Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Welcome Tiny Human

Word on the street is these projects have reached their recipient and so here they are...
Lucy Neatby's Domino Baby Bonnet in Shelridge Farms yarn was a total blast to knit. The little squares were very fun. Weaving in all the ends, not so much, but still worth it. I'm envisioning a throw blanket with leftover sock yarn.
Also a basic little sweater in Rowan Cashsoft.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Where, oh where, has my little Jenn gone?

Yes, I’ve been a lousy blogger. Where have I been?

1. Florida – For my cousin’s wedding. Bill and I had a relaxing little getaway. We combed the beach, collecting shells and watching dolphins and seabirds. Lovely.

2. Battling a miserable demon cold. – When we hopped the plane to come home last Monday, I had a tickle in my throat and a slightly runny nose. I’m still fighting off the last of it.

3. Planning my wedding. – So it turns out that planning a wedding is an even bigger time suck than Ravelry. Who knew? A good time suck, of course, but still it doesn’t leave me with a lot of time for knitting or blogging at the moment.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Baby Steps

I just witnessed a truly gorgeous sunset. I love fall.

Creative endeavors are moving at a snail’s pace around here so I haven’t had much to talk about. I’ve got a few things coming along though. Be patient with me.

I have been working on my quilt. All the little squares are done. They need to be trimmed, pressed and pieced together into bigger squares.

(gratuitous dog picture)

Monday, October 15, 2007

For the Record

I am incredibly jealous of anyone and everyone who will be at Rhinebeck. Bill and I are planning a fall wedding next year so I have been thinking Rhinebeck wasn’t in my stars for a couple years yet. Then we started considering NYC and the Hudson River valley for our honeymoon. My wheels are turning…

Monday, October 8, 2007

Does this count as stash enhancement?

I know I've been a little lean on craft content lately but I am making up for it today. Freshly dyed yarn! Previously I've done all my dyeing at the KIA. (I liked making my mess in someone else's house.) Doing it at home, I have more control over the colors and the dye set better than it has in the past. There was hardly any excess to rinse out, not even the saturated halloween black. I think because I wasn't sharing the steamer, the yarn cooked more thoroughly. I'm very happy with the way everything turned out. There was one lonely exception (not photographed). What was supposed to be melon and bubble gum with a few splashes of pale blue turned out a knotted mess of muddy pumpkin. Yuck. They can't all be winners.

Friday, October 5, 2007

A Comedy of Errors

You may recall I bought a new purse when I was in New York. They only had a display in the color I wanted so mine would ship from the warehouse. Last weekend, a big box arrived, which I excitedly opened. I extract the bag and think to myself, “This is bigger than I remember. And where’s the cute lock hardware on the front?” They sent the wrong bag.

I call the store and the saleswoman explains that two numbers were transposed in my order. She tells me that they will set up a UPS pickup for the wrong bag and send the right one.

So Wednesday morning, I set out the wrong purse for the arranged pickup. Wednesday evening I come home from work to find the old package gone and a new package in its place. But there are also two UPS notices. One notice saying they tried to deliver a package that requires my signature. A second notice informing me that they made a pickup attempt. What?! Uh, if UPS didn’t pick up the bag, where is it?

I call UPS and the automated system tells me they have no information regarding either of the notice numbers. I speak to a human. She tells me she has no information and that I need to speak with someone at the local delivery hub, which is closed. She assures me that someone will be in touch by 10 am the next morning.

Someone is not in touch by 10 am. To make matters worse, the right bag is damaged. I am okay with the damage that I will inevitably inflict through normal wear and tear but I am not okay with one that is already wonky right out of the gate. I call the store again to explain that the right bag is here, but is unacceptable. The saleswoman offers to set up another pickup (great…) and is having a new bag sent from an actual store (versus warehouse) so it can be inspected first.

After several hours and many irritating phone conversations with UPS, I finally get the whole picture. It goes like this.

Morning – Driver 1 comes to the house, leaves the new purse (no signature) and picks up the old purse. Why she took the package, no one knows. That’s Driver 2’s job because he has the appropriate shipping labels and pickup request.

Afternoon – Driver 2 comes to the house to pick up the old purse. It is not there. He leaves a notice to that effect.

Later that afternoon – Driver 1 returns to the house to redeliver the old purse that she picked up from my house that same morning but will not leave it without a signature. Mind you, the package didn’t require a signature the first time around. Why she needed a signature to put the box back where she found it, I’m not really sure.

All’s well that ends well. My new handbag arrived today, beautifully packaged and in pristine condition. That’s better.