28 December 2006

My Christmas Tree Is Lying On the Floor...

Well at least it was until about 10 minutes ago. Although a frightened kitty was spotted fleeing the scene, I believe the accident to be a random act of God...or gravity. It's back up now, leaning slightly into the wall. Needles and ornaments are still everywhere. I'm actually home sick from work today and cannot manhandle a vaccuum cleaner in my current state. Pushing the damn tree back up took all my strength. Miraculously, only one ornament broke.

The daughter,
Kelly and I went to Romni's Boxing Day sale yesterday. Yes, I should have stayed home then as well, but hindsight is blah, blah and the entire store was 25% off people! Though crowded, it was a civilized and festive event. Everyone was polite and just happy to be there. Much "Excuse me" and "Sorry, did you want past?" was heard. Don't you just love knitters?

I got a yellow Chibi with three small grafting needles. I discovered I needed small ones when knitting Barbie clothes for Christmas (pictures another day). I also bought a 3.5mm SRK Collection bamboo 80mm circular. Have you ever tried to knit pale blue, ultra fine yarn on pale grey aluminum needles? Those of you over forty will understand why a different colour needle was needed.

Now the yarn...picked up some more Confetti sock yarn for subway knitting. Not pictured is a skein of Berroco Ultra Alpaca (50%wool/50% alpaca) that is fast becoming the collar of my Tzarina. It matches almost perfectly the colours I was using and will be nice and soft around my neck. The daughter chose 2 skeins of Lambs Pride Superwash Bulky in Emerald City to make a purse from Knitgrrls and one of Liola Ornaghi in a garish colourway that she likes.
My "because I like it" choice was three skeins Artful Yarns Serenade a cotton/angora blend. It's incredibly soft and I was surprised at the colour blend. the strands are pink, lavender and tan - not my usual preferences - and colours that I never would have guessed could look so lovely together.
I'm also trying to join a new webring, partly to widen my bloggy circle, but mostly because I dig the Canadian Fibre Arts embroidered flag icon. I'm not sure if I filled in all the fields correctly as I haven't had confirmation yet. I'll wait another week and try again. Can you guys see the links on my sidebar?

23 December 2006

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all the best of the season!

19 December 2006

Weird Things

I am possibly the last person in blogland to be tagged with this one. Thanks Sandi!


THE RULES: Each player of this game starts with the ‘6 weird things about you.’ People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave a comment that says ‘you are tagged’ in their comments and tell them to read your blog.”

  1. I can move one eyeball in all directions while keeping the other eyeball perfectly still.
  2. I have a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen's University (weird enough by itself to those who know me). I obtained this degree despite skipping at least half my classes in the final year.
  3. My life has turned out exactly opposite to how I'd imagined it when I was little. I pictured myself single and childless, in a cool little apartment and with a great exotic job. I am married, a mother, and a homeowner with a crappy job.
  4. I think large noses on men are very sexy - thin large, not bulbous.
  5. If my child had been a boy, his name was going to be Rupert. Everyone advised against this, but I really like the name.
  6. I have a large freckle on my calf that looks like a drip.

I tag Dianna, Miss Scarlett, Canknitian, Elisabetha, and Maria. Sorry, don't have six who haven't participated already.

13 December 2006

Life This Week

A fair amount of work,
A bunch of Christmas shopping,
A personal loss with tears,
A pretty meme:

I am a

What Flower
Are You?

I like that I'm a snapdragon. It reminds me of my garden in August. Apparently, this result means that I'm slightly mischievous and a good friend. Go figure.

09 December 2006

Mystery Garment

Tzarina has reached that exciting stage. You know the one...the stage in the knitting of an unfamiliar garment when you have no clue. The construction hasn't yet gelled in the mind so all one can do is blindly follow the pattern. I've joined the two pieces, picked up where I'm supposed to and put the required number of stitches on holders. I'm working merrily back and forth on the remaining 98 as instructed, and have no idea whatever how it will turn out. It doesn't even look like anything to me yet. What fun! Such drama! Can't wait to see how it all comes together.

05 December 2006

Nice Name

I happened upon another yvette while blog surfing. When one has an unusual name (unusual for English Canada anyway) one gets rather excited at such coincidences. She knits. She beads. She lives in France. Check it out.

03 December 2006

Loverly Hat, Dahling

I finished this cutey last week. It was a total pain to knit but now that it's done, I'd say it was worth it. The yarn is two skeins of Tahki/Stacy Charles Positano, with which I will never knit again. This yarn has been discontinued and one can see why. It is a cotton/linen/nylon blend that actually has crunch. The cotton/linen centre literally breaks when any stress is put on it (stress such as the dreaded p3 tog!) leaving only the thin nylon part in tact. After completion of the pieces, I had to go over them with my small scissors, trimming off all the sticky-outie broken bits.

I'm currently working on Tzarina from Wrap Style. I'm using all the dark colours from my Obligation Sweater and it's looking great. A fast, fun knit.