Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Foo Foo February (Ravelry link)
Pattern: Baby Sweater on Two Needles by Elizabeth Zimmermann, from Knitter's Almanac
Started: November 7, 2008
Finished: December 20, 2008
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock lightweight, colorway Little Bunny Foo Foo
Needles: US 4/3.75mm bamboo 16" circs and dpns
Gauge: ~6st/inch in garter stitch
Modifications: I knit the sleeves in the round to save seaming, and only put two buttons on the yoke.
Foo Foo Booties (Ravelry link)
Pattern: Mary Jane Saartje's by Starry (modified Saartje's Booties)
Started: December 20, 2008
Finished: December 21, 2008
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock lightweight, colorway Little Bunny Foo Foo
Needles: US 4/3.75mm bamboo dpns
Gauge: ~6st/inch in garter stitch
Not sure which project took up which amount of yarn, but I was able to squeak both the sweater and the pair of booties out of one skein quite comfortably. I think that STR is my favourite yarn to knit with, and the colors are so pretty. The only problem is that they're often impossible to photograph. Little Bunny Foo Foo is a rich chocolate brown, with tan, and the prettiest pink, but it always seems to come out dull looking no matter what I do.
The buttons are also quite the coup, I must say. They're antique with a mother-of-pearl finish. The button itself is brown, and the irridescent finish shines tan and pink, and in person you couldn't find a more perfect match. Just don't ask me what I paid per button ;-)
Ok... off to finish wrapping Christmas presents, and knitting another baby sweater... This set is for Niece v1.0, and they're pretty sure she's a she, but I'm not taking any chances; there will be a boy sweater waiting just in case.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
If the last person you kissed said that you were the only one they wanted, what would you say?
"Legally, you're stuck with me anyway, so good on you."
Do you believe that any of your ex's still think about you?
I think so
Who person do you trust most?
Do you think you're wasting your time on the person you like?
Can you fill this out without lying?
What are you doing now?
Waiting for water to boil
When is your birthday?
Who was the last person you took a picture with?
What are you listening to?
Simon & Garfunkel
Is anything bothering you right now?
Pinkeye, the rain, and the fact that I'm leaving for vacay tomorrow and haven't packed a thing.
What plans do you have for tonight?
Packing for said vacay.
Where was the last place you fell asleep other than your own bed?
What is more important, happiness or trust?
What's the very first thing you do when you wake up?
Most memorable thing that's happened to you this summer?
Watched my baby become aware of the world.
Who's the last person that told you they loved you?
When's the last time you had a headache?
A week ago
What are you hoping to get this Christmas?
Some sleep, and a date with Hubby.
Do you ever think about stuff and start crying?
Not very often.
Do you ever think "what if" about anything?
Are you happy with the way things are going?
More or less.
Do you hate people who smoke around you?
How about "strongly dislike"??
Who's bed did you sleep in last night?
Last person on your bed besides you?
Last time you had a sleepover?
Dark hair or light hair in the opposite sex?
Who is your favorite person to talk to when you're blue?
What woke you up this morning?
Have you ever been awake for more then 2 nights straight?
Where did you go in a car last?
Factory outlet shopping!
How many people have you kissed that name starts with the letter "J"?
Do brothers count?
Have any memories that you'd like to forget?
Is your handwriting large, tiny, or pretty normal?
Are you there for your friends?
Did you date anyone this summer?
I spent every day with the new love of my life ;-)
Ever kiss a red head?
Do you think the last person you kissed cares for you?
Do/have you ever liked someone older than you?
Is there one thing/anyone that is on your brain constantly?
Moving back home.
What do you think about people that are home schooled?
Nothing. I wonder about their parents.
Do you believe that it is best to have a good friendship first then love?
Depends on the situation.
Do you think you can love someone without trusting them?
Yes, but always from a distance.
Is there someone who you can spend every minute with and be happy?
Yes, several someones.
Does anybody hate you?
I'd guess yes.
Do you hate anybody?
What is something that you're looking forward to?
Vacation, seeing an actual movie in an actual movie theater.
Do you have any plans for tomorrow?
Driving the first leg of the trip home.
Have you eaten popcorn in the last 48 hours?
Do you have an older brother?
What will you do after this?
Go feed N. his lunch.
Have you ever walked in on people having sex?
Do you want to see somebody right now?
Yes, because I work in the lab alone all day.
What were you doing at 4 am?
Dealing with ketosis.
Is there any emotion you're trying to avoid right now?
Extreme hyperactivity about going on vacation.
Are you a forgiving person?
Last thing you drank?
Really bad coffee.
1. What is the name most people call you?
2. What would you consider your defining feature?
I have no idea.
3. You kiss: boys or girls?
Hubby :-) and he's a boy!
4. What do you wish your living situation was:
Back in my home province.
5. If got to choose your birthday, what day would it be?
On a weekend. Every year.
1. Time you did something you hated for money:
Stayed in grad school.
2. Time you defied a gender stereotype:
Went into a field of science dominated by men.
3. Time you succeeded at something you didn't care about:
My PhD defense.
4. Time you failed at something that mattered to you:
5. Time you filled out a sectioned survey like this one:
A few weeks ago, maybe?
6. Person you complimented:
N.'s daycare teachers, for being AWESOME.
7. Time someone lied to you:
This morning, when Hubby said he would get out of bed, but fell back asleep.
8. Time you were someone's crying shoulder:
October 25th, when we left home to come back here.
9. Person you cooked for:
1. If you were to kill a man, horror movie style, which kitchen utensil would you use?
2. Did you ever swallow a coin?
3. What was the worst gift you've ever received?
A cheap porcelain clock shaped like two swans facing each other, that never worked, for our wedding.
4. What is your most embarrassing childhood memory?
Falling in the mud after chasing after a bully who was picking on my friend.
5. How many kids do you want?
Maybe 2 more?
6. Whats your mom’s middle name?
7. Have you ever operated a fire extinguisher?
8. Worst car you ever had to drive and why?
Anything American-made; they're so cramped and crappy.
9. who do you hate?
10. what do you hope to have accomplished by the end of this year?
11. do you have any reallllly crazy relatives?
12. Did you ever wake up under the influence of NyQuil, completely unable to move?
No, but Tylenol cold and sinus makes me hallucinate.
13. Are you feeling nostalgic right now?
14. Did you own a Lite-Brite?
15. Can you dive?
Not on purpose.
16. Do you own a mouthpiece for anything?
18. Have you ever used a pogo stick?
19. Who was the most creative bum you've ever met, trying to get some money from you?
A kid who had a sign that said, "Money for food", who flipped it over when college kids went by, and it said "Money for pot" on the back.
20. Whats your favorite Jelly Belly jelly bean flavor?
21. favorite food you CRAVEEE?
Hmmm. Cake. In any form.
22. When was the last time you pulled lint out of your bellybutton?
I can't remember.
25. what is your favorite cologne/perfume you always wear?
Don't wear it; I'm allergic.
26. If you were on Double Dare, would you take the physical challenge?
27. What's the largest living organism that you killed?
28. Did you ever take a lighting bug and smear its guts on your arm so you get a cool glowing effect like war paint?
29. What's the best toy you've ever gotten in a McDonalds happy meal?
I don't think I've gotten one in about 25 years.
30. if you could be anywhere in the world doing anything right now what would it be?
Home in my parent's house, knitting and drinking coffee, chatting with my Mom while N. played on the floor with the cat.
31. Can you juggle?
Yes. A baby and a backpack and a lunchbag and mail and keys.
32. how do you feel right now?
33. Do you remember that square candy bar called "Chunky"?
34. Predict the length of the next Peter Jackson movie.
I totally don't care.
35. What was your favorite toy as a kid?
Construction paper, glue, scissors, and glitter.
36. are you willing to go the distance?
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
... and a long-winded story on the way to it.
In the mornings, the university shuttle has a route that loops through our neighborhood, and we have two chances to hop on. On the upswing (on the :10's), you have your pick of seats, but if you miss it, you can catch it on the downswing (on the :20's) on the other side of the street.
With N. in tow, I like to catch the 8:10AM bus on the upswing. It means I can sit in the front seat, which has tonnes of footroom for me to put my laptop bag, and N.'s stuff, without having to take up two seats. Yesterday, though, she was early (like, 8:05AM), and I had to flag her down when I was in the middle of the block, but it's no big deal (she's super).
Today, I got myself on the road early, so as not to miss her, but it ended up raining as soon as I left the apartment. I stopped to wait under the eaves of our little grocery store, and tried as best I could to keep N. from getting too wet. I figured I could flag her down again, and stay dry as long as possible, or maybe even catch the 8:00AM on the downswing.
Just as I got underneath, this woman came up to me and said, "Do you need an umbrella?" I smiled, and said, "Oh, no, that's OK. I have to wait for the bus anyway. But thank you!" She then proceeded to press the umbrella in my hands, already opened up for me, and insisted, "I have another one in the car, and I actually have a car. Please, take it."
I tried to protest again, but she just smiled and said, "Go ahead, you need it." I nearly started to cry, and I could only thank her and wish her Happy Holidays.
Then, I managed to catch the 8:00AM, who was running late, on the other side of the road, not having to wait much at all.
I have trouble sometimes with the people in this city. The ones that you think would be polite, courteous, and common sensical (i.e. the intelligentsia that surround me most of the time) are rude and ignorant. I can't count the number of times while pregnant when the profs and researchers here would literally shove me out of the way to get on the bus, or to get in line ahead of me at the cafeteria. More recently, they blow past me on the sidewalk, walking three abreast, forcing me into the mud with the baby.
Once in a while, though, my faith is restored by seemingly little things - the teenage boys who go out of their way to hold open the door for me when I have N. with me in the stroller. Last fall, the woman who cleans the tables in the caf saw me with a nosebleed one day, and brought me a container of crushed ice and some J-cloths to help stop the bleeding. I hadn't even seen her walk by me that morning before she placed it on the table in front of me. To this day, when she sees me she asks about N., and I don't even know her name.
And, then, the smallest gesture of all - one morning an elderly gentleman, hunched over but tall with pride, stepped to the side to allow me to pass onto a narrow footbridge downtown, and removed his hat and swept into a deep bow.
It makes me think it'll all be ok.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
These days, though, I don't like anything that has any sort of finality to it. If I can't take it back, I don't want to make the decision. If it's marching in one direction, I want to stop it. In a lot of ways, it makes having an infant son torture, since he changes practically by the hour. Even with my knitting, there are times when I hate the idea of starting a project. I don't want to wind the yarn skein because I'll never be able to get it back to the way it was.
In undergrad, I wanted to spend as much time at home as possible because it was the same; constant and unchanging. Now, I want to be there because it is changing, and I think that somehow my being there will slow it down.
I've been mulling this post over for a few days, and it took a more defined form in my mind yesterday as I was heading to the bookstore for a coffee and some knitting time. (It was my day off, but since the boyo is now in daycare, I stay on campus so I can go and feed him on demand). It's nice to have some dedicated knitting in my day, but it's also more time to think.
All this reflection is due to the situation with my Grammie, who some of you may remember way back when took a fall, broke her shoulder, and had a rough time rehabbing from the surgery.
She's never been the same since, but when we look back on it, she hadn't been herself for quite some time. She turned 89 in August, and is still living at home (with home-care visiting twice a day), but things have slowly been declining.
Her memory seems to get worse and worse as the weeks pass. When she was first out of the hospital, she asked when my Grandpa was going to be home from work (he passed away in 1988), but caught herself and felt really bad. That alone broke my dad's heart, I'm sure, but there were more incidents. After spending most of last winter housebound (with the exception of doctor's appointments), she went to Mom and Dad's for lunch one Sunday in the spring, and talked on and on about the nice new house they were in, and asking who owned it... Mom and Dad have been in that house since 1978.
Things like this have been adding up, but she does pretty well if everyone sticks to her routine. She hasn't cooked her meals for a while, because she forgets any and all recipes, but over the holidays my Dad goes over to help her make traditional meat pies for Christmas. Last year it went really well, she was able to do it with some reminding about the ingredients, and they turned out fine.
This year, though, one of her nieces brought over some of the ingredients (which she often does), and left them in the fridge for my Dad to get later that day when he went to help cook. He showed up and found pork fat burnt to the bottom of a cast iron pot, and the house smelling of smoke. It's only by the grace of God that it didn't catch fire. She'd put it on to render the fat, but turned it up to high and left and fell asleep in the living room. Luckily she woke up in time to turn it off, but it was the biggest wake-up call we've had, in a year and a half of hints.
(Sometimes God whispers when he wants you to pay attention. If you don't listen, then he YELLS.)
Dad had to take the fuses out of the stove to render it inoperable. That broke her heart as well as his, since she does have plenty of times where she realizes what's happening to her.
Mom told me about this a couple of days ago, then remembered that a few weeks ago there was another major memory event that also falls into that sort of category. And, it was the thing that we've all been dreading.
When my little brother moved home, he started visiting her every day. He's the baby, and she took care of him when Mom went back to work in the early 80's, so in a lot of ways, he's her pet. On about his third or fourth visit, though, she didn't recognize him. She kept on saying he was her long-dead uncle. We were able to rationalize it because Little Bro does look like this uncle - short, stocky, fair blond - and it's not the typical apperance of the men in our family. That doesn't take away that hurt, though.
She doesn't remember names of people who came into her life recently; she rarely remembers my sister-in-law's name, but she knows that my brother is married. She also can't remember the baby's name, but she knows I have a baby boy. She does remember Hubby's name, but he was in the picture for a few years before she took her fall, and I think he spent more time around the family than S-I-L did (just by chance).
The thing is, it seems like lots has changed, but nothing has changed. We've always taken care of her since my Grandpa died, and we're her only immediate family. Sometimes when I talk to her, she's the same Grammie who taught me how to poach an egg, and sat patiently with me while I tried to master french knots on my first embroidery projects. I need her to still be in there somewhere.
God, this is hard.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Or I might wind up some more yarn ;-)
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
The swift, well, I thought I knew what I was in for.
I will say that if it works, I'll dial back the complaining, but for the amount of money I paid, I'm not sure it's of high enough quality. The wood is cheap, and unfinished, and not even properly sanded. I know, it's my fault for not doing enough research, and it'll probably suit my needs just fine, but I'm a little disappointed (in myself as much as the swift).
I'll wind up something as a test run once I have everything set up.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Even though I really loved the fun of getting surprises every couple of months, the yarn was scrumptious, and I would someday like to attempt most of the patterns, I'm not going to re-up next year. Like I mentioned, for the same price, I can get more yarn, and choose the patterns that I really like and will definitely make.
(plus, there's the fact that lately I'm using sock yarn to make everything but socks, so the patterns right now are somewhat of a waste of money).
I'll miss the surprise factor with the yarn choices, for sure. This year, I really loved each kit, but for different reasons. The last two offerings were what I would consider within my normal color preferences, while the first three weren't necessarily what I'd pick out for myself. Strangely enough, the only one I think I'd have picked off the shelf at first sight is Goody Goody. I'm not a pastel-wearer, but I just love it. The shaded solid offerings were a way of pushing me out of my comfort zone - I love knitting with really wacky colors; solids don't keep my attention. Out of the three, I think the violet choice is my favourite - I love really intense dark-bright purple.
But, enough about the club. I've been given a certain yarn budget for my Christmas presents, and I was originally going to spend it on (a LOT of) Socks that Rock. Then, I thought maybe I'd spend part of it on a slightly more economical yarn to make myself the sweater I've been needing for ages.
Yesterday, I was bad, and made an impulsive decision. I'm not sure it was a smart one, considering I theoretically have the ability to borrow these things when I need them.
I ordered a swift and a ball winder.
I visited my LYS last weekend, on my never ending quest for the perfect buttons for the February Baby Sweater for Niece v1.0. I also bought yarn for my best friend, who's showing an interest in taking up knitting; her husband is taking a course this winter, and she needs a new hobby for the evenings when he has to study. She's getting two skeins of Cascade 220 and some bamboo straingts, but I couldn't in good conscience send her skeins to wind by hand when she's never dealt with yarn before. The LYS has a swift/winder and everyone there has always said we could use them at any point, so I took them up on it so I could send A. some nice, neat yarn cakes without spending an hour or so of my precious evening time on winding (it's tough with a baby around!).
I didn't fully appreciate that you can wind an entire skein of yarn in about 75 seconds. Holy crap, it was fun.
I've been thinking about getting a swift/winder for a while now, but I always figured that I'd rather spend my money on yarn. I realized that I have more yarn now than I can knit up in a year, considering how babies eat up your free time (and I wouldn't trade him for all the knitting time in the world). And, yes, I could always go to the yarn store, but now that I'm back working, the opportunities to get there are fewer, and I don't want to spend our family time on Saturdays trekking there and back. Having the equipment at home is a nice way to balance - the hours I'd normally spend on winding, with Hubby helping, we now both have free again. I think it might even be a nudge to knit more.
I didn't do too much research on the best place to buy from price-wise, since most places seemed to be approximately the same. I ordered from KnitPicks, and I'm hoping they'll arrive before we leave for Christmas vacation; I'll keep you posted on how good the free shipping option is.
(Is it sad how excited I am about this?)
Thursday, November 20, 2008
(or, it's speedy for me, at least)
Here's the FBS, somewhere near half finished. My original goal was to get it finished in time to give it to my sister-in-law for Christmas... Now I'm thinking I might be able to get a pair of booties done too, if I have enough yarn left over.
I also have decisions to make... Hubby, in his loving support for my knitting/yarn habit, has agreed to let me get more for Christmas this year. Last year, I joined the RSC, but I'm not sure I want to re-join. For the same amount of money, I can get nearly twice as much yarn, and choose the colors myself. I did LOVE the surprise with each kit, but I likely won't make many of the patterns, so looking back on it, it might not be the wisest decision for me.
There's also a sale (see their front page!), so the decision has to be made soon.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Oh my freakin God. I forgot how much fun it is to knit lace. Granted, it's simple lace, but it's still a really nice change.
I'll try and take some pics soon; right now, it's my lunchtime project at work, and I rarely remember to take it out to photograph when I'm home and the light is good.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Started: Jan 29, 2008
Finished: Nov 6, 2008
Yarn: Patons "Look at Me!" in Good Sport Variegiated, almost 5 skeins
Needles: Bamboo circs, 12", size 5 and 6
Gauge: 6 st per inch (I think)
Modifications: I swapped sides for the buttonband & buttonhole band. I'd like to say I did it so it would have the buttons on the proper side for a little boy, but I did it because I wasn't paying attention.
New techniques I learned with this project: Knitting a sweater (!) (I count the BSJ as a sweater, but it's one piece, and in my mind it's easier), picking up buttonbands, finishing with mattress stitch.
More things I learned:
1. I really like knitting with multi-colored yarn. I'm afraid that even with such a small project as this, I'd get bored with one color.
2. I like picking up stitches and knitting button bands - it really gives me a feeling of accomplishment.
3. I don't like casting off in rib.
4. I don't like casting off, period (hurts my hands, I cast off too tightly), aside from the fact that it means I'm finished (or nearly finished).
There's no way this should take anyone 9 months to do, but I plead pregnancy, newborn, and Clapotis. The pattern is clearly written, easy to follow, and easy to knit. Once I picked it up again, most of the knitting was done during my lunchbreaks; I used to knit on the bus, but my schedule right now means I have to take a very crowded bus, and I get no elbow room.
Next, I have to decide what to do. I have a sweater to knit for Niece v1.0, but I also have mittens that have been sitting on the needles for almost 11 months. I really don't feel like knitting the mittens ;-)
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
This was the state of the Debbie Bliss Classic Cardigan a few weeks ago. As of last night, I cast off the neckband, and all that's left is button bands and we're good to go. I've learned lots of things while knitting this little sweater:
1. Don't knit with acrylic immediately following a project that's silk/merino. It'll feel like plastic (and that's coming from an equal opportunity yarnie - I'm not a snob by any means)
2. Sweaters aren't that scary, especially if they're small.
3. (and I should've known this one) Knitting for babies is a race against time.
It *should* fit N. for a little while; I made the largest size, which I believe is 9-12 months, but he's a biggun, my boy (already into 12 month sleepers, and 12-18 month onesies). My yarn substitution may have bumped up the measurements and saved my butt on that front.
I also have new buttons to go with it, even though my mom had sent me some plain (albeit perfectly suitable) red ones. They're cute, methinks, and unisex.
I'm not really going to comment on the election, since I haven't commented at all before, and I wasn't eligible to vote. Hubby did, though, and I'm proud that he did.
Oh, and we now officially have daycare for N. I might actually be out of a job soon, since we haven't heard back on our contract, but with him contracted in daycare, that's lots of knitting time in between searching for a new job. Blech.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Did I wear my Clapotis with pride?
Are there pictures?
Not on my camera :-(
But, here it is:
I think it measures somewhere around 78" long, and 24" wide. It's the perfect size for me, and is so cozy.
We had lots of outdoor photos during the wedding, and it was FREEZING. Eastern Canada in the fall - normally not a good time for outdoor wedding festivities (although for my wedding three years ago, it was November, and still 15ºC). The shawl came in quite handy, and although everyone else was wearing solid color lightweight pashminas (and one of the girls offered me an extra one), I opted to stick with my homemade, yet terribly trendy, Clap.
I didn't manage to do a lot of knitting during the trip, even though I wanted to, but it was wonderful nonetheless. The baby got along wonderfully with everyone, and we had our first relaxing trip in years.
And, when we got back, we did groceries, and found these babies, which make life that much more worth living:
God, I love the Christmas season!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I have a new favourite, just from the sheer weirdness of it.
There was a man working this morning (the first one I've seen working there, or in any yarn store I've been in, since I'm a bit sheltered), and he had a long ponytail, a full beard, and looked exactly like Kevin Smith in his Silent Bob days. The resemblance was uncanny.
He chatted a bit with the baby, which was really cute, and the baby didn't freak out at the big bearded man coming toward him (this is a good thing, considering that stranger anxiety is happening bigtime lately). He even held the door when we were coming in AND leaving, which is unusual in this town, I find. He also let me smell some slightly opened bottles to pick a fragrance, even though they're supposed to be sealed.
I think more guys should work at yarn stores. I'm not sure if this one was a really avid knitter himself (no project in progress on the desk), but he seemed really keen. Although, when I first arrived, he was in the back (the store was empty, and locked), and for a second I thought he might've been back there hiding, thinking "I'm only working here for the paycheck, please God, don't let anyone see me!"
So, thanks to Silent Bob, my clap is now sitting in some lovely Aquae Soak, and will be squeezed and laid out to dry after I take a shower. I SO promise to take pictures. Really.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
(It's all folded up because the apartment is a mess, and if I laid it out, it could get sucked into the void. I also noticed that it's fuzzy, but that's probably because it was 11PM and dark at the time)
Clapotis, by Kate Gilbert (Knitty Fall 2004)
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Lion & Lamb, colorway Watercolor, 4.75 skeins (26 g leftover)
Needles: Clover Takumi bamboo US8
Started: April 14, 2008
Finished: October 3, 2008
Thoughts: This was a super easy pattern, but gives a lot of bang for your buck. If I do another one, I'm going to use a smoother yarn, to make dropping the ladders a bit easier. I could've probably squeaked an extra straight repeat out of it, but it seems to be a really nice length for me.
The Lion & Lamb was dreamy, but I probably won't use it again for a while for financial reasons ;-) It's a bitch to photograph, though. The color never seems as bright as it is in person, and with my camera, it's impossible to capture the sheen of the silk.
I also won't bother with the markers next time; I switched to purling the drop-stitch rows, and it's easier and faster.
This beauty is coming with me to a wedding in two weeks, so no time to spare. Next - finish the baby's Debbie Bliss cardigan, and start on a sweater for my niece-on-the-way (we just found out my brother and his wife are having a girl, so bring on the pink!!).
(All images copyright E. Boudreau)
Monday, September 22, 2008
I've managed, through no small feat, to get the straight rows on my clap finished (19 repeats in total), and I'm three of 9 repeats into the decrease section (since I did extra increases, I need extra decreases!). I'm thinking that I just might be able to get this thing done in time for the wedding, for two reasons:
One - decrease rows go faster than straight rows. Duh. That's simple math, but it took me forever to realize that six repeats of the decrease section will take about half the time of six repeats of straight rows.
Two - on our drive to the wedding, which will be about 16 hours, my dad will be coming along, and sharing the driving. So, theoretically, one third of the time (approx 5 hours, 12 minutes), I will be neither driving nor entertaining the baby. Woo-hoo!
I'd love for it to be done before that drive, so I can use the time for things like baby and toddler sweaters, but we'll see. We're also going away to a departmental retreat this weekend, where Hubby will be schmoozing and listening to talks and poster presentations, but I'll be hanging out, watching the baby, and playing tourist in the small little New England town where it's being held. PLUS - someone else is doing all the cooking and all the dishes. SWEET.
ETA: I meant 19 repeats of the straight section, not 10 like I originally posted... because that would make a short and stubby wrap indeed.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
1. My uncle once got my mother to smile for a picture by yelling, "Let's all say S#!T, because your mother can't say S#!T!"
2. Never in my life will I take sleep for granted again.
3. When I was five I refused to wear trousers, and only wanted to wear skirts.
4. High school was much less dramatic than I thought at the time.
5. I will never forget the moment my son was born.
6. Once I met a grad student who seemed like the kind of person I'd like to have as a friend. When she turned psycho on me, I learned not to trust my first impressions.
7. There’s this boy I know who decided to go against the grain of his other siblings and start the career he truly wanted. And he's my little brother.
8. Once, at a bar, my friend and I decided to assume different identities for the evening, and be mean to boys when they hit on us. It worked.
9. By noon, tomorrow, I'll have spent a lot of money.
10. Last night I stayed up late to watch Tabatha's Salon Takeover on Bravo.
11. If only I had more maternity leave, I'd be thrilled.
12. Next time I go to church I hope the baby will cooperate.
13. What worries me most is making it through the next few years, until we can move back home.
14. When I turn my head left I'm happy that the weather is good, and I think I should take the baby for a walk after his next feeding.
15. When I turn my head right I wish I could reach the remote and change the channel.
16. You know I’m lying when I say I'm looking forward to going back to work.
17. What I miss most about the Eighties is the music.
18. If I were a character in Shakespeare I’d be thoroughly confused, since I don't know who any of them are.
19. By this time next year I hope to have finished at least four knitting projects, but I'm not optimistic.
20. A better name for me would be Sleepy McTiredsons.
21. I have a hard time understanding some people's priorities.
22. If I ever go back to school hell will freeze over.
23. You know I like you if I email you lots.
24. If I ever won an award, the first person I would thank would be my Hubby.
25. Take my advice, never take the I-95 that leads to NYC if you can avoid it.
26. My ideal breakfast is pancakes.
27. A song I love but do not have is Apologize, by Timbaland and One Republic.
28. If you visit my hometown, I suggest you take lots of pictures. It's beautiful!
29. Why won’t people be more courteous on the sidewalk, particularly to pregnant women and people with babies in strollers?
30. If you spend a night at my house you'll have to stay on the futon, but we'll cook you a gourmet meal!
31. I’d stop my wedding for no amount of money in the world.
32. The world could do without high gas prices.
33. I’d rather lick the belly of a cockroach than think about booking plane tickets right now.
34. My favorite blonde is my best friend, A.
35. Paper clips are more useful than staples.
36. If I do anything well it’s procrastinate.
37. I can’t help but wish I wasn't living so far away from home.
38. I usually cry when I’m upset or angry.
39. My advice to my nephew/niece is to enjoy the ride.
40. And by the way, if you feel like babysitting, give me a call!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Now, I'm off to finish unpacking. Oh, so much fun.
Monday, August 18, 2008
We drove to the mall today to get a car charger for the cell phone, and a couple of other things, and the baby did fine, so I'm really hoping I'll be able to spend some of the 10 hour drive knitting. I'd really like to finish the clapotis, and maybe the baby cardigan that I started for Baby N. a while ago, so that I can get cracking on a sweater for my new little niece or nephew, expected in the spring.
Ciao for now!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
The problem (or potential problem) is that it means a long drive. Normally I would be thrilled with the prospect of nearly 10 hours on the road each way, because I love driving, and I love knitting while Hubby drives. This time, however, is our first road trip with the baby.
He's only been in his car seat about a half dozen times, and while they've been positive experiences (read: he slept most of the time), there's no telling how he's going to be on a 10 hour drive. We've already got to build in at least an extra two hours to stop for feedings, and I'm probably going to stay in the back seat with him until he falls asleep.
Plus, this is a route that neither Hubby nor I have ever driven, and we're relying on Mapquest. My father's done it twice with the same maps, and he said it's not too bad, but there's still that little bit of apprehension.
The only plus is that N. has to stay in the car seat while we're moving. So, even if he's upset, he's stuck there, and I can knit while babbling at him to keep him entertained ;-)
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
ETA: put up the picture of Pride, which was the other new one in this shipment. This one is awesome :-)
(All images copyright E. Boudreau)
Pride, The Incredible Shrinking Violet, Lucky, Dragon Dance
2nd row L to R: Apple Valley Rd, Fairgrounds, Rockstar, Highway 30
I used a flash on this one, and it seems to have brought out the true color in most of them. From what I've seen on Ravelry, Covelite rarely photographs well, and it's spectacular in person. The intensity of the colors in Pride is also difficult to capture - it's practically phosphorescent, but in a good way.
I don't think I'll have time to find and put up pics of the individual skeins until and unless I get Buster Brown down for a decent nap later in the day, which may or may not happen ;-)
(All images copyright E. Boudreau)
Monday, August 4, 2008
My Socks that Rock extravaganza appeared in my mailbox this afternoon, and I'm SO happy with the speedy arrival. I placed the order on July 28th, and it took bang-on a week.
I'll take pics later (baby N. is sleeping in the bouncy chair with my foot helping the bounce, and I don't want to move), but I ended up with (all lightweight) Pride, Covelite, Lucy, Little Bunny Foo Foo and a second skein of the July Rockin Sock Club yarn, called Goody Goody for those who don't know yet (although there'll be no pics of that one, though! I'm not going to spoil it!)
Now if I can just finish my Clapotis so I can get started on my next secret project :-)
Sunday, August 3, 2008
I have some secret projects that I want to start, and I bought some STR for them (had a coupon, price increase is looming, it was a Tuesday, you know how it is). But the people that will eventually get these projects regularly visit my flickr page to check up on new pics of my baby boy, and I don't want to even post the skein pics to spoil the surprise.
I will, however, post them here when they arrive, hopefully by midweek :-)
Nothing like a huge order of Socks That Rock to make your day a little brighter!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I finally decided to try and see what it felt like to ditch the stitch markers and use the purls to mark the drop stitches. I'm purling them on the right side, rather than knitting them on the wrong side, for two reasons: 1. My rhythm gets broken to knit through the back loop, so throwing a purl in the middle is absolutely unnoticeable, and 2. I like to purl back, and am rather speedy at it, so removing the stitch markers makes it marginally faster. I'm hoping that this will make the second half of it go much quicker, considering I only have a little over 2 months to get it done. You'd think that'd be plenty of time, but the kiddo has decided to forego his naptime (at only 3 months old), and it's making the afternoons rather challenging ;-)
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name.
1. Ellen, 2. extra cheesy salami and mushroom pizza:), 3. Riverview High School, 4. pink gadgets, 5. Salve, sono Hugh Laurie!, 6. 99 bottles of wine on the wall., 7. Cabot Trail, Cape Breton., 8. tropical tricolour cake, 9. Professor Charles Francis Xavier, 10. Snowmen family in TX, 11. Sleepy Baby, 12. For Ellen and Aletia
Monday, June 16, 2008
35. Who will re-post this?…………………….. ?
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
1) What was I doing ten years ago?
Working my first *real* summer job after finishing my second year of undergrad
2) What are five (non-work) things on my to-do list for today?
• do the dishes
• feed the baby
• try and start thank-you notes for baby gifts
3) Snacks I enjoy
• really good potato chips
• coldcuts and cheese
• raw red bell peppers and dip
• yogurt and granola
• cake... it's all about the cake
4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire
• Build our first house, with my dream custom kitchen and a huge craft/hobby room for myself
• Finally get a car
• Put enough away so my baby can go to whatever college he wants, live in a good apartment without nasty college roommates, and drive a reliable car
• Renovate my parents' house for them
5) Places I have lived:
• Nova Scotia
6) Jobs I have had:
• Crew on an archaeological dig
• Artifact processing after that dig
• Activities and Recreation at a guest home for the elderly
• Lab technician during undergrad
Monday, May 5, 2008
In the meantime, for those who are interested, this is N.'s story.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Still no baby, but I'm hoping s/he comes sooner rather than later, because if we wait much longer, I'll have a toddler on my hands. I'll keep you posted :-)
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
I haven't tried to photograph it yet, since it was too late last night, and I'm debating not even trying at all. I'd looked at many of the colorways online before ordering, and after seeing this stuff in person, not a single photo was able to capture the gentle shine of the silk. It's one of the most beautiful yarns I've seen in a long time (even Hubby had to admit it).
I walked to the lys this morning on the way into work to pick up a circular so I could cast on, and was really peeved to find them closed, with no sign on the door for explanation. Walking extra distances ain't so easy for me these days, and I don't want to have to go again. I could wait until the weekend - I'm supposed to take a drive there with Hubby's aunt - but I'm not entirely confident that this baby will wait until then to begin the arrival process.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Actually, technically *I* didn't spend the money. It's my birthday present from Hubby, who is so terrified of getting me a gift that I might not love with all of my heart that he constantly asks for advice. He is also constantly telling me that when I take the time to pick up my knitting on a regular basis, I'm happier, calmer, more relaxed, and so he supports yarn-buying.
I'm feeling a little guilty, but he was also planning on buying me a gift once the uterine tenant gives up its lease to live here in the outside world, and I told him this could count for that too ;-)
Eek. I wonder how long it'll take to get here. I wonder if I can finish the baby sweater first. I wonder how I'll manage :-)
Monday, March 24, 2008
But, enough of me whining. I have purty pictures.
This is a baby set knit by Hubby's aunt, on top of a stroller blanket knit by a close family friend on my side. The picture might be fuzzy, but should be better over here. The set isn't quite as blue as it appears, and aside from the hat it's fairly unisex.
I'm still working on my cardigan, I promise. I've gotten into the habit of knitting at lunchtime in the cafeteria, but it's hard to justify 90 minute lunches on the basis of, "But, I have to get my baby sweater finished!"
36 weeks today, folks.
(All images copyright E. Boudreau)
Monday, March 10, 2008
Bean is still kicking my ass, and will likely continue to do so for the next 40 days or so. I've cast on for the sleeves of the cardigan, but still haven't bothered to take a pic. My knitting tends to happen at lunchtime, and by the time I get home, I'm too zonked to pull stuff out and arrange it artistically. Hell, I'm too zonked to pull it out and throw it on a table for five seconds ;-)
I hope that it'll be finished by the time the baby arrives, but since it's a larger size, I won't be heartbroken - there's little chance of it being too small within the first 5 months or so.
Of course, I also haven't even wound up my STR club kit for January. I can just see myself stashing the whole year's worth of kits, giving them affectionate little pats while the baby sleeps, but not touching them until we're well into 2009 ;-)
Thursday, February 7, 2008
I'm heading into Week 30 of this whole baby-growing venture, and it's kicking my ass ;-)
I have the back, left front and most of the right front finished on the Debbie Bliss Cardigan, and I really love it so far, but yesterday I just didn't feel like picking it up. The third trimester exhaustion isn't a myth, people. I think I'm oxygen-deprived because this kid ran out of abdominal space and is taking over my entire chest cavity too.
I'm going to try and pick up a little at lunch today, and I'll take a pic of the pieces this weekend. I am truly enjoying the knit, it being my first sweater and all. I just hope it continues to come together well. In the meantime, here's a pic of my stash organization:
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I've started the Debbie Bliss Classic Cardigan (Ravelry link), but no pictures yet. In order to get the right st/inch, I think my row gauge is going to be off, but hopefully by measuring carefully it won't be too far out of proportion. I brought it with me to work today and knit while Hubby was finishing up his lunch. It's amazing - I've been here for months and months, and have never been approached by the other people that work in the department, until today when a very sweet, quiet Chinese lady came up to me to ask me what I was making ;-) Hubby calls it the new universal language of knitting!
Monday, January 28, 2008
(it's all about the acronyms today)
:-) My Blue Moon Rockin Sock Club shipment arrived on Saturday... I now know that it takes about 2 days from the shipping date to get from Oregon to here. WOO-HOO!! Don't worry, I won't post spoilers, and I won't even describe the yarn or pattern, save to say it's yummy, and I feel privileged to be part of this club, finally.
But, of course, I'm not casting on just yet. I'm enjoying seeing the way it's working up for others, and I do think the pattern is quite cute, but I'm on baby sweater duty. I've been gauging for one of two sweaters I have in the pipeline (and getting my mother on the case of extra yarn - it was purchased when we were home for Christmas, and I'm feeling the need for a little extra insurance).
I frogged the gauge swatch already, but am planning to cast on at lunch today. It's my first sweater, my first garment made in pieces, and it's a little scarier than socks, to tell you the truth. I'm still super excited, though. We'll see how it goes. If it starts to stress me out, I'll just pull out my STR skein and gaze at it lovingly.
Friday, January 25, 2008
This morning, though, I was thrown back in with a vengeance, and I was reminded why I found the topic so interesting, and why it's important to keep current.
I saw an ad for a seminar with a very vague title, related to my thesis, and thought, "Gee, I should go to that. It could be interesting to see if there are actually people at this university who know about my favourite topic." Boy, was I wrong.
The researcher who was giving the talk started off by saying he was new to learning about the field. He then proceeded to try and explain a very complex field using one or two examples of journal articles from people who are well known to be on the fringe. And, by on the fringe, I don't mean innovative or cutting edge; I mean, these examples are widely accepted as wrong, and the science is poor. He presented everything in a wishy-washy, very philosophical way, and thoroughly confused the audience.
Normally, I would chalk this up to one bad talk. The only problem is that there's a huge bias against this field here, and people think that it's all crap and handwaving. The speaker was asked a simple question, and responded by talking about what he felt were "suggestions" and "new theories", for which he had no data. In fact, these "theories" are established, accepted, and supported by a wealth of data, and just a tiny bit of exploration of the literature would've told him that.
I understand how tough it is to venture into a new field, and the simple fact that he is trying to learn is good. I'm just finding it difficult to see him butcher the theories, confuse many many people from several different departments, and basically reinforce everyone's opinion here that my favourite field is crap. I would've stood up to say something, but he was so fundamentally off the mark that I didn't even know where to begin.
Hubby thinks it's hilarious, because I used to get so worked up, and sick of having to defend my science, my theories, my thesis topic, etc. to other people in our old department. Now, I'm chomping at the bit to defend the honour of my former profs and colleagues. I'm thinking of writing to the speaker, and the head of the department, thanking them for venturing into a very controversial and difficult field, but suggesting that they present a more balanced view next time.
If I wasn't nearly 7 months pregnant, I'd probably ask if I could spend the next 3 months putting together a series of seminars myself, trying to get these people back on track.
*sigh* I'm not sure this increased bloodpressure is good for the baby. Here, go and look at cute elephant butt. It'll make you happy.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
First - the Booga bag. I used mom's sewing machine to make the lining when I was home for Christmas, and even put in a cellphone pocket. It's tough to photograph, but at least the color of the lining is fairly true.
Second - Elliephante (link to PDF - for info, see Susan B. Anderson's blog). This was the most fun project to knit, and to see come together.
(All images copyright E. Boudreau)
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
We went shopping and I picked up a set of plastic drawers to store the yarn. The stash was expanding along the horizontal plane, which was taking up more and more room in our tiny livingroom, and this takes up about 1 1/2 sq. ft. of floor space, but is nice and tall. I managed to fit my whole stash in, not including my mittens in progress, or the little stuffed elephant (well, four little legs, which are all that's completed).
I did knit a little over vacation, and got up to the thumb on my first mitten. I'm disappointed with my progress, but it's all I can do to stay awake long enough to have supper and call my mom before crashing for the evening.
I'll be attempting to get it back today - I have a glucose tolerance test before lunch (eek), involving an hour wait, when I have to stay put. I guess we'll see.
P.S. Sorry for the lack of posting, and for the obvious lack of energy. I like to think I'm filling my reserves for after the baby comes, and I'll just handle it all like a superhero. Which is the funniest thing I've heard in years ;-)
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before? I moved away from my home province, into a new country.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don't make resolutions, because I never keep them. Every once in a while, I'll give someting up for Lent and actually make it through, though.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Two co-workers, and two friends (including the birth of my Goddaughter). ETA: talk about pregger brain on my part - these four babies are all 16 months old, so they must've been born in 2006 *smacks forehead*. So, no, no babies in 2007.
4. Did anyone close to you die? Elderly family members :-(
5. What countries did you visit? USA
6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007? More knitting focus, more cleaning focus ;-)
7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Jan 29 - Hubby's PhD defense; Apr 13 - my PhD defense; April 29 - moving down to our new home, and seeing Hubby after months apart.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Getting my PhD.
9. What was your biggest failure? Falling back into old procrastination habits.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Morning, noon, and night sickness ;-)
11. What was the best thing you bought? my first bamboo knitting needles
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Little Bro's successful first year in his new career!
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? *sigh* M-I-L
14. Where did most of your money go? Trips home.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Trips home, and the uterine tenant!
16. What song will always remind you of 2007? I really didn't listen to much music (at least, I didn't pay attention).
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer? a) Happier; b) fatter (but for good reason!); c) richer.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Paid attention
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Worrying, and taking my time at home for granted.
20. How did you spend Christmas? With my family, in my childhood home.
21. Did you fall in love in 2007? With Hubby, every day, because he takes care of me.
22. What was your favorite TV program? Heroes
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? no
24. What was the best book you read? Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
25. What was your greatest musical discovery? nothing, really. ETA: I do like Timbaland, but forgot since I don't listen to the radio much anymore.
26. What did you want and get? Debbie Bliss pattern books.
27. What did you want and not get? more knitting needles.
28. What was your favorite film of this year? Pan's Labyrinth, and the Last Mimzy.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I passed in the completed, corrected copies of my thesis, and I was 29.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Results on my post-doc project.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007? Comfortable.
32. What kept you sane? the support of my husband (and lots of diet pepsi).
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Gordon Ramsay
34. What political issue stirred you the most? I don't pay attention to politics.
35. Who did you miss? My family, and my friends that I left behind after moving.
36. Who was the best new person you met? My boss
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007 Being happy at work is tremendously important for general mental health.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. I seriously have no idea ;-)