Sunday, March 23, 2008

Spring is coming, right?

I feel like it has been winter forever. Or maybe it seems that way because I've been fighting yet another cold this week (maybe it's just the same cold that keeps coming back?). Anyhow the bottom line is, I've been sick and whiny all week and the only thing I have to show for it (aside from a very red nose and scratchy throat) is a finished Mr. Greenjeans.

TA DA!:

(The other bloggers are right, it is really hard to properly photograph oneself.)

I loved this pattern, and the wool was Dream In Color Classy in the Black Parade colourway. This is a yummy Australian Superwash Merino in Aran weight and it knits like a dream. (no pun intended)

In other news. I've been watching the squirrels on my balcony for a while now, and I was able to finally catch some of their antics on film.

Presenting:
Squirrel Acrobatics (okay so I was also playing on Windows Moviemaker this weekend)
video
Brave little fellow.

And finally proof that Spring is here:

(Either that or that is one really confused bird)

I'd like to think that the Robin is right and Spring is just around the corner. It's better than believing Environment Canada's prediction of another six weeks of winter. I don't think I can last that long.

TTFN and KEEP KNITTING!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Let It Snow...Let It Snow...Let It Snow...

Greetings from the Great White North! I had a very productive weekend.

The weather outside was frightful on Saturday. In case you hadn't heard we received about 51cm of snow. We are very close to beating the record winter of '70/'71, in which the total snowfall for that winter was 444.6 cm. After this weekend we have had about 413 cm of snow.

This is what it looked like:
and this is the public deck by my apartment on Sunday:
It was a perfect weekend to knit and watch a movie:
As you can see there is progress on Mr. Greenjeans. This is a pretty fast knit and I hope to have it finished soon.
Well, that's the news from here. Now I have to get ready for work.
TTFN and KEEP KNITTING!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

S-S-S-Swatches!

I have developed an obsession with my DIC Classy.

Here are the swatches for my Mr. Greenjeans:


Note the amazing blend of colour. I LOVE this yarn. It is really soft to knit with, and when washed it's even softer. My only issue with the yarn is an excess of dye, so you should wash the skeins before you start knitting with it (or you end up with funky coloured fingers and needles). I'm not sure if it is unique to this batch, but a number of other people in the KAL have mentioned the same problem. Other than that, it is wonderful. I definitely think that I will buy more of this to make another project. Perhaps the Central Park Hoodie or Mariah or both. (I also seem to be developing an obsession with cabled cardigans)

It's storming here today, so I'm curled up on the couch knitting...until I have to go to work later. This is one of those days where I am really glad I bus to work...I would hate to drive in this weather. Tomorrow is my day off and Friday is my Knitnite, so perhaps by this weekend I'll be able to show quite a bit of progress on my Mr. Greenjeans.

TTFN and KEEP KNITTING!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Winter wildlife...

I'm still here. I did wear the vest for a Valentine's breakfast (both my boyfriend and I were working that night), and I love it. It's warm and fuzzy and wonderful.

I finished the scarf for my secret pal in the Miss Marple exchange. I will post pics after I've mailed it (so I don't spoil the surprise). Currently I've picked up my Fall Turtleneck, and this time I will finish it. At least I'll try my best...I've joined another KAL. Sheri (at The Loopy Ewe) has started a Dream in Color Classy KAL. Basically you pick a sweater pattern you want to make (I'm doing this) and you knit it in DIC Classy. If you finish it by June 1st and post your picture on The Loopy Ewe picture board, you have a chance to win a Loopy Prize Pack. I've had the Mr. Greenjeans in my Ravelry queue for a while now so I'm happy to finally make it. The Classy I chose is Black Parade which has a base of black with hints of brown and blue. As soon as the yarn arrives I will start swatching.

I also figured out what I want to do with my Briggs & Little. I am going to make this. I should have enough wool, but I can't cast on for that until I finish my turtleneck. (Priorities...).

Speaking of the turtleneck, I was working on it the other day when I noticed movement out of the corner of my eye. I looked up and saw this:

I'm not sure what he's thinking, but I think it may be along the lines of: "Hmm...how do I get in there?"

Either that or: "Feed me".

TTFN and KEEP KNITTING!