Monday, January 30, 2012

Photo of the week

Lens: 50 mm f/1.8
Info: 1.8 - 1/60 - ISO 1600

I didn't take many pictures last week but I really liked that one, even though I had to bump up the ISO because there were no light in his room.

I'm sorry for the lack of post last week. I had planned on posting a FO, but the O didn't get F after all. I'm planning on finishing it this week for sure, so I should post pics later this week.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Photo of the week


Lens: 50 mm
2.8, 1/400, ISO 100

I really wanted to try and take a picture of something other than my son. Last week was COLD, but it was also really beautiful. I took this pic right in front of my house.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Stop, stash time!

A friend of mine (non-knitter) recently asked me to post pics of my stash in a Facebook group I'm in. So I did. I always like to do this exercise because it allows me to see just how much I have.

It's really not that bad, compared to many, but it feels like a lot. Probably because it would take me over five years to knit it all...

(The pics are beyond bad, I just quickly took snapshots, in bad light too)




Monday, January 16, 2012

Photo of the week


Lens: 50 mm 1.8 Info: 1.8, 1/100 ISO 800

I went a little bit Photoshop-happy for this, but hey, I have a picture for the week :)

I promise a post about knitting this week!

TO SANDRA: Thanks for the comment on my last pic! I wanted to reply but I don't have your email. I appreciated the tips :)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Let's talk about books!

And I'm not talking about knitting books!

I got a Kindle for my birthday in December and I'm loving it. I'm also loving the fact that it made me want to start reading a lot again. I've always been a reader, but for the past couple of years, I feel that I haven't been reading as much as I usually do. What can I say, I have too many hobbies and not enough time! Anyways, I'll try to post about books I like once in a while and feel free to share your own recommendations also! I'm always on the lookout for good titles!

I'll admit that one was pre-Kindle. I read The Hunger Games trilogy a couple of months ago and I loved loved loved it! It's the kind of series that has you buy the second book (and the third) the minute you finish the first one. It is «Young Adult», but it still found a way to captivate the «Old Adult» that I am.

«It is written in first person and introduces sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem where the countries of North America once existed. This is where the government, working in a central city called the Capitol, holds power. In the book, the Hunger Games are an annual event where one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 from each of the 12 districts surrounding the Capitol are selected to compete in a televised battle in which only one person can survive.» (Wikipedia, because I'm lazy)

And there will be a movie soon and it looks fabulous!


Ok, second book I've read recently: The Help.

I'm a bit late to the party with that one since the movie is already out of DVD, hehehe. But I had heard good things about it so I wanted to read it before seeing the film (which I still haven't seen).

The story of the book is set in the 60s, in the state of Mississippi, and is told from the point of view of three different women. Two of them are African-American maids and the third one is the daughter of a rich white family.

I really liked the book but I will admit that I had a hard time getting used to Aibileen (one of the maid)'s style at first. It's written in a spoken-style and English isn't my first language so it wasn't easy to read at first, but I got used to it and she was my favourite character.

I'm currently reading the Yarn Harlot's latest book (as well as a book that I hope will help me figure out a way to get my boy to sleep through the night again). But I'm looking for a novel or a good series to read next. I'm open to suggestions... :)

Monday, January 09, 2012

Photo of the week

Lens: 50 mm 1.8 Info: 1.8, 1/125 ISO 200

Ok so I'm very interested in learning about photography. I read about it. I took an intro class. I got a new lens for Christmas that I love (the 50 mm f/1.8 used above) and a cute little subject I can take tons of pictures of.

But the truth is: I suck. Haha. I can take a good snapshot here and there but I feel I don't have "the eye", when it comes to photography. I'm not an artist and you know what? That's ok. And that doesn't mean I can't get better. But to get better, I need to practice.

I've been toying with the idea of trying Project 366 this year, but to be honest, I can't see myself keeping up with it the whole year. But then I heard of Project 52. One picture a week for 52 weeks. Or 51 in my case since I'm one week late to the party. THAT I think I can do.

So there you go, my only goal for this project is to post one picture a week. I can't promise you'll see good ones, but I'm hoping I can see at least a little bit of progress between now and December. I can, however, promise that 90% of my pics are going to be of my son. But he's cute so that's ok :)

Friday, January 06, 2012

A post with yarn is always a good one

Ok so I mentionned in my last post that I wanted to knit from stash for most of the year. That means no yarn porn for a while... after today! Because I did get some new yarn this past month, I just haven't posted about it until now.

First, instead of buying anything at Knit Picks' Cyber Monday sale (where nothing I wanted was even on sale), I treated myself to two skeins of Wollmeise sock yarn. I had been wanting to try it for a while, but as you all know, they're not easy to get. Someone on Ravelry posted that there was still some two-skeins grab bags available and I thought "Why not?" I had no idea which colours I would get, but I knew I would have no problem selling them if I didn't like them so I wasn't too worried.

But it turns out, I LOVE them both. The first one wasn't easy to photograph:


It's a very dark green and it's absolutely beautiful. I'm not sure yet which pattern I could use to show it off, because dark yarns like that tend to hide patterns a bit. I'm keeping my eyes open for the perfect combination.


The second skein is soooooooooo pretty, I like it even more than the first one. I think I'll have an easier time finding a pattern for it.

The following yarns I received from my mom at Christmas. She made a big Knit Picks order in November and gave me some for my birthday (I already posted pics of them) and the rest on Christmas Day. I'm very happy I got some bulky because it's something I rarely buy and lately I've been dreaming of big hats and scarves.


I got three skeins of Biggo (Knit Picks' new bulky line) in Haze Heather. It's very very soft. I'm currently knitting a hat with it (so you should see a FO soon) and I like it a lot. I can see myself ordering more of this (you know, when I'm allowed to buy yarn again).


Wool of the Andes Bulky in Cadet. I have a cowl in mind for it, but I'm not 100 % sure yet.


Aaaaah, my beloved Stroll Tonal, and in Blue Violet, the one colour I was hoping would be on sale on CyberMonday. It's beautiful of course and it goes in my Tonal Collection (I'm obsessed I'm telling you). I think my biggest challenge this year will be resisting the new colours of Tonal when they get released, as well as some of the backordered colours I've been coveting. Oh well. I CAN live without them.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

How about some resolutions?

January = resolution time!

I know a lot of people who hate resolutions, mainly because they never keep them. But I like them... even though I fail 99 % of the time. I think I have vowed to lose weight for the past 15 years or so and it never happened. But that doesn't mean I'll stop trying. My mother in law was a smoker for over 40 years. She tried stopping countless times and it never worked. But last October, she celebrated her first anniversary as a non-smoker. And that proves that just because you've failed again and again and again, it doesn't mean you won't succeed one day.

I like resolutions because I like having goals. So I set myself goals, in January of course, but also throughout the year.

I still have my goal of losing weight. I have a lot to lose, since I haven't lost all that much of the baby weight and I was already overweight to begin with. My mom is getting married in June and I'll be the Maid of Honor. I want to lose 30-40 pounds before that, which is a lot but I think it's doable.

I also have knitting resolutions. Or I should say shopping resolutions. I have too much yarn for the little space that I have. And because of that, everytime I do buy yarn I feel super guilty even if it's yarn I'm going to use right away. So I need to knit from stash as much as possible. My goal is to do just that at least until Fall.

I especially want to knit my sock yarn because I have A LOT. And I just so happen to need socks right now so it all works out. I'm shooting for six pairs this year, we'll see how that goes. I already have two on the needles:

Norfolk Ramblers


That second pair is a pair of plain vanilla socks. I was happy to see that I can still knit socks without a pattern, I hadn't made a plain pair in a long time.

Another resolution: to use my sock books! I want to keep knitting socks from Sock Innovation, as well as my many other sock books.

Finally, I also vow to blog more this year. I miss my blog and I miss reading comments. Hardly anyone reads this blog anymore and I understand why. My goal is at least two posts a week, so expect a new one soon! And I can already say that there will be yarn porn (because I did get new yarn before the start of the yarn diet).