Thursday, April 28, 2011

Is it the weekend YET??

I'm excited for this weekend...and it's making for a very long week... 
 
Saturday is Craftstravaganza at the State Fairgrounds in St Paul. Should be pretty rad - and I'm always up for a little crafty shopping.

Sunday is my little cousin Violyt's dance rehearsal for her Big Recital - I have no doubt that she will be absolutely adorable!


Then, next weekend is the Shepherd's Harvest Festival in Lake Elmo - looking forward to seeing alpacas and spending way more than I should on yarn...it'll be good training for our upcoming trip to Oregon!

Lots to look forward to - pretty exciting for my relatively boring life!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Fun with Stormtroopers!!!



"Don't try this at home kids."  by Kenny Louie


And my personal favorite...

"The Light Side of the Pullover" by Stéfan Le Dû

I blog; therefore, I am.

I just read some random blog post by a normal girl with a normal life.  She's having some kind of existential crisis thanks to blogging - questioning why she has a blog, if she should have a blog, where her place in the blogosphere is, etc.

I don't get it.

It's a blog.

I don't know if anybody reads this - and I don't especially care.  I guess if I felt like I had an audience who expected something from me I might feel some kind of pressure, but even then...

It's a blog.

I read blogs for the same reason I read anything - entertainment, the chance to feel connected, general nosiness...I rarely actually read entire blog posts, though.  I just scroll through them on Google Reader and stop if a title or image catches my eye.

I wonder if I'm a "good blogger's" worst nightmare...

Anyway, back to real life for me...Cheers!


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Kick Darth Vader

Ok...one more display of awesomeness and then I promise I'll try to provide actual content in my blog...

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Little Trees

I love Legos and I love Bob Ross and I love happy little trees...

This is just awesome.


Awesome.
That pretty much sums it up... 

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Friday, Friday, Gotta Fill In on Friday

From Friday Fill-Ins...

1. Pardon me, that thing you just said - it's really stupid (I've been holding that back alllllllll week).

2. I love a good deal.

3. I was surprised to find that I really like Pinterest!.

4. Watching Dr Who is one of my favorite forms of entertainment.

5. Hi, my name is Amy Jane and I'm AWESOME .

6. I vaguely remember summer afternoons.

7. And as for the weekend, Friday night I'm looking forward to the end of a long week, Saturday my plans include cleaning my house... and Sunday, I want to not celebrate Easter !

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I don't match.

My socks rarely match - my outfit or each other - in the traditional sense.  Pairing my socks identically is depressingly un-creative.  Instead, I match stripes with stripes, polk-a-dots with polk-a-dots, monkeys with monkeys, Christmas with Halloween, argyle with pirates, etc.

I don't understand the"second sock syndrome" that apparently plagues many knitters.  If just the thought of knitting a second sock like the one you just finished makes you bored and uninspired...why on Earth would you do it? 

I'm not a sock knitter, but I do knit arm and leg warmers for my little cousins.  I avoid any of this second syndrome business entirely in 2 ways:

1.  Interesting yarn - variegated, self-striping, hand painted, etc.  I especially love Crystal Palace's Mochi Plus.  It's fun and knits up fast - and it passes the "itchy" test! 


2.  Pairs of 3.  If I'm using solid colored yarn, I make random stripe patterns or just make each a different color.  Interesting yarn is far more interesting to knit with, though (see above) and is bound to make 3 coordinating arm/leg warmers.  With 2 balls of Mochi Plus, I can knit 3 arm/leg warmers which is perfect!

To avoid giving the impression I am incapable of matching, I tie a ribbon around the mismatched items and attach a button that proudly announces "I don't match!" 

I hope it reminds them that it's awesome to be different and creative and think outside the box - and that their cousin is rad.

Anyway, today, my boss's boss's boss told me that he's been meaning to tell me that he loves my socks.  Apparently, he notices "things that make people interesting."

That made me very happy!  I love my socks and I always kinda hope somebody will notice them!  I explained my "reasoning" and "pairs of 3" to him and he loved it.  Back at my cube, I saw one of my "I don't match!" buttons on my knitting bag.  I wrote a little note about how I hope the buttons remind my cousins to embrace their creativity and left it on his desk.  A little while later he showed up at my cube to let me know I made his day - he knows exactly where he'll display it in his cube, and plans to wear it to meetings.

Awesome.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Pinterest

I set up a "virtual pinboard" today on Pinterest!  It's a new site (still in beta, I think) for collecting and sharing stuff you find online - pictures, ideas, things you want, whatever.


I haven't done much with it yet, but you can find me at http://pinterest.com/AmyJane/.