Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Huzzah!

Happy Halloween to me indeed!

I forgot to mention that a few weeks ago I won a contest, put on by Jodi at A Caffeinated Yarn. Ironically enough, this was before I'd announced my pregnancy, and I won Baby Knits by Lois Daykin, and some baby friendly yarn.

My prize arrived today, and she wasn't kidding about the yarn! Four balls of Phildar lambswool in a lovely deep pink, and three of Jaeger Baby Merino in a vareigated blue/yellow/green color (pics after my battery charges ETA: check it out!). It's a veritable avalanche of yarn!

Woo-hoo!


Thank you so much, Jodi!!! The generosity of knitting bloggers amazes me every single day :-)

(All images copyright E. Boudreau)

Happy Halloween and all that jazz.

Halloween has always been sort of a secondary holiday for me - I loved choosing and making costumes with my mom as a kid, and as a grad student, I loved the challenge of going to the thrift store and coming up with something creative for under $10. This year, we're rather isolated, there are no parties to speak of, and I don't even think we have neighbors, let alone neighbors with kids, because our building is so darn quiet.

I decided to wear an orange shirt today, just to be festive, and I'll enjoy my M&Ms at lunch, but that'll probably be it. I would've knitted a little pumpkin hat or some other such thing, but my stash doesn't include much orange at this point, and I'm a little broke. There's always the peach colored panda wool, but it's not quite the mood I'm looking for.

Oh, well, I guess I should get some work done instead ;-)

Monday, October 29, 2007

meme time!

Don't remember where this one came from, but here it is, since I don't feel like taking more pictures of the Booga Bag :-P

1. What time is it? 5:52PM
2. What's your family nickname? Elle
3. What are you most afraid of? Failure
4. What is the most recent movie that you have seen in a theater? Music and Lyrics, I think? I don't have easy access to theatres down here.
5. Place of birth…Atlantic Canada
6.
7. Favorite food…Too many to list... right now (because of the fact that I can eat them without getting more nauseous) - pizza, mashed potatoes, and Thai (strangely enough)
7. What's your natural hair color? medium brown
8. Ever been to Alaska – No
9. Ever been skinny dipping…No
10. Love someone so much it made you cry…Sure
11. Been in a car accident…Yes. Stupid quebecer speeding through a parking lot
12. Croutons or bacon bits…Croutons, unless the bacon bits are REAL
13. Favorite day of the week…Thursday
14. Favorite restaurant… Steak and Stein in Halifax, NS
15. Favorite Flower… lilies
16. Favorite sport to watch…Don't watch them
17. Favorite drink…Diet Pepsi, but used to be coffee before I got pregnant (now I can't even look at it)
18. Favorite ice cream…Dulce de Leche, mint with chocolate pieces
19. Warner Brothers/Disney … Both
20. Ever been on a ship… Nope
21. What color is your bedroom carpet…Hardwood :-)
22. How many times did you fail your driver's test…Passed the written first time, failed the practical once
23. Before this one, which blog did you look at last? Yarn Harlot
24. What do you do when you are bored…Read, knit, surf the web.
25. Bedtime… Lately, it's been 10pm or earlier
26. Who will post this on their blog? ?
27. Who won’t? ?
28. Who is the person that you are most curious to see their responses? – ?
29. Favorite TV shows… Heroes, the Bachelor, Desperate Housewives, Survivor, anything with Gordon Ramsay
30. Last person you went to dinner with…Hubby
31. Smokes or Drinks… Non-smoker; drinks wine and the occasional beer, provided there's no uterine tenant
32. What is your favorite color… Love them all in one way or the other
33. How many tattoos do you have… none
34. How many pets do you have…one
35. Which came first, the chicken or the egg… the chicken
36. What do you want to do before you die? Travel more, have a kitchen with marble countertops, drive a ferrari
37. Have you ever been to Hawaii … no
38. Have you been to countries outside the U.S. … Born in Canada
39. How many people are read your blog? 5 that I know of
40. Time this survey ended…6:01PM

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Another new project.


I've brought my own laptop into work today, since my boss needed the lab one, and so I feel comfy blogging this afternoon.

I've been working on an ever-so-secret project for the last little while, and I finally I feel like I can share it:

The worst kept secret of 2007!

I figure it's time to continue letting the news out, since we've hit 14 weeks. Most of the family knows by know, along with all my old friends back at my old university, along with our new coworkers here.

Now, I will promise you something (you, all four or so of my faithful readers) - Even though I sincerely believe that each person's blog is just that - a blog belonging to that person, to do with what they please - I will do my best not to turn this into a mommy blog. You may not be here for that; if you are, I'll eventually post a link to where I've been somewhat chronicling the whole experience. I can't promise that there will be massive amounts of adorable baby knits either, since my knitting speed has gone from slow to nearly non-existent (the booga bag, for example, is still only about halfway done - see below). I do have several pattern books of baby things though, and I'm going to choose something to start soon. The problem is that I've got work time to make up and sleep to grab, both having been interrupted these past months by some fabulous all-day-sickness.

The poor, neglected Booga Bag is now 33 rounds taller than this bottom panel,
but there's no excuse for such slow progress on size 10's!


That being said, I would welcome any suggestions of fun, easy baby knits, and favourite yarns for such.

:-) Let the adventure begin!

(All images copyright E. Boudreau)

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

A new project

Sarah at Bella Knitting posted a wonderfully simple provisional cast on tutorial this afternoon, and it was just the push I needed to start my next project.

I'm using one of the shades of Kureyon I bought on my trip this August to make a Booga Bag. No pictures yet, but so far, the cast-on was really easy. If I did it right, it should unzip nicely once the bottom of the bag is done and I'm ready to pick up the stitches.

The needles are bamboo, and they're my first natural needles. I have to say, I'm pleasantly surprised; they're fast and light, and just about as nice as metal.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Finally, a pic of the BSJ

I'll re-post the stats, just in case.

Rather sad that it seems to coordinate with my mousepad, non?

BSJ by Elizabeth Zimmerman
Started: July 1
Finished: July 21 (with about 5 days of non-knitting in there)
Yarn: STR in Sealrock medium weight
Yardage: Approx. 330 yd
Needles: Boye 29" aluminum circulars, US7
Gauge: 6 st per inch
Modifications: None, as far as I can tell. I decided not to go for the crochet edging, since it looks so cute as it is.

Butterflies!

I found the buttons at WalMart, of all places, and they go so nicely. The only problem is that the baby for which this is intended has yet to reveal its gender. I think the buttons are appropriate for a girl, but questionable for a boy. I have some plain purple ones that I can sub in for the butterflies in a pinch.

I started a hat to go along with it, but no pics of that yet.


(All images copyright E. Boudreau)