Friday, August 30, 2013

Friday Chatter?! This is the Madness That is my Life!

WiP: Radian Yoke, Kate Davies' Owls

First! Since it's Labour Day, get free shipping in my shop until September 3rd! This is applicable on any and all orders, new or already listed items. Please use: SHIPFREELDW to receive your discount!! :)

That's right folks, it's been crazy busy. And it's not going to stop this weekend. The picture of the fabric? That's the awesomeness I bought last night to make bags of all sorts for you guys!! Box bags will be available out of all fabrics but the "eyes" fabric on the far left, as that will be made straight into drawstring bags.

Because of the limited quantity of these, I will be adding a "Limited Edition" section to my shop, so keep your eyes peeled!!

I was at IKEA the other day and saw this rug:

I think it would look awesome in my craft room. What do you think?

Fan service shot of one of two big (yarn) balls!

What're you up to this weekend?? I'll be sewing and knitting!! Although tonight I'm going to go to dinner with a friend, and hopefully partake of a couple patio drinks. While knitting on my Radian Yoke. hehe

Have a lovely day! :)

Katie =^..^=

Friday, August 16, 2013

Queue Enhancement: Current Top 6

Amazingly...The only one I don't have yarn for out of these top 6 is the "Neville Sweater." These are also more or less in the order I'll be knitting them (besides the Neville Sweater) Means I better get cracking!






Thursday, August 15, 2013

Onto the Weekend!!

WiP: Radian Yoke by Wendy Bernard; Spanish Peacock by Meg Swansen (You can now see my progress in the "My Projects" under "My Shop" in the sidebar)!
FOs: None

In the plans: 3 custom drawstring bags

Summer has finally arrived in Calgary! The only annoying part is that I'm at work! Booooo. So that means lots of walks and outdoor knitting in the evenings/this weekend!

I plan to do some spinning, the drawstring bags, and some knitting this weekend - I have a couple pairs of felted mittens to finish! I also realized, as I was poking around my craft room the other day, that I need to take photos and post them of the phone cases that I've completed! (Felted and embellished.)

On that note, I hope everyone else is able to enjoy some of the sunshine for me! Time to get cracking so that I can work out in it, too!

Katie =^..^=

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

What I'm Reading Wednesday

I'm having problems deciding what exactly I'm reading! Although the main book right now is:

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) Goodreads

However, I'm also working on:

 The Once and Future King. (The Once and Future King #1-5) Goodreads

So who knows where I will be next week!

Katie =^..^=

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Finishing Means I'm on the Hunt (Kind Of)

WiP: Radian Yoke by Wendy Bernard (In Classic Elite Yarns' Firefly "Green Apple" - love the sheen!); Spanish Peacock by Meg Swansen (In Handmaiden's Silk Lace "Ruby Red" - Gorgeous yarn)
FOs: Itty Bitty Baby Girl Cardie by Sirdar (In Sweet Georgia Yarn's Superwash DK Snapdragon and Cascade Yarn's Superwash 220 Sport, Ivory)

That's right! Everything I have on the needles right now is current projects, which means...I'm making my Ravelry queue grow even more. Although I know what the next project is, and I'm still working on both the Radian Yoke and the Spanish Peacock, so I really shouldn't. However, it's becoming sweater season, and a whole bunch of new cardigans have been posted recently!

But, must stick to the, plan, especially considering that there is Christmas knitting I need to finish now...And my Radian Yoke needs to be finished for October, and the Spanish Peacock for next July. To the grindstone! haha

Let's see...It's one of those weeks where I'm going to be absolutely exhausted, so I think a lot of knitting it going to occur, just because it's something I can practically do in my sleep.

And then this weekend will be sleep and some custom order bags for my future sister (in-law), and general craftiness.

I have posted lots of new items and renewed some old items on my Etsy page - I would greatly appreciate it if you were to take a look. You can just click on the link in the sidebar!

Anyway. Have a lovely evening, my dears. I'm going to work on my Radian Yoke!

Katie =^..^=

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Weekend Completions

FOs: Dallas's cardigan, Wedding #2 blanket, and Etsy postings!! Also, Gemini by Jane Richmond
Next on the needles: Radian Yoke by Wendy Bernard

Indeed, this was the weekend to finish items! I sewed three box bags (one was a complete fail due to a different interfacing I had, so it's mine now), three surprise notions pouches (a surprise because I didn't know I was going to make them until I made them), finished the wedding #2 blanket (it's drying), and Dallas's cardigan (sewed the zipper in on Monday, along with a surprise element I'll tell you about later). And then I finished my Gemini late last night, which was awesome! It needs its ends woven in and a blocking, but I'll do that in a bit - right now, I'm counting it as done.

The last almost-finished UFO right now is the Itty Bitty Baby Cardigan, which needs a collar...So I'll work on that this weekend, maybe, while we're going for a drive. :)

I think I need more three-day weekends! (Can't wait for Labour Day - it's going to be a similar process, except that I'm hoping to get more work on my shawl done that weekend.)

What did you get up to this weekend?

Katie =^..^=

Friday, August 2, 2013

Something Different Friday: 30 Minute "Pork Broth" Noodle Soup

I went home last night, and decided that there are probably a lot of ladies who have to cook for themselves, but don't necessarily have the time to prep items the night or the morning before work.

So, as I threw together my meal last night, I took photos so that you could try the process for yourself!

First, a small pot of water on the stove; turn to high. You want this to boil! Then: BACON! I used hickory smoked, three slices, but the flavouring and amount is up to you. Remember that you want the fat out of the bacon, so I would recommend about three slices for a single serving. 
Boil your bacon. And your noodles.

Choose your veggies and garnishings. I like broccoli in mine, but I have done soups with bamboo, mini corn, mushrooms, etc, etc.
Make sure your soup "base" looks like the picture on the right. See those grease bubbles on the surface? That means your bacon is ready.

Now, a couple parts that I didn't photograph: I cheated and put a chicken bullion cube in with the bacon, and some extra water. I also added a miso soup base, which helped cut down on the hickory smoke flavour the bacon had. Also, add garlic to taste.

As the miso and chicken bases were boiling, I popped the broccoli in to take off the super crunch.

And, voila! Garnish with green onion as desired, and serve. :)

Cute soup bowl not required, but recommended. Hope some of you ladies enjoy!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Exciting News Parts 1, 2, & 3

WiP: Gemini by Jane Richmond (almost there!!!); Wedding #2 Log Cabin Blanket
HF: Slipper
Need to seam: six slippers

Exciting News Part 1!

I'm getting my fall shows lined up! So far:

November 16 - Edgemont Christmas Craft Fair, Edgemont Community Centre (9-3)

November 30 - Handmade Craft Parade, St. Michael School (10-3)

Tentative: December 6 - Mountain Made, Canmore, AB.

I think that'll keep me sufficiently busy for this holiday season, as I am going to be more regularly updating Etsy.

Exciting News Part 2!

I will be able to accept Visa & Mastercard at these markets, as I went and purchased a Square card reader. This means that I can now accept payments via these two large credit card companies.

Exiting News Part 3!

I'm going to be updating Etsy this weekend.

Watch this space, as well as Facebook/Twitter for the updates to come!

Have a lovely day, my dears!

Katie =^..^=