Friday, January 31, 2014

A Snowy NY Day

Last Saturday was a lovely snowy day and a good 15 degrees warmer than the rest of the week.  A perfect day to meet up with a friend and wander about.  First stop was a place I have been meaning to visit since I saw a DIY project on Pinterest, Guerra Paint and Pigment, 510 East 13th Street between Avenues A and B.  This place was love at first sight.  Shelf after shelf of jars full of pigment, metallic pigment, interference pigment, glitter of all sizes and the paint and binders to use with them.  The presentation is very no frills, simple jars, which frankly make the product even better.  The girl who helped me was incredibly nice, showed me things she thought I would like but wasn't pushy.  If you are someone who loves a good art supply store you should definitely stop by. 

A wall in Guerra

The next stop was the Strand.  I met up with my new-to-the-city KDrama friend who had not been yet.  Luckily Saturdays are very crowded so I was unable to gather a stack of books the size of a small child like I've been known to do.  My TBR pile is far too large already.  I will share my all time favorite Strand find though, an out of print Dolly Parton biography that I found on a very high (I needed a ladder and I am quite tall) top shelf.  When I took off the dust jacket the book was shiny gold and silver.  

Next we walked through a much smaller than normal green market in Union Square.  Apparently most of the vendors packed up early due to the snow but a few vendors stuck it out and their booths looked ridiculously pretty.  I love the Catskill-Merino stand.  Their yarn is not heavily processed, still smells a bit like sheep, and is full of lanolin so it feels really lovely to touch.  If I am ever having a bad day, I like to loiter around their stand because it smells like Rhinebeck. 

A warm glowing produce stand.
That will be all for today.  My list of favorite places is long and growing and I look forward to sharing more of them.  I will leave you with a few pictures of a snowy Union Square.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Pollen and Bubbles Revisited

 I am super excited to announce that this month the Pollen and Bubbles hat pattern is being included in the KnitCrate Int/Adv box.  For anyone unfamiliar, KnitCrate is a knitting subscription service, like magazines but you get yarn, patterns and other goodies.  They have a bunch of other different subscription options like Beginner, Indie Dyers, Baby, Sock, and ect.  It's such a great way to discover a new products.  I especially like the mini skein option.  There is also a gift option available in case your loved one knows you love yarn but doesn't know how to shop for you.

Anyway, I thought I was a good time to revisit and beef up the Pollen and Bubbles pattern a touch.  The initial pattern was one size only and required 2.5 skeins of yarn.  The new pattern includes additional sizing info and instructions for a hat that takes exactly 2 skeins of yarn (one of each color).   If you have already purchased the Pollen and Bubbles pattern then you will automatically have access to it in your library.  It is called Pollen and Bubbles 4.0.

If for some reason you have stumbled onto my blog, like the hat, but don't knit, I have put some of my latest samples in my Etsy shop.  

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Scenes from another CO Christmas

Instead of a big snow there was a heavy frost that coated absolutely everything in a thick layer of sparkle.  I think I may have actually preferred it to the messy snow.  There was no shoveling to be done and everything still glittered.

 This tree in the front yard used to be about 6 feet tall and looked like the Charlie Brown tree the year my mom first decorated it.  It's grown significantly.  

Stella, my sweet deer friend, was back with some friends.  She is the sweetest of the bunch.  The presence of deer is a lot more charming after moving to the city.  Deer>cockroaches.  

The following 2 pictures are father and son.