Friday, December 14, 2018

Secrets

I finished the blanket, but will wait to post a picture until it’s gifted. I am pleased with it. You all know what a fan of natural fibers, but at the risk of actually gushing, I am passionate about Bernat Blanket for blankets - adult and children. It is so cozy - both to knit with and snuggle into - and it washes well. The colour range is fabulous; something for everyone. 

My next project is a Top Secret Project, so that’s out. 

So I bring to you my latest yarn purchase! I’ve gone a little Turtlepurl fan girl lately. I’ve become a real fan of the dyed-to-match contrasting heel/toe skein. 

I know one young lady who will be stacking a claim to the Rasta. Winter is Coming and Dream Room are for my cold little piggies! My socks are starting to wear out at an alarming rate, so once I’m done the ones that I’ve promised for my workbesties, I’m onto socks for me. 

There are also cute puppy pics to fill the actually knitting gaps. 

I am also proud to share this year ago comparison pic.

I’ve been living la vida keto for 9 months now, and seeing a side-by-side like this makes every choice I’ve made worth it. It’s been a long row to hoe. Deciding to start and making that 100% commitment to myself was the key for me. I’ve done it (and continue to do it) one day at a time. It’s not a struggle; I enjoy the foods that I eat, and don’t generally long for sugars or breads. I choose the rare days that I moderately indulge in empty carbs, then get right back to the course that I’ve set myself upon. My knees are so much better, even the swelling on my (previously) broken ankle is significantly reduced!! 
The unrelated ulcer is further reducing my food choices, and I bitch every day about this, but I’m on new meds for that and have my fingers crossed that I’ll be able to have coffee, fizzy drinks, spices, and an occasional adult beverage again soon. 

Ok. Back to my TSP, while watching Ink Master on the buzztv android box that Helen sent me. This thing is terrific and I’m likely to subscribe to the live TV option to make watching my sports easier. Thanks Helen - this is epic knitting enabling!! 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Deadlines

So Hartwist is finished and ready to take up to Julie’s.
I’m going to deliver it in person rather than post it because I really want to see the new Namaste bags in person!

I was set to start on my next project, but I’m stuck at the cast on waiting for clarification - not an auspicious start. 
Fortunately, I have a few other deadlines to choose from, so my hands aren’t idle. 

This one is only kind of a surprise, but I’m trying to keep the colours a secret, and most of the pattern, so it’ll be black and white until it’s done and received. Petey is keenly watching my progress ... or rather watching me. He’s being especially clingy lately; not sure what that’s about.  He’s clearly feeling some kinda way, I wish that I could figure out what it is and/or why. 
Maybe he’ll settle down if I pick up the knitting again ...


Sunday, December 2, 2018

Final Stretch

What a great weekend!! 

I am on the homestretch of Hartwist! After what felt like a never-ending collar, it is cast off and I’ve set in the first sleeve. 

I really do love finishing a garment. There is a skill to it, and I take as much pride in the quality of my finishing as I do with my knitting. It makes such a difference - poor seaming can detract from beautiful knitting.  

I need to be up early for work tomorrow, but I might just use concealer and foundation to cover staying up late to finish. Shhhhh!!! 

Craig and I had our pictures done yesterday. Craig and I really enjoyed going through the gallery and picking our favourites. I don’t usually think of myself as photogenic, but Jacqueline really captures some lovely moments and I’m so pleased with how the pictures came out. I am so excited to see the final proofs and get prints made!! 
Petey helped today. 

Petey has been extra special attached to me today. I even captured him giving me a look of pure love and devotion. 
He really is my best buddy. 


Saturday, December 1, 2018

Photos

So I booked a mini photo session today for Craig and I to have our pictures taken. Even though most of our picture-perfect snow has melted, Drysdales still looked fantastic and Pink  Champagne Photography had a fabulous antique sofa and chair to brighten the scene. 


Craig & I took a couple amateur pics while we were waiting. I can’t wait to see what Jacqueline captured!! 

I am making progress on the collar ... still 9cm to go.
There are a lot of stitches to make this collar so voluptuous & cozy.!!

So I had a coffee this morning. This doesn’t seem so odd, except I quit coffee last Friday to help help my persistent ulcer. I’ve been slowly giving up the things that can irritate it and prevent it from healing. Coffee was putting me into rather severe pain, so it was the last to go. I suffered migraines for 2 days in the quitting, but it’s for a grater good. I’m doubling down on my ulcer meds (on Dr orders) for two weeks. If that doesn’t start to sort it out, it’s a referral to a gastroenterologist for an endoscopy. Totally not my idea of fun, so fingers crossed!! 
Back to this mornings coffee. I didn’t really miss food since I’ve switched to a ketogenic diet, but I desperately miss the taste of coffee.
It doesn’t look any different from any other coffee, but it is deeply different. It is soulless coffee. I don’t know if it’s just in my head but caffeine free coffee just doesn’t taste the same. It was good, but not the same. 

So I basically have no vices left. No alcohol, no sugar, no chocolate, and no coffee. I drink water. Just water. Sometimes an herbal tea. Then more water. 

So I’m going to go back to my collar and my water. 




Friday, November 30, 2018

Final Stretch

I am working on the collar! 
After a few “oopsies” on the final sleeve, I got it done and they’re blocking. Even with the ceiling fan on, it’s taking a bit for them to dry. 
I have covered it so that Robbie doesn’t dig in it. The puppies are rather awesome at not playing in anything that I’m blocking; Robbie is bigger and hasn’t been around knitting since he was a baby, so I don’t take the chance. 
We’ve started on the Christmas cakes at work. 

It’s really a fun season for cakes! Alhough I don’t think that there’s not a fun season for decorating cakes. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Are you a Charitable Knitter/Crocheter?

Yarn Canada is partnering with Bernat and Patons Yarn to give yarn to knitters (individually and groups) who do charitable knitting. 

Follow this link if you would like to apply. 

Monday, November 26, 2018

I don’t know what to title this one

The electric blanket is all that I hoped for and more!! It is a warm, full-body hug from a lover who doesn’t snore or fart or steal the warm blankets! This is the kind of thing that deserves a Nobel Prize!! Who wants to go to war when they can be warm in bed?

I am making swift progress on Hartwist now that I am on to the sleeves. Perhaps it’s the fewer stitches, or maybe it’s the Signature Needles  I’m happy to be feeling like I’m making progress, whatever the reason! 

I didn’t do the top shaping on the sleeve. On a sweater this bulky and boxy, I didn’t feel the value in it, so I just did six straight rows and cast off. 

We went to my dads family brunch on the weekend. Amanda is always fun to do selfies with!!
She was treated like the guest of honour with a special slice of cheesecake and mood lighting - she totally deserves it. 


We went shopping and she received her presents early!

I forgot to take a picture of her with her jacket. D’oh!! She needed one for everyday so she doesn’t get her nice one messed up, and since winter is coming, giving it to her now was just practical. And I am nothing if not practical. There was of course the requisite care package of food sent home with her as well - a mother’s duty of care never ends. 


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

I’ll Never be Cold Again

I am still knitting on Hartwist  It certainly doesn’t make the work go faster when I forget a cable row. So that was yesterday’s work for nought. Good thing that the felted tweed Aran is so lovely to knit with - small bonus of having to knit more. The yarn is a more lovely soft blue - even with an Ott light, I can’t seem to capture it. 

I finally bought an electric blanket for my bed. I have thought about it for years, but the irrational fear of somehow electrocuting myself was persistent. So far this year the hot water bottle hasn’t been enough to warm my cold toes and cold everything, and it hasn’t even gotten truly cold yet!! Dying of hypothermia seemed a more real threat than electrocution, so I did the deed. 
Petey wasn’t sure at first either, but he seems to be on board now. 

Craig and I went on a craft brewery tour of Black Oak Brewing Co  with friends, and while I made an effort and tried all the beers, it is clear that I am a Philistine and have no appreciation for craft beer. Craig certainly did enjoy the samples on offer though! 
The crystal malt was tasty though, and the tour was interesting. 

Monday, November 12, 2018

Hartwist

Just a quick post. 

I have finished the back - it’s a lot of knitting, but it is pleasurable, relaxing, and just challenging enough to keep me counting. 
I have modified the shoulder shaping with short rows so that I can do a 3-needle bind off once I’m done the front. This will make a more neat shoulder seam. 


Not much else to report. I have sorted out new rims (Costco and they UPS delivered them free!!) for my winter tyres and they’re on. I have also ordered winter boots and an electric blanket, so I’m just about physically ready for winter; mentally, perhaps not. 

Monday, November 5, 2018

Something Seems Amiss

The easier the thing, the greater the likelihood of mucking it up. 

Just merrily knitting along on Hartwist  and as I didn’t pause to admire my own work, as one is wont to do occasionally, I didn’t notice the glaring error until a few rows up. It was just one cable; it was the whole row. Definitely faster for me to re-knit it than try to ladder them all down. 

So now that my secular work is done, I am setting to making up some lost time. 
I popped into the LCBO to pick up some thank you gifts and wouldn’t you know, it turning into the best time of year!!! Gifty Booze!!! I couldn’t resist the lovely Reidel glasses in with the Steamwhistle  Especially since I have the Steamwhistle bottle opener and lunch tin from the last couple of years ☺️☺️

You know, I think that it really does enhance the taste of the Pilsner! 

I have to say, at the risk of tempting The Fates, that I am
content. Nothing is perfect and there’s always some challenge to overcome, but I am satisfied with my lot in life. I dare say, I may even be happy. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

New yarn!!!

So excited to have finally ordered from Mothy and the Squid  I’ve been following her on IG for awhile and her poinsettia colour way tipped the balance for me. The sparkly one is for Helen - she *does* love a sparkly anything!! 



I’m going to be swatching - spell check keeps replacing “swatching” with “searching” ... not entirely inaccurate - for a Sweet Spot strip. If it works out, I’ll have to order a couple more skeins. 
Jillian shipped the yarn straight away and it was here in 5 days from the UK!! She also added a little snipper gadget - and you know how much I love my gadgets!! 

I have made some progress on the Trenchcoat socks for Julie. Emily’s yarn is SO soft ... it’s such a pleasure to knit with. 
And the swatch for Hartwist is done and blocked. Julie gave specific instructions that I wasn’t to do 30 swatches as the sweater is quite generous in ease. Did it 1.5!! LOL!!! 


The yarn is a much nicer light denim blue in real life. I haven’t knit in such large needles - 5.5mm/size 9 - in a long time!! This is going to go quickly!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

I’ll Need 3 Forks please

Till Death spoiler pics below!! 

It’s been quite a busy week for me at work, but I have managed to get some things done at home too!! 

I finished my Wonder Woman Cape!!! 

This is the pic of it blocking; I’ll have someone take a pic of me wearing it tomorrow. It didn’t block out quite as large as it could have - my short row wraps were a bit tight. Still, I’m chuffed af with the final result!! 

Then I finished my Till Death MKAL mittens. 



Not blocked yet, but I am thrilled with them. I wore them this morning and the beads on the palms are already driving me bonkers, so I think that I’ll be cracking them off. They do need blocking, and then I’m ready for DΓ­a de los Muertos

And then I made Wonder Woman cuffs. I could not be more pleased with how the colours worked out, finishing with the white/gold at the edge of the ruffle!! 



The beads are so sparkly that I imagine that I really could fend off bullets with them!! 
It also gave me the opportunity to use my tiny bead spinner - still one of the best gadgets ever!!
I popped into The Needle Emporium today (yes, when I’m in the mood for a drive, a 3 hour trip is “popping in” LOL!!) to pick up the yarn for my Throwback Cardigan  as well as yarn to knit a sweater for Julie. I haven’t knit with Rowan yarn in a while, and I’m especially happy to be able to give the felted Aran tweed a go in the Hartwist Sweater


I could help but grab another Cheshire Cat kit
I was so excited that they now came with variegated colours!! I know, it seems a bit muted, but it just called to me. It’s destined to be another Hitchiker scarf. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Almost ...

I’m almost done my Wonder Woman cape !! Literally like another hour. But today was back to work, so I will set
to it as soon as this is posted and I’ve eaten. 
The yarn is a bit of a bleeder already; I’m going to have to rinse hard and often I think when I’m done.
I finally succumbed to the lure of Charmed Aroma. I’m
A skeptic by nature, but opals! Not my birthstone, but I do love them. They seem so alive to me. 
I have to say that I’m not disappointed.
I really do hope that they wear well and don’t start tarnishing. 

Tonight’s dinner is home made spaghetti sauce and shiritaki noodles
Nothing is ever going to replace pasta - there is nothing like the tender bite of wheat pasta. But I have come to appreciate konjac noodles and spaghetti squash for their own unique textures and flavors. Though the konjac noodles really have no flavour, they are an excellent conduit for a flavoursome sauce. 

Okay - on to the finishing. Despite the ungodly hour at which I need to be awake tomorrow. 




Saturday, October 20, 2018

Wondering Along

It’s been a great day!! 

4 loads of laundry washed, line-dried and put away (looking forward to bed tonight - sleeping on fresh, air-dried sheets is a luxury!), chicken broth made, cake baked, knitting accomplished. 

My Wonder Woman cape is progressing nicely. I do love the subtle variations in hand-dyed yarns; they're never quite solid and I adore it!! 

Not much else to share today ... back to it. 

As I was typing, Chica, who is usually not so cuddly, has climbed up into my lap. 

As she’s not one to enjoy being petted/touched much, I don’t think that this is going to last long. She and Petey will likely be switching spots. πŸ˜‚πŸΆπŸ’ž

Friday, October 19, 2018

Death Becomes Her

SPOILER PIC BELOW!

My back is better today. I do think that the cannabutter helped. Today was another epsom salt bath, heating pad and rest. More cannabutter therapy tonight. 

I didn’t start my Wonder Woman cape until this evening because I just couldn’t leave my Till Death mittens not caught up. 
I am using Indigo Dragonfly CaribouBaa for my cape. I love the colours and am excited to see how much I can get done in my next 3 days off!! 

I do love the brightness that the Sundara free brings to the mitten, but it’s so tonally close to the blue MC that the detail of the patten is a bit lost. It’s different, but I don’t love/hate either one enough to redo either mitten. LOVE the skeletons though!!! 





Thursday, October 18, 2018

Till Death

SPOILER PICS BELOW!!

You know how sometimes you say, “I did something to my back ...”? Well, I did nothing and it’s not good. After my shower last night, it just started seizing up and I could barely walk. Despite praying to all the gods, the old and the new, this morning was not much better. It was so bad that I was calling in reinforcements to cover Cakes at work, and I especially love my cake shifts, so they knew it was bad. 

My massage therapist is off on her honeymoon so I’m going to be using my next 4 days off to take all the drugs that will not aggravate my ulcer, and sit with a heating pad. Fortunately knitting fits nicely into this plan!! 

I also ordered a footstool that will angle; I think that this will help improve my seated posture. And considering how much I’m seated at home, that will make a massive difference. 



Adorable grandbaby pic so that when I post this to Facebook, the Till Death mittens pic isn’t the first one that you see.  I really do try to maintain the mystery for everyone else πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

I am finished Clue 3 on the 1st mitten!! I love the skeletons! 

They fit just perfectly too! 

So now I’m going to go go work on the 2nd mitten - so excited to see how my change of green looks. I hope I don’t love it too much or I’ll be tempted to make a 3rd mitten πŸ˜³πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
Not sure how much I’ll get done, I’m going to make a medicinal brownie. For my back, not just because I can. 



Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A little bit of everything

I’m slipping back into that habit of just knitting and not blogging!! 

*** Till Death Spoilers below!!! ***

Woodstock was fabulous, as it ever is. Sarah was picking out colours for the Throwback Cardigan  and it ended up being decided that we will be doing it as our Frolic sweater! I loved knitting with Woolstock and Dream State so much sit Humulus that it was not a difficult decision to use it again and I am going to be using the Woolstock Thermal Spring as my MC, to go with these Dream State contrasts:




I am making nice progress on Julie’s Trenchcoat socks. 

  




I started on Amin’s blanket. 


As much of a fibre snob as I can be, I do love Bernat Blanket for baby/kids blankets. It is so soft and washes well — it’s a fave with the kids and moms! 

I am excited about my Till Death mittens!! Progress is painfully slow, but the result is satisfying. I’m not thrilled with the sea foam green colour, but too much time has been invested to rip it out. I do have a plan for the 2nd mitten ... I’m not going to redo the 2nd cuff, so it may be a bit odd, but I’m ok with that. 
SPOILER PIC BELOW