Thursday, June 21, 2007

The big storm, first veggies, and stitch markers

In my last huge update post, I forgot to mention the big storm we had here a few weeks ago. It was a wicked thunderstorm, and it brought down a whole bunch of trees in my neighbourhood. Including our side-yard neighbour's tree, onto our car!

Tree on car

Luckily, we have a huge grapevine trellis at the side of the driveway which caught the tree, so we only have very minimal damage to the car. A small dent in the trunk, and some very minor surface scratching. Nothing worth worrying about. But imagine our surprise when we came home from an evening out to find our driveway looking like that!

Tonight I picked the first veggies from my garden. We'll be having lettuce & spinach (shh, don't tell my husband) salad for dinner along with some free frozen pasta dinner I got from work. It's my first veggie garden ever! I promise I won't post pics of every single vegetable I pick.


And, when I got home from work, I found that my stitch markers I ordered from Etsy had arrived. They are so nice! I got them from Hide & Sheep. I got 2 sets of the needle-hugger designs, and 1 clearance set of regular round dangle-free markers. And they each come in their own little tin. (Personally, I would have been fine with getting all 3 sets in one tin, save the environment and all that, but the tins are adorable so I won't complain.)

Stitch marker mosaic

And now, off to make the salad!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

We now return to our regularly scheduled program

I know, it's been forever. I have excuses! Kenneth went off for a month and took the camera with him, so I was handicapped. What good is a blog without pictures?

So, let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up. (Bonus points for anyone who gets the reference.)

In May, I finished my Dulaan knitting and sent off my 5 pieces to Arizona for the Mongolians.

Dulaan Package

I hope they like them! I really enjoyed knitting the little sweater - it's the Debbie Bliss sweater from the summer Vogue Knitting. I think it turned out adorable!

On June 5, my mom had her hip replaced. More on that in a minute.

On June 9, I went to the TTC Knit-a-Long to celebrate Worldwide Knit in Public Day. We met at Starbucks at 9 for some caffeine, and then travelled from yarn shop to yarn shop on public transit all day. It was tons of fun. Here's a mosaic of pics from the day:

TTC Knit-A-Long

It was a long and tiring day. You can see by the last pictures that we were all worn out by the end. I spent about $16 on yarn - I got 4 balls of laceweight mohair for $2 a ball (!), and a 100g ball of sock yarn for $6. Score! And then, at the end of the day, they gave out prizes to the participants for various categories such as "Needs a Sherpa" (most yarn bought), etc. I won a prize for "Most Interesting Knitted Object" (or something like that) for my sock yarn log cabin blanket. The prize was 4 huge skeins of bulky cotton, in a gorgeous royal blue colour, from Americo. I definitely scored big on that!! They don't say their gauge on them, but it's *really* bulky, so I'm thinking it will have to be some kind of outerwear. I'm hoping there's enough for a short-sleeved cardi, or maybe a vest. They came with a pattern for a kind of hooded shrug, but I don't want to make that. Oh, and at Knitomatic, Haley gave us all surprise patterns as a gift! I got 2 nice patterns and 2 hideous ones, which seemed to be about the same ratio that everyone in our group got.

The next day, I headed off to London (Ontario) to help my mom recover from her surgery. When we got there, we discovered that she was still in hospital, but she got out the next day. So the week was spent working remotely from there (love the modern age - can still be 99% as productive from 2 hours away!). My help to her basically consisted of me bringing her drinks, moving her pillow & footstool from the kitchen to the family room and back, and changing the dressing on her incision once a day. Not too hard. So since I had no commute, no cats to feed, no chores to do (aside from the aforementioned helping, and doing dishes, which doesn't take much time), I got lots of knitting done.

I decided to take my yarn from the previous sweater that didn't work out, and make Rowan Air, from the Calmer Collection by Kim Hargreaves. I made one sleeve before I left for London. While I was in London, I made the second sleeve, and much of the back! Here's a pic of the back, suspended over my vegetable garden on the chicken wire.

Rowan Air back 1

You can also see the keen stitch markers I got from my secret pal when I did the Summer Fling exchange last summer. I'm really pleased with the way the cable is coming out. I can't wait to do the front!

Well, that's enough for today. And I'll try to post again within a week.