That's right, it's a knit Snuggie. I can die a happy person now.
Just a quick note to say Merry Christmas to all of you! We did an amazing 2-day long celebration with our families, had a wonderful time, and are going to bed early now since we are very tired.
Hope you all had as nice a holiday as we did!
Well, I can never resist the pug pics (and frankly it's been awhile on the blog!). Miss Lu Lu and I were snuggling on the couch last night and Mr Danger snapped a super cute pic:
I personally think Lucy the Pug's color is leopard, so you can see she is in her leopard print sweater, snuggled in my leopard print snuggie. Pretty cute, eh?
I am having a lovely, unexpected day off. Mr Danger offered to work the Craft Show today, and since I am so majorly behind on the whole knitting thing I accepted. Luckily he is already kicking butt and doing better at the show today than I was last weekend, so unfortunately for him, he's hired.
Alright, off to make some tea, plug in some movies, and knit, Knit, KNIT!
O.K. This has been quite a month. This is how my morning started today:
Yes, that is Mr Danger watching as the tow truck driver loads our volvo onto the truck(sorry for the bad cell phone picture). I was running errands in town yesterday and as I got done at my last stop and got in the car to head home, the car was dead and it wouldn't start. It was awesome. And not only that but it was POURING rain, and to add insult to injury one of the errands I did in town was to get my hair cut. Unfortunately by the time I was done I looked like a drowned chicken, which seems particularly unfair since my hair never looks as good as when the professionals touch it. So, we left the car overnight since it was dark and cold and pouring and fairly late when this all happened yesterday and we dealt with it starting first thing this morning. I have been running back and forth to the mechanic and around town picking up loaner cars and dropping off loaner cars all day, but our car is safely home again tonight. Apparently we hit the 150,000 mile mark and our fuel pump gave out, which is totally understandable. I'm just glad it did it in a parking lot and not while I was driving into town on the freeway.
Also this week I did the Pacific Arts Craft show over the weekend, which was very interesting and extremely exhausting. This is the first Craft Show I have done in over 2 years. With my handmade handbag business I did Craft Shows all the time, so I thought I would be just fine and it would be easy, but man I tell you, I am feeling pretty rusty. It took me monday and tuesday this week to recover, I am just so used to working at home by myself that talking to people for 3 straight days really drained me. It was a very interesting weekend too since I haven't tried selling the knitting patterns at a show yet, and I realized over the weekend what a targeted item they really are. Let's just say after the next three days of it (this friday, saturday, sunday if you still have christmas shopping to do!) I think I am going to stick to the internet for knitting pattern sales.
Hope every one else is having wonderful holidays so far. I am off to try and get some knitting in tonight before going back to the show tomorrow. We'll have to see how that goes since I haven't been very successful at it thus far through the week.
I'm proud to announce the arrival of a rather unusual knitted critter: meet Napoleon the Narwhal!
I am so happy with him. Everyone that has been to our house in the last few months has seen him and commented on him, so I hope you all like him too! I figured he was a rather fitting creature for the November/December pattern since Narhwals live in the Arctic, and I think most of you all are feeling the chill of this time of year like I am (it is currently snowing here.)
Napoleon is now available in my Etsy shop, and like normal I am off to put him up in the other normal channels (Ravelry, Flickr, etc).
Oh, the best part is Napoleon is a QUCIK knit. So, if you find yourself on Christmas Eve missing one or two people's Christmas presents, he's your man. I bet you could get him done and wrapped in 2 good Christmas movies. (I like A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, and Elf)
Alrighty, I am off to set up for Pacific Arts, this weekend's Craft Show!
I don't know what my problem is but come december 1st all I can think of for post titles is holiday songs. I apologize for my cheesiness now, but you'll just have to bear with me for about 12 more days. (Holy cupcakes! Is it that close already???!!!!!)
Anywho, we've been busy little elves around here running lots of errands and setting my booth display for the craft show up multiple times the last few days. It has been a little hectic and the pugs really don't appreciate me setting up the display in our living room and covering the couch in boxes and whatnot so they can't get their normal sleeping routine in. I keep telling them they just have to deal and they retaliate by being all sweet and snuggly and then shooting snot rockets in my face when my guard is down. (It is a well known fact that pugs do indeed shoot snot rockets)
BUT, in the middle of all the book knitting and show prepping I managed to get pattern #16 for the etsy shop done. Woot! So, keep your eyes peeled this thursday since I am going to get it up in the morning and then go set up my booth in the afternoon. It's so weird to have to schedule like this when I normally just sit and knit all day!
Oh, and remember how I was so proud of myself for getting all my christmas shopping done early? Oh yeah, well apparently I have some instant Karma going on here from being mouthy and between Amazon and UPS the one order with about 80% of my gifts has disappeared and is MIA somewhere between here and Las Vegas. Mr Danger ended up getting on the phone today with both companies and after a bit of coercing he managed to get Amazon to re-ship our order. So much for stress free shopping!
Alright, the couch and my snuggie are calling me back. Hopefully Lucy the pug will sit on my feet and warm them up again. (this also keeps her a safe distance from my face what with all the snot rockets)
Well, it's December already. I don't quite know where the rest of the year went, but here we are in the middle of the holiday season and at the end of another year. Normally December strikes panic into my heart and makes me break into a cold sweat starting about 2-3 months before. You have to remember I used to run a handmade handbag company in which we used to do 30%or more of our yearly sales in the first 3 weeks of December, so we would start prepping in September. I ran my handbag company for 6 years and at least 3 of those years we didn't even put up Christmas decorations at home since I needed home to be a sanctuary away from the holiday. But, after closing the business last year it is slightly less hectic this year, which I must say is very nice.
This brings me to the fact that December is the season of craft shows, and I am going to be doing just one this year with the patterns and the knitting bags. If you are in Bellingham, or the surrounding areas, you can come meet me, the monsters, and the knitting bags in person next weekend and the weekend after (oh boy, exciting!). Here's the info:
This is quite exciting, though a bit anxiety producing, since this is the first craft show I have done in about 2 years, and the first craft show with the knitting patterns. We have been collecting bits and pieces to make our booth display and we did a practice set up this morning (which actually did not go well since I mis-measured some tables. Good thing we did a practice run!). I am now off to get lighting and a couple additional pieces of display furniture and we should be set to go.
Hope everyone else's holiday is off to a good start. Though I am not really feeling the holiday spirit yet, mine holiday season has had quite a few eggnog lattes already, and I think I might even put up some christmas decorations once I get home from errands today. Maybe some rum in one of those eggnog lattes would make me feel the joy of the season a little bit more.........
So I know I mentioned forever ago I had a new knitting tool that I was in love with. Here it is:
That's right, Addi Clicks. All I can say is wow. These needles are amazing. I have used several other brands of interchangeable over my 13+ years of knitting and these are for sure my favorites. I know they are kinda pricey, but I am so glad I shut my eyes and ran my credit card and now get to use them all the time and actually enjoy my knitting needles again. My other new knitting tool? Ahem....
Yes, after multiple grocery trips and discussion that consisted of, "Get that stupid thing out of the shopping cart, I am NOT buying a Sunggie!!!" Mr Danger finally broke me down and got me one. And I must say it is an ideal addition to my knitting tool box. Sigh. I still think they are totally stupid though.....
In other knitting news I am totally bummed out not to be doing my normal, panicked, knitting all of our Christmas presents routine that I generally do right now. Again, Mr Danger (who is apparently the voice of reason in this household) told me I wasn't allowed to knit Christmas presents with the book being due the beginning of the year since I couldn't possibly have time. After multiple attempts of me trying to convince Mr Danger that I could indeed knit all of the Christmas presents and get the book done earlier than it is due (I mean who needs to sleep when they could be knitting?) I finally agreed that he was right and we would buy everything instead. But, it makes me totally envious of every one else right now who does get to make beautiful hand knitted items for their loved ones. So, to make up for it I did all of my Christmas shopping already (yes, I am completely done) and so when my knitting friends talk about the presents they are working on I get to say, "Well, I am already finished with ALL of MY shopping!" since yes, I am that kind of person.
You know, it really is the little things in life that make you feel good.....