Sasha and I trucked off to the beach after Sasha had her morning nap and an early lunch. I brought all my gear - novel, journal and knitting. I knitted on a few rows but mostly enjoyed Sasha and the weather. I love hearing the lapping of the waves, and it was really nice the tide was high. We shared little snacks of vegetables and drinks of water. She had a biscuit and I had a bar. The sun started to suck all of my energy away so we packed up and picked up my husband on the way home.
Everything has been a little chaotic since my birthday... out of balance. That is my goal this week - to get back into balance.
This weekend was great and very relaxing. We went on lots of little outings. My husband took Friday off and we went off to the local farm stand. We came out with the best produce.
Fresh Local Strawberries.
We went to Ladner on the hunt for East of Eden~ John Steinbeck and came out empty handed. We hit a local thrift shop and did super. We got the game Trivial Pursuit (we spent our evenings playing it drinking wine), clothes for Sasha, a couple of sewing patterns for Sasha, $5.00 worth of wool for me and various stuff for my husband. I got some more sock wool at the local yarn shop in Ladner. We took long drives on sunny country roads that make you sleepy.
A bunch of wool to knit up.
A pair of socks for my husband and a pair for me.
I haven't knit a stitch since the Knitting Meetup but here's a picture of my progress of the uCan2 shell. The Mission Falls cotton is soooooo soft - I love it!
You are a masterful knitter! I don't know how you got this result, but what the hell... Enjoy your title, and try selling some of your "unvented" patterns- you may make enough for that bundle of qiviut you've been drooling over...
Very little sleep was had last night. Sasha was awake from 3am till about 5:30am. I hope I can get through the day because I am going to my first knitting meetup tonight. I am excited! Usually I can't go - or if I can, not enough people confirm and it's cancelled. You need 5 people for a meetup and that's what we got for tonight. Yay! I will be bringing my uCan2 shell - so we will see how far I get. I think I have 4 rows completed on both the front and back - I am knitting them at the same time. I think the colour will be really good on me - especially if I get some sun.
No Longer Does She Have to Keep Her Eye Glued to the Peephole of the Door to Hunt Down the Mailman for a Parcel of Yarn. Her Appetite Subsides, the Hunt is Over.
My anxiety levels have lowered thanks to my kind postman knocking on the door yesterday with my uCan2 yarn. Yay *happy-dance* ~doing a little cha-cha~. Now I am all swatched up and raring to go.
At first I glanced at the yarn and kind of made a blah-face. It is hard to buy yarn off the Internet. Part of choosing a good yarn is feeling it. Don't you want to pick your yarn up and pinch it in the butt and feel how soft it is first before you buy? Let the colours call out to you and follow your heart. It is hard to accurately choose out a colour from your monitor. But then it seems you find a better deal on the Internet. My yarn store charges arms and legs up the wazooza... and then you have to get all the way out there... and usually I have Sasha with me... and it is soooo hard to manoeuvre a stroller around the store without bumping into this or that, running over someone’s foot and knocking something to the ground... and then they stare at you. So I take my chances.
I got to know my Mission Falls 1824 Cotton intimately while swatching; watching the stitches appear, feeling the texture of the yarn and the swatch, and putting the swatch up to my skin. The more I work with the yarn the more I like it. It is my first time working with MF cotton. It is definitely not the same as Rowan All Seasons Cotton. The Mission Falls is plied with a thread of cotton, which makes it a bit bumpy but brings out colour texture, whereas the Rowan is plain and smooth like butta’.
We had a wonderful celebration of my 31st birthday and my husband's first Father's Day. The weekend went by too quickly! I made out pretty good! LOL! I got a beautiful French press - and I am having a coffee right now! A set of hand weights that come in a case 1lb, 2lb, and 3lb. These are sort of what they look like - but not the exact ones. I used the one pound weights in the toning section of my exercise tape - I had to stop half way through - they really pack a punch. I have a kitchen scale on the way - so I can be a bit more exact with my portions. My husband was sneaky. I showed him this cosmetic bag that I thought I could put a knitting project in - and he sneakily bought it for me along with some earrings.
It is kind of hard to see the pattern. It is quite cute in a retro sort of way with the Eiffel Tower, flowers and hats with french poodles with bags.
The case could easily carry a small knitting project for when you are on the go. How fun is that?
I need to finish the boarder on the swatch, block it, and send it out to Becky.
I started knitting up a sweater for my MIL from some of the wool she sent down in a birthday parcel to satiate my knitting needs while I anxiously wait for the damn cotton to show up in the mail for my uCan2 shell.
Go check out Sandy's progress on the cross-smooch-uCan2. It looks really great and I love the colour combination! ~ I must be an old person or something to that effect ~ she's officially in her 30's now - not just on the other side of her 20's anymore!!!!
Every morning I drive my husband into work. We could take the highway but we opt to take in the country roads. I couldn't believe it when we spotted two bald eagles and what first looked like a hawk - but was most likely their baby - sitting in the middle of a field having a meeting. It looked as if they were discussing things among themselves in a very serious fashion. Strange and beautiful. After I dropped my husband off I drove back and the two big eagles were still there but no baby.
I ordered some more wool. It is with some birthday money so I don't feel guilty one bit! I ordered Rowan Summer Tweed reed # 514 from The Knitting Garden. I plan on making Niki - Rowan #33 after I finish the uCan2 shell.
All That Hard Work Paid Off
The diligent girl who exercises every day lost 4.2 pounds! I took yesterday off, I am sore. I felt like hell this morning and didn't want to move a step - I didn't sleep well last night. But I did it - I exercised yet again. This is a huge thing for me - I have never committed to exercise in my life, but I feel like I can do this. I don't feel so crappy like I did earlier this morning. There is bounce in my step from my workout.
I finally finished off the last strap of Alfie today. Sasha is having a great nap and it is nice to have some free time. It is desperate need of blocking. I hope to get it stitched up by the end of the weekend. Then I have to make a trip to the fabric store - I want to line it with some fabric. And I have been eyeing some sewing patterns on-line. I got some birthday money that is burning a hole in my pocket and an inclining to do some sewing.
I also have some extra stretch fabric that I want to design a pair of shorts and a sports bra with for exercising - seeing as I am commited to working out every day. I am going for a weigh in tomorrow and I am hoping all this exercise and being good will pay off! Wish me luck!
Sandy and I have joined in on the Not-So-Skimpy-Tank-A-Long.
I have created a few buttons for those of us who wish to make Bonne Marie's uCan2 Shell - we are just a branch off of the Not-So-Skimpy-Tank-A-Long - so feel free to join us with the uCan2 shell or knit what you like - as long as it's not an itty-bitty tank :)
In lieu of pictures I present my new button. I have actually created about six in all but this is my favorite - nothing in excess right? :D
I figure I will just put one on a post every once in a while. You can steal 'em if you are so inclined. Now I am on the prowl for the perfect Bettie Page pic for yet another button.
Alfie is coming along. I have one more strap to complete - block & stitch. I just haven't been able to find the time to sneak my knitting in. Sasha has just learned to stand. She takes steps to us when we hold out our arms. The other day she took her first un-prompted step. She is so active and by the time we get her down for bed I don't seem to feel like knitting up a marathon. Don't get me wrong - I love to knit - but being alert while knitting is a definite plus.
I can't wait for my Mission Falls cotton arrives. I hope they don't take forever to ship it out. I will be anxiously check the mail every day! And I can't wait to see what yarn Sandy chose!
Sandy and I are contemplating a Bonne Marie's uCan2 Shell knit-along. Actually I don't know if Sandy know's it yet but I went and purchased Rowan All Seasons Cotton in the shade of Cape for 40% off from Personal Threads. Thank you Amy from Indigirl for the link! It worked out to $4.17 a ball... Yay! I just got an email from them saying they don't ship to Canada????!!!! Pooh!
So we are not sure exactly what to call our little knit-along. Sandy wants to knit up a tank that is not so ITTY BITTY BITTY! - a shell to be exact. And, I don't think the world is ready to see me in a tiny-tank just yet - maybe one day after I am my goal weight with Weight Watchers. With all these tank-girl-knit-alongs I have got the bug to knit me up a tank or a shell. So I did some research for patterns and I think I would feel most comfortable in the uCan2 Shell.
I can't wait to get started.... I had better work on Alphie and try and finish him before the yarn arrives!
Two posts in one week - you better watch out Jo! :D
I started knitting up my Rowan Alfie kit in All Seasons Cotton. It has been a rather fun project that is knitting up pretty quickly. The colours they sent me are jazz, a nice teal colour and a navy blue that I don't know the name of for contrast. I started on Friday and I am almost fininshed the sides. I still have the end pannels and handles to knit then I want to find a nice fabric to line the bag with. I want to take pictures but the batteries are dead in the digital camera. And I still have to get a picture of Sasha in her tank!
I have some yarn that my MIL gave me that I am trying to find use for. I think it is an acrylic boucle. I have tried some swatches for some patterns that I like but if the tension is correct with the stitches it doesn't match up with the rows or vice versa and I do not have the time for a pattern re-write at the moment.