Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Very good things

I know I usually post these on Sunday, but this is a little different.
-We moved into our new apartment nearly a week early
-I sold a few scarves at the crafters market which I wasn't even really set up to sell at
-Rino made delicious soup at the market
-I found $5 in a winter coat
-I found a bunch of stuff I thought I'd lost
-The apartment is fantastic
-The weather is delightfully fall-like. It's raining right now, but it's nice and cool otherwise. My favourite kind of weather
-I have a bunch of hours at work in the next week. Some people are on vacation, or need time off otherwise. The only crappy thing about it, is that we may be on strike soon
-I've been sleeping really well. Going to bed quite early, and up a bit earlier than usual. It's super nice

The new apartment is to blame for the missing posts. We don't have Internet yet, so I have to do everything from my phone. Not the greatest way to be a blogger, but it's all I have right now.
What are your Very Good Things this week?

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Very Good Things

This week has been completely amazing. So much has happened.

  • Rick and I checked out an awesome apartment
  • Rick and I signed on the apartment the following day
  • Winston being completely hilarious while playing at the part across the street from the apartment
  • Getting rid of a TON of yarn I'd never get around to using
  • Getting rid of a bunch of other stuff that's just been clutter and served no other purpose
  • Making delicious scrambled eggs a couple times
  • Good stuff happening for a few friends
  • Getting $15 for amazon.ca in the mail
Life is still pretty awesome.
What are your awesome things this week? Are you making this a weekly post on your blog? Leave a link, and I'll check it out!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Reaching SABLE

SABLE is an acronym for yarn artists that stands for Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy.
I've been there for a couple years now (and I'm 21, so I have a lot of life ahead of me) and I needed to get rid of some. I am going to be moving about a 10 minute drive from where I live (shorter if you hit all the green lights) and I really don't want to bring all this Stuff with me.
I decided to start sorting through my yarn into piles of "use regularly", "use once in a while", "rarely use" and "what the HECK is THIS stuff?" The first pile got sorted into my storage containers, the second is sitting on my couch waiting for a destination, and the last two have been bagged into shopping bags and listed on Kijiji.
For Free.
Yes, I am giving away an obscene amount of yarn. For Free. I've given about 3 pounds away already, and I have another 30 or so ready to go. That's a lot of yarn.
A friend of mine contacted me through the ad, and asked for some yarn to make hats for the cancer centre patients. I set aside a large box for her, and I'm just waiting for her to let me know when she can pick it up.

I can't believe how much yarn I am actually giving away.
How much yarn (or fabric, or buttons, or beads, or thread) do you have that you never see yourself using?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Very Good Things!

Doing this post every week helps show me that life isn't all bad as it has been feeling at times. These are my Very Good Things this week:

  • Starting and finishing a fairly large baby blanket in exactly 7 days
  • Going on a road trip with Rick
  • Having awesome chocolate and tarts from a really "sweet" indie business
  • Seeing some really neat places in Ontario that I hadn't seen in a while
  • Checking out the Artists Co-op in Owen Sound
  • Rick buying me the awesome shawl from the co-op
  • Winston being as good as he was during the whole trip
  • Spending time with my little family unit
There were lots more, but these are the ones that stick out the most.
What were your Very Good Things this week?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Baby Blanket Progress, among other things

The blanket I posted about on Monday has grown quite large in the past few days. I knit a ton of it while at Rick's house the past few days. We went on vacation together, and I hardly did any knitting on the trip. Totally okay with that, though. This photo is another one from the market by Mark Bradley.
I picked up 6 skeins of Patons Soy Wool Solids in a really amazing burgundy/berry colour to make a shawl with. I haven't decided on the pattern yet, I'm between two right now. They're similar, but still entirely different. I also have the needles ready to go.
Later on in the trip, Rick bought me an amazing handwoven shawl from The Owen Sound Artists Co-Op. A gentleman by the name of Ken Welch made the shawl, and I am so happy with it. I think weaving is quite interesting. I'd love to try it out one day.
I also got a request for a pair of red baby booties. I picked up that yarn while on vacation, as well. Those will be made as soon as I'm done this blanket.

Overall, life is good.

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Made In Windsor Crafters Market

The past three Sunday's I have been at the Made In Windsor crafter's market in downtown Windsor. It's been going on for about a month now, and has been steadily improving every week. I didn't have my items put out to sell because I was selling some shirts for Shane. It was kind of a quiet day, I am assuming because of the Labour Day weekend. Hopefully it will be bigger and better next week.
Among all the set up and making sure everything was in order, I did manage to start a baby blanket for a gift. I got a couple inches done, and I'm super happy with it. The yarn I am using is a HUGE ball of remnant yarn from Zellers. I got two balls of it, and one should finish a whole blanket. I have no idea what sort of yarn it is, but it's super colourful and super soft.

At the market, I got three pairs of super cute earrings from someone I hadn't met before named Kelly. Turns out she is my friend's step sister, and a favourite teacher's step daughter. Small world.

I am planning on doing all of my holiday gift-getting at the market this year. I have some gifts from certain vendors already picked out, I just need to remember to bring money with me to buy them one of these days.

There was also a very nice gentleman named Mark Bradley who took some amazing photographs. He took the one of my laughing my head off at the top of this post as well as a few others that I will be posting soon.

Very Good Things!

This past week has been pretty busy. I missed posting yesterday because I was so busy. This is the awesome stuff that has happened over the last week:

  • FINALLY getting paid for a job I had last year. I am still owed a couple hundred dollars but this is better than before.
  • Getting some super cute earrings at the crafters market
  • The crafters market pretty much being problem free!
  • Having Rick and Winston with me during the market
  • Ricks parents and grandparents coming to the market, and both buying a few things
  • Learning more about my Mac
  • Being insanely productive and making a ton of baby booties (pictures to come one of these days!)
  • Making lots o' money
  • Networking!!!
What were your very good things this week?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

More baby booties! And business cards, too.

Six pairs completed, and no signs of stopping!
I have been on a roll with these things! I am definitely enjoying making them, and modifying them to my needs. I have omitted the cuff on many pairs, and made most of them with stripes. I have also changed the needle size. They're working out really well.
The pink and white striped pair might be a gift for a relative who is having a baby. I may knit her a blanket instead, haven;t decided yet. The other two pairs are nice multi-coloured yarns I found in my stash. I have a few pairs that still need to be sewn up. One in purple and white and one in a really cool bright blue and white.
I will have a few pairs out for sale at this Sunday's Open Air Crafter's Market, and I'll be bringing some into rEvolution as soon as I get some business cards made.
On that note, Rick has designed some really awesome cards for me! I need to send them in to have them printed, and decide what type of paper I want them on. I will also have hang tags made so I can have the price right on the item for sale. This is so exciting for me!
I will keep you all posted on how this goes.