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Christie Mae
Seattle
Seeking simplicity, humility, and beauty, through God, daily.
Interests: Knitting, socializing, reading, cooking, sewing, riding, being.
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'Don't you just love New York in the Fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies.' - Joe Fox I noticed this week that Matchbook Magazine ('Read it, I know you'll love it') had a two page pictoral/editorial in their September issue inspired by the fictional Joe Fox's line about 'bouquets of newly sharpened penciles.' I love that You've Got Mail is still so relevant, and that there are, apparently, at least dozens if not hundreds of other women out there who love that timeless film. It's reassuring to know that I'm not the only woman out there thinking... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2012 at The Purl Girl
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I've been watching A LOT of BBC Jane Austen films, and so for my next sweater, I'm working on this great victorian inspired cardigan that is seamless construction. It's called the Puff Sleeved Cardigan by Stephanie Japel, but of course, I still can't get my image to rotate. Sigh. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2011 at The Purl Girl
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Over the new year holiday I worked on some mittens, the lavender pair to match a hat of mine, and the darker pair for my roommate, a UW fan who loves purple! These worked up really quickly, only taking about 2 1/2 hours per mit. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2011 at The Purl Girl
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Here are pictures of the beautifully hand made jewelry box that Papa gave me for Christmas, it's solid mahogany and such a charming piece!! Thanks Papa!!! Happy Christmas!! Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2010 at The Purl Girl
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Well, it's been a busy season, but I did manage to finish a few pending projects and make a couple cute ornaments. Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2010 at The Purl Girl
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I've been working on a few small sewing projects this week, along with continuing knitting my shawl collared sweater. I was happy to be knitting by the fire earlier this week but it did make the whole condo smell like campfire after. Here are some coasters I just made for my roomie... I love the fabric! And some mail pockets for near the front door... Finally, I put together a Kindle cover, which, if another one is made it will be modified slightly. I think I prefer the envelope triangle cover to the straight cover, for stability. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2010 at The Purl Girl
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I haven't taken a break from knitting, but I'm getting back into the swing of things full force now that winter has descending upon the Pacific Northwest. I'm working on a Debbie Bliss sweater; both arms are complete and I'm working on the ribbing on the back. It's my first attempt at a sweater that will need to be seamed. Last weekend, I did some glass mosaic art. I'm planning on doing more mixed media projects now that I have more space. Speaking of space, here it is! I'm so excited to be able to have a space for my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2010 at The Purl Girl
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Today I spent a lot of time with cows, which was my first choice. The new guests wanted to set off on a nice long trail ride, to which I said no thanks. But I did head out to the barn to help get all the horses ready, which is the fun part. I really really really like working with the animals! On the way to the barn I said hello to the longhorn herd, and the baby goats, So I stuck around the ranch and offered to help Kathy (the ranch owner, ranch hand, mom, innkeeper, etc extraordinaire) feed.... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2010 at The Purl Girl
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I woke up pretty sore this morning, so I decided to skip the feeding and have an easy start. I played with the baby goats and cuddled with the barn cats before a late morning trail ride on Lucy. Lucy and I were in the rear, because while she is a great and responsive horse, she's a bit of a bitch and likes to kick. I appreciated her. Yes, I know the puffy vest is unflattering, but it was warm and has good pockets. I was covered in dirt today! This is one of the areas that we rode through.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2010 at The Purl Girl
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Day One. I wasn't too sure what to expect, but we started off with a nice french toast breakfast and rain. I was invited to help feed the cows and horses so I put on my shiny fatbabys and my down vest and packed my camera and chapstick. Turns out there were about 80 pairs of cattle to feed (mama and baby) and only 20 or so horses, because the other 50 horses were out at pasture and fending for themselves. We jumped into the feed truck and I drove us over to the hay stacks. Then a tractor/forklift pushed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2010 at The Purl Girl
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I have a lot to report on so I'm going to post a lot of pictures and not waste too much time on writing! En route to the K Diamond K: I was on my way down toward that body of water, which I then had to cross on this ferry.... I missed the ferry by about 30 seconds so I had to sit and wait for it to drop off and come back my way. I was the first one on and it was an interesting view: That was an experience! I'm pretty sure I was crossing the Columbia... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2010 at The Purl Girl
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Next week around this time I'll be taking off on vacation to the K Diamond K dude ranch in Eastern Washington state. I'll be posting daily to keep ya'll updated on my (mis)adventures! I'll have my Canon handy in the seat of my saddle to share my love of cow(boy)s. And of course, I'll get some knitting done in the evenings while I rest my aching everything! (I also love my new Ariat Fatbabys!) Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2010 at The Purl Girl
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At last weeks cooking class I saw three deserts demonstrated, none of which I'd ever even heard of before. Here I though I was going to perfect the topping on my lemon meringue pie! I'm thinking, what do you mean the macaroons don't have coconut in them? Oh, it's another kind of macaron altogether. Oh, huh. I'm from the South, where we eat a concoction called gooey cake. Macaron's huh? Well, ok. I haven't tried those yet, because I have to find almond meal first. Yesterday though, I gave a go at Pavlovas with a strawberry curd topping. They didn't... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2010 at The Purl Girl
Freedom Initiative Unbound Conference Today I attended the 2010 Unbound Conference, part of the new abolitionist movement. There were amazing workshops and speakers from local and international organizations fighting against human trafficking and forced slavery. They will be posting podcasts of the workshops and of David Batstone's (Notforsale.org) keynote address. Got a few rows done on my lilac socks while I was there too. Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 17, 2010 at The Purl Girl
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In anticipation for tomorrow night, I did a little of this today.... ...in my fancy pants new kitchen.... Hold on one sec, that was the timer! Not quite done yet. I love baking :-) I know they're nothin fancy, but I do love Nestle Tollhouse! I've also made some progress on Aquitaine. The body is finished and now I'm working on the arms, which I'll attach in the round before completing the yoke. As per usual, the lace work is a pain until I get the hang of the pattern, I had to redo quite a few rows on this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2010 at The Purl Girl
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via pinkchalkstudio.com Took a break from knitting yesterday to stop in at Fabric Crush. I picked up One Yard Wonders and a few yards of fabric to play around with. I'm itching to make a fabric cover for my MacBook! Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 13, 2010 at The Purl Girl
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This morning some friends and I went to the Pacific Science Center to do some exploring! We had a great time and learned a lot.... I have a lot of respect for my friends with little ones, it takes a lot of energy to keep up with them! I was ready for a nap by the end of the trip. Then, after we were done adventuring, I came home and decided to be productive/crafty. Remember the chair from the side of the road? I think it turned out rather nicely. The fabric was actually a rather high end upholstery and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2010 at The Purl Girl
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I'm all settled in my new home! It's a nice upgrade for the last place. I managed to move and unpack every thing in just two days with help from some great friends! Here is the living room, my bedroom, and the super urban kitchen! I have a view of the lake and mountains from my balcony, and it's a great place for entertaining. In fact, I've invited a few girls over for knitting a tea tomorrow night! I haven't gotten much knitting done at all, so as soon as I finish this post I'm going to get going on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2010 at The Purl Girl
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via www.knitrowan.com I'm freaking out! Amy Butler knitting patterns?!? And colors?!? By Rowan?!?! Love love love love this, can't wait to order! Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 28, 2010 at The Purl Girl
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The perfect Friday evening...... And yes, after seeing New Moon, I'm on Team Jacob. Hello motorcycles! I also went into my favorite LYS (lots to choose from in Seattle) as they were having a pattern sale! I picked up the new Kim Hargreaves and a Rebecca that has a pattern I'm really excited to try, but will likely have to re-write as some instructions really don't translate well from German. Aquitaine and the lilac socks are both coming along nicely. I'm increasing for the bust on one and heading towards the toe decreases on the other. Still need to do... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2010 at The Purl Girl
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While the lilac socks are my current portable project, I think of Aquitaine as a home project, because sweaters aren't as portable as socks, hats, and scarves. (By the way, if you are a knitter, and don't already have a Ravelry account, get one.) I'm one and a half balls of Fez into the project and have 8 more rows and one more set of decrease to go before I get the the waist section. With ten balls of yarn I should be in the clear. Because the sweater is lounge wear and has a lot of drape to it,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2010 at The Purl Girl
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via www.kimhargreaves.co.uk Just in case I haven't mentioned before, I love Kim Hargreaves' designs. Couture knitting at it's best, English country style. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2010 at The Purl Girl
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"Today is the first day of Spring," Mama said when she called me this morning. I would have completely missed it if she hadn't told me! She had already been to buy a carload of flowers to pot and I felt behind. I'm moving in a couple weeks and will have a nice balcony, so I decided to do a kitchen garden in pots for the summer. I used organic Miracle Grow potting soil, along with some organic blood meal plant food, which is supposed to be great for veggies. Of course I didn't plant an veggies yet, just herbs... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2010 at The Purl Girl
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My Grandma requested a pair of socks about a year and a half ago...after my first pair that went to my Aunt. That pair took so long that I've procrastinated terribly on starting another pair, but these are going much more quickly. This is the progress I made in just one week of knitting, most of which was done last Saturday. This is a plain sock pattern off of Ravelry knit up with a hand-dyed Pagewood farms yarn. I love the pattern of the heel flap, it was a K1 Slip 1 K1 Slip 1 on the RS then purling... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2010 at The Purl Girl
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