Saturday, February 16, 2008

Lazy Posting about an exhausting and relaxing week

Just a quick and lazy post this week. I may not even proofread. Howzthatferlazy?

This week I ran away to Indiana to detox with a friend from the stress fest of the previous week. While there I went to 3 yarn shops and 1 bookstore. Since I came home I have been to 1 yarn shop and shopped 2 online bookstores. My wallet, she is suffering. My stash, she is happy.

An embarrassing amount of money was spent on yarn, patterns and books this week. I don't even want to talk about it. A lot of the yarn and books were gives. Yay for birthdays! The rest? Ummmm, not so much. Here are pictures taken in a somewhat artful fashion to distract myself from that burning sensation in my wallet.

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We wandered over to Broad Ripple Knits/Mass Ave, Too! This charming little shop has only been open a few months. It is an extension of Mass Ave. located on the first floor of a converted home. I hadn't felt that yarn lust and fever as a knitter lately. I chalk it up to weeks of ordering, then processing and stocking, and not spending enough one-on-one time talking to people really excited about their craft. Talking to Karin and Elaine who work at the shop really invigorated me and inspired me. A lot. A bag of Allhemp3 worth of inspiration to make the Laura Tee from Big Girl Knits. What a lovely birthday gift.
Day 9: Elain and Karin at Broadripple Knits
Karin also shared her discovery of Kim Hargreaves book "Heartfelt" with me. Yep. Ordered it. Couldn't be helped. Had to have it ASAP. Rumor has it that Hargreaves book will be distributed through Rowan soon. So far the US distributor doesn't seem to even know they are carrying it. [Cover picture taken from Kim's website without permission. May she not strike me down for talking up her book.]

I spent the rest of the daylight hours at Knit Stop. Holy Great Wall of Luxury Yarns! Oh, but for a hundred grand or so I would own every yarn in this shop. I can't even do it justice. I couldn't decide between the umpteen gorgeous yarns, but I did talk myself off the ledge of $50 cashmere and settled for some patterns instead.

My birthday/de-stress week wasn't entirely yarn and books. There was oatmeal, dinosaurs, a specialty hearse, human blood platelets, new bags, a kick ass jacket, a bridal shower and a lot of playing around with the camera.
Day 9: Blueberries and brown sugar
The oatmeal at Le Peeps in downtown Indianapolis is the best I have ever tasted. It is so good we went back again.
Day 8: Hoodlums hanging at the gas station
We turned a corner and right across the street from the gas station was a bunch of unruly dinosaurs. I might have screamed a little.
Specialty Hearse
We passed this hearse eleventy-hundred times. Finally I had to google 'specialty hearse' and call Julie from the Learn Something New blog to boggle at the whole concept of specialty hearses.

Decepticon approves of my macro setting
Day 8: Human Blood Platelets
Human blood platelets are apparently transported in cardboard boxes underneath Greyhound buses.
Simon Says 'Scratch Like a Monkey'
A bad picture of a really nifty asymmetrical leopard jacket made by my mom. Not pictured, really nifty symmetrical bags to match the jacket.
Good Luck Garland
My sister's bridal shower decorated with a Lunar New Year theme.