Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Yeah, that was a mistake. Seems I have an allergy or aversion to codeine. Whatever it is, I was SICK.
Here's a quirk I have - I don't throw up. Ever. I really don't ever want to do it. It's been well over a decade since the last time. Until Friday. Man, that was a bad day.
Of course, my husband thinks this is funny, and all day I kept getting emails from him, checking on my "progress".
Funny guy, him...
Yes, I'm much better now - food is back to being my friend.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
The rainbow scarf grows a little slower - I don't have anyone in mind for this, so there doesn't seem to be a huge rush on it. (Tappan Zee is my primary knit because it is for ME!)
Not to say there hasn't been beading - 4 new ones since I last showed you. (the 4 bottom ones - but the 2 at the very bottom aren't Kumihimo, just some fabulous jewellery findings I came across and HAD to have...
The pink and gold one is for our cottage neighbour - Her husband has been a godsend this summer, helping with the deck and just in general. and I know he would never take anything as a thank you, but would appreciate his wife getting this. That and the fact that she's a great friend and better person.
The small round stone beaded one - well, I'm wearing it today. I think I'll keep it for myself.
Oh, and a note to Robyn - I can be found on Ravelry as Curlerchik, however, I'm a proud Ravelry underachiever - I post nothing there, and only use it as a reference. Sorry!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
This is a great machine (seaking fromsomeone who has worked in the scrapbook and paper craft industry for a few years...)
As you can guess, I don't have one, but boy would I love one! Hope I win!
Monday, August 23, 2010
I realize these aren't the best of pictures, but the bracelets are really pretty - there's a nice heft to them, they work up quickly, and they don't take a ton of materials or time. THere's very little special equipment, but you do need a braiding disk - I was worried about that until I realized it was the foam disk that came with my son's gimp braiding kit! Seriously - you can buy a Kumihimo disk for a somewhat large chunk of change, or you can get a kids foam gimp braiding disk for a lot less. I did buy the braiding pattern, however - I wanted to do it right, and it was worth it to buy just the pattern rather than search through and buy back issues of beading magazines. I can bet that in the next isue or two, this technique will be featured!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Next up - same sweater in cream. or maybe blue... or both...
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
It was the perfect summer wedding - about 100 people, a short ceremony on the dock with all of us on land, in muskoka chairs and the like, and the dress was to be casual - "whatever you would normally wear on a cottage Saturday" we were told. Works for me. The weather was perfect - sunny woth a slight breeze off the lake. There were jokes, and kids running all over, there was a surprise for the bride - their favourite song is "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt. The groom asked our 16 year old neighbour to sing it as a surprise for the bride. He practiced with his guitar for months, and once they read their vows, he nailed it. Seriously, not a dry eye. The kid is already a chick magnet, he just solidified his reputation with that.
Truly, there was no better way to start our holidays.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
We've been pushing the water skiing for a couple of years - we both grew up skiing, and want him to experience it as well. Last year didn't go so well - I love my father in law to death, but he should not have been driving the boat during the first lessons. It did not go well, which could be considered the understatement of the year. So boychild steered way clear of it for a while. This week, we tried again, with FIL back in the city, and our neighbour a willing stand in.
Although there are no pictures to prove it, (as I was in the water helping with the start, and we kept it pretty quiet to friends to lessen the stress), there was success. He got up on about the 4th try, circled the bay, and "dismounted" rather spectacularly. (we kind of forgot to tell him how to gracefully let go.)
The upside is he like it. The downside is he he didn't LOVE it. But... he wants to continue.
The growth of my child. Last year, he would have caved after three tries. And if he didn't love it, he wouldn't go on. But he knows it means something to us, and he takes that into account. That's the kind of growth that makes us proud.
The other growth - vertical and foot size - I can do without. His shoes are not cheap, nor are his clothes, and I'd like to see a little wear and tear before I have to replace them! Seriously, this kind of growth is wasted on kids - a new wardrobe every season? This is a grown woman's dream...
Note from the comments - someone was looking for a shawl pattern - I don't have one for 400m, but there is the 198 yds. of heaven shawl pattern that I love - try that - it's free on Ravelry!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Because I'm showing you this now, you can guess we gained something else - wi-fi at the cottage. We're of mixed minds about it - we're sharing it with the neighbours - both guys are business owners, and if wi-fi here means my husband can spend more time here, then it's worth it. It has also come in handy looking up who has the deck brackets we want, and to be honest, it has allowed me to keep up my job search.
Thursday, August 05, 2010
(A favourite saying for us left-handers - If the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body, left handers are the only people in their right mind. But I digress...)
Basically, there is the logical left side of the brain, and the more flighty, more artistic right side.
My left brain is saying " you have a week at the cottage - during which you are rebuilding a deck, stacking a bushcord of wood, and looking after kid and husband, as well as socializing. You need 1 scarf, and perhaps a sweater to knit."
My right brain has me packing the following:
Wool for 4 crochet orphan scarves
Laceweight for a shawl I was pointed to - In the Pink - thanks Joan D.!
Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool to make Tappen Zee (I've started this one already - why did it take me so long to knit with this delicious stuff??)
Knit Picks Heathered brown wool for a Leisl sweater- yummy.
2 pairs of socks - both started, and stalled for different reasons
a crochet bag in a lovely mossy green hemp
not to mention sixteen books (I love our local library) an entire reusable shopping bag of beads and beading supplies, and some supplies to make some cards for occasions coming up.
I like my right brain way better than my left brain.
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
I'm still blogging, I'm still knitting, but I have other things on the go right now (mostly, trying to clean up stuff at the "soon to be over" job, and looking for the next job.
I'm also trying to spend as much time as possible with my son, and then there's other family things going on.
Suffice to say, I'm still around, still reading other blogs, still trying to put together some posts of my own, but I've got to clear a bunch of crap out of my brain before I can put together some cohesive, understandable posts. (Oh, and we're away next week, so I'm trying to get ready for that).