knitxcore.: 2009

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

my feet are sweaty but at least i have shoes.

i just posted this comment @ emy augustus' blog

"i feel like when people give homeless people 'anything', for maybe just a second they are really saying 'it is probably my fault you are here, on the street, eating garbage. here is a grape or a frito or whatever. this small crumb makes up for that fact that you are completely oppressed and i need to think i did something to change that". it doesn't. it's probably really demeaning and kinda selfish. when i see a homeless person, i just want to smile and maybe say 'hi'. possibly pay them a compliment. not a facetious, underhanded compliment. just something honest and simple like "you have beautiful eyes". so, maybe, just for second, they will feel normal and 'connected' to someone else. i feel like they feel lonely. this one time, after a maria taylor show, a man outside of a bodega asked me for a chocolate milk. like specifically. he said,"excuse me, i know this sounds ridiculous but, i would be really happy if you bought me a chocolate milk". when i was walking around the store, i wsn't sure if i should do it. eventually i came to this conclusion: i had money, he was thirsty for some chocolate milk. why shouldn't i buy him 8 oz. of happiness? the fact that he was able to find happiness in such a simple thing made me think about my own materialistic life. since then, i've only had chocolate milk a few times, but it tastes different. 'better' or something."

she posted this vlog, and it made me think.

i know this is random, but at least i blogged something.
i haven't had a lot of time to work on any 'projects'.
the semester is over next week, so maybe i'll find some time to make a few gifts.


Saturday, November 21, 2009


'sara's popsicle was depressed.'

reading in bed is such a welcome distraction.
i should be writing a paper about what i believe in but, i'm not sure.
i think i believe in simplicity? (re: thoreau)
and maybe buying handmade? (re: etsy)
possibly, living deliberately? (re: existentialism)

i don't know.
i'm hungry, and tired.
i think we have some spaghetti.
i'll try again tomorrow.
i kinda want to live in this house.

the most serene republic - heavens to purgatory


Monday, November 09, 2009



i apologize for my hiatus.
i didn't have a battery for my camera.
and people want to see pictures on a blog.
don't lie.

but i have a battery now.
and it's my birthday.


Monday, September 07, 2009

school daze.

mrs. dalloway

i'm sorry it's been so long.
i'm still here.
i still knit.

i finally decided to go back to school, after 8 years. that makes me sound old doesn't it?
i really didn't have the opportunity to go to college right after high school and was thrust into the real world without my big boy pants on. after folding t-shirts for most of my adult life i started wondering if there was life outside of the mall. it turns out there is, you just need a degree to enjoy it. i'm going to be thirty soon and don't have a whole lot to show for it. now is as good as time as any right?

i'm still knitting. I finished a few special orders. see?:

custom order for shelby

custom order for cory

and a few days ago, i casted on my second charade sock from a few months ago. lol. the tofutsies is just plain horrible. it splits more than any yarn i have EVER used. EVER. but the socks will still be nice when/if finish them :-)

i can't decide on a fall sweater. all i know is that i want to use a rowan pattern (from knitting for him or vintage knits) and that i want to make it out of peace fleece or something from beaverslide dry goods. i pick up the books every night and look at EVERY SINGLE PAGE, not only because the photos are amazing but also because some of those patterns look quite intimidating.

any suggestions on a sweater pattern for me??? come on. i know you all spend every waking moment on ravelry. have i missed a hidden gem???

MagicGingerSongs <3

a fine frenzy - blow away


Sunday, August 23, 2009

make the bed

i'm trying to get back into my "good" habits.
i used to make the bed everyday.
i kinda dropped the ball.
i'm going to frame this and hang it near the bed.
i'll have a gentle reminder every morning.

i finished a few custom hats, last week.
i promise to share them soon.
i may even do a shop update sometime in the near-ish future :-)

i'm gonna feed kitties and go to bed. it's kinda late.



Capucine: Cute French Girl's Fairytale

i saw this on someone else's blog and thought it was the cutest thing i've ever seen :-)


Saturday, August 15, 2009

watergate salad.

watergate salad

watergate salad is one of my favorite things ever.
pistachio pudding and marshmallows together?
a delicious dream.

my family always had it at cookouts when i was wee lil' guy.
until recently i had never made it myself.
i could never find a recipe, and wasn't even sure what it was called.
pretty sure it was some secret recipe, i gave up trying to duplicate it.
as it turns out, the recipe has been on the pudding box all this time.

now, i can share it with blogland:

Watergate Salad
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, with juice
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
Mix everything together. Refrigerate for at least an hour :-)


cibelle - green grass (a tom waits cover)


Thursday, August 06, 2009

and the winner is....

that right!!!!
by a landslide with 45 votes.

i've already cut it (and left sides a lil' longer in homage to Ol' RobbyPattinson), but need to pick up some styling tools and a blowdryer (dammit) because my hair refuses to stand up on it's own. i may post some photos tonight anyway. we'll see.

haircut (after)

as you can tell, i'm on the fence about it. but this guys hair has given me hope:

thank for all of your votes/suggestions!!!!!

the winners:

email me your mailing adresses to claim your prizes @ rdulaney82 at comcast dot net.


elvis - i got lucky


Sunday, August 02, 2009

hair today, gone tomarrow.

i want to thank everyone so much for all of the options!
i never thought that i would get that many comments.
i know big time bloggers get tons more, but 14 is a lot to me.

my three favorites from the choices were:

-the "james dean"
WoW! why i didn't i think of this on my own?
it's perfect!!!!!

james dean Pictures, Images and Photos

-the "swing kid"
i loved this movie when i was a younger.
we watched it in fourth grade for some reason.

-the "super hip lookbook guy"
thanx for sending this my way :-)
i love lookbook.

so these are your choices.

which haircut should i pick?

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the poll will be open until the 6th.
don't forget to vote :-)


Wednesday, July 29, 2009


i need a haircut.

this is what my hair looks like right now.
i hate it. it's thick and kinda wavy at times and usually looks terrible by the end of the day.

so everyone that reads my is going to help me pick a new 'do. right?

i want:
something more polished (as stacy and clinton would say).
that doesn't involve blow drying or straightening.
possibly vintage or classic? (i.e.; pompadours and side parts)
and finally something that requires very little "product".

leave your ideas in the comments, preferably with a link to a photo.
i'll pick my favorites out of those, and open a poll for all of you to vote on monday.
the person who picks with the winning style/cut will recieve a sweet vintage or handmade prize!!!!!


Sunday, July 19, 2009

floor pillow.

floor pillow

made from a vintage montgomery ward bed sheet.
my grandma used to work there when i was little.
it's stuffed with two regular bed pillows tied together.
i'm sure the kitties will adopt it, and i'll never get use it.
i used ApartmentTherapy's tutorial as a jumping off point
and adjusted the measurements to make it easier.
i'm horrible at math.

floor pillow

project details:

tutorial= @

materials = two standard pillows (which were under the bed), one vintage bed sheet (ebay $8), velcro (i had laying around for some strange reason), fiberfill to fill out corners (i buy it every time it's on sale)

time= 30 minutes

modifications= i needed this to fit under my coffee table so, i did a 30" x 30" square.


sarah blasko - no turning back


vinyl sunday.

vinyl sunday

ed ames- when the snow is on the roses.

i bought this album at a store where LP's are 20 for $2.
the sleeve was so good i couldn't leave it there.
i'm still not sure who ed ames is.
he could have been the indian guy in "daniel boone".

ed ames - when snow is on the roses.


Thursday, July 16, 2009

friday faves.


forage shoulder bag from forestbound.
sturdy and well crafted from vintage materials.
oh! if this fabric could talk, it would have better stories than my grandpa.


zoe woodbury-high's amazing ukelele smiths cover.
i secretly want a ukelele, but i know i won't be good at it.
i had a lot of instrumental FAILs in my life already.


a five year old girl photo blogs with her polaroid
camera. magic.







Saturday, July 11, 2009


i thought i had work today when i woke up.
i didn't.
so i:

cleaned the patio
watched horrible reality tv (nyc prep)
thumbed through my favorite cookbook.
took a nap
got the mail
and embroidered tiny ghosts on my clothes.


now i'm going to bake a blackberry buckle.

have a great night :-)


frente! - bizarre love triangle


Thursday, July 09, 2009

first rose.


i've had this same rose bush for about six years now.
it never makes many flowers.
i'm not a very good gardener.
but, i still look forward to the first rose of the summer.
it's later than usual this year, but it's perfect :-)
i hate the fleeting the beauty of a flower.
it's a perfect reminder to live in the present.
i guess we'll always have this moment.


devendra banhart - how's about tellin a story


Sunday, June 28, 2009


mashups and mopping.

the other day i had this urge to play outside.
dave and i always pass this park when we go to our parents houses.
my bff and i decided to go check it out.
they used to make canonballs there. (karen, it's called the weymouth furnace in the book i sent you).
besides the furnace, there isn't really much there.
we took lots of pictures anyway.
i even took a few holga shots :-)


i finished my mothers day gift (haha). it took forever because i couldn't find inkjet fabric. i'd like take some pictures of it tomarrow. we'll see.

in other news, i finally pledged to wardrobe refashion.

I, knitxcore, pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 4 months. I pledge that i shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovoted, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftiness brings! Signed knitxcore.

i'm so glad etsy purchases don't count. i'd be in trouble.

fleet foxes - he doesn't know why


Tuesday, June 23, 2009



i made some sugar cookies today with a pal.
it was fun, even though half of the dough ended up on the floor.

old fashioned sugar cookies
Makes about 20 (3 1/2-inch) cookies

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 cup unsalted butter, (2 sticks), softened
2 large eggs
Sanding sugar, for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt into a bowl; set aside.

Put sugars and lemon zest in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed 30 seconds. Add butter; mix until pale and fluffy, about 1 minute. (go back to the store because you forgot eggs.) Mix in eggs, 1 at a time, and then the lemon juice. (drop half on the floor, use measuring cup to figure out how much was lost. and determine how much flour you need to cut.) Reduce speed; gradually add flour mixture, and mix until just combined.

Scoop dough using a 2-inch ice cream scoop (or just man up and use your hands); space cookies 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Flatten cookies slightly with a spatula. Sprinkle tops with sanding sugar, then lightly brush with a wet pastry brush; sprinkle with more sanding sugar.(or just skip all that extra stuff)

Bake cookies until golden, about 15 minutes (more like 10-12 minutes). Let cool on sheets on wire racks for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks using a spatula; let cool completely. Cookies can be stored in (a snowman tupperware container) an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

srsly, even though we made quite a mess, these cookies were tasty.

will it ever stop raining???

little - je veux des violons


Tuesday, June 09, 2009


my first two rolls came back. i have mixed emotions about the results.

holga shoes

holga bunny

holga sky

holga geese



ghost ride the whip

i was just hoping for more of that holga magic. i'm sure i'll figure it out eventually.
you can see the rest of them on my flickr photostream.

i swear i'm knitting. i'm chugging away on the ol' log cabin blanket. i've come to point where it takes 15 minutes to finish a row :-( i never should have used cotton. oh well. it's too late now. lesson learned.


simone white - why is your raincoat always crying?


Friday, May 29, 2009

friday faves.

tinyfolk - mary poppins (hello shark cover)

this print from NEW! seller formeforyou


Funnel cake!!!! dave and i made some the other night from an old amish cookbook.  if anyone would like the recipe, lemme know!  even though we didn't have a funnel, they were lovely. we ate them so quickly i didn't have a chance to take a proper photo.  apparently, someone on flickr was able to excersize enough restraint...
untitled by rachel a.k. on flickr!


my film still hasn't come back, i'm getting far too excited to check the mail.  i hope there are a few good shots.  

it seems like everyday i have off it is extremely gloomy.  today is the grey-est day.  i don't know how i'm going to get anything done.  i just want to drink coffee and read books.


Friday, May 22, 2009

friday faves.


Happiest lion - Boys like me (paul baribeau cover)


my family and other animals by gerald durrell

an incredible summer read!  travel without leaving your block.


this hat by etsy seller onnesti

i love it more than anything, it's just kinda out of my price range.

a tiny, working harmonica.  nuff said.

i have to start getting ready for work, so i'm cutting this short.
i should have my first 2 rolls of holga film back in less than a week.
keep yours eyes peeled!


Saturday, May 02, 2009


bubble bath.

so, it's my day off.
i like to get bubble baths  (lush's karma bubble bar is my fave but mr. bubble runs a close second) and listen to this american life.
i chose episode #238 and by the end of act 1, i  was in tears.
it was about a mother dying of lung cancer who made a video for her developmentally disabled daughter to remember her.
it was soooooo incredibly sweet.


first aid kit- tiger mountain peasant song (fleet foxes cover)
this is so raw and beautiful.  i need to order their album.


Friday, May 01, 2009

friday faves.



mellow mood tea from good4you - i have trouble falling asleep, i think too much when i'm laying down.  this magical elixir has me out cold in about an hour.


i bought a holga on ebay.  it's being shipped from hong kong, but it was really cheap so i guess it's worth the wait.

have a great weekend and stay dry in the great northeast.


Saturday, April 25, 2009


rainbow maker.

i've been thinking about light a lot recently.
so i bought lil' prism to hang in my doorway.
according to feng shui, a crystal should be placed where steps lead to a door to create a greater and smoother energy flow.

at first i was sad and thought i put it in the wrong space, or it didn't work right or something.
but later in the day, i went to get the mail and found these lil' light fairies on the wall:

dear rainbow maker,

i found this reasonably priced one on etsy from jerseyjewel and right now everything is  15% off, if you buy 2 or more items.  she's quite a lovely shopkeep <3


elvis perkins in dearland - shampoo


Sunday, April 12, 2009

easter parade.

wee bunny.

free pattern @ wee wonderfuls.

i spent most of the day yesterday watching chitty chitty bang bang and sewing the wonderful little creatures to give as gifts.

the pattern was pretty simple, i just drew on the fabric to make the face and embroidered over it.  instead of weighted stuffing, i tossed some navy beans in the bottom of each one.

i really do have a billion things to do today, and i haven't even had any coffee yet.

have a great easter :-)


fred astaire and judy garland - easter parade


Tuesday, April 07, 2009


my new toy!

i bought a really old camera on ebay.
i love it more than anything.
i hope it's good for ghost hunting in the forest.  
it didn't say in the description.

i'm knitting a sock, but the yarn keeps splitting.  
i really like the way it looks so i'm determined to finish it.

i really should be cleaning today, it's gotten quite dusty.

billie the vision & the dancers - i miss you


Saturday, March 28, 2009

the 59 sound.

i'm going to see these guys tonight.  YAY!


the gaslight anthem - the 59 sound


Saturday, March 14, 2009

learning to love you more: assignment #11

learning to love you more: assignment 11
take a photograph of a scar and write about it.

(1995) i stayed with my grandparents all summer that year. they gave me a camera, a stack of national geographics, some acrylic yarn and a crochet hook to keep me busy. We went on tons of day trips. Antique malls, farms, fishing... one of those day trips was to skyline drive. it's 105 mile trail along the crest of the blue ridge mountains. we had quite a long day, punctuated with nature walks and tiny waterfalls. at the top there was a small gift shop where i bought a book about drawing flowers. there was also a lil lookout point where you could sit down or take pictures. you know what it's like when you're a moody tween and you can do everything? well, i wanted my family @ home to see just how great the view was. i walked a little to close to edge, and took quite a spill down the side of the ol' blue ridge mountains. that polaroid was the result of my clumsiness. i haven't seen my paternal grandparents since that summer. all i have left is this scar, the polaroids and half of a crocheted tote bag.

this frontier needs heroes - marxists and marigolds


Monday, March 09, 2009

a week of favorites: day 7

a week of favorites: day 7
i love shoofly pie more than almost any's so rich and gooey.
it was a surprise from dave, along with a huge jar of local blueberry honey.the man knows what i like :-)

"Shoofly pie (or shoo-fly pie) is a pie considered traditional among the Pennsylvania Dutch and also known in Southern cooking.  The term "shoo-fly pie" first appeared in print in 1926.[1] The pie gets its name because the molasses attracts flies that must be "shooed" away."

lykke li and bon iver- dancdancedance
(she's so cute!)


Sunday, March 08, 2009

a week of favorites: day 6

a week of favorites: day 6

these owls are hanging up in my bathroom.  
they make me smile. the one on the right is from dave's aunt.  
she was going to sell it at a yard sale, but i had to have it. i found his mate on etsy.


soko - i'll kill her