Category Archives: knitting

Hello, goodbye.

Hallo, Loves. I just wanted an excuse to say Hallo. I’ve been reading Tara Road and the Irish say Hallo, instead of Hello. So, Hallo = Hello. Cool, huh?

I quit my job. and I am focusing on knitting. (but I am still looking for a perfect job..which would be a school secretary of some sort) Anywayzzz, I’ve moved blogs. I am now here: www.gildaknits.blogspot.com Come and say hi, mmkay?

Merry Christmas y’all!

<3,
mommarocks

craft show & goodwill

Saturday, I had another craft show. It was busy, but slow for me. If that made sense. The lady next to me, with her knock off Coach & Gucci purses, made a killing. I sold 2 fingerless mitts, a pumpkin hat, two pixie adult hats, and I got a custom order for a newborn baby set. Not too bad, but I spent all of my profit on some alpaca wool at a different booth. Ack, I am such a yarn freak! Here’s my blurry shot of my booth:

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I learned a bunch this past weekend. Mainly,
1. Get up, don’t knit, talk to the peeps. They’ll buy more!!
2. Try & focus your efforts on 3 things. Having too many different items is overwhelming. I think I’ll keep diversity in my shop, but for shows, I’ll focus on streamlining.

Oh. And I was thinking, ‘everyone knits.’ Right? So, I think it’s high time I started to learn how to spin & hand dye. And also, I need to get all of my patterns written down. I’ve started taking photos of complicated things I do, so I am getting there….

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Today, I went shopping at Goodwill. I love Goodwill. I haven’t had me a good trip to the Goodwill in a while though. I decided I have enough vintage sheets – and anyway, they’re starting to charge 5.99 and upwards for them – so I made a bee line for the dresses. And wouldn’tyaknowit, I ran into someone I knew. So, we gabbed and gabbed and gabbed some more. All gossip about the school system. See, once you become a parent, that’s just what happens. You gab and gossip about the whats and whys and doings of the school system, because you pay taxes and your kids go there doggonit, so you’ve got a say. RIGHT? Right. Anyway, the conversation got me all charged and ultimately gave me some good Goodwill juju.

I ended up with a Bitter coat (by SJP – that line is no longer available, so this was a major FIND!!), Gap jeans, and a Target sweater. All for under 20 dollahs. So, here I am modeling it for ya:

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Tomorrow, I take the test for the city clerk position. I am so nervous!! I went to the library and got books on grammar. I’ve taken the sample tests and it isn’t looking good. I’m just not a test person. I panic. I sweat. My hands get a clammy and my mind goes blank. So, wish me luck for tomorrow.

❤ mommarocks

Life lessons & cool photos

I’m baaaack.

Last night, as I lay my head to sleep, I was thinking about this lil ol blog. How I’ve neglected it for so long. And I couldn’t wait to wake up to post again, to give this blog some lovin’. But, as it turns out, my daughter had a temp and I kept her home from school. So, this is my first chance to write somn’ (she’s napping).

What I was thinking about is that I want to start keeping a log of things that I’ve learned in my life. You know, leave a little legacy for my blogworld. So, without further ado, here’s what I came up with last night:

Life lessons number one:

1. Never, ever, ever buy a used vacuum cleaner.

Now, ponder that whilst I show you my photos of what I’ve been doing for the last few weeks:

We went to the drive in with some buddies:
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L had a fashion show with a friend:
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L got her ears pierced:
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L has been obsessing about American Girl. These dollies are filling that void until she gets one for Christmas (which we never promised, but she seems to think so):
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I had a crafting/ice cream party:
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I finally wrote down one of my knit patterns. And two of my friends test knit it. Here’s my version:
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(but check out my friend Kristy’s

I had my first craft show of the season (there’s tons left…it’s only October!!)
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I went on a date night with my man. This is where we had dinner. They had a mashed potato bar. YUMMMM
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and this is where we headed after that:
(pic from the rooftop bar at Crave in downtown MPLS)
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I had chai with my friend:
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And then took photos at Lake Calhoun:
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Another friend bought a custom order of my very own pattern – in teal. And I crocheted a flower. I must say, it is pretty dang cute!
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This crow was in our backyard for a few days. Really creeped me out.
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And since I didn’t do justice for our Winnipeg Photos, here were my favorite two from our trip:
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And that’s it in a nutshell.

Good day. The sick one just stirred….

When I grow up, I wanna be a farmer.

Have I ever told you about my dream to be a farmer? Yes, it is kinda a little peculiar considering I know absolutely nothing about farming. Well, except for my teeny tiny garden in the backyard. And my frequent trips to Gale Woods Farm. My husband knows someone who started a farm with some buddies & they sell their organic eggs & chickens at local coops. And occasionally, a friend or two or three or four (I live in MN, y’allz) will reminisce about their days growing up on the farm. And I am always in awe.

Oh how I wish I was a farmer, yeehaw.

But I don’t want to be any old farmer. I want to be a sheep farmer. I want to have tons of sheep and love them like my little babies and then when the time is right, I want to take all of their wool (but very, very gently, I promise) and spin it and then knit with it. All the while, I want to live in a century old house that I decorate with lots of color and have lots of parties with the locals and go to the farmer’s markets and have retreats at my century old colorful house.
Wait a minute. This kinda sounds like Kristin Nicholas.
Oh My Gawd, Becky, I wanna be Kristin Nicholas.
I am kinda, kinda not, embarrassed about this revelation.
The really, really, really, really cool thing is……..she is coming to Minnesota to teach at the Creative Connection Vogue Knitting Day.
I want to go, but gosh darn, tickets are out of my price range. I might just do a la cart and sign up for one of Kristin’s classes.
Or……perhaps I will win free tickets. (Okay, everyone, cross your fingers!!!)
(((p.s. I washed my custom fit ruffled tablecloth and it shrunk. duh!)))

Hello, it’s me.

Hey homies. I love summer!!!! I am not going to count the days until the end. Oh no. I am going to keep on keeping on….
Here’s what’s been goin’ on:
*It was our turn for Cooking Club. (Our theme was a Luau. We even did the LIMBO!)

*Doesn’t this look yummy?:

*We had the kids over, too, this time.

*I put some new items in the shop.

*DS’s baseball team all of sudden got really good the last couple of games. We won this game. The coach is pointing to all of the kids who made awesome plays. It really was exciting. They made it to the game before the championship game. But that was still pretty good. (considering the season. shh, I didn’t say that.)


*My niece came to one of the games. I think she was good luck. Here she is with DD:

*I have been working on my own knit designs. Here is a simple harter top. I am going to add fabric to make it into a little hippie top that can be a dress for a toddler and a top for older kids.

*Of course, I have been working in the garden. Does anyone know what this succulent is called (1st & last pic)? It started as just a little succulent close to the ground and then boom this year it is tall. I hope it does something fun next year, too. (I hope it doesn’t die.) (p.s. middle pic is lavender.)

*Look, my little baby is this close to riding a bike without training wheels.

*And look at this – she also finished T-ball this week. Her team won. So did the other team. (That’s how T-ball rolls ’round here.)

*We went to Valleyfair. (Amusement park)

*DH is the only one that rides the rollercoasters. The rest of us ride the kiddie rides:

*I made chalkboards for the kids. This is my new (& brilliant) chore chart idea.

*And last, but not least, I sewed a table cloth. It is custom fit and with ruffles! I am oh so proud.

**********That’s all dudes & dudettes. I’ll be back again soon….. xxoo mommarocks

Mothers day with my peeps.

Today is Mother’s day. I always feel like it’s a bonus birthday day. I always get a present and I always get to do what I want for the day. And I wanted to go to the Shepherd’s Wool Festival.
I was so giddy.
And overwhelmed.
And it was weird, but I felt like I was with my “peeps.”
I’ve never felt like that before.
I’ve never been so ‘into’ something before.
I’ve always been a dabbler. I’ll probably always be a dabbler.
But now I am a full on KNITTER.
Yo knitters, represent.

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Now, I must get back to knitting the sweater pattern I just started. It’s something I am actually making myself. I hardly ever.

Happy Mother's Day!

oh deary me…

You’re wondering how my trip to Disney World was. Well, it was FANTABULOUS! I took over 700 photos and edited them down to 480. Yet, I picked out my faves and created a collage just for your amusement:

I’ve been home for a week. But my goodness, it sure does take a lot to get back into the swing of things. Laundry! Sleep schedules! Etc.
And I had to get my postcards for the postcard swap in order. Good thing my kids were excited to help me. Here’s another collage of our process:

I sent out 10 postcards to places all over the world: Canada, Hungary, Germany, and many places in the US.
To date, I have received 4 very awesome postcards of my own; the art work of these artists is ahhhhmazzzing!
Well, my Spring Boutique is in just over 2 weeks so I have a lot of finishing up to do. Mainly a lot of sewing. My sewing machine is in the basement and it’s so cold down there, even when I crank up the heat. And not only that, but the weather has been uber nice here this week. Not as nice as Florida, but still nice. So, my family and I have been spending a lot of time outside.
I am very anxious to garden. BUT I KNOW BETTER! There was a huuuge line at the garden center this weekend. I couldn’t blame them, I wanted to get a head start, too. But alas, wouldn’t ya know it – the weather just turned and snow shall be coming by weekend.
Anyway, I wanted to share something with you before signing off…it’s my new favorite site:
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and look at this:
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Too cool. I need to seriously start getting into yarn bombing…..