Happy Ten Ten Thirteen!

I was talking to another mom the other day and we were commenting on how quickly the days are passing. I honestly feel that the months are moving so quickly that they are being construed as a day of the week!  Like, See you Next August! Or Happy Hump September! and T.G.I.July!

It's FLYING.

So I am desperately trying to savor October. It is my favorite month for many reasons.

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The leaves are changing and the temperature (typically) signals the uncovering of all the knits that are hidden around my house. I can breathe new life into cardigans that have been collecting dust underneath beds and snuggle up with some blankets that have been neglected.

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It's the month for Rhinebeck (which was "born" the same year I was)! Not only am I going this year but I am making a full weekend of it! I rented a house with some really amazing knitters and I plan on strolling casually through the stalls instead of the mad dash it usually feels like when I only have mere hours.

And now here's the obvious, it's my birthday!! Happy Ten Ten! WOO! Last year I was all pregnant and to be honest I can't even remember what I did. (Mommy brain I lothe you). But this year, I get to spend it with my son and wonderful husband. No amount of chocolate cake can take the place of the gifts I get everyday from those two men. (but I mean, I will eat my chocolate cake, anyway!)

It's been an amazing year, one that I won't soon forget as the results of this year has managed to drool all over me everyday since. I'm starting to get my knitting grove back which makes me look forward to the year ahead! 

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And because I love you all I thought I would give one reader a special treat. Three skeins of this gorgeous Madeline Tosh Pashmina and an interchangeable needle case from Della Q!

You know the drill, leave a comment and I'll pick a lucky ten-ten'er to share the birthday love! Comments close on Saturday 10-12 🙂 (extended love!)

As always, thank you for popping over my blog and enjoying my knit rants – and sticking with me through my baby hiatus! You guys rock.

xo

m

ETA: Sorry for leaving you guys hanging for a WEEK! Yikes! I did pick a winner though!

ANYA! Congrats to you and I hope you enjoy the yarn! From the looks of it, I may have to do this type of giveaway every 10th of the month! xoxo

Must Have Book: Bust DIY Guide to Life

Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to go to the book signing and party for Debbie Stoller & Laurie Henzel's new book the Bust DIY Guide to Life

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The signing took place at the same shop where I acquired my Little Red Bicycle yarn, Princess Animal. It's a small yarn shop that lives in the back of the Serendipty card store on Valencia and 21st in the Mission. When my friend Sarah first told me about the book signing I thought simply of meeting Stoller. I mean, it's not often you can meet the lady who is responsible for your craft addition.

What I wasn't prepared for was what this book was actually about. This was no simple encyclopedia of crafts. 

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There are 350+ pages of great useable information from growing your own vegetables, starting your own craft business (hmmm!), getting rid of cockroaches, or making a hairdo like the late Amy Winehouse. I even crossed checked my "emergency bag" with the items that they listed for their diy disaster kit. (I ended up adding ziplock bags and fem supplies)

There is even instructions on making a coin purse out of a cassette tape and now I wish I had held on to all those tapes I would get with my Jem dolls.

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Like it's title, it truly is a Guide to Life – giving you all the instruction to take control in any part you think needs some help. Hone in on your craft side with friendship bracelets, etched glasses, or tea towels. Try to enhase the foodie in you with making your own mozzerella or one of their fabulous coctails. Take control of your career with resume writing, speech giving, or shameless self promotion. What's more, like all other Debbie Stoller books it's the TONE that brings you in.

This isn't a book talking down to you or reads like stereo instructions – no, it's got a way about it that says, "So you wanna wear your hair in a beehive today at work? Right on! Lemme show you how." It's that inviting tone that makes me consider going out to get some worms to get my compost on.

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We should all be thankful that back in '93 Laurie and Debbie decided to put their collective genius to work and begin producing a magazine like Bust. It's led to so many wonderful opportunities and projects that have cumulated to this fabulous DIY book.

Thank you so much to Kathy, owner of Princess Animal for being on the book tour! I really enjoyed making snow globes, having a some wine and talking about the state of feminism. A HUGE thank you to Laurie and Debbie for being so badass. Can't wait to see what you ladies do next!

I'm happy to have an extra copy of this fabulous Bust DIY Guide to Life to give to one of my readers! Leave me a comment on the best advice you've ever received on anything in life (be it car mechanics, cooking, or how to get that darn red wine out of your knitting ;-)) from your mom or any other important female in your world.

(Comments will close Thursday midnight EST)

Happy Ten Ten!

Another 10 10 birthday!

It's my birthday and the blog's namesake – 10-10!

I knew my 30th year was going to be a big one. It all started with the Perfect Date: 10-10-10. We threw quite a party that weekend, singing karaoke until my voice was hoarse. My husband and I made the big decision of moving cross country to SF and I decided to make knitting my major career.

I can't believe how quickly time has flown from 10-10-10. One thing I miss most of all from the east coast is the change of the leaves. I miss the deep red, bright orange and russet leaves and the smell! The smell of fall. You know that smell. My husband likes to remind me that in a few short days I will be back there for a visit so I will get my fill soon enough! (Rhinebeck here I come!!!)

This birthday weekend hasn't let me down. My friend Sarah treated me to a brunch at Bar Tartine and afterwards my husband and I took a stroll along Valencia St. stopping at a cute paper store called Serendipty. I was so concentrated on the cute cards and gifts that I didn't notice that there was a yarn shop called Princess Animal in the back sharing the space! Husband had to hit me and point but once I looked up I bee lined it straight for the local handdyes and had a fun convo with the knitter there, Mer!

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I of course went home with some birthday presents. The hugely popular Knit.Wear magazine and a skein of Hipster Sock from Little Red Bicycle in the Sidwalk Chalk colorway. Word on the street is that this dyer uses the same base as Madeline Tosh. (huzzah!)

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Husband is also taking me out to dinner tonight to complete the b-day events and all in all, I have a feeling that this coming year is going to be even better than the last.

I love sharing the birthday love so leave me a comment and you too could win a copy of the Knit.Wear magazine and (1) skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Icelandic to make the Mistake Stitch Modibus by Daniel Yuhas. (love him!) (eta: there will be 1 winner! I WISH I could buy magazines and yarn for all!)

Whereever you are I hope you're having a great and fabulous Ten Ten!

PS. If you're feeling generous we're still long away from our goal for Team Nick! A cowl is a perfect christmas present 😉

PPS. That lil' Pecan Pie is the best!!

ETA: Closed the comments! Will pick the winner tonight and post tomorrow 🙂 Thank you SO much for all the birthday wishes and kind words! They mean so much to me. xoxo M