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Joy!


My final package came today from my SP. She has been so great. There was a total purple theme in this gift box.2 balls of luscious purple mohair blend…what will it become…
The most beautiful chopsticks in stunning printed silk covers. And yes, I do like sushi – but my mother, she LOVES it.

And – for some reason the camera wouldn’t load this pic – a Knitting To Go set. I am so excited about that! I was looking to buy that actually – so it is perfect. My good friend is about to have a baby and is not too keen on handknits but I know she will make an exception for the Teddy Bear hat and the Blocks in that kit.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!

Sorry the pics are blurry – what the deuce is up with my camera?!

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Sizzlin’


Now that I am slowly coming to terms with the end of summer I have begun working on Sizzle in earnest.

It is coming along quite quickly too. I am already half way through the dart decreases for the back.

Isn’t the yarn lovely and shimmery? This is the yarn I won while Warming Grace. It is just delicious to work with – a lovely Pima Cotton & Silk blend. It is quite slippery on my metal circs though.

Everytime I bring it out Kira sniffs it eagerly ( I’ve smelled it too, but I didn’t notice anything). My mother couldn’t stop touching it this morning – it really does feel good and I think that it should drape nicely too. I am enjoying the simplicity of this knit, let me tell you. The other projects I have been working on were non-stop learning experiences and this is a welcome change.

Naturally I made a mistake already. I was to knit 1.5″ in seed stitch and I measured carefully all the way along – I thought. It was only later that I realized I had knit 1 1/4″ – yuh. Wrong big line on the tape measure! That can happen when you are knitting and talking on the phone while watching tv.

In other newsI bravely ventured forth into my garden this morning only to discover… another dead rat. Honestly. Thoroughly disgusting. Lucky for me my mother’s dear friend came over and he fixed the ivy trellis – beneath which one of our cats has been depositing dead rats.
There was no chance I was going to get to that anytime soon.

We live near a river and a creek but rats have not been a problem before. Not for us anyways. And I haven’t even been feeding the birds. Could they like plums? My mom thinks the cats are bringing them back from far away. I am not so sure.

ALSO – through a major A-HA! moment today I discovered what was making the clicking-type noise near our sliding door/ceiling for the last month. No, Mom, I told you it was not the clock! Wasps. Hordes of them are making their way under a piece of siding just above our sliding door. So a call will be made to pest control first thing tomorrow.

I am so excited! I finally figured out how to move pictures in posts! (key angelic chorus) Oh the options!

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Book Meme

Book Meme?! How fun.

1. One book that changed your life: Child of The Morning – the fictional biographical tale of the only female Pharoah to rule Egypt, Hatshepsut.

2. One book that you’ve read more than once: Little Women, Gone With the Wind & The Hobbit are yearly reads for me.

3. One book that you’d want on a desert island: That would have to be the Complete Works of Shakespeare for sheer variety and total indulgence.

4. One book that made you laugh: The Van by Roddy Doyle. “My man Phantom of the Opera.” for starters.

5. One book that made you cry: Just one? Oh I have to think about this one… Deep End of the Ocean.

6. One book you wish you had written: Since I haven’t written any books this list could be limitless.

7. One book you wish had never been written: Really? How about I wish I had never READ? That would be American Psycho. That book made me ill. I read it on purpose because there was such a cry for censorship around it. I nearly, nearly considered that censorship may have a place in society afterall after reading it. When I found out my little brother read it I nearly cried – luckily he found it upsetting and a great conversation ensued. So censorship be damned – and this question sounded like a case for censorship (unless I am taking the meme too seriously and God knows that can happen).

8. One book you’re currently reading: The Scarlet Pimpernel – I’m finding it so-so thus far.

9. One book you have been meaning to read: Moby Dick – for like ever.

10. Tag!!

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Summer is winding down.



And so am I! Yes. We are on the homestretch for Back To School. I think it is time – I think the kids do too. We are starting to drive each other mad.
In other news…I got a surprising amount of gardening done today. Planted a large number of perennials at work – including a new row of pink heather along a pathway.
Ugh – which reminds me of a horrifying incident since my last post, that has left me unable to enter my own garden yet. Let’s just say it involved a pair of flip flops, a dead rat and Oscar-worthy screaming.

I finally, yes FINALLY sent off my last SP8 & OS Pal exchange packages. I know. Procrastinate much? I also sent off a little surprise to someone who shall remain nameless for the time being.

While watching a movie that “ain’t no bank robbery!” I made a KTC project for Lolita. Cast on and cast off in the same day. Will wonders never cease? I guess that is what can happen if you are not using 2 mm dpns.

It has become much cooler at night and (yep – back to the title of the post! try and keep up with me now) it is getting dark by 9 PM. I can barely wait for the leaves to start changing and then for frost! I love Fall. It makes me want to read, read, read. Oh. And knit. I have noticed lately that my favourite things involve me 1) Being at home & 2) Sitting.

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I really have been knitting!



But mostly I can’t show it here because I have to mail it out to my SP & OS Pal.

In the end I decided to fix the 1st SS Socky III. I just couldn’t stand that loose, loose and lumpy sock. Even with a whopping 26 stitch decrease the cuff still gapes at the back – but it doesn’t fall down so…there you have it.

I also made a Garterlac Dishcloth. For the first time in my life I wish I had used a striped yarn – I know. I mostly would hate to see the kind of sock I just made, and I would never in a million years buy a sock with such a pattern, but since it is handmade and it feels so good on – I am a total convert. AND when you see this pattern done in a stripe – you will know I should have used a varieagated yarn.

Perhaps next time…

Speaking of firsts – Previously I was a person who disdained handknit/crochet dishcloths. Now I love them and bought 6 more balls of cotton (and yep, they are stripey) so that I can make a collection. I want to replace all of the storebought cloths in our kitchen drawer. I am even thinking of making luxurious cloths for bath use.

What next? you ask. I really don’t know.

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Too funny

I was tagged – now you’re it!

20 Things that Irritate Me

1. Cramps – of any kind
2. Lining up for anything
3. Having to run to catch things – buses, children, dogs
4. Waking up late for work
5. Co-workers who worry/gripe/TALK NONSTOP!!!
6. Ringing telephones when I am already busy
7. TV or music on in background when it is noisy — like a group of people talking OVER tv or music
8. Invasive weeds in my garden
9. Mistakes in knitting patterns
10. Making mistakes in my knitting
11. Frogging stitches
12. Measuring anything
13. Math
14. Skins of milk on top of my coffee or hot chocolate
15. Clutter
16. Whining
17. RUSTLING PLASTIC – you wouldn’t believe how often that happens – unless you hate it too
18. People that drive like seniors UNTIL you get to a passing lane
19. My slow, slow knitting – or seeing the progress of faster knitters
20. Having to attend functions when I would rather be at home in my PJ’s

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Travels with Knitters



I surprised my mother and my Aunt today with a daytrip to Bowen Island.
We had the best weather. It was just a beautiful day.

We found this lovely little store that just happened to be having a sale on all Knitting books, yarns and needles.
I bought a small set of Birch DPN’s for SS Socky III. They are lovely but I snapped the 1st one I used. Forgot my own strength and the fact that I knit quite tightly. Neither good qualities when you are knitting with what amounts to slivers of wood.

I also bought a skein of sock yarn that is dyed to look like Fair Isle. Kind of kitschy – she had a pair of socks knit up to see how they turn out. They are pretty good – I thought it might be fun to watch the pattern emerge on its own. A little Potter-y perhaps?

I sent my Mom & Aunt to lunch while I relaxed with SS Socky III and Kira at the waterfront where we met some precocious children (not unusual for me – they seem to have a 6th sense – they just seek me out).

Three sisters eating hot dogs for lunch sat in the shade with us. After watching me knit for a few minutes the oldest (about 8) says “Do you mean to tell me you actually know what you are doing with that?” pointing at Socky and all his pokey needles. “Yep. I do.” She slapped herself in the forehead and shook her head in disbelief. Her sisters mouths actually dropped open. I told them it looks more confusing than it is. Then showed them how a square of needles = a round sock. She asked me how I learned and when I told her I read it in a book she nodded very wisely and told her sisters “Of course. That is where you start. With a book.” They both nodded solemnly, eyes wide.

“When you first started you looked at the book a lot, then you knew how to do it, then you got faster and faster and then you didn’t need the book at all. Books are like that. They’re a good way to learn anything you need to know.” Well. I couldn’t disagree with that. My Mom had the camera or you would have seen these three worldly wise children who were so very impressed by Socky.

We spent some time relaxing on the shore of Tunstall Bay while Kira explored. Then we had a fabulous Taco Salad Bowl and homemade pie before we got on our ferry home.

Oh – and on that ferry ride home, the very same pigeon whom I had been speaking of so kindly just moments before, flew into the rafters directly above our car and shat on me & Kira and the inside of our car door. It was hot, huge and completely disgusting. I was nearly sick. Kira just looked at me with the biggest, saddest eyes and laid her head on my lap. Boy was I glad my mother hoards napkins in the glove box. Let me tell you!

While I worked on Socky, my Aunt completed about 4″s of a cabled blanket she is making for my cousin. Talk about fast! Again, no pic – I blew it – sorry.

BTW – we were lucky to find some yarn on the Island. Not only has the Fibre Arts Studio closed, the farm where they grew the sheep, sheared the wool etc etc until they sold you the yarn has also closed. Talk about disappointing.

ALSO: I have had very little time to blog. Work life has been madly, insanely interesting lately. We are waiting for big changes on Monday. Perhaps Tuesdays blog will have some news…in the meanwhile it is very hard to wait. Nevermind concentrate on knitting…with toothpicks!


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