Thursday, May 28, 2009

knotty puppy

Holy crap, I come downstairs this morning on my way to work and what do I see? My fountain pen shawl, in the middle of the floor, yarn wrapped around EVERY piece of furniture in the room and a guilty looking puppy. Oh my goodness, I don't think I've ever been that speechless!! I drew in a breath to scream but couldn't figure out what to do with that breath. Puppy is looking at me like "What? I'm just playing", and T stands back because he knows I'm going to blow ...

If he wasn't so small and fast I probably would have smacked him. Instead, I settled on yelling "BAD BAD BAD BAD" over and over again, partialy at the puppy and partially at the yarn in an attempt to let him know what I was yelling about. He behaved immaculately for the rest of the morning.

Luckily, the shawl was untouched. Big phew. If he had unravelled that shawl (I am on the 5th repeat out of about 10) I would have probably cried. Unluckily, he somehow managed to pick up or roll the ball of yarn around the entire room. Honestly, I don't know how he did it, it was would around table legs, the couch, and mysteriously, up over and wrapped around a horizontal bar on an end table. He did some figure 8s in there, some trackbacks, it was quite impressive actually. There is a big tangled mess in the middle of this unravelling, but I didn't inspect it too much because I couldn't deal with it right then. Hopefully the tangles are fixable, I really don't want to have to cut the yarn, joins are going to show in this shawl so I am hoping to minimize them.

Well, I suppose it really wasn't his fault. What puppy could resist a squishy ball of yarn? Or maybe its just more proof of his cat-like-ness. Regardless, I never should have left it within his reach ...

Friday, May 22, 2009

short sleeves

So I am wearing my coraline sweater today, I am quite pleased with the way it turned out, I think it actually passes as real clothing and not just some crazy sweater I knitted. However, one problem has confirmed itself. The sweater itself may not be too small but the sleeves are definately too short!! A good inch or two too short ... sigh. I'll just have to roll up my sleeves so no one notices ...

The berocco alpaca has a wonderful drape though. I do love this yarn.

Monday, May 18, 2009

my first pattern

Finally posted my first pattern! It's simple, but cute.They are called Cupcake Mittlets, and the pattern can be downloaded here.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

six missings yo's.

I'm usually pretty good at lace. I don't make mistakes because I'm a counter by nature. I always count when I knit, so lace tends to be easy for me to get right. However, a few nights ago, I managed to mess up a row so badly, I must have been half asleep. I missed not one, not two, not three but SIX yarn overs in ONE ROW!!! Oh my goodness, how did that happen? I've never missed a single yo! Luckily I noticed pretty quickly on the next knit row when nothing was lining up. However, this still means I have to unravel two lacey rows which in my experience will likely be a full night's work.

This shawl is looking more and more like a lengthy, lengthy project ... I am dreading the unraveling ...

Sunday, May 10, 2009

a puppy sleeping on my lap

Some knitting updates...

It's always fun to receive a box full of yarn in the mail!!From this box, I've started the Fountain Pen Shawl from the Spring 2009 issue of Interweave Knits. The finished product is seen here:And this is where I am at, after two repeats of the body pattern:I feel as though this will be a long road, I love lace knitting but I am very slow at it. This one requires attention. But I think it will be very beautiful in the end.

I found some blocking mats (play mats, really) at Canadian Tire for $14.99. Much better price than buying real knitting mats! They even come in cool colours such as "Camo" and "Urban" ... I was not aware that pink was an urban colour but whatever ... I used the grey side for now because I haven't tested that the colours won't bleed.
And yes, on those blocking mats in a completely finished Coraline - finally! I have to admit it is a little small but I am hoping that maybe it will stretch out a little with wear. I love it and am very proud of it so I sure hope so!Finally, I re-knit the alpaca shrug ribbing, and it worked! I used size 7 needles for the bind off (4 sizes larger) and I was able to get a nice stretchy ribbing. I think it may actually get worn now, I hope so as the alpaca is soooo soft!
That's all for today! Must tend to sleepy puppy on my lap ...

Thursday, May 07, 2009

a slave to sugar

Anyone who knows me knows that I love sweets. My sweet tooth is so big it has chipped off and the pieces have been adopted by other people. I love to bake, I love chocolate, and I have to have that spoon of sugar in my coffee. I never crave salty food, only sugar. It is my weakness and I have always contended that if I didn't eat sugar like it was sugar's last day on earth, I would be 10 pounds thinner and wouldn't have to work out 6 days a week.

So I have decided, totally randomly, to do a 1 week sugar fast. Usually, people do this for a lot longer - 1 to 3 months - but I just want to see a) if it is possible and b) if it makes any sort of difference in my body/mind. It's like the workout mantra "you can do anything for 30 seconds", I think I can do anything for a week. Beyond that, who knows, but why not give it a try.

So, starting tomorrow, I will not be eating any refined sugar for a week. I can, of course, still consume naturally occuring sugars such as in fruits and potentially even honey, but no white sugar, no fructose, glucose, sucrose, etc. No sugar substitutes like sucralose because that basically negates the whole point of this. So who knows, maybe I'll go crazy, maybe I won't notice a difference at all, maybe I'll substitute sugar with potato chips and beer. Guess we'll see!