Archive for February, 2008

It Begins

Sorry for all of you on the East Coast – I just had to share my excitement. And…yesterday when I walked Kira we saw…ROBINS!







Incidentally, this is how much knitting you can get done watching the Oscars!

btw – there are some new entries on the 2008 Reads page.

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Meme on a Monday

I was tagged by the Yarn Slayer! 

 The rules…

1) Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2) Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3) Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4) Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Ok. Here goes.

1. The first time I read one of these I thought it was a typo – for some time afterwards I thought it was some insider-jokey-reference thing that was supposed to be written about Me Me Me

2. I still don’t really understand the word – couldn’t there be a simpler explanation? or a different word?

3. I love cheesy, overblown, overacted Hollywood musicals like Gigi or The Unsinkable Molly Brown

4. But I hate West Side Story. Ugh.

5. I also hate The Outsiders – or most gang related youth tragedies and I say it is because they’re so pointless and the people make such ridiculously doomed choices….

6. but I love The Departed and Gangs of New York? Am I agist?

7. My politeness is practically a compulsion. There are people I detest with vehemence whom I cannot be rude to. I will have vowed to ignore them (I don’t want to start fights!)but I run into them, I smile and ask how they are – and the scary thing is, I think my interest might be sincere!

I’m not going to tag anyone because I’m like that. I have also been known to step on cracks, walk beneath ladders and welcome black cats to cross my path.

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We have had a wonderfully mild week – warm temperatures and sunshine!
It’s a bit of a tease because it is too early for spring, but it has been feeling like it.

We’ve taken advantage of this exceptional weather and spent a lot of time out of doors.

Watcha got there?

After an impromptu trip to a park (someone misread the Ice Arena schedule and it was Men’s Drop-In Hockey when we arrived not Family Skate! oops — who could that have been?) we were driving past some horses and I thought – why not?


The horses, promptly named Diamond Crystal and Nipper by their visitors, came right over and sampled some of the dried grass and leaves the children generously offered.
These horses are along the regular walk route Kira and I take – usually she is happy to see them and they have a little face to face time. But…apparently she was not comfortable enough for a photo shoot. This was the best I could do.

Kira & the Horse

The depressing job of frogging my Aunty’s Anemoi Mitt has been postponed. Instead I cast on for my Drops Eskimo Jacket. So far it is simple and moving along quite quickly. Could be those US 11 needles…

Eskimo Jacket

It might even be mindless enough to knit during Lost! We’ll find out tonight.

Last night I watched a BBC version of Shakespeare’s 12th Night. It wasn’t that great – but… it was good accompaniment to my new knitting project.
Most hilarious was this fellow’s hairdo:


Mainly because it mirrors exactly the haircut one of our kinder girls just gave herself the other week! Only her bangs are closer to her scalp – that jagged, just shorter. Poor thing. 🙂

Brandon’s Comfort Blanket update: Look at those stats! (to your right in the sidebar)
I am so touched by the response I’ve been getting. I was speaking with Brandon’s Mom the other day and she is coping very well – and so is he. He is going in to BC Children’s for 4 days of treatment and then has 4 days off. This allows him to be home with his family which is so important. And….Mom is pregnant! She has a very full plate right now and I really admire the grace with which she is handling things.

Thank you once again – and please, if you can link to the project from your blog that would be awesome!

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I’ve had a day from you know where. Actually, yesterday was like that and tomorrow isn’t looking that great either.

This little guy though – he made me smile.


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I’m going to start with the yarn. The lovely, lovely yarn.

So soft. So pretty. Spun with Silver!


This gorgeous skein of fibrey wonder is from Woolgirl. You can buy yours here.
I am not sure what this extra special yarn will become yet. I am waiting for it to whisper it’s innermost dream to me. In the meanwhile I watch it glimmer in the light.

Which should be good because…I’m going to be frogging soon. Maybe not tonight. I might not have the heart.
This is the last time you saw the 2nd Anemoi Mitten:

Last night I finished it. Even the thumb as I watched Dexter on network television and laughed over Doaks’ vehement declaration that Dexter was a “MotherLover!”.

I’m not laughing now. Earlier that day I had been talking to my Aunty Elaine, the recipient-to-be of the Mitts. Joking about how much tenser I must be one year later, because the 2nd glove seems tighter and smaller than the 1st.

Oh. Ha, ha, ha. I thought some severe blocking would make the difference. But as I held the finished glove up to the 1st the small stitches really hit me. With sickening dread I referred back to the pattern.

See the picture below?

2nd Anemoi

That is where I should have stopped. But oh no, I pressed on. With my head cold & cough and lack of sleep.

Yeah. Right there is where I was supposed to switch from 2.25 mm needles to 2.75 mm needles. Only, I had gone up to 3.00 mm needles with the 1st glove – and dutifully written that in the margin of my pattern.

My Aunt came for an emergency fitting today. Not a chance on earth they’ll fit. It’s a good thing she loves me. And it makes it a little easier that it was 15 degrees out today.

I think I’m going to cast on a new sweater instead tonight!

Comfort Blanket Update: We have 11 knitters/crocheters volunteering to make squares. Thank you so much!  If you aren’t able to make squares, would you link to the project on your blog?

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A Call to Needles — Edited

This week our small company’s accountant received some devastating news. Her 4 yr old son, Brandon, was diagnosed with Lymphoma.

He hadn’t been well and went in for some tests, they were assured he was alright etc. etc. but then this Monday morning they recieved a call saying they needed to bring him in right away, that day, to begin treatment.

We were told about this at our staff meeting on Wednesday night and all of us are stunned. He is the dearest little boy – of course he is! His mother is the kindest lady & we all know his aunty, a fellow ECE’er who has this little guy in her home daycare. We have been thinking of ways we can help and provide support. My head has been swimming with ideas and then it hit me: a Comfort Blanket.

I would dearly love to be able to give this little boy, and his identical twin brother, Denver, a Comfort Blanket. A way to share love, hope and well wishes with him and his family. I am hoping you would like to help too.

If you would like to make 4″ knit or crocheted squares in your choice of non-acrylic boyish colours please leave a note in the comments and I will contact you. I am thinking it would be really nice for his parents if you included a postcard letting them know where you are from with your square or squares.

Two of Hearts  Home

I’ve had some questions about squares – here are some answers.

Does it have to be worsted weight? No – it can be sock, dk, bulky etc. The choice is yours. As long as it is a 4″ square!

Does it need to be superwash? No. Though something machine washable is ideal since chemotherapy makes patients quite ill.

Does it need to be wool? No. It can be any natural material that is soft to the touch. Chemotherapy causes heightened sensitivity and acrylic can be especially irritating.

*Should we receive more squares than needed we will seam up more blankets to donate to BC Children’s Hospital.*

Please post a link to this project in your own blog.

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join ’em.

This fantastic hat is popping up all over the knit blogiverse! And now I know why.

                          Si Capitan!

This knit is so satisfying. Quick, easy & fun all at the same time. It’s really quite a cute knit too.

Pattern: Capitan Hat by Rosie G
Yarn: Phildar Sport No.6
1 & 1/4 skeins
Buttons: from one of my Mom’s bins!

My 1st PS3: Elements knit. I’ve been exploring other avenues of the Elements – such as diet. So far I have made pancakes with roasted beet puree (umm…so delicious and they were a gorgeous shade of burgundy) and Chicken Tortilla Soup. I’m trying to ensure I include a healthy selection of ‘reds’ in my daily fare: tomatoes, red peppers, grapes…Hawkins Cheezies are orange…and lately a lot of pink grapefruit juice — curse you cough!

Ooh! btw: Carpooling won 3rd Prize in Bella Knitting’s contest. Kira’s blankie will be so well taken care of! Thank you Laura & Sarah. Please go check out the other entrants posts – they’re fantastic.

                    The face of a Winner!

On that front I have one last section of blankie to crochet and sew on and then only have a border to add — I’m hoping that will smooth things out a bit. Not the tidiest of edges at the moment. And then Kira won’t have to make do with whichever sweater has been left in the car…

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You’re the time of day right around sunrise, when the sky is still a pale bluish gray. The streets are empty, and the grass and leaves are a little bit sparkly with dew. You are the sound of a few chirpy birds outside the window. You are quiet, peaceful, and contemplative. If you move slowly, it’s not because you’re lazy – it’s because you know there’s no reason to rush. You move like a relaxed cat, pausing for deep stretches that make your muscles feel alive. You are long sips of tea or coffee (out of a mug that’s held with both hands) that slowly warm your insides just as the sun is brightening the sky.

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WIP’n Along

The blanket that never ends — or will end in time for me to begin it all over again, since I’m going to make one for a baby-soon-to-be-born.


See how much more I have to cover?


Maybe this makes things a little clearer.


I have about a dozen more squares to sew on and…at least that many to crochet! My sanity is questionable.

Here is Elaine’s 2nd mitt. I’m well passed the thumb now. Yay!


These will still be useful – despite what that Groundhog had to say, it’s snowing again.

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The Letter M

The Letter M

Top to Bottom, Left to Right

1. M – Cousin Extrodinaire – actually caught mid-Mutthead in this pic
2. Mother – Something so peaceful and right seeing a Mom and her new baby
3. Mist – Ethereal
4. Marmalade – I love it, why don’t I eat it? Strange
5. MacBeth, Lady – She’s such a powerful figure, dangerously powerful. Sadly, most of her keeps getting cut off in this mosaic – frustrating
6. Magicians, Alliance of – Yay! There’s going to be a movie.
7. Mythology – Favourite since childhood
8. Matrix – I love the 1st one. It still gives me a rush to watch it today. Hey M – remember the theatre fiasco that night? Coward
9. Music – Like another language. I can read a little. I had about 1 yr of piano. I should really go back. Playing was a great way to clear my head.
10. Mushrooms – So beautiful. So gross. Like eating dirt. Mouldy dirt. Except for that one time my brother sauteed them in butter…with maybe some garlic…
11. Meadow – Just looking at the picture makes me breathe deeper. So relaxing
12. Museum – Haven’t been to any great museums, but have visited lots of small, unique museums — some which perhaps don’t even qualify as museums…
13. Macaw – Such vibrantly coloured birds & so intelligent
14. Manatees – Adorable. Look at those little faces
15. Mountains – Ummm…that was a picture of a local mountain range. But it keeps uploading as the mist picture…weird
16. Moss – Fresh, green, sproingy carpets. Love moss – creeping, hanging, waving
17. Mulder – My big grouchy kitty. She is the most dominant pet in the house – though you might have the impression that’s Kira!
18. Mars – Stunning.
19. Maze – Imagine having the space for your own garden maze? I find mazes of all kinds exciting. But don’t ever try and run through a maze with me (especially corn mazes for some reason).  Invariably I run straight to the centre – where’s the fun in that? I can’t get lost and wander – even though that is what I’m hoping for. It’s utterly bizarre.
20. Me – yeah. That’s me. 5 yrs ago? 6? That is the me I keep saying is my goal. And then…I keep postponing the goal. Maybe I should put this picture up where I can see it more often – you know, so I can believe it’s possible!

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