Wednesday, October 22, 2014

In need of a superhero or two.

I've been felled with a wicked head cold, so I've had lots of time to follow today's news.

Looks like our world could use a few more superheroes. All I can do is work away on the spiderman hat
It's coming along well. As always, the Fat Cat is lovely and makes the colourwork that much more enjoyable.

Now if only we could knit the world into a better place...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The squirrel has found his nuts

Remember how I brought some black walnuts home and how the squirrels didn't have much interest in them?
Well, I put the remaining walnuts in an old cat litter bucket and put them up on the stand I had out back - they were starting to mold in the plastic bag I'd brought them home in.

I didn't think much of it until I noticed the bucket was looking a little low. And sure enough, I looked out the door this morning before work and there was Mr. Black Squirrel nibbling daintily away on one. He was gone before I got back with the camera, but it looks like he had fun while I was at work...
I put them all back in the bucket but left it on the ground for him. Looks like I'll have to steal some more from Dad.

In knitting news... after hitting post last night, Dave walked in the door. So I made up some fresh garlic bread to go with his lasagna, and before I knew it, it was bedtime. Not a stitch knit.

I made up for it at lunch today
The second Pip Squeak is started. I love the fraternal yarn!

And tonight when I got home, I started on the Spiderman hat. just a few rows knit, but I'm about to get back to it.
That's if someone will share the couch...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Spider season

I did indeed give some love to Hitofude yesterday and managed to put one more repeat on her. As nice as it is to knit with the yarn, it's very slow going so she's weekend only knitting for now.

In the mad dash to get back to work this morning, I forgot to grab Miss P's socks, so no love for them!

And when I came home, it was time to make dinner, love the cats and all that fun stuff, so there hasn't been a chance to knit a stitch today! However, as soon as I hit post, I'll be heading to my needles. I considered picking up Old Town and beginning the process of  picking up all the stitches for the arms an body, but my head just isn't in the right space for that.

Instead, I'm capitalizing on the great feeling of getting my Christmas stuff done early. With the Cranberry Bonnet out of the way, the next on the dock is a toque for a rather young man. His Mom said his favourite colours are red and blue and I know he's an avid Superhero fan... did your spidey senses starting tingling too?

I found this hat on Ravelry. I already had some Fat Cat dyed up in red and black (left over from Nora's Ladybug jacket. It was nothing to dye up a skein of superhero blue
The hat on Ravelry is knit in fingering, but with a little bit of math, I should be about to work it out for the DK.

So I better go get these skeins caked up, before the evening slips away all together!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The great knit-cation: Day 9

As all things do, the great knit-cation is coming to an end. I spent the morning finishing up the Christmas Cranberry Bonnet.
I ended up going with a slightly darker bead (number 1, for those who remember.) It still doesn't have quite the pop I wanted, but it works. It doesn't show well in the picture, but looks quite lovely in person
A nice bit of sparkle to an already pretty little hat. This one is modded as well, details are on my Rav page. Now there are only four Christmas presents left to knit!

The rest of the day was spent cleaning in the bedroom. The closets and dressers were long overdue for an overhaul. Rocky came up to supervise.
He knows that when I start searching under the furniture, favourite old toys are going to emerge
It took all afternoon, but I've now got three garbage bags full of clothes for donation, and much more room in the dressers and closet!
Clearly, supervision is hard work.

Oh, and after two days of mulling over it, I decided that the bleached hair was just a little too stark. My eyes are too dark and my complexion is too pink. So I popped out the store and picked up a box of Golden Blonde.
It softened the colour up nicely - I like it MUCH better!

And now tomorrow is back to work. But there's still a few hours of knit-cation left to enjoy. So as soon as I'm done my dishes, to the couch I go to give Hitofude some love!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The great knit-cation: Day 8

There was one big road trip left for the great knit-cation: The Woodstock Fleece Festival!
It's about an hour and a half away, so I trundled up to Mom's, loaded her into the car an we hit the road!

We went to the WFF a few years back and I loved it. All the great vendors of the Toronto Frolic, but without the massive crowds. Well... apparently word has gotten out.... it's still all the great vendors... but the crowds are there now too! We managed to squeeze our way through. Mom got some lovely fibre to spin (from a vendor who has a shop 10 minutes from her house... but hey...) and I was on the lookout for something special.
Last time we were there, there were several rug-hooking vendors (something that I haven't seen at the Frolic). Two of my favourite bloggers hook rugs... and I've been wanting to give it a try for a while.

Sadly, the kits were well out of my budget, so I'm going to do a little more research and save up some money for next year.

Instead, I consoled myself with a beautiful hand made shawl pin
That happened to go just perfect with Lestrange.

And then I found a clearance bin with a pile of Himalayan silk.
None of the skeins match perfectly, and they are all different weights, but I just loved the colour and texture. The plan was to make a large, oversized tunic, but now I'm thinking it would look nice mixed in an afghan with a few other yarns....

Mom also made a new friend
And if there was a way we could have gotten her in the car, we probably would have tried. She was an absolute sweetie.

We took the backroads home, enjoying the fall colours and ended up going through the area where I grew up. We started reminiscing and decided to hit a little farm store we used to frequent to get a cup of hot apple cider.

Well that little farm store isn't so little any more. In fact they were quite the little tourist trap. It wasn't as packed as the festival, but there was quite the crowd! Certainly not how we remember it.
Especially in pumpkin season!
We got our hot cups of cider (and a jug of cider, and some candy apples...) and I grabbed a few little gourds to put on the front porch

 Though they look so nice on the table... they might just stay there!

Now, there's just one day left to knit-cation - so I'm gonna get knitting!

Friday, October 17, 2014

The great knit-cation: Day 7

Apparently, when left alone with too much time on my hands, I do crazy things
Like apply a large bottle of bleach to my hair. I'd orginally bought the kit to up my highlights a bit. But this morning I woke up and said "screw it" and just did the whole thing.  It's definitely going to take some getting use to.

In other news, I started beading the Cranberry bonnet
But I'm not really happy with my bead choice. I think I want something that pops more, so I'm going to take it back and try something else. Which means the hat won't be done tonight... but that's okay.

And finally, Dave decided that we should still do something special on our actual anniversary too, so we ordered Chinese for dinner. I opened my fortune
And said "And that's why we've been together so long." Then he opened his...
Well played cookies.... well played....

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The great knit-cation: Day 6

Tomorrow, Dave and I mark 12 years together, but since today was his only day off this week, we decided to spend today celebrating. And we spent it how any couple who's been together 12 years would... sleeping in, watching movies together, snuggling with the kids (of the feline persuasion) and knitting! (Well I was knitting, I've yet to convince Dave of the virtues of the hobby.)

And that means I got half a project done!
The first of Miss P's Pip Squeaks is off the needles. Like me, she loves ankle socks, so the Pips are perfect. Even though it's listed as a light fingering on Ravelry, the yarn is actually on the heavy side - a little closer to a sport. But they will be nice and warm for winter.

I've got the opposite skein balled up and ready to go, though I'll probably wait until Monday to cast on.  I flirted briefly with the idea of working on Old Town, but in the end I went back to the second Cranberry Bonnet. Like the socks, they are a Christmas gift, and it feels good to be getting it out of the way early. I've actually got all my Christmas shopping done - I just have five things left to make - three hats and two pairs of socks - and two of those items are half done!

But back to the hat. I'll probably get to the beaded portion tomorrow some time, so I went stash diving to see what I had that would work
I'm leaning towards number 4... but what do you think?