Thursday, 29 July 2010


Sorry for the lack of posts, but I've been BUSY! And it's summer... I don't feel like knitting all of the time. I know. GASP. Did I really just say that??
So what am I working on? Well, those socks are still on the go. And I started some arm warmers last weekend. And then I frogged them because they weren't turning out as I'd hoped. But I'm going to cast them back on. I promise I have a pattern in my head that is dying to be made.
I'm also working on this shrug/bolero thing:
I have been for almost a full month!! (I got the pattern from here.)

Thus far, I think I'm going to love it! In fact there's been at least three times when I've gotten dressed in the morning in the morning and totally wished that it was done so that I could wear it! I already have an outfit planned!

The only thing I don't like about this bolero? That I was too stupid to understand the pattern. It's a top down sweater. No problem there. I've made tons of those. But this one? There was just something about the pattern I didn't understand.
It was that you add on the collar AFTER you've knitted the rest. See how I'm knitting up the collar now, picking up one stitch on every RS row? Ingenious. But a note about that might have been nice.
But I'm so excited to get this one done. Hopefully by the end of the weekend, I'll have a finished project to blog about. Finished project? Imagine that!

Monday, 19 July 2010

Summer weekend

Oh summer weekends!
They are the perfect time to visit friends, go for a long run, good talks, make jam, see a ridiculous movie, drink ice tea, eat outside, talk about future endeavours and so much more!
And based off of my Friday night drive, it's also the perfect time for high speed chases, resulting in very, very, very slow traffic.
And by slow traffic, I mean stopped. As in, I turned off my car and was standing at the side of the road for at least 30 min. So, tip for long drives: always have knitting close by! You never know when you'll get the opportunity to do a few rows. Yup. That's right. I stood knitting at the side of the road on Friday night. Needless to say I got one or two weird looks, but whatev. I thought it was a good use of my time!
Side note - don't knit while driving. I think the police might not like that very much...

But onto one of the things I made this weekend: raspberry jam!

Isn't it beautiful! And isn't that cute round jam adorable!? I want to eat it up! The jam and the jar.
I can't wait to try some for real.
Yay for summer weekends.

Sunday, 11 July 2010


Well, summer is finally here. Sure summer officially starts on June 21, but it wasn't until this past week that I felt like it was really SUMMER. Why? Lots of reasons, but the biggest one? The Heat wave! It was HOT this past week. Too hot to sleep hot. Dare I say it? Too hot to knit hot!
So since I haven't crafted anything in a while, I thought I'd show what it hasn't been too hot for.
My parent's garden:

Isn't it beautiful??
With all this heat and a few rain showers here and there it's starting to produce like crazy. I don't think that mere words can describe my excitement about eating all of the produce. We already have beans, peas, spinach, lettuce, green onions, green tomatoes, and my favourite:

And yes, they are as yummy as they look. I taste tested about 100 yesterday just to make sure. Guess who will be making raspberry jam soon!
I love summer! Hope you are enjoying it too.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Just Cause

Do you ever find yourself doing something... and you don't know why? Like playing hours upon hours of free cell? Or what is that other game called? Bejeweled? I'd like to say I'm one of those people who cleans the kitchen when it's already clean. I'm not. But sometimes I do do things just cause... Mainly knitting. Like this!

But what is up with this hat? It's kinda ugly... Why did I make it? I don't know. I don't need another hat. Especially not in these colours.

In this case, the only reason I made this hat was because I wanted to be knitting. My fingers wanted to do the action, my mind wanted the getaway that knitting (when I don't have to follow a pattern) provides. So randomly looking through my stash I saw this lone ball of yarn and somehow it just made sense to make a simple hat. The pattern, yo and all, came from my head and what I remembered from the multitude of other hats I've made.

What am I going to do with it? Probably not wear it... Or at least I won't wear it that often. But that's okay... Sometimes you just do something, to do it.