Wednesday, October 29, 2008


As I mentioned before, Michelle's getting married and I'm so excited to be coming back in TO to celebrate the big day. Also noted before was that she's knitting her own bouquet. I got completely addicted knitting those little treasures during her Wine & Roses party that I volunteered to knit more. Michelle sent me a bag o' yarn scraps and I sent her these:


Most of them are the American Beauty pattern by Nicky Epstein in a variety of yarn and needle sizes. And I love them all. I hope Michelle loves them too!


Ravelry deets here.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

If you love tedium, Clap your hands!

This project has been off the needles for a bit but I haven't had the time to post it. Honestly, I thought it would never get done and I would be ripping, knitting, ripping, knitting ad infinitum.


Even with it being such a difficult easy project, I still love the end result. And I love wearing it! The bonus? I've already received a few compliments - which doesn't hurt!


Started: September 6, 2008
Completed:October 12, 2008
Pattern: Clapotis by Kate Gilbert
Yarn: Dye-Version's Chunky Cotton
Color: Smoke
Skeins: 4
Needles:5mm (8 US) Knitpicks Options
Notes: This took way too long and too much energy to take any kind of notes but I think I only increased to 59 stitches. It's not quite as wide as I would have liked it but the length is perfect.

Ravelry deets here.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Toronto, here I come!!

I'm so excited! In three days I'm going to be back in Toronto. Hanging with my knitting peeps. And it will be so awesome!! I land Thursday (hopefully mid-afternoon) and I'm heading straight to The Purple Purl - no passing go, no collecting $200 - and then enjoying some Knitty Yarn Roundtable time.

The reason for my trip? Michelle is getting hitched on Saturday night and I wouldn't miss it for the world! I decided to stretch the visit out a bit so I'll be in TO for a full week. And I plan to be at The Purl as much as possible.

Oh, and I'm going to see the Cute With Chris live show on Friday night - but that is just the cherry on awesome trip sundae.


Monday, October 20, 2008

Cute With Chris - LIVE in TO

So Chris, from Cute With Chris, is putting on a live show of his wildly popular  blog in Los Angeles and Toronto. I was surprised to see that I was going to be in TO at THE SAME TIME. Kismet?!

I know it sounds weird, but I am part of the cult, so I decided that it WAS fate and that I should go. I'm going to buy a single ticket for Friday, October 31st. But I'm thinking that I don't need to see it on my own. That it would be more fun with a friiieeend! And that I should share the crazy Cute With Chris love.

Anybody want to join me? $21 a ticket. And you can buy them here

I promise it will be a night you'll remember. Plus you'll get a free button. I hear the kids love buttons.

EDIT:  If you're vaguely interested I would say buy your ticket soon as some shows are already sold out.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I do... it's true!

and this one is for Michelle.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Just the facts... honestly!

Here in The States we're in a froth over the upcoming presidential election. And as the election gets closer the rhetoric gets louder the speeches, ads and spin inevitably get nastier. If you're undecided (or just curious) and you want to cut through the bullshit then I recommend two sites - and it's sister site, The Fact Check Wire. From their mission statement:
We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.
These sites have been invaluable to me, mostly in debunking a certain political party's dubious claims. It's also cleared up some of the mud the other side has been throwing too. (I'm never a completely decided voter until I'm in that voting booth.)

No matter what side you support, the poo slinging is only going to get worse and it doesn't hurt to be truly informed.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

A new online knit mag??!

It looks as if there's new online knit mag for us to ogle over. It's called popknits and their first issue is online. From their about section:
Over the past few years, knitting vintage items has become popular again. Whether the item is a revamped sweater from the pages of Vogue Knitting 1955 or a new take on doily patterns as shawls, vintage knitting is taking a modern turn.
Sounds interesting, no? The first issue has only 6 patterns and they are loverly. I'm smitten with Gossamer Garden Stole. Prrr!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Up for air....

Wow. Can you believe it's been over a month since I posted last? Holy crappers. Things have been crazy. My mind has been mush. And I have been seriously distracted. With the economy taking a big dump and the biggest election ever (or at least in my lifetime) looming only a few weeks away I'm spending a lot of time gnashing my teeth and pulling my hair. I guess I shouldn't be giving myself such a hard time. But I am. What do I have to show for it? Nada. I have no knitting that I can proudly show. I worked on my cotton Clap on what feels like an eternity but it has ended in disaster. See:


Ran out of yarn. With just that wee little bit of corner left to do. I can't bring myself to rip it out, although I probably will. (EDIT: And I did.) I still can't do anything with the yummy malabrigo sock yarn as my swift and ball winder are still packed. Yes, my friends. My crafty supplies are still packed. Two months later.

Oh, and did I tell you that I caught the plague last week? And that I'm still suffering? Oh, woes is me.

But don't feel sorry for me. No sirree, bob! I've been doing the modern day ostrich's head in the sand thing by surfing the world wide internets and I'm quite happy (thankyouverymuch). Interested in what I've been wasting my time over?

Cake Wrecks - Srsly? There is someone out there obsessed with cake design/gaffes and wants to share with everybody? Awesome. Don't know how I stumbled upon this one but I can't look away.

Unclutterer - Moving into a much smaller place than the one you had before will make you reconsider that box you moved three times already (or is it more?) and never opened. I'm on a kick decluttering my life... in between nose blowing.

Wonkette - I love me some snark-tinged news. Especially during an election. It keeps me sane.

CRAFT zine - OMG how I wish I sewedquiltedembroideredweaveddiditmyselfeverytingomgsqueee!!!1!

What blogs do you find suck your time the most/best? Please let me know as I have more time to waste.

This is the site that Paul can't get enough of:

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