Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cold and Stormy, Inside and Out

We have a fierce Colorado Low sweeping over the eastern Prairies today. Do you like the view from the computer room window? It looks as though the snow is all the way up to the second storey.

***It's not really - we've only had about 15 centimetres.***

***I wonder if non-Prairie folk will find the word "only" an odd qualifier in that sentence. Hmmm...***

I started coming down with a whopper of a cold last night. It's been a long time since I've had a cold and there was next to no cold medicine in the house so I had to toddle off to the pharmacy this morning (yes, during the storm).

I've made a new best friend...

Cepacol spray - though I don't recommend it as a chaser with a Skinny Vanilla Latte.


I finished the linen shell I had been working on, I'm fairly please with how this turned out, though it could be a shade longer. It's been folded and put away to wait for a gentler sort of day, weather-wise.

I started a class last week in crochet. It's a craft that I've tried and tried to teach myself, but have never been able to figure out. But look!

During class I made this 2-inch square of single crochet, and it only took an hour and a half! I'm very pleased with myself. I may never be as competent with a hook as I am with needles, but I'll be delighted if I can master a few stitches.

Hooray for me!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

I'm a Rock Star

Well, not really.

Here's my result for the rock star meme, that Penny tagged me with last week.

Here are the rules:

1. Go to Wikipedia. Hit "random". The first random article you get is the name of your band. (I got Leopold Square - well, no I didn't I got "McMikken College of Arts and Sciences" which I didn't like so I hit random about eight times until I got one I liked).

2. Go to Random Quotations. The last four or five words of the last quote on the page is the title of your first album. (I got "love yourself as your neighbor", if you go to that site today that's what you'll get too - not all that random really).

3. Go to Flickr and click on "explore the last seven days. The third picture, no matter what it is will be your album cover. (OK, OK, this wasn't the third picture - it was maybe three or four pages in, but you know, there's a bit of artistic integrity involved in album art. Isn't that just the most fabulous shade of greeny-blue on those bricks?)

Use photoshop or a similar program (I used paint) and put it all together.

I'm not going to tag anyone to play along, because I hate getting tagged myself, but if you want to play, please do.

And remember, rock and roll isn't about playing by the rules.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Finished Started New


I realise I've been missing for a little while, I'm going to blame mid-winter. The weather has been warm and sunny and cold and blustery in turns and that means the streets have been mostly icy and wretched. Makes me feel like pulling the covers over my head. However, the birds are starting to come back, I can hear them chirping, and the sun (when it bothers to show itself) is intense and yellow, that can only mean that spring is considering when to arrive - though everyone around here knows that means no sooner than mid-April.

We've been busying ourselves with Nigel's birthday and meetings with our contractor and architect for the upcoming reno. I'm not sure if Nigel is swooning more at being a whopping 42!!! or the looming cost of the addition - perhaps he should take up knitting. It can be very therapeutic.

And look at all the projects I've finished lately:

the Deep in the Forest mittens

the Clapotis

a neck warmer called Tudora, made with the rest of the pink Debbie Bliss Luxury Donegal Tweed I bought while in Dublin with Elly

a little hat called Sprout, which is green with a little curled I-cord at the top. I'm not thrilled with how this one turned out, so I didn't take any photos of it completed. It still counts as done though!

And I've started (again) on the Union Jack Slipover. I've finished the back and started the front, and this time it's staying with me until it's all finished. It's knit using a dozen little bobbins of yarn - very irritating. Cute though, yes?

And since the Union Jack is such a pain, I have another project one the go, something simple to knit that can be worked on while yapping to friends or watching television. The Aletia Shell from Interweave Knits Spring 2008 magazine.

The yarn is MaggiKnits Maggi's Linen. This is the same yarn I used to make the Molly Ringwald shell last summer, from this post. It's the VERY same yarn. Poor Molly never did get any smaller, and I've decided not to get any bigger (in fact, I'm trying to shrink myself a little bit), so I tore out all that work and gave the yarn a good soak and now it's being re-worked. I'm feeling very hopeful about this project.

And what else?

Ooooo, so delightful. There's another new elemental from ambermoggie. This one is Airmed, the goddess of the Tuatha de Danaan of Ireland. She's bright green and yellow and is full of the promise of spring and new growth - very apropos I think, considering the new addition.

Isn't she lovely? Here she is with her friends.