Monday, November 27, 2006

Shopping, Knitting and Kitties

But first a pic of pure contentment; knitting with my back to the fireplace with my feet up and a kitty lapwarmer. You'll notice I picked the shot that blurred out the feet that are in desparate need of a pedicure.

I booked the day off work today to start on the Christmas shopping, and can you believe it I'm almost done! Here we are not even December yet and I've got just a few small gifts left to buy. This has never before happened in my unorganized life, and I venture to say it will never happen again, but I'm just going to gloat in the glory of shopping-done. Of course I'll still be in a panic on Christmas Eve as I remember someone that I totally forgot to buy for, but then it wouldn't be Christmas otherwise, would it?

Here I've finished the Vogue Knitting Lacy Shawl and it's on the blocking board. I don't usually bother to block but the lace just wasn't showing otherwise. I also wasn't sure of what would be the best way to block since being the cheap bastard that I am I made it out of an unlabeled yarn I bought (I think the shawl cost me $6.42) but just wetting it and stretching and pinning it on the board seemed to do the trick.

Tabitha says "thanks for the shawl Mom!"

Saturday, November 25, 2006

You are The High Priestess

Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education.

The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinctual, supernatural, secret knowledge. She holds scrolls of arcane information that she might, or might not reveal to you. The moon crown on her head as well as the crescent by her foot indicates her willingness to illuminate what you otherwise might not see, reveal the secrets you need to know. The High Priestess is also associated with the moon however and can also indicate change or fluxuation, particularily when it comes to your moods.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The Colour Purple

Dark Purple

To others, you seem a bit dark, mysterious, and moody.
In truth, you are just a very unique person who doesn't care what others think.
And you really enjoy your offbeat interests and friends.
You've decided that life is about living for yourself - simple as that.

I don't know where it came from but I've had a surge of ambition and I've been wrapping up old WIP's. First up is the fleece blanket. I had the scathingly brilliant idea of sewing the two layers together and then doing a blanket stitch around the edges. This turned out to be much harder than I thought because you're sewing yarn through 4 layers of fleece (two sides plus the seam allowances inside). I had to use plyers to pull the needle through for each and every stitch. I had three sides done and then it's sat languishing for the last three years. I then did three others for gifts with just a sewing machine topstitch edge, but the original blanket stitched one never got finished. So that got done this week. Woohoo! And if you didn't guess it that's my favourite knitting spot; I fire up the fireplace, aim the chair at the tv, put my feet up on the footstool and just have at it. My best knitting comes from here; I'm less likely to nod off than if I'm on the couch! lol

And I'm still working on the Vogue Knitting Lacey Shawl (that's it draped over the back of the chair). I figure one or two more evenings knitting and I'll be able to get it blocked. And Tabitha says the fleece blanket is the bestest softest lap blanket ever for those chilly evenings; nevermind the Navajo pillow she has on the floor.

So I'm getting ready to get ready for Christmas. Yes, you read that correctly. I'm starting with lists, as anyone who knows me knows that I do nothing without a list or three, usually along with diagrams and graphs. But this is great news because I usually leave the planning to the last minute because I don't know where to start. And while it all comes together in the end it's not without major stress. So I'm thinking about stocking stuffers, which made me think of stockings. I'd like to make new ones for everyone this year, but I know I'll never be able to knit six stockings before Christmas. Maybe if I sew them? Maybe I can find a nice quilted Christmasy fabric and zip something up on the serger! That's the ticket. Feel free to post any ideas or links you may have. What do you do for stockings?

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Of Daughters and Granddaughters...

DD bought her very first car last weekend. Doesn't she look proud? As well she should. When she was working at that apprenticeship job in grades 11/12 she saved almost every dollar she made. So she's now the proud owner of this '97 Pontiac Sunfire. And with this comes freedom for both of us; she gets to do her own running around, I get to NOT have to drive her everywhere and as a bonus I can send her to the store or for takeout until the novelty wears off! ;)

She also landed an after-school job this week so she'll be able to pay for her gas and insurance. I tell you, this girl rocks!

And this interesting little character watching her Mom get her pics taken is my new granddaughter. Ok, I know it's a doll, but still. DD had this computerized doll for the weekend as part of her parenting course at school. The doll cries and you have a minute to respond by putting a key in it's back and holding it for 20 seconds or so. If you don't respond in time you fail the project because it's recorded as neglect. Shake the baby? Neglect. Lean it too far forward as I keep doing holding it over my shoulder to pat it's back? It cries.

Now DD figured she'd ask for the collicky baby in order to earn bonus marks. Well this baby cried every 9 minutes! I thought that maybe there's an internal clock and it did that during the day but would sleep for an hour or two at night, but apparently this doll is not that sophisticated. It cried every 9 minutes around the clock, and sometimes even after 6 or 7 minutes.

Now to keep the kids honest so they don't unload baby on their parents for the weekend the key is strapped to their wrist with a hospital bracelet so that they can't ditch the doll and run. Well by the second night and knowing DD had had no sleep whatsoever I did what any grandmother would do; I got up at 3am, pulled up a chair next to where she was laying on the couch, put the doll and DD's arm with the key on my lap and told her to sleep for a few hours. That way I could jam the key in the dolls back as necessary and DD could doze off for awhile. I did it again on the third night. Needless to say NO-ONE in the house got any sleep last weekend.

So come Monday morning, DD goes to school and goes to turn the doll in. And what did the teacher say? "Oh, you weren't supposed to get that one; that's the one that's mother was hooked on heroin. I'd better put it away so no-one else gets it..." They gave us a crack baby by mistake! lol

Well DD and her boyfriend have agreed that they are no way ready for a real baby just yet, and I know I'm no way near ready to be a grandmother. Whew! And when the teacher checked the doll there was no neglect recorded at all. DD managed to care for this crack baby all weekend without missing a beat. All I can say is she'd better get a mittful of bonus marks!

In knitting news I've actually been doing some. I've picked up an old WIP, the Vogue Knitting Lacey Shawl. I found the missing yarn for it so I'll actually have enough to finish this project. Hey, I had to do something while babysitting the devil-doll!