Friday, May 27, 2011

Geez, I give up

I keep trying to catch up on all the blogs I missed reading while i was out of town last weekend, but I think maybe I read too many.  So I am just going to have to give up and go forward from present.  See, usually I catch up on my reading before I do my own blogging, but I am sure that is a very silly way to do it because it has led to more than a week of radio silence.  And I have waaaay too much traveling coming up for that kind of nonsense.

See, last weekend my whole family went to South Bend, Indiana to watch my sister graduate from law school.
The Seester
 At Notre Dame the graduation festivities require an entire weekend, not merely one day (which is exhausting, btw).  So on saturday was a prayer service in the basilica then a lunch at the law school then the law school graduation, which was held by the library and Touchdown Jesus.  It was relatively cool, cloudy all day and rained on us off and on.  Ben took a picture of one graduation attendee who was wearing a grocery bag on her head to protect her hair from the rain.  Super classy.  Luckily I had brought my big raincoat and was able to hide inside of it the time the rain did get a little out of hand.
 On sunday was the all school graduation.  Unlike the time my brother graduated from Notre Dame, now it is held in the football stadium.  Now I understand that this allows each gradtuate to have more people than its former indoor location did, but it is miserable.  The sun decided to come out in full force and reflect back at us off the shiny silver flooring they put down to protect the field.  And it started at 9am with all of the audience facing straight in to the sun!  Yay.  And football stadium bleachers do not have backs.  So by the time it ended at almost noon I really thought I was going to die. 
See the seester again waving?
(there was no planned exit strategy so it was a free for all of graduates trying to exit the field)

Its not that I didn't enjoy the graduation.  The one where she actually walked on Saturday was pretty good and far more interesting than the one on sunday.  (No one walks at that one.  Its 2.5+ hours of talking heads)  The best part of sunday was going out for Irish pub food post-graduation.  It was super yummy.  I had a delicious shepherds pie.  Mmmmm.  Actually, all of the food we ate all weekend was really good.  Pizza by Stout in Joplin on the way up, Five Guys in St. Louis, Indian food for lunch the next day with the sister, a steak place for dinner the next night, the irish pub, and mom's cooking sunday night.  Not bad at all.  Oh, and lets not forget the trip to the South Bend Chocolate company.  I really wanted a carmel and chocolate dipped apple, but I didn't see any so I ended up with a white chocolate dipped rice crispie treat. 

This week has been all about playing catch up, doing laundry, trying to keep up with like but also prepare for the next bit of traveling.  This weekend's goal, however, is to relax and have fun.  We plan to see some friends, hang at home a bit and then hit the lake for a while.  What are your weekend plans?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Dreams of Summer

It turned cold again, but the things tickling my fancy this week are definitely all about summer.  Vacation, evenings out, fancy dinners, etc.  I can't wait for my summer to get started.
This pretty Purse.  Perfect for an evening out.

How cute would it be to show up to a summer party in this dress?

 This pretty sarong would be perfect for by the beach or pool.

This soap smells of coconut and pineapple and banana, which sounds like it would definitely put me in a summer vacation kind of mood.

This infinity scarf would keep me warm on cool and windy evenings.

Linking up with:

What is tickling your fancy this week?

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Blogger Block

I have had a serious case of blogger block.  So instead of blogging, I have been updating the shop and getting ready for a couple more shows.

This weekend my stitch markers will join Angora Jane and Lowder Colours Farm at the make:Tulsa/STICKS FiberFest out at the Brush Creek Barn here in Tulsa.  Its 11 - 5 on Sunday and I can't wait, I know its going to be an awesome day.  So I have made lots of new stitch markers for this special occasion.  I have listed some of them in the shop so that out of towners can have a chance too.

I added most of these guys on Sunday.  The lavender hearts above are pretty glass beads.
These Smileys are suprisingly lightweight and who doesn't need a few more smiles in their day?

This is one of my favorite new sets.  The tiny flip flops are perfect accents to summer knitting.

These dragonflies are my other brand new summer stitch markers.  They are lightweight but durable plastic beads and I just love the greens and blue together.

In addition to the new markers, I have gotten my new multi colored cotton baby bonnets listsed in the shop (finally).  These bonnets have so many combination possibilities, I just love making them.  The multi-colored bonnets take a bit more work than the solid colors, so I have priced them at $20 (a mere $1 more than their solid counterparts, so I don't feel thats too harsh).  If there is a color combination you are looking for, just message me, I'd be happy to make you a custom one.  The cool cotton will be perfect for protecting baby's head from the sun as it gets warmer and warmer.

I have ordered some more beads that I have never worked with before, so if all goes as planned I will debut even more markers this sunday at FiberFest and then be updating the shop again either sunday night or sometime next week.  :-)  After that though, I am thinking I might start a summer knitting project for myself, take a little shop knitting break.  Maybe a new shawl or something.  Or I could finish one of my WIPs!  I know that there are at least a couple pairs of socks and a stole and a hooded scarf that would really like to be finished.  :-)

What does your weekend hold?  If you own a crafty business, what do you do when you take a break and craft for yourself?  Do you do that very often or do you forget to take a moment to make something just for you?

Sunday, May 8, 2011


I know I am late in the day in posting this, but Happy Mother's Day to my mom.
If you don't know her, she is awesome.  If you do already know her then I didn't really have to tell you that.  This is a picture of mom and her current set of 'children' from a couple years ago.  If you look through Sophie you can see Samson on the other side.

Happy Mother's Day also to my Grandma and my Mimi.  I love you both.

And happy mother's day to all of my friends out there who are moms.  I hope it was a good one.

Thursday, May 5, 2011


I have been posting all over facebook about this.  Tweeting too.  And I posted the graphic here on Tuesday, but I haven't really said a whole lot about it here on the blog.  Do you remember back in December when make:Tulsa teamed up with Ida Red for a make:Christmas?  If you were there then you know what a fantastic and fun time everyone had. 

This dynamic combo of people is at it again, just in tome for mother's day and big spring plans.  Do you need a last minute, unique and thoughtful mother's day gift?  We totally have you covered.  Do you need that awesome little accessory to complete your party/wedding/vacation outfit?  We have that too.  Baby shower gifts?  Yep.  And Ida Red has all the old fashioned candies and unique sodas you could want, not to mention TOMS.  So really, if you are in the Tulsa area, you need to come by and see us.
Like the graphic says, we will be there from 1pm to 6pm. All of the handmade artists listed above will be set up at the back of the shop, eager to help you find what you are looking for. Come and say hello and introduce yourself to us. We absolutely love to meet new people.

I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Survey Says

A lot of times when I ask for feed back it seems like I don't really get much of a response.  Well, not as much as if I post a pretty picture anyway.  This time, I really would like you to take just a moment or two and give me a little bit of feed back, I really want to hear your opinions!

For everyone:

What do you like to see the most here on my blog?  Is it pictures of finished items and new shop stock or posts of pretty things I drool over or posts about food and cooking?  Or something else entirely?

What would you like to see more of?

What kinds of posts do you only skim (its ok, we all do it, lets just be honest here) and what types of posts really grab your attention and you read the whole thing?

Is there something you would like to see less of / get tired of seeing?

Can you ever have too many puppy pictures?  ;-P

When you look at knitwear in stores or at craft shows, what kinds of items do you find the most tempting?

For the Knitters:

What size needles do you use the most often?  Or what range of sizes do you tend to knit in the most?

Have you ever tried one of my free patterns?  If so, would you send me a picture of the FO?

Would you like to see more free patterns or more focus back on knitting?  Yarn reviews, book reviews, etc?

For those who take the time to give a little feedback, thank you!!  If you have more to say than you would like to leave in a comment, feel free to e-mail me at Somerknits (at) aim (dot) com.  Have a great rest of the day!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Another Tuesday

Before I get on with the things that are tickling my fancy, I would just like to say that it being 35 degrees on a May morning is just not right.  Brrrrrr.  I got up for my usual 5:30 am 3.5 miles and about froze half to death.

Now, on with:

This pretty graphic for the event I am participating in this weekend.

I am kind of in lust with the idea of having an outdoor daybed to lounge in, but I am having trouble finding one in my price range.  But I really, really, really, really want one.

The whole Bath & Body Works True Blue Spa Collection.  Especially the fact that most of the lotions are available in unscented.  Thank you B&BW.

Don't forget to check out what everyone else is fancying this week!

Have a great Tuesday.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Color Blocking

I do not claim to be a fashionista, but I have been reading a lot of blogs of those who do claim to be.  So I have read about "color blocking" and seen examples, although for the life of me I can't figure out what distinguishes this particular look from any other time you mix solid colors that look good together.  But that's neither here nor there because really what happened is I saw this dress as an example of color blocking and it inspired this particular bonnet.

 So I have a celery green, a vivid coral and a deep blue lace as an accent.  Hopefully I am not mis-using the term color blocking, but since the dress inspired the bonnet, I figured I would go with it.
 Friday was over cast but to took the bonnet and one of my little hat stands outside for a little photo shoot.  I really do love the way it came out, hopefully someone else will love it too.
 I need a baby to borrow as a model.  The bonnets look even cuter on a round little face.
 I realized while snapping the photos that I never photograph the backs of my bonnets.  So, here you go. the back of a baby bonnet.  I know, its a super thrilling shot, but it occurred to me that people might wonder what the back looked like.
In other news, I finally finished planting the garden.  Pathetic that it took me until April 29th to get my garden planted.  I am usually so much more on top of it, but this year the herb festival was really late and there just wasn't any time.  So, from left to right I have 8 (!) tomato plants, all different varieties, 2 types of basil (sweet and purple), a mix of italian style salad greens, 3 different colors of bell peppers, and 2-4 different kinds of squash pants, depending on what comes up from seed.  Its also possible the green beans will come up.  

 Oh, and then we have the blackberry and raspberry bushes.  They are all planted together, so we just kind of wait to see what we get.
 Soon the garden will look full and lush and I will be sure to take more pictures then.  Right now it looks so bare and the temptation is to fill the void with more, but then it all just gets out of hand and grows all over itself and is less effective.  In order to create more space I did most of my herbs in pots this year.  Nots pictured are my pots of spearmint, rosemary, parsley, dill, oregano, etc.  I can't wait for summer to progress.
Ripley is taking just a moment to sit by the garden, trying to plot a way in.  The little picket fence is being replaced by a gat to match the pretty fencing around the garden.  I can't wait.  :-)  It's going to be so lovely.  And the shed is almost finished.  Almost.  :-)