Wednesday, November 15, 2017


The day started out well - I won off of 3/4 of my lottery tickets. Yeah, not actual money, but free tickets are a whole new chance to win!! 
Then I was off on my mission for the day. 

I spend a lot of time pondering the subject matter for my tattoos, then narrowing down the artist that fits the style that I’d like the subject matter to be drawn in. 
Today I went to Ink and Water and Mr Koo did what he does, and he did it in style!! 

My appt had been pushed back a bit, so I went up the road to Long and McQuade  I’ve been contemplating a larger case for my flute as the current one *just* fits, but feels tights with the cleaning wands and hole plugs.

I also bought a few books that only frighten me a little. If it’s not a little scary, it’s not worth doing. 

I am going to try these lip patches. 

Myrelle had the great suggestion of envelope seals, and they do the trick, but l’ll give these a go by way of comparison. 

And not to start a panic, but poppadoms have become scarce!! I stopped at 4 different grocery stores and nothing. Walmart used to stock Pataks poppadoms as a modular item, but nothing. I finally found some at Metro in Orangeville and I’ll be stopping at every Metro I see and buying all that they have. I’ll be a shameless poppadom hoarder. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Still knitting, no fear. I just feel busy and unfortunately blogging takes the hit. 
I have been working, knitting, and fluting, mostly in that order. It’s like the Holy Trinity of my life, with Craig factoring in like a woven thread. 
Tomorrow is going to be an exciting day, but that’s tomorrow’s story. Today, I give you the start of V-neck shaping on the Flat Rib Pullover. I don’t know why I’m feeling like progress had been so slow on this project - probably because it has been, but I can’t pin down exactly where my knitting mojo has gone - but this is an excellent point at which to mark progress and get a surge of momentum! 

 Yes, my little buddy got in on the pic - Petey is truly never far from my side ❤️🐢❤️

Monday, October 23, 2017

That’s Wannietta!

I am who I am, and I’m too old for that to change. 
I have a favorite TeeFury T-shirt, and I’ve been thinking a long time about getting it as a tattoo. Customizeart was visiting Toronto and was guesting at Golden Iron  and I love their new school style, so I grabbed this once in a lifetime opportunity!! I am so pleased with the result! MarΓ­a imbued my T-shirt George Joker with all the mischievous and creepy personality that he could possess. 

It’s not everyone’s style, but it’s me, and now it’s mine forever!! 
It stung like a mofo, but I bore it like a champ and it was worth it. 

Speaking of TeeFury, they had another grab bag sale. I love these, and while it’s a roll of the dice, I totally scored this go-round!!! 

Not a bad one in the bunch!! I’m just giddy with delight!!! 
Then there’s this one. I ordered it as a daily special, and it will be this years Halloween T-shirt. It also glows in the dark!! I know - super creepy!!! 

I am fighting off the cold that a few coworkers have been bringing ‘round, so I’ve been sleeping a lot, which cuts into knitting time. I’m going to spend a few hours tonight knitting on something ... idk what. I’ll post actual knitting pics tomorrow!! 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


I’m tired, so I’m going to drop a few thousand words in picture format. 
Daphne and Jasmyn came to collect potential yarn, aka fleece. 

We’re looking a whole lot less identical these days 😏

Helen called in her order, and gifted me 4 skeins! I know - a generous gift that idk how I’ll ever repay. Hopefully my joy will be a sufficient down payment. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Speckle and Pop

Nothing is an easy decision when it comes to colour choices with me. But I went stash diving, 
which was no simple feat either, and came up with all sorts of Pop!
The left bucket is my Koigu (which produced the winning Pops), and the right bin is my fingering leftovers.

What is that burning in my nose? Oh yes, I had mince the last ghost pepper for the chili re-do without gloves and I guess I’m glad that I didn’t rub my eyes!!!

Back to the Speckle and Pop - colours decided upon and casting on will commence.

Once I decide, it’s full speed ahead. 
Though I’m in the midst of three different full projects, plus a sock, so I have almost too much knitting ... I’m torn about which one to knit on! 

Petey is still a Conehead. We are less patiently waiting for his inflatable collar - he’ll be done with The Allergies by the time it gets here! He’s much more himself personality-wise, Craig noticed it right away on the weekend. 
He’s still pink, but the skin irritation and oozing is much improved. 

Work is fantastic; I am part of a strong, motivated team of women. We rag on each other, but are there for each other for support or encouragment the second life happens. That’s the family that you get to choose. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017


Craig and I had the pleasure of listening to Bill McBirnie’s fingers dance and make magic by blowing air down a tube. 

A girl can dream, but it is beautiful and inspirational.

I cast on and made progress on the Flat Rib PulloverWoolstok is a pleasant worsted weight wool to knit with, not scratchy and so far no vegetable matter. It’s not smooth, but more rustic without sacrificing quality and ease of use. It’s knit at a looser gauge for this sweater, emphasizing it’s lightness. 

Saturday, September 30, 2017


What the Fade Clue Three spoilers at the end of the post.
Today was pretty much all about Craig. 
He had a part in the Bruce County Heritage Ducumentary Project and played the part of Robert Dunlop. I now know a lot more about this small piece of Canadian history than I used to. 

He was brilliant! I’ve never seen him acting proper before, so this was a treat. I was so proud of him and though it’ll be into next spring/summer before the dvd is released.

We were filming at the Bruce County Museum, and I took a selfie with a cool sculpture using a massive old chain. 
Between the drive there and back an dtime between scenes, I managed to finish Clue Four of What the Fade!!

Rows are feeling painfully long - 373 is a lot of stitches, even in garter. Gorgeous fade of three colours in that garter section!

Friday, September 29, 2017


So I am hopelessly behind on What the Fade. This is where I’m at, last fade of Clue 3. I absolutely love the colours that I chose and how fabulously they are fading together!!

Clue 1 dropped for Speckle and Pop. 
I wound the Main Colours for it today; I still need to go stash diving for the colour pops ... or I might wait until Woodstock and buy some. Knitting time is precious and stash diving may be time-consuming distracting. I’ll be swatching on the main project for this one. 

Then I wound up yarn for a Flat Rib Popover vest for Julie. 
I haven’t knit a project for Julie personally in awhile, I think Patrick was the last one, so I’m especially excited for this project!! 
I love knitting Churchmouse patterns - such well written patterns and effortless knits. 
I’ll prob swatch it tonight. 

I don’t usually have this many major works on the go at the same time ... my knitting eyes may be stretching my physical abilities. Lol. 

Craig brought with him my birthday present. He really listened and reached out to Julie for advice and he did good!!! 

I absolutely needed a new shawl pin as the last one dropped and broke. I also explained to him that the yarn was perfect since “sock” didn’t necessarily mean socks, that all of my shawls were knit in sock weight yarn. 

Quick post - much fabric to make!! 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Birthday Week

I am so happy that I have been trained in cakes at work! I was able to make a cake for my sister and it was as exciting for me to make and deliver as it was for her to receive! 

Also a part of my mission today was picking up my yarn that she bought as my proxy at the Koigu tent sale. 
This is the Kersti that will become an afghan. I think that I will buy a gaming die to make random colourization and striping easier for me. I'm really bad at randomization; i much prefer planning. It will, of course, be done in Knit One Below planned pooling strips.

There is also some KPPPM, but it's a secret as some of it is a gift. But here's a pic of the fab re-usable bags the yarn came in!!

I also picked up the leggings that I ordered from my niece. She reps for Legging Army  and I'm a fan! Way cool patterns and so comfy! An added bonus - Craig believes in leggings as pants - lol! 

Fright Night and Powdered Skulls

Moody Blue and Peaceful Dreams
I also managed to get some sock knitting done on the ever patient sock. Poor socky -- it gets set aside for everything else. But Winter is Coming ... socks will be needed.

Oh - and I've attached the brackets to the new, massive tele, maeasured and marked the placement for the wall mount so that John can just screw on the wall bracket tomorrow. Hopefully there will only be a few minor adjustments and I'll be ready to look for a smaller entertainment cabinet.
All in all, a very productive day!!
Okay ... more Brioche. I love brioche, I love brioche, I love brioche. There is something different in Clue 3 ... I can do this!!! 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Brioche Forever

Spoilers - but not too spoilery as I'm still not done Clue 2. 

Wow - 4200+ stitches today and I'm still not done Clue 2!!! There's no way I'm going to be ready for Clue 4 πŸ™
It is looking lovely though - I love the fade that is happening and I do love the rhythm of brioche knitting. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Bigger IS Better

So I finally went and bought myself a new tv. Early Happy Birthday prezzie to me :) It's been at least 8 years, and considering that TV is my main entertainment (symbiotic with my knitting), it's totally worth the money spent! 
It's huge!! 55" compared to my previous 37" one which is now in my bedroom. Not sure how often I'll use it in there as I rarely have a sick day, I'm not a fan of falling asleep to a movie, and it's currently just hooked up to the bluray player, but it's in excellent condition and you never know. Now I just need another hdmi cord! Lol
I bought a wall mount kit and wow - those are some detailed instructions!! I'll probably have to ask my landlord to help with installing the actual part that goes on the wall, but I think I can manage the tv attachment.  

I also finished my Beyond the Wall shawl!! 

Ends need sewing in and it needs a blocking, but the knitting is done!

I have changed my hair, again.

I absolutely love the blonde!! The cut will show better once the colour grows out, so I'm looking forward to the next trim! Not sure if I'm having more fun yet, 'cause I have a lot of fun, but you'll know as soon as I do. 😏

Spoiler pics below on the What The Fade. No very spoilery, as I'm only on Clue 2, but perhaps you're not that far along. 

I am almost at the next Fade section!

I had a great weekend with the ladies from work. We went to Blue Mountain and the weekend couldn't have been more perfect!

We missed Julie on Friday night, but she came out Saturday night. I had to come home to my little brood, so I missed the Segway adventure, but it was still such a memeorable experience, and I'm deeply grateful to be working with such strong, fierce, and fabulous women!! ❤️πŸ‘ΈπŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ’–

Petey is still symptomatic, but is more himself. Still waiting for his inflatable collar πŸ˜’. 
A bit more Fading before I completely fade. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

What the Fade

Spoiler pics below. Though not too spoilery -- I'm back to Clue 1.

OMG - it's been two steps forward and one step back on this and I'm only one Clue in (barely made it into the 2nd Clue). 
Brioche is a half sibling to Knit One Below and I'm aces at that, yet I keep forgetting incs and having to rip back. 

This is the at the end of CLue 1 -- before I was 10 rows deep into Clue 2 and THEN discovered that I was missing !!2!! Increases!! 
Le Grand Sigh 
I love how brioche is reversible - thewrong side is just a non-public side, whichever one the wearer chooses that to be!
I know - crazy!! At this rate I might be caught up in time for Clue 4.

That is my poor Petey in the pic above. He is suffering from The Allergies. I joked early days when he'd sneeze about him having allergies like his mum. Then when he'd bite and scratch at himself, I thought it might just be mosquito bites. 
Then after a day outside, his paws and belly turned pink, he started scratching and biting in earnest, his eyes and muzzle turned pink ... he was an allergic mess. I am loathe to out him on strong anti-histamine or cortisone, so after much consultation with doggie friends who've gone through this and searching my soul in the reflection of his sad little eyes, I am pursuing natural easements, building up his immune system and I have also changed his diet to raw on the outside chance this is a coincidentally occurring food allergy. 
The Cone of Shame has him quite dispirited, but he still has the gumption to bark at John the Landlord and snap at Chica on occasion, so he is not seriously ill. I have ordered an inflatable neck ring that I hope will keep him from reaching his paws, and also return some of his dignity.
All I can say is that I'm thankful that it's not Chica with The Allergies. She's bitchy enough as it is - lol!!

Oh - looky at what Helen sent me!! New to me yarn. 

Okay. Fortunately I close tomorrow - though I am up early to go get my hair did (yes, something new!!), so I am on a mission to knit back to where I was.