Thursday, March 26, 2009


So yesterday was my 2nd of 2 days off in a row which is unusual for me so I took ful advantage of the 50 degree weather and got on my bike. I put Frank in a bag and we rode over to williamsburg to visit friends and go to the park. I was a bit worried about Frank as he hasn't been acting himself. Sleeping all the time, no energy - I fed him some sugar water in hopes of it perking him up a little but he is still sleeping. My true test was to bring him to the dog park to see if he got excited and he did so, I figure it can't be anything too bad. I'm going to switch his food - this natural, organic stuff is making him weird.

Another one of our missions yesterday was to drop this off with Ly :

She is one of the only people I know that actually uses little cases for her iPhone and she had asked me for one of these in the past so I whipped her one up. I used the koigu yarn I used for my little ballerina feet slippers. Turned out quite nicely with the little draw string!

Something else that has been consuming my days off is redecorating my apartment. It all started with my bathroom. I don't have a before picture but at one point there were 4 mirrors running all down one wall beside the toilet. One by one the mirrors started falling off (or being ripped off by someone who may or may not have been a little drunk and/or cleaning) so, we (the roomate and I) decided to start planing a newer prettier wall. On wed, I got a hair up my ass to get it done so I went out and got :

1 peice of cardboard
1 exacto knife
1 can of white spray paint
1 gallon of grey paint

and voila! :
The finished product that is now our bathroom! I had my man friend draw the tree's & branches and I cut them out, painted the half wall grey (the wall on the left had already been done) and spray painted the hell out of the bathroom! I'm so happy with the way it turned out. We've been needing something more in our bathroom and now we have it! I could do with a couple more mirrors but, I'm not sure how our guy roomate will feel about mirrors being EVERYWHERE.

My other project of this "weekend" was to repaint this kickass table I bought off the back of a truck for 5$ See before :

I sanded the hell out of it, probably more than I needed to but - whatever. Then I painted it Foot Hill by Benjamin Moore. The color of it online does it no justice. I like to think of it as baby vomit green :

Anyway, I am all photo-ed up : I have more pictures of all of these things on my flickr and I have to try to somehow make my back stop hurting before I work tonight.

ok, one more photo... tomorrow we will celebrate miss Vanessa Bley's birthday - I'm sure it will amount to more photos. I am excited.


Monday, March 23, 2009


My trip to LA photos are finally edited and posted up in my flickr. Right after I got back my answer to all the "how was it?" questions was something along the lines of - I love my friends, shopping is awesome but I will never, ever live there again. This is still true but I would like to say - I had fun. It was awesome. My friends in L.A are great. Many thanks to those of you who saved me from my early rising mornings and took me on adventures. Being at the mercy of others with no car is a bit of a pain in the ass but, I sorted it out.

I also bought a million things for my shop that I have been slowly adding day by day. Also - I am going to be making jewlery!! Yay!

A couple photos of course : 1. Dance party at The Bar on Bronson. 2. My best friend Katie has never loved anything more than she loves this cat (well maybe she has but, she really loves her cat Prince). 3. Obligatory "I'm on the beach with palm tree's" shot of myself. 4. The littlest jellybean entertaining herself in the sand in Venice.

I have a couple FO's as well! Just full of photos today -

Lady Arms:
Yarn : 2 balls Frog Tree Merino Worsted in black
Needles : US 5 dpns
Pattern : Improvised - I actually kept track of how I made this pattern - I think I may get some better photos and write it out - post it up on the ole' Rav.

Next up is Missoni Inspired Cowl :
Yarn: 3 balls RY Classic yarns - Bamboo Soft in taupe
Needles : US 6 cic 36" needle

It was a nightmare to knit with such small needles. Same thing, over and over and over and over... I was glad to be finished. I was hoping it would be a little wider but, it's good enough. I like it. I still need to weave in the ends.

I am trying to use the yarn in my stash before I go buying new yarn so I have no sweaters/tops in my near future but, can someone reccomend me something cool to make with 215-240 yds of cotton yarn?? I am stumped.


My best friend started her own etsy shop!! Hand made awesome jewlery!!

Monday, March 16, 2009


So, I have yet to upload my real camera's pictures. Not that I've taken a million of them anyway but - I have a few gem's. So for now I will post camera phone and photobooth pictures until I get that done. Meet my friend Mel. I love her very very much and I am sad that we don't get to see eachother more often. I'm soon going to start a petition to get her to come visit me in New York. She hasn't been since I've lived there and I think thats a bit ridiculous. She does the make-up like me and is classified as one of my "besties".

Moving on, I've become an aunt. This is Zues the baby italian greyhound. He is currently sitting in my lap curled up like a little leggy i'mhyperallthetimebutirhgtnowi'mgoingtobeadorable puppy face. I want to bring him home to be Frank's brother but, I don't think my best friend would like that very much. He is the cute, I am in like. He is 4 months old and like's to pee under the kitchen table which get's him in trouble so I hope he learns very soon that, that is not a good idea. (Please excuse the "I just woke up" face)

I am excited to go home for sure. This trip has established for me that I love New York SO much. It's way more my speed. Driving everywhere, having so much free time - not really my thing anymore. I have changed since I've moved to New York for what I think is the MUCH better. Different life phases I suppose.

I got a little bit of knitting done yesterday, I think I'll be finished my arm warmers by the time I get back to new york. I have 5.5 hours on a plane to get it all done tomorrow.

I almost bought a taxidermied chipmunk yesterday but, due to the economy - the price has gone way up from what I remember so I didn't buy it. I did buy some byson teeth though which I plan to make earrings with when I get home and put up in my shop!

Well, I'm off to spend my last day in the sun.
Good morning :)

Hope the day is wonderful for everyone.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Well, I'm here in Los Angeles for the first time since I moved 2.5 years ago. I have to admit its a little strange being back and being somewhat familiar with where I am but not being familiar at the same time. I'm staying with my best friend in her new house being leader of the animal kingdom. There are 2 italian greyhounds here - Apollo Pete who is the neverending-iwanttocuddleforever-dog and Zues who is 4 months old and a complete maniac. Prince the hairless cat is roaming around here somewhere too.

I am about to run out the door so I"m pictureless but, I'll get some uploaded soon.

Its funny how you think that you're going to knit endlessly when you're on vacation and yet I haven't touched my knitting bag since I got off the plane. I did get the chance to finish an armwarmer on the plane though! One more to go!

Also, missoni inspired cowl is coming along but goddamn is it ever boring knitting the same thing over and over and over and over... and over.

Yay for nice weather.

I still love New York way more than Los Angeles.

But, shopping in L.A win's times 1000 over New York - goodies for the etsy coming up soon!!


Saturday, March 7, 2009


I should be doing laundry right now but, I got caught up in editing old phtoos that I've uploaded and not touched in 2 months. I'm a little behind on the times. I worked at my old bar last night and it reminded me why I'm not a bartender anymore. Last call being at 4am is really mean to bartenders in New York on friday and saturday nights. Its totally inevitable that you won't be able to get out of the bar until at leaaaast 5am because how the hell does one girl get 25 drunk people out of a bar when they still have full drinks (because of course I serve right up till 4am - gotta make that money)? I ended up sitting at the end of the bar at 445am last night pouting at my barback hoping he will just kick them all out for me. Needless to say, it worked. I woke up at 1pm today - record time for me as of late considering I've been waking up at 8am everyday.

I have knit 2 things (and I'm on my 3rd) since I finished my cardigan which reminds me that I haven't updated in a while. I have no good reason for not updating but, you know. It happens. Heres a few photos of my FO's :

meret beret (ravelry)
yarn: Lion Brand LB Collection 100% Cashmere
needles : size US 7 16" circulars
size : LG with 1 extra repeat
notes : I should have done one more pattern repeat but, I was scared already that I wasn't going to have enough yarn to finish the hat because the pattern called for 200 something yds. I ended up with a bunch of extra yarn (but of course, not enough to knit something else of decent size) and my had is a TAD smaller than I'd like it to be. Before blocking I was terrified that I hated it. I put it on my head and the shrunken little thing just looked like a weirdly shaped beanie so, I did the dinner plate trick and drenched that bastard hat! Now - Its pretty :)

Frank's end of winter sweater - improvised pattern.
yarn : something half acrylic from italy that my roomate bought me for my birthday
needles : US 8's DPNs
notes : I could have made this a little bit bigger but I was scared he was going to get pee all over it so I decided to stop a little short on the underbelly. I also decreased a few stitches too many around the sides so when he runs around in the sweater it kind of ends up looking a little bit like a cape. But, he seems to like it - I like it so we're all happy.

I should be doing laundry right now but, its one of my most hated chores (notice how I keep mentioning the laundry - that's me telling myself to get off my lazy ass). I would rather clean 10 toilets than do laundry. I almost feel the same way about the dishes but, I think I'd rather do the dishes than do laundry. I have no idea why laundry plagues me so much but - I hate it, and I think hate is a strong word.

On tuesday, my co-worker and I decided that we were going to dress up for work for our own entertainment reasons. This proved to be quite successful and entertained the customers at the same time! I'm not sure about a few of them - I think they thought I actually liked to wear red lip liner with light pink lipstick and cut off shorts in the middle of winter. Viva white trash tuesday!

Okay, I guess I'll go do laundry.


p.s - I added a few buttons to my scarfy - cardi and it's so damn sexy. I will have to post some pictures of me wearing it out in the world.
p.s.s - I go to LA in 5 days!
p.s.s.s - This is my inspiration for what I'm currently knitting (stollen from restless grace's blog)