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Almost done unpacking

Posted on September 18, 2013 | 0 Comments


The movers came to move me in on September 1st, leaving way more boxes than I remember actually packing (how does that happen?!?). Slowly but surely, I'm getting everything unpacked and put away.

What you see above is my bookshelf/desk unit (from Ikea of course, where else!), which is freshly refilled with all the fabric I own. They're not put away perfectly yet because I just wanted to get them out of the boxes, so they're pretty messy.

When I look at this thing the first thing I think is: how the hell did I amass so much fabric in such a short time? This volume of fabric is kind of ridiculous! I need to finish up some quilts ASAP.

Of course the next thought after "I need to finish up some quilts" is always "because there are new fabric collections out that I want to buy" . . . which succinctly explains how the "ridiculous quantity of fabric" problem comes from. Ahem.

As of yesterday, there are only 3 boxes left to unpack! And those are all winter clothing, which is why I purposely left them for last. Considering the sudden turn to Fall we've had this week though, I'd better get to those sooner rather than later. I had to wear a light jacket yesterday already . . . it's sweater weather for sure. My favorite!


PS - I see is starting to put ads in non-paid blogs, so I guess it's about time to move my blog. Again. Maybe that'll be a project for this coming weekend. Shouldn't affect anything from the reader's perspective though, don't worry!

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Planning season

Posted on August 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

[caption id="attachment_4500" align="alignnone" width="490"]arnold Did you know August 26th was National Dog Day?[/caption]

This planning is because I've been "homeless" for 2 months (one month spent in my parents' extra bedroom, the other with my boyfriend) and thinking about my living situation pretty much 24/7 the whole time. Now you know why all my belongings are in storage, like I mentioned in my last post!

The thing I didn't want to jinx in my last post? I signed a lease yesterday! Woohoo! After 3 months of drama and 3 failed applications, I finally managed to get a lease signed.

When I think of my new place, all I can think about are theĀ possibilities. I've never had a one bedroom apartment all to myself before, let alone so much square footage (you can totally tell I'm moving to Brooklyn based on that last sentence, right?). It's super fun to think of all the things I could do with it!

There are some things I already know I have to do: get a wardrobe for the bedroom (whose closet is a joke) and a window A/C unit (my last place had central A/C so I don't own a window unit anymore). Maybe two window units, depending on how hot September ends up being.

But those aren't the things I think about. The things running a mile-a-minute through my head are thoughts like:

  • I should make curtains! Different sets for each room! OMG there are three rooms in this place, each with windows! And even the bathroom has a window!
  • Should I put my crafty/office setup in the living room or the bedroom? Maybe they should be split up, office in one room and sewing/knitting stuff in the other? If so, which goes where?
  • I want a huge design wall! Like this one! And it needs to have nothing in front of it, so it can serve double-duty as a photography backdrop. How should I arrange the living room furniture so I can get that to work? :: draws layouts over and over again ::
  • OOHHH, I should make potholders for the kitchen! Yes!
  • Oh right, thinking of the kitchen, half my kitchen chairs died last year. I need to get a new set of kitchen chairs. And the ones I really like are too expensive. Ugh, this wasn't fun last time, not looking forward to doing it again. Let's think of something else!
  • I'll make a winter-weight quilt for the bed! The one I made this year wasn't warm enough in the winter so I used blankets on top. I wonder what the heating situation will be like in this place? Better wait on the winter quilt until I see if it's steaming hot in there.

Oh man, I better stop before I get too overwhelmed.

I am so excited!

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It's been a weird summer.

Posted on August 24, 2013 | 0 Comments


I think I'm going to go back to using this blog to talk a bit more about just anything, while still focusing on the knitting, my original knitting patterns, and Koigu, of course.

Tonight, I actually AM thinking about knitting, and wanting to write about it.

Like I said on Facebook a few minutes ago, the cool fall breeze blowing through the apartment is making me think SWEATERS.

All my sweaters are in storage, as is almost everything I own (long story, will tell you all about it if the thing that's supposed to happen on Monday goes through as planned. Don't want to jinx it), but I do have one sweaters-worth of Cascade 220 in a lovely oatmeal color with me. I have a sweater design all sketched out, the swatch made/washed/measured, and most of the math finished. If this one comes out the way I picture it in my mind's eye, it'll become my new favorite pullover for sure.

So tonight, I'm enjoying the breeze while catching up on my blog reading (you all write way more than I do!) and knitting on this new sweater. The dog is curled up next to me, the city sounds are coming in through the window, and things feel like they're settling down.


PS - The picture above has nothing to do with this post, other than a lot of this summer has involved Brooklyn. And that's a picture I took last month, from the Brooklyn Promenade.

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Come see me in Brooklyn tomorrow!

Posted on December 14, 2012 | 0 Comments


I have a table in tomorrow's 3rd Ward Holiday Show and if you're in NYC, you should totally come! First off admission is free, so there's that. But the really awesome part is that there are going to be two full floors of awesome handmade things to shop through!

My table will be under the co-op name Stitched in the City, which is the little coop I created for me and my fellow crafty friends to sell under. You'll recognize us by our awesome felt sign:

I'll be bringing mostly sewn and quilted items, but also some knitting kits and quilting kits. I'm super excited!

If you come please do stop and say hi to me! I can't wait to meet you IRL =)


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Yes I'm alive!

Posted on November 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

I'm starting to get worried emails from people since I've been quiet here and on my quilting blog for so long so thought I'd drop in and quickly say that I'm ok! My roommate and I are back in our apartment and the Seaport is slowly coming back to life around us. I started a full-time web development job this week so have been re-learning how to have a "real" job . . . I have a bunch of stuff to show you and share with you, but want to do it right! Hopefully this weekend I'll have a proper post for you.

Sneak peek here!

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