Saturday, September 29, 2007

Shameless Plug

It is such a rare occasion these days to get truly great service. So, when you get it and the store you are in has great selection and prices, it would be sinful to let a trip there pass without giving them a little plug.
I went to Fabric Discounters in the Miramar area (in San Diego) today and now I am kicking myself for waiting so long to go!!! They carry interior design fabrics - everything from sheer to heavy weight and their prices are great. There will be some VERY cute knitting bags and needle storage being made!
I think what REALLY caught my attention though, was the lack of snootiness. Now those of you who know me personally can attest to how much this bugs me... lack of customer service, judging appearances to determine how to speak. JUST BE NICE. I walked in and was GENUINELY greeted - not the standard "Welcome to _______" without so much as a turn of the head. Another employee came over and asked if I needed any help finding anything specific - "No, just looking." She let me know that all of the bolts had samples available and if I needed anything to please let her know. No pressure at all. I browsed, being checked on once, grabbed up some remnants and headed for the register before I started buying WAY more that I had planned. Again, genuinely nice people at the register and didn't even glare when I just got my remnants! They asked what I was making and we chatted while I was rung up.
I will be a repeat customer. I should have grabbed some cards and delivered them to some of the places I have been that gave me crappy service!!! SO, if you have a need for interior design fabric, or want me to make you a bag, go check them out!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Truly disturbing comments

Yesterday I received a truly disturbing comment (which I have since deleted) with the rantings of someone who (I hope) forgot to take their anti-psychotic meds. The comment was left anonymously.
To whomever left the message - THIS IS NOT THE FORUM FOR YOU. Please take your message to rants and raves on Craigslist or somewhere else where people who are receptive to that kind of message go. I don't want to read it. I don't want my readers to read it. AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY - IT IS NOT APPROPRIATE HERE.
To my readers - My sincerest apologies to anyone who happened to see it. My love to everyone. ~Lisa

Monday, September 10, 2007

Function and (New) Fiber

Well, as I have mentioned before, I have skis for feet - really long, really thin. While I imagine that if the rest of my body was as long and thin I might might not be so whiny, having skinny feet makes it a bit difficult to find shoes that fit. Usually when I get the length large enough, they flop back and forth side to side. This can cause serious problems when you are wearing slides and live on the 3rd floor. They say 'necessity breeds invention' and this is my version.
Sandal Socks in Lion Brand Micro Spun
Knit on US#5 DPNs

The mini sock fills the space between foot and shoe thus tightening the shoes.
Since they are so short, just covering the ball of each foot, they completely hide under my slides. (and keep me from falling up the stairs) It is the simple things that keep me happy.

Also this week there was a small lapse in my yarn diet. I had a request from my daughter for yellow socks. Do you know hard it is to find washable yellow sock yarn?! After searching several online stores and making several purchases, I decided it might be safer to go into a local yarn shop (well, it would at least take me longer to spend my paycheck!) So off to Needlecraft Cottage I went since they have a decent selection of sock yarns. Well, they like everyone else didn't have your stereotypical sock yard in yellow, however, what they did have I can't wait to try out. Panda Cotton is 55% Bamboo, 24% Cotton and 21% Elastic Nylon (this color is Vanilla Cream and is a pale yellow and pale orange variegate) . Machine Washable, cool for feet in a warm climate and most importantly YELLOW. It is really soft and though the ball is teeny-tiny, it is 170 yards and she said she got a knee high sock out of 1 ball with a lot left over. Since I am making little short socks, I may be able to squeeze 2 pair out of the 2 balls I purchased - AND at a very good price I might add... SO good in fact that I took the opportunity to purchase the other yarn shown: Maizy 82% Corn Fiber, 18% Elastic Nylon for some socks for me. Hey, anything to stay cool in this heat!

By the way, the other yarn in the picture above is a hand painted merino by Artyarns. Off to knit socks for my girl.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007


For those of you that are in San Diego, I need not say more. I know that to the rest of the country, we sound like a bunch of whiners. When I moved here 12 years ago from the East coast, I was so won over by the weather that I never left - I gave up the seasons for the mild summers. I am now questioning my decision. Now, I love the cold. I love the rain. I am just a big baby when it comes to humidity (just ask anyone who knew me in Florida). NORMALLY we have 3 weeks of humidity in July - so far we have had almost 2 months of it. Now we are starting to enter the Santa Ana season (dry, hot wind from the desert) - at least I'll be able to breath while I am melting.
So what do I do when it is hot? You guessed it - I knit! If I am going to be miserable, I am at least going to shirk my household duties and do what I love. I managed to finish a few of my many projects-in-waiting.

A gal from my knit group shares the same birthday as myself. I threw these together after buying a different yarn for her. While I liked the yarn I purchase for her, but she doesn't wear socks very often (even though she is a sock knitter) and chases 2 teen boys. Because of this, I figured that a washable sock may be more appropriate and maybe used more - who has time to hand wash when you are chasing kids regardless of age?!
Toe Up Ankle Socks by Rachael Calado
in Knit Picks Dancing (clearance yarn)
41% Cotton, 39% Wool, 13% Nylon, 7% Elastic on US #0 DPNs
This project is something I have been wanting to do for a while for several reasons...
First of all, they are just very feminine yet so simple. The beauty of making my own clothes is that I can make the delicate and feminine clothes in my zoftig sizes. Also, I went salsa dancing a few weeks back and found myself dancing with all of the men under 5'5". I took my heels off 2 dances in so they weren't looking straight at my twins the whole time. I figure a pair of these in a flesh tone could be just what I need. I'll let you know how it works.
Mohair Ballet Slippers by Beverly Galeskas
in Ella Rae Classic 100% Wool for the upper as well as the inner sole and Patons Classic Merino 100% Wool for the outer sole.
I made the womens' size large following the pattern exactly except for the final bind off - of course my skis just barely fit. When I make these again (yes, I was that happy with them) I will make them a size larger.
This last project is a little on the random side. When I was first starting to knit I was given 2 balls of bright pink fuzzy stuff. While they are completely not my color, I really have a strange facination with it. I found a hat pattern that I could use and incorporate another color into it to tone the pink fuzzy down. It probably would have worked out great if I had bothered to swatch or really pay attention to the pattern. Instead, I had an interesting thing happen to me. For the first time since I have started crafting (we are taking in-utero) I just played with my medium and let it go where it wanted to. Now I doubt I would have gone in THIS direction intentionally, but I have to say that it was a really nice change to just give the control up to the fiber.
Well, back to knitting. I have a few more in process but no pictures yet. More very soon - particularly if this heat keeps up as I will be hiding in the A/C with my knitting.