Saturday, November 29, 2008
Things at work have settled a bit, but Dudes, it was a rough week. First Monday, when too many friends lost their jobs, and I had to watch it happen. Then Tuesday - a funeral for the mother of a friend who, like me, was one of the survivors. Wednesday - a state of the union address for our department - they sound confident that we can get through it, so for my own sanity, I have to believe them. However, my resume is polished up and ready, should the need arise...
Thursday an Friday - hugely busy days, helping with the transition team, as well as helping in the back warehouse, trying to get orders packed and shipped for month end. It was hard, but satisfying work, but on top of the emotional issues, I was coming home completely drained.
Tomorrow morning, my Husband will drive the Kid and I to the airport, as we will be greeted at the other end by my Mom. Truthfully, as much as she loves me and wants to see me, I'm just there to make sure her grandson arrives. Once there, I'm superfluous. That's okay, down time on the beach or golf course if fine with me - I know the two of them will have a blast. I wish my Husband could come, but he's crazy busy and will use this week to get caught up enough that we will have family time at the cottage over New Years. Works for me.
On the knitting front - the Trekking socks have been completed, two pairs of bamboo socks will be travelling with me, some alpaca will be coming along, and plan to return as handwarmers, and I have a few bracelets worth of stones strung up to be knitted into bracelets. I can't find my USB cord right now, so you'll have to take my word on the above, but really I have been knitting. I've even been working on the stalled Kauni - I have about 4 inches left on the final sleeve, then it's the neckband, cutting the steek and doing the front bands. I still hope to have it available to wear on Christmas, but maybe not. I will have time off during the break to finish it if I can't.
So that's it. A rough week behind me, but an enjoyable one on the horizon. I'm hoping to come back refreshed and ready to work for two weeks and take another one off for the holidays!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Now I've done it again. LuckyCanuck (no link, as she has given up blogging), has resisted all my attempts at getting her into beading. She won't knit them into garments, nor bracelets.
But I got her. The Bead loom got her. She bought one, and shall we start the pool to see how long it takes her to start a bead stash?
Bwahahahaha..... power is a wonderful thing!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
It was so hard to watch co-workers leave. They had a meeting, were given a package, and escorted out. I was ready to smack one of the consultants who was walking a friend out - when we all stopped her to hug her and wish her the best, he made some comment about "unprofessionalism" and "that's enough of that, now". Cold, man. Really cold.
I guess it's a case of be careful what yo wish for. I had always wished for a job at a company like this - friendly, family oriented, close to home, etc. I finally got it. Now I hope I get to keep it.
Monday, November 24, 2008
I finished the Trekking socks, I beaded another bookmark, and I started new socks and hand warmers.
I will try to take pictures tonight and stretch it out over the week, because other than that, there won't be a whole lot. My son and I are heading to Florida next Sunday to spend a week with my Mom - we were going to help her clean out her place down there, because we thought she had sold it. However, the deal fell through, and although Mom seemed to want to sell, I don't think she's unhappy about keeping it for another year or so. So instead of a work week, the boy and I will spend a week on the beach, at the pool, going to Busch Gardens, and generally being lazy. My husband couldn't get a way, so he has to hold down the fort here.
So this week will be the regular mayhem of our lives, along with the packing and organizing that goes along with leaving for a week. I'll try to drop in here as often as I can.
Did you know I need a legal, notarized letter stating that my husband is aware that I am taking our child out of the country? Wow. They probably won't even ask for it, but I'm glad I have it, none the less...
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Yeah, I laughed out loud...
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
These are in the colours of the University of Ottawa - attended by my sitter's daughter. Both her and her mom will be getting a pair. (School spirit and all that...) Depending on the time I have left, I may make some with a thumb gusset, but for (almost) instant gratification - this is the one.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
it's a semi solid, so it has some depth of colourand the 2% of silver is just enough. Not to shiny or glitzy, but just enough sparkle.
And it's weaving up like a dream the tencel warp threads are nice and supple, and will add a lot to the drape of this scarf, as well as extending the use of the sterling by only using is as the weft threads.Knowing my Mom as I do, she will love this!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Then I had to try it out - you know, make sure it works okay, and the instructions make sense. Yeah, I'm keeping it. I'm on bracelet number 8 right now...
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
There's a shoe and boot warehouse sale in the building next to my office. A bunch of us from here were there minutes after they opened.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
It's November 11. How I forgot to post this picture today is beyond my comprehension. I am the proud granddaughter of a member of Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment of WW!. I am the proud daughter of a Korean War Naval veteran. I thank them.
Tracy left me a comment regarding the extra work I gave myself by steeking the sweater. Whereas I did give myself extra work, it's only because the sweater was considered complete as I had originally wanted it. I knit it as a pullover, and it was a fully finished pullover. It was just after wearing it a couple of times that I realized that a Lopi pullover is silly. I have central heat, and don't need that kind of warmth inside, and outerwear is much more convenient as a jacket or cardigan. So my options were to stop using heat in my house (not a particular popular option with the family...), give the sweater to a needy Inuit, leave it in the closet or cut it open.
Now, the Kauni sweater I'm making is also steeked, but it's a planned steek. So it's actually saving me a ton of time, because if I made the cardigan flat, I would be purling every other row. In stranded fair isle. Not my idea of fun. I'd still have to put on front bands, and a neckline, so steeking in this case, saved me a ton of time - less seams, no purling, etc. The steeking is time built into the construction of the sweater.
Tracy and I both have knitting machines, and I have used the machine for sweaters, but only sweaters that are stockinette stitch, and fairly simple construction. The actual knitting time? very short. Finishing? much longer. Every piece needs to be steamed, blocked, seamed and then there is the edge finishing. So, while there is a time saving on the knitting part, the finishing does eat up a fair bit. That's why I love top down raglans. Once the knitting is finished, the rest of it takes about an evening.
In my convoluted, roundabout way, I guess what I'm saying is steeking saves time, unless you are doing it as an afterthought to a previously finished sweater.
And also on the topic of comments (or in this case, an email) Susan asked me why I blanked out part of my son's face on the Halloween costume post. My policy is not to show my kid's face online. I am in the unfortunate position of knowing a convicted pedophile, a man I once considered a friend, but can not do so anymore. I know too much about how they act and what they look for. Since my son is not of an age to determine this himself, I make the decision for him - no pictures on-line. No mention of his name (if possible). This is a choice I make for our family - I don't preach to others. In a way I'm glad not every one follows this, because I have seem some amazingly adorable and cute babies and kids out there, and I hope I keep seeing them. But it's why you won't get to see my amazingly cute and adorable boy. Unless you come to my house, but as some of you can attest to, he tends to hide from "the knitters"!
and for those that were wondering about the i-cord maker...
Here is a link to the Cool Corder -the cool little thing I have that cranks out i-cord by the kilometre. It's only for somewhat fine yarn, but I'm pretty sure the Embellish-knit (see the left side of the page) can handle thicker yarn. Don't quote me on that, though. It's basically a little crank thing that's a step up from the "spool with 4 nails" we all had as kids. Just feed the yarn through PROPERLY, (As I discovered - if you feed it wrong, all you get is a hot mess, not i-cord) and start cranking. More i-cord that you can shake a stick at!
I bought mine at Michael's, I think, about 2 years ago. Not expensive whatsoever. I've sort of used it, but not really, but I will be pulling it out of it's hiding place (once I discover it's hiding place...) to make some Christmas trees.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Some were done with chunky yarn, simply wrapped around a cone and topped with either a crocheted ball, or a gathered icord star-like thing. Some were done with i-cord wrapped around the cone - Monika has one of those i-cord makers that crank out miles of i-cord in seconds. And, surprisingly enough I, the queen of all things gadgety, have one as well. (seriously, you should see my kitchen - I love the gadgets...) Since i have a stash of yarn bits and pieces, and green is my favourite colour, I'm pretty sure I will be able to zip up a few of these. The only difference is that I may have to buy Styrofoam cones - Monika, a prolific machine knitter, has all kinds of yarn cones to choose from...
What better Christmas decoration for a knitter's house?
Friday, November 07, 2008
unfortunately, the story does not end well.
there are no words to convey what the family must be feeling - I cannot even presume to offer up an opinion on this. All I can say is my heart goes out to them - This is not what's supposed to happen to 15 year olds.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Then off to renew driver's license and car license. Drop cash for tiny sticker that lets me keep my car on the road, and have the world's worst picture taken - "we're just like passports now. Take off your glasses and no smiling. Stand there and focus here." Okay lady, you made me take off my glasses -stand WHERE and focus on WHAT? I just know I'm gonna love this picture...
Next off to the tire place to drop a ton of cash on new winter tires on a November day that's so warm that not only are we breaking weather records, I'm jacketless, and wearing capris, while sitting outside. The irony of getting WINTER tires on a day like this is not lost on me...
There was a high point - while sitting in the doctor's office and knitting a sock, a woman comes over and says "Trekking?" (It was.) We have a short conversation on the merits of top down vs. toe up sock construction before I get called into my appointment. She's gone when I come out, otherwise I would have invited her to the Guild meeting that night.
Before the meeting, I have my son's basketball practice, dinner prep, and actually sitting at the computer to write part of this and do some work I brought home as well. Get son fed and to practice, meet husband there, go to Guild. Slice up my Lopi sweater, to the anticipated gasps from those watching, and realize that by doing this, I've just created more knitting for myself (not really a bad thing). Come home and see who wins the American election (American readers, please tell me you voted!), realize that no matter who wins, I don't really like any politicians, whether they be American or Canadian, and go to bed.
Realize as I'm falling asleep that I promised documentation of cutting my sweater. I have the pictures, I have the cut sweater. I just ran out of time to write the post - tomorrow for sure!
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
My child looked pretty cool (if I do say so myself!) The Sorcerer's Apprentice: (no mask, just my policy of not identifying my child on the Internet) We bought the hat at Disney World last year, and I made the robe and hands. Belt found in my closet. We had a great time out and about - fabulous weather, and houses with treats for the adults (Bailey's shooters seemed to be the norm...) that the walk was actually quite pleasant. My husband stayed home and gave out candy - most popular costume? Star Wars Clone Trooper. (CLONE trooper, not STORM trooper, as many a child was quick to correct.)
And best of all, just enough chocolate left over to treat ourselves...
Tonight - fear and scariness of another kind - Tonight I cut apart my Lopi Sweater! (Fear on behalf of the watchers - I'm actually quite looking forward to it!)
Monday, November 03, 2008
Here we play a bit of six degrees of separation. My friend-I've-never-met (because she lives on the other side of the continent), Catbookmom, is a friend of someone who is an online friend of the blogger above. This blogger, Sandy Cormier, is the aunt of a young man who's name is quite familiar in my area, Brandon Crisp. Brandon is a teenager who has been missing since October 13, when he left his home after a dispute with his parents about his obsession with an online video game. Check out her posts of Monday, Oct. 20, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Wednesday, Oct 29.
I have followed this story in the news, hoping against hope that every day I will open the paper and read, or hear on the news, about his safe return. The fact that CBM sent me the link brings home just how small the world is.
I will continue to follow her story, hoping to hear of good news. I cannot even imagine the anguish the family must be feeling - my thoughts are with them, and I will hug my son a little tighter until Brandon is home safe...