Monday, July 30, 2007

Hey! Is that a kitchen I see?

It's not completely finished, I know. But three of the four appliances are now installed and working IN the kitchen. The top cabinets are actually installed. Lighting is no longer provided by a 500 watt work lamp. Which allowed us to do something we haven't done in a while.

We cooked our first meal in over 11 weeks.


And there was great rejoicing.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Knitty Yarn Tasting

Unfortunately I forgot to bring my camera for Knitty's Yarn Tasting that happened on the 20th. But Cristina (Goddess of the Knitting Machine) did. She sent me two photos that I absolutely love and I've decided to share them here (with her permission, of course!):

1. RoleModels.JPG, 2. MaybeABeard.JPG.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Summer Knitting In Review (July edition)

It's now been two months since I've posted my summer knitting goals and it's time to check in.

1. A-Line Top from Jo Sharp Saturday
STARTED 2. Sea Mesh Wrap out of Handmaiden Seasilk
3. Sunflower Tam from Knitting Nature
DONE 4. Angora Baby Booties from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts(3 pair)
DONE 5. Magic Loop socks
DONE 6. Clapotis Cap out of Malabrigo
7. First Hat from Knit 2 Together
8. Begin Fitzgerald from Noro Knits
DONE 9. Gauge and start some sort of sweater out of Jo Sharp Silkroad DK Tweed (probably Pimlico Shrug from Knit 2 Together)
10. Finish Toy Bear from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
DONE 11. Three baby related secret things (they're very small)
12. Dye-Versions Wrap

Not as much progress has been made but I'm getting there. I came very close to casting on #8 but Paul decided he didn't like the pattern so off the list it goes! I've started the Seamesh Wrap (picture in the previous post) and I've gotten a total of 3 repeats complete (only 9 more to go). I'd like to get that done by August when I head to LA for work as I may head north to San Francisco for a few days and I'd love to give it to it's recipient in person.

Madness (Our House)

This weekend was supposed to be the big run to the end for the kitchen. It hasn't really turned out to be that way and we will probably spend one more week consuming take-out. This project has been so monumentally overwhelming that we're just having a really hard time getting motivated to finish. Sound weird, huh? But its true.

Yesterday we spent in a car driving out to Vaughn/Woodbridge/Brampton/outside Toronto area to check out wall beds for future guest room, Ikea for Ikea things, Tri-plast to get the counter top trimmed by 1/2" and eat some of the best Indian Food. Ever. Bjohan Bhandaar (15 Jevlan Drive, Unit E, Woodbridge L4L 8C2). It's in a weird shopping area (lots of big warehouses and box stores). Look for the giant INDIAN FOOD sign from the road.

Friday night I spent at Alterknit with a whole gaggle of knitter for the first of many yarn tastings brought to us by the awesome Amy Singer. We fondled 8 yarns and it felt a lot like speed dating/musical chairs/sensory overload. The difference being it was a lot of fun. I have to admit I wasn't as into as almost everyone else. Some took copious notes, some knit beautiful swatches in an organized fashion. But not me. When I got home all I had was pile of yarn. I sure did have fun. Except for the at the end which still leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. I hate it when adults act like children and feel entitled to more than their fair share of a wonderful gift. No need to continue as after this post I hope not to think of it again.

Off to work on the kitchen. Wish me luck. For lack of content I give you fun things to look at:

1. My yarn tasting, 2. Paul with bad hair but good lighting, 3. My first real lace project, 4. Cat 'tocks

Created with fd's Flickr Toys.

And now for something completely different. Maybe most of you remember when Michael Jackson wasn't as freaky as he is today? Maybe some of you remember the album Thriller and the awesome video that came from that album? I will say loudly and proudly that I think that is one of the best albums ever. Seriously. In fact, I believe it was the first album I ever bought. Maybe if I was older or younger when it came out maybe I'd feel differently but circumstances being what they were I wasn't. Anyhoodle, I found this little gem through Accordion Guy (who I really want to have a beer/glass o' wine with some day) who I think found it through Boing Boing (THE directory or wonderful things). It's 1500 Filipino prisoners performing Thriller in what looks like the prison's courtyard. Truly fantastic.

Oh, and I guess I should mention the knitting. I've gotten the sleeves done for Pimlico and I've started my first real lace project (photo above). More details later after the kitchen is usable.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

It can't be true...

After six months of sitting in our entryway, the dishwasher has come out of the box.


And there was great rejoicing.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

More art in the form of knit and crochet

My love affair with treehugger continues with two post about knitting and crochet as art.

The first thing that caught my eye is a story about E Chen's "Thousand Year Bloom" at the Taipei Biennial. Kathreen Ricketson, who writes about culture & celebrity, notes: "It consisted of a roomful of knitted random objects, such as flower pots, fire hydrants and cacti, which were slowly mechanically unraveled over the course of the exhibition, leaving piles of discarded yarn in their wake." Read the post here.


And she writes of the inspiration of the crocheted reef: "With the threat of global warming and agricultural pollutants, scientists believe the reef will be dead in 30 years. The founders of the IFF, the Wertheim sisters - who grew up in Queensland - have instigated a project to crochet a woollen reef." Read this post here.

crochet coral reef
"Crochet Coral and Anemone Garden" with sea slug by Marianne Midelburg. Photos by Alyssa Gorelick.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

The Three Booties...

are done!!



Started: June 6, 2007 (but failed to actually follow the pattern so had three false starts)
Completed: July 1, 2007
Pattern: Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, by Joelle Hoverson
Yarn: couldn't decipher brand, but it is from France! (1+ ball, 7 grams)
Needles: US 5/3.75mm Brittany Bamboo DPNs
Recipient: Natalie, Madilynne & ???