Friday, May 30, 2008

FREE COFFEE!!

OK, now that I have your attention...
Sunday, Crafty Sunday! San Diego Craft Mafia is Hosting Monthly Craft Shows the First Sunday Each Month! Join Us on June 1st!That's right! Satisfy your craft craving each month and meet some of San Diego's finest DIY'ers.Where? Filter Coffee House4096 30th St., San Diego 92104When? June 1st, 2008 from Noon to 5 p.m.The vendors for June include:Alexis Archibald, Belle Pepper Couture* , Emily Grace: Handmade Jewelry & Crafts, goldiesknits, I's Ha-lo Halo, Jewelry by Jolene, Lynn's Rags, Made With Luv*, Old Cake Paintings*, PYP by SKS*, The Wee Set** NPCM Member
As you probably already know, GoldiesKnits is my crafting cohort (which is why you don't see me on the list). You can see us at Filter on Sunday. Come say "Hi!" and tell me you read my blog and I will buy you a coffee. That's right, I am not beyond bribery.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Spoiled in the Swap!

So, I did my very first swap recently and I have been spoiled beyond belief by my partner!!! It was a "tea and knit" swap and my partner went above and beyond!!
Now, I have a friend who does swaps on a regular basis and I have never heard her get as excited as I was to receive this so I am guessing that not everyone puts this much thought it their packages.
Now, this was a "tea and knit" swap so I sort of expected a few things...
tea...
and 'knit' and a few treats (which were an awesome flashback to my childhood since my swap partner is from 3 towns away from my home town...

and some more tea and knitting treats (those are stitch markers and a mini sock key chain in the ties!!)....


but then I ALSO got everything you need to make an awesome coffee...


lotion, powder, lip balm, a journal and homemade soap!!!

Now, if all of that wasn't enough, she made me a drop spindle and sent me the perfect color roving too!!!!!
I am just overwhelmed by her generosity and thoughtfulness!

Now, if all this wasn't impressive enough, she did all this WHILE preparing for an upcoming surgery for her son and taking care of 2 other children and her husband! I can't tell you how impressed I am by the sheer strength and determination she possesses that it takes to do what she does on a daily basis - AND she still makes time to do for others as well! I wish I could go "babysit" for her for 2 hours so she could take a nap (I am tired thinking of her schedule!!) Since I can't (I live on the opposite coast), I figured I would point you in the direction of her online store. All of the profits go toward helping pay for her son's ongoing medical expenses. For all of you sock knitters out there - she has a pattern up there and the cutest mini sock earrings!! Check it out!!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Happy Birthday Boys!


It seems so long ago since I first saw this picture on craigslist. How could you not want to scoop them up?!



Now, 2 years later, they are just as cute and just as lovey, just not so easy to scoop up! One is a lap full, the other hangs over, but still wouldn't trade them for anything. (Except maybe to have "The Kid" closer - even if she isn't as lovey and won't sit on my lap anymore. She IS just as cute though!)

Friday, May 23, 2008

Directions to the show

Just in case you have been trying to get directions to the show and having trouble down loading it, there they are:

City Farmer's Nursery 4832 Home AvenueSan Diego, CA 92105
619-284-6358 www.cityfarmersnursery.com Saturday, May 24, 9 am-4 pm

It's located at the base of Euclid Ave. as it merges with Home Avenue In City Heights. If you are on University Ave. turn south on Euclid at the corner where the Tower Bar is and go to the very bottom of the steep hill and it's on the right hand side. If you take the 94 turn off onto Home avenue and go north and it will be on the right hand side where Euclid goes up the hill. It's the only nursery for miles around!

Hope to see you there!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Art in the Garden

Come see me on Saturday!!
Saturday, May 24th 9am-4pm
Each year we have around twenty local artisans (from eight year olds to octogenarians!) display their homemade wares in and around the nursery. From beading to knitting, painting to gifts for your home, this is a unique and lovely way to celebrate spring, support artists, and enjoy the sunshine. This event is completely free to participate in and if you’re interested in having a table, the deadline for artists to secure a spot will be Monday, May 19th. Please contact us at (619) 284-6358 or email us (your name, phone number, what you’d like to sell) at events@cityfarmersnursery.com.

This year, there will be a special addition to Art in the Garden: a charity art sale benefiting the Farmer-Veteran Coalition. The coalition works to provide both viable vocational training and a therapeutic experience for deserving young Americans—our Veterans--while addressing our country’s critical lack of young farmers and the publics' growing demand for greater local food production. For more information on the Farmer-Veteran Coalition, check out www.farmvetco.org.

For more information on this event and others at the City Farmer's Nursery as well as directions. Hope to see you there!!!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Summer Finishing Sale!!

Well, the heat has hit with full force here in San Diego. With 90+ degrees in many parts of the county, the last thing on anyone's mind is finishing those Winter sweaters. (OK, so maybe 90+ isn't so bad for some of you, and maybe we don't really have a "Winter" compared to the rest of the country, but when you are paying $900 for a 150 sq.ft. apartment under the justifications that you are "paying for 'location' and that it is a 'sunshine tax', I want 50-75 degrees damn it! )
If picking up that lovely Alpaca cardigan that you have been toiling over sends welcomed shivers down your spine or sewing seams on that super bulky sweater makes you wonder if it wouldn't just be easier to donate it to so Eskimo tribe in Alaska, now - right now, you want to contact me. Pick up the phone and pant into the receiver, I'll understand. Email me "HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH"- I speak "melting". Note: DON'T DRIP ON THE KEYBOARD (I can't fix that for you).
Right now, I am taking 25% off all finishing services and zippers are the same price as buttons (as long as you provide the zip - if I provide it, it is regular price)! This sale runs through the end of the month. If you have a project that is not quite ready but will be in the beginning of June, call me now and you will get the sale price.
We all know you won't do the finishing once it gets cooler. In September you will be getting the kids back to school. October, you will be making Halloween costumes. November you will be making Christmas gifts. December you will be rushing around buying Christmas gifts to replace all the presents that you didn't finish in November. Let me help you out now, before the humidity in July kicks in. (at which point I will either charge you double or say mean things about you while I melt all over your Manos!)

Friday, May 16, 2008

Basic Baby Hat

For any of you who have ever taken my baby hat class, you already have this pattern. However, it occurred to me that people who don' t live in the San Diego area, don't have that option, so I will be putting my patterns up on my side bar (I know, it is about time!) Since I don't have a baby to show this off on (mine is 18 and the closest thing I can get to a picture is of her feet(see yellow socks)), please excuse my "model".
Basic Baby Hat

US Size 10 DPNs (Double Pointed Needles)
(or whatever size you need to obtain gauge)

Bernat Softee Chuncky Yarn (or another Bulky weight Yarn)

Gauge: 14 sts x 20 rws = 4" x 4"

CO 56 stitches using a long tail method
(or 1x1 rib method).

Divide stitches evenly between needles
(14 per needle if using 5 needles).

Join needles ensuring that the not to twist.

Work in 1x1 rib for 2" (if you used the 1x1 rib cast on, make sure you start with a knit stitch).
Continue in stockinette (all knitting) until hat measures about 3.25".
Decrease for the crown as follows:
Decrease round 1: (k2tog, k5) repeat to end.
Round 2: Knit
Round 3: (k2tog, k4) repeat to end.
Round 4: Knit
Round 5: (k2 tog, k3) repeat to end.
Round 6: Knit
Round 7: (k2tog, k2) repeat to end.
Round 8: Knit
Round 9: (k2tog, k1) repeat to end.
Round 10: Knit
Round 11: K2 tog
Cut yarn and pull through remaining stitches.
Pull tight and weave in ends.


And it has been far too long since the last obligatory cat picture.
Of course, he must be a teenager too... see the "Do you SEE what she DOES TO ME?!" look? When he starts paying for his own food, I will stop making him model for me.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

My Etsy Store is now OPEN!!!

FINALLY, after almost a YEAR, I have finally, officially opened my Etsy shop! You can find a few of the items I have on sale in my sidebar. Click the link at the bottom to go directly to my site and see ALL of them. I will be adding items weekly - there will be some knitted items next week - so bookmark me! I also do custom orders so don't be afraid to ask! Shoot me an email!
It is funny how we allow life to hold us back from the things we really want in life. I have wanted to do this for SO LONG. It was RIGHT THERE! And I didn't get it done. Well, I finally got past the "hard part" (at least for me) - I struggle when I haven't done something before. For some reason, I feel the need to see things being done first.

A HUGE THANK YOU to Deb for taking the time, on one of her rare days off, to hold my hand. I am such a baby! If you are in the need of some very cute pin cushions, stitch markers, tea bag holders (SUCH a GREAT idea!!) or felted tea pot cozies, go check her site out. If you don't see any of these things over there, shoot her an email, she'll send you some pictures - I took up her posting time and she hasn't had a chance to list them. She has such great stuff!
Well, off to produce! I hope you all have a good weekend!!