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1 hour on the computer Tuesday night trying to reserve one for store pick up

2 hours 15 mins in the store trying to set up it up with my carrier

40 mins on the phone with my carrier (at home) to try and straighten out a problem that happened in the store

Owning a iPhone 4s…priceless…

I decided on the clear, hard case so I could use another Pinterest idea…DIY Designer Covers

Here’s my first attempt, which I did super fast because I was so excited to have the phone in my hands, period.

The cut out in the back for the camera & speaker is not “clean” but so what.  If someone notices that, which means they are way to close”,  then I have another problem.

Another use for all that scrapbooking paper, I’m love to look at but until now had no real use for.

Between my Bernina and now the iPhone.  I think I’m done shopping for a long while.

I promise to have some actual knitting and quilting in my next post.  The usual Friday BLT will be up tomorrow, but some good, quality handi-work  is coming soon.

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Pinterest…

So if you haven’t figured it out by now I’m totally addicted to Pinterest.  Every night I say to myself.  Ok, I’ll just go online for a few minutes, check email, write a quick blog post (add pics later), send a quick tweet but them I see that Pinterest button on my favorites bar and the Hoover suddenly comes on.  Pinterest is the ultimate time suck but so much fun…I just give in and say why not.  Pinning away, then suddenly realizing 2 hours have gone by, it’s midnight and Kira is going to wake up at 6:15…crap….

Now while pinning is useful (having all your favorite things categorized and organized) it’s a bit pointless if you don’t at least attempt to put even a few of those ideas to some use.

I saw this idea/Pin a while ago and thought…PERFECT!!! That is exactly what I need to get all my craft supplies in order. 

How happy am I?  Not only am I organized but I can FIND what I’m looking for when I need it.   That’s the closet in the guest/my sewing room).

For the observant among you, yes the door knob is missing.  One more thing on the Honey-Do List.

This is so simple, cheap and brilliant.  I can’t tell you how many times in the last week I’ve just stood in front the closet staring.

Below is my small but well used collection of rubber stamps.  I had these stored in about 3 places when first moved into the house and couldn’t ever remember which location had which stamp. 

This makes me sooooo happy.

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Ok, back to the fun stuff.  It’s Friday.  1,000 pardons for not having this ready for your morning coffee/tea break.  Daddy and I took Kira to the zoo.  A little family time is always a good thing.

Here we go…..

BLOG:

I started reading this blog before I even owned a sewing machine or rather knew how to use one.  There is so much to see, do, learn and shop for.  You could get lost in there for hours.     For all you sewists/sewers out there who are looking for some holiday inspiration, patterns, etc.  This is the place.  Have fun browsing!

www.sewmamasew.com/blog2/

LOVE IT:

All I have to say is Pinterest.   This may be the best recipe yet!!!!! OH MY GOSH!!!!!! Nobody call me this weekend I’ll be too busy eating one of these…One-Pan Skillet Cookie.  I don’t think yum can cover this one.

TUTORIAL:

A Travel Sewing Kit (aka: a needle book) Its super long but full of all the wonderful details that I always want and have to go to 3 to 5 places to find.  I’ve already started one. (pictures to come).  Hope you give it try.  And if you do please send me some pictures.  I especially love the velcro holder for your thread…so clever.   Who doesn’t love these?

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

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Thinking More Clearly

…now that the shock has worn off a bit and I’ve re-read the email from Sanguine Gryphon, I have to correct myself.  Michelle, you are right.  There will still be Bugga yarn and yes it will be carried by both companies.  It was the part about their yarn bases running out that confused me a bit. 

So if yesterday’s post caused even more panic than the announcement itself I do apologize.  I think I just glazed over after the first few lines of the email and my brain shut down for a moment.

And Kim, my friend, if you are reading this a skein is headed your way…

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…about the email I got from Sanguine Gryphon yesterday.  The company is saying good bye.  At the end of the year the company many of us know and love will be no more.  They are dividing their forces into 2 companies.  So the base yarn for all my SG favorites will be gone…as in I can’t get it any more…as in HOLY S–T what do I do now…. Here’s the message, because I’d have to read this for myself.

 
Best Beloved Knitters and Long-Time Friends, You have loved and supported The Sanguine Gryphon, whether from its earliest days or much more recently, and by your support have made it possible for us to pursue our passion, to live doing what we love. You have cheered us on through all we have done and become our friends. It is with sadness that we now come to you to share something difficult.In June of 2009, The Sanguine Gryphon became a partnership: two studios, one located in Easton and one located in Baltimore. It came with complications, but we made it work, and for a long time it worked really, really well.When the economy shifted, things shifted for us as well. With time, those complications became more significant; they became less the quirky inconveniences of doing business in an unusual way and grew into significant issues that began to impact our every decision.It has come to a point where we have had to make a very difficult decision. After a great deal of thought and discussion, we have determined that we must sever the umbilical cord joining the two studios and divide The Sanguine Gryphon into two separate companies. This allows us to continue to do what we love with the people we love, without the additional expense of trying to stretch this work
through two studios that have 65 miles between them. Our plan is to dissolve The Sanguine Gryphon as close to the end of this year as possible, and to open two new, separate companies in early 2012.And so- this announcement isn’t only about the death of The Sanguine Gryphon, but also about the birth of two new companies: Cephalopod Yarns, in Baltimore, Maryland, and The Verdant Gryphon, in Easton, Maryland. There is still much to figure out and we will keep you posted on the SG blog and Ravelry as our plans develop. For now we can assure you that both companies will carry Bugga!, that the Easton colourways will be carried by The Verdant Gryphon and the Baltimore colorways will be carried by Cephalopod Yarns, and that we will continue to be loosely affiliated and very likely do quirky yarny things together. You can expect to find all the things that you have loved about SG in the two new enterprises- it will just look a little different.And before that? We will be dyeing and listing all the inventory of SG before our fresh starts, so you can look forward to a few months of wild dyeing. Unfortunately, it does mean that yarn bases will run out one by one. We will keep you informed via the blog and Ravelry where inventory stands. We also know that you will have many questions during the course of the next few months. Please be assured that we will address all questions and concerns as they arise and that our first priority will be to make the transition as smooth as possible, for ourselves but especially for you, the enablers of our adventures.

While we are very sad to end our partnership and bid farewell to The Sanguine Gryphon, we are also looking forward with excitement to our new futures and new directions for our creative development, and we hope that you will come with us on this newest phase of the adventure. We would love to be able to fulfill your wildest yarn dreams for many years to come.

Affectionately yours,

Sarah and Gryphonhttp://sanguinegryphon.com
A note, before we end this post:

If you’re a member of the Nudibranch club, never fear. All of your shipments will arrive. We will step up production so that all members will receive all of their shipments earlier than previously scheduled. We will also be honouring all coupons and any other discounts which have been offered.

   
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No, I’m not upset, I just take a while to get used to change.  From what they wrote in their message this change will be good for them.  Not that it really matters but I support them totally….

I support them, I support them, I support them…if I keep saying it then I can’t say what I really want to say.  I’ll miss my beloved Bugga.

Must knit faster so I can justify buying more.

Just follow the message on the bag…

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What am I thinking?  Making you all wait 3 whole days for pics of the stash.  1,000 pardons…so no more talking, here it is!  One more thing, this stuff was more than worth the 2 hour wait.

Allow me to introduce you to Zaftig Bugga, colorway, Killer Tree….in a word DELICIOUS!!!  I can’t describe how good this yarn feels in my hands.  And the name, Zaftig according to Webster’s,  “having a full, rounded figure.  Pleasingly plump”  ie. “The actress playing the leading role was a ZAFTIG blonde”. 

The yarn that stole my heart on Saturday was zaftig and earthy!!!

Skinny Bugga, also in colorway Killer Tree, because I think I may have found my perfect shade/shades of brown.

Bugga, colorway Fierce Snake

Mithril (because I had to own yarn called Mithril…Yes, I’m a fan and want to be a Hobbit in my next life), colorway, Woman Under The Willows (can you think of a more perfect name? no I can’t either).  750 yds of lace weight heavenly-ness.  This may hang around for a while until a project (quest) worthy of it comes along.

Yes, more Bugga, because I had to.  Colorway Cockchafer

Kira’s sweater is patiently waiting for sleeves but it may have to wait a bit longer.  Who can resist casting on immediately?

For those who don’t own any of this yarn, if you’re planning to treat yourself to anything fiber related trust me you won’t be disappointed.

Happy Shopping…Sanguine Gryphon.

Before I forget, a huge thank you to all who visited my blog over the last few days.  I’ve never had so many hits in a day (399 on Saturday, 163 on Sunday).

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We were suppose to be on the road by 7:30am…of course in real-time that was actually 8:45am (after stopping for gas and Dunkin Donuts).  Finally with the family feasting, me sipping hot chocolate and knitting, we were on our way…

A beautiful day awaited us.

Arrival, 10:30am. 

Now my goal for the day was to snag me some Sanquine Gryphon.   They were debuting a new yarn, Zaftig Bugga, a worsted weight version of  their favorite Bugga.  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.   I kissed my girl, got my ticket and took off running.  The hope was to arrive early and beat the crowd…yeah right…

Destination reached!!!!! 10: 40am.  Made my way through the throngs of happy knitters then proceeded to the end of the line.  Where’s the end of line?

Oh there it is.  About a 1/2 mile from the barn.  Yes, people I waited on this line for 1 hr and 45 mins…..HOLY COW!!!

My mum and sister(white sweater and black boots on the left)  held my place  so I could get another shot of this mind-blowing line.  There’s Chris and Kira off on the right visiting me.

Mum was kind enough to let me wander a bit and enjoy some of the other sites.

Here’s my girl and her “Titi” getting to know a new friend.  Closer…

Contact…

“Mummy, he kissed me” “Wanna kiss um”…  Is that pure joy on her face or what?

I’ve never met a creature so friendly and full of curiosity.  My sister kept saying, can I have a kiss and it would “kiss” her with a bump on the nose.  We were all amazed.

More sites…

And this picture almost didn’t happen.  We were getting ready to leave and Kira who was truly an angel all day was starting to melt down a bit.  hungry, sleepy, a bit cold…time to go.  I had to go to the bathroom but decided to hold it.  Chris said go, it’s a long ride… Again I said no but he said, just go already.  My lesson for the day, listen to my husband.  As I approached the loo, there she was.  Even with lunch in hand she was gracious and posed.  Thank you Stephanie aka The Yarn Harlot.   Was I excited? UM, yeah! 

Verdict…An awesome day!!!!!  And a realization, no matter how far you stray knitters will always welcome you back.

Haul shots tomorrow….early bedtime for everyone.

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