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Archive for April, 2011

029/365 Wrigley — After

Posted by Andi on April 30, 2011

029/365 Wrigley -- After
Big yawn!
The bag on her leg is to cover her bandage when she goes outside.
30 April 2011

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028/354 Wrigley — Before

Posted by Andi on April 30, 2011

028/365 Wrigley -- Before
29 April 2011

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027/365 Union Station

Posted by Andi on April 30, 2011

027/365 Union Station
Chicago, IL
28 April 2011

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026/365 Boomer

Posted by Andi on April 30, 2011

026/365 Boomer
27 April 2011

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025/365 History will be made

Posted by Andi on April 27, 2011

025/365 History will be made.
Randolph Street
West Loop
Chicago, IL
26 April 2011

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024/365 Condiments

Posted by Andi on April 26, 2011

024/365 Condiments
Harlem Ave. Blue Line platform
25 April 2011

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Wherein I spend entirely too much money (but don’t regret it)

Posted by Andi on April 24, 2011

We have a trip to Texas to pay off, but…

I has been anxiously awaiting the opening of a new boutique in my neighborhood called Pretty Little Things. The windows were papered over, but there were places where the paper didn’t go all the way to the window so I could see slivers of the store as they were getting ready to open. I saw some necklaces and t-shirts.

On Friday I was browsing on Ravelry, and I saw a new topic in the group for one of my LYS’s, Chix With Stix saying that Pretty Little Things was opening that day, and if you brought it a receipt from there from that day you would get 20% off your purchase at Chix. Well, of course I was going to take advantage of that!

I stopped at Pretty Little Things on my way home from work. What a cute little shop!! There is jewelry, baby clothes, t-shirts, dresses, glassware, baby stuff, natural cleaners, hand made lotions and body products, etc. Really, I could have bought up half the store, but I narrowed it down to two things.

The first thing I picked up was this glass.

Knitting pint glass

Yeah, of course I had to have that!! I almost picked up a coffee mug with a skull on it (you know how much I love skulls), but Tim had asked what I wanted for my birthday and I decided I want that coffee much for my birthday, so I walked away.

There was a lot of cute jewelry in there. I think it’s all hand made, and really reasonably priced given that. I almost picked up a wooden pendent, then almost chose a necklace with old typewriter keys as pendants, but I have so many necklaces. I started looking at some cute earrings, but then saw this bracelet.

Nature bracelet

It was hard to take a good picture of it without putting it on, but the green bit is a leaf. So it’s a (metal) stick, and then beads that are a leaf and a flower. The colors are a bronzey-brown, green, and off white. I loved how much it really looked like nature, and it matches a lot of what I wear. There was so much more I could have bought, but I can take my time and go back another day.

I promptly walked over to Chix With Stix to get 20% off some yarn. I was really torn as to what to get. I have a ton of sock yarn, yet it’s the one thing I can buy and easily find a project for. Then I saw some Misti Alpaca lace weight yarn, and after looking at every color and deciding I wanted each one, I chose this one.

Misti Alpaca lace

It’s not quite as blue as it looks in this picture. It’s somewhere between light blue and sea green. It’s very pretty. I bought four skeins, which should be enough for a large shawl or a cardigan. I’ve been buying a lot of lace yarn lately, even though I haven’t used much yet. I better like knitting with yarn that fine!

So that was Friday. On Saturday I happened to pop into our local Gap store and saw that there was a 40% off sale. Tim and I went back later in the day. I managed to get some clothes for work and a cute tank top, and Tim got a couple of shirts. A couple of items we got were already on clearance, and then were 40% off on top of that. We got five garments for the price of two! You can’t beat that, especially for nice dress pants for work.

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023/365 Happy Easter

Posted by Andi on April 24, 2011

023/365 Happy Easter
Forest Park, IL
24 April 2011

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022/365 Spring

Posted by Andi on April 24, 2011

022/365 Spring
Forest Park, IL
23 April 2011

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Souvenir yarn – Texas

Posted by Andi on April 23, 2011

During last week’s trip to Texas we drove down to San Antonio to see friends who generously took us out to dinner and showed us around San Antonio. Even more generously, I was treated to some beautiful yarn.

Souvenir handspun 1

My new friend Melissa spun this. Isn’t it beautiful? I love the colors! And the yarn is so soft.

Souvenir handspun 2

I’m still considering what I will make with it. I am leaning toward a cute slouchy hat or a cowl.

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