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what am I doing here?

in which susan proceeds to get caffienated and knit all day. if only I could get paid to drink coffee and knit... that would so be the shiz-knit.

I have no idea who this guy is... 4.25.2008 |

but who the heck would want his face on their crockpot? and what self respecting race car driver would want to be associated with a slow cooker?

bad photos ahead! 4.20.2008 |

man, this weekend was action packed! so much action that I'm on the verge of falling asleep. I'm just going to skip all the stuff that you probably don't care about and go straight to the real excitement!

saturday, I went to visit my friend who moved to campbell a few months ago. (I know! I'm such a bad friend! she moved in 2007! I suck!) before leaving my house saturday morning, I suddenly remembered that I had seen something somewhere about a new lys opening up in downtown campbell. so I double checked online that it was there for reals and then headed out the door. somehow, I managed to convince my two non-knitting friends to accompany me to the store. either they are very good friends or they were really bored. or both. that is beside the point. turns out! it was opening day down at green planet yarn! hooray!

seriously - what's more exciting than going to a new yarn shop than going to a new yarn shop when it's more new than it will ever be again? because, hello! swag!
how awesome is all this stuff? a very handy, eco-friendly swtc tote, four metal earth buttons, a sample of tofutsies, and five (holy cow!) free patterns. are you upset you didn't get to go too? yeah. I understand. anyway, super cute shop. lots of yarns I'd never seen before, lots of which were eco-friendly. of course, I bought some that wasn't (in upper corner of photo. for a baby gift). haha. they had lots of brown sheep. and... uh... lots of stuff. go look at the list of stuff they carry, since my memory isn't so great. the shop isn't huge, but it's laid out well and it looks like they made a great use of the space. they even had a little table with drawing pads and crayons, which isa broke in nicely. the staff was friendly and inviting too. I will definitely be back! and I'll be sure to bring my eco-friendly yarn shopping bag.

not sure if the rest of my weekend will really be all that interesting to anyone besides myself. so, instead, I leave you with this photo of my tv, paused on alan wong's obviously disgusted face.

I feel ya, alan. you're so angry, your little eyebrows are about to jump right off your forehead. I, too, would like to jump off your forehead, because, apparently, this is a big enough deal that they had to spend roughly 5 minutes of the 11:00 news talking about it. pardon me while I go cry myself to sleep. thank you.

it's a sickness, really 4.16.2008 |

I love target. love love love it. probably more than is healthy. I may or may not have mentioned this before. I especially love having 3 big new targets within a 10 minute drive of my office so I can spend (waste) many a lunch hour cruising the aisles for red clearance tags. did you know there's stuff on clearance every single day?? for super cheap? it's true! trust me. I know. really.

I've bought packs of 24 crayons for $.03 each, multiple pairs of jeans for $5.48, a playhouse for isa for $6.24... I might not be good at many of things, but man, I am AWESOME at buying things I don't need for ridiculously low prices at target. yeah!

anyway, today, on yet another target rampage, I found this near the first aid section on a shelf with hair dye and method wipes. (my apologies for the really really bad photos.)
how cute is this?? it's a make your own stuffed giraffe set for kids. I realize it's for children 8 and up (says the package) and my child isn't even halfway there and is probably far too young to be playing with pointy needles, but I could not stop myself from buying it. so what should I do with it? hold onto it for 5 years? or... make it myself? can't decide... and look at all the crap it comes with. for less than $3. holy cow.

on top of that, I snagged these super cute summer dresses! they were not on clearance, but how could I resist?

unfortunately... these are not for me... they're for isa! she gets to be supercute this season (and all the time regardless!). and yes. those are owls! I seriously did not even realize it until I got home and took this photo. I thought it was just swirlies.

and I will try to not think about how the stick of deodorant that I bought looks like someone used it already. it's missing the little inside lid thing and... well. let's not talk about it. it needs to go back. pronto.

and I thought it couldn't be done! 4.10.2008 |

I don't know why, but I've had a somewhat irrational fear of crocheting. probably because I kind of suck at it. and I probably only suck because I haven't really tried very hard. or maybe I'm just saying that so I don't feel bad about the fact that I really do suck. either way, I'm pretty sure it goes all the way back to when my mom tried to teach me to crochet a couple of times and I just couldn't wrap my head around it. besides her claiming she couldn't go any slower than superfast, she only knew the terms in chinese. everything was a crazy, chinese blur of fingers and yarn. and a hook. but, I eventually made a rug and a scarf and that was about it. I couldn't get past the back and forth single crochet (which I had to figure out from a book. THANKS, mom), and even then, I kept ending up with the wrong number of stitches in a row and having to fudge my way around it. also, not sure I actually knew how to count the stitches.

but that was long long ago, when I was still young and in my mid-twenties. now that I'm much more mature and teetering on the edge of 30, I've worked up the nerve to try it again. all it took was wendy telling me repeatedly (and probably trying not to roll her eyes too much) that it's not hard and I could totally do it and look how easy and cute her first amigurumi is! I couldn't have her thinking I wasn't up to the challenge, right?
my first amigurumi! for scale
haha! look at that! a pear! yeah, so, I am pretty sure I still wasn't counting the stitches and rounds properly. and... I ran out of green yarn when I was two rounds from the end, so I had to finish it off with yellow (it is not pretty down there). and I had no idea how to sew on the mouth. and man, safety eyes are hard to snap. and... I dunno. it came out pretty cute, but I think I can do better. I strategically attempted to not photograph the sloppy parts. we'll see what I come up with next. and, fine. wendy, you were right. it wasn't hard. (and thank you for your leftover kit bits!) but I still think I kinda suck at it. just less so than before.