Saturday, December 31, 2011
My day consisted of wrapping up some issues so they don't follow me into the new year, and that may not have made me pleasant to be around today. I tried to be utterly selfish and concentrate on me, me, me but the guilt of putting me ahead of others kept getting the best of me. I hope to work on that in the new year. I don't make resolutions but I try to come up with a workable game plan. All about responsibility and accountability and basically becoming a better human being. That can't be all bad, right?
So what's your plan for the new year?
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Case in point: today was a pretty stellar birthday, with hubby taking me out to my favourite place for lunch (Union Street Cafe in Berwick, NS. If you haven't been, you don't know what you're missing. Their lunch buffets are always absolutely delicious!), Then there was the trip to my favourite store, the Gaspereau Valley Fibres where I finally got some blocking wires, and yarn. Good yarn: Fleece Artist sock or mitten kit and a skein of Seasilk. So shiny... And he even cooked supper. I'm a pasta girl, so that's what he made with some chicken and veggies. Yummy! (Even if he's not so fond of pasta himself!)
I am choosing not to count against hubby and youngest child the fact that they woke me up early to gloat over their team beating my Senators last night; they even tried to serve me coffee in a Bruins mug. This might have had something to do with the amount of cheering and gloating I was doing last night when my team was beating theirs into the second period. After that they went to bed and I alone stayed up long enough for the score to be tied. Anyway, there will be plenty more hockey games in the future... Can't win them all.
I am also choosing to be compassionate in reflecting on the fact that Thomas (my son's cat) threw up on my bed again. After two and a half days of washing comforters and sheets, it was time to call the vet. After an exam and poking around in "the evidence", the vet proclaimed that he would recover soon enough (round worms) and sent me home with a double dose of 4 pills. If I wasn't so relieved I would have cried! Thomas doesn't take kindly to anyone shoving a pill down his throat, so you can imagine what a treat it was for me to administer 4 of them! And to have to do it again in 10 days. Ah, it's done. All my fingers are accounted for and I didn't require any sutures.
All in all, a great day.
Oh yes. Yesterday marked the beginning of another NANOWRIMO. I started making character notes last night. Haven't written a word towards my count yet today. But the night is still young. Cheers.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Anyway, I'm not talking about knitting, yet. It's time for the Spinning Retreat at the Old Orchard Inn this weekend! Woot!! I'm excited. Can't you tell? Ha! I've never been to one of these before but it's going to be great, I just know it. I'm planning on coming home to sleep in my own bed at night but a bit of extra driving doesn't seem like much of a sacrifice. My wheel is ready to go; I'm just contemplating which fibre to bring with me. Something easy that won't give me grief when I keep stopping to gawk at what everyone else is spinning? Or something more challenging, so other, more experienced spinners can give me tips and suggestions for a better learning experience? One thing I really want to learn this weekend is to Navaho ply. Ohhh, I'm so excited!
So now about the knitting. Yesterday I cast off from my latest blanket. It's a big (very) square based on the Barn Raising Quilt by Larissa Brown . It was originally designed as a fundraising project back in 2009 for Doctors Without Borders. It's super-simple, the single block. I just kept going and knitting until I ran out of yarn (and space on my needles) that I was stash busting. It's lap blanket size, and I intend on adding some sort of knitted on lace edging to make it lay flat. Because I used worsted/bulky yarn, the center has a bigger whole than you would get if you were using sock yarn so I plan on attaching a flower of sorts to cover it. Big plans. Photos when the whole thing is finished.
Since I wasn't in the mood to go digging for the pattern for that lace edging, I started knitting the very simple Prohibition Shawl. I'm about halfway done. I'm using Red Heart Cozy Wool, which is 70% acrylic(gasp)/30% wool which will make it machine washable, on size 9mm needles. It's cushy and drapey. And it's a stunning raspberry red. Not something the Prohibitionists would have approved of, but then again it's my shawl. (If I wasn't so mature and of that certain age, I'd stick my tongue out.) It's going to be lovely. I just have to think up what yarn to use for the I-cord trim. I'm not going to buy any fur yarn, just so we're clear on that! I do have this fluffy white yarn but that would scream Mrs. Claus a bit too loud. Maybe something in a brown or black with some texture. Yeah, that sounds good. Again, photo to follow.
Hey, did you notice the absence of photos on this blog? Yes, me too. Lazy. Must fix that! So here's a snap shot I took this morning. Enjoy your weekend!
Sunday, October 09, 2011
Happy Thanksgiving! (Turkey is in the browning stage. Yummy-to-be!)
Saturday, October 08, 2011
Technically an exercise in stash busting, I started knitting another blanket as well as continuing to work my granny square blankets. One can never have too many wool blankets. Especially since the ones in the linen closet are now in use on various beds.
I haven't cast on any socks for the son or a scarf yet. Can't seem to get that mojo going. I think he'll be getting an Irish Hiking Scarf. It's an interesting, good looking, and easy pattern.
What's on your needles?
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Looks like I might have to pause the mitten knitting for now (I finished another pair this morning) to fill his order. Not by tomorrow, no matter how desperate and hopeful he is. I love that kid. Tomorrow I go stash diving. There might be something in there in the desired colours.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
On a bright note, I will be attending the Spinning Retreat at the Old Orchard Inn in less than a month. Woo-hoo! I have to remember to put a bit of money aside for a possible fleece purchase.
No real news to report other than that. I've knit a couple pairs of mittens and a hat last week. I have yet to take photos. Oh, and my husband experimented with dying with beet juice. He was dying some caribou hair for fly tying and he kindly turned some ecru Briggs & Little a nice pink for me. Not a solid, even colour, but pretty nevertheless.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Touristy photos will follow eventually.
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Before and after:I finished this BFL last night after taking a three day break. I'm playing catch-up now. Last night I spun for 3.5 hours.Today I will be back to spinning with Merino, in another dark colourway.
Sunday, July 03, 2011
Friday, July 01, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Which brings me to my point. It's time to start another quilt. I've been looking at my quilting magazines and quilting books I've borrowed from the library. I've been eyeballing my fabric stash (yes, I have one of those too. Don't judge me!) So far all I've managed to figure out is that I want to make a quilt that will fit at least a twin sized bed, preferably larger. I want to use fabrics that will make me happy. I don't want a fiddly pattern. I'm not ready for that yet. But that's not to say that I want to use a boring pattern because then it'll just end up in the unfinished pile. I am planning on buying one of those quilting stencils and practicing my hand quilting this summer. In the interest of speed I think I will machine-piece it. Now to just select the perfect pattern.
Monday, June 06, 2011
I love it! I can't wait to start spinning with it! I know this stuff won't have second cuts in it. Heh. And if I'm any good at spinning this lovely fibre I might have to order more for a bigger project! I even love the name she gave this colourway! Yeay!
I have a pair of socks on the needles again, and I am contemplating getting back to work on last year's Olympic Sweater. It's been pouting, abandoned, in the knitting basket long enough.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
I'm thinking of using either Cantata Cotton Crepe DK (100% Mercerized Cotton), or Bernat Soy Natural Blends (50% soy/50% acrylic). Swatching will definitely be required to see if I can get relatively close to the 20sts=10cm gauge required, since neither ball band makes this claim. Yes, this is another stash busting effort. The cotton has been sleeping around in the stash for well over 5 years. Oh my! Time for it to move on.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Saturday, April 09, 2011
Did you notice that the Spring + Summer Knitty is out? This is my next project: Corinne. I can't wait to go stash diving!
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
I've got my sock mojo back. I've started another pair of Fleece Artist socks, for me, but the yarn is turning out to be a huge disappointment. I'm only half done the first sock and I've had at least six (6!) knots! Not a happy knitter! The beautiful colour only partially makes up for it.
As for the March Sweater Madness, check out the link in the sidebar for progress. I'm at the underarm portion, with the charts all done. Will work on sleeves today and hope to attach them to the body before lights out.
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
For one, this is something I'll call extremely small progress, based on past performance. On the other hand, Monday was for spinning again. I've had to put a yoga mat under my wheel to stop it from sliding on the hardwood floor. Thanks to Tina's encouragement and a full afternoon this is what I will call Major progress. I stopped when my back couldn't handle any more punishment. An almost full bobbin of, far from perfect, but spun fibre. It appears that I prefer to spin finer singles. Tina's final parting words: "For homework I want two full bobbins so we can ply next time." Gee, not asking for much, eh, Tina? Tired as I was, I was eternally more grateful that she has taken me on as a student.
Zeus made only a very brief appearance to check things out while Tina was here. He must have understood in some part of his kitty brain that she's allergic to cats and kindly made himself scarce. Good kitty.
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
As for the other Fleece Artist pair in deep purple, I've finally reached the heel flap.
I'm planning on two-timing those socks those since today marks the start of March Sweater Madness and I haven't cast on yet. Better get my needles in gear. I'll be knitting Turn of the Glass in Yarn Treehouse Merino Classic, in brown. Turns out that I didn't have nearly enough yarn of the Jo Sharp Tweed that I had originally intended on using. I'm being a rebel too: no swatch. How is that for asking for trouble from the gods of knitting??
Saturday, February 26, 2011
I'll be knitting Turn of the Glass from Knitty Winter 2011, from stash yarn which still needs to be unearthed.
I continue to struggle with my Fleece Artist socks. I want my sock mojo back! I wish I knew where it went. Perhaps it's vacationing somewhere warm and not giving a second thought to my need for woolly socks.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
On the knitting front, I finished a pair of thrummed mitts I started a week ago during our knit night get-together when I taught thrumming. Brianna decided to claim those. Unfortunately I ran out of yarn, so one thumb is a lighter shade of pink. (Photo one of these days.) I wasn't about to break my yarn diet for the sake of a meter worth of yarn. But since I took that meter from a skein I had in my stash, it became an exercise in stash busting. Yay! Gotta love that. Since I had wound that skein I figured I might as well make something for myself and so I knit myself a nice hat, with yarn left over. Darn those generous Briggs & Little skeins. Grin! With the left overs I started knitting wrist warmers. One is done and I hope to finish the pair today. If I can tear myself away from my latest book, that is!
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
As for the yarn diet, it lives on. You guys were NO help in trying to help talk me out of adding more to the already monstrous stash. But thanks for all the encouraging words. In the end my laziness prevented me from having to explain to my dear husband why I was bringing more wool into the house. I had to drive my daughter to a couple functions last Saturday and I was more interested in spending quality time on the couch than behind the wheel driving out to Gaspereau. Long live Lazy!
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Would you be able to resist? Want to join me?
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
This too shall pass.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
This is what I have so far. A 22" square.
Now, I'm also knitting, although admittedly the crochet is getting a more significant chunk of my time. I started this slip-stitch thing before Christmas. Same Aussie wool as the crochet project. Because like I already mentioned, I have LOTS of it. Do not judge me. It was dirt cheap.
I forget how many stitches I casted on. Many. I eventually plan on felting it. I'm thinking that it may serve it's life as a throw rug one day.
So, there's nothing special or exotic on the needle and hook, but these too projects are certainly making me feel productive. Have I mentioned how I love stash busting?
Thursday, January 20, 2011
I am thrilled with the finished sweater and even more so with the amount of stash busted.
Thursday, January 06, 2011
So what's the state of your stash? Minor, manageable or obscene? Curious mind wants to know.
Finished objects this year so far include a hat and a pair of socks that were actually begun last year. I've got a work sock on the needles and a glove, aside from the numerous sweaters at various stages of completion.