Hand Winding Hand Painted Handspun

8.365: Hand Winding Handpainted Handspun

This was gifted to me AGES ago.

210/365: So. Much. AWESOME!

I used the other handspun sent along with this Julia's Handspun Shawl
but have held onto this one for so long. I think it wants to be fingerless mitts of some kind. Or maybe the contrast color in some kind of colorwork project.

I am officially in a knitting frenzy.I finished a shawl I can barely remember starting (you can see it in the background of the first picture) and have finally picked up the collar stitches for one nearly done sweater. My Opus Spicatim came out comically tiny, but it has spawned a love of (simple) colorwork, so I am definitely going to try again.

What I Wore 10.26.11

What I Wore :: 10.26.11
Hand knit hat, All-Day Beret from Stitch and Bitch site
Sweater and tank underneath from Old Navy
Pants from H&M
Boots from Target. I just realized the sole is separating from the upper on the right boot :(
Messy bookshelf by the kids

Sweater detail
Sweater detaill

And my 365 pic with one of my childhood (and current!) favorites.
4.365: Self Portrait with YooHoo

Funky Faux Socks

3.365: Funky Faux Socks!

Fabric Scraps
InStyle Magazine Inspiration
Funky Faux Socks!

I am feeling so refashion/re-purpose inspired.

I just finished two projects that I’m so in love with it’s all I can do to keep myself from running back to the thrift store for more pants.

I am so thankful for the petite, well dressed man who gave up his Armani(!!!) slacks and crisp white brand new Banana Republic button-up. I can’t wait to wear this outfit!

Alas, today was not the day. I was at the laundry-mat for most of the morning. Our washer has decided it’s going to die a slow death. It’s allowed. It was bought used and has been going strong since.

Thanks for all of the birthday wishes guys! They brightened my day SO MUCH!

Tune in tomorrow for more faux sock news!

2.365: I get so cold

2.365: I get so cold, originally uploaded by Nettie C..

Via Flickr:
I spend most of the day adding and removing layers. Both indoors and out. As much as I’m not ready for it to be truly winter, I am really sick of these days that start out 45 degrees and end up 70.

I must say, it’s a good thing I don’t place too much importance on having a good b-day. Because yesterday sucked for the most part. I let my school work back up and my oldest had projects for school due (dad was at work and couldn’t help out) so I was frantic for most of the day. And I was wicked tired. At least dinner was good.

Today is going better. The boxed set of Charlie and Lola dvds I ordered for the kids arrived. I’m nearly done with a small knitting project. There are plenty of snacks in the house ;0) and I have the house to myself for the next little bit.

I’ll be doing this:
10.24.11: My entertainment

Reading the new In Style with Gwen on the cover, love her. Eating cookies. Wii and TV to watch Coupling on Netflix. It never fails to make me laugh.


Last night

Colorwork with Cake

This is the beginning of Opus Spicatum. Taken with cake. Because everything is better with cake. I haven’t had success with my previous colorwork attempts. I’ve made it to the third row without incident.

This afternoon

Yummy town!

This is a go-to meal for me. It’s so fast and so filling. And, of course, it’s effing delicious!
I’m new to eating spinach. I like it uncooked, but slightly warmed up either in the micro or from the heat of whatever I’m having it with.

I bake the talapia with black pepper, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes and basil. The sweet potato is mashed in the bowl with butter and sugar.

Another Evening with Ms. Jill Scott

A Jill Scott concert in the  middle of the week is a GOOD thing! My b-day prezzie from my hubby!

Shiny, happy me!

Me and the Hubby

At 14th street headed to the PATH train. The travel gods were smiling on us. We have never shown up anywhere this close to the show start time before. And our seats were AMAZING!! We sat on individual chairs in a section all by our selves. My husband was ecstatic, he is always so squished in regular seats. We were able to stand and dance. It was awesome.

DJ Jazzy Jeff
DJ Jazzy Jeff!!

He was amazing!! The art of Djing ain’t what it used to be. He had the place jumping and dancing like we were at an old school house party.

Ms. Jill Scott!!


She looked absolutely amazing!! She’s lost some weight recently. But it was more than that. Her spirit is so bright. And her voice is beyond amazing. It was a great night!

Proof of Knitting

I  guess I haven’t forgotten how!

All-Day Beret
1. All-Day Beret, 2. All-Day Beret, 3. All-Day Beret

Pattern: All Day Beret

Yarn: Shelridge Farm Soft Touch DKW

I bought this yarn at Rhinebeck (2 yrs ago??) so I guess it’s fitting that I finished the hat on Rhinebeck weekend. This was made mostly while waiting around during art class and as a means of avoiding school work (this semester BLOWS) when at home. And also because I needed a hat for my non-big hair days.  It’s braided up under there, otherwise it would never have fit on.

Thrift Scores!!

Thrifted Goodness!!

1. Thrifted Goodness!!, 2. Thrifted Goodness!!

Velvet blazer by Jones of New York $14.99. Considering I just paid twice that for the blue one I wore today from F21, that is a huge bargain. I would love to find a black velvet one, but no luck so far. I guess most people choose to keep them.

This coat, by Scooter Brown, was only $16.99 !! The original price was about $130. I am ecstatic! With four children, this is the only price I would pay for a white coat . The reviews I found online complained about the buttons falling off. Well one fell off while I was buttoning up for this picture. For 17 bucks I can deal, but at regular price I would be pissed.

I grabbed a paper thin Banana Republic tunic length sweater  and a pink check shirt from Barney’s to refashion. I also picked up a pair of slacks (Ralph Lauren for $8) to try a refashion like this pair by Urban Don. His blog is so inspiring. He forced me to look at buying fast fashion again. I had done well for a while but I have been lured into stores more lately. It was a nice time for a reminder.

My creation