Shoes and Yarn

This blog is dedicated to my search for the perfect shoes and the perfect yarn.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

So, I have this dilemma... I didn't change my address on my Interweave Knits. I thought I had changed it, but I went online and apparently not. So, I thought my magazine would be forwarded, but it hasn't been. Now, do I wait to see if it arrives, or do I buy one?? I just know if I buy one, it will appear the next day. I recently got another magazine forwarded, so I know they'll do it... What to do, what to do.

Finished an xmas project today. Not posting this one. I like it. It's on my ravelry page.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Home again in DC. Had a great time in St. Louis. Great time with the family. No trip would be complete without a yarn purchase. I bought some Smooshy in Ruby River.
It's true love I tell you. Love this color.

While I was home, there was knitting. I got to start the dropped stitches on the Clapotis. I finished my neice's x-mas socks (but forgot to take a picture). I started a new x-mas project and started the second of the purple striped socks.

Other than that, have to go to work tomorrow. It's a very busy week. Knitting tomorrow. Work Happy Hour thurs. Cookie baking for cookie exchange Friday night. Work Holiday party (requiring cocktail dress) Saturday. Cookie Exchange Sunday. I might be glad to go to work next Monday just to get a break.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Bags are almost packed. Kitchen has been cleaned.

You'll be glad to know, I whittled it down to 4 projects to take with me. My neice's toddler socks, the purple stripe socks, Tangled Yoke cardiagan and a hat. Two of which fit in my purse.

I'm taking my computer and my camera, so if time permits, there might be updates.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Let there be light...welll, maybe not

So, I learned an important lesson today. I was going to put up my Christmas tree...yes, I'm aware it's before Thanksgiving. I'm leaving for a week on Tuesday and then I leave for Christmas on the 21st, so in order to enjoy it, I was going to put it, back to my story. I have the tree out. I have all the ornaments out...but wait, there's something missing...where in the heck are the lights???? Uh Oh! When I moved, I threw away my old lights. UGHHHH!!!! Of course, I only discovered this after Target had closed for the evening. Ugghhh!!!

Tomorrow is my last full day here. I spent most of the day doing laundry so I have clothes to wear. Tomorrow night I have to finish packing. Toiletries, etc. My bag is stuffed full. I'm taking all the christmas gifts I've bought so far so I have less to bring when I come home at Christmas. Since I have my bag so full, I'm trying to reign in the amount of knitting I'm bringing with me. It's extremely hard... I might just take a few things and then visit the yarn store while I'm home...

Saturday, November 17, 2007


Yes, I'm excelling at lots of little projects. I'm having issues finishing the big ones.

So, we have the completed Calorimetry.

I made it out of Patsons SWS. I washed and I was afraid it had grown, but it was exactly 24" as specified in the patter. Hurrah!

I also finished a hat today. It's the Unorginal Hat pattern from the Yarn Harlot.

It was easy and quick and looks good on. I made it out of some Lamb's Pride Bulky I had left over from a class at Stitches Midwest 2 years ago. It's a gift for someone for christmas. I'm trying to finish 7 hats in a month...wish me luck.

Tomorrow is laundry day. I have to wash all the clothes for my trip to St. Louis next week and then pack. The real question is what knitting I'm going to bring with me. So far, I'm thinking the Tangled Yoke, a hat, and a couple of pairs of socks. I'm going for an entire week and 2 plane trips. I'm wondering if that's enough....hmmmm.....

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to me! But wait...You're birthday is not until January.... What's up you ask??? I got my confirmation for Blue Moon's 2008 Rockin' Sock Club today! Woo Hoo!!! I spent all year last year living vicariously through two friends who were members and finally took the plunge for myself the year. So, for my birthday, I bought myself a membership. Yes, I am quite the good gift buyer if I may say so myself and coincidently, the first package should arrive sometime around my birthday, the 19th of January. Yeah Me!

In other news, still knitting on the clapotis, my neice's GREEN sock and my new project (because you know it had to happen) a Calorimetry from I have a friend who's learning to knit, but in her class, they aren't making anything. Just swatches, so she's bored and doesn't think it's fun or worth the effort to get to the point where it gets easier, so I'm setting up a challenge for her. I'm making a Calorimetry and I've bought several more skeins for her to make a sweater. I think the color changes will keep it interesting and having a matching set should keep her going for awhile.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

New projects

So, my neice wanted some GREEN socks. So, here we are. It's Maizy from Crystal palace in Cactus.
I like how soft the yarn is, but it's very splitty and that makes it difficult to knit without paying attention.

In other news, look at my reward for finishing my neice's sweater...

Yep, it's the start of a Clapotis (for me this time...hopefully) in Brooks farm Duet that I bought at Stitches Midwest. I love this yarn. I think it's turning out well so far.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

I love baby hats

Yet another finished object.
I love this little projects. Lucas is going to look so cute!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Christmas Elves

I made matching hats for my neice and nephew. I took my nephews over when I went to visit tonight and tried it on and I wish I had taken my camera, because he was cute, cute, cute. I'm going to finish them off with pompoms and jingle bells.
I also started a new project. I started my neice's "GREEN" socks, because that's what color socks she wants.
Just a 2x2 rib and I'll probably put a ruffle at the top. I'm not really liking the Maizy yarn. It's soft, but it is so splitty. It's a pain to knit with.

Saturday, November 03, 2007


It's done!!! Hurrah!! The striped cardigan for my neice. I will keep my fingers crossed that this will actually fit her.
I just love it. I even found cute buttons that just about match the stripe colors. Now, keep fingers crossed that it fits and my neice likes it.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Question: When is it time to buy a new car???

Answer: When the mechanic is calling you to give you an update on what's needed to fix your car and you have to stop him at some point, because the total becomes more than an entire year's worth of car payments...

BTW - I only let him do 3 months of car payments, which should (fingers crossed) keep the car in working order to get to the first of the year so I can buy a new one. (of course, I'm trying to ignore the fact that I paid 4 months worth of car payments last month in order to pass the emissions test...)


BTW - The only reason I'm even remotely okay about this is my wonderful friend EJ took me out for a few beers and volunteered to go car shopping with me.