Blog Break

Well, I sure did not mean to take a week long break from GFK. However, I was incredibly busy and distracted. First, my mom came into town over the weekend and we had a blast! Walking, hanging, watching Roku, crafting, shopping, and of course eating. Second, work has been kicking my butt. I start a new assignment and to say that I’m taking to it like a fish to water would be a lie. I’m struggling. I know things get better with practice and time, but it’s difficult at the moment. I’m mentally really tired. I haven’t been able to craft as much lately simply because my brain is overloaded. Third, GMAT prep is just crap. Wow the positive vibes are radiating out of me here – but – spending 15+ hours a week on something and seeing no improvement is just shitty. There I said it. I stand by my claim that I’ll pray to God I’ll pull a great score out of my ass on test day, but realistically it looks like I’ll need a formal ($$$$) class this fall. Le sigh.

Things getting me through the weather, life, work, and stress of May 2014: Long walks during lunch, epic BBQ sessions at my house at night, Yoga – handstands, Runs/Gym time, Candy/Sweets/Chocolate, T-we Tea, Roku 3, and the ugly tribe.

me and katy puggy

5-2013 vs 5-2014

Onward. zzzzz.
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…

Saturday!

So I had a pretty fun Saturday!  First,  I took Mister Lee (Leopold) for a walk and he was super happy about it.  I’m continuing to lose weight and am down about 19 pounds.

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I’m feeling good. So I’ll force you to look at this selfie. LOOK!  No I’m kidding. But, I’m happy that I’m successful on my eight millionth attempt to lose those last twenty-five-ish pounds.  I’ll do a blog about my weightloss in a few weeks so hold tight for the details.

Then, I cleaned my living room and basically sorted all my crafts and hobbies into their designated zones…. It’s getting kind of cluttery so I NEED to address my nightmare guest room closet that I have been carelessly making more and more disorganized since I moved here in December.  This week/next weekend I’ll get that all organized too.  I need to think about how to organize it properly though as there is no hanging rod or built in shelf so I’m going to have to buy something to act as a structure.  Any closet organizing help?  I don’t wanna spend A TON, but I want it to be sturdy.

Gosh that was boring okay now onto the fun stuff!

I took a class at nina – which is a fabulous knitting and yarn shop on Division here in Chicago (right were the Renegade Craft Fair was last weekend).  It was for a Chevron cowl – I mainly took it so that I could socialize with other knitters and get out of my habit of ‘solitude-knitting.’  Well it ended up I was the only one in the class which I was more than over-qualified for.  The instructor who was a total sweetheart felt bad, because I knew how to knit it by just reading the pattern so she didn’t have any new information to offer.  I did however have a great time chatting with her and found out they do a knitting group every Sunday so I think I’ll start going to that to make some friends.  Here is the chevron pattern that I ‘learned’ how to knit.  It’s actually really fun and simple.  I’m always amazed at how people discovered techniques to manipulate the yarn like this.  Damn knitter geniuses.

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Then of course because I was there, I bought some amazing yarn from Knit Collage – which is a magical yarn company.  Their yarns are just so unique and beautiful – I fell in love with them all, but chose this one.

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It’s so beautiful if I had dreadlocks I would want them to look just like this yarn…. le sigh.  Yes, thats a AAA magazine – didn’t know I was so cool did you?  I digress….. I’m pretty sure I’m going to do something similar to their bandana pattern available on their website for only $3.

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You know you all want one now…. go to their website.  Do it. Do it now.  You can ‘thank me’ aka ‘scold me’ for showing you this little gem later! 😉

I also started a really fun baby bootie knit project on Thursday.  I did a ‘tester’ bootie as a trial run and I loved the way it turned out.  I was so angry none of my mean animals would let me try it on them 😦 – what good are they if they won’t model my knits!?

Step one:  knit till a little area for toes emerges….

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Step two: then knit the rest of the shoe……

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Step three: add the inside sock and TA-DA! A baby moc-soc!

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Okay, okay, so it took more than three easy steps.  It did however only take about 3 hours (I’m not a beginner though so use your own judgement here).  Here is the pattern it is only $5 and there is a coupon available on that Ravelry page with the pattern.  The designer is so creative and amazing! This is what her moc-socs look like.  (I used left over yarn (recognize the red/white/blue from Leopold’s Sweater?!) so that is why mine is ‘crazy’.)

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I’m glad I did a test run on them though.  I have a few little tweeks I need to address just based on my knitting style so that it mirrors her finished product a little better.  Overall it’s a wonderful pattern and I am going to love making a lot of these little guys.

Gosh I’m exhausted and it’s only 9pm! Tomorrow I’m taking Lee to a Fall Frolic with other pugs.  Hopefully he can try to make some friends too.  I’m not holding my breath though.

Happy Weekend Friends!