Thursday, June 30, 2011
I have pictures of the terminal because people don't believe how small it is. Two gates. No place to buy a magazine. For some reason I can't email the picture from my phone to my iPad so I will show them tomorrow.
What knitting did I chose? I am making Hitchhiker again in Noro Taiyo sock yarn. Garter stitch and no counting. Perfect vacation knitting.
The TV, phone, Internet guy is supposed to be coming this afternoon so hopefully I will be posting again tomorrow. You never know. Maybe tonight.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Here is the cover garment from the magazine. I am sorry that it is small but the more I enlarge it the blurrier (is that a word?) it gets. We aren't supposed to show pictures of the magazine early but I found this on the Coats UK site. If they can show it then I think I can too. Lynda is knitting me the Hawthorne Cape in a denim blue shade of Rowan Felted Tweed Aran. There are lots of cables. Lots. I'm not sure what the difference between a cape and a poncho is. This has slits for your arms to stick out making it easier to drive in than a poncho. Is that the difference?
There is finally some knitting. I have the first keyhole done on Scalene. I am going to pick up the stitches from the holder and work 22 rows on these stitches with a double pointed needle. Then I will go back to my main needles, knit to the cast off stitches, knit the stitches from the double pointed needle and complete the row. Two keyholes done.
Now I need to decide what I am going to take away with me to knit. There are a few balls of Kureyon in the house if I want to make log cabin squares but I need something for the airport. Beth has issues with flying. She can't eat before getting on a plane. She also needs to be at the airport early. Very early. Our flight is at 9:30 and she will need to be there by 7:30. If we aren't there she starts to panic. This will leave me with time on my hands so there needs to be knitting in my bag. I can't take this project because it is almost done. I'm thinking a few skeins of sock yarn for a scarf.
Creekbed from Knitty.com has peeked my interest. I'm thinking of a combination of greens. Not a colour I normally wear but change is good. There are also four skeins of purple sitting in front of me. You know that I am always drawn to purple.
It is a few hours later and I have more knitting to report. Yes, I should be working but I really wanted to show how this was going. The second keyhole is done. It looks a bit like a pocket.
Yesterday a newsletter went out to those on our Shawl Yarn list. In the newsletter I said that Canada Post was on strike. It was brought to my attention that the workers were not on strike but were locked out by the Corporation. I am sorry that the information was wrong and meant no harm by it.
If the Internet gets hooked up in our house tomorrow like is planned then I will talk to you from Myrtle Beach.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The last thing on my list was having my nails done. The new OPI colours for spring are very opaque which means it took four coats of polish to get a deep colour that I like. This meant no knitting. I had to make sure that they dried properly so I didn't have marks in them.
Now that the postal strike is over my order of new Spud and Chloe is on its way.
You’ve got spirit; yes you do! Show it off in this top down raglan cardigan, with instructions for both the color-block and striped versions.
Gloves or mittens, babies or toddlers, striped or stranded, warm up all the little fingers in your family with this one handy pattern!
Jazz up a basic slouchy hat and scarf set with an easy Fair Isle pattern in the Spud & Chloë Fine! The scarf is knit in the round for a simple grab and go accessory with no wrong side.
My computer is running out of juice and my nails are dry. The combination means that it is knitting time. :)
Sunday, June 26, 2011
There is a long to do list for tomorrow. The week before going away is always busy. I need to get the store in order for the ladies. Other chores include bank (one, two and three), dry cleaners, drug store, a quick trip to Limeridge Mall..... Now I have made myself tired again thinking about it. Time to knit!!
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Namaste put some great pictures of the new Mini-Messenger bag on Facebook. I have been carrying Beth's all week and I'm not sure she will be getting it back. It is lighter than I thought it would be, even with my computer in it.
The bag is coming in Black, Eggplant, Lime, Peacock and Red. I know that I want Eggplant but I think there might be one or two more. I can't wait to see how I like it when I fly next week.
I did not get any knitting done last night. We were busy booking a car and finding other things to do with the kids. Of course there will be mini golf. And yes it will be some sort of competition. Myrtle Beach has an excellent aquarium so we will spend an afternoon there. There is a boardwalk on the waterfront in downtown Myrtle that we need to check out as well. I haven't been to the beach downtown in at least twenty years. I am sure there will be a few changes. Broadway at the Beach and ice cream at Ben and Jerry's is a must as well.
It is now 8pm. Dinner is finished-I made amazing hamburgers on the barbecue. It is TV and knitting time. I should get to the keyholes and have pictures tomorrow.
Friday, June 24, 2011
I did get some knitting done while watching.
Scalene is progressing-ball one is almost finished. The finished product is going to look a lot different then the pictures on the pattern but I wanted to see how it would look in a yarn that stripes. A bit of laziness went into my yarn choice as well. I didn't want to roll a skein into a ball and I wanted to use the largest size needles possible.
When I started I couldn't wrap my head around how the construction was going to work but now that I am almost at the keyhole shaping (30 rows to go) I get it. It looks a bit funny on the needles. I am increasing every other row at the left edge and on every row of the right edge. It will lie much better when it is off the needles.
Three brand new colours of Triana just arrived.
51 Wheat-shades of beige. In the original shade range there was a beige and cream blend as well as a brown and beige blend. The shades in this colour are in between the two.
52 Purple and Lime
How can putting purple and lime together be wrong?
53 Purple and Mauve
Very subtle shading.
Tonight we are meeting with our friends John and Lynda (and the four kids) to talk about Myrtle Beach. Renting a car, golfing, fireworks on July 4... Six more sleeps until we go.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
I am writing this on Wednesday afternoon but five posts in one day is a bit much. I am still playing with the new program.
When I look at the last few posts the writing is still too close to the pictures. After a bit of playing between here and blogger I found what I think is the proper HTML coding to make everything better. Somedays I wish that I was born 10 years later than I was so that I could have studied web design in school. Way more exciting than accounting. :)
I sent an email to Namaste this to let them know that I saw Beth's picture on Facebook and asked for a picture of their booth in Columbus to share. I showed you bits of their booth but here is the whole thing. Very colourful and very inviting. You definitely want one of everything. During show hours this is one of the busiest booths in the building.
Something has been bothering me while typing my many posts today. When I took typing in school (that is showing my age) we were taught that after a period you were to put two spaces before starting your next sentence. That was drilled into my head and to this day I still do it. When posting on Blogger sometimes this makes things look a little messy. The words on the left margin are in one space. I don't like that. Now I need to practice only one space after a sentence. Not the easiest to do.
There is absolutely no knitting to report. Not a stitch. Maybe tonight.
Beth and I are watching the new season of Master Chef. It is amazing how much nicer Gordon Ramsay is on Master Chef then on Hell's Kitchen. Last season I picked the winner on the first show. This time it is much harder. There are 4 or 5 who are way above everyone else with their cooking skills.
It is Thursday morning and I am back at work. There was no knitting last night. Paperwork got in the way.
Tonight there is a new show starting, Expedition Impossible, and we will definitely be watching. In the 90s and into early 2000 there was a race called The Eco Challenge. This was a 500km (300 mile) non stop race over many days that included running, mountain biking, and canoeing. The participants were some of the best shaped athletes I have ever seen. Mark Brunet (Survivor) created Eco-Challenge and he is toning it down a bit for the new TV show.
In my newsletter that went out this week I talked about Scalene-a fabulous scarf. I have decided what yarn I am going to use. The ball of Freia laceweight wool was an option but I'm think of sending it to Emma and I am going to use Liberty Print from Classic Elite.
There are two brand new colours for June and I am going to use the colour on the right-Red Rock Canyon.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
When I went on Facebook this morning I saw a picture of my sister. She sweet talked the ladies at Namaste into giving her a new Mini-Messenger bag. She proudly wore it around the show and they took her picture. The strap is a great length and very comfortable when over your shoulder.
Cross-body design for hands-free function, the Mini Messenger has a padded adjustable shoulder strap, quick access exterior pocket, and lots of individual pockets for ultra organization. This bag is perfect for an active, busy lifestyle.
It got me thinking about the bag and after she left for work I took it and loaded in my laptop and knitting. A perfect fit. The bag I was carrying back and forth was getting heavy. It is time to really clean it out!!
I took my laptop out and pulled the bag open so that you can see all the great pockets in the bag.
The interior material is a faux microsuede (PET) which is made of recycled plastic bottles.
I am back to the original post from this morning. It looks like the pictures are being added okay now. There are still a few things that are causing me a bit of grief but there is always a learning curve.
Okay, that picture was huge!!
Let's try again. Now I have the picture sizing a bit better. Another new pattern that is coming from Spud & Chloe.
I have found the forum from the software producer and am doing a bit of reading. I figured out how to move the words so that they aren't right against the edge of the picture.
When I was trying to finish my original post there was a problem getting more than one picture into the post. Let's see what happens here.
I'm afraid how this is going to look when I hit Send to Blog. If the pictures are overlapping I am sorry.
The last three posts have been really boring stuff. I am going to add something interesting. :) When Beth and I were young we bowled on Saturday mornings. Back then it was 5 pin bowling. We tried to explain this to our American friends last week at TNNA but they couldn't grasp the whole 5 pin, small ball thing. Bev finally brought out her iPhone and googled it so they could see how the pins were set up. When Beth and I were in our late teens we started 10 pin bowling. Yes, we have our own balls and shoes. I will tell you that I was very good at it. I beat Beth almost all the time. I can brag about this because she always beats me on the golf course. We haven't been in a long time but looking at these pictures brings back good memories.
My first post uploaded very easily. Now I am working on getting the font the same between the two.
It looks like the font issue is better now.
The cool thing about this program is that I can write without being hooked up to the Internet. This means that I can write a post while sitting on an airplane and then when I get somewhere with Internet connection the post can be published.
Now I just need to figure out adding in pictures. Okay, adding in pictures is easy. Figuring out what size to make the picture is the hard part.
This is a new pattern coming from Spud & Chloe.
The picture is looking huge while I am writing this but until I see it on the blog I won't know.
I sat down and wrote a blog post when I got to work this morning. Unfortunately blogger won't let me add any pictures. This is getting ridiculous. I opened up the App store and found a program where I can write blog posts and then publish it to Blogger. I tried editing the post that was written but it wasn't looking how I wanted it to so I decided to do a trial post to try and figure this program out. There could be a few more posts after this one to see how everything works.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Later this afternoon I am meeting with a lady who is thinking of owning a yarn shop. This is always an interesting discussion.
Everyone knows the great things about having a store.
-Dealing with fantastic people
-Playing with fun colours
-Seeing the new yarns, patterns and accessories before anyone else
-Having a very large stash of yarn
-Knitters who will knit you garments when you don't have time
I also let them know the things that aren't so great about it. Don't get me wrong, there are not many things bad about this job but I think that I should give them all the facts before they start. There are many little details that they don't think about until a problem comes up.
-You don't get to knit all day just because you have a yarn shop
-Someone has to do the accounting-pay the bills, remit taxes to the government
-Dealing with the phone company, internet provider, landlord, insurance company...
-If you want a day off then you need good staff. Thankfully my ladies are amazing and I have no worries when they work. Actually, they do a better job than I do.
There are many more pros and cons of having your own yarn shop but it is time to end my post and get back to work!! The yarn that arrived isn't going to put itself on the shelf but that would be a great trick.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
When I had the middle and first row around finished I looked at my ball of yarn and was sure that there wasn't enough to finish the square. I have knit 26 squares (20 for the first afghan and 6 for the next one) and I am always concerned that I am going to run out. Every time I make a comment that there isn't enough yarn and I have never in 26 squares run out. When am I going to get it through my head that a ball of Kureyon will make a square??
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Here are my squares so far.
The pattern is a free download on Ravelry.
If you are looking for an easy summer project I highly recommend the afghan. You can throw one ball in your purse and you have mindless knitting while watching the kids play their summer sport or on the drive to the cottage.
Hopefully Jane will share pictures as her knitting grows.
It is a beautiful day in Southern Ontario. I hope it is this nice on Monday-maybe we can get in a round of golf.
Friday, June 17, 2011
My temper tantrum is done so I am going to try again.
Blue Sky Alpacas has some great patterns coming for fall and they are ready to be shipped. Normally my shipments from them come by Canada Post so I have asked BSA to hold my order until next week so we can see what is going to happen. I might have to bite the bullet and use UPS.
4 skeins of Bulky
An easy to memorize lace pattern and long fringes create a luxuriously soft and warm scarf with fantastic drape.
This chic vest with its wide collar and interesting construction is a fun knit and a perfect layering piece.
This simple and stylish ribbed vest is knit in one piece for minimal finishing.It is round two of the golf and I am going to watch again this afternoon and get more knitting done.
Before I can mess this up I am going to hit Publish!!
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Here are a few more goodies from the show and a long awaited picture of my knitting.
There are four mini balls of yarn for us to try. What a great idea!! It is very cute and I'm not sure that I want to open it up.
.Lorna's Laces has a new sock yarn coming for fall.
55% superwash merino wool
388m (425 yds)
What is Outlast? It is a climate regulating polyester fiber. Read more...
There were sweaters, shawls and socks knit up in Columbus. All felt great to the touch.
Ann likes to knit socks so I am going to have her knit a store sample.
590m (645 yds) on a 75 gram ball.
From Tina at KnitWhits
To acheive the long color runs in our Flux and Ombré yarns we have developed our own dyeing process. Though labor intensive, the hands-on nature of the process allows us to ensure an even consistency in the yarn and colors over multiple dye lots. Our method also means that though our yarns will match very well from one dye lot to the next, no two balls of yarn will ever be the same. This is most apparent in our “Flux” range where the knitted fabric will have painterly variations that are made more dramatic as the stitch pattern simplifies.
The cardigan is worked from the top down so there are a lot of stitches on my needle. This makes it difficult to get a picture. When I get a bit more done it will sit on a mannequin for a better picture.
Somehow I have lost the charger for my camera so right now I am using my iPhone for pictures. The yellow is not yellow but lime green.
I have been working on this post all day and there have been a few complications. I tried adding the quote from KnitWhits and erased two pictures and the description. Blogger automatically saves every few minutes so if I mess up at the right time I can recover what I lost. Otherwise it is start again. I am going to hit Publish now before I erase anything else. :)
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
I did a double take on my way to work this morning. On Rousseaux Street there is a huge open lot. When I left work on Wednesday a house sat there. It is amazing how many houses are being built in Ancaster right now. Where are all the people coming from?
Namaste was running a draw at the show. One entry with an order and another when you brought a copy of an email they sent out. Two entries for me. Unfortunately I am not lucky with draws. Just as I was about to leave the show on Sunday I received a phone call asking me to come to their booth. I WON!! A bag full of great swag. It is already downstairs in the Knitting Camp closet. What a great start to our door prizes.