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Last night it snowed.  This statement might not seem like a big deal but around here, it is.  It rarely snows.  Rain, yes.  Snow, not really.  Snow shuts the city down for a couple of reasons.  The big reason is that we are second only to San Francisco as one of the hilly-est cities in the US.  If you’ve ever driven in SF when it sunny and dry out.  Now try and picture driving there when it’s rainy, freezing and snowing.  It’s not pretty.  When it snows it’s like we all get a snow day.  Unfortunately for those of us who were hoping for that, we found out that Seattle was prepared for the snow and the commute to work was easy going.  I was hoping to be able to make more cavatelli.  And speaking of cavatelli, I took some photos of Sunday’s cavatelli making.

First, here’s my cavatelli maker, set up and ready to go:

And here’s a quick shot of a dough before becoming cavatelli

This time I made semolina pasta dough.  I think I may try the ricotta dough and see if it goes thru the cavatelli maker or if it will stick.

And here’s the trays of finished cavatelli. They kinda look a little like worms…ewwwww.  Fortunately, they don’t taste like worms.  I ended up with about 2 pounds of cavatelli after all was said and done.

And since I’m talking about food at the moment here’s a shot of the Bella Donna olive mix I got at Big John’s PFI.  They’re amazing good.

And one more food shot and amazing tasting food.  Here’s the chicken shawarma sandwich and greek fries from Mawadda Cafe.

OK, that’s enough food talk.  Today when I got home there was a package for me from my “have a cuppa swap” partner.  This swap was all about yarn and coffee/tea/hot chocolate.  And my swap partner did not disappoint!

It was a great way to come home and unwind!

She sent me some coffee from a local coffee shop and a coffee cup that I have been lusting after for some time now.  The front of the cup says, “You must allow me to tell you,” and the back says…

It’s from Brookish and it’s Mr. Darcy’s botched proposal to Elizabeth Bennet!  I am so excited that she got it for me!  And to add to my excitement, there was candy, and lots of it!  There were 2 packages of licorice (my favorite) and some local artisan chocolates from Chocolate Madness.  I’ll admit that I broke into the chocolates well before I remembered to take a picture of everything.  It was worth it. The creme brulee was inspiring!

And finally, the yarn.  It’s bugga sock yarn by The Sanquine Gryphon.  It’s almost like a washed demin color.  I can’t wait to make some socks of out it!

And now that all that is taken care of, I’m off to do some knitting, drink some coffee and eat some candy!


This weekend was spent sewing.  Along with a few other chores.  Actually I finally got my eyes examined.  It’s been about 3 years since the last time I went.  Besides it being way too overdue, I’ve been wearing glasses from 10 years ago.  So I picked up two new pairs of glasses.  My last pair broke while I was at work… when a box fell on my head and my kick ass Michael Kors glasses took the brunt of the fall.

After getting that taken care of, I spent the rest of Saturday sewing.  I made about 10 little owl sachets.  So by Saturday evening there was a small flock of owls in my house!

I also finished all the pieces for mom’s sweater.  I’m hoping to be able to block it all tomorrow after work so I can start putting it together!

This morning I had to run out to pick up more supplies for more owl sachets.  Then it was off to knitting. For some reason I could not get going with my next knitting project.  So I headed home and got back to sewing.  I made 5 more owl sachets and then 5 catnip toys.  These catnip toys have 1/2 cup of catnip in each one!  I could barely keep my cat away from the sewing machine long enough to sew them up!

The catnip toy and the sachets are up at the etsy store right now!

I’ve been cranking out a bunch of things this week.  First I special holiday card design for a friend and her store up in Shoreline, WA.

Here’s a peek

They’re blank on the inside and depending on the response I may put them up on my etsy store as well.

I also showed my friend the sachets and she loved them.  So I’m in the process of making a few of those for her store as well as my etsy store.  Here’s a better shot of the sachet.  And the cat toys will be the same but without the little ribbon loop.

here’s the silkscreen production line I had going this evening.

and another production line shot.

I’ve got some more screening to do tomorrow after work, but I think I worked out the kinks that I was having the first run of these.  That means this weekend is all about sewing and possibly more silkscreening.  We’ll see how I feel after tomorrow night’s silkscreening.

I spent the afternoon over at the Vera Project.  They are an incredible non-profit, so support them with some cash, go see a show there, or just volunteer.

Since i don’t have the space or the money for a full on silk screening set up, I pay for studio time at the Vera Project and burn some screens and if the studio is quiet, I’ll print up some stuff.

Today I walked in there just wanted to burn a screen of Martin Van Horn so that I could do some printing at home.  I ran into a few problems (mainly not having a high enough mesh on the screen) and Bruno the tech there was a huge help.  I think he was starting to take it personally that it wasn’t working properly.  Thank God he got a bit OCD because I was able to walk away with some pretty cool prints. Check ’em out.  And a bit thanks to Bruno for being OCD and helping me out.

and here’s another one

and another one

and another

and one more

and the last one

And of course all of these are up on Etsy and are for sale… just in case you’re doing some early Christmas shopping.

And as an aside, the paper that I printed on is scrapbooking paper by a company called BasicGrey.  I think they are my new favorite company.  The put out some seriously good stuff.  I can’t wait to do some more shopping around their website.

I suppose the term big success is relative.  But I got my very first positive feedback on etsy!  I’m so glad that the gal was pleased with her order.

And on top of all that, my etsy showcase bit is up!  Check it out – click here, then to the right of the page you’ll see a pull down menu.  Select Jewelry Ring and you’ll see the Blue “I’m not getting any” ring.  I’ll be interested in seeing if any sales come from it and if I get a little more exposure.

It’s been a busy week.  I got the etsy site up and running.  Had my first sale (thanks Bill!) and a couple other sales..

This weekend was spent creating more products!

Here’s just a little sneak preview

and some close ups

I’m really liking the bee hive one.

and finally

and one more for good luck

I also did a couple more rings, but I couldn’t get a good shot of them.  The last two photos are of some “charms” that I did.  They’re made out of shrinky dink film.  I coated them in the resin as well to make them  a bit more substantial and I bit more solid.

This afternoon as i was cleaning the house and taking some garbage out, I noticed Kink, at her post.

Apparently she was waiting for her friend to come and spring her from her gilded cage!

I don’t think I’ve ever seen this cat in the neighborhood before.  He/she was super friendly and rather vocal.  I gave the poor kitty a treat and he/she didn’t seem interested in it.  So I’ll assume that this little feline friend of Kink’s, has a home and it taken care of.

And after a few choice words at the door (aka a hiss or two) Kink’s friend realized that it was a lost cause and took off.

I finally got a few things up on the etsy store! Hopefully I’ll be able to make a few more things this weekend and have them posted.

You can check out what’s already up at:

Since this weekend was a bit crazy – we’re talking a trip to emergency room kinda crazy.  Fortunately I was just there for support.  Not the injured/sick party – I thought I’d take some photos of the yarn that I mentioned in the last post and show my progress on my hopefully Gold Medal winning socks!

The yarn from Hazel Knits that is Mariners themed.

Hazel Knits yarn loves the Mariners!

Hazel Knits yarn loves the Mariners!

The Socks that Rocks yarn.

Socks that Rock!

Socks that Rock!

My birthday present from my super cool knittin’ friend!

the softest yarn ever

the softest yarn ever

My aunt sent me a few things for my birthday as well.  They are linens from my grandmother and my great grandmother.  They’re so beautiful and so delicate.

Grandmas Linens

Grandma's Linens

More of Grandmas Linens

More of Grandma's Linens

Now let’s take a look at some Gold Medal Socks.  Ok, so I haven’t won the gold yet, but I’m hoping I will!  Most of this was knit while at the emergency room and then while watching Michael Phelps crush the french!

The Start of the Gold Medal Winning Socks

The Start of the Gold Medal Winning Socks

The yarn is from Thank Ewe – bought off of Etsy.  Etsy is my new favorite shopping site.  This yarn is amazing to work with and the sock pattern is Fawkes.  There’s a little bit of lace but nothing crazy.  It’s actually been a great pattern to work with.

What is your favorite type of project to take along on holiday/vacation?

I think probably socks for the summer time trips or a few scarves for the “oops I forgot to get them an xmas present.” Maybe even baby sweaters and baby things. I guess smaller projects for the summer months and bigger warmer projects for trips in the winter months.

As for what’s been going on with me… I registered for the Seafair triathlon. It’s this Sunday, so it should be interesting. This will also be the first time that I’ll be racing with men. I’ll be focusing on me and how I’m doing and not so much with people passing me or doing better than me.

I was surfing Etsy the other day and came across some yarn that I would love…

I love paneer. That’s right. I said it. I bought some fresh paneer at the farmers market on Saturday. I threw it into some sauted veggies and dear god, it was amazing. I’ve got to find some recipes I can use with paneer.

I also have been following the advice of the nutritionist. Today was the first day of strict “eat at this time” schedule. So far it’s totally do-able. I need to eat way more protein than I do. And that’s been the tough part. They bought tutta bella pizza today at lunch and I had to pass because there was very little protein on the pizzas they got. It was heartbreaking but I had to stick to my guns otherwise a life change will never stick.

I also snapped a few pictures of Kink enjoying the nice weather.

Here she is in what I call, her happiness pose:


And here she is checking out her new “cabana.” I bought it for her (and Jimbo but it seems as if she’s taken it over) so she can sit in the shade and still be outside and not get too hot.

Kink\'s cabana

The unfortunate thing is, her rear end is a bit large and if she’s in a hurry to get out of the cabana, it follows her.

I also signed up for the Knitting Olympics.  I’ve entered the Sock Put.  Meaning I’ll have to make a pair of socks between the opening ceremony and the closing ceremony.   And they have to be a challenge.  I can’t make a pair of bulky ribbed socks.  I haven’t decided what pattern I want to do yet.  But I have decided that I’d like to get some sock yarn from an Etsy shop.  There’s so many great shops to choose from that I just can’t decide 🙂


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