Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I Don't Always Knit Socks, But When I Do......

No, it isn't Tuesday.  I have my car in at Volkswagon, and I am a bit nervous about how much it's going to cost. This may make a severe dent in my travel plans this summer. Oh well, I don't mind a staycation- gas prices are crazy, so maybe I won't need the car very much.

I cannot believe it's almost 6 years old.  My Rabbit has been trouble-free and I hope to have it until it bites the dust.  My dad used to keep his cars for around 10 years, but he was a contractor who used his station wagon as a tool chest/portable file drawer/and who knows what. You always had to wipe plaster dust off the seat, or worse, dodge copper pipe that ran back to front.

So, I've been busy. I have been sewing a ton:
I have added zipper pulls to the bags. Notice the wolf on the Red Riding Hood  one.
The little glass ghost on this one is so cute I can't stand it.
I don't always knit socks, but when I do, I like BMFA Socks that Rock- these are for FC.

I attended the last meeting of the DKC- soon to be known as The Toronto Knitters Guild.  There was a presentation by Diamond Yarns, and Westminster Fibers, distributors of Rowan.

They gave us a ball of yarn for Martin Storeys Mystery Afghan- which I think is done now.  I used to like Rowan before they were bought out, by Coats and I find, for the price point, it isn't always of a very high quality. The colours are nice (albeit discontinued at the end of the season). I know in Britain it is the popular brand, Liberty's sells it, but on the whole, the presentation is good, but be careful what you buy.

And I am gearing up for Tour de Fleece- I have some goals set, and am ready to motor. Or treadle, as the case may be.

Happy Solstice- and fleece out until next time

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I'm Ready for My Close-Up Mr. DeMille......

The 10 On Tuesday is 10 Movies You Can Watch Over and Over.

1. Sunset Boulevard- I love everything about it. Old Hollywood, faded stardom, a murder, it's got everything.
2. A Christmas Story, of course.
3. Black Christmas- made by Bob Clark as well and shot in Toronto.
4. Mulholland Drive- or anything David Lynch
5. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. Joan and Bette at their worst.
6. Death At A Funeral- the British one- too funny.
7. Howard's End.
8. Carrington- love Emma Thompson.
9. The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom
10. Any kitchen-sink film: A Taste of Honey, Look Back in Anger, Room At The Top, A Kind Of Loving, Saturday Night Sunday Morning.....

I've been sewing:
And knitting:
This is a free pattern on Ravelry, and I highly recommend the Rauma Finullgarn yarn- just amazing to work with.

This is what you see when you go upstairs- cats are everywhere.

Fleece out-

Monday, June 9, 2014

Waving, not Drowning

The Ten On Tuesday was favorite summer drinks- since I don't drink alcohol, and am pretty limited in my other choices, tea, water and sometimes coffee, it really wasn't post-worthy.

I tell a lie, because when I am sick, as I have been since last Wednesday,  I will drink ginger-ale, and juice. Watered down Five Alive peach- which I usually don't touch, but tea tastes crummy when I'm sick.  I wonder why that is.

All winter, except for a dry cough, I did not get sick.  It's almost worse having a flu/cold/who knows what it is, when it's nice outside.  So I layed in bed for a few days feeling sick and sorry for myself. I finished a book I was reading, which I can't remember what it was now- but before that my niece lent me
Empty Mansions, about an heiress named Huguette Clark.  Never heard of her?  Neither had I, but she was an intensely private person- and eccentric as many wealthy people are.  It seems the family is laying claim to her vast fortune.  She passed away at 104 in 2010.

I couldn't put it down.  She gave away millions, and spent the last 20 or so years of her life in a hospital. I found myself feeling bad for her, as her private nurse, attorney and a few hangers on, I feel, took advantage of a lonely woman.  Shades of Mrs. Astor.  Read this, because she maintained several properties and never visited them.  She also was a fair-to-middling artist, as well as a violinist who had rare instruments (one or two Stradivarius), and had a beautiful jewellery collection, that was stolen from her unoccupied apartment (one of three on Park Avenue).  Fascinating.

On the knitting front there isn't alot to report.  I have been sewing, as I bought a project bag a while ago, and I wanted more, but thought it would be more fun to make some.  I like this shape, and it holds quite a bit.
Halloween-ish, what else?  This is probably the second zip I have ever sewn, because I loathed Home-Ec class, and never paid attention. Poor Mrs. Miller- she had her hands full with our class- sneaking cigarettes in the sewing box room.
I'll be making some for gifts, much like last year.  I have some lampwork beads that I will attach for zipper pulls on some of them.

July 5- 27 is Tour de Fleece.  I have been doing a bit of spinning, and trying some new-to-me fibers.

This is Wensleydale- I won't be spinning this again. It's too rough for my liking.  I am trying Masham next- but I have to figure out how I am going to challenge myself this year.

That's all I have for now- not even a kitten pic as they are probably sleeping somewhere.

Fleece out.