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Trying to tell that special someone how much they mean to you? Well, I made a zipper bag that I think says it all...

What says I love you more than to give someone your heart? This probably shouldn't be cracking me up as much as it is. Sigh.

Anyway, it's posted in my etsy shop if your heart is yearning for one of these bags. Guaranteed to pump joy into your life. And there's no worry about it attacking you either.


Oh, double sigh...


darn it!


I've officially learned something new today. Now I know how to fix all the knits that the dog has ruined. Your bite marks are no match for me Fredder-butt!


people who are awesome: the first installment

For our first anniversary, my sweet and darling husband gave me a book entitled Knit Knit. It's a collection of biographies about interesting and talented people whose knitting challenges the great divide between "art" and "craft," a divide that sadly still exists. Though it's slowly falling away. I'd also like to point out that this same divide also happens to have some definite gender implications, but hey, that's for another day. Well, anyway, I was looking through it today (for a little inspiration), and I was thinking, well, damn, these people are awesome and I should blog about them. So, damn, I'm going to blog about them. I'd like to institute my inaugural post about people who are awesome with Lisa Anne Auerbach. And I know from first hand experience how awesome she is. Well, at least how awesome her work is . . .

Picture it: Aspen, November 2008. While on our honeymoon, the hub-ster and I were walking around town (like Howard Moon, man about town), and we noticed that several shops were showcasing sweaters in the front windows. We stopped to take a closer look at the intricate fair isle designs when I finally noticed *hello!* there was so much more to them. Each sweater contained two differing campaign slogans from history (some well known, some not so much, some inspiring and some scary). My expectations were completely completely thrown off. Here I was expecting to admire a geometric design, something without an opinion, without a story and as it turns out I'm completely wrong. There was a whole political debate going on in one sweater. And not only that, they were playing off ideas about the domestic and the political spheres, the past and the present, nostalgia and humor. With some freakin amazing fair isle patterns. So neat!

Here's a link to the sweaters on Lisa Anne Auerbach's website--I definitely recommend downloading the pdf, which shows all of the designs.

And and in case you are wondering, oh yes, I got her charted pattern book so that I can make my own political sweaters. Anyone for a "Praise the Lord and pass the Ammunition" sweater?

p.s. On a completely unrelated note . . .


2010: the latest new year

Happy New Year! Yeah, I know, it's a little bit late, but what can I say? The days are grains of sand slipping through my hands. Hmm, I think my new year's resolution should be to find some new metaphors.

I'll mull it over.

Anyway, the hubby, the pup, the kitty-beast, and I drove to Florida to visit our families for the holidays, and we had a wonderful time--except for the kitty-beast that is. To be fair, she never has a good time.

But I digress.

Although it sucks that our holiday is over, I am glad that I can finally share pictures of the projects from the past few months.

A sweater for my bro commissioned by my sister-in-law (thanks, April!)

An old school Detroit Red Wings hockey sweater design for my darling (actually, they weren't the Red Wings then--they were the Cougars--but anyway . . .)

And a pair of creature plushes for my youngest niece and nephew

So yeah, I forgot to get pictures of the other things I made, including the poncho made for my mother-in-law which was made from an awesome pattern from the 70s. And the trigger gloves made for my brother-in-law. Not to mention all the other things that haven't been mentioned. Arg. Add another resolution to the list--take some freakin pictures of my projects.

Despite all the crap that obviously needs improvement in 2010 (see above), the new year is looking good. I got a brand new serger (woo hoo, thanks darling!!), which opens up a ton of new possibilities for sewing. Plus there are some other ideas which are in the works--felting, painting, crocheting, and all sorts of other ings. But that is a subject for another day.

In the meantime hope you are having a lovely today.

p.s. Happy Birthday, Alicia!

p.p.s. Hi Dan! We gotta talk about my idea for a restaurant to compete with Mugs and Jugs. I call it Wings and Slings. Did that form an image?