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Braden’s in town this week so yesterday we had a yummy brunch at The Manx and then we headed to Strathacona Park for sports and knitting.

Michelle, Sagan, Braden, Me, Nat

I finished my Pomotamus socks and I did not run  out of yarn.

The pooling on the feet bothers me a bit but they’re comfy and they fit so I’m happy.

My feet are also happy because I ordered shoes from Zappos because I have no summer shoes to wear to work and these were a lot cheaper than mall shoes.

Aren’t they gorgeous?  I can’t wait to get them.


I am very happy because:

  • I have the best real friends and reader-friends ever. You guys are all so kind and you don’t know how much your encouragement and sweet comments mean to me. Not to mention the supreme enjoyment I get from reading all of your blogs.
  • The top of these top drawer friends, Erin, sent me this adorable kitchen towel from Early Bird Special.
  • I now have beautiful hand embroidered tea towels for almost all of the shelves that display the pottery and ceramics we bought in Japan. These towels were made by one of my sweet students.

(the yellow tea cup was my great-grandmother’s which my awesome grandma gave me as a wedding gift)

  • Chris was approved for a student line of credit so I will be able to stay in our apartment and he will have money to take to school with him. Yaaaaaay!!!!! This also means not putting all of my much loved possessions into storage for six months and having to move by myself. Now I can focus on missing Chris instead of missing my apartment and bed and sewing machine. It also means that I will get to live by myself for the first time in my whole life. I’m looking forward to it.
  • Spring is finally here. It came like a flash and I’m soaking it all in. I just got back from the park where I sat with a fun summer read and felt my neck get burned by the sun.
  • I got a ten dollar SD card reader for my camera and since then my camera’s been giving me no trouble.

Good times.

And now for a dilemma: last year I picked up three skeins of Cotton Fleece to make Rusted Root but I was worried that I’d need a fourth so I ordered another online, not realizing (and perhaps being too impulsive to check) that it was from a different dye lot.

The skein on the far right with the silver label is the odd duck. Even though there isn’t much of a perceptable difference in shades I’m worried about it creating a stripey fabric. How would you proceed? Should I just start knitting with the three matching skeins and only use the fourth if I need it? Should I alternate skeins every few rows splicing as I go or carrying the unused yarn up the side? Some other method I’m not familiar with?

There’s a lesson here. What may look cute on a girl with no face:

May not look so great on you:

“Hi! I fashioned a smock out of a table cloth!”

I need to remember that I always need a v-neck. However, this looks sloppy when unbuttoned at the top:

It would probably look cute on Jenny or Erin (hey Erin – do you want this as the shirt I was going to make you for your next package?).

Live and learn.

The Pomatomus Socks are going very well the second time around.

I’m memorizing the pattern more easily than I did the first try. I’m a little worried about running out of yarn. I’m using STR lightweight in Moody Blues, which seems like a bit of a misnomer as there isn’t a heck of a lot of blue.

My waving lace socks are done already and impossible to photograph properly.

But you know what’s fun about these?

a) They only took a week and the pattern was super fun

b) They look great inside out.

c) They look totally different off and on.

Pattern: Waving Lace Socks by Evelyn A. Clark from Interweave Favorite Socks

Yarn: Wollmeise 80 /20 Twin in Poison No. 5

I have no idea what to start next. I really want to start in on my new STR.

But none of the patterns in my queue really jive with STR. It always seems to look best in Monkeys or Jaywalker but I want to get more use out of all my sock books.

Yes, I am weak and bought more yarn. But this will be the last purchase for a long while because we got word this morning that Chris will be going far away for six months unpaid career training on May 11th. This is bittersweet because it’s the final step in a career path that has been seven years in planning but it’s tough because he’s our primary breadwinner right now, he’ll be away for our fifth anniversary as well as both of our birthdays and, of course, I will miss him like crazy. I am accepting donations of sympathy, yarn, lodging and big congrats to Chris.

There are very few circumstances under which I will wear shorts.  These are limited to biking, playing tennis and visiting my mother on very hot days (for some reason my mom takes extreme offence to me wearing pants when the temperature is above five degrees Celsius).  So, when I joined the Y in February my lazy day yoga pants became my gym wear.  But, they were old and starting to get little holes so when I read the glowing review of Kwik Sew 3115 in Craftzine I had to have it.

To be honest making pants really daunted me.  To be honest I am a moron because three pieces of a patten made of real paper and colour coded lines and six steps later I had a comfy pair of pants.

I was really worried that these would be too small because there are severe warnings all over the pattern about buying fabric with an extreme amount of two way stretch and I just couldn’t find such material.  But, to my relief they’re actually a bit big.  Just look at that crotch!  I could carry my groceries home in it.  Next time I will seriously shorten it.

I will be making many, many more of these.

With all that roominess I could afford to eat a bit of an indulgent meal.  Not in the fancy sense but in the including-no-real-nutrients sense.  This took me all of fifteen minutes from start to finish and was tasty as all get out.  It’s adapted from the wonderful New Vegetarian Epicure that I was lucky enough to score at a library book sale some months back.

Midweek Pasta

3 cups dry radiatori

1 tbsp butter

1-2 cloves garlic

5 tbsp roasted red pepper cream cheese

3/4 cup skim milk

1/4 roasted, chopped pistachios

pepper and red pepper flakes to taste

Bring medium pot of water to boil, add pasta and cook until al dente.  Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium saucepan.  Add garlic and cook until fragrant.  Add cream cheese and stir with a wooden spoon until melted.  Stir in milk.  When sauce is consistent and slightly thickened toss in drained pasta.  Sprinkle with pistachios. Season with pepper and red pepper flakes. 3-4 servings.

I’m sure it would also be delightful with another flavour of cream cheese or if you boiled some broccoli florets with the pasta in the last few minutes of cooking.

My Interwoven Cable hat pattern is now available as a Ravelry download!

I plan on dealing exclusively with Ravelry for pattern selling once the Etsy listing expires and I have more patterns to sell.  Which I hope will be soon.  I’ve been scribbling in a notebook but not doing much with those scribbles.  Shame on me.

The camera is being capricious and seems to be working o.k. now.  This is great because the rough estimate was $150 to get it fixed when we bought it for 22,000 ¥ (about $220).  It’s not so good because I was getting a little excited about buying a new camera.  We’ll just have to see if it keeps behaving, I guess.

Season four of The Wire is effing awesome.

My poor little Pentax Optio seems to be dying a sudden death.  First the port was acting up, then the white balance, LED screen and focus all went at once.  While I really want a digital SLR I don’t have the cash money for it right now so it looks like I’ll have to get the old one fixed or buy another pocket digital.  Oh my poor middle class self.

This made sock picture taking and shop updating mighty frustrating yesterday.  I spent the afternoon making stitch markers to then struggle for a couple of hours with the ailing camera.  I updated anyway because who knows when I’ll pick up a replacement so behold the blurry glory of new stitch markers.

I finally made use of all the vintage beads I picked up a while ago and I restocked the popular sweater in progress markers.  I’m really excited about the owl stitch markers because not only are they removable but they can be worn as earrings.  Fun!

Pattern: Vinnland Socks

Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy in Dusky Aurora from The Sweet Sheep (via Chris for Christmas)

Needles: 2.25 mm

Started: March 19th, 2008

Finished: April 9th, 2008

These are a tiny bit big but I don’t really care because this may be my favourite yarn ever.  The feel, the colour, the yardage = just perfect.  Which is great because I received this in the mail yesterday:

This is Ruby River which I ordered before my yarn cutbacks way back in December.  It was partly my fault and party the Ebay sellers that I didn’t get it until now, but let’s just say I’ll stick to buying from Michelle from now on.

And lookey here, another facet of the Spring cleaning madness: new sheets!

These are Mexx from The Bay and they are awesome.  The colour is more purpley and gorgeous in real life.

Next up: the Waving Lace socks from Favorite Socks with Wollmeise Poison No. 5.

It remains to be seen if this yarn and this pattern will mate and not produce some freak of nature.

When Fabricland was having it’s fifty percent off sale I picked up some lovely drapery weight fabric for Erin and I.  I grew to love it so much that I went back and bought another metre.  Then I had an idea: if I made a floor pillow, Chris and I could eat dinner around our ottoman and then I could convert our dining room table into a sewing area.  Mwahahahaha.

I followed the pattern in In Stitches.  It also fits perfectly on our cheap and previously kind of uncomfortable Ikea chair.

I still had lots of fabric left so I decided a coordinating throw pillow for the couch was needed

I had still more fabric so a plan was hatched to cover some of those frames I took down from our bedroom wall.  First I cut out the fabric so it was just a bit bigger than the frames and then I did some fanciful machine stitching.

I borrowed one of Michelle and Alex’s five (?!?) staple guns and stapled away.

And hung them with care (I even used a tape measure – says Chris: “that’s hot”).

All three of these projects took less than three hours, I’d say, but the results are more impressive than the effort!