wip.fo monday

Hello friends. There isn’t much to share in the wip category…. Just this lap blanket & crochet no less! I haven’t picked up a hook in years. Knitting has always appealed to me because of the actual knit stitches. It’s a texture thing - but also, knitting I know. I can read it and speak it and write it. I never learned to read crochet patterns but making a granny square seemed like something I should know how to do! So I hit up my old friend YouTube and figured it out.
I have nothing to share in the fo category as the yoke sweater had the privilege of a post of its very own. So, with that I bid you all a short farewell. I’m facing a busy, busy week and have decided to take a baby blog-cation. I’ll see you all next week refreshed and (hopefully) with some big news involving bow ties of all kinds.


a continuing crisis & minor hair rant.

you see, there are two things that happen over and over again in my little circle.  

the most common is for mare and me to sport similar clothes and hair styles even if we don’t see or speak to each other in months.  it’s really a striking phenomenon!  we had both said we were growing our bangs out back in the spring.  i did.  really.  they were past my chin.  BUT they never stay put and every which way they swooped they came sliding right back into my face.  i tried hairspray.  i tried mousse.  my hair has a power unmatched by any styling product.  it’s thick, it’s coarse, and it doesn’t mess around.  mare on the other hand had kept the bangs because she’s not an idiot.  let’s see how mare is looking these days… oh, wow!  a lot like the above pic but much taller and with striking green eyes.  ok.  enough said.

the second is the minor miscommunications that last years.  mare and care and faux (i’m sure you’ve spotted comments on here by all three) have known each other for ages - they’ve been friends for ages.  mare and care had been calling faux by a common nick-name the entire time not knowing how faux felt about it.  hmmm.  akward!  once it all came out it gave us something to laugh about and it made for a great story in the end.  a similar situation took place last night.  in the nearly seven years i’ve been with my husband - over six years of marriage!!! - he has never told me before that he hates bangs.  are you freaking kidding me?  i mean, #1 how is that possible and #2 do you have any idea how many times i’ve worn bangs thoughout our relationship?  what the smack? 

for fun, lets just see a selection of the various stages of “bang” moments that have made their way through our relationship… from 2005 to present 


does his face say it all here? HA!  ok… a few more.


so, i guess it’s safe to say he loves me DESPITE the short hair above my eyebrows.

in other - non hair related news, these blocked today.


AND, i finished sewing up my table cloth for the artisian fair!  WHOOO HOOO!  10 points and a gold star for being productive!


rewind. stop. play.

broke.  i mean, broke. that’s the name of the game in the business hubs is in.  feast or famine.  

so, the boy had a chat with his father and i got the call this afternoon.  friday and saturday?  for at least a year?  um, ok.  working two days a week shouldn’t be oh so terribly bad.  i know that store backwards and forwards so there aren’t any new job jitters - and i figure i’ll get the fun diana rather than the day in and day out - oh my gosh i’ll blow my face off, i swear it! - diana.  she’s delightful and sweet and the funniest woman over 65 i’ve ever met but… PHEW!  it can get exhausting.  the other good news is … dun dunna dun!  i won’t be mini boss any more!  angry customer?  manager!  love it.  unfortunately, my saturdays have once again been devoured.  shit.  i’ll get over it.  i’ll bear it.  it’ll be fine.

i’m also babysitting miss v now on a regular basis.  she’ll eat up a couple days during the week - and hubs even offered to watch her fridays when i’m at work since he’ll be on kid duty anyways.  i’m sure he’ll do great, but he leans toward the barking rather than the communicating when it comes to rascally tots.

enjoy my kitties.

aren’t they darling?

the boy should be ooh-ing and ahh-ing right about now.

knitting has come to a grinding hault right in the middle of the cutest striped mittens, BUT i did work a bit on a new design for some bloom-ish pants.  mae is actually wearing them in the bat capture video below (not that you could tell with all the screaming and running around going on) - so, i feel like that was a step in the right direction.  i have some kinks to work out but it should be smooth sailing from here and i’ll be posting them in the shop soon enough.  i also started working on some baby gifts for our GREAT nephew due this winter.  i really might as well be a grandmother!  HA  i got out the old crochet hook and whipped up some sweet little one cotton scrubbies for bath time.  mae was giving me a very strange look from across the living room while i hooked.  i asked what was wrong and she said, “what are you doing with that thing!?” i’ve created a knitty monster!

anywhooz, i’m gonna have to dig deep in that stash of mine for some acrylic somethings because i just think it’s too risky gifting this little man any woolies.  even the most thoughtful and wooly conscious folks can slip up…

so, back on the etsy train and my little things have been featured in a boat load of treasuries.  check ‘em out if you’re so inclined.  i like to give lots of yummy feedback to keep morale up!  

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now, sleep. xo