two t-shirts

Posted by on June 29, 2008 in craft, stitch | 20 comments

I ripped this picture out of an Anthropologie catalog awhile back, and remembered it while on a recent trip to Old Navy:

Cute, right? The price? $98. It’s a t-shirt people. Who pays $98 for a t-shirt? Not me, but I really do like this t-shirt. So, back at Old Navy; they have lots of t-shirts for just $10 each, and they’re a lovely soft cotton knit. I bought two stone colored t-shirts, and cut one up and stitched the little heart shaped pieces to the other. I’m not sure if I’m done yet, but I think it’s looking pretty good.

I’m a bit on the busty side, so I may not want to add more. We’ll see.

I also got an unexpected package in the mail this weekend. It’s the second book which includes a pattern by moi:

I love those pomegranates on the cover. My creation didn’t make the front cover this time, but it did show up on the back, which was a nice surprise.

And here’s a look inside:

It’s a lovely book, although more for inspiration than actually making any of the projects exactly as they appear, I think. I love the flower magnets (also on the back cover), and think they would be a fun little project. It also makes me want to make another mini-quilt. They’re just so much fun.

Speaking of books, I’ve been doing a little reading lately. I was just browsing at the library and happened upon The Friday Night Knitting Club. New York Times Bestseller! the cover proudly proclaimed. And it’s about knitting, so I’m sure I would like it, right? Wrong. Very, very wrong. I don’t think I got past the third chapter. It was so poorly written, I kept wondering why the author didn’t have an editor. She couldn’t have with all the awkward sentences. Most knitters that I know are also pretty smart people, bad writing isn’t going to get past them. The characters were all such cliche’s, I just couldn’t take it. And then the main character gets all pissy because the father of her daughter comes back into her life, and she doesn’t want him to have anything to do with them. I get that the guy cheated on her and dumped her, and that was a really jerk-y move, but now he does want to be a part of his daughter’s life and she’s so selfish that she’s going to deny her daughter that opportunity out of spite? He’s not abusive, he paid child support, there’s no reason for her daughter not to get to know her father. Better late than never. I hate it when chick-lit books have to be all "girl-power" and we don’t need no stinkin’ men to be happy. Blah blah blah. Why belittle men to give a woman a sense of self-worth. Maybe it all turned out different in the end, but I can’t be bothered. And that’s what I thought of that :o)   


  1. I didn’t like that book either. The writing about the knitting was weird too – as if she really doesn’t know how to knit. Glad to know I’m not the only one! lol
    And your t-shirt is CUTE! Can’t wait to see it finished (although I like it just as it is). GREAT IDEA!

  2. That is a really good idea with the t-shirt! 🙂

  3. Looks fantastic. Love, love Anthropologie, but, alas, none in Canada.
    Great job.
    Knitty, Vintage and Rosy

  4. Love the shirt. I wonder if they will hold up through washing? I have a few with stains right there that could use covering up. Let us know if it unravels when you clean it.

  5. that tee shirt idea is fantastic. can I steal it?

  6. You are so clever, what a great t-shirt and idea!!

  7. Wow, you’re really talented! And your version even looks better than the uber expensive one, way to go!

  8. That T-shirt is such a great idea, love it. The Knitting Club book, did not love it. To me it seemed to have copied a lot from Debbie Macomber’s Shop on Blossom Street Book.
    Also like your quilting design.

  9. I work at a yarn store and tried reading that book during my lunch breaks. I didn’t make it very far and my expectations were quite low… I hear they’re making it into a movie with Julia Roberts. sigh.
    Great job on the tshirt! Inspiring!

  10. t shirt is great 🙂
    many, many congrats on the book!
    and i also hated the friday night knitting club – i never finished it and was hugely grateful that i had only loaned it from the library and not actually purchase it.
    t x

  11. LOL!! It’s so good to hear another woman get annoyed with the whole “girl-power” crap that is being thrown around these days.
    And that shirt? Girl, you are seriously brilliant!!

  12. Yeah, I don’t know why that posted twice. Sorry.

  13. Whoa! Nice job! On the tshirt and the published work!!!

  14. I did not even get as far as you in the book. To little time to waste on bad books. I did hear that there is going to be a movie based on the book starring Julia Roberts as the main character. I will probably watch the movie to see how it all ends.
    Love the t-shirt, what an inspiration piece.

  15. Love the hair!
    Love the t shirt!
    Love that you are published again!
    Love the sigg bottle!
    Love that you posted your book review!
    Love MOST that you posted a picture of you!
    Might have to rip off your idea of the Antrhrpologie t shirt.
    I tore out the same picture.
    Happy 4th!
    I thought you’d be a brunette.
    I have NO IDEA why!!!

  16. Hey Internet friend! I found ANOTHER BOOK by the friday night knitters club author, called…comfort food.
    Thought you might like to read and review the first chapter!
    Kate Jacobs? correct?
    Maybe we should co-write our own book?
    On the advice of andrea-under a blue moon I got Heat about being the apprentice of Mario Batali. I’m making one of those freaking t shirts!
    Hope you had a great day.
    Nicole P.S. My french is poor. Does your name rhyme? I don’t think so, but I’m not sure. Is it Like the vegetable Kale with an s?

  17. Wow!
    The tee shirt turned out great! You’re gooooooooood!

  18. First off – I love the t-shirt idea! I also hated the Friday Night Knitting Club and I can assure you that it only got worse toward the end. I just don’t know why it’s so hard to write a book about real women! You have a great site – I also enjoyed your House of Elliott entry – lots of fun! I’ll be back.

  19. I love this idea and I am going to do my own t-shirt! Yours came out wonderful.

  20. That’s indeed a wonderful t-shirt. Very creative.

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