Saturday, January 28, 2006

Trying on pants is a dangerous thing.......

Hello again. it's been a long time since I've posted. Blame it on finals. However, my only easy final, a dance performance, is over with and was sooo much fun!! Yes, I was a fairy in Snow White (instead of little animals we were fairys). We performed at an elementary school and they loved it! We had lots of fun, and now we can relax in the last 3 (*gasp*) days of school. Then I have a lovely math final. Wish me luck. I have not been knitting much in the new year so far. I made a cat toy, and that's about it. I worked 2 rows on my clap one weekend, but I was too sick to do more. I received some lovely hand painted merino (that I won for the holiday KAL, thanks again Alison!!) and now I think I have decided to knit a hat with it. I have also given up on the razor shell socks. They are lovely, and very lacy (which I LOVE), but I think they are too big. I just knit the size they are writen in, not bothering to check and see if they would fit (the pattern said a ladys medium, I'm an 8 so I considered that medium.....). I have left them on the needles, and I will probably unravle them later. I don't know what I'll do with the yarn....... if I feel like it I will alter the pattern. If not (the more likely choice), I will make some plain ankle socks. But I am very happy that I will have a week break from school so in that time I will finish my clap!!! Plus, I joined the Knitting Olypmics (who hasn't??) and will be casting on Shimmer. I have been meaning to knit this since november. I hope I can make it in the 16 days!!! Oh!, next semester I have textiles, so I can knit then! Ok, I'm very happy now :D. Speaking about courses, I need to figure out what I am going to take next year!! This is so stressful, I feel as if my future depends on whether I take the right classes in grade 12!! I'm torn between what I want to do. I would love an internship at a fashion magazine, but I don't know if I would want to write articles or "investigate" the up and comming fashons, or do photography ............... I was talking with my parents, and my mom wants me to work with children or old people. I'm sorry, but I get frustrated teaching people and I can only act like I like something for so long. Not as a long term job. AH! What to do??? Oh, and just the thing to make my day. I was trying on some jeans, and in Amerian Eagle the changing room doors close by them selves if left open. As I was closing the door, I guess I forgot about that, and I got my fingers closed in the door!! Now I have two little purple bruses on my fingers, and they are a bit swolen and still hurt. I wanted to scream but I couldn't, I could only swear in my head and jump around the changing room. Darn hand always getting in the way!! So, that's basicly what I have been up to. I promise some cute kitty pictures and actual knitting content on my next entry. happy knitting!! P.S., been listening to Knit Cast, Cast On, Knitting News cast, and Muggle Cast on the pod.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Bouncing off the wall..... seriously!!

Today has been a very good day!! At first it seemd glum, another boring rainy day at school, with the stree of homework deadlines and many other commitments. However, it all got better after 3:00. My replacemeant headphones (because the cats chewed on them ...... grr) finaly arrived today when someone was home to sign for the package. Then my dad surprised me with the iSee nano case I had desperatly tryed to get on the weekend, but we were all so busy that it got forgoten. As I danced around (and yes took pictures!!) I was on my way to a great evening. Here is my dream case:

P.S. It has a really nifty little plastic thingy on the back that lets you loop the headphones around so it makes a lanyard! Now I can knit and listen to my knitting podcast, that I absolutly love!!! Plus, I worked my butt off after school and have finished half this nioghts homework, which is good cause it's hard to have to work on the computer and not be distracted my knitting blogs and such............................... Then I had a lighbulb moment. Alison was going to draw the names this weekend for the prizes from the holiday KAL!! I zoomed over to her blog (as fast as you can zoom on my computer, which is a bit slow...) and guess what?? I won some beautiful blue handpainted yarn!! I am soooo excited! My first handpainted yarn and first prize won that is knitting related! I think this yarn will get me out of my post-christmas knitting blues. And the yarn is blue, tee hee hee. I have no clue what I am going to make, but I'm sure some special pattern will find me. So yes, today has been just what I needed to boost my spirits to get me through the rest of this week, and possibly the semester. Wish me luck, in two weeks I have to perform with my dance class our presentation of Snow White! eeeee, must go practice with ipod...............................

Monday, January 02, 2006

French Market Bag

Here is the before picture. Shown with womans size 8 Gap ballet flat.

Here is the after. Very fuzy, but it's love!


Sunday, January 01, 2006

Another year, another diary....................... no I wont go all Bridget Jones on you, but I just had to say that!! I have a confession to make. Instead of the planned fuzzy feet I was going to knit, I decided to make the French Market Bag instead. I had been wanting to make the FMB for a long time, and I had a moment where it all of a sudden clicked. The yarn I had was the right gauge, maybe not quite enough, but I was up for a challenge. So thats what happend. A few days later and I had myself a bag!! It was quite an experience felting. I have a new front loader (!!!) and I read on the knitty forums that people suggested puting the item to be felted in a zippered pillowcase. We had no pillowcases the zipped, let alone close so I put the bag in a regular one. It came out, but it seemed to have felted fine without the pillowcase!!! One other, feature, of the bag is the very short handels. I knit them probably shorter that suggested length because I was running out of yarn, and I thought they would stretch like the belt part of Hipster. They didn't, but it's not too bad. Overall I am happy with the bag. Another confession of mine, I left my digital camera at the friends house I was at for a new years party, so I don't have a picture of the FMB. The before, during, and after felting pictures are still on the camera! So for now I promise I will put the pictures up later!! Karen