I've been remiss in posting about Renegade Craft Fair last weekend. All of the car nonsense kind of distracted me last week - but it's time to return to my regularly scheduled blogging.
I'm sure it's no surprise to learn that I had a modest budget for Renegade this year, but I think I made my dollars count. As always, there were lots of cool things I'd like to have purchased - lovely-smelling soaps, nifty ceramics, and some really cool terrariums (there were two vendors of terrariums this year - and very few items with birds on them, now that I think of it. Way to go, Portlandia!).
Everything I purchased fit perfectly in this wee canvas tote bag, which I bought from Alysson at The Sweatshop of Love. Her mom hand-stamps them, and it's absolutely perfect for taking a sock project on-the-go....which brings us to item #2: my annual Rhino Fluff purchase!
Last year, you may recall the amazing blue skein of silky sock yarn I purchased from Rhino Fluff. This past May, that skein of yarn became a Pogona Shawl - the perfect project to show off the lovely hand-dyed variation in the skein (which reminds me...I need to take some better photos of said shawl!)
I was psyched when I saw the Rhino Fluff booth, even though I knew it would be bad news for my budget! When I spied this rich tobacco-colored skein of yarn, there was no way I could talk myself out of buying it. I'm weak-willed when it comes to yarn - especially if it's superwash sock. I have no idea what this yarn wants to be (YET!), but I'm certain I won't wait so long before I knit it this time around.
Finally, my search for the perfect birthday present for my Dad ended: once I saw this Chicago Dog T-shirt, I knew I'd found what I'd been looking for. Every time my parents come to visit, we make sure to grab a hot dog somewhere. The first year they came up to Chicago, we spent half a day taking mass transit to Superdawg (and it was worth it!). The last time they visited, we went to a place over in Lincoln Park whose name escapes me (not Wiener's Circle). This year? We'll be in line at Hot Doug's at 10 AM on a Saturday morning (I haven't informed them of this yet, but it's gonna happen!).
German American Festival in Lincoln Square on Saturday afternoon for litres of beer - the best way I know to welcome autumn. On Sunday, we headed to the farmer's market by our house to get delicious crepes for breakfast and some fresh veggies for dinner. I still haven't gotten over the novelty of having weekends off again - I'm sold on the concept! Tyler is enjoying having the occasional weekend day off himself - his new work schedule has been giving him Sundays off lately, and we find it to be quite agreeable!