Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Long time gone....

Wow...has it really been THAT long since I posted.

GULP!

I have no progress photos to show, since my knitting bag is in the mail. I took off for a quick visit with my folks last week, and left all of my WIP's there...ugh.

Reason for fleeing my home in near exile...my mother in law. Without getting into the ridiculousness of it all, I will tell you that I have decided to take a stand and protect my sanity from further destruction.

She has been the source of many arguements in my household, and in others as well, and I have decided to end it. She rarely sees my son, and recently we found out through the grapevine of senior citizens that populate our family, that she was coming to Montreal (a mere 2 hours away as opposed to the 6.5 hrs that we would have to drive to see her at her house) and she didn't tell us until the very last moment.

I was SO annoyed/hurt/etc. that I decided this was a perfect opportunity to pack up Noah and go spend some quality time with the grandparents who actually give a shit about him. This sounds so immature and callous..but....you would have to have a good stiff drink and at least a few days free before I could tell you what has transpired to lead me to act this way.

I have decided that I will not partake in any activities that involve her. I will not bend over backwards to impress her or make her happy anymore. This is something I need to do for my own well being.

Sigh...wish I had my knitting with me. Just think of the progress I could have made while under this stress...needles on fire, my friends.

On a happier note-I insisted that my dad take me to a FABULOUS little shop in London that I haven't been to. He ROCKS!!! I love my dad more than words could ever say...excuse while I gloat about my rockin' dad. I left the store wishing I had more money!!! But I did grab 10 skeins of lovely Noro for the Klaralund I've been planning since who knows when. Now...I must find my Cornelia Tuttle...where ever could she be???

I'm in the middle of chaos with the quilt show I'm helping to organize, and the Montessori school my son attends is on my "must get out of there" list.

Here's hoping this perpetual headache and feeling of inadequacy goes away soon. Maybe all of this rain we're getting will help with that.

Off to find some peace somewhere! Hahaha!!!

Photos of WIP's to follow!

Friday, April 08, 2005

Happy Friday....

And a sunny one to boot! Such an awesome spring day here in Ottawa...looking forward to more days like this! This weekend looks like it's shaping up to be nice as well-now, don't get me wrong, it's not exactly beach weather, but certainly warm by Ottawa standards!

My yearly meltdown has begun.

I obsess over my lawn...I mean it, I obsess! I loose sleep thinking about the carnage that is waiting to appear once all of the snow is gone. One year I was greeting by a nasty case of grubs...ick. Another year, moles...cute little buggers, but can't they eat somewhere else. I've worked and worked to get our lawn to behave. Water and fertilize (organically of course) religiously, mow to a specified height, put weeds by hand, aerate, top dress, over seed, you name it.

Then, I sit back an wonder how my neighbours get away with NEVER watering and barely even mowing their lawn, not to mention no fertilizers, etc. WHAT THE HELL!?!?!?!? It's become a joke in our house (and probably many other houses as well). Maybe this will be the year I won't fret and stew...or maybe not. If my behaviour a few days ago is any indication of what will be this summer, I would say I am a long way away from curing this addiction I have for my lawn.

I was actually jealous that my neighbour (one of the ones that never waters, etc...his lawn literally looks like a dust bowl,and his weird mutant weeds are ALWAYS on my lawn!!!) had his lawn aerated before us.

I need help people.

Onto a happier topic...I've completed a few projects, and I must say, I'm pretty happy with these snazzy, and easy, bags. The yarn for both was pretty decent to work with, although, the Lopi was picky.






Here's a closeup of the weave on the trio bag...



I ended up using 7mm needles, since it was virtually impossible to find 8 mm dpn's! These are such awkward things to knit with. I definitely like my petite addi's.



And I've done a few more rows on the hubby's simple raglan as well....







This is a boring, no brainer knit and I'm not "into" the colour-I like it, but it's a fall-ish kind of knit. So, I decided to grab a few skeins of springy yarn for a few projects for me!



This is for my Honeymoon cami...I'm too impatient to wait for my Rowan to come in from The Knitting Garden, so that lovely stuff will be destined for another summer project. I did receive a couple of Rowan books though...I love Rowan...simple as that!




This is Baby Pima-80% pima cotton and 20% alpaca. I'm loving this shade of green lately...can you tell?


Here's my selection for Tempting, what do you think?



I loved these colours and thought, what the heck, lets try a stripey version...hopefully this will work out.

A very Tempting tower....




The new Spring Knitty is up! I love this, this, and this! Yikes! Good bye yarn budget!


Startitis has hit with a vengeance...Noah was kind enough to share yet another cold with us, so I think I'll wrap up with a cozy blanket, a cup o' tea and my yarn...will I start Tempting, Honeymoon???

Monday, April 04, 2005

Kiss my bunny ass!

I had no idea I was a....


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congratulations. you are the kiss my ass happy
bunny. You don't care about anyone or anything.
You must be so proud


which happy bunny are you?
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Oh the quizes and things you do on the internet when you are trying to avoid ironing that humongous basket of clothes in the laundry room.

"Laundry...stop mocking me!!!!!!!"

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Can we spell p-r-o-c-r-a-s-t-i-n-a-t-i-o-n?

Hmmm...did I spell that right???

Long time no blog! Alas, too many "life" episodes have occurred!

Anyhoo...I've finished Noah's raglan sweater-it needs to have it's loose ends dealt with and also a decent blocking, the hem edge rolls a bit much for my liking. I immediately cast on and finished 15 inches or so of Dwayne's ragg sweater as well...but it's so pitifully boring to knit...K3 P1 can wear on a girl after awhile. I was literally falling asleep knitting it. Since it's a fall-ish sort of sweater I've decided it's ok to put it in the WIP basket for a bit and pick up some quickie little projects for moi. Exhibit A....



This is my first attempt at a Buttonhole Bag courtesy of this lovely lady. I used a purty little combo of yarn colours...orchid, green heather and a green apple shade, all Alafoss Lopi-picky as hell to knit with...but I like the effect.


I'm off to felt it now (also my first attempt!)....never have I EVER been excited of the prospect of laundry! WEEEEEE!!!


I think I'm on a bag making kick. I've had this yarn-



-hanging around for awhile. I've been waiting for the chance to make something for myself without feeling guilty. Too many times I've been lured into making sweaters and such for the little mite...but let's face it, I'm a sucker for projects that give instant gratification (read-quick to finish projects!)

I'm going to make this funky little basket/bag creation with the trio yarn...should be fun. I'm going to cast on tonight! The yarn is a funky combo of colours, not my usual taste, but, it's so fresh looking, very spring! It's also a weird texture-both are a 50/50 nylon/polyester mix with a ribbon effect..kind of neat...we'll see!

I'm patiently waiting for my order from The Knitting Garden...even with the exchange rate, shipping costs, duty, etc....I LOVE this little online shop. It's fun to shop in your jammies! So...what did I order you ask?

This lovely yarn in celery for my Honeymoon Cami, and a few books as well as a little Chibi! I just like the name...Chibi, Chibi, Chibi...hee hee hee...I'm easily amused I suppose!


So...lots o' new projects in the works. I only need a few more hours in the day!

Day Light Savings Time tomorrow...ick. I'm not fond of this time change for some reason. I like when we "fall back"-it's nice to have the feeling of getting an extra hour of sleep-however the early sunset isn't so nice. I love that the days seem so much longer in the spring/summer, but still feel like I'm getting jipped an hour of sleep for the first few days.

Ok..silly rambling over. Off to grab a cup o' tea from my wicked little Bodum tea pot-loose leaf only please! I didn't realize what I was missing out on until I met my tea pot at Christmas time. I *heart* my teapot!

BFN...