Friday, October 31, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Drop Everything and Knit This, STAT!
I had sort of noticed this cowl phenomenon, but not really paid attention. Then, the other week when my mom was here, I was showing her how to use Ravelry, and being the Diaper Lady that she is, I thought she might have an interest in cowl patterns. Well, if you search for cowl patterns on Ravelry, you come up with 20 pages for crying out loud! And many of the patterns are free!
I found this one that I like a lot. It called for sport weight, but I added one 12 stitch repeat and used some leftover sock yarn. (Being that I have a dump truck load of leftover sock yarn on hand.)
Just a couple of soccer games and a movie or two later....and you have this funny looking lumpy tubey thing. (About 9 inches long, stretched.)
See? Excited! I predict a bevy of these in my future. Match every outfit! Give them to friends! Make it the Official Teacher Gift of 2008! I won't leave you out, Mom!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Distracting You From the Lack of Finishing
Behold, the great vintage chair I scored at a thrift/antique store in Indiana this summer while visiting my mom. (James Dean Gallery and shop in Fairmount for my Hoosier buds.) It just needed a little elbow grease and TLC.
And some Amy Butler yardage wouldn't hurt, either.
Here it is in its new setting. (with Sophie and cow taking an increasingly rare afternoon nap.)
Is this little fabric cute or what!? (Psst... I just noticed that it's on sale here--don't call me an enabler!!) I know it's official name is "Frest Start" but don't you think around the office they refer to it as "retro tvs"??!!
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Yarn Con Rocks Chicago
Below you can see my booth in its pristine pre-customer state.
And one more close up of the yarny goodness.
It was so fun to get out of my suburban mom world and downtown to the land of the hip. Picture the Stitches crowd, add piercings, babies in slings, some pink hair*, and a liberal sprinkling of Obama buttons (pun intended), and you've got Yarn Con. Oh, and let's not forget the handknits. Hands down, Wicked was the most popular knit I saw. (Honk if you were wearing Wicked!) And let me tell you, that sweater looks great on everybody! Must move it to the top of the queue!
It was fun to see what the stylin' knitters were wearing. I started getting delirious and addressing the handknits. A lady walks by-"Hello Central Park Hoodie!" Two gals walk into the booth--"why, hello February Lady and Wicked".
As far as the vendors, there was quite a bit of yarn, celebrities, bags, some jewelry, and other yarny accessories. You can see the whole vendor list here. I just got to do a quick once-around before the show started, and then I was so busy in my own booth, that I didn't get to really study what was going on in the rest of the room. (BTW there was one room last year--the first year--and this year it had expanded to two rooms. Next year--the world!) If I didn't vend, I would definitely drive downtown to attend. However, I will certainly apply again next year, I would love to do it again.
A huge shout out to everyone who was there! The friends and customers I got to see again or meet for the first time. Ann, Bonne Marie, Jan, Theresa, Rachel, Adrienne, Angela, Franklin, Stacey, Jen, Dee, Gretl, Linda, Judy, Laura, Laurel, and organizers Sara and Natalia. I hope I didn't forget anyone. It was such a blur, and I am still trying to sort it all out in my mind-putting the names with the faces, blogs, and etsy names.
Another big shout out and a big thank you for Blogless Carla for being my assistant. I couldn't ask for a better helper! MWAH!
p.s. If you were sad because you missed out on the Candy Corn last week, I just put the last couple of skeins in the shop.
* I fit right in! (But that's a whole other post.)