Friday, March 31, 2006

Spring has sprung!

And the babies are starting to pop too!

My matron of honour just had a wee girl yesterday! Danica, welcome to the world - you're in very good hands. I was so happy that I just had to cast on a teeny hat.

Shown here for scale.

(Yes, Mr. Munchkin is a total ham. Lord love him to pieces.)

It's not a very good pic - it's another one of the jester hats, just like the ones I finished up for Mynfel. But with a twist! See how's it so dull and plain? Well, I decided that since I didn't have any uber-soft pink ghetto Malabrigo hanging around...I would dye this hat.

Resulting in this:

and this:

It's ... uh ... not quite pink. Guess the babe's going to be a red hat lady from the start. The pot's cooling on my porch as we speak. I'll let you all know if the damn kool-aid comes out of my fingers soon. Guess I could try and pull a Lady Macbeth...

Monday, March 27, 2006

Time's a wastin...

Google Video has taken over my life. Well, that and World of Warcraft.

Look here, here and here to see why.

Oh, and here too.

Don't forget:

Which I just found out was produced by Yasuharu Konishi from Pizzicato Five - one of my all time faves.

A definite theme in the choices here...

Knitting - done one of the socks! Will post the pictures later. (Don't worry, Steph - did the obligatory triumphant march around the living room with my sock held high.)

Monday, March 20, 2006



I had to majigger the template, but we're back and live, people. Lots of knit news to catch up on.

So, I've been in a bit of a knitting slump lately - at the sock class that Steph taught on Saturday, she asked what was the last FO we'd all completed...and I couldn't remember for the life of me. Bad sign. So, I got motivated to finish off a sweater for Mr. Munchkin that I'd started awhile ago.


The thing about knitting for kids is...they grow. At alarming rates. Therefore, sweaters that are not completed promptly will never be worn as they simply will not fit over enormous toddler heads. Of course, considering that I'm the one who squeezed said head out, I should know better.


So, the cute merino hoodie sweater's gone back to the frog pond. And that lovely silk scarf I was knitting for myself? Has been reverently wound back into a ball, as it just wasn't working. Dunno - just didn't have my ninja mojo on for that one. Will attempt later.

But in the meantime, I was inspired by the toe-up, short row sock class that I took on Saturday. (A mighty blast, btw. No better way to spend a weekend afternoon than in a yarn shop, learning new stuff...and Steph's a GREAT teacher.) Here's a pic of the sock that I knit in the class, accompanied by the sock that I started yesterday.

Admittedly, it's a stocking stitch toe rather than the garter stitch technique that we were taught...but I like that I can wiggle my toes easily around in the stockinette. I love this technique...and I'm thinking that I'll likely knit most, if not all of my future sock projects this way. Of course, wait until I get to the heel. I reserve the right to change my opinion as quickly as the snow melts out here in sunny Dartmouth!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Something's tingling....

Nicked from Amandamonkey:

Your results:
You are Spider-Man

Wonder Woman
Green Lantern
Iron Man
The Flash

You are intelligent, witty, a bit geeky and have great power and responsibility.

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Test

Hell ya! Of course I have responsibilities....check this out:

That, my a picture of Mr. Munchkin "knitting". (In reality, he's just repeatedly stabbing the ball of yarn with a circular. But it makes him so happy to hand the ball to me and then to tell me that it's a very pretty sweater for Mommy.) I'd call raising the next generation of boy knitters a pretty hefty responsibility, wouldn't you?

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Auntie Meme...

My first meme! Tagged by Frozen Extremities and Jaichan:

Seven Things to do before I die:

1. Celebrate New Year's Eve in Dublin, with old friends...and likely some new ones by the end of the night.
2. Go to La Tomatina. Preferably with my teenage children. Which means that I'm going to have to take another dip into the deep end of the genetic pool. *sighs*
3. Learn to surf.
4. Learn to wear a hat. With style.
5. Take cooking classes in Tuscany OR Take art classes in Sienna. Either works for me.
6. Show Mr. Ninja and Mr. Munchkin the beauties of my homeland - South Africa - and my ancestral village in China.
7. Learn how to speak and write Mandarin.

Seven Things I cannot do:

1. Develop a sense of balance. (See the dusting episode for further proof.)
2. Abide frogs.
3. Sit still when I hear a great song.
4. Be patient, unless it's with Mr. Munchkin. I don't know how many times I've read Goodnight Moon now...
5. Visit Ikea without walking out with a cartload of crap.
6. Light a BBQ. (I'm not allowed to anymore. Remind me to tell you the story of the flaming pillar of steak sometime.)
7. A differential equation.

Seven Things that attract me to my mate:

1. A brilliant mind.
2. His goofy and quick sense of humour.
3. Mood-changing eyes, freckles and curly red hair.
4. How sweet he is with Mr. Munchkin.
5. His strong, capable hands.
6. His love of the outdoors.
7. His patient, tolerant nature.

Seven Books I love:

1. The Harper Hall Trilogy - Anne McCaffrey
2. Possession - A. S. Byatt
3. In the Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
4. Any collection of fairy tales or mythology, from any nation
5. Written on the Body - Jeanette Winterson
6. Barrytown Trilogy - Roddy Doyle
7. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

Seven Things I say:

1. Holy crap.
2. Oh my gosh.
3. Dude.
4. Oh, maaaaan.
5. Bloody blinking hell.
6. FRACK. (Usually when frogging.)
7. Huh.

Seven Movies I've Loved:

1. The Red Violin
2. The Mummy
3. 13th Warrior
4. The Crow
5. Army of Darkness (Gimmie some sugar, baby. <-- Classic.)
6. Anna Magdalena
7. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Seven People to Tag:

Uhm...I'm not exactly certain on how this I'm just going to skip it.


For those of you muttering under your breath, "It's a knitting blog - so get on with it!" Here.

Background kindly provided by Mr. Munchkin. I must also purchase this when it comes out. Simply because I occasionally have the insatiable urge to knit wooly hot pants, and then inflict them upon unsuspecting relatives. Heh.

And... I found another knitting ninja! He's kinda cute too from what I can tell...eyebrows say a lot about a man.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Reports of my demise have been greatly ... exaggerated.

For once, I didn't fall off a chair. Or a patio. Not even a piano bench.

I just got sucked into something approximating life.

But I'm back - and things are looking up....I cannot believe how nice the weather is on the East Coast! Mr. Munchkin and I have been going for stomps in the woods everyday - the weather's been so mild and sunny.

I've been working on this for awhile...

It's a modified version of the Mr. Moe's toque! (Sorry, Moe...had to adjust it - Mr. Ninja's got a big head. It's the 'fro...I'm convinced.) It's a touch longer - and Steph, I figured out what I was doing wrong at KOL - I was switching the k2TOG and SSK when doing the decreases. Doh. That'll teach me to bring the pattern with me. Finished it last night, trying to exorcise my demons. Managed to finish it up and smush on Mr. Ninja's head around 2 am this morning. Done and done.

I've been a bit blue lately - there are some truly mean people in this world - but Mr. Munchkin cheered me up considerably yesterday when he *asked* to go to the "knit store". (I love my son, have I mentioned that?) So, we visited Jen and her sweet little puppy Harley at Tangled Skeins ... and I treated myself to this.

Yup. That, my friends is some Art Yarns. 100% silk. And it's mine, all mine. (Ignore the other yarns in the basket - that's just the part of the stash that's visible to the naked eye. The rest of the stash is being productive and insulating my office.) I think that I'm going to make myself a nice little silky scarf - it's not cold enough to merit a wool scarf anymore! Hooray!