TEAMKNIT! : Weekend Edition

Come Friday, I was just twitching! I needed to go out have a beer dance out some frustrations and get as inebriated as possible without getting arrested, fined or any hair pulled that is. But oh, what a night it was! I rallied the troops and met Julie at Becca’s to wait for Kevin and his out of town friends to arrive. Anyway, we ended up waiting for what seemed like an eternity. It was not their fault but the TTC’s. I had lots of time to curse myself for forgetting the booze at home, and telling them we’d meet them here instead of the club. D’oh!

Naturally once we were united it was all forgotten and the good times rolled. A nice suprise to us was that Paul, our photographer friend was also there. He’s been taking pictures for as long as I’ve known him and he just keeps getting better

I nicked some photos from his gallery because they’re so awesome I have to share.

fun times.
I, unfortunately had to work the next day. Holy effin hangover. Saturday was rough for all of us, spent hibernating and rehydrating as much as possible. Instead of brunch this week, everyone pitched in to make dinner. Toby and I arrived just as dinner was being served and the house smelled so delicious!

Stef- Julie Chapman’s boyfriend made a delicious feast of roast beef. My only regret is that I wish I had the words to describe how amazing it was.

roast slices in it’s stew

Kevin made a intense spiced pineapple and onion glaze

sweet apple slaw

And to top it off Jules, Russ and Ava made a star pie for dessert. Insane. To think just half an hour ago Toby and I were about to grab a quick slice of pizza! Ha! In your face pizza! You ain’t got nuthin!

I apologize for that
I just watched bring it on 4
yes the whole thing
while knitting
thats how i roll

What Happens to Neurotic People at Valentine’s Day

In the first blush of an almost-relationship, there is nothing quite so hideously frightening as Valentine’s Day. I spent an entire evening trying to wrap a Valentine’s gift. But I couldn’t find any Valentine’s wrapping paper, so I decided to get all Martha Stewart-y and make it Valentine-themed on my own. So after about an hour of trying to figure out WWMD (What Would Martha Do?) My sofa looked like this: Demeter is in there somewhere, blending in.

In true Martha fashion, I grabbed a potato and made a heart-shaped stamper. I was going to stamp gold potato hearts on the wrapping paper. Brilliant! Except they ended up looking like this: Which just wasn’t going to do at all. I don’t know, I think the gold stamp ink wouldn’t adhere properly to the foil wrapping paper. So I cut out gold foil hearts and tried to glue them onto the wrapping paper, but the only glue I had was crazy glue, and they wouldn’t stick (how is it possible that crazy glue won’t bind paper???). And they made the colour on the wrapping paper run, So I had to tear off the first wrapping, re-wrap the damn thing, and then I decided to string the foil hearts onto ribbon, and tie it on instead:
Hard to believe I went to that much effort just to wrap a stupid DVD. You should have seen the days of prep that went into planning what to write in the card….

So, Happy Valentine’s Day. If you’re coupled up, yay! You get a day to remind each other how lucky you are to have found someone to love. And if you are single… yay! You probably didn’t spend an entire evening letting gift wrap make you feel inadequate. And if you are in the no-man’s zone of an almost-relationship like me… my condolences.

Snowed in, Toronto

I had this little idea to blend two patterns together, and turn a Shifting Sands into a parallelogram style loose almost Montego like, but way wider. It was good in theory, but knitting it was a beeeootch. She wasn’t kidding about all those cables I can assure. I had no patience for the piece, frogged and found a copy of the ubiquitous Branching Out I thought I would hate the garter selvage stitches, but it actually gives it the balance that the lace needs for it to be stable and defined.

I’m using some left over shine sport in orchid. Same color as my caliomawhateverucallit.

Cast on as me and kev made the journey up to Blue Mtn.
The storm was picking proper by the time we passed Barrie.

We heard from Jena (who was up there already) that it was batsh*t up there. Oh and that the temperature was -30, -39 with windchill. Yes, at this point I realized I was insane.

I really like this shine sport. It’s soft and reminds me of Lelah, which I also used these addis to make. That wench, how I love her. Unfortunately It dark really quickly so I only had time for one repeat.

The riding was good, first time out since Ste. Anne, but I really started to pick up my speed and confidence again. Bloody hell did my knee hurt after I got out of the car. It took us 4 hours to get home. Jena knew the area so she was the navigator and I dozed off in the back. The snow storm was insane. With total whiteouts every 30-40 seconds I’m glad Kev has his hot new imprezza else we wouldn’t have gotten home.

Oh! And, the other day I fell in love with a sharply dressed ginger pup.

I was shopping for cupcakes and rain boots with Chris, when, here she was tied up outside of a shoppers.

Check out his cable sweater, cute huh? Looks pretty easy too. I wonder how much they retail for?

5 FAST Projects for Valentines day

It seems I’ve gotten the Valentine bug. I can only ignore constant bombardment everywhere in every store for so long. Sooner or later I’m frantically trying to think of the perfect crafty thing to hand out to co-workers, close friends and most importantly, my SO. I still don’t know what I’m going to do, but maybe this list will help you!

(in no particular order)

1. Double Knitted Heart Rings by PieKnits

2. Hearts by Mochimochi Land

3, Heart Hot Pads by

4. Candy Pillows by Domiknitrix

5. Embellished Matchbook Cards by Sunflowers and Dragons

(i love this one below found on etsy,)

Demeter, could you speed things up a bit, please?

In the recent lightbulb revelation I had about needing to have smaller (read- sleeveless) projects on the go, I cast on for the Demeter Camisole (ravelry link) from Sensual Knits. I’m using a lovely dusty rose colour of Elann’s Sock it to Me, 4 ply. And I love the stage that it’s at, because I can just toss it into my purse and knit it on the subway to and from work. I’ve never been one to shy away from acres of stockinette, so this camisole is right up my alley. It’s basically knit as a plain tank top, and then then I’ll be unzipping the provisional cast on, and working the lace hem: I think there is something really appropriate about knitting something named after the Greek goddess of seasons… I’m definitely getting ready for spring. Especially since it’s been looking like this the last little while:… and I’ve pretty much had my fill of it at this point.

P.S.- Anyone have any idea how to fix our progress bars? We didn’t touch them, and suddenly, they are verticle. Hmmmm.