Friday, December 29, 2006

Ok I have finally gotten up off my lazy bottom and decided that I need to update. I have had a great Christmas break and it is not over yet, but right now I am in the first place in a while that has high speed internet. So I can finally upload my pictures. I have not gotten a ton of knitting done because I spent a significant portion of my break weaving. I have this amazing bird's eye maple loom, but it is pretty big so I can have it in Halifax with me. So it currently lives in Tatamagouche with my Mom and Step Dad. I am very beginner at weaving which is weird for me since I have been a highly competent knitter for so long, but I am slowly improving my skills. This Christmas I made 4 scarves, two for my Nanny and Grandad and two for Mike's parents Tom and Lenore.

I have finished a number of projects, most of which I have pictures for. The only one without a picture is Mary's Hermione Hat, but you can image what it looks like, picture the white one in a previous post only in burgendy and you'll get the idea. I am really happy with how it turned out, but it doesn't look like much unless it is on someone's head. Sadly I have no model right now and I am certainly not doing it because I have developed an eye sty in the last couple of days and there shall be no pictures of me taken until it is totally cleared up.

For Christmas this year I made my brother Niall a pair of Breakout/Space Invader Mittens. I was very pleased that he instantly recognized what they were because I was worried he wouldn't be able to tell. It was really tricky doing a pattern on the round for such a small piece, I probably should have worked it back and forth in intarsia, but I despise seams on mittens. Anyway he liked them enough that he has promised to cut back on his making fun of my blog by at least 20%.

Also, I finished Lionel and Julie's Blanket. It was very well recieved by them, but I forgot to take a picture of the finished product. That will be on my to do list.

I recieved many wonderful christmas presents this year from everyone around me. The most exciting knitting related present though was the Elizabeth Zimmerman books. I asked Tom and Lenore for one EZ book and they went out and got me three!! I am overwhelmed by EZ's wisdome and I am busy ploughly my way through her books. It's interesting though because quite a few of her suggestions I had figured out all ready but it took quite a few horribly disfigured projects to do so, oh how I wish she had been in my life sooner!

I finished a Baby Bolero from One Skein. I wish I could post it one the one skien knit a long, I have recieved and invite for the KAL but I can't figure out how to sign up! ARG.

Very exciting news, when I got to Maine my package from Knit Picks had arrived! So much yarn for such a small price, I am very pleased. I cast on for a pair of chevron self striping socks right away and so far I have ripped it out about three times and I am thinking about ripping it out again... too big, too small, too big, too small.... maybe I should follow EZ's advice and start checking gauge... the project was not a total loss though, I did my first short row heel and perfected the art of the wrap and turn! Also note the very long needle I am useing, this was my first project useing the magic loop. I am enjoying it, I have not yet decided if I prefer it to using DPs, I think I need some more practice first.

I also cast on for Sheldon the Turtle. I actually have much more of him completed than this picture shows and I should be finished him some time today. He is a fast and fun knit, which is good because I got enough yarn to make three.

And lastly here is a photo of my remaining knit picks yarn. So many possibilities! Of Socks and Turtles! The only disapointing thing was that in my excitment of ordering I forgot to make sure the wool was superwash. I don't mind handwash, but I had intended to make some gift socks and most giftee's do not appreciate having to hand wash their socks... so perhaps it will be three pairs of socks for me, which would not be half bad at all.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

I have a huge amount of things that I have to put on here, there has been much knitting and yarn related news, but I don't have time to put it all in now. I will try my very best to update tomorrow... it's been a while, I know...

Monday, December 11, 2006

I only have one exam left, hurrah!! So excited for Christmas I really can't even express it. I am leaving to go home to my mom and step dad's house on thursday, where they have dial up and then I am spending chirtsmas with my Dad and step mom in PEI where the internet is unpredictable. So to make a long story short although I will likely be knitting a TON over christmas I will probably not be able to update very often, or at all until after Boxing Day.

I don't have any new knitting pictures to display because I have been doing Christmas knitting. After Christmas I can publish a slew of the gifts that I have given people.

So in lieu of pictures of knitting here is a picture of Sage "helping" me pack. I think maybe she wants to go to Saint John with me?

I am really looking forward to my fieldwork placement, but of course I have some anxiety as well. I hate being away from Mike, the cat, my apartment and all my friends here in Halifax. I am glad that I am staying with family though (my aunt and uncle in Seeley's Cove), so at least I will have some familiarity in it all.

Well, I hope that I will be able to update before Christmas, but if not, Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

This morning Mary and I went to the Hydrostone to go to one of Halifax's fine LYS, L.K Yarns, we went so that she could get some yarn for her Hermione Hat. It will probably be a little while before I get to it, but I hope that I will have it done by New Years. See I am not coming back to Halifax in January, I am going to Saint John for my clinical placement, but Mike will be coming back, so if I can give it to him by New Years he can deliver it to Mare, so she can be warm and fashionable. She settled on this color of Paton's Merino, she's a little allergic to wool so I think the Merino will be a good choice.

I also picked up the brown for Chad's hat, I used that and some of the leftover from Maureen's hat & mitts to make him his hat. It's sort of a skull cap style, which I hope he likes. I was going to make a flip brim style but I messed up with the strands on my striping so it ended up being a beanie. If he doesn't like it I know a certain boy that I live with that would very much like the hat for himself.

I knit it with Paton's Merino on 4.5 mm needles. I made up the pattern, I just cast on 96 stitches and worked in a knit 2 purl 2 rib for 35 rows and then decreases 8 stitches every second row until it was done.

I have also cast on for this project. This is a sneak picture and there shall be no more pictures of it until after Christmas as it is a surprise :)

And lastly I picked up this pattern. I really don't need any more knitting patterns, especially with all the things I am inspired to make right now, but they had an example of these mittens in the store and they were BEAUTIFUL. So I must must make them.

Friday, December 08, 2006

I have reached totally new levels of brain fatigue, I wrote two exams today and I think my poor brain has climbed into a cave in the back of my skull and won't be coming out again for a while. Which is why I really shouldn't be packing rash yarn choices right now... but somehow I am anyway. Whilst browing the new issue of knitty, I stumbled across this little fella.

Isn't he cute? I love him! I went to the Knit Picks website which I have never been to before and ordered enough yarn to make 3... I told you I was making rash choices....

While I was on the website, I noticed how freakishly low the prices were. Like, holy crap that's cheap, and I saw that there was free shipping on orders over $40, so naturally I had to order over $40 worth... that's just common sense. It was actually HARD to rack up a big enough order! I ordered enough yarn to make three pairs of socks, and a book by Charlene Schurch, called Sensational Knitted Socks. It looks great and I have her book "Hats on!" which is fab, so it should be pretty good. I am having it shipped to Mike's house in Maine, so I can skip the duty and shipping fees.

Overall I am very happy with the new issue of knitty, to be honest I found the last couple of issues kinda disapointing, but this one is pretty fab. Anywho I am gonna go rest my brain.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

I am tired. Really, really, truly tired. I wrote my Pharamacology exam today and I have exams in Novice Consulting and Health Law tomorrow. Too... many... exams... Ah well, it will all be over soon enough and I can catch up on sleep and "me time" over Christmas break.

Good news - I finished Maureen's Hermione Mittens, here she is with her complete set, she looks quite trendy and fabulous if I do say so myself!

And so I am back trudging away on my afghan, this is square number 11 in progress. I have to have it done by December 21 because Julie is flying from December 22 - 26 (she's a flight attendant). But I think I am gonna have to put a hold on it because my wrist is starting to bothering be again (Damn DeQuervain's).

And lastly, the token picture of my cat attacking the yarn coming off of my afghan square...

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

A few hours after my last post all that gross rain turned into fluffy snowflakes, our first real snowfall of the season, and fall it did! We got a good couple of feet on the ground that night and we also got our first power outage of the season. The power turned off when I was about 15 minutes away from completing a tasty meal of my world famous pork, bok choy, beansprout and mushroom stirfry. It was heart breaking. All was not lost though! We trudged down the street with Mare and Manda, to the Ardmore, where we gorged on their awesome greasy spoon food.

The snow has actually stayed around, and we have a pretty layer on the ground and on all the trees. It is truly mitten, hat and scarf weather. I love gawking at everyone else's winter wear and trying to figure out how to steal the patterns :)

Maureen's mittens are coming along well. Mary and I are going to the yarn store on Saturday so that she can pick out yarn that will look as close as possible to what Hermione wore! So I am going to try and finish Maureen's mittens for Saturday. Under normal knitting conditions this would be very easy, but with all this damn exam studying getting in the way, my knitting time is seriously compromised.

I wore the hourglass sweater that I knit from Last Minute Knitted Gifts today for the first time since I knit it over a year ago. I used Brown Sheep Superwash, and 3.75 mm needles. I am thinking about reknitting it with smaller needles, I like the sweater but the sleeves are really baggy. I am contimplating playing around with the pattern, maybe adding some emblishments or something. Also, I would like to express how hard it is to take a picture of yourself in the mirror, next time I will just wait until my photographer aka Mike gets home.

Hey! Look! A picture of my cat! For the record all of you DSU people, the blog will not be renamed to "Pictures of my cat" OR "Pictures of my naughty cat" The cat simply adds a bit of flair and adorableness to my blog :P

Monday, December 04, 2006

It's horrible and rainy and cold outside today. So I am very happy that it's my last day of classes, and now that I am home I can stay here, curled up in my sweat pants with a nice hot cup of tea, and all my studying...

I finished Yvonne's Double Flower facecloth that I was knitting for my Mom for Christmas, I bought a little handmade soap to go with it. I think she'll love it, especially since I knit it with this very soft, natural, organic cotton. It's called Eco-Knit. I have never used it before but I liked it, the plys were a little loose but other than that it was very nice to use. I used Crystal Palace 3.25 double points, and my addi turbo 3.25 round needle to make the cloth, and I think that size was perfect.

Here is Sage, looking very innocent and cute... this was BEFORE I tried to take a picture of Maureen's Hermione Mittens to match her hat.

Here she is vicously lounging after an inncent strand of yarn...

And finally here she is with a death grip on the yarn. She sat there holding the yarn and everytime that I tried to take it from her she flipped out and attacked something else. I finally managed to distract her with a scrap of yarn and managed to salvage the yarn before she ripped any holes in it. She's a very naughty kitty.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

I went to the DSU Christmas party on Friday night with Mike and Amanda. Both of who work for the DSU, Mike is Vice President Education, and Amanda works Special Events. It was lots of fun, had at the T-Room which is our Engineering bar on Campus. There was Pizza, Chips and some free drinks. There was also Trivia, which we usually win, but only came in second place. Well to be honest, we split into two teams, "foods that end in 'amburger" and "Knittin' Bitches", and my team (guess which one I was on) lost. But the other one got second so it was not a total loss.

I would like to express my dismay at the knitting discrimination that I recieved at the Bar. Apparantly, it's not socially acceptable to knit in bars? I don't see how it bothers other people so much, I try to keep my needles under the table. I should point out that as per usual, my friends started out by making fun of my knitting, and then ended by asking me to make them hats... not the best way to get on my good side.

Anyway, in other news I finished Maureen's Hermione Hat! Here is a picture of me wearing her hat. She is going to be so happy to get it! She went home for the weekend but gets back tonight so I will run it up to her apartment at some point. I have also started her mittens to match the hate but it will be a few days before they are done.

I broke my yarn diet yesterday morning. But I really could not resist this cone or Euroflax. I am planning on knitting a lace scarf with it while I am on my placement in Saint John. It is going to be so great when I am done all my Christmas knitting and I can take some time to do some long finicky projects like this one.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

I finished my Hermione Hat, last night. So here's a photo of the finished products. I basically stuck to the patten, the only change that I made was bumping down the needles on the mittens to 3.25mm and shortening the length. Also in the hat, instead of doing the patterned decrease (which would have made the hat way too long) I did a rapid decrease by purling two together for four rounds. I got this way of decreasing from an Aran cap that I have made a few times from "Hats On!". I like this way of decreasing in Aran style caps, and I find it doesn't pucker too much in hats that have some ribbing like this one.

I have cast on for another Hermione hat, this one for Maureen. She goes to OT with me and lives in my building, after seeing pictures on my blog she has requested a hat and mitten set, so today we went to a LYS and got some Paton's Merino in cream. It looks great so far, I think the light color is really going to show off the pattern.

In some non knitting news, my group project for the Provincial Autism Centre finished up today. We did a presentation to some board members to show what we had created. Basically what we created was an evaluation tool for an online support group that the centre is starting for people with autism living in rural Nova Scotia. I have to say, doing the presentation was really rewarding, I felt like the centre really appreciated what we did for them and that our work is going towards something really amazing.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Anyone watch Degrassi next generation last night? Emma has taken up knitting! she says it relaxes her, and showed a hat that she made. The only thing I was bothered by was the whole show she is carrying around her knitting, she never actually knits, just carries it and no progress is made on her project. BTW, What is her project?? Some 1 inch wide scarf for a teddy bear? And no... there is nothing wrong with a 21 year old watching a show targeted at high school kids, this is how I keep up with the youth of today :P

I made some good progress on my Hermione hat today in class. I love this hat, and I can't wait for it to be done. I have already had many requests from friends for Hermione hats and mittens. Everyone who has seen the mitts and hat in real life say that the pictures really don't do them justice. So when they are both done I will try to take some pictures of them outside.

Our occupational therapy class is sponsering a Christmas family again this year and lo and behold one of the children asked for mittens! I donated a pair of honey comb mitts that I made a little while ago with handpainted and teal yarn. I hope she likes them :)

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Did you know that I was a trendsetter? I didn't. Until lately...

My classmates have been teasing me lately because more and more of my peers are showing up to school with their knitting. Knitters spotted include me, Crystal, Melissa and Judie. I actually find that it helps me concentrate in class. I find my energy level stays high enough when I knit that I can stay focused longer. What my friends will tell you is that I have an amazingly short attention span, so anything that I can do to lengthen it is a good thing.

I have to say I have been very impressed with Crystal's knitting, she told me that she had learned to knit before but didn't really know how to knit anything, I got her set up with a simple rolled brim hat and she finished it in no time. Without any help she proceeced to knit a basket stitch scarf and begin another hat. I love fostering the love of knitting in people!

Speaking of knitting in class, here is a shot of the start of my Hermione hat. I love it so far, and I can't wait to start the pattern :)

It's a running joke in our apartment that if Mike finds out that I love something he feels that he has to break it in case I start to love the object more than him. I have lost several bowls and mugs this way. Recently he broke one of my favorite pottery mugs, it was a beautiful mug, and the potter while still around has stopped making them. So when I worked the Dalplex craft fair the other weekend I bought myself a replacement mug, when I next saw him I informed him that he had in fact bought the mug for me. I must say though, that I love love love this mug, it's colors are so rich and it is the PERFECT shape. Here is a picture of the beloved new mug, isn't it perfect?

Monday, November 27, 2006

Not very much to post here today, I didn't get much/any knitting done this weekend because I worked about 25 hours this weekend. Today I mostly finished another afghan square, but I really don't think I need to post a picture, you have seen what the other 9 like it look like so far.

Hopefully I will have something more interesting to post soon. I think I am going to buy the Hermione Hat pattern and make one before too long...

Friday, November 24, 2006

Well, my practical exam yesterday didn't go as awesomely as I might have hoped, but it's done with now, so that's really the most important thing. My group worked really hard and I think that we did the best that we couldm so know all there is to do is to sit and wait for the results. Thank you to everyone who gave me kind words yesterday about Irene. I really appreciate it. I am just going to hope and pray that some funding comes through for her before her drugs run out.

I may not be able to update this weekend as I am working almost all weekend. I am working tonight, tomorrow night, and sunday night at the Cohn and I am working at the dalplex christmas fair this weekend saturday and sunday day, helping out my step mother with her candles. So, I probably won't have much knitting updates.

In the meantime though - Hermione Mittens!! Here they are being blocked. I love them and I think I will be buying the hat pattern shortly, because I have some more of the yarn, and oh how I love matching sets :)

Well, I would love to blog all day i REALLY should get some school work done before the weekend of work begins :)

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Not ready to make nice

This is not a political blog. This is a knitting blog. But right now I need to express something. I dislike Conservatives... strongly dislike conservatives. Especially right now. I am studying occupational therapy, I understand how our health care system works. I love Canada, I love that we have Universal Health care, I think it makes our country more beautiful and a more peaceful place to live. However, as my readers may or not know, our universal health care does not cover drugs, unless you are on social assistance.

The girl in the article is my sister. She has a host of autoimmune diseases and was born sick and has been terminally ill for most of her life. Now though, she has leukemia, and has a very short time left. Why? Why, can't the government just pay for her drugs? Afterall, if she can't get funding she simply isn't going to buy her drugs, there is no way that she can, no one in my family has any money. And if she doesn't take her drugs, she is going to end up in the intensive care unit - which lo and behold is covered in Canada. Guess how much it costs to keep someone in the ICU for one day? $5,000! It's not gonna take many days of her being in the ICU before it would have been much much cheaper for the government to just pay her f***in drug bill!

Ok rant is over. I am just really upset about this today.

I started the second one of my Hermione Mittens. I havn't got a lot done though because I have been really busy. I have a simulated client exam today, and I have been bartending a lot lately. Here is the mitten though! I am having a hard time getting good pictures of my knitting that really shows off the colour and the stitch definition. Any tips? I think maybe if I took them outside I would get better results, I just usually don't bother because I live in an apartment and have no yard!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Quick update - I finished my first Hermione Mitten! yay! The only thing that I need to do now is finish the other one and block them. I think I will block them a little wider than they are now, currently it fits nicely but looks kinda skinny without a hand inside of it. I had a little trouble because the thumb gusset is so high, I cut out some rows doing that, and that messed me up for the decrease round... so I had to make some alterations, but in the end it turned out alright.

Sorry the pictures are a little blurry I had to put my camera on a weird setting to get the stitches to show.

Rice is really great when you're hungry and want 10,000 of something

I have a long knitting story to tell. It is the tale of my strange way of knitting and how I came to learn about where it came from. And I owe it all to Nona.

I was taught to knit by my mother. She taught me when I was in grade 3, but it didn't really stick uptil about grade 7. She taught me the way her Icelandic grandmother (amma) taught her to knit. Mom told me this was the Icelandic (continental) way to knit. I noticed that my stitches were twisted the wrong way, (I had to put my needle through the back, not front of my loop). I figured this was just a characteristic of how I knit.

When I went to Iceland this summer though I noticed that the people there in fact did not knit the way that I did... I was so confused, if I didn't knit the english way and I didn't knit the continental way, where did the way that I knit come from? My cousin Thora showed me the continental way, it was very similar to how I knit, the yarn is still held in the left hand, the yarn is just wrapped in a different direction, this picture is of her showing me.

Ever since I got back from Iceland I have knit the way that Thora showed me. But I have been confused as to why my mother and I had knit this other strange way for so long. Well yesterday when I was reading Nona's blog, I saw a link to a website that had videos on it. You can see it here. On the website I looked at the different ways that you can knit and purl and lo and behold I found how I had been knitting!! It is called the combined method and I guess it is sometimes used to teach people who have a hard time with the continental style. I suspect that my Amma taught mom to knit that way because she taught her so young. Hurray! Mystery Solved!!

Now, as you can see below I have got to work on my Hermione Mittens. I love them! I love them! I love them! I really can't express it enough!

These pictures really do not show good stitch definition. When I get them finished I will try to take a better picture. What do I like so much about these mitts?
- The pattern is easy to follow
- The design is complicated enough to be interesting and easy enough that it can be memorized very quickly
- It uses several design techniques I have never used with mittens before (note that the thumb is ALREADY done)

I bet I can finish the first mitten tonight, as long as my pesky studying doesn't get in the way. I hope that a few people are reading my posts. I know that my site is getting a few hits a day, I am just not sure from who...

Monday, November 20, 2006

*sigh* I am growing weary of the afghan. Christmas is still a ways to go though so I think it will be ok if I take some time off from it. Luckily I had lots of time to knit in class today and managed to finish square #9. The patten calls for 12 squares, today I layed it out on the floor and tried to decide if maybe I could just call it a 9 sqaure lap blanket... it could qualify, but the present is for two people so I really should make it large enough that two people could share it at the same time. The cat was kind enough to jump off the couch and onto the blanket to make this picture more interesting.

Why does my apartment look so messy in all my blog pictures? It is really quite clean in real life. Somehow all my blog pictures manage to show off all the small messes and stashes of yarn in the corner. Mike has declared a war on my scraps of yarn. So I am making an effort to clean up and throw away all my little odds and ends that I snip off. It's hard! If it was up to me, yarn would probably take over our small apartment. So I guess I am glad to have him keep me and the yarn in check.

I realized that on my last blog Dispatches from Iceland I never posted a picture of me in the second Icelandic sweater that I knit while I was there, I also never posted a picture of Leif in the sweater that I knit him to match, so here they are now...

The sweater was knit with the lopi yarn that you can only buy in Iceland, with two strands held together. That's rough the equivalent of Lopi Lett here. I knit it on 5 mm needles. The patten was purchased in a yarn store that Carola kindly showed me in Reyjkavik. I have no idea how you could access it here.

The dog sweater was knit using the same yarn, but the pattern came from a more mainstream source. One of the coiled books that Lopi yarn publishes every now and then. This book was number 25.

My latest inspiration is the Hermione Mittens, I saw inspiration while browsing blogs here, here, and here. Everyone's mitts are sooo pretty! I bought the pattern on impulse, and I think I will cast them on tonight. Exciting!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Warm and Cozy

I have added my free pattern, a hot water bottle cozy to the sidebar. I am really proud of it and I really hope someone makes it! If anyone makes one, please please please send me a picture. I would love to see it! Just so you all know, I have a really loose gauge, so please either check your gage or just bump your needle size up a size or two. My gauge is so loose that if I am knitting a pattern I always go down a whole size because I have learned that my gauge will always be bigger.

I spent most of my knitting time today assembling an afghan that I am making for my brother and Julie for Christmas. Here are some pictures of it at large and up close. I am using Briggs and Little Atlantic 3 ply, a cheap but good quality chunky yarn. The pattern is from "The Little Box of Knitted Throws" and it is my very first afghan ever knitted so I must say I am quite proud of it, part of the reason that I knit it was just as a challenge to myself to see if I would have the patience to knit a blanket. I must say I really have enjoyed it and I think I would do another... Lizard Ridge is calling me!!

That's all for a now, I am really tired and I plan to take a nice long bath before I go to work tonight.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

So hopelessly hopeful

I finished my noro tea cozy, the same tea cozy that I caused me to totally abandon studying for my midterm. I can't help it when it comes to Kureyon. I get too excited waiting to see what the next color is going to be and I can't bring myself to stop knitting until I have finished the whole ball! anywho, here is a picture of the finished project. I loved knitting it, and like the final project, which will be a present for my mother. But I think that next time I make it I will eliminate the double knit base, to me it is a little too thick and causes the teapot to sit a little rickity. Anyone who would like to use the pattern, it is from knitty and the pattern is available here.

I also wanted to post a picture of this cute little porqupine that I made a while ago, I forgot to put a picture of him on the site, but I think he definitly deserves one, because he is so very cute! I got the pattern for him for free at the same place that I got the patterns for the other forest friends that I knit. Oh and yes he is sitting next to a nerf dart, that would belong to my oh so mature boyfriend.

I finished my step mother's Christmas present as well, a pair of sheepskin slippers. These slippers are a Maggie speciality. I co-designed them with my good friend Gill Martin. And I love the pattern VERY much. Basically they have a sheepskin bottom and a knitted top, but the truly special part is that when you put your foot inside the slipper your foot rests on top of pure sheepskin fuzzyness. I tried to take a picture of the inside but it didn't turn out, basically imagine your foot on top of a sheepskin blanket. That's what it feels like. Lovely!

They are knit from the bottom up, and the pattern is VERY simple. Basically I just cut out a piece of sheepskin in the shape of the person's foot. I punch holes in it using a leather punch that I got from a tackshop. Then, using a 4.5 mm crochet hook I pick up stiches through the holes, two stitches per hole usually, but this varies a little. Then I crochet a few rounds around the foot. How many I do varies, this particular one has a row of single crochet, a row of double, and a row of single. After this I pick up some stitches from the toe, usually about 8. Then I knit back and forth picking up a stich from each side on every knit round. This will cause you to increase by two stitches every right side round. So once I have enough stitches width wise I knit two together after every pick up. So basically you carry on like this up the foot, skipping some stitches on the side so that your top isn't too puffy, then I pick up enough stitches from the heel to create a leg space and make the cuff. Ta Da!

It only takes me about 4 hours to make a pair of them. I know the pattern sounds a little complicated but it really isn't. If anyone wants to attempt a pair let me know and I can give you some more tips. I assure you it's a wonderful gift, everyone loves them!

Tonight I am going to the Christmas parade with my brother's girlfriend, and my good friend Julie. We are taking their dog Oliver. Should be very fun, especially if I get around to making some Irish Coffee before we go :)

Friday, November 17, 2006

I must say that in the right light, you look like Shackleton

I don't have a lot of time to write right now because I am off to go to work. I am bartending tonight for the Royal Winnipeg ballet, should be quite fancy. I just wanted to give a couple of updates, I forgot to mention that the crocheted forest friends I made are from a free pattern I got online here. It is truly an amazing site, I love it and I don't even really like to crochet!!

Also, I decided not to submit my pattern to knitty, because I think it would have been more appropriate for their christmas issue. So I will be posting here as a gift shortly :)

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The Century Is Raging But So Are We

So, it has been quite a while since I updated last. I have done way too much knitting and don't have all the pictures for what I have done so I will just post the ones that are available. These pictures are of a baby sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts and baby booties from the same book. I used Cascade 220 for both projects and 3.75 mm needles. I have to express that I really truly am in love with cascade, the color and the drape of both of these pieces is heavenly.

In further knitting news, I have been developing a pattern for a certain knitting website that i dare not mention, lest I jinx myself. But I am very excited about it and having a lot of fun. If it does not get excited I will post it on here as a free pattern.

I got my grad ring in the mail this week. I love it because it reminds me that the end is in sight. In less than a year I will be an actual, real occupational therapist. That my friends is a thrilling thought!

I went to Tatamagouche today for the dog's birthday party. I brought along my homemade dog cookies, get the recipe here. They were a big hit and I think I am maintaining my status as favorite auntie among my doggie friends.

And Carola! To answer your question, no sadly I did not make up the pattern for those farm creatures. I got them from a Debbie Bliss book "Knitted Toys". I am thinking about modifying the sheep though and turning them into finger puppets.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Three little Piggies

Baldur (my parent's springer spaniel, came in for a visit today. Wayne had meetings in Halifax so he dropped him off. Lionel and Julie came by and we took him and Oliver to Seaview, the local dog park. I realized something sad today, Baldur is old. He really had no interest whatsoever in the other dogs and was very happy to go back to the car and sleep. Oliver on the other hand could not wait to get off the leash and run with the other pups. We couldn't really let him though with his poor toe still healing.

I have almost finished my barn animal set. I made a mama pig and three piglets. And if I do say so, they are damn cute! I also made a little bag from Last Minute Knitted Gifts to put all the little animals inside. Some little kid is going to have the best christmas ever!

I have a curry simmering on the stove right now that I am pretty pumped about. It's a pork curry with onions, spinach and carrots and squash from my step dad's garden. It is gonna be awesome. Mike and I are going to eat it up and then watch The United States of Confederacy, a fake documentary about what the USA might be like if the south had of won the civil war.

Mike and I went to the Arts, Social Sciences and Sciences Ball last night. It was fun, but I had to wear a dress that I wore to the last semi formal we had, because I only own one nice dress. Well today, I managed to find an awesome Esprit dress (20 bucks marked down from 120!) at a sale downtown. Ah well, I will put it in the closet and patiently wait to be invited to another ball.

I must tottle off now, dinner is almost ready and I have to go kick the cat out of my chair... the fact that a cook book fell on her has not detered her from her favorite sleeping spot.