Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Here is the picture of Clapotis from Knitty.com-I hope I"m not breaking the law by showing this-fingers crossed! Isn't it so beautiful? Posted by Hello

Clapotis and Knitcast

So I admit it. I have joined the Clapotis mania! I realize I am late jumping on this bandwagon, but I just wasn't ready yet. (For those of you who don't know what I am talking about, I am referring to the pattern found on Knitty.com that has become very popular.) I don't know which yarn I am going to use, but am totally up for some suggestions. This scarf brings back memories of the year I spent living as a student in France. Let me tell you, a scarf can make an outfit and Clapotis is so that scarf. While I was surfing for some Clapotis ideas, I ran into knitcast.com- A RADIO SHOW ABOUT KNITTING!!!! My two loves have married and I am so happy to find it! The most recent edition features Kate Gilbert, Clapotis designer. I am so adding it to my links when I can. I must admit there are a few boring installments (the show involving wendyknits was a little above my head) but overall it is so cool. Download an installment and knit as you listen!
Also, we had a yarn swap at SnB last night and I ended up with tons of pale green cotton(?). ---And there was a man knitter---I should embrace this, but I have to admit, I was a little surprised at first, but Todd is so good.This guy is totally cool and teaches sock and glove classes. Maybe I will be inspired enough to tackle some socks!

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Sunday post #2

Two posts in one day, shameful I know. Yeterday I went to Lake Oswego with Ben and Lindee and visited the new yarn store "Tangle". It was so cool. Huge, beautiful, great prices and selection and the owner was so nice to me even though I looked like a ragamuffin. Lidee got me some wool for a felted bag I want to do. (Thanks girl!!!) I'm thinking a variation on the buttonhole bag-maybe with stars knitted into it? and the best aquisistion of the day was some addi turbos!!***Sidenote-Early yesterday morning I volunteered with some co-workers to serve breakfast at a shelter. It was a lot of un-and the place was awesome. It's called "The Blanchette House" and runs entirely on donations. We (Starbucks) donate food to them. I think that I will do it a few times a month. Posted by Hello

The cozy I knit Friday night

I knit this cozy from scrap yarn and no pattern. I just wanted to see if I could knit something using the fair isle method-and I can. It looks less frumpy in real life-my scanner couldn't make anything look good!-I looked at the cozy pattern in Stitch and Bitch, but it was huge and overly complicated for such a simple idea. I decided on a red cross because my phone's beat up and needs some "first aid". I definitely think that as a knitter(and life in general) I like to look at patterns for inspiration, but would rather figure out a different way that suits me. Everyone probably does this, and I'm sure I'll run into problems the more complicated I get-oh well.Posted by Hello

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Remember that greeting card swap a few weeks back? Well, I got mine today! These three cards are from Erin Klauk in Brooklyn. Aren't they awesome? So very professional. I feel bad for her because the ones I sent her were not nearly as cute!
*** Lindee came over today and the weather was/is beautiful. We went to Mt. Tabor park and played catch with Foster. If you ever go to Portland, you should check out this park-it has some great trails and awesome views.
***Yesterday I finally got my Portland Library card and was able to explore the gigantic downtown library. It is truly stunning. I got some of the "Mary Frances" books suggested by Amy from Angry Chicken. They are so funny, check them out. I also got a book about the history of domestic advice in America-really cool. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Self-Portrait Day

There's this thing going around called "Self Portrait Day" where you can submit a picture from your blog/site and then they post it and all these people get to see it and it potentially creates a new network of "web colleagues". Anyway, so not ready to do that, but I thought it was an interesting idea to set aside a day of the week for it. I am still using Lindee's camera-so I can actually take a picture. We'll see if I keep up with it.
So I live in the "Alberta Arts" neighborhood and the last Thursday of every month they have this huge flea mart type thing where random folks sell their goods on the street. I am kinda thinking about making a zine and a few others things and selling them there. I don't want to give away too many details-I am superstitious like that. Also, I am working on a project where i've created a blog from the life of a character I'd like to use someday. I am hoping to get responses from people about topics posted in order to be able to better identify with her fictional situation. Does this make sense? Is it mean? People who would read her blog have no way of connecting us (i think). We'll see what happens.

First entry for Self-Portrait Tuesday, not that I am actually entering it anywhere except on my blog, but you get the picture. Posted by Hello

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Right: Me and my Dad at an Edison Company picnic-Left: James and his dad on Christmas Posted by Hello

Happy Father's Day and buy nothing

Just wanted to give a shout out to my Dad-happy father's day (and James' dad, too). You really should all be amazed-my dad is alive and well after raising 8 crazy girls and 1 boy!!! It's truly amazing, I know. I can't fathom how it was done, the money, the stress, remebering names...thanks dad-we totally owe you one (I mean, we owe you a LOT).
Today I decided that I will buy nothing until my fam visits on the 2nd of July. Now, there are exceptions to every rule, I will allow myself 5 food items and to mail JuJu's promised package (I can't be a flake)-but other than that-I will buy nothing. Maybe this sounds normal to you, maybe it sounds crazy-but I need to do it. I have a bunch of new knitting books, decent enough yarn, some notions, fabric, magazines, more than enough to keep me busy. Recently I find myself buying food out when I have more than enough at home, buying coffee-when I get FREE drinks at work, and obsessively buying books and magazines, when I have more than I can handle. I must stop. I'm thinking I will try to create something new everyday as well. I want to continue this all summer-but not while my sisters are here-that can't count. It seems so silly that I have to declare a "Buy Nothing Fortnight" but I've just got to do it.

Here are a few of my crafty weekend endeavors. I made tiny clay sushi and used it to top some homemade knitting needles and stitch markers. It was really fun, a little squirrely-but with a couple of tools I think I could improve greatly. I am sending this package to JuJu, (from JuJu loves polka dots)-as a thank you for the wonderful goodie bag I got earlier this week. I will post more later, for now my favorite NPR stuff is on!!! Posted by Hello

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Today is a great mail day

Just a short post of the awesome mail I got today. Thanks Juju (www.jujulovespolkadots.typepad.com) for the most beautiful package.

The cover does not do this justice. It is written by the owner of Purl (the most beautiful yarn shop) who was also an editor for Martha Stewart Living. Posted by Hello

This book has cute anecdotes like a list of movies to watch while knitting, what to put in a "knitter's gift basket" and how to brew a proper pot of tea. Posted by Hello

The package included beatiful fabric, images, and the best beaded pink penguin ever!! Posted by Hello

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

In desperate need of some down time

So, lately I've been working too much, so I informed my boss that I'd like to have my schedule pared down a bit. I am so looking forward to a little more "me" time and a little less "frappaccino" time.
***In more important news...***
- I am still knitting the baby sweater and the neck shaping is going along quite nice. I figure it's all downhill from here.
- I am constantly thinking about posting the mini-sweater pattern, but I'd like to wait untill I have the time to knit one from it to make sure it makes sense.
-Still no digital camera. James and I have spent about an hour of non-sleep time together in the past five days-no time for shopping!
-I went to my second installment of Stitch and Bitch last night and it was cool. There were some cool new people and one suggested we do a yarn swap next week-yay!
-I am going back to school in the fall-I am!
-James is doing really well at his job and is being promoted (=me being able to go back to school)
Anyway, I am posting below some yarn I have that I love, but that I'm not sure what to do with. I definitely want to steer clear of winter scarves-but I am so open to suggestion. The green and brown are to be used with size 2 or 3 needles (socks??) and the other size 6 or 8. Please I need ideas!

Here is my random yarn. Posted by Hello

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Forgive me

So, I am NOT a computer person and blogger's not the best-I messed up and the following entries should be switched. read today's first post first, and the second one second-hopefully it will make more sense now. Sorry for the confusion.

The girl who I am sending the cards to is named Erin, so that explains the big "E" card. This second card is a birthday candle with a blank spot to write "happy birthday" or maybe a name. I'm not sure if that one makes sense but I like it. I can't wait to get my secret swap cards!! also, I just special ordered two knit books-so it's gonna be a great mail week. Posted by Hello

After a wonderful morning perusing the aisles of Powell's Books and feeling all the beautiful handspun yarns at Knit/Purl I decided it was time to get down to business. I signed up for a greeting card swap on craftster and really needed to finish the cards. I fooled around with a few things, and I ended up sewing designs on them with my machine. They look childlike and the texture is great! They fit perfectly inside these 3"x5" manilla envelopes I bought three years ago and never knew what to do with. The colors are a ferny green and muted pink (my scanner shows awful color).  Posted by Hello

Saturday, June 11, 2005

My first mini-sweater!!!

Yay!!! My first mini-sweater is complete. I saw a post over on the Naive Knitting blog where she had made a bunch of mini-sweaters and sent them out as holiday greetings. It was so inspiring that I wanted to try it. I went to work early this morning and rode the bus through the mad-house that was the rose parade, so I didn't feel like hopping back on it to get the book with the mini-sweater pattern. (*note-this book is now on my amazon wishlist*) So after a few failed attempts of trying to find a good one online-I came up with my own! I will post it shortly. Posted by Hello

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Here is the second stage of the baby sweater. It's hard to tell in the scan, but I have begun to shape the arms. It is so exciting to see a sweater unfold! I am excoted to know how Ally will like it.  Posted by Hello

This fabric is for my mom for her birthday. I will be mailing it this weekend (sorry it's late mom). Posted by Hello

Monday, June 06, 2005

Stitch and Bitch

Yay! So tonight I went to one of Portland's many SNBs. It was a Suena, a cafe in Hollywood. I got quite a bit of knitting done, and the girls were great. I am knitting a sweater for the My sister Ally's unborn child. It is green and yellow stripes that have flecks of color mixed in. Here is a photo of it, but turned sideways!

 Posted by Hello

Saturday, June 04, 2005

The Rose Festival Sucks

Well, here in Portland there's a month long celebration known as the Rose Festival. It involves parades, fireworks, carnivals, etc. I wish I could love this, and I'm trying-but I work in a coffe shop in dtown pdx and we are just too crazy busy!! Also, I am a busrider and there is a new funky schedule cuz of the festival and it can be a bit confusing. All right, I'm done venting. Anyway-still waiting on a digital camera to upload some knitting photos (I swear it's coming). In the meantime, the blogger from angry chicken has suggested a month of aprons where each month she picks a theme and one creates an apron according to that theme. It is a great idea! This month's theme si "home on the range". Anyway, since I have to work all day until 11pm, I better go and get some stuff done-mom-the photo below is for you!

I found this felted knit birhouse on the Mason/Dixon knitting blog. I just know my mom would love it. The pattern is only a few bucks, so maybe when I have more than $12 to my name, I'll get it. On the site they have a post for a free pattern for a birdhouse dishcloth-way cute. Posted by Hello

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Fry-up baby

This is just a short post-here's the scoop. We were going to borrow J&S's camera to take pictures of my newly finished sweater and knit satin ballet slippers-but Shelby didn't feel *comfortable* letting us use her camera. Zack offered us the use of his this weekend, so that kinda sucks, but at least you'll finally see some finished knits(this means you mom)(yeah Zack!). Anyway, I found this horrible/awesome picture and pattern while surfing the web. I am kinda considering making the purse-is this crazy? ***tell me what y'all think---

??????This is so cool!!!Or is it hideous?? Posted by Hello

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

I finished my first knit sweater/shrug thing-but have not had a chance to borrow a friend's camera yet-so it will have to wait until tomorrow. Other than that, I have been obsessed with anything Spanish. In "Elle" magazine they have a feature about a southern Spanish hotel named Trisierra. This is a picture of it's pool. At the hotel, all the food is from the local farms, the lavender grows outside your window, and horseback riding around Seville is the norm. That sounds like so much fun. I yearn for the sun!! The rain is back in Portland.  Posted by Hello

This photo is from the article in "Elle". The article is well-written and gives the hotal tons of praise. It inspired me to start saving money for another trip to Europe (this time with James). Posted by Hello

Here is Carolina Herrera Jr.'s bookshelf. In the premier issue of "Domino" magazine (a home magazine from the creators of "Lucky") they feature a photo spread pf her Spanish apartment. I redid my bookshelf to look like this. Posted by Hello