Saturday, July 30, 2005

And The Winner Is . . .

Li over at Life's A Stitch.

Congratulations, Li, you won the Blogiversary Contest and get your own copy of Weekend Knitting, one of my fav pattern books! Please be sure to email me your address: beknittedAThotmailDOTcom

Li is doubly lucky this month as she also gets to go an a fab European holiday. Go check out her blog to see the details. Enjoy it, Li! You deserve it!

Thanks so much to everyone who played along! It was fun for me, too!

Happy weekend everyone, M

Friday, July 29, 2005

My First Time!

This is what I did this morning.

How exciting is that?! (Yes, I know it looks like hell but I've only been at it for two hours so I'm pretty pleased!)

My wheel finally arrived last night via friend/family/neighbour courier.

Emmett seems pretty confortable with this new addition to our house.

Thanks again to Roxi over at The Yarn Junkie for selling me this lovely Kromski Polonaise wheel.

Happy spinning everyone, M

Thursday, July 28, 2005

id·i·o·syn·cra·sy

n. pl. id· i·o·syn·cra·sies
-A structural or behavioral characteristic peculiar to an individual or group.

Write down five of your own personal idiosyncracies. (Lisa, are you sure you want to know how crazy I am? I suppose if it's only five, I can at least pick the nicer of my neuroses quirks.)

1. I ALWAYS use a bookmark. Never, ever, ever do I leave a book cracked open to a page and lying face down. I would rather memorize a page number than risk breaking a binding.

2. I put my dirty dishes in the drying rack until I wash them so it looks like my kitchen is cleaner than it actually is.

3. I am a geometric and repeating pattern junkie. Stripes, checks, dots - you name it, I can perseverate on it.

4. I don't like cold fruit or cooked vegetables. Au naturel, sil vous plait. (And don't ever give me wet lettuce. It makes me gag.)

5. I don't dress up for special events. I am a jeans and t-shirt kinda girl and if I put a blazer and purse together to come to your show, appreciate it. (The last time I wore a skirt that wasn't denim was for my brother's wedding in 2000 and I only did that because I was his best man and he wanted me to look "nice". Hell, I even put a hat on for that one!)

This little bit of psychoanalysis came from Lisa over at btchwstix. If you didn't want to know these things about me, I apologize but I was just playing along.

Now, I need to figure out who to tag. Hmmm, well I think I'll go with Dani, Jane, and Aileen 'cuz I'd like to know I'm not the only quirky girl out there!

Happy day everyone, M

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Aw, Isn't He Cute!

I made this cutie little Baby Bobbi Bear for my nephew, Danger.

Very sweet!

I didn't really enjoy it, though. It was very fidgety to make. I did it to take a break from the Tree of Life Sweater but it took much longer than I though it would. None the less, it's done and I'm glad to go back to the sweater. I'll have pictures of that later.

I also just wanted to say Wow! to all those readers who have responded to my blogiversary contest. Since there are so many answers, I'll do the regular pull-a-name-from-a-hat routine. So you all have 'til Friday to email me, and on Saturday morning, I'll pick a name from all the right answers. Thanks so much for playing along everybody.

Happy knitting everyone, M

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Happy Blogiversary

It was one year ago today that Beknitted went live. Scary how fast that time flew by.

To celebrate, I'm hosting a little contest. The prize will be this:

(I received a second copy as a gift a few weeks back and have been saving it for just such an occasion. Love this book and have made a few patterns out of it already.)

Okay, so here's the question: I went on a fibre-related holiday last year. Where did I go and why?

If you think you know the answer, please leave me a message at: beknittedAThotmailDOTcom

Thanks for playing, M

Friday, July 22, 2005

The Other Side

I've been making good progress on the other side of the Tree Of Life sweater.


I find it a bit boring to work on all the time, though, so I stopped and whipped up this last night:

It's the Amelia's Helmet pattern from Fleece Artist and this yarn is my new favourite. I love the colourway. I love the weight. I love the softness. I could live in a yarn universe if this were the yarn!

And guess what? I actually made this hat for me! Woo Hoo! That doesn't happen very often.

Have a good weekend all, M

Thursday, July 21, 2005

So Homey!

This is what I did yesterday morning.

Toque



Apple Crumble


Andrea gave me a ball of beautiful wool, with the lanolin still thick in it, so I knitted a warm hat for her husband to wear hunting this winter. (Thanks to Ryan over at Mossy Cottage Knits for the Dulaan Zud Hat pattern.)

As for the apple crumble, Andrea has a houseful of grandkids right now and I needed to use up my apples. Perfect combination.

Makes me feel downright 1862.

Happy homemaking everyone, M

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Squeaky Yarn

This is what I worked on yesterday.

My neighbour, coworker and friend, Andrea purchased this rug 30 years ago from an elder that has long since moved on to the next world.

Being so old, it was starting to show it's age. The edge was pulling apart in places, there were some rips in it, one giant hole had been burned into the middle. It definitley needed some TLC. I offered to fix it up since Andrea is not craftily inclined.

I stitched up the places I could stitch up. I tidied up the edge. I put a crocheted flower over the burn hole. Voila, almost as good as new.

Okay, but here's the part that blew my mind. It's made of Phentex - you know the squeaky stuff I mean. Most of us have loathed the stuff for many years because, well . . . that sound. It squeaks not just when you're knitting with it but also when you wear it.

That being said - you gotta see this thing. It's 30 years old; the colours are as vibrant as the day it was made; there are hardly any wear spots on it; the stitchs are tight. It's a miracle of modern plastics.

Living where goods are not so easy to come by, I have a new found respect for things that last. Accordingly, I have a new found respect for Phentex squeaky yarn. This rug is proof that it, too, has a place in the world to fill.

At this time, I'd like to thank Great Grandma Cherry for all those Phentex slippers she made me when I was a wee girl. She obviously thought my feet were worth protecting with the hardiest plastic yarn in the world.

Happy knitting all, M

Monday, July 18, 2005

Knitting Up A Storm er . . .Tree

The first front side of the Tree of Life sweater (shhh, I started it in February).


I have been knitting like crazy this week. I think I might actually get all my UFO's finished, but don't hold me to that!

Off to bake some biscuits for lunch, M

Sunday, July 17, 2005

And Then There Were Two

Not the best photo as it's windy out today but at least we have sunshine to show off all the lovely colours!


Happy weekend, M

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Taking The Plunge Anyway

Remember that spinning and weaving workshop I was signed up for? Well, I had to cut my stay on the west coast short due to changes in other areas of my life. The workshops start this week and I won't be there.

But don't feel sorry for me because to compensate for my lack of workshop, I bought this earlier in the week:


Roxi over at The Yarn Junkie was selling one of hers so I bought it. Now I just have to figure out how to get it here but I'm working on that!

I am extremely excited, extremely! Having only touched a spinning wheel once in my life, I have no idea where to start really and would appreciate advice you can give on resources to teach myself. My nearest guild is 5.5hrs away so I won't be rushing there for lessons. But maybe a dvd or book suggestion will get me on my way. Anything you can contribute to my start will be so greatly appreciated.

Happy spinning everyone, M

Friday, July 15, 2005

Treaty Day, 2005

Thursday, July 14, 2005 was Treaty Day in Patuanak. What a wonderful celebration it was and here are some of the highlights.

First there was a parade. Bikes, followed by a few floats - they were so well done!




For those who might not know, Treaty Day is the day that the terms of the original treaty from 99 years ago are fulfilled. Every member of the band is entitled to their yearly $5 pay out. That's right - five whole dollars. Sort of puts the whole European "colonization" into perspective - doesn't it?


There is always a government official present; whether for tradition or regulation, I don't know: (this fellow in red later put on his shorts and t-shirt to play volleyball so not that official!!!)


Once the business of the day is taken care of, it's on to fun and games. A small amusement fair set up for the kids.

A little train that takes them around town.


Games for the bigger kids adults included:

beach volleyball

piggy-back races

canoe races

lumber Jack and Jane races

and grease pole climbing - strong, daring young men take turns trying to climb a log covered with grease (vaseline today) to reach the cash-filled envelope at the top! Unbelievably hard on their muscles (and their clothes!) as it takes several attempts and a couple of hours to finally get enough grease off the pole to reach the envelope.

We had some traditional dancers give us a show.


The Chief cooked up some burgers for the crowd.


My little friend, Navaya, had a grand time running, dancing and getting her picture taken!


Many of my students were at the event. Here's a snap of Randi, Vicki and Sam.

It was so nice to catch up with them as I haven't seen most of them since school let out over a month ago.

There were lots of other things going on but I just didn't get photos of it all. It was an all day affair and even the spells of rain didn't deter the crowd. I have to say, though, that the flash storm did finally send me home to get under cover for the 30 mins. duration.

I was honoured to be so welcomed by this community as they celebrated. I just wish I had put more sunscreen on because I am lobster red today!

Hope you're all celebrating the summer in your part of the world, M

Thursday, July 14, 2005

I'm Not The Only One!

Here I thought I would be the first Christmas freak knitter out there but a couple other people have come out of the Christmas closet, too! Beth over at Diamonds and Purls has actually knit up a few items already! Way to go, Beth!!!

To answer your question, Beth, I only have about 10 items on my list so far this year. Last year it kept growing and growing as I went so I'm trying to keep it under control.

With that holiday in mind, while in Vancouver, I did stop and pick up some of this:

Yummy, yummy!

I'm thinking of a shawl for someone on my list (can't say who, of course!) Anybody got a pattern suggestion that would show this off to perfection?

I also got this: (sorry for fuzziness of shot)

I love the helmet pattern it came with and I love the colours so maybe I'll keep it for myself. (Yeah, 'cuz that ever happens!!!)

Both these items came from Urban Yarns in Vancouver, a lovely store in my old neighbourhood. Very posh and a bit pricey but they do have some gorgeous stuff! (They don't seem to have a webpage that I can find yet.)

The blog update done for today, I'm off to help with the Treaty Day parade this morning so I better get on with it. See if I can't get some photos for tomorrow's post!

Happy knitting all, M

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Don't Get Too Excited

I'm not that fast a knitter, really. I just finished up a sock I've been working on for a while and thought I'd share yet another FO.

Still, it feels pretty good getting some of these older projects out of the way. I actually have one more sweater to finish and then I'll be pretty much caught up with my 2004 knitting. Yeah, you read it right. No, I don't want to talk about it, thankyouverymuch!

I hate to say this buuuuuttt . . . I made up my Christmas knitting list a couple of days ago. There. It's out there. The "C" word. I know, I know. Believe me, I know. It's not even the middle of July. We're all suffering from some serious heatwaves. And I'm sitting here thinking about December deadlines. What can I say? I'm a bit of an obsessive-compulsive.

Merry Christmas everyone! M

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Holy Finished Objects, Batman!

Looky what I made! Looky what I made!

Softy Socks finally finished!

A little fun fur anyone?


Happy knitting, M


(P.S. Dani: Thanks for asking about yesterday's blanket pattern. It's referenced in this post: http://beknitted.blogspot.com/2005/05/youre-just-gonna-have-to-trust-me.html#comments )

Monday, July 11, 2005

Knitting and Gardening and Cats, Oh My!

Life simply does not get any better than this. No way, not a chance, absolutely not, definitely no better than this!

First, we have a finished object - oh yeah!


And just in case you didn't believe that first photo, here's another view.


Now for a little (and I do mean "little") gardening.

Everything has to be done in pots or raised beds here because our soil is more sand than dirt. I've still got some greenery, though, and that makes me oh, so happy!

For our finale, we have Saracat looking oh so cute in the dog dresser with the dog towels. (Apparently she doesn't think she should be left out of anything, especially if it's called the dog dresser!)


Ah, such a glorious day when you can put all these lovely elements into a post and at least make it look like your life is the way you want it to be! It's even got me feeling cozy and content and I live here!

Have a great Monday everybody, M

Saturday, July 09, 2005

My New Wool Winder

I love that this

can become this so easily.

It's very cool. Thanks to my aunt for the belated birthday present!

The first yarn I wound was the Cascade 220 that I received in my yarn pack from One Fine Yarn.


I'm thinking this Cascade might look pretty cool with this Noro in a pair of mittens. What do you think?


I'll let you know how that progresses. Right now, I'm still working on a blanket for my uncle and a pair of socks. I might even have photos of a finished object soon but I won't hold my breath while waiting, just in case!

Happy weekend knitting all, M

Friday, July 08, 2005

Yesterday . . .

I have family in London. You can imagine how the news events of the day wrought havoc in my mind.

I was on one of my trips out to get groceries, run errands, do banking and the like. On the road by 7 a.m., I didn't even turn on the radio until 8. That's when I heard the news and glued myself to every news cast within range of my radio.

I made the fastest trips of my life through the grocery store and Walmart but I was still gone for a total of 12.5 hrs. Of course, I left all my contact numbers for overseas at home because who would need them in the grocery story? I checked email within minutes of getting home and had received nothing so got on the phone.

Finally reaching my brother, who had thought to make calls earlier in the day, he reported that both my cousins and my uncle were fine. No other family members were in the city at that point so all is well.

A good cry to relieve the stress I had been creating in my mind all day, and I could see more clearly again.

My heart goes out to all the families and friends who were not so fortunate as us.

Hoping you and yours are safe and happy, M

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

The Horror Of It All!

This is Sara.

Sara is trying to take a nap. The situation at our house right now is a little much for her to take so she's covering her eyes and trying to ignore us all.

Why is Sara so disturbed? Well, let me explain a little bit and see if you can't get the idea.

Remember our friends that come to stay once in a while? Cricket on the right and Jackson on the left.

Well, they're visiting again. Which means that we have four (count 'em, 1, 2, 3, 4) good sized dogs in our little cottage. This in and of itself would be enough to drive any cat to the edge of reason.

Unfortunately, for me and Sara, Cricket and Jackson are water dogs - that's right, dogs that like water. Being water dogs, they don't just choose fresh, clean water to immerse themselves. NooOooooo! It can be any kind of wet, liquid-like substance and it seems the greater the stench of it, the better they like it.

Thus we have this:

Two very dirty, very wet dogs that have been romping through lagoony (is that a word?) lake water and MUD PUDDLES!!! In this photo, they are confined to the porch until they dry off enough to brush and bathe.

I quickly discovered (on day two of very similar events) that brushing then bathing them doesn't curb the behaviour. Shocking, I know! But what do I know about water dogs? I've got northern dogs who know better than to get in water lest they freeze.

We've come to a compromise, though, those water dogs and I. They can jump into any stinky water source they like, as long as they are resigned to being held in the drying area (er, porch) until they are dry enough to be allowed in the house. It seems to be working and saves me a lot of stress and energy trying to keep them clean and smelling fresh. Live and learn, my friends, live and learn. Sara is learning to live with it, too!

While I'm here talking about dogs, I've had a few people ask me about Emmett's story, so I thought I'd share today what I know about his life before we met him. If you are at all squeamish about animals being mistreated, then please stop here.

This is my beautiful boy. He's named for the kid's book, Emmett Otter's Jugband Christmas and I call him "Emmett Otter" when he's being naughty.

In this pic, you can see the mark across his nose and the cloudiness of one eye. These are just a few of the scars left on my wee boy by his first humans.

The mark on his nose is from his muzzle being tied shut. The damage to his eye is from a severe beating and the resultant inflamation that left him blind on the left.

His front legs were tied together at the elbow and wrist equivalents and there are scars at these points, too. He is quite deformed still from it. This leaves him very tippy when he runs and walks. There is a tumour behind his right elbow from the restriction of blood flow by the bindings.

He very weak in the back end because he didn't get a lot of (any?) exercise. He lived in a basement where he was forced to find a way to stay out of his own feces and urine, all while being bound in the front. He is still very, very eager for food and water because he probably never knew when he would see it again.

The Prince Albert S. P. C. A. rescued him on May 24th and I adopted him on June 13th. He still had a few scabs on his head and side from his last beating when I came for him. Since then he's been neutered, vaccinated and seen a few specialists to help with his conditions.

Despite all of these things, he is the sweetest, funniest, most playful boy! He loves to tease Reuben (and me!) and is so smart that he already knows more than half the commands I use with Reuben. He trusts everyone and his tail goes constantly when he meets new people.

I am the luckiest dog-mum in the world because I have the privilege of being able to welcome this baby into our home. It makes me cry when I think about how much love lives in our house!!!

Thanks to those of you who asked to know more about him. He's such a lovely, special boy that I love to tell his amazing story of survival and how much better things are getting for him every day.

Happy Dog Days of Summer to you all! M

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Tuesday Is Mail Day

And Friday, too! At least around here, that's how it works.

I didn't get anything today (not even a bill - yeah!) but it reminded me that I did get a couple/few packages before I left on my western Canada tour. I thought I'd do a bit of a recap for you.

First, let me just say that, after months and months of trying, I finally got a copy of this:

Yahoo for that! I had to place three (or was it four?) different orders and finally found a copy that could be delivered to me. Needle Arts Book Shop totally rocks!!!

While I was browsing their selection, I also ordered one of these:

It's about the history of knitting in Canada. How perfect is that for this history buff who knits?!

I had also ordered a few things from One Fine Yarn, (okay maybe "a few" is a bit of an understatement, but just a bit).

Ann Norling's patterns for flower and fruit baby hats! How adorable!


Ann Norling's Scrap Vest pattern


And, another pattern I've been waiting to get for ages - Felted Clogs!


They also had on a yarn pack that was in such yummy colours, I could not resist - absolutely could not, could not! (And that's the honest truth, your honour!)

I didn't even have a plan for these yarns when I bought the pack, but I'm working on one. (The two skeins at the bottom are both Cascade 220.)

Well, I feel terribly spoiled and indulgent now that I've revealed all my online shopping to you! I'll just sign off now and go knit something to assuage my guilt!

Happy knitting all, M