Posted on July 19, 2011
No, I’m not pregnant. Just to clarify.
I was never really into making baby things until I realized, I can make the most ridiculous items that look like fun to make, but no respectable adult would ever wear. It’s not like babies get to decide what their outfit is for the day. They just lie there while you dress them up as cute little animals or vegetables or flowers and then they just don’t care! Plus I can whip up a baby hat in only 3 episodes of Fringe.
Goodbye to the days of photographing your naked baby on a animal skinned rug and hello to Auntie CourTney’s outlandish baby clothes. Remember the classic bunny suit from The Christmas Story? (if not, Google it NOW)
Damn it feels good to be a knitter.
Posted on July 16, 2011
There has always been a connection between cats and yarn. Thinking of a kitten playing with a ball of yarn isn’t such an outlandish thought. They go hand in hand.
Meet my kitty, Karma. She has a love for yarn. If I am knitting on the couch, she will attempt to sit on my arms while I’m knitting. If I leave her at home with yarn in a basket, it will soon be all over our apartment. Up the stairs, down the stairs, around the table, through the chair legs, back up the stairs, under the bed….
She’s a very supportive kitty. Many of times, I finished a project and only had Karma to show. She doesn’t judge when my stitches aren’t perfect, so it’s a good audience.
Every time I pull out the yarn swift to ball up a new yarn, she comes a running and sits and watches (like this morning).
Then one day, I began to wonder…does Karma love yarn…or does she envy yarn? Maybe she is angry at the amount of time I spend with yarn instead of her. Is she cuddling up with me and my yarn on the couch or is she trying to stop me from knitting? Is she being cute and chasing a ball of yarn or is she attempting to destroy and hide it??
That’s the thing about cats. You never really know what they are thinking.
Posted on July 4, 2011
I’m currently in a color coma. It started when i decided to knit my first vest, about 2 months ago. A nice mellow yellow. About 2 weeks into that I had to look away. I quickly knit up a rainbow neck scarf. I was over the yellow blues and ready to knit the vest again.
The next week, I was starting a KAL (knit-a-long) sketch cardigan. I bought the yarn a month earlier….Yellow. So now I have two projects going, big projects and they are both yellow. The sweater starts with 13 inches of DK weight yarn, CO at 200 stitches. That’s roughly 23,400 stitches of solid yellow, no switch up of interesting stitches. Just solid stockinette. (knit one way, purl the other.)
So now, I’m in that lull. Half way through the vest and 13 inches through the sweater.
Once I got past the 13 inches, the shaping of the sweater starts, so that means I have to pay attention to each row and it’s a little more interesting again. THANK THE KNITTING GODS. Now it’s a race. Every row of 200 gets two stitches shorter, so every row I get a little faster and a little more excited. “That’s right, only 186 stitches this row!”
So this morning, even though I have the yellow blues, I have to do my real job and all I can think of is yellow…
Posted on June 30, 2011
by CourTney and Tara
Our Etsy Store, Coffee & T, is officially open! Please visit CoffeeAndT.etsy.com and check it all out!
Why Coffee and T? Well Coffee and Chai Tea are two of our favorite drinks while crafting. And the “T”? We will let you ponder over that one.
* For all the crafters out there, the logo was made from acrylic paint treated as water color and tea bags.
The store is new so we don’t have a lot of merchandise yet, but please keep checking in!
Posted on June 30, 2011
Monday was a good night of combining the arts. The HB (husband, Brian) is in a fun, fantastic band called Leaf Pile. They played recently, at a bar called The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. They have always “included” me in the band by saying I play the needles. I am not musically inclined, whatsoever! But they always say I should sit on stage and knit leaves and them throw them into the audience. I always thought it would be fun, but it never seemed to fit. But Monday was my grand opening performance. I knitted while sitting on the stage at The Knitting Factory (it felt like a sign.)
After the show a few people asked what I was knitting and if I sold the stuff I knitted. So yay! Cross promoting! I will be knitting at every show in the future (if the band will have me, of course) and I decided to make business card buttons for our soon-to-be store and the band to hand out at shows…oh the ideas!
Check out the band at: www.leafpilemusic.com and view the show below!
Posted on June 27, 2011
Exciting things are happening!!!!
First of all, I FOUND MY NOTIONS BAG!!!
The yarn stash ate it. They await sentencing for Tampering with Owner’s Sanity.
Here’s a story:
In sixth grade, I was voted “Most Organized” which is….shocking. (Well, I also won “Shortest” in the class…which is not so shocking. Or important…) But I honestly can’t remember ever losing my homework or having to ask my mom where my other sneaker was (which she would have promptly responded, “wherever you left it.”) It was a friendlier existence, the time before the hostiles of my subconscious had to fight to keep up with the insanities of responsible adulthood. Thankfully I have CourT, who is a natural taskmaster, motivator, inspirator (not a word? is now.) and for that I am eternally grateful. She should probably be put into a lab and studied to benefit all of mankind, but we are trying to open a shop here.
Cheers to The CourTney and finding stuff you thought someone had viciously stolen!
Posted on June 26, 2011
My husband is super supportive of my knitting. He makes suggestions, picks out yarn and dislike patterns with me. I have tried to make him several items but every time I knit for him, it turns into a nightmare. I made socks once for him (size 13 feet) that ended up perfect for myself (size 6.). It is almost as though the knitting gods are angry that I found myself a gentleman that is willing to roll up yarn during a 2 hour movie.
The latest project he asked me to make was a whale hat. He wanted nothing for Christmas and his birthday or Easter, Halloween, or even our anniversary, except for this whale hat. I was super excited! He had a specific item. And I love hats! They are my favorite thing to make. I spent a day drawing on graph paper to get the math of his big head to match my repeating whale. It all worked out. I knitted the hat and to my dismay, it was TOO BIG! So, lucky for me, I knitted the hat from 100% wool. ( I know I just heard a huge groan out there from knitters and sweater wearers). But I knew better. I would be the first to conquer shrinking something in a washer by a couple inches without it coming out like a baby hat. ( truth be told, i sat on the hat for weeks, petrified to put it in the washer…. Afraid that it would come out like a huge ball of disaster.)
So, one weekend, while Tara was visiting, I got the courage. 5 minutes in the wash, nothing happened. 5 more…nothing. 5 more nothing….and then I….walked away for what I thought was 10 seconds…..nope. 10 minutes.
Never never never never walk away! No matter if u have to pee, or get more coffee or your cat is crawling out the window of your 5th floor apartment building.
So, after many tears and lots of husband disappointment, the whale hat, which he loved loved loved, was shrunk to a cone that wouldn’t even fit my head.
So, fast forward about 4 or 5 months. Tonight I did my first sewing project. I am making whale change purses, made from the wool-to-felted-cone-hat. I cut them out, drew a pattern and did a quick mock up. It was my first full use of the craft room. And it was all motivated by my Love. He even threw in a button flap suggestion.
So, very soon our easy store will be ready to sell! And I think I owe someone a anew whale hat.