Feelin’ the Love… and the Silky Wool

nessarenee and nudista have tagged us in the 6 Quirky Things meme!
The rules:
1) Link to the person who tagged me
2) Mention the rules
3) Tell six quirky yet boring, unspectacular details about myself
4) Tag 6 other bloggers by linking to them
5) Go to each person’s blog and leave a comment that lets them know they’ve been tagged

My quirks:
1. Breakfast is my favourite meal, and I like to eat it more than once a day. I have toast for real breakfast every day, and when I’m at work, I eat cereal every day for lunch. I make omlettes and homefries and bacon on the weekend. yum!

2. I am so directionally challenged, it borders on a handicap. I am the kind of person that needs GPS on the cell phone, just so they can get from point A to point B. On foot. In their hometown. Yeesh.

3.I like to knit while reading hardcovers, because then I can sit crosslegged on the sofa, with my knee holding the book open.

4. I’m on a huge baking bread from scratch kick. I never thought there would be such a huge difference in the quality of the bread, but it’s true! And the homebaked bread seems to keep me full a lot longer than store bought bread. I think I’ve offically become someone who bakes their own bread:
5. I despise shoe shopping. Really. I have hobbit feet, short ones at that. finding small and wide shoes is often a challenge, and I never get home from shoe shopping feeling good about myself.

6. I really like embroidery, and am half-decent at it, but I hardly ever do it. But then again, there are a million crafty things I would do, if only I had enough hours in the day. Sigh.

I’m going to cheat a bit and not tag others, although I would love to know quirky things about all of you! If you would shared a quirky thing about you in the comments section, I’d be pretty happy about that. :)

And angelknits has given Teamknit the I Love Your Blog Award!!The rules are:
1- Post the award on your blog.

2- Add a link to the person who gave you the award

3- Nominate at least 4 other bloggers and add their links
I nominate(in random order):
Canary Sanctuary
blue garter
Pie Knits

4- Leave a comment at the recipients’ blogs so they can pass it on.

What an honour! I’m feeling loved today, I tells ya.

Currently, I’m working on the Opulent Raglan from the Fall 2008 Knitscene: I’ve already done some slight mods. I added an inch of k1, p1 ribbing to the hem, and I plan on doing the same on the sleeve cuffs rather than the ruffle. I have nothing against ruffles, but I wanted something a bit more streamlined. I’m using Elsebeth Lavold’s Silky Wool, which I got from Phoeknits. I haven’t knitted with this yarn before, and I have to say that I am a big fan now. I love the slightly nubbly texture, the subtle shade variations from the way silk and wool take dye differently… so pretty!

Someone suggested that kitten portraits be a regular Monday feature… I can’t say I’ll do it every Monday, but they are so freaking cute I’ve got to share at least one more shot: And yes, they are napping on my Lady Eleanor.

The Newest Members of Teamknit….

Everyone, please meet Gatsby
and Yarn

These are the latest additions to mine and G’s home. We each picked a name, and oddly enough I picked Gatsby and G picked Yarn. But I can’t think of a better name for our little tabby princess. Gatsby is named after my favourite novel, The Great Gatsby. As G calls him, he’s our “ginger ninja”. Since G is British, in his accent it sounds like “Jinja Ninjer”. Ah, those loveable Brits. ; ) We got Yarn from a friend’s neighbour, who had one little kitten left from their cat’s litter, and we got Gatsby from the Toronto Human Society (they do such good work, the THS). We are SO excited to have them- we spend most of our time crawling around on the floor playing with them.

I am knitting, I’ll be posting on it soon… there is a bit of a posting backlog since I now get to cuddle with these little guys.

Ravelympics FO: Gathered Pullover

Apparently if you take your knitting with you absolutely everywhere, you’ll churn out a complete sweater in 2 weeks. In the spirit of the Yarn Harlot, here is one of the sleeves at a Radiohead concert last week:And at Canada’s Wonderland a couple days later:And just one day shy of the closing ceremonies, I ended up with this:

(Note: when doing FO photo shoots in parks, friendly dogs that are enjoying their leash-less freedom like to participate)

Pattern: Gathered Pullover

Needles: 4.5 mm circular and dpns

Yarn: Knitpicks Telemark in cilantro heather.

Mods: about 4 inches of extra length, and waist shaping. I decreased about 6 stitches on each side for the waist shaping. And in my zeal to race through this project, I accidentally made one sleeve about 1″ longer than the other, so I had to undo my cast on cuff and rip it back slightly. In order to preserve the rolling cuff look, I needed a bind off that would mimic my cast on. Enter Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Sewn Bind Off. It turned out perfectly, and was ridiculously easy. Magic, I tell you!

Also, when I wet blocked it, I added glycerin to the water to prevent felting. So when I ran it through an industrial dryer in the local laundromat in a fit of impatience- it still didn’t felt. I’ll definitely be using that handy little trick again in the future- I love wool!

Notes: According to Ravelry, there are 507 Gathered Pullover projects either completed or on the go, and it’s in over 2000 queues. That’s one popular sweater. And I completely understand why- I love it. It’s infinitely wearable, comfy, and classic. This isn’t a sweater that will be out of style next season, or any season. And hey, green is my favourite colour. Cheers to that! Woohoo! I finished the Sweater Sprint for Team Knit Girl!

Ravelympics Project: Gathered Pullover

I went on a minibreak to Mont Tremblant in Quebec the same day as the Ravelympics started. If you want to get a lot of knitting done, I suggest sequestering yourself in the Canadian wilderness with no cell service, television, internet, or computers. It does wonders for your knitting.

I cast on that morning before I went to work (with my backpack for the cottage packed beside me!): And knit a bit in the mind-numbingly awful traffic out of the city after work (I swear I’m fully stopped on the highway, I’m not actually endangering anyone): And somewhere between this thisthisand this I came back home with this: That’s the Gathered Pullover, right after the cabled motif and just when it sections off for the neckline. I also got started on a sleeve:This happy green sweater is going to be done in no time. I have to say, it’s been a real eye-opening experience about my own knitting process. Give me a deadline, and suddenly I’m not only capable of project fidelity, but also racing through. Typically, when it’s time for finishing or sleeves, I start to pick up another project and leave the first to languish quietly for a while.But I’m shockingly dedicated, even when the new Knitscene is tempting me with so many great projects. And with all the lovely yarn showing up in my mailbox lately, I have to admit that I spend a lot of time thinking about which project will be next.
Great yarn, and great projects for that great yarn? I’m in absolute heaven. Phoe was responsible for sending the Silky Wool my way, and I purchased the Handmaiden Seasilk off of Ebay- I couldn’t resist that colourway.

By the way- when cottaging, this product was awesome:great sunscreen, great coverage… loved it. And cheap, too!

Ravelympics Day 3

Kevin and I drove out of the city to pick (read: eat) giant blueberries on a farm. Couldn’t have asked for a better day. The sun was shining hot and the clouds were freaking unbelievable. The farm is located on the top of a valley so you see the cloud systems form in 3D. I’ll get some pictures off of Kevin’s camera and throw them on the flickr.

I also had a few hours to work on my Kiri.
Fino Kiri

I’m about half a repeat ahead of this photo now.

Giiiant Blueberries

I wasn’t kidding about the giant fact, these are secret of the ooze berries!


They also had fresh cut sunflowers and gladioli for 75 cents each!!
Hells yea, I bought some.



When we got back to the city, Kev, Toby and I threw our hands together and made Toby’s superduper delicious homemade hamburgers. This is the only photo in existence of these burgers as they kinda disappear into my belly faster than I can whip out the camera. I’ll post the recipe later if he doesn’t mind.

First Burger of Summer

A great end to a great day <3