Friday, October 31, 2008

Ran across this the other day, and thought it was amusing...












After you die...
Guardian Angel



After death, you will exist as a guardian angel in order to protect your still-living loved ones. You might even inspire a classic Christmas movie.



















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Kind of neat, huh?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Did I get lots of knitting done on my vacation?

No.

Did I wear my Clapotis with pride?

Sure did.

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 15ÂșC). 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

Silent Bob as a knitter?

I just got back from my LYS, because I wanted to pick up some Soak for my clapotis. I hadn't been in a while, and I'm not there often enough to know all the staff (although I have some favourites).

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

Finished!

My clapotis is finished! Here's the only pic I have of it so far:



(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)

Stats:

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)