Sunday, June 27, 2004
The sun is shinning
The sun was really shinning, so Ruby had to wear her new doggles!! I don't think she like them.....That's ok, she only had to wear them for the picture. A pet store was going out of business on Saturday and everything was 70% off. I was going to buy these doggles, but them didn't think they'd fit and didn't have the money. The women ended up giving them to me....which was super nice, and I guess a good since none of the dogs like them.
It's not a shawl, It's not a poncho....It's a shauncho! (we'll right now it's not much.....)
This idea came courtesy of Still life, in Victoria B.C. Mike's sister, Laura saw this shawl/poncho, and feel in love. Laura figured out the pattern, and make one. The one at the store was garter stitch, very ichy and $135!!!!! I also feel in love and after seeing Laura's, HAD to make one. I've decided to make mine out of cotton. I'm quite happy with it so far.
Friday, June 18, 2004
I have a home!!!
I'm home free
Halfway through Excite!
Here's what a week of being 'on' the knitting gives me - the entire back of Excite is all finished up. I wanted to leave the shoulder stitches on a stitch holder to do a 3-needle bind-off with the front, but when I started doing the shoulder shaping, I wasn't sure if that would work anymore.
Again, I cannot stress how much I love the design, the yarn, or the use of big needles. I am hoping to finish off the whole thing by Canada day, but I should perhaps give myself a bit more time for blocking and sewing. I'm casting on the front tonight, and the pattern looks pretty straightforward - it's identical to the back until you get to the neck decreases.
Don't forget the sunscreen...
And this is why I may not be wearing Excite the very day I get it finished. I have a bad feeling that I'll be spending the rest of my summer trying to lose the bike-jersey tan line. And this is just after riding for 4 hours last Saturday!
Monday, June 14, 2004
Shadow and the eyeless bunny
Shadow and the eyeless bunny
In about 2 hours, Shadow pulled all of these eyes off random stuffed animals.
Sunday, June 13, 2004
I love toys!!!
I love this dog!! His name is Shadow and he is a 7 year old Golden Retriever. His owners brought his to the vet to put him to sleep. He needed a $900 operation, and the owners decided that he wasn't worth it. Even when the vet offered to do the surgery for FREE, they still wanted him put to sleep, since he only cost them money. The vet finally got them to surrender him and a vet tech brought him to the Victoria SPCA at 5:30 Saturday night. I has there walking dogs and fell in love. He is so sweet, I can't imagine anyone want him to be put down. We had a connection right away. He still needs the surgery, which the vet is still doing for free, this coming Saturday. It's likely he will be adopted before then. I really wanted to bring him home, but now is not a good time. With the move and all, and the fact that after the suregry he'll need a nice quite, non dog playing house to rehab in, we are not the right family for him.....if it was a few months down the road, it would be a different story. I went to knit with him today and we had a great time. I'll do again in the morning. He isn't allowed to go for walks, so he needs lots of extra love....here is his link form the SPCA Shadow
We had him hanging out with Marshall today and they had a super time!!
Marshall (please note, pictures are alittle upsetting.)
Friday, June 11, 2004
Bags by Mags
Thanks for sending the yarn, Briana. Hey, did you like that wool I sent you?
Now this is what I call progress...
Excite has me so, well, excited about knitting, that I couldn't wait to cast on and get started. And I stayed up past my bedtime, happily knitting away. It feels so good to be knitting with the big needles again, and feeling like I am actually getting somewhere with my knitting. In fact, I've got about 12cm done already -- I'm almost halfway up to the shoulder shaping!
The cotton tape is very soft, and moves easily on the needles. It drapes really nicely, and I had no problem getting the gauge recommended. It seems to twist sometimes, but I suspect that has more to do with me constantly turning my work in the same direction between rows.
It's a tape thing
Is there a patron saint of finished objects? If so, I hope she forgives me, for I am weak.
So weak, I could not resist the siren call of a new project. Something faster than Kyoto. Something to go with the hot weather we've been hit with in Toronto. Something new.
Enter: excite, from Rowan "It's a Tape Thing". I dropped way too much money on this little project, and now I know why I never allowed myself to even look at the Rowan yarns before. Why? Because addiction is just around the corner, and I'll probably go broke quickly after that. The Rowan cotton tape is so so so so nice and soft. Could this be love?
Here it is - the Kyoto sash, in all it's finished glory (see how I've nicely tucked in all of the ends so you don't see them?!?). I've cast on the sleeve, but was seeing if I could do it in the round (I don't think I can without resorting to DPNs). Sadly, I can't, so whenever I finish this baby off, it'll be a great big seaming party.
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
More Kool Aid
The Naturally '12 ply' was ok. It is 100% wool and did not really suck the color up. I did this one in a solid color in the microwave. It cost $5.99 for 110g/152m.
The Wendy 'Guernsey five ply' worked well. It did not really suck the color up. I tried a small piece, and did tried to make Boro, but it stayed really light. I'm still quite happy with it. I did another one in a mix of reds, that I really like. It was a really good deal; $2.50 for 100g.
The Marks & Kattens 'Boheme' is a superwash and works really well. It was on sale for $2.25 for 50g/90m. Think i'll pick more of this up soon!
Tuesday, June 08, 2004
boro knitted up
Monday, June 07, 2004
New knitting bag
Sunday, June 06, 2004
Counting rows is a dream
Clover row counter
Sophie is all done!!!
Saturday, June 05, 2004
after 10: stiches are not very visible.
after 20: looks good.
after 29: i think it's there but....
after 35: finished!
I was really pleased with the way this wool felted. I'll be able to get a real feel for it once it is dry and I can compare it other wool I have felted!
after felting. bag measure 7" and with strap measures 12.5".