Creating Me

Friday, October 28

Ladies, Start your needles

Knit Picks
Looky, looky what I got in the mail today. Nine balls of Palette from KnitPicks. Five balls in color Ash to make Veste Everest from Interweave Knits Winter 2005 and 2 shades of blue and a pink and purple to make the kids winter hats and gloves (or maybe scarves).

And I used my 20% off coupon at Borders to pick up Knitted Babes. I thought it would be fun to knit some Babes for Christmas. Which means another Knitpicks package should be arriving at my door shortly.
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Tuesday, October 25

Wichita Art Museum

The best place for family arts and crafts is the Wichita Art Museum. Once a month they have a "Family Artventure" Saturday. You take your kids look at selected pieces of art in the galleries and then make your own works of art. Right now, they have a beautiful Tiffany Light exhibit. The kids love walking around in the low light looking at the colors and designs on the lamps.
At the end of the exhibit they have 6 six lamps, 3 are real Tiffany's and 3 are fakes, you try to guess which are real and which are not. Tren picked correctly each time. I am impressed.

The candle holders on the top are our Tiffany inspired art. And in September they had printmaking and this was my knit print.

I also have to mention that CityArts is our second favorite local art gallery. Posted by Picasa
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Friday, October 21


I present to you, HIPSTER. I decided to knit this to carry my pencils, erasers, candy, and other items while I'm at school. I didn't realize that the pouch was only 3.5 inches big, but I thought it looked okay in the picture. So I knit it to the pattern and felted it, now I'm having second thoughts. I just don't think the pouch is big enough. I used all the Peace Fleece that I had left from my scarf and I really like the way the colors blende but maybe I should make another one only BIGGER. Posted by Picasa
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Thursday, October 20

I was hoping to have some pictures to post from KIP last night but alas, no. I really don't like making posts without pictures, it seems so boring, so I decided to jazz up my font for ya.

Wichita KIP is looking for a logo, something a little racy but not raunchy. We are also trying to think of some good slogans to put on t-shirts. I felt like I was on The Apperentice as we sat around and brainstormed ideas.

The other big development is our December meeting is going to be held at
The Anchor, which is the "it" spot in Wichita right now. The owner was very nice and offered to give us our own drink special.
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Monday, October 17

More Halloween Hoopla

Pumpkin Junction
We are running a little late on our costumes this year. Usually we have them before the end of September but we just picked them up this weekend, Tren is Batman and Sage is a cat. Now that we have the costumes they will become the kids permanent outfits till mid-November. They will wear them to bed, on the weekends, and after school everyday.
Sage at Pumpkin Junction
After we got the costumes we went to the pumkpin patch, took the hayride out to the field and picked our pumpkins.

Pumpkin painting
And then it was time for pumpkin painting.
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Thursday, October 13

Simple Supper

What a discovery! Last night, I tried Simple Suppers To Go for the first time. Here's how it works, you go to their site, decide what you want to make from their menu, pick a date and time. Then you show up and they have all the prep work done for you. Each station is an entree and you move around the room making your food. They provide the bags and foil containers then you take it home and freeze it. And they even come and clean up after you. I loved it. I got the 12 entrees that feed 3 people each and it was only $100 (what a bargain). I made calzones, pulled pork sandwiches, chicken pot pie, bacon wrapped sirloin, meatloaf, baked chicken wings, oriental pork chops, everything looks wonderful and I can't wait to taste them all. I have already signed up to go again in 2 weeks. Posted by Picasa
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Wednesday, October 12

What a Fright

It's beginning to look a lot like Halloween around these parts. Actually we have had our house decorated since the end of September. But I want to show you the newest addition to my Halloween stash. It's the wax warmer in the front. I got it from Yankee Candles yesterday for 50% off (only $10). It even glows in the dark. I got "Jack Frost" to put in it and the whole house smells like a peppermint stick. Wish we had scratch and sniff blogs.

Another holiday item I ordered is the holiday sampler from Adagio Tea. It has candy apple, candy cane and gingerbread. I am waiting for the mailman right now.
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Monday, October 10

Screw up

jaywalker sock
Put this sock in the "you are not smarter than the pattern" pile. This is Jaywalker from Magknits, unfortunatly no one will ever wear this sock. The pattern says to cast on 76 (82) stitches but my magic sock number is 60 stitches- I always use 60 stitches to make socks for myself. So I do a little math and figure out how to adjust the zig zag pattern to allow me to use 60 stitches. Everything is going along fine till last night when I decided to try the sock on to see how it looks. Surprise it doesn't fit!!! There are 2 reasons for this: 1. I forgot that I went down a needle size because I felt the stitches were too loose using a 2 with the magic loop and 2. there is very little stretch in the zig zag pattern. This morning I tried to try it on Sage but no luck. So this sad little sock is going to sock heaven.
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Saturday, October 8

Yarn Crawl

I know you all want all the details from our Yarn Crawl so here you go.

First, it was Jackie, Lia, Rhonda and a newbie, Anna and we traveled for 12 hours, over 400 miles and went to 4 yarn shops and a book store. I didn't take as many pictures as I would have liked but we were too busy having fun.

Yarn Barn
This shop is at 930 Massachusetts St in Lawrence, it's super easy to find. There are many things that I love about this shop, first it carries lots of yarn (Rowan, Brown Sheep, Trekking XXL) and it has a great selection of needles (Crystal Palace, Clover, Addi Turbo) The most interesting thing we saw were sets of dark wood needles with animals carved on the top (frogs, elephants). This shop also carries weaving and spinning supplies including silk and wool fibers, spinning wheels, and looms. I purchased some Bonkers roving and a new top whorl Louet drop spindles so everyone at meetup can try their hand at spinning some fiber. We also ate at an Indian Buffet just around the corner from the shop, very yummy and good price, we recommend it.
Yarn Barn

Urban Arts and Crafts
Forty-five minutes from Lawrence is Urban Arts and Crafts (507 walnut) in Kansas City, MO. This is a very unique shop and Rhonda's favorite. They had a large yarn selection for such a small shop including Noro, Berroco, Brown Sheep, Crystal Palace and Trendsetters. This shop also features a tons of jewelry making supplies, scrapbooking, book making supplies, Amy Butler fabric and some of the best arts and crafts classes in KC. They were having a good looking farmers market down the street but we decided to go to the next shop. There are lots of little shops in this area and could be a good place to spend an entire morning looking around.
Urban Arts and Crafts 1

The Studio
Only 10 minutes in the car and we were at The Studio (1121 W 47th St, KC,MO). This is my favorite store; when you walk in the door it's an explosion of color. They have yarn crammed in every nook and cranny. They also have a whole room dedicated to needlepoint supplies. The yarns are organized by weight throughout the store with hairy, sparkly, stringy novelty yarns right in the middle. This store can be a little overwhelming and they seemed to be doing an inventory or reorganizing because they had a ton of employees doing various things. I picked up some Trekking XXL. Make sure you have a map to get to this place.
the studio

The Yarn Shop and More
A short 15 minute drive brought us to The Yarn Store and More at 7309 West 80th Street in Overland Park, KS. I vote this shop the best organizer, there are two huge walls of yarn all organizer by color plus more yarn on free standing shelves. They were packed with shoppers. This is were I found what I had been looking for all day, 5 skeins of Noro Blossom in color #5 to make Bloom. I was impressed by the amount of Lorna's Lace they carried, they even had the $30 a skein- Lion and Lamb (50% silk, 50% wool) in many colors. There are 2 large tables with chairs to sit and knit. Lots of knitted models, including a Clapotis made with worsted weight yarn. The staff was very friendly and helpful.
yarn shop and more

The last stop of the day was Half Price Books at Metcalf and 91st street (on the left). Thanks so much to Rhonda for giving us the heads up about this place. It is FABULOUS!!! It's a huge bookstore with every book you could ever want or need and they were dirt cheap prices. I would travel back to Overland Park just to go to this place.

We had planned to stop at Knit Wit in Olathe, KS but they closed a 4:00pm so we didn't make it.

I am already planning a new yarn crawl for the spring (once my husband gets over the amount of money I spent). I would like to have an overnight in Kansas City because I would have enjoyed having dinner and getting a good nights sleep before driving back. Plus it would give us more time to do things, like go to the farmer's market and look in other shops.
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Sunday, October 2

I decided to make old-fashion sticky buns for breakfast this morning. Unfortunately, they became dessert after lunch. I didn't realize it would take over 2 hours to make them. They had to rise twice for 30 minutes and bake for 30 minutes plus all the mixing and rolling. But they were worth it. Yummy, Yummy.
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