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Starts: November 4, 2003
Ends: January 1, 2004

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*Jess' socks in Scheepjes Invicta Coloris colour 1702, November 13/03

*Skull scarf birthday-present project, my pattern using Wool Gatto, November 2/03

*Toe-up Socks in Opal Mexico #21, November 1/03

In Progress

*Must-Have Cardigan in Naturespun, started September 16/03

*Jess' socks--the sequel in Regia Stretch Colour #88, started November ?/03

*Lovely Lavold Vest (aka Culdesac), in Araucania Nature Wool in Allspice, started November 3/03

*Silly Scarf in Colinette One Zero, Crystal Palace Deco Ribbon and Fizz and Salsa, started November 18/03

*First Draft of my Dissertation: Representations of Health in Canadian Women's Magazines started far too long ago

I wish I had time to knit:

*St. Brigid
*My Noro Entrelac Jacket
*Childhood jacket for Emma
*Classic Aran
for Xander from The Children's Collection

Books I would like:

*Viking Patterns for Knitters Elsebeth Lavold
*The Purl Stitch Sally Melville
*The Children's Collection
A & J Starmore


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Friday, July 04, 2003


Aren't these gorgeous? My great friend Jennifer sent these to me yesterday for my birthday. She knew my predicament on my birthday and sent these as a pick me up. They're just gorgeous and smell great. I'm keeping them by my desk while I work.

Craig came home yesterday afternoon and we had a nice night together. We're going out tonight to celebrate.

I resisted the urge to swatch for Smooch yesterday and worked on my sock instead. I'm about an inch away from the toe decreases and all I can think about is getting more Fixation (maybe that's how the name came about...) I'm going to give these socks to my mom because they're not really my colour. I want some black and white to make skull socks for a friend and I think Jennifer could use some socks too.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Thursday, July 03, 2003


Yarn makes it all better

My birthday didn't go as planned, but it wasn't too bad. I had a caramel frappacino and knit a bit. The kids and I had cake and I got a humongous tray of sushi and beer and watched The Hours which was excellent (almost a perfect adaptation of the book). I even have sushi left for lunch today. Sadly, Village Yarns doesn't open until 4pm on Wednesdays so I didn't make it there, but I consoled myself by starting Rob's excellent Broadripple socks pattern using some Cascade fixation I picked up at Threadbear a while back.

This is the first time I've used fixation and I LOVE this yarn. I'm thinking it would make a tres chic tank a la Bonne Marie's ChicKami, but I'm getting ahead of myself. I have far too many other projects in mind...

That's because the post office was rather nice to me today.

My pattern book for Smooch arrived and I can now use this lovely Gedifra Wellness

and join the Along.

The yarn beside the All Seasons Cotton Book is Rowan's Summer Tweed in Bouquet to make Venus from Rowan 33, another lovely tank. Here's a slightly blurry close-up to show the lovely tweediness of the yarn:


Finally, I got some more Eviva (when I bought the wellness) from Elann to add to the Magenta I used for Sitcom Chic.

I plan to use it to make a Childhood hoodie for Emma for Christmas.

Poor Able is staring at me and I will try to finish her off before I start Smooch. It's going to be hard though. Also, I'm not sure about doing the Knitty Book pattern. I don't have the time (due to thesis not all the stash enhancement). I think I'll save the idea for a future Knitty issue. Knitting deadlines on top of school and life deadlines adds too much stress.

And, thanks to everyone who sent me birthday wishes--I really appreciate it. Craig will be home tonight and we have a babysitter so we can celebrate in style tomorrow!

Wednesday, July 02, 2003

Today is not the day I expected. It's my birthday--I'm 33--and I had plans; cake with the kiddies, some sushi and a video with Craig with some romantic time. Instead Craig got sent to Kentucky for work and I'm stuck home alone. Sigh.

So, I've decided to do some stuff for me today. I'll go to Village Yarns and get the yarn I need for my knitty book design and likely some other yummy stuff. I'll get an icy coffee drink and relax outside for a bit. I'll get myself a cake and the kids and I will blow out the candles over and over again (they will both want multiple turns). And I'll get the sushi and a chick-flick (maybe Far from Heaven, the Hours or Frida) and have a toast to me! What the hell.

Sorry to sound so morose, but I hate how Craig's company springs these trips on him. He found out yesterday and had to work late to prepare and then left at 4:30 this morning. These are not emergencies--just poor planning. That's enough ranting for now.

I did finish the socks last night and they're the best I've ever done. I used Wendy's toe-up sock pattern with her tips in the Spring Knitty and I'm hooked. The socks look great and fit great (even though they're not for me).

Now it's time to finish Able and get going on my knitty book design. I also want to start the broadripple socks in the summer Knitty and my Smooch (if my book ever arrives). I think I feel a case of start-itis coming on. That's an okay birthday present.

And just for fun here's Emma's and my Canada Day pedicures:

Tuesday, July 01, 2003

Just for fun, I decided to upgrade my template a bit. I was inspired by Anna's excellent freebies . Besides the cool button scrolly thing (can you tell I'm not into web design?) and the percentage bars she has a cool blog--worth a lookie. I might have to get one of those percentage bars up for the thesis, except I couldn't even guess what percent I'm at right now (and am scared to think about it).


Happy Canada Day!

I'm feeling a little patriotic today. I painted Emma's and my toenails red for the occasion and we're all decked out in our maple leaf Canada shirts. We'll be hitting a Canada Day picnic in a little while to celebrate. Usually we're at the cottage celebrating with a few beers but Craig has to work today. We were at the cottage over the weekend and had a great time just lazing around. I'm almost finished a pair of socks for a wonderful girl at the cottage who always comes and watches my kids giving me a break for a bit. I hope she likes them--it's hard to please 13 year olds--she probably will because she's a great kid. I did most of my knitting on the dock watching the water--it was idyllic.

The sun was starting to set so you can't see my lovely pink skin (I was out a wee bit too long). I think I've found my favourite knitting spot.

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