( Sep. 21st, 2007 09:44 pm)
My Chemical Romance- Famous Last Words I love this song and video. Oh crispy Bob, how are you so awesome?

I've spent most of tonight knittiing- I spent most of yesterday knitting too. And I'm almost at the end of the second hank of yarn (of possibly four). I also went over to the craft store where I picked up some more SWS for my cousin's Clapotis, and a t-shirt (for 2,50$) and some red embroidery thread. I have a plan for a t-shit design I want to make, embroidering lady bugs onto the t-shirt. Possibly cheesy, but if it actually works like I imagine? Will be awesome.

I had thought about writing something up about cleaning out the house and putting everything into boxes and how it's not really helping my mental state at all right now, but it was just going to be too depressing, so. I'm focussing on the bright side- once everything's done, I'll be able to decorate the way I want.
I'm still working on the Wool Peddler's Shawl from Folk Shawls. I'm onto the lace repeats now, and I picked those up pretty quickly.

Mom wants me to finish up the Clapotis for my cousin- I don't think I'm going to frog it like I had planned, but I'll just go on. I was a little worried that it was too stiff, but it feels fine.
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Also at the knit night last night I wound the KnitPicks Memories in Red Hat that will be mom's Christmas socks, and my Knit Picks Bare lace weight that will be something lovely and lacey eventually. Also I wound some handpainted Opal lace weight for Penny.
( Sep. 18th, 2007 10:17 pm)
This is probably my favourite My Chemical Romance performance I've seen (Helena- MTV $2 Bill Show)

Mom and I went together tonight to donate blood; for those who haven't gone in a while, there are some new questions/procedures. The first is that there is now a splatter guard for when the nurses check your blood for iron. The second is that there's a new question, in your line of work, do you handle monkey fluids?

No joke.

Afterwards we headed over to Grant Park for my knit night. I did two rows of my shawl and then would about 3000 yards of lace/fingering weight yarn. I love winding yarn so much, it fills me with glee.

Also, here's a true story: we were leaving the Blood Services building and some of the nurses were standing around talking to one of their younger male volunteers. Just as we were going out the doors I heard one of the nurses say "But what is emo? What does it look like?" I turned back and smiled and laughed a bit, and the guy grinned at me and rolled his eyes a little bit (giving the impression that he's had to explain this to them before.) Anyway, mom and I get to the car, and she asked me what was so funny, so I tried to explain about emo.

Mom thought they had been trying to say Elmo, or something. N'aww.
Right now the big thing I'm working on is the Wool Peddlar's Shawl in the Ram Wools Selkirk in Grey Heather that I've been collecting for the past few years. I finally decided that I was never going to make a sweater out of it, even if I bought more (the colour isn't totally me) but as a big comfy shawl to drape over my shoulders during the long cold winter as a slave away during my class, studying and writing away by the light of a lone candle? Yes.

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Okay, so I'm exagerrating Winnipeg winters a little bit, but not by much. The other thing I'm sort of working on are my second pair of rpm socks, in KnitPicks Essential Meadow Multi (which I've started calling LimeNVioletty in my head.)

Essential Meadow Multi (special)
( Sep. 9th, 2007 10:06 pm)
I've cast on for the Wool Peddler's Shawl as of last night. I've been really anxious the past few days, and the mindlessness of the garter stitch has helped keep me somewhat calm. I have four hanks of Ram Wools Selkirk in the Grey Heather colourway that I was going to save for a sweater, but I don't think I'd wear the colour as a sweater (despite the name, it's a blue/green mix). It's a litle scratchy (another thing keeping me from using it for a sweater) but I think if I wash it in some nice rinse stuff, it'll soften up and be lovely to throw on in the winter.

[livejournal.com profile] rosie_riviter's mom brought over Leah this afternoon, and I'm proud to say I'm getting better at this whole "holding small children" thing. I'm not a natural.

Mom and I are seriously considering getting a new cat. Any thoughts/tips/suggestions about introducing a young neutered male cat to an older fixed female cat (who can be kind of territorial and a fighter?)

Oh FOB. You're great for all of this lollerangst that's coming up now. *flails weakly* I am le tired.
( Aug. 29th, 2007 05:06 pm)
According to Canada Post, I should get my yarn tomorrow. So, yaye! Also, a question: do any of my knitterly friends know of a sock pattern that is good for "problem" feet? I was thinking of making Jaywalkers for my mom, but my experiences with it so far show that it can be a bit narrower without much gives. I'm guessing something ribbed, and knowing my mom, no lace socks.

The problem with these would mostly be right at the point where you would usually start decreasing for the toe- mom had bunions that stick out a bit and make some shoes pretty painful. I don't want any textured stuff over it, obviosuly, and not loose so that it would be rubbing on it. Ribbing should be good- [livejournal.com profile] marydotmusic, that First Steps pattern you put out a while ago looks to be a good candidate.

(Also, the yarn is KnitPicks Memories in the Red Hat colourway and I'm thinking that the colour changes won't work well with any lace.)

I just rode my bike to the library and back. When I left I was going against traffic in the pre-rush hour, so I rode on the main routes. On the way back I stuck to the back roads because holy crap, Winnipeg isn't bike friendly.

I did pick up books at the library about plants and stuff in Riding Mountain, so that'll be good for my trip this weekend. Tonight we're going grocery shopping, and then we'll just have to get packed, and then we're off early Friday morning. Road trip, woo!

(Karen even bought a bear bell yesterday. So the bears will know where to find a nice, yummy meal of 4 young women. However, we will be armed with knitting needles- won't they be surprised. Or at least, the people who find out mangled corpses will be.)

(Note to self: St.Vital Library has the Timothy Dalton Jane Eyre on video.)
( Aug. 29th, 2006 09:43 am)
Last night I spent some good quality me time winding two hanks of wool into skeins.And now, I am sore all over.

I'm starting to look for knitting patterns to make a cardigan. Basically, I want to recreate my favourite granny sweater in the Selkirk wool, so I need to make sure that I can get more of the dyelot and find a pattern to find out roughly how much I need.

I'm going to ride my bike over to Michael's to get more SWS for a hat, and for a certain person's birthday present. :)
( Aug. 25th, 2006 02:57 pm)
I feel a bit like an ass. I begged mom to drive me out to Ram Wools so that I could take back the Selkirk wool and get some cashmerino so that I could work on the Fetching wristwarmers from Knitty, and lo and behold it was closed for inventory.


So I took mom to Tim Horton's to apologize.

"At least you hadn't taken the bus out there instead."

True, mom. Very true.

So, I still have to go back to return this wool, and I won't be able to start my wristwarmers for a while yet, since I can't go tomorrow because of the garage sale and it's closed on Sundays. On the plus side (sort of) I'm falling in love with this wool again and am considering hat and mitten patterns. Damn.


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( Jun. 15th, 2006 12:32 am)
Of course, as soon as I try to go to sleep, I get more ideas for my duck purse.

If this works, it will be the coolest little purse, ever.
( Apr. 26th, 2006 11:00 pm)
Shell Lace Pattern
1 (RS): k2tog, *k5, yo, k1, yo, k2, sk2p; rep* k5, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk
2 (and all WS): P all
3: k2tog, *k4, yo, k3, yo, k1, sk2p; rep* k4, yo, k3, yo, k1, ssk
5: k2tog *k3, yo, k5, yo, sk2p; rep* k3, yo, k5, yo, ssk
7: k2tog *k2, yo, k1, yo, k5, sk2p; rep* k2, yo, k1, yo, k5, ssk
9: k2tog *k1, yo, k3, yo, k4, sk2p; rep* k1, yo, k3, yo, k4, ssk
11: k2tog *yo, k5, yo, k3, sk2p; rep* k5, yo, k3, ssk
12: P all

cast on 183 sts.
1&3: k1 *p1, k1 rep*
2&4: P1 *K1, P1 rep*
Begin Shell Lace Pattern
1: k1, p1, k1, pm, work row1 of SLP to last 3 sts, pm, k1, p1, k1
2: p1, k1, p1, work row 2 of SLP to 2nd marker, p1, k1, p1
(cont as established.  When reached desired length at end of pattern, repeat throw rows 1-4, bind off losely in ribbing. Add fringe to ends.)
( Aug. 20th, 2005 07:29 pm)
At the Forks Market tomorrow: the Yarn Over Manitoba Knitters group is putting on the second annual Knit Out, from 10 to 4.

They are also accepting donations of 8" knitted squares for "Blanketing Manitoba".
( Aug. 14th, 2005 11:10 pm)
Happiness is going out to Tim Horton's with a friend you haven't talked to for a while, and shooting the shit for nearly three hours straight.

[livejournal.com profile] zanzibar_mcbean and I covered the awesomeness of Arrested Development, the suckiness of Lost, what's great about young adult fantasy books and what's wrong with adult genres (fantasy, sci-fi, thriller, etc), Kingdom of Heaven vs. Troy vs. Alexander, University courses and the wonder that is being a professor, men staring at goats to make their hearts explode, and other things that are just so wacky that makes it so us.

I'm pretty sure now that I'm going to have to tear out the scarf. I think I'll do it in front of mom and shock the hell out of her.

From [livejournal.com profile] overheardnyc
Crazy lady: Canada doesn't do this. You see this? You see this open gate blocking the sidewalk? Canada would never do this. This would never happen in Canada. Look at all these garbage bags on the side of the street. Now, that's glamorous. Real glamorous. This would never happen in Toronto. Canada would never do this. Hey, you! Canada doesn't do this.
Guy: Canada doesn't do a lot of things.

--12th Street between 2nd & 3rd

( Aug. 14th, 2005 08:15 pm)
I have the sinking feeling that my scarf is too wide to be used comfortably. I'm dreading ripping it out and starting over, but I've put in about 12 hours on it.

Maybe if I redo it at 70 stitches across instead of 90. Hmm.... at least this way, I'm more likely to have enough yearn to have a long scarf. But still, omg. I don't want to rip it out.
( Aug. 11th, 2005 09:49 pm)
Winnipeg knitters: when I was at the library checking out Stitch & Bitch Nation, a woman stoped me, and asked if I had heard about a big knitting thing coming up at the Forks. She asked if I knew anything about it (she had seen a poster at McNally Robinson). I said I hadn't, but that I'd look into it.

Has anyone heard anything about it? I'm tempted to go to McNally RObinson tomorrow and look for a poster.

In other news, I'm exhausted. I've made progress on my scarf (but I've done something weird with the stitches, ewither dropped one or added one- I need to figure it out). Have changed colours successfully twice, and am feeling good about it. Kinda wish I was using better quality yarn, but I figure I'm a Winnipegger and cheap, so I may as well use the Red Heart stuff.

So, next S&B next Wednesday here again? Starting at 5, but you can show up any time afterwards. Maybe next time if we all chip in some cash we can order some Thai or Chinese. Mmm.

In other, other news, I've started reading Circle of Magic: Daja's Book. They're so bad, but I just can't stop myself. I also picked up a few Peter S. Beagle books; I figure I loved The Last Unicorn to pieces, so maybe this will have the same tone that I loved.

I need to register for classes tomorrow. Apparently it's the last open day. Ooops. And I wish we would have a cracking good rainstorm instead of this on and off stuff.

ETA: Forgot the big reason why I updated in the first place: for others interested in doing Harry Potter scarves, there's [livejournal.com profile] hp_knitting.
( Aug. 7th, 2005 08:04 pm)
[livejournal.com profile] numensule: Sorry I missed you. I was (surprise surprise) watching Doctor Who. I present to you Doctor Who scarves (I assume this is what you were asking about?)

OMG Father's Day. I admit, I watched it and wept. spoilers (does this need spoilers? I'll cut it anyway.) )
Miss Rachel, are you free on Wednesday? We're doing our stitch&bitch, and mom has offered to drive you home afterwards.

She also said that you can sleep over if you want to. I think my mom thinks we're all twelve, and that we should have a slumber party or something.

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] coleman_genie: DNA Scarf Pattern
( Aug. 7th, 2005 11:11 am)
Yaye knitting icon!

I have two tapes left to do before Tuesday. I can do this. As long as I don't get distracted by reading the last bit of Excalibur, or watching the last five episodes of Dr Who, or making scones or...

dammit. I can do this.
( Aug. 5th, 2005 01:26 pm)
knightses )

Not sure why I felt the need to put up that picture, but I did.

For those who want to, is next Wednesday good for the first stitch&bitch gathering at my house? There'll be tea (and coffee), and I can make scones or cookies.

I really, really love Captain Jack. eee!

ETA: Can anyone think of a sheep-related kniting pun? I'd like to put something on this: Image hosted by Photobucket.com, but I'm drawing a blank.
( Jul. 24th, 2005 09:02 pm)
Just watched Dalek and dude. So wonderful.

I'm quite proud of myself. Earlier today I knitted a washcloth. I'm going to go to my room, crank up the tunes and get started on another one, trying out a different set of stitches.





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