Tuesday, June 27, 2006


I'm just now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel at work, and hopefully will begin posting more very soon.

But for a quick update - I found the solution to my crappy-looking swatch. I was indeed twisting my stitches - apparently, somehow, in the year or two I took off from knitting, I forgot how to purl correctly. All is now well.

I'm enjoying making something girly and pink.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

My swatch looks like crap

swatch, originally uploaded by spudd.

I was swatching for Soleil, and since it's knit mostly in the round, I swatched in the round. But at the top you have to split apart and start knitting flat, so you can have arm holes and a neck hole and such. So after I'd swatched a sufficient amount in the round, I switched to swatching flat so I could make sure it would get the same gauge. And look at it! The top part is the part that was knitted flat. It's not nearly as nice and even as the part that was knit in the round.

I *think* my problem is I'm purling too loosely, but I'm not sure. If anyone has any suggestions to make my flat-knitted area look better, please let me know!

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Bruce Trail, part 2

Carved stump, originally uploaded by spudd.

The weekend of June 3-4, we completed our second leg of the Bruce Trail.

Saturday was very rainy - it rained almost non-stop the whole day. I was feeling okay in my breathable raincoat but Kenneth was miserable (he brought a raincoat, but neglected to put it on - and then once he was soaked he decided there was no point to putting it on). We stopped a little earlier than originally planned (about 3K earlier). This put the end of our leg at a mall. Yes, the Bruce Trail goes right past a mall.

Sunday was gorgeous hiking weather. It was sunny and warm, but not hot. We found this cute stump. We ended up walking further than we'd originally planned for Sunday, but were 2K short of our goal for the weekend.

I'm thinking of buying a bike rack for the car so we can take our bikes next time, and ride our bikes back to the car after each leg instead of having to call a taxi. This time the taxis were actually good, but you never really know if the taxi will know where you are, and it's a bit nerve-wracking.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

PokerStars Blogger Tournament

Texas Holdem Poker

I have registered to play in the PokerStars World Blogger Championship of Online Poker!

This Online Poker Tournament is a No Limit Texas Holdem event exclusive to Bloggers.

Registration code: 1169812

I'm kind of excited. I played in this last year and did pretty well (not well enough to actually win a prize or anything, though). And for a while, I was at the same table with Wil Wheaton. A brush with fame!