Friday, March 31, 2006

Nooooooooo!!!!!!

So Robyn, the owner/operator of Red Bird Knits (get it, Robyn, Red Bird, I love it) just e-mail me to say they are *gasp* actually out of Bucks Bar. Boo. I really loved that one. I had already worked out what to do with it too. So, instead I'm taking Desert Flower:



Still very beautiful. I love all the different colours!

I suppose that I will live.

I have a problem.

Posting a comment on the Yarn Harlot's site today, I realized that I have a problem.

I have an addiction to socks.

I've always loved having fun socks. I always get 4 or 5 pairs of "fun" socks at Christmas. You know the ones I mean, with the cats or sharks or dancing bears on them. In super fun colours? They don't really match with anything, but they are fun to wear.

Now that I've learned about the awesomeness that is knitting socks, I'm hooked.

I discovered Red Bird Knits today. It's a Canadian company that sells some very beautiful yarns. If I had unlimited funds, I'd buy it all. Sadly, there's this little thing called "tuition" that I have to pay in a months time.

I really wanted Cherry Hill Supersock Merino in Monet:



It is so gorgeous, I kept staring at the picture, trying to decide if I could justify spending over $30 for a pair of (amazing) socks. Even I couldn't justify that one, athough I might spend some more time day dreaming about it.

Then I was looking at Cherry Hill Potluck Merino in Bright 4:



Also very fun, and would make a great pair of socks. Sadly, it's also a little more on the expensive side. :( Definitely day dream worthy though.

So, I "settled" (ha, settled, who am I kidding, I love this stuff too) with Lornas Laces Shepherd Sock in Bucks Bar:



and Glenwood:



I went with the Glenwood to steer me away from my pink addiciton.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

for those of you keeping track....

..... that jaywalker sock is the very same one that i was working on during the Winter frosh leader retreat. and no, i'm really not that slow, its my "keep me sane knitting" while doing that bloody blanket.

with that said, back to the blanket, Idol is kinda sucking tonight so far, i think i'd rather knit!

Monday, March 27, 2006

Progress!


So, I got a Jaywalker finished, yes, one Jaywalker. Isn't it fabulous?

Like the nail polish? "Cha-Ching Cherry" My fingernails are the same.

Then, there's the baby blanket that is starting to suck my will to live. I don't think I will ever take on a huge mass of stockinette again any time soon, the yarn is soft, but not very forgiving.

The yarn is Sirdar Snuggly Double Knitting in a soft yellow, blue-ish green and white.


Here is my progress so far with a ball of Snuggly in for scale. It's about 18" (bad Canadian, bad, you should use centimeters!! truth be told inches makes it seem smaller some how....)


*edit* Houston, we have pictures! yay!! so now you can see. and I am happy. oh yeah, i bought a car today! ahhh!! my first car!! its still kinda surreal, but fun!

Monday, March 13, 2006

it's been a long time, been a long time, lonely lonely lonely.... lalla

yeah. so i'm taking files from my desktop and putting them on my laptop while i wait for my mother to get back from the grocery store so we can make dinner.

news on the knitting front:

Knitting In Engineering has been born. Erica and I have decided that it needs to happen. basically, knitters in engineering at the University of Waterloo can get together and knit one night a week. we're thinking tuesdays. it'll be fun. and even if you're not in engineering, but still at UW or WLU, come one out! it's in an engineering building, so technically speaking, you're knitting in engineering.

i made my first online yarn purchase! so excited. KnitPicks.com was the lucky first time. i got 3 skeins of the baby alpaca in midnight for a shall thing, some sock yarn and a pattern for some lacy socks (AHH!! CHARTS!!!!) and Cat Bordhi's second book. all i want to do is go out and buy a giant circular needle and get mobieus'ing, but i'm on a "try not to buy things" diet, because i do sort of have to save for school.

my eldest cousin is pregnent, which means i need to make 2 baby blankets now, one for her and one for my brothers' basketball coach and his wife. blanket number one is for the coach and wife and is the duck blanket from Vogue Knitting On The Go Baby Blanket's 2. since we don't know whether or not the baby is a boy or a girl, its in a green colour instead of blue or pink. more details and progress pics later. it's allllllllll stockinette which is testing my ability to knit evenly.

still looking for a pattern for a blanket for my cousin. my mom (a non knitter) and i spent at least half an hour in the Needle Emporium in Ancaster a few weekends ago going through every blanket pattern and baby book they had. needless to say, i'm in love with baby clothes and can't wait until i have a first cousin once removed, or is it second cousin? who knows.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

I love Gooooooolllllddddd!!!

so, the gloves are finally finished. actually, they've been done for over a week, i've just been slacking on the posting. because i finished the gloves so soon, i decided to add a pair of socks to my olympic challenge. the first sock had a bit of the cuff done already, but nothing much. i also altered the pattern so that the second glove was knit on the round, i think it turned out a lot smoother, no bulky seams!

the socks are awesome, i'm still trying to figure out whether they make me think more about fruit loops or life savers. anyways, they were a birthday present for Christina and went in the mail to her yesterday. i had wanted to get them finished the weekend i was in waterloo so that i could just leave them with her, but i had some issues with the secone heel, and she's got monstrously huge feet, so that took a while.


i had a great time with the knitting olympics, and am so very pleased with my gold medal. i printed one out and put it on the fridge. congrats to all who obtained their gold and to those that didn't quite make it, that's ok, i'm sure you still had fun!!