Sunday, March 30, 2008

Ravelry

Wow, I am so excited about Ravlery. Somehow I missed out on it entirely and just recently heard of it. Maybe because I'm a recent knitter. Any of you knitters/crocheters out there not signed up for Ravelry yet, get your butt over and sign up! You have to wait for a bit to get an account (not sure why), but it's totally worth the wait. No more random collections of links to patterns I want to try, or piles of unorganized internet printouts! It's all organized on my Ravelry site, with all my stash info and a list of the needles I have. So, so cool.

And because it's just not a blog post without a picture, here are some pictures of a swap project in process...

Saturday, March 29, 2008

SF Fabric

With nothing particular to do last Saturday morning, my wonderful husband suggested going to San Francisco to check out all the fabric stores. (Could I have married a more perfect man?) So onto the internet we went to research our options. Our Google map listed these: Discount Fabrics, Mendel's Far Out Fabrics, Fabrix, and of course Britex. Also on our handy map were some never-miss SF stops including Daiso and Kinokuniya, and after reading this SF Bento guide, we added Ichiban Kan.

Our first stop was Mendel's. When you first walk in, it looks more like an art supply place than a fabric store. Upstairs they had quite a bit of fabric, including a very impressive selection of oilcloth.


Just a couple blocks down Haight Street was Discount Fabrics. Now this one immediately looked like a well stocked fabric store. They had a huge selection of unique fabrics and trims. I got two great elastics, gray ruffles and white rick rack!


Fabrix was one of those diamond in the rough places. It had a ton of gems, you just had to look for them. While Mike dug through a bin of buttons, I picked out a rainbow of really inexpensive rick rack and a cool cowboy/poppy cotton print for $2/yard.


Britex was, well, Britex. If you haven't been, just picture 4 stories of fabric, trims, buttons, everything a sewing heart could desire. After gasping at some of the price tags and picking out some lining fabric for a project (at a non-gasp-worthy price) on the first floor, I headed straight to the fourth floor - Remnants. Now that was more my speed. I picked up an Amy Butler piece and a reproduction piece, stopping on the third floor (Notions) for a bag of mixed buttons. I always feel a little overwhelmed in Britex, like I should be spending my time there more productively. But usually when I go there I don't have a specific project in mind, I'm merely soaking in all that potential. It's the kid of place you can see a designer coming to and buying fabric for their Spring Line.


On our first swing by Kinokuniya the power was out and they had to close the store. I was gutted, but we headed to Ichiban Kan which definitely perked up my spirits. So I went a little crazy in Ichiban Kan. Almost everything was $1-$1.50! And so cute! We actually got so much stuff at Ichiban Kan and Daiso, that it was too overwhelming to photograph. But here's a summary: tons of bentos, bento supplies, stationary, yummy random snacks, porcupine-sheep-ostrich tote bags, odd tongs and rectangle pans, a lemon timer and so much more.

After exhaustive shopping at Daiso, we headed back to Kinokuniya to see if they'd gotten power, and hurrah! they had. Mike very patiently browsed books in Japanese while I pored over the craft section, finally selecting these three (and a tote). For some inside pics, check here.

I must say, even after visiting all those fabric stores, my favorite part of the trip was Japantown. The food was delicious and check out this little walkway... so lovely.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Baseball Season


Ahh... baseball season has started. Every weekend until May is booked. Devin is an Oriole, which is awesome because orange is his favorite color. So far he's established himself as the outfield dancer. (I think this video had a big impression.) My favorite is the dance that I call "The Butter Churner" (it's exactly what you're picturing), followed closely by "Slow Motion Running".
Even though he's not the most serious player, he sure looks professional, which is completely adorable.

Easy Paella


I fell in love with paella in Spain, but it's always been a bit of a fussy recipe to try at home. Not anymore! Of course Martha Stewart (or rather, her staff) found a way around the saffron fiddling. This recipe is highly recommended. It makes a bunch, and is possibly even better the next day.

Weekend success


I got a muslin dress made for my sister's wedding. Her soon-to-be-step-daughter will be wearing it in the teal sparkle dot fabric on the left. Luckily she's 1" smaller than Ali, so I was able to make the preliminary large adjustments, and I'll be able to have it ready for closer fitting the next time I see her. Ali likes the pattern too, so I'm making note of the changes for her as well. Unfortunately I'm a bit busty so I'd look pregnant in it, but it will make a nice spring top for Ali. And now I have plenty of fabric as well... look what I got at a local boutique's spring cleaning warehouse sale...
I'm the luckiest girl in the world...

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Europe

This is a little belated, but I just wanted to share some pictures from our trip...




I just don't get tired of looking at these pictures... (more here, here and here)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Greenery Hat

I finished the Greenery Hat that I started before our trip. It was so much fun to knit! I just love the way the cables twist and turn. This was only my second project with cables, and it turned out pretty well.
The only thing is that it's a bit too small. I've left the hat on the styrofoam head in hopes of stretching it out, to no avail so far. I'm a bit afraid that because it's cabled, it won't stretch much. Does anyone know of a way (if there is one) of loosening up a cabled hat?

Monday, March 3, 2008

Married Life


I've got to say, being married is pretty cool. I get to say things like "Could I get my husband a soda?" and "Nice to meet you, I'm Ali's stepmom" (instead of the ever-so-cumbersome "Ali's dad's girlfriend", which always sounded to me both temporary and juvenile, and never failed to evoke a raised eyebrow of homewrecker accusation, which didn't apply to us). Plus I get to have a new name, which is very exciting - even though my mother will always call me by my maiden name. AND I get to spend the rest of my life with this guy. Ahh... life is good.

And the wedding (though it sounds a bit weird to call it that) was perfect. I can't even begin to describe how perfect it was. We got in to Edinburgh, which is a completely lovely city, a bit early so we checked in at the Registrar's Office, where everyone knew who we were (we were the only wedding that day), and were so friendly and excited for us. Mike and I had possibly the best lunch ever around the corner at The Grain Store. After that we met up with my parents and sister, got married, and continued our day with a trip up the Royal Mile to the Castle, then for a pint at the Jolly Judge. Perfect.