Thursday, March 22, 2007

My New Studio!

So, as some of you might know, I live in a city that has many old mill and factory buildings renovated into condos and art studio spaces. I have been thinking in the back of my mind that the time might be right for me to jump on the bandwagon, to have a nice, spacious place to work, and to increase my exposure to the public. (Get yer mind out of the gutter - I'm talkin' jewelry here!)
This past weekend, I went and met a woman who wanted a 'studio mate'. Pretty immediately, I got the "I do NOT want to share a space with this woman" vibe. Ecccch. More specifically, she seemed like a serious control freak who wanted everything just so. Not that I am like that at all... So, on a whim, I contacted the management company. Turns out, they are doing some more renovations elsewhere in the building, and guess who is gettin' her own spanking new studio! They haven't started building yet, so here are some pics with comments:

Here is a shot of the entire floor, with 'my' two windows in the background:

Next, "my" two windows up close. The space is 225 square feet - small, but big enough for beads, which are very, very tiny! The left edge of the space ends at the end of the wall, and I'm right next to the ramp to the other part of the building. The right edge of the space ends at the pipe to the right of the right hand window. There's a chalk line on the floor to delineate the front border, but I'll be danged if I can see it!
My two windows from another angle. Please note the tiny patch of wood floor I have left - luxurious!
Finally, a random 'poster' left over from the most recent tenants. Evidently, scissor thievery was quite a problem, and people MOVED the pallets. The nerve!The space is very inexpensive, and is pretty bare bones. The walls will not go up to the ceiling, so we'll all share the ambient light from the space. We will each get our very own fluorescent light and an electrical plug. I'll have my own door and lock.

It's a great artist community already, and I'm excited to become a part of it! I'll be sure to post updates as they arise.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

I Made Something Purdy!

As you can see on the right side of my blog, I now have an Etsy store. On the forum posts, I have made some friends who have decided to do a bracelet project. the above is my portion of the project! In real life, the small dark looking beads are a bit more red. .. but you get the general idea.

I am still knitting away on my 'secret project', which is a bummer for my three readers... not much to report these days!

In two days, I leave for California, where I will be participating in my brother's wedding. I would post pics when I got back, but since I'll be IN the wedding, well, not so cool to be clicking away during the cermony when you're standing in front of the guests...


Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Darn this secret knitting!

I have nothing to report on the knitting front, because, alas, I cannot.

However, I do have a garbage car update: I went out the next day with Febreze in hand... and it didn't smell any more! The odor is gone! Maybe it just needed a little airing out. Someone mentioned it might be a dead animal, but having smelled dead animal versus garbage, I knew it wasn't 'rotting carcass' I was smelling. Oh, yeah... my latest suspicion is that it might be my yoga bag. I have now washed the bag, and the yoga mat, very, very well. Cross your fingers for me.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Garbage Car...

When I was in college, I had a friend named Andrew who drove one of those tiny Ford Festivas that are as big as a toaster and almost as safe to operate. It was named 'the toaster', as a matter of fact. Well, Andrew had this habit of leaving garbage in the car, and so, it was occasionally very smelly. So, sometimes we would refer to the toaster as the 'garbage car'. WELL..... today is the first day that it's been sort of warm outside, and there is evidently SOMETHING rotting somewhere in my car. Oh, good lord, it smells so incredibly terrible! I did a very sincere and serious search of every single inch of my car, even got down on my knees on the dirty parking garage floor, and I truly did not find anything other than a couple of slips of paper with directions written on them, a flyer (that had been left on my windshield) encouraging me to go to the world trade center to try out for "Deal or No Deal", and a straw wrapper. No smelly piles of goo, no rotting apple in an old plastic bag, no nothing! What in the world stinks so incredibly badly!!! I even checked the trunk and the little bins in the doors. I did indeed find a lot of dust, and the overall look of the inside (and outside) of the car is decidedly unsparkly, but no garbage! I was driving with the window down, and when I passed a dead skunk on the Connector, it was actually a welcome change of pace.

Dang. What is a girl to do about her garbage car? Her normal name is "The Skittle", because of her small and purple nature... but for now, she is the garbage car. Accept rides at your own odoriferous peril.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Super Secret Knitting

Well, for the time being, my knitting has to be super secret. I will reveal that I continue to be adhering to the stashbusting rules, so that's all good. However, the main project that I am now knitting has to stay under wraps for the time being. So it goes, suckazzzz!

In other news, check out the right side right over there----------> because it is a direct link to my etsy store! I am working on adding more items, so visit me as often as you dare!

Monday, March 05, 2007

Neon Socks!!!

Okay, the colorway is called "Bird of Paradise", but they look pretty danged neon to me! They're from the Sundara Yarns Petals Collection, which is a sock of the month club. Again, I found errors in the pattern, which I don't need to tell you is a peeve of mine... but hey. They are still swell.
And now, I get to attempt to resist knitting up the Socks that Rock sock club yarn that just arrived today! The color is called Monsoon, but it looks a little more like camouflage to me. Whaddya think?
The pattern is toe up and involves cables. Nope, not gonna resist at all, am I!