From the monthly archives:

May 2008

fun day!

by Michelle on May 31, 2008

I had so much fun this evening that I almost don’t remember work today. 😀

Twisted had a Lantern Moon trunk show this evening, which was a lot of fun. I’ve never seen so many people in the shop! They brought so much stuff, it was amazing. And beautiful. I coveted lots of things, but satisfied myself with just one gorgeous bag.

I also got to meet Michele and see Adam‘s Lizard Ridge. (It’s GORGEOUS! I can’t wait to see mine all finished and sewn together.)

OH! And I finished the Sorta Charade Socks at work this morning!

After Nik picked me up at Twisted, we went out for a bite to eat at Mickey Finn’s. By the time we got home it was starting to get dark out, so I’m going to wait until tomorrow to take pictures of both the socks and the new bag. And maybe some other stuff. For now, you have links to click. 🙂

Good night!

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minor misinterpretation

by Michelle on May 30, 2008

A few blocks north of us on 72nd, there’s a smallish commercial building on a corner. When I first moved in with Nik–a little over 3 years ago–it was a strip club of some sort. The strip club moved, “For Lease” signs went up and a while later a new business opened. The new place was called “Little Hands Learning Center,” which made me think it was an education-related store or a daycare center or something like that. But then they hand-painted some advertising on the door that said “Kids books, toys, and clothing for sale” which really didn’t help explain what the place actually WAS. Of course, I never went in to find out. It was just one of those mysteries you think about once in a while when you drive by on the way home from work.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the place eventually closed and the “For Lease” signs went up again.

Recently, we were driving by on our way home from work and I suddenly noticed a new sign: “Pins & Needles”

What?! I did a really fast double-take. Could it be a sewing shop? Or something else crafty? Within a few blocks of my HOUSE?

But…no. “Pins & Needles” is an acupuncture clinic!


…I did just discover that there’s a new shop down Woodstock from us, though, that looks promising. I think it’s more art than craft, but it has prominent signs about classes. Will have to go check it out one of these days. 🙂

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knitting firsts

by Michelle on May 25, 2008


Emma asked us to post a “first” in knitting, and initially I couldn’t really think of anything. I’m pretty adventurous, so there isn’t much I’ve *never* tried. Perhaps my imagination is failing me, though. 😀

However, I did recently learn a new technique which I used on my Twisted Sky Socks: knitting socks on two circular needles. Here they are again:

Twisted Sky Socks

I love this technique so much that I’ve also used it for my latest pair, the Sorta Charade Socks:

Sorta Charade Sock

These aren’t quite finished yet–I’ll get a much better picture once they are.

The Sorta Charade Socks are another first for me. I started out making a pair of the popular Charade Socks (I think you have to be on Ravelry to get the pattern), but ended up adapting that pattern to the sky architecture (used in my Twisted Sky Socks) from Cat Bordhi’s book, New Pathways for Sock Knitters. Basically, I ended up taking the stitch pattern from Charade and putting into the Master Sky sock architecture from the book. Not quite an original design, but fun and unique!

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i made it!

by Michelle on May 24, 2008

The week was a bit grueling, but it’s finally Friday. Yay! And it’s a 3-day weekend! YAY!

And even better, I actually get ALL THREE days off!

[For those of you new to my blog…let’s just say that there are certain things that really suck about working in payroll. For instance: holidays. Most of the time, holidays force us to either work on the holiday, or work an extra day during the week to make up for having had the holiday off. People have to get paid on time, holiday or no! Memorial Day–this year anyway–does not interfere with our payroll schedule. Yay!]

I made it to Twisted three days in a row this week! The weather has been pretty yucky, so I’ve been taking the bus even though it’s only a little over a mile from my office. I get off the bus about a block and a half from the shop, crossing two small streets. You’d think that’d be a pretty safe way to go, wouldn’t you?

I almost got run over today.

The bus lets me off on a two lane, one-way street. I always cross the side street first, to give the bus a chance to get by and because I have to wait for the rest of the traffic to clear anyway before I can cross the one-way street. So, as usual, I waited for all the traffic to clear (there’s a traffic signal at the previous intersection) and then crossed the street. I made it halfway across when a woman driving a huge silver SUV turned left onto the one-way street from the other side. She stopped in time, with tires squealing as I jumped sideways away from her car.

I don’t think she was any closer to me than, oh, 6 feet, but it was scary!

Now I’m looking forward to a quiet weekend, with lots of time to rest. And lots of knitting, I hope.

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oops, i kinda forgot

May 23, 2008

Yesterday was the first time I’ve missed posting something during the whole month of May. Between just being exhausted and then being up late watching American Idol (I had to see if David Cook was going to beat David Archuleta!), I just lost track and went to bed without posting. Oh well, I’m still doing […]

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surprising shot of our house on google maps

May 19, 2008

Haha. I just mapped an address for Nik, which turned out to not be all that far from our house (sadly, it was in reaction to some crime story on the news…). While looking at just how close to our house it was, I noticed something… The latest Google image of our neighborhood shows our […]

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whew, i’m tired

May 18, 2008

It’s a good kind of tired today, though. I went out with Nik this morning to do some yardwork. There’s still lots more than needs to be done, but I pulled out some of the worst of the weeds and poisoned the ones that are growing in places like seams in the sidewalk while Nik […]

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tv night

May 17, 2008

We’ve been catching up on our shows tonight, since it’s too hot tonight to do anything that requires movement. We just watched last night’s episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and Lost. Lost is making it so worth having stuck it out this far! I can’t wait for more! Too bad all that’s left is the season […]

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about me…

May 16, 2008

This week’s assignment is to write a brief biography. Considering that I don’t even have an “about me” section on this blog yet, this seems like an opportunity to me! Before I get to that, though, I just have to say one thing. This is some of the best news I’ve heard in a long […]

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on the street today

May 15, 2008

Around 4:00 this afternoon, I was sitting at a table on the sidewalk outside of Grand Central Bowl, waiting for Nik to pick me up. (We went on a work outing, bowling and food at Grand Central. That place is NICE!) The weather was beautiful and I had 15-20 minutes to kill, so of course […]

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