Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Life Goes On

As you can imagine, we've had a lot of upheaval here at BaadMedicine. T has moved to Perth where I'm sure Australian knitters are working hard to make her feel welcome. Knitters here are keeping out chins up and are knitting on.

I finished these socks a few weeks ago.

They are Tall Tibetan socks by Cat Bordhi knit in Wollmeise Sock yarn. The colour is Kornblume and is an intense blue. These socks are meant for my nephew at Christmas time. They are interesting without being too obvious.

I have lots of this yarn left. Maybe another lucky boy will get some blue socks.

I'm now working on an Icarus shawl and a sweater for a little princess. Pictures and updates soon, but in the meantime I would like to know if any of you knitters are also weavers. I am considering branching out and would like some input. What loom do you use? What do you make? What kind of yarn do you use?

And so we move on. One day soon, T will surprise us with a post from Down Under. Maybe I'll take up weaving. The world is our oyster.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Dear Perth, Australia

I know that we don't know each other. In fact, we haven't met yet but I have a favour to ask of you. My good friend T is coming to stay with you. You'll know her because of her love of the colours orange and green, her Canadian accent and her passion for footwear. She is tall, but don't point that out to her. She already knows. She knits. She may sound like she is speaking slowly and will not be using many of your common abbreviations or slang. (We in Canada must like the sounds of our own voices as we tend to not abbreviate anything.) She also lacks a tan.

She is moving to your city for a few years. I hope you make her welcome. She is really an amazing friend. She is a good listener and will make you laugh with her dry sense of humour. She likes red wine and is an excellent cook. T may seem a little shy at first. It might take her some time to break out of her shell. Keep in mind that she is moving far from home and the people and places that she knows.

Please make her feel welcome and look after her. She is very special to me and I will miss her dearly. And remember, she is only on loan.



Wednesday, June 16, 2010


I finished this a bit ago but haven't had time to figure out my new camera - all it's settings and how to download onto the computer.

But despite these minor issues, I did manage to catch a few pictures of this little shawl that I knit for my sister.

The yarn is Silk Thread from Blue Moon Fiber Arts. I also used this yarn for my mom's Ishbel, and I still have enough to make myself a small shawl or large scarf.

The yarn is ridiculously soft and you just can't stop touching it.

I hope my sister likes it - she is having a hard time these days, and I hope this might cheer her up, even if it's just a little bit.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Catching Up

A shawl for Baba's 85th birthday.
A blanket for a baby.

I have been knitting and knitting and have finally finished some projects. It's nice to have a blank slate. What will I knit next?

Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Move

I don't mention it here very often. It's still on and is imminently close. But I don't mention it here because I don't want it to permeate EVERY part of my life.

But it does. I can't fight it. It effects my choice of clothing for work (what do I have left in my closet), my grocery shopping trips (will we eat this all?) and my conversations. It is hard - it is exhausting and emotionally gruelling.

But that's ok. It is part of the deal and we knew that going in. I am trying to make it part of the experience - knowing that every experience has good parts, bad parts and unbelievable parts.

The best part of this past week was when four amazing girls - J., Andi, Cathy and Lauren - knit me a blanket to keep me warm on Austrlian winter nights. The blanket is gorgeous and knit with amazingly soft yarn, but the best part - it was made by them with love. So when I'm sitting in Perth trying not to get homesick, I can wrap this around me and think of them, and their laughter and how much they make me smile. And they will continue to do so. Computers will be warmed up and the net will be buzzing with us girls laughing online. It'll work, because we'll make it work.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Look What I Got!

Yesterday, I received a package in the mail. It was from my swap partner in the LOST swap.

We were all excited to see what was inside.

Chocolate, a notepad, some cards and a scarf.
We were pleased.