Tuesday, October 2, 2012

September Obsessions

Spring - Summer Obsessions
September's Obsessions list is a few days late but hey, better late than never.  Right?  It was yet another busy weekend around here, as I had my in-laws visiting from out of town to celebrate the Munchkin's birthday (his birthday is actually today, but we made a weekend out of it)!!  September in general was a pretty hectic month but was oh so quiet on the blog.  I had knitting deadlines and goals to meet and therefore was knitting like my stash was on fire.  Sadly these deadlines are for projects that I'm unable to share with you here on the blog at the moment.  I've also been busy with the Munchkin - appointments, assessments, and helping him with all the mega changes that have been going on with our usual daily routine.  I have to admit that the Munchkin isn't the only one needing help in dealing with these transitions.  Realizing that your "baby" is growing up (way too fast I might add!) can be really hard on a parent!

Yet with the cooler weather slowly coming upon us and the holiday season just around the corner, I don't see the busyness dying down any time soon.  If anything, it's just going to get even more crazy busy!  I better break out the calendar and Post-Its and start doing some heavy duty planning.  In the meantime, here are five things I've been obsessed with in September:

1. Meeting Online Knitting Friends in Person

Baby Shower
Ok, this was taken at a friend's knitterly baby shower, but I realized I didn't take any photos of my new friends!

The past few months I've been super fortunate to be able to meet a few online friends and turned them into real life friends.  It kind of blows my mind to get to know someone through the blogging world, Ravelry, Twitter, and even Instagram and when you finally meet them face to face it's like seeing an old friend.  Last month I got to meet Liisa (hei hei Liisa!) of Sock-A-Plenty, who I never thought I would actually get to meet in person.  Mainly because she lives all the way over in Finland.  Liisa had stayed with me for almost a week and not once did we have an awkward silent moment (at least I didn't experience such a thing).  I got to witness her lightning fast knitting (seriously, she knits so freakin' fast that it looks like she's doing nothing but shuffling stitches around!), we talked and drooled over yarn, Liisa saw the stash, we chatted about knitting, and of course did some knitting together.  The 4 days that she was here went by so fast that it was so sad to see her leave, even the Munchkin kept questioning where she went.

And even though I met her for the first time at Fibrations (albeit for only a few minutes), I got to meet up with Rebecca of Nook for a knitting date.  It's so crazy that we live in the same city and it still took months, maybe a year, to finally meet.  Victoria isn't a big city, and yet we never even bumped into each other.  And get this, we could have been neighbours!  Rebecca used to live in my hood!  Crazy, I know!  Rebecca and I have been chatting through our respective blogs via the comments, through Ravelry, and then through lengthy conversations on Facebook.  When we finally met up one-on-one our chatting really didn't skip a beat.  It felt like I've known Rebecca for years and years.  Aside from being obsessed with knitting, it turns out that we have so much in common.  Our knitting date turned into an almost 5 hour knitting marathon!  Our poor husbands, stuck at home with the kidlets...fending for themselves!  Heh heh...

All of these meet ups have made me even more excited about Knit City (less than 2 weeks away!  Eek!) and being able to meet even more internet friends (Aja, I'm looking at you!), fellow knitters and bloggers, and of course, some of you readers!! ♥


2. Visiting the SweetGeorgia Yarns Studio

SGY Studio

At the beginning of the month I was fortunate enough to visit the SweetGeorgia Yarns studio at their new location when I went to Vancouver to meet up with Liisa.  Would you believe that I actually had the willpower to hold back and only brought home 2 skeins of yarn?  Ok, actually it was 8 skeins.  But 1 of them wasn't mine, 2 was the sock yarn club yarn, and 3 were pre-ordered eons ago.  But trust me, it was really, really, really hard to not go crazy.  Especially when you see that hot pink wall (want!) and come face to face with a feast of 2 walls full of bright and gorgeous yarn.  Mmm...it was wonderful eye candy!  Felicia was super nice and gave Liisa and I a tour of the studio and I drooled (again!) over the looms that she had.  I'm kind of glad that I don't live in the lower mainland, or else I'd be stopping by the studio.  A lot!


3. Long Winter Farm

LWF Lip balm

I first discovered and learned about Long Winter Farm through Instagram, when a few people posted photos of their lip balm collection.  Long Winter Farm lip balm kept showing up and in particular, Unicorn Farts.  The name alone made me want to get a tube.  I mean, come on!  One, who can resist the name?  Two, who can resist spreading Unicorn Farts on their lips??  I love unicorns, don't you?  Farts...well, not so much.  But unicorn farts??  I think I could get into that.  Then I found out that Unicorns Farts smell like cotton candy and spearmint.  Yup.  I was sold!  I was totally content with just getting a solo tube of Unicorn Farts, that is, until I saw this photo.  That photo made me go a little nuts when it came to ordering.  And now I have a full-on addiction.  Even though you don't really need to reapply this lip balm that often (cause it has some serious lasting power), I find myself constantly reaching for a tube.  This stuff just feels so darn hootin' tootin' good, I can't help but to reapply often!  I have a feeling that I'll be making another order really soon and that I'll be gifting these to everyone come Christmas!


4. Tea

Tea

If you've been following me on either Twitter or Instagram (I'm MisoCraftyKnits) then you already know that I've been really digging tea lately.  Especially those from David's Tea.  I kid you not, I've been drinking gallons of tea a day.  My all time favourite is Ice Cream Cake, but there are others that are fast approaching the favourite list.  Like Organic Blueberry Jam, Red Velvet Cupcake, and most recently, Banana Nut Bread.  Even though I have several locations close to me, I've been ordering the teas online.  Not only is shipping fast and free (after a certain amount, but trust me, it's not hard to fill up that shopping cart.  And shucks, do you really need to twist my rubber arm to order more tea?), but you get 3 free samples with each order.  They are the perfect way to try new teas without having to commit to buying a large quantity.  But they can also be dangerous - they're the gateway to more tea purchases! Is it bad that I've made 2 orders in September and made a third before the month was over?  I couldn't help it, I just had to stock up on some of my faves (one of them is an online exclusive that you can only get in stores during the winter holidays - Santa's Secret....YUM!) and while I was at it, had to throw in Lime Gelato and Salted Caramel.  Hey, there are worse things that you can be addicted to, right?  Ahem...moving on...


5. Drawstring Project Bags

MisoCraftyKnits Drawstring

I used to be all about the zippered project bags simply because they seemed way more secure in keeping all my project stuff together, and were easy to knit out of.  I had tried drawstring bags, but most of them were often the flat, baseless kind - which are super easy to sew up but not really ideal (for me at least) to knit out of.  I've had numerous requests for drawstring bags and so I started to experiment and had sewn up a few samples.  The drawstring bags that I've made have a much larger opening, padded square bottoms, and stand up perfectly on its own when all packed up and when in use.  I've started folding down the top of the opening a little and they turn into a makeshift basket!  Absolutely perfect to keep your ball of yarn in whilst you knit.  Who needs a yarn bowl when your project bag can turn into one??  Another reason why I've converted into a drawstring project bag lover: it's much easier for me to stuff a small project in my handbag and when I'm waiting in a line-up somewhere or hanging out at a playground, it's mega easy to pull out your knitting and either keep the bag slightly open in your bag while you knit or simply hang the bag from your wrist and knit away.

I've been playing around with different fusings and stabilizers (for anyone who knows me, finding the perfect fusing/stabilizer is absolutely key for me!) and think I've found the perfect combo.  Yay!!  So do you know what that means?  It means that this month I'll be adding a few drawstring bags into the product line up in my etsy shop!!  Not a fan of the drawstring project bag?  Don't worry, I'll still be sewing the zippered box bags!  


15 comments:

  1. Yay!!!! awesome favorties list:D
    Gotta love the unicorn farts!! I swear I over use mine and yes I have put in another order to LWF, this time it included purfume oil!!
    Knit city here we come!!!!

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    1. I SO want to try the perfume oil and the cream. I'm just patiently waiting for the Uni Farts and the Black Coconut to be listed in the shop again!

      And yes...Knit City, here we come!!! ;)

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  2. Yay...I can't wait for your drawstring project bags! I don't have any nice project bags yet and my projects are piling up quickly ;)

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    1. Haha...thanks Leah! ♥ I hope I'll be able to list a couple by next week!

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  3. hei hei melissa :)

    dude, you're making my eyes water here <3 i really can't thank you enough for being such an amazing friend. and even more amazing hostess. i had so much fun and miss all of you guys. just a couple months though and i'll be ringing your doorbell again & causing an awkward moment when you can't get the door open :D you might get to witness my knitting speed again too.. i sure do appreciate the fact that in a room full of throwers i'm considered a god :D

    and i totally 100% agree on every item on your list except the unicorn farts, because i haven't been lucky enough yet to witness such a thing in real life. just one more thing on the 2do list..

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    1. Liisa, you know that you are always welcome here any time!! And who knows, when you come back, there just might be a tube of Unicorn Farts waiting for you!! ;)

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  4. i love this post!! and i'm super happy that we've finally met in person! honestly those 5 hrs just flew by! i'd like another knit date please :) oh and i think i'll be placing an order for unicorn farts ... and tea.... so thank you. you enabeler you... hahahah. xoxoxoxo

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  5. I'm going to David's tea tomorrow and I am sooo looking for Banana Nut Bread (kinda totally excited). Also all those lip balms...you are right one is just not enough!

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    1. I really hope you like the Banana Nut Bread! I seriously drink cups upon cups of it in a sitting! And I don't feel bad about it since there's no caffeine in there!!

      I'm also glad that you agree, you can never have enough lip balm...in particular, LWF lip balms! :)

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  6. How did you get all the flavors? When i went to the shop they said they won't ship flavors to Canada??? I'm sad :( I can get unicorn farts though so that's cool.

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    1. I can't wait for you to get your order Shannon...you're going to love it!! :)

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  7. ^^agreed! very odd, i sent the owner an email.

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    1. ok apparently us canuckistans (and other international people) have to order through her etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/LongWinterSoapCo. yaay i have unicorn farts in the mail! LOL

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    2. Oops! Sorry for being late to the party...but I'm glad you got it figured out Judy! I can't wait for you to try out the Uni Farts too!

      YAY!! Unicorn Farts for everybody!! :D

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