Possibly favouritest macro blog ever: Winnipeg Cat. (Original post.)

And this Gerard Way pic/quotespam is exactly what I needed today and really encapsulates one of the reasons I love this band so damn much.

A bit from yesterday's talk/reading/signing. A little shaky, but I see [livejournal.com profile] adarad. Eee. Also, the writeup in the Free Press today had a picture of [livejournal.com profile] _jibberish_, Beorn and Kieran with Neil. Aww.

( Dec. 16th, 2009 01:07 am)
Just got home from the Neil Gaiman reading/signing. Yeah, [livejournal.com profile] coleman_genie and I got out of there at 12:45. The whole evening was fun, but. We were there pretty early to line up, and even earlier for admission tickets. I know they had their reasons for numbering for the signing the way they did, but it was six hours of waiting in line. Hell, it was four hours of waiting before even getting in line. :(

I was so tired and frazzled by the time I got up there I couldn't really say anything for fear of it being gibberish and motts-inducing. My fault, but still. :(

But hey, I got to hear Neil in person telling stories and talk (sort of) to him. And spent several hours with Karen, Andrea, and pretty much everyone else ever from Winnipeg.
( Dec. 14th, 2009 07:17 am)
The new Knitty is up and I'm in love with a few different patterns already.

(I thought of [livejournal.com profile] pyroclasticgrub right away) Pyroclastic
King of Confidence (once I get better at the spinning thing)

(For the history junkies) Mrs Roosevelt's Mittens

I haven't read through everything yet, but it looks really good. :D
( Dec. 13th, 2009 11:47 pm)
I picked up my Clandestine sock this evening for the first time in months, and sat down and somehow got sucked into watching Much's top 50 music moments of the decade and now I'm done the leg, have black and blueish finger from the dye of the Black Parade Smooshy colourway on my fingers, soreness on the one finger from the needle rubbing on it the wrong way and left feeling kind of dumb for watching it.

(Also, Kanye's Taylor Swift thing was that influential? Really? Bullshit.)

I have other stuff I really should be knitting, but it's been months, months since I've worked on a sock. I have ideas for other socks I want to do, but I need to finish off the socks I already have on the needles or one sock already completed.
( Dec. 13th, 2009 02:34 pm)
Men's curling final today; not gonna lie, while I like both teams well enough and think either could win at the Olympics, I'm cheering for team Howard. Martin's already been to the Olympics twice (with different lineups, sure), and I prefer Howard's style of play.

And then there's this:

ETA: *sigh* Go team Canada. *waves flag*

( Dec. 12th, 2009 04:07 pm)
I love wrapping gifts. There's just something about sitting down and cutting and folding paper to make it as crisp and pretty as possible. Also, I love choosing different wrapping paper to best suit the person I'm giving it to. Does this make me weird? This is why I like to go around after Christmas looking for deals on wrapping paper- and this is why mom and I have an entire closet in the spare room dedicated to gift bags, paper rolls, ribbons and cards. DON'T JUDGE US, it's a problem, okay?

Yesterday did not go like I had planned it to. I had planned on spending all day in my pajamas, alternately napping, doing chores and reading. I woke up a few minutes before mom leaves for work and I was going to make myself some ginger tea and maybe think about the paper when mom turned to me and said that she really didn't want to drive herself to work. Mom doesn't like to drive in the dark, the lights bother her a lot. I told her to give me ten minutes and make my tea. I got dressed and washed and got the car out of the garage and we were on our way in 15 minutes. Not too shabby. I dropped her off at work and headed to WalMart (I know, I know) because I really, really needed new winter boots and it was barely 8 in the morning.

As I was trying on new boots, my aunt wandered around the corner, looking at shoes. I called to her and we ended up chatting and looking around for stuff. Then we both headed over to the grocery store (I picked up mom's pills and got more bread and milk) then sat in the Starbucks for about an hour, talking. I didn't bring up the thing from the day before, but I did bring up the idea of going into homecare and we discussed the pros and cons and I left generally encouraged. \o/

Went home, crashed for about an hour and then did a few chores, and then went back to the mall to pick up lunch for mom. I went to the centre where we ate lunch and chatted some and I showed off my new (WARM!!!) boots. Afterwards, I wandered over to the shop and took out the wheel and grabbed some sea silk fiber, started up the mp3 player and put on some podfic and podcasts and got to spinning. I spun about half of it into a pretty fine single (I really can see myself getting much better at this) and I'll probably go in Monday to spin the other half and do some plying.

~~~aside, while I understand [livejournal.com profile] ascele's reasons for taking down her reading of I Have Been All Things Unholy (written by [livejournal.com profile] bexless), I still miss it. I had downloaded it and listened to it earlier, but accidentally deleted it at some point. I have Gerard Way's (Vampire) Detective Agency read by [livejournal.com profile] pandarus, written by [livejournal.com profile] jjtaylor to listen to when I want to sit and listen for a long period of time. Other people who listen to such things, reccomend to me longer stories!

The staff dinner on Thursday night was most excellent. Good friends, food and wine. Lots and lots of wine. I'm looking forward to spending even more time with these folks.

Later I'm heading out to buy a christmas tree and we'll decorate and then make almond bark. Exciting!
( Dec. 8th, 2009 06:01 am)
I've been up for three hours, and just... ugh, you guys. I'll sleep most of the day and there's curling on (nine hours today! Heaven!) and I've started weaving in the ends on my vest but it's going to take forever because I can only do it for so long before my neck starts to hurt. I have some other knitting I could get started on- there's no rush for the vest, other than possibly wanting to wear it for Christmas dinner (but then I run the risk of spilling food on it, because that's what my family does).

I went in to the shop yesterday for about 45 minutes of spinning before I had to head off to pick up mom, and I'm loving the Sea Silk fiber I'm working on. One lady came into the back and asked how long I'd been spinning and after hearing my answer, she said I'm a natural. So, on the list of things I'm apparently a natural at are: spinning, latte making, scone baking. Mom says I should list them on my resume, but I think she's mocking me.

Currently reading the new Pratchett, Unseen Academicals. It's not my favourite Discworld, but I am enjoying it.
( Dec. 7th, 2009 11:57 am)
YOU GUYS. I'm very nearly done my vest- all that's left are the really scary bits of steeking, sewing in a couple hundred yarn ends and then picking up stitches for the ribbing on the armscye's and neckline but... I'm done (the body)!


Also, thank you to [livejournal.com profile] liketheroad and [livejournal.com profile] halflinen for the snowflake cookies. Come back to Winnipeg, darlings. We do winter right (ie. cold as hell and too damn long.)
( Dec. 7th, 2009 08:52 am)
I'd almost be afraid to use it, but how gorgeous is this Midnight Sky spindle?

Holy crap, you guys. Check out this awesome handspun artyarn- Clouds.

This cold is kicking my ass. It took me forever to fall asleep last night because I'd start coughing and dude, I need the sleep. :( Also, I am a mucuous factory and I'm trying not to leave a trail of tissues everywhere. My mom is a saint for putting up with my whiny sick self.

Also, we're having lows of -25 this week. I'm torn between finally! and nooooo! because I do not yet have proper winter boots. I've been needing new boots for about 4 years now, and I meant to go looking Friday, but I did not have the energy. I'm tempted by the cheap ones at Old Navy, but... they're really cheap and winter boots in Winnipeg are SRS BZNS.
( Dec. 6th, 2009 09:08 pm)
best fannish equivalent I can come up with to describe the game right now: Gunnlaugson is like Reid and Martin is like Gideon. It's fucking awesome to watch.

And I can't believe Jones lost earlier. Wah.

(So much curling this week, excellent for recuperating and knitting.)
( Dec. 4th, 2009 10:32 am)
DAMMIT. I meant to make this post two days ago, then I got ill and forgot. So, pretend this post is from Wednesday.

You know what I did last year? I roadtripped with [livejournal.com profile] meletor_et_al and [livejournal.com profile] fairestcat from Madison to Chicago to see Fall Out Boy. There's so much from that trip that's awesome. *JAZZ HANDS!* Vegan jerky. Joooooooooe!!!!

Also? Dancers in bear suits.

And then there was

Also, DAMN YOU PETE WENTZ, that's how I got squished

Anyway. Again, I want to thank [livejournal.com profile] fairestcat, [livejournal.com profile] izzybeth and [livejournal.com profile] lovelokest for letting me stay at their place in Madison, [livejournal.com profile] meletor_et_al for both the ride and friendship and all of the other fangirls I met along the way.

(and yes, there will be another post about Empires in a few days.)
( Dec. 3rd, 2009 07:24 am)

HOT 103 presents The 12 Days of Winnipeg Christmas

I am so totally going down there to get my copy. Let me know if you want me to pick one up for you as well.

I appear to have had a setback in terms of this cold. IDK. I'll probably feel better after a good long shower. Steam! Nectar of the gods. Or something.
( Dec. 2nd, 2009 09:33 am)
On top of everything else, I started to get sick Monday night and pretty much slept the entire day, waking up every few hours to take more medicine before dropping off again. I didn't get anything done yesterday, but I'm feeling much better today.

I need to finish reading The Glass Castle for bookclub tomorrow night. We're going to The Pastry Castle for deliciousness and discussion, sounds like it will be fun.

ETA: Also, at some point I've lost my new size 7 Zephyr tips on my new 40 inch cable. So, my Winnipeg peeps, if anyone spots a size 7 transparent acrylic needle on a long cable, can you give me a head's up? Thanks.

It's entirely possible that it's here somewhere, but I remember using it at Mona's last Thursday, and it hasn't been seen since. :\

ETA2: Nevermind. Seriously, five seconds later I picked up a bag I haven't used in ages, and there it was. Whoops.
( Nov. 30th, 2009 09:47 pm)
So, the followup to last week's x-rays is that, basically, my two favourite pastimes (knitting and dicking around on the computer) are fucking up my neck and back. To the point where he was surprised I had no major issues yet.

So, I'm starting adjustments and will have exercises to do and we're going to look into ways of adjusting my knitting so I'm not killing my neck. :|

You guys, it's really kind of freaky seeing an x-ray of your neck and going "wow. It shouldn't be curving that way." So, I'm anxious but normally when I'm anxious I turn to my knitting, but I don't trust it any more.
( Nov. 29th, 2009 11:35 pm)
I love my family. We went out to the country to visit my aunt and uncle who have just moved into town from the farm, and man. It's so weird to see them living someplace that's not their house, but they seem to be settling in well. During the move my aunt unearthed some yarn which I've now inherited. I'll need to go through it more tomorrow- there was enough of one for my aunt to, at one point, make a cardigan. Now, if it's still enough or rather, enough for me, cool. I'll get on Ravelry sometime tomorrow to check out the brands.

The family is pretty glad to hear that I'm working at the shop teaching (if sporadically). It's been interesting to see their reactions to my knitting change over time. At first it was "oh, how quaint!" then "...this is kind of a weird obsession." It's nice to hear the recognition from a group of pretty crafty women that yes, I have a pretty good skill/talent.

I've started a hat for a holiday gift. It's got some pretty cool cabling along the brim, and I'm very glad that I've picked up cabling without a cable needle at some point along the way, because there are 120 stitches and 2 stitch cable patternsacross the entire round. That would suck with the cable needle.

This week is a crazy week. I'm already looking forward to next weekend.
( Nov. 27th, 2009 06:11 pm)
Knitting... fail? Not quite fail, just not quite the end result I wanted: I knit Wham Bam Thank You Lamb yesterday and today and... hrm. Not quite the end result I wanted. I put it on, and it totally reminded me of something Lady GaGa would wear (weird and wonderful, and totally awesome) but not my style or that of the person I originally made it for.

It does, however, make me want to put on some tight pants and a sparkly shirt to dance and lipsynch to Bad Romance.
( Nov. 26th, 2009 05:35 pm)
There are some days (usually Thursdays) where I get more done before noon than I do the rest of the week. Now, this week is a crazy week (as are all of them until about the second week of January) but I still got quite a bit done.

Woke up at 7:10, was in the car and driving by 7:25. Dropped off mom before 8, went to Safeway to get provisions for the next few days, filled up the car, got tea and breakfast at Tim Horton's, dropped books off at the library, went to Michaels and lined up (seriously, lined up with 20 other people to get into Michaels), bought some Christmas provisions (big find- the kind of wreath that mom wants normally 40$, for 15$). Am now home, trying to clean a bit. Soon I leave for the bank, then donate blood, get lunch, go to knitting this afternoon, take mom to the chiropractor, do more things and, at some point, fall asleep again.

Now, considering that I normally sleep most of the day... augh. That's a lot.

Aaaaand I totally meant to post that before I left. Whoops. I'm ready to fall asleep now, but you guys: I spun mohair. I did not enjoy it. Also, I'm totally covered in mohair fiber- not fun. :(

But it sure did make a pretty skein. :)

ETA: Spoilers for last night's Criminal Minds in the comments.
( Nov. 25th, 2009 11:28 pm)
Oh man, this is totally the sweater I want to make in the new year: Elizabeth Zimmermann's Green Sweater. Seriously, I cannot textually convey how much I want to do that. I'm even swatching for it right now. (Thanks for the link, [livejournal.com profile] nolivingman!)

Currently I'm swatching two strands of KnitPicks Palette held together on my Zephyr size 7 needles and... I like the fabric I'm getting. The acrylic needle/grabby wool combo is the only thing giving me pause since it would slow down the knitting, but maybe that's what I need with this project. It's something I want to take time to enjoy and not simply rush through. Mindful knitting, that's what I want next year.

I chose Palette to swatch with right away because it was right at hand, and I'm really enjoying knitting my vest. It's a good workhorse yarn, and that's the feel I want with this sweater. If I do go with Palette, I'm going with Spearmint since it's got a bit of that vintage look going for it, despite not being heathered. Celadon Heather is a bit too bright, and Forest heather is the same colour as my other green sweater. I could go Spearmint and Clover held together, but I worry that any inconsistency in the marling effect would drive me batty.

I had my spine, back and neck examined at the chiropractor's office today. I'm still not very enthused about it, but mom wants me to get checked out. We'll see how things go on Monday. :\
( Nov. 24th, 2009 10:12 pm)
I know half my friendslist has seen this already, but this is for the other half.

Today has been crazy, but lots of fun. This afternoon I spun up the second half of my yarn, and then this evening I plied them together and dudes, it's kind cool to see how much better I'm getting at this (also, how gorgeous Fleece Artist roving is initially, then as it's spun into singles and then into plies. At some point I'm going to have to take pictures at each stage instead of just at the end.)

I feel like I could sleep for days.
( Nov. 22nd, 2009 09:39 pm)
I have my hair up in an impromptu updo using one of those green stick things you get from Starbucks. I'm tempted to go around and see what other random things I can use to style my hair.

Yep. Today was unproductive, as the above should show. Sundays. >:(




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