Sookie needs to stop it with these other supernatural beings and just hump Eric. (sorry for the rant) You probably don't understand what I'm talking about so just go read the books. I promise you'll like them.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


New Twist Collective is up! I'm probably late to the party but I thought I'd share anyway.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Elements Fiber Club

Tonight I launched the Elements Fiber Club over at the shop. Here are the details:

4 or 8 ounces (your choice) of buttery superwash merino roving inspired by one the four elements will be shipped to you every three months for a full year of spinning goodness:

March - Air
June - Fire
September - Water
December - Earth

Sign ups will close on February 15, 2009 to allow me time to dye up the orders.

I think this will be fun! I hope you all enjoy.

I must be taking crazy pills

With 29 days left before Christmas I had the brilliant idea of making my dad a sweater for Christmas. I just ordered the yarn from knit picks to make Smokin' by Jared Flood. I've been wanting to make my dad a nice old-man cardigan for while now and for some reason I thought this was the perfect time to cast on. The good things are that its knit in bulky yarn and my dad is very understanding. The bad thing is that my dad is HUGE! And there are no other males around of similar size so I can't even use them as a guide. I guess I will have to work with my stepmom to see if she can steal me a sweater of Dad's that I can then measure and work off of for size. Ugh its going to be a giant knit-a-thon till Christmas.

Thankfully the Baby Surprise Jackets are just about done. I hope to finish them tonight and then I just need to find buttons for the boy jacket and I'm done. Then I have my brother's hat but that shouldn't take too long since its just a hat. After that I think I'm done but who knows what else will show up on the knitting list.

And of course Kim Hargreaves has to have a new book out. The patterns in Amber are pretty but its still no Heartfelt. Though it doesn't keep me from drooling and wanting to buy the book. I need to get Thrown Together and Nectar too. Maybe Santa will get them for me...

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Whoa Hang Over

I went to see Twilight last night with some coworkers and friends. We got to the theatre at about 5:30 for the 7:00 show. We smuggled in some spiked hot chocolate and some wine for the show (hey it was a Friday night). We waited in line stuffing ourselves full for junkie movie theatre snacks and eventually they let us in the theatre. It was a freaking mad rush to get to seats like a Loehman's sale in there. I think I punched a lady when I tried to wave to my friends to get their attention about some seats. Once the mayhem was over we settled in with our drinks and waited for the movie to start. Personally, I enjoyed the whole experience of the movie. It was cheesy and parts of it were just SO wrong but I enjoyed it as a movie. Plus, we were basically a theatre full of adult women acting like 14 year old girls and I was in the drunk section (we made friends with the other alchies that were sitting behind us). I had a great time.

After the movie my friends and I said by to my coworkers and headed out to find a bar. Somehow my plan of just going to the movies on Friday turned into an all night Twilight Party. So now I'm sitting here, unable to sleep anymore, kind of hoarse and with a headache. Thankfully all I have to do today is see Carl's mother...sweet! Hopefully I can shake this off before we meet up with her. Oh I also have to go to the post office. I can't forget to do that.

I hope you all had a good Friday night! Let me know what you thought of Twilight if you saw it. We were a pretty divided front last night.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Leaf Green Handmade

I keep forgeting to post about this but my lovely blogging friend Lin (of Queen of the Froggers) has an etsy store with really lovely handknit items. I recently purchased this super cute pouch (I stole your photo Lin because I can't find my camera at the moment):

I use it for all sorts of things but the mostly it hold my ipod. It's perfect for when I'm at the gym. I can throw my ipod, lock key and any other little things I need in there and carry it around with me. 

She recently reviewed me and my shop as part of a little blogging experiment called "People Behind the Shop". You can read my interview here but you all know who I am. I really just want to spotlight Lin and her shop because frankly, she's awesome. And I like to support my fellow knitter, blogger and/or etsy sellers.

Now I'm off to find warm clothes and some dinner.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


I just found the most awesome thing I've ever seen!!! They have FRAGGLE ROCK on dvd!!

Shop Update!

I updated the shop tonight.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Woo Hoo

I crochted something!

It really is some "Thing" its all wonky and strange but its a start. I will cherish it forever...

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Sleepy and Stained

Since the rovings basically sold out in a day I needed to go home today to dye up more. I managed to dye about 8 more things of roving, 5 skeins of lace weight, 3 special skeins for my friends at L&V and 4 bulky skeins for a christmas present. I'm totally exhausted and my hands are all stained. I never know how to explain the stained hands when I go back to work the Monday after dyeing. I wonder if anyone really notices my blue, pink, brown, green...whatever color fingers. I wonder what they would say if they knew. Maybe they don't notice but I should really be more careful when I'm dyeing. 

I also picked up one of my 6 (Yes SIX) textbooks for the CFA I exam that I'm taking in June. I guess life as I know it is over till exam is over. Its going to be weird studying again but I need to do something to further my career. So study it is. I tried to start on the train tonight but I kept falling asleep. I guess I can start tomorrow when I'm rested.

After reading the comments I think I have to tell you all that I do wear gloves while I'm mixing and dyeing but I think I get dye on me during those times when they're off. I think I need to pay more attention since I just attract dirt.

Oh and can someone explain to me the point of yarn dots?

Friday, November 14, 2008

So close but so far

I was about to complete my Baby Surprise Jacket and then I ran out of yarn about 40 or so stitches from the end. I'm so mad because I'm completely out of the pink color. Luckily I have another ball on order from Knit Picks and hopefully I'll get it soon. So sad, I really want to seam this one up this weekend. But you have to move on so I've put the stitches on a holder and I guess I'm going to cast on the second Baby Surprise Jacket tomorrow. 

This one is for Carl's nephew, Tommy, and will be made in cream and red. Because they live in Argentina I want to pick up some little soccer ball buttons for his sweater. Now I only have to figure out what kind of buttons to put on Violetta's sweater? Maybe I can run to Joanns when I'm at home this weekend and see what they have.

Now its back to relaxing! Oh and, 7 MORE DAYS TILL TWILIGHT!!!


Ok its not my contest but its a contest. Tell Karen the Choo Choo Knitter you're secret obsession!

Go now! (look at me being forceful)

Thursday, November 13, 2008


I've been feverishly working on the Baby Surprise Jacket for Carl's niece and I've made a lot of progress. I've been watching along with Meg Swansen's video to ensure I don't make a mistake.

I'm scared I might run out of the pink color so I'm trying to use as much of the white as possible since I have 3 or 4 balls of it. Fingers-crossed I have enough yarn.

Sorry this is going to be a rather distracted post because I made the mistake of trying to write this while watching Little Britain USA. I can't focus, must watch and laugh.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I'm a Yarnie

I've been added as a Yarnie on Ravelry so stash your purchases and projects so I can see what you make!

Monday, November 10, 2008


I finished the Winter Twilight Mittens. I even weaved in the ends!! 

They're perfect!

Now all I have to do is finish my:
  1. Gossamer Shawl
  2. Clapotis
  3. Mesh Gloves
  4. The Argyle Socks for my Grandpa
  5. Brother's Christmas Present (shhh its a secret)
  6. Swirl Shawl
But I think I might cast-on a Baby Surprise Jacket for one of Carl's nieces but then I have to think of something else to make for all the other little ones in his family. That means I have to figure out 3 other little kid/baby project that will whip up relatively quickly. Any suggestions?

Ok I'm going to get back to Inside the Actors Studio and enjoying my very warm and stylish hands!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

In my dreams

When I was in Alexandria, VA last weekend we went through the old torpido factory which is now being used as artist studio space. Each artist has their own little studio space where you can watch them work and see their art. I wish I could find a small space of my own somewhere in this city to setup a studio. Unfortunately, dyeing yarn/roving isn't really considered "art" by those who would be able to provide space like that (oh and I don't live in Virginia) so I guess I will have to be content dreaming about it. It would be so lovely to have a little space to call my own with a large table/work surface, a stove and oven, a sink and nice lighting. It would be great if I didn't have to pack everything away into a plastic tub at the end of the day like I'm packing away part of me. Plus, it would just be nice to have a space of my own. 

Oh well, one day.

Friday, November 7, 2008

I was on my way to get coffee

when I saw that someone had posted this at Ravelry:

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Shop Update

I added my first ever rovings to the shop. There are a few in the bunch that I really want to keep for myself but they're for the store so I have to part with them.

here's a sneak peak:

WOW half my rovings are gone and its been just over an hour since I put them up!! Thank you guys for the support! I guess I have to dye some more rovings for you all.

Sometimes I love mornings

I'm sitting here having my coffee and watching Saved by the Bell and its still awesome. They're playing a beach episode, I loved when they worked at the beach club. Oh those crazy kids.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Exploding Brain

Since class ended on Sunday my mind has been very busy coming up with designs. As I was walking to work this morning I passed a lady in lovely grey cardigan and thought...oo if I tweak this and add the time I got to work I had an entire sweater outlined in my head. I'm guessing its time for me to grab a notebook so I can commit these ideas to paper. I'm excited about this new creative spark. However, I think knitting is starting to take over my life. I don't mind but I'm running out of room in my little brain for other non-knitter things. Oh well, I guess it could be worse!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

I heart Stefanie!

I just got back from my knitting retreatie thing with Stefanie Japel and I have to say I had an amazing time. If you don't know who she is you really should because not only is she an amazing designer she's also the sweetest person I think I have ever met. My friend and I drove down to Alexandria, VA on Friday afternoon and we arrived just in time to meet Stefanie at Knit Happens so we could get our books signed (oh yah she has a new book out called Glam Knits and its great!). We arrived at the store around maybe 8:30 so it was pretty quiet. We got some alone time with her before the classes started the next day.  I have to say I was a little in awe of her. What do you say? "um, I like your patterns I think they're neat" ...actually that might have been what I said now that I think about it. Luckily, my friend can talk to anyone about anything so I just let her go and jumped in when I could (and I probably jumped in with super insightful comments like the one above).  One thing we didn't realize when we signed up was that we were the only people coming in from out of town so once we checked in with the ladies at the shop they were a like "so you guys are the ones from New York, we were waiting to meet you. I can't believe you all drove down here for this that's awesome." Soon it seemed like everyone knew we were the knitters from New York. It felt a little like we were extra special for making the trip. I'm sure we weren't but it put a little spring in your step whenever someone in class would turn to you say "oh I heard there were a few girls coming from New York its so nice to meet you."

We left Stefanie to find some dinner and stumbled upon this really cute Spanish/Mexican/South American (we still aren't sure what kind of food it really was) place and decided to grab some margaritas and some food (which do you think was my priority!). We walked in and were instantly amused. All the waiters were dressed in costume (it was Halloween) while the patrons were dressed rather smartly. The lady next to us was actually wearing a tweed jacket with leather elbow patches! Anyway, the whole time we're there more and more waitstaff appear in increasingly more bizarre costumes. There was an Arab, the scream guy, Dracula (of course), a slutty bee, a slutty little Miss Muffet and our waiter a little man in a giant afro and tie-dyed shirt. The whole thing was surreal and we just laughed and laughed (ok some of the laughing may have been alcohol induced). The food was amazing, the drinks were strong and all in all we had an awesome time. We got back to the hotel knit, giggled and passed out.

My other friend drove down from New Jersey Saturday morning and met us at the hotel just in time to walk to class. We spent the whole day learning how to construct a top down raglan, how to add design features and adjust for our body types. And then we all got to work designing our own creations. I've had this one idea in my head for quite some time now so I was really eager to get it out of my head and onto some paper. Stefanie helped me work out the kinks and by Sunday I had it started on my needles. Now when I say started, I mean that I have 9 rows done but I know how to make the body. I need to figure out my sleeves and my collar but I figure get the body done and then I can move onto the other bits, right?

It was a great weekend and now I'm super tired and want to crash. Before I do, I want to share the only picture I got all weekend. This is our entire class with Stefanie:

Yes, that's me in the front with the Glampyre herself. I don't know how I got to be in front or why I'm slouching in such an unattractive manner but its photographic proof that I have met I real knitting celeb! Now that we've met her, my friends and I think she needs to move her little butt out of New Mexico to New York because...well...we're selfish and want her here!

Ok time to unpack and maybe sleep. I hope you all had great weekends too!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Turkish Baths are off!

That's right! I didn't have to go to the Turkish Baths tonight! Unfortunately, our plans were cancelled because Carl came down with some kind of stomach bug. I put him to bed and I'm watch some Inspector Lynly while I work on my gauge swatch for my designing class with Stephanie Japel this weekend!! I'm so exicted. I can't wait to tell you all about it when I get back.

Equus and Turkish Baths

Last night a couple girlfriends and I went to see Equus. I have to say it was phenominal and very intense. I thought the Daniel Radcliffe was amazing. Its the kind of play where the main characters are never really offstage and he never faltered. The naked scene was slightly awkward (I also think it might have been a little cold in the theatre) but once all the stripping was over and they got back to the action and talking I forgot all about the nudity. If you don't mind a slightly out there play with nudity that is VERY well written and acted go see it. 

So I'm having my morning coffee right now (don't worry the coffee is on the table and the computer is on my lap just in case I spill again) and I'm trying to prepare myself for the day. I'm off tomorrow so I can head to VA for a class with Stephanie Japel so I have a lot to get done at work before I can leave. But that's not what I'm preparing for. The other day Carl asked if I would go to this Turkish bath place with him tonight. I said sure because I'm a good girlfriend. I went on the site last night to see what treatments they have and I was shocked! Every description scared the crap out of me. I kept hearing this deep eastern european voice as a read descriptions like "we'll beat and pound out the stress" "we hit you with brooms" "if you want us to be gentle tell us" and various other things (yes there is actually a treatment where they whack you with some sort of broom). I'm sure they aren't as violent as they sound but the descriptions don't encourage me to find out! Hopefully, I make it out alive tonight.

I know I haven't talked about my knitting very much this week but I really haven't done much. I still have a mitten to finish and I'm working on both my shawls. I've also been really into my spindle at the moment. Tonight I have to start winding all my yarn for class and knitting up a guage swatch. Of course that all depends on how bruised and beaten I am after this whole Turkish bath thing.

Off to work, have a good Thursday.

Monday, October 27, 2008


I finally figured out the support spindle!! And by "figured it out" I mean that I stalked Cat from on plurk and asked her if she had any pointers. Apparently you need to hold the fiber at about a 45 degree angle from the tip of the sindle. Once you hit the correct angle the twist will actually start to travel up the leader/fiber. I kept trying to spin at a 90 degree angle and the twist never came. I nearly chucked thing across the room it was so frustrating. But now that I know, I'm making things yarn not pretty yarn but yarn all the same. So I should say a very big THANK YOU to Cat for helping me out (not that she read the blog but I still want to put that out there). I thought I was losing my mind when I couldn't figure the little bugger out. THANK YOU CAT!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

I dyed

I decided today I would dye some of the roving I bought. I think I had a little too much fun since I managed to dye about 3 of 5 pounds I have. They're all superwash merino and they feel like butter (really want to spin them). There are a few colorways I want to keep for myself but alas they must be sold.

They are all drying at my mom's house in the burbs. I'll pick then up on sunday and will hopefully have them in the shop next week.

I just made it back to the city and I'm exhausted. I asked my brother to get me a supported spindle for my birthday and it finally arrived so I'm trying to figure out how to use this thing but I'm at a complete lose. Anybody able to help (click the link to see what kind I got). Iwill love you forever if you can.

I was going to make potato and cheddar soup for dinner tonight but I am way too tired to make soup from scratch. I guess I'll make up a batch on friday when I'm off. Then Carl will have food for the weekend while I'm away with a few friends. It really is the best fall weather soup. So yummy with crusty I'm salivating.

Ok collapsing. I watched Lost in Austen yesterday and now I'm in the mood for a little Darcy so I'm going to curl up with Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife and read (I think this is the fifth time I've read this does Mr. Darcy take her!...SWOON).

Friday, October 24, 2008

Scaring the "In-Crowd"

I finished book in the Southern Vampire series (the books True Blood is based on) last night and had nothing to read on the bus this morning so I grab my copy of In Sheep's Clothing that I just received yesterday and headed out the door. I got on the bus, found me a seat and started reading. Next thing I know the little fashionistas on the bus are looking at me all strange-like. I started to chuckle a little inside, is it wrong that I found/find enjoyment in frightening them just a little?

Today I raise my geek flag a little higher!

Why I can't have nice things...

I got up early, grabbed some coffee and my spinning and sat down at the computer to check ravelry quickly before I started my spinning. Next thing I know I'm spilling my coffee all over our BRAND NEW LAPTOP while Carl stares at me in horror. Next thing I know I'm jumping up to get paper towels, dumping the coffee out of the computer onto the coffee table (yah that has a whole new meaning now) and running to the bathroom to start blow drying the keyboard dry.

I guess I'm not spinning this morning and I guess I will have to drink my coffee before I get on the computer in the morning. 

At least its friday!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Knitting Goodies!

The HR lady at work gave me a gift certificate to knitpicks for my birthday. Of course I ordered some goodies right away. I picked up Knitting Lace with Meg Swanson and the knee-sel. I think knitpicks finally figured out how to ship in a timely manner because I placed the order on friday and it arrived today! I haven't been able to watch the DVD yet because Carl has been here and I think he'd kill me if I tried to make him watch it. I did however whip out my chart for the Winter Twilight Mittens so I could try out the knee-sel. This thing is awesome!!! I hated working on patterns with charts because I could never find a place to put my pattern where I could read it and knit at the same time. But now it's just right there in front of me!! Ok I know I sound like one of those sales people on HSN or QVC or something but this is thing is freakin awesome. I think I see many more charted patterns in my future. 

Anyway, I've been waking up super early of late. OK 6 am is not super early but it is when you're 25, you live 20 minutes from work and you don't have to be there till 9am. I keep waking up at 6am bright-eyed and bushy-tailed ready to start the day. Carl however, has been sleeping in so my being awake annoys him so I have taken to sneaking up to the living room and knitting or spinning. I thinke this is the perfect way to start the day. I get a little coffee from the deli across the street and say hi to my coffee guys, then I come home, pop in something good to watch and I knit or spin. Its just so wonderful. I think its starting to effect my attitude too. I've been in a rather crummy mood the last few days but after some days of early morning me time I'm starting to feel a mood shift. I'm actually a little happier anbd pleasant! I know! 

Sorry, Carl just walked in with really good cookies, I'm trying not to salivate too much on the keyboard right now. I should probably take that as a sign to leave you. Have a good night!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

And the winner is...

Aunt Kathy!!! You have won two beautiful skeins of natural wool from Sankow's Beaver Brook Farm in Lyme, CT. In total I think there are about 450 yards. This stuff is beautiful, despite my crappy pictures. Email me (address in sidebar!) and we'll arrange shipment!

Aunt Kathy's Story:

I always remember my 15th birthday as being special, but can I tell you why? NO, it just was. Also every year once we were a teenager our dad would take us out to dinner at a grown up restaurant just the birthday girl and him. Those were very special.

Now every year, my mom and my two sisters and I always celebrate our birthdays on the same day in a Mexican restaurant and we flirt with the waiter and say OLE when we eat a red chip. One year the ceiling fell in on us in our booth, omg that was funny.

This year however (my birthday is 11-5) I am having a life changing surgery and from here on out this year will always be the birthday I LOVE the most.

Thank you all for participating! It's been so much fun reading your birthday stories. And thank you Eliza for reminding me to add Kathy's story!!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!!!

YAY it's my birthday!!! I am leaving today for Rhinebeck so I won't be blogging for a few days. I thought to celebrate my little birthday I'd give my blog readers a little birthday discount at the shop. So for all of today, October 17th, you can get 20% items in the shop just by writing "I read your blog!" in the comments to the seller when you order! When I get back from Rhinebeck I will return 20% of the purchase price to you (sorry there's no easier way to do this through etsy but a deals a deal!). Enjoy!!!

Monday, October 13, 2008

It finally happened

I am officially an adult. Its Columbus Day, I have no work, we just got back from a 9 hour drive, I'm still in my 20's and I cannot sleep passed 7 AM. Yup, you heard it here first, Alyssa is all grown up.

Its just a few more days till my birthday and Rhinebeck!!! I'm starting to get excited!!! I've been making a mental list of all the things a want to get and see but I'm sure that will be thrown at the window about 20 minutes into the first day and I'm going to spend like we're not in a global recession. will be fun.

Sunday, October 12, 2008


Friday night we left at 6pm and drove from our little apartment in NYC and drove straight through the night to the Outer Banks (North Carolina) for a friends wedding. We arrived at 3 am and collasped. We woke up on Saturday and set about finding a sausage biscuit for breakfast because whenever I'm in the South that's all I want. We loaded up on food, headed back to the hotel and got ready for the wedding. It was a beautiful small wedding on the beach. It was warm but the wind was insane, by nightfall we were all freezing. Regardless of the temperature the we partied late into the night. I woke up this early this morning and decided to let Carl sleep in. I grabbed a coffee and head to the beach for some early morning reflections. I always loved the beach, especially in the morning when most people are still inside sleeping or eating breakfast. There is nothing better than feeling the rush of wind off the sea, hearing the waves beat the shore and tasting the salty air first thing in the morning. I wish I could wake up like this every morning.

Eventually, Carl woke up and we hopped in the car and drove home. So a 1,000 miles later I have one completed Winter Twilight Mittin and the second one started. I think the model in the pattern has smaller hands than I do but I like them and can't wait to have a pair.

Now that we're home we're having a much deserved cocktail, watching something on the Dust Bowl and crashing...I hope you all had an eventful weekend too!

Thursday, October 9, 2008


YSELast   Net Change   
   NWSA9.01    -0.96   
   DJIA8,579.19    -678.91   
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It's a good thing I know how to knit myself a sweater, you know in case things continue to go downhill and we don't have HEAT!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Dyeing Day

My mom is out of town this weekend so I decided to go home and turn her house into my very own dye studio. I got up early, had some coffee and boarded the train out to the burbs. I picked up the latest issue of W Magazine so I could check out the colors for the season. It was interesting but there was too much black. How many skeins of black yarn do you think I could really sell? That’s right, NONE! So I threw that to the side, put on some tunes and enjoyed the scenery.

Before I could start dyeing I had to run to Walmart to pick up a few things. Since its getting chilly and I have to hand paint outside on the deck (Mom’s rules!) I thought I’d try dyeing some solid colors in a crockpot. I figured Walmart would have the best deal and it did but, the lines were awful!! The lady in front of me took a whole 2 minutes to count out 46 cents and she only had 1 penny in there!! It was absolutely frustrating. And they had no vinegar!! I can buy a rifle but not vinegar? So weird.

Anyway, I decided to test out the crockpot with this skein of bulky weight yarn my Secret Pal sent me (pictures of the last two packages will be at the end, she spoiled me!!). It was interesting. The dyeing took more time which meant I could mix colors while dyeing which was nice. The smell wasn’t so good but then I realized I still had some packaging attached to the damn thing, I’m lucky I didn’t burn down the house! This method doesn’t require as much physical exertion as the hand painting. Normally at this point on a dye day I’m half asleep and my back is sore from bending over the table all day applying the dye. All in all I really enjoyed the process and the results.

My mother doesn’t really keep food in the house so I picked up a bag a beef jerky and survived on that all day. She has 8 different kind of V8 fusion though. I swear that woman is just weird.

I also found some dyes mom picked up for me that will work on cellulose fibers. I can’t wait to try them out! I’m a little scared though. They seem to be much more involved which means I will really have to pay attention when use them. It’s definitely a dyepot process so mom’s going to have to let me inside when I use them.

…I just realized I’m nearly 25, living with my boyfriend and pretty much an adult and I just mentioned my mother about 20x....what does that say about me?

On that note, let’s look at presents! I never shared the 2nd package from my secret pal:

I got my first ever skein of Socks the Rock (THANK YOU!!) and Knitting Vintage Socks which I have always wanted but never bought and a kit to make a tiny sock for a tiny sock blocker keychain!

My 3rd and final package was originally addressed wrong and when I tracked it USPS told me it was returned to my Pal then 2 days later it magically showed up on my doorstep!

One of her handpainted skeins and some GORGEOUS roving as well as some wonderful soap! Oh and of course the bare skein of bulky! I’m still thinking of what to make with it! You can check out her shop here she has some amazing things.

Ok Carl put on The Ruins so I’m going to snuggle up and pretend to be all girly and scared!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

How about a little contest?

Today is October 1st which means its officially the start of my birthday month!!! (yes I am that annoying, at least you all don't have to live with me) Anyway, I thought we'd do a little contest! My birthday is on the 17th and I will be at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY that weekend so I thought I could bring back an extra special prize for you all! 

This is how things will work:

  1. Tell me your favorite birthday story. It can be funny, sad, happy, embarassing...I don't care just share one of your birthday memories. - 1pt
  2. Link to the contest and let me know you did so I can run over and check - 1pt
  3. Tell me who sent you here if you found your way here from another blog or even ravelry and that person will get an extra point! (YAY recruiting others!)
Number of Points will equal the number of times your name is put in the proverbial hat! I will select a winner on Monday, October 20th 10pm (NY time). 

Now get crackin!!!! 


I feel like a real business woman!! I woke up early this morning and started reloading the notebook page of ravelry looking for my ad and its there!!! I had to reload a bunch of times but it really is there!!! Sorry for the gushing I'm just a little excited! Now I'm off to shower so I can head out to my real job.

Have a great day everyone!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

All Done!!

The coffee press cozy is done:

Carl keeps telling me that I made a condom for the damn thing! I want to know who he thinks the coffee press is sleeping with that it would require a condom???

YAY Weekend

I'm so happy it's the weekend. For some reason this week has taken a lot out of me. Between the migraines, work and family woes I'm just plain tired. It's a good thing this weekend is going to be crummy because I need a little hiding in the house and knitting time. 

Last night I stayed in because of migraine but once it started to get better I just couldn't sit still. So in preparation for my first ever ravelry ad, which will run through the month of October, I spent the evening reskeining everything that I have in stock and taking new pictures. I'm really impressed with how well everything turned out. My arm is tire
d from all the reskeining but it was well worth the effort. 

And I have ever so many FO and WIP photos for you all today!!! 

First, I finally sewed in all the ends on my Back-to-School Vest and here it is! I love it! I feel preppier already (because that's possible). 

Second, I had myself a little felting party the other night and now my french market bag is all done! I love it. Its big and room and not bulky at all. The interesting thing is that it seems to help keep one side of me very warm when I'm using it. Who knew a purse could do that?!

Third, I took a pic of my progress on the Gossamer Stole. I haven't got very far but I also haven't messed up yet! I think I'm going to just take it slow and I hope to continue my lucky streak of not fucking up!!!

And last but not least, I started the Oo la la French Press Cozy from Yarnplay at Home with some cascade I had lying around. I decided that while I work on this GIANT lace shawl that's more invovled than anything I've ever knit before (no pressure) I need to work on little projects that are simple and will knit up quickly so I can't feel like I'm accomplishing something with my knitting. 

Carl keeps waking up in the morning to find the coffee press on the coffee table but no coffee in it so he puts it back in the cupboard. Last night when he came home he saw it out again and decided to finally ask me what the heck was going on. I explained that it was my model and I think he felt relieved. I think he thought he was going a little insane there or that I was trying to tell him something. I wonder how he's going to feel when he sees the completed pink and kelly green cozy...tee hee. I guess that's what you get when you live with a girl!!!

Ok now its back to the vegging. I love weekends!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I have a girl crush on Kim Hargreaves

Ever since Heartfelt came out I've been obsessed with your patterns. I want to live in Heartfelt, its so pretty. Then today I receive an email telling me there's a new book out. WOO HOO!!! So happy!!! My commute is extra sucky this week (thank you U.N.) so I need all the happy I can get!!

And I finally got a size 5 16 inch circular needle so I can finish up my Back-to-School Vest! Maybe I can wear it to work tomorrow!

Monday, September 22, 2008

A very productive day

After a very long weekend hanging out with an old friend and her new boyfriend (I miss you Maggie!) I had to get my butt in gear and start the work week again. I some how manage to be very productive today. I caught up on a lot of work I haven't been able to get to in months. I mailed out an order and when I got home today I whipped out my new swift/reskeiner and reskeined another order.

And another order is ready to go tomorrow.

Now I'm off to relax and enjoy my evening without Carl. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

If only I had a camera II

This is becoming a regular segment! I was walking home from knitting group tonight and I walked by a closed Starbucks and there's a seemingly not homeless young man sitting cross-legged outside listening to some tunes and typing away on his laptop. Is he stealing Internet? Did they kick him out before he was done with his novel? I'm not sure, all I know is that it's weird.

In knitting news, my knitting savior Jess fixed my little mistake on the Back-to-School Vest and the armholes are now seamed properly. I'm waiting to borrow a size 5 16 inch circ from another knitting pal over the weekend so I can finish the armholes and neck. I hope to be able to wear it to work on Monday.

Now its time for me to get to sleep. NIGHT!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

If only I had a camera

I was walking to work this morning and see a little old lady walking a little white fluffy dog. You’d think that would be normal? No this poor dog had purple ears and a purple tail. WHO DYES THEIR PET? I wanted to grab that poor dog and take him to a safe place where people wouldn’t dye him. What is wrong with people?

Anyway, I haven’t fixed my vest disaster because I just don’t want to look at it right now. I’m too mad at myself to even cope with this issue. I did start the Gossamer Stole by Sharon Winsauer last night. I’m using a very pale blue colorway of Lacey Lamb by Jade Sapphire so it will either be my “something blue” if I get married at any point or it will be my old-maid shroud. We’ll see.

Other than working on the store to try to make it successful there’s not much else going on.

I hope you all have a great week!

Saturday, September 13, 2008


This is what happens when you don't pay attention while knitting:

You 3-needle bind-off the back arm holes together thus fucking up your entire garment...HELP!!! How do I undo this????

Feeling much better

I haven't had to take any pain meds today and after sleeping for nearly 24 hours yesterday I'm feeling rather rested all things considered! I decided it was time to update the shop with a few of the new colorways I had lying around in the cabinet. It wasn't a big update so I never thought it would take me nearly 5 hours to get everything ready for pictures and listing. One skein took up the bulk of my prep time. It was a 1/2 pound skein that had somehow gotten all tangled while I was dyeing it so when it came time to split it up into smaller skeins I started to have some trouble. It took me hours to split the skein up and now that's its done I can't even list it because I need to reskein them all. My plan was to split the skein in two, one into a ball to be reskein and one left on the swift that I could twist up and take photos of, this didn't happen, I know have two balls and no niddy-noddy at the moment. My mother has been staining it this week because she has outdoors space and I don't. Thankfully, my niddy-noddy and two other 1/2 pound skeins will be arriving on monday. I guess all is not lost.

Carl is at the Mets double-header today so I get a lot of alone time. I plan on watch more girly tv before he gets back and spoils it.

Friday, September 12, 2008


I was blessed to have inherited bad teeth. Yah, they look perfectly fine but I'm waiting for the day when I start setting off metal detectors with all my fillings. Because of this I had to have a tooth extracted this morning. It was beyond saving and will now have to be replaced by an implant. So I have spent my morning and afternoon stoned on the pain meds, sleeping on the couch and watching crap tv. Carl is working from home today so he can take care of me but everytime he sees one of the gauze he makes a face and looks like he's about to bolt, the poor guy. But I'm very glad he stayed. It means I don't have to go up and down the staircase of death to get things like my pillow or shorts.

I hoping I can stay sober long enough to finish the Back to School Vest. I'm on my last strap and then I can seam up then do the neck and armholes. I need to find a US#5 16 inch circle though, do you think Carl would run out and grab one for me? I do have an in progress picture:

Yah its upside down but I can't be bothered to rotate it at the moment. And I guess it kind of expresses how I feel at the moment.

Thank you all for your support with my zit. It was just so annoying to have someone pointing it out all the freaking time. Its nice to know that many of us suffer from this from time to time.

Ok I guess I should lie back down because the meds are wearing off and the pain is coming back. Stupid teeth!

And I apologize if this makes no sense at all.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


I have nothing knitting or fiber related to dicuss today so if you're looking for that kind of post please feel free to move on to the next blog. Today I just need to vent about my zit. Yes, this morning I woke up with a huge zit right in the middle of forehead. It's like my third eye only vile and awful and something I wish I could rip off my face. But I'm 24 and I've had zits before. Why does this one zit annoy me so much? Well, I'll tell you! It annoys me because everyone points it out. It feels like 30 people have said to me today "wow, that's a big one and its right in the middle of your forehead!" Its not like I haven't noticed it people!!! Please stop pointing it out to me!! This is worse than high school!! I'm an adult, isn't this part of my life supposed to be over??? UGH!!!

I'm off to find my Zeno so I can zap the sucker...thank you for listening.

Friday, September 5, 2008

L&V Made My Day

I'm sitting at work today have a really crap day. I'm listening to the new Lime & Violet Episode happily chuckling away at their antics when they review my shop! I couldn't stop giggling with joy! They're the best. They always make me laugh and its nice to have their approval. Thank you thank you thank you! I got back from work late tonight and I still have some more work to do tomorrow but it doesn't matter because I'm on cloud-9!

I'm hoping the hurricane doesn't ruin my dyeing plans on Sunday. I don't think my mom will let me dye indoors since she's already a little mad at me for dyeing a tiny tiny tiny tiny spot of her deck blue the other weekend but I guess she can't complain if there's a hurricane blowing through now can she!

I'm off to relax and watch all tbe Brit-coms on PBS while Carl's at the Mets game. I'm making a lot of progress on my Back-to-School Vest and hope to finish it up this weekend.

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, September 4, 2008


In more ways than one. The beast in my tummy has been keeping me up for the last few nights and no I'm not pregnant its just a little sensitive at the moment. Anyway, I'm exhausted and took the day to rest because there was no way I was making it through a whole day at work without a nap or 12. And since I'm home and my allergies are insane at the moment I'm taking this opportunity to pump myself full of decongestant so frankly I'm a little high at the moment, its kind of nice. I decided that this is the perfect time to work on my spinning! I haven't been able to find the spindle I've been working on for the past few months. I keep rearranging my stash thinking it will magically turn up but still nothing. I'm very close to finishing the roving I was working on and its very frustrating that I can't find it and finish it already but I wanted to spin so I broke out another spindle and start on some roving from my stash.

I bought this batt from CJKopec months and months ago and I'm happy I'm finally spinning it up. The colors were a little darker than I though they were going to be. Even in my picture it looks more blue and purple than black but now that I'm spinning with it I L-O-V-E love it!! It spins like a dream!

All the way in the back of the picture you can see a little brown mound of knitting, that's my Back-to-School Vest by Stephanie Japel. I can't wait till its done so I can wear to her little retreat thing in November! Is that ok? Or is that like wearing the tee shirt of the band you're seeing? You have to let me know if I'm committing some sort of knitting sin!

Ok back to sleepies for me, decongestants are fun and all but man they mess me up.