2.365: And They Danced

Today:

Made a boo boo (one kid should have gone back to school, today).

Got over feeling stoopid.

Started a sweater.

Got wet in the (DAMN) snow.

Smiled as I watched the kids write their names in it.

Best part-shaking my hair around while dancing with the girls.

It was the best because I didn’t really feel like it, but did it anyway and had fun.

Now, a decision: knit and watch (but mostly listen, to) something I know and love? Or watch Volver and pay attention to the subtitles?

Feeling All Grateful

Hey, all!!

I experienced a bit of a setback on Wednesday when I woke up feeling ill. I only got worse once I arrived at work. Let’s just say….I’ve totally accomplished puking in front of my coworkers so I can keep one space cleared on the ole goals list. :(

Anyway, I rallied and stayed the rest of the day and after a long nap and two pain killers for my headache when I got home, I felt good as new and able to get started on my fall feast dishes. We did things small, as I had to work on Friday, too. But, we ate well and all felt happy. That’s the whole point, right?

Annnndddd…to ensure that a good time was had, by me at least, I ordered some patterns!! Never mind that  I am  was on a diet.
Look at what I got!

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Coppélia

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& Bellatrix  Bellatrix2side_large  From

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& Gilbert SONY DSCBut, I’m most excited about this one from

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Dudes, I’m excited about all of my new patterns, but those mittens? I have THEE coldest hands in the world! I have yet to find gloves that keep them warm in winter. I am so stupid excited to make some that will do the job AND have the ability to use my phone without taking them off! Mari is a genius!! I’m just waiting on my conductive fabric. While I fight the urge to order 20% discounted fabric from Mood!

I hope all of you had a great, love filled weekend.

I’ll be spending these last moments of mine with my loves, some yummy Britex fabric and Built By Wendy.

{Machine} Knit All The Things

Friends!! I (along with the help of my hubby who spoils me, I’m SO lucky) made a dream come true!!

I am the proud, infatuated, new owner of a

KNITTING MACHINE!!

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Not only did I get the machine locally from a Craig’s List seller (so no $100 shipping charge) she accepted $75 less than she initially offered it for AND the machine came along with a crap load of extras! Lace, intarsia and ribber attachments along with a slew of hand tools, cones of yarn to practice on (more than enough to make an actual test garment!) and the seller’s notes and materials from a machine knitting class she took at FIT.

This deal was an absolute SCORE!! I feel even better about it because I missed out on another, not nearly as good (or even in the same universe), local CL offer just last week. Best thing that could have happened!! I was able to get what appears to be a lifetime of collected materials with only two (related: aunt and niece) previous owners who held onto everything and took great care of it all. I could have spent double (and nearly triple if you think of the shipping charges) collecting the same over time. I feel so lucky!!

Even more so because LOOK at what I made after only one week of intense machine knitting related pinning and research & one day of struggling and YouTube-ing and Google-ing (this post in particular was a God send) like a maniac!

A totally excellent swatch!!

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This is 70 rows wide x 100 high and measures 10×7 inches. Shall we ponder how long it would have taken me to hand knit the same at this gauge? lol

And I only have one not-s0-serious-injury to show for it! Though, my back might not be so happy with me in the morning. I need to make some space for my new toy, so my much loved, though little used, vanity table will make its way to Craig’s List and into the life of some one new.

Check out my Pinterest board if you’re in the market for a machine and want to read up!

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And expect more, MUCH more, knitting content in the future!

Machine deets for the curious:

- Singer Knitting Machine & Carriage Model 360K
- Singer Ribbing Attachment SRP 60N
- YC6 Single & Double Bed Yarn Changer
- Model LC-2 Lace Carriage
- Model AG-20 Intarsia Carriage
- Model SC-3 Automatic Linker

In Bloom

Hubby got me this Amaryllis plant for my birthday.
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That teeny stalk you see there has grown about a foot and a half, with this beautiful bloom sprouting at the top.
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There’s something so miraculous about watching a plant change and grow and bloom, up close.
My short-y goals also continue to bloom, too. The girls’ room got the fall cleaning treatment. Hubby and I DID get to go on our date! And, I nested, away from the computer (!!) with some knitting.
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CABLES!!!
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This is Ysolda’s, Gretel. Worked up in Moda Dea Washable wool that I got in a swap. This hat is difficult enough for me as it is loaded with cables. I was plugging along when I, somehow, had the right number of stitches but the pattern just wasn’t ending the right way.

GRRRRRRR!!

I counted and recounted and then counted again. Nothing. I even went and bought the pdf pattern on Ravelry, which I placed a hold on and borrowed this Stitch and Bitch book to avoid doing, to see if the book pattern was wrong. It ain’t. On my way back to my bedroom, my mistake was suddenly clear. I read P1, K4, P1, but I was knitting P1, K4 over and over. Completely missing that second purl.

DUH!! It’s worse because I’ve made this mistake before. Several times. Whatever. That’s what happens when you knit at 3am while laughing your ass off at RuPaul’s Drag Race, the Ru-vealed special episodes. HILARIOUS! So, Ysolda gets another $6 bucks in her pocket and I can print out the pattern all nice and neat.

I also bought, rather impulsively, this color work pattern a couple weeks ago. I can’t wait to try it out.

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And I was working on a Miette I started a while back. But it has been ripped back, almost to the beginning. It was coming out way too big. I’m sort of out of love with it and want to move onto something else. I really, really like this pattern.

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Are you knitting anything?

Short-y Goals

So, yesterday was OK. A few tears, but I kept it together at work. I feel a bit like a weight has been…well not lifted. Lightened. It’s been lightened. For me, anticipation is often worse than the actual thing. Once I’m over the hump, I’m good. I’ll always be sad and I’ll always miss her, but time marches on.

Speaking of time, I don’t always make the best use of it. I will spare us all and save my excuses. And just start simply by stating what I hope to accomplish in November.

Check out my shorty

I’m doing OK since I started this blog post this morning! LOL

So far, I did three loads of laundry and started my story. And hubby and I have set a date (pending babysitter) for tomorrow night. Also, the boys’ room has been revamped and scrubbed clean. Tomorrow, the girls. I’m not sure that that is what they had in mind for working together, lol. But I need more help keeping this place clean and they’re more than capable. Eight additional hands will make the load much lighter.

As for now, I think I’ll go offline, grab my knitting and a DVD and tuck in for the night. It’s funny how I can get to bed so much earlier on a Friday night. I’m sho nuff the life of the party ;D

Snoopy Says, She Didn’t Fall for Cotton

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Please accept this cute, fall-themed, Snoopy comic in place of an actual Fall For Cotton project.

My efforts were doomed from the start. When it was all said and done, I had chosen the WRONG fabric to work with, misplaced the pattern I wanted to use, cut out a last minute project and then immediately became engrossed in a book (or two).

So, no cotton loveliness to show. Instead, I unearthed a long forgotten skirt and wore it instead.
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Be impressed by my workroom decor. We get water to drink and have the means to extinguish fire.

I approve.

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Close-up of the best shoe purchase, ever.
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I love them so much, I couldn’t stop taking pics of them.
In the subway.
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And on the street (I see you Spike Lee. And your vamp flick). I kept misreading this as Brooklyn Vampires rather than Black Vampires. My shoes go, either way ;)
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This was totally a last minute outfit, but I totally love it! So did my husband and a few random people on the street. Sometimes, the comfy fit is well…comfy, lol and garners the most comments.

Can you believe it’s October?

For me, the month will have some busy (planning for two volunteer position ramps up), some good (it’s my birth month) and some bad (my grandma fell ill on my bday and passed a week and a day later). So if I appear a bit morose, no worries. I have a super support system at home and you all, too.
I will be fine (eventually).

The Amazings, Amazing Feat

Have you heard of The Amazings??? 

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If not, let me bring you up to speed. The Amazings has this really brilliant concept. Learning time tested crafts from our elders!! Isn’t that cool!! All of those “Not your grandma’s insert craft type here” memes never sat well with me. They ARE their crafts and that’s fucking awesome!! I was SUPER delighted to receive an email asking whether I’d like to give their classes a try. Uhmmmm….YES!! Yes, of course!!

I’m currently enrolled in three. It was hard to know which to start with!! I have tons, and tons of sewing thread and an entire roll of melt away stabilizer that I’ve, literally, had for years.  I also have some found-on-the-street hardcover books that once altered would be an awesome addition to any librarian’s home.

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But, the truly awesome thing about the chance to enroll in these classes? This opportunity finally pushed me to try something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, make the switch to homemade beauty products (at the moment, I have 5 or 6 library books on the subject). I already try to stick to simple scents and basics like coco butter as I have small children and I am SUPER sensitive to strong smells. I almost never wear perfume and I can’t stand scented deodorant. My husband even had to switch because the smell of his was driving me crazy.

In addition, something I haven’t really talked about here, my paternal grandmother is a breast cancer survivor (don’t worry, this was not recent. She got the all-clear at her last check-up). Her cancer was concentrated in/around the breast tissue near her armpit. Which I’ve since read can be partially attributed to chemicals in commercial deodorants. She had her breast removed and underwent chemo. Scary stuff. If I can lessen my chance, and my preteen deodorant wearer’s chance, of experiencing the same…well it’s a no brainer.

The Amazings eliminated one thing that was stopping me: the need for hand holding while trying out this new-to-me craft. The other, sourcing the supplies. It turns out, I was over-thinking it. I got the pretty jars from a Freecycler and all of the oils from GNC. Because my hubby has their frequent shopper card, I saved a ton of money!

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I started with the salt scrub. The kids decided that lemon was the scent of the day.

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Side note: I even craft in homemade. I’m rocking a refashioned dress ;p

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They had a great time helping me measure, pour and mix! And it smelled sooooo amazing!

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In the end, we had two jars of lemon icy scented awesomeness!!! We all tried it on our hands and walked around sniffing them for the next hour or so, lol. I tried it in the bath and it was wonderful!! I’m totally and completely HOOKED! I went right onto making the witch hazel toner which felt great after my honey face wash. (I’d run out of honey and started using some leftover cleanser I had and it does not work nearly as well as raw honey and warm water.)

It was a good night for handmade at chez Sown Brooklyn!! I have another GNC run (for beeswax) before I can make deodorant, but I see more making on tonight’s agenda!

Share your fave beauty recipes in the comments and if you have none,
consider giving The Amazings’ Elders, with all of their wisdom, a try!!