Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Still doing school work

So much school work

I should be back Monday or Tuesday

Note to self: don't knit anything when you're stressed about school work, or it'll end up 8 inches to small. They don't call it tension for nothing.

PS I've written over 20 000 words this semester. That's over 70 pages! Not including small assignments, in-class essays, and exams.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

The meme that's travelling around the net, in an effort to distract you from the lack of knitting content. I still have 2 papers, a group project, and a final exam in the next week and a day. Sorry.

1. A blog which you think people have not discovered.
Green Yarn
This is my friend Angela's website, and although she's super-busy finishing her degree up I love all the stuff she makes. Plus I'm hoping she'll be updating all summer on her European trip!

2. A blog whose author lives close to you physically. Just get as close as you can, it’s all relative.
Hrm. This is a LOT harder than it looks. Since I live in Northern Ontario, and in a place where few people know about blogs....I'm going with
Nicole the Geek in Winnipeg. It took some serious googling and searching blogger to find her! But hello to Nicole :)

3. An unusual or weird animal picture.

This is Frankie from Mossy Cottage Knits. I love the little collar he has.

4. An entry that made you laugh and got you strange looks from family or co-workers.
I have to imitate Linz and go with Yarn Harlot's Peukalo is thumb. But she always makes me laugh so hard Sean takes away the computer to read it.

5. An idea you wish you’d thought of.
Sockapalooza and all the incarnations thereafter. It's so much fun!

6. Something you’d like to knit.
Samus in green I think.

7. A picture of something you consider beautiful

Although this is a picture of me, the beauty of it is in the turning trees, the blue sky, and the calm beautiful lake. Boy I love my cabin!

8. A blog whose author you’d like to one day meet in person
Yarn Harlot. Hands down.

9. A blog of someone you have already met in person.
Um, we're gonna have to go with #1 here, because I've never met any other knit bloggers in person :( So, hi Angela!

Sunday, March 19, 2006

I'm really sick (are you surprised?). Ear infection, and now my chest is aching a lot. I'm staying away from the Dr. unless I get a decent fever though. I'm trying to write my term paper and it's not going well, and no knitting is going on either. haven't done anything but sleep and absent-mindedly watch TV yesterday and today.

Friday, March 10, 2006


The prize got here today! And isn't that GORGEOUS STUFF??? The sock yarn is "Socks That Rock", and it's very soft and with rich intense colours (Sean and I got a laugh out of the fact that one colour is called "Carbon Dating", since I do geology and he does archaeology). The other stuff is even softer, it's also Blue Moon Fibre Arts "Lil' Loops" in the colourway "Marbles". It's 56% Kid Mohair, 24% silk, 20% Nylon. I now have 1,050 yards of it. Any ideas what it should become? I mean, that's a LOT of yarn. It says it knits to 4 sts/" on Size US 8, but this is laceweight yarn so I'm not sure where to go with it.

These are my sockapaloooza socks. I'm having difficulty finding a leg pattern I like, I think I might just rib them all the way down. It's either that or doing some cabling, but I don't think I can find something I like. I've already tried 3 different leg patterns, including twisted rib and the "jaywalker" pattern. I'm decidedly stuck!

I also may have the opportunity to go to London and Paris this summer, so if you have suggestions of things to see (besides things like the Eiffel Tower, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London, etc. cause we'd go to ALL those) let me know!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

NEW...Migraines! (now with sinus headache!)

I haven't been posting frequently because of this, the homework part. Also because I have been suffering for days now with severe sinus problems brought on by melting-ness around here. It's spreading into my teeth and ears, it's that bad.

But enough whining.

I've finished the cuff on the first sockapaloooza sock, and have ripped out different leg patterns 3 times now. I think I might stick with the original (false cable double rib), although I though it looked funny in the first couple repeats. Either that or a lace pattern, since I loves lace. Maybe even the gull wing I did for my sockapal2za.
I really like it too, and it was quite stretchy. Pictures to follow this evening, I hope.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

E is for...

Elizabeth. I met Elizabeth through my ex-boyfriend, who was friends with him in highschool. This relationship has lasted much longer than the former. Elizabeth is another friend who knits, and I helped her figure out how to sew her afghan together. She was very brave and chose to move to Prague this year to teach ESL, and suffered through some strong homesickness before finding her place. In fact, she's so happy there now she hardly ever updates her blog anymore ;) Elizabeth is a great friend to talk about religion, school, or relationships with. She's going on, hopefully, to grad school where she wants to get her Speech Path degree (at least, I'm pretty sure that's what she's after).

Yay Elizabeth!

Thursday, March 02, 2006


A happy early sweet sixteen to my sister, who turns the legal driving age (ack!) on March 6th, the same day the lucky girl is leaving for Spain on her school trip.

I also WON SOMETHING! I don't recall ever winning anything (by luck) before, although Mom might remember something. I got the beautiful gift bag from Lettuce Knit (you have no idea how much I want to visit that store. If we can afford to go to Keith's wedding this summer we're going to try to side trip to Toronto, and Lettuce Knit is on the list) that I'm told has Socks That Rock in it! I LOVE making socks so I'm very, very excited.

My term paper for Classical Mythology turned out to be about 3200 words, and I hope I did well on it. I worked hard at any rate! I also finished the essay outline for Children's Lit. That leaves me with finishing my children's book for another Children's Lit class (all the illustrations are done, the text and pictures just need to be outlined in colour, and it needs to be covered and bound), writing my term paper for CanLit (3000 words/10 pages), term paper for Speculative Fiction (2500 words), term paper for Contemporary Children's Lit (8-10 pages), as well as various reading journals and group projects. My academic life is, shall we say, busy.

I'm working at Fort William again, 3.5 hrs Monday/Wednesday and all day Friday until the end of March. I'm just doing mending mostly, although once that runs out I'm not sure what they'll need me for. I'm even on the answering machine as currently running the Costume Department ;). The Fort is very flooded, in fact yesterday they were sandbagging around the administration buildings. It's supposed to stay warm around here for the next few days which could be VERY problematic, if the water rises another foot and a half the admin building will be flooded along with the driveway into it. I may not be working after all!

Not much knitting has been going on, although I worked on my alpaca Natalya gauntlets a bit the other day while watching "House". I really need to start my pal's socks, but I'd like to do something in sport-weight or DK. I think I might actually make them in Sidar Country DK (one of my favourite yarns) because it's so super soft. Plus, I still can't decide if I should finish my Rogue or not.

I need opinions on that actually. Before I knew much about yarn, the lady at the fabric store told me that DK and Aran were the same weight. So I bought enough Sirdar Country DK to make a Rogue out of, and although it shows off the cabling beautifully the drape is VERY fine, and it's almost baggy because of it. I'm partway up the hood by now, so does anyone have a vote as to whether I finish it or not? What would I do with 1200m of DK wool if I frogged it? The colour is absolutely gorgeous, and I love the sweater. I hate to rip it out!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Sorry for no posting, finishing term papers and such. Also suddenly suffering from a wicked cold. Will be back soon.