Friday, January 27, 2006

Team Canada Knits

If you wanna be a part of Team Canada leave a comment on the new knit-a-long’s website, and Kelly will add you. Registration is open until February 9th. It looks like the Team Canada has taken on a life of it's own and there will be alot of great things going on over there. So warm up those needles and start training it looks like the competition will be tight. A big thank you to Kelly.

The Harlot's knitting has become so big I wonder if the Gold Medalists for the 2006 Knitting Olympics will be picking up the large corporate sponsors for the 2010 Olympics. Just imaginge the sponsor possiblities!

Still knitting felted clogs for my husband and I, and slowly making a dent in the second ball of yarn for the Irish Hiking Scarf.

Last night we attened a Family Night at "K's" school, and at the end of the hour door prizes are drawn. Since they started these family nights a few years back our family has apparently inherited a very large horse shoe. The first year they held 6 Family Nights and we one 5 out of 6 times and sometimes winning one or more prizes in an evening. Last night the we won not 1, not 2, but 3 prizes. My husband's name was the only one not drawn from our family. There was a Scholastic book bag that I tried desperately to trade "L" my prize of a t-shirt for. He wasn't having any of it, damn woulda made a great knitting bag. And a tub of peanut butter cookie dough. I best be going out to buy myself a lottery ticket while the horse shoe is still you know where!

Have a great weekend, maybe my camera will make it of the bottom of my knitting bag sometime soon.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

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The weekend was verry wet and drab, but there was knitting. I finished knitting a pair of felted slippers for myself. I need to finish another pair for myself and two pair for my husband. That way I can get ahead and not have to make another pair for either of us for a while. We are both a little hard on our slippers, I will have to show you a picture of our poor pathetic slippers. I needed to take a break though because my wrist was very sore from the larger needles and yarn I guess. Of course taking a break, means knitting on my Irish Hiking Scarf.

Nadine asked if the Olympic photo below was the piece I would be knitting for the Knitting Olympics. Indeed it is, the pattern is Butterfly from Noro Knits by Jane Ellison, both yarn and book were a wonderful gift 2 birthdays ago.

And just in case the Knitting Olympics weren't enought for me I signed up for Alison's Sockapalooozalast night. My first sock exchange, I'm looking forward to getting a sock pal and putting my sock stash to good use.

Friday, January 20, 2006

On the Road to Gold

Team: Cannabis, I mean Canada
Event: Cardigan
Coach: Jane Ellison, Butterfly

Who could resist olympic knitting? Like the Harlot I have never been much for playing sports, but I have become an Olympic junkie, waking up or staying up all hours to watch events. Foregoing sleep for my olympic fix. My husband is a little perturbed about it all, asking why I can't be this dedicated to hockey. It's all hockey all the time at our house. I have been known to be a little bitchy about it on occasion, and will refuse any conversations that start with "that was a stupid call" or "that was a dumbass pass, what the hell was he thinking?", "did you see that hon, look, look" Insert rolling eyes here and "Hon, I really don't care", or "Ssshhh I'm counting stitches". Sorry I digress.

So for my Olmpic feat, I have decided to knit something from my stash. That alone is an Olympic challege NO? Keeping with the self imposed yarn diet, not buying yarn to participate for such a special event, at least it should be up for consideration to carry the flag! While the pattern might not be challenging, it will be a challege for me to complete it in the time alotted. Especially since it involves sewing up, and we all know how I love to sew things up.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Weeks End

Still lying low, and I know your hanging on my every word! Well wait no more, I got the swift! The ball winder has taken up with him already, Floozie! Both have settled into their new home on the ends of my desk in my downstairs office. An office door with a lock! Bliss, sheer bliss. I can lock myself in and wind and wind till my hearts content (or when the children have fallen asleep from pure exhaustion from calling my name for hours on end without a reply) which ever comes first.

Week in review:

These are now finished and waiting to be worn.

A few games of Jenga of were lost *blush* to a four yr old.

These Land of Nod cinnamon buns were prepared and baked and ate.

And a Irish Hiking scarf (minus a cable repeat) was started using Bernat Denim from the stash, which is wonderfully soft.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Winder Love

Little knitting has been accomplished, to much time on the computer, and more sleep needed. Maybe I have post traumatic knitting syndrome, I here it's bad after the holiday insanity.

Despite the lack of knitting I don't have a lack of projects I want to start. I think I have added four to six more to the running list in my head.

I don't believe my camera has made it off it's cradle since Jan 1 either.

My future should be shaping up next week though, my yarn swift, should be making it's way to me as we speak. Oh, I can't wait, what a day that will be. I will be able to break my wool winder out of it's box to introduce it to it's mate. Really isn't a wool winder without a swift like a pbj sandwhich without the jam. So I haven't used it yet, that would be wrong :) I thought about getting my handy husband to make me a swift, but I couldn't have bought the materials or spared the time it would have taken him to make one (he doesn't see my pain of having a wool winder without a swift) for the price I found the swift online. Even better I will be able to wind yarn INTO skeins for the purpose of dyeing. Like I need another addiction! Send good snail mail thoughts my way for a fast and speedy union of winder and swift.

Friday, January 06, 2006

I got nothing!

Nothing going on, brain function is at a minimum. I completed one sock and will move on to the next one today, maybe tomorrow. I knit a few repeats on the Flower Basket Shawl, but other than that I been doing nuttin'. This is exactly how I feel.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Ringin' in the New Year

Just me and my Fleece Artist Merino, oh and my husband. Once I started I couldn't stop (knitting that is), I think yarn gets better with age. This has been in my stash for some time, one of those what are you going to make with it moments? when you say, "I don't know I will think of something" or "I don't know, but it's pretty and I don't want anyone else to have it. " Alright, alright I confess I am terribly selfish, I wanted it for myself. And what d'ya know I found something to make out it for myself, socks. I know I go wild and crazy on occasion :)

How do we spend the day in Northern B.C.on New Year's Day? Your dying to know aren't you? Tailgating and ATV'n of course. The best man from our wedding was visiting and out we went with his family and friends for a few hours, bombing around in the mud. We were at one of our old high school party haunts at the base of the mountain. It was fun and my boys had a blast. We had hot chocolate and a fire, and our fireman friend tried to convince the boys that you could start a fire with potato chips, in a pinch. "Look see they burn." PYRO!

I've been thinking about the 2006 knitting season. You know we have to prepare, just like professional athletes no? I'm going to stick to a strict training schedule of socks, throw in Butterfly from Noro, mix it up with some felted slippers. Then WHAM! go in hard after spring training with the Dale of Norway St Moritz for my husband me. See I said I was selfish ;)