Sunday, February 28, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Clyde is in his preferred position on my chair under my shirt. That little piece of black is what I get to sit on.
The vest is rolling along, but I'd really like to get the body knit this weekend so I've got some time to do all the steeks and trim. There's a long neckband, both armholes and vents at the sides and I'll need to be careful in picking up stitches along the edges to get it to lay nice and flat.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I'm now finished the first 2 charts and have about 6 sets of chart C to do, which is 20 rows. I might just make it!
On the Saturday we went out for Valentine's day to Brasserie Max & Julie and had great foie gras, steak tartare and profiteroles. Bob had the beef bourguignon and that was excellent too. I know it's not the Texas way, but I would have enjoyed it more if the portions were a little smaller. You can have too much of a good thing (see my blog title).
Then we walked to The Black Labrador for a beer. It's got a good selection of beer on tap, supposedly better than the Flying Saucer, but I don't know about that.
After that we walked to Anvil Bar & Refuge. I'd had a drink there a few weeks ago that I kept thinking about, it was so good. I can't remember the name of it, but it's got blackstrap rum, ginger beer and habanero sauce in it. It's very dark and peppery and you need to sip it, which is just my style.
On the way to Anvil we ran into a couple of young guys with backpacks and asked them where they were going. They're actually riding freight trains across the country (I thought that was a depression-era thing) and had gotten off a train in Houston in the 5th ward and were trying to find a place to sleep for the night. They'd frozen the previous night because it's been so cold here and they weren't impressed with Houston so far. They're heading towards LA, then maybe up the coast to Canada and then back across Canada to the east coast. They were so friendly and enthusiastic we really liked them and hope they do OK. We gave them $20 and hope they found a warm place to sleep and a place to hop a train to El Paso or where ever their next stop is. They really had such a great attitude for 2 people who must be having a hard time - one of them had only one leg - and they also had a dog with them. One guy's backpack only had a sleeping bag and dog food in it. Anyway, I really hope they have a great adventure and people are kind to them.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
me - "I'd like to see if my glasses have come in yet"
her - "It takes 7 - 10 business days, but I'll check"
she goes to the back for a few minutes and comes back - "No they're not here"
she checks on her computer - "the order was sent in on February 1, today is February 12, so they should be in next week"
me - "oh, ok, I was just passing by and thought I'd check"
I went home and half an hour later the phone rings - "Hi, this is ___Vision, your glasses are in"
It was then that I remembered when I was in the store leaning on the counter, my elbow was touching a small brown box just about the size to hold a pair of glasses.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
The point is I've wanted to start a blog for a while, but there are so many clever and witty ones out there, I felt like what I had to say wasn't very interesting. But I do knit a lot, I mean A LOT, so now that yarnharlot's got the knitting olympics going again for 2010 and the olympics is in Canada and I'm Canadian and I have a perfect project picked out. I'm going to try out this blogging thing. It will definitely mostly be about the knitting.
Here's what I'm knitting for the olympics:
It's from Alice Starmore's Pacific Coast Highway book. I bought the book and yarn at Ram Wools when we still lived in Winnipeg, so that's at least 10 years ago. I've got the original Scottish Campion yarn, in the right colors, except for the main color bracken, I'm substituting brass, and for the brass I'm substituting ginger. The net effect should be that for my vest, the light stripes at the top of the vest will be darker and the dark stripes lighter. I've already wound and labelled all my balls of yarnphotocopied my pattern so I can market it up, and even made a swatch of chart C
which is pretty close to the pattern stitch-wise, but a little less rows than the pattern row-wise. I knit an Alice Starmore cardigan once without paying too much attention to guage and sizing ahead of time and I wear it, but it's pretty big. This time I'd like it to fit a little better. The smallest size for this pattern is 43 inches so I'm going to reduce the front and back by 16 sts each (32 stitches in all, or about 4 inches). This should still be roomy, but not huge and has the added benefit that it makes each front 72 sts and the back 128 sts which are even multiples of the number of stitches in the charts (16 and 32).
So I'll park myself on the couch for the opening of the olympics tomorrow, cast on and cheer for the canadians as the fairisle magically grows in my hands.