I wasn’t on a vacation.

I was on an illcation.

You know, when you are ill and all you can do is lay down and sit up for limited amounts of time.

Apparently I got food poisoning from a Subway sandwich the night that Shawn and I were going out for his birthday.

Luckily we bought his cake Thursday and I didn’t get sick until Saturday. I wouldn’t have wanted to miss his cake.

{It’s chocolate everything.}

There’s been no knitting. No sewing. No nothing.

Except for one thing.

There was shopping.

I bought some Dream In Color Classy for my Tea Leaves Cardigan. (I ordered from Eat. Sleep. Knit. and  I won a skein of Dream In Color Smooshy. Woo hoo!)

{Good Luck Jade.}

And then yesterday afternoon while I was checking my inbox I got a new message telling me that I was exclusively invited to my not so local LYS’ Sunday Sale from February 3-5. Meaning, I get to check out their sale stock first. Woo hoo! (Again.) I picked up some Rowan Wool/Cotton for my Sabbatical Sweater, a few skeins of Glacier Del Cielo for a top for Scout and a few skeins of Rowan All Seasons Cotton for a hat she wants.

And that’s it. I promise. Yarn wise, anyway.

I’ve kept my eye on a few new books,

all of which are going to get me in trouble because I’m already neck deep in projects. I’ve already planned two quilts and some feltie projects. And I have sewing classes starting next week. And I just recently found a little hole in the wall embroidery shop with the most gorgeous designs I’ve ever seen. I might need CA. (You know, Crafters Anonymous?)

The rest of my illcation was spent on sleep. I’ve been sleeping a lot. And you know what? It feels so good.

As for the “Meet Bob and Steve” contest! Our winner is: #4! Alisa! Alisa, email me at iknit(dot)ipurl(at)yahoo(dot)com, with your color preferences and once I get back to the sewing machine I’ll send along your customized kitty. Thanks everyone for playing! I’ll have a new contest up next week.

Til then, I’m taking a nap.


Loss For Words

The past couple of days I’ve been at a loss for words. I’ve been waking up with these hideous headaches and absolutely no motivation to do anything. Of course, the dishes get washed and the laundry gets folded. But for the most part the wonderful wet rain has gotten me in a lazy mood.

It takes a little bit longer to wake up in the morning. I lay in bed, under cover, and listen to the drip, drip, drip of the rain as it hits the puddles outside our bedroom window.

I find that my afternoons have been filled with warming up in an oversized blanket and laying around the couch. I’ve even been known to fall asleep with Scout laying in my arms. Her light snoring is like a metronome. Spellbinding. Rythmic.

In the evenings I tend to come to life. It’s dinner time and the household is on edge. What will it be tonight? Chicken Parmigiano Strips with Spaghetti. Brown Butter and Balsamic Tortellini. Or maybe some Navy Bean Soup. It all depends.

And then for no known reason I’m off to bed at 8:30. I get back under cover and flick on the table lamp and I begin reading. Right now it’s Daphne. I slowly fall asleep thinking of Morgan and Luna, characters in a short story that I’ve been formulating.

Next thing I know it’s morning all over again.

But with this laziness comes a bit of a hidden depression. Maybe because the rain inhibits me from getting all the things done that I need to do. Like walk Rogue. She’s completely and utterly afraid of falling water. Or getting to the library to pick up some books for Scout (we read two to three at nap time and I’d completely ran out for three days straight). Or even getting to the grocery store because I completely forgot to buy some flat parsley.

Whatever it is I believe Shawn saw through it. So he treated me to a drive in the rain and I small shopping spree at the not so local LYS.

I’d decided to get some yarn for the Cedar Leaf Shawlette that I fell in love with. I mean, look at those little leaves!

{Manos Del Uruguay Silk Blend}

I’d also perused the shop to see if there was anything I could do about substituting yarn for the Sabbatical Cardigan in this issue of Twist Collective. I didn’t quite find what I was looking for so I’m going to keep searching until I find the most perfect yarn for this gorgeous sweater. So instead, I decided on just one more skein of SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock because…well, because. I also snuck in a copy of the new KnitScene and the new Debbie Bliss Magazine because…well, again, because.

{SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock in Mist}

And just to prove to you that I haven’t been completely lazy, I have been using my sewing machine.

You’ll just have to wait to see what this is all about.

Til then: Stay Dry and Stay Warm.

Party On

I can’t believe it’s been one year since the last party at Unwind.This year I was invited to the “preview” party and I have to say that we had so. much. fun!

Jem and I had dinner together at Porto’s Bakery. As always it was delicious. I had a Medianoche Sandwich (slow roasted pork, ham, swiss, butter and relish on homemade bread) and an Apple Turnover. I swear that their turnover pastry has the flakiest crust I’ve ever had. It was soooo good.

The we walked down Hollywood Way with a quick detour to the sports card shop and threw the shopkeeper a measly bit of business. Slowly we walked down the street peeking through the windows of other shops. There’s a pet shop I’ve never noticed and a Jelly Bean Factory!

I can only inundate you all with some fiberlicious pictures in the end. The party was a great success but photo ops were limited by all the human traffic in the shop. I had a great time chatting it up with Kelly and Dawn from Namaste. They make it difficult to not purchase new swag. Their bags are awesome. I am still in ♥ with my peacock Malibu that I got from them last year. I also met someone I had swapped with a few years back when I was hosting the “Sock It To Me” sock swaps. Totally neat! I got some very nice compliments on my “Stella” beret (which I realized I never showed you):

And then I stocked up on yarn. Because you know I really needed to.

No, really.

My first sweater of 2010 is going to be “Elsewhere” by Amy Swenson. So I just had to buy some Manos del Uruguay Rittenhouse Merino. I bought every hank in this colorway:

And then I realized I would need some new sock yarn because they just stocked up on Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock. I knew that if I didn’t grab it now I’d be waiting a while to get my hands on it again. I am in ♥ with Riptide:

I also grabbed a skein of her Merino Silk Aran in Espresso so I could finish up my “Snapdragon Tam” by Ysolda Teague.

I hope that Ravelry, Manos del Uruguay, Namaste and all the other sponsors will come back to Southern California next year for their third year! The party was just a lot of fun. It’s been a while since I’ve had such a good, yarny, fun time now that our LYS’ have closed their doors.

So now I’m off to go pet my yarn. Ooops. My dog. I meant my dog. {Insert sneaky chuckle.}

30 Days of Happiness: Yarn

I am on Day 4 on my journey and I have to say that looking for the positive has really made a lot of difference the past few days. It’s never too late to join, hint, hint.


I’d spent hours on Ravelry searching for the perfect yarn for the Sage Remedy Top that I discovered. And then yesterday, Shawn took me to the not so local yarn shop and I decided that a sweater in Invernal wouldn’t be all that bad. Mmm, wool. Mmm, angora.

Nothing but yarn

Not much going on at the homefront but for a speedy 29th birthday, (Shawn’s), runny noses, (Scout), pink eye, (Jem), and trying to get into the groove of 2009. I’ve found that catching up to all of my household duties has been a real struggle. But I’ve made the time to get most things back into working order and have made even more time to do some IRS tax return shopping. I leave you with my fiberlicious finds.


Caramel Apple Fingering Silky Merino by Sundara (this was the Autumn shipment which I don’t subscribe to, I was lucky enough to buy two skeins from someone destashing)

Intention: February Lady Sweater


Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca and Silk

Intention: Originally I bought it because the color and then I thought about Henley Perfected, then I realized I didn’t have enough hanks so I’m opting for Silk Shrug


Navy Blue 100% Organic Wool

Intention: Thorpe and scarf for Shawn


Rowan Chunky Print

Intention: owls sweater

Lest you think that was all of my yarn shopping I should advise you that it was not. I just scored during a Sundara update- two skeins sock yarn and one skein silk lace. (There’s another update tomorrow, do I dare?) I also lucked out on someone destashing Vesper and Sundara Limited Edition sock yarn. I’m waiting for the postman to deliver those.

So what does one do with all of this string stuff? One knits.

Life As I Know It

  • I woke up last Saturday with a major head cold and still haven’t been able to shake it off completely.
  • I went through one package of Dayquil in three days.
  • Marilyn knocked over a frame and broke it. Two days later Scout broke a second picture frame.
  • Jem is back in school and therefore my days are a slowly getting back to normal.
  • Shawn bought a new vacuum.
  • Shawn finally got rid of the two motorcycles we were “storing” in the garage.
  • I finished reading, The Last Chinese Chef and ‘Tis.
  • I’ve watched approximately 11 episodes of “Murder, She Wrote”.
  • I finished my first pair of pajamas for my sewing class on Tuesday. Next week I will start a blouse.

And to top it off I attended the Ravelry party at Unwind in Burbank last night. I was the quiet one that kept to myself. I had a good time with fellow Raveler’s and brought home some goodies, like a new Namaste Bag:


I also grabbed some Ella Rae Lace:


It looks an awful lot like the Malabrigo I bought at SnB last week:


Both are intended as lace projects. Yes, you heard me correctly. With the exception of Charlotte’s Web Shawl I have not knit lace. Not real lace anyway. I’ve been spending quite a bit of time on Ravelry, (what else do you do when you are sick), looking at lace projects and have a few queued. No definites yet though.

This week seemed quite long when I look back at all the stuff I didn’t do.


Friday Fill In # 107

1. Enough with the warm weather.

2. Insomnia causes me to be conflicted.

3. I’ve been craving french fries and a chocolate shake.

4. I Love Lucy makes me laugh.

5. I wish I could go back home to Chicago next week.

6. Living freely has been on my mind lately.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to curling up on the couch watching movies with Shawn, tomorrow my plans include knitting with a new friend and Sunday, I want to explore the zoo!

Like a Kid in a Candy Shop

This afternoon our mailman came by with four packages. I’m here to share what was in two of those. (The other packages contained a birthday present for Scout and a few cross stitch books for me.) But this stuff, well this is what dreams are made of!


Sundara Warm Sock Collection: Bronzed Forest, Brown Sugar over Buttermilk, and Wine


Sundara Cool Sock Collection: Celestial Skies, Granite Falls, and Orchid

I’m off to knit. (Who wouldn’t?)