Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Grasshoppers on my Mind

Before I start, I'm going to apologize for the lengthy post - I'm still getting back into the swing of regular posting.

Thanks for all the nice comments on the house. It's hard work, but every day the house is more comfortable and more home., so it's worth it. And it will be cool to look back in a few years and make fun of all the sellers' 70s furniture all over again. Even more disturbing, I would have loved half that decor in my college apartment!

Moving on...The past couple months, there have been several grasshopper sightings round these parts.

EXHIBIT A - Sunshine Yarns in Grasshopper on its way to becoming Embossed Leaves Socks.

EXHIBIT B - Grasshopper Cupcakes. Parikha's refreshing warm weather confection (sorry, I can't figure out how to link to the exact post, but the one from 5/31). I kept some for our house and J brought the rest into work - apparently his coworkers were fighting over them! They are just that good. I'll be sure to make these again. Thanks, Parikha!

EXHIBIT C - Rockin Sock Club March installment - Walkin' on the Wild Tide yarn paired with Grasshopper pattern. So, I'm not actually making the grasshopper pattern, but it still counts. At least, I think it counts.

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Okay, so there's been more crafty goodness outside the realm of grasshoppers. I finally pulled out my Amy Butler Belle fat quarter pack for a Flock of Triangles Quilt from Denyse Schmidt Quilts.
That's about as far as I am. I refolded the fabric to take pictures. Okay, I might be a little farther, but not much. I just washed and ironed the quarters. Anyone have a trick for preventing all the loose threads from knotting up?
And, I've been baking some other favorites... Apple Pie, perhaps my favorite food. I used to request this over birthday cake!

Hopefully a finished Hourglass sweater soon! Have a happy 4th everyone!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

A Blast from the Past

Lots going on in these parts. Obviously the house reno takes up loads of our time. We're slowly going room by room, but it's finally starting to come together. The house wasn't in disrepair by any means, but definitely had a strong 70s vibe and way too much nasty, old carpet for our taste. The upstairs is done and we finally made out way downstiars. If you're interested in seeing some of our improvements, I created a collection in my flickr account.

The other big time sucker is that I'm running the NYC Marathon again!! This year, I'm running with a charity group that supports research for Crohn's disease (among others), a condition my husband suffers from. It will be nice to run with a greater purpose in mind this year. I'm training with a group this year, which I think will be immensely helpful (and I'll get to meet new people). And I won't have to run any 20 milers alone. I enjoy my alone time as much as anyone, but I think I'll appreciate companionship even more.

For some crafty content, an offiical writeup of the 2nd weekender bag....

My sister, the kind, generous person she is, gave her weekender a little photoshoot just for this here blog. (Thanks, Sara!) Look familiar? It looks almost identical to
mine. It is, with the exception of the lining and cording fabrics and a little weekender know-how under my belt.

Here's the breakdown:

Amy Butler Weekender Bag

Amy Butler Sunbloom Collection, Lotus Print in Parsley. 2 yards? Getting this fabric was practically impossible. I went through all the links on Amy's page and kept coming up empty. After emailing back and forth about potential replacements with my sister, she gave me a few final options. I set out to order the replacement fabric and stumbled upon a fabric store with some sunbloom in stock! I surprised my sister with it, which was nice because she had really wanted this pattern. As this was 7 months ago, I can't remember where I ordered the fabric. And I really doubt they would still have it anyway.

Lining was just a brown home dec fabric from
Joann's. I wasn't a big fan of this lining material (but it's not really fair to compare anything to Amy's pretty fabric)

Zipper bought from
Zipperstop. I heart this place. I ordered the brown zipper without reading that only certain colors can be purchased individually. You have to purchase special colors in bulk. Just because they're that super over there, they ordered this one special for me. The zipper is of so much higher quality than the one on my bag. I bought the only 30" zipper at Joann's for mine and it gets caught and really becomes a hindrance when I'm opening and closing my bag. I was smarter this time, and bought a nice one. Plus, this way I selected the matching color.

Other notions Everything else I bought at Joann's. And I only had to go once this time around!

Well, that's pretty much it! I didn't make any drastic changes from
my first bag, just improved my technique. No more weekender bags for me (for awhile at least). I'm sure I'll make one for my mom at some point. The three of us just seem to have the same, good taste!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Finished Cirque Socks!

Yikes, I knew it's been awhile, but I didn't realize it's been this long! Moving will do that to you, I guess. I'm in awe of all you bloggers who find time to keep up with the blogging schedule during big life events.

We're all moved in finally! It's truly amazing how much time, energy (and money - I should just hand my paychecks directly to the bank and Home Depot). We're still painting and updating, but the house is beginning to feel more and more like home. I'm sure it will feel even more homey when we have furniture! Sleeping on the floor is getting old, especially when you're sleeping face to face with a black lab with dog breath. Oh, and guess what? We have two (two!) peony bushes (plants?)! I'm working on a before / after slideshow thingy in flickr for all you hgtv-types.

anyway, knitting! I finished these socks a good while ago, but have been behind on posting.


Pattern. Just your basic 3x1 rib, top down

Yarn. Sundara Sock in Cirque.

Needles. Size 1 Addis.

Dates Knitted. 4/21 - ?? somewhere around May 18. Everything after that is a blur.

Comments. Not much to say about these socks. They were about as cut and dry as it gets. I could be imagining it, but I swear the pooling isn't as evident in reality. But even if it is, it's cool with me. I started this project just to work with this yarn. The colors are so vibrant, they almost cool each other down when knitted. Does that make sense? anyway, bottom line. Simple socks good. go buy some sundara yarn.
I took about a million pictures (okay, maybe 20, but that's just as ridiculous) of these socks - the color was just impossible to portray properly. So, here's some extras for your viewing pleasure.