Monday, April 30, 2007
Missions accomplished on all fronts! We were so early, that I gave Lucky a Turkish Toe Tutorial in my car before they would let us in. I found Lorna's Laces, Claudia Handpaint yarn (nothing special to those of you in the States, but remarkably rare in my neck of the woods...). I got cashmere sock yarn. Cashmere. Sock. Yarn. Not going to be socks, mind you! I scored some Twilleys Denim - a big bag for $25 at Goodbuyyarn.com - a clearout place. It was the only score there - usually they have a ton of good stuff, but they seemed a little heavy on the novelty stuff this time around.
Lucky was looking for black laceweight - we saw Zephyr (her first choice) at a number of places, but no black. Our last stop was Needles Arts bookshop - a treasure trove for Fiddlesticks stuff - she spied some dark yarn in a basket on the floor - "oh, it's navy" she says. We gt closer - no, it's, it's EBONY ZEPHYR! Could not have planned that any better. She grabbed two of the 5-6 balls that were there, and when we went by about 20 minutes later, the black was GONE! Good score!
OF course, the major good was meeting up with Amy Singer, whilst I was wearing my Tuscany shawl. Yes, there is a picture of her and I together - it's coming, probably tomorrow. How cool is it to have a picture of a shawl you've knit, together with the designer of said shawl. By the way, that shawl got me manhandled a lot (in a good way)!
We left early - to be honest, I was feeling somewhat unsettled, and even skipped our planned lunch at Memories of Japan. Also, I had a family thing later that day, and it was a very good thing that I was available early - suffice it to say, I was sorely needed early. So the bad is that Stephanie and I missed meeting up as we had planned. Damn. Also, I missed picking up the raffle prize that I had won (didn't find out until I checked my email on Sunday). Double Damn. Now I have to figure out a way of getting it from the DKC.
That unsettled feeling? Hit me full force in the middle of Saturday night, and I was SICK. And the ugliness continues - I get to work this morning and there is a message to call my husband at home. This can't be good. I call and find out that Son is now sick. Hubby can stay home for a little while, but he has a meeting this afternoon - can I come home. Well, of course I can - this is my child we are talking about! I'm just waiting for my boss to arrive so I can over a few things with him, then I'm out of here.
Keeping with the movie theme (if you're a Clint fan), tomorrow is another day (for the Gable / Leigh fans...) - Fiona Ellis is coming to our Guild! I get to pick her up at her home, and keep her captive, erm, I mean drive her to dinner and the Guild meeting. I can't wait - Fiona is a lovely person, and we talk non-stop all the way from her home up to Aurora. News of the meeting on Wednesday!
Thursday, April 26, 2007
I got in to work, made myself a coffee, sat down, checked email, etc. Answered an important request from a vendor in China... normal stuff I do. Then I opened Blogger.
I have no idea what my post was going to be about. None.
I'm such a dumbass.
So, I'm posting the below - it's funny.
If you blog, or have a website - go here - enter your own URL - you'll feel soooooooooooo good afterwards...
Of course, it's a bunch of hooey, but really, who doesn't like hearing nice things?
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Lace knitting right off the needles looks like crap. It's wrinkly, bunched up, way smaller than you anticipate, and basically looks ugly. Add a little water (or steam), some pins and time...
and you get something beautiful.
Teva Durham's Lace Cravat, from Interweave Knits Winter 02/03
Knitpicks Gloss in Concord Grape - 75% merino, 25% silk - I used less than 1 skein, and a skein is about 200m, so a very economical project!
I also made it longer than the pattern called for - dumbass me didn't trust the measurements on the pattern - it says to knit for 33 inches from the base of the leaf. I wrapped it around my neck while still on the needles, and thought "that's not long enough!" so kept going. Of course, there is a fair amount of stretch during blocking. D'uh! The picture shows it wrapped twice before coming back around to knot it. No biggie, and it can still be done in a day or two even with the extra length!
And, I have to say you get something this beautiful in record time. I started this on Thursday, while waiting for my Mom at the hospital. I knit on it, but not exclusively since then, and finished it last night. During that time, I also worked on some socks, and my Son's sweater, as well as dealing with everything else in my life (family, job, asshole boss... yes, he's at it again - I foresee HUGE changes around here in the next little while...)
If this was an exclusive project - easily done in a day or two. It's that great. I've already cast on another one, using 5mm needles, and some hand painted worsted weight merino/mohair blend from Wellington Fibres. It's is a wonderful autumny colourway that will really work with the leaf pattern.
Countdown to the Knitter's Frolic, and stash enhancement extravaganza... 3 days!
Monday, April 23, 2007
Son's sweater is taking shape - the first sleeve is almost done, I will start the second one soon. Then I'll stripe the body up to the matching point - join all pieces and start the raglan shaping. Should be done in time for the hot weather... Luckily, I made it big enough to fit for the fall.
The purple Leaf Cravat is almost done - just the final leaf at the end, and some blocking, and finished. The merino silk should block out nicely, and feel nice around the neck. I think I've found my Christmas Gift for all the girls on my list!
Friday, April 20, 2007
We got to the hospital around 6am, and she went in around 7:30. SO I had from 7:30 to about 11:30am to do nothing but knit, read, and drink Tim Horton's coffee. (Did you know that the hospital volunteers OWN the Tim's franchise in the hospital? Brilliant. We get great coffee, they get money.)
Added Note - I wrote the above part last night. This morning I get a call as I'm driving to work - "They're sending me home! When can you come and get me?"
Ummm, not right away. Luckily, my SIL was going to see Mom this morning - I called her, and she will take Mom home, and stay until I can get there around noon. Life is good.
How much knitting can I get done (while also reading a book) in a hospital waiting room?
(Geez, I love natural outdoor light for pictures...)
The sweater for my son was already done almost up to the stripes, so I didn't do ALL of this... The scarf is the Leaf Cravat by Teva Durham - from Interweave Knits, Winter 2003/2004, I think. Great pattern - easy, lacy, and one 200m or so skein will do it. This is Knitpicks Gloss - 70% merino, 30% silk, and the colour (on my monitor) is pretty true.
I'll be spending the afternoon, evening and night at Moms, so there should be a substantial increase in knitting production. Since I turned Mom onto sock knitting, she's pretty happy to sit and watch TV and knit. Although, with the weather they are calling for, we may be sitting on the patio and knitting!
Now I have to go and email Hubby the schedule he needs for my one night away - Son has swimming tonight, basketball tomorrow morning, and a birthday party tomorrow night for which a present and card are needed... Hubby's going to love this...
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
unpinned in the early morning (my only available model)...
pattern up close...
Yes, I'm in love. I'm wearing Tuscany today, and have had two people sniff me already! (In a good way, in case you're here via a weird Google search...)
I promise human modelled shots after next weekend - Amy, I'll be at the Frolic early, and Tuscany and I will be looking for you!
Tuscany Shawl, designed by Amy Singer, from the book, "No Sheep For You"
Handmaiden Sea Silk Yarn - Silk and Sea cell. Colourway unknown, but a mix of silver, blackish grey and copper. I love how the shots of silver and copper appear as waves across the shawl - this pattern really highlighted the colourway much better than the Melon scarf, which was it's original use. I used 1 full skein, and about 1/4 of a second. There is enough left for a small scarf.
This took me a little more than a month? (she says questioningly, not having any idea when I started...) Let's see - Amy came to our Guild at the beginning of March, I started it after that, so maybe a month and a half, with other projects thrown in.
I would make this again - nice pattern, easy to memorize, lacy, but not too fussy. I may actually use the pattern for a straight scarf with the remainder of the Sea Silk for a gift, since the pattern complements the yarn so well.
Now, I guess I should concentrate on Son's new sweater. Or maybe some socks. Oooo! Lucky picked me up some new Socks that Rock! Maybe a scarf from Arctic Lace... Ahhh, back to my promiscuous knitting...
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
Sorry - but to be honest, there is nothing new that is picture-worthy. Tuscany is so close to being finished, but it just looks like a pile of black goo right now. Luscious, shimmery, silky black goo, but goo, nonetheless.
Once I finish, I will take blocking pictures, and something new, after the 28th, I will have modelled shots! (These are few and far between chez Curlerchik). I will get LuckyCanuck to take some pictures at the Knitters Frolic. (maybe we will find Amy, and I can get a shot of shawl and designer!)
I've started another sweater for my son, using some Cotton-Ease I found in the stash, but it's just a circlet of dark taupe stockinette. Exciting.
Here's something from the archives - My koolaid socks! I don't know if I've ever shown these - but I am extraordinarily pleased with them, and how they came to be. I had some Knitpicks Bare (or whatever it was called before they called it Bare). I knit up two stockinette "blanks" on my knitting machine, each using half the yarn. They I laid them out side by side in a big pyrex dish, and dyed them in three horizontal sections - green, blue and orange. Once dry, I rewound the blanks into balls, and made the socks. Although it sounds like a lot of work, to knit, then dye, then rip then reknit, those of you with machines know that knitting the blanks took me all of about 10 minutes, so it really wasn't time consuming at all.
(You can tell this isn't a current picture - my hostas, are mere dreams right now - not this lush!)
And, from my file of blog things...
|You Are From Jupiter|
You are exuberantly curious - and you love to explore newness.
Enthusiastic and optimistic, you get a kick out of stimulating intellectual discussions.
Foreign cultures and languages fascinate you. You love the outdoors, animals, and freedom.
Chances are you tend to exaggerate, so try to keep a lid on that.
If you do, you'll continue to be known for your confidence, generosity, and sense of justice.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Triskaidekaphobia - fear of the number 13. Nope. Not here. I enjoy watching those that do have a problem with today, however. My Mom, the most superstitious person on the face of the earth is one. I'm sure she's hiding out today! I'll have to call her later and see...
Since it's a numbers kind of day - I present this:
|You Are 35% Left Brained, 65% Right Brained|
The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.
Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.
If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.
Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.
The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.
Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.
If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.
Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.
This does not surprise me inthe least - I am left handed, which means that my right brain is the controlling side. ALthough I currently work as a Sales Analyst, my background is graphic design, and I love to paint watercolours and sketch with charcoals. I'm a huge sports fan, and a big day dreamer. Philosophy? sometimes, deppending on my mood and the people I am talking to.
What's interesting about my lefthandedness - I knit "right handed" - i.e., I knit from the left needle to the right needle. I golf right handed, and bat right handed, although I throw (curling rocks, balls, etc) left handed. So, with that, and my aptitude for numbers, there is some right brain control trying to fight it's way out.
My dad always said, left handed people are the only ones in their right mind!
Tuscany is coming along nicely - I figured if I did 5 rows a night (each row is over 300 stitches now), I'd be good for my self imposed deadline of the 28th. Last night I did 8 rows without even thinking about it. I should be fine...
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Works for me!
ALL TUSCANY, ALL THE TIME
I am making a concerted effort to finish Tuscany by April 28th. I want to wear it to the DKC Knitter's Frolic (especially if Amy is going to be there - I want her to see it!), and I also have my nephew's First Communion later that day, and I want it for that as well. So, other than the traveling sock (lunch time knitting, etc.) Tuscany is my only project. Good thing I love the pattern and the Sea Silk! I have about 2 1/2 repeats left, but of course, since you increase on every row, they are 2 1/2 every increasing looooonnnnnggggg repeats.
As mentioned, my nephew is having his First Communion at the end of the month. This is the son of my husband's brother and his wife, J. Now J and I became friends because we married brothers, but have remained friends because we truly like one another and get along well. The problem is when you add her family to the mix. Her perfect family. With perfect kids, perfect houses, perfect lives, and perfect ways of doing everything. Because, of course, the rest of us are so imperfect. It's not the most pleasant of times when we all get together. The fake smile one must paste on the face wears after a while. The other thing I found somewhat annoying was J's comment that we, as non Catholics, (or in my case, non-practising or believing Catholic), could "skip the ceremony" and meet the family at the house afterwards. Now, as much as I would like to do that, having my own issues with the Catholic church, I would find that to be very rude. Of course we will be at the church to witness his rite of passage. It's important to him (or at least his Mom), so it is important to us. So, I will go to this function, with the memories of a great morning spent at the Knitter's Frolic beforehand, and hopefully, that will get me through it!
RAISIN BRAN COMMERCIAL
OK, this rant may be a little regional - those in the Greater Toronto Area may know of what I speak. Years (and years) ago there was a Raisin Bran commercial with a lumberjack ("Sturdy Danny McGee was up his fifty-ninth tree...). I was annoying then. It's even more annoying now since they are REPLAYING it every morning during the news on TV, and on the radio when I am driving to work! Come on people! this thing is more than 20 years old. Make a new one!
So Mom's surgery is confirmed for next week - and unfortunately my brother will be out of the country on business. Timing is everything. I have arranged everything so I am available to take her to the hospital, and be there when she wakes up and the next day when she is released, I will be there to spend a couple of days with her. Biggest surprise? The Powers that Be at work are fully supportive of this. (I'm beginning to suspect Alien involvement - the Big Boss has been incredibly nice to me lately). Whatever the reason, I'm glad I could work it out - I need my Mom around for a lot more years, so it's important to be there for her. Also, Hubby is doing his part, rearranging his schedule to allow me to be away from the house for a few days. It's times like these that he realizes how much work there is in keeping a household running smoothly and on time...
Last night at Son's basketball practice, some of the Mom's and I got to talking. Normally, it's me and the Dad's but for some reason, last night there were more Mom's there. We were talking about the kids, and birthdays, and the talk gravitated towards our own birthdays. Turns out that 3 of us (of the 4 talking) have the same birthday! How cool is that? (The kids thought it was very cool). Of course, I had 5 years on one of them, and 9 on the other, but still, it was an amazing coincidence.
Have I distracted you enough to realize that I have no pictures? No? Sorry - I could take a picture of Tuscany, but to be honest, I don't feel like taking her off the needles to stretch it out, and unstretched lace looks , well, like a pile of yarn. Soon, I hope to have some blocking pictures of her. Countdown to the 28th begins...
Monday, April 09, 2007
I also made great progress on the Sea Silk Tuscany shawl, and started a new sock out of Fleece Artist - after all the grey and brown, I needed a jolt of colour. Although you can't really see it here, it's a bright yellow, black and coral colourway.
And. so you can see what the boys do when left to their own devices, (and to prove that I did get off my arse and get outside...) Here's the boys "whacking the ice". Because everyone knows the ice will melt that much quicker when two 8 year old boys whack it with sticks...
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
|You Are A Realist|
When it comes to romance, you tend to take a realistic approach.
You believe that love takes time, and it's something you have to work hard for.
A bit cynical, over the top romance tends to get under your skin.
Your heart is difficult to win ... but it's totally worth it.
15 years ago, I married a man I loved. And I love him more today. We are parents, and we are friends. (we are a lot more than that, but you all don't need to know about it...)
We had the church wedding (much to my mother's and my MIL combined relief), and it was fun. The reception part was more fun. We didn't partake of a lot of the "traditional wedding things". we had good friends and a good party. The whitish toned dress was a bonus. (I look crappy in pure white). My Dad was there for me, and he was the one who said "as much as I'd like to lift your veil to give you a kiss, I think the whole veil thing is antiquated. Plus, I'll be standing too close if anything DOES happen." (Folklore has it that the TRUE symbol of a girl's purity is not so much the white dress, but the veil across her face. Dad lifting it is sort of the "permission" to the groom to have at it.) I think Dad was worried about the potential for a lightning strike... My Dad was pretty cool - after all, Hubby and I had been cohabitating for while by that time.
Our lifestyle is such that we don't do anything special on this day. I'm pretty much of the mindset that the wedding was fun, but the marriage is what's important, and a marriage is based on day to day respect and commitment. We'll probably take an extra nice bottle of wine north with us on the weekend to toast with over the turkey, but that's it.
Oh, and we'll buy each other lottery tickets. Nothing says Happy Anniversary like 38 million dollars...
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
|Your 80s Theme Song Is:|
Do you REALLY need to know how much bad dancing was done to this song among my circle of friends? (Along with "Bette Davis Eyes"). Ah, good times. I am SO not that person any more...
The Tuscany shawl continues along - I'm about halfway up (not halfway through, as each row gets progressively bigger, but it gives a good indication of the pattern).Up close, you can see the luminosity of the Sea Silk. My husband was looking at me strangely last night - I was sniffing the yarn. Actually, I was inhaling it - I love the smell of silk
Oh, and while I complain a lot about work, you may remember that my immediate boss is a sweetheart, and the reason I am still here. Example number 4,697 of why. He told the HR idiot that HE was giving me this Thursday off. As my supervisor, he doesn't need her approval. Woo, and Hoo! So we will be heading north immediately after Hubby gets home on Thursday! (Can you say "picnic in the car"? I can't wait - it's been so long since we've been there, and it's a place we seem to NEED to go to. (I now, lousy grammar and sentence structure there, sorry.) We recharge when we are there, so I'm looking forward to it. And my BIL and nephew are coming as well. The two small boys will play together, the two big boys will play together, and I will be left in peace, only having to feed them. I can do this. Happily. Especially since it means tons of knitting time for me, while I gaze out at the lake. I will interrupt this time for hikes in the woods, and games with the boys. I've said it before - we know how incredibly lucky we are to have this place, and we try to use it whenever we can. It has been tough to get there this winter, with weather issues, and other commitments. Easter marks the start of what we hope is many weekends and holidays spent there. If I don't post tomorrow, I hope everyone has a Happy Passover, Easter, Sizdah bedar, or whatever your holiday of choice is.