Stop.. design time…

Self Discovery 101.
I have discovered a very strong need for most knitters. Many are so seriously in lack of needle organizers and protectors. There are some gorgeous designer studios out there that really have lovely items – items that when you save you can treat yourself to a needle tote for on the go and fashionable Knitting Kninja. Thing is I am finding – some of these bags start at 60$ USD and go any where up to 157$.

Again for your fashion forward wealthy sugarplums who can throw down 2-300$ for a place to stash your stash.. I applaud and envy you 🙂

I however am a budget conscious single mom and would much rather see that bundle of sum mun go into my … oh bills groceries or perhaps some lovely notions and yarn. Books.. ohhhh yes books.

I had fancied myself once as being a spinner. Then it was a knitwear designer (still working on that don’t give up on me) but here’s the thing.. I am a reasonably good seamstress. Especially when following a pattern. And boy have I found a pattern !

I know this year is going to be tough on so many people. Economically speaking we are headed for financial tough times.
SO .. in my wisdom I have built-out my brainiac imaginary design studio. I am going to start gathering needful things soon so keep posted bat fans.

The exciting part it stimulated my brain..which hasn’t happened alot lately 🙂


Hot Cocoa Topic of the Week 1

We have a quiz to help us get to know each other!

Thats way cool !

1. Who’s favorite animal is an Otter? Criquette
2. Name someone who prefers whipped cream with their hot cocoa   Angela T.
3. Find 3 people who live outside of the United States Alex E. Amanda R. Ana Sofia F. ( my sweet pal far away Knitisses)
4. Name a fan of Harry Potter Anne K Shes a Gryffindor!
5. Name someone who crochets Marie P. but shes been doing more knitting lately.
6. Name someone who DOES NOT have a healthy supply of notions  Charity R (lol)
7. Name someone who has NOT put up their questionnaire yet (just put a date with your answer in case they put it up after seeing their name listed somewhere 😉 ) Natalie M.  Tuesday, January 8, 2008     Megan C.
Martha H.
8. Who likes to have Kahlua, Baileys, or Peppermint Schnapps in their cocoa? Annemarie M. likes Baileys and Kahlua
9. Name someone who knits fingerless gloves as a ‘quick knit’ Kris L. for her son
10.Name someone who’s looking forward to gardening this spring. Rachel S.
11.Who’s favorite way to drink cocoa is with a gorgeous Frenchman, while overlooking the eiffel tower from a French Cafe? (I’m right there with you… well at the table next to yours!) Kris L. again lol shes a funny gal !
12.Name someone who’s favorite animal is NOT a dog or house cat Holly O. what is a marmat ? hehehe 🙂
13. Name someone who’s favorite treat is NOT chocolate. Logan L. she also lists Ritz cheddar squares
14. Who plays Candyland? Criquette
15. Name someone who DOESN’T get the winter blahs Lora B.

Coupons Yippeee!


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I was browsing Sunday’s paper today.  (I’ll pay you Tues for a hamburger…)
For those who do not get it –
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You now officially have your very own coupons for JoAnns and Michaels. They are both having yarn and supply sales plus with the 50% off coupon – maybe you could find a tote or some other stock stuffs that you need!

Also my books from BAMM came today… omg ! Book Reviews on the way !

I have two FairIsle books. A Tams book. Two knitting designer types. All so far look amazing especially the really old FairIsle book I found and the Design your Own Knits. Its all charts you easily customize with a cheat sheet to get the right gauge yarn etc for a project. Each and every item has a master pattern then using the conversion you make what you want how you want with your own yarn and even customize sizes. For those of us who dont live in the size 0 world… you know with a 32 inch chest…

Flu Busting

Frank and Jack

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I havent posted which is an oddity for me because I am usually in here tinkering EVERY day.

News –

Atlanta Metro Yarn Hop – Nov 10th – 18th
LYS (10 to be exact) around Atlanta will be hosting. I have already picked up my passport. DB and I will be hitting all ten next sat at the start of the hop. My two favorite shops are CastOn Cottage and Ewe Too.
They are the closest and the people are so nice. I actually visited E2 for the first time sunday to get my passport and picked up some great sock yarn. I will be visiting alot more in the future.
Ravelry Quein process of being updated
Halloween Madness
– A huge success for Pixie
Swaps – I got my box from Paige. Goregous – have to get out the pix yes I know. My two packages to my Buddies went out. Working on my Nov Pals now. Have found some seriously great Turkey Madness.
Training for New Job – intense wonderful and insane.

I have to get alot done today – but I will be posting entries and news all this week. I have a ton of patterns I am adding to my que on Rav and many more to give to friends. I just dont have them posted yet. Most are for holiday goodies.

O _ M _ Goddess!!!!

Today in my gloom the heavens parted and what I have wanted more than anything the last 5-10 years walked ( I should sashaaaayed) in one glorious fell swoop. Somehow I was looking for craft patterns for my halloween pal. I am still undecided which pattern I would love to send her. Patterns are so personal.. you never really know what someone would like to make for their home.. ok so BLAH back to the GLORY!!!

Oh yes.. really.

In google searching for roving I found her. Someone who no longer has time for spinning or time to do keep a wheel was tenderly letting her find another home. Ending with in hours she called to me in the most tartlet of fashion. Sweet and wild waiting to be delivered. I have yet to name her because the sheer excitement.

Being that she is an A

Fall Into Autumn registration is open today!

Details can be found on Anne and Sharons site.
It began this morning I believe at like 9am. While I didnt win the lottery last night – this feels like a special lottery all of its own. I have been way to shy to join any swaps. This one I think is a good start to introduce me. I even picked out some special patterns last night for my possible swap friend. I stayed up way to late practicing grannies. Some look ok, some dont…(haha).

I am working all weekend (ug) and was glad to do so even though in my head there is minor complaint. The gas got shut off on thursday, somewhere I am beginning to wonder whats next. Before you feel bad I have no hot water – let me assure you its hot enough to enjoy a cold showed for a couple of days. While its mildly somewhat of an embarrassment, I actually am pretty not ashamed of the fact my expenses are tremendous. I am a reasonable gal and budget very well. I have a family member that is not working who I am taking care of in addition to my child and all together – things are ok.
Everything I do daily is to make sure there are lights and food on the table.  This family member is going to have to go get a job though. Financially this has to end this month especially with the holidays coming up.  It has been a year now and she hasnt. I understand better than anyone about being in a new city and being scared to try something new. But you know walmart is always hiring. Thats something, something that alot of people in this world would be greatful to have.