Monday, April 23, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Pattern: Raspy from Rowan's Denim People. Size medium.
Yarn: Rowan Denim in Nashville. (the darkest colour) 12 balls and a bit.
Needles: Denise Interchangeables sizes as described in pattern. (I got gauge!)
I liked this knit and I'm pleased with the result. The sleeves are just a touch long, but it doesn't really bother me. The yarn came out of the wash faded and tweedy looking. If you are curious as to how much the yarn shrunk, here is a (crappy) before pic:
I finished knitting at night and wanted to wash it right away. But if you look at where the sweater finishes in contrast to my left hand, you can see how much it shrunk.
I am now going to wash my Raspy a kabillion times in order to make it fade and wear like denim.
I also realized that I still haven't knit up a camera case for my digital camera. I don't want to go on vacation and just throw it in my purse. I was going to knit a small "sock" for it. No time. Hmmmm, don't I have a partner-less sock upstairs?
Why yes, I do! Excellent. Five minutes of work with scissors, needle and thread gave me this:
However, I can't show you the camera inside it's new home, 'cause the picture would be pretty dark *grin*
I still plan to knit up a case for my camera, but this is ready now for my vacation!
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
"Hey, what's this thing?"
Monday, April 16, 2007
Another 2 words: Enough Already!
Sunday, April 15, 2007
I'm not quite at the raglan decreases. Another 12 or so rows, I believe. so I'm hoping I can finish before next weekend and then spend the weekend washing and seaming. Which will result in it being right before I go away. When I should also be doing laundry and deciding if I have enough "company" underwear and socks.
My mother instilled this weird idea that even your undies should be non-ratty when visiting people. Not just clean and in good repair. Practically brand new. Now why underwear that are good enough for appearing in front of my esthetician in, would not be good enough for "company" is beyond me. But there you go. Normally, I don't allow myself to obsess on this tendency. Right now though, it's coming to the fore. Weird, I know.
Anyhoo...I'm off to knit some more on Raspy. I'm practically monogamous! Eek!
As you can see, Micha also has a cleaning "thing"!
Friday, April 13, 2007
What was my day filled with, you ask? Getting ready to go to Italy on my vacation!
I started the day by dropping the car off for an oil change and a brake inspection. The tank has been making occasional clunking noises when I applied the brakes. Not often, but still, the BRAKES are a pretty inportant part of the car, you know. Andf I don't want the hubby to get into an accident while I'm gone.
While that was being done, I went and bought a new memory stick for my digital camera. The current memory was 16MB. Not very much at all. Fine for around the house, but I'm going to be gone for 2 weeks, folks! So I bought a new 2G memory stick. Then I went to bank number 1 to pay the credit card bill. Then bank number 2 to deposit cheques and order Euros for my trip. The nice lady at the bank told me that it would actually be cheaper to go to the foreign exchange business downtown! Turns out the bank charges you the exchange rate AND a $14 fee! Whereas the foreign exchange business downtown just charges the exchange.
Upon picking up the car, I was told that they hadn't inspected the brakes as the doohicky thingie that they needed to take the security hubcaps off was nowhere to be found. I resolved to ask hubby once I got home.
Off to the exchange place. Got my money.
Went to the train station, picked up my tickets to go to Toronto where I will be meeting my sister and then off to the airport.
Bought a converter for the electrical stuff I will be bringing with me.
Got my nails done.
Picked up some goodies for my Knitter's Treat exchange pal.
Asked hubby is he knew where the lock thingie for the tires was. He said no. Called the garage to tell them that the last time we saw it was whent THEY put the new tires on a while back. They call a Ford dealership and call me back to say that the dealership has to see the lock-nut to figure out which thingie is needed. I got back into the car, went to the dealership, they looked at the wheel and pronounced that it wasn't a Ford locking thingie and he had no idea what it was or what I could do. Thankyouforyourtimegoodbye.
Nice dealership eh?
I drove back to the garage where much rooting around in the car ensued and the thingie was found! Hallelujah!
Of course now it turns out I need a pair of brake pads and new rotors to the tune of $275, but whatever. I want my car to stop when I tell it to! Picky, I know....
Went home again, had dinner and just .....stopped.
And that was my day off! Tomorrow, back to the salt mines. (yes, I am working Saturday)
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Monday, April 09, 2007
Methinks perhaps the sticks and string are too much temptation for the beast!
Hope everyone had a good Easter/holiday. I did the turkey this year. and it re-affirms my desire to have a kitchen bigger than a shoebox! I had every flat surface covered in pots, pans, dishes, etc. Every dish in the house was dirty. I had to resort to serving the turkey on a pie pan. Not that the family minded, but still.....
Friday, April 06, 2007
Here is a stand-still like a mannequin shot:
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Alrighty then! I joined the Knitter's Treat Swap. This means I shall now post the answers to the questionaire!
1. What's your favourite type of yarn? Something with silk mixed in is always nice! (duh) Bamboo is nice too!
2. What's your least favourite type of yarn? Sisu brand sock yarn
3. What's the first thing you do when you visit a new yarn shop? Head for the bargain bin.
4. What other crafts do you do / would like to do? I can sew. Not well, but there you go.
5. What magazines do you currently subscribe to? None. I buy Interweave Knits and Vogue knitting on a regular basis. Occasionally Harper's Bazaar.
6. Put this type of magazine in order of preference:Knitting / Crochet / Other Craft / Food / Home / Fashion / Celebrity Gossip / GardenHere goes:Knitting/Fashion/Food/Garden/Home/Crochet/Other Craft/Celebrity gossip
7. What items do you like to knit / crochet? Have yet to finish a sweater. Enjoyed blankets, fingerless gloves , shawls and socks
.8. Are you allergic to anything? Nope.
9. What do you like to* smell of?(*This is not a typo. The question is: What do you like to smell of) Vanilla
10. What's your favourite way to relax? Reading science fiction/fantasy or knit, depends on what is stressing me out. And if I have a new book....
11. You're stood in front of a Victorian style sweetshop, an Italian cafe, an old fashioned bakery and a dainty tea room. Where do you go first? Old fashioned bakery.
12. What do you come out with? Still warm freshly baked croissant or bread.
13. Where do you go next? The Italian cafe for gelato. Lemon and chocolate gelato on the same cone. Half and half, to be precise.
14. Any other words of wisdom for your pal? I dislike tea and coffee. I use hand creams like they are going out of style. Chocolate is fab. when I bring knitting to work, it travels in a plastic grocery bag. I have a weird tendency to hum songs when I first get out of bed. Whether I like them or not. It usually takes me an hour or so to even realize I am doing so!
Hope this is easier to find!
Monday, April 02, 2007