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!

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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!

Happy New Kitchen Table Day

April 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

We’re off on a quick trip to Delaware to pick up our new kitchen table from the Mennonites (sp.?) and to visit our good friend Paul.  I’ve got a giant shopping bag of yarn to take with me.  I love a daytime car trip.  I will leave you with these as a follow-up from my post of the other day.  In case you’re dying to know what the new blanket will look like.  Here’s the completed (or mostly complete) squares:

They’re in serious need of some blocking!  And here’s the rest of the yarn I’ve got to work with.  It’s a motley bunch:

See you next week.  Hopefully there will be at least one very warm gray baby booty to show.  It’s a long ride to Delaware!

Lost in lower Manhattan

April 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

I’m not sure I have the ego to maintain a blog.  I’ve got plenty of stuff to say, but I’m not sure any of it’s interesting to anyone else but me.  Although not having anything interesting to say hasn’t stopped droves of people from blogging.  Also, I think my lack of anonymity might be hindering me.  A lot of what I’m thinking is not fit for public consumption.

Well, so here’s everything (clean, not law-suit worthy, and friendly) that’s in my head this fine Tax Day, besides “I’m the tax man, yeah-eah the tax man.”  My 2 train this morning made a big deal out of switching to the local track before Chambers.  Lots of announcements as it pulled into the local side about how for Brooklyn service, get off, wait on the platform for a Brooklyn-bound 2 train because this train is going to Rector then coming back uptown.  (Rector?  I didn’t even know her!)  This is like the 3rd or 4th time it’s done that.  I mean, it’s fine, I can walk from Rector, but what gets me, is if the train is on the local side, wouldn’t you make an announcements pertaining to the local service?  What about South Ferry??  Seriously, each time the train does this, it never makes an announcement about South Ferry.  I feel as a South Ferry-bound passenger, my needs are not being met.  Anyways, since I’m used to this foolish train letting me off at Rector now, I have a usual exit.  But today I decided to mix it up and go out a different exit, to see if it would get me closer.  It did not.  I got lost.  But it was a beautiful day, and I wandered about a bit until I located myself near Trinity Church where some moronic business woman was flinging bucketfulls of bird seed to the pigeons in the cemetery.  Why do that?  Everyone hates pigeons!  Don’t encourage them.  But the cemetery was full of tulips, so I’m hoping that the birds and the bees and the mouldering-bodies-as-fertilizer action will spark some sort of nature-goodness cycle, and something positive might happen in our lower Manhattan mini-ecosystem.

I’m trying to use up all the yarn in my closet.  I have a giant plastic bag of yarn that blocks my way to my clothes.  My closet door also off its hinges and resting on the wall, hooks removed, preventing me from using it as an auxiliary closet like I usually do.  But that’s another story.  For the last 2 years I’ve been very good about not buying yarn (except for a few, very very small exceptions, shh, don’t tell Dan) and instead trying to use up what I have.  It’s not easy, because I am now down to the partial skeins and unfinished objects.  I’m trying to make a pair of booties for some friends in California.  I wanted to use cotton, even though I dislike knitting with cotton (hurts my hands), because I think wool might be too warm for California babies.  I have 3/4 of a skein of navy cotton, and I started knitting a booty on some #7’s.  Even altering the pattern to use less yarn, I’d barely finished the, whaddyacallit, the stretchy part that goes around the ankle, when I realized there wasn’t enough yarn for 1 booty, let alone 2.  Damnit, how am I supposed to use up a partial skein of navy cotton?  It’s not enough to make anything!  I have 2 balls of delicious gray wool from my friend Judy’s sheep farm in Montana, leftover from the “troops” blanket.  But is gray ok for baby booties?  And is wool ok for California?  I’ve got some beige Peruvian highland wool from Elann.  Is beige ok for babies?  It’s a boy baby, if that makes any difference.  Ok, I admit, I have plenty of light blue fingerling cashmere left.  But I’m tired of knitting booties on #2’s.  I want to use some human being sized needles.  And I’ve got to figure out how to use up all these bits and pieces in my closet so I can buy more yarn.  More and more and more yarn.  Love yarn.

I’m also starting another blanket.  I want to give this one to the Chemawa DAR school in Oregon.  I wanted it to be for a teenage girl.  I got so tired of gray and beige (my desert storm camo colors!)  So I wanted to do a really girly blanket in pinks and purples and hearts and flowers.  But I’ve now used up most of my girly colors and I’ve only finished, like, 8 little 6″ squares.  I’m doing little squares this time instead of big, because I think it’s more fun to move them about, like a collage, before I sew it all together.  So I think I’m gonna have to mix some remnant pinks and purples into some gray and beige squares.  They’ll at least have an essance of girly colors.  But it’s going to totally fuck up my color scheme that I was going for.  I wanted it to look more monochromatic (duochromatic.)  I’ll have to take some photos so you see what I mean.  I’m not quite in the habit of photo-blogging yet.  I have to work on that.  Should have photo’d the pigeon cemetery lady this morning.  Ok, I’ll wax ad nauseum about yarn a little later.  Sorry for the boring post.  If something interesting happens to me in the near future, I promise I’ll tell you about.

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