I didn't realize October was going to come in like a lion. I spent three days helping the dynamic duo, Amy and Jillian, on the photo shoot for their sequel to Big Girl Knits. It was a great day and Amy's post pretty much sums up the day. Paul and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary of living in Toronto. I'm working on getting donations from yarn companies and stores for the TTC Knit-A-Long. AND I'm working on the second meeting of the season for the Downtown Knit Collective. Oh, and I have a slew of non-knitting related things going on too! The most pressing was getting a furnace for my house. I didn't even know what a furnace was until four weeks ago. Now I'm an expert. If you need a recommendation, just contact me.
If you're reading this and you'll be in Toronto on Oct 18th (Wednesday) then you should come to the DKC and welcome Beryl Tsang, the amazing creator of the Tit-Bit. With October being breast cancer awareness month we thought we should do our part to help raise the awareness. At this meeting we will be taking donations of Tit-Bits (pattern here or go to the DKC website for a downloadable PDF file), scarves and/or hats. Please come to the meeting with a knitted item in hand and make a breast cancer survivor feel better with a beautiful gift. Plus Beryl is an amazing woman. I meet her for the first time at the last TTC KAL and I was blown away by her humor, energy and sassiness. The meeting, I'm sure, will be a blast. I'm working on a Tit-Bit and it's coming nicely (although there are a few small mistakes) out of Bouton D'Or Ksar. It is so luxurious against the skin so I'm hoping the mistakes will be forgotten once it's touched. I hope to maybe have two to donate, but I'm a really slow knitter.
I'm also working on a pair of socks (that I think I'll rip out). And I've started Lace Wings. I think I might get Lace Wings done around 2010. Seriously. It's hard. I've tried to make it look a lot more impressive than it really is but making the photo look all "arty." Are you impressed? I didn't think so.
I've also done a little stash enhancement. I was at Lettuce Knit on Wednesday to wrap up the photo shoot and do a little knitting. Very little, as I was exhausted. I mostly just dropped my pattern on the floor over and over again. But I couldn't keep my hands out of the 30% off basket and I came away with three skeins of Blue Sky Worsted Hand Dyes (50% alpaca/50% merino) in Ecru. Although one label says purple and one says light pink. The third didn't have a label. But everyone agreed that the three skeins matched and ecru just seemed like the right color, so I bought them. Also I received approximately two balls of Patons SWS in Natural Plum. I hope to make a hat/scarf or hat/mittens combo out of the Blue Sky and an earflap hat out of the SWS.
With the TTC KAL right around the corner, I'm feeling like I might just turn into one of those knitters with a giganto stash. Right now, my stash is manageable. It's in a cute basket that sits on the floor. When my friend Keri saw my stash she just shook her head and I think uttered the word "newbie" but I could have misheard her. I have a few projects that are in the "wait" queue, but it's not like I have years of knitting waiting around. Well, that might be debatable at the speed I actually knit things. I think this is a "Danger, Will Robinson!" moment in my life. Eep!