Thursday, July 27, 2006

bead it

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Some buttons, a few beads, a length of ribbon and the premiere issue of Adorn magazine.

I'm gonna make a necklace.


Wednesday, July 26, 2006

weird items that I find in my building - part 7

level with the devil
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Ok, so this is another "outside not inside" my building item. It's not so unusual to find grafitied items on the street in Brooklyn (especially in my neighborhood) but, I just love this little drawing.

I love the phrase and how it's matched up with this drawing of this little girl.

I love the colors- the green you find in The Works and the pink you find on my blog.

I love that it's been outside for almost a week.

Nobody seems to want to throw her away.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006


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I cast on for Tulip on Friday night ( three times). I knit like a fiend all weekend and now I'm two inches in on the reverse stockinette. I love this pattern. It's the same basic construction as my Bunny V(est), but knit in a smaller gauge cotton. It's the 2nd time I've ever knit a pattern in the exact yarn required by the pattern and I find it quite refreshing.

Can you notice the change in my gauge as my knitting progressed? I'm struggling with knitting the cotton. I went down from a 7 to a 5 needle and it still looked wobbly, but I shaped up as I went along. Once it's all blocked it'll be fine, I'm sure.

Maybe it will be done by this weekend? I hope!

(You may notice that the word verification has re-appeared on my comments section. I've been blasted by spam in my inbox! I'm so mad! Grrr!)

Monday, July 24, 2006


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On the left, is Master P's latest purchase. On the right, mine.

His is going to become another stack of books on the floor of our living room.

Mine is going to be a Tulip, from My Life in Stitches.

We all have our weaknesses.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

no knitting mondays*

sewing mosaic
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The weather has taken a turn towards the stifling and I've taken to sewing a lot more.

These are some progress shots and the finished products from the fabric I bought a while back at Purl Patchwork.

(The shirt was the very first thing I've ever sewn from a pattern I made myself! Not bad, huh?)

*Thanks Crafty Girl!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


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Made of: 3 skeins of Noro Transitions, knit on size 9 addi turbos

Time to knit: about 3 days

I made this pattern up as I went along. I knit a 2x2 rib in the round until just under the bust area, then started working back and forth, shaping the v neck and increasing for the bust at the same time. Then I divided the piece in 3 and worked the back, and left and right fronts seperately. All you have to do is sew up the shoulders and pick up stitches around the V and the armholes to finish it.

(Yes, I always read while standing up against the wall. Sheesh!)

Saturday, July 08, 2006

the bunny v(est), she is finished!

Bunny V
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Here she is. Just a sneak peek.

This weekend there will be a photo shoot at The Works. Yay!

I will leave you with this. I found it on Fig & Plum this morning. It just made my day.

Friday, July 07, 2006

shut down

loop d bag
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Do you watch the news? Did you hear what was going on over in NJ this past week? The government shut down. Yup. Just closed up shop for almost a week.

It appears that they couldn't resolve the budget, so they just decided to stop running until they could settle the whole matter. There was actually an episode of The West Wing about this very matter.

Lately I've been wishing that I could do the same. I really struggle with my monthly budget. I've used all kinds of guides to figure out how much money to allocate to what, but it never works out right. Money set aside for one thing, always winds up being used for something else. I invariably go over budget, leaving the next month's finances all in a twist.

Couldn't I just shut down? Not go to work, not use the subway, not by groceries until I can come to some kind of settlement or deficit resolution?

Would I have to stop knitting? Sewing? I guess these are things that I can do at home during my shutdown. I could plow through my stash. Finish up all the sewing projects I have piled up. How long would that take? A month? Six months? A year?

Then, I guess, I would have to re-enter the world. Because I would need more yarn. But then it probably won't be in my New Improved Budget to buy more yarn, so I'd be back where I started, wouldn't I?

(This is a photo of the Loop-d-Loop bag that I'm having problems with. I just took it off the needles. I'm going to attempt it again tonight.)

Thursday, July 06, 2006

the coast is clear

yarnmonster & SP8
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Well my secret pal gift arrived safely in Virginia, so I thought I'd give you a peak of Jess's yarn.

Isn't it lovely? She dyed it herself! Can you stand it?

I also picked up some treats at Pearl River and sent them along with the yarn. It ends up that my secret pal spend a good portion of her life in Korea. I had no idea. (It wasn't on the SP8 questionnaire).

Go check out her blog. It's really sweet - full of pictures of her own handspun yarn and her chickens!

Also, I'm in love with this and this. I may never leave the house again.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006


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It's me. Just stopping by to say "hey." I don't have any knitting to show you. Or sewing. I just kind of feel funny when I don't post for a day or so.

I worked on my Jaywalker socks on the train to NJ (like I always do). I also knit the front of this Octogon Purse from Loop-d-Loop. I wish I had a picture to show you. I may end up re-knitting it. I substituted the yarn and I'm not happy with the way it's turning out. I may try different needles or doubling the yarn. It's one of those projects that I bought the yarn for a year ago and am only just picking up.

So that's all the news for now. I may finish the Bunny V tonight. I may go to the gym for the first time (I'm a little scared). I may have a new post with some actual content tomorrow. (I may not.)


Monday, July 03, 2006

sunday, sunday

sunday skirt
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Sunday was spent making a new skirt for the 4th of July weekend, wandering over lower Manhattan (because it seems the only place I can find the sewing supplies I need is P&S Fabrics), and suffering stoically in the sweltering heat with the Bunny V in my lap.

The skirt is finished (I'm wearing it now). The Bunny V(est) is knit and blocked and drying on the floor of The Works, awaiting some shoulder seaming and ribbing or something around the V and armholes.

I am now at my parents' house in NJ where it is a heavenly 72 degrees in every part of the house, the internet is DSL and I can eat grotesque amounts of chocolate covered raisins from the wholesale club until my heart's content.

(I've had a very productive couple of days. As soon as I can mobilize Master P, we'll have a FO photo shoot. I promise.)

Saturday, July 01, 2006


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This is kind of a big step for me. I joined a gym. I know it may not seem like a big deal to a lot of people, but for me it's tremendous.

For a long time I was Anti-Gym. I didn't understand why people paid to exercise. Just go outside! Ride a bike! Take a walk! Easy, right?

Well, I walk every day, all the time, everywhere and it doesn't seem to contribute to any kind of improvement of physical fitness or weight loss. Hence, the gym membership.

My new gym is one block away from my store. ONE BLOCK. It's so convenient it's ridiculous. Does more Gym Time mean less Crafty Time at The Works? I hope not. I hope it will help me manage my time better.

One can dream, can't they?