365 Grateful

I read about these people taking a photo a day of something they are grateful for, so I thought, heck, I should do that.  I haven’t been doing a photo per day, but I have been taking as many I can, and thinking about the positive reasons for taking each photo.  You can see some of my photos in my flickr link on my sidebar.

Well, now the 365 Grateful people are trying a week of not complaining.  So I thought I would try it too.  Yesterday was my first day and I think I did pretty well.  And I felt so much better than usual.  I really am looking forward to this week and seeing if I am capable of more positivity.

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Knitting and Crochet Blog Week Day 2 – An Inspirational Pattern

As I mentioned in my knitcroblo1 post, Hello Yarn was also responsible for my becoming a spinner.  To this end, I’ve been studying the Master Spinner course at Olds College.  There are six levels to the program, and in the end I’ll have a wealth of knowledge and a certificate saying that I’m a Master Spinner.

I’m currently working on my homework for Level 4.  In Level 4 we learned how to work with Camel, Cashmere, Bison (oh how I love bison!) and Linen (I need to work on appreciating linen), as well as various methods of dyeing with acid dyes and various worsted spinning preps.  So I have to do a workbook involving these things, as well as a 150 hour project in which we prepare the fibres, spin them into the desired yarn, dye them, then, using any interlocking yarn method, provide an end product.  We’re to log the amount of time spent on each step, and it’s a ridiculously important aspect of this level.

I had a lot of difficulties deciding on what I should do for my 150 hour project.  I was contemplating needlepointing a picture, but I couldn’t settle on the idea, and the needlepoint would take far more time than the spinning, dyeing or prepping and it’s a spinning program so the emphasis should be on that…

I stumbled upon this (it’s a link to the PDF) and finally had my answer (Rav Link).  An African Adventure.  Modular knitting, wicked amounts of joining, but all sorts of awesome.  So, in the midst of life in general (I work two jobs and my full time job is getting into the high season), I need to get the workbook and the 150 hour project done by October…at least I finally found my inspiration to get on it!

13 Months!

I saw this pattern when it was released in March 2009 and instantly fell in love.  But I’m easily distracted, an admitted starter of projects, and I somehow put it by the wayside.  Finally last week I decided I had to finish it, especially since I was so close to the end.

Finally, my Aeolian:

Pattern: Aeolian Shawl by Elizabeth Freeman (I did the shawlette version)

Yarn: Dandelion Knits Handpainted Alpaca Merino Lace in the Mountain Lake colourway

Needles: 3.75 mm circular

Cast on: March 11, 2009.  Wove in the ends this morning.

2 Things

1. If you’re a local and you love CJSR, it’s their annual FunDrive.  If you’re not a local, you can stream it online and come to love it and maybe you’ll want to donate too!  My favourite show these days is English Breakfast on Thursday mornings.

I took this photo and saved it to flickr, hence no name on it.  But it’s mine; if you want a copy, be sure to site me for it.  Thanks.

2. It’s Jim Henson’s Birthday!  Happy birthday Jim!  He would have been 73 today.

Impending Music Purchase

I was listening to Friday’s CBC Radio 3 podcast yesterday and heard a fascinating little song pop on, to discover it was Jill Barber; her next album is coming out on October 14 and I must buy it when it does.  The song that caught my ear?  Oh My My and you can hear it on her website if you click on the ear/gramaphone.

Feeling a Wee Bit Nostalgic

I mentioned this last month when I got back from visiting my brother in Montreal, but I was talking about it again last night, and I just need to say, I love Ariadne Knits.  I enjoy the shops in my town, they offer a lot of great yarns and the service is great, but walking into Ariadne Knits was like walking into a long-lost (though never before met) friend’s house and feeling so welcome!  There wasn’t any pressure for me to buy anything (though I most certainly did and I’ll update this post later with the photos of the stuff I bought scroll down, the fibres are at the bottom), I was just welcome to come in and sit and knit and chat.  So lovely.

And I will always remember the kindness of Molly Ann letting me spin on her sweet little wheel.  I love this little wheel (the translation for the little painted tattoo is “Let the Good Times Roll”).  It’s so cute and though it’s only got one ratio, it was a joy for me to spin on.

So if you’re ever in Montreal, please go visit Ariadne Knits on 3837 Rue St. Jacques Ouest and tell them I say Hi.

Kinda Random

I don’t post more than once a week, and now three days in a row.

I’m still sick; my left sinus and ear have been causing me pain, and now my ears feel like someone is squishing them just enough that it doesn’t hurt but it isn’t really comfortable either.  I’m in my comfy pants and I’m going to finish watching X-Files season 8 while working on (and hopefully finishing) my first Aquaphobia sock which is going really quickly and is so great.

This is my friends’ dog Jack.  I just love this photo; I didn’t even have to do any touch-ups on it as my friends’ house has such great natural lighting in the afternoon.  Jack didn’t like my camera very much; I had it on silent mode, and the clickings and whirrings it made drove Jack crazy so getting a pic of him was tough but well worth it.

I’m going to attempt to sign up for my third and final swap of the year.  Back Tack 4 is going up; sign ups start on the 30th.

Tomorrow I’m going to try to head out the the Make it Craft Fair.  It looks great and I have a coupon for $1 off the ticket!

And I spent money yesterday; it isn’t difficult for me to justify books and I know this one has to be in my collection (it should have been long ago).  After shipping, it came to $48.  It’s out of print and I had seen copies for $74, so it’s actually a small price to pay for a book that promises a lot of knowledge and a plethura of classic knitting patterns.  Yay Elizabeth Zimmermann!

I also bought the new Mother Mother album this week.  I don’t seem to have the same love for this one that I had for Touch Up.  Touch Up created in me an immediate connection and obsession.  This one…well, as Grant Lawrence of CBC Radio 3 put it, has a more mature sound.  And I liked the immaturity I guess.  I’m sure, given time, I will come to love this album, but I’m not sure that I will ever feel the joy I felt with the first album with this one.  Still good though; I will always love Mother Mother.

I’m Still Alive! Don’t Send Anyone Searching!

Ya, I suck; I’ve not been very busy, just distracted.  Or lazy.  You pick.

There have been a couple more arrivals in the Swap Softly area; just waiting on news for three more and we’re done (here’s hoping they’re not lost in the mail…).

I’ve signed up for a couple of swaps myself.  One is Firefly’s third installment of Boo-ty Swap (yay!) and the other is a swap through Ravelry called “Favourite Things” (that’s a Ravelry link).

And I’ve been knitting and fingerweaving:

February Lady Sweater using Cascade 220 and 5.0 mm needles:

Aquaphobia Socks using Liberty’s Yarn “A Tale of Two Socks” and 2.25 mm needles:

And the Fingerweaving using Briggs and Little (it’s a wee sample; I can tie it around my thigh):