Monday, December 25, 2006

Happy Holidays

To You and Yours, From Me and Mine.
No Matter what you are celebrating this season, make it happy, fun and lasting.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Is dog fur a tree trimming?

How about full grown cats? Sam Sam and Spooky have been spotted perched high up in the boughs of our Christmas Tree. Ohbz has tired twice but he has knocked the tree over, at 2 am then apparently jumped on my dad in bed to specifically tell him "I didn't do it" 30 pounds of Ohbz with fish breath not the way to wake up. Though if he sits on your chest you may not wake up at all....


Goldie has taken it as her personal duty to protect the tree, in her mind indoor doggie plumbing, from the cats. She chases them away and sleeps under the tree, only problem is if she is laying beneath the tree and a cat approaches that side of the room she jumps up and chases them knocking the tree over, so I am not sure what she is protecting the tree from, but she is vry proud of herself. She seems to also enjoy rubbing against our faux forestry, as the bristles are a good comb so we have some , um... extra fluffy snow on the base of our tree. I put tinfoil on the base of the because it's supposed to discourage cats from goinging around or up it (btw it works for the day). Ohbz discovered a path that minimized the tinfoilness and then showed each cat in turn. It was funny he led them one after another to show them how to bypass the tin foil. Even my cats have the Christmas Spirit!

Spooky now loves tinfoil and has been caught sleeping under it, when asked he said "So the ailens can't reprogram my brain!" His behavior has gotten progressively more unusual and diva like since we let him star in a major motion picture. You have probably heard of John Travolta's "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble " (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074236/). Well a few weeks ago we we approched by a few folks from LaLa Land and Spooky was Tapped to play lead in the sequal : "The Cat in the Plastic Bubble" The producers were kind enough to send some publicity photos.

I think the Scientologists got to him. He was spotted jumping on the couch proclaiming his love for the froggie cat nip squeekie. Were planning an intervention followed by an eggnog social.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Mitten Knittin Kitten Muffin Yo.

I got a little care package from Elann yesterday/ I ordered some of their Kidd Silk Haze. It's Ok not as soft as I'ed like. I think I am going to make a Christmas scarf. Or a few. So behind on the Christmas knitting. 1 FO ain't going to cut it, You know. I need to catch the flu. I can garter stitch with flu. Hell I can garter stitch while having a root canal, ask me how I know.



Also from Elann I ordered this book: ( Edit:I just checked Elann I think I got thier last copy! And I couldn't find it on any other sites either.)


I had 2 balls of Elann's Baby Silk so I could start some right away. Which I did. I figured out the fringe on it and all, but again my dpn gauge is pretty scary. I am making mittens for a 5 year old but they fit me. Well, the cuff does. I'm not that fast at all. I don't plan on keeping the mittens, mittens I want to do a repeat of the pattern then I'm frogging it. It is destined to become this.




Probably not in time for Christmas. I want to master 2 colour knitting? Well then I have to do it. Next stop will be intarsia land....later... I may order more skeins and make matching mitts. I bought a new winter coat this year(White makes me look tall) and am knitting a neapolitan scarf (pink, white and tan disco yarn) and I want a matching Latvian gloves and a fair isle hat in matching pattern. I think I will use Baby Cashmere for myself.

Muffin? A few years ago, maybe one, I was playing an online fantasy game, a mild free version of WoW. A young 13 year old girl tried to scam me out of gold coins and loot. And she tried to do it very very badly. It was laughable. But really I was nice about it. When she realized I wasn't going to be "conned" she called me a muffin. I spent the next few hours following her around bugging her about the muffin thing. Really I was so nice to her and got called a Muffin for my trouble. The consensus of my American Friends was Blueberry, My Canadian friends all say Tim Horton's fruit explosion.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Santa Baby

The past few years at work I do some quick little song parodies as it nears Christmas, I thought I'ed get a few fiber ones done up this year too.
Santa Baby, Slip a little yarn under the tree, for me.
I've been an awful good girl,
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight.
Santa baby, a ball winder too,
Light blue.
I'll wait up for you dear.
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight.
Think of all the fun I've missed,
Think of all the silk that I haven't knit,
Next year I could be oh, so good,
If you'd check off my Christmas list,
Boo doo bee doo.
Santa honey, I want Kid Silk too,
And really that's not a lot,
I've been an angel all year,
Santa baby,
and hurry down the chimney tonight.
Santa cutie, there's one thing that I really need,
Some Noro.
To make a bag of my own,
Santa cutie, and hurry down the chimney tonight.
Santa baby, fill my stocking with Knitscene,
And DPN'S.
Size 0 or less,
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight.
Come and trim my Christmas tree,
With some sock yarn bought at the Sweet Sheep,
I really do believe in you,
Let's see if you believe in me
Boo doo bee doo.
Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing,
A book.
Called Victorain Lace,
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight,
Hurry down the chimney tonight,
Hurry down the chimney tonight.

We are the E-E-E-E-Ewoks and We live on the Forest Moon


I saw this on Crafster, where it's very rare I find some really cute things. To bad the sight is so disorganized! There is probably hundreds of patterns on there I'ed like but can't ever seem to manage to find a way to browse affectively.


Think I can make a couple for Christmas?

Think I should?

EDIT:I should never roll out of bed and post it will only ever end in tears. Or really bad grammer.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Welcome to the Christmas edition of "Getting to know your friends"
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping papre or something really funky like taking a fairy sculpture, putting it in a clear plastic tub and filling it with gum.

2. Real tree or artificial? Fake, a new one every year, cats sleep in it and I dont want the canines thinking we got doggie indoor plumbing

3. When do you put up the tree? I usually buy all new tree and ornaments in October and want to put it up right a way, so It's up the first weekend in Dec ;>

4. When do you take the tree down? Mom does it, she keeps telling me it's bad luck to have it up more than a week before January. I hate this job it's uncheerful'

5. Do you like eggnog? Nothing good ends in nog, not even snog, it just sounds spitty.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? I think it was a Wrinkles dog, grey that I had wanted for ages. Or the red headed cabbage patch, tho that may have been for my birthday.

7. Do you have a nativity scene? Nope, I can just imagine being damned because Ohbz ate baby Jesus.

8. Hardest person to buy for? Apparently me, everyone says so.

9. Easiest person to buy for? Mum or Dad it alternates with year. Also YB tho with all of the above it's hard to limit myself to one good idea.


10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? My parents are hearing impaired as evidenced 5 years ago when walking through the Bay I held up a sweater and said isn't this the ugliest thing you have ever seen in my life, only to have them rush in the next day and buy it for me. Or the time I gave my parents a list omplete with sizes and my dad decided since they were out of 7's he'ed geta 2 and a 20 and one of them should fit.

11. Mail or email Christmas cards? Um I buy and fill out Christmas cards but never seem to send them.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? I likre a load of TV specials but movie, Proabably National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? November if I am lucky. I have a lot of birthdays in November so it kinda blends.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yep. I have little guilt about it tho.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Cokies and Stuffing, mums stuffing, not like anyone elses.

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Depends Someone usually chews them so it goes yearly.

17. Favorite Christmas song? I lik Christmas music in general, but as I work retail I have to say my 2 favourite albums are by Hilary Duff as they aren't all remakes of the same old songs and I love the Brian Setzer Orchestra's album as well.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Home, I don't dejammie if I dont have to.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeers? Yep, Dasher Dancer Prancer Vixen Comet Cupid Donner Blitzen and for the record I recall the most famous reindeer of all.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Nuthin' It encourages long hikes by the short furries.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? We no longer put the presents under the tree until christmas. No one wants to see a handknit sweater peed on or eaten.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Dude, I work retail. Dont even get me started. I think right now I am going to be in a big huge minority and say that I don't like too much religion in my Christmas. I am not athiest or anything, tho I am not a practcing anything either at the moment. I think of this as a holiday to be with my family and celebrate being close to these and all the other people in my life. Maybe this non-religosity effects my point of view but I don't like stores and such bringing religion into the equation. I don't think "away in the Manger" is appropriate to play on Walmart radio. I don't think Hanukkah songs belong either. It would be ok in Mom and Pop stores, but really, in large faceless commercial enties it bugs me a bunch. It could be because I am from a very multicultural neighbourhood where most of my neighbors didn't celebrate Christmas as Christ-mas, or because I don't like the idea of corperations making money of faux piety. Probably a bit of both.

On a presonal note I am almost done shopping, I still have to knit 3 hats and 3 Scarves. I am so fat halfway through scarf #1, and I have to totaloly frog the only hat I have cast on. "It" is going to happen to me again this year.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Kniting Mojo

If anyone has seen my knitting mojo please kindly show it the way back home. I've spent the past week sick and on my couch. Or in my Menthol Mausoleaum-Benadril Menthol Plug-ins, if you are stuffy go get some-and NOT knitting. Oh I want to knit, I ahve a ton of knitting books laying around the problem is the fiber doesnt match the patterns, or I'm missing needles. Everything I have OTN is boring me to tears (this is especially true of the Christmas Gifts -Boring stockingette hat, Boring Garter stitch scarf, Even Boring Basic Cable Scarf). What is a mojo-less girl to do but stare at the Rams Wool catalog and marvel at the words Kit and Pattern Included?

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Heaven-Sent Secret Pal.

Hi Secret Pal of infinte seeming patience who is somewhere on the Ocean speaking Italian and eating great food. **waves a lot to be seen** Hi! My co-woprkers say hi! My friends say HI! The postal people say hi! Pretty much if you ever come to town you'll be a wee bit famous. See, how can I put this, i am an enthusiastic kinda girl.

I am very polar. I feel strongly about things so when I got your package, I dragged it along with me for a few days. Going look! Look! See what my secret pal sent me!! Feel this yarn! Look at the yardage on the huge skein there! Smell this! I'ed be grabbing the random old person having geizer coffee in the mall demanding they acknowldge my gifts. Security would come by and they had to too. If they were hesitent or not gushy enough it lead to more stuffing of skeins in faces with exclimations, LOOK at this!, Did you FEEL how soft it is? There needed to be awe. Cuz the package was too cool for school.

Now I have the net and my (freaking) camera at my disposal so I have a potentially limitless audience. Ha! LOOK AT THIS!!!

Now I have to admit the skein of Cherry Hill Bouile Looked way More impressive before I wound it by hand...for 5 hours...straight...only to know my aunt who never knits has a ball winder. Life is unfair. Anyways, I cast on for a shawl but it wasn't working out. I want womething with a less angular design so I came up with this http://www.elann.com/productdisp.asp?NAME=Fiber+Trends+Leaflet+S%2D2008+%2D+Seascape+Shawl&Cat=&ProductType=4&Count=491 The seascape shawl is curvy and the aqua, blues, greens and purples I think should be associated with water. So I have the pattern coming from Elann.

There is great knitpick and regina yarn. Again with my sock gauge so out of wack I am afraid to make socks, but maybe a scarflet or something. It;'s funny I had wanted that exact shade of memories yarn in my basket at KnitPicks! My sp must be a mind reader!! The Regina yarn is in the provincial colours. I am pretty sure that that is the BC colourway. However, looking through mary Maxim...I have to admit my sp could be nova scotian. (the box said bc). Also a hardcover of the happy Hooker. That skirt I have it opened too...I've already started it.

In the non yarn Catagory the happiness continued!! She picked out this puck ( I am too canadian!) of body and hair sparkles. This amazing "lip squeek" that with my cold is sooooo mice on my chapped lips. Instant relief and it smells like apple pie! Which is kinda a sweet torture as it's right under my nose. Seriously if you can find that stuff go hard. There is a bathbomb that will be saved until I can freely use both nostrils. And I don't know how she did it but there is a candel that smells like ROSES AND APPLES!! This is my favourite kinda of scent ever. The only thing I ever found I didn't have to mix myself was cassis rose at the body shop. And there was TWIX! There is no words. And a really cool card. My SP, she has great handwriting.

Above and beyond all I did this more to meet other knitters and I really like my secret pal. She is well spoken and understanding. While I am over the moon at the package she sent I have to say I am just glad I am getting to meet this really cool person.

Jinxsa

Sick days

To get this out of the way I have started writing a SP post about a week go then I got a cold, this isn't a bad thing, people snuffle and can carry on, however my MOM caught it...and didn't tell me about it...for four days. By then she was so sick I had to half carry her to the hospital. Her diminished white blood cells are fighting pretty good and after only 2 days she's almost herself again -she's not leaving the house today, dispite what she thinks- but she can walk without falling over. Everything in life got pushed back a couple of days. This is the worst thing that has happened since her surgery and as it comes after the last chemo I realize we couldn't have had it any better.

On a personal note the cold has robbed me of my voice. Yesterday was moonlight madness at work and I had to work (they could have done it without me actually but I feel responsible to the place and thus HAD to be there) and my strained voice was efficeint enough for working BUT today it's gone. My throat doesn't hurt much but my vocal cords are so swollen they feel like pool cues. And my voice is gone. Now previously when I have lost my voice, I still spoke. Not this time. I CAN'T. Not at all. This SUCKS. Unless you know me ;>

Monday, November 20, 2006

Stash Issues, me?

I have been discovering the joys of the internet shopping. I rarely feel the lack of paypal too much of a detriment. (Is there a reason they need my SIN number..um..NO). My First stop was Amazon.ca. I picked up Knitting Nature. I love the complex math that is behind the patterns and somem of the patterns don't appreal to me now , but I am eyeing a bunch with an eye that says I'll probably have them grow on me. The patterns are clear and concise, the writting is intreaguing and thoughtful. One Skein wonders is a good book to have. Quick presents and misc. knitting projectshandy. This is the book that has the most patterns. The calender is ok, the best part was they have a page where you can submit your own patterns for next years. Squee!

Theere was stash purchased oh yes. I got all this in 2 seperate orders from RedBirdKnits.com.

They charged me to wind the ballafter they twice said they would not. This isn't really a big huge scandal from a monitary standpoint, it was a buck, but I really feel let down that I was lied to or mislead on 2 occasions. The product is as stated online and the colours are pretty accurate, the cost is on the low side and shipping prompt. I'ed use them again but I probably wont be recomending them to people I meet in person (like I did last week). The pointy bit, the yarn is from Left to right:



Zephyr
Lightweight and lustrous lace weight (2/18) yarn. Combined merino wool and tussah silk lend elegance, sheen and softness to this wonderful yarn. 1260yds per 115g / 1/4 lb skein. 1 skein is
enough to knit a triangular lacey shawl. For the very finest in lace knitting! In Lady Slipper. I ordereed this first and realize between this and my Icarus all my lace weight was pink.

Merino Lace
Superfine Merino Lace weight (2/18) from Jagger Yarns. 115g skeins of gloriously fine and soft pure merino wool in lace weight. Skeins are 1260yds - 1 will do a full sized triangular shawl or several lacey scarves. Beautiful. Soft! In Deep Purple. Look not pink!

Centolavaggi
Super new lace weight fine merino from the fabulous Filatura di Crosa, Italy. 100% Merino Wool, 100g skeins are 1400m/1530yds - lots to make a gorgeous lacy shawl, scarf, veil or gloves. Machine washable! Soft! Lovely! In Lilac. Oerdered at the same time as Merino. Also picked up another skien for a gift.


Shepherd Sock
Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock is a beautfully hand dyed mix of 80% superwash wool and 20% nylon (for durability). Fingering or sock weight each skein is 50g and 215yds. 2 skeins make a pair of gorgeous, long lasting socks. This is the Jester colourway. I orered this with the Zephyr. I am too scared to cast on as my sock guage is HUGE! Plus I can now say I own some Lorna's Laces. I feel like such a grown up little blogger.

Caution: Do not Feed Blogger

Blogspot has eaten no less than 3 of my post today. I am unamused. Painfully so.

SP-my dear, I have recieved thine very awesome package after less than awesome postal service, (dont ask). There are even pictures however Blogger has made them a 3 course meal. There will be another attempt to show the 'Verse How very wonderful you have been to me when I am less likely to try to kill the entire internet. I didn't think you had access to the net so I figured a day's delay wouldn't be too bad. Sorry to worry you.

Thank You

This has been a public service annoucement. Had this been a real emergency we would have said screw you and took off without notifying you.

WIP'd

I usually have, well a lot on the needles. It suits me. I want to knit, I want to feel the potential of each and every project I start, I want a challange. After I get those things I, um, move on ..a bit.. Why, with my attention span, do i not consider FINISHING a project to be a challange? Let's face facts with my stunning lack ability to concentrate for more than 5 minutes it would be a challange. These are the long awaited photos of the WIP in ...well, current rotation. (Also please consider the near miracle that my camera and I were at the same place at the same time for the first time in months.)

Pattern: Lace Edged Coat
From: Knitscene 05
Yarn: Patons Classic Merino in Harvest
Completed: Back and most of a front (shown) and there should be another front kicking around here somewhere or I am going to be uber short on yarn!

Thoughts: I needed 3 not 2 strands held together I think. It's knitting bigger than I thoughton the other hand so a bit of felting should get the fabric a little tighter. So far it's BO-RING. Garter stitch, all of it. Yawnsville. The redeeming feature it's on really big needles. So it theoretically goes way faster. There has been some pooling issues but I am ok with it for the most part. I plan on making the matching skirt, but that one will have to be 3 stands for sure.

The big feature of it is the crochet trim. I am going to have to use another dyelot for the trim but I can live with that. I really can't wait to get to it.
Want to see what it's supposed to look like check it out here: http://www.knitscene.com/photos/project14.asp


Pattern:Trellis Scarf
From:Sprin 06 Interweave Knits
Yarn: Brushed Suri From Blue Sky Alpacha in Earl Grey
Completed:not a hell of a lot

Thoughts:I decided since the yarn had the word Alpacha in it, it'ed be a substitue for the recomended yarn (Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud (100% baby alpaca; 440 yd [402 m]/50 g): #C82 smoke, 1 skein.) For the record I am trying to replace a lace weight with across between DK and Worsted.Surprising to no one with any knitting sense at all. I am having difficulties, especially since I kept the recommended needle size. This was going to be a gift, I like it a lot but knitting 7 together is damn near impossble. So off to something a little easier if I am to have a hope and/or prayer of finishing it for Christmas.

It's brushed to so I think I wont even beable to reclaim the yarn. **sob**
to compare look here:
http://www.interweave.com/knit/interweave_knits/preview/2006_spring.asp


Pattern: Icarus Shawl
From:Summer 06 Interweave Knits
Yarn: Misti Alpacha Lace in Baby Pink
Completed: Am just a few rows away from the mysterious chart 2.

Thoughts: Pray for me kittens, for I amy be deeply, deeply screwed. I bought 2 balls of baby alpacha wool in Calgary. it's 400m a ball. the yarn requirements are as follows :Alpaca Yarn Co. Suri Elegance (100% suri alpaca; 875 yd [800 m]/ 100 g): #3001 Pearl Harbor grey, 1 skein. What they don't tell you is it pretty much takes EXACTLY 800 meters. You have inches left! Inches!! I took off about 2 feet of yarn as I kept fuggling up the cast on, and it got mighty frayed (so did I but thats another story). It's entirely possible I willonly have enough yarn of bind off half! **wimper** If anyone has about 30 feet of Misti Alpaca Lace 2 ply, 100% Baby Alpaca , in Baby Pink (#0524) Dye lot 9006, lemme know!

For the non lace initiated this is a great starting point with some pretty mindless repititions. (Yeah I got a little bored) To ooh and ah at the finished project go to
http://www.interweave.com/knit/interweave_knits/preview/2006_summer.asp


Pattern:Central Park Hoodie
From: Knitscene 06
Yarn: Patons Classic Merino in Leaf Green
Completed: Back and am up to the sleeves on both fronts.

Thoughts:This was the yarn I bought to make the Lace Trim Sweater at the top. I bought enough balls to make the coat and proabably half the trim. (I bought out the dyelot entirely) , the Harvest colour above was to be the matching skirt but things go awry. I took Icarus and knitting to be named later, and I wanted to cast on the Lace Trim Sweater (now to be knows as LTS)but I had the wrong sized needles. I thus used the yarn handy and cast on the Central Park Hoodie, because I can't NOT knit. I got past the considerable ribbing that night and there was no going back. Maybe if i hadn't finished the ribbing I would have ripped back and done up all the projects as I planned (Central Park was supposed to be Pink!) But I didn't and I guess I have to live with that now, don't I? It's a pretty basic sweater, While working on the fronts I got bored. I will finish this sweater though. It's to basic not to.

View Here:http://www.knitscene.com/photos/2006/project13.asp

OMFG I just went to look for the photo and I saw a link for corrections. Under “Left Front”
Row 2 (WS) *K2, p2; rep from * to end of row.
Under “Hood”
Dec row (RS) Work to 3 sts before m, k2tog, k1, sl m, k1, ssk, work to end.

Guess what I did. Pardon Me I need to cry and eat some chocolate. Possibly garrot myself with the circs.


Pattern:Poma-whatsis
From: Knitty Winter O5
Yarn: Trekking XXL
Completed:1 Cuff and chart 1


Thoughts: This sock is in semi-permident detention, through no fault of it's own. I can't get my printer and PC to talk to each other. While I was willing to do Chart 1 By hand, the rest, not so much. Also while taking this picture I realized this is huge!. My guage on socks is massive. I wonce cast on a sock in the same weight and needlesize only to end up with a hat! Any advice on sock guage is welcome. Gads.

I have come to the comclusion I almost always cast on projects everyone else is doing. I'm a sheep, which all things consitered isn't a baaaa-d (sorry) thing for a knitter to be, beats a lemming by a mile. Still this is most of the current rotation. There are a few Christmas Gifts and secret pal stuff on and off needles I can't blog about yet. But I blogged and that is something, right?

Friday, November 17, 2006

Rambling Friday Update

  • exhaustion is not my friend. i got so tired yesterday that i can't remember it. i know i left work early (by about an hour) and that my head hurt so bad i couldn't keep advil down until i slept a bit. someone please explain to me how i don't qualify for stress leave under Canadian ei laws? Would i really leave work if by some miracle i did qualify?
  • i hate Canada post, there is more yarn en route to my house than is safe to admit (i think that moths are hacking the internet as you read this, i order from many sources just to be on the safe side) and honestly with the cold snap i think the postal employees are stuffing it under their coats and the like to keep warm. Like it's my fault they decided to wear short in November!! Throw that and the fact it was a holiday for them Monday and yeah, am getting very anxious to get my hands on my yarn. If you are looking for good Canadian sites to order from there will be a list on the bottom of the page.
  • my secret pal package is still enroute as well, i can say this without fear of giving my upstream secret pal heart attacks as she is off on vacation, having fabulous food and speaking Italian. Am jealous except for i have no idea how to speak Italian, this includes ordering food.
  • my second package to my down stream pal is ready except for the fact that the yarn is in transit. Mom goes to Calgary for a radiation assessment in the beginning of December. There is a yarn store about 4 blocks away. i want instant gratification!
  • i bought a schwak of books from amazon.ca, (which now that i think of it i ordered after yarn proving my mail carrier/shorts theory) I got a pattern a day calendar, which is less than 352 patters as they squish sat and Sunday together and some patterns take more than a days worth of paper. i feel a bit jipped but all and all it was a good purchase. i picked up one skein wonders-i am kinda meh on it, i don't have enough lone skeins yet to do much with it but if i ever finish a project i will ;>. And i picked up knitting nature. There are 2 patterns out of the whole book that made me just go wow i must make that but the concept is really interesting, and the mathy/science behind the patterns is going to probably just enthrall him.
  • i am buying red clothing. Not a lot but a little. It doesn't look like Christmas out in the world hardly at all and i am really feeling Christmas-y. (for the Christmas squeamish do not look at my ipod). i still own very little primary coloured yarn by choice as i don't think i could take red, yellow or bright primary blue for a long stretch (teal and aqua, we can talk). ((yes yb it is primaries i don't like, i do like pastels.))
  • i want to see the next bond movie. It seems to have more of a sense of play then some of the others. Happy feet opens today as well, i just want to know what its about.
  • Jericho is a show every single knitter in the world should watch. If anyone complains about your stash just point at the TV and say as hysterically as possible, look tomorrow i may not be able to buy more. I'll be the only one who can make clothes for the winter!

since i know you are all breathlessly waiting for it here is my list of great Canadian yarn retailers here they are:

http://www.redbirdknits.com/ this is a really good vendor. Got one of my packages promptly, still waiting for the other but i ordered only a short time ago. She will wind one ball for you, maybe two before charging $1 a ball. She also answers all her e-mail personally and the response time is pretty good on weekends and great on weekdays. They carry mainly sock weights and lace weights

http://www.thesweetsheep.com/xcart/home.php again i ordered 2 packages from them and sadly neither has arrived. But they are very helpful and promt giving answers and replies. Again a heavy focus on lace weight and socks, but there are some pretty cool inexpensive aran/worsted weights. They have a wish list feature i really like and they are willing to wind balls (sensing a theme?)

http://theknittery.com/ ok i admit it this is Australian but i love them none the less. i am willing to order from there because when you convert money it's in my favour and there is no duty to pay on the goods! They have gorgeous yarns all done up by them, and great service. They will also wind balls for free if you ask. Sadly no wish list but for the record i am in love with their grace colourway. squee.

http://www.elann.com/frames.asp it's a staple. i haven't ordered anything from them recently but they have a few new yarns i must have so i will be ordering from them again soon.

http://www.ramswool.com/ dudes. This place is HUGE. i found them after the cc ran out. Naturally. This is the Canadian version of webs! I must order from this place if only to get their catalog. Also it's nice to see some heavier weights for those of us who don't want to knit arans from sock yarn (i say with love). When i order from here I'll let you know how it goes.

ttfn hopefully i have yarn porn to show you tomorrow.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Ranting Retailer

Life has been making me a little more time contrained than usual. All non work hours are being devoted to parental supervision and will result in my strangling someone soon. Guess who...

Work has been a bit more of a ...challange...than I personally appreciate. There was a mighty dumping of 40+ boxes in 2 days, right after we re-did the whole store. We were given a list of items that would not be in for 2 weeks so we could alter our plans accordingly, unfortunately, H/O lied. And after tearing apart work on the weekend, I had to do it again Tuesday. There were words said, and yes they were migh-T hostile and more than marginally unflattering. It triggered the e-mail heared around the counrty and here's hoping it gets my ass fired. ;> It will probably enspire a blog about ranting about retail. Yep people,a s you go out and begin your holiday shopping, some of those cheerful grins are actually a little clenched, and those big huge desks between you and us are there so we don't cause bodily injury when the shoppers get stupid.

Question: Why do so many people forget that we are employees not servants? We are there to help you make your purchace and make sure you are happy about it. You forget please and thank you I may forget your foot is not the best place to drop my stock box. Common curtesy is sadly not as common as one would hope.

That said WCB is taking care of my claim, and I found out that I have had so many reports I have my own case worker, I think she helps other people too, but all mine go to her. That bee sting I got while working made me famous. The knitting finger incident was just a clincher. My former boss was pretty much a "you report everything" kinda person and that has influenced me greatly, tho it does cause a great deal of paperwork when your as accident prone as I am. I am the only person I know that works in a mall, that has gotten stung by a bee in the line of duty. I am so accident prone I have become a band-aid snob!

A sample of the e-mail heard around the world. "If you send me so much stock I can no longer see the backroom door you cannot complain when I hang my coat and hat on a slow moving customer."

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Up Next On Fox: "When Startitis attacks!"

Dudes. There are no words at all. I have cast on more projects than I can name off hand. I started fingerless mitts for myself as it's starting to get cold out and every morning I am wishing I had a pair. I started the Central Park Hoodie because I thinkI may be able to wear it to work, at least once, plus I need a self knitted sweater. I cast on a hat for my secret pal, because she said she wanted one-and I finished it too. Please note the pathetic attempts at justifying myself here. This is in attempt to get the half completed Icarus to stop looking at me with those big puppy dog/alpaca eyes.

There will be photos but in the height of irony I have actually misplaced the camera. Dont you love it when irony gets ironic?

Thursday, October 12, 2006

There Has Been Knitting

I am completely exhausted. Anyone who knows anything about my life is fainting from not surprise at this pronouncement. Still work is being annoying on a level I can hardly believe. 19 days of work in a row. Now I will fully admit there are days I am there for 10-15 mins. But it takes at least 2 hours out of my life to be there those 10-15 mins. and I am quite thoroughly sick of it. I am not sure what I need to do about it but the situation will be changing - either I work things out where I can have a life or I collapse, either way = time off.

I got a call about my biopsy results and they are saying they came back high grade pre cancerous cells. Initial tests support that they removed all the damaged tissue. Originally it was going to be Dec before I was going to find the results so was a bit of a shock to get them yesterday. Especially @ 7pm. I am undecided if I am going to pursue further treatment. I am thinking about it but even if I go for 3 chemos it'll overlap with mum's radiation and I don't think that will work out at all. They aren't recomending any further treatment either but I will have a second test in December so I guess everything will be arranged then.

This week has seen a boom in knitting related activities. There is a scarf in progress (boring garter stitch with shaped floral crochet trim), I have almost completed the back of my Central Park Hoodie, Icarus is at a standstill but I think I'll be taking it to work tomorrow, and today I knit a hat. There will be pictures when I can find my camera. It's in my purse actually but my purse is really far and I don't want to admit I am to tired/lazy to go get it, thus the camera is "lost") It is socktober...i have no socks on the needles...I have sock yarn and patterns stratigically placed, items I have been dying to make, but the socks, they ain't happening. **SIGH** I should really start my gift knitting. Of course this will involve planning gift items and yarn purchases. Right now everything I have on the needles is for myself or my secret pal. I may restrict my gift knitting this year to 6 hats and 20 dishclothes, or something. I will be making another batch of my extra moisturizing soap, some homemade milk bath and I think I will be branching out into cookies this year too. I may crochet some scallop scarves for the girls at work too. Again if I have to go with mum and dad to Calgary and stay at the hospital 5 days a week, there will probably be knitting.

It amazes me how little knitting I actually seemed tohave done the past few weeks, or months. I think my shoulders have been buring the past few days because I am no longer used to knitting and I have been doing some pretty marathomn sessions. Please note the achey, burny feeling is slowing me down but not even coming close to stopping the knitting being done. I think I just need to build up my knitting muscles again. Dude, i'm gunna be buff.

Oh extra happy bonus points, I got my secret pal stuff all bought for this round, need to knit , and pack it up. As usual I over bought, so I have to decided what to do. I spent so much on the stuff I only have a certain amount in the budget for shipping, so I have to either return a few things or hold them for the next package. Next time I need to pick out some lighter things. Can you ship helium by Canada Post?

Friday, October 06, 2006

Secret Pal extra questionaire.

The Yarn Yenta had this posted at her blog. Thought I'ed play along too.
1. Where is your favorite knitting spot?
actually it's on a bus or in the back room of the store where I work. I din't know why they just are. I think I need to take another trip on a Greyhound cross country, maybe I'ed actually finish a project.

2. If you suddenly could never knit again (shudder) - what would you do instead?
Crochet, or maybe I'ed pick up a book and actually read again.

3. If you could travel anywhere in the world - where would you go and why?
This really changes on my mood. Sometime the whole backpacking through Europe thing seems what I want or a trip to Austrailia. Really I decided I'ed love to take a trip to Montreal. But it'ed depend who I went with. I don;t think I'ed enjoy it on my own as much.

4. When you were little - What did you want to do "when you grew up?" Are you doing it?
I wanted to be a cat....not so much, but more than you'ed expect.

5. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Vanilla or ben and Jerry's half baked.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Secret Pal 9

Am I insane with everything going on I am participating in Secret Pal 9?1 Why yes, yes I am ;>


1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
  • i am turning into a bit of a yarn snob i guess but without a proper lys in town not too much, i wil knit with anything that isn't ribbon or ladder yarn. if it squeeks while being knit i'm not going to use it

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
  • I have a case for my circs and I have a wine bottle box for my straights. dpns and accesories are in a little knitting bag

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn?

  • 1 year, 1 month and 27 days and about 20 hours...
  • from a book my mom tried to show me but that didn't workout so well

Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?

  • advanced except i can't do multi coloured knitting

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

  • amazon.ca

5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.)

  • roses
  • apples (roses mixed with apples)
  • cookies

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?

  • i do have a sweet tooth, i love laura secort mint chocolate bars 9not the green one but the solid milk ones ...yum)
  • right now i am so hooked on twix i should be dying of malnutrition

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?

  • i don't spin, i can cross stitch but don't very much, I can bead but pretty much just make stitch markers, i sew but just beginners stuff
  • did i mention crochet? i like to do that too
  • i make soap

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

  • i like classical music thats been remixed- think the diva song from "fifth element"
  • i have mp3 players

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?

  • i like brights! my favourite colours are all the secondary colours (including pink), i never wear primary colours (excpet for one pair of rusty red socks I am making)

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

  • i live with my parents, my father is in a wheelchair, my mum has breast cancer so it's probably a good thing i am home
  • there are 4 cats and 2 dogs living here and apparently wanting attention all at the same time

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?

  • i love the idea of a ponch i don't know if i'ed wear one, i thinki would but then i think i'ed be self conconcious
  • i live in canada and walk 20-30 mins to and from work 5 days a week (minimum) yes i ear hats, gloves and scarves, i also love fashion/indoor scarves

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

  • i am attracted to almost ever skirt pattern ever

13. What are you knitting right now?

  • 2 skirts, a dress, a shawl, socks, soul sucking garther stitch scarf, crocheting 3 hats and ablanket and there are probably more ufo's i can think about

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

  • yes

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

  • straights and metal

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?

  • no *sniff*

17. How old is your oldest UFO?

  • 1 year, 19 days and 20 hours ... actually about 9 months

18. What is your favorite holiday?

  • anything that gets me time off work. a few years ago it would have been christmas but i work retail and it's busy

19. Is there anything that you collect?

  • movies and dvd box sets
  • yarn
  • dust...?

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

  • rowan magazine looks really cool, the newest issue has a pattern for a dress that looks squee
  • rebecca magazine isn't available here either
  • i collect knit simple, interweave knits, vouge knitting, sometimes i'll pick up a creative knitting but some of thier stuff is really scary bland/unflattering (sorry), i usually buy 2 copies of knit.1 because i lug it around everywhere, and interweave crochet, crochet! and looking back i wonder howmany trees i kill a month, still you can't say i am uninformed.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?

  • multi coloured knitting, there is just something about it that doesn't click with me, oh and illusion knitting

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?

  • i am a left sock knitter, i never get around to the right it seems ;> (or is it the other way around?)
  • i wear a size 8 shoe

23. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)

  • august 10

Monday, September 18, 2006

Hee.

Well the trip to Calgary is tomorrow (eep.) and it's down to the wire for the sweater. I had a brief daliance with a granny square. The possibility that I won't go to Calgary in a handknit was too awful to contemplate so I knit a purse last Thursday. I'll have to line it but that won't take to long (yeah right) I'll have plenty of time to finish the sleeves to the mesh sweater. Well here are pic of the purse modelled by my infamous mum and my dad.




This is the first picture that has been taken of my dad in YEARS (i think it runs int he family) and I can just imagine if he goes missing ... well people would be looking for him;>

Thursday, September 07, 2006


Dude! I got some serious haul! Check out my gifts! All purple and all mine. Too bad you can't transmit smell or touch. I got this Bamboo White Tea Body scrub, seriously, so sweet and floral and girly girly. Soft purple lace weights with pattern and a cable scarf that took me about 5 mins to puzzle out how the heck she got the scalloped edge (duh). My pal was the sweet and charming Cindiluhu, who may be net stalking me as we are in about, what?, 5 or 10 of the same knit communities? Was totally on the wrong track as to who she was! Thanks Cindi!!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

A meme I picked up but I forget where

1. What's your worst habit relating to your knitting?
spending so much money on yarn, yet i never seem to have enough

2. In what specific ways does your knitting make you a better person?
i'm calmer and hapier

3. How might you or your life be different if you were suddenly unable to knit?
dude, i'ed sue the world, not able to knit you know i'ed be up on that belltower

4. If money were no object, what one yarn, and what one tool or gadget would you run out and buy first?
swift and ballwinder

5. What knitting technique or project type are you most afraid of (if any)? What, specifically, do you fear will happen when you try it?
i can't do multicolour knitting, i don't fear it i am just not good at it, i fear entrelac because i think that i'eed get so pissed off with those fuzzy little triangles that i would take a blow torch to it, and that would waste good wool

6. Who is/are your knitting hero(es), and why?
i think my grandma because she kept 3 daughtres, 3 sons-in-law and 6 grandkids in handknits

7. Do you consider knitting, for you personally, a mostly social activity, or a mostly solitary activity?
it's solitary by default if i meet a knitter ( which seem to be rare here) we'll talk each others ear offunkless they are knitting then i'll think my stuff is crap and slink off in silence.

8. Is there a particular regional tradition in knitting that you feel strongly drawn toward (e.g., Fair Isle, Scandinavian, Celtic, Orenburg lace)? Any theories as to why it calls to you?
not really I love lace and aran style patterns tho

9. If you were a yarn, which yarn would you be?
i think i took this quiz once. i was cashmere, due to the fact that i am high maintenece

10. Some statistics:(a) How many years have passed since you FIRST learned to knit?
1 year, 1 month 26 days annndddd.....20 hours
(b) How many total years have you been actively, regularly knitting (i.e., they don't have to have been in a row)?
probably a few days more than that I learned a few times but my stitches were so tight

(c) how many people have you taught to knit?
Three.
(d) Roughly what percentage of your FOs do you give away (to anyone besides yourself, i.e., including your immediate family)
fo-what are those, not many except at chirstmas, of course i usually only finish those so about 90" but almost all my progects are cast on for me
11. How often do you KIP (knit in public)? i.e., once a week, once a month, etc. Where do you do it?
all the time, in line at the bank or walmart, i probably would say 10 times a week

12. If a genie granted you one hour to stitch-n-bitch with any one knitter, living or dead, who would you choose and why?
no-one by the time i stopped being totally intimidated it'ed be over

13. What aspect or task in knitting makes you most impatient
garter stitcha dn blocking

14. What is it about knitting that never lets you get bored with it?
my mistakes!

15.Tools
...am i being insulted here....
i prefer srtaights to circulars, metal to anything

16. Which one person is the recipient of more of your knitting than any other?
my mum who is a size 2/3 it takes about 4 hours to knit the entire back of a cardigan for her.

17. What's the oddest thing about your knitting, or yourself as a knitter?
i've stuck with it this long, normally i stay with it about 3 weeks or until i have spent gobs of money (whichever comes first) but i know i will still be knitting come the end of the week and thats really unusual for me

18. What do you see yourself knitting - if anything - twenty years from now
aran sweaters and fair isle skirts

19. If you were stranded on a deserted island and could have only ONE SKEIN of yarn, which yarn would it be and what would you do with it?
i'ed horde the skien and learn to knit grass

20. If you were allowed to own only one knitting-related book, which would it be? (you'd be free to browse others, but you couldn't keep them)?
the biggest one i could find, something that had stitch patterns and how to make/shape garment instructions


21. Is knitting the new yoga? Why or why not?
it must be i haevn't killed anyone yet, and in my life that's saying something

Thursday, August 24, 2006

How Boring am I?- not as bad as I thought

1. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said 'I love you' and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa-nope but I did walk up the stairs to the CN Tower, there are alot of stairs
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby's diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all (50 states) The provinces and territories
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
0. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your cd's
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Posed nude in front of strangers
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an "expert"
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Had a one-night stand
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror.
96. Raised children
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Created and named your own constellation of stars
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an illness that you shouldn't have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Petted a stingray
110. Broken someone's heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone's mind about something you caredeeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Petted a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad - and the Odyssey
135. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream (every day)
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146: Dyed your hair
147: Been a DJ
148: Shaved your head
149: Caused a car accident
150: Saved someone's life

Friday, August 11, 2006

Pondering and Nuances

I was about to title this reflections on being 29. I have been 29 for an entire day now and I think I have found the Knack of it. Well I can achieve the state of being easy enough for another 365 days anyways. However having had a cup of coffee and a big slice of double frosting cake this morning I dare say I am to hyper for anything so indepth as "reflecting". What I can achieve on my stimulant induced speeding is at best a "Secrets about Me you never Knew, and possibly never wanted too".


  • I hate wearing sleeves which is a problem as I work in a clothing store and the dress code is that you must wear current season clothes from the store, this is not always a good thing as I don't like wearing primary colours so sometimes pickings are slim. This season there are some gorgeous greens and this warm spicy carrot colour and browns with hardly any ucky colours in site. Now if only they didn't make everything long sleeved ... **breaks out the generation t book**
  • I am much more crafty than my blog shows mainly because my camera sucks way too much battery power, but I am a very crafty person **goes and knits herself a mustache so she can twirl it**
  • I secretly am wishing there was a laundry faery so I wouldn't have to do it.
  • my sewing machine and I are back on speaking terms now that we have replaced all the bobbins.
  • my knitting machine and I still aren't are speaking terms
  • I am planning on crocheting 12 scarves and knitting 8 more for Christmas, in addition to making 4 pullovers and 2 cardigans, and a doll, and about 4 pairs of mousie mittens, 2 hats...and....(there's more but I think I need to lie down for a bit.) and I actually think I'll be able to get it done.
  • I still think about what I want to be when I grow up (audiologist or the like)
  • I make fun of peoples clothes although I usually restrict it to magazines or people who wear really bad bras or slim leg pants on people with any amount of hips.
  • I want to cross stitch something but I think I actually just want to shop for cross stitch stuff
  • shopping is my anti-depressant, which is a vicious circle everytime the mastercard bill comes in
  • I can't spell vicious without help and it still doesn't look right to me
  • I want to go to Montreal just so I can brush up my french
  • If I find a good yarn sale online I don't tell anyone until I have bought what I want for myself, then I'll tell anyone who will listen
Also as I realized I sounded like I was whining yesterday and I probably was, I just like to point out that I never considered myself someone who could deal with problems and stress and I was the last person anyone would want with them in a crisis but what the last 2 months have thought me is I honestly don't have to be. When I start going though a rough time I just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other because that's the only way to get out the otherside, isn't it?

Also Happy Belated Birthday Jo!! Hope yours had as much frosting as mine!!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Happy Birthday to Me!

Well today it is My b-day. yeay. This year I get a cake. Apparenly to convince my parents to get me a cake I have to gIve up all forms of life to take care of them 24/7. Am a bad person to complain about the impossibly high bar they set just to recieved baked goods on the anniversary of my birth?

Mom is doing well right now the first chemo is under our communal belts and she isn't really feeling tired or anything. Dad is , um...well he's complaining less than usual. My surgury has been booked and there is now forward motion which is keeping me complacent. I'm heading back to work 15 hours a week until September. No manager would be a bad thing so am full-time until they get somone bossier than me. Or Mom's Birthday in the middle of October which ever comes first. It'll be nice to have a paycheck and be able to pay off some of the bills that are accumulating, I miss seeing them and talking to the girls all the time, I want money -did i mention that?- and really it's not a bad place to work at all. However it totally takes away my knitting time. I have an aran calf length skirt to finish before September. I mean how inconsiderate is that huh?

So the things I asked for a swift, a ball winder, huge list of books and yarn. I got a video i-pod. Dad understands electronics. I'm not complaining it's just really funny in it's predictableness. I got sock yarn from 2 of my friends (socks!!) however I left it at thier house so I won't see it again until SATURDAY (!) and am going to make Pompotamus out of it. And am going to my fave restaurant tomorrow. The YB asked if I wanted a party today, dudes this is the first birthday party I've had since the one at McDonalds, I always go out and see everyone but my freinds were always the individual sort.

So yeah today is my 29th b-day. Now id you'll excuse me I have to go pick up my own cake.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Colour Swap questions

1. What are your top three favorite colours? I hear purple. Lilac to a deep royal purple. I wear almost any colour that isn't a primary. I'm just odd that way. Pink and Teal have become part of my life. I am at home for 2 moths taking care of my father (he's had 4 strokes) and my mother has breast cancer. Myself I have been diagnosed with, it's not cervical cancer but it's the step right below it. So pink and teal have become pretty symbolic around here... But I still love Purple.

2. What crafts do you really enjoy? Knitting. I crochet a wee little bit. Did I mention knitting? I am not much else for crafts. I did some wire and beading but it's not practical for me , 4 cats someone is pound to think, "Oh shiny thing, I should bat it around, or swallow it." I still make stitch markers, but that's the extent. I have gotten a sewing machine and I am in desperate need of lessons so I can start making some of the clothes I have bought fabrics for. To wear with my knitting.

3. What products do you really covet? I miss living in Toronto with all the shopping close at hand. That's not a product just I know me and I'ed have everything by now. ;> Sock yarn and lace weight. Neither are available in town at all.

4. What other activities do you enjoy besides your favorite crafty things? I hike sometimes, I do the video game thing (my cat is addicted to FFX, so funny) I pretty much don't have hobbies, I go out and do things, anything, with friends who make it fun.

5. Is there anything you collect? I am an on again off again comic book collector. I have started collecting them online. I have this horrible urge to buy everything that has Happy Bunny on it or Rachel Hale's cat and puppy pictures.

6. What is your zodiac sign and/or Chinese zodiac symbol? I am a Leo. And a snake...Scary, scarier than rabbits even. Yup scared by rabbits. They are cute and stuff I just can't pick one up.

7.What are your favorite -Scents/smells? Roses, fruit (not so much citrus)
- types of music and/or bandTechnohno opera, movie soundtracks
- authors? tanya huff. Great Canadian author, does fantasy sci-fi. Brilliant. I am also addicted to some booksLunaluna publishers a fantasy publisher run by harlequin (wasmuchyuch happier before I knew that) good stories and very femalecentric
- animals? Cats cats, dogs, I want a hedgehog, sheep, llamas
- places to shop? gah I miss living in a big city where there was variety. Of the stores here you may have heard of I like Smart Set, Old Navy and I love le Chateau but who are they kidding with those prices?
- season? Winter, I hate being hot, so bad
- yarn/fabric/paper/other craft supplies? well with yarn it's faster to say what I don't like I'm not a fan of ribbon /ladder yarns. I am really bad at multi colour knI'llng, i'll tackle it yet, so right now I am really enjoying complex one colour knitting like an like knitting an aran and I'm experimenting with felting. I prefer straight to circular, metal to the bamboo. I love rosewood but terrified I'll break 'em.
- candies or Minties? mint chocolate but that would just be a pretty big puddle right now.

8. Do you have any wish lists? I have one at amazon.ca but it's not very accurate as I put "reminders" of other people's want lists on it.

9. Are you allergic to anything? Anylaundry detergent not tide , wool wash is ok.

10. Do you have any pets? 4 cats,2 dogs. I am planning to finish a post about them. I have a collie who is mine, a mini schnauzer that is my mom's . 4 cats, Mr Muffin (Muffy), OB1 (ohbz) and My 2 cats Sam and Spooky (Spam and Spoo)

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Photos

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Friday, July 21, 2006

A Knitter with too much time on her hands is Dangerous
Well if I ever get around to blocking it I'll show you my finished Hiking scarf. Not a fan of blocking its too reminiscent of my arch-nemesis laundry. Not to mention I block on the floor and pins need to be counted very carefully , ask me how I know.

My next projects were to be a fall sweater, and a few lacey scarves to get a jump on Christmas, but my yarn hasn't yet arrived. So I decided to work on my next fall/winter piece. An Aran skirt. Ok I first saw this pattern after I had only knit for 3 Months and I fell in love with it. It was white (it makes me look tall), it was a sweater style (so 80's but one of the few good fashions that came from the 80's), An Aran (the pinnacle of one colour knitting, in my opinion) and it was freaking HARD. Experienced level in vogue magazine. I put the magazine down and backed away slowly.

Well it's been about 11 months since I started knitting. I pretty much suck at anything with more than one colour (except simple stripes) but I have pretty much decided that nothing in knitting will actually kill me. It may frustrate me for a while but the odds of it actually doing me in are pretty minimal, not impossible as I think this project was trying it's hardest to make sure I didn't survive the experience. When approaching something with a chart that looks like this, don't look at it all at once. You get vertigo and nausea, instead break it down. Knit? Purl? You can do those. Cable left or cable right? You can do those too, now. You may also notice bobbles. I don't know how but I missed those before. I think the skirt was using cover-up or something, I discovered that I had to do them while waiting in the dr's office, it was to be about a half hour wait and I hadn't brought back-up knitting. Bobbles for the record are dead easy just kinda annoying. (Put right needle into next stitch as if you knit, K1, p1, k1, p1, k1 all into that stitch without slipping the stitch off your left needle until the last knit is in. Turn. K5. Turn. P1, P3tog, P1. Turn. Slip stitch knitwise, Ktog, PSSO. At this point I turn one last time and knit the same stitch before I carry on. I was finding the initial stitch was so stretched out it was leaving a bit of a hole under the bobble.) And short rows, dead useful when you go to make your first pair of socks.

It's actually very basic, like all knitting is, once you break the bits up small enough. I say this now after casting on 8 times. Possibly more. First time I knit the tail into the project, duh. The second time I put too many stitches on. Third time? I put to little. I decided that after the first row the cast on wasn't springy enough. The fourth time, I chose a cast on that was springy and realized that the skirt was knit sideways and the cast on would be a seam. The long tail cast on seemed to make a better seam that the other fancy one. Blah blah blah, and so on and so on. I made every mistake possible. The worst was getting three rows in and realizing I started reading the chart from the wrong corner. That was the second last cast on. I am doing pretty well now that I have gotten to the short rows. This should keep my entertained for a while.

I am using acrylic yarn. Before everyone thinks sacrilege I'ed like to point out the thought process. I need something machine wash and dry. I take care of 2 infirm parents and have a full time job. I need something easy. I was also really really really paranoid about what has charmingly been called butt pooch syndrome. Wool stretches so if Sitting will cause the butt pooch of doom, I'll just pick something else. Cotton is pretty heavy and would pull on itself. It also stretches out pretty easily. Bamboo and other alternative natural fibers are much to costly and would take a long time to arrive. I need something to knit now. So it's acrylic. I'll live. I'll keep you posted here and on my blog as I progress (or not, I tend to have a lot of projects on the go at the same time).

Once again Blogger is going to give me a hard time and not put my pictures in. I'll post them separately.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Meet the family.

I have a pet thing. Everytime the world goes poopy I get a new animal. Mainly cats. I currently have 2 dogs and 4 cats. I take the blame for the cats the dogs were everyone else's idea.






This is Goldie. She is a purebreed Rough Collie. There were 4 girls in her litter and everyone wanted her, but we got her. If she hadn't come with papers I'ed never believe she was a rough collie. There has to be some border in her. She is the most hyper dog I know. She barks at everything. Collies were bred to herd sheep. Goldie is nto the x-treme version. She herds cats.











This is Orange Blossom The First. He of many names. He is the second oldest cat. He is very hard to describe. He loves dogs. We got him about 3 weeks before we got Goldie. He took to Goldie immediately. (It's an orange thing.) His favourite pasttime is to be dragged around the linolium by his head. before you call the SPCA, the dog did it. I got Ohbz away but yeah the best way to put it is that OB1 is a bit of a painslut. This may be because Bottom over here is the single clumsiest cat in the history of ever. He will smack into a counter more often than make it onto it. He has missed my lap on several occasions, not only do I have skull shaped bruises on my calf to prove it but an 8 inch scar from that memorable time that he actually made it onto my lap and slid off and all the way down.




The infamous Mr. Mack Muffin. I hate his name. The SPCA called him Spotz. Yeah. I wanted to call him Mack. HE'S hardy barn cat cross. He's a manly cat (well was) and he needed a manly name like Mack, not dispite what my father will tell you, a name like, I dunno Muffin. My dad pointed out that with a name like Muffin he'ed have to be the toughest cat on the block. I have lost the war on this and he is now simply called Muffy. I am dying of not thrilled. (can you guess the other reason that dad wanbted to call him Muffin?)

Muffy is the oldest of the cats. He is the bossiest. He holds himself apart from the rest more. He is the unhurdable. Goldie has scars from learning that not all cats are hurdable. When other cats aren't around he is the most nervous cat I have ever owned. He'll jump 10 feet if you hit him with a paper ball when he isn't expecting it. I know, I am a horrible person.



Sam, my baby. The most interesting thing about Sam is cut out of this picture. He has no tail. He is a manx. They are wicked smart and shapped like a ball. They have a double coat of fur as well. For the better part of a year It was just me and Sam but we moved back in with my parents (please see aforementioned health issues) and he's now part of the hurd. My father has been trying to rename him. So far he has been Chester, and right now Socrates. There were a few passing fancies in between that are best left forgotten. Sam was named after the cat in Tanya Huff's Keeper Series. Oddly enough before he was old enough to be fixed (or broken depending on your point of view) he fathered a litter of 3 kittens. One of those cats was pure black. I named that one Austin. Don't get it-go read the books.

The astute may notice that there is only 3 cats and 1 dog here. I don't have any good pictures of the other 2 at the moment so I will leave them for another time.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Knitting Magazine Publishers Need a Wake-up Call

Ok I picked up my Vouge Knitting Magazines. I am thinking of starting to make my fall wardrobe as I mentioned previously. The aran skirt from winter 05/06 is classic. Perfect me. Except for a few minor details. Like even though I wear a size 7 pant the largest size is too small for me. The "Large" is a 30"waist. Excuse me? Isn't the average size in the States (where this mag is published) a 14/16? What is up with that? Will someone please let the editors know that knitting doesn't burn that many calories,nor does it give you abs of steel no matter how tight your guage is.

Ok I am apparently a very FAT size 7 ((eyeroll) I can adjust the pattern, assuming I could see it. The chart which is about 136 sitiches by 60 rows is only 10" by 4". So apparently I am also at fault for not having microscopic eyes. I mean this is small. There is no seperation at any regulated marks. Eg. a heavier gridline every 10 stitches or something.


<----actual size








And the final insult. The recommended yarn costs 130 dollars.American. I am Canadaian so tack on about 25%. While I am aware that their sister fashion magazine thinks nothing of calling a plainbutton down white shirt that costs $130 a steal it still doesn'tmake it right. I'll also admit that while my yarn budget is higher than my clothing budget it's still an absurd price. Am I the only one wishing these people were living in the real world?

Jinxsa

PS In the interest of fairness I should point out that I find thistrend more in the print aspect than online. Most online knitting magazines are much more realistic, this is probably due to the fact they are more interactive then print and the knitters are holding them accountable.

Ambitions.

I have been taking time off work to help out my mum and dad, dad's had 4 strokes my mum has just has some pretty major surgery. I am expected to be off until the end of August, give or take. In that time I apparently plan on sewing and knitting a whole new wardrobe.

I'm a pretty decent knitter, but I have a wee teeny tiny attention span. I mean wee. I don't see myself able to do all this without a break. Not to mention I plan on sewing a wardrobe when all I have sewed to date is a pair of purses (Would you call 3 Tanks, a peasent blouce, 2 short skirts and 3 long skirts, 2 dresses a wardrobe?). We won't discuss the very depths of my delusions. I plan on knitting an aran skirt, a sweater vest, a fall sweater of my own design, a cardigan and because there is just oodles of time, I'll probably get all that Christmas Knitting done not to mention the 4 Birthday gifts I have to make between Christmas and now.

Pardon me, I need to call my doctor and ask to be (heavily) medicated.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Immaturity can be a Stress Reliever





Those of you who know me in R/L know how frustrating life at my place has gotten. There have been a few days where I thought I was just getting older than I am and just perpetually cranky. Then I saw these and giggles like a 12 year old for 2 hours straight.

Randomness

I am too scattered with everything going on to really do much than a smattering of random thoughts.
* reason 5 i hate crochet, it's really easy to lose the hook
* people who realize they have rung your bell and they have the wrong house are funny, unless your in your shlubbys then they pretty much just get what they deserve
* no one has taken my picture since I got my photo ID. No idea before that.
* I am addicted to the word squee, and ya'll and shlubby seems to be working it's way in now.
* my 7 dwarf name is Busty
* if at 11 am on a Sunday you meet someone on your way into a video store and flirt with them a little, disappearing into the adult section is pretty much a bad idea if you want thier phone number
* i need someone to justify $16 rosewood knitting needles, quickly
* up until i learned how to knit I thought there was no such thing as a swoon, it was a word made up by some guys with inflated egos that wore cologne made of phermedahide that made women pass out, they made the word swoon up to make them feel sexier. no i have to admit 50% off anything, including ucky acrylic nasty colours nubbly yarn, will make me a little weak in the knees
* i lie to my isp tech guys. I do download porn however it's pretty much the knitting variety.

Pictures To Go With previous post









For some reason the pictures wouldn't upload with my previous post so there they are in this one.

FO'S

From LJ- May. 30th, 2006 11:47 am
Finished Objects to Share!! I need more time off more often. I finished 2 whole objects (it's soon to be come 1 object and a pair of Socks. Very Exciting.
First the camoflauge cami. Camo prints are everywhere this season aren't they? I knew I wanted a tank top in the print so it was a simple process to find a yarn, hello Bernat Comflauge print, in Outback. Finding a tank pattern well that wasn't so simple. Everything was way to dressy with this v-neck thick stap thing. Not exactly what would work with this yarn. Lace, with my weakness for yarn overs I almost caved but again meh, not so much with the yarn. I knit this from a Pattern in Knit.1 Summer'06. I totally "Heart" Knit.1. The tank is made from the art deco pattern with the big bow. Learned a lot about weaving in ends on this project. I wouldn't be embarassed to have anyone turn this inside out.

The second is the Da Vinci sock. It was from a pattern I will not list because I screwed the pattern up so bad in my head that it actually has nothing to do with the pattern at all anymore. It's an altered Rib pattern and Knee sock Length. (the caps lock and I are fighting again, grr.) It totally stubifies my toes. I tried graphing the toes with some help from a book. not so much. Next time I hope the internet will be avilable, kniting help may make my toes look less stubby.

Oh the second sock? That was the first sock I ever did before Christmas last year. It's kinda wratched. I don't think I could make as many mistakes to make the second sock come close to matching, which is a good thing right?Things I learned From My first sock.1
) They measure the sock width slightly stretched so if I want it to stay up, I'm a small.
2) I can't obsess about where each colour begins on the sock unless I want a very lumpy sock.
3) I totally am addicted to anything with yarnovers but they make the sock even more lose.
4)

If you want the socks to match cast them on at the same time. Also this helps avoid second sock syndrome. Plus if you buy balls of wool that can make 2 socks you just have to buy more wool. I'm here to help you enhance the stash people.

Oh and for those of you wondering if I made it with the yarn left over...call me "squeeker".

There are 4 photos i can't get to upload no matter what I try So take my word for it they are fnished.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Well everywhere you look the Da Vinci code is there. The book, the movie, newspapsers, documentaries about is it real. Uh, no. Arkham's razor people. Honestly. But all this ahs done much to get me back into the idea of power of prayer, well that and the sock.Its a knee sock but the problem is..



Pray for me. (Also how ugly is my foot here?)
Spooky is overseeing and I am sure Laughing is fur off.

Mother's day

May. 21st, 2006 05:25 pmmood: jubilant
I am backdating this entry because..i can. I made mom a sweater vest for christmas. I worked very hard on it. I ran into difficulties (like the fact the first attempt at a neck left a hole so small an orange would be a squeeze to get through it, and while my mom has lost about 10 sizes her skull is about the same size) Long story short (too late-Clue) she never wears it and my little heart is broken.Spring magazines show up and all the pretty little things in them make my heat go pitter-squee. ;>

And I decided to make something else for mom. There are a few reasons for this. 1) mom has an amazing appreciation of handknits (except the purple vest) She loves them. She wears them. She shows them off. She BRAGS. 2) It's my mom, I have to get her a gift and I'll spend all my money on yarn anyways 3) She's tiny. I didn't have to swatch, she is so tiny a swatch was half the back anyways. She is so tiny my bkff/bbitw, Nonnien, who is making a sweater for a 4 year old, measured out works together. Game guage same amount of stitches. So when the 4 year old out grows it mom can wear it. Nonnien wants to make my mom clothes. ;>

My mother is a walking swatch.I wanted a tank. I hate sleeves they are evil and require more shaping than I or my time limit were comfortable with. I shoveled thru all books and magazines. Every. Single. One. Repeatedly. Finally Found Something it called for Saucy by Reynolds. Never heard of it. Ok scour the internet for something available around here. See nothing I like. Go into dept store see Red Heart Cotton Plus in a sagey green. Squee. Buy needles to cast on while in line. I kit that thing for days on end. Pretty much commiting to project monogamy. (Had a daliance at the dentist office with a garter stitch pooch scarf, it wasn't my fault it was the adavant, I sware.) I walked knitting it, knit at work, on the bus, before bed, the dr's. Everywhere. And it was done so fast (there was a pause before I did the straps, pretty much i hate picking up stitches so I left that to ummm... the night before I had to block)

Here's the result post blocking:This was my first cable project ever. I am aware that the cable goes one way then the next. it was a decision I made early on. I liked it better. at the time anyways. She loves the tank but it's way to open for her to wear on her own. She is getting the matching cardi for her birthday. shhhhhh