Sunday, January 28, 2007

A Total Pro

Look at Debbie go! One 15 minute knitting lesson in the backseat of a car while traveling HWY 99. Come on!
'Born ready for' it.

'Armed with will and determination
and grace, too.'

1 Cotillion Sock down - 1 to go.

ETA: Uh-oh. I didn't mean to mislead anyone - my Mom actually gave Debbie the knitting lesson while we were heading to the ferry. Sorry about that. She is still a remarkable knitter, is she not?


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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Whoops, Poetry Saturday

T.S. Eliot

Mr. Apollinax

WHEN Mr. Apollinax visited the United States
His laughter tinkled among the teacups.
I thought of Fragilion, that shy figure among the birch-trees,
And of Priapus in the shrubbery
Gaping at the lady in the swing.
In the palace of Mrs. Phlaccus, at Professor Channing-Cheetah’s
He laughed like an irresponsible foetus.
His laughter was submarine and profound
Like the old man of the sea’s
Hidden under coral islands
Where worried bodies of drowned men drift down in the green silence,
Dropping from fingers of surf.
I looked for the head of Mr. Apollinax rolling under a chair

Or grinning over a screen
With seaweed in its hair.
I heard the beat of centaur’s hoofs over the hard turf
As his dry and passionate talk devoured the afternoon.
“He is a charming man”—“But after all what did he mean?”—
“His pointed ears…. He must be unbalanced,”—
“There was something he said that I might have challenged.”
Of dowager Mrs. Phlaccus, and Professor and Mrs. Cheetah
I remember a slice of lemon, and a bitten macaroon.


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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Someone Got Their Haircut

And someone else finished an Anemoi Mitten.

I am just plugging right along with my Stashalong goals lately. What is that about?

Kira had her haircut yesterday and she has been freezing ever since. My Mom snugged her into one of her sweaters and she has been cozy as can be today.

Here's the money shot! She's been given the tail of a lion! Hilarious.

Look at that Spaniel-ly little face. I love it when her ears are like this!


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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Absorba Complete!!

Ahhh. Finally. It does need some blocking but I figured since it was a really wasn't a high priority. ;-p

Here you can see one of our cats, Scully, thrilled to be modelling my Purple Roving Scarf.
She wants to be ON the handknits - not IN them apparently.

I used a simple drop stitch pattern on large needles. It was a fun knit I completed while watching The Ghost and The Darkness. Still scary that movie. Yipes. The explanations do help, I was convinced they were monsters!

ETA: Sorry 'bout that! The bathmat is Absorba from Mason Dixon Knitting and dunh dunh dunh I used up some nameless acrylic from the stash for it. Absorba is a log cabin pattern that I am not sure I would use again - I think I would rather just knit one big rectangle - I think it would lay nicer. However, I think it doesn't lay nicely because I must have made a mistake picking up stitches on one of the sides. Not too sure blocking can fix that! It was knit with 3 strands together and therefore: Absorba.


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Monday, January 22, 2007

My weekend

I finished the Purple Roving Scarf last night and took some really great pictures. Some really great pictures that I can't share because...the Memory Stick was not IN the camera. Ahhh yes. Planning at its finest.

I also found Absorba and made some progress with that. Nothing too exciting but I've had to get serious about this Stash busting promise I made - without being fully informed, but a promise nonetheless.

Tonight I might just work on Darling to change things up a bit. I just can't keep my focus on a project these days at all. There is something to be said for variety though ;-D

Last night I watched Ocean's Deadliest - Steve Irwin's last documentary. It was excellent. It was quite hard to watch at times, knowing how things ended. It was followed by a heartfelt, upbeat Tribute show - that I am very glad I watched. Such a tragedy. The world's loss pales in comparison to what a fabulous Dad these children have lost. What a gift to have shared him with us all.


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Friday, January 19, 2007

"I've made a huge mistake."

Tell me how I failed to notice this:
With OPTIONS 2 and 3: No days off until you finish.

Oh boy. This is going to be a lot harder than I thought~! The irony is that I was feeling all, "I don't need to use my free day in January, hey maybe I won't even need it in February." Now. It is all I am thinking about.

Here is the start of the Purple Roving Scarf.

It is a good thing I ventured out in my jammies in the wee smalls because, as it is wont to do here, it rained after the dump of snow we got.

Now all that is left is a slushy mess. Not to be gross reminds me of the state of my lungs these days (the slushy mess that is - sorry - morbid sense of humour). Yep. Still coughing. Or as it was previously known: breathing.


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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Poetry Thursday

Beneath My Hands

Beneath my hands
your small breasts
are the upturned bellies
of breathing fallen sparrows.

Wherever you move
I hear the sounds of closing wings
of falling wings.

I am speechless
because you have fallen beside me
because your eyelashes
are the spines of tiny fragile animals.

I dread the time
when your mouth
begins to call me hunter.

When you call me close
to tell me
your body is not beautiful
I want to summon
the eyes and hidden mouths
of stone and light and water
to testify against you.

I want them
to surrender before you
the trembling rhyme of your face
from their deep caskets.

When you call me close
to tell me
your body is not beautiful
I want my body and my hands
to be pools
for your looking and laughing.

Leonard Cohen from "The Spice-Box of Earth


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I can Blog again!

Now if only I didn't have to breathe through my mouth...

I hope to post some progress pics tomorrow from my night of television knitting. Thank goodness I got that knit-a-thon in while I could - I haven't been able to knit, read, or watch tv for 3 days. Stunning isn't it? A head cold the beautiful doctor informed me. Ah, yes. Of course. Not humiliating enough to look as haggard as possible, I must also appear to be an imbecile who doesn't recognize the symptoms of the common cold. Seriously though - I could have sworn it was something much worse. I have been sleeping for 3 days and you should see the bags under my eyes - why is that? (Also - this used to be a 3 doctor kind of town and this is about the 4th time I have caved into going to the Walk In Clinic only to be seen by a young, incredibly handsome doctor I have never met before. What the??! The cruelty of it.)

If we are lucky, the recipient of the Anemoi Mittens will be here for a fitting tomorrow. Right now it is snowing and she does live at the top of a rather treacherous we might have to wait a day or two.

Until then here are some more things my Mother has made - one day I will break down and help her set up her own Blog! But isn't this just easier?

She created a bank for our Preschool's Coin Drive to help Restore Stanley Park - cleverly using some of our own downed tree bits from the windstorm and windswept lettering.

And somehow I failed to post a pic of the Cookie Monster Style Tea Cozy she made over the holidays. I have really appreciated how long it keeps the tea hot these last few days. It is amazing how restorative a diet of tea and popsicles can be!

And here you have this incredible yarn from Yarn Rescue, ordered mere days before the start of Stashalong.

As I opened the package my fever addled brain said "Oh no! I ordered Roving." and I nearly teared up. Fortunately logic is making a return and I thought, wait. look again. before dissolving in tears. The things exhaustion can do to you! Exhaustion after 3 days of sleep yet?!

Had it been roving I would have had to send it off as a reward. Sadly, it is yarn and I will be forced to knit something gorgeous and utterly selfish from it. It will be difficult I am sure. Somehow I will have to do it. I will not be able to wait until it is appropriate for Project Spectrum 2 however - that is too much willpower.

If you haven't visited the Yarn Rescue shop you need to go there.
Feathers. They have feathers woven into the yarn. Or is it spun into the yarn?

Earlier I mentioned not being able to read. I FINALLY received my Barnes and Noble shipment with the next 2 months of
Knit The Classics selections. Why, why does this months choice have to be over 600 pages long?! I despair of catching up.

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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Television Knitting

It is another crisp, clear day here on the West Coast. Took Kira for a run at the track. We also played a bit of fetch with a humongous stick of her choice.

Her version of fetch is to bring the stick 2-3 ft away from me and flop down to chew it for a few minutes. If I don't go retrieve the stick from her soon enough she loses interest. Fetch generally lasts 3-4 tosses with this one! She has the same attention span I bring to my knitting projects!

But tonight, tonight will be different. I plan to get a lot of knitting done.
24 begins with a 2hr premiere - as much as I mock it, and as often as I complete the lines before the actors - it can be good. There is something comforting about that ticking clock - but I do wish all the Palmers were dead! I'll give it a chance. Though I do hate when television shows dominate more than one evening in a row - seriously, 2 2hr premieres in 2 days?! FOX - could you be feeling a little desperate?

Then the 2nd Season of ROME premieres tonight!! This series is incredible, I can hardly wait to see Pullo and Lucius again. It is an odd experience seeing history as drama - knowing the ultimate end of the main players does detract on some level. This was the 1st time I ever felt truly badly for Caesar as he was murdered in the Senate - {boy was I glad they did not script in "Et tu Brute?". I even felt a little badly for Brutus - his mother is a hag!} His death was unexpectedly moving. Possibly influenced for my feelings for Ciaran Hinds as an actor? No, couldn't be. :-P

And then - the old standby - Desperate Housewives. So here we have it - a minimum of 4 hrs of knitting time today. Thank goodness I joined Runagogo - who knows what all this knitting and viewing could do to me otherwise!


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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Two of the cutest things on the Internet!

That is my little Po from TADworks! You have got to visit this adorable Etsy shop. Honestly, could it get any cuter? Maybe...

The darling things! A Mama and baby taddie. They have little chains so you can dangle them from your knitting bag. Mine are siting atop my computer desk so I can see them all the time.

If you look over their left shoulder you can see Po's true size - and his incredible detail. 100%handcrafted people!


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Thursday, January 11, 2007


I have won my 1st contest! Over at KnitPastis there was a contest and I am the lucky winner of 2, 2 skeins of gorgeous personally hand-dyed sock yarn. Thank you KnitPastis!

Here is the little bib my Mom crocheted to go with her latest baby blanket.{I know - she's a machine.}

Have you read this yet? I cannot even believe it. It makes me crazy. What, I ask you, WHAT were these people thinking of? No one would want to be in a sock club, indeed! I find it odd that they are accusing these women of defrauding people without involving the police or a police investigation. I wonder if the instigator is divorced from a Knittress and has some misplaced anger! Just when you think you have heard it all...

As you can see by my sidebar I have recently joined a number of blogging projects. I decided against joining Poetry Thursday for fear of not being able to do it each week. I would however like to share some of my favourite poems/poets here.

This is the 1st poem I remember reading in school (Grade 5). The imagery has always stayed with me. I spent a lot of time in the forest as a child and so this poem resonated with me.

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost (1874–1963). Mountain Interval. 1920.

What would a post be without a pic of my beloved knitting companion! I swear she is going to figure out a way to use those paws...

at the very least to free her from her perpetual yarn tangle!

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Monday, January 08, 2007

Check this out!

No. I am not running - but I do hope to walk/cycle my way to as close to 100 miles as I can get.

I just started back to the gym and am feeling ready to commit myself to being more active.

If you're looking for a healthy break from your knitting - Runagogo could be the blog for you!

(For any of you noticing this post is made at 4 AM - yep. 10th day in a row I have woken up at 3. Ahhhh. The glory of insomnia. And I get to go back to work in less than 4 hrs. Yay for me!)

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Sunday, January 07, 2007

So this is why I should swatch...

I had a feeling this was too big for blocking to fix but, I gave it a try anyways. Apparently I just had to learn the hard way. I will say that I am relieved it doesn't fit. I know I have some sizes to drop but when I was working on the back it was killing me to see the sheer blanket-ness of the piece. Phew!

Before I tried it on I was sort of wondering if deeper seams would help. Clearly that is not the case! Moving right along...

I have much higher hopes for this little number below.

In fact, if it is comfy, I might just share the pattern. A total 1st for this knitter.

I think I am going to stick to accessories and a few projects on the sidebar before beginning Wicked - recycling Sizzle's yarn and carefully knitting a SWATCH. Wicked is a top down, in the round pattern that will be easier for me to track how the sizing progresses.

Ah well. You win some, you lose some.


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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Wintry Weather

Finally! This is what I woke up to this morning:

Here is how I spent the other afternoon:

Those are the beads that I am now not sure of. If I get a little more knitting done I will post a progress picture and get your opinion. I am so disappointed I took a break from Bejewelled and now am working on my sock. It's a good diversion.

Looking for a little Eye Candy? Check out this little gem.

I am off to take a 2nd fitting/trying on of Sizzle. I'll let you know how it goes.


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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Hodge Podge

Prepare yourself for a disjointed post tonight. So much is going on. Like this:

I am really excited to take part this time around. I am going to have to think of some ways to extend myself. I had started thinking of a few projects but they weren't very expansive so...3.5 weeks to contemplate...

Yesterday I went shopping and passed my first Stashalong test. Michael's is suddenly selling things like 100% wool and soy yarn. They also had some clearance yarn I could have found a use for but...I held out! And bought beads instead. Ha!

I had this vision of my Bejewelled Scarf aglitter with beads. The reality is not turning out as I would like so...back to the drawing board. Which is extra disappointing because it was some work figuring out how to get those lovely beads onto my thick and thin homespun. Ah well.

I came home to the nicest surprise yesterday - (talk about a knit geek) I had an e-mail reply from a comment I left the Yarn Harlot! Honest to goodness - I don't think I would fawn over her in person - but here I am blogging about this, all agog. My point was, I went back to her blog and what do I read? Who else was shopping for beads and then struggling to get them strung on her yarn? It is a small community, this.

Here is a pic of my baby racing to me just 'cause!

I do not recall ever reading this before and I found it quite moving, so I thought I would share it with you.

To me, fair friend, you never can be old,
For as you were when first your eye I eyed,
Such seems your beauty still. Three winters cold
Have from the forests shook three summers' pride,
Three beauteous springs to yellow autumn turn'd
In process of the seasons have I seen,
Three April perfumes in three hot Junes burn'd,
Since first I saw you fresh, which yet are green.
Sonnet 104 - William Shakespeare
Borrowed from A Mingled Yarn

And to end on a light note:

Overheard on the News: "We weren't expecting this level of comprehension." Park Official regarding the downed trees in Stanley Park. (Oh it feels mean to mock this poor man)

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Talk about new!

I cannot tell you how very excited I was this evening. My knitterly heart was seriously pounding. For the more experienced knitter - and for the Muggles (as per the Yarnharlot's perfect descriptor) reading here, this will not be of great interest.
However, I learned....wait for it...the Mattress Stitch tonight!

It is stupidly easy and works like a voodoo charm. I mean, can you spot the seam?

That's a macro shot baby!

I shudder to recall the haphazard no-rules approach I took to seams before tonight. Debbie Stoller! What would I do without you? Honestly, Stitch 'N Bitch is like a Bible for me. The explanations are so clear - the language so casual it is immediately obvious what you should do. I also find that you glean from it what you can take in at the time, and later readings, with more experience under your belt reveal more complex ideas.

Granted, the Mattress Stitch is not complex, but it was new to me and I no longer fear making a mistake. I have frogged enough now that taking those loops off the needles doesn't drain the blood from my upper body. Previously when I had looked at trying some seaming I panicked at the description and handed the project off to my Mom for finishing.

This is probably the long way to go about letting you know that I have very nearly finished Sizzle. From 5:30 pm to 11 pm I finished the knitting, the seaming and the blocking. This is also the 1st time I have ever blocked something. Wish me luck - 'cause that baby was loose on me!

After the blocking I will see if there are any further adjustments that need to be made for a better fit. Boy I hope not! Then I just have to do the Seed Stitch borders on the underarms and the neckline and voila: an FO.

This is how exciting the evening was for Not Me.

This is what Blocking Sizzle would look like if you were a Mermaid from The 'Bove.

This is what you would look like if you were a Mermaid floating in our dining room. (don't ask - there is no explanation)

Here is the 2nd baby blanket my Mom has made over the holidays.

Hee hee! You know this means 2 things:

1) Already making measurable progress on my Stashalong promise!
2) I get to do something elllllllse now!
( at least until the blocking is finished)

Whoa. Almost forgot to tell you: I found the most delicious tea today. Pomegranate Green Tea. We already had 2 pots of this nectar. You should really try it.


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Monday, January 01, 2007

I promise...

I don't really understand the need for resolutions on the 1st of the year - it is not something I have really ever done. Mostly I find that when I make a resolution I feel nearly compelled to NOT live up to it. What is that about?

The conveniency (is that a word?) factor is there for me though. I mean Stashalong is beginning again and I certainly need an outside curb for my wayward yarn purchasing ways. I have been shopping up a storm online in the last few months. My purchases far overtake my knitting progress and something has got to give. I mean, I need to be a little more rational about my spending habits. Seriously.

So...I have joined Stashalong again. Since I have so many projects on the go, waiting, or wishing (I have an entire shelf of knitting books - nevermind online patterns held in queue) to begin I thought I would take Option #3.

"Choice 3: The WIP/UFO Numbers Game

This one will really put you to the "get it done" test. Here's how it works:**choose how many WIP/UFOs you want to finish in an increment of 5(5, 10, 15, 20, etc.)--your minimum choice for this is 5.

**You can list specific projects if you like OR if you are like most of us you can leave a couple slots open for the "screaming stash" projects. (Example: You choose to finish 5 things. You have a sweater, a hat, a scarf on the needles, BUT while working on those you get bored so you "stash dive" and you find you have a enough stash for another sweater and a pair of socks--those are your "screaming stash" projects and they round out your required minimum for this choice. Does that make sense?)"

So here goes:

1) Sizzle - so close to finished it almost doesn't count

2) Anemoi Mitts

3) Baby Blanket

4) Shae's Darling coat

5) My stinkin' Noro hat already

6) Severus Snape Socks

7) Mary Janes - I have had the yarn since when? Oh. August/September

8) Absorba the Great (if only I can find it)

9) The felted Oregon Tote that kickstarted my knitting frenzy 4 (I think) years ago

10) The project that started the Blog: The Ravenclaw Raglan. I mean, I only have to complete the sleeves for goodness sake! Oh, well. And the neck/collar as well. I am just so intimidated by the thing for some reason.

11) I did join the Bejewelled KAL so: Bejewelled.

12-15) This is for wiggle room. Likely projects to make from my stash: Endpaper Mitts, dishcloths, socks - maybe even Lucy Lu.

Good god. Even as I write this lengthy and intimidating list I am remembering other projects I want to make NOW. What is this? Crafty ADD? I guess I'm just a knitter who Cain't Say No.

Here is how I spent the 1st of January.

Welllll...use your imagination since Blogger won't upload photos AGAIN.

That is what chatting until 12:30 will do to you when you are a tired little knitter.


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Grey's Anatomy

(I know, I know tasteless)


The Memory Keeper's Daughter
HP and the Philosopher's Stone


Sopranos - Season 3

Rome Season 2

Stashalong Goals Met

1. Sizzle
4. Darling
7. Mary Janes
8. Absorba
9. Felted Oregon Tote
12. Purple Roving Scarf
13. Le Slouch
14. Uniscarfity

On My Needles

Anemoi Mittens

Baby Blankie

Blanket of Many Colours

Cotillion Socks

Laura Tee

Ravenclaw House Scarf

Severus Snape Gentleman's Fancy Socks

Surprise Baby Gift

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