Post-Holiday Knitting Report

February 25, 2012 § 1 Comment

It’s almost March, I guess it’s about time.

Kindle Cozy on the Vintrowear.com blog

His and Hers Kindle Cozies!  Birthday presents for the Vintro-mom and Vintro-dad.

Kindle Cozy on the Vintrowear.com blog

Kindle Cozy on the Vintrowear.com blog

Etsyology

November 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

We’re learning some new skills here at Vintrowear.  Like, we’ve now learned how to make our own Treasuries like the one the Lee two-toned stripey was included in last week!  For your viewing pleasure, we’ve made a few Treasuries of our own:

  • Rise, rise from the ashes! – At the end of her 1,000 year life, she ignites, burns fiercely, then rises from the ashes to be reborn anew.
  • Maximum Cheer – Be the hostess with the mostest this holiday season, martini in one hand, crab dip in the other. Christmas candle red, wiccan winter green, queens of david blue. From festivus to fortuitous, happy holidays to the max.
  • Sunset on the Hudson – Purple variegated wooly goods from the Empire State.

We’ve also learned how to join an Etsy “Team.”  I’m feeling very much like a member of the Party.  Tomorrow I will post my first Team Treasury.  Stay tuned!

Smitten by a mitten, and a slice of Memphis with the Bo-Keys

October 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Lebowski and hand knits

Many thanks to our good friend JKE for sewing the upcycled fleece lining into the mittens on her fancy sewing machine.

In other news, last Monday we were “Just Chillin'” at Joe’s Pub with the Bo-Keys, featuring a good friend of Cousin Craig’s, Scott Bomar.

The Bo-Keys

Finally, what week wouldn’t be complete without an up-skirts shot of the most famous lady in America:

Statue of Liberty

Thank you to Mr. Vintrowear for that inspired photograph.

And in case you’re wondering how the Etsy store is going, well, it’s hopping!  Don’t forget to check out vintage cowboy shirts at the Vintrowear Etsy store.  And the full selection is also available at Vintrowear.com.

Penguins Need Sweaters

October 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Or “jumpers,” as our fellow knitters in New Zealand like to call them.

Penguins Need Sweaters

A yarn store in New Zealand called Skeinz is organizing an effort to put penguins in hand-knits to protect them from an oil spill.  Not only will the sweaters keep them warm, they’ll prevent the poor little guys from ingesting the toxic oil.  Knit a sweater, save a penguin!

Mitten Accomplished

September 7, 2011 § 1 Comment

Beach MittenFor those of you who were thinking that I hadn’t done anything for the last week except lay around on the beach, well… you were right.  But I also finished a mitten.  Silk alpaca blend, a gift from my sister-in-law in Colorado.  Color: Coaltrain (which, coincidentally is also the name of the alpaca who donated it.)  It matches a scarf I made to go with it, and might match a hat as well, depending on how the drive home goes.Mitten Accomplished

 

Mrs. Vintrowear at Great Rock BightMartha’s Vineyard has been dreamy and a much-needed recharge of the batteries.  Since poor Lucy Vincent beach has been pulverized in recent years by hurricanes and “long shore drift,” this year’s Vineyard-Vintrocation was characterized by alternative beach exploration.  Great Rock Bight, formerly named by A&A as “Great Rock Bite-Me,” or, at times,”Great Rocks and Bug Bites,” has reformed itself and turned into a lovely, secret cove that we had almost all to ourselves, most likely due to the fact that there’s a long, steep hike in.  The water is placid, the rocks are plentiful but not pervasive, and both the weather and the company were superb.  The hikes each day allowed me to work off all the delicious meals I’ve eaten here (Outer Most Inn, Home Port, Le Grenier, Black Dog, Beach Plum Inn, and of course, Eileen’s Pies.)  We also paid visits this week to Squibnocket beach, home of the biting flies but not nearly as many children as I feared, and Gay Head, aka Aquinnah, which was as rocky and rough as I remembered it. Great Rock Bight, you are The One.

After a week and a half of vibrantly sunny days, Tropical Storm Lee has been lingering, and the weather’s turned a bit chilly.  I’m looking forward to getting back to the cowboy shirts.  I have some great ideas for some Vintrowear promotions on the internets, and I’m excited for the new school year.

Mrs. Vintrowear at the Outermost InnWeather’s great, wish you were here!

When I’m not busy planning Vintrowear’s world domination, I am knitting

May 9, 2011 § 1 Comment

I’m happy to report that Vintrowear.com is completely built.  It just doesn’t work yet.  I’ve had to seek professional assistance.  So while that’s simmering, I have time to catch you up on the knitting side of my life.  Here’s what I made my lovely sister-in-law for her birthday (which luckily occurs soon after Christmas, since my knitting is deadline-averse.)

Surmountable Obstacles: Stuff

February 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking today about George Carlin’s bit on stuff:

Actually this is just a place for my stuff, ya know? That’s all, a little place for my stuff. That’s all I want, that’s all you need in life, is a little place for your stuff, ya know? I can see it on your table, everybody’s got a little place for their stuff. This is my stuff, that’s your stuff, that’ll be his stuff over there. That’s all you need in life, a little place for your stuff. That’s all your house is: a place to keep your stuff. If you didn’t have so much stuff, you wouldn’t need a house. You could just walk around all the time.

A house is just a pile of stuff with a cover on it. You can see that when you’re taking off in an airplane. You look down, you see everybody’s got a little pile of stuff. All the little piles of stuff. And when you leave your house, you gotta lock it up. Wouldn’t want somebody to come by and take some of your stuff. They always take the good stuff. They never bother with that crap you’re saving. All they want is the shiny stuff. That’s what your house is, a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get…more stuff!*

I’ve been frantically trying to clean out our home office / junk room in preparation for the much anticipated launch of Vintrowear next month.  My God, I am a packrat!  I’ve been getting up at 6:30 every morning to spend a few minutes sorting through the stratospheric layers of my hobbies for the last 15 years, consisting primarily of scrapbooking, drawing, and genealogy detritus (all the yarn detritus is in the bedroom closet.)  It’s causing me some serious psychological pain!  Like, letting go of some drawing pencils means admitting the fact that I don’t have the kind of life where I can devote time and concentration to anything artistic.  (No, I have not given up knitting, but only because I can do it in the car, in front of tv, with my eyes closed, asleep… would I, could I, in a box?  Would I, could I, knit some socks?)  Disposing of old craft supplies also means confronting the fact that I have a complicated relationship with money.  I am cheap!  The fact that I once spent money on something, means I can basically never, ever throw it away. 

Dan and I love sharing an apocryphal story about My Dad and the Lightbox.  A few years back we were cleaning out my grandmother’s basement after she passed away.  We’d piled up a big mound of stuff on the porch we were going to take to the dump, and my dad happened past.  On the top of the pile was an old plywood box, with some sort of glass covering, and a bare light bulb inside. 

“You’re throwing away this lightbox?” he asked.  “That’s a perfectly good lightbox!”  He took it off the pile and brought it home to put in his basement.  And there it sits to this day.

It begs the question, what does a matter if a lightbox is perfectly good if (a) you don’t need one, and (b) you don’t know what one is.  Every bead, every colored pencil, every piece of origami paper I come across in my home office / junk room is a perfectly good light box.  Gods of Junk Removal, give me strength to throw it all away!!!  It’s only the palpable, amazing, mind-bending thrill of embarking on my own business, doing something I love selling perfectly good stuff that would otherwise be thrown away, that is allowing me to surmount this insurmountable obstacle, which is as of now, quite literally, blocking my way to my desk. 

Anyone need any colored pencils?

*Apologies to George Carlin if there are any errors to the Stuff Monologue, since I stole it from some website.

Legwarmers and more legwarmers

January 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Just catching up on some Christmas knitting photos.  Here’s a pair of legwarmers I made for my pal Anna:

Promises, promises

October 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

Ok, I PROMISED myself I would update the blog this weekend with new photos, knitting and otherwise.  But, well, I didn’t.  I’ve been very busy working on my Halloween costume, which I’m filing under the bit-off-more-than-I-could-chew category.  You’ll see.  Well, you’ll see as soon as I get around to posting some photos.  I’ve also officially spent too much money on costume accessories and supplies.  So to offset, I’m selling last year’s costume.  So if you know anyone who wants to be an Adorable Sparkly Pumpkin in a Roaring 20’s Flapper Style for Halloween, please tell them to go bid on this unique, mostly- handmade costume!  So far, 9 views, 1 watcher, 0 bids.

IBOL is back, baby!

August 24, 2010 § 2 Comments

Probably the funniest guy employed by the US Guvvermint is re-enacting his highly successful and innovative charitable stash-buster from last year, aptly named IBOL II.    See his website to learn how you can help empower women, help the US military help the Iraqis, help clear out your closet, and help promote handicrafts across the globe.  This is an amazing effort, and last year IBOL Guy collected over 3,400 packages of craft supplies for Iraqi sewing collectives.  I urge you to participate!  Since my stash is suffering from serious depletion syndrome (as am I!), it’s giving me the itchy fingers to go shopping!  Buying new yarn doesn’t count if I give it away.  That’s my new rule.  They just opened a Michaels nextdoor to the aforementioned Whole Foods which has a Gimme 5 #5 plastic recycle bin.  Michaels doesn’t sell a single skein of yarn that has even a single wool fiber in it.  I wonder why that is.  Maybe they’re afraid of moths.  They do have cotton yarns though.  And the IBOL doesn’t have to be yarn.  In fact, I think they’d prefer fabric.  But since I know nothing about fabric, I’m not sure what direction I’ll go with this.  Last year I sent yarn and ribbon and a beading loom, because that’s what was in my stash.  This year I guess the sky’s the limit!

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