Yay for the Mail!!

I got two goodies in the mail today! First up: An adorable set of knit-themed cards that I ordered from Bamboo Village Press (Etsy). You can check out their wares here.

I also got my yarn from Jessica (who was thankfully destashing!). Check out this lovely cotton/viscose blend: The yarn has this really gorgeous sheen to it, and I’m already spending way too much time on Ravelry stalking some suitable patterns- any ideas? There’s 1209 yards of the stuff. Ah, I love the mail. Especially when it’s knitting goodies, and not bills.

The Look of Love….

I was waiting for my yarn from Knit Picks to arrive so I could finally start my gallery jacket. I know I should be using the 32″ circs for this, but I’ve put myself on yarn and needle buying diet (The yarn and sweater backlog is getting ridiculous, and I’ve run out of yarn storage and decided I could make do by jamming all 202 stitches onto my 5.5 mm straights:

Can I say how much I love this colour? Love this. It’s Knit Picks Lemongrass Heather in swish superwash. I’m so singularly posessed with having this gallery jacket that I’ve unwittingly put everything else on hold, all in my determination to knit this as fast as possible. Sure, there are other projects I should be knitting, but you know how it is in the first blush of love- you want nothing more than to spend every free second you have with your beloved. Ah, Gallery Jacket, how I adore thee……

I’m heading up north to my hometown of Sudbury for the weekend, where I plan on getting a ton of knitting done, and teaching my mother how to make the perfect pie crust. I’d rather teach her how to knit so she’ll stop asking me for sweaters. For the record, I already knit her a sweater, she just wants more.

By the way- I don’t know if Joe Fresh exists outside of Canada, but they have these great ads, reminiscent of the old Gap ads (where they danced to music, with the white backgrounds? remember Swing Khakis, and all that?!). I love the songs that they use in their commericials, ‘Mixed Up’ and ‘The Dream’, by a Canadian singer, Rhonda Stakich (kind of reminds me of Feist). They actually have them available for download and you can watch the commercials, if you’re interested: http://joefresh.ca/Video_en.aspx

I’ve never shopped there, but I’m thinking about it now. What with the cute songs and all. Damn it, catchy advertising WORKS!!!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

So…..

I finished the Rushmore-insipired red beret for the Wes Anderson swap:
All things considered, it turned out really well. Except for one teeny, tiny, problem:
Caution: when that pattern (Winter 2006, Interweave Knits) says the hat is small, damn- is it ever SMALL! I noticed it seemed a bit on the small side, but I checked my gauge beforehand, and everything seemed fine. I thought it would stretch out a bit once finished, that it was just being bunched on the dpns. These were obviously silly lies I told myself so I could spend the day watching movies and knitting a red beret that is suitable only for small children and stuffed bears. I admit that I don’t know my swap pal well enough to hazard a guess at the circumference of her head, but if she is over 4 years of age, there’s no way it’s going to fit her.

TEAMKNIT! BRUNCH V.02


TeamKnit Brunch V.02
French toast, fresh fruit, momma’s strawberry jam, sweet potato fries, assorted bagel bites mmmm.

After working a whole week, there is nothing better than a huge saturday brunch with crew. I was supposed to bring the white potatoes, but I left them on the train by accident! So… we had to ration out the remaining sweet potatoes. We also listened to a lot of new music so I’m going to leave you a playlist at the end. This is probably going to be a joint post, because I know Julie has one or two of the whole spread.


assorted freds bagels
Freds bagels are the bomb sh!t

giant blackberry, golden asian pear and blood nectarines
Giant blackberries, golden asian pear and blood necarines

Julie Darling

Julie Darling, making her amazing sweet potato frittes.. mmmm….

Teamknit Brunch v.02

Radiohead – In Rainbows
Annie – Anniemal
Midnight Juggernaught – Dystopia
The Vanity Project – Glitterbug
Kanye West – Can’t tell me nothing
Justice Essential Mix – BBC Radio 1
Gini – La Musique
Yelle – Je ve te voir
Fujiya Miyagi – Transparent Things, Photocopier, Ankle Injuries, Collarbone,

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Calling the Red Berets

I’m feeling a little more confident about swapping now, so I’ve joined the Wes Anderson swap on Ravelry. Basically, I’m knitting a couple of Wes Anderson-inspired things for my swap pal. First up is a red beret, similar to the one worn by Jason Schwartzman in Rushmore:
Except I’m aiming for my beret to be a bit more flattering than the one in the movie. I’m using the Tweed Beret pattern from the Winter 2006 issue of Interweave Knits.

Since fall is pretty much here and I’ve had to face the fact that it’s only going get colder, I went to my garden and harvested a ton of mint. I washed it, and then tied up bundles with red yarn and hung them all over my apartment to dry:
Close-up of two of the bundles: I’ll have an entire winter’s supply of mint tea. And as a follow up, that wedding I went to last weekend had flowering Chinese tea as the little take-away goody that they give at weddings: I didn’t have a clear teapot, so I used my coffee bodum. Isn’t that gorgeous? Makes up for the fact that the tea had next to no flavour at all. I’ve learned to throw a green tea teabag in there for a few minutes before adding the flowering tea, to round out the experience.