Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Thanks Linz :D We liked the pictures too! There's a really cute one of us smooching ;) that's now my background. And yes Mom, the little kids got to build the trainset too! We all had lots of fun.

I didn't do much knitting tonight, but yesterday I mostly finished sewing a skirt, and today I almost finished my Dad's quilt. It just needs to be bound, and the bias strip is done. I sew the bias strip down, fold it over, then maching stitch it down or slipstitch it. Since it'll probably get lots of use, I'll machine stitch it I think, because slipstitch isn't very strong.

Monday, May 30, 2005

Sean (DBF) and I at Cascades Conservation Area this evening. The weather was beautiful, about 20C, and we couldn't resist being outdoors. We took a few pictures, but this is one of the best of us.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Here's the building team, working on the train set we built this afternoon at my Aunt and Uncle's. We had lots of fun, building up their massive Brio set and playing play-dough.

Here we all are, building the trainset again. Anton and Olivia's set is made up largely of a massive set from a playschool Dimitri bought online.

Geek Wristers

These are the wristers I made this weekend (yeah, I was busy. I had nothing to do while recovering from croup but knit and do schoolwork). Sean's is the larger that says "geek", and mine is smaller with the star. They're made out of Red Heart cotton wool, and the pattern is from Stitch 'n Bitch.

This is the start of Clapotis in Sirdar Country DK in Bilberry. The stitch markers I made, using split rings, jewellery pins, and glass cane beads. I should have enough of the same stitch markers for the whole wrap, since I'm decreasing Section 2 increase.
This is the very start of Cape May. Recognize the wool? It's from the Sunset Mockneck. Despite all my careful calculations it ended up at a size that would have fit my friend Keith, who's a bouncer at a local bar. So I'm making the capelet instead!


Not very exciting, but the dishcloth I made yesterday. Using Bernat Crafter's Cotton (I think that's what it's called) and "Grandmother's Favourite" pattern.


Well, there should be pictures at the end of today or tomorrow. I haven't taken any because I keep leaving the camera behind when I want it, but today I'll take pictures of Sean's and my wristers, the dishcloth, the start of Clapotis (did I mention that? The Sirdar Country DK in Bilberry is not working for Rogue at all. I knit the "hem" and it won't go over my shoulders, and the fabric won't look good if I up the needle size any more), and building a massive, massive trainset with my little cousins.

I'm off to make french toast for breakfast, yum.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Picture Meme

Here's a fun meme from Mason-Dixon Knitting. You use google image search to put picture answers to the questions.

Where I grew up:

Where I live now:

My Name:

My Grandmothers Names:

My Favourite Foods:

Pizza Margherita

Spaghetti with Browned Butter and Mizithra Cheese

Lemon Gelato with Strawberries

My Favourite Drink:

My Favourite Song:

Shostakovitch's Piano Concerto No. 2, Allegro, Opus 102

My Favourite Smell:

My Favourite Sound:

My Boyfriend's Name:

Well that was fun, wasn't it! It's supposed to rain here today but so far it's gorgeous out. I'm happy about that. No big plans this weekend apart from recovering from the croup. I'm going to knit a dishcloth or two though, for sure.

Thursday, May 26, 2005


Wow. I've had some seriously happy news recently that's helping to offset the fact that I've just come down with a rather severe case of asthmatic croup. Strict rest, lots of steamy baths, prednisone, and asthma meds.

1) I got 86/100 on my first psych test. That's an A.
2) Angela is coming this summer, for a nice long visit!
3) Angela has found a nice guy friend :D
4) DBF not only brought me flowers yesterday because I was sick, he bought all my favourite comfort foods and made me stew. Burgundy beef and mushroom stew.
5) Stephanie, aka Yarn Harlot is GIVING ME SOCKS! I expressed a liking for the Tiptoe Through the Tulilps socks she has, neither of which has a mate (one is solid, the other stripey), suggesting they be worn as a fraternal pair. And she's sending them to me! I feel happy (and honoured!). I'm offering to send her my two balls of Kroy sock yarn in "Stained Glass" since I'll be darned if I can turn them into socks. Ripping them back 5 times is enough for me.

I also found out my bouts of dizziness are caused by severely plugged ears. Hopefully the prednisone along with some DayQuil will remedy them.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Haven't Died

Sorry, I've had a really horrendous cold, along with the long weekend. I just finished a geek wrister from Stitch n' Bitch for the DBF which he really likes. I'm glad too, since I ripped it out 5 times before finishing it! Pictures soon.

Thursday, May 19, 2005


Well, my life has been busy over the past few days.

I had orientation from 9 - 5, and in the afternoon we had a scavenger hunt, which involved participating in certain activities and finding out certain information, all designed for us to familiarize ourselves with the fort. Unfortunately, one of the activites was to find a seed bead in a year-old haystack, which was mostly hay dust with some grass. Couple that with running, lots, in the cold, and we had a very asthmatic Karlie. Actually, it wasn't too bad Monday. Things got more interesting on...

When I woke up Tuesday, I realised that my asthma was bad. Like, cough cough wheeze cough cough wheeze cough. I went to work in the morning because I had to participate in the fashion show, where I wore my full Habitante costume to show what made up the proper costume. Amanda sent me home at noon, because the afternoon session was song and dance, which I definitely couldn't have done in that state. Besides, it was DBF birthday, so when I got back I rested and took all my meds (yes Mom, I'm fine now, although a little twitchy) then made Sean supper - through a migraine. When it rains, it pours.

STAR WARS DAY! I didn't work until 4PM, so when Sean went to work I went to Fanny's Fabrics for their closing out sale. I got lots of fabric and patterns, for a sundress, skirt, party dress, lounge beanbag, pyjamas, and queen-sized quilt. This is several years worth of sewing, I assure you. I also have some other projects to finish before I start these, but that's OK. The fabric is 50% off or more, and going down every day. I'm going back Saturday...
After work finished after 9PM, Sean and I grabbed our lightsabers and headed to the midnight showing of Revenge of the Sith.


*Caution* minor spoilers, but they involve storyline you probably already know:

Things I liked:
The script was really good, with the exception of a few cheesy romance scenes.
Hayden is seriously hot in long hair, until he turns to the dark side.
Wonderful costumes.
Darth Sidious's shriek as he attacks the Jedi.

Things I didn't like:
The above-mentioned romance scenes.
A SERIOUSLY disturbing scene involving Anaking mowing down Younglings.
Just watching all those Jedi eliminated, one by one.

All in all very well done. DBF and I got TONS of compliments on our homemade lightsabers (pictures soon), since they were made of chrome and brass sink pipe, among other things. Someone even asked if they were official replicas!

Today I worked by running up and down stairs all day fetching costume pieces. Over 100 trips. No kidding. Then I did all the dishes - and we had a lot. I also got ahold of Jernej (woohoo!) who PROMISED me a Hawai'i video in the mail soon. End of July Jernej, don't forget! That's your deadline!

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Stash Enhancement

I got some new yarn today, more Sirdar Magic Stripe in green and pink, as well as four balls of bright turqoise Patons Katrina. I'm going to make more socks and a tank top.


Wednesday, May 11, 2005

New job

Well, so far in my new job I've done orientation, and picked out my costumes. It was AMAZING. I got to wander through the thousands of costume pieces, and pick whatever I wanted. I've got a beautiful red capote (canoe style), except mine has a long pointy hood with a wool tassle on the end. I love it so much, I'm going to make my own for winter. I've also got a regency/early Victorian style dress, forest green wool cape, and mocassins. I just love them! I'll try them on and put up pictures if I can get around to it.

This weekend I'll likely be going back to Dryden to see camp, and take a break from TBay before I go nuts!

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Purple and Blue Striped Socks

Look, it's socks! They didn't take long (in knitting terms, and for me), only about 4 hours a sock. I'm definitely getting faster at this. They're fraternal, but that's OK. I like it!

Here you can see a single sock. They're short ankle length because I like short socks, although I may make my next pair of ankle socks longer.

This is fabric I bought to make a summer dress. All the little dots are metallic gold, and it's soft, silky polyester (or is it rayon?) fabric. Very pretty though.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Stomach Flu

Ick. I have stomach flu. And a LOT of homework for my online classes. However, I'm desperately resting (oxymoron, perhaps??) in the hopes of being well enough for work on Monday, my first day.

I finished one stripey sock, started the other. Will post pictures soon. After that, Dublin Bay socks (from a pattern at Mossy Cottage Knits) in Kroy "Stained Glass". They should be very, very bright.

Thursday, May 05, 2005


I've just realised that I can knit while I'm reading my Psych text and English text. Yay for socks! I'm planning on making a fair few this summer, I'm yearning to learn picot edging.

My text on Psych is really interesting. The author is obviously American, and just as obviously frustrated with the way America is moving. He has some sections about how difficult it is to make politicians realise their mistakes ("Overconfidence phenomenon" - no really! It's a real thing!), and how the death penalty is not psychologically any stronger a deterrant against homicide than life imprisonment.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Rated PG for slight "adult" references

There's an "adult" store on the main street in Thunder Bay, and they have a billboard outside the store.

A few days ago, it was advertising something called a "Rabbit" (if you'd like to know what it is, I suggest googleing it at home, not at work!) by saying:
"The Rabbit:
Every girl should have one!"

Someone brave, and with a sense of humour, made the following correction:
"The Rabbi:
Every girl should have one!"

I thought it was highly amusing!

DBF is all moved in, with just a few boxes left hanging around. We bought a TON of groceries (a lot!) and filled the kitchen, now we're just waiting for the internet to transfer over so we can split it. We also got another GameCube controller so we can play Mario Party 6, my new favourite game. It's very addictive!

No knitting right now, I'm too busy doing my reading for Women's Poetry and Drama, and Psychology for Spring/Summer.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

All moved

Well, DBF is finally all moved in, SO glad that's done! It gave me a chance to get to know some of his friends (very funny, all of them. I'm looking forward to doing more things with them, bowling and mini-golf and such) as well as his Dad and brother, who are also very funny. His brother is really good at video games, in particular Mario Sunshine, a game I suck at royally.

Next week we'll probably go back to Dryden, Tuesday to Friday. Friday night we're babysitting my cousins, but they'll already be in bed so we'll just be sitting there watching a movie. Aunty Iris wants someone there that they know, in case they wake up.

In knitting news we went to Value Village on Friday and I picked up three more wool sweaters. I love how I pay 3 or 4 dollars for at least 50 dollars, if not more, worth of wool. I have plans to buy some colour-your-own sock wool from knitpicks, that I'm going to dye self-striping in pink, green, and white with black dots in the pink stripes. Watermelon socks! Yay!