New floors, my friend.

We got our floors redone last week. We took it as an opportunity to clean house (literally!) and do some slight re-arranging and stuff-purging. It feels great and fresh. I have never lived somewhere for more than 1 year since I left my parent’s house for college ten years ago, so its weird to have been in one place for 3.5 years. I’ve also been cleaning up in my sewing room but I’ll save pics for when it’s complete.

Pretty new old floors
With furniture.
a little knitting nubbin.

off-topic inspiration.

i try to keep this blog on-topic, or at least mildly related to fiber crafts. but i saw this list and it really resonated with me, so i wanted to put it here. especially:

“7. Measure your failures as cautiously as you measure your successes.
So you failed. Okay. In the same way you are modest about your successes, be modest about your failures. Don’t linger in them. Think of all the hard learning you did while you worked so hard on something that sucked. Valuable knowledge. That’s how it goes sometimes. On to the next one.”

festive us.

our house is getting festive. we have some minimal lights so far, along with fake wreaths on the railings, and a “real” wreath i doctored up from bare to ribbon-ed and beaded.

and then one day at work i found some garlands in the trash room. 3 lighted 10ish foot strands, and one unlit one. i cant tell you how excited i was when i found them! i wrapped the banister to the second floor with the lighted garland, and then created my own little ditty with the unlit one for over the dining room fireplace.

and here is our tree! post lights, pre ornaments:

… and then the final tree!

you know she’s beachin’ it.

wow, what a lovely beach vacation. we did so much stuff! and also so much relaxing on the beach. we had mostly great weather, but a couple bad-weather days, but we had a triple-feature-90s-movies day where we watched Point Break, 10 Things I hate about You, and Jurassic Park.

we biked to the cape may/lewes ferry and rode to the dogfish head brewery, which was DELICIOUS. we passed this sign.

we visited the cape may brewery for a tasting and tour. they are very new, but still had 4 beers: a saison, porter, and two IPAs.
my parents and sister came down for the weekend, and we spent some serious time on the beach.
during the drive down, we passed philadelphia and had the marvelous idea to stop and see the barnes collection on the return trip. my friend mike (who was with us) told us about art of the steal, an extremely gripping documentary about the barnes and how the city of philadelphia "stole" it and moved it downtown. although i am not sure i can pick a right side on the matter, i wanted to see this magnificent art collection regardless of its location. in short, it was ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL. i went through the rooms and gasped constantly, the breadth of the collection is outstanding. if you are ever in the area, it is so worth a stop. i would like to go back another time, though, it was very draining and i found myself going through the 2nd floor rooms too quickly because i was burned out. 

i was able to get some serious knitting time in this week! now that i see the pictures i took, it doesn’t look like i spent much time on it, but i used a lot of time to decipher the chart instead of reading the written directions (as i had been doing), and the pattern is going much, much faster now– i am almost memorizing it. i had to rip out several rows at first, but im back on track and almost ready to start decreasing for the neck! my goal is to have this finished for our san francisco trip next month (its a lofty goal, we’ll see).

a bundle of joy.

and we’re back! got some stuff working, but someone has been taking up a lot of my time.. her name is livi, and shes extremely precious.
otherwise, ive been working on the trinity stitch beret. this pup has taken me awhile because i haven’t had much time to devote to it. the trinity stitch is a little tricky at first, but its becoming more fluid and natural for me, and ive been able to enjoy it. its ridiculous how soft the alpaca with a twist feels. i think alpaca is my favorite fiber (although i havent worked with the cashmere my aunt gave me yet.. we’ll see if my opinion changes after that). there is much to be said for learning to love the itchy warmth of rough wool, though. anyway! TTFN! 

a rose (of sorts) for emily.

so im starting to run out of window space for plants. i got this bromeliad the other day. i read somewhere that the red flower is actually called a pup, and it will eventually become a new plant! how cool! i also bought a poinsettia and a christmas cactus. so my house is definitely getting some quality oxygen these days.

also, yesterday was handmade arcade. i bought some yarn, and it made me really happy. there were lots of other booths that were extremely inspiring and i got some christmas presents. the armory (where HA has been held the past two years) was pretty packed when i went at noon-ish, but that can be nothing but a good thing for all the vendors! 

sending christmas cards

christmas is coming. very, very soon. i am not ready for it, even though ive been working on holiday stuff for two or so months at work. i wanted to send some christmas cards to family, and considered buying some beautiful letterpress ones from etsy, but they are just sooooo pricey. so i decided to make my own. i think they turned out nicely.

today is the first really cold day that ive experienced in a very long time.. and it occurred to me as i quickly walked to the post office to buy stamps for the cards that i havent been cold like this since…. march. i think i like the change of seasons, but its going to take some serious adjusting to get used to this weather. i hear its going to be a cold winter. here’s to change.. cheers!


so halloween was last night. i went as a wolf(e) in sheep’s clothing. i thought it was pretty cute. i found this fabulous wolf hat at a secondhand store, crocheted some ears, and sewed them onto the top of it. michelle picked up some sheep-y fabric for me to make a dress-like thing. and a tail. and some pockets. since i just sewed it up quickly and left the edges raw, my room seemed like spring at a sheep shearing establishment after i finished, because the fuzzies got EVERYWHERE. the final product was pretty worth it, though.

so where did i go in my ensemble, you may ask? answer: EVALINE. this thing was a giant halloween party that featured a homemade roller coaster. my entrance fee was waived because i happened to talk to the owner of the whole event.. and got the password to get in. he seemed pretty nice, and told me he doesnt really make money, but breaks even every year. hmm… maybe next time dont tell complete strangers how to get infor free? anyway.. this party has been happening every halloween for 17 years, and i had a really awesome time. 

ps still working on the sweater.. and a hat, and some other stuff.