Monday, January 31, 2005

Sunny daze...

What a great weekend we had. Lots of knitting time (not sure how that happened!) and we were able to grab dim sum on Saturday and then head out for a skate on the Rideau canal on Sunday. Noah is a Dim Sum fiend and seems to know when we're in the vicinity of our local China town. We're raising a fine eater!

The wind chill seems to be dying down so we were able to skate for about an hour or so on Sunday. This was Noah's first attempt with bob skates--he was cool with it for about 15 minutes or so and then the excitement just fizzled. Dwayne grabbed a cool little sleigh and we were able to glide along with Noah sitting in the sleigh. I grabbed the regular camera instead of the digital...so no photos to spare.

My mom and dad just called. They've been in Fort Myers for a month and plan on staying in the Clearwater area for a few nights now. Even though we're lucky if we see them every 2-3 months, I've missed them terribly. It's always a relief to know that they're safe and at home...silly me.

I should run and get something accomplished today...I've finished up two scarves for the Red Scarf Project and hope to finish one more tonight so that they can be in the mail tommorow.

Later....



A little bleached out...This is the London Beanie I made for my partner in crime..he REFUSES to wear anything "picky". This one is made with black and grey alpaca...so slick to knit with. Posted by Hello

Friday, January 28, 2005


Close up...Super easy knit..I hope to be done this weekend and have it ready to send out! Posted by Hello


Red Scarf project...Mohair and Poco...YUM! Posted by Hello

The Red Scarf Project


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I am one of my son's favourites!


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Thursday, January 27, 2005

Secret Pals 4 quizorama!

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer high- a nd/natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?

I am becoming a yarn snob

2. Do you spin? Nope...Crochet? A bit.

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)..no!!!

4. How long have you been knitting? On and off for 20 years or so.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Making one up as we speak!

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.) Vanilla!!! Yum!!!

7. Do you have a sweet tooth? Oh dear lord...YES!!!!!!!!!!

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Quilting, some bead work.

9. What kind of music do you like? Anything really...especially fond of the 80's!

Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) Yup.

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer?
I like natural colours...green, blue, ivory....and black!


11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? Married to an awesome guy, we have one son (3 in March), a dog, and a Guinea Pig.

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know) -to be happy and healthy.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? Right now....Debbie Bliss anything!

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I'm not that much of a snob yet!

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s? Sweaters for Noah, accessories for me!

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? Top down sweaters for kids.

17. What are you knitting right now? Why...a top down sweater for Noah!

18. What do you think about ponchos? They weren't cool in the 70's and they certainly aren't now...ick...

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? both equally...really LOVE my addi turbos!!!

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? Bamboo and Addi turbos!

21. Are you a sock knitter? Trying to be...

22. How did you learn to knit? Self taught...mother-in-law critiqued.

23. How old is your oldest UFO? Too ashamed to admit!

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird? I love turtles and monkeys.

25. What is your favorite holiday? Umm...hard one...I like them all equally I guess.

26. Is there anything that you collect? antique salt sellars, books, Willow Tree angels,Jim Shore santas, fabric, yarn, needles!

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

A fun little list from Vanity Fair and here:

Shampoo--Salon stuff that is far too expensive, but won't strip the million dollar dye job!
Moisturizer--Clinique
Cologne--Dolce and Gabbana Blue
Razor--Venus
Toothpaste--Colgate cinnamon whitening
Electronics
Cell phone--don't know...hubbie's hand me down.
Computer--one of the four in our house...ask the resident DBA
Television--a delish toshiba...large! YIPEE!!!
Stereo--ummm...some Sony collaboration that was my better half's.
Home
Sheets--which ever ones we get as Christmas gifts!
Coffee-maker--DeLonghi espresso maker...mmmm...lattes!
Car--Pontiac Grand Prix
Stationery--Email
Beverages
Bottled water--PC brand...two on the go at all times.
Coffee--anything snobby and decaf
Vodka--Not in a long long time...bad vodka bad!
Beer--draft ale...anything similar to Keiths'...but draft
Clothes
Jeans--AE or Gap
T-shirt--whatever freebies software companies send my husband and this one.
Briefcase or tote--backpack baby!
Sneakers--Asics or nikes
Watch--a delicious Gucci...wedding gift from the hub.
Favorite Places
Home, in bed with flannel sheets and my boys, Paris, London, St. Lucia
Necessary Extravagance
Good skin care stuff, yarn, fabric, books!

Sunday, January 16, 2005

"Use the force Luke!"

This is bloody funny....and yet such a warm reminder of my youth too!


Friday, January 14, 2005


A belated happy woof year from Einstein xo Posted by Hello

All in the name of vanity....

I did it. I decided to change the background template on my blog..."just to see". Just to see that all of my buttons, links, etc, are gone...gone...gone! UGH!

There's a reason why I am a social worker and not a techie! I can handle just about anything that a person may throw my way (including various pieces of furniture). I cannot, however, handle the computer telling me that all of my settings are gone...and yes, I did receive that infamous "are you sure" warning.

It's another nice day here in Ottawa, a bit chillier than yesterday's balmy 11 degrees. The canal is temporarily closed due to the thaw, which sucks, since I was hoping to watch Noah experience his first year on skates (bobskates no less!) this weekend. There's still plenty of time! Winterlude will be here in no time...too much fun!

I am working on a firetruck sweater kit for the little man as we speak. Please don't throw fruit at me...it is a kit from Mary Maxim (cringe) and it is all acrylic. Those of you who have 2 year old boys will understand my moment of weakness. It is very cute, and completely indestructible!For now, the fancy pants wool is for me!

Noah is sleeping and I'm very tempted to crawl into bed with him, he's all warm and cozy and content...mmmmmmm.

A quick thought...what would you do if you were approached by a homeless (I'm assuming...forgive me) person on the street who was wielding a monkey wrench (no, I'm not kidding) and asking for the time and a cigarette. Me...I gave him the time, told him I quit long ago, bid him a good day, and walked away wondering...what the hell does one do with a monkey wrench. (Ed. note: my better half confirmed the proper name of this tool as I kept calling it a plumber's wrench). I meet the most interesting people on the most mundane of days....

J


Tuesday, January 11, 2005


A very fine RAOK!!!! Posted by Hello


Yummy yarn cards from Brenda! Posted by Hello

RAOK at its finest!

Yippee!!!! I've been RAOK'd for the very first time! I have a crummy line up of medical appointments today...so it was THE BEST DAY to receive such a beautiful gift! Brenda (http://brenda.typepad.com/(closetomyheart) sent me FABULOUS note cards made from photos taken with her digital camera...I'm in the process of posting them...

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

I love this....I'm grinning from ear to ear!

It's been awhile since I last posted...what has happened?!?! Somedays I just surf so many interesting blogs that I forget about my own. Resolution....to keep more up to date with my own space!

I have decided, after many years, to finally take piano lessons. I envy those with musical talent. My husband picks away at his guitar a few times a week and has attempted to teach me as well. My stubby little fingers and stubby little attention span made it a bit difficult to pick up any more than one chord. Sooooo...I've signed up for piano lessons at a local music store and this past weekend went out and bought a Yamaha portable grand! It's a lovely little piece with tons of buttons to fiddle with. Noah loves it of course. I'm hoping to enroll him in the Yamaha preschool classes this summer.

I should run...off to the next appointment. I truly dread days like this...I was thinking it would be better to have all of my appointments on one day to "get it over with"...but it's such a drag!

I do have my very first knit night (stitch and bitch I suppose!) in Ottawa at a local coffee shop...I'm looking forward to meeting up with everyone!

Thanks so much Brenda for making my day!!!

J