Monday, November 23, 2009

Habs and cables

Remember last year when I blogged daily for a whole month? Yeah, it's not happening this year. Things are pretty quiet these days. Same old, same old.

But I have been knitting. I set aside my Potpourri mittens and decided to cast-on for another pair of socks (part of Sock Knitters Anonymous Sockdown again). The November challenge is to either knit a pattern that utilizes mosaic/slipped stitches or a pattern designed by Chrissy Gardiner. There's also a mystery sock pattern designed by Star Athena that utilizes mosaic stitches. I chose a Gardiner pattern and I'm hoping to finish the socks in time to give them to my mom for Christmas (they must be finished by Dec. 31 to be elligible for prizes for the SKA challenge).


The pattern is Cabled Lace socks (look at the pattern pic on Ravelry, it's much prettier than the pic I posted above). I'm using Knitpicks Stroll in Buckskin.

In non-knitting news, I had lots of fun last week at work when I got to cover a very crazy event. As you may or may not know, I mostly cover entertainment stories at work. Political, once in a while. But sports? That never happens.

Well last week was the premiere of a movie about the Montreal Canadiens' 100th anniversary. Sort of (the story is actually about a young hockey fan who's very sick in the hospital and a teenager who plays hockey, but the Habs play an important role in the story). I was sent on the red carpet to cover it and let me tell you, it was crazy!


There were hundreds of fans waiting for the actors and the Habs and they were screaming! It was fun though. I got to talk to Henri Richard (I was lucky, he didn't talk to that many reporters but I guess he took pity on the poor 5'2 girl with her camera who yelled "Mr Richard! Mr Richard!").

When the Habs players came out of the limos, the crowd went wild and it was quite difficult to talk to players. I couldn't ask Carey Price a question to save my life, I was stuck in the middle of a group of reporters who were all trying to talk to him.

I then got close to O'Byrne and got scared. That guy is a monster! I think he's 6'5 and huge. Did I mention I'm 5'2? Well I lied. I'd be 5'2 if I was wearing skates. I think even if I had tried to ask him a question, he probably wouldn't have heard me. ;) So I opted for a player more my size and went to talk to Gionta instead. Hehe. I also got to talk to Bergeron, Lapierre and now former Hab Guillaume Latendresse. Oh and Cammalleri, but just as he was about to answer my question, a PR lady came and got him (and yelled at me for going over the velvet rope and onto the red carpet. I'm short! It was the only way for me to get the guys on film!)

Anyways, it was fun, but I still prefer to talk to actors and musicians rather than athletes.

Saturday, November 14, 2009


Chris is away all weekend for work, which means I have tons of time to knit. This morning, I started this:


(Potpourri mittens, from Vogue Knitting, Fall 2008. Yarn is Knitpicks Palette in Masala, Cream and Sky.)

I took that picture this afternoon. I have about twice as much done now. It's funny how quickly this is going considering how long it took me to knit a Christmas stocking with bulky yarn.

I'm loving the mittens, though I believe I should have chosen a lighter orange. Oh well. That's what happens when you order online. I will need to get a colour card next time I order from Knitpicks, because I plan on knitting more mittens this winter. Especially since I bought this last month (I think I forgot to mention it before):


It's a lovely, lovely book and I want to knit thousands of mittens now.

I also have a FO to share:

Flora Hat (November)

Pattern: Flora, by Margaux Pena
Yarn: Susan Andrew Collection Warani (green + cream)
Needles: US 5 / 3.75 mm
Modifications: I almost ran out of yarn at the end (I was using leftovers from my Fake Fake Isle hat.) So I skipped a couple of plain knit rows between the crown decrease rows.

The hat will go to my aunt, who is almost done with her treatments for breast cancer. I made her a Parrotfish hat a few months ago, but I wanted to give her something warmer for winter.

BTW, Robyn is going to be knitting all night long to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. I think it's a wonferful thing and I wanted to publicly thank her. I can't wait to read about it on your blog Robyn!

Monday, November 09, 2009

Christmassy FO

I've been a bad little blogger, I know.

I haven't been able to think of anything good to write about lately. I'm assuming it will all change since I have a few FOs coming, as well as some stash enhancement and a soon-to-happen meeting with a long time blogger-friend. So good things are happening. Expect posts and pics. Hopefully.

I do have one FO to share right now.


Pattern: Falling Snow Stocking, by Jennifer Hoel
Yarn: Lamb’s pride bulky in Blue Blood Red and White Frost
Needles: US 10 Circs + DPNs
Modifications: The tip of the toe is supposed to be white, but I ran out of yarn so it's all red.

I love the stocking and I'm supposed to give it to my mom, but I sort of want to keep it for myself. ;) I guess I'll have to make another one.