Sunday, February 25, 2007

Allllll byyyyyy myselllllfffff

So my honey is gone back to Lakehead for the rest of the semester. It was both less hard and harder to let him go this time, because now I know that the time is half over (and that he's also not going away this summer OR for his Masters right away). However, I know how much I missed him before and that makes it difficult.

However, since I missed some midterms being sick last week I kept myself busy today studying for two of them (so far) and making dinner - parmesan chicken fingers. I'm also going to make muffins for school snacks. On Mondays I have class at 9:30 (up at 7:30 to get there), then I work until 1:30 with no access to a microwave. This means that by 11:00 or so I'm getting hungry, since I ate almost 4 hours before. However, with no access to a microwave I can't usually eat my lunch then. Also, on Tuesdays I have class straight from 8:30-1:00 (up at 6:30) which means I'm again starving by 10:30/11:00. Muffins should help bridge this gap :)

This is a picture with the Panta I made this fall, wearing my alpaca mittens and my Mrs. Beetons (since I didn't have good pictures of anything but the mittens). I'm also wearing my faboo coat from GAP that's cherry red with purple silk lining in exactly the shade of that panta. In consequence, I'm making another pair of Mrs. Beetons using that yarn to match my winter coat.

This is an apple cozy I whipped up last night while Sean and I went through and watched all the funny episodes of Stargate from each season. Since I like Red Delicious apples and Braeburns the best, it's a little taller than the average cozy (although I might make a smaller one for the Braeburns once they come back in season). I made up the leaf as I went along, and I ADORE the button. It's a single one that I got in a bag of vintage buttons from Value Village. Isn't it so pretty?

I'm also going to eventually get some yellow, brown, and pink cotton to make a nectarine cozy and a banana cozy to protect those fruits in my lunch as well. Maybe even a tomato cozy...

Friday, February 23, 2007

Alpaca Mittens and Felted Clogs

Some finished projects:

The felted clogs I made with some lovely wool given to me by Jenny a few Christmases ago. I had trouble figuring out what to do with it, but I think these clogs are just lovely! I'm going to go get some clear fabric paint to coat the bottoms so I can wear them at school in the Wallace building (where most of my classes are).

Pattern: Fibre Trends Felted Clogs - Women's size S
Wool: Patons Classic Merino and Cascade Quattro
Changes : I didn't have enough of the purple to make a second purple outer sole, so I instead made another sole of the pink yarn and attached it to the inside of the clog instead.

These were fingerless mittens, but in the 3 weeks of icy cold we had I added fingers to them and thumbs so I could layer them with my Scandi mitts. They look a little bulky here, but they're actually very fine, thin, and delicate looking.

Pattern: My own
Yarn: Brown Alpaca given to me by Angela

Thursday, February 22, 2007


No, not the highway. I just noticed that my last post was #400! I feel like I should have celebrated or something.

Anyway, I've been not posting because of:

a) studying the week before Reading Week
b) Going home and to Thunder Bay for Reading Week
c) having a wicked cold and weird bronchitisy-croupy thing this week when I was supposed to be in school and writing midterms

Sean is here and we're enjoying each other's company as much as we can before he has to go back to Thunder Bay :( We'll see each other again at Easter, and then April. Budget is too tight to get together any other time.

However, we have a time set for the wedding - it'll be next June. Plans so far are for the bridesmaids in a deep fuschia raw silk, gerbera daisies for me....and not much else ;) But we have lots of time still, since all the wedding planner guides say that you don't need to start really planning until a year before.

On the knitting front the only thing that has happened is I finally finished knitted clogs for myself. I want to start a sweater and some new socks too though, so those might start showing up soon.

Oh and one other thing - I have some nice Gluten-Free cookbooks that are no use to me any more, and I'd like to sell them for some extra money (possibly do a stash sell-off as well). Know anyone who'd be interested?

Monday, February 05, 2007

BAH! Again!

Only this time it's not because of Christian extremists and Global Warming. It's because of Environment Canada and The Weather Network.

This morning when I got up it was (and currently still is) -40C. Did you see that? -40C. We are the coldest major city in Canada at the moment, MUCH colder than Yellowknife, Iqaluit, Whitehorse, Toronto...

What does The Weather Network say? "Extreme cold warning for Toronto, with the wind there it will feel like -33C! Also very cold through the whole of Eastern Canada!" then, as an afterthought, "and all the way to the Alberta border, really". Well NO #*$&^! We don't even have an extreme cold warning here! The school buses are closed, but other than that it's business as normal here in Winnipeg!

I keep forgetting that The Weather Network is based out of Southern Ontario, and weather is only extreme when it occurs down there, or in someplace really exciting or fun to say, like Eureka.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Silent Poetry Reading

I missed the date of the Second Annual Bridgid in Cyberspace Poetry Reading which was on Friday, but here's a few offerings from me:

Winter Twilight

A purple velvet descends
crisp and soft
dark and light

dark shivering pines frame the moon
silent and upright
stalwart sentinels announcing the quiet arrival of their majesty

Nameless #3

Rub-a-dub-dub, three men in a tub, and who do you think they be?

The Grim Reaper, Soul seeker, and who would’ve thought

That the third person in there was me!

We were adrift and bobbing, upon the briny sea,

With seagulls all around us, and ‘ner a shore to see.

Now Grimy had ideas, a plan to save us from the drink,

“Since there’s no hope” he said “why not, pull the plug and sink?”

And God would not be left behind, he had ideas too,

“Good things come to he who waits! We’ll be rescued through and through.”

And as I sat a’ thinking, to go with God or Grim

An octopus appeared and told me I could go with him!

The moral of this story, as it is plain to see

When facing rocks and hard places, take option number 3!

Rub-a-dub-dub, two men in a tub, and who do you think they be?

The Grim Reaper, Soul Seeker, and who would’ve thought,

That the one to escape was me!

My fleece...

So it's been extremely cold here. Last night it was -49C with the windchill, and today it's still -33C and this weather is expected to continue for most of the rest of the winter. Factor in the fact that Fabricland had a big sale on polar fleece, and you end up with this:

I designed the pattern myself, based off of a hooded fleece from Old Navy which fit very well and looked really good on me. I traced some of the seam lines, but added side panels and a collar. I'm making two more, in pale yellow with lilac side panels, and then one with an inverted colour scheme. I have enough fleece left to make some vests and legwamers as well, so I'll be doing that too!

I've also gotten cable *finally* through Alan, so I can afford it. I was so excited when I called Sean about it last night that he thought I was crying, and freaked out because he thought I was either pregnant or someone had died. LOL

Today is for homework and sewing more fleece into warm clothes, since our forecast continues to be VERY cold.