Tuesday, September 8, 2009

End of Summer

I am a woman obsessed. Obsessed with what, you say? ETSY.com! I spend possibly 99% of my online time on Etsy looking at beautiful handmade things. I first got a taste for my addiction when I started ordering vintage buttons for my hand-knit sweaters, then it graduated to hand-dyed yarn for my Mom's birthday shawl. Now, I find myself completely absorbed in searching for hand-spun yarns to create something small and beautiful for myself. Which brings me to this gem, End of Summer:

The colors are soft and gentle like the "in-between" season we are in, and seem to be calling my name. I must have this little skein so I can wear my favorite time of year around my neck all winter long.

The last few weeks has been a whirlwind, but I am thankful for a few wonderful things that have happened to make it all worth it. FIrst, my besties coming to see me for one last weekend of Fun Times before school, work and life divides us for awhile. Second, Charlotte's quickly becoming such a large part of my life, and being adopted by a wonderful little family that makes it all happen. I was so tickled the first day that I poured over myaddiction.com (etsy) to find the perfect apron to wear there:

And a close up for good measure:

This is one of my favorite new boutique's on Etsy, Sassy Apron. I have to buy the little Owls apron on my next purchase. Oh, Etsy, you will bankrupt me slowly. Then I will live in a box with all my beautiful handmade things.

Speaking of handmade things, here's a sneak peek of my soon-to-be sweater:

;) Meggo

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

So Many Little Things....

Hello my Lovelies.

I know it has been a long time since I updated this little blog that I do, but I haven't had much that I wanted to talk about until now. I guess I have racked up enough "interesting" points to qualify for a post.

First of all, my birthday was last month and I turned 25. I can barely believe it. I am not afraid of getting older. In fact, I look forward to it, but I am amazed how fast time is going by. When I was in school the months crept by so slowly I could practically hear the creak of gears as the earth rotated. I can't say the same now. Maybe it's one of the benefits of childhood, to be able to see and hear things inside of each moment, instead of looking anxiously into the future all the time. I rarely get to recapture those moments and it's a small gift every time I am able to do it, which is why my birthday was a special day. My Mom and I went to Charlotte's Tea Room in the morning. It's a whimsical tea room, that serves tea British style with a dash of Mad Hatter and March Hare for character. It is simply magical, and for a few moments of my adult life I was able to see the beauty inside of that moment. That lovely feeling continued when my PLP gave me the the most amazing gift that I get to hang on my wall and look at every day. Where is the graphic novel, hmm? I think you have a whole one if you put together all your moleskins!

Anyways, I recently started working again. Nothing big, just a little job that brings me in some cash while I work on my resume and interviews. Hopefully, I can keep working there in the future as I like it, the people are quite nice, and the things that are sold by the company are lovely. Personally, I will be dipping into the skincare lines first, because I like to maintain my face well since it is currently the only physical thing about me I am not disliking and trying to change. I am not saying I don't like myself....just everything below my neck. Well, my neck needs some flabbage removed too ;)

Speaking of chunkiness, and my attempts to loose it, I have lost near 40 pounds since April! I am fitting into clothes I haven't been able to wear in a long time. I walked into J.Crew yesterday and started drooling. I held up one of the sweaters to myself in front of a mirror and thought, "OMG, this might actually fit me!" I think I still have a few more pounds to loose before that becomes true, but I am getting closer to a goal. Working everyday on my feet for 8 1/2 hours has really cut out all my ambition for exercise, but being on my feet that long has helped me loose more weight even thought I haven't been running. Nor have I had much time to eat or rest during the day...pounds melting off.

The best part of working again is "disposable income," even if that is only $20 it's something, right? My imagination has been firing up at all the things I want to be able to do. Some things more superficial, and somethings that would fulfill life long dreams, and something things in between.

Superficial Things First:

Dior Jazz Club Eye Clutch: I love the colors, they make me droolz.

Musics to my Ears: The New Iron & Wine

Middle Things Second:

A Necklace that lets me keep childhood close to my heart: Check out the Etsy shop, I can't recommend it highly enough.

A Sweater that I want to make that will inspire my fingers to art, and keep me warm during the colder months: I think tweed is in order for this sweater. It looks a tad colligate and studious, which means tweed, leather buttons (elbow patches?)

So I can make some Ideas come to life: It's a little program that helps me me with all the fussy bit of math that go along with creating a knitting pattern ;)

Things that Echo:

Flying across the world to see an old friend in a New Place:

A book to remind me of who I am: Maybe I can Evolve too?

I am having ideas of opening an Etsy of my own. What do you think? I have some things am dreaming, knitting and stitching up that could possibly be my first pieces?

Till next time.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

On St. Patrick's Day

Laying under the sky
after a grey Winter's reign,
I feel the gentle March sun on my skin,
and hear the first birds sing:
the earth seems new again.

Green shoots grow despite the ground
still cold from the melted snow.
Purple and gold crocuses let out a warm sigh,
Hope is eternal.

First snowdrops and crocuses of Spring.


In my Burpee seedling tray: Lavender, Basil, Geranium, Painted Daisy, Petunia, Impatient, Purple Cornflower, Giant Moonflower.
They are nestled happily next to a window that gives them warm sun to grow. I planted the seeds just 5 days ago.

Tangled Yoke Cardigan

I'm almost at the garter ribbed bottom. I have modified TYC to be knit top-down, all in the round with a steek [ravlink].

More soon: Spring is active.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

A New Friend

Something's a cookin' in my head. The sight of melting snow and temperature's hovering just over freezing inspires me to create something a little lighter, a bit girlie, and flowery. So I searched Ravelry's patterns for something to inspire me and I came up with 0.00 results. I decided the only thing to do was create whatever was flowering in my imagination myself. I went to Barnes and Noble for some assistance and found a new friend.

I did finish my Climbing Vines Pullover, but I have been wearing it so much that I haven't had a real chance to take a photo. I'll post a picture soon. All I can say it is my favorite sweater that I I have knit so far. Everything I modified worked out perfectly. I can't wait to flaunt it.

I am very happy with my most recent creation: Noro Glittens. To go with my Bandwagon scarf. They are quite cute.

I didn't use a pattern, they just sprung from my head and onto my needles. I don't have any notes, but if anyone is looking for a bulky weight pair of glittens, I can write down what I did.

Also, check out this beautiful, elegant stole by Mel of Purling Plans. It is so lovely. Will be waiting impatiently for my spring interweave to arrive so I can make it :)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Things to Come

I am very excited about this one, and I am so close to finishing that the final product might be up in just a few days. I did some special modifications with this. I hope they work out the way I am hoping.

I have a few more little projects that I have been working on as well. They need just a few more touches to be complete. They also might be for special people who aren't allowed to see them until they are unwrapped. Soon.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Absent but not Gone

It has been awhile since I posted, mostly because of the busy Holiday season and mostly because I had nothing to say. Well, I have some things to say and I have some beautiful things that I finally finished to show you!

Firstly and foremost, I made something quick for myself as a post-Christmas present. I was visiting Sarah a few weekends ago and picked up a skein of Canopy at purlsoho, by The Fibre Company in Aici. It's a lovely pink to cheer me up and make me look more delicate than I am ;)

Pattern: Flared Lace Smoke Ring by Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer
Needles: Addi Turbo US 6 16"
Yarn: Canopy, The Fibre Company in Aici

My big labor of love for my sister was finally finished a few days ago. It was her Christmas present, but I ran out of yarn just days before and I miss my deadline. But no worries, it was finished in time for her to return to school. I got to snap a picture of her before she left and I think she looks pretty happy and cute in her new cozy sweater.

Pattern: 124 Pull V torsadé by Bergère de France
Yarn: Kathmandu DK (discontinued) in Midnight Blue, Queensland Collection from Webs Sale
Needles: US 2 & 3 Addi Turbo 16", 40"
Mods: None

Now for the political side of life--wasn't Michelle's dress amazing?!! :)

[Huffington Post Photo]

[NYTimes Photo]

It evoked romanticism and new beginnings, as a beautiful white dress should. I am not ashamed to admit that I cried watching the President and First Lady dance while being serenaded at the Neighborhood Ball. It is rare to get to see such a genuine moment of love and adoration in such a commercial world, but the Obama's have reminded us that there is no substitution for the Real thing.