My Love/Hate Relationship with Knitting

It took me awhile to teach myself how to knit, but I finally got it.  I've got the basic knit and purl stitches down, I've knit on circulars a couple of times and I've even experimented with cables.  I love buying yarn and have lost count of the number of projects I have on the needle.

But when it gets more complex, like a lace pattern, I just get lost.  I invariably wind up with too many or too few stitches when I'm done with a row, and the thought of  unraveling stitches to try to backtrack makes me cringe.  And even basic knitting can lose its allure; I'm not a fast knitter, so everything takes me quite awhile.

However, as fall descends, I ache to knit again.  There's just something about the cooler weather that makes me want to knit.  So I've picked up a scarf project I abandoned last year.  And I think I'll spend a little time on Ravelry browsing patterns that I'll probably never knit.  Oh well, a girl can dream.

Cheering Myself Up

I totally forgot to post this yesterday.  I was feeling kind of down, so I created a Treasury based on the kitchen photo I found last week.  The seafoam background with highlights of pink, yellow and red just kind of says "happy" to me.

I'm not sure the Treasury made me feel any better, but the comments I received just make me love the Etsy community that much more.

A New Kitchen?

Stumbled across this photo and LOVE this soft seafoam green with punches of color.  I thought I really liked my kitchen (turquoise walls with accents of lemon yellow), but this seriously makes me consider re-painting.


The Blog Guidebook

Are you listed in The Blog Guidebook?  It's a great resource I found a few weeks ago but only recently had a chance to explore more.  They will list your blog for free and there are TONS of categories.  There are also sponsorship opportunities with prices that seem pretty reasonable.

For a limited time, you can get a free upgrade.  Your button (blog badge) listed on their site for free -- normally a $20 value!  Go to The Blog Guidebook and do some exploring.

Flapper Girl Halloween Giveaway

Christine at Flapper Girl makes some great vintage-y things:  cupcake toppers, garland, aprons.  She's holding a Halloween giveaway right now and you can win a retro apron, cupcake toppers and -- my favorite -- this adorable vampire bat coffee cozy.

Head on over to Flapper Girl to get the details and enter the contest.  Ends September 13.

Oh So Pretty

I have no need for these shoes.  I work at home, and most days I wear jeans and a t-shirt.

But I have been lusting after a pair of Mary Janes for quite some time, and these are just about the most perfect Mary Janes I've ever seen.

From Ruche, $92.99