Friday, March 28, 2008
The past few days have been rough. I have been, admittedly, spoiled with Iain. He is a pleasant boy and usually only fusses when he’s hungry, has to pee, or needs to sleep. The past three days have been whiney, whiney, and, oh yes, whiney. In fact, the week has been full of all sorts of whining from Iain, Para and myself, compounded by runny noses, receiving blankets being turned into giant hankies (more environmentally friendly and MUCH easier on wee Iain’s skin), etc, etc. You get the picture. Some of you are there right along with us as I type.
Now, let’s see what else we might have in common.
Everyone does this, right? You have been living in a place for months and then, just before you go on a flight, say, across Canada, you decide that that window simply cannot remain without a blind for a minute longer. I mean, really! How did you survive that long (since moving in August 1, 2007?) without one? It screams for a blind! You haven’t been able to let in natural light for ages because the brown paper solution (a great one from one of my SILs that I highly recommend if you’re in a bind and need some privacy by the way) has run its course. You must get sewing now! This despite the fact that no packing is done, laundry needs to be washed, let alone sorted, and there is every indication that the twitch above your eye may be affecting your eyesight.
My MIL and I had a discussion about this when we were in British Columbia. She’s wise, that one. She said that humans seem to need a deadline to get things done. Therefore, travel, company, etc act as that deadline for those of us who don’t have them set for us by a 9 – 5 working environment. Hmm. Perhaps I should be setting up for more company because we have many, many things needing doing in this house. The windows are just the start…
So, here’s what I was doing two nights before we left. Our trusty ‘before’ shot:
Here’s me last night.
It’s done. I just need to find a cleat to fasten the cord to. That might take weeks. Or, at least until the next time we have somebody over. Mind you, I found the ingenious way my engineer husband found to keep the blind up rather useful.
Anyways, what’s to whine about? Looky what I found in my backyard yesterday afternoon!?!
They’re Nova Scotia hostas so I assume they know what they’re doing even though I’m very concerned about them right now.
They are coming up despite the fact that it’s not yet the end of March (spring doesn’t come to this end of the country before the end of March. It’s the rules) and they have snow on them again from this morning.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Yes, I did complete my Booga bag and, thus, the DH Challenge. I completed the project shortly after my last post and managed to get it fulled and dried before we got back on the aeroplane for Nova Scotia.
I also managed to photograph the several feet of knitted I-cord that I’d completed before beginning to full this project.
I can’t tell you exactly how long it was because, erm, I just knit it until I ran out of wool. The Knitting Goddess was smiling on me though – I had exactly enough for my bag without trimming off even a wee bit. Whew!
Why yes, that is snow on my completed Booga Bag photograph taken just this morning on my back step. It’s hovering at 0 degrees Celcius here right now. It is also snowing. Before we left Saanichton, FIL mowed the lawn again. Sigh.
I’m also proud of my 2008 record. That’s two FO’s in three months. Not too shabby!
I had hoped to have more lovely spring in Victoria (Saanichton) completed (fulled and all) Booga Bag pictures for you but, alas, a couple of days before we left BC, Iain and I came down with a bad cold. The kind of cold that means it’s a good thing I don’t do podcasts as I sound like a frog. And there’s a Humidifier going at all hours in this house. And both Iain and I (or DH for that matter) do not sleep through the night as one or the other is up coughing. That kind of cold. And we still have it.
Due to feeling terrible the last couple of holiday days, I didn’t get a chance to grace the inside of any of the lovely little fibre shops in the Victoria area of Vancouver Island. Oh well. There is always the next time. I have something lovely in mind from my LYS anyway (just have a peek here. I’m sure I can be tempted by something…).
I can proudly boast to having completed the DH Challenge. Now I just need to get Iain and I healthy enough to head out to my LYS to shop. Give me a couple of weeks…
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
To complete the requirements of the DH Challenge, I now need to knit 5 to 6 feet (yeah, I said feet. God. Help. Me) of I-cord. It's only comprised of 5 stitches though. I think I can, I think I can! Actually, I've got two feet already knitted. I'm pretty sure I can.
In case you were wondering what I'm up to, I'm knitting like the wind!
Saturday, March 15, 2008
I think Iain did an admirable job traveling yesterday. We barely made our first flight and we were all very, very tired. We flew direct Halifax to Calgary and then onto Vancouver, without disembarking in Calgary. Then it was a short hop to Victoria, Vancouver Island.
Naturally, Iain developed a cough the day before we left. We gave him a wee bit of Infant Tylenol before landing in Calgary. He seemed to be in a bit of pain on descent but the medication kicked in and he was able to nurse and never did win the "Loudest Screeching Baby on an Aeroplane Award". He was in fine company with a ten month and sixteen month old also in the seats around us (they were excellent too). And, for those curious minds, Iain does not mind using aeroplane toilets one little bit.
As for the knitting, well, trying to entertain Iain and ourselves considering how little sleep we had had meant my knitting performance was mediocre to say the least. DH has challenged me to finish “ONE WIP THIS TRIP!” and win new project yarn! I have until o’dark early on Easter Sunday when we fly off into the blue yonder once more. Knit, Fibreholic, knit!
Here’s a progress shot on the one WIP that might make my challenge deadline. I wonder does it have to be fulled (made into felt) too…? Let’s just keep that part a secret between you and me, K? Although I did remember my zippered pillowcase, just in case…
Maggie, the cat, was helping me with my Booga bag photo shoot. She is one of my cat-in-laws. She is one discerning cat - that's 100% wool Noro Kureyon, Col. 166 that she's so interested in.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Now, let’s summarise Iain’s travel experience. Week three saw him travel from Ottawa to Middleton, Nova Scotia by Volkswagen Vanagon and one three hour ferry ride – that would be about 1000 km’s. In October, he went on his first aeroplane ride - to and from Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. That was a 1.5 hour flying trip one way. In December, he made a driving trip to Moncton, NB and return. In February, Iain was back on the three-hour ferry again as we were en route to Sugarloaf, Maine for his first ski trip. Well, in Iain’s case, his first "being pulled along behind us in the toboggan" trip. And now, on Friday, Iain embarks on his first across North American tour.
Iain doesn’t seem to do anything in small steps does he? He’s only 8 months old, he’s already grown out of his size 6 – 12 month Robeez, he started crawling at age 7 months and one day, and he’s going to go on a 7.5 hour aeroplane trip on Friday.
One of my friend’s told me that her biggest challenge when her children were at this age were the quickly changing stages. Even if you didn’t like the current stage, you got used to it. As soon as you did that, it changed again. Iain is at the moving stage. What are the chances that there will be over a hundred sympathetic parents on this direct Halifax to Vancouver flight who are really interested in entertaining a very mobile 8 month old? Fellow passengers who are willing to give up aisle time (for the crawling baby) and prioritise the bathroom (for the infant potty trained baby)?
I’m hopeful though. Although I haven’t started packing, I have started the laundry. I figure that’s step one. I also have my knitting projects chosen. I have one ‘quick and dirty’ (see here), Chase is coming with me as is Iain’s chevron sweater.
You’d think I’d stick to one, say, Iain’s sweater to ensure it was finished before he grew out of it, right? Unfortunately, the chevron sweater is rather like a very, very good book that you keep putting down because it’s so good you want to postpone the ending as long as possible. Knitting with the yarn for that project is so gorgeous that I don’t want it to end. That and I’m also sensing a train wreck off in the distance. You know the one. The one that’s screaming in a tiny voice "you have just started the first sleeve and that really doesn’t look like enough yarn to finish the project. Not only that, the hand dyed yarn you bought was ‘one of a kind’. There’s no possible way of getting more." One could say I’m postponing the inevitable due to the train whistle in the distance. Have faith though. I have a great vest pattern picked out…
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
You can probably guess why I’m called Chase. In fact, you can probably see the wee ripper in the background. That’s what my knitter and I do. We chase the wee ripper around.
Now, I wouldn’t tell just anyone this but the wee ripper makes me feel vulnerable. He just plain scares me. He grabbed me by my sensitive parts once. Yeah, that’s right, by the needles. I shudder just thinkin’ about it. With him too close, I always feel like I might come…I hate to even say the word…unravelled….
Luckily, while my knitter was on her ski trip, she found this real cool bag (purchased at the Gold/Smith Gallery) to hold me in.
Gotta go. The wee ripper is on the prowl again. I like it when he’s on the move. After a nice crawl session for the wee ripper, I feel like I’ve grown! With any luck, my knitter and I will be chasing the wee ripper around until I’m completed. After that, get this, my knitter has promised me a lady love to hang around with. Crawl, baby, crawl!
Sunday, March 02, 2008
I am very pleased to have an FO to show you - my first FO of 2008 and I am very proud. These pictures were taken by my talented SIL. They are just gorgeous and I have her permission to use them on my blog. Lucky me!
I am so very proud to introduce our one and only niece to my faithful blog readers. Isn’t she gorgeous?
Yes, I am also very pleased with how the hat turned out and equally pleased that it seems to fit her so well.
This design is the "Birthday Cake Hat" from Susan B. Anderson’s Itty Bitty Hats book – I highly recommend adding this book to your library!
Yarn: Lano Wool Gatto in colours White (8000) and Pink (13262). The yellow yarn for the flame is from a ball of Rowan Pure Wool DK in Yellow (032). All of this wool was gorgeous to work with.
Changes to Original Design: Not many. My niece just turned three and the two sizes in the book are for ages one and two. However, I just increased the same amount again as the difference between ages one and two and voila! A three year old birthday hat! And easy math for a math challenged knitter such as myself.
Future Improvements: Although I really like how this hat turned out, I think that the pink yarn I used was too high of a contrast against the white. Therefore, when I knit this hat again, I will look for a much lighter pink/blue contrast yarn.
Yup, she's a doll!