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Halloween

I love Halloween.  It's a low-stress, non-religious, non-controversial holiday.  No family fights, no long travels, just a pizza, some costumes and a whole lot of candy.

This year we had a Ninja and a Devil.

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Or the more scary version with nifty jack'o'lanterns

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While they were out raiding the neighbourhood I stayed home to give out candy. To ten kids. Including my two. This is our first halloween at the house and I guess we're not on the path to Candyland. Just means more for us I suppose. Just a block away they hit the jackpot and came home with this:

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It's a lot of candy. A lot. And it's good.

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Yes, Craig is pouring sugar into my son. Emma is pouring liquid sugar into herself. That, my friends, is the true meaning of Halloween.


Yep, work is a tad slow...

Which sci-fi crew would you best fit in with? (pics)
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You scored as Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)

You have entered the dark side of the Star Trek universe. The paradise of Earth is far from you and you must survive despite having enemies on all fronts. But you wouldn't have it any other way because you thrive in conflict and will know what needs to be done to take care of those around you. Now if only the Founders would quit trying to take over the galaxy.

Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)

88%

Moya (Farscape)

75%

Heart of Gold (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

75%

Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)

63%

Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)

56%

Enterprise D (Star Trek)

56%

Serenity (Firefly)

56%

Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)

56%

Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)

44%

Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)

38%

SG-1 (Stargate)

38%

Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)

38%

FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)

13%


Uh oh...

27%

So, watching a lot of zombie movies is not going to help me.  But at least Ken has got me thinking about my strategies.

It's the damn "loved ones" questions that are getting me.  Must learn to turn on a cold heart if (when?) the zombie apocalypse comes. 


This will be addictive

They don't call it Crack Silk Haze for nothing.

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Kaffe Fassett is a genius.

Why use one colour of kidsilk haze when you can use 10?  And why use them one at a time when you can hold two strands together and make more colours?

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Doing this creates a more subtle and deep colour combination and it is beautiful.  The light tones mute the bright ones and the bright ones add dimension to the subtle ones.   It was impossible to photograph in a way that shows the combinations.  I'll try again when the light is better.

And it is super super soft.

I need a new coat and it must match this scarf since I plan on wearing it a lot.  I'm really liking this one (and it's not black because it'll be covered in ksh).

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It does feel dressy, so I plan to try this one too (both are from The Gap).  I love toggle coats.  But stripes and plaid?

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Finishing Frenzy

Knitting-wise this has been a rather productive week.

I had some meetings where I could knit which allowed me to finish my monkey socks:

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They're a bit fraternal (one definitely has more brown) but I don't care.  They fit perfectly and they were fun to knit and the Oak Grove sock yarn (from Rhinebeck 2005) was fantastic to knit with.

I departed from my usual toe-up, short row heel formula and worked the pattern as written, except I did my first eye of partridge heel.  The look and fit is perfect and it's making me rethink my preference for short row heels (which I still suck at--my short rows are never quite right).

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I also had fun with my this-year Rhinebeck purchase.  I made myself Matador from last Fall's Knitscene.  It was so easy I had the whole thing done in 4 days.  And I rather like it.

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It could be a smidge bigger and I may go back and rip and redo since I have almost a full skein left (but, realistically, probably not).  I think it looks fine no?

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The yarn is Beth Ann from Briar Rose fibers and has the niftiest little flecks of blue in it.  It's also lovely to work with.  I can see myself using it again. 

Tonight I'm vacillating between finishing the first piece of Roam or starting my Earth Stripe Wrap now that all the colours are in.  Maybe I'll do a bit of both.


Finishing Frenzy

Knitting-wise this has been a rather productive week.

I had some meetings where I could knit which allowed me to finish my monkey socks:

Monkey_socks

They're a bit fraternal (one definitely has more brown) but I don't care.  They fit perfectly and they were fun to knit and the Oak Grove sock yarn (from Rhinebeck 2005) was fantastic to knit with.

I departed from my usual toe-up, short row heel formula and worked the pattern as written, except I did my first eye of partridge heel.  The look and fit is perfect and it's making me rethink my preference for short row heels (which I still suck at--my short rows are never quite right).

Monkey_heel

I also had fun with my this-year Rhinebeck purchase.  I made myself Matador from last Fall's Knitscene.  It was so easy I had the whole thing done in 4 days.  And I rather like it.

Matador_on_the_florr

It could be a smidge bigger and I may go back and rip and redo since I have almost a full skein left (but, realistically, probably not).  I think it looks fine no?

Matador_done_done

The yarn is Beth Ann from Briar Rose fibers and has the niftiest little flecks of blue in it.  It's also lovely to work with.  I can see myself using it again. 

Tonight I'm vacillating between finishing the first piece of Roam or starting my Earth Stripe Wrap now that all the colours are in.  Maybe I'll do a bit of both.


Yarn Power

I arrive home from Rhinebeck on Monday tired but happy.  The house is empty since my arrival coincides with the end of Brownies and Craig is out picking up the kids.  There is a big box in the door.  It's too big to be kidsilk haze (yes I caved and the rest of the Earth Stripe stole is on its way) so what is it?

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Yum.

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Yarn and home preserves from my friend Deena.  I met Deena through her partner Richard, a friend of Craig's the the best man at our wedding.  We lost touch after we left Thunder Bay, but through the power of yarn, Deena found me through Knitty and we've been chatting yarn, politics and life over email.  This box was a very nice special gift and we really appreciate it. 

Delicious too.  Everything is natural, including the yarn, most of which was locally produced except for one ball of Beaverslide for which I owe Deena a smack  a hug.  It's gorgeous and available and I want some.


The Knitters

While I love love love playing with all the yarnie goodness at Rhinebeck, I really go because of the people I get to see.  My people.  The ones who are as enthusiastic about yarn and knitting as I am and who don't think I'm a bit weird and all that.

Hell, we even dress alike.  There were Danskos and Keens everywhere (they're good for showing off your socks).

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Mine are the black ones with the stripey socks.  Next are Jacquie's and the brown ones are Jess'.  She not only runs Ravelry and is awesome, she has 3 pairs of Marcelle Danskos (red ones even).

And Jess and her crew throw a great party I'm told.  We arrived a tad late after our distrust of google maps led us on a country drive and then a town drive and then a drive all over the universe.  We did find the party, had a beer with the Ravelry-ers and did the Sunday meet up.  It was great.  You can see Jess' photos here, I forgot to take some.

I spent Saturday with my friends Laura, Keri and Emily and ran into Claudia (who I didn't talk with for long enough), Laura, Michelle (I totally *need* to visit you!), Steph, Juno, J and her "ready for Nascar tire changing crew" and a whole bunch of other people I'm not remembering. 

Sunday there was more hanging with The Knitters topped off by a lovely end of the afternoon merlot (they were out of beer!) with Rachael, Maia, Brooke, Alison, Veronik, and other people I'm forgetting and I apologize to you all.

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But you can see we're very happy when we're together.

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And so sad when we have to say goodbye.

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The day ended with a great dinner in Red Hook with Brooke, Maia, Rachael and Keri.  And everyone offered a place to stay and each other's homes should A Knitter be in their neighbourhood.  It felt like summer camp but with better food, wine and yarn. 


Bag'o'Rhinebeck

It's 4pm and I'm at work, not getting much done because I'm thinking about my trip.

I had a fabulous time. My pal Keri is a super-fantastic travelling companion and we got on swimmingly. We just clicked and wanted to do all the same things and we were both happy and it was easy. I like easy.

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The drive was good. Long, but good. The border slowed us up both ways, but that's how these things go. It didn't matter because on the way there we were GOING TO RHINEBECK and on the way back we were full of good yarn and fun times and new and old friends and the scenery was so beautiful and the weather was fine (hard to photograph from a moving car, just trust me). (Oh, and I got a 40 of Bacardi for $14 CDN which all Canadians know is a STEAL).

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I didn't shop a whole lot. In fact it all fit in my Everlasting Bagstopper which I finished on the trip down. This is a great bag for Rhinebeck because it grows.

I'm not turning into Claudia (who I got to hug and chat bikes with for too short a time while I was waiting in line for lamb skewers and lamb ravioli) and not stashing, but I'm feeling pretty happy with my stash and my ravelry queue that I didn't need to do more than touch and gush for the most part (well and "help" others with their purchases).

Here it all is on the hotel bedspread (sorry the scary cover hides the pretty yarn).

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I'll try to blog it all later, but the highlight was a visit to my favourite Rhinebeck vendor, Chris at Briar Rose fibers.  I'm using her Fourth of July dk for Roam and it is gah-gorgeous (the colour of Rhinebeck right now) and I wanted more so I picked up 3 balls of Beth Ann (a chunky weight) to make a Matador bolero from last Fall's Knitscene (the issue with the Central Park Hoodie).  I love orange, but it doesn't suit my complexion so this was a good compromise.  It's squooshy and beautiful and I will cast it on tonight whilst watching The Tudors.

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Then I also found the perfect matching button.  I feel a good fun knit coming on.

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So the yarn was good.  But the people are better.  I'll talk about that more next time.  I really do need to get back to work so I can get home to my new yarn.