October 2008

Slowly

Well the mittens are taking a lot of time to make, thanks to the small stitches and the somewhat fussy pattern. Still, I continue.¬†Thankfully I picked up a book called “Knit Fix” that has given me a few helpful tips. I spent an hour the other night fixing a mistake that I noticed that I’d done 8 rows back – and I didn’t have to frog the entire 8 rows! All I had to do was frog that cable and I was able to re-knit it (with the help of a trusty crochet hook).

My next knitting project…

I fell in love with a pair of Druid Mittens by Jared Flood, featured in Vogue Knitting’s Fall 2008 issue, and I went on the hunt for a yarn that would be perfect for it. I needed to find something lightweight but warm, and it couldn’t be wool, or have any mohair, angora or alpaca in it due to allergies. On Saturday, I headed to the big Cricket Cove in Blacks Harbour with Ann in tow. Ann picked up some beautiful turquouise and lime green chenile and a new pair of bamboo knitting needles, and I found some yarn for my newest project. It’s 100% Merino Wool 2/6 from the Fleece Artist (yes, I can actually wear & touch merino wool for some reason!) and the colours are orange/red/brown so it’ll match the scarf I just made.

I’m using very small (Size 2) needles, which means tiny stitches, so it may take a while to finish these.

UPDATE
I think the variegated color of the yarn takes away from the design of the pattern so I’m going to start over with a lighter yarn that’s all one color.

I finished knitting my orange scarf!

I am very happy with it. It’s made out of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino (Cashmere + Merino Wool) so it’s super warm and super soft!

Thanksgiving Weekend Recap

Thanks so much to everyone for an awesome birthday and Thanksgiving weekend!! I hope you all had enjoyable Thanksgivings!

Friday evening after doing makeup for SJ Shakepeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well” I ran into Scott & Mare and caught up with them over a drink at Churchills (Thanks again for the awesome “So many shoes, so little time” pillow!)and Jay & Lisa joined us soon enough (and thanks to them for the FutureShop gift cert – to go towards the TV that I’m trying to save for). After that Jay & Lisa stopped in for a bit and we were all in a pretty mellow place. We wound up watching “Dorkness Rising” which was frikkin hilarious (although it might not be appreciated if you have never played a role-playing game).

Saturday I caught up with Keith and Dan over breakfast at Cora’s (Thanks Keith for the gift cert to FutuShop!!) and then spent the day running errands and then did makeup once again for the SJ Shakespeare show. Then I headed out to meet Kizzy and Emily and Kristi for a few drinks at Sebastian’s. Stephen and Brian D stopped in and Anthony popped by as well. I was feeling extra chatty (possibly due to the martini’s) and I had a great time. After that I made it to the Shakespeare cast party and wound up enjoying the company and staying out quite late.

Sunday I slept in (a rarity) and ran a few more errands. I headed over to Jay & Lisa’s for an awesome Thanksgiving roast (and amazing home-made apple pie) and ate too much, as one might expect to do with an amazing Thanksgiving meal. After that, I headeed over to Keith’s to catch up with him and catch up on Entourage episodes. After that, we watched “Run Fatboy Run” and a couple of episodes of Californication. I got a lot done one the orange cashmerino scarf that I’m knitting and I’m now 1/2 way done it.

Monday afternoon and early evening I headed out to Jay and Lisa’s for a long overdue session of D&D. We wrapped up a major campaign and are ready to move on from there. We pit-stopped for dinner (I brought the stuff to make a couple of chicken sun-dried tomatoe and black olive pizzas (using goats milk mozzerella) and I was home by 9:30 PM – just in time to watch How I Met Your Mother, followed by Heroes, and then Project Runway.

What a great long weekend!!

So I’m 36 now.

And a happy 3rd birthday to Hunter and Grace:

The Gauntlets

Since my sewing machine seized up on me (with only 2 hours of work left to do on a dress) and I haven’t had a chance to bring it in to get repaired yet, I’ve been doing other things. And one of those things is knitting. It’s been years since I’d knit, but after spending time at cricket Cove with my mom the other week, and seeing how well my friends are doing with theri knitting projects, I felt inspired and figured I’d give it a try again.

I’m quite fond of the recycled sari silk, so I picked up a skein of that, some new bamboo needles, and a pattern for a simple set of gauntlets. Thanks to mom, I learned how to knit continental style, so I didn’t have to worry about tension. They knit up pretty quickly and I’m pleased with how they turned out. Of course, I had to personalize them a bit – and I added some ribbon around the fingers and a few buttons along the arm…