Saturday, January 28, 2012

Beyond the Edge

The edge for this wildflower cardigan is unique. At first glance At the pictures I thought it might have been a crocheted edge but I thought wrong. it's been known to happen; I can admit it It is a very cool knitted edge. Labour intensive but totally worth it!!

btw - my nails are OPI's Black Cherry Chutney from the India collection with OPI's Save Me glitter from the Nicki Minaj collection in top.

I've got a whack of stockinette to do - nice and meditative and hopefully fast.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wildflower swatched

4th swatch is a charm! 3mm needles gets me the 28sts I needed for gauge so all systems are now a go!!

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

An earned day

I am going nowhere today.

I spent day 1 off yesterday doing battle with yet another migraine. I am seriously going to have to start back on the acupuncture for those. They are becoming more intense & debilitating. Thank God that Ron was able to make time to go get & bring me my meds; I'd not have been able to drive.

I saw the surgeon who did my lumpectomy yesterday for my 11/2 year follow up. He loved my hair and apologized again for the "less than cosmetic result". I told him (again) that I was happy that he acted as quickly as he did once I got in to see him & that he saved what he did. His professional opinion is that I have perfect breasts. I love my layman's opinion but it's nice to have an M.D., F.R.C.S(C) confirm it ;-)
I am waiting to hear back from the plastic surgeon to confirm a date for reconstruction. I have wanted to do this from the initial surgery; I waited a year to initiate the consult just to make sure it wasn't an emotional decision and once I met with him I knew that it's truly right for me.

I have my sofa set up by the living room window - lovely daylight!! I am swatching for the wildflower cardigan. I normally knit tight so I started with a 4mm needle when the pattern suggested a 3.75mm needle to get a 28st gauge. I got 24sts. So I went down to a 3.5mm - 26sts. Ok fine. 3.25mm.

I have all the necessary & unnecessary things that I need to enjoy a day of peace & knitting.

I am also going to block Elise's shawl ... now.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Gloves off!!

Move over Stitch 'n Pitch, this is the Great White North & we like our action on ice.

From the website :

Marlies Pucks and Purls
Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 11, 2012. The DKC is sponsoring Pucks n’ Purls, a family-oriented event with the Toronto Marlies for knitters, with lots of activities and fun for family members of all ages.

Location: Ricoh Coliseum (Exhibition Park)
Marlies’ Alley Open: 1:30 p.m.
Gates Open: 2:00 p.m.
Game Time: 3:00 p.m.
Seating Location: Behind Marlies bench (Section 100/119)
Price: $20.00 per ticket

One and a half hours before game time, Marlies’ Alley, a family interactive zone with inflatable figures and games such as bubble hockey, hockey shooting challenge and foosball is opened for ticket holders to have active fun with their friends and families. Before the game and at intermission, there will be knitting- related activities, contests and draws for prizes.
And for a very special treat, starting about fifteen minutes after the game, there will be an hour free skate (no hockey) on the Marlies ice, exclusively for the Pucks n’ Purls ticket holders up to a limit of 250 skaters. Note that skaters or their parent/guardian will have to sign a waiver before going on the ice and that children 12 and under must wear a helmet.
Tickets are available at DKC meetings or at Marlies Pucks 'n Purlsusing Special Offer Code pucksnpurls. Support your local participating yarn store by clicking their specific link, and help the store win a prize.
For breaking news about Pucks n’ Purls, please visit our blog at pucks 'n purls blog

In addition there will be a face off between Linda & I; throwing down the way we do - needles, yarn & 3 minutes to knit as fast as we can.

... and Ron should be coming so you can meet him. I need help convincing him that knitting as much as I do is normal. And when I say "normal" I don't just mean normal for me. 😜
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Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Knitting

I'm still here!!
A new year has started and I am very happy. Things are progressing - the house sold, separation/divorce is a grindingly slow & stressful process but it too is moving along. I have a small apt that holds all of my books & yarn and I have discovered that my heart was not broken beyond healing and my knitting mojo is coming back which makes me very happy too.

I have a new project fromJulie - the wildflower cardigan by Alana Dakos. I can't wait to start it using the moss colour way of madelainetosh pashmina.

And a secret project for Elise out of a Lang lace weight.

My first fo of the year is a pair of mittens for my cousins daughter. They're going off for sizing then I can make mods if required and bang out a few more pairs for her before winter ends.

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