Nichole D.
Albuquerque, New Mexico

I currently live in New Mexico with my boyfriend and beautiful daughter in The Retro Palace. I'm currently a student double-majoring in Cosmetology and Architectural Drafting. I spend what little free time I have knitting, crocheting, sewing, and almost any other project I have time for. I do occasionally eat and shower, but only if there is no knitting to be done.

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Monday, June 30, 2008


Today I got a bit of a bug up my ass, as they say. I decided I need to make my craft crap more "grown up". Before this afternoon, this is what it looked like:


Cluttered, messy, and hard to find shit, mostly. I figured I would take the "purse approach"- It should only fit the essentials, and be pretty and grown-up looking. So, this is what I came up with:


Tada!! I like it. A lot. I've decided to keep my WIP's in the knitting bag, and extra crap in a drawer or my other knitting bag. The only stuff on the shelves is pretty yarns, books, and all my other crafty things. Oh, and my vase with vintage needles and my drop spindle. And a few little friends that I've gotten over the last few years.

At any rate, I should actually try and do some stuff that I have to do, like SCA sewing and things like that, instead of doing random, time-consuming, but mildly useless organizing. See you tomorrow- I'm off to sew!

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Sunday, June 29, 2008


Every Sunday, I faithfully read PostSecret. It is my first stop on the blogroll. I know that PostSecret is a huge supporter of Hopeline, which is a suicide hotline run by volunteers. Right now, they need a little help to keep this hotline out of the hands of the federal government, which really, is how it should be. Please take two minutes, watch this video, and help if you can.

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

'Poo Free, Day 18

Time for another no 'poo update! (Are you getting sick of them yet??) It feels like it's been longer than 18 days, for sure. Anyways. on with the reporting.

So, I think I have my formula and process down. Currently, I've been washing about once a week, on Fridays. My hair is definitely still transitioning some, but I have noticed it's getting less and less greasy in between washings. I think I'm going to wait until it's adjusted before trying to go a little longer between the washings.

So, here's what I've found works the best for my hair. Just a reminder, my hair is really straight, and fine, but thick. It's long- a few inches past my shoulders.

1. I mix a double batch of baking soda wash, which is 4 teaspoons of baking soda and 2 cups of water. I stir it all up in a plastic cup.

2. Before I get in the shower, I comb my hair with a wide-toothed comb, to loosen any dirt or whatnot.

3. I bring my cup and comb into the shower with me. I pour the baking soda mix onto my DRY hair, starting with the scalp. I use about half the mix on my scalp, and the rest on the ends of my hair. My hair is totally saturated.

4. I let the mix sit for about a minute, and then scrub it around on my scalp. When I feel good and scrubbed, I comb it fairly well, and then rinse.

And that's it! I haven't been doing the vinegar rinse, because my hair hasn't really needed the extra moisture.

today was a bit of a glimmer of hope that this would work well for me- my hair looked and felt really nice after I washed it today. Clean, manageable, soft, and pretty! YAAY! Hopefully it'll continue down this road, and I'll have nice, soft, beautiful hair! Woo!

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Friday, June 27, 2008

This is EXACTLY How They Are.

more cat pictures

Off to Santa Fe again tomorrow. Another busy weekend. I'm excited to run my Serenity RPG campaign, though!


Thursday, June 26, 2008

Doin' Stuff

Gah. Still insanely busy. Enjoying it, though! Here's a little bit of what I've been up to, at least today:

Knitting! I do still knit! I started the second jaywalker (one of my goals, ya know!), and that's going along well enough. I definitely haven't been knitting as much as I'd like to. Hopefully after this upcoming SCA event, that'll change a bit- I should have more time to knit.

Speaking of SCA, I have my chemise done, which I'll be wearing under my dress, and then a corded bodice, which will go over that. The corded bodice is kind of like a corset, but not so stuffy and hard to wear. The one I made is functional, but not perfect- If I have time, I might do it over. I also drafted the pattern for the bodice of my dress today- yaay! It took forever, but now I should ahve a decent idea of how to make a bodice. I'll be doing a little test bodice tonight with some leftover muslin, and then on to my dress! Woo!

On that note, I should be doing a formal dress diary post soonish.

Hmmm, what else have I been doing....oh! SANDING! I'm actually getting close to finishing the sanding on the coffee table. Hopefully soon I'll be able prime it and paint it, and we'll be able to use it again. That'll be nice, since the coffee table does double duty as our dining room table. our actual dining room table is my sewing table, and when I'm not sewing, it holds crap. We don't have any chairs for it, though, hence why we don't ever use it for eating at.

I don't know if I mentioned this or not, but I've also been running a gaming session for the Hubbster and Erin on Saturday nights. A lot of me little bits of free time go into planning for that. It's been a lot of fun, though, and I ahve a TON of stuff to do before this Saturday! I'm going to try to be nice, since I almost killed them last weekend. MWAHAHAHAHA.

I think I'm going to arse around on the computer for a bit. (That's for you, Katie!)

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

I Got Nothing.

Life has been CRAZY busy! Kind of nice, but kind of...well, crazy. Amidst all the craziness, I don't really have anything blog-worthy today. Or, maybe I don't want to make the effort. So, here's a LOLbunneh.

more cat pictures

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Ten on Tuesday

Ten Inventions That Have Made Life Easier

1. Sewing machines.
2. Electric sanders- my coffee table would stay exactly the way it was without it!
3. The internet- I love having a wealth of knowledge and entertainment and everything right at my fingertips.
4. Digital cameras. It is so nice to be able to take tons of pictures, and only print the ones that are actually good, instead of the crap-shoot we had to deal with with traditional film.
5. Indoor plumbing. 'Nuff said.
6. Modern printing. I love being able to collect books and have access to so many of them.
7. Diapers. I can't even imagine what life would be like with non-disposable diapers.
8. Dishwashers.
9. Can openers.
10. Crock Pots. Seriously, I don't know what I would do without it sometimes.

Obviously, I left out some of the "duh" ones, like electricity and cars. Anyways, see you tomorrow!

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Natural Cleansing

Since I made the switch to no 'poo, I've been reading the unsavory facts about some of the chemicals in every day things, like soaps and toothpaste. I've decided to make an effort to use all-natural products instead of the usual, which will hopefully reduce my family's exposure to these chemicals, and be better for the environment. My first major switches (not including shampoo, of course) are going to be toothpaste and soap. I'm not sure what I want to use for soap, and plan on testing a few bars from different places. I currently have an all-natural bar that was a gift that I'll try first. There's some all-natural soap available at my local grocery store, and I'd like to try something from Etsy sellers, as well. (I'm all about supporting a small, home-operated business.) I'll do reviews for the next few months, and let you guys know what I think. Who knows, there may be something AMAZING out there! I'm definitely open to more suggestions, and will be sure to try the ones you all have already suggested, as well.

On that note, are there any natural facial cleansers or soaps you know of that would work well for my face? I've thought about trying the oil-cleansing method, but it seems so time consuming. Would love some alternatives!

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

A Day in Santa Fe

Southside Plaza Cafe- Breakfast Burrito with Red

Southside Plaza Cafe- Breakfast Tacos

Mmmmmm Pancakes!

Chasing Pidgeons

Playing in the Plaza

Twins' Birthday Party

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

'Poo Free, Day 10

I washed my hair yesterday, and noticed my ends we're still kind of greasy, so I washed just them again, with the same mixture of 2 tsp. baking soda mixed in 1 cup of water. It worked well! I didn't do the vinegar rinse, because my hair didn't seem to need any extra moisture anywhere. The whole thing is still going well, but my hair seems to be trying to adjust. I'm going to try to hold off on washing it until Saturday- We'll see how it goes. I'm really hoping my hair is going to adjust to this, and balance out, and not be so gross. We'll see. I may need to just increase my washings to twice a week or something- we'll see! I'll be keeping you all updated.

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Friday, June 20, 2008

This n' That

So, life has been kind of a busy mish-mash of things lately. It's been crazy busy, but I've been enjoying it! So, here's a sampling of what I've been up to!

Sewing, as you know. I've been working pretty consistently on my SCA garb, and I'm almost done with my camicia, which is basically underwear. It looks like a nightgown, sort of, I guess. I'll be taking pictures soon. I get to start my dress next, and I'm super excited about that!

Last night I started tackling the sanding of out coffee table. It's big and bulky and octagon-y. The finish on it is not very cute. So, Hubbster and I decided that we would refinish it. We're planning to do a chalkboard top in black, and paint the rest a nice dark pinkish grey. It'll be awesome when it's finished, but it's a LOT of sanding. Thank goodness for power sanders is all I can say about THAT.

All the little projects, and knitting, and crocheting, on top of all my day-to-day stuff, Adds up pretty quickly! I'm enjoying myself.

Hubbster wanted me to tell you all "hi" from him. Yes, he's a little odd.

off to order new cell phones- yaaay!

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Thursday, June 19, 2008


Ooooooh, I want one of these. Badly. Now, please. Go. Buy me squishies! Alternatively, go buy something pretty for yourself (or your knitting needles) at my Etsy shop, so I can get one.

Well, what're you waiting for?! I WANT A SQUISHY SHEEP!

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

'Poo Free, Day 7

No 'poo update time! I washed my hair on Sunday, and used 1/2 a teaspoon less baking soda, to see if it helped with the greasiness. It didn't. I think (HOPE) that my hair is going through and adjustment phase, because it's kind of gross. Not horrible, but not super pleasant. I'll be washing again on Friday, and we'll see how it goes after that. All in all, though, I'm happy with my decision to go 'poo free so far, and I hope it works out. I think it will.

Since going 'poo free, I'd like to start going natural with my soap and toothpaste, as well. Thanks everyone who gave recommendations for this stuff! I've been looking into things, and I'll see how that goes, too.

In knitting news, I FINALLY cast on for my second Jaywalker sock last night at Stitch n' Bitch. Yaay! I haven't been knitting as much because of the sewing, but I'm still doing it here and there. OH! If I'm going to switch to all-natural soap soon, I'd like to make some "soap socks", since it's typically in bars. Know of any cute patterns out there? What yarn would YOU use? I look forward to your suggestions again. You guys really do rock!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Ten on Tuesday

I don't really like this week's topic for ten on Tuesday, so I thought I would do my own.

Ten Things That Make Me Really Happy

1. The Monsterette's laugh.
2. My Hubbster.
3. finishing a project- be it knitting, crochet, sewing, etc.
4. Not having to clean.
5. Driving with the windows down, the music cranked, all by myself, and jamming out.
6. Talking to my mom and sister almost every day.
7. Sweets!
8. Learning something new, and being good at it!
9. How awesome my friends are, even the just-online ones.
10. My new swanky top-of-the-line Sonicare toothbrush my mom got me. Practically effortless, and leaves my teeth SUPAH-CLEAN! I love it.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

What's Knitting (And Crocheting!)

Contrary to the recent activity on this blog, it is still about the crafting! I have been knitting, but not as much, since I have this huge sewing project going on. (FYI: I don't think I'm going to do a separate dress diary, but just put posts for it in their own category, and make you guys deal with it.) Conducive to my summer knitting goals, I've been working on some projects that have been sitting waaay too long. First off was finishing this amigurumi:

Lavender Octo 01

Lavender Octo 02

I've had the bits and bobs for this one all done for a while, just needed to finish stuffing and sewing her together. Cute, huh? I originally had planned to send her off to someone, but Monsterette took an instant liking to her, and has claimed her as her own. (No kidding, I had to wait until she was asleep and sneak it out of the bed to take pictures.) The yarn is Caron Simply Soft in lavender. I suppose if you really want the pattern info and are too lazy to go look at my Ravelry projects page for it (or don't have Ravelry), I'll give it to you.

Next up is one of three or four preemie hats I crocheted, all which just needed the ends woven in:

Preemie Hat

They're all identical, so I only took pictures of one. Kind of cute, though! And they're itty bitty! It's hard to imagine there are wee little babies born with heads that small. I should've put a quarter or something in the picture for reference, but I didn't. You'll just have to imagine. They do fit inside the palm of my hand, though.

Last, but definitely not least, is my new favorite project. I'm stunned by it every time I pick it up, and I know it's going to be gorgeous when all is said and done:

Celtic Cables Neckwarmer 01- Progress

This is the Celtic Cable Neckwarmer pattern, and it ROCKS. The little cables are actually kind of fun, and I love how it is turning out. I actually started this the first time at one of my Tuesday night Stitch n' Bitch meetings, but had to rip it out, due to cable-reversing wonkiness. (Ah, what we lefty knitters have to do to make cables look right!) At any rate, it's a nice, challenging knit that I'm enjoying. Now, because I can, a few close-ups to say goodbye:

Celtic Cable neckwarmer 02- close-up

Celtic Cable Neckwarmer 03- close-up angle

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day

With Daddy 05- First Day

With Daddy 07

With Daddy 06

With Daddy 04- Ballon Fiesta

With Daddy 03

With Daddy 01

With Daddy 02


Saturday, June 14, 2008

'Poo Free, Day 3

You guys had a lot of good stuff to say about the whole no 'poo method! Some of you had some questions, so here's some answers:

Lauren asked: I guess I'm curious why only twice a month?

Well, twice a month seems like a good, realistic goal. I know it doesn't sound like much, but I don't think people before shampoo was invented, did a lot of hair washing. I'll probably end up adjusting the frequency depending on how my hair is- maybe more washings in the summer, things like that.

Sarah asked: What's your hair like normally?

I have fine hair, but it's fairly thick. It's pretty much stick straight, and notoriously oily. I HAVE to wash it every other day, and even then, it's pushing it.

For those of you who are more curious of the methods, this is the best resource I've found. Lots of info there!

So, it's been two days since I've washed my hair. Yesterday I did rinse it out with hot water in the shower, which helped. It's greasy, but not as greasy as it used to get. I picked up a natural bristle brush, as well, to help distribute the oils from my scalp to the ends.

Hubbster and I both thought it was a little dry after the first washing, so the next time, I'll be using less baking soda, to see if that helps keep it from drying out.

Another odd side effect, which is kind of cool in a gross way: My pores on my scalp feel more open. I sweat more, and easier, than I used to, especially when doing something strenuous. It's a little weird, but not bad. Kind of makes me wonder what shampoo and conditioner was really doing to my pores!

On another note, I'd like to start using natural soap, and possibly natural toothpaste. Do you guys use any of these, have any good resources or favorites, or places that you like to get these from?

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Another Meme

I've seen this all over Bloglandia, most recently at JP's. So, here goes.

The Rules:

Rules are posted at the beginning. At the end of the post, the player tags 6 people and posts their names. Then the player goes to each of the “named” people’s blogs and leaves a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. If you’ve been tagged, you do the same, letting the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer. Your answer, of course, is the answer to the following questions. Here we go!

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?

Ah, jeez. Ten years ago, I was getting close to that magical age of 14, and getting ready to go into high school. That was the summer I worked for a company called Tree Trust, and we built two observation decks in the park, overlooking the river. Yes, with our own hands. I was buff and tan at the end of that summer!

2. 5 things on my to-do list today:

1. Take some pictures.
2. Go to the grocery store.
3. Work on my sewing.
4. More prep work for the Serenity RPG adventure I'll be running on Saturday (my first time GMing! Eeek!)
5. The usual cleaning.

3. Snacks I enjoy:

Hmmm. Well, I've been trying to eat healthier, so snacks are things like carrots, low-fat granola bars, yogurt, and fruit. The ones I really enjoy, though, are things like chips (honey mustard Pringles, and Sweet Spicy Chili Doritos, anyone?), ice cream, Cool Whip, anything dipped in chocolate...

4. Places I've lived:

Minneapolis, Minnesota
St. Paul, Minnesota
Cedar, Minnesota
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico

5. Things I would do if I was a billionaire:

I did this for a Ten on Tuesday not too long ago, and heres that list. That one was a selfish list, though, and really, I'd put money away for the Monsterette's education, buy my parents a nice home to retire in, Give to friends and family and charities. I'd like to find a good cause to back, too, like sponsoring inner city sports teams or something like that.

You all know I don't tag, so if you want to do it, go ahead!

I'm going to answer some questions everyone has asked me about the no 'poo thing tomorrow. See you then!

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

'Poo Free, Day 1

Alright, today was my first run with not using shampoo. I washed my hair with 2 tsp. of baking soda, dissolved in 1 cup of water. I rinsed with 1 1/2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar diluted with 1 cup of water. I mixed both in little cups, individually, and brought them into the shower with me.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: When pouring the baking soda/water mixture on your head, be VERY CAREFUL not to get that shit in your eyes. It HURTS.

Results: While in the shower, my hair didn't really feel "clean". It still felt slick and greasy. Now that I'm out, and it's dry, though, it looks clean, and not greasy at all. It definitely feels softer, too. It does feel different, somehow, though. Not really sure how to explain it. Just different.

Also, it doesn't smell at all. Not like yuk, not like baking soda, not like vinegar. I might, once my hair adjusts a bit, try to add some yummy smelling essential oil to my rinse.

Goal: To not wash my hair more than twice a month. Yep, I only want to do this every other week. With shampoo, I washed my hair every other DAY. I plan to work up to this, so for now, I'm going to go three days without the baking soda wash and vinegar rinse. in between, I'll rinse with hot water, and wipe with a washcloth, to help distribute oils to the ends of my hair. I'll do maybe two or three washes, spaced three days apart, and then move on to five days, then a week, etc.

So. I'm sure I'll be posting updates on this, but I'm not sure how regularly. Do you guys care, either way?

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

No 'Poo

So, I'm thinking about trying this whole "No 'Poo" Thing (Do a google search, if you really want to have all the info). Basically, I'll stop using shampoo, and switch to hot wanter rinses, alternated with washing my hair with baking soda and a cider vinegar rinse. It's supposed to be really good for your hair, make it healthier, and it's better for the environment and your body, since you're not exposing either to harsh chemicals. So, feedback! Have any of you tried this, had friends who tried it, thought about it? What do you think? I think I'm going to try it tomorrow. I'll keep you all updated on how the whole thing goes.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Summer Knitting Goals

I don't know about you, but summer in New Mexico doesn't really scream "knitting!" at me. Sure ,I could quit knitting for the entire summer, or make nothing but little cotton dishcloths. That's kind of silly, though. So, since I know I'm going to keep knitting (although maybe not as much), I decided to set some summer knitting goals, and get a chance to win a great prize in the process!

My Summer Knitting Goals

1. Finish the Jaywalkers.
2. Crank out the UFO's, especially the ones that have been languishing for quite some time.
3. Knit only from the stash, unless it's for a gift and I do not have yarn that could be used.
4. Start Christmas knitting!
5. Finish at least one more pair of socks.
6. Try colorwork.
7. Knit Hubbster's dream dice bag.
8. At least 4 charity projects, and at least one being a blanket.
9. Knit something for the Monsterette.
10. Knit something with my handspun (note: spin enough yarn to knit something with.)

There! I think that is a totally doable, but not too lame, list of goals. Don't you? If you want to do this too, go ahead! you can sign up for the contest here.

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Monday, June 09, 2008

Mosiac Meme

I forget the last blog I saw this on- sorry, whoever you are!

If you want to do it yourself, here's the rules:

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.

My Mosaic:

Mosaic Meme

1. .contrast., 2. Pears, 3. Clouds 3, 4. Mimosa_nuttallii__MG_3357, 5. Johnny Depp <3, 6. Refressing !!, 7. 20080531_0774, 8. He's the cherry on top., 9. Seattle Public Library, 10. family day out, 11. *garden*, 12. A stitch in time saves nine?

The Questions:

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name.

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Sunday, June 08, 2008

Knitting on Hold

Yep, that's right. Although I've been knitting here and there, aI now have a major undertaking. The Hubbster and I are planning to go to Lonely Mountain, a local SCA event in July. This means I have some garb to make! I'm planning to make an Italian renaissance dress, which is quite a big undertaking. Here's a general idea of what I want my dress to look like. I'm currently working on a type of corset that doesn't use boning- it's going well! I'm definitely excited, and am enjoying sewing again, if if it does mean that it takes time away from my knitting. I may start a "dress diary" as well, and chronicle my adventures in sewing for this. Wish me luck!

Side note: The "10 items or less" lane at Wal-Mart is NOT the place to buy $200 worth of groceries. Bitch.

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Saturday, June 07, 2008

Curried Chicken Salad

This is one of my new favorite recipes, and is really nice and refreshing for the summer. It takes a little time to prepare, and be sure to leave time for it to chill, too. Enjoy!

Curried Chicken Salad

1.5 lbs. chicken breast
4 C. water
2 tbsp. Kosher salt

Add salt to water in a large saucepan and add chicken. Boil until chicken is no longer pink in the middle. When the chicken is done, cut or tear into bite-size pieces.

While the chicken is boiling, prepare the dressing:

1 1/2 tsp. Madras Curry Powder
1/3 C. chopped flat-leaf parsley (Italian)
1/4 C. di9ced pineapple ( I but chunk canned, and cut each piece into quarters)
1/4 C. non-fat plain yogurt
1/4 C. low-fat mayo
1 tbsp. lime juice
1 tsp. grated ginger
3 tbsp. sliced almonds

Whisk yogurt, mayo, lime juice, curry powder, ginger, and parsley. Add the chicken, pineapple, and almonds. toss gently to coat. Serve on bread, open-faced, with watercress or lettuce.

You can also use tortillas and make a wrap, or stuff pita pockets. Yum!

Recipe is from the Food Network website.


Friday, June 06, 2008

Monsterette and I had a great day today hanging out with my sister-in-law. We went to the park, took a little trip to the store, got Chinese food for lunch, and came home to a much needed nap for all three of us. I made my first batch ever of red chile, and we had frito pies for dinner. It was pretty good!

After Monsterette went to bed, we sat out on the balcony with some wine and talked for a while. Now, I'm pretty much ready for bed! Tomorrow she's leaving, and we'll be having some people over for a little nerdy gaming get-together in the evening. Bring on the Munchkin, the Gloom, and the Lunch Money!

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Souvenir Yarn, Part 2

This is my souvenir yarn from my trip to Minnesota/Kansas City. The first yarn store that I went to was Yarn Shop and More in Overland Park, Kansas, which is the city I stayed in. It's just outside of Kansas City. I picked up some Suri Merino, in a great warm neutral color, for a scarf:

Suri Merino

I love the yarn, it's super soft, and I think is going to knit up beautifully.

So, the yarn store. All of the wool and wool blends were arranged by color. This was my first experience in a store set up like that, and I must say, I didn't like it. I tend to shop by brand, or weight, find something perfect for a project, then pick my color- I rarely go in looking for a specific color of something. So, the store being arranged like this made me feel like everything was willy-nilly. I didn't like it at all. Especially having to go back and forth just to see what colors that had in one brand. So, the store was meh, but hey, I got some yarn.

Next was back in Minnesota, where I stopped at the Double Ewe Yarn Shop. This shop was a cute little store, crammed full with goodies. The lady was incredibly friendly, but not pushy at all. The yarn was arranged normally, by brand. I spent a lot of time fondling the Malabrigo selection, and decided to try the chunky, since I haven't yet:

Malabrigo Chunky 2

Malabrigo Chunky 1

I absolutely love the colors in this, and it's just as soft as the worsted Malabrigo. Not sure what I'm going to do with it yet, though. It really is gorgeous, my pictures do not do it justice!

Well, my sister-in-law is in town, so I guess I should get going...see you tomorrow!

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Souvenir Yarn, Part 1

I stopped at the LYS in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, when we were in town for the wedding a few weeks ago. The store was tucked in the back of a bigger building, but it was incredibly charming.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming LYS

The lady that was working there was really friendly, and the little store was packed full of great yarn. Take a look at the website to see what I mean! I had a great time browsing through everything. The first thing that I wanted to see if they had was some local wool, since it was souvenir yarn. I found this great wool:

Wyoming Wool

The wool doesn't really have a name-all that the label says is "Lopi Style, Dark Grey, From sheep grown in Crowheart Wyoming". It's a really great chocolately color, much more than grey. It's actually really soft, even though it had that very "raw" feeling. I think it'll make quite a cozy something!

The other yarn I picked up was this Trekking XXL sock yarn. I couldn't resist these colors:

Trekking XXL

Trekking XXL 2

It reminds me of a vibrant sunset, right after a thunderstorm. Yum!

Stay tuned for part two tomorrow!

Oh, and I'm about to post all the blog entries from my vacation- I'll come update this post with links when I'm done.

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Ten on Tuesday

Ten Ways the World has Changed Since I was in School

1. The dress. Is it just me, or are the prostitots all the rage now? The girls seem to dress more and more provocative.
2. Piercings. When I got my tongue pierced in tenth grade, it was still very punk, as were a lot of the other less common piercings.
3. Text messaging. Most of the kids in school with me did have cell phones, but this whole texting craziness has gotten INSANE.
4. Blogging.
5. The "green" movement.
6. All the crazy flight restrictions, like the liquids thing (9/11 happened in my senior year).
7. Technology- flat screen HD TVs, digital cameras, blu-ray, all the good stuff.
8. Politics. Isn't it kind of crazy to think that we'll either have a black man or a female as the Democratic presidential candidate?
9. Gas prices. Holy shit is about all I can say about that.
10. Really, the biggest way the world has changed since school is that now I look at it through a mother's eyes.

See you tomorrow!

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Monday, June 02, 2008


The Monsterette and I got home late last night. The trip was a blast! Hope you didn't miss me too much. Tomorrow I'll be getting my blog posts up from the vacation, and hopefully get around to sharing all my souvenier yarn from the past few weeks. See you tomorrow!

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Sunday, June 01, 2008

June 1st, 2008

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June 1st, 2008