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Friday, March 30, 2007

Look What I Made

It's a pineapple upside-down pudding. I bake fairly regularly so I am not showing off that I actually made something. It's just when I brought this to the table, I thought "we can't eat this". So I took a photo as the next best thing.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Saturday's Skies

I am not sure if I am breaking a rule of the Saturday Skies web ring when I post photos that were taken on a day other than a Saturday but, sometimes, the sky is more interesting on other days.

This photo was taken on Sunday morning. Now it is Spring we get heavy snow, rain and heat in the same day. An hour after the photo was taken you would not have known it had snowed.

Friday, March 23, 2007

An Unlikely Read

I have joined a book club. I joined after the selections for the first half of the year had been made so I cannot say why certain choices were made. And this month's read is very surprising:- Extreme My Autobiograpy by Sharon Osborne. Sharon Osbourne is married to Ozzy Osbourne who used to be the lead singer of Black Sabbath and was the lead in his own festival Ozzfest. Lately, the whole family became famous for their show about themselves on MTV. I find it interesting that MTV's cameras have followed other stars and that has been the end of the relationship but it didn't seem to have an impact on the Osbournes. Maybe because the Osbourne's life is so volatile anyway.

I started reading the prologue and it is full of swear words and I didn't think I could continue reading. It felt as if they were put in for effect. But after that the ratio of swear words to non-swear words reduced and seemed to be in the places where a swearing person would put them. The book was interesting for background into the music industry; especially for bands being ripped off. It seemed as if you had to find the person who would rip you off the least.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

How Long Would You Have Waited?

Yesterday I had a dentist's appointment. The dentist had been recommended by a friend, so it was not a random choice. My appointment was for 1.30 and I arrived at around 1.25; I was finally shown to the dentist's chair at some time after 2.20.

I was in a quandary as to what to do and had decided to wait an hour and then leave. I didn't want them charging my insurance company if I left without seeing the dentist and I didn't want the immediate hassle of finding another dentist. Now, at least, I have 6 months to find another one.

As this is a new dentist I do not know if this is normal for them or if I was unlucky. The receptionist did not say anything until she saw me looking at my watch and at no time did anyone apologise for the delay.

If I had turned up nearly an hour late for my appointment I am sure they would have charged me and told me to reschedule. A pity it doesn't work the other way around.

Monday, March 19, 2007

What's On The Needles

A little while ago I posted a teaser to say that I had taken some yarn out of my stash. I didn't say any more as I didn't do anything with it until a friend e-mailed and at the end she asked how I was doing with the stash. That finally got me motivated to start the project. A few years ago I bought the yarn and pattern to crochet a toy Winnie-the Pooh. So I have finally started it. My knitting project is My So Called Scarf with some yarn I was given. And last night I wound the wool that refuses to be a scarf into two balls for socks. That should keep me going for a while.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Another Sale

The nearest yarn store to me is closing down and they started their sale on Monday. I was debating whether to go on the first day or not thinking that better bargains could be had towards the end of the sale. But I am glad I went as everything was 50% off from the get go and I imagine that they would not have had much left after the first day.

The store is closing due to the ill-health of the owner. It has been open for about 8 years. Their shop was sorted by colour so it was hard to zone in to find the specific weight of yarn you wanted. But they had good basics so you could knit a sweater without breaking the bank.

I was very pleased to buy some yarn with a specific pattern in mind. I had seen the specific yarn for the pattern in another LYS but not in a colour I liked and I had been trying to decide from where to order it and when. So I was happy to see something similar by the same manufacturer in a colour I liked. This is the yarn; I bought shade 23 but I won't be starting the pattern for a little while as it will require some concentration.

I also bought a book Felting from the Vogue Knitting on the Go series. I had borrowed this from the library and knitted one thing from it and there were a couple of other patterns I was interested in. Books in Canada are very expensive so I do not buy them anymore.

And I bought some yarn for my lace collection, ready for the next mystery project.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Saturday's Skies

Well this is Friday's skies really. There was no school on Friday and spousal unit was out of town. Many people would take the opportunity to stay in bed but I like to get up early and enjoy the quiet. Where we live is fairly quiet so I can open the curtains and enjoy the start to the day. At the right time of the year I can watch the sun come up. So Friday, I made a cup of coffee, took the last piece of pumpkin pie, and sat with my knitting to watch this.

This is a Chinook cloud at sunrise. Pretty amazing, eh? I should have gone out to the fields to take a picture of just the sky but I was still in my PJs and I didn't want to scare anyone.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

More Socks

I finished the mitred square socks. They are from a pattern in Vogue on the Go Socks Two. Being a typical Vogue pattern there were some mistakes but nothing horrendous. The only parts worked in the round were the toe and the gusset. The heel shaping was the same as for a top-down sock so that the slipped stitches are under the heel and not at the back so there is very little heel at the back.

The yarn is Anne from Schaefer Yarn Company and was once that tangled mess seen here.

Monday, March 5, 2007

Warm Enough For My New Sweater

For once the weather forecasters were correct. The Chinook came in on Saturday. On Friday it was hard to imagine that we would get a Chinook as it was snowing and the temperature was around -10 C. But we have had a Chinook cloud since Saturday although today it is still below freezing in our part of town.

Anyway, it reached about 10 C on Saturday so I was happy to wear my new sweater. I am pleased with how the sweater fits and I will be using it as a template for sizing other things I knit for myself.

Friday, March 2, 2007

My Yarn Is Talking To Me

I've heard people say their yarn is talking to them and always thought that some wiring had come loose in their head; but now it is my turn to give my yarn anthropomorphic qualities. At a sale in the summer I bought some yarn which the owner of the store had recommended for socks. Atter seeing a pattern for a lacey wrap I decided that the yarn would look good in that pattern; which it did; except I didn't have enough yarn. The yarn is hand painted and I couldn't get anymore so the wrap was unpicked and the yarn rewound. Next iteration was My So Called Scarf. But the resulting pattern seemed very stiff; so that was unpicked before I had gone too far.

Now I know what you are saying. "If I liked the lacey wrap why not use the pattern for a regular scarf?" You know, some things in life are just too obvious. The next iteration was a scarf from Modular Knits. I didn't like that either. I think the yarn is not varied enough in colour to show some patterns well.

So another unpick and the yarn is sitting next to me waiting for me to choose a pattern that will show it off to its best. And it happened; I nearly spoke to the wretched stuff. But it was in my head. "You just want to be socks don't you. That's why none of these other patterns are working." So close to joining the crazies.

I haven't started socks yet. There might be a few more scarf varients in this yarn yet. Or maybe I'm just too stubborn to listen to inanimate objects when they talk to me.