Deriviknit

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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Ahem... ahem..



Everybody, please meet Ruby. She is my new stand mixer that Mike gave me for Christmas and she ROCKS. It's no bottle of cognac, but I'll take it! Tonight we made zucchini bread and on Christmas morning we made pancakes. Both turned out fabulous. Although that's not directly knitting related, I like to have little nibbly things to eat while I'm knitting and I feel that zucchini bread is a good nibbly-thing.
I realized that in yesterday's post I forgot to link everything, so here are those links! Romni, Grand River Yarns.
I didn't do any knitting yet today at all. I have a very clean bedroom, including closet and drawers, a clean floor, and a VERY clean fridge. yaay for Christmas vacation! Tonight I will get some knitting done before I fall asleep. Good night!

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Who Said Anything About Being Good?

I love Christmas. My husband and I both have awesome families that we love spending time with and this weekend was no exception. Even though the driving between Guelph, Newmarket, and St. Catharines is sometimes a pain in the bee-hind, it is certainly worth it. Food is also very important to me at Christmas. On Christmas eve we would have meat pie at my mother's followed by a million cookies and plum pudding. This year, however, we were at Mike's parents where we had a turkey (Which I stuffed. Stuffing a turkey makes me seriously consider becoming a vegetarian. Twisting the wings, sticking your hand in it's dead carcus, pulling out the phallic neck, ewwwwww.). It was absolutely delicous. As soon as that thing comes out of the oven I return to being carnivorous. mm mmm. Then we had cherry cheesecake and pineapple mousse. Saturday night was turkey again at Pepe's house, Sunday was roast beef at Mike's grandparents', and Monday was meat pie (not the same kind of meat pie like Christmas eve though). How many meat pies does my Mother make you ask? Just two, one like my Pepe used to have and one like my dad used to have. They're both delicious.



I am very very excited by what you see in the picture. THREE knitting books and a swift and winder. How lucky can a girl be? Really. My Mother (who always goes a little crazy with the presents at Christmas) surprised me with the swift and winder. I mentioned that I had seen this set up when we went to Grand River Yarns and how cool it was so she set out to find one for me. She saw that they had them at Romni, so she sent them an email asking if she could get one. They said they had one and that they would put it aside for her until she phoned. So she phoned the next day and spoke to a very helpful gentleman there for quite a while about it and it was on her doorstep the NEXT DAY!! Isn't that a nice story? I thought so, and boy I'm glad it's mine. I spent all of my free time (between eating, churching, and shopping) winding every little bit of wool my sisters had at my mother's house and now I'm doing the same with mine.

That's a lot of information for now. Coming soon: Gifts for the kitchen and hopefully a picture of the stocking that Lisa miraculously produced!

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Oh what a world, what a world...

I'm felting, I'm felting!


How cool is this?? I have Mike's golf shoe forms in the slippers (they're cedar, appropriate, huh?) and cereal boxes in the bags. Hopefully they'll dry soon so I can finish them tomorrow evening. That little pile of stuff at the corner of the table came out of the lingere bag with the knitting stuff. It kind of looks like the cats harfed up a wool-ball in the machine but I don't think that really happened. I've finished all of my Christmas knitting now. Just a couple of pair of slippers for the in-laws that I can finish next week and maybe some other things (pretty vague, huh?). I had initially thought that everyone would get something knitted, but that didn't quite pan out. I made a hat for my dad last weekend that I'm quite pleased with. I wanted it to have cables, but I couldn't find a pattern I wanted, so I made one up right out of my head! Someday I'll show you and give you the pattern, but not right now.
I must now begin the apologetic portion of the evening. I must say I'm sorry (especially to Lisa) for not posting for so long. There is no excuse. Once I hadn't posted for a while there was a downward spiral where the longer it went without me posting, the guiltier I felt... and so on.
I also have to apologize to Knitty for saying that their pattern was wrong, when in fact it was ME who was wrong. Barbara pointed out to me in a comment (thanks Barbara!) that there was supposed to be garter stitch between the cables. I think I have the whole 'cables' thing figured out now after knitting the hat for my Dad.
Well folks, if I don't see you, have yourself a wonderful Christmas and we'll have a little chat next week about all the cool things we've done over the holiday!
Pre-felting...

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Done in 60 Seconds

I had put the book Last-Minute Knitted Gifts on hold at the library a few weeks ago and yesterday they called and told me it was finally back! It is divided by the about of time it takes to knit the projects. There are less than two hour, two to four hour, six to eight hour, and more than eight hour projects. I was quite disappointed to see that there are no 'less than one minute' projects. I guess most people don't want to give presents that are crap. The projects that are in the book don't seem to be crap, but they have pot holders knit with Manos wool. Is that kind of extravagant? I guess if you are going to give a gift like a dinky little pot holder you might as well make it out of wool that is worth something.
It has been a kind of frustrated incorporated week of knitting around here. I knit a headband to match the wool/mohair mittens I finished on Tuesday. When I finally finished it, I discovered that it is too small to fit on even my pin-head, let alone the head of the intended recepient. My mother helpfully suggested I give it to them for their dog to wear but after working on the thing for 3 whole nights, that was not as helpful as she maybe intended. I used this pattern which seems to have some misleading information; namely it tells you to knit on one side and purl on the other even though you are knitting in the round. After starting and frogging twice I made a desperate call to Lisa who told me the pattern was lying (Thanks Lisa!) and that when knitting in the round there is no 'wrong' and 'right' sides. Plus, I had been reading the chart right to left and then left to right, which was also incorrect due to the whole no 'right' and 'wrong' side thing. I should have been able to figure that out myself, but luckily God gave us Lisa's to help with things like that!
I started a pair of socks on Friday for an unnamed man in my family, however after finishing the heel today I looked at the sock and realized that it is not going to fit ANY man, let alone one in my family. This was quite a frustrating discovery, so much so, that I poured myself a stiff drink (orange juice and grenadine) and have allowed myself to break my own cardinal rule. I am starting a new project without finishing the last one. I have justified it by telling myself that I will keep it for myself when it is finished and I can't be making myself things this close to Christmas, so I HAVE to stop working on it. I am about to start this bag using the lett lopi I bought last weekend. News at 11.