Dig This!

I'm officially a federal archaeological technician for the summer! Woo hoo!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, just had to celebrate in public for a sec. Gotta go study for a test so that I'll still be a student "in good standing" by the time I have to start working. ;)

Happy, happy, joy, joy....

Knit Wit.

Man, I could only dream of having this kind of dedication. Check out these chicks on Craftster and the Knit Lit blog. Weeks of swatching, ripping, and repeating. All in the name of beating the system and replicating a totally cute bag instead of shelling out a boatload of cash. A totally cute FERRAGAMO bag!* These are some ambitious gals. I can't wait to see what they come up with. Must. Find. Yarn. I know somebody who would love one of those as a present. Or I could just make one and keep it for a change. Hmm. Me likely that idea.

*This is what happens when you wear designer suits that somebody else (read: MOMMY) bought you to interviews all week... you get pricey things that you don't usually care about and probably can't ever afford on the brain ;)


Kissin' the Blarney Stone

Something totally new happened while we were on vacation. (Unfortunately it was while I was someplace where there was no decent internet connection and had noplace to download/upload my pictures to, but what can ya do?) Drumroll please...

Our FIRST wedding anniversary was on St. Patrick's Day!!!

Miraculous? Well, sort of. I was never the kind of person to commit myself to something for eternity and then some. So getting married really was "the plunge" for me. Dan, on the other hand, was always ready. How often does that happen? Usually it's the other way around.

Anyhow, that's us up there. Fresh from the courthouse and wandering around Tippecanoe Place getting our picture taken.

Our parents got us the same lovely hot tub suite at a nice hotel that we had for our honeymoon. It was nice to relax and read a book (and not a textbook) for a change. And lounging in a huge-ass tub was really cool, too! No homework, no deadlines, nowhere to be, just hanging out.


Bad Kitty.

Check it out...

Deceivingly cute cat:

Carnage suffered by brand new bag of cat food at the hands (paws?) of deceivingly cute cat:

That's right. He ripped it open while we were out for dinner and decided to cram his head in and chow down. This bag is something like 15 or 20 lbs. of cat food - mega size to tiny Siamese cats. If he wasn't so darn cute we would have figured out a some kind of punishment. Instead we picked him up, looked at him and caved in. You can tell he was like, "Hehehe... Now I know I've got you wrapped around my whiskers and more destruction will follow!" Surprisingly, this is chewing incident #2... the first one involved the spine of one of my brand new yoga books. Let's just say it has a gaping hole in it, too.

So this is a large post today. And the good news is that there's some crafty business to display. :) First, cathedral windows square pillow with some snazzy brightly colored Amy Butler fabric:

Second, a four-patch pillow that has some chenilled silk going on.
I got a ton of dupioni silk in Chicago a couple of years ago and have been using it sparingly here and there. Somewhere I found an article about how to do the whole sewing and slicing and dicing of the fabric to make it fuzzy on the edges and decided to try it out with the silk. It looks kind of neat. Here's a few closeups of the edges. They're quite colorful.

And that's all she wrote.


Sock Rock It!!!!!!

Okay, so I've watched too many B-grade movies by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. I know I'm not the only person with a copy of "Orgazmo" in my dvd collection - perhaps just the only person willing to admit it, though.

But on to the real reason we're here:
Jaywalkers. More specifically, those socks I've been knitting for my Holiday Sock XChange buddy, Jessie. (And yes, I am fully aware that it's practically St. Patrick's Day... the yarn had issues getting itself into my mailbox and then I was slow on sock #2.) But here they are in all their wooly glory. I used 5 skeins of Artyarns Supermerino in color number 111. I still have a decent sized ball of skein 5 left. Not really enough to do much with unless you're making crazy left-over socks or something. Might have to give it to my mom and her friend Carol to see if they can figure out something to do with it. They're crafty ladies.
Here's a closeup of the cuff and beginning of the leg.
Sock-tastic, n'est-ce pas? Soitanly!

Well, now I have to work on the dreaded baby shower gift. I'm making a photo quilt for my cousin using family baby pictures courtesy of my uncle. I have a layout for it and all the supplies, just need to print the photos onto fabric and cut out the other pieces. Might just get the top done by next Saturday (when the shower is) but I'm going to try to finish it completely even if that means dragging my machine in the car and finishing it up at my mom's house. I just hope she likes it.