Sunday, March 29, 2009
We did (and I forgot to take pictures!) - we ate a late dinner by candlelight, then went for walk in the neighbourhood.
Can I say something? I was sorely disappointed in Aurora. Maybe one in three (or four) houses were dark. Far too many lights, and most houses had multiple rooms all lit up.
Made me sad...
Friday, March 27, 2009
"Hi, you reached the gates of Hell. Sandra is busy feeding Cerberus, and will get back to you shortly. Please leave a message." (Imagine this in a "Linda Blair in The Exorcist" voice...)
I'm going straight to hell, I know. And I'm not the only one - there's a bidding war for the extension, if they ever let us change...
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I'm hoping nothing does, because I really think I'm going to like this cardigan. I'll probably modify the bottom a touch and bring it around the front more than than the original - I have enough yarn to do this without a problem. I also plan on finding some great co-ordinating linen fabric to make a sleeveless dress to go with it. Maybe a top or two as well - summer's comin' and to me, that means linen, wrinkles and all!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
My justification of working on the Whisper cardigan is that it's a lighter weight fabric, and therefore more appropriate for a spring knit. Yeah, I'm not sure anyone's buying that...
Friday, March 20, 2009
After I finished up what I needed to do ("Are you Important, Mom?, loudly enough for some senior management to hear, and they happily answered that "Yes, she is". Must bring brownies into senior management meeting next week after that little bonus...), we headed out. I treated him to lunch, then we did some grocery shopping. He got to choose what we were going to have for dinner, and he chose homemade pizza. So he shopped for the toppings, we came home, and he used the breadmaker to make the dough. A buddy came over for the afternoon, which meant they played and I knit, then we made our pizzas, which beat any store bought or delivery pizza hands down.
My favourite way to end March Break - that is, if I can't be at the cottage or other vacation spot...
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Meet the black cardigan - I took off the front grey ruffle (Man, was it ugly!), and just need to pick up a band around the front. Sitting forlornly in a bag.FLS - still like this, but it's heavy and adding sleeves in the round is a pain, constantly flipping the whole thing around. Next time, I'm going to knit the yoke, then the sleeves first, THEN the body. Now, I'm debating taking off the black yoke and doing it all in green - It seems my math skills are crappy and I have more than enough yarn to do this. (Can you believe I make my living creating and working with statistical spreadsheets, and am one of the go-to people around the office for Excel help? Yeah, boggles my mind too.)
And my new love - the Whisper Cardigan, using my luscious Wellington Fibres laceweight mohair merino blend. Yum. This one is making me ignore all else. It's the yarn's fault. Really, it is.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I'm having a blast using these - the pattern has become very intuitive to me, and I can make a bracelet much quicker, now. These ones are destined to become gifts for family members, and possibly for myself. I'm branching out a little with the crystals, using them for other projects, but I do love this pattern - I find it very pretty, and changing the colours, certainly changes the look. The black, white and grey is for one SIL, the brown, topaz and green is for another that loves earthy tones, the pinky one is probably for my Mom, and there's 6 or 7 others on my list I will make some for. I can't imagine holding on to these until Christmas, but at the moment that's the plan. I'm probably keeping the green for myself.For a non-sparkly girl, I just love the way they sparkle.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Monday, March 09, 2009
Friday, March 06, 2009
Thursday, March 05, 2009
But on Tuesday when my Guild hosted Wellington Fibres... well, I just had to grab some. They now have lace weight! I'm a huge fan of their 3 ply mohair/merino blend - the depth of colour that Donna achieves with dye is outstanding, and the drape and hand of the yarn is delicious. And now in lace weight! 658 metres of 80% mohair/20% merino blend, silky feeling, wonderful colours. I'm amazed I stopped at two. Considering the horde of knitters I had to contend with, I'm lucky I got anything at all: But I'm thrilled with the two I scored: I'm thinking a shawl, maybe with a Swarovski beaded edge... The hand paint is called Wellington Autumn Scene, and the solid is Wellington Golden Honey. Yum.
And while I looked at and loved the drop spindles, I stomped all over my subconscious and did not buy one. (yet).
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
I've made another bracelet using black jet, clear crystal and black ice (a smoky grey) crystals, and started (edited to add - actually, finished) one in smoky topazes and greens. Lovely!
Great prices, fast delivery, good packaging - what's not to like. I'm a fan, and I know I will be a repeat customer.
Can you see these knitted into a stole or scarf? I can, especially with the most excellent lace weight I bought last night from Wellington Fibres...
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
yup. I'm a lost cause...
(But Wellington Fibres is coming to your Guild meeting on Tuesday, and they are bringing fibre and spindles! Perfect for learning to spin!)
I hate my subconscious...
Monday, March 02, 2009
Last week as a bit trying. Three weeks ago, I went to the clinic because of some lower back pain. Normally I wouldn't do this, but this pain was different, and reminiscent of the pain I get with a UTI.
(A side note - I am VERY careful about UTI's - I had my urinary tract rebuilt when I was a kid, and where UTIs are uncomfortable for most people, for me they can be extremely dangerous.)
Anyhoo, they test, no UTI, probably kidney stones. Drink lots of water, etc. Pain is still there, but somewhat bearable, although, not going away. Last week, my own doctor calls and wants to see me. To make a long story less tedious, it turns out that the lab screwed up my results by waiting two weeks, and yes, I do have a UTI. My doc was livid that the lab messed up like that. And if he was mad, I was worse - I have spent my life being so careful about this, and I even went to the clinic when I thought I MIGHT have something. So I spent last week on antibiotics, trying to keep from being hospitalized. So far, so good. I have to go back for tests this week, once I'm done the antibiotics. But the drugs knocked me out pretty good. By the time my husband got home each night, I pretty much went to bed, having reached the limit to my up-right-ness.
Needless to say, knitting progress was limited. There wasn't much left after working and child rearing, and sleep seemed more important. So sleep it was. At least I was at home, and still able to live most of my life. It could have been worse. At least I accomplished things on the weekend.
My husband has his physical today, and is planning on getting his two cents in to the doc about the lab issue. Not that it will do anything, but he's ticked off.