Wednesday, August 29, 2007

These things are addictive!

Congratulations! You are Catarina of Aragon.

Catarina was Henry's first wife and was probably the only one of his six wives to truly love him. He tired of her, and she spent the last decade of her life in lonely exile. Yet when she was dying, alone and unloved, she wrote: "Lastly, I make this vow, that mine eyes desire thee above all things. Farewell."

Which of Henry VIII's wives are you?

Who would have guessed?......lolol

What Kind of Knitter Are You?

You appear to be a Knitting Guru. You love knitting and do it all the time. While finishing a piece is the plan, you still love the process, and can't imagine a day going by without giving some time to your yarn. Packing for vacation involves leaving ample space for the stash and supplies. It can be hard to tell where the yarn ends and you begin.
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I Should Have Stood Outside!

So here is the thing. I should have stood outside and had Kelly at Needles and Pins just toss the yarn out the door. Sigh....I really have a "fibre addiction."

I battled the traffic after work yesterday and dashed over to the shop. Traffic on Oxford at Richmond around 4 pm is a white knuckle ride...howsomeever...I made it ( was there ever any doubt?) I have now added 2 more colours to the vest for Michael. I decided I needed a blue grey, the variegated is knitting up very brownish. Then I saw a medium teal the same tone as the rose brown..soooooooooooo I bought 'em too. OoHH and then there was this really neat orphan ball of browns and golds ON SALE. Yup, got that too. It is for the stash. I have been collecting off whites for a sweater but it was looking a little boring. It needed some punch. Punch the wallet more like! There goes my spending money for next week. I did get the one skein of variegated that I went for plus plus. I just love colour!
This is my all time favourite Fair Isle Book. Corinne bought me this for Christmas in 1989. When I was sorting out my library of knitting books to pass on the Julia this one was on the top of my "keep" list.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Acquitted At Last!

If you are a Canadian and don't know the name of Steven Truscott then you are ignorant beyond belief. It was forty years ago when I first read Isabel LeBourdais book about Steven Truscott and I turned to my Mother then and said he is innocent!. It has taken 48 years for our court system to finally acquit him of the murder.
This story is every mother's nightmare. The down right lies and stupidity of people in a position of trust makes me gag. The pathologist was incompetent, the police screwed up and worst of all the phrase "innocent until proven guilty" and " beyond a shadow of a doubt" was completely ignored!
Sentenced to hang at 14 years old, taken away in shackles to prison, sitting under the threat of the gallows for months. I weep for his lost youth.

Steven, I always believed in you. Hugs to you and your loved ones!

Far be it for you to admit you made a mistake. Shame on you!

Monday, August 27, 2007

I Succumbed !

Ten days into the climb back up to the top of life's pile and I feel wonderful. I did succumb however. It was this way.....I went to Needles and Pins, my local wool shop , to say Happy Birthday and have a little "touchy-feely-sniff the yarn" visit. Other yarn aficionados will understand the procedure. Then my eye happened upon some Koigu. Softly variegated in shades of beige, cream, taupe...sigh.(The picture is a little dark) Oh, Oh, then some charcoal black with shades with in the shades. My mind starts to churn. I see fair isle designs. I find some honey beige, an off white, a warm rose brown, now I am in trouble. "Happy Birthday to us," says Ellen....10% off today! damn I am sunk. Now, another dilemma, how much to buy? The wonderful thing about Koigu is the originality of the yarn. The scary part is that once that shade is gone it is gone. I bought 4 black, 2 of the variegated, 2 honey, 1 ivory and 1 rose brown. Now I am starting to worry. There was one of the variegated left. I want to use it in the rib with the black so I think I will call Ellen right now and tell her to put that aside for me with another black. This is for a vest for Michael for Christmas. I will only use the rose brown sparingly just to warm it up. I think it will be gorgeous when it is done.
OOps she is closed on Monday. I will send her an email.

I am going to knit up a swatch of the pattern so I can "check the gauge." When it's done I will post a picture here.

By the By I am furiously knitting on the Silky Wool indigo cardi for Carl. The back and sleeves are done and I am almost ready to start the decreasing for the v neck and the the sleeve decrease. I designed a cable inset for the front. I think it looks smashing! His Birthday is October 2 I would really like to have it finished before then.

Other than that things are going very well. I am exercising every day, eating a well balanced diet and sleeping right through the night.

One more thing... I got frugal ( After all I blew the budget on the yarn) and decided to take care of my "roots" my self. Weeelll, I look a little like Jayne Mansfield minus the boobs and the legs.

Could be worse....giggle

Monday, August 20, 2007

Animusic..Have you heard it?

This is so fantastic. I was having a surf ..on my lunch break..of course, and I came across this on YouTube. So then of course I had to see as many as possible. Fantasy High Tech Escapism I love it !!

More..... More........I really like this one there are so many to see.

Music to feed the senses...enjoy. My youngest grand daughter will love this stuff.

Monday Monday, so good to me....

The "Mamas and the Papas" for those of you too young to know were a group in the heady days of my youth. They originated in the Maritimes. Denny Doherty passed away this year and although many people didn't know he was a "Papa" he was more notable to my children as the Harbour Master for Theodore Tugboat.
Their music was very "sing-a-long" "feel good," "Californian Dreaming" was their only #1 Hit. Mama Cass had a heart attack in 1974. Her voice was so pure and clear. Dream A Little Dream of Me is one of my all time faves..Oh Oh and Words of Love..... Sigh

Monday should be the best day of the week. It a beginning that we have not had a chance to screw up. ..yet.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

My rut has been sooooo deep.

It is time to drag myself out of this rut I am in. An unfortunate series of events lately have driven me pretty far into the morass of self pity. It is amazing really because it all came about because I finally stood up for myself and SLAP down I went. It is a long story but I have been very upset that a person I respected and appreciated turned on me so viscously.
This was the third episode of "let's snap at Susan" this summer. Thank God that's over. Regardless of what anyone says these things so come in three's so it's best to get it over with.
Now the summer is almost over and all the things I intended to do didn't get done.
Carl even commented that I haven't been working on any of my projects. Subtle way of saying, "How's my sweater coming on?" *rueful smile.
Therefore, effective this weekend I am on my way back up. Years ago I read an inspirational allegory called "Hinds Feet On High Places". It is around here somewhere. Jackie, my oldest friend, whom I haven't seen in about 10 years, mailed it back to me after having it on her book shelf for about 15 yrs..lolol I think I need to read it again!
November is Nanowrimo and after giving Corinne the "gears' about not finishing last year, I had better have myself motivated. Last year I had a picture of a Pompeian Ivory doll for my inspiration. I have a germ of an idea for this year. I don't want to dwell on it too much because then I will loose the spontaneity.
I read 5 books this summer. "Latest Harry Potter"...of course very predictable but fun, "The Last Supper" by Javier Sierra.....interesting, "The Crimson Petal and The White" by Michel Faber...I enjoyed this story right up to the end when the author ran out of ideas and just ended it abruptly. Pissed me off big time!, "The Time Traveller's Wife "by Audrey Niffenegger.....finally just gave up on this it was very aggravating and "Observations" by Jane Harris.. .... most enjoyable.
O.K. That's all for now....