August 2008

So last week, when I said I’d post this week, I forgot to take into account that I’d be living out of a suitcase at the mother-in-law’s with dodgy internet and looking for a job and an apartment. But after week here, I’ve managed to secure a place to live starting September second and have sent out a dozen job applications. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some interviews next week. 

In other words, it’s been both slow and crazy/stressful all at the same time. Yay for moving!

Beach in Winter Socks

But I have had plenty of down time, which means I finally finished my Shock Wave socks that I’ve been working on for over a month, which considering the relative ease of the pattern, is longer than usual. They turned out very nice though, and since it’s about 15 degrees colder here, have come in handy already.

I’ve also done about 34 rows of my Forecast cardigan since Monday evening, which is fast for me, so it evens out. In between job and home hunting, I did manage to check out a new (to me) yarn shop and bought some more sock yarn, so I’ll be set for projects for a little while.

As all my belongings are shoved into two cars, I haven’t had an opportunity to do any more sewing, which I miss more than I thought. I’m itching to get out my machine and start stitching, but it’ll have to wait until the new place.

That said, I’ve yet to share the last project I finished just before the move.

Ruffly Shirt

It’s basically the same shirt as the one from my new favorite outfit, but with a ruffle. But the best things about this shirt are threefold: 

  1. I got the material for $2 at a garage sale
  2. I actually got the collar stand right
  3. I did my first bias tape on the sleeves and a french seam on the insides.

So all in all, it was a great learning shirt. And also fabulously snazzy. Of course, now all my projects will be more fall/winter in nature.

Well, I’m all internet/computer burned out after spending several hours on applications, but I’ll be back soon!

This list is in no particular order, but here are some of my favorite things about Chicago:


 Field Museum

Keo the Chimp

  • The perfectly wonderful, perfectly free Lincoln Park Zoo.
  • Shopping with Kasey and finding awesome deals.
  • The non-equity theatre scene.
  • Len & Bob’s coverage of Cubs Baseball on WGN.
  • Wrigley Field. 


  • Scoring free tickets to not one, but two original plays involving talking paintings.
  • Concerts and the photo booth, not to mention eating dinner near Eisley, at Schubas.
  • Amy Freeze, the meteorologist on Channel 83. (Take that Tom Skilling!)
  • The folks at Epworth United Methodist.
  • Vogue Fabrics in Evanston and the friendly folks at Loopy Yarns.
  • Going for walks in Andersonville and buying Zanzibar Dark Chocolate Ice Cream at Sweet Occasions.
  • Barbecues on Foster Beach.
  • The doormen in our building. 
  • Being 3 blocks from two grocery stores, a deep dish pizza place, and a Blockbuster.


I’m sure I’m forgetting things, but it’s a solid list. Yes, I’ll miss a lot about Chicago, but don’t worry too much about me. I’m going to Maine!


I really meant to post this week, but I’m moving in t-minus 3 days now, so I’m understandably (I hope) a tad insane right now. I hope to be back by late next week!

Chicago's First Lady


As of today, I have 10 days left in Chicago, so it was excited to have the opportunity to play the tourist this week with my coworkers.  Every year we take a field trip during the summer. My first year we saw the new baby beluga at the Shedd Aquarium; last year, we went to the Taste of Chicago; this year, we decided to take the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s river tour. 


Wrigley Building


We went out on the water at noon on Tuesday, and despite the apocalyptic storm the night before (as in over 800 lightening strikes a minute and its peak and there were tornado sirens!), we had beautiful weather. It was almost too sunny and a lot of my pictures were overexposed, but I did like how some of them turned out.  


Bridge House

And true to the docent’s promise, I did learn some really neat stuff about the city and its architecture.  It was definitely worth the trip.

Rivet Buster 1

I’ll definitely miss Chicago when we go, but I can take comfort in the fact that I have done and seen a lot of the city. From living in Hyde Park to checking out the museums, I’ve been a pretty good live-in tourist for the past 2.25 years.


On an entirely different note, I’ve received The Smile Award courtesy of Stina’s Stuff. It’s my first blog award so I’m super excited!

Characteristics for the Smile Award are as follows: 

  1. Must display a cheerful attitude. (not necessarily at all times–we are all human)
  2. Must love one another
  3. Must make mistakes
  4. Must learn from others
  5. Must be a positive contributor to blog world
  6. Must love life
  7. Must love kids

These are the rules:

  1. The recipient must link back to the award’s creator (
  2.  You must post these rules if you receive the award.
  3. You must chose 5 people to receive the award after receiving it yourself
  4.  You must fit the characteristics of the recipient of the award, as posted by Mere.
  5. You must post the characteristics of a recipient.
  6. You must create a post sharing your win with others.
  7.  You must thank your giver.

I’d like to give the award to the following folks:

  1. Bitter Betty Blogs: mother, crafter, vintage sewing diva extraordinare, and all-around awesome lady.
  2. Blue Yonder : I’m inspired by the adventures she shares with her boys and she is only encouraging my desire to raise a bunch of chickens.
  3. Non-Profit Girl, a friend from college, who takes a look at Portland, OR and the non-profit world.
  4. Cult of Domesticity: My blog-land domestic twin, who is expecting her first child
  5. The Fabled Needle,  someone who takes action to follow her dreams and has a wicked awesome sense of style.

For those of you who read this blog on rss and for those who hadn’t noticed, I wanted to let you know that the site now has two new pages: a Recipe Index and a Pattern & Tutorial Index, links to which can be found at the upper right-hand corner of the home page above the header. 

Hopefully this will be helpful to those looking for specific projects or recipes!


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