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Tidbits Tuesday November 10, 2009

Because it is very apparent that I, eldest daughter, have inheirited the DNA Pack Rat gene from the Matriarch Supreme of the fam, it should come as no surprise that things in piles behind closed doors and elsewhere can reveal WONDERS!

This is a tiny, but choice, one.


It came from a bag stuck in my summer T-shirt drawer in my dresser.

Now, this place has been in a little bit of an uproar lately, so it’s no surprise that some things might’ve gone out of the line of sight for awhile.

We’ve had some roof and window damage due to last month’s heinous Nor’easter caliber rain storms: leakage, bubbling paint and one really rotten window frame. We hardly ever get storms blowing in from that direction but lately, there’s been more and more activity in the Big Windy. Lot’s of time’s been spent with contractors and estimators — why just yesterday another roofer came over and pronounced us ill. It’s a sneaky situation that combines a little flat roof over our shared bay windows and some lintels not especially mortared tight anymore. This is, as they like to say, a multi-pronged job which will probably take a while to balance out.

blue-door-in-notting-hill-close-upMeanwhile, I’m waiting for our friendly painter to come over and paint all our outside doors. Because it’s so inviting (and traditional), we’re making our front door BLUE like the color as the one in the film Notting Hill! I’ve been in love with this for years and it’s time to make this naughty building do something amusing for us for a change :)

For your amusement, enjoy a moment with these blue doors. I can’t get enough of them…

There’s been some presto change-O in the hut as well. I flipped bedrooms, trying to minimize nightside noisesome noises, and now the studio is where the master bedroom was. That room was painted last fall in a medium taupe color and its working well as a workspace.
The littler bedroom has become a soft navy blue (Benjamin Moore Paint Color HC-145 Van Courtland Blue). I wanted a dark, quiet, cozy cozy space and the walls and ceilings are all the same color — the room isn’t very big but has high ceilings and now it really looks balanced. My painter was so very skeptical at first — he insisted the ceiling should be lighter, but more colorful heads prevailed.

But back to the Pack: that collection of socks I found in a bag came into the house via Rhinebeck and when I unpacked my suitcase, they were packed by the rat into the wrong drawer.

These lovelies were my main score, but it was too warm to wear them when they landed so they went under.

I was not-so-much on the yarn front in New York because after I was there for about 5 minutes, it was evident that the grounds were so huge that I’d be carrying everything along with me. Bad Planning on the bag front. But when I saw these socks, I could not resist.

One of the main reasons I started knitting socks (and if I was a lady of leisure, that’s about all I’d make) is that basic wool socks are very hard to find via retail in women’s sizes. Now my alter-ego photo self works outside year round and Halloween is the date where the woolies and snuggies and longies make their appearances.

With less time than ever to knit some new footwear, (which I have on the needle, hee), it made perfect sense to scoop up some of these from Steam Valley Fiber Farm.

The colors — so very gorgeous — hand dyed by owner Phylleri Ball. The fiber: 50% Border Leicester Cross / 25% Mohair / 25% Nylon! The wool is sustainably raised on their Pennsylvaina farm and the yarn (and socks) are milled by another small producer.

But best of all? On the label is the name of the sheepies whose woolie goodness will be protecting my peirogies this winter: Firdance, Valentine, Myrtle, Tansy, Grace, Oreo and last but not least RJ!

Monday Morning Mirth November 9, 2009

  Monday Morning Mirth  

Battle of the Network Mascaras!


My friend D went shopping the other day and was hooked into buying some new makeup. You know the riff, the siren song, the magnetic tracktor beam that pulls me into MAC or Bobbie Brown (love their lip gloss). (TMI).

Well D went for something by Stila they call “major MAJOR”. It came in a two-pack and she gave me one.

D hates it; I’m in love…

ANYTHING to lower the maintenance — a one swipe lash blast? I’m in! major Major’s brush looks to be 3 x the size of the BBrown mascara on the right.

What’s your morning make-up speed secret?

Red Scarf Project November 5, 2009

Every once in awhile there comes along a thing you just gotta do.

For many of us, that Gotta has wonderfully become an annual event!

redscarfProject I first learned about the Orphan Foundation of America’s
Red Scarf Project a few years ago and it is still going strong.

The fabulous Norma continues to go forth with the call over here

Basically, the Red Scarf Project calls for knitters to make Red Scarves (!) using DK wool (or lighter for ease in shipping) that the organization then packages with other gifties (cards of encouragement and gift cards for things college students might need or like — school supplies, fast food, coffee chains, etc) to send to 1st year College Students without regular family support.
BUT, if you’re not able to knit anything, you CAN DONATE some much needed funds to the Project to go for shipping and those other included goodies.
And for reaching into your pocket and spreading a little love, you get the chance for some goodies of your own: 1 chance to win fabulous prizes for each $5 donated, with prizes being distributed in surprise drawings over at Norma’s. After you donate, notify her at of your amount so you can win-win-win.

Here’s a great chance to participate in a little pay it forward —

AND because we in the Land of Knitterlies love to sweeten the pot, Chic Knits has donated a couple of cool gifties of our own!


Four – Printed Patterns from the Chic Knits Portfolio:
Basic Chic Hoodie, CeCe, Mondo Cable Pulli & Sandrine


A skein (wound up!) of Malabrigo Worsted in the VAA colourway
and one printed pattern of Chic Knits Cassidy’s Cap!

I remember that first year at school being a real BEAR and the letters and packages from Home always warmed and lifted me up.

This is a wonderful way to Lift UP another!

The Project goes until December 15th — thanks so very much :)

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