elizabeth_mn: (seaside)
If it's not obvious, "Up North" is the local catchall phrase for basically any rural place you go in MN for outdoor fun, usually north of The Cities, but not always. We went to the North Shore of Lake Superior, an always beautiful, always fun, always popular vacation spot. The whole area is just full of ridiculously beautiful scenery like this.

up north 2016 193

More, with lots of pictures )

Picnic!

Nov. 21st, 2011 01:59 pm
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The DFWCG picnic was awesome! So worth the minor trouble of lugging all the costumes all that way. We had a lovely afternoon.  I was so glad to be able to meet so many amazing people, especially those I’ve been LJ-friends with for years:[livejournal.com profile] jenthompson and [livejournal.com profile] christylee.  I also got to meet [livejournal.com profile] nuranar and I know a few more people I met there are on LJ, but I didn't catch anybody else's username.


photo from Jenthompson.

My photos for the event are here. I’ve got more, but I got sick of uploading. My hubby took most of these.

LJ is being stupid and not doing cuts today so I'm going to try to shove everything else underone giant cut )

I'm so eager to see everyone else's photos!

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Halloween's been over for days and I still haven't gotten much done.  It's not quite the last minute yet, but perhaps the penultimate minute?

I did start the last border of the sister-in-law scarf; I told myself I would have to start it on the first of November, no matter how long the body was.  So I did.  It's about 1/3 done and the scarf will be about 36" before blocking, which I think I can stretch to at least 60" during blocking.  It is garter-stitch lace after all.

I've never knitted a join-as-you-go project before.  It's weird but fun.  The tidiness appeals to me.  Plus I hate grafting; this is better.

I haven't done any more on the caraco since the last photo I posted; I had a few shifts at work this week, and I have work today, but I'm planning on tomorrow being a sewing day, and I had better finish the whole darn thing.  F's costume will probably be done the easiest way I can, and totally machine-sewn, but it's kid clothes, so I don't mind that so much.  If it gets to be crunch time, the small person might get an extra cartoon so I can sew.

I'm getting excited for our trip!


elizabeth_mn: (needlecraft)

While in Chicago last week I got to visit a few fabric and yarn stores.

My favorite was Sister Arts Studio.  It's a cute little yarn shop in the Lincoln Park area that specializes in classes for children.  In addition to yarn, they also sold all kinds of kids' craft kits, really neat ones, not like the junky ones at big-box craft stores.

I got a couple skeins of yarn there.  Noro Taiyo, the first Noro I have ever been able to stand the feeling of on my hands (yes, I know people say Noro silk garden softens with washing, but that's irrelevant if I can't stand to knit with it) made mostly of cotton and silk with a little wool; and Ella Rae Lace Merino, a fingering weight wool for my next lace scarf.  The merino was hard to photograph; in real life the colors are more subtle and blend a bit better. It's variegated, but not wildly so.

 

I also went to Knitter's Niche, but I didn't find anything there, just picked up some needles.  The woman working there (I believe she was the owner) was very chatty and wanted to tell me her personal opinion on everything, including the product I was buying (bamboo needles) and why it was inferior to the type she preferred (metal needles).

There's nothing wrong with chatty salespeople, and I'm sure this woman had lots of helpful knowledge, but I prefer to browse in peace. That's just me.

For fabrics, I checked out The Needle Shop, in the Bucktown neighborhood, which was small and adorable.  Mostly they stocked modern cotton prints such as Amy Butler. I was hoping for a linen blend print for a skirt, but didn't find one, and since I have promised myself I will not buy any more quilting-weight cotton prints for a while, I didn't get much there.  But it was so worth the visit.  They also had sewing patterns from various small pattern producers (again, like Amy Butler) and a few odd notions.

They have a pretty small sign and the shop is unobtrusive with small windows, so it's a little difficult to spot the first time.

I bought some fold-over elastic, which I haven't been able to find at home.  I don't use a lot of elastic, but after I read about it on angry chicken's tutorial, I thought it seemed worth trying.  Cute and simple.  They had about a dozen colors so I just picked a few I liked.



About a block away from The Needle Shop is Soutache, a ribbon and button shop.  Unique selection and super cute; all the buttons are stored in glass jars on wooden shelves, with a sample button on a card around the neck of the jar so you can see it.  I got a couple lengths of ribbon: a length of striped cotton petersham which I am envisioning trimming the hem of a dirndl skirt and a cute narrow blue one with flowers.  I also got a few buttons, too pretty to resist.



The grain of the petersham made it photograph kind of wacky.

I also really wanted to go to quiltology, which was only 2 blocks away from where I stayed, but they have limited hours and open pretty late (noon) so I never made it.  But they have online shopping so I will probably keep them in mind when I'm in the market for quilt fabrics.

Most of the shops I visited also had pretty limited hours.  And driving in Chicago is a nightmare.  Tons of traffic and one-way streets that make me crazy.  I've been to Chicago several times, and I usually take the trains, but since I had F with me, I drove.  Parking is pretty difficult, too.  And I don't think they have pedestrian right-of-way laws like we do here.  Or if they do, everyone ignores them.  Not one car stopped for me when I was waiting at crosswalks the whole time I was there, even when I was pushing the stroller.

Anyway, I had a good time and I hope I can visit these shops again next time I'm there!
elizabeth_mn: (blue linen)
Hi all. I'm home form Dallas! We had a really nice visit with the family (well, the husband's family, technically). I gave my brother-in-law the koi quilt and he seemed to like it, and so did everyone else. (Yay!)

We got all dressed up and went to the Victorian Elegance show on Saturday. Got to meet the Dallas/Fort Worth Costumer's Guild, although I am always so shy that I barely said hello to most of them (I think the conversation may have ended when I said I was from Minnesota and therefore could not be recruited). They all looked fabulous, though. I wore this linen dress (the one in my icon) and my straw hat.

We went to the tea tasting which was fun, and I did a little shopping. There were some really lovely bustle gowns for sale, but I'm on a budget, so I bought some fantastic orange feathers that I want to put on a tall 1880s hat, and some shell buttons and a shell buckle. I was looking for fancy ribbons, but I didn't find quite what I wanted. I also looked at fans, but they were all insanely expensive. Ditto hatpins.

Driving there and back was fun, and it was nice to be gone for a while, and nice to see my husband's brother, sister, and mom again (I miss them!), but I'm glad we're home now. I never realize how picky I am about things like non-stinky soap and good tasting water (Dallas water is seriously nasty) until I leave home.

I'm going to catch up on my F-list a bit and then post pictures of the koi quilt and my new knitted hat, which I finished on the trip. 
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