Monday, November 21, 2011

You Better Not Pout

Santa got here yesterday. The parade in Toronto had a Mrs. Clause this year, as well as a Santa cam- and he Tweets. The weather wasn't cold enough, and we had no snow, which just isn't the same. Anyway, now we can watch all the Christmas movies. Because Christmas is coming, whether we like it or not, so why not enjoy it?

On Saturday I went to a craft sale at one of my old primary schools- and they have since added a pool, and a few other things to the old building. It was alot of fun, and I ended up getting some cute Fimo sheep ornaments.

I've made about 8 of these- glass ornaments with knitted socks and toques. I have glitter everywhere- but these were alot of fun.

Mary Jane Mucklestone is a designer I admire, and I pre-ordered this a while back. I actually haven't had a chance to sit down and read it, but I am sure it will be a great resource.

I made these Autumn Fire mittens- these come in a kit, with gorgeous natutally dyed yarns from a lady in Finland.

I fell in love with this pattern, and since I have most of my gift knitting done, I have the pleasure of making it- I chose a colour called "Lupine" which always makes me think of that Monty Python sketch where Dennis Moore, the Highwayman, steals all the Lupines. Anyway, I love this designer, she's a bit retro.

As for Kitten Chow, he's feeling a bit displaced by drum equipment in the front room, and is looking for a happy place.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

It's Not Always A Good Thing

This morning, I knew it would be a banner day, in the history of Chez Sheriff- and it's probably not a huge deal to others, but I got into my size 12 cargo pants- and they're even slightly loose. I've lost almost 15 lbs, with really, precious little effort on my part.

Also, on Monday, I sat down at the sewing machine, and almost finished the top of my basket quilt, that has been bugging me for 2 years now. The setting blocks were the wrong size, so instead of making my life more complicated, I used some plain ones, and it isn't prize worthy, but I am happy with it. Now I have to figure out if I am going to quilt it, or send it out.

On Saturday, we visited one of my favorite places, Recycled Displays, and I picked up this head. I have to admit, mannequins freak me right out, but I love her sweet face, and her twenties look, so she's perfect for modelling hats.

In knitting news, once again, I have succeeded in making myself nuts. Too many projects, too many cool things to knit, gifts to think about, blah blah blah. Currently, I am working on a handspun hoodie coat thingy, a pair of mittens, and waiting for some yarn for another sweater.
For sheer inspiration, I did get this:

There are some really great smaller projects which I plan to make, after the current yarn induced nervous breakdown.
Didn't you just know that it would only be a matter of time before Martha would make the cover of a knitting magazine? In all her photo shopped glory? She has a line of yarns by Lion Brand, which I normally don't bother with- after the poncho fiasco-but I guess it's a question of what sells magazines.

I don't know whether Martha is good or evil, I suspect it's a little bit of both. No question, the Martha Stewart Living magazine is top notch- photography, articles, it has raised the bar for publishing standards. But this whole "everything is perfect" propaganda- well, who needs it? Are we really expected to believe she tends all those gardens, in all those homes? Cooks all that food? Has time to even SHOP? Please.

Holiday time is approaching- and I give you permission to have an imperfect, messy, noisy time this year. So what if you're tree decorations don't match.

Kitten Chow does, however, dream of the perfect mousie.