Fall Repeats

I enjoyed the Jaywalkers that I made for my mom so much that I had to make myself a pair out of similarly striped yarn.

Pattern: Jaywalkers by Grumperina
Materials: Regia Crazy Color 5437
Start Date: September 16, 2009
End Date: September 24, 2009

I knit these pretty much as written. The second skein started with the right colour to match up the stripes but unfortunately not at the same point of the colour repeat so the stripes don’t quite match up. I did debate about starting at the next repeat of the colour but unraveling all that yarn seems like a waste to me. The stripes are in sync enough that it’s not too jarring. A person has to be really evaluating the harmony of the stripes to notice it which is good enough for me. My general attitude towards matching stripes is pretty lax. I don’t mind if socks end up being fraternal twins rather than a matched set.

The kind of unfortunate thing about these socks is the fit. They’re a bit on the loose side. I may try running them through the dryer to try and get a better fit but in the meantime they’re hanging out in the house socks.

Oh and I generally really love the colour combination.

We’re going Skatin’


The birthday fun continues this weekend. As some of you may know from the Book of Face, I want to go skating. So Saturday night, we are going ice skating in Old Montreal at the Quays of the Old Port. Mr. Peabody, Sylvain and I are planning to be there around 7ish. We may be earlier or a little later but we’ve been looking forward to this all month.

Alison very nicely gave me a pair of her old skates and Mr. Peabody is scrounging all the Village de Valeurs in Montreal for skates. So we mean business! Come on down and make the best of a snowy, gross, never ending winter that we’re having. Although originally associated with my birthday, now it’s just a thing, so feel free to come along. Skating is fun! I’m not an amazing skater, can barely skate backwards, but I enjoy skating fast and can most of the time stop myself, usually by using a nearby snowbank or the boards of the rink. I’m classy like that.

I lied and thought it was free. Skating costs $4 for adults with various other price breakdowns and of course there’s skate rentals and sharpening and toe pick removal and such. Parking Info for those with cars. Oh and there’s lockers but it’s bring your own lock (or rent one). For those so inclined, I believe there’s a bar in the warm toasty building as well.

Hope to see you there!

Hawaiian Holiday Hiatus


Aloha from an island in the sun.

I’m declaring an official personal holiday hiatus. I’m taking a holiday from winter and all winter related activities. Including shovelling snow, wearing mittens/hats/scarves/long underwears/sweaters, carefully planning what to do when I leave the warmth of my apartment to minimise the outside time and knitting.

Yes that’s right. I’ve run away for a Maui Christmas with my family and I didn’t bring ANY knitting or knitting related items. This is a full blown holiday. No stress related to misbehaving knit projects (in my attempt to be a sweater master, the sweaters have taught me a thing or two), no yarn related guilt/lack of inspiration, no shopiholia for new projects.

No Xmas stress of any kind (other than getting here but that’s a story for when I get back). Christmas shopping is non-existent on these family holidays.

Just beach & ocean & ice cream & lots of movies & hangout time & riding in slightly obnoxious generic SUVs that are just a bit too tall to be comfortable climbing in and out of for a shorty like me.

So Mele kalikimaka and Happy New Year to all and try to keep warm.

Now a Word From Our Sponsors

Well, not really. But I’m totally in love with my new hair clip. I bought it at Jean Coutu this weekend and have worn pretty much since. What makes this remarkable is that I CAN’T STAND having stuff in my hair. I don’t use any hair products, barely use elastics and occasionally use one or two bobby pins.

I’m getting used to having long hair again, but one thing that has been driving me kinda nuts is in the shower. I like to lather up with shampoo and let it sit while I soap up the rest of my body. Thing is that my long hair won’t stay up on its own anymore. The soapy lather used to be enough to keep it out of the way, now not. Thus the need for a hair clip. I pretty much purchase things out of necessity. I’ve done enough frivolous purchases of hair clips and such to make myself be honest and have a really good reason for such a clip.

Right. Well enough preamble to my inner crazy and onto the clip in action!

First, here’s my usual elastic-round-a-bun process.

And the resulting bun is pretty decent. Generally something that’s part of my sweats and t-shirt weekend wear.

The new clip doesn’t change a lot in the process. I still wrap my hair around in a bun, then squash as much as possible into the clip.

And the resulting secure hairstyle. Nice huh?