Thursday, September 18, 2014

Max at 19 weeks, full of exclamation marks.
My children, (Izzy, age 3 and Max, 15 months) have already taught me volumes about life. Always, always, always carry snacks. The solemn promise of a two year old is worthless. A little lipstick on the walls will brighten up the darkest of dens.

But recently my son reminded me of an incredibly important lesson and I thought I'd share. Here it is: make sure your life has enough exclamation points. For example, Max is 15 months old. Everything, and I mean everything is new and exciting to him. If he could talk in sentences, it would sound something like this. "Mom!! MOM! There's a doggie! oh my gosh, oh my gosh, OHMYGOSH, I want to pet him. I GOT TO PET HIM! He licked my hand! I LOVE HIM!"

Or...."Mom! MOM!! Look out the window! Last night it was all blue and sparkly and TODAY it's completely different! There's TREES! And grass! And houses! And OHMYGOSH there's a DOG! CanIpethimcanipethimcanipet him, PLEASE?"

Or "Mom! MOM!! I'm in the bath tub! I LOVE the bathtub!! Look! I'm peeing! I'm peeing in the bath tub! HAHA! Isn't life great??"

Everything he does excites him greatly. Well, of course it does, he's not even two yet. Wonder is a lot harder to come by the time you're an adult. But Max's sentences ALL have exclamation points at the end. No wonder he can't wait to get up in the morning. Mine sentences go something more like this.

"Ugh, the baby's awake. I am so tired."
"I smell cat pee. Where did the cat pee."
"I'm going to the grocery store. Again. I am so tired."

And herein lies the problem. There's a lot in adults' lives that HAS to be done. There's no getting around it. Fine. I accept that. There's shopping and cooking and diapers and feedings and bills and cleaning and yard work and dusting, there's deadlines and  meetings and projects and papers, and on and on and on. And it must be done. It all must be done. So here's what I propose for all of us. More exclamation points. More wonder. More joy.

Whatever your day holds, take a page from Max's book and be sure to add in some exclamation points. It can be anything that, in your mind, gets an exclamation point at the end of the sentence. Like this: "Oh BOY, I get to go to Knitting Club tonight! I can't wait!" Or "Oh BOY! I'm going to watch the new Ken Burn's documentary and drink cheap wine. I can't wait!"

You may have to look for these things. Once exclamation points leave your sentences it can be hard to get them back. But it's important to try. Life contains a depressing amount of hum drum periods, tiresome commas, and troubling question marks. Sprinkle in some exclamation points and watch your day come alive. I have to go now. My son is adding more exclamation points to his day.
"Mommy, look! I'm playing in the potty! WHEEEEEEE!" Have fun!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hello, friends!

It's been quite a while since my last post and I do apologize for that. I never meant to abandon you, but my goodness has life gotten busy! Since my last post in 2012 I've added vintage goods and crafts to my online Etsy store kept up my knitting, started teaching acting with Child Drama Workshops and added life and acting coaching to my resume as well. Oh, and then this happened

which turned into this.....

which turned into THIS.
And finally this.
So now I have these!
Max was born in May of 2013 and instantly captured my heart. Good natured, wide eyed and a passionate eater, Max has grown into a delicious, snuggly bundle of boy. At 3 weeks, he rolled over, at 9 months he walked and I've been chasing after him and his fireball big sis ever since. But now that Max is (Thank you God!) sleeping through the night and Izzy has preschool 3 days a week, I'm hoping to resurrect this blog. I can't always put two coherent thoughts together, but I'll try. And I've missed you all.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Lacey, black ruffle scarf

Lacey, black ruffle scarf
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By the pricking of my thumbs
something wicked this way comes.

And guess what? It's YOU, elegantly wrapped in our lacey black ruffle scarf.
A cascade of dark lace announces your entrance and proclaims that you're no one to be trifled with. Wear it to the theater, the finest restaurant in town, or on that all important third date. After all, if you're going to be a drama queen, shouldn't you look the part?

The Black Ruffled Scarf is hand knit by me in my smoke free, pet friendly studio from imported mesh yarn. As always, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a no kill animal shelter or Heifer International in honor of the Late, Great Fat Joey.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

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Do you drink Cosmopolitans instead of beer? Prefer pedicures to mountain biking? Never leave the house without at least 3 lipsticks? Me too - and that's why I just had to knit this gorgeous, girly scarf. It's all of our favorite things - soft, ruffly, pink and frothy....dive right in and snuggle up to proclaim "I enjoy being a girl!"

This sweet accessory is handknit in my smoke free, pet friendly studio from 100% imported mesh yarn. Hand wash cold and lay flat to dry. But be careful! If you wear this scarf, men might start opening doors, sending you drinks and kissing your hand - just be prepared!

As always, a portion of the proceeds from the ruffly pink scarf will go to a no kill animal shelter or Heifer International, in honor of the Late, Great Fat Joey.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Here at Fat Joey Knitwear, we just LOVE to sell things. And we HATE to not sell things. SO! In honor of all of you getting your checks from Uncle Sam, we are holding our first ever Tax Refund Sale in my Etsy store. There are scandalously low prices and DEEEEEEEEP discounts - for a limited time only!Have fun shopping and don't forget! A portion from every sale of our gorgeous hand made knits goes directly to a nokill anmil shelter or Heifer International, in honor of the Late, Great Fat Joey.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Need a snuggle bunny? Sweet Winnie needs YOU!
Meet Winnie!
Winnie is a 3-4 month old, 2 pound kitten with multiple talents:

1. A Companion:
Winnie is super affectionate and will gladly nap in your lap. She also enjoys being carried around like a baby, perching on your shoulder like a ...parrot, and giving kisses.

2. An Alarm Clock:
Winnie has a very unique meow which draws attention from all of her adoring fans. She uses her voice when she is hungry or wants some attention.

3. A Dog-Occupier:
Winnie LOVES dogs (at least those who also love her)! She acts like one of the gang when her doggie foster siblings are around, chases them around and enjoys bath time.

4. *Most Importantly* A Fun, Adorable, Young Kitten
Winnie is guaranteed to provide you hours of laughter and affection. She will grow into a great companion cat and family member. Like all young kittens, Winnie will need daily exercise and some training to know that she shouldn't use her claws and teeth to play (nothing a little spray bottle of water can't correct).

Read more about Winnie here:

Winnie was surrendered to the ACCT Philly shelter along with her brother and sister because their owner couldn't care for them any longer. Her brother and sister were lucky enough to be adopted, but because Winnie was the runt she had to be placed in foster care until she was big enough to be spayed. Winnie is still quite small for her age, but is healthy and happy! She likely won't ever be a large cat but will make a great family pet. Winnie currently lives with 2 other adult cats and 3 dogs. She gets along great with everyone! She is a social girl who is currently learning how to play appropriately. Winnie is already spayed, microchipped and up-to-date on vaccinations. Winnie is also FeLV & FiV negative. Her adoption fee is just $75! Interested in adopting her? Contact her foster mom by emailing for more information!
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Wanna help these lovable innocents? Me too. You can "like" the Philly Urgents page on Facebook and repost p...hotos and bios of their babies. I figure that it's a numbers game - the more people that hear their stories, the better chance they have of getting out. And it only takes a few clicks of your mouse to spread the word and maybe save a life. Thanks guys. Love and doggie kisses to one and all.
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Friday, April 20, 2012

Shameless Self Promotion

Well, really now, folks, what is the purpose of a blog if you can't shamelessly promote your own enterprises? So here we go...I know all ten of my readers have been waiting for this: here are the latest additions to my Etsy shop - avaliable in time for Mother's Day. Hooray! All modesty aside, I'm really pleased with the way they've turned out. And really, can you ever have too many scarves? Of COURSE not!

Feminine, girly, sophisticated and luscious, this hand knit beauty is the perfect way to spoil a loved one. The soft ruffles feel positively decadent when you put it on and it can turn an ordinary coat into a "WOW" outfit. Because I believe in decadence, this ruffled scarf is extra long and frilly. I mean, if a little of something is good, why not a lot? This imported Italian yarn is what you would get if you could knit with giggles, the laughter of babies or an old, dear friend. Are you an animal lover? Because, as always, a portion of the proceeds from the ruffled scarf goes to Heifer International, or a no kill animal shelter, in honor of the Late, Great Fat Joey.

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Wrap this delightful confection around your neck and just try not to smile! Juicy colors make this hand spun, hand knit scarf a standout in any crowd. Made from banana silk in garter stitch and reversible. If you love candy hearts, Valentine's Day and everything pink, you must add this little beauty to your ensemble.

All of my items are made in a smoke free, pet friendly studio.

As always, a portion of the proceeds from the sale will go to a no-kill animal shelter in Philadelphia, in honor of the Late, Great Fat Joey. You can look fabulous and help your furry friends. Everybody wins!

Light Yellow Banana Silk Scarf

The best of fashion and Spring combine in this hand knit, light weight accessory. The Daffodil Scarf is made from 100% banana silk, hand spun in Peru and hand knit by me in exotic Newark Delaware, which make it a truly global treasure.

The Daffodil Scarf makes a thoughtful present for a favorite Aunt, girlfriend or bridesmaid and is light enough to wear in the Spring. (you can always say that you made it yourself - we'll never tell!) All Fat Joey Knitwear scarves are made in my smoke free, pet friendly studio.