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Knitting Up A Storm!

Friday, June 29, 2007

Happy Canada Day!
Going Camping!

posted by Lisa @ 7:56 a.m. 


Thursday, June 28, 2007

I am going to take Click Clack's post and embed here because I think she stated it quite well:

I got an email today bringing my attention to the fact that The Knit Café is serving as a drop-off point for items being collected for Afghans for Afghans. They're looking for garments and blankets, knit or crochet, in natural animal fibres to clothe Afghan people.
  • No synthetic fibres
  • No representational imagery (faces or animals), no religious imagery
  • Avoid white and light colours that are hard to keep clean
  • No used items or scarves
  • Please knit items to standard sizes, keeping warmth in mind

More information, guidelines and patterns can be found here. Thanks to Anita for helping to organize this. The Knit Café is located at 1050 Queen Street West. Deadline for items is September 25, 2007.

posted by Lisa @ 1:30 p.m. 


Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Well lookie here my friends, an almost finished Ariann:

I guess 3 times is a charm and I am very relieved that it fits - even in her pre-blocked stage. Only the collar, a few ends to sew in and seam the underarms and I'll have a new sweater to wear when the colder weather arrives. It feels so good to know I've done the main knitting on it and I can now move on to the Ribby Shell!

This sweater was easy to knit and the mistakes I made were very dumb ass, but had I paid a bit more attention, it would have been finished a while ago. Such as life.

I've had a few comments and emails regarding my 7 random things about me, specifically number 4 stating they could do it too. I don't know if I described this well enough, but if not, here is a picture of my tongue folded in half:

BTW - I can hold it like this for quite some time.

Have a good one.


posted by Lisa @ 10:05 a.m. 


Thursday, June 21, 2007

These are my two animals taking a bath together:

I know after reading that first sentence and seeing them in the bath together you might come to the conclusion that I just might be nuts. I am not, let me reassure you. I have very good reasons why this little situation occurred. Let me start with the cat. Meeko is an over weight kitty that for the last year and few months I have been helping her loose weight. She started out of 25.3 pounds and now is at 19.5. Even though she has lost 6 pounds, she is unable to clean herself well and you guessed it, I get the honours of bathing her. It isn't a problem because she doesn't mind the water and always feels great after.

So, on Monday, it was Meeko's time to bathe and the dog was a bit dirty, and to save time, I threw them in at the same time. Good plan eh? I think so, but of course it does appear I might be losing my mind. I normally don't bathe the dog, that is the groomer's job. But hey, they were both in the bathroom, water was running and with shampoo in hand, the big lightbulb went on over my head and I went to it.

BTW - this is a sneaky ploy to cover up the fact, I don't have any knitting news for you. Have a good one.

posted by Lisa @ 9:18 a.m. 


Wednesday, June 20, 2007

For the last two years we have tried everything to get Maddie to jump off the boat into the lake without much luck. She was three when we first put it in the water and is really scared to jump. Unlike Julianna who immediately jumped in at 5 years of age without even thinking about it.

After quite a bit of encouragement, Maddie jumped in and stayed in long enough to snap this picture:

She also decided to jump one more time, I am so proud of her.

During this camping trip I realized I decreased too many times on Ariann and had to rip back to the arm holes, AGAIN! The first time I didn't decrease enough, the 2nd time, I decreased too much and the 3rd time? Well, I better pay closer attention this time around, or that sweater will be put on a time out.
I've been slowly working on the log cabin blanket, but it is so big that each freaking strip takes so long to complete. I am about to start another strip so, slowly it is coming to an end. Only 9 more balls of yarn to knit. Yeah, who am I kidding, almost coming to an end - I am a comedian today.
Have a good one.

posted by Lisa @ 9:38 a.m. 


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Finally a picture of Clapotis. I used 2 and 1/2 skeins of Tess Design Ribbon Yarn that I bought at my first MW&SF three years ago:

I wanted a smallish shawl to drape over my shoulders, and this fits the bill perfectly. I love the colour, the texture and fit.

BTW - camping was awesome. We had such a great time that I was very sad to see it end. We have been camping every other weekend from May long weeknd for the last 5 years. I have to say this year has been the best yet because my girls can now go off on their own, find friends and come back when they are either hurt (happens quite a bit) or hungry. We started to camp alot when Maddie was 9 months old and butt crawling in the mud. Plus only one of us could get things done because the other was entertaining the kids.

Not this year baby - we actually got to sit down and enjoy our coffee in the morning sun. Woo hoo. As much as I miss when they were really little, I am really enjoying this new freedom that we both have - the girls and us.

Have a good week.

posted by Lisa @ 10:08 a.m. 


Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Just wondering if anyone has the IK Nightgown pattern they had on their website a few weeks ago? I really like it, but can't find it on their site. Poo!

Ariann is progressing nicely, I think I am in the home stretch of getting this sucker done. I planned on finishing her up at camping this weekend. If I manage to finish, I will have to bring my Ribby Shell with me. It is a really easy pattern and looks great when done, so I am hoping I can bring that instead of Ariann. Knitting with cotton versus wool in hotter temps is much more appealing. Plus I will have a FO!

Funny how my next knit is a Chicknits project? Oh yeah, and the next one after that will be Nicole, another one by Bonne Marie. No worries, I don't think I'm obsessed with Chicknits just yet, do you?

I am not sure if I will be able to post until early next week because I am on a work related course from Wednesday through Friday, then off for camping on the weekend.

Have a great week guys.

posted by Lisa @ 1:50 p.m. 


Monday, June 11, 2007

I finished Clapotis, well a while ago and finally went to Fabricland to buy some fray-check for the ends of the Tess Design Ribbon yarn I used. Have I done it yet? Nope! Have to find the time, which is hard to do on the weekend. There really isn't a spare moment to be had, but my family and I had fun nevertheless.

Even though I haven't had a FO posted here for awhile, I have been knitting. I know this because my handy dandy trusty stash spreadsheet told me so. In May and June a total of 7330 yards of yarn was knit! Holy moly, that is quite a lot. The two serious projects on the go are Ariann and Log Cabin Blanket, which has taken up most of the time.

Ariann would have been finished, however I made a really stupid error and only realized my dumb ways at the start at the neck decreases. What was it you ask? When the raglan decreases were done, I kept the lace pattern as is, and didn't stop with the YOs. As row after row came to an end, I was wondering why each row didn't feel like it was getting shorter. Yeah, now I know! Stop with the YOs...
This is what my log cabin blanket looks, a bit bigger than the last time:

Have a good one folks.

posted by Lisa @ 9:44 a.m. 


Tuesday, June 05, 2007

I popped into the local thrift shop yesterday expecting not to find anything good, but lo and behold, lookie what I found. Six balls of Rowan Magpie = 900 yards for 9 buckeroos:

What a lucky girl I am.

See you - I am now off to finish the most boring work related course. Have a good one.

posted by Lisa @ 12:51 p.m. 


Friday, June 01, 2007

It took me a while to compile this list, but here are 7 Random Things about me:

1. I've had 4 sets of stitches on my body before the age of 11. Three are on my face, and one on my thumb.

2. As a child I hated/loathed/couldn't stand pizza, but as an adult it is one my favourite foods.

3. I moved every two years from nine years old until grade 13. My dad liked to switch jobs - often. My kids will stay in the same area until they finish high school.

4. I can fold my tongue in half. I've never met anyone else that can do this. Maybe I'll take a picture of it?

5. Although many would describe me as an extravert, I am very shy and find small talk difficult to particpate in. If I must, I will always try to ask questions, versus broach new topics. I try like hell not to answer for my kids as I want them to develop this skill I do not have and think it will be very useful as the get older. Plus, why shouldn't they talk for themselves?

6. I am the biggest scaredy cat in the world. On the rare occasions I muster up the courage to try something new, I always end up embarrassing me and my husband. Ask him, he has many, many stories to share.

7. When I am alone, I find nothing better to do than stare at a white wall. My life is so busy (like everyones) that starting at this wall is way more appealing than doing anything else. Sometimes even more than knitting.

If you feel like doing this, do, if not - enjoy reading others 7 random things. I know I've enjoyed it.

posted by Lisa @ 3:14 p.m.