Thursday, April 26, 2007


So it's "Girl's Weekend" this weekend. Several of my knitting friends and I are travelling to the beach for the weekend. We have, of course, mapped all the knitting stores in the area and on the way and some serious shopping will certainly ensue.

Tonight is the last knit night at The Purly Gates. We are closing this weekend. I'm sure it is going to be an emotional night. I've come to know and love so much that sweet little shop.

I've been shopping and have most of my summer wardrobe taken care of (need at least one more nice blouse) and I'm glad to have it over with - I hate trying on clothes. Oh and BTW if it ever comes up that I want to go to Lane Bryant with BOTH my kids in tow will someone please whack me in the back of the head until I come to my senses? They were good, but it was just hard.

It's a rough time of year for me. My parents' wedding anniversary was April 24 - they would have been married 43 years. My birthday and Mother's Day are still hard - even over a year later.

Andrea, my heart is with you and your mom today. Celebrate your memories and know you are loved!

Retail therapy being what it is during this difficult time, I have a bunch of great new clothes, new haircut & color (OK same color it USED to be before the grey took over), and a new I-Pod from my hubby - early birthday present - I LOVE it!

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we travel this weekend. I'll have pictures of our adventures in yarn when we return.

I'll keep you posted!


Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Actual NOT Recycled...

Sorry for the recycled photo of the stash on Monday. Here are some NEW photos of what I've been working on this month.

To Be Felted Bags
Christmas Gifts for various family members - all the handles are inside and the bags just need to be felted, but this week that seemed too much like laundry and after folding 5 loads I'm not interested. I've got some time!

Frilly Crocheted Scarves
These are also Christmas gifts for various people - can't tell you who! I've got 2 more I want to make and them I'm done with this scarf - potentially FOREVER!

Lilac Afghan In Progress
I hope to finish this by the 30th! It's making my wrist hurt, but that's what massage and naproxen are for right? Again a Christmas gift.

Lacey Shrug
This is the Lacey Shrug for Dana. Originally intended to be a shop model, but... The yarn is wonderful! All I have left is 60" of that lace panel on the left. The color in this photo is not great (late afternoon light) I'll get a better one when it's finished!

Today while I had my hair colored (some parts of having birthdays sucks - GREY) I started a ribbon shawl for a friend for Mother's Day and I'll hopefully make another one while on vacation with the girls this weekend. I'm not so sure drunken knitting is a good idea, but hey - I've got that gift list in my sidebar to wrestle with and by damn I'm going to knit drunk if I have too!

I'll keep you posted!


Tuesday, April 24, 2007

For Katey

My Version of the Rachael Ray Chicken Burgers:

2 pounds ground chicken
2 Shallots, finely chopped (or 1/2 small onion)
2 T dijon (or spicy) mustard
1/4 pound havarti w/dill cheese cut into 1/4" cubes
salt/pepper to taste

olive oil (for pan)

mix together and form into 1" thick burgers.

cook in non-stick skillet (the cheese melts out so nonstick is best) for about 6 - 7 minutes on each side.


I'll keep you posted!


Monday, April 23, 2007

For Those Who Want to Know...

I added notes to this photo. Click on it to see them. I have just a little more yarn to sort into those cubes & bins and then it's all organized and "squared" away. I've been knitting and crocheting like mad and have about a dozen things to photograph over the next couple of days.

Stash - stashed

So, all this lovely yarn from the yarn shop has found its way home with me and what am I working on? Caron Simply Soft Acrylic - it's true. I am crocheting an afghan for my cousin (for Christmas) and she's getting acrylic. That's OK - the Simply soft really is very soft and it crochets REALLY fast. It's also pretty much indestructible and that's good considering.

I went to the dentist today and it was a big accomplishment for me. I must have a root canal, which is not too bad considering I've been putting off the visit for 7 years or so... All in all it was pretty good. Thanks Andrea!

This is the last week of The Purly Gates. Everything is 60% off and it's going to be a very long Thursday Knit Night. I'll post more on that another time.

For now, I'm off to crochet more on the afghan. I'm down to the lace border on the Lacy Shrug for Dana, but I can't work on that while the kids are awake so lilac acrylic it is!

I'll keep you posted!


Thursday, April 19, 2007


Some questions have come up about the stash storage.

It's from Target - 3 2x4 cube units stacked on their sides and the companion drawers. It was easy to put together (Casey did it so it was REALLY easy for me) and fairly inexpensive.

Yes there is yarn or fiber for spinning in all of the drawers.

It's sorted in ziplocs by project/type. The cotton blends are sorted by project/type too.

I really like it and now I just need to finish the rest of the room (it's well on its way) so I can get to everything. I had to do some major reshuffling to get the yarn set up that way and it's taking a little while to sort it all out.

I'll keep you posted!


Wednesday, April 18, 2007

When Stash Attacks....

You have to beat it into submission.

Stash - stashed

Like This.

It's all in there - all the yarn AND all the fiber for spinning. I do have one small box in my bedroom of things that I am working on this week, but otherwise - it's in the cubes and 53 is all I'm at liberty to disclose.

I've got to charge the batteries to get pics of all the finished items from the past 2 weeks so...

I'll keep you posted!


Monday, April 16, 2007


Sorry I've been awol lately. I'm trying to knit and crochet as fast as I'm acquiring yarn and if I can eliminate sleeping and eating and quicken my pace to let's say the speed of sound then I can actually accomplish that goal.

The shop closing is going well, - we're selling it all. All of our models are for sale too.

Some of you may have noticed "The List" sneaked it's way in over on my sidebar. So far that's the knitting/crochet list for the holidays. It doesn't include sewing or other crafting yet, but I'm sure those things will crop up - or maybe long about July when my arms fall off from knitting so much I'll resort to buying everyone a gift card and blow the list up! I've got a good start, but it remains to be seen where I'll end up.

Pictures soon I promise - because blogging w/o pictures gets boring so... soon. Right now I have to go and watch Drive and see how Nathan Fillian and his fine self fares!

I'll keep you posted!


Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Shop Closing Update...

Starting tomorrow (Thursday April 12) everything is 40% off at The Purly Gates. EVERYTHING! We still have some really nice stuff - come and grab it while you can!!!

I'll keep you posted!


Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Needless to Say...

Needless to say, that with the shop closing, my stash has exploded. Guys, you thought it was bad before? HA! I'm making no confessions or disclosures I'll just say - I need more bins, several more bins - the big ones!

If disaster strikes I'm prepared!

I'll keep you posted!


Tuesday, April 03, 2007

A Closed Door, An Open Window

The shop is closing.

It's sad and heartbreaking, yet hopeful and full of opportunity at the same time.

It's been a rough week, but the decision is the right one for Ginger and Dana.

If any of you are within driving distance - everything in the shop is 25% off.

I'm looking forward to having my Saturdays back. It's been nearly 3 years of working nearly every Saturday - that's a lot! I didn't realize that I have worked so many Saturdays until the idea of NOT working on Saturday came up. It's going to be nice!

Thanks for everything. Hopefully regular blogging, complete with pictures, will resume tomorrow.

I'll keep you posted!


Monday, April 02, 2007

Happy April Everyone!

I love spring. I love that it comes early here in Atlanta. April is always lovely (for non allergy sufferers) in my home town.

It looks like everyone at project spectrum is embracing April too. The colors changed from blue/white/grey to pink/green/yellow and the flickr pages look like they have exploded with SPRING! It's truly lovely.

Sorry to be absent and slow with photos, I've been having a rough week or so, more on that tomorrow. Things will get better as soon as I am able to share with you guys what's going on. Thanks for your patience and Restless Knitter - yep that was me on Unwound episode 9 & 10. I LOVE Kelli's podcast - you guys should ALL check it out!

I'll keep you posted!