I finished something. A big something too, a whole sweater! Mind you, this particular sweater has been pretty much done since the middle of March ’08. It just needed to have the neck re-knit, the underarms grafted, and the ends woven in. And yet, it languished unfinished. Ridiculous I say! The only problem around here is if you DO actually finish something and you try to take some pictures, the following series of events inevitably take place. You swiffer the floor to get rid of all the dog hair and the dog footprints. You wash and lovingly block the finished item and then proceed to try to get some nice shots of it on the pretty coloured floor. This is where things always go wrong in our house.
Sniff, sniff, sniff. Huh? New bed for me?
It’s important that I put my bum on it before you’ve even gotten to wear it.
You know, I think it matches my fur. It MUST be a new bed for me.
It’s hugging me!
That was fun. What can I sit on/chew on/steal now?
The details – are here on Ravelry. For those of you not on Ravelry yet, why not? Seriously, come join, look me up. I’m beentsy over there too! You’ll love it.
I’ve also been thinking about 2009 and what I should try to accomplish. You know, aside from trying to stay gainfully employed and out of the poorhouse with my yarn spending tendencies. I think I’m going to try taking it month by month instead of a whole chunk of year. So, to that end. I would like to achieve the following in January 2009:
- Finish my February Lady sweater
- Read ‘Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison‘ by Michel Foucault
- Read the first Dexter novel
- Finish the Christmas gift socks for the in laws. Oops. Crappy daughter in law!
Okay, I think that’s enough for one month. Anyone else planning any resolution type ideas for 2009? I”m going to go work on those Christmas socks now. :) Hey, if I get finished in December I”m ahead of the game, right? I’ll have to come up with something light for February. Short month after all.
And by ‘that’ I mean the snow. Here are a few shots from the past week:
The entire front yard and driveway is ringed in a wall of snow. Most of it is taller than me and I’m 5’9″. If I was 12 this would make a fantastic defence during a snowball fight. Unfortunately, I’m not 12.
Laurels in the side yard. Don’t worry, darn things are like weeds. They’ll be back to normal very soon.
The best part of it all? Dogs in snow! I love throwing snowballs and watching them search frantically for them. I realize it’s cruel but I’m okay with that. I make up for it by giving them crunchies, toys, soft beds, and a place in front of the fire. Note look of joy on my face.
I love this one. It looks like Abbie is swimming behind Stella.
Hey, do you have a problem with snow sticking to your fur? No? Oh, it’s just me then. Hmmmmm.
Finally today, there was some sun. It was so beautiful that I sat myself right down in it and did some spinning. With supervision of course. Please ignore the incredibly sexy pyjamas.
And finally, I waterproofed my boots in preparation for the commute tomorrow. They’re getting new laces this afternoon too. Big day I tell you! Big day.
Christmas dinner was really good! Wanna see? This is my version:
I’d like everyone to note that I ate 5 Brussels sprouts and some mashed potatoes. That never happens! Ever. Also note the cider drunk directly out of the bottle. I’m classy like that.
And here is hubby’s version:
You’ll note he’s more of a volcano & gravy for lava kind of guy. Oh, and he likes beer. Duh! I think you can actually see steam coming off that plate too. Yummers. Look, he’s even trying to impress you with having a glass and everything! Show off.
We also boiled the bones (sorry vegetarians!) with one of those Jamiroquai/mirepoix things. I’m thinking turkey pot pie tomorrow (gravy & pastry? best invention ever!), and then turkey soup on Sunday. Seriously, all this blog talks about lately is food and yarn! Actually, I’m okay with that. Happy Boxing Day everyone. Hope you got your bargains. Me? I hit Amazon.ca and Red Bird Knits so I’m all good.
Now, if it would just quit snowing so I could go visit my mom, dad, & brother, that would be great! Never mind, just looked out the window and it’s coming down harder. Oh well. Mom, Dad, & Mike – Love you guys! Thinking of you.
The snow finally stopped yesterday and it looked a little like this:
That’s 21 inches for those of you keeping track at home.
So much for Lotus Land. Note small helpful dog under the table. The snow is about 6 inches taller than she is. Hilarity ensues when the dogs are in the yard. She so wants to play like the big dogs but she can only run along behind them where they’ve made a path. Good times.
Then at about 4:30 am the power went out and the house, she got pretty cold. Thankfully it came back on about 15 minutes ago and the furnace and the coffeemaker are working to make the day a happier place!
Merry whatever you celebrate everyone. I’m hitting the couch and knitting/spinning/reading all day long.
We haz it!
Even the bird house is overwhelmed in wintery goodness.
That little picket fence on the right? Yeah, that’s the fence around our raised garden which means that there is about 60 cms/24 inches of snow over there. Hubby and I have both started listening to make sure the roof of the house isn’t making any creaking/groaning noises. Our house is 60 years old after all. She may not be up to all this. Mind you, I’d probably be even more worried in one of the new monster houses they built down the road. There was some sketchy building practices going on there.
Time now for some knitting and maybe a little spinning followed closely by a bit of reading. Mmmmmmm. I’m totally taking a snow day!
It’s been almost two weeks since my final exam and I still had not received my results. This worried me. I’m the worrying kind. I got an email back from my marker that the class average for the final had been only 59% and that they had applied to have everyone’s mark raised 5% or 1 letter grade. Is this grading on a curve? I’ve never had this happen so I seek your expertise in such matters. Me? I got more than 59%. Okay, not a tonne more but more. ;) Honestly? It was the toughest final exam I’ve ever taken. My final mark for the course will be a B+ which makes very, very happy indeed. You can’t see it but I did a little dance when I got the news.
Not much else going on. I knit and knit and knit as the Christmas deadline appraoches. The gods throw more and more snow at me in an effort to have me do some shoveling so that I will have at least a bit of physical activity. Snort.
Took a sock off the needles today and promptly cast on its mate. I also cast on a hat. After work it was a bit of grocery shopping. Just in case it does snow like the dickens I will have a turkey in the house ready to be cooked up and eaten. This is important. There is nothing worse than not getting turkey when one expects, nay, deserves turkey! And gravy of course. Mmmmmmm….gravy.
Okay, back to knitting and watching Little Britain USA. Keep warm everyone!
Which of course means more snow! And then, some more snow. Plus, and arctic outflow warning. Which just sounds aggressive!
It was sunny today so I did get a couple of picis taken of some recent objects of finishism. My malabrigo neckwarmer:
And a One Day Beret that was beyond necessary so that my ears would not actually freeze solid and fall off of my head:
The yarn is the wonderful soft single ply handspun that I bought at Birkeland Bros Wool. One skein, 136 grams, no yardage, no maker name. The ultimate in gen and eric. Very pretty stuff though. This hat used less than 1/2 skein so that’s good. Okay, back to the Christmas knitting. 2 socks left to go and only 4.5 days to do them in. Mind you, if it snows like they say it’s going to, those will be some pretty quiet stay at home days. Perfect knitting weather.
Keep warm everyone!
|Which creature of the night are you?
Your Result: Werewolf
You are a vicious fighter and a vicious lover, absolutely dedicated to your pack. You are pushed to anger by disloyalty and injustice and have a tendency toward sudden, periodic bursts of wild behavior.
|Which creature of the night are you?
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Seriously? How cool is that? Shamelessly stolen from Bethany. You must go see her Noro scarf. Yummy. Now are you all finally willing to come over to the dark side and worship the Noro with me? Come on, drink the koolaid!
Phew! Am I ever glad that is over. Of course I took some picis while I was there. I really like SFU. It’s been called some rather nasty things over the years, (from and aesthetic standpoint) but I just kind of like it. It’s on a mountain, it’s foggy, it’s rainy, and today it was frickin’ cold. Here’s a couple of shots of the glass roof over the central outdoor area:
Here’s a shot of me before the exam. Kind of that ‘dead man walking’ shot:
I looked at this image after and thought, “Wow! I look really pinched. And pasty. Bad camera!” Then I went to the washroom to wash my hands and the same face was in the mirror over the sink. Turns out, I really was pasty and pinched. Who knew?
The test went okay, I think. The stuff I knew, I really knew. But…there was some things on there that I literally looked at and thought, “Huh. I’m sure I’ve never actually seen that before. Were we all given the same textbook?” Anyway, it’s over and I’m ecstatic! No I can concentrate on Christmas knitting. Whoo hoo!
Thanks for you well wishes about the exam too. :) Totally helped!
which I am holding on to very tightly. Tomorrow is my final exam and I’m pretty sure that I’ve remembered, (or dismembered, as you prefer) every single thing I need for that test in that tiny little ready to pop brain cell. Let’s just hope that all the parts that I remembered are similar to all the parts that are on the test.