Sunday, November 21, 2010
Basically I typed on and on about my lack of blogging and writing. How I've posted pictures and called them a blog post, when in reality it wasn't any more than being lazy and using shortcuts. How I'd signed up for NANOWRIMO but managed to write just over a thousand words so far. How I used my mother's visit as an excuse for not blogging or writing my novel. Her visit lasted seven days but that excuse sounded feeble even to my ears. Too busy? Nope. Oh, yes. Now I remember: I also used the lack of laptop or notebook as an excuse for not producing literary brilliance. What load of stinky stuff. As if sitting comfortably on the couch or in bed would make me more productive. If you buy that one, then I have this invisible house cleaner I can lend you at a good price. Yeah, not really. On the other hand I do have 10 days to produce just under 49,000 words. Yeah, even can't stop laughing at that one.
So. Tonight will be a full moon. Will you be out there howling? Me neither. Too cold. The day is beautiful though, all sunny and pretty blue sky and I'm inside because that's the best way to enjoy a crispy day.
Now that I've blah blah blahed long enough, the reason I actually started to write this post was to say that I finally finished reading The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs. About time, indeed. Well written and enjoyable. Much better than some of the other "knit fiction" out there. If you haven't read it yet, prepare yourself with a box of tissues for the last few chapters. Seriously. Definitely worth the read.
Cheers. I'm off to knit.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
In my defence I did knit a pair of socks for my mom while she was visiting, in yellow, as per her request. And I gave her another pair that I had knit up during the summer. This has been a year of sock knitting it would appear.
I have started knitting scarves though. First there was a short one I made for Alison this summer (which I will get back one of these days and lengthen, I promise!), then there is this one in Rio De La Plata (vibrant orange) and a matching hat. Very cushy and soft.
Yesterday I stopped by Zellers and picked up some yarn to knit gifts for their Christmas tree which then get distributed to the less fortunate. As of last night, I knit a hat in a three by two rib, started a two by two rib hat, and this evening I started this mistake rib scarf. At knit night I started a pair of thrum mittens, using Briggs & Little Regal and Patons Roving. The roving is lovely and soft, but has a bit too much twist in it and makes ripping off pieces for the thrums a somewhat time consuming endeavor. I'm considering pre-cutting the thrums to speed things up.
OH. Big news: thanks to my friend Tina, the spinning wheel has been dusted off and put to use today. Tina very kindly invited me over and helped me adjust the wheel and gave me a lesson in drafting and spinning. Thanks to her patience I've had that eureka moment: finding the sweet spot for the tension where treadling is easy and comfortable and I was actually able to spin yarn. You couldn't possibly imagine how thrilled I am.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
So cute, don't you think? I like it!
Third reason for celebration:
Six pairs of (very) long men's socks: done! Yay! I am just thrilled to bits. As soon as they're dry they'll be going in the mail and far away from me. Definitely worth celebrating. It means I can officially start knitting other things without feeling guilty. It's positively thrilling, I tell you. I hear some Fleece Artist calling my name.
Monday, October 18, 2010
That's my boy!
And on Saturday evening, I finally finished this pair of socks. I believe it had lingered for almost a year and a half. I came across the pattern on Sheri's blog, and it turned out to be perfect for the stretch yarn I had on hand, although not the one recommended in the pattern. It all worked out well, and my youngest didn't waste any time test-driving them shortly after the last end was woven in.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The flower beds have been getting cleaned out slowly, the flowering shrubs getting their last haircuts of the year. The pathetic vegetable garden needs to be cleaned out and put to bed. Although the last of the cherry tomatoes are still turning red, the flavour is gone. Bleh. I should not waste any time digging up new flower beds for a few things I still want to plant for next year, before the ground frost sets in. I suspect it won't be long now, but when it actually arrives it always proves to be a surprise to me. Denial perhaps? Weird.
Although the knitting I've been doing has been rather boring, mainly wash clothes (6 of them) and socks (still working on that order: I've started the fifth pair), my fingers are itching to start knitting cozy winter stuff like hats and scarves and mittens. I am bored to tears of the work horse yarns, namely cotton and B&L Tuffy. I want to knit with soft, pretty, squishy wools. I have Christmas gifts to knit too, although this year there will also be sewn gifts. Not that I'm counting but have you all noticed it's just over two months until "that day"?
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Monday, October 04, 2010
You want to hear what I did this time? In my opinion it's much worse than braking the yarn diet. I knew that was bound to happen eventually. This broken? Totally unexpected and uncalled for. I dropped my camera this morning and it would appear that I damaged the memory card which had all my pictures on it from this weekend. Totally sucky. There was a really nice picture of a couple drowned rats I wanted to show you (namely, of me and Dorothy, soaked from all the rain we got on Saturday at the 4-H Provincial Show). There was another picture of all the cool stuff Dorothy made me for Pay It Forward. She knit me a green purse (starting to see a trend here!) and a mini-purse key chain, and I also got a really cute angel, and some incredible tatted trim for pillowcases and two flowers, or that's what I'm calling them. Dorothy said they're bookmarks but I plan on using them on my Christmas tree they're so pretty. It would seem that Dorothy has all kinds of talents she's not been sharing with you all!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
That's where the "broken" comes in. I drove to Mahone Bay, and Have a Yarn. Ooooooh, all that loverly yarn. Good thing I didn't have all kinds of time to drool over all those beautiful skeins. The yarn diet is officially dead. I am not sorry. I was a good girl for such a long time!! My purchase was very virtuous, I'll have you know. I bought two skeins of Fleece Artist fame, and they will be used for Christmas presents. So that's the extent of my sharing. No show. Just know that I am positively gloating over my fabulous choices. They were meant to come home with me. It was fate, it was destiny... Clapping my hands with glee...
Friday, September 17, 2010
And finally a test drive, checking for fit. I think he approves.
These blanket tubes were inspired by the striped blankets from The Morehouse Farm Merino Knits book by Margrit Lohrer. My many thanks.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Brianna with Cookie.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Monday, August 09, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Earlier this afternoon the kids attended a computer workshop, learning to edit video and voice. Apparently it was very cool. Also the last of the three week series. After a couple hours we aimed for home for dinner, making a pit stop at Dan Haas for fresh veggies and half off perennials. Tomorrow might involve putting in a new flower bed. There is a garden club BBQ scheduled for tomorrow evening, although I haven't decided if I will attend. Lately, evenings find me hiding in the house from mosquitoes. Nasty blood suckers!
Tonight the kids are enjoying the 'tween lounge, which is highly popular. Activities vary: they sometimes watch a movie, do a craft, play Wii, meet other kids. It's great! And they're not at home complaining of boredom or fighting. Yay!
Other news... The Friday Nite Knit Club has moved to the Greenwood Mall food court, since we got booted out of the library. If all goes well, I'm considering keeping it was our new permanent location instead of returning to the library once September rolls around. More room, food and drink are encouraged, and no one tells us that we're laughing too loudly. Heh
I've discovered a new writer: Kerry Reichs (Kathy Reich's daughter). Wonderful writer. I read leaving Unknown last week. I laughed. I cried. I was sorry when the book was over! I wanted more. What a talented story teller. And completely different style if you are not a fan of her mother's writing.
What else... I am still on a yarn diet, unbroken. I am so proud of myself! Currently I'm working on a Briggs & Little sweater for sale, out of Anniversary Twist. I'm using a pattern from Patons Back to Basics II. It's flying. Back and left front done, and half done on the right front. I like. Excellent stash buster. Yes, for the moment the long janies I started are on the back burner and will be my travelling project, the one that I take to knit nite. Yes, Olympic sweater is still snoozing. Do. Not. Judge. Me.
Friday, July 09, 2010
I knit both sleeves last year and set them aside for brighter, newer projects. On WWKiP Day I cast on the body. I considered the shawl collar. Thank goodness I didn't go there. Spooky weird coincidence.