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October 2009

Something is a-Foot...Part Uno

It seems that every year around this time, I am involved in mysterious projects. I disappear for a few days weeks and then I spring a surprise on you. This year, I totally was not expecting to have any surprises and then I got a couple of emails, exchanged a couple of phone calls and next thing I knew, my knitting looms and I were down in Salt Lake City for a loomy time!

The folks at Provo Craft, makers of the Knifty Knitter products are putting together a superb infomercial to promote the knitting looms and their ease of use to create knitted items. I was in the company of designers: Bethany Dailey from GettingitPegged.com and Shannon Erling author of Loom Crafts Book. Armed with my pink knifty knitter loom and a last minute project to showcase during the mini-interview/testimonial, I went down there and like a deer in front of headlights, I choked and babbled about the knitting looms and how terrific they are to get started in the knitty world.

BethanynMeonset2As I got to the set, I knew that I was going to meet Bethany and I was excited to see her for the very first time. Although we have worked together on couple of projects this was the very first time I was meeting her in person. As I got out of my taxi, I right away spotted her. We got to the set at the same time!!! Her getting out of her ride and me getting out of the taxi! What are the odds! As soon as I saw her, I just had to hug her. She welcomed me with a huge smile and although I live in Utah having her at the set made me feel more at home and at ease. She is so warm and friendly! Like a friendly butterfly she went around meeting everyone and chatting with them and talking about the looms and the loom knitted items that were being showcased during the infomercial.

The entire day was spent at the set, we were pampered and fed fairly well. They had the most delicious BethanyMenBeauThai food, freshly made! I had to eat doubles of everything...you never know when you will get fed next, so you might as well eat it while it is out there, hahaha. Seriously, I do eat a lot, Bethany is right, but I love food. As you can see my day revolves around food. At one point they told us at 11:30am that lunch wasn't going to be til 1pm, I about died, which made Bethany giggle quite a bit. Once 1pm came about, I was one of the first to get to the yummy food. While Bethany chatted with Shannon, I stuffed my face, not once but twice. So satisfying!

Being on the set meant makeup artist and hair stylist--being a princess for a day is fabulous! I got my make up done twice! One time in pink because I was wearing a pink shirt then the producer decided that green would look better so we took the pink off and threw some green on. It seems that I have two big brown eyes and they are hard to hide from my face...they take half my face and the other half is taken by my big mouth! ha!


MyInterview  Once on the set, the deer look comes on (remember the big brown eyes, well, they don't help in this situation!). I can talk about looms til the cows come home, I can, believe me! If you ask me about them you can probably write a book from my responses. However, when you put me in front of the camera, I tend to forget everything, even my name (I think that is the reason why they ask you to state your name before they start the interviewing process). As I babbled about loom knitting, Bethany was on the side snapping pictures and as I stumbled through my answers, Beau, our wonderful producer, kept smiling and giving me the thumbs up. Even when I stumbled or said the wrong word he would just laugh and encouraged me. After the little interview, it was time for my no-talk session...easy peasy.

Flower  Then came time to show my little project and my mini-step outs. To tell you that it is a last minute project is an understatement. I basically found out the day before that I had to have a flower for the interview. I sat mid-morning with yarn, loom, and a piece of paper. I drew a gazillion flowers on my sketchpad. I had to follow the "keep it simple" strategy and a few went down the no-no path just because I kept making it too difficult. At the end, I came up with a cute little petal made with a combo of previous tutorials on my blog. Added a little bead, beads make everything prettier, at the center and I had my flower. I don't know what I love the most, the cashmere that I used for it or the many uses that it lends itself to, so far, it is sitting at my desk, looking pretty, like a sea star.

Picture 016 After recording my little blurb about the looms and showing my little project. I waited for Bethany so we could go out and have dinner with lovely Jenny from GuppyGirl. We met Jenny and her hubby Troy at our hotel and we headed out for a little dinner (what! I am eating again, yeah, I am). We decided to go to the Olive Garden in the middle of SLC and it was a good choice for all of us. Troy kept us laughing non-stop with his great stories about our lovely Jenny and I kept eating (ha!). Amidst food and laughter we shared lots of stories and bonding moments.

We ended the night back at the hotel, we said our goodbyes to Jenny and Troy and I headed up to Bethany's room where I forced her to watch The Nanny. She was so tired that she just laid on her bed while I laughed and snapped pictures of her with my cell phone. By this time we were both so exhausted that we seriously were laughing about every silly thing, even if we said the word "loom" it set us off in another wave of giggles. Great friends are made while watching The Nanny, hahaha, and eating of course.

Oh, so I guess you are all wondering when the infomercial will air. We have a date of December 1st...we still do not know what channel, however, we will have copies of it, so as soon as I get my copy, I'll pop it on the bloggy for all of you to see.

Our little story doesn't end just yet. We have Part Dos coming your way.

Read more about our story over at Bethany's blog! Hers is more fun and has a spectacular picture of my favorite hat--yes, I am modeling it!


Happy Haloomween!

Candycornbag100 Are you still trying to get ready for the Spooky Time of the year? Looking for the perfect little something to loom knit. Check out these two patterns that I have created in the past.

Candy Corn Bag (pictured on the left) and Candy Corn Treats--a smaller version of the Candy Corn Bag (pictured on the right). Both patterns can be found free at my pattern site, LoomKnit.com

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Need more spooky patterns?

Felted Pumpkins by Bethany

Spencer the Spider by Bethany

Pumpkin Hat by Brenda

Know of any other loom knitted patterns and want me to post the links to them, leave me a note in the comments section and I will add it to the list.


Pumpkins for Us

A yearly tradition at our house is to visit the Pumpkin Walk in North Logan. Sam and I started going the year I moved here and we were dating/hanging out. He took me and I loved it. Coming from NYC, I had never been to anything similar and I fell in love with the cozy, suburban feel of the little show. We go back every year and our kids love seeing the creations.

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The theme this year was Commercials of Yesteryear. There were lots of great exhibits but our top two favorites were the Keebler commercial and the Green Giant. These two exhibits looked fantastic. The Keebler exhibit had two trees, made out of fabric, each leaf was sewn separately then they were attached to the tree somehow. The characters themselves looked amazing and just like their cartoon on the TV commercials.

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Our next favorite, the Green Giant exhibit. The exhibit was imaginative and definitely in our opinion, the 1st prize winner.

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At the very end of the show, they have the nicer carved pumpkins. This year, they had some really spectacular ones, including one of President Monson.

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We ended with a couple of pictures of our little family. The kids are sure difficult to photograph...they insist on making faces, they take after their daddy!

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Changes...

Life has been a bit hectic lately. I have changed a few things around in my life that have thrown everyone's lives in our house up in chaos. It is not a bad change just changes that we are not used to. I finally got a "real" job. It is part time, but even part time means a lot of changes for us. Since the beginning of September, I have been working at Mt. Crest High School. I am one of their new ESL (English as a Second Language) aides in the ESL department.

Although I have a Bachelor's degree in business administration, I decided that I would love to pursue a teaching degree with an emphasis in mathematics and physical education. I know, shocker! I have heard from many that I shouldn't pursue Physical Education, but, my heart is in it and I would love to do this for a living. The math part, well, I have always enjoyed math and although I am average at it, I understand it and I love to "teach" it to the students. 

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When I saw the ad for the ESL position, I couldn't help but remember back to when I first came to the US and all the teachers and ESL aides who helped me. I applied knowing that the chances of me obtaining the job were slim. However, I was pleasantly surprised when they offered me the position. I was going to be one of two aides who will help all the second language speakers in the high school. The majority of the students I help are Hispanics like myself and most of them are from Mexico also! It makes me happy to be helping them.

My work days are a lot of fun. I attend classes with the students where I have the chance to take notes and then help them with their classwork and homework. Usually, I am in algebra classes for most of the day. 2(3x+18)=14-4(2x-10) are some of the usual things I see along with x^2+10x+25. Crazy stuff like this I get to see all day and then sometimes I get to come home and re-learn about it so I can go the next day and teach it to the kids. I love what I do. I really do. I love seeing the light in the student's eyes when they finally "get it". It is a rewarding job...very much so!


Overwhelmed, Overrun, Overdrive

Cartoony_fox_drawing Sometimes I feel like I am cruising down life at whirling speeds. I see others around and I see that they have time to just "chill" and read a book or go to the park and see their kids just play. The last time I had time to just sit and read a book, I was sick with a cold and I didn't even want to open a book. I read, but not really read, I listen to books. I listen to books while I knit, while I cook, while I run, while I pick up kids from one place to the other. Need to hit the brakes on this life train...before I crash and burn!

As I reach my 32nd birthday, Saturday, I have been thinking what I would like for my birthday. It is going to sound selfish but all I really want is a day just to myself. A day where I do all I want to do without feeling obligated to go out with family or friends. I want to get up when my eyes just open willingly by themselves, then I want to go out for a 2 hour run. After, I want to go and have lunch and work with beads. Then, I want to go to the gym and lift weights and swim. At night, I want to go out to dinner and then to a movie. Then Sunday, I want to stay home. I don't want to get up early and go anywhere. I just want to relax. I don't want to run around like a headless chicken anymore. 

Sigh...how are you all doing? Hope you are not getting overrun by the life train too.


New Stuff!

In general Loom Knitting News...the latest issue of Loom Knitters Circle magazine is out. Go get a copy and get looming!

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In other news, my bloggy has a new banner to celebrate the special holiday of Halloween! It is one of my favorite holidays as I get to dress up and be silly with my kiddos. They are both still little enough that they do not care that I dress up and go with them Trick or Treating. 

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Hope you are all doing great and getting some knitting and exercising into your day!

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Halloween Watch Bracelet

The colors of this one make me happy! The combo of purples and orange with greens are just so perfect for this time of year. Add a little bit of black and some criss cross connectors and we have the perfect spider legs to go with the theme. But let's not forget about the black cat to complete the Halloween ensemble! This watch bracelet is so puurrrfect!

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