Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Kitty Konversations

I wanted to post this week- but I hadn't realized that it is Easter weekend (guess my religion has been kinda thrown out the window) but a day off means assorted bodies taking up space, and needing to be fed, you get the idea.

I received my prize skein of Wandering Cat yarn, Slinky Cat Fingering in Midnite Rendezvous. She attached a cute little black cat stitch marker- and I keep hearing "Stray Cat Strut" in my head every time I look at this. The joys of Etsy. Thanks, Jeanne.

I am making slow progress on my Red Queen Fair Isle, but I think I have worked out some of the kinks- and hopefully it will be smooth sailing. I hope that doesn't bite me in the butt, either.

While we are on the subject of butts, certain kitties don't seem to care about the expansion of said derrierre's- our Kitten-Chow certainly has too much junk in the kitty trunk. I have forewarned him that the Easter Bunny will not be visiting his basket- but the lack of concern is evident...

"....who does she think she's talking to? How dare she walk into the country club, and insult a legend such as myself?"

Monday, March 22, 2010

Marching On

I figure that Mondays are a good time for a new post- new week starting, and all that. This one is going to be very random.

I won a skein of yarn over at Jeanne's blog, from Wandering Cat yarns, which was very exciting. Jeanne has amazing taste in yarn, and anything she likes, I know I will too. I did have a bit of an whoopsy into the Rabbit Hole at Hedgehog Fibers....

FC painted the bedroom- an amazing shade of blue "November Sky" and this made me really happy. I also had a huge clear-out of all the clothes that I don't wear, and the things that don't fit- I honestly don't know why I hang onto some things, it's crazy.

My Fair Isle got to a certain point- and I'm still not happy with the charts- so I think it will be in time out until inspiration strikes- and I hope that it is sometime soon. The crowns make me laugh.

I dug out my Ice Fantasia shawl- and I'm adding tons of sparkly iridescent gray beads- this is magic. Sometimes you need to work on something just because it's pretty.

Other than that, my son has a job lined up for the summer, my daughter is doing great at college, and things are humming along.

Lots to be thankful for, for sure. Have a great week.

Monday, March 15, 2010

It's All Too Much

Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, I wonder where the birdies is.

So how was your week? Knitting wise, I have done close to nothing. But that's okay.

My sister spent the weekend, and has finished her poncho, that she has ripped back and re-knit countless times, to the point that I didn't even want her mentioning it to me. The final result was amazing, after blocking, and now, she is onto a Central Park hoodie- in some Peace Fleece.

I Indian-gave some yarn, and some of it was this amazing stuff. I truly think it is one of the most under-rated yarns out there. Incredible tweeds, blooms after washing, and a great price. That is the Perestroika Pink, and I have others in the stash.

These are the sweaters I actually wear, and although I have been known to sport a Fair Isle occasionally, I am a very casual dresser, and the simpler, the better.

I took back some long discontinued Rowanspun Aran. I plan on making some top-down raglans- very plain, but perfect for under a jean jacket or a light coat.

My best knitting friend and I were having a discussion about knitting funks. This is a phenomenon I suffer from as well- and it truly does reflect the state of your life. She has made almost every shawlette out there- gifted some, kept some, and this has been going on for a few years. Trying to find a project that will grab you, and hold your interest can be tough. There are times when I can't bear to think of knitting a Fair Isle, or a sweater, and others when all I want to do is lace.

In this sense, I sometimes feel there is too much out there, too much to choose from- and our minds get boggled. There is always the allure of a new skein of yarn, a new dyer, handspun (a whole other world of delights)- but our free time is limited.

We are also influenced by what is happening in our lives- the time of year, how we are feeling. For a hard-core knitter, not having a project on the needles can be a very bad sign indeed. When knitting is a big part of your life- not working on a project can leave you feeling lost.

In other words- too much choice can be overwhelming. The advent of internet shopping has done some of us a disservice. I have gotten to the point where I cannot, cannot, look at any more.

Or it could be, Spring fever?

Kitten Chow is doing his "Jabba The Hut" pose- someone needs to cut down on the kibbles.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Blue Monday

Did you watch the Academy awards last night? I confess, I couldn't stay up, but I was thrilled to see that Jeff Bridges won Best Actor for Crazy Heart- because I love him. That's him as "The Dude" in "The Big Lebowski" and it's his best performance- I haven't seen "Crazy Heart", but alot of the reviews say that the character he plays is very close to the way he really is.

I didn't manage to see many of the movies- we watched "It's Complicated"- and I was a little disappointed- Meryl Streep was great, as was Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, but I felt that the story was cliche, and the script just wasn't worthy. With the number of remakes Hollywood is putting out- I think there must be a lack of good stories. Alice in Wonderland, I will go and see-that should be really entertaining.

In other news, the theme of my newest Fair Isle- Red Queen, is definitely influenced by the Alice in Wonderland story.
Can you see the little gold crowns in the pattern? I haven't gotten as much done as I had hoped, because I'm still messing with the border patterns. All in good time.In the process of the big clearout- 2 large shopping bags of yarn were donated, I came across this.
I am thisclose to finishing this needlepoint that I started 15 or 16 years ago. What has held it up is you have to blend several strands of crewel wool for the brown background, and it's almost there. Needlepoint was my first real needlework hobby and I still love it. This is from Ehrman,

I have a hyacinth in my forcing glass- and have added to my collection of Spode Blue Italian.

Isn't the milk jug wonderful? It makes me so happy to have this on my kitchen windowsill- I guess it would help if I cleaned the windows, ya think?
Chops does agree that clean windows would aid in the business of squirrelling.

Have a great week.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Who says.......?

.....we Canadians don't have a sense of humour? Have you ever seen inflatable beavers, canoes? Moose, lumberjacks- maple leaves?

Well, you have now. I think the Gold medal in Hockey was a very proud moment- and it was an exciting Winter Olympics from start to finish. Bring on 2014.

I don't think, as a nation, we are known for being particularly patriotic, but I hope everyone glows in a sense of achievement and pride- because that's a great thing. Every single athlete, and everyone who made this awesome event happen- took home the Gold.

On the homefront, my daughter is visiting a friend, and it has not escaped my notice how quiet things are around here. It's only for a few days, but I miss the purr of her little voice. I had to stop myself from all-out, snot-running, wailing. It was just like the time she went to kindergarten, and waved goodbye, and didn't look back. I composed myself until I got to the car- and let loose.

My son, well, I had to peel him off like a giant elastoplast- and the kid was still stuck to my leg.

I am going to take this opportunity to have a massive clear-out, nothing makes me happier. Any yarn, that doesn't have a project intended for it- OUT. All except my Woolen Rabbit, Enchanted Knoll, Posh, Briar Rose, Sanguine Gryphon, as well as............................................................................. .............................................................................................