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Sunday, November 28, 2004

Yarntastic!

Note: Remember last Saturday when I said I would post pictures 'tomorrow'? I really meant 'sometime in the future'.

Ditto what Lisa said! We had such a great day; wool shopping, lunch by the river in Paris with a view of the Eiffel tower (Alright, it was painted on the ceiling of the restaurant and I thought it was a bridge at first, but Carol cleverly pointed it out that it was the Eiffel tower. That's not really fair though because she's seen it in real life.), glorious sun shine... it was perfect! I found some Briggs and Little sock wool and mohair at Grand River Yarns that I have already started knitting! I also got some more of the Fleece Artist roving for more thrummed items. The selection there really was good and the prices were very reasonable. I would definitely recommend it! You can see from the picture that I am making mittens out of the B&L and Mohair. They are so soft and the colours are beautiful. They are being made as gifts, but seriously, I could keep them. My mother has predicted that I am going to end up with a different pair of mittens for each day of the month. Would that be wrong? I finished the thrummed mittens on Saturday morning and I am very pleased with them. I was surprised though that I used almost the entire skein (is that the right term?) of Fleece Artist roving. I thought there would be leftovers, but I guess I just made them extra fluffy!

As Lisa mentioned in her post, we got some good deals on wool at Lens. I also got some of the Classic wool for felted mittens and maybe a pair of cable-backed mittens. As well, I got some Lett-Lopi in some very lovely shades. It's kind of scratchy stuff, but the colours are so pretty I think they will make some felted bags that I also won't want to give away.

I feel I should also give a heads-up to anybody who is related to me, reads this blog, and typically gets a Christmas present from me. YOU ARE GETTING SOMETHING KNITTED FOR CHRISTMAS. Unless you knit, and then you're NOT getting something knitted because you can make it yourself, darnit!

Saturday, November 20, 2004

zippy quick update!

I have been doing bits of knitting on and off over the last two days, but I can't get my mind off this felting thing! I finished the Heart scarf and the first thrummed mitten and have started the second. I *really* want to try felting something, but I feel it's in the mittens' best interest if I just persevere and finish them! I was playing with the recycled silk from Lisa this morning while driving to Collingwood. I don't think I'm going to use the pattern I got from Shelridge for a purse with it, since I don't think the yarn would show the triangular pattern. I'll probably just knit something plain since the yarn itself is so exciting! Plus that pattern (it's a Tradewind pattern, but I don't see it on the website) looks pretty complicated and it's close to Christmas and can't spend that much time on me right now.
Pictures to come tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

All Bejewelled and Stuff

Although it is far past sleepy-time, I just had to post this for you to see. This Fleece Artist roving is so beautiful! The thrums look like little colourful jewels, each one different. I am so very tempted to keep them for myself but I really can't justify it this close to Christmas. So far I have almost 1.5 presents finished of the 6 or 700 I have planned. I guess I'll have to go to the coal store down the road for those people who don't get knitted stuff. Also, I found the new Vogue knitting magazine at the grocery store tonight. Some of their patterns are kind of crazy but some of them are quite inspiring. Happy knitting!

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Shelridge Fantasy Land


Hello little blog-readers, how are you today? It is such a beautiful sun shiney day how could you be anything but fabulous? Plus you finally have a new entry to read, this day gets better and better, indeed. My day started before 8 o'clock. I got up early and started knitting some thrummed mittens with the Fleece Artist roving I got at Romni a few weeks ago. I am terribly pleased with the way the colours are showing up in the thrums, they're all varigated! The inside kind of looks like a clown's head. Is that good or bad?
Exhibit B in the picture is a pattern I found at Shelridge Farm today. It is a pattern for an opera bag and I'm sure it's perfect for the silk that lisa gave me for my birthday (See how I'm using up some of my stash? Aren't I a clever girl?). I am very excited about starting the purse. I think it will be perfect for Christmas outings!
Last, but not least, is Exhibit C; some wool I got today at Shelridge Farms. Carol (of knitting knights) braved my driving and came with me to the teeny tiny town of Ariss (it's actually between Elora and Guelph just off of Highway 7) to the Shelridge Farm. What a wonderful place! The wool she has is so soft! And the colours, well, let me tell you, those colours are something else! I need practice going to these wool stores though. I have to sit down and plan what I want to do instead of showing up and buying wool willy nilly! I purchased enough wool here to make myself a sweater. I'm thinking a little cardigan with 3/4 sleeves and some nice edges from this book (which I am currently 'renting' from the library. The 'borrowing' was over several days ago).
I also managed to finish two of those little mittens to match the jack sprat mittens. The heart scarf is well over half finished and if I hadn't run out of Divine (did you notice that I spelled that 'devine' a while ago? Poor spelling is genetic in my family.) I otherwise would have finished the scarf last night while Mike was playing Dungeons and Dragons with Craig and Jan. One can only have so many hobbies, you see. I didn't even get any knitting done Wednesday and Thursday of this week because work got in the way. You go and have yourself a great evening, I know I will.

Monday, November 08, 2004

More jack sprat mittens!


This is what I'm currently working on. I'm using some free yarn I got from Karen. She's super! This started out as mittens to match the hat Toeni modelled for you last night, but it has not turned out as planned. As I started to decrease on the second mitten, I looked at it and realized that I hadn't increased after the cuff like I had on the first mitten. Rather than ripping back to the cuff, I decided it would be smrter to just finish it and then make another two mittens to match these. Why? Because I like to make work for myself. Why? I don't know. The picture doesn't show the cute little 'rings' around the mitts very well. Trust me, they're cute. What's that you say? There are no thumbs on these mittens? Of course there are no thumbs. Little people don't need thumbs on mittens. In fact, I don't use the thumbs in my own mittens most of the time. And I'll never knit gloves. The segregation of fingers leads to cold hands.
It turns out that we couldn't go here this weekend because they wouldn't be home. Too bad for us! Either this weekend or next would be good for me, so I'll have to talk to all the girls and find out when is best for them.
How would you like to hear a little baking adventure? It's nothing compared to the 'Slow Cooker Fiasco', but there is a lesson to be learned. I decided to make some butter tart squares for Mike's birthday since he reportedly loves them and I hadn't ever tried them before. So I whipped some up on Friday night. The recipe called for raisins, but I decided that pecans would go well too. So I put some in. Unfortunately though, they had been hanging around the spice drawer and had picked up some of the garlic powder's bad habits. So the butter tarts are delicious but we have to pick out the pecans because they taste like a spice drawer.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Mish mash info

I admit I have been remiss at posting this week, but there's no real good excuse like c has!! There seems to have been some confusion over the picture of the cats I posted. Even though my mother and sister have both seen Toeni on several occasions, they couldn't pick her out of the picture. That picture shows them hanging around the cat nip so it's not really their finest moment. They don't seem to eat it, but they love rolling around in it.
Anyway, here is a picture of Toeni with some projects I was working on this weekend. As you probably remember, I can't figure out how to post more than one picture at a time so I had to combine all of the things I wanted pictures of into one. She is very gracefully modeling the baby hat from Stitch n Bitch, while surrounded by a started mitten and a guitar pick holder. Mike's birthday was on Friday (I'm sure you don't want to read how absolutely wonderful he is and how much I love and adore him, do you?) and I felt bad that I hadn't knit him anything, so I whipped this up on a break today (between washing the floors, doing laundry, and cleaning under the bathroom sink(a job that I have been putting off basically since we moved into the house)). Unfortunately though I managed to sew the snap backwards, inside out, whatever, so now it needs to be mended. Creating and mending are two very different things so I don't know when it will actually be finished.
I started using some of my white buffalo today to make a mitten. Unfortunately, I forgot that the threads break fairly easily so I ripped it after knitting 3 or 4 rows. Discouraged, I frogged what I had done. Thinking back, I could probably have just kept on knitting because that stuff is so 'sticky' that it probably wouldn't have come undone.
I seem to have the opposite problem that Lisa has. I like working on items and finishing items, but I have trouble starting. That may be because I don't usually use a pattern so it takes so many tries starting and re-starting until I figure out how many stitches I should use. I started a little 'knitting journal' so I could write down the gauge and do all the required math for how many stitches and stuff, but that seems to be backfiring. The book has become the journal of 'Planned projects that never come to fruition'. At least all the details are there, in case I ever decide to go back.
There is more, but holy smokes how much rambling should one reader have to put up with in one sitting? I'll just write sooner next time.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Obligatory Cat Introduction

I thought it was time to introduce my cats, since it seems as though every other knitting blogger has a cat. I have two cats, Cleo and Toeni. Cleo is the orange one and is 99.5% of a cat and Toeni is grey stripey and is 100.5% of a cat. That may sound strange, but you have to realize that Cleo is missing half her tail (due to an unfortunate van accident) and Toeni has two extra toes on each paw (hence the name Toe-ni). Together, they make two whole cats.

On the knitting front, I am currently making this just for some mindless knitting before starting another practice hat. On Sunday we are going to Shelridge Farm and I am *very* excited!! I am planning on getting some of their wool/cotton stuff to make some small baby-sized outfits.
It makes me crazy how Christmas commercials come out earlier every year. The Zehrs down the road already has their Christmas lights around their sign turned on! Hopefully I can get all my planned knitting done in the next two months; I'd better get busy!