Thursday, July 31, 2008
Actually, I don't work outside the home on Fridays. I work AT home. I love never being at work on Fridays. Especially when it's a long weekend. It's like getting a supersized extra long weekend. Good times.
So I started this one with a beer on the patio (in my backyard) and my long-awaited copy of the Knitting Workshop. I put in a request for an interlibrary loan months ago, and the library called me today to tell me it was in.
In it, I found one of the coolest EZ patterns I've seen. Actually they are all amazing, but this one is gorgeous.
If you have a Rav account go here. If you go here there is another version, just not fully finished. Love it.
The black and white ultra mod construction is too nice. I need to make this sweater.
Along with my Ravelympics project, finish Stinky's Thing 1, knit some baby stuff and get started on Christmas things.
But how long do you think it would take to crank out a garter stitch cardigan?? Shouldn't take too long, right???
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
There is no rest for the wicked, however, and your intrepid hosts here at BaadMedicine will be undertaking another knitting challenge in 10 days time. Why, you may ask? To be honest, I'm not sure. These periods of intense knitting have certainly increased my output for this summer. I have pushed myself to finish projects for unrealistic deadlines and have impressed myself with the results. And so, we embark upon the Ravelympics where I will take part in the Designer's Discus and the Sockput in an effort to make up a sock pattern that the Dude will not only tolerate but possible wear. By choice. I have also entered the Baby Dressage event because one pair of Man sized socks is apparently not enough for me. I will also attempt to whip up an Umbilical Cord Hat for the little person on the end of this Umbical Cord. It's a little art imitating life knitting.
And so, while I rest up for my events and try to think of a way to deal with knitting in the intense smog of Beijing, I am staying loose. The pair of STR socks is half done so I'll knit away on those and envision Olympic glory. I may even whip up a bag while I wait for the Olympic flame to arrive.
Are you a Ravlete? What are you knitting for the Ravelympics?
Monday, July 28, 2008
Now I can sip champagne and wear mon maillot jaune.
And I think my golden fleece is a little bit more stylish than Sastre's.
Somedays I needed a suitcase full of courage to keep at the gull lace stitch when I really wanted to knit some socks. But I did it. In less than 21 days. I have to say I'm pretty darned proud of myself.
I'll miss my friends Paul and Phil. A Bientot my boys.
So, just like a lot of the cyclists, I'm now heading for Beijing. This time as part of Team Edmonton in the Ravelympics in the event of the Scarf Stroke (why do I do this to myself?). I guess I'd better get off the bike and into the pool!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
My amazing talent is to diagnose people with a personality disorder within 30 seconds of seeing them. I don't even have to meet them, I just have to see them interact with others. And bang-o. Personality disorder diagnosed.
A man ordering coffee in my office building - immediately determined to be histrionic.
The lady I used to work with - figured her as borderline in minutes.
Don't even get me started on the moms from playschool.
But my question is, what will I be diagnosed with when I show up for my kid's picture session in matching Thing 1 and Thing 2 sweaters?
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
My Ravelry queue is ridiculously large, and there's truly no way I'll ever complete what's in it. Or for that matter, I'll never want to complete it all. When I see a pattern I like, I add. It's like a bookmark and reminder. It doesn't mean I have the yarn to make it, or even really anticipate making it, but I'll queue it. I think of my Ravelry queue as my dream list.
Then there's the real queue. The one that I run through my mind. What am I working on now, what has to be next, what do I want to be next. It's the one that I really try and keep to.
Currently, I'm working on my Lady Sweater. It's got a defined end date of Sunday with the end of the TdF. It's looking promising.
So. What's next?
This is always the question.
I really want to make Stinky's Thing 1 sweater to match Punky's. Punky keeps asking me about it, and they're only little for such a short time. Currently, that's what I'll do next.
Then, well, there's a baby coming. I didn't realize it was coming so quickly. I am aware that all babies incubate for +/- 9 months. But it always seems to go quicker (when it's not incubating in your own womb). So I gotta get some baby stuff going.
Then there's Rockin' Sock Club. I never did the May sock club and that's weighing on me.
The yarn is definitely not my favorite color, but it is beautiful yarn and will make a good present. I don't like to see it lingering.
Then there's the other sock for my Love's father's day present.
He deserves to have these finished. He's the best dad, and he really appreciates the hand-made socks. They need to get done.
Then there's the thing I just want to do for the heck of it. Matching Cobblestone's for my boys for Christmas. Yes, Christmas is a long ways away, but with Stinky always asking me "my sh-weater??" how can I not make him one.
Yes, he's hugging the yarn. He really wants a "ba-lue sh-weater".
The list is In-Flux. Constantly re-arranging it. Changing it. But I'm enjoying the planning, the thinking and, as always, the knitting.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
In order to enter this intermediate sprint contest, I need to either discuss how my project is related to the Tour, how I relate to cycling OR how much I love France.
I'll go with the loving of France. Because I do. Love. It.
Our best picture of the trip
In 2002, I visited this hallowed place. We stayed with a friend just outside of Versailles and got to spend about 5 days in and around Paris.
I have to say if there is one place in the world I would drop everything to go to, it would be France. It has such a magnificent feeling about it. The wine, the food, the scarf-wearing ladies, the architecture, the museums, the language, the Left bank, the shopping. My love and I got sick and tired of continually saying "wow" and "amazing". You quickly lose your ability to provide adequate adjectives to such a place.
One of my favorite memories was packing up a lunch, of baguettes and cheese of course, and eating it at Versailles near Marie Antoinette's village. She had a little village made for her on the grounds of Versailles, because she wanted to feel like a commoner, in the privacy of her own home. She was quite the lady that Marie.
The Queen's Hamlet
Our last night in Paris
My husband promises to take me back one day. Maybe to go see Le Tour, or maybe just to stroll down the Rive Gauche and eat some croissants and drink a cafe au lait.
Either way, I can't wait.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
And then I headed off to a family reunion. Sometimes, you have to pick your priorities. I spent the afternoon with people that I share a history with, descended from two brothers who crossed an ocean to settle in a lonely open prairie in hopes of something better.
They gave me the chance to grow up in a great country where we can pretty much say and do as we like without fear. Women can be anything they like and my daughter has every opportunity she could hope for.
Even if all she really wants is a popsicle and her Baba.
My project for the Tour is the Juno Regina wrap which I hope to wear to my sister's wedding in August. It is progressing well even though my yarn is incredibly fine. I think it's close to a cobweb yarn in silk and seacell that I bought in Vancouver last year.
I did an extra repeat of the diamond pattern to add some width and hope to make it about 65 inches long which is my approximate wingspan.
The burgandy diamonds do photograph well. Lace is hard to predict. You never really know how it will end until you block it. It is like a bike race where you never really know who will cross the finish line first until you see the photo finish.
Wish me luck! I have several feet of stocking stitch ahead of me but I hope to end with a flourish.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
The one and only.
With it I've decided to cast-on the February Lady Sweater.
The Argosy was the true winner of the vote, but I went with CathyAnn's suggestion that the FLS was likely more of a challenge to finish in the 3 week timeframe. I actually was surprised by the votes for Argosy. I just kind of threw it in at the last minute, but it's obviously a well-loved pattern.
So, 3 weeks of gorgeous French countrysides, mountain views, sunflowers, crazy people running after bikes, and don't forget the bike-riding.
I love July.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Not with knitting however. Is it that there is too many choices? Or is it that I just get bored easily (yep, probably that one)?
So, in order to decide what to make I need some of your help. Hopefully you can be more decisive than me.
Option #1: February Lady Sweater
I guess I want to be like everyone else in the entire world, and make this. I have a yellow-ish yarn to go with it, so it will fit the theme of Maillot Jaune (the Yellow Jersey).
Option #2: The Tilted Duster
This was my original plan. It really doesn't fit the theme at all. It will also be near impossible to finish, but the point is to pick something challenging.
Option #3: Argosy
This is the newest member in the fleet of choices. I think a scarf is very French so it fits the theme. And I want to make it with this yarn that J. picked up for me from Toronto. I am currently in love with this yarn and want to eat it. It's 100% silk and hand-dyed by the amazing dyers of Handmaiden.
And this is actually something I can wear this summer.
Option #4: An Abridged Lace Ribbon Scarf
I'd use the same yarn as above, but make a skinnier version of the scarf, because I only have about 250m. Again, this is something I can wear right now. And I'm ALL 'bout instant gratification.
Option #5: The Aleita Shell
I bought yarn to make this shell this summer, and it keeps getting pushed back. The yarn is yellow (again fitting with the theme). It's pretty. It's summery. It's not overly exciting, but, I don't hold that against it.
I think those are the main options. I am open to other suggestions, because I'm sure that won't muddy the water at all. You have till Friday July 4th to comment. We cast-on July 5th.
(Oh, and I already know what J. will suggest....I've written it down and will let you know what my guess is after she comments.....)