Saturday, January 27, 2007


Ok so that two socks on two circs thing? I don't get it. I have the instructions with the pretty pictures but it's just not working out. I am not giving up though, I will master the technique. Eventually. In the meantime, I picked up my lovely bamboo DPNs and some Fleece Artist merino and got started on Charlene Schurch's Ripple Weave socks from the fall 06 issue of Vogue Knitting. I'm loving knitting them even though I'm not sure the yarn is right for the pattern.

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I love the yarn though. I'll keep on working the pattern anyways (it does show a little bit more "in person" than on the picture). I'll probably make another pair in a solid colour someday.

I went to Effiloché last night and I found out that the pattern is not a good one to bring to knitting meet-ups. I'm already not much of a talker, especially with people I don't know (and there was no one I knew there!), but it's even worse when I have to concentrate on a chart.

Oh and because I can't go to the LYS without buying something:

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I was good, wasn't I? Only two skeins and no sock yarn! The Noro will be made into Calorimetry and I want to make the Shedir hat (links to PDF file) with the Rowan felted tweed. I fell in love with the hat after seeing a bunch of them on Craftster.

Unfortunately, I realized when I got home that I need 16" 3.25mm circular needles for the hat. I thought about going to another LYS today that's close to my gym so I could get some. But the two socks on two circs experience made me realize one thing: I'm in LOVE with the Knitpicks needles. So I ordered the 3.25mm needles. Of course, it would have been stupid to pay 8$ shipping on a 4.99$ needle, so I decided to get the whole Options set! What? I deserve them, I work hard. :p I also added three colour cards to the lot (Swish Superwash, Main Line and Shine worsted), just because I may order some in the future and I want to have a good idea of the colours. I am *so* looking forwards to receiving that package, even though there won't be any yarn in it.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Guten Tag

Ms K. tagged me, so here you go.

THE RULES: Each player of this game starts with the 6 weird things about you. People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don't forget to leave a comment that says you are tagged in their comments and tell them to read your blog.

1. I'm 29 and I still don't have a driver's licence. I never really wanted to drive. But as I get older, I start to think that it probably would be a useful thing to have ;)

2. I tend to accumulate a lot of stuff and then I all of a sudden get tired of the clutter and I feel the need to get rid of everything. Today, I donated three boxes of books and CDs to Le Chaînon.

3. I've had bright orange hair once. It did not look good. But it was fun.

4. I tend to count calories in everything I eat. It does not, however, keep me from eating them.

5. I'm a loner. I don't mind spending a whole weekend by myself, though this doesn't happen as often now with the boyfriend.

6. Despite #5, my favourite thing to do on a Friday night is to meet friends for a good meal and some wine. My favourite thing to do on a Saturday night is to stay home and watch hockey with the boyfriend (while drinking wine. And knitting. Which sometimes leads to disaster).

I tag: Jo, The Knitting Muso, Julie, Karine, Stephanie (yeah right, as if she reads my blog ;) ) and Jennifer.

And a special hello to Jenny aka Michaela. I didn't know you read my blog, it was nice to read a comment from you :)

Sunday, January 21, 2007

How have you been?

I've been MIA, sorry about that. I've just been quite busy these past weeks.

I finally found a great new gym, after not working out for THREE MONTHS (my longest gym-less period in 9 years). And the gym is close to a yarn store. Eeep. I've been able to resist so far but I'm sure I'll stop by sometime soon.

I've finished a couple of things. First, the cashmere cloche:

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It's a little too big but I love it anyways. It's warm, it's all that counts.

I also finished the Monkey socks from Knitty.

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I used Austerman Step and I couldn't recommend this yarn more. It's fantastic and the socks feel wonderful on my feet. The pattern is a great one too, easy, but interesting.

My next sock goal: two socks on two circs.