Sunday, March 30, 2008

Seven Deadly Sins of Knitting

Jennifer is having a contest for her 777 posts. We have to list our 7 deadly knitting sins. Here are mine:

Pride: My first sweater was To Dye For, from the Stitch and Bitch. I was knitting it and everything was going well. I was so proud of myself. My first sweater! It's easy! I'm not making any mistakes! And then I got to the sleeves, realized I would run out of yarn, went to the LYS... they didn't have any more in stock and I never was able to find some online. I finished the sleeves in another colour just because I wanted the damn thing finished. But I wasn't so proud anymore.

Envy: Oh I frequently suffer from sweater envy. Because so far, I haven't made one sweater that I've liked. So all of you who are making beautiful, well-fitted, perfectly seamed sweaters: I envy you!

Gluttony: I think my sock yarn stash is starting to show how much of a glutton I am...

Lust: I discovered yarn lust the first time I went to Effiloche and saw the cashmere. And I have indulged, oh yes I have.

Anger: The blue cardigan of doom. Have I mentionned that it's been frogged?

Greed: Jennifer, I can't help but give the same answer you did. I'm extremely greedy with patterns, and knitting magazines. I know I won't make 90% of the patterns I have, but I need them and I'm keeping them! They're mine. My precioussss.

Sloth: The Kiri shawl. I started it in May 2005! And I still think I'm going to finish it someday...

I'm quite the sinner, aren't I? ;)

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter


Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate it. Easter, for me, usually means that Spring is coming. But I was just outside a few minutes ago and it does NOT feel like Spring! The Sun is shining and all, but it's so cold!

Speaking of cold, I am sick again! Can you believe this? I was sick the first week of March. Then I was fine for a week but my boyfriend was sick. And he's still not feeling better and I caught another cold! I will be spending the day on the couch, knitting.

Anyways. Because it's Easter, here are some links to super cute Easter-themed patterns. I realize that I probably should have shared this a month ago, so you'd have time to knit them for Easter, but there's always next year...

Easter peeps

Easter eggs

Easter egg dishcloth (not free, but it's super cute)

Easter egg basket

Kate Gilbert's bunnies (not free)

Bunny booties

Stuffed bunny

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Little birdie

I finally picked my needles back up yesterday while watching the hockey game (we won!). I made good progress on the Bird in Hand mittens. I tried to take good pics, but I found out it's pretty difficult to photograph your own hand well. So I only have crappy pics, but it gives you an idea. I swear it looks better in real life.



Hopefully, I'll get to knit some more tonight, if my arms aren't too sore. I just got home from the gym and I had a GREAT workout! I made sure I stretched really well cause I don't want to get sore like I was last week. We'll see. Oh and by the way, are any of you readers on SparkPeople? I've been semi-active on the site lately so if you want to add me as a friend, I'm Amarillys on there.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Is it spring yet?

Skeins her way is having a Spring knitting goals contest, and while I don't think any Montrealer can truly believe that spring will be back soon (or ever it seems), it's nice to think about the warmer days.

That and I like to make lists.

So here are my knitting goals.

1. Get back into knitting already! I don't know what's wrong with me, I haven't knit since LAST SUNDAY! Not a single stitch! Surely that's not normal. My guess is that the new job is taking all my energy. But I need to get my knitting mojo back.

Ok, now the real knitting goals, things I want to do before summer:

1. Finish the Bird in Hand mittens. Right now, I'm almost at the decreases on the top of the first mitten. I love the yarn and I love knitting it so it should go well. I probably won't get to wear it until next winter though, unless we get snow here until the end of April and we don't want that.

2. Make Cable Net sock #2. I haven't finished a new pair of socks for myself in a LONG time.

3. Finish the cardigan for Merry. I only have a few rows done on the back.

4. Make a pair of plain vanilla socks. Just because I haven't made one in forever.

5. Start the Gilmore vest

That's it! What are your knitting goals?

Sunday, March 09, 2008

A day in the North Pole

I don't have many news on the knitting front, so I figured I'd post a few pics from yesterday's snow storm (Tara, see what you're missing while you're having fun in Japan?)





And this is me, a few seconds before I lost my will to live: