Sunday, July 12, 2009
Wednesday was another Knit Night in Burlington, where we and our matching knitting accessories gather to debate which of the cheesecakes and tarts are the best of the night's pickings.
Vivian is at the fun part of her Clapotis, and shared the dropping of several stitches with us.
Thursday was not an exciting day, but local strawberries make any day special.
Saturday the GTA was hit with a very dramatic thunderstorm. I love a good storm, and this one was a doozy.
Just when it seemed the storm had passed, I heard a 'fwump' and saw a flash outside the window. Lightning had struck a tree across the street, bringing down a smallish branch. I snapped a quick picture on my walk to the yarn store, where I was meeting up with Wendi,
And finally gave in and brought home the skein of sock yarn that's been calling to me for weeks now.
Overall, not a bad few days.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Friday, July 03, 2009
But a quick walk, less than five minutes, straight down the street...
is an easy reminder.
I really do live in a pretty place.
Thursday, July 02, 2009
When my grandfather passed away, following my grandmother by only a few years, we had the sad task of going through his remaining belongings and disposing of the bits and pieces that had no special attachment to anyone left behind. Throwing the bags and boxes into the donation bins was the saddest part of the whole affair.
When we were sorting everything out, I was most drawn to those items that triggered memories - the red glass candy dish that was always full of those sweet and somehow dry pastel-coated almonds, the silly tartan tam with the red pom pom. And this painting.
Visits to my grandparents' home were not particularly exciting for a child. They lived in a small apartment with scratchy white stucco-ed walls. Looking back, it was a rather charming place, with arched doorways, and cunning little glass doors for windows. There was even the little metal door outside the apartment, decorated with an engraving of a bottle, that swung open to provide a place for milk delivery way back when.
But when I was small, it was a boring place, with no backyard, no toys, and no animals. My brother and I were not actively 'entertained' and were left to find out own amusements. One of the most popular activities during our visits was to dump out a jar full of pennies, both shiny and dull, and lay them out on the intricately patterned rug, sliding them about until our fingers turned green. We'd alternately sip at frosted glasses full of off-brand ginger ale and try to convince the rabbit ears to tune in something fun on the giant console tv.
Another favourite activity was daydreaming. I remember gazing at this painting, letting the adult conversation going on over my head fade to a distant drone, and imagine sitting at one of those tables. Under a red umbrella, maybe. And after tea, I would go up to the castle, maybe clambering up the steep, green rocks, or maybe I would wander up the cobbled High Street, stopping in the tourist shops as the road climbed higher and higher.
This is a memory that has in some ways become stronger as I've grown up, given structure and reinforcement by my actual visits to the city.
But I never did find that terrace.
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Today's pic is also an FO pic.
This year's summer "cottage" trip will actually be my very first cruise, and I'm very excited about it. I wanted to have something I could bring to throw over my shoulders, without packing a jacket. This will be perfect, I think.
It turned out quite long, at about eight feet, so it's long enough to wrap around and tie, and I can use it as a blanket if need be.
It's knitting using Diamond's Bamboo Cotton, which is just perfect for this kind of thing, with a lovely weight and drape to it.
I can wrap this around myself, and just imagine that I'm standing on the deck of a giant ship, gazing out over the Mediterranean as the moon rises over Italy.
Project notes and more pictures are over in Ravelry, if you're interested.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Instead, it's been months since I posted anything at all. In part, I blame Twitter, becuase tweeting makes me feel like I still am part of the online community, without having to go through a lot of writing, editing, and posting. But I still want to be filling in the blanks that are left by the pictures I'm taking for the project. So now, at the halfway point, I'm going to try to go back to my original plan. I'm not going to do anything so foolish as to promise a post a day for the next half-year, but I am hoping that I'll be able to note some of the day-to-day happenings in my (admittedly largely uneventful) life, and also to share some of the background stories behind the objects, places, and people in the pictures.
Today's picture is kind of a two-for-one, and I know it's a little freaky.
Anyway, if you're interested in my Project365 pictures so far (I haven't missed a day yet!) you can see them here, or you can use the Flickr link over on the side there.
I promise this is the only day with pictures of my eyes. It's safe.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I used to have big, red poppies on the wall, until they started to lose their stickiness and their petals started to fall. I wasn't into that much veracity regarding their fresh cut flower realism. I'm hoping this one lasts a little longer, since the pieces are all smaller and lighter. This has been up since last July, and so far I've only lost one piece.
Both the poppies and this branch set are from Ikea. But now vinyl decals are just about everywhere. Even Home Depot carries Blik decals (love the Space Invaders). And holy crap - I see they've just added a whole line of classic Nintendo game themed decals. How fun is that?
And there are all kinds of people on Etsy doing really neat things with vinyl. Elephannie is one of my favourites, with lots of pretty and whimsical designs.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I stopped in at my friend Jen's house and stole her baby, and then felt guilty while she ran around and made dinner. I was assured that I was an immense help just by being a baby holder. Not much more done on the scarf in the picture, which is unfortunate, as it's 'due' for a birthday on Friday. Well, that's not gonna happen.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
But the reason I got lots of knitting done is related to my car stereo. I have a 2008 Ford Focus, which comes with the nifty new "Sync" system. I can plug in my iPod and use my voice to select songs, playlists, podcasts all using simple spoken commands. It really is a nice setup, and great for my frequent 3 hour road trips, preventing me from having to click around to find what I want.
(Now, this is not an exciting story. I invite you to skim. Really. I will share a picture of furry kitty toes to break up the monotony some of the way through here, too. Promise.)
Sadly, a few weeks ago, I plugged in my little iPod one morning, and ... nothing. It didn't recognize the little guy, no matter how many times I restarted and unplugged and plugged in again. I checked my cable, the pins, the iPod. Nothing seemed to be wrong. I hopped on the Sync support site and found that some people had solved the problem by downloading and installing the updates available on the site. So, I got my little geek stick (USB drive), downloaded, and plugged it into the car. Nothing. As far as the car was concerned, there was nothing plugged in.
I called the dealership, and dropped the car off one morning. Came back at the end of the day, after they'd ordered a part, replaced a cable and failed to fix the problem. They didn't know how. They said they'd call "the hotline" and get back to me. Today, a week and a half later, I go in again - I'm told it'll be half an hour, and so I run over during my lunch. Two hours later - "Um, when can I have my car back please?" Their laptop is messed up, and they have to call the hotline again to get them to fix the laptop, and then they can recalibrate and reset the system, which will take half an hour. But they don't know how long until the hotline gets back to them. So I leave. They will call me when they can fix it.
We interrupt this boring story for kitty toes:
As I drive to knitting group tonight, I decide to give it another shot with the geek stick. Nothing. But I spot a 'Master Reset' in the menu tree, and try that. After some grumbling and thinking, the system is reset and it now recognizes my iPod and seems to work fine. I had to redo my phone/bluetooth setup, but voice commands are working fine.
So what I really want to say here is - car companies really shouldn't introduce fancy new features in their cars without making sure their service centres know how to fix said fancy new features.
Sorry for the boring story. But if I have helped one poor Sync owner, then it's been worth it. Sniff.
I'll call the dealership tomorrow and teach them how to fix it.
Monday, February 09, 2009
So far, so good. Not every day is a great pic, but it's been keeping my eyes open, looking for new photo opportunities and new ways of looking at things every day.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
- The yarn is lovely and soft, and warmer than I would have thought a cotton blend would be, which my mum loves.
- It fits better than I thought it would. For now. More on that below.
- My mum likes it and wears it.
- I should have added the seed stitch border to the bottom of the back, too, but didn't think of it until it was too late to reknit.
- I have a feeling that the yarn will be pill-y. Don't know why, but I suspect.
- Mum says that the sweater is growing already, and is looking baggy. Damn you, cotton and your heavy dragginess!
- The sleeves are too long. For which I don't have an excuse, because I know my mum has short arms, and I even measured. But once I finished the increases as instructed, I was already too long and wasn't sure how to fix, and time was short.
- My seaming is awful in the neck/shoulder/sleeve area. I didn't know exactly how they fit together, and tried a few different ways before figuring it out. Which just made everything messy and loose or messy and tight.