Wednesday, January 28, 2009

ack! It is sickeningly cute.

Luckily, I know of a baby who will need something like this come autumn '09....
(click picture to go to the pattern)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

good dog

Some positive pit bull media coverage!
Malia takes a picture, as Sasha dances before President Obama leaves for the night of Inaugural Balls.

via Pete Souza, recently named official White House photographer

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Camille's Turn!

Cinder's sweater was finished a while ago, and today I completed Camille's version! She looks pretty mopey in these pictures, but I can assure you, she likes it. Anything that gets her lots of attention is okay by her!


Friday, January 23, 2009

Yum! Need to make this...

Baked Spaghetti with Toasted Peppers

This looks like the perfect comfort food for me.
Only I'd add collard or mustard greens to the mix,
and maybe substitute the white bread crumbs with quinoa.

Water Lilies Cowl FO

Pattern: Feather and Fan pattern in the round over 10 pattern repeats

Yarn: Araucania Yarns Magallanes in color 312, scored in swap with Mamichan

Needles: Size 10 Denise interchangables

Thoughts: I've had an overwhelming outpouring of support from friends and family in the aftermath of my breakup, and I'm busying myself making thank you knits. There's something very comforting about the simple feather and fan pattern -- the equal parts increasing and decreasing is very meditative. The thick and thin yarn in this beautiful colorway was satisfying to knit with, and after rinsing and blocking, it is super soft. Two friends who I'm making thank you knits for would look stunning in this colorway, and luckily I have another ball, so I might be making another one just like this.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

First FOs of the New Era

Helping Hands mitts for V

Tri-cabled scarf, special ordered by S
made with 2 skeins of Cascade Organic Alpaca in Charcoal

Thursday, January 15, 2009

"All I did was trade Lunchables"

via aberjona

outsapop does it again

Check out this awesome tutorial on refashioning fugly sweaters via Outsapop's flickr tutorial!

It's snowing

17 degrees, but feels like 4 degrees. Isn't there supposed to be some rule about it not being capable of snowing below a certain temperature?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Perfect timing!

Before moving to New York, I had the cutest lofts/apartments, decorated with great mid-century finds. Now that I'm looking at moving into a place that will be all my own, and I won't have to compromise with anyone on colors, shapes, materials, etc., I'm having a lot of fun imagining what my home will look like. And just in time, Orla Kiely is doing a cute housewares line for Target, full of her great prints!

Friday, January 09, 2009


I have this cute little mid-century armchair I drunkenly carried home off the street almost 2 years ago, and it's been sitting patiently in the corner, waiting for me to get my act together. I'm pretty sure there are some dormant bed bugs in it, so I'll need a professional to tear into it and give it fresh stuffing. I was thinking of covering it in one of these two fabrics in keeping with yesterday's bruise color themed interior inspiration post. Both can be acquired at Purl Patchwork or on Purl SoHo's online store.

Denise Schmidt County Fair Raisin Posie

Kokka Fabrics Pink Jungle

Yum, gotta try this!

Kimchi Rice with Bacon and Eggs recipe from Chef Sohui Kim of the Good Fork, Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

another new space idea

Mainly, I love the color palette. The shades of a bruise.

collective nightmare

April pointed out that it seemed that many people have been having nightmares. I posted about one just the other day. In mine it was nighttime, but there was an unhealthy light everywhere, like in The Blind Girl by John Millais (above). I was trapped in a dark house, trying to keep this light out, but someone was breaking all of the windows from the outside, letting it in.

small dream space

Now that it's just me, I'm wrestling with the idea of downsizing to a smaller space in the building. Not happy with it at all, but this cozy little picture gives me some hope.

Via Aberjona

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

up and away continued

Thanks, everyone, for the comments on my post about taking a trip somewhere! Now I've really got the travel bug. Wish I could go more than one place....

This trip could be a great new start for me.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Vintage Sale!

Check out my shop for newly lowered prices on vintage!

Gimme 2009

My birthday's in another week and a half, and while I probably don't need another bag, Hayden-Harnett's collaboration for Target has yielded a very cute, sensible brown hobo bag and a gorgeous umbrella I could certainly squeeze into my wardrobe. The umbrella, without a doubt, is NEEDED. I love Hayden-Harnett -- have 3 bags from their regular line, and have been looking for a good, big brown bag. This might just do the trick! I wouldn't complain about getting the black double flap bag, either.

Sunday, January 04, 2009