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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

It had been a great summer

I have had a great summer here in Chicago. I feel like I have done a lot, yet I also feel like I wish the summer would go on forever. We still have so many people and places I want to visit while it is warm. I am not looking forward to the winter snow. I can deal with fall, since i have knitted a few new fall items but I am not ready for 10 below.. I guess I am thinking about all this since it is supper hot today! O well enough about the weather.

I have been knitting and sewing. No big up dates to my etsy account which is unfortunate since I check it every day some times 2 and 3 times a day. I have done some yarn dyeing this summer(three wonderful balls of wool) - all of my yarn came out great. So great I have not been able to give any up as planned. I have started knitting a neck wrap (see below) which I am planning on felting it when I am done, even though I have taken the time to knit it in moss stitch. It will be so nice and warm this winter.
I am also obsessed with the baby booties pattern that every one else has been knitting. As far as the sewing goes... I have also been doing some sewing for my friends wedding in September. Which has been great so far although I still have a lot to do- I will keep you posted.

My friend Sara claims she is not a very good blog reader. I am just the opposite. I love to read had have a hard time up dating my blog since i can no longer do it at work and most days the last thing I want to so is turn on my lap top. I have blogs i check every day, I will try and share them with you some time soon .
Okay i need to do some knitting before my evening is over .... Until next time.
Keep cool because its hot out there!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Celebrating his life

Today was a hard day, the last 4 days have been hard! I think when you loose some one you love it is aways hard, it takes a the wind out of you and makes your heart hurt, At least it does for me.

We have driven to Indiana twice in the last 4 days and I saw a lot of people that I have not seen in years. The funeral 4 my step brother Wesley Beaty was amazing. So many people loved my him, so many people! It was astounding the amount of people who were at both the showing and the funeral. If I have 1/3 the amount of people at mine I will be doing good!! The funeral was standing room only with people spilling out the front door.

I know it was really heard for my step dad Ed and my mom. - okay am I really depressing you or what? It was a sad day for me but today was also a time to celebrate his life, I know they always say that at funerals but I feel like this one really was a celebration! There were over 40 motorcycles in the precession, he was taken to the cemetery in a Harley Hurst and we let balloons go into the sky to honor him. It was sad but rememberable just like Wesley was for me, and all of those who knew and loved him.

More knitting next week! Yea the weekend is only 2 days away!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

where have I been?

I have been moving into our new apartment. It is a great little 2 bed room apt on the north side of Chicago, in the north center area. We really love the area and the apartment is not half bad. It is a lot smaller then our old apt so we have been trying to go through things and get it out of here. But we now have a deck for grilling and entertaining. It will be nice place for us to be for a few years.

I am so happy that summer as arrived in the Chicago area! Chicago is so much fun in the summer, there is a festival every weekend and always more to do then you could ever do. We have done some traveling this spring. A few trips to Indiana to my parents home as well as a trip to Gene's sister Kelly's. This past weekend we went home for fathers day weekend, the weather was beautiful and I was able to see a lot of my family. We also had a tragic loss, my step brother Wes Beaty left this beautiful world. At 26 he had only begun to experience this world and he will be missed by all who knew him. I know I will miss him!!

Above is a photo of a pair of booties that I have been knitting. I am addicted, I have knitted up 3 different pairs so far. You can find the pattern here.

It rocks!

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

girlscantell's new home for rambliness!

since blogger's in some state of reversioning itself (and because it's not super mac friendly, or at least not to me), girlscantell decided now might be a good time to move into bigger digs.

i'll still be checking in here periodically (hope more often than i have been the past few months!) but from now on, here is the new girlscantell blog! give it some lovin', mark it a favorite, put your bookmarks there.

see you soon!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Is it Spring yet?

Winter is really dragging out this year, It is my first full winter in Chicago and the cold temps combined with the cloudy short days can really bring me down. I was born in the summer and I prefer heat and the long days of summer sun. In the winter I find my self going to bed by 10 and getting next to nothing done. I guess I only have a few more months to deal until the long sunny days return and I can once agian do my running out side.

Gene and I are moving into a new apartment at the end of March. I am really looking forward to the change, my days will be longer to accommodate the growing commute and my visits to a laundry mat, but I think it will be okay. We are moving in to a great neighborhood, called Lincoln Square it has lots of great shops, pubs and even a yarn store with in walking distance.

I have been knitting .....mostly hats, mittens and baby booties. Small projects work best for me this time of year. I find that they are a great distraction from the bitter cold we experienced this month. You would not even believe my gas bill, I all most had a heart attach right there at the mail box. What else is going on you ask? I have started my volunteer process at the Anti-Cruelty Society. It seams like a great place to help the community and my little furry friends who need a loving home.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

yay! the powerbook is back!

wow! it's been some time since i've been able to write, since my trusty powerbook needed a new harddrive and appearantly that takes a whopping 8 weeks to do [i don't believe it actually takes 8 weeks for normal people, but for some reason it took my people 8 weeks...]

anyway. shanna. i'm tired just reading everything you're up to!
lately, i've been working on finishing things up around the house, doing the sorts of things i've wanted to do but that weren't super high priorities. like painting the living room, putting a door on the basement, trimwork in the kitchen, painting the built in bookshelf i built... fun stuff.

i've been reading a tree grows in brooklyn lately, because i realized i had never read it, and it seems like one of those books that everyone should read. well, i was totally right, as it's super good and i'm very much enjoying it. i haven't read a good book for fun in some time, so it's refreshing.

my little etsy side project is also going well. i have been silkscreening in the basement, and i have to admit, preparing the screens isn't at all as difficult as i thought it'd be. it's actually really fun. so keep your eye out for lots new stuff on my flickr page and my etsy shop with my own screenprinting on it. yay!

100 miles by april 1, eh? wellll. every morning, i've begun running janie instead of walking her, so i guess if i'm doing about 1.5 miles every morning with her, and then do a couple real runs a week or a long run on weekends, that's totally do-able. i was hoping to do the broad street run in march, but, despite my stop and go running with janie, i feel incredibly out of shape, so we'll see.

so. that's what's new for now! and i'm so jealous! everyone is spinning but me! eeek!

Sunday, January 14, 2007


It has been a good weekend and now it's time to go back to work, for yet another week of drawing; for love or money. Last week I took a spinning class, (one of my yearly goals) at my local yarn shop. Loopy Yarn - It was great. I think I did okay for my 1st spinning class. I was on a wheel that had two foot peddles like in the photo. It was hard to make it spin in the direction that I wanted it to spin. I think it will take time spent working on the wheel to get it down. I was able to make just a little bit of yarn, but I learned a lot in an hour. I think it would be fun to have a wheel but I may be saving for a bit. They run around 600 bucks... That is a good chunk of change for me. Although some day I would love to add spinning to my growing list of craft skills.