knitxcore.: October 2006

Monday, October 30, 2006

HaPPy HaLLoWEEn!!!

YowZa! iT'S hALLOWEEN ALREADY!? The year just seems to be flying by. I had a pretty awful week around here, but I promise I'll be back to a regular schedule starting this week. It seems like I haven't really blogged or knitted much due to some family issues but, I've got to get back into the swing of things to get all that X-mas Knitting finished.

Last week, I was kinda down until I picked up Amy Sedaris's book on hospitality "I Like You". It's full of crazy ideas, and antecdotes about entertaining in modern life :-) If you've seen "Strangers With Candy" or "Reno 911", you've already got a pretty good idea of Sedaris's sardonic sense of humor. We've truly been having a good time playing with food and laughing at all of the lil' stories. If you haven't picked up this book, and you're tired of pretty pictures of complicated food made with tools you've never seen before, this is for you.

Some of the things we've played around with:

Yeah, so that's pretty much what I've been up to...

I was going to make a really elaborate Halloween post, and I started collecting cool patterns for you guys, but things didn't go my way. I lost the list in my computer and the script didn't work so, WYSIWYG...

Everyone have a safe and happy halloween!!! I get to hand out candy while I'm at work tomarrow... GooD TimeS!!!!

and now back to your regularly scheduled Knitxcore blogging!!!

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Back by Popular Demand...

So, I have no FO's for you guys. But I do have about 90 different projects going. Stupid X-mas!!! Besides knitting my way to arthritis, I haven't been doing that much. Just working and what have you. I don't know how many of you are Project Runway Fans but, I'm really happy Jefferey won, I love his Cosa Nostra Collection, but something I could afford would be pretty great. He definitely worked the hardest, and that crap about the pleated shorts blew up in Laura's face because the leather pants he showed instead were AMAZING!!!

On Thursday, we went to The Pier @ Caesars because Michael Kors was there opening his new shop and we were hoping to meet him. Unfortunately we just missed him :-) The shop was beautiful, even though we couldn't get in, we dreamed from outside. I did a tiny bit of pre-shopping for X-mas, and got the sweetest boots @ Steve Madden (I know I'm usually a pretty DIY, but I can't make shoes :-)

As for knitting, this is my *new* list of WIP's:

-Black Rayne's Kitty discloth
-HelloYarn's Besotted scarf
-Moderne Log Cabin Blanket From MDK
-Interweave's Mitered Square Rug
-Vintage Beaded Gloves from Handknit Holidays
-Knuck's from Knitty
-My So-Called Scarf Snowy Triangles Scarf

So, right now, I should probably clean up the house so I can knit for the rest of the day :-)

Tuesday, I'm going to see Tilly and the Wall again... In honor of the most amazing band ever, I'll leave you with a video from Bottoms of Barrels:

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Sunday, October 08, 2006

Sleep-in Sundays...

I have absolutely nothing to do today!!! It's amazing :-) I'll probably do some reading ( I've been reading How to Breathe Under Water), and knit a dishcloth. I really need to catch up on that KAL! Speaking of reading, I got Issue #5 of Croq the other day. There's a great article about why buying local always trumps organic. I never really thought about it, buying organic things most of the time wasn't really helping the enviroment as much I had previously thought. It makes sense to me now, that if an apple grown in washington state has to be sent by plane or truck to new jersey the amount of pollution and waste of gas outweighs any good that you think you're doing! Also, you always pay more for organic produce, when in fact most small farmers have much more stringent processes than the organic acts that most commercial farms stick to. I, for one, will be trying to make a conscious effort to buy more local produce.

I bought this amazingly cool yarn from Hobbledehoy's Etsy shop today. I've had it bookmarked for sometime and finally gave in to temptation. Her description: ""Sporezilla" is one of my wackiest yarns. It is a blend of recycled wools plied with puffball pom pom novelty thread. This yarn totals 65 yards in length, and would be plenty for a light crochet or knit hat or very unique fingerless gloves." I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it, so if any of you have a fun idea, please share :-)

I'm going to make Baked Rigatoni in Bechamel Sauce from Everyday Italian (I have terrible cookbook fetish, but we'll save that for another day), tonight for dinner. It's been awhile since I've made a nice meal for Dave and I. We're always on the go, so I never really get the chance to cook anything that actually tastes good. So, I better get moving...

Monday, October 02, 2006

C is for Cookie...

On my days off, I get really bored. Living in the middle of suburbia and not driving doesn't help. My situation has offered me many opportunities, strangely enough. I've learned to knit, sew, decopauge, and many other things I never thought I would EVER do. Including baking these delicious snickerdoodles :-)

I got the recipe from Nigella Lawson's "How To Be A Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking", and it's one of my favorites. Other amazing recipes include; Jam Doughnut Muffins, Snickers and Peanut Butter Muffins, and Sugar cookies. I used to be a GIANT klutz in the kitchen, but I'm slowly learning :-)

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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Whaddya Think?

With a little help from this thread on, and Vickie Howell's show Knitty Gritty, I started making some sweeet earflap hats! Putting together a few patterns that I've liked in the past and my new found knowledge led me to this:


(Excuse the picture of me, I woke up and immediately finished the hat)