I started this bear in the fall and finally did the face this weekend. He is for the Mother Bear Project and I have already made one. I have to send them off now. I feel bad that it has taken me so long, but I think it is because I am not wild about the pattern. Plus I can't ever seem to make a nice face! Have to work on that. (please excuse the crummy photo- light is too bright today causing an oddly dark photo and a glowing berry-wierd)
Friday night Paul rented Downfall and I could not even watch the first 2 mintues without wanting to cry so I went away and knit a strawberry instead. See him? Perched on the bear? He doesn't have a mouth because the ones I kept making seemed mean. So now he is merely perplexed and mouthless. I used the first and last halves of Jess's Odd fellow pattern.
We had a great weekend, mainly because our realtor was away all week for march break and we were without the stomach churning anxiety of house hunting. We went thrifting, for a greasy eggs breakfast, a long walk, a tea break and lots of relaxing and crafting. Ahhh.
I suppose I should mention that today is *YAWN* election day around these parts. There is a horrifying chance that the conservatives will get the most votes, so yawning is actually a bad reaction. A better reaction would be to rush about the streets harassing everyone to please! For the love of GOD! Vote NDP!!!!!
Thanks for all the comments on my egg picture! I was surprised because I don't know if I love it exactly. I am still getting used to the old Wacom! But the comments just made me smile-:)
My favorite news around here is Beta has started a blog! One of my oldest and bestest pals and her baby are on the air. Now you can finally meet Kaspar. He is who I made the Jess bear for and I am so crazy about the first baby in my circle of friends.
He is also the recipient of one of my first knitting projects, these hats.
Here he is wearing one- the cuteness!
I made a hat!
This time it's for me to wear and wore it I did. It itches. I think I will sew in a polar fleece liner. It is schoeller stahl wonder wool (half wool half acrylic) with some icelandic Lett-Lopi on top where I ran out of the other stuff. Of course I couldn't resist a litttle niblet on top and I am very pleased with the spiraly top where it decreases. Yay for learning new skills!
Paul thanks you for all the birthday wishes! "HIS DAY" on friday was fun. The bowling was tiny and cute, I found a pretty shirt at value villlage and we saw "Walk the Line" which I really liked. Who cares if it was described as a "chick flick with an edge" by the snotty paper. Joaquin was sexy and Reese is cool. Plus the MUSIC! Come on, awesome.
Saturday was the Crafternoon Tea show. It was so great. Man, Toronto has some groovy ladies making beautiful things! Chatting again to Laural and Kim was lovely! It was hard not to spend all my money, but I managed not to because I got too sleepy by the end. Besides I am pretty sure a lot of the same people will be at the next show I am in at the Gladstone on Dec 1. And there I will spend because there will be beer.
This is a lump, er , flower I made on sunday while drinking a cup of tea and listening to Writers and company on CBC.
The weekend was good and Dim sum was awesome as usual. It was a special one because Karina and hubby Jason were in town and Karina invited Krissy and hubby Paul! Todd came too which was a good because I have not seen him in ages- hi Todd! Sunday I got a pile of things silkscreend and ready to go. I hope there is good stuff on tv tonight because I have to iron it all next - snore.
My Christmas cards are at the printer and are poised to be for sale! I will ofcourse let you know when it happens.
My computer did a wierd thing today - it went to sleep like normal and then I could not wake it up! Then its inner fan thing started to whirr like crazy and I still couldn't wake it up. I eventually called the store and he said I have to bring it in if it does it again and to unplug it. Horrors. I did and re started it and it seems ok again. I am afraid to let it go to sleep in case it (whisper) dies...please stay normal little guy! I need you! and you cost me an arm and a leg!!
I am so so so exited about Jess's new knitting pattern book which you can buy here for only 8 bucks!!
It looks so pretty, I can't wait to get my hands on one.
Attention all you babies out there, there might be an unusual toy in your future for you to enjoy.
The bear is coming along! It's really fun to be learning little tricks that I didn't know before, like how to add on arms by picking up stitches. I am loving this knitting stuff because it is so skill specific. There is a project for every skill level and you can see your own improvement.
Saturday was another one of those types of days I just love. We met our friend Sam for Dim sum and stuffed ourselves silly, then continued on in Kensington Market, which if you haven't been to Toronto, is a great neighborhood with a ton of veggie, cheese, bread, health food and vintage clothing shops. Sort of like a mini Camden Market in London. Anyway, I got a bunch of bagels and fresh fall apples, some honey and tea. Then we decied to go to college street where I sat on a sunny patio and had a cappucino while Paul went and looked in a book store. Later we split up and I went to the library on the way home. I got some great books, including America Knits. I am totally enjoying reading through it, not for the patterns, but the mini biographies on a ton of knitters. I love reading about how people live their lives and do what they love, it is so interesting!
Another book I found is Baby Style by debbie bliss, which apart from being impossibly cute, also had instructions on how to do swiss darning. I had never heard of it before but it was just what I needed to spruce up my third attempt at the gnomey hat.
Momentarily, we are rushing off to Paul's mum's for the full on no holds barred Thanksgiving feast. Woo! Thank god for mum's, how does one pull togther a feast of such greatness?? I am not sure I could...though I guess one day I might.
Happy Thanksgiving Canadians!
Today is a bonus day! I don't have to picket at all like I thought! Our hours are reduced and I had enough added up already - now I have thursday and Friday totally free! I should pop in and place my ratification vote at some point in the day Friday though.
I have tidied up my inbox, gone to aquafit, had some lunch and now I am screening the above little ladies to be made in to pillow/doll type things, inspired by Rosa's little ones.. I ♥ hers! Next will be a bird in the same size.
I made this screen a long time ago and never really used it, so I am glad they will become something.
And thank you all for all your great congrats messages from yesterday! It'll be great to be back at my job and in to my routine and YES more regular visits to the sushi place! mmmm...
I heard some noise yesterday while I was puttering away in my room, and lo and behold! The girl cat had knocked over the knitting bag and was trotting through the house with this yarn in her teeth! It was like a cartoon, the string went through three rooms and wound round the door frames. She was very exited that I might play string with her and meowed hopefully. I was a disapointment though. I wound it all back up and put it away! What a boring cat owner! I did leave the wool in a place in the bag so she can grab it again though, she'l like that.
♥ have a great weekend everyone! ♥
Would you look at how cute this is?? So neat to see a REAL kiddie enjoying the book! That is just how it looked in my brain too.
Also, I am loving Kim's new website! I am really looking forward to visiting her at the Word on the Street festival at Queen's Park this SUNDAY ( not saturday!). We have almost been in the same place at the same time a bunch of times, maybe this time we will actually meet?
Yesterday I checked out the amazing show of Anna Torma's embroideries. WOW! Eleven years worth of work and absolutley stunning in person. I wish there was a better example of the great stuff she does online. This show goes to Thunder Bay and then to Hamilton. WAIT!!!! gasp, I have discovered she has a website now! Good golly, now I can show you.
Another find from the labour day weekend ( man, September is going by fast!! ) is this crazy thrift find-
PS- Any kids out there who have a coloring book page they would like to show me? I would love to fatten up my photo album of finished pages!!
♥Here's how - so easy! ♥
OOH, check this out! I just discovered this artist on the site of the tranzac craft fair. How awesome are these glass robot pendants??
I wonder if he would want to trade at the fair...ooh please please...
I have been missing doing drawings for Illustration Friday! I seem to be out of practice as I didn't really like what I came up with for this topic. I was going to say all sorts of things, but as I sat down to the computer I also turned on the news to hear of another attempted attack in London, 2 weeks to the day later. I feel ill hearing it. It sounds like no one was killed. My sister in law's visa has been delayed so they are not in London yet.
To me Karma, this weeks topic, has something to do with being quiet, reflective. Flowers came to mind!
It is a nebulous thing, but is something about paying attention to yourself so you treat people the way you want to be treated.
In jucier news Trudie at Hip Knits has spoiled me absolutley rotten!
Good weekend stuff-
Dim sum, going to the library, making some fresh pesto and a nice lentil feta salad, as well as going swimming a couple of times to cool off.
Most thrillingly, in my opinion, is hearing news of one of my oldest closest friends having her baby! They named him Kaspar, and even though I know it happens all the time, I am floored by the whole thing. I can't wait to meet him.
I keep trying the heart icon by pressing all those keys together like Pammymela and Julie suggested in my last comments
but I can't seem to get it right!
thanks for the other acronyms too!
I did this sassy little lady for Trudie at Hip Knits! She will be used on notecards to be included with her orders. Trudie has beautiful hand crafted, hand dyed yarns, check it out!
Well, it's hot. ( despite the image with a scarf on!) Hotter than I can recall. It is forecast to be 35C everyday this week, so that means our bedroom is at least 33C all night long. Whine. I have lived in this apartment ( top floor, on a main street) for nearly 8 years and every year I consider getting an air conditioner, but then I don't. I have always been really concerned with conserving energy (and my hydro bill) but lately, visions of blissful A/C are dancing in my head...I wish my body would conserve the coolness I get during my 4 hour shift at work and I could use it later on!
Anyway, us Canadians, all we do is yak about the weather!
I went to aquafit at the Y this morning though so I feel ok.
It has been a bit of a shakey morning, I gave a user ID to someone at work I shouldn't have ( CRINGE ). How embarassing. But the pool made it all ok.
Yesterday my mum and I went to look at the creative sewing show. A lot of it was a bit twee, but there were a few things that really had me exited!
Just in case your barbies were cold...
I have mentioned how I love the looks of tree branches but can't seem to draw them nicely, so I decided to try tracing! I like how this turned out. We have a ton of tree books at my library, so one day I photocopied a few of the ones I liked. I think I better try and photgraph a few while I still have bare branches around. That is ofcourse, if spring EVER comes. We had a fresh dusting of snow overnight! UGH!
Here is what a little TV time and a girl who thinks she knows how to knit will come up with! A oddly phallic mushroom hat for the ceramic dog who lives on top of the TV. I was thinking of a long tube to make into a leg of some imagined creature, but instead the knitting flipped halfway through and I decreased the stitches ending up with this odd number. All is not lost however! It gave me a good idea to try and make a little knitted ghosty finger puppet! Inspired completely by Kraf-O-La's rockin' ghost lamps! This project I will attempt over Easter. I know, maybe rabbits would be more seasonal, but ghosts are good at all times of the year.
The good news is, I made my first ever knitted hat! (applause)
The bad news is, this is what is left of it! (booo)
It ended up being too short, just above the ears, so I crochetted some length. The crochet was too TIGHT so I tried to unravel that and ended up snipping then snapping threads - oh it was ugly. Now it is living in a plastic bag, and I am trying again! This new hat may be ok, despite the messy first few rows. You'll see what I mean when I am done. It looks a bit like a dog's breakfast, but it's MY dog's breakfast, so I am proud.
Oh how I love Saturdays. I used to have a job that had me working almost every weekend for nearly TEN years! (minus summers thank goodness). I finally left it this fall, and it's so nice to have weekends again.