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Vino is done! Here's a crappy post about it...

It's 11:30 Saturday night and I just threw out the little bits cut off from weaving in the ends.  Vino is done.  It looks great.  I'm very pleased with it. 

However, I look much like you would expect someone who is sewing up a sweater on a Saturday night to look (compared to someone OUT on a Saturday night) and it's really hot out, so a photo shoot will have to be another time.  Frankly, I'm too tired to even lay it on the rug and snap a photo of it.

But I did want to tell you all it's finished.  And, that finishing the knitting on a sweater coat in the late spring and waiting until late summer to sew it up is pretty dang clever.  I will have a NEW sweater for the Fall without having to whip up something from scratch in September. 

Randomness, 1 day early

Sorry to be away so long.  I've just been doing stuff and more stuff in no particular order:

1. Stairs are painted.  We need to use alkyd paint.  It takes a long time to dry.  No photos yet because decorative mouldings need to be installed (they add some oomph to the stairs and hide the lines where we change colour).  I'm pleased with the results.

2. Saw TWO movies last week.  Tropic Thunder which moved between purile 14-year-old boy humour (which I have a soft spot for) and really funny Vietnam War Movie Satire.  Robert Downey Jr. is my new fantasy boyfriend.  He is awesome in this movie.  Then Hamlet 2 (read the url, hilarious). Cute, indie, funny for the most part.  Can't get Rock Me Sexy Jesus out of my head (WARNING: LINK IS A SPOILER CONTAINS SCENES FROM THE MOVIE).   Both movies had Steve Coogan

3. More movies in my future.  The Toronto International Film Festival opens next week.  How many zombie movies will I see?  Will I get tickets to Burn After Reading (new Coen Bros.!) or will I have to see it when it goes into wide release (didn't get to see No Country for Old Men at the festival last year).  Will I see so many movies that I'll be too tired at work? (I have 15 tickets but will share with Craig.)  Stay tuned.

4. I dug Grey Mist out of the bag and got knitting.  Only about 8 rows before I divide the sleeves and body.  Woohoo!

5. I dug Vino out and will start seaming next chance I get.  Not sure when that will be.

6. I need to ensure that 4000 envelopes are stuffed and delivered by next week.  So far we have printing issues, and no one can find the folding machine.  It is starting to affect my sleep.  This is ridiculous.  I just want it done already.  No, I'm not actually planning to do the stuffing, but will if it becomes necessary.  Crap.

7. I am not ready for the beginning of school next week.  Neither are the kids. 

8. I don't feel like working today.  I need more coffee.

9. I haven't swatched for Baby Cables yet.  I feel very saintly.  This will likely pass.

Found my Fall Must-Have Sweater

While I'm in no way ready for Fall to actually arrive, I have been thinking about what to make for the prime sweater-wearing season.  I have two main criteria in mind: something I can wear to work and something which uses stash yarn.

Linden was in the running and so was Bonnie.  (Isn't the Twist Collective Zine great?!).  I have yarn for both in the stash; Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed in Ash and Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Aran in a beautiful blue repectively.  But both of those are more cavorting-in-the-leaves sweaters.  I will probably make both of them, but not right now.

This is the sweater I need to make.  Baby Cables and Big Ones Too.  It's the feminine version of Cobblestone.  I love that it's dk, I love the little cables.  I love it all.  And, I have some Zara in a pretty Stone colour that will work perfectly.

I'm trying hard not to start it right away though, I have a few things in the work basket that I should pay attention to.  I've been working on my second Vinterblomster mitten since I finished Hip in Hemp (thanks for all the comments, I LOVE this skirt, it wears great), and I need to assemble Vino so I have it to wear this Autumn.  I've also been neglecting my poor Bohus, Grey Mist, which is another good work piece.  I need to take it out, establish where I left off (I keep saying I will take better notes, and never do), and get to work on it.  It's only plain stockinette, nothing more complicated than knitting socks, and still relatively portable.  It's time to get to it.

I did pull the Zara out of the stash last night though and printed and read through the pattern.  I just want one of those three things finished before I get right into this new one.

Is it lunch yet?

From Michelle, a little something to get the tummy rumbling.  This is the Omnivore's Hundred list of foods the gastronomic Andrew Wheeler thinks everyone should try at least once in their lives.

The rules of the meme: bold those you have tried, strikethrough those you wouldn't eat on a bet.

I have a few things I wouldn't eat and a few that I'm not sure about because I don't really know what they are.  I'm not the most adventurous eater (though I was suprised at how many things on this list I've tried).

1. Venison (otherwise known as "free-range beef" at our house.  My father in law and Craig (to a lesser extent) hunt so we eat various kinds of game.)
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari

12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart

16. Epoisses (this may be the cheese Craig tried to poison me with on New Year's.  Evil).
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes

19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream

21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries

23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans

25. Brawn, or head cheese (My grandfather loved head cheese, and the smell of my grandmother cooking it makes my stomach turn.  I may have tasted it as a child but am repressing that memory).
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper (not a whole one, and never again--too hot.  They’re good cooked though).
27. Dulce de leche (my mom always made it for almost-stale cake, though I suppose it would be the french version)
28. Oysters

29. Baklava (I prefer Loukoumades for Greek dessert)
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl

33. Salted lassi (didn’t know until I looked it up; my next door neighbours are Indian and brought us this drink to celebrate Eid.)
34. Sauerkraut

35. Root beer float

36. Cognac with a fat cigar

37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly
39. Gumbo
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala

48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
(just a bite, didn’t like it)
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini

58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian

66. Frogs’ legs (but I’ve seen kids on a survival camp catch their own frogs and eat the legs; they were hungry!)
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake

68. Haggis

69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho

72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill (Bambi; it was freshly hit by my FIL’s truck).

76. Baijiu
Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail

79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky (or something similar).
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers

89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam (well Klik, the Canadian spam)
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake


Happy, Happy, Hip in Hempy

What might this be?


Woohoo! It's done and I'm Hip in Hemp.


While it's a bit shorter than the pattern said it would be, it's the perfect length for me and the fit is great.


I put the elastic in after I finished (the alternate instructions are found here on Ravelry) and it fits very nicely (I'm not showing you my middle, just believe me). It's soft, funky and I wore it to work.

It looks quite Missoni and one co-worker said it didn't look knitted; I took that as a compliment.


My front garden looks pretty good too eh? It was a tiny front lawn before we dug it up and planted stuff. It's a work in progress for us new gardeners--I see lots of groundcover like periwinkles, thyme and violets. Stuff I don't have mow.

PS: I went to Lettuce Knit last night.  I can paint next week when the kids go to my Mom's.

Should I...

Go to Lettuce Knit for Wednesday knit night (and pick up my new reeds)


Go home and finish painting my stairs?

Context:  I've been working on the stairs for almost a year (well, not faithfully, I've probably only spent a month of evenings on them, maybe less).  They used to look like this and that runner was pure dirt (so disgusting).  After the carpet was removed they looked like this and I stripped off all the gook and glue and gook and stuff and they've been bare wood since the spring.  I've been home alone all week and spent my evenings washing, sanding, and priming and I could put the first coat on all the steps before people come back home tomorrow. 

I'm not sure of the consequences if I don't since they will probably need to be swept before I do the other 2-3 coats anyway since we need to use the stairs to get to the bedrooms and bathroom (we have a second powder room in the basement so it's not super inconvenient, though I don't fancy camping in the living room).  The trick is to avoid having to do the super clean on them again before I do more coats.

I also plan to paint the banister and post, but that isn't so important because we don't walk on it.

The other rub:  Right now I'm using leftover trim paint in a colour I love (Benjamin Moore Natural Linen) and am painting the entire step--easy (I'll need more paint so I can do a higher gloss for the next coat(s)).  I wanted to do something like this, which involves painting the treads a super-dark brown--way less easy.  Cutting in along the wall for every step is totally masochistic right? 

Of course, I could go to LK for a couple of hours, go home and paint myself up the stairs so they could dry over night. 

I think even 3 days alone is too much; I'm talking crazy.

Remembering Summer (you know, when it was actually warm and sunny)

Okay, who stole the summer weather?  It's been pretty crappy the last week: cold, rainy, cloudy, extra rainy and not hot enough.  It's only August 12th and I want summer back.

A day like last Wednesday when we headed down to the beach for sand and swimming.  (Not Thursday when we went to Wild Water Kingdom and there was lightening and they closed the park after we'd been there only 2 hours).


Wish I was there right now...

*Okay, I'm addicted to this mosaic thing.  It really makes blogging a lot easier.  If you think it's too much I'll stop...maybe.

Blogging Back Log - Stitch'n'Pitch Edition

I had a great week of vacation.  I was so busy lazing about that I didn't find time to blog. 

I'm still deciding whether to cram into one long post, or spread it out since I don't have much content on the horizon now that I'm back at work.

Let's see what happens... (added later: one topic it is, I need to get some work done!)

After our lovely time at the cottage we headed back to Toronto to attend the 2nd Annual Blue Jay's Stitch'n'Pitch.  I'm no fan of baseball, but it's still fun to drink overpriced Bud and sit amongst my people watching overpaid men play with bats and balls (both their own, and the equipment of the game).  I brought the whole family and even did some knitting, starting a new generic sock, just 'cause.


Some clever person knit the Mascot his own hat and my guys had a good time watching the action. The Jays managed to win in the bottom of the 9th inning making the whole thing quite exciting. Emma had a blast and was quite the Ham.

Emma at Stitch'n'Pitch

She managed to get in almost every picture; even sneaking in while I tried to take one of Emily behind me.

Emily and Emma at Stitch'n'Pitch

Global news was there and the kids and I were even on the 11 o'clock news. Can't find the streamed video though.  

Thanks to the Toronto organizers for pegging me as a knitting celebrity and giving me a couple of tickets.  It totally stroked my vanity and we had a great time.

What the heck do you do with a table runner?

Take a little scenic inspiration:

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Add some lovely holiday-induced free time, and voila:

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It's a table runner in a log cabin pattern.  I wanted to try it out because it's an easy thing to weave that looks complicated.  But what the heck am I supposed to do with a table runner?

First off, we only have one table in our house and it's ALWAYS full of stuff.  We usually have to clear stuff off of it to eat on it, so having a table runner doesn't seem too wise.

Craig and I both think it works as a scarf. 

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It's made with Butterfly cotton, so it's a warmer weather scarf.  Ya, that sounds good to me...