GFK Weekend Round Up SANS Tornado

Well I had a great weekend! It’s my last one here in Chicago before I leave for Thailand on Saturday!!! (WHAT TIME FLEW BY!) On Saturday I got a new iPhone 5s for my trip/life. Ever since I updated my 4s to iOS 7 it was just so slow and the battery would not even last for a few hours. The upgrade came at a good time because I’ll be able to use this new one on my trip as my primary camera.

Anyhoo. I met up with an old Mullen (my high school) buddy who recently relocated to Chicago and finally got to eat the November burger at Kuma’s Corner – the immortalized SLEEP burger. Pretty much it is a ‘Thanksgiving style burger’ with cranberry, gravy, turkey burger, topped with tempura fried stuffing and sage leaves.

The Sleep Burger
The Sleep Burger

Yesterday I accidentally got into the holiday spirit… I know what you’re thinking – “But Bree it’s only the middle of November!” I know I know. BUT Since I’ll be gone for Thanksgiving I had to set up and shoot all the photos for my annual Ugly Tribe Calendar this weekend. That meant I got to buy/set up a tree – I didn’t get to decorate at all last year so this year is gonna get nuts.

My blue/green candy cane tree.
My blue/green candy cane tree.
Baby Boris's first ornament THANKS AUNT LORI!
Baby Boris’s first ornament THANKS AUNT LORI!
Spotted at BigLots!
Spotted at BigLots!

Then being such a coconut milk/almond milk enthusiast I was super super excited when I saw that this year there are even more holiday/seasonal flavors for the non-bovine ‘milk’ drinkers. So far – So Delicious is winning by miles and miles.

BARF.
BARF.
CRACK HOLIDAY JUICE
CRACK HOLIDAY JUICE
I bought these awesome slippers at BigLots! SORRY I'M NOT SORRY!
I bought these awesome slippers at BigLots! SORRY I’M NOT SORRY!

In terms of CRAFTS! I know it’s seemed a little dry here lately. BUT I’m gift making so I can’t very well put up photos of people’s future gifts. But do note that I finally bought the contrast color for my sweater and have been marathon knitting gifts so once I can give those gift I’ll post all the photos here. I did manage to use the sewing machine extensively last night/yesterday afternoon during the Chicago Tornado watch 2013.

STITCH WITCHERY. From now on what I will call my sewing crafts.
STITCH WITCHERY. From now on what I will call my sewing crafts.
Stars for a GIVEAWAY Holiday door panel!!! Get excited!!!
Stars for a GIVEAWAY Holiday door panel!!! Get excited!!!
Epic PRO patch job on werk pants. Just look at that reinforced stitch witchery.
Epic PRO patch job on werk pants. Just look at that reinforced stitch witchery.
These will be made at some point.
These will be made at some point.
Then here is a shot from the Calendar Shoot....
Then here is a shot from the Calendar Shoot….

It was a super busy, but fun weekend – Now on to the busy week before I jetset to Thailand on Saturday!

Godspeed!
xxx
GFK

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WHERE’S THE CRAFT?

I know what you’re thinking… where are the crafts?!

Well oddly enough I have been covert-crafting. This means I’m making gifts! Therefore I cannot post what I’m up to on here as it would ruin the surprise! Duh!

But I will share the next big knit project I’m about to start. It’s 100% selfish knitting. I found a marvelous pattern book of vintage knits a few weeks ago and have been going gaga over this sweater. The Perfect Christmas Jumper by Susan Crawford. You can buy the pattern for exclusively this, or her book Vintage Gifts to Knit is available for purchase and download.

The reindeer body is worked in intarsia whilst while the legs and antlers are done in fairisle.
The reindeer body is worked in intarsia whilst while the legs and antlers are done in fairisle.

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You know GFK will pop this pose the ENTIRE time I wear this.
You know GFK will pop this pose the ENTIRE time she wears this.

I know isn’t it AMAZING? I’m going to do a ‘plain’ version without the reindeer to start. I got all the supplies and am ready to start it probably this weekend. I always enjoy ‘working’ the pattern first before I dive into the ‘real project.’ Kind of like a Muslin for sewing. I’ll post progress here. I’m hoping to bring this with me to the MIDWESTKNITFEST – who knows maybe I’ll go full on knitter-machine and be able to work on one with the reindeer pattern there instead. Basically Susan Crawford is a vintage knitting GODDESS. Check out more of her work on her website.

Would you wear a Christmas ‘jumper’ like this? What does everyone think about the sleeves/shoulder area on this garment?

DUN DUN DUN.

xoxo
GFK

Ghostface GOALS.

What are your goals and dreams for the future? You can share to us your dream house, dream workplace, or even your bucketlist before you turn 25!

Well since I am over 25, I’ll just ignore that part of today’s October Challenge prompt. I can tell you some dreams for my future though. In no particular order:

1. Be the authentic me – always. Never compromise myself again – for anyone.

2. Get a little professional with GHOSTFACEKNITTER. Meaning gain 5x more followers by next year for example – that sounds like a challenge to me – CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

3. Be tattooed by the greats – by as many well known and unknown artists around the world. Valerie Vargas, Dan Smith, Grime, Jher, Tim Lehi, Walter McDonald, DestroyTroy, Mario Desa, Alexander Grim, Liam Alvy, Jordan Teear, Danielle Rose…. Here are some photos of a few of these amazing artists.

Medusa head by Valerie Vargas
Medusa head by Valerie Vargas
Grime Hand Skull
Grime Hand Skull
By Jher (Mr. 451)
By Jher (Mr. 451) If you live in Denver please go see him
Walter's Facemelting awesomeness.
Walter‘s Facemelting awesomeness.
Alexander Grim. It's just so epic I can't look away. I also tried to source it back this was the farthest.
Alexander Grim. It’s just so epic I can’t look away. I also tried to source it back this was the farthest.

In the books for 2013: Dusty Neal at Black Anvil, Alisha Rice at Th’ink Tank Tattoo, and Ajarn Bpom Monk in Thailand. (You can check out that link to see the actual Monk tattooing with bamboo shoots.)

Dusty Neal
Dusty Neal
WIP sleeve by Ms. Alisha Rice
WIP sleeve by Ms. Alisha Rice
Ajarn Bpom Sak Yant Tattoo Master
Ajarn Bpom Sak Yant Tattoo Master

4. Meet as many crafters/knitters as I can. I seriously love meeting other craft artists. I get along with them and I just have so much fun being able to seriously ask another person if I should hoard yarn now or risk waiting for a sale?

5. Here’s the one I just can’t let go of: Get my PhD. What’s that you say? Dr. Ghostfaceknitter has a nice ring? I know. It’s something I have always thought about whether jokingly or not. It would require the most time and dedication of anything I have ever pursued – but most things that are worth having require that don’t they?

6.Travel! On deck in 2013 alone: Des Moines for knitting at MIDWEST KNITFEST with Jen at MakeXdo. Thailand to visit my MINI ME. Denver for the holidays to celebrate OG style.

7. I just really can’t stress NEVER COMPROMISING AGAIN.

I’m excited I switched gears in my life – actually I got on an entirely different road – and am able to get the most out of me and in doing so, give back to others. I’m stoked to be a part of this blogging world, knitting/crafting communities, helping with the Elders, loving life, loving my family and friends, and for the first time in YEARS loving me.

xxxxx
future Dr. GFK.
*drop mic out*

Let’s Talk About Sew bay-bee.

I always get the song by Salt N’ Pepper “Let’s talk about sex baby – let’s talk about you and me…” stuck in my head.  Today at Joann’s I was walking around humming it to myself and ad-libbed my own version.

Speaking of Joann’s, I obviously love to support local sew/knit shops, but sometimes I find myself at Joann’s for the selection and the ‘instant gratification’ feeling.  I do shop for vintage fabrics and patterns on Etsy and online all the time though (you can tell I have chain-support guilt).  Plus, unless you’re the first in line at the fabric table you have to wait FOREVER and I’m sorry most (not all) cut the yardage so uneven it makes my soul hurt. 

Anyways!  I show a lot of the knitting projects I work on, but I also sew.  What’s that? Yes I do do it all! Kidding! My levels of skills varies greatly from each craft though.  I’m just getting into intermediate sewing, because I just don’t keep up with it as much as I do my knitting.  I don’t know why either because I have a beautiful sewing table that was my great grandmothers!  I also have Carolyn Mary’s Pfaff machine that I am in love with already after only a few short projects. 

So to inspire me to sew a little bit more, especially with the Holidays coming up I have prepared for a few fun projects.  Today I kind of felt like it was even getting late to start for Halloween, but you know crafters are on their own hyper time-table! It actually reminded me of this:

 

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PS Stanley Tucci is a GOD.  Any movie he is in is pretty much my favorite.

Okay now on to the crafts:

Here is WIP door panel for Halloween – isn’t so cute?!  I ordered it from Etsy and I just have the interior stitching and then border to do.

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Then, here is fabric I will have to go back and get for Lois for Christmas.

 

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Get excited! The holiday bolts are here!

 

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Flannel is on sale for $2.99/yd at Joann’s so I’m gonna make a ‘quilt’ with this and sew along those dotted half-circles I think it will be ADORABLE.  Plus, with this craft I finally got to buy FLAMINGO PINK thread…. once in a lifetime purchase I swear.

 

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This pattern is dark, but I am going to make the Christmas tree center-piece.  

 

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Then I got this cute cat/halloween fabric so I made Mister Lee a bandana for his pug meet up today. 🙂 

 

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I did not buy this super cute Halloween fabric even though I was squealing when I saw it.  I just don’t have a project for it and I don’t want to waste it. 

 

 

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Here is all the fabric I got today – the Christmas themed ones are for the table trees.

 

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Yay! Sewing! Do you do multiple crafts?  Do you find it hard to balance time and interest in both at the same time?