knitxmidwest

Two weeks ago (how has it already been that long?) I went to Des Moines to see my favorite knitters. My family linked up and ta-da! It was the best knitxmidwest ever (and also the 2nd annual). heyjenrenee was there and the lovies from hill vintage & knits plus the now internet famous shemakeshats! Here are a bunch of photos of the weekend!

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Block Fire

At around 3:30am I woke up this morning and initially thought my allergies were acting up. I got up and went in search of my life-blood aka Zyrtec in the kitchen. I stumbled around until I remembered I had packed it in my bag which was in the craft room. As I stood there fumbling, I heard what sounded like construction noises. I knew it was 3:30am, so I couldn’t fathom what the heck a construction crew would be doing out there! I went over to the window and quickly saw it was not construction, but rather a GIANT fire! When I first saw the flames they engulfed the entire back of an abandoned house and the smoke wash billowing out. Dozens of firefighters were in the house next door, sitting on its roof and in the back yard with hoses and shouting back and forth. They quickly got the back of the house doused and turned their attention on the blaze that was inside that house. It was equal parts terrifying and hypnotizing. I have never been so close to a fire like that. I was also in shock that it was happening. I was just thankful that I knew that house was abandoned so the odds of their being fatalities was lower than some of the heavily occupied homes here in Logan Square in Chicago. I stayed up watching it for about half an hour and witness the east wall of the house cave in on itself. After taking photos (it is the 21st century after all), I decided I couldn’t watch it because they would be there all night and I had to go to work in the morning.

When I woke up a few hours later at 6am it was still dark, and as the sun rose I saw the huge amount of damage the blaze had done. Including that the fire had actually burned the house next to it extensively. I remembered the firefighters sitting on top of its roof and quickly thought OH MY GOD THEY ARE CRAZY HEROES! I took Leopold out and decided to gawk. They still had the street blocked off and two fire engines were still spraying and sifting through the rubble/charred carcass of the abandoned house. The house next to it, which was occupied by 3 adults and 7 children was evacuated quickly so no injuries were reported, however all the doors and windows were busted out.

So much damage – and apparently it was all the work of an 18 year old Arsonist. I don’t know how they always find arsonists, but it seems to be the one crime everyone gets caught committing. I’m SO glad no one was injured, even though 10 people are now displaced as well as lost countless personal items and their home is severely damaged.

Here’s the Chicago Tribune link to the story: Logan Square Fire

And here are my photos from my apartment window. I definitely have a higher appreciation for firefighters and for fire safety.

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Andy and Iris Food Tour of Chicago Part 2

After our Russian Tea Time food comas wore off we decided to go to a Chicago landmark – SuperDawg. It’s a really cute drive-in northwest in Chicago that is just adorable. I always bring peeps here from out of town and it’s always a hit.

This time I got the SuperSteak - it was awesome.
This time I got the SuperSteak – it was awesome.

Since it was almost midnight we basically went home and crashed. I tried to stay awake for Monsters University, but I just couldn’t make it. All the food got to me. Rest was necessary.

Sunday morning we went down to Chinatown. I had driven through it on Archer Ave, but never stopped. I had heard great things about Minghin Dim Sum and it was AMAZING. I ate like ten pork/shrimp dumplings. The short ribs were really really good too. I think Iris was bummed she was there with the ‘white kids’ but she was able to use her Catonese speaking wizardry to order for us the most delectable dim sum. Now I want another dumpling.

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My partners in crime.
My partners in crime.
TRINKETS.
TRINKETS.
the rabbits.
the rabbits.
I found the candy store of course.
I found the candy store of course.
Snack for Thor 2!
Snack for Thor 2!
One more cute one of them in the Loop.
One more cute one of them in the Loop.

Basically it was a BLAST weekend. I had a great time showing them around. The moral of this tale my friends is that I want you to come visit and when you do we will have a super awesome fun time.

SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!

xxx
GFK

KNITXMIDWEST Recap

Over the weekend I went to KNITXMIDWEST in Des Moines, Iowa. It was the most fun weekend I’ve had in a long time and I always have a blast on the weekend so that’s saying it was OFF THE CHARTS FUN. The knit event took place in an adorable little lodge in a state park outside Des Moines. When I walked in on Saturday morning… I LOST IT. First, I finally met Jen at MakexDo – who’ve I have been following on her blog for years. Then I looked around and there were porcelain kittens, and yarn, and crafters, and candy, and pink, and just oh my glob. I kept feeling like I needed to run into the woods and scream ‘I AM THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN ALLLLLL THE LAND!!!!!’

Anyways, I’ll do a few more blogs about the weekend and the awesome awesome awesome knitting friends in Des Moines coming up – here are some pictures that made me barf rainbows. Again a HUGE GIANT KITTEN/RAINBOW BARF/GLITTER FILLED THANK YOU goes to the gals at Hill Vintage and Knits and Jen.

The GHOSTFACE was strong on Day 1.
The GHOSTFACE was strong on Day 1.
Jen's cupcakes - HOW ADORABLE.
Jen’s cupcakes – HOW ADORABLE.
There were A TON of HYPHY knitters/crocheters
There were A TON of HYPHY knitters/crocheters
Sugared up and fibered up.
Sugared up and fibered up.
Our Hostesses - Jen & the Hill Vintage & Knits gals.
Our Hostesses – Jen & the Hill Vintage & Knits gals.
The 3 Knitmigas.
The 3 Knitmigas.
This cat is my soulmate.
This cat is my soulmate.
DROOL. At Hill Vintage & Knits.
DROOL. At Hill Vintage & Knits.
My purse was full.... just a leeeetle.
My purse was full…. just a leeeetle.
Descent back into Chicago... rainbow barfing ceases
Descent into Chicago…

FRIDAY FLASHHHHHH

It is Friday! Also I’m so excited because today I get to go to Des Moines to meet up with Lois and my aunt for a knitting weekend! Sayyy whhhhhaaaat? You heard me! A KNITFEST!!!! Anyways, I packed last night (sort of) and am set to be there this evening. YIPEE.

IM SO EXCITED ERRRRMMMEEEEGAWWD
IM SO EXCITED ERRRRMMMEEEEGAWWD
I painted my nails and am doing another nail challenge with instagrams : CALIFORNAILS & TNTNAILS887
I painted my nails and am doing another nail challenge with instagrams : CALIFORNAILS & TNTNAILS887
My homegirls got their GIVEAWAY COWLS! Look what great things you win when you read GFK!
My homegirls got their GIVEAWAY COWLS! Look what great things you win when you read GFK!
trying to pack last night...
trying to pack last night…

Life Lessons

I had so much fun doing the October Blog Challenge with Mary over at Mary Speaks that I decided to find a new challenge for November! Although we shall see how it goes towards the end of the month because remember I’m jet-setting to Thailand for Thanksgiving!!!! … BUT I digress.

This new monthly challenge is hosted by A Happy Girl and the prompts are really sweet and fun so here we go!

Nov. 1st: One of the best lessons life has shown you

The best lesson I have been shown is that you never ever know what life will bring you. Just 5 years ago I would have never thought I would be in Chicago, be having a total blast, have THREE animals, and be surround with the most amazing family and friends. I never in a million years would think the people who I love the dearest would be in my life at all. I have made my life what it is, but I’m mystified at how perfect things have turned out. I can only say I am incredibly excited for everything that is to come!

xxxx
GFK