Thursday, September 21, 2017

Birthday Week

I am so happy that I have been trained in cakes at work! I was able to make a cake for my sister and it was as exciting for me to make and deliver as it was for her to receive! 

Also a part of my mission today was picking up my yarn that she bought as my proxy at the Koigu tent sale. 
This is the Kersti that will become an afghan. I think that I will buy a gaming die to make random colourization and striping easier for me. I'm really bad at randomization; i much prefer planning. It will, of course, be done in Knit One Below planned pooling strips.

There is also some KPPPM, but it's a secret as some of it is a gift. But here's a pic of the fab re-usable bags the yarn came in!!

I also picked up the leggings that I ordered from my niece. She reps for Legging Army  and I'm a fan! Way cool patterns and so comfy! An added bonus - Craig believes in leggings as pants - lol! 

Fright Night and Powdered Skulls

Moody Blue and Peaceful Dreams
I also managed to get some sock knitting done on the ever patient sock. Poor socky -- it gets set aside for everything else. But Winter is Coming ... socks will be needed.

Oh - and I've attached the brackets to the new, massive tele, maeasured and marked the placement for the wall mount so that John can just screw on the wall bracket tomorrow. Hopefully there will only be a few minor adjustments and I'll be ready to look for a smaller entertainment cabinet.
All in all, a very productive day!!
Okay ... more Brioche. I love brioche, I love brioche, I love brioche. There is something different in Clue 3 ... I can do this!!! 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Brioche Forever

Spoilers - but not too spoilery as I'm still not done Clue 2. 


Wow - 4200+ stitches today and I'm still not done Clue 2!!! There's no way I'm going to be ready for Clue 4 πŸ™
It is looking lovely though - I love the fade that is happening and I do love the rhythm of brioche knitting. 




Monday, September 18, 2017

Bigger IS Better

So I finally went and bought myself a new tv. Early Happy Birthday prezzie to me :) It's been at least 8 years, and considering that TV is my main entertainment (symbiotic with my knitting), it's totally worth the money spent! 
It's huge!! 55" compared to my previous 37" one which is now in my bedroom. Not sure how often I'll use it in there as I rarely have a sick day, I'm not a fan of falling asleep to a movie, and it's currently just hooked up to the bluray player, but it's in excellent condition and you never know. Now I just need another hdmi cord! Lol
I bought a wall mount kit and wow - those are some detailed instructions!! I'll probably have to ask my landlord to help with installing the actual part that goes on the wall, but I think I can manage the tv attachment.  

I also finished my Beyond the Wall shawl!! 

Ends need sewing in and it needs a blocking, but the knitting is done!

I have changed my hair, again.

I absolutely love the blonde!! The cut will show better once the colour grows out, so I'm looking forward to the next trim! Not sure if I'm having more fun yet, 'cause I have a lot of fun, but you'll know as soon as I do. 😏

Spoiler pics below on the What The Fade. No very spoilery, as I'm only on Clue 2, but perhaps you're not that far along. 
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I am almost at the next Fade section!

I had a great weekend with the ladies from work. We went to Blue Mountain and the weekend couldn't have been more perfect!

We missed Julie on Friday night, but she came out Saturday night. I had to come home to my little brood, so I missed the Segway adventure, but it was still such a memeorable experience, and I'm deeply grateful to be working with such strong, fierce, and fabulous women!! ❤️πŸ‘ΈπŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ’–


Petey is still symptomatic, but is more himself. Still waiting for his inflatable collar πŸ˜’. 
A bit more Fading before I completely fade. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

What the Fade

Spoiler pics below. Though not too spoilery -- I'm back to Clue 1.

OMG - it's been two steps forward and one step back on this and I'm only one Clue in (barely made it into the 2nd Clue). 
Brioche is a half sibling to Knit One Below and I'm aces at that, yet I keep forgetting incs and having to rip back. 






This is the at the end of CLue 1 -- before I was 10 rows deep into Clue 2 and THEN discovered that I was missing !!2!! Increases!! 
Le Grand Sigh 
I love how brioche is reversible - thewrong side is just a non-public side, whichever one the wearer chooses that to be!
I know - crazy!! At this rate I might be caught up in time for Clue 4.

That is my poor Petey in the pic above. He is suffering from The Allergies. I joked early days when he'd sneeze about him having allergies like his mum. Then when he'd bite and scratch at himself, I thought it might just be mosquito bites. 
Then after a day outside, his paws and belly turned pink, he started scratching and biting in earnest, his eyes and muzzle turned pink ... he was an allergic mess. I am loathe to out him on strong anti-histamine or cortisone, so after much consultation with doggie friends who've gone through this and searching my soul in the reflection of his sad little eyes, I am pursuing natural easements, building up his immune system and I have also changed his diet to raw on the outside chance this is a coincidentally occurring food allergy. 
The Cone of Shame has him quite dispirited, but he still has the gumption to bark at John the Landlord and snap at Chica on occasion, so he is not seriously ill. I have ordered an inflatable neck ring that I hope will keep him from reaching his paws, and also return some of his dignity.
All I can say is that I'm thankful that it's not Chica with The Allergies. She's bitchy enough as it is - lol!!

Oh - looky at what Helen sent me!! New to me yarn. 


Okay. Fortunately I close tomorrow - though I am up early to go get my hair did (yes, something new!!), so I am on a mission to knit back to where I was. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Fading Away

I forgot to tell you that I finally have a cedar chest!! A friend was selling one since she was moving East, and I didn't even bother to bargain, I paid my $50 and started loading it up. 
The outside shows wear, but it has history, and the inside (where it counts) is pristine. I love it.

Today was a laundry day and I did a few more rows on my Beyond The Wall MKAL  The rows are at a time-consuming length now, but I persevere. 


The 3.75mm circulars were proving too large for the So Faded sweater, so I ripped out and restarted; 3.25mm are the ticket. 



With 8 colours, my first fade would have been before the neck shaping ended, so after a consult with Julie, I finished the neck shaping, then started fading. I have adjusted the row counts on the subsequent colour sections and it's all good.
Except something went awry with the first fade row and I lost the continuity of the single stitch between sections.
 I kept knitting, thinking that it wasn't so horrible, that it was on the back shoulder, no one would see it. Who was I trying to convince? We all know what a perfectionist I am. So that got taken apart and I am much happier now!



This pic is 7 rows into the fade. The colours are so close that it is almost impossible to distinguish them apart. This is going to be the most subtle and awesome fade ever!!! Prism has outdone themselves on this gradient kit. 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Uschitita

Uschitita yarn finally arrived at The Needle Emporium ! So happy that I had the day off; I stopped in Milton to pick up mi amiga Joan, and we enjoyed a good catching up on the drive.

I went with the mission of picking out a colourway for the What the Fade MKAL coming up at the end of this month. The purples called to me and with some help fromJulie, I put this kit together. Using black and white photography, I ended up switching the last two skeins for a more totally accurate tonal gradation. I;m a bit of a stickler for fading from dark to light ... unless you're fading from one colour to another.
Then Julie walked away to help customers and this one just sort of happened.


It may not end up being a What the Fade, it may be another fade or just stash, but I love them. 

This single skein of Hedgehog sock caught my eye - fairly screams Gryffindor, yes?

I put these for skeins of Hedgehog Singles together. 
Westknits is doing another MKAL come the end of September, and while he doesnt usually do fades, this caught my eye, but I managed to leave them behind.


My next project for Julie is a So Faded Sweater in a stunning green Merino Mia Gradient Kit from Prism Yarns  I wound up the first few colours and got started straight away last night!


On my way home, I ended up here:


I always seem to end up at Krispy Kreme when I go to Julie's. 

Since there was a Staples right there, I had the screen protector replaced on my phone. WOW!!! The original one was go cracked and abused that it's like having a new phone!! I also bought an external keyboard for the phone. I love it - it makes blogging so much easier! 
I have taken my flute playing back up; it's been a year!! I have missed it and am enjoying the playing immensely. My teacher, Myrelle, had suggested that I record myself playing, mistakes and all, so I did.
This is my favourite song (that I know how to play) and it is not bad considering that I've been not playing for awhile. https://youtu.be/Tt5NnEllCgw
It will give me a baseline for measuring my improvement.

Back to my So Faded Sweater before I head to work,


Friday, August 4, 2017

Beyond the Wall 2

So the Super Secret Project is a fait accompli, and I jumped straight away into my Beyond the Wall shawl.
I have finished Clue 2 and am headed into 3!! I should be caught up in time for the release of Clue 4 on Sunday. Go me!! 

I made time today to bake a pie using local berries. 
It was delish - the perfect tartness, cinnamon, and sweet. It's not going to last long - it'll be breakfast and snack and lunch ... you get the idea. 

I got new glasses!! Something a little different. 
I'm also trying out multi-focal contacts. I lose some sharpness on both near & far vision, but it affords me flexibility with sunglasses and the mid-range vision is excellent. I think I'll use them for beach days and sports. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Mystery Solved

Ahh yes - I had won a contest on my Storm the Fleece group on Facebook. I totally forgot about it, and I also gapped it that Lyn was in the U.K.  
Between this windfall, and the mohair roving that Helen picked up for me at an event in Ottawa before she left, 
I'm going to have to go for a visit with my spinning sister Daphne and get my spinning legs under me! 

I don't think I told you guys about how I caught a ball on my inner upper thigh last week! It was a doozy and bruised up fast and in spectacular fashion. You can even see thread marks from the ball in the centre!! 
One of the young girls at work asked if I cried. πŸ™„ I told her that there was no crying in baseball. I walked it off, adjusted to the tenderness on my pitch (it's the leg I step forward and pitch off of), and played on. One of the ladies had an ice pack which I used, or it would have looked worse. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Mystery

I am almost done my Secret Deadline Knitting! It was a bit slow going for a bit, but I'm picking up speed now. 

I got a mystery package in the post today. 


I don't remembering ordering anything from over the pond, and the return adressee is unclear. 
I think I'll let myself mull it over a bit as I work on the 2nd sleeve tonight, then open it as a reward before bed! 
Weird ... 

I rewatched the 1st series of Dark Matter, and I'm into the 2nd, and I'm heading into the 3rd later tonight. 
I really do love my android box! 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Rainbow Delight

Wow!! 
I finally rewarded myself with another packsage opening. This one is In The Deep Hue Sea  It's been several days of good knitting and I felt a treat was in order. 
I did not disappoint myself. A thoughtful sticker was a nice opening touch. 
500g of stunningly vibrant colours!!


I am a bit of a purist in my rainbows, so I'm not sure what to do with the pink, but I love all of the colours. Erica did two greens, blues, an indigo and a violet. I'm
stunned by the artistry of it and can't wait to get started on this Sweet Spot strip!!
She also included a couple of stitch markers which will never go wanting around me!! 

I received the new Hedgehog Fibres  kinny Singles Club package. I'm thinking that maybe I'll save them all up for an opening party. I'm surprised that I haven't come across any spoilers about the clubs in my social medias. 
So that's tonights excitement. I've finished Wentworth series 5, and I'm dying with curiosity to know what is coming in series 6!! 
I'm getting caught up on my reality series' now - FaceOff, Ink Master, Next Food Network Star ... just a few of my faves. 
It's back work tomorrow, so I'm going to knit for a few more hours yet. 

Hedgehog Fibres

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

At The Same Time

You know those patterns that have, "At The Same Time" in the instructions? So you be extra careful and pay more than the usual attention. 
Then there's those skilled designers that challenge you by throwing in the dreaded, "ALSO, At The Same Time". That's when I get serious and make a proper tracking sheet. 


Yeah, I got this!!
This is my ends jar. 
I like looking at it and remembering the projects that I've knit just by seeing a coloured bit of yarn. And it satisfies the hoarder in me. 

I'm on the last season of Wentworth  I love this show and think I might see if the android box has the original Prisoner: Cellblock H

Monday, July 17, 2017

Beyond the Wall - spoilers

I took a couple hours out of the deadline knitting and did Clue 1 of the Beyond the Wall MKAL  So glad I did! It's a nice change-up. I went with alternating balls of yarn, and the bobbles. When I do a MKAL, I like to do the pattern that the designer envisioned, so while alternating balls of yarn is not my fave thing to do, and I love letting yarn pool as it will, this is the path that I've set myself upon. 






Okay. To work, then two more days of my chosen work.