Friday, 19 July 2013

What to do with sock ends...

The perfect project for a quick knitting fix and using up bits and pieces...

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Look Nancy!

They match!

PERFECTLY!

Right down to the two knitted rows and one row of kitchener of beige at the toe. (wish I'd thought to take a picture of that...)

Burberry socks that just need a heel. Which will go in once I determine the recipient of these...

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

don't think I ever showed you these...

Panda yarn! Isn't this just the prettiest? Doesn't it just scream summer, and beach, and laziness? LOVE it, and may have an issue giving them away.
Although they are shown only partially done here, these are now finished and in the Christmas bag.
Just look at those colours...

So summery and gorgeous. I can't thank Susan enough for gifting me with this yarn.

Monday, 8 July 2013

I may have started too many things...

Project bags are good for corralling works in progress, however, they still tend to pile up.

Yup, that's seven projects on the go.
4 are socks:

An ancient Regia Galaxy I just recently unearthed.

Stretch Bamboo socks in the Galapagos colourway from Dye-Version.

Turtlepurls Burberry - her best seller, and I get why - it's so FUN!

and Turtlepurls unknown colourway - bought more than a year ago. This yarn is ridiculously soft and squooshy! Just lovely stuff...

the other 3 bags are larger projects...

My Noro Sekku Viajante:

My Grey silk/linen hoodie:

and Jenny's scarf:

The socks are getting regularly worked on, but the larger ones tend to sit. I'm kind of burned out on big projects, after powering through two full sized Icelandic sweaters since the Frolic. Although, I do work on Jenny's scarf quite a bit. (In Jenny news, there is some small improvements, but she's still not showing much brain activity, but she is moving a bit. We are still holding out hope for the best).
I also have a bag of fingering odds and ends that I use to make Christmas ornaments.


After all the ones I've made, I finally got around to making one with my own name.

These are a nice quick project while I decide my next big thing...
Or maybe I should just work on some of the ones I've started...

Come on, we all know how that's going to work out...

Friday, 5 July 2013

Our hedgehog...

Our neighbours having hedgehogs is not the only reason I'm a hedgehog fan. I used to work for Sega (back when there was a Canadian office), and the mascot was this guy:

Yup, Sonic the Hedgehog. Star of many a video game I played when I was younger. We still have artifacts around the house from my days at Sega - a stuffed Sonic, his sidekick Tails, and other bits and pieces. Including my favourite jacket. My son is a big video game guy, so he's also a fan.
Therefore, he decided if we were going to have a hedgehog here, it had to be blue. (He said this with the utmost seriousness that only a 14 year old can deliver.)
So, our own Sonic:

And compared to the back of my jacket:

What can I say? I still retain my nerdiness...

Thursday, 4 July 2013

hedgehogs!

Our cottage neighbours have hedgehogs. Two of them, named Arya and Sansa. (If you're a Game of Thrones fan, you'll get that...)
Perusing Ravelry one day, I noticed a free pattern for a hedgehog. I know Fiber Trends has a hedgehog pattern, I even own it, but this was a quick and easy pattern - perfect for a small pattern to whip up.
So I did.


And it's ridiculously cute!
Arya and Sansa thought so too, although Arya kept tasting it. She probably couldn't figure out why it looked like her, but tasted like a sheep...
This now resides at their cottage. But not to worry, there may be another one for us... Slightly better suited to our household...

Monday, 1 July 2013

Happy Canada Day!

What a great weekend at the cottage... We started with an early arrival Friday night, in time for dinner with the neighbours. It gave us a chance to give the blue Icelandic sweater as a birthday gift, without having the rest of our family there (we are closest friends with the neighbours and the sweater was more than anyone else would be giving, and might have been a bit embarrassing for the family...) After dinner was a cutthroat game of Wizard (and far too much wine...)
We also spent time each day of the weekend tubing

brand new tube that holds four of them - the guy at the back has to kneel and hang on, instead of sitting - by day three of the weekend, they were just going in threes...
But we did manage to dump one girl (she's fine!),
and also dump my son (who looked like he was doing a handstand).

And we even dumped all four of hem at one point - it was pretty cool...
I can't think of a better way to spend Canada's birthday - time outside at the cottage with friends and family. I hope everyone else had as good a time. (And while I may have lost at Wizard the first night, I came back strong the next night!).
I also spent a lot of time knitting - finished one Burberry sock, started a beautiful Turtlepurl unknown colourway sock, made another hedgehog, and worked on Jenny's lace scarf. And if my camera battery hadn't died, I would have pictures of all that.
Soon, I promise!!