Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I will always be a sock knitter - I love making them, and I love the wonderful array of sock yarns out there, and I have an unending list of willing recipients for the finished socks.
But lately, it's been all about the sweaters. And, looking at my lifestyle, heavy pullover sweaters, don't cut it. I spend the majority of my time indoors at work, and temperature control is one of the wonders of our time, so heavy pullovers tend to get pt away until we hit on that perfect kind of outdoor day when a jacket is too much, but you need something. And there aren't enough of those days to warrant a whole shelf full of pullovers.
Hence the cardigan. I've hit on cardigans as my new favourite thing to knit. Useful, pretty (most of the time), and fun to knit.
Now, these cardis may all have been finished around the same time, but they were all started at different times, and some have been languishing for quite a while until I got around to finishing them.
But it does make a pretty impressive display!
The Whisper cardigan you've seen, but it fits the theme:
The Kauni you've seen before as well, but again, it fits the theme!
The February Lady Sweater is done! I modified it a bit from the original. I left off the front bands of garter, because originally, I was going to add them on later in black when there was more black on the sweater. But it fits well without the bands, and instead of buttons, I'm using an antique brooch that my Mom gave me.I think it works quite well.
Friday, April 24, 2009
The conspiracy continues - the Universe is conspiring against me this weekend. Because I was out of the office all day Friday, I have tons of files to attack before Monday, when I have to present some findings. Which leaves Saturday and Sunday to do about 4 days worth of work.
I had plans for this weekend. It's one of my favourite weekends. It;s the weekend when not only the Creativ Festival is on, but also the Knitter's Frolic. Two of my favourite events, and I CAN'T GO TO EITHER OF THEM!
And just to ensure that I don't go - I have major issues with my car, which to fix entail either a new engine or a new car, both options being a big enough financial drain that frivolous yarn and or bead buying is not an option for the next little while (okay, this is not really a hardship - come on, I have a pretty good stash, but STILL...). Oh, and in case anyone was thinking that the universe was really trying to be nice and not screwing my weekend, the highway that is the best way for me to get to either event is closed for the weekend, and oh yeah, I think I have to go to a family dinner at some point this weekend.
I think Mercury is in retrograde... (scroll to Monday, October 6th)
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Suffice it to say - I have nothing of interest to say.
I'll be back soon.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Hug your loved ones today. I plan to.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Actually, this is Canada, and we've been known to have sweater weather in June, so maybe this isn't all bad...
There was also a bit of a bonus when I arrived home last night - a giant box sitting on the doorstep! My KnitPicks order arrived! Enough yarn for three more sweaters (I think I'm developing a bit if a cardigan obsession...) A blue/brown mix for the cover sweater from Lace Style (Can't remember the name), and a kettle dyed green and heathery pecan colour, each enough for a little something something. Not to forget, I also got me some coloured wooden sock needles. Not that I needed any more sock needles, but need ans want are two different things, and I really WANTED these... (There should be pictures of all the loot here, but I kind of forgot to take any. My bad.)
And a question - how do you pronounce "pecan"? (This comes up a lot in family discussions - we need new topics). My dad always taught me that it is pronounced "Puh-CAWN", but I notice the more popular way is "PEE-can". Not that it really matters, I'm just curious, because my MIL thinks it's hilarious, the way I pronounce it. Actually, she just thinks it's hilarious the way my Dad used to explain it: "A PEE-can is what you piss in, a puh-CAWN is what you eat".
I try not to make pecan pie often for the family...
Today and the weekend (Saturday at least) are forecast to be beautiful. Today, even though I'm ridiculously busy at work, I'm going to try very hard to sit outside for a half hour and knit in the sun. And tomorrow is all about basketball, bike riding and barbequing!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
(It's actually a very pretty sage green, not this washed out greyish tone).
And the Whisper Cardigan? I found out something interesting after wearing it at work on Monday. It sheds like a furry black dog on a white chenille sofa. Seriously. We're not talking bits and pieces of mohair fluff, we're talking large hairballs of the stuff.
No matter, I still love the cardi and will wear it again. After I freeze it, or wash it, or do SOMETHING to it...
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Friday morning we'll be heading to the cottage to spend three days there. Hubby's brother and their youngest son are coming as well, which is about perfect for me. The big boys play together, the little ones play together and they leave me alone for the most part. Lots of knitting time, especially once the turkey's in the oven.
The big thing to plan is the Easter Treasure hunt for the kids. We make them work. We write up a series of clues, and they have to figure them out. We give them clues to a particular place, i.e. where they find tadpoles, so they have to trek out to the pond back in the woods, look for a clue there and so on and so on. It usually takes them about an hour or so, and the treasure chest at the end is worth it. They get their Easter chocolate and some sort of prize. For the parents, the prize is watching these two kids run around, figure out the clues - you can almost see the light bulbs go off when they figure one out!
I plan on bringing the Whisper Cardigan, the February Lady sweater and a sock or two, for knitting once I pass the third glass of wine. (lace + wine = bad.) I may or may not complete any of them, but there will be knitting, reading, movie watching, good food and family time. Regardless of your faith, I can't think of a better way to spend a weekend.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Change. it happens, and sometimes it's good, sometimes not so much. I've written here before about changes at work, where we let go a large number of people. The company has rebounded - there's still some things that need to be worked out, but all in all, there are some positives coming out of it.
Yesterday, we had a few more changes. A couple more people were let go - nothing too surprising, these were people who's bad attitude never improved, and when most people are working their asses off to help the company succeed, those that don't stand out like sore thumbs. Well, the sore thumbs were amputated. And then, the shifting occurred. They've done a pretty big re-jigging of people and responsibilities.
What this means for me is that I have switched departments, from Sales to Licensing/Marketing. Good for me, but I'm going to miss the camaraderie of the Sales Department. The good thing is that I will still have contact with a number of people in this department. The really good thing is how pissed my current (Sales) boss is about losing me, and how gloatingly happy my new boss is about getting me. The Sales Director extracted a promise from the Marketing Director that I be made available for setting up processes when needed.
It's nice to be loved.
So, I'm looking forward to new challenges, and new relationships. I love working here and I'm committed to doing what I can to help get us through some tough times.
Posts may be less frequent - I'm busier than ever, learning about my new job, and to be honest, there's only so many in-progress pictures I can show of one sweater anyway.
Monday, April 06, 2009
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
April makes me feel good. It's a month of rebirth for my part of the world - Spring is arriving, the garden is coming back to life, and we are starting to spend more time outside. It's a chance to celebrate the birth of a great guy. He came lock, stock and barrel with a large, close knit family, who made me feel like are part of them (mostly). And he melded perfectly with my not so large, slightly more standoffish family (with the exception of my French Canadian mother, whom one can never call standoffish, and he has dealt with her overly emotional state as well). We created a wonderful child who completed our own little family, and the three of us are an integral part of the larger family of his clan, my clan, and the friends that make up the bigger circle.
Tonight a great friend is coming for dinner to surprise him, with a special bottle of wine - I'm making one of his favourite weekday meals (one I can make with the time constraints of a Wednesday), and we'll have a little celebration. There will also be a family thing, probably on the weekend, but I'm having to force this on him. He'd rather not, but he's too chicken to say that to his mom.
When time and money are a better match, I will take this man to Vegas for a long weekend. It's one of our choice destinations, and one we try to get to every now and then. In the meantime, we will be very low key for both birthday and anniversary. He'd rather celebrate with a few good friends over a fine dinner, so that's what we'll do. One concession he will have to make - what he thinks will be a dinner for four, will actually be dinner for six, when a couple of close friends who live in Calgary come out to Ontario later in the month. The three guys all went to Queen's University together, so this will be one surprise that he will forgive me for.