Thursday, August 27, 2009

Fear of Fabric

I have a fear of fabric. I am new to sewing. I am looking to make the smallest of projects. What's the least amount of fabric I am allowed to buy? Will the ladies cutting the fabric get mad if I have like 15 bolts of fabric and only need a 1/4 yard from each one? Can I buy less than 1/4 yard? I am assuming you cannot return fabric like you can yarn? In what aisle does one find PUL?

I would ask, but I am really afraid of the people at my local Joann's fabrics, they are mean. I get why they are should see this place on a Wednesday at noon. Its busy then. On the weekends, forget about it, you will be there a good hour waiting in line.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Saturday, August 22, 2009


A dish scrubby I made in minutes. I found the pattern here

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Follow the leader, leader, leader...Sigame!!!!

The title is from this cuban pop song....

Love that song! And it goes with the post so...

The benches at the bus stop at Belmont and Broadway (77 Westbound) are not very popular for sitting. I actually have never seen anyone sitting there in the morning. But it was a sleepy Tuesday morning and I said "What the hell." I started something because seconds after I sat, three business men also sat down and we were very tight on space. Then one
business man got up and another girl took his place. I guess everyone was having a sleepy Tuesday.

Sigame (from the song) means "Follow me" in spanish. In case you didn't get that. Speaking of following (this is a stretch), I'm getting closer to repeating my blanket colors. I have one more color to add before they repeat. Opinions are welcome, frogging still an option.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Saturday Pillow

We bought some pillows from TJ Maxx but they were too firm and too tall. So I cut them open and reduced the stuffing by half. I saved the other half to make some throw pillows. The one with green and orange circles is the one I made, the orange one behind it is storebought. I am going to make another to match it soon. Fabric was bought from and designed by Jennifer Moore. Again sorry for the bad photos, I'm looking into repairing my camera.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Knit and Gnat

Knit, being the knitwear on the trees over by my place. I came across this blog awhile ago but didn't realize there were pieces by my place. Pretty fun huh?

Gnat, being the chatty dude that stopped me while taking this photo to ask "Why are you taking a picture of that tree?" I shouldn't call him a gnat, that's mean, but it rhymed so what the hell. But it was annoying. Non-natives of Chicago will find that these instances occur more often than you like.

I explained to him the reason for the photo, he shrugged his shoulders and said "Huh! Tree sweaters!"

You see that white haze in the background of the photo? Why is my new camera doing this to me? Anyone know why or how to fix it? Alicia?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Food from Places I have been

I'm on a crochet break. This goes out to my foodies...

Texas: BBQ
And of course your other southern delicacies such as chicken fried steak, fried okra, and basically anything fried.
Pecan Pie, yuck!

California: Lots of vegatarian, vegan, raw.
Lots of Asian.
Lots of Mexican.

Chicago: Deep dish Pizza.
The "Italian" beef sandwich. What makes it "Italian" is anyone's guess.
Macaroni and Cheese, its more of a Chicago thing then it is an American can actually order it as an entree here.
And of course the hot dog.

Barcelona: Oh geez here we go...
Meats include (fuet, sobrasada, jamon serrano, and botifarra) wiki them!
Fish and lots of it. And shellfish too, especially Mussels, super yum!
Bread with Tomato and Salt
And so much more....

Mexico: Tacos
Beans and Rice with every meal, its true Alex...don't get mad
And so much more....

Italy: Pizza, super thin and no pepperoni
A million types of pasta and sauces
weirder pastas include: Gnocchi
weirder sauces include: amatriciana (super good)

Greece: Gyros
DO NOT eat the sousukakia in the summer, I got food poisoning

Turkey: Every Breakfast in Turkey consists of cucumber, hard boiled egg, and bread

Romania: Suprisingly Pizza is everywhere
Rotisserie Chicken and boiled potatos

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The illegal beagle strikes again

Mona loves to steal your spot. If you get up from your seat, expect to find a guilty looking beag (yes I said beag) when you get back. This was taken a few months ago. See that guilty look? This photo was previously titled "Queenie" for obvious reasons

Well this morning, I sleepily got out of bed, walked right back in only to find this ridiculousness going on...

She is not allowed on the bed, and she knows it too, but who could disturb an angelic looking beagle like this....

Monday, August 3, 2009

To frog or not to frog, that is the question...

(Sigh) So I spent quite a few hours on my ripple blanket this weekend. I got to the first row of purple and thought "These colors are horrible." I think its the orange that is throwing everything off, it has that slight macaroni and cheese yellow tint to it. But then I played around in photoshop and it seems like it COULD work out? I still have 2 darker shades of purple coming. I figured I would work until the next red row and then decide to frog it or not. But then I think, do I really want to work that much only to frog it?

Frogging, as I have recently become aware of, means: To rip out your knit or crochet project and start over or start over where you made a mistake. Apparently its roots came from the phrase "Rip it...Rip it" get it?

I would be interested in any comments on my progress thus far. Colorwise.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Arm Warmer

I was trying out a new knit pattern with the yarn that I have had forever (trying to empty my stash to make room for new blanket yarn). So I was knitting thinking "oh this will be another scarf." But it was naturally curling lengthwise and Justin suggested I turn it into armwarmers. So I did. I don't know if its the patterns fault or not, but I don't like the colors when its knitted. I liked it much better as a hank of yarn. I have a whole hank left and I might try a new pattern for a skinny scarf.

I have got to get this knit thing down. I went to a local yarn store called Knit1 and I will probably take knitting lessons there. That way I can fix mistakes. Although I didnt make any mistakes with the armwarmers. This pattern is called Polperro Northcott. You can find it in The Ultimate Sourcebook of Knitting and Crochet Stitches, page 47.

I will post progress of my ripple blanket this week. Off to a picnic, have a good Sunday everyone!