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?


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