Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Yesterday was a very long day, and today I'm playing catch up.
A knitting post tomorrow - I promise!
Monday, January 25, 2010
She wanted to keep them, as she wanted to show the surgeon and nurses tomorrow before the surgery. I'm going to say no, for the sake of a few pictures? Of course she could keep them. She said she'll give them back to me in time for show and tell at out Guild meeting, but if they make her laugh, then she can keep then as long as she wants. They are hers, after all. I'm going to make a few more - different colours for different outfits.
We've talked to our son, and given him enough information for him to process this, without overwhelming him. It's a fine line to walk. Plus co-ordinating with the other siblings about how much info they are giving their kids. The siblings are pulling together. We all have our strengths, and we are trying to take advantage of this.
Tomorrow will be a difficult day. I have to be at Disney in the morning, which will help with stress - keeping busy is the best thing. I expect emails and phone calls throughout the day, and we'll do the best we can.
Friday, January 22, 2010
The family is rallying, and each of us is doing what we do best. I'm knitting boobs and cooking meals for the freezer. My husband is doing research, helping his dad, and calming his brother. My one sister in law is taking over, because she feels she is the only one who cares, and the rest of us are unfeeling leeches. Sorry, did I say that out loud? Yeah, I'm also working on holding my tongue, and taking all the shit and disdain she is hurling my way. With a smile on my face. Then I drink wine with my best friend and she listens to me vent.
It's a good system.
I've been making Chicken pot pies, stuffed pasta shells, Greek yiouvetsi and any other type meal that is easily frozen and rewarmed. If you have any great recipes that fall into the category, I'd be grateful for recommendations. After a week, the same stuff over and over gets a little tiresome.
As far as MIL - her sense of humour is still there, even though she's a bit shell-shocked at the moment. When I told her I was going to "knit her a new one", she broke out in gales of laughter - She asked for pink:
We haven't got all the information from the docs yet. We don't know what stage, or whether it's in the lymph nodes or what. (Or maybe we do, and SIL hasn't felt the need to share). Either way, whatever happens, the family will will deal with it as a family.
That's just what families do.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
two yarns, held together. A brown tweedy yarn - ball bands gone. I had knit this into something (I've forgotten what), and ripped it out, and found the re-wound balls in the depths when I was looking for something else. Some of the tweedy flecks were blue, and right beside it (serendipity??) was a number of balls of Peru - an Austermann yarn - 85% alpaca, 15% merino, in just the right shade of blue to match the flecks. The pattern calls for worsted,and each of these were fingering, so held together, they seem to work. I love the colours together, the yarns are well matched - the alpaca softens up the tweed, and I love the pattern.
What pattern, you ask? Ah, you'll have to wait for the finished piece later this week. (getting two blog posts out of a single pattern is a bonus!) I've fallen in love with this pattern, and couldn't be happier that I bought it.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
The denim sweater. I love this. (I wish the colours had shown up better - it's a lovely faded denim with the darker denim stripe and red highlights. I think it's either Rowan Denim or Elann (actually, I think it's a combination of both). I have a ton of denim cotton still, but I plan on waiting for him to get through the growth period before I knit it up. I'm thinking the teen years...
His spider sweater. This is a cable pattern I found in a Barbara Walker (I think) book, and put it on the front of a basic raglan sweater. It's a tweedy cotton/wool blend in a richer blue than shows here. The boy loves it, and was trying to stretch the sleeves longer to hang on to it. I promised him I'd use this spider chart again on a bigger sweater for him.
I know I should give these away to someone who will wear them and enjoy them. But it's hard. I love them, and I love the fact that my boy loves them.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Stephanie is organizing donations to Doctors Without Borders through her group Knitters Without Borders. She has all the information and links on her site. Go. Donate what you can. Spread the word. and email Steph at kwb AT yarnharlot DOT ca.
I've donated cash, and if she does a prize draw, I'll donate prizes. It's the least I can do.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I may sound like I'm complaining, but in reality? I'm kind of looking forward to it. Just remind me of those words in about a month...
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I competed during the Torino games, and earned my gold medal for a shawl I made (I think it was Icarus). I was thinking about making another mohair jacket this year, with some Green Dye-Version mohair, but now that it's over on Ravelry, I don't think I will. Not because I don't like Ravelry (I do! I really do!) Or I have some misplaced loyalty to only compete when Stephanie organizes it (really, that's just silly). It's because of one of the groups I belong to on Ravelry. I'm a proud member of the Ravelry Underachievers. (Seriously, have you looked at my Ravelry page? Nothing. I upload nothing there. I use Ravelry as a resource, not a reflection of myself). So as an Underachiever, can I really put the effort into joining a team and actually following along?
I thought not.
I will intently follow the actual Olympics - I'm a huge fan, and have turned my son into one as well. I will intently knit during said Olympics. But probably not as part of a Ravelympic team - I guess I've retired from competitive knitting.
And Stephanie? If you want to organize the Knitting Olympics, go for it. It's not like you have anything else to do! But I (and I am sure others) will completely understand if you don't, and just let the Ravelympics go on as their own entity. It's not like we don't know who started all the craziness. But if you decide there's something else that "might be fun", let me know. I'm in.
Oh, and as for finding the "missing" yarn. I didn't tell my son that I had misplaced it and found it in such an obvious place. He is forever misplacing things in plain sight, and our words to him are always "start at your nose... look down...". I'd have no credibility left if he knew this little story...
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
For some reason, I was drawn to the stash room (or "office" as my husband insists on calling it...) and thought I'd take one more dig for the Milli Colori. The missing ball that matched my Entrelac scarf/swatch. The missing ball that was SITTING RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME WHEN I WALKED IN THE WOOL ROOM.
Seriously, does over exposure to wool fumes cause temporary insanity? It wasn't there yesterday...
But at least I can continue on the scarf. I'm not sure 2 balls will even be enough, but I'm not stupid enough to believe I can make another one magically appear...
Monday, January 11, 2010
The rusty grey one is another option. Hmmm, fingering weight versus bulky. Since I consider scarves to be instant gratification type knitting, I'm thinking bulky.
The rusty grey one may become another 198 yds. of Heaven shawl - only made slightly bigger to use up the wool.
The merino-silk-linen blend FibraNatura is another option, but since I have about a sweater's worth of it - I'd rather make a sweater.
Friday, January 08, 2010
How it looks:(I used my star filter to really show how the sequins sparkle).
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
After he wore the green one a few times (which he loves, by the way), I realized that the 3x3 rib wasn't really necessary, and kind of got in the way a bit. So I just used the 6.0mm needle at the beginning for a few rows, went down to a 4.0mm needle (I wanted it a touch tighter than the 4.5mm) and finished with the 6.0mm again. I like it, he likes it (but seems to prefer the green one right now), so all in all, a good couple of days knitting. I have more of the green and black, and will probably make a few extra of these to have around - they get lost rather easily, and you can't exactly put a tag in them.
And the husband was eyeing them with that "Can I get one of those as well?" look in his eyes, so I think this will be a good stash buster project. Totally mindless knitting.
In case anyone wants to know - I cast on 100 stitches for the 2x2 rib, 150 for the 3x3. This makes for a loose fitting neckie for a 10 year old, but the child hates anything tight around the neck. I would say you could go down a few stitches if you wanted it snugger, or certainly reduce the needle size.
Monday, January 04, 2010
Sorely lacking in pictures, however. I never even took the camera out of the case on Christmas - how bad is that?
I'll start with the quick overview:
Christmas - fabulous. Everything we hoped for. We spent a fantastic Christmas Eve with friends, as we do every year, then got home and had a wonderful family Christmas morning, just the three of us. Relaxing, as we knew we were not due anywhere - they were all coming to us! And come they did - by around 3pm, we had a houseful, and it was great. More presents were exchanged, a very long table was set (I should have taken a picture of that - we sewers know what a treasure trove Fabricland can be - red organza printed with bronze snowflakes makes an amazing tablecloth for an antique wood table - and it cost almost nothing (I think it was around $4/metre, and I had 6 metres). 16 people sat down to dinner (including a Metro Cop in full uniform - my SIL made it in time for dinner, then had to scoot out again, as she is an inspector, and had some spokesman duties to perform. So cool to see her on the news that night!), and as much as I hate to brag (but isn't that what blogs are for?) dinner turned out great. two turkeys, all the fixings, pies, cakes, profiteroles and fruit salad. Yup, we stuffed ourselves. But the best part was spending the time with family and friends.
The rest of the time was spent doing stuff around the house, and with the kid - some great unplanned downtime was sorely needed by all. Sometimes my house was full of kids, laughing a shouting, sometimes, it was bizarrely quiet, (as some other mother got to enjoy the laughing and shouting) which meant I could work or as I did on one day - de-Christmas the place. It's mostly back to normal now.
I could talk about New Years Resolutions, but honestly? I don't make them. I hate to put the pressure on a certain time of year to make changes or hopes. I do what I can, when I can. I don't change my way of living my life just because midnight comes on a certain day. Plus, as a cottager and mom of a school age child, September always seems more like a New Year to me. We don't go north as much, and we're back into the routine of school.
There have been changes made around here - my car is no longer the newest in the driveway - the husband finished his lease with Nissan, and the buy-back kind of sucked, so instead, he now has a 2010 Honda Pilot, and we're all thrilled. It's a really nice ride, and I prefer driving it to his Pathfinder - the Pilot just seems like it drives smaller, if that makes any sense. The only problem is I have to get over my issues with Honda - they screwed around with me over my Civic, (which is why I now drive a Toyota), but hopefully, they're better with this one.
There has been a ton on knitting, sewing and other stuff too - but I'll save that for another post or two).