I've been bad. I haven't posted in a looong time. I slacked off after my birthday. Then a week later when I was ready to write I realized I'd sent my camera with J on a 10-day trip. And what's a post without pictures?

So I'm excited to finally show off my new knitting storage.

First up, my new project bag:

Skull case

Made of vinyl, very sturdy and resistant to needle punctures. The plastickiness (very technical textile term) protects it from water and makes it easy to wipe off any spills.

Skull case

Technically its a pencil case made by Paperchase and found at Borders Bookstore for $6.99. But at 12" x 5 7/8" (30cm x 15cm) it is the perfect size for a small knitting project. And I couldn't resist the skull pattern. Creepy cute and colorful.

Paperchase bags

There were many other tempting pencil cases available. Perfect for projects, dpns, and other knitting items. With a sigh of regret I had to leave them behind for another day.

Next up, my knitting caddy:

Knitting Caddy

This is a clear vinyl case with a metal frame and outer pockets. There's plenty of room to shove all sort of stuff. I was able to cram my needle case, a book, stitch markers, beads, tape measures, highlighter tape, miscellaneous items, and lamby into it with room to spare!

Knitting Caddy

I love that it stands up on its own. It also folds down flat for easy storage and you can unsnap the vinyl case from the frame if you wish.

Knitting Caddy

My Mother-in-law gave this to me for my B-day, I think she found it at a local knitting store in the Chicago area. Its about 10 1/2" wide by 6" tall and 5" or 6" deep. I couldn't figure out the brand. I'll have to see if she knows.

Lastly, the Option Needle Tip Stand:

Options Needle Tip Stand

Ok so I don't actually own this. I saw it in the newest Knit Picks catalog and now covet it. This is definately a want, not a need. I already have storage for my needle tips. And I don't know why I want to put my needle tips on display. BUT. I. DOO!

And its only $9.99

This is one for the wish list. Sigh...


Birthday Treat

Remember in grade school when your birthday rolled around you got to bring in treats for the class - popsicles, cupcakes, cookies...mmm.

Well I never got to do that. 'Cause of my sucky summer birthday I never got to be the hero for bringing sweets to class.

So to make up for that lost childhood dream I brought cookies into work today. Yes it is my birthday! Happy Birthday me!

cheesecake cookies

I found this delicious recipe on Tasty Kitchen, Pioneer Woman's new cyber venture. It's a place for home cooks to share their recipes, check it out. And, if you haven't, you should check out PW's blog. She's very funny and has great stories, pictures, recipes, and giveaways.

These are Cheesecake Cookies from the kitchen of countrycookingmama. The recipe calls for a block of cream cheese which leaves these cookies moist and tasty. I made them last night and they were very delicious right out of the oven! And still great the next day.My co-workers loved them.

I posted my guac recipe on Tasty Kitchen a few weeks ago. If you want to find me there my username is Marn

Have a great weekend!


Poppies and Peridot

August Poppies Calendar
Created with Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign

Recently, I decided that I would start making calendar pages. And since my birthday is this month, I thought I'd start with August.

August Poppies Calendar

Download a printable copy here.

Check back the first of every month for the new calendar page.