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Tuesday, May 27, 2008
  Home again!
Well, as it turned out, I didn't get a chance to blog from the road. There was just way too much going on, and not a whole lot blog-worthy. We spent a week in Idaho, visiting Kellen's family and enjoying some much needed time off. And of course, shopping for yarn! We only got a chance to go to three shops, which was actually fine for me. They were so amazing, anything more would have been sensory overload. First up there was Ewephoria, where I got some adorable knitting fabric. I'll post pictures of it as an FO as soon as I sew it up. Talk about a friendly, inviting yarn shop! They had a great selection, too.
Clogs and Yarn

Then we went to Puffy Mondaes, which I was really excited about because the owner is from Arcata! Again, an amazing, inviting shop. And I scored the sock yarn you see above! Yes, that's the highly sought after Regia nation yarn that The Harlot blogged about. I scored their last two balls! And, as it turns out, the socks will match my new garden clogs (purchased at Fred Meyer along the way) perfectly. And no, container gardening doesn't really warrant garden clogs, but living in soggy Humboldt County does, and besides, they're adorable.

Then it was on to Boise

Fuzz was our final store, and it was awesome too. I wanted to squeeze everything, but settled on the gorgeous manos and this yummy roving.

How amazing are those colors? I can't wait to spin this up.

And because you can't buy too many shoes on vacation, and because it's Self Portrait Tuesday, here's one final indulgence:

So, now I'm officially on a yarn diet until I get some things off the needles. Stay tuned for The Cobblestone, The Clap, and the Blue Fuzzy Thing.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008
  Birthday Edition.

Today is my 21st birthday. I snapped this picture shortly after I finished my 8 AM final, although This is a more accurate example of my appearance today. It's been a mellow birthday, I took the aforementioned exam, came home, and knit on this for awhile:

Just a plain vanilla hat in my handspun. It was going to be an Urchin, but I just wasn't feeling it. . .plus I thought I *might* run out of yarn. So I went for this instead. Then I spent a ridiculous amount of money getting a much-needed hair cut and a very painful eyebrow wax, and now I'm home again, and (suprise!) getting ready to take another exam. Oy.

But this too shall pass. And in a few days, I'll be blogging from the road on our way to Idaho. I have a ton of LYS's to visit. I can't wait.

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Sunday, May 11, 2008
  Happy Mother's Day!
As you might have guessed, the Embossed Leaves socks were for my mom. They were gifted to her at Jaime's baseball game on Thursday and well received. Which is great, because I love my mom. I couldn't find a picture of us together, so a photo of Jaime and myself, circa 4 years ago, will have to do.

Happy Mother's Day!


Wednesday, May 07, 2008
  oh, May.
May is usually my favorite month. Kellen and I have an anniversary (Click for Photos), both our birthdays, the weather is gorgeous, and school gets out.
Oh, right. School. It's nice when it gets out, but these two weeks or so suck. Papers and Projects and Exams, oh my. I'm still working on the Blue, Cozy Thing (and oh is it nice...) but I also finished up these babies:
embossed leaves
I haven't gifted them yet, so I don't want to reveal the recipient, but if you think about an upcoming US holiday, you'll know.
Pattern: Embossed Leaves from Favorite Socks. On Ravelry Here.
Yarn: Alabama Fiber Dreams, gifted from my SP!
Needles: US 0s, Susan Bates dpns.
embossed leaves
I can't stress enough how much I love this yarn. Thanks again, Anne! It was really nice to work with, a perfect match for the pattern, and I have enough left over to make some ankle-socks for me! The pattern was great too. It knit quickly and was really easy. I didn't add any mods, but I love the garter edged heel and the star-toe!

I still have a few things on the needles, but I couldn't resist the Webs sale, and I bought this to make Kellen's Cobblestone Sweater:
Kellen's Sweater

It's Plymouth Encore, which is a really nice, washable wool/acrylic blend. When I first saw the color, I thought of coffee grounds. It's a rich, dark brown and black heather. But when it arrived in the mail, I was pleased to find it has some tweedy bits of blue in it too. Blue's Kellen's favorite color, so we're fine with that! I think it's going to look great as a Cobblestone. I can't wait to cast that on!



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violet is a crafty girl with feminist values. knitting is her main squeeze, but she also flirts with sewing, embroidery, mosaics, jewelry making, block printing, and polymer clay. she's also been known to cook and garden. she loves a good thrift shop, teapots, and her boyfriend kellen.

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