Thanksgiving Day Countdown


I am starting with cooking for Thanksgiving early than usually.  I have to work a food even on Monday, so I am making cornbread, cranberry sauce, and sweet potato pies this weekend.  The cornbread is for the dressing.  I have been making cornbread dressing the way my grandmother made it.  She would make cornbread days ahead to dry out a little to make the dressing.

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With the cornbread out of the way, tomorrow will continue the countdown with sweet potato pies and cranberry sauce.  I need to run to the store in the morning and buy a couple of apples for the sauce.  Ciao for now!

Making of a Cowl Sweater


Since receiving the Knits Picks order sooner than I anticipated, I winded a few balls of yarn to start working the cowl sweater over the weekend.  I thought it would be the best time to start knitting as I probably will start preparing food for Thanksgiving next week.  The cowl sweater is a seamless constructed knitted from the top down, so the beginning of the project is the cowl.  I think it’s looking pretty good.  More later.

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Yarn Shipment has Arrived!


My yarn from Knit Picks arrived today and was pleasantly surprised I wasn’t expecting the order until Monday.  Now I get started with knitting the cowl sweater.

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It’s a nice and swishy yarn hence the name “Swish Bulky”.  It’s a beautiful color and believe this will knit up nicely.  I was I had a ball winder, but it will not take long to turn the hanks into balls.  In fact, I am going to get started on it now.  Ciao for now.

Some Decision-Making


I had off today and must admit that it feels good just to be around the apartment drinking coffee and catching up reading some of the books I purchased over the past couple of weeks.  I am still waiting for my yarn order from Knit Picks to get started on the cowl sweater I blogged about earlier in the week.  The order doesn’t arrive until the weekend which means I have to wait until Monday because the order is being delivered at my office.  I am not home during the week to receive the package, so having packages shipped to the office is the best way.

Last night before coming from work, I made a stop at Whole Foods to pick up some groceries and start shopping for Thanksgiving.  I brought some butter, flour, pie crust, and spices as a start.  I still have to plan a menu for turkey day, and thinking about making Brussels Sprouts with bacon and garlic.  My dad wants Collard Greens, but probably will make them next weekend and freeze them.  I have some decision-making to do.

I brought another book yesterday, “Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit – Using the Rub-Off Technique to Re-create and redesign your Favorite Fashions”, I think the title is longer than the actual writing.  I am kidding, but why are titles so long these days?  I am will be reading this book over the weekend because along with knitting the cowl sweater, I would like to make a pair tweed trousers.  I love tweed, and was also thinking about a dress and skirt.

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I found this wool tweed on Trim Fabric’s website, and tweed seems to be the trend for the fall.  I think this tweed will coordinate well with the purple I chose the knit the cowl sweater. I also love knit and it’s probably the reason for me learning how to knit so that I can make something like this Jonny Rotten jacket from “Brave New Knits”.  Blue is my favorite, this is another reason why I like this jacket and buttons are just great.  With my luck, I probably will not find these buttons, but fabric covered buttons could work as well.

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I purchased the Interweave Crochet Accessories issue, and the crochet jewelry pique my interest.  I especially like the crochet belt because it would coordinate great with a tweed or charcoal dress.  The crochet wired bracelet is lovely as well.

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That’s all I have for the moment, ciao for now.

A Sunny Tuesday–Inspiration


I had a bad experience at Purl Soho today.  Yesterday, I purchased a pair of 6 double point needles and realized this morning that I already had a pair.  So I decided to return to the store and exchange them for a size 7, and purchase some yarn for another hat project I had on my to knit list.  The employee at the store told me that they did not except exchanges, and I told him that the needles were still in package unopened and just purchased them yesterday.  I believe that this is bad customer service and it’s one of the reason why larger companies push out smaller for this reason, but larger companies aren’t fairing well in the customer service department either as the comedian Lewis Black artfully talks about in his monologues. Needless to say, I will not be returning to Purl Soho for my knitting needs.  I will go to Lion Brand, Knit Picks, and Yarn.com for yarn as I probably find better deals.  I think Purl Soho overestimates that customers are yarn snobs, but everyone eventually looks for the best deal possible.  The store is convenient, but I am willing wait a few days for knitting needles and yarn.  I also suggested that people go to Purl Soho, but not longer, I am not recommending them anymore.  Enough of my ranting, moving on to other things.

I went an interesting textile store named Habu Textiles.  It’s in the garment district on 29th Street that sells yarn (mostly lace weight) using all kinds of fibers including yarn spun from paper.  I am nerd because I find that fascinating and wanted to ask how is paper spun into yarn, but didn’t.  What was also interesting about store is the salespeople go into back and allow you to look around the store.  I have to mention that this a Japanese company, customer service is very different and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  The company sells wholesale as well.  I wanted three balls of a particular and when she brought out the balls, it didn’t have the same dye lot, so she winded the yarn onto a cone.  I stop typing for a minute because that simply made my day.  I am going to knit a scarf with cone of yarn.

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I purchased the new Knitting Today Dec/Jan issue and there is a cape that caught my eye.  I do not know if am going to knit this project, but it’s a good one for someone to knit.  The photo is a little blurry.

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I brought the new book “Brave New Knits” today and fell in love with these projects.  The cardigan is versatile because it can worn at the office and Sunday brunch with the girls.  I love the sweater because it is very feminine with hint of sexiness.

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I just had to share this photo of a houndstooth coat done in crochet.  This coat is crochet and in the issue 10 of Inside Crochet magazine.  I do not know if I am going to stitch this, but I love it.

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I picked up a copy of for “Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf”.  I have not seen the movie and think I am going to wait for it come out on DVD.  I was not old enough to see the play, but it is worth mentioning that Tyler Perry on used 16 of 20 poems and it’s a good thing to read them before seeing the movie.

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This is shocker that I am writing blog entry twice in a row, but this is good because I had a chance to rant a little about the dwindling of customer service.  Ciao for now.

Cloudy and Windy Monday – Knitting Pattern Find


It’s a little gloomy in NYC today and work seems to be dragging just little now that it’s eastern standard time.  This makes for good knitting weather indeed.  I came across a website called Sweater Babe and found a sweater that held my interest to take the challenge to knit it.  It’s called the cowl sweater and can be knitted with long or short sleeves.

It’s a top down knit construction and I purchased the pattern for $7.00.  The suggested yarn to knit this is project is Knit Picks’ swish bulky yarn.  I chose to knit using the yarn, and picked the color blackberry since the shade purple is the trend for the fall season.  I decided to knit the short-sleeved version because this sweater will be very warm and trying to fit the long-sleeve under a coat will be a challenge.  I am going to do a swatch and hope that the yarn will be delivered by Friday to get a weekend start.

I have to get started with a menu for Thanksgiving, and thinking about purchasing some wool tweed fabric to sew and coordinate with the cowl sweater.   In any event, I have to wait and see because I could change my mind and want to make a pair of double-knit grey trousers.  It’s Ciao for now.

Inspiration by Anthropologie


I haven’t written a blog entry in a while, so a little late with writing my happenings.  This past week, I went was in the audience of the Nate Berkus show which is scheduled to air Wednesday, November 9.  You may not see me because I was sitting in the last row on the lower level.  I have to say the seats were the most comfortable at any venue I’ve attended.  Rachel Roy, the designer and Sherri Shepard were the guests that day.  Sherri is very funny and wonderful with warming up an audience.  It was a very good experience, and still trying to get tickets for the Martha Stewart show, but is a bit of a long-shot.

Last night, I went to see “A Free Man of Color” at the Lincoln Center Theater with Jeffrey Wright and Mos (formerly known as Mos Def) and their performances were great.  I love seeing them on stage, the two men have chemistry together on stage just like in the production of Top Dog Under Dog several years ago.  If you are ever NYC area, I would recommend seeing the production.  The costumes are fantastic.

I have been thinking more and more about knitting this bookish cardigan even in the same color.  Turquoise is color that I love and don’t mind having in my wardrobe.  I wouldn’t mind having the glasses the model is wearing either.  I feel like I need to have black skirt to coordinate with this cardigan other than with jeans.  This is a versatile piece that will probably stay with me for years.

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The other day during my lunch break, I went to check out Anthropologie’s clothes and jewelry (I also check out its home goods as well) to see what’s new.  I actually received a catalog from Anthropologie the other day, but wanted to see the clothes up front and personal.  I noticed that the company has done a lot of knit this season, and also admit that the NYC store does a wonderful job with styling the space.  The store also gives the feel of not only purchasing goods, but the idea of inspiration with books on art, creativity, and cooking.  I think the latter point is important because after looking at the prices of some of its knitwear and have to say it’s a good thing that I knit. 

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Girlfriend wants to be stylish, but doesn’t want to spend every last dime achieving that goal.  I took some photos of the cardigans and sweaters at the store  This floating sparks cardigan costs $98.00 and it’s not made of all wool.  It’s mixed with some good quality synthetic fabric, but I probably knit this cardigan for less by using a sport weight yarn with a natural fiber.  I do like the design element that the designer created.  All the sweater has a mix of of wool, mohair, nylon other synthetic fabrics.

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This next item is called the scarf-wrapped sweater is probably one of my favorite out of the collection. It’s a cardigan and scarf that you can button or unbutton.  The cost of this item is $148.00.

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This next item is called the set free cardigan that is made of wool, arylic, nylon, mohair, and spandex.  I like the look and the fact that it has a fair isle design, and it’s priced at $128.00.

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I love these trousers and probably have a pattern that I can use to get a similar look.  Actually the trousers would coordinate with the set free cardigan.   I like the drawstring and pockets and think perhaps a pinstripe or a subtle plaid.

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