Thursday, October 27, 2011


I feel really bad about how I've neglected you all this month. Really really bad. It's haunting my dreams... I have all of these posts swimming around in my head, but I feel like I need to earn your trust again.

So I'm going to let you see something. Something in my house. Something embarrassing! Ready?

I was looking for a knitting needle I lost misplaced... and came across this. To the casual observer this is a mess. Really? It's things that people all over the house have been searching for (it's worth noting that my needle WAS NOT there...)

To account for everything-
1. A soda can. Okay, no one was lloking for this, it's just trash. I'm a slob. Moving on.

2. My autographed copy of At Knit's End by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. I'm kind of stunned it was there.

3. Evey's not-autographed copy of Spot's Day at the Beach.

4. A Ball band from a skein of Noro Silk Garden.

5. Evey's copy of The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse- Come Count with Us! That we read no less than an hour ago. I think I'm seeing who's stashing things under furniture now.

6. An invoice from a doctor's office.

7. Evey's stuffed Blue (of Blue's Clues on Nickelodeon) further evidence of who's things end up in this particular abyss.

8. A Ball band from some KnitPick's Palette. Thankfully these bands were unnecessary being that I catalog everything on Ravelry pretty promptly after I acquire it.

9. A Yellow baby's sock. I'm convinced of the culprit.

10. The 2011 Ikea Catalog that Kevin couldn't find for the life of him yesterday.

11. A harddrive from my now-deceased laptop. No joke. It's under the couch.

12. A piece of Paton's Kroy FX sock yarn from making Hexipuffs.

I feel so much better getting that off of my chest!

Please tell me you have something dreadful under your couch/bed/tv cabinet too? I can't be the only one...


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

In my haste

It's been a crazy month and I haven't chatted with y'all since the early days of it so let me tell you what's been going on!

Well, I've started working -and I love it!- and that's taken up a lot of my time. When I'm not working I'm trying to get as much time in with the kids as I can. And when I'm not working and they're asleep I'm trying to clean/ knit/ catch up on the blogs I read/ shower! It's a lot! And then on top of it, I've started more Christmas knitting...

My biggest undertaking? My daughter's gift. I purchased Spud & Chloe at the Farm by Susan B, Anderson a few weeks back with the intention of churning out a sheep here, a girl there, a picket fence over a few long weekends. Then someone asked the seemingly innocent question: "Oh! Are you making them for your daughter for Christmas?!" And that was the clincher. I bought all of the yarn I should need (in theory, but I suspect I'll have to order a few rogue skeins) while in NJ -We'll get to that story- and trudged it back to the West Coast with me.

I scored ALL of this at my most favoritest place in NJ! Home Made in Swainton. Julie, who owns it is a doll and goes out her way to help anyone who asks (or forgets what day of the week it is). There's yummy yarns, fantastic fabrics, and a superb studio space. Maybe you remember my post about the quilt-in-a-day class I did there? But moving on...

I've vowed not to knit anything obvious in front of the baby girl. She's pretty smart, and already loves to steal my knitting, heck, my transatlantic is half hers because I keep finding it in her room! I started with the barn, I figure it's committal once that part is complete. You can't give a 1-year old a toy barn with no animals after all. I think I can swing this. I really do, if nothing else it will be a fun story to share with all of you, how on December 22nd in the wee hours of the morning I was cursing and sobbing the words "Spuuuuuddddd, you motherless self-loathing piece of fluff!" No? Maybe just me then.

But back to the part where I was in NJ. I flew out of Portland to New Jersey on Thursday (the 13th) to spend a long weekend with my Mama (and some time with my Papa, Granmom, and some quality time with some lovely knitters <3). We drove up to Fishkill NY on Friday afternoon -stopping at the Garden State Plaza for some retail therapy- and checked into our hotel room. My husband did a great job booking the room and got us an extended stay sweet so it was fully loaded. And then we spent Saturday and part of Sunday at the happiest place on earth!

Handspun from my lovely friend WillyG!

Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool! Now, you have every right to be mad, I was so caught up in seeing WillyG, and Stephen West, and Jess Casey & Eloise, that I neglected to take any pictures... well, I took a few. But not too many bloggy ones. I DID however, score some great fibers to show you all!

Some better, more intimate, one on one shots:

From Blue Moon Fiber Arts we have Socks that Rock~
Hoofle Foofle


Atomic #6

And I couldn't wait to cast on this Hot Flamingo (okay, I lost the band and can't remember the exact name)

 We also picked up a sweater quantity for a sweater for my mom! Does my Mama knit? Nope! But She has a daughter that loves her very very much and found a pattern that calls for bulky yarn, so a sweater she will get. We carefully selected Gaea while we were there but couldn't find three skeins of the same color. So we settled...

One of these is not the same as the others, and I'm going to try like hell to make it hide as well in the sweater! (While keeping an eye out at my LYS for a third of the Midnight at the Oasis)

There was some Sanguine Gryphon, one of which found a happy home with my lovely friend Julia, the other came home to live with my other skein of Bugga!

We also came away with some dashing mini-skeins of Miss Babs! (Thanks Jeff for the heads up!)

Sorry it's been a while, I've been cheating on all of you... with wool!


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cheap Sunglasses

Everyone has them. They're my guilty pleasure. My kids steal them and as you can see... they look way better in them! These have been dubbed my "Minnie Mouse Shades" which may be why Evey is so in love with them. They were Clearance at Old Navy and I got them for $6. Awesome right?!

Tell me about your favorite shades!

xoxo Jaqi~

Monday, October 3, 2011

It's a LUSHious life!

Hey y'all! A while back I mentioned a job interview but kept it vague and never mentioned any details. I'm so comfortable in my workplace and the ethics of the company that I would love to start sharing yummy tidbits with you!

I got a fantastic job at LUSH!

Ok, it wasn't quite like this but you get the idea!

Now I have no intention of divulging anything that's deemed confidential, I signed an agreement and have every intention of honoring it, BUT as a long-time customer of LUSH even I don't know close to everything so I figure it would be lovely to share some stuff with all of you. It will help me learn and spread the word!
I don't think this is the store I've been working in, but it's the same setup!

In upcoming "LUSHious" posts you will learn more about the charities LUSH supports, the causes we take a stand on, products reviews and ingredients, and even clips of the manufacturing process. All of this is available to anyone on the internet but I hope that by sharing them in little bits, it's more approachable for the casual reader!

Lush Employees Taking a stand on the Tar Sands in Canada. Learn more @

Today I'll start you off slow, it's a juicy and fun video about the core values of LUSH. I may repeat some of these things in the future but it's a wonderful introduction to the brand. 

Thanks for joining me today!

Fresh, Handmade, from ethical sources that you can really believe in!
I've been learning the ropes at the store and it has severely cut into my time, but if I spend some of my blog-time researching work then it kind of becomes justifiable! Thanks for bearing with me in my absence <3