All About Meme

Allison and Kimberley have tagged me in the latest meme that is making the rounds! I admit I like memes, so here we go!

1.) What was I doing ten years ago?
I was 19, and just wrapping up my second year of university at Trent (in Peterborough, Ontario). I flew out to British Columbia and spent a couple weeks in Vancouver and Victoria. I remember being in Lion’s Bay, and having breakfast down by the water. Everything in front of me was so vast, and I was sitting on a rock with a bowl of Cheerios. I felt so small, like I could have fit on the head of a pin.

2) What are five (non-work) things on my to-do list for today:
- shave legs
- sunless tan (I have to wear a sleeveless, knee-length shift dress to a semi-formal dinner tomorrow night, and my pasty limbs need the help)
-set the alarm clock for an hour earlier (have to get up really early tomororw)
- pack my golf clothes and my dinner dress (I work for an organization that has ties with Prince Edward, who is currently in Canada. I’ll be at a golf tournament and a dinner with him tomorrow night. Not just me, about 50 other people, too. I’m not golfing, I’ll be there in a work capacity)
- pilates
I just realized that’s all partially work related, except for the pilates. I don’t write lists for non-work stuff!

3) Snacks I enjoy:
- peanut butter, eaten directly from the jar with a spoon
- cereal
- edamame (steamed with a bit of lime juice, salt and pepper- it’s heaven!)
- McVittie’s chocolate digestive biscuits

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
Tell everyone that I got a job as a travel writer, travel, live modestly, and not tell anyone about the billions. Money changes people, and it changes people’s perception of you, and I like my life the way it is now. I’d never want my family or friendships to be tainted by suddenly being perceived as a human cashpoint machine. I’d donate a lot to charity,set up some education grants, maybe some programmes for underprivledged kids, pay for schooling for any of my friends or family who needed/wanted it, and buy some beautiful holiday homes around the world. I’d only tell very close friends and family the truth.

Who am I kidding- I’d by myself a black Audi TT and drive on the freaking Autobahn as fast as the car will physically go. Woo-hoo!

5) Places I have lived:
- Sudbury (Canada)
- Peterborough (Canada)
- Istanbul (Turkey)
- Toronto (Canada, and where I currently live)

6) Jobs I have had:
- Shop assistant
- Confidential Secretary
- English Teacher
- Programme Coordinator
- Executive Assistant

Kimberley had a few extra questions added in, so I’ll choose my three and list them here:

Q: Do you still sleep with a stuffed animal? We won’t laugh!
A: Yes I do. This is Mr. Weatherby: I’d love to say that I’ve had him since I was a kid, but the truth is I bought him a year and a half ago when I was going through a difficult time (and by difficult time, I mean the entire calendar year of 2007). It helped a lot, to be honest.

Q: Did you ever watch a scary movie that frightened you so much you were afraid of the dark afterward? I mean like you’re lying in bed trying to sleep, but you have to pee, but you’re scared to get up. It doesn’t have to be recently; could be when you were a kid. So what movie was it?
A: Well, Jen loves scary movies, and makes me watch them more than I would ever choose to! but I have no tolerance for them- I’m particularly creeped out by movies with zombies in them. And as awful as it is to admit, I turn on the bedside lamp whenever I have to get up in the night!

Q: What’s the last book you read that you thought was really super, inspiring, you’d recommend it to most anyone?
A: The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I read it about 4 years ago, and it’s still the best novel I’ve read in years.
Peeps I want to know more about:
Hmmm. I think I’ve seen this on quite a few blogs already, so I’m not sure who hasn’t been tagged. If anyone else wants to fill this out, go ahead and consider yourself tagged. Leave me a comment so I can come read your answers. And if you know of a novel that really rocked your world, tell me what it is so I can put it on my to-read list! Thanks!

Strawberry Bread and Sock Vote Tally!

The votes are in, and Jules wins! I’ll be casting on for Jules in the next couple of days. Thanks everyone for helping me decide!

I’ve been wanting to bake this recipe ever since I saw it a week ago. Today was that day… I made Strawberry Bread.
Look at how pink the batter gets: And here’s a shot of it just before it’s baked: and then here’s a shot of it after it comes out of the oven:The strawberry bread is basically like a banana bread, in terms of general baking time and recipe structure. It turned out perfectly, but I kept thinking that it would be even better as muffins instead of a loaf. And it would really shorten the baking time (one solid hour in the oven). That, and muffins mean maximum slivered almond consumption. Mmmmm. I will make this again, but in muffin form, and then tell myself it’s a very nutritious snack while I devour several of them.
Let’s get a close-up, shall we? Oh yeah, that’s what I’m talking about.

And since it’s Self Portrait Sunday, Here is a shot I took (thank you timer function!) while I was licking the bowl and talking to my mom on the phone…. I haven’t quite got the apprehension out of my face about having my photo taken, and that’s something I really need to work on. But hey, it’s still an accurate shot. Messy kitchen and all!

Sock Pattern: Vote!

Now that I’ve used up my delicious Mirasol Sulka, I’m onto my Hacho. I’ve decided to knit socks, and as you sock knitters out there already know, there is an absolute glut of patterns available. According to Ravelry, there are 3,382 sock patterns in it’s pattern browser. That’s some serious sock variety. I wanted something that had no lace (I get chilly feet- I want them covered up!), was fairly simple, and could be done without constantly looking at a chart or counting stitches every second. I wanted blank-out-and-knit socks. But pretty blank-out-and-knit socks. To that end, I narrowed it down to three patterns to swatch up:
That’s Jules Charade and Crusoe
I’m partial to Jules, but only because I seem to be having a five-year-old response to the name of the pattern: ‘Hey! Those socks have the same name as me! I want them!’ I can’t say that I feel really strongly about any of them. but I refuse to swatch any other patterns, and these meet my criteria of simple (but not plain) socks.

So tell me: which one do you think I should make? Leave comment, and the pattern with the most votes will be chosen!

FO- Bulky Mini Cardi

Friday night Jen and I were at The Purple Purl to help Glenna celebrate the completion of her Ph.D. And we knitted…. and knitted…. and I finally got some FO shots of the mini bulky cardigan, thanks to Jen.
Pattern: Mini Bulky Cardigan

Size: small, but an altered small- the small is a 38 bust, and I’m a 32. I came in under gauge, and followed pattern as normal.

Yarn: Marisol Sulka, 4 skeins, colourway is black pepper

Needle Sizes:9mm, 6.5 mm, 5 mm

Mods: None, except that I didn’t do the contrasting colour trim. Which I think is pretty obvious.

Notes: I LOVE THIS YARN. I swear I’m a martini away from running off to Las Vegas and marrying it in an Elvis chapel.

Here’s a shot of the back, I love the decreases. Stephanie Japel is brilliant. And then the neckline. I really like the garter trim.

I’m a bit late on Self Portrait Sunday, but I was a bit under the weather: As honest as it gets, really. I’m in bed, in a bathrobe. I forgot about the chicken pox scar on my forehead. I’ve had it since I was three years old, but it’s been ages since I noticed it. And why yes, I do display my handbags as wall art. They are too pretty to be chucked in a drawer.

Celeb knitwatch08 continues

Check out Beyonce’s cabled newsboy cap.

Simple enough cable but I’ve not seen a pattern for one of those flat caps on ravelry yet. I’d like to make one next year. More photos here: jj

Rihanna snapped in a blue beret with beau Chris Brown.

Easy slouch beret that could be copied with a velvetish novelty yarn. More photos here: justjared

The ever classy Rummer Willis

I strongly dislike this girl. I wonder how long before she has a chin job? More photos here:justjared

Kate Walsh loves the big squish.

I wonder how heavy the piece is? She’s wearing those glasses again. Gag.

Next up are Katherine Heigl, Jessica Biel and Fergi in gray belted cardigans.

Katherine needs to lose the hat, but I like her sweater a lot. I love the 3/4 length sleeves and the buttons! Cute flats too, I want a silver pair right…..NOW.

Kate Hudson (whom I adore) and Fergie are both wearing the Candela NYC Short Pom Pom Sweater It’s on sale people! Snatch it up if you like it. It was $264 now it’s $79 It’s 20% wool, 20% mohair, 60% acrylic manufactured in Argentina.

The desiger also made a scarf in the same style. I like it. $40 down from $132
same wool mix.

and I’ll show you my latest covet- The Cross Check Coat.

It’s perfect. Casual, but the details make it a great piece. Good on a rainy day. I love the cropped sleeve and omg the strap detail?! Loves.

I found a photo of Ashley Tisdale in a grey cardi. Not a fan of her but the outfit is nice.

Miles of mindless stockinette. The fit appears to have 3 tiers and the sitches must have been increased to create the slight ruffle.

Avril in a plain stockinette slouch. It’s a great hat actually, I just think the outfit she paired it with is all kinds of fug! In the ten odd years she’s been around I’ve yet to see her sans skulls. The yarn however reminds me of the rowan cocoon I used a few months back for the parishil hat.