Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Bolt is done!

I loved knitting this. 
I love the yarn, I love the colours, I love the garter stitch with enough short rows and colour changes to keep me interested. I'm still trying to figure out the best way to wear it...

At least I have the whole summer before I have to figure it out.
Pattern - Bolt by Veera Valimaki for Brooklyn Tweed
Yarn - Dye Hard Fibres in Alien Armpit and You're So Cheezy

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

One picture from Easter...

My favourite picture from a great weekend - my son trying to be an icebreaker in a kayak...

3 days after this, the ice was out of the lake. 
Considering there was only a plastic kayak between his butt and the lake, it's no wonder he was cold when he got in. 
This seems to be the new tradition - swimming seems to be out - none of the kids seemed all that eager to get in the lake, especially since neither the hot tub nor the sauna were ready to go... but a flotilla of vessels were out around the edges of the ice, checking it out.

Monday, 28 April 2014

New yarns!

Some from the Frolic, some not...

The DKC Knitter's Frolic was great, as always. The only problem I had was spending too much time beforehand digging through my stash! All that did (other than the huge messy pile of yarn I made) was to make me NOT want to buy new wool! What a stupid thing to do just before my favourite yarn marketplace...
But, I have also bought new yarns in the preceding couple of weeks. I had an idea for birthday gifts for a couple of favourite teenage girls - spa cloths. (To most of us, known as wash cloths or face cloths, it seems the new name for them is spa cloths...) So I hit Tove's Store, aka Needles and Knits, and picked up some wonderful cotton/linen blend (the worsted weight in beige and white), and some Punta Yarns Montoya Beach in 100% linen (the silver and cream). The gold is some Elann 100% hemp I've had sitting around for a while. 
I've used the Bee Stitch, popularized by Stephanie recently, and plan to make a few more, and pair them with some nice handmade soaps (note to self, scope out some nice hand made soaps...) THese girls both have summer birthdays, and for once, I can give them a knited gift that is appropriate to the time of year! Not that they've ever complained about the sweaters, hats and mittens, but it's a nice feeling to see something that doesn't make you sweat just looking at it...

And, the Wednesday before the Frolic, when I said I was not buying anythng at Knit Night, I bought these:

And may I say, I wasn't the only one who bought them, right Nancy, Rebecca, Julia and possibly, Deb? (I can't remember if Deb bought any...) I was disappointed when my previous neon socks didn't neon - I don't think I'll have a problem here. Actually, I know I won't, I've already started the blue ones. (Come on, no one who knows me is surprised by this...) They're gorgeous.

Now, I did buy some stuff at The Frolic, but nothing like previous years! Susan bought way more than I did! I bought 1 skein of Turtlepurl, in a deep crimson:
(for my FIL - it's muted enough that he will wear it, and interesting enough that I will knit it. I also bought a bottle of Eucalan (because I needed it, and one pattern. Seriously, that was it. I checked my temperature when I got home, I'm not running a fever or anything, I just didn't feel the shopping mojo. So strange for me... Other than the lack of buying, the Frolic was fun. I finally met Robyn, saw some great things and people and still made it back to Aurora in time to see most of the Boy's basketball game. And I'm glad I did, he played great! 

This is my transition week - I've got two more days with the old company, then next Monday I start my new job. I"m looking forward to it, but wish the old place would tell me whats going to happen going forward, I have no idea who to pass off my info and everything I do to. I really wonder about these guys...

Thursday, 24 April 2014

LIfe is getting mad...

Things are busy, busy, busy...

I've quit my current job to start with! It was time. As good as it was at the beginning (flex hours, the best boss ever...) things have gone downhill (bad business decisions, good people let go, horribly bad people brought in, my hours cut... I could go on...) so I made the tough decision to leave. My boss is aware of the issues, and while he doesn't want to see me go, he totally supports the move. (He doesn't think he will be staying much longer either.) The idiots that are remaining have proven through words why it's a good idea for me to move on. One sent a half congratulatory, half derisive note, while the other, bigger douche has said nothing at all. I leave in less than a week. Nice working with you too...
I am moving on to a new job situation - better pay, better people (with the exception of the best boss ever...) and get this - it's a 10 minute WALK from my house! While that will put a serious crimp in my "sock knitting while car pooling" I'm willing to give up other knitting time for socks in trade for a 10 minute walk over a 45 minute drive. And if I find I do need a car during the day, no problem - my husband's office is right next door! Things are good, or will be once I get through this last week - they are leaving everything until the very last minute to see who is going to handle everything I do...

On top of all that good news, it's also Knitter's Frolic weekend! Susan and I are meeting for breakfast, then heading off to handle a few things on her list. My list is almost non-existent - some great sock yarns, maybe a sweater's worth, and knowing me, probably some beads... Once we handle all that, Susan has to take off, and I'm meeting up with Robyn! Finally meeting in person! She's coming in from Montreal to scout out things for her new Yarn Shop. I'm looking forward to a great day - the only downside will be missing Brenda and Marie - both of whom are busy this weekend - next time, ladies!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Happy Egg and Chocolate Day!

I know many people have many ways of celebrating this time of year, whether it be Passover, Easter, or just a Long Weekend. We tend to fall into the latter category. We are off to the cottage this afternoon - we have a fabulous cedar planked halibut dinner planned with friends on Friday, and a feast of ham on Saturday. In between we will send the kids off again on another wild and woolly treasure hunt for chocolate and candy goodies, fire up the new chainsaw to start clearing some felled trees, enjoy some cocktails and competitive Wizard card games with the neighbours, and for me, knitting!
Enjoy the weekend, and I'll see you on the other side!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

I'm weak...

I said I wouldn't buy any more beads, that I would just knit the ones I already had. Yeah, that lasted about two weeks...

The worst part? This isn't all of them. There may be some turquoise coloured pearls, maybe some bronzy ones and potentially some white ones.

I'm weak, I admit it.

Monday, 14 April 2014

It was destined to be mine

We were at knit night the other night, at the Yarn Store, and Margaret, as is her habit, did more wandering and shopping than knitting. (I've been known to wander myself, and considering it's also a quilt store, it's a dangerous place for me to wander around). 
They had all the kits on for 50% off, so Margaret was on the hunt, not just for a pattern, but for the wool itself, considering the discount. She came back with a few options, but one was destined to be mine, not hers.

It was so perfect, I've already wound the yarn and started the project. The pattern is Bolt by Brooklyn Tweed, and the yarn is Dye Hard Fibre Arts in Alien Armpit (the green) and You're So Cheezy (the orange). I love the yarn names Deb uses!
(I just noticed my Kobo is sitting there - notice the book?The Amazing Thing about the Way it Goes by Stephanie Pearl McPhee - it finally became available on Kobo)
You may be wondering why this kit was destined for me. I guess I should show you the nail polish I had on that day:

Yup. It had to be mine.

Thursday, 10 April 2014


While digging around the bead stash, I found a bag with a half done project.
I remember buying this kit at the Frolic, but whether it was last year or the year before that (or even before that...) I can't remember.
I got halfway through a knitted wire bracelet before I gave it up. Reason? No idea. It's not hard. It's not too big. The wire is a bit of a pain to knit, but nothing that can't be done.

So I grabbed it and finished it up.

It's quite nice. And there's enough wire for another one. (Plus, I may have found more wire in my stash... Geez, I have GOT to stop buying stuff...)

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

more beads...

Yes, the obsession continues.
I've been digging in the bead stash, and have come up with a few options. 
These pink ones are actually already strung and started:

I'm incredibly fond of these metallic earth tones, and have many ideas for them - I just have to narrow them down - quite possibly it will be a variation of the pearl necklace, only using bugle beads where the pearls are:

And the blues and greens - always my favourite, and plans are in place for them as well.

I'm not sure this will stop any time soon...

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

pearls and sparkles

You guys are great for the ego! Such nice comments yesterday! I hope that means you aren't tired of the beads yet - there's lots more to come...

For this one I took grey pearls, and tri-cut beads (they're extra sparkly) and strung them up in a specific pattern:

Knit in garter stitch (really - that's all it is, garter stitch), stringing the beads in the pattern:

Stuff it all on possibly-too-short needles (must ask my husband if he can make me longer ones...):

Knit till you run out of beads, and voila! A fantastic necklace.
I actually overestimated this one - it's longer than I wanted, so I may one day rip it out and make it shorter and wider, but for now, I'm kind of in love with it.

I love how the satiny finish of the pearls works against the sparkle of the seed beads.

I've been trying to use up my bead stash without buying any more, but this has me craving more pearls...

Monday, 7 April 2014

I can't stop with the beads

It's becoming a bit of an obsession, these beads are. After the amulet bags, I strung up some beads, as well, I found some bead WIPS that wouldn't take long to finish up.
This turquoise blend was already strung, so it was an easy knit. This is a Brenda Franklin design called Fancy Bead Lace Necklace.

I can't remember where I got the beads, but they are a mix of turquoise, brown, purple and blue - prettier than it sounds.

The knit took a couple of hours (Seriously! that's it!) and I found this great clasp in my pile of bead stuff, and it really works.

The length is choker length, without being too choky. 
There's a ton more beaded stuff to come - I may be slightly addicted...

Thursday, 3 April 2014

No pictures, but...

We had a fantastic guest speaker at our Guild meeting this week! Kate Atherley came to talk about yarn (mostly sock yarn) and how the colour distribution will translate from skein to finished product. I've been reading her blog for years, so it was great to finally meet her.

It was fascinating and so eye-opening!

I knit and have knit a ton of socks. I buy sock yarn constantly, and mostly on gut instinct. I see a skein and the colour grabs me and I buy it. And sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't. (remember the neon socks that weren't neon once I knit them up?)

Kate brought a ton of examples and it was a head-slap moment for me - What I expected of certain yarns was not how they worked out. To be honest, It was a little embarrassing. I have an art background - fine art and graphic design - and I SHOULD KNOW THIS. But it seems I buy wool on a visceral level - I am totally attracted to the colours as they appear in the skein without giving a thought to how they will knit up. I can't say that this habit will stop, but I'm pretty sure I will look at a skein a little more closely and think it through with regard to how the colours will work.

Thanks Kate! It was an absolute pleasure to listen to you and gain so much knowledge!