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November, 2009

Michigan is for EATERS

Holy Grocery Shopping!

Holy Grocery Shopping!

Upon arriving back in Chicago from my week long Michigan hiatus, it appeared to me that I had bought out the entirety of West Michigan. PT and I buy all of our groceries at one time, having no car, but the state of our kitchen table yesterday was out of control.

$24 Microwave!

$24 Microwave!

In addition to the beets I picked up Black Friday, I also snagged this handsome microwave that tells the time even when you use the timer! Holy technology!

$13 Sheets!

$13 Sheets!

AND I got these flannel sheets for crazy cheap, too. Velma and Pudge Rodriguez approved and made it very hard to make the bed at the same time.

Banana Pepper, Caramelized Onion, and Pineapple Pizza

Banana Pepper, Caramelized Onion, and Pineapple Pizza

Sunday also reprized Pizza Sunday! Despite all the groceries we bought we are seriously lacking some fresh vegetables, so we had to dig around the pantry for pizza toppings.

Mark and PT are PUMPED

Mark and PT are PUMPED

Mark and PT were in football/pizza heaven, with a Minnesota Vikings victory over the Bears and amazing, bacon topped pizzas.

Mark+Pudge=LOVE

Mark+Pudge=LOVE

Then Pudge snuggled up! Pudge is in love with Mark, who is a little allergic to kitty lovin’. So tragic!

Naturally as soon as I had a moment to let all that lack of sleeping and eating only pie catch up to me I was down for the count! My body rejected movement of any kind yesterday and I’m pretty sure I slept 18 of the last 24 hours. Just sitting up at my desk right now is taking a lot out of me! Coming back from that Eastern time zone is sure rough.

Black Friday Beets

Target!

Target!

You know something is wrong when it is 12:30pm and you’ve been awake for 9 hours.

6AM!

6AM!

Or something is amazingly RIGHT! I can’t really see the keyboard right now and I’ve lost track of how many cups of coffee I’ve had (Biggby!), but I totally snagged $1.50 towels, a $25 microwave, and $14 flannel sheets this morning.

Don’t judge. Black Friday is awesome. When I’m wearing my $4 tights I’ll be thinking of you sleeping, and me WINNING!

Meijer at 5AM

Meijer at 5AM

The only time I felt a little silly was when we got to Meijer and people are standing in line for TVs and PS3s and I make a beeline for…

Beets in Bulk!

Beets in Bulk!

I’m pretty sure I’m the only person to buy beets on Black Friday. My mom needs her beet risotto!

The Land of Dial Up Internet Connections; or, Christmas Present Update: Rachel

Pudge Rodriguez Loves Books

Pudge Rodriguez Loves Books

PT and I made it safely to Michigan yesterday during the most amazing game the Lions have played in … three years? Four? EVER? Even my mom got into it, losing radio coverage as time was expiring, moments before Matt Stafford threw his FIFTH touchdown of the game to win it!

Sorry.

Look at Pudge Rodriguez! She loves Coop, our book club book for December 7th. Can you believe I left her in Chicago?

I slept a ton yesterday and have finally recovered from the Yarn Crawl. And knit these!

Hand Warmers!

Hand Warmers!

I bought some beautiful cashmere merino wool blend yarn on the Yarn Crawl Saturday specifically to whip these up as a birthday present for my friend Rachel. (Rachel doesn’t celebrate Christmas AND they are her birthday present, so the title of the post is completely off, but I wanted to keep the gift format. Silly? Oh yes.)

YO Lacy Diagnals

YO Lacy Diagnals

The pattern is CreativeYarn’s Diagonal Eyelet Hand Warmers. It was very easy to follow, clearly written, free, and they turned out super cute!

The Perfect Size

The Perfect Size

I made no modifications to the pattern other than I used size 7 needles. The Ravelry Project Page is here.

Buttons

Buttons

I was on the fence about the buttons. Everyone is randomly adding buttons to things for no reason and I don’t know why. These buttons serve no purpose other than to CUTE!

Yeah... It's Cute

Yeah... It's Cute

And they do cute. I get it! I’m ok with it! The gray and the pink are really cute together. I hope Rachel likes them!

Warm Hands

Warm Hands

Does the lighting and background look familiar? That is right! I’m sitting in Biggby Coffee in Allendale, Michigan, using their free internet and sipping their Cinnamon-Toffee flavored coffee. When I finish up here I’m going to pick up my grandparents and head to Perkins for brunch. Then we are going to the mall! It’s a good old fashioned day off in West Michigan!

Yarn Crawl Success!

The Yarn Crawl could not have been any more fun!

Excited!

Excited!

I was so excited this morning before leaving the house! Excited, and overdressed. It was so warm! By the end we were all carrying our jackets, and many many bags.

Waiting in Line at Nina

Waiting in Line at Nina

... the Very Long Line!

... the Very Long Line!

Tara and Ron Weasly Have a Moment in Knitting Workshop

Tara and Ron Weasly Have a Moment in Knitting Workshop

Should Have Gotten Baskets at JoAnn!

Should Have Gotten Baskets at JoAnn!

Making Decisions!

Making Decisions!

Thank you so much to everyone who came out with us! And special thanks to the DIY Trunk Show for starting us off on the best foot possible, Nina and Knitting Workshop for hosting, and New Wave for feeding us.

I’ve got to pack! I’ve been concentrating so much on the Yarn Crawl that I haven’t even thought about how I’m leaving for Michigan tomorrow afternoon. Tomorrow afternoon!

*yawn!* Maybe I’ll just take a little nap first. Y’all wore me out!

The Sweatshop of Love’s Yarn Crawl is Saturday!

There has been an overwhelming response to

The Sweatshop of Love’s Yarn Crawl

and we couldn’t be more excited about it!

This Saturday, November 21st is going to be a blast! Keep your eyes peeled for Sweatshop shout outs today in

DailyCandy and on Chicago Tonight!

Can’t make it to the whole Crawl? You’ve got the schedule! Feel free to meet up with us at any point.

But if you are planning on Crawling with us to the end, I’ll see you outside the Pulaski Park Field House at 11am!

Yarn Crawl Schedule

10:00-11:00 – DIY Trunk Show
Pulaski Park Field House, 1419 W Blackhawk in Wicker Park

11:15-12:00 – nina: a well-knit shop
1655 W Division St in Wicker Park

12:30-1:15 – Knitting Workshop
2115 N Damen Ave in Bucktown

1:30-2:15 – JoAnn
2639 N Elston Ave in Logan Square

2:30+ – New Wave Coffee
3103 W Logan/2557 N Miwalukee in Logan Square

DIY Trunk Show – The DIY Trunk Show is a diverse gathering of creative talent to showcase, sell, and promote handmade arts, crafts, goods and endeavors of all kinds. Free admission! So support local handmade right when the Trunk Show opens!

We will be meeting outside the Fieldhouse at 11 to walk over to –

nina: a well-knit shop – nina is a contemporary knitting shop in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. The sleek, calm space has been described as a Zen temple to fiber. Beautiful yarns include angora, alpaca, silk, cashmere, cotton, bamboo, hemp, merino wool, and hand-dyed ribbon. Exquisite texture and colors, stylish pattern magazines and books, exotic wood needles – all are artfully arranged. The inviting atmosphere is sure to inspire your creativity.

Nina is offering a 10% discount on all yarn, a special sale section of products reduced to 50% off, and prizes for Crawl participants!

At noon we will board buses or hop on bikes over to –

Knitting Workshop
– Knitting Workshop is an urban and sophisticated yarn shop located in Bucktown. With tons of yarn options and advice for any project, they have something to offer for both the new and experienced knitter.

Knitting Workshop is offering a 10% discount on all yarn, free patterns perfect for holiday present knitters, and they will be raffling off a Knit Kit, a fun knitting tool case!

At 1:15 we are going to start walking over to –

JoAnn – There are lots of projects out there that you don’t need nice yarn for. Like cat toys! And mittens for your brother that you know he is just going to lose. Or maybe you need zippers for your cabled change purses! JoAnn is the place for all your odds and ends.

Then, if your legs can make it, at 2:15 we are going to head to our last destination –

New Wave Coffee – We burned off enough calories during this Crawl to treat ourselves to a cupcake and a coffee! Relax, show off what you picked up on the Crawl, and get started on your next project!

If you’ve got questions let me know, otherwise I look forward to seeing you on Saturday!