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Me Feezy!

What? -3! That is cold!

For me?

I loves you Mom.

entry post for Bella Knitting’s contest

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Of portraits and prizes

Last week over coffee at my Aunt’s, my little cousin drew this for me.


She took a few creative liberties – I wasn’t wearing a skirt, purple lipstick nor do I have green eyes (unless I was at your blog checking out your latest spinning).

Kira looks like she is in a rush doesn’t she?

At the last moment she added those two hill-ish items under my neck. Her Aunt and I have our ideas about what they represent… 😉


In other news, while I was off recovering from a throat that felt like I was swallowing glass, I finished my Pullover and started the Trapeze Jacket and….drew the winners of my De-stash Bloggiversary.

There is a bit of theme among the winners – two are about to become Mothers and one has a child (or two). This might change the focus from that of destashing and lead to more purchases — I read in Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s Knitting Rules about safety when it comes to knitting for infants, eek!

If you are one of the lucky winners send me an e-mail.

Thanks to everyone who has stopped by and commented here – it really means a lot to me!

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To me!

Today I am celebrating 2 years since I started blogging. I kept thinking I would write something profound but…thinking is a skill I am short on these days…still fighting off a cold and…not getting a lot of sleep so…

In lieu of something profound, let’s celebrate!

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Until December 7th, all commentors at the blog will be entered into a draw for a major stash busting prize package. With a few extras of course. It’s my way of saying thank you – I’ve grown a lot as a knitter and a blogger since my first posts (and if you don’t believe me go look at the archives…) and not a little of that is because of you!

I want to show you the wonderful hat my Mom made for me.

 Droplet Hat

 This is Nora Gaughan’s Droplet Hat from Knitting Nature – a truly inspired book of patterns.

Being modeled…

by Mrs. AhhWigons

 and on me after keeping me warm all day while I was out sledding.


It was a perfect day for sledding – just look:

Alice Lake Provincial Park

Best of all – it’s still snowing! No rain in our forecast til next week – pretty surprising for the West Coast. I couldn’t be happier.

They don’t mind either.


Martin Gore?

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Sarah of Bella Knitting!

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For correctly identifying this dreadful prosthetic hand as belonging to this man:

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FBI Agent Alex Krycek of the X-Files.

There he is, with his fake hand on some poor man’s shoulder – this shot reminds me of Jonny Depp’s fake arm in Once Upon a Time in Mexico. 😀

Because this is such fun, I drew another name and Trek – you too have a won a Socktoberfest inspired prize.

Congratulations Sarah and Trek!

Special mention goes to hi dee, for her hilarious clue: I’m CRYing in my CHEXs cereal that no one has answered your question.  What colour do you want those house slippers to be? 😉

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Well – I think you have waited long enough. I couldn’t even begin to tell you what has kept me from the computer for the last week —- even I don’t know. 😉

At long last, here is the yarn I bought in Alaska.


5 skeins of Elsebeth Lavold Silky Tweed in burgundy : destined to become Anais

2 skeins of Artyarns Ultramerino4 in a brown and pink/orange/red mix : becoming Picot Edged Monkeys . This yarn is like butter! I will be buying more and I am really glad I swerved left from my colour preference because I am liking these colours a lot.

I had to get this kit. I love Ravens. The yarn is handspun in Sitka. The colours are perfect. Silk. Roving.


A Thrummed Mitten kit. (pattern not in picture — not sure why…)
Ooooh it is going to be so cozy!

I realize it looks like I was the picture of restraint. Well – had I known I would not be finding the yarn I was hunting for (enough Alpaca for Chantal in a rich, deep purple. Sigh.) Iwould have bought a lot MORE yarn. Though, my plodding approach to FO’s really doesn’t allow for more stash…I would have added in a big way if I’d known.

Aaannnnnndddd  I won a contest over at Meowfish Pie Knits! I guessed the exact date her little boy will be joining her family – so exciting for them.

She sent me this incredibly beautiful yarn.


It’s a sportweight and must be something more than a plain jane accessory — any suggested patterns? I could surf Ravelry but if you saw the length of my queue already…it’s safer if I take suggestions. That’s what I’ll tell myself at any rate.

Ummmm speaking of contests…I have had not one guess for my Contest. 😦 I could have sworn there were more Sci-Fi watching knitters out there. Kinda like The Truth. (as in: The Truth is out there). If that doesn’t help the names of my cats might.

Here’s the rundown of the contest again: 

CONTEST: I took the photo from the wrong side. Curses.This has got to be the all time funniest moment that was certainly not meant to be funny. Just follow the link and if you know whose hand that is and from what program…it might just win you a prize in honour of Socktoberfest! If there is more than one correct answer I will draw names. Leave your guess in the comments. 😀 (Unless that is you in the mock photo!) {ohhh maybe you Can play!}}

Come out and play Sci Fi-Sleuthing knitters!   1/2 answers count.  Name the the person or name the show.

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After losing Trivia again.


Yep – I was knitting in the bar.


So cozy.

The big Chef’s night – which included singing, dancing and juggling waiters as well.



Not all of us could wear our hats so well.


Our last port of call: Ketchikan. The salmon were running.



Dolly’s House.


Here’s an interior shot of my favourite bookstore. This chair is conveniently located beside the crafts section – which carried nearly all of the YarnHarlot’s books.


Now don’t take this the wrong way but the following seems like something you would only find in the USA. It is the Post Office and the Taxidermist. Together. In one building.


Please note the realism of the display – the feathers in the mouths. And in case you were wondering, the ptarmigan does come with the otter. Hey, that’s a bargain!


And we thought we were the only one’s out there bastardizing this joke.

Our last day was spent sailing down the Inside Passage. We stayed out on deck quite a bit, chatting, reading, napping and knitting (ok that was just me). And yep – it was still chilly.


Chilly but beautiful.


Check out the Rainbow Topaz ring my Aunt bought – you know, if you can spot it. (not actually my Aunt’s hand)


CONTEST: I took the photo from the wrong side. Curses. This has got to be the all time funniest moment that was certainly not meant to be funny. Just follow the link and if you know whose hand that is and from what program…it might just win you a prize in honour of Socktoberfest! If there is more than one correct answer I will draw names. Leave your guess in the comments. 😀 (Unless that is you in the mock photo!)


I love this pic of my cousin but…he wouldn’t buy it. So I improvised. Shhhh!


This sub-group played a lot of cards during our trip. Here’s their last game in the lounge where the loveliest string quartet played each night.


I knit while I waited to be picked up. Err… I mean Reunited!


I had a fabulous trip but I am happy to be back. Just look at what a gorgeous day it was when we arrived home:


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I think my favourite part of Project Spectrum 2 is how far outside my comfort zone it is pushing me. During the last colour segment I tried my hand at dyeing some self striping yarn. It didn’t work out the way I had expected – but I still like it.

This time I used Eunny’s Tutorial on Self Striping yarn (thank you Susie!) and let me tell you…it was a LOT of work. Since I knew I was going to use this technique I had already done the knitting and measuring bit and now had only to wind the yarn into humongous lengths. What a nightmare. The KnitPicks Bare I was using was so tangled it took me nearly 2 hrs to untangle it. I am not a patient person – I HATE details. So getting bogged down in untangling this wool – I had to take a LOT of deep breaths.
Wound Up!
Finally I could measure off the sections for each colour. I wanted to do 4 stripes of pink, 3 of green and 2 of yellow. During the dyeing process I devised a new way to colour all the wool at once. Ziploc Baggies! So simple. And Clean!
Ziploc Dyeing

I rinsed the wool – my sizzling fingers. Squeezed it out and now it is resting in the yard, drying in the open air.


I don’t know how I feel about the colours yet. We’ll see. I have found that this wool takes an average of 2-3 days to dry completely – if the sun would cooperate I am sure it would be faster. As soon as it is dry I plan on using it (unless I decide to over-dye it) and I will post a pic right away.

In other news – I sent off everyone’s prize packages yesterday, along with a few other belated gifties! I finished another book (I know! This is like my pre-knitting days.) and watched Bobby. I really enjoyed this movie. I do not know alot about Bobby Kennedy, but if he was half the man he presented in his speeches what a loss. The movie left me wondering how different the course of American history (and really world history) would have been were it not for the murders of Dr. King and Senator Kennedy. A thought provoking film that would have benefitted by leaving Ashton Kutcher in the audience!

I leave you with some pics of Kira. She has been digging under the dishwasher, growling and whining – apparently a cat kibble got beneath there and it is driving her nutso!


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Where did the time go? This time last year I was pretty new to blogging and joining Flash Your Stash really expanded my blog connections — also my knitting horizons! I had no idea the amazing stashes out there…such as TurtleGirls. Seriously, go check it out. Totally incredible.I decided to just Flash the Stash that I have acquired (and not knit) since last year.

Starting with my Sock Yarn. Here is my sock yarn from Spunky Eclectic’s Sock Yarn Club.

Here is the rest of my sock yarn. Various gifted skeins from generous Secret Pals and contest prizes (thank you). Some of my own hand dyed. 1 skein of Stitch N Snitch. 2 skeins of Sundara. 1 skein of Sunshine Yarn and 2 of Perchance to Knit. Fabulous stuff.

And here is all the rest. Mulder couldn’t resist the photo op!

A little closer here. The big difference in my yarn purchases is that I now buy enough for entire projects – no more skein at a time buys. Or loads of acrylic because I don’t think I know how to knit properly.

When I gathered the yarn all into one spot I noticed that I was really into tweedy yarns this last while. Hmmmm…and yet I have made nothing other than a pair of slippers from tweed yarn. Interesting.

This comes right on time for the colour change at Project Spectrum 2. Now I have all mine yarns located and projects ready to begin. See all that tweedy pink on the left? Destined to be the Stacy Pullover from Big Girl Knits. Time to start!In Other News

We have our winners! Big thank you to all 33 of you who commented at my site this month – your support and insight is very appreciated!!

Charity is our 200th comment winner.
Deb is our 201st comment winner.

And for the draw…

If you are one of the winners please send me an e-mail at lmartin7@shaw.ca

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Lucky Me!

This arrived for me in the mail today!

I won a contest at Jessalu’s blog and this was the generous prize package I received. My very first skein of Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn in a fabulous purple, blue and red colourway – hmmm all the colours of royalty… Some truly yummy treats and a great card with yarn and a kitty in the picture. Thank you Jess – you are too kind!

Seems the Spring pics just don’t stop around here – these are from our walk this evening.

Oh, and the Hummingbirds are here!!

I know I am a strange one – I love, love, LOVE the smell of Skunk Cabbage. If I could find away to grow it in my backyard I truly would. Fortunately for me, it grows all over town. Ahhh.

ETA: Ummm yeah. The stripe is GREEN not blue. What am I? colourblind??

And it is also Poetry Thursday so here is one of my favourite poems to share with children. The fun language! Runcible spoon.

The Owl and the Pussy Cat
by Edward Lear

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
“O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are,
You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!”

Pussy said to the Owl, “You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?”
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows,
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood,
With a ring at the end of his nose,
His nose,
His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

“Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?” Said the Piggy, “I will.”
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

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I am hosting a contest!

This little blog is very, very close to receiving it’s 200th comment!! Let me tell you, I did not expect that to be happening – and certainly not before the end of this month…I thought maybe mid-April. But readership and/or commenting has grown over the last few weeks and the time is now.

The lucky people who leave the 200th, and then the 201st comment, will win some knitting swag!
200th Comment: Oregon Felted Tote pattern and yarn.
201st Comment: Scarf or Sock Kit – pattern, yarn and needles – your choice

And, because I appreciate all the commentors who visit, I will place everyone’s name from this month, in a draw for 2 seperate sock yarn or felted bowl projects (winners can choose!) I will even give you a choice of colours.

Here are some of the items you may win:

If you have been reading here for awhile, you know that I refer to myself as a Slow Knitter. Am I? Really? Perhaps I am just a considerate knitter?

This was how we spent much of yesterday – lounging, finishing Season 3 of the Sopranos and trying to get some of my Ravenclaw House Scarf done. I am sure you can imagine how difficult it is to knit with a pup sleeping under your arm! But she was too cozy, not to mention cute, to move. So little progress was made – just a 2nd set of silver stripes.

I did cast with my PS2 dyed sock yarn, you know since there are like 5 days left in the month. 😀
I am going to try Grumperina’s Jaywalkers. I know, I am pretty late jumping on that wagon (ummm…2005?) but they look like fun.
I hope to get more done tonight – another cheesy episode of 24 is on and we are going to start Season 4 of Sopranos. (our plan is to catch up before the final season starts April 8th -we’re enjoying it – though our language has really taken a dive!)

Good luck everyone! I can’t wait to announce some prize winners!!

ETA: 200 and 201 have been written! I will contact the winners shortly. I guess I shouldn’t really hold the draw until Sunday morning to be fair to everyone, I did say ‘all the commentors this month’. Why must I be so impatient! What do you think?

Ok. All winners will be announced on Sunday, April 1st. — no mention of Fools —

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