Saturday, January 28, 2006

You are Betty Grable

The ulitmate girl next door
You're the perfect girl for most guys
Pretty yet approachable. Beautiful yet real.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Well, Rogue is coming along well. I'm working on the hood now - picking up the stitches for it was VERY difficult. Sewing the shoulders seams was interesting too. Seeing as this is my first time seaming AND my first sweater, I don't mind the few picadillos it has.

I also got some Briggs and Little yarn for my Olympic mittens, in a dark and light purple. They'll go well with both my red wool coat and my purple Columbia. Pictures forthcoming.

I have lots of homework to do this weekend (essay on Margaret Atwood, EW) but I am hoping to go snowboarding at some point. I need the exercise!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006


Four jobs you've had in your life:
Park Interpreter
Canadian Tire Cashier
Historical Tailor
Student Geologist

Four movies you could have watch(ed) over and over:
Lord of the Rings
Harry Potter
Star Wars Originial Trilogy
Sound of Music

Four places you have lived:
Dryden, ON
Winnipeg, MB
Edmonton, AB
Thunder Bay, ON

Four TV shows you love to watch:
CSI: (Las Vegas)
What Not to Wear

The only one I purposely make time for is CSI.

Four places you have been on vacation:
Hawai'i (although that was a geology field trip, not really vacation)
Nova Scotia/PEI
Edson, AB

Four websites you visit daily:
Yarn Harlot
CBC news
Now Norma Knits 2

Four of your favorite foods:
Dark chocolate (especially with bits of candied orange in it)
Homemade smoothies
Pizza Margherita

Four places you'd rather be right now:
Edmonton, AB
Winnipeg, MB
New Zealand

Monday, January 23, 2006

No Rogue Back Yet

I'm glad everyone likes the socks! The coat, Angela, is also very very nice. I just love it.

So I got fairly close to finishing the back, but instead of finishing it I did some homework (research on Margaret Atwood, snore) and went tubing at the ski hill. I also played a little WarCraft (have I mentioned I play World of WarCraft? It's a good thing I have another addiction - knitting - that takes the place of that because that's a seriously addictive game).

I've also seen the projects for the spring issue of IK, and I think I'd like to make Simply Lovely Lace Socks, Pullover Flair, and the Picot Camisole. Anyone want to go in buying the magazine with me? ;)

Saturday, January 21, 2006

FO and Rogue

Well, I finished another project (I'm on a roll!). Not that it was hard, because I'd already finished the first sock. Now I have a fraternal pair:

Yarn: Regia Ringel - Clown 5048
Pattern: Stashbuster Spirals in Children's Med (CO 52)

I like fraternal socks, because then I can get a pair of ankle socks out of only one ball of sock yarn. I'm cheap, I know.

I'm also continuing work on Rogue, as seen below:

I've split the back and front, and am 1/3 way up the top back. I hope to finish the top back this weekend. I can't wait to be able to wear this sweater!

This is the side cabling, that creates the waist shaping as well. 10 points of you can spot the mistake - but since it occured on both sides I'm leaving it in. Besides I hadn't noticed it until I was WELL past it, and there was no way I was going to frog it back.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

So I'll be making Nordic patterned mittens from this book for the Knitting Olympics. I'm not sure what yarn I'll use yet, but it calls for worsted weight. I have a big skein of Cascade Eco Wool in a cream colour that I might dye to use as the accent colour, with a navy or black background.

I also have another FO to add, although no (nice) pictures of it. The boy is looking very weird in the pictures, since he doesn't always like having his picture taken and therefore looks like a deer in the headlights. But it's a pretty basic brown-black boucle scarf in a 3x1 rib.

I also got a new coat today. The red wool peacoat that the Gap had this winter, with a beautiful purple faux silk lining, was on sale for $60 from $180. I need a new winter coat, since my old pea coat is over 5 years old and too big. It had too much room inside, and consequently was very cold since the wind rushed up inside. Now I have a GORGEOUS new red coat. Pictures to come I hope.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Mrs. Beetons

Oh it's so PRETTY and quite soft. I can't wait to start the next one. Of course, it's going to wait now until I work LOTS more on Sean's scarf. I hope I can finish it soon.

B is for... (2)

Also for Mrs. Beeton.

B is for...

Brown Alpaca. This is GORGEOUS yarn Angela brought me from Edmonton. I'm not sure what to do with it. I think I might make dress mittens out of it. I'm not exactly sure how much there is, I might put it on the niddy-noddy to find out. Any other idease what to do with this beautiful soft yarn?

A is for...

My first alphabet post! There'll be two today, since this is technically the third week of January and I should be on B.

The person I think of with "A". These are the beautiful skeins of wool Angela helped me dye when she was here this summer. On the left we have a very thick wool that will become felted mittens (hey I should start those up!) and on the right self-striping watermelon socks.

The lady of the hour.

Edit: I also think of Anton! My little cousin. Blogger won't let me add a picture in edit, so go here.
I HAVE MY OWN COMPUTER BACK! You have absolutely NO idea how exciting this is. I can finally use my own computer again, no more borrowing either one of Sean's. I can have my own documents, my own knitting patterns, my own pictures.

I'm also feeling quite a bit better, although still coughing a LOT at night and lots of gross-sinusy-plugging-post-nasal-drip. However, I should finally be able to return to class. My professors have been pretty good about it this year. I explained to them that over the last few years I've lost a good deal of immune system (or so it seems) and I can't seem to fight even the smallest colds off. Everything I catch also hits mer very hard, usually necessitating missing a class here or there. I'm thinking that besides trying to eat healthy and take vitamins I'm also going to maybe look into Naturopath/holistic medicine. Not INSTEAD of conventional Western medicine of course - no treating bronchitis with feverfew! - but just learning more about what herbs and spices are good for symptoms I have. They have lots of decent books on it in the "Bargain Books" section of Chapters, so I might check that out and spend the last of this month's "Luxury Budget" there.
1. Go into your archive.
2. Find your 23rd post (or closest to).
3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.

"I have three words for you: appendicticis, pneumonia, and mononucleosis."

Um, heh. Yeah, that sums up my life pretty well.

Thursday, January 12, 2006


It's been a long week. I got really sick with a cold/flu (not sure what it was) that's turned into bronchitis, but I am finally starting to feel better. I also found my camera cord, so this first post in a while will consist of many nice pictures.

So, can anyone explain how you get into an accident like this? They're really facing the wrong way - I'm assuming the truck was making a left into the lot, and the car a right, but still. How do you not see the other vehicle? It was a very low speed crash, so they were going slow enough to see it.

Not knitting content, but quilting content. These are all "snowflake" fabrics I'm collecting to make a gorgeous snowflake quilt. I will post a picture of the pattern later. So pretty though!

Again, more quilting content. These are musical print fabrics I'm collecting to make a music-themed quilt. I have no pattern for this, I'm just gathering fabric for now. If you have any ideas for a good pattern though, let me know!

The last quilting picture (I, um, have no knitting footage because I've been too sick to knit. I'm making an Indian Puzzle quilt. In that picture, the navy "swirls" will be the bright batiks, and the background (both cream, red, and green in the picture) will be black. It will then be bordered by purple and blue to make it a queen size quilt. I am so excited to start it!

Thursday, January 05, 2006


OK, so I need help deciding what to do with the beautiful yarn my friend Jenny gave me for Christmas. It's 3 skeins of Cascade 220 Quatro in 9440 which is actually a lot brighter in person than it appears on the monitor. It's a very bright pink, with bright purple and green. It's worsted weight, and there's 220 yds (sorry, no metric on the label) per 100g skein. It's enough to make a winter-wear set, especially for little me, but I have LOTS of mittens, although not many hats. I've also been tempted to try making the Pixie Hat from Knit Wit. (If you look up the book on Amazon, then choose to "look inside", it's the blue hat on the back cover. Sorry for no link!). Then I could make matching mittens and a scarf. The question is, am I brave enough to wear a pixie hat? I think I might be. Although this would be one VERY bright pixie hat.

Please, suggestions!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

OK, well I'm trying to live up to my resolutions, and I'm doing OK so far. I had brussel sprouts for lunch, and I'm going to do Yoga before class today. I'm also cleaning out the fridge (I KNEW we forgot something before we left - the perishables perished).

Hopefully we can still get groceries tonight, which would qualify under "budget" and under "getting out", and once I catch up on my reading the school work will be done too!

Happy 2006.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Another day, another year

Well, so long to 2005 and hello to 2006! Lets go over some things:

This year I met and began dating Sean, the love of my life (aka FHBF or DBF).
I got over mono and managed to finish last school year as top of my class in Igneous Petrology.
I learned to knit socks.
I learned to hand-dye my own wool and spin it.
I watched my sister cheerlead.
I started recycling sweaters from the Sally Ann and Value Village.
I dressed up for two movies - Revenge of the Sith and Goblet of Fire.
I got my first piece of jewelery from a boy (Sean, of course).
I busted my knee and had to be off work for a month.
I went to Mall of America and Legoland.
I went to my cousin's wedding.
I read "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and cried the second time through.
I wrote my first knitting pattern.
I found out I might have celiac disease.
I learned to knit lace.
I got consistent blog readers!
Lastly, my computer totally died, but my Uncle is fixing it as a Christmas present.

Not a bad year! (It's so sad that I quickly read through my blog to remember some of that stuff) Now let's look at last year's New Year's Resolutions.

1) Write in blog Monday, Wednesday, Friday
2) Take my vitamins/eat healthy every day
3) Excercise more
4) Lose 5 lbs - what this actually means is lose 5 lbs of fat, I don't care if I end up weighing more due to muscle mass later on
5) Knit more
6) Snowboarding as soon as I'm allowed to again

OK, I didn't live up to 1 or 3 at all really, but I did try to eat healthier, I knit lots more (unfortunately contributing to the lack of exercise, I have to learn to knit and walk) and I did lose about 5 lbs and go snowboarding again.

This year:

1) Eat healthier and try to STAY healthier
2) Excercise more - this means that besides trying to get out and walk, climb, snowboard, etc. I'm also going to do yoga at least 3 times a week.
3) Strictly follow a budget
4) Work even harder at school
5) Try to get out and do more things with more people, including Sean!

This list will probably be added to, and I might take down the Christmas gift countdown and put that up instead, in hopes of living up to it more!

Next January we'll see if I lived up to expectations.