Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Yarn Harlot....You floor me!

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So, so funny.....

Do it...Call!

Book Worm

I haven't read a book, seriously, in I can't tell you how long. Today...at the gym...I finished a book that I started, ready for this? Yesterday...at the gym! YAY!!! Tuesdays With Morrie was FAN-freakin-TASTIC! Loved it!! It so reminded me of a social work prof I had the pleasure of knowing. Such an amazing man...who, sadly, I have loss contact with. Maybe I'll track him down again...just for a coffee or a simple chat on the phone. He was important to me...

On to other things. I joined the Ottawa Knitting Guild. The first meeting was...hmmm...ok. It was a vendor's market sort of deal, with a little bit of show and tell happening at the beginning. I'm not an overly shy person, but, I didn't feel 100% comfortable there...as though I was intruding on a secret club or something. I'm being silly I'm sure...it's just that most of the ladies there had "tables"...know what I mean? They had tables were they always go, with the firends that are always there. Not much room for newbies...oh well, I'll try again next month-there's a guest speaker coming...so maybe an opportunity to chat with others a bit more. I did scoop up the newest Noro book, and two bundles of beautiful fibre from Fleece Artist. I only have a pic of the Goldielocks Shawl-the other kit is for thrummed mitts...with mohair! YUM!! Fleece Artist rocks!



The quilting guild is up and going as well...next meeting is on Monday. The programming this year is much better, and I've met lots of cool people with amazing talents. Lots of fun, if only the cheesy politics wasn't there. I had to "gently" push a person who was supposed to be "helping" me with membership, out. She constantly came up with excuses as to why she couldn't do something for me, etc. The first meeting was a nightmare, she did squat to help out, so I waited a few days and then sent her (I hate doing this) an email to clear the air. She rebutted (as I assumed she would) with every excuse in the book, and ended it with "given the results of my cancer test tommorow, I may not be able to redeem myself." AS IF!!! Having dealt with the whole cancer issue myself, I was horrified that she would use this as a last blow. HONESTLY! Before I sound all callous and stuff, she made no mention of said tests previously. She has stepped down...and hopefully we can get on with it.

Noah has settled into school famously. He seems so much happier at this school than at his previous one. He's taking swimming lessons at school as well and had a bit of a scare as he jumped into the deep end without a life jacket on. The little fish is just fine...but learned a quick lesson. He's been on a field trip as well...which means his first ride on a school bus!



On the knitting front-I finished up a Sophie bag using some Lamb's Pride-love this stuff...picked it up at a little sheep show in upstate New York.



I'm also working on a Harry Potter scarf using some Merino wool...yes, it's not machine washable-but the colours were perfect and I just had to. I was tossing around the idea of Noah being Harry for Halloween, but he doesn't really "get" the whole Harry Potter thing quite yet. Maybe a pirate? Buzz Lightyear? Hmmm...not sure. He's so easy about this..."yeah, whatever mom!"

We took him to see Sharon and Bram...from Sharon, Lois and Bram fame...more fun for me than for him...but hey whatever!!! We also picked up tickets for the Wiggles Live! Dear lord...what has happened to us?!?!? The Wiggles??? Honestly...


A new hobby-punchneedle! Fun little class that I took at my local quilt shop...here's a little prim Santa in progress...it's so easy and mindless, no counting, etc.



SOCKAPALTWOZA UPDATE!!! YAY!!! Thanks SO much to Stephanie in Atlanta for my FABULOUS, can't take them off they're too perfect, socks! And, low and behold...in the same darn yarn I chose for my sock pal...hee hee!! LOVE THEM...and the Georgia Peach butter as well...it's, ahem...gone! DELISH!!! Thanks so so much...you're too sweet! Here they are...after being worn and finally washed! Actually, they're on my feet again today...such a perfect fit...and beautifully stitched!




SECRET PAL FOR KIDS UPDATE....

Another package from lovely SP in England arrived at Noah's door. He was VERY excited by all of the contents! We had problems with him actually opening the next gift...he would open one, and be totally enthralled with it and would forget that there were so many more to open! Noah's pal has been far too generous...he's been more than delighted with all of his fun pressies...a big thank you goes out to our little pal across the pond!






Check out the cool frisbee...DH and I were having a blast with it...so cool!



Einstein, was not so impressed by the frisbee....



RAOK...the lovely Julie sent me the sweetest little good luck crane...it's found a special spot on my desk! Thanks for the wonderful RAOK!



Autumn is here...the leaves are just barely starting to change, pumpkins are starting to sprout up at local farmers' stands, I love this time of year. Seriously. My home dec stuff is waiting patiently. I usually go all out for Halloween, with the creepy music, decorations, fun stuff. I hope to dress up this year...we used to dress up for the kiddos before we had Noah, but DH scared the poop out of one little trick or treater, so we kind of toned it down after that. Hee hee hee!!!

We've done a charity walk/run every year since Noah was born, this year the proceeds went to Roger's House. An excellent cause indeed. Roger Neilson was a fine man.



Notice little man is wearing an Ottawa Senators team jersey???

With that...I end this entry with a hearty...

GO SENS GO!!!!!! (for those of you not into hockey...the Ottawa Senators are the best (ahem) damn team in the NHL...)

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

September. Oy!

Unbelievable! September already. It feels like summer today in balmy Ottawa though...it's a super sunny day...and warm to boot. It seems if we're not complaining about the weather, we're complaining about gas prices. Reading the newspaper daily has put these trivial things into perspective. My heart goes out to those who have been affected by Katrina. What a devastating loss...there are no words.

Here, in the cozy confines of my home and in my car, I have been cranking out a few instant gratification projects. Especially after a visit to this shop. WOW!!! Heaven I tell you. We have a pretty good selection of shops in Ottawa...but none that really carry the yarns I've been coveting (read=buying on ebay). So when I found this website...I nearly passed out! I came out with my Visa still intact, but was able to scoop up a few balls of Kureyon (fingerless mitts), some novelty stuff for a scarf for my mom and some Colinette Fandango for this scarf...



The pattern is in this booklet...fun stuff!



As a last hurrah, we took the little man to Montreal to see the Biodome...well, really the penguins. You see, I HAD to see March of the Penguins. People...I was the only one giggling throughout the entire opening scene. Such majestic creatures, yes, but man...such a funny sight to see thousands of them, walking along in a line. Hee hee!!! Small things amuse small minds I suppose. Such a great film, and excellent choice in narrator (Morgan Freeman truly rocks!). Anyhoo..off the the Biodome. Which kept the little man's attention for such a short period of time, we decided to introduce him to the Metro. We don't have a subway system in Ottawa...so we thought he'd get a kick out of it. He did...witness below.

Montreal is a fab city...so much to see and do. We hit the usual Old Montreal haunts-Notre Dame, Old Port, etc. and grabbed a bite to eat. Grilled paninis...yum. We hopped back on the Metro, and drove on home! I was able to finish a quick scarf for my mom using a skein each of Pom (funky novelty yarn to work with) and some navy eyelash sort of stuff as well. Honkin' needles=done quick. Mom doesn't like her scarves long...just wide...so VOILA...



Sunday...my better half was scuba diving near Rockport, along the lovely St. Lawrence River, and Noah and I spent the day shopping for micro clothes. (Read=little man scored bags full of clothes, mommy=nada).

Monday we were off to Gatineau Park. I love it here. We spent many days hiking here, before we had Noah and even when he was a wee lad. It's a bit cumbersome to hike now...little man's legs can't quite keep up and there's some pretty rough terrain on some of the trails. We still go up and stomp around the MacKenzie King estate...which is stunning...truly. Here's a few pics of the man hanging out in the ruins..



And...well...here's Kureyon hanging out in the ruins too!



A quick trip back to Ottawa (not totally unscathed...I ended up with a huge gash on the palm of my hand and a disgusting bruise on my leg...way to go Miss Graceful!)-I was able to finish up a fingerless mitten though...

Voila...a fingerless mitt in lovely Noro Kureyon..which, gasp, I can now get at a LYS! YAHOO!!! Pattern compliments of Wendy.



Tuesday...Noah started back at his Montessori School. All went well....the only separation anxiety being felt was by Mommy and Daddy. We soothed our aching hearts (enter drama queen!!) with vats of latte...and felt much better. Here's the man in the parking lot...this is the only pic we could snag...he refused to show off his little summer uniform. In the fall he'll be wearing the full dress pants/shirt and tie/cardigan ensemble. So. frickin. cute. Enough said.



I rec'd an order from Knitter's Review awhile back and forgot to post...here she is...


...my little basket full o'stuff! I love this basket, but was a bit surprised by the size of it. It's a fab size, but I honestly thought it was smaller. It had been on back order for a few months, so I was super delighted to receive it, along with some other goodies in the mail. Yay!

You may also see a drop spindle peeking out...I took the bait and ordered one from ebay, along with an instructional book and some practice fleece. I have already begged a local shop owner to give me a hand...so this may be my next little hobby. Sigh...so much to do, so little time!

Other tidbits...I attended a fantastic little seminar on Buddhism at the local library last night. My Catholic mom went silent on the phone when I told her. Funny...it's good to keep your folks on their toes I think! Hee.

Also attended my first stitch and bitch...very weird feeling. Almost like a blind date no? We chatted as though we'd known one another for ages...kinda cool. I'll probably catch up with them again in a few weeks.

Quilt guild is gearing to start up soon as well and I'm contemplating joing the Knitting Guild as well. We'll see...there are still some courses I'd like to take at the local college to finish up my Trauma/Addictions counselling certificate thingy.
More time please....

I'm off...little man is causing some serious chaos somewhere outside...he's awfully quiet which is never good!