Saturday, June 30, 2007

Contest Time

We've been busy over here at Chez Wannabe enjoying the summer and all that it entails. Well....okay, maybe not enjoying the 110 degree heat, but nonetheless doing what we can to beat it and stay cool. This has involved countless hours in the pool, playing games inside (hello, 110!) and quite a bit of baking. I was inspired by A Friend To Knit With and her "Cookie of the Week" project she did with her the Buggernut and I have been doing some baking every week. Not necessarily cookies every week, but something baked. I plan on doing this all summer long. :)

So, I think a contest is long overdue, don't you? I'm going to have 2 prizes. One for a knitter and one for a non-knitter. First, let me indulge you with some cuteness.

The 'Nut and I baked for a Rescue bake sale. We made Snickerdoodles and used boxes a la Martha to package them beautifully. And of course, had to make a few dozen more to share with neighbors and fill our tummies. :)

This past week we made Sara's Strawberry Muffin recipe. These were OUT OF THIS WORLD amazing. Again, cupcake liners a la Martha. Notice the color choice. Ehem.

So here's the scoop. My little helper went thru a big change this week. If you've read the blog for a while you know that I post lots of pics of her. If you can correctly guess the change, you will be entered into a drawing for one of 2 yummy prizes. There is a big hint in one of the pictures of her.

Prize #1 will be for knitters: A custom "Wannabe" skein of sock yarn from the very talented The Plucky Knitter.
Prize #2 for the non-knitters: A pair of pretty earrings from current Etsy addiction.

You have until Tuesday, July 3 to leave me a comment to be entered into the drawing. Happy Guessing!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Yarny Goodness

MMMMMMMMMMM, there's nothing like getting 2 delish packages in the mail. I'm not talking boxes of chocolates or cookies or even brownies (however, if anyone feels like sending any of the aforementioned to me I would not drive the UPS delivery man away)...I'm talking about yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarn. I'm trying to purchase by project now which is a big difference from how I'd buy yarn in the past. I would haphazardly throw skein upon skein into the shopping basket (virtual or not) and THEN wonder what in the name of kaleidoscope I was going to do with it. *Of course, this EXCLUDES sock yarn...hello, does not count as stash.

Anywho, KnitPicks had a summer sale a week or so ago and while perusing (and slightly salivating), I found the perfect yarn for a project I REALLY want to make....the BSA Cropped Cardigan. Does someone think I might have a :thing: for BSA patterns? Anywho, 8 skeins of Andean Treasure in Woods Heather jumped into my virtual basket. I got all 8 for around $25...hello, this is 100% BABY FREAKING ALPACA! This beats the yarn the pattern calls for which would have run me about $75...cough. I've heard nothing but good things about Andean Treasure and I can't wait to swatch and knit this up. Yummy.

The other package consisted of goodies from a blogiversary contest I won over at A Knitted Frenzy. Kim totally spoiled me with The Yarn Harlot's new book and a skein of Socks That Rock Mediumweight in Harlotty! THANK YOU KIM!

Now if I could only figure out a way to make the bills come in fibery form. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Game of Charades

As promised, I give you Charade sock number one...

Pattern: Charade Socks by Sandra Park
Yarn: Yarn Pirate Superwash Fingering Merino in Rosie gifted to me from Sarah
Needles: Susan Bates Size 1 DPNs
Mods: I just picked up a few more stitches in the gusset...18 instead of 16 and kept those 2 extra on each side when I knit the foot to accomodate for the wideness in my foot. That's it. This pattern ROCKS!

That Sandra is a genius. This is the most fun sock pattern of all time. As she suggested, I rented Charade to watch while I knit sock number 2....le sigh...nothin' better than Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant together.

And I'm determined not to have SSS (Second Sock Syndrome) on these so here's the proof in the pudding.

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Craft Love

Seems my Buggernut wants to be like her mama in serious ways these days. The other day she asked for needles and knitting (her word for yarn)...of course, I jumped at that and cast on a few stitches for her on super huge needles. She sat for a while and played but she didn't want me to teach her the real way to knit. She kept saying...No mama, *insert her real name here* will do it. Apparently another trait I've passed on...being a big know-it-all and seriously independent. LOL!

In crafting news...the other night, my aunt, cousin and I went out for a Girl's Night. We had dinner at Sautee followed by pottery painting at As You Wish. Here's what I very own ice cream bowl.

I like. Now everyone knows I have a "thing" for ice cream. I have to have it almost every I have my very own bowl. Guess that means I shouldn't eat from the pint of Haagen-Dasz anymore, right? ;)

In knitting news, I've given up on the idea that I would finish the BSA Rectangle Shawl in time for The Mister's grandma's 90th birthday, so it's on the back burner for Christmas knitting. Really, I was sooo bored knitting this. It has a 10 row repeat but meh...there are so many other things I want to knit right now. Here she is stalled with about 2 balls knit with Louisa Harding Grace Wool-Silk.

Tomorrow, pics of Charade Sock #1 done and sock #2 on the needles.

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Happy Father's Day both of my dads...3000 miles away from me, but close to my heart.

And to my Buggernut's daddy.....your daughter adores you. You are calm, gentle, kind and loving in every way to her and I am so thankful for you. I hope you have a fantastic day today.

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Friday, June 15, 2007

Grateful Friday

Have a fab weekend. Knitting pics and updates after the weekend!


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Monday, June 11, 2007

Supporting "Indie"

I've been on an "indie" kick for a while now. I think it's so important to buy from small businesses especially businesses that are run out of a home. I've been a work from home mom and it's tough stuff to balance work with life...since I only really dabble now with my cloth diapering business and don't rely on it for income anymore (mostly just Etsy and yarn purchases...snort), I try to pass the torch and support others in their endeavors. I have a few favorite indie designers/sewers/artists that I'd like to share with you. Please check them out and support their work. In doing so, you give opportunity to another woman who without the support wouldn't be able to do what they love to do most, create.

The Plucky Knitter - breathtakingly beautiful hand dyed sock and laceweight yarn with colorways inspired by her favorite things
This Is Spiffy - gorgeous stitch markers & jewelry
MaryMo - handmade bags, pouches, art and knitwear
Scout's Swag - gorgeous yarns, knitting bags, and notions
TinkerWithThis - jewelry, pouches, hand stamped tees and baby items, gorgeous bags

Please feel free to share some of your favorite indie businesses with me in the comments so I can check them out! :)

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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

::i love:: wednesdays

::i love::

:the way my husband's legs entangle with mine while we sleep
:my daughter's laugh when she's being tickled
:candles burning
:a full fridge
:ripe organic blackberries
:talking to my grandma on the phone while she mashes potatoes
:my curls blowing in the wind
:looking forward to thursdays
:knitting socks
:audrey hepburn movies
:altoids cinnamon gum
:clean toaster ovens
:feeling accomplished after cleaning said toaster oven for over an hour
:loving that i can love


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Friday, June 1, 2007

Grateful Friday

This week I am grateful for:


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musac love

XM Station 818 - Flight 26

podcast love


The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer


Fringe, Mad Men, Man vs. Wild


Vegan Yummy


Coffee with soy milk


Every moment of my day is exercise..hello, I chase after a 4 year old!


Clapotis, Donyales Socks, Highly Regarded Mitts, Berry Hill Mitts, Philadelphia Eagles Broadripples

doin' this


spoil me handmade

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