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The Cost of High End Knitting

I am sure most knitters would be appalled that I am going to have a little jab at what some yarns cost. I understand there are people out there in the knitting world that raise their own sheep, spin their own wool and dye it as well. God bless as I would be a horrible spinner, I think.
My pocket book allows me the low end of the yarn scale and they have all done the job, though there are a few I would never buy again. One of my absolutely favorite soft affordable yarn is Homespun by Lion Brand. I have made countless scarves and neckwarmers with that yarn and people have loved them. Other favorite yarns are alpacas and cashmere and yes, you can tell a difference between acrylic and alpaca. I would love to own alpacas but that is a whole other odd obsession we should not get into.
My big issue is when I find a project I adore, I hate having to find a more affordable yarn to replace the $36 skein (YOWZA!!).  Look at this Pixie Dust Yarn by Knit Collage. It is just GORGEOUS!!!



And this is…

Colorful Countertops

I am battling a cold. There is no fun in that when one is responsible for a very active, almost ten month old child who gets cheap thrills from licking radiator valves. I have no explanation to this and thank the Baby Jesus the radiators are not on due to the nice weather.

I have also had the fortune of finding ways to write, even when little man is up and moving about because he self entertains himself very well. This is after training mommy to remove all pet food bowls, especially the water filed ones, and to follow him from room to room with computer in hand. Our go pod and pack n play are wonderful tools and come in handy when I need to go to the bathroom or just need to sit for a minute.

Anyway, in regards to the title of this post. I think it was on Cultivate.com,(Yes ANOTHER kitchen design site. I have a problem, I know it, I admit it and quite frankly, am not ashamed), where I came across a post about "Bold Colored Countertops". While I am not sure I would do this in…

Post From Another Blog

Rhonda at Down To Earth wrote a post that resounded with me and many others. She touched on how violent society seems to be today and I think a lot of us would agree that apathy has become more commonplace than empathy. I know I sometimes wonder how we have become so detached, so unfeeling and so desiring 15 minutes of fame without caring about the consequences of getting there. That of course is reality tv's fault, but still, we all have our own minds and it seems like a lot of folks no longer use their brains to think of anything but fame, fortune and power. I get scared because I am now a parent. I have been scared because I have watched the world, like many others, become more hostile, volatile and down right ugly at time over the simplest issues, not just the grandest ones. We must be the change we want in the world or we will not have anyone else to blame, but ourselves.

WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS

"Civility, respect and responsibility need to be a big part of what we teach o…

Shawl Collar Cowl

While I do love scarves, neck warmers and cowls are more my thing.

This Shawl Collar Cowl from The Purl Bee, which is the website of the lovely little Purl Soho and yes, I have been, is just exquisite. Of course, I will be making a less glamorous version because, quite frankly, I do not have $75 to spend on yarn to make a cowl right now. Maybe ever.

Just admire the beautiful ribbed exterior and how it is complimented by the stockinette interior. I am absolutely gaga over this.

So yes, the Shawl Collar Cowl is now on my "must be knit" list.

Cheers!
MissFifi

Vintage Clothing

I know I have posted about vintage clothes before, but you can never show fun and fabulous stuff too much!

I love this 1960's wool sheath and the raspberry color is just gorgeous! Bombshells and Babes




Couture Allure Vintage Fashion has some incredibly beautiful stuff. This dress is from the 50's



I do love me some good reproductions too. This halter dress at Jitterbuggin is awesome.


I am not a fan of fur at all, but I do love the style of this coat. I am sure I could find one without a mink collar.  Art Deco Dame


Here are links to a few other vintage blogs.

Esme and the Laneway
Twila Jean
Little Rascal

Enjoy!
Cheers!
MissFifi



Mini Fairy Garden

This miniature table top garden on The Inspired Room is a very pretty idea for a porch or even patio area.

The whole blog is filled with terrific DIY projects so definitely take a gander!

Cheers!
MissFifi

Fundraising Part Deux and a Cool Idea

Chatting with a friend of mine, we discussed the barrage of fundraising going on in our area for the last month. He had just gotten hit up again at the local Shop Rite. These kids get no break. Every weekend, from Boy Scouts to Cheerleaders to Soccer players. It is full on bedlam here. I mentioned my prior post and he  empathized with my annoyance, but he also wondered if I came across as not liking donating at all and that is just not true. We have friends with kids and we are more than happy to buy what ever they sell. The only thing I do not buy are magazines since my hubby brings them home for free. What I really dislike are different groups of strangers asking me to buy the same thing every other week. Hello Boy Scouts, the $18-20 tin of popcorn is tasty but way too expensive for a lot of folks right now, so please, can you do something else?
It is one thing to have a fundraiser for a sick child or first aid squad, it is another for a local sports team to be hitting me up when I …

Car Blanket Pattern

Michael's has this cool pattern for a nice lap blanket and I may need to file it away for someday.

COMPACT CAR BLANKET


Cheers!
MissFifi

Home Economics

I recently watched 1950 video from Iowa State College about Home Economics and I dare to say, if there was ever a need to bring something back from the "olden" days, this would be it.
The documentary shows 4 young women and their journey through college as they major in Home Economics and how it will apply to their careers and home life. An example would be how chemistry is used not just to do science experiments, but also for cooking. Quite honestly, I think it would be prudent to have high school students take Home Economics courses to graduate. You learn budgeting, clothing design, home decoration, quality of food and furniture, cooking and much, much more. More then I even thought was possible. There was something wonderful about seeing how these women chose specific careers, but were able to carry their knowledge into the home once they are married.
So to the overburdened public school system, I feel for you, but I think it is time to bring back Home Economics, along wi…

School/Sports/Scouts Fundraising

I hate it.

My kid is not even in school yet and when I pull up to a Shop Rite or Dunkin' Donuts and see the table displays, I dread getting out of my car. No, I do not want to buy over priced junk and that includes the God-awful Girl Scout cookies, magazines and $20 tins of popcorn. Seriously??? Twenty bucks for popcorn?When you ask me to fund a travelling a soccer team I say no thanks. You chose to put your kid in the league, you pay for it. Sounds mean, but too bad. I am all for kids doing extracurricular activities and I get the schools need "help", but please do not harass the general public. Can't parents write a check and call it a day? I would think a lot of them would prefer that route. Why don't school understand that some folks are ill-equipped to go around the neighborhood asking for money? Or even better, they just don't want to. If my child participated in a sport or scouts or whatever, I am happy to just write a check. I have no desire to harass…