Tuesday, July 29, 2008

It's a Bird, It's a Plane...It's MULTI-Mitre!

I have been knitting on my mitred squarres. However, something strange has happened.

A very unusual square has appeared. It is quite opinionated and insists that I call it "Multi-Mitre". Preferably in the booming kind of voice you hear on the cartoons when Superman appears. (It's a bird, it's a plane, it's .........MULTI-MITRE!)

Multi-Mitre is claiming that the above picture doesn't do it justice, so I am forced to post another picture of it.

Multi-Mitre claims that the flowers show off it's corners more elegantly.

I am not convinced of the veracity of it's claim. However, to keep the peace, I have posted the picture anyway!


Saturday, July 26, 2008

Now Presenting!

A complete Hibiscus for Hope lace sock! As I have previously mentioned, Mezzodiva is doing the Weekend to End Breast Cancer. To that end, as a thank you to all knitters who donate to her cause, she is giving a lace sock pattern, if they want it. Trust me, you want it.

I was one of the intrepid test knitters. Believe me when I say that you can do it. If I can, you can. I am by no means an experienced lace knitter and managed the sock on the charts just fine. Yep, charts.

Yeah, yeah, you all want to see the sock, right? Here you are!

If the lighting is better tomorrow, I plan on another photo shoot. We are having some truly impressive thunderstorms coming through, so the lighting is rather muted and dull.


Pattern: Hibiscus for Hope

Yarn: Mama E Cyeber Fiber, Colourway: Beauregard

Knit on 2.25mm needles.

Started on 2 circs and completed on dpns

Mods: Knit at a tighter gauge of 10 sts/inch

So why are you still reading? Go here , donate and get your pattern!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Fibre-Like Content

I decided that I didn't like knitting a sock on 2 circulars. Not sure if it was the crappy circulars I was using or just me. So I switched to dpns and I am much happier. However, last night I realized that the one dpn felt "scratchy". I looked more closely and saw this:

If you look at the middle needle, you can see it looks flat. I snapped the tip off somehow. So I bought new ones today.

While I was at home today, I was waiting for some clients to return calls, so I didn't want to knit on my test sock, as it is lace and requires a modicum of concentration. I made this instead:

I looped the jeans I have cut up into "yarn". I still have more strips to loop together and then I will start on the purse I want to make. No idea if I will have to cut up more jeans. I figure I will start knitting it up and then I can always pause to cut up more.

The hubby is starting to circulate in the kitchen. I had better go start dinner before he tries to "help"!


Monday, July 21, 2008


I checked on my basil today.

Something is muching on it. And it's not me. It's earwigs. Say it with me..EWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! I have dug out the insecticidal soap. However, I suspect this pot is done for. I have already started a fresh pot inside my house. If the soap works and chases the bugs away, I'll be happy. I'm not holding my breath.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Who Wants to Work?

I'd rather be doing this:

Unfortunately, the landlord wants rent money, the kitties insist on getting fed regular-like and I always need yarn....


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

New Lunch

So, I left you all hanging the other day. How did my experimental lunch go? As a reminder, I found the recipe on Nutritional Knits. I took some veggies, in this case, onion, garlic, celery, carrot and zucchini. Cut them up and cooked them in a bit of olive oil with a dab of butter. I then packed it up and brought it to work along with a raw egg and a tortilla shell. Then I heated up the veggies in the microwave. Next I cooke dthe egg. Yes, you cando that in a microwave. Make sure you poke a hole or 2 in the yoke, though. Cover with a papertowel or something just in case it spits. Then nuke the tortilla for about 10 seconds. Assemble.Then eat. Yum. Repeat as needed. This turned out really well and I will be doing this again!

In knitting news, I decided to frog the test knit lace sock back to the ankle. The lace was wonky there and I can't live with it. Fortuitously, I hadn't taken out the lifeline I had put in at the beginning of the ankle. I frogged it and put the stitches back on the needle. Somehow I got an extra stitch, but I will figure that out tomorrow.


Monday, July 14, 2008

What To Blog?

Not much going on around here. I worked like crazy last week and then stopped. Just....stopped. Spent the weekend lazing around. I knit a bit on a mitred square. I don't think I even finished 1. Yup, that's how lazy I felt. I could work on the test knitting sock, but the lace around the ankle is a little wonky and while I don't really want to rip, I'm beginning to think I should. So I am procrastinating on that. Maybe it'll fix itself if I leave it?

In other news, I went to see an audiologist about a partial cochlear implant. Gut get this, apparently I am not deaf enough! That's a good thing, right? I am on the border, so I will keep up an annual check up there and if things go south, well, I'll already be evaluated by them, so I will be able to skip the referral over part.

I am bored with the lunches I have for work. So I am whipping up a pot of lentil soup and I made a sofrito (onion, carrot, celery & garlic) ,cooked some zucchini and will wrap it up in a tortilla with an egg for lunch. This is an experimental meal, but I have hopes it will go well. It should heat up ok in a microwave. We shall see. If worse comes to worse and it is inedible, I am working in a grocery store so I can run over to the frozen food dept and get something.

Yeah, my pet photography skills need some work......

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

It's So Hawt....

Monday, July 07, 2008

Bestest Hubby Award!

My hubby is wonderful! Look what he got me for my birthday *bouncebounce*

It's a mother marion supported spindle. He got it from the Woolery.

I've done some spinning on it.

The technique is a bit different from a drop spindle. I am slowly getting the hang of it. What fun!


Thursday, July 03, 2008

Too Funny

Found this video on Youtube. Can't figure out how to embed, but here's the link. It's really funny. And it is safe for viewing at work too......

ETA: Here it is, embedded in all it's glory. (if I did it right)

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

O Noes!

(English translation at bottom)

And ceiling Cat luks at lace and sez ,"ur lace, it luks funi"

Knot-lady looked at her knitting and thought, "Ceiling cat is correct. This does not resemble the intended result"

And Ceiling Cat sez,"Ur lace, u haz to rip it"

Knot-lady said,"No! I shan't How willst I ever divine where the correct point in the lace shalt be?"

And ceiling Cat sez, "1 at a tym, u haz to take apart"

Weeping, Knot-Lady said,"So Ceiling Cat says, so it shalt be"

Translation for non-lolcat speakers:

The lace was coming out wrong after the heel. After several false starts and a phone call to Mezzodiva, it was discovered that I am a bonehead and started on the wrong chart after the heel. Hence the "travelling" lace pattern. Also, bonehead that I am, I did not put in a lifeline after the heel (as I had a fleeting thought to do at one point) so I had to tink back 1 freaking stitch at a time. Took me a day and a half, (with breaks to be sure) but it's tinked and the stitches come out to the correct number and I have checked to be sure the lace is the right lace for the row I should be on and when I am done here, I will endeavour to read the correct chart and that should be that. Famous last words, I'm sure.....